The Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) has recently become a member of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), and has invested in a much larger stand at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 where 23 venues, event organisersand services companies from the Kingdom will be partnering with the SECB. In addition, the SECB has become a sponsor of the IMEX Policy Forum.
The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer finds out that virtually all source markets reported higher tourism spending in 2017, reflecting continued strong demand for international tourism across all world regions.
Swiss-Belhotel International announced two new hotels slated to open in Bahrain this quarter. With these new openings the group will triple its inventory of rooms in the Kingdom while ushering in two new brands into the country that is its luxurious 5-star brand ‘Grand Swiss-Belresort’ and midscale brand ‘Swiss-Belresidences’.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to launch its BW Premier Collection brand in Vietnam, with a new upscale beach resort in one of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming coastal destinations.
Budapest, one of the most picturesque cities in Europe, was the backdrop for M.I.C.E.-in-the-bag’s latest pop-up event. As with the previous ones held in London, Stockholm and Florence, it used the unique recipe of MICE-in-the-bag: a one-stop meeting environment for delivery-ready suppliers and budget-ready buyers of MICE.
The 10th PATAcademy-HCD, under the theme ‘Online Video Marketing – How to create engaging online video campaigns for brand-building and sales’, takes place at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Engagement Hub in Bangkok, Thailand on June 25-26, 2018.
Puerto Vallarta has started introducing a completely new and modern public bus system aimed to provide passengers a comprehensive and high-quality service. The new buses are being produced by DINA, a Mexican automotive producer of heavy duty and specialty vehicles, and will have air conditioning, security cameras, information screens and a payment system for prepaid cards.
In keeping with its paperless initiative to protect the environment, Central Hotels has entered into an agreement with Crave Interactive to install digital Guest Room Tablet directories across its hotels.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board voted to position Orlando International Airport (MCO) as the first U.S. airport to fully deploy the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Biometric Entry and Exit Program.
Biometric Exit gate at MCO
Turkish Airlines' specially designed its A321-type aircraft with a livery of the ‘Trojan Horse’ image, after the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”.
Ctrip.com, a leading provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, package tour and corporate travel management and other travel-related services in China, has entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding its partnership with world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator AccorHotels.
Hong Kong is the most expensive location for business travellers, overtaking Tokyo which drops to second in the rankings, according to the latest Daily Rates research published by ECA International, the world's leading provider of knowledge, information and software for the management and assignment of employees around the world.
The latest research published by ECA International revealed world's most expensive locations for business travel. Updated annually, ECA’s Daily Rates reports provide average costs for hotel accommodation, which makes up the bulk of any daily allowance, as well as meals, drinks, laundry, taxi transport and daily essentials.
Turkish Mediterranean city of Antalya will host Eurasia Airshow on 25-29 April. Held under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency and Turkish Airlines as the main sponsor, Eurasia Airshow will bring together major players of the global aerospace industry.
87% percent of global travelers state that they want to travel sustainably and nearly 4 in 10 (39%) confirming that they often or always manage to do so. These statistics and more below are according to the Sustainable Travel Report* released by Booking.com.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) joined the Ministers of Tourism of the G20 economies meeting in Buenos Aires in calling upon the G20 leaders to consider including tourism in their Agenda for its capacity to create more and better jobs.
Delta announced more nonstop flights between the United States and Europe. The new routes that will be available through the upcoming winter season includes, New York JFK to Lisbon, Los Angeles to Paris and Amsterdam, Indianapolis to Paris, and Orlando to Amsterdam.
Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”
Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) customers can now enjoy fast and easy access to flight information from the comfort of their home, with just a voice command. The Airline is the first carrier in South East Asia to provide such flight information via Google Home.
Paris is known as the City of Love and Romance. Cited as the world’s most romantic city in the world, Paris is the city that every couple wants to go at least once in a lifetime to visit the city and its beautiful museums.
Destino Xcaret announced that only four months after the opening of Hotel Xcaret Mexico, the property reached occupancy rates surpassing 90 percent in the first quarter of 2018. The brand announced plans for a second hotel project, “La Casa de la Playa.”
In response to the impact of the 2017 hurricane season on the Caribbean’s Travel & Tourism sector, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched a report on Resilience and Recovery assessing the immediate and long-term effect across the region.
The pound’s strengthening position against the US dollar and Chinese yuan coincides with a reduced visitor outlook from USA, Canada, and China whose holiday spending money suffered a diminishing value in the UK.
Outbound air travel from Latin America is taking off, with Argentina leading the way. Current flight bookings for international departures from Latin America and the Caribbean in the first half of 2018 are currently 9.3% ahead of where they were at the equivalent time last year, according to latest figures from ForwardKeys which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 17 million booking transactions a day.
Marriott International will introduce one set of unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) for its members in August 2018 that will create an incredibly rich hospitality loyalty program in which members will earn more points faster than under the prior programs -- on average 20% more points for every dollar spent.
This spring, for the very first time, Booking.com is giving travelers the chance to ‘wake up and smell the tulips’ with an amazing overnight stay in an atmospheric Pod accommodation with translucent, panoramic views over the tulip fields of Keukenhof.
“Women's Empowerment in the Tourism Sector” was the central theme of the 63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the National Tourism Secretariat of Paraguay.
Turkish Aviation Academy is hosting this year’s 'IATA Global Training Partner Conference (GTPC) on April 16-18 in Istanbul. The conference, which is hosted by Turkish Aviation Academy - the successful training center of Turkish Airlines, is accepted as an important agenda item for global aviation.
Argentines love wine, especially their signature Malbec. The Argentine capital celebrates Global Malbec Day (April 17) with Malbec Week, a week of wine-filled festivities from April 16 – 22 that will celebrate its fourth edition this year.
Meet in Reykjavík signed agreement with the University of Iceland (HÍ), Reykjavík University (HR) and the Iceland University of the Arts (LHÍ) with an objective of increasing the number of international academic meetings and conferences held by universities in Iceland.
The largest Holiday Inn Express® in France opens at one of the Europe’s busiest airports. Directly connected to Terminal 1, the Holiday Inn Express® at Paris – Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport, an IHG® hotel, has recently opened to provide guests with easy access to one of the world's busiest airports as well as speedy transport links into central Paris.
Now in its 3rd year, SITE Incentive Summit Americas (ISA) took place 5-8 April at Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah. The exclusive, invitation-only event brought 120 incentive travel professionals to Utah for a long weekend filled with education, networking and destination immersion.
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. The festival will once again host leading names and new discoveries from the world of jazz, as well as the stars of contemporary music between 26 June and 17 July 2018.
Routes Africa, the intra-Africa route development forum, will return after a two year hiatus, due to demand from the route development community. The event, which will be the 12th Routes Africa, is the most long standing and established aviation forum bringing together leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air services to, from and within Africa for over a decade.
In March 2018, Turkish Airlines welcomed around 6 million passengers. This shows an increase of 24%. This passenger increase enabled the highest load factor in March in the last five years with 82% load factor.
Ibiza parties will be more colorful when W Ibiza opens its doors next year. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, plans to debut its newest hotel in Spain with the opening of W Ibiza in summer 2019.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Spain and the Principality of Asturias are organizing the 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations (Oviedo, 25-27 June 2018). The Conference will discuss the principles of 21st-century tourism destinations, marked by governance, innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility.
New multifunctional and congress centre is being built in Prague. Bestsport company which owns and operates the O2 arena will construct a complex in so-called “small arena.” The centre will be named O2 universum. The construction budget is about 1.2 billion CZK.
Deutsche Hospitality has become the first German hotel chain to present the “Alexa Voice Service Skills Kit”. “Alexa” is an Internet-based language assistant delivered via Amazon Echo which supports guests in the selection of their next travel destination.
Mr. Arnuphap Kittikul (fourth from left), General Manager, Japan, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), recently presided over the opening of THAI’s fourth roundtrip flight TG 627 from Bangkok-Tokyo (Narita) at Narita International Airport.
Marriott International announced ambitious growth plans for its Middle East and Africa region. The hospitality giant signed more than 30 properties and over 5,000 rooms in the last 12 months. The signings put Marriott on track to increase its portfolio in the region to nearly 370 hotels – an increase of more than 50% over the next five years.
SAS has decided to order 50 Airbus A320neo aircraft with delivery from spring 2019 through 2023. This order means SAS for the first time will have a single-type fleet by 2023 that consists of the market’s most efficient short- and medium-haul aircraft in terms of cost and environment.
Palace Resorts celebrated the grand opening of Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, with a weekend-long bash featuring celebrities, top-rated media outlets, local tourism officials and VIPs. Mexico’s top rated, adults only, luxury all-inclusive resort is now welcoming travelers.
W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International announced W Amman, the brand’s first property in Jordan. The 280-room hotel is located in the heart of Amman’s up and coming new downtown neighborhood, Abdali.
A study commissioned by the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) reveals detailed breakdown of the economic effects of meetings and congresses on Cologne. The study considers not only the expenditures of the participants but also those of the organizers and exhibitors. It also takes into account for the first time the investments that venues make in Cologne.
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