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November 9-11, 2014 – New York, NY

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) will celebrate its 100th year next year and is held as the longest running event in the hospitality business in New York.

It is always held in November and acquaints all 16,000 buyer attendees this year from around the world with the most up-to-date and novel trends in the market for the coming year.

Present are, from one end, hotel and restaurant chains, managing, design and purchasing companies, and from the other, marketing, sales, creative, financing, accounting, foodservice, housekeeping, purchasing, equipment, telecommunications and operations directors and owners.

The winners of the 34th Annual Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality design will also be known then and the Hospitality Leadership Forum will take place the day before the show opens.


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By Silvia Pelham



Destinations for All

Conditions are set to establish new thinking about developing tourism destinations where all can take part, at the first World Summit Destination for All, at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, from the 19th to 22nd of October 2014.

For the first time businesses, governments, academics and NGO´s get together to inform and enlighten all present on how best to integrate disabled people in facilities open to the public.

The French have set January 1, 2015 as the deadline for legislation to come into force in their country, following the directives set at the Conference of States, Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in July 2013.

To link sustainable development and the inclusion of persons with disabilities to all destinations, should be a target market for future investors, since it is taken as certain that a greater number of older travellers are not only on the increase but also staying longer periods and throughout the year at their holiday destinations.


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By Silvia Pelham

For those who love adventure


This year, 06-09 October, Adventure enthusiasts are gathering in Ireland for the World Summit under the auspices of ATTA, the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

Hundreds of like-minded people with the opportunity to meet other professionals, and foster and develop their business, will be travelling from around the globe for this experience.

The winners of the Tour Operator Scholarship are all from South America this year – Mexico, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

These companies have shown their potential for positive impact on their local culture and care for preserving natural resources together with a high level of professionalism.

As a prize, they get to come to Ireland, a table at the ATWS, over €3,000 to aid on ATTA membership fees and travel expenses and to top it all a one-year council from an accredited mentor.


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By Silvia Pelham

Visit Paris at the beginning of fall

For those who are into tourism and who like to travel well – whether they are in business, at their leisure or attending a conference  – maybe Paris in the fall will be a good place to choose this year.

IFTM Top Resa was established 35 years ago in Deauville, France and 30 years later moved to Paris where it became a tourism and travel show which covered major targets – Business, Leisure and Events.

This year the fair counts on nearly 30,000 professionals to visit nearly 350 stands with 1,200 brands – and the traveller will be able to choose from 160 destinations. Welcome!


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16-19 September in Moscow, Russia.

For those who have no time to waste you can opt to visit only what interests your business but you might just let yourself go and … find out what’s new in the travel and tourism market this year.

Four fairs into one… – LUXURY – LEISURE – MICE – SPA & HEALTH


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Back from hols and back to work!

Nothing like starting to plan your next holiday although you’ve just returned from one!

If you simply love to trek across the planet you’ll find over 5,000 destinations at TourNatur.



Travel and Tourism Trade Fairs

These are ideal places to network and everyone should start the year taking time travelling to work!

These are a few places you can choose to go in January…..

If you happen to be in Europe from Thursday to Sunday – 16 to 19 – you can choose Switzerland and visit BERNEXPO (with Tunisia to be guest country)

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or you can go for Austria, taking a look at Ferien Messe Wien – leading public access tourism trade fair, which also allows you entry to the Vienna Autoshow and to Cook & Look .

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If you miss this you can always return to that part of the world at the end of the month and visit Geneve for PALEXPO from the 24-26.

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If you prefer to travel south to Madrid from 22 to 26, there is the 34th FITUR International Tourism Fair and FITUR GREEN, proposing comprehensive strategies for sustainable tourism destinations as well as INVESTOUR, the V Tourism investment and Business Forum for Africa.

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FITUR last year had nearly 10,000 exhibitors from 167 countries and had over 100,000 trade visitors. This shows the upward trend in the business and it continues to be the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets.

If you want to go to the States you can choose between Chicago at the beginning of the month (11-12) for the Travel and Adventure Show for informative seminars and hand-on adventure activities

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or travel west to California (17-19) and try the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, bringing you everything from safari adventures to scuba diving, wind surfing to wine tours and archaeological excursions to luxury goods and services or pop over to the Travel and Adventure Show in San Francisco (25-26).

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And if you feel like travelling afar try the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), where Asian hospitality and cultural diversity reign. The forum will be held this year in Sarawak, Malaysia from the 16th to 23rd.

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If you want to go over to February, try Earls Court in London, 4-5 February, for the 20th anniversary of the London Business Travel Show, gathering over 6,000 travel professionals this year.

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You can also pop over to Italy 13-15 February for BIT.

It is the reference point for the international travel industry in Milan for trade professionals in the tourism sector.

This year Bit has reserved 3 full days of exclusive business, with direct access for trade operators, leaving the last day of the exhibition to the mixed target, trade and consumer.

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Or go to Bavaria mid-Feb – 19-23 – try Munich for the Fair for Leisure and Travel. is the new name for the popular fair C-B-R Leisure and Travel catering for 110,000 visitors with 1,100 exhibitors from over 60 countries.

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For the end of the month of February get to know all there is to know about controlling lighting in your premises by going to London and visiting Smart Lighting Controls Europe 2014.

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Think GREEN when you travel in 2014 and choose our Five-Leaf System members to organize your trips, to guide you or to find you a sustainable place to stay!


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By Silvia Pelham


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By Silvia Pelham


X-mas is here again – Rejoice!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony is celebrating its 80th year this year! Some say it’s been longer…

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The Rockefeller Center, built between 1930 and 1939, employing 40,000 people during the Depression was considered the largest private building complex in the world at the heart of New York City.

Built between 48th and 51th street and spreading over from the 5th to the 6th it was declared a National Historic Landmark a quarter of a century ago and houses at its hub since 1936 its famous ice-rink and from 1933 it’s equally famous Christmas tree.

But history tell us that the very first tree was actually put up a year after the start of the construction by its builders on Christmas Eve – a fir some 6 meters tall covered in strings and garlands made from paper and tin cans….

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The tree traditionally a Norway spruce comes not only from nearby states donors such as upstate New York and New Jersey but has also been known to arrive from friends from afar such as Canada.

Its height ranges from 20 to 30 meters which is close to the span of life of the tree and is brought in a month before the ceremony to coincide with Veterans Day – on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month – to be taken down 5 weeks after tree-lighting, on January 7 2014.

Up until a decade ago the tree was finished by a fibreglass star decorated with gold leaf lit up by spotlights from neighbouring buildings and thousands of light bulbs spread across its branches.

But Michael Hammers thought differently and he saw the star as it should be – giving light rather than receiving it – and conceived a design inspired on the movement of light portrayed by a comet.

A glowing light with emitting diode implants signalling to all that it had come to life – a Crystal Star was born.

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This year the Swarovski Star is made of 25,000 crystals with 1 million reflecting facets measuring 3 meters across and weighing a quarter of a tonne topping a tree housing 45,000 LED bulbs. What a wondrous bright light welcoming all into 2014!

By Silvia Pelham

Come to Cannes!

The International Luxury Travel Market is being held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes from 2 to 5 December.

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The moto DISCOVER. EXPERIENCE. LUXURY  is well served by the those exhibiting at this global travel community where select buyers are introduced to suppliers worthy of presenting high calibre programmes to fit their exclusive needs.

There is a wide range of offers ranging from travel agencies to all accommodation type worldwide and networking pre-scheduled appointment programme sessions are scheduled everyday from 9am to 5pm.

Not all can come to the event – to receive an invitation buyers must meet qualification criteria to guarantee their luxury travel credentials – and they must attain a certain level in terms of international involvement in the luxury hospitality industry.

Over 1000 of these luxury travel buyers will be present and this event will definitely bring you closer to the most prestigious luxury travel professionals worldwide.

To access the official 2012 catalogue press


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By Silvia Pelham