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January 20 2022 – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the Global Summit will now take place in Manila, Philippines, from April 20-22.

WTTC Global Summit delayed by a month

The event had been scheduled for mid-March.

Julia Simpson, WTTC chief executive, said: “As countries around the world begin to unlock the door to travel, we have taken the decision to reschedule our Global Summit by just a few short weeks.

“This will enable more international participants to join us in Manila and help guide and lead the sector as we head towards economic recovery.”

She added: “Our Global Summit is the most influential tourism event in the calendar.

“We are looking forward seeing our members, industry leaders and key government representatives gather in Manila in April to continue our efforts in safely restoring international travel.”

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, secretary of the Philippines Department of Tourism, said: “The WTTC Global Summit will be a significant opportunity for us to showcase the preparations that we have put in place for our eventual reopening to international visitors.

“Tourism has always provided us with endless opportunities.

“The reopening of our destinations and borders amid the pandemic is crucial to sustaining the livelihood of the millions who depend on travel and tourism.

“We are looking forward to being your gracious host in Manila as we navigate the next normal in the travel industry.”

Further information such as key speakers will be announced shortly.

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Arabian Travel Market (ATM) delayed by a day

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ATM Arabian Travel Market

January 13 2022 – Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been bumped back a day to accommodate the new Monday-to-Friday working week in the United Arab Emirates.

Arabian Travel Market delayed by a day

The event will now take place from Monday, May 9th until Thursday, May 12th.

The four-day show had previously been expected to start on Sunday, May 8th.

With the event returning to the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the revised dates are expected to complement international markets, the majority of which also follow the Monday-to-Friday working week.

The changes to the UAE calendar came into effect on January 1st.

ATM will play an integral role in the Arabian Travel Week (May 9-19), a festival of events dedicated to enabling travel professionals from all over the world to collaborate and shape the recovery of the Middle East travel industry through exhibitions, conferences, breakfast briefings, awards, product launches and networking events.

The destination claims to remain one of the most Covid-19-secure countries on the planet, with consistently low case rates and robust measures to ensure tourists’ safety at every stage of their visit, from arrival to departure.

Like its neighbouring emirates, Dubai is committed to maintaining the highest hygiene and safety standards.

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Seatrade Cruise Global to return to Miami 2022

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January 12 2022 –Seatrade Cruise Global will return to the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 25-28.

Seatrade Cruise Global to return to Miami

This conference will celebrate resilience – highlighting collaborative efforts across sectors to create a safer, more innovative cruising experience adapted to ever-changing times.

In addition to its enriching programming and expo components, the show will offer optimised networking opportunities with an all-new AI-enabled matchmaking software and dedicated concierge team.

“Our industry is continuing to shift and implement key learnings towards cruising innovation in every aspect – from health and safety to technology and sustainability.

“We’re proud to support the cruise community by providing a platform to unite and share knowledge, insights and solutions across these verticals,” says Chiara Giorgi, global brand and event director for Seatrade Cruise.

“After successfully reuniting in-person last year, and the overwhelming amount of positive feedback we received, we’re eager to continue the momentum, confident that through collaboration our industry is coming back stronger than ever.”

Seatrade Cruise Global 2022 is expected to welcome more than 10,000 attendees, representing 80+ cruise line brands and 500+ exhibitors from over 140 countries.

Focusing on resilience as its overarching theme, this year’s conference program will feature more than 45 hours of education, covering leading topics including technological advances, health and safety, global ports and destination updates, as well as sustainability and environmental advances.

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IMEX Announces New Dates for its 2022 Frankfurt Event

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January 10 2022 – IMEX Announces New Dates for its 2022 Frankfurt Event

The IMEX Group has announced new dates for IMEX in Frankfurt 2022.

The change allows the team to stage the 20th anniversary of its market-leading trade show from Tuesday 31 May – Thursday 02 June, giving the global meetings, incentive travel and events industry an additional five weeks to prepare.

The increase in Omicron cases across Europe and around the world together with current regulatory uncertainty caused Chairman, Ray Bloom and CEO, Carina Bauer to review their plans, together with their host venue, city and industry partners. They have taken the opportunity to accept new dates offered by Messe Frankfurt, meaning the show could return to its more familiar timings in late spring.

As IMEX CEO Carina Bauer explains, “Everyone in our industry can see the current situation in Europe and knows that, with trade shows depending on such long lead times, it doesn’t support a show in April. We strongly believe that a late May edition of IMEX in Frankfurt will allow everyone to move ahead and plan with certainty and confidence. Having recently come off a highly successful IMEX America, we’re completely focused on building a strong return for IMEX in Frankfurt and we’re also keenly aware of how much our industry needs IMEX to bring everyone together and prove that business regeneration and good lead flow is not only viable but closer than some may think.”

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 31 May – 2 June, with a dedicated day of tailored education on Monday 30 May for specialist groups such as corporate, association, and agency buyers.

Registration for IMEX in Frankfurt will go live in the week commencing Monday, January 17.

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Black Eyed Peas headed for Expo 2020 in Dubai

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Black Eyed Peas headed for Expo 2020 in Dubai

January 7 2022 – Black Eyed Peas headed for Expo 2020 in Dubai

Global music superstars Black Eyed Peas will throw the biggest party yet at Expo 2020 this month as they celebrate 25 years of smash-hit success.

The group will showcase new music from their album ‘Translation’ during a special one-off performance on January 25th.

Aligned with subtheme of mobility, this high-energy new show is inspired by the pace and pulse of technology and music, that explores and embraces new frontiers that drive humankind forwards.

This exciting new show will be streamed live to millions of fans around the world, with many ways for you to be part of it.

Visitors wishing to attend Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Infinite Nights’ show are advised to arrive early.

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March date set for ITB Berlin 2023

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March date set for ITB Berlin 2023

January 6 2022 – March date set for ITB Berlin 2023.

March 8 will be the opening date for ITB Berlin 2023, which will take place in the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. This has been confirmed by organisers of the event, Messe Berlin, following an announcement last month that ITB Berlin 2022 had been cancelled.

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Head of ITB Berlin, David Reutz, explained that while postponement for later in the year had been considered, the ultimate decision was to simply hold the 2023 event in person in March.

“For this reason we are strengthening the digital elements of ITB Berlin at the ITB Berlin Convention and Digital Business Day. We are doing everything to support a travel industry hard-hit by the pandemic, and in 2022 are planning a series of additional services and events in virtual and in-person formats,” he said,

All stand bookings by main exhibitors for ITB Berlin 2022 will be cancelled and stand fee invoices already paid will be refunded. Orders for exhibitor and trade visitor tickets will also be cancelled or not invoiced.

All Trade Visitor Passes for ITB Berlin 2022 and paid via the ITB Berlin ticket shop will be refunded. Those ordered on account will be cancelled and invoices already paid will be refunded.

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Panama Airport enters the Top 10 of world air hubs

Panama Airport enters Top 10 world air hubs

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Panama Airport enters Top 10 world air hubs

December 30, 2021 – Panama Airport enters the Top 10 of world air hubs

Panama City’s Airport, Tocumen, jumped from 20th to 7th place among the air hubs with the highest international traffic when comparing 2019 with 2021. Tocumen airport tripled its influence in this period, according to the ranking prepared by the consultancy ForwardKeys, based on the analysis of air ticket reservation figures.

In 2019, Panama airport mobilized 1.2% of global international air connections and was in 20th place in the ranking of the largest air hubs prepared by ForwardKeys. It was the only Latin American airport on the list and occupied a prominent position, closing the Top 20, and not far from giants such as Seoul, Moscow or Singapore.

The pandemic has totally transformed the aerial map in less than two years. Hong Kong, for example, was in 7th place in 2019 and disappeared from this year’s list; London dropped from 9 to 14 and Abu Dhabi fell from 10 to 16.

Panama had the most dizzying ascent with its jump from 20th to 7th place. And much more if you take into account that in the first six places the same airports are maintained, although the order has changed. In Europe, Amsterdam overtook Frankfurt. And in the Middle East, Doha is now ahead of Dubai, albeit with very even figures that have caused them to alternate depending on the month.

The truth is that air traffic is much more concentrated today than it was two years ago. Not only does America account for Panama’s growth, but Mexico City entered the list in 17th place, and three U.S. airports also now occupy places in the Top 20: Miami (15), Dallas Fort Worth (19) and Houston (20).

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Ranking of international air hubs. Graphic: ForwardKeys.

Panama’s airport’s strategic advantage was compounded by the growing trend of travel between the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America.

In addition, Copa Airlines – the Panamanian company based in Tocumen – was one of the large Latin American airlines that faced the crisis best and the only one of the big four that should not have gone to Chapter 11 of the US Justice (such as LATAM, Avianca and Aeromexico).

Regional travel

The decline of long-distance travel in favor of intraregional travel also explains Panama’s rise.

According to ForwardKeys data, in 2019, the proportion of intraregional and extra-regional travel was 56% to 44%; a proportion that was accentuated to 62% versus 38% in 2021.

“The pattern has also changed, with a higher proportion of people in Europe and America travelling intraregionally rather than long distances,” she said.

Panama Figures

Tocumen International Airport mobilized almost 8 million passengers between January and November 2021 – the vast majority in connections – reflecting the “progressive reactivation and above forecasts” of its operations, HOSTELTUR reported last week.

During the first 11 months of 2021, a total of 7,967,142 passengers have passed through Panama Airport.

November was the second month in a row with a movement of more than one million travelers (1,089,773) since the beginning of the pandemic, according to airport statistics.

South America leads the markets with the highest passenger traffic through Tocumen with a 45% share, followed by North America with 32.1%; Central America with 9.8%; the Caribbean with 8.5% and Europe with 4.6%.

Between January and November, 78,381 departures and arrivals operations were registered, with 19 commercial airlines that have reactivated their operations with direct flights to 68 destinations, reported the Tocumen International Airport S.A. (AITSA).

The general manager of Tocumen, Raffoul Arab, together with leaders of ALTA and AIC-LAC.

“This has been a progressive revival based on the confidence of airlines and travelers, driven by progress in vaccination processes and by the relaxation of entry requirements to countries,” said Tocumen International Airport General Manager Raffoul Arab.

The AITSA stressed that according to the most recent report of the International Air Transport Association(IATA),“Panama has recovered 85% of its pre-pandemic connectivity to North America, Europe, as well as its intraregional traffic, surpassing countries that never closed their skies such as the United States and Brazil.”

Other regions

In the battle of hubs, Doha (Qatar) overtook Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to become the busiest airport in the Middle East. Doha connects air traffic between South Asia, the Middle East, North America and sub-Saharan Africa.

In Europe, Amsterdam closed the gap with Frankfurt and surpassed it for intra-European transits and connections with North America.

Tocumen continues to inaugurate connections: new Delta routes from the US this week.

Before the pandemic, in 2019, the list of the top 10 global airports was topped by Dubai with a market share of 7.7% of intercontinental flight connections. It was followed by Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Doha, Istanbul, Paris, Hong Kong, Munich, London and Abu Dhabi.

In 2021, it was led by Amsterdam, with an 8.3% share of intercontinental flight connections.

Analysis of monthly traffic in 2021 shows that Amsterdam briefly overtook Frankfurt in September and October, but retreated in November. In the same month, Dubai regained its lead over Doha for the first time since February.

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Internal tourism, MICE and diversification for Colombia 2022

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Internal tourism, MICE and diversification for Colombia

December 30, 2021 –

Ideas 2022: internal tourism, MICE and diversification for Colombia

In Colombia, as in almost all of the Americas, hotel occupancy data is gradually recovering, but profitability is still far from what was expected. In that sense, 2022 is presented as an opportunity, but also as a great challenge. In this exclusive article for HOSTELTUR Latam, José Andrés Duarte García, national executive president of the Hotel and Tourism Association of Colombia (Cotelco), analyzes these challenges and contributes his ideas to be debated by the sector.

From the union we have been accompanying and promoting measures of great relevance to be able to dynamize and stimulate tourism, for example having participated in the discussion of how to achieve the non-payment of Sales Tax (VAT), precisely for accommodation and lodging services until 2022,for all national tourists, stimulating of course the demand for more tourist services.

Additionally, we have accompanied and supported initiatives that seek that during the conjuncture, the hotel sector can have better tax conditions that allow it to survive during this crisis and thus give continuity in the provision of its services, thus thinking about the sustainability of the hotel sector and, in addition, influencing tourism activity in the different regions of the country. We also support the Government’s campaigns that stimulate domestic tourism, so we have joined, also transmitting a message of confidence so that visitors can move again with the certainty that the hotel industry is prepared to provide services under the necessary biosecurity protocols, and so tourists travel with peace of mind.

On the other hand, for companies and organizations to hold their events and conventions in the hotel infrastructure that the national territory has throughout the country. 

We are sure that 2022 will be a year of recovery for the sector and we will continue working with the regional chapters of Cotelco, to generate strategies that allow strengthening the supply and demand of tourism services, thus increasing, of course, hotel occupancy levels and generating more jobs in the sector. 

As is known, tourism represented a great driving force of the economy in the different regions of the country before the pandemic, and we are sure that with the joint work between regional governments, national government and the business sector, we will be able to reach and exceed the levels of development that the sector brought until the beginning of 2020. 

But there are several challenges that we will face during 2022.

We need to continue working on the consolidation of a strengthened domestic tourism, under the perspective of the mobilization of tourists at the national level, taking into account the limitations of mobilization and closures for foreign tourism in the face of the variants of Covid.

This moment thus becomes the opportunity to generate confidence in Colombians, to travel internally, since if any eventuality associated with the pandemic occurs, they will be within the territory.

 
 

We will continue to work hand in hand with the territorial entities and with the national government to stimulate MICE tourism. That is a great challenge: to reactivate this tourism that weighs so heavily in some cities.

Another challenge is to work with the territories to seek diversification and the creation of a tourism product that covers the current demand, these new bets of the tourist, so that it allows to recognize a little more this new profile of the consumer.

We must continue working on the issue of the energy surcharge, so that it is a permanent measure and not only for the time of the pandemic. And likewise, we will seek extensions of time in some benefits that we have achieved for the sector, so that they are a relief for hoteliers, while achieving balance and recovery of the sector.

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Independent travel advice – Dutch Travel organizations create their own travel advice and website

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December 20, 2021 – Independent travel advice – Many travel companies in the Netherlands will now offer travel based upon their own research. They will ignore the government guide lines.

Independent travel advice

On Monday they will launch this site. Their research is based on the World Health Organisation, hospitalisations in individual countries and tourists and ex pats in those locations.

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WTTC new report – digital solutions for governments worldwide to significantly restore international mobility

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December 13, 2021 – WTTC new report – A simplified and interoperable digital solution is vital to fully achieve the recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector

Key WTTC recommendations will remove current patchwork of policies and processes

WTTC new report

 

London, UK: Following comprehensive analysis and research, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched a new groundbreaking report which provides clear recommendations to governments and identifies four key digital solutions to restore international mobility.

The inaugural report provides guidance and calls on governments to adopt a more internationally coordinated response to COVID-19 for the Travel & Tourism sector and implement digital solutions that will facilitate the resumption of safe and stress-free international travel.

Following World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, WTTC has identified four of the most widely used digital COVID vaccination certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate, ICAO Visible Digital Seal, DIVOC, and SMART Health Cards), and urges governments to accept these major international standards as proof of COVID-19 status, whilst working towards a single global solution.

The report, ‘Digital Solutions for Reviving International Travel’, shows how international travellers, whether fully vaccinated or testing negative, would then have a globally recognised digital COVID certificate that would enable them to travel freely and safely anywhere in the world.

This critical report addresses the current global challenge posed by the existing patchwork of policies and processes, which are not only complex and unsustainable, but also further hinder the recovery of an already struggling sector.

To address this governments should create their own ‘Digital Travel Portal’, allowing travellers to electronically share their digital COVID vaccination or test certificates with their destination before they begin their journey.

After booking their trip, travellers would simply go to the online portal managed by the destination, where their digital COVID certificate would be uploaded, verifying the status online and in seconds, avoiding confusing processes and long queues.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC has been calling on governments to implement a globally coordinated response since the beginning of the pandemic. Today’s report offers the key to harmonise and safely reopen international travel.

“It is governments’ responsibility to ensure there is a safe, secure, simple and digital system in place to restore international mobility. WTTC is recommending a single global portal that recognises the main digital passes currently in use worldwide and acts as a one stop shop for travellers and governments. 

“We can use the pandemic to leapfrog technologies and allow contactless travel with embedded data on vaccination and testing status”.

Along with WHO, this innovative report and recommendations also draws on guidance from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) and commitments made by Governments at the G7 and G20 for solutions to revive safe international travel.

According to WTTC’s research, in 2020, when the pandemic brought international travel to an almost standstill, more than 62 million jobs were lost, and the sector’s contribution to the global GDP fell by a staggering US$ 4.5 trillion.

These losses have affected the many millions of livelihoods who rely on thriving Travel & Tourism, while also significantly impacting the global economy and development.

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