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Fantastic media events during the Paralympic Games period

August 31, 2012

Fantastic media events during the Paralympic Games period
The London Media centre is now open from 8am on 27th August until the 10th September 2012 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The London Media Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please remember to wear you media pass to enter the centre. If you do not have your media pass or have not yet registered please email registration@londonmediacentre.co.uk

INSIDE THE LONDON MEDIA CENTRE
28 August – Press Conference and Q&A: Security and transport readiness for the Paralympics – 2pm – 3pm – Press conference 1
This is set to be the largest Paralympic Games ever and staging it requires a unique level of collaboration between transport and security agencies. Bringing together senior figures from Government, Transport and the Metropolitan Police, this briefing will give an overview of preparations and an update on the anticipated challenges and how they will be dealt with in the crucial days ahead.

Speakers include:
• Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
• Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and The Olympics
• Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG
• Chris Allison, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
• Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London

For those of you on twitter, the hashtag for this briefing is ParaReadiness
To attend: Please email pressconference@londonmediacentre.co.uk stating date and title of the briefing (as there are other briefings happening) by 10am Tuesday 28th August. For further information call 0207 271 1700. Filming and photography will be permitted for this press conference and the LMC’s broadcast team will also send this to BT Tower via a live feed. The press conference (from 13.55 to 15.15 BST) will be sent live to the BT Tower Local End – HD/FRBE7. An edited version of this press conference will be available on the Media Area of the LMC website under ‘Media Assets’ after the conference.

5 September – International Paralympic Committee Marketing Summit – 10am – Press Conference 1
This must-attend event will welcome international experts who will share their insights into the tangible benefits of working with the Paralympics and discuss the potential and future of the Paralympic brand.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be watched by a combined audience of more than 4 billion viewers. Greater visibility has made the Paralympic brand an even more attractive proposition. More brands than ever benefit from Paralympic partnerships and the growing profiles of athletes. Rio 2016 describes the Paralympic brand as a challenger that is ready to lead societal change. The Marketing Summit will look at the London experience, examine the impact and debate of how partners can benefit from the Paralympic brand. This ground-breaking event will welcome international experts who will share their insights into the tangible benefits of working with the Paralympics. Discover how some of the world’s biggest sport sponsors have activated their partnership and the benefits they have enjoyed.

The Marketing Summit will be followed by a spectacular evening event that includes reception, dinner, entertainment, live action Paralympic sport and an after party.
RSVP: alexis.vapaille@paralympic.org

Filming and photography will be permitted for this press conference and the LMC’s broadcast team will also send this to BT Tower via a live feed. The press conference (from 13.55 to 15.15 BST) will be sent live to the BT Tower Local End – HD/FRBE7. An edited version of this press conference will be available on the Media Area of the LMC website under ‘Media Assets’ after the conference.

LONDON MEDIA CENTRE REGENT STREET
The London Media Centre Regent Street
The London Media Centre Regent Street is open daily from 8am to 11pm to all accredited journalists until the close of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sunday 9 September. Visit or call the London Media Centre Regent Street, 1 Wilder Walk, just off Piccadilly. The London Media Centre Regent Street has excellent facilities for you to use, Wi-Fi, editing suites, recharge phones, camera equipment. Telephone 0203 475 3940 or visit www.lmcrs.co.uk

Regent Street and the West End would like to entertain you and invite you to enjoy; lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or drinks. You might like to try the Regent Street Food Safari – enjoy small signature dishes at five venues in one night (subject to availability).

Regent Street introduces the Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collections
Regent Street is located in the heart of London’s West End and has over 75 UK and International flagship stores such as Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Michael Kors and Austin Reed. It is London’s ultimate shopping and lifestyle destination and Europe’s first purpose built shopping street. Two hours itinerary highlighting key stores on Regent Street such us Liberty, Anthropologie, Austin Reed, Swarovski Crystallized and Penhaligon’s. In store exclusive and tailor made tours and personal shopping services.
RSVP: lucia.ruz@sisteris.com

OUTSIDE THE LONDON MEDIA CENTRE
29 August – Mayor welcomes Paralympic Flame to City Hall – 1pm – Potters Field
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will greet Paralympic Torchbearers as the Flame stops off at London House at City Hall on the final day of the Paralympic Torch Relay. The Mayor and five Torchbearers – Paralympians Jan Wilson, William Noble, Esther Weber, Jim Nuirhead and Francesca Porcellato – will take part in a photocall in front of the iconic Tower Bridge and the newly-installed Paralympic Agitos. Please note access will only be possible for pre-registered media.
RSVP: 2012mayorspressoffice@london.gov.uk

29 August – Paralympic Torch Relay to visit Greenwich – between 3.30pm and 4.15pm – Media Area at Cutty Sark Gardens
The Paralympics will begin in spectacular style on Wednesday 29 August and we’re thrilled to be welcoming the Paralympic Torch Relay to the Royal Borough of Greenwich during the afternoon, as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium. It will travel through Royal Greenwich between 3.30pm and 4.15pm, going past the world- famous Cutty Sark ship which provides a spectacular backdrop for this historic moment before the Torchbearers leave the borough by boat. If you wish to attend, we require that you apply for accreditation. There are spaces available for media in Cutty Sark Gardens and onboard a boat crossing the Thames when the torch crosses the river. (spaces are limited for the boat).
RSVP: media2012@greenwich.gov.uk

1 September – Three Olympic Games: 1908, 1948 and now 2012 all with a legacy – 9.15am – Stratford station
London 2012 will provide the greatest show on earth and leave a lasting legacy. How did we provide two successful games at short notice before and find out how we will provide a great opportunity for the nation. Take our regeneration familiarisation trip of East London with experts. Finish with a trip to the Olympic Park Viewing Gallery used by Her Majesty the Queen.
RSVP: ian.kirby@talk-tourism.co.uk

4 September – Explore independent style in Seven Dials – 2pm – Covent Garden
Discover a Londoner’s go to destination for independent style. Meet the owner of The Loft boutique – a haven for second-hand designer clothing and apparel. Take a peek inside Coco De Mer – a luxury adult boutique renowned for their upmarket bedroom toys, books and lingerie. Visit the flagship store for Orla Kiely – a London Fashion Week favourite, famous for her distinctive prints. Collections include womenswear, bags and accessories. Take in British fashion at Tatty Devine – an accessories store famed for their original, art jewellery, handmade in London. Relax with a cocktail at Kopapa – a fusion restaurant and bar from renowned chef Peter Gordon.
RSVP: sevendials@threepipe.co.uk

4 and 6 September – Courtesans, Celebrities and Chandeliers: The History of London’s Oldest Railway Hotel – 2pm – The Grosvenor Hotel
Discover the fascinating history behind London’s oldest railway hotel, The Grosvenor Hotel, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The famous 19th century courtesan, Miss Cora Pearl, was turned away from the hotel in 1870 due to her illicit profession. In honour of Cora and to celebrate her lavish lifestyle, the hotel has created a stunning Courtesan’s Boudoir – The Cora Pearl Suite. The hotel’s Operations Manager, Dean Culpan, will also be talking about the hotel’s rich history and the recent multi million pound refurbishment project in conjunction with English Heritage for all events.
RSVP: natalie.eales@sirencomms.com

6 September – Exclusive Shakespeare’s Globe international press briefing – 10am
Find why the Globe is the place where more people encounter Shakespeare than any other theatre in the world through performance and education. Key spokespeople from Shakespeare’s Globe will talk about the Globe’s international connections and ambitions, the unique theatre space and the experience it offers actors and audiences and the future of the Globe. Press will have the option to take part in a public tour of the theatre and will be provided with detailed information packs on the history of the Globe, international feature and interview ideas and recent press releases.
RSVP: louise.g@shakespearesglobe.com

6 September – Designed to Win – Exhibition Press Breakfast – 9am – Design Museum
Press breakfast to introduce journalists to the ‘Designed to Win’ exhibition at the Design Museum near Tower Bridge. Designed to Win celebrates the various way in which design has shaped the sporting world, celebrating the introduction of revolutionary new materials, new technologies, fashions and sporting equipment, all of which have transformed sporting enterprise. A guided tour of the exhibition will be provided by the curator.
RSVP: ashley@designmuseum.org

7 September – Delivering a Paralympian Sporting Legacy for all – 10am
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has a proud history of supporting disabled athletes, sporting clubs and teams that take part in a variety of competitive sports and activities throughout the year. Our Starting Blocks charity has helped local wheelchair rugby athlete, Andy Barrow, to represent Team GB at London 2012.
RSVP: jo.morgan@greenwich.gov.uk

10 September – Go With the Flow – 2.30pm – Embankment
See London in a unique way from a kayak. Get a flavour of the Olympic city from its liquid heart and reason for being, The River Thames. You will be kayaking a stable double kayak, no experience required, all equipment and guide provided. Must be able to swim 10 metres.
RSVP: harry.whelan@rbkc.gov.uk

For further information about forthcoming events please log onto www.londonmediacentre.co.uk

GBAA befürchtet Überlastung nach BER-Eröffnung

August 31, 2012

GBAA befürchtet Überlastung nach BER-Eröffnung
Fertigstellung nicht vor 2014 erwartet

Berlin, 23. August 2012: Es ist eindeutig: „Der Großflughafen Berlin wird auch nach seiner Eröffnung nicht genug Kapazität haben“. So äußerte sich jetzt Dr. Bernd Gans, Präsident der German Business Aviation Association (GBAA), in einem Interview mit dem Bayerischen Rundfunk und der Berliner Morgenpost. Die Interessengemeinschaft für den Geschäftsflugverkehr geht darüber hinaus nicht davon aus, dass der neue Hauptstadt-Flughafen vor 2014 in Betrieb genommen werden kann.

„Die an sich erfreulich steigenden Passagierzahlen in die Hauptstadt, die mit jährlich offiziell 27 Millionen angegeben werden, wird der BER allein von Anfang an nicht managen können. Vor allem zusätzlich notwendige Abfertigungseinrichtungen für den Verkehr mit Businessflugzeugen und Regierungsmaschinen stehen auf absehbare Zeit nicht zur Verfügung“, so Dr. Bernd Gans. Die GBAA sieht es deshalb als dringend geboten an, bestehende Kapazitäten in reduziertem Umfang weiter zu nutzen.

Das bewährte Terminal in Schönefeld-Nord sollte vorläufig zur Ergänzung für die unterdimensionierten Check-in-Schalter im neuen BER für Low Cost Flieger wie Easyjet oder Ryanair weiterhin verfügbar bleiben.

Auch Tegel könnte in reduzierter Form weiter betrieben werden. So könnte der Regierungs- und Businessverkehr in Tegel-Nord verbleiben und ausschließlich die Nordbahn des Flughafens Tegel nutzen. Ferner stünde Tegel anstelle von Leipzig oder Hannover als nahe gelegener Ausweichflughafen bei Störungen im BER zur Verfügung.

Voraussetzung für die Nutzung von Tegel durch die Flugbereitschaft der Bundeswehr und eine Mitnutzung durch die Geschäftsreiseflieger wäre jedoch, dass Tegel offiziell als Militärflughafen ausgewiesen wird.

„Die jetzt für eine Überarbeitung der Planungen beim BER notwendige Denkpause sollte für effizientere und möglichst auch kostensparende Ergänzungen sowie Alternativen mit Augenmaß genutzt werden“, mahnte Gans.

Kontakt: Hans-Henning Romberg, Geschäftsführer

Wer zuerst kommt, spart zuerst! Vorausbuchung für die Sommersaison 2013 bei Club Med bereits jetzt möglich

August 31, 2012

Wer zuerst kommt, spart zuerst!
Vorausbuchung für die Sommersaison 2013 bei Club Med bereits jetzt möglich

Die Sommerzeit bietet Raum für Entspannung und neue Ideen. Die perfekte Zeit, Pläne für das nächste Jahr zu schmieden. Club Med Kunden und Interessierte haben die Möglichkeit, ihren Sommerurlaub 2013 im Lieblings-Resort am gewünschten Anreisedatum sowie zum besten Preis der Sommersaison schon vor Buchungseröffnung zu sichern.

Die vollständigen Wunschdaten können kostenlos und unverbindlich noch bis zum 26. September in ein Online-Formular eingetragen werden. Am Tag der Buchungseröffnung (9. Oktober 2012) erhalten Interessierte ein entsprechendes Angebot per Email zugesandt. Dessen Gültigkeitsdauer variiert zwischen einem und sieben Tagen. Diese wird im Angebot mitgeteilt. Bei einer Nicht-Bestätigung des Angebots verfällt es automatisch und es entstehen keine Kosten. Das Formular zur Vorausbuchung finden Interessierte unter: http://clubmed-kunde.de/vorausbuchung, Reisebüros unter: http://clubmed-reisebuero.de/vorausbuchung.

Bei Bestätigung der Option (erstellt am 9. Oktober 2012) garantiert Club Med einen Schnellbucher-Vorteil von bis zu € 300 pro Erwachsenem und Woche in 4- und 5-Trindents-Resorts bzw. bis zu € 200 in 3-Tridents-Resorts. Bei Buchung eines Aufenthalts ohne Flug erhalten Club Med-Kunden 50% des Preisvorteils.

Genaue Informationen zu den Schnellbucher-Vorteilen und Angeboten von Club Med sowie die Möglichkeit zur Buchung erhalten Interessierte im Reisebüro, per Email unter servicecenter01@clubmed.com sowie unter http://www.clubmed.de oder telefonisch unter 01803 / 633 633*.
*0,09 €/Min. aus dem dt. Festnetz, Mobilfunk max. 0,42 €/Min.

Weitere Informationen zu Club Med unter www.aviarepstourism.com und www.clubmed.de, Pressebilder können auf Anfrage gern auch hochauflösend zugesendet werden.
Pressebilder können auf Anfrage gern auch hochauflösend zugesendet werden.
PR-Kontakt: Alexandra Ehm, Aviareps Tourism GmbH, Josephspitalstraße 15, 80331 München, Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 55 25 33 405, E-Mail: aehm@aviareps.com

Business Visits & Events Need to be Part of Olympic Legacy Plans

August 31, 2012

Business Visits & Events Need to be Part of Olympic Legacy Plans

23 August 2012, UK: Whilst welcoming Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt’s acknowledgement of how the biggest event ever staged in Britain has demonstrated Britain’s brilliance in staging world class events, Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, believes there could be a missed opportunity in recognising how the success of business events held during the Olympics can become a major part of the Games legacy.

In his keynote tourism speech last week, Hunt announced £8m of funding for a marketing campaign targeting Chinese visitors and £2m to boost domestic tourism. New targets were set for overseas visitors to rise from 30 million today to 40 million by 2020. The number of Chinese visitors would be trebled to a target of 500,000 by 2015 with the promise that more work would be done to overcome the visa regime and aviation capacity which currently impede these targets.

“The business events community will welcome this additional support to bring more visitors to Britain, especially if some of it is targeted towardbusiness visitors and event attendees,” Hirst commented. “However it is not clear how much of the funding will be allocated specifically to promoting business visits and events.”

He continued, “Clearly the “GREAT” campaign is designed to focus primarily on Britain’s trade potential and events are included in this programme. However the extra marketing funds going to VisitBritain are unlikely to be allocated to promote business visits as VisitBritain regrettably no longer has a remit for this lucrative tourism sector”

He added that, “The intention was for the industry to work up a closer relationship with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to ensure that the potential of business events to grow the economy, especially in key priority sectors, was fully realised. To that end through the offices of Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade & Industry at the Department of Business, the Partnership has arranged a meeting with Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UKTI for next month to discuss how best to ensure the potential of the sector to boost tourism and trade was realised.”

“The Games have clearly demonstrated both the economic and social impacts of major events at a national and local level and their power in selling our national tourism product. Our industry remains one of the clearbeneficiaries of the Games through conferences and exhibitions and local community events held during the Olympics and those being attracted in the future because of it,” concluded Hirst. “Ministers with tourism and business interests need to underline the role this particular sector has played and will continue to play in showing off Britain as a successful destination to holdinternational meetings, conferences and trade fairs and prestigious cultural events and festivals.”

ICCA AND EIBTM COMBINE FORCES TO SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEETING PLANNERS

August 31, 2012

ICCA AND EIBTM COMBINE FORCES TO SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEETING PLANNERS
ICCA Forum for Young Professionals set to take place as part of EIBTM

EIBTM (www.eibtm.com) has partnered with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) once again to deliver The Forum for Young Professionals (FYP), which will take place from 24th – 27th November in Barcelona.

The ICCA Forum for Young Professionals is an initiative that has been developed to reach out and help young meetings professionals to gain a fresh perspective on meetings management and the industry as well as enhance their professional skills and connect and network with peers from around the world.

Deborah Lonne, Brisbane Marketing who attended the forum last year commented, “Overall, attending FYP in Barcelona has presented me with a fantastic opportunity for both professional and personal development, increasing my knowledge of the business events industry whilst building contacts on both a national and international level. I strongly recommend anyone who is eligible and considering to apply to do so – it’s a once in a life time opportunity!”

As the industry is constantly evolving, EIBTM and ICCA have invited leading industry experts to deliver innovative, challenging and immersive sessions about technology advancements, infrastructure developments and audiences with higher expectations.

This years Forum will be lead by Elizabeth Rich, Proprietor at Agenda Pty Ltd, Australia and the following industry experts will form the faculty for this year’s FYP: Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball Associates; Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions; Rod Cameron, JMIC; Karen Bolinger, Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau; Mariano Castex, MCI Latin America (INCON Group); Michel Courturier, Marketing Challenges International; Elling Hamso, Event ROI Institute; Christian Mutschlechner, Vienna Convention Burea; Liu Ping, China Star Limited; Martin Sirk, ICCA.

The Forum for Young Professionals is open to association and corporate meeting planners under the age of 30, who have less than 3 years experience working in the meetings industry. The FYP is complimentary and delegates selected will also benefit from complimentary accommodation and travel expenses. There are only 20 places available and the deadline for applications is 31st August.

For further information on the ICCA-EIBTM Forum for Young Professionals, please visit www.eibtm.com/fyp

EIBTM 2012 takes place 27th – 29th November, Barcelona.

Minister supports move to professional development in events industry

August 31, 2012

Minister supports move to professional development in events industry

13th August 2012, UK: The UK meetings and events industry will have an Institute of Event Management for professional development following the organisation’s incorporation last week, andendorsement from John Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism & Heritage.

In a letter to Planning Board Chair Susan Spibey, Mr Penrose wrote, “Business Tourism contributes £36bn a year and plays a vital role in the UK’s economy. Nevertheless, I want us to capture an even higher share of the international market. To do this we need to capitalize on the professionalism of our business tourism offer … The government supports the aims of any organization which seeks to raise the skills base, and I wish you future success with this venture.”

“This news follows a huge amount of hard work on behalf of the Institute to establish a credible and endorsed organisation for the events industry, commented Spibey. “This news moves us closer to the establishment of a working organisation with accredited professional development courses.”

Nick de Bois, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events also added “I welcome this development as another step to enhance the professional status of the events industry. In this increasingly competitive environment we need to attract the brightest and the best and the Institute of Event Management is another important progression in this task.”

Martin-Christian Kent, Product Development Director at People 1st, the sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism, said that the organisation is pleased with the decision to approve the creation of the Institute of Event Management.

“The events industry is a critical part of the UK economy and it is fitting that the Institute provides a robust legacy when the UK is hosting the biggest sporting event in the world. We will continue to support the Institute’s work and the employers involved to increase the professionalism of the industry and help tackle the skill needs of its workforce”

The news comes following the launch of Britain for Events campaign, supported by Mr Penrose and the Minister’s visit to International Confex earlier in the year.

Broadway on Broadway

August 31, 2012

Broadway on Broadway
Broadway Week und Broadway on Broadway begeistern im September mit neuen und altbekannten Shows.

08. August 2012
Am Sonntag, den 09. September 2012 um 11:30 Uhr wird der gesamte Times Square zu einer großen Bühne: The Broadway League und The Times Square Alliance präsentieren zum 20. Mal Broadway on Broadway. Das gratis Outdoor-Konzert mit live Orchester eröffnet glamourös die neue Broadway Saison 2012 – 2013. Weitere Informationen und Details dazu finden Sie unter http://www.BroadwayonBroadway.com .

Die diesjährige Broadway Week findet vom 04.-16. September 2012 statt. Brandneue Shows sowie auch Klassiker stehen dabei auf dem Programm, so zum Beispiel Evita, Spider-Man: Turn off the dark, Mary Poppins, Lion King, Rock of Ages, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Bring it on, Chaplin oder Rock of Ages. Zwei Tickets zum Preis von einem sind ab dem 20. August erhältlich. Allgemeine Informationen und Infos zu den Shows finden Sie unter http://www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

Broadway Fans können sich in der Saison 2012 – 2013 auf neue aufregende Stücke freuen wie beispielsweise „Scandalous – The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple Mc Pherson Evals“, welches am 13. Oktober 2012 im Neil Simon Theatre Premiere feiert.
Vor 100 Jahren hatten nur wenige Frauen die Macht die Welt zu revolutionieren. Scandalous ist das neue Musical über das aufregende Leben der charismatischen Aimee Semple McPherson, der weltweit ersten Predigerin, die vor nahezu 100 Jahren ein medialer Superstar wurde. Im Jahr 1920 in Los Angeles trifft in dieser außergewöhnlichen Geschichte Heiligkeit auf Hollywood.
Karten sind ab dem 20. August erhältlich.

Weitere Informationen unter: www.scandalousbroadway.com .


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