4 OCTOBER 2021
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A welcome by Martha Sheridan, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
As the IATA’s Annual General Meeting & World Air Transport Summit comes to Boston for the first time, we are grateful that the world’s pre-eminent aviation leaders will have an opportunity to experience our beautiful, world-class city.
As we anticipate that new, international travel polices will restore more normal air travel after a year-and-a-half of anything but normal circumstances, we hope that this is the first of many fantastic meetings and events in Boston – especially with our proximity as the closest major US city to Europe. All the non-stop international flights we had to Boston prior to the pandemic are returning and we know so many travellers are eager to begin creating new experiences.
Several additional domestic routes are being added this fall to and from Logan International Airport, with more expected in 2022. Many of these new routes come from JetBlue Airways’ strategic partnership with American Airlines Group Inc that launched in 2020, including jetBlue’s first routes to Canada. We are so pleased that IATA’s host airline for this event is jetBlue as they are also an excellent partner of ours at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB.)
We are excited for what all of this means for our members and partners in the hospitality and tourism industry, many of Boston’s top hotels, restaurants and historical and cultural attractions. IATA is joining us at one of the most spectacular times of the year in Greater Boston. We invite both first-time visitors and lifelong residents to fall for Boston like never before with a marathon of events on tap.
The 'Fall for Boston – Like Never Before' campaign is in full swing and visitors are encouraged to share their experiences on social media with #VisitBoston and #BostonUSA. We have the return of the Boston Marathon, college life in full swing, apple-picking, pumpkins, Oktoberfest celebrations at local breweries, and home games at Boston’s beloved sporting venues. The Boston Marathon, which traditionally occurs each Patriots’ Day but could not take place in 2020 or spring 2021, will take to the streets on 11 October. This is the first time ever that the marathon will happen in the fall! Later this October, we also have the Head of the Charles Regatta, the most famous two-day regatta on the planet that features student athletes from across the globe on 22 October through 24. We also have farmers markets, local artisan fairs, food truck festivals and more.
We hope IATA attendees have an opportunity to explore not just Boston, but all of its neighborhoods. Each Boston neighborhood tells its own story, a tale of community, culture, and eclectic commercial areas. These neighborhoods collectively create an authentic Boston experience, and we encourage visitors to see where real Bostonians live, work and play.
Like the IATA, we hope Boston is on “a flightpath to a brighter future.”
We wish IATA all the best for a successful annual meeting and for a coming year that comes with an increase in what we all want to see: rising vaccinations, more border re-openings, bigger and better events, and more travel. The GBCVB is here for any questions you may have during your stay in Boston; we’re always happy to make recommendations and we hope to see you again in the near future! Thank you for your support of our historical and memorable city.
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