Πέμπτη, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2019
WTM Latin America 2019, which takes place 2 – 4 April at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, announces new vacancies available on its Hosted Buyers Programme. The programme will select 30 interested people from Latin American operators and/or travel agencies, who will receive accommodation, transfer and food benefits over the three days of the event, all funded by WTM Latin America.
Those professionals who register will be screened for an analysis of criteria such as: how representative the company is in its country of origin; its interest in Latin American products and those from other continents; the company’s size and its investments; and its current market potential.
In addition to accommodation, food at the event and being personally welcomed on arrival, the benefits for these 30 vacancies include access to the meeting scheduling system with exhibitors that are suitable for the interest profile, participation in the Speed Networking sessions and access to an exclusive lounge at the event. These 30 vacancies are considered to semi-hosted because they do not include the event’s organizers covering airline tickets.
The initiative is coordinated by the WTM Latin America team, which will be responsible for selecting and recruiting those professionals who meet the requirements, while actually running the programme during the event will be the responsibility of the Interamerican Network. Those interested should complete the evaluation form that is available at this link.
According to Thais Del Ben, marketing manager for WTM Latin America, the opportunity reinforces the event’s commitment to generating business and to networking. “With these 30 vacancies we’ll reach 90 Hosted Buyers, not counting the other 60 who we normally bring to the event. This will be the largest number of professionals present at our event in the last four years”, says Thais, adding: “as a result we’ll be significantly increasing WTM Latin America’s business generation and customer satisfaction. With our new meeting scheduling system, all these opportunities will also be boosted further.”
Radisson, the upscale brand that delivers delightful and balanced experiences, continues to expand its footprint in Indonesia with the opening of Radisson Medan, a stylish upscale hotel with world-class meeting facilities.
Perfectly positioned on Jalan H. Adam Malik in downtown Medan, surrounded by corporate offices and retail malls, Radisson Medan is suitable for all guests, especially local and international business travelers. Its extensive facilities include two floors of flexible function space, making this hotel one of the city’s top destinations for meetings and events.
Radisson Medan officially opened on 26 February 2019, becoming the second Radisson-branded hotel in Indonesia following Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam. A third hotel, Radisson Lampung, is scheduled to open next year.
“With its huge population, a buoyant economy and its position at the heart of South East Asia, Indonesia one of the world’s most dynamic countries and an important hotel market. Radisson, our international upscale brand, is a perfect fit for many of Indonesia’s fast-growing cities, including Medan. We look forward to introducing local and international travelers to a new era of hospitality in downtown Medan,” said Andre de Jong, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia and Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.
Radisson Medan features 215 rooms and suites, all designed in a contemporary style and equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TVs with cable channels, and working areas with international power sockets. The majority of rooms feature spectacular views of Medan’s rising skyline. Guests booking any of the hotel’s 32 suites will also enjoy additional space and access to the Executive Lounge, with services including private check-in/out, breakfast, daily snacks and evening cocktails and canapés.
The new hotel is also an ideal venue for corporate and social events, with more than 1,500 square meters of meeting space, including a ballroom, nine meeting rooms and a large pre-function area. Supported by professional event planners and audio-visual flair, this is set to become one of Medan’s leading venues for large-scale company conferences, social occasions and weddings.
Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s modern business center, work out at the fully equipped fitness center, or cool off in the outdoor pool. Located on the seventh floor, the Seven R Restaurant serves exquisite local and international dishes, including buffet breakfast and all-day à la carte dining, while the lobby lounge offers light snacks and drinks throughout the day.
“I am delighted to welcome our first guests to Radisson Medan. Our contemporary rooms, suites and facilities are perfect for all types of guest, including solo business travelers, couples, families and groups. Meanwhile, our extensive MICE facilities give us the flexibility to host a broad range of events, from small boardroom meetings to major events and weddings, putting the hotel in the heart of the local community,” said Frank Mayland, General Manager, Radisson Medan.
Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia and the main international gateway to North Sumatra, including major tourist attractions such as Lake Toba. The city’s Kualanamu International Airport is one of Indonesia’s largest air hubs, with international connections to cities including Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
Guests can now experience Radisson Medan with a special opening promotion. Book and stay between 26 February and 31 March 2019 and enjoy a 35 percent discount on all room categories. During the same period, organize a meeting or event and enjoy 20 percent discount on meeting packages.
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In U.S., spending by international visitors dropped nearly 1 per cent to $198.8 billion as per World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). There was lack of growth in visitors from China which contribute 11 per cent of all spending in U.S. After stellar growth across 10 years, international visitor numbers from China were flat year on year It is caused in part by the deteriorating trade relations between the two countries.
Gloria Guevara, the council’s president and CEO said: “Given the economic importance of Chinese visitors, any thawing in the trade relations between the two countries would have a positive effect for the wider U.S. economy.”
The toursim sector contributes nearly U.S. dollars 1.6 trillion to the country’s gross domestic product, or 7.8 percent of the total. The WTTC said the contribution grew 2.2 percent year-over-year, adjusted for inflation. U.S. remains the world’s largest travel and tourism economy.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization data in January showed that the global tourism arrivals grew by 6 per cent in 2018. However, North America saw international arrivals increase by mere 4 per cent.
AS per WTTC 79.9 million international visitors came to the United States in 2018. The figures are expected to increase to 82.5 million in 2019. Of the visitors in 2018, 3 per cent were Chinese.
The global tourism group released recommendations for the U.S. that include renewing of Brand USA, expanding and renaming the U.S. Visa Waiver Program; updating airports and other infrastructure; and embracing biometric passenger identification.