Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2016 was held at Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Center. This edition of the show outdid its previous editions by attracting 400 exhibitors and 400 hosted buyers. The three-day exhibition also saw 6.300 trade visitors and 12.000 pubic visitors visit the show, despite the winter cold. CITE 2016 began with an official opening attended by guests that included Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Tourism Administration Duoyang Namu, Deputy
Secretary-General of Sichuan Tourism Association Xu Miao, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition Wang Xin, Penang State Minister for Tourism Development Danny Law Heng Kiang, Assistant Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chinthaka Liyanaarachchi and representativ es of various Consulate offices in Chengdu.

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Transaction paves the way for a simplified business model. Sale improves the financial position of airberlin. Separation of the touristic business enables growth in the long-haul business and reduces seasonal fluctuation. airberlin today announced the sale of its share in NIKI to Etihad for a total consideration of 300 million euros. The divestment marks an important milestone in the implementation of the company’s restructuring plan announced in September. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. Etihad will not majority own or effectively control NIKI. Stefan Pichler, CEO of airberlin: “We are delivering a decisive step towards our new strategy. This transaction simplifies our business, reduces our exposure to seasonal destinations and improves our financial position. Step by step, we are transforming airberlin into a network carrier focused on domestic and European traffic to feed our two long-haul hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf.”

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Only few weeks ahead of the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, set to take place on the 18 of January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, representatives from various tourism industries and beyond have joined UNWTO to support the celebrations of this important event. The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to the SDGs.

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The Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) Board has approved plans to create a new European leisure airline group in a joint venture with TUI AG, with a fleet of around 60 aircraft, offering 15 million seats capacity per year, focused on point-to-point flying to connect key European tourist markets. The transaction is subject to approvals by aviation regulatory bodies and anti-trust authorities. The planned transaction includes an agreement for EAG’s subsidiary Etihad Investment Holding Company LLC (Etihad) to acquire the 49.8 per cent share indirectly held by airberlin in its subsidiary airline NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH. At closing of the transaction, Etihad will immediately contribute the share in NIKI to the new European leisure airline group and will not effectively control, or become a majority owner of NIKI. TUI will contribute its subsidiary TUIfly GmbH to the joint venture, including the 14 aircraft currently operated by TUIfly for airberlin under a wet-lease agreement.

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The inaugural event will serve as a platform for industry wide knowledge exchange and discussions around legacy creation
Dubai Business Events in collaboration with the BestCities Global Alliance and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), inaugurated the first ever BestCities Global Forum today. Dubai is proud to host the first event of its kind organised by the global alliance, set to pave the way for future collaboration among the industry. BestCities Global Alliance, a strategic collaboration between 11 of the world’s premier meeting destinations, kicked off the BestCities Global Forum today at the JW Marriot Marquis and will continue until the 7th of December.

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Customers and staff herald the launch of the airline’s rebranding, which will provide a more seamless travel experience for all.Dragonair is officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon, bringing the award-winning airline closer to Cathay Pacific in a launch that will provide customers with a more seamless travel experience across the airlines’ respective regional and international networks.At an unveiling ceremony at the newly-named Cathay Dragon House, the airline’s headquarters in Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon Chief Executive Officer Algernon Yau said: “This is a momentous day in the history of Cathay Dragon and I am excited about the future of the airline and the fresh opportunities that our rebranding brings. As we align more closely with Cathay Pacific, new prospects will open up on multiple fronts enabling us to become stronger and thrive in this intensely competitive industry.”

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