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Indaba 2019: 1828 Buyers

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The South African Tourism annual tourism showcase, Africa’s Travel Indaba, saw a promising conglomeration of some 1828 buyers from 88 countries and over more than 1000 exhibitors at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, from May 2-4, 2019. The event serves as one of the largest platforms for Africa’s tourism industry to showcase the extensiveness of its products to an international market. Derek Hanekom, Minister, Tourism, Government of South Africa, said, “Africa’s Travel Indaba has become synonymous with storytelling. This continent is teeming with stories and folklore which are woven into all the products and experiences that are showcased here. In 2018, Africa reached 67 million international tourist arrivals, a growth of 7 per cent over 2017. This represents 5 per cent of all global international arrivals, up nearly 14 mn from the low of 2015. On the African continent, we have grown at an average of 8 per cent for three years in a row.” The Minister also shared that UNWTO predicts that 1.8 billion people will be travelling globally by 2030, and that Africa will increase its share from the current 5 to 7 per cent of all global arrivals. While buyers at Indaba include tour operators, online booking companies and DMCs from across the world, the exhibitor profile includes provincial authorities, tour operators, game lodges, luxury products, etc., from as many as 20 African nations. The India market continues to be a significant contributor to Africa’s, particularly South Africa’s, international tourist arrival numbers, and Indaba is seen as one of the most significant events to help strengthen this relationship even further. Addressing delegates at Indaba 2019, the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, highlighted the 10 …

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Indian visitors to add 10.8 million hotel room nights to GCC by 2022

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The number of Indian visitors travelling to the GCC over the coming five years will create an extra 10.8 million room nights, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28, 2019 to May 1, 2019. The latest research published by Colliers International predicts around nine million Indians will travel to the GCC by 2022 – 37 per cent of India’s total outbound market – with business, place of work and leisure underpinning this demand. Indian outbound will account for 22.5 million worldwide tourists in 2018, with reports from UNWTO estimating this figure will increase by 122 per cent to reach over 50 million by 2022. Adding to this, Indian tourists are among the world’s highest spenders per visit made abroad, with visitor spend expected to increase from US$23 billion in 2018 to US$45 billion by 2022. Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said, “Despite recent weak rupee exchange rates, which have seen the rupee lose around 14 per cent of its value against the US dollar over the last 12 months, the Indian outbound market has continued to grow at an average annual growth rate of 10-12 per cent over the last seven years. The GCC has benefited from this trend with Indian travellers’ willingness and ability to spend on outbound travel supported by the country’s pace-setting 7 per cent GDP growth and a new generation of leisure attractions in the GCC as well as increased business opportunities and relaxed visa regulations for Indian nationals. We are witnessing this growth first hand with Indian visitors to ATM increasing 27 per cent YoY between 2017 and …

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WTM London 2017 concludes successfully

The final day of WTM London 2017 concluded with WTM Festivals, allowing visitors to experience the culture, hospitality and cuisine of the Caribbean, Tokyo, Indonesia, Ecuador, Bulgaria, Ghana, Senegal and Brazil. Pertinent issues such as Brexit, overtourism and development were debated among the tourism ministers’ agenda. The annual UNWTO and WTM Ministers Summit debated strategies to cope with overtourism, which is threatening the tourism trade in destinations such as Barcelona, Venice and Amsterdam. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO, said there have been many protests against overtourism in 2017, with slogans such as “tourists go home” and “tourists are terrorists.” He warned, “We cannot continue to build five-star hotels in three-star communities. We need to diversify visitors’ activities, reduce seasonality and raise awareness of less busy destinations.” WTM brought together the leadership of the International Hotel Investment Forum and WTM London’s expertise to create an exclusive platform for ministers and investors in travel destination development. Keith Evans, Vice President Hotels, Starwood Capital, highlighted Greece’s potential, “There’s a good strong fundamental tour infrastructure; Greece is setting itself up as a market that has an interesting few years ahead.”

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ACTE 1st Intellicon Regional Conference of 2017 underway

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ACTE first Intellicon Regional Conference of 2017 is underway at Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, that saw participation from 130 people.  A new concept for attendees, it offers a full-day of education sessions dealing with topics, which remain a challenge for the industry.  Benson Tang, Regional Director, Asia, ACTE Global, says, “India is a very important market; we will continue to spend our resources here. Next year we will try to bring our global conference here.”  Talking about the conference, he adds, “Intellicon means a world with intelligence, without intelligence we cannot have new business. Knowledge is the power, nothing more important than knowledge and knowledge needs to be transferred, we are here to have a day of knowledge transfer. Only with knowledge we can change the world. Travel policy and how we can make our world better all depends on education and knowledge.” While giving the keynote address for the event, Sunil Kumar, Global President, UFTAA and President TAAI enumerated trends in the travel trade, he said, “The travel industry is phenomenal in its size and design to consistently change, IATA has some stunning projections on the growing global industry. Worldwide jobs supported by aviation were at 58.1 million jobs, in 2013 this is expected to increase to 103.1 million jobs by 2032.  From 1914-2014, it has been 100 years in Air Travel and 65 billion passengers have flown. About 3 billion passengers are flown annually today. UNWTO predicts Indian Outbound has potential to grow to 50 million by 2020.” Elucidating on the trends that will drive corporate travel, he adds, “The Five C+ one C that will drive selling travel include: Contact (Easy access), Convenience, Content (information and …

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TCEB to host ASEAN conference with UNWTO on MICE

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB will host the ASEAN Conference on MICE in Collaboration with UNWTO to enable a dialogue for leveraging knowledge and policy exchange, and driving regional ties towards the mutually beneficial goal of accommodating MICE travellers from around the globe. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said, “The ASEAN Conference on MICE in Collaboration with UNWTO is being held as part of the ASEAN strategy to provide a platform to help raise awareness and showcase the important role the MICE industry plays in the region among ASEAN leaders, especially to improve the quality and standard of infrastructure and facilities to accommodate the needs of MICE travellers from around the globe, right here in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the activity, which will draw more than 270 delegates from public and private organisations as well as MICE operators from across the region, will help promote Thailand as a high quality MICE destination in ASEAN.”

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