Next month, Emirates airline will begin new international flights to Boston’s Logan International Airport from the Middle East. Emirates is one of the fastest growing and well respected airlines in the world. The Boston non-stop daily flight will go to Dubai where the airline has service to 135 destinations.
Boston is becoming a gateway to the world! Following successful launches of flights to Japan (Tokyo) and Panama City in the last two years, Logan will add flights on Turkish Airlines to Turkey (Istanbul) and Hainan Airlines to China (Beijing) this spring and summer.
In the past, overseas routes out of Logan have been leisure-oriented, concentrated in the Caribbean and Europe. The new flights focus on the needs of businesses, from major financial institutions to small technology firms, which increasingly work with customers and suppliers around the globe.
In all, Boston Logan has 36 international destinations, up from 26 a decade ago and the number of international travelers using Logan has increased about 20% during that time. The next overseas flight on airport executives’ radar is Tel Aviv.
In light of the increase, the airport is making several changes at Terminal E, which is the international terminal. A corridor under construction between Terminals E and C will make for a quicker trip across the airport for people connecting to a domestic flight, and new passport-scanning kiosks will speed up the process for arriving passengers.
In addition to being more accessible to international travelers, Boston Logan is a five minute drive from downtown Boston and no city in the U.S. delivers faster travel times between the airport and its convention centers!
Boston has great appeal for international conference attendees. They enjoy wandering around Beacon Hill to time travel back in history, shopping on Newbury Street or attending a Red Sox game. No matter how you slice it, Boston offers an incomparable mix of history, culture, entertainment, and sports. Learn about our international clients and why they come to Boston by visiting the International Meetings section of our website >>
We want your Boston event to be as successful as it can possibly be! That’s why the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has expanded your event team of experts to include a Venue Products Manager (VPM) that will be your guide to the MCCA’s integrated portfolio of industry-leading products and services.
The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center.
Your new Venue Product Manager will work collaboratively with your current Event Manager, who will remain your dedicated primary event partner, working with you to ensure flawless execution of every detail and overall event success. Your Event Manager will continue to oversee the logistics for securing traditional building related event services such as electrical, phone and internet for you.
The role of Venue Products Manager is an industry first. Your VPM will assist you with specific products, services and capabilities including digital displays, security and transportation services. Your assigned VPM will introduce you to our product palette so you won’t have to deal with multiple service departments.
“It’s our commitment to put the client at the center of everything we do. This starts with our existing team of Event Managers but we wanted a new approach to how event relationships are managed in Boston, “said James E Rooney, Executive Director of the MCCA. “We are constantly seeking to improve the way we partner with our clients and the creation of Venue Product Managers is one solution. Dealing with multiple service departments and vendors can be complicated for meeting planners, and the creation of this focused position was our way of creating a new, integrated approach to delivering our industry-leading products and services.”
This expansion of our event team will make it easier for you to increase your revenue, save money and craft extraordinary events for your audiences.
Visit the Event Management page of our website for more information >>
Last month, Boston reopened its Hubway bike-sharing program for the season! Hubway and the Boston Red Sox Foundation teamed up to commemorate the bike-sharing system’s opening day and gave away free Red Sox t-shirts.
The Hubway program started in 2011 with 60 stations and 600 bicycles throughout Boston. Hubway immediately surpassed expectations and within 10 weeks the bikes had logged more than 100,000 rides. This year, Hubway has increased its footprint to 112 stations and 1,100 bicycles and the system is now expanded to Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. A trip to Harvard Square is only a couple of miles!
”We are thrilled to build on the dynamic success of New Balance Hubway and expand further into Boston’s neighborhoods. There is no better way to celebrate Opening Day than with two great Boston institutions: the Red Sox and New Balance Hubway.” says Mayor Menino’s Director of Bicycle Programs, Nicole Freedman.
The 112 docking stations across the city include locations such as the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Hynes Convention Center and major convention hotels. Most docking stations are concentrated in the historic downtown areas and are close to each other so users can easily drop off their bike at any other locations.
Boston--already known as “America’s Walking City”—is ideal for cycling and has 50 miles of bike lanes. It is a compact city with easy access to restaurants, shops and landmarks. There is a rich variety of things to do and see without having to travel great distances.
Hubway allows residents and tourists to use bikes throughout the city for short term rentals. In addition to annual memberships, the program offers casual 24-hour and 3-day memberships, which are perfect for visitors. Bikers can locate stations near them by visiting Hubway’s website. The interactive map tells them how many bikes are at a specific station and how many remain for use at any given time. A free Spotcycle mobile app that helps users navigate the system in real time is also available.
Promote the program to your attendees! They will enjoy the green and fun option of hopping on a bike after their conference to go back to their hotel or explore the historic districts of Boston.
…by Riding the Boston Pedicabs!
Boston Pedicabs are a safe and friendly way of exploring our historic city of Boston. They provide a memorable and entertaining experience that pairs practical, eco-friendly transportation with the pleasures of a gentle stroll.
These bike taxis are faster than walking and can maneuver through heavy traffic. They make getting through Boston’s downtown traffic fun! They are the most enjoyable and entertaining means of transportation around. Pedicab drivers are knowledgeable about the city and happy to teach their passengers about the surroundings.
They are ideal during sunny days but also great at night, and for those less-than-perfect nights, cabs are out in force with all-weather full-cabin coveralls and warm fleece blankets. Best of all perhaps, Boston Pedicab rides are free! Passengers are asked only to pay what they believe their ride is worth.
They can be found in downtown Boston near the Hynes Convention Center and the main convention hotels. They provide short rides from place to place as well as tours through scenic parts of the city such as Faneuil Hall, Back Bay, and Fenway Park. They can also be used for special events. They can be rented for groups and customized with companies’ brand name. EMC World used them at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for their 2010 convention (see photo below).
For more information about arranging Pedicabs for your event or booking special rides and tours, visit: www.bostonpedicab.com.
With the summer around the corner, your attendees will enjoy a comfortable ride, the sun and the breeze. Using Boston Pedicabs is also one way to help reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint!
Last Sunday, the world got a little bit closer to Boston when Japan Airlines began the first nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Tokyo.
Japan Airlines Flight 008, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 42 business class seats and 144 economy seats, landed at Boston Logan International Airport bringing with it the promise of increased productivity for New England firms doing business in Asia and increased tourism and convention activity for Boston.
Travelers heading to Boston from Japan are now able to make the flight without touching down along the way for the first time in history!
“This nonstop flight reflects the spirit of collaboration between Japan and Massachusetts and will allow us to continue to grow our partnership culturally, educationally and economically, to grow jobs and support businesses in the global marketplace,” said Governor Deval Patrick.
The Boeing 787 is an all new airplane, with a 21st century wing design, built with cutting edge manufacturing and composite materials. The result is the lightest, fastest, most environmental friendly commercial passenger jet of its kind in the world. Some highlight of the revolutionary aircraft include larger windows with liquid crystal dimmable shades, higher ceilings, lower cabin pressure, better humidity and mood lighting to enhance the ambiance onboard using LED lights.
Both the inbound and outbound flight--JAL 007--were full and bookings for the service for the next several months are excellent. The flight will run four times a week until June 1 when it will depart Boston daily.
Boston was a natural choice with its strong business travel demand and healthy year-round leisure travel related to its many tourist attractions and world-renowned academic institutions,’’ said Masaru Onishi, Chairman of Japan Airlines.
In fact, last year, Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, had foreseen a significant increase in international visits: “For the second year in a row, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data, Boston has seen overseas visitor increases despite the recession and anticipates a significant increase of Asian visitors in 2012 as a result of this new Tokyo flight,” and this year makes it the third year in a row!
Boston Logan, five minutes from downtown Boston, offers nonstop service to 72 domestic and 31 international destinations and, in 2011, handled 28.9 million passengers. No city delivers faster travel times between the airport and its convention centers. Learn about our international clients and why they are coming to Boston by visiting our website.
Last Tuesday, the plaza in front of the Boston Public Library was packed with bicycling advocates and riders as Mayor Menino kicked off the second season of New Balance Hubway bike-sharing program with an inaugural speech. It was a beautiful spring day and all I could see around me were smiling faces. People seemed so excited to ride their Hubway bike again.
“The first season for New Balance Hubway was a great success, and we expect season two to be even better,” Mayor Menino said. “As warm weather returns and more residents and visitors are spending time outside, it’s great to see so many people eager to explore our great city through Hubway. It’s a pleasure to be able to say that we are well on our way to being a world class cycling city.”
The 61 docking stations across the city include new locations such as the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Seaport Hotel. Most docking stations are still concentrated in the historic downtown areas and are close to each other so users can easily drop off their bike at any other location. Downtown stations can be found within walking distance from the Hynes Convention Center and major convention hotels.
Boston--already known as “America’s Walking City”—is ideal for cycling and has now 50 miles of bike lanes. It is a compact city with easy access to restaurants, shops and landmarks. There is a rich variety of things to do and see without having to travel great distances.
The program allows residents and tourists to use bikes throughout the city for short term rentals. In addition to annual memberships, the program offers casual 24-hour and 3-day memberships, which are perfect for visitors.
Bikers can locate stations near them by visiting Hubway’s website. The interactive map tells them how many bikes are at a particular station and how many remain for use at any given time. A free Spotcycle mobile app that helps users navigate the system in real time is also available.
Promote the program to your attendees! They will enjoy the green and fun option of hopping on a bike after their conference to go back to their hotel and explore the historic districts of Boston.
Mayor Menino's inaugural speech in front of the Boston Public Library
Last month, Boston launched its new bike-sharing program with 61 docking stations across the city and 600 bicycles.
The bike-sharing program allows residents and tourists to use bikes throughout the city for short term rentals. In addition to annual memberships, the program offers 24-hour and 3-day memberships, which are perfect for visitors.
Every day, I walk by the docking station in front of the Boston Public Library and I see families, tourists, working people, even professionals dressed in suits using the bikes. They all seem to be having a great time.
Bike stations are concentrated in the historic downtown areas and are close to each other so users can easily drop them off at any other downtown location. They can be found within walking distance from the Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and major convention hotels.
Boston--already known as “America’s Walking City”--is ideal for cycling. It is a compact city with easy access to restaurants, shops and landmarks. There is a rich variety of things to do and see without having to travel great distances.
Bikers can log onto the program’s website and find a station near them through the interactive map. The map will even tell users how many bikes are at a particular station and how many remain for use at any given time. A mobile phone app that alerts users when stations are full or empty is also available.
Promote the program to your attendees! They will enjoy the green option of hopping on a bike to explore the historic districts of Boston.