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Renaissance Ahmedabad, Tamarind Global celebrates soft opening of the hotel

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Renaissance along with Tamarind Global hosted an exclusive networking dinner in Ahmedabad for the travel fraternity to celebrate the soft opening of the hotel. The guests were welcomed by Vishvapreet Cheema, GM  and Louis D’Souza, Executive Director, Tamarind Global, followed by a presentation by  Anang Chaturvedi, Multi-Property Director of Sales & Marketing, Renaissance Ahmedabad and Four Points by Sheraton. Representatives from The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa and Fairfield by Marriott Jodhpur Hotel also showcased their properties to the guests. The evening continued with performances by a live band and an illusionist. A lucky draw was conducted where the winners received stays at these hotels as prizes. Guests also received a small gift from Tamarind Global as a token of goodwill for attending the dinner.  

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Yatra introduces self-booking corporate travel solution for SMEs

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Yatra.com has launched a self-booking platform for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) providing corporate customers with comprehensive and convenient travel solutions. Dhruv Shringi, Co-founder and CEO, Yatra.com says, “Yatra’s latest self-booking platform significantly reinforces our position in the large and growing corporate travel market in India. The platform will revolutionise the way business travellers search and book flights and hotels, ultimately saving both time and money in the process.” The newly launched, easy to use online platform includes a range of enhanced features which will empower the SMEs to automate their process to fulfill end-to-end travel business needs. SMEs shall get curated hotel options, best corporate deals and nil to economical cancellation and rescheduling charges. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) complaint system will allow the user to search through a range of flight and hotel options as per the company travel policy and follow the in-built trip approval process to seek their supervisor’s approval. They shall also have access to real time Management Information System (MIS) reports to enable them to monitor their travel expenses. Furthermore, the invoices will be instantly mailed to the registered email ID. There is also a 24×7 support helpline available for support required on visas, passports, and other offline requests. Using this platform, SMEs can manage their company and employee profiles, travel policy compliance, and approval workflow. “We believe that this technological advanced platform will empower SMEs to control their travel needs, while at the same time making it inherently easier for their employees to make bookings in an easy and convenient manner,” Shringi added.  

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Kerala Travel Mart to have three-day B2B meetings

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The 10th edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), a biggest conglomeration of tourism stakeholders, will be held in Kochi from September 27-30, 2018. This was announced by the Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran. The event will have three days of B2B meetings scheduled as well. The previous edition of the mart had seen participation of total 638 domestic buyers from various parts of India and 238 international buyers from more than 57 countries. The three-day conclave has been organised by KTM Society in partnership with Kerala Tourism. Malabar Tourism promotion will be the main theme of this edition. “The 10th edition of KTM will be inaugurated coinciding the World Tourism Day (September 27) in Kochi. The inauguration will be followed by three-day business-to-business meetings,” the minister said.

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Clarks Inn debuts in Srinagar with 41-rooms for business and leisure travellers

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Clarks Inn Group of Hotels has had another addition to its growing portfolio with  the unveiling of Clarks Inn Srinagar. The property is strategically located at a stone-throw distance from the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Srinagar’s scenic Dal Lake and just about three kilometres from the Mughal Garden. Located in the city centre at Jawahar Nagar, Clarks Inn Srinagar boasts of 41 rooms across different categories to cater to the needs of discerning business as well as leisure travellers. N. Srivastava, President & Co-founder, Clarks Inn Group of Hotels, said, “Not only we promise to offer our guests one of the finest traditions of hospitality that is in line with the Kashmiri ethos of incredible warmth, but we would also like to leverage our network strength and resources to promote the state of Jammu & Kashmir beyond just our own business interest here.” With the latest addition, Clarks Inn now boasts of a portfolio of 80 hotel properties, including 43 in operation, spread across 17 states in India and one in Kathmandu, Nepal. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant brand ‘The Bridge’ besides meeting rooms and halls that can cater to various corporate and social event.

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AI enhances booking experiences for business travellers: Egnecia study

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A study by Egencia, the business travel arm of the Expedia group, has stated that the emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play an even bigger role in 2018 with business travellers seeking personalised booking experiences and extending their trip to a personal vacation. According to the study, business travellers are also looking forward to emerging technologies with 41 per cent believing that advanced AI will improve booking experiences. “Messaging, bots, and voice search, all fueled by AI will drive a new wave of search and booking habits going forward,” says Jean Noel Lau Keng Lun, Senior Director Product Marketing at Egencia. “For 2018, we see the need for such technologies to evolve further. AI has already enabled a range of apps, bots and software that bring personalisation to the traveller, making the whole travel process easier and therefore rising satisfaction,“ Lau Keng Lun states. Another trend Egencia sees is where more and more business travellers extending their trip to a personal vacation. “Blending business and pleasure into multi-purpose trips will influence preferences for hotel and flights. We see an increasing number of business travellers choosing home-sharing services for a business trip that is extended to a private stay. It gives the opportunity for local and authentic experiences,” Lau Keng Lun commented. According to the 4th Business Travel and Technology Survey by Egencia, in the past year, 25 per cent of UK business travellers have made use of a shared economy lodging service and a further 44 per cent are considering it

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IndiGo to launch flights to Vijayawada from March 2018

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IndiGo has announced Vijayawada as its 50th destination on its route network. Effective March 2, 2018, the airline will operate daily direct operations connecting Vijayawada to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. The airline has also inducted a brand new Airbus A320 NEO aircraft into its existing fleet, taking the overall count to 150 aircraft. Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo, said, “In the coming years, we will continue to expand our network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers.”

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Radisson Mumbai Goregaon opened with 11 banquet halls

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Radisson Mumbai Goregaon has commenced operations in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai. “We are pleased to announce the opening of Radisson Mumbai Goregaon as this hotel marks an important addition to the Radisson brand family in a key gateway city,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “We are committed to offer a differentiated experience at Radisson Mumbai Goregaon and epitomize the business tradition of our city,” said Hussein Balwa, Managing Director, Balwa Group. Radisson Mumbai Goregaon features 98 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Radisson Mumbai Goregaon boasts 11 banquet halls for meetings and events. The hotel is an ideal destination for weddings, social and corporate events with banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 500 guests with a rooftop pool terrace that offers an option for casual get-togethers before or after a main event. For more intimate space, the hotel offers a convenient boardroom. Facilities include Wi-Fi, data projectors and other state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Business room guests are also provided access to an onsite business center with latest technology.

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2018 to witness ‘transformational’ experiences for cruisers: CLIA

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According to a report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the next evolution of experiential travel shall witness travellers seeking ‘transformational’ experiences. The recently-released report namely,‘2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook’, offered an in-depth look at the cruise industry’s overall global economic impact as well as the trends impacting cruise travel in 2018. Joel Katz, Managing Director, CLIA Asia, said, “With an annual source market growth of more than 40 per cent, Asia is emerging as one of the most significant cruise destinations and cruise source markets in the world. Cruising is expected to capture a much larger percentage of the Asian population in the near future, which could catapult Asia’s share of the global market.” As part of the 2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, CLIA forecast nine top cruise travel trends for the coming year. As per the report, travel agents continue to see a steady demand from consumers in planning and executing holidays. Some upcoming cruise itineraries include the opportunity to indulge in local cuisine, guided tours through small villages and even visits inside private homes.

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Sterling Holiday Resorts launches new brand for experiential tourism

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Sterling Holiday Resorts has recently launched its new brand identity in line with its new service philosophy of delivering experiences and discoveries. Ramesh Ramanathan, Managing Director, Sterling Holiday Resorts, shared, “We have been working on developing our new service philosophy and brand standards over the last few years and are now ready to make our customers ‘holiday differently’.” “At Sterling, we are look forward to being a part of this new India that is looking to have newer experiences and take away a little bit of what they see and feel when they holiday. In the process, we would also be contributing to local economies, creating jobs and taking the brand abroad to places where Indians holiday,” Ramanathan added.

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Florence to host four congresses in 2018

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Florence is all set to host four new international congresses in 2018 and two more in 2019. It shall host the General Assembly of the European Spice Association which will be held in Firenze Fiera – Congress & Exhibition Centre. This event shall witness some 300 delegates from May 23-26, 2018. The event will take place in Italy for the first time and will be organised by the Florentine PCO Scaramuzzi Team, a Firenze Convention Bureau’s partner. The EMS Academy’s 4th International Symposium on Electro Stimulation too shall be held in Florence from May 25-26, 2018, after three consecutive editions in Madrid. The event will be organised by MCR Conference (FCB partner) at Convitto della Calza and some 200 delegates are expected. The next event in 2018 will be the Integra International 2018 Congress in October which will be organised in Italy for the first time by the PCO First Class. The conference will be expecting around 200 delegates. In October 2018, there will also be the TIES – Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference – ESTC. The event will be attended by 600 delegates. Carlotta Ferrari, Director of Firenze Convention Bureau, says: “The constant growth of Florence in the MICE tourism is the great result of this year. The results obtained thanks to our subvention plan, the strong synergy between the main players of the territory and the partnership with the Municipality of Florence make our destination a strategic choice for congresses and events. Florence is in the top 5 Italian MICE destination required for congresses and corporate events in 2017.”

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