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WTM 2015: China, Mexico and Iran tipped as emerging destinations

China, Mexico and Iran (pictured) have been tipped as the top emerging destinations by British holidaymakers and senior executives polled at World Travel Market (WTM).

In the WTM annual industry report, brought together through a poll of 2,050 stakeholders (buyers and exhibitors at the show) and 1,038 British holidaymakers, the three destinations were said to be ones to watch in coming years.

According to the poll, more than half of the holidaymakers quizzed expressed an interest in visiting China. A further two thirds of industry leaders predicted an increase in business in China for 2016.

The news comes just weeks after the UK and Chinese governments signed a deal to boost tourism between the two countries.

The report stated: “More than 570,000 British nationals visit mainland China every year, but the pent-up desire to visit coupled with recent diplomatic and marketing partnerships look set to boost this number.”

The results also showed that 50% of holidaymakers were interested in travelling to Mexico and 16% were keen to visit Iran.

Of the business leaders quizzed, three out of 10 said they believed they would do more business in Iran in 2016.

This year, the largest ever Iranian delegation is exhibition at WTM, looking to agree deals with tour operator and agents.

Cox & Kings announced last month it would start selling holidays to Iran next year.

 

 

Source: http://m.travelweekly.co.uk/Article.aspx?cat=news&id=58144

Posted: 11/14/15

Tour guides ‘future builders’ of Iran’s tourism industry: WFTGA

TEHRAN – Tour guides have a major role to play in building the future of Iran’s tourism industry and should be the core of it, the Vice President of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) Ruby Roy said. 
She described Iran as a country with “incredible historical and cultural treasures which were unforgettable”. 
She made the remarks in a video interview, which was screened at a status meeting held by the Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) on providing preliminaries for next WFTGA Convention, which will be held in 2017 in Iran. 
Roy said that a huge reform and improvement in the country’s tourism infrastructures is needed. 
Roy referred to the improvement of roadside rest stops, hotels and facilities as necessary in the country. 
She termed her Iranian colleagues as incredibly knowledgeable, well travelled, interesting, and well educated. “They are what bring the treasures of Iran alive,” she said. 
Several officials, tourism activists, and heads of provincial offices of the IFTGA attended the meeting. 
During the meeting, different committees presented reports about achievements of the Convention in different fields. 
The meeting is a follow-up to four-month activities of over 350 volunteers who are active in the field of tourism industry, the IFTGA president Arash Nooraghayee said. 
He added that despite all deficiencies, IFTGA does its best to hold a perfect convention. 
Also at the meeting, IFTGA member Mohsen Haji-Saeid made a short speech about achievements of the Convention during past months, saying that some hotels announced their readiness to host the Convention. 
He also pointed to the good coverage of Iran’s tourism news and attractions offered by the Convention’s social networks and websites during past months. 
Then, Oveys Kiani, the head of Zanjan Province’s Federation of Tourist Guide Association, said that a carpet, featuring the WFTGA Convention 2017 logo, is being woven in Kerman and it will be ready before the event is held. 
The committees are also providing a book about Iranian records in the field of cultural and natural attractions, he said, adding that the book will be offered at the 29th Tehran International Book Fair, which will be held in May 2016. 
This is the first time Iran bids to host the Convention, a biannual gathering of tourist guides from more than 70 countries, in 2017. 
The motto of the Convention is “Iran; Friendly Faces, Open Arms, Ancient Cultures, Timeless Charms”. 
“One Million Green Lights” and “Clean Washrooms” are the two campaigns initiated by the committees for the Convention. 
Having Iran to host the event was a collective effort that took over five months, he said, adding that a group of eight tourist guides and tens of others worked together dedicatedly to prepare the bid documents for the association. 
WFTGA is a non-profit making professional organization dedicated to the promotion of high standards of training and ethics within the profession. 
The association aims to establish contact with tourist guide associations throughout the world, to reinforce their professional ties and to promote and protect the interests of professional tourist guides; to represent professional tourist guide associations internationally and to work for the improvement of the quality and reputation of the profession of tourist guides worldwide.
 
Source: http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=250430
Posted: 11/03/15

First "Hands On Guiding" and "Train the Trainer" course in Warsaw, Poland on October 17-30, 2015

First "Hands On Guiding" and "Train the Trainer" course was organised in Warsaw, Poland. Delivered from 17th till 30th October 2015 by WFTGA Lead International Trainer Iris Barry and International Trainer Radoslaw Szafranowicz-Maloziec. Supported by Polish Chamber of Tourism.

Posted: 10/26/15

WFTGA International Trainer Jassim Zaiton and Cruise cooperation partner Grant Holmes contributed to the launch of “Tour Guides Open Day” in Bahrain, October 18, 2015

Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism the “Tour Guides Open Day” is launched Sunday morning at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

In his speech, the minister referred to the Ministry’s recent focus to implement plans and programs aimed at enhancing tourism sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain being an important economic sector. The minister said that “the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism within its orientations to enhance the economic sector in the Kingdom, put developing tourism sector at the forefront of its priorities and working to develop plans and programs to upgrade this vital sector including training tour guides and enable them to get a professional license in this important sector, tourist guides is one of the basics of tourist attraction that the kingdom seeks to develop it and qualify human cadres working in this sector,” 

key speakers of the open day are Jassim Zaiton and Grant Holmes. The  event is attended by a large number of representatives such as hotels, travel and tourism bodies and others.

The training workshop which has begun on October 11 until October 15 is a part of series training workshops aimed develop tourist guide profession, which considered one of the basics of tourist attraction.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Mr. Zayed bin R. Al Zayani attended training workshop for tourist guides, which was launched on Sunday evening. He expressed ministry’s keenness and support to develop this profession stating “these workshops are national program the ministry aims through it  to create and develop a new career, where after the completion of the current team, the profession will be limited to this licensed category to do this work. This is a national honesty the ministry keen to maintain it  through the history of Bahrain.”

The workshop is divided into two parts, theoretical and  practical, focusing on training the tourist  guides about the best tourist guides behaviors. The program also includes tours to some archaeological and tourist sites in Bahrain.  

 

Source:

http://www.moic.gov.bh/En/Main/News/Pages/Under-the-patronage-of-Minister-of-Industry-Commerce-and-Tourism--Tour-Guides-Open-Day-is-launched-today.aspx

http://www.moic.gov.bh/En/Main/News/Pages/Minister-of-Industry-Commerce-and-Tourism-attends-the-opening-workshop-of-tourist-guides.aspx

 

 

 

Location

Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre
Bahrain
Posted: 10/19/15

UNWTO Area Meeting: Ghana - WFTGA Area Representative Report

WFTGA Members Sam Baddo and Paul Romeo Assessi attended the UNWTO Regional Conference in Accra Ghana from 17-19August 2015
Area Representative Report

Posted: 08/28/15

Visa On Arrival: Iran

Iran Extends Upon arrival Visa Validity to 30 Days for 58 Countries and soon, will rise to 190 countries
Iran has extended airport visa validity from 15 to 30 days and tourists will be able to ask airport visa for 30 days in all border airports. Iranian government's recent decision to increase the validity length on visas is an effort to attract more tourists. Vice-president of Iran and Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Masoud Soltanifar, on the sidelines of Eco(Economic Cooperation Organization) cooperation meeting on handicrafts held in Tehran, said the increase of the validity length on visas was put into practice as a result of the escalating number of incoming tourists and travel demands to Iran. Cultural Tourism development, which is one of the most central policies undertaken by Rouhani administration, would pave the way to the rise of tourist inflow; the soaring rate of which is expected after Iran’s nuclear deal as expressed by Soltanifar. The basic steps have been taken as cabinet approves the enactment of the rise of visa on arrival (VOA) from 15 to 30 days as Soltanifar said and added visa extensions can be done if tourists apply for. He added, according to government legislation, soon visa on arrival will issue for nations of 190 countries.
Airport visa can be obtained only by tourists but not diplomatic, business, temporary worker, and journalist visas.
More information on our website: www.wftga2017.ir
Electronic Visas to Be Issued Next Year
In addition to the increase in validity of airport visa to 30 days, Soltanifar added that the government approved another tourism act, according to which e-visa will be issued in cooperation with the ministry of intelligence, ministry of interior affairs and ministry of Foreign affairs of Islamic republic of Iran next year. 
 
As a result, Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) would like to take this opportunity to welcome international guests to Iran. We are excited to share our country and culture with visitors and establish positive rapport between our nations.
Mohsen Hajisaied
Secretary of 17th WFTGA Convention

Posted: 08/25/15

British Embassy Re-opens in Tehran

The foreign secretary of the United Kingdom (Philip Hammond) has travelled to  Iran to reopen the embassy. He will be Britain’s first top diplomat to visit the Iranian capital in nearly 14 years. And the Iranian embassy in London will be opened likewise. It is expected that Tehran-London relations will be normalized, including in consular affairs and issuance of visas, after the two countries diplomats and embassy staff return to their work.
Following the nuclear agreement between Iran and 5+1, there are high hopes that Iran’s tourism industry will increase substantially. Already just two weeks after the nuclear deal, UK foreign affairs have announced that there is no limitation for its citizens traveling to Iran, though borders with Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are still off limits Tourism has always been a major focus of the 11th Iranian Presidential administration. From the beginning of Dr Rouhani’s term the number of inbound tourists in Iran has risen, leading to increased demands for tourist guides.
Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) would like to take this opportunity to welcome British citizens and above all our British colleagues to Iran.
Mohsen Hajisaeid
Secretary of 17th WFTGA Convention

Posted: 08/25/15
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