Category Archives: Meetings

SkyTeam upgrades global meeting services


Global airline alliance SkyTeam has enhanced its global meetings product to make travel to international meetings and events easier. The new feature includes an upgraded schedule page summarising the chosen destination, benefits at-a-glance, detailed information about the benefits of booking. “Our innovative approach means that we have developed a product tailored to every aspect of the meetings industry in terms of size, network scope and value,” said Edward Hollo, SkyTeam’s Manager Commercial Development.

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e-visas for MICE delegates likely: Mahesh Sharma

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Tourism and Culture Minister

In an effort to bring India on a par with the US, Germany, Spain, the UK and France, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to approve e-visas for the MICE (Meetings Incentives, Conferences Exhibition) segment soon. Tourism and Culture Minister, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “We have made a proposal to allow e-visa for the corporates from the world over, who want to hold short-term meets and conferences in India, for just the duration of the conference. The segment is a big revenue-generator since most of these people club business with sight-seeing and shopping. We are likely to get a nod soon.”

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India, fastest growing travel business market

business travel

The Indian travel business market will spur growth and become the sixth largest business travel market in the world by the end of 2019, states a report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, in its latest GBTA BTI™ Outlook–India report. “If it continues on its current path, India is poised to be a world leader in business travel for decades to come,” said Gaurav Sundaram, GBTA India Regional Director. The GBTA Foundation report forecasts 10.7 per cent growth in business travel spending in 2016, followed by another 10.2 per cent in 2017 reaching US $36.1 billion.

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