The number of tourists visiting European destinations in 2009 is expected to contract slightly at best, given the current economic environment, but things could get worse. However, Europeans earning in the Eurozone who retain their jobs in the economic slump will find non-Eurozone destinations more affordable. These initial findings and predictions are from the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2009. The report, produced by IPK International, suggests that new tourist arrivals records are likely to be broken in 2011-2012.
“Expanding E-Travel Across Europe” is the overarching theme of the Travel Technology Conference, at PhoCusWright from the USA, internationally acknowledged market researchers and consultants specialising in the travel sector. The findings of the European Online Travel Overview from PhoCusWright show that the selective application of technology is indispensable for the success of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector: “Today more than a quarter (28%) of European travel is booked online, and by 2010 the number of online bookings will have risen by a third”, according to Michaela Papenhoff, Senior Market Analyst for PhoCusWright und CEO of h2c consulting gmbh. In a series of keynote speeches, executive round tables, CEO interviews and brief “Five Minutes of Fame” presentations, [email protected] Berlin will provide comprehensive insights into developments, innovations and new services.
The crisis facing the global hotel industry has sparked leaders and experts to meet on 12 March 2009 for a special day of discussions during the forthcoming ITB Berlin 2009. International experts at the ITB Hospitality Day will discuss current tendencies and future trends. Under the slogan “Hotel industry - quo vadis?”, the global CEO panel will include Andrew Ed Fuller, Marriott International; Gerald Lawless, Jumeirah Group; Ted Teng, the new CEO of the Leading Hotels of the World; and Andrew Cosslett, InterContinental Hotels Group.
Emad F. Aziz, Chairman of Savoy Hotels & Resorts explains how he is targeting a boost in sales to the German and Austrian markets. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
ITB is perfect spot for Sunset Beach Ms Emerence Geers, Marketing Manager, The Sunset Beach Group explains how they are targeting a boost in sales from across Continental Europe. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
Bartlett heads strong Jamaica delegation Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica heads a strong delegation at ITB on the back of a positive year of business, despite the problems related to the US passport changes. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
Raj Palace unwraps new spa concept Karin Klug, Ayurveda Expert, The Raj Palace explains development of the new Gold Spa at the Raj. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
Etihad unveils new lounge concept Kirk Albrow, Regional General Manager, Europe & Americas, Etihad Airways reveals their new lounge concept which includes dining and spa facilities. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
Arabian Nights makes major ITB debut Murad Saket, General Manager, Arabian Nights explains the thinking behind the new company’s debut at ITB and their launch product Emirates Palace Tours. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
Ras al-Khaimah unveils a range of new products Dr. Khater Massaad, Chief Executive Officer, RAK Investment Authority explains the thinking behind the various projects coming online this year and for the next five years. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
Taj reveals bold plans for 2008 Mr Subhash Thaker, Vice President - Sales & Marketing (UK & Europe), Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces outlines a number of new projects for the coming year. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.