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GBTA Announces Peter Mansbridge as Featured Speaker at GBTA Conference 2018 Toronto

Jan 20, 2018

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Peter Mansbridge as a featured speaker for its 14th annual conference in Toronto from April 16-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. His appearance is made possible by IHG® - InterContinental Hotels Group.

“It will be a true delight to welcome the iconic Peter Mansbridge to the stage at GBTA Conference 2018 Toronto,” said Nancy Tudorache, director of operations for GBTA Canada. “Mr. Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most prominent names in TV journalism, and he will surely impart wisdom from his decades of experience to our attendees.”

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News from the Global Meetings Industry

WTTC calls for public and private sector collaboration to speed up implementation of biometrics

Jan 20, 2018

Implementation of biometric technology to facilitate secure borders is the single biggest opportunity for the Travel & Tourism sector in 2018, according to Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

 

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2018 opens to great fanfare

Jan 20, 2018

The 38th Thailand Tourism Festival will be held from 17 to 21 January 2018 at Lumpini Park in Bangkok, showcasing amazing attractions and fascinating culture from all corners of the Kingdom....more >>

PATA launches food waste campaign ‘Building an Understanding For Food Excess in Tourism’

Jan 20, 2018

Building on the success of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017) initiative and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), PATA, along with our project partner, Scholars of Sustenance (Thai-SOS) and knowledge partner Futouris, is launching the BUFFET Campaign to raise awareness of food waste in our industry to drive positive change....more >>

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Shows Some Love to Mother Nature

Jan 20, 2018

In conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) seventh Environment Day, 35 of its team members, led by the Centre’s Safety, Health and Environment Department and Orang Asli (indigenous) volunteers from Sungai Buloh, spent their Saturday protecting and conserving 160 endangered trees at Taman Tugu Negara (National Monument Park)....more >>

A wealth of expertise at the ITB Berlin Convention 2018

Jan 20, 2018

Leading international speakers will respond to the big future challenges – Focus on overtourism, revolutionary forms of transport and digitalization in the travel industry – Admission is free for trade visitors, exhibitors and media representatives of ITB Berlin....more >>

Al Hamra Group launches first 2018 CSR initiative

Jan 16, 2018

The hospitality division of Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Hamra Group has introduced its first CSR initiative of 2018. The company has donated various household goods to three major charities, including the Emirates Red Crescent, Rahmath Charitable Trust and Dar Al Ber Society....more >>

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2018

Jan 16, 2018

The UNWTO Awards on Innovation and Excellence in Tourism, African and Middle East tourism development and the Chinese Market among the activities of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 38th edition of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR, January 17-21), the yearly kick-off for the world’s leading tourism meeting points....more >>

GBTA Convention 2018 Coming to San Diego

Jan 14, 2018

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, is pleased to announce the launch of registration for GBTA Convention 2018. Next year’s Convention, the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers in the world will be held in San Diego, August 11-15, 2018....more >>

IBTM Arabia introduces enhanced Hosted Buyer Programme

Jan 08, 2018

IBTM Arabia 2018, the leading event for the Middle East MICE industry, has seen an influx of high-profile international Hosted Buyers already confirmed to attend, following the introduction of its enhanced Hosted Buyer programme, adopted across IBTM’s portfolio....more >>

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts taps into Iraq’s hotel market potential as Basra property deal signed...

Jan 08, 2018

Agreement to manage Mövenpick Hotel Basra, scheduled to open in Q1 2018, will meet demand for upscale hotels in country’s thriving economic capital....more >>

Best Western® showcases the wonders of Phuket with an exclusive media fam trip

Jan 08, 2018

Best Western Hotels & Resorts organized an exclusive media familiarization trip to Phuket this month, inviting a series of influential and up-and-coming bloggers to the island for an action-packed three-day itinerary....more >>

ITB Berlin in real time: Researching, filming, blogging at the ’young press’ workshop

Jan 08, 2018

24th ’young press’ press workshop at ITB Berlin in partnership with Messe Berlin – The deadline for ’young press’ applications is Friday, 16 February 2018...more >>

IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio a Great Success

Jan 03, 2018

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) celebrates another highly successful Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, held 28-30 November 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. This event attracted more than 2,000 attendees representing 21 countries (pending verified audit) to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center....more >>

Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open throughout the year so developer can add even greater value to...

Jan 03, 2018

^Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, has announced that its iconic flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, will now remain fully operational until 5 January 2019 (with final check-out at 2pm on that date), instead of 16 April of this year, as was previously announced.

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The Nordic MICE Summit 2018

Jan 03, 2018

The Denmark-based Congress Consulting Management Group has launched a new forum primarily for the Nordic MICE Market – The Nordic MICE Summit....more >>

CEB launches pilot project on “Smart Village” to boost more corporate outing activities in domestic...

Dec 31, 2017

Four model communities have been identified under the project, while eleven start-up companies joined forces to create the digital trend by utilising creative platform to promote MICE activities at each of the Smart Village. ...more >>

ICCA Middle East reaches 50 member-milestone in fastest growing region for association meetings

Dec 31, 2017

Due to increased activities on education, networking and advocacy, ICCA membership in the Middle East region has increased over 70% in the last 18 months. ICCA’s Middle East Office has increased engagement with the local meetings industry by organising a large number of educational events and networking opportunities....more >>

PATA will highlight the issue of gender equality in 2018

Dec 31, 2017

In line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will advocate for increased gender equality in the travel and tourism industry in 2018. As noted in the SDGs, gender equality is the primary focus of Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. - ...more >>

Botswana hosts the International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism...

Dec 31, 2017

Kasane, capital of Chobe District in Botswana, hosted tourism stakeholders to exchange experiences and knowledge of innovative approaches to enhance tourism and conservation planning, financing and marketing. Under the theme “Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation”, the 10YFP STP International Symposium and Annual Conference also discussed the role of the tourism sector in fighting climate change....more >>

Royal Caribbean Expands Sailings to Cuba in 2018

Dec 14, 2017

Royal Caribbean International will double its opportunities for a Cuba adventure next summer, with two ships sailing to the island nation – Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas – and two new destinations added to itineraries. ...more >>