General Travel News

WTM Global Trends Report correctly predicts the future

The World Travel Market (WTM) Global Trends Report, in association with Euromonitor International, has a history of being on the money when it comes to the latest trends to impact the travel and tourism industry.

The launch of the 2010 WTM Global Trends Report, taking place on Monday, November 8 at World Travel Market, will be no exception when the key trends to hit the sector will be shared with the international media.

Here are a collection of correctly predicted trends from the 2009 Global Trends Report.

THE “OBAMA EFFECT" AND AFRICAN TOURISM

The 2009 Global Trends Report once again proved its track record when it highlighted the “Obama Effect" and its impact on African tourism as a key trend to watch.

The study anticipated a surge in interest in “roots tourism" or visits from Africans living abroad following the election of Barack Obama, the first US president with African heritage.

Experts widely believe the “Obama Effect" has helped drive interest in the region, and international tourists increased 5 percent in 2009 bucking the downward trend in most other destinations.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa, also helped spark interest and figures released in July by the Home Affairs Department and showed foreign tourist arrivals up about 25 percent to 1.02 million from June 1 to July 1 compared with the same month last year.

POP-UP HOTELS

The 2009 WTM Global Trends Report also tipped pop-up hotels as a key trend, and this was borne out in events such as the “Only In London" event in March when the world’s smallest pop-up hotel was set up in key tourism landmarks across London.

FEMALE-ONLY ACCOMMODATION

Female-only accommodation was also highlighted in the 2009 WTM Global Trends Report and London’s Dukes Hotel launched its Duchess Rooms targeting female business and leisure guests to capitalize on this trend.

LATIN AMERICA TRAVEL

Economic growth and increasing disposable income in Latin America has sparked demand for long-haul travel for tourists in the region, a trend highlighted in the 2008 report. In June this year, Qatar Airways began daily flights to Brazil and Argentina tapping into this trend.

PET TRAVEL

A growing demand for pet facilities from airlines and destinations was another trend identified in the 2007 Global Trends Report. Since then, Lufthansa has opened a luxury lounge for pets at Frankfurt Airport. In addition, Walt Disney World, Florida, is now offering Best Friends Pet Care, a full-service pet resort accommodating up to 300 pets and including a grooming salon.

The results of the 2010 WTM Global Trends Report will be launched by BBC presenter Fiona Foster to members of the press at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, on Monday, November 8 in Platinum Suite 4 at 1:00 pm.

World Travel Market chairman Fiona Jeffery said, “The launch of the 2010 World Travel Trends Report will provide the latest insight into the big trends for the year to come, making it a must-attend event for the travel and tourism media.”

More General Travel News
Germany promoting family vacation, luxurious shopping and medical tourism
Exhibitors from 150 countries and 65 national pavilions expected at Arabian Travel Market Dubai
Discover Russia this summer
Latest Travel News
Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge on display ...
Etihad’s heavyweight promotion at Arabia...
Emirates cuts flights to the United Stat...
Featured Sights To See
Byzantine and Christian Museum

Byzantine and Christian Museum

Athens, Greece

This museum exhibits art pieces from Greece under Byzantine rule. Interesting icons, tapestries, frescoes and mosaics are displayed here. The most unique feature is the remnants of Aristotle's famous institution the Lyceum, on display here.   Timings: 8 30 A.M- 3 P.M Address: Vasilissis Sofias 22 Admission: 4 EUR Tel: 210-721-1027  ...

Den Ngoc Son

Den Ngoc Son

Hanoi, Vietnam

Also known as the Temple of the Jade Mound; Den Ngoc Son is a small temple on an islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. The temple is open daily from 8am to 6pm, and there is an admission charge. The patron of Den Ngoc Son is believed to be Tran Hung Dao, a legendary general. Within the temple is a sculpture of a fabled tortoise from the legend of the lake. The temple grounds offer great views of ...

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum

Casablanca, Morocco

The Jewish Museum has the distinction of being   the only museum in Casablanca as well as being the only Jewish museum in any Muslim country. It has a collection of religious books, costumes, sacramental artifacts and other items which throw light on the 5000-strong Jewish community in Morocco. Address: 81 rue Chasseur Jules Gros, Casablanca Oasis Tel: 022 994 940                    ...

Finnish National Opera

Finnish National Opera

Helsinki, Finland

Located by the Toolo bay, the National Opera House of the country is given utmost importance for it revives the culture and history of Finland in theater and film making. The Opera house is owned by the state and is in perfect condition for visitors and Helsinkians to visit occasionally for upcoming performances. It is equipped with the latest technology, has two spacious auditoriums and a 120 mem...