NEWS

A far-reaching tourism concept: Focus on ecological and social responsibility at ITB Berlin

A far-reaching tourism concept: Focus on ecological and social responsibility at ITB Berlin

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Key topics: Overtourism, integrating refugees and the financial viability of social tourism projects – Opening event will leave a zero carbon footprint for the first time

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Hotelbeds Group announces car rental partnership with loveholidays

Hotelbeds Group announces car rental partnership with loveholidays

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Group´s B2B car rental distribution company CARNECT offers over 500 car hire companies covering 170 countries

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The Royal Suite Reinvented: Copenhagen Marriott’s renewed hotel suite oozes international extravagance and aesthetic Danish functionality combined

The Royal Suite Reinvented: Copenhagen Marriott’s renewed hotel suite oozes international extravagance and aesthetic Danish functionality combined

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The Copenhagen Marriott Hotel – the largest 5-star hotel in Denmark – kicks off 2018 in style with the re-opening of its first class suite, The Royal Suite, and introducing a brave fusion of international luxury and aesthetic functionality, local style.

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VisitBritain launches new global campaign to boost inbound tourism

VisitBritain launches new global campaign to boost inbound tourism

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National tourism agency VisitBritain is this week launching a new global campaign for 2018 to boost inbound tourism to Britain.

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On the road with young people: Youth Travel at ITB Berlin

On the road with young people: Youth Travel at ITB Berlin

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Once again, Hall 4.1 is the place to head for Youth Travel & Economy Accommodation – Focus on digitalisation and youth travel certification – Rockin’ All over the World Festival on the open days for the public

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Growth and change: The shifting luxury travel market

Growth and change: The shifting luxury travel market

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Focus on the high-end market at ITB Berlin 2018 – New: Loop Lounge @ ITB and the ITB Luxury Late Night – Luxury travel topics at the ITB Berlin Convention

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EVENTS AND MEETINGS

One brand new building, 900 guests and one very large house-warming party

One brand new building, 900 guests and one very large house-warming party

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L’Oréal Germany opens new HQ in Dusseldorf with spectacular XXL house-warming experience.

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IMEX and Events Industry Council encourage Innovation in Sustainability

IMEX and Events Industry Council encourage Innovation in Sustainability

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The IMEX Group is again demonstrating its commitment to encouraging best practice in sustainability within the meetings industry worldwide. It is joining with the Event Industry Council (EIC) in promoting the IMEX- EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award.

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Grand Finale at ITB Berlin 2018

Grand Finale at ITB Berlin 2018

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Nordic music and exotic dance performances await visitors to the Grand Finale of the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show® – admission is free for holders of a visitor’s ticket on the Sunday of ITB

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Eventex Awards 2018 – finalists announced

Eventex Awards 2018 – finalists announced

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The best events from around the world competing for the prestigious Eventex trophies in 26 categories

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MilanoCard and AIM Group International strengthen their partnership  to encourage congresses’ participants to extend their stays and discover Milan

MilanoCard and AIM Group International strengthen their partnership  to encourage congresses’ participants to extend their stays and discover Milan

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A new app gives access to free, discounted and exclusive services.

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The IMEX Group and EventMB announce new partnership

The IMEX Group and EventMB announce new partnership

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The IMEX Group and EventMB announce new partnership – industry research, case studies and exhibitor storytelling define ‘unprecedented journey’

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TECH

AIM Group International certified as Ethical Trusted Partner by MedTech Europe

AIM Group International certified as Ethical Trusted Partner by MedTech Europe

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The certification identifies PCOs with a demonstrated know-how and expertise in Ethical Business Practice.

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Hotelbeds Group integrates CityPASS into its Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) 

Hotelbeds Group integrates CityPASS into its Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) 

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Integration adds 78 more attractions to TAB across 12 North American markets including New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and more. Barcoded vouchers provide protection against fraud to increase profits.

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Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities website isango! confirms growth success story 

Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities website isango! confirms growth success story 

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Sales increase of 87% over last four years Over 7,500 experiences and activities in more than 300 destinations are now connected to the isango! platform Significant expansion of in-destination bookings, with 215% bookings increase during last year Palma, 24 of November 2017. Hotelbeds Group, the business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry globally, has announced […]

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How to connect with affluent millennials

How to connect with affluent millennials

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If you think you know how Millennials think, you can think again, as a session at WTM London 2017, the leading global event for the travel industry, will unveil some surprising BBC research about the generation.

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New tool for tour ops

New tool for tour ops

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Tour operators wanting to engage with clients during and after their trip will find a visit to the stand of Open Destinations beneficial.

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Roiback improves its booking engine achieving a 10% improvement in the average conversion rate 

Roiback improves its booking engine achieving a 10% improvement in the average conversion rate 

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After a thorough process of testing, Backhotel 4.5 adds new features and improvements in terms of design and usability for hotels to increase its conversion and maximize its direct sales channel.  With a portfolio of over 1,500 hotels in 29 different countries, Roiback positions itself as a leader in powering direct sales for hotels. 

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CONFERENCES

2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture 

2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture 

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Tourism and Culture to work together for the SDGS Over 800 participants from 70 countries gathered in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman on 11-12 December 2017 for the Conference, an official event in the calendar of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The Conference held under the patronage of […]

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European Geoscientists remain loyal to Vienna

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Although its existing five-year contract is yet to expire, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) has already confirmed its commitment to Vienna and the Austria Center Vienna for the years 2020-2024. 

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Estonia Picked To Host JCI World, Country’s Largest-Ever Conference

Estonia Picked To Host JCI World, Country’s Largest-Ever Conference

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 Junior Chamber International (JCI) has selected the Estonian capital, Tallinn, as the host site for the group’s 2019 World Congress. With more than 5,000 delegates expected, the event will easily set a new record as the largest conference the nation has ever hosted.

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Prague Welcomed a Record Number of Experts from the Meeting Industry

Prague Welcomed a Record Number of Experts from the Meeting Industry

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Prague:  A total of 1,264 meeting industry experts from 79 countries met in Prague at the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association – ICCA, from 12 to 15 November. The event was organized by the Prague Convention Bureau with the support of more than 40 local partners. The aim of the congress […]

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Athens selected as the venue for the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2018

Athens selected as the venue for the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2018

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Conference in Athens in May 2018 will bring together key opinion leaders and senior executives to debate the challenges faced by the developing medical tourism sector

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Argentina hosts the 2nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism

Argentina hosts the 2nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism

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To highlight the relevance of wine and gastronomy as key components of tourism development, the 22nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism was held in Mendoza, Argentina on 29-30 September. The Conference was co-organized by UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina, in collaboration with the Region of Mendoza and the Chamber of Tourism of […]

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TRENDS

World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: International travel industry needs new strategies to manage ‘overtourism’

World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: International travel industry needs new strategies to manage ‘overtourism’

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Mass tourism hits quality of visitor experiences – Not only cities overcrowded – New solutions needed to manage global tourism growth – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes World Travel Monitor® Forum results

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Bedsonline publishes highlights for fiscal year ´16/´17

Bedsonline publishes highlights for fiscal year ´16/´17

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–  Spain remains as the main source market for Bedsonline globally –  Bedsonline consolidates in North America, registering 51% growth in Canada and 30% in the United States – Spain is the preferred destination for British bookings made via the Bedsonline platform

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Hotelbeds Group announces Turkey recovery during current financial year

Hotelbeds Group announces Turkey recovery during current financial year

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Turkey rises in rankings from 11th to 9th most booked destination for the Group in EMEA region – with 40% increase in sales. The UK, German and Saudi Arabian markets are the three biggest sources of reservations made via the Group´s platform for the country. Group responds to increased demand by adding Turkish hotels to its inventory. […]

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25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Steady growth for Asian outbound travel in 2017

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5 percent growth in Asian outbound trips – More beach holidays and city trips – Recovery in travel to Europe – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from IPK’s World Travel Monitor®

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

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Greece 21.8% ahead, Indonesia 17.4% ahead, Russia 16.7% ahead and Portugal 14.8% ahead

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Mapped: The World’s Dependency on the Travel Industry

Mapped: The World’s Dependency on the Travel Industry

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Globalization and the growing trend of traveling have increased the number of people traveling to foreign countries each year. This growing trend has brought with it increased GDP growth due to tourism spending. While some countries receive more visitors than others, not all countries rely on their tourism industries to the same extent. Take a […]

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DESTINATIONS

ECB Celebrates 10th Anniversary

ECB Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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The Estonian Convention Bureau celebrated the success of its first decade of operation on Wednesday with a festive gathering of members and partners.

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Christmas & New Year in Athens!

Christmas & New Year in Athens!

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The City of Athens welcomes Christmas and 2016 with a rich program of events which start from first days of December.

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Ανοίγει η αυλαία του “Santorini Experience”

Ανοίγει η αυλαία του “Santorini Experience”

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Η καρδιά του αθλητικού τουρισμού χτυπάει στις Κυκλάδες  Στην τελική της ευθεία μπαίνει η κορυφαία διοργάνωση αθλητικού τουρισμού “Santorini Experience”, καθώς απομένουν λίγες μόνο ημέρες για να ανοίξει η αυλαία της. Στο διάστημα από 6 έως 8 Οκτωβρίου 2017, θα πραγματοποιηθούν για 3η συνεχόμενη χρονιά στο μαγευτικό νησί των Κυκλάδων, αγώνες τρεξίματος και κολύμβησης. To […]

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15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – “YPERIA 2017”

15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – “YPERIA 2017”

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The Cultural Association of Tholaria – Amorgos and Aegialis Hotel & Spa are pleased to invite you to the 15th Amorgos Convention of Culture & Tourism – “YPERIA 2017” and 8th Amorgos Film Festival which will be held on the Greek island of Amorgos from the 25th to the 30th of October 2017. 

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Greece A La Carte 2017, by Cosmorama

Greece A La Carte 2017, by Cosmorama

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I Visit Greece …is a brand name incorporated by COSMORAMA to operate it’s incoming sector as it perfectly matches with the essential features of this activity. COSMORAMA is a well established Tour Operator based in downtown Athens, Greece that operates Outbound tours for Groups, FIT’s & Corporate clients for both Leisure and/or Business in all […]

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Mazi Travel & Events – City Breaks and Holidays

Mazi Travel & Events – City Breaks and Holidays

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Μazi Τravel & Εvents is a receptive agency, specializing in Greece and Cyprus. Inviting and rich experience of 27 years, combined with a perfect knowledge of the tastes and specifics of customers, allow Mazi Travel & Events to consider themselves an essential travel partner to Greece. Mazi have learned to respect the traveler, consider traveling with another look, and continually improve all destinations following the current […]

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Η Qatar Airways ξεκινά απευθείας πτήσεις για τη Μύκονο

Η Qatar Airways ξεκινά απευθείας πτήσεις για τη Μύκονο

| February 12, 2018
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Η εποχική γραμμή θα ξεκινήσει στις 30 Μαΐου Η βραβευμένη αεροπορική εταιρεία ξεκινά επίσης απευθείας πτήσεις για Θεσσαλονίκη στις 27 Μαρτίου

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Εντυπωσίασε το Creta Maris Beach Resort στην έκθεση Brussels Holiday Fair

Εντυπωσίασε το Creta Maris Beach Resort στην έκθεση Brussels Holiday Fair

| February 7, 2018
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Τις καλύτερες εντυπώσεις άφησε το Creta Maris Beach Resort στην έκθεση «Brussels Holiday Fair», με τη συμμετοχή του σε ένα διήμερο αφιερωμένο στη γαστρονομία της Κρήτης, που διεξήχθη 2 & 3 Φεβρουαρίου, στις Βρυξέλλες, παρουσία της Υπουργού Τουρισμού, Έλενας Κουντουρά.

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O Ιατρικός Σύλλογος Θεσσαλονίκης Γιόρτασε τα 10 χρόνια λειτουργίας της Χορωδίας του

O Ιατρικός Σύλλογος Θεσσαλονίκης Γιόρτασε τα 10 χρόνια λειτουργίας της Χορωδίας του

| February 7, 2018
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Με την παρουσία 600 και πλέον ατόμων όλων των ηλικιών πραγματοποιήθηκε την Κυριακή 4 Φεβρουαρίου η Επετειακή Εκδήλωση για τα 10 χρόνια της χορωδίας του Ιατρικού Συλλόγου Θεσσαλονίκης, στο Ραδιο Σίτυ, στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Πλήθος κόσμου, παιδιά και μεγάλοι, συμμετείχαν στην μεγάλη γιορτή που συμπεριλάμβανε θέατρο, μουσική και πολλές εκπλήξεις!

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Spaniards increase early booking rate for summer holidays by 30%

Spaniards increase early booking rate for summer holidays by 30%

| February 1, 2018
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  The Spanish source market, which traditionally has a high rate of last-minute bookings, is experiencing a significant change in trend this year according to Bedsonline booking data. Top summer destinations are New York, Riviera Maya, San Francisco, Majorca and Orlando. Bookings made a year in advance have seen the highest increase.

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Η Amadeus καταλαμβάνει τη 16η θέση, ανάμεσα στις πιο βιώσιμες εταιρείες στον κόσμο

| February 1, 2018
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Αθήνα, 01 Φεβρουαρίου 2018 – Η Amadeus ανακοινώνει τη διάκρισή της στους Corporate Knights’ 2018, καθώς η εταιρεία βρέθηκε ανάμεσα στις 100 Περισσότερο Βιώσιμες Εταιρείες στον Κόσμο. Μόλις το 2% των εταιρειών σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο αναγνωρίζονται για τη απόδοση βιωσιμότητας στον κατάλογο Global 100. Αποτελεί μια σημαντική διάκριση για την Amadeus, μέσα από την οποία η εταιρεία ενθαρρύνεται […]

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Παγκόσμια Πρωτιά για τα Ikos Resorts: “Top All Inclusive Resorts’’ brand για το 2018

Παγκόσμια Πρωτιά για τα Ikos Resorts: “Top All Inclusive Resorts’’ brand για το 2018

| January 26, 2018
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Την 1η και την 3η θέση στην κατηγορία «Top All-Inclusive Resorts» στον κόσμο κατέκτησαν τα Ikos Olivia & Ikos Oceania στα φετινά Travelers’ Choice™ Awards του TripAdvisor, της μεγαλύτερης ταξιδιωτικής πλατφόρμας στο χώρο του παγκόσμιου τουρισμού. Στα μόλις 3 χρόνια της λειτουργίας τους, τα δύο ελληνικά resort όχι μόνο βρέθηκαν στην κορυφή της κατηγορίας τους […]

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FITUR welcomes 251 thousand participants, the highest number in the event’s history

FITUR welcomes 251 thousand participants, the highest number in the event’s history

| January 26, 2018
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Records were also broken for trade attendance, with 140,120 representatives from all over the world, company participation, with more than 10,000 companies from 165 countries, and exhibition space, with 65,000 m2  The Trade Fair’s largest growth was seen in international participation (54% of the total), an increase of 13%, led by Africa (21%), Asia Pacific […]

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ITB Career Center: The ideal marketplace for tomorrow’s tourism professionals

ITB Career Center: The ideal marketplace for tomorrow’s tourism professionals

| January 26, 2018
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ITB Career Center features wide-ranging information on university courses, starting a career and advanced training – The German Federal Employment Agency is the exclusive partner again – The ITB Berlin Convention features the Young Professionals Day and a new event: the Company Slam

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Η Χαλκιδική προωθεί τις οικογενειακές διακοπές στη Ρώσικη αγορά

| January 24, 2018
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Με ένα διαφορετικό τρόπο προβάλλεται φέτος η Χαλκιδική στη Ρώσικη αγορά, στοχεύοντας να προσελκύσει μεγαλύτερο μερίδιο Ρώσων τουριστών που επιλέγουν οικογενειακές διακοπές.

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ITB MICE Forum: where convention and event industry experts exchange knowledge

ITB MICE Forum: where convention and event industry experts exchange knowledge

| January 22, 2018
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The leading industry association VDVO is the official partner of the MICE event – a wide-range programme of lectures – MICE Hub and MICE Night networking events

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Hotelbeds Group confirms new Bedbank structure 

Hotelbeds Group confirms new Bedbank structure 

| January 19, 2018
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New structure for Bedbank following integrations of Tourico Holidays and GTA Roles taken by existing senior management from all three companies plus external hire Department leaders will be members of Executive Committee

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