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August 2022

St. Petersburg Participates at ITE Hong Kong 2022 for the First Time

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The Convention Bureau of St. Petersburg, a subordinate institution of the Committee for Tourism Development of St. Petersburg, is the organiser of the exhibit at ITE Hong Kong 2022 which will take place, from August 17 to 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

What visitors can expect from the exhibit by St. Petersburg is the opportunity to meet and learn of business, cultural, educational, event, health and different types of tourism in St. Petersburg.

At the St. Petersburg stand, visitors can also take part in interactive and entertainment events as well as, take a virtual quiz on knowledge of destinations.

On August 19, as part of the business program of the ITE Hong Kong 2022 exhibition, a specialised presentation session on St. Petersburg will be held during which, the tourism infrastructure of the city and individual tourist offers, for all-season tourism, and various categories of tourism will be presented.

Hong Kong is the 12th largest service market in the world. The participation of St. Petersburg at the ITE gives new oppenings for the city, to both expand the city’s sphere of hospitality in the international arena, and develop cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

ITE Hong Kong itself is a major event in the Asia-Pacific region. Every year, the event brings together tourism professionals from all over the world. More than 80 percent of exhibitors from abroad and almost 40 percent of professional visitors from mainland China and other parts of Asia are expected to attend the event.

ICCA Announces Top Performing Destinations for International Association Meetings

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The International Congress and Convention Association  has released new information, in order to shed more light on how the pandemic impacted the association meetings industry in 2021. The Public Abstract of the ICCA Annual Statistics report is now available for non-ICCA members.

Owing to the transformational events of 2020, ICCA refined its approach to the report by including meetings that were affected by the pandemic as well as, those that remained unaffected.

Now, non-ICCA members can benefit from this new methodology, called the Destination Performance Index, which provides a more holistic view of how destinations have addressed recent challenges.

The Public Abstract also presents the top destinations for association meetings in 2021, based on estimated total number of attendees for hybrid and virtual events. At the same time, it provides a three-year economic impact analysis, which is usually not available to non-ICCA members.

The DPI examines 8,000 international association meetings scheduled for 2021, based on six performance indicators such as planned, unaffected, virtual, hybrid, digitalisation and business continuation. When combined, the indicators represent the overall DPI, highlighting how destinations have performed with regard to winning the original bid, covid policies, adaptability, and technological capabilities to convert on-site events into virtual and hybrid events.

Countries and cities represented in the top 20 meeting destinations in 2021 are similar to the 2019 report, with a few exceptions.

As in 2019, the USA is the top performing country for association meetings in the DPI, as they ranked first in four of the six indicators based on planned, virtual, digitalisation and business continuation.

The remaining two indicators, unaffected and hybrid were topped by Spain and China. Vienna and Lisbon were close contenders in the DPI for cities but, Vienna ultimately claimed the lead due to having more unaffected meetings in 2021.

Overall, Europe was a strong performer as an association meeting destination during the pandemic. Seventy percent of the top 20 countries and 80 percent of the top 20 cities are European.

Denmark and Greece replaced Argentina and Brazil in the top 20 countries for meetings. Austria made the biggest jump, from 16th to 11th place. Italy claimed 5th place from the United Kingdom. Spain jumped two spots since 2019, to become the 2nd meetings destination globally.

Facing stricter covid policies, than many other meeting destinations worldwide, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea embraced new technologies to go hybrid. Due to their high number of hybrid meetings, the Republic of Korea replaced the Netherlands in the top 10 country destinations.

Amongst destination cities, Montreal and Dubai were both outliers within their respective regions. Montreal was the only North American city in the top 20. Dubai ranked 1st for unaffected meetings and was the only Middle Eastern city represented in the six individual top 20 rankings. Meanwhile, Budapest, Portugal and Stockholm are all newcomers to the top 20 DPI for cities.

The full ICCA Annual Statistics report, is available only to ICCA members and contains additional analysis on the top destinations, economic impact, regional and global business-continuation and meeting subject matters.


Meaningful Tourism Award Recognises Sustainable Tourism Projects

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The Meaningful Tourism Center in Hamburg Germany, is inviting applications for the Meaningful Tourism Award 2022. Tourism, hospitality, transport and retail service providers, as well as attractions, get an opportunity to be recognised as  ‘Best Practice Examples of Meaningful Tourism’.

The Award is organised in six categories according to the six main stakeholders of Meaningful Tourism, namely: visitors; host communities; employees of service providing companies; service providing companies; national; regional; and local governments.

In each category, gold silver and bronze will be awarded for work done, either by or for the specific stakeholder group to improve quality, benefits, and satisfaction.

Award winners will be announced as part of the Meaningful Tourism Panel workshop during ITB Asia in Singapore on October 20. While the Panel workshop is supported by BER Berlin Airport.

Applications can be submitted until September 30, 2022. The application is free of charge and should include a presentation of a project, initiative, new organisation and network with electronic materials such as pdf text, videos and websites; together a short explanation as to why the applicants see their activity as suitable to be awarded as a Meaningful Tourism activity.

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The Gap Looms Large for Australian Tourism Businesses

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Time, distance and cost in a post-covid era of travel have pushed Australia’s tourism industry back 20 years where, export tourism businesses are facing cautious consumers looking for minimal risk holidays closer to home.

While international travellers continue to view Australia positively, the reality of converting these intending travellers to Australian visitors is hampered by a complex mix of changeable and expensive air travel, visa application delays, global insecurity and deteriorating economic sentiment, which is impacting confidence to travel in the short term.

“Australia has always been at the top of the bucket list for many global travellers and our contacts are saying that sentiment hasn’t changed but what has changed is the urgency to travel here,” said Mr. Peter Shelly, managing director of Australian Tourism Export Council.

Mr. Shelley added with so many influences at play, the propensity to travel long distances has been dampened by concerns which lead many travellers venturing closer to home.

Despite a positive uptick in booking pipelines and Australia’s desirability as a destination, the reality he made known is: recovery is going to be much slower than anticipated due to distance and cost.

While many suppliers moved quickly and effectively to replace their lost market with domestic travellers during the pandemic, the size and strength of domestic visitation is in no way stated by the ATEC’s managing director, capable of replacing high-spending international visitors.

According to a survey conducted by ATEC, there is a widening gap between slowing domestic tourism business off the back of growing outbound travel, and inadequate inbound visitation to top up a growing shortfall, with nearly 40 percent of tourism product suppliers revealing their domestic business, has already slowed and that inbound is not closing the gap.

There is also a stronger return of Australian travellers heading overseas than visitors making their way to Australia, and this gap is bound to widen before any significant improvement.

The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer predicts United States and Europe recovering much faster than the Asia Pacific region which is still, well down on 2019 visitor numbers – highlighting a much slower return for Australia’s export tourism industry.

Vietnam as an Emerging MICE Destination is Gaining Momentum with the addition of it’s Latest Facility a World Trade Center

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Scheduled to be opened on August 8, the WTC Expo covers an area of 22,000 square metres and is located in Binh Duong Province, which is an economic powerhouse in Southern Vietnam. It will become the core facility of Vietnam’s first World Trade Complex.

There are plans that the area surrounding the complex, will be developed further with residential and commercial buildings, as well as multi-purpose stadiums, shopping malls and the construction of a metro station connecting it to Ho Chi Minh City.

In a press release, issued by the management company, it stated that although Vietnam has recorded the world’s highest economic growth, the country has been evaluated as lacking in areas related to facilities for international MICE events. The WTC Expo is expected to solve the issues related to the shortage of exhibition facilities, and will become a driving force for a new leap forward in Vietnam’s MICE industry.

Also mentioned in the press release, that of the complicated administrative procedures of applying for exhibition licenses will be made easier with the introduction of a one-stop service for overseas organisers, to host their events at the WTC Expo.

Binh Duong Province is an economic powerhouse situated in the Southern Key Economic Region of Vietnam. This economic powerhouse has more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects invested in the province, with a total investment capital of nearly USD40 billion.

The province has been developed based on the concept of an “innovation region” encompassing: residential complexes; universities; hospitals; and other social infrastructure; along with more than 30 large-scale industrial parks.