World Tourism Forum 2016 was held in Istanbul, one of the world's largest, oldest cities in the world, hosted continuous civilizations and existed as the capital of the biggest empires for hundreds of years in history. Leaders of tourism industry from the United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, China, Azerbaijan, Ghana and other countries.
123 speakers from different countries addressed to 5000 audiences in 2016 meeting. Topics covered at the forum were included Online Tourism, World Tourism towards 2030, Investments in Tourism, Political Influence on Tourism, Congress Tourism and Health Tourism.
Political Impacts on the Tourism Industry
Tourism industry has been under some degree of threat for 12-18 months. Not only because of terrorism but also by the reason of economy and health issues. These problems automatically effect the hotel reservations.
People travel to different places in order to find cure to their health problems. In the turn of the 21 st century, people who are not satisfied with the health services in their country, started to look for other opportunities and found ways in other countries. That's how the health tourism was born.
Innovation in the Tourism Industry
What was the biggest innovation change in travel last 65 years? It was the jet engine. It transforms the way we travel, the speed we travel, commercial flights expanded to a very fast rate over decades. In the future we may travel from London to Sydney in 32 minutes. Imagine its contribution to tourism industry.
New Technology Dimensions in the Tourism Industry
At the end of 2018, 46% of the world population will be millenials. They think about the world in a different way. They don't know phone with cord, fax machine etc. They don't speak on the phone, they prefer to text. These millennial people, who get used to rapid technological changes, will be the new customers of the tourism.
Featured Speakers of Global Meeting 2016
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey
José Manuel Barroso, Former President of European Comission
Mahir Ünal, Former Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)