Airbus begins production of the first A350-1000 wing

Aug 18, 2015

Airbus has begun production of the first A350-1000 wing at their manufacturing plant in Broughton, North Wales. The first pair of wings will soon be on a Beluga flight down to Toulouse for final assembly before delivery.

The wing is the same span as the A350-900 that is already in service, but 90% of the parts have been modified and the trailing edge has been extended to resize the wing for the additional payload and range.

A350-1000 Wing

At 32 metres long by six metres wide, the A350 XWB wing is the largest single part made from carbon fibre composite material in use in civil aviation today. They are designed and developed at Airbus’ facility in Filton, near Bristol, where a number of other systems are designed and tested including fuel systems and landing gear.

Airbus A350-1000 wing goes into production view from above

Airbus A350 wing goes into production – view from above

The high-performance wings of the A350-1000, as with the other varients,  make the aircraft faster, more efficient and quieter. The wing design includes several streamlined features. Among these are droop-nose leading edge devices and new adaptive dropped-hinge flaps, which increase the jetliner’s efficiency at low speeds.
Airbus A350-1000 wing cover goes into production

Airbus A350-1000 wing cover

To improve efficiency at higher speeds, the A350 XWB can deflect its wing flaps differentially, optimising the wing profile and providing better load control.
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Air New Zealand bring you Men in Black Safety Defenders #AirNZSafetyVideo

Aug 13, 2015

We keep saying it – Air New Zealand has done it again!

The airline has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders.

Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents.

Starring alongside the two long-serving All Blacks is Coach Steve Hansen, team mates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside Kiwi musician Stan Walker.

American actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black with Wallabies great David Campese, former England Captain Martin Johnson and former Argentinean Captain Agustin Pichot making cameo appearances.

Men in Black Safety Defenders

The video was created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment‘s Content Licensing group, with additional support from Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Archives & Collections.

“The creative concept and the parallels drawn between the All Blacks and the Men in Black are really clever. It’s been exciting to help Air New Zealand bring the Men in Black universe to life in this unique way,” says Emmanuelle Borde, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says the airline is Crazy About Rugby making the All Blacks the perfect partner for its latest safety offering.

“We recently extended our sponsorship of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby through until 2020 and thought what better way to celebrate than with a safety video.”

“We’ve worked with the All Blacks on previous safety videos and thought it would be fun this time around to have them step into the shoes of the other highly trained Men in Black. The result is not only entertaining but makes people sit up and take notice of the key safety messages.”

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the players had a great time making the video.

“We had a lot of laughs on set and were blown away by Israel’s hidden singing talent. If rugby doesn’t work out for him he clearly has a promising career as a back-up singer.”

Israel Dagg says growing up he was a huge fan of the Men in Black films.

“I grew up listening to the iconic Men in Black movie soundtrack song. Hopefully I’ve done it some justice.”

Australian Wallabies great David Campese admitted his appearance in Men in Black Safety Defenders is likely to come at a cost.

“I’m expecting to get a right ribbing from my mates for appearing in a video promoting the All Blacks, Australia’s key opponents. They’ll never let me live it down.”

Former Argentina Captain Agustin Pichot and Martin Johnson, former England Captain shared his sentiment.

“The All Blacks are staunch rivals of the Pumas making it especially fun to play the role of their nemesis in Air New Zealand’s new safety video,” says Mr Pichot.

“I’m a big fan of Air New Zealand so was excited to get the call up to appear in the airline’s latest inflight video. I’m sure English rugby fans will have a few words to say about my appearance alongside the All Blacks too,” says Mr Johnson.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew says it’s a big year for the All Blacks and with plenty of travel on the cards the team was keen to be involved in delivering the airline’s safety briefing to fellow customers.

“Air New Zealand’s been a long-time supporter of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby and has played a crucial role in connecting the team to fans across the globe through inventive and colourful marketing efforts such as this.”

Men in Black Safety Defenders will be progressively rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet from today.

They should include the new uniforms too!

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Red Arrows Display Team back in the air after a difficult weekend!

Aug 11, 2015

We all look forward to seeing the Red Arrows display their ‘oh so close’ flying skills but last weekend there were a few issues that unfortunately caused cancellations and some quick re-thinking.

There are so many procedures and people required to keep the Red Arrows in the air and sometimes things don’t always go to plan. After the recent events last weekend Squadron Leader Mike Ling – Red 10 – explains the detains behind the very challenging August weekend!

Now that the dust has settled from what has been a manic few days, I can put some meat on the bones of what we had to deal with this weekend.

After 10 days of mid-summer leave (mandatory for fatigue management during a busy summer display season) we are required to perform a nine-ship practice display before we can display in front of the public.

We had two nine-ship practice displays planned on Friday, August 7, at RAF Scampton, ready for a transit to Belfast and the display in Newcastle. Unfortunately, despite best efforts by our engineering staff and for a variety of unrelated technical reasons, we did not have nine aircraft from our fleet, including our spare aircraft, available to complete the practices.

The engineers worked very hard overnight on Friday to produce the nine aircraft ready for the mandatory practice, now re-planned for Saturday morning (August 8) with the plan to then land, refuel and head to Belfast. Lady (Bad) Luck struck again and two aircraft were deemed unserviceable during start-up, again with different technical issues, meaning the nine-ship practice could not take place.

Some more rapid work by the engineers to fix faults, we were able to launch nine jets just after midday. Since Trent Bridge is only four minutes flying time from our base, we were able to conduct the flypast there, for the Ashes Test, before coming back to RAF Scampton to start the practice.

It is worth mentioning at this point that the requirement to complete a practice after a prolonged break does not apply for flypasts, just displays – hence we were able to appear at Trent Bridge.

During the route back from the flypast, one of the aircraft developed a radio malfunction. Unable to hear the other pilots, he had no choice but to land at base. Once again, our nine-ship practice could not take place. Of course, we could have completed an eight-ship practice but that would still not negate the need to complete a nine-ship practice before our next display, which would have had a knock-on effect to the rest of our schedule this week.

Since this practice is a mandatory requirement, we had no choice but to cancel the transit to Belfast and the display at the Newcastle Festival of Flight. No one is more disappointed and frustrated than us – the whole of the Team, both Reds and Blues, when we have to cancel planned events, for whatever reason.

Another busy night shift for the engineers saw nine jets ‘on the line’ on Sunday morning (August 9) and we, at last, were able to complete the nine-ship display practice. That said, there were a couple of minor ‘snags’ reported on landing that would need fixing before the next flight and, due to time constraints, we changed the plan to launch for the Blackpool display – launching from RAF Scampton instead, hence the cancellation of the visit to Hawarden Airport. All looking good for the Blackpool display, I headed off to Blackpool to get ready for the show.

Thirty minutes before the Blackpool display, I took a call from our Junior Engineering Officer to explain that one of the previously-‘snagged’ jets had failed a functional check of one of its avionics components and, given that the instrument in question would likely have to be relied upon due to the forecast weather conditions, that jet would not be able to fly in the Blackpool display. The decision was made to leave Red 9 out of the display and put into action one of our ‘loser plans’, which we brief regularly and practice during training for exactly this eventuality.

The weather at Blackpool meant a flat display in front of a huge, enthusiastic crowd and the jets then landed at Liverpool Airport for a refuel before flying home. Liverpool was used instead of Hawarden simply due to opening hours on a Sunday evening – Hawarden shuts at 1700.

We are sorry for the cancellation of the Newcastle display and for the need to fly just an eight-ship display at Blackpool but the events really were out of our control and we were struck with sheer bad luck. In my seven years of experience with the Red Arrows, this has been one of the most challenging weekends I’ve seen. It goes without saying that we do not take any unnecessary risks, with the safety of all concerned our number one priority.

While we do our best to keep everybody updated using various social media channels, sometimes the situation is just so fluid and detailed that it just isn’t possible. All of the updates we can provide will be available via @RAFRed10 and @rafredarrows on Twitter and the RAF Red Arrows page on Facebook.

The Blues now have two engineering days to work on the aircraft for the next ‘push’ that starts on Wednesday, during which we have eight displays and many flypasts planned. I hope we get some better luck with serviceability and with the British weather!

We look forward to the rest of the summer display season and are excited about performing to many millions of people over the coming weeks.

For the latest on the Red Arrows visit their website.

Red Arrows Display Dates

12 August Minehead Summer Festival, Somerset – 1430hrs

12 August Falmouth Week1815hrs

13 August Cowes Week1850hrs

14-16 August Airbourne, Eastbourne International Airshow – (14 Aug – 1600hrs, 15 Aug – 1630hrs, 16 Aug – 1630hrs)

15 August Herne Bay Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow, Kent – 1300hrs

16 August Combined Ops Show, Headcorn, Kent – 1300hrs

19 August Weymouth Carnival, Dorset – 1500hrs

19 August British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth – 1900hrs

20 August Fowey Regatta – 1800hrs

20-23 August Bournemouth Air Festival – (20 Aug – 1415hrs, 21 Aug – 1500hrs, 22 Aug – 1345hrs, 23 Aug – 1500hrs)

21 August Sidmouth Regatta, Devon – 1830hrs

22 August Dawlish Air Show1630hrs

26 August Torbay Royal Regatta1800hrs

27-28 August Clacton Airshow1700hrs

28 August Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta1800hrs

29 August Dunsfold Wings and Wheels1600hrs

29 August CarFest South,Hants – 1920hrs

30 August Rhyl Air Show1700hrs


5 September Scottish Airshow, Prestwick – 1700hrs

5-6 September Northern Ireland International Airshow, Portrush – 1300hrs

6 September Chatsworth Country Fair1815hrs

9 September Pangbourne – 1300hrs

10 September RAFA Guernsey Air Display

10 September Jersey International Air Display

12 September Southampton Boat Show1545hrs

13 September Great North Run, South Shields, South Tyneside – (Flypasts 1038hrs & 1115hrs, Display 1315hrs)

18 September Sanicole International Airshow, Belgium

19-20 September Southport Air Show – (19 Sept – 1630hrs, 20 Sept – 1230hrs)

20 September Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show, Duxford, Cambridgeshire

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Is new Lufthansa Business Class experience on long-haul flights enough?

Aug 3, 2015

As of this month, passengers flying in Lufthansa Business Class can look forward to a completely new service on board the airline’s long-haul flights. Flight attendants will now adapt their service even more towards each passenger’s needs.

Along with changes to how passengers are welcomed on board,  the main focus is to offer the type of  service they would expect to find at  a top-class restaurant.

When you board the aircraft the flight attendants will now welcome you by name before directing you towards your seat. For the meal service, orders are taken at your seat and then your table is set with ceramic crockery.  All the meals are served directly from the galley so you wont find any more trays and flight trolleys in the cabin!

Lufthansa Business Class now offers a new restaurant style service to passengers

New Lufthansa Business Class Service

To bring this to passengers the airline began special service training courses for its 4500 cabin crew in May. Introductory flights where carried out in June and July on the Airbus A380 routes to New York (JFK) and Miami. The airline received an extremely positive response from its Business Class passengers from the 130 flights on which the new concept was tested on.

Lufthansa now offer a new restaurant style service to Business Class passengers

Other airlines have been improving the ‘little things’ to add that extra value to their Business Class service and it looks like Lufthansa is catching up.With its new restaurant service, Lufthansa is taking another important step towards trying to become the first five-star airline in the Western hemisphere.

The complete Lufthansa Business Class restaurant service is now available from this month on the A380 services to Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Delhi, New York (JFK), Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore.

Lufthansa will roll out the service on flights with the Boeing 747-400 and 747-8 aircraft from Frankfurt from the 1st October and the Airbus A340 fleet from Frankfurt and Munich to Asia and the Middle East from the 25th October.

Let us know what you think about Lufthansa Business Class.

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Jin Air collect their new Next-Generation 737-800 from Boeing

Jul 28, 2015

Boeing has delivered  another Next-Generation 737-800, this time to Jin Air.

Jin Air, a low-cost affiliated company of Korean Air currently fly to 16 destinations across Asia from South Korea including Guam, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

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British Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to fly Delhi route in October

Jul 13, 2015

British Airways has today announced that its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First Class Cabin, will start flying to Delhi from the 25th October.

For the next 48-hours seats on the new aircraft in World Traveller (economy) are on sale from just £516 return to Delhi, after which lead-in fares will start from £632 return. They are now on sale at

The Boeing 787-9

The 787-9, the first of which is due to arrive with British Airways in September, is 20ft longer that its 787-8 predecessor (of which the airline has eight), so as well as offering World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and Club World (business class), there’s also room for a new First Class Cabin – a first for the airline’s 787 fleet.

The First cabin has just eight seats in comparison to the 14 seats* available on other British Airways long-haul aircraft, giving even more exclusivity and privacy to customers.

Created specifically for the Boeing 787-9, the new First suites have been painstakingly designed based on feedback from First customers, to put comfort at the heart of the experience and make the very best use of the more intimate space.

The suites now include four new storage areas. A new ottoman next to the adjustable footstool has enough room for shoes, handbags and personal items, while the personal suiter for jackets and coats is now accessible without the customer having to move from their seat.

A new locker positioned at eye-level is perfect for smaller personal effects such as tablets, spectacles, passport and wash-bags.  A handy mirror has also been fitted to the inside of the locker door for personal grooming.

Customers who need to charge any devices can now do so in a discreet stowage area next to their armrest.

Great attention to detail has also been paid to how the customer uses their suite, with each function being controlled by simple, intuitive touch.

The seat and in-flight entertainment console has been updated with a new handset, much like a smartphone, integrated into the seat from which travellers can control their in-flight entertainment. During flight, the handset can be docked so that customers are also able to watch one item, such as the moving map, on the handset and another, such as a film, on the 23inch fixed screen. This also means travellers will be able to enjoy gate-to-gate entertainment, without having to stow their television for take-off and landing

The smart ‘jog-dial’, that previously controlled the seat’s recline, now manages five additional functions including the headrest and lumbar inflate and a ‘global’ lighting control to set both ambient and reading lighting.

The new First cabin on the Boeing 787-9 was developed by Forpeople, London, working together with the airlines’ in-house teams and leading British suppliers, including Prototrim, which developed the high quality soft leather and fabric trim within the suite and London based Pritchard Themis who worked on the suite and cabin lighting.

The new British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will fly the London - Delhi route from 25th October

The 787 airliners are the most technologically advanced aircraft in the British Airways fleet. Different pressurisation means the internal cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft, which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft. This leads to greater humidity, reducing the drying effect of the cabin air, so customers arrive feeling more refreshed. The aircraft’s smooth ride technology also provides extra comfort during any turbulence.

The bespoke lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them in the morning. Customers can also enjoy much larger windows, offering views of the horizon from every seat. These collective features mean that travellers arrive feeling fresher and the effect of jet-lag is lessened.

There are also upgrades for other aircraft. The airline is revamping 18 of its 747 jets in-line with the newest arrivals to British Airways’ fleet, the first of which will begin flying from September 2015. In response to customer demand, the airline is changing the aircraft’s configuration and adding an additional 16 Club World seats. The jumbos’ cabins are also receiving a cabin face-lift including the new Panasonic eX3 next generation in-flight entertainment system.

With a total of 42 787 aircraft destined to join British Airways, the aircraft is to become the mainstay of the airline’s fleet.

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At last! Disruptive passenger gets £5K invoice as airline gets tough

Jul 7, 2015

It looks like airlines are beginning to get tough with unruly behaviour. After an incident last year, with a disruptive travelerone charter airline has taken steps to recoup its costs for the diversion to a French airport and dealing with the incident. has issued disruptive passenger, Grant Marshall, with an invoice for £4,809 for additional costs incurred in diverting its aircraft following his offensive behaviour on-board a flight to Alicante in May.

Following the launch of the airline’s Onboard Together programme, which took off last month to take a zero tolerance stance against increasingly disruptive conduct associated with air travel, has taken steps to reduce issues with such behaviour.

Disruptive Passenger

The company tracked down the drunken and unruly disruptive passenger. An invoice of almost five thousand pounds to cover the costs of his unacceptable behaviour has now been issued. Mr Marshall has also been given a lifetime ban and is intending to prosecute him for the disruption caused.

Phil Ward, Managing Director of said: “To protect the safety and comfort of our loyal customers and staff, we openly pledged to take actions to stamp out antisocial behaviour onboard and that is exactly what we are doing. is a holiday airline, so we want holidaymakers to have a wonderful time from the moment they start their holiday with us.”

“More than 1,150 passengers were inconvenienced that day by Mr Marshall’s antisocial and unacceptable behaviour.  This is why we issued him with this bill for the costs involved. Most passengers have a fantastic time travelling and of course know how to behave onboard, which is why we need to stop disorderly behaviour from the few like Mr Marshall.”

Mr Marshall was one of a party of 14 who, on a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Alicante on 29th May 2015, was asked numerous times to stop consuming illicit alcohol, using foul language and threatening behaviour. Due to his unruly actions, which are becoming a serious issue for the travel sector as a whole, the aircraft captain diverted the flight to Toulouse to protect the safety of the passengers and crew. The disruptive passenger was off-loaded and handed over to the police authorities.

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Electric Airbus E-Fan aircraft to fly the Channel this Friday #avgeek

Jul 6, 2015

Following the historic flight by the Solar Impulse to Hawaii last week we are set to see another historic flight as the Airbus Group are to make history with their all-electric E-Fan aircraft. The demonstration aircraft is being readied for its Channel crossing this Friday the 10th July.

The aircraft is on its way from France’s Aquitaine region to the starting point of its Channel crossing at Lydd Airport, England.

Transported on a truck and shipped by a ferry from the French coast to the English side of the Channel, the E-Fan aircraft will perform its first test flights on Thursday, 9th July in Lydd. The historic flight over the Channel, following the footsteps of Louis Blériot’s first Channel crossing 106 years ago, is scheduled for Friday, 10th July to begin at 9:15 GMT/ 10:15 CET, pending appropriate weather conditions.

The E-Fan Aircraft #avgeek

As electric flight is a new domain for the aviation industry, no rules exist as of yet to verify the airworthiness of an electrical engine. Therefore, the French Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC), Airbus Group and its partners have elaborated a dedicated test and verification programme to assure the safety for the Channel flight of the E-Fan technology demonstrator. An integral part of this programme has been the extensive characterisation and testing of all elements of the electrical propulsion unit with respect to a Channel flight mission profile.

Airbus E-Fan aircraft prepares for historic Channel crossing #avgeek

“We are very much looking forward to this challenge. For months we have been in contact with authorities and flight regulations and have performed an in-depth analysis of the flight profile. We have followed all requirements for safety verification in close cooperation with DGAC. That is something which may not have been necessary 100 years ago, when aviation pioneer Louis Blériot performed his channel crossing. Back then, his flight was just a race to be first. Today, following rules and obtaining certifications is of crucial importance for the future of safe, reliable and certifiable electric flight,” said Jean Botti, Airbus Group Chief Technical Officer.

In addition  to the preparation of the E-Fan aircraft Airbus has taken specific professional measures to assure safety on the ground (flight mission director and team), in the air (Air traffic measurement , accompanying helicopters) and on the water (rescue speed boats). These measures are organised in close cooperation/coordination with all relevant public authorities in France and UK.

To follow the flight live on Friday just visit here.

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Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines to open NY-LON Lounge Bar at O2

Jun 2, 2015

Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines, the official airline partners of The O2, will bring the renowned hospitality they offer at 30,000 feet to the U.K.’s most exciting entertainment venue this summer, with the launch of NY-LON Lounge Bar. Honouring the airlines’ important New York – London route, the aviation-themed lounge bar will combine the best of both brands to deliver a unique experience to O2 visitors.

Virgin Atlantic and Delta have partnered with Manchester-based design agency, LOVE, to create the 6,000-square foot space.  Situated in the entertainment district, NY-LON has capacity for up to 400 guests and features a large bar and seating area, plus a “secret space” for meetings, private dining or small events.

NY-LON Lounge Bar

NY-LON will be managed on behalf of the airlines by leading hospitality brand, Levy Restaurants UK and menu offerings will highlight both New York and London inspired cuisines, as well as aviation themed cocktails. The NY-LON lounge bar will be open seven days a week offering a luxurious bar with a difference. Members of the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes, Flying Club and SkyMiles, will benefit from a range of discounts and special offers.

Reuben Arnold, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic, commented, “We’ve created NY-LON as a celebration of our trans-Atlantic network which provides customers with a seamless, more enjoyable way to fly between the U.K. and U.S. Our lounge bar will offer customers a brand-new experience at the O2 that showcases our airlines’ world-class service.”

Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Marketing added: “The iconic cities of New York and London are at the heart of everything we do.  Opening NY-LON is the next exciting step in our partnership and we look forward to helping travellers enjoy the Delta-Virgin Atlantic brand of hospitality for which we’re famous when they next visit The O2.”

In New York, Delta is the Official Airline of Madison Square Garden and its collection of venues, television networks and websites. In October 2011, the airline unveiled the new Delta Sky360° Club, which was part of the completed first phase of the famed arena’s three-year top-to-bottom transformation. The 10,000-square-foot space offers world-class food and beverages, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and other amenities for select guests of MSG events.

Launched on January 1, 2014, the Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines joint venture partnership creates an expanded trans-Atlantic route network, enhancing competition between the U.K. and North America and providing seamless onward connections. The partnership provides ten flights a day between London Heathrow and New York – with eight to New York-JFK and two to Newark.

NY-LON Lounge Bar is scheduled to open at the end of July.

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Thailand Strengthens Bilatetal MICE Industry Ties With Germany

May 19, 2015

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), or TCEB, has today unveiled the next step in its strategy to boost confidence among German and EU business events stakeholders in its Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions industry (MICE). This will have the aim of positioning the country as a gateway to success in ASEAN. The bureau is spearheading both global initiatives including the Thailand CONNECT The World, its MICE United II campaigns, and targeted initiatives for Germany. These initiatives include special financial subsidies of up to €25,000 for large corporate meeting groups and per head incentives for groups who engage in business matching activities, among others.

Promoting Thailand

The bureau reported that during the 2014 fiscal year – from October 2013 to September 2014 – a total of 919,164 business events visitors were attracted by Thailand’s endless choice of business destinations, global standards of service, and diverse business opportunities, generating revenue of €2.116 billion. As a top 10 source market contributing to the vibrancy of Thailand’s business events industry, European markets continue to show significant growth both in terms of visitor numbers and revenue.

The momentum continued to grow in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year – October 2014 to March 2015 – when Thailand welcomed 70,316 high quality visitors from Europe, who generated €172.4 million for the Thai economy. Germany ranked second in Europe by number of business event visitors to the country in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year with 7,860 visitors.

Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB’s President, commented on the close collaboration between the Thai and German business events sectors, stating that, “As the Thai government’s official flagship body for the business events sector, we are proud to build on the strong and long-standing relationship the between Thai and German MICE sectors, and showcase the country as a gateway to ASEAN success for German businesses.”

A core part of TCEB’s outreach to German business events stakeholders is Thailand CONNECT The World, an integrated campaign highlighting its unrivaled destinations, business prospects, and people. Under ‘Destinations’, the five top tier business event cities are showcased, offering limitless options both inside and outside the event venue. ‘Business’ highlights how, as a world leader in a range of industries, Thailand can harnesses regional integration to offer global prospects and opportunities to businesses seeking a springboard for AEC success. ‘People’ emphasises the proficient professionals who serve with effortless simplicity, gracious smiles and signature Thai service, as well as benchmark-setting industry

“Thailand CONNECT the World highlights how the diversity of destinations are enriched by world-class infrastructure and seamless connectivity, and it is a core part of our strategy to strengthen confidence in our MICE industry among German stakeholders. This is especially relevant after the recent official lifting of martial law, given the vastly improved political environment” Mr. Nopparat added.

The second key initiative is Thailand’s MICE United II, a strategic campaign with collaboration from nine public and private organisations, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It also includes Thai Airways International PLC, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association, the Bangkok Riverside Marketing Partnership, the Thai Exhibition Association, True Corporation PLC, the Bangkok Mass Transit System PLC and the TICA (Thai Incentive and Convention Association).

TCEB recently kicked off the first activity of its MICE United II by joining forces with TrueMove H and BTS Skytrain to introduce the Thailand CONNECT Welcome Package, designed to attract international MICE visitors to experience the Thai MICE industry, and strengthen the country’s position as a preferred MICE destination in Asia. The package comprises a special Thailand CONNECT edition BTS Connect SmartPass, and one-hour Free WiFi Trial by TrueMove H, with more than 100,000 True WiFi hotspots around the country.

Promoting Thailand MICE industry

To bring both of these core campaigns to life, TCEB has also launched a series of targeted, local promotions for German stakeholders.

The first is a special Meetings Bonus, which offers organizers generous financial subsidies for groups of 100 or more delegates who visit Thailand for three nights or longer to attend corporate meetings and incentives. Applications are open from now until 30 June, and travel needs to take place before 30 September. For groups of 200 or more, organisers will receive a subsidy of THB100,000 (€2,500), while larger groups of 500 or more will receive THB300,000 (€7,500), and organisers facilitating Mega Incentive Events with groups of 1,000 people or more are eligible for THB1,000,000 (€25,000).

TCEB is also reaching out to meeting and incentive organisers with the Thailand: Inspiring Destination campaign showcasing how they can add value to their business event in the country by elevating it to the next level with a range of fulfilling CSR activities. Whether at the beach – releasing turtles, cultivating coral, or renewing mangroves – in the city, volunteering at schools or reading for the blind, or in the mountains – building check dams, or aerial reforestation – delegates will conclude their visit feeling both personally and professionally fulfilled.

TCEB is also offering special incentives for conventions organisers and delegates, through the Convene and CONNECT in Thailand campaign, which features three key elements: CONNECT People, which encourages networking by enhancing organisers’ social events, with cultural support to the value of 50,000-100,000 baht (€1,250-€2,500) for between 100 and 300 people, and financial support for a cultural performance for 300 people or more. CONNECT Business helps organisers of events with at least 300 international delegates gain more attendees from ASEAN+6 countries, through support for up to three marketing activities per event, with maximum support of 200,000 baht (€5,000) per activity. Finally, CONNECT Destination offers delegates to all TCEB-supported conventions held in Bangkok in 2015 a welcome package that includes a BTS pass and Wi-Fi connection.

Lastly, TCEB has prepared special incentives for the exhibitions sector. As part of its role as a ‘one stop shop’ exhibition partner in ASEAN, TCEB is offering the ‘One to Goal’ package for organisers. With a mission to seamlessly coordinate the efforts of government and private sector partners to ensure successful exhibitions, support covers business matching through TCEB’s extensive database, in-depth industry research, networking, lead generation, marketing expertise across ASEAN, India and China, and more.

TCEB also revealed its confirmed lineup of corporate meetings and incentive travel groups from Europe, including groups from the UK, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Portugal and Spain, alongside upcoming exhibitions by German organiser Messe Düsseldorf, such as Bevtec Asia from 6-8 May, T-Plas from 26-29 August, Pack Print International from 26-29 August, Medical Fair Thailand from 10-12 September, and Wire & Tube Southeast Asia from 16-18 September. The country will also host THAIFEX, with collaboration between Koelnmesse & the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), from 20-24 May.

“We are confident that through a combination of our global initiatives including CONNECT The World and Thailand’s MICE United II, as well as targeted local initiatives such as those we’re presenting to German stakeholders, the Thai business events sector will continue to grow strongly in 2015. The country expects to welcome 1,036,300 business events visitors in 2015, generating revenue of approximately THB106.78 billion or €2.67 billion,” Mr. Nopparat concluded.

To enhance Thailand’s MICE industry in 2015 among German and EU business events stakeholders, TCEB organised the Ambassador Meeting at the Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin from 16-17 May to discuss the development of its MICE promotion in Europe.

Today, TCEB connects more than 100 European and German industry experts and media together in a series of simultaneous events during the “Thailand CONNECT the World: Germany Business Events Road Show 2015” in Berlin. From 19-21 May, TCEB is hosting the Thai Pavilion at IMEX Frankfurt 2015 in collaboration with 15 of the leading Thai business event entrepreneurs.

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