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Hotel Show Africa 2017 in June

Christine Davidson, Vice President, dmg ems Africa.

dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa, has announced the Hotel Show Africa 2017 will be held from June 25-27, 2017. The show will focus on the new trends in the hospitality sector. The continent is expected to attract 85 million people a year by 2020. “Africa offers huge opportunities for hospitality providers on a continent forecast to enjoy some of the highest economic growth rates in the world,” said Christine Davidson, Vice President, dmg ems Africa.

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FIA congregates event associations

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UKTI (UK Trade & Investment), APPG (All Party Parliamentary Groups) for Events, ILEA (International Live Events Association) and the Events Industry Alliance conglomerated at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) to witness the new Farnborough facility in England. The area features  a purpose-built space to cater to any kind of exhibition, conference, meeting, dinner or launch event. Spanning an area of  12,500sqm, the hall can accommodate 2,500sqm conference seats and 14 function rooms.

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Airbnb and GBT make traveller tracking accessible


American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) announced a commercial agreement with Airbnb. The partnership will have Airbnb make business accessible to GBT customers through data transfer and traveller tracking. “Business travellers want the freedom to choose accommodations that align with their personal and professional tastes,” said Wes Bergstrom, Vice President, Global Supplier Relations, American Express Global Business Travel.

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India, fastest growing travel business market

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The Indian travel business market will spur growth and become the sixth largest business travel market in the world by the end of 2019, states a report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, in its latest GBTA BTI™ Outlook–India report. “If it continues on its current path, India is poised to be a world leader in business travel for decades to come,” said Gaurav Sundaram, GBTA India Regional Director. The GBTA Foundation report forecasts 10.7 per cent growth in business travel spending in 2016, followed by another 10.2 per cent in 2017 reaching US $36.1 billion.

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Global business travel spend surges: GBTA

The Global Business Travel Association.  (PRNewsFoto/Global Business Travel Association)

The global business travel spend has been consistently growing  five per cent over 2014, topped $1.2 trillion USD in 2015, and is forecasted to reach 1.3 trillion in 2016, according to the GBTA BTI™ Outlook–Annual Global Report & Forecast, the education and research arm of GBTA. The report predicts that the global business travel spend would advance 5.8 per cent on average over the next five years, reaching $1.6 trillion in 2020. China emerged as the largest business travel market in the world in 2015 at $291 billion.

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Indian tourists headed towards Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

The breathtaking landscapes and rural idylls of Ireland have resulted in increase in Indian tourist numbers, a year-on-year rise of over 25 per cent  in Indian visitor arrival numbers. “Ours is the land of myths and legends which captures the imagination of children and adults alike. Ireland is also home to several UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Giant’s Causeway, the Burren and the Skelligs among others,” states Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. “We are expecting 15-20 per cent increase in tourist arrivals to Ireland from India in 2016.”

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Rwanda joins hands with IMC

rwanda joins hands

To enhance trade, tourism and investments into the country, the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), headquartered in Mumbai, will be collaborating with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). This was announced at the RDB’s Meetings Planners Guide 2016, which was launched in Mumbai. Clarence Fernandes, Rwanda Development Board’s representative, said, “We are working closely with various travel bodies like the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), to showcase Rwanda’s rich tourism potential.”

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Brisbane Convention Centre turns 21


Having hosted numerous events, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) recently celebrated 21 long years of hosting 18,000 events, 14 million visitors and delivering $3.87 billion in Queensland. Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said that the convention centre is a boon to Queensland’s tourism and events industry.

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São Paulo expo opens door for string of shows

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The São Paulo Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the opening of São Paulo Expo and a string of shows for 2016. The venue will be the largest exhibition centre in Latin America, with an area of 100,000sqm. The bureau stated that it had spend an enormous amount of US$123,178,637 (R$410m) for the expo, its largest ever investment. The venue space showcases a multi-functional architectural complex capable of hosting trade fairs and public conferences and national corporate events, and international, cultural, social, sporting and entertainment events.

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Oman sets up Convention Bureau

oman exhibition bureau

Oman has a new Oman Convention Bureau by the Ministry of Tourism, Oman. Talking about the initiative, Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism, Oman says, “Our  ‘Tourism Strategy’ for 2040 has MICE as a major pillar for the future to help us grow and enhance and industry. The objective of the bureau is to support to the international and local organisations in hosting their events and cater to their requirements. The main aim is to promote Oman as an ideal destination for the MICE tourism sector.”

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