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Langkawi welcomes PATA

Langkawi welcomes PATA The curtains have just been raised to welcome the new year of 2018. For Malaysia, this means that the upcoming PATA Travel Mart 2018 in Langkawi island will take place in just another five months. The event, to be held from 12 to 14 September at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC), is expected to welcome hundreds of travel and tourism industry players from around the world to the exotic “island of legends” for an exhibition, forums, workshops/seminars, business meetings and networking sessions. There will also be a special Digital Hub exhibition, a platform dedicated to innovative technology impacting the travel and tourism business. PATA Travel Mart is Asia-Pacific’s worldwide travel trade exhibition featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand their networks, establish new relationships and consolidate existing business partnerships. Hosted by Malaysia this year, PATA Travel Mart is set at the beautiful island of Langkawi – a tropical paradise known for its unsurpassed natural beauty, friendly people, excellent food, duty-free shopping and luxurious hotels and resorts. A cluster of 99 islands, Langkawi boasts emerald waters, stretches of white sandy beaches and natural attractions. It is famed as one of the region’s best holiday destinations, offering superb beach resorts, an international airport, picturesque golf courses and well-equipped marinas. The Langkawi Global Geopark won the 2017 PATA Gold Award for Heritage and Culture at last year’s PATA Travel Mart held in Macao, highlighting the island’s efforts for sustainable development. PATA Travel Mart 2018 registration is still open. Individuals or corporations are invited to take part either as local or international seller, international buyer, local/international media, or as local/international trade visitor. Those interested to register as event sponsors are also welcomed. Who should attend PATA Travel Mart 2018? • Sellers (both local and international) Accommodation – hotel chains, independent hotels, resorts, service apartments; Airlines; National & regional tourism organisations; Inbound tour operators; Professional conference organisers; Destination management companies; Attractions - June Nielsen, Inter Travel and newly started GSA Nordic Airline & Destination partner together with Bryngja Birgisdottir, talking business and future plans with Dato Haji Azizan Bin Noordin, CEO of Langkawi Tourism and Noraini Jumaat, head of business Development at Langkawi Tourism. theme parks, museums, galleries, nature and national parks; Cruise – day cruise operators, regional & international cruise operators; Car rental companies; Adventure tour operators; Dive operators; Rail travel; Restaurants; Travel media; Travel technology companies; Travel web portal; Meeting & convention venues; Spas; Golf courses; Sports and special events planners; and any other direct tourism service providers. • Buyers (international) Outbound travels – group, individual, corporate & business, incentive, leisure, adventure, golf, spa & wellness, spiritual and pilgrimages, youth & student, dive tours, cruises, honey moon packages; Meetings & conventions organisers; Exhibition organisers; Special interest tour operators and any other organisations or individuals who can influence and/or send significant travel business to the Pacific Asia region. 16 >> Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia

Danish hotel: Free smartphone “At Absalon Hotel, ourgoal is simply to provide every single guest with the most memorable and personalized experience.We are therefore very excited to be the first hotel in Denmark to introduce Handy Smartphone.” Says general manager Karen Nedergaard. With Handy the guests get free local & international calls, free internet access, personalized push messages, exclusive promotions and on-the-go hotel concierge service. Absalon Hotel is centrally located in the trendy and hip neighborhood Vesterbro in the heart of Copenhagen. Karen Nedergaard, general manager of Alvolon Hotel together with Flemming Gade Hansenfrom Small Danish Hotels. Denmark had a lot of interest at ITB. Dynamic B2B solution Seagull-online is a new online booking platform from Via Hansa & Borealis. It was presented at ITB to all the agents, visiting the booth. One Stop Online Shop provides agents of Via Hansa & Borealis access to book services for FIT’s in Scandinavia, Baltic countries, Finland, Russia, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. Lisa Sauerwein, sales and operation manager: “Our agents get access to exclusive hotel NET rates at strategic key properties and Best Available Rates (BAR), when NET rates are not available .“ Online bookings of transfers with immediate confirmations Excursions in and around capital cities & shore excursions in and around major harbor cities FIT packages throughout Scandinavia, Baltic countries, Finland, Russia, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine Guaranteed Escorted Tours in 5 languages, 30 tours with 300+ departures with immediate confirmations 24/7 Possibility to connect to your company’s booking system via API (XML) Owner and CEO of Via Hansa I Riga in Latvia Hans Henrik Kjoelby together with Lisa Sauerwein, sales and operation manager and managing director Ilze Sproge. Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia

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