All the latest and past New Deal Europe activities
We are delighted to share the news that New Deal Europe has been selected by Visit Europe to lead their campaign Essential Balkans, promoting this hidden gem of Europe in the USA and Canada. Jointly funded by the European Union, the Tourism Boards of Montenegro and Serbia and the Association of Romanian Incoming Agencies, we will be showcasing these remarkable and stunning destinations to the North American market in a series of sales blitzes over the coming months.
Having previously visited Montenegro, our final preparation was an extensive fam trip this month across Serbia and Romania, brilliantly organised by our ‘Essential Balkans’ partners.
In July we begin our promotion in North America and we are excited to be meeting our partners there to share our experiences of the region. We are really looking forward to being ‘over the pond' again, actively promoting the 'Essential Balkans’ offer.
The only travel trade marketplace focused on the 12 destinations of Southeast Europe will take place on 16 April 2024 in London.
New date has been announced a year in advance, to offer partners to plan their budget and participation in time.
Full day of business opportunities, carefully selected buyers, prearranged meetings based on wish list, forum on key issues in travel industry, destination presentations, networking receptions.
The 2023 edition of The New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum took place on 28th March at the Congress Centre, London, with record attendance.
The event was branded a huge success after 135 marketplace delegates took part in over 1,000 pre arranged B2B meetings focused on generating tourism to 12 countries of South East Europe. Each country had delegates present at the event, ranging from individual hotels through to national tourism boards, and several destinations including Slovenia, Montenegro and Moldova had the opportunity to showcase their product for up to 15 minutes on stage to all delegates.
Forum's topic is 'Is the New Deal Europe region the next big thing, and if so, are we ready?'
This year’s panel includes Mark Tanzer, CEO of ABTA, Nejc Jus, Head of Research at World Travel & Tourism Council, Marija Labović, Director of the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, and Denis Ilić, Senior Product & Contracting Manager EMEA at global tour operator, G Adventures, who will be debating the topic “Is the New Deal Europe region the next big thing, and if so, are we ready?” The New Deal Europe organisers have also commissioned market research into tourism trends in South East Europe, which will be presented prior to the Forum panel session by Ana Borduzha, VP of Business Development at Mabrian Technologies.
Forum will be moderated by Tine Murn, co-founder of New Deal Europe and sponsored by Mabrian Techonologies.
The greatest selection of tourism professionals ever assembled for South East Europe will be taking part in the New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum in London on 28th March.
This fifth edition of the event and only the second one in-person, covering destinations "from the Alps to the Aegean," has attracted a record number of tourism professionals. 70 buyer and 65 supplier companies have registered to participate in the B2B marketplace, and a host of presenters and keynote panellists are scheduled to speak at the Forum.
In addition to 20 face to face meetings, the delegates will be able to learn more about the region at three destination presentations. New Deal Europe has commissioned market research into tourism trends in South East Europe, which will be presented prior to the content Forum session where leading industry professionals will be debating the latest advances in the tourism sector of the region.
Over 60 companies, covering every segment of the leisure market, have already registered, and more are coming in every day in the lead up to the registration deadline of 13 March.
Secure your place now to meet with these quality buyers, and grow your business by registering today.
New Deal Europe today revealed the venue for their next annual marketplace and forum taking place on 28th March in London.
‘We are delighted to announce, that due to the continued growth of the event, we will be moving to a new venue in central London: The Congress Centre, ideally located in the heart of the West End.
Its state-of-the-art facilities will allow us and our partners, Jacobs Media Group, to deliver an outstanding B2B marketplace, with inspiring destination presentations from national tourism boards.
New Deal Europe's new partnership with European tourism association (ETOA) gives members additional support across the SE Europe region, and gives New Deal Europe's partners a fantastic opportunity to join one of the leading tourism associations in the world.
ETOA membership gives greater exposure to our region on the global market, and will accelerate promotion and sustainable growth. NDE fully supports ETOA in its campaign for a fair and constructive legislative framework for tourism in Europe.
Since Marketplace and Forum 2022, ETOA ha gained over 20 new members from the NDE region, and our partnership is proving to be a dynamic and successful one.
For special NDE exclusive rate on membership and events participation, please contact us here.
Watch this webinar to learn how to make the most out of meetings at New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum 2022.
The Webinar will walk you through some of the most important things you need to focus on during the 15-minute meetings, and explain the technical parts of Delegate Select Meetings software.
These are the words of Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, following the UK Government’s announcement that all Covid requirements for travel are being dropped.
“We can now look forward to the return to pre-Covid normality throughout the travel experience” he added.
From This Friday, 18th March, travellers to the UK face no restrictions on entry. Those who are not fully vaccinated will no longer have to take Covid tests before and after travelling to the UK and the passenger locator form will be abolished.
This is great news for anyone who was thinking of coming to the New Deal Europe Live event in London on 4th April, but were unable to travel due to their vaccine status, or the financial barrier created by testing. T
The UK, London and New Deal Europe are open for business, and we look forward to welcoming delegates from the 12 countries of the New Deal Europe region to the only Marketplace and Forum dedicated to tourism to the South East of Europe.
USAID EDGE project will support* 30 companies to participate in either the live or virtual New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum in April 2022, where they will meet with key industry buyers and decision-makers.
EDGE invites interested potential participants to submit their Expression of Interest (max 200 words).
The deadline for submission of applications is March 14th 2022.
New Deal Europe will provide all successful applicants for the live event with a visa support letter.
* - The EDGE project will support companies from Albania, BIH, Kosovo, Montenegro, N Macedonia and Serbia interested in either or both events, by offering to cover up to 90% of the registration fees. Travel and visa expenses to be covered by the applicant.
The team of Balkan focused New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum, taking place in London on 4th April, have urged the travel trade to get behind the countries bordering Ukraine, and show solidarity during the current crisis.
“We have exhibitors coming from Romania and Moldova, countries which border Ukraine and are currently receiving refugees”, said New Deal Europe co-founder, Robert Dee.
“Like us, their tourism industry has suffered from two years of Covid, but it has now received an additional blow. Therefore, it’s really important that the UK travel trade, representing one of the most resilient customer bases in the world, shows solidarity at this time, and turns up en masse at the New Deal Europe live event on 4th April to meet with these delegates. This will send out a clear message of support and will be widely reported in the region. We all feel powerless in this situation, but this is one action we can take which we know will make a difference.”
Tine Murn, New Deal Europe’s other co-founder added, “Registrations for our event are coming in every day. We have just returned from a visit to seven countries of the region and interest is very high. It’s great to see that people are engaging with destinations beyond the honeypots of Croatia, Greece and Slovenia, and have full confidence in the long term future of the region as a sustainable tourism destination in the heart of Europe. We are looking forward to hosting a great event on 4th April.”
Registrations are coming in daily for the New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum, live in London on 4th April.
We have great suppliers attending from the Balkans region including these tourist boards. If you are a tour operator or wholesaler with interest in the region, register now, it's free for buyers!
In 8 days we travelled almost 3000km, visited eight countries (even more if you count all the administrative units) and conducted over 30 meetings with key decisions makers. Humbled by the reception we received and delighted with the feedback, we returned even more convinced that the New Deal Europe region has enormous potential and energy to become the leading region in sustainable focused tourism.
'UK tourists head to Albania for ‘sense of exotic’ without long-haul flight'
Last week we were asked by The Guardian to provide more insights on the rising interest from UK holidaymakers for one of the New Deal Europe countries - Albania.
We are seeing a growing interest in the Balkans by British holidaymakers who have an appetite for new and little known corners of Europe.
In turn, search engine reports show that there is increased online activity indicating a strong online interest in New Deal Europe and its 12 country destinations. As a result our partners are seeing a rise in bookings.
We are very proud to make a small contribution in highlighting Albania, one of the most fascinating countries in the region to the wonderful people at The Guardian.
PLEXAL @ HereEast, London
New Deal Europe Marketplace and Forum 2022 live event will take place at Plexal; a modern venue in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a fast growing area of London. Conceived as a cornerstone of the Olympic legacy project, Plexal, in the bustling HereEast innovation centre, is a vibrant, modern event venue and shared workspace centre, which fits well with New Deal Europe’s sustainability ethos. With good transport connections, numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and hip bars, this fast growing area of London is waiting to be discovered. And for those travelling by car, it’s easy to park and avoids the congestion charge zone.
Now in its fifth year of operation, Plexal has helped over 175 start-ups get off the ground since it opened in the Olympic Park's Here East campus and New Deal Europe is delighted to partner with the Plexal team to launch our first live event.
Carlos Cendra Cruz, Mabrian Technologies from Spain
This week we met with Carlos Cendra Cruz, Sales & Marketing Director of Mabrian Technologies, at FITUR 2022 in Madrid, one of the first travel trade events of the year. New Deal Europe has partnered with several organisations which we believe can really make a difference to tourism in the Greater Balkans region, and Mabrian is one of these. They gather and analyse data, which helps tourist boards and tourism enterprises to make better informed decisions, and guaranteeing that they target their marketing resources to the right areas. Crucially for us, they are very focused on sustainability in tourism and are one of the first companies to develop ways to measure this. Read interview.
At our virtual briefing on Thursday 25 November 2021 we announced our next Marketplace and Forum dates:
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