Category Archives: Association

IITTM’s 6th Asia-Euro conference in Gwalior

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Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, is organising 6th Asia-Euro conference 2016 in Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy from November 9-12, 2016, in Gwalior. Conference Chairman and Director, IITTM Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha, informed “It is the first time in India that this conference is being organised in collaboration with Taylor’s University, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and University of Toulouse, Jean Jaures, France. The theme of the conference is ‘Envisioning Tourism 2050’. More than 150 academic experts representing Asian and European universities and institutions from France, Italy, Switzerland, UK, US, Mauritius, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Uzbekistan etc. besides Indian tourism academic experts will be attending the international conference.”

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54 per cent of all global travel is MICE: Suman Billa

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The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), kick started its annual flagship event – the 9th Conventions India Conclave from October 13 to 15, 2016 at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel. The event was inaugurated by Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India,  Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Tourism & Chairman, ICPB, Chander Mansharmani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, Pooja Joshi, General Manager, Delhi Tourism, Saurabh Bhargava, Honorary Treasurer, ICPB, and Amaresh Tiwari, Honorary Secretary, ICPB. Stating that 54 per cent of all global travel is MICE, Billa said, “There has been 0.69 per cent of growth, if we want to increase these numbers, MICE must lead from the front.” Billa said that MICE will show overall buoyancy. On the context of reforms in visa taken by the government, Zutshi said,” Matter for the reforms in visa has gone to the cabinet. E-visa, for business tourists at large has been agreed upon. Other e-visa reforms will also take place.” He mentioned the need to set up convention centres in Tier-2 cities. Extending a warm welcome note, Mansheramani said,” We should make the conclave a true marketing and networking platform. We have 44 organisations showcasing and more than 100 buyers. As an organisation we will bid for international conference.” Highlighting the status of MICE sector, he said, “MICE can be integral part of economic diplomacy, there is a need to prioritise source markets.”  

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5th International Buddhist Conclave begins in Varanasi-Sarnath from Oct 2-6

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With a view to showcase and project the Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites of India, the Ministry of Tourism has organised the 5th International Buddhist Conclave, from October 2-6, 2016, in Varanasi-Sarnath in collaboration with the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The conclave was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister for Tourism & Culture on October 2, 2016, in New Delhi. Ministry of Tourism has received over 250 nominations from 38 countries for participation in the Conclave. This year’s conclave has ASEAN as a Guest of Honour partner and a large participation is expected from ASEAN countries which are also major source markets for India in general and the Buddhist Heritage sites in particular.

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TICA, KMA team up to elevate MICE professionals

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The Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and the Korea MICE Association (KMA) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the education and training of MICE professionals and strengthening of business platforms for the development of the MICE industry in South Korea and Thailand. Eung Su Kim, president of the KMA, and Sumate Sudasna, president of TICA, said they would collaborate for the growth of the MICE industry in the two countries with the aim of contributing to their respective economies and the enhancement of international goodwill and cooperation. “This MoU allows both countries to leverage on our knowledge and experience to gain further insights in service excellence on an international level. Business events will continue to have a strong impact for any country, especially among Asia-Pacific countries,” said Kim.

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Free UAE visa for TAAI Convention delegates

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The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority (TCA) along with the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has offered free UAE visas to registered delegates attending the Indian Travel Congress and 63rd Convention and Exhibition of TAAI being held in Abu Dhabi from October 14-17, 2016. TCA will offer two nights pre- and two nights post-tours to delegates in Abu dhabi/Al Ain/Sadayat Island and Yas island.

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TCEB to host ASEAN conference with UNWTO on MICE

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB will host the ASEAN Conference on MICE in Collaboration with UNWTO to enable a dialogue for leveraging knowledge and policy exchange, and driving regional ties towards the mutually beneficial goal of accommodating MICE travellers from around the globe. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said, “The ASEAN Conference on MICE in Collaboration with UNWTO is being held as part of the ASEAN strategy to provide a platform to help raise awareness and showcase the important role the MICE industry plays in the region among ASEAN leaders, especially to improve the quality and standard of infrastructure and facilities to accommodate the needs of MICE travellers from around the globe, right here in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the activity, which will draw more than 270 delegates from public and private organisations as well as MICE operators from across the region, will help promote Thailand as a high quality MICE destination in ASEAN.”

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Singapore Tourism showcases MICE sector in six-city roadshow in India & Sri Lanka

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Singapore Tourism Board organised a 10-day, six-city road show across key markets in India and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Themed “Extending Hands in Partnership”, the delegation was led by GB Srithar, Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) newly appointed Regional Director for South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA). The Singapore delegation comprised representatives from top hotels, cruise liners, attractions, airlines and Destination Management Companies (DMCs), which travelled to the cities of Colombo in Sri Lanka and then to the Indian cities of Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Jalandhar.

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51st FHRAI Annual Convention kicks off with promising prospects for industry

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The 51st FHRAI Annual Convention kicked off at the Amber Convention Centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The event was inaugurated by Vishvas Sarang, Minister (I/C) for Cooperation, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation, Panchayat & Rural development, Malini Laxman Singh Gaur, Mayor of Indore; Vivek Nair, Chairman, Convention Organising Committee, FHRAI and Bharat Malkani, President, FHRAI. Welcoming all participants at the convention, Nair said that there is a need to create infrastructure to boost tourism in the country. He also said that GST should be re-looked at a reasonable limit. Malkhani noted that FHRAI completed six decades of existence and the focus of the organisation is on skill development. The association has instituted a study with the national green tribunal to bring out a book to run properties in a sustainable manner, which will be given to its members free of cost.

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Indore convention to be path breaking: Bharat Malkhani

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The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) President Bharat Malkani has revealed the core objective of the 51st Annual Convention, held between September 22-24, 2016, on ‘Brand India’ and the importance of Indore as a city exposing the avenues for the same. Malkani, President, FHRAI  says, “Our convention in Indore is going to be a path breaker, we are first of all holding it in a city which has never held a convention before this, conventions always happen in Delhi Mumbai, sometime in Chennai sometimes in Bangalore. Going to Indore is a strategic decision as we want to expose the heart of India to our industry. Indore is the centre of the country. Our convention theme is ‘Brand India’ and it is the core of our approach as our idea is to take the smallest of the hoteliers to the largest they have in one platform.”  The present projection expects 10 million tourists to visit India by the year 2020. This can only be achieved if 180,000 guestrooms are added at an estimated cost of Rs. 200,000 crores to the existing supply of 120,000 guestrooms in all the classified categories from 1-star to 5-star.

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Skal congress in Cochin from Sept 23-24

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Skal International Cochin will organise Skal National Congress from September 23-24, 2016. Formed in the early 70’s, after a break of about 10 years Skal Cochin was revived in 1995. Known to conduct regular members meetings, seminars, family outings, festive meets, Skal International is governed by a six member executive committee, elected by delegates to an annual general assembly, held during the world congress, hosted by different country each year. This allows members first hand observation of the travel and tourism potential around the world.

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