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5th edition of Travel Business Show concluded with over 1700 meetings in Hyderabad

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The 5th edition of Travel Business Show, an exclusive MiCE B2B show, took place from Dec 1-2, 2018 at the Hyderabad Marriott Hotel. The two-day event saw networking and business meetings between approximately 30 exhibitors and 60 buyers from across the country. Over 1700 pre-scheduled meetings took place within two days, the event provided the perfect platform for service providers, destinations and hotels to connect with selected MiCE operators and agents participating in the event.  Speaking at the 5th edition of the Travel MiCE Show at the Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, RH Khwaja, Former Secretary, Tourism, revealed that India’s capital expenditure was 11 per cent in tourism between 2011-17. He further said that India is growing in MiCE sector and there is a need for quality in terms of offering MiCE services. Besides, he insisted that India needs to work on its domestic products, apart from foreign exchange earnings by inbound tourists.

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Kerala safe for travel as Nipah virus scare fades away

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The Government of Kerala has said that its tourism scenario has breathed a sigh of relief with the Nipah virus scare having diminished. The virus outbreak had threatened to affect tourism arrivals to the state. The state government also said that there have been no new cases of the Nipah virus attack reported over the past 21 days, and the state health department believes that the scare has waned off. “The health advisories issued by the State Health Department on May 22 and 25, 2018, soon after the Nipah virus had made its appearance, have now been withdrawn. The government believes that it is absolutely safe for travellers to arrive in Kerala,” a statement by the state government said. As per the latest health advisory released by the Kerala Health and Family Welfare Department, the Nipah virus outbreak is over in Kerala. The advisory substantiates this with the fact that there have been absolutely no new cases of the virus attack reported over the past 21 days, and this is more that the longest recorded incubation period of the virus. Travellers who had been putting off their travels plans fearing the virus can now be sure enough that it is absolutely safe to travel to Kerala. The scare has died off and the state’s destinations are as safe as before, the statement said.

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Tourism minister unveils first-ever safety guidelines on adventure tourism

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KJ Alphons, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism, Government of India, has launched the Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines along with Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Tourism; Satyajeet Rajan, Director General, Tourism; Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Tourism and Swadesh Kumar, President, Adventure Tourism Association of India (ATOAI). A total of 26 activities have been covered in the guidelines including land, air and water based activities. The guidelines have been put in place to make the unorganised sector to adopt them. These guidelines will be reviewed every three months. In an effort to make adventure sports safer, the set of guidelines lists out the basic minimum standards required for adventure tourism activities in India. Adventure tourism has grown rapidly over the past few years playing a vital role in the economic growth of India as well as attracting a large number of travellers from across the globe to the country. The sole aim is to help adventure tour operators understand and execute safety guidelines in a better manner. These guidelines cover activities like mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, river rafting and many other sports.

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Great Indian Travel Bazaar in Jaipur from April 22-24

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The 10th edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB), which emerged as one of the most important travel marts for inbound tourism, will be held in Jaipur from April 22 to 24, 2018. While the inaugural session will be held at Hotel Lalit on April 22, the pre-structured meetings and exhibition will be held on April 23 and 24 at the Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center (JECC) in Sitapura, informed Dr Subodh Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan. Dr Agarwal said, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will grace the inaugural session as Chief Guest, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons will inaugurate the exhibition on April 23. The two-day event will see fruitful networking giving a further boost to the travel trade business in the State, he added. FICCI Past President and Chairperson FICCI Tourism Committee, Dr Jyotsana Suri said that in a span of 10 years, GITB has gone from strength to strength and was now a force to reckon with in the inbound tourism marts.

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GST, demonetisation may impact wedding market: ASSOCHAM

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The upcoming wedding season starting in November may be impacted by 10-15 per cent particularly wedding services like marriage garden/marriage hall booking, tent booking, confectionery services, photography and more, reveals by industry chamber ASSOCHAM. The factors attributed are demonetisation together with Goods and Servies Tax (GST) are likely to impact the upcoming wedding season in India as people will have to shell out more on buying jewellery and apparels, at salons and beauty parlours, photography, even for hiring venues like hotels/marriage palaces, courier and other related services, reveals the ASSOCHAM. It is being estimated that the average cost of many wedding services like shopping, tent booking, food services, etc., is higher due to GST. The GST rate on most of these services is from 18 to 28 percent. Before GST, most of the wedding service businesses like tent services, confectionery booking, etc., were using unregistered bills on which they didn’t have to pay any tax, adds the paper. Destination wedding or the wedding tourism sector in India which accounts for less than 10 per cent share in the overall industry is not likely to face much adverse impact of GST and demonetisation as it is already a very costly affair which mainly lures foreigners, NRIs, rich and famous people for exotic weddings at beaches, royal palaces, adventurous places, says the ASSOCHAM paper. However, all footwear above Rs.500 is taxed at a whopping 18 per cent.  Tax on gold and diamond jewellery has increased from 1.6 per cent to 3 per cent. The booking for a 5-star hotel will cost 28 per cent extra in the form of GST. Also, event management service, will have to pay an additional 18 per …

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275 foreign buyers and 288 exhibitors at GITB 2017

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The Great Indian Travel Bazaar saw a conglomeration of 275 foreign buyers and 288 exhibitors at The Lalit Jaipur. The inbound show, which is underway until April 25, was inaugurated by Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and Krishnendra Kaur, Tourism, Art and Culture Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee FICCI, Nihal Chand Goel, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism, Art & Culture), Bhim Singh, President, Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan, and Rahul Chakravarty, Senior Director and Head-Tourism, FICCI. Addressing the show, Billa said, “India is truly on a growth path. All of you here are at the right place to lay the seeds for what will become a great engagement for a market that has huge potential.”

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Vizag hosts CII conference

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The Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh in association with AP Tourism, Government of AP, recently organised a conference on Destination Vizag ‘A Hidden Paradise of the East’ in Vishakhapatnam. About 25 representatives of destination management companies joined the conference. They were taken for a tour of Buddhist Circuit in Visakhapatnam as well as an Eco Tourism tour to Araku, Anantagiri hill region of Visakhapatnam District.  While addressing the conference Pravin Kumar, IAS Collector Vizag, said that most of the tourist attractions in Visakhapatnam are unexplored, and mentioned that through good promotional initiatives and marketing the city could emerge as major tourist destination in future.  Sreekanth Nagulapalli, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, Go AP, shared tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh and Government’s tourism policy to promote infrastructure in tourism sector. Dr Subhash Goyal, Chairman, STIC group, said that Vishakhapatnam needs to be marketed well. He suggested to form a joint working group to initiate the discussion Andhra Tourism Mart. Chetan Gupta, General Secretary, ADTOI, suggested for more air connectivity, need for Tourism Information Offices in the micro cities and need for developing package tours. Hari Narayan, IAS, Commissioner, GVMC said that Municipal Administration is working to promote Quality of Life for both citizens and visitors and many projects are being initiated towards Smart City Project.

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E-visa services extended for business, conference and medical purposes

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The e-tourist visa (eTV) has been revised to include travellers visiting India for business, conference, tourism, and medical purposes under one category, confirmed Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism. “It will now be termed e-visa and will be valid for 60 days, as opposed to the earlier duration of 30 days. Travellers will also be able to apply for the e-visa four months in advance and will be granted a double-entry for tourism and business, and three entries for medical purposes,” Billa said. As per the Cabinet decision, the e-visa scheme will be extended to eight more countries, taking the total number of nations that avail the facility to 158. The liberalisation of visa services is expected to stimulate economic growth, increase earnings from export of services like tourism, medical value travel and travel on account of business and to make ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’ and other such flagship initiatives of the government successful.

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Wesgro is PATA’s new member

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The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has welcomed Wesgro from South Africa as its newest government member. It will now be the official Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. The announcement was made by Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO,  PATA at the Association’s annual Aligned Advocacy Dinner in London, UK on Monday November 7, 2016. Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro, said, “The Asian market is extremely important and valuable for Cape Town and the Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment strategy. PATA provides an excellent platform for us to directly engage key stakeholders in this market, learn from them and make Cape Town and the Western Cape a more attractive and accessible destination for them.”

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Oman sets up Convention Bureau

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Oman has a new Oman Convention Bureau by the Ministry of Tourism, Oman. Talking about the initiative, Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism, Oman says, “Our  ‘Tourism Strategy’ for 2040 has MICE as a major pillar for the future to help us grow and enhance and industry. The objective of the bureau is to support to the international and local organisations in hosting their events and cater to their requirements. The main aim is to promote Oman as an ideal destination for the MICE tourism sector.”

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