INTERNATIONAL CITY TOURISM SUMMIT

Posted February 7, 2018 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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INTERNATIONAL CITY TOURISM SUMMIT:

REYKJAVÍK TO HOST EUROPEAN CITIES’ TALK
ON MORPHING DMOs BUSINESS MODELS AND ENGAGING THE CITY

In two weeks, representatives of European cities in the fields of City Marketing, Meetings Industry and Tourism will discuss how to “Hack the City” during European Cities Marketing Spring Meeting in Reykjavík, February 21-24, 2018. Industry thought leaders will challenge the attendees while, ideas and insights will be shared on how DMOs all over Europe are morphing their business models.

European Cities Marketing (ECM) chose the vibrant city of Reykjavík, capital of Iceland and the “northernmost” capital city in the world, as the perfect place for cities from all over Europe to talk on morphing DMO business models and engage the city.

About the organisation of the Meeting in Reykjavík, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, declared “Together during the conference, we will showcase how DMOs all over Europe are morphing their business models, forming new partnerships out of the touristic marketing box and hacking innovative new solutions to the problems, we all face. We are certain that this meeting will give lots of inspiration to our members. All of this will be delivered in Reykjavík – the best of places within our solar system to talk about the future! We will explore a near future, where DMOs are the hackers too with the potential to drive the innovative change that will reshape the future of travel and urban space.”

Two keynotes will be delivered: Siduri Poli, Innovator & Founder of Changers Hub, will talk about her goal to create a more equal society ultimately turning cities into a better place, and Jason Lane, Group Executive for European Market Development at Mastercard will educate attendees on the technology-savvy financial sector with insights ranging from mobile payments, biometrics, bots, augmented reality shopping to bitcoin and blockchain.

Many presentations will be delivered during the conference: Natthawut Adulyanukosol, CEO of The WiSE Bot, will present the chatbot for visitors powered by artificial intelligence he created in less than 48 hours; Magnus Aideborn, CEO of ArrivalGuides, will explain why it is time for destinations to go omni-channel; Iftah Amit, Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing at Kenes Group, a company specialised in initiating new congresses will tell attendees all the tips and secrets of DIY congresses; Lasse Chor, Founder of Happy42 & The happiest man alive, will teach attendees with his “hackathon for dummies” sessions; Caroline Couret, Director of Creative Tourism Network, will enlighten the new trend of transformational travel and deep tourism in cities; Javier Creus, Founder & Strategy Director of Ideas for Change will explain how citizen-led initiatives are currently demonstrating that it is possible to put people at the heart of smart city innovation and technology application to improve life in the city; Jonathan Goodacre, Senior Consultant at The Audience Agency, will expose the agency’s data-driven approach to cultural tourism; Tamara Markotic, CEO of SightRun will talk about her app which combine running with audio-guided sightseeing; and David O’Kelly, CEO of SANDEMANs NEW Europe, the pioneers of free urban walking tours, will tell why their initiative helps support local communities.

Participants will also get the latest from experts in the Meetings Industry, Tourism and City Marketing out of cities such as Amsterdam, Bolzano, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds, London, Madrid, Opatija and Paris but also from countries like Iceland and Slovenia ; from “how to build a relationship with visitors” to “Destination Incubation Organisations” through “crisis management and branding of sustainable travel destination”, “the creation of a social space where locals and visitors can share all their great experiences” and “City & Region: how kake It a Win-Win situation?”, attendees will surely go back home with many ideas and inspirations!

The conference will be moderated by Peter Rømer Hansen, Founder and CEO of Rømer Agency.

More information and complete programme can be found on: http://www.europeancitiesmarketing.com/

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KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE TEAM GEARED UP

Posted February 7, 2018 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE TEAM GEARED UP FOR WUF9 WITH 25 000 ANTICIPATED VISITORS TO THE CENTRE!
The venue of choice for the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 December 2018 – The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is all prepped and ready to kick-off its biggest event for 2018, the United Nation-Habitat’s Ninth Session of World Urban Forum (WUF9) from 7 to 13 February, further growing the venue’s international high-profile event portfolio. Earlier today, a flag-raising ceremony was held to formalize the commencement of the events with the official opening ceremony to be followed on Thursday, 8 February which will be officiated by YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Themed “Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”, the Forum will be focused on discussing the implementation of the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

With the Seventh Session of the World Urban forum held in Medellin, Colombia recording over 18,000 participation, the current edition of the Forum is expected to converge at least 25,000 participants from national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professionals, research institutions and academies, professionals, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media and United Nations organizations at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre over the next week.

The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “We are delighted to be the venue of choice for this highly important and prestigious international event and our team are passionate about delivery and applying their knowledge and expertise to address the complexity of the event. The exposure and legacy this event creates is not only a win for us but also for Malaysia and the region.”

For the duration of the event, as per the organiser’s protocol, the Centre is handed over to the United Nations which puts the venue and its surrounding of approximately 50m under UN territory for seven days.

The Centre is reputed to be the host of many international high-profile events in the past years and being recognized as a world-class purpose-built venue with industry standard accreditations and a track record that attest to its suitability for events of this stature. These include distinguished high-profile government events such as the Malaysia-China Economic Summit, 26th and 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits; and the 128th International Olympic Committee Session to name a few.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

For further information, please contact:
Nalinie Rajah
Marcom and PR Executive
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Tel: +603 2333 2888
Fax: +603 2333 2882
Email: info@klccconventioncentre.com

Charles Chaplin
TQPR (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Tel: +603 6203 4300
Fax: +603 6203 2972
Email: charlesc@tqpr.com

Flag-raising ceremony officially commencing WUF9 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

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ASEAN Recognises Its Best Sustainable Tourism Products

Posted January 31, 2018 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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ASEAN Recognises Its Best Sustainable Tourism Products
Seventeen winners in rural and urban products category in nine Southeast Asian countries have been awarded for sustainable tourism excellence

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Seventeen winners of the inaugural ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA) received recognition at a dedicated awards event at the end of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, 26 January in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

The new awards will now take place every two years as partial fulfilment of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, much of which seeks to advance sustainable tourism objectives.

The nine winners in the Rural Sustainable Products category were Sothy’s Pepper Farm in Cambodia, Desa Wisata Nglanggeran in Indonesia, Tree Top Explorer in Lao PDR, KOPEL Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor in Malaysia, the Pindaya Region in Myanmar, Walk on the Wild Side in the Philippines, Kranji Countryside in Singapore, the Kao Yao Noi Community Based Ecotourism Club in Thailand, and the Stay with Tay Ethnic Village in Viet Nam.

The eight winners in the Urban Sustainable Products category were Wat Phnom Historical and Cultural Site in Cambodia, the Nusa Dua in Indonesia, Phousi Mountain in Lao PDR, the KL Forest Eco Park by KL Tower in Malaysia, the Kayin State’s Natural Limestone Caves in Myanmar, the Palina Greenbelt River Cruise Experience in the Philippines, the Marina Bay Precinct in Singapore, and the Phuket Natural Experience in Thailand.

“I congratulate all 17 ASTA recipients,” said Mr. Sounh Manivong, the Director General of Tourism Marketing in the Lao PDR Government. “I encourage tourists to experience these products first hand. They are all shining examples of sustainable tourism in Southeast Asia.”

Entries to the awards were assessed by the National Tourism Organization in each ASEAN member state. Judging criteria and scoring was standardised throughout the nine ASEAN countries that participated. Auditors took inspection visits to all short-listed sites.

For more information about ASTA and its awardees, please click here.

The next ASTA will take place at ATF in Brunei Darussalam in 2020.
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Personalie – SMS Frankfurt Group Travel

Posted December 5, 2017 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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Personalie – SMS Frankfurt Group Travel

Jürgen Schreiter, der Firmengründer von SMS Frankfurt Group Travel und gleichzeitig Ihr Guide auf einer Reise, die Sie garantiert nie vergessen werden.

Der Marathonläufer und Extremsportler durchquerte bereits die Wüste Gobi und reiste mehrmals in die entlegensten Gebiete Russlands wie beispielsweise in die Altai-Region, zum Baikalsee, aber auch nach Barnaul, Novosibirsk und Samara. 2012 nahm Jürgen Schreiter an der Allgäu-Orient Charity-Rallye nach Aserbaidschan teil, außerdem führt er regelmäßig die bekannten Run & Visit Touren in Frankfurt durch.

Mit Jürgen Schreiter begleitet Sie ein absoluter Profi, der Sie sicher an ihr Ziel bringt.

 

Jürgen Schreiter
Extremsportler und Reiseprofi

Seine persönliche Bestleistung im Marathon beträgt 2 Stunden und 55 Minuten. Die 10 KM läuft er in lediglich 36 Minuten.

Fit für die nächste Extremtour mit seinen Kunden ist Jürgen Schreiter allemal. Ganz gleich, ob diese nach Zentralasien führen oder in entlegene Gegenden Russlands: Der Chef von SMS Frankfurt Group Travel ist immer mit dabei und sorgt dafür, dass seine Kunden wieder heil nach Hause kommen.

Sein Unternehmen bietet aber auch sogenannte „High End Tours“ an, beispielsweise mit einer Luxusyacht durchs Mittelmeer. 

Jürgen Schreiter ist vielleicht ein verrückter Typ, der gerne seine persönlichen Grenzen austestet, jedoch plant er alle seine Touren höchst sorgfältig und bereits mehrere Monate im Voraus. 

Planung ist das A und O einer Reise, vor allem, wenn es sich um einen Abenteuerurlaub handelt. Schließlich wollen meine Kunden ihren Trip genießen, ganz gleich, wie extrem er ablaufen soll“, so Jürgen Schreiter zu seiner Überzeugung als Reiseveranstalter und Tour-Guide.

Jürgen Schreiter, Jahrgang 1964, stammt aus Frankfurt am Main und bereiste viele entlegene Gegenden in Russland, Australien, Zentralasien und die meisten Bundesstaaten der USA, unter anderem vielfach Hawaii. Beispielsweise durchquerte er die Wüste Gobi und veranstaltet an einer Survival-Camps in Sibirien an denen er natürlich auch selbst jedes Jahr teilnimmt. 

In seiner Heimatstadt führt er übrigens die inzwischen sehr bekannt gewordenen “Run & VisitTouren durch, eine Mischung aus Sightseeing und Langstreckenlauf für sportliche Geschäftskunden und ebensolche Touristen.

Seit 1989 führt er seine Event und Medien-Agentur SMS Frankfurt, die neben Spezialreisen auch die Produktion von Event-Videos, Imagefilme für Unternehmen erstellt. Außerdem bietet SMS Frankfurt CDs, DVDs und USB-Sticks mit Presseunterlagen für Veranstaltungen an und außergewöhnliche Werbeartikel für Ihre Firma oder Events. Alles abgestimmt auf das Kerngeschäft Reiseveranstaltungen.

Zusätzlich engagiert sich Jürgen Schreiter stark in verschiedenen Charity-Projekten. Dabei unterstützt er neben einem Kinderheim in Wolgograd beispielsweise auch Kindergärten und Schulen auf den Philippinen mit Waren- und Sachspenden.

Weitere Informationen:

SMS Frankfurt Group Travel
Burgfriedenstrasse 17
D-60489 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Telefon +49-69-95 90 97 00
Email Info et SMS-Frankfurt.com
www.SMS-Frankfurt.com
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DUBAI BEGINS COUNTDOWN TO HOST 2018 ICCA CONGRESS

Posted November 22, 2017 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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DUBAI BEGINS COUNTDOWN TO HOST 2018 ICCA CONGRESS

  • Conclusion of congress in Prague marks the official handover to Dubai
  • Dubai will host the event’s 57th edition in November 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 22 November 2017: Dubai is gearing up to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year, following the conclusion of this year’s edition in Prague. Dubai was named host city for the 57th ICCA Congress in 2014, following a successful bid for the event that was led by Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre. To be held from 11 – 14 November 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre, the congress will see meeting industry professionals from all over the world gather in Dubai to discuss key challenges and opportunities within the business events industry.

A delegation from Dubai received the formal handover from hosts in Prague during the closing ceremony of the Congress on November 15. At the ceremony, Dubai representatives, including Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, and Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President, Venues Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, presented Dubai’s unique facets to attending ICCA members and delegates. An earlier session saw Marjan Faraidooni, Senior Vice President of Legacy Impact and Development at Expo 2020 Dubai, discuss the legacy that will be left after the conclusion of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Dubai’s most recent advances as a world-class city with unrivalled connectivity to key industry bodies from around the world. Hosting business events forms a core part of our sustainable economic diversification efforts, and is a key driver in our Tourism Vision for 2020. We look forward to welcoming ICCA delegates next year and hosting an event that plays an important role in the development and growth of the business events industry.”

As Dubai’s visitor offerings continue to evolve, the city is developing a range of new attractions, hotels, venues and infrastructure projects that are set to bolster Dubai’s standing as a global hub for tourism and business events. Dubai has seen a consistent rise in business and tourism figures, becoming the fourth most visited city in the world in 2016, with 14.9 million overnight visitors last year. In the first 9 months of 2017, the city welcomed 11.58 million international visitors, up more than 7.5% on the same period last year.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said: “The timing of ICCA’s Congress in Dubai couldn’t be better. Economies throughout the Gulf and Middle East are going through huge changes to their business models and are diversifying into a wide range of exciting new sectors; association-related meetings activity is bubbling up across trade, healthcare and high-tech scientific sectors, thanks to both home-grown demand and driven by expansion and outreach from US and European organisations; and we’ll arrive when preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai are reaching a critical point, providing all manner of experiential meetings-related content for our members to think about. We’re very excited to bring the world of ICCA to Dubai in 2018!”

Business events continue to play a key role in achieving Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and UAE Vision 2021. These ambitious plans outline concrete steps to further develop the city into a global knowledge hub that advances a range of key industries and drives innovation across vital global sectors. With Dubai’s sustained successes as a destination of choice, business events play an increasingly prominent role in the national agenda of economic diversification and establishing a knowledge-based economy.

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Discovering Guam

Posted November 7, 2017 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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Discovering Guam
Until very recently not many people could have told you where Guam was located, or even what was there.

Recent political events have certainly changed that.
With intense, global media attention in recent months, however, many outlets like CNN, the BBC and others took the time to really look behind the breaking news. What they found and repeatedly reported on was the amazing people, the beauty of the island, the wonderful attractions and the importance of tourism to its economy.

The stories revealed the special spirit of the nearly 170,000 residents who are predominantly American citizens but who also strongly honor the ancient and vibrant Chamorro culture.

They also unveiled stunning images of the unspoiled, stunning, natural beauty of Guam.

From an economic standpoint, they talked about the growing leisure travel, conference & meeting, and incentive travel market in Guam – propelled not only by its authentic style and unique experience opportunities, but also its modern hotels and convention center and strong technology infrastructure.

Guam will once again have a booth at IMEX America #3041 and is anticipating great interest from event planners and buyers from the US, Asia, Australia and many other regions.

Who’s Been Coming and Why?
In just one example of who’s coming to Guam, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) & PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association) held their 2016 Annual Conference in Guam which brought many influential industry leaders to the island, and delighted them with all that Guam has to offer,

Japanese, South Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese and American tourists and incentive groups have also been enjoying their experiences of Guam.

While Guam has more than 8,860 modern hotel rooms and hotels run by leading brands such as Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton and Westin – as well as the new Guam Convention Center at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort – Guam also has its own distinctive local style which creates memorable events and experiences.

Business and pleasure visitors alike can take in outdoor fiestas featuring traditional, Chamorro food and festivities like fresh caught seafood & edible seaweed, traditional dancing, music and coconut cracking.

Hiking and walking up into the hills of Guam – or “Boonie Stomping” as it’s known locally – uncovers gorgeous flora, fauna and jungle waterfalls. Golf, dolphin watching and water sports like snorkeling and diving are also among the many activities offering a wide range of incentive options.

Guam has also built a strong technology infrastructure with superfast Wifi – bringing together the best of unplugged and fully connected options and activities.

The world is discovering Guam – and that it has plenty to offer.
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www.guamvisitorsbureau.com


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Kenes Group and BestCities Global Alliance ready to open doors with their first original event

Posted November 7, 2017 by MICEmedia-online.biz
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Kenes Group and BestCities Global Alliance ready to open doors with their first original event

Final preparations are underway as BestCities Global Alliance, visitBerlin – one of the Alliance’s partner destinations – and leading Professional Conference Organiser, Kenes Group, get ready to welcome delegates to their inaugural original event in Berlin.

Senior level attendees from leading international pharma and biotech companies, academia and government institutions are expected at the Summit on Controversies in Precision Medicine (CPMed), due to take place at the Ameron Hotel Abion Spreebogen Waterside, 13-15 November 2017.

The Summit is the first event following a landmark agreement signed by Kenes and BestCities, to initiate and manage original events in the 12 BestCities global locations. With a shared ambition to deliver high-level meetings for doctors, researchers, and specialists, not formally structured through existing associations, the events are a unique opportunity to study a specialised area of expertise, providing a valuable knowledge sharing and networking platform.

Under the leadership of Prof. Dan Peer, Director of Tel Aviv University Cancer Biology Research Centre and Translational Medicine, CPMed will address the challenges in precision medicine head-on. Titled, “Where do we stand in drug development?”, the Summit will create a focused environment for quality and open scientific debate on the value and direction of the industry. With an interactive architecture, the event is designed to provide the participants with exciting opportunities to ignite solutions, network and innovate.

Work is already underway to initiate a number of future original events through the collaboration of BestCities, Kenes Group and high-profile opinion leaders from around the world, in key fields where there is a potential to create an original event.

Ravit Shani Levi, Director of Global Market Development at Kenes Group, said “CPMed is an important first step into initiating a series of original events that leave a legacy. Under Prof. Dan Peer’s leadership and the outstanding support from our partners at BestCities and visitBerlin, we are looking forward to this new original event becoming an innovative platform for knowledge exchange, education, and networking in the field of precision medicine.”

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities, said: “Working together with Kenes, BestCities is committed to delivering impactful meetings that offer genuine value, insight and innovation to the global medical community. With its focus on a niche but crucial topic, CPMed is the ideal first event to showcase BestCities and Kenes shared long-term ambition for initiated conferences and our commitment to help build lasting legacies between associations and destinations.”

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, said: “Berlin is known around the world as a centre for innovation and has a first-class network of universities and research centres. This is particularly beneficial for meetings related to science and medicine. In addition, the city offers affordable accommodation compared to other cities and a wide range of cultural offerings. This unique blend is convincing an increasing number of convention and event organisers. Berlin is proud to be a strong partner in the new BestCities initiative with Kenes Group.”

For more information on CPMed visit: www.precisionmedicine.kenes.com
For more information on BestCities visit: www.bestcities.net


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