Category Archives: Events

Preferred Hotels & Resorts unveils member benefits for Golden Anniversary campaign


Commemorating Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ 50-year legacy, the brand recently held its Asia Pacific series of 50th anniversary celebrations at The Leela Palace New Delhi on March 20, 2018. Hosted by CEO Lindsey Ueberroth and Executive Vice President Saurabh Rai, the company has set its goals to further grow and enhance its loyalty programme as well.  Preferred Hotels & Resorts aims to  grow their portfolio in the South Asian region by 2020. For its  I Prefer Hotel Rewards programme, the brand will introduce new member benefits and exclusive offers that will leverage on the Golden Anniversary campaign. I Prefer has more than 2.5 million members worldwide. “As we commemorate the Preferred brand’s 50-year legacy of inspiring travel, we are more committed than ever to providing travellers with even more opportunities to embrace the spirit of independence and to making our pineapple logo synonymous with the ultimate hallmark in world-class hospitality,” said Ueberroth. “As the region’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is entering its 16th year in India, and we are focused on continuing to build on the foundation of our company’s 50-year legacy of championing the independent hotel space. We are committed to forging ahead with more innovative and strategic consumer-focused initiatives to foster greater engagement in this market,” added Rai. In January, the company launched a variety of initiatives to support its 50th anniversary celebration, including: A year-long Golden Anniversary package, offering unique 50th anniversary-themed activities, amenities, or services to guests staying at nearly 300 participating hotels worldwide. An exclusive Golden Anniversary microsite and social media hashtag #PreferredCelebrates50 for its online travel community. Travellers sharing their most memorable experiences with the hashtag have a chance to …

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IT&CM China 2018 & CTW China underway at Shanghai

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The 12th edition of IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China along with China’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, CTW China, is underway at the Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing until March 22, 2018. The IT&CM exhibition floor this year boasts of a significant expansion of 50 per cent to 100 per cent by international exhibitors, represented by 289 new and returning exhibiting destinations, corporate brands and organisations, informed the event organiser, Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media. The 2018 event expects an attendance of over 3,000 MICE professionals from sectors including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel and associations. With over 500 Chinese and international buyers from across 42 Chinese cities and territories and 41 international markets, the show expects to have 14,000 business appointments on the show floor. “Hong Kong SAR stands out as the largest exhibiting pavilion with Macao SAR in close second, followed by Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hangzhou, Hainan, Ningbo and many more. The corporate zone showcase comprises of a balanced mix of international and local brands including AccorHotels, Air China, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Chimelong, Gloria International Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Resorts group, Minor Hotels, Royal Caribbean, Tempus Group and TravelSky among many others.” The 4th edition of CTW China, a leading corporate travel management event too is underway with even larger endorsements and partners at JW Marriott Shanghai Changfeng Park. CTW China is part of the CTW Events series co-organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. This event is co-organised by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China. 2018’s new and returning exhibitors include Best Western International, China MeetingBest Group, Frasers Hospitality, Hilton and Turkish …

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iSportconnect partners with ATPI Sports Events


iSportconnect, the largest global private network of Sport Business Executives, has appointed ATPI Sports Events, part of the ATPI Group as exclusive travel partner. Under the new partnership, ATPI will provide travel, event and hospitality services for iSportconnect, which has more than 24,000 members including CEOs of football clubs, Formula One teams and Olympic organisations. Sree Varma, founder and CEO of iSportconnect, said: “ATPI Sports Events is already the sports specialist of choice for plenty of sports bodies, organising committees and corporate businesses and I believe iSportconnect’s thriving network will help to ensure they become the preferred option for many more stakeholders.” ATPI Sports Events is one of the world’s fastest growing events businesses with specialist teams delivering travel, events, corporate hospitality, ticketing, branding and sponsorship activation for leading events and sports brands around the world.  It has been working with clients on events such as the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast and the Volvo Ocean Race this year.  

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GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru in June


The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) will hold its GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru  on June 15, 2018 at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, Bengaluru. GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru will showcase exhibiting companies from around the world. The agenda will feature several education tracks and hundreds of travel professionals representing Indian and global enterprises. The conference aims to highlight the business travel industry, new technologies that have emerged, transforming domestic and global managed travel programmes, new security risks, among many more.

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FICCI Digital Summit from March 21-22 in Delhi


FICCI is set to organise the third edition of Digital Travel, Hospitality & Innovation Summit from March 21-22, 2018 at Federation House, New Delhi. FICCI and KPMG India will also jointly unveil the knowledge paper ‘Expedition 3.0- Travel & Hospitality Gone Digital’ at the inaugural session of the event. The paper aims to unravel the technology trends in travel and hospitality segment that will help better define the future of the industry, how digitalisation has impacted the evolution of this industry and what can be achieved by overall technology inclusion across the stakeholders in the industry ecosystem. The Summit will also offer an opportunity for travel startups through Travel Tech Launch Pad, a platform for travel start-ups to learn from experts in the field of travel, exhibit their business ideas, and display their products and services in addition to providing a unique opportunity to connect with the right set of ecosystem partners.

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Aahar 2018 underway at Pragati Maidan, Delhi


The 33rd edition of Aahar, the International Food & Hospitality Fair, New Delhi, organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation, is underway at Pragati Maidan. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of India, inaugurated the fair. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), with the support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural, and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA) and other industry bodies, are the organisers of the event, which will be underway until March 17, 2018, at Hall 7 of Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Over 900 exhibitors from India and overseas will be exhibiting a wide range of food products, machinery, and equipment. Prabhu at the inaugural address said, ”Food is a very important part of Indian culture and has been a great attraction for the people who visit our country. Every state in our country has different cuisine. Over a period of time, we have started processing food and this is a great transition. India is the largest producer of milk and the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, all this food which is produced is creating a value chain, supply chain, thus adding to the real economic opportunities. This is just a beginning. I don’t think we have even touched the surface of the opportunities that lies in our country and therefore I am happy, that is exactly what has been showcased at Aahar.” The foreign participation is from 18 countries including USA, China, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Oman, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Peru, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

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SITE launches SITE India Young Leader programme


SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) has launched the SITE India Young Leaders programme in India. The programme was unveiled at the Young Leader Coffee Meet Up at Ethiopian Cultural Centre, New Delhi on March 9, 2018. Leaders of today from different quarters of the travel and hospitality industry were in attendance of the event. The programme aims to be the ticket to myriad opportunities open for prospective leaders below the age of 35, with less than five years of experience in the industry and connect with 2,000 members of SITE spread across 88 countries. Speaking at the event, Nitin Sachdeva, co-Chair for Global Young Leader programme of SITE, said, “The SITE Young Leaders programme builds the next generation of incentive travel leaders by providing education and networking opportunities appealing directly to younger generations. The mission is to focus on bridging the gap between generations and creating a strong group of individuals who will become SITE leaders. This will help them connect to 2,000 members of SITE spread across 88 countries.”

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India wins honour of ‘Best Exhibitor’ at ITB Berlin


India has won the award for ‘Best Exhibitor Award’ at ITB Berlin. The country was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons along with tourism ministry officials. India’s Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named “Yogi of the Racetrack ” in the meet. The short film reportedly garnered 3.2 million hits in 60 hours. The ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet was convened at Berlin, Germany from March 7-10, 2018. More than 100 countries had participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective tourism ministers.

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Hyatt Regency Pune launches new events space

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Hyatt Regency Pune has made the latest addition to its portfolio, a contemporary events space called EQ:IQ, touted as the largest events space in the city with 19,000 sq.ft. It has meeting rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, a personalised concierge for events and breakout zones with themed tea/coffee breaks and high-end service ware. The new space has three zones, one each for events, dining and recreation. For events, it offers four halls. The capacity of the entire new space is 240 pax in cluster seating, 500 pax in theater style and 1,500 pax in floating crowd. Vishal Singh, General Manager Hyatt Regency Pune, says, “At Hyatt Regency Pune we are extremely delighted to announce the opening of our ‘one of its kind’ events space that will redefine how meetings, conferences and social events are organised. Dynamic, flexible and with a unique personality, this space has been conceptualised based on Hyatt’s new events space design concept.  

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ITB Berlin 2018 kicks off


The Indian delegation, led by KJ Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Govt. of  India, highlighted the  country’s tremendous tourism potential at the 52nd edition of ITB Berlin which kicked off at the Messe Berlin fairgrounds. The three day event will go on until March 11, 2018. Addressing the media, Alphons spoke about the country’s 5000 year-old civilisation, beautiful beaches, backwaters, desserts, coastline, Himalayas, and immense possibilities for millennials who are looking for adventure. The minister also apprised the audience about the growing yoga and ayurveda related activities and centres in the country, exploring the North East and the great potential of religious tourism, with emphasis on Buddhist tourism. “In terms of general numbers, India has done considerably well last year. 2017 was fantastic! We recorded 15.6 per cent, when the global numbers went up by 5 per cent. Our international tourists arrivals were 16.5 million last year. Are we happy with the numbers? No. We have so much to offer and we want to double the numbers in three years or less, double the revenues in three years or less. India’s tourism contributes about 8 per cent to the GDP of India. We have 14 million people employed in the tourism industry,” Alphons said. In terms of domestic tourism, close to 24 million Indians travelled last year. “In 2017, 1.8 million trips were made by Indians within the country and which will go up to 2 million in 2018 and we want this number to increase dramtically, its not just about international arrivals but also Indians visting India,” he said. The minister also stressed on the growing use of new technologies and methodologies in tourism, specially social media. Suman …

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