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ITB Berlin: Display halls fully booked

| February 20, 2017
ITB Berlin: Display halls fully booked

More floor space for exhibitors from boom segments including Travel Technology and Arab destinations – New exhibitors and innovative stand concepts – New: Medical Tourism – World’s Largest Travel Trade Show mirrors travel industry trends and developments

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Saudi tourism to reach $81 billion by 2026

| February 16, 2017
Saudi tourism to reach $81 billion by 2026

New leisure facilities forecast to fuel domestic tourism at over 7.5% per year until 2020 61,224 hotel rooms currently in the pipeline to meet projected demand from domestic and religious tourism Arabian Travel Market to showcase the best of the Kingdom’s tourist attractions Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute more than […]

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Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai unveiled as host for Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony

| February 16, 2017
Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai unveiled as host for Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony

London, 15 February 2017 World Travel Awards has revealed the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 will be hosted by the luxury Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.

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Athens is fourth Best European Destination for 2017

| February 13, 2017
Athens is fourth Best European Destination for 2017

Travellers have always ranked Athens at the top of this European competition.  It is a favourite destination for travellers from all over the world who want to discover Europe. Ever since its participation in this competition,

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Chinese tech start-up seeks global exposure with WTM Portfolio

| February 7, 2017
Chinese tech start-up seeks global exposure with WTM Portfolio

A Chinese technology start-up with ambitious global expansion plans is exhibiting at all the World Travel Market Portfolio events this year, following its success at WTM London.

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Redesigned Association Day at IMEX puts emphasis on peer to peer education & networking across all levels of the profession

| February 6, 2017
Redesigned Association Day at IMEX puts emphasis on peer to peer education &  networking across all levels of the profession

IMEX Association Day, the annual event exclusively for association professionals, will feature a new, extensively researched and redesigned programme when it takes place the day before the IMEX in Frankfurt exhibition in May. The IMEX team has collaborated with planners from across the globe to gather views and experiences before creating this new structure to […]

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Booking.com Launches Accelerator Programme for Startups in Sustainable Tourism

| February 6, 2017
Booking.com Launches Accelerator Programme for Startups in Sustainable Tourism

Via the 3-week Booking.com Booster Programme, promising startups will have a chance to pitch for grants of up to €500k

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Booking Trends: Greece boom and Egypt comeback

| February 3, 2017
Booking Trends: Greece boom and Egypt comeback

Greece is a clear destination winner this year and demand for Egypt is recovering strongly, German tour operator DER Touristik said in an upbeat overview of current booking trends.

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Corporate events and meetings: IMEX offsets planner’s isolation and training drought with new ‘Exclusively Corporate’ programme

| January 31, 2017
Corporate events and meetings: IMEX offsets planner’s isolation and training drought with new  ‘Exclusively Corporate’ programme

Exclusively Corporate at IMEX, the dedicated event for event and travel planners (corporate), has been redeveloped for IMEX in Frankfurt 2017. The IMEX team has collaborated with planners from across the globe to gather views and experiences, creating a new, free of charge, one day programme for the show.

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WTM London 2016 Facilitates a Record £2.8 Billion in Travel Industry Deals

| January 31, 2017
WTM London 2016 Facilitates a Record £2.8 Billion in Travel Industry Deals

World Travel Market London 2016, the leading global event for the travel industry, will generate a record £2.8 billion in travel and tourism industry deals.

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Athens International Airport: 2016 traffic reaches 20.02 million passengers!

| January 24, 2017
Athens International Airport: 2016 traffic reaches 20.02 million passengers!

Traffic 2016 Overall, with 20.02 million passengers in 2016, Athens International Airort recorded an all-time high performance surpassing previous year traffic by 1.9 million (+10.7%).  Both domestic and international passengers achieved double-digit growth by 11.2% and 10.4% respectively, reaching 7.15 million and 12.87 million. This growth was driven by both the Greek residents’ dynamic growth […]

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Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast

| January 24, 2017
Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast

  UK to see highest level of overseas consumer spending since 2012 Olympics, with Middle East travellers expected to lead the way; Arabian Travel Market to showcase Great British destinations This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a sister event of World Travel Market London, will provide the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and attractions, […]

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US$104 billion global spa market to rub off on the UAE

| January 23, 2017
US$104 billion global spa market to rub off on the UAE

ATM 2017 to return with dedicated Wellness & Spa Lounge as global spa market set to top US$104 billion by 2020 according to Global Wellness Institute report MENA market research highlights the UAE as the region’s top performer with spa market value expected to top AED1.85 billion by 2020

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ATM launches 2017 exhibitor awards

| January 23, 2017
ATM launches 2017 exhibitor awards

Creative design and people skills among the five categories in the popular award programme, back for a third year running; panel of top industry and design personalities set to reprise their judging roles; all exhibitors eligible to participate

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Say hello to Newark, daily from Athens

| January 23, 2017
Say hello to Newark, daily from Athens

Emirates to launch daily service to Newark via Athens

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ITB MICE Day: MICE striking a balance between effectiveness and efficiency

| January 19, 2017
ITB MICE Day: MICE striking a balance between effectiveness and efficiency

Agenda includes topical issues such as sustainability and social responsibility, digitalisation and demographic change – admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors

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Emirates rounds off a year of growth with fleet and product milestones

| January 18, 2017
Emirates rounds off a year of growth with fleet and product milestones

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, rounded off another year of growth in 2016, underlined by fleet and network expansion, as well as customer focused product investments.

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The Meetings Show opens applications for its hosted buyer programme

| January 17, 2017
The Meetings Show opens applications for its hosted buyer programme

  Applications for The Meetings Show hosted buyer programme are now open. The show will take place from 13-15 June at Olympia London and is now in its fifth edition. Buyers wishing to be part of the programme should visit the website (www.themeetingsshow.com) to check qualification criteria before completing their application.

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40% of the 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals in 2015 was driven by cultural motivations

| January 16, 2017
40% of the 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals in 2015 was driven by cultural motivations

Culture will constitute one of the principal ingredients and attractions of almost all the exhibitors and destinations present at FITUR.

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Airbus achieves targets proving ramp-up readiness in 2016

| January 11, 2017
Airbus achieves targets proving ramp-up readiness in 2016

. Record commercial aircraft deliveries of 688 . 731 net orders, book-to-bill above one . Healthy backlog of 6,874 aircraft Toulouse, 11 January 2017 – Airbus’ commercial aircraft deliveries in 2016 were up for the 14th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 688 aircraft delivered to 82 customers. Deliveries were more […]

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Year of the Rooster is a wake-up call for tourism to Europe

| January 5, 2017
Year of the Rooster is a wake-up call for tourism to Europe

More visitors – despite security concerns

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Christmas travel forecast from ForwardKeys

| December 20, 2016
Christmas travel forecast from ForwardKeys

US will be the top destination, Dubai the busiest airport

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Share your knowledge and insights with global meetings and events professionals: speaker submissions now open for IMEX in Frankfurt 2017

| December 19, 2016
Share your knowledge and insights with global meetings and events professionals: speaker submissions now open for IMEX in Frankfurt 2017

The IMEX team is inviting speakers and topic experts to submit session proposals for the professional education programme at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017, which takes place 16 – 18 May.

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CIBUS 2016: Advanced Technology and Tailor-Made Approach for a Successful Organising Secretariat

| December 14, 2016
CIBUS 2016: Advanced Technology and Tailor-Made Approach for a Successful Organising Secretariat

  “Kindness, courtesy, helpfulness and an always ready smile made the difference: certainly to our guests, but not the least in regard with us! Being on the field together, side by side, was a real pleasure and a relief.”  Alice Castellani, Incoming and International Activities, Fiere di Parma S.p.A. CLIENT:     CIBUS 2016 (International Food Exhibition) LOCATION:  Parma, Italy SOLUTION:  Meeting & […]

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Prague Will Host the Congress of Congresses

| December 8, 2016
Prague Will Host the Congress of Congresses

8th December 2016, Prague –  The Czech capital will welcome meetings professionals including top planners from all over the world for the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which will take place between 12 and 15 November 2017. 

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AIME launches new city experiences for 25th anniversary

| December 8, 2016
AIME launches new city experiences for 25th anniversary

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), launches ten Melbourne City Experiences, a new and exciting addition to the 2017 Hosted Buyer program.

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The IMEX A to Z of 2017: 5 trends to watch as the year unfolds

| December 7, 2016
The IMEX A to Z of 2017: 5 trends to watch as the year unfolds

2016 was no slouch of a year for the meetings industry nor, indeed, for the world at large. Dramatic forces were at play and many of us shared a sense that, even if we wanted to grasp the pace or nature of change taking place, we barely had the time or the head space to […]

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Technology takes off at ibtm world 2016

| December 6, 2016
Technology takes off at ibtm world 2016

Meetings industry technology went mainstream at ibtm world 2016 in Barcelona last week. Many of the 3000 international exhibitors chose to showcase themselves by using the very latest virtual reality technology, videography, giant LED walls and illuminated flooring, just some of the inspiring innovations that brought ibtm world to life.

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WTM London 2016 Conference and Events Sees A Record 19,000 Attendees

| December 6, 2016
WTM London 2016 Conference and Events Sees A Record 19,000 Attendees

World Travel Market London 2016’s Conference and Event programme experienced a 5% increase, taking the number of attendees to a record of almost 19,000.

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World Travel Awards reveals global hospitality champions in the Maldives

| December 5, 2016
World Travel Awards reveals global hospitality champions in the Maldives

Malé, Maldives Katara Hospitality has taken the title of World’s Leading Hospitality Company at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016.

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Saint Petersburg wins top title during World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016

| December 5, 2016
Saint Petersburg wins top title during World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016

London World Travel Awards has recognised St Petersburg’s potential for tourism growth, arguing the Russian destination has a bright future on the international hospitality stage. The city earlier claimed the title of the World’s Leading Cultural City Destination at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016. The event took place at The Sun Siyam Iru […]

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World Travel Awards Academy recognises Tourism Pioneers in the Maldives

| December 5, 2016
World Travel Awards Academy recognises Tourism Pioneers in the Maldives

Malé, Maldives The World Travel Awards Academy has recognised two global hospitality icons with the title of ‘Tourism Pioneer’ during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016.

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World Travel Awards touches down at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives

| November 30, 2016
World Travel Awards touches down at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives

Malé, Maldives, November 30th World Travel Awards is preparing to welcome the elite of global hospitality to the Maldives for the Grand Final 2016.

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Costa Navarino: 2017 European Golf Resort of the Year

| November 30, 2016
Costa Navarino: 2017 European Golf Resort of the Year

The most prestigious golf industry award was recently presented to Costa Navarino by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) in Palma de Majorca.

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Christian Mutschlechner receives lifetime achievement award at ibtm world

| November 29, 2016
Christian Mutschlechner receives lifetime achievement award at ibtm world

Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the meetings and events industry during the Meetings Leadership Summit at ibtm world.

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Programme revealed for Associations World Congress 2017 in Vienna

| November 29, 2016
Programme revealed for Associations World Congress 2017 in Vienna

The Association of Association Executives (AAE) today reveals the programme for the Associations World Congress to be held 2-4 May 2017 at the Austria Center Vienna.

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Italian Exhibition Group is organizing Travel Trade Market at Chengdu from 24th to 26th October 2017

| November 28, 2016
Italian Exhibition Group is organizing Travel Trade Market at Chengdu from 24th to 26th October 2017

 Beijing – Rimini, 28th November 2016 – The distance from China has been shortened for the tourism world too. Italian Exhibition Group, the new trade expo player formed by the merger between Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza, is launching Travel Trade Market, the international B2B expo dedicated to the world tourist industry, being held […]

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Chinese online travel agent Ctrip is to acquire Skyscanner

| November 24, 2016

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservations, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China.

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Eight big travel predictions for 2017

| November 23, 2016
Eight big travel predictions for 2017

Inspired by a wealth of data, traveller endorsements, reviews, preferences and insights as well as industry leading understanding and innovation in e-commerce travel technology, the experts at Booking.com shed light on 8 major travel predictions for 2017. Read on to find out what holiday makers and business travellers can expect to experience in the year […]

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Volotea offers 115.000 seats and 7 destinations from Athens in 2017

| November 23, 2016
Volotea offers 115.000 seats and 7 destinations from Athens in 2017

Volotea has transported more than 590.000 passengers in Greece since the beginning of the operations in the country, flying to 13 Greek airports

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