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The Nordic Light Hotel Launches Along with Their New Website a New Visual Spark

For their new concept, Nordic Light Hotel worked with the creative company Pocket&Comms. Their idea is spun from sources of NASA and Todd Hoeksema, the Director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University.

The technical term of Nordic Light is named after the Roman Goddess of the Dawn – Aurora Borealis. It occurs when solar particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and on impact emit burning gases that produce different coloured lights. The oxygen produces green and yellow, and nitrogen blue.

“The scientific terms ‘solar flip’ and ‘complete field reversal of the sun’s polar magnetic fields’ inspired us to examine the vivid colour palette of the Nordic Light even closer. We ended up developing a ‘tinted white’ based on the frequency of the light in the Northern hemisphere,” said founder of Pocket&Comms, Anders Gottlieb-Nygaard.

The investigation also opened a portal of inspirational objects in the atmosphere:

One of them The White Dwarf. It’s a stellar remnant composed mostly of electron-degenerate matter. Its faint luminosity comes from the emission of stored thermal energy. White Dwarfs are thought to be the final evolutionary state of all stars whose mass is not high enough to become a neutron star— over 97% of the stars in the Milky Way.

The Nordic Light White brings all of this together in its own scenic world – defined by the colour of fresh milk and snow. It’s the early morning sun slanting through a gap in the curtains – after a memorable night.

The photographs capture the amalgamation of the Nordic Light White, The Goddess of Dawn and all of her partners.

As a symbol, Nordic Light White is the opposite of black, and often represents light in contrast with darkness. According to surveys – white is the colour associated with innocence, perfection, the good, honesty, the beginning, the new, neutrality, lightness and exactitude. The Nordic Light White is the opposite.

“The trend of conceptualised designer hotels at which the storytelling is designed to attract a certain type of guest is one we have witnessed and been part of over the past ten years. Nordic Light Hotel, with the help of Design Hotels has been a benchmark in Stockholm in setting the designer hotel trend.

Now however, we were in the midst of finalising the creative process which leads up to the rejuvenation of Nordic Light Hotel as a design hotel in Stockholm. In this process the most important questions are “What is design today?” and “Who do we do this for?”. The answer is that we have created a meeting place for contemporary adults and demanding misfits, honest in nature and kind in mind. A place where design is something created by us and everyone visiting us. Colour is one of our definitions of luxury, colour is timeless. Being able to proudly present Nordic Light White feels great,”  said Marcus Majewski, CEO Nordic Light Hotel.

Photo: Emma Svensson

Congrex Panama bought by managers
Professional congress organiser Congrex Panama City, a subsidiary of the beleaguered Congrex Group, has been bought by managers. Source British aim magazine, www.meetpie.com/ami/

The six-strong company, led by managing director Javier Montilla, will trade under the Congrex moniker for the near future before deciding whether or not to rename the business.

Managing director Javier Montilla said: "The Panamanian government have assigned a top priority to their interest in the meetings Industry recognising its importance in the development of the country.

"Panama is investing heavily in infrastructure including a new convention centre for approximately 15,000 people for 2015, new roads and a metro system along with other significant public works. Panama has also developed a destination marketing organisation to promote Panama as a destination for events."

Former Group COO and head of Congrex UK Rob Harrison – now CEO of Contendam - was part of the buy-out team and will serve on the board of directors.

The MBO is the latest in a string of internal takeovers at Congrex since the parent company Congrex Holding was put into bankruptcy earlier this year. Congrex UK was bought by managers and is now called Contendam, Congrex Belgium was bought by rival MCI, and Congrex Switzerland AG, along with Congrex Travel AG, were bought by managers last month. Congrex Sweden, the first to be declared bankrupt, is no longer trading. Only Congrex Holland has yet to determine its future.

 

Pictured: Javier Montilla

 

 

A Billion Dollars in New Travel Taxes: Bad For Business Says GBTA

Tuesday night, Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray released a budget outline that included an increase in the "9/11 Aviation Security Fee" from $2.50 per enplanement to $5.60 per flight next year.

GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick issued the following statement: “Putting aside the rhetoric, a tax by any other name is still a tax. Under the proposed budget, business travelers will share the burden of a billion dollars in new aviation security taxes. To aggravate the damage to business travel and U.S. businesses’ ability to conduct business effectively, the additional revenue will not be used to fund programs that benefit travelers. Enough is enough – business travelers are not bottomless piggy banks. Punishing a key driver of economic growth is the wrong approach. GBTA urges Congress to reject an increase in the aviation security tax.”

Airlines Expect 31% Rise in Passenger Demand by 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the IATA Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 showing that airlines expect to see a 31% increase in passenger numbers between 2012 and 2017. By 2017 total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.91 billion—an increase of 930 million passengers over the 2.98 billion carried in 2012.

The IATA Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 is a consensus outlook for system-wide passenger growth. Demand is expected to expand by an average of 5.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2017. By comparison, global passenger growth expanded by 4.3% CAGR between 2008 and 2012, largely reflecting the negative impact of the 2008 global financial crisis and recession. Of the new passengers, approximately 292 million will be carried on international routes and 638 million on domestic routes.

The emerging economies of the Middle East and Asia-Pacific will see the strongest international passenger growth with CAGR of 6.3% and 5.7%, followed by Africa and Latin America with CAGR of 5.3% and 4.5%.

Routes within or connected to China will be the single largest driver of growth, accounting for 24% of new passengers during the forecast period. Of the anticipated 227.4 million additional passengers, 195 million will be domestic and 32.4 million will be international.

The Asia-Pacific region (including China) is expected to add around 300 million additional passengers by the end of the current forecast horizon. Of these, around 225 million or 75% are expected to be domestic passengers.

677.8 million domestic passengers in 2017

With 677.8 million domestic passengers in 2017, the United States will continue to be the largest single market for domestic passengers, although it will add only 70 million passengers over the forecast period (2.2% CAGR). This reflects the market’s maturity. China is firmly established in second place (487.9 million passengers in 2017, 10.2% CAGR.). The US also will reclaim the top spot from Germany for international passengers by the end of the forecast period. Germany will add 27.2 million passengers to the 149.4 million in 2012 (3.4% CAGR.), while the US will add 28.2 million international passengers, rising from 149.3 million in 2012 to 177.5 million (3.5% CAGR) in 2017.

“The fact that the Asia-Pacific region --led by China--and the Middle East will deliver the strongest growth over the forecast period is not surprising. Governments in both areas recognize the value of the connectivity provided by aviation to drive global trade and development. Similar opportunities exist for developing regions in Africa and Latin America. To reap the benefit, governments in those regions will need to change their view of aviation from a luxury cash cow to a utilitarian powerful draft horse to pull the economy forward,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Globally, aviation supports some 57 million jobs and $2.2 trillion in economic activity.

Forecast Highlights:

International Passenger Development

  • International passenger numbers are expected to rise by 25% from 1.2 billion in 2012 to 1.5 billion in 2017, bringing 292 million additional passengers (4.6% CAGR).
  • Uzbekistan (10.3% CAGR) has displaced Kazakhstan (9.0% CAGR) as the fastest growing market for international passenger traffic. The remaining eight are Russia (7.7% CAGR), Turkey (7.6% CAGR), Oman (7.5% CAGR), China (7.1% CAGR), Vietnam (6.9%CAGR), Saudi Arabia (6.9%), Azerbaijan (6.8% CAGR), and Pakistan (6.7% CAGR). No Latin American or African countries are among the fastest growing markets.
  • United Arab Emirates will add 29.2 million passengers (6.6% CAGR) over the forecast period, nearly as many as China. For international traffic, routes between the Middle East and Asia-Pacific will see the strongest growth.

Domestic Passenger Development

  • Domestic passenger numbers are expected to rise from 1.82 billion in 2012 to 2.46 billion in 2017, an increase of 639 million reflecting a CAGR of 6.2% over the period.
  • Brazil will firmly establish itself as the third-largest domestic market after the US and China, with 122.4 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 32 million passengers from the 90 million 2012 (6.3% CAGR).
  • Turkey enters the Top 10 largest markets with 26.3 million passengers and is expected to add 17.2 million more (10.6% CAGR) over the forecast period. It is also the second fastest growing domestic market.
  • Of the Top 10 Fastest growing countries by domestic passengers, the bottom five are all in Latin America: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador.

Regional Outlook over the 2013-2017 forecast period

  • Asia-Pacific passenger traffic is forecast to grow at 5.7% CAGR. Traffic within the Asia-Pacific region will represent 31.7% of global passengers in 2017, up from 28.2% in 2012. North America and Europe will continue to see their share decline, from 26%, and 24%, respectively, to 24% and 23%.
  • The Middle East will report the strongest international passenger growth with 6.3% CAGR.
  • Europe will see international passenger demand growth of 3.9% CAGR.
  • North America will record the slowest international passenger demand growth—3.6% CAGR.
  • Latin America will see international passenger demand grow 4.5% CAGR.
IT&CM China Advances Corporate Travel Roundtable Initiative

Collaborating with Gloria Hotels & Resorts, IT&CM China will kick-off its third Corporate Roundtable session in Chengdu on 11 December.

Taking place at Chengdu Felton Gloria Grand Hotel, 13 corporate buyers based in Chengdu are expected to attend this exclusive by-invitation discussion that will also feature Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global leader specialising in business travel management, who will be sharing their experience on the difficulties of corporate travel management and solutions to overcome the problems.

Andy Janz, Corporate Director, Strategic Marketing of Gloria Hotels & Resorts said, “This is a great opportunity to meet with some of the most influential Chinese corporate buyers. Hosting this event also enables us to showcase our latest property to a very important domestic buying segment. It is also rare to have so many industry stakeholders gather and experience one of our new hotels, the Felton Gloria Grand Hotel, first-hand. As a long-term partner of IT&CM China, we are more than happy to be support this initiative.”

The IT&CM China Corporate Travel Roundtable that launched early this year in conjunction with the show, serves as a communication platform for like-minded Corporate professionals who manage business travel procurement and management on a day-to-day basis, to discuss in-depth Corporate Travel issues and share knowledge with their fellow peers. Such interaction and learning opportunities are unavailable in typical work environments.

Aiming to fill knowledge gap

Underscoring the importance of keeping Chinese corporations abreast on managing Corporate Travel costs, Ooi Peng Ee, General Manager of TTG Events noted, “There are aspects of Business Travel Management that Chinese corporations are still lacking awareness in, such as their travel management processes. The IT&CM China Roundtable sessions aim to fill this knowledge gap.”

In a 2009 PhoCusWright report, one of the key findings revealed a disparity between how efficient corporations perceived their travel management processes to be and the actual competence of these systems. To a large extent, Chinese corporations have yet to take advantage of technology to automate processes and cut costs, but continue to rely on manual systems and paper processes.

Ooi continued, “Organising the Corporate Travel Roundtable sessions is part of our commitment to invest in the groove of the industry. These outreach efforts also enable us to establish a closer relationship with our stakeholders and to promote these engagements through our publicity activities.”

The next Roundtable session will be hosted by Shanghai Novotel Atlantis, an Accor property, on 13 December, with 22 Shanghai-based corporate buyers already registered for the event. “Sponsoring the venue for the Corporate Roundtable session provides us with the opportunity to introduce our hotel’s capabilities to these Corporate buyers, and to explore any future collaboration opportunities with them. Corporate buyers will be able to personally experience the Accor hospitality we worked hard and strived for,” said Bobby Ong, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Greater China of Accor.

IT&CM China 2014 will take place from 15 to 17 April 2014.

Important Milestone for Sydney International Convention Centre

Development of the AUD$1 billion International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) at Darling Harbour this week moved a step closer following the achievement of another important milestone.

The Australian Stock Exchange has been advised that financial close had been reached with Infrastructure NSW and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) of the NSW Government’s project to revitalise the 20 hectare site.

The PPP is being delivered by the New South Wales Government in conjunction with the Darling Harbour Live Company comprising Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless.

ICC Sydney will be operated by AEG Ogden, the leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region and will feature a convention facility capable of holding four fully separated concurrent events of over 12,000 delegates and total exhibition capacity of 40,000 square metres.

Site preparation works will commence this month followed by demolition works in February 2014. Sydney ICC is due for completion due in December 2016.

AEG Ogden’s Director of Convention Centres, Geoff Donaghy said the new venue, featuring waterfront facilities in a prime CBD location in Australia’s leading city, was destined to become one of the most exciting major convention and exhibition facilities in the world.

“Even at this preliminary stage, it is attracting significant interest and strong demand worldwide.

“Business Events Sydney has confirmed that five international events have been secured for the venue and there are a further 60 expressions of interest from national association events as well as major exhibitions.

“In addition, by utilising AEG Ogden’s international operational and marketing experience and global venue network, we plan on taking business events through this venue to a new level,” he said.

Donaghy, who has also assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer for ICC Sydney said the next step was to establish the pre-opening office and commence recruiting the senior management team in early 2014.