World Travel Market 2010, the premier global event for the travel industry, experienced an impressive 10% increase in visitors. Almost 27,000 (26,908) visitors attended WTM 2010 over the four days (Monday November 8 – Thursday November 11) compared to 24,402 visitors who attended WTM 2009, according to unaudited figures of the event.
The travel and tourism sector sees the emerging global economies as the biggest opportunity over the next five years, reveals the inaugural World Travel Market Industry Report. Released in London today, the research finds close to one in three senior executives in the industry highlight the emerging markets – for both inbound and outbound travel - as their great hope.
Governments around the world should follow the Chinese approach to tourism, according to the UNWTO Ministers Summit at World Travel Market. Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization, said: “China is seeing the benefits from giving tourism a very high priority within government. It is an example other countries should try to follow.”
With the whole world in town for World Travel Market this week, Johannesburg Tourism Company proved to be the hottest party in town. With guests – including South African High Commissioner in London, Dr Zola Skweyiya – invited to the capital prestigious Commonwealth Club, the most famous city in South African put its best foot forward.
A faster than anticipated economic recovery has been reflected in a faster-than-expected rebound in international travel, particularly in Asian markets, the World Travel & Tourism Council has said. Global tourism real GDP growth is now expected to rise by two per cent this year, creating an extra 946,000 jobs worldwide.
Some of the United Kingdom’s most high-profile travel and tourism brands could be purchased by wealthy Middle Eastern businessman, predicts the WTM Global Trends Report. The report, in association with Euromonitor International, predicts Middle Eastern businesses are among the frontrunners for some of the UK industry’s most well known brands, including the Savoy, Claridge’s, the Berkeley and the Connaught.
The Turkish Office of Culture & Tourism has put on a stellar performer at this year’s World Travel Market, with the Turkish stand covering approximately 1,000 square metres; growing 30 per cent in size since last year. The body was also recognised as Europe’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Award earlier this year.
World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, is welcoming the Institute of Directors as a new exhibitor to its annual event. The IoD is seeking to showcase its meeting and function space, history and five-star service to a wider international audience of business travellers, destination management companies, event organisers and trade and tourism bodies.