Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

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11 B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• NEW INDUSTRY PARTNER FOR IMEX – C IMGLOBAL CIMGlobal is proud to announce their new industry partnership with IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America. The contribution of CIMGlobal will exist of bringing qualified hosted buy- ers as well as a close collaboration with the India Association Congress and the Middle East Association Congress, which are both CIMGlobal owned shows. The history between CIMGlobal and IMEX goes back a long way. The chairmen of both companies have been in the industry for a long time and they share the same philosophy, that "with collaboration comes growth". Prasant Saha, chairman of CIMGlobal comments: "The IMEX shows are important for our industry and we feel obliged to put effort into any shoow that does as much for our industry as they do. Our renewed foothold in Europe earlier this year makesus a strong partner with a net- work that covers the Americas, Europe and Asia." Ray Bloom, chairman of the IMEX Group adds: "CIMGlobal has clients inthe United States, throughout Europe and Asia and are therefore a good partner for IMEX. Our strong educational program also adds value to partners such as CIMGlobal, a factor that played an important role in forming this new partnership." USTIA INVITES TRAVEL TRADE AND INSURANCE PRODUCERS TO JOIN NEW "DISTRIBUTOR" MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY The US Travel Insurance Association has established a new "Distributor" membership category open to travel agencies, tour operators and insurance producers who distribute retail travel insurance plans.According to Mark Carney, USTIA President, the new category recognizes the important role played by those who distribute and produce travel insurance and assistance products. "USTIA serves as a voice for the entire travel insurance industry, and, as such, we feel it is important that we reach out to, and include these key components of the travel insurance distribution chain," he says. The new membership category is open to entities that do not otherwise act as thirdparty administrators (TPA), manag- ing general agents (MGA), managing general underwriters (MGU) or insurance aggregators who would qualify under other membership categories. In addition to the distributor Class, USTIA has three other categories of membership: Full, Associate, and Subscriber. UStiA membership provides an opportunity for Distributors to join a community that repre- sents an estimated 90% of the travel insurance industry. Among membership benefits are networking with top industry providers and attending educational panels at the association's annual conference; access to important information includ- ing the association's bi-annual Market Survey, and to licensing manuals and other regulatory andcompliance information; receiving updates of association news; and opportunities to haveinput on important matters that shape the future of the travel insurance industry. To apply for USTIA Distributor Membership, interested parties should contact Jim Krampen, UStiA Membership Chairman, at (800) 335-0611 or email the sparkling harbor and dynamic downtown skyline. There are more than 70 restaurants located along the bay, sure to satis- fy any craving. More than two dozen restaurants can be found near the Cruise Ship Terminals along the Embarcadero, with seafood stand- outs including Anthony's Fish Grotto, The Fish Market, Sally's Seafood on the Water and Roy's San Diego Waterfront. Harbor Island, conveniently located across the street from the San Diego International Airport, features nine terrific din- ing spots, including the popular Boathouse, Tom Ham's Lighthouse – celebrating 50 years on the island – and Island Prime/C- Level lounge. The marina resort oasis of Shelter Island features six sensational restaurants including the new Vessel Restaurant in the Kona Kai Resort, tiki-inspired Bali Hai and Humphrey's Restaurant. At the adjacent America's Cup Harbor, six bayside restaurants include the popular Point Loma Seafoods, Galley at H&M Landing and Mitch's Seafood.

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