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ITB Berlin 2020 is still held, but as a virtual ITB convention

first_imgThe tourism network is based on artificial intelligence, is a learning system and constantly offers users relevant contact information for the travel industry. The Travel network can be accessed by all registered participants of the ITB Berlin 2020, ie trade visitors, congress participants, exhibitors and media representatives who have purchased a personalized ticket from the ITB store. Soon after launch, the network has a large number of subscribers. Numerous stakeholders have already registered, who previously received a personal invitation by email before the original opening date. Those who previously did not plan to visit the show in Berlin can also register now. Passenger network users can set up a profile, reconcile interests, contact and network. They can also follow other users, share contact information, talk and organize meetings. Virtual rooms where users can hold meetings, which they have scheduled before ITB Berlin, are available online. The video connection allows face-to-face meetings, and it is possible to communicate only via an audio connection. Under the headlines “Insights” and “News”, itb.com contains the latest news and reports on world travel and news trends ITB Berlin. Travel network – a new travel network of the B2B tourism industry At the advanced events of the Virtual ITB Convention, leading speakers will discuss how the global tourism industry can leverage intelligent strategies to ensure it survives in the future even in a challenging environment. Ahead of the latest developments, discussions on how the industry can deal with the coronavirus will play a key role. Between March 5 and 11, 2020, viewers can watch more than 20 exclusive live broadcasts and videos in English and German, some in real time and some with a delay on itb.com. Videos will then be available upon request. The extra will explain how trends affect personalization and individualization in the eTravel market; one of the sessions will study the topics “Voice Commerce: Selling Passenger and Hotel Rooms via Amazon, Alexa and Google Assistant” and “Instagram, Influencers & Co: An Underrated Challenge for Destinations”. Today, a new itb.com platform is launched: networking, industry news and the ITB Virtual Convention. itb.com is now open to everyone – 365-day platform for networking and content in English – ITB Virtual Convention March 5-11, 2020 with more than 20 exclusive live broadcasts and on-demand videos. In another keynote address, Eric La Bonnardière, co-founder of Evaneos, will address the topic of tourism and how local tour operators can deal with the phenomenon. Source and photo: itb.com (ITB Berlin) Nils Müller, CEO of TrendOne, will give his keynote address originally scheduled for the ITB Convention on Top 8 Trends in Tourism and Travel, asking “What trends, technologies and developments do you need to know and how to combine them to be successful in the future?” The recordings will take place in a specially equipped studio on the Berlin exhibition grounds, where numerous sessions will be broadcast live. Some speakers will join from remote locations via Skype. Viewers can also join: under the hashtag #ITBvirtualcon they can exchange opinions about the sessions and discuss them on social media.center_img At the forums of the Forum for Catering Technologies, which is run by the Catering Club, experts will deal with revenue management, sustainability in catering and the future of network distribution. At the sessions in which top experts participate, topics such as the establishment and restructuring of brands will be discussed in detail, as well as “Catering 2025”. Despite canceling this year, ITB is offering digital services 365 days a year by launch itb.com. The world’s leading travel fair is establishing an entirely new online platform for the global tourism industry. This global website is expected to be a bridge between actual meetings and digital networking, and features innovative tools for business, networking, and exclusive content. The new Data Talks interviews, originally scheduled for ITB eTravel World, will discuss best practices on personalization and a network of multi-platform travel in the future. Other sessions will include a discussion in Berlin, attended by representatives of bookingkit and VisitBerlin, who will ask “What drives the industry in 2020?” The following events from the ITB Berlin Convention are also taking place: Sharry Sun of Travelzoo will present the eagerly awaited empirical study on “Global Customers of Luxury and Sustainability” conducted by the company together with ITB Berlin. This live session will be streamed from CubeClub. Caroline Bremner of Euromonitor will talk about the “future of the tourism industry” and respond to the devastating challenges facing the industry, including over-tourism, climate change and insolvency as in the recent case of Thomas Cook. A day later, her lecture will also be available in English. IPK World Travel Monitor® is based on about 500.000 interviews and is the world’s largest travel survey. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the latest forecast figures for global and European travel trends – a necessary decision-making tool for the entire tourism industry. Throughout the program, fascinating contributions from ITB Digital and Tourismuszukunft can be followed online until Friday, March 6th. In addition to examining how the industry deals with coronavirus, the sessions will also look at New Work, AI, blogging and open data. Virtual ITB Convention: Extraordinary Sessions on Current Topics The streaming and video program will be updated regularly over the next few days to provide additional content. Details and upgrades are available on ITB.com at any time.last_img read more

Parkes-managed fund to spend $350m in Europe

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Japan eyes partial reopening to business trips: Yomiuri daily

first_imgJapan may restart business trips to and from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Thailand in the next few months, easing an entry ban to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Yomiuri daily said on Thursday.Up to 250 business travellers a day will most likely be allowed into Japan from the four countries, which have seen their infection situations stabilize, the newspaper said, without citing sources.Prospective visitors will be required to submit a document ahead of their trips to Japan showing they are not infected, and will be asked to go through a PCR, or polymerase chain reaction test, upon entry, the paper said. Japan, which bans entry from more than 100 countries, will negotiate with the four countries with a view to a partial reopening in the summer, it said.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said nothing specific had been decided.”It is important to resume comings and goings of people partially and gradually,” the government spokesman told a regular news conference.”Relevant ministries are looking into the matter, while taking into consideration infection situations in and outside of Japan and exchanging views with various countries.” In another step to ease coronavirus-related restrictions, the Tokyo metropolitan government is set to lift the “Tokyo alert”, issued last week to urge residents to keep their guard up, and allow more businesses to resume operations, public broadcaster NHK said.The capital saw 22 new cases of coronavirus infection on Thursday, up from 18 on Wednesday. The average daily infection tally over the past week has remained below the capital’s threshold of 20 for the easing of restrictions.The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to advance its business resumption process to “step 3” on Friday, after holding talks with medical experts, NHK said.Under the new phase, such businesses as videogame arcades and amusement parks will be allowed to reopen. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Kongsberg Taking Over Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine

first_imgKongsberg has entered into agreement with Rolls-Royce to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine.The transaction is structured as an acquisition by Kongsberg of the marine products, systems and aftermarket services businesses carried out by subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce.The transaction does not include Bergen Engines nor Rolls-Royce’s Naval Business.The parties have agreed a value of GBP 500 million (on a cash and debt free basis and with working capital at an agreed level).The final purchase price, will be determined based on Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine’s cash, debt and working capital at time of completion of the transaction.“The acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine makes us a more complete supplier to the maritime industry. The maritime industry is becoming increasingly globalized and is undergoing considerable technological and market driven changes. With this acquisition we will strengthening our strategic position with shipowners, shipyards and other customers and partners,” says Geir Håøy, CEO and president of Kongsberg.“This deal is good news for Rolls-Royce and Kongsberg and comes at a time when the maritime industry is at the dawn of a new and exciting era where digital and electrical technologies will transform shipping. Rolls-Royce has been responsible for leading many of those technological advancements, and with combination of great people, market leading technology and a desire by Kongsberg to take this business to the next level, I’m sure that this business will prosper in the years to come,” says Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce president, Commercial Marine.Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has experienced considerable reductions in activity levels due to challenging market conditions within offshore related activity. A main priority going forward is ensuring profitability, and at the same time being an industry innovation leader. The acquisition will also strengthen Norwegian ownership in the Norwegian maritime cluster, whilst the company will have a stronger Nordic and international position.Kongsberg will finance the acquisition through a combination of new equity and a new bond loan. The purchase price will be paid in cash upon completion of the transaction.Subject to regulatory clearance, the acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine is expected to be completed in first quarter of 2019.last_img read more

Masdar refinances London Array stake

first_imgThe project is a joint venture between renewable energy companies RWE (30 per cent) and Ørsted (25 per cent), along with the global investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (25 per cent) and Masdar (20 per cent). London Array first began producing power in 2012 and was fully commissioned in 2013. Located off the coast of Kent on the outskirts of the Thames Estuary, London Array comprises 175 Siemens turbines. Masdar Energy UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masdar, has refinanced its stake in the 630 MW London Array offshore wind farm in the UK. It is currently the third-largest fully commissioned offshore wind farm in the UK after the 1.2 GW Hornsea One and the 659 MW Walney Extension. The refinanced debt totalled approximately £ 466 million in commercial bank debt, maturing in December 2032. Original financing for the project closed in October 2013. In the UK, Masdar also has stakes in the 402 MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm, and the 30 MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm.last_img read more

US pollies eye porn-block on new computers

first_imgNews.com.au 21 December 2016Computers and devices sold in South Carolina that can access the internet would be required to have filters installed to prevent people from viewing pornography, although buyers could pay a $US20 ($A28) fee to remove the blocking software under a proposal before the legislature.The amendment would require manufacturers or sellers of computers and internet-accessible devices to install software that blocks pornography, according to a draft of the amendment filed with the South Carolina General Assembly on December 15.One of its sponsors said on Tuesday the amendment would help raise money for the state’s task force to combat human trafficking, adding that the measure would not restrict their legal liberties, indicating it would allow for viewing adult pornography.“This is a way to preserve freedom, not raise taxes and combat a serious problem all in one,” State Representative William “Bill” Chumley, a Republican, said in an interview.Buyers over 18 in South Carolina would have to pay a $US20 fee to have the block removed. Manufacturers or sellers would pay a $US20 opt-out fee for each computer or device sold so they didn’t have to install the blocking software, according to the proposed measure.The amendment did not address any technology challenges or whether the filter would be a barrier to interstate commerce for technology firms that sell their devices nationwide.READ MORE: http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/us-pollies-eye-pornblock-on-new-computers/news-story/30469d7c13e508f8378b18311aa0434dKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-24)

first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-24)Oldenburg Academy 60   Greenwood Christian 54Rushville  73     Morristown  65Austin  100     Southwestern Hanover  36Indian Creek  63     Eastern Hancock  44last_img

Frances Batta

first_imgFrances Batta, 88, of St. Leon, Indiana passed Friday, May 25, 2018. She leaves her beloved children: Jerry (Jackie) Batta of Logan, IN, Donna Batta of Florence, KY, Paul Batta of Sunman, IN, Tony (Janet) Batta of Sunman, IN, Elaine (Ricardo) Walker of Bright, IN, Janet (David) Baur of Ft. Myers, FL and Joe Batta Ft. Myers , FL. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Raymond, and their son Robert.Frances and her husband owned Batta’s General Store and Tavern in St. Leon. Raymond developed the infamous fried chicken recipe at the Tavern that was passed down and probably is still used today. Frances was President of Daughters of Isabella, Treasurer of the Town Board of St. Leon, and an office holder in the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). She loved spending time playing cards and always looked forward to the monthly cousins’ luncheon.Visitation is Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Parish Life Center in St. Leon, IN 10:30-12:30 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 at St. Joseph Church in St. Leon, IN.Memorials to the American Heart Association.last_img read more

Mr. Galen M. Green

first_imgMr. Galen M. Green, age 81, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 23, 1938 in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Andrew Peter and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where he was a 1956 graduate of the Vevay High School. Galen was inducted into the United States Army on April 11, 1957 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He served in the Korean War and Vietnam War and rose to the rate of Specialist 5th Class and was honorably discharged on March 31, 1963. On September 4, 1959 Galen was united in marriage at the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church, to his wife of over 60 years, Billie Jo Reese. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Joe and Jamie and three daughters, Cindy, Vickie and Michelle. Galen was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for several years. He was also employed for Arvin Sango in Madison, Indiana, for nine years and received the perfect attendance award and 5+ years without a recordable injury award. He was also employed for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Galen held membership in the Plum Creek Baptist Church where he was currently a trustee. Galen’s passion in life was farming and instilling his work ethic into his children and grandchildren. Galen enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle, hunting, trapping, fishing and watching TV especially sports. Most of all, Galen enjoyed spending time with his loving family. Galen passed away at 6:45 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Galen will be missed by his loving wife, Billie Jo (Reese) Green of Vevay, IN; his sons, Joe Green and his wife, Kaulene of Vevay, IN and Jamie Green and his wife, Karoline of Vevay, IN; his daughters, Cindy Jo Turner of Vevay, IN, Vickie Green of Rising Sun, IN and Michelle White and her husband, Randy of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Leslie Rich, Brenna Pietrykowski, Kyle Green, Samuel White, Jackson White, Joshua Mitchell, Noel Gray, Joei Gray, April Konkle, Kimber Green and Kelsea Green; his great-grandchildren, Gavin Rich, Andrew Pietrykowski, Corbin Pietrykowski, Emmett Pietrykowski, McKayla Oeffinger, Kristina Oeffinger, Kyla Fieler, Axel Gray, Jaxson Gray, Kaiden Konkle, Kenley Konkle and Colton Konkle; his sisters, Alberta Reed of Waldron, IN, Linda Poling of Patriot, Indiana, Lucille Phillips and her husband, Cherry of Vevay, IN and Mary Catherine McManus of Vevay, IN; his brother, Ivan Green and his wife, Dollie of Patriot, IN and his numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Peter Green, died December 28, 1946 and Sadie Mae (Peters) Green, died July 21, 1985; his son-in-law, Fred Abraham “Freddie” Turner, died July 2, 2019; his sisters, Dorothy Mae Scott, died June 1, 1960 and Meredith Scudder, died April 26, 2010; his brothers, Marvin Green, died November 27, 1967, Arthur “Buddy” Green, died August 23, 2011, Charles Green, died October 19, 2015 and Alan Green, died May 15, 1986.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor Casey Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Animal Shelter, Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI, American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund or Switzerland County Emergency Response. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Laudrup sees significance of derby

first_img “We analyse the opponent, see how they play, where they are strong and where we can hurt them. That’s what we do with all the opponents. “That’s what we’ll do with Cardiff. “It’s possible they will try and press us high but we have played other teams before that we knew would probably try to press us high. “If that happens we think ‘what can we do?’ and if they sit deep we think the same. “What we do know is that Cardiff, like the team we played last Sunday (West Ham), and the team we play next in the league, Stoke, concentrate on set-pieces. “Most teams do, some do it more than others, but I think we have improved in this area.” Meanwhile, Andrew Taylor has urged Cardiff’s fans to be their 12th man on Sunday and has compared the derby to Glasgow’s Old Firm meetings. The 27-year-old has previously played in the Tees-Wear derby for Middlesbrough against Sunderland, but admits he has found there to be an extra edge to the build-up to this weekend’s contest. Swansea will start as favourites, but Taylor has called on the Cardiff faithful to create a hostile atmosphere, without allowing emotions to run too high, and help the Bluebirds to a win to match their memorable success against Manchester City. “I’ve not experienced a rivalry of this sort before,” he said. “There’s a lot of hostility, but I hope that passion does not spill over. We hope to use the atmosphere to our advantage and do something similar to what we did to Manchester City. “My message to the fans is be passionate, be vocal and get behind the team – but don’t overstep the mark. We want a good, entertaining game for the fans and hopefully we win. “Swansea are a very good footballing team and they like to play the ball on the ground a lot. “But it is important for us to get three points and we want to give our fans something to cheer about. Hopefully we can have the edge.” Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admits the south Wales derby does not have the prestige of El Clasico, but that does not mean the Dane cannot appreciate the game’s importance. The very presence of Laudrup in the Swansea dugout at Cardiff City Stadium is a sign of just how far they and the Bluebirds have come over the last decade, with both rising from the lower reaches of the Football League pyramid to the top. Laudrup’s illustrious playing career saw him play in some of Europe’s biggest derby clashes, including Barcelona versus Real Madrid, Lazio versus Roma and Juventus versus Torino. Press Association Sunday’s 106th south Wales derby will be the first to take place in the top flight of English football, and the fixture lacks the global appeal of the Spanish clashes which Laudrup graced so brilliantly. But the Swans boss said: “Of course you can appreciate it, because it’s not about how big it is on an international or world level. “I think I can make an argument that Real Madrid-Barcelona is, worldwide, the most important game you can watch at the moment, but that doesn’t change how you can feel about this game. “Football is about emotions and feelings and for the fans of that club you can never say it is not the most important derby. “That is the same wherever it is, it doesn’t change because it is a derby and the fans from those two clubs have those feelings and those feelings don’t change wherever you are in the world.” Laudrup has made it clear Swansea will stick to their passing principles in Sunday’s game, and has backed his side to cope should Cardiff look to harass them out of their rhythm. But he expects the Bluebirds to be a threat from set-pieces as they showed thanks to Peter Whittingham’s delivery and Fraizer Campbell’s finishing in their early season win over Manchester City. “I still think we will play our way, like we do in any other game,” he said. last_img read more