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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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

  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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The world’s leading bedbank announces its German source market performance at ITB Berlin (Hall 9 Stand 308) 

| March 10, 2017
The world’s leading bedbank announces its German source market performance at ITB Berlin (Hall 9 Stand 308) 

Hotelbeds Group continued to outperform German market during 2016

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New Medical Tourism Pavilion: Announcement of the world’s best hospitals for medical tourism

| March 10, 2017
New Medical Tourism Pavilion: Announcement of the world’s best hospitals for medical tourism

This year ITB Berlin has introduced a new platform in Hall 3.2 for medical health providers, as well as hotels and destinations offering corresponding medical services. At the Medical Tourism Pavilion visitors can find about products and services and attend presentations and workshops on the latest trends and developments in this growth market.

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High heels meet high ambitions: IMEX recognises girl-power within events industry by celebrating International Women’s Day

| March 9, 2017
High heels meet high ambitions: IMEX recognises girl-power within events industry by celebrating International Women’s Day

IMEX is supporting International Women’s Day on 8 March by celebrating the role women play across the international meetings and events industry and throughout the forthcoming show, IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 16 – 18 May. Women play a fundamental role in the industry and as participants at IMEX shows; they account for nearly half […]

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National Geographic and ITB Berlin Announce World Legacy Awards Winners

| March 9, 2017
National Geographic and ITB Berlin Announce World Legacy Awards Winners

Visionary Travel Companies and Destination Leaders Honored During United Nations International Year for Sustainable Tourism

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Ellinair was awarded as the “Best new entrant performance, based on scheduled passenger traffic” by Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”!

| March 9, 2017
Ellinair was awarded as the “Best new entrant performance, based on scheduled passenger traffic” by Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”!

Ellinair was awarded as the “Best new entrant performance, based on scheduled passenger traffic” by Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”!  Ellinair received yet another distinction during the 17th Airline Marketing Workshop, that took place on 02nd March 2017, at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

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Ellinair is launching new Easter flights to Germany!

| March 9, 2017
Ellinair is launching new Easter flights to Germany!

Ellinair is launching new Easter flights to Germany at new, lower rates! 

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Specialist destinations growth for Hotelbeds Group´s Destination Services business in German market 

| March 8, 2017

Destination Services has registered 26% year-on-year increase in specialist destinations from the German source market during the October to January period Upsurge driven mainly by interest for Group and Fully Independent Traveller (FIT) roundtrip products South Africa (+55%) and Kenya (+41%) fastest growing specialist destinations

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ITB Berlin 2017 maintains its strong appeal

| March 7, 2017
ITB Berlin 2017 maintains its strong appeal

26 halls fully booked – Around 10,000 exhibitors from 184 countries and regions – Botswana, the official partner country, sets an example for sustainable tourism – ITB Berlin Convention features the key topics ‘Safety & Security’ and ’Artificial Intelligence’ – Launch of Medical Tourism, a new segment – Travel Technology continues to boom – 2017 […]

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ITB Buyers Circle: Big business is best in a small circle

| March 6, 2017
ITB Buyers Circle: Big business is best in a small circle

Buyers with large budgets from around the world – ITB Speed Networking Event connects leading buyers with exhibitors –Services at the show save time and ensure even greater business success at ITB Berlin

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UNWTO advances the conversion of the Code of Ethics into an international Convention

| March 6, 2017
UNWTO advances the conversion of the Code of Ethics into an international Convention

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is working to convert the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international Convention, in order to increase the commitment of all stakeholders to its principles. The process is being led by an intergovernmental Working Group composed of representatives of 36 UNWTO Member States.

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Electric car on a zero emissions 34,000 km journey fuels Dubai Airports’ green mobility event

| March 6, 2017

The event supports Dubai Plan 2021 to enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint Dubai, UAE – March 6, 2017 – An electric car that is on a 34,000 kilometre zero-emission road trip – from the Netherlands to Australia – and has been driven through 22 countries, stopped by at Dubai International to refuel and […]

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Measures to minimise possible effects due to strikes at Berlin’s airports

| March 4, 2017

ITB Berlin has put together a number of measures to ensure visitors experience minimum difficulties travelling to the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show

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Sustainability, new platform tourism services and Silk Road focus of UNWTO activities at ITB 2017

| March 3, 2017
Sustainability, new platform tourism services and Silk Road focus of UNWTO activities at ITB 2017

 UNWTO activities at the 51th edition of ITB, taking place next 8-12 March in Berlin, include the 7th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers Meeting, events on the New Platform Tourism Services (or the so- called sharing economy), Child Protection and Indigenous Tourism.

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ITB Berlin raises awareness of CSR in tourism

| March 3, 2017
ITB Berlin raises awareness of CSR in tourism

World’s Largest Travel Trade Show focuses on the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017’ – forward-looking projects and a new impetus for social responsibility in tourism on the stages in Hall 4.1 and at the ITB Berlin Convention

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Passenger traffic at DXB hits an all-time high of 8 million in January

| March 1, 2017

Dubai, UAE – March 1, 2017 – Dubai International began the new year in top gear as monthly traffic in January reached an all-time high of 8 million passengers, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

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Plan, explore and network: The ITB App offers many new features

| February 28, 2017
Plan, explore and network: The ITB App offers many new features

New interactive features to plan the ITB visit efficiently and gain new business contacts – The ITB App is free of charge and available now for download on App Store and Google Play.

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WTM and Global Wellness Institute Announce Strategic Partnership

| February 28, 2017
WTM and Global Wellness Institute Announce Strategic Partnership

The World Travel Market portfolio of events and the Global Wellness Institute have agreed upon a strategic partnership, which will start at Arabian Travel Market (24-27 April) in Dubai.

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Experience Botswana live at the opening of ITB Berlin

| February 28, 2017
Experience Botswana live at the opening of ITB Berlin

Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries and the president of Botswana, the partner country, to attend the gala event at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show® – a show full of entertainment showcasing tourism attractions and featuring dance, music and theatre performances

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