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The Longest Applause Ever

The most famous Spanish tenor, opera singer Placido Domingo, has been rewarded with the longest applause in history that one artist got, when he finished his concert held in Vienna State Opera on July 30th, 1991. The audience was so thrilled and excited that at the end applauded for whole one hour and 20 minutes non-stop. On feet! If you think this was hard for the audience, think about Placido.

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Meridian DMC from Kotor Had Clients from Israel

At the end of May of this year agency Meridian DMC from Kotor has, together with partners from Israel, organized a program for a young group from Israel that numbered 170 people. The activity that the clients anticipated with the excitement was the party day on the St. Nicholas Island in Budva – Montenegrian Hawaii. The clients were greeted by a DJ, sunbeds and umbrellas, beach-volleyball court, open bar and crystal clean water – where they enjoyed kayaking, SUPs and crazy sofas. After the active part of the day, the clients crowned their stay on the island with a fantastic lunch under the pine trees. The group stayed few days in Montenegro and they liked the destination very much – so much that more similar groups in are coming September.

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Russia to Host the 25th World Energy Congress

The World Energy Council (WEC) has announced that Russia will be the host of the World Energy Congress held in 2022. The announcement follows a vote to select the winning bid from proposals submitted by Portugal, the USA, and Russia, during which it was decided that the 25th World Energy Congress will take place in St. Petersburg from June 11th to 15th. The Council’s World Energy Congress is the largest global event bringing together world energy leaders to discuss energy resource issues and study important sector trends. Since 1924, the World Energy Congress has been gathering leading experts and professionals, government officials, academics, and major media outlets to discuss issues vital to the development of the energy sector. The event attracts more than 4,000 delegates from all sectors of the energy system and offers participants a unique opportunity to share their opinions and experiences and to better understand the latest trends from a global perspective.

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First City with Over Million Inhabitants

Rome was first in achieving many things, and for some of them still stayed the only one. Long time ago, 113. BC it has become the first city in the world that had over million people, while London reached that number 1,923 years later. New York gained this status in year 1835. Today there is over 300 cities all over the world where live and work over million people.

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Honey Facts

Did you know that honey is the only food that can never be rotten? Inside honey the majority of most dangerous bacteria cannot live and it is most perfect product of the nature because it contains all ingredients that build human organism. Bees need to bring 3-4 kg of nectar in bee hive in order to make 1 kg of honey, and you may think this is not too much. But do have on mind the fact – from one flower a bee can take only 0,02 mg of nectar.

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Bowing in Japan

What bowing means in the rest of the world, in Japans is different. So, if you have on mind visiting Japan, bring protractor and pay attention to following details so you don’t be misunderstood. Bow under 5 degrees angle is saying hello to somebody, under wider angle means more official greeting and bow under 30 degrees is being thankful to somebody. If you are bowing under 45 degrees you are showing somebody deep respect or saying you are very sorry.

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Powering Up for a “Cascade of Cool”

With doors barely closed on its most experiential and largest IMEX in Frankfurt to date, the IMEX team now turns its sights to IMEX America. Free attendee and hosted buyer registration opens online today for IMEX America number eight. The show is set to shine with innovation and ingenuity in its usual setting of the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas from October 16 – 18, 2018, with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on October 15. There will be once again be an enormous range of opportunities to do business, to discover new destinations, hotels, services and technologies, to learn about the latest ideas and trends and to make connections with industry contacts. There will also be some eye-opening and mind-opening innovations to extend and disrupt traditional concepts of meetings and events. In Frankfurt, one observer described the line-up of new formats and experiences as a “cascade of cool”. With IMEX America expanding into larger halls for 2018, IMEX partners and exhibitors will have plenty of room to demonstrate their inventiveness and flex their marketing muscles. C2 International makes Las Vegas debut at IMEX America With experiential events dominating this year’s business landscape, IMEX America will showcase a wealth of new ideas to planners who are constantly under pressure to deliver new thinking and fresh design. One of the outstanding proponents of these radical, challenging and inspiring new experiences will be C2 International, the ground-breaking experts in innovative business conference. As a result of a new partnership with the IMEX Group, C2 will be bringing its Learning Labs to Las Vegas, providing a further indication of the IMEX commitment to encouraging creativity in the industry. The show will be preceded on October 15 by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, when a vast number of meetings professionals will arrive in Las Vegas for a day full of professional development events. Association Evening, the Executive Meetings Forum, PCMA Business School and the Association Leadership Forum (created by ASAE) are among the activities which, along with an extensive program of learning arranged by IMEX strategic partner MPI, will provide educational sessions to suit many needs and specific interests. IMEX America is well-known for providing many networking opportunities at popular co-located events including the Shamrock Invitational, SITE Nite North America, the Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders & Pacesetters Awards Celebration plus MPI Foundation Rendezvous. Register today and for more information on IMEX America 2018 please visit www.imexamerica.com.

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Ambidexterity – Equally Important for Individuals as It Is for Companies

Why companies, although led by the idea that “the only constant is change”, still fail to strategically pursue innovation? The reason is simple – because it is hard and one’s mind gives in. Therefore, for companies to innovate it is necessary for employees to understand their own brain (regardless whether it is top management or talents). We (even as managers) are not designed for innovation. Our mind makes mistakes and it resists focusing on questioning, redefining and creating. But the good thing is that our mind can be tricked once you understand the principles behind it. The key is to understand ambidexterity at the level of an individual. There it refers to one’s ability to balance convergent and divergent thinking. With convergent thinking we make choices, while with divergent thinking we create choices. Different choices and problems require different types of thinking. The process that allows us to shift (or balance) between these two types of thinking is, what prof. Laureiro Martinez from ETH Zurich named “cognitive flexibility”. When faced with problems, we can flexibly change our way of thinking or our point of view. It gives us the ability to break conventional rules of thinking, adopt new strategies or build novel combinations of stored knowledge. Convergent thinking is related to exploitation while divergent can be associated to exploration capabilities. In business context, exploitation refers to optimization and usage of existing business capacities, while exploration refers to creation of new value that lies in opportunities both inside and outside the company. The issue is that problems, tasks and decisions related with exploration on one side, and exploitation on the other, are not the same. Whether it`s about exploration or exploitation, key is to adapt our thinking processes by identifying problem components and reflecting upon them. For individuals, focusing on exploitation is never a problem – as it is our “natural” mode of thinking. On the other hand, exploration should focus on a structured approach to identifying and challenging underlying principles, which in return require significant brain resources (as it is “unnatural”). Each type of thinking, has its challenges but switching between them with recognition and reflection on the right timing to switch, allows us to embrace all the potential of ambidexterity and the opportunity for a company to strategically pursue innovation. For more information visit: www.innovation-institute.eu

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Hotel Zepter Drina Bajina Basta and Vila Drina

Zepter Drina Hotel is located at Bajina Basta where the mighty and green Drina flows, below the breathtaking landscape of Tara Mountain, only 168 km away from Belgrade. With 45 standard rooms and 29 new deluxe rooms equipped to satisfy 5 stars criteria, Hotel Zepter Drina offers a conference and meeting facilities (it consists of 250 seats), and it is completely technically equipped for congresses and seminars. Fashionably arranged rooms are additionally supplied with unique Zepter products for better and longer life. In Zepter Drina Hotel restaurant (120 seats) all kinds of manifestations and celebration can be organized, with domestic and international dishes. Zepter Drina hotel offers ex­cellent accommodation and nutrition services for sportsmen, sports trainings are possible as well on open spaces or in a sports hall nearby the hotel. Various trips can be organized within the Tara National Park for hotel guests as well as boat tours on the Drina, boat trips on Lake Perucac, visits to the historical and national localities situated in this magnificent part of Serbia. Vila Drina, Perucac Vila Drina is located in Perucac surrounded by the beauty of nature, 13 km ahead from Bajina Basta, below the mountain Tara. It is situated between two rivers Vrelo and Drina, both rivers are 20 meters away from the hotel. Beyond the river Drina is a beautiful waterfall of river Vrelo, the shortest river in Europe (365 m). All guests keep unforgettable memories on refreshing and recharging vacation and a good night’s sleep by waterfall sound. This luxurious villa, originally built between two world wars, has been renovated recently and transformed into fashionable garni hotel with 15 rooms and apartments that are awaiting new guests with desire to provide unforgettable holiday. Restaurant Vrelo Although Vila Drina offers restaurant/ meeting room (40 seats) perfectly suitable for small seminars and meetings, and restaurant Vrelo is a part of this complex. Restaurant Vrelo has one of the most beautiful summer terrace in Serbia. The capacity of restaurant Vrelo is 250 seats, 100 seats inside and 150 outside on the terrace with natural surrounding by river and waterfall, this place has unique ambience, especially during the summer where water sound and refreshing air become escape from warm days. Restaurant Vrelo is suitable for all kinds of celebrations and events.

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Zepter Hotel Vrnjacka Banja – When Past and Present Match

Vrnjacka Banja, unique spa well known among people as the Queen of Spa tourism, is now richer for one great hotel. Former Hotel Zvezda, the pearl of Vrnjacka Banja’s tourism, now shines under new name Zepter Hotel Vrnjacka Banja. Zepter Hotel Vrnjacka Banja has an unique interior, protected by law as a historical momentum, it is a harmonious match of past and present time. Zepter Hotel has 120 completely renovated and well equipped rooms and four apartments. It offers to the guests: two restaurants (Zepter Smart Life Restaurant and Crystal Hall), Zepresso Aperitiv Bar, summer terrace with view on a promenade, in which guests enjoy all kind of food and drinks. Food is prepared in Zepter dishes by applying Zepter unique way of healthy food preparation for better and longer life. At Zepter Hotel Vrnjacka Banja guests enjoy usage of indoor thermal swimming pool (24-27C), jacuzzi, sauna, massage center, Zepter Bioptron center and a new fitness center. Zepter Hotel Vrnjacka Banja is well known as a congress place with two famous congress halls – Zepter Conference Hall and Zepter Meeting Room. The capacity is 1,200 seats in theater set up. There is also a possibility of using smaller meeting rooms (five smaller meeting rooms). Hotel also provides outdoor activities like walking tour, running, bicycles rides, training in the park…

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