Presentation: Vitalij Vladykin, Senior Research Analyst at Euromonitor International, will offer a presentation on the consumer trends and forces driving change in the travel Industry globally and in Russia.
The global economy is on the mend and arrivals grew again in 2013 at a rate of 4%, reaching record numbers of over one billion world-wide. The Middle East and Africa demonstrated the highest growth despite continued instability and Asia, especially China, remains a key driver of demand. As smartphones become an indispensable part of modern-day life, travel companies offer consumers an increasing number of services for purchasing, researching and experiencing travel. Online and mobile developments enable consumers to bypass traditional distribution, with the sharing economy going from strength to strength. Russia’s outbound tourism continues to show a stronger performance than the inbound sector, however, it is hoped that the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the FIFA World Cup in 2018, will raise the country’s profile to boost visitor arrivals. However, Russia’s role in post-revolution Ukraine could cast a shadow over tourism. Hotel chains are moving into second-tier cities to target business travellers, while travel is one of Russia’s e-commerce success stories and is set to expand.
Conference: Now in its 6th year, the WTM Vision Conferences will continue to offer you the ultimate learning experience and unrivalled networking opportunities, best practice advice and case studies from top travel brands as well as including an insightful panel session.
Organised in association with Tour Business and Profi.Travel this insightful and engaging half day conference will analyse the new trends and developments in the travel industry globally and in Russia, with a special focus on travel technology and social media.