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23 June. 2011

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News around the world this week...
  • Site applauds Fay Beauchine, 2011 CIC Hall of Leaders honoree
  • MEETINGS:review
  • Global corporate travel booming
  • The open secrets of employee motivation
  • Malaysia launches international events division
  • South Korean capital attains goal to place in top 5
  • Greek tourist industry thriving despite debt crisis and unrest
  • Corporates downgrade to four star accommodation
  • Mexico announces new flight routes from Europe, Latin America; hopes to reduce dependency on US
  • Panama reports first quarter economic growth
  • Morocco: Defying expectations in tourism
  • Tunisia unveils edgy new tourism ads
  • US to launch trusted air traveler program in fall
  • US tops list of international association meeting destinations
  • Photo of the week

  • Site applauds Fay Beauchine, 2011 CIC Hall of Leaders honoree
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    Site celebrates Fay Beauchine, CITE, for recently being inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders during a gala presentation at AIBTM in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. A long-time member and leader of Site, Beauchine currently serves as the Site International Foundation immediate past president. She shares her thoughts on being honored as a new member of the CIC Hall of Leaders.



    Loving what you do and feeling like it matters

    Moving people around the globe, helping them connect the dots whether it is for commercial business or for creating personal travel memories, this business is an incredible place to be. There is so much opportunity for enriching perspectives. That's what our business does. It gives people new opinions, inspiration, life-changing moments, knowledge … and stories to tell. I have been fortunate to work for great organizations like Northwest Airlines (now Delta) and Carlson Marketing. Both are terrific employers with enabling corporate cultures. Because of the values of these companies, I've been able to be involved in advancing incentive travel, tourism and meetings as an economic driver and as a platform for cultural understanding.

    We have all witnessed and lived through a painful and difficult time in the last few years in the industry. Winston Churchill said, "When you are going through hell, keep going," and that is what multitudes in this industry did. People didn't quit when they were tired, they accepted more and they often were paid less. They listened to the voices of their customers and focused on the right things. It required discipline, effort and sacrifice. And our industry has survived two difficult years, thanks to many people working at the grassroots level, and to many association leaders, including Site, who collaborated to support our industry.

    We gained strength, courage and confidence with this experience, and we have learned how to defend and articulate the value of our industry. As we contemplate the future, it holds promise and no doubt something we cannot predict. The journey is really one like white water rafting. It's never dull and we are continually splashed. Our raft moves quickly down the river, and we must navigate boulders and logs along the way. One thing for sure, we need to paddle together.
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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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    CLIMATE CHANGE
    INCON Group unveiled its annual survey of the global association conference market at IMEX recently, and MEETINGS:review's Robert Coren was there to find out that the economic climate for the industry could well be changing for the better. PLAY VIDEO

    EVENTIA AGENDA
    With the Summer Eventia taking place next week, the association's ambassador Izania Downie reviews the education and networking conference, and looks ahead to future events over the next 12 months. Ian Whiteling asks the questions. PLAY VIDEO


    Global corporate travel booming
    Successful Meetings    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The corporate travel market is back, according to Great Hotels of the World, which announced a 19 percent increase in corporate bookings in first quarter 2011, compared to the same period in 2010. A hotel sales and marketing alliance that represents more than 250 hotels worldwide, Great Hotels said the value of corporate travel is also increasing, alongside volume, as the average transaction value of bookings made at its hotels has increased 23 percents. The average length of stay has increased to 3.7 nights. More

    The open secrets of employee motivation
    ManagementInnovationeXchange via Fortune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Large numbers of employees work in silos with deep functional expertise, but no line of sight to the person ultimately buying their product. It turns out that exposure to customers can be a powerful source of insight and motivation. That is what pharmaceutical giant Roche found when a team devised an experiment to put the engagement proposition to a test.

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    Malaysia launches international events division
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    Malaysia is targeting international events business with a new specialist division. The International Events Unit has been launched to identify and support international event bids. It is expected to contribute £87 million in incremental gross national income and provide more than 8,000 job opportunities by 2020. More

    South Korean capital attains goal to place in top 5
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    Seoul, South Korea, ranked fifth for the number of international meetings in 2010, according to a new report. Since 2004, the city has enjoyed a place in the top 10, and 2010's ranking was a marked improvement from 2009. Established in 2008, the Seoul Tourism Organization set the bar high, with the initial goal of placing the city's rankings within the world's top five by 2015. More

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    Greek tourist industry thriving despite debt crisis and unrest
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    The economy is tanking. The government is on the brink. But as far as tourism is concerned, Greece is not merely open for business, it is expecting a bumper year. And for visitors, the country promises to be one giant bargain. More

    Corporates downgrade to four star accommodation
    Meetpie.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As travel policies tighten, there has been a 45 per cent decrease in corporates booking employees into five star hotels, according to analysis from Hotelzon Online. The analysis of corporate accommodation buying patterns showed that 47 per cent of corporates continue to book four star hotels, while 40 per cent choose three star accommodation. The statistics reflect the real-time buying patterns of corporate accommodation only and highlight the behaviours of bookers. Figures highlight in Q4 of 2010 the average length of stay was 1.71 nights. Projections for the same period in 2011 predict the length of stay will increase by 76.4 per cent to 2.24 nights 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.






    Mexico announces new flight routes from Europe, Latin America; hopes to reduce dependency on US
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Mexico's tourism ministry announced new flight routes from Europe and Latin America it said will boost tourism and nudge the country away from its reliance on U.S. visitors. Mexico has been pushing to diversify its tourism industry to depend less on visitors from the U.S. as the country wrestles with a deteriorating image due to the ongoing drug war. More

    Panama reports first quarter economic growth
    Prensa Latina    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Panamanian economy grew by 9.7 percent in the first quarter and direct foreign investment increased by US$128.4 million, the General Comptroller's Office reported. Sectors which contributed to increased investment include the food processing, real estate and hotel industries. More

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    Morocco: Defying expectations in tourism
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    The Moroccan tourism industry posted strong growth in 2010, and figures for early 2011 point to another bumper year. Confidence remains high despite an April bombing and ongoing regional instability. Visitor numbers have increased every year for the past decade. Tourist arrivals reached 9.3 million in 2010, up a strong 11.5 percent on 2009. 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


    Tunisia unveils edgy new tourism ads
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    In a bold attempt to attract tourists back to the country and revive it fortunes from the post-revolutionary torpor, Tunisia has unveiled a new tourism campaign. Opinion is sharply divided on the ads. People's fear of visiting a post-revolutionary Tunisia was the most obvious issue so "we decided to face the issue directly," said Syrine Cherif, managing director of Memac Ogilvy. However human rights groups have expressed concern at the idea of using the violence in Tunisia to frame a marketing campaign. More

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    US to launch trusted air traveler program in fall
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    U.S. travelers frustrated with airport security may see a little relief with the launch of a trusted traveler pilot program, the Transportation Security Administration said. TSA has been under pressure to improve the security screening process and create a program for those business and frequent fliers willing to undergo prior security background screenings so they can speed through airport checkpoints. More

    US tops list of international association meeting destinations
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    The United States hosted more international association meetings in 2010 than any other country in the world, according to the Union of International Associations. UIA ranks both cities and countries according to the number of international association meetings hosted there. Japan, Singapore, France and Belgium rounded out the top five countries. More

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    The Site President Mary MacGregor and the Site Young Leaders, including co-chairs Kevin Edmunds and Brian Fehling, gathered together at the Site stand during AIBTM. The Site Young Leaders networking will continue during the Site Academy for Young Leaders 28-31 July in Cancun, Mexico. Visit siteglobal.com to learn more and register to attend.
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