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Oct 19, 2017 - 

TripAdvisor Presents "Luxury for Less Guide" to Help Travelers Afford Their Dream Vacation

TripAdvisor asked its global social media community* to name their ultimate dream vacation destination that they thought was out of their price range. Based on those responses, TripAdvisor leveraged its hotel price comparison data from over 200 sites to identify the time periods with the lowest hotel rates. Factoring a combination of hotel pricing, weather and seasonal activities, the guide identifies the "best value months"* to travel for an affordable trip.

How Smart Shoppers Can Save:  

  • Travelers longing to experience the iconic tropical island of Bali – named the number one destination in the world in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards – can save up to 52% if they travel in May or June, rather than peak season when hotel rates are $260 more expensive.
  • September is the best time to visit Mauritius, the destination offering the second highest savings vs. peak at 51%.
  • Bora Bora, considered a paradise for honeymooners, offers the greatest average dollar savings of $507 during the best value month, compared to the other 9 dream destinations.
  • Travelers who prefer beautiful natural scenery should consider a trip to Botswana in April or October, or to the Iguazu Falls in May where hotels prices are down nearly a third compared to peak season.
  • March is the time to shop 'til you drop onto your hotel bed in New York City – after saving an average of 33% on accommodations.
  • Hawaii offers the highest flexibility for a value visit with four months to choose from with an average savings of 20%.

"TripAdvisor's Luxury for Less Guide shows that by taking a savvy and flexible approach to travel dates, you can save a lot of money on hotels in destinations you may have considered too expensive," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Using TripAdvisor to compare prices on over 200 sites before you book will ensure you're finding the lowest price. For example, travelers can save an average of nearly $290 on hotels in Mauritius, and over $500 in Bora Bora by going during the best value time period."

Dream Destinations

Best Value Months

(according to TripAdvisor

hotel price comparison

data and seasonal factors)

Average Savings***

(compared to peak season)

Bali, Indonesia

May / June

52%

$262

Mauritius

September

51%

$289

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

April

38%

$507

New York City 

March

33%

$158

Botswana

April

October

32%

$238

Iguazu Falls (Brazil)

May

31%

$50

Tokyo, Japan

May

21%

$67

Seychelles

September

20%

$115

Hawaii

April / May

September / October

20%

$99

Luxury for Less Guide to 9 Dream Destinations:

Bali – Best Value Months: May & June, average savings of 52%

For many, a vacation on the "island of gods" is at the top of the travel list – in fact, Bali was named the #1 destination in the world in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. According to TripAdvisor hotel price comparison, the best value months are in May and June with an average savings of $262. The warm air and sea temperatures are perfect for travelers that love water sports, and this time period of late spring/early summer allows for insight into Balinese culture during the rice harvest celebration.  

Mauritius – Best Value Month: September, average savings of 51%                                           

The best travel period for Mauritius is often defined as September to January, but according to TripAdvisor Luxury for Less Guide, September is the optimal best value month since it's outside peak season ($290 average savings). Travel tip: When booking a hotel, consider an accommodation the Northern and Western part of the island for a warmer and drier climate.

Bora Bora – Best Value Month: April, average savings of 38%

In April, the Bora Bora climate becomes drier with warm water temps, ideal for swimming and diving in the lagoon. As a popular honeymoon paradise, time above water can be spent with a romantic dinner on the beach or on the porch of an "overwater-bungalow." The best part? April is off-peak, so travelers can save more than $500 on average, according to TripAdvisor hotel price comparison data. 

New York City – Best Value Month: March, average savings of 33%

In March, the Big Apple entices visitors with an average hotel savings of $158, compared to peak season. While the weather can still be cold and unpredictable, the first signs of spring start to pop up with some beautiful sights in Central Park. Travel tip: Come prepared for changing weather and take advantage of New York's offerings of some of the world's finest shopping. 

Botswana – Best Value Months: April & October, average savings of 32%

Botswana, with its breath-taking wildlife, is considered a must-see destination for many travelers, but high hotel prices can be restraining. In April and October, travelers can consider themselves lucky because TripAdvisor price comparison data shows that hotel rates drop an average of $230. Travel tips: Avoid the Okavango Delta in April because the paths are often muddy and unpassable, even with four-wheelers. October is a great time for animal watching along the watering holes due to the dried up flora at the end of the season.

Iguazu Falls (Brazil) – Best Value Month: May, average savings of 31%

Autumn in Brazil is characterized by warm temperatures by day and cooler temps at night – ideal for travelers who want to avoid summer heat. The TripAdvisor best value month (May) is when travelers can save an average of $50 on hotels. Travel tip: Invest the hotel savings in a tour and take a day trip to the Argentine side of the waterfalls.

Japan (Tokyo) – Best Value Month: May, average savings of 21%

Japan is a diverse country and many travelers have Tokyo on their list of must-see destinations. Cooler months are ideal for a city trip, including the TripAdvisor best value month of May, when travelers can save up to $67 on hotels. Travel tip: Avoid the beginning of May due to "Golden Week," which is a period of four consecutive national holidays, when many locals go on vacation and businesses will be closed.

Seychelles – Best Value Month: September, average savings of 20%

The 115 islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean are considered a paradise on earth and attract tourists with consistent temperatures of 82-91 degrees throughout the year. Based on TripAdvisor hotel price comparison data, the best value month is September, when travelers can save an average of $115 on hotels. Travel tip: September is ideal time to visit if you enjoy hiking and golfing outdoors. Mid-September is optimal diving season with clear waters, allowing views of more than 35 meters deep.

Hawaii – Best Value Months: April, May, September, October, average savings of 20%

Good news for travelers who have Hawaii on their travel agenda: The TripAdvisor Luxury for Less Guide reveals one third of the year falls into the best value time period, where travelers can save an average of $99 on hotels. In addition, these months are outside of peak season with dry weather conditions. Travel tip: April is typically wetter, but it's also the best time to whale watch in Hawaii.

Methodology

*Featured dream destinations were selected by asking the travel community – via the TripAdvisor social media channels – which destinations they would love to visit but thought they couldn't afford. These comments were analysed and weighted, and then used by TripAdvisor to inform the final destination list for the Luxury for Less Guide.

**Best Value Time Period is defined by TripAdvisor hotel price comparison data and factors such as local weather and seasonal activities.  

***Average savings are determined by comparing hotel prices in the peak travel season vs. best value time period using the TripAdvisor hotel price comparison taking into account 3 star or better accommodations with a minimum of 3.5 bubbles on TripAdvisor.

 

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Oct 19, 2017 - 

Global Business Travellers Identify Top Challenges They Face on the Road

The study, Creating a Frictionless Travel Experience – Asia Pacific, conducted in partnership with Sabre Corporation identifies the main challenges business travellers face during their travel experience while also looking to understand what organizations are doing to make this experience a better one for their travellers. The top pain points all have one thing in common – they are time consuming and business travellers prefer to remain as productive as possible while on the road.

“It is no secret that business travel drives business growth and face-to-face interactions help get business done,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “Ultimately those who travel want to save time when possible, be productive and have a pleasant experience while accomplishing their business goals. A better understanding of the challenges business travellers face can help organizations better serve their road warriors as they work to provide the right tools, resources and policies.”

“With advances in technology, corporate travellers are plugged in and connected more than ever before. While the technology is out there, this report demonstrates that we still have work do to make corporate travel more seamless, reducing the number of apps and tools needed to organize their trip, while also optimizing compliance and reducing costs,” said Wade Jones, executive vice president and president, Sabre Travel Network. “It is critical we organize and align our resources to execute on integrating technology into a sustainable, data-rich platform that supports the business travel experience across the spectrum of planning and booking to reconciling expenses at the end of the journey."

Why Does the Business Travel Experience Matter?
Business travel can have a considerable impact on employee satisfaction and retention as a large majority of business travellers say their business travel experience impacts their overall job satisfaction at least somewhat across all Asia Pacific markets. This is truer among Millennials.

Business travel not only influences how employees feel about their current company, it can also influence whether they take a job in the first place. A decent share of business travellers indicate a company’s travel policy is an important factor when considering a potential new employer. However, this share varies widely by regions ranging from 31 percent in Japan to 86 percent in India. Additionally, the vast majority of travellers say the quality of their business travel experience impacts their business results at least somewhat.

Improving the Traveller Experience
When asked what perks or amenities impact their business travel experience the most, convenient and comfortable hotels most often topped the list for business travellers, although it did vary slightly by region. Also high on the list were non-stop flights, paid time off for long trips and booking flexibility. Looking at optional purchases business travellers make on their own to improve their experience is also telling. These include hotel high-speed internet, airport lounge, black car service, airplane/train Wi-Fi and seat upgrades. Travellers most often mention that these purchases help them improve their productivity on the road.

Technology also makes an important contribution to business traveller satisfaction, enabling a more efficient travel process. Business travellers indicated a variety of technological amenities would enhance their travel experience with automated destination info, mobile payment, itinerary management apps, live chat capabilities for travel policy inquiries and safety apps topping the list in most regions. China-based travellers are especially interested in mobile payment, and along with their India-based counterparts, are especially interested in live chat capabilities for travel policy inquiries. Despite Japan’s reputation for technological innovation, its business travellers are less likely to say that various technological amenities would enhance their travel experience.

Around the Globe
The GBTA Foundation also surveyed business travellers in Europe, North America and Latin America. While there are many similarities among business travellers around the world, there are also several key differences.

 

 

 



For a release focused on each region, please click here: North America, Europe, Latin America.

 

More Information
The report, Creating a Frictionless Travel Experience – Asia Pacific, is available exclusively to GBTA members by clicking here and non-members may purchase the report through the GBTA Foundation by emailing pyachnes@gbtafoundation.org.

 

An Insights Deck featuring global and regional insights on how to create a frictionless travel experience is available at http://your.sabre.com/frictionless-travel.

 

Webinars: The GBTA Foundation and Sabre will host four regional webinars on this research. The webinars will focus on how the travel experience impacts overall job satisfaction of employees; understanding what key areas have the most impact on overall satisfaction with business travel; and identifying technology and travel policies that help drive and enhance traveler well-being.

 

Register today:
Europe – Monday, November 6 at 9am ET
Asia Pacific – Wednesday, November 15 at 6am ET
Latin America – Wednesday, November 15 at 9am ET (presented in Spanish)
The Americas – Wednesday, November 15 at 2pm ET

Methodology: The GBTA Foundation used a mixed-methods approach for data collection, consisting of an online survey of business travellers and in-depth interviews of travel buyers, travel management companies and human resource personnel in four different regions: Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. Survey data was collected between March 28 and April 8, 2017, and 20 in-depth interviews were conducted between May 8 and June 2, 2017.

 

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Oct 19, 2017 - 

Thailand introduces four sustainable tourism communities to honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “The project formed part of TAT’s marketing plan under the ‘Local Experience’ concept. It aims at adding value to tourist’s itineraries by offering local experiences in these communities’ living under the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy of Sufficiency Economy.”

The four model communities are Bang Pong Huai Lan, Chiang Mai; Chanthaboon Riverside Community, Chanthaburi; Ban Nong San, Sakon Nakhon and the communities around Nong Yai Royal Development Project, Chumphon. These communities were selected based on their implementation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy of combining natural, cultural and learning activities on a community tourism route.

Bang Pong Huai Lan in Chiang Mai offers visitors an oral history of how the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom turned arid farms into fertile land; learn traditional weaving; rice basket weaving; hear community folk tales while sipping local Khi Maew herbal water. The village can accommodate six home-stays for up to 30 people.

At Chanthaboon Riverside Community, visitors can learn of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom on flood prevention and water reservation at Pakdee Rampai Canal Royal Project. Community history is on display at ‘House 69‘ (community’s learning centre) while a gem market visit offers chance to polish gems at ‘House 119‘. Not to be missed: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and stay at the 12-room Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn.

There are three home-stays at Ban Nong San, where visits begin at the Phu Phan Royal Development Study Center to learn the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Then tour village on local Isan ‘Itak’ vehicle. On route, learn integrated agriculture concepts; create indigo cloth at the Indigo Cloth Conservation Group. Must visit: Nam Pung Dam that generates electricity, prevents flood and irrigates agriculture in Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom.

Many communities around Nong Yai Royal Development Project in Chumphon benefit from flood prevention initiatives under the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Agriculture Learning Center which covers over 200 acres of paddy and vegetable fields, fruit and other orchards. Learn how Nipa Palm grow in brackish water and make palm sugar, support mangrove reforestation or stay at Ban Mai Chai Khlong Homestay.

Photo caption: Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, and Mr. Martin Hart-Hansen, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, presided over the opening ceremony of the “Follow the King’s Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism” exhibition. Held in Bangkok, from 4 to 8 October, 2017, the exhibition highlighted the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s contribution of to his principles as well as the tourism routes and products from the model communities

 

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Oct 19, 2017 - 

Apply now to speak at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin

eTravel experts and startups still have until 31 October 2017 to apply for a speaking opportunity on the stages of the eTravel World, where the focus will be on the digital future of travel.

The search is on for contributions, case studies and examples of best practices on topics such as the digital transformation, digital marketing and eCommerce/sales. Applicants are also encouraged to address trends such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and omnichannel solutions in their papers and discuss them with the audience.

Aspiring startups are also invited to apply, so that they can present their forward-looking ideas and solutions to expert audiences. On Friday, 9 March 2018 in particular, the programme will include fascinating topics by startups. Among others, companies from Argentina, China, France and Spain will highlight their business ideas.

Taking place on 8 March 2018, the Special Hospitality Tech Forum is a new feature at the eTravel Lab. The following topics will be discussed: innovations and the impact of digitisation on visitors and employees, the hotel room of the future, the use of language assistants in hotel rooms, website connectivity for small hotels, and the customer journey. In each case special emphasis will be placed on topicality and relevance to the industry.

The eTravel World is part of the ITB Berlin Convention. With over 11,000 visitors from around the world at the last event, it has established itself as an important platform for innovative ideas on mobile solutions, travel technology, social media and digital marketing. From 7 to 10 March 2018 technology experts, new media specialists and influencers will have the chance to meet senior executives and decision-makers from around 85 countries on the stages in Halls 6.1 and 7.1c. Audiences can broaden their knowledge at lectures which will provide examples of best practices, and at the sessions experts will focus on special topics such as management experience of the digital transformation and forward-looking marketing strategies.

 

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Oct 19, 2017 - 

IAEE Announces 20 Under 30 Honorees to Be Recognized at Expo! Expo! 2017

IAEE believes that by recognizing and elevating these young leaders, the evolution and distinction of the exhibitions and events industry will be fostered around the globe. In addition to receiving a complimentary full registration to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition and lodging for three nights, honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at the IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, 30 November 2017.

“IAEE’s 20 Under 30 program provides a great opportunity to young professionals who may not be able to attend Expo! Expo! otherwise,” said IAEE EVP & COO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE. “Likewise, it allows us to nurture YPs with resources they can apply to keep our industry strong as they become future leaders. It is definitely a two-way relationship that benefits both sides.”

The 20 Under 30 program provides selected honorees with not only industry and leadership education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry, but also lifelong connections with fellow honorees and attendees.

The following individuals were selected as this year’s 20 Under 30 honorees:

Abby Abdala
Manager, Partner Solutions
ASIS International

Luis Alvarez
Digital Fulfillment Coordinator
Informa Exhibitions US 

Ian Blackwood
Customer Service and Logistics
Taffy Event Strategies 

Christopher Bonifati
Attendee Services Coordinator
American Pet Products Association (APPA) 

Trevor Borie, CVEP
Administrative Coordinator
M.A. R. Association & Meeting Management 

Laura Bott
Event Coordinator
SmithBucklin 

Bethany Burchill
Meetings & Exhibits Coordinator
American Counseling Association (ACA) 

Gabrielle Chiddy
Marketing Strategist
United States Institute for Theater Technology, Inc. (USITT) 

Taylor Dudley
Operations Manager
Emerald Expositions 

Corinne Dwyer
Global Events Specialist
Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) 

Brittany Faust
Project Coordinator – Exhibitions & Events
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) 

Alison Heathcote
Exhibits Coordinator
Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals (HFTP)

Brittany Jackson
Senior Coordinator
SmithBucklin 

Samantha Lohse
Project Manager
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 

Chandra Major
Conference Coordinator
Emerald Expositions 

Ronika Nash
Convention Coordinator
Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) 

Meaghan Rhame, CMP
Events and Programs Coordinator
Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 

Brian Rhinehart, CEM
Exhibits Coordinator
True Value Company 

Ashley Secondini
Marketing Manager
Questex LLC 

Christen Tye
Associate Education Manager
Informa Exhibitions – World of Concrete

 

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Oct 19, 2017 - 

The UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook focus on sustainable tourism

With the longstanding collaboration of the Hong-Kong Polytechnic University, the Forum has become over the last eleven years a reference platform on global and regional tourism trends.

“The International Year celebrations come at a very important moment since the UN has adopted the universal 2030 agenda of sustainable development and the corresponding 17 SDGs. Thus the IY2017 provides a unique opportunity to highlight the role of tourism in the context of the 17 SDGs.” said Márcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations.

Asia and the Pacific recorded 308 million international tourist arrivals in 2016. With a 9% increase over 2015 it had the highest growth in both relative and absolute terms across all regions consolidating the trend of past years. Asia boasted a robust growth of 6.5% a year between 2005 and 2016.

In view of the challenges posed by such growth, the Forum focused on tourism development and sustainable growth, changes in travellers’ behavior and sustainable-related practices, best-policy and industry practices in sustainable tourism, sustainable tourism in China and the role of the academia in driving sustainability. 

The 11th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook drew the participation of government officials from National Tourism Administrations, National Tourism Organisations, tourism businesses and academics. The Forum concluded by emphasising the need to build on the three decades of sustainable tourism research and practice and on how to move sustainability to the next level.

 

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Oct 18, 2017 - 

The Valencia Conference Centre chosen as the venue to host the Internat. Conference on Porous Media

The Valencia Conference Centre has been chosen as the venue selected for the specialists taking part in the meeting to exchange ideas and update their knowledge.

According to the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Jaime Gómez, a Professor in Hydraulic Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de València, “the charm of the city of Valencia and the Conference Centre’s facilities, which can cater for plenary sessions of over 700 delegates, together with multiple parallel sessions, and all on a tight budget, were some of the key factors that led us to choose the Centre for the 2019 event”.

The Conference will centre on both natural porous media (such as the aquifers where the water drawn from supply and irrigation wells is stored), as well as industrial porous media (i.e. the materials used to manufacture disposable nappies). Porous media are present in our daily lives more than we imagine. In addition to industrial porous media such as nappies, nanomaterials, canvases, filters and membranes,  these media make up a large part of our aquifers and oilfields, and are also used in the building industry and other industrial processes. Even cellular tissue, such as the brain, is a porous medium, and its behaviour can be modelled using porous media study techniques.

 All of these areas related to porous media and their applications will be dealt with and discussed at this annual meeting, which will bring around 700 delegates to the venue, including international speakers of major relevance. This event will also generate over 2,800 overnight stays in the city as well as bringing 100 non-congress participants to the city of Valencia.

 

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Oct 18, 2017 - 

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre's Record-Breaking Victory

The team recorded its highest number of medals won at the competition, which it has now competed in 5 times, with 10 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze medals reflecting the Centre’s continuous commitment in developing and nurturing young talent with world-class culinary skills.

The 26 junior chefs proved their mettle in skills, creativity, quality, delivery and presentation as the team won gold in ‘Ethnic Malay Cuisine’, ‘5-course Western Set Menu’, ‘Plated Appetiser’, ‘Buffet Platter’ and ‘Selection of Tapas’ categories, among others.

“We are proud of our junior chefs and these tremendous wins they brought home! Unlike other years when we entered with a full team, this year we gave the opportunity to our junior chefs as it exposes them to higher standards of food safety, hygiene, time management and food presentation skills. The record-breaking victory clearly showcased our junior team’s skill and level of commitment,” commented a delighted Chef Hisham, the Centre’s Executive Chef.

To prepare themselves, the 26 junior chefs began their groundwork some three months prior to the competition under the guidance of their more experienced head chefs to ensure everything from conceptualisation of proportion, taste, colour, texture and cutting were perfect when the time came.

The competing team was led by Chef Nur Mohammad Bin Zahar, Hot Production Sous Chef; Chef Fairus Raudzi bin Mohamad Jabar, Garde Manger Chef; Chef Amir Mohamad, Malay Chef, Chef Dzulkarnaen bin Amiruddin, Pastry Chef and Chef Patrick Ooi, Chinese Banquet Chef.

Playing host since 2005, the Centre once again opened its doors for Culinaire Malaysia 2017 which was held in late September. The Culinaire Malaysia 2017 brought together more than 1,000 chefs, bartenders and F&B personnel from leading hotels and restaurants, as well as students of culinary academies. It is held alongside Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM) and aims to recognise the country’s best culinary arts and food and beverage service skills.

Photo: Mr Alan Pryor; the Centre’s General Manager (middle), Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab; Director General Tourism Malaysia (middle left) and Chef Hisham bin Jaafar; the Centre’s Executive Chef (middle right) share the Junior Culinary Team’s joy

 

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Oct 18, 2017 - 

2017 MEET TAIWAN Awards Winners Announced Five Categories of Excellence Honored

This year's fierce competition saw a new record number of participants, with a total of 18 projects that received awards. Winners of the highest honor, the gold awards, for Meeting Category A winners are the Taiwan Proteomics Society and Elite PCO, Meeting Category B winners are Retinitis Pigmentosa Taiwan (RPTW) and Elite PCO, Exhibition Class A winner is Chan Chao Exhibition International, and Exhibition Class B winner is the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer's Association. Taiwan Tour won the gold for the Business Meeting/Tour Category.

Strict initial evaluations and the final selection process were conducted by 10 experts, and this year's winners are certainly the best of the best. Winning projects exhibited five traits: green exhibitions, smart technologies, industry upgrades, experience marketing, and cultivating new talent. These projects used various in-depth and different perspective exhibition themes to introduce application technologies (such as RFID) to increase activity efficiency, plus invited international experts to share trends that can assist with industry upgrades, implement environmentally friendly measures, and reduce carbon footprints, along with the integration of local characteristics or social welfare and other diverse activities to create unique experiences for event participants.

All winning vendors not only received trophies and a certificate, they also receive award money, domestic/international promotions, and marketing campaigns. The MEET TAIWAN Award consists of five award categories: Class A and B Meetings, Class A and B Exhibitions, and Business Meetings/Tours. Each category has gold, silver, and bronze winners. In addition, those that have made special contributions to the national economy and trade, social welfare, environmental sustainability, and/or international promotions were given a Judging Panel Special Award.

The 2017 MEET TAIWAN Award ceremony was held at noon on September 6 at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. Important international exhibition experts, such as distinguished guests from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA), were invited to witness and celebrate the achievements of Taiwan's exhibition industry.

 

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MICE-Contact is one of the most popular international leading Media and PR Magazine dedicated to the global meeting industry. The weekly "MICE-Business Travel News" is subscribed by more than 93,700 MICE executives, key buyers and journalists around the globe.

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Oct 6, 2017 - 

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Statement about tragedy in Las Vegas

Our thoughts are with Las Vegas, especially those families impacted directly and our SITE members in the community. As the city recovers from a tragic attack, we are holding our members and friends close and look forward to arriving in Las Vegas for IMEX America to offer hugs and words of support. IMEX Group is a valued and long-term strategic partner of SITE, and we are in close communications with the IMEX America team.

All of our events next week – the Certified Incentive Specialist course, SITE Young Leaders Conference and SITE Nite North America - are going ahead as planned. For each event we are working with the host venues on enhanced security to ensure that attendee safety is a top priority and we will continue to communicate with our members and registered attendees about security measures that will be in place.

On behalf of the SITE International Board of Directors, SITE Foundation Trustees and all members of our global incentive travel community, we look forward to seeing you next week in Las Vegas."

 

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