I am very pleased to report the full and serious attention of Mr. Solomon Tadesse, CEO of Ethiopian Tourism Organization, to all matters of the show. And as a leading stakeholder Mr. Tadesse ensures that the show remains at the top of the organizations list of priorities. Along with him, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, State Minister Ms. Tadelech Dalecho, is following up very closely on all matters – so we are looking ahead to a great and highly supported event. You are assured of a sincere welcome and Mr. Kumneger Teketel WG, Managing Director of Ozzie Business & Hospitality GP – the show organizer – looks forward to meeting you.

In this edition of NEWSFLASH, find an update about the Go Green initiative at IMEX in Frankfurt. And – talking about trade shows – do you already use your carpet as a marketing and promotion carrier? In the USA, Seatrade Cruise Global will take place in Fort Lauderdale in March 2016. And ibtm america has also announced Fort Lauderdale to be their 2017 destination. And staying in the USA, AIM Group and Herlitz Company are merging.

We’re looking at Quito, Ecuador and their impressive awards collection of 2015; on Thailand’s new initiative of MICE venue standardization for the ASEAN MICE industry, and on the latest statistics on travellers feeling welcome in the UK which has significantly grown recently! As always, we deliver the news into your mailbox and the pdf edition of this newsletter is available for download. Do you think your colleagues and co-workers would be interested in this newsletter? Click here to forward this edition of NEWSFLASH.