Travel agenda: loyalty programs under the spotlight in awards ceremony

This week will see the best frequent flyer and hotel guest programs awarded at the 2nd Annual Frequent Traveler Awards ceremony, ahead of the May 1 debut of Carnival Magic.

2nd Frequent Traveler Awards
April 28
Flushing, NY, USA

The best reward programs for frequent travelers are set to be announced for the second time April 28, with prizes awarded for best redemption, best points promotions and program of the year, for both hotel and airline schemes.
http://www.ftawards.com

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Carnival Magic debut
May 1
Venice, Italy

Carnival's newest 130,000 ton ship can carry nearly 3,700 guests and will sail a nine-day inaugural voyage to Barcelona. On board, it offers the WaterWorks aqua park, an on-board pub with its own home brews and the first ropes course at sea, featuring an above-deck net with dizzying views of the water 45 m below.
http://www.carnival.com

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World Travel Awards - Middle East
May 2
Dubai, UAE

The season begins again for the travel world's leading award program, honoring the best destinations and travel businesses in the Middle East. It's the first of five regional ceremonies before the finalists progress to the grand final ceremony later this year.
http://worldtravelawards.com


18th Arabian Travel Market
May 2-5
Dubai, UAE

The Arabian Travel Market examines the potential of the Middle East as both an outbound and rapidly growing inbound region. Expect major announcements from some of the world's leading hotel brands and a sneak peak at some of the exciting developments in the region.
http://www.arabiantravelmarket.com/

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28th Fort Lauderdale: Unleashed
May 10-15
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

The largest event in the LGBT travel community, Fort Lauderdale: Unleashed is organized by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association to bring together industry experts, LGBT brands and gay-friendly brands.
http://www.igltaconvention.org

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WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit
May 17-19
Las Vegas, NV, USA

The movers and the shakers of the travel world come together once again in America's 'Sin City' for a three-day conference looking at market trends and insight from the CEOs of the world's 100 largest tourism companies. The focus, predictably, is on the future of middle class travel from developing countries.
http://www.globaltraveltourism.com

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Luxtofair 2011
May 20-22
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Targeted at a luxury travel market which is on the rise again following the recession, the Lifestyle & Luxury Tourism Fair 2011 styles itself the first high-end event in its part of the world. Everything from luxury golf vacations to yachts will be on offer at the event, which also includes workshops and stage performances.
http://www.luxtofair.com/

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