New www.imex-frankfurt.com), the show is is planned as a three-day trade fair at Messe Frankfurt. About 2,000 of the 5,000 attendees will be hosted buyers, and exhibitors from 75 countries are expected.Industry — Ray Bloom and Paul Flackett, who launched EIBTM in Geneva in 1988 and sold it to Reed Exhibitions in 1998, have announced a competing industry show, to debut in Frankfurt, Germany, April 8 to 10, 2003. Dubbed IMEX (Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel & Meetings & Events —
Green Directory Updated — IT&ME and Helena Miel, CITE (www.earthmum.com) released the 2001 Green Directory, which highlights the environmental efforts and practices of suppliers around the world, from hotels to ecotourism operators. Miel, who is an industry leader and spokeswoman in this area, has also started a consulting company, Impact 4 Good (www.impact4good.com), which is dedicated to creating programs that give back to the community and that demonstrate respect for the environment. Impact 4 Good is a subsidiary of Impact Incentives and Meetings.
Fly the Eye — The London Eye offers visitors a bird's-eye view of London's famous landmarks. Passengers on the gigantic, slowly revolving Ferris wheel scan the Thames River. Groups can enjoy a private capsule or an exclusive flight from a choice of three flight times, or take over the wheel for an entire evening. As many as 550 people can be accommodated, and a VIP lounge that can hold up to 60 people is available during regular hours.
The year 2002 will bring the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee, and some palaces and other venues that are not typically open to the public will be welcoming groups during the Queen's celebration. www.londontouristboard.com
Pheasant Run Has New Look — Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., underwent a $14 million renovation last year. This winter, it is redoing its lobby area, with completion expected by February. The 473-room resort offers 100,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, and an 18-hole championship golf course as well as the historic town of St. Charles, which is full of boutique shops. www.pheasantrun.com.
Monaco Beckons — A new mini CD/digicard called Reward Yourself has been launched by the Monaco Government Tourist Office. The digicard is available in large quantities from the MGTO. The MGTO is also doing U.S. dollar guarantees for incentive programs at a variety of hotels through 2003. And The Société des Bains de Mer is building a new, 350-room hotel in Monaco that is scheduled to open in 2004. The new facility will adding to Monaco's supply of 2,200 first-class and deluxe hotel rooms. www.monacotourism.com