MUMBAI, 24 February 2017: An official delegation from the UAE participated in OTM – India’s largest travel trade show that wrapped up Thursday evening in Mumbai, India.
Led by UAE’s Ministry of Economy, the delegation was made up of representatives of various tourism departments and agencies.
The UAE participated in the annual exhibition for the second year in a row. Read more
BERLIN, 23 February 2017: One year before its official launch in March 2018, the Berlin Travel Festival invites trade visitors and media to a preview at ITB Berlin.
This innovative festival format, part concept store for end-consumers and part niche trade fair for the industry, will be a new platform to connect, explore and learn, ITB Berlin officials claimed.
The preview will take place, 8 to 11 March, at the fairground’s Marshall-Haus, The highlight of the interactive exhibition will be a stage programme under the motto ’People, Places and Memories’. Read more
VIENTIANE, 22 February 2017: Lao PDR will host the annual Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang 6 to 9 June adopting the theme, “Prosper with Purpose”.
Last week Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, met with Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism officials to finalise details of the two-day programme.
After the official welcome ceremony and morning keynote presentations the event will offer delegates a choice of eight “different tracks with two sessions each in the afternoons. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will increase efforts to promote Thailand as a sports hub during the up-coming ITB Berlin, 8 to 12 March.
Tourism and sports minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said sports was a priority sector that could help to promote the country on the international stage this year.
The minister first introduced a major sports tourism campaign at the Thailand Travel Mart in Chiang Mai, June 2016, when the Sports Authority of Thailand attended the event for the first time. Read more
VENICE, 21 February 2017: Tens of thousands of revellers in masks and period costume packed St Mark’s Square on Sunday for the “flight of the angel”, the traditional opening of the Venice Carnival.
On the 12th chime of midday from St Mark’s Campanile, Claudia Marchiori descended gracefully from the famous bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (260 feet) above the crowd that had gathered for one of the world’s most famous carnivals.
Dressed in a leviathan purple gown with orange wings, she sprinkled glitter and confetti to the tune of “Wicked Game”, the 1989 song by American rock musician Chris Isaak. Read more
HELSINKI, 20 February 2017: Visitors to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, can enjoy a traditional Finnish sauna any time of the year, but twice a year a special kind of sauna festival gets underway.
The 11 March event opens the doors to private saunas throughout the city for everyone to enjoy.
The sauna has traditionally been a social gathering place among Finns, yet most of the saunas in Helsinki these days are in private use only. Helsinki Sauna Day opens the doors to many private saunas for the public to enjoy. Read more
SINGAPORE, 17 February 2017: The 13th annual Aviation Festival Asia 2017 will be hosted, 21 to 22 February, in Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore.
The festival kicks off with a series of keynote interviews by Bloomberg, followed by a boardroom level panel discussion on Asia Pacific aviation outlook.
The first-day session will also discuss how airlines can thrive in the age of digital disruption. Read more
MUMBAI, 14 February 2017: OTM 2017 will be held in Mumbai, the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in the country, 21 to 23 February, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
More than 1000 sellers from 50 countries will exhibit at OTM 2017. They include national and state tourism organisations, hotels, airlines, destination marketing companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as MICE markets, keen to tap India’s expanding outbound travel market.
The show estimates 5447 qualified buyers and travel trade visitors have already registered. They include 814 fully and partly hosted buyer registrations, which is the largest number of hosted buyers in any travel trade show in India. Read more
BERLIN, 9 February 2017: Exotic music, colours and rhythms will feature at the ITB Berlin grand finale 12 March — admission to the show is free for ITB ticket holders.
Visitors, exhibitors and guests will gather to celebrate the finale of the 51st ITB Berlin with a spectacular show featuring African music, Caribbean songs, Andalusian rhythms and German-Greek choir music.
The event will be hosted by the award-winning television and show presenter Mary Amiri. Read more
SIEM REAP, 8 February 2017: Over 400 runners joined the second annual Angkor Ultra Trail race according to a post-event report by organisers Phoenix Voyages.
The inbound tour company organised the race with SDPO late January on a trail that featured the famed Angkor temples as a backdrop.
In addition to the main 128 km race there were four other races: the “Bayon Trail” 64 km, the “Jungle Trail Angkor” 32 km, the “Temple Run Angkor” 16 km and “Nordic Walking Angkor” 16 km. Read more