Dienstag, 12 Dezember 2017
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European Cities Marketing announced new President, Executive Committee and Board Members reflecting on strategic focus on City Marketing

ECM General Assembly last week saw the implementation of ECM Strategy 2017-2020 first steps, with the creation of an additional Vice-President position dedicated to City Marketing.

During ECM International Conference in Dubrovnik gathering 200 persons last week, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr (Graz, Austria) was elected the Association's President for a duration of 2 years. The General Assembly also appointed Petra Stusek (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as Vice-President dedicated to Leisure & Tourism and Eduard Pieter Oud (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) as Vice-President dedicated to City Marketing.

The newly elected board members are as follows: Ignasi de Delàs (Barcelona, Spain), Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Copenhagen, Denmark), Barbara Jamison (London, United Kingdom), Nicolas Lefebvre (Paris, France) and Marta Stawińska (Poznań, Poland).

Bettina Bunge (Dresden, Germany) pursues her role as Vice-President dedicated to the Meetings Industry and Philippe Vignon (Geneva, Switzerland) carries on with his role as Treasurer. Pier Paolo Mariotti (Bolzano, Italy), Erwin Van de Wiele (Ghent, Belgium) and Goran Pavlović (Opatija, Croatia) continue their mandates as ECM Board Members.

Current ECM Executive Committee:

Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, President (Graz Tourist Office)
Petra Stusek, Vice-President Leisure & Tourism (Ljubljana Tourism)
Bettina Bunge, Vice-President Meetings Industry (Dresden Marketing)
Eduard Pieter Oud, Vice-President City Marketing (Amsterdam Marketing)
Philippe Vignon, Treasurer (Genève Tourisme & Congrès)

Board Members:

Ignasi de Delàs, (Turisme de Barcelona)
Pier Paolo Mariotti (EURAC Convention Centre Bolzano)
Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Wonderful Copenhagen)
Erwin Van de Wiele (Ghent Tourist Office)
Barbara Jamison (London & Partners)
Goran Pavlović (Opatija Convention and Incentive Bureau)
Nicolas Lefebvre (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris)
Marta Stawińska (Poznań Tourism Organisation)
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Marriott Receives Antitrust Clearance from the European Union to Acquire Starwood Closing Anticipated in July 2016

Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide last week announced they have received unconditional clearance from the European Union for Marriott to acquire Starwood in a merger transaction.

In announcing the decision in a press release issued by the European Commission, the Commissioner for Competition, Margaret Vestager, said, “This is an important merger for the hotel industry and its customers. Our investigation confirmed that the hotel sector will remain competitive for customers in Europe following the merger, so I am pleased that the Commission was able to clear the transaction quickly."

The closing of the proposed merger is subject to obtaining additional antitrust clearances, including in China, and satisfying other customary closing conditions that are in the merger agreement. European Union clearance represents satisfaction of a major closing condition to the proposed merger.

Until legal close, the companies will continue to operate as separate and independent entities.

Stockholders of both Marriott and Starwood overwhelmingly approved proposals related to the transaction on April 8 and Marriott and Starwood anticipate closing the transaction in July 2016.

www.marriott.com - www.starwoodhotels.com

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Launch of the New Global Destination Sustainability Index

The new Global Destination Sustainability Index was launched in March: the first-ever sustainability ranking for event destinations worldwide. Initiated by ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter and MCI, the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI-Index) is supported by IMEX and ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association).

The GDS-Index aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations, highlighting best practices and responsible business tourism. In a world increasingly focused on responsible business and environmental impact, the GDS-Index helps destinations to engage clients with sustainability, to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of sustainable practices in their city.

The GDS-Index will evaluate the sustainability performance of cities and bureaus in four key areas:

City environmental strategy and infrastructure
City social sustainability performance
Industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centres)
Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives

“Our vision is to have over 100 cities benchmarking and collaborating together by 2020. Today I am pleased to announce we have 25 Scandinavian cities based in Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden, as well as our first wave of global cities including Barcelona, Geneva, Stuttgart and Sydney,” said Guy Bigwood, MCI Group Sustainability Director and GDS-Index project leader.

Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, continued: “The unique feature of the GDS-Index is that this is a bottom-up phenomenon, driven by the destinations themselves. The ICCA members in Scandinavia have invented a powerful engine to improve their destinations’ sustainability and business competitiveness, and we are delighted that they want ICCA to help them share this with the whole world. We believe this is an excellent platform for leaders in sustainability from every region to showcase their policies and good practices, and for any destination to swiftly improve their competitiveness.”

“Our industry requires greater focus and efforts to make sustainable events easier, cheaper and totally widespread,” added Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. “IMEX is proud to support the development of our industry and this ground-breaking initiative to pioneer sustainability globally for meeting and incentive destinations.”

http://gds-index.com

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts named a ‘global leader’ in sustainable practices by Green Globe

Swiss hospitality firm recognised as the most ‘Green Globe certified hotel company in the world’ by industry-renowned certification body. Baar, Switzerland: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has been hailed a “global leader” in certified sustainable practices by Green Globe.

The certification body’s 2015 report on Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts revealed the Swiss hospitality firm has an overall average compliance score of 84%, an impressive 2.5% higher than the average of all Green Globe certified members worldwide (81.5%).

It cements Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ position as the most “Green Globe certified hotel company in the world”, with 63 of its 83 properties worldwide now Green Globe certified.

“Green Globe has certified Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in 19 countries worldwide. This is a tremendous accomplishment when we consider the variety of countries and cultures, as well as the different types of properties and their diverse markets,” says Guido Bauer, CEO, Green Globe.

The Green Globe report also commended Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for its “great passion for the development of its employees and supporting local communities”, highlighting SHINE, the group’s global corporate social responsibility programme, which focuses on Environment, Employer and Social Sustainability, with an emphasis on Education.

“In Nepal we collaborate with Right4Children, offering disadvantaged young people intensive vocational and life-skills training, and subsequently offer them job opportunities as part of our SHINE initiative. Around 25 students participate in this programme every year,” explained Jean Gabriel Pérès, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resort.

Green Globe’s Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts 2015 report found the group’s top-performing hotels were all located in Germany, with Mövenpick Hotel Münster and Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport & Messe both achieving an exemplary compliance rate of 98%, followed by Mövenpick Hotel Hamburg and Mövenpick Hotel München-Airport, with 97% each.

Stand-out examples of ‘best practice’ identified by Green Globe in Europe, ranged from car-share initiatives at Mövenpick Hotel Berlin to ‘green meetings’ at Mövenpick Hotel Nürnberg-Airport where even the pens are biodegradable.

In the Middle East, the highest-scoring property was Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a 92% compliance rate, while in Africa and Asia, the top performers were Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Cairo-Media City (92%) in Egypt and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket (86%) in Thailand respectively.

Some of the most innovative projects Green Globe highlighted include an employee-led harvesting initiative at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Jordan, where each year the team harvests 2,000 kilos of oranges from the resort gardens, some of which the chefs make into marmalade that is served at breakfast; underwater clean-ups and diving restriction measures designed to preserve the marine environment at Egypt’s Mövenpick Resort El Quseir; and the introduction of a hybrid-limousine fleet and electric tuk tuks at Mövenpick Resort&Spa Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand.

“I am immensely proud of the dedication our colleagues have shown to our Green Globe commitments through pioneering sustainability practices, which are not only important to our company, but to a world where resources are increasingly scarce and many communities are underprivileged,” said Pérès.

“As we review our achievements, it is also important we rise to new challenges, striving to operate an even cleaner, greener and more sustainable business.” The aim is for all Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide to be Green Globe certified within two years." added Pérès.

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European Travel Commission & World Tourism Organisation To Unveil Secrets To Success In The Meeting Industry

The European Travel Commission (ETC) together with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and with support from VisitFlanders, will present the key criteria that influence the choice of a destination by meeting planners at the International Seminar on The Decision-Making Process of Meetings, Congresses, Conventions and Incentives Organisers, taking place 11-12 June in Antwerp (Belgium).

Brussels/Madrid, 2nd June 2015. Tourism for business and professional reasons is one of the fastest growing segments in the tourism sector and the second main purpose for travel after leisure, recreation and holidays. The meetings industry is gaining significant recognition among countries and cities alike as it poses a significant opportunity to spur revenue growth for tourism destinations. Competition is becoming fierce as new destinations enter the market, and the European tourism sector is thus called to understand meeting planners' needs and expectations.

At this two-day ETC-UNWTO international seminar, leading meeting industry experts including Martin Sirk, CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), and Tom Hulton, Director of International Relations of the IMEX Group, will unveil the key criteria that influence meeting organiser's choice of a destination and address the economic and social impacts of meetings and events. Bruce Redor from Gaining Edge will provide a strategic overview of the meeting industry and outline trends and detailed findings from the forthcoming ETC-UNWTO study on the Decision-Making Process of Meetings, Congresses, Conventions and Incentives Organisers. The seminar will also provide tourism professionals and destination managers with a unique platform for exchanging best-practice examples of a successful MCCI destination.

www.visiteurope.com

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