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News from the Global Meetings Industry

Princess Cruises unveils 35 Japan itineraries for 2022

Dec 27, 2020

Come summer 2022, Princess Cruises will sail out of Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe on diverse itineraries spanning from the southern tropical islands of Okinawa to the northernmost island of Hokkaido....more >>

ITB China plans two 2021 events

Dec 20, 2020

The ITB China organisers will launch an ITB China Special Edition in 2021, a two-day business event which will make its debut in Beijing from May 7-8, delivering an innovative showcase for business exchanges while providing a stage for sharing industry insights for the travel industry....more >>

Sales meetings with customers and prospects to be the priority for the year ahead

Dec 20, 2020

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association, has released the results of its latest COVID-19 Member Poll. The survey – the 14th such poll by GBTA since the onset of the pandemic to measure the impact on business travel – finds that a majority of respondents are optimistic that the travel industry will begin to rebound in mid to late 2021 and that the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is top of mind for many business travel professionals....more >>

IATA Calls for the Reopening of Air Connectivity between Panama and Venezuela

Dec 20, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on the aviation authorities in Panama and Venezuela to urgently reestablish air services between the two countries, following the suspension of flights since 13 December 2020....more >>

PATA launches digital showroom and online community for travel industry professionals

Dec 20, 2020

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of PATA Marketplace, a digital showroom exclusive for PATA members and an online community for all travel industry stakeholders....more >>

Strategic tourism policy responses in Asia Pacific can lay the foundation for healthier, more...

Dec 20, 2020

Orderly and strategic tourism policy responses can mitigate the worst negative impacts of COVID-19 and, in some cases, lay a foundation for healthier, more sustainable post-pandemic growth, according to a report by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), conducted by Clickable Impact Consulting Group and supported by the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), a project implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)....more >>

ITB Book Award goes to the travel calendar ’Japan 2021 – Land of the Rising Sun’

Dec 20, 2020

In the run-up to ITB Berlin NOW 2021 – which due to the pandemic will be an entirely virtual event – the large-format wall calendar ‘Japan 2021 – Land of the Rising Sun‘ (Weingarten/Athesia Kalenderverlag) was picked for the Travel Calendar Award. ”This magnificent calendar features unique picture-postcard views, with examples of impressive landscape photography and historical cultural attractions. They include natural attractions such as Japan’s Mount Fuji, along with the Churei-to pagoda in Fujiyoshida, photographed by Michele Falzone. ...more >>

TAT highlights “Amazing Night Sukhothai Countdown 2021” to ring in New Year

Dec 20, 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the Amazing Night Sukhothai Countdown 2021 event will take place at Sukhothai Historical Park over three days from 29 to 31 December 2020....more >>

IAEE 2020 Art of the Show Competition Results

Dec 20, 2020

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) has posted the results of its annual Art of the Show Competition. The winners were selected for their creative use of several essential marketing elements needed to promote exhibitions and events. The winning entries were announced and recognized at the Art of the Show Competition Watch Party held on 10 December as part of the virtual Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2020....more >>

IAEE Delivers Young Professional Experience at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2020

Dec 20, 2020

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) presented a full program comprised of content specifically designed for young professionals at its virtual Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, which was held 8-10 December 2020. The Young Professionals (YP) Track, brought to you by GES, focused specifically on content to help develop leadership, management and business acumen skills relevant to critical thinking, sales and negotiation, resume and interview skills building, job advancement, and building connections and communities....more >>

INTERVIEW: General manager, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Slim Zaiane

Dec 20, 2020

A true Dubai icon, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates will stop at nothing to provide guests with unparalleled experiences in the city all year round. Its general manager, Slim Zaiane shares with TTG a myriad of offers, as well as foolproof measures, the hotel has been keeping busy with....more >>

Tourism Back to 1990 Levels as Arrivals Fall by More than 70%

Dec 20, 2020

International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. ...more >>

SMEs success lies in leveraging data and technology to ease COVID pressures

Nov 15, 2020

Digitalization and innovation are key for SMEs survival as the travel industry emerges from COVID-19’s impact according to a report by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), conducted by Twenty31 Consulting Inc. and supported by Agoda, revealed at the World Travel Market today. PATA’s research report “The role of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) in supporting Asia-Pacific SMEs in Recovery” aims to provide insights to benefit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the hospitality and tourism space that make up a large proportion of travel providers, as they pivot and adapt in the face of COVID-19.

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174m Travel & Tourism jobs could be lost due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, says WTTC

Nov 15, 2020

New figures from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reveal that despite a slight improvement since June, a staggering 174m Travel & Tourism jobs could be lost in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place....more >>

The 59th ICCA Congress designs blueprint for future association meetings

Nov 15, 2020

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association has just concluded its 6 week long Congress culminating in a series of online and in-person sessions in Kaohsiung and 8 hubs, attracting 1500 delegates, 280 associations, and featuring 220 speakers in 100 hours of content. With the conclusion of ICCA’s first global hybrid Congress, the association has defined a blueprint for the transformation of association meetings and by signing the Kaohsiung Protocol, a framework of macro and micro trends and strategies for meetings, ICCA has paved a clear path for the future of events....more >>

UNWTO Brings Tourism Sector Together to Plan for the Future

Nov 15, 2020

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has once again brought leaders from across the sector together for high-level talks aimed at strengthening cooperation between the public and private sectors. The 42nd Plenary Session of the United Nations specialized agency’s Affiliate Members focused both on immediate priorities for tourism’s vital restart and on the longer-term task of ensuring the sector continues to be a key pillar of sustainable development. ...more >>

Which Countries Are Reopening for Meetings? Here Are the Latest Updates From Around the World

Nov 05, 2020

Belgium and England have announced national lockdowns intended to curb the spread of coronavirus. Similar restrictions were introduced in France and Germany last week....more >>

Northstar Meetings Group Announces 2020 Stella Award Winners

Nov 05, 2020

Northstar Meetings Group has announced the recipients of its fourth annual Stella Awards. A total of 255 organizations from around the world were recognized for consistently delivering quality service and innovation to event professionals. The full list of winners and finalists can be found here....more >>

Korea MICE Expo returns as hybrid event for 2020

Nov 05, 2020

Korea MICE Expo (KME), Korea’s largest tradeshow for meeting professionals and incentive planners, returns this year as a hybrid event for the first time. It will be held offline at Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon, with a corresponding virtual event from November 24-27, 2020....more >>

THAI staff accept exit packages

Nov 05, 2020

Thai Airways International confirmed this week 4,977 employees had joined the company’s Mutual Separation Plan. They agreed to various options including leave without pay, a 20% off in salary or a settlement that would see them leave the company over the next six months to one year....more >>