BERLIN, 14 February 2013: Making life easier for travel and event managers to organise their schedule, ITB Berlin has compiled a list of exhibitors of special interest to business travel decision-makers listed under the label of Business Travel Partners.
Some 100 companies from around the world have now registered and are on the list. They include airlines, hotel chains and technology companies.
Full details including location and contact information is now available online at www.itb-kongress.de/ business travel in the Partner programme section under the menu item Business Travel Exhibitors.
BERLIN, 7 February 2013: Social and ecological responsibility in tourism will be a key subject at ITB Berlin this year gaining the spotlight at various venues at the world’s largest travel show.
The programme in the Adventure & Responsible Tourism Hall 4.1b will include discussions and papers dealing with human rights, travel for the deaf and developments on the Caribbean island of Haiti three years after the disastrous earthquake.
This year, environmental protection and social responsibility will also be taken into consideration in the production of the ITB Berlin catalogue and ITB Quick-finder, which will be printed using a climate-neutral process with the aim of supporting a geothermal project in this year’s partner country, Indonesia.
BERLIN, 7 February 2012 : Eight Danube countries will host numerous activities showcasing opportunities for tourism along Europe’s second-longest river during the 6 to 10 March ITB.
This is the second year that Germany, Austria, Hungary, the city and region of Bratislava, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova will be presenting the region’s range of opportunities for holidaying on the Danube.
During the trade visitor days, 6 to 8 March, both travel professionals and media can take join guided tours of the stands of the eight countries on the Danube.
BERLIN, 31 January 2013: Travel industry research authority, PhoCusWright, has announced a pioneering programme for its premier European event, PhoCusWright@ITB Berlin, taking place Wednesday 6 March 2013 in conjunction with ITB Berlin.
Now in its eighth year, PhoCusWright@ITB is designed to help executives capitalise on innovations that are shaping the global travel, tourism and hospitality market place.
This year’s programme brings together travel start-ups, media powerhouses, social pioneers and several of Europe’s key travel companies to debate and define the future of travel.
BANGKOK, 28 January 2013: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau will place more emphasis on the Indian market by organising roadshows, while providing subsidies to support Indian companies planning events in Thailand.
TCEB board member and acting president, Thongchai Sridama, said the bureau present focus on short-haul markets, in Asia and the ASEAN+6 countries (China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and India), will continue. This is in line with preparations for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
“Asia is developing as Thailand’s most important MICE generating market, which accounted for 65% of the overall MICE visitors last year to Thailand.”
BANGKOK, 16 January 2013: Thai Travel Agents Association is offering a 20% discount off booth fees to members of the Thai Hotels Association who wish to join the 12th edition of the Thai International Travel Fair, 14 to 17 February, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.
TTAA reported around 80% of the 1,120 booths are now booked.
The prices for booth space vary depending on zones and whether the exhibitor wants raw space or with some decoration and fittings.
SINGAPORE, 11 January 2013: TTG Events and an events management company MCI Group have teamed up to introduce education segments and association days at three MICE events in Asia.
MCI will add the new content to IT&CM events in Shanghai, China, Delhi, India and Bangkok, Thailand.
“Association Day was born in recognition for the need of a focused and comprehensive association executive programme consisting of tailored education…” said TTG Asia Media managing director Darren Ng.
BANGKOK, 11 January 2013: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says it will embark on a mission to build competitiveness in the MICE industry this year through five strategies.
The bureau is also putting the final touches a new branding campaign to be launched in February.
TCEB board member and acting president, Thongchai Sridama, said: “ TCEB will be a growth driver to encourage MICE business to increase the country’s economic value and income for locals.”
BANGKOK, 10 January 2013: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says international visitors attending meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions in Thailand havd exceeded the bureau’s target in 2012.
TCEB board member and acting president, Thongchai Sridama, said in the last fiscal year saw the country welcome 895,224 international MICE visitors with estimated earnings of Bt79,770 million, well over the bureau’s target of 750,000 visits and earnings of Bt60,120 million.
“Asia was the key market accounting for 65% of overall MICE arrivals in 2012,” he said.
BANGKOK, 9 January 2013: Now in its 17th year, Trang’s famous underwater wedding ceremony will take place 13 to 15 February attracting couples who want to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day.
Trang province is credited with being the first province to establish an underwater wedding ceremony for international visitors and the tradition continues as Trang Chamber of Commerce joins hands with Trang Province, Trang Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to host the event once more.
Initially, the ceremony was backed by the national airline, Thai Airways International, when it was the only airline serving the town and was part of a wider campaign to put the Andaman coast town on the map.