Germans are as keen on travel as ever – almost 50 per cent plan a second trip besides their main annual holiday – according to the latest ADAC Reisemonitor survey Italy and Austria have become increasingly popular for extra breaks.
The luxury travel sector is failing to make use of the opportunities the internet offers, reveals a new series of round table talks involving the best and brightest minds in travel. The comments were made at a the first of four round table conversations focusing on travel technology and which have been organised following a new partnership The Travel Tech Show at WTM and Amadeus.
Over the past decades, Asia and the Pacific has consolidated its position not only as one of the major tourism destination regions, but also as an increasingly important outbound market. Asia accounts for 14 of the world´s top 50 source markets in terms of international expenditure. ‘Key Outbound Tourism Markets in South-East Asia’, a new joint report by UNWTO and Tourism Australia, responds to the growing need to better understand five of these dynamic source markets and the opportunity they represent to destinations around the world.
Travel facilitation, connectivity and the sustainable development of the tourism sector were at the center of UNWTO’s 25th annual statutory meeting for Asia and the Pacific and its adjoining conference on sustainable tourism in Hyderabad, India from the 12-14 April. The Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and UNWTO Commission for South Asia (CAP-CSA) are UNWTO´s annual regional statutory events, and the largest, most important gathering of Member States from the region.
Increase in buyers from the USA, Middle East and Africa – huge growth in delegates at mobile and social media events at the ITB Berlin Convention and eTravel World. During the three days reserved for trade visitors at ITB Berlin there was a slight increase in buyer numbers from the USA, Middle East and Africa. That is the result of an initial analysis of the world’s leading travel trade show, which is currently taking place from 6 to 10 March 2013.
10,086 exhibitors from 188 countries – exhibition grounds booked up – record number of two-tier stands – 120 exhibitors representing the partner country Indonesia – comprehensive market overview and fast-growing niche markets – first-time matchmaking event for bloggers and record numbers of bloggers – Travel Technology, Gay & Lesbian Travel and Adventure & Sustainable Travel continue to expand – demand from Asia remains high – all countries from Africa represented in two display halls – all countries from South America are present – unprecedented levels of international attendance at the tenth anniversary edition of the ITB Berlin Convention
Good preparation reaps rewards. In order to make it easier for travel and event managers to organise their schedule ITB Berlin has compiled a list of exhibitors of especial interest to business travel decision-makers. Listed under the label of Business Travel Partners at ITB Berlin, some 100 companies from around the world have now registered. They include carriers, hotel chains and technology companies.
The Tourism Review Digital Network (TRDN) is now offering brand new opportunities for partners to access tourism promotion tools and industry news through several different language editions. Tourism Review has announced the launch of a one stop shop multilingual tourism news channel, allowing marketers and advertisers to target specific travel markets based on language. Each “Language Edition” provides a resource for distributing messages over a large number of developing and developed travel markets. The eight languages currently supported include English, Spanish, French, Polish, German, Czech and Slovak, Russian, and Arabic.
New UNWTO research on Visa facilitation shows that Asia and the Pacific and the Americas are the most ‘open’ regions in terms of tourist Visa requirements. Data also shows that there has been significant progress on Visa facilitation globally in recent years, particularly with the implementation of Visa on arrival policies.
The Tourism Review Digital Network (TRDN) – French Edition has been launched to the global market to help TRDN expand its global reach and for marketers to penetrate into developing travel markets. The Tourism Review – French Edition has gone live to accommodate the needs of industry stakeholders seeking online marketing tools and industry news. In France alone, there are over 50 million Internet users, or about 77% of the country’s population. In addition, market access is aided by the fact that French is the official language in 29 different countries. It is spoken in Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland in addition to several African countries.
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