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HICSA starts today in Mumbai

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The 14th edition of Hotel Investment Conference-South Asia (HICSA) started today in the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Having created a niche for itself, HICSA brings together an impressive conglomeration of business leaders, think tanks and industry top brass, and is one of the most coveted forums for all industry players in the region. The program will feature a series of master classes and keynotes by subject-matter experts; interviews and thought-provoking discussions with industry stalwarts; and a number of engaging panel discussions. Notable speakers at this year’s event include prominent industry leaders such as Alan Watts, President – Asia Pacific, Hilton; Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International; Ashish Jakhanwala, Managing Director and CEO, SAMHI; Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip; Deepak Bagla, Chief Executive Officer and MD, Invest India; Gaurav Bhushan, Global Chief Development Officer, Accorhotels; Katerina Giannouka, President – Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group; Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited; Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director – India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group; Patu Keswani, Chairman and MD, Lemon Tree Hotels Limited and Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company Limited, to name a few.

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Dubai Association Conference in December

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The Dubai Association Conference will be held from December 11-12, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The conference will focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practices. Themed ‘Building a Community’, the Dubai Association Conference is being hosted by the Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and DWTC.  With the number of associations steadily growing across the Middle East region, the conference will aim to offer a vital platform for networking and knowledge-sharing, in an effort to further boost progression across industries. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Dubai Association Conference is a step towards fostering a collaborative environment for associations to expand and thrive. We also believe that this conference will mutually support Dubai in its journey to becoming the regional hub for associations, and strengthen the city’s positioning as a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies.” Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Associations play a crucial role in driving growth within mature markets around the world, and the same can be said about the fast-expanding association community in Dubai. The Dubai Association Conference will establish an important platform for open dialogue between regional and global associations where they can explore industry trends and share valuable insights. This premier event will also provide an opportunity for associations to learn more about the benefits of setting up in Dubai and leveraging the emirate’s position to expand their footprint in the Middle East.” Following the conference, attending association representatives will join the …

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8.7% hike in air pricing likely in 2018: GBTA & CWT

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According to the 2018 Global Travel Forecast, airfares in India are forecast to see an 8.7 per cent hike in 2018. The Asia Pacific region will see a 2.8 per cent rise in airfares in 2018, with domestic demand increasing in India and China. The report has been prepared by GBTA Foundation in partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and with the support of the Carlson Family Foundation. The report suggests that global airfares are expected to rise 3.5 percent in 2018; hotel prices are expected to be 3.7 percent higher; and ground transportation such as taxis, trains and buses are expected to rise only 0.6 percent. Jeanne Liu, Vice President – Research, GBTA Foundation, said, “The most successful programs will have to keep a watchful eye on both geopolitical risks and a rapidly-changing supplier landscape as they re-evaluate strategy often and adapt as necessary.” Kurt Ekert, president and CEO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, said, “The global numbers from this forecast should be considered strong leading indicators of what 2018 will mean for global businesses, as we anticipate higher spending.”

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JATA Tourism EXPO unveiled in Tokyo

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The JATA Tourism EXPO Japan officially opened with 140 countries and 47 regions in Japan. Delegates including Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akihiro Ohta, and the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, Norifumi Idee were welcomed at the inaugural event. Ohta said that Japan wants to become an advanced tourism country, to push not only international inbound travel, but to also focus on more domestic travel as well. UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, and David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also graced the occasion with their presence. Rifai stated that Japan’s ambitious target of recording 40 million annual visitors by the year 2020 – the original goal was 20 million, was achieved last year and first upped to 30 million before the current target was proposed.

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