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International exhibitors set to return to AIME 2019

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Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of international exhibitors are returning to showcase at the 2019 event. Leading the comeback are the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Dubai Business Events & Convention Bureau (DBE), both identifying the opportunity to connect with the richest pool of quality international buyers attending AIME in many years.   This notable return to AIME comes as a result of the refreshed vision, which has overhauled the way that exhibitors take part in the event, sharpening the focus to a positive return on investment through rigorous curation of the buyer program and format that meetings are delivered.  “The interest that we’ve received from both international and regional exhibitors has been monumental. Whilst they span very different industries, they are all signing up for the same reason – to meet and connect with more quality buyers from across APAC who are ready to do business”, said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events. DBE last attended AIME in 2015, with Thailand last attending in 2017. TCEB is using the 2019 event as a major platform to meet with new and existing clients, maximise networking, as well as launch a global rewards program for event buyers. Endorsing AIME’s pre-eminence in the MICE market, TCEB Australia Representative, Nicole Tingey from Clockwise Consulting commented, “Australia and the broader APAC region has strong ties with the Kingdom of Thailand, and AIME presents the perfect opportunity to promote Thailand as a key destination for Business Events due to its excellent reputation for service, aviation links, high quality hotels, convention centres and appealing choice of experiences for …

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Emaar Hospitality is hotel partner for ATM 2019 and 2020

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Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), has renewed its host hotel partnership with Emaar Hospitality Group. Emaar Hospitality Group will continue to be the Official Hotel Partner for Arabian Travel Market’s 2019 and 2020 events. It will officially accommodate a select number of key media and industry buyers attending the annual event in Dubai as well as host the ATM Welcome Party. Commenting on the announcement, Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said, “Arabian Travel Market is committed to the Middle East as a leading international travel and tourism destination and our partnership with Emaar Hospitality Group and its hotel brands represents an ideal opportunity to align one of the region’s leading hospitality brands with our unique event platform.” Properties of Address Hotels and Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels, situated in some of Dubai’s most sought-after locations, will welcome the ‘Hosted Buyers’ programme, which includes senior travel industry decision makers with direct purchasing responsibility, as well as selected international press. Commenting on the renewal of the partnership, Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group, said, “Arabian Travel Market is a significant platform that underlines the vibrant tourism and hospitality landscape of the UAE and the region. As Official Hotel Partner, we are committed to showcasing the exceptional breadth of hotels and resorts we have in Dubai as well as in other key markets across the world. We are expanding our footprint, with over 50 hotel projects, including 13 operational hotels. Through our partnership with ATM, we will offer guests a true experience of our hospitality standards.”    

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ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa opens with 252 keys

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ITC Hotels has announced the opening of its 13th luxury hotel in India – ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, formerly known as the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, on Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa. Celebrating the spirit of Goa, this 252-key beachside resort comprises six signature dining options, indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet spaces, and Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Speaking on the occasion, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC, said, “With this resort, ITC Hotels has expanded its footprint in a globally sought-after leisure destination in Asia. The addition of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa to our luxury hotel portfolio further reinforces ITC’s vision to consolidate its portfolio in key business and leisure destinations in the country.” Each of the 252 well-appointed rooms and suites feature private outdoor spaces in the form of a balcony or patio providing picturesque views of the Arabian Sea, lush landscaped gardens, lagoons, or the multi-level swimming pool. Underscoring ITC Hotels’ ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’, ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa endeavours to showcase the culture and ethos of the destination through unique, enriching experiences reflected in bespoke services, indigenous cuisine and engagements that foster partnerships with local artisans and communities.

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Marriott International combines its three loyalty programmes

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Marriott International’s three loyalty programmes – Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – will operate under one set of unified benefits and one currency spanning the entire loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries and territories.  Members can now combine their separate programme accounts into one to take advantage of Marriott’s loyalty programmes offered worldwide. Members now earn on average 20 per cent more points per dollar spent and have their Elite status recognised consistently at every hotel as they indulge in the elevated benefits they’ve earned. Additionally, members now have the added convenience to book stays throughout the portfolio on Marriott.com, SPG.com, and the Marriott and SPG Apps, or by contacting customer engagement centres. “We merged the incredible earning and redeeming power of Marriott Rewards with the phenomenal Elite benefits of SPG to create one of the richest travel loyalty programmes with the most extraordinary global portfolio of hotels – from overwater bungalows to mountainside ski resorts and iconic urban landmarks,” says David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty, Marriott International.

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Indore Marriott Hotel introduces Club Marriott programme

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Indore Marriott hotel has launched the new Club Marriott programme, combining Club Marriott, eat drink & more, into one single paid membership programme. The newly combined Club Marriott will provide members with more choices and benefits whenever they dine out in the city or visit one of the 300 participating hotels with over 1,000 restaurants in 16 brands across Asia Pacific. Members can avail F&B certificates, accommodation certificates in which they can enjoy 30 to 40 per cent off on F&B, exclusive benefits on buffet lunch and dinners and best available room rates at more than 300 participating hotels in Asia Pacific. As the Club Marriott member you will have the world at your fingertips with special offers, select access to leisure facilities, more fun at exclusive member events, birthday rewards and kids’ surprises and more flavours with year-round savings on fine dining at restaurants across Asia Pacific. The new Club Marriott also provides the members with Banquet Referral Certificate which includes One (1) certificate entitling the Bearer to a Hotel credit certificate worth Rs. 15,000 for every Rs. 5, 00,000 of net banquet revenue referred. The membership is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance of the membership. The membership fee is Rs. 9,000 + 18% GST amounting to Rs.10, 620/- only. The upgraded membership with the additional certificates is available at a special price of Rs.12,000 + 18% GST amounting to Rs.14,160/- only.

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IHG to cut back sales commission for third-party intermediaries

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InterContinental Hotels Group shall cut back its sales commissions from 10 per cent to 7 per cent for all bookings made in the U.S. and Canada as of January 1, 2019.  “This move allows us to balance the needs of our guests and owners by reinvesting the savings into programmes and improvements that will benefit the guest experience,” Derek DeCross, SVP of Global Sales, IHG, said in a statement. He provided further comments on the policy change in a letter sent to third-party intermediaries for meetings and events: “Understanding the complexities of the groups and meetings industry and the nature of the business being booked by our customers is an integral part of our sales strategy and foundation to what we do,” his letter reads. “As part of this, IHG has assessed its group bookings commission structure and will be changing the group travel partner commission structure.” Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which was acquired by IHG in 2014, will also be included in the policy change. The 10-percent rate will still be in place for IHG properties outside of the U.S. and Canada, including Puerto Rico. The shift in commissions structure is a symptom of the high levels of consolidation currently taking place in the industry. Marriott, Hilton and IHG are three of the largest hotel companies in the world, and they are now using their immense portfolios as tools to cut into commission structures. Meanwhile, last month two other hotel companies actually revealed plans to offer higher commissions for third parties. Warwick Hotels and Resorts is offering an additional 5-percent commission on food & beverage and room rentals for all meetings and incentives groups at its seven properties throughout the U.S. …

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VITS Mango Blossom, Gurugram, opens doors for corporate travellers

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VITS Luxury Hotels has unveiled ‘VITS Mango Blossom, Gurugram’, a luxury corporate hotel located near Udyog Vihar Industrial Hub. Well-connected through railways, road and air to all major cities, the hotel offers ease of travel and transit to all the corporate travellers. Chandrakant Shetty, CEO, VITS Luxury Business Hotels, says, “We are extremely upbeat on the exponential growth prospects in Gurugram that has fuelled demand of upscale mid-market hotels in this region. The city has seen steady growth in inflow of business travellers in the last two decades but there is still acute shortage of upscale mid-market hotel rooms. We are extremely delighted to bridge this gap with the launch of our first property in Gurugram. We believe VITS Mango Blossom with its strategic location, imposing décor, banqueting and host of hospitality will appeal to both leisure and business tourists”. The well-furnished accommodation blends contemporary design with unmatched comfort. The 37 guest rooms comprising Deluxe and Superior rooms present a corporate sojourn with impeccable amenities. Mirroring the aura of elite class living, each of the rooms boats of tastefully adorned décor, upscale comfort, luxury ambience and exclusive facilities

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Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road opens for business

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Chennai welcomes its seventh AccorHotels property with the opening of Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road. The property is conveniently situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of many clubs like Madras Club and elite neighbourhoods like Boat Club. It is a mere 10-minute drive from popular locations like the T Nagar shopping district, Marina Beach and the business districts of Nungambakkam, Egmore, Adyar, Mylapore and Alwarpet. The hotel is less than a 30-minute drive from both the Chennai International Airport and the Chennai Central Railway Station. “We are excited to partner with AG Hospitality to launch Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road and look forward to a fruitful partnership. The opening of this hotel marks our seventh hotel in Chennai and eighth property in the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is fast becoming a key market fuelled by both strong business and leisure traveller growth in an improving economic climate.” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer – India & South Asia, AccorHotels. Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road is the first Novotel with a contemporary design and interiors. The hotel has been conceptualised by SODA, an international design firm known for creating fresh, innovative yet sustainable spaces. The hotel features around 100 well-appointed rooms including four suites, as well as rooms designed for the specially-abled.  “A twenty-year dream of having an unconventional yet charming place for business travellers seems most relevant in today’s scenario where everything is changing so rapidly, couldn’t have been a better time to realize a long-standing vision. It feels very special and satisfying” said, Dr S.K. Gupta, Chairman, Gupta Group of Companies.   “Our work in the European fashion industry exposed us to several boutique and unique hotels all over …

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Newly-opened Holiday Inn Resort Kolkata NH6 to cater to MICE

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a partnership with SDB Developers to bring a second Holiday Inn hotel to Kolkata. As part of the agreement, the 110-room Holiday Inn Resort Kolkata NH6 will have 90 rooms operational by the end of 2018, with 20 additional rooms expected to be operational by 2020. The upcoming Holiday Inn Resort Kolkata NH6 will house impressive meeting and banquet facilities along with beautifully landscaped lawns, especially suited for wedding functions. All rooms will be equipped with modern amenities for guests’ comfort. The resort will also feature a state-of-the-art gymnasium, pool, and a spa for guests to relax and revive. Furthermore, guests staying at the hotel will be spoilt for choice with three dining options offering excellent food and beverage selections. Sprawling across 12 acres of land in Uluberia, a city that comes under the Kolkata Metropolitan Area, Holiday Inn Resort Kolkata NH6 is strategically located to offer excellent connectivity to central Kolkata. Well suited to cater to leisure, business and MiCE guests, the resort will be an hour’s drive from the City Centre and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. The resort will also be well connected to the National Highway and the Orissa Trunk Road. Commenting on the announcement, Sudeep Jain, Vice President – Development, South West Asia, IHG said, “The signing of Holiday Inn Resort Kolkata NH6 is in line with our strategy to grow our portfolio of midscale hotels in the country, comprising the Holiday Inn brand family. Given the location, facilities and best in class amenities that will be available at the resort, we expect strong demand from various guests’ segments including, leisure, MiCE, social events and weddings.” Pawan Bhimsaria, Director, SDB Developers said, “With IHG’s …

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HRAO to organise workshop on tourism development in western Odisha on June 20

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The Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) is set to organise a state-level workshop on the development of tourism in western Odisha on June 20. The workshop, scheduled to be held at Hotel The Grand Siba in Sambalpur, will be attended by hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents and other stakeholders. Important decision makers, government officials, media and political leaders have also been invited to give their inputs for giving a boost to the tourism growth of Western Odisha. With the addition of Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Jeypore airports in the state, the association now wants to make Odisha a 21-night destination. “With the benefits of the new tourism policy, the HRAO is now willing to spread out with additional 5000 rooms in all tourist locations of the state, specially Western Odisha. Currently, we have the lowest number of star hotels (10 hotels) and classified rooms (670 rooms) in Odisha,” said J K Mohanty, Chairman – HRAO & IATO, Eastern Region.

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