Posts Tagged ‘ World Travel Market ’

Pfizer boosts travel

Nov 9th, 2020 | By

Up until yesterday you might have guessed that at some time in 2021 there would be a small increase in holiday numbers.

The future of holidays

Nov 8th, 2020 | By

What the industry wants to hear about as do readers and the Great British holidaymaker is what will holidays be like after the pandemic.

Avoiding WTM

Nov 4th, 2019 | By

This year because of personal issues I am missing WTM but it doesn’t worry me. That’s untrue – it does slightly.

Saturday snippets: 17th November 2018

Nov 17th, 2018 | By
hump back whale

Adrian sums up some other stories from the World Travel Market, is surprised how quick it is to go through formalities at Cardiff Airport and looks at developments in the Dominican Republic and Switzerland

Germany’s back; Sierra Leone has arrived and Saudi Arabia is bigger

Nov 7th, 2018 | By

Although the show is a vehicle for destinations and hoteliers to sell themselves to tour operators and travel agents it is very useful for travel writers because it gives a clue to how much effort (or the lack of it) that destinations are employing to sell themselves.

The influence of television

Nov 6th, 2018 | By
Michael Palin

According to research by World Travel Market, more than three million of us booked a holiday after being influenced by a television programme.

Saturday snippets: 18th November 2017

Nov 18th, 2017 | By

A swathe of figures show that British visitor numbers to the Sychelles, Dominican Republic and Cyprus show that we are not cutting back yet. So campaigns by Italy, Ras al Khaimah and Chicago will be pleased that we might consider them for holidays as well.

Saturday snippets: 4th November 2017

Nov 4th, 2017 | By

A seal appeared on an Alaskan runway and the runway at Mykonos will be closed for repairs soon. As well as those stories Adrian ponders about who should receive fines when our personal data is hacked and congratulates Hastings Pier on winning the Stirling prize.

Half of us still to decide on a summer holiday

Jun 2nd, 2016 | By
a beach in the Canary islands

According to research for the travel trade show, World Travel Market, about 13 million people are yet to book their summer holiday.

Saturday snippets: 31st October 2015

Oct 31st, 2015 | By

Adrian looks forward to the World Travel Market next week,, hears of a cure for post-holiday blues and wondres why more of us don’t know about WWI.

Enticing us on holiday

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

It’s World Travel Market time. That means that tens of thousands of people have descended on Docklands in the east of London to sell their destinations to British tour operators and travel agents.

Philadelphia climbs to 13th on the list of top 20 US cities for overseas travellers

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

Philadelphia is a prime American destination for overseas travellers

Expect these holiday messages next year -part 2

Nov 11th, 2013 | By

Today Adrian rounds off his collection of how our favourite destinations are presenting themselves to you in the hope that you will holiday with them next year.

Expect these holiday messages next year – part 1

Nov 10th, 2013 | By

Adrian reveals some of the messages and images launched at the World Travel Show last week which destinations hope will make you holiday with them next year.

Saturday snippets – 2 November 2013

Nov 2nd, 2013 | By

This week, stories about a wallaby, the demilitarized zone in South Korea, the second female Lord Mayor of London, petrol-head attractions and food forgeries attract Adrian’s pen!

New Orleans on a winning streak

Nov 25th, 2012 | By

New Orleans voted America’s favourite city

Pearl of Africa

Nov 13th, 2012 | By

Maria Mutagamba, Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, is targeting the UK market who currently account for 38,000 of the tourists to Uganda each year

Why can’t we switch off?

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

A World Travel Market 2011 Industry Report revealed that half of UK holiday makers are ignoring their smartphones while away with roaming charges cited as the main reason for not using them.

World Travel Market 2010 in pictures

Nov 13th, 2010 | By

Here’s some of the action from World Travel Market 2010 – the premier global event for the travel industry – that we caught on camera…

World Travel Market Review

Nov 13th, 2010 | By

As you know we have been at the World Travel Market for four days this week. 19 stories about different destinations or events that we came across, have been put on the website so forgive us if we have provided too much reading in one go (although more on this in a minute).
To end the coverage, here are some random thoughts of what we saw and thought…

Israel Is On The Up

Nov 10th, 2010 | By

Israel it seems, is having a moment. Despite the current economic climate, Israel’s tourism industry has remained remarkably resilient.

Talking to the Holidaymaker

Nov 17th, 2009 | By

The future of holidays and tourism was one of the last parts of World Travel Market last week.

We had heard a lot about going green, value for money and the need to bring on more hotel rooms and offers for the middle market. Woe betide expansion into the luxury end of the market. The thinking was that more 3 and 4 star hotels were needed. And if the destination isn’t green and pitching strongly for sustainability then tourists would stay away. More travellers would book through packages because that gave them security in these economic times.

Gulf Tourism Expands and Expands

Nov 11th, 2009 | By

Tourism to the Gulf countries is relatively small but growth is likely given the amount of investment that is being ploughed in an attempt to get us to visit. Abu Dhabi is anticipating growth of 10% for next year and 15% for the following two years. We have previously carried stories about what Abu Dhabi has to offer and it certainly shouldn’t be thought of like Dubai as a luxury destination. Hotel rates are reasonable and with all the competition amongst gulf airlines, prices are reasonable.


Nov 11th, 2009 | By

No the headline isn’t a typing error; this is the new slogan to entice us to travel to Slovenia. Will it work? Ask in a year’s time and we’ll find out. That’s a problem with finding quick pithy lines to help you remember. Australia came out with “where the bloody hell are you?” which certainly generated the publicity if not always the numbers.

Whatever slogan is chosen, about 2.2 million visitors have gone to Slovenia this year and, by year end, it looks as though overall tourism will have dropped by only about 1% making Slovenia a success story in many people’s eyes. The UK is the fifth largest provider of visitors but to the capital, Ljubljana, we are the third

Egypt Has it All

Nov 10th, 2009 | By

Egypt has been one of the success stories of the last few years. Blessed with a fascinating culture, beaches on the Red Sea and a heritage that is second to none, Egypt could be seen as almost the perfect destination. Everything is there.

Now there will be more as they develop the “White Med” which is the coastline west of Alexandria and towards El Alamein and beyond

Croatia Appeals to the Pocket and Taste Buds

Nov 10th, 2009 | By

Croatia is not yet a member of the EU so is outside the eurozone. That may be why visitors from Britain rose by 2%. The Croatians like us. Apart from the fact we are only the 10th largest country in terms of visitors we spend a lot more than many others so they will encourage us to visit by offering value for money and that all important price difference.

Maldives Widens Tourist Appeal

Nov 10th, 2009 | By

The Maldives has been in the news quite a lot recently. Their cabinet, you might remember, held a cabinet meeting under water to highlight the effects of climate change. When you think of the Maldives the first thought is of a luxury holiday location. Now the tourism authority is trying to encourage 3 and 4 star hotels so that there is more on offer to suit every pocket. Independent travellers like backpackers are also welcome and will find it easier to get around as new infrastructure projects are completed.

Changing British Travel Habits

Nov 10th, 2009 | By

Kicking off WTM is a forecast of what can be expected in the future and this comes from the research firm, Euromonitor. In 2009 they think that we will have flown 14% less, stays in hotels will be down by 16% and overall tourism will be down by 8%. The market for luxury holidays won’t recover before 2013 they think. But in the UK, they have highlighted a trend for pop-up hotels. These are almost prefabricated hotels that can be put up and taken down quickly. They are cheap to construct and cheap to stay in.