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THAI Receives Three Smart Travel Asia Awards

Sep 02, 2014

Thai Airways International (THAI) announced it was recently recognised by Smart Travel Asia 2014 for placement in three categories. THAI ranked the Third Best Cabin Service, Fourth Best Business Class, and Fifth Best Airline Overall Worldwide by SmartTravelAsia.com readers.

Flying Officer Suraphon Israngura Na Ayuthya (third from left), THAI Acting Executive Vice President of Commercial Department, accepted the awards on behalf of THAI from Mr.Vijay K. Verghese (fourth from left), Editor and Director of Smart Travel Asia.

Present at the ceremony were Mrs. Petchpring Sarasin (second from left), THAI Vice...more >>

News from the Global Meetings Industry

SITE to Debut New Incentive Travel Curriculum at Global Conference in Rotterdam

Sep 02, 2014

The SITE Global Conference, the association’s largest annual event will bring together over 300 global, incentive travel professionals to Rotterdam, Netherlands 14-17 November 2014. ...more >>

GBTA Announces New San Antonio Chapter

Sep 02, 2014

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – recently announced the formation of the San Antonio Chapter of GBTA....more >>

Delegation from Hanoi an Hue visit Peenemünde, Germany

Sep 02, 2014

On 20th August 2014 the Faculty of Economic and Social Geography of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald visited the Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum together with a delegation of the Vietnam National University - Hanoi (Faculty of Tourism Studies) and the Hue University (Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism)....more >>

IRENA and UNWTO to promote renewable energies in Islands' tourism sector

Sep 02, 2014

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organization dedicated to supporting countries’ efforts to adopt renewable energy, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, have joined forces to promote the use of renewable energies in Islands. ...more >>

MICE-Contact Career News: Madinat Jumeirah appoints new Director of Marketing and Communications

Aug 29, 2014

Sandra joined Jumeirah three years ago in June 2011 to co-lead the pre-opening and launch phase of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa in Mallorca. During this period and under Sandra’s commercial leadership, the team positioned the property among the top luxury hospitality leaders in Mallorca and secured the acceptance in American Express’ prestigious Fine Hotels & Resorts programme....more >>

MICE-Contact Career News: MPI Appoints Darren Temple as Chief Business Development Officer

Aug 29, 2014

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the selection of industry veteran Darren Temple as its new chief business development officer. In this role, Temple will lead strategic business development and global sales planning for the association. He will officially begin the role in mid-September 2014, reporting to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer....more >>

WTTC tells Travel & Tourism industry it must drive the sustainability agenda harder

Aug 29, 2014

The Travel & Tourism industry needs to put sustainability at the forefront of everything it does and businesses need to lead by example. That is the message from David Scowsill, CEO & President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), who is asking leading sustainable tourism businesses to play their part in ensuring that the industry’s ethics are raised to the highest order. ...more >>

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) Announced the Winner and Lucky Voter for Itinerary...

Aug 29, 2014

From May to July 2014, MICE organizers, MICE travelers, and the general public from around the world were invited to join the Itinerary Contest, challenging contestants to create a pre- and/or post-trip itinerary in Thailand to introduce attractions and various interesting activities while attending business events in Thailand....more >>

GBTA Honors Outstanding Members

Aug 27, 2014

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – recently awarded four distinguished members with its Direct Member of the Year Award, Allied Member of the Year Award and Special Recognition Award at GBTA Convention 2014 in Los Angeles....more >>

The Most Current Insights on Young Attendee Needs and Preferences Now Available

Aug 27, 2014

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has teamed with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) to produce its latest publication, 2014 Young Professional Attendee Needs and Preferences Study. ...more >>

Statement on travel and transport in relation to Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak

Aug 27, 2014

The current Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is believed to have begun in Guinea in December 2013. This outbreak now involves community transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and recently an ill traveller from Liberia infected a small number of people in Nigeria with whom he had direct contact. ...more >>

PATA and TripAdvisor Enhance Strategic Partnership

Aug 27, 2014

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the extension of its strategic partnership with TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, offering trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. ...more >>

Early Registration for ACTE Copenhagen Conference Tops 62 Percent Ratio of Travel Managers to...

Aug 27, 2014

“Nearly two months out, the early registration ratio of buyers to suppliers for our Copenhagen conference is at 62 percent,” said Koch. “ACTE has clearly captivated the attention of business travel managers eager to participate in an event that will not cramp their budget for professional advancement....more >>

TCEB and Thai Airways Initiate Imagination of Dream Meeting

Aug 25, 2014

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Thai Airways International (THAI) present a new interactive online activity, “Dream Meeting” which unveils Thailand’s inspirationalmeeting locations. ...more >>

Inaugural Association Day Takes Centre-Stage At IT&CM India 2014

Aug 25, 2014

The inaugural Association Day, launched at IT&CM India 2014 in collaboration with KW Conferences, opened to a full house of delegates with the first educational session helmed by esteemed expert speaker Martin Sirk, CEO of International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA).

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Upcoming Singapore Roadshow by MEET TAIWAN To Promote “Super Team in Asia” Incentive Campaign

Aug 25, 2014

MEET TAIWAN, sponsored by Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is promoting Taiwan as the top-of-mind destination for incentive travel in Asia with its “Super Team in Asia” Campaign through a roadshow in Singapore. ...more >>

United Airlines Launches Mobile App Passport Scanning

Aug 09, 2014

United Airlines today became the first U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to scan their passports to check in for international flights via their iOS and Android mobile devices....more >>

MICE-Contact Career News: Prague Convention Bureau appointed new Managing Director

Aug 09, 2014

Aleš Hozdecký has been appointed new managing director of Prague Convention Bureau. Three out of the eighteen candidates who applied for the position were shortlisted for the second round which took place on Thursday 31 July. ...more >>

IATA Welcomes US Dept. of Transportation Final Approval of Resolution 787

Aug 08, 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to grant final approval to Resolution 787 (1). The Resolution is the foundation document for the New Distribution Capability (NDC), a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard....more >>

Emirates Boosts Connectivity to Morocco

Aug 08, 2014

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, will step up services to Morocco with a second daily flight, boosting the service to 14 weekly flights beginning 1st September, 2014. ...more >>