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NEWSFLASH April 2016

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April 2016
In This Edition

Left Column

Launch of the New Global Destination Sustainability Index

Africa: Management Buy Out at Dragonfly Africa Group

Austria, Salzburg Exhibition & Congress Center: Complete refurbishment and modernisation of hall 1

Cyprus: 2015 World Responsible Tourism Silver Award Winner

Germany, Frankfurt: The new Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide 2016/2017 is here!

Indonesia: Visa on Arrival procedure extended to 169 nation’s citizens.

Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) awarded as “Best Exhibition Hall 2015” and as “Most Energy Efficient Building 2015”

Indonesia to host PATA Travel Mart 2016

South Africa: Rovos Rail Tours– a very different experience

Right Column

IMEX in Frankfurt to reveal insights into the sharing economy

IMEX in Frankfurt: Tech start-ups present their solutions for the meetings industry at #IMEXpitch

ITE & MICE, Hong Kong’s only Travel Expo

Spain, Alicante: Offerings to the Meetings Industry

Publishers Note

Dear Reader!

We’re approaching IMEX in Frankfurt quickly. See the articles on insights into the sharing economy and on the presentation of solutions for our industry by tech start-ups… I am looking forward to IMEX! And Heavent Meetings in Cannes is just a little more than a week from today!

MICE East Africa Forum & Expo is also approaching and the first buyers have received their confirmations. At the moment, applications for qualification are ongoing, as is preparation for a pre-show site inspection day to get familiar with the Addis Ababa suppliers.

And there will also be a post-show site inspection tour in the wider region of Addis Ababa – I am eager to learn the details and I look so forward to see the region and its MICE facilities!

We’re looking at ITE & ITE MICE taking place in Hong Kong in June and we’re bringing news from Indonesia – the immigration for 169 countries’ citizens is now either visa-free or with a simple visa-on-arrival procedure. We’re reporting on the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) where the 39th PATA Travel Mart 2016 will take place from 7-9 September.

Dragonfly Africa – a DMC operating in a number of African countries saw a management buyout – and we’re introducing South Africa’s Rovos Rail Tours – one of – if not the – most luxurious train experiences!

MICE:destination March 2016

In Austria, Salzburg Exhibition & Congress Center is undergoing a refurbishment and modernisation of its hall 1; Cyprus Tourism Organization earned the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Silver Award and Frankfurt Convention Bureau published its new Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide 2016/2017.

Last, but not least we’re updating you on Spanish Alicantes’ new auditorium ADDA, the latest numbers of hotel rooms per category and flight connections.

Best regards

Martina Warter
General Manager & Publisher
MICE Media Marketing
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P.S. Did you already download your copy of the March 2016 edition of MICE:destination? Simply click on the cover image!

Launch of the New Global Destination Sustainability Index

The new Global Destination Sustainability Index was launched in March: the first-ever sustainability ranking for event destinations worldwide. Initiated by ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter and MCI, the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI-Index) is supported by IMEX and ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association).

The GDS-Index aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations, highlighting best practices and responsible business tourism. In a world increasingly focused on responsible business and environmental impact, the GDS-Index helps destinations to engage clients with sustainability, to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of sustainable practices in their city.

The GDS-Index will evaluate the sustainability performance of cities and bureaus in four key areas:

City environmental strategy and infrastructure
City social sustainability performance
Industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centres)
Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives

“Our vision is to have over 100 cities benchmarking and collaborating together by 2020. Today I am pleased to announce we have 25 Scandinavian cities based in Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden, as well as our first wave of global cities including Barcelona, Geneva, Stuttgart and Sydney,” said Guy Bigwood, MCI Group Sustainability Director and GDS-Index project leader.

Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, continued: “The unique feature of the GDS-Index is that this is a bottom-up phenomenon, driven by the destinations themselves. The ICCA members in Scandinavia have invented a powerful engine to improve their destinations’ sustainability and business competitiveness, and we are delighted that they want ICCA to help them share this with the whole world. We believe this is an excellent platform for leaders in sustainability from every region to showcase their policies and good practices, and for any destination to swiftly improve their competitiveness.”

“Our industry requires greater focus and efforts to make sustainable events easier, cheaper and totally widespread,” added Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. “IMEX is proud to support the development of our industry and this ground-breaking initiative to pioneer sustainability globally for meeting and incentive destinations.”

Discovering Berlin at IMEX
About Berlin Service Meeting Guide Berlin Event Planning BCO
VisitBerlin Convention Office

Berlin inspires visitors day and night, year-round. Each year sees more participants in conventions and conferences travelling to Berlin, enjoying the unique rhythm of life in Germany’s capital. See for yourself what makes Berlin such a unique place for your event by visiting us at the Germany stand at IMEX in Frankfurt, Stand F100-39, from 19 to 21 April!

The revised digital compass for event planners will be launched in time for IMEX: The Meeting Guide Berlin will have a new streamlined design to help you sort through the wide range of venues, hotels, and service providers. Whether you’re planning a meeting, a conference, or a major convention, in just a few clicks you will find the right partner for your event.

More information can be found at and

Africa: Management Buy Out at Dragonfly Africa Group

The Dragonfly Africa Group, a leading Travel & Destination Management Company in Southern and East Africa, announced that a management buyout of the business has been concluded. Mike Waller - Chief Executive Officer and three other executives, Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs - Director: Sales & Marketing, Barry Schreiber - Director: Finance and Kerry Roos - Director: Operations and Product Development, will immediately acquire additional shares.

The acquisition was finalised on 15 January 2016 and includes both Dragonfly Africa and Green Route Africa with a combined staff of 55 persons.

Mr Rupert Jeffries, Executive Chairman, stated that after many months of discussion and consultation, a strong agreement had been reached regarding the way forward for the Group. Mr Jeffries will remain the majority shareholder over a minimum period of four years, after which time the shareholders will be able to acquire all of the remaining shares in Dragonfly Africa and Green Route Africa.

Mr Jeffries concluded, “We are all extremely pleased we have been able to conclude this agreement as an entirely internal matter, with no outside parties or institutions involved. It was certainly a challenging and complex negotiation, but the most important ingredient in the end, I believe, was the trust between us all after many years of knowing and understanding each other and the personality of our business. I find it very gratifying to envisage our Group, and our future, in the hands of the very people who have invested so much of their time and expertise over the years, and who were intimately involved in the success of the Group as it stands today.“

Dragonfly Africa looks forward to a successful 2016, especially considering the very favourable exchange of major foreign currencies against the ZAR (South African Rand), which is resulting in Southern Africa being seen as such a desirable destination.

Austria, Salzburg Exhibition & Congress Center: Complete refurbishment and modernisation of hall 1

27 years after its inauguration, the owners of Messezentrum Salzburg GmbH approved a total refurbishment of hall no.1, the accompanying entrance area and the connected upper floor. Shareholders approved a budget of approximately 12 million Euros / 13.66 million USD - a sustainable investment to stimulate the region’s economy.

For Hall 1 - the oldest facility in the complex of 10 halls and Salzburgarena the urgently required modernisation of the building’s technical infrastructure is a key priority within the wider refurbishment project to maintain the venue’s extreme popularity as a stage for exhibitions, congresses and events. One of the central aims of renovation is to guarantee that ‘multi-functionality’ really does refer to a facility equipped for, and which can be adapted to, a comprehensive array of events.

After its total refurbishment and renovation – which includes the upper floor hosting a restaurant, the press lounge and various rooms for congresses and meetings – the 2,529 square metre / 27,222 square feet multifunctional facility will continue to host exhibitions, congresses and events of a wide diversity. In the future the building will also host the offices of Messezentrum Salzburg GmbH which are currently located in the backstage area of the Salzburgarena.

The first of several construction phases is due to commence immediately after the Easter break in 2016. Since the expo centre will be occupied by fairs for much of this time, construction work has to be restricted to a very tight but manageable window.

The new facility will be open for a broad range of interested visitors in mid-October to host the 12th edition of the ‘Classic Expo’ – the international classic cars show.

See continuous progress updates on

Hosted Buyer Invitation:
MICE East Africa Forum & Expo 2016
9-11 June 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The first MICE industry trade show in East Africa will take place from June 6-9, 2016 at the Millenium Special Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The three-day event will offer 150 hosted buyers the opportunity to meet with more than 100 of the region’s top suppliers.

Attending the MICE East Africa Forum & Expo will allow you to experience Addis Ababa’s MICE infrastructure and the cities top level suppliers and meet with the major Ethiopian tourism offices; the East and Central African country tourism organizations, airlines, hotels and resorts with suitable MICE facilities, local venue providers and vendors, professional conference and event organizers, destination management companies etc.

The Hosted buyer programme includes round trip air tickets to/from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,u p to 4 night hotel accommodation during the show, free admission to the exhibition hall, the East Africa Innovation Center, the event’s networking functions, food & beverage services of the event, ground transportation and a minimum of 25 valuable business appointments during the 3-day event.

Information on

Click here to apply:

Cyprus: 2015 World Responsible Tourism Silver Award Winner

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), being the responsible body for promoting Cyprus, proudly received the 2015 Silver Award as the ‘Best Destination for Responsible Tourism’. The purpose of the World Responsible Tourism Awards is to recognise, reward, inspire and challenge parties involved in sustainable tourism.

The exceptionally high number of applicants exceeding 500 in 13 categories made Cyprus’ achievement particularly remarkable. The Award demonstrates the recognition of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s continuing efforts and commitment to create a sustainable tourist product, assisted to a great extent by its 5-year partnership with the Travel Foundation, in co-operation with the Cyprus Sustainable

Tourism Initiative (CSTI)

The Award will give CTO the platform and strength to continue its efforts towards creating and establishing products and services with vision that will secure the long - term viability of Cyprus as a tourism destination. For further information please visit

Germany, Frankfurt: The new Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide 2016/2017 is here!

Published every two years, the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide includes everything one needs to know about Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. The latest edition of the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board’s (TCF) official sales guide offers comprehensive information on the travel destination of Frankfurt Rhine-Main in a comprehensive and clearly structured manner.

The first part of the sales guide provides basic information on arrival, hotels, sightseeing attractions, guided city tours, cultural offers, festivals, shopping and cuisine. The second part, known as the Meeting Guide, lists event venues, congress hotels, incentive ideas as well as services rendered by the Frankfurt Convention Bureau, a business branch of the TCF. Partners of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region are also presented here. The Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide 2016/2017 addresses congress and incentive organisers, travel agencies, tour operators, company travel departments and the international trade press.

The information proffered by the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide is also available on the TCF website (, where it is regularly updated. Here, you’ll also find a PDF version of the sales manual available for download. With a comprehensive list of more than 200 accommodation establishments of all categories and price ranges available to them, travellers are also provided the opportunity to book hotel rooms via the TCF’s room reservation service. Event organisers, meanwhile, will find more than 300 conference venues, event locations and congress hotels listed on the Frankfurt Convention Bureau’s website (, helping them to find the most suitable venue both quickly and easily.

The Frankfurt Rhein-Main Guide is available in paper form and as a USB card. The latter version – an interactive PDF – also features a collection of Frankfurt photo motifs. To order your copy, please contact Frankfurt Convention Bureau.

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Download your copy of MICE:destination now!Looking for destination features? Please check the list below and download your required edition with one simple click on the link!

And yes of course, you are welcome to pass a copy on to your colleagues too!

Africa  Edition Link
Ehtiopia Sept 2015
Indian Ocean: The Maldives, Maurice, Seychelles Sept 2015
Asia – On Promotion: Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand Jan 2016
Australia Jan 2016
Hong Kong July 2015
The Philippines Mar 2015
Philippine Incentives May 2015
The Philippines Mar 2016
The Caribbean 
Anguilla  May 2015
Jamaica  Jan 2015
Saint Lucia  July 2015
Middle East 
UAE, Dubai  Jan 2016
Madrid  Mar 2015
North America  
USA - Greater Fort Lauderdale & Broward County Update  May 2015
Indonesia: Visa on Arrival procedure extended to 169 nation’s citizens.

On March 2 the Indonesian President Joko Widowo (Jokowi) signed the new law approving additional 79 countries’ nationals for the existing visa upon arrival procedure. The law was published on March 10 and is in place since March 21.

With this new regulation, the immigration procedure for tourists became significantly easier. The now approved countries include many African, Eastern European (non-EU), South- and Central American, and Caribbean Nations.

Find a full list of the 169 countries and related information on the TopBali website or visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in your country.

Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) awarded as “Best Exhibition Hall 2015” and as “Most Energy Efficient Building 2015”

Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) won the award at The 8th MICE Award 2015 which was held on 2 December 2015. ICE became the 1st winner for the Best Exhibition Hall 2015. This annual event is the only awarding event for the meetings industry in Indonesia.

The awarding event was held in conjunction with Indonesia MICE Outlook seminar - an event that presents a discussion about the conditions, opportunities, and challenges faced by the MICE industry in the years to come, especially in Indonesia. The series of events is supported by the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism together with Banten Government.

During the opening of MICE Outlook, Esthy Reko Astuti as the Deputy Marketing for domestic market of Indonesia Tourism Ministry expressed her pride for the award to ICE as the largest convention and exhibition centre in Indonesia. This was also emphasized by the representative of the Government of Banten, Mr. Ir.H Iing Suwardi during his speech.

Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) building was also awarded as the Most Energy Efficient Building 2015 by the Minister of Energy and Mineral resources of Indonesia. By winning this award, ICE will later compete in the ASEAN Energy Award held by ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) in 2016. The ICE building was built with energy efficiency concepts by using more direct sunlight resources while minimizing the usage of electrical lighting.

Aage Hansen as President Director of Deutsche Messe Venue Operations revealed “we are very proud to be awarded both these significant industry accolades it displays and underlines our commitment and dedication within both the events and the ever important sustainability space. ICE has adopted a can-do-attitude, and with the ever increased competitive and economic demand placed on Centers to attract a greater share of delegates, ICE is a truly distinctive, innovative and flexible venue, one that differentiates itself from the competitors.”

Indonesia to host PATA Travel Mart 2016

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will hold the 39th PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Greater Jakarta, Banten Province, Indonesia on September 7-9 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE). The Mart is being generously hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia.

Situated in Tangerang, Banten, only 30 minutes away from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The surrounding province of Banten enjoys a rich cultural heritage and pristine natural resources from the archaeological remains of the Banten Kingdom to secluded islands, landscaped resorts and spectacular golf courses. Key attractions in Banten include the Tanjung Lesung, an unspoiled and serene peninsula offering the most beautiful beaches on Java; the Old Banten Complex, the former capital of the Banten Sultanate offering historical attractions from the Kaiboon Palace to the Grand Mosque of Banten; and the Ujung Kulon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features one of the world’s most pristine natural eco-systems of flora and fauna, boasting virgin beaches and healthy coral reefs.

“We are extremely excited that PATA Travel Mart is returning to Indonesia, having held one of our most successful Marts in Bali in 2007. This year, we have the opportunity to showcase a part of Indonesia that offers a variety of historical and natural attractions for today’s travellers,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy. “Once again we will add value for all delegates by partnering with Phocuswright and Connecting Travel to present the PATA Innovation Forum. New for 2016 is the PATA Blogger Forum that’s designed to educate industry stakeholders on the importance of content creation in the digital age. Furthermore, the popular PTM Talk sessions continue during each day of the Mart.”

PATA Travel Mart (PTM) is the Association’s signature event and Asia Pacific’s premier travel trade show, featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand their network and build or maintain existing relationships.

PTM 2015 in Karnataka, India attracted 1480 delegates from 61 countries for the three day event, facilitating over 10,000 pre-matched appointments and bringing together qualified international buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, educational forums and networking functions.

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South Africa: Rovos Rail Tours– a very different experience
IMEX in Frankfurt
Stand C400

During its 27 years of operation Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for truly world class travel experiences. The privately owned company with its 60 acre headquarters at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria has evolved from one overnight trip to offering eight different safaris across Southern Africa lasting from 48 hours to two weeks.

© Rovos Rail Tours

A trip aboard ‘The Pride of Africa’ is a journey like no other with guests experiencing the opulent elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world. With discreet and friendly service, five-star cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler more elegant era, encompassing the timeless grace of grand African exploration.

Each of the different journeys of three to fifteen days has its own off-train excursions and these ranges from safari, cultural and historical outings. “It was important to us from the very beginning that this wasn’t just a train ride. We wanted our guests to learn a bit about this country, it’s history and its diverse culture, and of course experience our magnificent wildlife”, says Rohan Vos, owner and CEO of Rovos Rail. “Travelling with us isn’t about the destination, in fact, that doesn’t really matter. Our trips are about the journey”, he adds.

“Our first decision, which we’ve never regretted, was to make the ticket all-inclusive and to stock the train with excellent food accompanied by fine wines and liquor”, says Anthea Vos, Rohan’s wife and partner in the business. Suffice to say that the ticket price is fully inclusive all meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, the off-train excursions, room service and a limited laundry service.

Private Rail Charters

© Rovos Rail Tours

Offerings include tailor made exclusive charter options which can be combined with a luxury Safari Lodge or similar.

As an extension of the Rovos Rail brand, the company opened the doors to 15 suites across three beachfront guest houses in the well-to-do area of St James, situated on the southern peninsula in Cape Town. St James Manor, St James Seaforth and St James Homestead are individually decorated five-star homes offering guests a relaxing getaway with easy access to the city centre and the winelands, on one of the Western Cape’s prettiest coast lines.

For more information on the guest houses please visit

In addition to the trains and guest houses, Rovos Air invites guests to step aboard a magnificent DC3 aircraft for a 13-day Southern Africa Air Safari. The itinerary includes destinations such as KwaZula-Natal, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Cape Town in South Africa, Namibia, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zambia. The aircraft is also available for private charter and for further details visit or Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

IMEX in Frankfurt to reveal insights into the sharing economy

The sharing economy is one of the hottest topics of 2016, and one that’s not likely to go away.

To help all sectors of the global meetings and events industry better understand the implications of this new business model, IMEX has created a series of presentations running during the three days of the trade show in April. They include a new seminar: ‘How can we work with the new sharing economy?’ from 0900 to 1030 on Wednesday 20th April.

The highly knowledgeable speakers, with several sharing economy entrepreneurs among them, will cover various aspects of this new approach to business. They include Caleb Parker, CEO of; Jean-Michel Petit, CEO and co-founder of; Gary Schirmacher, SVP of Experient, A Maritz Travel Company and Damian Oracki, co-founder of Showslice.

Moderated by Greg Oates, Senior Editor of Skift and Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner of Soolnua who, during his introduction, will exclusively reveal the thought-provoking findings of recent research carried out by IMEX in Frankfurt among hundreds of meetings industry specialists across the world.

Intriguing research

The research reveals the views, experience and concerns that meeting industry professionals in different parts of the world have about the sharing economy. They also share their thoughts on how the sharing economy will progress and evolve over the next five years; on the issues, challenges and opportunities it faces and whether usage will decline, plateau or increase over time.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “We see our role at IMEX as facilitating business, understanding and education and in this capacity we believe it is important to enable the industry to fully explore the emerging trends associated with the sharing economy. This important discussion is intended to be one in which everyone can have a voice and everyone’s opinion is valid. In the same way that nobody could predict the growth and impact of social media when it was born, nobody really knows the future for the sharing economy business model. However, our research will reveal valuable insights into what the industry thinks might happen including intriguing regional variations around the world. It also shows what proportion of the industry currently would, or would not, use sharing economy services for business. The results are fascinating.”

In total over the three days there will be seven education sessions covering the sharing economy including two in German. Full details of the main seminar are available at our dedicated website page.

The complete timetable of sharing economy sessions can be found at by searching by the keyword ‘sharing economy’. All sessions are free to attend and open to all.

IMEX in Frankfurt: Tech start-ups present their solutions for the meetings industry at #IMEXpitch

Five technology start-ups from across the world have the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at IMEX in Frankfurt this year.

Finalists have been selected for the #IMEXpitch which takes place during IMEX in Frankfurt, 19 – 21 April. These up-and-coming companies offer innovative technology for the events sector and are set to go head-to-head in a live pitch competition at the show. The finalists are:

eventbaxx – digital goodie bags
Grip - networking for startups
Interactio - simultaneous interpretation via a smartphone
Mash Machine - a musical instrument enabling players to create music by placing and moving blocks on its surface
Qmeeto – an all in one management tool

Miguel Neves, Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group explains: “There is plenty of innovation in the meetings industry, much of it coming from start-ups, and we’re keen to reward and recognise these new and exciting companies at the show. We also hope to give attendees a quick way to learn about the latest event technologies and how they can support their events.”

Each company has five minutes to put forward its product, including the concept, features and unique selling points, to a live audience of up to 60 attendees. This competition is part of the IMEX education program and will take place at the Inspiration Hub on 19 April 2016 at 16:00.

The winner, chosen by an expert judging panel, will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 in addition to press and marketing exposure. The six judges are all individuals who work with event technology on a daily basis and are heavily involved in the latest developments. They will select the winner at the #IMEXpitch final held at the show. The selection criteria includes ease of implementation and practicality, innovation and sustainability among other factors.

One of the judges, Christine Fuchs from the social fox, is also leading specialised tours on technology during IMEX, offering visitors a snapshot of the latest event tech solutions from across the show floor.

A new feature at IMEX in Frankfurt this year is the TECHknowledge Area where experts will provide practical technology solutions and hands-on experiences. With their fingers on the pulse of the event technology space, these experts can discuss solutions for event planning, budgeting, productivity, sourcing, travel and other areas.

The TECHknowledge Area features a TECHbar where attendees can test out a range of event tech solutions, event apps, gadgets, wearables and more in a sales-free zone. Scheduled TECHbyte sessions are also available for valuable one to one advice.

For further details about this see

For further details about #IMEXpitch see

ITE & MICE, Hong Kong’s only Travel Expo

More FIT Products / Trendy Themes for Affluent Travelers

Featuring some 600 international exhibitors from around 50 countries and regions in 160,000 square feet of space, ITE & MICE this year will be held from June 16 – 19 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Its first two days open only to trade requiring registration, and the last two days for public with tickets available at entrances.

The Expo is a great resource for planning holidays and holding MICE events in Asia or beyond. Visitors will find on display a comprehensive range of travel products including special exhibits on some travel themes; in trade days over 20 seminars covering Destinations and Travel Products, Travel Technology, Market Trends, MICE and Corporate Travels, and Business Matching for buyers meeting sellers; in public days around 100 travel seminars some by popular travel writers and hosts, celebrity and experts, cultural performances by troupes from abroad, special offers and grand lucky draw.

Probably first in Asian travel shows, ITE & MICE highlights In-depth travels and travel themes such as Cruise, Wellness, Travel Photography, Honeymoon & Overseas Wedding, Sport, Eco-tourism and Driving Tour etc. In recent years, more exhibitors adopt engaging ways to promote their products and services like visitors taking 3D photo at stands etc. In each edition of ITE & MICE, there is always something new. New pavilions, exhibitors, repeat exhibitors with new products, speakers and seminars, themes and ideas. But of course, the organizer and repeated exhibitors will keep what has proven to be important or popular.

New official pavilions this year come from Andalucía of Spain, Sri Lanka and Slovakia, with new individual exhibitors from Asia, South Africa and Iceland etc. Repeating official pavilions like Finland, Switzerland, and Zagreb of Croatia etc. will bring more co-exhibitors. China (mainland) and Japan, each with around 60-70 booths, remain the two largest official pavilions, to be followed by those of Taiwan, Macau, South Korea and Hong Kong etc. In all, present are around 80 tourism boards at levels from national to municipal from different parts of the world. Overall, roughly 85% of all exhibitors are from abroad, while slightly less than half of the participating countries and regions are from outside Asia.

2016 Partial Highlights

MICE - The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) will host a pivotal seminar, titled, “The Myth of The Low Cost Carrier” to explore the latest trends in low cost carriers and to discuss the pros and cons of LCC usage by corporations.
New Destinations / FIT Products Presentation – Featuring new routes, new attractions, popular local tours, and themes include sport, eco-tourism, travel photography and driving tour ,etc ideal for packing FIT products / catering to affluent travelers
Sport - The magazine “Hong Kong Discovery” and the portal “Tripwant” join force bringing in more seminars, demos, displays, and experts for travellers and the serving travel trade.
Overseas Wedding – expert to share latest trend and opportunities, how travel agents work with wedding planners for mutual benefits, etc.

ITE & MICE this year is expected to draw some 12,000 buyers and trade visitors from travel and MICE industries with over a quarter from mainland China and abroad, and some 80,000 public visitors, with a high portion FIT or affluent travelers. People working in Tourism / MICE related industries are invited to attend and pre-register online to apply for free admission on 16 – 17 Jun 2016.

Organized by TKS Exhibition Services Ltd, ITE & MICE 2016, which combines the 30th ITE (leisure) and the 11th ITE MICE is supported by China National Tourism Administration, Hong Kong Tourism Board and Macao Government Tourism Office, etc. ITE & MICE, by having two trade days requiring registration for admission and two public days mainly with FIT visitors, enables exhibitors connecting with both – trade and public visitors - promotions and conducting channel sale and retail sale in one exhibition.

For expo’s details, please visit, while the website for public, will be available in mid-May. For exhibiting or visiting, please contact the Organizer, TKS at (852) 3155 0600 or send email to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Spain, Alicante: Offerings to the Meetings Industry

Costa Brava, located at the Spanish East coast, and its capital Alicante is a popular tourist destination and well connected inside Spain and Europe. The Cities rich offerings in culture, shopping, golf, nautical, gastronomic and leisure sectors are well known but the city has also rich offerings to the meetings and incentive traveller.

Hotel Capacities
Category Hotels Rooms
5* 1 81
4* 10 1,784
3* 15 1,239

Especially in the 4* category capacities increased in the last few years. In total, Alicante today offers 35 hotels with 6,813 beds. In addition to hotels, many tourist apartments are available in various categories.

New Facilities in Alicante:
The New Auditorium ADDA

Located in the city centre, the emblematic ADDA building spreads over 28,000 square metres / 301,490 square feet housing world class facilities in the modern construction. The complex may cater for more than 5,000 persons across all areas.

The multi-purpose auditorium is designed to host concerts and the entire range of meetings and conferences. The complex’ facilities include

A large symphony concert hall seating 1,244
Chamber concert room seating 290
Multi-purpose hall with 420 square metres
Conference room seating 242
Circular symposium hall seating 150
Exhibition hall holding 482 square metres
Two meeting rooms each with seating for 40 people

All services required to successfully host events are available on site. This includes most up to date AV equipment, simultaneous translation booths and catering facilities.

Other new interesting places for smaller meetings in the city include LAS CIGARRERAS OLD TOBACCO FACTORY, the new building of the Chamber of Commerce or El Claustro (The Cloister), a modern space next to the Cathedral.

Travelling ro Alicante

The El Altet International Airport - located 12 kilometres from the city centre between the cities of Alicante and Elche - is one of the biggest airports in Spain connecting 20 countries directly to the city. This included connections to approximately

20 Spanish destinations
80 European Community destinations and
15 other European destinations

El Altet International airport has recently undergone major works and has improved and enlarged its facilities, including the opening of an entire new terminal, the construction of 4.200 new car park spaces, and parking spaces for busses.

The high speed train link Madrid- Alicante (AVE) was launched in June 2013 and links both cities in about 2,5 hours.