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Medical Tourism Summit 2010, Maltese Experience

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Last year Europe Business Assembly (EBA) held a highly successful medical tourism summit in Malta, with nearly 100 senior figures from 19 countries gathering to discuss the sector.
The second Malta Medical Tourism Summit, 2 – 6 June 2010, St. Julian’s (Malta) at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel and Business Centre, is set to bring together many senior figures within the industry. The events of the forum will be held under intellectual and organizing support of the Government of the Republic as well as leading medical institutions of Malta – St. James and St. Phillip Hospitals.

The official organizer of the summit “Europe Business Assembly (United Kingdom) under the auspices of ‘Malta Enterprise’ Corporation (Malta). The Europe Business Assembly (EBA) is an independent international project-development and management organization. EBA runs multi-national business events worldwide.

International speakers leading an interactive forum
Our international panel of expert speakers in the field will be sharing their thoughts and experiences on topics such as:
-The dynamics of the current medical tourism marketplace
-Implementation of cross border healthcare collaborations
-Regulation and accreditation, currently and in the future
-More effective marketing, addressing the issues and capitalising on the opportunities

Participants. Methodologists and coordinators of medical tourism; Tourist and advertising agencies; Private and public hospitals, Clinics, Medical organizations and associations, Ministries of tourism and healthcare, Insurance companies in the field of healthcare and tourism, Hotels, Spa institutions, Global corporations.

Become a speaker. Targeted audience for businesses offering medical services; 19 countries from CIS and Central/Eastern Europe; Chance to present your medical product and services and to host the next Medical Tourism summit in your country or even at your office

To view the agenda and speaker list as it stands, go to Please note that information will be regularly updated as we confirm speakers leading up to the event itself.

Partnership and sponsorship. A wide range of cost-effective and innovative partnership and sponsorship options are available to help you make the most of an association with this well-attended and prestigious trade event.

Contact information:

Europe Business Assembly (EBA)
2 Empress Court, Paradise Street, Oxford, England, OX11HF
44(0)1865794362; 44(0)1865 251211
Contact person: Marina Naumova, EBA International Manager


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

BITE 2009 Press release


Undaunted by the crisis caused due to the global recession in the travel industry, Bahrain International Travel Expo BITE 2009 the first Business to Consumers (B2C) Travel and Tourism event in the region, is all set to open for the 5th successful year from 14th to 16th May 2009 under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Crown Prince and Chairman Bahrain Economic Development Board. 

Magnum Events and Exhibitions Management MEEM the organizers of BITE admits that it’s hard to match the record number of exhibitors and quality hosted buyers that the show received last year. But the show must go on, says Jamil Wafa, founder and group chairman, Magnum Holding, the parent company of MEEM. 

BITE is a commitment we have made to Bahrain and to the Crown Prince His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who supported the exhibition since its inception. We will continue with our promise and commitment despite the challenges,said Wafa 

Several leading regional and international companies are participating in a big way and there is no compromise on the quality of the show, adds Wafa. 

After all Bite is a gathering of the right company … meeting the right people… at the right time … A place where great minds meet! 

BITE offers the ideal forum for the coming together of reputed and international operators from a cross section of travel related businesses from Airlines, Car Rental Companies, Conventions & Exhibitions, Cruise Lines, Health Resorts & Spas, Hotel Accommodation Providers, Medical Tourism, MICE Organizers, Tourist Attractions, Tourism Boards, Tour Operators, Travel Insurance & Travel and Tourism Publications to interact with around 20,000 consumers and international MICE buyers under one roof. 

There are many cultural surprises and attractions planned for the BITE stage extravaganza. Numerous exhibitors from the world have prepared special activities including national dancers, singers, musicians and performers as part of the cultural treat at this year’s show. Additionally BITE 2009 is a great opportunity for travelers to discover a wide range of promotions and special deals that exhibitors have on offer for those consumers planning a vacation. BITE is the ideal place for visitors to obtain the latest information about the travel and tourism industry trends and book holiday packages customized to suit their specific budgets and needs.  

In a bid to promote tourism to Bahrain, BITE is for the fourth consecutive year, organizing the Hosted Buyers Program. This program runs from the 13th to the 16th May 2009, for key international MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) planners. All the professionals invited to the Hosted Buyers Program are responsible for planning, organizing, recommending and making financial decisions for their international MICE events outside their home countries. 

The comprehensive destination program includes one-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers at the travel show and a golden opportunity to showcase Bahrain’s renowned Arabian hospitality and delights. The Hosted Buyers will experience first hand the excellent conference and hospitality facilities Bahrain has to offer, check out the facilities at the Bahrain International Circuit, the Royal Golf Club and visit the various cultural and historical attractions in the Kingdom. A number of Bahrain’s finest properties, such as The Ritz Carlton Bahrain Resort and Spa, The Banyan Tree, Coral Beach, Caramel Caf© and Elite Resort & Spa will be hosting the Hosted Buyers for lunches and dinners during their visit.  

Tamkeen along with Bahrain Training Institute (The Travel Academy), Bahrain Institute for Hospitality and Retail (BIRD) and Bahrain Development Bank will participate at BITE to highlight the role of the Labor Fund in supporting the private sector and the tourism industry in particular. Tamkeen are inviting small and medium enterprises in the travel and tourism sector to benefit from the Growth Assistance Programme (GAP) by their co-financing scheme designed to support SME’s to be sustainable and increase the reach of their products and services, by participating in BITE. Tamkeen will highlight career opportunities for Bahraini nationals as part of the Labor Fund’s endeavor of providing skilled human capital for value added jobs.  

A 35-member high profile delegation from Egypt, led by the Tourism Minister H.E. Mr. Zuhair Garana will be participating at BITE 2009 to promote the country’s history and heritage.  

BITE has grown over the past five years from a show in 2005 with 14 countries, 40 exhibitors, 1100 sqm area and 12,500 visitors to 44 countries, 120 exhibitors, 8000 sqm space and 18000 visitors in 2008. We expect to have around 100 exhibitors from approximately 40 countries to be part of BITE 2009 occupying an area of 6500 sqm.  

The Platinum Sponsors are Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) along with Etihad Airways. Qatar Airways the Gold Sponsor and Gulf Air are the official carrier. BITE is actively supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Capital Governorate and Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority. Elite Hospitality are the Official Hotel, Voice FM the Official Radio Channel and Al Hilal Group the Media Partners. 

Issued on 21st April 2009 by : 


Abraham John

Executive Director,

Magnum Events and Exhibitions Management MEEM (Organizers of BITE) 

Featured Accommodation Portal: My-Rooms.Com The Bangkok Hotel and Resort Web Guide

Friday, June 20th, 2008


Planning to attend a conference in Thailand but a little bit unsure of where to stay? Well, worry no more because My-Rooms.Com has all the information you need in visiting Thailand.

My- Rooms.Com is a web guide to Bangkok hotels and resorts. From a list of hotel rooms and villa rentals to shopping arenas, nightlights and restaurants, this website contains complete information on where stay and what to do in Thailand.

Aside from this, the website also contains information on Thailand’s economy, geography, religion and weather. It even has a complete map of the places around the country.

So if you plan to visit Thailand or head there for a convention, you may visit My-Rooms.Com for your guide.

Contact information:
Address: 55/191 Dao-Rung Villa, Chaofa Rd., A.Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tel: +66 (76) 279-946
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Medical Tourism Asia 2008 25-28th March 2008, Singapore

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Officially supported by SingaporeMedicine and organized by IBC Asia, the 2nd Annual Medical Tourism Asia Conference will be held from the 25th to the 28th March 2008 at the Rasa Sentosa Resort. It is expected to gather top-level professionals from health ministries, healthcare institutions, insurers, medical travel agencies and other key buyers in the global healthcare market.

Rising healthcare costs in the United States and Europe are causing patients to rethink seeking medical treatment at their doorstep. With 44.8 million Americans uninsured and millions more under insured, the global market for medical tourism and travel is set to grow even more exponentially in the next 5 years. Not only are cost savings in medical travel tremendous, the access to affordable quality treatment, level of success rates, shorter waiting times, more personalized attention in the recovery process are all causative reasons in a patient’s decision to select the best healthcare facility that will address his medical needs.

Medical Tourism Asia 2008 will address the following key issues:
* Charting the course of medical travel for long-term sustainability
* Updates from the various Asian and international markets active in medical tourism
* Building on health and wellness resorts and medical spas as an additional business stream
* Branding and marketing medical travel for your country and healthcare institution
* Addressing medical insurance for the traveling patient
* Healthcare Cities’ and their future development
* Obtaining accreditation for hospitals
* Healthcare professionalism and ensuring patient safety throughout his entire treatment

Keynote Speakers for Medical Tourism Asia 2008 include:
* Prof Tan Ser Kiat, Group CEO, SingHealth
* Dr Jade del Mundo, Undersecretary of Health, Department of Health, Philippines
* Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals, India
* Dr Fatma Abdullah, Chief Strategy Officer, Dubai Healthcare City
* Dr Walton Li, Medical Superintendent, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital
* Dr Jason Yap, Director, Healthcare, Singapore Tourism Board
* Arturo Garza, CEO, Christus Muguerza, Mexico
* Dr Saw Chit Aung, Deputy Director, Hospital Marketing, Raffles Medical Group
* Dr Jorge Cortes Rodriguez, Medical Director, Hospital Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica
* Dr Surapong Ambhanwong, Chief Medical and International Business Officer, Phyathai Group of Hospitals
* Christine Liwanag, Senior VP, Strategic Marketing, St Luke’s Medical Centre, Philippines
* Chew Boon Yeow, Group VP, Risk Management, Parkway Healthcare
* Dr William Chong, CEO, Pacific Healthcare Holdings
* Dr Chan Kok Ewe, CEO, Island Hospital, Malaysia

About the organiser: IBC is part of the Informa Group, with offices in over 30 countries and is the world’s largest organiser of top-level industry conferences, exhibitions and training. It has a dedicated portfolio of events for the healthcare and life sciences sectors, bringing together senior representatives from the private sector, government authorities and international organizations.

For media inquiries and registration for the conference, kindly contact Rita Parasurum at or call +65 68355160. Visit for more information today!

Odyssey Las Vegas 2007

Monday, May 21st, 2007




Tickets now on Sale for the Premier World-Class Event Bringing Together he Biggest Names in the Culinary World November 8 – 11.

Las Vegas, NV – Odyssey Las Vegas 2007, the city’s premier four-day celebration of food, wine and art, has fixed its schedule of events for 2007 and tickets are on sale now! The gourmet epicurean affair will begin Thursday, November 8 and continue through Sunday, November 11 with an impressive itinerary that showcases Las Vegas celebrity chefs, sommeliers, fine dining restaurants and renowned artists.

Co-founders, Virginia and Mark Martino, expect this year’s event to be the biggest and best yet. “We have a lot of surprises in store this year, including some major celebrity guests. Anyone who is passionate about food, wine and the arts comes to Odyssey Las Vegas.â€? commented Virginia Martino.

The four-day event commences with a five-course dinner and wine pairing by Executive Chef Tim Beres of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The following day, guests will take part in the signature Masters Dinner, a black-tie affair at TI (Treasure Island), Las Vegas featuring 10 celebrity chefs paired in five teams to create an elaborate five-course dinner. Original paintings created for this year’s Masters Dinner event, by artist-in-residence Bruce Sulzberg, will be on view throughout the evening. The Who’s Who of Las Vegas society will be in attendance for this spectacular evening that includes a silent auction and a live luxury lifestyle and celebrity chef auction where participants will have the opportunity to bid to have a celebrity chef prepare an exclusive meal in their own home.

The Odyssey event continues through the weekend with an exclusive Italian Wine Tasting at Valentino Las Vegas at the Venetian on Saturday, featuring the world-class wines of the Allegrini vineyards, hosted by Marilisa Allegrini and Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio. Each wine will be paired with an incredible selection of hors doeuvres prepared by Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Saturday evening is the Sustainable Seafood and Wine Dinner at Restaurant RM at Mandalay Place, prepared by celebrated chef, Rick Moonen. On Sunday, guests will tee off in the wildly popular Third-Annual Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament at Siena Golf Club. Las Vegas favorite chefs will play a round of charity golf followed by the Blues Gourmet Barbeque featuring incredible fare, fine wines and spirits and live music.

Odyssey Las Vegas tickets are on sale now! Prices start at $125.00 per person and VIP Packages are available. For more information and a complete event schedule, visit or call 877.370.9182 or 702.257.2345.

Odyssey Las Vegas is the city’s first-ever annual four-day festival celebrating gourmet food, fine wines, and the arts with appearances and serious kitchen duty by Las Vegas superstar chefs. All net proceeds from ticket sales, live and silent auctions benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Odyssey Foundation’s Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship Program for aspiring chefs.


Linda Miano
Phone: 702.257.2345

KITF An Excellent Tool to Promote the National Tourist Product

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The 7th Kazakhstan International Tourist Fair
“Tourism & Travel”
26-28 April 2007
Atakent KBCC, Almaty, Kazakhstan

On 26-28 April, Almaty will be hosting the biggest international fair in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, Tourism & Travel KITF 2007.

Companies from 33 countries plan to take part in the exhibition. A special thing at the event is that 3 to 10 companies will participate with one stand. The exhibition itself will consist of 150 display stands which will present services of more than 450 companies.

Participants of KITF 2007 will come from the following countries: Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, the Netherlands, Russia, Seychelles, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, U.A.E., U.K., Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

KITF 2007 exhibitors include major national and international tourist companies, national tourist administrations of Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, India, Spain, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Turkey, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Russia for the first time (Samara Oblast’s Tourism Development Department), Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan’s tourist infrastructure will be presented by Business and Industry Departments of Astana and Almaty cities, as well as Akmola, Aktyubinsk, Almaty, Eastern Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Zhambyl, Western Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Mangystau, Northern Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, Atyrau, and Kostanai Oblasts.

In his address to participants of the KITF 2007 Fair in the event catalogue, Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov, the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, noted the following: The tourism potential of Kazakhstan is rich and diverse, and has unique opportunities to develop almost all types of tourism. Such exhibitions undoubtedly help to set up and further partnerships between domestic and foreign tour operators, enhance mutual understanding between people and expand international tourist links.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the year 2006 witnessed a development trend in the tourist industry. Outbound tourism increased by 19% (5,200,000 people), inbound tourism – by 30% (3,900,000 people), while domestic tourism increased by 8% (3,555,000). “On the country average, the income from tourist activities increased by 14.6% to make 35 billion tenge,� said Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov at a collegiate meeting in his ministry. “The number of current travel firms in 2006 grew by 6.7% to reach 903, while the number of hotels and other accommodations grew by 18%, from 385 up to 453.

During the KITF 2007 Fair, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan plans to present an interactive tourism map of Kazakhstan and discuss the Action Plan on implementing the long-term state programme of tourism development until 2011.

You may know that Almaty will be the venue for the Winter Asian Games in 2011, and so our goal is to properly present the Republic of Kazakhstan to the international community,� Imangali Tasmagambetov, Almaty City Akim, underlined the importance of KITF 2007 in the event catalogue. Apart from that, the goal of this event also includes demonstration of results in implementing the state programme on the tourist cluster development, as well as an exchange of new tour destinations, setting up of direct contacts with consumers, and signing of mutually beneficial contracts.

The significance of the event was emphasised by the official support of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Almaty City Akimat (administration), diplomatic missions accredited in Kazakhstan, and leading special and socio-political mass media of Kazakhstan, the C.I.S. and foreign countries.

The events was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Almaty City Akimat (administration) jointly with the Kazakhstan company Iteca and the British group of exhibition companies ITE.

KITF 2007 will be held on 26-28 April, and today you can learn about exhibitors and find a lot of useful information about the fair and the tourist industry of Kazakhstan on