World Series of Poker starts May 31

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May 25, 2022- World Series of Poker Announces 2022 Daily Event Schedule

The 53rd World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) – the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series.

Following a successful 17-year run at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the WSOP moves to the Las Vegas Strip for the very first time at Bally’s, the future Horseshoe, and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and will feature the WSOP’s inaugural Master of Ceremonies, Vince Vaughn.

The move to the Strip builds upon the legacy for Caesars Entertainment’s World Series of Poker, as the first-ever tournament was played at Las Vegas’ original Horseshoe in 1970. Doors open on Tuesday, May 31 with exciting action through the event’s conclusion on Wednesday, July 20.

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“This year is particularly historic for the WSOP with its move to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and debut in the best facilities we’ve ever had,” said Ty Stewart, the WSOP’s Executive Director residing over his 17th WSOP. “We’re ready to welcome players from all over the world to our housewarming party at Bally’s, soon-to-be Horseshoe, and Paris. The schedule is jam-packed with first-class events and we expect this to be the biggest and most anticipated WSOP yet.”

WSOP will again feature the much-anticipated $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, also known as the “Main Event”, which in 2021 hosted 6,650 entrants from around the world despite taking place during a pandemic. This year’s Main Event is back to its traditional time frame around the July 4 holiday, beginning on Sunday, July 3. The legendary deep-stack tournament will continue play through the Final Table on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16.

The WSOP’s new home will include all convention space at both Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s. This will create the largest tournament capacity in the event’s history with over 200,000 square feet and 600 poker tables. The 2022 World Series of Poker will host a wide variety of tournaments ranging in price from $400 to $250,000. The main cage will be placed at Paris Las Vegas while the TV set staging will be in the Bally’s Event Center as the two buildings are connected and share a parking garage.

This year’s tournament will also feature a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool WSOP opening weekend dubbed “The Housewarming”, featuring a $500 buy-in. This popular price point for the opening weekend has generated some of the largest field sizes in the history of poker. Last year’s “Reunion” event generated a whopping 12,973 entrants and organizers are expecting an even larger field as the event returns to its traditional summer schedule.

World Series of Poker will work with broadcast partner CBS Sports for a second season of coverage with daily streaming on PokerGo. Produced exclusively by Poker Central, there will be 18 different bracelet events to be televised with a minimum of 15 hours of coverage for the 2022 Main Event.

When booking early, entrants of the World Series of Pokerbracelet events can enjoy reduced hotel room rates at Bally’s and Paris, as well as all Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas by using the special advanced booking code “WSOP22”. Rates are based on availability and are subject to change. To view a complete list of rates across all Caesars Entertainment properties, please visit our Reservations page.

Schedule highlights below. To view the entire gold bracelet schedule, please visit WSOP 2022 Schedule where a downloadable version is provided.

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Tour de France Thailand Phang-nga 2022 cycling event set for mid-May – L’ Etape Thailand

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May 4, 2022– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to advise that the ‘L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France Phang-nga 2022’ cycling event is to take place from 13-15 May, 2022, in the beautiful Southern resort locale of Phang-nga.

H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said “Hosting this prestigious cycling event for the third year is another valuable opportunity to show the world Thailand is again open to the world’s tourists, to help stimulate the economy, and to help position Thailand as a major destination for sports tourism, which is a key element of the ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022’ marketing campaign.”

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Based on the famous ‘Tour de France’ annual bicycling championship, this landmark event was successfully staged in Thailand in 2018 and 2019. The 2019 race drew over 300 overseas cyclists and attracted more than 2,000 fans and spectators generating over 250 million Baht in revenue.

This year, the ‘L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France Thailand Phang-nga 2022’, which has the theme ‘The Final Great Memory’ is expecting a similarly successful turnout with overseas riders from over 30 countries and Thai riders to make up a field of some 2,000 riders. More than 8,000 fans and spectators are expected.

Registration is open now at www.runlah.com/events/letapeth22 for ‘L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France Thailand Phang-nga 2022’, which will have two distances of 145 km and 75 km. The starting point is in Khao Lak at the Tsunami Memorial, Boat Tor 813, and the finishing line in Takua Pa District. The picturesque scenery for which the Phang-nga region is well known for promises a stunning event for both riders and spectators.

To partake in L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France Thailand Phang-nga 2022’, riders and spectators are required to meet specific criteria, which includes proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and to undergo testing by an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) before the event.

The actual race day is 15 May, and a host of activities and festive fun is planned for the two days beforehand on 13-14 May. This includes a Tour de France Museum show, bicycle trade fair, bike inspection services, bike workshops, and event sponsors’ booths.

As well as the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, a number of public and private sector sponsors are working together to make the ‘L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France Phang-nga 2022’ a success. They are the Sports Authority of Thailand, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Thai Cycling Association under Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, Move Asia Company Limited, and TAT.

More information on ‘L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France Phang-nga 2022’ can be found at www.facebook.com/letapethailand.

October 14, 2021 – In the draw for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Hockey Championship ticket purchase rights, more than 1.6 million ticket requests were made for the games played in Tampere.

All winners of the draw have received more detailed instructions for claiming the tickets. Winners of the draw must claim their tickets no later than 15 October at 12:00 noon (EET). The schedule also applies to those who have been offered alternative tickets. If a person doesn’t claim the tickets they have won, tickets are automatically returned for sale.

Participants who haven’t won in the draw at all or who have been offered alternative tickets will receive an opportunity to purchase unclaimed day tickets. The opportunity to purchase tickets starts on 16 October at 9:00 and ends on 20 October at 12:00 noon (EET). Tickets are not automatically available to all those who have been offered the opportunity to purchase tickets, but tickets are sold on a first come basis. Ticket sales for game days are open as long as there are tickets left.

A separate message will be sent in advance to those participants who have the purchase opportunity. The message will provide more detailed instructions for purchasing tickets. 

Winners of the draw have already claimed a lot of tickets, but there are still some tickets left for all game days in Tampere.

All participants in the draw will be sent a separate message and offered an opportunity to purchase day tickets from 21 to 25 October 2021, if there are tickets left. 

If there are in the end still day tickets left, they will go on sale on 27 October 2021.

Furthermore, day tickets are also available for the games played in Helsinki. Additionally, a limited number of VIP packages are for puchase in Helsinki and also in Tampere.

Ticket schedule:

  • 29 Oct. All the winners of the draw were informed
  • 30 Sep. – 15 Oct. Redemption of ticket purchase rights won in the draw
  • 16-20 Oct. Opportunity to buy tickets for those who have not been entitled to buy desired tickets in the draw
  • 21-25 Oct. Opportunity to buy tickets for everyone in the draw
  • 27Oct. Day tickets for Tampere games on open sale, if there are tickets left
  • Check out the ticket FAQ

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Visit Vietnam Year 2023

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Visit Vietnam 2023

April 28, 2022, MOCST agrees with the proposal of Binh Thuan province to host the Visit Vietnam Year 2023

Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh – Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) also attended the meeting.

Informing about the Visit Vietnam Year, Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh said that it is a typical cultural – economic – social event in national and international scale, as well as the largest annual tourism event of Vietnam’s tourism industry, held in many provinces and cities of Vietnam.

Visit Vietnam Year 2023

On February 16, 2022, Binh Thuan Province proposed to host the Visit Vietnam Year 2023 with the theme “Binh Thuan – green convergence”.

Recently, Binh Thuan has become one of the emerging localities, a bright spot to attract tourists. The province has experience in successfully organizing many national and international tourism events such as International Hot air balloon Festival, Miss Ocean contest, International Sailing Festival, International Windsurfing tournament…

Up to now, the province’s tourism infrastructure has been invested and developed strongly. The province has 594 accommodation establishments with a total of 17,587 rooms; many large-scale tourism projects such as Sea Links Beach Hotel, Anantara Mui Ne Beach Resort, Novaworld Phan Thiet, Centara, Apec Mandala Wyndham Mui Ne…

The province has a transportation system along the coast, connecting coastal tourist destinations with urban areas, creating favorable conditions for tourism development. Currently, Binh Thuan’s tourism workforce has about 22,300 people, about 70-80% have undergone training and retraining, basically meeting the needs of customer service.

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World Travel Expo Miami Oct 11 – 13, 2022

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April 7, 2022 – World Travel Expo Miami October 11-13, 2022

World Travel Expo Miami

Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in thought leadership, an interactive expo floor, business opportunities, and a meeting place at one of the busiest airports in the world at the World Travel Expo Miami. Coming to the Miami Airport Convention Center in May 2022, the World Travel Expo –

Miami will provide seminars and workshops, cutting-edge travel content, one-on-one meetings and networking, and a bridge for private & public partnership with airports and airlines, cruise lines, destination specialists, travel professionals and consumers.

Promote your business, your brand, and the products and services you offer amongst other influential leaders and experts in their field as well as discuss current challenges, emerging trends and business opportunities in the industry.

World Travel Expo Miami is your opportunity to meet with

Airports and airlines, Destination specialists, Cruise lines, Travel professionals, Consumers

Sharing travel, connecting airports, airlines, passengers and destinations

Miami International Airport is among the busiest airports in the world. There are over 80 airlines serving MIA carrying approximately 46 million passengers per year to 150 destinations around the globe.   

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Modern Tswana Fashion Week Botswana – designer battle held on April 30

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March 29, 2022  – Modern Tswana Fashion Week – Local fashion designers will go head-to-head in a contest to find the fairest of them all during a fashion event for Modern Tswana Fashion Week Investments dubbed the ‘Battle of Designers’.

Modern Tswana Fashion Week

The event will be held on April 30 at the Thapong Visual Arts from 5pm-11pm. It will be Modern Tswana Fashion Week Investments’ ninth fashion event since their establishment in 2017. In an interview with the founder of Modern Tswana Fashion Week Investments, Nchidzi James Chikumo, he explained that the Battle of Designers will host a competition for designers who will compete by dressing fashion models on the runway. He also said they have already hosted fashion-modeling workshops, which were attended by more than 100 fashion aspiring models, both males and females. “The designers will compete for cash prizes and other awesome vouchers.

Modern Tswana Fashion Week: The Battle of Designers will also host an exhibition for the arts and other creative industries to showcase their products or services to our audience and over 10,000 social media followers.

The event’s objective of Modern Tswana Fashion Week is to ensure that we develop and enhance designers’ creativity through a competitive platform that will challenge them to be more creative and think outside the box,” he explained. He further pointed out that the event will target new and established fashion designers so as to intensify the competitive spirit within the industry.

Chikumo also said the event was also for designers all over Botswana adding that both start-ups and established designers were welcome to join.

She stated that they intended to showcase Botswana’s fashion design creativity to their audience through the outfits made by the designers and fashion models. Chikumo added that they intend to unlock the designers’ next level creativity, which they could use in their daily work after the event.

Modern Tswana Fashion Week is aimed at promoting designers and fashion models and also get the designers closer to their target market. “We will also host an exhibition.

Modern Tswana Fashion Week will see different sectors of the industry of Botswana showcase and sell their products to our 250 event attendees.

Exhibitors will also get a chance to market their brands to our online social media platforms, which reach over 26,000 online users per week. The fear of COVID-19 is still around, which affects our tickets sales but we plan to have COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of our event attendees,” he added.

Chikomu said finding sponsors has been a minor setback since most businesses are still trying to recover from the effects of COVID-19. Furthermore, he explained that Battle of Designers will be hosted annually during the months April/May.

He added that they planed to expand to countries like South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and many others since their events were doing well.

However, he said the fashion industry in Botswana has a long way to show growth and more creativity, which is why the Battle of Designers was conceived. He said the event will bring competition and push for growth of the fashion industry in Botswana as the industry was growing but at a very slow pace.

He explained that the fact that most of the material is imported made it very expensive for most Batswana designers, by so doing limiting creativity and access to the latest clothing materials.

To grow the local fashion industry, he said there is need for local fashion designers to start competing among themselves and take part in outside borders fashion events to keep up with the fast-changing industry trends.

Chikomu said they had Sparkle Designs who are very good and skilled in creating fashion outfits and accessories, KC-H Bespoke Couture Creators for all occasions, and also have couture outfits for hire, Connie Couture who is start-up designer schooling at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and focuses on outfits you worn on a daily basis and Joe en NoNo Clothing and Upper Designs to name a few.

The event has tickets ranging from P200 to P350. The P250 standard ticket comes with a free cocktail (alcoholic or non alcoholic); the P200 student ticket includes a free beverage and the P350 VIP Ticket comes with a full meal and a beverage of choice. Modern Tswana Fashion Week Investments is dedicated to organising themed fashion events like fashion shows, fashion promotional activities and also fashion promotional campaigns.

All tickets for Modern Tswana Fashion Week are available at the WebTickets kiosk in Riverwalk Mall, Gaborone and all Spar supermarkets in Gaborone and Pik ’n Pay supermarkets. Tickets can also be found online at www. WebTickets.co.bw

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8 Festival Vilnius – a New International Music Festival

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March 29, 2022 –  8 Festival in Vilnius – Netflix-Famous Prison in Vilnius Welcomes New International Music Festival

A century-old prison in Vilnius will welcome international music enthusiasts to a brand new music event. 8 Festival will showcase established and rising music talents from the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, Sweden, and other countries, a carefully curated program, and unique historical background in the city center.

 This summer Lukiškės Prison 2.0—the most famous confinement facility in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania—will host a brand new music festival. The selection of indie, punk, electronic, and other genre artists will entertain modern music enthusiasts from June 17 to June 19, 2022.

8 Festival, organized by Lithuanian music agency 8 Days A Week, will feature a global lineup of established artists and emerging acts: German techno trio Moderat, Swedish post-punk band Viagra Boys, Britain’s rock band Black Country, New Road, American experimental musician Yves Tumor, a noise-rock quartet from Ireland Gilla Band, as well as the Tik Tok sensation Sub Urban, to name a few.

8 Festival

The organizing agency has been operating from Lukiškės Prison 2.0 since last spring. Having already launched a number of projects, concerts, and other activities, the agency has proved its contribution to turning the former prison into one of the capital’s most favored cultural venues.
Therefore, according to Martynas Butkevičius, head of bookings at 8 Days A Week, the century-old premises inspired the agency to play on its unique status as a prison-turned-arts cluster, bringing along the international community of artists and spectators.

Although Lukiškės Prison terminated its activities as a confinement facility in 2019, it made its name as a cultural hub last year when over 350 artists set up their studios and workshops on its premises. The facility has already gained international recognition when Netflix used it for filming the upcoming season of Stranger Things, and now hosts cultural, modern art, and live music events, as well as day/night tours.

“8 Festival is a new festival for true music lovers. This is Vilnius. This is our life. Lukiškės Prison 2.0 is our home and creative playground, and one of the most incredible live performance spaces in the Baltics,” Butkevičius said. “All local and international talents and household names will help us to create musical magic, leaving the ordinary affairs and problems behind us, and inspiring everyone visiting Vilnius and Lukiškės.”

Festival identity, programming choices, brand reputation, and the pursuit of rising talents and new music will be also entrenched across the online platforms through hashtag #mybloodyfestival. The organizers aim to use the hashtag to connect with fans and encourage them to dive into the explorations of new music genres, and up-and-coming artists.

Only 3000 spectators will be able to enjoy the carefully curated program, outstanding art installations, and top-notch food due to the limited prison capacity. To accommodate the everchanging COVID-19 landscape, the event will also be organized in compliance with all future regulations and safety measures.

Author: GINTARĖ KAVALIŪNAITĖ
Source: govilnius.lt

 

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Expo 2020 Dubai gears up for closing ceremony

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February 16 2022 -Expo 2020 Dubai visitor numbers have now soared to 20,819,155, after crossing the 20-million threshold earlier this week.From crown jewel, Al Wasl dome, to water feature Surreal, the stellar entertainment line-up and fascinating pavilions of the 192 participating countries, visitors have been moved by how the largest global gathering of its kind since the start of the pandemic

Expo 2020 Dubai gears up for closing ceremony

The event claims to have brought together people from across the world in one place. Expo 2020 Dubai is currently hosting Water Week, the tenth and final theme week as part of the Programme for People and Planet. Running until March 26th, and with a wide range of programming focusing on how we can protect our most precious resource, there will be a strong focus on the global community’s collective responsibility to better manage and preserve water in the face of threats such as climate change, plastic pollution and over-fishing.

Expo 2020 Dubai officials are looking forward to hosting visitors for more special events, including the spectacular closing ceremony on March 31, which will feature top entertainment and honour teachers and school pupils.

 

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Indaba 2022 is back and registration is open – May 2-5

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March 21, 2022 – Indaba 2022

Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre will once again become a hub of activity with the return of Africa’s Travel Indaba, from the 2nd to the 5th of May 2022.

After a successful Meetings Africa 2022, which created a platform for the coming together of the Africa business events industry, it is now the turn of the continent’s leisure tourism industry to showcase to the world what is on offer at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022, a trade show that has established itself as the continent’s premier tourism trade platform. Owned and managed by South African Tourism, the 2022 edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba will yet again be hosted in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Indaba 2022

“Africa’s Travel Indaba is back with renewed energy and focus on creating a platform for the recovery of our industry. As the African continent, we cannot wait to welcome back international delegates from various parts of the world to reconnect and share our real success stories of resilience, whilst demonstrating Africa’s world class tourism products that will continue to give travellers an unforgettable experience. This is our signature leisure tourism trade show and we are thrilled that we, as a tourism sector, can once again gather in person, network, share ideas and do business that will contribute to the much-needed recovery,” says Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer.

At the last edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba in 2019, the show attracted about 6200 delegates from all over the world, with 1033 exhibiting businesses from 19 countries on the continent, showcasing an array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1177 local, regional and international buyers.

Furthermore, almost 452 local, regional and international media representatives participated at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, pointing to the stature and global profile of the African continent’s tourism industry.

Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 will create an opportunity for face-to-face participation and therefore be taking a physical format, but also still have virtual components, as we all got accustomed to, with the following structure:

  • Physical participation for all exhibitors
  • Physical participation for all global hosted buyers not impacted by travel restrictions or other socio-political factors in their countries
  • Virtual Diary access for qualified buyers unable to attend

Indaba 2022: Amongst the key highlights to look forward to this year are:

  • A welcome function which will take place on the first day of the show, an opportunity for networking and engagements amongst the delegates;
  • Insightful educational and information sharing sessions throughout the three days focusing on innovation, ideas, new trends and solutions to challenges that will assist us to contribute to the recovery and growth of the tourism sector;
  • Globally selected and vetted quality buyers;
  • Various media briefing sessions providing much needed updates from the greater tourism industry;
  • An effective online diary and matchmaking system, that closely pairs buyers’ needs with exhibitors’ offerings in order to ensure a more efficient and productive trade show;
  • More SMMEs showcasing the lesser known variety of South Africa’s product offering; and
  • Overall a covid-19 regulations adherence event that will ensure delegates safety.

While registration for exhibitors is already open, early-bird discounts will be available to exhibitors who confirm their participation by 31 March 2022. Registration dates for buyers and members of the media are as follows:

  • Hosted buyer applications open on Thursday 10 March 2022
  • Non-hosted buyer applications open Monday 21 March 2022
  • Media applications open on Thursday, 04 April 2022
  • Online Diary System bookings open on Tuesday,15 April 2022

“We know from our research and connections with partners and consumers that travellers increasingly want to live their lives to the fullest again but that they are looking for reassurance that it is indeed safe to travel. With globally-benchmarked health and safety protocols in place, all travellers (domestic, regional and international) can have the comfort of knowing that they will be safe, while enjoying their time in South Africa. Africa’s Travel Indaba is our showcase of all that South Africa and Team Africa has to offer, ranging from quality assured accommodation establishments, adventure, relaxation, lifestyle events and culture and heritage-inspired experiences and products” concludes Kotze-Nhlapo.

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W Hotels and Cercle – Spectacular live performances at 5 destinations in 2022

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March 21, 2022 – W Hotels and Cercle performances

Series Kicked Off at W Goa and Jatayu Earth’s Center in Kerala; Next Stop is Petra, Jordan with a Cercle Records Experience at W Amman

W Hotels and Cercle performances

Let the music move you. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announces a collaboration with Cercle, the renowned French music media company known for producing some of the most jaw-dropping performances ever staged. Through a series of livestreamed concerts, exclusive moments, and Cercle Records parties at and around W Hotels across the globe, W and Cercle will celebrate the compelling, emotional connection between music and travel.

“Music is a universal language and powerful source of memory,” said Carly Van Sickle, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing, W Hotels. “It can instantly transport you back to a time and place, which is why sound has always been such an important part of the W Hotels experience. As the world opens up, we’re excited to team with the visionaries at Cercle to inspire people to travel, dance together and explore the world once more.”

From the Great Pyramids of Giza to a hot air balloon above Cappadocia and Glacier 3000 in the Swiss Alps, Cercle honors cultural heritage sites and landmarks through electronic music and video. W and Cercle will continue this legacy by celebrating five W destinations throughout 2022. At each stop, Cercle will stage one of their iconic livestreams at a cultural landmark, with W playing host to an in-person party at a nearby W Hotel.

The World is Our Stage: The W Hotels x Cercle Lineup

W Hotels x Cercle Soundtrack: W Goa + Jatayu Earths Center, Kerala, India
W Hotels x Cercle launched the series on March 5 with a Cercle Records Live Experience on the breathtaking beaches of W Goa. Artists included Colyn, Teho, W Goa Music Curator Ayush Avo and Cercle Duo Phil & Derek. On March 7, a set by Colyn was live streamed from Jatayu Earth’s Center in Kerala, India – a park which sits 1200 feet above sea level and features the world’s largest bird sculpture, a representation of the Hindu demi-god Jatayu who took the form of an eagle. The livestreamed performance can be viewed here.

W Hotels x Cercle Soundtrack: W Amman + Petra, Jordan
Today, W Hotels x Cercle announce they are heading to Jordan for a live-streamed performance by Bedouin at the archaeological wonder of Petra on March 21. That evening, W Amman will play host to a Cercle Records Experience featuring performances by Bedouin and Sebastien Leger. For event tickets or to book a stay at W Amman, click here.

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As with all Cercle shows, things are kept under wraps until several weeks before the music starts. The final three W Hotel destinations, cultural landmarks and performers will be announced through both brands’ social media channels as well as on whotels.com/cercle.

For more information and to book your musical journey, please visit whotels.com/cercle. All Cercle performances are live-streamed on Facebook @cerclemusic Twitch @cerclemusic and relive all performance on Cercles YouTube channel. Stay up-to-date with the latest and find exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on Instagram at @whotels and @cerclemusic. For more information, visit w-hotels.marriott.com and cercle.io.

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Quang Binh Discovery Marathon in Vietnam, March 12-13

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March 9, 2022 – Quang Binh Discovery Marathon

Marathon Quang Binh Discovery Marathon-2022 will take place on March 12 and 13, kicking off the central province’s tourism season this year.

Known as the “City of windows” and it is declared a Museum City”. Berat is overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, and is an ancient Illyrian settlement founded in the 4th & 5th centuries B.C. on the territory of the Illyrian tribe of Desarettes.

Quang Binh Discovery Marathon

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the race will be organised at 900 sq.km Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which UNESCO labeled as a global heritage site in 2003. The park is home to over 300 caves and grottoes that date back 400 million years.

Racers are expected to compete in the distances of 42.19km; 21.09km; 10km; and 6km.

Home to Phong Nha-Ke Bang and the world’s largest cave of Son Doong, Quang Binh boasts rich tourism resources for Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

The province also has the longest coastline in Vietnam, with beautiful beaches and special seafood dishes. It was chosen as one of the filming destinations of Hollywood blockbuster movie “Kong: Skull Island”.

According to figures from Quang Binh’s tourism sector, the province welcomed more than 35,000 visitors during and after the recent Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, with daily visitor numbers up 16 percent compared to the 2021 Tet holiday.

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F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 – dates confirmed for June 10-12 spectators allowed

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February 21, 2022 – F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 

Fantastic news – the dates have been announced for the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022. It will take place from June 10-12 this year. Spectators will be allowed.

The Grand Prix is one of the most challenging and punishing circuits on the F1 calendar, pitting drivers against some of the tightest corners and fastest straights around.

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022

Initially held as the European Grand Prix in 2016, the Baku City Circuit hosted the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix a year later in one of the five street courses on the calendar in 2017.

Designed by architect Hermann Tilke, the circuit follows a series of right-angled turns into rapid flat-out sections which, before the introduction of new aerodynamics rules in 2016, pushed cars to speeds of over 360 km/h.

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022:

Comparable to the tight twists of Monaco – in the way that the track forces drivers to both commit to each turn while being aware of the perils of straying too close to the edge – the Baku City Circuit has been the site of numerous high-speed crashes.

Charles Leclerc learned that the hard way in 2019 by crashing at Turn 8 in qualifying. The section is the tightest on the Formula 1 calendar, and sees the cars work their way around Baku’s UNESCO-protected old city walls.

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February 18 2022 – routes-americas-to-return-to-chicago, which is held in a different location each year, brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air service strategy and future networks.

Routes Americas to return to Chicago next year

Over the past three years, more than 875 new air services across the Americas are connected to meetings at the event.

Having previously hosted the 2014 world route development forum, Routes World, Chicago Department of Aviation will be hosting the sixteenth edition of the regional event serving the Americas next year.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), manages Chicago’s two major airports – O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The organisation’s commitment to welcoming back visitors and ensuring sustained future growth has been shown through the large-scale investment it is making in its airports, such as the O’Hare 21 airport development programme, which includes the expansion of Terminal 5.

 

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The move represents the largest terminal project at O’Hare International Airport since the terminal was originally built.

At Midway, a near $400 million modernization program includes upgraded concessions featuring local cuisine, a recently expanded security checkpoint and enhancements to the terminal parking garage.

Speaking at this year’s Routes Americas, Steven Small, director of Routes, said: “Renowned as a destination to do business, Chicago will be the perfect location to enable the air service development community to continue conversations that will be instrumental in defining future air connectivity.

“Routes Americas 2023 will provide a unique opportunity for the city to showcase the significant infrastructure developments to the region’s leading aviation stakeholders.”

Routes Americas will take place on March 21-23 next year at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk.

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February 16 2022 – Kenya national day celebrations  is taking its turn in the spotlight at Expo 2020 in Dubai as the country celebrates its national day.

President Kenyatta leads Kenya national day celebrations at Expo 2020

President Uhuru Kenyatta led a flag-raising ceremony in Al Wasl Plaza earlier this morning, with hundreds of onlookers present.

He said: “I wish at the onset of my remarks today to congratulate the government and the people of the United Arab Emirates for the successful and safe management of this expo.

“Organisers have effectively ensured adherence to the regulations set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“This has helped keep all those participating in this event safe, and indeed proved instructive, offering lessons, on how the world can deal with any such eventuality in the future.”

Each national day is dedicated to a participating country, with a cultural showcase on offer to guests.

Kenya will also seek to bolster business opportunities and foster partnerships between local and international investors.

Kenyatta added: “Kenya is very keen and strengthen existing relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states – and, indeed, with all participants of this expo.

“We seek to harness the opportunities offered by this expo to build new business relationships, new investments, but also to bring tourists to enjoy Kenya and its renowned attractions.”

He continued: “Today, I invite all of you to visit our exhibition, to sample the goods and services on offer, and to participate in the esteemed tourism promotion event we are offering.

“Kenya is becoming a newly-industrialising, middle-income country, providing a high quality of life to all our citizens, as set out in the Kenya 2030 agenda.

“Trade and investment, as well as strong relationships with the private sector, are key to realising this mission.

“It is against this backdrop that we seek to increase trade with the GCC and partners across the Middle East.”

Expo 2020 visitors can today also enjoy a spectacular and colourful live performance of the traditional music and dance of Kenya.

Performed by the celebrated national dance company, the dance troupe will showcase the beauty and diversity of traditional Kenyan music.

Kenyatta concluded: “As a country, we are in a strong position – Kenya is without doubt the largest economy in eastern Africa, it is the business hub for the region, a trade and logistic facility for the surrounding eleven countries.

“Further, Kenya enjoys economic stability, we are a fully-liberalised economy, with a large domestic consumer market, and access to our most important asset, which is a youthful, educated population.

“These attributes have made Kenya the destination of choice for many multi-national companies, and a destination of choice for foreign direct investment in our region.

“In the spirit of our vision for 2030, we are here to promote business-to-business partnerships, and to establish links between public and private sector institutions.”

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February 15 2022 – The start of ticket sales for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has generated huge demand around the world.

Millions of tickets requested for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

More than 1.2 million tickets were requested by fans worldwide in the first 24 hours of the initial sales period.

The highest demand came from fans from Qatar, followed by Argentina, Mexico, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, England, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and France.

More than 140,000 tickets have been requested for the final due to take place on December 18th at Lusail Stadium, and over 80,000 for the opening match.

During this first sales period, fans were able to submit their ticket applications at any time.

In cases where the number of tickets applied for exceeds the available ticket inventory for the domestic or international market, tickets will be allocated by a random selection draw process.

All successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of their applications by Tuesday, March 8th, along with the steps to follow and the deadline by which to pay for allocated tickets.

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February 14 2022 – Formula One Bahrain has confirmed that Bahrain will stay on the F1 calendar through until 2036 inclusive, following the agreement with the promoter to renew its contract. This extends F1 in Bahrain by a further 10 years.

Formula One Bahrain confirmed in Bahrain till 2036

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been a brilliant race on the F1 calendar since 2004 and Bahrain International Circuit hosted two races in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2022, it will be the opening race of the season and has become a favourite with all the fans, drivers, and the teams.

Formula One Bahrain: The incredible facilities at the circuit for both the racing and for the fans have recently undergone further investment, ensuring it remains state of the art and offers the best fan experience.

Alongside this, the promoter has already announced significant measures to increase the environmental sustainability of the event. This includes all energy used by the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in 2022 being provided by a newly installed on-site solar farm, meeting the BIC’s needs throughout the race weekend and beyond whilst also supporting the Kingdom and Formula 1’s net zero carbon emissions targets.

The plans will reduce the venue’s carbon footprint and generate significant savings on overall energy costs.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “I am delighted we will be racing at the Bahrain International Circuit until 2036 where more incredible racing and excitement will be on show to thrill our fans. Since 2004 we have had some fantastic races in Sakhir and we cannot wait to be back there for the start of the 2022 championship as we begin a new era for the sport.

Bahrain was the first country in the Middle East to welcome Formula 1 and it has a very special place in our sport and I want to thank HRH Prince Salman and his team for their dedication and hard work throughout our partnership and look forward to the many years of racing ahead of us.”

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February 11 2022 – The United Kingdom is celebrating its national day at Expo 2020 Dubai with a splash of pomp and ceremony featuring cultural performances by the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

UK national day welcomed at Expo 2020 Dubai

There is also a site-wide journey of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Relay Baton, and a visit by prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, as part of his first official trip to the UAE.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE minister of culture and youth, welcomed Nadine Dorries, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport and the UK delegation.

Al Kaabi said: “The United Kingdom’s pavilion theme of ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’ demonstrates the country’s pivotal role in leading innovation efforts globally.

“Key breakthroughs in the future of science and technology, as well as its advances and contribution to space, artificial intelligence, energy, and more are essential to the development of our shared humanity.”

Following the speeches at Al Wasl Plaza, the band of the Coldstream Guards delivered an eye-catching performance in their red jackets and iconic bearskin hats.

Earlier, 40 children from the Dubai British School participated in activities involving the Rugby League World Cup at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub and visited the Surreal water feature.

Dorries said: “The UK and UAE share a deep and historic bond.

“We’re committed to tackling global issues together, and we’ve strengthened that relationship through our new and ambitious ‘Partnership for the Future’ – which, alongside our expanded UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership, we’ll use to create new trade, and collaborate on a number of areas including life sciences, education, climate and security.”

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Relay Baton left the UK Pavilion on its journey across the Expo 2020 Dubai site, ahead of the Commonwealth Games in July, inviting colourful participation at several other country pavilions along the way.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge will tour the site, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform in Jubilee Park, and a UK in 360 Projection will light up Al Wasl Plaza accompanied by performances from musicians including John Newman and Tom Seals.

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February 11 2022 – Global meetings and trade show organiser IBTM has selected Singapore as the site for the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific. The event will take place from 6 to 7 September 2022 at Marina Bay Sands. It’s the sister event to IBTM World and IBTM Americas and will be coupled with the first edition of Singapore MICE Forum (SMF) X IBTM APAC, in partnership with the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS). The forum will be held on 5 September.

Singapore sets stage for inaugural IBTM event

The launch of the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific event signals the progressive return of international events to Singapore and the resurgence of the MICE industry.

Singapore is a key MICE hub and ideal location for the event because of its vibrant business culture, excellent infrastructure, and stellar track record in delivering similar high-quality events.

Before the pandemic, Singapore’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market reached USD2,523.4 million in 2018 and is expected to attain a market value of USD5,214.9 million by the end of 2027, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4%.

Themed ‘Make Every Connection Count’ IBTM Asia Pacific 2022 should welcome exhibitors from over 40 countries, as well as pre-qualified hosted buyers and visitors.

IBTM Asia Pacific event manager, Michael Jones, commented: “Now more than ever, making every connection count is critical for event professionals as together we rebuild our industry.”

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February 10 2022 – Business travel expenditure in the Middle East is forecast to rise by a third this year, following a predicted 49 per cent increase during 2021.

ATM 2022: Business travel returning to Middle East

That is according to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) published in November.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director, Middle East, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), said: “This positive data will provide a welcome boost for business travel and tourism professionals throughout the Middle East region, as economies around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, despite the disruption caused by the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

“During 2021, the increase in business spending for the full year is expected to have actually outpaced spending on leisure travel by 13, ten and one per cent in the Middle East, Europe and Africa respectively.”

She added: “Aviation experts speaking at ATM 2021, had expected business travel to lag behind leisure travel, but this estimated increase of 32 per cent, comes on top of a predicted rise during 2021 of 49 per cent which although 2020 was a challenging year, the business travel segment is now clearly accelerating towards pre pandemic levels.”

According to the report, the Asia Pacific region will lead the world in 2022 with growth in spending of 41 per cent, followed by the Americas with a 35 per cent increase, the Middle East 32 per cent, Europe on 28 per cent and Africa with a 23 per cent rise.

The WTTC report was compiled in collaboration with McKinsey & Company called ‘Adapting to Endemic Covid-19: The Outlook for Business Travel’ and draws on research, analysis and in-depth interviews with travel and tourism business leaders to enable organisations to prepare for corporate travel in the post-pandemic era.

ATM will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 9-12 this year.

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February 9 2022 – Coldplay are set to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai on February 15th.

Expo 2020 Dubai to welcome Coldplay next week

The band prides itself on its commitment and responsibility to the environment and strives to keep its emissions when performing as low as possible.

As the first country in the region to announce a net zero by 2050 strategic initiative, the UAE has sought global recognition for its commitment to a low carbon world and views climate action as an opportunity for sustainable economic growth.

This is an approach that will gain global momentum as the country prepares to host COP28 in Abu Dhabi in 2023.

As a city of the future built on sustainable principles, in collaboration with 192 nations from around the world, Expo 2020 Dubai is a fitting partner for Coldplay, as it seeks solutions to some of the greatest challenges, including preserving the planet for future generations.

Through its Programme for People and Planet, Expo 2020 Dubai is bringing together diverse global voices and generating new ideas among policy makers, businesses and individuals alike to map a clear path forward for immediate action.

The Al Wasl performance, part of the Infinite Nights Series, unites the shared goals of Coldplay and the UAE and will lead by example, inspiring climate awareness and driving action to preserve our planet with a magical, unforgettable concert, free to Expo visitors and streamed online around the globe.

Coldplay said: “As a band, we always try to put togetherness and sustainability at the heart of everything we do. 

“It’s an honour to be invited to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai Infinite Nights for a special celebration of these two themes.”

 

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In March, the four-piece band – comprising vocalist and pianist Chris Martin; guitarist Jonny Buckland; bassist Guy Berryman; and drummer Will Champion – will embark on its ‘Music of the Spheres World Tour’.

The tour has taken two years of planning, with Coldplay working with a range of environmental experts to incorporate initiatives that aim to lower carbon emissions by as much as 50 per cent compared to the band’s previous tours.

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February 3 2022 – The 11th edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) will now be held from May 5-8, 2022 in Kochi. Earlier it was scheduled from March 24-27. The new date was announced at a virtual press meet.

Kerala Travel Mart will now be held from May 5-8 in Kochi

Announcing the date Dr. V Venu, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Kerala Tourism said that KTM has emerged as the biggest travel mart in the country. “KTM is the finest example of a public-private partnership model,” he said.

Giving reasons for postponement of KTM, he said that Covid has not subsided yet, but there are signs of optimism across the world including, India. “Even most airline companies are operating in curtailed services. Taking everything into account, we have decided to postpone the event. We want to ensure that those who have already expressed their participation in the mart can do so. 1,100 travel partners have already registered for the event,” Dr. Venu said. He also expressed confidence that the 11th edition of KTM will be successful.

Like earlier additions, the 11th edition of KTM will showcase many new products. This time Caravan tourism will be highlighted in a big way. Besides this, it will be a paperless KTM. The event will take place at the Sagara and Samudrika Convention Centre in Kochi. However, the organisers will announce the inaugural venue later on.

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