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Preferred Hotels & Resorts unveils member benefits for Golden Anniversary campaign


Commemorating Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ 50-year legacy, the brand recently held its Asia Pacific series of 50th anniversary celebrations at The Leela Palace New Delhi on March 20, 2018. Hosted by CEO Lindsey Ueberroth and Executive Vice President Saurabh Rai, the company has set its goals to further grow and enhance its loyalty programme as well.  Preferred Hotels & Resorts aims to  grow their portfolio in the South Asian region by 2020. For its  I Prefer Hotel Rewards programme, the brand will introduce new member benefits and exclusive offers that will leverage on the Golden Anniversary campaign. I Prefer has more than 2.5 million members worldwide. “As we commemorate the Preferred brand’s 50-year legacy of inspiring travel, we are more committed than ever to providing travellers with even more opportunities to embrace the spirit of independence and to making our pineapple logo synonymous with the ultimate hallmark in world-class hospitality,” said Ueberroth. “As the region’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is entering its 16th year in India, and we are focused on continuing to build on the foundation of our company’s 50-year legacy of championing the independent hotel space. We are committed to forging ahead with more innovative and strategic consumer-focused initiatives to foster greater engagement in this market,” added Rai. In January, the company launched a variety of initiatives to support its 50th anniversary celebration, including: A year-long Golden Anniversary package, offering unique 50th anniversary-themed activities, amenities, or services to guests staying at nearly 300 participating hotels worldwide. An exclusive Golden Anniversary microsite and social media hashtag #PreferredCelebrates50 for its online travel community. Travellers sharing their most memorable experiences with the hashtag have a chance to …

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IT&CM China 2018 & CTW China underway at Shanghai

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The 12th edition of IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China along with China’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, CTW China, is underway at the Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing until March 22, 2018. The IT&CM exhibition floor this year boasts of a significant expansion of 50 per cent to 100 per cent by international exhibitors, represented by 289 new and returning exhibiting destinations, corporate brands and organisations, informed the event organiser, Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media. The 2018 event expects an attendance of over 3,000 MICE professionals from sectors including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel and associations. With over 500 Chinese and international buyers from across 42 Chinese cities and territories and 41 international markets, the show expects to have 14,000 business appointments on the show floor. “Hong Kong SAR stands out as the largest exhibiting pavilion with Macao SAR in close second, followed by Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hangzhou, Hainan, Ningbo and many more. The corporate zone showcase comprises of a balanced mix of international and local brands including AccorHotels, Air China, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Chimelong, Gloria International Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Resorts group, Minor Hotels, Royal Caribbean, Tempus Group and TravelSky among many others.” The 4th edition of CTW China, a leading corporate travel management event too is underway with even larger endorsements and partners at JW Marriott Shanghai Changfeng Park. CTW China is part of the CTW Events series co-organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. This event is co-organised by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China. 2018’s new and returning exhibitors include Best Western International, China MeetingBest Group, Frasers Hospitality, Hilton and Turkish …

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iSportconnect partners with ATPI Sports Events


iSportconnect, the largest global private network of Sport Business Executives, has appointed ATPI Sports Events, part of the ATPI Group as exclusive travel partner. Under the new partnership, ATPI will provide travel, event and hospitality services for iSportconnect, which has more than 24,000 members including CEOs of football clubs, Formula One teams and Olympic organisations. Sree Varma, founder and CEO of iSportconnect, said: “ATPI Sports Events is already the sports specialist of choice for plenty of sports bodies, organising committees and corporate businesses and I believe iSportconnect’s thriving network will help to ensure they become the preferred option for many more stakeholders.” ATPI Sports Events is one of the world’s fastest growing events businesses with specialist teams delivering travel, events, corporate hospitality, ticketing, branding and sponsorship activation for leading events and sports brands around the world.  It has been working with clients on events such as the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast and the Volvo Ocean Race this year.  

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GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru in June


The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) will hold its GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru  on June 15, 2018 at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, Bengaluru. GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru will showcase exhibiting companies from around the world. The agenda will feature several education tracks and hundreds of travel professionals representing Indian and global enterprises. The conference aims to highlight the business travel industry, new technologies that have emerged, transforming domestic and global managed travel programmes, new security risks, among many more.

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Vietjet to launch Saigon-New Delhi services


Vietjet has unveiled plans to launch direct flights between Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and New Delhi. The airline is set to introduce four flights per week in the third quarter of 2018 to serve travel demands of the two countries and contribute to the region’s integration and trade exchange. The introduction of the new route will present Vietjet with an opportunity to not only tap into the growing tourism market but also facilitate trade integration and exchange between Vietnam and India.

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FICCI Digital Summit from March 21-22 in Delhi


FICCI is set to organise the third edition of Digital Travel, Hospitality & Innovation Summit from March 21-22, 2018 at Federation House, New Delhi. FICCI and KPMG India will also jointly unveil the knowledge paper ‘Expedition 3.0- Travel & Hospitality Gone Digital’ at the inaugural session of the event. The paper aims to unravel the technology trends in travel and hospitality segment that will help better define the future of the industry, how digitalisation has impacted the evolution of this industry and what can be achieved by overall technology inclusion across the stakeholders in the industry ecosystem. The Summit will also offer an opportunity for travel startups through Travel Tech Launch Pad, a platform for travel start-ups to learn from experts in the field of travel, exhibit their business ideas, and display their products and services in addition to providing a unique opportunity to connect with the right set of ecosystem partners.

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Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center to open in 2020


Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. Expected to open in 2020, this 120-room hotel will be the group’s sixth hotel in operation and pipeline in Lithuania, and the fourth in the city. The Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel, located within the VNO Business and Retail Park, is just 300 meters from the Vilnius International Airport and 6km from the city center. The hotel will offer its guests a variety of facilities, including a restaurant, lobby lounge and gym – as well as a 500sqm flexible meeting space. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “Demand has been increasing in the city year on year, and the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will showcase our commitment to making every moment matter for visitors of Lithuania.” “We are pleased to further strengthen our business relationship with the Radisson Hotel Group by signing the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. The Park Inn by Radisson brand is ideal for our new Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center since it is internationally recognised and associated with quality, and offers great value for money to guests. The Radisson Hotel Group’s knowledge, experience and management of our new Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will increase our competitive advantage in Lithuania’s growing hospitality market,” said Marius Jakulis Jason, Hotel Owner and Director.

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SriLankan Airlines reduces agents’ commission from 5% to 2%


In line with major airlines reducing agents’ commission on airline ticket bookings, SriLankan Airlines too has followed suit. According to a statement released by the airline, from April 1, 2018, SriLankan Airlines will reduce its commission to 2 per cent from the earlier 5 per cent applicable to any/all tickets issued in India and move given to IATA agents. All tickets issued prior to April 1, 2018 will be eligible to avail 5 per cent commission. When asked about the details on the same, Chinthaka Weerasinghe, Manager—Northern India, SriLankan Airlines, said, “We are awaiting further clarification from the Head Office. The trade partners will be kept abreast about any further development in this announcement.”

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Jet to add capacity on Northeast route for summer


Continuing its focus on growing its domestic presence, Jet Airways will introduce 144 weekly flights in the first phase of its forthcoming summer schedule. The new schedule will feature a combination of non-stop services – several of them on unique routes being introduced for the first time in the industry, as well as direct, one-stop services between new city pairs in the airline’s existing pan India network. As part of the new schedule, Jet Airways will strengthen connectivity between the country’s capital and the North Eastern region via a bouquet of non-stop services including thrice-a-week flights to Aizawl and Jorhat and four times-a-week flights to Silchar from New Delhi. The airline also commences four times-a-week non-stop service to Imphal from Delhi. Raj Sivakumar, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management, Jet Airways, said, “The burgeoning demand for air travel pan-India is increasingly witnessing guests travelling to more than one destination, reinforcing our network carrier model. Guests also prefer seamless connectivity with minimum stoppages, regardless of their city of origin. Our Summer schedule has therefore been designed to facilitate the above developments via a mix of new services – non-stop as well as direct flights, between emerging cities, key metros and our hubs in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, in an endeavour to promote faster, easier and more efficient movement of guests throughout our network, both pan India and worldwide. I am sure our latest schedule of flights will reinforce Jet Airways’ place as the airline of choice in Indian skies besides give a special impetus to connectivity, trade and development in each of the cities including the North East.” The airline is also commencing direct, one-stop services between Mumbai and …

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Lufthansa launches #SayYesToTheWorld campaign in India


Lufthansa has unveiled #SayYesToTheWorld campaign in India that will allow travellers to discover exciting destinations virtually. “Lufthansa opens up the world to all explorers. With more and more Indians displaying a growing zest for exploring the world, the new campaign adds to our assurance of being ‘More Indian than you think’ and reaffirms our commitment to being a preferred partner to the Indian traveller,” said Wolfgang Will, Senior Director, South Asia, Lufthansa German Airlines. The new campaign is accompanied with an exciting new digital engagement hub at LH.com/sayyes. It invites people around the world to pin any place on the online world map and share what they would like to say “Yes!” to there. Participants stand a chance to win a ticket to explore a dream destination in Europe. #SayYesToTheWorld campaign is Lufthansa’s mission to inspire people to explore, to see the world, and open their minds to new experiences. It uses the power of questions spurring new-age travellers to challenge status quo, rethink conventional perspectives and find their own answers, saying yes to change.  

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