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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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has appointed Thai pop star Mario Maurer to promote the kingdom in China, under the ‘Tour Thailand with Mario Maurer’ project, as part of its plan to attract more Chinese tourists to the country during the year of “Discover Thainess” in 2015.H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “China is one of Thailand’s main tourist markets. One of the contributing factors that attract Chinese tourists to Thailand is Thai films and television series, as well as Thai pop stars.

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In 2014 Messe Berlin achieves a new record turnover in an event-packed year. 265 million euros of profitable turnover significantly exceed forecast. Successful opening events at the CityCube Berlin. In 2014, marking a turnover of more than 265 million euros, the Messe Berlin group of companies achieved its highest turnover in the company’s history which by far exceeded the previous record of 247 million euros in 2012. More than 27,000 exhibitors and over 1.9 million visitors attended a total of 69 trade fairs and congresses. Among the year’s special highlights were the successful opening events at the CityCube Berlin.

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Event Will Open To 100 Corporate Travel Professionals. The first instalment of Corporate Travel World (CTW) China will launch in Shanghai from April 14 to 16 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing. Organised by TTG Events and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China, the inaugural event will open with 11 tailored topics centered on Corporate Travel Fundamentals and Corporate Meetings & Events for the China market. Together, the educational sessions will form a comprehensive knowledge suite that cover industry updates, trending issues, first-hand case studies and even supplier-perspective topics.

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The IMEX Group, organizers of the annual IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America trade shows for the global meetings, incentive travel and events industry, presents a round-up of industry predictions for the year ahead.

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