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4 February 2021 (updated)
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Tourism boards and trade associations in the Balkans are lining up to offer support to New Deal Europe, the Balkan region’s flagship tourism marketplace and conference, taking place on 12th April 2021.
‘The last couple of weeks has seen a surge in support for our event’ said co-founder Robert Dee, ‘with national tourism organisations getting behind us in different ways, all of them positive. Some countries such as Bulgaria, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzogovina are subsidising tourism suppliers to enable them to attend, leading to an increase in exhibitors from these countries. Others are encouraging participation in different and very creative ways’.
‘It seems that the roll out of the vaccine has encouraged tourism organisations to think more positively about the future, to look beyond the coming weeks and months and start planning for 2022’ added Tine Murn, the event’s other co-founder. ‘We are delighted that the national tourism boards of Albania and Montenegro will be amongst those joining us for the first time, along with a delegation from the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism, and that we will welcome back the delegates from the tourism boards of Serbia and Slovenia.’
‘The New Deal Europe event in 2020 was a professional B2B event and we had a number of quaality meetings’ said Karmen Novarlić of the Slovenian Tourism Board. ‘We are looking forward to the NDE event this year and to be able to welcome guests in Slovenia soon again.’
The event in 2020 was held virtually in October, having been postponed due to lockdown. It organised 1,250 meetings and received praise from all quarters, with 95% of exhibiters saying that the quality of buyers was high or very high. ‘We carefully select the buyers meaning that the quality is controlled’ said Murn ‘so we know that participants will have a valuable, constructive and focused day. Registrations for 2021 are already exceeding the levels we had last year, and momentum is gathering’.
Zorica Jovanov, Marketing Director of the Serbian National Tourism Organisation attended last year’s event and supported Murn’s comments. ‘NTO Serbia participated at the first New Deal Europe event in 2020. It was organised extremely professionally, we had very useful meetings and created new valuable contacts, so we can say that the event exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to the next event with optimism hoping that the overall situation will be favourable for tourism, and that event will help us to accelerate the tourism recovery in our country.’
Other national organisations are getting behind the event, with regional development agencies offering to sponsor delegates, and incoming tourism associations spreading the word to their membership. Vlatko Sulev, President of the North Macedonia Incoming Tourism Association has been instrumental in driving participation from his country. He commented, ‘New Deal Europe is the most important event for the promotion of North Macedonia. The region needed an event and an organisation like this, and I am convinced that it will also help the faster recovery of the tourism industry in the Balkan region.’
Nicu Apostol, Vice President of Incoming Romania Association sees the event as the catalyst for restarting tourism in the region, with a focus on sustainability, an area in which the Balkans is a world leader. ‘For the last 12 months, the travel industry has been in survival mode, but now the end is in sight’ he said. ‘People will travel again, and with the support of the New Deal Europe team, we can find the right partners that understand both the Balkan area's potential and tourists' new expectations. We offer safe destinations that are developing with the key focus on sustainability, and New Deal Europe is a really important vehicle in convincing new partners to extend their operations in the Balkans’.
About New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum 2021:
New Deal Europe is the Balkan region’s primary tourism event, and will take place in a virtual format on 12th April 2021. The marketplace is a day of pre arranged meetings between tourism suppliers from 12 Balkan countries and buyers from tour operators and agencies from around the world. At the inaugural 2020 event 1,250 meetings were arranged between delegates from 36 countries, and the event received satidfaction ratings in excess of 90%. The Forum element of New Deal Europe brings together keynote speakers and industry leaders to discuss and present on the major issues facing tourism in the Balkan region.
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2020 has been a challenging and a most unprecedented year. Many events were cancelled. Against all the odds, when many expected that the inaugural New Deal Europe will never see the light of day, we delivered the event in October and welcomed delegates from 36 countries. This was the first ever travel trade marketplace focused on the entire Greater Balkan region. 125 buyers attended, covering markets from Scandinavia in the North to Australia and Brazil in the South, and from California in the West to Hong Kong in the East, making the event truly global. They met with tourism companies from all 11 Balkan countries, and a total of 1250 business meetings were scheduled.
We are really grateful to everyone who supported us and we are delighted with the responses in the post event survey: 95% of suppliers said that the quality of buyers was high or very high and 92% of all delegates awarded the event 8 out of 10 or higher on satisfaction rating.
Significantly, 96% of delegates said that they would return to attend New Deal Europe in 2021.
Let's work together to bring back tourism in 2021.
New Deal Europe 2021 will take place on Monday 12th April, a date that best fits with the contracting cycle of the tour operators, giving you maximum scope to complete meaningful business deals.
We are looking forward to meet you all in person soon. Wishing you love, peace, health and joy this holiday season and lots of travel in 2021.
Tine and Robert,
New Deal Europe
New Deal Europe, is adding Moldova to its portfolio. This brings to twelve the number of Balkan countries which will be represented at its 2021 event. The whole of Greece will also be covered. Previously the event only allowed exhibitors from the Macedonia region of Northern Greece to take part.
Our team has spent much of this year’s WTM Virtual reaching out to potential partners across the Balkans and have had a fantastic response so far. With strong support from the new partners, next year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than our successful 2020 marketplace. In spite of today’s challenges, we are really optimistic for the future of tourism in the region.
Tassos Tsalapatis, owner of Athens based, Hello Travel, who attended the New Deal Europe event in 2020 welcomed the expansion. He stated, "I had so many operators asking me about destinations throughout the whole of Greece, so this move by the organisers makes perfect sense".
Event co-founder Robert Dee said "We are also delighted to welcome Moldova to the next New Deal Europe. It is the least visited country in Europe, and is an unexplored gem with so much to offer. I have visited the destination and had such a great experience. The culture, ancient sites, gastronomy and its exceptional wine tradition provide a wealth of opportunity for UK tour operators, and what’s more, the people are extremely welcoming. We are honored to be able to help the tourism providers in Moldova develop tourism to their country”.
Sergiu Manea, President of the Moldovan tourism employers association welcomed the move saying, "We are delighted that New Deal Europe is giving us this opportunity to promote our destination to the UK tour operators, and we look forward to working with their team in 2021"
The New Deal Europe 2020 event welcomed delegates from 36 countries and was the first ever travel trade event focused on the entire Greater Balkan region It delivered 1,250 meetings in one day. The next New Deal Europe marketplace and forum is planned for Monday 12 April.
In response to requests from buyers, we have added Moldova and the whole of Greece to the portfolio of destinations covered by New Deal Europe. Here is the latest map showing all participating destinations at New Deal Europe events in 2021.
See you all on Monday, 12th April 2021.
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