Category Archives: Association

Indore convention to be path breaking: Bharat Malkhani


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


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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PATA India chapter bags PATA Award of Excellence 2016


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) India Chapter bagged the PATA Award of Excellence 2016. The award was  presented at the Welcome Board Dinner at PATA Travel Mart in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia. Runeep Sangha, Executive Director, PATA India Chapter said, “It is a matter of great pride for us to be selected from 41 other chapters around the world to receive such a prestigious award. It underscores the commitments and efforts of our members, and their unending support to the tourism industry in India. Our focus is on value delivery to our members and we continue to strive for excellence for years to come.”

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51st Annual FHRAI Convention in Indore from Sept 22-24


The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India’s (FHRAI)  51st Annual Convention to be held from September 22-24, 2016 in Indore will pivot on ‘Brand India’. Bharat Malkani, President, FHRAI, said, “The convention will encompass several sessions and panel discussions on subjects ranging from Innovative ways of Financing Hotels & Restaurants, Trends in Interior Design, Maximising Food & Beverage Revenue using Technology and Deployment of Mobile Wallets & Digital Marketing. The discussion forums will provide an excellent opportunity for the participants to engage with key policy makers, business people from allied industries and inspirational entrepreneurs.”

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600 Indian delegates to conglomerate for TAAI


The Travel Agents Association of India’s (TAAI) 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from October 14-16, 2016 is likely to get about 600-700 delegates from across India. Jay Bhatia, National Treasurer and Chairman (Tourism Council), TAAI, while adding said, “We are also expecting our overseas members to participate that include DMCs and operators from the UAE and the Middle East region. ” He informed that Abu Dabi was chosen for the convention because of its proximity to India and good connections from most major cities of India.

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NRAI convention from Sept 25-26 in Mumbai


The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) announced the first edition of its convention at St. Regis in Mumbai from September 25-26, 2016. Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI, said, “The two-day business convention will have multiple business sessions with speakers from the sector from across India. This will include three international speakers as well.” Attendees at the event will include individuals from the bar and the nightlife industry from across India encompassing business and informational workshops.

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GBTA Symposium 2016: Imparting business knowledge

Neal Rogers, APAC-MEA Travel Head, CSC
Geetha Arekal - Regional Travel Lead (APAC), Unilever
Yogita Chadha - Director Sales & Account Management - India & Middle East, Serko
Frederic Saunier, Head of Corporate IT - APAC, Amadeus
Vikas Bangera, Head of Global Enterprise Sales, Thomas Cook

The GBTA India Business Travel Symposium, an annual flagship education and networking event of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) was held on September 6, 2016 at The Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity. The twin event, a knowledge seminar and business travel show witnessed the conglomeration of the best in Indian business travel industry. The knowledge seminar commenced with a presentation on the BTI™ India 2016 Report,  which stated positive trend for the MICE sector. “India’s business travel market remains one of the most dynamic in the world, fueled by increasing market liberalisation and a rapidly growing domestic economy,” said the report.

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XI ISBA conference from Sept 10-11 in Pune


Bringing together all stakeholders of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem from across the world and India, the XI ISBA Conference hosted by Indian STEPs and Business Incubators’ Association (ISBA)  will be held in Pune on September 10-11,2016 at Hotel Hyatt, Kalyani Nagar. India is emerging as global destination for Innovation, Incubation and Start-ups and provides great opportunities. The event aims to provide the global community ample opportunities to co-operate, work with Indian start-ups and incubators, create and jointly manage start-up funds, provide co-hosting services.

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2nd FAIC convention in Mumbai on trends in catering


Federation of All India Caterers (FAIC) held its second Convention and Exhibition at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The three-day event saw attendance from over 20,000 visitors comprising of caterers, banquet owners, hoteliers, F&B professionals and fast food vendors. “FAIC Exhibition & Convention 2016 held this year with enhanced grandeur provides a perfect platform for manufacturers and traders from across the country to converge under one roof,” says Narendra Somani, President, Federation of All India Caterers. For the first time a panel discussion was held between caterers and chefs on the theme ‘Future Trends in Catering’.

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IATO 32nd convention in Chennai from Sept 18-21


The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will hold its 32nd annual convention from September 18-21, 2016, at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, said, “We were planning to have our convention in Chennai for last couple of years as IATO never had its annual convention in Tamil Nadu earlier. However, this year, it is going to become a dream come true.” More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event and the IATO convention.

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