Archive for December, 2011

9th Annual iDate Conference

| December 29, 2011

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United States Travel and Tourism Exports: October 2011

| December 29, 2011
United States Travel and Tourism Exports: October 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that international visitors spent $13.1 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of October – nearly $1.6 billion more (13%) than was spent in October 2010. Travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, more than $1.5 billion a month in 2011 […]

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Victoria Azarenka and John Isner arrive at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort for World Tennis Charity Invitation 2012

| December 29, 2011

Hua Hin/ 29 December 2011 – The world’s number three female Tennis player, Victoria Azarenka; and John Isner, a popular American men’s player, have arrived at the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort in the late morning. Both are to play exhibition matches against their respective counterparts the world’s number one, Caroline Wozniacki; and Thai tennis legend, […]

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VANCOUVER NAMED TOP CANADIAN DESTINATION BY U.S. TRAVEL AGENTS

| December 28, 2011

Travel Weekly readers once again identify Vancouver as the best city in Canada Vancouver, BC (December 28, 2011): For the ninth year in a row, readers of U.S. travel trade publication Travel Weekly have voted Vancouver the best destination in Canada. Every year, Travel Weekly invites its core readership of accredited U.S. travel agents to […]

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Emirates doubles Heathrow A380 services

| December 28, 2011
Emirates doubles Heathrow A380 services

Airline leads the way with more than 2,000 seats added to Heathrow  DUBAI, U.A.E.,December 2011: Emirates will become by far London Heathrow’s largest A380 operator in 2012 with four of the double decker aircraft to serve the airport daily. Following last month’s announcement of a third daily A380 flight from 24th January 2012, Emirates will […]

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Wi-Fi in the sky begins on 11 Emirates A380s

| December 28, 2011

DUBAI, U.A.E., December 2011: Customers on a growing number of Emirates A380s can now surf, share, email, or tweet their way across the Emirates network as the airline launches Wi-Fi internet connectivity with leading industry service provider, OnAir. Customers can access the service of the Wi-Fi in the sky onboard their flight using their Wi […]

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Top 10 Free iPhone/iPad Meeting Apps of 2011

| December 28, 2011
Top 10 Free iPhone/iPad Meeting Apps of 2011

VANCOUVER, CANADA (December 28th, 2011) – Meeting planners are continuously searching for ways their attendees can become more efficient. Mobile meeting apps have proven to be effective tools in increasing productivity and providing greater mobility. With over 500,000 iPhone/iPad apps available, www.MeetingApps.com simplifies the selection process. Here are the top 10 must-have apps of 2011 […]

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In search of the silk culture at FITUR 2012

| December 28, 2011
In search of the silk culture at FITUR 2012

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) will be at FITUR 2012 to promote The Silk Route, which opened the first bridge between East and West and began trade between the empires of China, India, Persia and Rome. This is a chance to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great or Marco Polo, exploring a rich […]

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Little Louie Vega to rock Abu Dhabi

| December 27, 2011

Little Louie Vega – one of America’s top DJs and producers – will rock crowds in the UAE capital as part of Abu Dhabi’s two-week hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race – the gruelling 39,000 mile round the world yacht race, known as the ‘Everest of Sailing’. One half of the critically-acclaimed duo, Master At Work, the […]

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ADTA plans its biggest overseas promotion campaign yet

| December 27, 2011

ADTA will next year stage it largest ever promotions programme with some 16 exhibitions and eight road shows across 18 countries slated. The programme, which will run from February to November, has been designed in consultation with stakeholders and after reviewing the buyer profile of each exhibition. The dynamic promotions line-up, which includes first-time participation […]

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New Hotel Manager at the Hilton Prague Hotel

| December 27, 2011
New Hotel Manager at the Hilton Prague Hotel

Mr. Daniel Habersatter has been appointed the Hotel Manager of Hilton Prague. Daniel succeeded Markus Fritz, who has left Prague to pursue his career as General Manager of Hilton Cape Town in South Africa. Daniel Habersatter, born in Austria, has been with Hilton Worldwide for more than 8 years and has a wide background of […]

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The Kempinski Hotel attracts and manages young talent for a career in the hospitality business

| December 27, 2011
The Kempinski Hotel attracts and manages young talent for a career in the hospitality business

Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, is delighted to announce that its popular “Essential! (“E!”) Training Programme” has recently been awarded 1st place in the category “Best People & Talent Management Programme” in the prestigious 2011 Worldwide Hospitality Awards. The E! Training Programme is designed to meet the training needs of specific positions or […]

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Course Revamped for 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

| December 27, 2011
Course Revamped for 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

New downtown start line, increased convenience and parking 2-person half-marathon relay, ING KiDS ROCK return Registration available at Competitor.com New Orleans, LA –  2011 – It’s a party on the move, and as the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society returns for a third year, it will debut […]

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What’s New in New Orleans’ Hospitality Industry – A QUICK LOOK AHEAD to 2012

| December 27, 2011
What’s New in New Orleans’ Hospitality Industry – A QUICK LOOK AHEAD to 2012

2011 has proven to be a prosperous and successful time in New Orleans’ tourism industry, hosting major events and record-breaking festivals and conventions. In the first half of 2011, New Orleans welcomed 4.8 million visitors who spent $3.1 billion. Mardi Gras attendance exceeded one million revelers, French Quarter Festival brought in more visitors than ever […]

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New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Names 2012 Board of Directors

| December 27, 2011

Fred Sawyers of Hilton New Orleans Hotels to serve as Chairman of the Board NEW ORLEANS (Dec.  2011)- The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has inducted its 2012 Board of Directors. This esteemed group of business leaders provides the strategic direction for New Orleans’ $5 billion tourism industry and advances the interests of the CVB’s […]

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Andrew Waller Appointed President Europe, Middle East, Africa and Global Partners Network for Carlson Wagonlit Travel

| December 27, 2011

AMSTERDAM, December 20, 2011 – Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in business travel and meetings and events management, announced that Andrew Waller, currently Executive Vice President United Kingdom, Ireland and the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, Egypt, Greece and Morocco), is appointed President CWT Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Global Partners Network, effective January […]

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Austria

| December 27, 2011

CHEVY CHASE, Md.- December 2011 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., a leader in luxury hospitality, has announced plans to continue its global expansion with the brand’s first hotel in the capital city of Vienna. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is owned by an investor represented by Verny Capital. Earlier this year, they also completed the acquisition […]

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G Adventures reports a 15 per cent increase in Polar Expedition Cruise bookings

| December 27, 2011

G Adventures reports a 15 per cent increase in bookings for its Antarctica programs in 2011-12 in part due to the build up of the 100th anniversary of British Captain Robert F. Scott’s heroic expedition to the South Pole to be commemorated in January. Together with the successful airing in the UK and Australia of […]

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ABTA Publishes 2012 Travel Trends Report

| December 27, 2011
ABTA Publishes 2012 Travel Trends Report

ABTA – The Travel Association, today released its Travel Trends Report 2012, developed in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, predicting that holidaymakers will be seeking value for money but not necessarily the cheapest holiday. While the mid-market is expected to be squeezed, holidays that offer an authentic or specialist experience, and luxury and […]

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World Diabetes Congress breaks records in Dubai

| December 26, 2011
World Diabetes Congress breaks records in Dubai

DUBAI, U.A.E., December 2011: The recent World Diabetes Congress held in Dubai has recorded its highest attendance in history. Organized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) together with Congress Solutions International (CSI) as their local PCO, the Congress which ran from 4 – 8 December at Dubai World Trade Centre, was the largest congress held […]

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Kaliningrad plans to attract the tourists by castles and fortresses

| December 26, 2011

Kaliningrad authorities decided to use old forts, castles, bastions, ravelins and other defensive installation in the territory of the region with tourist purpose. It’s planning to create an interactive museum in fort Stein and to open hotel, restaurant, craftsmen studio and expo centres in fort of King Friedrich III. At the same time, the majority […]

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THAI Launches Biofuels Flight and First Biofuels Passenger Flight in Asia through Travel Green Initiative

| December 26, 2011
THAI Launches Biofuels Flight and First Biofuels Passenger Flight in Asia through Travel Green Initiative

Thai Airways International (THAI) is set to be the first airline in Asia to fly a commercial passenger flight using biofuels, to support the Company’s Travel Green initiative as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President of THAI, said that under the Environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, or “Travel […]

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More than 3.8 million people spent holidays in Sochi

| December 26, 2011

Sochi received more than 3.8 million people which visited the city with the purpose of the leisure and wellness. The Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov reminded that there were some worries concerning the successful work of the resorts. “Now we can say with confidence that the worries didn’t come true. This year Sochi has received […]

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The Russians choose Hungary for wellness

| December 26, 2011

According to the Tourism Counsellor Bureau of Hungary, the Russians spent 379 thousand nights in the hotels of Hungary during the period from January to October 2011 (+16.7%). The total number of the nights of the foreign tourists in Hungarian hotels during 10 months amounted to 7.3 million (+5.9%). The number of the tourists in […]

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ATOR: The tourist flow increases, but the profitability falls

| December 26, 2011

Association of Tour Operators of Russia held a press conference about the results of the year and the prospects for 2012. The year of 2011 will be a record-breaking in the growth of the number of the tourist trips, assure the experts. However, the profitability of the mass outbound destinations fells with the increase of […]

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Moscow City Joined Social Networks

| December 26, 2011

Two new pages in English about Moscow have appeared recently in Facebook and VKontakte. The city authorities plan to spend 2 million rubles(52,000 Euro)  for promoting Moscow in social networks. Facebook’s page Cheap Trip to Moscow has already got more than 15 thousand “like”. The page promotes budget restaurants like Mu Mu, Elki Palki, Grabli, […]

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Central America declares 2012 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism throughout the Region

| December 26, 2011

Central America will attend FITUR 2012 in order to inaugurate its Year of Sustainable Tourism, an initiative set up by the Heads of State and Government of the countries that make up the Region, namely Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. This measure makes part of the Region’s Plan 2009-2013, whose […]

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Southwest, JetBlue and United in The Top 10 Most Followed Airlines on Facebook

| December 26, 2011

BARCELONA, Spain, December 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — eDreams [http://edreams.com ] launches Top 50 Most “Liked” on Facebook chart for airlines Online travel agency eDreams launched a new page on their travel blog today http://blog.edreams.com, a list of the world’s 50 most popular airlines on Facebook: http://blog.edreams.es/facebook-airlines/ The daily self-updating chart counts the total number of […]

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New General Manager for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol

| December 26, 2011

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol,  has appointed Christopher Peach as the General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol. Christopher brings managerial experience and a range of other hospitality-related skills to the position. Christopher has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, spanning 23 years. Having started his career in 1987 as Commis Chef aboard […]

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Summit EU-Ukraine: Visa Liberalization Progresses

| December 26, 2011

Both the EU and Ukraine leaders welcomed the progress in implementing the visa liberalization Action Plan, as reported in the Joint Statement made by the parties of the 15th EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on December 19. The negotiations on simplification of the visa facilitation procedure had been successfully finalized, according to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. […]

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2012 CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING EVENT COMING TO VANCOUVER

| December 26, 2011

This coming year’s 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament will take place in Vancouver, BC from January 19-29 at BC Place. Canada and seven other CONCACAF nations will fight for two available tickets to the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Canada, the reigning CONCACAF women’s champion, FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 finalist USA, […]

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Vancouver Resource Investment Conference

| December 25, 2011

Vancouver Resource Investment Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre is Cambridge House’s largest annual conference.  This year’s conference will surpass previous year’s numbers with approximately 500 booths on the tradeshow floor representing more than 600 junior resource mining companies. Two speaking halls along with six workshops will run concurrently over the two-day conference providing investors […]

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The Traders Expo London 2012

| December 25, 2011
The Traders Expo London 2012

Attend and learn expert strategies for pulling profits from the markets Trading requires a disciplined approach and there are techniques you can learn to use now that can minimise your risk and increase your profits. The secret lies in knowing how consistent traders find trades and manage them well from start to finish. Anyone can […]

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Brussels celebrates 150 years of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables”

| December 23, 2011
Brussels celebrates 150 years of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables”

In 2012 it will be 150 years since the publication of “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo. Not in Paris, as is often assumed, but in Brussels. Even the very first theatrical performance of “Les Misérables”, an adaptation of the book by his son Charles, took place in Brussels. Besides these two premieres of “Les Misérables”, […]

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RYANAIR ANNOUNCES NEW PALMA BASE (NO 49) FOR 2012

| December 23, 2011
RYANAIR ANNOUNCES NEW PALMA BASE (NO 49) FOR 2012

47 ROUTES, 2.8M PAX P.A. FROM MARCH 2012   Ryanair announced it would open its 49th EU base at Palma Airport in March 2012 with 4 based aircraft operating 47 routes (17 new), delivering 2.8m passengers p.a., and sustaining up to 2,800 Balearic jobs. In addition to Ryanair’s existing 30 Palma routes, the airline will open 17 […]

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Solar Industry’s Future, Trends, Come into Focus at 2012’s Solar Power Generation USA

| December 22, 2011

Las Vegas – Solar Power Generation USA (www.solarpowergenerationusa.com), the award-winning conference on large-scale solar power generation in the US, announced its 2012 lineup of industry-leading speakers, focused streams covering the most critical topics to the industry, and a new emphasis on facilitating networking among attendees. Named the 2011 “Best American Conference” by the Conference Awards, […]

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Dubai to receive largest cruise ships in the world

| December 22, 2011

 The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) organized a grand welcome ceremony at the Dubai Cruise Terminal to mark the maiden calls of Costa Favalosa and Aida Blu cruise ships to Dubai. The newly-inducted cruise ships will be offering weekly regional itinerary with Dubai as the home port, it was announced at the ceremony […]

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Science-2-Business Call now Open

| December 22, 2011
Science-2-Business Call now Open

The Call for Proposals for the Science-2-Business programme is now open so don’t miss this opportunity to assume a high-profile role in this innovative programme at ESOF2012. The Science-2-Business programme will offer delegates the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and contacts necessary to progress along the road from Science to Business. Whether you are just curious about commercialisation, or […]

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Hilton Worldwide Opens Two New Hotels at Frankfurt Airport

| December 22, 2011
Hilton Worldwide Opens Two New Hotels at Frankfurt Airport

FRANKFURT, Germany – Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport, part of the renowned, futuristic THE SQUAIRE complex. The project is a first for Hilton Worldwide in Europe with two individually branded hotels operating beside each other under the same roof. Simon Vincent, area president, Europe, Hilton […]

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Thomson Interactive Weather Map Tells You Where is Hot and When in Europe

| December 22, 2011
Thomson Interactive Weather Map Tells You Where is Hot and When in Europe

Thomson holidays has launched a new interactive graphic which quickly and easily tells you where’s hot when by mapping out most major European cities by their climate. The map allows users to define which month they would like to travel in, along with a sliding temperature and sunlight filter. The map then displays places within […]

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