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Jet Airways launches fourth daily from Dubai to Delhi

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Jet Airways has launched a fourth daily service from Dubai to Delhi and has also rescheduled the flight to Mangalore from Dubai. The new schedule provides a more convenient night flight, arriving early in the morning in Mangalore. Shakir Kantawala, Vice President, Gulf, Middle East and Africa, Jet Airways, said, “The new service will further enhance the strong economic ties between the UAE and India and support the increase in demand for tourism for both the cities. The new flight timings are also of interest for business travellers, who now have the convenience of day return flights. We look forward to providing greater convenience and choice to our guests travelling to Delhi.”

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Travel Money opens an exclusive retail store in Vijaywada

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Travel Money, the flagship Foreign Exchange brand of FCM Travel Solutions, Indian subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group Australia, strengthened its presence in South India with an inauguration of its first owned retail store at one of the key locations at Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. The outlet was inaugurated by Gagan Malhotra, Vice President, Foreign Exchange, FCM Travel Solutions India Pvt Ltd. This expansion augments total number of outlets to the 34 stores across India, out of which 14 are in South India. Observing the higher demands and trends in the travel space and from the passionate travellers, Travel Money stores have been designed to help the customers with unbeatable pricing and quality related to Foreign Exchange. Spread over 1,000 sq. ft. at M. G Road, the store offers a range of foreign exchange services such as forex, travel cards and outward remittances for education or close relative maintenance. Speaking on the launch, Gagan Malhotra, Vice President, Foreign Exchange, FCM Travel Solutions India, said, “We are extremely pleased to announce our first owned exclusive retail store in Vijaywada and thereby in Andhra Pradesh. According to the BCG report titled ‘Demystifying The Indian Online Traveller 2017’, the Indian travel market is projected to grow at 11 to 11.5 per cent to the tune of $ 48 billion by 2020. Indian travel given the significant outbound tourism growth in South India market, we aim to deliver quality and convenience in all aspects of foreign exchange including remittance for students, Leisure & Business travel, Prepaid Travel Cards, and much more to our travellers. Our new branch at Pothuri Towers, M.G. Road is a prime location, which will allow our consumers an easy access. With …

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Hilton Mandalay, Myanmar, opens with a ballroom spanning 256 sqm

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Hilton Mandalay has opened its door for guests. Hilton Mandalay offers 231 guest rooms. Many of the hotel’s guest rooms have private balconies and select rooms feature expansive terraces. Kitchenettes are available in several rooms, making Hilton Mandalay an ideal choice for extended stays and families. “As the former royal capital of Myanmar, Mandalay is an exciting destination for business and leisure travelers alike with its bustling industry and abundance of cultural, religious and historic attractions,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We look forward to expanding our presence in this sought-after travel destination and introducing Hilton’s world-renowned hospitality to Mandalay-bound travelers.” Hilton Mandalay provides a convenient base for travelers seeking to explore major attractions within the city such as Mandalay Hill, U Bein Bridge and Mahamuni Pagoda, as well as those looking to explore some of Myanmar’s most popular destinations including the ancient city of Bagan, the scenic hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin and the majestic Inle Lake. Gourmands in Mandalay can look forward to dining at Café Mandalay, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with a vast selection of authentic South East Asian and local cuisines. The space is stylishly designed with a live open kitchen and impressive wine wall. Guests may also choose to relax at the lobby bar or unwind at the Poolside Pavilion. Bungkus, an upscale deli in the lobby, serves delectable pastries and quick bites for travelers on the go. Offering flexible event space, including a ballroom spanning 256 square meters, Hilton Mandalay is ideal for business groups, small meetings and social events. The hotel also offers a swimming pool, a large Jacuzzi and a fully equipped fitness center that …

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Marriott International rolls out Club Marriott in India

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Marriott International has launched the new Club Marriott dining loyalty programme in India. This programme integrates three powerful dining loyalty programmes: Club Marriott, Eat Drink & More, and Star Privilege into a single paid membership programme. The programme provides members with more choices and benefits whenever they dine out in their hometowns or visit one of the 250 participating hotels across 16 brands in 13 countries across the region, with more hotels joining every month. The Club Marriott programme will grant its members exclusive access to a diverse assortment of hotels that will furnish locally relevant benefits and dining options. As Club Marriott members, the guests will have easy access to a range of select hotel facilities and also be entitled to lucrative discounts over fine dining and accommodation at the participating hotels across APAC countries. “Club Marriott, the union of three prestigious dining loyalties, is a celebrated food and beverage loyalty program of its kind in Asia-Pacific. We’re all set to recognise and reward our Indian guests with memorable experiences with a distinctive range of dining options and exclusive benefits across our wide portfolio of brands under Marriott International,” said Ralph Frehner, Vice President, Food and Beverage, Asia-Pacific for Marriott International. “The core of Club Marriott is to inspire loyalty that extends beyond just a stay and confer special benefits to our loyal members.” “The integration of our programmes has widened the scope of rewards and options for our guests. It will allow our guests to redeem exclusive events, experiences and feel a sense of community at their favourite destinations,” said  Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President – South Asia – ‎Marriott International. Members of Club Marriott can avail maximum …

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Radisson Blu’s ‘The Art Of Weddings’ exclusively for Indian market

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Radisson Blu has introduced an exclusive campaign focused on weddings specifically for the Indian market. Known as ‘The Art of Weddings’, building on the brand’s global ‘Something Blu, A Wedding of a Kind’ concept, the initiative will run across all of India’s 34 Radisson Blu hotels. ‘The Art of Weddings’ will roll out in the form of a two-day lavish experiential ‘Wedding Fair’ at Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar on August 25 and 26 and Radisson Blu Hotel Indore on September 2 and 3. Special privileges such as food and beverage discounts and a bonus of 25,000 Club CarlsonSM Gold Points, will be extended to all wedding bookings made at Radisson Blu hotels across India during the campaign period. Partnering with the campaign are couture designer Payal Singhal who will present ‘The Azure Collection’, an exclusive line designed for Radisson Blu; renowned celebrity chef from Radisson Blu, Rakesh Sethi; Ramit Batra, acclaimed destination wedding photographer and storyteller; Puneet Gupta and his fashionable, bespoke wedding invitation designs; Jewels D’Allure that will bring together personalised, high-end jewellery and Eclairs Cakes; a specialist in designer wedding cakes. Leading make-up artist Kangana Kochhar will also participate in the New Delhi Fair. Sandy Russell, Vice President, Commercial Operations, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said, “The ‘Art of Weddings’ taps on the huge potential of the wedding market in India and is unique in its targeting, delivery and reach. The campaign is designed to create personalised wedding experiences and we are confident that the campaign will resonate strongly with consumers in the country.” Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, SouthAsia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said, “We are excited to launch The Art of Weddings …

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Choice Hotels unveils ‘We mean Business’ for corporate travellers

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Choice Hotels International has amplified its focus on the business travel segment with new appealing offerings. The company announced its ‘We mean Business’ platform, signifying a commitment to partner with corporate travel managers and demonstrate expanded services for business travellers. Choice has strengthened its managed travel programme by helping corporate clients drive compliance, improve travel budgets, and keep travellers happy by opening new upscale properties like Cambria Hotels and the Ascend Hotel Collection that provide an experience tailored to meet the needs of today’s modern business traveller, while enabling organisations to control travel costs. Transforming upper midscale and midscale brands like Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, and Sleep Inn, the group helps to ensure that corporate managers are recommending the best products in those segments to business travellers. Expanding to nearly all of the top business markets with 6500 hotels worldwide, travel managers can feel confident in Choice being able to provide accommodations in virtually any location. Choice Hotels also offers preferred rate programmes that can minimise an organisation’s total travel costs, provide dedicated corporate contacts who partner in managing business travel programmes, deliver essential amenities,and offer the one-of-a-kind Your Extras benefit as part of the award-winning Choice Privileges loyalty programme. Designed with the corporate traveller in mind, Your Extras lets members digitally select additional instant rewards on every midweek stay. “Choice’s diverse portfolio of brands enables our guests travelling on business to find the right option for every trip. We’re constantly adapting and improving our brands based on guests’ feedback because, at Choice, We mean Business,” said Tom Disantis, Vice President, Sales Strategy and Operations, Choice Hotels.

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Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway opens with 5,000 sqft meeting space

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway. The hotel has 5,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space. The company also expressed that it is on track to having 150 hotels open or in our pipeline within the next 10-15 years. This growth will largely be driven by the Holiday Inn brand family with a distinct focus on Crowne Plaza and InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in key gateway cities. Sudeep Jain, Vice President, Development, South West Asia, IHG, said: “All three properties will draw synergies from IHG hotels located nearby and will reinforce our position in South West Asia. While IHG already has a strong and growing presence in India, we are looking at developing our portfolio further in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.”

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Concur and Ola join hands to deliver mobility benefits to corporate clients

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Concur, the provider of spend management solutions and services, announced its integration with Ola Corporate, Ola’s enterprise solution for business travellers and corporates. Under this innovative partnership, Concur and Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation, have built a connected platform that radically improves the experience for Concur’s business traveller. Over 300 local and global Concur customers will have access to the features of Ola Corporate including diverse and customised mobility solutions across categories such as Mini, Micro, Prime Sedan & SUVs, Lux and Rentals across 102 cities where Ola offers its services. While Concur would provide seamless expense management through paperless, automated invoice and zero manual intervention; leading to improved productivity and reduced manual errors; Ola Corporate will provide the same convenience through customized solutions tailor-made for the transportation needs of thousands of corporate customers. John Gibbon, Vice President, Platform at Concur, said “The improved convenience that this partnership will bring to our customers in India, is a huge value add and will go a long way in our goal of finding better ways to manage business expenses.” Ankit Jain, Senior Director, Ola, said, “Ola Corporate has been designed to streamline corporate travel in India; and the service has witnessed tremendous growth and popularity among some leading brands and enterprises in India. Our latest partnership with Concur is very exciting as it will provide an innovative and smart solution for the seamless, hassle free on ground transportation management for several leading enterprises registered with them.”

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Thailand to earn 18,000 million baht through exhibition industry this fiscal: TCEB

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According to TCEB’s Director of Exhibitions and Events, Jaruwan Suwannasat, the overview of exhibitions industry drew 180,480 international exhibition delegates and earned a total of 15,686 million baht for the country in the fiscal year 2016. The performance is expected to grow this year to around 208,000 international exhibition delegates, generating revenue for the country of around 18,000 million baht. This was revealed in the Thailand International Exhibitions & Events Forum or TIEEF 2017. Supawan Teerarat, Vice President, Strategic and Business Development of TCEB stated that based on results of an economic impact study in 2015, the Thai MICE industry helped circulate total expenditure in the country’s economic system of 220 billion baht, In the exhibition sector specifically, generated more than 53,000 million baht and more than 43,000 jobs were created. “When the government announced a policy to embrace Thailand 4.0 the MICE industry has responded positively driven by innovation. TCEB has prepared an integrated plan for MICE that will stimulate the economy,” said Teerarat.

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108 exhibitors showcase offerings for Tier II & III markets at GPS Nagpur

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Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) inaugurated on January 20, 2017, at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur saw 108 exhibitors showcase their various products and offerings for the Tier II and Tier III markets. The event was attended by over 600 buyers. The event witnessed an august presence of Satinder S. Ahuja, Honorary Counsul, Consulate of Georgia, Marzban Antia, Vice President, TAAI, Ankush Nijhawan, MD, Nijhawan Group, and SanJeet, Vice Chairman, PATA India and MD, DDP Group, among other dignitaries. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-founder, GPS and MD, Jagsons Travels, informed, “If we see the multiplier effect, then approximately for 108 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers, 100,000 meetings can be done. This is a huge number. We have witnessed 99 per cent success in terms of exchange of e-cards.” “The buyers and exhibitors can maintain the database and keep in touch even after the show. All data can be found at one marketplace which will bring together the big and small service providers as well as all kinds of travel agents and tour operators in the Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha a region,” he added. GPS is a premier business networking event and business-to-business trade show that is held annually in Nagpur.

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