Archive for May, 2012

Europe & Mediterranean Exhibitors Net Deals Worth £225m From WTM 2011

| May 30, 2012
Europe & Mediterranean Exhibitors Net Deals Worth £225m From WTM 2011

World Travel Market 2011, the leading global event for the travel industry, will generate a massive £225 million for its Europe & Mediterranean exhibitors, reveals independent research. Fusion Communications’ analysis of the WTM 2011 Europe & Mediterranean region reveals £225m of contracts will be generated, either through deals signed at the event with Meridian Club […]

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The Meetings Innovator Live Event Experience in London – Thursday 7th June

| May 30, 2012
The Meetings Innovator Live Event Experience in London – Thursday 7th June

Newtonstrand will be showcasing some of the newest technologies that you will start seeing more of at future events. The event will be held at the British Library Conference Centre on 7th June (open from 1030-5.00 – come along for a few hours or the day). Receive a free signed copy of the latest industry […]

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AIBTM 2012 Education – of significant importance to the US Meetings Industry

| May 29, 2012

AIBTM (www.aibtm.com) has doubled the number of sessions that will be delivered to the meetings industry in conjunction with leading associations, as part of AIBTM’s Americas Meetings Week.  Some 30 concurrent sessions over the course of the event will deliver ground breaking industry topics, updates on global economic challenges, inspire through personal motivational anecdotes, discussions on […]

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Sydney speaks up at the IMEX Politicians’ Forum

| May 29, 2012

Business events, as part of an aligned economic development strategy, can be a resource for achieving government objectives, say The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Chairman of Infrastructure NSW, and Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney. Presenting on this topic at the IMEX Politician’s Forum in Frankfurt last week, Ms Lewis-Smith and Mr Greiner addressed […]

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The US Green Building Council and KPMG named winners of the IMEX 2012 Green Meeting Award

| May 29, 2012
The US Green Building Council and KPMG named winners of the IMEX 2012 Green Meeting Award

Frankfurt, Germany, May, 2012 – The US Green Building Council (USGBC) was announced as winner of the large meeting category of the IMEX Green Meeting Awards, presented at the IMEX Gala Dinner last week. The Award recognised its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2011, making the USGBC a record four-time IMEX Award winner, having won […]

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Hotelbeds Americas expected to triple market growth in next 3 years

| May 28, 2012

Barcelona, May 24, 2012 – Hotelbeds, the leading global accommodation wholesaler, marks its 10th Anniversary with a celebration of its success in the Americas and outlines its future growth plans. Hotelbeds held its annual Americas Workshop, May 21 – 25, 2012, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, brought together over 350 customers and suppliers from 21 markets, including […]

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ACC Liverpool Set to Generate £8m for City Economy from Series of UK Stroke Forums

| May 28, 2012

ACC Liverpool is set to generate almost £8m for the city with the announcement of a series of conferences about stroke.  The UK Stroke Forum will head to the venue, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Each conference is expected to attract up to 1600 delegates and to […]

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American Physician Assistants Holding First International Conference at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

| May 28, 2012

TORONTO – From May 26-31, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) hosts the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 40th Annual Conference. Known as IMPACT 2012, the event will attract 4,000 physician assistants from the U.S., as well as their Canadian counterparts. “The AAPA has selected a world-class city with Toronto and the MTCC as their first-ever international venue for […]

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ICCA and IMEX celebrate 10 years of partnership

| May 28, 2012
ICCA and IMEX celebrate 10 years of partnership

During the ICCA Member Networking Reception at the second day of the 10th edition of IMEX in Frankfurt last week, ICCA and IMEX celebrated 10 years of partnership. “ICCA is extremely proud to have been one of IMEX’s founding partners and, over the last 10 years, we have used the show to create our most […]

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10th anniversary IMEX opens for ‘bumper’ week of business, education and networking – combined with air of celebration

| May 22, 2012

The 10th IMEX in Frankfurt trade show opens today (May 22nd at Messe Frankfurt) with its traditional focus on generating strong business opportunities for buyers and exhibitors, high-level networking events and its largest ever professional development programme. 20 new hosted buyer groups have joined the hallmark IMEX hosted programme this year, which is set to […]

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The global market for accommodation wholesalers will grow 7.3% by 2015, with Asia-Pacific and Americas being the fastest growing segments

| May 21, 2012

Spanish accommodation wholesaler Hotelbeds has developed a global leadership position Leadership positions, strategic clarity and financial strength are  key success factors for leisure travel companies according to Peter Long, Chief Executive of TUI Travel PLC, who presented the key note speech at the conference at VIII Foro Turístico Hosteltur 2012 According to Joan Vilà, Managing […]

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Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

| May 18, 2012

Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs […]

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Association encourages international partnerships

| May 18, 2012

This year’s IMEX, the leading world-wide exhibition for meetings, events and incentive travel, will be attended by the HBAA, where the association will divulge its International Charter and how overseas hotels and venues can benefit from the buying power of the UK’s most influential agencies. The International Charter represents a mark of integrity and understanding […]

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“AIM Group International Florence Office has been delighted to welcome over 5,500 delegates to the joint 15th International Congress of Endocrinology and 14th European Congress of Endocrinology in the elegant and historic host city of Florence”

| May 18, 2012
“AIM Group International Florence Office has been delighted to welcome over 5,500 delegates to the joint 15th International Congress of Endocrinology and 14th European Congress of Endocrinology in the elegant and historic host city of Florence”

May 2012 – The Congress has been the largest Endocrinology congress in Europe with over 2000 abstracts submitted and with over 2000 pax downloading the congress App. From May 5th to 9th all gurus of Endocrinology were in Florence, cuddle by AIM’s personnel. AIM Group International Florence Office was encharged as local organizer in 2008, […]

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Gdansk mobile app to be launched during IMEX

| May 18, 2012

Gdansk Convention Bureau created a mobile application for tablets and smartphones. The advantage of Gdansk the app – GCBeVENTS is its availability for all mobile systems: Android, iOS (iPhone), Blackberry and Windows Mobile. The premiere of app prototype will be held at IMEX business tourism fair in Frankfurt, May 22-25, 2012. The app allows delegates to  […]

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New BER opening date 17 March 2013

| May 18, 2012

At its meeting yesterday, the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH discussed the reasons for postponing the opening date as well as the next steps to be taken to complete Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt. The Board reached the following decisions: The opening date of the airport will be postponed to 17 March 2013 […]

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British Airways Announce High Rolling Route from Gatwick to Vegas

| May 17, 2012

British Airways is launching another new high rolling route from Gatwick with the start of flights to Las Vegas from October 29 2012. The three-times-a-week service will be operated by a three-class Boeing 777 offering a premium Club World cabin with fully flat beds. The new Gatwick route offers more choice and frequency from London […]

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First Keynote Speaker Announced for the ACTE Global Education Conference in Rome, 14-16 October

| May 17, 2012
First Keynote Speaker Announced for the ACTE Global Education Conference in Rome, 14-16 October

Keynote Speaker Announced The Global Economic Outlook & What We Can Learn from the Future Dr. Nariman Behravesh, who has been covering the global economy for over 35 years, is Chief Economist of IHS and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates. Directing the entire economic forecasting process at […]

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UniSpace hosts international glass event

| May 17, 2012

UniSpace Sunderland will today host an architectural glass event attracting guest speakers from across the world in its iconic National Glass Centre (NGC) building. The Symposium in Architectural Glass will bring 120 delegates to UniSpace for plenary sessions in the NGC, plus a dinner in the museum’s unique restaurant overlooking the River Wear.  This is […]

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New IMEX TV, App and social media team set to give new face to IMEX in Frankfurt 2012

| May 17, 2012
New IMEX TV, App and social media team set to give new face to IMEX in Frankfurt 2012

The 10th anniversary edition of IMEX in Frankfurt, opening next Tuesday May 22nd at Messe Frankfurt, is set to be the most televised and ‘talked about’ in the show’s 10 year history. The launch of IMEX TV – sponsored by Iguassu Falls, Brazil – today’s release of the updated IMEX App and a variety of […]

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GBTA Forecasts Double Digit Percentage Increases in Brazilian Business Travel Spending

| May 17, 2012
GBTA Forecasts Double Digit Percentage Increases in Brazilian Business Travel Spending

Inaugural survey sees business travel spending contributing to economic growth and job creation in Brazil  May 17th, 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil – The Global Business Travel Association (“GBTA”), the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization, announces the results of its inaugural GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Brazil, sponsored by VISA. The GBTA BTI™ Outlook – […]

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Brand new Meetings Industry Survey reveals close to one million foreign delegates visit Denmark

| May 17, 2012
Brand new Meetings Industry Survey reveals close to one million foreign delegates visit Denmark

To co-inside with VisitDenmark’s brand new branding platform “Come and join us!” it appears that close to 1 million foreign delegates have already chosen to do so, with more expected to follow… A new in depth analysis highlights “The Economic Contribution of Meeting Activity in Denmark” and now it’s official; 928,000 commercial[1] foreign delegates visited Denmark […]

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50% Growth Helps Estonia Rocket to 41st Place in ICCA Rankings

| May 17, 2012

Estonia has gained an impressive amount of ground in the newly-released 2011 International Congress and Convention Association rankings list, moving up five slots from the previous year’s position to reach 41st place. The number of association conferences held in the country jumped from 43 to 61 between the two years, an increase of nearly 50%. […]

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Vienna City Honors Organizers

| May 16, 2012
Vienna City Honors Organizers

Congress organizers who brought international congresses to Vienna last year were invited to City Hall on Wednesday, May 9 for an official ceremony at which Vienna Tourist Board President Vice-Mayor Renate Brauner, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber President Brigitte Jank, Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner and Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board’s Vienna Convention […]

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Vienna Number One World-wide in Congresses

| May 16, 2012

For the seventh time in succession, Vienna has topped the world-wide rankings as a des-tination for international congresses. The International Congress and Convention Associ-ation (ICCA) published its 2011 congress statistics almost simultaneously with a cere-mony held at the City Hall by the City of Vienna to honor Vienna’s 2011 congress organ-izers. This produced an unexpected […]

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ICCA 2011 statistics: international association sector is resilient and showing healthy growth

| May 16, 2012
ICCA 2011 statistics: international association sector is resilient and showing healthy growth

With the release of the 2011 Top 20 Rankings for cities and countries, ICCA is reporting another year of continued strength in international association meetings market.  For the first time ever, more than 10,000 regularly occurring association events which rotate between at least three countries were identified by ICCA members and ICCA’s in-house research team […]

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Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya St. Petersburg Hotel to welcome International Banking Congress

| May 15, 2012
Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya St. Petersburg Hotel to welcome International Banking Congress

Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya St. Petersburg Hotel is ready for one of the largest and most important annual events for financial industry. The Banking Congress is an annual event in the banking sphere and a place for discussion of topics that impact both Russian and International banking business. This congress will be held with […]

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The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition Announces 33% of Booked Exhibitors Will Be New at AIBTM 2012

| May 15, 2012

- 54 New Exhibitors Will Showcase for 2012 -  The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition (www.aibtm.com) has confirmed that there are 54 new exhibitors presenting at AIBTM 2012, Reed Travel Exhibitions’ premier provider for the U.S. meetings and events industry.   The three-day networking event, held from 19th - 21st June in Baltimore will feature a full day of […]

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Ukraine Unveils New Airport in Donetsk

| May 15, 2012

Country officials open the renewed terminal at Donetsk international airport in Ukraine just in time for EURO 2012. The renewed airport boasts a seven-storey terminal capable of servicing up to 3,100 passengers per hour (previously – 700), reads the statement by Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry. Donetsk airport recently introduced an artificial runway suitable for all types of airplanes, including the heavy […]

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Roger Rickard to Chair PCMA’s Plenary Session at AIBTM 2012

| May 15, 2012

Key Government and Industry Leaders Discuss the Positive Impact of Meetings at the ‘Meetings Significance Forum’  Recent headlines shouted “AIG Effect”, “Don’t go to Las Vegas!” and “Lavish GSA Conference” yet face-to-face meetings have a significant impact on the economy, business, science, technology, diplomacy and all forms of socio-economic relationships at the local, national, or international […]

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Florence celebrates Amerigo Vespucci Year

| May 15, 2012
Florence celebrates Amerigo Vespucci Year

2012 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the Florentine navigator who named the continent America. From the beautiful ceremony of the last February, Florence’s city administration is honouring the brilliant city dweller with many cultural events and initiatives all over the year. Amerigo Vespucci, breathing the cultural atmosphere of the Medici court during his […]

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Lewis Moody guest of honour for charity lunch at Church House Conference Centre

| May 15, 2012

Former England Rugby captain Lewis Moody was the special guest at a recent charity lunch held at Church House Conference Centre. The event, organised by Under the Posts, was held to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Parasol Charity – an organisation which provides aid and comfort to injured service personnel and their […]

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EIBTM Technology Watch –Opens for Submissions

| May 15, 2012
EIBTM Technology Watch –Opens for Submissions

The continuing impact of new technology on the meetings industry is significant and the EIBTM Technology Watch Award is now the most high profile and longest running recognition scheme for innovation in the sector worldwide.  Considered to be the “Meetings Industry Tech Oscars” it will celebrate its 13th anniversary this year. Free to enter, the application process […]

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Inaugural Patron of BeSydney’s Ambassador Program

| May 15, 2012

Acting Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner will be the inaugural Patron of Business Events Sydney’s Ambassador Program, a business development program that helps to secure international events for Sydney and the state. Business Events Sydney’s (BESydney) Ambassador Program brings together a diverse and talented group of 60 industry leaders, whose expertise […]

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Congrex Group and China International M.I.C.E. Co. Ltd. announce Collaboration

| May 15, 2012

Congrex Group and CITS’s China International M.I.C.E Co. Ltd (CITS MICE) announce with immediate effect a move that creates a new alliance with a collaborative effort, that will encompass international congress marketing and project management. The collaboration between Congrex Holding BV and China International M.I.C.E. Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of China International Travel Service Ltd (CITS), […]

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15th ANNIVERSARY PROMOTION

| May 15, 2012

 Fly Around the World for Less with Star Alliance’s 15 Per Cent Off All Economy Class Round the World Fares FRANKFURT, Germany – May 14th, 2012 – As part of its 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Star Alliance network is offering a 15 per cent discount on all Round the World (RTW) Economy Class fares. This […]

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The Sex Appeal of Big Brains: Are Tourism and Culture Being Overtaken by Intellectual Prowess in the Hunt for International Meetings Success?

| May 14, 2012

Are the days of marketing a destination in traditional tourism terms numbered? How are cities finding new ways to harness the intellectual resources in their local universities and institutions? How can meetings management companies authentically position themselves as intellectual partners and not just logistics providers? ICCA’s Breakfast Seminar at IMEX looks at numerous examples of […]

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Destination Britain & Ireland Opens in Bangkok

| May 14, 2012

VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, launched its flagship business-to-business travel trade event, Destination Britain & Ireland (DEBI), along with Tourism Ireland in Bangkok today. The three-day gathering, now in its 9th year, sees over 200 companies in attendance and around 4000 appointments taking place. This year’s DEBI, which is VisitBritain’s largest trade event globally, welcomes 22 […]

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Measuring Economic Impact of International Conferences on Malaysia’s Business Tourism Industry

| May 14, 2012
Measuring Economic Impact  of International Conferences on Malaysia’s Business Tourism Industry

The team from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Taylor’s University School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts As business tourism continues to gain recognition in Malaysia as a key economic driver, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), the country’s leading convention facility, and Taylor’s University School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (TCHT) […]

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It’s a Fact: Melbourne Number One in Australia for International Conventions

| May 14, 2012

Melbourne has officially been recognised as the number one city in Australia for conferences and congresses, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher announced today. The Country and City Ranking Report 2011, produced by The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), saw Melbourne ranked ahead of any other Australian city at number 31 in […]

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