ITB Berlin starts on note of recovery

Industry leaders look forward to the coming “decade of travel and tourism”

As reported, around 11,160 exhibiting companies and organisations from 188 countries are gathering at Messe Berlin for ITB Berlin. At the opening ceremony speakers concentrated on the positive. The next 10 years look set to be “the decade of travel and tourism,” said UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai.
“The first decade of the 21st century was a decade of extraordinary tourism growth, but also of severe shocks, a decade that began with September 11 and ended with global economic crisis,” he continued. “Now, with recovery underway and international tourist arrivals up by 7% in 2010, is the time to look forward and ask what the next 10 years hold for our sector.”
Klaus Laepple, president of Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry, said he looked forward to 2011 as a top year for travel and tourism. “2010 was a very good year in many areas of the tourism industry in spite of the problems and the uncertainty, but we’re definitely going to beat 2008, which was our best year so far.” Volker Böttcher, TUI’s CEO in Germany, said that the biggest jump in incoming tourism in 2011 came from Spain, but added that there was a 24% increase in package sales to Turkey.
When asked whether Turkey was looking forward to more arrivals as tourists decide against strife-torn Tunisia and Egypt, Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay argued that Turkey competes with countries such as Spain, Italy and France, not with “African countries”, adding: “We don’t need 100,000 additional reservations coming from Tunisia or Egypt”.
Focus on Travel News
[pictured: ITB Berlin opening ceremony]

x

Check Also

SAS, Airbus, A320neo, order, second, fleet, simplify, aircraft, type

SAS Ireland pilots quit their job

SAS reported almost 700 flight cancellations during April – June and the problem continues in July, ABC Nyheter in Norway reports

Farnborough airshow day 4, AirAsia placed a giant order with Airbus

Boeing and Airbus recorded another good sales day as new customers signed deals.

The most expensive aircraft ever, price tag USD 3.9 billion

Air Force One, the U.S. President’s plane is to be replaced with two new Boeing 747-800s by 2024.

Farnborough airshow day 3, a slow day for new orders

After 2 days with more than USD 98 billion of new aircraft and services contracts, it slowed down on day 3.

Singapore Airlines, business, premium economy, product, long-haul, Stockholm, first class

Skytrax 2018 airline awards, the best airline in the world is Singapore Airlines

The Skytrax awards were presented this week at the Langham Hotel in London and one Nordic carrier did well.

Lufthansa, SAS, talks, Brussels Airlines, low-cost, Eurowings, buy, stake

Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines join forces in Africa

One face to the customer: Lufthansa Group integrates its sales activities in Africa for all its airlines.