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Responsible Business Events top of the agenda in Copenhagen

| August 18, 2017
Responsible Business Events top of the agenda in Copenhagen
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A CSR-strategy implemented and brought to life in events, is a rare phenomenon. The new Responsible Business Events conference in Copenhagen aims to equip meeting planners with tools and strategic know-how on how to think and act sustainable, October 30th, back-to-back with the prestigious Sustainable Brands conference.

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Increasing security concerns present challenges and opportunities for travel managers

| August 2, 2017
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Business travellers remain concerned about safety Organisations must ramp up emergency planning efforts Alexandria, Va. (1 August 2017) — With global travel facing an ever-growing number of security threats, corporate travel buyers are dealing with an increasing number of traveller concerns, and struggling to adopt the tools necessary to address them. But according to new research […]

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OECD includes UNWTO in the list of Development Assistance Organizations

| August 2, 2017
OECD includes UNWTO in the list of Development Assistance Organizations
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The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), representing thirty of the main donor countries, has included the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the List of ODA- eligible International Organizations.

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HERE Technologies is new VOK DAMS client

| July 31, 2017
HERE Technologies is new VOK DAMS client
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HERE Technologies have contracted the international event specialists of VOK DAMS, agency for events and live-marketing to accelerate and streamline their events and exhibitions around the globe.

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Η Lufthansa επεκτείνει το Ευρωπαϊκό δίκτυο των πτήσεων της τον φετινό χειμώνα

| July 31, 2017
Η Lufthansa επεκτείνει το Ευρωπαϊκό δίκτυο των πτήσεων της τον φετινό χειμώνα
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Επτά νέοι χειμερινοί προορισμοί από τη Φρανκφούρτη και το Μόναχο

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HOME – the world’s first Fast Displacement with hybrid propulsion

| July 22, 2017
HOME – the world’s first Fast Displacement with hybrid propulsion
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World’s first Fast Displacement motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion was delivered to her Owner in international waters.

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International travel industry charity Just a Drop marks 20th year with new website and brand refresh, reflecting the breadth of its projects and the 1.3 million people reached

| July 19, 2017
International travel industry charity Just a Drop marks 20th year with new website and brand refresh, reflecting the breadth of its projects and the 1.3 million people reached
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International travel industry water charity Just a Drop has marked its 20th year with the launch of a new website and a brand refresh, to reflect the breadth and impact of its work, and the 1.3 million people whose lives have been transformed with access to clean water, health and sanitation programmes since the charity launched in 1998.

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Hotelbeds Group to distribute Big Bus Tours globally

| July 5, 2017
Hotelbeds Group to distribute Big Bus Tours globally
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Partnership forms part of commitment to continually grow portfolio of Group´s Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) to offer clients best available products and prices.

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UNWTO appoints the President of Malta as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

| July 5, 2017
UNWTO appoints the President of Malta as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
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Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, has been nominated as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The appointment took place at a ceremony held at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Headquarters in Madrid.

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The Ritz-Carlton Takes to the Sea – First Luxury Hotel Brand to Offer Bespoke Yacht Experiences

| June 27, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton Takes to the Sea – First Luxury Hotel Brand to Offer Bespoke Yacht Experiences
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., […]

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Meeting of the digital travel industry: 8th VIR Online Innovation Days at the Marshall Haus at Messe Berlin

| June 27, 2017
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How will artificial intelligence change life in the future and in particular how will it affect the tourism industry?

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VisitBritain celebrates magical Britain in year of literary milestones

| June 26, 2017
VisitBritain celebrates magical Britain in year of literary milestones
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In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (26 June) VisitBritain is showcasing what makes Britain a magical destination.

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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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