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19 May 2011

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  • Catching up with … Kevin Edmunds
  • MEETINGS:review
  • International tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth
  • Involve staff in 'strategic decisions' to boost employee engagement
  • Red tourism flourishes in old Chinese revolutionary bases
  • Cathay Pacific and HKTB launch augmented reality app
  • IMEX in Frankfurt debuts first ever mobile apps
  • Coming off a strong 2010, Germany has big expectations
  • Bahamas urged to 'strategically target' fastest growing markets
  • International tourists visiting Rio do Janeiro increased 8 percent to 1.49 million in 2010
  • South Africa targets Nigeria, other African countries for tourism growth
  • Top European hotel set to enter Kenyan market
  • Dollar drop boosts tourist spending in US
  • North America appeals to Chinese tourists
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  • Catching up with ... Kevin Edmunds
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    Tomorrow's industry leaders are getting involved today, as evident from Site Young Leader Kevin Edmunds. Site Source caught up with him as he prepares for upcoming events, including the Site Academy for Young Leaders in Cancun, Mexico.

    As a member of the Palace Resorts team, it is the most rewarding feeling to have a client trust your word and then come back with an amazing experience. This drive for success keeps me excited to be a part of the motivational experience and incentive travel industry. I am excited to be involved with the Site Young Leaders, as it is groups like these that give the younger generation a voice. This program not only creates relationships and provides education, but utilizes the many tools in our industry to inspire. The biggest advantage our generation of leaders has is the art of adaptation. From fast-paced technological advancements to the changing landscape of business, we concentrate on what we can contribute to today and how we can take our industry to the next level.
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    Argentina en Colores

    Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina en Colores is a travel agency (DMC) specializing in corporate travel arrangements such as incentive trips, seminars, conventions, events, and Tour & Travel groups throughout Argentina.
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    MEETINGS:review
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    MEETING DURBAN
    The first video from MEETINGS:review's exciting new MEETING: the World channel follows Aoife Delaney on her two-day tour of the vibrant South African city Durban. Get a full flavour of the facilities, fun, fare and faces that this up-and-coming destination has to offer the meetings and events industry. PLAY VIDEO

    MICE TO MEET YOU
    With China preparing for its next MICE wave, Pete Roythorne visited IT&CM China in Shanghai to find out how the event has changed and how this reflects the growth of the country's meetings industry. PLAY VIDEO


    International tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth
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    International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5 percent during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7 percent rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all world subregions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth, followed by Subsaharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. More

    Involve staff in 'strategic decisions' to boost employee engagement
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    Companies looking to improve employee engagement may find involving workers in strategic decisions effective. Most employees begin a new job with an "eager and enthusiastic" attitude and want to help the firm succeed, according to the Forum of Private Business. However, the U.K. organisation warns that employee engagement levels may suffer if staff feel they have no input into the way the business is run. Phil McCabe, spokesman for the FPB, advised, "If an organisation can spare the time to invite its staff to help shape strategy, it should do so. More

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    Red tourism flourishes in old Chinese revolutionary bases
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    Revolution-era bases, scattered mostly among mountainous areas across China, accommodated and nurtured the Communist Party of China and its armies during the 28 years of its struggle to take power. More than six decades have passed and an increasing number of Chinese are taking a keener interest in the CPC's history. Now, these former bases have become hot tourist attractions. More

    Cathay Pacific and HKTB launch augmented reality app
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    The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Cathay Pacific Airways announce their joint initiative — DiscoverHongKong Mobile App Series — one of the first smartphone travel application series in the world that makes use of the augmented reality technology. The app shows points of interest, including major attractions, shops and award-winning restaurants, in visitors' vicinity. All visitors need to do is use the camera of their phone as a viewer, and the points of interest will appear overlaid on the real-world views on the phone screen. More

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    IMEX debuts first ever mobile apps
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    Meeting Professionals International announced that the mobile apps and mobile website developed for IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany, opening 24 May are available for download. The apps feature a comprehensive calendar of all events, access to a floor plan, a quick link to what's happening immediately as well as a list of exhibitors and ways to connect to social media channels. More

    Coming off a strong 2010, Germany has big expectations
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    Nearly 27 million international travelers visited Germany in 2010 and accounted for 60.3 million overnight stays. Those numbers represent significant increases over 2009, but Germany has great expectations for considerably larger numbers, according to Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board. "We are seeing growing demand and expect to hit the 80 million mark [for overnight stays] in 10 years at most," she said. More

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    Le Blanc Spa Resort - All Inclusive
    The luxurious adults only property located in Cancun's hotel zone features 260 guestrooms all with balcony and fantastic ocean views. The Signature inclusive luxuries include jacuzzi for two in all room categories, haute cuisine, delectable snacks, butler service, 24 hour room service, personalized service with nearly one staff per guest, taxes and gratuities.
    The Ultimate Group Event Destination from Sandals & Beaches Resorts
    When you are searching for a location for your next conference, meeting or incentive trip, look no further than Sandals and Beaches Resorts. With amazing facilities, state of the art technology and service beyond your imagination, we are the ideal choice for your next group event.
    SeaDream Charter from SeaDream Yacht Club
    SeaDream's twin mega-yachts provide the ultimate venue for personal and business celebrations. If your guest list is below 56 staterooms one of the yachts will be sufficient, if it goes over 56 staterooms charter both yachts in tandem. A yacht charter with SeaDream is easier than one might think.






    Bahamas urged to 'strategically target' fastest growing markets
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    The Bahamas must "strategically target" countries representing the fastest-growing economies and income/wealth levels, Scotiabank's chief global economist said, noting that the U.S. dollar's future weakness could cut into this nation's living standards. Warren Jestin said the structure of the world economy is changing, with the fastest-growing economies over the next few years set to be the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, China, India) countries and regions such as Asia and Latin America. More

    International tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, increased 8 percent to 1.49 million in 2010
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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, received 1.61 million foreign visitors in 2010, compared with 1.49 million in 2009, an increase of 8 percent and the highest level of international tourists in the last five years. Revenues generated by tourism in the city came to more than $US1.9 billion. The Rio de Janeiro City Tourism Company believes that the total will be even higher in 2011, since Rio received 131 percent more international tourists than expected for its Carnival in March. More

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    South Africa targets Nigeria, other African countries for tourism growth
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    South African Tourism has reiterated its readiness to focus on African markets to drive the country's future tourism growth with Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Angola as key targets. With the Africa region maintaining strong growth of 10 percent in arrivals to South Africa over the last seven years, the intense focus on Africa's potential has been mandated as a priority in the National Department of Tourism's National Tourism Sector Strategy. More

    Individual Incentive Cruise Certificate
    Royal Caribbean International® now brings you a program that recognizes individuality, and rewards it accordingly. Unlike group incentive travel, individual incentive travel gives recipients the freedom to go where they want, when they want. This is the highest form of recognition; a huge value for your most valued. And doesn't the best of the best deserve better than the rest? MORE


    Top European hotel set to enter Kenyan market
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    A top European hotel chain is set to open shop in Kenya, ushering in competition for the growing number of tourists at a time of increased interest in the country's hospitality business by multinationals. The Rezidor Hotel Group of Belgium, owners of the Radission brand, said it will start operations as it seeks a bigger share of Africa's hotel business. Rezidor joins Starwood Hotel & Resorts and Southern Sun of South Africa that are turning to Kenya to expand their business and increase room capacity in the country, especially in Nairobi where conference tourism has been on the rise. More

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    Dollar drop boosts tourist spending in US
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    The price is right for foreign shoppers in the U.S. as the sagging dollar boosts their purchasing power on everything from jewelry to vitamins. That's given travelers a zest for spending. Travelers from abroad spent $8.9 billion on food, lodging, gifts and entertainment in the U.S. in February, up 7 percent from 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. More

    North America appeals to Chinese tourists
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    North America is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Shanghai, China, travelers with figures doubling in 2010. The number of organized travelers from Shanghai to North America increased to 50,800 in the past year, according to the 2011 Regional Analysis of China's Outbound Tourism. Part of the popularity was because a U.S. tourist visa now allows multiple entries for Chinese travelers in a year, and the Chinese yuan has appreciated against US dollars. More

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