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IOC announces Yao Ming as Ambassador

| July 28, 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced Yao Ming as the latest Ambassador for this summer’s 2nd Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in Nanjing, China.

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Egencia previews the new Egencia TripNavigator App for iPad at GBTA

| July 28, 2014

- Egencia delivers a delightful new user experience for the iPad with personalised travel shopping, turn-by-turn trip navigation, and trip alerts

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The O2 secures top talent with new commercial services director

| July 28, 2014
The O2 secures top talent with new commercial services director

London landmark venue, The O2, has announced the appointment of Steve Sayer as commercial services director.

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Academic venues make the grade with AIM Silver accreditation

| July 28, 2014
Academic venues make the grade with AIM Silver accreditation

The Foresight Centre, the University of Liverpool’s premier business conference venue, has become the latest academic institute to achieve Accredited in Meetings (AIM) Silver, the only recognised national quality assurance scheme for the UK conference and events industry.

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Star Alliance officially opens new lounge at São Paulo – Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3

| July 28, 2014

São Paulo, Brazil –Star Alliance officially opened its new Lounge at São Paulo –Guarulhos Airport, Terminal 3 .

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PATA Elects New Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Board

| July 28, 2014
PATA Elects New Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Board

BANGKOK, July 28, 2014 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced the election of W. Scott Supernaw, Tauck, Inc., as Chairman of the Executive Board of PATA. Mr Supernaw replaces Joao Manuel Costa Antunes who has served as Chairman of PATA since April 2012 and will become PATA Immediate Past Chairman.

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TripAdvisor Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Viator

| July 26, 2014

World’s Largest Travel Site to Add Global Leader in Online Bookings for Attractions

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The Ritz-Carlton Wants Savvy Travelers to Share Their Experiences – #RCMemories

| July 26, 2014

Chevy Chase, Md., – July 24, 2014– A picture is worth a thousand words and memories are a beautiful way to hold on to our very best memories. To share “Your Memories” and most inspiring journeys, The Ritz-Carlton invites savvy travelers across the globe to tell your story on RitzCarlton.com – #RCMemories.

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Top Team Line-Up For Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic

| July 26, 2014
Top Team Line-Up For Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic

The 25 teams from around the world that will contest this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic were announced today(Friday 25 July 2014). The event, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning annual festival of cycling, includes 10 teams currently competing in the Tour de France with squads from a total of 12 nations in the […]

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Emirates Opens Dedicated Lounge at Glasgow Airport

| July 26, 2014
Emirates Opens Dedicated Lounge at Glasgow Airport

GLASGOW, UK, 24th July 2014 Emirates is celebrating the start of the Commonwealth Games in style with the official opening of its lounge at Glasgow Airport by the airline’s President Sir Tim Clark.

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Revealed: what tourists buy in Britain

| July 25, 2014

-Kuwaiti visitors have highest propensity to buy clothes or shoes -1 in 3 French buy British food and drink to take home -Scotland more popular than Rest of England for souvenir purchases

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European Cities tackle Indian market

| July 25, 2014

ECM, the European network of city tourist offices and convention bureaux, has just gone through a series of marketing activities in the Indian outbound conference, meetings and incentive market in three different cities last week : Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmadabad.

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Vodafone chooses Feria Valencia once again: Vodafone Move 2014

| July 25, 2014
Vodafone chooses Feria Valencia once again: Vodafone Move 2014

More and more, big companies choose Feria Valencia Convention & Exhibtion Centre to celebrate their conventions, shows and all kinds of events.

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BESydney congratulates Board Member and Ambassadors named in Australia’s Top 100 Engineers 2014 list

| July 25, 2014

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) Board Member and NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’ Kane, as well as BESydney Ambassadors Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Dr Marlene Kanga, Dr Adi Paterson and Professor Judy Raper have been named in the prestigious list.

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2015 Romance Travel Forum Heading to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in Dominican Republic

| July 24, 2014

Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG) has announced the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic will be the host of the 2015 Romance Travel Forum, which will take place from May 4 – 8. The Forum, which is entering its second year, caters exclusively to the […]

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15,000 international visitors pick the top 100 places of interest in Germany

| July 24, 2014
15,000 international visitors pick the top 100 places of interest in Germany

Castle Neuschwanstein voted best destination before Europa-park or the Cologne Cathedral

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Germany’s biggest city festival returns to Dresden

| July 24, 2014

Over 550,000 visitors are expected at the biggest annual city festival in Germany – Dresden’s 2014 City Festival.

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Tips for hoteliers : What to do about negative hotel evaluations

| July 24, 2014
Tips for hoteliers : What to do about negative hotel evaluations

Nuremberg, 24. July 2014 – Hotel evaluations on the internet are gaining in importance in the final selection of the travel destination.

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Dubai International passenger numbers up 6.2 per cent during H1

| July 24, 2014

Dubai, UAE – July 24, 2014 – Passenger traffic at Dubai International rose to 34,676,090 during the first half of 2014, up 6.2 per cent from the same period last year despite a runway refurbishment programme that reduced the airport to a one-runway operation and cut flights by over 26 per cent during May and […]

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Ethiopia – tourism key to promote development

| July 23, 2014
Ethiopia – tourism key to promote development

During an official visit to Ethiopia, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met with President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen, and Minister of Culture & Tourism, Amin Abdulkadir, to address the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the country’s socio-economic development. (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, […]

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Cirque du Soleil’s show Kooza: ideal added value for events, conferences and business incentives at PortAventura Resort

| July 23, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s show Kooza: ideal added value for events, conferences and business incentives at PortAventura Resort

For the first time ever, the world-famous international circus brings its Big Top to Europe’s leading theme park

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Countdown to ‘peace and tranquillity’ begins – meetings industry professionals urged to dig deep and help with CSR Effort at IMEX Challenge 2014

| July 23, 2014
Countdown to ‘peace and tranquillity’ begins – meetings industry professionals urged to dig deep and help with CSR Effort at IMEX Challenge 2014

Staff from IMEX America, Sands® Expo, The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas gathered at The Shade Tree shelter in Las Vegas last week to mark the official three-month countdown to the IMEX Challenge 2014 CSR program–marking a call to action for meetings and events industry members to get involved.

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Gazpromneft-Aero has Increased Monthly Refueling for Star Alliance in Russia by 50%

| July 23, 2014
Gazpromneft-Aero has Increased Monthly Refueling for Star Alliance in Russia by 50%

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Gazpromneft-Aero, the operator of Gazprom Neft’s aviation fuel business, has increased the monthly refueling volume of Star Alliance Group in Russia by 50% since July 2014, to more than 7,000 tons. This growth has been achieved due to entering into long-term agreements for into-plane refueling of regular […]

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4 ¼. 425 years of the Sant Roc Festivals in Barcelona

| July 23, 2014
4 ¼. 425 years of the Sant Roc Festivals in Barcelona

8/7/2014 To 23/11/2014 An exhibition on different aspects of the 425 years of Sant Roc Festivals in the Cathedral District of Barcelona.

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Top agencies join destinations UNLIMITED to celebrate 25th anniversary

| July 23, 2014

More than 100 event planners and DMCs gathered at Heythrop Park at an exclusive event to celebrate destinations UNLIMITED’s 25th anniversary.

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The staging of the FITUR Jorge Vila Fradera Award has been announced

| July 23, 2014

Organised in Collaboration with AECIT

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UNWTO and Australia’s Griffith University join forces to advance tourism knowledge

| July 23, 2014

Disseminating tourism knowledge, enhancing the expertise on tourism and climate change and advancingsustainable tourism in Asia and the Pacific are some of the areas of cooperation agreed between the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and UNWTO (Madrid, Spain, 21 July 2014).

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VisitLondon.com, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL Announce THE PADDINGTON TRAIL

| July 22, 2014

LONDON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LONDON – OCTOBER 2014 Today VisitLondon.com, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL announced THE PADDINGTON TRAIL.

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WTM’s Responsible Tourism Programme Includes The Biggest Companies In The Industry

| July 22, 2014
WTM’s Responsible Tourism Programme Includes The Biggest Companies In The Industry

World Travel Market 2014’s, the leading global event for the travel industry, Responsible Tourism Programme includes some of the biggest names in travel including Tui, Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Virgin Holidays and ABTA.

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DXB resumes full operations after reopening northern runway

| July 22, 2014

Flights surge 31 per cent

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Vienna: More Bednights Than Ever in First Half of 2014

| July 22, 2014

- New all-time high for bednights in Vienna: A total of 6 million overnight stays were recorded in the period from January to June 2014, 5.8% more than in the same period of 2013.

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High Calibre Industry Executives Join Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Team

| July 22, 2014
High Calibre Industry Executives Join Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Team

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) continues to attract a high level of experienced industry professionals to its team as it prepares for opening in 2016.

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Melbourne Writers Festival

| July 21, 2014
Melbourne Writers Festival

The 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival will feature over 350 of the world’s leading writers, thinkers, illustrators, musicians and performers including one of the world’s most influential novelists, Sir Salman Rushdie.

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Transaero Airlines commits to 20 A330s – First A330neo launch customer in Europe

| July 21, 2014
Transaero Airlines commits to 20 A330s – First A330neo launch customer in Europe

Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for 20 A330 aircraft (8 A330ceo and 12 A330neo). This agreement makes Transaero an important launch customer and the first European airline to commit to the A330neo.

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Airbus wins business worth more than $75 billion for 496 aircraft at Farnborough Air Show 2014 – a new Airbus record at Farnborough

| July 21, 2014
Airbus wins business worth more than $75 billion for 496 aircraft at Farnborough Air Show 2014 – a new Airbus record at Farnborough

• Customers endorse newly launched A330neo with 121 commitments; • A320neo Family continues to outpace the competition with 317 orders • Airbus achieves the 3,000th A320neo Family order during the show

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International tourism: strong peak season anticipated

| July 21, 2014
International tourism: strong peak season anticipated

Demand for international tourism remained strong in the first four months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

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BTC matches international meetings & events offer with Italian demand

| July 21, 2014
BTC matches international meetings & events offer with Italian demand

The Italian corporate segment has always provided the national industry with a constant flow of work, accounting for as much as 48.7% of total conference attendance. We asked some buyers their views on the international supply-side operators exhibiting this year.

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See Paris the Smart Way – 10 Tips From the Experts at Paris Pass

| July 21, 2014

LONDON, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Planning your first Paris city break this summer? Make the most of your trip with some insider tips from the experts at attractions specialist Paris Pass (http://www.parispass.com).

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MCI Opens New Office in Chile, Expanding Services in Latin America

| July 18, 2014

Geneva, 18 July 2014. MCI, a key driver of innovation in the global meetings, events, association and congress industries, today announced the opening of a new office in Santiago, Chile.

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RTE Talks are launched for the Ecuadorian Travel and MICE industry

| July 18, 2014

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), the world’s leading travel & tourism events organiser, is hosting a roadshow around Ecuador to help educate the country’s travel and tourism industry on new technology trends and innovations.

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