Category Archives: Association

Global tourism supports twice as many jobs: WTTC

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According to a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global Travel & Tourism sector directly sustains twice as many jobs as the financial sector, and five times as many jobs as the chemicals manufacturing sector. The WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017 compares Travel & Tourism to eight other sectors, which are considered to have similar breadth and global presence, across 27 countries and six regions. In 2016, Travel & Tourism supported 108 million jobs directly, and 292 million in total, taking the direct, indirect, and induced impact into account. The report shows that both on direct and total level, Travel & Tourism employs more people than the automotive manufacturing, banking, mining, chemicals manufacturing, and financial services sectors. It also shows that the power of Travel & Tourism to create jobs is significantly higher than that of financial services when you compare their contribution to GDP.  Financial services generate 19.4 per cent of the world’s GDP compared to 10.2 per cent by Travel & Tourism, but the latter supports twice as many jobs worldwide. Travel & Tourism generated a total of USD$7.6 trillion in GDP in 2016, which makes the sector’s GDP contribution larger than that of banking (USD$4.8 trillion), mining (USD$5.0 trillion), agriculture (USD$5.8 trillion), automotive manufacturing (USD$6.1 trillion), and chemicals manufacturing (USD$6.5 trillion). Global Travel & Tourism is forecast to grow by 4.0 per cent per year over the next decade, which is significantly faster than the global economy at 2.7% and all other sectors covered in the study apart from the financial sector and banking. David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said, “Business and leisure travel creates opportunities, empowers communities and enhances local livelihoods. …

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2nd Aero Expo India and 1st Heli Expo from Nov 2-5

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PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s second edition of the Aviation exposition -Aero Expo India 2017 will be held from November 2-5 in New Delhi. The first Aero exposition was organised last year at Indira Gandhi International Airport with the patronage of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The 4-day long Aero Expo is also going to witness India’s first ‘Heli-Expo’ at the Pawan Hans Heliport in Rohini on November 4-5. K.N. Rao, Chairman, Civil Aviation Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said, “Aero Expo has no doubt helped to bring a major boost to regional air connectivity in line with PM’s recently announced UDAN scheme in India are noteworthy. India is already the fastest growing aviation market in the world and the move to improve Regional Air Connectivity is expected to further boost the industry by providing a new set of growth opportunities to both domestic and international airlines alike along with a new lease to the allied aviation services and skilling industries.”

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International Conference on Tourism Technology in Kochi from June 9

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Focusing on the pertinent aspects on building business through technological platforms, the country’s biggest tourism technology meet, the second edition of International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT), will begin in Kochi on June 9. “Around 500 delegates, including tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, home stays, SEO (search engine optimisation) companies, software firms, social media marketing companies and bloggers, are expected to attend the conference,” said Association of Tourism Trade Organisation (ATTOI) president Anish Kumar P K. The conference will include topics such as managing online reputations; using WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other such tools for product marketing; writing content for websites and blogs; making payment gateway more efficient; and video marketing on Facebook Live and YouTube. ICTT will be officially inaugurated by Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran at a function which will be held at Hotel Le Meridien in the presence of Hibi Eden, MLA, Venu V, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, and Bala Kiran, Director, Department of Tourism.

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PATA Travel Mart 2018 in Langkawi

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Langkawi is the venue for PATA Travel Mart 2018 (PTM 2018). The signature Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) event is being hosted by Tourism Malaysia and Langkawi Development Authority. The announcement was made by the Association’s CEO, Dr. Mario Hardy, during the PATA Annual Summit in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on May 21. Dr. Hardy said, “Tourism Malaysia and Langkawi Development Authority have been a valuable PATA member and partner since 1959 and 2017 respectively and we look forward to the opportunity of showcasing the culture, heritage and beauty of Langkawi. Delegates to PTM 2018 will experience one of Asia’s most remarkable and attractive destinations.”

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GST to hit MICE: ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, shared that the GST slabs announced for hospitality industry will negatively affect inbound tourism immediately. “The MICE industry will be terribly hit as most of the convention facilities are only available in 5-star hotels which have room rates of Rs. 5000 or above. The high tax rate of 28 per cent will negatively impact conventions and conferences in the pipeline as well. I feel scope for manipulation has been left for the hotels where one can charge Rs. 4990 for a room and pay only 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent. Also, there is confusion whether the tax will be charged on rack rate, published rate or on the negotiated rate. The whole purpose of one tax one India is defeated,” he added.

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Kochi to host ATTOI’s technology conference from June 8-10

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The International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT), organised by the Association of Tourism Trade Organizations India (ATTOI) is scheduled to be held at the Le Meridien Kochi from June 8 to 10. The conference is being held with support from Kerala Tourism.  Anish Kumar P.K, President, ATTOI, said the future of travel is certainly digital, and ATTOI is maximising its use of technology, for instance in using live streaming as a promotional campaign tool for the upcoming second edition of ICTT. In December last year, ATTOI, as a curtain raiser to an international conference, organised a live streaming of an underwater engagement to showcase beach resorts as a unique offering of Kerala Tourism. Over 25 lakh viewers across the world watched the video that was streamed live from the beach resort of Kovalam.

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Dubai Association Conference from December 11-12 at DWTC

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The Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has announced the launch of the first-ever Dubai Association Conference. The conference will be held from December 11-12, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event aims to reinforces the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy. The announcement was made at the Associations World Congress currently underway in Vienna, Austria.           Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “This conference will also help us continue to position Dubai as a premier host city for business events, reflecting our ambition in discovering solutions to worldwide challenges, the diversity of our economy, and our keenness to collaborate.”             Hassan Al Hashemi, Member of the Executive Committee of DAC and Vice President of International Relations, Dubai Chamber, said: “The conference will serve as an ideal platform for attracting associations from around the world to Dubai, which will ultimately improve the competitiveness of its business community, and contribute toward the emirate’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.”             Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The inaugural Dubai Association Conference, hosted at DWTC, is set to serve as a distinct platform to support the growth and development of local and global associations regionally.”

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ICPB Convention from August 17-19 in Mumbai

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) is going to host its annual convention, Convention India Conclave, from August 17-19 in Mumbai. This convention, also the flagship event of the association, will be the 10th edition that will offer a platform for all key industry stakeholders to come together and deliberate on making India a hub for international MICE events. This was announced by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB. “This year we are also inviting heads of associations which are responsible for organising large scale conventions in India across fields like medicine, science etc. We aim to aid the various associations in their bidding processes and hope that through this platform we are able to inform them about the procedures in order to get more international MICE events to India,” said Mansharamani. He further informed that Maharashtra Government is the platinum partner for the show and the agenda, delegates expected and other details will be announced in due course of time.

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GITB 2018 in Jaipur from April 22-24

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The 11th edition of GITB will be held from April 22-24, 2018, at Jaipur. This was announced by Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee, FICCI. “GITB has grown over the last 10 years from 260 buyers to 275 buyers, from 3,000 to 10,800 meetings over the last few years. It has played a vital role in the influx of foreign tourists to India and Rajasthan. We hope that the foreign buyers attending the show become our ambassadors and bring more and more tourists to the country.”

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India Expo Shop 2017 underway

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The India Expo Shop 2017, inaugurated on April 17, 2017, is underway till April 20, at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Anup Wadawan, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India, Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industry,  Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Govt of Rajasthan, Satyadev Pachauri, Hon’ble Minister for MSME, Export Promotion, Govt of Uttar Pradesh, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Commerce & Industry, Parliamentary Affairs, Skill, Employment, Govt of Assam. Global Exhibition on Services, 2017 is organised by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), delegates from 70 countries are participating and there shall be participation from 20 states of India.  There will be approximately 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors will be participating in the event. The show will demonstrate capabilities of the industries serving organisations holding exhibitions, conferences and events. The expected visitors are from the exhibition organisers, stand designers, exhibiting companies, event organisers, MICE agencies, retails players and corporate event organisers. A two-day summit is also to be organised at the venue from April 18-19, 2017. Themed “Embracing Technologies in Events and Exhibitions”, the summit will offer information, presentations and networking sessions.

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