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Asia Cruise Cooperation Welcomes Growth and Expansion in 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 aprile 2019

Delegates from the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) partners delivered key updates and initiatives to media and cruise industry executives, and celebrate the 5th anniversary of fruitful partnership at a special luncheon in Miami, Fla., during Seatrade Cruise Global 2019, the leading annual global business-to-business event in the cruise industry.
Cruise tourism in Asia has been identified as one of the fastest-growing sectors in tourism development, with the number of cruise passengers increasing by an estimated annual average of 33%, from 775 000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26 million in 2018. To capture the opportunities from the growing Asian cruise market, ACC has been working on various kinds of consumer and trade marketing activities in the past few years, and the ACC partnering destinations are enhancing their facilities, policies and infrastructure, as well as diversifying their destination appeal, to encourage more ship deployments in the region and to attract more visitors to the partner destinations.
Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC), founded in 2014, is a committed and resourceful alliance of Hainan, Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Xiamen, which share the mission of promoting maximum growth in cruise tourism for partner destinations and for Asia. Together, the six destinations provide a one-stop platform to support cruise development and tourism in Asia. The key areas of ACC’s work include facilitating itinerary development, sharing industry and market insights, enhancing cruise lines’ marketing efforts with funding support, and creating consumer demand for cruise tourism.

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Japan Outbound MICE Tourism Market

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 febbraio 2019

Traveler Flows, Spending Patterns, Main Destination Markets and Forecast to 2025 offers the most up-to-date industry data on the actual market situation and future outlook for Japan outbound MICE tourism market. The report offers an in-depth analysis of traveler flows, spending patterns, main destination markets and current and future opportunities for tourism businesses seeking to tap into the Japan outbound MICE tourism market. This report also provides readers with insight into MICE tourism, a rapidly growing segment within the travel industry. The report includes historical data from 2013 to 2018 and forecasts until 2025.This report provides clear insight into current and future tourism developments of the Japan outbound MICE tourism market. Furthermore, this report uses the main destination-focused analysis to explore Japan outbound MICE tourism market. A detailed main destination analysis of the market is provided, covering a total of 20 destinations. The report also explores detailed description of growth drivers and inhibitors of the Japan outbound MICE tourism market.The main MICE destinations for the Japanese travelers covered in the report are United States, Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Macau, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

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L’Australia on the news con la sua ultimissima campagna dedicata ai giovani

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 ottobre 2017

Sydney, perla australianaSYDNEY/PRNewswire/ Consegnando il suo primo bollettino dall’alto del Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tourism Australia lancia un nuovo canale di informazione che racconta curiose storie da tutta l’Australia nell’ambito della nuova campagna, da 5 milioni di dollari, dedicata ai giovani.Realizzato da giovani per i giovani, Aussie News Today condividerà storie da tutta l’Australia, mandandole in onda direttamente nel notiziaro seguito da milioni di giovani e potenziali viaggiatori da tutto il mondo.
John O’Sullivan, Managing Director di Tourism Australia, ha dichiarato che la nuova campagna metterà in rilievo le diverse destinazioni ed esperienze uniche disponibili per i giovani viaggiatori e per coloro che partecipano al programma di vacanza lavoro (working holidaymaker programme) in Australia.
“Prevediamo di regalare un sorriso ai giovani con Aussie News Today, presentando nuove storie divertenti, a volte irriverenti ed esaltanti di vita quotidiana in Australia.”Dalle immersioni in gabbia per vedere i coccodrilli ai selfie con i quokka, dalle gare di cammelli e boxe dei canguri, ai Big Banana e alle Giant Pineapple – l’Australia è un continente straordinario con tantissime storie da condividere poiché ci sono ragioni eccezionali per visitarlo,” ha dichiarato O’Sullivan.
Aussie News Today sarà una campagna basata sui social, lanciata da tre carismatici giovani australiani: la stella dei Wallabies Rugby Union Nick Cummins (alias “The Honey Badger”, in italiano “Il tasso del miele”), la presentatrice TV Teigan Nash e Lincoln Lewis, ex attore della soap Home and Away. Tutti e tre viaggeranno e racconteranno storie tutto il paese.Saranno raccolti esclusivamente contenuti australiani provenienti da tutto il paese e saranno condivisi su scala globale utilizzando i canali digitali e social di Tourism Australia, compresi i profili Facebook e Instagram dedicati a Aussie News Today, e sulla piattaforma di informazioneà creato un contenuto supplementare per i giovani nell’ambito della prima partnership al mondo con BuzzFeed, che vedrà otto giovani viaggiatori provenienti dall’Europa coinvolti un un road trip di tre mesi attraverso l’Australia per raccontare le loro esperienze sulla cultura locale, i festival, gli eventi, il cibo il e vino del paese.I giovani viaggiatori rappresentano il 25 per cento degli arrivi internazionali in Australia (2,1 milioni) e il 46 per cento della spesa complessiva (18,7 miliardi AUD).Gli australiani, gli operatori del turismo australiano e i visitatori con permessi di vacanza lavoro sono invitati a mandarci nuove idee attraverso #AussieNewsToday, e a visitare per scoprire nuovi itinerari e per rimanere aggiornati su Aussie News Today. La campagna sarà inizialmente incentrata su quattro dei più grandi mercati dei giovani australiani: il Regno Unito, la Francia, la Germania e l’Italia, prima di essere estesa ad altri mercati il prossimo anno.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino to Add Karting Experience to Diverse Roster of Adventure Tourism Attractions

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 settembre 2017

newton_maNewton, MA 275 Washington Street. Foxwoods® Resort Casino announced the next step in its evolution as the Northeast’s premier full-service resort destination: a high-performance, European-style indoor karting center. The track, which will feature dramatic elevation changes and hairpin turns, is set to join the recently opened Foxwoods Thrill Tower and upcoming HighFlyer Zipline as another standout addition to Foxwoods’ impressive portfolio of adventure attractions.Foxwoods teamed up with On Track Karting, a recognized leader in the karting industry, to offer guests a true motorsport feel on one of the longest and fastest indoor kart runs ever constructed. The top-of-the-line, multi-level track will feature gas-powered, nine-horsepower karts that give drivers the power and control necessary for the ultimate high-speed rush.“Our goal is to continue to provide more fun and exciting reasons for guests to visit Foxwoods,” said Felix Rappaport, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “As a leader in the entertainment industry, this is the next logical step as we continue to evolve into the premier resort destination in North America.” Foxwoods, together with racing enthusiast and star of Fast N’ Loud Richard Rawlings, made the announcement earlier today in front of a packed crowd at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in advance of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ ISM Connect 300. Rawlings also unveiled a kart emblazoned with his Gas Monkey Garage logo that he promises to take back to his famed shop, where he will work his magic to turn it into the fastest kart on the track.Construction is set to begin in late September and the karting center is scheduled to open in early 2018. To get your engine started, visit for more information.

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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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Nuovo record per Abu Dhabi

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 febbraio 2017

saif-s-ghobashsummit-overseas-officesAbu Dhabi, EAU Secondo i dati raccolti da Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, (TCA Abu Dhabi), il 2016 è stato un anno da record per i visitatori ad Abu Dhabi. Più di 4.4 milioni di arrivi con una crescita dell’8% rispetto al 2015. Le statistiche analizzate attraverso i pernottamenti, la lunghezza media di soggiorno e i ricavi hanno ottenuto ottimi risultati, registrando un numero di 12.031.628 di guest night. I dati sul record degli arrivi 2016 sono stati ufficializzati durante l’Overseas Offices Summit con tutti i rappresentanti degli uffici TCA all’estero e dell’industria turistica. Giunto alla 6ˆ Edizione, l’Overseas Offices Summit è l’appuntamento annuale cruciale dove i più importanti operatori del settore incontrano e identificano le opportunità di business nei vari mercati internazionali.
“Questo risultato eccezionale dimostra un crescente appeal dell’Emirato a livello internazionale, così come il continuo successo nel posizionare Abu Dhabi come una destinazione globale di alto livello grazie alla possibilità di fare esperienze uniche, esplorare un ricco patrimonio culturale, scoprire illimitate opportunità per le famiglie, il tempo libero ed eventi MICE”, dichiara S.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Direttore Generale, TCA Abu Dhabi. (photos: Saif S. Ghobash, Summit Overseas Offices)

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Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels today.”With today’s call for proposals we are shining a light on Europe’s rich maritime heritage, from museums to monuments. By encouraging tourist authorities to team up with the cultural and creative industeuropean commissionries, this call will create new tourist offers, making Europe’s coastal regions an even more attractive holiday destination”, Commissioner Vella said.Commissioner Vella also used his opening speech to stress the role of innovation in keeping Europe’s maritime and coastal tourism competitive and attractive.”Tourism is changing. Holidaymakers are increasingly looking for more than traditional ‘sun, sand and sea’ package. So innovation is indispensable to keep you – and Europe – in business. And we also need innovation to keep our air, landscapes and waters clean. Because Europe’s natural treasures are some of our greatest tourism assets. So going green is not just good for the environment. It’s good for business,” he said.
Coastal tourism is the most popular type of tourism in Europe. Two out of three European tourists prefer to spend their holidays on the coast, and nearly half of all nights spent in EU tourist accommodation are spent in coastal areas. Together with cruise tourism, yachting and marinas, coastal tourism in the EU provides almost 3 million jobs and generates revenue of 400 billion euros.The Commission is supporting maritime and coastal tourism by funding new ideas, fostering dialogue, and promoting Europe as a maritime destination, in line with its 2014 ‘European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism’.Its ‘Guide on Funding for Coastal and Maritime Tourism’, developed in early 2016, gives a helpful overview of available EU funding.Today’s call for proposals follows a call for the creation of underwater cultural routes earlier this year.

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WTTC comment on the UK vote to leave the European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 giugno 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caFollowing the referendum on 23 June, the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) emphasises that travel to, from and within the EU and UK will not be affected in the short term. The process set out by the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two year period of negotiation once the UK formally states its intention to leave the EU, and this period could even be extended by agreement of all the parties. During this period the legislation around Travel & Tourism will remain unchanged.David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “We are entering a period of market uncertainty which will undoubtedly put pressure on Travel & Tourism businesses, however we know that our sector is resilient and we expect business and leisure travel to hold up in the face of these challenges.”

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New research shows that Travel & Tourism can be a driver of peace

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 maggio 2016

india-travel-insuranceWith terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, today the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to launch a new research report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace.
While Travel & Tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.The report, Tourism as a Driver for Peace, conducted with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can be for the levels of peace in a country.Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors* have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence. Increases in tourism sustainability can lead to improvements in the functioning of governments. As governments respond to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism expansion, this ultimately increases future peace, the report states.Over the last decade the world has become increasingly unequal in terms of its levels of peacefulness, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries are facing greater levels of violence and conflict. This research shows that the more sustainable and open a country’s tourism sector, the less peace levels have declined. Even in conflict-affected countries, all of which saw their levels of peace drop in the period between 2008 and 2015, those that had more open and sustainable tourism saw a significantly lower drop in peace than countries with less sustainable tourism sectors.David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism’s economic impact is now well established and widely recognised, and governments around the world are increasingly looking to the sector to provide livelihoods and jobs, and drive economic development. However, the benefits of tourism as a force for good, its ability to bring peace, security and understanding have been harder to quantify. I am delighted that this research now shows that Travel & Tourism does have a strong link to creating peaceful societies.In a world of increasing risk and security concerns, this research is compelling evidence of why governments should continue to focus on tourism development for the good of their people, and make policy decisions that balance the safety of their citizens with the continued facilitation of travel for business and leisure purposes.” Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP, said: “The data shows how tourism and peace can support each other and increase societal resilience, prosperity and peace in the long term. This also shows how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace.”

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World Travel & Tourism Council announces Global Summit Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 marzo 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caInfluencers to tackle travel security, collaborative economy, oil price and exchange rate impacts and the balance between technology and human interaction.The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is excited to announce the programme for its 16th Annual Global Summit 2016, taking place in Dallas, Texas, 6-7 April 2016. David Scowsill, President & CEO, said: “The influence of the recent geopolitical shifts, global sustainability accords, and technological developments, together with ever-demanding consumers, is transforming the way businesses work, transact and report. These are interesting times for this sector: challenges around safety triggered by terrorist attacks and migration have sparked many debates on border security; new technologies have continued to drive visa facilitation and retailing opportunities; exchange rate movements have put major pressures on key markets; oil price fluctuations have brought some benefits for consumers and some hardships for economies.”The thought-provoking Summit Programme will address the theme Travel Beyond Boundaries, inviting renowned influencers on stage to discuss the issues that are impacting the unsteady global economic climate in general and this sector in particular.Mr. Scowsill added: “I am extremely pleased that the US government is expressing its commitment to Travel & Tourism as the Summit welcomes Penny Pritzker US Secretary of Commerce, who will address the importance of public and private partnerships.”
Further WTTC Global Summit Programme highlights include:Jeremy Rifkin, Advisor to the European Union, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, will share his views on how technology is changing business as he discusses Global Mega Trends.
Jeffrey Sachs, American Economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will address Disease and Migration and the role of the Travel & Tourism sector in tackling these two major global issues.
PW Singer, Security Specialist, will talk about Cyber and Data Security, and whether the current demand for enhanced security warrants giving up some of our personal freedom.
Barry Diller, CEO & Chairman, IAC and Founder of Expedia, will be interviewed on his predictions for the future of Travel & Tourism, along with the latest trends shaping our sector.
The 2016 Global Summit will be fully livestreamed, so that anyone anywhere in the world is able to follow this year’s exceptional programme.

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Italian Hotel Association Wins MITT Wild Card

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 febbraio 2016

mittThe MITT Wild Card Programme aims to help travel companies/destinations discover more about the Russian tourism industry, by taking a free stand at MITT – Moscow’s International Travel and Tourism Exhibition. Companies that had never exhibited at the event before were invited to apply. The winner, the Italian hotel association Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi, was chosen by the organiser ITE Group plc, with consideration of recent promotional activities implemented by Italy. In 2014 both countries (Russia and Italy) celebrated the Russia-Italy Cross-Year of Tourism, whereby Italy focused on the promotion of new forms of tourism, new routes and gastronomy to the Russian market. Their promotional efforts resulted in over one million Russians travelling to Italy in 2015 – making it the 11th most popular destination for Russian tourists. The Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi is present throughout Italy, the association deals with more than 2,500 tourist accommodation facilities totaling a 175,000 room occupancy, and therefore is a reputable organisation that unites the hotel industry of Italy. Italy, represented by the Italian National mitt1Agency for Tourism (ENIT) will also exhibit at MITT. ENIT has exhibited at MITT for several editions of the event. This year, the destination will return with an increase in exhibiting space to communicate the highlights the country has to offer to Russian tourists, and will bring together Italy’s regional tourism agencies, resorts, hotels and transportation companies. Italy is renowned for its enchanting vineyards, fashion, breathtaking architecture and mouthwatering food. The country is commonly quoted as a top destination to visit.
ENIT and the Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi will showcase their travel offerings in pavilion 2.3. More than 1,800 travel companies from 192 destinations participate at MITT annually.
The MITT event is a platform where travel trade professionals, government ministers and international press can assess the market/competition; network with existing and new clients, as well as conduct and conclude deals for the following tourism season.
The Russian region of Altay and the Israeli city of Eilat have Partner Region status for MITT 2016.MITT is organised by ITE Group plc, which organises a portfolio of 8 annual travel industry exhibitions in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
ITE Group plc was established in the early 90’s and is now one of the leading organisers of conferences and exhibitions. Today, the group organise over 230 trade exhibitions and conferences each year in 19 countries.

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Tourism Australia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 ottobre 2015

ROA. Melbourne. November, 2012. (photo © ROA)Rimini dall’8 al 10 ottobre 2015 quest’anno Tourism Australia sarà presente a TTG Incontri, la principale fiera trade del mercato italiano dedicata al turismo, che si terrà a Rimini. Presso lo stand 001-003 del padiglione C1 di Rimini Fiera, Tourism Australia illustrerà ad agenti di viaggio e addetti ai lavori le ultime novità sulla destinazione, presentando tutte le attività promozionali in corso in compagnia di alcuni partner specializzati. A condividere lo stand con l’Ente saranno infatti presenti: Australia One, Goway Travel, Intertravel Viaggi, Pan Pacific Tours, Prestige Italia, Sealink Travel Group, le compagnie aeree Cathay Pacific Airways e Virgin Australia Airlines, Voyages & Hamilton Island e, naturalmente, gli Enti degli Stati e dei Territori australiani: South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Northern Territory, Tourism and Events Queensland e Tourism Victoria.La presenza di numerosi partner tra i tour operator e gli inbound, incrementati rispetto allo scorso anno, che accompagnerà Tourism Australia a TTG Incontri 2015 dimostra l’interesse verso la destinazione da parte degli operatori turistici e dei viaggiatori italiani, confermato dal numero di arrivi dal Belpaese che si attesta sulle 46.000 unità (periodo luglio 2015 – luglio 2016). Ampliando l’azione promozionale oltre le caratteristiche più note del Paese come la natura, l’avventura, e le modernissime metropoli, Tourism Australia ha contribuito a mettere in evidenza aspetti come il Working Holiday Visa, l’enogastronomia e le esperienze aborigene, grazie a campagne specifiche come Restaurant Australia.Tourism Australia riconosce il ruolo chiave rivestito dagli agenti di viaggio nell’attrarre i visitatori in Australia. A partire da novembre 2015 in Italia sarà disponibile una risorsa dedicata che fungerà da contatto diretto per gli agenti di viaggi, con l’obiettivo di realizzare corsi di formazione, condividere idee e fornire informazioni sempre aggiornate agli agenti che sono in prima linea.Per gli agenti di viaggio quest’anno è previsto un rilancio del programma Aussie Specialist. Quest’azione sarà preceduta da una profonda rivisitazione del programma globale di training online e prevederà la costruzione di una nuova piattaforma digitale, disponbile in Italia all’inizio del 2016.L’Aussie Specialist Program (ASP) è il programma online di Tourism Australia, condiviso dagli 8 Stati e rispettivi partner, creato con l’obiettivo di fornire agli agenti di viaggio le conoscenze e le tecniche per vendere al meglio la destinazione.

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World’s leading travel bodies welcome focus on jobs at T20 meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 ottobre 2015

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caThe Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), representing the leading public and private bodies in Travel and Tourism, heralds the importance of this week’s meeting of the G20 Tourism Ministers (T.20) in Antalya, Turkey and its focus on employment.Travel & Tourism is a major global employer. The sector is forecasted to support over 280 million jobs worldwide during 2015, or one in eleven jobs on the planet. Over the next ten years, the sector is estimated to generate 25 million new jobs directly and support indirectly the creation of 80 million new jobs around the world.Most importantly, Travel and Tourism supports jobs across all levels of society. It employs a higher percentage of women and young people than the whole of the economy and provides employment in rural and remote areas across the globe where job opportunities would otherwise be lacking.David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, speaking on behalf of GTAC, said:“Our sector creates jobs at different skills levels and in areas where other employment opportunities are scarce. This is why ‘Investment in People’ is one of the four key pillars of GTAC’s Agenda for Growth and Development”.“In this regard, GTAC commends the G20 Tourism Ministers for placing jobs and employment high on the agenda. Travel and Tourism has a tremendous positive impact on people’s livelihoods, which enhances the community health, wealth and pride. With the extraordinary growth of our sector forecast for the next decade, we can contribute to promote more inclusive growth. Yet, doing so requires we address existing challenges, namely that of employing enough talent to meet the demand on all parts of the sector which GTAC represents.” “We encourage governments and private companies to play their full part in supporting the sector and implementing policies which promote proactive and careful talent management. This will help ensure that the full potential for the industry is reached, since recent research shows that without this participation the sector could employ 14 million fewer people and contribute US$610 billion less in GDP to the world economy over the next ten years, when compared to accepted growth forecasts.” “Failure to plan properly for talent requirements leads to lower growth, reduced investment, less innovation and declining competitiveness – for both countries and companies. GTAC Members are working together in sharing research and best practices when it comes to opportunities, jobs and employment. We need the right policies, programmes and partnerships in place, to ensure that the workforce of the future knows about the opportunities in our sector, and has the appropriate skills and knowledge to support future growth.”

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Travel & Tourism leaders welcomes UN Global Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 settembre 2015

Ttourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.cahe leaders of the major Global Travel and Tourism associations have welcomed the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which represents the leading public and private bodies in the Travel and Tourism sector, attests to the global importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of the Travel & Tourism sectors in their realisation.
Speaking on behalf of GTAC, David Scowsill, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said:“Travel & Tourism is a sector which collectively contributes nearly 10% of the world’s GDP and one in eleven of all jobs on the planet. Over one billion people cross international borders each year, a number expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, while at the same time, billions more travel domestically. This is a sector which will play a very significant role in making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.“Like the Sustainable Development Goals themselves, the Travel & Tourism sector is global and action-oriented. It consists of millions of companies – from the smallest hostel to the largest airline – which together forge an industry which encourages sustainable economic growth, creates jobs, promotes opportunities across society and alleviates poverty.“Travel & Tourism has the potential to contribute directly or indirectly to all of the goals. In particular, as one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world, Travel & Tourism is well-positioned to foster economic growth and create jobs throughout the world to meet Goal #1 “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”. In particular, tourism has been included as a specific target in Goals #8, #12 and #14 on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, sustainable consumption and production and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources.
“The Sustainable Development Goals will play a major role in framing our world for the next generation. The Global Travel Association Coalition, representing the major public and private bodies in the Travel & Tourism industry, welcomes their adoption and the part that our sector will play in making them a reality.”

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“TATRA – Tastes of Trappists: a slow tourism experience”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 maggio 2014

BruxellesMonday 12th May at 17:30 at De Markten in Rue du vieux marché aux grains, 5 – Brussels. The conference is an opening event of “TATRA – Tastes of Trappists: a slow tourism experience”, a 15-month project which is realized by an international consortium of 7 partners, co-funded by the European Commission and managed by the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce. The TATRA project aims to promote the development and recognition of a sustainable tourism strategy within the Trappists’ sites areas. After a presentation of the project, during the conference Ms. Cinzia De Marzo from the European Commission and Ms. Griet Geudens from Visit Flanders will focus on the economic potential of sustainable tourism activities and typical local productions. The closing cocktail will be an opportunity for further discussion on the topic, as well for discovering the Trappists products, around which the TATRA project was created.

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WTTC presses Travel & Tourism industry to ensure its standards of ethics and sustainability are of the highest order

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 aprile 2014

Aerial photo shoot for Kenai Fjords Tours 8-19-2010, near Seward, Alaska.The global Travel & Tourism industry must operate to the highest standards to prove that it is a force for good and not a force for destruction. That is according to the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), David Scowsill, in his closing speech at the WTTC Global Summit in Hainan, China (24-25 April 2014).Mr Scowsill is calling on the sector to demonstrate leadership and accountability; “The Travel & Tourism industry needs to report and communicate the benefits and value it brings and ensure that it genuinely embraces a Tourism for Tomorrow. Standards of ethics and sustainability must be of the highest order. We need to work in true partnership with governments – when they listen – and with our local communities and stakeholders.  We must also engage with our staff, our customers and our consumers”.Subjects discussed at the WTTC Global Summit have included volatility and unpredictability, climate change and disaster recovery, infrastructure planning and sustainability, growth and jobs, peace and prosperity, collaboration and co-operation and culture and understanding. Mr Scowsill continues; “We have a responsibility for the one billion travellers each year on our planet and another billion soon; for the plight of those affected by disasters, whether through natural disaster or man-made conflict and for the careful preservation of resources and protection of the planet. And we also have the responsibility to provide millions of quality jobs to people, who are seeking fulfilment and quality of life through employment, training, opportunities and careers. And we must not forget that we have to satisfy the markets and investors, who quite properly and responsibly seek returns for the huge investment that will be needed. If we can take care of all these responsibilities, then we will become the greatest industry on earth and a true Force for Good”.Mr Scowsill says, however, that there is currently a vacuum in global leadership and the Industry needs to play its part; “National governments and global institutions are increasingly struggling to tackle many of the issues, which we’ve been discussing over the last two days. Governments do not always recognise our contribution at the table.  As an industry, we need to become more vocal and more sophisticated in our co-ordination and articulation of our agenda going forward, if we are to succeed. The enormous infrastructure that the massive growth in travel will require will only happen through consensus, collaboration and co-operation. WTTC commits to representing our industry in these capacities to make change happen”.

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Optimistic Outlook for Greek Holidays in 2012, say Holiday Hypermarket

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 maggio 2012

view of Mykonos, Greece Italiano: Veduta di My...

view of Mykonos, Greece Italiano: Veduta di Mykonos, Grecia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

London,(PRNewswire) Greek tourism is tipped to see moderate growth in 2012 due to lower airfares and attractive rates in island destinations like Crete, Mykonos and Corfu, say leading online travel retailer, Holiday Hypermarket. This follows statements from Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the U.N. World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), who affirmed Greece’s popularity as a tourism destination. In 2011, around 10 per cent more travellers booked Greek holidays, and with tourism accounting for 15 per cent of the economy as well as one in five jobs, it is a crucial aspect of the Greek way of life. As a result, both the mainland and surrounding islands boast a large number of holiday resorts with great facilities. Greek tourism bodies have launched campaigns to promote tourism abroad. For example, UP Greek Tourism is an initiative that employs outdoor advertising, traditional and social media to promote inbound tourism, particularly among German and British travellers who are eager visitors to Greece’s coastal and island resorts.Calum MacDonald, Online Marketing Manager at Holiday Hypermarket, comments, “Greece is slowly climbing into the top 10 tourist destinations in the world with plenty to offer families, honeymooning couples and young friends looking for a party destination.
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New Record for Vienna: 11.4 Million Visitor Overnights in 2011

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 gennaio 2012

Vienna. The United Kingdom Ranked in Sixth Place Amongst Vienna’s Top Markets With 393,000 Overnights.Vienna’s tourism industry can look back on an all-time best year in 2011: growth of 5% meant a new record level of 11.4 million visitor overnights for the Austrian capital.The strongest growth in Vienna’s main markets in 2011 was achieved by Russia (522,000 bednights, +36%), followed by Spain (388,000, +17%) and Switzerland (346,000, +12%). Bednights from France were up 8% (345,000), from Italy by 5% (657,000), from the United Kingdom also by 5% (393,000), from Japan by 4% (277,000), and from Germany by 3% (2,381,000). The figure for the USA remained unchanged compared to 2010 (561,000), and only Austria fell below the previous year’s result (2,096,000, 7%).Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner commenting on 2011’s record result: “Last year Vienna reported eight months with over a million bednights. Besides the already traditional months of May, July, August and September, 2011 saw the addition of four new ones – April, June, October and December. An increase in bednights was reported for no fewer than 46 of the 52 markets for which statistics are collected. The fact that our overall result so significantly exceeded 2010’s record confirms once again our strategy of diversification and continual expansion into new markets.” All categories of Vienna’s accommodation establishments benefited from the positive result for the year 2011. Average bed occupancy in 2011 was 56.5%, equivalent to a room occupancy of around 71%.

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Europe surpasses the half billion mark in 2011

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 gennaio 2012

Despite persistent economic uncertainty, tourist arrivals to Europe reached 503 million in 2011, accounting for 28 million of the 41 million additional international arrivals recorded worldwide. Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Mediterranean destinations (+8% each) experienced the best results. Although part of the growth in Southern Mediterranean Europe resulted from a shift in traffic away from the Middle East and North Africa, destinations in the Mediterranean also profited from improved outbound flows from markets such as Scandinavia, Germany and the Russian Federation.Asia and the Pacific (+6%) was up 11 million arrivals in 2011, reaching a total 216 million international tourists. South Asia and South-East Asia (both +9%) benefited from strong intraregional demand, while growth was comparatively weaker in North-East Asia (+4%) and Oceania (+0.3%), partly due to the temporary decline in the Japanese outbound market.The Americas (+4%) saw an increase of 6 million arrivals, reaching 156 million in total. South America, up by 10% for the second consecutive year, continued to lead growth. Central America and the Caribbean (both +4%) maintained the growth rates of 2010. North America, with a 3% increase, hit the 100 million tourists mark in 2011.Africa maintained international arrivals at 50 million, as the gain of two million by Sub-Saharan destinations (+7%) was offset by the losses in North Africa (-12%). The Middle East (-8%) lost an estimated 5 million international tourist arrivals, totalling 55 million. Nevertheless, some destinations such as Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates sustained steady growth.

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International tourism to reach one billion in 2012

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 gennaio 2012

International tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2011 to a total 980 million, up from 939 million in 2010, in a year characterised by a stalled global economic recovery, major political changes in the Middle East and North Africa and natural disasters in Japan. By region, Europe (+6%) was the best performer, while by subregion South-America (+10%) topped the ranking. Contrary to previous years, growth was higher in advanced economies (+5.0%) than in emerging ones (+3.8%), due largely to the strong results in Europe, and the setbacks in the Middle East and North Africa.“International tourism hit new records in 2011 despite the challenging conditions,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “For a sector directly responsible for 5% of the world’s GDP, 6% of total exports and employing one out of every 12 people in advanced and emerging economies alike these results are encouraging, coming as they do at a time in which we urgently need levers to stimulate growth and job creation,” he added.

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