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Megatrends Shaping the Future of Travel Revealed by Euromonitor

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 novembre 2019

The global travel industry is facing challenges due to political turmoil and changing consumer behaviour, despite a forecasted increase in average spend per trip at $1,101 by 2024, according to global market research company Euromonitor International. In its new report ‘Megatrends Shaping the Future of Travel: 2019 Edition’ revealed at World Travel Market London 2019, Euromonitor looks at the latest trends shaping travel across the regions globally.
Consumers in Asia Pacific are using multifunctional mobile ‘super apps’, combining social, financial and retailing services on one platform. With apps like WeChat holding 1 billion monthly active users, super apps have significantly contributed to the $227 billion online intermediaries’ sales in 2019. However, the threat of the U.S-China trade war could impact Chinese outbound tourism growth.
Under a ‘Trump Adverse Policies’ scenario which would see further tariffs imposed and stricter immigration policies, tourism demand in the U.S. could see 9.6% wiped off potential growth by 2024. “In Latin America, one third of consumers purchase via social media, making it a lucrative tool for businesses. Influencers are following suit, transitioning into tour operators, blurring the boundaries between communication, purchase and experience.” says Caroline Bremner, head of travel research at Euromonitor International.
With Brexit uncertainty and concerns for a severe recession in Europe, low-cost carriers and short-term rentals are expected to be the most popular travel choices, as consumers continue to seek value for money. However, with 59% of consumers concerned about climate change, the move towards sustainable travel is on the rise.
Despite the challenges of war in Syria and Yemen, the Middle East and Africa region continues to enjoy sound growth, with departures from the region estimated to grow by 5.6% by 2024. “Saudi Arabia is investing in tourism by opening up to foreign tourists, to reduce its economic dependency on oil. In Africa, intra-regional tourism is rising rapidly, with domestic influencers and entrepreneurs leveraging growing internet connectivity to promote Africa through rich storytelling” concludes Bremner.
Euromonitor International is the world’s leading provider for global business intelligence, market analysis and consumer insights. From local to global and tactical to strategic, our research solutions support decisions on how, where and when to grow your business.

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“Shaping the EU’s future is a common task and responsibility”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 luglio 2019

The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, said on the occasion of the election of Ursula von der Leyen by the European Parliament as the President of the European Commission: “I would like to congratulate Ursula von der Leyen on her election. The European Committee of the Regions looks forward to welcoming her to present her agenda for Europe to the EU’s assembly of locally and regionally elected representatives.” “A new way of working is needed to increase the EU’s legitimacy, ownership and proximity. The incoming Commission should fully support a greater participation of all levels of government at each phase of the EU decision-making process. I value the President-elect’s statement that ‘Our Union’s democratic system is unique, bringing together directly elected parliamentarians at local, regional, national and European levels with elected Heads of State or Government’. I count on her to build a new coordinated action from European, national, regional and local levels that allows the EU to deliver social and economic progress and to bridge the gap with its citizens.” “To fight against the climate crisis and social inequalities and ensure a just transition for all, regions and cities are the key actors in turning promises into reality. Therefore, the European Committee of the Regions supports a strong cohesion policy for all regions. Only through a multi-level cooperation and enhanced public investment capacities we will we be able to deliver a fair and sustainable Union.” “The increased turn-out of the 2019 European elections confirmed that Europe matters to citizens, in particular to the young generation. It is time to make use of this momentum to engage with Europeans in a more systematic way outside election campaigns, including through a common permanent citizens’ dialogue involving local and regional authorities.”
“Shaping EU’s future is a common task and responsibility. The European Committee of the Regions and the cities and regions of the EU stand ready to be part of the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’.”In view of the political challenges and priorities ahead, the European Committee of the Regions has put already forward its expectations and proposals for the period 2019-2024 in a blueprint and a resolution adopted on 26 June 2019. They argue that for the EU to regain citizens’ trust and address major current challenges, EU decisions and policies must be shaped together and anchored locally.

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Europe Day: Common Values Shaping the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2019

The Conference of European Churches, representing 114 Member Churches in 40 countries, congratulates the European leaders gathering for the EU Summit on the Future for Europe on Europe Day 2019 in the historic city of Sibiu, Romania. It is indeed opportune to reinforce European togetherness on the day commemorating the Schuman Declaration, which introduced the vision of European nations bound together for lasting peace.
The fundamental values of the European Union—respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law—have common roots with the ecumenical ideals of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. These common values have, however, been put under increasing pressure in recent years. In order to renew confidence in and strengthen commitment to the European vision, we need to reclaim and reaffirm our common European values, which today seem to be questioned rather than characterize the state of the Union today. Without an emphasis on values, EU risks becoming a self-perpetuating convolution of short-sighted economic interests, eventually shattering into rival groupings and nations.The Conference of European Churches wishes to highlight the vision of a European Union as a true community of common values that contribute to working together for the shared and sustainable future of the world.The Conference of European Churches thus urges the heads of government to:
Promote economic and ecological justice involving social equality and cohesion.
Work for sustainable migration and asylum policies based on intra-European solidarity, and solidarity with the most vulnerable, based on respect for human dignity and human rights – in the EU, at its borders and in its relations with third countries
Combat all forms of discrimination and racism, based on the conviction that all humans are created equal in the image of God. As Churches we urge all societal actors to counter hate speech, derogatory gestures and acts of vandalism.
Respond to populism and extremism, and the underlying experiences of exclusion, deprivation and hopelessness. Promote inclusion, accessibility and non-discrimination with regards to the development of digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, focusing on ethical and societal issues. Advocate for peace by promoting bridge building strategies that emphasise social, political, and environmental interdependency as a fundamental element of peace and security. As Churches we are concerned about the militarisation of the EU and argue for an approach of justice and peace towards the issues of security on all levels, from national to European and global level.
Commit to the global responsibility. The serious challenges facing Europe—from economy to migration and security to climate change—require global responsibility and action. The role of the EU as a community based on values and a humanitarian superpower should guide its politics in the international arena. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be at the heart of strengthening EU’s global role.
We are encouraged by the fact that according to opinion polls, the European ideals enjoy a higher than ever confidence among the citizens. Our common responsibility for the future of Europe compels us all toward collaboration, solidarity and friendship, even in the midst of uncertain political circumstances and immense political challenges.European churches stand ready to underline and stand for the values of a united Europe, as well as the need to defend these values against the ghosts of the past. As Churches, we are committed to build bridges of peace and hospitality in our communities, to strengthen relationships among Churches and other partners in Europe, and promote a comprehensive vision of the common good, pursuing a humane, social and sustainable Europe at peace with itself and its neighbours, in which human rights and solidarity prevail.

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Shaping a prosperous future for nautical tourism in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 maggio 2017

europeThis sector can provide economic opportunities for coastal communities, and the paper describes several areas where action is needed to unleash this potential and overcome existing obstacles to growth. It also stresses the need to minimise adverse environmental impacts.About one in ten EU citizens (48 million) participate regularly in water sports. 36 million participate regularly in boating activities, keeping about 6 million boats in European waters. Related services like equipment repair, boat charter, marinas and others generate a significant number of jobs and revenue. In total, the EU’s nautical tourism sector comprises up to 234 000 jobs and generates € 28 billion in revenue each year.
Issues addressed in the paper include:recognition of professional and private skippers licences – 74% of professional skippers confirm that they are unable to work freely within the EU because their professional qualifications are not recognised in other EU member states; on-board safety equipment – a variety of rules and equipment required on board is hindering freedom of movement across the EU single market;
innovation for marinas and boating development – marinas need to become more innovative to keep them accessible to an ageing population and to make them attractive to younger people and families; the potential of combined nautical and coastal tourism products – combined products can help the tourism sector cope with seasonality and volatile demand;
what happens to end of life boats – at least 80,000 boats reach their ‘end of use’ each year but only around 2,000 of those are dismantled. The rest are left abandoned, stored by their last owners, sent to landfill or incinerated. This poses a threat to the environment and a recycling challenge, and should be addressed properly.
The paper follows from the 2014 Commission Communication “A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism”, which touched upon some of the challenges faced by the nautical tourism sector. They include a lack of innovation and diversification, volatile demand and seasonality, mismatch of skills and qualifications as well as growing environmental pressures.

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“Shaping the Future of Construction”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 maggio 2016

World Economic Forum,Tarkett, a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, is one of the contributors to a new report published today by the World Economic Forum, exploring the future potential of the global engineering and construction industry, “Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology”. The report was prepared in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group. “Shaping the Future of Construction” is part of the Forum’s Industry Agenda project in which business leaders explore how the engineering and construction sector can drive sustainable business growth. The study has developed an ‘industry transformation framework’ to point to specific and practical developments and actions under several broad areas such as technology, materials and tools and cross-industry collaboration.The report notes the impact the industry already has on commerce, society and the environment. With an annual revenue of $10 trillion it represents 6% of global GDP, accounts for 25-40% of global carbon emissions and consumes vast quantities of natural resources such as 50% of world steel production every year. The new study explores ways in which digital technology, lean management, circular economics and cross-industry collaboration can unleash new revenue and societal and environmental benefits.The study also underlines that the materials that make up the built environment have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of its occupants, citing the fact that in the US, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are two to five times higher indoors than outside. Linked to this, the report refers to various examples of Advanced Building Materials (ABMs) including Tarkett’s 100% recyclable vinyl flooring, iQ Natural, which uses bio-based plasticizers and has Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) 100 times below the strictest standards.The report further refers to the challenges of urbanization and the growth of an ageing population and discusses the potential impact of the circular economy in this sector, where resources would be used more effectively and materials and product design would take fully into account the importance of health and wellbeing in the built environment, where people spend around 90% of their time.The case on Tarkett’s circular economy transition highlights the development of its closed-loop circular design system. It refers to Tarkett’s selection of ‘good’ materials, ensuring a positive impact on health and wellbeing and the environment as well as its efforts to improve energy and water efficiencies. The report also stresses the importance of collaboration, including the example of Desso – a Tarkett company – working closely with one of its yarns suppliers to turn post-consumer carpet fibers into new yarn.“The WEF project on the Future of Construction is showing how innovative thinking and practice can unlock great new potential to deliver powerful economic growth whilst paying attention to our shared responsibilities to society and the environment,” says Remco Teulings, President EMEA, Tarkett Group, and Steering Committee member of the Future of Construction.The World Economic Forum brings together the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas at international summits. Tarkett joined WEF as a Partner Company in January 2016, contributing to the forum’s discussions through a dual membership, engaging in both the Global Challenge initiative on the ‘Environment and Natural Resource Security’ and as an Industry Partner for ‘Infrastructure and Urban Development’.
With net sales of 2.7 billion euros in 2015, Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco‐innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670).

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