Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Muju Firefly Festival to Begin on June 8

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - The annual Firefly Festival is slated to run from June 8th through June 16th in Muju-gun County, Jeollabuk-do Province.

Kicking off with an opening ceremony, the festival will present a fireworks show, street parade, and wide range of arts and crafts programs including woodcraft, natural dyeing and pottery throughout the festival period. Also, the popular Fireflies Exploration program will return to take participants on a nighttime expedition for observing and feeding the fireflies in their natural habitat. Reservations for the program can be made online or onsite.

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Top 10 Social Bookmarking websites to grow your travel business

Social Bookmarking websites have been creating ripples in the travel and tourism industry with travel trade professionals using this unique platform as a mean of promoting their brand. Social Bookmarking enables you to share your website details with fellow Internet users and also can be useful as a definitive way to access a consolidated set of bookmarks from various computers.

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Bombardier and National Express Named Supplier of the Year at Global AirRail Awards

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation, jointly with its customer National Express, has won the Supplier of the Year award at the Global AirRail Awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, the premier international awards ceremony dedicated to the air-rail market.

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WestJet's Boeing Next-Generation 737s fly 1,000,000th flight

WestJet announced it will fly the one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The milestone flight is WS 612 from Calgary to Toronto, departing Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arriving at Toronto Pearson at 5:52 p.m. EDT. 

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Alaska Airlines Announces Daily Service Between Seattle and San Antonio,Texas

Alaska Airlines will launch service between Seattle and San Antonio, Texas, starting Sept. 17. The dominant carrier along the West Coast, Alaska Airlines now serves 16 destinations east of the Rocky Mountains. 

Proposed San Mateo County Travel Tax Hike Will Hurt Local Economy, Make SFO Less Competitive

Proposed travel tax hikes in San Mateo County, CA will damage the local economy, make San Francisco International Airport (SFO) less competitive, and generate far less revenue than county officials estimate, according to a new economic impact study released. Economists found that SFO could lose 100,000 vehicle rentals a year if just one of the measures were to pass.

ICTP welcomes Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute as new partner

ICTP announced that the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute of the University of Florida Department of Tourism, Recreation, & Sport Management has become a partner of ICTP.
President of ICTP, Juergen T. Steinmetz, said: “ICTP was impressed with EFTI’s aims of researching tourism-related impacts, including economic, environmental, and cultural issues, as well as developing opportunities for tourism research in the industry and communities. 

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Marriott Rewards members can earn free flight faster than ever

Marriott Rewards members can earn free flight faster than ever with the program’s popular MegaMiles promotion. Members will earn triple miles with their preferred airline program when they stay at over 3,600 hotels in the Marriott family of brands beginning with their second stay* from July 1- October 31, 2012. 

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Mallorca Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort And Spa Debuts Fresh New Look

Marriott Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the finished transformation of Mallorca Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort and Spa following a year long refurbishment. 

The Mallorca Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort and Spa, now with beautifully redesigned guestrooms and public spaces, is located just twenty minutes from the cultural capital and Mediterranean paradise of Palma, its sandy beaches, and airport.

IATA - Strong Passenger Demand - Some Cargo Improvement

IATA announced global traffic results for April showing that total passenger demand rose 6.1% while freight demand was 4.2% down on April 2011.

Despite continuing economic weakness in some parts of the world, demand for air travel continues to grow. The 6.1% overall growth recorded for April is above the 20-year trend. Strong demand for air travel with limited capacity expansion pushed load factors to 79.3% which is a record high for an April load factor.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Opens its First Luxury Resort in Japan

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. has opened its first luxury resort in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa. The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa will pioneer luxury hospitality on an island that has been the secret getaway for generations of Japanese visitors, but remains relatively unexplored by the international luxury traveler. 

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Major boost to Jetstar's Cairns services

Jetstar is ramping up its services in-and-out of Cairns, with a total net increase of more than 200,000 additional seats planned during the next financial year.

In Cairns for the announcement, Jetstar Australia & New Zealand CEO David Hall said the increase would encourage more people to visit one of the country’s top tourist destinations. 

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Borobudur International Hash House Harriers 2012 kicks off

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - On Friday evening, 25 May 2012, the long anticipated international cross country running event, the Borobudur International Hash House Harriers (Interhash) 2012 was officially kicked off by Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy at the courtyard of the Prambanan Temple in Central Java. Combining sports and amusement, the event features a non-competitive trail tracking run through some beautiful landscape around the Prambanan and Borobudur temples.   

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Great Hotels of the World adds new members to its alliance

Great Hotels of the World announced that a number of new members from around the globe have been added to its collection. Furthermore, these include the first properties in Tanzania and Vietnam to be part of the alliance. 

Malaysia Airlines Offers 4632 Extra Seats for Travellers During the National School Holidays

Malaysia Airlines is mounting additional flights to various domestic and regional destinations in conjunction with the upcoming school holidays.

A total of 20 extra flights and 16 upgraded flights will be operated between now till 10th June 2012. These flights are operated on routes covering popular destinations like Phuket, Kuching, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Alor Setar and Kota Bahru.

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal Opens as Second Canadian Jewel in the Hotel Company Portfolio

The iconic Ritz-Carlton, Montreal has reopened after an extensive $200 million restoration combining the latest amenities with the splendour of the past. The Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street is back in all her glory.

“We are extremely proud to reopen this emblem of the very best Montreal has to offer. “said Andrew Torriani, president and general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal. “The hotel today is a showcase of modern luxury, but it has not lost the discreet charm of the past or the patina of history.” 

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Singapore's cruise tourism marks another significant milestone, with the completion of its International Cruise Terminal

Singapore’s cruise tourism marks another significant milestone, with the completion of its International Cruise Terminal, officially named Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS).

Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry, announced the name of the cruise centre after a site inspection of the completed terminal today.  Minister Iswaran toured the 28,000-square metre MBCCS and was briefed on its processes and facilities.

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A tourist sleeper train is now in service from Seoul Station to Yeosu Expo Station

The sleeper train was launched to offer travelers an easy way to enjoy Expo and other popular Yeosu tourist attractions without having to worry about accommodation or transportation.

The train leaves from Seoul Station at 11:20 p.m., and arrives at Yeosu Expo Station at 3:48 a.m. the following morning. After touring the Yeosu Expo and other local attractions such as Hyangiram Hermitage and Odongdo Island, the train returns to Seoul Station at 7:52p.m.

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Malaysia's Tourism highlights events from May to September

Foreign and domestic tourists in Malaysia will have an exciting year to look forward to as the coming months will be filled with exciting tourism events. The Tourism Ministry is taking part in the Youth Tourism Fair from 23 to 27 May, organised by the Malaysian Youth Hostel Association as part of the "Himpunan Sejuta Belia" (Millions of Youth Gathering) event. A total of 13 tourism trade players will be exhibiting under the Tourism Malaysia banner, with the theme ‘Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia for the 1Malaysia Youth'. 

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Top 100 social networking sites to boost your travel business

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Travel trade professionals now have a unique platform to market their brands. With so many social networking websites mushrooming in no time, travel industry professionals are banking on these enhanced platforms to reach out to the decision makers of the travel industry.

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Monday, 28 May 2012

IMO incorporates recommendations from cruise industry operational safety review in meeting outputs

CLIA announced that the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee incorporated a number of recommendations from the ongoing Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review in its meetings in London, being held May 16 to 25.  The committee focused extensive attention on passenger ship safety and considered a number of recommendations developed by the Review, launched on behalf of the global cruise industry in January, along with other safety recommendations submitted by IMO member governments. 

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Cathay Pacific welcomes start of Environmental Impact Assessment process for third runway

Cathay Pacific Airways welcomed the start of the statutory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for creating a three-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport.

“This is an important milestone for a crucial project that will ensure Hong Kong can continue to thrive as one of the world’s leading international aviation hubs,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Ivan Chu. 

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South Australia gets the T-QUAL Tick of Approval

Renowned chef and owner of a T-QUAL endorsed business, Matt Moran visited South Australia last week to experience some of the quality accommodation, tours, attractions and restaurants endorsed by the T-QUAL Tick. Moran made the visit to South Australia as part of the T-QUAL Tick Tour, which sees him travelling around the country to experience and promote quality tourism operators that have been rigorously assessed to receive the endorsement of Australia’s national symbol of tourism quality – the T-QUAL Tick. 

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Fly For 15.99 Euros On Over 1,000 Routes In July

Ryanair announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight Thur 24 May it will release 1million seats at fares from £15.99 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in July. These “all in” low fares will be available on over 1,000 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be booked on before midnight (24:00hrs) Mon 28 May.

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Individual business appointments up by 21 percent for 10th IMEX in Frankfurt

The 10th anniversary edition of IMEX in Frankfurt, the award-winning trade show for the worldwide meetings, incentive travel and events industry, closed on a strong note, with IMEX Group Chairman, Ray Bloom, announcing a 21% rise in the number of individual buyer appointments with exhibitors during the show. In total over 64,000 appointments took place between buyers and exhibitors over the three-day trade show, 40,000 of which were made by individual buyers, the remainder being group appointments.

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Jubilee Jumbo to take flight

One of British Airways’ fleet of 747s is now featuring a very special emblem to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The celebratory aircraft will be flying its message of congratulations around the world.
Designed by 11-year-old Blue Peter winner, Katherine Dewar from Chester, the official logo has been emblazoned on the side of the British Airways aircraft alongside the words, “Congratulations, Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee”.

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Coex Convention Center reaches MoU with Japan's leading PCO Company, Convention Linkage Inc.

Monday, May 28, 2012 - On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, Korea’s leading Convention & Exhibition Center, Coex (CEO, Mr. Sung Won Hong) and Japan’s leading PCO (Professional Convention Organizer) company, Convention Linkage Inc. (CEO, Ms. Atsuko Sunahara) have reached memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on the field of professional convention organization and MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition) industry. 

The Convention Centre Dublin Celebrated its 500th Event

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) celebrated its 500th event this week with the international conference TM Forum Management World. Since its opening in September 2010, The CCD has hosted over 240,000 delegate days at a range of events, including international conferences, corporate meetings, banquets, exhibitions, award ceremonies and entertainment.

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Annual Meeting of the German Society for Regulatory Affairs

Monday, May 28, 2012 - On the 30th and 31st May 2012, the German Society for Regulatory Affairs e.V. (DGRA) invites to its annual meeting in the Waterworks of the World Conference Center Bonn. With the title “Orphan Drugs and “Niche” Products, the Future of Drug Development? Pharmacovigilance and Variation Update”, around 400 participants will discuss on both days the current topics of regulatory affairs.

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British Airways gives away lucrative offers

British Airways is giving away hundreds of free flights and tickets for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to friends and families of UK athletes and Brits living overseas – to encourage them to fly back to strengthen home advantage during the Games.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Elbow Beach, Bermuda offers 'Destination Bachelorette Party' Package

Elbow Beach, Bermuda introduced its “Destination Bachelorette Party,” a four-night, getaway package in keeping with the ever-growing trend to escape with friends and family for a fun girl’s weekend away before the big day. Upon arrival, ladies will be ushered into their Premier guestrooms and will be greeted by chilled Champagne and delicious tuxedo strawberries to celebrate the beginning of the bride’s big weekend. 

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Korea Meteorological Administration Launches Yeosu Expo Weather Service

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) is providing tailored weather forecasting services for visitors to the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea throughout the Expo period (May 12 – August 12, 2012).

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JAL Show Support for Japan's Athletes in the 2012 London Olympics

Japan Airlines (JAL) will deploy a specially decorated aircraft on select domestic routes from May 27, 2012 to show support for the national team of sportspersons representing Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London this year from July 27 through August 12, 2012.

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Amtrak and Green Education Foundation Announce Green In Action Winner

The Green in Action Contest, part of Green Education Foundation’s (GEF) free National Green Week program, requested schools and youth groups to share their environmental initiative, green team activity, or service project with the GEF community and beyond to foster enthusiasm and support for sustainability in K-12 schools nationwide. 

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Three effective ways to boost your Travel Business by Social Networking

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - Social Networking has literally ‘plagued’ our life with virtually every move in the travel business arena being highlighted through networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. It is however important to imbibe substantial knowledge regarding the usage of these networking sites while building your business blocks.

WTM: Fiona Jeffery awarded OBE

Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery collected her Order Of The British Empire (OBE) from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

Fiona was awarded the OBE for her services to the travel and tourism industry during her 26 years at WTM, including her commitment to responsible tourism and for launching charity Just a Drop – which looks to reduce child mortality through the providing of clean water to third world communities.

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Southwest Airlines Appearance Techs Ratify Tentative Agreement With Company

Southwest Airlines is pleased to announce that its Appearance Techs, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), voted to ratify its tentative agreement with the Company. The new contract is good through February 2017. The current collective bargaining agreement became amendable in February 2009.

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Reed Travel Exhibitions to expand portfolio with 'Spa & Wellness by ILTM'

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), organiser of International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), is launching an event called “Spa & Wellness by ILTM”. The first dedicated event of its kind by RTE for this increasingly important sector in leisure travel, will take place in Seefeld, Austria, 10th to 12th September 2012 at the five-star Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol.

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Network Rail Agrees Multi-Billion Pound Contract For Crossrail Surface Works

Network Rail has agreed an anticipated final cost with Crossrail Limited to deliver significant infrastructure enhancements on the rail network to enable Crossrail services to Maidenhead, Heathrow, Abbey Wood and Shenfield.

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Self-Service Airline Check-in KIOSKS Start at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Ethiopian Airports Enterprise and Ethiopian Airlines introduced common use self-service check-in KIOSKS at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on May 22, 2012. This new service will greatly simplify the check-in process for passengers and ease congestion at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport during peak hours. 

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Friday, 25 May 2012

Speaker Set to Motivate AIBTM 2012 on Leadership in Challenging Times

The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition ( announced that keynote speaker Alexander Blass, an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur, will present at AIBTM 2012, Reed Travel Exhibitions’ premiere provider for the U.S. meetings, incentive, business travel and events industry. 

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Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts to Donate $60,000 Through

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - PGA TOUR golfers at this year’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will be playing for more than the traditional plaid jacket. The entire PGA TOUR field will be working even harder to shoot low scores over the weekend to support the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts “Charity Foursome” program, benefiting four charities – Birdies for the Brave, Shelter In A Storm, Cook Children’s Medical Center and The First Tee of Fort Worth, Texas

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Hawaiian Airlines' Newest A330, Nahiku, Enters Service

Hawaiian Airlines today welcomed its eighth new Airbus A330-200 to its fleet, the third of four that will be delivered this year en route to an eventual fleet size of 22.
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787 Dream Tour Touches Down "Down Under"

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner landed at Sydney International Airport in Australia, kicking off the seventh and final leg of the global Dream Tour.

For the next four days, guests invited by Boeing and 787 customers Qantas and Jetstar will have an opportunity to tour the airplane, known as ZA003, which has been outfitted with the Dreamliner’s many innovative cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting.

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport - Burlingame Introduces San Francisco "Train" Package

As the best in class hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport – Burlingame offers room packages that appeal to most any  travel need, including the new “Ride BART to San Francisco” Package. 

CEB holds Hong Kong, VisMin sale as low as P488

Cebu Pacific pushes for more domestic travel with a seat sale to the Visayas and Mindanao from May 24 to 27, 2012 or until seats last.

For travel from July 1 to September 30, 2012, passengers can buy P488 seats from Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Coron (Busuanga), Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tuguegarao or Puerto Princesa. P488 seats are also available from Cebu to Puerto Princesa or Siargao. 

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Galway Goes to Miami for Volvo Ocean Race

Friday, May 25, 2012 - To whet appetites for the marvellous spectacle of the forthcoming finale of the Volvo Ocean Race, a delegation from Galway joined Tourism Ireland in Florida last week, during the Miami stopover of the race. They met with some of the key travel trade and media contacts in Florida, at a reception organised by Tourism Ireland at the Ocean Club in South Beach. 

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New VIA Rail Panorama Lounge first major milestone in Union Station revitalization

VIA Rail Canada and the City of Toronto celebrated the completion of VIA Rail’s new Panorama Lounge, a major project to modernize VIA’s passenger facilities and a significant milestone in the revitalization of Toronto’s historic Union Station.

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DOT Fines Virgin America for Incomplete Disability Complaint Reports

Friday, May 25, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Virgin America for filing incomplete reports with the Department about complaints registered by passengers with disabilities and for not responding adequately to these complaints.  The carrier was ordered to cease and desist from further violations and assessed a civil penalty of $100,000. 
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New VIA Rail Panorama Lounge first major milestone in Union Station revitalization

VIA Rail Canada and the City of Toronto celebrated the completion of VIA Rail’s new Panorama Lounge, a major project to modernize VIA’s passenger facilities and a significant milestone in the revitalization of Toronto’s historic Union Station.

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SWISS to adjust its fares in Europe and simplify its sports equipment carriage rates

SWISS is to modify its fares within Europe. The increases, which will enter into effect on 1 June, apply to all flights from Switzerland in Economy and Business Class. The airline is also simplifying its sports equipment carriage rates from the same date.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

SECC Showcases Project Ability At IMEX 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - The SECC has partnered with Glasgow based charity Project Ability at IMEX this year as the venue continues its focus on ‘Better Business'.

for 2012. The Glasgow based charity, which works with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues to encourage creativity and expression through art, has been commissioned by the SECC toprovide installations throughout the venue, underlining the venue’s relationship with the local community.

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New Association Day programme hailed great success by over 300 European and global participants

Over 300 association executives from Europe, North America, South America and Asia took part in a power-packed day of professional development and networking at yesterday’s 10th IMEX Association Day at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center. Feedback on the day’s restructured education programme showed that delegates appreciated the fresh approach plus the opportunity to step back from day to day business to discuss future strategies and current challenges with their peers and senior industry leaders. 

IMEX Frankfurt: How to penetrate Chinese market

In response to delegate demand for guidance on how to penetrate emerging markets, and particularly China, Jennifer Salsbury, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at the China National Convention Center and Kristin K. Mirabal, CMP, Director Global Programs for The Optical Society shared their professional experience and knowledge.

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PATA: Southeast Asia Continues Its Impressive Tourism Arrivals Growth

International arrivals into Asia/Pacific1 destinations grew by a collective 7% year-on-year during the first two months of 2012, according to preliminary data released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today. At this point Southeast Asia is the fastest growing destination, followed by South Asia, however, both sub-regions generated somewhat slower growth than last year while North America and Northeast Asia saw an encouraging recovery after relatively sluggish growth in 2011.

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British Airways launches themed entertainment packs for children

British Airways is launching new London 2012 Olympic themed entertainment packs to be given out to children on British Airways flights during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

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Qatar National Convention Centre Records Robust Growth Going Into 2nd Quarter

Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), one of the world’s most sophisticated convention and exhibition centres is poised to attract more international and regional events, QNCC’s Director of Business Development, said Trevor McCartney. The award-winning Centre is a member of Qatar Foundation. 

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JAL Decorates Aircraft with Special Livery for 2012 Summer Olympics

Japan Airlines (JAL) will deploy a specially decorated aircraft on select domestic routes from May 27, 2012 to show support for the national team of sportspersons representing Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London this year from July 27 through August 12, 2012. 

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Alaska Airlines Offers Customers Self Bag-Tagging Option at Sea-Tac Airport

Alaska Airlines is debuting self-bag tagging for customers traveling out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The process allows customers to print and attach their own luggage tags from a self-service kiosk in the airport lobby and then, in one step, show their identification and drop their bag off with an airline representative for security screening and loading onto an aircraft. 

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Boeing Delivers 3rd Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft to Republic of Korea Air Force

Boeing delivered the third Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on May 16.

The aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule to ROKAF Base Gimhae, the main operating base for the Peace Eye fleet. Peace Eye No. 3 is the second aircraft in the fleet to be modified into an AEW&C configuration by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) at its facility in Sacheon.

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Qatar Airways Prepares For Middle East Expansion

Qatar Airways is preparing for its 2012 Middle East route expansion this week with Iraq being added to the airline’s growing network.

The northern Iraqi city of Erbil and capital Baghdad will join the airline’s international portfolio of routes over a period of two weeks.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

US Airways Education Foundation Seeks 2012 Non-Profit Grant Applicants

The US Airways Education Foundation is currently accepting 2012 grant applicants for its Community Education Grant Program. The Education Foundation, which provides college scholarships to dependents of US Airways employees and education grants to non-profits, will award multiple grants of $10,000 each to non-profit organizations in the airline's hub cities Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix and its focus city in Washington D.C. 

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Life is Good in Orlando this May

Monday, May 21, 2012 - Life is good in Orlando this May. Visit Orlando is teaming up with Life is good, the lifestyle apparel brand, to host a series of events and activities in Orlando to benefit children. Highlighting the weekend is a "Day of Play," that includes the I-Drive 5k Race on May 12. Attendees can take advantage of a special "Life is good in Orlando" hotel package, which includes a special rate at the Rosen Shingle Creek and a variety of special amenities. 

Two new platforms and 700 extra trains for Blackfriars

Work to rebuild Blackfriars station comes a step closer to completion this weekend as the station’s final two new platforms open for use.

Passengers will benefit from more than 700 extra trains every week at Blackfriars thanks to the new platforms and the completion of engineering work on the central London section of the Thameslink route, allowing trains to serve the station later at night and on weekends.

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