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40 years at the travel industry’s service

Travel agents specialize in making travel arrangements on behalf of individual, group and business clients. Their job is to advise customers on air, rail and sea travel and provide access to cheap fares, hotel deals and other perks travellers cannot get on their own. TAS Touristik Assekuranzmakler und Service GmbH from Frankfurt, Germany is the company that supports these specialists by providing insurance tailored to their specific needs.

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Moving waters

Due to the decreasing state funding of national health systems, we all have to take even better care to stay healthy and fit. Within the last few years, most of the national health systems in Europe have become industrial markets which are subject to economic rules and tendencies. Against this background, the fitness and wellness industries have been enjoying tremendous growth rates. Wellness equipment such as spas, saunas and whirlpools are in high demand for both private residences and public facilities. Jacuzzi® France is the French distribution arm of the US-based Jacuzzi® group, a pioneer in wellness equipment. Being well-established in the upper end of the market, the company now aims to expand into the medium market sector.

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Taking a sustainable approach to hospitality pays off

Tourism and leisure are two important economic sectors in Bad Dürkheim, a spa town located in the southwest of Germany. The town is also known for its wine industry, being the fourth most important wine-growing center in Rhineland-Palatinate. Despite tight competition, Hotel Annaberg has managed to establish itself as an outstanding accommodation option by combining an unbeatable location with expert management and socially responsible business practices. General Manager Jan-Peter van de Laan affirms that, “we want to implement ideas consistently, to eventually look back and feel satisfied, and if we`re not, to do something new to address the issues.”

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A successful transformation

The Polish company SATORIA Group is the result of a privatization process – of employee or stock ownership privatization, to be exact. While it used to be a state-owned company in 1980s and 1990s, the employees had the opportunity to buy the company from the state in 1996. In the past 18 years, SATORIA was able to successfully transform its business from a local Warsaw operation to Poland-wide operations. Today, the company is a national player in the hotel business.

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Fun, educational, interactive

It is easily recognizable by the blue triangle, one of the most famous trademarks in Germany and worldwide: Ravensburger is a leading manufacturer of puzzles, games, children’s books and other fun, educational and interactive products. The German company has developed such best-sellers as 3D building set puzzles and the audio-digital, educational game series tiptoi®. Ravensburger Karton s.r.o. in the Czech Republic is part of this innovative group and specializes in cardboard-based products.

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Skiing the Dolomites

Worldwide, the Dolomites are a synonym for unlimited slopes, unparalleled skiing pleasure and breathtaking panoramic views. Although the skiing business throughout the whole area suffered from below average snowfall during the 2011-2012 winter season, the 2012-2013 winter season registered an excellent comeback, and the 2013-2014 season was already officially opened as of November 30, 2013. Funivie Folgarida Marilleva SpA in Dimaro is a renowned ski company operating in the Dolomites, whose lifts connect with those of Mandonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo. Last year the company engaged in several investments and projects to enhance the ski area, making it more captivating. The new ski area Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta is one of the latest innovations of this dynamic company.

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Serving special design needs

Jora Vision BV is a specialist in the design and building of theme parks, zoos, tourist attractions and holiday resorts offering an effective combination of design and production solutions.

Interview with Jan Maarten de Raad

A blueprint for memories

Holiday resorts, zoos and theme parks are special places with special design needs. Architects who create these facilities have to be aware that they are not just building a house or an office complex; they are building an experience and memories that visitors will cherish. Jora Vision BV, based in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands, is an expert in the field and has more than 25 years of experience. Its 100 employees know how to make every location, both at home and abroad, something to remember, as founder and CEO Jan Maarten de Raad reveals to European Business Journal.

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Bringing Attila’s Empire to life again

Attila, more frequently referred to as Attila the Hun, was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453. He was the leader of the Hunnic Empire, which stretched from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. Many sagas and legends entwine around Attila and his people. Now, János Kocsi, owner of Kincsem Lovaspark Kft. from Tápiószentmárton in Hungary, aims to reawaken ancient times and create a new Attila empire for tourists.

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A hotel rooted in history

The area between the two rivers Tanger and Elbe in Germany is dominated by a huge castle hill. The old castle, which was built in the early 13th century once used to be the residency and home of the emperor Karl IV. After it was destroyed during war, the famous King of Prussia Friedrich I rebuilt the castle. Today, the beautiful historical building houses a unique hotel that unites the historical ambience of the house with modern amenities.

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