Travel Industry Projects Global Growth in 2012

Business Travel Destinations exists to share insights about how travel and meetings can help corporate, association, nonprofit and government organizations to establish relationships with key constituents and ultimately increase revenue. To achieve this, we believe it’s important to profile destinations, hotels, venues and services needed for meetings, incentives, conventions and other special events. I’m highlighting […]

Business Travel Destinations exists to share insights about how travel and meetings can help corporate, association, nonprofit and government organizations to establish relationships with key constituents and ultimately increase revenue. To achieve this, we believe it’s important to profile destinations, hotels, venues and services needed for meetings, incentives, conventions and other special events.

I’m highlighting this message in our May/June 2012 newsletter because it seems that now may be a time when the economic issues that faced travel these past few years may have actually turned a corner in 2011: the global travel industry’s contribution to GDP actually grew by 3 percent over 2010, according to data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travel is also expected to growth again in 2012.

Imagine the travel industry’s economic impact: tourism contributed 9 percent of global GDP in 2011 — a value of more than USD $6 trillion in directly and indirectly, according to WTTC research.

And this is why we focus our role on profiling destinations for the meeting planners who organize events, the business travelers who attend meetings and the hospitality professionals who help execute those programs. Check out some of our latest headlines:

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Rob Hard
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Rob is editor of Business Travel Destinations. He reviews international destinations for meetings and events -- where business travelers go, the hotels where they stay and their lifestyle preferences on the road. Rob was previously the event planning guide for About.com (owned by The New York Times Company) from 2007 - 2011. His articles also appear in business travel publications and travel sites internationally.