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News around the world this week...
  • IMEX update, new global association conference survey released
  • MEETINGS:review
  • Burt's Bees — changing behaviour 'beyond work'
  • How to keep your staff engaged
  • Global travel industry eyes India, China, Brazil
  • Generational differences in recognition and rewards
  • China opens up outbound tourism market
  • For Queensland, Christchurch, problems of perception
  • Montenegro set for substantial tourism growth
  • Prague moves to boost MICE ranking
  • UK outbound numbers flat but expenditure recovers
  • Belize wants growth, but with its authenticity intact
  • JHTA fights tourism fee increase
  • New pyramids discovery is welcome news for Egypt's battered tourism numbers
  • Entrepreneurs encouraged to invest in Angola tourism
  • US tourism expected to boom during next 5 years
  • Study: US hotel occupancy, rates will grow in 2011
  • Photo of the week

  • IMEX update, new global association conference survey released
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    Site members and friends are making global connections and sharing industry insight in Frankfurt, Germany, during IMEX week. Watch for the next Site Source for additional highlights and a recap from this event. Conversations are upbeat as trends indicate a positive future. INCON recently unveiled findings of its third annual survey of the global association conference market during IMEX. Presented by INCON co-chairs Inge Hanser and Roslyn McLeod, the survey results show improvements and growth for the coming year, reinforcing the optimistic outlook for the industry. Full details of the survey are available online. More

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    MEETINGS:review
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    GREEN SCENE
    Although still in its early growth stages, China's MICE industry is already starting to come to grips with some of the key global issues. Pete Roythorne spoke to Gu Xuebin, managing director of Infosalons China, ahead of his seminar at IT&CM China in Shanghai to find out how technology is helping drive the country's green events agenda. PLAY VIDEO

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    Burt's Bees — changing behaviour 'beyond work'
    Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Burt's Bees teaches sustainability as part of the induction process for all staff. Part of its "greater good" model, the company has introduced a raft of measures to help staff take part in a big culture shift. More

    How to keep your staff engaged
    The Sydney Morning Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a time of skills shortages, businesses are doing all they can to retain good staff. While many business owners believe employees decide to leave because they've been offered more money somewhere else, the real reason is usually more to do with working conditions. Ian Hutchinson, chief engagement officer of Life By Design and the author of People Glue, believes employees don't leave organisations, they leave leaders. He says good leadership is the key to keeping employees engaged and motivated, especially in times of change. More

    Global travel industry eyes India, China, Brazil
    Travel Biz Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    India, China and Brazil are poised to fuel an explosion in international tourism in the coming years, showering money and jobs on countries ready for it, and trouble for those that aren't, industry leaders said at a recent global travel and tourism summit. With an estimated 2 billion new consumers expected to come into the markets from these emerging powerhouses over the next two decades, the travel industry looks at a potential gold rush ahead. More

    Generational differences in recognition and rewards
    Human Resource Executive Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As it turns out, the gap between Generation Y and baby boomer workers does not just encompass differing tastes in music, fashion and politics. They also differ in the way each group views the fruits of hard work and extra responsibility. And the gap is a wide one, according to Inspiring Talent, a global survey of employee attitudes based on responses from more than 4,000 employees in 14 countries by London-based consulting firm Lumesse. Thirty-eight percent of older workers (ages 56 to 60) said they believe they will always be recognized and rewarded if they work harder or take extra responsibility; only 19 percent of Gen Y workers (ages 18 to 25) feel the same way, according to the survey. More

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    China opens up outbound tourism market
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    Authorities in Beijing have granted licences to three foreign companies to organize tours for outbound Chinese tourists. Previously, foreign tour operators were allowed to operate inbound and domestic travel, but were barred from outbound business. But the outbound business is expected to be the most lucrative part of the Chinese tourism market because it is experiencing the fastest growth and generating the most profits in China compared to domestic and inbound travels. More

    For Queensland, Christchurch, problems of perception
    Travel Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Chat with tourism officials in Queensland, Australia, and Christchurch, New Zealand, and you're likely to hear the same message, "We are absolutely open for business." However, 2011 didn't begin well for either destination. More

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    Montenegro set for substantial tourism growth
    Opodo Travel News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Montenegro is set to become the fastest-growing economy in the travel and tourism industry over the next 10 years, according to a report from a global industry organisation. New research from the World Travel and Tourism Council and Oxford Economics suggests that the sector's contribution to the Montenegrin economy will increase by 12.4 percent per year during the next decade. More

    Prague moves to boost MICE ranking
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    Prague City Council has approved a MICE incentive in the form of free public transport for congresses with more than 500 participants. Prague authorities believe its previous lack of incentives to support MICE caused it to lose out to other destinations in Europe. It also believes a lack of incentives is the main reason Prague dropped in world congress destinations ranking from eighth in 2006 to 19th in 2010. More

    UK outbound numbers flat but expenditure recovers
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    U.K. outbound travel receipts will return to preglobal downturn levels in 2014, although the number of travellers will still be more than 10 percent lower than in 2008, research reveals. U.K. outbound receipts in 2014 are predicted to hit $38.6 billion, topping 2008's $38.4 billion. More

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    Belize wants growth, but with its authenticity intact
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    Wedged snuggly between Guatemala and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea's western shore, Belize is both of Central America and the Caribbean and at the same time, not. Unique in its charms and once largely a diving mecca, the country is increasingly popular. The Belize Tourism Board reported annual growth rates of 2.5 percent and 8 percent in overnights and cruise arrivals, respectively, in 2010. The growth is welcome, but Belizeans want to develop, sustainably, on their own terms. More

    JHTA fights tourism fee increase
    The Jamaica Gleaner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association says it is urging international air carriers to resist the proposed 100 per cent increase in airline passenger fees. It is proposed that the fee be increased from US$10 to US$20 for each passenger. But JHTA President Wayne Cummings says the US$10 increase is excessive. More

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    New pyramids discovery is welcome news for Egypt's battered tourism numbers
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    Egypt's recent tourism slump caused by civil unrest could be given a boost as news emerges that archaeologists have discovered evidence of 17 underground pyramids, more than 1,000 undiscovered tombs and 3,000 settlements. As tourist numbers slumped by some 46 percent in during the first quarter of 2011, the BBC is set to televise a programme detailing how infrared images taken of the desert in Egypt were used to find a wealth of hidden treasures. More

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    Entrepreneurs encouraged to invest in Angola tourism
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    The governor of the central Huambo, Angola, province invited entrepreneurs to invest in the region, in order to explore the beautiful landscape, historic and cultural heritage of the locality. The governor made the comments at the unveiling of a new tourism website which is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs to invest in sustainable tourism development in the region, and thus meet the economic and social needs of the population. More

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    US tourism expected to boom during next 5 years
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    Tourism in the United States will boom over the next five years, with the number of tourists from emerging markets expected to rise dramatically, according to a report released by the U.S. Commerce Department. "The U.S. can expect 6-8 percent average annual growth in tourism over the next five years," the report said. It also shows that the services trade surplus, which includes travel and tourism, is up 28 percent so far in 2011, putting it on track to exceed the record of $32 billion set in 2010. More

    Study: US hotel occupancy, rates will grow in 2011
    Travel Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Business travelers in the U.S. this year will find relatively fewer empty hotel rooms available and will likely face higher rates as well, according to an analysis by PKF Hospitality Research. Overall, the company is forecasting that U.S. hotels will see an average year-over-year revenue increase of 6.8 percent in 2011, due to "a relatively equal contribution of increases in occupancy and average daily rates." More

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    Site Young Leaders, including co-chair Brian Fehling, PRA Destination Management, took time during IMEX week to gather together and reinforce their networks in Frankfurt, Germany. As the industry leaders of tomorrow, Site Young Leaders is a valuable way for professionals to connect and build global relationships while also taking advantage of special educational opportunities. Join the Young Leaders to learn about the "Anatomy of Your Future" at the upcoming Site Academy educational event, 28-31 July in Cancun, Mexico.


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