As British travellers demand more than just a beach from their holidays, the Destinations Show welcomes exciting new representation from across the globe to its 13th event in London. Amongst newcomers to the Event are Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Colombia Tourism. The presence of these lesser discovered destinations reinforces consumers desire to go off the beaten track and meets the needs of Destinations independent, discerning audience looking for fresh inspiration.
Luisa Urueña, Tourism Advisor for the Colombian Government Trade Bureau comments:
‘‘The aim is to change global perceptions so Colombia is perceived in a positive light on both an economic and social level…We have chosen to exhibit at Destinations in London as we feel this is an excellent way to reach the consumer, especially those interested in visiting new, undiscovered destinations and to encourage them to discover all that our county has to offer’
Along with these destinations, an array of unusual tour operators, from Alaska’s Hallo Bay bear tours to Go Russia’s tours of KGB and other top secret sites will showcase for the first time to this travel savvy market. And in line with the consumers search to explore the road less travelled, The Visa Company will launch at Destinations, aiming to ease the pain of the visa process, arranging visas in a hassle free manner.
In 2007, the Responsible Travel area of the Show will be larger than ever, and will address consumers growing concerns for the planet, sustainable tourism and carbon emissions. It will feature authentic and cultural tours aiding local communities, trips designed for those specifically looking for achievement and travel companies helping to fund clean fuel technology thus attempting to repay carbon debts associated with flight and transport emissions. Experts will be on hand from a range of companies including; The Different Travel Company, i-to-i, The Born Free Foundation and responsibletravel.com - winner of First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards.
‘Destinations delivers the world’s best kept secrets, as well as old favourite destinations,’ says Chris Gallon, Show Director ‘and provides a true reflection of independent travellers desires, covering everything from weekend or career breaks to long haul trips and eco travel. Mixed with fascinating talks and world entertainment visitors imaginations are filled with travel ideas.’