Despite the downward revision of the countries’ economic growth forecast, US tour operators predict US travelers will return to Europe in growing numbers. This is the main finding of a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/European Travel Commission (ETC) report on US outbound travel presented at the World Travel Market with the support of the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) (London, UK, 8 November 2011).
Market Research Company Euromonitor International announced today the release of its 2011 World Travel Market Global Trends Report at the World Travel Market (WTM) event in London. The report highlights the eight key emerging travel and tourism trends worldwide, providing insight on how the tourism industry can entice the next generation of travellers despite looming economic uncertainty.
International tourist arrivals grew by a healthy 4.5% in the first eight months of 2011 according to the latest data from UNWTO. Europe (+6%), surprisingly, showed the strongest growth amid continuing economic uncertainty.
World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is proud to announce a total of 183 new exhibitors at the event for WTM 2011. National tourist boards, destination management companies, technology companies, ground handlers, lodge owners and tour operators are all hosting their own stands for the first time from November 7-10 at ExCeL - London.
World Travel Awards (WTA), the “Oscars of the travel industry”, has announced it will host its 2011 Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Doha, Qatar on 11th December 2011. The glittering ceremony will be staged at W Doha Hotel & Residences and will attract the most important decision-makers in global travel and tourism.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched a new regional campaign that encourages individuals to buy virtual property across the Coral Triangle, the world’s center of marine life.
Hotel companies are increasingly head-hunting management staff using a professional recruitment company in an effort to minimise the risk of hiring the wrong person. HVS Executive Search reports that demand through its London and Moscow offices has grown beyond the traditional confines of CEO and board level positions as companies put more emphasis on recruiting quality staff at all rungs of the organisational ladder.
Poll of Meridian Club member’s reveals WTM 2010’s record £1,425 million of industry deals will be bettered at WTM 2011 World Travel Market 2011, the leading global event for the travel industry, is set to be the catalyst for even more travel industry business deals then ever before, reveals a poll of Meridian Club members – WTM’s business club for senior travel industry buyers. World Travel Market 2010 led to a massive £1,425 million travel industry deals, with almost 90% (89%) of Meridian Club members polled stating they expect to conduct a greater amount of business (in monetary value) at WTM 2011 than they did at WTM 2010.
International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030 according to the newly released UNWTO long-term forecast, Tourism Towards 2030. The report, presented on the occasion of the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow in a sustained manner in the next two decades (8-14 October 2011, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea).
Nepal has officially opened the Great Himalaya Trail, one of the longest and highest trekking routes in the world. Billed as the ultimate trek, the arduous hike over Nepal's mighty Himalayas stretches from Taplejung in the shadow of the world's third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga in the east to Humla in the west at the border with Tibet.
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