tourism

L.A celebrates 50m visitors… with a hologram of Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles welcomed 50m visitors in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB). The Board celebrated the milestone, which was achieved two years ahead of target, by enlisting LA-based VNTANA to create a hologram of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, delivering a message about LA being the ‘sports capital of the world’. A video of the hologram can be viewed above. Thi...

In pictures: IBTM World 2018

IBTM World wrapped up in Gran Via, Barcelona, at the end of 2018. The show saw more meetings than ever and destinations and venues brought colour and interaction to the show floor. A selection photographs from the event can be found below:

Overtourism: a case study in Prague

Overtourism is a problem for many popular meetings destinations to wrestle with. In this month’s cover feature, CMW presents an edited extract from research by Miroslav Rončák, Palacky University, Olomouc, on overtourism in the Czech capital.  The number of tourists arriving in Prague has been increasing steadily. Back in 1989 there were 1.6m tourists arriving in the Czech capital. In 2000 t...

Tourism Australia CMO departs

Tourism Australia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa Ronson, is to leave the organisation to take up the role of CMO at retail chain Coles Group, effective 1 May. Tourism Australia MD John O’Sullivan confirmed the departure and thanked Ronson for her work over the past four years. “Lisa has been a wonderful custodian of the Tourism Australia brand. In her time as CMO, she has brought a new level of c...

Computational design conference comes to Penang in 2019

Penang, Malaysia has won a bid to host the upcoming International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) 2019. The event will take place from 7-10 July at ParkRoyal Penang Resort, the first time the Korean-owned congress has taken place outside its home country. The event is organised by the Society for Computational Design and Engineering from Korea, and will att...

Australia’s CVBs provide 8% boost in business events and new export opportunities for SMEs

Since January 2018, there has been an 8% increase in the number of international business events secured for the future by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) members, according to new research. The industry analysis from the latest International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB, reveals also that convention bureaux are attracting a larger number of highly...

Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal. [hr gap=”30″]   Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally...

Seoul launches tourism pass as part of new tourism campaign

The Seoul Tourism Organization has announced its new campaign, “value tourism, together with Seoul”, following its restructuring into a wholly government-funded foundation. STO’s president and CEO Jaesung Rhee shared the group’s aim to create a sustainable city by promoting Seoul’s tourism industry. They intend to grow the value of Seoul tourism together with local residents. STO also announced th...

Dubai has welcomed 125 business events in the first half of 2018

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has reported securing 125 business events in the first half (H1) of 2018. These are set to attract over 65,000 delegates from around the world, and have an expected economic impact of AED500m. DBE said the bid wins reflect a 29% increase from the same period last year. Issam Kazim (pictured below), CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tou...

Istrian Tourist Board and FC Bayern Munich announce strategic partnership

The Istrian Tourist board has announced a new partnership with FC Bayern Munich, one of the most famous football clubs in the world. The collaboration represents one of the most substantial and significant marketing projects in tourism – strategically positioning Istria as a premium destination for holidaymakers. The three-year partnership agreement was signed and presented by the director of the ...