I’ve been known to say that I have had success in my life by being in the right place, at the right time. “I’ve been lucky.”I have also had a few times when I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a mixture of those two scenarios. This quote stopped me dead in my tracks, standing in the middle of a hallway. I can name several examples of how I was either prepared or unprepared to accept an opportunity, personally and professionally. Can’t you? You know how some days just fly by? Those that seem to happen, but you don’t actually know what happened? For me, last Wednesday was such a day. As I walked to my office, through the long corridors of our headquarters, a bright yellow image from our digital screens caught my attention. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” — Seneca, Roman philosopher
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.
The hand-picked personal care boxBrand: RoccaboxLaunched: March 2017Delivery: Monthly Price: £10 + £3.95 p&pTackling the intimidating choice presented to consumers when shopping for personal care products, Roccabox works with a ’beauty insider’ each month so consumers feel as though the products within have been recommended by a friend.Instagram influencers and bloggers put together the box, which contains a variable combination of products across hair, bath, beauty and body care. Past collaborations have included make-up artist Carly Musleh and Sassy in the City blogger Lauren Silvester. The auto-replacement toothbrush boxBrand: BrushboxLaunched: January 2018Delivery: Every two monthsPrice: £7.99, free deliveryAccording to Brushbox, 75% of consumers don’t replace their toothbrushes often enough – creating the ideal environment for a sustainable oral care delivery service.Every two months, this service sends out two tubes of toothpaste and a recyclable Mao Bamboo toothbrush, available in two varieties, made with sustainable timber that has been heat-treated to make it antibacterial. For an extra £1.50 it will add a tongue cleaner and 50m of mint-flavoured floss to the order and there’s also an option to add child-friendly brushes. The tailored haircare boxBrand: Function of BeautyLaunched: 2015Delivery: From monthly to every three monthsPrice: £29, free deliveryAn Instagram-lover’s dream, this shampoo and conditioner delivery service allows consumers to customise every element of the product down to the scent and colour – which, of course, includes millennial pink.To give a personal service, customers fill out a hair quiz before subscribing so the brand can deliver on their specific ”hair goals”, and the resulting individual formula is bottled and stamped with their name. Products are vegan and free from sulphates and parabens, and the size and frequency of delivery is also customisable. The aluminium-free deodorant boxBrand: NuudLaunched: July 2018Delivery: Every four monthsPrice: £5.56, free shipping monthlyThis brand couldn’t be further from the standard antiperspirant offer in grocery. Instead of a spray or roller, this cream is applied to the underarms by hand and can keep body odours at bay for up to a week. The vegan formula uses antibacterial micro silver and other natural ingredients to structurally reduce the bacteria population of armpits – stopping any smells from developing. The products are free from aluminium, parabens, propellants and artificial fragrances, and come packaged in a sustainable sugarcane tube. The women’s razor boxBrand: Friction Free ShavingLaunched: 2016Delivery: Monthly Price: £9, free deliveryRazorblade subscriptions for men are booming and this brand allows women to get in on the action. The service delivers four new razor blades each month, so customers can change blades weekly to prevent cuts, irritation and localised infections from dull or old blades.The blades are diamond-coated and come with a bikini styling blade. The razor handle, delivered on the first order, is metal and comes in two finishes: rose gold and silver. There’s also an option to add a pre-shave scrub, a shave cream or a post-shave balm to the order for £6 extra each. The afro haircare boxBrand: Curlee BoxLaunched: December 2017Delivery: MonthlyPrice: £20 + £3.90 p&p monthly Providing a “fun and affordable way to discover curly hair products”, this box is designed to cater for women with afro hair – a demographic faced with limited haircare choices in supermarkets. The service promises at least four full-sized quality hair products, which can include cleansers, styling products and deep conditioning treatments. Suppliers range from small independents like handmade British brand Bourn Beautiful Naturals to large internationals like US grocery giant Lotta Body. Personal care is getting even more personal. Subscription boxes have moved into the mainstream and in March, P&G group sales director Ian Morley told The Grocer that the explosion of direct to consumer shaving brands was ”a pivotal moment for health & beauty”.And the jump to direct has been well recieved, ”Subscription businesses are transforming chores like buying razors and vitamins into convenient, personalised experiences beyond the buy button”, says Narvar regional director EMEA Anthony Gavin. We’ve heard all about razor blade refills like Dollar Shave Club and beauty boxes like Birchbox but now we’re seeing new subscription offers for every other aspect of the personal care aisle. Here are some we think you should know about. We’ve explored how the rise of these direct to consumer brands has played out in the personal care category in this report.If you’re interested in other direct to consumer retailers, we challenged two creative agencies to come up with new direct brand concepts for the dairy industry and explained why doorstep milk delivery is undergoing a resurgence.,The organic period care box Brand: FredaLaunched: January 2018Delivery: MonthlyMonthly price: £8, free deliveryThis brand new subscription service provides customers with a selection of chemical and cruelty-free tampons, night pads and pantyliners every month while donating £1 for each order to help end period poverty.The box provides an alternative to generic grocery offers, which provide just one or two absorbencies in a pack, by allowing people to fully customise their delivery to include a selection of different formats and absorbencies in the one box to suit their individual cycle.Also shaking up the industry standard, the products contain 70% renewable materials compared with the standard 40% and they’re are made from 100% certified organic cotton, which is free from dyes and fragrances. The K-beauty boxBrand: Masktime Launched: December 2017 Delivery: MonthlyMonthly price: £9.95, free shipping monthlyThe fresh “glass skin” Korean beauty aesthetic is growing across the UK. It’s gaining so much popularity, this summer Superdrug launched a section entirely dedicated to the phenomenon.The Glow Starter box from Masktime delivers a curated selection of Korean sheet face masks (one of the biggest K-beauty trends) which it promises will keep everyone from newbies to sheet mask junkies happy. The brand also claims that its prices are much more affordable than UK retailers and they’re also unrivalled in variety – the selection changes each month and never includes the same mask twice.
BH tennis player Mirza Basic won the first ATP title in his career.Twenty-six-year-old player from Sarajevo managed to win against Romanian tennis player in the ATP 250 tournament that was played in Sofia with the result 2: 1 in sets, after two hours and 20 minutes.Both tennis players opened the match with secure services, but Basic managed to achieve break already in the third gem, which he held until the tenth gem when the first set went into the tie-break.Mirza made a mistake in his first service, and Copil scored for 4: 1. However, Basic returned his concentration and reached the score 4: 4, after which he made another mini-break and resolved the first set in his favour with the score 7: 6 (5).Copil made a break already in the first gem of the second set and he held it until the tenth gem when he served but Mirza played perfectly and returned the break and equalized the score at 5: 5.Then, the second set went to a tie-break in which Copil was better and he managed to equalize it at 1: 1 with the result 7: 6 (4).Basic requested a time-out due to back pain in the break between the second and third set, but this did not affect his game in a decisive set.Basic made a break in the ninth gem and got a chance to serve for the match. Mirza used this opportunity and routinely served in the third set with the result 6: 4 and with this victory, he won the first ATP trophy in his entire career.Basis entered the tournament through qualifications, and he won against Mayer (6: 4, 6: 1), Kohlschreiber (7: 5, 7: 6), Marterer (6: 4, 4: 6, 6: 3 ) and Wawrinka (7: 6, 6: 4).With 250 points, Mirza also received 85,945 EUR and he will be ranked on the 76th place in the ATP list, which represents the best result of his career.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)