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3rd Annual Routes and PATA Tourism and Air Services (TAS) Summit Set to Take Centre Stage at World Routes

Posted 10/08/2010 - Viewed 5814 time(s)

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Manchester, England, 10 August 2010

Now in its third year, the Tourism and Air Services (TAS) Summit is once again set to play a key role at World Routes in Vancouver.

As the only forum bringing together tourism and air service professionals to discuss issues surrounding market accessibility, TAS will play host to over 160 senior industry leaders from airlines, airports, tourism authorities and tour operators.  Participants, who will hail from some 60 countries, will engage in lively panel-led discussions and debate a variety of issues currently affecting the global travel and tourism industry.

Gerard Brown, Tourism Development Director at RDG, reported that "the influx of registrations for this year's event is a good reflection that this is a truly unique and global forum which recognises and addresses the aviation and tourism industries as one, in terms of market accessibility. The high number of participants as well as the calibre of the speakers is a clear message that the very highest level of the world's tourism and aviation professionals are keen to exchange their views on the latest industry developments".

Panelists confirmed this year include: Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica; Gloria Guevara, Secretary of Tourism, Mexico; Charles E. Schlumberger, Principal Air Transport Specialist, The World Bank; Josef Formosa Gauci, Chief Executive Officer, Malta Tourism Authority; Irena Gueorguieva, President of European Travel Agents & Tour Operators Association; Hugh Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

Those present will discuss such issues as innovations and sustainability in destination marketing, gaining the edge in increasingly competitive markets and social media in destination marketing.  Additionally, with the rise in number of passengers using low-cost carriers, attendees will look at who is the most influential in boosting tourist arrivals, traditional tour operators or low-cost carriers. Also on the agenda is the topical question of whether a destination can sustain both low-cost and full-service tourism.

Due to unprecedented demand, numbers will be strictly limited this year. For further information or to register for World Routes and TAS, please go to

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Notes to Editors:

About Routes

§  World Routes - The World Route Development Forum - is the world renowned annual airline and airport networking event. Routes facilitates and encourages the role of airports in the development of air services through organising global and region specific airline/airport networking forums.

§  This year's World Route Development Forum will take place in Vancouver, Canada, 19th-21st September.

§  Routes Regional events include Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe, Routes Africa and Routes CIS.

§  Routes was founded in 1995 by Chairman Mike Howarth as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.

§  Both companies are now subsidiaries of RDG -The Route Development Group - which is the leading global solutions provider in the strategically important 'route development' sector of air transport.

§  In April 2007, Routes also won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2007. The award, for outstanding business performance and commercial success, recognised Routes' sustained contribution to aviation route development through its innovative Regional and World Route Development Forums.


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