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How is Business Shaping Up for 2016? ......Snapshot 2

Snapshot 2: A Changing Psychological Landscape

Talking to NTOs, tour operators, and tourism ministers from different destinations at ITB Berlin, it struck me that we are seeing a significant change in the way people choose destinations.Risk 1 shutterstock 285159896

 Three things stood out quite significantly:

  • How safety concerns are increasingly affecting people’s destination choice;
  • The impact this is having on the travel industry supply chain;
  • Why destinations need to make a plan to minimise the impact of crises.

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How is Business Shaping Up for 2016? ......Snapshot 1


Berlin2016 GarudaThe razzamatazz of the big European trade fair season is pretty much over for the year. Here’s a series of 3 snapshots on how 2016 looks like shaping up, based on observations and recent conversations with a range of NTOs, tour operators, hoteliers, and other travel industry operators.


Snapshot 1:    Winners, Losers and the Big Question

Talk to the Ringmaster, not the Clowns, when the Circus Comes to Town

Trade fairs are a maelstrom of curtailed meetings, snatched conversations on the hoof, cocktail parties, and near collisions with surreal characters from the deep recesses of some PR agent’s chemically-influenced mind. If you can dodge the ubiquitous ethnic dancers, glorious garudas, and assorted cast of crazily costumed characters promoting everything from responsible tourism to all-inclusive resorts, beaches to ‘business solutions’, and holidays to health (yes, even Bangkok Hospital had a stand at ITB Berlin), trade fairs can yield interesting insights into market trends and a range of views on how the world will, and won’t, travel in 2016.

Talking to senior representatives from a number of destinations, some interesting trends emerged. In some ways these are to be expected. But there is also a different spin from past years with regard to safety fears and how this might affect people’s willingness to travel and which destinations they will consider……. and which they won’t.  

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Interview on Place Branding with Tom Buncle

Interview with Tom Buncle on Place-Branding and the role it plays in economic development and post-conflict reconstruction - in Place Brand Observer 

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