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Innovation and Partnerships Make Wine Tourism Driver Rural Development

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Innovation and Partnerships Make Wine Tourism Driver Rural Development - TOP25VINEYARDS - TOP25WINES - TRAVELINDEXMonsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal, September 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Innovation, partnerships and enhanced coordination are essential for making wine tourism a driver of rural development. That was the takeaway message from the 5th UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism, held this week in Alentejo, Portugal, around the theme “Wine Tourism – a driver for rural development.”

Aligning with the central focus of World Tourism Day 2021, due to be celebrated 27 September, the Conference brough public and private sector stakeholders together to identify ways to maximise the sector’s potential contributions to inclusive growth. Also on the agenda was advancing digital transformation, marketing and promotion and the conservation of nature through a thriving wine tourism sector. Around 150 people attended the conference in person, with many more joining virtually to hear from a wide range of experts, from wine producers and distributors to tour operators, destinations and media.

Connecting tourists to territories

Wine tourism and its connection with the territory, local products and traditions opens new opportunities to advance jobs and inclusiveness in rural areas

Opening the event, UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili: “The pandemic has strengthened the role of tourism in advancing rural development. Wine tourism and its connection with the territory, local products and traditions opens new opportunities to advance jobs and inclusiveness in rural areas”.

Joining Secretary-General Pololikashvili for high-level panel discussions were Rita Marques, Secretary of State of Tourism of Portugal, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, State Secretary to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Sofia Zaharaki, Deputy Minister of Tourism of Greece and Mariam Kvrivishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition for Portugal, Pedro Siza Vieira, affirmed: “Wine tourism is at the forefront of our National Plan for Tourism. Its mission is to reach more visitors, from more countries, around the year, all over Portugal.” He also announced the launch of the Portuguese Wine Tourism website and a first Wine & Travel Week to be held in Porto, in February 2022.

Growing demand for authentic experiences

Wine tourism is in increasing demand as consumers look for more open-air experiences in rural areas in the post-pandemic era. The conference stressed the importance of developing the whole tourism value chain to complement the activities at the wineries as a means to create more jobs and businesses, promote local products and improve the visitor experience.

Mayor of Reguengos de Monsaraz, José Calixto added: “Local Authorities play a decisive role in enhancing the built and intangible heritage of winegrowing territories. For Reguengos de Monsaraz, this conference was the most important moment of the Vine and Wine history in the largest wine-producing regions in Portugal and will provide a further boost to rural development.”

The Conference was held on 8-10 September 2021, in the village of Monsaraz in the Alentejo region, in collaboration with the Government of Portugal, Turismo de Portugal and the Municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz. The Italian village of Alba in Region Piemonte will host the 2022 edition of the UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism.

The Minister of Tourism of Italy, Massimo Garavaglia, said “The wine and food sector is increasingly proving to be a fundamental lever for Italian tourism. And it will be even more so in the future. For these reasons, the appointment next year in Italy of the sixth edition of the World Conference of Wine Tourism is doubly important.”

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Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2021 Welcomed over 500 delegates

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Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2021 Welcomed over 500 delegates - TRAVELINDEXLeshan, Sichuan, China, September 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2021 (Virtual PTM 2021), organised in conjunction with the Sichuan International Travel Expo (SITE) with the support of the Leshan Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau and powered by official virtual partner Dragon Trail International, attracted 573 delegates from 69 global destinations. The delegate numbers embraced 242 sellers from 226 organisations and 30 destinations, along with 163 buyers from 156 organisations and 39 source markets.

“While border restrictions have been more conservative in Asia-Pacific than other regions, the latent growth for the future is still here. The foundation is being built for a safer, more resilient, responsible and sustainable global travel and tourism industry. Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2021 is just a small example of how we can support each other in these times of crisis,” said Liz Ortiguera, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). “I would like to thank all of you who joined us for this event as we continue to support a strengthened, more evolved travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Virtual PTM 2021 officially opened on Thursday, September 2 and ran until Sunday, September 5. The event offered two full business days of business appointments across all time zones on September 2-3, as well as two trade visitor days on September 4-5.

In addition to the business-to-business travel contracting, the event included various forums, including Destination Recovery Insights from Azerbaijan; Guam; Kiribati; Macao, China; Nepal; Sabah, Sarawak, and Thailand. Delegates also were able to join several insight sessions from various stakeholders from across all segments of the industry.

On Friday, September 3, Virtual PTM delegates had the opportunity to join a special live stream of the opening ceremony of the Sichuan International Travel Expo (SITE). Furthermore, various games and giveaways allowed delegates a chance to win travel giveaways and prizes from sponsors and partners.

Buyers, sellers, visitors and media can still access the Virtual PTM 2021 platform until October 5, 2021 to message participants and view all previous forums and sessions on demand.

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First Qatar Travel Mart to be Held in November 2021

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First Qatar Travel Mart to be Held in November 2021

Doha, Qatar, September 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Qatar Travel Mart, the first of its kind exhibition in the country aims to support and strengthen the competitiveness of tourism industry of Qatar by bringing together the inbound and outbound tourism together and providing a market place for a mutual relationship to both local and international tourism businesses by promoting, upholding and discovering the Place, People, and Culture.

The event will offer most sought-after travel destinations, real estate development projects and up-to-date Luxury, Business, Medical, Sports, MICE, Halal Tourism, Leisure and Cultural tourism trends to the most discerning upscale market, providing insights and new perspectives to the future of tourism by bringing together companies presenting new products and trends in technology related to travel and tourism business.

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QTM 2021 is bringing together various international tourism boards, national and regional tourist offices, airlines, tour operators, hoteliers travel agents, and online travel companies, all in one roof.

As the country hopes to abandon its dependence on oil and gas and increase the number of visitors to 7 million by 2030, Qatar is developing other parallel strategies, such as providing easier entry for citizens of other countries, which has made it the eighth most open country in the world in terms of visas, and first in the Middle East, according to the most recent update by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Travel & Tourism industry of Qatar directly impacts its economy, employment and exports, Qatar Travel Mart 2021 will further strengthen the competitiveness of tourism industry by bringing together the inbound and outbound tourism together by providing a market place for mutual relationship among tourism businesses at home and abroad to promote their tourism resources and cultures.

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Having the potential to become one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Qatar has witnessed lots of activities in the tourism industry and MICE segment supported by the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 (QNTSS) that spells out the focus of future tourism development based on developing a diversified, premium product that attracts families and travelers looking for new cultural experiences. In addition to building on Qatar’s existing strengths in the GCC market and among business travelers, increased emphasis will be devoted to diversifying into new geographical source markets and further enhancing Qatar’s MICE/business travel sector.

QTM 2021 will invite hosted buyers from international travel and tourism companies abroad to network and experience Qatar tourism..

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The Glasgow Declaration: Accelerating Climate Action in Tourism

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The Glasgow Declaration: Accelerating Climate Action in Tourism

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, September 4, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Glasgow Declaration aims to catalyse an acceleration of climate action across travel and tourism during the COVID-19 recovery and beyond. It defines a clear and consistent sector-wide message and approach to climate action in the coming decade, aligned with the wider scientific framework and urgency to act now.

Online launch of Glasgow Declaration defines a clear and consistent sector-wide approach to climate action in the coming decade.

The Declaration will be launched on 21st September 2021, in two separate sessions to allow as many people as possible from all around the world to attend. The morning session is scheduled at 10:00 CEST and the afternoon session is at 17:00 CEST with interpretation into Spanish.

During the session, the pathways proposed in the Glasgow Declaration to accelerate tourism’s ability to transform and achieve net zero as soon as possible will be presented. The audience will be informed about how to subscribe to the Declaration and demonstrate their public support for scaling up Climate Action in Tourism.

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ITB China with New Buyer Partnerships for MICE and Corporate Travel

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ITB China with New Buyer Partnerships for MICE and Corporate Travel

Shanghai, China, August 31, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / According to the 2020-2021 White Paper on Business Travel Management Market published by Ctrip Corporate Travel, China’s share of the business travel market in the Asia-Pacific region is growing year by year and already reached 69% in the year 2020. The latest data show that MICE and Business Travel are proving to be very dynamic and promising segments of the Chinese travel industry. Therefore, the cooperation with 14 leading MICE and Corporate Travel buyer partners will be strengthened to increase the purchasing power at ITB China, the Marketplace for China’s Travel Industry. The upcoming edition of ITB China will be held as a physical event in Shanghai from 24 – 26 November this year, with a virtual extension from early November until the end of December.

The MICE and Corporate Travel buyer partners will include BCD Travel China, BRAVOLINKS, CITS GBT, Ctrip Corporate Travel, CTG MICE, CWT China, GCM, HUACHENG MICE, Jin Jiang MICE, Meiya, JL Best Meeting, ON THE WAY (OTW), Smart MICE and UCC.

“We have many years of successful experience in serving the government, state-owned central enterprises, and large and well-known companies. We look forward to a new round of cooperation with ITB China to connect with more high-quality domestic and international partners and further diversify our products and services”, said Mr. Zhang Jian, General Manager of CTG MICE Service Co., Ltd.

As MICE and Corporate Travel buyer partners,these 14 leading Chinese travel companies will send top buyers from all over China to ITB China events and promote the events among their resources and platforms, as well as organize activities, both physical and virtual at ITB China 2021, and share the latest market trends and their experiences in the domestic market.

“It’s the first time that we participate in ITB China. The development of MICE travel has always been one of the priorities for Sanya. Especially since the epidemic, the demand for domestic MICE travel has increased greatly. We are looking forward to learning and exchanging experiences in destination marketing with overseas tourism bureaus and establishing contacts and business cooperation with more partners at ITB China 2021″, said Ms. Ma Nan, Marketing Director of Sanya Tourism Promotion Board.

“We are particularly grateful to the Chinese MICE industry for the support and cooperation. In the post-pandemic era, we will continue to provide extensive and practical products customized for our MICE partners to meet the various needs of different industries, and to set the stage for the full recovery of Business Events Australia. We hope all of you will continue to follow Business Events Australia, and we sincerely wish great success to ITB China 2021!”, said Ms. LC Tan, Regional Business Events Director, Tourism Australia.

About ITB China and the ITB China Conference
ITB China 2021 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 24 to 26 Nov, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. In addition to the physical event, ITB China 2021 Virtual will be held from 8 November to 31 December 2021. ITB China is a business-to-business travel trade platform that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel with the show and is co-organized by the leading travel conference organizer TravelDaily.

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Saudi Arabia Reveals Stunning Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Saudi Arabia Reveals Stunning Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 24, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / With less than two months to go, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to welcome the world to its state-of-the-art pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. At the Saudi Pavilion, the second largest after the UAE’s, visitors will experience the Kingdom’s rich past, vibrant present, and promising future.

A 68 square-meter, curved LED screen greets visitors as they embark on a technology-enabled journey through five ecosystems, hinting at the Kingdom’s natural spaces, beautiful coasts, vast deserts, surrounding seas, and high mountains. The journey will walk through the flora of Al Bardani Valley in Asir Region to the mighty mountains of Tabuk, and from the dunes of the Empty Quarter in southeastern Saudi to the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.

Visitors to the Saudi Pavilion will then experience 14 cultural landmarks along a stunning escalator ride. These include acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as At-Turaif District in Ad-Diriyah, Hegra Archaeological Site in AlUla, Historic Jeddah, Rock Art in the Hail Region, and Al-Ahsa Oasis.

Through an audiovisual guide, guests can explore 23 other destinations, including world-leading giga-projects which are rewriting the possibilities of sustainable development such as Qiddiya, Diriyah Gate, and King Salman Park.

Following this, visitors will enter ‘Vision,’ a one-of-a-kind art exhibition curated by celebrated Saudi artists. Highlights include a 30m floating virtual sphere and a bespoke interactive floor.

Finally, the pavilion will take visitors through the ‘Discovery Center’, where an innovative platform will connect leaders from around the world to forge exciting partnerships and discuss investment opportunities, visualized through an interactive digital map of Saudi Arabia.

People, opportunity, nature, and heritage are the four pillars that anchor the visitor experience of the Kingdom’s 13,000 square-meter pavilion; an adventure woven into one of the most sustainable structures at Expo 2020 Dubai. It has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest internationally recognized sustainability rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

In addition, the pavilion holds three Guinness World Records: the largest interactive lighting floor with around 8,000 LED lights, the longest interactive water feature at more than 32 meters, and the largest LED interactive digital mirror screen at 1302.5 square meters.

Expo 2020 Dubai is an opportunity to reconnect, meet new people, and discover new horizons. The people of Saudi Arabia are excited to open the doors and for visitors to experience their renowned hospitality first-hand.

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Connecting Global Participants at Sixth Belt and Road Summit in September

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Connecting Global Participants at Sixth Belt and Road Summit in September

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, August 24, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the sixth Belt and Road Summit will be held online on 1-2 September (Wednesday and Thursday) with the theme “Driving Growth through Fostering Regional and International Trade”. The summit will explore how the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can be leveraged together with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) development and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to forge multilateral collaboration and drive post-pandemic economic recovery as well as investment and business cooperation in various sectors.

This year’s summit will be held virtually, connecting global participants across different geographic boundaries and time zones. It will comprise a range of sessions and events, including the Opening Session, Policy Dialogue session, two Business Plenaries, a panel discussion and thematic breakout sessions, investment project pitching sessions as well as an exhibition and one-to-one business matching meetings. The event will bring together more than 80 government officials and business elites from Belt and Road countries and regions, as well as project owners, investors and services providers from all over the world, to explore BRI opportunities. In addition to benefiting from the inspiring sharing by renowned speakers, participants will also be able to learn about the current investment climate and opportunities in different regions and sectors, and build contacts with business potential counterparts on the spot.

Comprehensive analysis of policy trends and investment opportunities

The BRI facilitates global investment and trade, providing potential investment opportunities for investors and collaboration opportunities for different professional services sectors. HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam and HKTDC Chairman Dr Peter K N Lam will host the opening session, where a keynote address will be delivered by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. At the Policy Dialogue session (on 1 September morning), chaired by HKSAR Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau, officials from Belt and Road countries and regions will analyse the latest economic policy trends. Panelists include Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Brunei; HE Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates; HE Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of the ASEAN Secretariat; HE Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia; Muhammad Lutfi, Minister of Trade, Indonesia; Ramon Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippines; Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore; and Sansern Samalapa, Vice Minister for Commerce, Thailand.

HKSAR Financial Secretary Paul Chan will address the day’s Business Plenary Session, themed “Belt and Road and RCEP: Enhancing Regional Business Connectivity”, which will also feature business leaders from Hong Kong, Mainland China and RCEP markets. Speakers include Victor Chu, Chairman and CEO, First Eastern Investment Group; Sean Chiao, Global Business Line Chief Executive, Buildings and Places, AECOM; Huang Zhaohui, CEO and Chairman of Management Committee, China International Capital Corporation Limited; Suroj Lamsam, CEO and President of Loxley Public Company Limited in Thailand; Michael Tan, President and Chief Operating Officer of LT Group in the Philippines; and Wang Cuijun, Director, China Merchants Group Limited. The session will examine how the RCEP will inject new impetus into the region and how Belt and Road countries and regions can strengthen connectivity to seize the new opportunities.

Exploring Greater Bay Area opportunities

This year’s summit features the new Greater Bay Area series focusing on opportunities in the region. It includes a Business Plenary, a panel discussion, thematic breakout sessions and an exhibition. The Business Plenary (on 2 September), titled “Connecting the Belt and Road & Greater Bay Area through Hong Kong”, will be chaired by Victor Fung, Chairman of the Fung Group, and feature Dato’ Seri Cheah Cheng Hye, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Value Partners Group; Jack So, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong; Sun Yu, Vice Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited; and Wang Shi, Chairman of Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation and Founder and Honorary Chairman of Vanke Co., Ltd. The panel will share their insights on how Hong Kong should leverage its advantages to connect the Belt and Road and the GBA and seize relevant opportunities under the new era of cross-boundary collaboration. A panel discussion and thematic breakout sessions will cover topics such as fundraising, financing, green finance, digital technology and start-ups.

BRI opportunities for various professional services, including legal and dispute resolution, captive insurance and reinsurance, and infrastructure, as well for small and medium-sized enterprises will be discussed at thematic breakout sessions co-organised with various partners including the Department of Justice, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office, the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, Hong Kong Cyberport, Invest Hong Kong, the China International Contractors Association and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. The sessions will also cover international cooperation in infrastructure development, as well as cultural and business collaboration.

Online project pitching and business matching

The summit will once again feature the popular Investment and Business Matching Session, providing a platform for project owners, investors and services providers to connect and explore cooperation opportunities. The session includes one-to-one business matching meetings, to be arranged according to participants’ business and investment needs, and project pitching sessions which focus on four main areas: (1) energy, natural resources and public utilities, (2) innovation and technology, (3) urban development, and (4) transport and logistics infrastructure. The matching sessions are expected to involve more than 100 investment projects.

A larger-scale exhibition will again be held online, featuring more than 60 exhibitors from around the world. Adding to the returning Global Investment Zone and Hong Kong Zone, the new GBA Zone will showcase the latest technology and related investment opportunities in the Greater Bay Area.

Hong Kong-Kazakhstan medical cooperation MOU

During the summit, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be signed online to promote cooperation between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan over advanced medical equipment, including the application of medical metal 3D printing technology in orthopaedic oncology and related training. The MOU will be signed by Edmond Yau, Founder and CEO of Hong Kong firm Koln 3D Technology (Medical) Limited, and Shinbolatova Aigul Serikovna, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR).

China International Capital Corporation Ltd serves as the Strategic Partner; Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd as the Regional Banking Partner; China Merchants Group as the Sapphire Sponsor; China Taiping Insurance Group as the Affiliated Insurance Partner; and China Mobile International Limited as the Platinum Sponsor of the sixth Belt and Road Summit.

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BBTF Annoucing 2022 Edition for June 2022

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BBTF Annoucing 2022 Edition for June 2022

Bali, Indonesia, August 20, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / With traveling becoming more and more accessible to anyone, people now explore further than the boundaries of their own home and go off the beaten path. Major destinations around the globe are still on demand. However, people now hunger for new exotic destinations and somewhere they can really enjoy their holiday without having to face hundreds of fellow tourists.

Indonesia, being an Archipelago, offers hundreds of destinations, from the unique historical sites to the tranquility of an exclusive island getaway, from the beautiful sunrise over the highest peak to the beautiful underwater scenery, there are a lot of options available to different types of travelers. BALI & BEYOND TRAVEL FAIR (BBTF) recognized this and organized its first travel fair back in year 2014 to help to promote these unique destinations to potential buyers from around the globe. This year, the 8th BBTF, to be held from 14 – 18 June 2022, aims to further promote these destinations to the world and open up new business opportunities for the participants after global pandemic.

So why should you join the BBTF 2022 event? Here is one of many reasons why you should participate the BBTF 2022 event in Bali :

The event is fully endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia and since it’s the beginning, BBTF has grown further and reached its status as the leading international travel and tourism fair in Indonesia, in par – if not better – with similar travel fairs around the world.

Come and join the BBTF 2022 event and be a part of Indonesia’s Leading International Travel and Tourism Fair.

BBTF Secretariat Office
Jalan Raya Puputan ¬ 41, Renon
Denpasar 80235, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. (+62 361) 445 7111 or 445 7700
Fax. (+62 361) 244 263
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Europe Becomes Strategic Partner of ITB China

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Europe Becomes Strategic Partner of ITB China

Shanghai, China, August 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Many Chinese are looking forward to travelling abroad according to recent data collected by the European Travel Commission (ETC), who is strengthening ties with ITB China as a Strategic Partner in 2021. ETC will have a strong presence at this year’s hybrid show, reflecting the optimism of Chinese tourism returning to Europe, maintaining close ties with Chinese agents & buyers and learning more about new market trends and changes in consumer behavior. ITB China 2021, the Marketplace for China’s Travel Industry will take place as physical event in Shanghai from 24 – 26 Nov this year, with a virtual extension from early November until the end of December.

Mr. Eduardo Santander, Executive Director at European Travel Commission said: “The ETC is delighted to join ITB China 2021 as a Strategic Partner. We look forward to showcasing a multitude of European destinations and experiences through our hybrid EUROPE pavillion. As Europe is opening up for travel, we believe it is crucial to intensify dialogue between European and Chinese partners on the most pressing issues to finally embark on our common journey towards the recovery of tourism”.

Confirmed European destinations exhibiting in the EUROPE pavillion include Austria (Austrian National Tourist Office), Croatia (Croatian National Tourist Board), Czech Republic (CzechTourism), Denmark & Norway (Scandinavian Tourist Board), Germany (German National Tourist Board), Isle of Ireland (Tourism Ireland), Netherlands (Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions), Poland (Polish Tourism Organisation), Portugal (VisitPortugal), France (Atout France), and more.

In addition to the EUROPE pavilion, ITB China will show strong individual presences of other major European destinations, such as Finland (Visit Finland), Italy (ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board), Malta (Malta Tourism Authority), Spain (TOURSPAIN), Switzerland (Switzerland Tourism) and United Kingdom (VisitBritain).

The pandemic has accelerated changes that were already evident before, creating both opportunities and challenges for tourism organizations and hospitality representatives to keep pace with the market. According to Santander the most important post-pandemic Chinese travel trend is the shift from group travel aiming at visiting as much countries at once as possible, towards FIT and semi-customized travel focusing on more in-depth experiences. A new model of more conscious and slow travel is emerging. Especially among young, tech-savvy and bilingual Chinese people traveling off the beaten path, self-driving and small private groups will become more and more popular. One trend has remained: Chinese tourists still value the safety of travel. At the same time the flexibility of travel bookings play a much more crucial role than before.

Mr. James Liang, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of said: “With the continuous improvement in global vaccination levels and the launch of the EU Digital COVID Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are full of confidence in the recovery of international tourism.‘s recent survey shows an optimistic trend. For example, the searching number of air tickets by Chinese mainland users from China to Europe has surged nearly four times recently. Europe has always been a popular destination for Chinese travellers, and is preparing the relevant measures to promote European tourism, as well as work with our partners to drive the revival of global tourism.”

Meanwhile, Europe’s tourism sector is working to support the reopening and has joined forces to encourage Europeans to travel abroad this summer responsibly. Last month, the ETC presented ‘Open up to Europe’, a major promotional campaign to reassure potential tourists that destinations and tourism businesses in Europe have implemented all the necessary health and sanitary protocols and are open for visitors. The campaign, led by ETC and co-funded by the EU with the support of more than 30 destinations and travel brands, will be rolled out across Europe as restrictions are eased and countries open up for travel.

About the European Travel Commission
Established in 1948, the European Travel Commission is a unique association in the travel sector, representing the National Tourism Organisations of the countries of Europe. Its mission is to strengthen the sustainable development of Europe as a tourist destination. In the last several decades, ETC has positioned itself at the forefront of the European tourism scene, establishing its expertise and building up partnerships in areas of tourism, based on promotion, market intelligence and best practice sharing. ETC currently focuses its activities in the areas of research, marketing and advocacy.

About ITB China and the ITB China Conference
ITB China 2021 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 24 to 26 Nov, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. In addition to the physical event, ITB China 2021 Virtual will be held from 8 November to 31 December 2021. ITB China is a business-to-business travel trade platform that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel with the show and is co-organized by the leading travel conference organizer TravelDaily

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Quinta do Lago Ladies Turn on the Style on Europe’s Fairways

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Quinta do Lago Ladies Turn on the Style on Europe’s Fairways - TOP25GOLFCOURSES.comQuinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal, July 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Quinta do Lago’s position at the forefront of ladies’ golf in Europe has received a ringing double endorsement with two of its new generation of stars excelling on the fairways across Europe this summer.

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Teenager Sofia Barroso Sá confirmed her prodigious talent by finishing joint-second in the German Boys and Girls Open while Sara Gouveia claimed first place in the ladies’ competition, and third overall, at the third event of the 2021 Portuguese Golf Federation Tour.

Staged this year at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club – venue for the 2015 Solheim Cup – the German Boys and Girls Open is one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the world and Sá produced an outstanding display to finish ahead of more than 100 of Europe’s best juniors.

The reigning Portuguese under-16 girls’ champion saved the best until last on the Rot Course, defying tricky weather conditions in south-west Germany to shoot a course-record one-under 71 in the final round of the 54-hole event to finish on a total of 210, two strokes behind Sweden’s Meja Ortengren.

Following a stellar amateur career which included winning the Portuguese under-18 girls’ title, Gouveia – who is based at Quinta do Lago – turned professional last year and has wasted no time in making an impact in the professional ranks, with her latest impressive performance coming at Troia Golf.

After carding a 76 in her opening 18 holes, Gouveia charged through the field in the second and final round, recording six birdies and four in the final six holes to shoot a two-under 70, one of only two players beat par at the event.

There was further good news for Quinta do Lago and the resort’s academy at Troia with Swedish teenager Maia Samuelsson, who is also based at the top Portuguese venue, finishing as the top amateur in 11th place overall after rounds of 79 and 74.

Jose Ferreira, head professional and academy manager at Quinta do Lago, said: “These results are nothing short of outstanding and I couldn’t be happier for all the players. It’s one thing to hit the ball well in practice but quite another to take that form into a tournament environment.

“They have proved that they have what it takes to compete at the highest level and the signs bode very well for the future for all three of them.”

The trio’s performances continue a fantastic run for Quinta do Lago’s academy and its talented group of boys and girls after the resort’s juniors won seven national titles in 2020 – including being crowned Portuguese junior club champions for the first time in its history.

Overseen by Ferreira, and his team of coaches, the resort’s junior team features more than 35 children in each development category – elite, competition and beginner – and age group.

Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and just a 15-minute drive from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of Europe’s elite golf, sports and family destinations for nearly five decades and features a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities.

As well as three 18-hole championship golf courses – the North, South and Laranjal – and outstanding practice facilities, guests can enjoy an array of sports at the state-of-the-art performance centre The Campus, a world-class sports hub designed for professionals and amateurs alike to train and live well.

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Complementing the facilities is a choice of 13 first-class bars and restaurants that deliver a range of delicious world cuisines, including the acclaimed Bovino Steakhouse and UMAMI – the resort’s first Asian restaurant which opened in May – and accommodation at the boutique The Magnolia Hotel.

About Quinta do Lago
Since its inception in 1972, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf, hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international tournaments. Home to three world-class golf courses, the resort also boasts a wealth of cutting-edge practice facilities.

  • Quinta do Lago North Course – Opening in October 2014, the totally revamped North Course has been redeveloped by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and is set to become one of the new stars of European golf. The new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment programme and has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
  • Quinta do Lago South Course – A favourite among European Tour professionals, the South Course calls for accurate drives and precise shots, but rewards players for their efforts with the stunning backdrop of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Regularly included in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’, the par-72 layout has received widespread praise for its strategically-placed hazards and varying difficulty across the 18 holes. Having hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than eight occasions, the South Course is regarded as one of Portugal’s premier golfing venues.
  • Laranjal – Designed by Jorge Santana da Silva in the grounds of an orange grove, the par-72 course was named as Portugal’s Best Golf Course 2011 at the Portuguese Travel Awards, and poses serious tests for players of all abilities. Opened in 2008, Laranjal offers a pure golfing experience right next to the Quinta do Lago estate and features fairways sown with Bermuda grass, providing a challenging playing environment in a picture-perfect setting.
  • Paul McGinley Academy – Quinta do Lago is home to the only Paul McGinley Academy in the world, founded in October 2011 by Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain. With a strong involvement from McGinley himself, who is a regular visitor to the resort, the academy aims to cultivate and improve golfers’ play by providing them with the tools and techniques used on the professional Tours. The academy focuses especially on younger players, working in collaboration with local schools and is the perfect way to follow in the footsteps of the pros.
  • TaylorMade Performance Center – Quinta do Lago’s TaylorMade Performance Centre is the only facility of its kind in Portugal and is located on the resort’s expansive driving range. Opened in May 2013, the centre is operated by trained TaylorMade technicians, offering golfers a custom-fitting experience testing hundreds of club and iron options, ensuring the best combination for every player’s swing. It also has a fully equipped Tour standard workshop and utilises FlightScope X2 radar technology to measure the entire flight of the ball from impact to landing whilst displaying its 3D trajectory in real time.

Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.

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