Monday, 27 March 2017

CTW China 2017’s Sponsors, Exhibitors, Buyers and Delegates Conclude Event Experience On A New High

CTW China 2017 attracted huge sponsorship and exhibition support from both new and returning international and Chinese airlines, travel solutions, destinations and hospitality brands.

All sponsor brands benefitted exclusively from a selection of captive hosted luncheons and coffee breaks with corporate buyers, meeting room branding exposure and championing thought-leadership as panellists at one of the 10 conference sessions.

Airlines led the pack with Air China (Hosted Luncheon) and Delta Air Lines (Panellists) securing the highest Diamond sponsorship tier this year, with three more airlines China Eastern (Meeting Room Branding, Panellist), Qatar Airways (Networking Coffee Break) and United Airlines (Hosted Luncheon) spotlighting prominently in the Platinum tier. Travel solution brands Travelport (Panellist) and AirPlus International (Panellist) join the line-up as Platinum and Gold sponsors respectively.

Diamond Sponsor and Luncheon Host, Yan Jun, Key Account Marketing, Sales, Air China, “Our CTW China experience has been really good. Our hosted luncheon today in particular drew in the corporate travel buyers we wanted to meet and allowed us to present our new product line and exciting developments. This is an opportunity that we don’t want to miss and we’ll definitely like to organise engagements like this again.”

Platinum Sponsor and Panellist, Ming Foong, Managing Director for Greater China & Online Business Group Asia Pacific, Travelport, “This opportunity at CTW China has given us a chance to meet with different TMCs, agents,and companies. It is a fantastic chance for us to meet so many people in one place.”

Gold Sponsors AirPlus International added, “AirPlus International participates every year and this year is definitely grander and more exciting. Through the show we connected and got to exchange ideas with corporate travel managers, industry professionals and conference delegates, and garnered even more confidence in our brand. As panellists, we managed to share best practices and solutions with an international audience. The forum was a success and we are looking forward to a bigger and better show.”

Exhibitors Best Western International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Shenzhou and Turkish Airlines also saw fruition from their showcase at the event that took place within an expanded hall space which saw CTW China co-locate alongside 288 IT&CM China exhibiting MICE destinations, products and services for the first-time.

From the immense knowledge gained from mentors, experts and peer-sharing, to the abundance of networking and community building opportunities, as well as the valuable partnership and business prospects gained, the success of the 2017 experience proved that CTW China achieved a new high among all segments of delegates.

International corporate travel buyer and speaker, Pulak Bhaumik, Regional Procurement Lead of Jones Lang LaSalle Property said, “My biggest achievement at CTW China is the ability to be able to catch up with peers around China and around the world. I was able to share best practices with them and mutually learn from them and their success stories. With China going to be dominating in the global footprint, there is no better time than now to be investing time and resources in understanding and building networks in this market.”

Fellow corporate travel buyer, Geetha Arekal, Regional Travel Head (APAC), Unilever Industries, “Being a speaker at CTW China provides an invaluable platform to delve deep into subjects that elevate my knowledge as a professional. I also appreciate the unmatched opportunity to uncover the nuances and perspectives of my peers that undoubtedly make me a sharper and smarter corporate travel manager.”

Corporate Travel World (CTW) China 2017 was held from 21 – 23 March in Shanghai and is co-located with IT&CM China, the leading international MICE event in China. For more information, visit www.corporatetravelworld.com/china | WeChat ID: CTW-CH

CTW CHINA 2017

Date: 21 – 23 March 2017
Venue: Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing, China
Event URL: www.corporatetravelworld.com/china

2017 Canberra Balloon Festival held in Australia

Members of the public react as balloons participating in the Canberra Balloon Festival fly over buildings in the Australian capital city, March 12, 2017.

The Canberra Balloon Festival runs over nine days and is considered to be one of the best and longest running hot air ballooning events in the world. [Photo/Agencies]

Aranui Offers Discounts on Tahiti Trip of a Lifetime

Aranui Cruises is offering discounted cruises in 2018 with savings of up to $900 on four select voyages.

The Tahitian adventure cruise line is providing a 10 per cent discount across all cabin categories on Aranui 5’s January 13, March 29 and June 12 departures, with seniors also able to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on the October 2 voyage.

Discounted premium suites are priced from $7830* per person twin share, a saving of $840. While a royal suite is available from $8557* per person twin share on the discounted voyages, a saving of $920.

Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said Aranui 5 has been such a hit since its 2015 launch that the cruise line has increased its departures to 19 a year.

“The Australian and New Zealand market alone has doubled within the last two years due to Aranui 5’s popularity with local holidaymakers,” Mr Wong said.

During its 14-day roundtrip cruises from Papeete, the 125-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel dispenses cargo while guests disembark and explore nine islands across three striking and distinct French Polynesian archipelagoes. Guests can enjoy Bora Bora and its famed blue lagoon; the chance to walk in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville and Paul Gauguin on Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa in the far-flung Marquesas; and the picturesque Tuamotu ports of Rangiroa and Fakarava.

Mr Wong said the discounted itineraries offered a great value way to experience Tahiti.

“In addition to offering all the mod cons of a new freighter, Aranui 5’s cruise fare includes a couple of thousand dollars’ worth of added value such as shore excursions in the 17 scheduled ports of call, a twice weekly laundry service, all main meals and a complimentary glass of wine with onboard lunches and dinners.

“As a working ship, Aranui 5 also offers a money-can’t-buy seafaring adventure as it dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to some of the most naturally beautiful and untouched islands in the world, all from the comfort of a modern cruise freighter.”

Aranui 5 features a restaurant, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a computer room, a boutique, a swimming pool, a fitness room, a spa and four bars including the popular Sky bar.

For more information visit www.aranuicruises.com.au or call 03 9449 3778

ANZAC CENTENARY EXPERIENCE AT NEWCASTLE AND SYDNEY

A free exhibition to mark the Anzac Centenary is coming to Newcastle and Sydney.

Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial, The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience tells the story of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses who were part of Australia’s WWI campaign.

The exhibition begins with the story of a young nation-state, still finding its feet on the eve of war, and uses award-winning technology and design to tell Australia’s story in new and engaging ways.

  • Presented by the Australian Government, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will be at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre 29 March - 4 April  and the 
  • International Convention Centre Sydney from 15 -27 April 2017, marking the culmination of the exhibition’s nation-wide tour.

Red Ivory calls attention to wildlife trade crisis

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is shining a light on the tragedy of illegal wildlife trade in its newest exhibit, Red Ivory. The artistic visual narrative is a powerful, compelling and provocative six-minute video by San Francisco Zoo’s Artist in Residence Henry Jackson. The film is looping every ten minutes at an indoor theater in the Primate Discovery Center.

Using layered, enhanced video and composed audio, the piece takes viewers through several scenes depicting elephants in the past, present and future, including repercussions of current poaching practices – a world without elephants. Although the situation is grim, it’s not too late for concerned conservationists to make a difference. Actionable steps are to refrain from buying ivory and educate friends and family about the ramifications of illegal wildlife trade. Red Ivory expands the pledge campaign SF Zoo began last year to “STOP Ivory Trade”.

A special showing of Red Ivory will play Monday, March 27 at 11:00 am. Artist in Residence Henry Jackson, community leaders, local students and San Francisco Zoological Society supporters will be among the guests in attendance.

This is the second art installation by San Francisco artist Henry Jackson. In 2012, Kingdom Animalia, a large scale video & sound installation, debuted at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.

Event Details

Who: Artist in Residence Henry Jackson, community leaders, local students and San Francisco Zoological Society supporters
What: Red Ivory Special Showing
Where: San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA, 94132
When: Monday, April 27, 2017 at 11:00 am
Visuals: Six-minute video depicting the elephant poaching crisis; concerned citizens taking SF Zoo’s pledge to STOP ivory trade; interviews with SF Zoo professionals, supporters, and teen volunteers
How: Contact Rachel Eslick at 559-287-3990 or rachele@sfzoo.org

Upcoming events for planning purposes:

Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 – APE-ril Awareness weekend
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16 – Big Bunny’s Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, April 28 – ZooFest 2017: Call of the Wild Gala

About San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Established in 1929, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens connects people to wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action. An urban oasis, the Zoo & Gardens are home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species as well as seven distinct gardens full of native and unusual plants. Located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where the Great Highway meets Sloat Boulevard, the Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is accessible by San Francisco MUNI "L" Taraval Line. You can find us on the web at www.sfzoo.org.

Cambodia’s River Festival Targets Tourism Investors

A Cambodian commutes through
the village of Stung Trung, Cambodia,
Cambodia’s third annual River Festival in Steung Treng province next weekend is part of a strategy to attract tourism investment to provinces in the northeast of the country, officials have said.

Kong Sophearak, director of the Statistics Department at the Ministry of Tourism, told Khmer Times that coastal areas, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap province have traditionally attracted the bulk of hospitality investment.

He said the festival would be used to showcase ecotourism sites in northeast Cambodia to both foreign and local visitors and investors.

“The River Festival is not only about attracting local and foreign tourists, but also showcasing the potential for investment opportunities,” he said. “We recognize the northeast is yet to develop fully functioning services in terms of accommodation and restaurants, but that makes it a good opportunity for investors.”

The first River Festival was held in Kampong Cham and the second was in Kratie.

Source: Khmer Times.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR EXTRA HOUR IN SAN FRANCISCO

Welcome to the light side now that daylight savings time is here. Here are some bright ideas to fill that extra 60 minutes of sunshine:

Stroll in the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Open 365 days a year with seasonal hours starting daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4-6 p.m., the 55-acre park in Golden Gate Park, Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way, has more than 7,500 varieties of plants from around the world. Of particular interest are the Coast Redwoods, one of the most remarkable and unique plant communities in the world. A brochure detailing a self-guided trail walk through these majestic trees and more than 100 associated species can be downloaded from the website.

Head for the overlook at Sutro Heights Park

At the corner of Pt. Lobos Ave. and 48th Ave. in the outer Richmond District, two stone lions guard the entrance of an old carriage road, which meanders through the grounds of 19th century millionaire and former Mayor of San Francisco Adolph Sutro’s estate. The elements have reclaimed all but a few pieces of statuary including the lions and a parapet, which offers a dazzling view of the Pacific Ocean and the Farallon Islands.

Circuit through one of San Francisco’s several labyrinths

Grace Cathedral has two, an indoor one open during cathedral hours and an outdoor one that is accessible 24 hours a day. On the second Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m., candlelight walks on the indoor labyrinth accompanied by live music are offered.

Visit one of San Francisco’s park areas

Brannan Street Wharf opened in July 2013 in the heart of the city’s South Beach neighborhood. Built over the Bay, the 57,000-square-foot space includes a neighborhood green, a waterside walkway with seating and picnic tables, a shade structure and interpretive features. Mission Creek Park was the first of many parks and open spaces being developed in the Mission Bay neighborhood. Just a few blocks southwest of AT&T Park between Fourth and Fifth streets near King Street, the three-acre park is divided into north and south areas by Mission Creek. Shade trees, pathways, benches and gentle grass-covered hills invite lingering. Hours are sunrise to 10 p.m. daily. Bring binoculars — birds abound.

Board a ferry boat

Many ferry boats criss-cross the bay as the sun carves deep shadows across San Francisco’s central waterfront. Adult fares range from $12.50 to $26 (round-trip) for passages to Alameda, Angel Island, Oakland, Sausalito, South San Francisco, Tiburon and Vallejo. To review schedules and departure points, visit www.511.org.

Get culture at one of our museums

Many museums in the city have extended hours at least once a week. Evening hours tend to be less crowded and an early dinner at the museum café can be the perfect prelude to an art lark. Many museums are open late on Thursdays: Asian Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences and SFMOMA. Resuming June 2, 2017, Friday Nights at the de Young Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, dance and theater performances, films, lectures, artist demonstrations, exhibition tours, and hands-on art making for young and old.

Take me out to the ballgame

Call someone up and tell them to “meet me at Willie,” as in the Willie Mays statue on the plaza of AT&T Park, home field for the San Francisco Giants. For the full schedule, visit www.sfgiants.com. Tours of the stadium, dugout areas and visitors’ clubhouse are also offered on a regular basis.

Something's a-brewin'

Something’s always brewing in San Francisco, especially at the redoubtable Anchor Brewing Company where several unique beers are produced in one of the most traditional and handsome breweries in the world. Tours are offered at specific times seven days a week, excluding holidays, by reservation only; tours can be booked via their website only. The San Francisco Brewers Guild also sponsors a number of events and has a map of local breweries on their website.

Climb the hills

Take a break from the local workout center and head for the nearest hill. San Francisco’s natural inclinations offer some challenging ascents for even the most physically fit. Among the steepest streets: Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (31.5 percent grade); 22nd Street between Church and Vicksburg (31.5 percent grade); Jones between Union and Filbert (29 percent grade); Duboce Avenue between Alpine and Buena Vista (27.9 percent grade). Percentage indicates for every 100 feet, block rises 3l.5 feet, 29 feet, etc.

Run your tail off

Train for one of the many athletic events coming up this summer. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon returns to San Francisco every spring. Registration is open through the first two weeks of May for Bay to Breakers, which happens on the third Sunday in May. Since 1912, tens of thousands of people have gathered in San Francisco to see the world's largest footrace unfold as more than 70,000 costume-clad runners and walkers push off at 8 a.m. Known as the summer marathon, the San Francisco Marathon in July offers the "best of San Francisco" tour. Choose from running the marathon, two half marathons, 5K run/walk or a 52.4-mile ultra-marathon. And finally be sure to register now for the ever popular Giant Race at the end of summer.

2016 VIENNA MEETINGS INDUSTRY STATISTICS - new records across the board

  • Economic impact reaches new high of EUR 1.072 billion
  • Capital breaks meeting and bednight record set in 2015
  • One in every eight overnight stays in Vienna accounted for by meetings
  • Vienna meetings industry secures around 20,000 year-round jobs

Vienna’s record year for tourism in 2016 is equaled by the city’s meetings industry, which reported top results in all relevant key indicators: the number of events rose 11%, triggering a 2% increase in bednights, which saw induced economic impact advance some 3% to pass the one billion euro mark for the second year in succession.

President of the Vienna Tourist Board and the Vienna City Councilor for Finance, Economic and International Affairs Renate Brauner, Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner and Christian Mutschlechner, Head of the Vienna Convention Bureau presented the results at a press conference hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board on March 22. Guest speaker Josef Eberhardsteiner, Vice Rector for Infrastructure at Vienna’s Technical University (TU Wien), gave an insight into TU Wien as an event location and explained the university’s strategy to expand its international horizons.

ALL-TIME-HIGH: MORE THAN 4,000 MEETINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME

“Congratulations to everyone involved in Vienna’s meetings industry,” Renate Brauner began, “as they have played their part in achieving the best results in Vienna’s history as a meeting destination. Our city hosted 4,084 conferences, corporate events and incentives in 2016 – around 11% more than 2015. With around 567,000 participants during the year, meetings contributed 1,718,000 bednights in 2016, an increase of 2% on the previous year,” she continued.

INDUCED ECONOMIC IMPACT TOPS EUR 1 BILLION IN 2016

“The meetings industry’s contribution to Austrian GDP was no less impressive,” Renate Brauner said. “Compared with 2015, which exceeded the one billion mark for the first time, the contribution of Vienna’s meetings industry to the national economy increased in 2016 by additional 3% to EUR 1.072 billion.” The induced economic impact includes direct expenditure by participants, conference organizers, exhibitors and accompanying persons, as well as income from upstream areas of the economy that is indirectly induced by the meetings (e.g. food and beverage suppliers, printers, construction companies, banks, insurance companies, communications companies etc.).

MEETINGS INDUSTRY SECURES ABOUT 20,000 YEAR-ROUND JOBS

“Vienna’s meetings industry once again proved to be a dependable employer, securing more than 19,700 year-round jobs nationwide.” Brauner noted. “The records set in 2015 were surpassed with gains in all key indicators, with performances mirroring those of the capital’s thriving tourism sector in 2016.”

TAX REVENUE REACHES ALMOST EUR 300 MILLION

Tax revenue from congresses, meetings and incentives in Vienna amounted to EUR 296.59 million in 2016. Of this total, EUR 194.34 million went to the Federal Government, EUR 36.15 million to Vienna and the remainder to the other Federal Provinces and municipalities. Induced economic impact and tax revenue is calculated according to the Event Model Austria, a constantly-updated method developed by the corporate advisor and Vienna University of Business and Economics lecturer Martina Stoff-Hochreiner.

ONE IN EIGHT VISITOR OVERNIGHTS IN VIENNA ATTRIBUTABLE TO MEETINGS

“The importance and volume of meetings and congress tourism for Vienna comes into sharp focus when this segment is compared to the rest of the capital’s tourism industry. Overnight stays generated by meetings, congresses and incentives accounted for 12% of the bednights reported by the Viennese tourism industry in 2016. In other words, one in every eight overnight stays in Vienna is accounted for by meetings,” Kettner confirmed. The 4,084 events held in Vienna in 2016 break down as follows: 1,320 congresses (down 5%), whereof 581 national (down 10%) and 739 international (down 1%), and 2,764 (up 21%) corporate events, meetings and incentives, whereof 1,095 national (up 4%) and 1,669 international (up 34%).

PER-CAPITA EXPENDITURE BY CONGRESS GUESTS TWICE AS HIGH

The figures relating to average spends in Vienna reveal just how important congress participants are for the Viennese economy: “At EUR 538 a day, per-capita spending by these visitor groups is around double the EUR 252 for private visitors,” Norbert Kettner explained.

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESSES DELIVER BIGGEST ECONOMIC IMPACT

Accounting for 40% of all the bednights contributed by scientific congresses, the medical segment contributed the lion’s share in this category, followed by congresses focusing on human disciplines and the natural sciences, both of which had a 12% share. “As in previous years, international congresses continue to have the greatest impact on the overall results. Accounting for just 18% of all meetings in 2016, this segment contributed 51% of all participants, 75% of overnights and 80% of economic impact. It also generated 81% of the tax revenue induced by the meetings industry for the City of Vienna,” Kettner added.

INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ORGANIZERS OF ALL SIZES A MAJOR ASSET

“Although congresses – and the international segment in particular – are behind the lion’s share of induced economic impact for the city, corporate events cannot be overlooked. This section plays an important role in terms of generating demand for key infrastructure including hotels, as well as service providers working in the meetings sector,” Kettner explained. “From large-scale meetings with more than 20,000 participants to smaller corporate functions, Vienna caters to a broad range of specifications. Being able to draw on the kind of infrastructure that three major modern convention centers and multiple high-quality smaller venues have at their disposal represents a huge advantage when it comes to advertising Vienna. And our close ties with the university sector is another asset that helps to set Vienna apart on the international stage.” Vienna’s universities accommodate the majority of the small and medium-sized meetings and congresses held in the city.

‘TU UNIVERCITY’: MEETINGS AT THE CITY CAMPUS

Under its long-term TU UniverCity project, Vienna’s Technical University (TU Wien) – located on Karlsplatz for 200 years – has expanded to become a contemporary city campus comprising four city-center locations including the historic original main building. TU Wien also opens up its facilities to organizers of meetings and congresses: 110 lecture halls and 10 main meeting rooms with a capacity for 10,000 people are available to hire for external events. In all, 27 conferences (24 international, 3 national) with a total of 5,500 participants were held at TU Wien in 2016.

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS THANKS TO SCIENTIFIC PERSONNEL

International congresses at TU Wien underpin Vienna’s credentials as a location for science and business, while also helping to raise the profile of the university abroad. TU Wien sees its scientific personnel as a central element of its internationalization strategy: “Young researchers looking to embark upon a scientific career at TU Wien have to have an excellent research record and international experience – e.g. memberships of scientific associations – and are required to bring a scientific event to the city at some point in their first four years. After four years, a special committee looks at whether they have attained the objectives set for them. In this form, this concept is truly unique,” explained TU Vice Rector Eberhardsteiner. “Supporting our young employees is something that we take very seriously and many of them are hosting their first meetings as part of EU projects. Young researchers organize, learn and discuss things differently. We give them the space to try out new ways of transferring knowledge and put their own mark on the way the meetings are held in the spaces provided. We are looking to attain a mix of traditional and avant-garde forms of presentation, which is something we are already achieving with the Young Scientists Stream.” Congresses provide young scientists with a platform for further education and creating networks of their own, while established scientists mainly use them to share expertise.

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY ENHANCES VIENNA’S CACHET AS A MEETINGS DESTINATION

Ongoing investment in the university and its support systems increase Vienna’s attractiveness as an internationally recognized destination for congresses. “The state-of-the-art infrastructure in a historic environment, high level of professionalism among service suppliers and the rich variety of cultural attractions speak for themselves. Vienna has a reputation as a city where congresses run smoothly and are turned into an experience – and we are proud of the part we play in upholding this reputation,” Eberhardsteiner confirmed.

25-YEAR COMPARISON: VIENNA’S GROWTH AS A CONGRESS DESTINATION

For 25 years the Vienna Convention Bureau has meticulously kept records of the statistics and economic data relating to the city’s meetings industry, making it a pioneer in Europe. “We can call up a quarter of a century’s worth of detailed records that clearly chart Vienna’s development as an international meeting destination. As a resource, this data is unique in the whole of Europe,” explained Mutschlechner. “Since 1991 the number of national and international congresses held in Vienna has risen by 351% from 293 to 1,320. The number of participants has increased more than four-fold from around 90,000 to around 400,000 and the number of bednights generated by them has grown from around 400,000 to 1.4 million – a rise of some 257%. The induced economic impact attributable to congresses is even more impressive. Amounting to around EUR 915 million in 2016, the contribution to GDP by congresses has grown by 611% since 1991. Of this total, EUR 254 million is attributable to tax revenue, which represents an increase of 591%.”

450 MEETINGS INDUSTRY DECISION MAKERS IN VIENNA THIS YEAR

This year alone the Vienna Convention Bureau is set to appear at 62 trade fairs and workshops in 15 countries. In 2017 it will use site inspections for study groups with up to 150 participants to showcase Vienna’s strengths as a destination on the global stage.

Vienna is the first destination in Europe to enter into an agreement with Maritz Global Events allowing it to highlight the capital’s attractiveness as a meeting destination to Maritz account managers at internal events and as part of an education tour that will take in the company’s main offices in Fenton, Philadelphia, Twinsburg and Chicago.

“The Associations World Congress, which brings 300 organizers of international and european congresses to the Austria Center Vienna and the Hofburg from May 2-4, gives us a direct line to a kind of ‘mega study group’ and allows us to reach out to a multitude of decision makers and multipliers in the meetings industry all at once,” Mutschlechner explained.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Walk Through The Titanic Exhibition

Titanic The Exhibition tells the most recognizable story of maritime accomplishment and disaster through dramatic room recreations and 100-year-old artefacts. 

The exhibition features over 375 artefacts directly from the pre-sinking Titanic and her nearly identical sister ship, Olympic, thus providing a rare opportunity to view the grand Titanic as she was before falling to her watery grave. Select artefacts were removed from Titanic before she sailed to New York, others were donated by descendants of passengers, and many were taken from Titanic’s sister ship Olympic and serve as exact original replicas of items now lost on the bottom of the sea. Additional props and costumes from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster movie “Titanic” are also featured. 

After receiving a “boarding pass” containing the personal information of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member, visitors have the opportunity to have their photo taken on the bow of the Titanic, where some creative guests enjoy re-creating the classic “flying scene” from J. Cameron’s 1997 film. 

Next, a journey onboard 1912’s largest and most luxurious ship begins with an Introduction Gallery. This gallery explains the inception of the White Star Line and the major players in Titanic’s conception and creation. 

Visitors continue into the Construction Gallery where Titanic’s construction and layout are detailed through large graphic images and construction material artefacts. 

The Departure Gallery, a themed recreation of the Southampton dock from which Titanic departed, displays artefacts, images and video from the ship’s departure including cargo manifest lists and other items specific to the day of Titanic’s departure, all set on a seaside dock in the shadow of Titanic’s towering ship wall. 

From the Departure Gallery, visitors “board” the Titanic via a gangplank and find themselves immersed in a luxurious recreation of one of Titanic’s First Class Hallways. After the short journey to the end of the corridor, the exhibition’s First Class and Dining Gallery emerges. 

The First Class and Dining Gallery features many artefacts including dining china, silver, crystal and more. Items from the White Star Line’s First Class areas such as the Smoking Rooms, staterooms and Dining Rooms are also displayed amid enormous images of the ship’s interiors. A re-created First Class Stateroom is also present, complete with a mix of props and artefacts for a true representation of Titanic’s First Class accommodations. 

The next portion of the exhibition is a truly awe-inspiring full-sized recreation of Titanic’s Grand Staircase. Visitors are invited to enter the room, walk about the staircase and enjoy the view as well as several Grand Staircase artefacts. The staircase also features a second photo opportunity. 

A short walk through a recreation of a Third Class Hallway onboard Titanic provides a glimpse into a fully recreated Third Class Cabin, complete with a mix of props and authentic artefacts. Here, guests will also see the infamous locked gates that prevented so many of Titanic’s Third Class Passengers from escaping to the upper decks during the disaster. 

Exiting the Third Class Hallway, guests round a dark corner and find themselves in one of Titanic’s Boiler Rooms. Here, an enormous recreation of a ship’s boiler furnace provides an interesting insight to the world below decks where Titanic’s firemen toiled endlessly to provide the ship with the power she needed to steam across the North Atlantic. An actual piece of coal from the mine that provided Titanic’s coal is also on display, providing an authentic link to the coal-reliant era of steamship travel. 

Leaving the Boiler Room, as visitors push their way through a swinging door, they are met with a blast of icy air and find themselves “outside” on one of Titanic’s sprawling Promenade Decks. In this full recreation gallery, guests are invited to sit on a bench or lean out over the railing, smell the sea air, feel the cold wind, and see the sky filled with thousands of stars on the moonless night of 14 April, 1912. A recovered deck chair and other artefacts are displayed here as well and tell the story of Titanic’s Promenade Decks with intriguing detail. 

Following a relaxing stroll along the Promenade, visitors enter the Warnings corridor. Here, large graphic depictions of the telegraphic ice warning messages received by Titanic are displayed. The details of the moments leading up to Titanic’s impact with the iceberg are explained and an ominous feeling of impending doom is felt. A recreation of Titanic’s bell, rung by Frederick Fleet as he shouted “Iceberg! Right Ahead!” is present and leads the way to the chilling Iceberg Gallery. 

The Iceberg Gallery provides a similar view of the ice seen by Titanic’s crew on the night of 14 April, 1912. Visitors are invited to touch the ice and experience the cold felt by thousands of unfortunate souls lost in the frigid North Atlantic. This dark and somber gallery explains the series of events that occurred just after Titanic collided with the iceberg. Large artefacts including Olympic’s ship wheel and a damaged lounge window provide a view of all of the things that went down with the ship. Video depictions of the collision, breaking, and sinking of Titanic are also on display to assist in the understanding of the collision and sinking process. 

The subsequent Memorial Gallery is a quiet area for reflecting on the massive loss of life and hope caused by the Titanic disaster. Visitors are invited to find out the fate of their “boarding pass” passenger or crew member assigned at the Exhibition’s start using an overwhelming full-wall display of the name and fate of every soul onboard Titanic. Memorial artefacts and personal effects of survivors and victims are also presented alongside information detailing the legal proceedings and testimonies that followed the tragedy. 

Leaving the Memorial Gallery, visitors find themselves back in the present time and at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The Discovery Gallery is equipped with a glass floor over a sand-covered “sea floor” arranged to mimic the scene 2.5 miles below the surface at the wreck site of the Titanic. Broken china embedded in the sand, large projected scenes of the wreck, and themed lighting give guests the impression of walking alongside what remains of Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic. Images and video of the discovery of the ship as well as artefacts from the discovery dive explain how Titanic was found and the state of the ship in its final resting place. 

Finally, guests emerge from the Discovery Gallery and enter the Local Stories area. Here, items from James Cameron’s 1997 movie “Titanic” are displayed including authentic costumes and props including dresses worn by actress Kate Winslet and the famous “Heart of the Ocean” necklace also seen in the film. In addition, stories of Australia’s connection to Titanic are presented and provide guests with a personal link between Titanic and Australia.

History is alive again in the stunning, informative and heartbreaking Titanic The Exhibition, opening Saturday 8 April at The Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

www.titanictheexhibition.com.au

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Knowledge Sessions, In Addition To Business And Networking, Score High Among 2017 Delegates’ Event Experience

Knowledge building and education has continually been on the forefront of the IT&CM China programme, and reviews by delegates indicate this to be among the year’s high points.

Association Buyers found the 4 dedicated Association Days Forum topics on challenging times for association meetings; global vs local trends; second wave cities; and a how-to on selecting the right destination; relevant and on-point.

Association buyer, Paul Zhai, Marketing Executive for The Centre for Association Leadership (ASAE), “Attending the association day forums at IT&CM China provided solutions from an event organiser perspective and insights on how to deal with international issues. I aim to meet more associations that organise international events to understand how domestic associations run events with the same global standards.”

Association delegate and speaker, Ella Zhou, Deputy General Manager, Spring International, “As an association professional, being at events like IT&CM China allows me to garner precise information about a destination's convention capacity as well as assess the compatibility of our association's event agenda to the economic priorities of its government. Finding new partners and collaborators is also a big plus.”

IT&CM China’s keynote speaker and moderator, GainingEdge’s CEO Gary Grimmer 3-part MICE Clinic under the campfire knowledge sessions were especially created to inspire the industry to elevate and achieve higher performance levels.

Grimmer, "We're happy to be able to give helpful advice to the attendees at IT&CM China this year in terms of how to be more successful at trade shows and how to make convention bureaus more successful for those who are considering to do so. In addition, we've planned a campfire session on the topic of convention centre development because we know that plenty of delegates are considering this and they will get how-to advice on the various things they will need to consider."

Topics on Creating Value in B2B Digital Communications, Understanding Corporate Travel in China and How to Increase User Engagement & Experience through Mobile Innovation were also featured in this year’s knowledge line-up. Social engagement platform providers, UpNixt, presented the latter and delved into the use of technology for event organisers to leverage on to further enhance participant experience and to better connect with attendees event needs and desires.

Elaborated Desmond Phua, Founder and CMOO of the social engagement platform, “UpNixt is the social to-do list for places to go. For an event like IT&CM China, event organisers can make use of our platform to put together a list of recommended business, education, networking functions at the event while also slotting in points of interest around the destination using the ‘GoList’ to be able to add to the experience outside of the event as well.”

Further, with over 14,000 business appointments concluded and fulfilling networking goals achieved over 2 days, satisfaction level of IT&CM China 2017 delegates are at an all-time high.

International Exhibitor, Lily Su, Deputy Executive Director, MEET TAIWAN, “2017’s IT&CM China has allowed us meet more targeted buyers from the Asia region, the profile that we have been aiming for. MEET TAIWAN is glad to be a part of the show this year.”

Domestic Exhibitor, Tina Gan, M.I.C.E. Department, Hangzhou Tourism Commission, “We are delighted to be able to leverage on the IT&CM China post-show tour opportunity to draw international buyers to Hangzhou with the support of the organisers who helped us reach out to a targeted group of buyers. We hope that through this familiarisation trip, buyers will get to benefit from the resources that Hangzhou can offer to their next event.

International Association Buyer, Franco Viviani, President, International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research (ICPAFR), “IT&CM China is just the right size for conducive business sourcing and networking. I appreciated the fact that the show was organised very well organised both in quality and quantity of exhibitors.”

Charley Sun, Project Manager, Merisis Consulting Company, “As a meeting planner, being able to discover new destinations and hotel venues here enable me to achieve my planning objectives for the next year or the next 6 months. I also learnt new trends, new deals and the kind of government support that the various destinations can provide.”

Grahame Cox, General Manager, Savage Communications, “IT&CM China is probably the only exhibition in China that you can find so many experts right across the MICE space. For a journalist this means that we can get first-hand information from the experts and it is the only exhibition that can give you that resource.”

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