New Trends in Tourism 2018 making history!
About 400 guests, engaging workshops, compelling panel discussions, and vibrant exhibitor zone – that would be, a very short, summary of the New Trends in Tourism 2018. It would not be a stretch to say that the latest, ninth, edition of the most important tourist conference in Pomerania could be considered the most successful to date.
Jarosław Kuźniar, a journalist and traveler who run the conference, performed the official opening together with the deputy Mayor of Gdańsk, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, and the chairman of the board of GOT, Łukasz Wysocki.
It is worth noting, that the Tourist Card served as an access key to the conference. It has been equipped with package discounts for 72 hours, created for those of the participants who preferred to stay in Gdańsk for a weekend and explore the city.
The conference began with a 10 minute flashmob prepared by ZM CONCEPT. The show was kept in the postindustrial spirit, very much in tune with the post-shipyard area surrounding the European Solidarity Centre.
Later on, the discussion panels were held at the main stage, soon to be followed by the workshops. This is when the event started for good, thanks to such speakers as Bucki, Izmałkowa, Daniłoś, Hatalska, Hamerska, Bobrowska – Budny, and many, many others, including our two foreign guests: Burkhard Kierker from Berlin and Olivier Ponti from Amsterdam. In other words, the experts in their fields with years’ worth of experience.
It was perhaps the first of the panels, that captured the greatest interest of the guests and the media, as this was when the president of PFI Future, Marek Nowara, introduced the plan of building new impressive project in Gdańsk –„Nautilus”. „Nautilus” is a new educational and entertainment center, which will be located by the Energa Gdańsk stadium. The centre will allow us to become acquainted with the wildlife of South America. But there’s more: the site is also going to include a hotel, and even a lagoon! The project will be commissioned in 2022, and it is expected to attract about 2.5 million of guests every year.
The exhibitor zone, where several of our partners presented their offers, proved a great success. It definitely paid off to visit all of the stalls, since at each of them one could obtain a piece of a puzzle, which, upon completion, granted participation in a contest. The exhibitor zone was also where the coffee stalls were being held. Aromatic coffee and exceptional tourist products – that’s what you call the perfect combination!
One of the most significant parts of the conference was the final stage of the TourismTrendsAwards contest, which takes place during NTT. The contestants were to give their presentations. This time, the winners in each category were as follow:
- Tourist Product Campaign: High Grade Solutions
- Debut of the Year: Ratuszanka i Toruńscy Partacze
- New Tourist Offer: Muzeum Górnictwa Węglowego w Zabrzu
- IT for Tourism: Bidroom.
We congratulate all of the participants, especially the winners!
The conference has finished by 17.00, with an invitation to the next, tenth, edition of New Trends in Tourism. 29 march 2019: write this date down, even today. Just as before, we meet in the European Solidarity Centre.
Thank you for being with us.
See you next year!