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    • 21 Oct, 2010 08-09 Vina Properties brings new era, energy to Dalat Palace GC 21 The second half of 2010 kicks off strongly ITB Asia 2010 46-49 ITB Asia 2010 Opens With Asia Driving New Travel Industry Growth www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 21 Oct, 2010 08-09 Vina Properties brings new era, energy to Dalat Palace GC Dear Travel Weekly readers! 21 The second half of 2010 kicks off strongly ITB Asia 2010 46-49 ITB Asia 2010 Opens With Asia Driving New Travel Industry Growth Welcome to the 39 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 21.10.2010 VIETNAM NEWS 04 FEATURES 08 - 09 04. Miss Earth’s Traditional Costume Vina Properties brings Contest to be held in Binh Thuan 05 new era, energy to 05. Aviation market gains strong grown in Dalat Palace GC first nine months 06 Please see below a news item re. the ownership 07. Life Resort Da Nang cuts ribbon on change at Dalat Palace Golf Club, Vietnam’s top-rated new Senses restaurant 07 golf course. Saigon-based Vina Properties took the reins in June at both the course and its sister hotel, the 10. Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive esteemed Dalat Palace. This fall serves as the formal in Vietnam in nine months 08 coming out party. 12. U.S. newspaper praises Nam Hai Resort on Vietnam’s Central Coast 09 15. Novotel Nha Trang Hotel launches promotions for 2010 & 2011 10 INTERNATIONAL NEWS 11 20. Non Resident Nepali invest in Nepal tourism 12 22 - 23. Thailand launches medical tourism campaign 14 25. Visa-free regime between Ukraine and Israel will starts in winter 16 21 The second half of 2010 kicks off strongly The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) released pre- 26 - 29. Egypt’s tourism recovers strongly liminary figures for international visitor arrivals into Asia and the Pacific for the month of July 1. An international 31. Mövenpick Signs Three New Projects 17 inbound growth of 15% highlights continuing strong in Thailand demand for travel, taking into account the relatively 18 depressed results of a year earlier (July 2009). For the TRAVEL EXPO first seven months of 2010, international visitor arrivals 32. New at the ITB Berlin Convention 2011 to the region grew by 12% year-on-year. 21 36. Carlson Marketing and IMEX America create powerful new marketing alliance 23 38. Holiday World Show wins best Irish consumer exhibition award 24 40. 2011: in Anticipation of Explosive Growth of the Russian MICE Industry 26 42. PCMA to co-locate 2011 International Summit at IMEX America 27 44. WTM 2010: Travel Channel Interna- tional a Broadcast Partner DO YOU KNOW 31 46 - 49 ITB Asia 2010 Opens With Asia Driving New Travel Industry Growth 52 - 55. 10 Australian Culture and 33 ITB Asia 2010 opened on 20 September in Singapore Traditions to know when travelling to with the travel industry in Asia confident again and en- Australia ( Part 2 ) joying strong growth in leisure, meetings and corporate 36 travel. Exhibitor numbers at the three-day B2B travel show are up 6% on last year, with growth in the travel 38 industry reflecting much improved economic growth figures and demand in Asia. 40 46 50 52
    • 4 VIETNAM NEWS Vietnam-European aviation In Brief agreement approved Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung agreed the agreement between the Government of Vietnam and the European Union (EU) on aviation cooperation which illustrates Life Resort Da Nang Rates an important step towards strengthening Five Stars aviation relations between the two sides. The Vietnam National Tourism Administra- tion has recognized Life Resort Danang as The agreement will allow any EU airlines a five-star resort for its every effort to be- to provide flights between any EU mem- come an ideal destination for both foreign ber state and Vietnam under their bilateral and local tourists. Life Resort Da Nang agreement. includes 187 rooms with nine categories of accommodation, from 67 superior rooms The document will supposedly remove and 91 deluxe rooms to suites and villas restrictions in bilateral air services agree- and one grand presidential suite. ments between Vietnam and EU member states. Hanoi through French Minister-Chairman of the Office of Gov- photographer’s eyes ernment Nguyen Xuan Phuc was assigned The Government chief also gave a per- Photos of Hanoi by French artist Dominique to seal the agreement with a competent mission to temporally apply the agree- De Miscault are on display at an exhibi- EU representative. ment right after the signing. tion in Paris. The exhibition entitled Hanoi Nowadays introduces the 1,000 year old city with photos of its ancient quarters and large landmarks like the Hanoi Opera Miss Earth’s Traditional Costume House and the Metropol Hotel. Dominique De Miscault exhibited her work in the capital in 1994 and 1998 and in HCM City Contest to be held in Binh Thuan in 2003. Sea Links Beach Hotel, Phan Thiet, Mui Ne Nha Trang gets Russian tourism boost The Vietnamese resort town of Nha Trang is likely to see an increase in arrivals from Russia, with the launch of two new seasonal routes to Cam Ranh International Airport by Vladivostok Air. The Russian carrier will launch direct services from the cities of Khabarovsk and Vladivostok from mid-December to March 2011. Cam Ranh airport, which serves Nha Trang and Vietnam central coast region, became an international airport in December 2009. French wine, food showcased in HCM City A French Wine and Food Fair will take According to the steering committee, the first launched by the Philippines Carousel place in Ho Chi Minh City on October Miss Earth’s Traditional Costume Con- Production Company in 2001 to promote 22-23. The event, the first of its kind in test 2010 will be held in Sea Links Beach environmentally-friendly activities. Viet- Vietnam to be jointly held by the French Hotel, Phan Thiet, Mui Ne from 12-14 nam is second only to the Philippines in Embassy and the Equatorial Hotel, will November. This is the first time a beauty hosting the annual pageant. HCMC, Hoi spotlight the best seven dishes and seven kinds of wine from different French regions pageant will be held in Phan Thiet to pro- An and Nha Trang cities will also host such as AuA, Vins Descombe Vietnam, mote its traditional culture and potential. parts of the pageant. Daloc, Red Apron, Bacchus Corner and the Warehouse. The fair will now be held The events over the three days, includ- Miss Earth will be held in four provinces annually in the Equatorial hotel, include 14 ing the national costume contest, a flower and cities – Khanh Hoa, Hoi An, Da Nang, stands for wine and two for other bever- painting contest, a golf buggy parade and and Binh Thuan by the Youth Newspaper ages. tree planting will be dedicated to saving and the Philippines Carosel Production the environment. The beauty contest was Group. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 5 Aviation market gains strong grown in first nine months The aviation market in the first nine strong expansion of the domestic seg- months saw a year-on-year increase of ment backed by flagship carrier Vietnam more than 20 percent in the number of Airlines. passengers, estimated the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Cuong said that Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiary Vasco still account for the lion’s The administration estimated that roughly share of around 80 percent of the domes- 15 million passengers went through the tic market while the rest is covered by country’s airports in the first nine months Jetstar Pacific. of this year, of which Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Vietnam Air Service With the introduction of Air Mekong and Co (Vasco) accounted for more than 11 Blue Sky Air recently, which lifts the num- million. ber of operational airlines in the country to nine, it is expected that the competi- In the first nine months, the administra- tion in the domestic aviation market will tion also estimated that roughly 340,000 increase. tonnes of goods were transported via air, an increase of 36 percent over the same The administration expects that the period last year. country’s overall aviation market will grow roughly 20 percent in 2010, higher than the Industry insiders forecast the country’s 14 percent figure it projected earlier this aviation market in the last quarter will con- year, thanks to more domestic services tinue to surge due to an increased number and a significant increase in the number of flights licensed by the aviation authori- of international visitors. ties for foreign airlines including Turkish Airlines, Poland’s LOT and Qatar Airways. The administration’s statistics showed that roughly 26.2 million passengers and Vo Huy Cuong, director of the administra- 445,800 tonnes of cargo were transported tion’s Air Transport Department, attrib- by air last year, four times higher than in uted the steady growth to the continuing 2000. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 6 VIETNAM NEWS Hoi An launches website to promote tourism A website was launched in Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam to promote Thang Long Royal Citadel welcomes tourism of the well-known ancient town that boasts a world heritage site. 300,000 visitors The Thang Long Royal Citadel, a world’s cultural heritage recently recog- The website at www.hoian-tourism.com as nized by UNESSCO, has welcomed more than 300,000 foreign and local collaboration between Hoi An City and the visitors since its first opening to the public on 2nd October. VnV Technology ST Company would intro- Thang Long Royal Citadel, which was recently discovered, covers a total of duce the various aspects including natural 19 hectares at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and the Hanoi’s ancient citadel. beauty spots and tourism activities there in Mr. Nguyen Van Son, Director of the Preservation Center for the Co Loa the three languages of Vietnamese, English – Hanoi Ancient Citadel historical site said that the archaeological area re- and Japanese. ceived 20,000-30,000 visitors a day. At peak days, the number rose to nearly Truong Van Bay, vice chairman of Hoi An 40,000; which created difficulties in receiving and guiding visitors. City’s government, said the launch of the Together with visiting well-known historical sites such as the Flag Tower, website would be helpful for the ancient city Doan Mon, Dien Kinh Thien, Hau Lau, Bac Mon, and House D67 (the Gen- where tourism and commerce accounts for eral Headquarters of Vietnam People’s Army, visitors had opportunities to up to 64% of its GDP. discover traces of the palaces from the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties and spe- cial artifacts excavated in the archaeological area at 18 Hoang Dieu. The archaeological area continues open to the public everyday until the end of October. HCM City targets 3.3 million int’l visitors in 2011 Ho Chi Minh City expects to receive at least 3.3 million foreign visitors in 2011, earning VND48 trillion (USD2.4 billion), according to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In the first nine months of 2010, the number of international arrivals to the city reached 2.2 Four countries join Da Nang Internation- million, representing a year-on-year increase of 13 percent. al Fireworks contest 2011 At this growth rate, the southern economic Four foreign teams from the UK, South Korea, Italia and China will take part hub hopes to welcome the 3 millionth visitors in the Da Nang International Firework Contest 2011 from April 29-30, an- in mid-December this year. nounced the People’s Committee of Da Nang City. Accordingly, teams including Jubilee Fireworks of the UK, Hanwha of South HCM City targets 2.8 million foreign tourists Korea and the host city of Da Nang will compete with each other in the first this year but the real figure may exceed 3 mil- night. lion. The last night will see firework displays by the Parente Fireworks A&C SNC of Italia and Panda Fireworks of China. The city’s tourism sector accounts for 60 per- The competition themed “Han sparkling river” will be held along the Han cent of international arrivals to Vietnam, 45 River banks in Hai Chau and Son Tra Districts. percent of the country’s tourism revenues and Spectators will also have a chance to enjoy music and dance performances 5.5 percent of its GDP. and lantern floats during the event. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 7 Life Resort Da Nang cuts ribbon on new Senses restaurant L ife Resorts Da Nang officially opened its flagship eatery, Senses, last week with a new chef from New Zealand, a new menu The restaurant’s standard cut of grain-fed Australian Angus steak weighs in at 250 grams trimmed, a good 25% -35% more Prior to Life Resorts, Brierly spent two years in the south of Thailand, including a stint at the Centara in Krabi, and almost five years in and a tableside spectacle that’s part-magic, generous than the typical restaurant cut. the Middle East and Central Asia where, in part-chemistry lesson and wholly edible. Additional selections off the farm include Kazakhstan, he started using liquid nitrogen pan-fried duck breast and Australian lamb for his ice cream. The 300-seat restaurant commands a spa- cutlets. cious, high ceilinged venue, featuring an The new resort is owned by Hoang Tra open show kitchen on one side and views Senses’ Mediterranean selections run the Travel and Trading Co. and is managed by of the mountainous Son Tra Peninsula and gamut from penne pasta and pappardelle, Life Resorts. the East Sea through a bank of expansive to risotto, as well as 11 kinds of classic pizza windows. and 11 styles of gourmet pizza, including ABOUT LIFE RESORTS one five spice ‘pho’ pizza. The dining venue’s mix of wood and Life Resorts owns and operates two resorts subdued stone, its tables and plush bench After dinner, the restaurant’s food fare kicks in Vietnam and manages two others, includ- seating and its assertive overhead posts into higher gear when diners order liquid ing the property in Da Nang. On Vietnam’s and beams create a setting that is at once nitrogen ice cream. Contrary to the chemis- central coast, the 94-room Life Heritage Re- relaxed and inspiring. try in its name, liquid nitrogen ice cream is sort Hoi An evokes the colonial splendor of a a natural alternative to typical commercial bygone era on a quiet stretch of the Thu Bon “As much as we wanted to set the stage for brands. River within walking distance of the trading a fine meal, we aimed to design a space as port’s world-famous Old Town, a UNESCO memorable as any in the region,” said Chris Can all that nitrogen be good for you? No World Heritage Site. On the south-central Duffy, general director of the Life Resorts. worries, said Executive Chef Shane Bri- coast, the 63-room Life Wellness Resort Quy “Once you’ve been here for a meal, you erly: “Nitrogen makes up 78% of the air we Nhon is dedicated to the tenets of wellness, won’t soon forget.” breathe. We enjoy nitrogen gas with every from yoga, tai chi and Pilates to an ample breath.” range of spa treatments and anti-stress and Especially if you’ve indulged the restaurant’s detox programs. Four hours from Ho Chi signature dessert – ice cream brought forth Moreover, he said ice cream produced by Minh City, Life manages the 84-room Blue from liquid nitrogen. But… first things first. liquid nitrogen eliminates the unnatural stuff Ocean Resort at Mui Ne, featuring a 153- that commercial ice cream makers add to meter beach, a 26-meter swimming pool and The hotel’s cuisine trades on its seaside the primary ingredients to keep the treat lush tropical grounds. location, offering an array of selections freezer stable and smooth. In the West, an including oysters shucked to order, live surf ice cream produced by liquid nitrogen The Dutch resort company is also develop- clams and prawns steamed table-side over called Dippin’ Dots has won a mass follow- ing a property on Halong Bay, scheduled to hot rocks, as well as local sea bass. ing of new fans. open later in 2010. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 8 VIETNAM NEWS Saigon-based Vina Properties has acquired rejuvenation. It was completely renovated, Dalat Palace Golf Club, long an iconic pres- and expanded to 18 holes, in 1995, thanks ence on the Southeast Asian golf scene. Dalat Palace GC was voted the country’s Vina Properties to collaboration between U.S.-based Danao International Holdings Limited, the previous Brings new Era, top course in the most recent rankings owners, and Lam Dong Province. from both Vietnam Golf magazine and Golf Today, as then, Dalat Palace Golf Club is Digest U.S., whose Planet Golf ratings are notable for its clever mix of holes weaving the international standard. Vina Properties’ acquisition also includes two similarly re- Energy to Dalat through rolling topography that is nonethe- less eminently walkable; for its extraordinary Palage GC vered hotels, the Dalat Palace Hotel and the landscaping featuring hydrangea, bougain- Dalat du Parc. Vina’s diversified background villea, red salvia, impatiens, and mimosa; in tourism-related development – which and, thanks to the mile-high town’s cool includes hotels, transportation, travel agen- climate; for its immaculate bentgrass greens, cies, and other disciplines – should prove golf, all of it accented by French colonial an extreme rarity in Southeast Asia. pivotal in the project’s future success. The elegance.” firm’s other hospitality holding include the Plans to revitalize the course itself, accord- four-star Ramana Saigon Hotel, in HCMC, While Vietnam has a sizeable and grow- ing to GM Lan Duong, include bolstering and the Royal Hotel, in Vung Tau. ing number of first-rate golf courses, Dalat drainage capacity, re-lining bunkers, regard- Palace stands alone in its combination of his- ing cart paths and upgrading the golf cart “Operating a national treasure like Dalat tory, terrain, climate and charm. Founded in fleet. The Le Tourquet-style clubhouse – first Palace presents special challenges, as well the late 19th century, Dalat was the preferred built as an estate villa during the 1920s, an as special opportunities,” said Lan Duong, cool-weather retreat of French colonials era that saw construction of the opulent, the golf club’s new general manager. “Our and Vietnamese royals; the last emperor of hillside villas for which Dalat is famous – is goal is to bring the proper mix of creativ- Vietnam, Bao Dai, built his summer retreat now undergoing a renovation that retains its ity and sensitivity to the task, to update the here. The golf club’s exact provenance distinctive design vocabulary while modern- golf facilities while never compromising the remains tantalizingly uncertain, but design izing locker rooms, restaurant and pro shop. qualities that make it a classic. and construction began in the 1920s - at the Ultimately, a new clubhouse will be built, behest of Bao Dai, an avid golfer - and the said Lan Duong, but the existing clubhouse “There are several new courses poised to first eight holes were opened for play in the will remain — it is too rich an amenity to open here in the southern highlands. We early 1930s. ever be excluded from the experience at welcome this development and see Dalat Dalat Palace GC. Palace Golf Club as the anchor to a superb The routing of the original holes is attributed new golfing destination — one that offers to Colt & Alison, the legendary British golf Of similar distinguished heritage is the what other Southeast Asian destinations can- course architecture firm, after which the grand Dalat Palace Hotel, a short drive from not: cool highland temperatures and classic layout endured several cycles of disuse and the golf course around Xuan Huong Lake. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 9 Set within a private five-hectare park overlooking the lake, the French colonial structure was built in 1922 and features 38 guestrooms and five suites, as well as fine dining, a spa, and numerous other amenities. After a top-to-bottom restoration in 1995, augmented by another meticulous historical refurbishment in 2009, The Palace retains the period’s elegant style, most notably in its vaulted ceilings, rich wood paneling, and oversized-villa feel. Even the five-star hotel’s restored vintage 1952 Citroen roadster evinc- es a particular sophistication and gentility - and more upgrades (to meeting facilities and the pool) are planned. “Fidelity to the the distinguished pedigree at the Palace is paramount in delivering the experience that guests want,” said Nguyen Viet Anh, the hotel’s general manager. “So improvements to the operation will focus mainly on innovative packages, special of- fers, and, of course, an approach to personal service to match the glamour of the wonder- ful atmosphere here.” The Palace’s sister hotel, the four-star Dalat du Parc, is a brief stroll away. Ideal for both the business and leisure traveller, it boasts 140 rooms, multiple dining options, and an ambience that melds small-hotel sensibilities with large-hotel efficiency and versatility. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 10 VIETNAM NEWS Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months Vietnam has welcomed nearly four million of for- eign arrivals in the first nine months of this year, a huge increase compared to previous years and up 34% against last year figure, according to statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tour- ism. Of the tourists, around 37,500 traveled by sea, up 22% against the same period last year. On October 15, Viet Excursion Company welcomed a five-star cruise liner named Diamond Princess at Phu My port in HCM City. The cruise ship carried 2,585 visitors and 1,063 crew members from 47 na- tions and territories around the world. Meanwhile, HCM city’s tourism sector is organiz- ing more entertainment and art programmes for tourists in the hope of receiving its 3 millionth visi- tor late this year. Long Bien Bridge festival 2010 to be held in November Hanoi City People’s Committee worked with the organizing board of Long Bien bridge festival 2010 to hold the festival from 19-21November 2010. As scheduled, the festival would have been held from 6-9 October 2010 but it was postponed because there were many programmes and activities during the capi- tal’s millennium celebration. Many people rushed into the city. There was a need to ensure security and avoid traffic jams. Most of the contents of the festival will be held as scheduled. With this project, Long Bien Bridge will remember the past with an exhibition of photographs, documents and other artifacts depicting national defence over the past 10 centuries. The bridge will also host an exhibition of contemporary arts, including performanc- es of street art, while flying the flags of many nations. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 12 VIETNAM NEWS U.S. newspaper praises Nam Hai Resort on Vietnam’s Central Coast T he Huffington Post newspaper on Oct. 13 saying Nam Hai resort on Vietnam’s central coast should be on foreign tourists’ travel radar right now. Unlike the hastily built high- rise development that marked growth in the 70s and 80s, Nam Hai which opened in 2006, has won numerous accolades for its minimalist architecture. The resort ‘is a study in low-key opulence, composed of clean- lined gray marble, infinity pools that melt into the horizon and glossy teak-paneled villas’ wrote the newspaper. The paper also highlighted the spa at the Nam Hai which featured eight individual suites that over- look a lilypad-strewn lagoon. The resort boasts views of the Marble Mountains and makes use of the region’s sandy soil and dunes in its 18-hole course. A few proper- ties over, the just-opened Danang Golf Club features a Greg Nor- man-designed course that is the only one of its kind in Asia. With so many new properties set to open in the next few years, the area covering Nam Hai resort and Hoi An town was on the verge of big changes, the Huffington Post predicted. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • VIETNAM NEWS 15 Novotel Nha Trang Hotel launches promotions for 2010 & 2011 In order to thank you for your continuous support shown towards our hotel during last two years and continue receiving your full support during the above period, the Novotel Nha Trang Hotel is pleased to launch below promotions of bonus night stay & Dine for Free for year 2010 & 2011. 1. Dine for Free: when enjoy a minimum 2 nights stay, guest will get one free buffet dinner per person at The Square restaurant (maximum 2 persons per room. The third person and children from 6-12 year old will be charge for dinner) Vinpearl Land offers half price for locals 2. Bonus night offered: experience Novotel Nha and elderly Trang and enjoy a Free Night: stay 3 consecutive nights for the price of 2 Vinpearlland Tourism JSC has announced a special half price offer for tickets to its fun park, for residents of Khanh Hoa Province and people aged over 60 until 20 - Room rate: As per current contract rate December. - Terms & Conditions: The special cuts the price of tickets to VND160,000 from VND320,000. Visitors * This promotion is not valid for group bookings to the park will get free two way transport by cable car or ferry to the island and (10 rooms and above). unlimited access to indoor and outdoor games and entertainment at Vinpearl * Bonus night (s) is inclusive of breakfast Water Park and Vinpearl Underwater World with a visit to Truc Lam Tinh Vien * Bonus night (s) are not multiple, maximum 3 monastery. Tourists can also watch musical fountain shows, animal circus, and FOC nights per stay mermaid shows. * Above rates are applicable for new booking only; existing booking made prior will be as per To qualify for the discount you need to show your ID card or passport, while chil- agreed. dren should have birth certificates or student cards. * Above offers cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any existing offer or promotions For more information, contact 058 359 0611 or access the website: www.vinpearl. or reductions offered to your company for this com or email info@vinpearl.com period. - Black out dates: * During Peak Season: 26th December 2010 to 15 January 2011 and 26 December 2011 to 10 Janu- ary 2012. * Vietnam Public Holidays: Lunar New Year from 3-6 February, 12 April, 29, 30 April, 1 May and 2 September. For further information, please contact: Novotel Nha Trang Hotel Add: 50 Tran Phu Boulevard, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam Tel: 84 58 625 6900 Fax: 84 58 625 6901 HAGL PLAZA Danang with Spa Promotion Email: rsvn@novotel-nhatrang.com Website: www.novotel.com/6033 Year-End time is the right time for ladies enjoying with total relaxation, the Spa of HAGL Plaza Danang respectfully submits to you The Special Promotion Program: - Promote to your Accompany (Buy 2 tickets of Body Massage, complimentary 1 ticket of Sauna & Steam-bath). - Beauty Salon with 20% off to all services for Ladies. The validity from 15/10/2010 to 31/11/2010. For further information, please contact: Ms. Nguyet: 0948 776 750 HAGL Plaza Danang Add: 01 Nguyen Van Linh, Danang, Vietnam Tel: 84 511 2 22 33 44 Fax: 84 511 2 22 33 55 Email: sales.danang@hagl.com.vn Website: www.hagl.com.vn Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 16 VIETNAM NEWS Five F ollowing a search on the internet, we dubbed the ‘Five O’clock Follies’. (Updated find that the derogatory slang phrase by sourbugger on Oct 4, 2006 Asia Travel “five o’clock follies” was the daily Guide)” press briefing sponsored by the Joint United Putting aside the past with all its political States Public Affairs Office in Saigon during views, Rooftop Garden is still the famous o’clock the Vietnam War. (http://www.answers.com/ place for not only foreign tourists but also for topic/five-o-clock-follies). expats and locals as well. Crossing over a The website, http://everything2.com, con- thousand miles, from “Five o’clock Follies” firms that “Five o’clock Follies” is a deroga- in Vietnam, there is a 42nd annual reunion Follies tory term from the Vietnam War for the daily to be held in mid October 2010 at the hotel official military press briefings held for re- Rex in San Francisco, California, among a porters in Saigon. The “Five o’clock Follies,” large group of former American Vietnam became the baseline reporting on the war. War correspondents. The main reason why Military officials provided news releases they choose that hotel is because it re- Promotion: and verbal accounts of battlefield and air minded them of the Rex Hotel Saigon as that activity. They became infamous for their rosy was where they spent a lot of time during Five o’clock follies scenarios about the war. Vietnam War. (As per Emily Oestreicher, Enjoy 15% discount on bev- “The Rex Hotel was a regular hangout for Sales and Catering Manager, Hotel Rex - A American officials and journalists during distinctive Joie de Vivre Hotel) erages and be entertained the Vietnam War. As they sipped drinks and Everything has changed, except history. “Ho with showmanship by the looked down on the city from the roof top Chi Minh is not the Saigon it once was. Ev- bar they could see and hear the unrest in erything changes following the developing hotels’ award winning bar- the city before their eyes. The Roof top pool, trend”. Memories remain. The Rex is more tender team. although small is still a great place to relax than a hotel, as quoted by Tim Page* on the in Saigon and can be visited for a reason- occasion of the gathering of over 100 foreign able fee, even if you are not staying at the correspondents and veterans at the Rex’s hotel. The hotel was also the setting for the Rooftop in May 2005: “...from the 5 o’clock daily U.S. military attaché’s press briefing, follies to the freaky reunion of a hundred Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • VIETNAM NEWS 17 Halloween festival at REX Hotel REX hotel is going to organize “Hallow- een” festival at the “Rooftop Garden”, one of the most famous bars in Sai Gon. Here our guests can not only have a perfect place to view the city during the festival time but also enjoy the unique disguising program of the hotel staff which will bring the guests surprising horror feelings. Halloween festival originated from Xento, an old country in Western Europe. Ac- cording to the calendar of this country, October the 31 is the last day of the year. The residents of this country believed that the New Year’s Eve would have spe- cial magic and the gate between death and life would be opened. Therefore, the dead can turn back to their house to visit their families while the ghosts and monsters want to live the normal lives. Thus, on the October 31 people dressed up eccentrically as well as decorated the house ugly so that the devils did not pay attention to. However, the Xento went ev- erywhere to ask for food to feed the dead and they made lanterns from turnips to move at night. Nowadays, Halloween is not only the New Year day of the Xento or the holiday of the Westerners but also the annual disguising festival in many countries comrades, four decades down line, the then there is still that famous older face: the including Viet Nam. On this day, people king of residences has surpassed the norm rooftop bar. It’s a broad expanse, with three together struggle for a world that is none of provision”. levels, decorated as it was in the beginning of evils. Nowadays Rooftop Garden is an ideal place with porcelain elephants and topiary. Source: http://www.petalia.org/Funpage/ to hang out. It is acknowledged as “One of Far from the madding crowd, who can be lehoihalloween.htm the Best Bars Of South East Asia” voted seen passing by way down below, on the With only 40USD++/1adult, 26USD++/1 by the Newsweek Magazine in 1996, one of Roof top sanctuary one can overlook the child, you can drink as much house-wine “1000 places to see before you die” listed very heart of the city from the familiar image as possible with many kinds of food on by Patricia Schultz - the American Travel of the famous Rex crown. The hustle and this special festival. Moreover, you can Writer. Listed as one of “30 of the world’s bustle of people and commerce, day and join interesting entertaining programs best bars” by Michelle Woo on Sept 15, night, keeps on passing. with professional DJ, unique majical 2010 on CNN.com. (Michelle Woo is a Changes progress onwards into the future, programs, free make-up and attend con- journalist and blogger, whose work has ap- however, the nostalgia of the Rex Rooftop tests with interesting prizes for the most peared in USA Today, The Arizona Republic, bar will always emotionally drown its guest impressive, funny and scary costumes Detroit Free Press, Orange County Register). in the mysteries of the past leaving memo- during the festival night. At our world famous bar you will be wel- ries and un-explicable feelings they share Only 1 night on 30/10/2010 comed by warm & friendly staff 24 hours a all around the world. Time: From 18h30 day, and enjoy a round-the-clock meals & Avenue: The Rooftop Garden of Rex snack or savour your favorite cocktail at sun- For further information, please contact: Hotel set. There is a variety of high quality drinks Rex Hotel Saigon 15% discount for guests staying at REX to suit everyone’s taste. 141 Nguyen Hue, District 1, HCMC 10% discount for those who wear cos- The Rex continues to move with the times, Tel: 3 8292 185 – Fax: 38296 536 tumes when joining the festival its old face always evolving into the new. Its E-mail: rexhotel@rex.com.vn Then what are you waiting for? Reserve restaurants are among the best in town. Its Website: www.rexhotelvietnam.com a seat here to have the best position at new north wing is a nationwide as well as in- REX. ternational focal point for elegant shopping For more information, please contact and luxurious functions. Its new role in the 38292185. (Ext: 7135) city’s life is more prominent than ever. And Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 20 INTERNATIONAL NEWS The Bolshoi Theatre to In Brief reopen October 2011 The first performance at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater after a lengthy period of renovation is slated for October 11, 2011, said Acting Mayor of Moscow Vladimir Resin. Visitor records tumble at World Expo According to him, all work proceeds ac- cording to schedule. A total of 1.03 million people visited the World Expo in Shanghai, a record daily The large-scale reconstruction of the total for the event. According to a Xinhua Bolshoi Theatre presupposes an extension report, the Expo has now received 64.6 of the main stage, something that is requisite million visitors, exceeding the previous for swift assembly and change of scenery. record total of 64 million visitors set at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka. Organisers Besides the historic foyer, additional lobbies in Shanghai have set a target of 70 mil- and coffee shops, the Bolshoi Theatre will lion visitors by the end of the event of 31 receive underground facilities to store scen- October. ery for several upcoming performances. Bangkok to boost skytrain capacity Non Resident Nepali invest in The capacity of Bangkok’s BTS skytrain network will be increased following a THB2 billion (US$65.8 million) deal to Nepal tourism purchase 35 new carriages, the Bangkok Members of the Non Resident Nepali (NRN) of the tourism sector in Nepal,” NRN Con- Post has reported. Skytrain operator, BTS Association released plans earlier this week servation Council Member Bhim Udas said. Group, sealed the deal with German com- to invest in Nepal tourism in a bid to restore Mr Udas said the NRN is keen to assist the pany, Siemens, to supply one extra car to the country’s prosperity. country despite living abroad and has com- each of its 35 three-car trains, boosting the At a NRN Day program, several members menced a campaign to promote tourism for capacity of each train from 1,106 to 1,490 passengers. expressed their interest in redeveloping 2011. the country’s appeal to tourists, hoping NRN Kaski LDO Guru Prasad Subedi said increased tourism would play a role in the the group wants to assist the country’s Tour operator offers naked country’s development. tourism sector by dispersing information cruise Citizens of countries outside the eight South about “Nepal and enhancing its image in the Asian Association for Regional Cooperation international arena”. A UK-based tour operator is searching (SAARC) with Nepali heritage said Nepal Minister of Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala for holidaymakers to strip off for a seven- had tourism potential but failed to grow this said she has worked for months to develop night naked cruise. According to a Daily Telegraph report, eWaterways will run its potential into actual visitor numbers due to a relations between the Nepalis and NRN’s first cruise for naturists in August 2011. A lack of campaigns. and has urged the group to invest in hydro- spokesperson for the company said that “We have been working for the development power and other sectors outside of tourism. the GBP500 (US$799) cruise exploring Croatia’s Adriatic coast would be espe- cially popular with German tourists, as they are “really into naturism”. It added that most of its customers are in their mid-40s. Delhi 2010 a success, says Commonwealth Games chief Commonwealth Games Federation Presi- dent, Mike Fennell, has said that Delhi 2010 was a success. Despite a lot of negative reporting surrounding the Games, with Fennel himself expressing doubts before the start of the event, the president was re- ported saying that he was pleased with the Games. “Delhi has performed,” BBC Sport quoted Fennell as saying. “The competi- tion has gone well, the venues were of a high standard and the athletes are happy. We had to deal with a number of issues but the end result has been good.” Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 21 Putra - Mosque, Malaysia The second half of 2010 kicks off strongly T he Pacific Asia Travel Association for the first seven months of 2010. April. Following a strong 10% expansion (PATA) released preliminary figures in June, arrivals to the sub-region posted for international visitor arrivals into Growth in international arrivals to Southeast double-digit growth of 10% in July. Australia, Asia and the Pacific for the month Asia also remained strong at 15% in July, with 11% growth for the month, led the sub- of July 1. An international inbound growth of boosted by double-digit growth in arriv- region’s strong performance. While weak 15% highlights continuing strong demand for als to Vietnam (+51%), Singapore (+24%), economic sentiment continues to negatively travel, taking into account the relatively de- Thailand (+14%) and Indonesia (+11%). impact travel from Europe and the Americas pressed results of a year earlier (July 2009). Significantly for Thailand, this was the first to Australia, arrivals from Northeast Asia and For the first seven months of 2010, interna- month of positive growth in arrivals for three Southeast Asia picked up strongly. Growth tional visitor arrivals to the region grew by consecutive months and heralds a positive in arrivals to New Zealand was moderate 12% year-on-year. scenario as it heads into the traditionally at four per cent while most of the smaller ‘high’ season. The smaller destinations of destinations showed positive growth in July. Arrivals to the Northeast Asia sub-region Myanmar (+40%) and Cambodia (+22%) Overall, the sub-region recorded an average expanded by 15% for the month, slightly also recorded significant growth in July. For growth rate of five per cent for the first seven slower than the robust growth of 19% seen the first seven months of the year, arrivals to months of the year. in May and June. Japan led the way for the the Southeast Asia bloc increased by 13% sub-region, with arrivals growth of 39% for year-on-year. Asia & the Pacific include the following the month. The revival of inbound tourism sub-regions but exclude North America to Japan has been impressive, following a Arrivals to the destinations that make up (Canada, Mexico and USA) for the pur- year-to-date expansion of 36% for the first South Asia grew by 11% for the month of poses of press releases: seven months of the year. This robust growth July, comparatively slower than the average Northeast Asia = China, Chinese Taipei, has helped the destination to inch closer to 15% growth seen in the first six months of the Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea (ROK), Macau the pre-recession level of 2008, and Japan year but strong nevertheless. International SAR and Mongolia could come very close to equalling the year- arrivals to India grew only slowly at four Southeast Asia = Cambodia, Indonesia, to-date peak in either August or September per cent, however, arrivals to Sri Lanka , the Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, of this year. Strong demand growth was also Maldives and Nepal continued to record Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam seen for Hong Kong SAR (+32%), Korea ROK impressive growth rates of 50%, 29% and South Asia = Bhutan, India, Maldives, Ne- (+24%), Chinese Taipei (+23%), and Macau 26% respectively. During the January-to-July pal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka SAR (+23%). China saw its overall arriv- 2010 period, international visitor arrivals to The Pacific = Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, als, including traffic from Hong Kong and the sub-region rose by 14%. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Macau, grow by seven per cent in July, with New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, foreign arrivals growing much more strongly In the Pacific, international arrivals con- Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti, at 19%. Overall, international visitor arrivals tinued to gain momentum after suffering Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to Northeast Asia recorded a growth of 12% through the ash cloud related slumps of Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 22 INTERNATIONAL NEWS Thailand launches medical tourism campaign Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 23 T he Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will launch The three marketing campaigns will start this month. The its “E-Marketing Campaign for Medical Tourism first, the “Medical Tourism Blogger Contest” campaign, will in Thailand” and website www.ThailandMedTour- be officially launched in October. It is a competition for blog- ism.com at the Emerald Hotel on Friday, October gers to promote Medical Tourism in Thailand with the best 15, 2010. invited on medical visits to places including Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui. Prizes are The event will kick off three marketing campaigns that will valued at more than USD 25,000 in cash and vouchers. Joining run through to April 2011 to enhance Thailand’s reputation as the competition is easy, for details visit: www.Medblogcon- the “Global Centre of Excellence For Medical Tourism”. test.com The website collects and provides information on medical TAT will launch the “Healthy Beauty Holiday in Thailand” in tourism providers in Thailand, including hospitals, clinics, November. This sales promotion will offer exclusive rates for spas, and Thai traditional medicine practitioners and their dental treatments, Lasik corrective surgery, cosmetic sur- level of accreditation and standards. So far, more than 340 gery, holistic and anti-aging treatments, and medical check medical tourism providers are listed on the website. ups. For this campaign, TAT has joined hands with partners including Royal Orchid Plus (ROP), which will offer 1,000 TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “The online cam- mileage bonus points when booking medical services un- paign will boost the number of medical tourists as well as der the campaign. Well-known websites will also take part, increase the average time they stay in Thailand. And this will including www.asiawebdirect.com, www.phuket.com, and help other tourism related businesses, such as hotels, spas, www.bangkok.com. and restaurants. All in all, it will benefit all the tourism indus- Then, from December 2010, the “You are in Good Hands” try and follow the Thai government’s strategy of promoting campaign will debut and emphasize the credibility and safe- Thailand as the ‘Medical Hub of Asia’.” ty of the medical services offered in Thailand. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 25 Visa-free regime between Ukraine Israel and Israel will starts in winter Visa-free regime between Ukraine and Is- people “- said Misezhnikov. rael will be activated in late January - early He also expressed a hope that visa-free February 2011. regime will help to enhance economic This was reported by Minister of Israel cooperation between countries. Tourism Stas Misezhnikov. According to his “Israel businesses are investing in real es- words, the Israel parliament will discuss tate, medicine, water supply. Also, we plan the ratification of the agreement on visa- to cooperate in the field of road infrastruc- free regime with Ukraine in November this ture and security at the stadiums, which is year. important for Ukraine because of Euro- After that, according to the agreement 2012” - he said. between Ukraine and Israel, 90 days must In addition, he mentioned that Israel has pass before the ratification of the visa free started hotels gradation by star rating. regime enters into force. In the coming year, all hotels will be star “With this agreement number of tour- rated, depending on their characteristics. ists between our countries will certainly Recall, in July 21 the foreign ministers of increase. If today 70 thousand Ukrainians Israel and Ukraine signed an agreement are visiting Israel per year, then the next on mutual abolition of visas. New border two years we expect to triple that number. crossing order will enter into force within Also it’ll increase the number of our tourists 90 days after internal ratification of the in Ukraine. Now it is about 70 thousand agreement. Visitors to Angkor Wat on the rise Angkor Wat has seen a 24 percent increase of the situation declined to release year- travelling via bookings with the Cambodian in visits by foreign tourists over the first on-year revenue figures. Apsara Authority Association of Travel Agents visit the Siem nine months of 2010, compared to the same General Director Bun Narith said he could Reap temples, said association president period last year. Some 804,170 foreign not immediately confirm revenues yesterday, Ang Kim Eang. tourists visited the temple complex during as he was travelling. But he said that calcula- the period, a 23.91 percent increase on the tions were not simply a matter of multiplying “Most guests think they did not see Cam- 648,972 tourists who visited during the first total visitors by tickets prices. bodia if they miss visiting Angkor Wat,” he nine months of 2009, according to a senior said. Siem Reap is the largest hub for foreign official at the Apsara Authority, who wished “There are some 200 to 300 government visitors to the Kingdom, according to Kong to remain nameless. delegations attending meetings in Siem Sopheareak, director of the Ministry of Tour- Reap, and they visit the Angkor Wat for free,” ism’s Department of Statistics and Tourism Apsara is the management authority for the he said. Information. Foreign tourists pay US$20 to temple complex. Although total visits had in- visit the temples for one day, $40 for three creased, the Apsara official with knowledge Some 70 to 80 percent of foreign tourists days, and $60 for a weeklong visit, he said. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 24 INTERNATIONAL NEWS E gypt’s tourism sector has staged an impressive rebound from a slump in 2009 blamed on the global finan- cial crisis. Arrivals were up 21 percent to 7 million persons while revenue jumped 17.6 percent to $5.58 billion over the first six months of 2010. The third and fourth quarters, which include the peak summer travel season, are expected to continue that trend. Zoheir Garranah, the tourism minister, expects the country to bring in 15 million tourists and $13 billion by the end of the year, and Egypt has outlined an ambitious plan to expand its tourism sector to attract 25 million visi- tors and $21 billion per year by 2022. However, while the sector’s fundamentals remain strong, next year is expected to present challenges as the timing of Ramadan and uncertainty over the strength of the euro may discourage visitors from the Middle East and Europe respectively. In the wake of Europe’s debt crisis, countries such as Greece and Spain may present stiffer competition as the weaker euro attracts dollar- and pound-wielding travelers. Moreover, the euro’s depreciation against the Egyp- tian pound may translate into a decline in the number of European visitors, who typically account for 70 percent of Egypt’s tourist trade. Mona Mansour, the director of research at CI Capital, another investment bank, said that Europe’s financial dif- ficulties may encourage travelers to seek out budget destinations such as Egypt. “In the context of the financial crisis, Egypt’s tourism has performed well in comparison to other geographical areas of the globe,” she told the local media. Indeed, Egypt continues to be a very popular destination for budget travelers from Eastern Europe, and Russia in particular. The number of Russian visitors surged by 95 percent in the first quarter of 2010, as residents of that country sought to escape record low temperatures at home, and that trend shows no sign of abating. According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia and the state tourism agency, Rosturizm, Egypt was the second most popular destination for Russian tourists in 2010, behind Turkey. Russia’s Federal Statistical Service reported similar findings in September, when it declared Egypt to be the third-fastest growing destination for Russian tourists, increasing by 65.4 percent year-on-year during the first half of 2010. Nevertheless, to forestall a potential downturn, Mansour said that Egypt should expand its marketing focus to regions with better growth potential such as Latin America and Asia. In July Rachid Mohamed Rachid, minister of industry and trade, traveled to Argentina, where he signed a free trade agreement with the mercosur group of states, whose members include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Para- guay and Venezuela. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 29 The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has also been making overtures to the Indian market that are beginning to pay off. Egypt hosted a record 34,400 Indian tourists in the first quarter of 2010 — which represents growth of 37.8 percent — and was recently voted the “perfect holiday destination” by the Pacific Area Travel Writers’ Associa- tion and the publication Safari India. “Despite the fact it is already well-established as a holiday destination, Egypt still holds enormous growth po- tential, particularly as it moves into new and non-traditional markets, including Eastern Europe and Asia,” Eng. Ibrahim Saleh, the vice president of Al Kharafi Group in Egypt, told OBG. However, a downside of appealing to budget travelers is that many arrive on package tours, seeking sun and sand at Egypt’s Red Sea and Mediterranean resorts. This means that they often do not visit other sites or inject much money into the local economy. One market that offers enduring appeal in the post-financial crisis environment is domestic tourism, according to local business leaders. “The Egyptian Red Sea, specifically around the Hurghada region, is slowly but surely becoming a popular ‘second-home’ destination for Egyptians as overseas European purchases slow down with tougher economic conditions” Mohamed Kamel, the CEO of Egyptian Resorts Company told OBG. Another is tourists from Arab countries. “On average, these tourists spend a lot more money than the others, and their stays are much longer,” Samy Mahmud, a spokesman for Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, told local media in August. Whereas European and American tourists tend to visit on low-priced, short-term package tours, many nationals from Arab countries book suites at luxury hotels for weeks at a time. Arabs currently account for 18 percent of Egypt’s roughly 12 million tourists, the highest share of Arab tourism in the world. Although the prospects for Egypt increasing its share of Arab tourism are generally strong, there is a hurdle in shape of the Muslim lunar calendar. For the next five years, the peak summer season will coincide with the holy month of Ramadan. During that time, many Arabs prefer to stay at home where they can celebrate iftar with their friends and family. In an attempt to lure visitors during the holy month, the Egyptian government is sponsoring a series of concerts, festivals, and folk shows, all of which are highlighted in a major advertising campaign. Meanwhile, EgyptAir and several luxury hotels have joined the effort by offering special travel and accommodation packages during Ramadan. Egypt’s tourism sector is strongly positioned for the long-term. In September, the US edition of the magazine Condé Nast Traveler ranked Egypt second, behind only Turkey, in its Reader’s Travel Awards. With brand recognition like that, Egypt’s tourism industry should be able to weather the falling euro and the timing of Ra- madan. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • INTERNATIONAL NEWS 31 Mövenpick Signs Three New Projects in Thailand Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has plans for three new properties in Bang- kok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui during the next three years and will operate five hotels in the country by 2014. Building on the success of the Mövenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach Phuket, its first Thai hotel which opened in 2006, the company has signed a management agreement to operate the Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach Koh Samui and the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Bangkok. Kicking off the expansion will be the renovation of an existing hotel in downtown Chiang Mai, which will be rebranded the Mövenpick Suri- wongse Hotel Chiang Mai. The 286-room hotel is located on the corner of Loikoh and Changklan Road, right at the heart of Chiang Mai’s landmark the Night Bazaar. The hotel is a short distance from Chiang Mai International Airport, the rail- way and bus station. It is due to open by mid-2011. The hotel will feature innovative dining experiences, such as a Thai- Italian Restaurant, an all-day dining venue and wine bar. Shops and a wide range of wellness options, including a spa, pool and fitness centre will be available. The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach Koh Samui coming up on the northern shore of the island will feature 81 exclusive villas with private pools offering views across the Gulf of Thailand and to Koh Pha Ngan. Contemporary dining outlets, an extensive organic garden with a Thai restaurant and a signature spa will entice guests from around the world. The resort is slated to be operational by the end of 2011. The Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Bangkok located in Phayathai near the Victory Monument area, will feature 266 modern, spaciously ap- pointed rooms and suites, in addition to 100 residences. The property includes a collection of loft-style guest rooms. Due to open by 2014, it will offer a privileged location for business and leisure travellers alike with easy access to the nearby sky train and the Airport Express link. The hotel will be located close to the major downtown shopping areas. Existing projects in the country include the upcoming Mövenpick White Sand Beach Resort, located in Jomtien, close to Pattaya, an hour and a half drive from Bangkok. Scheduled to open by 2013, the resort will offer a convenient get-away to enjoy the outdoors with a lagoon pool, entertainment for the family and a variety of tempting dining choices. The hotel aims to attract domestic, intra-regional and international leisure travellers. Extensive banqueting facilities and meeting rooms will be available to host incentive groups and world-class conferences. Furthermore, the Mövenpick Residence Karon Beach Phuket recently introduced a new resort style residential development. The project comprises of five low-rise buildings, each housing six contemporary 130-square metre two bedroom apartments. The butler-serviced apart- ments offer a the chance of beach home ownership with investment po- tential and management rent-out programmes. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 32 TRAVEL EXPO New at the ITB Berlin Convention 2011 A s the world’s largest tourism event of its kind, next year’s ITB Berlin Convention will be setting the tone once again. From 9 to 11 March 2011 numerous internationally recognised experts, scientists and travel trade professionals will discuss the latest travel industry trends and exclusive, empirical survey findings. In 2011 the main sponsor and Culture & Convention partner is Mongolia. Visitors to ITB Berlin will be able to benefit, as a regular ticket for admission to the trade fair is valid for the convention. In 2011 the Eco-Mobility Day will be a new key element of the wide-ranging ITB programme. The concept of individual motorised transport is undergoing fundamental changes. Au- tomobile manufacturers and energy companies are working feverishly to develop electric cars. Pilot projects using eco- friendly electric cars have already been launched at a number of tourism destinations. The Eco-Mobility Day on Friday, 13 March 2011 will outline the current situation, present visions for the future, and assess their relevance as regards the tour- ism industry. Also new at the ITB Berlin Convention 2011: visitors to ITB Ber- lin will be able to attend the PhoCusWright@ITB Travel Tech- nology sessions free of charge. This offers the wider public a chance to find out first-hand about internet and mobile tech- nology topics and other technology trends of the future. The ITB Marketing and Distribution Days will discuss the lat- est strategies and practical examples of marketing tourism. Following its big success at the last fair, the ITB Media Summit will take place again during the ITB Marketing and Distribu- tion Days on Friday, 11 March 2011. Visitors to the ITB Desti- nation Days will be able to find out the latest about culture, city and river tours. The emerging markets in Asia are another key topic. In this context the experts of the Market Intelligence Unit of ITB Asia have provided valuable support. Taking place for the third time, the ITB CSR Day satisfies a growing demand for a discussion on corporate social responsibility issues in the tourism sector. Visitors to the convention will find out how CSR projects can be sensibly planned and implemented on a long-term basis. The ongoing success of the Future Day and Hospitality Day means that they are also set to continue. Once again, these theme days will provide visitors to the convention with valuable and thought-provoking ideas, present best prac- tice examples and survey findings on the future of the travel sector, and highlight the challenges facing the hotel industry. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2011 will take place from Wednesday, 9 to Sunday, 13 March. ITB Berlin will be open to trade visitors only from Wednesday to Friday. Parallel with the trade fair, the ITB Berlin Convention will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Friday, 11 March 2011. Mongolia is the Convention & Culture partner at the ITB Convention 2011. Full details of the congress can be found at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the world’s leading travel trade show. In 2010 a total of 11,127 companies from 187 countries exhibited their products and services to 179,351 visi- tors, who included 110,953 trade visitors. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 34 TRAVEL EXPO EIBTM 2010 Education Programme offers Best Ever Source of Inspiration, Learning & Information E IBTM’s cutting edge professional education pro- gramme comprises a comprehensive and diverse series of seminars, workshops and conferences, addresses the latest issues and meetings indus- try hot topics, underlying the event’s commitment to raising industry standards and encouraging learning and develop- ment. This year’s programme, running throughout the event from 30th November to 2nd December at the Fira Gran Via, Bar- celona, includes over 40 sessions, with a number of new fea- tures and highlights led by renowned industry experts. All of the Education Programme seminars will be evaluated by an online survey, facilitated by MeetingMetrics. One of the highlights is the annual EIBTM 2010 Industry & Market Share Report session run by Rob Davidson on the show’s opening day, and repeated on the final day. This year, EIBTM is producing a new piece of research, comple- menting the Industry & Market Share Report, which surveys Planners, Tourist Offices and Convention Bureaux about their business over the past twelve months, their challenges, future perceptions, opportunities, influences of choice of lo- cation and business predictions for the next 12 months. A new Lecture Theatre, provided by ACS audiovisual so- lutions, on the show floor will haveDaily Technology Hours enabling visitors to keep up-to-date with the latest techno- logical advances in the industry. Topics include crisis man- agement and managing event interruptions, and effective use of mobile technology for meetings. Also in the Theatre, a series of daily Spanish seminars has been designed to- gether with MPI Spain for the local market. The sessions will be delivered in Spanish and will include topics such as workplace coaching, creative catering, ROI in event com- munication and recruiting and building member loyalty. Another new feature is The Green Room, a seminar area dedicated to sustainability, featuring ‘bite-sized’ panel dis- cussions, workshops and case studies, the sessions will highlight up to date issues affecting sustainability in the meetings industry. Subject areas include implementing and measuring best practices, as well as reporting and commu- nicating initiatives. The keynote session on the opening day, Brand Leverage – Challenge Assumptions to Strengthen the Output will fo- cus on branding. Pharmaceutical marketing consultant Lisa Hansen and creative director Phil Staff from Brandivity will demonstrate, from both client and agency perspectives, how the theory actually works in reality. A Women in Business session, Succeeding as a Female Entrepreneur will take visitors through vision and goal set- ting, building business networks and individuals as a brand, challenges and solutions, and motivation and balancing work-life issues. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • On the final day of the show, Peter Pecotic, founding and man- aging director of Turningpoint Solutions and Daniel Tschudy, re- nowned expert on global issues in the meetings, event, sports and tourism communities, will focus on China. The session will take attendees through key tips and insights, as well as provid- ing valuable case studies for those considering China for their next Meetings event. The education programme will also feature sessions in conjunc- tion with the Association, Corporate and Agency Programmes, which cater specifically to Hosted Buyers. Association sessions will address key issues including: future membership models; maximising results when negotiating with destinations and venues; improving participant experience and learning prefer- ences. Devised for meeting planners from corporate organisations, the Corporate Programme seminars will look at the myths, chal- lenges and opportunities of strategic meetings management and increasing the value of meetings. The Agency Programme seminar, which will be repeated over two days of the show is specially designed for agency staff, conference organisers and independent meeting planners. This year’s session will consider the value of meetings and how agencies can stay relevant in changing times. Erica Keogan, EIBTM’s Education Content Manager said: “We are committed to developing stimulating multi-faceted event experiences that go far beyond the show floor. Hosted Buyers and trade visitors to EIBTM will have access to a world-class, comprehensive education programme, specifically geared to helping them focus on the issues that directly impact their sec- tor, while also giving them practical pointers on how to main- tain, develop and attract business. Every year we add new content and hope that the knowledge gained through attending the education programme at EIBTM will have a direct impact on the running and success of their business.” All education programme sessions are free to attend and the general seminars are open to all. Sessions in conjunction with the Association, Corporate and Agency programmes are open only to Hosted Buyers and places must be pre-booked. For further information, please visit www.eibtm.com Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 36 TRAVEL EXPO Carlson Marketing and IMEX America create powerful new marketing alliance O rganizers of IMEX America announced today that they have about making sure that IMEX America delivers high level business entered into an alliance with one of the largest marketing opportunities for all its exhibitors. Carlson Marketing’s client base of agencies in the world, Carlson Marketing. Fortune 1000 companies, plus the company’s unquestioned authority in the market is yet another stamp of approval for the show and dem- On October 10, 2011, a day before IMEX America begins, the rela- onstrates our ambition to make a big impact from day one.” tionship, brand loyalty and engagement company, Carlson Market- ing, will conduct a dedicated educational event for corporate clients The involvement of Carlson Marketing complements several alli- and its own buyers and account executives. The exclusive Las Vegas ances already announced. These include many of the major hotels event expects to welcome up to 100 guests, each of whom will then groups including Intercontinental, Marriott and Starwood along with attend IMEX America as part of the trade show’s unique hosted buyer travel, meeting and incentive companies such as Conference Direct, program. Experient, HelmsBriscoe, Global Cynergies, HPN, Maritz Travel and Northstar Meetings Group. Carlson Marketing corporate clients represent some of the world’s biggest Fortune 1000 companies, chiefly in the financial services, About IMEX America travel, telecom, retail, consumer goods and automotive sectors. The new trade show for the worldwide meetings, events and incen- Those who attend IMEX America will be high level corporate meet- tive travel industry; the inaugural IMEX America will take place Octo- ings and events buyers with significant US as well as international ber 11-13, 2011 at the Sands Expo at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel. The spending power. show’s strategic partner and major educational provider is MPI. It is endorsed by DMAI and Site and has an Industry Partnership with “We know the proven success of IMEX in Frankfurt and look forward PCMA. IMEX America also has major partnerships in place with all to an energizing and productive North American show in 2011. We the other leading industry associations across the world. are excited to be involved in the first IMEX America. We know that travel engages and motivates, which makes this show an excellent fit IMEX America will offer a unique model of trade show, new to the for us and our clients,” said Fay Beauchine, president, Engagement & US market. It will assure exhibitors of meeting and making business Events, Carlson Marketing. appointments on their booths with in excess of 2,000 highly qualified hosted buyers. The majority (80%) of these hosted buyers will come Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman, explained: “Our agreement with from North America, with the balance from the rest of the world. In Carlson Marketing sends another strong signal to the worldwide addition thousands of additional U.S. buyer attendees are expected meetings, events and incentive travel industry that we are serious to attend from across North America. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 38 TRAVEL EXPO Holiday World Show wins best Irish consumer exhibition award C onsiderations on the cost of holidays has never been more impor- tant, while the importance of taking that well-earned break is also riding high on everyone’s list of priorities. Holiday World Show 2010 will provide holiday options for every budget, no matter how tight, while not compromising on quality or imagination. Value for money in choosing your holiday is vitally important now, as is expert, one-to-one advice on what holiday options might best suit your needs. Instead of endlessly searching through website after website for lower prices or trying to guess the quality of accommodation or resorts, our experts have first hand experience, and can advise you in person on how to find better holi- days and pay less. Holiday World Show 2010 will give visitors outstanding value on all kinds of breaks, and expert advice from over 2,000 travel professionals to those seeking a well earned escape from reality, with affordability being the keyword. Family holidays with something to appeal to all ages, that romantic break for you and your partner, solo round-the-world trips, or a last-minute getaway in Ireland – information on all these and more will be available at Holiday World 2010, (www.holidayworldshow.com) at the R.D.S. Simmonscourt Dublin from Friday January 22nd to Sunday January 24th. The show guarantees to provide you with lots of ideas that will best suit your budget, and your own personal requirements. You can choose the destinations and holidays that suit you and your wallet, and your bank balance will certainly reap the rewards of a trip to the Holiday World Show! New this year The format of the show has been improved for easier access for visitors. There is the opportunity to visit ten different “worlds” under one roof – Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterra- nean, the Americas, Home Holidays, Adventure Travel, a new Cruise World pa- vilion, an extended Caravan and Motorhome Show, and Angling World pavilion. We’re certain to have something that will appeal to all interests and locations around the world! Last year’s innovation of Holiday World Show Expert Travel Clinics will be en- hanced at the 2010 show with leading industry experts giving talks, and an- swering visitors questions on topics such as Far East travel, African holidays, Sports trips and holidays, Adventure Travel, Ski holidays, Caribbean holidays and weddings, the USA Deep South experience, as well as Home Holidays. Global advice With some 70 countries attending, together with over 2,000 travel and tourism and tourism professionals ready to give advice and detailed, expert informa- tion which is not available anywhere else in Ireland – all this while providing an enjoyable day out for all the family. Instead of trawling through endless confusing websites, the experts on hand at the show will be able to give face to face advice and the information that visitors need to ensure an exciting holiday that’s best suited to them. Other reasons to visit the Show Fares from Ireland have never been cheaper with more options than ever avail- able on the Irish market, outstanding value to the U.S.A., first advice on travel to South Africa for the World Cup, advice on the latest trend in “fun employment” tourism, meet the two long haul expert airlines out of Ireland, and get the best deals in the home market with five star hotels offering overnight stays from 99 euros per night. Many exhibitors will also be offering special “Show only” discount holiday deals along with hundreds of opportunities to win fantastic holidays at the show through free- to - enter competitions, which can be entered by visiting exhibi- tion stands. Edmund Hourican, Managing Director, Business Exhibitions Ltd., organisers of Holiday World Show Dublin 2010 said “our 2010 show will give visitors the best value in holiday prices, in a really colourful show, new destinations, ten “dif- ferent worlds” to explore, and Expert Travel Clinics. We have more to offer to the show visitors than ever before. And of course, it’s a great fun day out for the family, with entertainment and samples on offer from many of the exhibitors.” Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 40 TRAVEL EXPO 2011: in Anticipation of Explosive Growth of the Russian MICE Industry M ICE - a relatively new segment of the Russian business tourism market - continue their tri- umphant March. The overarching MICE ab- breviation stands for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions. Six Moscow In- ternational MICE Forums having been held annually at TC “Tishin- ka” in Moscow are a convincing proof of the MICE industry’s suc- cessful development. The 2010 event’s statistics was summarized by aigroup, the Forum’s organizer: 91 companies representing 47 countries and 1,118 visitors. Judging by the feedback from the past participants, the next show - Moscow International MICE Fo- rum 15 March 2011 - also should be very helpful in participants’ business expansion and this is the direct result of these events. However the indirect results are also noteworthy: activity in the MICE industry testifies to economic resurgence in this country. “As we organized the Moscow International MICE Forum in 2009, we were rather thinking about the need to keep the tradition,” pointed out aigroup’s president Kim Waddoup. “The crisis dealt a serious blow on the entire MICE industry. In 2010 we were confi- dent in success, however: the market has survived and we see an upward trend.” MICE remain a relatively new segment of Russian business, although this is by no means a recent development. The training period is far behind, rich experience has already been gained and certain traditions have taken root, which was dem- onstrated at the show. The experts assessing the event held by aigroup are unanimous that this was a very timely and requisite forum. “The Russian MICE industry certainly has a long way to go, - noted Alexei Krylov, General Director of UTS Travel, Vice President of the Russian Association of Tourist Operators. - For ex- ample, in Germany alone 900 companies specialize in this area. Nevertheless a professional community is gradually emerging in the course of this industry’s rapid development in Russia and the quality of services offered by companies is being constantly im- proved. And now we are looking forward to the next event on the 15th of March 2011”. “We’ve long been involved in business and incentive tourism, - said Pedro Vahe, expert in intercontinental markets at Fkanders (Belgium). - We are keenly interested in the Russian market as we see its great potential. But in order to actively work on this market, you cannot just sit on the sidelines. This is why I’ve come to Moscow. I think this must be done now. I am satisfied with the Forum: it is a well-organized and effective event.” Hugo Slimburg, Director of Strategic Partnership, Ovation Global DMC (Belgium) agrees that participation in MICE Forum is very useful: “It’s pre- mature to say that the crisis has been overcome, but there are signs of economic recovery in Europe. In this situation those who can properly assess the perspective will come out as winners. The MICE business must be getting ready for tomorrow”. “On the eve of resurgence,” “in anticipation of explosive growth,” forthcoming boom” - all those estimations could be heard from the Forum’s participants. The MICE industry is definitely bracing up for a new leap. Whoever is better prepared will garner suc- cess. “MICE is an intellectual business, - Mr. Krylov underscored. “In order to be a success in this sphere, organizational skills and networking are not sufficient. Creativity is also very important. Communication and exchange of experience are indispensible for the MICE tourism business. From these perspectives it is im- possible to overestimate the significance of the next event - the Moscow International MICE Forum 2011 - that will offer all of us excellent venue for discourse on the 15th of March 2011, at TC “Tishinka” in Moscow”. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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    • 42 TRAVEL EXPO PCMA to co-locate 2011 International Summit at IMEX America T he Professional Convention Man- The power of the IMEX hosted buyer pro- all plan and organise meetings and conven- agement Association (PCMA) has gram is evident through research conducted tions internationally and so are influential today announced further details of amongst buyers following IMEX’s show in buyers of products and services both inside its Industry Partnership with IMEX Frankfurt in May of this year. The research and outside the US. IMEX America will deliv- America. The powerful new partnership will showed that hosted buyers placed orders er the largest hosted buyer program in North mean that PCMA’s 2011 International Summit worth $450 million USD with exhibitors dur- America, with 80 per cent of buyers from the will be co-located alongside IMEX America ing the exhibition and expected to place over US planning both US and international meet- when it takes place in October 2011 in Las $2.2 billion USD of business with IMEX ex- ings, and 20 per cent from other world mar- Vegas. hibitors in the following 12 months. kets. Being as closely involved with such a dynamic association as PCMA will give us a PCMA will aim to attract 150 top associa- The IMEX America hosted buyer program will big advantage in fulfilling this promise.” tion and corporate meeting planners to next follow exactly the same model as Frankfurt, year’s International Summit, October 13-14, with a focus on attracting only the best buyers PCMA President and CEO, Deborah Sexton all of whom will attend IMEX America, Octo- in the industry. The model will give buyers said, “PCMA members play an important and ber 11-13, as part of the trade show’s unique the freedom to make their own appointments influential role in the international market- hosted buyer program. As the majority are di- with exhibitors of their own choosing on their place and the co-location of PCMA’s Interna- rectors or higher in their organizations, their booths. Each buyer will take full control of the tional Summit with IMEX America will provide participation is likely to be a strong attraction timing and content of their appointments and attendees with new and cutting-edge solu- for exhibitors. have exclusive access to personal diaries tions to the challenges they face in conduct- Aproximately 50 PCMA supplier members and planning tools using the IMEX online di- ing business globally, while offering a unique are also expected to attend. PCMA will pro- ary and appointment system. opportunity to network, make appointments, vide its signature education, allowing at- and conduct business with exhibitors and tendees to take part in sessions that address As Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group, attendees from around the globe. The co-lo- issues relating to conducting business in a explains: “The profile of the PCMA Interna- cation of the PCMA International Summit and global marketplace and have the chance to tional Summit delegates fits precisely with IMEX America creates one of the most pow- share best practice, fresh ideas and to learn the type of buyers we are committed to host- erful hosted-buyer events in North America.” from their peers and colleagues. ing to IMEX America. These PCMA members Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO 43 About PCMA The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meet- ings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA repre- sents the interests of meeting management executives from as- sociations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organiza- tion. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Head- quartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For additional information, please visit the PCMA website at www.pcma.org. About IMEX America The new trade show for the worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel industry; the inaugural IMEX America will take place October 11-13, 2011 at the Sands Expo at the Venetian/ Palazzo Hotel. The show’s strategic partner and major educa- tional provider is MPI. It is endorsed by DMAI and Site and has an Industry Partnership with PCMA. IMEX America also has major partnerships in place with all the other leading industry associations across the world. IMEX America will offer a unique model of trade show, new to the US market. It will assure ex- hibitors of meeting and making business appointments on their booths with in excess of 2,000 highly qualified hosted buyers. The majority (80 per cent) of these hosted buyers will come from North America, with the balance from the rest of the world. In addition thousands of additional U.S. buyer attendees are ex- pected to attend from across North America. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 44 TRAVEL EXPO WTM 2010: Travel Channel International a Broadcast Partner T ravel Channel International is pleased to an- nounce their continued partnership with World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, as official Travel Broadcast Part- ner for 2010. Travel Channel, the largest pan-European TV channel dedi- cated to the travel experience in all its forms, is producing a ten minute feature from this year’s WTM to air throughout January 2011 within the series Travel Today. On Thursday 11th November the channel is also producing the first ever WTM Pride of Travel Agents Awards, the lead- ing national awards recognising extraordinary achievement within the retail travel sector, supported by TTG and spon- sored by Virgin Holidays. The awards are being presented by Travel Channel’s Hannah Scott-Joynt, presenter of the channel’s commercial partner Cruise 1st TV and X Factor’s Jamie Archer. World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said:” We have been working closely with Travel Channel International for the past eight years and I am delighted that they are work- ing with us as official broadcast partner for 2010.” Travel Channel CEO, Richard Wolfe said the station’s con- tinued partnership with World Travel Market was a natural progression for the company and a reflection of the grow- ing relationship, cemented in previous years. “WTM provides its exhibitors with an unique and objective world view on the international travel and tourism industry and as a broadcaster specialising in travel our objectives re- flect those of WTM”. Travel Channel will be reporting from World Travel Market on the decisions that affect consumers and their holidays, and finding out how the industry’s mov- ers and shakers are responding to the challenges affecting the travel industry in the current economic climate. About Travel Channel International Travel Channel is the leading international travel broad- caster, transmitting 24 hours a day to 117 countries in 19 languages across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. It is operated by Travel Channel Inter- national Limited (TCI), an independent company head- quartered in London, UK. Informative, entertaining and inspirational, Travel Chan- nel presents the full panorama of travel experiences- pro- grammes transport viewers to every corner of the globe, on backpacking adventures, culinary quests, eco-friendly holidays and luxury getaways. Flagship programmes in- clude destination guides Globe Trekker and Essential, the documentary series Great Scenic Railway Journeys and magazine show Travel Today. For further information please contact Petra Shepherd, pe- tra@travelchannel.co.uk, 020 7 034 2511 Thursday 21.10.2010
    • TRAVEL EXPO 45 WORLD TRAVEL MARKET SIGNALS NEW ERA FOR AIRLINES Boeing Chief Guest of Honour at Opening Ceremony B oeing will discuss its revolutionary 787 Dreamliner with passenger-preferred conveniences. members from the global travel and tourism industry at “Extra-large windows, coloured LED lighting, air purification, greater World Travel Market’s Opening Ceremony in London on humidity and increased cabin pressure have been designed to make Monday 8 November. the Dreamliner the most comfortable aircraft on the market,” said Ushering in a new era of air travel, Jeff Cacy, Boeing’s Cacy. Managing Director, Airline Marketing Services, will speak about what A “vertical gust suppression” system has also been installed to soften has been described as the most environmentally friendly airplane the up and down motions caused by turbulence. ever produced. World Travel Market’s Opening Ceremony is at 11.30 am on Monday The 787 is the fastest-selling commercial airplane in history. Japan’s 8 November, Platinum Suite 4, ExCeL London. The event will also be All Nippon Airways is the first recipient of the aircraft next year. broadcast on giant screens in the Central Boulevard. Fiona Jeffery, Chairman of World Travel Market, described the Dream- liner as a “glimpse into the future, a big step forward.” About World Travel Market “The Dreamliner, with its ability to offer a vastly more comfortable World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, flight and its superior economic performance, is set to change air is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the travel forever,” said Jeffery. worldwide travel and tourism industry. “World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, Almost 46,000 senior travel industry professionals, government min- has become known as a reliable industry indicator of major interna- isters and international press, embark on ExCeL - London every No- tional trends and developments and the birth of the Dreamliner and vember to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion the way it will change travel, is of huge significance to the whole in- and trends at WTM. dustry.” WTM, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009, is the event Jeff Cacy at Boeing has supreme confidence in the way the Dream- where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals. liner will transform the travel industry. WTM 2009 will generate £1,139 million of travel industry contracts, “Business travelers are willing to travel, but not in uncomfortable sur- revealed independent research by Fusion Communications. roundings,” he said. WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibi- “Airlines are buying the Dreamliner because of its efficiencies, but tions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events they are also buying it because the customer experience is profound- including Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Mar- ly different and uniquely comfortable.” ket. The 787 Dreamliner offers passengers a better flying experience and RE holds more than 500 events in 38 countries throughout Americas, provides airline operators greater efficiency to better serve the point- Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific covering 47 industry sectors to-point routes and additional frequencies passengers prefer. including aerospace & aviation, healthcare, manufacturing and sport The technologically-advanced 787 will use 20 percent less fuel than & recreation. today’s airplanes of comparable size, provide airlines with up to 45 In 2008 RE, part of the Reed Elsevier group, brought together more percent more cargo revenue capacity and present passengers with than six million industry professionals from around the world generat- innovations that include a new interior environment with cleaner air, ing billions of dollars in business. larger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting and other Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 46 TRAVEL EXPO ITB Asia 2010 Opens With Asia Driving New Travel Industry Growth ITB Asia 2010 opens on 20 September in Singapore with the travel industry in Asia confident again and enjoying strong growth in leisure, meetings and corporate travel. Exhibitor numbers at the three-day B2B travel show or- ganized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) are up 6% on last year, with growth in the travel industry reflecting much improved economic growth figures and demand in Asia. “There is a real sense of new growth and consumer opti- mism once again in Asia,” said Mr Raimund Hosch, CEO of Messe Berlin. “At ITB Asia we can see that in increased demand for floor space and more companies position- ing themselves to get a bigger part of meetings business within the travel industry,” he said. Mr Hosch told a press conference on the opening day of the third ITB Asia that the show this year was character- ized by five themes: exhibitor growth, better quality buy- ers, a much greater MICE (meetings) industry profile, the importance of Egypt as a partner country, and the fact that ITB Asia, with its broad appeal to multiple sectors of the travel industry, was now attracting other travel events to start up alongside ITB Asia. “With the continued development of Asia Pacific as a destination and a thriving outbound market, much of the world’s travel and tourism growth is occurring in this region,” said Ms. Melissa Ow, Assistant Chief Execu- tive, Industry Development II Group, Singapore Tourism Board. “This is an opportune time for the travel and tour- ism industry to seize the prospects offered by Asia’s vi- brant economic growth. It gives us great pleasure to see ITB Asia broaden its influence and scope with the par- ticipation of new exhibitors and visitors this year. As the host destination, Singapore is proud to be a part of that growth.” Reflecting renewed travel industry confidence, ITB Asia 2010 has attracted 720 exhibitor organizations. This rep- resents a 6% increase on last year when there were 679 exhibitors. There is representation from 60 countries, the same number as last year. This year, ITB Asia has attracted 62 national and regional government tourist organizations. This is up from 54 last year. New attendees this year include the Moscow Exhibi- tion and Convention Agency, Israel, the Korean National Tourism Organization, the Moroccan Government Tourist Office, the Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tourism Council of Bhutan, and the Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China. On the aviation side exhibitors include IATA, Qatar Air- ways, THAI Airways International, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Vietnam Airlines and LAN Airlines from Chile. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO Greater MICE Appeal He said that this year buyers had to be recommended either by ex- hibitors or by other established high quality buyers who could vouch The 2010 edition of ITB Asia has introduced Association Day, a first in for the professionalism and relevance of the proposed hosted buyer. Asia. The ‘day’ includes special events, networking and discussions spread over three days of ITB Asia. The objective is to empower the Buyers who performed well at ITB Asia in 2008 and 2009 were also travel industry in Asia to attract more association events. These occur invited back. A staggered invitation process meant that a more bal- when professionals such as doctors, scientists, researchers, chemists anced geographical market mix among buyers was achieved. and insurance executives convene for their annual, bi-annual or four- yearly association meetings. “I am very confident that ITB Asia exhibitors will appreciate the rigor- ous steps we have taken this year on our hosted buyer programme,” Some 94 association and travel industry professionals have signed said Hosch. up for the inaugural Association Day at ITB Asia. Important associa- tion meeting organisations have combined to make Association Day Egypt as Official ITB Asia 2010 Partner Country a reality, including, the International Congress and Convention As- sociation, ASAE – The Center for Association Leadership, the Singa- For ITB Asia 2010, Egypt, which uses the tagline, “Where it all begins”, pore Exhibition and Convention Bureau and professional convention will be official partner country. It will receive advanced and extensive organizer, ace:daytons direct. branding and positioning before, during and after the show. One outcome is that the percentage of MICE (meetings, incentives, The Egyptian delegation to ITB Asia is being led by Mr Hisham Zaa- conventions and exhibitions) travel buyers at ITB Asia this year has zou, First Assistant Minister, Ministry of Tourism. “Asian Markets are increased from 32% to 43%. among the most favoured tourism markets for Egypt and we are al- ways looking for opportunities to attract more tourists to the jewels Improved Travel Buyers of Egypt,” said Mr Zaazou. “It is our pleasure to participate in large scale events such as ITB Asia and promote Egypt as an emerging This year Messe Berlin (Singapore) management is emphasizing the international holiday destination.” advances in the quality control of its 580 hosted buyers at ITB Asia. Egypt will host Egypt Night on 20 October for all ITB Asia attendees. “The quality and relevance of buyer-seller interaction is the founda- During ITB Asia Egypt will promote specific elements of destination tion of nearly everything we do at ITB Asia,” said Hosch. “Therefore, Egypt including Luxor as the “the world’s greatest open air museum,” this year we introduced an even more stringent vetting system for the ruins and temple complexes at Karnak, and new luxury cruises on buyers.” the River Nile on board the MS Darakum. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO More Empowered Travel Consumers Web in Travel (WIT) 2010 - a large part of the new ideas and ‘conference’ element of ITB Asia - has attracted over 350 attendees and 80 speakers this year. WIT repre- sents the largest, most diverse and highest level gathering of travel industry profes- sionals in the Asian travel distribution, marketing and technology sector this year. Speakers will assess a wide range of travel related online, technology and branding issues. Much of it will revolve around the empowered role of consumers using new mobile devices and applications to make travel decisions. An intense two-day WIT conference, 19-20 October, at Suntec Singapore will be preceded by specialist WIT activities such as WITovation Entrepreneur Bootcamp (18 October), followed by the WIT Ideas Lab and WIT Clinics 21-22 October, which ITB Asia attendees can join at no extra charge. ITB Asia’s Specialist Forums, Related Events In his speech to mark the opening of ITB Asia 2010, Mr Hosch told the assembled media and guests that after only three years ITB Asia was becoming a “powerful nucleus” for other travel industry events. He said specialist travel events such as Web in Travel, Association Day, the Luxury Meeting Forum and the Responsible Tourism Forum were increasingly important events within ITB Asia and each had their own loyal following. Mr Hosch said: “Our partners at the Singapore Tourism Board have launched an in- novative festival of tourism events this week and next called TravelRave. As part of TravelRave some of the best minds in the travel business are at ITB Asia this week. Many of them are also participating in the Asia Travel Leaders Summit and Aviation Outlook Asia, both taking place this week in Singapore.” He described ITB Asia as now being at the centre of a “perfect storm” of travel events in Singapore. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO Singapore a Stable Platform for ITB Asia As part of its commitment to growing ITB Asia, Messe Berlin (Singapore) in September signed a new deal to keep ITB Asia in the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre for at least three more years – 2011 to 2013 inclusive. Speaking at the opening of ITB Asia 2010, the show’s Executive Director, Mr Nino Gruettke, said that the continued partnership would allow the travel industry in Asia to “lock-in” ITB Asia into its annual marketing schedules and give travel companies confidence to plan ahead. “Furthermore, we have an excellent working relation- ship with Suntec management team. They now antici- pate many of our needs and requests. Plus, Singapore has great access and infrastructure for major travel business events,” he said. In other show news, visitors to this year’s ITB Asia can download a free guide to the show on their mobile phones. After the success at last year’s ITB Asia, the ITB Asia Mobile Guide again offers the entire show at one’s fingertips, including a list of exhibitors, a floor plan and information on press conferences and sight- seeing in Singapore. The ITB Asia Mobile Guide, pro- vided by GIATA & TOURIAS, will make it easy for ITB Asia visitors to find their way around Suntec. It contains the programme of Web In Travel 2010, the Associations Day programme as well as a list of ITB Asia events, presentations and receptions. Summarising ITB Asia 2010 on its opening day, Mr Ho- sch said: “ITB Asia in only three years has grown to be more than twice the size of its long-established com- petitor events. We have a very effective team based in Asia and great partnerships with Singapore and be- yond. As CEO of Messe Berlin, I am optimistic that ITB Asia will continue to grow and attract quality partici- pants as the trade show for the Asian travel market.” About ITB Asia 2010 ITB Asia will take place at the Suntec Singapore Ex- hibition & Convention Centre, 20-22 October, 2010. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. Egypt is the official partner country of ITB Asia 2010. The event will feature hundreds of exhib- iting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel. ITB Asia 2010 will include exhibition pavilions and tabletop presence for small and medium-sized en- terprises (SMEs) providing travel services. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destina- tions, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facili- ties and travel technology companies are all expected to attend. At no extra charge, ITB Asia attendees can join the Web In Travel Ideas Lab and Clinics 21-22 Oc- tober. www.itb-asia.com Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 50 TRAVEL EXPO Steering Group agrees the way forward for BoBI 2011 T he Best of Britain & Ireland Travel Trade Forum Steering Group recently to consider the results from the recent exhibi- tor and visitor surveys in terms of the strategic direction that BoBI lighted the need to review the event format and venue through an in-depth consultation with the industry. This de-brief Steering Group session was the culmination of that process and featured a 2011should take following the event this March at Olympia. very constructive, positive debate. The Steering Group - comprising over 40 representatives from The trade visitor analysis for BoBI 2011 had shown a marked im- various stakeholders such as national and regional tourist boards provement in key qualitative statistics with 90% of the audience with their partners, hoteliers and wholesalers, attractions, trade rating this year’s event ‘good to excellent’ compared to the previ- associations and travel trade media – was initiated when BoB ous years plus three-quarters rating the overall reputation of the Events took over the running of the domestic travel trade show in event as being ‘good to excellent’. March 2008. The Steering Group was set up with the objective to There was also a marked increase in the meeting of trade visi- give the industry ownership of this flagship event and has proved tor objectives across the board - from finding new or alternative to be an invaluable sounding board for BoBI’s overall direction. contacts, new product and the strengthening of relationships with Whilst the post-show BoBI 2010 press release announced greater existing clients - to an increase in the quality and range of exhibi- numbers for the trade days and an enhanced quality of visitors fol- tors. lowing on from the inaugural launch at ExCeL in 2009, it also high- One of the key findings from the trade visitor research was that Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • TRAVEL EXPO around 40% of Olympia visitors had not previously visited BTTF, nial rotation with a return to London in 2012. A decision on this and this figure had been even higher in 2009. These figures, cou- will be taken after next year’s event when exhibitor opinion will pled with the geographic spread of the attendees, points clearly again be canvassed and the various options fully examined and to the conclusion that both London and Birmingham can offer dis- debated by the BoBI Steering Group. tinctly different audiences. Other key recommendations included the extension of the highly The exhibitor survey regarding preferred venue for BoBI 2011 re- successful Domestic Hosted Buyer Programmes for major Coach vealed that the majority of exhibitors favoured a return to the NEC Operators and Group Travel Organisers and the reintroduction of for a trade-only event, but with over two-thirds of exhibitors will- a simplified appointment system to allow the pre-scheduling of ing to consider the re-introduction of the consumer days in 2012 if meetings at BoBI. a viable collocation arrangement can be secured with a suitable BoB Events has also undertaken detailed research to thoroughly consumer show partner. examine the attitudes of the domestic travel trade community, On the basis of this exhibitor and trade visitor research, the Steer- particularly amongst non-visitors to BoBI to identify possible new ing Group concluded that BoBI should return to the NEC in 2011 initiatives and innovations that will further strengthen the appeal as a trade-only event on March 16 –17th to again coincide with of BoBI to would-be trade visitors. British Tourism Week, with the option to possibly introduce bien- Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • 52 DO YOU KNOW Australian Culture and Traditions to know when travelling to Australia ( Part 2 ) 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 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • DO YOU KNOW 35 A Diverse Society The aboriginal peoples of Australia arrived there 40,000 years BC, and still have a strong presence in the country’s cultural identity today. In the 1600s, the Dutch arrived, followed shortly thereafter by the English. For centuries, the majority of the Australian population was of British ancestry, but the past fifty years has seen an explosion in immigrants from places as diverse as South Africa, Greece, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Japan and China. John F. Grabowski, author of “Modern Na- tions of the World: Australia,” writes that “Australia has become recognized as one of the most successful na- tions in building a culturally diverse society.” Twenty- five percent of the current population was born in a country other than Australia. Social Customs Australians of all ethnic backgrounds tend to be polite. Acquaintances or those first meeting greet one another with a handshake; family and close friends greet one another with a hug and a kiss. It’s considered a cour- tesy to look one another in the eye during conversation, and to communicate with friends and co-workers on a first name basis, but keep new acquaintances under more formal address (Mr./Ms. and their last name). Those who don’t know one another well don’t discuss personal matters, but if unwanted personal questions are asked, Australians consider it best to politely de- cline to answer than not say anything at all. The major- ity of people say “please,” “thank you” and “no thank you” when offered or receiving something. Most also say “sorry” if they knock into someone, and “excuse me” after committing a social faux pas. Australians like to be on time and appreciate a phone call from those who are running late. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
    • DO YOU KNOW An Outdoor Lifestyle Even though 85 percent of all Australians live in cities, there’s a strong tradition of an outdoor lifestyle, especially on the water. Surf- ing, swimming, sailing and yachting are among the most popular ac- tivities in Australia. Horseback riding is also extremely popular, and a high number of towns and cities have racetracks. Golf, tennis and cricket are also important sports in the national psyche, and not only for professionals-Australians are an active people who like to partici- pate in outdoor activities. Although a high percentage of Australians don’t live in the outback, those who do live that rough, outdoor life- style are representative of Australia to the rest of the world. Traditional Foods Australia is home to many fruits and vegetables, such as melon, oranges, lemons, and limes, grapes, apples, cherries, spinach, to- matoes and almonds. The aboriginal people used these fruits and vegetables as well as the various seafood and bush meat (including kangaroos). Some of the oldest recipes of the land include lemon myrtle-seasoned calamari, pepper-crusted kangaroo filet, smoked salmon with a creamy tomato macadamia sauce and damper, which is fresh bread made of a mixture of water and ground seeds. The English brought their own traditional dishes like potato dumplings and jam pudding, but they also began to farm cattle and sheep, so lamb meat became very popular and remains so today. New Cuisine Due to globalization-both the ease of tourism and immigration, Aus- tralia’s cuisine has transformed through the years. The country now produces a wide variety of wines and Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne cultivate innovative, top chefs. Due to the drastic in- crease in immigrants from around the world, Italian, Greek, German, Asian and African food has all made its mark on Australian cuisine. Many of the immigrants use the abundance of fresh fish and other seafood as a base for their culture’s flavors, and the most innovative cooks blend their traditions with Australian traditions. An example of a dish from the new school of cuisine is the lemon myrtle curd tart served with Kangaroo Island clotted cream. Thursday 21.10.2010 www.travelweekly.com.vn
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