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Buy Wine – the most important Tuscan wine event – is going to take place inside the Spadolini Pavilion, at the Fortezza da Basso, on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February 2018. 215 wine growing companies coming from the regional label territories will meet 190 buyers from 39 countries, led by the USA, Canada, China, Denmark, South Korea and Brazil. Among the new entries, buyers from Azerbaijan, Colombia, Morocco, Lebanon, Peru and Thailand. After some years, of absence, organisers happily welcome back buyers from Norway, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Among the Tuscan companies, the majority come from Siena (78) and Florence (59), but all territories are represented, and no less than 65 wine growing companies are organically managed. These successful figures bode well for this edition which, like the past ones, offers buyers the opportunity to visit 14 production areas through eight educational tours scheduled for Sunday, 11th and Monday 12th February 2018.

On Saturday, 10th February, popstar Sting and his wife Trudie Styler will introduce Anteprime di Toscana 2018, and event organized, like Buy Wine, by the Region of Tuscany in co-operation with PromoFirenze. Spotlight on the previews of 16 Tuscan consortiums responsible for wine protection.

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The 7th Elected Assembly of Cia Toscana – named “Sguardo al Futuro” (Overlooking the Future) – will take place in the Sala Verde (Green Hall) of Palazzo dei Congressi on Thursday, 8th February 2018 at 9.00 a.m. After an opening speech by Giampiero Maracchi, President of the Accademia dei Georgofili, the programme features speeches by Cecilia Del Re, Councillor for the Economic Development of the Florence Municipality, Matteo Biffoni, President of Anci Toscana, Eugenio Giani, President of the Regional Council of Tuscany. Paolo De Castro, Vice-President of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee, and Nicola Danti, Member of the European Parliament, will also join the Assembly via video conference.

After a tasting of typical Tuscan products curated by Cia agri-chef Lia Galli, work will continue with a debate and conclusions by Dino Scanavino, President of Cia. The programme will also feature speeches by other public figures and representatives of agricultural organisations, trade-union and political co-operatives of the hunting organisations and of other institutional, economic and social representations.

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Anticipation is rising for Immagine Italia & Co. no.11, a Fair promoted and organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Pistoia and devoted to the preview of underwear & lingerie 2018-2019 collections, to be held at the Fortezza da Basso from 3rd to 5th February 2018. This is the annual leading appointment for all the Italian and international underwear industry professionals, who will have exclusive access to the Fair. 200 brands participating among the most prestigious of this sector, 28 of which are new presences. With 35% of participants coming from abroad, this edition proves once again that this Fair is a prestigious international showcase for the underwear & lingerie industry. Continue reading The Best of Underwear & Lingerie Collections at Immagine Italia & Co. – Fortezza da Basso, February 3-5, 2018

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540 collections, 315 of which coming from abroad, over 6,700 buyers and no less than 10,000 visitors during the last winter edition. These are the baseline figures for Pitti Bimbo no.86, the kids’ lifestyle leader fair taking place under the sign of research and transversal elements, to be held from 18th to 20th January at the Fortezza da Basso.  Continue reading Junior Fashion in the Spotlight at Pitti Bimbo no.86 – January 18-20, 2018

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The Italian tour of the International College & University Counselling Fair will start at Palazzo degli Affari in Florence on 9th January 2018. After Florence, the next stops will be Milan, Turin, Parma and Genoa. Over 800 registered participants are expected to attend this event.

Since 2006, UNITOUR is the leading College & University Counselling Fair in Southern Europe, thanks to a simple and efficient recruitment event concept, featuring “pre-organised appointments” with local high schools. In 2017, over 27,000 students attended UNITOUR with their advisers, aiming at building their own future university career.  In Italy, 5,600 students visited UNITOUR ITALIA 2017, and 228 higher education institutions, 27 Italian universities and 21 International colleges and universities attended this unmissable Fair.

The Fair mission is to provide students with a customised counselling service in line with their specific studies, along with an exhaustive International academic offer through a system of interpersonal interviews with representatives from various Italian and International colleges and universities.

 

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A record number of participants at the 34th SIMG Congress (Italian Society of General Medicine & Primary Care) taking place at Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari from 30th November to 2nd December 2017. Focus on “Total patient care, the care burden of diseases, chronic conditions. From economic silos to the global citizen care”.

Among the various topics discussed, “Opioids to control the pain: an appropriate use”, “The Mediterranean diet in primary prevention … between controversy and scientific certainties”, “Community palliative care: Italy towards Europe”.

The Italian Society of General Medicine and Primary Care (SIMG) promotes and supports the professional role of general practitioners, both in the Italian Health Service and in the European and non-European health organisations, and boasts over 100 provincial and sub-provincial sections coordinated at regional level. The association pays special attention to training, research and ongoing professional development activities, also through the accreditation of members. Among its purposes, the institution of a general medicine department in the Italian medical universities, managed by general practitioners. SIMG also promotes activities linked with clinical and epidemiological research in general medicine, as well as in the evaluation of quality within the editorial context, Information Technology, distance learning and profession management. The association, aiming at promoting a collaboration with both public and private bodies, is linked with the most important national and international sector associations. It is also a member of the Scientific Societies Federation (F.I.S.M.).

 

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Everything is ready for the second edition of Ecosistemi Digitali (Digital Ecosystems) – the event aiming at developing digital infrastructure for tourism in Italy. Online tourism is an increasingly strategic sector. As a matter of fact, 2017 saw a +19,3% increase in Internet users choosing Bella Italia as a tourist destination. The event, promoted by MiBACTMiSE and the Italian Regions, and developed with the contribution of the Region Council of Tuscany and Toscana Promozione Turistica, is part of the Strategic Tourism Development Plan 2017-2022, whose purpose is to define a Common Charter involving all the institutional players in the promotion of Italy as a Destination on the web.

A growing sector which, as highlighted by Google Trends in the summer of 2017, saw the exponential growth of research on the web concerning tourist destinations of our Country. Particularly, the countries showing more interest in Italy online are Germany, USA, UK and France. The countries with more interest growth are, instead, Argentina (+24%), Russia (+20%), Australia (+11%) and Spain (+10%).

Digital tourism is a field in which, according to Antonello Giacomelli – MiSE Secretary of State Italy should aspire to a leading role: “The digital competition, based on the connectivity and development of innovative services, is revolutionizing our way of living, producing and thinking. Italy is no longer in the rearguard to this extent. Instead, it is destined to become the protagonist of the new digital era, by combining technological progress and the best of promotion Made in Italy”.

According to Stefano Ciuoffo, Tourism Councillor for the Region of Tuscany, “with Ecosistemi Digitali, we are trying to build a stable and institutionalized debate place between sector professionals and public bodies to discuss the changes currently taking place in the fast world of Web tourism. Technological and digital innovations revolutionized the way we plan and organise a trip, causing irreversible changes as well as often unexpected factors upon which it is important to reflect along with all the main players. Such debate is particularly important for those who, as public bodies, must regulate and govern this phenomenon.

 

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Ready, steady, go! As already stated last month by Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera, the new Florence fair & congress centre restarts from the Palaffari. As of today, the Firenze Fiera website features  (http://www.firenzefiera.it/profilo-azienda/bandi-e-gare/) the market survey notice for the Project Management Service concession concerning the extraordinary maintenance work at Palazzo degli Affari. Continue reading Firenze Fiera’s relaunch starts from the Palaffari