Visitors to Thailand will feel the change, the new norms which we now all have to practice. Travelling to Thailand will not be the same. Nature has so much to offer. The happiness, the bliss, the fulfilled experiences still await and unchanged. Thailand working from its hearts, getting ready to welcome visitors back.
The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is among the first convention centres in the USA to pursue a new facility accreditation focused on cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including the virus responsible for COVID-19.
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry, today introduced its GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program as the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. The LVCC will be one of the first convention centres in the nation to participate in the programme, which will train employees with best work practices, protocols, procedures and systems for prevention and containment.
“The health and safety of our employees and our visitors is always the top priority for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and our facility, the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said Brian Yost, Chief Operating Officer for the LVCVA. “We’re grateful to the GBAC STAR program for creating the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, and we’re proud to be among the first wave of leaders to pursue this accreditation. Demonstrating compliance will be an important step toward showing the world that Vegas means business, and when the time is right, the Las Vegas Convention Center stands ready to welcome our business travellers back.”
To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.
“GBAC STAR is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for situations,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for business.”
The GBAC STAR accreditation is also ideal for facilities such as offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, stadiums and other public venues of all sizes. To learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation, visit www.gbac.org. For more information about the Las Vegas Convention Center, visit www.vegasmeansbusiness.com
Source: The Las Vegas Convention Center
JAV vakaruose keliavusi lietuvė papasakojo, kas paliko didžiausią įspūdį – Silvija Zalepugiene www.delfi.lt
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific are partnering ICCA, IMEX, PCMA, and SITE – four of the industry’s biggest associations and trendsetters for its brand new learning festival DDFI.
Slated as the first knowledge segment of the 3-day double-bill event, the inaugural festival features four parallel themes close to the hearts of industry professionals, each helmed by one of its content partners. Themes will run concurrently over 3 hours – across different locations at official venue Bangkok Convention Centre on:
Tuesday 22 September 2020
0900 – 1200hrs
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Open to all delegates, DDFI features interactive workshop-style sessions centred on a variety of curated case studies and inspiring stories by personalities and brands passionate about Community and Sustainability; Innovation and Enterprise; Professional Advancement and Well-Being; and Mentorship and Future Leaders.
Organisers and content partners are also exploring added pre- and/or post-event excursions to local business featured in these sessions as part of a cultural immersion objective to tangible learning at DDFI.
Attendees are invited to ditch the corporate wear and come dressed down in their smart casual attire for a thematic, interactive and unrestricted inspiring learning experience.
Meet The Content Partners and their Themes
To Register visit: www.itcma.com
IT&CM Asia 2020 is the leading international MICE event centred in the Asia-Pacific region will be staged in Bangkok, Thailand between the 22nd and 24th September 2020.
The event programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers at the forefront of MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific markets and beyond. In addition to business, education and networking opportunities IT&CMA 2020 features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of MICE niche segments.
Co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific the event is Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, IT&CMA is part of the IT&CM Events series organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media.
To Register for the event visit: www.itcma.com
Bangkok Symphony of Life portrays the beauty of Bangkok in a time-lapse video. Displaying the cityscape and architecture from dawn till dusk, awakening into its world’s famous nightlife, Bangkok city breathes beauty through the day like no other.
DER Touristik, a major German tour operator and the largest tour operator from Mainland Europe to the island of Ireland, will host its prestigious annual travel academy in Killarney, in October 2020.
The event is always held in leading travel destinations – most recently in Cuba in 2019 and in Finland in 2018. Killarney beat off challenges from a number of other top destinations to host the 2020 event.
The congress is DER Touristik’s annual event and will take place over three nights, in October 2020. Around 300 top German travel agents, as well as influential travel journalists and senior managers from DER Touristik – are expected to participate.
In addition to attending the travel academy, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in specially designed pre-conference tours across the island of Ireland – to enhance their knowledge of the tourism experiences and attractions on offer here and allow them to sample our legendary hospitality and welcome. As well as generating valuable off-season business, giving the local economy a significant boost during a traditionally quieter time, the annual travel academy always helps boost German visitor numbers to the host destination in subsequent years.
Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Der Touristik, said: “As the market leader for tourism from Germany to the island of Ireland for well over 50 years, DER Touristik is delighted to bring its 300 hundred top travel agents to Ireland for our 2020 Academy and to encourage them the discover the destination.”
Riga, Latvia’s capital, is a city that has enthralled locals and tourists for centuries. Its picturesque old town, complete with its collection of Art Nouveau buildings and informative museums, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Visitors, whether they arrive for business or pleasure, should be sure to visit some of the city’s most impressive landmarks, including Riga Castle, situated on the bank of the River Daugava, and the Freedom Monument, commemorating those who died during the Latvian War of Independence.
Those looking for somewhere to stay when exploring Riga’s many highlights would be wise to consider Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, the biggest conference hotel in the Baltics. The hotel’s location in the city centre means the most popular sights are just a few minutes walk away, while the onsite leisure facilities, including a spa centre and casino, ensure that there’s plenty to do without even stepping foot outside the hotel.
Corporate travellers staying at the hotel will have access to a conference and event centre that is more than 3,661sq m in size and has 16 adaptable, state-of-the-art meeting rooms capable of hosting 2,500 people. Conference rooms are fitted with high-speed internet, a top-quality sound system and HD projectors.
With 571 rooms and suites, the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel has enough different types of accommodation to ensure all travellers are catered for. Even so, the Radisson Hotel Group has more to offer, boasting seven hotels within Riga. Clearly, it’s not just the city’s wonderful landmarks that will leave visitors spoilt for choice.
Link to the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
South Korea Medical Tourism Market is likely to reach nearly USD 2 Billion by the year-end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of around 15% from 2017 to 2022.
Comprehensive market analysis of the worldwide Medical Tourism industry has been compiled in an industry study of the South Korea Medical Tourism Market.
The study provides an analysis of the South Korea economy in comparison to other industries and the revenues that can be received from each. Prevalent trends which may affect growth in the future are recognized for the base period from 2020 to 2026. The extent of the economic expansion of the market in addition to the products/services offered is recognized and discussed in the study. The data gathered is processed in a systematic manner and the findings are used to estimate the industry growth rate for the coming years.
Link to report: South Korea Medical Tourism Market
COVID-19 can affect the South Korea economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets. The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought effects on many aspects, like flight cancellations; travel bans and quarantines; restaurants closed; all indoor events restricted; over forty countries state of emergency declared; massive slowing of the supply chain; stock market volatility; falling business confidence, growing panic among the population, and uncertainty about future.
Key Topics Covered in the Report
´ South Korea Medical Tourism Market Environment & Trend
´ South Korea Medical Tourism Market Share & Forecast
´ South Korea Medical Tourism Market – Countrywise Analysis
´ Medical Procedures _ Cost Comparison Analysis
´ Industry News from South Korea Medical Tourism
´ Key Drivers and Inhibitors of the South Korea Medical Tourism Market
The report was compiled by the Wise Guy Consultants
Intelligence Talks interview with Ms Pikul Yingyuenyong, Quality Manager, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. กับมุมมองความเป็น Smart Venue สำหรับการจัดงานไมซ์ในอนาคต
Last year Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau held a MICE Intelligence & Innovation Conference in Bangkok on the concept “Breakthrough the Hype – Uncover the Reality of Customer Insights”.
In the event, The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau made an announcement of the establishment of MICE Intelligence to respond to the changing behaviours of the MICE community with a strategy driven by MICE Intelligence and Innovation that encompasses 16 highlighted projects based on the 3-year MICE business development plan (2019-2021).
Keeping up with global trends and market surveys, TCEB is armed with a 5-year Master Plan for the MICE industry, and a 20-year Strategy Master Plan.
“Dublino konferencijų centras”(The Convention Centre Dublin) – apdovanojimų pelniusi MICE susitikimų ir paskatinamųjų kelionių vieta
Dublino konferencijų centras (CCD) neseniai laimėjo aukso apdovanojimą už „Geriausią užjūrio konferencijų centrą“ „M&IT Industry Awards 2020“ renginyje, vykusiame Londone „Evolution“, Battersea parke. „CCD“ laimėjo apdovanojimą šioje kategorijoje jau 10 metų iš eilės. Už „M&IT pramonės apdovanojimus“ balsuoja žurnalo „Susitikimai ir paskatos“ skaitytojai. Renginio vieta įveikė didelę penkių pagrindinių konferencijų centrų, įskaitant „Bella Center Copenhagen“, „CCIB Barcelona“, „RAI Amsterdam“ ir „Monaco“ Grimaldi forumą, konkurenciją.
Taigi, kuo ypatinga ši apdovanojimų pelniusi MICE vieta. „CCD“ profesionalų komanda privertė atsisakyti išskirtinių paslaugų. CCD yra tikrai ikoniškas pastatas iš vidaus ir išorės kurio architektūra yra ypatinga ir išskirtinė.
Ar tai būtų MICE renginys, intymi konferencija 50-ies žmonių susitikimui , ar tarptautinis kongresas su 5000 dalyvių , ši vieta tinkama visiems .CCD pasaulinės klasės konferencijų centro dizainas, turintis stulbinančią daugiapakopę sėdimų vietų auditoriją, šešias parodų sales ir įvairių posėdžių kambarių bei salių asortimentą, puikiai tinka rengti dideles ir mažas konferencijas, kongresus ir MICE įvykius.
Šias susitikimų erdves papildo šešios erdvios, lengvai užliejamos fojė, idealiai tinkamos registracijai ir tinklo priėmimams, taip pat pokylių salės talpinančios iki 3000 svečių.
Čia yra 22 daugiafunkciai kambariai, kuriuos galite pasirinkti iš CCD aukštos kokybės konferencijų salių, surengtindaugybę įvairių konferencijų renginių, įskaitant pardavimo konferencijas, metinius visuotinius susirinkimus, produktų pristatymus, tarptautinių asociacijų konferencijas, įmonių konferencijas, taip pat partijų politinius ir vyriausybės renginius.
CCD – pasaulinio lygio konferencijų vieta Airijos sostinės centre. Įsikūręs “Docklands”, tik 15 minučių nuo Dublino oro uosto, miesto, finansų ir technologijų centro, CCD yra ypatinga vieta tinkama apsvarstyti artimiausius tarptautinius susitikimus ir skatinamąsias keliones (MICE)
The Convention Centre Dublin www.theccd.ie
- International tourism down 22% in Q1 and could decline by 60-80% over the whole year
- 67 million fewer international tourists up to March translates into US$80 billion in lost exports
- UNWTO has outlined three possible future scenarios depending on how the crisis unfolds
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. According to the United Nations specialized agency, the crisis could lead to an annual decline of between 60% and 80% when compared with 2019 figures. This places millions of livelihoods at risk and threatens to roll back progress made in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Tourism has been hit hard, with millions of jobs at risk in one of the most labour-intensive sectors of the economy.
Available data reported by destinations point to a 22% decline in arrivals in the first three months of the year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Arrivals in March dropped sharply by 57% following the start of a lockdown in many countries, as well as the widespread introduction of travel restrictions and the closure of airports and national borders. This translates into a loss of 67 million international arrivals and about US$80 billion in receipts (exports from tourism).
Although Asia and the Pacific show the highest impact in relative and absolute terms (-33 million arrivals), the impact in Europe, though lower in percentage, is quite high in volume (-22 million).
International Tourism 2020 Scenarios
Prospects for the year have been downgraded several times since the outbreak and uncertainty continues to dominate. Current scenarios point to possible declines in arrivals of 58% to 78% for the year. These depend on the speed of containment and the duration of travel restrictions and shutdown of borders. The following scenarios for 2020 are based on three possible dates for the gradual opening up of international borders.
- Scenario 1 (-58%) based on the gradual opening of international borders and easing of travel restrictions in early July
- Scenario 2 (-70%) based on the gradual opening of international borders and easing of travel restrictions in early September
- Scenario 3 (-78%) based on the gradual opening of international borders and easing of travel restrictions only in early December.
Under these scenarios, the impact of the loss of demand in international travel could translate into:
- Loss of 850 million to 1.1 billion international tourists
- Loss of US$910 billion to US$1.2 trillion in export revenues from tourism
- 100 to 120 million direct tourism jobs at risk
This is by far the worst crisis that international tourism has faced since records began (1950). The impact will be felt to varying degrees in the different global regions and at overlapping times, with Asia and the Pacific expected to rebound first.
Experts see recovery in 2021
Domestic demand is expected to recover faster than international demand according to the UNWTO Panel of Experts survey. The majority expects to see signs of recovery by the final quarter of 2020 but mostly in 2021. Based on previous crises, leisure travel is expected to recover quicker, particularly travel for visiting friends and relatives, than business travel.
The estimates regarding the recovery of international travel are more positive in Africa and the Middle East with most experts foreseeing recovery still in 2020. Experts in the Americas are the least optimistic and least likely to believe in recovery in 2020, while in Europe and Asia the outlook is mixed, with half of the experts expecting to see recovery within this year.
Thank You to the World Tourism Organization www.unwto.org
Today (6 May 2020) also marks the unveiling of the first two islands on PlanetIMEX – Education Island and Community Island. These rich, engaging 3-D online experiences will be complemented by a third, Networking Island, due to launch 14 May 2020 with a focus on networking and business introductions.
EduMonday Live on Monday 11 May 2020 has been designed to give the business events industry the chance to engage, totally free of charge, in a range of carefully curated education sessions led by 40 expert speakers.
The education platform on PlanetIMEX has been generously supported by partners Cvent and Streamlined Communications. Each education session is also complemented by the CrowdCompass mobile event app to give attendees a more personal experience and the chance to interact with the speaker and other attendees.
In the usual spirit of IMEX, EduMonday Live is provided free of charge, as is access to the whole of PlanetIMEX. For those who can’t attend, IMEX will make all recordings available in an online library later in the month. The day will wrap up with a choice of four light-hearted ‘Social Soirees’ at 4.30pm.
Human psychology, Nature, collaboration, contract negotiations and more
EduMonday Live kicks off at 10.00am UK time. The programme starts with a welcome by IMEX Group Chairman, Ray Bloom and CEO, Carina Bauer followed by a 10.30am keynote from Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the Global Destination Sustainability Index, titled ‘The big pivot – Towards a regenerative events industry’.
Among the 40 speakers are Glenn Schoen CEO, Boardroom@Crisis BV; Jonny Round, Managing Director, The Sound Agency; Horst Bayer, Sustainable Travel Consultant and freelancer creative consultant, Robert Dunsmore, plus a host of industry experts. Focusing on business recovery and longer-term strategies is a consultant and business change expert, Michael Greenspan and, Global Futurist, Rohit Talwar.
EduMonday Live has been crafted around a series of 20-minute sessions with a few longer workshops offering a deeper dive. Sessions will address hot topics including resilience, the future of work, creative event design for a new era, crisis communication, contract negotiations, technology, wellbeing and psychology.
She Means Business panel discussion
Also taking place on EduMonday Live is She Means Business, a joint event by IMEX and TW Magazine supported by MPI. This will be a live panel discussion where women in the business events industry will share some of the toughest decisions they’ve had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent lockdown.
Island hopping with a purpose – Community Day, 12 May
On Tuesday 12 May 2020 PlanetIMEX will host a dedicated Community Day when more than a dozen industry partners and associations will offer a combination of live learning and recorded sessions, including panels, webinars, videos and forums.
While all education and professional development will take place via Education Island, Community Island is the hub for light-hearted social activities as well as news and updates from IMEX’s global events industry partners and the wider community. These handpicked stories all come to life on the Island’s pop-up Community Notice Board.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains, “I’d like to say today has been a long time coming but we’ve managed to pull off this exceptional project in just six weeks! We’re delighted to be giving back to the industry with this carefully designed online experience intended to give everyone, and all sectors, something of value, be that business introduction, new insights and learnings or simply the chance to socialise with each other in a fresh new way. This is just the start. There’s plenty more planned and we’re still evolving this concept and learning as we go. We can’t wait for people to sign up for EduMonday Live and also to dive in and explore PlanetIMEX.”