Middle East and North Africa Edition
October 1, Issue 99
CzeCh airlines debuts in abu dhabi
Al Faisal Holding Company, through its subsidiary Al Rayan Tourism & Investment Company, has acquired W Hotel London.
Czech airlines and abu dhabi airports Company in cooperation with etihad airways have launched the european carrier’s first service between abu dhabi and prague.
8 Kenya airways to spread wings to Jeddah Kenya airways is set to commence flights to Jeddah, saudi arabia, eﬀective from october 18. The new service will mark the national carrier’s 56th global destination and the third in the Middle east.
8 In This Issue Market Update Weekly News Air Travel News International Who’s Moved Travel Talk Agents’ Corner Travel Channels Rendezvous Events oCtober 1, 2011
2 3 6 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 issue 99
Al Faisal Holding Company Acquires W Hotel London
TRAVEL TRADE WEEKLY Managing Editor Mary Kammitsi email@example.com Journalists rita Kasziba Marianna Keen dominique Christou Design & Layout elina pericleous Sales & Marketing Maria demetriadou brighite ess dominique tennant Directors andreas Constantinides Mary Kammitsi Headquarters t.t.w. travel trade weekly ltd. p.o. box 25255 nicosia 1308 Cyprus tel: +35722820888 Fax: +35722318958 Website www.traveltradeweekly.travel Emails firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Accor’s ibis to Become a Mega Brand Accor has inaugurated a new chapter in its history in a move to redefine its objective and drive its economy segment.
enis hennequin, Ceo, accor, elaborated on the company’s strategy. “today we are launching a large-scale project to establish accor as the world reference in the hotel industry capable of inventing the hotels of the future. This major initiative will involve all our teams. to do so, we will rely on the accor brand that we intend to make more visible to the general public in particular, in order to meet distribution challenges.” accor’s ambition is reflected through a new signature: ‘open new Frontiers in hospitality’ and through stronger identity symbols. The objective is to oﬀer a new, unique hotel experience with repositioned brands and modern, innovative services. The necessary changes will first occur on the economy segment. “with our international leadership, we will revolutionise our
economy brand portfolio around the ibis brand, which benefits from unrivalled worldwide notoriety. Consequently, ibis, etap hotel and all seasons will evolve into a group of three strong, innovative, modernised brands and become ibis, ibis styles and ibis budget. ibis is now the keystone of our economy portfolio.” in a move to better project a self-enhancing image, all of the group’s economy products and services will be re-invented to transcend their market segment. upon implementation by early 2013, accor is expected to reach a critical mass in several markets and boost each brand’s notoriety and growth potential. The ibis mega brand’s new image will be built on the three structuring concepts: modernity, simplicity and well-being. in a move to better correspond to new trends and meet the expectations of tomorrow’s customers the hotels will also be upgraded. accor currently operates 1,500 economy hotels on four continents.
Marriott’s Omaha Centre Yields in Annual Property Level Revenue MENA Exchange Rates Accurate as of 29/9/2011 Currencies shown in red are fixed against the us dollar COUNTRY uae (aed) egypt (egp) saudi arabia (sar) lebanon (lbp) bahrain (bhd) Jordan ( Jod) syria (syp) Kuwait (Kwd) Qatar (Qar) oman (oMr) tunisia (tnd) Morocco (Mad) iran (irr) yemen (yer) algeria (dzd) libya (lyd)
CURRENCY dirham pound riyal pound dinar dinar pound dinar riyal rial dinar dirham riyal rial dinar dinar
1USD= 3.67 5.97 3.75 1,507.50 0.37 0.71 48.75 0.28 3.64 0.38 1.43 8.24 10,747.00 214.20 73.67 1.23
Marriott International’s omaha global reservation sales & Customer Care Centre generated usd1.3 billion in annual property level revenue in 2010, using the newest technology. The announcement of the centre’s annual property level revenue for managed, owned, leased and franchised hotels across Marriott’s family of brands was made on July 27, marking the 40th anniversary of Marriott’s first reservation centre, which now supports over 3,500 properties worldwide. today the facility handles over seven million calls a year and employs innovative web-based technology in its reservation system. The reservation Centre has evolved from solely taking hotel room reservations to a full-service customer care centre, managing worldwide reservations, customer service and national sales. it has also been recognised twice as the ‘number one, best place to work’ by the omaha Chamber of Commerce. The centre is the hub of a virtual network linking seven north american call centres and seven international call centres. it also boasts the largest population of the company’s innovative myplace by Marriott remote agent program, allowing more than 253 sales agents the opportunity to work from home and generate more than usd2.8 million in revenue. oCtober 1, 2011
Illusions Online Secures Deal with Go Vacation Indonesia Leading travel technology provider, Illusions Online, has signed an agreement with Go Vacation Indonesia. The move follows a contract with Go Vacation Thailand and strengthens Illusions Online’s stronghold in the Asian market.
orst pezetta, product director, go Vacation indonesia, which is part of the third largest tour operator in germany, The rewe group, elaborated on his faith in the deal to help the company reach its objectives. “as we received more information about illusions, we became even more confident that the system could help us achieve our key goals of expanding our business and providing better services to our existing customers and tour operator partners, as well as reducing labour costs and becoming more eﬃcient.” The implemented system will automate and integrate every aspect of go Vacation indonesia’s business, including product management, hotel services contracting,
packages and back-to-back series, client profiles, tariﬀ rules, a booking engine, client and supplier documentation, accounts receivables and accounts payables, customer relationship management, logistics and planning modules and internet booking engines for clients to purchase the entire product range online. The XMl capability will allow go Vacation’s client systems to connect to the illusions system for product pricing, availability and making bookings, while illusions online’s new world travel eXchange (iwtX) system allows all illusions customers to access and sell one another’s content. all these functions are integrated into one centralised online system, including both go Vacation indonesia and go Vacation Thailand.
Al Faisal Holding Company Acquires W Hotel London Al Faisal Holding Company, one of Qatar’s most prominent private diversified industry groups, through its subsidiary al rayan tourism & investment Company (artiC), has acquired w hotel london for close to gbp200 million (usd309.84 million). The contract exchange between artiC and northern irish developer, Mcaleer & rush, marks one of the most prestigious hotel transactions of the year. The 192-room property, launched in January this year, is located on the corner of leicester square. besides the state-of-the-art hotel, the 10-storey building houses an exclusive branded apartment, featuring 11 luxury duplex branded w residences. in addition, the property is also home to europe’s first M&M’s world store. The acquisition of the imposing w london brings artiC’s hotel portfolio to 11 properties located across Qatar, egypt, london, comprising of seven fully operational hotels and four under development. Faisal bin Qassim al Thani, chairman, al Faisal holding Company, commented on the transaction. “we are delighted to have acquired this iconic landmark london development. given its one-of-a-kind architectural quality, attractive setting and the strength of the international covenants of starwood hotels & resorts worldwide and Mars retail group, the addition of the w hotel to the portfolio reflects our clear investment focus on high quality assets in prime locations as we continue to grow the business both locally and internationally.” oCtober 1, 2011
- Air News
Singapore Airlines Upgrades Abu Dhabi Connections Singapore Airlines is to strengthen its presence in the UAE by enhancing its flight schedule and connectivity from Abu Dhabi via Singapore to several destinations within the Asia Pacific region, starting from October 30.
he airline’s winter schedule will include increased flight options from singapore to osaka with 11 weekly flights, whereas bangkok will be served five times a day, oﬀering greater choice to travellers departing from abu dhabi international airport. The carrier will also increase frequency to auckland, Christchurch, brisbane and perth, and will oﬀer direct connection from abu dhabi to seoul and guangzhou. ahmad al haddabi, chief operating oﬃcer, abu dhabi airport Company (adaC), commented on the announcement. “we are delighted to see more of our airline partners oﬀer more choices to our
passengers. singapore airlines improved connectivity over Changi ties into our busy winter season with the abu dhabi Singapore Airlines
Formula one grand prix and the uae’s peak tourism period. This is in line with adaC’s continuous commitment to pro-
viding customers with improved services and convenient access to increasingly popular destinations around the world.” lee Juing young, manager, singapore airlines abu dhabi oﬃce, highlighted abu dhabi’s growing importance. “singapore airlines is pleased to provide its customers with improved connections between abu dhabi and the asia pacific region, as abu dhabi is becoming an increasingly important hub for business and tourism.” starting from september 27, singapore airlines will launch flights through its regional subsidiary, silkair, to Koh samui in Thailand. From october 11, the airline will also operate services to bandung, the third largest city in indonesia.
ExecuJet Adds New Aircraft execuJet europe and Middle east has added seven new aircraft to its managed fleet, and is to continue to add an average of one aircraft a month. execuJet Middle east continued to expand its fleet with the addition of a new Challenger 850 which is available for charter flights. The executive aviation group manages 150 business jets worldwide which are covered by seven regional and civil aviation issued air operating services. paul van der blom, business development director, execuJet, Middle east, commented on the expansion. “we are very pleased with the new addition of the fleet. The Challenger 850, although not a new aircraft for us, is the first type on our commercial register and the owner is a repeat customer who we thank for his continued trust in execuJet.” execuJet’s management service packages including crewing, dispatch, handling and in-house maintenance capabilities. Cedric Migeon, managing director, execuJet, europe, commented on the change in requirements and how customers are leaning towards more specific criteria. “we are currently seeing a growing demand for a varied mix of aircraft and a trend among brokers and clients to request smaller cabin aircraft, not just long range aircraft, when seeking charter requests.” 6
oCtober 1, 2011
- Air News
Czech Airlines Debuts in Abu Dhabi Czech Airlines and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) in cooperation with Etihad Airways have launched the European carrier’s first service between Abu Dhabi and Prague.
he new route, which will be operated on a codeshare agreement with etihad airways, will oﬀer passengers four weekly flights to the Czech capital. ahmad al haddabi, chief operating oﬃcer, adaC, elaborated on the new route. “adaC is pleased to welcome Czech airlines into abu dhabi international airport airlines’ portfolio, which is a direct result of its successful airline development strategy in attracting new airlines and expanding the airport’s network. This strategy relies mainly on the quality of services and facilities made available to all of the airport’s airlines through adaC’s commitment to continuously upgrade the infrastructure of abu dhabi international airport.” The partnership brings great benefits for both nations, emphasised Miroslav dvořák, president, Czech airlines. “Thanks to the perfect harmonisation of departure and arrival times at abu dhabi, destinations in the Middle east, africa, the indian subcontinent, asia and australia have never been as accessible from prague as they are now.” peter baumgartner, chief operating oﬃcer, etihad airways, commented on the partnership. “as the world’s leading airline, this new strategic relationship which includes but is not limited to just a codeshare agreement, illustrates etihad’s growing ambitions in the central and eastern europe region. it opens up the beautiful city of prague that we have been eager to oﬀer our guests for such a long time, and we are certain these new connections and the seamless flight experience oﬀered jointly by etihad and Czech airlines, will appeal to both business and leisure travellers alike.”
Kenya Airways to Spread Wings to Jeddah Kenya Airways is set to commence flights to Jeddah, saudi arabia, eﬀective from october 18. The new service will mark the national carrier’s 56th global destination and the third in the Middle east. The airline will deploy a boeing 737-800 on the route, which will be operated twice a week on tuesdays and saturdays. The latest addition to Kenya airways’ growing network reinforces the carrier’s ambition to spread its wings further than the borders of the continent. Kenya Airways
The second largest city in saudi arabia holds great potential due to its instrumental role in trading as well as being the gateway to the holy city of Mecca, noted titus naikuni, Ceo, Kenya airways. “Kenya airways is pleased to launch this service, our third to the Middle eastern region. it is testament to our eﬀorts to grow our network internationally so as to oﬀer connectivity not just across africa, but from africa to the rest of the world through our nairobi hub.” apart from opening new doors for business, the service will also boost tourism between the two countries. “The Middle east oﬀers great potential for tourists from Kenya and we are confident that the new service from Kenya airways will make it easier for our partners in the industry to bring in visitors to explore what Kenya has to oﬀer,” explained naikuni. The airline is to rev-up its expansion and improve its existing routes by adding new aircraft and establishing additional frequencies on the high traﬃc routes to ensure the ariline oﬀers more flights to customers. oCtober 1, 2011
Staybridge Suites Orlando Airport Opens Following a brand change, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened Staybridge Suites Orlando Airport, its latest property in the US.
he all-suite hotel, previously operated as hawthorne suites by wyndham, invested usd1.3 million in the conversion to better cater to business and leisure travellers seeking a comfortable extended-stay experience. The four-storey property, conveniently located near orlando international airport and within close proximity to medical facilities as well as entertainment and business complexes, boasts exceptional guest amenities and services, noted gina labarre, vice president for americas brand management, ihg.
“we are very pleased to welcome this property to our growing family of upscale extended-stay hotels. This new staybridge suites in orlando oﬀers our upscale extended-stay amenities, such as full kitchens, comfortable living areas, housekeeping and meal services and will appeal to guests whether they are in orlando for business or leisure.” besides 135 rooms, classified in three suite options, staybridge suites orlando airport hotel features a swimming pool, a fitness centre, an outdoor living room to unwind, a great room for evening reception, a business centre and a meeting room for smaller gatherings.
Staybridge Suites Orlando Airport
Banyan Tree Bangkok Caters to an Increase of Middle Eastern Guests A 15 percent increase has been reported by banyan tree bangkok from Middle east visitors this year, in comparison to the same period in 2010. bangkok is one of the most desired holiday destinations for Middle eastern travellers. Visitors to the country are expected to rise by eight percent for this year, according to the tourism authority of Thailand. banyan tree bangkok is ideally located in the central business and embassy district, just a 40 minute drive from suvarnabhumi international airport. The hotel oﬀers an array of packages including diﬀerent room packages, luxurious spa services and exclusive dining outlets. along with the exquisite banyan tree service, the hotel oﬀers Middle eastern guests a Muslim friendly menu with food prepared in a certified halal kitchen. sriram Kailasam, general manager, banyan tree bangkok, commented on the product. “as part of banyan tree’s philosophy, we are continually innovating so as to oﬀer products and experiences that better cater to our guest’s specific needs.” 10
oCtober 1, 2011
Michael Moecking Michael Moecking has been named general manager of Fairmont dubai. with a career spanning over 25 years, he brings a wealth of experience and strong strategic vision to the role, in which he will be responsible for the performance and day-today operations of the recently refurbished property. prior to joining Fairmont dubai, Moecking held progressive positions with leading hospitality companies, including Kempinski hotels, interContinental hotels & resorts and swissôtel hotels & resorts, part of Fairmont raﬄes hotels international. as pre-opening general manager, he was instrumental in the launch of swissôtel sharm el sheikh. Most recently he worked as general manager of swissôtel berlin and area general manager, germany. Michael Moecking
Cornelia Erhardt Cornelia erhardt has been Cornelia Erhardt appointed general manager of radisson blu resort, Fujairah. erhardt first joined the hotel company in 1978 as director of housekeeping at radisson sas scandinavia hotel. over the last three decades, she has gained experience in various positions around the world, including denmark, lithuania, uae and Jordan. erhardt first moved to the Middle east in 2007 to take on the role of general manager for the pre-opening of radisson blu residence, dubai Marina. two years later, she continued as general manager of radisson blu tala bay resort in aqaba, Jordan. in her new role, erhardt will lead her team to establish radisson blu resort, Fujairah as a leading resort in uae.
Fahad Mohammed Wali Karmostaji Fahad Mohammed wali Karmostaji has been appointed vice president of commercial at royal Jet, the abu dhabibased international luxury flight services company. The former director of sales has been tasked with further enhancing service excellence delivery and global reach. his first move has been to streamline and reinforce the department through a number of new appointments. Karmostaji aims to fulfil the ambitious commercial plans of royal Jet, achieve higher growth and provide better value for the company’s customers. he will be instrumental in increasing the size and flexibility of royal Jet’s fleet to 20 aircraft by 2015 and further expand its operation Fahad Mohammed Wali Karmostaji across the globe. oCtober 1, 2011
Kurt Ritter, CEO, Rezidor. (The longest serving president and CEO of the hospitality industry) “i look back on 35 fantastic and incredibly diversified years – and forward to more than three equally exciting years. i still love what i am doing and feel that i can still move things. i will further focus on revenue generation, and on rezidor’s profitable Kurt Ritter growth in emerging markets like russia/Cis and africa. we were pioneers in these regions and are today among the leading international players, a position which we want to keep and extend. on the worldwide market, we aim to globally align our brands together with Carlson, owner of the radisson and park inn brands and our majority shareholder. we are definitely ready for the next level.”
Michael Nugent general manager, Mövenpick Hotel Deira. “achieving international environmental standards is non-negotiable for every Mövenpick hotel and our stakeholders expect us to demonstrate a long-term commitment to actions that run the gamut of the sustainability agenda, from practical energy-saving initiatives to employee education and community awareness. The obvious and immediate payback Michael Nugent of having green globe Certification is improved financial performance through operational cost savings. The intellectual investment in reaching certification has also engendered a new culture of commitment to positive environmental action among our employees. This has farreaching long term benefits for both Mövenpick hotel deira and the wider hospitality industry with a new generation of eco-activists walking the sustainability talk.”
Travel Talk is your space – this is a casual forum for travel industry professionals to discuss current issues and share stories. We want to hear from you, so send your comments, questions, frustrations and observations to email@example.com
oCtober 1, 2011
Agent’s Insight Name: Adam Jebrin Position: Managing director Company: Alwaseilah Tours Location: Iraq
Who are you? My name is adam Jebrin and i am the managing director of alwaseliah tours, iraq. we are a limited company based in the north west of england also with oﬃces in iraq. our service is to oﬀer group tours of iraq’s religious and historical sites.
What is your favourite thing about working in the travel industry? i truly enjoy oﬀering good travelling services to my customers. Furthermore, as i was born in iraq, i would like the world to come and see 7000 years of history in the making.
Travelport Brings Smartpoint to the Middle East Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has embarked on the Middle east roll-out of smartpoint, a new add-on application for its galileo desktop. The new technology is set to evolutionise the way galileo-connected agents book travel. The innovative application accelerates the reservation process by reducing call handling times and overall keystrokes. in the first phase of the roll-out selected galileo users across the region’s six countries, namely the uae, saudi arabia, Kuwait, lebanon, oman and egypt, will benefit from the advancement of the new technology, while the fourth quarter of the year will see the deployment of smartpoint to a wider commercial basis. The application leverages dynamic and interactive technology to improve productivity and customer service, noted rahib saab, president, Middle east and africa, travelport. “This is innovation at its very best. i foresee travelport smartpoint app being quickly adopted by travel agencies in the region, as it is easy to install and supports diﬀerent gds languages. by building on how agents already work, smartpoint will strengthen a travel agency’s most valuable assets, their investments in people and technology.”
When is the best time to visit Iraq? iraq is a destination you can visit all year round, however, avoid July and august if you cannot handle the heat.
Where would you like to travel to for your next holiday? i would like to visit Kenya.
Why should people come to you for travel advice? For the first 17 years of my life i lived in iraq and i have travelled the world. i treat all of my clients as if it were me travelling. Al Nayaf, Iraq
oCtober 1, 2011
Disney Brings Avatar into Life
The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Worldwide has joined forces with filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to create Avatar-inspired lands at Disney parks.
isney is to start the construction of the first avatar inspired land within the animal Kingdom park of walt disney world in orlando by 2013. upon launching attractions, guest will be given the opportunity to explore the fantasy world of the movie, commented robert iger, Ceo, The walt disney Company. “James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible. with this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James' talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of disney.” The re-creation of the mysterious universe of avatar is to provide fans with a truly
spectacular experience, added James Cameron. “avatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with disney, we will be able to bring pandora to life like never before.” with the sealing of the agreement, The walt disney Company obtained exclusive global theme park rights to the avatar franchise, which has proved to be popular all around the world, noted Thomas staggs, chairman, walt disney parks & resorts. “avatar is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures, and strong themes of family and loyalty make it a perfect fit for disney. we cannot wait to give our guests the ability to journey to pandora and explore the incredible immersive world of avatar in person.”
Qatar on the Go Qatar tourism authority (Qta) has launched a mobile friendly version of its website. The site provides travellers with access to Qatar’s main portal wherever they are in the world. The site oﬀers users Qatar news, upcoming events and attractions along with travel information. Qta indicated that the new site gives visitors to Qatar, as well as those living there, access to all the latest information about the country. The website can be easily navigated from a smartphone, iphone or blackberry. The site is convenient for people on the go who want information on Qatar. it can be accessed from all around the globe, in a simple, easy to read format. it also gives viewers the tools they need to plan their trip or adventure within Qatar as well as information about the country. oCtober 1, 2011
Q & A with John Gunter Standing out in a marketplace requires creativity and innovation. Canada therefore built a collection of unique travel experiences. John Gunter, general manager, Frontiers North Adventures, one of the tourism businesses invited to deliver these engaging experiences, talks about the flourishing Canadian tourism industry. Travel Trade Weekly: How did the tourism board’s work help to develop the industry and create a stronger brand image for the country? John Gunter: The Canadian tourism Commission (CtC) has worked hard to have Canada's tourism brand recognised as the top in the world. in 2010, Futurebrand ranked Canada's brand as the top country brand in the world. CtC has also created the signature experience Collection (se) and Frontiers north's tundra buggy adventure was selected as one of the very few Canadian signature experiences.
John Gunter: by identifying Canada's signature experiences and CtC sending these experiences to the frontline of our tourism communications, we are leading with what diﬀerentiates our country from all the rest and i think that helps guests realise what exactly we are up to in Canada. we have a very large country, and the CtC’s signature experience Collection helps guests get beyond the major centres with international airports.
Travel Trade Weekly: How important will tourists from the MENA region be for your business and Canada’s tourism and what is being done to attract more visitors from this region? John Gunter: i think it is important that
Travel Trade Weekly: What makes Frontiers North’s Signature Experience stand out? we work to host guests from every region John Gunter: nowhere else on earth do in the world, and i can share with you that guests have the opportunity to experience volumes of polar bears in a safe and intimate natural setting. Frontiers north is a professional tourism business, so locking your gaze with a wild polar bear is an important part of a much more indepth tourism experience. we are very proud that our organisation manages the quality of our guests' experience from the type of airplane used to travel to our remote destinations, highway coaches used for transfers, friendly and courteous staﬀ at our hotel properties, uniquely Canadian cuisine and, of course, expert guiding we provide all of our valued guests.
we do host guests from countries from the Middle east and north africa regardless of our marketing eﬀorts. i think if guests are looking for the best polar bear tourism experience in the world, they come to us. That being said, Frontiers north relies on
the Canadian tourism Commission to help us enter new markets and at this point the Middle east and north africa are not identified by the CtC as core- or emerging-markets.
Travel Trade Weekly: How can the tourist attractions involved in the Signature Experiences Collection play a part in helping to attract more visitors to Canada? oCtober 1, 2011
South African Tourism Becomes Exclusive Partner for Meridian Club World Travel Market (WTM) has confirmed that south african tourism is now an exclusive partner for Meridian Club. south africa’s tourism increased after the hosting of FiFa world Cup in 2010 and the tourism board and Meridian Club will aim to keep south africa’s sport tourism dominant. roshene singh, chief marketing oﬃcer, south african tourism, commented on the sponsorship.
“we are strengthening our relationship with Meridian Club because it gives us access to the buyers who can put our product directly in front of the traveller. The world Cup was a resounding success for our tourism industry. The hard work comes in the years afterwards, ensuring that our profile is maintained and adapted to suit a diﬀerent type of traveller.” wtM sports tourism programme focuses on how destinations have kept their
tourism industry stable after a prestigious sports event has taken place. simon press, exhibition director, wtM, commented on the newly formed partnership. “south africa tourism’s renewed sponsorship of the Meridian Club shows not only the value of getting access to buyers but also the country’s long-term commitment to tourism following the world Cup.”
Events CIS Travel Market St. Petersburg, Russia, October 12-14, 2011 (www.restec.ru) an event focusing on Cis countries, attended by airlines, tour operators, travel agencies, accommodation providers and tourist associations.
International Golf Travel Market Antalya, Turkey, November 14-17, 2011 (www.igtm.co.uk) The premier event for the golf travel industry with pre-scheduled appointments, networking opportunities and industry updates.
ITB Asia Singapore, October 19-21, 2011 (www.itb-asia.com) an event where international exhibitors, asia pacific’s leading companies and emerging enterprises meet top buyers.
Philoxenia Thessaloniki, Greece, November 18-21, 2011 (www.philoxenia.travel) The expo, now in its 27th year, aims at promoting tourism in southeastern europe and the Mediterranean. it acts as an international meeting point for professionals activated in diﬀerent sectors of the tourism industry.
World Travel Market London, UK, November 7-10, 2011 (www.wtmlondon.com) leading global event for the travel industry, presenting a diverse range of destination and industry sectors, providing an opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business.
EIBTM Barcelona, Spain, November 29 – December 1, 2011 (www.eibtm.com) leading global event for the meetings and events industry, which gathers more than 14,200 professionals for three days.
World Green Tourism Dubai Airshow Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 5-7, 2011 Dubai, UAE, November 13-17, 2011 (www.worldgreentourism.com) (www.dubaiairshow.aero) a three-day event that is supported by adta and ead, and the The foremost aerospace event in the Middle east, which only one in the region dedicated to the promotion of sustainable consistently delivers key buyers and decision makers. tourism.
oCtober 1, 2011