Category Archives: Association

PATA India’s roadshow in USA and Canada from May 30-June 8


PATA India Chapter will conduct a roadshow to USA and Canada, in partnership with India Tourism from May 30 to June 8, 2017. Runeep Sangha, Executive Director, PATA India Chapter, said, “We are pleased to inform you that we have received necessary approvals to conduct Roadshow to USA and Canada, in partnership with India Tourism. More details will be communicated in the coming week.” The roadshow will begin in Toronto (Canada) on May 30, then move to the US with Boston on May 31, Chicago on June 1, Houston on June 6, New York on June 7 and 8.

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TCEB and Bangkok University join hands to train MICE personnel


To meet the growing demand for skilled personnel and executives in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions sector, the Bangkok University and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) have commenced the country’s first MICE curriculum.  They signed a memorandum of understanding last year to run the new curriculum. “Our MICE curriculum is the first and only one in the country. First-class students are now at the Rangsit campus,” said Suchada Chareanpunsirikul, dean of the university’s School of Humanities and Tourism Management. She said the country had been facing a shortage of skilled labour for the MICE sector for years. The Bangkok University is providing large-scale facilities for the new curriculum, with advanced equipment and facilities for MICE learners from both Thailand and abroad.

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11.6% growth likely in business travel spending in 2017: GBTA

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The Double digit business travel spending growth continues for India, despite fears of fallout from the country’s demonetisation efforts, according to the latest Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) BTI™ Outlook – India report. “India continues to position itself to become a world leader in business travel for decades to come,” said Gaurav Sundaram, GBTA India’s regional director. “Despite fears surrounding the demonetisation efforts, India saw a 10.9 percent growth in year-over-year business travel spending for the second quarter of 2016 – even higher than our last report projected.” The GBTA Foundation report forecasts 11.4 percent growth in business travel spending in 2016, followed by another 11.6 percent in 2017 – both increases over our previous forecast – reaching $36.8 billion USD. India continues to climb the world rankings of business travel markets, moving up five spots during the early 2000s to become the 10th largest global business travel market at the end of 2015. Forecasts predicted India would pass Brazil last year and will likely surpass both South Korea and Italy in 2017. GBTA projects India will become the 6th largest business travel market in the world by the end of 2019. GBTA forecasts domestic business travel spending will continue to grow at consistently high rates, 11.8 percent in 2017, reaching $33.8 billion USD. India’s international outbound (IOB) business travel spending has shown subdued growth in the 5-6 percent per year range. GBTA’s IOB forecast for 2016 has been revised upward from 3.1 percent projected previously to 5.4 percent. It seems commodity prices may have finally found their footing and bottomed out, and the brightening prospects for increased trade activity, especially with the oil-rich MENA region, should help to push …

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2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo from Feb 22


The 2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017 will be held from Feb 22-23. The 2nd “ Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017” will give answers to five major questions in the digital tourism economy. “ Thailand International Conference & Expo” is part of the “ World Events”, is the top annual meeting-point for experts from the eTourism, mTourism, travel technology, digital travel marketing and distribution channels with decision makers, entrepreneurs, professionals from the travel & hospitality industry of Thailand, the ASEAN Countries as well as the rest of the world, where they can exchange knowledge and experiences, to learn and do business. Travel Media Applications in cooperation with PATA Thailand Chapter organize this well esteemed event for the second year in Bangkok, on February 22nd and 23rd 2017. This year also incorporates “TripAdvisor Insights Masterclass” and “PATA Asian Chapters Meeting” where the renown “Tourism Outlook” will be presented.

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Shivantika Bon Voyage & Travelz Factory open office in N. Europe


Shivantika Bon Voyage in association with Travelz Factory are opening their office in Northern Europe, intending on Baltic region which is yet to be explored enormously. We are established in all three Countries – Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) and Latvia (Riga). Their expertise lies in customised travel itineraries emphasising on Meeting and Incentive Guests. The itineraries can be altered as per the Groups requirement. They will be offering series group departure for June’2017 with Breakfast and Dinner and also assist you for FIT movement for this region offering personalised and unique experiences for each client.

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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre bags outstanding venue award


The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has won the Outstanding Venue Award at the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations) Awards 2016 in Xiamen, China. General Manager, Alan Pryor, said, “We have a huge passion for the business events industry which extends beyond our own venue. This is evidenced by our ongoing commitment to industry advocacy, professional development, environmental sustainability and product innovation, which elevates our contribution to the development of the industry supply chain.”

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Philippines BOI to craft roadmap for MICE


The Board of Investments (BOI) for the Philippines is teaming up with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers Inc. (PACEOS) to craft a roadmap for the MICE industry. The planned MICE roadmap will seek to enhance the industry’s competitiveness through assessment and formulation of actions plans to address issues and concerns. “The agreement will boost the local tourism industry. Once the MICE roadmap is in place, it will lead to more investments not only in the accommodation sector, but also in the infrastructure side,” Ceferino Rodolfo, Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Head, added. Last year, the Philippines registered 5.36 million tourist arrivals. PACEOS aims to make the country a leading exhibition and convention destination in the ASEAN region.

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SpiceJet’s Hyderabad–Jabalpur daily from Dec 23


SpiceJet will commence its daily direct flight on the Hyderabad–Jabalpur route from December 23, 2016. Hyderabad is the third metro after Delhi and Mumbai that SpiceJet will be serving a daily direct flight connecting Jabalpur. The fares for the Hyderabad-Jabalpur route will start from Rs 3,613 whereas for Jabalpur – Hyderabad route it will start from Rs 3,073. Bookings for the routes are currently open.

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5% GST for hospitality and tourism sectors advocated by HRANI


Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) has urged the government to classify tourism and hospitality businesses in the lower slab at 5 per cent. They have also asked the government to ensure zero per cent rating for foreign exchange earning tourism, travel & hospitality businesses. In a meeting of its managing committee, Surendra Jaiswal, Hony Secretary, HRANI, emphasised that in order to boost inbound or outbound tourism, GST should be brought at lowest slab of 5% for hospitality and tourism making India a competitive tourist destination. Jaiswal and Garish Oberoi, Treasurer, said that GST at lowest slab will attract more investment in the country and will also be conducive to business and growth in the sector.

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Wesgro is PATA’s new member


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has welcomed Wesgro from South Africa as its newest government member. It will now be the official Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. The announcement was made by Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO,  PATA at the Association’s annual Aligned Advocacy Dinner in London, UK on Monday November 7, 2016. Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro, said, “The Asian market is extremely important and valuable for Cape Town and the Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment strategy. PATA provides an excellent platform for us to directly engage key stakeholders in this market, learn from them and make Cape Town and the Western Cape a more attractive and accessible destination for them.”

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