Category Archives: Incentives

Three major airport infra projects for Lucknow, Chennai, Guwahati: MoCA

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the investments for expansion and upgradation of integrated terminals at Chennai, Guwahati and Lucknow airports by Airport Authority of India. Airports Authority of India has been assigned for the project with a total estimate of about Rs 5,000 crores to modernise, upgrade services, build new terminal buildings or upgrade the new terminals in Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati. Jayant Sinha, Minister of Civil Aviation, made the announcement regarding the approval of the investment by Cabinet and assured that work for it would begin at the earliest.

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SOTC Travel moves into forex business

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SOTC Travel has ventured into the forex business to provide travellers with a one-stop solution for their entire travel related requirement. Users can see the best rates for foreign exchange and based on customer requirement, they could either collect it from the store or have it home delivered. To bring complete transparency, SOTC showcases the exchange rates in real time and delivers the order to the customer’s doorstep. SOTC engages in the FFMC business which enables it to not only service such requirements internally but also make an entry into retail and wholesale foreign exchange business, thereby opening up another revenue stream. Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel, at the launch said, “The main priorities of Indians travelling abroad are secure and hassle-free travel, easy access to foreign currency and convenience of making payments. With the launch of the forex business, SOTC offers all these benefits and more. It aims to provide the ease of travel with utmost security feature to the target audience. As a company, SOTC is focusing on the  growing travel requirements of the millennial and looks forward to making a mark in this segment.”

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Plaza Premium Lounge debuts in Rome

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Plaza Premium Lounge along with Aeroporti di Roma have announced the official opening of its operation in Rome. Strategically located in Terminal 3 (Area E), at the Extra Schengen Departures on the Upper Level of Rome Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, the contemporary lounge spanning over 1,000 square metres, is a premium facility at the new airport terminal that offers travellers a tranquil oasis to relax ahead of their flight. Plaza Premium Lounge Rome marks a new addition to its over 160 outlets around the world and is its sixth (6th) location within Europe. Offering 300 comfortable seats including the signature honeycomb seating to provide extra privacy, this lounge is open 24 hours daily and also houses six shower rooms – the first of its kind in Fiumicino Airport – with amenities for guests to refresh before their onward journey. Other facilities and services include complimentary Wi-Fi, a series of entertainment including an extensive variety of digital reading material and TV channels plus ample recharging stations for all electronic devices. Providing guests with an array of delectable food and beverage options is one of the hallmarks of Plaza Premium Lounge. Introducing live cooking stations, guests can enjoy an interactive airport dining experience where chefs prepare their orders upon request together with a sumptuous buffet of mouth-watering selections. The Bar complements the dining experience with a selection of juices, soft drinks and specialty coffees and teas. Travellers have the option of pre-booking on the website (www.plazanetwork.com) for two and five hours lounge use packages. Prices start at EUR 40 for two hours’ lounge access including shower. Song Hoi-see, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Plaza Premium Group said, “Plaza Premium Group …

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80-key Sarovar Premiere Jaipur opens with 1800 sqft meeting space

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Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Sarovar Premiere Jaipur. The upscale full-service hotel features 80 guest rooms and suites with modern interiors, stylish furnishings and spacious event and banquet space. The hotel offers venue for meetings and special events. The 1,800-square-foot meeting space can accommodate up to 200 people. Located at Lal Kothi in Tonk Road, Jaipur, the hotel is ideal for discerning corporate as well as leisure travellers. The hotel also adds ease to those travelling to the city as it is conveniently located close to the airport, railway station, Vidhan Sabha and famous tourist attractions. The hotel was launched in the presence of Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels and Sandeep Sharma, Executive Director, R S Sharma & Co (Delhi), Jaipur. “This new hotel is a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio in Rajasthan,” said Bakaya. “Jaipur is one of the most significant destinations in India for leisure as well as business travel and this is our fourth hotel in the city after Sarovar Portico Jaipur, Nirwana Hometel Jaipur and Park Inn Jaipur. Sarovar Premiere Jaipur’s superior features, state-of-the-art amenities, and incredible location will make it a top destination here. The Sarovar brand continues to expand its presence and we are further opening hotels in Ajmer and Jaisalmer soon

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Thomas Cook (India) restructuring to focus on four verticals

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The Board of Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL) has approved (subject to regulatory approvals) a corporate restructuring exercise aimed at streamlining its businesses into four key verticals namely: Travel (outbound, domestic, business travel & MICE), Foreign Exchange, Destination Management Services and Portfolio Investments such as Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd. In its current structure, TCIL along with its subsidiaries and associate companies such as SOTC, TCI, TC Travel (earlier Tata Capital Travel) and Sterling Holidays are engaged in various travel and travel-related financial services, vacation ownership and resorts while Quess Corp. is engaged in human resource & business related services such as industrial asset management, integrated facility management, and technology solutions. In order to streamline the various businesses of the Group, both from operating and management perspective, the restructuring will consolidate like businesses into identified entities creating a simpler and more efficient operating structure with dedicated and focused business verticals. Speaking on the proposed restructuring, Madhavan Menon – Chairman & Managing Director of TCIL said, “This proposed restructuring with the realignment of the travel businesses of TCIL & consolidation of the  human resource services business into Quess Corp, will simplify the Group structure, enabling both TCIL & Quess to grow independently & consolidate their positions in their segments with far greater clarity of focus from an industry and growth/opportunity point of view – for investors, management and teams. He added “Post this proposed restructuring, TCIL becomes a Travel Focused company when the economy and industry are poised for rapid growth especially from an India/Asia opportunity, while Quess a proven market shaper already, charts its own growth trajectory in the high growth opportunity space of Human Capital & allied services. We believe …

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AccorHotels celebrates Planet 21 at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & HICC

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AccorHotels recently held its sustainable development programme, Planet 21 at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & HICC with activities re-emphasising on the common goal of creating a sustainable environment. The  group established Planet 21 in the year 2012 which has concrete and quantitative objectives related to local sourcing, diversity, water, energy and waste management.  Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & HICC organised a blood donation camp, free health checkup, pollution check for vehicles and a healthy and organic lunch for its employees.  The team were made aware about how they can reduce the carbon footprint by being more vigil and create better surrounding.

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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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315-room Pearl Rotana Capital Centre opens as MiCE destination

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Rotana has unveiled Pearl Rotana hotel at Capital Centre on April 17 in the presence of Mohammed Bin Juan Al Badie Al Dhaeri of Al Badie Group, Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, the top Executives from both companies and honourable guests. Pearl Rotana is a modern-designed hotel located in the hub of the city, across from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), 20 minutes from the airport and in close proximity to all the main attractions. The 315 light, modern rooms and suites have been designed for guests to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire stay experience. Mohammed Al Badie Bin Youan Al Dhaeri, Chairman of Al Badie Group, said, “This partnership will benefit our shareholders and the local economy and strengthen our position in the domestic and international markets.”

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Cyprus offers incentives for MiCE

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In order to attract the growing conferences and incentives segment from India, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is offering attractive financial incentive schemes so that MICE agents and corporates choose Cyprus as their preferred destination. There are broadly four schemes. Speaking about this is Michalis Metaxas, Director, Cyprus Tourism Organization and Cyprus Convention Bureau (CCB). He says, “Cyprus is an attractive and competitive destination for the organisation of conferences, meetings and incentive trips. We have four different types of schemes for corporates depending on who they are and what their aim is.” One scheme is for MICE directed at non-profit organisations, associations and academic institutions for conferences and meetings and licensed tourism and travel offices and companies for corporate conferences and incentive trips. The second incentive scheme is to support conference bidding and sales calls to attract conference and incentive tourism to Cyprus. The bidding for hosting of conferences should be done by non-profit organisations/associations, and educational/academic institutions that will travel abroad in order to bid for the hosting of conferences/meetings of non-profit regional, European or international organisations/associations, or educational/academic institutions on the island. Cyprus also offers incentives for inspection visits of the destination in general, and meeting Cypriot professionals within this field as well as for conducting familiarisation trips to Cyprus for MiCE.  

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Marriott to unveil unified loyalty programmes for members

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Marriott International will introduce one set of unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) for its members in August 2018. This will create an incredibly rich hospitality loyalty programme in which members will earn more points faster than under the prior programmes — on average 20 per cent more points for every dollar spent. For the first time, members will have access to book stays and earn or redeem points among 29 participating global brands comprising 6,500 hotels in 127 countries and territories. Additionally, the Moments experiential platform is expanding, with more than 110,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations from must-see attraction tickets and tours for purchase with cash by all guests, to once-in-a-lifetime events only available to members using points, including the new bespoke Moments Live event series. David Flueck, Senior Vice President of Global Loyalty, Marriott International, said,  “We are excited to announce that this August, our members can enjoy one set of benefits across our extraordinary portfolio of hotels from iconic full and select service, to extended stay, to unique boutiques and luxury brands.” Beginning in August, members will be able to combine their separate Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG accounts into a single account spanning the entire loyalty portfolio. The Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) names will continue to live on under the new set of unified benefits until a new program name is introduced in 2019.

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