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  • UNWTO: International tourism on track to end 2014 with record numbers

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    International tourism is set to hit a new record by the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew …

  • Passengers hail crew after plane makes safe emergency landing

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Passengers of a Flybe flight, which was forced to make an emergency landing, applauded the pilot and the crew as it landed at Belfast International Airport on Tuesday after an engine caught fire.   The plane was flying from Glasgow to George …

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  • Sabre Red App Centre exceeds 1 million downloads

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Sabre Red App Centre, the world’s first B2B travel app marketplace and innovation showcase, has exceeded 1 million downloads by travel agents worldwide.   1,206,898 downloads to be exact.  That’s 1.2 million downloads by nearly 118,000 users across 119 countries. …

  • The Great Christmas and New Year Getaway

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    ABTA – The Travel Association estimates that four million passengers will be heading overseas this Christmas and New Year period (19 December – 3 January), with the peak travel days predicted to be 20, 21 and 28 December on the …

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Global Travel News

  • TripAdvisor Announced New “Plan, Compare and Book” Message

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced new TV ads that showcase TripAdvisor as a comprehensive travel planning, shopping and booking site. The ads, which are an evolution of the company’s “Don’t Just Visit” campaign, call upon travelers to …

  • Business travel industry needs to wake up to sharing economy. Airbnb t

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    Airbnb’s Marc McCabe will speak at the Business Travel Show next February in a panel session that calls on the corporate travel industry to wake up to the sharing economy.   The company, which is also exhibiting at the Business Travel Show …

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  • Envision Festival-Costa Rica announces second installment of their lin

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Music & Arts festival Envision Festival-Costa Rica has announced the second phase of its lineup, completing the impressive and talented roster of musicians, artists, speakers, yoga instructors and beyond, set to perform in the scenic jungles of Uvita, Costa Rica from February …

  • American Airlines and Interjet Announce Codeshare Agreement

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    American Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Mexico City-based Interjet, adding new service to key destinations in Mexico.   The new codeshare arrangement with Interjet will give American Airlines customers seamless connecting service within Mexico. American will codeshare on …

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  • Premier Explore plans exciting sporting actions for Indian fans

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Founded upon the recent rapid increase in the popularity of football in India, Premier Explore the first British-based tour operator to offer VIP experiences of the English Premier League (EPL) to Indian sports fans. Established earlier this year, Premier Explore …

  • Hotel Marriott offers tempting discounts for weekend getaways

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Hotel Marriott has come up with attractive discounts to Europe. Marriot has planned some weekend escapes that are ideally suited for impulsive lovers looking for cozy getaways.   Winter weekends are matched with sightseeing, taste of local cuisine and something …

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  • Oxford Properties purchases 346-room from Hyatt affiliate

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Oxford Properties Group and Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that Oxford Properties has purchased the 346-room Park Hyatt Toronto hotel from a Hyatt affiliate for approximately $90 million USD or $260,000 USD per key, subject to certain adjustments. Oxford intends to …

  • Confederation Centre of the Arts continues to attract tourists

    Published on : Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    The Confederation Centre of the Arts is a unique institution that showcases both performing and visual arts and also stands as a national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation. Opened in 1964, this structure commemorated the 100th anniversary of the …

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  • Dubai Airports prepares for seasonal rush to hit peak at DXB this week

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Dubai Airports has issued an advisory for passengers to ease their travel through Dubai International as part of preparations for the seasonal rush of travellers anticipated to hit peak later this week and over the weekend.     Smart Travel …

  • Dubai Airports hiring takes off with new recruitment platform

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Dubai Airports (DA), operator of one of the world’s busiest airports, Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, has teamed up with Cazar, the leading recruitment solution provider & employer branding firm in the Middle East, to …

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  • First Thailand Halal Assembly to help boost trade, travel with Islamic

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    An estimated 5,000 delegates are expected to meet in Bangkok between 28 – 30 December for the first “Thailand Halal Assembly 2014″ to be held at the Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld.   Organised jointly by the …

  • TAT promotes Muay Thai boxing in Indian Market

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    India’s award-winning female boxing champion Mary Kom visited Thailand between 8-12 December as part of a campaign to promote the increasingly popular global sport of Muay Thai boxing.   The boxer was filmed visiting several popular Muay Thai stadiums, interacting …

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  • 5 Ways the United Airlines Mobile App is Your Best Holiday Travel Comp

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    With the height of the holiday travel season just days away, United Airlines encourages customers to make its industry-leading mobile app their go-to travel tool. Since its launch, the app has reached more than 15 million downloads and CIO Magazine …

  • dnata awarded American Airlines ramp handling contract in Zurich

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    dnata, one of the world’s leading air services providers, has won the contract to handle all of American Airlines’ flights at Zurich International airport.   In the long-term contract, dnata will begin ground-handling operations for American Airlines starting 17th February …

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  • Philips LEDs on Costa Cruises’ Fleet: One More Step Toward Sustainab

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Royal Philipsthe global leader in lighting, is supporting Costa Cruises in its path of sustainable business by upgrading its fleet with the latest LED lighting. More than 300,000 light fittings are being replaced across 10 ships with the MASTER LED …

  • A Second Round of Microbrews Highlights Crystal’s 2016 & 201

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Responding to feedback from its well-heeled, well-traveled guests, luxury leader Crystal Cruises has set a roster of Experiences of Discovery theme cruises for 2016 that includes a host of travelers’ favorites. Following the tremendous response to the cruise line’s first-ever …

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  • Taking a Page from Its Roots – Marriott Launches CANVAS, a Globa

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    In a move to harness the passion of a generation of food and drink entrepreneurs, Marriott International is launching CANVAS. The first-of-its-kind hotel industry program is a global incubator that will help hungry entrepreneurs realize their vision for amazing food …

  • Craig Smith, Marriott Regional President Named One of Latin Trade Maga

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    Craig S. Smith, Marriott International’s Regional President for the Caribbean & Latin America, was recognized for his leadership in the aggressive growth efforts for the company in the Caribbean and Latin America and has been named one of Latin Trade …

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  • UNWTO: International tourism on track to end 2014 with record numbers

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    International tourism is set to hit a new record by the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew …

  • Thai Tourism Recovery Continues in November 2014

    Published on : Thursday, December 18, 2014

    The number of the international visitor arrivals has continuously risen for the second month. Visitor arrivals to Thailand in November totalled 2,438,301, a growth of 2.53 percent over November 2013. Figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports show …

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In an exclusive interview with Travel And Tour World, Lois Wilcox, Exhibition Manager IBTM Arabia speaks about the various aspects of show, its innovative format and the growth of MICE and business traveling in the GCC region in the recent times. TTW asks:



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. Anish Kumar
Secretary of ATTOI and CEO, The Travel Planners

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


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