Concerns over London 2012 Olympic accommodation
Availability of hotel rooms during the London 2012 Olympics is emerging as a key concern for inbound operators and agents, reveals the latest World Travel Market (WTM) Meridian Club Think Tank. Buyers working in the inbound and corporate sectors agreed many hotels in London were risking established relationships with long-term partners in order to satisfy short-term Olympic demand.
WTM 2010 to lead to £1,425 million of travel industry deals
World Travel Market 2010, the leading global event for the travel industry, generated a massive £1,425 million in travel and tourism industry deals – an impressive 25% increase on WTM 2009.
WTM 2010 Experiences 10% Increase in Visitors
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.
Travel industry recovering from recession, WTM delegates told.
People are rediscovering travel following the recession, according to data unveiled on the second day of World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry.
Tourism recovery to focus emerging markets
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.
UNWTO urges government tourism rethink
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.”
Johannesburg Tourism celebrates in London
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.
WTTC: Recovery ‘stronger than expected’
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.
WTM predicts Middle East takeover
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.
Iraq the next tourism hotspot
Iraq is poised to be a future tourism hotspot reveals the WTM Global Trends Report.
WTM opening day reveals cautious optimism of travel industry
The first day of World Travel Market – the premier global event for the travel industry – has revealed continuing concern about the impact of the economy on tourism.
Turkey takes a stand at WTM
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.