Category Archives: Events

E Factor Entertainment and Filmmaster Events form joint venture for specialised events

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E-Factor Entertainment, India’s premium specialised events agency has announced its partnership with Filmmaster Events. A part of the Italian Entertainment Network (IEN), Filmmaster Events is renowned globally for its expertise in events and content production. The 50-50 joint venture will be incorporated as EFactor-Filmmaster Events, which will be focusing on tourism and events space, specifically targeting sporting ceremonies and permanent installations using state of the art light, sound, video technology. Samit Garg, CEO and Co-Founder, E-Factor, said, “We will be creating events for tourism, sports and entertainment segments, at a scale that India has seldom witnessed, along with Filmmaster Events.” Andrea Francisi, COO, Filmmaster Events, said, “Our joining of hands will usher in a new era to create an events ecosystem that will leave audience spellbound. Indian consumers are always open to experiential and opulent events.” FME is present in 12 countries and India will be the 13th country to increase their global footprint in collaboration with E Factor Entertainment. The coming together of the two leading events agencies will boost India’s fledgling events industry, which is pegged at around INR 6,000 crore and growing at around 20 per cent.

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16th APLIC 2017 from May 17-19 in Malaysia

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Malayasia will play host to the 16th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC) from May 17-19, 2017, at Resorts World, Genting Highlands. Organised by the National Association of Life Insurance and Family Takaful Advisors (NAMLIFA), this is the third time that Malaysia is conducting APLIC after that in 1993 and 2005. The congress is a biennial event that will be co-hosted by member countries of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) together with support of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Themed as “Together As One”, the congress aims to promote the business development and productivity of financial services professionals. More than 5,000 life insurance practitioners from 13 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia will attend the bi-annual event, making it the largest financial services congress in the region. “The 16th APLIC being an international event, is set to promote Malaysia as an international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibition destination in Asia.  As we target at least 60 per cent of foreign participation, the inflow of foreign participants will also boost the tourism industry in Malaysia that will have a direct and spillover effect on the local economy,” said Tang Kia Sing, Organising Chairman of the 16th APLIC.

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ATPI extends its branches with GTS in Saudi Arabia

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The ATPI Group has announced its expansion plan, to enhance its global portfolio, with GTS (Global Travel Solutions) in Saudi Arabia. The new partnership follows the appointment of new network partners in countries including Turkey, Poland, Chile, the Balkans and Sweden. Graham Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer, the ATPI Group, says, “Increasing our profile across the Middle East has been a key objective for us as business travel continues to grow in the region, particularly in the oil and gas industry.” Shailendra Phillips, General Manager, GTS, said, “GTS has expert knowledge on travel management in the Middle East and we are glad to be able to bring this to ATPI’s clients.”

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J&K to focus on MICE tourism: Farooq Shah

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In a crucial meeting, the Secretary Tourism and Floriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq A Shah along with the ICPB India convention promotion bureau (a body working under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism GOI for promoting MICE Tourism), decided to enable a platform for the state of Jammu and Kashmir to showcase itself as a suited MICE destination. The office bearers of the ICPB assured the Secretary that the state will be promoted as one of the priority venues for conferences and events of national and international standard. Shah showcased the international standard MICE tourism potential of the state particularly in Kashmir like SKICC, Pahalgam club, and places like Gulmarg and Jammu as well. The secretary agreed to organise an intractable evening session specifically for promoting the MICE potential of the state in which leading prominent MICE tourism promoting organisations will be invited to know about the international standard convention and post-convention avenues available in the state. Shah also uprised that Kashmir’s summer is the best in the country to experience leisure activities in the form of shopping, cuisine, sightseeing, rafting among others.

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Malayasia to host UFI Asia Pacific Conference 2018

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Malaysia will host the 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference. This was announced by UFI at the 12th UFI Asia Seminar, held in Singapore. The conference will be Malaysia’s second successful time after hosting the event a decade ago in 2009. The seminar is expected to be an opportunity for Malaysia to create business opportunities by attracting global decision makers and leaders of the industry, while increasing awareness in the potential exhibition market. “Hosting the 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference will be an excellent opportunity for us to promote Malaysia and showcase our country given the accelerated pace of infrastructure developments taking place. The event will also provide a platform for our local industry players to engage and learn from experts in the industry as we discuss growth and challenges that impact the exhibition industry. Business events have been recognised as one of the key contributors towards Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme to reach developed nation status by 2020,” said Ho Yoke Ping, General Manager of Business Events, MyCEB (Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau). With an average GDP growth of five per cent, Malaysia is already a fast-emerging economy in the ASEAN region, which has a combined population of 622 million and a GDP of USD 2.31 trillion. The 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference is expected to generate RM1.8million in economic impact to the country and fully demonstrate the country’s growth potential to become the preferred exhibition platform within South East Asia region.

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ICTT 2017 meet from June 8-10 in Kochi

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An impressive line-up of technology industry experts from across the globe will attend the upcoming International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT) to deliberate on the paramount role of technology in giving a fillip to the travel and tourism industry through interactive engagements with customers and providing excellent products and services. Association of Tourism Trade Organisation (ATTOI), with the support of Kerala Tourism, will organise the three-day event at Le Meridien Hotel in Kochi from June 8 to 10. The seven experts who will be attending the brainstorming meet this year to share their insights are Andre Chow (Singapore), Billy Taylor (New Zealand), Christopher Tock (Malaysia), Donna Mortiz (Australia), Lauren Cleland (USA), Nicky Kriel (the UK) and Pierre Marechal (Belgium).  “Technology is all around us and the world of travel and tourism is no exception. Through technology, such as social media, tourism operators could engage their customers and enable them to share their experiences. So, it is high time to get updated and be adaptable and fluid to the changes in the sector,” said ATTOI President Anish Kumar P.K. The speakers will share insights on topics such as ‘Content and Search Engine Strategy’, ‘Digital tools- The way forward’, ‘Online Destination Marketing’, ‘Travel Technology Trends in Future’, ‘Consumer Behaviour and Online Reputation’, ‘Social Media for Tourism’, ‘Online Tools’ and ‘Revenue Management’.

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Vizag hosts CII conference

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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

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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

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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

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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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