The city of San Sebastian, Spain hosted the 108th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from 23-25 May. During the meeting, Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili obtained the support of this key governing body for the priorities that will set up the work of the organization for the coming years. Likewise, the Council supported the new structure of the UNWTO, its renewed institutional image and the designated management team for the implementation of the agreed programme of work.

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During this year’s IMEX, the Golden Stadttor Multimedia Award will honor Ray Bloom with the Diamond Award for his Lifetime Achievement. The handover of the prize will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 1 pm, by the president of the Golden City Gate, Wolfgang Jo Huschert, in the press center of the IMEX in Frankfurt. Johann Thoma, Vice President Guest Events at Messe Frankfurt, will give the eulogy and Petra Cruz, European Director of the Dominican Republic Tourism Board, will thank Ray Bloom as a longtime participant.

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CITE 2018

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MAXX by Steigenberger was launched in March as the fourth brand under the Deutsche Hospitality umbrella. The aims are to enhance the group’s portfolio and to contribute to growth by adopting a franchise-friendly approach and by offering flexible standards with regard to aspects such as destination and location. The main formal prerequisites that will enable all of this to take place have now been established.

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Conference & Exhibition Management Services (CEMS) announced the launch of its 2nd edition of Beijing International Travel Mart (BITM) 2018.The event was attended by country representatives from some 30 different national tourism organisations and embassies in Beijing, representatives from local associations including the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Beijing Tourism, China Association of Travel Services (CATS) and the Wuhan Tourism Association, and hosted buyers, local media partners and supporting partners.

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A NEW RECORD FOR U.S. TRAVEL.SOLIDIFIES RANK AS AMERICA’S MOST-VISITED DESTINATION.Tourism officials announced today a historic milestone in the travel industry as Orlando became the first U.S. destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors. In 2017, 72 million visitors traveled to Orlando, an increase of more than 5 percent over the prior year, once again making it America’s most-visited destination.

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