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Delhi to get an iconic convention centre by Sept 2019


An iconic convention centre is coming up at Pragati Maidan, Delhi and will be ready by September, 2019. This was informed by Jayanta Das, General Manager, Trade development Cadre, ITPO. “ The convention centre is proposed to be a state-of-the-art, iconic building. It will be ready by September, 2019, and we have already received a booking for December, 2019.” The centre, which is 120 M wide x 185 M long and 32.4 M high, is spread across approx 50,000 sq meters. The convention centre aims to become a landmark building for the convention industry of India with best global facilities and features on a par with the latest modern convention centres in the world.  

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218-room Indore Marriott Hotel opens doors


Marriott International has added another property to its portfolio in Indore with the opening of the 218-room Indore Marriott Hotel. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said, “The Indore Marriott Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, our eighth in the country so far. With tremendous growth as a business hub during the past few years, Indore is set to become one of the most sought-after destinations for both leisure and business travellers in India. We are delighted to be a part of this incredible growth story and to bring our inventive service and products to this city.” On this occasion, Devesh Rawat, General Manager, Indore Marriott Hotel said, “The hotel is the perfect complement to the destination with multiple experiential spaces. We are excited to foray into the city of Indore and are extremely pleased to welcome our guests at the newest Marriott Hotel in the country,” He further added, “From spacious rooms to delightful dining options and expansive convention facilities, the hotel is thoughtfully designed to create an excellent stay experience.” Other facilities at the hotel include recreational facilities such as the renowned Quan Spa with 5600 sqft of space offering a blend of modern and traditional therapies. The hotel also boasts of an outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness centre. Indore Marriott Hotel is the largest in the state in terms of rooms and meeting space – which covers 55,000 sqft of meeting and banqueting space. The property is located a few minutes away from the airport.

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AccorHotels’ twin property opens in Chennai

AccorHotels has announced the opening of Novotel and ibis OMR Chennai. Being termed as the first combo property in Chennai, the hotel has the advantage of being strategically located in the centre of the IT Expressway (OMR). The 342 (combined) room property is AccorHotels’ first joint development in the city. Featuring midscale and economy brands under the same complex, the 153- room Novotel and 189-room ibis Chennai OMR gives travellers a choice of offerings across different price points. The inauguration and the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 9 saw an august presence of some illustrious guests such as Catherine Suard, Consul General of the Republic of France for Puducherry & Chennai; Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia, AccorHotels; Daniel Chao, General Manager, Novotel ibis Chennai OMR and General Manager Delegate for AccorHotels Chennai and Kapil Bhatia, Executive Chairman, InterGlobe Enterprises. At the press conference, Cassé said, “The Novotel and ibis Chennai OMR joint development is one of our significant openings based on the success of co-locating the most relevant brands for different market needs. AccorHotels has a network of 53 hotels with India, especially with Chennai being a key market for us.” Chao expressed, “Chennai is India’s fourth largest city and a leading business and leisure hub in South India. This winning combination of the Novotel and ibis properties offers guests a unique value proposition and a distinctive choice where they can make themselves comfortable, relax, work and relish a delicious meal under one roof.”

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Air France celebrates 50th anniversary of Paris-Mumbai route

Ground Staff and Air France Crew (002)

Air France celebrates 50 years of its operations on the Paris-Mumbai route ever since it added Mumbai to its historic Far East network by launching flights from Mumbai to Paris on September 7, 1967. The airline now operates a daily service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and India’s economic capital by Boeing 777-200 equipped with the latest long-haul travel cabins. On this occasion of completing half a century, Max Smits, General Manager, Air France-KLM, Indian Sub-Continent said,  “We are proud to celebrate 50 years of service between Mumbai and Paris. Air France has been present in Mumbai since 1967 and has been investing continuously with the aim to provide a great product and excellent connection opportunities to the Indian passengers from its hub at Paris, Charles de Gaulle. We take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers and partners in reaching this great milestone and are absolutely thrilled to celebrate this occasion with our passengers taking the flight 07 Sep from Mumbai to Paris with a small surprise celebration at the Mumbai airport.”

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FCM presents tech conference track with educational focus


Platinum Sponsor FCM Travel Solutions will present an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology showcase and share their expertise as a panellist at this year’s 20th edition of the corporate travel management conference. CTW Asia-Pacific will be their launch pad in Southeast Asia to introduce Sam, their revolutionary chatbot powered by AI and a refreshed technology suite. Bertrand Saillet, General Manager, Asia of FCM Travel Solutions, on their participation at CTW Asia-Pacific, “CTW Asia-Pacific has always been an effective platform for us to network with key decision makers and drive deeper, meaningful conversations to understand their travel management challenges. We take away with us these learning and work on developing new product offerings to meet the needs of the travel managers and travellers. ” In an era where the line between business and leisure travel is blurring, FCM injects excitement into corporate travel by innovating and coming up with new solutions to meet the evolving expectations of the travellers. To this end, FCM will be sharing their insights on AI, how it’s being used in the different industries, especially travel, what it means to the traveller and what the future holds, ending off with a demonstration of their pocket chatbot, Sam. With its continuous investment in R&D and quest to improve their customer experience from end-to-end, FCM Travel Solutions is well positioned to meet the challenging demands of corporate travel across all industries. “We are always striving to introduce new technology that enhances the traveller experience and boost productivity and to achieve that, we constantly conduct small focus groups with our customers to test out ideas and concepts before they are actualised and launched in the market. This is to ensure that …

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Hyatt Regency Delhi unveils business club


Hyatt Regency Delhi has recently launched a by-invitation, members-only business club for leaders of the industry. Known as The Council, the club aims to cater to a network of entrepreneurs and professionals from across the business world. Aseem Kapoor, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Delhi, says, “Increasingly we have guests who desire an exclusive space outside their office environment for conducting their business productively in a comfortable and luxurious setting. Located at the lobby level, The Council offers a restaurant, private meeting rooms, social working space and an exclusive wine and cigar room.” Exclusive Club Benefits Membership allows one to do private meetings in a dedicated creative boardroom with state-of-art facilities without prior reservation Exclusive access to wine and cigar room Club at Hyatt membership Valet service – 50 vouchers per year Two Business meetings in a year with no meeting room rental & up to 10 guests per meeting An annual members party Exclusive F&B menu offering within the club Access to special deals on art from renowned artists Preferential pricing when booking social events Special events hosted from time to time– wine dinners, cigar aficionados evening etc One point of contact Personal Manager with concierge services Priority reservations and special deals at the hotel’s award winning restaurants and spa Special offers for member’s celebratory occasions – birthday, anniversary etc

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2nd Travel Wedding Show witnessed 2000 B2B meetings


The second edition of Travel Wedding Show concluded with over 2000 meetings conducted among 32 exhibitors and nearly 64 buyers from July 8-9, 2017, at Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Representatives from hotels and tourism boards exhibited their various products for wedding tourism. On day one of the show, travel agents and tour operators from across the country interacted with exhibitors while day two of the event saw the bigwigs of the wedding industry in India attend the show to meet and network with various exhibitors. Stalwarts of MICE, wedding tourism and hospitality industry like Hemant Mendiratta, Senior Vice President-Sales, The Oberoi Hotels; Saurabh Bhargava, AVP Sales-North, Taj Hotels Palace Resorts and Safaris; Hema Hariramani, Director, National Sales- India, Marriott International; Rajeev Jain, Vice President and Treasurer, EEMA and Vinod Bhandari, Partner, Wedding Xtraordinaire LLP, addressed various challenges faced by these industries in a panel discussion at the show. Sarika Rawal Bhambani, General Manager, Travel Show said, “The show was sold out and this is a positive sign that travel shows are making headway in connecting the right partners to take the industry forward. According to the feedback received, the buyers and exhibitors found the show very fruitful for their businesses and the connections they built at the show are seeds for their progress. There were around 2050 pre-scheduled speed meetings and with the kind of support we have received from the trade, we are sure that we will be able to take this show to greater heights.” She further informed that the next edition of Travel wedding Show will be held on July 7-8, 2018 in New Delhi.

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Indonesia AirAsia X introduces Mumbai-Bali direct flight


Indonesia AirAsia Extra has launched a direct flight from Mumbai to Bali (Denpasar) from May 19, 2017, with a 45-minute layover in Kuala Lumpur. It will operate this route using A330-300 with 377 seats (12 flatbeds and 365 economy seats). The flight departs from Mumbai at 22.50 hours and arrives in Bali at 10.45 hours the next day. Indonesia AirAsia Extra is the 4th airline under the AirAsia Group to operate to Indian destinations. Suresh Nair, General Manager, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, AirAsia, said, “We will have daily flights from Mumbai making seven flights a week. We expect good number of people to travel from India to Indonesia and vice versa. We started the flights with an introductory fare of Rs. 2,552 (plus taxes) which was well received by everyone. We continue to offer low fares on all sectors. Currently we are offering a return fare of Rs 14,999 and we continue to strive to keep the fares as low as possible.”

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SilkAir raises the bar for premium perks


SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has launched a special Business Class offer in collaboration with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Passengers travelling on SilkAir can enjoy premium perks at the luxury hotel in Singapore when they book Business Class flights originating from Trivandrum, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam, Coimbatore or Hyderabad. The offer is valid for bookings made by May 31, 2017, for travel before August 31, 2017. Customers can avail the special offer by booking on the official website, the mobile application or at any of the SilkAir town offices. Business Class passengers on SilkAir will enjoy exclusive perks such as 40 kg baggage allowance, lounge access, and complimentary tablets to watch SilkAir Studio on-board. “SilkAir is proud to join hands with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore in extending an exclusive privilege for our Business Class passengers for their stay in Singapore. In addition to enjoying Krisflyer miles for their travel and complimentary in-flight entertainment, SilkAir Studio, we are happy to provide our Business Class passengers with yet another seamless and comfortable travel experience,” said Jagdish Bhojwani, General Manager, SilkAir India.

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First day of WTM Africa 2017 concludes successfully


The first day of WTM Africa 2017 proved to be very exciting, with travel professionals buzzing around the Cape Town International Convention Centre between meetings and events. Highlights of the show included the WTM Africa 2017 official opening by the host, City of Cape Town, cutting edge discussions in the Travel Tech Theatre, a dedicated programme for local outbound specialists, and key travel trends presented by Euromonitor for the years ahead in the WTM Africa Conference Theatre. Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager, Africa Travel Week, said, “There was a great buzz on the floor on the first day of WTM Africa, with buyers, attendees and media meeting throughout the day. The WTM Africa team has worked hard at creating a stimulating and innovative environment that not only encourages connections, but facilitates lucrative business meetings for attendees.”

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