Black Meetings and Tourism

July / August 2021

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The Union of International Associations 62nd International Meetings Statistics Report pro- vides two views of a sector now facing multiple challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic: data for meetings in the year 2019 are presented in-full, the "last good year" before the crisis, in addition to an analysis of what took place in 2020. The data in this report are drawn from the UIA database, the source of the International Congress Calendar and the Yearbook of International Organizations. Covering interna- tional association meetings held around the world in 2019 and 2020, the Report provides comprehensive data for the- year-that-was and also a twenty-year perspective on trends from 2001 through 2020. Number of international association meetings Some 900 meetings have been added to the data for 2019 since the last report was published, while the num- ber of meetings currently profiled for 2020 is drastically reduced from the trend of 12,000 to 15,000 per year due to the impact of the pandemic on association life, trav- el, and public gatherings. The Report is embargoed for the exclusive use of UIA Associate Members until it becomes available to the public in September 2021. The UIA, founded in 1907 in Brussels, is the world's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive source of information on global civil society. UIA collects, hosts and provides up-to-date, reliable information on global civil society and maintains the most comprehensive source of information on international associations, their activities and concerns , and their meetings activ- ities. B M & T ••• Juliy/August 2021 ••• 38 TRAVEI DATA UNION OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS RELEASES 62ND INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS STATISTICS REPORT A Picture of a Global Crisis and Chain Reactions For more information, please contact: Joel Fischer, UIA Statistics Coordinator at 78% OF AMERICANS TRAVEL DOMESTICALLY THIS SUMMER Americans are prioritizing coming together with friends and family this summer according to the 20th-anniversary edi- tion of Generali Global Assistance's (GGA) annual Holiday Barometer. 47% of American travelers' said their ideal sum- mer holiday centers around spending time with loved ones right in time for the 4th of July. Key takeaways: • 47% of Americans ranked their ideal holiday this summer as coming together with family and friends above relaxing • 78% of Americans plan to spend their vacation in the United States • 62% of Americans favor close destinations for their next holiday s • Americans expect normal travel – including no mask mandate – to return in 2022 • 78% of Americans are willing to spend the holiday in the United States • 62% of Americans favor close destinations for their next holiday • Americans are more worried about closed bars than not being able to travel home or being quarantined abroad To learn more, please visit:

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