Cape Town has put on its best autumn dress for the World Travel Market Africa, being held in the city for the first time this weekend. By Lorraine Kearney2 May 2014Tourism is big business, which means tourism conferences and exhibitions are also big business. It is at these that tour companies, destinations, and others in the industry market themselves to the world.The Tourism Indaba has been held in Durban each year since Pa fell off the bus. The next one runs from 10 to 12 May. And now there is a new kid on the block: the first World Travel Market Africa (WTM) is being held in Cape Town on 1 and 2 May, rounding off Africa Travel Week. It was preceded by IBTM Africa (Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings) and ILTM Africa (International Luxury Travel Market), all at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.Of course, the main WTM takes place in London annually. It’s a business-to-business event, and there are a bunch of people filling the huge exhibition hall at the CTICC. WTM Africa has exhibitors from 42 countries in Africa, America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Mediterranean. Product categories range from the accommodation sector to the airline industry, destination management companies and many more, say the organisers.Local trends such as Mandela pilgrimage tourism, online and mobile developments that enable consumers to bypass traditional distribution methods, and responsible tourism are being explored.According to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, demand for international tourism in 2013 was strongest for destinations in Africa (+6%), as well as Asia and the Pacific (+6%). Africa attracted 3-million additional arrivals, reaching a new record of 56-million, reflecting the on-going rebound in North Africa (+6%) and the sustained growth of Sub-Saharan destinations (+5%). This year, regional prospects are strongest for Asia and the Pacific (+5% to +6%) and Africa (+4% to +6%).The show has brought a vacation vibe to the Foreshore. “You don’t need a holiday, you need Cape Town” is the Cape Town Tourism slogan. And perhaps the travel industry does not need to go anywhere else: between Cape Town and Durban, WTM Africa and Tourism Indaba, with a week in-between to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainbow nation, this is a good place to be.
Advertisement Advertisement It’s a good day to be a Shadowhunters fan.When nominations for the E! People’s Choice Awards were announced this year, the show was nominated in just one category, as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018. Fans then rallied and through write-ins, they managed to get the show and its stars nominated in four other categories, including the Show of 2018, the Bingeworthy Show of 2018, Katherine McNamara as Female TV Star of 2018, and Harry Shum Jr. as Male TV Star of 2018.That’s somewhat insane, and both Shum and McNamara are fully aware of how dedicated their fandom has been. The stars hit the E! Red Carpet ahead of the show tonight and opened up to Giuliana Rancic about how it felt to get that recognition from the fans. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
The Reader’s Digest Association has promoted Elaine Alimonti from associate publisher to publisher of Selecciones, the company’s Spanish-language magazine geared towards Hispanic families in the United States. Alimonti succeeds Elizabeth Bradley, who is leaving the magazine after six years to pursue other interests. Prior to joining RDA in July 2007, Alimonti held the position of associate publisher at Conde Nast’s Cookie since its launch in 2005. Before that, she spent seven years as associate publisher at the New York Observer. At one time, Alimonti was the advertising director at Spy magazine.”The U.S. Hispanic population is currently the fastest-growing minority group in the country,” said Eva Dillon, president, RD Inspiration, RDA, in a statement, “and with Elaine at the helm we look forward to strengthening our position serving this vital community.” More on this topic People on the Move | 10.13.11 People on the Move 7.2.09 Struggling “Every Day With Rachael Ray” Drives 2Q Losses for Reader’s Digest RDA Delays Chapter 11 Emergence Every Day Publisher Jumps to WWD Court Approves RDA’s Plan of ReorganizationJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by
Dan Cohen AUTHOR California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) this week re-appointed 19 members to the Governor’s Military Council, a body he established in 2013 to strengthen the state’s support for the military.“California plays a crucial role in our nation’s defense, and military bases and activities are vital to our state’s economy,” Brown said when he created the body three years ago. “As federal priorities shift to cyber security and new military technology, this council will work to expand defense industry jobs and investment in California,” he said.The governor also appointed two new members. The council is led by Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic member of Congress and undersecretary of state. The vice chair is Edward Hanlon Jr., president of Transatlantic Insights LLC and a former top executive at Raytheon.Other members include Dennis Kenneally, executive director of the Southwest Defense Alliance, and Philip Coyle, a former Pentagon test director and member of the 2005 BRAC Commission.California is home to more than 30 installations. The council is aimed at protecting the state’s installations and operations amid cuts in defense spending, and leveraging changes in DOD’s military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.Last June, the council released a report outlining steps the state should pursue to enhance California’s defense missions and their benefits to the state’s economy. The report’s recommendations included:actively engaging federal decision-makers to shape defense budget and policy proposals;partnering with other states to strengthen integration of the Southwest defense testing and training complex;supporting the aerospace industry, military contractors and other entities that sustain national defense activities in addition to conventional installations;maintaining bipartisan support in California’s national security mission;encouraging installations to partner with local governments and companies to reduce operational costs;strengthening incentives for veterans and discharging service members to stay in California;assisting installations to expand renewable energy and other shared energy priorities; andhelping installations secure reliable water supplies amidst drought and climate change.
A set of leaked emails in the Sony Pictures hacking incident revealed that Alibaba Holdings, Asia’s largest internet company, expressed its interest in investing in Hollywood with Sony Studios.Alibaba founder Jack Ma reportedly met executives at Sony Pictures and discussed the possibility of investing in certain movies like Ghostbusters, the leaks revealed, according to China Daily.Ma apparently met with some executive of Sony and a group of other people that included actor Jet Li and people in the know to talk about potential co-investment plans in the movies. The e-commerce company showed interest in investing in a Spider-Man Villain movie, a film on a hit Manga series and even a movie on Chinese children’s comic “Dragon Raja.”Jack Ma met with several other studios as well including Fox, Lionsgate and Relativity, fresh off Alibaba’s whirlwind IPO.”I come here to learn, I want to come here looking for partners. We worry about people with deep pockets but shallow minds, so movies are the best way to change Chinese young people’s behavior,” Ma was quoted by Bloomberg at that time.Alibaba wants to invest in specific movies only and use its giant internet platform to market the films and deliver a culture-rich product to its users.”Securing licensing agreements to distribute content across the Alibaba ecosystem remains an important part of our long-term business strategy,” Bob Christie, a spokesman for Alibaba said in an e-mailed statement to China Daily.Alibaba already distributes movies and TV shows through its set top boxes. The new venture in Hollywood would only give it a larger audience and build more business for the company.Meanwhile, the hacker group that breached data security of Sony Pictures has exposed far more crucial data than just some preliminary talks between two giant companies. The cyber attack has leaked employee personal information, some pilot movie plots and other confidential emails that have put Sony Pictures in a tight spot.The hacks could cost the company more than $200 million.
Tofail AhmedCommerce minister Tofail Ahmed said the present government led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina will work as the election time supportive government in the next national polls.”You can write this down in your diaries — I am certain Khaleda Zia will take part in the elections under prime minister Sheikh Hasina,” the minister told journalists at the Secretariat on Monday when government offices resumed after Eid vacation.“The national elections will take place before 29 January, 2019. It will be conducted by the Election Commission under the government of Sheikh Hasina. There is no chance that this will change. If someone does not want to participate in the polls, we cannot force them,” Tofail said in reply to another question.The minister claimed price hike during the Eid season was tolerable. He also said 2500,000 metric tons of rice will be imported from Vietnam, and that will help contain the price hike.