Category Archives: NTO (National Tourist Offices)

Penang four-city sales mission focuses on business events

The Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) launched its annual roadshow to India in Mumbai as part of the Penang Roadshow to India 2020. The objective is promoting Penang as the preferred destination for corporate and association meetings, conferences, and incentives, and leisure travel. Capitalising on Penang’s rising popularity in India, the Penang Roadshow to India will host, in each of the four cities, a B2B engagement session with participating Business Events and leisure travel buyers from India. Led by Hon. Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang State Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Ashwin Gunasekeran, Chief Executive Officer of PCEB, the roadshow is supported by a Penang delegation of 14 partners, including hotels, destination management companies, attractions, professional conference organisers and event experts. Also accompanying the Penang delegation is Hon. Satees Muniandy, Penang State Assemblyman for Bagan Dalam. Also joining the roadshow is PCEB’s strategic airline partner, Malaysia Airlines. PCEB is also launching the Penang Specialist Programme designed for the Indian market. The Programme will equip select outbound travel, MICE, wedding and filming agencies with first-hand knowledge of Penang through a full day workshop conducted in each city concurrently with the B2B engagement session. Among the incentives that the Penang Specialists can qualify for are special incentive for group sales of 100 pax and above, famil opportunities to Penang, opportunities to attend PCEB’s training and networking programme in Penang and India, and much more. The certification of the Penang Specialist Programme is valid for three years upon which qualifying members will be invited for recertification. The workshop is conducted by Ms. Katharine Chua, the Managing Director of Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden. “The number of Indian travellers to Penang has …

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South Africa tourism minister announces e-visa regime for India on pilot basis

In a bid to stimulate the India market and achieve its new milestone of doubling numbers by 2030, South Africa has announced an e-visa regime for the India market on a pilot basis. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Hon. Minister of Tourism, South Africa, who was in Mumbai to interact with key travel trade partners said, “We want to remove the barriers for the India market to visit South Africa and for this we will introduce an online visa application system from the third week of January this year. This will be on a pilot basis for now and we will look at introducing it formally by April this year.” About 32 key agents attending the morning session where they discussed ideas on how they can push numbers from India.

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First-ever Nepal India China Expo in Kathmandu from 22- 25 Feb

To promote MICE, Nepal is going to host the first-ever Nepal India China Expo (NICE) from 22- 25 February 2020, Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism Investment Summit, World Trail Conference 2020 (2-5 September 2020. Nepal will be focusing on M!CE tourism from India, revealed Lila Bahadur Baniya, Officiating Director, Nepal Tourism Board, while addressing the delegates at the Nepal Sales Mission, organised by Nepal Tourism Board, the National Tourism Organization (NTO) of Government of Nepal, in Amritsar). Nepal Sales Mission is travelling to nine Indian Cities from 6th January to 1st February 2020. The event has successfully concluded in Amritsar, Chandigarh and Jaipur, it is taking place in Indore today. Further it will go to other Indian cities of Surat, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum and Kochi. The mission is aimed at bringing all the travel trade partners together to update about various destination of Nepal and educate regarding the recent developments in Nepalese tourism. The sales mission is important for Nepal as Nepal is celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020 with an objective to bring 2 million tourists in Nepal. The Nepalese delegation is led by Lila Bahadur Baniya, along with Robin Regmi, Officer-India & South Asia Unit. The delegation has 9 private companies/DMCs representatives and is looking forward to interacting with 80 agents and 20 Media Person from each of the 9 cities.

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Indian M!CE outbound market to GCC set to surpass US$ 5bn by 2025

According to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com titled ‘India Outbound Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (M!CE) Tourism to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries – Market Trends and Opportunities to 2025’ released in December 2019, UAE is the top destination for Indian MICE tourists. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain accounted for more than 15 per cent of the share of the total outbound MICE spending by Indians in 2018. The India outbound MICE market to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is set to surpass US$ 5 Billion by 2025. The report uses a country-focused analysis to explore India outbound MICE tourism market to GCC countries. The report includes historical data from 2014-2018 and forecasts until 2025. It covers six GCC nations: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain.

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Visit Nepal 2020 Sales Mission starts across 9 Indian cities

Nepal Tourism Board, the National Tourism Organisation (NTO) of Government of Nepal, is organising Nepal Sales Mission-2020, a B2B event in 9 Indian Cities from 06 January to 01 February 2020. The event starts today, January 6, 2020 in Amritsar and continues in Indian cities of Chandigarh, Jaipur, Indore, Surat, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum and Kochi. The Nepalese delegation is led by Lila Bahadur Baniya. Officiating Director, Nepal Tourism Board along with Robin Regmi, Officer-India & South Asia Unit. The delegation has 9 private companies/DMCs representatives and is looking forward to interacting with 80 agents and 20 Media Person from each of the 9 cities. The sales mission is important for Nepal as Nepal is celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020 with an objective to bring 2 million tourists in Nepal. The Visit Nepal Year 2020 (VNY-2020) campaign was formally launched on January 1, 2020 by Rt. Hon. President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari

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Saudi Arabia grants visa on arrival to tourists with valid UK, US and Schengen visa

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to allow entry for holders of Schengen, UK and US visas as well as those having entry visas to European Union countries, irrespective of their nationalities, as long as they fulfil two conditions. Firstly, the visa shall be valid for use at the time of arrival at any of the Kingdom’s entry points, and continues to be valid after the end of the period of visiting the Kingdom. There are 26 countries that come under the Schengen visa regime.

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Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau launches ‘Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered’

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) launched its new campaign ‘Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered’. Ashwin Gunaskeran, CEO, PCEB, said, “I believe Penang is ready for the next stage of destination marketing for business events, as this segment thus far has successfully positioned Penang as a second-tier destination. It is also important for us as part of this industry to showcase more of what Penang and the players of the industry are able to offer through Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered within the campaign period,” The campaign was launched in conjunction with Experience Penang Year 2020 and Visit Malaysia 2020. Gunasekeran also unveiled four new products developed for the campaign, which runs from now to December 2020, during the launch to further enhance the state’s business events offerings. Officiating the launch were YAB Chow Kon Yeow, the Chief Minister of Penang and YB Yeoh Soon Hin, the Penang State Exco for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture & Heritage. Also present were Jonathan Freddy P. Bagang, Director of Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC); and Khoo Boo Lim, Chairman of Malaysian Association of Hotels Penang Chapter, as well as over 100 industry partners. “We need to continue the energy and effort in maintaining the interest and awareness that business events have created for Penang. This is where the Penang 2020: BE Unfiltered campaign plays a role, and works as an additional incentive to attract more events into the state,” he added. One of the four products is the PCEB Mobile App for delegates. Main features include information on Penang for delegates, a calendar showing upcoming events and other supported business events happening in Penang. The app is currently available for download on Google …

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First Nepal Tourism Investment Summit to be held in Jan 2020

Speaking on the launch of Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign by NTB, Suraj Vaidya, National Coordinator, Visit Nepal 2020, says, “We will be conducting the first Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020. We are doing it as a strategy to bring Nepal back in the forefront. Also, about the Visit Nepal Year 2020- the last one was held in 2011, and since then, probably the world knows Nepal through a very negative picture. It is just not the numbers that we are looking at from India, but also the products. We want to show much more of Nepal, primarily, beyond its conventions- Mt. Everest and Lumbini.”

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Singapore bullish on business events for 2019

Singapore will play host to a sizeable number of business events from 2019 and beyond, with several of these events secured being inaugural editions. In particular, there are more business events from the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. These events will help Singapore bolster its reputation as a leading world-class business events destination. This comes on the back of a strong performance of the BTMICE industry in 2018. From January to September 2018 (year-to-date 3Q2018), tourism receipts1 from the BTMICE sector rose by 10 per cent, to hit S$3.44 billion, compared to the same period in 2017. This was driven by growth in BTMICE visitor arrivals, which also rose 14 per cent year-on-yearfor the same period, to hit 2 million arrivals. Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “High profile events in 2018 that garnered strong global interest, such as the DPRK-USA Singapore Summit and the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, have helped increase awareness of Singapore’s business events industry. This has also bolstered our reputation as a choice destination for meetings and business events.” “In 2019 and beyond, we look forward to a strong slate of events in the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. As these clusters are aligned to Singapore’s key economic sectors and play well to our strengths, we are confident that Singapore will provide many opportunities for decision-makers, event organisers and business executives looking to chart a path in this space,” Ms Ow added. These tourism receipts exclude Sightseeing, Entertainment and Gaming (SEG). The full-year results for BTMICE will be available only later in the year. Prominent business events secured in professional services and technology sectors The strong presence of regional company headquarters …

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Thailand Bullish on MICE for 2019

International travellers attending events in Thailand generated revenue of THB18,031 million during the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019 according to Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB. In the report covering the first quarter October to December 2018 of the current fiscal year that ends 30 September 2019, TCEB president, Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, confirmed Thailand welcomed 241,407 high spending international MICE travellers. Accommodation, food & beverage, and shopping topped the spending list. “Of the four core segments making up MICE (meetings incentives, conventions and exhibitions), the exhibition sector demonstrated an outstanding performance with visitors increasing by 60.66%,” the TCEB president reported. “The growth was supported by key factors including positive trends in the global economy, while MICE travellers continue to show confidence in Thailand reflecting the government’s efforts to stimulate business activities and travel sector,” he added. Contributing factors that increased the revenue earned from the MICE industry in the first quarter included the waiver of the visa-on-arrival fee launched in November 2018 for 21 nationalities. Waiving the fee benefited travellers from China and India. In addition, Thailand’s positive business climate supported an expansion of airline services between Thailand and destinations in ASEAN. According to the latest statistics from TCEB, the top five markets for international MICE travellers to Thailand in Q1 were China (85,498), Laos (29,547), Malaysia (21,352), Indonesia (21,051) and Japan (19,205). Asia contributed the most MICE visitors due to short air distances from key source markets and the abundance of competitively priced fares. In terms of MICE events, there were 275 international MICE events held in Thailand during Q1, which included 37 meetings, 153 incentive events, 16 conventions, and 19 exhibitions. Incentive …

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