Shopping Drives The Travel Industry Today

In the January 18 session, the FITUR SHOPPING section will be discussing some of the key issues for this tourist segment that is already one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination.

The upcoming edition of FITUR will again set the stage for analyzing shopping tourism in its FITUR SHOPPING section. The Trade Fair, which is organized by IFEMA and will be staged from January 17-21 at Feria de Madrid, will thus discuss on 18 January some of the key issues for the development of this key segment of the tourism industry.

On this occasion, FITUR SHOPPING will revolve around a series of round tables that will discuss topics such as: ‘Shopping tourism at the destination: global brands and local design’; ‘Shopping tourism in distinctive Madrid shops’; and ‘Shopping Tourism and Digitization’.

Participating in the conferences will be the World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO, Madrid City Hall, Madrid Region, Festitur, the Buenos Aires Promotion Body, Andorra Turisme, Fundación Turismo Valencia, and companies such as Soluciones Turísticas, Isolée, Squarefer, Williamsburg Vintage Clothes and Casual Hotels.

Shopping tourism is now one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination for their holiday, as the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has highlighted on several occasions. Between January and September 2017, tax-free shopping increased by 18% in Spain, which means that revenue could exceed 2.3 billion euros.

International tourism outreach

FITUR 2018 will be the global meeting point for tourism professionals and will become, yet another year, the leading trade fair for Latin America’s inbound and outbound markets. Participating in the last staging were 9,893 exhibitor companies from 165 countries/regions; 135,838 trade participants and 109,134 visitors from the general public. Particularly noteworthy is the 18.8% increase in international trade visitors over the previous year. In addition, the volume of business appointments was as high as 6,800.

Together with the new FITUR FESTIVALS, FITUR 2018 will feature the regular FITURTECH Y sections, the Sustainability, Innovation, Technology and Business forums organised by the Hotel Technology Institute (ITH); Fitur Know-how & Export organised by SEGITTUR in collaboration with ICEX and FITUR; FITUR Shopping; FITUR Health together with Spaincares; and FITUR Gay (LGBT) organised by Diversity Consulting International. Added to this will be the staging of Investour, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa organised jointly by the UNWTO, Casa África and FITUR.