Category Archives: Incentives

Diageo India joins hand with Concur


Concur have announced its partnership with Diageo India, where it aims to provide an expense management software platform to enable Diageo India’ employees to automate their business expenses incurred at source, thereby reducing the burden of manually logging in the business spends. Diageo is an existing Concur customer globally, and will add India as one of its service areas. The new tool will benefit over 2,000 employees of Diageo, based in India. Neeraj Dotel, Managing Director, Concur, said, “Concur helps in automating the travel and expense (T&E) management process in a company’s life cycle and we are well on our way to making it the de-facto expense management software in India and globally.” The Concur platform will be available to Diageo India from October 2017. All employees will have access via desktop and mobile version of the software. Concur has earlier partnered with two of the most popular ground transportation apps – Ola and Uber, which are available in the Concur App Center, which makes it even more effortless for employees to track their cab expenses. Concur also provides users with notifications about risks or natural disasters, which helps employers track the status of their employees when travelling to remote and unsafe locations.

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Vistara, Avis India enter into partnership for car rentals


Vistara and Avis India have entered a partnership to provide a seamless and premium car rental experience to Vistara customers. The partnership enables all Vistara customers to book their airport transfers, chauffeur-drive cars and self-drive cars directly through Vistara’s website, with additional attractive benefits for members of Club Vistara. Customers booked on any Vistara flight can choose to make their airport transfer, chauffeur-drive or self-drive car reservations at the time of booking a Vistara ticket or later, using the ‘Enhance My Booking’ option on Vistara’s website, which directs customers to a dedicated page, to complete their car rental reservation. Members of Club Vistara (CV), will get to earn 10 CV points on every INR 100 spent on making bookings with Avis using this option. CV members who book their car rentals using this option until October 31, 2017 will get double Club Vistara points (20 CV Points per INR 100) and a complimentary car upgrade on self-drive cars. Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara, said, “It is our constant endeavour to offer our customers a seamless and superior travel experience across all touch points, whether it is on ground or at 35,000 feet above it.” Sunil Gupta, Managing Director & CEO of Avis India, on the collaboration said, “We are delighted to provide all type of car bookings (self-drive cars or airport transfers, city usage, outstation trips and inter-city transfers with chauffeur-drive cars through our network.”

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FCM launches next generation technology suite, FCM Connect


A streamlined travel programme to provide a better and more efficient business travel experience has been launched by FCM Travel Solutions to ensure that travellers, bookers and managers have greater connectivity. FCM Connect is an integrated global technology platform which gives clients access to multiple tools that deliver on their travel program. “We believe technology should move our customers forward, and the next generation release of our technology offering, FCM Connect, is designed to do just that,” said Marcus Eklund, Global Brand Leader, FCM Travel Solutions. “We’re excited to launch FCM Connect to existing and new customers. Our improved solution has been designed for the modern Traveller, Booker and Programme Manager and addresses their desire to be more connected to the entire booking, travel and management journey. Being better connected helps travellers and bookers feel in control and gives our programme managers the visibility they need to elevate their travel programmes,” Eklund said. At the core of the solution is the FCM Connect HUB; a single-sign-on platform that gives customers one simple connection point to all of FCM’s leading technology tools including Analytics, Approve, Booking, Secure, Expense and Mobile. HUB is easily customisable for each company in both configuration of tools used and interface design. “Through extensive customer consultation and product development, we’ve refined a world-class, end-to-end solution that ensures all of our customer’s travel needs are organised – from pre-trip approval to booking, to traveller tracking and reporting that provides complete visibility of spend,” Eklund said. FCM Connect was previewed to clients and industry earlier in the year at the London Business Travel Show and Global Business Travel Association Conference in Sydney, Australia. FCM Connect is now available and …

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Jal Mahotsav to kick off from Oct 15 to Jan 2


Madhya Pradesh’s innovative water festival, Jal Mahotsav, will be held from October 15, 2017, to January 2, 2018. Organised for a period of 80 days, the festival is held in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. The festival is organised with an aim to revive adventure tourism in the state. The activities include zip lining, paintball, archery, kite flying, land parasailing, para motors, hot air ballooning, water parasailing, water zorbing, snorkelling and scuba diving, among others.

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Arabian Adventures (MIE) to manage largest incentive group to UAE


Arabian Adventures, Meetings, Incentives and Events has been selected by Amway India to plan, conceptualise, and deliver the largest incentive group from the country to visit the UAE, in excess of 4000 distributors, in December of 2017. The event will comprise a one-day business conference with Amway’s top international management, new product launches, and a series of multi-cuisine events, engagements, and entertainment held at venues across the city and beyond. Following a competitive pitch, Dubai was chosen and Arabian Adventures, Meetings Incentives and Events was selected to bring this ambitious project to life due to their local knowledge, expertise, and reputation for creating and delivering large-scale events. Justine Thomas-Butler, Head of Meetings, Incentives and Events for Arabian Adventures said, “Delivering an incentive on this scale takes a special set of skills. You need to give guests and their families a true insight into this special part of the world – its people, ancient culture, and modern wonders, whilst still making it feel intimate, unique, and exciting. Nothing can be left to chance.”

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TCEB unveils ‘Thailand Connect’ campaign for 2018


Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) unveiled the marketing communication campaign for the year 2018 entitled ‘THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success, decoded with chapters of possibilities’. The campaign is aimed at further enhancing a position of Thailand as leading bleisure destination in the region. The bureau expects that, by the end of next year, the country will welcome 1,192,000 international MICE visitors which generate revenue of 112 billion baht. Supawan Teerarat, Vice President of TCEB’s Strategic and Business Development, said, “TCEB has been introducing key fundamental pillars of MICE industry which include a diversity of destination, business opportunities, and people of Thailand. These strengths are well positioning Thailand as a leading destination for bleisure activities in the region.” TCEB’s campaign was launched at the 25th Incentive Travel & Convention, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA), and the 20th Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific (CTW Asia-Pacific). The IT&CM Asia is recognised as the leading international MICE event centered in Asia-Pacific. “The marketing campaign is aimed at raising the industry profile and visits. International events which will be held in Thailand in the coming years include: the 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference during 1-8 February; Bangkok Entertainment Fest during March-June; Sport Accord Convention 2018 during 15-20 April; ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2018  during 6-9 June; ProPak Asia 2018 during 13-16 June;  the 45th International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM 2019) during 7-14 July; the 31st Congress of Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeon (APACRS 2018) during 19-21 July; Beyond Beauty Asean Bangkok 2018 during 20-22 September; and Metalex 2018 during 21-24 November,” Teerarat concluded.

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Thomas Cook India obtains Tata Capital’s forex, travel services companies


Thomas Cook India Board has approved the signing of a definitive agreement with Tata Capital Limited to acquire its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tata Capital Forex Limited (foreign exchange) and TC Travel and Services Limited (travel services). The network of the two acquired entities includes 24 locations pan India. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals. Madhavan Menon, Chairman & Managing Director, Thomas Cook India, said, “The acquisition creates clear opportunities, including a significant increase in scale and network reach, volume/ buying advantages as well as technology gains, all resulting in stronger customer service and stakeholder value.”

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Standard Chartered’s ‘ultimate’ card for business travellers

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Standard Chartered Bank has announced the launch of its new credit card to enable lucrative benefits for travellers, business and leisure, alike. Called as ‘Ultimate’ credit card claims to be optimal with one of the highest reward point value in the market. The credit card will also provide consumers a range of attractive and enhanced benefits like upgrades at luxury hotels, cashback at duty free shops and access to total of 170 premier golf courses in India and across the globe, among others premium benefits. This card is available for a nominal fee of Rs 5,000 however customers will get a host of benefits, such as Rs 10,000 cashback on spends on a specific travel portal in first three months of on boarding. These customers will also earn 5X rewards on all spends while availing exclusive rewards redemption platform with options across air travel, hotel booking and premium products catalogue. Shyamal Saxena, Country Head – Retail Banking, India, Standard Chartered Bank, said, “We had recently launched our Premium Banking programme for the emerging affluent customers with key benefits extended to the customers’ family members. Now, we believe this Ultimate credit card too will be a compelling product in the HNI & affluent segments with its feature rich offerings.” Benefits offered: Value of One reward point is equal to Re 1 Complimentary access to over 900 airports across the world Complimentary access to 20 premier golf courses across India & 150 across the globe. Upto 25% instant discount at top 200 restaurants through the Standard Chartered Bank concierge Travellers can earn cashback up to 5 per centat duty free shopping Reduced Forex mark-up at 2 per cent

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ATPI GROUP unveils new version of TravelHub


The ATPI Group has announced the launch of its new generation fully mobile-responsive platform called ATPI TravelHub.  The platform will give travel managers and bookers access to relevant travel tools, technology and data, cutting out the need to log into multiple applications. ATPI TravelHub offers a single sign-on for all travel tools and technology throughout the booking and planning process, from making requests right the way through to travel analysis. It not only integrates with a clients’ own system, but also has universal profile management across all of the ATPI Group’s products – and its preferred partners – to improve policy compliance and duty of care. Ali Hussain, Head of Technology, the ATPI Group, said, “ATPI TravelHub will soon evolve with new developments to enhance its personalisation further and provide customisable options. The tool has been specifically designed with a new generation of travel professionals in mind and facilitates greater control, convenience, choice, savings, safety and transparency. ATPI TravelHub offers a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate solution to improve efficiency at every stage of the travel management programme.”

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EEMA celebrated its 10th Conclave in Delhi

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Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) celebrated its 10th edition conclave from September 8-10,  in Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi. Themed ‘a decade of transformation’, it was a part of the EEMAX Global Conclave and Awards organised by EEMA. Sabbas Joseph, President, EEMA, elucidated on the event and said, “It was an event that got everyone together. Sharing the journey with nostalgia were the three presidents of EEMA. We had around 283 registered members and an attendance of about 350 people.” Adding on about growing number of talent in the country, he said, “We have a programme for youth empowerment and education and talent development, the first launch of it was on September 8, at the EEMA Eduposium. We are now looking at management programmes, how can we embellish that with content from the event management companies and create event management as an option. It is something that we believe in, along with the vision of the Prime Minister of India. If we can help, skill development, and retain talent, we will become great employers to showcase the real talent in the country.”

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