(From left to right) Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Mr. Nicolae Nicolae-PR Director ECTT, Mark Doda-Balkan Tourism CEO and Ambassador of Venezuela-Ramon Carazo
The summit will bring together all tourism leaders and stakeholders from the whole region to discuss and push forward an agenda for regional collaboration in tourism as a key sector for coming out of the economic crisis and enhancement of competitiveness of each country and the whole region.
Invitees are tourism related Ministers/Ministries, National Tourism Organizations, Associations, leading businesses and donors.
The announcement made in Tirana, Albania, is an important succes for Balkan Countries who aspire to be accepted in European Council on Tourism and Trade, european tourism flagship organization.
Mark Doda-Balkan Tourism CEO and Ambassador of Venezuela-Ramon Carazo, Mr. Nicolae Nicolae-PR Director ECTT and Professor Anton Caragea-ECTT President.
Supplimentary PR INFO:
The Balkan countries include all of the countries of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) plus Albania and Bulgaria.
Balkan Tourism Organization is providing just the platform for the region’s nonpolitical powers to begin defining the region for travelers.
National Geographic created a supplement at www.balkansgeotourism.travel that covers Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
IRS Market and Research Company outlined the impressive results of the countries that marketed themselfs or their main tourist cities as capitals of culture and tourism or as world best tourism destinations.
Receiving the report, European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea remarked that: I am so happy to see how previously unknown and un-marketed destinations receive mass media limelight and are pro-pulsed as emerging tourist destination.
Diplomats from this nation`s are having their tasks made easier, as their countries are propelled on the top nations stage and economic growth and investment.
I receive countless expression of gratitude for our support from leaders, politicians and ambassadors, who are finding their exertions much facilitated by tourism seal of approval of ECTT, but the most moving are the stories of the people`s who find jobs and opportunities, that other ways would have not existed.
But now their life are richer and more dignified, this is the transforming power of country branding via culture, history and tourism.
This is internationalization and nation branding achieving their best results!
World Best Tourist Destination status brings also free publicity in articles, television of more than 50 million for Laos People`s Democratic Republic, around 30 million for Zimbabwe and the top is lead by Ethiopia who benefited of a publicity coverage of more than 60 million euros.
What is more important than just the figures mentioned in the marketing report is the fact that these countries will benefit for years and years to come by their achievements as world best tourist destination or world capital of culture stated Mr. Radu Alexandru, communication unit chief of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
The reports finding are limited to october 2015, while tourism promotion and branding is an ongoing process that can never be fully accounted for declared the european official.