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IFEA Event Insider
May 28, 2009
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11 Killed in Stampede at World Music Festival in Morocco
from Channelnewsasia
A stampede at a world music festival in the Moroccan capital, which featured top names such as Kylie Minogue and Alicia Keyes, left at least 11 people dead, most of them women and children, police said. Some 70,000 spectators were at the Hay Nahda stadium in the southeast of Rabat on Saturday to see home favorite Abdelaziz Stati sing when the accident occurred shortly after midnight on the final night of the Mawazine (Rhythms) festival. More

Senate Committee Passes Travel Promotion Act of 2009
from Hotel World Network
The United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation approved S. 1023, the "Travel Promotion Act of 2009." The bipartisan legislation, led by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and John Ensign (R-NV) creates a public-private partnership with a budget of up to $200 million annually to attract international travelers to the United States by better communicating America's security policies and competing for visitors. According to an analysis by Oxford Economics, the program could drive $4 billion annually in new spending by international travelers to the United States. More

Oldest Memorial Day Parade Marches On
from WOWK-TV
The Ironton-Memorial Day Parade is recognized as the oldest continuously held Memorial Day Parade in the Nation. All the way back in 1868, the citizens of Ironton started a parade in honor of the Civil War Veterans on what used to be called Decoration Day. Decoration Day was renamed Memorial Day. More

U.S. Commerce Secretary Speaks on Importance of Travel to U.S. Economy
From Hotel Interactive
The U.S. Travel Association today welcomed Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as the keynote speaker at "International Pow Wow 2009," the world's largest convention of international travel professionals. Secretary Locke addressed nearly 5,0000 attendees, including 2,000 travel professionals responsible for booking 90 percent of U.S. international inbound travel. More

 

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Stimulus Available for Arts Organizations
from St. Louis Business Journal
Arts organizations across Missouri may begin applying for economic stimulus funds to preserve jobs, the Missouri Arts Council said. The grants are intended to retain arts jobs that have been threatened or eliminated during the recession, according to the arts council. The money arts organizations receive from the grants may be used for salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission, MAC said. More

Festivals Canceled, or Delayed
from The Korea Times
From entertainment programs and university festivals to demonstrations, many events are being canceled or delayed as the Korea mourns the death of the former President Roh Moo-hyun. With flags flying at half-mast, football and other sports stadiums have dropped their usual intermission cheerleader performances during the mourning period. More

About 20 Triathletes Sickened After Oklahoma City Event
from Associated Press
About 20 athletes became sick after participating in a triathlon this month that included a swim in the Oklahoma River, which has had problems with fecal coliform pollution, state health officials said. It is too early to determine the cause of the athletes' illness, symptoms of which included diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain, Oklahoma State Department of Health spokeswoman Leslea Bennett-Webb said. She said she didn't know if any of the 20 had been hospitalized. More

Armed Israeli Police Close Theatre on First Night of Palestinian Festival
from the Guardian
Armed Israeli police last night tried to halt the opening night of a prominent Palestinian literary festival in Jerusalem when they ordered a Palestinian theatre to close. The week-long festival, supported by the British council and Unesco, has brought several high-profile international authors – among them Henning Mankell, Michael Palin and Ahdaf Soueif – on a speaking tour of Jerusalem and the West Bank. More

Airshows Survive: Despite Poor Weather, Attendance Keeps Trending Up
from Aero News
Although much of the country has experienced unusually poor weather during the first two months of the 2009 air show season, the initial trend toward higher attendance has continued throughout the country. Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort in South Carolina had heavy rain on Sunday, but near record crowds on Saturday. More

Don't Trample the Olympic Ideals in Russia
from The Wall Street Journal
A delegation of the International Olympic Committee has just visited Sochi, the Russian Black Sea resort town and future Olympic host city, to assess the status of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games. Jean-Claude Killy, the three-time Olympic skiing champion who chairs the International Olympic Committee's coordination for the Sochi Games, spoke glowingly of the Sochi authorities' "open and constructive" attitude. "The Russian diamond is shining more and more with each passing day," Mr. Killy gushed. Many Sochi residents would disagree. More

Festivals Can Turn Vacations into Amazing Experiences
from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Creating a getaway weekend or vacation with a cultural focus has been the ticket to memorable summers for many people for a long time. Free from the everyday tensions at home and in a refreshing, verdant environment, our responsiveness to the power of live performance only increases. More






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