NEWS

Trade surges at Britain’s biggest port

Trade surges at Britain’s biggest port

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Welcoming a record 5.5 million passengers in January, Heathrow marked the airport’s best ever start of the year (+1% on January 2015). Larger, fuller, quieter aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes There was strong passenger growth from emerging markets, including to Mexico which was up 21%, China 16%, Turkey 5.3% […]

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Top 10 Romantic Things to do When on Holiday

Top 10 Romantic Things to do When on Holiday

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Dining in a restaurant is the most popular romantic thing to do on holiday, latest research reveals

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International Tourist Arrivals to Europe Increased by 5% in 2015

International Tourist Arrivals to Europe Increased by 5% in 2015

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According to latest European Travel Commission‘s “European Tourism 2015 – Trends & Prospects“, 2015 marked the 6th consecutive year of above-average growth for the most visited region in the world. This positive performance is attributed to the on-going economic recovery of the Eurozone, the decrease in oil prices and favourable exchange rates that make the […]

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FITUR reaches a record high with 232,000 visitors and revitalises the sector by multiplying contacts and business

FITUR reaches a record high with 232,000 visitors and revitalises the sector by multiplying contacts and business

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  The Trade Show also registers a record in business participation, with 9,605 businesses, 3.4% more; and raises the economic impact on Madrid to 210 million euros Destinations from all over the world, tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, transport companies, service and technology businesses generated intense trading activity at the Show

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Demand for Air Travel in 2015 Surges to Strongest Result in Five Years

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​Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2015 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.5% for the full year compared to 2014.

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Lufthansa and Fraport launch joint digital shopping experience for travelers at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa and Fraport launch joint digital shopping experience for travelers at Frankfurt Airport

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Expanded online shopping and ordering options at airport lounges and in-flight

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EVENTS AND MEETINGS

ABTA launches Travel Matters 2016 conference

ABTA launches Travel Matters 2016 conference

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ABTA’s annual Westminster conference – Travel Matters – will take place on 22 June 2016. With the theme ‘Confidence in a changing world’, the half day event will bring together industry heavyweights and key speakers from Government to discuss the geopolitical landscape and how the travel industry is responding.  

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Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron to Speak at Tauck’s Kentucky Derby Event

Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron to Speak at Tauck’s Kentucky Derby Event

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  142nd Running of the Kentucky Derby and Special Presentation by McCarron Highlight Tauck’s Exclusive Five-Day Event in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Country 

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Kent Event Centre hosts first music festival for 4,000 people 

Kent Event Centre hosts first music festival for 4,000 people 

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11th February 2016  Kent Event Centre hosted 4,000 people on Saturday 6th February for the first ever music festival to take place at the venue, the Winter Social Festival.

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EMEC 2016 Generates Significant Attendance, Social Media Numbers

EMEC 2016 Generates Significant Attendance, Social Media Numbers

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More than 400 delegates registered to attend MPI’s European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which ended Tuesday in Copenhagen, a 27 percent increase from the 2015 event.

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MPI Announces Host City for 2017 European Meetings and Events Conference

MPI Announces Host City for 2017 European Meetings and Events Conference

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  Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Granada, Spain, as the destination for its 2017 European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC). The association revealed its plans earlier during the closing of EMEC 2016 in Copenhagen.

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Valuable solutions to key question ‘How to Remain Relevant’ to be revealed at IMEX Association Day

Valuable solutions to key question ‘How to Remain Relevant’ to be revealed at IMEX Association Day

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Association executives from 40 countries will be discovering and developing solutions to the vital industry question – ‘how to keep your association relevant’ – to potential and existing members at this year’s IMEX Association Day. This unique annual event is taking place on Monday 18 April 2016 at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel.

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TECH

Robots and innovations are changing the hotel industry – ITB Hospitality Day

Robots and innovations are changing the hotel industry – ITB Hospitality Day

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The first hotel robot visits ITB Berlin – other hotel conference topics: digital natives, China’s hotel industry goes “totally digital“, competition among OTAs and loyalty programmes

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easyJet reveals concept designs for hybrid plane

easyJet reveals concept designs for hybrid plane

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Airline aims to trial technology in 2016 As part of its strategy of reducing its passengers’ carbon footprint easyJet has unveiled plans for a revolutionary zero emissions hydrogen fuel system for its aircraft which could save around 50,000 tonnes of fuel and the associated CO2 emissions per year.

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ITB MICE Day: face-to-face vs. digital

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Experts examine whether new technology poses a threat to face-to-face meetings at events – admission is free for trade visitors and members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE – the low-cost special travel package for visitors to the ITB Business Travel Days includes an overnight, concert ticket and unlimited admission to ITB Berlin

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ITB Berlin Convention: Travel 4.0 – the digital revolution

ITB Berlin Convention: Travel 4.0 – the digital revolution

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Robot services, emotions at the touch of a button: digitalization in the travel industry is the main topic of the global travel industry’s leading think tank on every day of the show – admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin

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trivago Unveils Plans for New Global ‘Campus’

trivago Unveils Plans for New Global ‘Campus’

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trivago‘s current headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany are getting a bit tight. With 222% growth since 2012, the multinational team of 950needs room to grow, which is why trivago has commissioned a new state-of-the-art campus it plans to relocate to in 2018.  

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Air France tests Wi-Fi on short and medium-haul flights

Air France tests Wi-Fi on short and medium-haul flights

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Since 12 January, Air France has been offering a special internet connection offer with Wi-Fi entertainment content on a test basis for three months, in partnership with Orange.

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CONFERENCES

ICS – International Conference Services is opening its 3rd Danish office in Odense, Denmark.

ICS – International Conference Services is opening its 3rd Danish office in Odense, Denmark.

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  ICS, Denmark has through the last 5 years been working hard to get more Conferences and Meetings in the Southern Part of Denmark. This part of Denmark is renowned for charming cities, high educational level, beautiful scenery and excellent local produce.

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Eventprofs eager to get educated in Copenhagen

Eventprofs eager to get educated in Copenhagen

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In less than two weeks, MPI’s sought after educational conference EMEC unfolds Meetovation style in Copenhagen. When attending, remember to bring an extra pair of gloves and socks…

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“The best AC Forum I have ever attended”

“The best AC Forum I have ever attended”

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Decision-makers working with the world’s largest medical and clean-tech congresses recently gathered in Copenhagen for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association and Conference Forum. As part of their program, the delegates were introduced to what the Danish capital has to offer as a congress destination. Former AC Forum President, Daniel Waigl, dubbed the forum […]

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Capturing Business is the theme of APECATE’S 4TH Congress

Capturing Business is the theme of APECATE’S 4TH Congress

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Lisbon, January 25, 2016 Registrations for the 4th APECATE Congress taking place at the recently opened Montebelo Vista Alegre Hotel in Ílhavo on January 29th and 30th are still open.

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World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse

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The World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse is a highlight of the brazilian tourism industry’s major award

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Record-breaking number of powerful decision-makers headed towards Copenhagen

Record-breaking number of powerful decision-makers headed towards Copenhagen

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Tomorrow, decision-makers working with the world’s largest medical and clean-tech congresses arrive in Copenhagen. A total of 86 executives – a record high number – will gather at the AC Forum, the Annual Meeting of the Association and Conference Forum.

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TRENDS

GBTA Polls Show Increased Business Travel Resiliency Following Paris Attacks

GBTA Polls Show Increased Business Travel Resiliency Following Paris Attacks

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Alexandria, VA – More than 90 percent of U.S. and European business travel buyers now report that their company’s travel to and within Europe has remained largely unaffected by the Paris terrorist attacks, according to two new polls conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and its European partner associations. 

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Sojern’s Q4 Global Travel Insights Report: Brazil Is a Rising Destination in 2016 with US and European Travelers  

Sojern’s Q4 Global Travel Insights Report: Brazil Is a Rising Destination in 2016 with US and European Travelers  

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Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Sydney and Reykjavik all gain popularity with US travelers this year, while US cities remain top long-haul destinations for Europeans

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Jobs in tourism up 12% in last five years, more than twice as much as other sectors

Jobs in tourism up 12% in last five years, more than twice as much as other sectors

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Latest figures out today show that jobs in tourism in the UK have grown more than twice as much as other sectors of the economy in the five years to 2014.

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ABTA advises holidaymakers to book early after surge in summer bookings

ABTA advises holidaymakers to book early after surge in summer bookings

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Spain and Portugal lead the way with North Africa losing out ABTA – The Travel Association is advising holidaymakers to book their summer holidays early this year after new figures show a 6% year on year increase in bookings for overseas summer holidays with substantial increases for Spain (27%) and Portugal (32%), with Cyprus (14%) […]

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Business Travel in Europe Grows at a Higher Rate than Expected in 2015

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Growth in business travel budgets was twice as strong as expected heading into 2015. Companies’ international development plans stand out as a major growth driver.

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MEA results for year-end, December

MEA results for year-end, December

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Compared with 2014, the Middle East subcontinent reported a 2% decrease in occupancy to 67.4%. ADR for the year was down 2.6% to $192.82 and RevPAR dropped 4.6% to $129.98. 

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GREECE HEADLINES

Ο κόσμος του αργεντίνικου tango στο αεροδρόμιο της Αθήνας!

Ο κόσμος του αργεντίνικου tango στο αεροδρόμιο της Αθήνας!

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Την Κυριακή, 14 Φεβρουαρίου, στο πνεύμα της ημέρας, έξι ζευγάρια χορευτών της ομάδας «TANGart, reflections of tango» θα παρασύρουν με φιγούρες και…

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Στρατηγική συνεργασία μεταξύ LoveGreece.com και 100mentors για το πρόγραμμα #GReducation

Στρατηγική συνεργασία μεταξύ LoveGreece.com και 100mentors για το πρόγραμμα #GReducation

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Το LoveGreece.com (www.LoveGreece.com) και οι 100mentors (www.100mentors.com) ξεκινούν μία στρατηγική συνεργασία, με στόχο να φέρουν σε επικοινωνία μαθητές και φοιτητές από όλη την Ελλάδα με τους επαγγελματίες και δημιουργούς που ανήκουν στην κοινότητά τους, μέσα από το #GReducation!

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Νέο αεροσκάφος τύπου Airbus 319 στον στόλο της Ellinair!

Νέο αεροσκάφος τύπου Airbus 319 στον στόλο της Ellinair!

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Το νέο Airbus του στόλου της υποδέχθηκε το απόγευμα της Τρίτης, 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2016, στη βάση της, τον Διεθνή Αερολιμένα Θεσσαλονίκης «Μακεδονία», η αεροπορική εταιρεία Ellinair, του Ομίλου Μουζενίδη.

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H Κέρκυρα σε δημοφιλή διαγωνισμό της γερμανικής εφημερίδας Münchner Merkur

H Κέρκυρα σε δημοφιλή διαγωνισμό της γερμανικής εφημερίδας Münchner Merkur

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 Πενθήμερη διαμονή στην Κέρκυρα συμπεριλαμβανομένων των αεροπορικών δαπανών, θα είναι ένα από τα έπαθλα του διαγωνισμού με τίτλο «ο αθλητής της χρονιάς» που πραγματοποιεί η έγκριτη γερμανική εφημερίδα Münchner Merkur.

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Εκδήλωση προώθησης οινικού τουριστικού πακέτου στις Βρυξέλλες από τον Προαθωνικό Οργανισμό Τουρισμού

Εκδήλωση προώθησης οινικού τουριστικού πακέτου στις Βρυξέλλες από τον Προαθωνικό Οργανισμό Τουρισμού

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Εντάσσεται στο σχεδιασμό προώθησης ειδικών δραστηριοτήτων που πραγματοποιούνται για τη συμπλήρωση 1.000 ετών από τη ρωσική παρουσία στο Άγιον Όρος 

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Ψηφίστε την Αθήνα ως “EUROPEAN BEST DESTINATIONS 2016

Ψηφίστε την Αθήνα ως “EUROPEAN BEST DESTINATIONS 2016

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Η Αθήνα έχει επιλεγεί να συµµετάσχει για 2η συνεχή χρονιά στον διαγωνισµό “EUROPEAN BEST DESTINATIONS 2016”. Είκοσι πόλεις/προορισµοί συναγωνίζονται για το ποια θα κερδίσει αυτόν τον τιµητικό τίτλο. Πέρυσι η Αθήνα κατέλαβε την 3η θέση.

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More News

10 years of extravagant marriage proposals in Paris

10 years of extravagant marriage proposals in Paris

| February 10, 2016
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Nicolas Garreau, a 37-year-old French entrepreneur, decided that making women cry would be his unusual job. Since 2006, he puts his imagination and his romance skills at the service of tourists who want to surprise their loved one in Paris.

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts to Expand Presence in Portugal with Signing of Sheraton Cascais Resort

| February 10, 2016
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LISBON, Portugal–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will bring its iconic Sheraton brand to the upmarket resort town of Cascais in Portugal with the signing of the Sheraton Cascais Resort. Owned and managed by United Investments Portugal (UIP), the property will join the Sheraton brand on February 24th, […]

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TUI bundles on-board and pre-order retail services

| February 10, 2016
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Inflight retail consolidated across all five TUI tour operator airlines with one sole supplier Passengers benefit from consistent inflight retail experience, broader product range of food and beverages and duty free items Duty Free pre-order allows customers to pre-order duty free items from the comfort of their own home prior to departure Acceleration of ‘OneAviation’ […]

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TUI Group delivers good start to financial year 2015/16- Fritz Joussen becomes sole Group CEO

TUI Group delivers good start to financial year 2015/16- Fritz Joussen becomes sole Group CEO

| February 10, 2016
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Hanover, February 09, 2016 Underlying EBITA up by 7.2 per cent1 in Q1 2015/16 Turnover up by 5.4 per cent in first quarter Earnings guidance for full year reiterated: At least 10 per cent1 growth in underlying EBITA Northern Region, RIU and TUI Cruises deliver particularly strong operating performance 10 million euros of further merger-related […]

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UK travellers’ favourite cruise ships named in 2016 UK Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

UK travellers’ favourite cruise ships named in 2016 UK Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

| February 10, 2016
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World’s largest cruise review site announces the highest ranked ships of the year, based on passenger feedback 

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British Airways launches flights from Stansted

British Airways launches flights from Stansted

| February 9, 2016
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British Airways is to start flying from Stansted this summer adding a fourth London airport to its network. From May 28 the airline will launch flights to the popular holiday sunspots of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza.

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ACI Europe: Strong passenger traffic growth in 2015

ACI Europe: Strong passenger traffic growth in 2015

| February 9, 2016
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Brussels: European airport trade association, ACI EUROPE released its traffic report for 2015. This is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights to and from Europe: full service, low cost, charter and others.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson helps high growth firms set sights on international expansion

Mayor of London Boris Johnson helps high growth firms set sights on international expansion

| February 9, 2016
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson helps high growth firms set sights on international expansion More than 40 per cent of London-based SMEs aiming to trade internationally London exports worth £140bn to capital’s economy

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