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2nd World Summit of Presidents of Travel Agents Associations

14.11.2014
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The summit discussed many important topics that impact upon both the travel industry globally and travel agents across the world. Matters for the future of travel, technology developments, the supplier relationship, global visas where amongst the range of subject matters discussed

The 2nd World Summit of Presidents of Travel Agents Associations which was held over three days last week in Zagreb, Croatia has been heralded a great success. The host association, the Croatia Association of Travel Agents was congratulated for hosting such a high level and inspirational event. Keynote speakers included Taleb RIFAI, General Secretary of the UNWTO who spoke about the Freedom of Travel and the need for serious changes to the global tourist Visa regime and Pedro ORTUN, Director at the European Commission in charge of Tourism.

The summit discussed many important topics that impact upon both the travel industry globally and travel agents across the world. Matters for the future of travel, technology developments, the supplier relationship, global visas where amongst the range of subject matters discussed.

President of the Croatian Association, Boris Žgomba said “Croatia is a small country and we are very proud to have hosted such a globally significant event in Zagreb” he further said, “Travel Agents have an important future in the distribution of travel products to the travelling public and this summit allowed the industry association professionals from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss matters of common interest”.

President of the ECTAA (Europe) Lars Thykier who attended the summit said “This global summit gave all of us, an opportunity to understand some of the issues impacting our colleagues from all over the world. It was an excellent opportunity to gain a greater understanding of matters of common interest” and continued “there are a number of issues that are common to all of us, so we need to unite our messages as much as possible in the future in order to have the necessary strength in our discussions with both authorities and industry suppliers. The recurrent Summit is a way for us to ensure support for what will become the travel agent position(s)”.

Chair of the WTAAA (World Travel agents) Jayson Westbury who attended from Australia said “This 2nd World Summit allowed all those who attended from across the globe to build relationships with liked minded industry professionals and join a conversation that will allow travel agent associations to work more collaboratively in the years ahead. This summit allowed all participants to focus on a more cohesive message for governments and regulators in all jurisdictions” he went on to say “The issue of tourist visas and the regime of how different governments approach the issuing and application of them, remove a basic freedom that travelers should be able to enjoy in this ever more technologically developed world that we live in today” “The freedom of travel is critical to ensure that global citizens can move freely and safely across the globe” he said.

The 2nd World Summit of Presidents of Travel Agents Associations brought together some 120 delegates from 38 nations and allow for a robust global perspective to be consider during the various business sessions.

The summit congratulated the Croatian Tourism Minister, Mr Darko Lorencin for being an excellent host and all of the delegates who attending were very impressed with the hospitality extended by Croatia and Zagreb at the various summit events.

The next world summit, the 3rd World Summit of Presidents of Travel Agents Associations will be held over 4-6 November 2015 in Bilbao - Basque Country - Spain. It is expected that the coverage and attendance will continue to grow as more travel agent association presidents see the value of attending.

There are also many opportunities for interested travel partners to provide support for this event and contact can be made with Michel DE BLUST – ECTAA – mdeblust@ectaa.eu

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