ChinaContact Conference at World Travel Market Makes History

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The first pan-industry conference on bilateral tourism relations between China and Europe is to be held at World Travel Market 2006. The ground-breaking conference will bring together government and industry players from the outbound and inbound sectors in Europe and China. World Travel Market’s ChinaContact Conference ‘China – the Future of Travel’ will take place on Monday 6 November, the opening day of the global event at ExCeL London.

World Travel Market’s ChinaContact Conference ‘China – the Future of Travel’ will take place on Monday 6 November, the opening day of the global event at ExCeL London.

“Despite the fact that China is forecast to become the world’s top tourist destination and the major tourist source market by 2020, much around China’s tourism industry remains shrouded in mystery,” said Fiona Jeffery, Managing Director of World Travel Market.

“That is why this conference is crucial to professionals wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and how to go about conducting business with the Chinese. This is a conference and a subject which no one in travel and tourism can afford to ignore.

“While multinational tourism companies are able to spend millions investing in marketing, representative offices and joint ventures, small and medium size businesses and destinations are left wondering if they should even bother approaching this market.

“Some have had their fingers burnt in the past by dealing with the wrong people or simply not shaping the product to suit Chinese tastes.

“The aim of this conference is to take the ‘lid’ off China’s often complex cultural and business practice and smooth the way for the international travel and tourism industry to engage more productively and successfully with China in the future.”

The one-day conference is being organised in association with the UK-based ChinaContact, a market entry specialist consultancy assisting tourism companies, travel service providers and tourism promotion boards wishing to get closer to China.

Roy Graff, Managing Director of ChinaContact, who has worked in China at a senior level, said:”What makes this conference unique is the focus on bi-lateralism, a key principle in Chinese business practice.

“We are planning to bring a Chinese delegation of decision makers to London to network with Europe's travel professionals, government and media, Graff said. "Our expertise on this niche market allows us to collect the best speakers, presenters and panelists to address the major issues.”

He said that the conference would cover topics such as the growth of Chinese tourism and its affect on Europe; the future of Chinese business tourism; investment opportunities and how to take advantage of them; and China’s new products and destinations.

The conference is being supported by the World Travel&Tourism Council, VisitBritain, Visit London, UKinbound, ThinkLondon, the China-Britain Business Council, UK trade and investment and British Expertise.

To register for the conference:

telephone +44 (0)20 7871 0286/ +44 (0)20 8180 5790

or visit: http://www.future-of-travel.org

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