The next IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be held in May 2020 in the Swiss cities of Zurich and Lausanne. The ice hockey nation Switzerland and the two cities of Zurich and Lausanne are excited to host this major event and to welcome the best ice hockey players and their fans from all over the world.
The games will be played in two locations. One of them is the Zurich’s Hallenstadion which will host the semi-finals and the finals. The stadium, which seats 11,200 spectators, is not so far from Zurich Airport, which makes it quick and easy to travel to.
The other location will be the Lausanne Arena. Lausanne is equipped with a regional airport where the Pilatus PC-12 can land and take-off. The PC-12 is able to fly at high altitudes and land at both large international airports and smaller airfields. This means you can choose an airport that is closer to your final destination.
Without a doubt Plovdiv is one of the trendy destination in Europe this year. The city has been proudly named a European Capital of Culture for 2019, along with Matera in Italy. Plovdiv was also recently named the oldest city in Europe, with a history dating back more than 6000 years. The city and its surroundings abound of cultural, archaeological, historical and natural attractions. All year around the city is the host of musical, art and cultural festivals, concerts and forums.
The Rhodopes provide conditions for mountain, ecological, hunting and fishing tourism. The temperate climate and the presence of many vineyards and wineries in the region, attract visitors from the country and from abroad for wine tourism. Nearby towns of Velingrad, Hisar, Banya and Narechen are well known destinations for SPA tourism, and the numerous churches and monasteries in the Rhodope Mountains and the foothills of the Balkan Mountains – for religious tourism.
Plovdiv is equipped with a regional airport located just 12 km southeast from the city center. During winter Plovdiv Airport welcomes foreign ski tourists who chose to spend their holiday in Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko. The main factor for the development of business tourism is the Plovdiv Fair, as well as the growing number of newly built accommodation facilities.
The tourist infrastructure in the region is well developed and meets all modern requirements and standards. Serving a region with more than 2 million inhabitants, it is forecast that the prospects for the expansion of the scheduled services from/to Plovdiv Airport are very good, however at the moment the number of flights to and from Plovdiv are limited and private aviation is a good option especially if you have a busy schedule and you can only afford a weekend break.
The Asia-Pacific Business Jet Market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 1.5% during the forecast period (2020-2024). Growth in travel and tourism in south-east Asian countries and the growth in business aviation in countries like China has been the primary growth driver for the market. The business jet market in Asia-Pacific is primarily being driven by China, Australia, and India.
China is the largest market in the Asia-Pacific region, accounting for more than 50% of the market in the region. The country is also expected to continue its dominance in the market in the years to come.
China is planning to establish as many as 500 general aviation airports catering to the needs of around 5,000 general aviation aircraft by the end of 2020, which is also a supportive factor for the market. As China is becoming a business hub, business aviation in the country is growing at a high pace. Also, many local Chinese banks are supporting the financing of private jets in the country, which is enabling the procurements of business jets.
Compared to the demand from other countries, the Chinese customers are increasingly opting for long-range aircraft as Chinese companies go abroad for business exploration amid globalization. Thus, large and long-range (>5000Nm) business jets are being opted more by the Chinese customers in the recent past.
In the European general aviation market, the United Kingdom currently holds a major share, in terms of revenue, followed by France. United Kingdom and France together holds approximately 2/3 of the Market Share; the rest is equally spread across Germany, Italy and Spain.
The United Kingdom is witnessing an increase in the number of developments related to general aviation. The United Kingdom ranks third among the other European countries, in terms of business jet fleet size.
There are over 27,000 civil aircraft registered in the United Kingdom, out of which 90% are involved in general aviation. VistaJet, Ravenair, Wijet, and Luxaviation United Kingdom are some of the main charter service providers in the United Kingdom. With the growing number of people opting for charter services for business travel in Europe, charter service providers are procuring new aircraft to increase their product portfolio.
Tourism is also expected to support the market growth for general aviation in the United Kingdom. Thus, various ongoing procurements may lead to growth in the UK general aviation market during the forecast period (from 2020 to 2024).