GBTA Poll: In-Person Business Meetings and Events To Surge In 2021
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association, has released the results of its latest COVID-19 Member Poll.
The survey – the 14th such poll by GBTA since the onset of the pandemic to measure the impact on business travel – finds that a majority of respondents are optimistic that the travel industry will begin to rebound in mid to late 2021 and that the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is top of mind for many business travel professionals.

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International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism.
According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), destinations welcomed 900 million fewer international tourists between January and October when compared with the same period of 2019. This translates into a loss of US$ 935 billion in export revenues from international tourism, more than 10 times the loss in 2009 under the impact of the global economic crisis.

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in the new normal of COVID-19, says GlobalData
Saudi Arabia claims it remains on track to reach its ambitious target of welcoming 100 million tourists annually by 2030.This would mean a near six-fold increase in tourist arrivals over the next 11 years, from the 17 million visitors the country welcomed in 2019, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
An increase on this scale now appears overly ambitious, with the massive impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on global travel and tourism. GlobalData forecasts that Saudi Arabia’s international arrivals will reach 21 million by 2024, and therefore, an increase to 100 million by 2030 remains very challenging in the current climate.

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In a joint statement issued today, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) highlight the importance of the cruise sector for the world economy.
According to industry data, the cruise sector supports 1.2 million jobs and contributes US$150 billion to the global economy every year. Tourism is vitally important for Small Islands States, where it sustains millions of livelihoods and brings substantial socio-economic benefits.

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After considering all the circumstances, Messe Berlin has decided that ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Congress will take place purely digitally from March 9th to 12th, 2021. Since 1966, the travel industry has been meeting face to face every year in March in Berlin – many of you know it like the back of your hand, have countless memories of the annual “class reunion” of the tourism industry and benefit from the business relationships established there. That is why Messe Berlin is sticking to its promise to remain the number 1 platform for successful business, new and grown contacts, inspiration and interaction.

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Restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to hit global tourism hard, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing a 70% fall in international arrivals for the first eight months of 2020.
According to the newest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international arrivals plunged 81% in July and 79% in August, traditionally the two busiest months of the year and the peak of the Northern Hemisphere summer season. The drop until August represents 700 million fewer arrivals compared to the same period in 2019 and translates into a loss of US$ 730 billion in export revenues from international tourism. This is more than eight times the loss experienced on the back of the 2009 global economic and financial crisis.

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