The successful format of Europe Congress MCE Central & Eastern Europe, travelling throughout the region for 7 years already, will be held in Riga in March 2017.
The events boast a unique concept matching event and incentive planners with destinations and its suppliers from Central & Eastern Europe. After having been organized in Prague twice, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw and Berlin, it is now Riga to be the shining centre point of this well connected, safe, high quality and value for money part of Europe.
With its exceptionally well balanced and timed format, the forum mixes event essentials as pre-scheduled and match-made meetings, keynotes by industry experts, networking and social events, making best use of the limited out of office time everyone has available nowadays to increase work efficiency.
“Riga Tourism Development Bureau and MEET RIGA official Riga City convention bureau are proud and honoured that Europe Congress selected Riga as the host destination for the MCE Central & Eastern Europe 2017 forum. We will be pleased to welcome more than 100 hosted buyers from Western and Northern Europe and other worldwide destinations during the forum and will be happy to introduce them to our multilayer history, exciting offer for MEETings & events, venue possibilities, and enjoy Latvian Modern cuisine.…
With a mere three months to go only, the event is shaping further to be the excellent opportunity for South European destinations and its MICE suppliers, as well as international event planners that are keen to extend their base of contacts and cooperation in the “old” part of the continent.
Serving as the cradle of European civilization, South Europe offers more than one can imagine. With event suppliers from countries as Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and many more, event planners will have plenty of excellent destinations, hotels, DMC’s, congress centers and airlines to meet with.
It is one of the USP’s of Europe Congress’ MCE events: A dedicated selection of destinations, offering the invited buyers a clear concept and focus for their upcoming business without the confusion of the larger scale.
The forum is taking place at the Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center, one of the key conference venue hotels in Rome. With its easy access to the airport, the city centre and the EUR district probably it is the most conveniently situated. Mr. Nolito, Director of Sales of the hotel added: “We are proud to contribute to the success of MCE South Europe 2016, hosting the MICE Forum at Sheraton Roma coming November and we are excited that the Eternal City will be the great scenario for such an effective event!”
The unique 2,5-day boutique event format brings together up to 60 destinations and its MICE suppliers from South European destinations, and up to 90 international selected event buyers keen on exploring more potential within South Europe to increase their business there.…
MeetingPlanners Russia 2016: the fourth annual edition of the MICE B2B forum in Moscow is getting closer!
After a fruitful and energizing summer time, a new season of meetings, conferences and events is getting to a start.
Always ahead of time, Europe Congress is ready to ride the wave with the fourth edition of its annual event MeetingPlanners Russia, taking place on the 5th and 6th of September in Moscow, as per tradition.
MeetingPlanners Russia will continue and even overcome the success of MCE Central and Eastern Europe Berlin, the first Europe Congress workshop of 2016 that opened the year with sparks, leaving all the participants highly satisfied and ready to make the best out of their newly acquired business contacts.
MeetingPlanners Russia has been created to be entirely focused on the growing Russian outbound market and on various destinations that are ready to welcome it, creating synergy between the Russian and CIS meeting planners and the worldwide providers coming to the Russian capital in order to meet and make business with them, establishing long lasting relations and a solid, profitable network of contacts.
The format of the event itself is entirely built to exceed the participants expectations and to maximise the workshop potential: a mix of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings and coffee breaks, luncheons and cocktail parties ensures the right balance between formal business time and relaxed networking opportunities.…
Vilnius shall meet autumn with a bang, on 2-4 September, Sostinės dienos 2016 (Capital days 2016) shall reign there. Organisers of the 23rd biggest city festival promise that events that have already become traditional and holiday novelties shall bring to city dwellers long waited summer heat and raise mood for the entire autumn.
This year, Sostinės dienos promise to be a real cultural buzz. Every year in the beginning of September from the Cathedral to Lukiškių square located Buzz avenue shall be even more various by its events. In the beginning of Gedimino Avenue settled artists shall invite to see expositions of visual arts and their newest works, and Bohemian mood shall be created by a number of concerts, performances and other cultural events. Everybody shall be able to choose his favourite group or performer – on three stages of Gedimino Avenue most wanted popular groups, famous actors and bards as well as creators of alternative and electronic music and DJs shall perform.
Veiksmai (Actions) is the main live music area of the avenue. On the stage located by Vincas Kudirka square, performances shall be organised by the Lithuanians Keymono, Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio dantys, Baltasis kiras, Saulės kliošas, Abudu, Tie Geresni, Swedish indie rock group Charlion and many others.…
Russian edition of the Business Traveller magazine will host Business Traveller Russia and CIS awarding ceremony for the first time in Russia on September 26th, 2016. Representatives of Russian business market will compete for the prestigious award in 6 categories: airline, airport, hotel, rent-a-car service, roaming and destination.
More than 300 companies have already registered as nominees of Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards. The participants include both well-known international brands and regional companies of Russia, the CIS and the near abroad. The reader’s online voting will last until September 11th, 2016 on the official website of the awards.
Due to the authoritative audit of voting results and the carefully selected respondent audience, only the best of the best will become laureates of Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards.
For more than 30 years, the Business Traveller Awards have been some of the most reputable awards conferred every year for outstanding achievement and innovations in business travel. The first Business Traveller Awards ceremony was held in 1988 in Great Britain. Nowadays the awards are held in Great Britain, Germany, Poland, USA, Asia-Pacific region, Africa and Middle East.
Throughout its existence, Business Traveller Awards have won the reputation of an authoritative award, largely due to its unbiased approach: award laureates are chosen by readers` vote, and not by a jury or an expert board.…
Planning your holidays but have an irresistible urge to shop? Cities around the world are bursting with treasures and places to discover, from Latin America’s handicraft markets to Asia’s malls and Europe’s bustling streets. Take a round-the-world tour to visit today’s trendiest tempting temples.
The fashion capitals
The most famous shopping streets are associated with designers’ names: walking down them often amounts to following in the footsteps of fashion legends.
Paris, the wellspring of haute couture, is the world’s uncontested fashion capital. Shopaholics can’t miss the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps on boulevard Haussmann before strolling over to the historic Bon Marché department store on the Left Bank, while the hipster crowd prefers the Marais and its avant-garde boutiques.
In Milan, the Vittorio Emmanuelle II shopping arcade, a treat for the eyes as well as the wardrobe, is a glass-roofed temple of luxury. Further away, the “Golden Square” — Vie Sant’Andrea, Manzoni, Montenapoleone and della Spiga — is the Promised Land during fashion week, featuring the best the world’s designers have to offer.
For a more eclectic trip, London is a winning combination between eccentric styles and British class. Countless shopping streets with international chains, pop-up stores and British brands draw fashionistas from around the world.…
La plupart des établissements touristiques de l’Est de la Belgique se disent assez satisfaits de la saison estivale de cette année et ce, malgré les caprices de la météo en début de saison. Ceci concerne en premier lieu les établissements d’hébergement et sites d’excursions.
Le nombre des nuitées et des visiteurs a commencé à augmenter avec la hausse des températures au cours de la deuxième moitié de la période de vacances entre juillet et août. C’est ce qui ressort d’un sondage Internet auprès des 150 établissements partenaires de l’Agence du Tourisme de l’Est de la Belgique. « Début juillet, le taux d’occupation de notre hôtel-restaurant est resté relativement bas, mais tout s’est considérablement amélioré dès mi-juillet. Lorsque les prévisions météo sont mauvaises, le nombre d’annulations augmente », explique Freddy Theissen de l’Hôtel-Restaurant Steineweiher à St.Vith.
D’après le sondage, le taux d’occupation des hôtels et établissements Bed&Breakfast pendant les vacances estivales 2016 est de l’ordre de 60% et égale celui de l’année précédente dans les Cantons de l’Est. Tout comme les années précédentes, ce se sont surtout les Flamands (31%) et les Néerlandais (17%) qui réservent leurs vacances à l’hôtel, suivis des Allemands (16%), des Wallons (11%) et des Français (8%).…
Alle wegen leiden naar Parijs!
Parijs, 23 augustus 2016 – Parijs is al jaren de meest bezochte stad ter wereld. En niet zonder reden: de geschiedenis van de stad, de architectuur en het culturele aanbod weerspiegelen de beroemde levensstijl van de Fransen. Voyages-sncf.com, het Franse online reisbureau voor treinreizen, biedt verschillende reismogelijkheden aan voor een bezoek aan de Franse hoofdstad. Per trein of per bus, naar Parijs gaan is nog nooit zo eenvoudig en aantrekkelijk geweest!
Een weekendje eruit? In Parijs bent u zo!
5 manieren om naar Parijs te reizen:
1/ Voor een zacht prijsje: dankzij IZY, de nieuwe low-cost-trein die twee tot drie keer per dag tussen Brussel en Parijs rijdt, is de reiziger niet alleen in maximaal 2u30 in de Franse hoofdstad, de prijs voor een treinkaartje is ook nog eens heel laag: een enkele reis wordt aangeboden vanaf 19 euro *
2/ Per bus: tussen Brussel en Parijs rijden elke dag vijf bussen van OUIBUS. In minder dan vijf uur is de reiziger op plaats van bestemming. Reizen met de bus is dankzij de gratis wifi aan boord, de stopcontacten, verstelbare rugleuningen en de mogelijkheid om twee stuks bagage mee te nemen (één in de bagageruimte en één stuk handbagage) heerlijk comfortabel.…
Global Travel & Tourism continues to register strong growth despite challenges from terrorism, political turmoil, global economic developments, and the Brexit decision, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
The update of WTTC’s Economic Impact Reports 2016 shows that, despite the many challenges Travel & Tourism has faced in the first six months of 2016, the sector is still expected to grow by 3.1%, outpacing global economic growth forecast at 2.3%.
The regional outlook for direct Travel & Tourism GDP in 2016 shows that:
- South Asia leads the growth at 5.9%, driven by strong economic prospects in India.
- Latin America will be the worst performer, with an anticipated decline of 0.9%, driven by weakness in Brazil.
- Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia are expected to show solid growth at 4.7% and 4% respectively, stimulated by China growing at 6.3%.
- North America will perform well, with forecast growth of 3.1%.
- Europe will be challenged by lower visitor spend, but will still grow by 2.2%.
While the global picture remains positive, the outlook for some countries has deteriorated since WTTC’s last forecast in March 2016:
- In France, the sector’s direct contribution to GDP is still growing, but the forecast has been reduced from 2.9% to 1.1%, due to macroeconomic downgrades in other European countries, and compounded by the recent incidents in the country, including the atrocity in Nice.
Green, active and healthy Slovenia is rich in natural thermal and mineral springs. You can enjoy their benefits in natural spas and health resorts all over the country. In the first months of the summer, the Slovenian Spas Association recorded a 14% increase in the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists. They almost equal the number of domestic guests, who made 100,000 overnight stays In July.
In addition to domestic visitors, a big contribution to the good business results of Slovenian natural spas and health resorts was made by guests from Austria, as the number of their stays continues to grow. The greatest number of guests still come from Italy, representing 21.3% of all overnight stays. There is a growing number of guests from Croatia, which are currently in third place, as well as visitors from the Russian Federation. Israeli travellers are currently in sixth place, right behind those from Germany.
And what are the main reasons for the excellent visitor numbers in Slovenian natural spas? Investments in the quality of the range offered, preparation of programmes adapted to various target groups, appropriate pricing policy with daily monitoring of availability, excellent knowledge of the market segments, and the visibility of this leading Slovenian tourist product.…
The growth of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in Slovenia has been exceptional in the past few years. Besides our beautiful green nature and vivid cities, one of the reasons for this growth is the active presence of Slovenia on social platforms. You can explore 15 Slovenian towns and cities through the increasingly popular InYourPocket website.
In comparison to the European and global average, the share of tourism, in both total exports and the cumulative effects on GDP, is significantly higher in Slovenia, as is the proportion of people employed in it. In fact, every eighth employed person in Slovenia works in tourism. A new record was set by the Slovenian tourism industry in 2015, when for the first time since Slovenia gained independence in 1991 it recorded more than 10 million overnight stays and 2.2 billion euros of exported travel services.
The increasing interest of foreign tourists in visiting Slovenia can also be seen by the increased popularity of websites and applications that represent green, active and healthy Slovenia. On the InYourPocket website, which has had over 19 million visitors in the past year, you can find guides to 15 Slovenian towns and cities. One of the advantages of the website is that the guides are written by local journalists, so you can explore the cities and towns of Slovenia like a local.…
The huge 3,100sqm pillar-free ballroom offered by the InterContinental property – an un-paralleled space offered by a London hotel, will provide an environment in which stress-free and productive business meetings can take place.
2016 registrations of international and intra-European tour operators who are set to meet with tourism suppliers from across Europe are already up 10% compared to last year, ahead of a registration push after the summer holidays. Buyers include online activities hub and TripAdvisor brand Viator, small group specialists Rick Steves’ and the long haul Flight Centre, alongside other major worldwide intermediaries.
With over two months still to go the scope of registered suppliers already spans east to west from St Petersburg to Reykjavik and from Helsinki to Granada.…
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Asset-Light Strategy with the Sale of Hotel Goldener Hirsch, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg
The Historic Hotel Will Continue to be Operated by Starwood Hotels Under a Long-Term Management Contract
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced that it has closed on the sale of Hotel Goldener Hirsch, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Salzburg, Austria to companies of the WILD Group for €20M (approximately $22 million USD). Starwood will continue to operate the hotel under the Luxury Collection brand flag under a new long-term management agreement.
Thomas Mangas, Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. said, “Our team continues to vigorously execute on all corners of our strategy to create value for Starwood’s shareholders, including meaningful progress on our asset disposition target. With this transaction, we have disposed of over $520 million of assets already in 2016, including five hotels transferred to Interval Leisure Group in connection with ILG’s acquisition of Vistana.”
Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood said, “The sale of Hotel Goldener Hirsch underscores our ongoing commitment to dispose of our owned assets to the right long-term partners to create both immediate and long-term shareholder value. We continue to experience strong interest from global investors looking to add unique and quality properties to their portfolios.”
WILD Group owns Hotel Schloss Mönchstein, located just 2 km from Hotel Goldener Hirsch.…
Tianjin – The major overland trade route between China, Mongolia and Russia will be tested this week, ahead of the upcoming implementation of the TIR system in China.
The 2,200km route will be assessed with a caravan of nine trucks travelling together over seven days, three each from China, Mongolia and Russia.
China’s ratification of the UN TIR Convention last month has put a spotlight on this strategic trade route and its potential for regional development as well as facilitating trade between Asia and Europe.
“This caravan is an important step in realising the benefits that TIR will bring to this important trade corridor, and for investment and economic growth in communities along its route and beyond,” said Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General.殮
The caravan will evaluate infrastructure, amenities and security for truck drivers along the route, test border crossing facilities, and strengthen cooperation between China, Mongolia and Russia on transport, trade and environmental issues.
Organised by the transport ministries of the three countries, and supported by IRU, the caravan was launched in Tianjin by three deputy transport ministers – from China, Mongolia and Russia. The caravan is being run under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and its Asian Highway Network programme.…
Agreement gives Amadeus-connected travel agencies continued access to easyJet’s range of content through the Amadeus system to drive business bookings
Vilvoorde, Belgium, 18 August, 2016: easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, and Amadeus (IBEX:AMS.MC), a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, today announce the renewal of a long-term partnership, giving Amadeus subscribers continued access to easyJet’s range of fares.
The partnership will support the airline’s evolving growth strategy, which includes a focus on business travel, and ensures that corporate travellers in particular can easily access and book the airline’s range of business friendly products such as Inclusive and Flexi Fares. easyJet and Amadeus originally began working together in 2007. In subsequent years, easyJet became the pilot carrier for Amadeus’ innovative light ticketing functionality, which allows travel agencies to book easyJet like any other carrier whilst the airline uses XML-technology to connect to Amadeus.
Through the continued use of this technology, easyJet will sell its range of products and seats. Amadeus has also been instrumental in supporting easyJet’s growth of GDS-based bookings on Amadeus year-over-year. Anthony Drury, Head of Business for easyJet said: “easyJet was one of the first airlines in the low-cost sector to make its inventory available to travel agents in the indirect channel.…
Munich Airport is thrilled with the positive response to its first culinary festival, “Food & Style,” which took place from August 12-14, 2016. Approximately 50,000 visitors have feasted on the latest gourmet trends during this three-day event and had a chance to watch star chefs during live-cooking sessions. In total 38 regional and international stands catered to visitors from their food trucks. “The feedback we got was so positive from all sides and has surpassed our expectations that we will continue this new event format,” commented Markus Preiss, Team Leader Marketing Commercial Activities.
Munich Airport was spicing up the summer with delicious flavors for the whole family. At the inaugural Food & Style event, visitors could enjoy regional specialties and dishes from around the world while watching professional chefs display their skills live on stage. The gourmet event Food & Style was hosted by Munich Airport in cooperation with eat&STYLE – Germany’s biggest food festival – and the local radio station Charivari. For foodies and hobby chefs, a dream had come true. The marketplace stands featured selected local growers and artisanal producers offered regional favorites and exciting new tastes and combinations, ranging from low-carb mueslis and samples of Jamaican cuisine to Allgäu honey from the wildflower meadows of the Alpine foothills, liqueurs from Munich and locally produced mustard. …
Restaurant Lucky Leek (c) Sebastian Sinémus
Berlin, 17 August 2016 The vegan lifestyle is becoming more popular every day in Berlin. As of this summer, there are 43 restaurants in the German capital that use no animal products in their cooking. That’s 31 more than five years ago. More than 340 restaurants in Berlin also feature animal-free dishes on their menus. Vegan ingredients are not only the basis of the latest food trends in the German capital, but the city’s also becoming a centre for designing and making fashion, shoes, and cosmetics without animal products.
New Food Trends: Raw Foods, Super Foods, and Clean Eating
One of the latest trends is raw food. At Rawtastic in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin’s first raw vegan restaurant, the food is not heated above 42°C (108°F). The careful handling of the food ensures that it not only retains its nutritional value, but also gains flavour. The menu includes such things as Koodles (noodles made from carrots and zucchini) and a ‘shroom burger made from mushrooms.
Daluma in Mitte works with super foods with higher nutritional content than other foods. In addition to detoxifying power smoothies, the menu includes dishes based on lentils, pasta, rice, or quinoa.…