Routes Africa 2014 heads to Victoria Falls


(Posted 11th January 2014)

Routes, the global network of conferences for the aviation industry, is looking back at an extraordinary year when at all their key events new attendance records were established.

Over 5,600 delegates attended the six forums that Routes organised around the globe in 2013, the premier global event of World Routes in Las Vegas, USA, the Routes Asia in Mumbai, India, the Routes Europe in Budapest, Hungary, the Routes Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, the Routes Africa in this correspondent’s home city of Kampala, Uganda and Routes CIS in Donetsk, Ukraine. These gatherings, which focused entirely on aviation route development, have become the must attend events of the year that shape the world’s air services.

Katie Bland, the recently appointed Director of Routes, when reviewing the last year and looking ahead to 2014, was quoted to have said: ‘Routes is where the aviation industry decides where people will fly in the future. With 16,000 face-to-face meetings at World Routes alone, our events play a crucial role in shaping the future of air services around the world. In 2013, around 100 CEOs and Tourism Ministers plus 300 senior executives of airlines, airports and tourism authorities attended our global event in Las Vegas. This is simply unrivalled in the aviation industry. The record attendance at our events highlights the growing importance of intelligent network planning – not just for airlines and airports, but also for tourism authorities, cities and regions. They increasingly throw their weight behind the development of new air services which are integral to their economic growth and development’.

The following six events will take place in 2014, once again providing the platform for the aviation industry to come together and discuss cooperation and innovation for their region, and then, at the World Routes in September in Chicago, on a global basis again:

Routes Americas: 23-25 February, San Salvador, El Salvador

Routes Asia: 9-11 March, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Routes Europe: 6-8 April, Marseille, France

Routes Africa: 22-24 June, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

World Routes: 20-23 September, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Routes CIS: date and host to be announced very soon

In addition have future events already been announced for 2015, which includes bringing World Routes in Durban to Africa, Routes Europe in Aberdeen, Scotland and Routes Asia in Kunming, China as well as Routes Americas in Denver, Colorado, USA.

The African continent is looking forward to the Routes Africa meeting in Victoria Falls, where the organizers have the challenge to beat the previous attendance records established in 2012 in Victoria / Seychelles and 2013 in Kampala / Uganda.

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