MANCHESTER, UK, 26 September 2019: World Routes 2019 hosted in Adelaide earlier this month will move to Milan next year.
The 26th annual world route development forum will be hosted by SEA Milan Airports, in partnership with local stakeholders Lombardy Region, the Municipality of Milan, ENIT – Italian Tourist Board and Bergamo Airport, and will take place from 5 to 8 September 2020.
Routes brand director Steven Small said: “Since hosting Expo 2015, which attracted around 22 million visitors and exhibitors from 140 countries, Milan has undergone a significant transformation. Hosting the 26th World Routes in 2020 will consolidate Milan’s growth by showcasing its huge potential and creating opportunities for new route development”.
Served by three international airports, Malpensa and Linate of SEA Milan Airports and Milan Bergamo Airport of SACBO, Milan is a top European region for airport infrastructure.
In 2018 the three airports welcomed more than 47 million passengers and offered 900 daily direct flights to 345 global destinations.
In addition to being recognised as the fashion capital of the world, Milan boasts some of the world’s most iconic cultural sites, including La Scala Opera House, Duomo Milano and Basilica di San Lorenzo.
The surrounding Lombardy region counts 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the highest concentration of any region in Italy. It is little wonder then that tourism is growing at a rapid pace, with more than 6 million tourists coming to the city in 2018 and generating a turnover of €8 billion.
By hosting World Routes, Milan can extend its reach to new parts of the world and draw even higher volumes of visitors.
With unrivalled opportunities for networking with leaders in aviation and tourism, a unique conference programme and a fantastic location, the international aviation community is already looking forward to next year’s event. World Routes brings together 3,000 top-ranking delegates from over 130 countries in the world’s largest aviation event to discuss and shape the future of the aviation and tourism industry.