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                                                          HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien (seventh right) and HKTB Executive Director Mr Anthony Lau (far right) join Government officials and
                  THE STAFF                               representatives of the travel and MICE sectors to witness the official establishment of the “Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong” office,
                                                          a new division under HKTB. Joining the launch ceremony are (from left to right): HKTB Board members Mr Dane Cheng and Miss Lo
     Group Publisher/Managing Editor                      Po Man; Ms Veronica To, Director of Marketing and Business Planning, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre; Mr James Lu,
    Colin J. Holden - colin@btbtravel.com                 Executive Director, Hong Kong Hotels Association; Mr Stanley Chu, Chairman, Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry
                                                          Association; Professor Ng Ching-fai, President and Vice Chancellor, Hong Kong Baptist University; Permanent Secretary for Commerce
             Associate Editor                             and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), Miss Yvonne Choi; Commissioner for Tourism, Miss Au King-chi; Mr
                                                          Ronnie Ho, Chairman, Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong; Mr Allen Ha, Chief Executive Officer, AsiaWorld-Expo Management
     Brian Menzies- brian@btbtravel.com                   Limited; Mr Gilbert Chow, Deputy Chairman, Board of Airline Representatives Hong Kong; and HKTB Board member Mr Fred Lam.
               Associate Editor
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              Associate Editor
                                                          HKTB Launches Meetings &
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              Associate Editor
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                                                          Exhibitions Hong Kong Office
             Associate Editor                             Witnessed by Government officials, trade                             ever. Our competitors are already setting up
     Edward Lambert - ed@btbtravel.com                    partners and close to 100 local and                                  dedicated MICE bureaus and rolling out
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American Airlines                                         NBTA Predicts Cost                                                   WORLDHOTELS’ Lotte
Introduces Mobile Boarding                                Cutting Measures                                                     Hotel Seoul Launches
Passes At Select Airports                                 To Continue Into 2009                                                Korea’s First Ladies’ Floor
American Airlines customers departing from                The National Business Travel Association                             WORLDHOTELS Deluxe Collection affiliated
select airports can choose to receive their               (NBTA) has released its 2009 Business Travel                         hotel, The Lotte Hotel Seoul – Downtown has
boarding passes electronically on their mobile...         Overview & Cost Forecast predicting...                               just completed and unveiled its brand...
                             ...continued on page three                                          ...continued on page seven                                           ...continued on page eleven


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 IN THE NEWS                                                         CONTENTS




 Jet Airways and                                                                                 November 17, 2008
 United Airlines Forge
                                                                     HKTB Launches Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong Office                     page 1
 Frequent Flyer Partnership                                          American Airlines Introduces Mobile Boarding Passes At Select Airports
                                                                     NBTA Predicts Cost Cutting Measures To Continue Into 2009
 Jet Airways has forged a frequent flyer                             WORLDHOTELS’ Lotte Hotel Seoul Launches Korea’s First Ladies’ Floor
 partnership with United Airlines effective
 15 November, 2008.                                                  Jet Airways and United Airlines Forge Frequent Flyer Partnership          page 2
 With this partnership, Jet Airways’                                 American Airlines Introduces Mobile Boarding Passes At Select Airports    page 3
 JetPriviledge members may now earn and                              Delta Air Lines Expands Africa Presence
 redeem JPMiles on the entire global network                         Korean Air To Benefit From Visa Waiver Program
 of United Airlines. The U.S carrier is Jet
 Airways’ 18th frequent flyer partner airline.*                      oneworld and Westjet Introduce Global Travel Programme For Businesses     page 4
                                                                     LOT Polish Airlines and Star Alliance Agree Action Plan For 2009
 United Airlines operates more than 3,200                            Latest Abacus SmartPrice Upgrade
 flights a day to more than 200 U.S domestic
 and international destinations from its hubs                        Austrian Cancels Flights To Mumbai From 1 March 2009                      page 5
 in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San                                Iberia To Add New Flights To Montevideo, Uruguay
 Francisco and Washington D.C.                                       Jet Airways Offers Mileage Bonus On The India - London Sector
                                                                     JAL To Introduce First Class On Tokyo - New Delhi Route
 Similarly, United Airlines’ Mileage Plus                            SriLankan Airlines To Fly London-Male-London Non-Stop Return
 members may now earn and redeem their
 miles while enjoying Jet Airways’ renowned                          Dragonair To Launch New Service To Manila In December                     page 6
 service and in-flight product on its services                       Tiger Airways Singapore Expands Fleet
 to 64 destinations in India and beyond.                             Jet Airways’ JetLite Unveils New Product And Brand Identity
                                                                     Sabre Travel Network Signs Chinese Airlines
 Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Wolfgang
 Prock-Schauer, CEO, Jet Airways, said: “Jet                         FCm Partners With Siam Express Travel Services, Thailand                  page 7
 Airways is proud to enter into a frequent                           NBTA Predicts Cost Cutting Measures To Continue Into 2009
 flyer partnership with United Airlines, one                         ITM Conference 2009: Registration Now Open
 of the most respected names in global
 aviation. Besides boosting connectivity                             AH&LA Launches Green Strategy                                             page 8
 across the busy India-USA sector, this                              HKTB Launches Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong Office
 partnership will also enable the passengers                         First ICC Regional CEO Forum For Asia Pacific To Be Held In Hong Kong
 of both carriers to tap into their respective
 international networks, while earning and                           Dolce Hotels and Resorts Launches ‘Rebuild Your Meeting’ Program          page 9
 redeeming frequent flyer miles.”                                    ICCA: Sarawak’s MICE Marketing Program Voted World’s Best
 Most recently, Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege,                           UFI – 75th Congress: New Leadership For The Global Exhibition Industry    page 10
 India’s largest frequent flyer programme,                           Melbourne’s New Convention Centre
 emerged victorious in seven categories,
 including the prestigious ‘Program of the                           SITE Selects Cape Town, South Africa For 2010 International Conference    page 11
 Year’, at the 20th annual presentation of the                       Design Hotels Transforms Historic Beer Brewery Into The Factory Hotel
 Freddie Awards 2007. This was the fourth                            The Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof In Vienna Opens December 1st
 consecutive year Jet Airways was
 honoured at the Freddie Awards.                                     Rotana Targets MICE In The Middle East page 12
 * Airline Partners include:                                         WORLDHOTELS’ Lotte Hotel Seoul Launches Korea’s First Ladies’ Floor
 In Asia Pacific: All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair      Pink Beach Club, Bermuda Redesigns Meeting Space For Meetings/ Retreats   page 13
 and Qantas
                                                                     Best Western Dallas Hotel and Conference Center
 In India: JetLite                                                   Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv To Open In 2010
 In the Americas: American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and United
 Airlines                                                            First Class Cars Eyes Middle East Market                                  page 14
 In Europe: Air France, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM,
                                                                     Eurostar Celebrates Huge Increases After First Year At St Pancras
 Lufthansa, SWISS and Virgin Atlantic                                Travelport GDS Introduces eVouchers On Avis Car Hire Bookings
 In the Middle East and Africa: Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and
 South African Airways                                               GetThere Hires Jason Geall To Lead European Expansion                     page 15
                                                                     Eurostar Integrates Sales & Marketing Teams
                                                                     Shannon Hyland Appointed Radius CFO
                                                                     Elegant Hotels Group Names Bonnie Nicotra Director of Marketing
                                                                     HRS.com Appoints Dominic Newboult As Director of Contracting
                                                                     AH&LA President & CEO Joe McInerney’s Contract Extended Through 2011




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  AIRLINES & AIRPORTS                                                                                    Korean Air To Benefit
American Airlines                                     pass on their cell phone or PDA screen at          From Visa Waiver Program
                                                      American Airlines self-service machines, ticket
Introduces Mobile Boarding                            counters, or curbside check-in facilities.         Korean Air will realize significant benefits
Passes At Select Airports                                                                                when the U.S. waives visa requirements
                                                                                                         for South Korean tourists and business
                                                      Customers who check in online and wish to
American Airlines customers departing from            print a paper boarding pass are still able to do   people, planned for next week. And a visa
select airports can choose to receive their           so. At the end of the online check-in process      waiver program (VWP) for South Korea will
boarding passes electronically on their mobile        on AA.com, customers can now choose how            reap dollars for the US travel and tourism
phones or PDAs, saving the time it takes to           they would like to receive their boarding pass     industry.
print out and present a paper boarding pass at        by selecting either “Print” (customers can print
the airport.                                          the pass at that time, or use a self-service       Korean visitors spent more than $3 billion in
                                                      check-in machine to print at the airport), “E-     the US last year, up 9% from the previous
Mobile boarding passes, which use a two-              mail for Print” (boarding pass is emailed and      year. And three years after VWP originally
dimensional (2-D) barcode, are being                  customers can print at their convenience), or      became effective, 70% of the countries
introduced for passengers departing on                “E-mail for use on Cell Phone or Other Device”     showed a 50% or more increase in visitors
domestic flights from Chicago’s O’Hare                (customers receive an electronic boarding          to the US.
International Airport. On Nov. 17, mobile             pass via email on their cell phone or mobile
boarding passes will be offered as an option          device, which would then be presented at the       “With easier access to America, the number
for customers departing on domestic flights           airport).                                          of Korean visitors will increase
from Los Angeles International (LAX) and John                                                            significantly,” says John Jackson, Korean
Wayne Orange County (SNA) airports as well.           “Mobile boarding via AA.com is the latest way      Air’s director of marketing of the Americas.
                                                      American Airlines is making travel as easy and     “There should be an immediate increase of
The mobile boarding pass program is being             convenient as possible, especially for our         visitors traveling for short term language
rolled out in partnership with the United States      customers on the go,” said Mark DuPont,            courses, tourism and family visits.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA).         American’s Vice President – Airport Services       Predictions are for over a 10% increase the
If successful in trial cities, it could be extended   Planning. “Customers who choose this option        first year of VWP,” he says.
to additional U.S. airports in the coming months.     can bypass printing a boarding pass at their
                                                      home, office or even at the airport to board       “Korean Air has been a leader in the visa
To use the mobile boarding pass option – either       their plane. They can go straight to Security      waiver program, having worked for more
with the traditional desktop version of AA.com        and then to the aircraft.”                         than a decade toward its enactment. This
or the mobile version – customers must have                                                              program will help economies on both sides
an active e-mail address where their boarding               www.aa.com/mobileboarding                    of the Pacific,” Jackson says.
pass may be sent and an Internet-enabled
mobile device where the 2-D barcode can be                                                               “Korean Air is set to benefit significantly
received. Additionally, during the introduction       Delta Air Lines                                    from this because we carry more people
                                                                                                         between America and Korea than any other
of this new feature, customers may list only          Expands Africa Presence                            airline,” he says. “We already are planning
one person in their reservation and must be
traveling on American or American Eagle                                                                  an increase in flights across the Pacific next
                                                      Delta Air Lines, the only U.S. network carrier     year. We’re estimating anywhere from a
nonstop or same-plane direct to a domestic            to serve Africa, will expand its service to the
destination from Chicago, Los Angeles or                                                                 5% to 7% capacity increase. For example,
                                                      African continent with the introduction of the     in December, we’re upping our frequency
Orange County. Domestic destinations include          first and only flight between Hartsfield Jackson
those within the 50 United States, as well as                                                            to Washington and San Francisco to daily
                                                      Atlanta International Airport and Monrovia’s       flights instead of four per week.
the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.              Roberts International Airport, Liberia. The
                                                      service, which will make a stop at Amilcar         “In addition, we’re producing a significant
The mobile boarding pass process is simple:           Cabral International Airport on Sal Island, Cape   ad campaign in America that will air only in
When customers check in for their flight using        Verde, will start in June, 2009.                   Korea and promote America to Korean
American’s Web site, AA.com – either the                                                                 tourists. This encouragement plus the ability
desktop or mobile versions – they have the            Passengers on the only flight between the U.S.     to travel more easily will definitely inspire
option to receive their boarding passes on their      and Liberia will benefit from significant time     more visits,” Jackson says.
cell phones or PDAs. If this option is selected,      savings over other routes. They also will be
they will get an e-mail with an Internet link to      able to connect to more than 150 destinations      Meanwhile, Korean Air’s hotel division has
their boarding pass. The mobile boarding pass         throughout the U.S., Latin America and the         been refurbishing its Waikiki Resort Hotel
contains a 2-D barcode that can be scanned            Caribbean via Delta’s Atlanta hub.                 and Wilshire Grand properties in Honolulu
at TSA security checkpoints and at American                                                              and Los Angeles respectively to meet the
Airlines gates. At the airport, customers simply      “Delta is pleased to add Monrovia to our           anticipated increased demand.
scan their cell phone or PDA screen when              industry-leading Africa network,” said Glen
going through Security (proper identification         Hauenstein, executive vice president –             With a fleet of 125 aircraft, Korean Air is
must be presented) and when boarding, just            Network and Revenue Management.                    one of the world’s top 20 airlines and flies
as they would a traditional paper boarding            “Passenger traffic to and from Africa continues    from more cities in the Americas to more
pass.                                                 to grow at some of the highest rates in the        cities in Asia than any other airline.
                                                      world. We are very encouraged with the
Customers wishing to check bags can also              response to our flights to Africa and look                   w w w.koreanair.com
use the new option by scanning the boarding           forward to serving Liberia and contributing to



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its trade and tourism development efforts.”                             Their new canadaconnect corporate travel
                                                                        programme          combines          WestJet’s        Latest Abacus
Currently, Delta offers service between the                             comprehensive Canadian network with
United States and six African destinations with                         oneworld’s transborder and international reach        SmartPrice Upgrade
flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy                              to offer companies across Canada special
International Airport and Accra, Ghana; Dakar,                          rates on their business air travel right around       From this month, Abacus-connected travel
Senegal; Cairo, Egypt; and Cape Town in South                           the globe with some of the best airlines in the       agents will have even greater access to
Africa (via Dakar) and between Atlanta and                              world.                                                the most up-to-date airfare content available
Lagos, Nigeria; and Johannesburg, South                                                                                       with a further upgrade to Abacus
Africa (via Dakar).                                                     It provides flights to almost 600 destinations in     SmartPrice, the major airfare pricing system
                                                                        nearly 130 countries worldwide with more than         from Abacus International.
Liberia is situated in West Africa, bordering                           900 international departures a week from
the North Atlantic Ocean to the country’s                               Canada. canadaconnect offers departures               Taking effect from November 13, the
southwest. The country has strong historical                            from more than 25 cities across the country.          updated Abacus SmartPrice will enhance
and cultural ties to the United States. With key                                                                              the workflow experience of Abacus-
exports of minerals and timber, there is a strong                       Alongside WestJet, seven oneworld member              connected agents with improved
and growing market for business traffic                                 airlines are participating in the programme -         functionality for non-PNR pricing and more
between Liberia and the U.S.                                            American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay            accurate and robust fare and tax
                                                                        Pacific, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas and Royal        information.
In an announcement at the National Press Club                           Jordanian. Other oneworld members may join
in Washington, D.C., Liberia’s President Ellen                          in the future. To make using canadaconnect            The changes will also provide travel agents
Johnson-Sirleaf praised Delta’s investment in                           as simple as possible, the participating airlines     greater access to historical pricing data,
her country. “I was excited to learn that Delta                         will nominate a single point of contact to co-        now reaching back two years, as well as
Air Lines has made the commitment to provide                            ordinate each customer’s needs.                       displaying tax information in a standardised
direct flight service to Liberia,” said Johnson-                                                                              display, making tax inclusions more user-
Sirleaf. “Liberia continues to flourish and, with                       oneworld Vice-President Commercial Nicolas            friendly and easier to understand. This
the commitment by companies in the U.S. to do                           Ferri said: “As Canada’s leading domestic             upgrade translates to higher productivity,
business in our country, there is opportunity                           carrier, WestJet makes a natural partner for          improved accuracy, more efficiency and
for continued economic growth. This                                     oneworld. In difficult financial times like today,    faster speed for Abacus-connected agents.
development also provides convenience for                               it’s more important than ever for every
Liberians in Diaspora to come home and to                               business to make the very most of every dollar        Mr Brett Henry, Vice President of Agency
bring their skills and talents in support of the                        they spend. canadaconnect will help                   Marketing, Abacus International, explains that
country’s development. Delta Air Lines is                               companies across Canada achieve just this             the upgrade to Abacus SmartPrice, along
providing a means to bring business into the                            on all their air travel.”                             with Abacus FareX, is part of Abacus’
country and we welcome them.”                                                                                                 commitment to developing point-of-sale
                                                                        WestJet Vice-President Sales and Airline              solutions that work in an integrated manner
Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of                              Partnerships Duncan Bureau added: “Through            to increase agency efficiency and find
The RLJ Companies, which owns significant                               canadaconnect and WestJet’s new sales link            consumers the best offers.
development projects in Liberia, also                                   with oneworld, Canadian business travelers
commented on the flight during the                                      now have real choice for their travel right           “With the current volatility in the travel
announcement. “Two years ago, while                                     around the world, with outstanding value on           industry, having access to the full fare
attending the Clinton Global Initiative, I made a                       flights with some of the world’s best airlines.”      ‘picture’ including pricing history as well as
commitment to mobilize $30 million for Liberia                                                                                the broadest selection of current offerings,
after hearing President Sirleaf speak and                               Both oneworld and WestJet stressed that there         will provide agents with the edge to not
appeal to the American private sector for                               are no plans at present for the Canadian airline      only service their clients quickly and
support,” said Johnson. “I have further                                 to join the alliance. A number of airlines that       efficiently, but to be sure they are sourcing
committed to mobilizing funds through a recent                          are not oneworld members already participate          the best available fares without hesitation,”
$100 million finance protocol with the Overseas                         in several of the alliance’s other fare products.     says Mr Henry.
Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to build
housing, as well as to build an 84-room villa                           Cities in Canada with flights covered by the          Mr Henry says the current upgrade follows
style hotel. I applaud Delta Air Lines for making                       canadaconnect       programme       include:          closely the real-time, point-of-sale updates
the commitment to provide direct air service to                         Abbotsford, Charlottetown, Calgary, Comox,            for negotiated fares that were included in
Liberia which will provide economic growth                              Deer Lake/Corner Brook, Edmonton, Fort                the recently enhanced Abacus Whiz.
opportunities to Liberia from a variety of                              McMurray, Grand Prairie, Halifax, Hamilton,
business sectors around the world,” he                                  Kamloops, Kelowna, Kitchener-Waterloo,                For travel agents in The Republic of Korea,
added.                                                                  London, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Prince             the latest upgrade brings the added benefit
                                                                        George, Quebec City, Regina, Saint John, St           of the inclusion of the Net Remit Scheme
Delta’s new service between Atlanta and Monrovia will be operated
using a Boeing 757 aircraft with up to 174 seats in a two-cabin         John’s, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Toronto,              (3E). This solution automatically prices and
configuration – 16 seats in Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite         Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.                     tickets each fare, ensuring agents can meet
service and 158 seats in economy class. Delta’s BusinessElite                                                                 the airlines’ net ticketing and reporting
service features all-leather sleeper seats, innovative food offerings                                                         requirements in that market.
from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and award-winning, original        www.oneworld.com/canadaconnect
wine selections chosen by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea
Robinson. The airline’s on-demand personal in-seat entertainment                                                              This latest round of changes to Abacus
boasts more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a variety                                                           SmartPrice follows an upgrade released in
of TV programs, a broad range of music, and a suite of 12 video
games in both classes of service. Economy class customers also
                                                                        LOT Polish Airlines                                   July this year that takes advantage of a
benefit from new all-leather economy seats, amenity kits and enhanced   and Star Alliance Agree                               new fares updating schedule from airline
food offerings.
                                                                        Action Plan For 2009                                  fare vendor ATPCO that includes three
                                                                                                                              additional updates of airfare and rule data
                                                                                                                              per day.
oneworld and Westjet                                                    The senior management of LOT Polish Airlines
                                                                        and Star Alliance recently agreed upon a joint
Introduce Global Travel                                                 action plan for 2009, during a meeting that took      The upgrade to Abacus SmartPrice, along
Programme For Businesses                                                place in Warsaw. Dariusz Nowak , LOT CEO,             with a comprehensive training session, will
                                                                        summarized the results by saying: “Being a            be available from 18 November 2008.
oneworld is linking up with WestJet, Canada’s                           member of the largest and most experienced
                                                                        airline alliance has always been of value.                     www.abacus.com.sg
leading high-value low-fare airline, to help
businesses throughout Canada make their                                 Particularly now, in times of growing global
budgets for worldwide travel stretch as far                             economic concerns, the alliance will prove its       “In addition to the far reaching customer
as possible.                                                            strategic importance to LOT.”                        benefits that our alliance offers to all LOT

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passengers”, said Jaan Albrecht, Star Alliance        need for further reductions in staff numbers.
CEO, “we are also able to create benefits that        Services from London City Airport,                   JAL To Introduce
positively affect the bottom line of our member       Luxembourg and Riga, as well as the long-
airlines. Consistent high service quality,            haul destination of Chicago, have already been
                                                                                                           First Class On
revenue generation and cost reduction are the         cancelled this year.                                 Tokyo - New Delhi Route
name of the game.”
                                                                                                           Japan Airlines (JAL) will start offering First
Both teams agreed that developing “Warsaw             Iberia To Add New Flights                            Class service on its daily flights between
Frederic Chopin” into a modern and passenger-                                                              Tokyo and New Delhi from January 11 2009.
pleasing hub airport in the centre of Europe
                                                      To Montevideo, Uruguay                               Tickets for the new class of service on this
must remain of top priority. Star Alliance will                                                            route are on sale now.
continue to contribute its experience gained in       Starting on January 15th, 2009, Iberia is to add
similar expansion projects in Asia, Europe and        a sixth weekly return flight between Madrid          As business passenger demand on this
North America.                                        and Montevideo, enabling passengers to fly           route has been particularly strong over the
                                                      between Europe and Uruguay any day of the            past years, in October 2007 JAL increased
In addressing the global interest of the growing      week except Thursdays. Iberia is the only            flight frequency establishing a daily service
corporate travel market Dariusz Nowak, LOT            European airline with direct flights to Uruguay.     on the route, and on August 1, 2008
CEO said: “Polish companies have                                                                           increased seat capacity by switching the
successfully exploited their market                   Meanwhile, this week the Spanish airline is          aircraft used from a 777-200ER to a 747-
opportunities around the world. It is LOT’s role      again offering flights between Spain and             400.
to support their business success by providing        Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, thanks to a
competitively priced, fast and convenient             code-sharing agreement with Pluna, which will        In response to this robust demand, JAL has
connections into all the big business centres         fly Iberia passengers on the Montevideo-             decided to also offer on the route from early
around the globe.”                                    Asunción leg. Passengers can book their              next year its First Class service.
                                                      luggage all the way to Madrid or Asunción,           Passengers will be able to relax in the
In this context, it was agreed to further             changing planes in Montevideo, but making the        privacy and comfort of a JAL Skysleeper
strengthen the offer to corporate customers           entire journey with a single Iberia ticket. The      Seat, which reclines a full 180 degrees.
in the Polish market with the help of the             Montevideo-Asuncion flights are now available
dedicated Star Alliance Corporate Plus product.       on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and                  Each seat will be equipped with MAGIC,
                                                      Saturdays, and in December a Sunday flight           JAL’s personal in-flight entertainment
Poland has over the past year attracted a             will be added.                                       system. Using the systems Audio-Video-
series of worldwide congresses to be held in                                                               on-Demand        (AVOD)     technology,
its substantial and modern conference and             Iberia is market leader in passenger traffic         passengers will be able to enjoy a wide
convention facilities. As global connections          between European and Latin America, offering         range of programming on their own
are essential, the action plan aims to further        more flights than any other airline. In the year     personal TV monitor with the freedom to
enhance Polish activities in the Star Alliance        to date the airline has carried more than            start, stop, fast-forward and rewind as
Conventions Plus product that caters for these        100,000 passengers between Madrid and                they please.
events and has already proven very                    Montevideo, a 5.3% increase from the previous
successful in the local market.                       year.                                                JAL offers First Class passengers a choice
                                                                                                           of the very best Western and Asian gourmet
Work has started on an array of initiatives that      On all its intercontinental and long-haul flights    food created using the finest ingredients
promise to allow LOT to save additional costs         Iberia offers it lavish Business Plus class to       and accompanied by award-winning wines
by participating in the alliance’s joint sourcing     customers who want to use the company’s              and sake of the highest quality.
project, such as buying fuel, spare parts or          best services. They fly in comfortable lounge
other consumables, through joint contracting          seats that unfold into flat beds, and can enjoy
                                                      a full range of video, audio, and interactive       the airline’s revolutionary herringbone-
of service providers.                                                                                     configured seats. With a seat pitch among the
                                                      games, plus a gourmet meal service designed
                                                      by the renowned chef Sergi Arola, with an           most generous in its class, Jet Airways’
Both sides agreed to continue the intense                                                                 Economy passengers can relax in unrivalled
exchange of ideas in regular intervals. Dariusz       extensive wine list and several dessert
                                                      options.                                            comfort.
Nowak, LOT CEO concludes: “We are
confident, that these strategic initiatives will                                                          Passengers in all three classes enjoy the latest
create additional and sizeable value for LOT          Jet Airways Offers                                  Hollywood, Bollywood, Punjabi movies, short
and its customers in a very short timeframe.”                                                             programmes and music through JetScreen, Jet
                                                      Mileage Bonus On                                    Airways’       award-winning           In-flight
          www.staralliance.com                        The India - London Sector                           entertainment.

Austrian Cancels Flights To                           Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, India’s largest          London-bound JetPrivilege members may earn
                                                      frequent flyer programme, now offers its            an additional 500 bonus JPMiles when they
Mumbai From 1 March 2009                              members travelling on the Mumbai/Delhi-             book their travel online at www.jetairways.com
                                                      London sectors (return) the opportunity to earn     and an additional 250 bonus JPMiles on use of
Austrian Airlines is to cease operating its           Double JPMiles (mileage points) between             Jet Airways’ Web or SMS check-in facilities.
service to the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay)         November 6, 2008 and January 15, 2009.
from 1 March 2009 onwards. As a result of                                                                            www.jetairways.com
drastic overcapacity between European                 The Double JPMiles will be eligible for flights
airports and the city in southwestern India,          booked in First Class, Première (Business) and
the weakening Indian economy and the                  Economy, enabling JetPrivilege members to earn
consequences of the crisis in European                over 25,000 JPMiles on a return First Class
financial markets, it is no longer possible to        ticket booked for the London route.
operate this route profitably in the medium
term. The measure means that one more of              Jet Airways currently flies twice daily to
the airline’s total of six Boeing 767 aircraft will   London from Mumbai and daily from Delhi
no longer be deployed on long-haul routes.            aboard its state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER
The question of how to use the aircraft freed         aircraft.
up by the decision remains open at present.
                                                      The airline offers its First Class passengers
This necessary capacity reduction on the              private suites and wardrobes, gourmet five-
Mumbai route can be compensated with minor            course meals and the finest champagnes,
medium-haul network adjustments, without any          while Première (Business) passengers enjoy

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  TRAVEL MANAGEMENT                                                                                    ITM Conference 2009:
                                                                                                       Registration Now Open
FCm Partners With                                   The company provides a wide range of
                                                    services, including a specialised MICE team
Siam Express Travel                                 offering extensive experience in organizing        ITM’S 2009 Conference “The Human Factor”
Services, Thailand                                  transfers, sightseeing, group tours and events     will take place at the Arena and Convention
                                                    for both individual travellers and companies.      Centre in Liverpool 25th - 27th March and
                                                                                                       registration for the event is now open.
FCm Travel Solutions has established a new
partnership agreement with one of the top 10        It is also a destination management company
                                                    for a number of travel agencies in Europe, UK,     A jam-packed programme includes:
travel companies in Thailand, Siam Express
Travel Services Co Ltd.                             US, Japan and South Africa, managing inbound
                                                    leisure travel on behalf of these agencies.        - 16 breakout sessions across 4 themed
                                                                                                       streams
FCm’s general manager Asia Pacific, Suyin Lee,                                                         - Over 60 speakers
said she welcomed the company to FCm’s              The company has also won multiple Top Agent
                                                    Awards, including those from carriers such         - Full social programme
regional network, which currently spans 16
                                                    as Thai Airways International, Japan Airlines,     - Dedicated events for 1st time delegates
countries.                                                                                             - Interactive voting & networking
                                                    United Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and
“Siam Express Travel Services is a locally          Northwest Airlines.
                                                                                                       Plus
respected and awarded business that has a
strong family history and a reputation for its      Siam Express Travel Services’ General
                                                    Manager, Ikuro Kato, said the company              A new 1-2-1 format named the “Exchange”,
market knowledge and service standards,”
                                                    partnered with FCm because it saw a high           a speed networking session
she said.
                                                    level of compatibility between FCm’s and Siam
                                                    Express’s customer-oriented and service            Content Stream sessions specifically
Formed in 2002, Siam Express Travel Services                                                           designed to meet the needs of every
is part of the Siam Express Group, which was        culture.
                                                                                                       delegate
originally established in 1960 by the Pirapokin
family. The company is headquartered in             “We recognize that FCm’s strengths and global
                                                    coverage, as well as its service culture, are      Conference sessions either recorded or
Bangkok, and has three business travel                                                                 filmed and available for down-load or to
centres - in Bangkok , Amatanakorn and              very similar to Siam Express’s. We believe that
                                                    the partnership will be mutually beneficial and    view post event on ITMTV
Navanakorn.                                                                                            Delegates who book their place by the 31st
                                                    are now working together in gaining market
                                                    share both locally and regionally.                 December 2008 are entitled to early bird
Siam Express Travel Services employs 45
                                                                                                       rates. ITM buyer members can attend free
people and services clients across a broad
                                                    “The FCm partnership will also allow Siam          of charge.
range of industries. It has particular experience
in travel management for the Japanese               Express to help our existing customers realize
                                                    an even more effective travel management           Note that space is limited and the ratio of
electronics manufacturing sector, and offers                                                           buyers to suppliers will be strictly
Japanese-speaking travel consultants.               solution.”
                                                                                                       controlled. So register now to to avoid
                                                                                                       disappointment.
  ASSOCIATIONS
                                                                                                       For more information, or to register, go to:
                                                                                                             www.itmconference.org
NBTA Predicts Cost                                  Maguire, CCTE, GLP. “The expansion of the
Cutting Measures                                    trend is the result of measures travel managers
                                                    are implementing to contain travel costs during   projections for corporate travel expenditures,
To Continue Into 2009                               an economic downturn. The measures vary           the comprehensive forecast predicts rate
                                                    widely from company to company. In some           changes for air travel, hotels, and car rentals:
The National Business Travel Association            companies, we are already seeing major
(NBTA) has released its 2009 Business Travel        cutbacks in travel, while other companies have - In 2009, published airfares are expected to
Overview & Cost Forecast predicting increases       higher travel budgets in place for 2009. Acrossincrease 7-10 percent over 2008. This year-
in business travel costs and slower than usual      the board, we can expect to see some changes   over-year change is more difficult to project
travel industry growth. According to the study,     in the way travel is managed to further        this year for several reasons: changes in
travel managers project an increase of 5 to 8       maximize value.”                               airlines’ ancillary fees could add up to 5
percent for business travel costs in the coming                                                    percent to airfares, rapid fluctuations in oil
year. Additionally, as shifting market forces       NBTA’s research predicts that travel managers prices impact airline pricing, and airline
equalize with new levels of supply and demand       will amplify their cost-containment strategies pricing strategies are designed to react
for travel services, the number of business         in 2009 by implementing or expanding a number quickly to changes in demand.
trips will continue to expand but at a slower       of measures, including: reducing non-essential
pace than the annual growth from 2004 through       travel; enforcing new travel policy mandates; - Hotel rates are projected to increase only 1-
2007.                                               and implementing tools like eFolio hotel data, 4 percent, less than increases seen in recent
                                                    which enables automated reporting of hotel years.
“This year we saw a slowdown in the growth          spending information in order to streamline
of business travel from the rate of growth we       expense reporting and flag out-of-policy - NBTA predicts nominal car rental rate
saw in 2004 through 2007. In 2009, we will          spending.                                      increases of 1-3 percent.
see a continuation of that slowdown in
growth,” said NBTA President and CEO Kevin          In addition to trends in travel management and “NBTA’s 2009 forecast supports travel



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management and c-level leadership with              on the criteria of existing state and national    addition to the creation of other educational
comprehensive insight about the changing            certifications.                                   resources around the AH&LA environmental
travel landscape,” added NBTA executive                                                               guidelines.
director and COO Bill Connors, CTC. “Our            “We’ ve exhaustively researched this important
research shows just how much the outlook            topic to determine the best way the association   Other green environmental priorities of the
varies across companies. That’s exactly why         can assist our members who want to create         association include working with the U.S.
companies are turning to their travel managers      an environmentally-friendly and sustainable       Green Building Council via a Hospitality
to implement the best strategy to meet the          hotel,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joseph           Advisory Group to create a LEED lodging sector
challenges that lie ahead. Those companies          McInerney, CHA. “With so many certifications      standard for new and existing construction.
who manage travel effectively in the coming         already out there – many of which are through     That standard is expected to be complete by
year will clearly be better positioned than their   the property’ s state and a necessity for         June of 2009. And, AH&LA is working closely
competitors who don’t.”                             government business – the biggest feedback        with two meeting planning organizations,
                                                    we received was the need for guidance on          including the Convention Industry Council, to
To develop the 2009 Business Travel Forecast,       how to green properties effectively in various    create eco-savvy standards for green
NBTA fielded an online survey of U.S.-based         areas. Not all hotels will be able to achieve     meetings that are ASTM-certified. The
travel buyer members from September 15 to           these guidelines, but we want to make sure        standards are set to be released in May of
October 21, 2008, as well as analyzed data          we set a bar and goals now so hoteliers           2009.
from earlier NBTA surveys and from the Bureau       receive direction for immediate action. These
of Transportation Statistics, IATA, Smith Travel    guidelines – which address back-of-the-house      AH&LA also served on the steering committee
Research and other sources.                         and interfacing with guests – will be             of the United Nations Foundations Partnership
                                                    continuously added to in our ongoing effort to    for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria program,
               www.nbta.org                         provide green resources in a broad spectrum       which is adopting universal sustainable tourism
                                                    of areas.”                                        principles.
AH&LA Launches                                      The American Hotel & Lodging Educational          The association launched a Green Webpage
Green Strategy                                      Institute has integrated environmental            in January, which serves as an online resource
                                                    information into its popular housekeeping         offering cost-effective and eco-savvy tips and
The American Hotel & Lodging Association            operations textbook and Certified Hotel           strategies, information on certifications and
(AH&LA) launched its green strategy at its          Administrator certification. EI is also           government funded programs, suppliers
board of directors meeting, Sunday, November        showcasing a new resource at the                  producing environmentally-friendly products,
9. The strategy focuses largely on minimum          International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show –     as well as a RSS feed from Green Lodging
environmental guidelines, which are culled          High Performance Hospitality: Sustainable         News. The site also includes an Ask the Green
from a total of 88 overall guidelines targeting     Hotel Case Studies – in both print and CD.        Guru function, through which Pat Maher will
effective energy, water, and waste                  Content is being updated to its front office,     answer members’ questions to all things green.
management. The guidelines will be                  leadership and management, and resort
continuously added and built upon, with the         development and management textbooks, in                         www.ahla.com
next set focusing on design and construction,
materials and resources, chemicals and                M.I.C.E.
cleaning, and indoor air quality.

Each of the minimum guidelines includes case
                                                    HKTB Launches                                     adopt a highly focused approach, and will
                                                                                                      appoint marketing representatives in high-
studies, business cases, and resources for          Meetings & Exhibitions                            potential markets, such as Mainland China,
general managers to implement. In addition,         Hong Kong Office                                  India, Korea, Japan, the UK and the US.
the AH&LA board of directors will discuss the                                                         Leveraging a marketing platform named “Hong
                                                    ...continued from page one
program mechanics, including how to                                                                   Kong – Converging Possibilities”, MEHK will
recognize hotels that successfully implement        and Tourism), Miss Yvonne Choi, said Hong         sustain Hong Kong’s MICE brand through a
the minimum guidelines. The completed               Kong is well-positioned to be a popular           multi-faceted campaign that comprises
guidelines and supporting materials will be         destination for MICE events, with its prime       advertising, direct mailing, trade shows, public
launched via the AH&LA Website by the end           location,    world-class    infrastructure,       relations activities, seminars and workshops.
of December.                                        sophisticated services sector and proximity
                                                    to the Mainland.                                  The HKTB has been collaborating with the
In addition to extensively surveying members,                                                         Government and local trade to drive Hong
the association’s overall green strategy was        “We are also a safe city with a sound legal       Kong’s MICE business over the past 30 years.
crafted largely by the AH&LA Green Task             system and a level-playing field for business.    In its 2008-09 budget, the Government has
Force, which convened in August and is              Importantly, visitors from over 170 countries     earmarked an additional $150 million for the
comprised of the environmental point persons        enjoy visa-free entry to Hong Kong.               HKTB to strengthen its MICE promotions over
for a dozen of the hotel companies as well as                                                         the next five years. Making use of the additional
AH&LA’s green consultant, Pat Maher, formerly       “With the setting up of the MEHK Office, I am     funding, the HKTB redoubled its marketing
of Marriott International. The group created an     confident that more creative solutions will be    effort on MICE and established the MEHK office.
environmental policy statement, recommended         found to maximise our potential as a location
AH&LA track state and national legislation, and     of choice for MICE events,” she said.                  www.discoverhongkong.com
advocated the need for supporting educational
materials. The Task Force is an extension of        Headquartered in Hong Kong as a division of
the AH&LA Environmental & Engineering               HKTB, the MEHK office will consist of three       First ICC Regional
Council, which has made a green strategy for        teams to offer dedicated services for the         CEO Forum For Asia Pacific
the lodging industry a priority over the past 13    Meetings and Incentives, the Conventions and
months. In that time, nearly two dozen              the Exhibitions segment respectively. In          To Be Held In Hong Kong
certification programs were researched in the       supporting MICE organisers, the MEHK office
hopes of partnering with a third-party to offer     will mobilise the collaboration of different      ICC announced that it will hold its first-ever
AH&LA members a certification program.              sectors of the community to devise customised     Regional CEO Forum for the Asia-Pacific region
                                                    solutions and value-added hospitality offers.     in Hong Kong. The Forum, titled “Looking at the
When no program was readily available or            The office will also work closely with members    Global Economy from Asia-Pacific
affordable, the Green Task Force                    of the Alliance Group, including Hong Kong        Perspectives,” aims to provide a platform for
recommended identifying the most important          Trade Development Council, Invest Hong Kong       CEOs in the region to meet and debate
pillars – including energy, water, waste – and      and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices          challenges and prospects facing the global
have hotels report on progress against the          to maximise synergy.                              economy.
pillars in terms of benchmarks and baseline
numbers. The guidelines were created based          On the marketing front, the MEHK office will      Victor K. Fung, Chairman of ICC, said: “The

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world must address many concerns given              from the current economic crisis, companies
today’s economic climate. As the world’s            in the U.S. and abroad are recalibrating how
business organization, ICC is well-placed to        they do business and how it can be done most
bring together some of the best and brightest       cost effectively. During a time of cost-cutting
minds for an in-depth look at these issues. We      and increased scrutiny on corporate spending,
believe that by placing focus on Asia, and          meeting planners are finding themselves with
holding the Forum in its finance centre of Hong     more pressure than ever to create meetings
Kong, we can help bring to the fore this region’s   and events that provide significant value to
importance in the global economy both at this       skeptical stakeholders.
crucial juncture and in the long term.”
                                                    Answering the call is industry leader Dolce
The invitation-only Forum will take place at the    Hotels and Resorts as it launches its “Rebuild
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and        Your Meeting” program and furthers its
Four Seasons Hotel on 21 and 22 November            reputation as the most forward-thinking
2008. Over 150 senior executives and CEOs           provider of specialized meetings services in       Ms. Amelia Roziman and Ms. Jill Henry
from major corporations around Asia are             the hospitality industry. It’s as easy as one      ICCA: Sarawak’s
expected to attend.                                 toll-free call to free, expert meetings advice.
                                                                                                       MICE Marketing Program
The Forum will be divided into two plenary          Dolce’s “Rebuild your Meeting” program offers      Voted World’s Best
sessions, each followed by discussion               complimentary consultations to meeting
groups. The first, “Asia-Pacific Perspectives       planners in the U.S. and Canada - regardless       Sarawak Convention Bureau’s destination
on the Global Economy: Challenges and               of if, where and what company their meeting        marketing programs have won the
Opportunities” on 21 November, will start with      is currently booked at - who are faced with        International Convention and Congress
an address by Supachai Panitchpakdi,                the need to replan a meeting due to changes in     Association’s (ICCA) Best Marketing Award
Secretary-General of the United Nations             their clients’ meetings needs, such as reduced     at the Association’s International Convention
Conference on Trade and Development                 budgets or fewer attendees.                        held in Victoria, Canada. Competing against
(UNCTAD) and former Director-General of the                                                            two finalists from Liverpool, United Kingdom
World Trade Organization. The second, to be         Beginning November 17, meeting planners will       and Salt Lake City, USA – Sarawak’s
held on 22 November, is titled “Global Economic     simply call a Dolce global sales team              campaign “Harnessing The Power Of Story
Trends and Prospects: Implications for Asia-        representative. The sales team representative      Telling To Launch A New Meetings
Pacific Business Leaders”, featuring an             will guarantee to connect them within four hours   Destination” was voted the winner of the
address by William Overholt, Senior Research        to a Dolce director of sales and marketing in      2008 Award by a panel of international
Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of               their area who will be able to provide CMP-        judges and 740 delegates from over 20
Government.                                         certified, objective, expert advice on planning    countries.
                                                    their meeting or making the most of their new
Moderating the subsequent discussion                event parameters.                                  This prestigious international award has
sessions are Kenneth S. Courtis, Founding                                                              capped off a triumphant year for the Bureau,
Chairman of Next Capital Partners, former           Dolce’s international team of meeting and          following the launch of its unique destination
Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and Vice         conference planners will offer an                  commercial “Recharge in a New World
Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia; Jean-Pierre         approximately one hour consultation providing      Sarawak-Borneo” that earlier took out the
Lehmann, Professor of International Political       the advice, tools and ideas to allow a corporate   Diamond Award for best overall entry
Economy at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland;            meeting planner to “rebuild” their event to fit    across all categories at ITB in Berlin followed
Clyde Prestowitz, founder and President of          ever-changing needs. Meeting planners can          by a Gold Camera Award at the Los Angeles
the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington       expect to receive tips such as how to create       Film Festival in June and a Pacific Asia Travel
DC, United States; Martin Wassell, ICC First        the most productive team building events on a      Association (PATA) 2008 Gold Award, in
Director and Richard Wong, Professor of             limited budget, how to provide quality food and    September.
Economics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and            beverage offerings on a tighter budget, or how
Provost at the University of Hong Kong.             to change the location of the meeting to save      The ICCA Best Marketing Award,
                                                    on airfare and other travel expenses.              established in 1997, recognises the
Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong                                                              excellence and outstanding achievements
Kong Special Administrative Region, will            “Having spent close to 30 years specializing       of member organisations in their effort to
address a gala dinner to be held on the evening     in providing the most inspiring and productive     market their destination or product. Entries
of 21 November.                                     environments for meetings,                         can range from full scale campaigns and
                                                                                                       branding exercises to individual promotions
ICC, whose secretariat is based in Paris, is        Dolce respects the difficulty of the meetings      and events.
the voice of world business, championing the        industry’s current economic climate and we
global economy as a force for economic              wanted to offer our expertise on a                 The Bureau’s entry was presented by CEO,
growth, job creation and prosperity. Its            complimentary basis through ‘Rebuild Your          Jill Henry. Convention Bid Manager, Amelia
activities cover a broad spectrum, from             Meeting’ as a vehicle for meeting planners to      Roziman co-presented sharing Sarawak
arbitration and dispute resolution to making the    fulfill their group needs and reinforce how        stories and performing a specially
case for open trade and the market economy          businesses can still be held off-site while        choreographed welcome dance from the
system, business self-regulation, fighting          achieving their business objectives in the most    Iban community.
corruption and combating commercial crime.          responsible manner ,” says chairman and
                                                    managing director Andy Dolce.                      A jubilant Jill Henry said: “We were thrilled
The ICC Regional CEO Forum is being made                                                               just to be selected as finalists as it gave us
possible in part through Platinum Sponsorship       “The ‘Rebuild Your Meeting’ program is an          a chance to promote Sarawak to
by the Li & Fung Group and Citibank, who are        innovative service for meeting planners that       international meeting planners. As a relative
celebrating 100 years of partnership. The event     we are proud to offer as we raise the bar of       newcomer we did not expect to be bringing
is further supported by Gold Sponsors AEA/          service in the meetings and conference world       this prestigious award home to Malaysia.
Aetos, Clifford Chance and Ernst & Young.           by featuring the most creative and resourceful     Nothing is more daunting than presenting to
                                                    options . “                                        a tough international audience like ICCA. The
                                                                                                       members represent the most experienced
Dolce Hotels and Resorts                            The “Rebuild Your Meeting” service is offered      international marketers in the MICE industry
                                                    at all North American Dolce properties, which      today”.
Launches ‘Rebuild Your                              are certified by the International Association     As an added bonus, the 2008 Winner also receives a marketing
Meeting’ Program                                    of Conference Centers (IACC).                      package worth approximately •10,000 from the Best Marketing
                                                                                                       Award sponsor, Bedouk Publications and acknowledgement on
                                                                                                       the ICCA website and in other international publications.
As both Wall Street and Main Street are reeling                   www.dolce.com

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UFI – 75th Congress:                                                                                    Melbourne’s New
New Leadership For The                                                                                  Convention Centre
Global Exhibition Industry
                                                                                                        When it comes to convention centres the
The historic city of Istanbul was the venue for                                                         new Melbourne Convention Centre will be a
UFI’s 75th Annual Congress held 12-14                                                                   convention centre like no other - Australia’s
November, 2008. UFI, the global association                                                             premier convention centre. Sitting right in
representing the trade fair industry worldwide,                                                         the heart of Melbourne, the centre is easily
brings together major exhibition organizers and                                                         accessible from every direction by foot, car
exhibition centres, national and international                                                          or public transport and is surrounded by
professional associations and industry                                                                  cafes, bars, shopping and fine restaurants,
partners.                                                                                               with the Yarra River lapping at its edges.

The Congress is the opportunity to gather                                                               Setting new world benchmarks as the first
together the entire UFI community - both                                                                convention centre to be awarded a ‘6 Star
formally and informally. On the formal side, the                                                        Green Star’ environmental rating, the centre
UFI General Assembly approved the election                                                              is also raising standards to new heights in
of the officers who will serve in 2008 – 2010,                                                          innovation, technology, imaginative catering
endorsed key decisions on the Association’s                                                             and service options.
future strategy and approved the budget for
the next financial period.                                                                              Thirty-two meeting rooms of various sizes,
                                                     Manfred Wutzlhofer (Messe München, Munich)         a grand ballroom and a state-of-the-art
                                                     strategy and action throughout the year. They      plenary hall that can be divided into three
Continuity in leadership is a key principle at
                                                     are supported in this by a Board of 56 officers    self-contained, acoustically separate
UFI. This is ensured by an executive Trio                                                               theatres, offers client’s unlimited options in
comprising the immediate Past President, the         from organizations from 26 different countries.
                                                                                                        event planning.
incumbent President (one year mandate) and
the incoming President for the next calendar         The UFI community further expanded at Istanbul     The most sophisticated but simple to use
year. In Istanbul, outgoing President Cliff          welcoming 29 Members from 20 different             audio visual, communications and
Wallace (HKCEC, Hong Kong) handed over the           countries since last year. This brings the         information technology available is inbuilt into
reins of the Association to John Shaw                number of Member organizations up to 539           every meeting room of the new convention
(Comexposium, Paris) who in turn welcomed            Members in 84 countries throughout the world.      centre which significantly reduces the
Manfred Wutzlhofer (Messe München, Munich)                                                              normal additional costs associated with the
as the incoming Executive Vice-President who         New in 2009 on the strategy side will be a         provision of this level of technology.
is destined to take over the Presidency at the       clear focus on promoting sustainable
UFI Congress in 2009. The General Assembly           development in the exhibition industry.            New self prompting ‘smart lecterns’ offer
expressed its appreciation for the work carried      Research and education, already rank high on       event organisers and guest speakers
out in the past year by Cliff Wallace at the helm    the UFI agenda. From now on, both will be          unprecedented             self-manageable
of the Association.                                  harnessed to help achieve a high level of          capabilities all monitored in-house via
                                                     member awareness and commitment to                 centralised or satellite control rooms.
And, as all good things must come to an end,         promote social and environmental responsibility
UFI presented a Gold Award to Jochen Witt            in the exhibition industry in the years ahead.     Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
(JWC, Cologne) for his dedicated and                 UFI’s internationally known educational            (MCEC) chief executive Leigh Harry says,
enthusiastic commitment to the Trio during the       programmes are acknowledged platforms              “The new centre and its facilities provides
past three years.                                    providing quality educational geared to raising    levels of flexibility that enable a much greater
                                                     the standards of exhibition professionals          range of meeting and service options than
Following elections to the Board of Directors,       around the world.                                  has been possible in the past. This will be a
the new Executive Committee was elected by                                                              truly fantastic building. We’ve incorporated
the new Board. The UFI Executive Committee           UFI has a full calendar of meetings and events     a balanced mix of leading edge design and
includes the Presidential Trio, the three Regional   for the coming year. In addition to some 20        functionality with a highly skilled operations
Chapter Chairs, and five Vice-Presidents Arie        individual committee meetings, it will hold six    team to ensure our clients will walk away
                                                     Regional Chapter meetings, three Open              feeling they have experienced something
Brienen (Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs, Utrecht),                                                               really special.”
Dr.Camillo Cametti (Veronafiere, Verona), Juan       Seminars and four Focus Meetings - one
Carlos Gomez (IFEMA, Madrid), Ravinder Sethi         devoted for the first time to Sustainable          :It’s also important to note that there are no
(IELA, Brussels), Andrew Shanks (Reed                Development. These events and meetings             hidden costs. What you see is what you
Exhibitions, London), as well as the Treasurer       support UFI’s ongoing commitment to provide        get. We have managed to build one of the
Michael Duck (CMP Asia, Hong Kong) and               networking opportunities for the timely            most visually striking innovative convention
Secretary Dr. Janos Barabas (Hungexpo,               exchange of knowledge and training to the          centres in the world, with the end to end
Budapest). The three UFI Regional Chapters           industry. UFI has just announced that the 76th     service the MCEC is renowned for, at no
will be headed as follows: Xianjin Chen (SIEC,       UFI Congress will take place in Zagreb, Croatia,   extra cost to our clients.”
Shanghai) Chairman for Asia/Pacific, Sergey          from 28 – 31 October 2009.
Alexeev (LENEXPO, St. Petersburg) Chairman                                                              The new Melbourne Convention Centre will
for Europe and Ahmad Al-Mazrouie (NECC, Abu          The General Assembly gave its “’UFI approved”      open its doors for business in mid 2009.
Dhabi) Chairman for the Middle East/Africa.          label to 40 events organized by 21 Member
Together these officers make up the Executive        Organizations, bringing the total number of                   www.mcec.com.au
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“Approved Event” label to 827. As this              motivational experience rich in nature, culture      reinvented itself for this stellar event.
impressive list shows, despite the challenging      and heritage. The professional caliber of these
economic environment the exhibition industry        experiences was exemplified by four South            Cape Town and the Western Cape will serve
continues to demonstrate its vitality and           African organization winning SITE Crystal            as the perfect destination for an industry that
importance to the world economy. “Nothing           Awards in 2007. South Africa has proven it is        continues to evolve and emphasize the
communicates the value of a product or              building for the future and in 2010 the FIFA         potential of human abilities and dreams. The
service better than bringing exhibitors and         World Cup soccer tournament will be held in          southern-most tip of Africa is a place like no
visitors together in one venue – and nothing        nine cities across South Africa. During this         other. It’s where oceans & cultures meet and
builds business more efficiently”, commented        period thousands of people will visit South          possibilities turn into realities. And in 2010 SITE
John Shaw, new UFI President. “Ours is a            Africa and the matches will have an estimated        will gather its global membership to engage
dynamic and resilient industry”.                    cumulative worldwide audience of between             with world class speakers and education
                                                    25 and 28 billion people. This will bring a          sessions to move the business practices of
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition       passion for this African gem like no other time      the industry into the future.
Industry, promotes, serves and represents the       in history and SITE members and colleagues
trade fair industry worldwide. Via its member       will be able to visit the country after it has                     www.site-intl.org
organisations, including the world’s leading
show organisers and exhibition centres,
national and international professional
                                                      HOTELS & RESORTS
associations and industry partners, UFI is
present in 84 countries on 6 continents. UFI        Design Hotels Transforms
members host and manage over 4,500                  Historic Beer Brewery Into                            The Steigenberger Hotel
exhibitions and operate192 venues around the        The Factory Hotel                                     Herrenhof In Vienna
world.                                                                                                    Opens December 1st
As the global association for the leaders of        Opening in December 2008, the Factory Hotel
                                                    is an eclectic mix of buildings located at what       An almost forgotten Viennese institution in
the exhibition industry, UFI provides                                                                     the heart of Vienna will soon be brought
professional training and education                 was once the site of the Germania Brewery in
                                                    Muenster, Germany – a historic city and cultural      back to life.
programmes and seminars, develops industry
research and, through its working committees,       hub of the Westphalia region. In addition to
                                                    sprucing up the old brewery buildings and             Behind the listed neoclassical facade of
develops exhibition industry guidelines on                                                                the former Herrenhof coffee house, where
major issues such as auditing and intellectual      grounds, architect Andreas Deilmann
                                                    introduced a brand-new, modern wing and               such notables as Friedrich Torberg and
property rights.                                                                                          Robert Musil came to enjoy the traditional
                                                    transformed the entire area into a vibrant new
                                                    lifestyle and entertainment quarter for               Viennese coffee house atmosphere,
                www.ufi.org                                                                               hospitality of the highest calibre will reign
                                                    travellers and locals alike.
                                                                                                          once more.
                                                    At the heart of the complex stands the
SITE Selects Cape Town,                             landmark-protected main brewery building,             On 1st December, after a year-long
South Africa For 2010                               which overlooks a lake and is surrounded by           construction period, the Steigenberger Hotel
                                                    restaurants, clubs and shops. The 128                 Group will be unveiling a modern luxury
International Conference                            guestrooms and 16 suites are all housed in            hotel in Vienna’s 1st District aimed at quality-
                                                    the new wing, set slightly apart from the bustle      conscious business travellers and city
The Society of Incentive Travel Executives has      of campus life so that guests are assured a           lovers.
selected South Africa as the host country for       quiet night’s sleep, but are never too far from
the SITE International Conference 2010, set         the action.                                           The Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof will
for 4-7 December, 2010. The event will bring                                                              offer 186 rooms and 10 suites, all furnished
the leaders of the design and delivery of           All rooms feature a modern design with                in a functional design in keeping with the
motivational experiences and travel rewards,        industrial flair that alludes to the site’s former    simple elegance of the Herrengasse.
a multi-billion dollar global industry, to one of   life. Raw concrete walls are offset with warm         Quality without ostentation was the top
Africa’s most celebrated destinations: Cape         woods and felt textiles to create a comfortable       priority for General Manager Barbara
Town.                                               atmosphere. Each room features its own                Hammerschmid and her team. A symbiosis
                                                    balcony, exceptionally spacious bathroom, as          of the traditional and the contemporary is
“The choice to go to South Africa fully aligns      well as a work area.                                  reflected both in the hotel interior and
with SITE’s strategic vision,” said SITE CEO                                                              elsewhere: the cuisine in the hotel’s Fine
Brenda Anderson. “As a global leader in our         Hotel facilities include an expansive fitness         Dining Restaurant “Herrenhof”, under Head
space, what better way to live our mission          center complete with swimming pool, roof              Chef Markus Trocki, offers both international
than to select a destination that exemplifies       terrace, spa and personal training service. The       gourmet food and traditional Austrian
diversity, growth and an eye for the future?”       hotel also offers nine meeting and event spaces       specialities with a modern twist.
                                                    ranging in size from 35 to 350 square meters
“We are delighted that SITE International has       (approx. 376 to 3,768 square feet), with an           Whatever the style, Trocki prides himself
seen fit to award the 2010 Conference to Cape       additional 500 square meter (5,382 square ft.)        on sourcing fresh, seasonal produce from
Town,” stated Dave Frandsen, Executive              space under construction.                             Austria.
Manager: International Marketing & Cape Town
Convention Bureau. “We consider our                                                                       www.steigenbergerhotelgroup.com
                                                    All events can be catered by one of the three
destination to be one of the World’s best           on-site kitchens. The main restaurant offers
incentive destinations and we are looking           fine dining and serves German and Austrian           up of local and international DJs spinning beats
forward to showcasing Cape Town and the             cuisine. A hybrid menu of traditional tapas and      until dawn.
Western Cape to the global incentives industry.     Mediterranean dishes are featured in the
It is very exciting that the SITE International     Spanish restaurant, while the bistro offers          Here, as across the entire premises, the
Conference will take place in Africa for the        perennial favorites.                                 Factory Hotel brings together seemingly
first time and on behalf of the Board of the                                                             contradictory elements into a unified whole:
South African chapter of SITE we are looking        Once the sun sets, things heat up at the lounge      club meets landmark-protected building,
forward with keen anticipation to hosting the       bar and two on-site clubs, where guests and          industrial elements meet cozy comfort, urban
SITE International Conference 2010 in Cape          locals gather for drinks, music and more. The        life meets calm retreat – at the Factory Hotel,
Town.”                                              Live Club located in the refurbished brewery         diverse elements are fused together to provide
                                                    basin features a varied program of poetry            guests and visitors with a truly unique hotel
South Africa has long played host to                slams, readings and live jazz, while the Night       experience.
businesses of the world who have selected           Club, spread over two levels in the renovated
the country as the location to execute              brewery basement, features a varying line-                    www.designhotels.com

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Rotana Targets MICE                                                     Al Ain
                                                                        Al Ain Rotana is situated on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road in Al
In The Middle East                                                      Ain, well within the business and commercial districts of the capital      WORLDHOTELS’ Lotte
                                                                        and close to major tourist attractions. The hotel has numerous
                                                                        ballrooms and meeting rooms in addition to an outdoor swimming             Hotel Seoul Launches
                                                                        pool, Jacuzzi, and a state of the art Bodylines fitness centre.
The MICE business is an increasing segment                                                                                                         Korea’s First Ladies’ Floor
throughout Rotana properties and destinations                           Dubai
                                                                        Al Bustan Rotana is located in the heart of Dubai and only five
in the Middle East. The approximate current                             minutes from Dubai International Airport, World Trade Centre and           WORLDHOTELS Deluxe Collection affiliated
percentage of MICE business is 12% in Egypt,                            Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The property offers the largest             hotel, The Lotte Hotel Seoul – Downtown
14% in Abu Dhabi and 25% in Dubai.                                      meeting facilities in the city accommodating up to 1,500 guests. All       has just completed and unveiled its brand
                                                                        meeting rooms include wireless internet access.
                                                                                                                                                   new Ladies’ Floor, becoming the first hotel
This was recently announced by Imad Elias,                              Al Murooj Rotana is situated in Dubai’s business district, three           in Korea to dedicate an entire floor
                                                                        miles from the Convention Centre and just ten minutes from the airport.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating                            The ballroom holds up to 1,500 people while an additional five meeting     exclusively for the use of female guests.
Officer of Rotana during the World Travel                               rooms accommodate up to 120 delegates. There is also a manmade
Market where Rotana was represented                                     lake perfect for outdoor receptions of up to 500.                          The new Ladies’ Floor is located on the
throughout its corporate stand in the Middle                            New openings in Dubai                                                      22nd floor of the Main Building of Lotte Hotel
East Pavilion.                                                          Amwaj Rotana is located on Jumeirah beach and will be part of the          Seoul, and comprises a club lounge and 22
                                                                        new Jumeirah Beach Residence complex. The property will consist            rooms, including 21 deluxe rooms and one
                                                                        of 301 deluxe rooms and suites, flexible and multipurpose ballroom,
“MICE Business relies not only on the property’s                        meeting rooms and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.                     suite.
offering but also on the destination itself. In                         Media Rotana, Barsha will be a four-star plus, deluxe hotel located
Egypt, we are forecasting or in fact working                            at the heart of Dubai’s business hub. Media Rotana, Barsha will            The Main Building has been under
on increasing the MICE business within the                              offer 467 rooms and suites, a vast array of food and beverage venues       renovation since 2007, with four of the most
coming 2 years to 20%. Sharm El Sheikh is
                                                                        and flexible, state of the art meeting rooms and business services.        world-renowned hotel design firms, SOM,
                                                                        Guests wishing to keep fit during their stay will be able to take
emerging as a conference paradise and our 5                             advantage of the Bodylines fitness centre with professional                Wilson & Associates, HBA, and Babey
star luxurious resorts, the Grand Rotana                                instructors, as well as the private swimming pool, sauna, steam room       Moulton engaged on the project. Each of
                                                                        and massage services.                                                      the guest floors in the hotel has been
Resort & Spa boasts some of the most hi-tech
                                                                        Fujairah                                                                   designed differently. Meanwhile, the third
modern facilities combined with the resort’s                            Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa has excellent meeting and incentive           phase of the hotel’s renovation is currently
exclusive services, making it the perfect place                         facilities including four meeting rooms and acres of ‘al fresco’           underway.
to host meetings providing both business                                banqueting venues. Panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, swaying
                                                                        palms and floral spectre sooth the senses and instil feelings of
acumen with rest and relaxation”, continued                             wellbeing and relaxation. The dedicated multilingual conference            Wilson & Associates was tasked with
Elias.                                                                  team members are skilled in creating outstanding events and themed
                                                                                                                                                   designing the Ladies’ Floor, creating a
                                                                        gala banquets.
                                                                                                                                                   luxurious, elegant, and trendy space.
Rotana offers a wide range of conference                                Sharm El Sheikh                                                            Renowned French florist Christian Tortu
and banqueting facilities to suit every                                 Grand Rotana Resort & Spa is situated on Sharks’ Bay, about eight
                                                                        kilometres from the airport. The hotel features indoor and outdoor         also created the interior decorations, adding
conference, meeting and incentive group.                                conference facilities, a ballroom for 500, plus a further three meeting    an additional touch of sophistication.
Many of the hotels have business centres and                            rooms. The Cleopatra ballroom holds up to 500 guests and boasts an
                                                                        outdoor terrace overlooking the swimming pool with views across
dedicated conference teams to help plan the                             the Red Sea. The Nefertiti, Sethi and Tutankhamon conference rooms         The theme of the Ladies’ Floor rooms is
perfect event. In Dubai alone, the group offers                         interconnect and can also be utilised as separate rooms for smaller        nature, with the accent on flowers, trees,
nine current properties all offering excellent                          groups.                                                                    and forests. All the rooms are equipped with
facilities to a smaller or larger extent.                               The resort also boasts magnificent leisure facilities, plus creative       Jacuzzis and hair dryers. The guestrooms’
                                                                        team challenges and outdoor pursuits can easily be organised. There        luxury amenities include cosmetics by
                                                                        are facilities for outdoor conferencing and an award winning
“In Abu Dhabi, the increase will be very                                banqueting service for gala dinners, cocktail parties and wedding          L’Occitane, a brand known for
significant; up to 30% and this is due to the                           receptions at the famous Roman theatre.                                    environmentally-friendly formulas, specially-
initiatives taken by the Abu Dhabi Tourism                                                                                                         designed towels, female slippers in two
                                                                        Kuwait
Authority to promote the destination for MICE.                          Al Manshar Rotana is part of the Al Manshar shopping and                   different sizes, organic and beauty
Hosting important exhibitions such as GIBTM                             entertainment complex in Fahaheel. Conference and seminar facilities       beverages, and a small jewelry box for
                                                                        include the multi-purpose Al Kout Ballroom, located on the mezzanine       personal accessories.
assists hugely in the overall tourism                                   floor, with a flexible layout, full-wall soundproof dividers and the
development taking place and plays a major                              latest audio-visual equipments, a board meeting room with full
role in nurturing further growth in this sector.                        technical equipment and a pre-function lounge room. Leisure facilities     The Ladies’ Floor Lounge has been
                                                                        include the fully-equipped Bodylines fitness centre, a temperature
Rotana manages a leading property in Abu                                controlled rooftop swimming pool, massage service, sauna, indoor           designed to resemble a library and is filled
Dhabi; the Beach Rotana which is a city                                 Jacuzzi and a tennis court.                                                with some 800 books specializing in
conference resort and indeed a great attraction                                                                                                    cooking, fashion, travel, architecture,
                                                                        Lebanon
to MICE. In Dubai & Northern Emirates, Rotana                           Gefinor Rotana is conveniently located in the heart of Beirut. This        beauty, and interior design. Cultural
                                                                        Rotana property has distinctive charm and hospitality that will ensure     magazines are also available to provide
has over 90 meeting / conference rooms with                             that all visitors experience unparalleled warmth and service. Gefinor      guests with information on movies,
over 14,000.00 sqm2 of meeting space. This                              Rotana has easy access to Verdun, Achrafieh, the rebuilt Downtown
                                                                                                                                                   musicals, and concerts.
                                                                        and the major exhibition grounds, with Beirut International airport
segment is tremendously increasing and the                              just 15 minutes away. A multi-purpose Grand Ballroom benefits from
destination is certainly playing a big role in this                     a flexible layout, full-wall soundproof dividers and independent           Guests of the Ladies’ Floor are also entitled
increase, which is encouraging us to further                            audiovisual systems provides a capacity for 500 persons. The
                                                                        Ballroom is supplemented with two meeting rooms for 60 persons,            to a special duty free store coupon of 5 -
focus on this segment”, concluded Elias.                                with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Leisure facilities include    15% discount as Gold VIP customers. The
                                                                        a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and a fitness centre.
                                                                                                                                                   duty free store manager can also provide a
Rotana MICE Properties                                                  Sudan                                                                      personal shopping service on request. The
                                                                        Al Salam Rotana, Khartoum has extensive conference and banqueting          in-room welcome amenities include wine,
Abu Dhabi                                                               facilities boasting state-of-the-art equipment. The ballroom and
Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi has the distinct advantage of being a city     meeting rooms can cater for everything from a seated gala dinner           macaroons, and fruits. Hair and make-up
conference resort with beach frontage. It features more than 3,700m     reception to top-level executive meetings. Complementary leisure           services are also available in the guest
of indoor and outdoor conference space and outdoor seafront function    facilities include the Bodylines Fitness Centre with massage service,      rooms by appointment.
space, which makes it a favourite with discerning MICE organisers.      sauna and steam room, a swimming pool and two tennis courts. Al
                                                                        Salam Rotana is the finest five-star property in the city and will offer
The spectacular 1,250sqm Al Thuraya Grand Ballroom supplements          the latest trends in design, architecture and IT solutions.                Guest rooms on The Ladies’ Floors need to
the 420sqm Diwan Ballroom and seven meeting rooms. The ballroom                                                                                    be booked in advance.
can easily accommodate up to 1,500 guests. Equipped with excellent      New Openings for 2009
acoustics and an intricate lighting system, it features sophisticated
audio-visual systems making it an ideal venue for functions ranging     Doha                                                                       In celebration of the grand opening of the
from conferences and seminars to fashion shows, concerts, gala          City Centre Rotana, part of the City Centre Mega Mall, offers 400
dinners and product launches.                                           luxurious rooms and suites, a wide variety of restaurants, 1000m2          Ladies’ Floor, Lotte Hotel Seoul has
                                                                        ballroom, four meeting rooms, business centre and a Bodylines fitness      dedicated the first weeks of December,
New openings in Abu Dhabi                                               centre with swimming pool.                                                 March, and June as “Ladies’ Week”. Female
Khalidiya Palace Rotana Resort is due to open during 2009. The
property will have 400 luxurious rooms, suites and serviced             Ras Al Khaimah                                                             guests checking in during any of these
apartments, outstanding food and beverage venues, six meeting           The Cove Rotana Resort will be located near Ras Al Khaimah                 special weeks will receive a complimentary
rooms, business facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and       beachfront overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The resort will offer 175         nail care coupon and a welcome flower
extensive watersport activities on one of the country’s most stunning   rooms complemented by 173 real estate units of one, two and three
beaches.                                                                bedroom villas & chalets, three fully-equipped and flexible meeting        bouquet arranged by Christian Tortu.
                                                                        rooms, 600m of private beach, Bodylines fitness centre, tennis and
Park Rotana will feature 550 rooms and suites and 150 apartments,       squash courts.
plus office space. The hotel will have an excellent choice of
                                                                                                                                                           www.worldhotels.com
restaurants, meeting rooms and leisure & fitness facilities.                                www.rotana.com

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Pink Beach Club, Bermuda                             Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Boston, MA;          Jahreszeiten, Hamburg; Fairmont St. Andrews,
                                                     Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Newark,       Scotland; Fairmont Monte Carlo and London’s
Redesigns Meeting Space                              NJ; Orlando and Miami, FL. Direct service is      Savoy, reopening next year following an
For Meetings/ Retreats                               also available from Chicago, IL, and Toronto,     extensive restoration.
                                                     Canada. Mid-west and west coast groups can
The luxurious Pink Beach Club located in             connect through the above-mentioned               Opening in late 2010 the classically designed
Tucker’s Town, Bermuda, recently unveiled a          gateways to easily reach Bermuda.                 Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv will feature 257
redesigned meeting facility to appeal to                                                               rooms, including 35 suites offering an elegant
companies seeking a chic haven for small-                      www.pinkbeach.com                       and relaxing atmosphere as well as Royal and
size corporate retreats and executive                                                                  Presidential suites. In addition, guests can enjoy
meetings.                                                                                              Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive lifestyle
                                                     Best Western Dallas Hotel                         offering featuring warm and personalized
“The type of group business we’re targeting                                                            service with amenities such as a private
expects the best, which is why our latest
                                                     and Conference Center                             reception desk & a comfortable guest lounge.
facilities create an attractive meeting space
                                                     Best Western International has announced the      Along with a selection of dining outlets, guests
for attendees,” said Michael Williams, Managing
                                                     addition of the Best Western Dallas Hotel and     can relax in a specialty Champagne bar, as
Director, Pink Beach Club. “Aside from our new,
                                                     Conference Center located at 8051 LBJ             well as a cigar bar featuring entertainment.
modern facilities, we’re an excellent off-shore
                                                     Freeway in Dallas, Texas. Owned by Mesa           For special events, the hotel offers 1210 m² of
choice for corporate groups because of our
                                                     Properties GP, this boutique-style hotel offers   meeting and function space, including a 480
staff’s high-level of professionalism and
                                                     197 guest rooms including six suites.             m² ballroom. Recreational facilities include a
attention to detail,” he added.
                                                                                                       Willow Stream Spa, offering six treatment
                                                     Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming       rooms, including two deluxe rooms, a
Pink Beach Club features three meeting spaces
                                                     pool, fitness center and a complimentary          relaxation room, separate women’s and men’s
- the Oleander, Palmetto and Club Room - all
                                                     continental breakfast. Guests will enjoy the      areas featuring sauna, steam and swiss, and
located on the private upper level of the resort’s
                                                     convenience of the hotel’s on-site restaurant     a full beauty salon.
Club House. Depending on seating
                                                     and lounge, The Garden Cafe . Each room is
configuration, each meeting space can
                                                     equipped with hi-speed Internet access and        The elegant hotel will be located on the Dnipro
accommodate between 12 - 40 individuals.
                                                     large work desk area. This property is a great    River in the heart of the historic Podil district of
                                                     lodging choice to host a variety of events such   Kyiv, alongside the city’s numerous landmarks,
The newly-designed rooms feature walls in a
                                                     as weddings, business meetings and other          with easy access to the international airport
soft palette and custom-made carpets
                                                     social gatherings. For special occasions, the     and central business district. Guests will enjoy
accented with beamed ceilings, dark cedar
                                                     hotel features 7,000 square-feet of meeting       unrivalled views of the river as well as the
wood doors with brass hardware, wall
                                                     space including a banquet facility capable of     city’s bridges and the golden domes of
sconces and chandeliers in typical Bermudian
                                                     accommodating up to 250 people.                   numerous churches and cathedrals. Kyiv is
style that provide a relaxing and elegant
atmosphere.                                                                                            renowned for its arts and culture, including
                                                     “Best Western is proud to welcome the Dallas      architectural landmarks such as the city’s
                                                     Hotel and Conference Center to our chain,”        Golden Gate, Kyiv Pecherska Lavra (an
The Oleander and Palmetto rooms can be
                                                     said Mark Williams, vice president, North         ensemble of churches and cave monastery
adjoined, affording groups one room for
                                                     American development for Best Western             first built in 1051), and St. Sophia Cathedral, all
meetings with the neighboring room serving
                                                     International. “This versatile property offers    easily accessible from the Fairmont Grand Hotel
as a convenient location for group breakfasts,
                                                     amenities and services to please business or      Kyiv.
lunches and coffee breaks. The Club Room is
                                                     leisure travelers visiting the Dallas area.”
located next door and can be used as an office
or smaller break-out room.                                                                             Andrey Manzheley, Managing Director of
                                                     Located in the heart of the North Dallas Park
                                                     Central Business District, hotel guests will      Yaroslaviv Val, the property owner and
All audio-visual requirements can be met                                                               country’s leading real estate developer stated,
                                                     enjoy easy access to many nearby attractions
including use of televisions, DVD players, LCD                                                         “The Fairmont brand has a demonstrated
                                                     including Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza,     record in managing some of the world’s most
projectors and tele-conference equipment.
                                                     Dallas Arboretum & Botanical, Medieval Times      iconic properties and reflects a genuine
Wireless Internet service is available
                                                     Dinner & Tournament, Dallas World Aquarium        connection with the communities in which their
throughout the property for a small fee.
                                                     and the Dallas Zoo. Shopping at NorthPark         hotels are located. Fairmont’s century-long
                                                     Center and Galleria Dallas is just a short        tradition will be a wonderful showcase for
Perhaps the greatest benefit of hosting a
                                                     distance from the hotel. A variety of dining      our city and culture.”
meeting at Pink Beach Club is the luxurious,
                                                     options are also close by.
intimate setting, which attendees can enjoy
                                                                                                       Thomas W. Storey, President, Fairmont Hotels
once business sessions are over. The resort                                                            & Resorts said, “The Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv
                                                              www.bestwestern.com
can customize any retreat by arranging                                                                 will be an exciting addition to our portfolio,
optional excursions including deep-sea fishing,                                                        reinforcing our commitment to managing world-
first-class golf outings, dinner at venues such      Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv                         class properties which build upon our brand’s
as the Bermuda Aquarium, cultural diversions                                                           global strength and provide unique
in historic St. George, private yacht sailings,      To Open In 2010                                   experiences for our guests to enjoy.”
and personal luncheons and cocktail parties.
                                                     Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will manage a luxury    Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv joins a number of new developments
                                                                                                       recently announced across the globe, including Fairmont Hyderabad,
Logistically speaking, Bermuda and Pink Beach        hotel in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine - the       India; Fairmont Marrakech, Morocco; Fairmont Haitang Bay, Sanya,
Club are easily accessible from many major           company’s first in Eastern Europe. Fairmont       China; and Fairmont Zimbali, South Africa.
U.S. gateways. Daily, non-stop service is            Grand Hotel Kyiv adds to a growing collection
available from Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD;           in Europe, joining Fairmont Hotel Vier                            www.fairmont.com



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                                                                                                                        set a target of further reducing its CO 2
  GROUND TRANSPORT                                                                                                      emissions by 25% per passenger journey by
                                                                                                                        2012.
First Class Cars                                     First Class Cars also has global connections
                                                     through affiliates in Paris, Milan, Barcelona,                     In the first nine months of 2008 (Jan to Sept),
Eyes Middle East Market                              Washington DC and Sydney. It is also currently                     Eurostar carried a total of 7.0 million travellers,
                                                     committing to becoming ‘carbon neutral.’                           up 13.9% on last year, with ticket sales up
UK luxury ground transportation specialist First                                                                        17.2% to £521.1 million.
Class Cars will be distinctive at next week’s
Middle East Business Aviation Show and               Eurostar Celebrates                                                Since 1 October, Eurostar has operated an
exhibition (MEBA) as the sole chauffeur drive
company participating with a Stand. Number
                                                     Huge Increases After                                               amended timetable that makes best use of the
                                                     First Year At St Pancras                                           reduced Channel tunnel capacity provided by
59)                                                                                                                     Eurotunnel, the Channel tunnel operator.
CEO Graham Coate will use the opportunity to         Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that links                   This timetable represents 93% of Eurostar
meet with the growing number of Middle East          the UK with the Continent, is celebrating huge                     capacity before the incident on 11 September
operators who regularly fly into the UK and          growth in traveller demand from the regions                        2008, and is expected to continue in force
Europe to offer them a seamless, high quality        after its first year of operations at St Pancras                   until after Eurotunnel restores full tunnel
VIP service on the ground. “We are exhibiting        International, the newly restored terminal for                     capacity next spring.
at MEBA because we are seriously looking at          High Speed 1, the UK’s first high-speed line.
positioning vehicles in Dubai – as well as to                                                                                       w w w.eurostar.com
add to our client list of jet operators who          Traveller numbers from the regions north of
regularly fly to the UK from the Gulf. We are        London have increased by up to 150% in the
keen to pursue three to four day bookings,           year since Eurostar move to the new station,
where we can provide a driver and luxury car         thanks to the introduction of through fares from                   Travelport GDS
to support a client for the duration of their stay   more than 130 towns and cities. The growth                         Introduces eVouchers
and be at their full disposal while in the UK on     figures demonstrate that travellers are taking
business.”                                           advantage of easy rail connections between                         On Avis Car Hire Bookings
                                                     domestic train operators and Eurostar services,
First Class Cars owns a 35-strong fleet of           and higher frequencies and better punctuality                      Avis has teamed up with Travelport GDS to
vehicles including the S-Class Mercedes              than regional air services.                                        introduce a new paperless eVoucher for
saloon, Mercedes Viano, Chrysler Grand                                                                                  Galileo-connected travel agents. The
Voyager, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, plus       Eurostar offers through fares to the Continent                     agreement with Avis follows the launch of
a brand new addition to the fleet, the Rolls-        with First Great Western, National Express East                    eVouchers last year with Hertz and Sixt. The
Royce Phantom. All vehicles in the First Class       Anglia, First Capital Connect, Virgin Trains,                      eVoucher – effectively an electronic, ticketless
fleet are immaculate in sleek black and              National Express East Coast, East Midlands                         confirmation of their booking – works in much
beautifully appointed inside with sumptuous          Trains, London Midland, Chiltern Railways and                      the same as an airline e-ticket; doing away
leather and wood finish.                             Hull Trains. Return through fares range from                       with the need for customers to produce proof
                                                     just £67 from Luton to only £89 from Glasgow.                      of deposit or payment when picking up their
The company marks its 10th birthday next year                                                                           rental vehicle.
and Graham believes the success of its               Richard Brown, Chief Executive, Eurostar,
business, in the private aviation arena of late,     said: “Travellers are switching to Eurostar for                    As well as offering significant benefits to
is its ability to be fully adaptable to the needs    a variety of reasons – good value through                          customers, the new system makes booking
of business aviation. “Business jets and             fares, high frequencies of service to the                          and managing car rental transactions easier
executive helicopters often have to divert from      Continent, and the much lower environmental                        for travel agents. Through Galileo’s industry
their chosen destination because of poor             impact of rail travel. We’re delighted to see this                 leading CarMaster system, agents receive real-
weather, a client changing his mind about            growth, which is strong evidence that high-                        time confirmation of the booking and are saved
where he wants to go, meetings over-running,         speed rail can provide a new alternative for                       the time-consuming tasks of hand-writing
etc. Private aircraft position where clients want    short-haul journeys within the UK and for travel                   rental vouchers and/or faxing voucher
them and we can be there to meet the aircraft        to mainland Europe.”                                               payment details to the relevant rental location.
with the shortest of notice.” He notes that the
VLJ business model is an especially interesting      Examples of growth* in the regions include:                        Travelport GDS senior director hospitality and
sector, where aircraft will stay at an airport                                                                          car rental, EMEA, Asia and Pacific, Jane Lewis
until it is booked again, saving on positioning      - East Midlands: 100%: including Derbyshire                        commented: “Since the airlines introduced
costs. “We are well placed and keen to support       154%, Nottinghamshire 112%, Leicestershire                         paperless ticketing customers have become
this sector,” he said.                               111%                                                               very comfortable with using e-tickets. The
                                                     - Yorkshire: South Yorks 118%, East Yorks                          eVoucher extends the principle to car hire and
First Class Cars uses a state-of-the-art vehicle     100%, North Yorks 100%, West Yorks 68%                             makes the whole process of renting a vehicle
tracking system, which provides updates of           - North East: 103%; including Tyne & Wear                          much easier and more secure. Customers
vehicle positions every 60 seconds. “Upon            114%, Co Durham 103%, Newcastle 106%,                              needn’t worry about losing their
taking a call, we can despatch a vehicle within      Teesside 105%                                                      documentation. Details of the booking are
two to three minutes and have the flexibility to     - West Midlands: 53%; including Coventry 52%                       transmitted directly to the car rental location,
manage vehicle movements effectively,                and Birmingham 49%                                                 so all of the customer’s details are waiting
avoiding any unexpected delays.” Also, key to        - Greater Manchester: 54%; including                               when they arrive. Just like a flight ticket, they
serving the demanding business jet market,           Stockport 62% and Oldham 56%                                       can print out confirmation and present this
the company uses a sophisticated flight              - Scotland: 38%; including Edinburgh 38%,                          when they pick up the vehicle. And because
tracking system, enabling it to monitor the          Glasgow 29% and Aberdeen 41%                                       the system integrates with the agent’s back
precise arrival times of jets, saving clients and                                                                       office function, management of the whole
                                                     (*growth from 14 November 2007 to 2 November 2008 – latest data)   payment and settlement process is seamless.”
charter brokers waiting time and cost.
                                                     Rail travel is also being boosted by growing
First Class Cars is headquartered at London          public concern about climate change. Since                         The systems allows agents to take three types
Luton Airport, serving key fixed based               14 November 2007 all Eurostar journeys have                        of payment for car rental – Full Credit (the
operations (FBO) clients based at the airport.       been carbon neutral at no extra cost to                            entire cost of rental including special
Six months ago the company opened a new              travellers when they book their tickets.                           equipment, upgrades and extra days); Group/
facility at London Stansted Airport, a decision                                                                         Day (the cost of rental for certain number of
taken in response to the airport’s growing           Independent research has also shown that a                         days); and Specific Value (fixed amount
popularity for business aviation. Here, First        Eurostar journey between London and Paris/                         towards cost of rental).
Class Cars is supporting the FBOs and a              Brussels generates 10 times less carbon
number of privately owned jets.                      dioxide than an equivalent flight. Eurostar has                                www.travelport.com

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 PEOPLE                                                                                                 AH&LA President & CEO
GetThere Hires                                     will only make us stronger commercially,             Joe McInerney’s Contract
Jason Geall To Lead                                bringing a more creative approach to our sales
                                                   processes and allowing for a more sales-
                                                                                                        Extended Through 2011
European Expansion                                 influenced marketing strategy”.                      Joseph A. McInerney, CHA, president and
                                                                                                        CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging
GetThere has announced the hiring of Jason                                                              Association (AH&LA), has extended his
Geall as Director of GetThere’s Europe, Middle     Shannon Hyland                                       contract an additional two years, ending
East and Africa division. Stepping into his new
role in January 2009, Mr. Geall will be
                                                   Appointed Radius CFO                                 October 2011. The announcement was
                                                                                                        made at the association’s board of directors
responsible for GetThere’s business across                                                              meeting on Sunday, November 9, in New
the region, including marketing, sales, and        RADIUS – the global travel company has
                                                   announced that Shannon Patrick Hyland will           York City.
service.
                                                   be joining the company as chief financial officer
                                                   (CFO) to manage all financial aspects of the         As the head executive of the largest trade
Mr. Geall, 32, joins GetThere after three                                                               association representing the U.S. lodging
successful years as the head of UK sales for       organization. Reporting to RADIUS president
                                                   and CEO Chris Vasiliou, his responsibilities will    industry, McInerney has reorganized the
Eurostar, a leading high-speed passenger train                                                          association to streamline efficiency and
operator connecting the UK and the European        include the managing of all business planning,
                                                   reporting and corporate development for the          strengthen its core operations, including
continent. Prior to Eurostar, Mr. Geall was                                                             consolidating its two affiliates to form the
national sales manager for Jobsite.co.uk, a        company.
                                                                                                        American Hotel & Lodging Educational
leading Internet recruiting solution for                                                                Foundation - the only educational dollar-
recruitment agencies and corporations. The         Hyland, a 19-year travel industry veteran with
                                                   finance, administration, and corporate               dispensing,       not-for-profit    premier
Alpha Forum Network, a UK-based travel                                                                  organization for scholarships, professional
industry networking group, named Mr. Geall         development experience, joins RADIUS after
                                                   serving for three years as the chief financial       certification, and instructional material as
Young Manager of the Year in 2007, presenting                                                           well as funding for key industry research.
the award at the British Travel Industry’s         officer for Groople, the online group travel
                                                   planning company based in Denver. Prior to           Additionally, McInerney spearheaded the
Annual Hall of Fame induction event.                                                                    changing of the membership structure from
                                                   his position at Groople, Hyland was the CFO
                                                   for travel technology and services company           a federation to a dual membership format,
Mr. Geall will oversee an active GetThere                                                               streamlined the board of directors, and
EMEA team in the areas of direct and partner       The Mark Travel Corporation; and for Cendant
                                                   Corporation’s Galileo Americas. He also served       clarified the organization’s mission.
sales, customer service and marketing. He
will support staff on the ground in France,        in senior finance and operations roles with
                                                   energy company Amerada Hess; and America             “The officers were unified in our belief that
Germany, Italy, and the UK, playing a role in                                                           Joe is particularly well-suited to guide the
serving existing clients and engaging              West, United and Continental Airlines.
                                                                                                        association through the uncertain economic
corporations considering travel procurement                                                             time our industry faces.” said AH&LA
options in a challenging economic climate. Two                                                          Chairman Tom Corcoran, chairman of FelCor
recently-added GetThere sales team                 Elegant Hotels Group                                 Lodging Trust Incorporated. “And, we’ re
members, UK-based Guy Snelgar and France-
based Julie Halegouet, will continue reporting     Names Bonnie Nicotra                                 excited that he’ ll be at the helm to see some
                                                                                                        of our bigger projects he has launched to
to Annette Forbes-Marsden. Along with Ms.          Director of Marketing                                completion, including finalizing plans for our
Forbes-Marsden, GetThere’s leading customer                                                             100th anniversary and assisting AH&LA
service personnel in the region - led by Bettina   Elegant Hotels Group, Barbados, a portfolio          Educational Institute President/COO Robert
Ridout and Linda Caine - will team with Mr.        company of Vision Capital, London, has               Steele as he transitions into his new role.”
Geall to continue GetThere’s growth on the         appointed Bonnie Nicotra Director of Marketing
continent.                                                                                              McInerney has 47 years of experience in the hospitality industry
                                                   and E-Commerce. Nicotra brings over a decade         and is well versed in the various skills needed to operate in
                                                   of travel experience to Elegant Hotels Group,        association, corporate, and lodging environments. Prior to
                                                   having held a number of relevant positions in        AH&LA, he was president and CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel
Eurostar Integrates                                sales,     marketing,     advertising     and
                                                                                                        Association and has held top level executive positions with
                                                                                                        Forte Hotels, Inc., Hawthorn Suites, and ITT’ s Sheraton
Sales & Marketing Teams                            communications.                                      franchise division.


Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train           Most recently, Nicotra was Caribbean Regional       contracting, acquisition and promotion in the
service that links the UK with the Continent,      Marketing Manager at TripTailor Vacations. She      UK and English speaking countries including
has appointed Emma Harris as its new Sales         has also served in both marketing and sales         the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and
& Marketing Director (UK & International). She     and product development positions with Air          South Asia. Based in the HRS.com London
will take up her new position on 17 November.      Jamaica Vacations. In addition, Nicotra has         office, Dominic will report to Grant Appleton,
In her new role Emma will be responsible for       extensive marketing, advertising and                Commercial Director UK, HRS.
all Sales and Marketing activity in both the UK    communications experience with Certified
and international markets. She will also have      Vacations.                                          Newboult has worked in the travel industry
responsibility for brand management and the                                                            for eight years and was most recently Head
development of the Eurostar product.               As Director of Marketing, Nicotra will pursue       of European Business Development at
                                                   partnership-marketing opportunities, consumer       LateRooms.com, based in Milan where he was
Emma joined Eurostar’s business sales team         advertising and outreach to past and present        responsible for building key strategic
in 2001 from Bass Brewers where she was a          guests on behalf of Elegant Hotels’ five            relationships with chains and third party
National Account Manager. She has risen            upscale Barbados properties.                        clients.
through the ranks becoming Head of Business
Sales, then Director of UK Sales, before taking                                                        Newboult started his career in the travel
on the International markets in 2005. More         HRS.com Appoints                                    industry in 2000 when he joined
recently, Emma led the change management           Dominic Newboult                                    LateRooms.com. Following this, he won a place
programme for Eurostar’s successful move to                                                            on the American Express Graduate
St Pancras International.                          As Director of Contracting                          Management Programme in London in 2001.
                                                                                                       Newboult moved into a permanent role in
“This is an exciting move for me personally        HRS.com, Europe’s largest online hotel booking      supplier relations within American Express
and for the business” says Harris. “One of the     portal, announces the appointment of Dominic        Corporate Travel and remained with Amex for
keys to our success during recent years has        Newboult as the Director of Contracting. In his     four years, before returning to LateRooms in
been the harmonisation of sales and marketing.     new function, Dominic will be responsible for       2005 to head up their mainland European
To now fully integrate them into one function      all areas of hotel relationship management,         business.

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           Publishing Schedule For 2008
                              In 2008 Odyssey magazine will publish 36 regular issues
                                    and 12 optional feature or sponsored issues

                                January 07 - Regular Issue - editorial close January 4
                               January 14 - Regular Issue - editorial close January 11
                               January 21 - Regular Issue - editorial close January 18
                      January 28 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline January 14

                              February 04 - Regular Issue - editorial close February 1
                               February 11 - Regular Issue - editorial close February 8
                              February 18 - Regular Issue - editorial close February 15
                     February 25 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline February 11

                              March 03 - Regular Issue - editorial close February 29
                                 March 10 - Regular Issue - editorial close March 7
                                March 17 - Regular Issue - editorial close March 14
                       March 24 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline March 10
                                                   March 31 - No issue

                                    April 07 - Regular Issue - editorial close April 4
                                    April 14 - Regular Issue - editorial close April 11
                                    April 21 - Regular Issue - editorial close April 18
                         April 28 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline April 14

                                   May 05 - Regular Issue - editorial close May 2
                                   May 12 - Regular Issue - editorial close May 9
                                   May 19 - Regular Issue - editorial close May 16
                         May 26 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline May 12

                                   June 02 - Regular Issue - editorial close May 30
                                   June 09 - Regular Issue - editorial close June 6
                                  June 16 - Regular Issue - editorial close June 13
                         June 23 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline June 9
                                                    June 30 - No issue

                                      July 07 - Regular Issue - editorial close July 4
                                     July 14 - Regular Issue - editorial close July 11
                                     July 21 - Regular Issue - editorial close July 18
                          July 28 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline July 14

                                August 04 - Regular Issue - editorial close August 1
                                August 11 - Regular Issue - editorial close August 8
                               August 18 - Regular Issue - editorial close August 15
                       August 25 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline August 11

                            September 01 - Regular Issue - editorial close August 29
                           September 08 - Regular Issue - editorial close September 5
                          September 15 - Regular Issue - editorial close September 12
                    September 22 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline September 8
                                                 September 29 - No issue

                               October 06 - Regular Issue - editorial close October 3
                               October 13 - Regular Issue - editorial close October 10
                               October 20 - Regular Issue - editorial close October 17
                      October 27 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline October 13

                            November 03 - Regular Issue - editorial close October 31
                             November 10 - Regular Issue - editorial close October 7
                            November 17 - Regular Issue - editorial close October 14
                    November 24 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline November 10

                          December 01 - Regular Issue - editorial close November 28
                           December 08 - Regular Issue - editorial close December 5
                          December 15 - Regular Issue - editorial close December 12
                    Decemebr 22 - Optional Feature or Sponsored Issue - editorial deadline December 8
                                                December 29 - No issue

                                                   Colin J. Holden
                                       Group Publisher/roup Managing Editor
                                                Odyssey magazine
                                             Asia Pacific News website
                                      Central & South America News website
                                     Europe, Middle East & Africa News website
                                           North America News website

                                              E-Mail: colin@btbtravel.com
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