Category Archives: Events

Vizag hosts CII conference


The Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh in association with AP Tourism, Government of AP, recently organised a conference on Destination Vizag ‘A Hidden Paradise of the East’ in Vishakhapatnam. About 25 representatives of destination management companies joined the conference. They were taken for a tour of Buddhist Circuit in Visakhapatnam as well as an Eco Tourism tour to Araku, Anantagiri hill region of Visakhapatnam District.  While addressing the conference Pravin Kumar, IAS Collector Vizag, said that most of the tourist attractions in Visakhapatnam are unexplored, and mentioned that through good promotional initiatives and marketing the city could emerge as major tourist destination in future.  Sreekanth Nagulapalli, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, Go AP, shared tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh and Government’s tourism policy to promote infrastructure in tourism sector. Dr Subhash Goyal, Chairman, STIC group, said that Vishakhapatnam needs to be marketed well. He suggested to form a joint working group to initiate the discussion Andhra Tourism Mart. Chetan Gupta, General Secretary, ADTOI, suggested for more air connectivity, need for Tourism Information Offices in the micro cities and need for developing package tours. Hari Narayan, IAS, Commissioner, GVMC said that Municipal Administration is working to promote Quality of Life for both citizens and visitors and many projects are being initiated towards Smart City Project.

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AccorHotels Showcase to kick off on March 22 and 24 in Delhi & Mumbai


The AccorHotels Showcase is set to begin on March 22 at Sofitel Mumbai BKC and on March 24 at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity. The event will witness the conglomeration of AccorHotels’ executives from across 95 countries representing more than 4,100 hotels and resorts worldwide, who will gain insight into the group’s new developments, products and services. “The AccorHotels Showcase is a signature event on the AccorHotels calendar and serves as an ideal and exciting platform for us to meet with our clients,” said Arif Patel, Vice President Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty, AccorHotels India.

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CAPA India Aviation Summit and ACTE conference from Feb 8-9 in Mumbai


The CAPA – Centre for Aviation has partnered with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), and will bring together CAPA’s World Aviation Summit and ACTE’s Global Corporate Travel Conference from February 8-9, 2017 at the The Leela Mumbai. The conference will cover areas like unique knowledge-building and networking forum that is a must-attend for any company with an exposure to Indian aviation. The summit will be attended by close to 250 of the most influential executives in global and Indian aviation. CAPA India will present its annual outlook for FY2017/18 at the summit covering traffic, capacity, yields, profitability, fleet orders, capital raising, route development, airport development and strategic issue.

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Float parades at Annual Goa Carnaval from Feb 25-28


Goa Tourism will organise the annual Goa Carnaval from February 25-28, 2017 in Panjim. The state will come alive to celebrate the four-day event with spectacular float parades, Carnaval festivities and an array of events and activities. The float parades will take place in four cities of Panjim, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa. The government has formed various Carnaval committees and drawn up guidelines for smooth conduct of the four-day festivities. In addition to maintaining the traditional and cultural essence of Carnival, this year the focus is weeding out non eco-friendly floats, polluting vehicles and a total crackdown on indecency.

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London to host MICE-in-the-bag in March


MICE-in-the-bag, also called MICE of cards, a unique concept that brings together buyers and suppliers from the Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) industries will be held London on March 15, 2017. MICE-in-the-bag is the brainchild of its two founders, Rosy Burnie, member of TM – Institute of Travel & Meetings, GBTA – The Global Business Travel Association, ACTE – Association of Corporate Travel Executives and Ayse Sabbatini, an industry expert. The event is targeted at reducing the prospective marketing spend for MICE suppliers and providing more effective service for buyers. The concept involves the creation of pop-up, one-stop meeting environments for sellers and buyers of MICE. Pre-screened dating, sellers are matched with budget-ready buyers in specific conference and event locations. This offers a significant saving in prospecting costs to the suppliers, putting them in a position to pass on savings to the buyers in more attractively-priced packages. Burnie explains: “From our experience of both the sellers’ and the buyers’ side, we also offer marketing services to suppliers who require insight into the MICE industry, and to how they might best approach their customers. The connections we make are tailor-made for location, budget and expertise.” According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, MICE industries currently make up US$650 billion of the US$5.7 trillion global tourism industry.

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Pinakin mobile app to be launched at Tamil Nadu Tourism Mart in Chennai


Tourism Mart of Tamil Nadu aims to bring together all stakeholders and other government departments with travel agents and other tourism agencies. To be held from May 20-22 in Chennai, the event will launch a mobile app, called pinakin, by the Tamil Nadu Tourism department. The app would provide information on tourism in Tamil Nadu and will have audio facilities. Available in two languages – Tamil and English, the app covers world heritage tourist sites like Mamallapuram, Thanjavur Big Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram. The app can be downloaded for free from iStore and Playstore.

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MICE exhibitors to conglomerate at IT&CM China from March 21-23

Bringing together Chinese and International MICE exhibitors and buyers in a dynamic marketplace, the IT&CM China will be held from March 21-23, 2017 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Centre of International Sourcing, Shanghai. Recognised as the China’s leading international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) business, education and networking event, the IT&CM China is a suitable platform for international and leading Chinese players in the MICE industry to explore business opportunities on all fronts – inbound, outbound and domestic. The three-day event will let the delegates witness best return on their investment in business through structured business appointments, exhibition showcase, seminar sessions, official networking functions and tours.

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108 exhibitors showcase offerings for Tier II & III markets at GPS Nagpur


Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) inaugurated on January 20, 2017, at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur saw 108 exhibitors showcase their various products and offerings for the Tier II and Tier III markets. The event was attended by over 600 buyers. The event witnessed an august presence of Satinder S. Ahuja, Honorary Counsul, Consulate of Georgia, Marzban Antia, Vice President, TAAI, Ankush Nijhawan, MD, Nijhawan Group, and SanJeet, Vice Chairman, PATA India and MD, DDP Group, among other dignitaries. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-founder, GPS and MD, Jagsons Travels, informed, “If we see the multiplier effect, then approximately for 108 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers, 100,000 meetings can be done. This is a huge number. We have witnessed 99 per cent success in terms of exchange of e-cards.” “The buyers and exhibitors can maintain the database and keep in touch even after the show. All data can be found at one marketplace which will bring together the big and small service providers as well as all kinds of travel agents and tour operators in the Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha a region,” he added. GPS is a premier business networking event and business-to-business trade show that is held annually in Nagpur.

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India among top 10 business travel markets: FCM-KPMG


The Indian business travel market is expected to surge 12 per cent in five years and is also ranked among the top 10 business travel markets with a spend of $29.6 billion in 2015. This was revealed in a white paper titled ‘Business Travel in India’ Emerging Trends & Opportunities’ released by FCM Travel Solutions along with KPMG. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030 business travel spending in India will have trebled from the present levels. The paper gives a comprehensive glimpse in to where and how business travellers in India are spending. Asia has become the world’s largest business-travel market, and trends suggest India’s significance within APAC will only grow with time. Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group – India, said, “The report identifies six key business travel trends and reveals new travel behaviours of the future – Increasing number of business travellers relying on user generated content and mobile devices. With an increase in online and mobile booking tools and an ever- growing appetite for on-the-go travel management, technology to play a disruptive role in the future.”

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 jamboree begins

Inaugral keynote address at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (003)

The Jaipur Literature Festival celebrated its tenth birthday with a glittering inauguration on January 19, in the august presence of Chief Minister of Rajatshan, Vasundhara Raje, celebrated yogi Sadhguru, iconic experimental poet and activist Anne Waldman, and legendary award-winning poet Gulzar Sahib at Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur. Packed with dignitaries, readers and writers from India and all over the world, brought together by a love of literature and its capacity to inspire and entertain, the festival opened to a fanfare of ceremonial drumming and horns by Rajasthani musicians led by Nathoo Lal Solanki, followed by a beautiful and rousing concert of popular, folk and classical music by the Shillong Chamber Choir. Scindia expressed her delight that the festival was hosting a facsimile copy of the 13th century Magna Carta this year, considered to be the founding document of human rights and democracy. “As the largest democracy in the world, it is a huge tribute to us in India that it has come here,” she said. Other highlights of the gala were a session with Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty, the popular Foreign Correspondents Club, SL Bhyrappa in conversation with Vivek Shanbhag, and a session on The Enigma of Amma, and many more.

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