Air passenger traffic to surge to 1 bn: Civil Aviation Minister


India’s civil aviation sector is experiencing dynamic growth and air passenger traffic on an annual basis is expected to touch 1 billion in the coming years, informed Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, in Lok Sabha. Currently, the number of air passengers on an annual basis is around 345 million. He also informed that government has taken a decision to privatise six airports, including at Lucknow and Ahmedabad. Out of the six, three have been awarded to Adani group and issues related to two others have been resolved. Earlier this month, the Cabinet approved leasing out Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru airports to Adani group. In 2018, the government decided to lease out airports at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Mangaluru and Thiruvanathapuram. All the six airports were won through bidding by Adani group.

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GPS Lucknow eyes Tier-II & Tier III cities


The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) held in Lucknow recently focused on tapping the Tier-II Tier-III cities. Elaborating on the 2 days B2B travel trade, outbound event, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, informed, “This is our second year in Lucknow, we had a very good response last year. The market has accepted that this is an E-event and have downloaded the app and pre-registered. Through Lucknow we hope to reach the travel fraternity in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. This is a very promising market, and we hope to empower through knowledge, networking and face to face business interactions.’

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Mumbai among Cvent’s top meeting destinations in Asia


The economic capital of India has made its way to Cvent’s top ten list of meetings destinations for 2019 in Asia. Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, released its annual lists of the Top Meeting Destinations for meetings and events worldwide. The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network, through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018. “Business events add $1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more group business to their locales,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President- Marketing, Cvent Hospitality Cloud. Due to increased sourcing volume to the Asia Pacific region, Cvent unveiled two additional lists this year – Asia and Australia & Oceania – which were previously represented in one Asia Pacific list. The top 10 cities in Asia for 2019 are: Singapore Bangkok, Thailand Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Shanghai, China Tokyo, Japan Seoul, South Korea Beijing, China Bali, Indonesia Mumbai, India

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Sarovar Hotels and Resorts expands footprints in Andhra Pradesh


Sarovar Hotels and Resorts announced the signing of new hotel in Andhra Pradesh – Sarovar Portico, Dindi.  Dindi is in the intersection where the Godavari joins the Bay of Bengal. Sarovar Portico, Dindi after renovation will have 50 aesthetically designed rooms including Suites. Other facilities include indoor meeting and banquet space. This is Sarovar’s second hotel in the state of Andhra Pradesh after Marasa Sarovar Premiere, Tirupati. Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to expand our leisure portfolio. Our vision is to deliver uncomplicated travel experience for our business and leisure travellers. We see great growth potential in this market and look forward to offering best value to business and leisure travellers in sync with Sarovar’s signature hospitality.”

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Indigo to connect Delhi to Jodhpur and Ahmedabad from Sept 5


Indigo shall introduce daily non-stop flights between Jodhpur and Delhi and Ahmedabad, the operations for which will commence from September 5, 2019. The airline will also introduce daily direct flights on the Delhi-Agartala and Delhi-Dibrugarh routes as well. Under the newly introduced flights, the airline will offer tickets starting from Rs 1,999. Jodhpur will be IndiGo’s 56th destination in India. The flights on the Delhi-Agartala and Delhi-Dibrugarh routes will commence operations from August 14, and the tickets for these will start from Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,499 respectively (one way). Reportedly, the airline is planning six new international flights from Delhi and Mumbai. The new flights would be on Delhi-Jeddah, Mumbai-Kuwait and Mumbai-Dubai routes, the airline said.

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Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau launches ‘Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered’

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Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) launched its new campaign ‘Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered’. Ashwin Gunaskeran, CEO, PCEB, said, “I believe Penang is ready for the next stage of destination marketing for business events, as this segment thus far has successfully positioned Penang as a second-tier destination. It is also important for us as part of this industry to showcase more of what Penang and the players of the industry are able to offer through Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered within the campaign period,” The campaign was launched in conjunction with Experience Penang Year 2020 and Visit Malaysia 2020. Gunasekeran also unveiled four new products developed for the campaign, which runs from now to December 2020, during the launch to further enhance the state’s business events offerings. Officiating the launch were YAB Chow Kon Yeow, the Chief Minister of Penang and YB Yeoh Soon Hin, the Penang State Exco for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture & Heritage. Also present were Jonathan Freddy P. Bagang, Director of Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC); and Khoo Boo Lim, Chairman of Malaysian Association of Hotels Penang Chapter, as well as over 100 industry partners. “We need to continue the energy and effort in maintaining the interest and awareness that business events have created for Penang. This is where the Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered campaign plays a role, and works as an additional incentive to attract more events into the state,” he added. One of the four products is the PCEB Mobile App for delegates. Main features include information on Penang for delegates, a calendar showing upcoming events and other supported business events happening in Penang. The app is currently available for download on Google …

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SITE India Chapter to hold 1st convention in Delhi in December


SITE India Chapter is all set to have a one-day convention in Delhi in December, revealed Sanjeev Joshi, President, SITE India Chapter. Speaking at the first SITE India Knowledge Forum, Joshi shared, “We will be having another knowledge forum for our members in Mumbai, and we will be focusing on education of members. We are planning to do a small convention in Delhi in December, where we will invite industry members to join at a nominal fee. It will be a full-day convention, as we don’t want to go out of the city for the same. The convention platform will also be used for educating the members, and we will be inviting many other organisations. hotel chains like Taj, Oberoi and ITC are well aware about SITE, while Marriott and Hyatt are international members with over 20 members each. They already know the importance of SITE.”

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UDAN routes reach 194 as 8 additional sectors start operating


Giving further fillip to Regional Connectivity in the country, 8 more routes (including 2 DoNER Routes) became functional Under Regional Connectivity Scheme/UdeDeshKaAamNagrik- UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. With this, the total UDAN routes Operational as on date increased to 194 routes. These routes include Mysore-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Mysore, Goa- Mysore, Mysore-Goa, Cochin-Mysore, Mysore-Cochin, Kolkata-Shillong. Shillong-Kolkata.

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Delhi Airport, 38th in the list of world’s best airports for business travellers


Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is at the 38th spot. Delhi airport got 4 out of 5 stars while Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport airport got 3 stars. The two are India’s busiest airports. Japan’s Narita Airport, which recorded 81.1% on-time flight arrivals, was crowned as the world’s best business airport. It also boasts of 19 passenger lounges, second only to Los Angeles International Airport. USA has the highest number of business travel-friendly airports in the top 10 list. Online travel agency Globehunters has compiled this list of world’s 45 most popular airports and ranked them according to their suitability for business travellers. Globehunters team took into account several factors such as on-time arrival performance, number of airlines and destinations served, number of lounges, the price of airport parking per day, etc.

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GoAir plans to add Vietnam, Cambodia to destination list


Budget passenger carrier GoAir plans to add destinations such as Hanoi and Phnom Penh to its international network by the year-end, sources said. Sources said the airline, which is rapidly expanding its international presence, will also deploy capacity to Bhutan in the coming days. Till recently, the airline flew to just four international destinations — Phuket, Malé, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. Lately, it launched a slew of new international flights — Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Muscat, Delhi-Bangkok and Kannur-Kuwait. However, some of these new international flights are being operated on re-allocated slots of Jet Airways. GoAir has the rights over these till September.

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