2015 will see the opening of Thailand’s first hospitality school based on ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals. Dusit International’s pioneering Education division, responsible for Thailand’s first hospitality school, Dusit Thani College, and a first-of-its-kind joint venture with Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School, announces another first for the local hospitality education field.

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International tourism is set to hit a new record by the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, rising above expectations.

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EMITT 2015

Sport: Men’s UEFA Champions League final coming to Berlin for the first time. Culture: Major shows from Renaissance to ZERO art movement. 2015 will be a year for sport and culture in Berlin. The city will host many international sporting events, with the highlight being the men’s UEFA Champions League football final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Culture lovers will be treated to quality exhibitions exploring different periods of cultural history from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

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The Germans prefer to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with friends and family. In order to ensure that all guests arrive on time for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, many airberlin employees will even be working over the holidays. This year around 290 airberlin flights with a total seating capacity of over 50,000 will be taking off on 24 December. On New Year’s Eve there will be a total of 310 flights.

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Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, has opened the Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel, Belgrade – bringing Europe’s largest upper upscale brand, world-class style and sophistication to the vibrant, up-and-coming Serbian capital.“We are delighted to welcome the Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel to our portfolio. Eastern Europe is an important growth market for our group, and this opening further strengthens our network in the region”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO at Rezidor.

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China overtrumped everything: The Middle Kingdom is world champion in traveling, even in traveling abroad. The number of Chinese tourists traveling to other countries has doubled in the past five years. But also within the country the tourism is booming. The turnover of the hotel industry has increased respectively by over nine percent in recent years and is now according to current surveys at 47.4 billion US dollars. In China, many top hotels are in the pipeline – according to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data there are currently 544 first class and luxury hotels with 164,400 rooms in the pipeline.

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