Representing Latvia for ITB Asia, Evija Gavrilko is working for Baltic Travel Group, a DMC which represents the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The tour operator was created in 2000 and is one of the most important travel companies in the Baltic States.
“This is a very well-organised show and we will certainly be back, especially if we also get the support from our government. We had a good show here as we consider ITB Asia as the best place to meet all the buyers from Asia and Australia who cannot come to Europe. We met many buyers from Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. We received a lot of interest as Latvia and the other Baltic countries are relatively new destinations for Asians. Generally, travel to our three countries are done in conjunction with Finland and Poland but also sometimes with Denmark and Sweden”.
ADARA works with NTOs by providing a value-based understanding of their relationship with travellers thanks to the company’s comprehensive travel database analysing travel patterns, trends and behaviour from more than 850 million monthly unique traveler profiles across more than 200 of the world’s top travel brands.
“I have come to ITB Asia for the past five years and I think that the most interesting part of the show is the large range of conferences looking at technology and development trends. There are more and more leaders coming for those events which are turning ITB Asia into a real platform of global exchanges. At the show itself, I would love to see more innovation in the way the travel market is presented. It would be great to see tech companies doing demonstrations of what they actually bring to the travel industry and explaining their purpose in the market”.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) led a strong delegation of private and public participants to ITB Asia 2019. The Thai Pavilion comprised 30 sellers. Of these, 26 were hotels and resorts and the rest consisted of tour operators and tourism-related agencies.
“Thailand came here with 30 sellers to meet buyers looking mostly at seaside destinations, which remain extremely popular. We had many hotels this year and will try to bring more DMCs to participate next year. We will also continue to promote the inclusion of more secondary destinations to buyers. We already see a shift with circuits being organised beyond Phuket to Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang. We had good feedback and demand for culinary tourism all across the country, including to Isan or Central Thailand”.