Category Archives: Events

IEIA Open seminar kicks off in Hyderabad

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The eighth edition of Indian Exhibition Industry Association’s (IEIA) open seminar, kicked off at HITEX, Hyderabad and is underway until May 11, 2018. The seminar aims to see a sizeable conglomeration of both national and international participants.  The flagship annual conclave of the Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) is themed as ‘Converge & Connect’.  Exhibition industry stalwarts from India and across the globe will participate in the event, which will be attended by more than 600 exhibition industry professionals of which close to 100 delegates will hail from different countries, providing a one-of-its-kind networking KV Nagendra Prasad, CEM, President, IEIA, “India as a country is now making rapid strides towards economic development and industrial growth. The Indian exhibition industry has played a big role in terms of impact on our economies, be it local, state or national. With an estimated industry size of approximately INR 25,000 crore and over 800 major Trade shows annually, the exhibition industry in India is growing at a rate of 8.8 per cent per annum.” The event will feature a series of international events, including knowledge sessions that will have panel discussions, case studies, and keynote speeches; IEIA Exhibition Services Expo; Business Match Making session; board meeting of Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA); IEIA Awards ceremony; BRICS MICE Forum Meeting; IAEE’s India Chapter meeting; CEM Graduation Ceremony; as well as Young Professionals Meet-up. IEIA is the national apex body of the Indian exhibition industry that includes organisers, service providers, and venue owners with over 150 leading national and international players as its members.

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TAT hosts the sixth edition of wedding symposium for Indian market

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Thailand Tourism Authority’s (TAT) Mumbai and New Delhi offices, recently organised the sixth edition of the Indian Wedding Symposium and B2B session 2018 exclusively for the Indian market. Top eight wedding planners from South and West of India and 10 wedding planners from North and East of India were hosted in Thailand from April 23-27, 2018. The itinerary included the scenic route of Phuket-Khao Lak-Krabi-Bangkok. During the trip, the group visited numerous beautiful hotels in these destinations to evaluate their potential as ideal venues for grand Indian weddings. The trip concluded in Bangkok with a Wedding Planners’ Symposium and B2B session at Centara Grand AT Central World, which included a panel discussion between representatives of the planners, hotels, and Tourism Authority of Thailand to strengthen the existing relationship and to attract more and more Indian weddings in Thailand. The discussion was followed by a B2B session in which the planners and various suppliers met and discussed future business prospects. Santi Chudintra, Deputy Governor, Asia Market, said, “The Indian wedding planners are the most important influencers to help promote Thailand as the most preferred wedding destination after they have first-handed experience and learned what Thailand has to offer from this familiarisation trip. India is one of the key markets for us, last year we witnessed more than  300 Indian weddings in Thailand and we aim at doubling the number by the end of 2018.”

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flydubai becomes first UAE-based airline to operate flights to Finland

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Dubai-based carrier flydubai announced the launch of direct flights to Finland’s capital, Helsinki at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). The daily service from Dubai International (DXB) to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) will start from  October 11, 2018. flydubai becomes the first UAE national carrier  to operate direct flights to Finland and the first airline to offer a year-round service between Dubai and Helsinki. Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer of flydubai, said: “flydubai will be the first UAE national carrier to offer direct flights to the capital of Finland. We remain committed to opening up previously underserved markets and to providing more travel options to fly to Dubai and beyond.” Arabian Travel market is the largest travel exhibition in the Middle East. This year, flydubai is participating at ATM for eighth time, showcasing its new Business and Economy Class offering available onboard its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations at flydubai, added: “Helsinki is the 10th destination we announced this year as we open up destinations for passengers from across our network. We are confident that the high level of our service and the comfort of our new aircraft with a flat-bed in Business Class will make flights between Dubai and Helsinki a popular choice for passengers.” To offer passengers more comfort and an enhanced travel experience, the carrier will operate the new route on its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8. The new cabin offering features a flat-bed in Business Class and in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new RECARO seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort so passengers can sit back, relax and …

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10th Great Indian Travel Bazaar witnesses 280 buyers & 270 exhibitors

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The 10th edition of Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) opened with 280 foreign buyers from 55 countries and 270 exhibitors at The Lalit Jaipur on April 22 and is underway until April 24. Committed to boost tourism in India, the inbound show was inaugurated by Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan; Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee; Dipak Deva, Co-Chairman, FICCI Tourism Committee; Nihal Chand Goel, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism, Art & Culture), among other officials from the Government of Rajasthan. The show, celebrating a decade of successfully promoting inbound tourism in Rajasthan, hopes to cross the 11,000 mark in terms of pre-scheduled B2B meetings between the exhibitors and buyers. Raje said, “It is heartening to see such an enthusiastic participation at GITB. The tourism sector has seen a new vigour and dynamism after the launch of the campaign ‘Jane Kya dikh Jaye’. Our vision was to get 50 million tourists in Rajasthan by 2020 but by the end of 2017 itself, the state received 47.5 million tourists and we would compete our target by the end of 2018.” Raje also thanked the central government for the financial support provided for the state’s various tourism projects. An MoU was also singed on behalf of the Government of Rajasthan and FICCI under which the GITB will continue to be hosted till 2024. The dates for the next edition of the show in Jaipur are April 28-30, 2019.

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Emirates introduces new fully enclosed first-class private suite at ATM

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Emirates unveiled its new Boeing 777-300ER First Class Private Suite at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. The airline is also showcasing its latest Boeing 777 Business Class seat, the A380 onboard lounge, along with other products such as the First Class Shower Spa and the latest version of its Economy Class seats. Visitors could experience the Emirates network through an interactive 60 second challenge played on a touchscreen route map. Last year, the airline launched new passenger routes to Newark via Athens, Zagreb and Phnom Penh, and later this year, Emirates will begin services to London Stanstead and Santiago de Chile. This year marks Emirates’ 25th year of partnership and commitment to ATM. When the exhibition first opened its doors in 1993, Emirates flew 15 aircraft to 32 destinations and carried 2 million passengers. The Emirates stand at ATM will offer visitors a chance to experience the airline’s recently-launched products and service enhancements. The game changing, fully enclosed first-class private suites on exhibit have floor to ceiling sliding doors, soft leather seating, high-tech control panels and mood lighting. Incorporating cutting-edge technology, the suites also feature several world-firsts, including ‘virtual windows’ using real-time fibre-optic camera technology, a NASA inspired ‘zero-gravity’ seating position and a personal video-call service.  

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Great Indian Travel Bazaar in Jaipur from April 22-24

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The 10th edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB), which emerged as one of the most important travel marts for inbound tourism, will be held in Jaipur from April 22 to 24, 2018. While the inaugural session will be held at Hotel Lalit on April 22, the pre-structured meetings and exhibition will be held on April 23 and 24 at the Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center (JECC) in Sitapura, informed Dr Subodh Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan. Dr Agarwal said, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will grace the inaugural session as Chief Guest, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons will inaugurate the exhibition on April 23. The two-day event will see fruitful networking giving a further boost to the travel trade business in the State, he added. FICCI Past President and Chairperson FICCI Tourism Committee, Dr Jyotsana Suri said that in a span of 10 years, GITB has gone from strength to strength and was now a force to reckon with in the inbound tourism marts.

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Rajasthan Tourism announces domestic travel mart from July 20-22 in Jaipur

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The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan has signed an MoU with the Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan (FHTR) for organising the ‘Rajasthan Domestic Travel Mart’ 2018. The event will be held from July 20-22 at the B.M. Birla Auditorium in Jaipur. The Department of Tourism will be the host state partner for the event. The MoU was signed between the Additional Director Tourism, Sanjay Pande and the President, FHTR, Bhim Singh in Jaipur. The Chief Guest on the occasion Chief Secretary, Rajasthan, Nihal Chand Goel said that the primary objective of ‘Rajasthan Domestic Travel Mart’ is to exclusively focus on the domestic tourists within Rajasthan from various parts of India. “The vision 2020 initiated by the CM had an objective of five crore tourist footfall in the state by the year 2020. But we have attained close to five crore tourists in the year 2017 itself and with new initiatives like this travel Mart, we’d be able to achieve the set goal and probably outperform our own predicted numbers,” he said. The President, FHTR, Bhim Singh said the sole objective is to increase tourism is Rajasthan by organising numerous roadshows across the country. The event is also supported by HRAR, IHHA, RATO and ADTOI.

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MCUBE brings industry players under one roof

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Marriott group recently held MCUBE – (Marriott Meetings Matter), an initiative taken by the Marriott India Leadership team, at JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa, from April 13-15, 2018. The event brought  together the largest corporate and professional conference organisers under one roof. Sanjay Sharma, Market Vice President for North India, Nepal and Bhutan, Marriott International, shared some insights on the viability of MiCE in India and why bringing events to cities help elevate local economy as well. “ MCUBE has been historical every year and Marriott has been doing this for a number of years. This time it was held in JW Marriott in Jaipur. Jaipur is an upcoming MiCE destination, through availability of new infrastructure and development which can avail more MiCE business into the city.  Marriott had a double digit growth in terms rooms which we call assessment of our growth in terms of RevPar during the period of 2016-17 and 2017-18,” he said. On the role of expansion the brand initiates, he states, “Today when we go to a city and build with our partners, we go into depth and detailed in terms of what the business needs are. Today when you build new hotels, the aim is to bring majority of business into the city. One of the key drivers of demand in hospitality is MiCE. With conventions and events, the business not only comes to hotels but also to local vendors, transport, but, overall the entire economy starts to grow in the city. Bringing big events is not only beneficial to hotels but also the local economy.” On why collaboration of hotels is also vital, he adds, “If you collaborate and sell a city …

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Goa Tourism rolls out two mega events

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In an effort to showcase its festivals, Goa Tourism is all set to conduct two of its most captivating events, the Grape Escapade  and  Goa Vintage Car & Bike Festival 2018 in the second  fortnight  of April 2018. The lifestyle and wine festival organised by Goa Tourism through Goa Tourism Development Corporation  (GTDC), the ‘Grape Escapade 2018’ will begin from  April 19-22  at the D.B. Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panjim from 6 pm onwards. This is the 14th edition of the Grape Escapade. The four-day event is expected to draw lakhs of tourists in view of the on-going summer vacations. Over the years, Grape Escapade has provided a platform for local entrepreneurs to share expertise, display products, engage in B2B, and offers  tourists and  Goans an opportunity to  savour on flavours from the vineyard, taste Goan food and experience Goa’s traditions and culture. The festival brings together a host of professionals from the tourism hospitality industry like hoteliers, restaurateurs, wineries and manufacturers to showcase their premium offerings. The Goa Vintage Car & Bike Festival 2018 will hit the streets  of Panjim  on April 29, 2018  at the INOX Courtyard from 10.00 a.m. onwards. Various vintage bike and car owners, users, collectors and fans  will parade along with  their prized possessions around Panjim. The vintage bike and car rally will route from INOX courtyard  to  Miramar Circle and  further proceed to Divja circle and head back to  INOX Courtyard  where they will be  on display  till 6.00 pm. This will be followed by a function  to award prizes and  certificates   for various categories  of vintage  vehicles. Some  of  the categories  will include the oldest automobile, most appealing and the rarest, etc.  

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Global Exhibition on Services from May 15-18 in Mumbai

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The fourth Global Exhibition on Services (GES) is set to take place from May 15-18, 2018, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. A curtain raiser for the event was held in New Delhi at the Shangri-La hotel. Organised by Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, GES is meant to promote the services sector including tourism as well as education. This year, the focus is on Northeast India and ASEAN region as it is themed on ‘The Northeast India-ASEAN Opportunity’. Exhibition and event services, and tourism and hospitality are among the 22 sectors that the government aims to focus on through GES.

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