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UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

| December 12, 2017
UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals
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H.E. Ms. Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, being held in Muscat, Sultanate […]

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Paul Flackett memorial arrangements

| December 8, 2017
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IMEX has confirmed memorial arrangements for Paul Flackett, IMEX Group Managing Director. A memorial, open to industry colleagues, will take place on Monday, 15 January 2018 at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London.

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Just a Drop announces its third annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society will feature award-winning authors and historians 

| December 5, 2017
Just a Drop announces its third annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society will feature award-winning authors and historians 
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International water charity Just a Drop has announced that its third annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society will feature award-winning authors and historians, and will take place on 1 March 2018. All proceeds from the evening will support Just a Drop’s safe water and sanitation projects.

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Bedsonline publishes highlights for fiscal year ´16/´17

| December 4, 2017
Bedsonline publishes highlights for fiscal year ´16/´17
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–  Spain remains as the main source market for Bedsonline globally –  Bedsonline consolidates in North America, registering 51% growth in Canada and 30% in the United States – Spain is the preferred destination for British bookings made via the Bedsonline platform

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Hotelbeds Group announces Turkey recovery during current financial year

| December 4, 2017
Hotelbeds Group announces Turkey recovery during current financial year
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Turkey rises in rankings from 11th to 9th most booked destination for the Group in EMEA region – with 40% increase in sales. The UK, German and Saudi Arabian markets are the three biggest sources of reservations made via the Group´s platform for the country. Group responds to increased demand by adding Turkish hotels to its inventory. […]

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25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Steady growth for Asian outbound travel in 2017

| December 4, 2017
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5 percent growth in Asian outbound trips – More beach holidays and city trips – Recovery in travel to Europe – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from IPK’s World Travel Monitor®

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The UK and Ireland Pipeline Continues to Boom

| November 28, 2017
The UK and Ireland Pipeline Continues to Boom
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The United Kingdom and Ireland are neighboring markets that would seem to have much in common, but are really two very distinct countries. In fact, insinuating that these two countries are virtually the same to the natives of either place is a social faux pas one would do well to avoid. However, the fact remains […]

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Future-oriented topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2018

| November 28, 2017
Future-oriented topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2018
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Revolutionary forms of transport, overtourism and digitalization in the tourism industry are the key topics of the Leading Travel Industry Think Tank – Admission is free for exhibitors and visitors to ITB Berlin

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Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities website isango! confirms growth success story 

| November 25, 2017
Hotelbeds Group’s tours & activities website isango! confirms growth success story 
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Sales increase of 87% over last four years Over 7,500 experiences and activities in more than 300 destinations are now connected to the isango! platform Significant expansion of in-destination bookings, with 215% bookings increase during last year Palma, 24 of November 2017. Hotelbeds Group, the business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry globally, has announced […]

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Continuing innovation at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 as several new initiatives are confirmed

| November 25, 2017
Continuing innovation at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 as several new initiatives are confirmed
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“Innovation is at the heart of IMEX exhibitions and for 2018 we are again creating a series of new initiatives that will meet the needs of buyers and exhibitors and substantially enhance their business experience,” says Carina Bauer, before adding “Several engaging new initiatives, new exhibitors and new hosted buyer groups are already confirmed for […]

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25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Strong year for European outbound travel

| November 22, 2017
25th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Strong year for European outbound travel
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Strong growth in European outbound trips so far this year – good figures for most European destinations – solid growth outlook for 2018 – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from the World Travel Monitor®

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Hotelbeds Group platform reaches 170,000 unique hotels following integrations

| November 20, 2017
Hotelbeds Group platform reaches 170,000 unique hotels following integrations
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  Hotelbeds Group provides update on latest stage of integration of Tourico Holidays and GTA during World Travel Market fair in London Over 7,000 clients in the wholesaler channel now using the Group´s platforms Group´s enlarged IT platforms now supporting around 1 billion searches daily – with peaks of up to 1.5 billion Palma: Hotelbeds […]

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International water charity Just a Drop to launch Clean Water for Uganda fundraising campaign at World Travel Market 2017

| October 23, 2017
International water charity Just a Drop to launch Clean Water for Uganda fundraising campaign at World Travel Market 2017
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At World Travel Market 2017 international water development charity Just a Drop will launch a campaign to bring clean safe water to Ugandan schoolchildren.

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Apply now to speak at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin!

| October 18, 2017
Apply now to speak at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin!
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ITB Berlin is searching best practices and case studies on mobile solutions, travel technology, social media and digital marketing, as well as inspirations for the new Special Hospitality Tech Forum – the application deadline is 31 October 2017

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SEGITTUR and FITUR: The Apptourism Awards 2018

| October 18, 2017
SEGITTUR and FITUR: The Apptourism Awards 2018
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Any interested apps have until 30 November to enter their candidatures  More than 450 apps were entered in the four previous stagings 

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Wizz Air announces an extensive low-fare network from Athens

| October 16, 2017
Wizz Air announces an extensive low-fare network from Athens
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ATHENS BECOMES WIZZ’S 144TH DESTINATION WITH 8 NEW ROUTES TO START IN 2018

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ITW Abu Dhabi: Muslim majority travel is an important market in the global travel industry

| October 16, 2017
ITW Abu Dhabi: Muslim majority travel is an important market in the global travel industry
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Halal travel is a market that offers huge prospects for the global tourism industry. Only recently ITB Berlin announced its partnership with (ITW) in Abu Dhabi, the world’s leading trade show with a focus on Muslim majority tourism.

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The Vienna Convention Bureau has again been honored with the Prevue Visionary Gold Award for “Best Convention Bureau experience”

| October 13, 2017
The Vienna Convention Bureau has again been honored with the Prevue Visionary Gold Award for “Best Convention Bureau experience”
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Laurel Herman, President and Editorial Director of the Prevue Magazine, states in her recognition: “Our readers, who are meeting and incentive professionals as well as Advisory Board for our Visionary Award, voted again, as in the previous year, for the Vienna Convention Bureau to be the best meeting destination support in the international market.

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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2018

| October 13, 2017
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2018
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World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® and the German federal state seal partnership

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PATA welcomes Airbnb as its newest hospitality member

| October 10, 2017
PATA welcomes Airbnb as its newest hospitality member
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BANGKOK, October 10, 2017 – Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, is the latest hospitality sector organisation to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

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Roiback wins ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider’ at 2017 World Travel Awards for second year in a row 

| October 10, 2017
Roiback wins ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider’ at 2017 World Travel Awards for second year in a row 
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Palma de Mallorca, 10th October, 2017 – Roiback, a specialist in powering direct sales for hotels, has taken the Europe’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider award at 2017 World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s most prestigious awards programme,for the second year running.

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Tourism trend in the Middle Kingdom: Chinese outbound travel grows despite decline in trips to Europe

| October 9, 2017
Tourism trend in the Middle Kingdom: Chinese outbound travel grows despite decline in trips to Europe
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In 2016, China registered a 13 per cent increase in outbound trips – city trips and Sun&Beach holidays are becoming more and more important – trips to Europe declined – ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse outbound travel behaviour of the Chinese

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TUI: Greece with strong growth in the 2017 season

| October 8, 2017
TUI: Greece with strong growth in the 2017 season
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A MODEL FOR THE NETWORKING OF LOCAL PRODUCERS AND HOTELIERS  TUI has been able to increase the number of visitors to Greece this summer by around ten percent to 2.5 million. As a result, Greece the second most important destination for the TUI Group behind Spain.

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ITB Berlin forwards global conservation efforts by joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF)

| October 6, 2017
ITB Berlin forwards global conservation efforts by joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF)
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ATCF members provide direct funding to support natural and cultural projects in worldwide destinations

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Hotelbeds Group confirms position as a leading distributor of hotels and ancillaries to the travel trade

| October 4, 2017
Hotelbeds Group confirms position as a leading distributor of hotels and ancillaries to the travel trade
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Following the customary regulatory process, GTA officially joins Hotelbeds Group. Strategic integration plan – including Tourico Holidays, which joined the Group in June – already underway. Leadership team confirmed to reflect enlarged Group. Group announces José Antonio Tazón as Senior Non-Executive Director on Board of Directors and Chairman of Advisory Committee.  Palma, October 4, 2017 […]

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ODYSSEA: 2nd International Voyage with sailing boats

| October 3, 2017
ODYSSEA: 2nd International Voyage with sailing boats
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The 2nd  ODYSSEA International voyage with sailing boats will begin its journey from the end of Odysseus’ true journey,  from Corfu and Ithaca. The trip will take place with sailing boats with participants the production team (theater groups, artists, chefs, musicians) :

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UK could look forward to rise in visits from China during Golden Week

| October 2, 2017
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The UK could look forward to a rise in visitors from China in the coming week as China National Day and the Golden Week holiday begin.

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New tool for tour ops

| September 29, 2017
New tool for tour ops
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Tour operators wanting to engage with clients during and after their trip will find a visit to the stand of Open Destinations beneficial.

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Roiback improves its booking engine achieving a 10% improvement in the average conversion rate 

| September 28, 2017
Roiback improves its booking engine achieving a 10% improvement in the average conversion rate 
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After a thorough process of testing, Backhotel 4.5 adds new features and improvements in terms of design and usability for hotels to increase its conversion and maximize its direct sales channel.  With a portfolio of over 1,500 hotels in 29 different countries, Roiback positions itself as a leader in powering direct sales for hotels. 

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ICAO, ICCAIA and other major aviation organisations launch new joint report on economic benefits of air transport

| September 25, 2017
ICAO, ICCAIA and other major aviation organisations launch new joint report on economic benefits of air transport
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Brussels, September 25, 2017 – Aviation is essential to the economic development of cities, countries and regions everywhere, but governments can only optimise its benefits by addressing the sector’s critical infrastructure and resource needs in their national development strategies.

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Hotelbeds Group continues to widen Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) portfolio with Broadway integration

| September 21, 2017
Hotelbeds Group continues to widen Transfer & Activity Bank (TAB) portfolio with Broadway integration
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Broadway partnership will add 46 new theatre options to Transfer & Activity Bank portfolio, focused mainly in New York, Las Vegas and Chicago. The partnership will exponentially increase sales of theatre, shows and musicals in TAB portfolio over the next three years. This integration forms part of Hotelbeds Group’s strategy to triple sales for its […]

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UNTWO report examines the growing LGBT segment

| September 20, 2017
UNTWO report examines the growing LGBT segment
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Highlighting the enormous potential for the travel industry, the 2nd Global Report on LGBT Tourism, published by UNWTO this year and the second to appear since 2012, examines the prospects and challenges facing LGBT travel.

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ACTE Begins Using Cisco Collaboration Technology to Transform Operations, Training and Event Management

| September 20, 2017
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Alexandria, Va.  — The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) today announced that Cisco has become a President’s Circle Sponsor. The new sponsorship will bring Cisco’s collaboration technology to ACTE and will allow the organization to transform how it operates, how it trains and how it runs events.

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“The golden key to your company’s success” – white space and well-being explored through events, experts and education at IMEX America 2017

| September 20, 2017
“The golden key to your company’s success” – white space and well-being explored through events, experts and education at IMEX America 2017
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White space, “unplugging”, nutrition and mindfulness are all elements of well-being, a topic that is increasingly topping the to-do list for event strategists and meeting planners, and one that is explored in detail at IMEX America this year.

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Shortlist revealed for ABPCO Excellence Awards 2017

| September 20, 2017
Shortlist revealed for ABPCO Excellence Awards 2017
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The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has revealed the shortlist for their 2017 Excellence Awards.

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Hotelbeds Group announces 87% growth in sales via airline channel during the last three years

| September 7, 2017
Hotelbeds Group announces 87% growth in sales via airline channel during the last three years
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Total Transaction Value (TTV) of accommodation and other ancillaries sold by airlines via Hotelbeds Group platform increased by 87% over last three years. More than 50 airlines worldwide are currently connected to Hotelbeds Group´s portfolio of travel products. Recent Tourico Holidays integration will accelerate business consolidation in the vital North American market as well as […]

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«Ticket Offers» by the Athens International Airport!

| August 29, 2017
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Real time airline ticket offers information by www.aia.gr

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Exhibition “εmotions”

| August 24, 2017
Exhibition “εmotions”
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Tuesday, 18 July – Sunday, 19 November, 2017 Τhe Acropolis Museum joins forces with the Onassis Foundation, an organization which has been contributing to Culture and Education for 42 years, in a rare and significant partnership. The end result is co-staging in Athens the “εmotions” exhibition, which scored such a huge success at the Onassis Cultural Center, New York.

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Sustainability in tourism on the international agenda

| August 23, 2017
Sustainability in tourism on the international agenda
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The United Nations has proclaimed 2017 the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’. Under the aegis of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the declared aim is to strengthen awareness for tourism activities that contribute to sustainable development. At the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® In March 2017, ITB Berlin, which for many […]

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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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