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November 04, 2015
Bogota Wins ICCA Best PR Award For Successfully Telling The One Young World Story

Greater Bogota Convention Bureau won the award for effectively using storytelling and digital channels to mobilise its local community, and using the One Young World Summit bid as a driver of change. ICCA announced the winner this year's IC...
November 03, 2015
Martin Lewis Honoured With ICCA Moises Shuster Award

Martin Lewis, Chief Editor of CAT Publications, received The association's most prestigious award during the Tango Dinner at the 54th ICCA Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Announcing the award, ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius...
September 14, 2015
President of Colombia Opens The 21st UNWTO General Assembly

Gathering more than 900 delegates from 120 countries, including over 70 Ministers and Secretaries of State for Tourism, the 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly opened in Medellín, Colombia, in the presence of President Juan Manuel Sa...
July 21, 2015
GBTA/CWT: 2016 Global Travel Price Outlook Reveals Six Global Hot Spots For Business Travel

New research identifies six hot spots - India, China, Colombia, Mexico, Singapore and Australia - where increased business travel demand is driving significant air price increases. This is despite global air travel prices displaying signs t...
June 22, 2015
GBTA Foundation Forecasts That Brazil's Economy Faces 'Significant Headwinds' and Downgrades Outlook For Brazil's Business Travel Spend In 2015

The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) -- today announced the results of its latest GBTA BTI Outlook -- Brazil report, a semi-annual business travel outlook and overall economic ...
June 16, 2015
Chris L. Wheeler Joins SITE Foundation Board of Trustees

Chris L. Wheeler, Executive Director, Global Incentive Sales at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, has been named to the SITE Foundation Board of Trustees. He will fill the board vacancy resulting from the resignation of Larry Luteran, for...
June 15, 2015
ACTE, Academia de Viagens Corporativas Announce Education Partnership For Key LATAM Markets

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and the Brazilian-based Academia de Viagens Corporativas (AVC) have formed an education partnership to deliver innovative and interactive programming throughout Latin America. The sessio...
January 01, 2015
UNWTO: Tourism Leaders of the Americas To Gather In Haiti

Haiti will host UNWTO's annual regional gathering of tourism authorities, the UNWTO Commission for the Americas. The 58th Meeting of the Commission reflects Haiti's preparedness to seize the growing tourism momentum in the region to further...
October 10, 2014
Five Exciting Destinations for SITE Events In 2015

SITE has revealed the dates for their 2015 events being hosted in destinations in Asia, Europe and North America. "The destinations for the 2015 events are representative of SITE's member diversity and the global expansion and growth of...
October 01, 2014
SITE 2015 Board of Directors Represents Association's Global Diversity

SITE is pleased to present the incentive travel industry leaders who will serve on the International Board of Directors effective 1 January 2015. SITE President 2015, Rhonda Brewer commented, "SITE is extremely fortunate to have such a s...
September 15, 2014
UNWTO: International Tourism Up By 5% In The First Half Of The Year

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million m...
September 09, 2014
GBTA Foundation Forecasts Slower Growth For Brazil's Business Travel Spend

The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) -- today announced the results of its latest GBTA BTI Outlook -- Brazil report, a semi-annual business travel outlook and overall economic ...
July 03, 2014
SITE Changes Name To Society For Incentive Travel Excellence

Since 1973, when SITE was founded as the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, the association's mission has been to serve as a source of expertise, knowledge, and professional connections that enhance and sustain professional growth and ...
June 19, 2014
GBTA Latin America Hosts Successful 2nd GBTA Latin America Conference 2014 In Sao Paulo Brasil

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) hosted GBTA Brasil's second annual conference from the 8th through the 10th of June in Sao Paulo, the largest city of America Latina, with more than 225 attendees. The event held at the newly br...
May 14, 2014
UNTWO: International Tourism Generates US$ 1.4 Trillion In Export Earnings

Total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 reached US$ 1.4 trillion. Receipts earned by destinations from international visitors grew by 5% to reach US$ 1159 billion, while an additional US$ 218 billion was earned by i...
April 29, 2014
GBTA Foundation Continues To Forecast Double Digit Growth For Brazil's Business Travel Spend In 2014

The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) -- announces the results of its latest GBTA BTI Outlook -- Brazil report, a semi-annual business travel outlook and overall economic analys...
March 06, 2014
UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO Launch Anti-Trafficking Campaign; Urges Traveller Support

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers...
February 11, 2014
Site Executive Summit Delivers Incentive Travel Insights and Education In The Dominican Republic

Site welcomed 200 professionals from hotels, DMCs, airlines, governments and students from across the Caribbean to the Site Executive Summit in the Dominican Republic, 31 January to 1 February 2014 at the Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Res...
December 19, 2013
PCMA 20 In Their Twenties Winners Selected

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has selected the inaugural class for its 20 in their twenties programme -- including two European winners, Yasha Bergmann from Germany and Rosa Garriga Mora from Spain. 20 in thei...
December 12, 2013
UNWTO: International Tourism An Engine For The Economic Recovery

In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million be...
December 12, 2013
ACTE 2014 Calendar of Events

ACTE has a robust list of events scheduled around the world in 2014. All events are open to members and non-members. For more information on events or membership visit: 201...
November 12, 2013
UNWTO Calls For Support To The Philippines

UNWTO is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan which hit an important part of the Visayas region in the Philippines. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the familie...
November 08, 2013
UNWTO: Tourism Ministers Call For Higher Policy Coordination Between Tourism & Aviation

Improving air connectivity through a closer coordination of tourism and aviation policies to ensure the sustained growth of the tourism sector and of air transport was the commitment stemming from the annual UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM...
September 25, 2013
Site 2014 International Board of Directors Represents Association's Global Diversity

Site has introduced the experienced and geographically diverse group of incentive travel and motivational events industry leaders who will serve on the Site International Board of Directors effective January 1, 2014. New Board President ...
September 17, 2013
Ecuador Elected To UNWTO Executive Council

Ecuador has been elected to the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2014 to 2017. The selection was announced during the 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly and the 56th Meetin...
September 11, 2013
GBTA Forecasts Double Digit Growth For Brazil's Business Travel Spend In 2014

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has released its latest GBTA BTI Outlook report on Brazil as part of its semi-annual series. Sponsored by Visa, key highlights include: - GBTA BTI has downgraded its near-term outlook for Bra...
September 11, 2013
UNWTO Approves Accessible Tourism Recommendations

The UNWTO recommendations on "Accessible Tourism for All" (2013) have been approved and endorsed by the General Assembly. Updated from the 2005 version, the recommendations outline a form of tourism that involves a collaborative process amo...
August 26, 2013
UNWTO: International Tourism Demand Exceeds Expectations In The First Half Of 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. Growth was above the projection made at the beginning of the...
August 15, 2013
Dominican Republic Selected As Destination For Site Executive Summit 2014

Site Executive Summit 2014 Site members in the Dominican Republic will host the 2014 Site Executive Summit, 31 January to 1 February 2014 at the Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana. The Summit, a two-day educational forum, ...
June 11, 2013
Site Florida Chapter Expands Its Region To Include The Caribbean

The Site International Board of Directors has approved a change in the bylaws of the Site Florida Chapter to expand its region to incorporate Site members in the Caribbean. The Site Florida Chapter will now be officially known as the Site F...
May 22, 2013
IAPCO and PCMA Form Global Partnership

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) announced yesterday the formation of a global partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). The partnership provides an opportunity ...
May 20, 2013
ICCA Announces Destination For 2016 Congress

After presentations from the two shortlisted destinations, Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia, and the Czech Republic capital Prague, ICCA President Arnaldo Nardone on behalf of the ICCA Board of Directors today announced at the mid-year ICCA mee...
May 13, 2013
ICCA 2012 Statistics: International Association Sector Shows Significant Growth

With the release of the 2012 Top 20 Rankings for cities and countries, ICCA is reporting another year of continued strength in the international association meetings market. For the first time ever, more than 11,150 regularly occurring a...
April 25, 2013
Site Seeking World-Class Incentive Destinations For The Site Global Conference 2015 and 2016

Every year, the Site Global Conference gathers a diverse global audience of incentive travel buyers and suppliers to advance the incentive travel and motivational experiences industry and highlight an exceptionally noteworthy incentive dest...
April 03, 2013
Site Extends Its Partnership With Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE)

Site is to extend its partnership with the Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) in 2013. The GMITE are world-class events that bring together qualified buyers and travel suppliers in key locations to provide a powerful platfo...
February 13, 2013
Site Extends Its Strategic Partnership With The IBTM Global Meetings & Events Portfolio

As Site, the global association for the motivational events and incentive travel industry, celebrates its 40th anniversary year in 2013 it also celebrates one of its longest standing industry partnerships with Reed Travel Exhibitions. Today...
January 28, 2013
UNWTO: Asia; The Pacific; and, The Americas The Most 'Open' Regions For Travellers In Terms of Visas

New UNWTO research on Visa facilitation shows that Asia and the Pacific and the Americas are the most 'open' regions in terms of tourist Visa requirements. Data also shows that there has been significant progress on Visa facilitation global...
December 20, 2012
Site International Foundation Announces Board of Trustees For 2013

The Site International Foundation has announced a distinguished list of industry leaders who will serve as the Foundation's International Board of Trustees effective 1 January 2013. The Site International Foundation President for 2013 is...
December 17, 2012
Site International Foundation Releases Annual Forecast For The Motivational Events Industry

The Site International Foundation has released results of the latest Site Index Annual Survey. The Site Index compiles and compares data over a number of years to track changes and forecast trends in the motivational events industry. This t...
December 14, 2012
Site 2013 International Board of Directors Represents Association's Global Diversity

Site has introduced an experienced and geographically diverse group of incentive travel and motivational events industry leaders who will serve on the Site International Board of Directors effective 1 January 2013. New Board President Da...
November 29, 2012
Site Launches Call For Speakers For Site Global Conference 2013 In Orlando, Florida

Site is now accepting applications for both keynote and breakout session speakers for the Site Global Conference 2013, to be held 7--10 December at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando(r) in Orlando, Florida, USA. In 2013, Sit...
October 24, 2012
Anne Wallin Rodven Receives Moises Shuster Award At 51st ICCA Congress In Puerto Rico

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to ICCA and the international meetings industry Mrs. Anne Wallin Rodven, Convention Director at VisitOslo - the Oslo Convention and Visitors Bureau, received the Moises Shuster Award at last ni...
October 24, 2012
ICCA Celebrates 50 Years of International Meetings Excellence

ICCA launched its 50 years anniversary campaign at the closing session of the 51st ICCA Congress, which took place 20-24 October 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ICCA's anniversary celebration will last through the year and will end with ...
October 24, 2012
ICCA Board of Directors Formally Endorses IMEX America

Following the success of IMEX America's second edition in Las Vegas, the ICCA Board has formally endorsed the show, which now joins the original IMEX in Frankfurt and EIBTM in Barcelona as the only meetings industry events enjoying this sta...
October 10, 2012
Site: Pablo Sismanian of Argentina Named Kevin Forde Spirit Award Winner

In recognition of his passion, advocacy and leadership in making his country a premier incentive travel destination, Site has presented Site Member Pablo Sismanian of Argentina with the 2012 Kevin Forde Spirit Award. The award ceremony took...
September 20, 2012
ACTE Hosts Sao Paulo Executive Forum With Support From ABGEV/ALAGEV

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) with support from the Associação Brasileira de Gestores de Eventos e Viagens Corporativas (ABGEV) and Associação Latino Americana de Gestores de Eventos e Viagens Corporativas (ALAGEV) h...
September 20, 2012
Site Honors 10 Companies Worldwide With The 2012 Crystal Awards

Site celebrated the extraordinary motivational programs of 10 organizations with the presentation of the Site Crystal Awards 15 September 2012 at the Site International Conference in Beijing, China. Since 1980, the Crystal Awards Recognitio...
September 11, 2012
The Global Business Travel Association Releases Second GBTA BTI Outlook Report On Brazil

The Global Business Travel Association ("GBTA") has released its second GBTA BTI Outlook report on Brazil as part of its semiannual series. The report, sponsored by Visa, includes the GBTA BTI, an index of business travel spending which pro...
August 21, 2012
Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) Events Through 2012

Open to members and non-members alike, ACTE educational events tackle emerging issues and provide plenty of quality networking... 6 Sept - Washington Executive Forum 6 Sept - Shanghai Executive Forum 8-15 Sept - Beijing Around the Wo...
July 05, 2012
Site International Foundation Seeks Applicants For 2012 David Riddell Memorial Scholarship

The Site International Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2012 David Riddell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to one individual to experience the Site International Conference, taking place 14-17 Septe...
June 06, 2012
ACTE Announces Search Committee For New Executive Director

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) announced this morning the resignation of ACTE Executive Director, Ron DiLeo effective 1 December 2012. ACTE also announced the creation of a search committee to find a new Executive Di...
May 30, 2012
Site Master Motivator Recipient Is An Industry Pioneer In His Homeland of Japan

The highest standard of excellence from Site was presented to Fukuo "Lucky" Morimoto on 23 May 2012 during IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany. The Site Master Motivator award recognizes an individual in the motivational events and incentive travel ...
May 22, 2012
ACTE: 2012 Global Education, Training & Networking Calendar

Educational Conferences: 15-16 August Singapore Regional Education Conference 14-16 October Rome Global Education Conference 18-20 November Vancouver Regional Education Conference Educational & Training Programs: 23 May Sydney Ex...
May 17, 2012
GBTA Forecasts Double Digit Percentage Increases In Brazilian Business Travel Spending

The Global Business Travel Association ("GBTA") has announced the results of its inaugural GBTA BTI Outlook -- Brazil, sponsored by VISA. The GBTA BTI Outlook -- Brazil includes the GBTA Business Travel Index (GBTA BTI). The GBTA BTI provid...
April 12, 2012
Site Celebrates Continued Learning With Global Education Week

The Site member network is rich in experience and expertise that will be showcased during the upcoming Site Global Education Week, 15-21 April. Held in partnership with Site chapters around the world, the week will focus on delivering educa...
March 22, 2012
Site Executive Summit Brings Focus to Extraordinary Experiences in Argentina

For the first time in the history of Site, an Executive summit was held in a South American Country. Set in the majestic Andes mountains of Patagonia, delegates met in the inspirational town of Bariloche, Argentina. Representing a diverse g...
February 20, 2012
Site Index Annual Study 2012 Reveals Optimism and Technology Top of Mind

The Site International Foundation presents the ninth release in the Site Index series, the Site Index: Annual Survey 2012. The Site Index studies seek to identify insights and measure significant changes in the business performance of the ...
January 25, 2012
Site Executive Summit 2012 Set For Argentina, March 3-7, 2012

For the first time in Site's history the Site Executive Summit will take place in a South American destination. From 3 -- 7 March, Argentina will welcome professionals from the global incentive travel and motivational events industry, incl...
January 12, 2012
2012 Site International Foundation Leadership Announced

The Site International Foundation has introduced a distinguished list of leaders who will serve as the Foundation's International Board of Trustees, effective 1 January 2012. The Site International Foundation President for 2012 is Stephe...
January 04, 2012
GBTA Continues Global Expansion With Launch of GBTA Brazil

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has announced the launch of GBTA Brazil, which will expand the focus of business travel management through conferences and educational offerings in Brazil. GBTA Brazil will work closely with GB...
December 09, 2011
Site 2012 Leadership Announced

Site Members elected four members to serve on the association's International Board of Directors, effective 1 January 2012. Each member will serve a three-year term. New board Directors include: - Rhonda L. Brewer. VP, Group Business M...
November 30, 2011
ACTE Announces Around the World in 80 Hours -- Spring 2012 Itinerary

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) launches its immersion learning programme designed for travel professionals to gain local market knowledge on global business travel management. The Around the World in 80 Hours programm...
November 22, 2011
New Leadership For The Joint Meetings Industry Council

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) has announced that Philippe Fournier, President of the International Association of PCO's (IAPCO) and Managing Director for France, MCI Group, has assumed the Presidency of the Joint Meetings Indus...
November 15, 2011
Upcoming ACTE Events On The Global Education Calendar

November 16 -- MILAN Executive Forum -- Business Travel Management Nel Nuovo Decennio: Competenze e Trend November 16 -- WEBCAST -- Cultural Considerations in Traveler Decision-Making November 22 -- SAO PAULO Executive Forum -- Turnin...
October 25, 2011
PCMA Creates "PCMA-TV En Español"

PCMA has partnered with Convention News Television to create PCMA-TV en Español. This new video product is part of PCMA's focus on the emerging Hispanic market. "PCMA-TV en Español is part of a larger strategy to provide products that me...
October 24, 2011
PCMA Cultural Learning Lounge

As part of the PCMA innovative programme which followed on from IMEX, the Go Global theme continued with the introduction of Cultural Learning Lounges. Countries selected on the basis of participants' advance expressions of interest incl...
September 27, 2011
Marking World Tourism Day

As the world celebrates World Tourism Day on 27 September, experts in the field of tourism and culture have underscored the need for local community engagement in tourism development at the official celebrations in Egypt (27 September, Aswa...
September 21, 2011
MPI Brazil To Hold Latin American Meeting & Event Industry Convention

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide compelling professional development and business opportunities to support the global meetings and events industry, the MPI Brazil Chapter, in joint venture with MPI International, confirmed that o...
September 20, 2011
IATA: Weak Economy, Weak Profits -2012 Looking Even Tougher

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upgrading of its industry profit expectations to $6.9 billion (up from $4.0 billion projected in June). IATA emphasized that, despite the improvements, profitability at these l...
September 07, 2011
UNWTO: Healthy Growth of International Tourism In First Half of 2011

International tourism grew by almost 5% in the first half of 2011 totalling a new record of 440 million arrivals. Results confirm that, in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth ini...
August 26, 2011
Site Launches Mobile Application To Meet Members Where They Do Business

To better serve members and the global motivational events community, Site announces the release of a new business mobile application. The "Site Mobile" app will allow convenient and quick access to relevant content on siteglobal.com Wit...
August 25, 2011
Site: New Research To Focus On Incentive From The Travel Participant Viewpoint

The Site International Foundation and the Incentive Travel Council (ITC) have commissioned Dr. Scott Jeffries and Monmouth University to conduct a joint study focused on The Incentive Travel Participant Viewpoint. Both organizations share t...
August 15, 2011
GBTA Announces Global Business Development Role

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has announced details of a new global development role to be filled in 2012 by Paul Tilstone, presently CEO of the Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM). Tilstone, whose transition from ITM to...
August 10, 2011
New GBTA Study: Who Is Today's Premium Air Traveler?

Premium air travel is on the rise according to a new study from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). The study, "Consumer Choice in Premium Air Travel", finds that Asia will ...
August 04, 2011
The Site International Foundation Presents A 2011 Update To The Site Index: Focus On Measurement

Focused on the relevance and need for measurement related to motivational experiences and incentive travel program, the Site International Foundation has asked members of its global data panel to once again provide insight into current prac...
June 07, 2011
IATA Announces New Leadership; Hartman to Chair Board of Governors; Tyler Named DG & CEO

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced leadership changes at the conclusion of the Association's 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Singapore. • Peter Hartman, President and CEO of ...
February 19, 2011
Site Leaders Distribute Results of The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy to Members Across 92 Countries

As an Allied partner to the alliance of 14 industry organizations producing The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. study, Site Leaders called for its global network of professionals who drive the motivational events and incentive...
February 03, 2011
The New "Global Business Travel Association" Launches Today

To meet the growing demands and increasing globalization of business travel, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) -- today announced the launch of its new name: the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). In conjunction with ...
January 20, 2011
NBTA and ABGEV (Brazil) Announce Extended Partnership

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Associação Brasileira de Gestores de Eventos e Viagens Corporativas (ABGEV, the Brazilian Business and Events Travel Association) has announced a five year agreement to expand the two ...
December 22, 2010
Madam Gu Xiaoyuan Named Site 2010 Member of the Year

During the Site International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the association bestowed its highest individual award - Site Member of the Year - to Madam Gu Xiaoyuan, Deputy Director-General of BTA and Site China Chapter President. Ac...
December 22, 2010
Site Recognizes Chapter Excellence During Honors Gala

During the Site International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Site Southeast USA was presented with the 2010 Site Chapter of the Year Award after being first runner up in the 2009 competition. Members include over seven states: Alaba...
November 17, 2010
Jamaica's Ian Fleming International Airport To Open

Jamaica is anticipating the opening of its third international airport next month, The Ian Fleming International Airport, located just five miles from Ocho Rios. Formerly known as the Boscobel Airstrip, the facility has undergone refurbishm...
March 14, 2010
WTTC Forecasts Subdued Growth For 2010

Travel & Tourism is one of the world's most important sectors and employers and has been one of the leading growth sectors since the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) first started measuring Travel & Tourism's economic impact 20 years a...
February 25, 2010
UNWTO Anticipates Outcome of T.20 Ministers' Meeting in South Africa

UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the First T.20 Ministers' Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa (22-24 February) to debate the contribution of tourism to the global agenda, in particular to the ongoing process of supporting economic reco...
February 17, 2010
Site Seeks Strategic Partnerships To Support Global Growth

Site has launched a search for a new Director to join the Global team and lead the discussions with potential partners for the associations exciting future. As the Global Economy starts to show signs of change, Site's strategic vision o...
January 14, 2010
Statement By The UN World Tourism Organization On Haiti

The UNWTO is deeply saddened by the losses of lives and devastation caused by the earthquake that struck Haiti and expresses its support to its people and sincere condolences to those who lost their loved ones. The severity of yet anothe...
November 30, 2009
Site Announces 2010 Event Schedule

The Site International Board of Directors and Site International Foundation Trustees have announced the schedule of upcoming Site-hosted events for 2010. Executive Summit: InterContinental - Paris, France - 5 February ESNEP (Europea...
November 06, 2009
UNWTO: Decline In International Tourism Easing In Recent Months

International tourist arrivals worldwide are estimated to have declined by 7% between January and August 2009. Destinations worldwide recorded a total of 600 million arrivals, down from 643 million in the same period of 2008. Neverthele...
October 08, 2009
New UNWTO Roadmap For Recovery For Tourism And Travel

The 18th session of the UNWTO General Assembly concluded with unanimous endorsement of a Roadmap for Recovery to mainstream travel and tourism into economic stimulus packages being considered by global leaders. It underscored the enormous i...
October 02, 2009
UNWTO: Increasing Confidence In 2010 Recovery For The Tourism Sector

The conditions of the tourism market are starting to indicate stronger prospects for a recovery in 2010. These include macroeconomic upward revisions from the IMF together with preliminary international tourism figures until August this yea...
September 22, 2009
UNWTO: 5th International Conference on Destination Management

Analysing the main challenges for tourism destinations in the face of the global economic downturn was the main objective of the 5th International Conference on Destination Management (Hangzhou, China, 21-22 September). The conference, &#14...
September 14, 2009
UNWTO: Tourism and Travel In A Low Carbon Economy

The World Economic Forum on behalf of its Travel and Tourism Community presented its report "Towards a Low Carbon Travel and Tourism Sector" to Yvo de Boer, Director General of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFC...
September 02, 2009
UNWTO Workshop: Travel and Tourism Under Pandemic Conditions

In view of the current influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, UNWTO held a two-day review and preparation exercise on "Travel and Tourism under Pandemic Conditions" in Madrid 26-27 August. The workshop was convened to anticipate the challenges the vir...
August 27, 2009
NBTA Announces Global Events For 2010

The National Business Travel Association's (NBTA) 2010 global event schedule will offer industry-leading events around the world designed to meet the education and networking needs of the international business travel community. Craig B...
July 23, 2009
NBTA; Egencia Release Global Business Travel Study Sample Findings

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and Egencia, the corporate travel arm of Expedia Inc., have released a sample of findings from a landmark study that quantifies global business travel spend and projects business travel growth...
July 13, 2009
AIPC 2009 Annual Conference Delivers

The 2009 AIPC Annual Conference from July 6-8 in A Coruna Spain provided delegates with insights into a wide range of critical industry issues along with the election of a number of new Board members and the winners of the 2009 AIPC Innovat...
June 18, 2009
NBTA Board Unanimously Supports Potential ACTE-NBTA Merger

The Board of Directors of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) voted unanimously to continue pursuing a potential merger with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE). ...
June 15, 2009
UNWTO Calls On Tourism Sector To Join UN Initiative Against Poverty

UNWTO joins the United Nations initiative Stand Up, Take Action against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and hopes for the support of its public and private stakeholders to spread the message of tourism's role in supp...
June 02, 2009
ICCA Congress Goes To San Juan, Puerto Rico In 2012

The 51th ICCA Congress will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November 2012. The ICCA Board's decision was made at the IMEX 2009 exhibition in Frankfurt and was revealed on the last day of the show. The other finalist in the bidding...
May 29, 2009
IAPCO Survey: Anticipating 2009/2010 -- It's Not All Bad!

IAPCO members enjoyed yet another bumper year of growth in 2008 according to the results of the latest IAPCO annual activity survey, the third in the series. The business generated by IAPCO members during 2008 was immense, representing a...
May 27, 2009
IAPCO Survey: PCO's Managing The Crisis

The recent economic and business survey from IAPCO showed that whilst 2009 was realising the expected downturn, 2010 definitely shows signs of an upturn. "This is not just a reflection of the economy, for that upturn has yet to be realised...
May 27, 2009
ICC: Chambers' Membership Increases During Global Downturn

A majority of chambers registered increases in their membership during the 2009 first quarter according to a survey by the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF). WCF's Chamber CEO Survey received responses from key metropolitan chambers, ...
May 22, 2009
The Site Motivation Meter

Site is creating momentum in the motivational experiences industry by launching the first social micro-blogging platform: The Site Motivation Meter. In an increasingly scrutinized business environment, Site has created a mechanism that prov...
May 12, 2009
World Tourism in Face of the Global Economic Crisis & Influenza Threat

International tourism demand has deteriorated further due to the impact of the global economic recession. International tourist arrivals declined at a rate of 8% between January and February this year, leaving the overall volume at the same...
April 27, 2009
IAPCO: Times Could Not Be Better? ... Says Leading PCO

The economic crisis presents the meetings world, and especially the quality-driven PCOs, with challenges and opportunities; it should not be seen as just the forbearer of doom and gloom. With corporate companies and associations facing ...
April 26, 2009
IATA Is Monitoring Swine Influenza Situation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is monitoring events concerning the recent cases of 'swine influenza' in Mexico and the United States. On 25 April 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a meeting of its Emergen...
April 24, 2009
JMIC-IMEX Webinar: Predicts the Shape of Recovery in Corporate Meetings

While corporate meetings have been casualties of the current financial crisis in many parts of the world, they remain a key element in the business and professional development process and will have to reshape themselves in response to new ...
April 20, 2009
Raising The Bar: IAPCO Members Embrace Sustainable Practice

The meetings industry's guru on CSR, Guy Bigwood, gave 70 participants at the IAPCO General Assembly a hard hitting reflection on the state of the planet. Comparing the current financial crisis, and the drop in GDP, to the looming, if not a...
March 05, 2009
UNWTO: Tourism Confronting The Economic Downturn

The tourism industry can play a relevant post-crisis role. The sector has been negatively affected by the economic downturn and in all likelihood will continue to be in the short to medium term. This is not however the first time that touri...
February 20, 2009
ICCA CEO: Comments On The International Meetings Industry

ICCA CEO, Martin Sirk's message: "Protectionism in the international meetings industry is simply not an option". "There have been some powerful PR efforts by our industry, mainly originating in the USA, to fight against negative media re...
February 04, 2009
LACTTE The Leading Latin American Business Travel Conference

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and official NBTA global affiliate the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) welcomed more than 760 attendees from Brazil, the United States and throughout Latin America to the 4th Ann...
January 27, 2009
UNWTO: International Tourism Challenged By Deteriorating World Economy

- In 2008, international tourist arrivals reached 924 million, up 16 million over 2007, representing a growth of 2%. - Tourism demand slowed significantly through the year under the influence of an extremely volatile world economy (financ...
January 21, 2009
Site Executive Summit Captures Attention In Guatemala

Site Executive Summit held 15 January in Guatemala City, Guatemala, continued Site's long standing tradition of delivering education and insight to a destination looking to expand its reach in the motivational events and incentive travel ma...
January 13, 2009
David Sand Honored As Site's Member Of The Year

During the Site International Conference in Montreux, Switzerland, the association bestowed its highest individual award - Site Member of the Year - to David Sand, president and owner of Uwin Iwin Incentives Pty Ltd, a leading provider of s...
December 22, 2008
2008 JMIC "Profile and Power" Award Announced

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) announced the winner of the 2008 JMIC Profile and Power Award as Ms. Tuula Lindberg, Managing Director of the Finland Convention Bureau. The award was made in recognition of her lengthy and highly ...
December 11, 2008
NBTA Report Shows Importance of Travel Management Following Incidents

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) has published results of a survey examining the impact on business travel of two recent security incidents in Asia: the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India and the airport closures due to prote...
December 01, 2008
UNWTO: Tourism Will Experience Downturn Over The Next Six Months

In the face of the global economic downturn, international tourism will experience less and probably negative growth over the next six to nine months, alongside all major economic sectors. The challenges posed by the economic scenario were ...
November 20, 2008
UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030

UNWTO launches its new long-term research programme UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030. The study will forecast international tourism growth through the year 2030 and identify key actual and future trends and their impact on tourism ...
November 20, 2008
UNWTO's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

The World Committee on Tourism Ethics inaugurated its Permanent Secretariat on the occasion of its seventh meeting (Rome, 14-15 November). The Secretariat will provide technical and expert support to the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, i...
November 17, 2008
NBTA Applauds Visa Waiver Program Expansion

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) has praised the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to include seven new countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia. NBTA ha...
November 13, 2008
SITE Selects Cape Town, South Africa For 2010 International Conference

The Society of Incentive Travel Executives has selected South Africa as the host country for the SITE International Conference 2010, set for 4-7 December, 2010. The event will bring the leaders of the design and delivery of motivational exp...
November 10, 2008
UNWTO: Slowdown In Tourism Growth Reflects Current Uncertainties

The latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer confirms the rapid slowdown of international tourism growth since mid 2008, reflecting the impact of rising oil prices at the beginning of the year and the deterioration of the economi...
October 30, 2008
Three Major Associations Bolster JMIC Membership

In advance of a pivotal forum for members of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) the international Meetings Industry organization has welcomed three major new affiliates in the past three months. PCMA, the Professional Convention Man...
October 06, 2008
Ted Turner Announces First - Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner joined the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today to announce the first-ever globally re...
September 27, 2008
World Tourism Day 2008: Responding To The Challenge of Climate Change

This year's official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations are hosted by Peru in Lima with a Think Tank on "Tourism - Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change" and mirrored in UNWTO Member States around the world. UNWTO will also announ...
July 31, 2008
NBTA Announces Major Events For 2009

The National Business Travel Association's (NBTA) 2009 major event schedule will offer 10 industry-leading events around the world designed to meet the education and networking needs of the global business travel community. "NBTA has pu...
July 29, 2008
New ABGEV, NBTA Partnership To Advance Travel Management Globally

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Associação Brasileira de Gestores de Viagens Corporativas (ABGEV, the Brazilian Business Travel Association) have announced a formal relationship whereby ABGEV will become an official ...
May 16, 2008
UNWTO: World Telecommunication & Information Society Day

Information and communication technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in the tourism industry and eTourism solutions have become a key issue in UNWTO's operational strategy. Destination marketing and management, emergency resp...
April 29, 2008
ICCA: Global Financial Crisis And The International Meetings Industry

ICCA conducted a survey of its global membership one week prior to IMEX to obtain an overview of industry confidence in the light of the constantly publicised crisis sweeping through financial markets. The outcome of this survey was discuss...
April 23, 2008
UNWTO To UNCTAD Conference: More Support For Sustainable Tourism Needed

Tourism offers the only sustainable development opportunity to many developing and least developed countries. Consequently, UNWTO advocates the reinforcement of this sector's role in assistance programmes and projects by mainstreaming touri...
April 18, 2008
NBTA Calls Visa Waiver Expansion A "Victory"

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) has praised the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) currently underway to include eight more nations in the program, which will enable travelers from those countries to travel to the Un...
March 31, 2008
UNWTO Empowering Women Through Tourism

The positive contribution of tourism to women empowerment can only be determined if poverty reduction and the enhancement of women's dignity and role in the work place are addressed. These are among the issues in UNWTO's Action Plan to Empo...
March 17, 2008
ICC Survey: Economic Impact From Internet 'Doomsday' Scenario

Economists worldwide say that a one day "blackout" of the Internet would have a major impact on the global economy, according to a survey conducted by ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research just ...
February 26, 2008
Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange Grows 20 Percent

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) welcomed more than 800 attendees to the Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange (LACTTE) in São Paulo, Brazil. LACTTE, t...
December 17, 2007
Global Business "Deeply Satisfied" With Historic Climate Agreement

International business has welcomed the news that world leaders adopted a plan on Saturday for negotiating a new global warming pact by 2009. "I speak on behalf of international business when I say we are deeply satisfied with the agreement...
December 14, 2007
Business Presents Strong, United Front In Official Statement To UNFCCC

The business community continued to present a strong and united front today at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in an official statement delivered to the plenary session. The statement called for future action on mi...
December 13, 2007
UNWTO: Tourism Can Help In Global Action On Climate Change And Poverty

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Francesco Frangialli, addressing the UN Climate Change Conference committed the sector to the common cause of climate change response, linking it closely with the fight against povert...
December 10, 2007
ICC: Global Business Calls For New Climate Change Framework

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) brought together approximately 350 leaders from companies, governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations tod...
December 04, 2007
UNWTO General Assembly: Strong Support For World Tourism Day

Following the successful World Tourism Day 2007 theme 'Tourism opens doors for women', the General Assembly underscored the importance of World Tourism Day (WTD) to be conceived as a yearly campaign to raise awareness on the constructive so...
December 03, 2007
Business Urges UNFCCC To Create Long-Term Climate Change Framework

As the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting kicked off in Bali on Monday, business made a strong plea to the negotiators representing more than 190 countries to design a global framework with the long term...
November 30, 2007
UNWTO General Assembly Held In Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

The 17th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly ratified the inclusion of new Members, underscoring the ever increasing support of the Organization's leadership in tourism. Furthermore the Davos Declaration on Climate Change and Tourism foun...
November 26, 2007
Amadeus and The World Tourism Organization To Collaborate

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the United Nations agency for sustainable tourism and the leading international organization in the field of tourism, has signed a collaboration agreement with Amadeus, a global leader ...
November 13, 2007
ACTE Partners With BCD Travel For Executive Forum In Costa Rica

Business travel managers from across Central America will convene in Costa Rica next April, for the first Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) Executive Forum to be held in that country. In partnership with BCD Travel, the even...
November 09, 2007
ICC/WBCSD: Companies Unite For Global Business Day

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will jointly organize a Global Business Day during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention ...
November 08, 2007
Latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer

International tourist arrivals for the first eight months of 2007 point to a continuation of the sustained growth rate experienced over the past years. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, this trend is likely to continue ...
November 05, 2007
ACTE Leadership Questions Anticipated EU PNR Security Legislation

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives has been expecting the European Union to require PNR information from Europe-bound US passengers for the last two years. According to Executive Director Susan Gurley, this development was one o...
October 31, 2007
UNWTO: Tourism For International Understanding

Tourism can be an efficient tool to advance international peace and understanding. Tourism is growing steadily and needs to be viewed in its social, cultural and ethical dimensions and therefore in its potential contribution to the Alliance...
October 24, 2007
IATA: Passenger Numbers To Reach 2.75 Billion By 2011

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released passenger and freight traffic forecasts projecting that in 2011 the air transport industry will handle 2.75 billion passengers (620 million more passengers than in 2006) and 36...
October 22, 2007
ACTE: 16 Educational Events On 6 Continents Still To Come In 2007

The final presentation of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives' (ACTE) Global Education Conference in Munich is the cue for the curtain to rise on 16 Executive Forums, PowerTalks, and joint programs to be held on six continents be...
October 22, 2007
ACTE Names Aitor Marin as Latin America Regional Chair

Gearing up for increased Latin America business travel market demands, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has named Aitor Marin, Head of Competence Center e-Travel, Amadeus LATAM, as ACTE Latin America Regional Chair. ...
October 22, 2007
ACTE Munich: ACTE Introduces ACTE Interactive

Procurement specialists, travel managers, and travel service suppliers attending the Association of Corporate Travel Executives' (ACTE) Global Education Conference in Munich experienced firsthand the next generation of professional networki...
October 19, 2007
UNWTO Conference on Religions and Dialogue of Cultures

Tourism is well established as one of the most dynamic economic sectors and also represents an important social phenomenon of our time. Tourism not only fosters economic development but has also vast potential to contribute to the improveme...
September 19, 2007
UNWTO: Strategic Approach To Crisis Management

The need for a more strategic approach to risk and crisis management has been confirmed by recent events such as the forest fires in Greece, hurricanes in Central America, and the earthquake in Indonesia. While these events are challenges t...
August 14, 2007
ACTE Adds Two New Seats To International Board of Directors

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives' (ACTE) international Board of Directors has added the voice of two regions - Latin America and the Middle East and Africa - with the recent election of Ricardo Ferreira and Johanna Mukoki to t...
August 02, 2007
UNWTO: Tourism Can Contribute To UN's Solutions To Climate Change

The United Nations General Assembly meeting this week and the high-level meeting coming up when the new Assembly session starts in September are critically important in the development of a global position on climate change. According to UN...
July 28, 2007
MPI To Sign the UN Compact On Corporate Social Responsibility

In a bold leadership statement, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced that it will sign the United Nations (UN) Global Compact on Corporate Social Responsibility. The MPI Board of Directors gave the unanimous approval duri...
July 24, 2007
2007 AIPC Annual Conference

Along with an extensive educational program and series of new program briefings, the 2007 Annual Conference of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) delivered a new Board of Directors and a set of winners for the newly la...
July 18, 2007
Aerolineas Argentinas Finalizes Return To ALTA

During a press conference held July 18 in Buenos Aires, Alex de Gunten welcomed Aerolineas Argentinas' return to ALTA. "We are looking forward to welcoming one of ALTA's founding members -- and Argentina's largest airlines -- back to ALTA."...
July 18, 2007
Rome To Host Milestone 2008 ACTE Global Education Conference

2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of ACTE and the Association will celebrate this industry milestone in Italy. The 2008 ACTE Global Education Conference will be held in Rome, Italy, 5-7 October 2008 at the Rome Marriott Park H...
July 10, 2007
Caribbean Airlines Becomes ALTA's Sixth Caribbean Member Airline

As ALTA, the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association, continues to gain strength, it (July 10) announced Caribbean Airlines as its sixth Caribbean member airline bringing its membership to a new high of 34 member airlines. ...
July 05, 2007
Keynote Speaker For ALTA's Aviation Law Americas Conference

ALTA, the Latin American Air Transport Association, has announced that U.S. Department of Transportation Office of International Aviation's Chief Negotiator for Latin America, Brian Hedberg, will headline as the keynote speaker at the upcom...
June 27, 2007
ALTA 2007 Latin America and Caribbean Airport Capacity Analysis

ALTA, the Latin American Air Transport Association, in cooperation with OAG, has released its updated 2007 Latin America and Caribbean Capacity Analysis. The free comprehensive report is available for download and includes information on 45...
June 05, 2007
IATA: TAP Portugal's Pinto is New IATA Chairman; 2008 AGM in Istanbul

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced (June 5) that TAP Portugal CEO, Fernando Pinto, has begun his one-year term as the Chairman of the Association's Board of Governors. Pinto immediately vowed that the environment, ...
June 04, 2007
IATA: Eagle Awards for DGAC Chile and Vancouver Airport Authority

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recognised the outstanding achievements of the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) de Chile and Vancouver Airport Authority with Eagle Awards. The Eagle Awards honour airports...
June 04, 2007
IATA Calls For A Zero Emissions Future

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) issued four challenges to drive the air transport industry towards its vision of zero emissions. "The environmental track record of the industry is good: over the last four decades we have ...
June 04, 2007
IATA: Airline Industry Profitability Improves

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a US$5 billion projected profitability for airlines in 2007 at their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. In his keynote State of the Industry address, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA...
May 08, 2007
ACTE Board Creates 6th Region To Match Unprecedented Growth

Convening during the Association of Corporate Travel Executives' (ACTE) Global Conference in Miami, ACTE's International Board of Directors adjusted the organization's regional structure in response to membership growth and market importanc...
May 04, 2007
CFM International Becomes Newest ALTA Member

ALTA, the Latin American Air Transport Association, hasannounced that CFM International has become the association's newest affiliate member. "We welcome CFM to ALTA's reputable and growing roster of 23 affiliate members," said ALTA Executi...
April 24, 2007
ALTA Forms Business Alliance With AvGroup

ALTA, the Latin American Air Transport Association, today announced that it has strengthened its long-standing partnership with Miami-based AvGroup by forming a more extensive business alliance that will be mutually beneficial across severa...
April 05, 2007
ALTA Events For 2007

ALTA LXXXVIII CCMA, the Latin American and Caribbean Airlines and Suppliers Annual Meeting: May 20-23, 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CCMA is the largest meeting for the industry's suppliers in the world. www.ccmameeting.com ALTA ...
March 19, 2007
ACTE Launches Global Centre For Research and Education

- New Model For International Education Collaboration - Takes The Funding Burden From Suppliers - First Study Already in Progress The international business travel community now has a powerful new educational resource at its disposal, ...
March 13, 2007
2007 ALTA Airline Leaders Forum Slated For November 7-9 In Cancun

ALTA, the Latin American Air Transport Association, will host its annual ALTA Airline Leaders Forum from November 7 -- 9, 2007, in Cancun, Mexico. As what has grown into the largest industry event of its nature in the region, this year's Ai...
March 02, 2007
ACTE: Latin American Summit Is A "Conference Within A Conference"

One of the fastest growing international business travel markets will be the focus of a special conference "within a conference," according to an announcement by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. The "Latin American Summit" wi...
March 02, 2007
ACTE Conferences And Forums Getting Greener By The Day

Planting trees is one way to offset the impact of the business travel industry's carbon contribution, but the Association of Corporate Travel Executives is going one step further: leaving standing forests alone. An ecologically-sensitive ed...
February 28, 2007
Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron To Address ACTE Global Education Conference

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has announced that Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron will present the keynote address for the inaugural Latin American Regional Summit, within the Global Education Conference in Miami, Florida (Ma...
February 26, 2007
ACTE and La Cumbre Join Forces For The 2007 Summit Of The Americas

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and La Cumbre, The Americas Travel Industry Summit, have entered into a strategic alliance to provide enhanced education benefits to the corporate travel management community attending t...
February 07, 2007
HSMAI Launches Puerto Rico Chapter

In a strategic move to re-establish its presence in the Caribbean region, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) launched a new chapter in Puerto Rico last week (Feb. 1, 2007), making it the 40th HSMAI chapter i...
February 07, 2007
More Than 680 Attend LACTTE 2007

More than 680 corporate travel buyers and suppliers gathered this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2007 Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange, a three-day event, closing today, focused solely on corporate travel trends in L...
February 05, 2007
More Than 550 At LACTTE Latin American Corporate Travel Conference

The 2007 Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange (LACTTE), a three-day networking and education event focused on the corporate travel industry, starts today in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event, hosted in partnership between the Na...
January 29, 2007
UNWTO: Another Record Year For World Tourism

With 842 million arrivals and a 4.5% growth rate, 2006 exceeded expectations as the tourism sector continued to enjoy above average results, making it a new record year for the industry. The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer figures sugg...
January 26, 2007
NBTA, ABGEV Partner To Host 2007 LACTTE

For the second year, the U.S.-based National Business Travel Association (NBTA) will partner with the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) to present the 2007 Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange (LACTTE). With mor...
January 11, 2007
The Society Of Incentive & Travel Executives Award-Winning Chapters

During The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives' (SITE) International Conference 2006 in December, five chapters received awards for their unparalleled efforts in 2006. Chapters were required to submit an application on the merits of th...
December 12, 2006
ACTE At The "Eye For Travel Conference" In Buenos Aires

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) made its educational debut in Argentina, with a strong contribution to the agenda of the Eye For Travel Conference on 28 November 2006, at Hotel Emperador in Buenos Aires. Focusing on "L...
December 01, 2006
Feedback From ACTE Sao Paulo Forum

Channel fragmentation, content, integration, and cost were among the subjects of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives' (ACTE) recent forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 8, 2006. Global distribution systems are under the ACTE m...
November 28, 2006
NBTA, ABGEV Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) once again partners with the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) to present the 2007 Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange (LACTTE), hosted February 5-7 in Sao Paulo,...
November 28, 2006
UNWTO: Measuring the Economic Importance of the Meetings Industry

A new study released by the UNWTO shows how the economic importance of tourism extends to the Meetings Industry. "The Meetings Industry has come of age and placed itself firmly at the centre of tourism's future by engaging in this fundament...
November 23, 2006
UNWTO: Fighting Poverty & Improving Cultural Understanding

The importance of tourism and its contribution to the process of economic and social development, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, was underscored during the Executive Council of the UNWTO, mee...
November 21, 2006
UNWTO: Tourism - An Instrument Of Development For Iberoamerica

Iberoamerica receives 15% of worldwide tourist arrivals, which in 2005 generated 90 billion US dollars (73 billion euros) in receipts. Tourism thus constitutes an important instrument for the promotion of development in Iberoamerica, as und...
October 24, 2006
ACTE Names Aitor Marin Latin American Regional Champion

Gearing up for increased membership demands in Latin America, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has named Aitor Marin, head of competence center LATAM, e-travel, Amadeus Online Solutions as ACTE's Latin America Regional ...
October 17, 2006
ACTE Adds Latin American Educational Track To 2007 Miami Conference

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has added a Latin American educational track to its agenda for the 2007 Global Education Conference in Miami (May 6-8). This addition reflects the growing demands of a rapidly expanding ...
September 05, 2006
ACTE Executive Forum In Sao Paulo

The three elements of a successful Executive Forum - timely topics, industry experts, and a sophisticated audience armed with point-blank questions - came together at the Association of Corporate Travel Executive's (ACTE) event in Sao Paulo...
July 28, 2006
ACTE Appoints Patricia Rasore As Latin American Representative

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has appointed Patricia Rasore, a long-term ACTE member, as the organization's first Latin American Representative. According to an announcement by ACTE Executive Director Susan Gurley, R...
July 17, 2006
NBTA Presents Presidents and Allied Member of the Year Awards

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) has presented the NBTA Presidents Award to Vivianne Martins, President and Founder of the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV), and honored Tom Milano, General Manager of Global Corpo...
July 03, 2006
MPI 2006-2007 International Leadership & Chapter Presidents

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announces its 2006-2007 International Board of Directors, European Council, international committee chairs, chapter presidents and MPI Foundation Board of Trustees. Mark S. Andrew, CMP, CHA, and Dav...
June 27, 2006
Amadeus & ACTE Study Finds Travel Managers Are Optimistic Over Future

Amadeus and The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) have announced more news from its study. The study challenges theories that travel managers believe they are under threat from increased software use and strategic sourcing, ...
June 02, 2006
UNWTO Steps Up Efforts In Crisis Management

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is strengthening its institutional commitment to crisis management and sending a support mission to Indonesia to assess the tourism impact of the recent earthquake disaster in Central Java. UNWTO's...
May 31, 2006
UNWTO: Tourism On Upswing In Latin America

Destinations from Canada to Argentina are pleased with their tourism growth but are also aware that they will need to fight to maintain it. The way forward should be focused on strengthening tourism and media relationships, capacity sharing...
April 13, 2006
Travel & Tourism Organizations Collaborate For Avian Flu Preparedness

Major global travel organizations commit to work together to support UN coordinated avian flu preparation and response. Speaking at the Tourism Summit in Washington DC, the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Francisco F...
February 24, 2006
The International Chamber Of Commerce Opposes Airline Ticket Tax

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has condemned proposals for a tax on airline tickets to raise funds for development aid and said there are better ways for business and government to help lift people out of poverty. Speaking o...
February 08, 2006
NBTA and ABGEV Hold Latin America Corporate Travel Conference

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) have announced the overwhelming success of the first annual Latin American Corporate Travel and Technology Exchange (LACTTE), this week in...
January 24, 2006
NBTA, ABGEV Latin American Conference Attracts Strong Response

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) have announced the overwhelming response to the first annual Latin America Corporate Travel and Technology Exchange (LACTTE), to be held F...
January 24, 2006
UNWTO: International Tourism Up By 5.5% To 808 Million Arrivals In 2005

In 2005 international tourism sustained the sharp upturn that began in 2004 in spite of the various tragic events it had to contend. According to preliminary results presented today by the United Nations specialized agency, the World Touris...
January 24, 2006
Tourism Must Be Prepared For Avian Flu, Says UNWTO Special Advisor

Tourism has to be ready to participate in the international fight to contain the effects of avian flu given the potentially serious threat it poses to the travel industry, Geoffrey Lipman, Special Advisor to the World Tourism Organization (...
January 11, 2006
Avian Flu: UNWTO Calls For Caution; No Need For Travel Restrictions

While the latest outbreak of avian flu in Turkey is not expected to have a serious impact on tourism in the country or the immediate region, the tourism industry must not underestimate the threat and needs to keep preparing for the worst sh...
October 18, 2005
Avian Flu: Over-Reaction Could Damage Tourism Industry Says WTO

The WTO is to meet with the World Health Organization to combat the looming threat of an avian flu epidemic having a serious impact on international tourism. "We must ensure that people are not deterred from travelling without good reas...
October 06, 2005
ACTE Accelerates Response To Global Avian Bird Flu Threat

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) is stepping up its efforts to address the potential impact of an Asian bird flu pandemic on global business travel, following a warning issued by the White House on Tuesday (4 Oct. 2005)...
October 03, 2005
WTO World Tourism Barometer: International Tourism On Track

An estimated 460 million international tourist arrivals were recorded worldwide in the first seven months of 2005. This represents an increase of some 25 million arrivals compared with the respective period of 2004, or 5.9% growth, accordin...
September 15, 2005
WTO "Use Tourism In War On Poverty" - World Leaders Urged

Representatives from governments and industry strongly backed the World Tourism Organization's call to increase tourism to help realize the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Meeting at the invitation of WTO Secretary-Gener...
September 02, 2005
Travel Industry Leaders Praise WHTI Passport Requirement Delay

Further to concerns expressed by the Travel Business Roundtable (TBR) - a strategic partner to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) - and other industry organizations, TBR is pleased that the Department of State and Department o...
August 15, 2005
NBTA And ABGEV Announce Joint Education Venture

The U.S.-based National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) have announced the first Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange, to be held February 6-8, 2006 is Sao Paulo, Bra...
April 22, 2005
ACTE Names New Executive Director

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives has named a lawyer with 15 years of experience in senior management, the not-for-profit sector and higher education as executive director. Susan Gurley, former assistant dean of International a...
December 03, 2004
Brazil Welcomes The First Annual Summit Of The World Tourism Forum

The historic city of Salvador de Bahía in north-eastern Brazil welcomed "Destinations2004", the first Annual Summit of the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, set for December 1 to 6. The World Tourism Organization (W...
October 27, 2004
WTO: Spectacular Rebound Of International Tourism In 2004

Tourism results for the period from January to August 2004 collected by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) show a spectacular rebound of tourism as all regions saw a surge in international arrivals. Worldwide the number of international t...
October 21, 2004
WTO Policy Forum: Tourism Is Top Priority In Fight Against Poverty

Governments, international aid agencies and the world's leading universities agreed at a World Tourism Organization (WTO) Forum in Washington D.C. to make sustainable tourism development a top priority in their strategies to reduce poverty ...
June 25, 2004
Tourism Is On The Rise Again, Says World Tourism Organization

Short-term tourism data for the first months of 2004 confirm the upward trend already visible at the end of 2003. With the cease of the major geopolitical tensions and in spite of uncertainty constant all over the world as proven by the re...
June 15, 2004
Tourism Can Help Reduce Poverty WTO Tells UN Conference

"Tourism can be a key factor in the fight for accelerated development, education, employment and dignity for the world's poorest countries," said Geoffrey Lipman, Special Advisor to the WTO Secretary-General at the United Nations Conference...
June 08, 2004
WTO: Buenos Aires To Host The Leadership Forum Of Advisers

The Committee of Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Government of Argentina and the Argentine affiliate members, will hold the Leadership Forum of Advisers in Buenos Aires from 30 September to 1 O...
March 30, 2004
WTO's Action To Fight Poverty Gains Support Of Korea And IADB

The World Tourism Organization (WTO) took two new initiatives to help in the fight against poverty: a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Republic of Korea to establish the ST-EP Foundation and a Memorandum with the Inter-American D...
February 06, 2004
WTO Calls On Media To Play A Responsible Role

The first World Conference on Tourism Communications (TOURCOM), organized by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) called on the media to play a responsible role in covering events which can impact heavily on the livelihood of travel destina...
January 27, 2004
WTO: Global Troubles Toll On Tourism In 2003, Growth To Resume In 2004

Battered by a series of problems, international tourism arrivals fell 1,2 per cent in 2003, the biggest annual drop ever. However, the outlook for this year is much brighter, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) announced at a news conferen...
December 26, 2003
WTO - A Specialized Agency Of The UN

United Nations General Assembly at the fifty-eighth session unanimously adopted Resolution A/RES/58/232 on the 23th of December, with which the World Tourism Organization (WTO) became a fully-fledged specialized agency of the United Nations...
December 12, 2003
Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV) Joins Paragon Partnership

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) earlier this month attended the 3 rd Brazilian Business Travel Forum held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event, held December 1, was organized by the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV), ...
November 06, 2003
Get Your ICCA Statistics Now

The International Congress & Convention Association has published its annual ICCA DATA statistics report: "The International Meetings Market 1995-2004." For the past 30 years ICCA DATA has assembled information on the international meetings...
October 20, 2003
World Tourism Organization (WTO) To Become A UN Specialized Agency

The 15th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) opened October 20 in the Chinese capital of Beijing with a historic decision as Member States agreed to the organization's transformation into a specialized agency of the Uni...
October 13, 2003
World Tourism Organization (WTO) Tourism Highlights, Edition 2003

Although international tourism enjoyed an almost three per cent growth in 2002, international tourism receipts did not follow as the pressure on prices continued, says the World Tourism Organization (WTO) by the presentation of the 2003 edi...
August 11, 2003
Global Alliance Of Business Travel Associations Meet At NBTA Convention

The Paragon Partnership, the global alliance of business travel associations, met this weekend at the site of the National Business Travel Association's (NBTA) 35th Annual Convention and Trade Show. During the meeting, the Alliance accepted...
June 06, 2003
Historic Opportunity To Reinforce The World Tourism Organization

The recently finished 70th session of the WTO Executive Council decided that the Secretary-General, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, should try to use "historic opportunity to reinforce the World Tourism Organization." This refers to inviting sove...
May 27, 2003
ICCA Statistics For 2002 Coming Soon

The USA still holds more international association meetings than any other country while Barcelona tops the charts as the most popular city in 2002, according to ICCA DATA's latest statistics. Dramatic changes were also seen in the Scandina...
May 20, 2003
New Online Resource Gives ICCA Members A Competitive Head-Start

Instant access to data on over 30,000 association meetings and over 2000 corporate meeting planners Visitors to the ICCA Stand (2141) are being offered a first-hand look at the newly developed website which forms a valuable resource for ...
February 26, 2003
IBTA Re-Brands As EBTA - European Business Travel Association

There is a new name in European business travel with the announcement that IBTA has changed its name to the European Business Travel Association (EBTA). The decision was taken "because the directors and national leaders believe that the new...
January 27, 2003
World Tourism In 2002: Better Than Expected

For many, the preliminary tourism statistics for 2002 will come as a surprise. For the first time in history, the number of international tourist arrivals has exceeded the 700 million mark, and despite all the grim expectations and debates...
December 16, 2002
MPI Names Executive Search Committee For New President And CEO

With the formation of an executive search committee, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is moving swiftly forward to find a successor to Edwin L. Griffin, Jr., CAE, MPI president and CEO since 1990. Griffin recently announced that he...
November 25, 2002
International Hotel & Restaurant Association 39th Annual Congress

Around 100 international hospitality executives from 30 countries representing North America, Latin and Central America, the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe and the Asia Pacific attended the International Hotel & Restaurant Associat...
October 02, 2002
St. Petersburg To Host Sixty-Ninth Session Of The WTO Executive Council

The World Tourism Organization is holding its sixty-ninth session of the Executive Council in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation from 3 to 4 October 2002. The Council session will be followed by a seminar on "Future Challenges for Cultural...
September 26, 2002
World Celebrates The "Tourism Day 2002"

Once again, on 27 September, the international community will celebrate the World Tourism Day. The main purpose of the World Tourism Day is to foster awareness throughout the world of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, poli...
August 12, 2002
WTTC Joins The International Council Of Tourism Partners

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) has announced the joining of the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) to their growing list of members. "One of our objectives is to establish strategic alliances with other organizati...
July 30, 2002
WTO To Become A Specialized Agency Of The United Nations

The World Tourism Organization may soon gain more international status and recognition as a specialized agency of the UN. The Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution by consensus on 24th July 2002 that has opened...
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