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SEAT brings together 5700 professionals from its international commercial network in the PortAventura Convention Centre

| June 21, 2017
SEAT brings together 5700 professionals from its international commercial network in the PortAventura Convention Centre
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PortAventura Convention Centre hosts SEAT’s training days for the second time, reaching a record number of participants. The brand organised training aimed at the dealership network from more than 50 countries, ready for the launch of the new Ibiza. PortAventura Convention Centre – A total of 5700 sales and after-sales consultants from more than 50 […]

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ICCA releases rankings by participant numbers

| June 19, 2017
ICCA releases rankings by participant numbers
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More, but smaller meetings; Vienna, Seoul and Barcelona top the city charts

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Hotelbeds Group publishes results of industry survey on data analytics taken at MarketHub Asia

| June 15, 2017
Hotelbeds Group publishes results of industry survey on data analytics taken at MarketHub Asia
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Data analytics survey launched at the recent Hotelbeds MarketHub Asia event in Bangkok surveyed 250 plus participants and over 30 nationalities. Almost 90% of APAC travel companies will increase data analytics budget next year – and over half expect 30% plus increase in revenues from data analytics boost. Lack of skilled people and lack of […]

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Hotelbeds Group completes deal for Tourico Holidays

| June 8, 2017
Hotelbeds Group completes deal for Tourico Holidays
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  Following closure of customary regulatory and legal procedures, Tourico Holidays is now officially part of Hotelbeds Group. From today Tourico Holidays will become a business unit within Hotelbeds Group while the integration progresses. Strategic plan in development for combining both businesses in a phased approach.  Palma, June 8th , 2017 – Hotelbeds Group, a […]

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Hotelbeds Group continues to strengthen Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) offering with TrekkSoft partnership to power real-time bookings

| June 1, 2017
Hotelbeds Group continues to strengthen Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) offering with TrekkSoft partnership to power real-time bookings
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TrekkSoft´s technology will be integrated into Hotelbeds Group´s platform to benefit both suppliers and clients via increased upselling opportunities. Increase in TAB´s portfolio by over 2,000 activities – to reach more than 14,000 activities globally. Partnership forms part of Hotelbeds Group´s strategy to triple sales for its Transfer & Activity Bank over coming years. Palma […]

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Sweden Lists Entire Country on Airbnb

| May 24, 2017
Sweden Lists Entire Country on Airbnb
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From the southernmost Smygehuk headland to the wilderness around the Three-Country Cairn in the north, through freedom to roam, the entire country of Sweden is included in your booking.

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IMEX Politicians Forum generates keen debate

| May 17, 2017
IMEX Politicians Forum generates keen debate
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The role that meetings and events can play in destinations in a world where globalisation, free trade, free movement and social order is undergoing critical change was a theme central to the keen and engaging discussions when almost 30 politicians and policy makers came together with 80 industry leaders at the 15th annual IMEX Politicians […]

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SITE Launches New Online Learning Portal for Incentive Travel Professionals 

| May 17, 2017
SITE Launches New Online Learning Portal for Incentive Travel Professionals 
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SITE Members receive complimentary access through 30 June 

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15th edition of IMEX focuses on creating business opportunities and making powerful connections

| May 16, 2017
15th edition of IMEX focuses on creating business opportunities and  making powerful connections
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“At IMEX our aim is to help the industry make valuable connections and build powerful working relationships. With 3,500 companies exhibiting from over 150 countries, and a packed schedule of education and social events, there are plenty of opportunities to make fresh connections and to do a lot of business over the next three days.”

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WTM London Expands Speed Networking Programme

| May 16, 2017
WTM London Expands Speed Networking Programme
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  WTM London 2017 is introducing an extra Speed Networking session on the Tuesday of the event – meaning each day will kick off with a speed networking event before the exhibition floor opens. The first day of the event – Monday 6 November – will start with the traditional regional speed networking event, with […]

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Increased international visitors help swell ATM 2017

| May 12, 2017
Increased international visitors help swell ATM 2017
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GCC visitors up 10% ATM records 71% growth since 2012 Over 100 new exhibitors debut at ATM 2017 Responsible tourism to be key theme of 2018 event This year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed a 7% increase in international visitors and a 10% increase in visitors from the GCC to the event, which was held in […]

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India Sees Surge In Visitors, Thanks To ‘Premier Partnership’ Deal With WTM London 

| May 9, 2017
India Sees Surge In Visitors, Thanks To ‘Premier Partnership’ Deal With WTM London 
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India’s ‘Premier Partner’ status with World Travel Market London last year has led to double-digit growth in international tourism and a bumper number of business deals. The Premier Partnership status gave India a greatly enhanced profile at WTM London 2016, as the country’s tourism board highlighted its diverse attractions to the world’s key source markets […]

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ICCA announces all-time record number of association meetings in 2016

| May 8, 2017
ICCA announces all-time record number of association meetings in 2016
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The number of international association meetings continues to double every ten years. Paris reclaims the top spot in the 2016 city ranking.

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14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism : Call for applications 

| May 4, 2017
14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism : Call for applications 
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Applications for the 14th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism by the World Tourism Organization are now being accepted. Winners will be announced in January 2018 on the occasion of the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, to be held at the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR).

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Hilton and King Faisal Corniche Development (KFCD) partner on US$ 66m hotel at The Avenues, Bahrain

| May 3, 2017
Hilton and King Faisal Corniche Development (KFCD) partner on US$ 66m hotel at The Avenues, Bahrain
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The 210 room Hilton Bahrain Bay Hotel & Residences will be located at The Avenues in Manama – a major retail and leisure destination scheduled to open later this year Chris Nassetta, Hilton CEO and Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of KFCD and Mabanee sign agreement in Dubai

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Association of Association Executives unveils new Association Success Story Programme in Vienna

| May 3, 2017
Association of Association Executives unveils new Association Success Story Programme in Vienna
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  The Association of Association Executives (AAE) today announces the launch of its year-round Association Success Story Programme at the Associations World Congress in Vienna, Austria.

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AIM Group International: Expanding its Presence with New Contracts

| May 3, 2017
AIM Group International: Expanding its Presence with New Contracts
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  By expanding its presence in the medical and other fields, AIM Group International is strengthening its position as a diverse and experienced Conference Organizer.

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Hotelbeds empowers customers with data analytics focus at MarketHub Americas 2017

| April 27, 2017
Hotelbeds empowers customers with data analytics focus at MarketHub Americas 2017
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  o  ´Powered by data. Driven by people´ theme for Hotelbeds’ MarketHub Americas event. o  Top five questions to ask your technology provider about data analytics outlined by Hotelbeds Group´s CIO. o  Polling of over 500 attendees on data analytics trends reveals that 64% will increase investment significantly in data and analytics over the next […]

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80% of Expo 2020 site will be re-developed in legacy mission

| April 25, 2017
80% of Expo 2020 site will be re-developed in legacy mission
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All Expo assets and infrastructure to remain operational Siemens AG to re-locate global headquarters to Expo site Expo 2020 Dubai, the first mega-event to be hosted in the region, will lay the foundations for a diversified and sustainable tourism industry through a series of initiatives designed to support the UAE’s plans for diversification to a […]

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Tourism key for economic growth and diversification in the MENA region

| April 25, 2017
Tourism key for economic growth and diversification in the MENA region
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Moderated by CNN Becky Anderson, the UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum concluded that the main priorities for the region include human resources development, public/private sector cooperation, connectivity, technology and sustainability. Issues on discussion included the development of domestic tourism by engaging repeat travellers, the support to innovation and entrepreneurship, the need to improve the quality and ‘perception’ […]

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GTA to join Hotelbeds Group

| April 21, 2017
GTA to join Hotelbeds Group
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  o       Hotelbeds Group and GTA combine forces to drive distribution excellence in the B2B travel wholesaler and retail space. o       Deal brings together companies with complementary operations and geographic footprints. o       Significant presence of GTA in fast growing Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets closely aligns with Hotelbeds Group´s growth strategy.

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Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet

| April 19, 2017
Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet
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Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors

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Chinese tourists spent 12% more in travelling abroad in 2016

| April 19, 2017
Chinese tourists spent 12% more in travelling abroad in 2016
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2016 results on expenditure from major outbound markets reflect increasing demand for international tourism across the world, as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With a 12% increase in spending, China continued to lead international outbound tourism, followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France as top five spenders.

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WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 to Focus on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

| April 19, 2017
WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 to Focus on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
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To celebrate 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, World Travel Market London is focusing World Responsible Tourism Day – including the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards – on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Ryanair Unveils 2017/18 “Always Getting Better” Plan – Connecting flights on Ryanair’s network

| April 6, 2017
Ryanair Unveils 2017/18 “Always Getting Better” Plan – Connecting flights on Ryanair’s network
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Ryanair, today (6 Apr) unveiled its 2017/18 customer experience improvement plan which forms Year 4 of its “Always Getting Better” (AGB) programme, including service, digital, ancillary and inflight developments.

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Hotelbeds Group announces Riviera Maya as host destination for 8th edition of Hotelbeds´ MarketHub Americas

| April 6, 2017
Hotelbeds Group announces Riviera Maya as host destination for 8th edition of Hotelbeds´ MarketHub Americas
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Powered by data, driven by people theme will explore fast-evolving landscape of travel data – and how travel companies can use this to boost growth. Extensive programme of guest speakers, including retired NASA astronaut Jon McBride. Event gathers several hundred tour operator and OTA attendees from across North, Central and Latin America.  

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Aeroflot launches English-language in-flight magazine

| April 5, 2017
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Moscow — Aeroflot has launched its first English-language in-flight magazine to cater for its ever-growing numbers of international passengers. As well as offering entertainment, the magazine will also help inform travellers about Russia, particularly those who are visiting the country for the first time.

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Today, Turkish Airlines Has Added Voronezh, Russia as its 298th Destination in 120 countries Served by the Airline.

| April 4, 2017
Today, Turkish Airlines Has Added Voronezh, Russia as its 298th Destination in 120 countries Served by the Airline.
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By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options.

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Luxury Munich hotel to the stars to target UAE visitors

| March 28, 2017
Luxury Munich hotel to the stars to target UAE visitors
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The GCC luxury travel market favourite, the Bayerischer Hof Hotel, in association with Munich Airport, is targeting strong visitor numbers as Germany prepares to welcome 3.6 million Gulf tourists by 2030, an increase of over 200%

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Wyndham Hotel Group to expand its presence in Greece – 4 new Hotels till 2018

| March 28, 2017
Wyndham Hotel Group to expand its presence in Greece – 4 new Hotels till 2018
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Athens – Wyndham Hotel Group and Zeus International will collaborate in developing 20 hotels over the next years in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania. Wyndham Hotel Group and Zeus International initially partnered on development of Wyndham Grand Athens, which opened in December 2016, and is the first hotel under any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s 18 […]

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India remains top source market as GCC countries prepare to entice visitors at Arabian Travel Market 2017

| March 28, 2017
India remains top source market as GCC countries prepare to entice visitors at Arabian Travel Market 2017
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  Dubai welcomed 1.8 million visitors from India last year, up 12.5% Indian visitors to Abu Dhabi up by 15% in 2016 Oman has seen a 60% increase in arrivals from India over the last five years Major tourism hotspots in the GCC are experiencing a surge in Indian visitors as the region prepares to […]

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Historic partnership between Hotelbeds Group and IHG to boost business globally 

| March 24, 2017
Historic partnership between Hotelbeds Group and IHG to boost business globally 
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Both companies will intensify relations to reach record-breaking results for this year Unprecedented access to the chain’s full network of over 5,000 hotels in 100-plus countries 

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Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum 2017

| March 16, 2017
Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum 2017
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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are expected to welcome 195 million international tourists by 2030. Between 25 million and 50 million new jobs will be required in the region over the next decade. Over 20 Ministers and industry leaders will gather at the Ministerial Forum to discuss how tourism can play a role […]

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in view of the Eiffel Tower

| March 16, 2017
Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in view of the Eiffel Tower
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CANNES, France, March 15, 2017/ — Hilton (NYSE: HLT) (www.Hilton.com) has announced that its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand will add a second property in central Paris, Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower. 

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The human touch and industry disruptors discussed at ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter 2017 Annual Debate

| March 16, 2017
The human touch and industry disruptors discussed at ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter 2017 Annual Debate
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The ‘human touch’ emerged as an invaluable element when dealing with industry disruptors at the annual ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter Debate which took place last week at Manchester Central.

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GES Adds Leading Visitor Engagement Technology with Acquisition of Poken

| March 16, 2017
GES Adds Leading Visitor Engagement Technology with Acquisition of Poken
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Poken’s extensive event measurement and visitor engagement capabilities perfectly complement GES’ core live event services and technologies

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UK stars promote Britain in new global magazine

| March 16, 2017
UK stars promote Britain in new global magazine
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Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and actor Charlie Hunnam are among the stars helping to promote Britain to the world in VisitBritain’s new international ‘Imagination’ magazine.

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UITT, Ukraine’s leading travel exhibition, returns in March 2017

| March 14, 2017
UITT, Ukraine’s leading travel exhibition, returns in March 2017
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The 23rd edition of UITT, Ukraine’s best attended travel and tourism exhibition, returns on 29 – 31 March 2017 at the IEC in Kyiv. This event provides a central meeting place for local and international tour operators and travel industry professionals to converge and do business. 

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TUI Sensimar Imperial Resort & Spa by Atlantica has received the TUI Holly award 2017

| March 13, 2017
TUI Sensimar Imperial Resort & Spa by Atlantica has received the TUI Holly award 2017
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For a fourth consecutive year, TUI Sensimar Imperial Resort & Spa by Atlantica, has earned the TUI Holly award and is within the top 100 hoteliers that have been awarded. In the biggest customer survey carried out in the German tourism industry, every year half a million TUI guests decide which hotels are amongst the […]

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ITB Berlin 2017: Positive economic forecasts give the global travel industry a boost

| March 12, 2017
ITB Berlin 2017: Positive economic forecasts give the global travel industry a boost
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Lust for travel and profound safety concerns – Personal encounters vs. the digital world – ITB Berlin underlines its standing as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show ® – Record numbers at the ITB Berlin Convention and increase in international buyers – Preparations under way for ITB China in Shanghai

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