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Does living in a major tourism destination make you happy? World

A new global survey is aiming to answer this question, finding out whether tourism is having a positive or negative impact on the lives of local residents. The survey, called ‘Planet Happiness’, is being conducted in World Heritage sites. It aims to show that measuring community wellbeing and happiness is just as important a metric as GDP, money and perpetually growing visitor numbers. Planet Happiness...

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Airport Authority Hong Kong acquires AsiaWorld-Expo for HK$900m Asia

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has announced the acquisition of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, alongside the rights and equity interest held by IEC Investment Limited, for a total price of HK$900m (US$115m). In 2003, in order to develop the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), the Hong Kong Government, the AA and IEC Investments Limited formed a joint venture company known as Hong Kong IEC Limited, of which the Hong...

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IBTM China on the cutting edge in Beijing Asia

IBTM China 2018 recently concluded in Beijing, having run in the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) from 12-13 September. Over 300 exhibitors from 20 countries were joined by more than 280 hosted buyers and 3,400 visitors for two days in meetings, networking and educational sessions. Exhibitors were a mix of domestic and international companies including Accor hotels, Business Events Canada, Melia Hotels International, Floating Island...

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Reed Exhibitions appoints new US president Americas

Herve Sedky, President of Reed Exhibitions (RX) Americas, has announced a change to the company’s leadership structure in the US. Debbie Evans, currently the President of RX South East Asia and Australia, is moving to the US to take on the role of President, RX US. Debbie currently runs an RX business spanning 5 countries and over 50 events. Prior to this, she held the...

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55-metre tall  ‘climbing crane’ exhibit outside WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 Europe

WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading wind industry expo, opens its doors from 25-28 September at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH in Germany. In preparation for the fair, a huge exhibit is being erected on the plaza in front of the main building, featuring a climbing crane being installed on a wind turbine tower 55 metres tall. The exhibit will weigh a combined 138.5 tonnes, and gives...

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Over 15,000 visitors to Spain’s MOMAD fashion exhibition Europe

Spanish fashion exhibitions MOMAD Metropolis and MOMAD Shoes recently concluded in Madrid from 7-9 September, with a combined 15,120 visitors between them. MOMAD Metropolis is an international fashion show, while MOMAD Shoes is an international footwear and accessories show. Both were held at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid across 15,000sqm of exhibition space. MOMAD Metropolis saw 965 brands and 480 direct exhibitors attending, presenting their collections for...

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London ranked #1 for EMEA events in new Carlson Wagonlit survey AfricaEuropeMiddle East

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East & Africa for 2019 events. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published later this week. It features each city’s 2018/17 positions in brackets: London, UK (1/1) Moscow, Russia...

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Prague Congress Centre holds Czech’s largest ever anti-terrorist exercise Europe

The Prague Congress Centre (PCC) in the Czech Republic hosted the country’s largest ever anti-terrorism exercise on 10 and 11 September. It was coordinated alongside the Rapid Deployment Unit of the Czech Republic and the mayor of Prague Mgr. Adriana Krnacova. It served as an important test following the recent modernization of the building, which included new security systems. The drill saw 70 armed perpetrators...

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Hong Kong’s first high-speed rail line opens this weekend Asia

Following almost 20 years of planning and construction, the Hong Kong Express Rail Link will open fully on 23 September. The rail line will connect the city with the rest of mainland China’s 25,000km long national high-speed rail network for the first time, and will greatly increase travel capability for events. The line will be known as the Vibrant Express, and will travel through 44...

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Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world Asia

Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world for the second year running by Numbeo, a website that curates and collates data to develop the world’s largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide. Surpassing more than 300 cities across the world including Tokyo, Japan, Basel, Munich, and Vienna, the UAE’s capital has once again topped the list as the most secure city...

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