Bumper Summer for Helsinki events

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

HELSINKI, 12 October 2017: Helsinki enjoyed another busy summer hosting congresses with delegate attendance reaching 38,000 between May and September.

The events generated around EUR 50 million in tourism income for Finland’s capital city.

According to the Union of International Associations (UIA) in its June report, Helsinki became the most popular city for international association meetings in the Nordic region last year and the 15th most popular congress city in the world. Read more

Singapore reports robust event bookings

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 4 October 2017: Singapore has successfully secured hosting for eight large congresses and tradeshows this year.

The events will draw an estimated additional 20,000 visitors to the city. The first one, Tea and Coffee World Cup, was hosted at the end of September, while the remaining seven events will be hosted through to 2024.

From world congresses to regional exhibitions and conferences, most of the events will take place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia. Read more

Hotel and travel shows in September

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thai Hotels Association is encouraging member hotels to attend a special lecture on “Tourism Trends in Thailand 2016 and MICE Industry Potential Development and Benefits,” on the opening day of an annual hospitality congress.

The association posted on its Facebook page details encouraging members to attend the session, 1200 to 1345, Wednesday, 6 September.

The venue is Conference Hall 203, BITEC Bangna Exhibition and Convention Centre. Read more

Support emerges for Gulf airlines

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 9 August 2017: A coalition of transportation and tourism businesses, on Monday, called on the US government to preserve aviation agreements with Gulf nations despite accusations of unfair trade by major US airlines.

Businesses including courier service FedEx, budget air carrier JetBlue and hotel giant Wyndham, oppose calls from Delta, American Airlines and United to renegotiate open skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The three biggest US air carriers say Abu Dhabi and Doha have pumped billions in unfair subsidies into their national airlines Etihad and Qatar Airways, and they are lobbying the Trump administration to step in. Read more

Airlines in sneaky seat squeeze

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: Passengers measuring leg room between airline seats is not a trendy habit in Asia, but apparently it’s a hot topic in the US.

CNN reported the squeeze on the typical airline seat made it all the way to a Congress hearing when the spotlight shone on how airlines have quietly eroded the centimetres between seat rows.

CNN reported that American Airlines is planning to squeeze in more seats on its new Boeing 737 Max aircraft due for introduction later this year. Apart shaving space between seat rows it may also introduce slim-fit  toilets. Read more

Congress warns US airlines

May 3, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 4 May 2017: Senior lawmakers urged US airlines Tuesday to fix their customer service issues after recent high-profile problems, or face a crackdown from Congress.

“Seize this opportunity because if you don’t, we’re going to come and you’re not going to like it,” said Representative Bill Shuster, chairman of the House transportation committee.

The hearing was Capitol Hill’s first chance to grill airline executives since the violent removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight last month sparked global outrage. Read more

Bahrain bankrolls Skal Asian event

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Gulf Air is backing the 2017 Skal Asian Area Annual Congress and General Assembly in Bahrain with a 30% discount on fares to Bahrain for all delegates.

Skal members and their guests attending the 46th Asian Area Congress, this May, receive a  discount code when registering. The code applies to selected fares in economy and business class available on the Gulf Air website.

“This is a fantastic gesture by Bahrain’s national carrier and it reflects the importance of our forthcoming congress in a tourism destination that is growing in popularity,” said Skal Asian area president Robert Sohn. Read more

Helsinki a winning congress city

March 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

HELSINKI, 10 March 2017: A total of 286 international association meetings were held in Helsinki in 2016  attended by 60,790 congress visitors, according to Helsinki Convention and Events Bureau.

2016 turned out to be a busy congress year setting a new record that exceeded  2014, the previous best year when congress visitors reached almost 41,000.

Congress visitors spend on average 1887 euros per person in Helsinki (Finland Convention Bureau’s 2013 Delegate Survey), creating a significant economic impact on the metropolitan area. Read more

FlyerRights: Airport security dismal

January 20, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 20 January 2017: FlyerRights, a group that lobbies for airline passenger rights and safety, kicked off the New Year calling for stronger measures to make US airports safer.

While the group targets US airports, the message could equally apply to airports worldwide that are face a growing risk of terror attacks.

The group said US passengers should be able to count on TSA as well as  local and state law enforcement authorities to protect them. Read more

Skal’s confidence in Bangkok high

August 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 August 2015: Tourism and hospitality professionals in Bangkok received a boost Wednesday with the news that the city has been shortlisted to host the Skal International World Congress in 2017.

Skal Club Bangkok submitted a bid to host the popular annual event in the face of stiff competition from five other Skal clubs in Hyderabad, Stavanger, Toronto, Miami and Copenhagen.

Hyderabad is also shortlisted and the final decision will be made in a secret ballot of all Skal voting members attending the 2015 World Congress in Torremolinos, Spain in late October.

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