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    • 14 Oct, 2010 08-09 Building a Green tourism environment in Vietnam 27 IT&CMA and CTW 2010 Delivers Quality Buyers, Travel Managers a Business Travel nd a Wider Selection of MICE Sellers 34-36 10 Australian Culture and Traditions to know when travelling to Australia www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 14 Oct, 2010 08-09 Building a Green tourism environment in Vietnam Dear Travel Weekly readers! 27 IT&CMA and CTW 2010 Delivers Quality Buyers, Travel Managers a nd a Wider Selection of MICE Sellers Business Travel 34-36 10 Australian Culture and Traditions to know when travelling to Australia Welcome to the 38 Issues of Travel Weekly! www.travelweekly.com.vn First of all, on behalf of all the members at Travel Weekly Magazine I would like to say thank you very much for supporting and sharing with us your ideas since the early days of our magazine. Born to bring our readers useful and up-to-date information about Travel Busi- Contact us ness in Vietnam and around the world to your desktop every Thursday, today, Editor-in-chief Travel Weekly becomes a part of your daily works for all travel executive as Anh. Nguyen Hoang well as travel lovers those who cares about the tourism industry. M: +84 904 230 230 E: editor@travelweekly.com.vn We understand that saving a tree is the responsibility for everyone who inter- News ested in the environmental disaster as what the Business Travel operators call Hang. Bui Duc “Responsible Travel”, therefore, towards the eco-friendly environment, Travel M: +84 979 051 210 Weekly call our each issue is Eco-Friendly Magazine because we design and E: news@travelweekly.com.vn “print” and/or publish our magazine in PDF format which allows us to send Advertising you immediately via e-mail as well as distribute our magazine to global read- Quyen. Nguyen Tu ers. Moreover, at our website, there is even a better way to read our magazine M: +84 987 622 113 without download which let you choose the first read and then deciding to keep E: advertising@travelweekly.com.vn it on your computer for store or further review. Sales Duong. Nguyen We do hope that everything we do is just to give you everything in travel news M: +84 904 884 099 for your works and your care. We are looking forward to receive your supports E: duong@travelweekly.com.vn and share with us in the coming time. Thank you for travelling with us! Design Kien. Nguyen Trung Minh. Truong Hoang Editor-in-Chief Phuong. Nguyen E: design@travelweekly.com.vn Anh. Nguyen Hoang Add: #130 Pho Duc Chinh Str., Ba Dinh District, Hanoi – Vietnam Tel: +84 4 3715 3558 - Fax: +84 3715 3560 Email: contact@travelweekly.com.vn Website: www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • Thursday 14.10.2010 VIETNAM NEWS 04 FEATURES 08 - 09 04. Northern Vietnam Highlands named Building a Green UNESCO “Geopark” 05 tourism environment 05. Exhibition on “The Many Faces of in Vietnam Vietnam” opens in Paris, France 06 As tourism develops, the more tourists are attracted, 07. New bus route through Vietnam, Laos the more urgent environmental problems are raised. and Thailand 07 Building a “green-clean-beautiful” tourism environment has become the concern of local authorities, tourism 10. Vietnamese service providers win companies and also local people and tourism staff. tourism alliance awards 08 12. Vietnam - Thailand launch “1 million tourists in 2015” 09 14 - 15. National Tourism Year to be cel- ebrated nationwide 10 INTERNATIONAL NEWS 11 18. Marriott Resorts & Spas awarded greatest honor of the Awards of Excellence 12 19. China develops MICE industry 20. Accor and IMPACT Exhibition to Open 14 27 IT&CMA and CTW 2010 De- livers Quality Buyers, Travel Novotel Bangkok Impact Managers and a Wider Selection of 16 21. India promotes new products at the MICE Sellers PATA Mart More than 13,000 IT&CMA business appointments for 17 exhibitors, buyers and corporate travel managers took 23. ASEAN arrivals to Indonesia expected place on the 6 and 7 October at Asia’s Only Doublebill to rise MICE and Corporate Travel Event. Below is more statis- 18 tics at the IT&CMA and CTW2010. 24 - 25. STB to host 8,000 at TravelRave festival 20 TRAVEL EXPO 26. WTM launches UK Exhibitors’ e-Shop 23 28 - 29. PATA Gold Awards 2011 are now open 24 30 -31. SPORTS TOURISM Tough Legacy or Golden Jackpot? 25 32. WTM Global Trends Report 2009 cor- rectly predicts the future 27 33. The Entire ITB Asia On Your Mobile Phone - Free of Charge 29 34 - 36 10 Australian Culture and Traditions to know when travelling to Australia DO YOU KNOW Australia, like most countries, has complex and distinc- 30 tive cultures and traditions. With heavy British influ- ences and a small population of indigenous people, the 31 country has developed into a nation of individuality. With their own brands of music and art, the entertainment industry has blossomed. Sports mingle with personal 33 philosophy and new cuisines as Australia takes its place as a cultural center for the South Pacific. 34 35 36 37
    • 4 VIETNAM NEWS Northern Vietnam Highlands named UNESCO “Geopark” The Dong Van Stone Highlands in the northern province of Ha Giang have been recognized as a member of UNESCO- supported Global Geoparks Network (GNN). The recognition was announced at biennial meeting held Sunday in Greece’s Lesvos of GGN, which promotes and preserves geoparks around the world. A geopark, according to GGN, is a nationally protected area containing a number of geological heritage sites of particular importance, rarity or aesthetic appeal. The latest event has made Dong Van become the first geopark in Vietnam and the second in the Southeast Asia to be named GGN member, Tuoi Tre reported. Since the organization was established in 1998, it has admit- ted 58 geoparks from 18 countries. Covering 574.35 square kilometers, Dong Van is home to a wide variety of geological wonders, according to Vu Cao Minh, former deputy chief of Vietnam’s Institute of Geology. Fossils of nearly 1,000 species, including ancient fish, have been found across the highlands, he said, adding that its var- ied topography soars in places to heights of 700 meters high. The highlands’ appeal also comes from the fact that nearly 20 ethnic minority people with different customs are living there, Minh said. Cua Lo PetroVietnam Go-ahead given to int’l Tourism Zone project gets yacht race approval After receiving approval from the Nghe An province people’s com- Government, Saigontourist Travel mittee has approved the plan for Service Co is co-ordinating with construction on Cua Lo PetroViet- the Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club nam Tourism Zone to be sited in to organise the fourth international Cua Lo Town. PetroVietnam Nghe boat race from Hong Kong to Nha An Construction Joint Stock Co was Trang between October 20 and 27. the main investor for this project Since 2004, the Hong Kong Royal with the total investment capital of Yacht Club and Saigontourist have 1.236 trillion VND in an area of 27 organised these biennial events. hectares. The construction work The 656-nautical mile race in 2008 Hanoi to host Japanese was expected to start in Q1 of 2011. attracted 13 yachts. Laos Airlines opens route Ha Long Bay to become to HCM City Laos Airlines will open a new air new World Wonder The Director of New7Wonders language festival route connecting its capital city of Foundation, Jean-Paul de la Fuente The Japan Foundation for Cultural Exchanges in Vietnam and the Vientiane with HCMC via Pakse said Ha Long Bay defeated 440 Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Corporation Centre (VJCC) Airport in Champasak province on competitors in the vote for the will hold a Japanese language festival in Hanoi on October 17. 19 October. The new service will seven natural wonders of the world, Participants will have a chance to exchange and express their operate three flights per week ev- Ha Long Bay, has been voted in the linguistic abilities in the Japanese language. Three competitors ery Monday, Wednesday and Friday list of 28 and likely to win in the list will win a trip to Japan in the next two weeks. from Vientiane and every Tuesday, of new seven wonders. He highly First launched in 1997, the annual festival aims to encourage Thursday and Saturday from Ho valued how the Vietnamese people people to learn the Japanese language, study its culture, and Chi Minh City, using French 72 seat have voted saying Ha Long Bay has strengthen friendship, solidarity and mutual understanding be- ATR72 aircraft. The return fare for great chance of winning the com- the HCMC-Vientiane route will be petition. Ha Long Bay is still high in tween the governments and peoples of Vietnam and Japan. US$501, inclusive of taxes and fees. the foundation’s final rankings. In 2009, out of 300 contestants, Nguyen Huu Bao Trung from Ha- noi’s University of Science and Technology won first prize. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 5 Exhibition on “The Many Faces of Vietnam” opens in Paris, France While Thang Long - Hanoi is celebrating in order to better discover the country and to venue in 2011, so as to reach a larger audi- its 1000th anniversary, with Prime Minister take beautiful pictures so as to transmit his ence. Nguyen Tan Dung announcing that the city sense of wonder to the French audience. “wants to be friends with every country of Cedric Pouralle plans to go back to Vietnam the world and to boost international peace, In 2010, he spent several weeks in Hanoi. He in the future and will continue to document friendship, co-operation and development”, also visited Lao Cai and Sapa, meeting with his discoveries throughout a country he has a photo exhibition opens in Paris, France to the ethnic minorities. He went to the Halong grown to love. promote international dialogue and give the Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mui Ne, the Mekong Delta For further information, please contact Me- French audience a taste of Vietnam. and Saigon. He also attended the Elephant lusine Bonneau (co-organizer of the exhibi- Race Festival in Dak Lak. tion in Paris) at melubon@hotmail.fr or visit Held in Paris, France, from October 8th to website: http://necta.net/ November 30th, 2010, the photo exhibition He found the Vietnamese to be very kind “The Many Faces of Vietnam” presents 34 and helpful, even though he spoke little pictures taken by French photographer Ce- Vietnamese. He was always treated well and dric Pouralle. The pictures, mostly portraits, used photography as a language, showing were taken during Pouralle’s trips to Viet- his pictures to the people he was shooting. nam, from 2005 to 2010. They feature people of all ages, ethnic groups, etc., in order to He was also thrilled to see the country’s show the diversity of today’s Vietnam and to economic boom in just five years, with Hanoi illustrate both its traditions and its modernity. becoming ever more modern, while retain- ing its distinctive historical character. Cedric Pouralle first discovered Vietnam upon receiving a postcard showing the The opening party for the photo exhibition density of Hanoi’s urban traffic. Having been took place on October 8th, 2010, in Paris, in raised in a multicultural background in the the presence of overseas Vietnamese and Paris region and having made friends with international visitors. The exhibition has many Asian people when he was studying raised great interest, with the audience com- fine arts, he decided to take a trip to Viet- menting on the differences and similarities nam. In 2005, he journeyed across Vietnam, between the Vietnamese and the French way North to South, and fell in love with the coun- of life. try and its people. He decided to go back to Vietnam in 2010, staying there three months, The exhibition is to be transferred to a larger Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 7 O nly with 1,000-2,000 Baht (equivalent to VND600,000-1.2 million), Thai or Viet- namese people can visit each country in one day and one night, says Surapong Prasert, CEO of Thailand’s Phakbhum Company. As planned, the company will invest 300 million Baht (approximately VND180 billion) to upgrade New bus route Route 12 through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. This 200km-long route runs from Nakhon Phanom province (northeastern Thailand), through Kham through Vietnam, Muon province (Laos) into Quang Binh province (Vietnam). Mr. Surapong said that the company’s plan has Laos and Thailand been accepted in principle by Laotian and Viet- namese authorities. The third friendship bridge across the Mekong River between Nakhon Phanom province (Thai- land) and Kham Muon (Laos) is being built at a cost of 1.8 billion Baht, funded by the Thai Govern- ment. When completed in 2011, it will shorten the way from Thailand to Vietnam and reduce travel fares between the two countries. Meanwhile, a bus ticket from Thailand, through Laos to Vietnam will be reduced to 500 Baht (VND300,000). It currently costs tens of thousands of Baht. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 9 Building Green tourism environment in Vietnam As tourism develops, the more tourists are attracted, the more urgent environmental problems are raised. Building a “green-clean-beautiful” tourism environment has become the concern of local authorities, tourism companies and also local people and tourism staff. Polluted environments at tourism destinations are the main challenge for the industry. Littering at beaches, scenic areas and historical parks is unfortunately common. The problems in Long Hai beach (Vung Tau province), Do Son beach (Hai Phong) are very worrying. According to Mr Le Dai Nam, the director of Open Tour Company, the problem of polluted tourism destinations is spreading in the north. Hygiene standards and common cleanliness are too often overlooked at restaurants and cafeterias serv- ing tourists, especially in high season. Mr Vu Quyet Thang, the director of Hoang Viet Travel JSC said, “I was ashamed but I have to say that I did witness a tourist threw the shell of a coconut and a plastic bag into the river. If I reminded them, they would not listen to me and would respond in an arrogant attitude.” Protecting the tourism environment is the responsibility of the whole community. Tourism environment is not only hygiene, but also the sightseeing, personality, culture of communication and service attitude. In other words, the rubbish and pollution at tourism spots are as bad as aggressively competing for customers or badgering them for a purchase. Understanding clearly the important role of protecting tourism spots in the strategy to develop the industry, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism considers “conserv- ing and up-keeping culture values and protecting ecological environment” as the priority goal for developing sustainable tourism. Local authorities and tourism man- agement bodies in well-developed tourism provinces such as Binh Thuan, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Da Nang, etc typically organize campaigns to clean the environment, which attracts the whole community to take part. From the companies, apart from providing coordinators and guides with awareness of protecting the environment, some com- panies add special activities to their tours. For example, Saigon Tourist with “Way to the forest” program, “Each tree for each one”, “Be friendly with the environment and nature” to raise awareness of protecting tourism environment for tourists. Therefore, protecting the environment is the responsibility of the whole community. Each area’s tourism strategy should attract the participation of the whole community; help them understand the indispensable relationship between protecting tourism environment and the goals of hunger elimination and poverty reduction in the local area. Once taking part in tourism activities and benefiting from them, local people understand that protecting the tourism environment is protecting their lives. That is the solution to protecting the tourism environment sustainably. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 10 VIETNAM NEWS Vietnamese service providers win tourism alliance awards N ine tourism and transportation service providers In Lao Category in Vietnam along with 18 companies in Laos and Cambodia have won the Tourism Alliance Awards • Inbound Tour Operator of the Year - Visit Asia Travel 2010. The prizes were given during the sixth Inter- • Outbound Tour Operator of the Year - Visit Asia Travel national Travel Expo in HCMC. • Business Hotel of the Year - Don Chan Palace • Luxury Hotel of the Year - Lao Plaza In the Vietnam category, HCMC, the biggest tourism centre, • Hotel Resort of the Year - Champassak Grand was the biggest winner. The city has the Inbound Tour Opera- • Restaurant of the Year - Phatoke Laoderm Restaurant tor of the Year- Saigontourist, the Outbound Tour Operator of the • Spa of the Year - Champassak Grand Year – Vietravel, the Business Hotel of the Year - Caravelle Hotel, • Airline of the Year - Lao Airlines the Luxury Hotel of the Year - Park Hyatt, the Budget Hotel of the Year- Palace Hotel Saigon, and the Restaurant of the Year - Li Bai In Vietnam Category (Sheraton Hotel). • Inbound Tour Operator of the Year- Saigon Tourist Both of the other Vietnamese winners were located in the coastal • Outbound Tour Operator of the Year – Vietravel city of Nha Trang - Resort of the Year - Six Senses Hideaway Ninh • Business Hotel of the Year - Caravelle Hotel Van Bay and the Spa of the Year - Evason Ana Mandara. • Luxury Hotel of the Year - Park Hyatt • Resort of the Year - Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay The national airlines of Vietnam Airlines won the Airline of the • Budget Hotel of the Year- Palace Hotel Saigon Year award. • Restaurant of the Year - Li Bai (Sheraton Hotel) • Spa of the Year - Evason Ana Mandara According to the organising committee, around 80 service • Airline of the Year - Vietnam Airlines providers in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam were nominated for awards. Here the list of winners In Cambodia Category • Inbound Tour Operator of the Year - Apsara • Tours Outbound Tour Operator of the Year - First Travel • Business Hotel of the Year: NagaWorld • Luxury Hotel of the Year: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort • Resort of the Year - Borei Angkor Resort & Spa • Budget Hotel of the Year: Almond Hotel • Restaurant of the Year - Malis Restaurant • Spa of the Year - Sokha Hotels, Resorts & Spa Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 11 Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 12 VIETNAM NEWS Thailand and more than 100,000 Thailand toured Vietnam. In the first eight months of 2010, 240,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Thailand while the figure of Thailand to Vietnam was 120,000. Vietnam was ranked third among ASEAN tourists visiting Thailand. Currently, there are more than 80 flights a week from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Asia, and Lufthansa to Bangkok. Vietnam - Thailand launch Tourists from the northeast of Thailand can travel by cars to Vietnam’s central prov- “1 million tourists in 2015” ince and vice versa. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) ment targets in 2010 of TAT in Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam National Tourism Adminis- City. tration (VNTA) will coordinate to discuss The two sides focused on plans to ex- ways to carry out the program, namely “1 change information, invite journalists of million tourists in 2015”. Vietnam and Thailand to visit and report This was said by Mr. Sansern Ngaorungsi, Vietnam’s tourism, and invite travel agents Deputy Governor of TAT for International from the two countries to take part in exhi- Marketing (Asia and South Pacific) in a bition fairs. conference introducing tourism develop- In 2009; 370,000 Vietnamese travelled to UNWTO attracted by the Vietnam tourism’s impressively steady growth The number of international visitors to Vietnam in the first August months of this year has risen sharply. The country has been put in the list of the top Asian countries with strong tourism performance in the first half of the year by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Vietnam reached the growth rate of more than 30 percent in the low season. The UNWTO has highly appreciated the quick recovery of Vietnam after the global financial crisis in 2009. According to the National Statistics Department, the number of international tourists was 383,500 in September, a year-on-year increase of 26 percent. The total number of foreign visitors in the first months of the year was more than 3.7 million, up 34 percent from last year. China and ASEAN countries are in the list of Vietnam’s top ten tourism markets. The country expects to receive 5 million international travellers in 2010 and 5.5 million in 2011. In addition, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have recently signed a cooperation agreement targeting at around 1 million visitors to the two countries from now until 2015 in the HCM City’s International Travel Expo 2010. Until the July, 240,000 Vietnamese visited Thailand while over 120,000 tourists from Thailand visited Vietnam. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 14 VIETNAM NEWS Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 15 National Tourism Year to be celebrated nationwide The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed to the Prime Minister that localities take turns celebrating National Tourism Year from 2012-2017. Thua Thien-Hue will do in 2012, Hai Phong in 2013, Lam Dong in 2014, Thanh Hoa in 2015, Kien Giang in 2016 and Lao Cai in 2017. National Tourism Year is the biggest annual event in Vietnam’s tourism indus- try and is intended to encourage investment in local infrastructure facilities and services. It also helps to train human resources, promote products in foreign markets, diversify and develop tourism in different parts of the country. Since 2003, National Tourism Year has been held in Quang Ninh, Dien Bien, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Can Tho, Thai Nguyen and Hanoi. Phu Yen is scheduled to host the event in 2011. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 18 INTERNATIONAL NEWS Tourism Malaysia wins Best International Outbound Tourism award By TT BuReau The recently concluded ITM 2010 witnessed the who’s who of the travel trade gather at the event hosted in New Delhi. The recently concluded India Travel Mart was a grand affair. Organised from August 26-28, 2010, the event witnessed extensive participation from the travel trade fraternity. What added to the glamour quotient was the presence of Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member of Parliament and renowned sport personality, who inaugurated the Mart and also presented awards during the event. ITM presented awards for excel- lence in categories like International Tourism Organisation, Boards, Departments, Hotels, Resorts, Travel Agencies and Tour Organisers, for contribution to tourism. Tourism Malaysia bagged the award for the best Internation- al Outbound Tourism in South Asia. Dubai Tourism bagged the Best Outbound Tourism Destina- tion award, and Mauritius Tourism got the award for the Best International Island Destination award. Tourism Authority of Thailand won the award for the Best Outbound Destination Promotion. Meanwhile, Vijay Thakur, President, IATO ac- cepted the award for the Best Tourism Association. Bangkok Marriott Resorts & Spa Chiangmai exhibition & India sweeps 6 awards at convention centre targets the PTM 2010 early-2012 opening The Ministry of Tourism led the tally of awards at PATA Travel Mart The Chiang Mai Convention Centre 2010, where the Indian contingent is expected to be ready for opera- won six awards. The Ministry won tions in January 2012. Construc- a PATA Grand Award and two PATA tion is only 22 percent complete, Gold Awards during the PATA less than the projected 29 percent Travel Mart 2010, which concluded for the first year of the building recently in Macau.The award win- plan. The centre is expected to be ners: Anand Kumar, Joint Secretary, Marriott Resorts & Spas awarded greatest completed by November next year Ministry of Tourism, R H Khwaja, and will be ready for operations the Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, M honor of the Awards of Excellence following January. Sivasankar, Director, Kerala Tourism and Dipak Deva, CEO Destination Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya, honorably received the dis- Visa waiver to bolster India and South Asia. tinguished awards of Excellence in the 8th Thailand Tourism MICE Awards 2010 by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Curacao: The world’s Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa granted the Award of Excellence The extension of visa waiver to the Schengen countries, kick off newest country for city hotel tourist accommodation with more than 80 rooms: in year-end, is expected to boost The 10th October was a momentous Bangkok, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa granted the Award of MICE arrivals to Taiwan. The day for Curacao, as it became an Excellence for same category: Eastern Region, Hua Hin Marriott country already offers visa-exempt autonomous country within the Resort & Spa granted the Award of Excellence for resort hotel stays to 38 countries. Sin Chen, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Hith- with at least 80 rooms: Western Region. In this regards, H.E. Mr. project leader for MEET Taiwan’s erto one of the five islands of the Chumpol Silapa-archa, Minister of Tourism and Sports gracious- International Marketing said: “Visa Netherland Antilles, this change in ly presided over the event. is currently one of the biggest prob- status indicates more resources & The Thailand Tourism Awards or The Kinnari Awards is Thai- lems that we face for MICE.” Aside revenue that will now be available land’s ‘Hallmark of Excellence’ – a symbol of assurance in the from easing entry for foreigners, for tourism development within the finest achievements, outstanding quality and reliability of tour- Taiwan also expects MICE growth island. This historic change would ism products and services. It is a part of the tourism accredita- to be fuelled by the sprucing up of bring huge potential for growth in tion, which guarantees the quality of tourism products that meet infrastructure in Taipei. Curacao’s tourism landscape. international standards. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 19 China develops MICE industry By Karen Yue C HINA is making inroads into the MICE scene with the establishment of two new MICE-focused industry com- Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, was naturally strong for incentives but had yet to break into the convention scene. which in turn will help build government confidence in them, is also one of the main objectives of ICCA’s China Commit- mittees designed to make the country tee. more competitive in the sector. “The district wanted a strategy to grow its overall MICE business. There isn’t a Ahmad Hamid Noor, ICCA Asia Pacific’s The International Congress and Conven- convention and visitors bureau (CVB) in regional director, said: The Chinese tion Association (ICCA) China Commit- China so it decided to set up this steering government decides which public rela- tee was formed on September 21 while committee… which will help the district tions company (which usually organises Beijing’s Dongcheng district, covering the come up with its own CVB in the future, if conferences in China) gets to manage an eastern half of the Chinese capital, inau- need,” said Holmes. event. ICCA China Committee wants to gurated a MICE advisory committee on change that and help PCOs and DMCs August 30. The latter comprises represen- Liu, whose company is one of the few win events.” tatives from Gary Grimmer & Company, private PCOs in China, however decried MCI and the Society of Incentive Travel the government’s hold on event bids. She The committee also intends to focus Executives (SITE) as advisors. said many associations in China were on drawing international events to key government-linked or partially govern- and secondary cities in China, raise the Star China Professional Programme’s ment-funded hence guanxi (interpersonal professionalism of Chinese MICE players CEO, Liu Ping, said the new MICE bodies relationships and connection) played a and grow its membership ICCA presently signalled the government’s willingness key role in determining bid wins. has 24 members in China, just four shy of to allow the industry to develop on its Australia, the association’s biggest Asia- own, particularly since it was rare to have “While it’s good to have some government Pacific presence. foreign organisations on MICE-focused involvement in managing an event as it committees in China. spends to ensure (a successful outcome), “China will catch up very soon as we have we wish we have more freedom to bid for received a lot more new applications Gary Grimmer & Company senior associ- association events,” Liu revealed. recently,” said Ahmad. ate, jane Vong Holmes, said Dongcheng, which boasts historical attractions as the Raising the profile of PCOs and DMCs, Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 20 INTERNATIONAL NEWS T hailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) un- TCEB launches “Believe in veiled a new marketing campaign ‘Believe in Thailand,’ a strategic plan to alter event suppliers perspective on Thailand” campaign 2011 the Southeast Asia country. The campaign is set to commence in the coming months and will highlight to perspective event planners the country’s strongest assets with business opportunities, renewed hospitality and a variety of tourist attractions, TR Weekly reported. TCEB said they will also offer organisers seed money, free gala dinners and funds to underwrite site trips for the organisers. “The campaign is about communications mixed with first-hand experience,” TCEB President Akapol Sorasuchart said. “We want to show business travellers, MICE operators and event organisers that Thailand is back to normal, back on track and moving forward.” Mr Sorasuchart has also promised to work with lesser known destinations in Thailand following the completion of a White Paper to promote the country’s north-eastern region. The country will continue to use the current campaign Thailand Extra Value until early next year. Accor and IMPACT Exhibition to Open Novotel Bangkok Impact Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Thailand, has announced the signing of Novotel Bangkok at the capital’s IM- PACT Convention & Exhibition Centre. The newly built hotel is scheduled to open in early 2011 with 380 rooms and suites, Accor announced on Monday 11 October. Novotel Bangkok will be located within the IMPACT Arena, Exhi- bition and Convention Centre complex, which has an indoor use- able space of over 140,000 square metres and has hosted some of Asia’s largest events, including the Thailand Open tennis, the Thailand International Motor Expo, and Motor Show. “Novotels are located at some of the world’s most significant conference, events and exhibition centres - including London’s EXCEL and Sydney’s Darling Harbour and Olympic Park pre- cincts - so we believe the hotel will be ideally positioned to cater for a wide cross-section of the market that will attend the Impact Centre,” Accor’s vice president of operations for Thailand, Cam- bodia and Laos, Oswald Pichler, said. The 10-storey hotel will feature the latest Novotel guest room design and include two restaurants, a bar, swimming pool and fitness centre. The IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Centre complex is a 30-minute drive from downtown Bangkok and an hour from Novotel Lotus Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 21 India promotes new products at the PATA Mart Addressing the media during the PATA Mart, Manmohan Sadana, Regional Director at Indian Tourism Board in Tokyo, said that the visa- on-arrival, introduced for five countries on an experimental basis, had shown positive results. India enjoyed a location advantage. “The Termi- nal 3 at the New Delhi airport had drawn much praise from all quarters,” he added. Elaborating on the product diversity that the country has to offer, Sadana said that it was like a Walmart store, offering a wide range of products to choice from, ranging from the Himalayas, Bollywood, cuisine, adventure and shopping. “The issue of rationalization of taxes had been taken up and would take some time to be re- solved. The arrivals from China were showing a healthy growth, and the numbers had already shot the figure from South Korea and were ap- proaching that of Japan,” he informed. The press conference was also addressed by Samad, Director at India Tourism Office in Beijing. He said that awareness on the country was being spread in many cities in China and agents have been sent on fam tours from China to India. Meanwhile, the India Invitation Dinner Recep- tion, held at the Grand Hyatt Macau, drew much praise from delegates, who had a taste of dishes from many regions of the country. The Bhangra and Odissi dances were also pre- sented on the occasion. Secretary R H Khwaja invited the delegates at Macau to come to India next year for the PATA Travel Mart 2011. The finale function of the mart was compeered by Arjun Sharma, who took the guests on a virtual mini cultural and culinary tour of the country. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 23 ASEAN arrivals to Indonesia expected to rise By Mimi Hudoyo ASEAN’s arrivals to Indonesia are expected to increase between 30 per cent and 36 per cent by 2015, according to Hong Kong-based Politi- cal & Economic Risk Consultant Robert Broad- foot. Indonesia received 2.8 million ASEAN arrivals in 2009. He added that Indonesia must invest in physical and human infrastructure to attract travellers. “You also need to think out of the box, such as exploring the land link to Singapore, for exam- ple,” Broadfoot said. Marintur Indonesia executive director Ismail Ali said: “I think the projection is viable, with the growing economy in the region and the grow- ing new generation of travellers. Young ASEAN travellers who used to be accompanied by their parents now do it on their own. If you look at the pattern of European travellers, they have about three short intra-Europe trips per year as well as one long-haul trip. “I also agree about the need to improve infra- structure, including developing land connec- tions, border crossing and probably an intra- ASEAN card, so travellers don’t need passports to travel within the region.” Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 24 INTERNATIONAL NEWS STB to host 8,000 at TravelRave festival T he Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will host about 8,000 local and international leaders from the tourism industry to exchange and network in the inaugural Trav- elRave festival. The festival will include a series of conferences, talks, and network- ing sessions from 18-28 October, AsiaOne reported. The six different events held during the festival are expected to increase the participation of industry players by an estimated 15 per cent. It will also bring to Singapore travel-related events which were previously held in other parts of the world, including Aviation Out- look Asia 2009 which was last year held in Beijing. “By bringing all these events together in a very condensed and compact schedule, it will give them (industry players) the benefit of coming to Singapore, staying for a week or two and being able to attend more than one event,” STB’s assistant chief executive of Business Travel & MICE Group, Melissa Ow, said. Among the festival highlights is the World Savers Congress to be held on 19 and 20 October, at which Hollywood actress Mira Sorvino will share her views on sustainable travel. Meetings, conventions, exhibitions and business travel account for about 30 per cent of the total num- ber of visitor arrivals to Singapore annually. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 26 TRAVEL EXPO WTM launches UK Exhibitors’ e-Shop T he World Travel Market has teamed up with VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, to launch an online shop to help delegates selling UK based WTM exhibitors’ products to the WTM participants. The online shop – www.wtmlondon. com/uk shop - includes numerous travel services, exhibiting tourist attractions. For example, World Travel Market del- egates can purchase London Transport Oyster cards, airport transfers and train tickets from London’s four main air- ports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. Furthermore, delegates can purchase tickets to dozens of exhibiting tourist at- tractions, sports stadiums and sightsee- ing tours. Exhibiting attractions include some of London’s most famous historic buildings such as: Hampton Court Pal- ace, Tower of London, Kensington Pal- ace and St Paul’s Cathedral. The UK’s leading sports stadiums are also selling their tours including the spiritual homes of rugby (Twickenham), tennis (Wim- bledon), and football (Wembley). Lead- ing football clubs, Manchester United (Old Trafford) and Chelsea (Stamford Bridge) are also available. Sightseeing excursions that can be pur- chased include tours of London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Lucie Win- ter, Regional Account Manager, World Travel Market, UK & Ireland, said, “The World Travel Market UK e-shop is a great initiative for all WTM participants as it allows them to purchase and ex- perience London and the UK’s leading tourism attractions.” “The e-shop offers a convenient outlet for UK exhibitors to promote their products to visitors who are look- ing to add a leisure aspect to their World Travel Market business trip.” David Childs Clarke, Partnerships Man- ager for VisitBritain eCommerce said, “We are delighted to team up with the World Travel Market to provide a be- spoke e-shop, offering UK exhibitors’ products and services to the WTM par- ticipants as well as making it easy for visitors to preplan their travel to WTM. It’s great to be able to extend the invita- tion for participants to let the shop help them make the most of their time here so that they can experience more of what London and Britain has to offer” Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO 27 IT&CMA and CTW 2010 Delivers Quality Buyers, Travel Managers and a Wider Selection of MICE Sellers M ore than 13,000 IT&CMA business appointments for exhibitors, buyers and corporate travel man- agers took place on the 6 and 7 October at Asia’s Only Doublebill MICE and Corporate Travel Event. 50% of buyers and corporate travel managers are new to the show this year. New buyer and corporate travel man- ager markets include Egypt, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Portugal, Slovenia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine. The event witnessed an increase of 20% booth take up. Country and city pavilions such as Singapore, Korea, Seoul, Brunei and Indonesia boasted increased exhibitor partici- pation. Thailand clusters occupied a total of 399sqm – the largest in this year’s show. Thai MICE cities that also have a larger presence at this year’s event include Chiang Mai and Pattaya. Media delegate Mr Joachim Fischer, Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Insider, Germany, commented, “Sentiment on the exhibition floor is more positive than last year, with greater opportunities for sealing business deals. The quantity and profile of potential buyers is one of the show’s strengths.” Ms Ma. Nedalin L. Miranda, Senior Convention Services Of- ficer of the Philippines Department of Tourism, mirrors this observation, “The majority of buyers that we met look like potential clients.” Repeat buyer Mr Vineet Gopal, Director of Engee Holidays, India, remarked “Like always, the choice of exhibitors is very good and offers excellent opportunity for networking and to do serious business.” Corporate travel managers like Mr Michael Beck, Global Travel Management of Bosch Germany enjoys the duo-na- ture of the programme that balances objectives of educa- tion as well as procurement at the exhibition. “Conference topics this year are relevant and beneficial. On the sourcing end, there are a lot of hotel varieties to choose from. It would be nice to see more Airline companies next year.” Mr Beck and his team of 9 from across Asia-Pacific are returning to the show for a second time this year. The last day of the event also features two awards presenta- tion. The 9th Sticky Awards recognises participants who have made the strongest impression during the event. Among the 13 Awards presented, categories include the Stickiest Function, the Stickiest Promotion, the Stickiest Buyer, the Stickiest National Pavilion (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and the Stickiest Green Booth. All awards presented at the Sticky Awards Lunch on 7 October. Partner event, The 21st TTG Travel Awards held later on 7 October evening in conjunction with IT&CMA and CTW 2010. The event honours the best travel and tourism organi- sations in the Asia-Pacific. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 28 TRAVEL EXPO PATA Gold Awards 2011 are now open 5. Ecotourism Project ABS-CBN Foundation-Bantay Kalikasan Iwahig River Community- Based Ecotourism Project, Philippines 6. Corporate Environmental Programme Promote Ecology and Conservation on Lantau Ngong Ping 360 Limited, Hong Kong SAR 7. Environmental Education Programme Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Qantas Airways Ltd, Australia 8. Heritage The Launch of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Sofitel Luxury Hotels Asia Pacific, Thailand I ndustry stakeholders who have made outstanding contributions to 9. Culture responsibly develop and successfully promote travel-and-tourism Baan Mae Kampong in the Asia Pacific region can now submit entries to the 2011 Pa- Tourism Authority of Thailand cific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards programme. The pro- gramme will be part of PATA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration and Confer- 10. Education and Training ence, Bejing, China, April 9-12, 2011. Child Protection Workshop PATA Gold Awards 2011 are open for submission until October 31, 2010. Kuoni Destination Management, India Judged by panels of experts, the Gold Awards recognise exceptional 11. Marketing Media - Consumer Travel Brochure achievement in six broad categories: Revamping Consumer Travel Brochures of Sri Lanka Tourism Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka 1) Marketing campaign (six Gold Awards and one Grand Award) 2) Environment (three Gold Awards and one Grand Award) 12. Marketing Media - Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media 3) Heritage and Culture (two Gold Awards and one Grand Award) Thailand Talks to the World 4) Education and Training (one Gold Award and one Grand Tourism Authority of Thailand Award) 5) Marketing Media (nine Gold Awards) 13. Marketing Media - Travel Advertisement Print Media 6) Travel Journalism (four Gold Awards) Mahatma Gandhi Creative In total, PATA will present up to 25 PATA Gold Awards and four elite PATA Ministry of Tourism, Government of India Grand Awards at a special luncheon on April 11, during PATA’s 60th An- niversary Celebration and Conference, Beijing, China. 14. Marketing Media - Travel Poster The highlights of the winning entries will be on display at the conference LIVE LOVE Campaign Poster and Quick Screen Series for delegates to enjoy, and award recipients will be featured in the ‘win- Hong Kong Tourism Board ners’ showcase’ souvenir booklet. PATA Gold Award winners attract invaluable media coverage via PATA 15. Marketing Media - Promotional Travel Video press releases and will be entitled to leverage the prestigious PATA A Trip to the Heart-Warming Country of Korea Korea Tourism Organization Gold Awards 2011 logo on their websites and collaterals. Sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the 16. Marketing Media - Public Relations Campaign past 16-years, the PATA Gold Awards set industry standards for excel- How to Launch a Large Hotel in a Challenged Market and New Brand lence and innovation. ibis Said Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, director, MGTO: “The 2011 PATA Gold Accor Asia Pacific and ibis Singapore on Bencoolen Awards are now open for entries. We strongly encourage our industry stakeholders to take this opportunity to present their outstanding work.” 17. Marketing Media - Web site www.keralatourism.org: The Best Tourism Website in India Below are the list winners of PATA Gold Awards 2010 Kerala Tourism, India 1. Marketing - Primary Government Destination Eco Tourism Marketing Campaign 18. Travel Journalism – Destination Article Ministry of Tourism, Government of India Feasts of Hong Kong Christian Kerber 2. Marketing - Secondary Government Destination Travel +Leisure Magazine, September 2009, USA Hong Kong Food and Wine Year Destination Campaign Hong Kong Tourism Board 19. Travel Journalism - Travel Photograph Whale Shark, Ningaloo Reef 3. Marketing - Hospitality ©Rolex Awards/Jürgen Freund Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas Opening Campaign Qatar Airways In-Flight magazine Oryx, December 2009 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Asia Agency Fish, United Kingdom 4. Marketing - Industry 20. Travel Journalism - Travel Guidebook Let your Mind Travel Kayak Philippines Kuoni Travel India, India Primer Group of Companies and Philippines Department of Tourism Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 30 TRAVEL EXPO SPORTS TOURISM Tough Legacy or Golden Jackpot? S ports tourism - one of the industry’s fastest growing sectors - can be an absolute minefield, Fiona Jeffery, Chairman of World Travel Market – the premier global event for the travel industry - claimed this week. Although the industry is starting to discuss sports tourism more than ever before, she said that the difficult and sometimes controversial questions about sports tourism are simply not being addressed. “Undoubtedly sports tourism is a tough legacy for everyone”, she said. “But the myth is that those who successfully bid for a major sporting event automatically win the golden jackpot. It can be an absolute mine- field. “The rewards are indeed extremely high, but so are the risks. “This has been clearly illustrated by the problems surrounding the Commonwealth Games in India.” Jeffery said that World Travel Market, among the first to raise the profile of sports tourism within the global industry, is setting out to dispel many of the commonly held views about the sector at an important keynote debate on the opening day, Monday 8 November at ExCeL, London. A high-level panel of experienced sports tourism experts will examine the dangers that can often cause more harm than good. Speakers include: Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa Minister of Tourism; Taleb Rifai, Secretary General UNWTO; Marc Bennett, Head of Sports Division, TUI; Chris Foy, Head of 2012 Games Unit, Visit Britain; Tom Jenkins, Executive Director, European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) and Richard Shipway, Lecturer in sports tourism at Bournemouth University. The session will be moderated by former British middle distance runner and the man who turned around the finances of UK Athletics David Moorecroft. “Lessons have been learned from major international sporting events such as the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, a financial disaster when the city faced debts for many years afterwards”, said Jeffery. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO “The costs of staging an international sporting event can be prohibitive; venues are often not properly utilized afterwards and sometimes fall into disrepair. “Unless a destination/region has a long term business plan, integrating the sporting event into its strategic vision over 20 or even 30 years, as well as ensuring that the opportunities pre and post a sporting event are fulfilled and measured exhaustively, they are unlikely to reap the considerable benefits. “There is also little understanding that not only is this an opportunity for host cities, but also for other towns and cities throughout that country to dovetail other tourism events, competitions, sports, festivals and promotions to maximise the surge of incoming visitors.” Jeffery said that there are other issues too which are equally troubling. “Ticket pricing, the expensive acquisition of corporate hospitality that can exclude the public and overseas visitors, merchandising and, of course, security are just some of the issues which need greater discussion and transparency.” The free debate is aimed at agents/operators/hotels/venues involved in sports tourism; those who are thinking of trying to get involved in this lucrative sector; potential host cities; national tourist boards; and towns/cities in countries that have already won bids to stage major interna- tional events. Sports Tourism:’ It’s a Tough Game – but Some Win’ is at World Travel Market on Monday 8 November, 15.00-16.30 hrs, Platinum Suite 4, ExCeL London. The conference supports World Travel Market’s first-ever Sports Pavilion which has some of the world’s most iconic stadia exhibiting including Wembley, Lord’s (Cricket), Wimbledon (Tennis) and Twickenham (Rugby). English Premier League teams exhibiting including Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 32 TRAVEL EXPO WTM Global Trends Report 2009 correctly predicts the future The WTM Global Trends Report, in association with Euromonitor International, has a history of being on the money when it comes to the latest trends to impact the travel and tourism industry. The launch of the 2010 WTM Global Trends Report, taking place on Monday November 8 at World Travel Market, will be no exception when the key trends to hit the sector will be shared with the international media. Here are a collection of correctly predicted trends from the 2009 Global Trends Report. The ‘Obama Effect’ and African tourism The 2009 Global Trends Report once again proved its track record when it highlighted the ‘Obama Effect’ and its impact on African tourism as a key trend to watch. The study anticipated a surge in interest in ‘roots tourism’ or visits from Africans living abroad following the election Barack Obama, the first US president with African heritage. Experts widely believe the ‘Obama Effect’ has helped drive interest in the region and international tourist increased 5% in 2009 bucking the downward trend in most other destina- tions. The 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa, also helped spark interest and figures released in July by the Home Affairs Department showed foreign tourist arrivals up about 25% to 1.02 million from June 1 to July 1 compared with the same month last year. Pop-up Hotels The 2009 WTM Global Trends Report also tipped Pop-up Hotels as a key trend and this was borne out in events such as the ‘Only In London’ event in March when the world’s smallest pop-up hotel was set up in key tourism landmarks across London. Female-only accommodation Female-only accommodation was also highlighted in the 2009 WTM Global Trends Report and London’s Dukes Hotel launched its Duchess Rooms targeting female business and leisure guests to capitalise on this trend. Latin America travel Economic growth and increasing disposable income in Latin America has sparked demand for long-haul travel for tourists in the region, a trend highlighted in the 2008 report. In June this year, Qatar Airways began daily flights to Brazil and Argentina tapping into this trend. Pet Travel A growing demand for pet facilities from airlines and des- tinations was another trend identified in the 2007 Global Trends Report. Since then Lufthansa has opened a luxury lounge for pets at Frankfurt Airport. In addition, Walt Disney World, Florida, is now offering Best Friends Pet Care, a full- service pet resort accommodating up to 300 pets and includ- ing a grooming salon. The results of the 2010 WTM Global Trends Report will be launched by BBC presenter Fiona Foster to members of the press at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, on Monday 8 November in Platinum Suite 4 at 1pm. World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “The launch of the 2010 World Travel Trends Report will provide the latest insight into the big trends for the year to come mak- ing it a must-attend event for the travel and tourism media.” Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO The Entire ITB Asia On Your Mobile Phone – Free of Charge Visitors to this year’s ITB Asia can download a free guide to the show About ITB Asia 2010 on their mobile phones. After the big success at last year’s ITB Asia, ITB Asia will take place at the Suntec Singapore Exhibition & Con- the ITB Asia Mobile Guide again offers the entire show at one’s fin- vention Centre, 20-22 October, 2010. It is organised by Messe Berlin gertips, including a list of exhibitors, a floor plan and information on (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & press conferences and sightseeing in Singapore. The ITB Asia Mo- Convention Bureau. The event will feature hundreds of exhibiting bile Guide, provided by GIATA & TOURIAS, will make it easy for ITB companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Af- Asia visitors to find their way around the Suntec Singapore Interna- rica and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but tional Convention and Exhibition Centre. The ITB Asia Mobile Guide also corporate and MICE travel. ITB Asia 2010 will include exhibition also contains the programme of WIT-Web In Travel 2010, the Associa- pavilions and tabletop presence for small and medium-sized enter- tions Day programme as well as a list of ITB Asia events, presenta- prises (SMEs) providing travel services. Exhibitors from every sec- tions and receptions. tor of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, in- New: This year, every exhibitor entry will have a direct link to the bound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and Virtual Market Place. So detailed information about every exhibitor is travel technology companies are all expected to attend. At no extra always at your fingertips. charge, ITB Asia attendees can join the Web In Travel Ideas Lab and Clinics 21-22 October. Further information: www.itbasia.com At the end of each show day, the ITB Asia Mobile Guide can be used to find the best way around town offering ideas on where to enjoy Singapore’s nightlife. Restaurants and bars can be accessed along About Suntec Singapore Suntec Singapore is a world-class venue located at the heart of Asia’s with tourist information, plus details about key attractions in the city. most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With This clever system can be easily downloaded onto many commonly 100,000sqm of versatile floor space over six levels, this awardwinning available mobile phones at www.itb-asia.com/mobile. facility can cater to events from 10 to 20,000 persons. In addition, Sun- tec Singapore - Asia’s Convention City offers direct access to 5,200 The ITB Asia Mobile Guide will also be available as an internet based hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and the version to display additional features such as detailed hall plans, region’s newest centre for the performing arts, Esplanade - Theatres shortly before the show commences on 20 October 2010 at www.it- on the Bay. While only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, basia.mobi. Suntec Singapore is conveniently located adjacent to the Central Business District and just minutes from the city’s entertainment and The technology is based on a system used by TOURIAS tips&deals, cultural attractions. a travel guide for mobile phones. The system was developed by the Germany-based provider of tourism services Campagnon Media, and GIATA, a leading content provider for the tourism sector. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 34 DO YOU KNOW Australian Culture and Traditions to know when travelling to Australia (part 1) Australia, like most countries, has complex and distinctive cultures and traditions. With heavy British influences and a small population of indigenous people, the country has developed into a nation of in- dividuality. With their own brands of music and art, the entertainment industry has blossomed. Sports mingle with personal philosophy and new cuisines as Australia takes its place as a cultural center for the South Pacific. To much of the outside world, Australia is best known for its rough life in the outback and grilled meat---the barbecue is famously called the “barbie.” However, most Australians live in cities, and the cuisine of to- day is much more than shrimp, kangaroo and lamb on the barbecue. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • DO YOU KNOW 35 History An indigenous population inhabited Australia for at least 42,000 years before European settlers came to the continent. An estimated popu- lation of 350,000 Aborigines was nearly decimated by disease and forced resettlement. Today, they make up less than 3 percent of the nation’s population. Europeans established the first settlement of Port Jackson on January 26, 1788, bringing with them the values of English common law. For the first 50 years, Australia was considered to be a penal colony by the British. Due to the high volume of petty crimes in England, the correctional facilities were overburdened. Hence, they sent thou- sands of convicts to the continent to live and work. These convicts established the backbone of Australian society and gave the colony its distinctive Anglo-Celtic features. Features The unique environment of the country led to Australia’s brand of individuality. It combined the rougher edges of British society with the survival skills of the native population. Its major cities have be- come melting pots of culture, and the sheer distance between each urban center has created a nationwide identity of independence. The imagery of the outback has given the nation its distinctive brand of ruggedness. The tough terrain and extensive ecology has come to represent Australia’s cultural heritage. Significance Aborigines were known for their extensive cave drawings and mu- sic, which remain an important element in the population. A wooden instrument called the didgeridoo is the most famous musical piece, making a droning noise that has been picked up by many modern performers. Classical music and opera are very popular, as evidenced by the Sydney Opera House. Australia’s popular music traditions are heav- ily influenced by American rock. Bands like AC/DC, Men-at-Work and INXS have had international success. The film industry has expanded in recent years, with films such as “The Matrix” and “Star Wars” filmed in Melbourne and Sydney. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 36 DO YOU KNOW Considerations Australians are known for their underdog mentality, readily seen in their sports. Rugby is one of the most popular, with their national team, the Wallabies, a favorite of the country. They also enjoy cricket and football. Traditionally, the final game of any competition is called the Grand Final and resembles the hyste- ria of any championship game around the world. The Australian dream of homeownership has sparked the rise in suburban development and the idea of the “fair go,” or abil- ity for everyone to have a chance to build a life. In addition, there is a certain united identity to the country, recognized in the statement of “mateship,” the idea of equality and friendship with their fellow citizens. Misconceptions Although it is true that Australians beer, the beverage of choice for most of the population is wine. The country has developed a reputation around the world as being one of the burgeon- ing centers for culinary creations. Australia’s unusual spices and foods make for creative recipes and cuisines. There is the obvious English tradition of meat pies and pudding; however, Asian cuisine has recently made inroads with the culinary pro- fessionals. The result is a changing atmosphere of food that is slowly being exported to the world. Thursday 14.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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