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ALL ABOARD! EUROPE’s RAILWAY STATION TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.

ASIAN EXHIBITION ORGANISERS AT RISK.

THE CONTINUING DEBATE ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES.

CASA CARTAGENA, Cusco, Peru - by Pamela McCourt Francescone.

THE MAVRIS ARTS & EVENTS CENTRE, INDIANAPOLIS, USA.

OLYMPIC TOURISM.

GERMANY MARKETING ACTIVITIES 2013-2019.

IRELAND TOURISM… THE EMERALD ISLE.

LONDON TO SYDNEY IN 4 HOURS!

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Europe’s Railway Station Tourist Attractions Europe has always been a great place to explore by train. But have you ever looked carefully at the stations you have just arrived at in any by Caroline Laspas, editor major city of your European journey. With rail journeys being a more traditional method of travel, the stations of major cities are usually full of wonderful architecture and history and make quite a spectacular first or last attraction on any rail trip. With such a wide and varied history across Europe, there are some key stations which stand out as making a statement upon your arrival at them.

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2,600m long tunnel, which travels under the city. London’s St. Pancras railway station is home to the International Eurostar Terminal and offers a wonderful example of Victorian architecture. With the frontage in neoGothic red brick, it really stands out. It was originally the Midland Grand Hotel but opened as a station in 1868. At the time, the arched Barlow train shed was the largest singlespan roof in the world. Today, the station offers 15 platforms, a shopping centre and a bus station, and is served by London Underground services as well as connections to other cities in the UK. Antwerp Central Station in Belgium is housed in a huge iron and glass train-shed and was opened 1905. A 10 year renovation project to transform the station from terminal to a high-speed through station finished in 2007. In Spain, the Atocha train station in Madrid offers travellers palm trees, exotic plant species and even a turtle pond! Originally built in 1889 it was renovated in the 1980s. As the major transport hub in the city, it lies behind a huge iron and glass panel where the original building has been transformed into an attractive place with shops, cafés, a nightclub and the 4,000sq.m tropical gardens.

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Europe’s largest station is surprising Leipzig in Germany. First opened in 1915 when the station was jointly owned by the Royal Saxon State Railways and the Prussian state railways, the building was badly damaged during the WW2, but today it is back in all its former glory and sees 150,000 passengers daily through its doors. There are 24 platforms and the station front is over 290m long. Europe’s busiest station is Paris’ Gare du Nord with 190 million passengers a year. It was built in 1861 and is so impressive it regularly features in scenes from the movies. Copenhagen Central Station in Denmark took 5 years to build and opened in 1911. It has an impressive grand clock inside the main entrance. Meanwhile, the Helsinki Central station in Finland opened in 1919 and is finished with local granite. Its two impressive statues either side of the entrance known as the ‘Stone Men’ (Kivimiehet), the figures are iconic symbols for the Finnish people. Lisbon’s Rossio Railway Station has often been mistaken for a theatre, due to its wonderful architecture and its location in the central Rossio Square. It was completed in 1887 and has a facade with intricate sculptures, including two intertwined horseshoes at the entrance. Trains enter the station via a

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Amsterdam Central Station in the Netherlands was first opened in 1889 and is set on the banks of the IJ River. The station sits on 3 manmade islands supported by over 8,600 wooden pilings. The station has been expanded many times and now sees 1,500 trains depart and arrive daily, along with its 250,000 passengers. The building has been restored to all its former glory and is quite a tourist attraction in its own right. La Gare de Strasbourg, in France is the 2nd largest in France and one of the most beautiful. Originally opened in 1846 it was rebuilt in 1883. Today it is protected by a glass shell which was erected in 2007. So, next time you leave or arrive at your destination on the start of end of a journey, take a moment to look around you and admire the splendour of the station and take in its architecture, especially as many of the buildings are well over 100 years old and the engineering achievements in their roofs and arches at the time they were built were groundbreaking. ■ 2

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THE CONTINUING DEBATE ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES This 200 year old debate continues to raise it head every once in a while; should the Elgin marbles, presently held in the British Museum in London,

be returned back to their home in the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. With Greece in the news headlines for financial reasons these days, is it now time for a gesture of friendship to return the marbles? To return them to the birthplace of democracy, a concept which is being tested across many countries at present? A recent public debate in London called ‘Send Them Back: The Parthenon Marbles Should Be Returned to Athens’ was also screened at the amphitheatre of the Acropolis Museum in the Greek capital via a live satellite link. Supporters pro and against the motion were present together with key historians, celebrity figures and many supporters. Due to the high demand for entrance to the live event another two screenings took place at the Acropolis Museum later on. The debate was in English with simultaneous translation into Greek.

NEW WEBSITE FOR GDANSK CONVENTION BUREAU Gdańsk Convention Bureau has updated their website. The new version of gdanskconvention.pl is now easier to operate, modern and more interactive. The new layout allows easy and quick moving around the website and finding all the information needed to organise a business meeting. The newest features on gdanskconvention.pl are GCBeVents app for smartphones and plugins for social media, to keep track of the freshest news from meeting industry. App by GCB is an innovation in Poland. GCB is the 1st convention bureau to introduce such a product to the market and it is even available for Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows Phones. The app will be officially launched in September. Gdańsk Convention Bureau's new website also has some already known utilities like search engine for conference objects and hotels, incentive offers for Four Business Tourism Products Programme and a list of recommended professional congress organisers. It is also possible to submit new incentive offers to the Four Business Tourism Products via website, completely free of charge. The GCBstats tool allows keeping track of the statistics of the local meetings industry. Hoteliers themselves can add data online and also generate reports of their own that meet their requirements. The new website also has download section, from which promotional materials can be downloaded; there is also a calendar of events to stay updated with the upcoming meetings in Pomerania. 3RD TIME BRONZE MEDAL FOR GDANSK For the 3rd time Gdansk receives a high place in the statistical ranking of both the International Congress & Convention Association.

(ICCA) and Poland Convention Bureau (PCB) statistic reports. Gdansk holds the 3rd place after Warsaw and Krakow. Gdansk took the same place in the newly published report of Union of International Associations Meetings (UIA), where Poland, with a total of 114 meetings, took up a high, 23rd place. Comparing to 2010, there was an increase of 54%!

SEOUL TO HOST TOP-LEVEL CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING Seoul will host the 2012 Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change from 21-23 October. The meeting will set the groundwork for the 18th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 18), to be held in Qatar from November 26th-December 7th. Seoul expects to welcome 300 participants from 50 countries for the October Pre-COP meeting. The Korean capital is proud to be playing a significant role in COP 18 via the Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting and is a city strongly committed to green growth. During the Pre-COP, the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will be officially launched as an international organisation. The GGGI was established in 2012 to foster economic growth by developing green technologies and industries. COP is an annual meeting in which UN members assess how the world is dealing with climate change. The Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) played a key role in the preparation of the Pre-COP 18 bid proposal, an important part of its larger bidding clinic initiatives that have helped secure large events in recent years. The SCB will be providing operational support for the event from its Seoul Convention Supporters, a network of highly-trained, multilingual staff members who study at convention and travel-related universities. In addition, meeting delegates will receive copies of the Seoul Welcome Kit, which provides them with discounts at the city’s major meetings and tourism-related companies.

A TOURISM MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING SIGNED BETWEEN UK AND MEXICO United Kingdom's tourism agency, Visit Britain together with the Mexico's Ministry of Tourism has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is designed to increase tourism numbers between the United Kingdom and Mexico by increasing promotions between the 2 nations. Both sides agreed that international cooperation is critical in boosting tourism numbers and the industry as it is a key driver of the global economy. The MOU will strengthen bilateral cooperation and allow for the increased exchange of information, case studies and statistics regarding the industry between the 2 countries. In addition, the development of joint marketing strategies between the two parties will take place in order to boost the flow of tourists and air connectivity.

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VANCOUVER - TOP CITY FOR INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS Vancouver has once again been named North America's top destination for international meetings by the International Congress and

Convention Association (ICCA). The city has been previously awarded the prestigious title in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Vancouver hosted 55 international meetings in 2011, placing 1st in North America and 35th overall. The distinction reflects Vancouver's attractiveness to planners and delegates both in North America and internationally, with the city outranking major meetings destinations like Washington, Tokyo and Mexico City. Tourism Vancouver's focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The Meeting and Convention Sales and Service team actively promotes Vancouver worldwide as a premiere event destination and services hundreds of meetings each year. Located on the downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the Vancouver Convention Centre's 2 connected buildings feature 43,340m2 of flexible function space. As the world's first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified convention centre, the facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence. Recognised globally, the Centre is the only 2-time winner of the International Association of Congress Centres' (AIPC) APEX award for ‘World's Best Convention Centre’, and the recipient of the AIPC 2011 Innovation Award and International Association of Venue Managers' 2011 Venue Excellence Award.

THE MAVRIS ARTS & EVENTS CENTRE, INDIANAPOLIS For any event you wish to hold in Indianapolis, USA there is only place to go; The Mavris Arts & Events Centre. Centrally located, the venue offers your event a memorable experience from start to finish with experienced staff offering very high customer service standards and attention to detail. The Mavris is a unique event space that promises to exceed your expectations. Built in 1883, it has previously been a grocery distribution terminal and a plumbing warehouse. In 1999, John Mavris purchased the building and began its rebirth to its original condition. Keeping a personal commitment to creating a new landmark for The City of Indianapolis, The Mavris with its exposed brick walls, heavy timber construction and renewed maple floors provides a unique urban experience. As a MICE destination, Indianapolis ranks in the top 20 largest cities in the US and offers 32,000

rooms in its portfolio. 20 million tourists a year visit the 12th largest city of the USA. Key places to visit while in the city include; The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Museum Of Art, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum, Eiteljorg Museum Of American Indians And Western Art. Recently, Indianapolis has been winning praise globally for many innovations including reinventing the bicycle and pedestrian experience. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail has been called ‘an astonishing and amazing vision’, while the art world noted highly the launch by the Indianapolis Museum of Art of the largest contemporary art park (100 acres) ‘The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park’. After the working day Indianapolis offers a walk-able relaxing environment in a safe lively downtown area offering over 200 restaurants. Indianapolis International Airport is not just America's newest; it's also one of the world's most environmentally friendly. More than 90% of the materials used to build it came from within 500 miles. 150 flights per day operate and 7.4 million passengers are catered for each year.

THAILAND’S EXHIBITION BUREAU MAKES ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT MOVE IN TAIWAN Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB organised its business forum in Taipei, Taiwan, looking to promote interest in Thailand’s international exhibitions among Taiwanese trade visitors and exhibitors. The business forum highlighted how Thailand’s exhibition industry can facilitate Taiwanese to open doors to business opportunities in ASEAN as well as showcase available attractive incentives for Taiwanese trade and travel associations. The event received great honour from high ranking officials of both countries who shared their views and who already have an amicably relationship and prospects for the future collaboration of both countries in the ASIAN era. Additionally, the audiences also got more informative details on “AEC and Business Opportunity in ASEAN through Thailand’s Exhibition Platform and Bilateral Trade between Taiwan and Thailand”. While Taiwan is paving the way to expand trade relations with ASEAN, Thailand and Taiwan have already established their bilateral trade relations. In 2011, Thailand’s trade value with Taiwan was worth Euro€8.57, (UK£6.80) billion, ranking 5th among other trade partners from ASEAN countries. Trade between the 2 countries has shown a growth trend over the past decade with export growing by 16.09% and import growing by 14.75% last year. TCEB has been a driving force to promote international trade shows held in Thailand as a crucial engine to drive further economic growth. The exhibitions industry of Thailand continues to lead rivals in ASEAN with a total value of Euro€107,450, (UK£85,210) million gained through 75 events, putting Thailand above competitors in the region. Furthermore, Thailand has maintained the leadership in the exhibitions industry of ASEAN in other aspects, such as the exhibition space totalling up to 432,500sq.m each year, as well as having 8 exhibition venues. 5

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FORMULA ONE IN LONDON

The owner of the Formula One Motor Race has offered to pay more than £35m to stage a grand prix in London. Plans for a route would include some of London’s most famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. It would be the biggest grand prix motor race in the world and experts believe that as many as 120,000 spectators would watch the race from grandstands on the 3.2 mile route. It is anticipated that the event could generate some £100m in spending for the London economy. Well known for its narrow streets, the event would not cause major disruption, taking 5 days to set up and 3 to dismantle. As for tourism, it would again put London on the map, and bring visitors to the rest of the UK. CABLE CAR OPENS IN LONDON Britain's 1st urban cable car service has opened carrying passengers across the River Thames in London, in time for the Olympic Games. The 5 minute trip takes visitors from Greenwich in southeast London to the Royal Docks in east London, joining Olympic venues on both sides of the river. Each car provides 360° views taking in the Canary Wharf financial district, Greenwich and its historic maritime and timekeeping sites, the Thames Barrier - one of the world's biggest flood defence systems and the Olympic Park. The 1.1km long cable car system, can carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction - the equivalent of 30 London buses.

BESydney RECRUITS KRISTIAN NICHOLLS AS GENERAL MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT In line with its organisational re-structure, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has appointed Kristian Nicholls in the role of General Manager Business Development. Given the newly formed Business Development team is comprised of both research and business development, Kristian’s extensive management and sales experience in the business event and hotel sectors made him the ideal candidate for the role. Kristian has over 10 years’ experience in national and international relationship management, account management and bidding and was most recently the Director of Venues for leading industry supplier, Staging Connections. Previously, he held senior roles at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, as Director of Sales - Asia, Sales Development Manager - International and as Convention Operations Manager.

NEW MOTORWAY FOR GREECE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH The European Commission has approved an investment of Euro€252, (UK£200) million to build a major highway running through the Peloponnese region in Greece. The project is the 2nd

biggest motorway construction to be approved recently and involves a total cost of Euro€296, (UK£235) million, including national and private investments. It will create 6,000 new jobs during the construction phase. It is also another of the 181 priority projects presented by the European Commission last November in order to accelerate the return of growth in Greece. It will connect the Peloponnese region to the rest of Greece and the EU, providing new opportunities for growth. The project consists of the finalisation of the KorinthosTripoli-Kalamata (159 km) and the Lefktro-Sparti (46 km) stretches. The axis belongs to the Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T). The entire project includes the construction of 7 tunnels and should be finished by the end of 2013. Parts of the motorway will already be finished this year. The new motorway will reduce the travelling time between Korinthos Tripoli - Kalamata from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 52 minutes, while on the Tripoli - Sparti the travelling time is expected to fall from 1 hour to 45 minutes, opening up the region for further investments as well.

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ATTRACTS MORE U.S. TRAVELLERS The Dominican Republic has seen an increase of 30% in US travellers coming to the country, making it the 2nd most popular destination for Americans to travel in Latin America and the Caribbean. As the largest and most diverse Caribbean destination, the Dominican Republic is an easy trip from Miami, New York City, Atlanta and even some European destinations. Known for its warm and hospitable people, the Dominican Republic is a destination, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture. The Dominican Republic is growing globally in popularity and especially for US travellers, especially those from the east coast.

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BRITISH HOLIDAY BOOKINGS TO CRISIS-HIT GREECE ARE SOARING, DESPITE THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC WOES. British holiday makers are heading for Greece this summer in bigger numbers due to good prices, particularly for all inclusive resorts. As many as 4 million Britons could head for Greece this summer, due to the strengthening of the pound against the euro. The Euro crisis has not had a considerable negative effect on bookings, with many people not changing their plans due to the situation. ■ 7

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As the days draw nearer to the next Olympic Games in London, UK, we review the impact on tourism and what holding the Olympic Games means for any city. London is one of the great cities of the by Dimitri Laspas, world and the Olympic and publisher. Paralympics Games will be an opportunity for the city to show itself off in all its glory. Every year London welcomes approximately 30 million visitors so with the added attraction of an Olympic Games, this years figure is set to rise significantly. When Australia hosted the 2000 Olympic Games, it benefited from an additional 1.6 million visitors and its economy gained more than Euro€31.5, (UK£2.5) billion between 1997 and 2001. During the period of the games in Australia, many visitors took advantage of the other offerings the country had and travelled around, despite most events taking place in Sydney. For the UK, a much smaller country, it is expected that visitors will indeed take the opportunity to travel to many places as the distances are shorter and manageable within a day. It is predicted that Euro€2.5, (UK£2) billion is estimated financial gain for the visitor economy from overseas visitors. Of course there is then the additional benefit of the gains for the domestic economy via food outlets, transport, hotels, attractions, etc. Since the announcement of the Games taking place in London it is anticipated that the impact on tourism over the period for 2005-2016 will be Euro€961, (UK£762) million all across the UK and of that Euro€184, (UK£146) million during the games period itself. It is predicted that up to 70% of the net economic benefit due to the greatest sporting event in the world will be from tourism alone around the years prior and after the event. For any country hosting an Olympics, there is always a fear that visitors will not come to the country due to the sporting event for fear of it being over-run with Olympic visitors, inflated prices which could spoil their own trip. These fears however far outweigh the positives for the city and those attending the event. While there are expected to be more people, it does not dramatically effect any visitors experience. It is however expected that there would be a decline in the normal business travellers’ numbers to London during the games period. In a survey of London businesses, 92% thought that hosting the Olympics and Paralympics would assist in promoting London internationally, while 76% believed it would boost tourism to the capital and 63% were pleased about the games being held in London. A quarter of business in the survey expected their businesses to benefit directly from the games

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while 64% expect at least the same level of customer and business activity during the Games. While the preparations for such an event have taken years, during 2012, recent surveys have shown that the general public in London and all over the UK are more and more behind the 2012 London Olympic Games. It is a unique event and one which rarely comes to your home town, hence the desire to experience or be part of it in some way or another. Previous Olympics has had both positive and negative impacts on various cities and the effects have an impact for quite many years both before and after the events takes place. After the Barcelona Games in 1992, the number of international visitors rose significantly making the city the 3rd most popular city break in Europe. It has previously been in 16th place. During the Atlanta Games in 1996 the event added Euro€4.1 (UK£3.3) billion to the Georgia economy and generating an income from non-state visitors of Euro€1.22 billion, (UK£969 million). At the Sydney Games in 2000, the government’s dedicated branding of Australia prior and after the games successfully resulted in a decade of positive benefits bringing 1.6 million Olympic visitors between 1997-2004 which generated Euro€1.9, (UK£1.5) billion in visitor spending for the economy. In 2004, the games returned home, to Athens, Greece. It was the smallest country to ever host the games and achieved a TV audience of 3.9billion with 35,000 hours of transmission across 300 channels in 220 countries. The games increased visitor arrivals the following year by 11%. The last games were in 2008 in Beijing, China. 4.4 million overseas visitors spent Euro€3.70 (UK£2.90) billion due to the games. It is clear that serious promotion prior to the games is equally important as just before, during and after the games in order for any country to maximise its hosting the Olympic Games. And it must be local, regional and international. The investment in stadiums, infrastructure and supporting services is huge and in some ways is becoming too big an event for even the most affluent countries to undertake. The benefits to hosting the Games are clear, but the legacy they leave for the host country is also just as important. The most common negative legacy is unused stadiums after the games finish and life returns to normal. This then presents the question of whether the games have become too big and too expensive. Is it time for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to re-assess the staging of the Olympics in order to maintain its positive function of bringing the world together through sport rather than becoming too big and not affordable for any country to host. For now though, all eyes are on London with the 2012 Games starting this month. May everyone be a winner and may the world truly come together for another great Olympiad extravaganza! ■ 8

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Exhibitions News

ASIAN EXHIBITION ORGANISERS AT RISK

Over recent years there has been an increase in the expansion of European exhibition organisers into the Asian regions which could have a significant impact on local Asean exhibition companies going out of business. This was the warning given at the Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA). Director of the Singapore based Conference Exhibition Management Services, Edward Liu recently said at the 1st Thailand Mice International Forum (TMIF) 2012 that the exhibition sector will benefit hugely from the increased trade and economic opportunities on offer throughout the Asean Economic Community and the opening up of Myanmar. He went on "However, beyond 2015 it is more than likely that the entire exhibition sector will be dominated by European exhibition organisers such as Reed Exhibitions, GL Events, UBM and the German groups". This would then have the effect of smaller Asean organisers either being bought out by the larger companies or needing to create strategic partnerships in order to stay in business. These views are also expressed by others including the Indonesian Congress and Convention Association (INCCA) noting that the bigger companies are buying everything including the people working for the regional organisers and that these days you can no longer work by yourself, you have to have a network. With the Asian region expanding and growing there will definitely be more competitors and tougher competition both locally regionally and internationally. With new trade barriers being lifted and better opportunities for investment across the region, this also opens the door international business to come and take advantage. The Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) believes that the Thailand exhibition sector will benefit from both the Asean Economic Community as well as the opening up of Myanmar. Mr Liu also confirmed that the competitive impact of the European organisers who are taking advantage of the rapidly expanding Asian region are doing so due to partly their own markets being affected heavily by the euro-zone crisis. As China becomes a saturated market the Asian region is a new for expansion and more and more acquisitions are taking place in the region. Already there are several European organisers who have acquired events in China as well as Japan, India and Taiwan. Newer markets expected to expand within Asia include Indonesia and Singapore, along with Vietnam and the Philippines. Overall, in order to gain greater power on the

international map, Asean exhibition organisers must work closely together and combine their competitiveness against the foreign organisers if they are to stay in business. They have the upper hand, they have regional know-how, the facilities and they know how the region works. Asia is the future of exhibitions and that means with Asian Event organisers at the helm.

CARIBBEAN TRAVEL MARKETPLACE 2013 WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BAHAMAS The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) will run its next Caribbean Travel Marketplace in the Bahamas after choosing Atlantis as the host venue for the 2013 event. Caribbean Travel Marketplace is the business-to-business marketing event for the region's hotel and tourism industry, and will be held from 20-22January 2013. In 2012, Caribbean Travel Marketplace saw a 17% increase (up on 2011 figures) in buyer companies with 142 in attendance, as well as an increase in buyer delegates which totalled 344 (314 in 2011). Buyer companies came from Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. Hoteliers, tourism providers and tour operators/wholesalers from around the world scheduled 12,250 appointments over the course of the 2-day Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2012, up from 11,880 appointments in 2011. MITM Euromed and CULTOURFAIR Free Advert: MITM Euromed, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market in its 16th edition and CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair in its 4th edition, have launched a contest in Twitter and Facebook to win a free ad in the official directory of both events. The contestants have to complete the phrase “I would participate in MITM Euromed & CULTOURFAIR because…” and the comment that best illustrates the unique characteristics of MITM Euromed & CULTOURFAIR will be the winner of the contest. The contest winner will earn the right of an advertisement free of cost of his/her tourist company in the official directory of MITM Euromed & CULTOURFAIR 2012 and it will be placed in a preferential location, right after those ads of the MITM Euromed & CULTOURFAIR sponsors. Airline Partner: Iberia has been named official carrier of MITM & CULTOURFAIR 2012. Iberia will transport the hosted buyers invited by MITM & CULTOURFAIR meetings and incentive buyers, as well as tour operators or travel agents operating cultural travel packages from all Europe and the Americas to Granada and Malaga airports. Both events are promoted and operated by GSAR Marketing celebrating its 30th anniversary. www.mitmeuromed.com, www.cultourfair.com 10

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ITE HCMC-VIETNAM The 8th International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC), that is taking place from 13-15 September 2012, is an annual travel exhibition presenting the perfect platform to conduct business for all aspects of the tourism industry in Vietnam. It is the largest event of its kind in the region and the only international exhibition supported by the Government of Vietnam. Taking part in ITE HCMC not only opens the door to Vietnam, but due to the significant agreement of the four Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, under the slogan of ‘Four Countries - One Destination’ the show offers the four countries as a single tourism destination in the region, therefore maximising any attendance for exhibitors, buyers and trade visitors. www.itehcmc.com

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1ST ART & TOURISM INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION The first dedicated international exhibition for Art&Tourism, bringing together the world of art and tourism and culture has taken place in the Italian city of Florence from 18-20 May. During the 3 day event visitors had the opportunity to find the best national and international cultural and tourist offerings as well as attend a rich programme of debates, seminars and live performances. Organised by TTG Italia and Regione Toscana with the collaboration of Toscana Promozione e Firenze Fiera. The event further highlights the importance of cultural tourism with a 300 million tourists visiting ‘cultural’ destinations each year. The fair was aimed at an international and varied public; from public administrations to cultural and tourism bodies and institutions, from museums to foundations and events agencies, from the most important art galleries to service providers operating in the cultural sector, from schools to training operators and tourism operators. The event provided the trade with dedicated time for networking followed by public entry to the event. The exhibition was subdivided into theme areas which put the spotlight on destinations, the cultural and artistic offer, big events, ‘smart cities’ and service providers connected to the world of culture and training. www.artandtourism.it SPA-CE, the trade show of spa and wellness tourism in Central Europe, will be held from 25-26 October 2012, in Terme Zreče, Slovenia. Preparations for the 4th edition of the trade show are under way. Exhibitors and hosted buyers are invited to register on-line and ensure their place at the trade show. One of the definitions of spa and wellness tourism that is gaining importance all across Europe is definitely ‘tourism of well-being. In this modern

world of rapid changes, natural spas and wellness centres are an ideal choice for escaping from everyday stress and realising the desired peace of mind, strengthening life energy and preserving our health. Following the trends, 4 years ago The Slovenian Spas Association came up with the idea to organise a business event that will help encourage the development of spa and wellness tourism. Being organised under one roof and in a form of a trade show SPA-CE enables exhibitors and hosted buyers to make the most of their time spent at the event. Exhibitors can make acquaintance with selected hosted buyers through the online system where they can review, select and arrange appointments with hosted buyers. At the show, the contact is strengthened by a personal meeting in an unhurried environment. SPA-CE has developed and grown into a widely recognised business event. Networking, exchanging ideas, getting new contacts and talking business are just some of the main opportunities this event offers. Last year SPA-CE trade show hosted 30 exhibitors (spas, wellness centres and providers of medical and other programmes) from Central Europe. 50 hosted buyers (travel organisers, tourist agencies, representatives of insurance companies and other potential buyers of spa and wellness services) from 20 different countries across the world attended the event. The trade show will again be enriched by an opening conference programme and informative study trips for hosted buyers. www.spa-ce.si

IT&CM INDIA ORGANISER APPOINTS LEADING HOTELS IN DELHI NCR FOR BUYER AND MEDIA HOSTING IT&CM India organiser, TTG Asia Media, has appointed 5 leading hotels in the Delhi NCR region as official hospitality partners for the MICE and luxury travel event’s inaugural year. The hotels will provide more than 400 rooms as accommodation for the international hosted buyers and media attending the event. These hotels are Hilton Hotel New Delhi, Doubletree by Hilton - New Delhi, Fraser Suites New Delhi, Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort - Greater Noida and Radisson Blu Hotel - Greater Noida. IT&CM India has already attracted registration from some 330 international and Indian buyers, and close to 90 international and Indian media. The interest in the event is attributed to the growing focus on India as a MICE destination, as well as the line up of exhibitors that have signed on to be part of the event’s maiden showcase. IT&CM India plans to deliver high on the education front as well. The event will be held in conjunction with India Convention Promotion Bureau’s (ICPB) 7th Conventions India Conclave. In addition, the event will offer reputed international certification courses to participants, such as the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management Course by Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the Professional Association Executive (PAE) Course, a competency course for association professionals featuring course content by the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) and the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). 11

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Exhibitions News

BEIJING INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EXPO 2012 – ANOTHER SUCCESS! The

9th successful presentation of Beijing International Tourism Expo, widely known as BITE, concluded on a high note after a 3-day showcase at the China National Convention Centre from 15 - 17 June 2012. Organised by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, CEMS (Beijing) Conference & Exhibition Co., Ltd and Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd, the 9th edition of BITE welcomed 929 exhibitors and 220 trade buyers from 80 countries and 25 cities, provinces and autonomous regions as well as a whopping 40,000 domestic and international trade visitors. BITE 2012, reputed as one of Asia’s leading travel expositions, welcomed a total of 9 new participating countries namely Croatia, Dominican Republic, Iran, Israel, Nepal, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. The exposition also played host to 25 country pavilions from Brunei, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Switzerland, USA and Yemen to name a few.

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Destinations’ Presentation Sessions, a new marketing and publicity initiative was one of the main highlights rolled out during the exposition. Well-received by the international visitors, trade buyers and media, several National Tourist Organisations (NTOs), airlines and travel agencies came forth and leveraged on this conductive platform to introduce their destinations’ unique selling points, which are often the primary attraction for visitors from around the world to visit the country. Specially designed to help industry players meet up with their potential business partners, the Pre-Scheduled Appointment (PSA) programme served as the main highlight for all exhibitors present. “The BITE series has grown steadily over the years and has

now successfully positioned itself as the magnet for regional tourism organisations, travel associations, travel agencies, destinations, hoteliers and airlines to congregate, network and do business in one of the world’s booming tourism markets - China,” shared Mr. Edward Liu, Managing Director of Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd. Themed “One Platform; Many Possibilities”, the exposition has certainly lived up to its name as one of the leading expositions catering to the travel and tourism industry in Beijing. Exhibitors from all sectors of the industry have also gained and benefited from this exposition, thus successfully gaining a strong foothold in the robust tourism market of China! www.bitechina.com.cn

IT&CMA AND CTW 2012 - 50% NEW M.I.C.E. BUYER AND CORPORATE TRAVEL MANAGER REGISTRATIONS Intensive buyer acquisition efforts for IT&CMA and CTW 2012 has attracted close to 800 applications from MICE buyers and corporate travel managers across the world, including new markets such as Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico and Tanzania. The event also has a reported a 50% surge in registrations from Australian buyers. The 2012 event aims for a 55% of Asia-based buyers and 45% of international buyers. This aggregate 10% shift in focus from last year’s 50/50 split is due to the volatility of the business environment in the UK and US. This year, the Corporate Travel World (CTW) conference programme plans to woo influential travel managers with its quality content and networking opportunities. Said Mr. Darren Ng – Managing Director of TTG Asia Media, “This year, we have introduced a number of initiatives to capitalise on the increased interest in CTW 2012. With the support of our partners, we have introduced a specially tailored conference package which will include air fare, accommodation and conference registration fees for the delegates.” This year, the event will focus on drawing corporate participation from new markets that have high potential to procure corporate events in Asia. Participation from these countries including China, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia, will allow participants the opportunity for balanced exposure and knowledge sharing. ■ 12

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Cusco’s Casa Cartagena is a Traveller’s Choice 2012 Winner for Best Service. Pamela McCourt Francescone asked owner Stefano Boetto the signiTHE boutique hotel & spa ficance of this Tripadvisor recognition and the by Pamela McCourt perception it gives travellers Francescone of the Peruvian boutique property. “Today’s travellers use Tripadvisor to influence others with their opinions and advice. For a boutique hotel like us, where service is very personalised, it is the most important of all the social media as it allows clients to chose an independent property over the big globallyrecognised brands. Many guests contact us directly through the web, something that was unthinkable in Peru just a few years ago. The social media are giving independent traveller’s confidence in organising their own travel. This is a very strong trend.” Casa Cartagena is a hotel of charm in which Italian design blends to perfection with Peruvian heritage. Tucked behind a high wall, just off Cusco’s central square, the property was once a tavern that attracted famous guests like Pablo Neruda, who wrote some of his poetry here, and Che Guevara who used to grab meal and a few hours’ sleep in the old inn when passing through Cusco. When Stefano Boetto found the former 16thcentury aristocratic residence, much of the original stone structure had collapsed but, working alongside an Italian architect Roberto Bertetti, and under the strict surveillance of the National Cultural Institute of Peru, Boetto slowly brought the old building back to life. “Our priority was to keep its historical character; we even made new bricks using the same techniques - mixing clay with straw used in the 16th century. Mr. S tefan o B oetto. One of the most difficult tasks was the reconstruction of the old loggia which had been damaged by earthquakes down the years. So we took it apart piece by piece and reassembled it.” And then Boetto gave the property striking new character

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by adding contemporary Italian design features and lighting in the courtyard, the public areas and the 16 suites, many of which have wood-beam ceilings and parts of the old frescoes on the walls, but also plasma TVs, minibars and trendy mosaic bathrooms. The extra-large Presidential Suite and Royal Suite also have Jacuzzis, and all rooms have an oxygen system to help combat “soroche” or altitude sickness.

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In the Picanteria La Chola Restaurant the emphasis is on local specialties with a contemporary slant. “We serve Andine Ceviche, chicken lasagne and guinea pig, which is a typical local dish, and in the warmer months guests eat out in the courtyard,” says Boetto who adds that many like to relax in the Spa - which has an 8-metre swimming pool after a day spent in Machu Picchu, sightseeing in Cusco’s Sacred Valley or discovering the old city. “This is a magical time for Peru. Thanks to Machu Picchu’s listing in the UNESCO’s Top 10 World Heritage Sites Cusco is always busy. Our main European markets are Spain and France, and we attend the big international trade fairs in Berlin, London, Cannes and Las Vegas as well as those in Latin America.” www.casacartagena.com ■

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Germany News

SAXONY A TRULY GERMAN VOYAGE OF DISCOVER

Over the years the German state of Saxony has seen many guises; from a medieval state, part of the Roman Empire, a Kingdom and a Republic. Two of its most prized destinations are the cities of Dresden and Leipzig. Like much of Germany it is blessed with wonderful architecture, scenery and all with a great network of travel options for further exploration. Dresden is a wonderfully green open spaced city which sits on the Elbe River and offers some spectacular old buildings in the baroque and Rococo style as well as in the Renaissance period. Dresden’s major tourist attraction which brings over 3 millions visitors a year is the famous Frauenkirche (The Church of Our Lady) cathedral, which is over 800 year old. Other delights include the Zwinger Palace with its art galleries displaying some of the world’s most famous painters. The Green Vault which is part of Dresden Royal Palace is where you can see the world’s only natural green diamond. The Green Vault is also home to many wonderful displays of German history, art, sculptures, etc. For the younger generation, Dresden also offers much with a trendy area called Neustadt with a great nightlife and lots of culture. Due to its geographical location, Dresden is close to the border of the Czech Republic, giving you the chance to visit the country’s capital city, Prague in a day by train. Leipzig is Saxony’s 2nd city and is home to Europe’s biggest train station! Historically a trading city, Leipzig till today is a big trade destination. But it is not all work; Leipzig was the centre for music in past centuries with well known composers living in the city; Bach and Mendelssohn. Indeed, Bach is buried in the Lutheran St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) in the city. Today classical music is still a key feature of Leipzig with many concerts and performances on offer. Mendelssohn created the ‘Leipzig Conservatoire’ now the University of Music and Theatre. It is the oldest school of music in Germany. The city also has a church dating back to 1165 with many gothic features. For great views of the city below, a climb of 500 steps up to the top of the Battle of the Nations monument is Europe’s largest war memorial at a huge 91m tall. Leipzig also has a zoo which is worth visiting or for a day trip; the train can take you to the German capital, Berlin.

below average. However there are signs that last minute bookings will soar as stability returns to Greece, giving more confidence to holiday makers. Generally hotels in many Greek destinations estimate that the flow of bookings will return to normal after a 30-50% decline in May and June, owing to the political uncertainty. This is also the effect on Russians deciding on Greece as a holiday destination the Greek General Consulate in Moscow have said that so far this year the number of visas issued increased by 18.5%, climbing to 127,393 from 107,480 in the same period last year. Tourism is a key contributor in restarting growth in Greece by adding 3% to the country’s gross domestic product and many thousands of new jobs in the next couple of years if investments are made.

GERMANY WINS ‘BEST OVERSEAS COUNTRY FOR GROUPS’ AWARD Germany has won the category of ‘Best Overseas Country for Groups’ at The 2012 Group Travel Awards. Two tourist attractions in Germany were also shortlisted: the Volkswagen theme park, ‘Autostadt’, in Wolfsburg and ’Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum’ in Rüdesheim. Lufthansa was shortlisted in the ‘Best Airline for Groups’ category. The award substantiates the growing trend that Germany is becoming a favourite destination for UK tourists, looking for affordable and good quality holidays, be it for sport, food/drink, activities, specialist or family interest. The latest figures released by the German National Tourist Board in Frankfurt, show a 5% increase compared to the same period last year and the 4th successive rise so far for 2012. Taking the last 2 years into consideration, the figures, on a steady upward trend, show a rise of 13.4% (combining April 2010, 2011 respectively) overall. In terms of general overall image, culture, the national infrastructure, the high quality of food and drink, security and value for money are perceived as some of Germany’s biggest strengths. In the business world, Germany ranks no. 1 world-wide for business fairs, no. 2 world-wide as a conference location (2nd only to the US). Klaus Lohmann, Director of the German National Tourist Office, UK and Ireland said: “I am delighted to accept this award and offer my most sincere thanks to everyone who voted for ‘Destination Germany’ and made the award possible. The UK is a very important market for German Tourism and I am so pleased that our commitment, as a country, to providing good quality, affordable holidays for groups and individuals, has been reflected in this award”.

TOURISM MARKET SET FOR INCREASED BOOKINGS Representatives of German tour operators have expressed positive signs that bookings from Germany for holidays in Greece will increase despite the current situation. There are also positive signs from the Russian market. Recently travel agencies and airline companies in Germany had said that bookings from Germany to Greece were

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Germany News

BERLIN HOTEL TRENDS

Berlin’s tourism industry is booming due to its hard promotion and by placing itself as one of Europe’s most affordable destinations. Due to this, many visitors do not opt for luxury accommodation when visiting Berlin, but this is also not helped by, until recently a lack of high quality hotels. It has also made it hard for such hotels to remain competitive again cheaper class hotels and accommodation. Over the years Berlin has successfully built its reputation for offering something for everyone and it has achieved overnight stays of over 20 million. With new hotels opening weekly, the number of hotel beds will soon exceed 112,000 in some 700 locations leaving visitors to the city spoiled for choice to find somewhere to stay. Recently opened in the luxury category is the Hotel Scandic, at the central Potsdamer Platz and NH’ Groups Lifestyle Hotel as well as Holiday Inn and the famous Waldorf Astoria, which all give a new option for accommodation choice and offers visitors luxury that they would not normally be able to afford elsewhere due to the hotels all requiring to remain competitive. Time to head for Berlin’s new luxury scene! GERMANY MARKETING ACTIVITIES 2013-2019 In 2013 the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) will focus on youth travel in its global sales and marketing activities. The 'Germany for young people – vibrant, fashionable, innovative' theme will focus on a tourism segment that offers huge economic potential. The target group shows that about a third of all international visitors to Germany are under the age of 34. "Young people visiting from abroad today are Destination Germany's future holidaymakers and business travellers. They are becoming a more and more important target group, especially as domestic tourism will be increasingly affected by demographic change", said Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the GNTB. There is already a focus on this market via the GNTO website 'Germany for young people', which is available in 26 languages and 30 markets worldwide. Outstanding value for money, a cosmopolitan outlook and an excellent image make Germany ideal for group tours and other organised travel, such as school trips and coach tours, as well as for independent travellers. With 3 cities in the top 20 European destinations in terms of overnight stays, Germany joins Spain and Italy as the leading destinations for city travel. As part of the theme year, the GNTB campaign will utilise young people's media i.e. social media activities. The GNTB is also joining with a number of partners for the campaign, including A&O Hotels (10 hotels in Germany) and the German Youth Hostel Association (over 520 hostels), which both specialise in youth travel and cater to the needs of young people. In

2013, the GNTB's global press and PR activities will feature the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, the 150th anniversary of the death of the Brothers Grimm, the 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde's birth and the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Élysée. In 2014 the 36 German UNESCO World Heritage sites will be the annual theme and will show them off in all their glory. The 500th anniversary of the birth of Lucas Cranach the Younger will be celebrated in 2015 as part of the Luther decade. In 2017, activities around the Luther decade will end with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be marked worldwide by religious and cultural events, conferences and major exhibitions. In 2019 the GNTB commemorate the centenary of the Bauhaus in Weimar. GERMANY 2012 BUSINESS TRAVEL International visitors spend almost Euro€15 billion per year on business travel in Germany. Germany has become the most popular destination for business trips among European travellers. People from Poland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland are most likely to travel to Germany on business, with these three source markets accounting for more than a quarter of all business travellers from Europe. Almost half of the total volume of business travel is made up of promotable business trips (meetings, incentives, conferences & events (MICE) and trade fairs). Promotable business travel from Europe to Germany advanced by 5% to 5.3 million trips last year, making it a significant economic force in Germany's inbound travel industry. Germany has a particularly important role to play when it comes to hosting trade fairs. 3 of the world's 5 largest exhibition centres can be found in Hannover, Frankfurt and Cologne. 2 in 3 flagship global trade fairs are held in Germany, including the ITB trade fair in Berlin, the Frankfurt International Motor Show and the CeBIT computer fair in Hannover. The GNTB is promoting heavily this segment in major emerging markets such as China, Brazil and Russia in partnership with the German Convention Bureau (GCB) and has designed a brand new website as its primary means of communication. Visitors to www.germany.travel/geschaeftsreisen will find information on Germany's international exhibition venues published in collaboration with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) and on conferences, conventions and incentive travel published in close cooperation with the GCB. The GNTB has teamed up with the GCB to offer special hosted buyer programmes and educational trips promoting the business travel theme. The GNTB will also carry out a wide range of related press activities this year. In the MICE segment, customer events are planned for New York, Shanghai, Brussels, London and 10 other relevant markets. Germany has hosted IMEX, the leading trade fair for the international MICE sector, for 10n years now. ■ 16

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Ireland Tourism

IRELAND THE EMERALD ISLE The

Republic of Ireland, located in the North Sea, off the west coast of the United Kingdom, is member of the European by Caroline Laspas, editor Union and the Eurozone and has seen a promising start to their 2012 tourism year, despite the effects of the Eurozone economic situation. Ireland is full of history, nature, culture and tradition. With ancient myths and legends, amazing landscapes to explore and a great hospitable people, Ireland is small in size but big is all other terms! From strange lunar landscapes, to the Atlantic Ocean waves, to small coves and inlets and wide sweeping golden sand beaches, the coastal nature of Ireland is one of a kind. Ireland's history dates back as far as 6,000BC. The name ‘Eire’ originates from appears first in Greek writings as ‘Ierne’. The map of Ptolemy’s of dated approx AD150 sees it written as ‘Iouernia’ and from Latin translations as ‘Iuverna’. It has seen invasions by Neolithic tribes and St Patrick and Christianity. It is a bright vibrant and cosmopolitan destination with many great towns and cities like Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Lisburn and Armagh, to Dublin, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Limerick, every city has its own feel and unique cultural flavour. There is plenty to see and do and all within easy reach.

increase in Air Passenger Duty and high add-on costs this is having an effect on Britain’s travelling to Ireland. The Eurozone crisis continues to be an issue. From North America, generally there is a rise in traffic with leading carriers reporting a +6% increase year on year. Canadian outbound travel for 2012 see the continued trend of late bookings, but still positive for Ireland. Arrivals to Europe from Canada are up almost +11% for the first 2 months of the year. From the European Continent, German travel companies have seen sales up by +12% in March with Turkey and Spain proving popular. France remains static while Italy remains weak due to price sensitivity. Newly introduced income and airport taxes in Spain are seeing a negative impact on travellers to Ireland. However the Scandinavian countries have seen increased numbers travelling, while Dutch travellers are tending to plan fewer trips with fewer nights, but are opting for destinations closer to home, like Ireland.

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Tourism is a key industry for the Island and after some financial difficulties; Ireland seems to be back on her feet as tourism figures show. Figures for overseas visitors for the first quarter of 2012 are looking good with Hotel room occupancy up 6% in the 1st quarter of 2012. The Irish tourism industry as a whole is positive as the summer months with figures higher than the same time last year. 7.6 million domestic trips were made last year by Irish and Northern Irish travellers and 6.4 million foreign visitors came to the Emerald Isle! British travellers are a key source market, but with the

As from Australia & the developing markets, the outbound travellers from Australia are positive, helped by a strong dollar. Overseas departures rose by +2% in January compared to the previous month. The Indian outbound market continues to expand, while Chinese outbound travel grew by +22% in 2011, with travel to Europe from China predicted to continue growing in 2012. A total of 3.74 million inbound and outbound passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the 1st quarter of the year, a -2% decline on the same period last year. Hotels on Ireland have seen an increase of +2% in room sales in the 1st quarter. Despite challenges and competition, the Irish Tourist Board’s full marketing campaign is operating strongly in all markets and is aiming to deliver the best results for the island in 2012. ■ 18

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The World Of Aviation

QATAR AIRWAYS INTRODUCES NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO TOKYO Qatar Airways will

boost services to Japan to 2daily flights with the introduction of non-stop flights to Tokyo from the 28th October. Qatar Airways currently serves the Doha - Tokyo route daily via the Japanese city of Osaka. With the launch of the new non-stop service to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, passengers from Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Africa can now take advantage of a seamless one-stop connection to Japan’s capital city via Doha. Travellers from Japan will also have easier access to more than 100 destinations worldwide with one-stop flying to Doha first and then onwards to popular cities such as Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, New York and Montreal. Qatar Airways launched flights to Japan in 2005 with Osaka becoming its 1st Japanese route. In 2010, the carrier introduced Tokyo to its operations, via Osaka. Now Qatar Airways’ Osaka route becomes a dedicated non-stop service and frequency effectively doubled between Qatar and Japan. The airline will serve Tokyo with its flagship Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a two class-configuration of 42 seats in Business Class and 217 in Economy. Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), and Baghdad (Iraq). Over the coming months, Qatar Airways launches services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Perth, Australia, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Mombasa, Kenya, Yangon, Myanmar, and to the Serbian capital Belgrade.

JETBLUE AIRWAYS AND AIR CHINA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP JetBlue Airways and Air China have announced a new partnership at the 68th Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The agreement marks the 1st partnership between JetBlue and a carrier based in the rapidly-expanding Chinese market. Air China and JetBlue will initially offer interline connections between their networks at New York/JFK as well as at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Subject to government approval, Air China this autumn plans to enter into a codeshare with JetBlue and place its ‘CA’ designator on flights operated by JetBlue. Air China offers 1 daily flight from New York and 2 daily flights from Los Angeles to Beijing Capital International Airport. In addition, separate from the JetBlue interline, the airline flies once-daily from San Francisco and Vancouver to Beijing.

ICELAND'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: BEST AIRPORT IN EUROPE Iceland‘s International Airport in Keflavik has been awarded the ‘Best Airport in Europe 2011′ at the annual ASQ Awards Ceremony in Singapore. Keflavik

International Airport (KEF) won the award in the category ‘best airport for 2 million passengers or less’. The title comes after an extensive airport service survey, by Airports Council International, voted the airport as top of its category. The Airports Council International survey is published quarterly and annually with 186 major airports worldwide taking part, 54 of which are in Europe. The survey judges all participating airports on overall customer satisfaction, helpfulness and courtesy of staff, ease of flight connections, cleanliness, and check-in times. KEF actually came out on top in terms of service, but since it was placed in the smaller airports category, was not able to come out on top overall. In 2009, KEF was ranked the best airport in Europe and came in 2nd in the same category for 2010. The airport was also ranked 3rd in the best airports in the world in 2004 to a group of airports with less than 5 million passengers a year. LONDON TO SYDNEY IN 4 HOURS! Aeronautical designers have confirmed that are ever closer to making the journey from London to Sydney possible in just 4 hours, with the launch of the ‘Son of Concorde’. There have been significant breakthroughs in the technical details in computeraided design that can overcome the biggest previous obstacle for Concorde; its inability to fly supersonic over land. The biggest barriers to development of economically viable and environmentally acceptable supersonic transports - sonic boom and airport noise, may be about to be solved. The aircraft would be shaped to produce quieter booms and have noise-reducing nozzle concepts, NASA and in partnership with the aviation industry are growing more confident and closer to achieving routine supersonic overland flights.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES CUT ROUTE TO UAE Singapore Airlines are to cut its’ under performing route to the Unites Arab Emirates. The airline will suspend services to Abu Dhabi in the UAE with the last flight to Abu Dhabi departing from Singapore on 26th October 2012. This will leave Etihad Airways to fly this route, an airline growing fast.

NEW BAGGAGE-CARRYING POLICY ON ALL AEGEAN FLIGHTS Starting from 15th June 2012, Aegean Airlines is adjusting its baggage-carrying regulations on all flights, adopting the policy already being implemented by other international airline companies. Passengers will be permitted to check in a specific number of bags and up to a specific weight free of charge, depending on the seating class (Economy or Business) they have selected. Passengers who wish to carry additional bags or bags that exceed their weight allowance may prepay through the company's website, www.aegeanair.com, the mobile site (mobile.aegeanair.com) or through the Aegean call centre. The prepay charges are up to 40% lower than the amount charged in the event payment is made at the airport. ■ 19

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