Hard-hit travel industry gathers in London to boost tourism

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The World Travel Market trade fair has just begun in London, an event billed as the largest gathering of the travel industry since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, which runs from November 1 to November 9, is about the survival of a sector devastated by the health crisis.

“People are doing business, they are providing opportunities for that consumer to go and explore those amazing places they’ve seen on TV, Zoom, or social media over the past 19 months,” exhibition director Simon Press told Euronews. , rebuild that trust within the industry and then push that into the consumer audience as well.”

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While some travel restrictions have been eased, global tourism figures are still down 67% in July, compared to the same month in 2019, according to recent data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

But amid the climate emergency, specialists in London know things cannot go back to the old ways of before the pandemic.

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“There is already a commitment from the government to make Mauritius a plastic-free island, and we are also committed to increasing renewable energy to 60% by 2030. So, I think that is a key message we are sending there. With regard to tourism, said Neelen Venkadasmi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tourism Promotion Authority in Mauritius, “We already have hotels that offer carbon-neutral accommodations.”

The gathering comes as world leaders gather for the COP26 climate summit – thus increasing the pressure.

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis said: “Travelers are leading the way, they are asking for less or no carbon. Together with travel safety and security, it will be a top priority for travelers around the world for this season and the seasons to come.” Note Kiilias.

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