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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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International Golf Travel Market Announces First Live Event in 2 Years

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International Golf Travel Market Announces First Live Event in 2 Years - TRAVELINDEXCeltic Manor, Wales, United Kingdom, July 27, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / IGTM 2021 will take place from 18th-21st October 2021 at Celtic Manor in Wales. The return of events as we know them, face to face is back. Reed Exhibitions, the organiser behind IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) has confirmed that its live event is back for 2021. The first international face to face meeting of the golf travel industry for the past 2 years.

Scheduled to take place from 18th – 21st October 2021 at Celtic Manor in Wales, it is also the first time the event has been held in the UK. Designed to kickstart the business opportunities for this leisure sector post COVID-19, golf tourism is poised to grow by $5.36 billion from 2020-2024 .

In a statement released today, David Todd, Event Manager of IGTM said: “We’re delighted to announce the return of IGTM that we know so many businesses rely on at such a crucial time to help support the bounce back of the golf tourism industry. We have been working closely with our venue partner, the ICC Wales to ensure a safe live event and are looking forward to welcoming the community once again – this is an industry that is a real revenue generator for golf facilities and hosts millions of leisure travellers worldwide, so we look forward to connecting everyone again.”

There are already more than 135 tour operators, travel agents, concierge companies and event planners confirmed from 28 countries including Golfbreaks (UK), Leadingcourses.com (Netherlands) and Women on Fairways (US), with numbers increasing every day. They will meet with similar numbers of the world’s top golf courses, resorts, hotels, tourist boards and DMCs – and delighted to announce the latest confirmed exhibitor is The PGA with 10 of its partner properties will be participating too.

Commenting on their participation, Guy Moran, Head of Property and Development at The PGA said: “The PGA is delighted to confirm its participation at IGTM 2021, where 10 PGA Branded Properties plus The PGA itself will attend this industry leading event. All PGA Branded Properties hope that the event will provide direct value to them as golf travel continues its journey back to a safer and healthier conditions.”

Exhibitors, buyers, and media will join forces for 4 days of pre-scheduled appointments, networking, and the IGTM annual golf tournament.

Host venue to IGTM 2021, ICC Wales, Chief Executive Ian Edwards said: “We are very much looking forward to hosting this much-anticipated event in October, as part of what we hope will be a successful resumption of the meetings industry during the second half of the year. We have been working tirelessly with industry partners and the Welsh Government to ensure we have robust safety protocols in place to facilitate the safe return of conventions of the size and scope of IGTM, and we cannot wait to see delegates coming back to our exceptional meeting spaces. We will continue to be guided by the latest medical advice and Welsh Government guidance, but the pilot events conducted across the UK as part of the Event Research programme demonstrated what we have long advocated – that the events industry is uniquely well placed to reopen safely, and their organised nature means compliance with procedures like Test and Trace is already built into standard practices.”

Commenting at the close of IGTM LINKS 2020, exhibitors and buyers were looking forward to the return of the face-to-face event:

Petra Darmstädter from Hotel Peralada Wine Spa & Golf said: “Digital events shouldn’t replace the physical, face-to-face IGTM meetings as I missed the networking and unscheduled chats. I look forward to this next year in Wales.”

Pascale Despieres from Parcours & Voyages in France said: “We wish all IGTM members and associates the best for the next coming months and we look forward to meeting you all in 2021 in Celtic Manor.”

About International Golf Travel Market
International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) now in its 24th edition, is the meeting place for the global B2B golf travel community. More than 450 golf tourism suppliers join more than 380 pre-qualified buyers and international press for four days of unmissable pre-scheduled appointments, exclusive networking opportunities and invaluable industry and trend updates. Taking place in a different destination every year, IGTM brings together golf tourism professionals from over 46 countries. Next events: IGTM Wales – 18th-21st October 2021

About RX (Reed Exhibitions)
RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organisations. We elevate the power of face to face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people. RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

About RELX
RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs over 33,000 people, of whom almost half are in North America. The shares of RELX PLC, the parent company, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. The market capitalisation is approximately £33bn, €39bn, $47bn.

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ITB Berlin 2022: Focus on Restart and Recovery

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ITB Berlin 2022: Focus on Restart and Recovery

Berlin, Germany, July 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show releases details of a hybrid concept and for taking part in the live event from 9 to 13 March 2022 in Berlin. Demand is high for the annual business highlight of the international travel industry. In March 2022 ITB Berlin – The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – is planning an in-person edition of the event whose success story spans more than 50 years – to which virtual elements will be added.

As part of a three-phase trade show concept, the run-up will consist mainly of matchmaking and appointments. During the actual event ITB Berlin will provide a platform for business, networking, content and dialogue, and with its physical and hybrid trade show stands will create a setting for successful participation in the event. After ITB Berlin, over a period of one to two days the virtual Business Days will round off the concept with virtual appointments and livestreams.

As early as February 2022, access will be available to a virtual trade show platform where exhibitors, trade visitors and the media can make advance contact and find relevant content. The focus of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show will be on Saxony, the Official Partner Destination, which at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 on the eve of the event will open ITB Berlin with a festive gala at the CityCube Berlin, which will also be livestreamed. On Wednesday, 9 March, the Berlin Exhibition Grounds will open their doors to exhibitors, trade visitors and the media, observing the latest hygiene rules and a safety concept which ITB Berlin will coordinate with the local authorities and will previously test. On Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 March anyone from the Berlin/Brandenburg region with a lust for travel is also invited to the display halls where they can get ideas and inspiration for their next holidays.

Remote trade show stands and the Digital ITB Business Days supplement the hybrid trade show experience

Anyone wishing to attend ITB but unable to be in Berlin due to travel restrictions can join ITB Berlin live during the event by booking one of the new remote hybrid trade show stands through our Messe Berlin subsidiary CSG. Additional information is available in the week after ITB Berlin the virtual ITB platform will host one to two special Digital ITB Business Days, enabling exhibitors and buyers to meet at a technically user-friendly virtual trade show, where they can meet the appointments they were unable to at the live event.

“With ITB Berlin NOW we were able to offer the industry a sophisticated alternative format during the interim in spring 2021“, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. “However, it also became clear to us all that, as we know, nothing can compare with a face-to-face meeting. It therefore gives us all the more pleasure to physically welcome the global travel industry back to Berlin in 2022. Our expanded virtual formats featuring livestreaming and the Digital Business Days will take the show to a new level by combining the best elements of the physical and virtual world.”

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2022 will take place from Wednesday, 9 to Sunday, 13 March as an in-person event in Berlin and will include virtual trade show elements such as the two-day Digital ITB Business Days after the event. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2022. It will take place physically and virtually and feature livestreams along with a 24-hour programme. For exhibitors, trade visitors and the media, participation in the convention is included in the price of a ticket. 3,513 exhibitors from 120 countries were represented at the virtual edition of ITB Berlin NOW 2021 for the duration of the event. Some 65,700 users visited the new online platform, around two-thirds of whom were from abroad. In 2019 a total of 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries displayed their products and services to 160,000 visitors, including 113,500 trade visitors.

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Wine Tourism and Rural Development Discussed in Portugal in September 2021

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Wine Tourism and Rural Development Discussed in Portugal in September 2021

Lisbon, Portugal, July 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Visit Portugal and the city of Reguengos de Monsaraz announce dates for the 5th UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism.

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Following the success of the past four editions, the Conference will take place on 9-10 September 2021, in Reguengos de Monsaraz in the Alentejo region, in collaboration with the Government of Portugal.

Held under the theme ‘Wine Tourism – a driver for rural development’ in a hybrid format to welcome delegates from all around the world, the Conference will focus on the contribution of wine tourism to social and economic regional integration and its great potential to generate development opportunities in rural destinations.

I thank Portugal’s support to accelerate the recovery of the sector

UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili says: “It is now more important than ever to support wine tourism and I am confident that this event will represent a unique opportunity to share experiences that face up these challenging times and place the two sectors at the center of recovery, particularly for the benefit of rural communities. I thank Portugal’s support to accelerate the recovery of the sector.”

The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, aims to position the country “As one of the top destinations in wine tourism, which is a main strategic asset for Portugal due to its ability to attract a highly qualified tourist with high purchasing power, allowing for multiple attraction anchors throughout the territory and throughout the year, thus contributing to territorial cohesion and reducing seasonality. Wine tourism’s development in central in the Recovery Plan (Reactivate Tourism | Build the Future) for the Tourism sector but the dynamization of this product also has a specific and dedicated action plan. The aforementioned Plan will contribute to the enhancement of wine tourism, wine itself and will be a very important contribution to creating more value and employment in these regions.

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Mayor off the Municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, José Calixto, says: “Welcome everyone to one of the richest wine regions in Portugal! Reguengos de Monsaraz and Alentejo are a territory experienced and felt by Man for over 9,000 years. We are valued by a unique intangible heritage, very hospitable people, high quality wines that are part of our identity and several excellent wine tourism activities, allow unforgettable experiences. We would like to share them with you!”.

Since 2016, the Conference has highlighted the importance of wine tourism to the socio-economic development of destinations and has served as a platform to exchange experiences, identify good practices and promote wine tourism as a tool for sustainable development.

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Spectacular Baselworld is Back

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Spectacular Baselworld is Back

Basel, Switzerland, July 5, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Baselworld was held for the last time in 2019. Now it is back in March/April 2022, and it will be very different. Instead of focusing on the spectacular appearance of luxury brands in the watch, jewellery and gemstone sector, the new BASELWORLD will primarily be a B2B platform in the mid-range luxury segment. The future concept combines trends in the experience marketing market with the needs of the entire community in the mid- and high-end segment of the watch, jewellery and gemstone industry.

“After the Corona Pandemic had stalled BASELWORLD over the last two years, we took a lot of time to talk to our partners and exhibitors,” says BASELWORLD Managing Director Michel Loris-Melikoff. “One thing became very clear: the BASELWORLD brand must remain, but it must fundamentally change.”

Whereas BASELWORLD used to be the most important annual meeting place for the luxury brands in the watch, jewellery and gemstone industry, the new Baselworld will be a platform on which smaller watches and jewellery manufacturers and gemstone traders can present their products and retailers will have efficient and easy access to the diversity of manufacturers. BASELWORLD will become a digital platform, supplemented by live events, which will be available to the jewellery, watch and gems industry around the clock, 365 days a year, worldwide.

The date of BASELWORLD 2022 will be coordinated with the trade fairs taking place in Geneva at the same time and is intended as an important supplement and additional platform for the exchange of information between all the players in the industry, including those who did not participate in BASELWORLD in the past.

To be launched in autumn 2021, the digital platform will become a forum for exchange between all relevant representatives of the industry, the public and the media at BASELWORLD 2022. New tools for content creation will be used, allowing a maximum “touch and feel” experience and providing the opportunity to expand one’s network and exchange information on the latest trends. It will be the first independent platform that combines digital and live events.

“Everyone will meet on our platform. The brands, the manufacturers, the retailers, the fans and the media,” explains Michel Loris-Melikoff. “We will offer attractive conditions and prices for all brands that want to benefit from this unique platform.”

BASELWORLD’s new orientation is also in line with the MCH Group’s strategy, which has been confirmed by the newly composed Board of Directors. It focuses on platforms for communities in select (international or national) ecosystems, the provision of experience marketing solutions with holistic support for customers worldwide and the operation of the group’s own infrastructures in Basel and Zurich.

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Expo 2020 Dubai Tickets to Go on Sale Worldwide July 18

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Expo 2020 Dubai Tickets to Go on Sale Worldwide July 18

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Expo 2020 Dubai tickets will go on sale worldwide from 18 July 2021, opening up a spectacular world of innovation and entertainment for every visitor across 182 visually striking and emotionally inspiring days from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

With three months to go, Expo 2020 has announced three ticket tiers to ensure every visitor will be able to enjoy the spectacular event, regardless of the duration of their visit to Dubai. One-day tickets are priced at AED 95 (USD 26); multi-day tickets, offering unrestricted entry for 30 consecutive days, are priced at AED 195 (USD 53), and season passes, with unlimited entry for the entire six months of Expo 2020, are priced at AED 495 (USD 135).

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ITB China to Take Place as Physical Event in Shanghai 24-26 Nov 2021

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ITB China to Take Place as Physical Event in Shanghai 24-26 Nov 2021

Shanghai, China, June 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / With travel and tourism within China bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels, ITB China, the largest B2B exclusive travel trade show in China, is set as in-person event at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre from 24 – 26 November 2021, with its virtual extension from 8 November until 31 December 2021. Witnessing the positive development of travel markets and vaccine promotion in China and around the world, expectations for the return of international travel are steadily increasing. This fall the marketplace for China’s travel industry picks up the thread and will deliver an innovative hybrid showcase for travel products and an important B2B meeting place for the travel industry.

David Axiotis, General Manager of ITB China, on the new event concept: “In these dynamic times the combination of a physical event and a virtual platform is indispensable and offers our customers maximum planning security. ITB China 2021 will support global travel companies and suppliers with comprehensive and flexible solutions – both offline and online – to re-engage the Chinese market in a unique and hybrid format and actively boost the recovery of the industry. Adding to the face-to-face meetings and in-person experience, the virtual extension of ITB China 2021 will bring extra value by providing even more meeting and networking opportunities for both physically and virtually participating exhibitors”.

Physical exhibitors are benefiting from on-site prescheduled appointments with high-quality buyers and a complimentary virtual booth package as part of their attendance. Exhibitors who opt for a purely virtual attendance will enjoy a comprehensive digital presence including options to get in touch and meet the same quality buyers and travel professionals from all over China online via the virtual booth.

To ensure consistent corporate brand exposure, multiple related booths are combined as virtual pavilions under one company brand page, while XXL-Pavilion packages, especially designed for destination marketing organisations and corporate groups, include additional highlight and showcasing features for enhanced impact. Exhibitors can choose to add prescheduled buyer group meetings to their virtual booth package, exclusively available on the ITB China virtual platform, to maximize business opportunities in the digital realm. Suppliers who simply want to display their company portofolio online to all buyers and trade visitors of ITB China Virtual, but without the comprehensive functionality and brand presence of a virtual booth, can do so with a free virtual listing.

Features of the virtual platform include among others: Extensive presentation of detailed company and product information, access to a wide selection of ITB China recommended buyers that match the exhibitor’s business portfolio and buyer’s interests, various communication functions such as instant text-messaging, self-arranged meeting scheduling and video calls, e-business cards exchange, and convenient one-click-compiling as well as downloading of business contacts. Online presentation sessions and prescheduled online meetings for registered exhibitors and buyers will commence as early as 8 Nov, the kick-off date of ITB China Virtual. All offers and functions of the virtual platform will be maintained from that date until 31 Dec 2021.

As the leading Chinese travel think tank, the concurrent ITB China Conference 2021 will be organised by China’s leading travel trade media and travel conference organizer TravelDaily featuring a strong program of keynotes and panel discussions, streamed live with Chinese and English subtitles and available as videos on demand on the ITB China Virtual platform.

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Expo 2020 Dubai and City Football Group Kick Off Partnership

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Expo 2020 Dubai and City Football Group Kick Off Partnership

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Expo 2020 Dubai and City Football Group have kicked off a new partnership that will see the largest event in the Arab world become the Official Exhibition Partner of English Premier League champions Manchester City.

Under the partnership, which builds on the universal appeal of football to drive awareness of Expo 2020 around the world, Expo 2020 will also become Official Partner of Indian Super League champions Mumbai City FC.

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Tourism Industry Summit to Take Place in Andermatt this November

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Tourism Industry Summit to Take Place in Andermatt this November

Lucerne, Switzerland, June 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / After two inspiring Online Meetups featuring speakers from the tourism industry, one thing is clear: tourism is on the cusp of a promising future. Leading personalities from the tourism industry and politics, as well as investors and start-ups will meet in Andermatt in November to promote and exchange new ideas. The Innovation Festival will hone in on topics introduced at the Online Meetups and examine possible solutions to rebuild and advance tourism.

Setting sail for new shores

The disruptive forces of the current crisis are leaving their mark on the tourism industry. Buoyed by innovation and enterprise, the industry is taking this opportunity to jettison mediocre solutions and instead develop new ideas that will endure even after the storm has passed, says futurist Matthias Horx. Marcus Bernhardt, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality, agrees: “You can sense that the pace of innovation is accelerating in the tourism industry, that even well-established companies are quickly adapting to the new needs of guests.”

Keeping pace with change

It was important, according to Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Tourism Minister of Morocco, that governments supported the tourism industry during a difficult phase. However, now it is time for the industry to push on with the transformation process that was triggered by the crisis. Philipp Depiereux, CEO of etventure, is convinced: agility and adaptability are more important than adhering rigidly to a previously defined strategy. For this to succeed, guests have to be made the focus, because tourism is all about social interactions and personal exchanges with them.

Foster diversity and inclusion

There’s a need for action with regard to diversity and inclusion too. The figures in a study by the World Tourism Forum and Aptamind are clear: when it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s still plenty of room for improvement in the tourism industry. Firms must level the playing field and «walk the talk» when it comes to involving employees in proceedings.

Johannes Reck, CEO of GetYourGuide, believes, “that young businesses in particular can change the world for the better, as long as you give them the opportunity to develop their ideas and put the pedal to the metal.” And that is exactly what WTFL is doing with its unique platform for exchange and its global network.

A platform for new ideas – the Innovation Festival will take place in November

“To move forward with positivity, you need new perspectives and a clear objective”, says Raphael Krucker, CEO of Andermatt Swiss Alps, “and this objective, whether it’s in the field of sustainability or diversity and inclusion, can only be achieved in collaboration with others.”

With this awareness and the insights from the Online Meetups, World Tourism Forum Lucerne looks eagerly to the future. The conference of the hybrid Innovation Festival, whose theme is “Moving Forward” takes place from 15th and 16th November in Andermatt, Switzerland. Simultaneously, the guest destination Morocco will host a satellite event to be broadcast live. Participation is possible in person or remotely from anywhere in the world.

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Over 5,000 Food and Beverages Professionals to Gather in Bilbao

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Bilbao, Spain, June 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Food 4 Future and Expo Food Tech 2021 will reunite in Bilbao 5,000 food and beverages industry leaders, coming from more than 20 countries. The event will take place in the Basquian city of Bilbao from June 15th to 17th at the BEC-Bilbao Exhibition Centre. “Food 4 Future is an event specially designed for the industry, with the support of more than 170…

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