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India Tourism Mart underway in Delhi

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The maiden India Tourism Mart (ITM), organised by the Ministry of Tourism, along with Federation of Associations in Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH), is underway until September 18, 2018,  at The Ashok, New Delhi. The mart was formally inaugurated by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways, Coal and Corporate Affairs, in the presence of KJ Alphons, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Tourism. The event witnessed presence of 250 delegates from 60 countries, who also attended the Paryatan Parv at the Rajpath Lawns. The buyers were welcomed at The Ashok by Nakul Anand, Chairman, FAITH, who met with all the presidents of associations under the FAITH umbrella, as well as the exhibitors. ITM will give an opportunity to the buyers to see world-class tourism facilities available in the country such as airports, hotels, tourist destinations, MiCE facilities, potential in the field of adventure tourism and other niche products.

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PATA Travel Mart 2018: Over 1400 delegates

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PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2018, held from September 12-14  at Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre in Langkawi, Malaysia, opened to more than 1400 delegates. Addressing them, Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, PATA, said, “PATA Travel Mart continues to stand tall in the Asia Pacific as the most value-adding network. The event’s continued success is due to its ability to strike the right balance between quality and quantity when it comes to buyer and seller appointments. So far, PTM has welcomed a total of 389 sellers from 208 organisations and 33 destinations. On the buyer side, we have a total of 252 buyers from 241 organisations and 53 source markets. Overall, there are more than 1400 delegates who have joined us this week.” Speaking at the occasion, YB Tuan Mohamaddin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia, said, “As the host country of PTM, it is an opportunity for us to promote Malaysia as the ideal leisure and business destination. A key area we are constantly working on is visa facilitation. Improved visa facilities in India and China are making it convenient for more travellers to visit Malaysia. In fact, we are seeing double-digit growth from these two markets due to the positive steps taken to facilitate their travel here, and we hope that this can be expanded to other markets.” PTM 2018 is Asia Pacific’s worldwide travel trade exhibition featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel trade and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand their network, establish new relationships, and consolidate existing business partnerships.

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TCEB generates 1 trillion baht MiCE revenue to Thailand

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Thailand Conventions & Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) has reported more than one trillion baht of the MiCE revenue generated to Thailand’s economy. The bureau showcased 13 years of its MiCE development path  at the Thailand MICE Forum 2018: Redefining Our Industry.  Since TCEB’s establishment, Thailand has been hosting 20 international MICE events per a year through the bureau’s successful bids while supports have been granted to more than 5,000 MICE events in Thailand and overseas. During the forum, TCEB also announced the reform of its strategies in three parts to promote the sustainable MICE industry in the fiscal year 2019. Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Chairman of the Board of Directors, TCEB, said the bureau has provided support to more than 5,000 domestic and international events held in Thailand and overseas countries. TCEB has been engaging in important missions to support the development of MiCE sector including the establishment of MICE Standards, the facilitation for MiCE Visa and MiCE logistics, as well as the development of MiCE Prototype Manual, MICE Cities and Area-based Development. “The statistics from 2017 showed that TCEB and operators in the MiCE industry had created a positive impact on the Thailand’s economy in different aspects. MiCE expenditure stood as high as 231,200 million baht, contributing 173,000 million baht, or 1.1%, to the country’s GDP. The contribution rate of MiCE to the country’s GDP is comparable to Singapore. Meanwhile, in the same year, the industry has contributed 21,600 million baht of tax and created as many as 167,300 jobs,” said Dr. Atchaka. In term of the global ranking, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) in 2017 have rated Thailand the …

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JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity unveils new event space

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JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity has launched its new event space – The Gallery Room. The Gallery Room, with a capacity for 150 people,  is equipped with Bose acoustics and sound system and a life-size LED screen. These unique features make it an ideal venue to host business meetings, screen previews and host events requiring audio-visual immersion for gatherings.  “The Gallery Room is made keeping in mind the requirements of meetings of the future and how state of the art technology can be weaved neatly to compliment an event hosted here. An event done amidst the finest art pieces in The Gallery Room is sure to enthral your audience and ample to etch a memory in their minds of the new age meetings experience,” says Nitesh Gandhi, General Manager, JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity, on the launch of The Gallery Room.

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Emirates announces codeshare partnership with Jetstar Pacific

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Emirates and Jetstar Pacific have initiated a new codeshare agreement, expanding the existing partnership between the Dubai-based carrier and Jetstar Group. The new partnership with the Ho Chi Minh City-based carrier allows Emirates’ passengers to enjoy connectivity on domestic flights within Vietnam, in addition to flights connecting Vietnam to Singapore, Thailand as well as Australia. The new codeshare services from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi connect Emirates passengers to 14 Vietnamese cities beyond Ho Chi Minh City and six cities beyond Hanoi. Emirates will also operate codeshare flights with Jetstar Pacific between the latter’s hub in Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore, as well as Bangkok, both of which serve as connections for Emirates passengers continuing their travel to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. The codeshare partnership will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights using one reservation, and a smooth ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey.  Passengers booking flights from 16 destinations in Vietnam, in addition to Hong Kong, Osaka, Taipei, Singapore, Guangzhou, and Bangkok will be able to connect in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and fly with Emirates to many destinations worldwide. Furthermore, Emirates travellers wishing to explore Vietnam can enjoy the flexibility of open-jaw flight bookings where they can fly into either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and depart from the other city. “As part of our continuous efforts to delight customers around the world, we’re pleased to further extend our partnership with Jetstar Group to include Jetstar Pacific, allowing Emirates’ customers to benefit from enhanced connectivity to numerous destinations in Vietnam and beyond while also enjoying the convenience and rewards of the integrated loyalty programme Skywards, wherein …

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Japan Airlines & American Airlines to co-host luncheon and one-on-one meetings at CTW Asia Pacific 2018

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Japan Airlines (JAL) and American Airlines (AA) shall epitomise their joint partnership at the CTW Asia-Pacific 2018, to be held from September 18-20, at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld,  leveraging on one-to-one meetings and a hosted luncheon for over 100 buyers. Since their joint business partnership in 2011, the two airlines have been sharing best practices and cross-cultural insights to enhance their services and flight options currently serving the connections between Asia and North America. Japan Airlines, who is helming the sponsorship at CTW Asia-Pacific 2018, shared their vision for co-hosting an exclusive luncheon and table top showcase. Said Shirley Yuen, Regional Director of Japan Airlines, “We believe this allows us to demonstrate both airlines’ strong partnership and strengthen our relationship with corporate travel buyers together. As the leading corporate travel management conference for the region, CTW gives us privileged access to travel managers, heightens our exposure, and helps us discover challenges and pain-points faced by CTMs through learning at the education sessions.” American Airlines affirmed the decision, citing the benefits of exclusive facetime with corporate travel managers and the opportunity to meet buyers of choice during business appointments, said Stacey Yocum, Manager, Regional Corporate & TMC Sales, Asia Pacific, American Airlines. JAL is expected to launch Joint Business with Hawaiian Airlines (HA) in 2019 to facilitate enhanced access to 34 destinations throughout Japan and 11 points in Asia beyond Japan. JAL has also signed a memorandum with China Eastern Airlines to pursue a joint business agreement that will link over 80 of China’s domestic cities with JAL’s network. Come Summer 2020 when the Olympics take place, Japan Airlines will launch a new low cost carrier company as an …

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Sabre & IHG join hands to offer optimal tools for hoteliers

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Sabre Corporation has launched Business Travel Services, the new consolidated solution suite from Sabre Hospitality Solutions offering hoteliers easy-to-use tools with time-saving automation and simplified processes, access to industry insights and expert guidance, unlimited access to travel management companies and consortia partners – all in one place. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to be one of the first hotel companies to use this solution. Business Travel Services will be available to hoteliers of all sizes from summer 2019. The suite will consist of three historically separate elements that connect both sides of the corporate market – Nexus platform: A system of record for hotel groups used to manage all corporate contracts, sales performance and planning across teams and properties. Sabre Hotel RFP: An exclusive lead-generation tool that manages corporate business travel for more than 2,700 of the most travelled companies in the world. Corporate travel buyers make bids for properties to accept. Consortia Services: A tool that provides access and services to hotels looking to complete submissions to the top 30 consortia programmes. “As we listened to customers, it was clear there was a need for a more holistic approach to corporate hotel bookings,” said Clinton Anderson, President, Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “By combining our existing offerings and collaborating with IHG to further develop this solution suite, we will provide hoteliers, from enterprise to independent, the opportunity to make their rates available to a much broader audience.” “IHG has a long history of digital and technological innovation – and we’re currently rolling out our own hotel management tool, IHG Concerto, which allows us to partner with a range of solution providers. So, choosing to work with Sabre as an early adopter of their …

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6th Global Thermal Coal Resource & Market Summit in November in Beijing

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The 6th Global Thermal Coal Resource & Market Summit is scheduled to be held from November 14-15, 2018, in Beijing, China. The summit will invite macro economy specialists, representatives from coal production and consumption enterprises, ports and logistics experts, and traders to deeply address the above topics. It also offers a unique opportunity for participants to discuss the current and future trends, as well as to gain new connections, new ideas and new business opportunities. Key topics to be addressed during the summit: ◆  Analysis of China’s economic policy and trend in 2019 ◆  Supply-side reform policy trend and coal market outlook ◆  Current situation of Chinese thermal power industry and demand of power coal ◆  China thermal coal miners’ supply status under de-capacity policy ◆  New highlights for China thermal coal demand ◆  2019 thermal coal prices forecast ◆  Competitiveness comparison between Chinese and overseas thermal coal ◆  Thermal coal pricing mode discussion under new circumstances ◆  Haulage policy and its effect on supply and demand of coal ◆  Coal, power, logistics and finance sectors develop together  

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India Tourism Mart to showcase 274 buyers from Sept 16-18

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The upcoming India Tourism Mart (ITM), jointly organised by Ministry of Tourism and Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH), is scheduled to be held from September 16-18, 2018, at The Ashok, New Delhi.  A total of 274 buyers have been selected for the event. Subhash Goyal, Honorary Secretary, FAITH, shared, “We have selected 274 buyers out of over 600 applications by a screening committee to ensure that we only have genuine buyers. For sellers, we have about 16 participating states, out of which the major partner states are Punjab and Gujarat. Around 70 small booths have been taken by tour operators, worth Rs 60,000 on individual basis and Rs 30,000 each on sharing. This totals to about 100 tour operators. Besides, IATO has taken six booths with 12 operators each, for whom IATO has subsidised the rates at around Rs 15,000 each. Similarly, ATOAI has taken a number of booths. We have even given booths for operators in the Northeast.

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Holland Sales Mission in India projects business opportunities

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NBTC Holland Marketing, in collaboration with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Jet Airways, organised the Holland Sales Mission 2018. This three-day event was held from August 28 to 30, 2018, in Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. The Mission aimed to educate the travel trade about the tourism offerings in the Netherlands, also allowing them to explore the many opportunities that lie within. The B2B sessions allowed delegates to learn more about Holland’s key offerings in Amsterdam and beyond. Participants learned about up-and-coming attractions, airline connections, and were also able to address their concerns about visa norms. Holland Sales Mission 2018 included participation of several private players from the Netherlands, including Lovers Canal Cruises, Efteling Theme Park, Henri Willig Cheese Farms, Madurodam theme park, and ITO Tours. Marten van den Berg, Ambassador Designate, Kingdom of the Netherlands, said, “The Netherlands is about tradition, it is about long history, it is about art, visionary architecture, cutting-edge design, and also about romantic nightlife. There are so many places, other than Amsterdam, to go to in the Netherlands. It is also one of the most globalised countries in the world. We are extremely open to international trade, international investment, and because of our international connections, we have a wonderful infrastructure connected to all the countries in Europe. The Netherlands is also used as a hub for tourists to go to Paris, London, and Berlin. I would like you to visit the Netherlands, experience it, and enjoy it!” Providing statistics on visa applications, Gerco Broekstra, Head of Operations and Consular Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New Delhi, said, “Visa applications to the Netherlands increased at a rate of least …

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