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Global Exhibitions Day: 85 countries participate

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Exhibition professionals around the world came out in record numbers for the third Global Exhibitions Day (GED) that was held on June 6. This highlights the industry’s role as a driver of economic growth with 85 countries taking part, reveals UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry data. Corrado Peraboni, President, UFI, said, “I am pleased to see the prominent support from ministers in national governments who shared their understanding of how important exhibitions and business events are for their economies and citizens.” GED’s focus this year were on two key areas: to advocate industry issues with politicians and stakeholders, and finding new ways to connect with young people to attract the right talent to the exhibition industry. The UFI team in Paris had registered activities in 85 countries and regions from all around the world, with the leading organisers, venues and service providers all being active. Coordinated by UFI, this joint advocacy campaign also united 41 GED partner associations. Activities in all parts of the world saw a broad mix of activities, both on-site and online, promoting exhibitions as business platforms, as well as highlighting opportunities for career and business development. Specific events and activities were arranged by many of the international and national organisers, by venues, by service providers, and also by national and regional associations. Here is an example of the many activities that focused on education and networking globally: In Asia, activities were reported at many venues in China, whilst in Thailand, the TCEB ran an “Exhibition Industry Forum” focusing on the theme of change. In India, the IEIA oversaw festivities in New Delhi, Mumbai, Greater Noida, Hyderabad and Jaipur. Meetings were organised with ministers and …

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HRAO to organise workshop on tourism development in western Odisha on June 20

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The Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) is set to organise a state-level workshop on the development of tourism in western Odisha on June 20. The workshop, scheduled to be held at Hotel The Grand Siba in Sambalpur, will be attended by hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents and other stakeholders. Important decision makers, government officials, media and political leaders have also been invited to give their inputs for giving a boost to the tourism growth of Western Odisha. With the addition of Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Jeypore airports in the state, the association now wants to make Odisha a 21-night destination. “With the benefits of the new tourism policy, the HRAO is now willing to spread out with additional 5000 rooms in all tourist locations of the state, specially Western Odisha. Currently, we have the lowest number of star hotels (10 hotels) and classified rooms (670 rooms) in Odisha,” said J K Mohanty, Chairman – HRAO & IATO, Eastern Region.

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India to witness rise in FTAs from South Asia over the next five years: PATA

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According to a recent research study by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), India is set to welcome increased international visitor arrivals over the next five years with an average annual growth rate of 14.5 per cent from South Asia between 2018 and 2022. Bangladesh is anticipated to top the chart (with a 17 per cent increase) of IVAs to India, followed by Afghanistan which is forecast to transcend Sri Lanka in the growth table with an average annual increase of 14.8 per cent over the same period. Nepal closely follows, expecting a rise of 11.5 per cent annually.

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HRAWI’s 18th regional convention in Sri Lanka from June 27-30

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The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) will host its 18th edition of its regional convention from June 27-30, 2018. Themed ‘Surfing The Wave Of Global Tourism’, the convention will focus on international tourism trends and best trade practices. Centered around hospitality, the event will integrate related business sessions and business networking opportunities for participating professionals. For recreation, post the convention HRAWI shall organise tours for delegates in Colombo and Kandy. “Annual conventions offer an excellent opportunity to network with fraternity members, professionals, consultants, vendors and many others from the industry,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. “The registrations have been pouring in and the response has been fantastic,” he adds.

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GBTA announces India conference line-up for 2018

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, unveiled its line-up of flagship education and networking events in India for the year ahead. The GBTA Conference 2018 will be held in Bengaluru on 15 June, in New Delhi on 14 September, followed by Mumbai on 12 October, 2018. These forums will discuss best practices across the business travel life-cycle through a mix of panel discussions and presentations. Each event will also feature a trade show highlighting the best-class solution providers within the business travel industry. “With India expected to become the sixth largest business market in the world by the end of 2019, GBTA felt it was crucial to host a series of conferences within this region,” said Gaurav Sundaram, President ProKonsul & Regional Director of India for GBTA. He added, “Each conference will be unique in its offerings of education sessions, speakers and content and will ultimately help educate the market on global best practices.” GBTA Conference 2018 Bengaluru will be held at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center. The one-day event will feature a CXO roundtable moderated by Sundaram on generating the optimal ROI from business travel. The conference will also feature sessions focused on optimizing air contracts, managing workforce mobility, optimisation opportunities within business travel, challenging the status quo as it pertains to technology and processes, and more. Registration is now open for GBTA Conference 2018 New Delhi, hosted at the Pullman Aerocity New Delhi. The event will include a CXO round-table on creating scalable global travel programs as well as education sessions on the impact of payment solutions on business travel and duty of care within Indian …

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Vistara becomes member of IATA

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Vistara has become the third Indian carrier to be a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association of more than 280 airlines, which will help it provide a seamless travel experience through an extended global network to travellers to and from India. Vistara, the full-service carrier promoted by Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), recently became eligible to start international operations. Air India and Jet Airways are the two other airlines in India that are IATA members. The IATA membership will enable Vistara to collaborate with other international member airlines for codeshare and interline agreements, and provide a seamless travel experience through an extended global network to travellers to and from India, the airline said in a statement. IATA represents airlines from over 120 countries. It advocates for the interests of airlines across the globe, establishes standards to simplify process and increase passenger convenience, and helps airlines to operate safely, efficiently and economically. “This membership couldnt have come at a better time as we gear up to launch our international operations soon. Vistara has set new benchmarks for air travel in India, and with IATA’s membership e are confident to showcase Vistara’s strengths on a global scale,” Vistaras Chief Executive Officer Leslie Thng, said. Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, IATA, Conrad Clifford said they were looking forward to working with Vistara in shaping IATA’s priorities for India and the global aviation industry. Vistara had on April 4 received its 20th aircraft, an Airbus A320neo, thus fulfilling a key criteria to fly on international routes as per the new aviation rules. In September 2017, Vistara had successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit or …

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IATO Convention 2018 from September 6-9 in Vizag

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The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is set to hold its annual convention in Visakhapatnam from September 6-9, 2018. The venue of the convention is Hotel Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach. IATO announced its convention almost a year in advance and declared Andhra Pradesh as the host state for the 2018 convention, just when they had announced the 2017 convention in Odisha.

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African tourism and MiCE industry to hold masterclass in Johannesburg

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The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) have joined forces with Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) and Grant Thornton to host a capacity-building Business Tourism and MICE Masterclass course in Johannesburg from June 13 to 15, 2018. The masterclass aims to upskill African business tourism and MiCE professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and the youth. “Each African country is a unique Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events destination. Coupled with this, leading global incentive houses, renowned event organisers, and corporates now have positive perceptions about the continent, as African member states continue to successfully host more large-scale events and leading incentive programmes,” says Kwakye Donkor, Chief Executive Officer, ATP. “The benefits of attending an event of this kind include gaining an understanding of the current issues, trends, and required standards for the industry. We believe that the course will give delegates a clear picture of what the African MiCE tourism industry is (and is not), as well as impart all the essential practical knowledge and skill delegates need to be successful in their business roles,” says Rudi van der Vyver, Chief Executive Officer, SAACI.

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GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru in June

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) will hold its GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru  on June 15, 2018 at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, Bengaluru. GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru will showcase exhibiting companies from around the world. The agenda will feature several education tracks and hundreds of travel professionals representing Indian and global enterprises. The conference aims to highlight the business travel industry, new technologies that have emerged, transforming domestic and global managed travel programmes, new security risks, among many more.

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HRAWI’s 18th regional convention to be held in Sri Lanka in June

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The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has announced plans of hosting its 18th Regional Convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka. HRAWI, for the first time ever, is going to host the Regional Convention overseas. Scheduled to take place from June 27-30, 2018, the convention will integrate business sessions on specially curated topics for hospitality professionals with evening gala over cocktails and dinner. With over 300 participants expected to gather at one place, the convention will offer business networking opportunities for industry players. As an added attraction, HRAWI will also organise post-convention tours for delegates to unwind and relax in the paradise beach destination of Sri Lanka.

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