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The 6th Annual China Railworld Summit 2011 will be held in September 22-23 in Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Organized by China Decision Makers Consultancy, Endorsed by International Air Rail Organization, The 6th Annual China Railworld Summit 2011 will be held in September 22-23 in Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center.
Leading Speakers from The Ministry of Railways of PRC, Ministry of Railways, Government of India, China CREC Railway Electrification Bureau Group, China Railway Signal & Communication Corp, Research Designs & Standards Organization, Ministry of Railways Indian Railways

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This is the 6th RWS Event – and will be the biggest meeting and most unique of the year.
CRWS 2011 is the only summit that focuses on emerging rail market. As we all know, China and India are going through economic booms. Both of them are investing more in the high speed rail and metro to adapt to economic fast growing. The past 5 years events have made the Rail World Summit the most influential event in China rail industry. This year we cooperate with Ministry of Railways PRC and Indian Railways, putting out the particularly designed RWS 2011. RWS 2011 will be held in the Hotel Kempinski, Beijing from the 22 – 23 September.

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Industry specialist will present updates on the latest trends in High Speed Railway and Metro including:

MENG Guoqing ,Director for Strategy Division, Center for High-speed Railway Technology, Tsinghua University
Michael Schabas ,Advisor , World Bank
LUO Renjian ,Researcher , The Institute of Comprehensive Transportation, NDRC PRC
WANG Fuzhang ,Party Secretary , Electronic Science and Technology Research Institute China Academy of Railway Sciences
Keith Wallace ,Global Business Lines Leader Railways, URS Scott Wilson
Vinay Kumar Singh ,Executive Director(PSU), Ministry of Railways, India
LIAO Guocai ,Deputy Director General, Beijing Urban Engineering Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd
Dennis LI ,Director? MetroSolutions Limited
Rajesh Agarwal ,General Manager Project, KONKAN Railway Corporation LTD
Fabio Croccolo ,General Director, Italian Rail Regulation Office, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Italy
Vincent AU ,Director, MetroSolutions Limited
SUN Ning ,Deputy General Manager, China Academy of Railway Sciences Engineering Consulting Co.Ltd
LEE Kang-kuen ,Head of Hangzhou Project, MTRC
OOI Peng Hong ,General Manager in charge of transport planning , Gamuda Berhad
Richard Di Bona ,Director , LLA Consultancy/LLA
JIN, Hopes Jian ,Partner, Managing Director , Deloitte
Ulrich Koegler ,Partner, Booz & Company

As there is only two weeks left before the conference? ?, if you want to attend, please register through these ways:
And also, you can contact
Ms. Elsa SHI
T: +86 21 6840 7631
We welcome to see you at Railworld Summit 2011 ( )

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) 

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Every year millions of tourists visit the Philippines to discover heaven and earth. They bask in beaches with white fine sand, and crystal clear waters or beaches with clean fine sandy shores and breathtaking sunsets. They can also go into the most exciting underwater adventure, trek and conquer green and rich mountains, or join in the country’s colorful cultural and religious celebrations. For the less adventurous tourists, they can checkout destinations right at the middle of the urban hub, where comforts of home and access to businesses can be had.

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To date, LocalPhilippines has listed over a hundred resorts, attractions, and events, covering the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Most of these destinations are not so popular but equally world class in facilities/amenities and service.

LocalPhilippines, therefore, is your travel buddy. You will find information about the destinations and events, how to get there, what to do while in the area you may even find business opportunities and more!

The LocalPhilippines team will make the trip for you first, check each destination, so that you will know how it is to be really in a particular resort/hotel/place. You will also read about suggestions on how you can make the most of your stay here in the Philippines. The team has checked out a number of destinations and attractions in Mindoro, Camarines Sur, Laguna, Cavite, Iloilo, Guimaras, Davao, and Metro Manila, and the list is growing.

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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:
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Tel: +66 (76) 279-946
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Rising Fuel Costs Pit Airlines against Credit Card Companies Toronto summit to discuss new payment methods for airline tickets

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Pittsburgh Airlines face slim profit margins because their high fixed costs of labor, equipment and fuel leave them few cost-cutting options. In the face of record-high fuel costs, Airlines have identified credit card fees as their largest controllable cost and are encouraging their customers to pay them with alternate payment solutions, which offer them significantly lower payment fees than traditional credit cards. Conversely, airlines earn billions of Dollars each year from their own co-branded credit cards, which offer customers frequent flyer miles for purchases. The first Airline Payment Summit to be held April 9 – 10 in Toronto will bring together airlines, alternate payment solutions and credit card companies to discuss this complex landscape of airline payments.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the industry as a whole earned an estimated $5.6 billion U.S. Dollars in 2007, which represented a 1.1% net margin on sales of $490 billion. At the same time, a recent study by Edgar, Dunn & Company and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) revealed that passengers pay for their airline tickets 83% of the time with credit cards with fees averaging $12 per ticket, costing the industry $1.5 billion annually. In an urgent attempt to reduce this figure, the websites of many airlines are now crowded with a variety of lower-fee payment options, including Bill me Later, PayPal, TeleCheck and Western Union. For business travelers, who tend to book through corporate travel agencies, airlines are encouraging the use the world’s first credit card, UATP- a payment solution for travel purchases that is gentle on fees, since UATP is owned by the airline industry.

Michael Smith, Airline Payment Summit Chairman and Director of the U.K.-based consultancy SeaMountain, says: While on the one hand airlines work to cut traditional credit card payment costs, on the other, mileage-earning co-branded credit cards generate huge amounts of cash for both the airlines and the issuing merchant banks.â€? Smith continues: “Airline co-branded credit cards are among the most profitable cards for banks due to emotional behavior driving customers to collect more and more miles.â€? For each mile that a customer is given by a credit card issuer for purchases, the airline receives a payment of generally between one and two U.S. Cents. For a large airline, this can add up to hundreds of millions of revenue in a single year. The Airline Payment Summit will therefore discuss the question of whether airlines should receive a reduction on credit card fees, since they drive the majority of their direct sales through the credit card channel, while also generating unmatched profits for credit card banks through airline co-branded cards. The event will also examine payments from the point of view of card issuers, which are questioning the value of the frequent flyer miles which they purchase from airlines, since available frequent flyer seats are becoming scarcer and scarcer.

The duality of airline payments- reducing payment costs, while also increasing payment revenues from co-branded credit cards, will be high on the agenda of Airline Payment Summit, which will also present other important payment-related issues for airlines, including barter, fraud, information security, onboard payments, multi-currency payments and more. Event Sponsors include American Express, Bill Me Later, BizXchange, eBillme, Eurocommerce, Global Collect, Guestlogix, PayPal and UATP.

About Airline Information:
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About SeaMountain:

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Media Contact:
Christopher Staab
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Tel. +1 305 542 9901

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