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India to generate 2mn outbound MiCE tourists by 2020: Report

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According to a report, the Indian sub-continent is reaping positive growth trends for the its Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) segment. The India Outbound Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions Tourism Market Report: Country Outlook, Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast 2018 – 2025 states that the country’s outbound tourism market is expected to exceed US$ 45 Billion by 2025, the report also showcased that India shall generate more than two million outbound MiCE tourists by 2020. The report has used data and analysis to discuss potential lucrative opportunities and future trends related to India outbound MiCE travellers flow, revenue and main destination markets. A detailed country-wise analysis of the market is provided, covering a total of 15 countries, including  Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, Macau, South Korea, New Zealand, Indonesia, United States, Oman, Turkey, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia and more. Some of the findings of the report also included: India is poised to be the world’s fastest-growing outbound MiCE tourism market. India is the largest source market for Dubai and Singapore MiCE industry. Indian MiCE travellers are likely to become major spenders in the United States and Dubai.

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4th OTOAI convention underway in Cape Town

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The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) inaugurated its annual convention in Cape Town, South Africa on August 12, which is underway until August 14, 2018. The four-day convention, themed as ‘Digitalisation – The Way Forward’ had James Vos, Shadow Minister, Tourism South Africa, grace the inaugural event. Vos said, “It is a great opportunity for us to network and find out the best practices in the industry. Technology is an important part of the discussion and very relevant today. As a sector, tourism needs to become more resilient and sustainable. For every 12 international arrivals, we create one job for the domestic population. We welcomed more than 1 million conference delegates to South Africa in 2018. That shows the type of tourism infrastructure we can offer.” The association has also organised  pre- and post-familiarisation trips to two different locations – from Sun City to Johannesburg to Garden Route and Kruger National Park. This year is special for South Africa because 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with year-long celebrations being organised. OTOAI has held its past conventions in Manila, Bali and Ras Al-Khaimah.

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IATO’s 34th annual convention in Vizag

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The 34th annual convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is set to be held from September 6-9, 2018 at Novotel Hotel Vishakhapatnam. The association had recently hosted a luncheon meet at Le Meridien, New Delhi, to update its members on the event. The association felicitated Mukesh Kumar Meena, Secretary Tourism, Andhra Pradesh and Himanshu Shukla, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, at the event. Convention Chairman Rajeev Mehra had said, “We are getting close to our desired goal in meeting the required number of professionals of the trade from various parts of the country to make our convention successful.” With the utmost support of Andhra Pradesh Tourism, IATO, is confident of its convention. Meena, while addressing the members had informed, “ We will also be hosting post tours for the delegation of about 200 or more.”

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Emirates refurbishes premium offering in First and Business Class

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Emirates has revamped its premium offering with new luxury products in First and Business Class for a more comfortable travel experience for its travellers. The new products stem from collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Emirates’ partnership with Bulgari for its refreshed amenity kits. Emirates First Class customers will find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites. The allergen-free and Chamomile collections were exclusively created for Emirates for a relaxing and hydrating experience inflight. The collection by European luxury brand, BYREDO, was first introduced in Emirates’ new fully enclosed suites on the Boeing 777 last year and is now being rolled out across the fleet. All the products in the collection are manufactured using the best raw materials with a distinct focus on craft and quality. To amplify the viewing experience on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, the airline is rolling out brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones in First Class. Customers can use the headphones to view up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 32-inch TV screen. The entertainment selection on ice across all classes includes up to 950 movies, 400 TV channels and 2,400 music and podcast channels.

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‘Mindful Meetings’ unveiled by Mandarin Oriental

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has launched a new global initiative, Mindful Meetings by Mandarin Oriental, to enhance and energise meetings and conferences with creative solutions. “By extending and utilising this expertise in the meeting space, we can provide participants with a truly enhanced environment, that is conducive to success,” said Emily Snyder, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Vice President of Global Sales. “Our aim is to support meeting planners by providing a unique offering, that will ensure all participants leave a Mindful Meeting feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to implement new ideas, information and connections,” she added. Examples of wellness enhancements include healthy and energising menu choices, yoga sessions, guided meditations, digital wellness and jet lag tips, massage and movement breaks, custom spa events, expert health talks and group exercise activities. All options can be customized and made available for participants either in or out of the meeting room. To celebrate the launch, a ‘Mindful Meetings Promotion’ is available for every new event or group booking made between June and September, 2018 at all Mandarin Oriental destinations worldwide. By inserting the term ‘Mindful Meetings Promotion’ in the initial meeting request, meeting bookers can select one of the following benefits: Energiser welcome shots upon arrival for all participants 30-minute guided wellness activity such as meditation, yoga for participants in the meeting space Mindful in-room amenity for all participants

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Incredible India roadshows in the US

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With an aim to project India as a ‘must visit’ tourist destination, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons will attend a series of ‘Incredible India roadshows’ in the US, from June 18-22,  2018. The roadshows will be held in several major cities of US including New York, Chicago & Houston. The Incredible India roadshows will hold B2B interactions, presentations and press briefings by the Indian delegation. The key note addresses will be delivered by the Tourism Minister and Incredible India presentation will be made by Joint Secretary Ministry of Tourism Suman Billa. The roadshows will include cultural performances also. USA is one among the top three source countries in the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India. During April 2018, the US was the second highest source country with 11.21 per cent share of total FTAs.

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80 hosted buyers at MeetingPlanners Russia 2018

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The 6th edition of MeetingPlanners Russia is set to take place at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, Moscow, from September 10-11. Dozens of hosted buyers and MiCE solution providers from Russia, CIS and Asian countries, will seek an opportunity to network with new business partners and event planners. Some 80 hosted buyers from Russia, CIS and nearby Asian countries, including corporate buyers representing the oil & gas, IT and pharmaceuticals industries, are expected to participate at the event. The two-day MeetingPlanners Russia 2018 forum will include pre-scheduled meetings, keynotes by MiCE industry experts, networking and educational sessions, luncheons and invitation-only receptions. “We’re confident that the time we spend on our thorough selection procedures and communication with the buyers have been paying off in terms of bringing high ROI to all participating convention bureaus, tourism bureaus and MiCE suppliers. Many of the participating suppliers are returning yearly and it is the best feedback we can get as organisers,” said Business Development Director Asya Revina from Europe Congress, organizers of the event.  

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Kerala safe for travel as Nipah virus scare fades away

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The Government of Kerala has said that its tourism scenario has breathed a sigh of relief with the Nipah virus scare having diminished. The virus outbreak had threatened to affect tourism arrivals to the state. The state government also said that there have been no new cases of the Nipah virus attack reported over the past 21 days, and the state health department believes that the scare has waned off. “The health advisories issued by the State Health Department on May 22 and 25, 2018, soon after the Nipah virus had made its appearance, have now been withdrawn. The government believes that it is absolutely safe for travellers to arrive in Kerala,” a statement by the state government said. As per the latest health advisory released by the Kerala Health and Family Welfare Department, the Nipah virus outbreak is over in Kerala. The advisory substantiates this with the fact that there have been absolutely no new cases of the virus attack reported over the past 21 days, and this is more that the longest recorded incubation period of the virus. Travellers who had been putting off their travels plans fearing the virus can now be sure enough that it is absolutely safe to travel to Kerala. The scare has died off and the state’s destinations are as safe as before, the statement said.

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Incredible India’s new website adds convenience for travellers

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Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Government of India, launched the new Incredible India website in New Delhi. The website showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences such as spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. The website follows the trends and technologies of international standards with an aim to project India as a must-visit destination among its overseas travellers. The Ministry will now be able to engage effectively with visitors across web and social channels and measure engagement to deliver real time personalised experiences for each visitor based on their interest and travel persona. It has partnered with Google Arts & Culture in bringing online a series of compelling visuals that will give the user an immersive experience of India’s spectacular heritage, festivity, spirituality, museums and adventure. Going forward, the website will be available in Hindi and leading international languages. Speaking at the event, Rashmi Verma, Secretary Tourism, said that the new website will suggest to a visitor the options and there is no need of any queries. She also added that the website will provide information all over the world about exotic destinations of the country. The Secretary also conveyed that the website has already started getting visits from US, Russia and China. Website Link: https://www.incredibleindia.org/

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Air Odisha launches Jagdalpur-Visakhapatnam service via Raipur

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Air Odisha has started its services to Chhattisgarh from Andhra Pradesh, as it launched a flight to Jagdalpur from Visakhapatnam through Raipur. The services launched under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing. “We are happy to announce the launch of our new routes in Chhattisgarh connecting with Andhra Pradesh. The UDAN scheme is an excellent scheme initiated under the flagship of our Honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, which would aid the growth of the economy where air travel is now more affordable and convenient for the common man. We are delighted to be part of this historic moment of the nation’s aviation sector,” said Shaishav Shah, Managing Director, Air Odisha and Executive Director, GSEC. “In terms of outright benefits to the passengers and travellers, Raipur-Jagdalpur (288 km by road) travel time of 15 hours by train and 6-7 hours by road shrinks to a mere 40 minutes, that too at a cost of Rs 1670,” Air Odisha said in a release. UDAN is to let the common citizens of the country fly by making air travel affordable and widespread, and Air Odisha is able to materialise this goal. With every passing month, Air Odisha is adding more regions to its radar for better connectivity in the towns. In this context, commencement of the regional connectivity scheme in towns like Jagdalpur, Raipur, and Vizag continues to demonstrate Air Odisha’s growth.

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