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JANUARY 29, 2010
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Kevin Maguire, Chairman
National Business Travel Association

Legislation and Taxation; It's a different story in Europe.

Kevin opens this week's BusinessTravelRADIO with Sandy to discuss his activities these past few months as the Chairman of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA). Looking beyond the USA and into Europe,  Kevin talks about similar challenges both regions face and the primary differences when it comes to lobbying and taxation.

Kevin will also discuss his day job as the sports team travel buyer for all the athletic teams at the University of Texas. He’ll also offer some suggestions on how to learn more about this profession. In fact, the NBTA believes this is such an important category of business travel that they even have a team travel specialist on staff! The future looks bright in sports travel!

And finally, Kevin will talk about what he believes to be the biggest issues in travel, including the aging US air traffic control systems. Kevin is always a most interesting guest. Don't miss this interview.


SEGMENT 1 Approx 12 min
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Andrea Wrba, General Manager of the InterContinental Hotel in Jericho, Palestine

Meet Me in Jericho

Andrea joins Sandy as the first and only female general manager of an InterContinental Hotel in the Middle East, in Palestine to be exact.  
– Challenging – Exciting and Doable!

Andrea came to Palestine in July where she now manages one of the premiere properties in the country. Situated in one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Jericho, the InterContinental is perfect for meetings and educational conferences. The backdrop of Jericho offers history, culture and this year marks the beginning of a multi-year celebration to honor Jericho's 10,000th birthday.

The Jericho InterContinental operation includes 200 staff, 181 bedrooms and can accommodate 350 persons in its meeting room.

Besides meetings, Andrea also talks about weddings and incentive packages along with some of the highlights within the Jericho region include the Dead Sea and Jerusalem is only 30 minutes away by car.

One of the best ways to arrive is to fly into Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. The 45 min trip to the bridge at the Palestinian border can sometimes get bogged down at the check point but it is a beautiful region to see. The other possibility is flying into Tel Aviv. The roads are tremendous throughout Israel and Palestine with only an hour and 15 minute drive from Tel Aviv to the Jericho InterContinental.

Andrea was a guest on TravelTalkRADIO in December while Sandy stayed at the InterContinental in Jericho. Listen Here

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Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher

The Passion for News
Thomas has been contributing to TravelTalkRADIO since 2001 when Sandy and he met during the first year of the launch of their businesses. His eTurboNews subscribers have grown to 230,000 in the last 9 years. Thomas' knowledge of the travel business is only surpassed by his moxie and drive to get the current travel news out to the eTurboNews followers. He talks with Sandy about what kind of a passion it takes to publish news 24/7 and the rewards of the job.
Thomas also shares his views his extensive experience in attending travel conferences and exhibits around the world.

If you subscribe to eTurboNews you are always getting breaking travel news and you also receive news stories that you will not find anywhere else. Easy to subscribe, easy to unsubscribe. Check it out.

SEGMENT 3 Approx 12 min
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Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer
and Host

Under the Big Top
Sandy and Patrick discuss the week's activities including some of the leading business travel news. On the trail of the Moroccan Travel Market, Patrick published an article in eTurboNews titled:
“Under the Big Top at the Moroccan Travel Market,”

Sandy and Patrick attending gala dinner at Moroccan
Travel Market

Meet us at:

Rimini, Italy
Oct 22 - 24, 2010

SEGMENT 4 Approx 10 min
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JANUARY 22, 2010
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Segment 1
Bruce Bommarito

Executive VP and COO US Travel Association

As the Chief Operating Officer of the US Travel Association, Bruce has his fingers on more than the just the pulse of the US Market. His International experience offers insight for both inbound and outbound tourism. We'll discuss the marketing efforts of other International markets and why the US has a disadvantage in the marketplace. We'll also talk about the Travel Promotional Act that many hope to have passed into legislation in 2010.

Meetings Mean Business is a campaign working to protect the millions of American jobs that depend on business travel and events.

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Segment 2 & 3
Antonio Dell'Aquilano

TTG Italy
Exhibitions &
Events Manager

Rimini, Italy
Oct 22 - 24, 2010

TTG originally began as a single travel news publication out of the UK in the 70's. Since then the TTG (Travel Trade Gazette) brand has opened franchises in leading regions around the world including MENA, Poland and Asia Pacific. TTG Italia produces two printed publications each week to the travel trade.
Antonio manages the TTG department also offers a leading Travel Conference in Italy every year called the TTG incontri.

This year TTG incontri will be in Rimini Oct 22- 24, 2010. If you want to reach this market or you want Italy to experience your region. Sign up now to attend or exhibit. 

TTG Italia produces the leading B2B travel publication in Italy which is published twice a week and the online travel news agency Antonio manages the TTG Event Department and they offer the leading B2B travel exhibition in Italy called TTG Incontri.
Check out this new
very innovative product from TTG Italia, which is the first social network dedicated entirely to travel professionals:

Sandy met up with Antonio in Marrakech this week while at the Moroccan Travel Market. Listen to the opportunity to join us both in Italy Oct 22 - 24 at TTG Incontri!

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Antonio is also President of International Travel Trade Fairs Association

International Tourism Trade
Fairs Association


After joining ITTFA to help market his own trade exhibit at the TTG incontri, Antonio realized the importance of the partnership and became involved in the executive board.

Antonio is now president of the ITTFA and will be sharing with us the value of the membership. We will continue bring you more information in the upcoming months regarding the 20+ members of the ITTFA.

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Segment 4
Sandy Dhuyvetter

Executive Producer
and Host

Sandy wraps up program with this week's Business Travel News.

This week Sandy and Patrick returned from the Moroccan Travel Market (MTM) in Marrakech.

TravelTalkRADIO will be highlighting the MTM, including the stories and offerings of many of the fine products and destinations in upcoming programs.

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