Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey to grow at twice the rate of the national economy – great news

Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey

Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey

May 18, 2022- Sector set to create more than 716,000 over the next 10 years

Turkey is set to be the fourth most popular European destination amongst travellers this summer

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) reveals the Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey GDP is forecasted to grow at an average rate of 5.5% annually between over the next decade, more than twice the 2.5% growth rate of country’s overall economy.

The forecast from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows by 2032, the sector’s contribution to the nations GDP could reach nearly TRY 1,036 billion (US$117 billion), representing 11% of the total economy.

Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey

The sector is also expected to create more than 716,000 new jobs over the next decade.

By the end of this year, the sector’s contribution to GDP is expected to grow 15.5% to nearly TRY 607 billion (US$68.5 billion), amounting to 8.3% of the nation’s economy, while employment in the sector is set to grow by 4% to reach more than 2.5 million jobs.

Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey: Latest flight booking data from WTTC’s knowledge partner ForwardKeys shows that over the key summer period this year, Turkey is set to be the fourth most popular European hot spots amongst sun-seeking travellers, who will be heading to city destinations such as Istanbul, and the beaches of Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman.

The data shows that flight bookings are already overtaking pre-pandemic levels with bookings from the UK up 101%.

Other source markets are also outperforming 2019, with bookings from the U.S., Canada, and Ireland up 57%, 28% and 18% respectively.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The future looks bright for Travel and Tourism sector in Turkey sector with its contribution to GDP set to outpace the national economy for the next 10 years, creating almost three quarters of a million new jobs.

“Flight booking data from our partner ForwardKeys clearly shows that this popular destination is set to enjoy a bumper summer season.

“Before the pandemic, Turkey’s economy was highly reliant on international tourism, so its recovery is critical to both the economy and jobs.”

Turkey’s Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to GDP was 11% (TRY 693.3 billion or US$78.2 billion) in 2019, falling to just 5.1% (TRY 327.2 billion or US$36.9 billion) in 2020, which represented a painful 52.8% loss.

The sector also supported nearly 2.6 million jobs across the country, before suffering an 18% drop, falling to 2.1 million.

WTTC’s latest EIR report also reveals that 2021 saw the beginning of the recovery for the Turkish Travel & Tourism sector.

Last year, its contribution to GDP climbed 60.6% year on year, to reach TRY 525.5 billion (US$59.3 billion).

The sector also saw a recovery of almost 300,000 Travel & Tourism jobs, representing a 14% rise to reach more than 2.4 million.

The global tourism body says the sector’s contribution to the economy and employment could have been higher if it weren’t for the impact of the Omicron variant, which led to the recovery faltering around the world, with many countries reinstating severe travel restrictions.

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Visit Vietnam Year 2023

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Visit Vietnam 2023

April 28, 2022, MOCST agrees with the proposal of Binh Thuan province to host the Visit Vietnam Year 2023

Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh – Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) also attended the meeting.

Informing about the Visit Vietnam Year, Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh said that it is a typical cultural – economic – social event in national and international scale, as well as the largest annual tourism event of Vietnam’s tourism industry, held in many provinces and cities of Vietnam.

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On February 16, 2022, Binh Thuan Province proposed to host the Visit Vietnam Year 2023 with the theme “Binh Thuan – green convergence”.

Recently, Binh Thuan has become one of the emerging localities, a bright spot to attract tourists. The province has experience in successfully organizing many national and international tourism events such as International Hot air balloon Festival, Miss Ocean contest, International Sailing Festival, International Windsurfing tournament…

Up to now, the province’s tourism infrastructure has been invested and developed strongly. The province has 594 accommodation establishments with a total of 17,587 rooms; many large-scale tourism projects such as Sea Links Beach Hotel, Anantara Mui Ne Beach Resort, Novaworld Phan Thiet, Centara, Apec Mandala Wyndham Mui Ne…

The province has a transportation system along the coast, connecting coastal tourist destinations with urban areas, creating favorable conditions for tourism development. Currently, Binh Thuan’s tourism workforce has about 22,300 people, about 70-80% have undergone training and retraining, basically meeting the needs of customer service.

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New cyber resilience report for the global Travel and Tourism sector

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New cyber resilience report by WTTC

April 22, 2022- The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) launched a major new report at its Global Summit in Manila today, to help the sector’s stakeholders understand how cyber resilience is shaping the Travel & Tourism sector and plan for a safer and more robust future.

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The report, ‘Codes to resilience’, in joint efforts with Microsoft, draws on comprehensive research and in-depth interviews with cyber security experts in leading Travel & Tourism organisations such as Mastercard, JTB, and Carnival Corporation, among others.

The new cyber resilience report shows that whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the world and the sector into a more digital future, with the opportunities provided by digitalisation, new challenges have emerged, especially in cybercrime.

The inaugural report focuses on three key areas considered critical for the sector: cyber resilience, key issues and six best practices based on the lessons learnt prior to and during the pandemic.

The report goes on to show how digitalisation has become a strong enabler of business within Travel & Tourism, and given the international nature of the sector, it looks at the role of legislation around individual data protection.

According to the new cyber resilience report, more than seven out of 10 (72%)SMEs in the UK, the U.S., and Europe, have fallen victim to at least one cyberattack, and with SMEs representing 80% of all Travel & Tourism businesses, mitigating cyber risk must remain a priority for the sector.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “Technology and digitalisation play a key role in making the whole travel experience more seamless, from booking a holiday, to checking in for a flight or embarking on a cruise.

“But the impact of cyberattacks carries enormous financial, reputational and regulatory risk.”

This new cyber resilience report is quite critical and reveals four key issues to address in order to improve cyber protection and enhance resilience: securing identity data, securing business operations, understanding the impact of COVID-19 and managing global legislation.

According to the report, certain actions can help businesses better prepare to repel an attack, while laying the foundation to support long-term cyber resilience. Educating and training all staff, expanding risk security beyond the physical workplace, employing a zero-trust approach to cyber security, and transparency, among others, have been recommended by industry experts as good practices.

Cyber resilience is a crucial element to the future of Travel & Tourism, as cyber systems continue to facilitate and enhance activities between the sector’s stakeholders.

During a panel session at the tourism body’s Global Summit event being held in Manila today, industry leaders heard that cybercrime has cost the global economy U.S.$1 trillion and could reach a staggering U.S. $90 trillion by 2030.

According to the WTTC Economic Impact Report, in 2019, before the pandemic stopped travel in its tracks, the Travel & Tourism sector generated more than U.S. $9.6 trillion to the global economy.

However, in 2020, the pandemic brought the sector to an almost complete standstill, causing a massive 50% drop, representing a severe loss of nearly U.S. $4.5 trillion.

Digitisation has played and will continue to play a pivotal role in Travel & Tourism’s growth and recovery from COVID-19. It is therefore essential for the sector to integrate cyber security and cyber resilience to continue its recovery from the pandemic while supporting its growth in the future.

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April 14, 2022 – 3 in 4 Europeans plan to travel

Strong appetite for travel in Europe as over 3 in 4 Europeans plan to travel this spring and summer

  • Despite the pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, European travel sentiment reaches a peak – 77% have travel plans between April and September 2022
  • Over half (56%) of Europeans planning a trip intend to visit another European country
  • 38% of travel-ready Europeans plan to take an overnight trip between June-July, and another 32% are targeting the August-September period

3 in 4 Europeans plan to travel

Despite the uncertainty caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the desire across Europe for intra-European travel is undoubtedly strong.

3 in 4 Europeans plan to travel and take a trip in the next six months, with Mediterranean destinations having the highest appeal. This is according to the latest research on “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel – Wave 11” by the European Travel Commission (ETC), which provides insights on Europeans’ short-term travel intentions and preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic1.

Summer 2022 promises strong intra-European travel

With summer approaching, an increasing share of Europeans (77%) are eager to travel between April and September 2022. Over half (56%) of them plan to visit another European country, while 31% choose domestic travel. Across all analysed markets, respondents from Italy, Spain, Poland, the UK, and Germany demonstrate the strongest optimism about taking a trip (>80%).

3 in 4 Europeans plan to travel: Travel intentions increase with age, rising from 69% among Gen Z (18-24 years old) to 83% among baby boomers (over 54 years old).

The survey results confirm that Europeans’ travel plans follow a seasonal pattern with sun and beach holidays (22%) being the preferred option for the coming months.

The interest in city breaks (15%) and vacations by the water or coast (15%) also remains steady. In line with these holiday preferences, the popularity of Mediterranean destinations grows: Spain is the most favoured destination among Europeans travelling abroad between April-September 2022, followed by Italy, France, Greece and Portugal.

As summer approaches, most Europeans with travel plans2 intend to take a 4-6-night (33%) or 7-9-night (27%) vacation. Only 25% will opt for trips of 10 nights or longer, mostly family travellers. On the other hand, couples strongly prefer micro-trips (up to 3 nights). No matter the length of the trip, one in two travellers will take a flight to reach their next destination.

Travel sentiment resilient despite ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and rising cost of living

Although the survey was conducted during the first weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Europeans’ travel sentiment and behaviour have not yet been affected by the conflict. Notably, the Polish, who neighbour Ukraine, maintain a stable, above-European-average travel sentiment; their planned length of stay and budgets remains consistent with data collected at the same time last year.

Furthermore, interest in Eastern European destinations is unaltered, reflecting the limited impact of the ongoing conflict on intra-European travel to date.

3 in 4 Europeans plan to travel: A rising share of European travellers are planning to spend €500-€1,500 (now 51%, +8% compared to the previous survey) with a respective drop in higher budgets (-8% for more than €2,000), potentially due to the growing concerns over inflation. At the same time, even though there is more certainty as to when and where the next trip will be, only 25% of travel-ready Europeans have fully booked, indicating a limited level of financial commitment. The European travel sector must ensure it is targeting last-minute holidaymakers this summer.

COVID-19 concerns diminish, yet consistent health precautions for travel remain essential

As COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased and Europeans learn how to live amidst the pandemic, the share of those realising their original travel plans continues to increase steadily (now 27%, compared to 16% in December 2021).

Flexibility in cancellation policies (14%) and freedom from restrictions (13%) are now the top factors boosting respondents’ confidence in planning their next trip within Europe. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 falls to third place since most Europeans have already taken this precaution.

Nonetheless, respondents acknowledge that COVID-19 remains a source of concern when travelling; 17% of travel-ready Europeans are worried about quarantine measures and another 15% about possible changes in travel restrictions.

At the same time, Europeans with short-term travel plans acknowledge the importance of strict health protocols, which provide a sense of safety to 37% of them, and peace of mind to relax and enjoy their trip to another 30%.

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Group travel on the rise in 2022

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Group travel on the rise in 2022

Group travel is on the rise in the United States with “on-the-books” group advance occupancy rates already exceeding performance for 2021 and 2020, according to a report.

Amadeus has looked at data from its Demand360 technology to reveal the increasing rates as well as highlight trends in U.S. group business for 2022.

While business is improving, group travel requirements have changed with event RFPs for groups of as many as 50 people rising to 63% in 2022 compared to 58% in 2019.

In addition, average lead times have decreased from 223 days in 2019 to 193 days last year.

The report also reveals that teams are having to do more with less, with the need for sales and operations teams to handle more smaller projects with reduced employees.

Data is key, however, with hotels able to use guest profile insights to open to up new revenue streams as well as share potential bookings across properties within a portfolio.

The report points to concepts such as those introduced by Accor enabling local businesses and homeworkers to use hotel facilities.

Daniel O’Keefe, senior vice president hotel property solutions for hospitality at Amadeus, says: “While the picture for 2022 is still evolving, there is cause for realistic optimism in the U.S., where signs are pointing toward a continuation of the momentum that built around group travel in Q4 of 2021.

“One of the key takeaways from this report is the importance of both historical and forward-looking data as a prerequisite for overcoming a number of the challenges facing meetings and events executives during a pandemic. In the context of reduced sales and operations teams, accurate data and information is critical, and teams need the expertise to act on it efficiently.”

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April 5, 2022 – removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises

The World Travel & Tourism Council welcomes the removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “The decision by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remove the Travel Health Notice for cruising is well-deserved recognition that the industry has been sailing millions of travelers for
many months with highly effective protocols that make cruising among the world’s safest forms of socializing and travel.

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“The cruise industry has gained strong momentum in recent months, with many travelers anxious to again begin enjoying holidays with family and friends, and the CDC’s decision begins to help level the playing field between cruise and land-based vacation options.
“This is also welcome news to the extensive network of suppliers, many of whom are small businesses, that depend on cruise for their success, which will continue to help provide significant positive impacts for economies and employment in countries and
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February 16 2022 -Expo 2020 Dubai visitor numbers have now soared to 20,819,155, after crossing the 20-million threshold earlier this week.From crown jewel, Al Wasl dome, to water feature Surreal, the stellar entertainment line-up and fascinating pavilions of the 192 participating countries, visitors have been moved by how the largest global gathering of its kind since the start of the pandemic

Expo 2020 Dubai gears up for closing ceremony

The event claims to have brought together people from across the world in one place. Expo 2020 Dubai is currently hosting Water Week, the tenth and final theme week as part of the Programme for People and Planet. Running until March 26th, and with a wide range of programming focusing on how we can protect our most precious resource, there will be a strong focus on the global community’s collective responsibility to better manage and preserve water in the face of threats such as climate change, plastic pollution and over-fishing.

Expo 2020 Dubai officials are looking forward to hosting visitors for more special events, including the spectacular closing ceremony on March 31, which will feature top entertainment and honour teachers and school pupils.

 

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Indaba 2022 is back and registration is open – May 2-5

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March 21, 2022 – Indaba 2022

Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre will once again become a hub of activity with the return of Africa’s Travel Indaba, from the 2nd to the 5th of May 2022.

After a successful Meetings Africa 2022, which created a platform for the coming together of the Africa business events industry, it is now the turn of the continent’s leisure tourism industry to showcase to the world what is on offer at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022, a trade show that has established itself as the continent’s premier tourism trade platform. Owned and managed by South African Tourism, the 2022 edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba will yet again be hosted in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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“Africa’s Travel Indaba is back with renewed energy and focus on creating a platform for the recovery of our industry. As the African continent, we cannot wait to welcome back international delegates from various parts of the world to reconnect and share our real success stories of resilience, whilst demonstrating Africa’s world class tourism products that will continue to give travellers an unforgettable experience. This is our signature leisure tourism trade show and we are thrilled that we, as a tourism sector, can once again gather in person, network, share ideas and do business that will contribute to the much-needed recovery,” says Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer.

At the last edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba in 2019, the show attracted about 6200 delegates from all over the world, with 1033 exhibiting businesses from 19 countries on the continent, showcasing an array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1177 local, regional and international buyers.

Furthermore, almost 452 local, regional and international media representatives participated at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, pointing to the stature and global profile of the African continent’s tourism industry.

Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 will create an opportunity for face-to-face participation and therefore be taking a physical format, but also still have virtual components, as we all got accustomed to, with the following structure:

  • Physical participation for all exhibitors
  • Physical participation for all global hosted buyers not impacted by travel restrictions or other socio-political factors in their countries
  • Virtual Diary access for qualified buyers unable to attend

Indaba 2022: Amongst the key highlights to look forward to this year are:

  • A welcome function which will take place on the first day of the show, an opportunity for networking and engagements amongst the delegates;
  • Insightful educational and information sharing sessions throughout the three days focusing on innovation, ideas, new trends and solutions to challenges that will assist us to contribute to the recovery and growth of the tourism sector;
  • Globally selected and vetted quality buyers;
  • Various media briefing sessions providing much needed updates from the greater tourism industry;
  • An effective online diary and matchmaking system, that closely pairs buyers’ needs with exhibitors’ offerings in order to ensure a more efficient and productive trade show;
  • More SMMEs showcasing the lesser known variety of South Africa’s product offering; and
  • Overall a covid-19 regulations adherence event that will ensure delegates safety.

While registration for exhibitors is already open, early-bird discounts will be available to exhibitors who confirm their participation by 31 March 2022. Registration dates for buyers and members of the media are as follows:

  • Hosted buyer applications open on Thursday 10 March 2022
  • Non-hosted buyer applications open Monday 21 March 2022
  • Media applications open on Thursday, 04 April 2022
  • Online Diary System bookings open on Tuesday,15 April 2022

“We know from our research and connections with partners and consumers that travellers increasingly want to live their lives to the fullest again but that they are looking for reassurance that it is indeed safe to travel. With globally-benchmarked health and safety protocols in place, all travellers (domestic, regional and international) can have the comfort of knowing that they will be safe, while enjoying their time in South Africa. Africa’s Travel Indaba is our showcase of all that South Africa and Team Africa has to offer, ranging from quality assured accommodation establishments, adventure, relaxation, lifestyle events and culture and heritage-inspired experiences and products” concludes Kotze-Nhlapo.

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February 18 2022 – routes-americas-to-return-to-chicago, which is held in a different location each year, brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air service strategy and future networks.

Routes Americas to return to Chicago next year

Over the past three years, more than 875 new air services across the Americas are connected to meetings at the event.

Having previously hosted the 2014 world route development forum, Routes World, Chicago Department of Aviation will be hosting the sixteenth edition of the regional event serving the Americas next year.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), manages Chicago’s two major airports – O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The organisation’s commitment to welcoming back visitors and ensuring sustained future growth has been shown through the large-scale investment it is making in its airports, such as the O’Hare 21 airport development programme, which includes the expansion of Terminal 5.

 

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The move represents the largest terminal project at O’Hare International Airport since the terminal was originally built.

At Midway, a near $400 million modernization program includes upgraded concessions featuring local cuisine, a recently expanded security checkpoint and enhancements to the terminal parking garage.

Speaking at this year’s Routes Americas, Steven Small, director of Routes, said: “Renowned as a destination to do business, Chicago will be the perfect location to enable the air service development community to continue conversations that will be instrumental in defining future air connectivity.

“Routes Americas 2023 will provide a unique opportunity for the city to showcase the significant infrastructure developments to the region’s leading aviation stakeholders.”

Routes Americas will take place on March 21-23 next year at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk.

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Kenya national day celebrations at Expo 2020

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February 16 2022 – Kenya national day celebrations  is taking its turn in the spotlight at Expo 2020 in Dubai as the country celebrates its national day.

President Kenyatta leads Kenya national day celebrations at Expo 2020

President Uhuru Kenyatta led a flag-raising ceremony in Al Wasl Plaza earlier this morning, with hundreds of onlookers present.

He said: “I wish at the onset of my remarks today to congratulate the government and the people of the United Arab Emirates for the successful and safe management of this expo.

“Organisers have effectively ensured adherence to the regulations set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“This has helped keep all those participating in this event safe, and indeed proved instructive, offering lessons, on how the world can deal with any such eventuality in the future.”

Each national day is dedicated to a participating country, with a cultural showcase on offer to guests.

Kenya will also seek to bolster business opportunities and foster partnerships between local and international investors.

Kenyatta added: “Kenya is very keen and strengthen existing relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states – and, indeed, with all participants of this expo.

“We seek to harness the opportunities offered by this expo to build new business relationships, new investments, but also to bring tourists to enjoy Kenya and its renowned attractions.”

He continued: “Today, I invite all of you to visit our exhibition, to sample the goods and services on offer, and to participate in the esteemed tourism promotion event we are offering.

“Kenya is becoming a newly-industrialising, middle-income country, providing a high quality of life to all our citizens, as set out in the Kenya 2030 agenda.

“Trade and investment, as well as strong relationships with the private sector, are key to realising this mission.

“It is against this backdrop that we seek to increase trade with the GCC and partners across the Middle East.”

Expo 2020 visitors can today also enjoy a spectacular and colourful live performance of the traditional music and dance of Kenya.

Performed by the celebrated national dance company, the dance troupe will showcase the beauty and diversity of traditional Kenyan music.

Kenyatta concluded: “As a country, we are in a strong position – Kenya is without doubt the largest economy in eastern Africa, it is the business hub for the region, a trade and logistic facility for the surrounding eleven countries.

“Further, Kenya enjoys economic stability, we are a fully-liberalised economy, with a large domestic consumer market, and access to our most important asset, which is a youthful, educated population.

“These attributes have made Kenya the destination of choice for many multi-national companies, and a destination of choice for foreign direct investment in our region.

“In the spirit of our vision for 2030, we are here to promote business-to-business partnerships, and to establish links between public and private sector institutions.”

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February 15 2022 – The start of ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has generated huge demand around the world.

Millions of tickets requested for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

More than 1.2 million tickets were requested by fans worldwide in the first 24 hours of the initial sales period.

The highest demand came from fans from Qatar, followed by Argentina, Mexico, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, England, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and France.

More than 140,000 tickets have been requested for the final due to take place on December 18th at Lusail Stadium, and over 80,000 for the opening match.

During this first sales period, fans were able to submit their ticket applications at any time.

In cases where the number of tickets applied for exceeds the available ticket inventory for the domestic or international market, tickets will be allocated by a random selection draw process.

All successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of their applications by Tuesday, March 8th, along with the steps to follow and the deadline by which to pay for allocated tickets.

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February 14 2022 – Formula One Bahrain has confirmed that Bahrain will stay on the F1 calendar through until 2036 inclusive, following the agreement with the promoter to renew its contract. This extends F1 in Bahrain by a further 10 years.

Formula One Bahrain confirmed in Bahrain till 2036

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been a brilliant race on the F1 calendar since 2004 and Bahrain International Circuit hosted two races in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2022, it will be the opening race of the season and has become a favourite with all the fans, drivers, and the teams.

Formula One Bahrain: The incredible facilities at the circuit for both the racing and for the fans have recently undergone further investment, ensuring it remains state of the art and offers the best fan experience.

Alongside this, the promoter has already announced significant measures to increase the environmental sustainability of the event. This includes all energy used by the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in 2022 being provided by a newly installed on-site solar farm, meeting the BIC’s needs throughout the race weekend and beyond whilst also supporting the Kingdom and Formula 1’s net zero carbon emissions targets.

The plans will reduce the venue’s carbon footprint and generate significant savings on overall energy costs.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “I am delighted we will be racing at the Bahrain International Circuit until 2036 where more incredible racing and excitement will be on show to thrill our fans. Since 2004 we have had some fantastic races in Sakhir and we cannot wait to be back there for the start of the 2022 championship as we begin a new era for the sport.

Bahrain was the first country in the Middle East to welcome Formula 1 and it has a very special place in our sport and I want to thank HRH Prince Salman and his team for their dedication and hard work throughout our partnership and look forward to the many years of racing ahead of us.”

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February 11 2022 – The United Kingdom is celebrating its national day at Expo 2020 Dubai with a splash of pomp and ceremony featuring cultural performances by the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

UK national day welcomed at Expo 2020 Dubai

There is also a site-wide journey of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Relay Baton, and a visit by prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, as part of his first official trip to the UAE.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE minister of culture and youth, welcomed Nadine Dorries, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport and the UK delegation.

Al Kaabi said: “The United Kingdom’s pavilion theme of ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’ demonstrates the country’s pivotal role in leading innovation efforts globally.

“Key breakthroughs in the future of science and technology, as well as its advances and contribution to space, artificial intelligence, energy, and more are essential to the development of our shared humanity.”

Following the speeches at Al Wasl Plaza, the band of the Coldstream Guards delivered an eye-catching performance in their red jackets and iconic bearskin hats.

Earlier, 40 children from the Dubai British School participated in activities involving the Rugby League World Cup at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub and visited the Surreal water feature.

Dorries said: “The UK and UAE share a deep and historic bond.

“We’re committed to tackling global issues together, and we’ve strengthened that relationship through our new and ambitious ‘Partnership for the Future’ – which, alongside our expanded UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership, we’ll use to create new trade, and collaborate on a number of areas including life sciences, education, climate and security.”

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Relay Baton left the UK Pavilion on its journey across the Expo 2020 Dubai site, ahead of the Commonwealth Games in July, inviting colourful participation at several other country pavilions along the way.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge will tour the site, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform in Jubilee Park, and a UK in 360 Projection will light up Al Wasl Plaza accompanied by performances from musicians including John Newman and Tom Seals.

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Singapore sets stage for inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific event

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IBTM Asia Pacific 2022

February 11 2022 – Global meetings and trade show organiser IBTM has selected Singapore as the site for the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific. The event will take place from 6 to 7 September 2022 at Marina Bay Sands. It’s the sister event to IBTM World and IBTM Americas and will be coupled with the first edition of Singapore MICE Forum (SMF) X IBTM APAC, in partnership with the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS). The forum will be held on 5 September.

Singapore sets stage for inaugural IBTM event

The launch of the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific event signals the progressive return of international events to Singapore and the resurgence of the MICE industry.

Singapore is a key MICE hub and ideal location for the event because of its vibrant business culture, excellent infrastructure, and stellar track record in delivering similar high-quality events.

Before the pandemic, Singapore’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market reached USD2,523.4 million in 2018 and is expected to attain a market value of USD5,214.9 million by the end of 2027, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4%.

Themed ‘Make Every Connection Count’ IBTM Asia Pacific 2022 should welcome exhibitors from over 40 countries, as well as pre-qualified hosted buyers and visitors.

IBTM Asia Pacific event manager, Michael Jones, commented: “Now more than ever, making every connection count is critical for event professionals as together we rebuild our industry.”

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ATM 2022: Business travel returning to Middle East

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February 10 2022 – Business travel expenditure in the Middle East is forecast to rise by a third this year, following a predicted 49 per cent increase during 2021.

ATM 2022: Business travel returning to Middle East

That is according to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) published in November.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director, Middle East, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), said: “This positive data will provide a welcome boost for business travel and tourism professionals throughout the Middle East region, as economies around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, despite the disruption caused by the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

“During 2021, the increase in business spending for the full year is expected to have actually outpaced spending on leisure travel by 13, ten and one per cent in the Middle East, Europe and Africa respectively.”

She added: “Aviation experts speaking at ATM 2021, had expected business travel to lag behind leisure travel, but this estimated increase of 32 per cent, comes on top of a predicted rise during 2021 of 49 per cent which although 2020 was a challenging year, the business travel segment is now clearly accelerating towards pre pandemic levels.”

According to the report, the Asia Pacific region will lead the world in 2022 with growth in spending of 41 per cent, followed by the Americas with a 35 per cent increase, the Middle East 32 per cent, Europe on 28 per cent and Africa with a 23 per cent rise.

The WTTC report was compiled in collaboration with McKinsey & Company called ‘Adapting to Endemic Covid-19: The Outlook for Business Travel’ and draws on research, analysis and in-depth interviews with travel and tourism business leaders to enable organisations to prepare for corporate travel in the post-pandemic era.

ATM will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 9-12 this year.

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Expo 2020 Dubai to welcome Coldplay next week

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February 9 2022 – Coldplay are set to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai on February 15th.

Expo 2020 Dubai to welcome Coldplay next week

The band prides itself on its commitment and responsibility to the environment and strives to keep its emissions when performing as low as possible.

As the first country in the region to announce a net zero by 2050 strategic initiative, the UAE has sought global recognition for its commitment to a low carbon world and views climate action as an opportunity for sustainable economic growth.

This is an approach that will gain global momentum as the country prepares to host COP28 in Abu Dhabi in 2023.

As a city of the future built on sustainable principles, in collaboration with 192 nations from around the world, Expo 2020 Dubai is a fitting partner for Coldplay, as it seeks solutions to some of the greatest challenges, including preserving the planet for future generations.

Through its Programme for People and Planet, Expo 2020 Dubai is bringing together diverse global voices and generating new ideas among policy makers, businesses and individuals alike to map a clear path forward for immediate action.

The Al Wasl performance, part of the Infinite Nights Series, unites the shared goals of Coldplay and the UAE and will lead by example, inspiring climate awareness and driving action to preserve our planet with a magical, unforgettable concert, free to Expo visitors and streamed online around the globe.

Coldplay said: “As a band, we always try to put togetherness and sustainability at the heart of everything we do. 

“It’s an honour to be invited to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai Infinite Nights for a special celebration of these two themes.”

 

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In March, the four-piece band – comprising vocalist and pianist Chris Martin; guitarist Jonny Buckland; bassist Guy Berryman; and drummer Will Champion – will embark on its ‘Music of the Spheres World Tour’.

The tour has taken two years of planning, with Coldplay working with a range of environmental experts to incorporate initiatives that aim to lower carbon emissions by as much as 50 per cent compared to the band’s previous tours.

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February 3 2022 – The 11th edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) will now be held from May 5-8, 2022 in Kochi. Earlier it was scheduled from March 24-27. The new date was announced at a virtual press meet.

Kerala Travel Mart will now be held from May 5-8 in Kochi

Announcing the date Dr. V Venu, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Kerala Tourism said that KTM has emerged as the biggest travel mart in the country. “KTM is the finest example of a public-private partnership model,” he said.

Giving reasons for postponement of KTM, he said that Covid has not subsided yet, but there are signs of optimism across the world including, India. “Even most airline companies are operating in curtailed services. Taking everything into account, we have decided to postpone the event. We want to ensure that those who have already expressed their participation in the mart can do so. 1,100 travel partners have already registered for the event,” Dr. Venu said. He also expressed confidence that the 11th edition of KTM will be successful.

Like earlier additions, the 11th edition of KTM will showcase many new products. This time Caravan tourism will be highlighted in a big way. Besides this, it will be a paperless KTM. The event will take place at the Sagara and Samudrika Convention Centre in Kochi. However, the organisers will announce the inaugural venue later on.

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Taiwan Lantern Festival is back!

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February 2 2022 – The streets and night skies of Kaohsiung will be bathed in light as the city stages the 2022 Taiwan Lantern Festival, with this year’s event drawing on both tradition and modern innovation to mesmerise visitors to the city.

Taiwan Lantern Festival is back!

The Flying Phoenix lantern will light up Kaohsiung in 2022 Taiwan lantern festival. The festival, which will run for 28 days from February 1, will for the first time provide a model for collaboration between artisans who use time-honoured methods to construct traditional lanterns and cutting-edge artists from around the world.

Spread throughout the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts at Weiwuying and the city’s Love River Bay district, the festival will provide interactive experiences for visitors to learn about how traditional lantern art can be passed down to modern generations at the same time as harnessing advanced exhibition technology, such as high-speed, low-latency 5G for remote artistic displays.

First staged in 1990, the annual lantern festival is inspired by traditional folk celebrations on the fifteenth day of the first month, according to the lunar calendar, and to mark the end of the Lunar New Year. For centuries, people from China have marked the arrival of the New Year by carrying paper lanterns through their darkened streets, with the designs becoming far more elaborate and adventurous in recent years.

This year, Kaohsiung will be aglow with works by artists keen to put forward their own interpretations of light.

The event’s signature work is a cross-border collaboration that brings together lantern designer Benson Lu and renowned calligrapher Dong Yangzi. Together, they have created a work that transforms the Chinese character “feng,” which means phoenix, into an illuminated pheasant that is native to Taiwan spreading its wings atop a mountain.

Lighting up Kaohsiung, the Flying Phoenix lantern will use the aesthetics of lighting to communicate the message of effective urban governance, and increase awareness of Kaohsiung City around the world.

The artists and organizers of the festival hope visitors will be able to put the difficulties of the last year behind them, at least temporarily, and enjoy an occasion that will be a unique feast for the senses.

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IHIF to return to Berlin in May

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February 2 2022 – Registration is now open for the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF), as the industry-leading event returns to Berlin.

IHIF to return to Berlin in May

The show will take place on May 3-5.

With a core focus on people, planet and profit, the event returns to bring together forward-thinking investors, owners and developers from over 80 countries.

IHIF is where the most powerful leaders come together to discuss the hospitality industry’s current state, with a powerfully curated programme of keynote speakers, expert panels, roundtables and interactive sessions that will guide delegates through the constantly evolving investment landscape.

Created for the market by the market, based on delegate feedback and Advisory Board recommendations, the IHIF programme promises challenging and thought-provoking sessions with specific areas of focus for each day.

Focused on the resetting of hospitality, the day will drill down on how to operate more consciously, innovate more efficiently, and grow effectively – with a purpose.

In addition to the expected sessions on global economics and performance outlook, a trend-based session will focus on remodelling the current landscape, and an investor panel will discuss investment with a purpose.

Hospitality leaders will go head-to-head in the Talk of the Titans, and a chief executive panel discusses the leadership of the future, addressing the talent shortage and how we can make hospitality a more attractive option for recruitment.

Innovation & Technology for Hospitality – May 5

The dynamic programme focuses on the gear shift in hospitality innovation, with forums discussing adjacent spaces, hybrid concepts, lifestyle changes and more.

A panel will discuss partnership and profits, including the rise of third-party operators, stakeholder relations and how aligning for profitability can bring value to brands.

Day two also celebrates the Lifetime Achievement award and Young Leader award, before closing with a keynote speaker.

Alexi Khajavi, group president, Questex Travel and Hospitality, who host the event, said: “After such a turbulent time for the industry, we are excited to be able to bring IHIF back to Berlin for 2022.

“Our theme this year – people, planet and profit – encapsulates everything our industry is faced with, and we are looking forward to sharing our powerful programme of events, talks, discussions and networking opportunities to provide a platform for professional hoteliers to communicate and learn.”

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CLIA UK & Ireland conference set for May

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February 1 2022 – CLIA UK & Ireland has announced its 2022 conference will be held from May 20-22 in Southampton. 

CLIA UK & Ireland conference set for May

The conference, the fourteenth to be held and the largest annual travel agent event of its kind in the UK, will include a trade fair, daily conference sessions and a gala dinner. 

The first day will offer the chance to visit MSC Virtuosa, followed by the trade fair.

The second day comprises a visit to P&O Cruises’ Iona, with an evening gala dinner.

The final day will be held onboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.

“We have three fabulous ships available to visit, which will further inspire and inform delegates.

“We can’t wait to welcome partners from across the trade once again, as our flagship event makes a welcome return.”

Details of venues, the theme and speakers will be announced in due course.

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