Τρίτη, 22 Μαΐου 2018
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The US President, Mr. Donald Trump may have driven down international visits to the U.S., however, Canadians in record numbers are visiting south-of-the-border destinations, Brand USA officials confirmed on Monday.
“It’s our number one international market, with some 20 million visitors,” Brand USA President and CEO Chris Thompson told a press conference on the opening day of the U.S. IPW tourism conference in this Colorado city. “The good news is that in 2017 … the Canadian numbers are actually up.”
U.S. government statistics show that around 20.2 million Canadians on 2017 had visited famous American destinations like Orlando, San Francisco, New York City and Hawaii. That’s up a solid 4.8 percent up from 2016, in spite of the Trump presidency sparking headlines of a “Trump Slump.”
“Most of my experience prior to Brand USA was with the state of Florida,” Thompson said. “Of course, we love the Canadians in Florida and we have a great relationship with them.”
U.S. authorities are predicting a 22 percent growth in Canadian visits between now and 2022.
Not only Canadians are arriving in record numbers, we’re simultaneously spending a ton of cash in the U.S. Brand USA officials said Canadians in 2016 spend $19.4 billion USD on their visits.
More than one out of four international visits to the U.S. last year were Canadians; 25.4 percent in all, officials confirmed.
It’s not a blow given the consistent growth in airlift from Canadian airports to U.S. destinations. Air Canada, WestJet and Porter are consistently flying to Florida, California, Hawaii and the U.S. northeast.
Tags: Brand USA
Hyatt today announced Hyatt Leverage, a global business travel program that offers special rates to qualifying small and mid-sized enterprises at all participating Hyatt hotels worldwide.
Through Hyatt Leverage, businesses are eligible for exclusive discounts of up to 15% off the standard rate at all participating Hyatt hotels, as well as 5% off qualifying stays at Oasis home rentals. Upon registering, businesses will receive a unique program number, to be managed by a dedicated program administrator, for employees to unlock discounts when booking through Hyatt.com or Hyatt Reservation Centers. As reservations are booked, program administrators are able to view employee travel and track their room spend in a comprehensive Hyatt Leverage dashboard.
“With Hyatt Leverage, we are adding value for small and mid-sized businesses by providing a tool that makes booking travel more seamless,” said Gus Vonderheide, Vice President of Global Sales at Hyatt. “Hyatt Leverage also includes resources that enable businesses to view reservations and track room expenses all in one easy solution.”
Key program benefits of Hyatt Leverage participation include:
5 to 15% off standard rates at participating Hyatt hotels globally
Convenient booking through Hyatt.com and Hyatt Reservation Centers
A dashboard that allows administrators to view traveler information, reservations and room expenses, as well as track total bookings and room spend
Email templates that allow administrators to easily share information with travelers
The ability for World of Hyatt loyalty members at participating companies to earn points on stays booked through Hyatt Levera
SUN Beach&Outdoor Style, the 36th edition of the key international exhibition for the beach, outdoor and camping worlds, will be held simultaneously with TTG Travel Experienceand SIA Hospitality Design at Rimini Expo Centre.
The event which will be held from 10th to 12th October 2018 will feature the new set-up, the Beach Bar & Beach Design area that will offer an immersive experience in the beach environment.
As far as events are concerned, IEG’s relationship with Mondo Balneare is further strengthened with the re-proposal of the Best Beach Bar contest, which, as of this year, will be expanded to include the Best Design Beach and Best Italian Beach categories, with awards respectively for the best beaches from the point of view of food & beverage, architecture and tradition. Candidates will be accepted from 1st June 2018, and the awards ceremony will be held at Rimini Expo Center during SUN. Also back at the expo, SUNNext, the space dedicated to innovation, which hosts the sector’s best start-ups in collaboration with Mondo Balneare and CNA Emilia-Romagna.
Lastly, new features are also lined up for the area dedicated to camping. In the customary expo area, with the sector’s best Italian and foreign companies, a specific space will be dedicated to Glamping, interacting with the spaces of TTG Travel Experience which will feature motorhome accommodation facilities. Lastly, an ad hoc space will be dedicated to companies providing services above all involving technology for safety (fire prevention) and control (accesses, video cameras, etc.).
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Aviation Group’s Procurement and Supply Management team has held its annual “Collaborating for Sustainability “Symposium.
Attended by more than 500 representatives from local and international companies, the symposium aims to enhance further Etihad’s partnership and collaboration with its vendors.
The event included presentations from Etihad executives as well as a workshop about the group’s new procurement policies and procedures. Forthcoming business opportunities were also provided to delegates.
Adil Al-Mulla, Vice President Group Procurement and Supply Management, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Our supplier development strategy continue to support the global Etihad business and build strong business relationships in the UAE, around the MENA region, and across the globe.”
Mr Al Mulla also gave an overview of the group’s procurement policy and practices and reliance on transparency, integrity, accountability and strong governance.
He outlined the procurement and supply chain opportunities in areas such as corporate services, fuel, airline and inflight services, Etihad Airport Services and sustainability.
At the end of the symposium, the annual Etihad awards were presented to partners who had performed exceptionally in terms of providing reliable service, remarkable and innovative products and supporting the group’s operations.
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The coalition, comprised of leaders and executives from organizations such as ASAE, AWE, EIC, IAEE, IMEX, JMIC, MPI, PCMA and SITE, has formed behind a single common goal: eradicate sexual harassment within the events industry and in our workplaces.
Each of these groups have been addressing sexual harassment prevention separately and determined that this issue requires policies that span beyond the confines of each individual organization. In the wake of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, the coalition believes it is #StrongerTogether and that it is critical to take action now in order to create positive change and end sexual harassment, once and for all. Specifically, the coalition will identify tools and develop new resources to assist in educating the events industry about sexual harassment.
The individuals who have come forward to serve on the coalition’s task force are as follows:
- Susan Robertson, CAE, Executive Vice President, ASAE
- Bob Skelton, Chief Administration Officer, ASAE
- Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder, AWE
- Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder, AWE
- Johnnie White, MBA, CAE, CMP, Treasurer, AWE
- Julie Sullivan, CMP, CEM, CTA, Vice President, AWE
- Nicole Unger, CMP, Secretary, AWE
- Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO, EIC
- Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, COO, IAEE
- Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX
- Rod Cameron, Executive Director, JMIC
- Amanda Armstrong, Chair, MPI
- Nicole Edmund, Vice President, Community, MPI
- Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA
Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, past-president and co-founder of the Association for Women in Events (AWE), and Kiki J. Fox, president and co-founder of AWE, rallied these industry leaders to establish the coalition and then organized regular meetings to determine the group’s strategic direction. In addition, Fox has taken on the leadership role of managing the task force, organizing action items and driving the coalition’s initiatives. The group’s next step is to launch a webinar that introduces sexual harassment prevention subject matter experts in later this year.
“It's imperative that our organizations present a united front against sexual harassment in the industry. Together, we are declaring zero tolerance for behavior that harasses or discriminates," said Fox.
“MPI is committed to continuing to cultivate a safe, harassment-free environment for our members, staff and the broader MPI community. We must make every effort to prevent harassment of any kind within our global community and look forward to collaborating with the coalition on this very important initiative,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
Since November 2017, MPI has proactively taken steps to demonstrate that it will not tolerate harassment in its global community and to educate members on how to prevent, report and respond to harassment – whether at an event organized by MPI Global, its chapters, or in the workplace. Actions taken include updating MPI’s Principles of Professionalism in January 2018 to include specific wording stating that MPI will not tolerate harassment of any kind; implementing annual non-harassment training for all staff, board members and chapter volunteer leaders; establishing a confidential, independently serviced harassment hotline for complaints to be raised and investigated; and addressing the issue and prevention advice in MPI’s The Meeting Professional magazine and blog posts.
All nine organizations involved in the new coalition will be posting more details of upcoming education and initiatives around this subject to their respective website homepages. The coalition encourages the events industry to follow along and participate.
Tags: Sexual Harassment