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Routes and ICF Airports Begin Final Countdown to Inaugural Routes Tourism Mediterranean
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ROUTES AND ICF AIRPORTS BEGIN FINAL COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURAL ROUTES TOURISM MEDITERRANEAN
Manchester, England, 25th January 2011
At a press conference last Friday, senior members of Routes and ICF Airports’ management teams detailed the final countdown to Routes Tourism Mediterranean. The event, which brings together senior route development professionals to discuss their route development plans in one-to-one meetings and will highlight the vital interdependence of the tourism and aviation industries, will be held in Antalya, Turkey, from the 13th to the 15th of February 2011.
Nigel Mayes, VP Routes & Commercial, and Eric Layden, Advisor to SVP, Routes, were keen to emphasise the impressive range and number of confirmed delegates so far. Mayes said that “With any new event, we are cautiously optimistic in terms of the number of delegates we hope to register, however, we are delighted to see that our expectations have been exceeded! Furthermore, Routes Tourism Mediterranean has attracted a significant number of airlines and airports who have never before been to a Routes event, not least the Greek Ministry for Civil Aviation who will be representing some 30 airports, few of whom have ever attended a Routes event”.
Layden highlighted the significance of the confirmed participation of senior political figures within the tourism industry, saying “With delegates including Mr Ozgur Ozaslan, Turkey’s Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Tourism and Culture, Mr Amr El Ezaby, Vice Minister & Chairman, Egyptian Tourist Authority, and Greece’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, Mr George Nikitiades, it is clear that government agencies understand the importance of talking to airlines an d are able to see the high value to them of attending this event”. Each of these governments will be holding ‘Destination Briefings’ at Routes Tourism Mediterranean, which will offer the perfect opportunity for all delegates to increase their understanding of these regions and how to serve their markets profitably.
Representing ICF Airports, Alexander Laukenmann, General Manager of Antalya Airport, and Yaşar Döngel, member of the Board, spoke of their desire to see the tourism industry engage actively with the aviation industry so as to promote economic development within the region, and of the benefits to the area and country that hosting Routes Tourism Mediterranean would create. Döngel emphasised the tourism potential of Antalya, saying “At ICF Airports, we are so glad to host Routes Tourism Mediterranean because it will create a great opportunity to show the tourism potential of Antalya, which has a 500,000-bed capacity and is one of the leading travel destinations in the Mediterranean.”
Laukenmann talked about what he hoped hosting the event would achieve: “Routes Tourism Mediterranean will give us the opportunity to promote Antalya and Turkey as a leading tourism destination in the Mediterranean, Europe and the world. We will use the event to give the best possible impression of Antalya to the delegates, the people who really will decide whether to bring new routes to the region. Our ultimate objective of hosting the event is to create additional traffic to Antalya, something that would benefit the whole of Turkey”.
While Tourism Authorities have played an increasingly active role at World Routes, the largest of the events run by Routes, this event is the first to focus on the tourism sector and its importance to route development.
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Notes to Editors
World Routes – The World Route Development Forum – is the world renowned annual airline and airport networking event. It 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 Routes is taking place in Berlin, Germany, 2nd – 4th October 2011. Other Routes events include Routes Tourism Mediterranean, Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe, Routes Africa and Routes CIS.
Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. www.asm-global.com. Both companies, and Routesonline.com, were acquired by UBM Aviation in August 2010. UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global aviation industry. More information can be found at www.ubmaviation.com.
In April 2007, Routes 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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