Monday 6 December 2021

Diverse lineup of tourism films, workshops at GTFF 2021

TORONTO, October 20, 2021

The Global Tourism Film Festival (GTFF), in association and support of Netherlands Tourism, has announced a diverse slate of films, workshops and seminars ahead of the October 21-24 virtual event. 
Having received entries from almost every continent, GTFF 2021 film selections include feature films that showcase fascinating world regions and cultures ranging from Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, France, Nepal, Zambia, and Russia, among many other destinations, said a statement.  
GTFF 2021 film categories include feature films, documentaries, short films and tourism commercials. 
Netherlands Government Board of Tourism and Conventions will host a seminar for visitors to the country on ‘Beyond the Tulips’ that educates audiences on what else there is to experience visiting the country outside of its iconic Tulips, and discusses the future tourism strategy of the Netherlands.
During the presentation, travel professionals can discover the diversity of travel experiences found in the Netherlands with information geared to imbue marketing knowledge on successfully selling the destination in global markets.
A special seminar from the Uganda Tourism Board will introduce travel professionals to the newest up and coming travel destination that is heating up the world. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to win a $700 value Gorilla Tracking Permit as well as register for a 10-day hosted educational visit to the country operated by Venture Uganda. 
Travel professionals can learn about Belize of Central America and the Caribbean, with a tourism seminar delivered by the Belize Tourism Board, the statement said.
Travel professionals may also find out about familiarisation programmes for the trade to Africa, South America and Asia by attending the event.
There is no cost for travel professionals to attend tourism deminars.  To receive a free travel trade tourism seminar pass, travel professionals are requested to email [email protected]
A special seminar on sustainable tourism with focus on indigenous relations and tourism delivered by Maithri Panagoda recipient of the Order of Australia for his work with Aboriginal communities is integrated as part of this year’s programme.      
Film industry workshops are delivered by highly established Hollywood professionals with credits that include television and film, as well as critically acclaimed mufti-award winning Indian Filmmaker, Arunaraje Patil.  
GTFF 2021 will host the world premiere of ‘Growth’ a documentary by Iranian Film Director Vahid Alvandifar, which traces the history of coffee from its roots in Ethiopia, to the busting cafes and restaurants in today’s world that are synonymous with worldwide tourism.   
GTFF 2021 will close with ‘A Spirited Journey’, a heart lifting travel feature by multi-award winning UK filmmaker and director Zara Janjua that follows a group of global philanthropists and business leaders in Nepal, capturing the precious and transformative experiences of the travelers and staff members. 
The eminent international festival jury is led by Diane McGraw, one of USA’s leading film and tourism professionals, former Executive Director of Travel, Tourism and Film for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and past CEO of various entertainment commissions including Los Angeles, Orlando, Louisville and Philadelphia. She has also been instrumental in work with the AFI Awards and Grammy Awards.        
The 2021 GTFF Global Cine Award is sponsored by Canadian Kiara Jewels. Top award winners would also receive a resort stay to ultra-luxury Maldives sponsored by Dhigufaru Resort. Nestled on the protected biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll, Maldives, Dhigufaru Island is the epitome of what one would imagine as an exotic getaway, it said. – TradeArabia News Service


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