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GPS Lucknow eyes Tier-II & Tier III cities

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The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) held in Lucknow recently focused on tapping the Tier-II Tier-III cities. Elaborating on the 2 days B2B travel trade, outbound event, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, informed, “This is our second year in Lucknow, we had a very good response last year. The market has accepted that this is an E-event and have downloaded the app and pre-registered. Through Lucknow we hope to reach the travel fraternity in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. This is a very promising market, and we hope to empower through knowledge, networking and face to face business interactions.’

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Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot open for business

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‘Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot’ is the 15th property under the Pride umbrella. Announcing the launch, SP Jain, Managing Director, Pride Hotels Ltd. says, “We are extremely pleased to unveil Pride Resort and Convention Centre at Rajkot. This is also our third property in Gujarat. We are extremely upbeat on the growth prospects in the region having successfully managed our properties in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The city of Rajkot has seen steady growth in inflow of travelers from India and across the world. Pride Resort Rajkot with its imposing ambience, banqueting and conferencing facilities and host of services will appeal to all segments.” The MICE facilities at the newly opened resort include: Diamond lawn – 51000 sq. ft – 5000 pax, Pearl lawn – 35000 sq. ft – 2000 pax, Sapphire lawn – 16000 sq. ft – 1000 pax,Rruby lawn – 12000 sq. ft – 500 pax, Crystal ( banquet hall) – 3600 sq. ft – 200 pax and a board room – 145 sq. ft – 10 – 12 pax. Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot offers 99 rooms that encompass 31 deluxe rooms, 31 Executive rooms, 31 Premium rooms and six suite rooms. The facilities include a specialty restaurant with global culinary choices, 24-hours room service, fully equipped business center, banquet and conference halls, four green party lawns and dedicated parking areas. The resort also offers settings for pre-wedding shoots, destination weddings, and pool parties.

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Marriott’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel in South Asia to open in Kerala

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Port Muziris, South Asia’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel, is all set to be opened to the public this April. Situated near Cochin International Airport and part of the Marriott International group, the 55-room property will include two F&B outlets and a 150-pax capacity ballroom. This is Twenty14 Holdings’ first property in India. Currently, the hospitality investment firm has over $750 million portfolio of properties around the world, including the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – the Caledonian in Scotland, Sheraton Oman in Muscat, and Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in the UAE. “We are thrilled to debut the first Tribute Portfolio in South Asia. At Twenty14 Holdings, we share the vision of offering a unique experience for guests,” said Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings. “Kerala has long been one of the most sought-after destinations worldwide and we are excited to be part of the state’s flourishing tourism sector. We look forward to extending our legacy of providing outstanding hospitality to guests across Kerala and India through our bespoke properties,” he said. Tribute Portfolio, launched by Marriott, is a collection of independent hotels around the globe with a focus on expressive design moments, vibrant public spaces, and a flexible food and beverage model. “This will also mark the debut of our 16th brand to join the Marriott International portfolio in India,” said Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President — South Asia, Marriott International.

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ITB India to be held in Mumbai in 2020

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Messe Berlin has announced that it will be organising the inaugural ITB India in 2020. The three-day B2B travel trade show and convention will be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from April 15-17, 2020. The show will bring together key travel industry leaders and buyers from cities across India, and international exhibitors from the MiCE, leisure and corporate sectors. ITB India will also have a Hosted Buyers’ Programme that will cater to buyers from first, second, and third tier cities in India. The Indian travel industry is expected to be valued at US$56 billion by 2020 with UNTWO, the World Tourism Organization, predicting that there will 50 million outbound travellers by then. ITB India represents a major opportunity for National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), travel, and hospitality companies to be part of this dramatically expanding market opportunity. “In recent years we have given the ITB brand an increasingly international dimension,” said Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin. “From a global and regional perspective, India is a vast source market for the travel industry with a huge growth potential. We are delighted that ITB India will in future complement the trio of ITB Berlin, ITB Asia and ITB China, making it a quartet and strengthening the global ITB brand.” India’s economic growth means that its citizens are earning more disposable income to spend on travel. India’s outbound travel expenditure increased 7% on average year-on-year between 2006 and 2016 and saw an even higher growth rate of 8.5% in travel expenditure from 2015 to 2016. This rate was considerably higher than growth rates seen by other major countries including China, Indonesia, and Brazil for the same period. “Having …

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Business travel in India to grow by 11.5 per cent in 2019

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FCM Travel Solutions, the Indian subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Australia and KPMG released a whitepaper titled ‘Redefining Corporate Travel Management’ that presents businesses with a holistic approach towards business travel and helps setting benchmarks to evaluate the performance of their chosen travel partner. In the past year, rise in annual growth of business travel spend for India has been the highest among the top 15 business travel markets globally. According to Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the business travel spends in India stood at USD 37 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 46 billion in 2019 with a projected annual growth rate of 11.5per cent – making India one of the world’s fastest growing business travel market. While India is the 7th largest business travel market it is projected to be amongst the top 5 travel markets by 2022. Furthermore, India-China-Indonesia (ICI) travel spend is predicted to reach USD 565 billion in 2022 and is projected to be the largest in the world by 2035. To truly recognize benefits of business travel, corporates need to look at their travel management programme in a holistic way. The whitepaper focuses on key mainstays that make up a successful travel management programme; ensuring Safety of employees, increasing cost Effectiveness of the programme, boosting Productivity of employees while travelling for business and greater Transparency within the programme. Thus, aiming to succour organizations by helping them adopt a comprehensive travel programme that can integrate and fulfil the needs of all the stakeholders involved. The report also details that while currently women account for approximately 30 per cent of the economically active workforce, they also account for nearly 25 per …

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Air Odisha launches Jagdalpur-Visakhapatnam service via Raipur

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Air Odisha has started its services to Chhattisgarh from Andhra Pradesh, as it launched a flight to Jagdalpur from Visakhapatnam through Raipur. The services launched under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing. “We are happy to announce the launch of our new routes in Chhattisgarh connecting with Andhra Pradesh. The UDAN scheme is an excellent scheme initiated under the flagship of our Honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, which would aid the growth of the economy where air travel is now more affordable and convenient for the common man. We are delighted to be part of this historic moment of the nation’s aviation sector,” said Shaishav Shah, Managing Director, Air Odisha and Executive Director, GSEC. “In terms of outright benefits to the passengers and travellers, Raipur-Jagdalpur (288 km by road) travel time of 15 hours by train and 6-7 hours by road shrinks to a mere 40 minutes, that too at a cost of Rs 1670,” Air Odisha said in a release. UDAN is to let the common citizens of the country fly by making air travel affordable and widespread, and Air Odisha is able to materialise this goal. With every passing month, Air Odisha is adding more regions to its radar for better connectivity in the towns. In this context, commencement of the regional connectivity scheme in towns like Jagdalpur, Raipur, and Vizag continues to demonstrate Air Odisha’s growth.

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Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road opens for business

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Chennai welcomes its seventh AccorHotels property with the opening of Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road. The property is conveniently situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of many clubs like Madras Club and elite neighbourhoods like Boat Club. It is a mere 10-minute drive from popular locations like the T Nagar shopping district, Marina Beach and the business districts of Nungambakkam, Egmore, Adyar, Mylapore and Alwarpet. The hotel is less than a 30-minute drive from both the Chennai International Airport and the Chennai Central Railway Station. “We are excited to partner with AG Hospitality to launch Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road and look forward to a fruitful partnership. The opening of this hotel marks our seventh hotel in Chennai and eighth property in the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is fast becoming a key market fuelled by both strong business and leisure traveller growth in an improving economic climate.” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer – India & South Asia, AccorHotels. Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road is the first Novotel with a contemporary design and interiors. The hotel has been conceptualised by SODA, an international design firm known for creating fresh, innovative yet sustainable spaces. The hotel features around 100 well-appointed rooms including four suites, as well as rooms designed for the specially-abled.  “A twenty-year dream of having an unconventional yet charming place for business travellers seems most relevant in today’s scenario where everything is changing so rapidly, couldn’t have been a better time to realize a long-standing vision. It feels very special and satisfying” said, Dr S.K. Gupta, Chairman, Gupta Group of Companies.   “Our work in the European fashion industry exposed us to several boutique and unique hotels all over …

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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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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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IT&CM China 2018 & CTW China underway at Shanghai

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The 12th edition of IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China along with China’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, CTW China, is underway at the Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing until March 22, 2018. The IT&CM exhibition floor this year boasts of a significant expansion of 50 per cent to 100 per cent by international exhibitors, represented by 289 new and returning exhibiting destinations, corporate brands and organisations, informed the event organiser, Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media. The 2018 event expects an attendance of over 3,000 MICE professionals from sectors including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel and associations. With over 500 Chinese and international buyers from across 42 Chinese cities and territories and 41 international markets, the show expects to have 14,000 business appointments on the show floor. “Hong Kong SAR stands out as the largest exhibiting pavilion with Macao SAR in close second, followed by Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hangzhou, Hainan, Ningbo and many more. The corporate zone showcase comprises of a balanced mix of international and local brands including AccorHotels, Air China, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Chimelong, Gloria International Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Resorts group, Minor Hotels, Royal Caribbean, Tempus Group and TravelSky among many others.” The 4th edition of CTW China, a leading corporate travel management event too is underway with even larger endorsements and partners at JW Marriott Shanghai Changfeng Park. CTW China is part of the CTW Events series co-organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. This event is co-organised by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China. 2018’s new and returning exhibitors include Best Western International, China MeetingBest Group, Frasers Hospitality, Hilton and Turkish …

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