New ETOA partnership enhances the collaboration between Chinese and European tourism professionals

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EUROPE ASIA GLOBAL LINK EXHIBITIONS (EAGLE), a recently established joint venture between Italian Exhibition Group and VNU Exhibitions Asia, and ETOA – European tourism association, the leading Trade Association for Tour operators and Tourism suppliers, have signed an agreement to strengthen the international presence of their respective platforms. The partnership includes a set of promotional activities and special incentives for ETOA members to explore and increase business opportunities in the Chinese tourism market.

EAGLE, headquartered in Shanghai, is the organizer of two important tourism exhibitions held in China, Shanghai World Travel Fair, scheduled for 24th-27th May, 2018 (the 15th edition) and Travel Trade Market (TTM) which will make its debut for the first time from 5th- 7th September, 2018 in Chengdu, Sichuan. These two China based tourism events together with TTG TRAVEL EXPERIENCE, the main marketplace in Italy organized each October in Rimini by Italian Exhibition Group, create a global tourism network that facilitates the communication within the world tourism industry.

“We are thrilled to join forces with ETOA in order to build new platforms to shorten the distances for doing business in China and the Far East and give European tourism professionals a direct path to do business in these regions.” – said Mr. Corrado Facco, Managing Director of Italian Exhibition Group and Chairman of EAGLE.

Mr. David Zhong, President of VNU Exhibitions Asia and Vice Chairman of EAGLE added: “With over 10 million Chinese tourists visiting Europe each year and the increasing trend, these type of partnerships are crucial in today’s dynamic and fast changing environments. In particular, our newly launched exhibition in Chengdu, will give ETOA members the opportunity to tackle down the needs of Central and Western cities in China that show a continuously growing appetite for tourism services.”

“ETOA is involved in such EU-funded projects as World Bridge Tourism and Partnerships in European Tourism. These support tourism businesses wishing to expand their businesses into the Chinese market. We are happy to continue in this work facilitating business relationships between China and Europe. We hope this partnership will enable members to establish good contacts with the Chinese travel trade, and increase the amount of business in China and the Far East.” – said Mr. Tom Jenkins, CEO, ETOA.

More than 500 international exhibitors and over 13,000 trade visitors and buyers, mainly from East parts of China, are expected to gather together at the 15th edition of Shanghai World Travel Fair (SWTF) scheduled to take place from 24th – 27th May 2018 in Shanghai, China. The show is a B2B and B2C format that focuses mainly on the growing demand for outbound tourism from China. Whereas, Travel Trade Market (TTM) will open its doors for the first time in Chengdu, Sichuan from 5th- 7th September 2018 as a pure B2B event that covers both INBOUND and OUTBOUND tourism sectors in China. It gives international exhibitors the opportunity to meet the most qualified tourism buyers of the second and third tier cities located in the Central and Western parts of China and at the same time puts together the Chinese destinations and inbound tourism operators with buyers from all over the world.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.