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									11 Nov, 2010

                                                                    WTM Special
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               Vietnam’s Top Hotels Dreaming
               of a Bright Christmas

               25                                                   It’s time for Asia
               Japanese aviation hoping to hit the skies

                                                                    Taiwan Tourism Bureau unveils its Tour Taiwan

                                                                    100 campaign promoting 100 themed tour
               WTM 2010 Experiences Phenomenal                      itineraries on the first day of WTM
               Visitor Numbers

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                                                                                                      Vietnam’s Top Hotels Dreaming
                                                                                                      of a Bright Christmas

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                                                                                                      Japanese aviation hoping to hit the skies
                                                                                                                                                           It’s time for Asia
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                                                                                                                                                           100 campaign promoting 100 themed tour
                                                                                                      WTM 2010 Experiences Phenomenal                      itineraries on the first day of WTM
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VIETNAM NEWS                                               04       FEATURES
04. Phu Quoc Airport to be operational by
October 2011
                                                                               Vietnam’s Top Hotels Dreaming
05. Montgomerie links completes                                                of a Bright Christmas
prestigious Vietnamese Golfing “Double”                    06
                                                                    As you prepare your December coverage, you may
08. HCMC to welcome 3.5 million foreign                             want to consider some news about how Christmas
arrivals in 2011                                           07       is celebrated in Vietnam. While the rest of the world
                                                                    scales back on Christmas, in Southeast Asia, and in
12. 2011 National Tourism Year themed                               Vietnam in particular, they are ramping up, spending as
“Beach and Island Travel”                                  08       much as $10,000 per property on decor alone. Please
                                                                    enjoy the Christmas and New Year Day in your own way
13. Life Heritage Resort Hoi An Hailed as
                                                                    and make this festive season truly wonderful.
one of Asia’s Top Ten Resorts                              09
18. Maldives to undergo rebranding
19. CAG and Henan Province sign MOU
to develop air routes
23. International cruise specialists win
one of the annual Hong Kong Australia
Business Awards                                            13

24. Malaysia Airlines showcases                                                Japanese aviation hoping to hit
partnerships with US companies                             14
                                                                               the skies
26. MasterCard and Starwood Collaborate
                                                           16       To make the airline industry more profitable Japanese
Again to Reward MasterCard Cardholders
                                                                    government has decided to realise the plans to expand
This Travel Season
                                                                    current airports. The extension of Tokyo International
TRAVEL EXPO                                                18       Airport at Haneda should bring more foreign tourists
                                                                    to Japan thus also helping tourism industry. Please see
29. Full speed ahead out of the recession                           article for detail.
– the travel industry remains a mainstay of                21
the global economy

30 - 31. Rotana announces its participation                23
at the ATM 2011

32. MeetingMetrics used to evaluate 2010                   25
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34. GIBTM 2011 Rapidly Gaining Momen-                      28

36 - 37. New survey shows resilience                       30

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      Vietnam News

                                                      Earn 200 bonus miles with Web
                                                      Check-in facility
              In Brief                                During period from November 1, 2010
                                                      to March 31, 2011, Golden Lotus Plus
                                                      members will earn 200 bonus miles when
                                                      using Vietnam Airlines’ web check-in
    Le Meridien hotel project
    underway                                          Web Check-in facility is launched from
                                                      August 16, 2010 at www.vietnamairlines.
    Construction of the five-star Le Meridien
    hotel started in Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City
                                                      com to serve passengers travelling on
    on Nov. 2. Le Meridien will be built with         domestic and international flights depart-
    24 storeys and 3 basements for a five-star        ing from Hanoi, Danang, Ho Chi Minh city
    hotel and A-class office space. The project,      (Vietnam), Vientiane (Laos), Phnom Penh,
    with an investment capital of almost 120          Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Seoul, Pusan
    million USD, is expected to be completed          (Korea).
    in May 2012 and will be operated by the
    US’s Starwood group.                              Simple and user-friendly, passengers
                                                      connect to www.vietnamairlines.com,
    Children’s traffic safety park                    enter passenger details, reservation code,
                                                      choose their seat, and print out their
    opens                                             boarding pass.
    Non-profit organisation Asia Injury Preven-
    tion Foundation and express delivery
    company FedEx opened a “traffic safety
    park” at a school in Dong Nai Province.
    The 1,700sq.m park in Quang Bien Primary
                                                      Phu Quoc Airport to be
                                                      operational by October 2011
    School is designed like a small town to
    provide a realistic environment for stu-
    dents to practice traffic safety skills. It has
    highways, one- and two-way streets, a pe-         Deputy Prime Minister, Hoang Trung Hai,       is 100 per cent invested in by the com-
    destrian bridge, railway line, traffic signs,
                                                      has just instructed the Southern Airports     pany.
    sidewalks, and intersections.
                                                      Corporation to actively collaborate with      Under the design, a modern airport will
                                                      the Kien Giang People’s Committee to          be built on the Phu Quoc Island to serve
    Fiditour, Laos Airlines join                      thoroughly settle problems related to         large passenger aircraft like the Boeing
    hands                                             ground clearing in the project to build       777 and Boeing 747-400 and have a ca-
    Laos Airlines has picked Fiditourist Tan          Phu Quoc Airport.                             pacity of 7 million passengers and 27,600
    Dinh Travel JSC (Fiditour) as an agency to        He also urged the company to mobilise         tonnes of cargo per year.
    sell airfares in HCM City and tours using         all of its efforts and assets to accelerate   The project is one of key projects on the
    the Lao carrier’s flights between HCM City        the project implementation and to put the     island as Central and local authorities
    and Vientiane. According to director of           airport into operation by October 2011.       wished to develop Phu Quoc as an inter-
    Fiditour’s PR and communication division,         According to Southern Airports Corpora-       national financial, economic and tourism
    to visit Laos, formerly travellers had to fly     tion, the project covers over 900 ha and      center and a national and regional com-
    to Hue and from the historic city a 10-hour
                                                      will cost some VND 16,200 billion, which      munication hub.
    bus ride would take them to Vientiane.
    Now it takes nearly three hours to fly from
    HCM City to Laos.

    Danang Hi-Tech Park to be
    The PM has decided to establish the
    Danang Hi-Tech Park, administered by the
    Danang People’s Committee, in an area of
    1,010 ha in Hoa Vang District. The park’s
    functions include researching, incubating,
    developing, transferring and applying high
    technologies, training human resources,
    incubating hi-tech firms, producing, trad-
    ing and providing services relating to high
    technology, intensifying the commercial-
    ization of scientific research results, and
    involving in venture investment.

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                                                                                                                Vietnam News

Montgomerie links completes
prestigious Vietnamese Golfing “Double”

        olin Montgomerie’s 2010 will be     Indeed, the club recently celebrated its       determined via a competition among the
        remembered for his captaincy        first anniversary and the awards are only      courses and driving ranges in Vietnam,
        of the winning Ryder Cup team.      the most tangible measures of achieve-         is currently being used in support of the
A formidable achievement, but no more       ment. Other notable milestones included        club’s Grow-the-Game / Let’s Go Golf
eventful than the corresponding period at   Montgomerie Links hosting the inaugural        initiative, which runs through 31 January
Montgomerie Links Vietnam, the course       Ambassador’s Cup, convocation of diplo-        2011.
he designed and formally christened last    matic and business leaders, last Septem-
April.                                      ber; the national match-play champion-         The program builds on momentum that
                                            ships; numerous clubs, charity, corporate,     started in the summer of 2009, when the
Montgomerie Links has just been named       and         other tournament events; and,      Montgomerie Links Golf Academy hosted
Best Course in Vietnam in a region-wide                    most recently, the visit by     the first installment of the Let’s Go Golf
survey by Asian Golf Monthly                                 Monty himself.                event. It attracted 125 children – twice the
readers. Last December, it                                                                 anticipated number.
was named Best New Course                                     Also intangible is
by Vietnam Golf magazine, a                                    the club’s evident          “I guess we have to concede that the
selection process that included                                  beneficial effect on      Ryder Cup thing was a bigger deal for
a panel of experts, as well as                                     the surrounding         Monty than setting the course record at
golfers, who also named the 12th                                   community. The          Montgomerie Links,” joked Tomlinson,
hole at Montgomerie Links the                                    determination to          recalling the 68 that included six birdies
country’s best par 5.                                           promote participation      and two bogeys. “But he was overjoyed
                                                               in the game across all      to learn that the course had been named
“It’s a good year to be Monty                                   socioeconomic strata       Vietnam’s best, just as he was thrilled with
and to be Montgome-                rie                           in the Central Coast      how his design turned out.
Links,” said general man-        ager                             region was pivotal in
Jon Tomlinson, “and the        approval                            Montgomerie Links       “What’s more, our members had a great
of both industry col-        leagues and                            recently winning a     day with him. We’re proud of the associa-
rank-and-file golfers is    especially                               USD $10,000 grant     tion and happy to think the roll he’s on is
encouraging. So is the        fact that                              from the Asian Golf   one we share.”
these accolades came          within the                              Industry Founda-
same calendar year.”                                                   tion. The award,
                                                                         which was
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                                                                            Vietnam News

                          master plan
                          The Construction Ministry has submitted a revised Hanoi Master Plan
                          draft to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for approval.

                          The draft confirms that Ba Dinh District is the country’s political
                          centre. The municipal administrative centre would remain near Hoan
                          Kiem Lake.

                          Accordingly, national cultural centres will be linked with the West
                          Lake-Co Loa, West Lake-Van Tri-Soc Temple, West Lake-Ba Vi axis
                          and western West Lake transit routes.

                          Financial and commercial centres will be built in new urban areas.
                          Transportation routes and key stations will be built in Ha Dong, Dan
                          Phuong, Hoai Duc, Thuong Tin and Thanh Tri districts. Administrative
                          agencies for the Party, National Assembly, State and the Government
                          will remain in Ba Dinh.

                          According to the draft, the ministry will be able to develop urban cen-
                          tres along the Hong (Red) River and in the West Lake-Co Loa area.
                          The city’s southern centre would connect with road 4 and would go
                          north through Me Linh, Dong Anh, Gia Lam and Long Bien districts.

                          Infrastructure, architect and green space in the area would be im-
                          proved. The draft also mentioned that old collective houses would
                          be upgraded or rebuilt. More trees would be planted and additional
                          parking lots will be built. The draft also suggested building five satel-
                          lite urban areas in Hoa Lac, Son Tay, Xuan Mai, Phu Xuyen-Phu Minh
                          and Soc Son with green corridors and six to eight lane expressways
                          that directly connect with Hanoi.

                          The transportation routes would include a north-south expressway;
                          Thang Long Boulevard to northern Hoa Binh Province; HCM Express-
                          way; and national highways 1,2,3,5,6 and 32.

                          The construction of the controversial Thang Long traffic axis, which
                          would link West Lake and Ba Vi District, was also proposed in the
                          draft. Under the plan, the capital would build eight urban railways, in-
                          cluding five approved routes and three new ones that would go from
                          Noi Bai-Phu Dien-Ha Dong-Ngoc Hoi, Me Linh-An Khanh-Duong Noi
                          and Mai Dich-Yen So-Linh Nam-Duong Xa.
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    Vietnam News

provinces build
tourism trade                                        HCMC to
names                                                welcome
A conference to review a cooperative pro-
gramme to develop tourism in 2010 was held in
Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province on November
                                                     3.5 million
1. This was the second time the eight north-
western provinces agreed to unite to establish       foreign arrivals
tourism trade names in the region.
                                                     in 2011
                                                     “HCM City plans to welcome 3.5 million foreign arrivals in 2011, 11 percent
                                                     more than this year’s figure, said La Quoc Khanh, Deputy Director of the
                                                     HCM City’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

                                                     The city is determined to raise the total revenue of the local tourism industry
                                                     in 2011 to VND 49,000 billion, 20% increase against 2010.

                                                     To realize the targets, the local authorities will launch different campaigns
                                                     to better service quality, select and honor best local tourism products and

                                                     In addition, Ho Chi Minh City will maintain existing tourism products and
At the event, delegates drew experience from         open new tours, launch tourist promotion activities, and partake in interna-
projects over the two years of the programme.        tional tourist events.
They focused on implementing the Northwest-
ern Path in coordination with the Netherlands        On the other hand, the locality will attach more importance to bettering and
Development Organisation in Vietnam (SNV),           standardizing human force for the industry.
assessing cooperation with the business sec-
tor in developing tourism in the region, and         It is reported that in 2010, the city is supposed to welcome 3.1 million for-
preparing to connection Luang Prabang (Laos)         eign guests, up 20% against last year and meeting 111% of the year target.
with the four provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Lai    The local tourism sector is expected to pocket around VND 41,000 billion
Chau and Lao Cai.                                    this year.
Bui Thi Kim Dung, Vice Chairwoman of Lao
Cai provincial People’s Committee, suggested
two, three or four provinces should coordinate
to design common tourism products, and all
eight northwestern provinces should create a
regional framework to propose to the Vietnam
National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and
the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism so
they can develop policies suitable for the tour-
ism in the region.

Delegates also agreed to organise the National
Tourism Year in 2013 and put the northwestern
tourism development cooperation programme
into the national tourism promotion programme
for the 2011-2015 period.

In the future, the VNAT will assist in raising the
quality of human resources, to facilitate the pro-
motion of tourism trade names in the wide-open
northwestern region.

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                                       Vietnam News

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     Vietnam News

                                                                                2011 National Tourism
                                                                                Year themed “Beach
                                                                                and Island Travel”
                                                                                 The Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNTA)
                                                                                 has introduced the official logo and theme of national
                                                                                 tourism year 2011 on the South Central Coast – Phu

                                                                                 Accordingly, the event will be themed: “Beach and
                                                                                 Island Travel” and its organizing board will use a logo
                                                                                 and the theme in Vietnamese and English for promo-
                                                                                 tion activities.

                                                                                 The National Tourism Year 2011 will be hosted by Phu
                                                                                 Yen Province with the coordination of Quang Nam,
                                                                                 Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh
                                                                                 Thuan Provinces, Danang City, provinces in the Cen-
                                                                                 tral Highlands and big cities nationwide.

                                                                                 As planned, major activities of the event will include:
                                                                                 the international climbing championship at Da Bia
                                                                                 Mountain in March, the Vietnam – Korea cultural
                                                                                 exchange night in April, the opening of the Vietnam
                                                                                 beach and island travel month in April and the festival
                                                                                 of ASEAN traditional music in June.

Phu Quoc Island receives public
infrastructure investment
The PM recently agreed to use 100% State budget to afford site clearance
activities for transport infrastructure construction in Phu Quoc Island of
the Southern province of Kien Giang.

The funding will be spent on building the North-South axis, peripheral
road network, and Duong Dong port.

The local authorities are speeding up infrastructure development proj-
ects. Especially, the Duong To International Airport is under construction
while An Thoi Port was inaugurated.

In the first six months of 2010, the local investment management board
granted 13 licenses with a VND 2,957 billion registered investment capital.

So far, the island has lured 65 investment projects worth of VND 46,938

  International arrivals to Vietnam on the rise
  The tallied number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in the first ten   Thailand (41.1 percent), Republic of Korea (36.2 percent),
  months of 2010 reached 4.17 million, up 39 percent over the          Japan (22.2 percent), France (15.4 percent), and the US (7
  same period of 2009, announced by Vietnam National Adminis-          percent).
  tration of Tourism.
                                                                       During 10 days of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi
  Of the total, more than 440.000 foreigners came in October, a        (October 1-10), the capital attracted about 1.2 million domestic
  99.3 percent increase over October, 2009.                            tourists and 300.000 foreign travellers.

  Vietnam’s main markets for tourism have increased visitation,        The tourism sector has set a target of welcoming about 4.2 mil-
  including Cambodia (up 97.2 percent), China (90.3 percent),          lion visitors to the country in all of 2010.

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                                                                                                                    Vietnam News

     Life Heritage Resort Hoi An
     Hailed as one of Asia’s Top Ten Resorts
After winning the twelfth spot in the 2009      The Readers’ Choice Awards polled                Life Heritage Resort Hoi An evokes the
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice             25,916 responses from readers who rated          colonial splendor of a bygone era on a
Awards last year, Life Heritage Resort Hoi      the resort across six categories: activities/    quiet stretch of the Thu Bon River within
An inched up the scale to secure a top-10       facilities, food/dining, location, overall de-   walking distance of the trading port’s
spot on one of Asia’s most definitive resort    sign, rooms and service. Only candidates         world-famous Old Town, a UNESCO
rankings.                                       that received a required minimum number          World Heritage Site. On the south-central
                                                of responses were deemed eligible for an         coast, the 63-room Life Wellness Resort
Coming in at #9, Life Heritage Resort Hoi       award, according to Conde Nast.                  Quy Nhon is dedicated to the tenets of
shares top-10 real estate with some                                                                   wellness, from yoga, tai chi and
remarkable company, including                                                                         Pilates to an ample range of spa
four Four Seasons Resorts and one                                                                     treatments and anti-stress and detox
Aman resort.                                                                                          programs.

The placement is a noteworthy                                                                        The 187-room Life Resort Da Nang,
achievement for a resort whose                                                                       one of the group’s two managed
Internet rates currently start at $122                                                               properties, opened in the spring
per night. That compares to $2,450                                                                   of 2010 on one of Vietnam’s most
for a one-night stay at the Four                                                                     renowned stretches of beach. Its
Seasons Tented Camp Golden                                                                           flagship restaurant, Senses, and
Triangle in Chang Rai, the list’s #1                                                                 Lobby Bar offers stunning sea views,
resort.                                                                                              and its Nang Spa is one of the most
                                                                                                     expansive in the region. Four hours
“I’m not going to say that a night                                                                   from Ho Ch Minh City, Life also man-
at Life Resorts is a night at the                                                                    ages the 84-room Blue Ocean Resort
Four Seasons,” said Chris Duffy, general        Life Heritage Resort Hoi An also won a           at Mui Ne, featuring a 153-meter beach, a
director of the Life Resorts. “But I will say   placement on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold          26-meter swimming pool and lush tropical
what Conde Nast has said – that we’re           List earlier this year.                          grounds.
both among the top-10 resort experiences
in Asia.”                                       ABOUT LIFE RESORTS                               The Dutch resort company is also devel-
                                                                                                 oping a property on Halong Bay, sched-
Indeed, Life’s 89.7 ranking bested the          Life Resorts owns and operates two re-           uled to open later in 2010.
score obtained by the Four Seasons on           sorts in Vietnam and manages two others.
Bali.                                           On Vietnam’s central coast, the 94-room

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     Vietnam News

Top Hotels
Dreaming of a
Bright Christmas

                                        ritain’s straitened      ing the season with Francophone
                                        finances may have        flair – a cornucopia of lights and
                                        caused the Queen         the capital’s tallest Christmas tree
                                        to cancel her an-        counting among the hotel’s array
                                        nual festive bash, but   of uplifting attractions.
                           Christmas 2010 is colonizing new
                           ground in the Far East, so much       “We are well aware that some peo-
                           so that ol’ St. Nick’s usual haunts   ple find it hard to get their head
                           are being put to shame. Look          around the concept of celebrating
                           no further than Vietnam, where        Christmas in Vietnam,” says John
                           a communist government is no          Gardner, the general manager of
                           impediment to making merry at         the Caravelle Hotel, “but, in fact,
                           Christmas.                            weather-wise, it’s one of the best
                                                                 times of the year to be in Saigon.
                           In Ho Chi Minh City, the Caravelle    And more than that, the holiday is
                           Hotel is planning the grandest        remarkably well suited to the fes-
                           festive celebrations in its storied   tive nature of the country’s culture.
                           51-year-history. Further north, The   The Western traditions of illumina-
                           Sheraton Nha Trang will be mark-      tion, especially, are really popular
                           ing its first Noel in the country’s   in Vietnam, so when the interna-
                           top beach resort with a $10,000       tional calendar licenses a light-up,
                           extravaganza. Meanwhile, up in        it’s go go go.”
                           Hanoi, the Metropole will be mark-
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                                                                                                                       Vietnam News

Not so back in the Old World. The       On the south-central coast, the        hotel – a landmark in Vietnam’s
UK is one of many European coun-        new Sheraton Nha Trang is also         capital since 1901 – will be strewn
tries to have implemented harsh         pushing the boat out for the sea-      with ornaments and decorations
austerity measures in an attempt        son of goodwill. The hotel, which      while approximately 5,000 lights
to cut its huge budget deficit.         held its grand opening last month,     will be strung along the façade
And with many of her subjects           is dishing up all the trimmings in     and the interior gardens.
facing up to a long, hard winter,       its first Christmas as the resort
the British monarch has vetoed          town’s only internationally renown     On December 1st, the country’s
the $75,000 shindig at Bucking-         five-star property. In addition to     biggest Christmas tree, a 15-meter
ham Palace as a way of showing          its 6-metre high tree, there will be   pine imported from Hong Kong,
empathy.                                a gingerbread house to enter-          will be displayed in the Metropole
                                        tain youngsters while Director of      courtyard. Over the course of De-
Meanwhile, some of the most de-         Rooms Nick Lee will be moon-           cember, the tree will be hung with
sirable addresses in Vietnam are        lighting as Santa Claus on Dec. 18     ‘wishing cards’ – hopeful notes
pulling out the stops to ensure that    when the hotel turns on its Christ-    written by local orphans. Guests
Christmas in eastern Indochina          mas lights.                            will be invited to pluck a red wish-
goes off with a bang.                                                          ing card from the tree and to make
                                        A little farther up shore, the ac-     an orphan’s dream come true.
Guests at the Caravelle are             claimed Nam Hai is trucking in a
unlikely to complain about any          pair of 2-metre high evergreens        “It’s completely in keeping with
half-heartedness on the part of         down from nearby Hai Van Pass for      the overarching message of
their host. The hotel has given a       guests to decorate while sipping       Christmas,” says Kai Speth, the
renowned local interior decora-         Christmas concoctions in the bar,      hotel’s general manager. “Yes,
tions company carte blanche to          whose combination of white lights      there are the lights, there is the
transform the property into a glit-     and dark woods make for one of         music, there is Santa Claus, but it’s
tering winter wonderland. Utiliz-       the coziest watering holes in the      also a time to give, whether you
ing the biggest budget ever made        country.                               are in New York, in Bethlehem, or
available for festive decoration at                                            in Hanoi.”
the hotel, the firm is set to produce   With the majority of Vietnam’s
a lavish display of violet and silver   Catholic population residing in
lights and Christmas balls.             the south of the country, Hanoi has      While the rest of the world scales back on
                                        historically been something of a         Christmas, in Southeast Asia, and in Vietnam
The extravaganza is due to be           humbug when it comes to cel-             in particular, they are ramping up, spending
unveiled on Dec. 3 at the hotel’s       ebrating Christmas.
annual Christmas light-up which         Nevertheless, no expense has
                                                                                 as much as $10,000 per property on decor
will also feature a performance         been spared to ensure that guests        alone. Please enjoy the Christmas and New
of festive favorites by a 30-strong     at the Sofitel Legend Metropole          Year Day in your own way and make this fes-
children’s choir from Thang Long        Hotel don’t miss out on the festivi-     tive season truly wonderful.
School in Saigon.                       ties. The halls of the legendary

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                                                Malaysia Airlines in flight comedy act
                                                Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has teamed up with        tional over the past five years has culminat-
                                                MasterCard to offer 30 spending customers         ed in this unique experience for our custom-
                                                an exclusive all expenses paid holiday with       ers in order to increase their loyalty with us,”
           In Brief                             a twist of comedy.
                                                The lucky winners will not only receive
                                                                                                  MAS Executive Vice President, Sales and
                                                                                                  Marketing Datuk Bernard Francis said.
                                                flights and accommodation but also be the         30 MasterCard members who used their
                                                first to experience an in flight comedy act       cards to pay for a trip with MAS and their
                                                from Malaysian comedian Andrew Netto,             spouses will win a two day and one night
                                                Bernama.com reported.                             trip to Pulai Springs Resort, Johor Bharu.
 WTTC to hold 2012 summit in                    “Our collaboration with MasterCard Interna-
 The World Travel & Tourism Council
 (WTTC) will hold its 2012 Global Travel &
 Tourism Summit in Tokyo, Japan. Due to
 a convincing presentation in the destina-
 tion and evidence of accelerating GDP
 growth and a re-emerging Japanese tour-
 ism market help ensure the Summit is the
 must-attend event of the year. The 100 year
 anniversary of Japan Tourism Board that
 same year will also guarantee the Sum-
 mit is a resounding success. WTTC 11th
 Global Travel & Tourism Summit takes
 place in Las Vegas, Nevada USA on 17-19
 May 2011.

 ONYX to manage Maldives                        Maldives to undergo rebranding
 ONYX Hospitality Group, Thailand’s lead-
 ing hotel management company has been
                                                exercise                                                                      By Sophie Griffiths
 appointed by the Maldives Tourism Devel-
 opment Corporation Plc (MTDC) to man-
 age the Herathera Island Resort commenc-
 ing 1 December 2010. During the course
 of 2011, the resort will undergo significant
 upgrades including enhancements to the
 beach and villas as well as the addition of
 numerous sports and children’s facilities.
 The resort will then be re-launched as an
 Amari, the centrepiece brand of the ONYX
 portfolio and be positioned as a leading
 destination in the Maldives for activity and
 family holidays.

 UNWTO helps develop
 China’s national tourism law
 UNWTO will assist the government of
 China in the formulation of its first ever     The Republic of the Maldives is set to            will spearhead the exercise, focussing on
 national tourism law. Visiting the organisa-   undergo a destination rebranding initiative       strengthening the nation’s tourism image. It
 tion’s headquarters, a high-level delega-      to enhance its global image and broaden its       also wants to broaden the country’s appeal
 tion led by parliamentarians of the China      appeal to wider markets.                          to wider audiences and emerging niche
 National People’s Congress and the China       The rebranding will commence immedi-              markets.
 National Tourism Administration (CNTA)
                                                ately, and will result in a new logo, slogan,     Simon Hawkins, consultant to the Maldives
 agreed to request the technical and politi-
                                                advertising strategy and worldwide cam-           Tourism and Promotion Board said: “The
 cal support of UNWTO to design its norma-
                                                paign, which will launch in 2011.                 new face of the Maldives will give travellers
 tive framework for tourism. This announce-
 ment follows last year’s identification by     Commenting, Thoyyib Mohamed, Minister             from across the spectrum even more rea-
 the Chinese government of the tourism          of State for Tourism said: “We aim to unite all   sons to come and experience a truly diverse
 sector as one of its strategic development     of the country’s unique natural, cultural and     array of island experiences.”
 areas. Accordingly, China will follow the      historical attributes and enliven them with
 positive experience of different UNWTO         fresh dynamism to position the Maldives as        The Maldives will also seek to present itself
 member countries in implementing na-           the must-see destination of our time for all      as a destination with opportunities for busi-
 tional tourism legislation.                    travellers.”                                      ness and investment.
                                                The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board

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CAG and Henan Province sign MOU
to develop air routes
Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Construction Committee (HCAD-
CC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop air connectivity between Singapore and
Henan’s cities, primarily the capital of Zhengzhou. Changi Airport is presently not connected to Henan.

The MOU was signed in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, by Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG’s Executive Vice President,
Air Hub Development, and Mr Yue Wenhai, Office Director of HCADCC. Mr Yue is also the Vice Secretary-
General of The People’s Government of Henan Province and General Manager of Zhengzhou Xinzheng Inter-
national Airport.

Besides working towards establishing direct flights between Singapore and Henan, both parties will work
together to support airlines and promote the air routes when these are established. In addition to route devel-
opment, the MOU covers tourism cooperation and airport collaboration. For instance, both CAG and HCADCC
will support their respective tourism authorities in promoting bilateral tourism flows and to strengthen tourism
links through joint marketing efforts.

With strong economic growth and trade volumes, Henan Province presents growing business opportunities,
and with higher incomes, a greater demand for travel. This MOU paves the way for CAG and our Henan coun-
terparts to collaborate to tap this potential.” In recent years, air travel and connectivity between Singapore
and China has grown. Passenger movements registered strong growth of 22% to 2.5 million between the two
countries for the first nine months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. As at 1 October 2010, Changi
Airport is connected to 24 cities in China, up from 18 cities four years ago. Currently, there are more than 380
weekly flights connecting Singapore and China.
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                                                                         tar Alliance, the way the Earth Connects,
                                                                         is the first aviation alliance to sell multiple
                                                                         fare products on the internet. In addition to
                                                                         the Round-the-World Fare, all Star Alliance
                                                                Circle Fares can now be booked and purchased
                                                                on www.staralliance.com. This allows customers

Star Alliance offers                                            to plan their journeys from the comfort of their own
                                                                home, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Bookings
                                                                can be made anywhere in the world, with tickets
multiple fare products online                                   being automatically issued electronically. The
                                                                booking engine is currently available in English
Book and Purchase Star Alliance Circle Fares via the Web Only   and Japanese, with further languages to be added
                                                                at a future stage.
Airline Alliance to Offer Multiple Fare Products Online
                                                                “In today’s world, selling through the internet is
                                                                an essential distribution channel. Our alliance fare
                                                                products offer a unique way of exploring the vast
                                                                number of destinations served by our member air-
                                                                lines; however the complexity of these multi-airline
                                                                fares does not allow for easy automation. Hence it
                                                                is even more satisfying that with the Circle Fares,
                                                                we now have multiple products available for online
                                                                booking and ticketing”, said Christopher Korenke,
                                                                Vice President Commercial, Star Alliance.

                                                                Star Alliance has three different Circle Fares on
                                                                offer: Circle Asia, Circle North Asia and Circle
                                                                Pacific. These fares are designed to facilitate travel
                                                                between destinations across the Pacific Rim using
                                                                various Star Alliance member carriers. The Circle
                                                                Asia Fare allows travel between South East Asia,
                                                                North Asia and the South West Pacific, while the
                                                                Circle North Asia Fare is for travel between Japan,
                                                                Korea, Mainland China (including Hong Kong SAR
                                                                and Macao SAR). Taking customers the furthest is
                                                                the Circle Pacific Fare, which allows travel between
                                                                Asia, Australasia and the Pacific Coast of Canada
                                                                and the USA. Customers select the destinations
                                                                covered by the respective Circle Fare, creating a
                                                                personalised circular itinerary. The fare is calculat-
                                                                ed by the total distance travelled and cabin class,
                                                                whereby passengers have the choice of purchas-
                                                                ing First, Business or Economy Class. Travel needs
                                                                to begin and end in the same country.

                                                                About Star Alliance

                                                                The Star Alliance network was established in 1997
                                                                as the first truly global airline alliance to offer
                                                                worldwide reach, recognition and seamless ser-
                                                                vice to the international traveller. Its acceptance
                                                                by the market has been recognised by numerous
                                                                awards, including the Air Transport World Mar-
                                                                ket Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by
                                                                both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax.
                                                                The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean
                                                                Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand,
                                                                ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Brus-
                                                                sels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Air-
                                                                lines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa,
                                                                Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South
                                                                African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP
                                                                Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US
                                                                Airways. Air India and Ethiopian Airlines have been
                                                                announced as future members. Overall, the Star
                                                                Alliance network offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160
                                                                airports in 181 countries.
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                           International cruise specialists’ ecruising.travel has become Australia’s
                           first travel-based organisation to win one of the annual Hong Kong Austra-
                           lia Business Awards.

                           Chairman Brett Dudley has revealed that his company was the winner of
                           one of just six of the prestigious awards at a function held in Sydney at the
                           Four Seasons Hotel.

                           ecruising.travel won the contribution to industry award sponsored by Qan-

                           The award is for achievement through global contributions to industry by
                           an organisation in New South Wales. Entrants to the competition must be
                           exporters or importers of goods or services between Australia and Hong
                           Kong SAR/China.

                           ecruising.travel has become a leader in the Australian cruise industry
                           since it was established in January 2000.

International cruise       The company has offices in Sydney and Hong Kong, employs 21 people
                           between the two offices and each year sends thousands of Australians on a
specialists win            variety of sea voyages all over the world including Hong Kong.

                           Accepting the award at Friday’s function Mr Dudley said, “After winning
one of the annual          the City of Sydney awards last year and now recognised by HKABA, it
                           proves we are not just a travel agency, we have a solid business that stacks

Hong Kong                  up against any type of company or business in Australia and is a compli-
                           ment to our staff who work very hard to keep us at the forefront of the cruise
Australia Business         He continued to say that after opening their Hong Kong office late 2008, the

Awards                     Hong Kong Government has been very supportive ecruising.travel and a
                           pleasure to work with.

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Malaysia Airlines showcases
partnerships with US companies
Malaysia Airlines showcased       gine, Kong said, “The United       US to broaden and deepen our    full service airline in the world
its long standing partnerships    States is Malaysia’s largest       economic relationship.          to operate and PW engines,
with US companies, featur-        trading partner. Malaysia is the                                   which will power our incoming
ing collaborations with key       15th-largest trading partner of    Malaysia Airlines Chairman,     A330-300.”
partners; Boeing, Pratt and       the U.S. Annual two-way trade      Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid said,
Whitney, and GE.                  amounts to more than USD40         “Malaysia Airlines is proud     Malaysia Airlines has ordered
                                  billion. Two-way trade in ser-     to partner with Boeing, Pratt   up to 55 B737-800, 25 A330-
The guests of honour for the      vices adds another $3.3 billion.   & Whitney and GE as these       300 and 6 A380. By 2015, the
event were US Secretary of                                           partnerships are the backbone   national carrier will have one
State, Mrs Hillary Clinton and    “Our economic partnerships         of our operations – our fleet   of the youngest and most en-
Minister of Transport Malaysia,   are diverse and expanding,         comprises Boeing planes, as     vironmentally friendly fleets in
YB Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha.        and the Government of Malay-       well as US made engines.        Asia Pacific.
                                  sia will continue to provide a
Against a backdrop of Ma-         conducive environment and          “We are proud to be able to     Munir added, “We will start
laysia Airlines’ new B737-800     explore avenues to increase        showcase the B737-800 with      receiving the A330 from April
which was parked on the tar-      bilateral trade. We are eager      the new Boeing Sky Interior,    2011 which will provide guests
mac and a Pratt & Whitney en-     to continue working with the       of which we will be the first   with a better travel experience.
                                                                                                     Powering the new A330 will
                                                                                                     be Pratt and Whitney engines.
                                                                                                     We are happy with the per-
                                                                                                     formance of the PW engines
                                                                                                     with our current fleet of A330
                                                                                                     and B747 aircraft. And we are
                                                                                                     confident of even better en-
                                                                                                     gine performance with the new
                                                                                                     engines to come.”

                                                                                                     Malaysia Airlines also enjoys
                                                                                                     a good partnership with CFM
                                                                                                     and its key partner, GE which
                                                                                                     supplied engines for its B737-
                                                                                                     400. The new 737-800 will also
                                                                                                     be powered by CFM engines.

                                                                                                     The B737-800 with up to 6
                                                                                                     hours flight time arrived in Ma-
                                                                                                     laysia on Monday, 1 Novem-
                                                                                                     ber. The aircraft left Boeing
                                                                                                     field in Seattle, United States
                                                                                                     on 29 October on a 3-day
                                                                                                     multi leg journey, stopping at
                                                                                                     Hawaii, Marshall Islands and
                                                                                                     Guam before arriving at Sky-
                                                                                                     park, Subang.

                                                                                                     The inaugural flight for the
                                                                                                     B737-800 is scheduled for 15
                                                                                                     November 2010; Kuala Lumpur
                                                                                                     to Kota Kinabalu, and from
                                                                                                     Kota Kinabalu to Haneda,
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aviation hoping
to hit the skies
To make the airline industry more profitable Japa-
nese government has decided to realize the plans
to expand current airports. The extension of Tokyo
International Airport at Haneda should bring more
foreign tourists to Japan thus also helping tourism

                                                         The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya
Japan plans to expand current airport facilities
to increase incoming and outgoing traffic. Since
Japan is a relatively small country with a large
and growing population, the public response to
giant building projects is not often favorable. The
                                                         celebrates double green awards
Japanese were also always complaining about
                                                         The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya has received       room lighting and air-conditioning to
airport noise and pollution. However, such com-
                                                         two accolades for its commitment to        ensure its highly efficient operation.
plaints slowly died away as the noise from planes
has been significantly reduced. Airports are             running and operating an environ-
now viewed as facilities necessary for economic          mentally conscious hotel: The Gold         In addition, the hotel reduces the use
growth of the country and as important hubs for          Leaf Grade ‘China Green Hotel’ and         of water by a sewage disposal system
passenger transportation.                                The ‘Top 10 Green Hotel Room’.             and solar energy usage to protect our
                                                         These awards by given to the hotel         natural resources. A further highlight
The government views the revitalization of               by the National Green Hotel Com-           is the Uncle Martin’s Secret Garden
Japanese airports as more important than many            mittee and China Hotel Association         which is built by Martin Li, the Direc-
other projects within the framework of improving         – which are the highest certifications     tor of Engineering, which aims at
tourism industry in Japan. The biggest project,          for recognising a hotel’s contribution     advocating the concept of a green life
unsurprisingly, is Haneda in Tokyo. The new fourth       toward environmental conservation,         by offering guests the opportunity to
runway there will become a gateway to 17 Euro-           greening programmes, food safety           plant organic vegetables and create a
pean cities, directly from the Japanese capital.         and hygiene, and energy efficiency.        truly natural paradise.
This, naturally, is great news also for Europeans
and Americans. Indeed, the Japanese are hardly           Continuing The Ritz-Carlton brand’s        The Green Hotel Award stands for en-
known for being mean when on holiday. The num-           longstanding Community Footprint           ergy and resources saving, resource
ber of slots will be gradually increased to 450,000      and Give Back Getaway activity, The        protection and food safety. With a
a year, 90,000 of which will be international flights.   Ritz-Carlton, Sanya has established a      strong commitment to the environ-
This entails an increase of 50% for just the airport     long-term programme based on envi-         ment and saving resources, the hotel
in Tokyo. Once other Japanese airports have un-          ronment protection. It embraces the        employs technology that makes more
dergone similar change, Japanese skies should be         “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” philosophy        efficient energy use possible.
busier than ever since mid 1940s.                        in order to minimize the amount of         A “Green Hotel” must be energy-effi-
It is now the job of the remaining part of Japanese      waste sent to landfill; this is achieved   cient and environmental-friendly. The
tourism industry to respond by improving its             through a combination of garbage           Ritz-Carlton, Sanya will continually
services and keep up with the airports. If it does,      sorting and temperature controlling,       contribute to environmental protec-
Japan could become one of the world’s tourism            maximizing new technology and              tion and to incorporate the concept of
giants. Indeed, getting the tourists there and back      innovative practices to conserve en-       sustainable development to protect
is the first step.                                       ergy, including the INNCOM system          the environment, conserve resources
                                                         which intelligently manages guest          and maintain the ecological balance.

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     MasterCard and Starwood Collaborate Again to Reward
     MasterCard Cardholders This Travel Season
MasterCard Cardholders Eligible for a         According to the results of MasterCard’s         Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts.
Free Weekend Night’s Stay for Three Hotel     travel survey conducted in Mar-Apr 2010,
Stays at Participating Starwood Hotels and    one in four consumers surveyed across            “MasterCard is delighted to work with
Resorts                                       Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa wanted      Starwood again on this promotion. Our re-
                                              to take a trip abroad in the six months          search shows that travel is an integral part
MasterCard Worldwide and Starwood             ahead. Many of these would-be travelers          of consumers’ lives, and we are happy to
Hotels and Resorts are joining hands once     ranked destinations within their region as       offer them excellent privileges as they set
again to reward MasterCard cardholders        places they were likely to visit.                about their year-end trips. With the program
who are members of Starwood Preferred                                                          being expanded to exciting destinations
Guest, with a Free Weekend Night Award at     “We are excited to continue our partnership      across Middle East and Africa this year,
over 250 Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The     with MasterCard and to reward our guests         our cardholders have more memorable
promotion, in its fourth year now, has been   with such a rich offer. In busy times like       vacations to look forward to!” said Nagesh
expanded to include selected Starwood         this, it is important to have a short break to   Devata, vice president, Market Develop-
properties in the Middle East and Africa.     recharge and rejuvenate and this promotion       ment, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa,
                                              is a great opportunity to do so.” said Nelli     MasterCard Worldwide.
To qualify for this privilege, guests need    Yong, Vice President, Brand Marketing,
to stay three times at a minimum of one
night per stay, at any of the participating
hotels from 1 November 2010 to 31 Janu-
ary 2011, and pay for their stays using a
MasterCard card. Cardholders who are
not SPG members can simply join online
for free. The Free Weekend Night Award
can be redeemed for a Friday, Saturday or
a Sunday night at the participating hotels
and resorts, except in properties in select
countries in the Middle East and Africa,
where it can be redeemed on a Thursday,
Friday or Saturday.

The expansion of the program to cover the
Middle East and Africa means travelers to
popular destinations in the two regions,
such as Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mo-
rocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United
Arab Emirates and Yemen, can also enjoy
this promotion.
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                                                                                                                              Travel Expo

     Full speed ahead out of the recession – the travel industry remains a
                      mainstay of the global economy
                                                               Full speed ahead out of the recession and back on course for expansion. After the

 ITB Berlin
                                                               worst losses in recent history due to the worldwide economic and financial crisis
                                                               in 2009, the world’s travel industry is back on course for success, much faster than
                                                               expected and defying the predictions of international industry analysts. Speaking
                                                               on Thursday at the 18th World Travel Monitor Forum in Pisa, Rolf Freitag, President
 Organiser: Messe Berlin GmbH                                  of the consultancy IPK International, said: “The world’s international travel industry
                                                               is back and now even more dynamic, and this year has underlined its role as one of
 Dates: 09-13 March 2011                                       the mainstays of the global economy”. According to Rolf Freitag, Asia in particular is
                                                               driving international growth.
 Venue: Messe Berlin
                                                               According to IPK, in 2010 year-on-year worldwide growth in domestic tourism will
 Country: Berlin, Germany
                                                               reach five per cent, in international tourism seven per cent, while growth in inter-
 Website: http://itb-berlin.com/                               national arrivals will be in the order of six to seven per cent, a new all-time record.
                                                               However, around the world growth rates vary. In South America growth is currently
 Overview                                                      at 13 per cent, in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East at twelve per cent, and in Africa
                                                               growth in domestic and international flights is at seven per cent. By contrast the
 ITB Berlin is the B2B-Plattform for trade visitors - an ex-   markets in North America and Europe have lagged behind, and figures have yet to
 cellent opportunity to meet business partners and to          reach pre-recession levels. For Europe the year-on-year growth figure is three per
 do business. For all other visitors ITB Berlin is a won-      cent, while for North America it is only one per cent.
 derful possibility to discover the whole world within a
 few hours.                                                    Launched by the consultancy IPK International and sponsored by ITB Berlin, every
                                                               year at the World Travel Monitor Forum in Pisa 50 tourism experts and scientists
 Products                                                      from around the world present currents statistics and the latest trends in international
 Airlines, Hotels, Serviced Apartments, Rail Operators,
 Car rental, Online booking companies, Credit / com-           The hotel industry has a long way to go before making a similar recovery. Rolf Fre-
 pany cards, Business travel agents, Air Charter, Air-         itag: “We have yet to see a recovery from 2009 that saw year-on-year growth drop by
 ports And many more.                                          seven per cent. Compared with last year growth has now reached five per cent, but
                                                               travellers are booking shorter stays.” Travellers’ spending behaviour was similarly
                                                               restrained, he added.

                                                               According to IPK, in 2010 Germany’s market share will reach ten per cent and 72.6
                                                               million trips, confirming it as the world’s most travelled nation. The USA ranks sec-
                                                               ond, with a market share of nine per cent and 64 million trips, followed by the UK and
                                                               France in third and fourth place.

                                                               “Against the backdrop of the global recession, the dynamism with which the world’s
                                                               travel industry has recovered from last year’s slump is quite remarkable and encour-
                                                               aging. We are confident that the markets in Europe and North America will move in
                                                               a positive direction too, and that when ITB Berlin takes place in March next year that
                                                               they will be able to report promising developments”, said Dr. Martin Buck, Director,
                                                               Competence Center Travel and Logistics, Messe Berlin.

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       Travel Expo

 Rotana announces its participation at the ATM 2011

                                                            Rotana the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and North Africa,
                                                            announced its participation at the Arabian Travel Market to strengthen its presence
                                                            and to support its expansion plans reaching a portfolio of 70 properties by 2014.
 Arabian Travel Market 2011
                                                            Since inception, the company has grown to be the region’s largest hospitality man-
 Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Ltd.                           agement company, and a brand that is widely recognized and much admired. Ro-
                                                            tana is geared towards another challenging year, as we continue to develop. The
 Dates: 2-5 May 2011                                        expansion is taking us into new markets such as Bahrain, Baghdad, Jordan, Oman,
                                                            Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
 Venue: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition
 Centre                                                     For the next four years, Rotana will open 10 hotels per year. The plan is right. The
                                                            strategy is there. The execution and know-how are there. The objective is clear. Ro-
 Country: Dubai, UAE
                                                            tana is positive that as long as the company is able to manage growth in an efficient
 Website: www.arabiantravelmarket.com                       way, then there is the scope to take up further properties.

 Overview                                                   Earlier this year, we have seen the opening of Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai’s
                                                            latest landmark which is certified as the tallest hotel in the world by the Guinness
 Reflecting the remarkable growth and diversity of the      Book of World Records.
 region, this event attracts industry and government
 decision-makers at the very highest level. With the lat-   The second quarter of 2010 witnessed the opening of Rotana’s first resort in Dubai
 est industry news, leading edge products and thought-      Amwaj Rotana and Centro Barsha, Rotana’s first property to open in Dubai under the
 provoking educational content, Arabian Travel Market       brand Centro Hotels by Rotana, following the opening of Centro Yas Island in Abu
 is an exhilarating and dynamic business environment
 delivering growth opportunities for your business.
                                                            Located on Jumeirah beach, Amwaj Rotana will be part of the new Jumeirah Beach
 Products                                                   Residence complex and is a significant move into the resort arena for Rotana in
                                                            Dubai. The property will consist of 301 deluxe rooms and suites, flexible and multi-
 Airlines, Coach Operators, Conference/Incentive/           purpose ballroom and meeting rooms and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. In addi-
 Meeting Venues, Cruise/Ferry Companies, Health Re-         tion the resort will have an all-day dining restaurant serving international cuisine, a
                                                            pool-side bar and lobby lounge, an Italian restaurant and a Japanese restaurant and
 sorts & Spas, Hotel/Accommodation Providers, Tour-
                                                            sushi bar. All restaurants will have outdoor terraces for al fresco dining. Guests will
 ism Developments, Tourist Attractions, Tourist Boards/
                                                            also have access to a beautiful beach.
 Associations, etc.
                                                            Centro Barsha, Dubai is conveniently located close to the business districts of Me-
                                                            dia City and Internet City. The hotel is also in close proximity to the commercial
                                                            areas of Sheikh Zayed road and the Dubai Financial Centre. The hotel comprises
                                                            246 rooms, features a lobby lounge, abuzz with activity and designed to provide
                                                            a number of informal zones for business gatherings and entertainment. Advanced
                                                            business facilities are built into every room with high speed Wi-Fi internet access.
                                                            Providing unique living spaces in a contemporary environment, Centro Barsha of-
                                                            fers amenities specifically geared to the needs of the travelling executive including
                                                            a three meal restaurant, bar, deli take-away, well appointed business centre, 2 meet-
                                                            ing rooms, gymnasium and a swimming pool.

                                                            Nour Arjaan by Rotana – opened in October 2010, the hotel is situated in the pictur-
                                                            esque emirate of Fujairah and offers 252 rooms, meeting rooms, an all day dining
                                                            restaurant and a café. It will also feature a rooftop swimming pool and an extensive

                                                            End of 2010 will see the opening of the 300-room Centro Sharjah Airport. The prop-
                                                            erty which will include both rooms and suites will provide comfort and convenience
                                                            for travelers passing through one of the region’s fastest-growing airports as well as
                                                            for visitors to the emirate.

                                                            Moving to the capital, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana has opened its doors in
                                                            September 2010. Situated on the beautiful shores of the Arabian Gulf, this fabulous
                                                            alcohol free city resort is only 30 minutes drive from the Abu Dhabi International Air-
                                                            port and a few minutes away from one of the largest malls in the capital. The prop-
                                                            erty will feature 443 luxurious rooms, suites and serviced apartments, outstanding
                                                            food and beverage venues, six meeting rooms, business facilities, a state-of-the-art
                                                            fitness centre and extensive watersport activities on one of the country’s most stun-
                                                            ning beaches.

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                           Oryx Rotana – Doha – our first property in Qatar Opened in August 2010 in a close
                           proximity to Doha International Airport, 5 minutes away from the City Centre and
                           Corporate District and 20 minutes away from the Diplomatic Area and Exhibition
                           Centre. The 400 rooms five star hotel will offer a wide variety of food and beverage
                           venues, ballrooms and flexible meeting rooms, state-of-the art business services
                           and fitness centre.

                           Also in Doha, City Centre Rotana will open at the end of 2010. The hotel is part of
                           the City Centre Doha shopping complex and is located in the West Bay area, near
                           the business district, the Diplomatic area, the Exhibition Centre and minutes away
                           from the Doha Golf Club and the airport. The property offers 300 luxurious rooms
                           and suites, 100 serviced apartments along with 4 food & beverage outlets, meeting
                           rooms, state-of-the art business services and fitness centre.

                           Erbil Rotana – Iraq, the property is scheduled to open towards the end of 2010 – A 5
                           star hotel is ideally located close to the ministries area and near Erbil International
                           Exhibition fair in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. The property will feature 201 luxurious
                           rooms and suites; all includes TV & IDD telephones, 5 Food & Beverage venues,
                           and complete recreational areas including Bodylines health and fitness club and a
                           swimming pool.

                           The Rotana brand is driven by passion, personal warmth, and the delivery of con-
                           sistent quality standards, combined with a keen understanding of regional markets,
                           commitment to research, and significant investment in systems and people. Devel-
                           opment of the brand is rigorously planned and meticulously managed across all
                           operations - simultaneously evoking confidence and trust among property owners,
                           and creating satisfying experiences for corporate and leisure travellers alike.

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      MeetingMetrics used to evaluate 2010 CIBTM Educational Seminars

  Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Limited

  Dates: 31 August – 2 September 2011

  Venue: China National Convention Center (CNCC)

  Country: Beijing, China

  Website: www.cibtm.com


  CIBTM is the leading exhibition for the Meetings, In-
  centives and Events industry in China and Asia. The
  event provides a dedicated three-day business plat-
  form focused on the rapidly expanding and develop-
  ing Chinese outbound, inbound and intra-regional


  Airlines, Cruise Lines, Luxury Trains, Hotels/Spas,
  Incentive Destinations, Tourist Organisations, Media,
  Trade Associations, Special Interest Travel, Attractions
  & Entertainment, etc.

For the first time, CIBTM’s educational seminars have been evaluated           questions and enquiries, and the same percentage thought the speakers
using MeetingMetrics’ online survey and reporting tools, helping to en-        organised the sessions well.
sure the continued delivery of top-quality sessions for visitors. The event,   Mandy Torrens, Head of Marketing and Buyer Programmes, Meetings
which took place in Beijing recently, included 17 education sessions and       and Events Portfolio for Reed Travel Exhibitions comments: “Following
the results were collected from nearly 200 delegates.                          the successful pilot at last year’s EIBTM, we have now signed a global
The data for the MeetingMetrics CIBTM Evaluation survey was gained             agreement with MeetingMetrics. Reed Travel Exhibitions has established
by asking those who attended any of the educational sessions for their         a strong industry reputation for creating and delivering first-rate, topical
comments on speaker and topic content. Participants were encouraged            educational programmes. The valuable feedback that we capture using
to log onto the system as soon as each educational session had ended, to       MeetingMetrics’ tools helps ensure that we are able to continue providing
provide important feedback on the sessions.                                    world-class programmes to inspire knowledge-sharing and best practice
The findings from the CIBTM survey concluded that over 80% of respon-          for delegates at EIBTM, CIBTM, GIBTM and AIBTM.”
dents reported that the content of the sessions was important and rel-         With less than one month to go until EIBTM (30th November to 2nd De-
evant. 70% said they acquired new, useful information and ideas, whilst        cember), those attending any of this year’s 58 educational sessions at the
over 65% of those surveyed said they would be able to apply what they          show, will be asked by MeetingMetrics for their comments on speaker
learned to their jobs.                                                         and topic content.
The easy-to-use professional tools created by MeetingMetrics greatly           Participants at EIBTM will be encouraged to log onto the system at www.
simplify the process of collecting and reporting participants’ session         eibtm.com/surveys [RTE to confirm URL] through PCs, notebooks and
feedback in a timely and cost-effective manner. A full selection of key ana-   PDAs as soon as each of the educational sessions ends for their valuable
lytical reports including sessions, speakers, learning effectiveness rating    feedback. Ira Kerns, Managing Director of MeetingMetrics added: “We
reports plus CEU (Continuing Education Unit) reports are automatically         are exceedingly pleased to be working with RTE. The quality of profes-
produced in minutes.                                                           sional education delivered to attendees is steadily improving, as leading
Over 80% of those surveyed thought CIBTM’s speakers effectively com-           event sponsors like RTE place greater emphasis on evaluating and en-
municated information and knowledge during the sessions. Nearly 80%            hancing this aspect.”
believed the presenters knew the subject matter and clearly addressed

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       EIBTM highlights commitment to Spanish Meetings Industry with dedicated
           Spanish Language Seminars in New Lecture Theatre on show floor

                                                                  The Spanish Education Programme          training. The session will be highly

                                                                  at this year’s EIBTM (www.eibtm.         interactive and will encourage audi-
                                                                  com) will feature eight sessions         ence participation.
                                                                  focused on the latest issues in the      Creativity in Events, produced in as-
                                                                  regional and international meet-         sociation with MPI’s Spanish Chap-
 Organiser: Reed Exhibitions UK Limited                           ings and events industry, underlying     ter, will focus on the importance that
                                                                  EIBTM’s commitment to dedicating         creativity plays in events and face-
 Dates: 30 November – 2 December 2010                             a proportion of their programme to       to-face communication.
                                                                  the Spanish market.                      Renowned experts will provide ad-
 Venue: The Global Meeting & Event Exhibition Fira Gran
                                                                  Running over the three days of the       vice on positioning for destinations
 Via                                                              show (30 November to 2 December          and hotels in the association market,
                                                                  at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona),        using examples, in Five Keys to Suc-
 Country: Barcelona, Spain
                                                                  the programme has been created           cess in the International Association
 Website: www.eibtm.com                                           in partnership with MPI’s Spanish        Market, produced in association
                                                                  Chapter, Korazza Consulting and          with ICCA’s Iberian Chapter.
 Overview                                                         ICCA’s Iberian Chapter.                  Finally, the session dedicated to stu-
                                                                  The seminars, taking place in the        dents, And Now Where Do I Work?,
 EIBTM is the leading global event for the meetings and events    new Lecture Theatre created on the       looks to inspire and educate on the
 industry, held in the vibrant business and tourism destination   show floor, will be led by some of       reality of the market, providing a
 of Barcelona. The event delivers three days of focused ac-       the most influential industry experts,   solid overview on the knowledge
 cess to a dynamic business environment, thought provoking        will be free to attend, and will offer   and skills that various sectors re-
 professional education and business networks for exhibitors,     cutting-edge professional educa-         quire in the workplace.
                                                                  tion opportunities, available to all     Erica Keogan, EIBTM’s Education
 Hosted Buyers and trade visitors.
                                                                  visitors at the show.                    Content Manager comments: “This
 Products                                                         The Power of Coaching in the             year we have increased the number
                                                                  Workplace will look at the benefits      of sessions in the overall Education
 Airlines, Conference Venues, Convention & Visitor Bureaux,       and impact that coaching has on          Programme and the Spanish semi-
 Cruise Lines/Luxury Trains, Health Resorts/Spas, Hotels,         individuals within a company in re-      nar sessions for two key reasons:
 Meeting & Conference Planners, Destination Management            lationship to their capabilities and     last year the sessions had a record
 Companies, Incentive Destinations, Ground Transportation,        improving performance.                   attendance; and the post show re-
                                                                  TheCreative Catering seminar will        search clearly showed that EIBTM
 Incentive Houses/Specialists, Tourist Organisations, Tech-
                                                                  discuss the importance of surprise       is an important annual event for the
 nology Providers, Trade Associations, Other C & I Services.
                                                                  factors and the value that culinary      Spanish market. Visitors provided
                                                                  creativity can contribute to the suc-    crucial feedback on the sort of top-
                                                                  cess of an event.                        ics they wanted to see featured in
                                                                  ROI in Event Communication con-          their programme.”
                                                                  siders a variety of communications       For more information on the EIBTM
                                                                  campaigns and effective ROI mea-         Spanish Sessions and the full educa-
                                                                  surement of these campaigns.             tion programme of over 58 sessions,
                                                                  Visitors who wish to learn about the     please visit www.eibtm.com. Pre-
                                                                  technology available to help save        registration for visitors to EIBTM is
                                                                  resources and achieve better results     free of charge and includes access
                                                                  for events should attend Technology      to the Spanish sessions.
                                                                  Within Your Reach to Do More with
                                                                  Less. The session will analyse On-
                                                                  line Interactive Management and
                                                                  Marketing, interactive voting sys-
                                                                  tems, online surveys, data transfer
                                                                  and data sharing.
                                                                  Key Factors to Recruit and Build
                                                                  Member Loyalty, created in partner-
                                                                  ship with Korazza, will focus on ef-
                                                                  fective networking, member recruit-
                                                                  ment and retention, planning, and

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                 GIBTM 2011 Rapidly Gaining Momentum
                                                             The results of this year’s Middle East   regional MICE buyers. These initia-
                                                            Meetings Industry Report announced        tives are already paying dividends,

 GIBTM                                                      at GIBTM 2010 indicated that confi-
                                                            dence in the Middle East meetings
                                                            market is unwavering with buyers and
                                                                                                      with an increase in group co-ordina-
                                                                                                      tors to encourage participants in the
                                                                                                      event’s Hosted Buyer programme.
 Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Limited                        suppliers both tipping the region for
                                                            future growth. With more than three       New for 2010 is the relocation of the
 Dates: 28-30 March 2011
                                                            months to go before the fifth GIBTM,      event’s Education and Seminar ses-
 Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (AD-           taking place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi        sions, Hosted Buyers and trade visi-
 NEC)                                                       from 28 – 30 March 2011, next year’s      tors will be able to attend the semi-
                                                            event will be the focus for the launch    nars within a new theatre created
 Country: Abu Dhabi, UAE                                    of many new products and services         within the exhibition.
                                                            from the industry.
 Website: www.gibtm.com                                     The driving force behind the develop-     A number of new exhibitors have also
                                                            ment of the meetings (MICE) industry      confirmed their participation at this
 Overview                                                   across the Middle East, Reed Travel       year’s event, including The Emirates
 GIBTM is the leading event for the rapidly developing      Exhibitions (RTE) are running MICE        of Fujairah, and several, such as Jumei-
 Middle East meetings, events, incentives and business      educational presentations in Kuwait,      rah International; have increased their
 travel industry. The event brings together a combina-      Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria      stand space, testament to the show’s
 tion of regional and international industry buyers and     and Lebanon as part of the continu-       market-leading position for the rap-
 suppliers for three days of business opportunities, net-   ing development of the sector in the      idly developing Middle East Meet-
 working and professional education.                        region.                                   ings, Events, Incentives and Business
                                                                                                      Travel industry. Already contracted
 Products                                                   To further intensify the industry focus   exhibitors are up by 5% compared to
                                                            in the Middle East, RTE has recruited     the same time last year.
 Airlines/Air Charters, Attractions & Entertainment,        a local team within the U.A.E. It has
 Cruise Lines, Hotels/Resorts/Serviced Apartments, In-      also organised networking events in       For further show details, please visit
 centive Specialists, Media, NTOs, Travel Management        the region to help promote GIBTM,         www.gibtm.com
 Companies, Trade Associations, etc                         and to identify and recruit local and

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          New survey shows resilience remains defining
                     feature of association
                                                            The Association Meetings Forecasts and Trends Report 2011, an annual research
                                                            survey which is conducted jointly by IMEX in Frankfurt and ICCA, shows that resil-

 IMEX Frankfurt                                             ience remains a defining feature of the sector and that many association meeting
                                                            planners believe the most dramatic cuts and changes are now behind them.

 Organiser: Regent Exhibitions Ltd.                         When asked if the economic downturn had had a significant negative impact on their
                                                            association during the past year, 74 per cent answered ‘no’, compared to 65 per cent
 Dates: 24-26 May 2011                                      who confirmed they had felt the impact during the same period in 2009.

 Venue: Hall 8, Messe Frankfurt                             On the subject of which cost-savings they are currently employing as a means to
                                                            respond to economic challenges, 49 per cent are still tending to select lower costs
 Country: Germany                                           destinations and venues, although virtually the same number are not taking that
                                                            route to reduced spending. 51 per cent are also opting for lower cost delegate ac-
 Website: http://imex-frankfurt.com/
                                                            commodation whereas 46 per cent of respondents are not.
                                                            Similarly when asked if they “intend to renegotiate existing contracts for future
 IMEX is the show that exceeds your expectations ev-        events”, 40 per cent either agreed or strongly agreed, whilst 33 per cent neither
 ery time. The trail-blazing exhibition has unleashed the   agreed nor disagreed. A further 33 per cent said they have no intention of rene-
 energy of the global meetings industry with new ideas,     gotiating existing contracts, possibly suggesting that the hardest cuts and contract
                                                            revisions have already been made, with little remaining margin to be won from ex-
 new vision and a passion for business amongst record
                                                            isting suppliers. Similarly 35 per cent of respondents declared they do not intend to
 numbers of exhibitors.
                                                            significantly cut down on costs at future meetings (e.g. cutting out banquets, recep-
 Products                                                   tions, number of days in the programme); although 40 per cent do expect to cut such
                                                            costs. However, with 22 per cent unable to state a clear intention either way, results
 Airlines, Cruise Lines, Destination Management Com-        in this category (and generally in other parts of the survey) suggest that perhaps
 panies, Hotels/Hotel Chains, Luxury Trains, Service        many planners are still unsure about what the future holds. Nevertheless, 68 per cent
 Suppliers, Special Event Venues, Technology Provid-        still expect to hold about the “same number of meetings” in 2011 as this past year. An
                                                            encouraging 19 per cent expect their meetings calendar to be slightly busier, whilst
 ers, Tourist Offices, Trade Associations, Transportation
                                                            13 per cent expect to be planning fewer meetings.
 Companies, etc.

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45 per cent of planners said their attendance     this appears to be impacting more on inter-       cent. Concerns about security also appear to
numbers for their largest annual meeting          nal meetings, such as board meetings, rather      have faded away, with 83 per cent currently
were in line with expectations, although for      than larger external events.                      considering them unimportant.
nearly 10 per cent, attendance at their main
annual event was significantly higher than        As in 2009, none of the association planners      19 per cent also see the issue of climate
previously, and for 19 per cent it was slightly   had been forced to cancel their largest annu-     change and managing their carbon footprint
higher than before or what was expected.          al meeting for any reason. Given a challeng-      becoming more important in their meetings
Looking at the total number of meetings and       ing year in terms of air transport disruption     planning, although the majority, 63 per cent,
events planned for 2011, 48 per cent antici-      through strikes and natural disasters, in Eu-     believe its ongoing importance has remained
pate no change in attendee numbers com-           rope in particular, this suggests that planners   “the same” (compared to 61 per cent previ-
pared to 2010 and 87 per cent also expect         and their suppliers have become enormously        ously).
those meetings to be of the same duration.        resourceful and creative in the face of logis-
                                                  tical and operational set-backs and, once         151 association meeting planners, managers
When asked anecdotally to describe the im-        an important meeting is planned, a ‘can-do,       and directors working in the association sec-
pact of the changing economic climate on          must-do’ attitude takes hold.                     tor responded to the survey. They represent a
their association activities over the past few                                                      cross-section of global markets including the
years many confirm “no significant or seri-       Respondents were also questioned about            UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, India, vari-
ous impact”, although some comment that           other long-term trends and corporate social       ous Asian countries and Europe, including
sponsorship and additional revenue sources        responsibility issues (CSR). “How to attract      Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France
now take more time and are harder to identify     higher attendance” remains “very important”       and Switzerland amongst others. For 35 per
than in previous years. They point towards        for 51 per cent of respondents. A further 45      cent of those respondents, their largest an-
the corporate sector’s struggles as having        per cent rated this factor “quite important.”     nual meeting of the year was for between
a knock-on effect in some cases. Many offer       The constant need to deliver “conference          200 and 499 delegates. For 22 per cent it was
up comments on how their continuing drive         programmes that appeal to the broadest            500 – 999 delegates, and for nearly nine per
to deliver quality and value for delegates has    audiences” is also very important for 63 per      cent their largest meeting saw over 5000 del-
ensured good attendance. The use of elec-         cent of those asked. The single issue of “how     egates attending.
tronic, social media and online communica-        to appeal to younger delegates”, however,
tion tools is also mentioned in parts, although   was deemed “not at all important” by 50 per

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             Jeju Island, off China travel visa maddening

  WTF 2011 – World Travel Fair
  Organiser: VNU Exhibitions Asia

  Date: 12-15 May 2011

  Venue: The CIAE Exhibition Center

  Country: Beijing, China

  Website: www.worldtravelfair.com.cn


  The World Travel Fair (WTF), annually located in
  Shanghai, is a business expo that one will not miss.
  As the most famous integrated travel resource expo
  in China, WTF has successfully built communicat-
  ing bridge for business people to extend the social
  circle, build co-operation partnership, and expand
  new markets.


  Tour Operators/Travel Agencies, Hotels & Resorts,
  Airlines, Cruises, Travel Insurance, Travel Equip-
  ment Manufactures, Travel Finance Companies,
  Health & Wellness Resort and leisure travel, MICE,
  Travel Media, Golf Courses, Travel with Education
  Purpose, Travel Media, etc.

                                Beijing Korean Tourism Board head of-     mission ambassador outreach Korea, adjust the pattern of Korean
                                fice branch office interviewed recently   tourism industry and attract inbound tourists. “Visit Korea Year”
                                said that China is now the second larg-   project carried out with the next 3 years, major events held in South
                                est Korean immigrant source coun-         Korea to synchronize marketing activities, according to 2010 World
                                try market in 2009 to South Korea the     Design Capital Seoul, 2011 track and field world championships in
                                number of Chinese tourists increased      Daegu, 2012 Yeosu World Expo and other activities, launched vari-
                                by 14.9% over 2008 to reach 1.34 mil-     ous publicity points and set about development related topics. In
                                lion passengers. Less than two hours      addition, in order to allow foreign tourists to see the colorful style
of flight time, frequent flights and developed water transportation,      of Korea, Korea Tourism Board has also prepared a seven special
Chinese tourists can easily travel weekend or mini vacation. China        events, such as the “Korean Wave” and food, movies, and many ROK
has always attached great importance to South Korea, signed for the       factors related activities. Meanwhile, in order to provide more prac-
Chinese tourists Card measures to keep open, Jeju Island is the im-       tical for foreign tourists, cheap and convenient concessions, is also
plementation of a visa to travel more, which tourists travel to China     preparing massive discount sale activities.
provides great convenience. Meanwhile, the Chinese service facili-        “Visit Korea Year” period, visitors to Korea can participate in various
ties in Korea is constantly being improved, lifting all of you worried    activities organized by South Korea, such as the “Han” Close con-
about the language barrier in a foreign land.                             tact with South Korean star concert, the taste of world culture, world
Beginning last year, Korea Tourism Organization Seoul to visit            culture exhibition, all taste like Korean food and world cuisine of the
friends to provide free exercise of visitors, including restaurants,      world food travel shows and other activities; for Chinese tourists,
shows, duty-free shops, theme parks and many other activities, dis-       young and old to provide for the exchange of tourism projects to
count coupons, responded enthusiastically. This year we launched          enhance; for female tourists show fashion, beauty, and other tourism
the Seoul traffic t-money card, and through field test Individual Visi-   products.
tors Seoul after the police tailored to the free exercise manual and      For the individual, Korea Tourism Board has also launched relief
other utility class for free promotional materials.                       activities, accommodation, that foreign tourists stay in Korea more
2010-2012, “South Korea visit year” period, the Korean Tourism            than 4 days accommodation can be removed from the day the aim
Board have invited President Lee Myung-bak on behalf of his wife          is to extend the stay of foreign tourists in Korea time and attract the
Jin Runyu as chairman, Bae, Kim as a child ”visit in Korea,” the Com-     second visit.
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 Global Travel and Tourism Industry growth stronger than
               expected, sat WTTC at WTM

 World Travel
 Market (WTM)
 Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Limited

 Dates: 8-11 November 2011

 Venue: Excel London

 Country: London

 Website: www.wtmlondon.com


 Staged annually in London, World Travel Market - the        The global travel and tourism industry        growth trend we would normally see in
 premier global event for the travel industry - is a vi-     has grown at a stronger than expected         the second year of a global recovery,”
 brant must attend four-day business-to-business event       rate this year, but this will be at the ex-   he said.
 presenting a diverse range of destinations and indus-       pense of 2011, the World Travel & Tour-       The WTTC has downgraded growth
 try sectors to UK and International travel professionals.   ism Council has forecast.                     forecasts in all markets, with the big-
 It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel      Latest WTTC figures revealed at WTM           gest fall seen in the Middle East,
 trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct busi-         show that travel and tourism’s gross do-      which is now forecast to grow at 4.1%,
 ness under one roof.                                        mestic product is expected to rise by         one percentage point less than previ-
                                                             2% this year, compared with a forecast        ously assumed. Europe is predicted to
 Products                                                    in January of only 0.5%. The spurt has        grow 1.4%, a change of 0.2 percentage
                                                             led the WTTC to downgrade its 2011            points.
 Accommodation, Air Travel, Airports, Business & Fi-
                                                             growth forecast from 3.2% to 2.7%.            Baumgarten added that the industry
 nancial Services, City Tourist Boards, Golf Related
                                                             WTTC president and chairman Jean-             would also have to learn to live with
 Services, Land Travel, Media, National Tourist Boards,
                                                             Claude Baumgarten said 2010 had               yields that were depressed for several
 Professional Conference Organisers, Regional Tourist
                                                             been “very good news for everybody”,          years to come.
 Boards, Tourist Attractions & Entertainment Providers,
                                                             but Adrian Cooper, managing direc-            “Customers are not paying what they
 Tours, Travel Agencies, etc.
                                                             tor of Oxford Economic Forecasting,           paid in 2008 and 2009 and it is going
                                                             warned: “Things have been stronger            to take a couple of years to get that
                                                             than expected this year, we expect to         back.”
                                                             see the global recovery slowing next          He warned that tourism’s fragile recov-
                                                             year.”                                        ery would be greatly affected by any
                                                             Cooper warned that government aus-            adverse measures such as this month’s
                                                             terity measures in countries like Greece      rise in UK Air Passenger Duty.
                                                             and the UK could affect travel and tour-      “We, all of us, have to give strong mes-
                                                             ism in 2011, together with a desire by        sages to our governments not to get too
                                                             consumers to pay down debts.                  harsh with our industry with their taxes.
                                                             “We are not expecting to see the              We are on a crusade against APD.”

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       WTM 2010 Experiences Phenomenal Visitor Numbers

            orld Travel Market, the premier
            global event for the travel, has
            experienced a phenomenal
WTM 2010 with visitor numbers significant-
ly higher than at WTM 2009.
The first day of WTM 2010 saw a record
number of visitors attend the event under
the My Invitations system, which allows
exhibitors to invite their key contacts and
people they want to conduct business with
over whole event on Monday November 8.
Onsite unaudited figures show a 21% in-
creases in visitors with 6,665 senior indus-
try buyers attending WTM 2010 on the first
This increase in My Invitations visitors led
to an amazing participation in the expand-
ed Meet The Meridian Club Buyers (Speed
Networking) session. Almost 300 buyers
took part in the six sessions compared
to around 100 when the programme was
launched in 2009.
Impressive visitor figures continue on Tues-
day with a 41% increase in ministers and
aides attending the fourth UNWTO Minis-
ters’ Summit at WTM, making it a record at-
tendance for the event.
Overall onsite unaudited visitors figures for
Tuesday November 10 were up 18% on the
equivalent day in 2009 with almost 17,000
visitors attending WTM 2010 to meet and
negotiate contracts with exhibitors.
World Travel Market Exhibition Director
Simon Press said: “I am delighted with the
visitor figures for WTM 2010. The impres-
sive increase in My Invitation visitors and
buyer participants in the Meet The Meridi-
an Club Buyer (Speed Networking) session
on the first day supports the conversations I
have been having with exhibitors and buy-
ers that a high amount of business has been
conducted at WTM 2010.
“Furthermore, the impressive number of
visitors has continued on the second day
of the exhibition and is further enhanced by
the record number of ministers and aides
attending the highly successful UNWTO
Ministers’ Summit at WTM.”

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      Do You Know


                            More and more people realize that bicycles
                            can be much more useful than cars. A bicycle
                            is cheap and in a city sometimes, considering
                            the traffic jams, even faster than a car. Bikes are
                            ecological and also keep their owners in good
                            health. Bicycles are often a favorite means of
                            transport for travelers exploring their destina-
                            tion. This is why several cities, such as Vienna
                            or London, decided to provide rent-a-bike ser-
                            vices, where you rent a bike and then return it
                            in other part of the city. Tourism-Review.com
                            brings you the top 5 most bicycle friendly cities
                            in the world according to Askmen.com.

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Montreal, Canada                                                                    Do You Know
Montreal has recently invested 134 million dol-
lars to revamp and establish new biking trails.
Part of the plan was also expanding the number
of bicycle friendly lock points. Currently, there
are 2,400 miles of bicycle trails available to the
locals as well as tourists. Montreal also has the
first urban bike share infrastructure in the North
America. It is called Bixi bike sharing program
and provides over 5,000 bicycles and 400 sta-

Curitiba, Brazil
Curitiba in Brazil is considered to be one of
the best planned cities in the world. No won-
der that according to the American magazine
Reader’s Digest, it is also the best place to live
in Brazil. Brazilians have made a commitment
to eco friendly fuels and alternative transporta-
tion methods and in 2010 the city was awarded
the Globe Sustainable City Award. The bike
infrastructure is very good in Curitiba and bi-
cycles are thus quite popular among the local

                                                     Bogota, Colombia
                                                     Only 13% of all inhabitants in Bogota own cars so
                                                     the city does not need any special campaign to
                                                     support the bike traffic as is the case in the U.S.
                                                     and Europe. Riding a bike is a matter of need
                                                     there. It is no wonder that Bogota has become a
                                                     bicycle friendly city.

                                                     Copenhagen, Denmark
                                                     The landscape of Denmark is quite flat, which
                                                     makes it easy for the locals as well as visitors to
                                                     use bikes for traveling to work or for pleasure. Ac-
                                                     cording to the statistics, 32% of all Copenhageners
                                                     ride a bike to work on regular basis. The city has
                                                     repeatedly been recognized as one of the com-
                                                     munities with the best quality of life and is also
                                                     viewed as one of the world’s most environmentally
                                                     friendly cities. No wonder that the local town hall
                                                     offers the visitors rental bikes for free.

                                                     Amsterdam, Netherlands
                                                     Similarly to Denmark, the Netherlands is a very
                                                     flat country, which makes it an ideal destination
                                                     for cycling, even for those who are not that much
                                                     trained. Nearly 40% of all commutes in the city are
                                                     done on bike. Locals as well as tourists can also
                                                     rent a public bike for a reasonable price. Many
                                                     visitors thus opt for bicycles when sightseeing and
                                                     exploring the city’s canals, parks and museums.

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