Category Archives: NTO (National Tourist Offices)

Canada witnesses 33 per cent growth in Indian arrivals


Canada saw a growth of 33 per cent in Indian arrivals for the month of March this year. The remarkable number of Indian tourists who sojourned in Canada have reiterated that the country is an all-year-round destination and the 150th year celebrations will continue to lure Indians through the year. Pooja Sabharwal, Account Director, Destination Canada – India, said, “This manifold rise in arrivals figures shows that all the diverse offerings of Canada are being extensively explored by Indian travellers. There has been a sharp increase in the leisure trips to Canada from India owing to the increased disposable income amongst middle and affluent class travellers.” Destination Canada is aiming to make 2017 a roaring year for tourism. It is engaged with the trade on consistent and sustained basis through activities, workshops and networking sessions so that the travel trade stays updated about Canada and become storytellers to create required enthusiasm and excitement amongst potential travellers. Also, Destination Canada is a digitally-savvy outfit and believes in facilitating tourists to Canada by engaging them in multiple social media campaigns, familiarisations trips and much more.

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J&K to focus on MICE tourism: Farooq Shah


In a crucial meeting, the Secretary Tourism and Floriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq A Shah along with the ICPB India convention promotion bureau (a body working under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism GOI for promoting MICE Tourism), decided to enable a platform for the state of Jammu and Kashmir to showcase itself as a suited MICE destination. The office bearers of the ICPB assured the Secretary that the state will be promoted as one of the priority venues for conferences and events of national and international standard. Shah showcased the international standard MICE tourism potential of the state particularly in Kashmir like SKICC, Pahalgam club, and places like Gulmarg and Jammu as well. The secretary agreed to organise an intractable evening session specifically for promoting the MICE potential of the state in which leading prominent MICE tourism promoting organisations will be invited to know about the international standard convention and post-convention avenues available in the state. Shah also uprised that Kashmir’s summer is the best in the country to experience leisure activities in the form of shopping, cuisine, sightseeing, rafting among others.

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CEFCO 2017 from January 12-14 in Macao


The 13th China Expo Forum for International Cooperation (CEFCO 2017) will be held between January 12-14, 2017 in Macao, China. CEFCO is co-organised by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), and Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO), and held by the China Chamber of International Commerce and the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute. To be held in the Venetian Macau, the expo will have well-known Chinese and foreign exhibition companies, industry organisations, professional media, research institutions and domestic representatives of the exhibition industry sector representatives participate for a dialogue, which will focus mainly on “the exhibition industry to help the global economic recovery,” “the role conversion of governments in promoting the development of the exhibition industry”, “the international approach of exhibition companies” and “innovative cooperation between exhibition industry and the internet platform”.

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Thailand lifts 30-day restriction on public entertainment and festivities


The Thai Government has announced an end to the 30-day restriction on public entertainment and festivities. The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) informed all MICE and business event organisers that the Thai government has now lifted these restrictions to allow entertainment venues, musical, theatrical and festive celebrations to resume operations as normal. This allows all business events and festival events to proceed as usual. Accordingly, TCEB has advised all business travellers to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal, and to recheck programmes in case of changes.

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