The International Congress and Convention Association is pleased to announce the return of annual “ICCA Country – and City – Rankings for the year 2022” after an absence of two years. The publication of the rankings coincides with the World Health Organization’s recent declaration that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency, thereby emphasising the return to normalcy for the association meetings industry.
When it comes to hotel development across Africa, Egypt and Marriott are the two phenomena to watch. This insight comes from this year’s African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline report, widely acknowledged as the industry’s most authoritative source, documenting and analysing the number of hotels being planned and built across the continent.
Use of the latest technology is a proven way of facilitating efficient hotel operation. While it is true that the hospitality industry makes a technology innovation leap now and then it still occurs that technology adoption is blocked by use of legacy infrastructure. This article is an overview of the impact of use of latest Information Technology on hotel operation and how infrastructure limitations may block using such technology which in turn may stall the industry growth or reduce profitability.
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism saw a 182% year-on-year increase in January-March 2022, with destinations worldwide welcoming an estimated 117 million international arrivals compared to 41 million in Q1 2021. Of the extra 76 million international arrivals for the first three months, about 47 million were recorded in March, showing that the recovery is gathering pace.
Economic losses are mounting in developing countries due to the absence of widespread COVID-19 vaccinations. The crash in international tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic could cause a loss of more than $4 trillion to the global GDP for the years 2020 and 2021, according to an UNCTAD report published on 30 June.
The pandemic left hardly any business or industry untouched, but real estate was front and center for many of the biggest shifts. The offices where we work, warehouses facilitating the boom in online-shopping, hotels and malls that went quiet during travel restrictions and lockdowns: these sectors became a cornerstone of idle chats well beyond commercial real estate circles.
The fairs and exhibitions in Istanbul that attract people from all over the world resumed under strict hygiene rules and precautions due to pandemic. CNR Beauty & Wellness Show became the first international fair to be opened in Istanbul after a six-months break.
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is partnering with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, to bring essential business reopening resources to ICCA members.