Searching for the latest treavel Technology topics – New session on tours and activities at the eTravel Lab. At the eTravel World 2019, ITB Berlin will again be hosting a three-day seminar programme on the topic of digital trends in the travel industry. As in previous years, a certain number of sessions is open to candidates who can apply for them via the call for papers. Speakers have until 31 October 2018 to submit their ideas for fascinating topics. In the course of eTravel World, ITB Berlin is looking for case studies and examples of best practices relevant to digital marketing/eCommerce, sales, social media content, as well as innovative developments ranging from the digital transformation within SMEs to artificial intelligence and robotisation. Topicality and relevance will be among the main selection criteria.

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The 2nd Beijing International Travel Mart (BITM) 2018 was successfully concluded with some 3,120 business matching sessions between its exhibitors and hosted buyers. Over the three days, the event hosted 130 exhibitors from 20 countries and welcomed some 250 buyers and some 1,800 trade visitors at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) Halls.

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Helsinki and Lyon selected as 2019 European Capitals of Smart Tourism by European Jury. EU announces two cities to hold the title of European Capitals of Smart Tourism in 2019 and recognises a further four cities for their outstanding achievements in: accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation and cultural heritage & creativity.Helsinki and Lyon have been selected as the winners of the first edition of the EU’s European Capital of Smart Tourism competition, following a jury meeting in Brussels on 24 September 2018. The official Award Ceremony will take place at the European Tourism Day conference, organised by the European Commission on 7 November 2018 in Brussels.

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by Jenna Heidstrom, Golfscape
From the world’s highest golf course in The Himalayas to a challenging lava course in Hawaii, golfscape reveals 18 of the greatest golf resorts across the globe.Imagine luxurious accommodation complete with a magical view and a designer golf course a few steps away. Let that dream become a reality and read on to discover unique golfing experiences that will leave you with a severe case of wanderlust.Join golfscape on the countdown to find the world’s greatest golf resort.

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Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) announced another exciting partnership with TTGmice – the ‘Are You A Penang Business Events Guru?’ digital contest for the third edition of its Business Events industry conference – the BE @ Penang 2018.

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After the successful BITM in Beijing, CEMS organizes the CITE in Chengdu in November / December. Some 100 European tour operators, selected by the European Commission, would be taking part in the upcoming 6th Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2018 for the first time. CITE 2018, which takes place in Chengdu from 29 November to 1 December, is also an official partner event of the current EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY).

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