The World Travel Market this year took place at the London Excel and run from the 7th to the 10th of November 2011. It is more than a ‘staycation’ with more enticing sights and promises of lands that we may so often only see on television ads, browse on brochures or envy our friends who are often holidaying and might every so often than not send us the occasional postcard to rub it in-travel bliss. I always get enamoured by the sights at the World Travel Market and I know that since it has been happening for a while, you may think that the sights tend to get familiar like the sight of a mother hen who knows her chicks but this time, the World Travel Market has even more breath taking surprises in store.
The World Travel Market 2011 Industry Report states that "major global economies continue to struggle, putting pressure on the demand for travel and tourism products." this report also "highlights opportunities such as the London 2012 Olympics, the wider growing role of sports tourism and emerging tourism potential of the BRICS-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Brazil is tipped to be the favourite destination place for tourists to visit in a survey carried out by the World Travel Market Industry report; Brazil is to host the FIFA World Cup 2014.
The World Travel Market 2011 presented a different take on the various countries that were represented at this year's event giving Tourism in general a brilliant spotlight that may want you to take a break or holiday at the nearest possible opportunity.
My first stop was Trinidad and Tobago, stand, theirs was in an array of colours with various people on hand ready to help. Trinidad and Tobago is a Southern Island in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago have a population of about 1.3 million people. Trinidad and Tobago boasts as the only country in the world that celebrates Christmas starting in October. The publications ‘Ins and Outs of Trinidad and Tobago 2011,’ highlights that the reason for this is that; ‘Parang’ festivals are launched at about this time. Parang is Hispanic music often sang by a group of musicians known as ‘parranderos’ who go from house to house singing Spanish folk songs using acoustic instrument and there is alot of traditional dances. This festival is interactive and for every house the Parranderos visit the host will offer coffee, sorrel (a popular drink of Trinidad & Tobago). This festival runs to January and gives way to their Carnival. I spoke to Kenda Douglas at the Trinidad and Tobago stand, she told me that; “Tobago is ingenious of the Leatherback Turtle, a reptile known for its ability to keep at high temperatures using its own heat. The Leatherback which has become an endangered species is still prevalent in the area between Castara Bay and Arnos Vale Bay.” She went on to add that; “Nesting season for Leatherbacks is between March and July.” Trinidad is also famed for its Caroni Swamp which is home to their National Bird-Scarlet Ibis. ”
With these beautiful pictures in mind, I proceeded to the Uganda stand that was casing the Gorrilla Safari lodge, a spokesperson from the Uganda Wildlife Authority stated that this was an eco-friendly and upmarket lodge located at the outcasts of Bwindi Forest, home of the endangered mountain gorrillas. The stand had a person in a gorilla costume who gave the whole effect and laid emphasis that in order to track gorillas, a permit was issued and tracking wasn’t permittable for anyone below the age of 15.
I also visited Ghana’s stand, it was laid back and beautiful. A spokesperson at the stand informed me that this year they were promoting Tourism in general like their National Museum in the greater Accra region, Xavi Bird watching Sanctuary in the Volta region and Hippos in their upper West region. They also offer paragliding events at the Atibie, Kwahu in the Eastern region at about Easter time.
Perhaps I hasten to add that out of some personal reason, I decided to dedicate my Tour of the World Travel Market 2011 to a departed friend from Tanzania. Tanzania is a country found in East Africa which is the home of the magnificent mountain Kilmanjaro, Serengeti plains, Ngorongoro Crater, the Selous Game reserve and home to th Kiswahili language. I could go on and on but the World Travel Market 2011 depicted picturesque and dramatic views of landscape, buildings and wildlife coupled with various events that have motivated me to start booking my holiday as soon as time and money can allow and perhaps you should too.