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ACCESS Destination Services to accept payment of deposits via Meeting Escrow

April 8, 2016

ACCESS Destination Services to accept payment of deposits via Meeting Escrow

Meeting Escrow ( is proud to announce that ACCESS Destination Services ( has officially confirmed acceptance of payment via its industry-leading deposit escrow service.

Chris Lee, DMCP, CEO of ACCESS comments, “Meeting Escrow is a long-overdue financial and risk management solution to challenges the Meetings Industry has been facing for years – how to protect client funds and ensure timely payment to supplier-partners. It provides our clients with 100% transparency and confidence for the advance payments they make to vendors around the world. ACCESS is proud to show its leadership by confirming its acceptance of this new standard of accountability for the industry.

Grant Snider, Meeting Escrow President & CEO adds, “This is another exciting development for our company. As we expand our range of financial and risk management solutions for the Meetings Industry worldwide, we are proud to see a prestigious Destination Management organization such as ACCESS add their support for a new way of doing business.

Meeting Escrow was founded by Grant Snider in 2015 to bridge a gap in the marketplace between buyers and sellers of Meetings Industry services. Both parties sign an escrow contract with Meeting Escrow for the total amount to be protected. Funds are wire transferred by the buyer directly to a distinct, uniquely identified Meeting Escrow bank account to the benefit of the supplier-partner and then the individual deposit payments are wire transferred out per the deposit payment schedule in the contract. Client funds are secure and fully protected and supplier-partners are paid on time.  In addition, escrowed deposits can be held in US dollars, Euros, Canadian dollars and 17 other foreign currencies, thereby shielding clients from exchange rate fluctuations. Meeting Escrow Inc. holds $5 million in liability coverage, underwritten by Lloyds.

Founded in 1969, ACCESS Destination Services sets the standard for excellence in award-winning destination management services throughout North America and the world.  Through global alliances with Pacific World and Amstar, ACCESS serves over 100 destinations throughout 30 countries. With global coverage and local expertise, ACCESS meets client objectives and exceeds expectations for corporate, incentive and association groups.

#Meetings #Access #meetingescrow #MICE #DestinationServices

Event-Technologie Startups aufgepasst

February 17, 2016

Event-Technologie Startups aufgepasst: der Erfolgs-Turbo auf der IMEX 2016 in Frankfurt wartet
Bewerbung für den #IMEXpitch ab sofort möglich

Startups der Event-Technologie haben auf der IMEX in Frankfurt bereits zum zweiten mal die Chance, ihre Produkte und Ideen einem Publikum voller Experten der internationalen Veranstaltungsbranche zu präsentieren.

Bewerbungen sind ab sofort möglich. Die ausgewählten fünf Finalisten stellen ihre Konzepte in einem spannenden Kopf-an-Kopf Wettbewerb live auf der IMEX vor.

Das Wettbewerbskonzept ist effektiv und prägnant: Jeder der Finalisten hat fünf Minuten Zeit, um das eigene Unternehmen, die Idee sowie die Vorteile und USPs (Unique Selling Points) einem Live-Publikum bestehend aus ca. 60 MICE Profis (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Events) vorzustellen. Dem Gewinner, der von einer Experten-Jury ausgewählt wird, winken attraktive Preise. So darf sich der Sieger auf eine kostenlose Messeteilnahme am Technology Pavilion auf der IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 und ein attraktives Marketing- und PR-Paket mit zahlreichen Veröffentlichungen rund um die IMEX freuen.
Der letztjährige Gewinner war InitLive, ein Softwareunternehmen aus Ottawa in Kanada mit einer innovativen All-in-One Softwarelösung zur Planung und Koordination von Personal und Freiwilligen im Eventmanagement auf mobilen Endgeräten.

Die sechsköpfige Jury besteht aus Experten, die täglich selbst mit der Event-Technologie arbeiten und mit den neuesten technologischen Entwicklungen bestens vertraut sind. Die Jury wird den Gewinner im Rahmen des Finales des #IMEXpitches direkt auf der IMEX küren. Die Selektionskriterien umfassen neben der Implementierbarkeit und Praktikabilität auch die Innovationskraft und Nachhaltigkeit des Konzeptes.

Dazu Christine Fuchs von the social fox, Jury-Mitglied und IT-Expertin:
„Ich freue mich sehr darauf, wundervolle neue Idee und Tools, die Spaß machen, selbsterklärend und noch dazu eine Erleichterung für die Eventplanung sind, zu sehen. Große digitale Trends wie die Augmented Reality, das Internet der Dinge oder Marktforschungs- und Full Service-Apps verändern bereits die Veranstaltungsbranche. Die Geschwindigkeit der technologischen Innovationen wird weiter rasant zunehmen. Deshalb brauchen wir Tools und Ideen, die schnell und flexibel sind. Ich bin schon neugierig darauf, Ideen kennen zu lernen, die wie ein Chamäleon funktionieren und sich schnell an neue Herausforderungen anpassen.”

Der Wettbewerb ist Teil des IMEX Aus- und Weiterbildungsprogramms und findet am Dienstag, den 19. April 2016 um 16:00 Uhr am Inspiration Hub auf der IMEX in Frankfurt statt.

Anmeldeschluss für die Teilnahme ist der 01. März 2016. Weitere Informationen



December 1, 2015

Romotur in their condition as member of the Great Wine Capitals Travel Network has been behind the success of the Annual General Meeting of Great Wine Capitals that has been held in Bilbao- Rioja from the 5th to the 9th of November.
During five days Bilbao- Rioja has been the focus of the wine world where experts and professionals have reunited in order to discuss and compare the different ways and aspects how they live wine, wine making and enotourism, providing an interesting insight for all the assistants.
Amongst the different activities included in the agenda was the First-Ever Enotourism Conference Hosted by Great Wine Capitals in which experts of some of the most successful wineries in the world, such as Mondavi, Zuccardi, Freixenet, Gonzalez Byass, for example, have shared their experiences and practices on the following topics: “Wine Tourism Strategy” and “Successful models for wine tourism”.

The assistants also had the opportunity to enjoy technical visits to more than twenty of the most interesting and diverse wine tourism resources in the area; from centuries old wineries to the most modern and stylish installations where they have discovered the rich and diverse variety that Bilbao-Rioja has to offer as a wine lovers destination.

Romotur has selected the most interesting venues for the different acts such as the welcoming reception in Centro de la Cultura de Rioja or the International Wine Sampling at the Azkuna Zentroa-Alhóndiga, where more than three hundred people tried the finest wines from the Great Wine Capitals. The two masterpieces by the architect Frank Gehry, Marqués de Riscal Winery and The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, held the opening dinner and the final Gala of the Annual Meeting, providing both unique settings for the events.

Romotur has collaborated with the 5 star Hotel Meliá in Bilbao in the organization of a Fam-Trip for UK agents the past 15 and 16 of November. Eleven agents from some of the most reputed agencies in the field of MICE have been visiting Bilbao and knowing the destination as a future setting for some of their events.

The overall feeling of the participants has been that of a mixture of surprise, for those who had been in Bilbao before and could appreciate how the city has improved since they were last here, and that of discovery, as despite having regular flights to London and other major hubs in Europe, for many it was their first time in the city and did not know what to expect. For all of them it was a pleasant and entertaining experience to be able to get to know more about Bilbao and the interesting possibilities it offers as a MICE destination.

Two Unique Wine Experiences in Bilbao.
Bilbao offers amongst others two unique experiences not to be missed by wine enthusiasts while they are in the city.

Located in the Gran Via, the main street of Bilbao, we encounter one of the world’s few urban wineries: Bodega Urbana. Here you have the chance to select and blend your own wine from the suggesting varieties selected especially by Ana Martin, one of Spain’s leading oenologists.This interesting new concept combines wine making, wine tasting, an interesting selection of wines in its boutique, as well as food thought to be paired by the wines offered.

Crusoe Treasure is inspired on the wines found in shipwrecks that were still drinkable after all the time spent underwater. Their interest in such matter led them to create the first underwater winery in the world to observe the influence of ageing wine on the bottom of the sea. After their initial success with local bottled wines they have progressed to submerge whole barrels for its final ageing in the artificial reef they have created and that now has been colonized and naturalized by many local species of fish and crustaceans. Their wine can be found at some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world.



August 26, 2015


ICOMEX – the leading MICE event in Mexico and LATAM acquired by Reed Travel Exhibitions in 2014 – is to be re-branded as ibtm latin america joining the global portfolio of ibtm events all of which were re-branded at the end of last year. ibtm latin america will sit as part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions global portfolio of meetings, incentives and events exhibitions and serve the Latin America region including south and central America.

Becoming part of the ibtm portfolio will give the event a major boost and international presence in the global meetings industry and provide new opportunities for the portfolio’s international database of meeting planners who are looking to place or do business across the region supported by ibtm latin america.

The current local expertise and knowledge of the team based in Mexico City, will now be supported by the ibtm portfolio around the world operating and organizing 8 events on 5 continents as well as being part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) portfolio of events.

With the change of name, we are truly part of the international ibtm events portfolio and specifically we can now adopt many of the brand values that support each event. For example, the global themes for the ibtm knowledge programme can be used specifically for our region, combining local and regional emphasis as well as an international flavor. Equally we will benefit from the expertise in delivery of world-class Hosted Buyer programmes and have access to the ibtm and RTE sales network so that we can further grow our exhibitor and planner community”. Said David Hidalgo, ibtm latin america Show Director.

At the same time, the team based in Mexico City will provide dedicated local and regional knowledge and expertise to the global portfolio, building the database of domestic and regional planners and suppliers who are looking to expand their businesses around the world and who will be able to apply as Hosted Buyers to other events in the portfolio.

The new Hosted Buyer recruitment strategy for ibtm latin america 2016 will now expect to qualify from the international markets including Spain, Germany, France and UK as well as US and Canada. The programme will also witness growth from South and Central America as well as LATAM.

As a result, the event expects to see a growth in suppliers from overseas especially DMO’s and CVB’s who are looking to meet with regional planners. The new focus on bringing in international buyers will also see more domestic Mexican suppliers as well as those from North America and those from across south, central and Latin America.

The ibtm events portfolio is part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, the world’s leading provider of events and exhibitions for the travel and tourism industry.


June 16, 2015


Leading Association Meetings Destinations (confirmed by latest ICCA rankings) including Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona are all confirmed to attend ibtm world ( 2015, formerly EIBTM, supporting the notion that the event plays a vital role in their business development and marketing strategies.

The event, which is set to take place in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona will provide an international platform from which over 15,500 MICE professionals will come together to conduct their annual business meetings.

Christoph Tessmar, Director of Barcelona Turisme Convention Bureau commented, “We’ve been exhibiting at ibtm world since the very beginning and the show has gone a long way towards supporting us to position ourselves as a major international meetings destination for Associations. Each year we generate a vast amount of business from the show which has also contributed towards positioning Barcelona as one of the most popular Association Meetings Destination globally.”

This year’s show is set to bring together over 4,000 top level Hosted Buyers who will be able to schedule face-to-face meetings with suppliers of their choice, thanks to the mutual match appointment system. Many exhibitors who attended last year’s show are also set to return this year to take advantage of the targeted business opportunities.

Companies interested in benefiting from access to a global network of powerful meetings and events buyers and exhibiting opportunities should contact for further information or visit

To find out more about the Hosted Buyer Association Programme please visit: Hosted Buyer Association Programme applications are reviewed and accepted based on the number and size of meetings, events, incentives and conferences they purchase annually, individual purchasing authority, their annual budget for meetings, events and incentives, the value of their recent business booked and potential for future business in the meetings and business travel industries.

Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau Showcases the City’s Pulse at ACE of MICE

February 24, 2015

Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau Showcases the City’s Pulse at ACE of MICE

LONDON (24 February 2015)Turkey’s only MICE industry fair and Istanbul Convention Bureau’s (ICVB) industry partner, the ACE of MICE Exhibition, will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre on 26-28 February gathering sector professionals from Turkey and around the world.

At the fair expected to attract more than 13,000 visitors, ICVB will promote Istanbul’s congress, conference, fair and exhibition facilities and incentives via one-to-one meetings with international sector professionals over the three days.

Goal to make Istanbul first choice for MICE…
ICVB’s General Manager Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz says: “We at ICVB are striving to make Istanbul the first go-to destination in international congress tourism and continue to work towards the city increasing its market share of the international MICE scene. To that end as an industry partner of the ACE of MICE Exhibition, which promotes the whole of Turkey, we look forward to a successful fair for both visitors and exhibitors. This year we will be taking members of the international media on tours of the city as the most direct way to experience and learn about Istanbul. We are very proud to be a part of the ACE of MICE Exhibition – the fair where the heart of the congress industry beats.”

The ACE of MICE Exhibition, established to created awareness of the MICE sector, is being held for the second time this year with exhibitors from 25 countries and will include the ‘ACE of MICE Congress, Meeting and Event Awards’ on 27 February at the Halic Congress Centre.

ITB Berlin mit umfangreichem Seminarprogramm auf der ABAV

October 31, 2012

ITB Berlin mit umfangreichem Seminarprogramm auf der ABAV
Weltweit führende Messe der internationalen Reiseindustrie bietet Vorträge und Workshops auf der größten lateinamerikanischen Reisemesse ABAV in Rio de Janeiro an – Aktuelle Themen aus den Bereichen CSR, Business Travel, MICE sowie Gay & Lesbian Travel – Eintritt für ABAV-Besucher kostenlos

Berlin, Oktober 2012 – Wissensaustausch zwischen Deutschland und Brasilien: Die ITB Berlin kooperiert dieses Jahr als Knowledge-Partner mit der brasilianischen Reisemesse ABAV – Feira de Turismo das Américas – und bietet Teilnehmern in zahlreichen Seminaren die Möglichkeit, ihr Wissen rund um CSR, Business Travel, MICE, Hotel Management sowie Gay & Lesbian Travel auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen. Renommierte Speaker informieren Teilnehmer über nachhaltigen Tourismus in Brasilien oder klären die Frage, wie Destinationen mit Mega-Events langfristigen Erfolg erzielen können.
Vom 24. bis 26. Oktober 2012 ist die ITB Berlin mit einem eigenen Stand in Halle 4, Stand H 01 und einem umfassenden Kongressprogramm auf der Reisemesse in Rio de Janeiro vertreten. Die ITB Academy vermittelt Teilnehmern wertvolles Know-how aus unterschiedlichen touristischen Bereichen. Der Eintritt zu den Veranstaltungen ist für ABAV-Besucher kostenlos. Mit der Kooperation verstärkt die ITB Berlin, die weltweit führende Messe der internationalen Reiseindustrie, ihre langjährige Zusammenarbeit mit der ABAV, die vom brasilianischen Reisebüroverband Associação Brasileira de Agências de Viagens (ABAV) ausgerichtet wird.
Für Dr. Martin Buck, Direktor Kompetenz Center Travel & Logistics Messe Berlin, dienen die Seminare nicht nur dem Wissenstransfer und der Fortbildung: „Die Themen der Veranstaltung sind Spiegel der internationalen und nationalen Gesellschaft. Insofern stoßen wir mit den Vorträgen und Diskussionen wichtige Impulse an, um den Tourismus und den Austausch zwischen Deutschland und Brasilien weiter voranzutreiben.“
Business Travel und MICE stehen am Mittwoch, 24. Oktober 2012, auf dem Programm. In einem Workshop geht Gustavo Elbaum, Global Sales Director, Brazil and Latin America, CWT, der Frage nach, wie die Effizienz bei Hotelbuchungen gesteigert werden kann und sich Unternehmen das Business Travel Management zu Nutze machen können. Margaret Anne Grantham, Centro de Turismo Alemão, Brazil, informiert Interessierte über die MICE-Infrastruktur in Deutschland und wie Travel Manager und Event-Organisatoren davon profitieren können.
Nachhaltiges Reisen sowie das wachsende Segment Gay & Lesbian Travel stehen am Donnerstag, 25. Oktober 2012, im Fokus des Seminarprogramms auf der ABAV. Mit Blick auf Brasilien wird diskutiert, wie sich verantwortungsbewusster Tourismus in Zeiten von globalen Großevents umsetzen lässt. Anschließend informiert Rika Jean-François, Produktmanagerin ITB Berlin, über die Bedeutung von Gay & Lesbian Travel. Thomas Bömkes, Diversity Tourism UG, beleuchtet den globalen Markt anhand von strategischen Analysen. Tom Roth, Community Marketing Inc., San Francisco, liefert wertvolle Zahlen und Fakten über den internationalen Gay & Lesbian Reisemarkt, während Marco Lomanto, Embratur, Brasilien als aufstrebende Destination in diesem Wachstumssegment vorstellt. Best Practice Beispiele von Steven Eidelberg, Accor Hotels, New York, zeigen, welche Voraussetzungen Touristikverantwortliche schaffen müssen, um in diesem Segment erfolgreich zu sein.
Am Freitag, 26. Oktober 2012, widmet sich das Programm der ITB Academy dann dem Hospitality Management. Gérard R. Jean Bourgeaiseau, Public Affairs Director of Windsor Hotels, spricht über die Herausforderungen für die Hotelindustrie bei Großveranstaltungen. Den Abschluss der hochkarätigen Veranstaltungsreihe macht ein Seminar zum Thema Nachhaltiges Reisen unter Beteiligung von renommierten Speakern.
Medienpartner der ITB Academy Seminare auf der Messe ABAV ist die Fachzeitschrift Mercado e Eventos.

ITB Berlin richtet Seminare auf größter lateinamerikanischer Reisemesse in Rio de Janeiro aus

September 24, 2012

ITB Berlin richtet Seminare auf größter lateinamerikanischer Reisemesse in Rio de Janeiro aus

Die weltweit führende Messe der internationalen Reiseindustrie kooperiert mit der ABAV – A Feira de Turismo das Américas: Die ITB Academy präsentiert an drei Tagen Seminare auf der brasilianischen B2B-Reisemesse – Auf dem Programm stehen aktuelle Themen aus den Bereichen CSR, Business Travel, MICE sowie Gay and Lesbian Travel – ITB Berlin mit eigenem Stand vertreten

Berlin, September 2012 – Deutsch-brasilianische Kooperation: Die ITB Berlin ist in diesem Jahr Knowledge-Partner der brasilianischen Reisemesse ABAV – Feira de Turismo das Américas. Vom 24. bis 26. Oktober 2012 ist die ITB Berlin mit einem eigenen Stand und einem umfassenden Kongressprogramm auf der Reisemesse in Rio de Janeiro vertreten. Damit intensiviert sie ihre langjährige Zusammenarbeit mit der Messe, die vom brasilianischen Reisebüroverband Associação Brasileira de Agências de Viagens (ABAV) ausgerichtet wird. An drei Tagen behandelt die ITB Academy in zahlreichen Workshops und Vorträgen aktuelle Themen aus den Bereichen CSR, Business Travel, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual), MICE und Hotel Management.

Für Dr. Martin Buck, Direktor Kompetenz Center Travel & Logistics Messe Berlin, zählt Brasilien zu den wichtigsten touristischen Wachstumsmärkten: „Brasilien hat sein touristisches Potential in den vergangenen Jahren genutzt und sich zu einer der beliebtesten Trenddestinationen weltweit entwickelt. Die Fussball-WM 2014 und die Olympischen Spiele 2016 werden zusätzlich zum Erfolg Brasiliens beitragen. Von der stärkeren Zusammenarbeit und dem Wissensaustausch zwischen der ITB Berlin und der ABAV werden beide Seiten enorm profitieren.“

Auf dem Stand der ITB Berlin können sich die Messebesucher über die weltweit führende Reisemesse informieren. Die Seminare der ITB Academy behandeln an allen drei Tagen aktuelle Themen der internationalen Touristik. Der Eintritt ist für ABAV-Besucher kostenlos. Rika Jean-Francois, Produktmanagerin der ITB Berlin, spricht am 25. Oktober 2012 über die Bedeutung und das Wachstum im Segment Gay & Lesbian-Reisen. Als weitere Themen stehen CSR und verantwortungsbewusster Tourismus sowie MICE und Business Travel auf dem Programm. Gustavo Elbaum, Global Sales Director, Brazil and Latin America, CWT, gibt am 24. Oktober Tipps zur effizienten Hotelbuchung und wie Unternehmen ihr Geschäftsreisemanagement effektiv aufsetzen können. Die Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (DZT) veranstaltet am 24. Oktober Workshops, die von Margaret Anne Grantham, Centro de Turismo Alemão, Brazil, durchgeführt werden.

Medienpartner der ITB Academy Seminare auf der Messe ABAV ist die Fachzeitschrift Mercado e Eventos.

Great Travel Channels on

January 27, 2012

Great Travel Channel on
TRAVEL NEWS | REISE NEWS | Trans-Siberian-Train News Travel Channel | Global Travel Channel
About the Trans-Siberian Railway – Транссибирская – and the countries it passes through. Trans-Siberian Railroad (railway, Russia), (“Trans-Siberian Main Railroad”), the longest single rail system in Russia. The Trans-Siberian trains stop several times a day, for periods ranging from just a few moments to almost half an hour.

More to follow:

MICE-Contact on YouTube
ATF 2011 in Cambodia.
Hosted Lunch sponsored by Bangkok Airways. Werner Kreis from live from Phnom Penh.
Manora dance, mythical kinari princess who fell in love with a human prince.


January 26, 2012

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