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Exceptional meetings and events space at Radisson Noida

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Park Plaza Noida has re-launched as Radisson Noida, a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort. It will be the first Radisson hotel to be inaugurated in Delhi-NCR. Spread over 42,000 sq ft, Radisson Noida features 88 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Business Class, a new room category, has been introduced for corporate travellers who can enjoy complimentary drinks in the lounge bar and more such benefits. Radisson Noida boasts of over 4,360 sq ft of flexible meetings and events space that can be split into four separate ballrooms for smaller events or combined into one large space for functions. “I am delighted to welcome this hotel to the Radisson brand family. Delhi-NCR is a key market for us and Noida remains a promising destination due to its thriving corporate suburb. We appreciate the investment that our strategic partner, Bestech Group, has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

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SilkAir raises the bar for premium perks

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SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has launched a special Business Class offer in collaboration with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Passengers travelling on SilkAir can enjoy premium perks at the luxury hotel in Singapore when they book Business Class flights originating from Trivandrum, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam, Coimbatore or Hyderabad. The offer is valid for bookings made by May 31, 2017, for travel before August 31, 2017. Customers can avail the special offer by booking on the official website, the mobile application or at any of the SilkAir town offices. Business Class passengers on SilkAir will enjoy exclusive perks such as 40 kg baggage allowance, lounge access, and complimentary tablets to watch SilkAir Studio on-board. “SilkAir is proud to join hands with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore in extending an exclusive privilege for our Business Class passengers for their stay in Singapore. In addition to enjoying Krisflyer miles for their travel and complimentary in-flight entertainment, SilkAir Studio, we are happy to provide our Business Class passengers with yet another seamless and comfortable travel experience,” said Jagdish Bhojwani, General Manager, SilkAir India.

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Qatar Airways offers free stay, transit visa for Doha layovers

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Qatar Airways is inviting travellers to turn their layover into a stay-over with discounted fares and a free-of-charge hotel stay and transit visa when stopping over in Doha. Travellers can now enjoy discounts of up to 50 per cent on flights on board the airline’s award-winning Business Class from May 9-22, 2017, for travel until June 21, 2017. Passengers are also invited to add Doha to their travel plans and experience a true taste of Arabian hospitality with a free one night hotel stay in one of the capital’s luxurious four or five-star hotels and a free transit visa. Passengers can enjoy the world’s best Business Class with fares from India to the Americas (starting from INR 180,000), Africa (starting from INR 100,000), and Europe (starting from INR 150,000). “We are delighted to be able to offer our passengers fantastic offers on flights on our award-winning premium class cabins. This unique offer will allow them to extend their layover into a stay-over, giving them the opportunity to experience the many delights Qatar has to offer,” said Ehab Amin, Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Airways.

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AEROCITY.events announces membership with Pride Plaza and ibis

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Enabling a positive paradigm shift to the events industry, AEROCITY.events has announced enhanced membership with Pride Plaza and ibis. AEROCITY.events is managed by tmf dialogue marketing India and is a unique convention-bureau styled product. It aims to promote and drive business to the destination as an accessible and comprehensive events hub. The three key founding partners for this project – Pullman & Novotel Aerocity, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity and Andaz Delhi, along with new members including Ibis and Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, will be jointly representing AEROCITY.events at IMEX Frankfurt. AEROCITY.events is currently in the process of bringing onboard other major players of New Delhi Aerocity namely, The IGI Airport, Worldmark (Shopping Centre), and a host of other major hotels in the area.

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MICE makes up 55 per cent of IHG’s business in ME

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InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) hotels gain major business through MICE in the Middle East, says IHG Vice President of Sales & Marketing, India, Middle East & Africa, James Britchford. “The MICE industry in the Middle East is significant. Approximately 45 per cent of our business is room revenue and 55 per cent is MICE and F&B. Differentiation of MICE is essential and one of the things that works well for IHG in the Middle East.” He states that most hotel chains now have business loyalty programmes like Shangri-La. “We also recognise that the way the MICE business works is through trade. IHG recently launched IHG Business Rewards which is a business to business loyalty programme that was created specifically to drive the MICE business,” he said. “We regularly measure our market share through Revenue Generation Index (RGI) and I’m encouraged to see over the last 18 months, which has been particularly trying for hoteliers that we’ve grown share in the Middle East by 1.9 points. You cannot do that without winning in the MICE sector. If you lose in the MICE sector invariably you lose in shares,” he added.

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Hahn Air Systems’ new portal helps track H1-Air reservations

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With an aim to help airline partners keep track of H1-Air reservations, Hahn Air Systems has introduced a new online tool, the H1 Carrier Portal. The global consolidation service generates incremental bookings for airline partners of all sizes and business models by connecting them to all major GDSs and therefore making them available for sale via over 100,000 travel agencies worldwide under the H1 code. The Hahn Air Systems H1 Carrier Portal allows the company’s 67 partners to access clearly arranged lists of all bookings generated via the H1 code, including useful information such as date, the booking number of Hahn Air Systems or the respective carrier, the GDS PNR, origin and destination. A detailed view shows the names of all passengers booked under the Hahn Air Systems code H1, their booking classes, compartments and HR-169 ticket numbers. At the same time, the H1 Carrier Portal features a convenient search functionality that allows retrieving details of a specific booking based on the booking number or the GDS PNR. Information provided include the ticket status (valid or invalid for travel), connecting flights, special service requests such as wheelchair or pet in cabin, as well as contact details from passengers or travel agencies, if available. Alexander Proschka, Head of Hahn Air Systems, said, “By having easy access to all details related to a booking, the operating carrier can inform passengers in advance in case of delays or cancellations and proactively re-organise their itinerary. At the same time, our tool helps our partners’ check-in staff to identify H1-Air passengers and to confirm the validity of their tickets. We will introduce more useful features and functionalities to the H1 Carrier Portal soon.”

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43rd GTM Germany Travel Mart now underway

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The 43rd GTM Germany Travel Mart kicked off from May 7, 2017, and is underway till May 9 in Nuremberg, Bavaria. Speaking at the opening ceremony of GTM 2017, Petra Hedorfer, CEO, German National Tourism Board, said, ” A lot has happened all over the world not all of it good. We in Germany stand for openness and tolerance. We welcome people from all nations with great respect from the bottom of our heart.” Emphasising how tourism can build bridges between people and nation’s, she adds, “Let us do everything to ensure that we continue to bring together cultures, people, nations from all over the world, wherever it is in Germany.” The event is hosted by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) in cooperation with Bavaria Tourism- the official marketing agency and the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office. The mart is a high-calibre forum at which German providers can meet key buyers from the international travel industry.

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Air India finalises Stockholm as Scandinavian route from Aug 15

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Air India has finally disclosed the final Scandinavian destination for its new flight from Delhi—Stockholm. Pankaj Srivastava, Director-Commercial, Air India, revealed, “As of now, it’s quite possible that we will be flying to Stockholm. Most probably, the operations for the same will start from August 15. However, there is little work left on the same, and hopefully we would be able to make an official statement for the same in the next one week.”

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Sabre joins hands with Scoot-Tiger Airways

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Sabre Corporation has joined hands for a new global distribution partnership with Scoot-Tigerair. This partnership is in line with Scoot-Tigerair’s vision to bring affordable flight options and seamless customer experience for passengers around the world. Sabre’s technology will enable Scoot-Tigerair to maximise its reach through the Sabre Travel Marketplace, connecting them to more than 425,000 travel agents globally. “Low-cost carriers (LCCs) are the biggest growth drivers in the region. This trend is likely to continue as countries in the region experience rising incomes and a propensity for short- to mid-haul travel. Airlines like Scoot-Tigerair are expanding their reach rapidly to cover destinations across the region to keep up with traveller demands. As one of the first LCCs in the region, we are honoured to work with Scoot-Tigerair, and our technology will allow them to compete more effectively in a very competitive environment,” said Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President of Supplier Commerce, Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. Effective from May 2017, Scoot-Tigerair’s fares and ancillary offerings will be available to Sabre travel agents globally, allowing them to choose the most cost-efficient routes and packages for their customers.

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Air India deploys state-of-the-art B777 on Delhi-Chennai route

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Air India has deployed its B777 aircraft on the Delhi-Chennai-Delhi sector. Effective from May 8, the flight will fulfil the increasing demand of passengers travelling on this sector. Air India flight AI-439 departed from Delhi at 0605 hours and reached Chennai at 0845 hours. On its return leg, the AI-430 took off from Chennai at 0955 hours and reached Delhi at 1255 hours. In evening service, AI 042 will leave Delhi at 1720 hours and reach Chennai at 2005 hours. At night, AI 043 will leave Chennai at 2110 hours and will reach at 2355 hours. The 342 seater wide body aircraft offers a three-class configuration, comprising of 4 first class, 35 business class and 303 economy class. The aircraft offers an increased space for cargo, baggage and more seating capacity for the passengers travelling on this sector.

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