Archive for August, 2010

Frost & Sullivan: Smart Transit Card Users Promote Smart Card Adoption for Multiple Applications

| August 31, 2010

LONDON, August 31, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The increasing popularity of travelling has encouraged the large community of travellers to embrace technologies – such as smart card technology – that will simplify their travel needs. This end-user readiness has resolved some of the industry’s inertia in deploying new services based on smart card technology. A promising […]

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CIBTM RESEARCH PREDICTS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH FOR CHINA MEETINGS INDUSTRY Sector benefiting from China becoming world’s second largest economy

| August 31, 2010
CIBTM RESEARCH PREDICTS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH FOR CHINA MEETINGS INDUSTRY  Sector benefiting from China becoming world’s second largest economy

The China Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition’s – CIBTM – Fourth China and Asia Meetings Industry Report 2010, presented today (Tuesday 31 August) has provided valuable insights into the developing meetings industry across China and Asia. At a time when China has taken the world’s second largest economy slot, the bespoke report predicts significant […]

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Superbreak Report Surge in Demand for Rail Theatre Break Packages

| August 31, 2010
Superbreak Report Surge in Demand for Rail Theatre Break Packages

YORK, England, August 31, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Superbreak, the theatre break specialist, has reported a sharp increase in the number of rail inclusive theatre breaks being booked, on the run up to the busiest theatre season of the year. The Yorkshire based tour operator has secured a number of budget and top price theatre tickets […]

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TURKEY’S RIVIERA TO HOST EUROPE’S INDUSTRY ‘NIGHT OF THE YEAR’

| August 31, 2010
TURKEY’S RIVIERA TO HOST EUROPE’S INDUSTRY ‘NIGHT OF THE YEAR’

The Rixos Premium Belek, Antalya on the Turkish Riviera has been chosen to host Europe’s most important travel and tourism awards. The continent’s leading travel companies, operators and destinations are battling it out to be crowned the best of them all. World Travel Awards, described by the International Herald Tribune as the ‘Oscars’ of the […]

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SITE YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY

| August 30, 2010
SITE YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY

The Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE) and Seville’sCongress and Convention Bureau(SCCB) host the Academy for Young SITE Leaders, October 2010. The city of Seville will be hosting theYoung SITE Leaders Academy between1-3 October 2010. The event isorganised by SITE SPAIN with thesupport of Seville’s Congress andConvention Bureau (SCCB). Themeeting will bring togetherprofessionals working […]

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SAVE MONEY ON TRAVEL CONVENTION FEES

| August 30, 2010

Today is the last chance for delegates to register for this year’s Travel Convention in Malta at the standard registration fee.  Costs for all categories of delegate will increase by £60 from Tuesday 31 August. Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive said “Registrations for the Travel Convention in Malta are set to match those for the […]

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HELP STOP EVEN HIGHER TAXES ON FLIGHTS TO THE CARIBBEAN

| August 30, 2010

With thousands of friends and relatives jetting over from the Caribbean to London to enjoy the Notting Hill carnival, Europe’s biggest and best, ABTA is calling on people to write to their MPs to stop the Government once again drastically increasing taxes on long haul flights later this year, following on from significant increases in […]

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Russia became a leader in tourist market of Thailand

| August 29, 2010
Russia became a leader in tourist market of Thailand

According to ATOR Analytical Service this season Russia has taken the 3rd place for the tourist flow to Thailand among the European countries. Such conclusion is based on the statistics of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of Thailand and also according to the data of TourIndex system, AllSpo.ru and TopHotels.ru. 20 thousand Russians visited […]

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Popular travel destinations are very unprofitable for the insurance companies

| August 29, 2010
Popular travel destinations are very unprofitable for the insurance companies

Egypt and Turkey became the leaders in number of insured events. Such conclusions can be made by ROSNO statistics of the first six months of 2010. According to ROSNO Insurance Company, Egypt (5052 cases), Turkey (3378 cases) and Thailand (455 cases) became the leaders in number if insured events. In addition, Spain and India were […]

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FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER EIBTM’S SEARCH FOR NEW TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS

| August 29, 2010
FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER EIBTM’S SEARCH FOR NEW TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS

Closing date for EIBTM WorldWide Technology Watch is Friday 3 September For any company yet to enter EIBTM’s WorldWide Technology Watch – open to any company who has developed new technology solutions for the meetings, events, incentive travel, conferences and exhibition industries – the closing date is next Friday, 3 September. Entries will be judged […]

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Athletes take centre stage at Closing Ceremony!

| August 29, 2010
Athletes take centre stage at Closing Ceremony!

Singapore 2010 may have come to a close tonight in the Marina Bay, but the 3600 athletes were right at the heart of the party. With an audience of 27,000 looking on, the athletes gathered on the floating stage to dance under the firework-lit sky as the Youth Olympic Flame burned for its final moments. […]

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London to Liverpool in 2 Hours (Yes, Really!)

| August 29, 2010
London to Liverpool in 2 Hours (Yes, Really!)

Did you know you can travel to Liverpool from central London in a little over 2 hours? Virgin Trains offer a direct hourly service aboard their innovative Pendolino trains, ensuring your delegates travel in comfort and arrive stress free. On board benefits include Wi-Fi, mobile signal boosters, handy power sockets and a Quiet Zone for […]

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Sporting Excellence

| August 29, 2010
Sporting Excellence

In the run up to 2012, many organisers are looking to add a timely sporting message to their events. As a destination with an outstanding sporting heritage, Liverpool City Region offers an unrivalled range of sports venues and activities to suit events of all sizes. There are two of the Premiership’s biggest football teams within […]

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Photographer to the Stars to Exhibit in Canary Wharf

| August 29, 2010
Photographer to the Stars to Exhibit in Canary Wharf

Photographic portraits of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Michael Sheen, Stereophonics, Duffy and many others are on display at Canary Wharf from 14 September. The Talking Pictures exhibition is captured by celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones, described as Britain’s answer to Annie Leibovitz. The portraits include audio recordings of the eminent performers, designers and writers describing the inspiration […]

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Crete (41.4%), Rhodes (19.1%), Chalkidiki (13.2%) the popular destinations. Greek market up 50%. Pegas Touristik (5%), Capital Tour (4.8%), TEZ TOUR (4.6%) the popular tour operators.

| August 27, 2010
Crete (41.4%), Rhodes (19.1%), Chalkidiki (13.2%) the popular destinations. Greek market up 50%. Pegas Touristik  (5%), Capital Tour (4.8%), TEZ TOUR (4.6%) the popular tour operators.

According to the statistics of Consulate General of Greece in Moscow, the number of issued visas for the Russians increased by more than 50% during the period from January to July 2010 in comparison with the same period of last year. Meanwhile, the number of visas issued in June 2010 increased by almost 64% in […]

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Co-op MD Mike Greenacre leads stellar line up of speakers at the UNWTO’s Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market

| August 26, 2010
Co-op MD Mike Greenacre leads stellar line up of speakers at the UNWTO’s Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market

Co-operative Travel Group Managing Director Mike Greenacre will lead a stellar line up of private sector speakers at the annual World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry. This year’s summit is poised to be the largest-ever with more than 150 ministers and senior aides […]

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British Airways Launches the Great Big Sale

| August 26, 2010
British Airways Launches the Great Big Sale

CRAWLEY, England, August 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — British Airways launches its great big sale with thousands of flights in all cabins and hundreds of holidays on offer. The twenty day sale offers discounted flights to over 100 destinations worldwide as well as 100’s of holidays for various travel departures from August 26, 2010 right through […]

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Book with British Airways for best chance of upgrade

| August 26, 2010
Book with British Airways for best chance of upgrade

Recent figures from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have shown that flying Business Class is on the increase. This could be bad news for the 36% of Skyscanner users surveyed who have been offered a free upgrade, a highly coveted perk only available when Business or First Class sections are undersold. So with more business […]

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59% of travellers want family-only section on flights

| August 26, 2010
59% of travellers want family-only section on flights

Following the recent furore over a woman who claimed a baby’s screaming made her ears bleed on a Qantas flight, a poll carried out by Skyscanner, has revealed that 59% of travellers would like a ‘families only’ section onboard flights. Non-parents particularly liked the idea, with 68% voting in favour, however less than a third […]

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International and Chinese industry players to ride on the next MICE wave at IT&CM China 2011

| August 26, 2010

Show receives strong support from both past and new exhibitors 25 August 2010, Shanghai – Early indications signal a healthy outlook for China’s 2011 MICE market. Chinese and International MICE suppliers confident of surging market demand have committed to exhibiting at IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China 2011, China’s leading international MICE trade event, […]

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‘Game On’ for Scotland’s First Venison Festival

| August 26, 2010
‘Game On’ for Scotland’s First Venison Festival

ABERDEEN, Scotland, August 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — This autumn lovers of game are in for the ultimate gastro treat at the Royal Deeside Larder Venison Festival. This new six-day celebration of venison takes place from 26th to 31st October 2010 across Royal Deeside including Balmoral Estate, Banchory, Ballater and Aboyne. A Venison Pie complete with […]

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Trip Advisor: Top 10 gorgeous hotel pools

| August 26, 2010
Trip Advisor: Top 10 gorgeous hotel pools

If you can’t stand the chic, stay out of the water. Members rave about these phenomenal pools. 1 Hotel Caruso Ravello Amalfi Coast, Italy A slice of heaven. The pool has a view that is priceless. 2 Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Nevada, USA The pool area is really terrific… water slide next to the shark […]

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IMEX survey reveals buyers opinions on social media, blogs and Smartphones

| August 25, 2010
IMEX survey reveals buyers opinions on social media, blogs and Smartphones

For the first time this year, IMEX in Frankfurt surveyed over 1,000 hosted buyers immediately after the show for their views on social media, industry blogs and Smartphone usage. The survey quizzed buyers on their use of social media, both as a professional meetings and event management tool and as a networking channel. 625 respondents […]

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Club Melbourne Ambassadors Program reaches five year milestone

| August 25, 2010
Club Melbourne Ambassadors Program reaches five year milestone

More than 200 guests gathered at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) for an exclusive dinner to mark the fifth anniversary of the Club Melbourne Ambassadors Program (CMAP) this week. Starting with just 20 members in 2005, CMAP is an initiative of the MCEC, the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau and the Victorian Government. […]

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Record numbers in Berlins convention industry

| August 25, 2010

Major increases in events and number of participants Berlin, 20 August 2010 Besides the tourism boom, Berlin is also successful as a convention destination. In the first half of 2010 the number of meetings and conventions increased by 4.7 percent to 53,250. 4.2 million convention participants attended these events. That is six percent more than […]

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Students dine at world’s best restaurant in Copenhagen

| August 25, 2010
Students dine at world’s best restaurant in Copenhagen

Students dining at Noma, the number one restaurant in the world! Hardly an everyday event, but during the food festival “Copenhagen Cooking” this is exactly what happens for a lucky group of students. For everyone else, 84 other unique gastronomic events awaits from 19 to 29 August in Copenhagen. Wild herbs, roots, berries and dried […]

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Fabio Sergio to Present Keynote Address at ACTE Berlin Conference about Design

| August 25, 2010

Alexandria, VA (23 August 2010) – Continuing its bold commitment to anticipating travelers’ future user experiences, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has engaged Fabio Sergio, Executive Creative Director at frog design, as a keynote presenter for its upcoming Global Education Conference, in Berlin, Germany, 3-5 October 2010. Sergio is a driving force in a […]

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SCB LOVES M.I.C.E INDUSTRY

| August 25, 2010
SCB LOVES M.I.C.E INDUSTRY

- An Appreciation Night for MICE Industry Member in Sarawak – The M.I.C.E Industry Appreciation Night organized by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) in early August at Sarawak River Cruise, Kuching, Sarawak was attended by industry members including hoteliers, Professional Conference Organizers, Convention Centre, Destination Management Companies, Government Agencies and Tourism Associations who have been […]

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International association meetings shrug off financial pressures: good attendance figures for 2010 and optimism for future growth

| August 25, 2010
International association meetings shrug off financial pressures: good attendance figures for 2010 and optimism for future growth

Results from a survey jointly carried out by ICCA and IMEX amongst the international association hosted buyers who attended the most recent IMEX in Frankfurt paint a very positive picture for this most resilient sector of the meetings industry. More than 100 executives (one third of Association Day attendees) responded to the survey, three-quarters of […]

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Frost & Sullivan: New Fleet That Adheres to Environmental Norms Drives Global Commercial Aircraft Programmes

| August 25, 2010

LONDON, August 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — From the aircraft integrator’s perspective, fuel-efficient and light aircraft that adhere to environmental norms and have low operational costs are the key market drivers for global commercial aircraft programmes. Airline operators have been under immense pressure to reduce operational costs and adhere to environmental norms, resulting in the systematic […]

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ACTE Names Aileen London Recipient of President’s Award

| August 25, 2010
ACTE Names Aileen London Recipient of President’s Award

Singapore (25 August 2010) – The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) today conferred its highest level of professional recognition — the President’s Award — on Aileen London, Senior Manager Global Meetings Asia Pacific, for Oracle Corporation. The presentation was made during a general session of the association’s 2010 Asia-Pacific Educational Conference being held this week […]

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Dusit International GREEN MEETINGS Initiative

| August 25, 2010
Dusit International GREEN MEETINGS Initiative

Dusit International has introduced “Green Credentials for Meeting Planners” which provides sustainable facilities and meeting package services to reduce the carbon footprint for their clients. The programme embraces a wide range of environmental initiatives to contribute to saving energy and natural resources: – Meeting room refreshment water is presented in pitchers with glasses and no […]

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Launch of the World’s First Portal for Meeting Apps

| August 24, 2010
Launch of the World’s First Portal for Meeting Apps

Vancouver, Canada and London, UK (August, 2010) – Invenia (www.inveniainc.com), in collaboration with the IMEX Group, is pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first portal for Meeting Apps – www.MeetingApps.com. MeetingApps.com is a new website designed to enable planners to quickly locate iPhone and iPad apps related to the meetings and events industry. […]

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IMEX America announces media partnership with Northstar

| August 24, 2010
IMEX America announces media partnership with Northstar

IMEX America has entered into a partnership agreement with Northstar Meetings Group that sees the publishing group become the new Las Vegas show’s Major Media Partner. IMEX America is set to launch at the Sands Expo at the Venetian/ Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, October 11 – 13 2011 and will offer the US meetings, events […]

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Jet Off-Ski To Chamberry With British Airways

| August 24, 2010
Jet Off-Ski To Chamberry With British Airways

British Airways is extending its route network from London City Airport this winter with a new route to Chambery, the gateway to the French Alps. The service, by BACityFlyer, the wholly subsidiary of British Airways, will operate four times a week from 18th December until the end of March 2011, using the airline’s fleet of […]

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Athletes’ Village to feature new green spaces

| August 24, 2010
Athletes’ Village to feature new green spaces

The first stage of landscaping work is already underway on the Athletes’ Village site where an extensive wetlands park is being created. The Village will include 2,000 new trees, parks, play areas and open spaces in addition to the new homes. The Athletes’ Village is located next to the Olympic Park and will accommodate the […]

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Airport Rail Link begins full commercial operations

| August 24, 2010
Airport Rail Link begins full commercial operations

The Airport Link connecting downtown Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi airport began its first day of commercial services on Monday, with trains now running from 6am to midnight. Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the Airport Link can carry up to 50,000 passengers a day, generating revenue of one million baht a day. “I believe this rail link […]

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EVENT SUPPORT SUPPLIERS CHOOSE EIBTM FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PUSH

| August 24, 2010
EVENT SUPPORT SUPPLIERS CHOOSE EIBTM FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PUSH

With event support suppliers playing an increasingly important role in the development and management of meetings, conferences, incentives and events, top suppliers have chosen EIBTM to showcase their services to the world’s top buyers and planners. Now in its fourth year, the Event Services Village @ EIBTM is an area devoted to the essential services […]

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World Travel Market launches Technology and Online Travel Theatre at WTM

| August 24, 2010
World Travel Market launches Technology and Online Travel Theatre at WTM

First Time a Conference Venue will be on the WTM Exhibition Floor World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, is expanding its technology seminar programme for 2010 with the introduction of a presentation theatre on the exhibition floor within the technology and online travel section. It’s the first time a conference […]

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Central Government Officially Sponsors Asia’s Largest Meetings and Incentives Exhibition – CIBTM

| August 24, 2010
Central Government Officially Sponsors Asia’s Largest Meetings and Incentives Exhibition – CIBTM

China’s Tourism Administration and Beijing Municipal Government driving the development of Beijing into International Meeting, Incentives Conference and Exhibition hub The China Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM), Asia’s largest business travel and meetings industry trade show, announced today the official support and co-hosting by the China National Tourism Administration and the Beijing Municipal […]

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