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Academic venues join forces for agency familiarisation weekend

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - unnamed (3)A group of event organisers from meetings and travel management company Inntel have spent two days experiencing the best the Midlands has to offer during a motorsport-themed familiarisation trip organised by two leading academic venues.

imago, the conference and events arm of Loughborough University, and Warwick Conferences, the conference facilities at the University of Warwick, welcomed a group of 10 staff members from the UK’s largest independent meetings and travel management company for the ‘Do You Have the Need for Speed’ themed trip, which took place on 9-10 October.

Why attend World Travel Market London this November?

Thursday, October 29, 2015 -

WTM_LOGO_2015World Travel Market London 2015 is giving travel and tourism students the chance to talk to potential employees as part of its ITT Future You program. It is the sixth time that the Institute of Travel and Tourism has hosted its Future You event at the world’s leading event for the travel industry.

The “career networking” initiative is new for 2015. The time for students to talk to travel firms will be freed up by shorter presentations and speeches.

Highlights of IMEX America 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 -

IMEX AmericaSmart Monday, powered by MPI drew hundreds of participants to high class educational sessions on a diverse range of key topics delivered by MPI, IAPCO, ICCA, ASAE, HSMAI, DMAI, SITE, GBTA, GMIC, PCMA, IAEE and ECM. The feedback was terrific; people found value in the day.

Adrienne Tooley, Meeting & Event Manager, Koncept Events, said, “When you’ve been in the industry a few years, you want something new and more advanced. Smart Monday and IMEX offer very high caliber, high-level speakers that are in strong touch with what’s happening in the industry.”

Shortlisted nominees announced for the hotelier awards china 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015 -

unnamedAfter receiving applications from more than 40 brands and close to 100 properties the 2015 edition of The Hotelier Awards China is looking like it is going to be a fantastic one.

 The five judges gathered recently at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, in Shanghai to begin the selection process. They were astounded by the quality of each submission and the level of dedication and pride shown for the job.

How to ensure a personalized travel experience despite planning it with a travel agent?

Saturday, September 12, 2015 -

Adventure Travel SectorIn recent years, there has been a significant increase in bookings from travel agents using the Global Distribution Systems (GDS). It’s fair to assume that in a whole of technology and lack on one-on-one assistance, travelers are now craving a “personalized touch”. Many people still like to interact with a knowledgeable travel agent who will assist them in planning the perfect trip.

It also appears that travelers who book via travel agents tend to spend more per night. These people also like to take advantage of the hotels amenities as well. The influence that travel agents possess with the tourism market will not diminish anytime soon. If you stay strategic, its very possible to maximize your potential with the GDS channels.
Tips to Ensure a Good Relationship with Travel Agents:

Thailand Connects With The World Through Global Portfolio Partnership With IBTM Events

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 -

ibtm-events-logoibtm events, the world’s leading showcase for the meetings and events industry, has confirmed that Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau is to become the official ibtm events Global Partner across its portfolio of events on 5 continents.

As a result of the partnership, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau will benefit from global visibility, access to business and a powerful network of connections to support their positioning as a leading destination for meetings, conventions, incentives and events.

Questex Announces 2016 CMITE Event Will Be Held in Barbados

Thursday, August 13, 2015 -

download (1)Questex Travel Grouphas announced that next year’s Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE) will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at the Hilton Barbados Resort, hosted by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and supported by Sunlinc, a leading Caribbean destination management company.

CMITE, held in partnership with SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, brings fully hosted North American meeting planners and incentive buyers together with Caribbean suppliers for two and a half days of exclusive networking opportunities and prescheduled one-to-one meetings in luxury suites.

Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Kicks Off in Punta Cana

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 -

Caribbean-meetings-incentiveQuestex Travel Group’s sixth-annual Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE) event kicked off yeterday at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the event’s first time in the country.

CMITE, held in partnership with SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, brings fully hosted North American meeting planners and incentive buyers together with Caribbean suppliers for two and a half days of exclusive networking opportunities and prescheduled one-to-one meetings in luxury suites.

AIME promises to inspire with its new program in 2016

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 -

AIME-LOGO-Feb-2015-300x256Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and Reed Travel Exhibitions (Reed) have released select details of the program for the leading business events trade show, the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), to be held in Melbourne 23 – 24 February 2016.



Returning due to high demand, a new-look welcome function offering unprecedented networking opportunities will be hosted by MCB and take place on Monday evening 22 February 2016, replacing the gala event on the Wednesday evening.


World Routes brings aviation leaders to Durban, South Africa

Friday, July 31, 2015 -

Routes-3737The 21st World Route Development Forum converges in Durban, South Africa during 19 – 22 September, bringing senior leaders from aviation and tourism to address growth issues for an industry that generates nearly 10% of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 Approximately 2,500 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected at World Routes in Durban, which is hosted by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.
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