Category Archives: Association

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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India to be world’s 3rd largest aviation market by 2026

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India will be the third largest aviation market by 2026, as per the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast. The report expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, nearly double of the 3.8 billion air travellers in 2016. “Demand for air travel over the next two decades is set to double. Enabling people and nations to trade, explore, and share the benefits of innovation and economic prosperity makes our world a better place,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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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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