Archive for June 2016

Experience Switzerland By Rail!

June 27, 2016

Experience Switzerland By Rail!

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APARTHOTELS ADAGIO – So spart man Geld auf Städtereisen

June 27, 2016

Kleine Kniffe mit großer Wirkung:
So spart man Geld auf Städtereisen

München, 27. Juni 2016: Städtereisen sind beliebt, aber ihre Kosten werden häufig unterschätzt. Denn neben den Basiskosten – Anreise und Unterkunft – fallen unterwegs meist noch hohe Ausgaben an, etwa für Verpflegung oder Besichtigungen. Mit einigen Kniffen lassen sich diese Kosten reduzieren. Und vor allem Familien mit Kindern können ihre Ausgaben entspannt planen.

  1. Länger bleiben und weniger zahlen:
    Erstaunlich, aber wahr: Je länger Reisende ihren Aufenthalt in einer Stadt planen, desto günstiger kann es bei den Übernachtungen werden. Denn manche Anbieter gewähren ab einer höheren Aufenthaltsdauer attraktive Rabatte. Bei Adagio Aparthotels beispielsweise können Gäste ab der vierten Nacht bis zu 15 Prozent sparen. Für ausgedehnte Aufenthalte ab zehn Nächten gibt es sogar bis zu 30 Prozent Nachlass. Insbesondere Familien profitieren davon, wenn sie Städtereisen mit Kindern über mehrere Tage und damit entspannter planen können.

 

  1. Küche buchen statt Restaurant reservieren:
    Wer sich auf seiner Städtereise selbst verpflegt, kann viel Geld sparen. Denn die Restaurantbesuche in großen Städten schlagen meist mit hohen Kosten zu Buche, das betrifft vor allem Familien mit Kindern und mehreren Mahlzeiten pro Tag. Empfehlenswert sind deswegen Apartments und Unterkünfte mit Küche, wie etwa bei Adagio Aparthotels, wo den Gast hochwertig und vollständig eingerichtete Küchen erwarten. Selber kochen spart nicht nur Kosten: Das gemeinsame Einkaufen und Kochen macht Spaß, der Tagesablauf kann individuell und flexibel gestaltet werden.

 

  1. Flugkosten senken durch Vergleich auf verschiedenen Endgeräten
    Neue Erkenntnisse verschiedener Tester zeigen, dass die Preise auch auf unterschiedlichen Endgeräten variieren können: Die Schwankungen hängen mit den globalen Vertriebssystemen zusammen. Zudem gibt es auch auf unterschiedliche Geräte zugeschnittene Marketing-Aktionen, die für Ersparnisse sorgen können. Daher lohnt es sich, bei der Flugsuche von vornherein die Preise über Smartphone, Tablet und Desktop-PC zu vergleichen und sich den günstigsten Tarif zu sichern.

 

  1. Geschickt packen, um Übergepäck zu vermeiden oder mit Handgepäck zu reisen
    Wer seine Städtereise mit dem Flugzeug plant, sollte sein Gepäck sorgfältig zusammenstellen. Denn etliche Airlines berechnen jedes Gepäckstück und jedes Kilo Übergepäck teuer. Daher zählt jeder Quadratzentimeter Platz im Koffer: Kleidungsstücke wie T-Shirts, Pullover oder Sweatshirts nehmen gerollt weniger Raum ein, Unterwäsche und Socken ersetzen die Schuhspanner. So kommen Reisende auf Wochenendtrips mit Handgepäck aus und Familien haben Platz für alles Notwendige, vom Kuscheltier bis zum Lieblingsspielzeug.

 

  1. Kostenlose Stadtführungen mitmachen und von Insider-Tipps profitieren
    Die sogenannten „Greeter“ bieten interessierten Besuchern in vielen Metropolen Gratis-Führungen: Die ehrenamtlichen Stadtführer sind mittlerweile weltweit aktiv, z.B. auch in Metropolen wie Paris, London, Sydney oder Toronto. Das Konzept stammt aus New York, wo sich Bewohner erstmals in dem Wunsch zusammengeschlossen haben, Touristen die schönsten unbekannten Seiten ihrer Heimatstadt zu zeigen. Bei diesen Spaziergängen entdecken Touristen Schönheiten abseits ausgetretener Touristen-Pfade und profitieren von den Insider-Tipps ihrer Gastgeber.

 

Über APARTHOTELS ADAGIO®:

Als Nummer eins in Europa im Marktsegment Aparthotels bietet Adagio komfortable, umfangreich ausgestattete Apartments mit attraktiver Preisstaffelung ab der vierten Nacht. Insbesondere Geschäftsreisende wissen Adagio zu schätzen, aber auch für Familienurlaube sind die Apartments ideal. Gäste sollen sich im Aparthotel wie zuhause fühlen. Eine perfekt ausgestattete Küche bietet volle Flexibilität – ob selbst gekocht oder beim Lieblings-Lieferservice bestellt – Adagio lässt seinen Gästen die Wahl. Darüber hinaus kann man aus verschiedenen zubuchbaren Services sein maßgeschneidertes Angebot zusammenstellen, z. B. Frühstück, Bügel- oder Wäscheservice.

Neben der Produktlinie Adagio, deren Häuser stets im Stadtzentrum sind und erstklassigen Komfort bieten, gibt es die Economy-Linie Adagio access, die für praktische Aparthotels mit Flair in urbaner Lage mit guter Verkehrsanbindung steht.

In Europa unterhält APARTHOTELS ADAGIO bereits 110 Aparthotels mit 11.000 Apartments. Wichtige Meilensteine für das Jahr 2016 sind weitere Eröffnungen in Frankfurt und Edinburgh sowie in verschiedenen französischen Städten. Weltweit will Adagio bis 2018 insgesamt 150 Aparthotels mit 15.000 Apartments betreiben. Neue Aparthotelstandorte in Brasilien und im Mittleren Osten treiben die weltweite Expansion im Jahr 2016 weiter voran.

Die Marke APARTHOTELS ADAGIO ist ein Joint-Venture zwischen dem weltweit führenden Hotelbetreiber Accor und der Gruppe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, dem europäischen Marktführer für Nahurlaub.

www.adagio-city.de

My Doo Handyrechnungen – Mobilfunkrechnungen

June 24, 2016

Mobilfunk Abofallen – My Doo Legion GmbH

Abofalle mit Smart Phone Apps – Verantwortlicher Geschäftsführer Herr Régis Werlé

Abofalle via Smartphone Apps von My Doo c/o Legion Telekommunikation GmbH über die Telefonrechnung

Wichtig für alle Geschädigten und Opfer der My Doo Abo-Masche – Auf jeden Fall Anzeige erstatten und zur Wehr setzen. Hier hilft auch Bernd Müller gerne weiter.

Die MyDoo Abos sind unwirksam. Durch das versehtliche Anklicken eines Links kommt kein gültiger Vertrag zustande. Den MyDoo Abos kommt bei der Beurteilung der Täuschungshandlung und des darauf gerichteten Vorsatzes eine indizielle Bedeutung zu und sind daher eher in den Kontext eines “betrügerischen Abzocke Abos” einzuordnen (vgl. Fischer, 61. Aufl., § 263 Rn. 28a) und vollumfänglich unwirksam. Ein Jura Student hat MyDoo bereits erfolgreich verklagt und stellt die Klageschrift kostenlos zur Verfügung.
Kontakt: mydooabzocke@gmx.de
Weitere Links zu dem Treiben der Firma My Doo / Legion GmbH findet man über die Google Suche.

 

IT&CMAsia 2016

June 21, 2016

IT&CMAsia 2016 | 27 – 29 September 2016
Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and Corporate Travel World (CTW) Asia-Pacific is The World’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel. Both events have been co-locating since 2004, offering its delegates an unparalleled platform to do business, learn and network.

Since 2012, the event has incorporated Luxury Travel in its ambit. 2016 will see the 24th and 19th instalment of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific respectively.
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media.

The Leading International MICE Event Centered In Asia-Pacific
Established in 1993, IT&CMA is at the forefront of fostering MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Its multi-faceted programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers in the realms of business, education and networking. IT&CMA also features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of valuable MICE niche segments, enabling the event to consistently deliver a delegate profile that is both relevant and dynamic.

IT&CMA remains uniquely positioned as the only global event with the largest exhibition showcase of Asia-Pacific MICE suppliers. The show has been incorporating Luxury Travel since 2012.

Co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific, IT&CMA is part of the IT&CM Events series organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media.
http://www.itcma.com/

#ITCMA #CTW #TTGEvents #TTG #CTWAsiaPacific

NASHVILLE ROCKS IBTM AMERICA 2016

June 21, 2016

NASHVILLE ROCKS IBTM AMERICA 2016

ibtm america held last week at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort Nashville, exclusively connected the US and international meetings industry through a mix of business, education and networking. Kicking off with Discovery Day, where over 500 attendees experienced downtown Music City and the legendary Honky Tonks, the private event continued at the Gaylord Convention Center with some 5000 one-to-one mutually matched business appointments and 18.5 hours of networking opportunities over 2.5 days.

Tailored to the US market, the event was dominated by North America, Mexico, Canada and Caribbean suppliers that included hotel brands, convention centers, incentive destinations, CVB’s, NTO’s, Cruise Lines and tech suppliers. Each exhibitor has an all inclusive, uniformed Meeting Pod, which just requires their own branding so that clients just show up, sit down and start their business meetings.

First tier cities this year included NYC & Company, Greater Miami CVB, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Detroit Metro CVB as well as Great Fort Lauderdale the destination for ibtm america in 2017. Some 2/3rd of exhibitors returned from their success at last year’s event.

Alex Michaels, Director of Sales for Virginia’s Blue Ridge “loved the privacy of the meeting pods” adding “We have been non-stop since Wednesday. I have really had a chance to have enough time with each buyer to explain about us and who we are and all in private. The mutual match has given me real appointments and planners who are already interested in us. I really believe I have met some great contacts for my business”.

This year’s international exhibitors included Costa Del Sol Convention Bureau, Valencia Region Tourist Board, Busan, Visit Flanders (Belgium), India Tourist Office, Turespana and Dubai Business Events.

Ishrat Alam – Tourist Information Officer, India Tourism confirmed the success of the event: “We have attended every year since the beginning of this event. Last year we picked up many leads but 2 of them will definitely turn into business in 2017. We know that any MICE business leads can take up to 2-3 years to make happen, but this has always proved to be a great ROI and it has given us the opportunity to really explain our experiential high end incentive and meetings products face to face. The mutual match appointment system is very good indeed.”

The Hosted Buyer program included 86% domestic USA and 14% international, (based on the research among exhibitors) including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UAE and UK.
Exhibitor’s had requested planners from the corporate sector, as well as incentive planners as their priority – the first time this sector was at the event – associations and agency made up the rest.

Thomas L Fagan, Jr, PE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) said of his attendance: “We are the world’s largest not for profit association. In 2015 we had 1300 meetings worldwide. I am here looking at various hotels, venues and CVB’s and have found a number of opportunities. I had 18 serious appointments of which some will wind up getting business placed. We are looking at events up to 5 years ahead – it used to be 10 years but the lead time has now shortened. I have been to ibtm america for the past 3 years – it works for me”.

The top 5 products of interest identified by Hosted Buyers for their appointments this year were Conference and meeting venues, resorts and spas, destinations and non-hotel special event venues. Planners represented blue chip companies such as American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, National Association of African American Studies, Global Cynergies, Wells Fargo, The International Ecotourism Society, Herballife International, Maritz and many others.

The show floor had new features this year with a focus on Technology, displayed around a central hub that also enabled more connections to be made over breaks in the appointments schedule, the TechCollective showcased latest and emerging technologies, from start-ups and entrepreneurs highlighting new ideas for the industry through live demonstrations.

“Building a community for this industry is a key ingredient to the success of ibtm america and this year Nashville bought everyone together for a southern style US meetings experience. The mutual match system of appointments was refined still further to produce the highest quality of real business prospects, resulting in some great praise from our exhibitors and buyers. Designing a system that allows both buyers and suppliers to choose who they want to meet with from the outset of their journey with us, and then making this happen has produced some remarkable results and 100% of appointments that each party wanted to have for their diary – nearly 30 over the 1.5 business days”.

Continuing to rotate ibtm america to the country’s top meetings cities, The Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale will be the home of the event next year. Having received top honors from TripAdvisor and Orbitz, the property was also named a top 100 Meeting Hotel by Cvent.

ibtm america will take place from June 14 – 16 2017

#ibtm #ibtmameric #MICE #MICEnews #IEEE #CVB #NTO

Craigen opens new INNOCEAN start-up agency in Berlin

June 17, 2016

Craigen opens new INNOCEAN start-up agency in Berlin

17 June 2016: Continuing to push his creative agenda at INNOCEAN, Jeremy Craigen is set to launch a new office in Berlin. Principally it will operate as a creative hub for INNOCEAN’s European agencies in Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Istanbul, Moscow, Paris and Milan, developing pan-European work for its Hyundai and Kia clients.

But Craigen has added expectations, “For starters, Berlin is gunning for the title ‘start-up hub of Europe’, so what better city to open an office. And we’re approaching every aspect of the set up and operation of this new agency with the start-up spirit; new space, new people and new ways of taking our clients brands to market.”

To creatively lead the new operation, Craigen has appointed Rich Muntz as Chief Creative Officer. Previously at J. Walter Thompson, Muntz lead a creative and new business resurgence of the agency brand in Melbourne, with multiple wins at Cannes, D&AD, Effies, Spikes, AdFest, OneShow and Clios and a string of new business wins. He was then seconded to set up sister agency BlueHive Australia to relaunch the Ford brand.

With every exchange I have with Jeremy and the euro and global teams, I’ve got to know what makes INNOCEAN tick. They’re supper hungry to do great work, incredibly open to new methods of working and hell bent on upping the creative product and growing business. I am, in equal measure, honoured and excited by the opportunities,” said Muntz of the new role.

The new Berlin hub is set to open in September of this year.

 

Excellence Squared Announce New Chief Operating Officer to Lead Expansion into the Americas

June 17, 2016
Excellence Squared Announce New Chief Operating Officer to Lead Expansion into the Americas

London England – Excellence Squared announced the appointment of Vicki Simmons, CMP, as its new Chief Operating Officer, with the primary function of developing the North American market for the company. Excellence Squared offers assessments in Leadership and Management, Customer Service, Governance, Supply Chain Management, Care Homes, and more.  Its newest addition is the Quality Venue and Safe Venue Standards which enable venues to undertake an assessment of all aspects of it management, operations and physical attributes, to determine areas of strength and opportunity.

We are excited to have someone with Vicki’s leadership experience and extensive knowledge of meetings, professional education and associations join our team,” said Paul Bridle, CEO of Excellence Squared, an international company headquartered in the UK. “She is the right person to help us expand our international business and head up our North American operation. In addition to the tremendous knowledge she brings to the table, she shares our values, and our passion for helping businesses improve their performance.”

Ms. Hawarden’s most recent role was as managing partner for Association Resource Consultants (ARC), a company focused on advising and assisting associations with leadership and governance, as well as revenue generation. Before joining ARC, Ms. Hawarden served as President and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers and the IAVM Foundation. In that role, she was instrumental in nearly doubling the membership and turning the association around from significant deficits to stable contributions to reserves. New initiatives launched under her leadership included the Certified Venue Professional designation and Coherent GovernanceTM. Her past experience also includes senior executive roles for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and Meeting Professionals International. At MPI, as VP of Events she was instrumental in creating the first meetings and events standards for North America, for which she received a Chair’s Citation.

I have spent my entire 30-year career in the meetings, exhibition and association communities and I deeply believe they deliver tremendous value to their members, attendees and society as a whole,” said Hawarden. “The work done by Excellence Squared creates a partnership with those we assess, to help them truly understand and improve their business performance. In particular, I’m thrilled we will be able to partner with associations on the leadership and management standard, to help CEOs and boards better understand how to work together to deliver value to members, and to partner with venues to ensure they are able to exceed client and guest expectations, every time.” Said Harden.

Excellence Squared has over 20 years of experience as an accredited assessment service, as well as an advisory and consultancy provider. The company holds some contracts to deliver assessment and advisory services on behalf of government, and has been leading the way in developing new approaches that ensure value for the customer


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