Shangri-La to add 5 new hotels in India by 2024


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts shall unveil five more properties in India by 2024. Shangi-La has two hotels in the country, in Delhi and Bengaluru and is scouting for various locations including Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata and Hyderabad, said John Northern, Executive Vice President for the Middle East, India & Indian Ocean. “The important thing for us is to find the right partner. Out two hotels in India are also under the management contact,” he added. (Source: PTI)

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SriLankan to enhance connectivity to Ahmedabad and Calicut


To bolster its connectivity to the Indian sub-continent, SriLankan Airlines will initiate new flights to Ahmedabad and Calicut. The operations will begin in 2020. Vipula Gunatilleka, CEO, SriLankan Airlines, said, “We wanted to enhance connectivity to Gujarat and hence will start a new connection to Ahmedabad. We were earlier operating to Calicut but had to stop that for some reason and will restart this route again and hope to record growth in the region.”

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Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020


The Nepal Tourism Board aims to actively organise big sporting and MiCE events as well as festivals to draw in the numbers. In tandem with this, it will organise the Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020, informed Robin Regmi, Officer – South Asia Unit, Tourism Marketing and Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board, who was part of the three-member delegation on the third leg of its four-city roadshow in Mumbai recently. Nepal Tourism Board formally launched its ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign in Mumbai and interacted with key outbound agents. Regmi said, “India is very close to us and to me personally. It is a major market for us, and we have seen a steady increase in Indian tourist arrivals since 2015 after Nepal experienced a major setback. We are now back to normal and request the travel trade in India to help us regain our lost glory in terms of tourism.” The team will head to Bengaluru for a similar launch on July 15, 2019.

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Travel Wedding Show concludes in Mumbai with 1922 meetings


The sixth edition of the Travel Wedding Show garnered 1922 meetings over two days. Held at the Westin Mumbai Garden City on July 13-14, 2019, the first day witnessed 31 exhibitors interact with 31 wedding planners over pre-scheduled table-top meetings, showcasing their offerings that would interest the growing wedding market.The second day followed a similar pattern but with tour operators, who also did weddings. The show managed to bring out some interesting trends emerging in the wedding segment. The first day’s session ended with a power-packed panel discussion where industry experts deliberated on why Indian weddings are going international. This was moderated by Rajeev Jain, Director, Rashi Entertainment and the speakers included Sanjay Rai, EVP- Sales, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; Emree Kirazci, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa; Udaya Bhattarai, Senior Assistant Manager, Nepal Tourism Board; and Tekla Maira, Director, Luxury Sales, Accor Hotels Luxe, AccorHotels.

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Goa promotes itself as a MiCE destination


Keeping in focus to highlight the state of Goa as a suited MiCE destination, the Regional Office Maharashtra of India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), in collaboration with Goa Tourism recently organised an interactive seminar. The discussion covered various topics like; Incentive and Initiative by State Govt. to promote Goa as a MiCE destination; Role of Tourism Ministry, Govt. of India in promotion of MiCE in Goa. Executive Director ICPB presented the Role Bureaus can play in re-positioning Goa as a MiCE destination. The highlight of the seminar was the panel discussion – ‘Marketing Hotels – Key Segment for MiCE in Goa’. The fruitful interaction included panelists from various MiCE segments, like incentives, exhibitions and convention and meeting, who discussed the power of incentives, challenges for holding large conferences and meeting design. The panel was represented by Amaresh Tiwari, Sanjay Soni and Amit Saroj from ICPB and Gaurav Apte from Marriott Goa. The outcome of the deliberation was the strategies of attracting business event, different from the leisure market. The session was moderated by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman – ICPB. There were recommendations made by Mansharamani which included a MiCE policy, along with suggestion of measures which Goa Tourism can initiate: To prioritise the source market and develop a marketing calendar Global outreach of media – a separate budget for MiCE Incentivising international conferences & meetings to make hosting conferences in India an attractive proposition – hosting site visits Create corpus fund – for marketing and supporting bidding process Participation in MiCE-related trade shows in India and abroad Certification programme to enhance the level of services in accordance with international standards One of the most important segments of global convention industry …

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GoAir to connect Delhi & Mumbai with Bangkok, and Kannur with Dubai & Kuwait


Starting July 19, low-cost carrier GoAir will add seven new routes to its international network, which will include three new destinations – Bangkok, Dubai, and Kuwait. The daily flights, subject to final approval, will include Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Delhi-Bangkok; Kannur-Dubai, Kannur-Kuwait; Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Bangkok, and Mumbai-Muscat services. GoAir has flown over 72 million passengers since its inception, and in the next two years the airline aims to touch the 100 million passengers mark. Speaking about the new routes, Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said, “I am very pleased to announce these planned launches which will strengthen GoAir’s presence in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries. The network expansion is in sync with our vision to expand our footprint in strategic markets and to grow our business profitably. This time, we are entering new destinations – Kuwait, Dubai and Bangkok – and we intend to continue the momentum in the near future.”

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Out of 705 routes under UDAN, 174 are now operational


Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said,”Out of the 705 routes awarded under RCS-UDAN version 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, 174 routes are operational till date.” As per the data presented by Puri, IndiGo has been awarded total 32 networks under UDAN scheme. Ministry of Civil Aviation had launched Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-UDAN scheme on October 21, 2016, to facilitate and stimulate regional air connectivity and making air travel affordable to the masses. The data said that SpiceJet has been awarded total 50 networks, and the budget carrier has started flight operations on just the half of them. Out of total 705 routes which have been awarded by the Centre under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN, 174 routes have become operational till date, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday. Based on their assessment of demand on particular routes, the airlines submit proposals at the time of bidding under UDAN scheme from time to time.

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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre expands with new 11,000 sqm space to a total 33,659 sqm of flexible multi-purpose function space

KLCC New Space X Archidex

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s brand-new 11,000 sqm expansion is officially open for business as the venue hosts its inaugural event in the multi-purpose space – ARCHIDEX, which also becomes the first event to utilise the entire Centre’s space. The extension enables the Centre to comfortably accommodate larger events, as well as host more events simultaneously. The new flexible spaces can accommodate innovative and experiential delivery of events and have been designed to easily adapt to any customer requirements. This purpose-built space allows clients to explore new meeting designs, networking hubs and customise their delegate experience to suit any occasion. New additions include an expansive foyer area adjoining the Plenary Hall, for wonderful networking, cocktail and social engagement activities, which can extend into Hall 6 – providing an additional 2,862 sqm. Hall 6, 7 and 8 also have a hospitality suite and one lounge which can be utilised for various purposes. With an excellent track record in hosting large international association meetings, the Centre is delighted to now provide more space for these clients to grow their events. The prospect of bidding for larger national, regional and international conventions is also now a very viable option. For the Centre’s exhibition clients who have grown their events at the venue over the years, this additional space with excellent infrastructure and the same high-quality fit out as its existing Halls 1 to 5, means the Centre can enhance its partnership with them to better meet their evolving business objectives and increase its value proposition as a venue partner. Commenting on the versatile expansion, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared “This is another huge milestone and step forward for the Centre and …

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Travel Wedding Show to connect exhibitors with 60 wedding planners and buyers in Mumbai


Slated to take place between July 13 and 14, 2019, at The Westin Mumbai Garden City, the exclusive Travel Wedding Show will connect the travel trade and the wedding fraternity. One-on-one meetings will be held with more than 35 wedding planners on day-one and more than 30 wedding specialists on day-two. Travel Wedding Show is a table-top event that gives exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products and services, demonstrate their expertise and increase awareness about their product, generating sales from a qualified audience with maximum exposure. India’s only B2B wedding show, the event offers unrivalled inspiration and ideas for every style of wedding, with an opportunity for buyers to meet carefully hand-picked wedding planners in a closed-door, professional business environment through pre-scheduled meetings. Speaking about the success of the show year in, year out, Sarika Bhambani Rawal, Vice President, Travel Wedding Show, says, “The show continues to make headway in connecting the right partners to take the industry forward. At each edition of Travel Wedding Show, buyers and exhibitors have been able to make good connections and build their business, sowing the seeds for progress.” Last year, Travel Wedding Show concluded with over 1800 meetings, where representatives from hotels and tourism boards exhibited their products for the wedding tourism industry.

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Odisha hosted 10 meeting planners to showcase state MICE potential


Recognising the potential of Odisha as a MICE destination in view of the excellent infrastructure available in cities like Bhubaneswar, the Swosti Group organised a MICE roadshow there last week. As many as 10 meeting planners from different cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, representing associations and corporate attended the event. The roadshow was preceded by a visit to Chilika Lake on July 2 to showcase the MICE facilities at the Swosti Chilika Resort. The roadshow included B2B meetings, presentation by ICPB, Tourism Department and Swosti Group. The event brought the buyers and sellers of the industry on a common platform to discuss MICE business opportunities, more options of venues, services of professional organisers to stimulate a more rapid growth of the industry.

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