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Published on : Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The UNWTO Ministers’ Summit brings together tourism ministers and their aides. This Summit is one of World Travel Market’s (WTM) highest profile events. The theme for this year’s Summit was the significance for governments to bring air transport and tourism policies closer together.
The second day of WTM 2013 was well attended with the WTM & UNWTO Ministers’ Summit the highlight of an extraordinary line-up of events, seminars, and presentations.
UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai said that aviation is tipped to grow by 4% in 2014, in spite of ongoing concerns over taxes and visas. Technology might help ease the situation around visas.
Aviation taxes are also a headwind for the tourism industry. Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism, United States Virgin Islands, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization said: “Make no mistake that taxation has a big impact on the whole business of travel and has an effect on all of us.”
WTM’s success has led to the launch of new regional events WTM Latin America and WTM Africa. The inaugural WTM Africa takes place in May 2014. Exhibition director Polly Magraw told a press conference that responsible tourism would be an important part of the event, with WTM using the experience and expertise from hosting World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM. It is on track to attract 700 exhibitors.