Monthly Archives: September 2017

MCE South Europe 2017, third annual MICE B2B forum to be held in Sicily, Italy is getting closer!

Only two weeks left before the historical Sicilian city of Catania welcomes the annual MCE South Europe forum. The unique concept of bringing together quality South European destinations and suppliers and event organizers from around the world, has proven its efficiency throughout the years.

The list of participants, will once again be very promising. The best MICE destinations and its providers from South European countries like Valencia Convention Bureau, Hilton Sorrento Palace, Makedonia Palace Hotel Thessaloniki, Liberty International Italy, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Ljubljana, IFEMA Convention and Congress Centre Madrid and many others will find their way to the cultural capital of Sicily. They will be meeting face to face during pre-scheduled meetings with leading international meeting and incentive planners such FCm Travel Express, Astra Zeneca, Thomas Cook Business Incentives, Merz, Scandorama and endless more that have set their sights art organizing their next business event in South Europe.

Taiwan can resist Chinese invasion longer than 2 weeks: defense head

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Tuesday that Taiwan’s military is strong enough to resist a possible Chinese invasion for “more than two weeks” — longer than one of his predecessors, Lee Tien-yu (李天羽), had envisioned nearly a decade ago.

Feng made the remarks in answer to opposition Kuomintang lawmaker Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆), who asked him how long Taiwan’s armed forces would be able to resist a Chinese attack now, as Lee had once said the country could “hold on” for just two weeks in such a scenario. Lee was defense minister from May 2007 to February 2008.

President will not declare independence: premier

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Tuesday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will not declare Taiwan independence.

The statement was given by Lai in an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan.

The “Resolution on Taiwan’s Future,” approved by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) congress in 1999, made it clear that Taiwan is a sovereign nation, Lai stated.

Taiwan protests against Qatar Airways designation of Taiwanese staff

Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) The Taiwan government has lodged a protest with Qatar Airways over the airline’s designation of the nationality of flight attendants from Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

Chen Chun-shen (陳俊賢), chief of MOFA’s Department of West Asian and African Affairs, said the 100-plus Taiwanese flight attendants employed by the state-owned flag carrier have recently been designated as “Chinese (TWN)” on their work IDs.

Emirates and flydubai partnership announces first codeshare routes

  • With the start of the partnership, Emirates will codeshare on 29 routes operated by flydubai
  • Passengers can book from 03 October with travel commencing on 29 October
  • Reach more destinations easily, frequently and quickly

Following the commencement of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced that Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents.

The new partner network, through its codeshare, will offer greater frequency and easier access to more global destinations with the advantage of connecting baggage to the final destination.  Passengers can book from 03 October on, through the Emirates Contact Centres or the travel agents network with travel commencing from 29 October 2017.

AccorHotels entre au capital de GEKKO Group

Valorisé à 100 millions d’euros, GEKKO Group, fondé et dirigé par Olivier Delouis et Stéphane de Laforcade (HCorpo, Teldar Travel, In nite Hotel et Miles A ack) connaît une croissance soutenue de son chiffre d’affaires depuis sa création en 2010 et franchit un nouveau cap dans son ambieux plan de déploiement à l’international en rejoignant la famille AccorHotels.

Pour GEKKO Group, l’accord conclu entre les deux sociétés va permettre de développer de fortes synergies avec pour objectif la création du leader mondial de la distribution hôtelière.

airBaltic Recognized Among the Most Beloved Brands in Latvia

Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic has received 3rd place in the Latvian brand perception research “Most beloved brand TOP” category “Top employer”. airBaltic is also recognized as the most beloved airline brand in Latvia.

Daiga Ērgle, SVP Human Resources of airBaltic: ”We are truly excited to be once again recognized among the best employer brands in Latvia. airBaltic with its modernized fleet, expanded route map, increased number of performed flights and carried passengers is constantly seeking new talent and investing in the development of current employees. We are happy to see that people recognizes and appreciates that.”

Le charme de Noël à l’anglaise

L’offre de P&O Ferries pour les fêtes de fin d’année

Mardi 3 octobre 2017 — Partez pour un Christmas shopping break original pendant les sombres mois d’hiver et découvrez les marchés de Noël enchanteurs d’Angleterre et ses traditions séculaires. Dès la mi-novembre, la petite ville médiévale d’York offre un cadre idyllique pour célébrer Noël.

Grâce à la traversée de nuit opérée quotidiennement par P&O Ferries entre Zeebruges et Hull, les Belges peuvent embarquer à tout moment pour un petit trip hivernal. Quant aux véritables fans de Noël, ils pourront partir le 4 ou le 6 décembre pour une mini-croisière de trois jours sous le signe de cette fête magique.

Concurrence : les règles doivent être équitables pour tous

Le Skål Club International Brussels a pris connaissance avec satisfaction des propos tenus lors de la Journée mondiale du Tourisme, 27 septembre dernier, par le Président du Parlement Européen, M. Antonio Tajani. Il s’exprimait en ouverture d’une conférence de haut niveau sur le Tourisme, où il a notamment dénoncé avec force les commissions, dépassant parfois les 30 %, prélevées par les plateformes de réservation en ligne qui, par ailleurs, échappent à l’imposition locale.