The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today announced Futurist, Author and CEO of The Futures Agency, Gerd Leonhard as the opening Keynote Speaker for the GBTA Europe Conference 2013, being held in Prague, Czech Republic on 23rd-25th September 2013.
The conference presented market analysis, trends and perceptions, and focus on aspects of the ETCs European Commission-funded 'Destination Europe 2020' strategy for sustaining Europes position as the worlds number one tourist destination.
Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion.
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The European Travel Commission (ETC) announced that the first quarterly report on European Tourism in 2013 - Trends & Prospects has just been published. International arrivals and nights to Europe for the first months of 2013 point to a slower, but continued growth for most of the reporting destinations. As 2012 was a strong year for tourism, Europes modest upward trend confirms the health of its tourism sector against overall economic turmoil.
A two-part ITB Academy webinar taking place on 15 May and 4 June, at 10 a.m. respectively, will provide tourism companies, hotel experts and national tourism agencies in Asia with ground-breaking information on how to attract visitors from important source markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
That is the result of the latest survey by Community Marketing Inc., a partner of ITB Berlin. Rika Jean-Francois, ITB Berlins CSR officer and member of the board of the International Gay & Travel Association (IGLTA) presented the findings at the ITB Berlin Convention and at the recently held strategy conference of Wien Tourismus in Vienna.