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288 exhibiting companies make their debut at IT&CM China 2017


The 11th instalment of IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China has begun at the Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing. The show floor is being represented by 288 exhibiting companies and organisations across the globe, for the first time. The 2017 event expects an attendance of 3,000 MICE professionals from sectors including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel and associations, some 400 hosted delegates, over 14,000 business appointments as well as over 75 business, education and networking sessions. International bureaus and corporate newcomers such as Air China, Arctic Outback Adventures, Ministry of Tourism, Argentina, Barcelona Convention Bureau, Dusit Group, Tourism Fiji, VisitScotland, Vienna Convention Bureau, make their debut this year. Event organiser Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media, said, “The exuberance of the Chinese MICE market and solid decade-long event record continue to pull in a stunning array of local and international exhibitors.” IT&CM China’s buyer profile is pivotal this season as the buyer participation stands at an 80 per cent Chinese to 20 per cent international mix, with over 400 hosted buyers and a 10 per cent increase in Chinese and international buyers hailing from MICE, Association and Corporate segments. IT&CM China 2017 will be held from March 21-23, 2017.

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RwandAir flies MICE group on its first Mumbai-Kigali direct

L-R: Clarence Fernandes,Chairman,
Rwanda Renaissance with Ivan Mugisha, Country Manager (India), RwandAir and Sam Munyaburanga, Station Manager, RwandAir

Rwanda Renaissance has announced plans to take a MICE Group on RwandAir’s first ever direct and nonstop flight from Mumbai. The flight will depart Mumbai on April 5, 2017, at 0145 hours, getting into Kigali the same morning at 0515 hours. The group, under the banner ‘Rwanda Calling 2017’ will see over 30 persons travel to Kigali. While the majority will be attending a Religious Meeting at KIBEHO, there will also be investors and businesses looking at opportunities in the country. Ivan Mugisha, Country Manager, RwandAir, remarks, “We are indeed, delighted to fly this group to Kigali, on our first-ever direct and nonstop flight from Mumbai. RwandAir is committed to provide passengers from India a unique experience, while they fly the dream of Africa, not only to Kigali, but to the very many destinations on the African continent, within our vast and expanding network.” Clarence Fernandes, Chairman, Rwanda Renaissance, affirmed the fact that RwandAir will not only offer a superior product, but will also avoid the hassles of having to transit and change flights at other airports to reach Kigali, whether one is travelling on business or on leisure. “We welcome Rwanda’s national carrier and are confident passengers not only to Kigali but even beyond, will enjoy the airline’s world class service,” he adds.

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British Airways launch unique challenge for SMEs for ‘On Business’ loyalty programme


To encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) take advantage of its On Business loyalty programme to maximise their travel budget and expenses, the British Airways have announced a #BusinessTakesOff challenge. Launched on March 8 2017, eligible participants can submit their entries till April 5, 2017. SMEs are required to sign up to the On Business loyalty programme and answer one question: “International business travel can be a good business investment when …”. Five best responses will be selected by Samir Modi, Managing Director Modi Enterprises and the winners will each win one Club World business class return ticket to London. The prize tickets are valid for travel between May 1 and December 31, 2017. Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East said, “The five winners of #BusinessTakesOff challenge will be travelling on our state-of-the-art Club World business class to London.” On Business members are eligible to get Business Points irrespective of the country where they buy their tickets and can spend points on rewards that will benefit colleagues and business such as flights, upgrades and hotel accommodation. The On Business account can be managed 24 hours a day online and can be used to check points balance, past transactions, and make, change or cancel a reward booking.

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Etihad to introduce A380 on Paris route


Etihad Airways will introduce its A380 on the Abu Dhabi-Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan. Etihad Airways’ approximate one-way fare, including taxes and surcharges, in The Residence from Paris to Abu Dhabi is US$ 10,750; and Paris to Sydney or Melbourne is US$ 16,800. Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary, The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub. It will also support the strong connecting traffic to and from many cities across Asia and Australia including Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, together with destinations across the GCC such as Bahrain, Doha, Jeddah and Muscat. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will benefit travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.”

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16th APLIC 2017 from May 17-19 in Malaysia


Malayasia will play host to the 16th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC) from May 17-19, 2017, at Resorts World, Genting Highlands. Organised by the National Association of Life Insurance and Family Takaful Advisors (NAMLIFA), this is the third time that Malaysia is conducting APLIC after that in 1993 and 2005. The congress is a biennial event that will be co-hosted by member countries of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) together with support of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Themed as “Together As One”, the congress aims to promote the business development and productivity of financial services professionals. More than 5,000 life insurance practitioners from 13 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia will attend the bi-annual event, making it the largest financial services congress in the region. “The 16th APLIC being an international event, is set to promote Malaysia as an international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibition destination in Asia.  As we target at least 60 per cent of foreign participation, the inflow of foreign participants will also boost the tourism industry in Malaysia that will have a direct and spillover effect on the local economy,” said Tang Kia Sing, Organising Chairman of the 16th APLIC.

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ATPI extends its branches with GTS in Saudi Arabia


The ATPI Group has announced its expansion plan, to enhance its global portfolio, with GTS (Global Travel Solutions) in Saudi Arabia. The new partnership follows the appointment of new network partners in countries including Turkey, Poland, Chile, the Balkans and Sweden. Graham Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer, the ATPI Group, says, “Increasing our profile across the Middle East has been a key objective for us as business travel continues to grow in the region, particularly in the oil and gas industry.” Shailendra Phillips, General Manager, GTS, said, “GTS has expert knowledge on travel management in the Middle East and we are glad to be able to bring this to ATPI’s clients.”

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‘Clutter-free’ meetings at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali


Coming out with a unique idea of clutter free meetings, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali is offering planners and guests organised and productive open room layouts and socially conscious amenities. Guests have provisions of streamlined stations, keeping the main work area uncluttered and organised. Green features such as energy-efficient light bulbs, double-sided meeting pads, and water pitchers in lieu of bottled water help eliminate waste and reduce consumption. The meeting packages include: Full Day Meeting Package (2x coffee break, 1x lunch): USD 95 net per person. Half Day Meeting Package (1x coffee break, 1x lunch): USD 75 net per person. Complimentary use of one main meeting room with Clutter-Free meeting set up. Additional rooms for breakout or parallel sessions will be charged separately based on per room per day. Complimentary standard meeting equipment of 1 x LCD Projector 4500 ANSI Lumens, 1 x portable screen (2 m x 3 m), 1 x wireless microphone, portable sound system (1000 watt). Complimentary use of one white board, flip chart and marker. Complimentary standard set up and decoration. Applicable for minimum for 30 meeting participants. While booking a meeting or event at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali one can avail a choice of two of the following: 5 per cent off master-billed rooms Complimentary internet in the meeting room Double Starpoints® on eligible revenue Double complimentary room allocation Double complimentary room-upgrade allocation Plus, earn a signing bonus of 1,000 Starpoints for every 10 room nights booked, up to 100,000 Starpoints (certain limitations apply). You can redeem Starpoints for Free Night Awards, Award Flights and much more. Book by 30 April 2017 for arrival by 31 July 2017, and choose favourite rewards. The …

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J&K to focus on MICE tourism: Farooq Shah


In a crucial meeting, the Secretary Tourism and Floriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq A Shah along with the ICPB India convention promotion bureau (a body working under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism GOI for promoting MICE Tourism), decided to enable a platform for the state of Jammu and Kashmir to showcase itself as a suited MICE destination. The office bearers of the ICPB assured the Secretary that the state will be promoted as one of the priority venues for conferences and events of national and international standard. Shah showcased the international standard MICE tourism potential of the state particularly in Kashmir like SKICC, Pahalgam club, and places like Gulmarg and Jammu as well. The secretary agreed to organise an intractable evening session specifically for promoting the MICE potential of the state in which leading prominent MICE tourism promoting organisations will be invited to know about the international standard convention and post-convention avenues available in the state. Shah also uprised that Kashmir’s summer is the best in the country to experience leisure activities in the form of shopping, cuisine, sightseeing, rafting among others.

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Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru opens with meeting facilities


Carlson Rezidor announced the opening of its new hotel, Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru, featuring 167 guest rooms and suites with modern amenities. It has over 1,250 square meters of flexible room configurations with its six meeting spaces and two boardrooms, capable of accommodating large wedding receptions or intimate team meetings complemented with state-of-the-art presentation and audio-visual tools. Other facilities available at the hotel include the Business Class Lounge, business centre, swimming pool, spa and fully-equipped fitness centre. Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said, “The opening of Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru is a testament of our footprint in the region and a reflection of the unique brand identity that we bring to the city.” The hotel is located 45 minutes away from the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) and 10 minutes from the city railway station.

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Malayasia to host UFI Asia Pacific Conference 2018


Malaysia will host the 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference. This was announced by UFI at the 12th UFI Asia Seminar, held in Singapore. The conference will be Malaysia’s second successful time after hosting the event a decade ago in 2009. The seminar is expected to be an opportunity for Malaysia to create business opportunities by attracting global decision makers and leaders of the industry, while increasing awareness in the potential exhibition market. “Hosting the 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference will be an excellent opportunity for us to promote Malaysia and showcase our country given the accelerated pace of infrastructure developments taking place. The event will also provide a platform for our local industry players to engage and learn from experts in the industry as we discuss growth and challenges that impact the exhibition industry. Business events have been recognised as one of the key contributors towards Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme to reach developed nation status by 2020,” said Ho Yoke Ping, General Manager of Business Events, MyCEB (Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau). With an average GDP growth of five per cent, Malaysia is already a fast-emerging economy in the ASEAN region, which has a combined population of 622 million and a GDP of USD 2.31 trillion. The 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference is expected to generate RM1.8million in economic impact to the country and fully demonstrate the country’s growth potential to become the preferred exhibition platform within South East Asia region.

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