Archive for May 10th, 2012

World’s most misleadingly named airports revealed by Skyscanner

| May 10, 2012

Paris-Vatry Disney is the latest ‘ambiguous’ airport to be added to Ryanair’s list of destinations, Skyscanner reports that it’s far from being the only misleadingly named airport out there. With both ‘Paris’ and ‘Disney’ in the name, travellers might expect the airport to be located in the vicinity of either the French capital or Euro Disney. […]

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Relaxing journey on Latvia’s narrow-track train line

| May 10, 2012
Relaxing journey on Latvia’s narrow-track train line

It is possible to take a relaxing journey on one of Latvia’s two remaining narrow-track train lines, which the locals lovingly call “mazbānītis” (little choo-choo train). Travelers visiting Latvia can have a unique experience when visiting northern Vidzeme Province, as this is where the only functioning narrow-track diesel engine train line in the Baltics is […]

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM, 16-17 August 2012

| May 10, 2012
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM, 16-17 August 2012

    The first International Congress on Sustainable Tourism will be held in Puerto Varas (Chile) on 16-17 August 2012. This is born from the requirement to make world tendencies in tourism development known and the importance of favouring sustainable bases. This promotes work with natural, cultural and historical resources in each destination and that […]

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The Venetian Macao Named “Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Macau” for Fifth Consecutive Year

| May 10, 2012

by TTG China Travel Awards (Macao, May 8, 2012) – The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel has been named “The Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Macau” by the 5th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2012 for the fifth consecutive year, demonstrating the integrated resort’s strong commitment to service excellence and its premium facilities. Presented by one of the world’s most influential trade […]

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Barbican celebrates 30th anniversary with bumper year for corporate events.

| May 10, 2012

Barbican records second best year for corporate business as the combined arts and meetings venue celebrates its 30th anniversary.  In March 1982, the Barbican opened its doors to the public for the first time. And as the iconic venue commemorates its 30th anniversary, the Barbican is also celebrating its second best year for corporate business. […]

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Launches Global Partnership With MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS

| May 10, 2012

SPG Members Can Live the Formula One Experience with Unparalleled Access to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team  STAMFORD, Conn., May 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG(R)), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today announced a three-year partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One […]

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Starwood Hosts Its Top 100 Global Executives in Dubai and Announces Plans to Temporarily Relocate Global Headquarters to the Middle East in 2013

| May 10, 2012

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today welcomes its top 100 global executives to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the company’s annual leadership conference. This marks the first time the leadership conference is held in the Middle East, underscoring the importance of the region […]

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IMEX America Index of Optimism captures spirit of progress and explores effect of US Presidential election, hot technologies and more

| May 10, 2012

Meetings and events industry business and optimism is on the rise according to a group of North American buyers and suppliers surveyed in the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism, the IMEX Group announced today. Conducted in Q1 the Index asked 200 respondents to describe their mood over the previous six months and covered topics […]

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IAEE Raises JMIC Membership to 14 International Associations

| May 10, 2012
IAEE Raises JMIC Membership to 14 International Associations

Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) President Philippe Fournier today announced that IAEE (the International Association of Exhibitions and Events) has now joined the Council, bringing its global membership to a total of fourteen major international industry organizations. “We are very pleased to have IAEE join the Council as this further broadens our representation of the […]

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HBAA Financial Forum highlights agency and venue need for improved accounting processes

| May 10, 2012

Over 60 members of the HBAA gathered at etc.venues’ newest property in St Paul’s to discuss the financial implications affecting the sector. Subject matters included TOMS, VAT recovery, billback and commission payment issues. The HBAA Finance forum reflects the association’s drive for best practice and ensures a 360 degree approach to driving professionalism across every function within […]

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Germany number two worldwide as a convention destination

| May 10, 2012

Frankfurt/Main, 10 May 2012. Germany has again defended its position as one of the leading global destinations for meetings and conventions. For the eighth year in succession, the study conducted by the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) showed that Germany is the top location in Europe for association meetings. Globally, Germany occupies second place. According to the rankings, only the USA has more international […]

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Sarawak awarded The BrandLaureate Country Branding Awards 2011-2012

| May 10, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2012: Dubbed the Grammy Awards for Branding, Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) was recently presented with The BrandLaureate Country Branding Award 2011-2012 for playing a pivotal role in promoting Sarawak and Malaysia as a leading destination in the area of business events, tourism and business investments. “Through its various initiatives, SCB has promoted […]

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Education steers Americas Meetings Week

| May 10, 2012

Hear from the experts on new tactics for measuring and communicating the value of meetings Six more strategic and thought provoking education sessions delivered by supporting associations have been announced as part of Americas Meetings Week at AIBTM, the award winning Meetings and Events Exhibition for the US (www.aibtm.com).  Meetings Professionals International (MPI) and the Association […]

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MPI UK and Ireland Chapter announces 2012/2013 board

| May 10, 2012

The UK and Ireland Chapter of MPI has confirmed that current president, Samme Allen from the Barbican will serve a second year as chapter president, supported by James Samuel of International Confex as president elect. The chapter’s decision to appoint Samme Allen for a second year brings the UK and Ireland Chapter in line with […]

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Cutting-Edge ‘Skype Station’ to Offer Free Video Calls introduced at IMEX, Estonia stand F270

| May 10, 2012
Cutting-Edge ‘Skype Station’ to Offer Free Video Calls introduced at IMEX, Estonia stand F270

Visitors to the Meet Estonia stand (F270) at this year’s IMEX fair can be among the first in the world to try out Skype Station, an ultramodern communication booth that lets users make free video calls via the internet. Developed by the Estonian company AdTech, the stylishly-designed station not only works as a phone booth […]

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