The 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. 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.
Antonio Conte and the Chelsea squad surprised children and their families at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital penultimate Wednesday afternoon.The players spread festive cheer with the visit, delivering presents for the kids, posing for pictures and signing autographs around the wards. Sadly, some of the children were in hospital over Christmas and so the Blues popped in following the morning’s training session at Stamford Bridge. The annual visit to the Chelsea and Westminster, just along the Fulham Road, is a significant one for the players.‘Each year we come and it is important for us as players to do this and to see the kids,’ said Cesar Azpilicueta to Chelsea FC official website.‘I am a parent myself and I know how special this time is. Christmas is normally a very happy time but for these kids and their families it is very difficult so it is nice for us to come here, give them presents and to spend time with them. It is also nice for us to be able to do this and to make people’s day nicer.’One young admirer of the Spanish international was Hannah Pollock, who was delighted to meet the players and receive a selfie stick.‘She has had some issues with her tummy and has go to start a diet of a milky drink for the next six weeks which will get her better,’ her mum Lucy explained. ‘She’s been in and out since November 6, but we will be home for Christmas which is very exciting.‘It’s fantastic to see the players. It’s quite quiet here normally and she feels like she has missed the build-up to Christmas at school with the play, the games and the jumper day, so it’s lovely for the players to come in.’David Luiz too had one special fan. James Middlehurst plays for the Team GB amputee football team. He was thrilled to meet his hero!From the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, it was next stop the West Stand at the Bridge where there were plenty more smiles on faces at the Bridge Kids Christmas Party.There in one of the suites hundreds of junior members of the club plus guests of the Chelsea Foundation, who had been enjoying party food to the accompaniment of balloon modelling and music, were joined by the players for plenty of selfies and signed photos, with one giant selfie taken of everyone together.The undoubted highlight though was a quiz at the end between two teams consisting of two of the kids partnered by David Luiz and Victor Moses, with the final challenge for the youngsters an impression of Antonio Conte on the touchline. The manager himself judged the winner and given they were both hilariously good, he called it a draw.Throughout the day, in the shadow of the West Stand, there was plenty of fun for all the family at a special Chelsea Christmas wonderland full of activities. As well as seeing live reindeer and penguins, children had the chance to take part in a series of challenges and games testing their aim, balance and speed.There were craft workshops and ice sculpture opportunities too, while some competitive table football match-ups, between young and old alike, occasionally took centre stage!Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman admitted his side had to ride their luck as they were beaten in the Capital One Cup at Chelsea.The Championship club were level at the break after Matt Mills’ header cancelled out Kurt Zouma’s opener, but that was one of just two efforts on target all night for Wanderers and Oscar’s long-range effort in the second half settled the tie.Freedman was content with the performance but said: “We were always going to have to ride our luck. Our keeper [Andy Lonergan] was fantastic, and they hit the bar.“In the last 10 to 15 minutes we gave it a right go, played some expansive football and with a bit more quality we might have taken it to extra time.“It was a well-worked training ground free-kick for our goal and we did our very best to limit them to as few chances as possible and get to the last 10 to 15 minutes still in the game.“When I saw the [Chelsea] team sheet I knew the manager treated the competition and us with respect and for Jose Mourinho to bring on more experienced players late on is credit to our players.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Kagiso Lediga was one of the South Africancomedians who kept an overwhelminglySouth African audience of more than 3 000doubled up with laughter at London’s RoyalAlbert Hall in May.(Image: Bafunny Bafunny)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 email@example.com• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 firstname.lastname@example.org • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 email@example.comRELATED ARTICLES• SA, UK’s unique relationship• The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th man• Gallery: United for Bafana Bafana• Bafana frenzy grips the nation• Gallery: Mandela meets Bafana BafanaJohn BattersbyAn extraordinary thing happened recently in the iconic chamber of London’s cavernous Royal Albert Hall.With 21 days to go before South Africa hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup, eight South African stand-up comedians representing a kaleidoscope of the country’s racial diversity kept an overwhelmingly South African audience of more than 3 000 doubled up with laughter for three side-splitting hours.The show – called Bafunny Bafunny, a word-play on the national football team Bafana Bafana (“the boys”) – was an irreverent attempt to build national enthusiasm for the world’s largest sporting event among South Africa’s largest expatriate community – sometimes referred to as the 10th province of South Africa.It was catharsis of the kind that has been kindled – and could be fast-forwarded – by the national convergence and unity of purpose thrust on South Africans by hosting the world’s largest and most diverse sporting event.“The hosting of the 2010 World Cup will change the way the world sees South Africa and the African continent forever,” said South African President Jacob Zuma, who kicked a mean football while serving time for resistance to apartheid in the country’s notorious Alcatraz-like Robben Island prison.Just as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a legacy of deep racial inequality.Inside the hall there were two gigantic South African flags on either side of the massive organ and nothing to remind the audience that they were sitting in the heart of London.The crowd, a tiny fraction of the estimated 600 000 South Africans in the UK, was mobilised by word-of-mouth without a single advertisement in mainstream media.Trevor Noah, Nick Rabinowitz, Loyiso Gola, Mark Lottering, John Vlismas, Kagiso Ledega, Mark Banks and Barry Hilton took the gloves off with slick, witty and hugely varied performances.Their repartee – peppered with four-letter words – slaughtered a series of favourite targets: Fifa, the fiery African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema, the police shoot-first policy, violent crime and the biggest and most sensitive no-go area of all: race.Inevitably, the controversial “kill-a-boer” song featured prominently in the comedians’ repertoire.How do you justify a song coveted by one group of South Africans when it calls for the killing of members of another? Do you laugh or cry?At the Royal Albert Hall on 20 May the only tears to be found were those generated by excessive laughter.For three hours, a diverse audience of South Africans laughed at themselves, at each other and with each other at things that many could not talk about outside the comfort zone of their racial or cultural groups even a few years ago.In recent months, South Africans of all races have been donning Bafana football shirts on Fridays, flying the national flag from their car windows, wrapping their rear-view mirrors in socks sporting the national flag and chanting slogans about Africa’s time having come: “It’s here. Can you feel it?” There is a rare inclusive outpouring of patriotic fervour.As the row about the noisy but uniquely African trumpet – known as a vuvuzela – is debated on breakfast television shows at home and abroad, South Africans are undergoing a seismic shift in terms of social cohesion and identity which is set to be galvanised by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.White South Africans, previously wedded only to rugby while football was (and remains) an overwhelmingly black sport, are starting to take ownership of the national team and willing it to victory despite its low international ranking.As the finishing touches are given to the 10 awesome stadiums, three transformed airports and a range of new transport and access routes, the level of national excitement is palpable.Estimates of foreign arrivals have come down to 300 000 since the build-up began, which will mean that far more South Africans will get a seat at the stadiums.The physical benefits for the country’s economic infrastructure are there for all to see despite a healthy debate about whether the large numbers of poor and unemployed South Africans will benefit from the expenditure of some R40-billion (US$5.2-billion) on stadiums and related infrastructure.But the most enduring benefactor of the World Cup will be the national psyche and the quest for a common national identity to transcend a deeply divided past.As former President Thabo Mbeki said when he spoke at the handover ceremony in Berlin in 2006, the German World Cup succeeded in restoring some of Germany’s self-respect after its legacy of national socialism.“We are confident that the 2010 soccer World Cup will do the same to consolidate our self-respect and dignity gained when we attained our freedom and democracy in 1994 and, in a unique way, also help our own nation and the continent of Africa,” Mbeki said.Long before the World Cup kickoff, Bafana Captain Aaron Mokoena took the lead in ensuring the legacy of the 2010 World Cup will benefit future generations of football players.A year ago he launched the Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will ensure that those who were denied an opportunity in the past will benefit from the coaching and mentoring services the foundation will provide initially in the sprawling townships south of Johannesburg including his home town of Boipatong in Sedibeng.“The future of the country is in the hands of the youth,” said Mokoena. “I want to make a contribution to ensure that they have the opportunity to reach for the stars.”An initiative such as John Perlman’s Dreamfields project is ensuring that thousands of would be football players are getting access to kit and playing fields often in the most remote rural reaches of the country.Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, who has become synonymous with the World Cup, sees the staging of the event as a culmination of the anti-apartheid struggle which so effectively used sport to defeat apartheid.In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela used the Rugby World Cup to galvanise conservative white support for the country’s first black majority government. The story has been movingly told in the book Invictus by John Carlin and the film of the same name starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.Mandela was also instrumental in securing the 2010 Fifa World Cup for South Africa.“Reconciliation is an important aim of the World Cup.” Jordaan told the Independent on Sunday. “We want to make this country better and more united and I think we will achieve that.“It will chart a new course in our country’s history.”John Battersby is a former southern Africa correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor and a former editor of the Sunday Independent in Johannesburg. He is co-author of Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs published by Sterling in the United States in January 2010. Battersby is a trustee of the Aaron Mokoena Foundation. He is currently UK Country Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. This article was first published in the Christian Science Monitor (online)
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… owen thomas Related Posts Tags:#acquisition#APIs#cloud computing#Intel#Mashery Intel, the chip giant, is buying Mashery, a seven-year-old company in San Francisco that specializes in linking together Web-based software and services, a company spokesperson confirmed to ReadWrite.Mashery’s 125 employees are learning of the acquisition through a companywide email sent this morning. Intel expects to offer the “majority” of employees jobs when the deal closes, which is expected to happen in the second quarter. The group will remain in its current location and join Intel’s two-year-old Services Division. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is not material to Intel’s financial results.Big Implications For Intel’s Core BusinessThe implications of the deal are huge: it signals Intel’s recognition that the central processing unit is no longer a silicon chip. It is the network.Mashery, a company ReadWrite has long covered closely, specializes in managing application programming interfaces, or APIs. APIs are the lingua franca of the Internet, the systems through which machines communicate with other machines according to preset rules. For example, Facebook’s platform, which websites and apps rely on to add social features, is a set of APIs. Foursquare uses APIs to let other apps access its location database and other features, allowing Instagram and Evernote users to add a place to a photo or a note.The same techniques that connect consumer apps, it turns out, also work well within large businesses. Comcast, for example, uses Mashery’s API management service to allow programmers to access internal systems. That’s a far more sensible way to create internal software than the alternative, which involves doing a lot of one-off integrations at considerable time and expense.Smaller companies often find it difficult to set up systems that grant developers access to these software interfaces. Likewise, enterprises don’t generally want to build their own API-management systems. Recently, that has become a bigger and bigger business for Mashery.Moving Beyond ChipsIntel is in the midst of a shift away from just selling chips to selling software and services. This change, while little-noticed, has been long in the making. Intel bought McAfee for $7.7 billion in 2010, putting it into the security-software business. In 2005, Intel bought a smaller company, Sarvega, which specialized in XML gateways. (XML, or extensible markup language, is a broad descriptor of a file format commonly used in APIs; an XML gateway transports files to make APIs possible.)Intel first partnered with Mashery in November of 2012, pairing Mashery’s API-management tools with its own security offerings. By bringing Mashery in-house, Intel has a more complete and credible offering in cloud-computing infrastructure. (Most cloud-software services communicate with other services via APIs.)Ideally, Intel might sell the chips inside the servers running the software programs that communicate via these APIs, too. (It has a substantial business selling such chips.) But what’s more important is the notion that Intel has a product offering that speaks to innovative startups, not just struggling PC manufacturers.Mashery has raised a total of $35 million from investors, most recently $10 million last year in a deal that valued the company at $60 million. An experienced startup founder familiar with the terms of the deal says that investors are “happy” with the outcome.The deal’s not expected to be material to Intel’s results, but industry norms suggest that Intel likely paid two to three times Mashery’s most recent valuation—a range of $120 million to $180 million. (A Mashery spokesperson declined to comment on the company’s fundraising or the deal’s terms.) IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…