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  • ITB Berlin: New hall concept adapts to a changing market

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    By reorganising the hall sections and reallocating hall space at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show ITB Berlin (8 to 12 March 2017) has taken travel industry changes into account. “In recent years there has been an increase in demand …

  • Miami’s financial district Brickell emerges as luxury hotel destination

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Miami has always appealed to the rich, the famous and the glamorous. And now more than ever the Florida city renowned for its beaches, beautiful people, nightlife and hedonism is seeing a new wave of luxury developments in the form …

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  • USA named as best destination for solo travel by UK travellers

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Thanks to its extravagant Halloween celebrations and striking autumnal foliage, the USA has been named as the top destination to visit alone this autumn, according to leading travel dating website and app   In new data released by the …

  • 12 dead in Kenya Hotel bombings, Shabab claims credit

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    On Tuesday morning, a hotel in northern Kenya was attacked by Islamist militants that claimed 12 lives and triggered anger from Kenyans who blamed their government for being unable to defend them from relentless violence. A Somali militant group named …

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Global Travel News

  • Conde Nast names Boracay Top Island in the World

    Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Boracay Island has been named as the Top Island in the World by international travel magazine Conde Nast in World Trade Center, New York City. The award was accepted by Zenn Pallugna of the Philippine Department of Tourism. Two other …

  • Travel summit in Istanbul to assemble social media icons

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    A travel summit in Istanbul next month will bring tourism industry professionals together along with leading social media icons and this will be a major opportunity for revamping the country’s tourism sector. Turkish tourism is yet to recover from its …

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  • Unlimited tourism potential lies in Madhesh, Nepal

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Madhesh is a wonderful tropical region in Nepal and magnificent for tourism. Its culture is full of diversity and it’s famous for white water rafting over the world. It’s a wonderful and mystic meeting point of various Hindu and Buddhist …

  • Mt. Taranaki grabs second spot in Lonely Planet rating

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Mount Taranaki in New Zealand has been named by Lonely Planet as the second-best region in the world to visit in 2017. This is the best ever ranking for any destination in NZ in the travel guide company’s annual ‘Best …

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  • UK govt decision for new Heathrow runway welcomed by hospitality sector

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    The UK government approved plans for a third runway at Heathrow ending the uncertainty over the future of the UK’s London airports.   The decision has been welcomed by hospitality associations. A website quoted Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the …

  • Drone’s Eye View – CAA and VisitEngland launch ‘400ft Britain’

    Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Today sees the launch of ‘400ft Britain’, a drone photography and videography competition hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in partnership with VisitEngland, to educate people about using drones safely while celebrating the UK’s beautiful countryside.   Drones are the …

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  • Virgin America Extends Summertime On The Coast – Popular Seasona

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Virgin America, the U.S. airline known for its award-winning service, today announces it is bringing back its popular seasonal flights to help East Coast travelers warm up over the 2016-17 winter season,   whether they need a beach escape or …

  • Brand USA and U.S. Tourism Groups Target India as the Next Major Asian

    Published on : Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    For the last year, U.S. officials and members of the tourism industry have engaged in a partnership with China, aimed at better educating Chinese travel agents and connecting U.S. tour providers with the right Chinese travelers.   Chinese travelers are …

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  • Meet on tourism innovation to be held in Dubai

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    The first Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum, to be organised by the UAE Ministry of Economy (MOE) in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is set to be held in Dubai, UAE this November.   The forum …

  • Dubai Business Events holds workshop in Brazil in lead-up to Expo 2020

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Dubai Business Events (DBE) held a workshop in Casa Panamericana, São Paulo to present the city’s attractions to Brazil and make it more attractive in the run up to Expo 2020.   Dubai will host Expo 2020, six month-long world …

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  • Declining tourist numbers forces Morocco to court Russia, China

    Published on : Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Circumstances have forced Morocco to turn to new markets like Russia and China to support the country’s large tourism industry following a decline in visitors from its traditional source markets.   While Morocco remains the number-one African destination for foreign …

  • ITB Asia cements commitment to Asia Pacific through three-year partner

    Published on : Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Singapore will continue to be home to the next three editions of the region’s leading travel trade show – ITB Asia. Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organisers of the event, have announced the extension of its milestone partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board …

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  • Virgin Australia gets racegoers off to a stylish start

    Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Virgin Australia’s Hat Valet services will transport racegoers and their most important accessory, the head piece, from Sydney to Melbourne in spectacular style during the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival. Located in the airline’s Sydney Lounge, the Hat Valet service ensures …

  • London Stansted Airport responds to Government runway announcement

    Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

    “Today’s announcement highlights the important role that aviation plays in connecting Britain to the world.   ”Airports such as London Stansted are critical in supporting economic growth and increasing the UK’s global competitiveness and we have been clear that making …

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  • The ‘Secret Sailaway’ cruise to take passengers to 6 mystery local

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    United Kingdom’s Bolsover Cruise Club is planning to offer a special cruise package to its passengers who reserve their seats on the brand new Secret Sailaway cruise. The cruise would offer the departure and also the return dates of the …

  • Royal Caribbean Names Inspirational Hometown Hero In Education As Godm

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    The results are in; after a six-week search for an educator who is inspiring South Florida’s next generation to dream big, think differently and challenge the status quo, 23-year-old Brittany Affolter from the Miami-Dade region of Teach For America, has …

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  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts Wins AAA Award For Eighth Time

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Best Western Hotels & Resorts was named AAA Lodging Partner of the Year for 2016. This is the eighth year Best Western has been awarded this accolade, winning every year the honor has been awarded since 2008. This year Best …

  • Mirage Bar & Restaurant is unveiled at Renaissance Harbour View Ho

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Mirage, a multi facaded hub to meet, dine and drink with an iconic 25ft. high island bar and stunning Victoria Harbour views is unveiled on 21 October at Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, bringing a new addition to Hong …

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  • Medhes: An extraordinary tourism attraction in Nepal

    Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Madhes is a mesmerising magnet for tourism. It is just the place for tourists who prefer tropical climate. It is neither hot in the summer nor cold in the winter. Its culture is riverine and full of diversity. It is …

  • World Bank wants Indonesia to make better use of resources

    Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    The World Bank said in a recent report that Indonesia needed to better utilize available data to formulate a national tourism strategy that can keep pace with the ever-changing market if the country is to meet its ambitious target.   …

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Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia shares an insightful interview with Travel And Tour World. Read on.



Kerrin Macphie
Director of Sales at ACC Liverpool

Carina Bauer
CEO of the IMEX Group

Mr. Simon Press
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director, World Travel Market

Chris Doyle
Executive Director-Europe of Adventure Travel Trade Association

Carol Wallace

(CEO & President of San Diego Convention Centre)

Mr. David Ruetz
Head of ITB Berlin

Tom Noonan
President and CEO, Visit Baltimore

Dr. Christian Göke
COO of Messe Berlin

Ms Kazuko Toda
Director, Convention Marketing Department of TCVB

Mr. Subhash Goyal
President, IATO

Nino Gruettke
Executive Director – ITB Asia

Joe Mclnerney
American Hospitality and Lodging Association President

Michael W. McCormick
Executive Director and COO of GBTA

Mr. Craig Moyes
Portfolio Director, AIBTM Global Events Portfolio Reed Travel

Ms. Lois Hall
(Exhibition Director of GIBTM)

Karen Bolinger
The Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau

Mr. Shannon Stowell
President ATTA

Felicity Page
Reed Travel Exhibitions, CIBTM International Marketing Manager

Makiko Matsuda Healy
Vice President, Tourism Development, NYC & Company

Graeme Barnett
EIBTM Exhibition Director

Ms. Patchareeboon Sakulpitakphon
The Project Manager for The Code shares

Ms. Stephanie Chow
Executive Assistant Manager Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Mr. Markus_Muller
Vice President Sales and Marketing Asia Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts

Alison Gilmore
Exhibition Director, ILTM

Erik Wolf
Executive Director & Founder at World FoodTravel Association

Ken Morrison
Chief Executive of Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF)

James Hogan
Etihad Airways CEO

Tom Jenkins
Executive Director of ETOA

Subhash Goyal
STIC Travel Group & President

Anish Kumar
Secretary of ATTOI and CEO

Nikhil Desai
Managing Director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation

Mr. Parvez Dewan
Tourism Secretary of India

Nils Haupt
Director of corporate communications

Enver Duminy
CEO of Cape Town Tourism

Marco Saxer
Marco Saxer, General Manager of Swissotel, Kolkata

Konstantin Zeuke
General Manager, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Tammy Jo Long
Founder & President of the Luxury Living Savannah

Sylvie Bourget
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Via Rail Canada

Mr. Eric Van Piggelen
Chief Executive Officer BCCK.

Michael Stief
Media Spokesperson of Zurich Airport

Dr Ahmad Belhoul
CEO of Strategy and Tourism Sector Development

Jenny Herbison
Director of Mobile at Skyscanner

Mrs. Ratna Chadha
Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing, India Representative: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Sanjay Reddy
Managing Director of Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore

Mr. Jeet Sawhney
MD, Abacus India

Adrienne Clarke
Head of Conference Sales of The Convention Centre Dublin

Dr. Michael Kerkloh
CEO of Munich Airport

Ms. Barrie Seidenberg
President and CEO, Viator

Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director
Reed Travel Exhibitions

mtrip’s CEO

Harsh Dhingra
Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation India

Taleb Rifai
Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Al Tareq Al Ameri
Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi

Francesca Nina Soemitro
Director of Market Development Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

Graeme Barnett
Senior Exhibition Director EIBTM, Reed Travel Exhibitions

Izabela Helbin
Director of the Krakow Festival Office

Tim Jacox
executive vice president of sales and marketing, Un-Cruise Adventures

Mike Lee
Vice President of Sales for Marina Bay Sands

The Hon’ble Chief Minister ‘Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling’, Govt. of Sikkim

The Hon’ble Tourism Minister ‘Shri Ugen T. Gyatso’, Govt. of Sikkim

The Hon’ble Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism ‘Shri D. N. Sherpa’, Govt. of Sikkim.

Lois Wilcox

Exhibition Manager IBTM Arabia

Nick Waight

The Managing Director of Group Convention Centres

Mr. Ronald van Weezel

General Manager of Hilton Sydney

Mr. Nick Pilbeam
Travel Divisional Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions

Daniel Levine
Trends Experts and Keynote Speaker

Gloria Molins
The founder and CEO of Trip4real

Kelly Tompkins
The CEO and Founder of AdventureLink

Ms. Katrina Leung
Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore)

Robert Friedman
Vice President, Brand Management and Marketing, Amtrak

Mr. Edmund Bartlett
Chairman of UNWTO

Mark Speranza
William Vale as Director of Sales and Marketing

The Group of national travel agents’ and tour operators’

Mr. Sidh N C
Director at QnA International

Katrina Leung
Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore)


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