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Archive for March, 2015 to create 20,000 jobs for young people by 2020

Marriott has announced plans to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people by the year 2020.

The hotel group said the positions would be a range of placements, apprenticeships, training and development courses.

Working with charities such as the Prince’s Trust and SOS Children’s Villages it has provided almost 4,000 job opportunities to young people since 2012. It now plans to increase that number five fold by 2020.

The target will run alongside its stated aim of reaching 150,000 signed or opened bedrooms across Europe by 2020.

Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International Europe, said: “Hotels are a people business, and although technology and mobile connectivity have enhanced the industry, it will, at its heart, always remain a people business. It has been extraordinary to watch the progress and commitment of these young people rise up through the ranks of our company, and seeing them enjoy a huge sense of pride and ambition. It also makes a significant difference to the success of the company.” – SWISS adopts new cockpit procedure

SWISS has resolved to modify its already-extensive cockpit safety procedures as a precautionary measure. In the event of the absence of either of the two pilots at any time during the flight, a further crew member must be present in the cockpit with the remaining pilot. The new provision, which enters into effect immediately, has been adopted in the light of recent events and an advised safety recommendation from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 106 destinations in 49 countries from Zurich, Geneva and Basel and carrying over 16 million passengers a year with its 95-aircraft fleet. The company’s Swiss WorldCargo division provides a comprehensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 120 destinations in over 80 countries.

As “The Airline of Switzerland”, SWISS embodies the country’s traditional values, and is committed to delivering the highest product and service quality. With its workforce of 8,245 personnel, SWISS generated total operating income of CHF 5.2 billion in 2014. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline network.

Source:- SWISS – Top 5 tips to live in Greece

5 tips to live in Athens
1) Greeks are not stressed…so live worries at home and enjoy
2) Renting a small apartment can be very cheep, but if you find an unfurnished apartment be sure that at least there will be a kitchen …eating souvlaki every night can make you became really fat!
3) Don’ t be afraid to use the underground; it is very new, clean and safe (even if taxi are quite cheep)
4) Athens is very big so try to find a house close to the center, or at least close to one metro station
5) Learn modern greek as soon as you can! In general greeks speak a quite good english but however if you know the language you can easily understand also the culture of a Country – Growing influence of the generation Y sets new trends in congress industry

On Wednesday 18 March, Corinthia Prague Hotel hosted another international educational seminar organized by Prague Convention Bureau entitled “Keeping Pace in MICE: From Knowledge to Skills”. The seminar was attended by more than 120 MICE professionals who heard presentations of seven renowned foreign and Czech speakers. The seminar, which is becoming an annual tradition, was held in Prague for the fourth time. This time it focused on Prague as a host city of the 56th ICCA Congress and the latest trends in the field of congress tourism.

The seminar was opened by prof. MUDr. Jana Hercogová, CSc., former president of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), who had been awarded for her activities in the organization of international congresses and conferences, and is also one of the patrons of Prague Convention Bureau’s Ambassador Programme. In her presentation she focused primarily on the key factors that determine the selection of the host destination. Based on her long experience in organizing congresses she also defined the main conditions for successful events – most importantly an interesting topic and coordinated organizational team.

Miloš Milovanović from the company Gaining Edge spoke about growing importance of strategic partnerships in the congress industry in response to the changing needs and requirements of clients. Creating strategic alliances is one of the current trends in MICE which is crucial to a destination’s success in today’s highly competitive environment. He stressed, however, that the trend cannot be just blindly followed without knowing in advance what we want and how to achieve it. Successful cooperation that brings the desired results and helps to meet the specified objectives to all interested parties depends especially on the selection of suitable partners.

The former managing director of Prague Convention Bureau Lenka Žlebková presented the case study on Prague’s candidacy for the ICCA Congress in 2017. Prague submitted its candidacy for this congress twice, the second time successfully. She explained the reasons that resulted in Prague Convention Bureau’s decision to prepare a bid for this “Congress of Congresses” in cooperation with local entities and partners from among its members and public institutions, as well as the three pillars on which the presentation of Prague’s successful candidacy depended. She said Prague Convention Bureau’s main motivation was to raise the awareness about the importance of congress tourism and to increase visibility of Prague on the congress market. Prague’s bid was based on three pillars: inspiring topic, lots of networking and fun, and perfect infrastructure.

André Kaldenhoff, Executive Director of the Congress Center Leipzig, shared his experience with organizing the ICCA Congress in 2011. As in case of Prague, the increased visibility and stronger position of Leipzig on the congress map was the main motivation and benefit of the ICCA Congress candidacy and congress organizing. In addition to the benefits for the destination, he also mentioned challenges related to such commitment. The congress was attended by over 1000 delegates from around the world of different nationalities and religions. That resulted among other in the need to comply with many cultural and dietary requirements during the congress. Thorough preparation for an event of such size and significance is crucial for success of the congress.

Rob Davidson from MICE Knowledge, who also moderated the entire event, introduced the second part of the seminar focused on the latest trends in congress industry. He analysed the current economic situation with the growing importance of emerging destinations, especially the developing and Asian countries. In particular, he mentioned trends related to demographic changes and new technologies. He stressed out the growing influence of the generation Y. By 2025 the generation Y will represent 75 % of the world’s workforce, therefore it is necessary to adjust the destination strategies to fit the requirements, expectations, values and interests of this generation in the future.

Pierre Fernandez, Senior Director of European Operations at Meeting Professionals International, introduced results of the latest MPI research on the congress industry and its further development. The results indicated that the industry can expect recovery and increase in inquiries. Analysing the trends in event type revealed a significant growth of educational events presumably due to the companies’ greater investments into the human resources development. By his research he also supported the trends presented by Rob Davidson, especially the trend of using new technologies in event industry. In relation to the technological development he declared that despite the increase of number of hybrid meetings, the live meetings are not at risk of losing the attendees that are willing to travel to the congresses and conferences in person.

The seminar was concluded by presentation of Petr Bříza, a longtime ice hockey professional and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Prague World Cup 2015. The topic of his presentation was Prague as a venue of large sports events and the specifics of their organization. Sports events are very popular and as well as large congress events they attract thousands of participants to the destination. Petr Bříza used the example of upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague and Ostrava in May to demonstrate the specifics of sports events organization.

Partners of the seminar were Czech Convention Bureau, Prague City Tourism, Prague Airport, Corinthia Hotel Prague and Artlingua, technological partner was Computer System Group. Media partners included following publications: C.O.T. Media, Event & Promotion, The Prague Post and E15 daily. The seminar was held under the auspices of the Prague City Councillor for Culture, Monument Care, Exhibitions and Tourism Mr. Jan Wolf. – NEW RULES COULD LET WEALTHY CHINESE INVEST UP TO $2M OVERSEAS

Individual Chinese citizens could soon be allowed to invest as much as $1 million to $2 million overseas without regulatory approval, according to a statement by a deputy governor of the country’s central bank over the weekend.

The relaxation on international capital flows for individuals would follow similar moves for companies that have helped spark a surge in overseas investment by Chinese corporations that reached a record $84.4 billion last year, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Should the central bank follow through with concrete measures within the coming months it could provide wealthy Chinese with greater access to alternative investments beyond those available in China’s still underdeveloped financial markets, and fuel a further surge in overseas real estate investment by individuals

Foreign Exchange Watchdog Speaks Out

The potential for loosening controls on outbound capital flows was announced informally in Beijing on Saturday by Yi Gang, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China.

Yi Gang SAFE
Is this Yi Gang’s way of signalling that the new limit will be $2 million?
When asked as part of a panel discussion at the China Development Forum whether China could allow individuals to send as much as $1 million to $2 million overseas, Yi replied that “I think that in the near future, we can consider an arrangement like that,” according to an account in Bloomberg.

Although the official’s remarks may appear casual, Chinese bureaucrats of Yi’s caliber seldom make substantive pronouncements of any magnitude without several levels of approval. Also, Yi’s position as Director of China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange, which is in addition to his role with the PBOC, makes him one of the country’s most qualified individuals for commenting on foreign exchange policy.

In November last year Shanghai’s party chief announced that qualified individuals would soon be allowed to invest overseas directly without prior approval through the city’s free trade zone. The expansion of this privilege to the citizenship as a whole would fit a pattern of China using the special economic area to trial new policies that have often been quickly expanded nationwide.

China Allowing More International Capital Flows

Although no concrete plan has been laid out by the government for removing the existing rules that restrict individuals to bringing the equivalent of $50,000 per year into or out of the country, such a plan would fit with recent trends in China’s management of its capital accounts.

While the country has traditionally kept tight controls on capital flows into and out of the country, it has gradually been loosening these measures, starting with corporate accounts.

In late 2012, China began allowing its insurance companies, and later other corporates, to transfer at least part of their funds overseas without approval from the Ministry of Commerce.

The result of the relaxation of restrictions on investment by the country’s insurers has fueled a surge in overseas asset acquisitions that has seen Chinese insurance companies aggressively acquiring hotels and other real estate assets in New York, London, Sydney, and other cities.

Then in 2014, another regulatory body – the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) raised the ceiling on investments that would require its approval to $1 billion. Prior to that move, transactions for resource related investments of more than $300 million, or of more than $100 million in other industries, would have required NDRC approval.

By allowing corporations to more freely invest overseas, overseas investment in real estate by Chinese companies increased by 46 percent to a record $16.5 billion in 2014, according to JLL.

Creating More Investment Options for Wealthy Individuals

China began giving its private citizens greater access to overseas investments in a limited form last year, when it established the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect, that allows mainland individuals to purchase shares on the Hong Kong exchange, and vice-versa. There are plans for a similar link from Hong Kong to the Shenzhen exchange for later this year.

While the exact nature of any new rules will have to wade its way through China’s bureaucracy, the apparent decision to allow private individuals still greater access to international markets, seems to signal growing confidence in the stability of the nation’s capital markets.

By giving citizens the right to invest globally, China will also most likely remove some demand from its housing market, which had previously been seen as one of the most promising investment alternatives compared to the country’s casino-esque stock market or its close-to-zero-interest bank deposits.
2015/03/23 BY MICHAEL COLE – Travel & Tourism in 2015 will grow faster than the global economy

Every year, WTTC forecasts the economic impact of the Travel & Tourism sector in 184 countries and 24 regions. For 2015, these forecasts show a sector that is again growing strongly, creating jobs and driving growth.

In 2014, the industry contributed US$7,580 billion in GDP and 277 million jobs to the global economy.

During 2015, the industry’s contribution to global GDP is forecast to grow by 3.7% and employment by 2.6%. This demonstrates the sector’s enduring ability to generate economic growth and create jobs at a faster rate than the global economy, which is due to grow by 2.9% in 2015.

By the end of 2015, the Travel & Tourism sector will contribute US$7,860 billion, 10% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector will account for 284 million jobs, 9.5% of total employment, or one in eleven of all jobs on the planet,

WTTC forecasts that the United States and China will retain their rankings as the two biggest Travel & Tourism economies in the world, but Germany has overtaken Japan to rank as the third largest Travel & Tourism economy. Russia is the only G20 country expected to register a decline in Travel & Tourism growth in 2015, due to the continuing sanctions being imposed and the devaluation of the rouble. South Asia is expected to experience the highest growth in 2015 at 6.9%, whilst Europe and Latin America are the regions with the lowest forecast growth of 2.4%.

David Scowsill, President & CEO WTTC, said: “At a time of global economic challenges, Travel & Tourism continues to grow faster than the global economy, and is an enduring source of job creation and a driver of growth for every region in the world.”

“Our annual research demonstrates that the sector has recorded strong economic growth in 19 out of the last 20 years, providing much-needed economic stability at a time of global economic volatility.

“Governments looking for a sector which can create jobs and drive economic growth should focus on Travel & Tourism. This industry requires the right regulatory environment in which to flourish, along with progressive policies on visa access, taxation, human resources planning, and sustainability.”
Long-term forecasts for Travel & Tourism show continued annual growth at 3.8% over the next ten years to $11.4 trillion. By 2025, the global Travel & Tourism sector is expected to contribute 357 million jobs, some 73 million more jobs than this year.

Scowsill concluded: “The long-term prospects for our sector are very encouraging. Travel & Tourism will continue to grow faster than the global economy and most other major industries.”

Buy2Greece-Online Booking

According to a HomeAway Survey of 1,441 travelers in August 2013, 92% of travelers expect online bookability.

HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples recently announced at Phocuswright that all listings on their network of sites will be online bookable by 2016. In case you are one of the professionals that has listings with empty calendar slots and opaque pricing information, you still have time to update your practices before your listings are penalized.

If you do not distribute on HomeAway, you still need to adapt to guest expectations given that over 90% of guests expect online booking features. There are many competitor retail listing sites as well, of course, and all managers should highly prioritize retail distribution of their listings. Alternative distribution methods are emerging as well, and loose distribution partnerships amongst vacation rental managers led by management companies such as Discovery Holiday Homes, whose principal has laid out the perils of competing with the distribution giants in search engine marketing (SEM) with its open letter to Google, “A Cry From the Search Wilderness!” and come up with various solutions to succeed in spite of the size and budget disparities between managers and OTAs/vacation rental marketplaces.

It all comes back to consumer expectations, however, and if you are not enabling easy, online booking, you are not meeting expectations of the modern consumer. – Global Promotion Group

– Real Estate Expo
Date: 2,3 April 2015
Venue: Yekaterinburg –Expo international exhibition center (IEC)
(Please find the detailed proposal in the presentation attached)

– Domexpo
Date: 3-5 April 2015
Venue: Gostiny Dvor
(Please find the detailed proposal in the presentation attached)

– Vacaton Property Sales & Rent X
Date: 8,9 May 2015
Venue: Moscow City Golf Club
(Please find the detailed proposal in the presentation attached)

Date: 14-16 May 2015
Venue: Moscow City Golf Club
(Please find the detailed proposal in the presentation attached)

– Property Worldwide
Date: 15-16 May 2015
Venue: Moscow World Trade Center
(Please find the detailed proposal in the presentation attached)

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An exciting array of fantastic opportunities :

– 4000 key decision makers in IT, finance, banking, web and marketing, investors, entrepreneurs, start ups etc. in one room

– Attendees from over 70 countries – the e-world gathers, come and join the conversation!

– An exclusive program of seminars and presentations delivered by some of the world’s biggest names in technology

– An exciting program of entertainment including the unmissable Gala Dinner and unforgettable evening party

– The globe’s most disruptive and fastest growing start ups in attendance

– The opportunity to build strong relationships and partnerships with visionary decision makers and investors will arise

– The chance to view the latest and greatest technological advances and IT innovations in an exclusive exhibition

Who visit ?
ICT Spring gathers more than 4000 professionnals from all over the world !
Marketing Managers, Community Managers, CEOs, CIOs,CFOs, VCs, investors, entrepreneurs, startups, tech decision-makers in IT, finance, banking, economic and technology press, government, cities, etc.



Vacation Property Sales & Rent is unique overseas property exhibition for a preselected audience, the concept of which provides with opportunities for establishing direct contact between buyer and seller of international real estate.

This overseas real estate exhibition is held in format of a private event and one can attend it by invitation, or pre-registration only. VPSR is not one of the bazaar type of overseas property exhibitions, the total number of participants, as well as number representative companies from each country is strictly limited: The total number of participants is 25 companies; total number of participants from each country can be maximum 3 companies. This new concept for an international real estate exhibition allows us to raise the effectiveness of participation of each exhibitor, since the buyer’s attention is focused on a few select exhibitors, and not among hundreds of unrelated offers, also the rate competition among the participants of our private property exhibition is reduced maximally.

The 10th private real estate exhibition will be held in format soiree, where each exhibitor’s space will maintain a very comfortable setting to insure that sales pitches, presentation and client negotiations can be held privately and effectfully;

During the Private event “Vacation Property Sales & Rent” both visitors and attendees will be proposed wine and canapé service, during the exhibition will be held degustation of the elite sorts of whiskey and cigars.

Overseas property exhibition in Moscow 2015
VIII Private event “Vacation Property Sales & Rent” will be opened to the attendees on the 8 – 9th of May , 2015, from 10:00 till 21:00

Venue: Dovzhenko 1, Moscow, Russian Federation, the Moscow City Golf Club – 1st class venue. It is a modern world-class golf club, very successfully located, nearby to the center of Moscow, but despite this the club has a large green area, a comfortable and quiet setting. It is the perfect place to ensure that all participants and guests will find themselves in a comfortable and cosy atmosphere, which undoubtedly insures that sales pitches, presentation and client negotiations can be held privately and effectfully;

Visitors of the international property exhibition “Vacation Property Sales & Rent” are pre-selected target audience, which can be divided in two parts:
1) Direct foreign property buyers who have the interest and means to acquire it.
2) The Russian companies interested in expanding ties with foreign partners.