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PATA Youth Symposium to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 18

pata logo whiteThe next PATA Youth Symposium is to be hosted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM). Organised by the Association’s Human Capital Development Committee, the Symposium takes place on Thursday, May 18 with the theme of ‘No Barriers: Millennials and the Future of Tourism’.

Dubai announces its first Association Conference

dubaiDubai with the aim of to be the top country for associations will host the first-ever Dubai Association Conference between 11 and 12 December 2017. The event which will welcome association executives from regional and international associations, government representatives, university faculties and students as well as other professionals with an interest in developing associations, will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Thailand hosts World’s Biggest Destination Wedding Planners Congress

dwp congress logoFrom professional wedding planners to photographers, leading wedding venues and destinations, world renowned destination photographers, exquisite jewellery designers, inspiring couture designers, extraordinaire travel partners and planners are in Phuket, Thailand for the 4th Destination Wedding Planner Congress 2017.

UNWTO Recommendations on the Responsible Use of Ratings and Reviews on digital platforms

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The 3th World Tourism Organization International Congress on Ethics took place on 26-28 April in Krakow, Poland. The Krakow Conference has served to present the UNWTO Recommendations on the Responsible Use of Ratings and Reviews on digital platforms. The guidelines were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) with the collaboration of TripAdvisor, Minube and Yelp.

Argentina to host 2018 WTTC Global Summit

argentina buenosairesThe World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) will organize next year’s WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18-19th April 2018. Roberto Palais, Executive Manager, Ministry of Tourism of Argentina, announced the location of the 2018 Global Summit at the closing ceremony of the 17th WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

Africa’s share in Chinese outbound travel market

unwto“We all come out of Africa, and went on to inhabit the world, making Africa the first source market in history. Africa is the future and Ethiopia is the soul and heart of Africa” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the 59th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa.

Development of the Western Silk Road discussed in Alexandroupoli, Greece

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The Western Silk Road Tourism Development Initiative aims to revive and redefine Silk Road heritage located throughout the European or Western section of the historic Silk Road routes. Tourism stakeholders gathered to support the development of the Western Silk Road in Alexandroupoli, Greece for the 1st International UNWTO Western Silk Road Workshop held on 26-27 April 2017.

10,000 top Amway sellers from China to meet in New Zealand

amway logoThis time next year New Zealand will be hosting up to 10,000 top Amway sellers from China. Amway China has chosen Queenstown for its 2018 Leadership Seminar. To build excitement and motivate sellers about the prospect of coming to New Zealand, Amway worked with New Zealand Post, Tourism New Zealand Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett create bespoke Queenstown New Zealand postcards.

5 key trends in the Destination Wedding Industry

wedding5 key trends are set for destination weddings which continue to be the fastest growing segment of the US$300 billion worth global wedding market. The 5 key trends are set to take the industry by storm in the coming months according to experts. Those 5 key trends are:

UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum - Middle East continues to find new ways of capitalizing on tourism growth

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The 2017 Ministerial Forum is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. The UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum selected the main priorities for the region include human resources development, public/private sector cooperation, connectivity, technology and sustainability.

Discover Culinary and Culture of Caribbean nations in Miami this June

caribbean305Visit Miami's Jungle Island on Saturday, June 3 at 8 pm to discover and experience Caribbean nations' culinary and culture at Caribbean305. To be presented annually by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean305 will launch South Florida's celebrations of Caribbean-American Heritage Month by providing foodies, Caribbean nationals and residents of the area with the chance to savor the diverse gastronomic delights the region has to offer.

Boutique Hospitality Industry to Come Together in New York City

blla logo2017Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) announces powerhouse line-up for 2017’s annual boutique hotel investment conference that will take place on June 7. The Times Center in New York will be the backdrop for this year’s acclaimed conference that will bring together the industry’s most elite hoteliers, investors and developers.

Winners of the Culinary Institute of America’s 2017 Augie Awards


Celebrity chefs and celebrities from the entertainment world joined CEOs, culinary entrepreneurs, and food industry leaders as part of a capacity crowd of more than 600 gathered at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on April 19 for the Culinary Institute of America’s annual Leadership Awards event.

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