Thursday, September 29, 2016

IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok for incentive travel, conventions and meetings

IT&CM Asian 2016 in Bangkok for incentive travel, conventions and meetings
IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok

IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok, the most important event industry event in Asia for incentive travel, conventions and meetings is going on right now.

Travelife General Manager Angelica Bayona is at the IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok right now represent our magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication for upmarket travelers in Asia.


Travelife Magazine General Manager Angelica Bayona
at IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok

SUCCESS OF IT&CM ASIA 2016
IN BANGKOK

She says that IT&CM Asian 2016 in Bangkok is another great success.

This year, 18 National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), Convention Visitor Bureaus (CVBs), corporates, and various organisations snapped up close to 30 captive engagement sessions

IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok


The exclusively-branded platforms that include media briefings, destination presentations, and social networking functions, allowed hosts and sponsors to effectively introduce their brands and destinations to their target delegate profiles. 


IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok

UNIQUE APPROACH
AT IT&CM ASIA 2016

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific’s results-proven, integrated marketing approach has stimulated brands to invest beyond individual business appointments

The invaluable exposure that exposes buyers and media to new or updated product solutions that they might not have otherwise considered, make these tailored outreach platforms a worthwhile investment.

IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok

IT&CM ASIA 2016 IN BANGKOK
FOCUSED ON ASIAN BUYERS

Ralf Ostendorf, Visit Berlin’s Director of Market Management for Asia, Australia, and Middle East explained the motivation behind their hosted luncheon for 32 Asia-based buyers. “We were interested in finding a different way to further strengthen our network in Asia, so we decided to return as an exhibitor and come in as a first-time sponsor

He added: "The added value and targeted engagement from pre-selecting the buyers we wanted really gave us the opportunity to present our destination and show our buyers what Berlin has to offer. This gave us the exact audience we were seeking.”

IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok


HRS’ Ewa Cyman, Regional Sales Manager (Hotels), Asia-Pacific, said, “Our previous years as CTW Asia-Pacific coffee break sponsors have been very beneficial as it enabled us to foster a closer relationship with our buyers on a more casual, open level." 

She added: "Leveraging on the various events and sponsorship spaces gave us the opportunity to share our value propositions and end-to-end solutions with our corporate clients.”
IT&CM Asia 2016 in Bangkok

IT&CM ASIA 2016 SPONSORS

Other engagement session headliners include Busan, Chiang Mai, Dubai, Fukuoka, India, Malaysia, Monaco, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Airbnb, Carey International, JW Marriott, Oakwood Worldwide®, Royal Caribbean International, Worldwide Cruise Associates & Celebrity Cruise Lines.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Blue Man Group shows at The Theater at Solaire Resort

The Blue Man Group shows at The Theater at Solaire Resort
The Blue Man Group shows in Manila at The Theater at Solaire Resort

So the Blue Man Group was in Manila at The Theater at Solaire for a series of shows and what exciting and entertaining performances these were.

The Blue Man Group shows in Manila at The Theater at Solaire Resort

Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, was a proud event partner of these wonderful Blue Man Group shows, so I attended the opening night performance as well as the last day performance.

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THE VIP SPLASH SECTION

Both times, we sat in what we call the Blue Man Group VIP Splash section

These were the first few rows of The Theater at Solaifre, very near the stage. In fact, these seats were so near we were given plastic raincoats in Globe Telecom balls to wear in case water or paint splattered onto our clothes.

The Blue Man Group shows in Manila at The Theater at Solaire Resort

On opening night, my friends and I sat in the first row at the very center, and that was so much fun. 

On the last day, we sat in the side, on the 2nd row, so we didn't miss any of the action either. And we had just as much fun the second time around.

The Blue Man Group shows in Manila at The Theater at Solaire Resort

MY FAVOURITE PART OF
THE BLUE MAN GROUP SHOW


And my favourite part was the release of gigantic plastic balls all over the theater as lively music played, causing the audience to stand, dance, take selfies or videos, or try and push the balls further upwards.

Either way, we all sure were living a #Travelife.

Travelife Magazine columnist Michelle Barrera gets into a staring contest
with a guy who turned blue in the face
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 2 Schedule of ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore

Day 2 of ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore
Penang Tourism Board
at ITB 2015 in Singapore
photo courtesy of ITB Asia

The Travelife Magazine team is looking forward to seeing all our industry friends once more at ITB Asia in Singapore next month.


Google and Priceline Group were announced as speakers of the inaugural three day keynote line-up at ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore. Below please find the Day 2 schedule of ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore.

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DAY 2 SCHEDULE
OF ITB SINGAPORE 


With OTA sales in the Asia Pacific region skyrocketing, travel industry heavyweights like Expedia group, Agoda, Zuji and Ctrip will be providing in-depth insights into this burgeoning sector.

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The Pan Pacific Hotels Group
at ITB 2015 in Singapore
photo courtesy of ITB Asia

ITB Asia's first strategic partnership with MasterCard will bring together a thought leadership panel discussion, moderated by Alex.



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This panel will welcome the opinions of:

Greg Schulze
Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy and Services
EXPEDIA GROUP

Timothy Hughes
Vice President Business Development 
AGODA

Chua Hui Wan
CEO
ZUJI SINGAPORE 

Jenny Wu
Chief Strategy Officer
CTRIP.COM


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 1 Schedule of ITB 2016 in Singapore is Asia's most important travel trade industry event

Day 1 ITB 2016 in Singapore, the most important travel trade industry event
ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore

The Travelife Magazine team is looking forward to seeing all our industry friends once more at ITB Asia in Singapore next month.


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SET AN APPOINTMENT WITH US 
AT ITB ASIA 2016


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Google and Priceline Group were announced as speakers of the inaugural three day keynote line-up at ITB Asia 2016 in Singapore.

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THE BEST ITB ASIA TO DATE


ITB Asia 2016 will open its doors to usher in its biggest and best show to date, featuring industry movers and shakers including Google and Priceline Group who will helm the show's opening keynote.

For the first time ever, the keynote sessions will stretch across all three days, exploring pertinent topics such as the impact of mobile and digital disruption in the travel industry.

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9TH YEAR OF ITB ASIA


In its ninth year, 'Asia's Leading Travel Trade Show' will take place in Singapore from October 19 to 21, 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.

“We have seen strong attendance and received great feedback for our keynote sessions over the last few years," said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia.

Photos from ITB 2015 in Singapore

She added: "With this in mind, we have extended this year's programme to cover all three days of the show, providing a platform for likeminded players to learn, network and discuss trends which are key in shaping the future of the travel industry. We are very honoured to have speakers of such high calibre grace our show and are confident that attendees will be able to leave with useful insights.”

Visit Finland booth at ITB 2015

DAY 1 SCHEDULE :ITB ASIA 2016 


In a world where start-ups are seen as digital disruptors, industry heavyweights including Priceline Group's Senior Vice President, Adrian Currie and Google's Asia Pacific Head of Hotel and Airline Suppliers, Jenn Villalobos, will take centre stage to share more about the impact of digital disruption and trends driving customer experience in travel.

See you all at ITB ASIA 2016

Moderated by renowned BBC World News presenter Sharanjit Leyl, Villalobos will make a case for how hospitality incumbents can remain competitive, while Currie will touch on key trends shaping travellers' digital experience and how travel organisations can adapt to leverage these trends.

Visit Sentosa booth at ITB 2015

ABOUT ITB ASIA 2015 & ITB ASIA 2016


Last year, ITB Asia attracted close to 760 exhibitors from 73 countries, as well as 880 buyers and more than 10,300 attendees over three days.

ITB Asia 2016 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

Korea Tourism Organisation booth
at ITB Asia 2015

The event will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel.

Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and travel technology companies are all expected to attend.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors' Authority booth
at ITB Asia 2015
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The Luxperience Awards and Gala Dinner in Sydney at the Four Points by Sheraton

Luxperience Gala Dinner in Sydney at the Four Points by Sheraton

Luxperience recently hosted its largest ever Gala Dinner and Awards event with 580 VIPs from the global luxury travel arena gathering at the recently renovated Four Points by Sheraton, Sydney, to recognise excellence in the industry.


The glittering event, presided over by the Master of Ceremonies, the effervescent style guru Henry Weinreich Roth, marked the culmination of Australasia's leading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition.

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LUXPERIENCE & LEXUS

Luxperience (18-21 September 2016) celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Lifestyle partner and evening sponsor, Sydney City Lexus impressed guests with its display of a rose gold limited edition Lexus LFA valued at over one million dollars.

During the evening, the recipients of the prestigious Luxperience 2016 Awards were revealed.

THE LUXPERIENCE 2016 AWARDS



The Luxperience 2016 Awards recipients are:

Buyer Inspiring: Zanadu, China
Meaningful: Down Under Endeavours, USA
Connections: FBI Travel, Australia
Exhibitor Inspiring: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Australia
Meaningful: Aqua Expeditions 
Connections: Orange County Hotels & Resorts, India 
Destination Award: Tourism New Zealand 
Buyer Award: Signature by Anne Candy, France 
Exhibitor Award: UNO Loco, New Zealand 
Best Custom Space above 19SQM: Tourism New Zealand Exhibitor Award 
Best Custom Space under 18SQM: Aqua Expeditions Exhibitor Award 
Best Group Suite: Luxury Lodges of Australia Exhibitor 
Best individual / Large Suite: Scenic



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#Travelife Magazine columnist Michelle Barrera explores Okinawa on a cruise with Star Cruises onboard the Superstar Aquarius

Travelife Magazine columnist Michelle Barrera explores Okinawa onboard the Superstar Aquarius of Star Cruises
At the gala dinner last night
onboard the Superstar Aquarius of Star Cruises

So our energetic and ever enthusiastic #Travelife Magazine columnist and cover girl Michelle Barrera has been very busy these past days onboard the Superstar Aquarius of Star Cruises, cruising from Taiwan to Okinawa and then exploring the best of Okinawa via special land tours with great guides.



"I'm having a wonderful time," she says, about her cruise on the Superstar Aquarius from Taiwan to Okinawa and the days she spent visiting the top attractions in Okinawa

And it certainly shows in her photos, that she's living a wonderful #Travelife.

Finding some flowers in Okinawa

And even more surprised to find a castle in Okinawa

But looking extremely happy to have found some horses
while in Okinawa, living a #Travelife....

The Superstar Aquarius cruise ship
of Star Cruises
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Booking tickets for the historic theater of the Bolshoi in Moscow

Booking tickets for an opera at the historic theater of the Bolshoi in Moscow
Getting ready for a #Travelife to Russia...

This morning in Tokyo, living a #Travelife, I woke up with the thought of watching a performance at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, as I am headed that way sooner than later.

Almost everything is fixed for my trip, save for a couple of loose ends that I trust will find their way to fruition sometime soon.

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NO TIME WASTED
IN BOOKING THOSE BOLSHOI TICKETS

And before breakfast was even on the table, I'd found a free evening in my pretty busy schedule to go to the Bolshoi Theater.

Of course, I needed to see a performance at the historic theater of the Bolshoi. There are several venues within the Bolshoi Theater including a new theater, but it's really the historic theater of the Bolshoi that I want to see. And I wanted a front-row seat in one of the boxes.

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WATCHING A BALLET PERFORMANCE
AT THE BOLSHOI IN MOSCOW

Ideally, too, it would be nice to watch a famous ballet performance at the Bolshoi as this is what the Bolshoi is known for.

But I checked the listings and this month and next, the Bolshoi actually has few ballet performances but the Russian opera Boris Godunov is going to be performed in the historic theater of the Bolshoi.

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BORIS GODUNOV:
THE ULTIMATE RUSSIAN OPERA

If there is one opera you should watch in Russia, and especially in Moscow, it should be one of two Russian operas: Boris Godunov, which is a story linked to Michael Romanov, the first Romanov czar, and to the founding of the Romanov empire; or a Life for the Tsar, a Russian opera composed by Mikhail Glinka and first performed in 1836.

In fact, in the era of Imperial Russia, Boris Godunov or A Life for the Tsar was often performed as part of celebrations of the Romanov dynasty.

I would've paid top dollar to get literally the best seat in the house for a performance of Boris Godunov in the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow.

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HAVING TO COMPROMISE
ON THE BOLSHOI

Unfortunately, my timing was off.

Instead there's a decent opera on, but not one that I would choose voluntarily from among the many I might have watched. But as we only have one remaining free evening in Moscow, living a #Travelife, we booked these last best seats available in the Bolshoi in Moscow for a performance.

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The National Day Reception hosted by the Ambassador of Chile

The National Day Reception hosted by the Ambassador of Chile
Diplomats at the National Day reception
hosted by the Ambassador of Chile

Here are some photos from the National Day Reception hosted by the Ambassador of Chile tonight. It was very well-attended, and everyone enjoyed the best of Chilean wines.

Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, was represented by Travelife General Manager Angelica Bayona.





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