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DOMESTIC Jal Mahotsav, Madhya Pradesh Jal Mahotsav is a Water Tourism Festival originated by Madhya Pradesh Tourism D e p a r t m e n t . T h i s f a m o u s “J a l Mahotsav ” is been organized at Hanumantia Island, Located in Khandwa district. This festival is also an ethnic portrayal of Madhya Pradesh an ethnic that represents dynamic affluent heritage and lavish food. Jal Mahotsav include wide diversity of bustle comprise of Land, Water and Air. Land activity cover Zip line, Tug of War, Volley Ball, Paint Ball Game, Archery Game, Bull Cart, Kite Flying, All Terrain Vehicle, Star Gazing and Kids Zone. Water movement embraces Water

Zorbing, Water Para Sailing, Motor Boat, Banana Ride, Jet Ski, Speed Boat, and Cruise Air to-do comprehends Land Para Sailing, Para Motor, and Hot Air Balloon. Along with this activities the absolute brilliance of the local artisans and crafts people, melodious folk music and performance and lip smacking cuisine all these precisely describe and define “The Heart of India” truly stand for. Indra Sagar Dam is one of the biggest water bodies of the state, which has around 10 islands. Apart from separate arrangement for parking, pick and drop

service would be in place especially for e l d e rs . A p a r t f r o m activity there are several nearby attractions to traverse. T h e t o u r i s m department has crafted various packages for the activities and nearby magnetism with in an economical dispense. The fest aim to make people aware about the tourism at such water bodies in the state.

T h e M i n i s t r y o f To u r i s m h a s recognized Medical and Wellness Tourism including Ayurveda as a Niche product in order to overcome the aspect of 'seasonality' and to promote India as a 365 days' destination and attract tourists with specific interest. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism informed that a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board has been constituted to provide a dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of Medical and Wellness Tourism including Ayurveda and any other format of Indian syste m o f m e d i c i n e co ve re d b y Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). India as a destination for Ayurveda is also promoted through the Global Incredible India campaign and by the

Seek–Discover–Explore at Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart'17 The 4th edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart with the theme Seek-Discover-Explore will be held at Bhopal from October 27 to 29 this year. Over 200 national and international buyers and about 100 representatives of distinct Indian markets are expected to participate in it. The event will be inaugurated by the dignitaries from the state. The Primary objective of this mart is to market and promote Madhya Pradesh as a destination throughout the year. The concept is a B2B platform which will bring tourism stakeholders on a platform where they would interact to explore opportunities of mutual trade. The event is being supported by eminent institutions of tourism and hospitality industry including Adventure Tour

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Board said, “ The Travel Mart is an opportunity in which the tourism aspects of the state and the policies and schemes are co nve ye d to t h e investors. In the last 3 years of the Travel Mart in Bhopal, it h a s b e e n experienced that through this one-toone discussion with tourists, tourism, hospitality and participants of the hotel industry, the efforts being made for the expansion of the area are also being underlined.” State Minister, Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), KisanKalyavan and Agriculture Development,

Operators Association of India, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Travel Agent Association of India and Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Srikant Pandey, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism

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Edgard Kagan joined as U.S Consul General in Mumbai

Promotion of Ayurveda for International Medical Tourism

Shri Surendra Patwa said, “Madhya Pradesh Tourism has touched new horizons of development under the dynamic leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan. I am hopeful that this year's MP Travel Mart will open the way for more investment in tourism sector in the state. This event will give us the opportunity to create a new Tourism Policy, Water Tourism Policy, Heritage p o l i c y, P o l i c y o f p r o v i d i n g accommodation facility centers and Home State schemes.” The 3rd edition of the travel mart last year was a grand success. International participants attending this year's mart are from Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, N et h e r l a n d s , G e r m a ny, N o r way, Thailand, Poland, Austria, Australia and France. This year's focus will be to highlight Madhya Pradesh as a year

India tourism offices through participation in trade fairs, promotional events, road shows and seminars.

M r. Edgard Kagan has assumed the post of Consul General of the United States in Mumbai from 1 August, 2017, succeeding former Consul General Mr. Tom Vajda. Prior to coming to Mumbai, Consul General Kagan served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Besides serving as the deputy director for the United States Mission to the United Nations in Washington, his other diplomatic posts include China, Australia, Israel, Hungary, and Cote d’Ivoire. Consul General Kagan is a graduate of Yale University and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1991. A 1989 graduate cum laude of Yale University. He speaks French and Mandarin Chinese as well as some Hungarian and Spanish. “My family and I are honored to be

Tourist Visa for Yoga Followers Government of India is providing e-visa for the Yoga Lovers with 3 categories i.e., e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. Under e-Tourist visa, the following activities are permitted Recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, and attending a short term yoga programme. The e-Visa requirement have been liberalized and simplified recently. The window for application under e-Visa has been increased from 30 days to 120 days. The duration of stay in India under e-Visa has also been increased from 30 days to 120 days.

MOT making India a Preferred MICE Destination I ndia is relatively a new entrant in the Global Convention business. Most of the Convention business in India is generated from the domestic market and as per the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Re p o r t 2 0 1 5 ; I n d i a ra n ks 3 1 st worldwide as a convention destination. In Asia Pacific & Middle East, India ranks at number 7. D r. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), said, “The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has been set up under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism to promote India as a venue for International Conferences and Exhibitions. This nonprofit organization, with members comprising national airlines, hotels,

Facilities given to Tourists at Temples, Monuments & Tourist Spots Ministry of Tourism has undertaken various measures/initiatives to provide facilitation and make tourist places accessible to the differently abled and to provide safety and security to tourists & 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info-Helpline in 12 Languages & Infrastructure developed under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD are designed barrier free to provide easy accessibility to differently able tourists. & Voluntary scheme guidelines for classification/re-classification of operational hotels, has made it mandatory for hotels to earmark at least one room with suitable furniture and customized washroom facilities, ramp with anti-slip floors, wheel chair to be available on a complimentary basis in all hotels & Transport Operators Association has been advised to provide adequate facility in the tourist cars/buses.

t rave l a ge nt s , to u r o p e rato rs , tourist transport operators, conference organizers, etc. participate in International MICE Tourism trade fairs like IMEX in Frankfurt and Las Vegas, EIBTMBarcelona and AIME- Melbourne along with the India tourism overseas offices.” I ndia is also being promoted as a preferred Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) destination through the Global Incredible India media campaign and through Road Shows and Seminars conducted by the India tourism offices overseas. Ministry of Tourism also provides Central Financial Assistance for setting up of Conventions Centers as part of the scheme for Large Revenue Generating projects.

representing our country here in western India. I look forward to meeting people across our western Indian consular district and to working together to advance the U.S.-Indian partnership on all levels,” Mr. Kagan said.

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foreign tourists on arrival to provide useful tips. Some State Governments/Union Te r r i to r y A d m i n i st rat i o n s h ave deployed Tourist Police. Launching of Code of Conduct for adoption by the Indian Travel and Tourism Industry for Safe with the objective to encourage undertaking of tourism activities with respect to basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents, in particular women and children. Advisories are issued from time to time to various State Governments and UT Administrations to ensure safety and security of the tourist. Various tourist amenities are provided by Archeological Survey of India and State Archeology at the forts falling under their jurisdiction.

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NEWS FLASH

DOMESTIC Jal Mahotsav, Madhya Pradesh Jal Mahotsav is a Water Tourism Festival originated by Madhya Pradesh Tourism D e p a r t m e n t . T h i s f a m o u s “J a l Mahotsav ” is been organized at Hanumantia Island, Located in Khandwa district. This festival is also an ethnic portrayal of Madhya Pradesh an ethnic that represents dynamic affluent heritage and lavish food. Jal Mahotsav include wide diversity of bustle comprise of Land, Water and Air. Land activity cover Zip line, Tug of War, Volley Ball, Paint Ball Game, Archery Game, Bull Cart, Kite Flying, All Terrain Vehicle, Star Gazing and Kids Zone. Water movement embraces Water

Zorbing, Water Para Sailing, Motor Boat, Banana Ride, Jet Ski, Speed Boat, and Cruise Air to-do comprehends Land Para Sailing, Para Motor, and Hot Air Balloon. Along with this activities the absolute brilliance of the local artisans and crafts people, melodious folk music and performance and lip smacking cuisine all these precisely describe and define “The Heart of India” truly stand for. Indra Sagar Dam is one of the biggest water bodies of the state, which has around 10 islands. Apart from separate arrangement for parking, pick and drop

service would be in place especially for e l d e rs . A p a r t f r o m activity there are several nearby attractions to traverse. T h e t o u r i s m department has crafted various packages for the activities and nearby magnetism with in an economical dispense. The fest aim to make people aware about the tourism at such water bodies in the state.

T h e M i n i s t r y o f To u r i s m h a s recognized Medical and Wellness Tourism including Ayurveda as a Niche product in order to overcome the aspect of 'seasonality' and to promote India as a 365 days' destination and attract tourists with specific interest. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism informed that a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board has been constituted to provide a dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of Medical and Wellness Tourism including Ayurveda and any other format of Indian syste m o f m e d i c i n e co ve re d b y Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). India as a destination for Ayurveda is also promoted through the Global Incredible India campaign and by the

Seek–Discover–Explore at Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart'17 The 4th edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart with the theme Seek-Discover-Explore will be held at Bhopal from October 27 to 29 this year. Over 200 national and international buyers and about 100 representatives of distinct Indian markets are expected to participate in it. The event will be inaugurated by the dignitaries from the state. The Primary objective of this mart is to market and promote Madhya Pradesh as a destination throughout the year. The concept is a B2B platform which will bring tourism stakeholders on a platform where they would interact to explore opportunities of mutual trade. The event is being supported by eminent institutions of tourism and hospitality industry including Adventure Tour

Hotel Norling Pelling

Board said, “ The Travel Mart is an opportunity in which the tourism aspects of the state and the policies and schemes are co nve ye d to t h e investors. In the last 3 years of the Travel Mart in Bhopal, it h a s b e e n experienced that through this one-toone discussion with tourists, tourism, hospitality and participants of the hotel industry, the efforts being made for the expansion of the area are also being underlined.” State Minister, Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), KisanKalyavan and Agriculture Development,

Operators Association of India, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Travel Agent Association of India and Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Srikant Pandey, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Hotel Potala Darjeeling

Hotel Tres Kalimpong

Hotel Bellus Kalimpong

Edgard Kagan joined as U.S Consul General in Mumbai

Promotion of Ayurveda for International Medical Tourism

Shri Surendra Patwa said, “Madhya Pradesh Tourism has touched new horizons of development under the dynamic leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan. I am hopeful that this year's MP Travel Mart will open the way for more investment in tourism sector in the state. This event will give us the opportunity to create a new Tourism Policy, Water Tourism Policy, Heritage p o l i c y, P o l i c y o f p r o v i d i n g accommodation facility centers and Home State schemes.” The 3rd edition of the travel mart last year was a grand success. International participants attending this year's mart are from Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, N et h e r l a n d s , G e r m a ny, N o r way, Thailand, Poland, Austria, Australia and France. This year's focus will be to highlight Madhya Pradesh as a year

India tourism offices through participation in trade fairs, promotional events, road shows and seminars.

M r. Edgard Kagan has assumed the post of Consul General of the United States in Mumbai from 1 August, 2017, succeeding former Consul General Mr. Tom Vajda. Prior to coming to Mumbai, Consul General Kagan served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Besides serving as the deputy director for the United States Mission to the United Nations in Washington, his other diplomatic posts include China, Australia, Israel, Hungary, and Cote d’Ivoire. Consul General Kagan is a graduate of Yale University and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1991. A 1989 graduate cum laude of Yale University. He speaks French and Mandarin Chinese as well as some Hungarian and Spanish. “My family and I are honored to be

Tourist Visa for Yoga Followers Government of India is providing e-visa for the Yoga Lovers with 3 categories i.e., e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. Under e-Tourist visa, the following activities are permitted Recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, and attending a short term yoga programme. The e-Visa requirement have been liberalized and simplified recently. The window for application under e-Visa has been increased from 30 days to 120 days. The duration of stay in India under e-Visa has also been increased from 30 days to 120 days.

MOT making India a Preferred MICE Destination I ndia is relatively a new entrant in the Global Convention business. Most of the Convention business in India is generated from the domestic market and as per the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Re p o r t 2 0 1 5 ; I n d i a ra n ks 3 1 st worldwide as a convention destination. In Asia Pacific & Middle East, India ranks at number 7. D r. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), said, “The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has been set up under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism to promote India as a venue for International Conferences and Exhibitions. This nonprofit organization, with members comprising national airlines, hotels,

Facilities given to Tourists at Temples, Monuments & Tourist Spots Ministry of Tourism has undertaken various measures/initiatives to provide facilitation and make tourist places accessible to the differently abled and to provide safety and security to tourists & 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info-Helpline in 12 Languages & Infrastructure developed under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD are designed barrier free to provide easy accessibility to differently able tourists. & Voluntary scheme guidelines for classification/re-classification of operational hotels, has made it mandatory for hotels to earmark at least one room with suitable furniture and customized washroom facilities, ramp with anti-slip floors, wheel chair to be available on a complimentary basis in all hotels & Transport Operators Association has been advised to provide adequate facility in the tourist cars/buses.

t rave l a ge nt s , to u r o p e rato rs , tourist transport operators, conference organizers, etc. participate in International MICE Tourism trade fairs like IMEX in Frankfurt and Las Vegas, EIBTMBarcelona and AIME- Melbourne along with the India tourism overseas offices.” I ndia is also being promoted as a preferred Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) destination through the Global Incredible India media campaign and through Road Shows and Seminars conducted by the India tourism offices overseas. Ministry of Tourism also provides Central Financial Assistance for setting up of Conventions Centers as part of the scheme for Large Revenue Generating projects.

representing our country here in western India. I look forward to meeting people across our western Indian consular district and to working together to advance the U.S.-Indian partnership on all levels,” Mr. Kagan said.

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foreign tourists on arrival to provide useful tips. Some State Governments/Union Te r r i to r y A d m i n i st rat i o n s h ave deployed Tourist Police. Launching of Code of Conduct for adoption by the Indian Travel and Tourism Industry for Safe with the objective to encourage undertaking of tourism activities with respect to basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents, in particular women and children. Advisories are issued from time to time to various State Governments and UT Administrations to ensure safety and security of the tourist. Various tourist amenities are provided by Archeological Survey of India and State Archeology at the forts falling under their jurisdiction.

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Nashik Travel Mart 2017 Nashik Travel Mart all set with the theme 'NatureCulture-Adventure' to be held at Nashik from 7 to 9 September, 2017. The event will be inaugurated by the chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis. The Primary objective of this mart is to market and p ro m o te N a s h i k a s a destination throughout the year. Participation of around 600 travel agents from India and abroad is expected at event. 50-60 media representatives and travel blogger will be present. The concept is a B2B platform which will bring tourism stakeholders on a platform where they would interact to explore opportunities of mutual trade. A single platform which allows all Travel Partners, Hotels / Resorts & Wineries to come under one roof for the purpose

of showcasing Nashik as a Complete Tourism Product. Nashik is already a famous Pilgrim place hosting Simhasta Kumbh Mela every 12 year. Nashik is also blessed with a pleasant weather beneficial to tourism and wine industry. Nashik is proud to be wine capital of India. The event is being supported by Nashik Hotel Owner's Association and Travel Agent Association of Nashik, Maharashtra Tourism. Mayor Ranjana Bhansi, M L A s Balasaheb Sanap,

Devyani Pharande, Seema Hiray, MTDC Executive Director Vijay Waghmare, and MTDC Joint Managing Director Ashutosh Rathod and other will be present at event. On occasion of this, Mr. Datta Bhalerao, President of Travel Agents Association of Nashik said, “Nashik as a complete and self-sufficient tourism product with multiple attraction and adequate infrastructure for all interest and ages in f r o n t o f To u r i s m P r o f e s s i o n a l s throughout the Nation with the intention of boosting inbound tourism movement.” Mr. Ashutosh Rathod, Joint Managing Director, MTDC, said, “The First Travel Mart was held in 2015, when we had 400 agents attending the events. This year we are having 600 and next year, we will definitely have 1000 more. We want to develop tourism in the state and help out whatever it takes with our decision.”

IT & CM Asia Confine Reception in Bangkok IT & CMA with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) put together a special preview Road show in Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park for local Thai buyers in Bangkok on 18, July, 2017 to showcase the upcoming leading MICE and Corporate Travel Event centred in the Asia-Pacific. The event welcomed 90 new & returning buyers to preview the show's offerings and success stories that have made IT&CMA a key MICE event in the region and bolstering Thailand as one of the top MICE destination in Asia. Mr. Ooi Peng Ee, General ManagerEvents, TTG Asia Media. “IT&CMA & CTW Asia Pacific's longevity is a result of our unwavering mission in helping our industry, and all the people in it, grow. Our commitment in establishing

valuable and sustainable partnerships, working with entities like TCEB and events like these to co-create value, have been key to our success.” Ooi says, “To consolidate Thailand's position as one of the most diverse MICE destination in the World and as IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific ushers in its 25th and 20th Anniversary, We will definitely work with our destination partners like Thailand, Busan, Dubai, Indonesia, Taipei and many more to showcase their offering and support their growth.” IT&CMA 2017 will be organized from 26 September to 28 September 2017 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia- Pacific.

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GST & It's Impact on Travel Industry Publisher: Shailendra Publication Editor & Publisher: Shailendra Kesari Assitant Editor: Parul Kesari Brand Ambassador: Vyom Kesari Advisory: Gour Kanjilal, Om Prakash Sehgal Editorial: Parul Kesari Marketing Team: Prashant, Dinesh Gupta Correspondent North: Manoj Babbar Correspondent West: Payal Gupta

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1st Odisha Travel Bazaar in Bhubaneswar T h e D e p a r t m e n t o f To u r i s m Government of Odisha in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is collocating the 1st Odisha Travel Bazaar (OTB) from 15 to 17 October, 2017 at Bhubaneswar. The State Tourism Department will be investing around Rs. 1.5crore to hold this event. There will be around 40 Foreign Tour Operators, 10 top of the line Inbound operators, 20 leading domestic tour operators from across India, and 5 leading airlines participating as hosted buyers. The Tourism fraternity of Odisha comprising of hotels and tour operators will be promoting tourism product of Odisha as sellers. “There will be an inaugural session and

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a d ay o f B 2 B m e e t i n g to a l l o w reciprocal action between the buyer and the seller and the showcase the tourism potential of Odisha,” said Sanjeev Kumar Mohanty, Head, FICCIOdisha State Council. The main objectives of this event is to create a platform to aggressively promote the tourist destination of Odisha to its buyers from India and across the world. Consequently the strategic focus would be Inbound and Domestic Tourism. The Government is taking initiatives to make the state a 365-days tourist destination, both for foreign nationals and Indian Tourist. Odisha occupies the 21st position among Indian states in term of Foreign Tourist arrivals.

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Good and Service Tax (GST) is probably effecting on your wallet. While most of the travelers keep away from number crunching, this GST has some direct implications on their travel Plan. Under the earlier indirect tax, regime the Hospitality industry, like every other sector in the Indian Economy pays different taxes such as VAT, service taxes, luxury tax. Now with the imposition of GST probably the biggest tax reform. GST impact on Hotel Booking – Under the GST rates announced, a luxury hotel stay will be charged up to 28%. However a relief comes for budget accommodation as hotels and guest house charging per day tariff. GST impact on eating out at Restaurant The tax slab for restaurants differ depending on whether they have AC or not. It got costlier in metropolis like Mumbai where the earlier tax rates include both VAT and services tax is an AC restaurant is 10.6%. Under GST customer will be levied 18% of taxes. GST impact on Flights and Train Ticket – Economy class air travel will become cheaper whereas business class will become dearer/ Similarity, Non AC travel in train will not be affected while ticket prices for AC train will go up

marginally. Mr. Jay Bhatia, Hon. National Treasurer of TAAI has views on GST impact along their plans to cope up with GST effect. He says “Positive impact is that there shall be transparency and double taxation shall be reduced. However the procedures and the laws set especially for the travel and tourism industry are not very clear. There is too much of confusion amongst the views of consultants, Government authorities in states and central as well. Reverse charge mechanism rules are too strict a n d s o m e t h i n g t h at w i l l c re ate confusion at all levels. For the travel trade the % of GST being charged on tickets, outbound tours, inbound tours etc, is also ambiguous. Direct invoicing by the airlines to the client is also something that shall duplicate and create confusion and process of claiming ITC shall become cumbersome and complicated.” He further added, “TAAI has undertaken training program and workshops along with our consultant GJM & Co across

India and have released FAQs and detailed queries are released by o u r G S T committee for our m e m b e rs . We also undertook a webcast which was attended by o v e r 1 0 0 0 participants across the country and GJM & Co along with our team ensured to revert to all quires. The procedural part and aspect of GST are too cumbersome. TAAI is in regular touch with the GST council of MOCA as well as MOT and have made pre as well as part GST implementation to the Government. Since 2 months TAAI GST council is ensuring to inform the government as well as the members about the difficulties faced and has recommended various solution to the Government. Representation has been made directly as well under the FAITH banner. We are hopeful that the Government shall assist in the matter so as to ensure growth and easy of doing business for the travel and tourism industry.”

Mr. Om Prakash, Director of In O R B I T Tours Pvt Ltd believes Minister of Tourism a n d t h e Tr a v e l Tr a d e associations have been working on this subject ever since our Independence. India's inbound tourism has been crawling at such a slow speed that in 70 years of existence of Ministry of To u r i s m a t C e n t r a l Government and supported by all state Tourism Ministries. India's annual inbound arrivals are around 5-6 million tourist. In spite of continuous efforts our infrastructure has not improved that can be compared even with neighboring c o u n t r i e s l i ke D u b a i , T h a i l a n d , Singapore. There facilities are not to the mark. Tourist budget is higher than our neighboring countries which make India as an expensive destination. The Hotel and Transportation cost are higher. The implementation of GST has hike the inbound cost. This will have a negative impact on the inbound arrivals. However the increase in volume can create massive opportunities for urban and rural employment. Travel and Tourism industry is ranked as 3rd largest employment generating industry.

ADTOI Convention 2017 New Team at TAAI for 2017-19 Sansar Tours has been elected as announced in Visakhapatnam TAAI Western Region t h e S e c r e t a r y a n d M r. N . TA A I We ste r n Re g i o n Chairman position was handed over to Mr. Sameer Karnai, Arunodaya Travels; Mr. Rajesh Poddar Right choice Tours N Travels LLP is appointed as Hon. Secretary, Mr. Dharmesh Dinesh Shah, Dadyson Travels Pvt Ltd was elected as Hon. Treasurer.

The Association of D o m e st i c To u r Operators of India (ADTOI) recently announced its annual convention in November 2017, in port city Visakhapatnam. It is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh and is know as "The Jewel of the East C o a s t ”. N o v o t e l Visakhapatnam Varun Beach will be hosting the convention.

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TAAI Southern Region TAAI Southern Region has elected Mr. K. Shahul Hameed, Director, Al-Awhad Travels as its new Chairman; Mr. S. Sakthi Vadivel, Managing Director,

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Karunakaran (Managing Director, Vaigai Wings is the new Treasurer of TAAI-SR.

TAAI South Tamil Nadu Chapter TAAI South Tamil Nadu Chapter has elected Mr. G. Ravichandar, Executive Director, Trichy Airshine Tours & Travels as their Chairman for the term 2017-2019, New secretary is Mr. N. Ravichandran, Managing Director, Sky To S e a To u rs & Trave l s a n d M r. G . Ravindran, Managing Director, Sky Wing India Tours & Travel is the Treasurer.

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Nashik Travel Mart 2017 Nashik Travel Mart all set with the theme 'NatureCulture-Adventure' to be held at Nashik from 7 to 9 September, 2017. The event will be inaugurated by the chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis. The Primary objective of this mart is to market and p ro m o te N a s h i k a s a destination throughout the year. Participation of around 600 travel agents from India and abroad is expected at event. 50-60 media representatives and travel blogger will be present. The concept is a B2B platform which will bring tourism stakeholders on a platform where they would interact to explore opportunities of mutual trade. A single platform which allows all Travel Partners, Hotels / Resorts & Wineries to come under one roof for the purpose

of showcasing Nashik as a Complete Tourism Product. Nashik is already a famous Pilgrim place hosting Simhasta Kumbh Mela every 12 year. Nashik is also blessed with a pleasant weather beneficial to tourism and wine industry. Nashik is proud to be wine capital of India. The event is being supported by Nashik Hotel Owner's Association and Travel Agent Association of Nashik, Maharashtra Tourism. Mayor Ranjana Bhansi, M L A s Balasaheb Sanap,

Devyani Pharande, Seema Hiray, MTDC Executive Director Vijay Waghmare, and MTDC Joint Managing Director Ashutosh Rathod and other will be present at event. On occasion of this, Mr. Datta Bhalerao, President of Travel Agents Association of Nashik said, “Nashik as a complete and self-sufficient tourism product with multiple attraction and adequate infrastructure for all interest and ages in f r o n t o f To u r i s m P r o f e s s i o n a l s throughout the Nation with the intention of boosting inbound tourism movement.” Mr. Ashutosh Rathod, Joint Managing Director, MTDC, said, “The First Travel Mart was held in 2015, when we had 400 agents attending the events. This year we are having 600 and next year, we will definitely have 1000 more. We want to develop tourism in the state and help out whatever it takes with our decision.”

IT & CM Asia Confine Reception in Bangkok IT & CMA with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) put together a special preview Road show in Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park for local Thai buyers in Bangkok on 18, July, 2017 to showcase the upcoming leading MICE and Corporate Travel Event centred in the Asia-Pacific. The event welcomed 90 new & returning buyers to preview the show's offerings and success stories that have made IT&CMA a key MICE event in the region and bolstering Thailand as one of the top MICE destination in Asia. Mr. Ooi Peng Ee, General ManagerEvents, TTG Asia Media. “IT&CMA & CTW Asia Pacific's longevity is a result of our unwavering mission in helping our industry, and all the people in it, grow. Our commitment in establishing

valuable and sustainable partnerships, working with entities like TCEB and events like these to co-create value, have been key to our success.” Ooi says, “To consolidate Thailand's position as one of the most diverse MICE destination in the World and as IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific ushers in its 25th and 20th Anniversary, We will definitely work with our destination partners like Thailand, Busan, Dubai, Indonesia, Taipei and many more to showcase their offering and support their growth.” IT&CMA 2017 will be organized from 26 September to 28 September 2017 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia- Pacific.

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1st Odisha Travel Bazaar in Bhubaneswar T h e D e p a r t m e n t o f To u r i s m Government of Odisha in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is collocating the 1st Odisha Travel Bazaar (OTB) from 15 to 17 October, 2017 at Bhubaneswar. The State Tourism Department will be investing around Rs. 1.5crore to hold this event. There will be around 40 Foreign Tour Operators, 10 top of the line Inbound operators, 20 leading domestic tour operators from across India, and 5 leading airlines participating as hosted buyers. The Tourism fraternity of Odisha comprising of hotels and tour operators will be promoting tourism product of Odisha as sellers. “There will be an inaugural session and

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a d ay o f B 2 B m e e t i n g to a l l o w reciprocal action between the buyer and the seller and the showcase the tourism potential of Odisha,” said Sanjeev Kumar Mohanty, Head, FICCIOdisha State Council. The main objectives of this event is to create a platform to aggressively promote the tourist destination of Odisha to its buyers from India and across the world. Consequently the strategic focus would be Inbound and Domestic Tourism. The Government is taking initiatives to make the state a 365-days tourist destination, both for foreign nationals and Indian Tourist. Odisha occupies the 21st position among Indian states in term of Foreign Tourist arrivals.

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Good and Service Tax (GST) is probably effecting on your wallet. While most of the travelers keep away from number crunching, this GST has some direct implications on their travel Plan. Under the earlier indirect tax, regime the Hospitality industry, like every other sector in the Indian Economy pays different taxes such as VAT, service taxes, luxury tax. Now with the imposition of GST probably the biggest tax reform. GST impact on Hotel Booking – Under the GST rates announced, a luxury hotel stay will be charged up to 28%. However a relief comes for budget accommodation as hotels and guest house charging per day tariff. GST impact on eating out at Restaurant The tax slab for restaurants differ depending on whether they have AC or not. It got costlier in metropolis like Mumbai where the earlier tax rates include both VAT and services tax is an AC restaurant is 10.6%. Under GST customer will be levied 18% of taxes. GST impact on Flights and Train Ticket – Economy class air travel will become cheaper whereas business class will become dearer/ Similarity, Non AC travel in train will not be affected while ticket prices for AC train will go up

marginally. Mr. Jay Bhatia, Hon. National Treasurer of TAAI has views on GST impact along their plans to cope up with GST effect. He says “Positive impact is that there shall be transparency and double taxation shall be reduced. However the procedures and the laws set especially for the travel and tourism industry are not very clear. There is too much of confusion amongst the views of consultants, Government authorities in states and central as well. Reverse charge mechanism rules are too strict a n d s o m e t h i n g t h at w i l l c re ate confusion at all levels. For the travel trade the % of GST being charged on tickets, outbound tours, inbound tours etc, is also ambiguous. Direct invoicing by the airlines to the client is also something that shall duplicate and create confusion and process of claiming ITC shall become cumbersome and complicated.” He further added, “TAAI has undertaken training program and workshops along with our consultant GJM & Co across

India and have released FAQs and detailed queries are released by o u r G S T committee for our m e m b e rs . We also undertook a webcast which was attended by o v e r 1 0 0 0 participants across the country and GJM & Co along with our team ensured to revert to all quires. The procedural part and aspect of GST are too cumbersome. TAAI is in regular touch with the GST council of MOCA as well as MOT and have made pre as well as part GST implementation to the Government. Since 2 months TAAI GST council is ensuring to inform the government as well as the members about the difficulties faced and has recommended various solution to the Government. Representation has been made directly as well under the FAITH banner. We are hopeful that the Government shall assist in the matter so as to ensure growth and easy of doing business for the travel and tourism industry.”

Mr. Om Prakash, Director of In O R B I T Tours Pvt Ltd believes Minister of Tourism a n d t h e Tr a v e l Tr a d e associations have been working on this subject ever since our Independence. India's inbound tourism has been crawling at such a slow speed that in 70 years of existence of Ministry of To u r i s m a t C e n t r a l Government and supported by all state Tourism Ministries. India's annual inbound arrivals are around 5-6 million tourist. In spite of continuous efforts our infrastructure has not improved that can be compared even with neighboring c o u n t r i e s l i ke D u b a i , T h a i l a n d , Singapore. There facilities are not to the mark. Tourist budget is higher than our neighboring countries which make India as an expensive destination. The Hotel and Transportation cost are higher. The implementation of GST has hike the inbound cost. This will have a negative impact on the inbound arrivals. However the increase in volume can create massive opportunities for urban and rural employment. Travel and Tourism industry is ranked as 3rd largest employment generating industry.

ADTOI Convention 2017 New Team at TAAI for 2017-19 Sansar Tours has been elected as announced in Visakhapatnam TAAI Western Region t h e S e c r e t a r y a n d M r. N . TA A I We ste r n Re g i o n Chairman position was handed over to Mr. Sameer Karnai, Arunodaya Travels; Mr. Rajesh Poddar Right choice Tours N Travels LLP is appointed as Hon. Secretary, Mr. Dharmesh Dinesh Shah, Dadyson Travels Pvt Ltd was elected as Hon. Treasurer.

The Association of D o m e st i c To u r Operators of India (ADTOI) recently announced its annual convention in November 2017, in port city Visakhapatnam. It is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh and is know as "The Jewel of the East C o a s t ”. N o v o t e l Visakhapatnam Varun Beach will be hosting the convention.

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TAAI Southern Region TAAI Southern Region has elected Mr. K. Shahul Hameed, Director, Al-Awhad Travels as its new Chairman; Mr. S. Sakthi Vadivel, Managing Director,

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Karunakaran (Managing Director, Vaigai Wings is the new Treasurer of TAAI-SR.

TAAI South Tamil Nadu Chapter TAAI South Tamil Nadu Chapter has elected Mr. G. Ravichandar, Executive Director, Trichy Airshine Tours & Travels as their Chairman for the term 2017-2019, New secretary is Mr. N. Ravichandran, Managing Director, Sky To S e a To u rs & Trave l s a n d M r. G . Ravindran, Managing Director, Sky Wing India Tours & Travel is the Treasurer.

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My Summer Vacation 2017 The article is by budding w r i t e r Master Shubh Gupta (8 years), sharing with us, the places in and around Mumbai he had explored during his vacations. My summer vacation starts from the month of May, the hottest month of the summer season. And the holidays are to give you lot of time to do different activities like playing my favourite game Cricket, some indoor and outdoor games, outings with family, cycling, swimming and many more. I spend my vacation with full of jubliant and memories.

temple is decorated with beautiful wooden carving and painitng on wall and celling. Devotees used to chant “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare

This vacation I explored my city Mumbai, which is also called the dream city. Starting with some very known temples of the town. 1. Siddhi Vinayak Temple -The temple is in Dadar, very well connected to Central and Western suburbs of the town. It is the oldest temple of Lord Ganesha in Mumbai and richest too. It was originally built by LaxmanVithu and DeubaiPatil on 19th November 1801. The Ganesha idol here is Kesari (orange) or sinduri colour. The abode was echoing with “Ganapati BappaMorya”.

Rama, RamaRama Hare Hare! 3. Mahalaxmi Temple: Mahalaxmi temple is the most famous temple of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhaidesai road in Mahalaxmi. The temple was built in 1831 by DhakjDadaji a Hindu merchant. Beautifully placed near the sea shore. 4. Mumba Devi Temple: The Mumba Devi temple is an old temple and the name of the city Mumbai comes from this goddess name MUMBAI (Mumba + Aai). The temple was built in honour of the goddess Amba.

This temple is surrounded with natural beauty. The Brass statue of Lord Mahavira is main attraction in this temple. After visiting Mumbai temples my visit was to Mumbai Chhtrapati S h i v a j i M a h a r a j VastuSangrahalaya Museum, in Fort. Luckily, we visited the Museum on 18th May which is celebrated as International Museum Day. This Museum is a must visit when you are in Mumbai. The entry tickets are very nominal even for the pictures we took by our own mobile. A museum premise is very big and the main building is ground+2floor and the galleries are divided as - Krishna Gallery, Himalayan art Gallery, Miniature painting gallery and Curators gallery, Textile Gallery, Arms and A r m o u r ga l l e r y a n d Chinese and Japanese Gallery. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a large protected area in the northern part o f M u m b a i c i t y. I t encompasses an area of 104km. The park occupies most of the northern suburbs of Mumbai. To the west lie the suburbs of Goregoan, Malad, Kandivali, Borivali and Dahisar. To the east is Bhandup and Mulund.To the south university campus of IIT Bombay. The northern reaches of the forest lie in Thane city. The park is a bustling forest, with many trees and is said to be the lungs of the city as it purifies much of the air pollution of the city. There we had a ride on Van Rani (mini train) and

2. Iskcon Temple of Girgaum: Also known as Sri SriRadhaGopinath, is visited by thousands of devotees during the festivals. It is very beautiful temple of Lord Krishan and Radha Rani. The

5. Mount Mary Curch: A Roman Catholic basilica is located in Bandra, Mumbai. The church had beautifull statue of Mother Mary and it is said that she fulfill all your wishes. It is believed that the c h u r c h h a s unbelievable healing powers and for this reason, the church is herded by devotees every day. 6. Manas Mandir: This temple is in Shahpur outskirts of Mumbai. It is Jain temple and is called mini Palitana.

saw the great panoramic views of hills, valleys, lakes and some animals. After that I went to see the famous Kanheri Caves. The park is best spot for 1 day picnic and I enjoyed with my family playing cricket and badminton is open area of the park. On one spot there were many monkeys jumping around from one tree to another. I also saw Chameleon crossing the road. This place is worth a visit if you admire nature. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Botonical Udyaan, Nashik: First of its kind of botanical garden in the country, it is situated near Nashik. The garden is spread across the forest department's

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93 hectare land at the foothills of Pandavleni is being developed for Nashik Municipal Corporation by Tata

Trusts. It is not only a recreational and study centre, but also attracts tourists. The light and sound show, titled Katha, conveys across the message of forest conversation. The place is abounded with the natural beauty wherever your eyes goes. Here we also got a chance to plant a tree and came to understand the slogan: “Grow more trees. If you cut a tree, you kill a life. If you save a tree, you save a life. If you plant a tree, you plant a life”. So very well said, and I learned a lot while enjoying the family time. Await for my next holiday and next destination to explore.

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My Summer Vacation 2017 The article is by budding w r i t e r Master Shubh Gupta (8 years), sharing with us, the places in and around Mumbai he had explored during his vacations. My summer vacation starts from the month of May, the hottest month of the summer season. And the holidays are to give you lot of time to do different activities like playing my favourite game Cricket, some indoor and outdoor games, outings with family, cycling, swimming and many more. I spend my vacation with full of jubliant and memories.

temple is decorated with beautiful wooden carving and painitng on wall and celling. Devotees used to chant “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare

This vacation I explored my city Mumbai, which is also called the dream city. Starting with some very known temples of the town. 1. Siddhi Vinayak Temple -The temple is in Dadar, very well connected to Central and Western suburbs of the town. It is the oldest temple of Lord Ganesha in Mumbai and richest too. It was originally built by LaxmanVithu and DeubaiPatil on 19th November 1801. The Ganesha idol here is Kesari (orange) or sinduri colour. The abode was echoing with “Ganapati BappaMorya”.

Rama, RamaRama Hare Hare! 3. Mahalaxmi Temple: Mahalaxmi temple is the most famous temple of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhaidesai road in Mahalaxmi. The temple was built in 1831 by DhakjDadaji a Hindu merchant. Beautifully placed near the sea shore. 4. Mumba Devi Temple: The Mumba Devi temple is an old temple and the name of the city Mumbai comes from this goddess name MUMBAI (Mumba + Aai). The temple was built in honour of the goddess Amba.

This temple is surrounded with natural beauty. The Brass statue of Lord Mahavira is main attraction in this temple. After visiting Mumbai temples my visit was to Mumbai Chhtrapati S h i v a j i M a h a r a j VastuSangrahalaya Museum, in Fort. Luckily, we visited the Museum on 18th May which is celebrated as International Museum Day. This Museum is a must visit when you are in Mumbai. The entry tickets are very nominal even for the pictures we took by our own mobile. A museum premise is very big and the main building is ground+2floor and the galleries are divided as - Krishna Gallery, Himalayan art Gallery, Miniature painting gallery and Curators gallery, Textile Gallery, Arms and A r m o u r ga l l e r y a n d Chinese and Japanese Gallery. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a large protected area in the northern part o f M u m b a i c i t y. I t encompasses an area of 104km. The park occupies most of the northern suburbs of Mumbai. To the west lie the suburbs of Goregoan, Malad, Kandivali, Borivali and Dahisar. To the east is Bhandup and Mulund.To the south university campus of IIT Bombay. The northern reaches of the forest lie in Thane city. The park is a bustling forest, with many trees and is said to be the lungs of the city as it purifies much of the air pollution of the city. There we had a ride on Van Rani (mini train) and

2. Iskcon Temple of Girgaum: Also known as Sri SriRadhaGopinath, is visited by thousands of devotees during the festivals. It is very beautiful temple of Lord Krishan and Radha Rani. The

5. Mount Mary Curch: A Roman Catholic basilica is located in Bandra, Mumbai. The church had beautifull statue of Mother Mary and it is said that she fulfill all your wishes. It is believed that the c h u r c h h a s unbelievable healing powers and for this reason, the church is herded by devotees every day. 6. Manas Mandir: This temple is in Shahpur outskirts of Mumbai. It is Jain temple and is called mini Palitana.

saw the great panoramic views of hills, valleys, lakes and some animals. After that I went to see the famous Kanheri Caves. The park is best spot for 1 day picnic and I enjoyed with my family playing cricket and badminton is open area of the park. On one spot there were many monkeys jumping around from one tree to another. I also saw Chameleon crossing the road. This place is worth a visit if you admire nature. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Botonical Udyaan, Nashik: First of its kind of botanical garden in the country, it is situated near Nashik. The garden is spread across the forest department's

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93 hectare land at the foothills of Pandavleni is being developed for Nashik Municipal Corporation by Tata

Trusts. It is not only a recreational and study centre, but also attracts tourists. The light and sound show, titled Katha, conveys across the message of forest conversation. The place is abounded with the natural beauty wherever your eyes goes. Here we also got a chance to plant a tree and came to understand the slogan: “Grow more trees. If you cut a tree, you kill a life. If you save a tree, you save a life. If you plant a tree, you plant a life”. So very well said, and I learned a lot while enjoying the family time. Await for my next holiday and next destination to explore.

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INSIGHT Indian Tourism Soaring higher to new heights of growth and Excellence

Tourism is today recognized as one of the key segments of the Economy. The Foreign Tourist Arrivals during the first 6 months of 2017 were 48.85 lakh with a growth of 17.2 %. Among the top ten countries in respect of tourist arrivals during first 6 months include USA (17.7%), UK (10.8%), China (6.8%), Australia (5.2%), Singapore (5.1%), Republic of Korea (4.5%), Sri Lanka (2.24%), Japan (2.21%), Canada (2.19%), France (1.96%) and Germany (1.92%). So trend is showing positive growth. These growth trends are due to e-tourist visa facilitation that brought remarkable change. Now e-tourist visa is valid for 163 countries and one can apply 180 days in advance and duration of stay has been extended up to 120 days. All the more e-visa has been re-vamped with new additions like:- There will be three new sub-categories for grant of evisa, i.e. e-tourist visa, e-business visa and e-medical visa. In addition, two more new categories Intern visa and

Film visa will be granted for foreigner seeking internship in non-government organizations, and those seeking to shoot movies in India, respectively. Also, both business and medical visas will be granted within 48 hours of application upon urgent requests, it said. "The liberalization of the visa regime will considerably facilitate entry of foreigners into India for tourism, business and medical purposes. E-visa facility has been extended to the nationals of 163 countries for entry through 24 airports, up from 16 airports allowing such entries, and three Indian ports i.e. Cochin, Goa and Mangalore to tap the potential of cruise tourism from different countries. New Delhi Airport (42.4), Mumbai Airport (20.6%), Chennai Airport (9.6%) are leading bests of arrival. "This service will also be provided from Mumbai and Chennai seaports shortly," Separate immigration counters and facilitation desks to assist medical tourists have been provided at India airports namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The multiple entry tourist and business visas for a period of five years will now be available to nationals of most of the countries. Nine-four Missions having bio-metric enrolment facilities have started giving five-year tourist and business visas with effect from March 1,

2017. A new category of visa titled Intern visa has been rolled out with effect from March 1, 2017 to a foreigner intending to pursue internship in Indian companies, educational institutions and NGOs, subject to certain checks and conditions. Launch of Incredible India Helpline – 1363. is accessible 24×7and 365 to provide an authentic information to tourists. Sector Skill Council (SSC) to regulate and promote hospitality and tourism-related education and skill development in the country has been registered. 5 theme based circuits (SWADESH DARSHAN) and National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) India's rich cultural, historical religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for development of tourism and job creation. SWADESH DARSHAN will be developed on the principles of high tourist value competitiveness and sustainability to enrich tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities. The circuits identified are a Coastal Circuit, Krishan Circuits, Buddhism Circuit, North East Circuit and Himalayan Circuit. The National steering committee for new plan schemes of PRASAD and Integrated Development of Tourist Circuit has been setup. The Pilgrimage Destinations to be developed under Prasad Schemes are:-Varanasi,

Amritsar, Ajmer, Gaya, Mathura, Kanchipuram, Vellankali, Kedarnath, Karnakhya, Dwarka, Puri and Amravati. 50 new circuits identified for sustainable development. Heritage, spiritualism, and eco-tourism to give tourists a holistic perspective of the country. Up gradation of 24 Railway stations of tourist importance. Indian Culinary Institute was set up at Tirupathi (AP) with the objective.(I) To ensure the preservation of heritage Indian Cuisine (ii) to establish research documentation and look for the reasonable center of culinary Arts and Culinary skills. Unlocking the Indian skies increase air connectivity. Unleash potential of North East, Buddhist circuits sites, India's Cruise tourism 7500 km coastline and inland waterways, Himalayan 73% of the ranges are in India and boost Rural Tourism. Tourism Investment with tax incentives. Boost Medical Tourism, MICE Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Eco-Responsible tourism and liberalized charter policy to boost international arrivals. Enhanced Media and Tour Operations visit India from overseas under Ministry's Hospitality programme. To undertake global Campaign Print electronic digital campaigns. By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist.

AS A BIKERS DESTINATION

Most people who are vigorous about Motorbikes identify with the saying “FOUR WHEELS MOVES THE BODY, TWO WHEELS MOVES THE SOUL.” There is something about riding motorbikes that gives you more contentment than any other form of transportation. When you want to feel more bind to roads, the environment, the view on both the sides the landscapes you pass through & nature is general, you should just fire up your motorbikes and takes off. It is also certainly more audacious. India is full of breathtaking places that makes magnificent road trip. People living in Maharashtra are abundantly fortunate as there are some amazingly beautiful bike route for you to explore. Landscape is enclosing by greenery and lot of water flowing around. Riding across some ranges in Maharashtra could be best therapy to throughout the s i c k n e s s o f te d i o u s wo r k l i fe . Maharashtra has no dearth of both natural and manmade beauty. There are plenty of hotels, eaters and good people to meet on the way. To name some

Biker’s love point in the state are Konkan Region – Guhagar is a census city in Ratnagiri. It's mainly known for Virgin Beach, Coir items, Coconuts, Betel nuts, and Haapus Alphanso Mangos. Even famous for Durga Devi, Guhagar, Vyadeshwar temples. Kashid is a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in North Konkan region. Beach has white sand and is 34km from Alibaug. Murud is a taluka city in Raigard. More 42km from Alibaug. It's a tourist destination because of Palace of Nawab which was built in 1885. Tarkali is a village in Malvan taluka in Sidhudurg. It became tourist destination because of a coral beach which is confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. Khandesh Region - Kalsubai is a mountain in Western Ghat. Its summit situated at an elevation of 1646 meters (5400ft) is highest point in Maharashtra which earns its most glorified title of the “Everest of Maharashtra”. Paschim Maharashtra Korigad is a hill fort in Pune. It is situated 923meter above the sea level. A planned township of Aamby Valley built over the forts. Panhala is a city and hill station of Kolhapur. It is one of the smallest cities. The city sprawls in the Panhala Fort commands a paranomic view of the valley. Historic attraction is Panhala Fort. Kamshet is located in Pune District. It's a small village built in the traditional style with Mud, thatch, reeds. There are several house caves, colonial hill stations. Vidharbha Region Chikhaldara is a hill station in Amravati. It is a sole hill resort in Vidharbha region. Its abound in wildlife – tiger, Panthers, Sloth Bears, Sambar, wild boar. One of the most prominent Melghat Tiger Project which has 82

tigers. Even it has Hurricane point, Devi point. Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the western ghat. This place is home to hundreds of different kind of flora & fauna predominately the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos & cuckoos. Sharing some of their experiences Mr. Shreeniwas Kelkar (a Civil engineer) and Mrs. Supriya Kelkar (choreographer) a duo husband wife team and bike lover, who has covered India's length and breadth on their bikes. As a home town Maharastra, they have traverse various p l a c e s v i a b i ke a n d h ave a n acquaintance of indelible safari. They

shared some insight destinations like Velas is a village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It's a small eco village mostly famous for the Turtle Festival. Olive Ridley Turtle population that visit the Velas beach every year and lay egg. Turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. Witnessing a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by those baby steps is an unforgettable movement. There many such places to traverse Maharashtra state. Dajipur is a small village about 490km from Mumbai on the road connecting from NH17. Its best known for the Bison Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a variety of wild fauna include 47 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles, 20 species of amphibians, 264

species of bird, and 66 species of butterflies. Kondeshwar is a small picnic spot near Badlapur Town in thane District. There is a lake named Kondeshwar which is formed by Bhoj Dam. The Kondeshwar Temple waterfall is barricaded so that there is no entry for swimmers in the dangerous section of waterfall. The small temple of Kondeshwar is submerged during monsoon and inaccessible. Mr. Kelkar said, “Adventure junkies like us, has a lot to explore in the state from the countrysides to the virgin beaches and from the numerous waterfall to the cascading mountains. Rainy Season is best season to drive the state since “If you don't ride in Rain you actually don't ride”. The whole landscape turns to a velvet sheet of green and as you pass by you get to see all the shades of green throughout. The foremost thing to keep in mind while travelling by bike is that you are geared up with all your safe guards, first aid, battery backup for your mobile and cameras and off course map. We just love to explore the places by bike because we really don't have to pay TOLL and look forward to whatever interesting comes by. Most of the time we travel during day and night we halt at roadside, open up our tents and sleep under sky. It's a nature love which allure the people like us to just go on for a long drive with our love (Bike).” Mrs. Kelkar believes, “Biking not only have a positive influence on the mind of the bikers but also allow them to pass by ancient roads know new languages and see unique cultures. Biking is the best adventure option to witness the timeless cultural celebrations and lifestyles of the hill people as well as the rich bio-diversity of the Maharashtra Region. Maharashtra will lead you to difficult roads to explore the beautiful destination.”

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Tourism is today recognized as one of the key segments of the Economy. The Foreign Tourist Arrivals during the first 6 months of 2017 were 48.85 lakh with a growth of 17.2 %. Among the top ten countries in respect of tourist arrivals during first 6 months include USA (17.7%), UK (10.8%), China (6.8%), Australia (5.2%), Singapore (5.1%), Republic of Korea (4.5%), Sri Lanka (2.24%), Japan (2.21%), Canada (2.19%), France (1.96%) and Germany (1.92%). So trend is showing positive growth. These growth trends are due to e-tourist visa facilitation that brought remarkable change. Now e-tourist visa is valid for 163 countries and one can apply 180 days in advance and duration of stay has been extended up to 120 days. All the more e-visa has been re-vamped with new additions like:- There will be three new sub-categories for grant of evisa, i.e. e-tourist visa, e-business visa and e-medical visa. In addition, two more new categories Intern visa and

Film visa will be granted for foreigner seeking internship in non-government organizations, and those seeking to shoot movies in India, respectively. Also, both business and medical visas will be granted within 48 hours of application upon urgent requests, it said. "The liberalization of the visa regime will considerably facilitate entry of foreigners into India for tourism, business and medical purposes. E-visa facility has been extended to the nationals of 163 countries for entry through 24 airports, up from 16 airports allowing such entries, and three Indian ports i.e. Cochin, Goa and Mangalore to tap the potential of cruise tourism from different countries. New Delhi Airport (42.4), Mumbai Airport (20.6%), Chennai Airport (9.6%) are leading bests of arrival. "This service will also be provided from Mumbai and Chennai seaports shortly," Separate immigration counters and facilitation desks to assist medical tourists have been provided at India airports namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The multiple entry tourist and business visas for a period of five years will now be available to nationals of most of the countries. Nine-four Missions having bio-metric enrolment facilities have started giving five-year tourist and business visas with effect from March 1,

2017. A new category of visa titled Intern visa has been rolled out with effect from March 1, 2017 to a foreigner intending to pursue internship in Indian companies, educational institutions and NGOs, subject to certain checks and conditions. Launch of Incredible India Helpline – 1363. is accessible 24×7and 365 to provide an authentic information to tourists. Sector Skill Council (SSC) to regulate and promote hospitality and tourism-related education and skill development in the country has been registered. 5 theme based circuits (SWADESH DARSHAN) and National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) India's rich cultural, historical religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for development of tourism and job creation. SWADESH DARSHAN will be developed on the principles of high tourist value competitiveness and sustainability to enrich tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities. The circuits identified are a Coastal Circuit, Krishan Circuits, Buddhism Circuit, North East Circuit and Himalayan Circuit. The National steering committee for new plan schemes of PRASAD and Integrated Development of Tourist Circuit has been setup. The Pilgrimage Destinations to be developed under Prasad Schemes are:-Varanasi,

Amritsar, Ajmer, Gaya, Mathura, Kanchipuram, Vellankali, Kedarnath, Karnakhya, Dwarka, Puri and Amravati. 50 new circuits identified for sustainable development. Heritage, spiritualism, and eco-tourism to give tourists a holistic perspective of the country. Up gradation of 24 Railway stations of tourist importance. Indian Culinary Institute was set up at Tirupathi (AP) with the objective.(I) To ensure the preservation of heritage Indian Cuisine (ii) to establish research documentation and look for the reasonable center of culinary Arts and Culinary skills. Unlocking the Indian skies increase air connectivity. Unleash potential of North East, Buddhist circuits sites, India's Cruise tourism 7500 km coastline and inland waterways, Himalayan 73% of the ranges are in India and boost Rural Tourism. Tourism Investment with tax incentives. Boost Medical Tourism, MICE Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Eco-Responsible tourism and liberalized charter policy to boost international arrivals. Enhanced Media and Tour Operations visit India from overseas under Ministry's Hospitality programme. To undertake global Campaign Print electronic digital campaigns. By Gour Kanjilal, Executive Director, IATO and Former, Dy. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Freelance Journalist.

AS A BIKERS DESTINATION

Most people who are vigorous about Motorbikes identify with the saying “FOUR WHEELS MOVES THE BODY, TWO WHEELS MOVES THE SOUL.” There is something about riding motorbikes that gives you more contentment than any other form of transportation. When you want to feel more bind to roads, the environment, the view on both the sides the landscapes you pass through & nature is general, you should just fire up your motorbikes and takes off. It is also certainly more audacious. India is full of breathtaking places that makes magnificent road trip. People living in Maharashtra are abundantly fortunate as there are some amazingly beautiful bike route for you to explore. Landscape is enclosing by greenery and lot of water flowing around. Riding across some ranges in Maharashtra could be best therapy to throughout the s i c k n e s s o f te d i o u s wo r k l i fe . Maharashtra has no dearth of both natural and manmade beauty. There are plenty of hotels, eaters and good people to meet on the way. To name some

Biker’s love point in the state are Konkan Region – Guhagar is a census city in Ratnagiri. It's mainly known for Virgin Beach, Coir items, Coconuts, Betel nuts, and Haapus Alphanso Mangos. Even famous for Durga Devi, Guhagar, Vyadeshwar temples. Kashid is a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in North Konkan region. Beach has white sand and is 34km from Alibaug. Murud is a taluka city in Raigard. More 42km from Alibaug. It's a tourist destination because of Palace of Nawab which was built in 1885. Tarkali is a village in Malvan taluka in Sidhudurg. It became tourist destination because of a coral beach which is confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. Khandesh Region - Kalsubai is a mountain in Western Ghat. Its summit situated at an elevation of 1646 meters (5400ft) is highest point in Maharashtra which earns its most glorified title of the “Everest of Maharashtra”. Paschim Maharashtra Korigad is a hill fort in Pune. It is situated 923meter above the sea level. A planned township of Aamby Valley built over the forts. Panhala is a city and hill station of Kolhapur. It is one of the smallest cities. The city sprawls in the Panhala Fort commands a paranomic view of the valley. Historic attraction is Panhala Fort. Kamshet is located in Pune District. It's a small village built in the traditional style with Mud, thatch, reeds. There are several house caves, colonial hill stations. Vidharbha Region Chikhaldara is a hill station in Amravati. It is a sole hill resort in Vidharbha region. Its abound in wildlife – tiger, Panthers, Sloth Bears, Sambar, wild boar. One of the most prominent Melghat Tiger Project which has 82

tigers. Even it has Hurricane point, Devi point. Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the western ghat. This place is home to hundreds of different kind of flora & fauna predominately the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos & cuckoos. Sharing some of their experiences Mr. Shreeniwas Kelkar (a Civil engineer) and Mrs. Supriya Kelkar (choreographer) a duo husband wife team and bike lover, who has covered India's length and breadth on their bikes. As a home town Maharastra, they have traverse various p l a c e s v i a b i ke a n d h ave a n acquaintance of indelible safari. They

shared some insight destinations like Velas is a village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It's a small eco village mostly famous for the Turtle Festival. Olive Ridley Turtle population that visit the Velas beach every year and lay egg. Turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. Witnessing a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by those baby steps is an unforgettable movement. There many such places to traverse Maharashtra state. Dajipur is a small village about 490km from Mumbai on the road connecting from NH17. Its best known for the Bison Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a variety of wild fauna include 47 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles, 20 species of amphibians, 264

species of bird, and 66 species of butterflies. Kondeshwar is a small picnic spot near Badlapur Town in thane District. There is a lake named Kondeshwar which is formed by Bhoj Dam. The Kondeshwar Temple waterfall is barricaded so that there is no entry for swimmers in the dangerous section of waterfall. The small temple of Kondeshwar is submerged during monsoon and inaccessible. Mr. Kelkar said, “Adventure junkies like us, has a lot to explore in the state from the countrysides to the virgin beaches and from the numerous waterfall to the cascading mountains. Rainy Season is best season to drive the state since “If you don't ride in Rain you actually don't ride”. The whole landscape turns to a velvet sheet of green and as you pass by you get to see all the shades of green throughout. The foremost thing to keep in mind while travelling by bike is that you are geared up with all your safe guards, first aid, battery backup for your mobile and cameras and off course map. We just love to explore the places by bike because we really don't have to pay TOLL and look forward to whatever interesting comes by. Most of the time we travel during day and night we halt at roadside, open up our tents and sleep under sky. It's a nature love which allure the people like us to just go on for a long drive with our love (Bike).” Mrs. Kelkar believes, “Biking not only have a positive influence on the mind of the bikers but also allow them to pass by ancient roads know new languages and see unique cultures. Biking is the best adventure option to witness the timeless cultural celebrations and lifestyles of the hill people as well as the rich bio-diversity of the Maharashtra Region. Maharashtra will lead you to difficult roads to explore the beautiful destination.”

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Glimpse of GPS 2017 Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) is a business meeting point for the leading Tourism service providers from India and overseas. It is a key forum to shape the future of the industry through networking and knowledge. GPS recently concluded its event in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kochi and Pune on high note, full filling the expectation of the trade partners. The event has same format - knowledge sessions by industry experts sharing their knowledge on Tourism Industry and a day dedicated for the Business Meeting.

GST was one of the important topic of discussion during all the events. GST session was presented by team GMJ & Co explaining its implication and compliance on Tourism and hospitality Industry. It was an interactive session where CA Manish Gadia tried to answer the query of participants. Co-founder of GPS, Mr. Harmandeep Singh Anand says, “GPS 2016 being a runaway success attendance from leaders of travel community in the cities. The format of the event is especially designed to empower and knowledge share enormous topic, issues and

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product that will have a positive impact on day-to-day business and benefit the trade in the region.” Pa r t i c i p a nt at G P S M r. Kamlesh Lalan, Owner, Ravine Trek and specialist for Leh and Ladhak sector was excited to share with us, “We will be associating with GPS and will be conducting an educational Fam trip to Leh and Ladhak for around 50 agents in September.” “Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on national level but also on regional level. GPS provides an

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opportunity to launch new destinations, products, packages, and reach out to the travel fraternity directly and understand the business potential of the region. Out target for GPS 2017 will be to put forth an array of varied exhibitors who will promote both domestic as well as outbound tourism products.” Spoken by Ms. Madhu Salinkar, Marketing and Sales Director of GPS.

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Office Address : Space No 4, Whitetara Complex, Olakha, Thimphu / Post box 934 Email : bstbhutan2014@gmail.com /tshering3@gmail.com Web: www.bhutandmc.com

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HOSPITALITY

HILTON PATTAYA Thailand and in particular Pattaya, has consistently been a choice destination for both leisure and business travellers. And the brand like Hilton, which is synonymous for its premium accommodation and exceptional service, Hilton Pattaya is one of the stunning property overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Hilton Pattaya is located in the heart of the popular resort town and is part of the new “Central Festival at Pattaya Beach” complex, Southeast Asia’s largest beachfront, lifestyle, shopping and entertainment centre. The 240,000-square-meter mixed-use development comprises of over 300 shops and restaurants, and is in the vicinity of many other recreational facilities and attractions. With an exclusive ground floor entrance, the main lobby of Hilton Pattaya is on Level 16, with guest rooms and suites located from Level 19 up to Level 33 of the hotel tower. All 302 rooms are well appointed offering 180degree views and the destination’s only rooftop sky venue. There are 3

categories in rooms - Guest Rooms, Suits and Executive suits. Each rooms are spacious with king size bed, private balcony with ceiling to floor window to give a perfect view of ocean. Separate living room with sofa to relax enjoying the LCD or surfing on Internet with speedy Wi-Fi. Refresh yourself while having rain shower or nature view bath tub along with required material. Hilton Pattaya can be a perfect choice for MICE and Wedding. Two floors of facilities incorporate a business center, secretarial services, state-of-the-art sound and vision technology, stylish boardroom, three meeting rooms and a 640m²/6,889 sq. ft. Ballroom. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The three meeting rooms adjacent to the business center on level 15 and are flexible in size and can accommodate up to 90 people. The self service business center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and caters for all business requirements. All meeting facilities are e q u i p p e d w i t h state - o f- t h e - a r t technology. Outdoor infinite pool is a perfect place

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to dip your body in water and sun rays. Perfect toned body need fitness area provide by Hilton Hotel with well maintained and advanced fitness equipment. It's a time dine yourself with perfect place to dine according to atmosphere and mood. Drift is with outdoor terrace with funky lounge with scenic ponds looking on a Pattaya bay. Relaxed and casual all day dinning with long windows and open kitchen make a memorial experience of dinning. Flare provides traditional Thai dishes with world spices flavor. Chicken Satay and Phad Thai is a Thai Signature dish. Open air infinite bar enjoy few drinks in open

spacious place. Spend your day by relaxing your body and muscles in a Award winning spa Eforea Spa based on 17th level. Its has a couple treatment room. Even it has separate nail and hair salon. It's a place where you will reconnected by yourself by positive energy through the hot stone therapy. In line with Hilton Worldwide's global sustainability efforts, Hilton Pattaya incorporated unique environmentally friendly features within its operations and guests services. These include the use of energy efficient light bulbs throughout the property as well as recycling of waste water and materials.

Mercure made its debut in the holy city of Dwarka with the opening of Mercure Dwarka. The hotel is a short drive from the Jagat Mandir. The Hotel is conveniently located at a five minute drive from the Jamnagar Airport. The opening of Mercure Dwarka marks Accor Hotel’s fourth property in the land of Legends.

Featuring 99 well-appointed guest rooms, including one suite, the hotel offers contemporary homely comfort in the cosmic land of Krishna. Each guest room features spacious interior and modern design. The rooms are equipped with in-room amenities and high speed Wi-Fi access. Fitness enthusiasts can also enjoy a refreshing work out at the state of the art fitness center. Bringing local culture to life, the rooms are designed with Lord Krishna frames connecting guests with the divinity of the city. The hotel is also home to Makhan, an all-day dining restaurant that offers a wide selection of quintessential local delicacies and an array of local and international cuisines. For small meetings and events, the hotel features a modern meeting room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.

VITS Hotel Worldwide have added another landmark in Dwarka, with launch of Hotel VITS Devbhumi, expediently located to the prominent landmarks of Dwarkadish temple, of Dwarka Devbhumi district of Gujarat. Dwarka is often identified with the Dwarka Kingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been first capital of Gujarat. VITS Devbhumi Dwarka offers 58 well appointed rooms providing four star deluxe experiences. It offers stunning array of facilities that include well equipped conference room, traveldesk, multi cuisine restaurants, open air terrace restaurant, gaming zone and banqueting facilities. The well furnished air- conditioned accommodation rooms blend with contemporary design and modern amenities.

Experience Luxury at SAMUJANA

Ideal for luxury executive retreats, the exclusive villa estate on Koh Samui in Thailand, Samujana offers a collection of 25 spacious private residences that are ideal for luxury Executive Retreats. Samujana personalized service ensures that guests’ stay is as relaxing as possible so they depart feeling valued, enriched and rewarded. Each hillside villa has a stunning sea and island view, and an open combined living and dining area flanked by a large infinity pool that makes for a great space for relaxed gatherings. It can be a great escape for incentive and business tour as well with professional support guaranteed to develop positive e n e rg y i n a t e a m . Tra d i t i o n a l boardrooms with a professional setting for meetings and group workshops for up to 40 guests, Samujana also features unique spaces that inspire creativity such as private cinemas that are the perfect venue for presentations in style, a n d o u td o o r eve nt s p a c e s fo r celebrating milestone achievements. The ‘Big Lawn’ offers a three tiered landscaped area that cascades down to the sea front and can accommodate up to 400 guests. There is ‘Little Lawn’ hosts up to 50 guests for any occasion. In the fast paced world of business, Samujana understands the importance and value of time.

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HOSPITALITY

HILTON PATTAYA Thailand and in particular Pattaya, has consistently been a choice destination for both leisure and business travellers. And the brand like Hilton, which is synonymous for its premium accommodation and exceptional service, Hilton Pattaya is one of the stunning property overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Hilton Pattaya is located in the heart of the popular resort town and is part of the new “Central Festival at Pattaya Beach” complex, Southeast Asia’s largest beachfront, lifestyle, shopping and entertainment centre. The 240,000-square-meter mixed-use development comprises of over 300 shops and restaurants, and is in the vicinity of many other recreational facilities and attractions. With an exclusive ground floor entrance, the main lobby of Hilton Pattaya is on Level 16, with guest rooms and suites located from Level 19 up to Level 33 of the hotel tower. All 302 rooms are well appointed offering 180degree views and the destination’s only rooftop sky venue. There are 3

categories in rooms - Guest Rooms, Suits and Executive suits. Each rooms are spacious with king size bed, private balcony with ceiling to floor window to give a perfect view of ocean. Separate living room with sofa to relax enjoying the LCD or surfing on Internet with speedy Wi-Fi. Refresh yourself while having rain shower or nature view bath tub along with required material. Hilton Pattaya can be a perfect choice for MICE and Wedding. Two floors of facilities incorporate a business center, secretarial services, state-of-the-art sound and vision technology, stylish boardroom, three meeting rooms and a 640m²/6,889 sq. ft. Ballroom. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The three meeting rooms adjacent to the business center on level 15 and are flexible in size and can accommodate up to 90 people. The self service business center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and caters for all business requirements. All meeting facilities are e q u i p p e d w i t h state - o f- t h e - a r t technology. Outdoor infinite pool is a perfect place

Mercure Dwarka Opens VITS Devbhumi in Dwarka

to dip your body in water and sun rays. Perfect toned body need fitness area provide by Hilton Hotel with well maintained and advanced fitness equipment. It's a time dine yourself with perfect place to dine according to atmosphere and mood. Drift is with outdoor terrace with funky lounge with scenic ponds looking on a Pattaya bay. Relaxed and casual all day dinning with long windows and open kitchen make a memorial experience of dinning. Flare provides traditional Thai dishes with world spices flavor. Chicken Satay and Phad Thai is a Thai Signature dish. Open air infinite bar enjoy few drinks in open

spacious place. Spend your day by relaxing your body and muscles in a Award winning spa Eforea Spa based on 17th level. Its has a couple treatment room. Even it has separate nail and hair salon. It's a place where you will reconnected by yourself by positive energy through the hot stone therapy. In line with Hilton Worldwide's global sustainability efforts, Hilton Pattaya incorporated unique environmentally friendly features within its operations and guests services. These include the use of energy efficient light bulbs throughout the property as well as recycling of waste water and materials.

Mercure made its debut in the holy city of Dwarka with the opening of Mercure Dwarka. The hotel is a short drive from the Jagat Mandir. The Hotel is conveniently located at a five minute drive from the Jamnagar Airport. The opening of Mercure Dwarka marks Accor Hotel’s fourth property in the land of Legends.

Featuring 99 well-appointed guest rooms, including one suite, the hotel offers contemporary homely comfort in the cosmic land of Krishna. Each guest room features spacious interior and modern design. The rooms are equipped with in-room amenities and high speed Wi-Fi access. Fitness enthusiasts can also enjoy a refreshing work out at the state of the art fitness center. Bringing local culture to life, the rooms are designed with Lord Krishna frames connecting guests with the divinity of the city. The hotel is also home to Makhan, an all-day dining restaurant that offers a wide selection of quintessential local delicacies and an array of local and international cuisines. For small meetings and events, the hotel features a modern meeting room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.

VITS Hotel Worldwide have added another landmark in Dwarka, with launch of Hotel VITS Devbhumi, expediently located to the prominent landmarks of Dwarkadish temple, of Dwarka Devbhumi district of Gujarat. Dwarka is often identified with the Dwarka Kingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been first capital of Gujarat. VITS Devbhumi Dwarka offers 58 well appointed rooms providing four star deluxe experiences. It offers stunning array of facilities that include well equipped conference room, traveldesk, multi cuisine restaurants, open air terrace restaurant, gaming zone and banqueting facilities. The well furnished air- conditioned accommodation rooms blend with contemporary design and modern amenities.

Experience Luxury at SAMUJANA

Ideal for luxury executive retreats, the exclusive villa estate on Koh Samui in Thailand, Samujana offers a collection of 25 spacious private residences that are ideal for luxury Executive Retreats. Samujana personalized service ensures that guests’ stay is as relaxing as possible so they depart feeling valued, enriched and rewarded. Each hillside villa has a stunning sea and island view, and an open combined living and dining area flanked by a large infinity pool that makes for a great space for relaxed gatherings. It can be a great escape for incentive and business tour as well with professional support guaranteed to develop positive e n e rg y i n a t e a m . Tra d i t i o n a l boardrooms with a professional setting for meetings and group workshops for up to 40 guests, Samujana also features unique spaces that inspire creativity such as private cinemas that are the perfect venue for presentations in style, a n d o u td o o r eve nt s p a c e s fo r celebrating milestone achievements. The ‘Big Lawn’ offers a three tiered landscaped area that cascades down to the sea front and can accommodate up to 400 guests. There is ‘Little Lawn’ hosts up to 50 guests for any occasion. In the fast paced world of business, Samujana understands the importance and value of time.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Campaigning Women's Journey in Thailand Fifty-six well-known women celebrities and bloggers from all around the world attended the Women's Journey Thailand 2017 Campaign launched to boost female visitors at a gala welcome reception at Nai Lert Heritage House in Bangkok. Organized for the 2nd year by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event was presided over by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, and joined by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor. The month-long campaign is designed to attract international and local female travelers to visit Thailand and enhance the kingdom's positive image as one of Asia's most female friendly destinations. TAT has launched a special “Women's Journey Thailand” mobile app, which can be downloaded after registering for

the access code. Registrants will get a “Welcoming Package” including such “goodies” as a free welcome drink by Coffee World, 7-days free Sim Card with WiFi by DTAC, and 300 Baht discount by Grab Taxi. They will also get: – 20% discount at King Power Duty-free Shops (except the airport branch) – Special airfare for the domestic sector, starting from 1,290 Baht by Bangkok Airways – Special car rental fee by Thai Rent A Car (499 Baht/day) – 500 Baht discount voucher by the Siam Discovery Department Store (for women visitors) – Free ice-cream cone by McDonalds Thailand (only during August 2017) Thailand has recorded a significant rise

in female visitors over the past few years. Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and South Pacific said, “ Today women are significant decision makers and influential with high-spending power. With a full range of products and services that can serve women's needs, Thailand can definitely be the ideal destination. The Women's Journey Thailand campaign will showcase how women travellers can enjoy these products and services at very attractive prices when they visit Thailand in August.” TAT has classified the products and

Switzerland's highest peaks, including the Dom (4,545m) and the Matterhorn. The Zermatt Tourism body promised “thrills above the precipice.” This might be so; but it is not for the faint-hearted. With a maximum height of 85 metres above the valley, the bridge is only “for hikers with no fear of heights,” they said.

In a move that will ease the visa application process for budding travelers from the surrounding regions of Delhi/NCR, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and VFS Global have opened a Visa Application Center in Gurugram. Earlier this month, Visa Application centers were also opened for the Czech Republic in Chandigarh and Jalandhar. The new centre in Gurugram is well located in the heart of the city, and will manage the increase volumes of visa applications from North of India for travel to the Czech Republic. H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India, said, “The Gurugram centre marks the launch of

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services for women travellers into seven categories: accommodation (hotels and resorts); health, beauty and spa services; shopping malls, dining and restaurants; recreation and entertainment; such as, theme parks; lifestyle activities; such as, handicraft workshops and fitness, and transportation services; such as, airlines and car rentals.

another important location within Delhi & NCR where people can submit their Schengen visa applications for travel to the Czech Republic via VFS Global. We thus continue to deliver on our promises. This is not the end of our endeavors, as we will soon announce the opening of addition Czech Visa Application Centers in the market.”

Ms Gloria Guevara Manzo

MATATO appoints Think Strawberries appointed as new President of WTTC as its PR and Representative in India Ms Gloria Guevara Manzo is new President of World Trave l & To u r i s m Council (WTTC). Ms Guevara has served as Secretary of Tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, Minister in the Cabinet of President Calderón. She is currently Special Advisor on Government Affairs for the Centre on Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health, Harvard. Ms Guevara said “I am excited to be taking up the role of President & CEO of WTTC. Over the past few years, WTTC has grown enormously in stature and impact. I look forward to building on this great foundation to expand the Council's

advocacy work for Travel & Tourism, a sector which accounts for 10% of the world's GDP and 1 in 10 jobs. This is a critical time for Travel & Tourism and the 292 million people whose jobs depend on it. Future forecasts are strong, but with ongoing terrorism and environmental challenges, compounded by a world which is simultaneously ever more connected yet increasingly divided, now, more than ever, the sector needs to come together with one voice. Travel & Tourism needs to show not only its economic importance but also how it is committed to creating sustainable livelihoods, protecting nature and cultures, and asserting itself as a responsible and leading player in this fast-evolving world. ”

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MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators) has appointed Think Strawberries Luxury Travel M a r ke t i n g a s i t s P R a n d Marketing Firm. M s . A s ra N a s e e m , D e p u t y Secretary General, MATATO said, “We are pleased to be associated Think Strawberries, a market and thought leader in the industry and we are looking at a global partnership with them in a long term.” Think Strawberries is promoting Global Travel Product in the Indian Market, the MENA (Middle-East & North Africa) region with its areas of expertise growing to Australia, Europe and US in future. Mr. Amit Kishore, Co-founder, Think Strawberries says “We are excited about the new partnership and as a premium

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Czech Republic opens World's longest suspension footbridge opens in Switzerland Visa Application Center in Gurugram The steel bridge, which connects two sections of a walking trail between Grächen and Zermatt in the south of the Switzerland, was divulged after a fabrication epoch of just ten weeks. At 494 metres long, it overtakes the “TitanRT” bridge in G e r m a ny a s t h e world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge. And at a narrow 65cm wide, the bridge stretches like a thin wire across the sheer valley floor. Built by local company swissrope/ Lauber Seilbahnen, the bridge completes a section of the Europaweg trail, a high-altitude walking route offering panoramas of some of

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Indian Arrivals to the Philippines growth up to 37% The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines, recorded a whopping growth of 37% in Indian arrivals to the Philippines in the month of May, 2017, in comparison to the same period last year. City of Manila, Pagsanjan, the heritage city of Cebu, Boracay, and Bohol are some of the most popular places among Indian travelers visiting the Philippines. Speaking about this growth, Mr. SanJeet, Tourism Attaché, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office India, says, “We are pleased to announce such a groundbreaking growth rate in Indian

arrivals to the Philippines. DOT engages travel trade partners in various awareness programmes and travel shows in order to maintain and sustain tourist traffic from the Indian market. In 2017, we aim to achieve the mark of 100,000 visitors to the Philippines from India.” India has now jumped to the 11th position among the list of top source markets for the Philippines. DOT is hopeful that by targeting Indian holiday planners through aggressive marketing initiatives, a double-digit growth for the year will be an achievable target.

South African Tourism has bagged yet another award for its adrenalinepumped holiday capabilities. Ms. Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager, South African Tourism India Office, said, “This is very rewarding for us because we have always known that Indian travelers and travel agents see South Africa as a wildlife capital but we are happy that they now also acknowledge our amazing adventure activities – we have been putting tremendous efforts into showcasing South Africa as an adventure destination and this is yet another clear sign that it is paying off.” The 11th Today's Traveler Awards recognized and honored outstanding performers in the corporate, hospitality, travel and entertainment industries. The destination boasts more than300 adventure activities across 3000 adventure operators including the world's highest bungee, shark-cage diving, big swing options, ziplining amidst beautiful scenery, kayaking and sky-diving. SA Tourism India is targeting over 104,000 travelers during 2017. Research among holiday-makers also indicates that adventure is one of the key experiences that Indian travelers seek when they decide to go to South Africa. “It has helped us capture the under 35 (years old) market and also strengthened our positioning in the family holidays market. This is because South Africa doesn't bar children from adventure activities simply on account of age. If technical requirements (height/ weight/ experience/ judgment or some such) make it logistically impossible for a child to undertake an activity, then it is fair to disallow them but in all other cases we allow them to sky-dive, bungee jump and dive with sharks or crocodiles with the protection of a cage. India, which is a familyoriented travel market, sees great value in this factor.” Slabber concludes.

Representation Company, we look beyond the narrow limiting horizon to anticipating and making the change. We're passionate about shaping the next generation of travel representation, and to MATATO we will be offering PR & Media and Marketing; operational and strategic solutions on a global scale to take MATATO to the next level worldwide.”

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Campaigning Women's Journey in Thailand Fifty-six well-known women celebrities and bloggers from all around the world attended the Women's Journey Thailand 2017 Campaign launched to boost female visitors at a gala welcome reception at Nai Lert Heritage House in Bangkok. Organized for the 2nd year by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event was presided over by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, and joined by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor. The month-long campaign is designed to attract international and local female travelers to visit Thailand and enhance the kingdom's positive image as one of Asia's most female friendly destinations. TAT has launched a special “Women's Journey Thailand” mobile app, which can be downloaded after registering for

the access code. Registrants will get a “Welcoming Package” including such “goodies” as a free welcome drink by Coffee World, 7-days free Sim Card with WiFi by DTAC, and 300 Baht discount by Grab Taxi. They will also get: – 20% discount at King Power Duty-free Shops (except the airport branch) – Special airfare for the domestic sector, starting from 1,290 Baht by Bangkok Airways – Special car rental fee by Thai Rent A Car (499 Baht/day) – 500 Baht discount voucher by the Siam Discovery Department Store (for women visitors) – Free ice-cream cone by McDonalds Thailand (only during August 2017) Thailand has recorded a significant rise

in female visitors over the past few years. Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and South Pacific said, “ Today women are significant decision makers and influential with high-spending power. With a full range of products and services that can serve women's needs, Thailand can definitely be the ideal destination. The Women's Journey Thailand campaign will showcase how women travellers can enjoy these products and services at very attractive prices when they visit Thailand in August.” TAT has classified the products and

Switzerland's highest peaks, including the Dom (4,545m) and the Matterhorn. The Zermatt Tourism body promised “thrills above the precipice.” This might be so; but it is not for the faint-hearted. With a maximum height of 85 metres above the valley, the bridge is only “for hikers with no fear of heights,” they said.

In a move that will ease the visa application process for budding travelers from the surrounding regions of Delhi/NCR, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and VFS Global have opened a Visa Application Center in Gurugram. Earlier this month, Visa Application centers were also opened for the Czech Republic in Chandigarh and Jalandhar. The new centre in Gurugram is well located in the heart of the city, and will manage the increase volumes of visa applications from North of India for travel to the Czech Republic. H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India, said, “The Gurugram centre marks the launch of

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services for women travellers into seven categories: accommodation (hotels and resorts); health, beauty and spa services; shopping malls, dining and restaurants; recreation and entertainment; such as, theme parks; lifestyle activities; such as, handicraft workshops and fitness, and transportation services; such as, airlines and car rentals.

another important location within Delhi & NCR where people can submit their Schengen visa applications for travel to the Czech Republic via VFS Global. We thus continue to deliver on our promises. This is not the end of our endeavors, as we will soon announce the opening of addition Czech Visa Application Centers in the market.”

Ms Gloria Guevara Manzo

MATATO appoints Think Strawberries appointed as new President of WTTC as its PR and Representative in India Ms Gloria Guevara Manzo is new President of World Trave l & To u r i s m Council (WTTC). Ms Guevara has served as Secretary of Tourism for Mexico and CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, Minister in the Cabinet of President Calderón. She is currently Special Advisor on Government Affairs for the Centre on Health and the Global Environment at the School of Public Health, Harvard. Ms Guevara said “I am excited to be taking up the role of President & CEO of WTTC. Over the past few years, WTTC has grown enormously in stature and impact. I look forward to building on this great foundation to expand the Council's

advocacy work for Travel & Tourism, a sector which accounts for 10% of the world's GDP and 1 in 10 jobs. This is a critical time for Travel & Tourism and the 292 million people whose jobs depend on it. Future forecasts are strong, but with ongoing terrorism and environmental challenges, compounded by a world which is simultaneously ever more connected yet increasingly divided, now, more than ever, the sector needs to come together with one voice. Travel & Tourism needs to show not only its economic importance but also how it is committed to creating sustainable livelihoods, protecting nature and cultures, and asserting itself as a responsible and leading player in this fast-evolving world. ”

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MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators) has appointed Think Strawberries Luxury Travel M a r ke t i n g a s i t s P R a n d Marketing Firm. M s . A s ra N a s e e m , D e p u t y Secretary General, MATATO said, “We are pleased to be associated Think Strawberries, a market and thought leader in the industry and we are looking at a global partnership with them in a long term.” Think Strawberries is promoting Global Travel Product in the Indian Market, the MENA (Middle-East & North Africa) region with its areas of expertise growing to Australia, Europe and US in future. Mr. Amit Kishore, Co-founder, Think Strawberries says “We are excited about the new partnership and as a premium

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Czech Republic opens World's longest suspension footbridge opens in Switzerland Visa Application Center in Gurugram The steel bridge, which connects two sections of a walking trail between Grächen and Zermatt in the south of the Switzerland, was divulged after a fabrication epoch of just ten weeks. At 494 metres long, it overtakes the “TitanRT” bridge in G e r m a ny a s t h e world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge. And at a narrow 65cm wide, the bridge stretches like a thin wire across the sheer valley floor. Built by local company swissrope/ Lauber Seilbahnen, the bridge completes a section of the Europaweg trail, a high-altitude walking route offering panoramas of some of

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Indian Arrivals to the Philippines growth up to 37% The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines, recorded a whopping growth of 37% in Indian arrivals to the Philippines in the month of May, 2017, in comparison to the same period last year. City of Manila, Pagsanjan, the heritage city of Cebu, Boracay, and Bohol are some of the most popular places among Indian travelers visiting the Philippines. Speaking about this growth, Mr. SanJeet, Tourism Attaché, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office India, says, “We are pleased to announce such a groundbreaking growth rate in Indian

arrivals to the Philippines. DOT engages travel trade partners in various awareness programmes and travel shows in order to maintain and sustain tourist traffic from the Indian market. In 2017, we aim to achieve the mark of 100,000 visitors to the Philippines from India.” India has now jumped to the 11th position among the list of top source markets for the Philippines. DOT is hopeful that by targeting Indian holiday planners through aggressive marketing initiatives, a double-digit growth for the year will be an achievable target.

South African Tourism has bagged yet another award for its adrenalinepumped holiday capabilities. Ms. Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager, South African Tourism India Office, said, “This is very rewarding for us because we have always known that Indian travelers and travel agents see South Africa as a wildlife capital but we are happy that they now also acknowledge our amazing adventure activities – we have been putting tremendous efforts into showcasing South Africa as an adventure destination and this is yet another clear sign that it is paying off.” The 11th Today's Traveler Awards recognized and honored outstanding performers in the corporate, hospitality, travel and entertainment industries. The destination boasts more than300 adventure activities across 3000 adventure operators including the world's highest bungee, shark-cage diving, big swing options, ziplining amidst beautiful scenery, kayaking and sky-diving. SA Tourism India is targeting over 104,000 travelers during 2017. Research among holiday-makers also indicates that adventure is one of the key experiences that Indian travelers seek when they decide to go to South Africa. “It has helped us capture the under 35 (years old) market and also strengthened our positioning in the family holidays market. This is because South Africa doesn't bar children from adventure activities simply on account of age. If technical requirements (height/ weight/ experience/ judgment or some such) make it logistically impossible for a child to undertake an activity, then it is fair to disallow them but in all other cases we allow them to sky-dive, bungee jump and dive with sharks or crocodiles with the protection of a cage. India, which is a familyoriented travel market, sees great value in this factor.” Slabber concludes.

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INTERNATIONAL Air Guru Travels to present Badung Tourism Promotion Board in India Air Guru Travels and Badung Tourism Promotion Board in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the Republic of Indonesia organized “India Sales Mission 2017” at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai on 31 July 2017 with an aim to spur the growth of outbound Tourism to Indonesia, especially Badung Regency of Bali from India. In a significant step to invigorate the efforts to promote enormous tourism potential in Badung Regency of Bali, Indonesia in the Indian market, Badung To u r i s m P r o m o t i o n B o a r d h a s announced the appointment of Mr. Dhiraj Kumar, MD, Air Guru Travel Solutions as the Honorary

Representation of Badung Tourism Promotion Board with effect from 4 August 2017. The representation office of Badung Tourism Promotion Board will conduct destination updates, regular training to Indian travel operators and other promotional activities in Indian market in association with 'Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO)' as representative of Indonesia tourism. Also present at event were Mr. Vinsen Sius Jemadu, Ho'ble Authority Ministry of Turism Republik of Indonesia, Mr. Herdy Dharmawan Sayogha, Vice Chairman, Badung Tourism Promotion Board(BPPD) Badung, Mr. I Gusti

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Air India Express launch direct flight between Delhi and Madurai from 15 September, 2017. The introductory one way fare offered start from Rs. 3975/and the return journey fare from Rs. 7950/-. This service will be offered 4 days in a week i.e., Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, Chairma, Badung Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) Badung and Mr. I Nyoman Sulendra. Mr. Rai Suryawijaya, Chairman of Badung Tourism Promotion Board said in a press conference, “ The appointment of Dhiraj as Honorary

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Air India Launch Direct Flight from Delhi To Madurai

Representative of Badung Tourism Promotion Board is a serious effort of BPPD Badung to promote Badung tourism to the Indian market, pursuant to the significant growth of the visitor from India in the last one year. We are confident that this decision will spur this growth further and strengthen the relationship between tourism industry in India with industry in Badung and Badung tourism authorities. Badung, the ultimate soul of Bali is ready to welcome more visitors from India.” A visibly upbeat and exuberant Mr. Dhiraj, MD, Air Guru Travel Solutions said “For me and Team Air Guru, it's undoubtedly an honor to be chosen as the sole representative of the prestigious BDDP tourism board in India to promote the ever fascinating travel marvels of that destination of Bali in India. With our large customer base, vast network of credible travel organisations and associations across India and a supremely talented and dedicated team of in-house travel experts, I'm personally confident that we will be able to promote this destination to our customer base for what it is - one of the most the mystical, exotic and beautiful travel destinations in the world.” “I would also like to use this opportunity to reiterate our vision that has taken us this far and will hopefully take further, that we are 'the true travel partner of our travellers' and we virtually co-travel with them throughout their journey. It's also an opportune time to remind my team and peers that we stand not only to sell holidays but to create 'happy holidays' (a holiday carefully crafted and customised by experts for one's desires and needs, without frills, without hidden charges and with a humane face at every interface of the journey). As an organisation, we also take this proud moment as an endorsement of our work ethos and commitment to make travelling easier and enriching”, added Dhiraj. He also stressed upon the need to tap the huge potential for Inbound travel in India from Indonesia, “As Bali and India share common religious and cultural values, we are also hopeful that the BDDP board, in reciprocation, will also show greater interest in tapping the stupendous potential of the religious, cultural and heritage tourism in India, especially in tier-II and tier-III destinations. We offer to provide all assistance from our end in that regard.” Mr Jay Bhatia, Chairman Tourism C o u n c i l - TA A I h i g h l i g h t e d t h e significance of Dhiraj's appointment “Dhiraj will be both the voice and ear of Badung Board in India with specific focus on expanding the travellers' base from leisure to new avenues like family, adventure, Bollywood etc.”

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and Sunday. The airline will also be offering passengers the additional facilities to buy special meals of their choice online on select sector. The budget carrier currently operates around 545 flights per week, connecting 15 Indian cities to 14 Destinations in the Middle East and South East Asia.

Air India Fly Non-Stop from Delhi to Stockholm Air India announced non-stopflight services between Delhi and Stockholm, starting from August 15, 2017. The services will be operated thrice a week -Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Making the announcement, Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India said, “As part of Air India’s international route network expansion plans, we are happy to announce the Delhi-Stockholm direct flight from August 15, 2017. The flight will be operated thrice a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.”

Boeing forecasts a demand for 2,100 new airplanes in India, valued at $290 billion, over the next 20 years. The company released the new numbers this week as part of its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) briefings for India. “Commercial aerospace demand in India continues to grow at unprecedented rates,” said Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “ The increasing number of passengers combined with a strong exchange rate, low fuel prices and high load factors bodes well for India’s aviation market, especially for the low-cost carriers.” Single-aisle airplanes, like the 737 MAX family will be largest share of new deliveries, with airlines in India. “The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history because customers throughout the world, including India, want its combination of

performance, flexibility and efficiency,” said Keskar. “Boeing also continues to offer the most complete family of wide body airplanes, as evidenced by our more than 85 percent in-service market share in India.” Other important findings from the annual outlook include: ! Traffic growth is more than 20%, far exceeding the global average of 7.3 % ! Domestic passenger traffic increased 23% from 2016 ! Low-cost carriers continue to account for more than 60 % of all flight Boeing projects a worldwide demand for 41,030 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with India carriers needing more than 5.1 percent of the total global demand. Boeing's Current Market Outlook is the longest running jet forecast and regarded as the most co m p re h e n s i ve a n a l ys i s o f t h e aviation industry.

The flight will depart from Delhi at 1400 hrs (IST) and arrive in Stockholm at 1820 hrs (CET). The return flight will leaveStockholm at 2100 hrs (CET) and reach Delhi the next morning. Incoming traffic from India to Sweden has grown over the years. In 2016, Sweden had 175,088 bednights (commercial overnight stays) from India as per the statistics from Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) which was 128% up from the bed nights registered in 2011.

Sri Lankan Airlines to start Services to South India’s 3 cities Sri Lankan Airlines has started a four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam a n d H y d e r a b a d . Sri Lankan Airlines' Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Siva Ramachandran said, “We are delighted to extend our services to southern part of India, offering travelers a seamless travel experience from their doorstep to the rest of the world via our global network. This new service reflects Sri Lankan's continuous commitment in consolidating the Asian market and offering travelers seamless travel experiences with great comfort. The new destination indeed would further strengthen ties between both countries, promoting two way travels for leisure, business, MICE tourism, pilgrimages, health requirements and education. Accordingly the new service would offer travelers from Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad direct travel to Sri Lanka to enjoy its many tourist attractions and experience for themselves the reasons why the island is fast becoming one of the most highly sought after tourism destinations in the world. The new

services by Sri Lankan would also facilitate the business community in Southern part of India, a major hub in South India for textiles, industries, commerce, education, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing, enhanced opportunities for rapid and seamless transport of all types of cargo throughout Sri Lankan's network. Sri Lankan's global route network is to 105 cities in 47 countries. As a member of the prestigious one world alliance, Sri Lankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its one world partner airlines. Sri Lankan now operates126 flights per week to 14 cities in India, with existing services to Chennai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gaya, Madurai, Varanasi, Kochi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

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INTERNATIONAL Air Guru Travels to present Badung Tourism Promotion Board in India Air Guru Travels and Badung Tourism Promotion Board in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the Republic of Indonesia organized “India Sales Mission 2017” at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai on 31 July 2017 with an aim to spur the growth of outbound Tourism to Indonesia, especially Badung Regency of Bali from India. In a significant step to invigorate the efforts to promote enormous tourism potential in Badung Regency of Bali, Indonesia in the Indian market, Badung To u r i s m P r o m o t i o n B o a r d h a s announced the appointment of Mr. Dhiraj Kumar, MD, Air Guru Travel Solutions as the Honorary

Representation of Badung Tourism Promotion Board with effect from 4 August 2017. The representation office of Badung Tourism Promotion Board will conduct destination updates, regular training to Indian travel operators and other promotional activities in Indian market in association with 'Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO)' as representative of Indonesia tourism. Also present at event were Mr. Vinsen Sius Jemadu, Ho'ble Authority Ministry of Turism Republik of Indonesia, Mr. Herdy Dharmawan Sayogha, Vice Chairman, Badung Tourism Promotion Board(BPPD) Badung, Mr. I Gusti

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Air India Express launch direct flight between Delhi and Madurai from 15 September, 2017. The introductory one way fare offered start from Rs. 3975/and the return journey fare from Rs. 7950/-. This service will be offered 4 days in a week i.e., Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, Chairma, Badung Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) Badung and Mr. I Nyoman Sulendra. Mr. Rai Suryawijaya, Chairman of Badung Tourism Promotion Board said in a press conference, “ The appointment of Dhiraj as Honorary

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Boeing Demand New Airplanes for India

Air India Launch Direct Flight from Delhi To Madurai

Representative of Badung Tourism Promotion Board is a serious effort of BPPD Badung to promote Badung tourism to the Indian market, pursuant to the significant growth of the visitor from India in the last one year. We are confident that this decision will spur this growth further and strengthen the relationship between tourism industry in India with industry in Badung and Badung tourism authorities. Badung, the ultimate soul of Bali is ready to welcome more visitors from India.” A visibly upbeat and exuberant Mr. Dhiraj, MD, Air Guru Travel Solutions said “For me and Team Air Guru, it's undoubtedly an honor to be chosen as the sole representative of the prestigious BDDP tourism board in India to promote the ever fascinating travel marvels of that destination of Bali in India. With our large customer base, vast network of credible travel organisations and associations across India and a supremely talented and dedicated team of in-house travel experts, I'm personally confident that we will be able to promote this destination to our customer base for what it is - one of the most the mystical, exotic and beautiful travel destinations in the world.” “I would also like to use this opportunity to reiterate our vision that has taken us this far and will hopefully take further, that we are 'the true travel partner of our travellers' and we virtually co-travel with them throughout their journey. It's also an opportune time to remind my team and peers that we stand not only to sell holidays but to create 'happy holidays' (a holiday carefully crafted and customised by experts for one's desires and needs, without frills, without hidden charges and with a humane face at every interface of the journey). As an organisation, we also take this proud moment as an endorsement of our work ethos and commitment to make travelling easier and enriching”, added Dhiraj. He also stressed upon the need to tap the huge potential for Inbound travel in India from Indonesia, “As Bali and India share common religious and cultural values, we are also hopeful that the BDDP board, in reciprocation, will also show greater interest in tapping the stupendous potential of the religious, cultural and heritage tourism in India, especially in tier-II and tier-III destinations. We offer to provide all assistance from our end in that regard.” Mr Jay Bhatia, Chairman Tourism C o u n c i l - TA A I h i g h l i g h t e d t h e significance of Dhiraj's appointment “Dhiraj will be both the voice and ear of Badung Board in India with specific focus on expanding the travellers' base from leisure to new avenues like family, adventure, Bollywood etc.”

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and Sunday. The airline will also be offering passengers the additional facilities to buy special meals of their choice online on select sector. The budget carrier currently operates around 545 flights per week, connecting 15 Indian cities to 14 Destinations in the Middle East and South East Asia.

Air India Fly Non-Stop from Delhi to Stockholm Air India announced non-stopflight services between Delhi and Stockholm, starting from August 15, 2017. The services will be operated thrice a week -Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Making the announcement, Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India said, “As part of Air India’s international route network expansion plans, we are happy to announce the Delhi-Stockholm direct flight from August 15, 2017. The flight will be operated thrice a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.”

Boeing forecasts a demand for 2,100 new airplanes in India, valued at $290 billion, over the next 20 years. The company released the new numbers this week as part of its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) briefings for India. “Commercial aerospace demand in India continues to grow at unprecedented rates,” said Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “ The increasing number of passengers combined with a strong exchange rate, low fuel prices and high load factors bodes well for India’s aviation market, especially for the low-cost carriers.” Single-aisle airplanes, like the 737 MAX family will be largest share of new deliveries, with airlines in India. “The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history because customers throughout the world, including India, want its combination of

performance, flexibility and efficiency,” said Keskar. “Boeing also continues to offer the most complete family of wide body airplanes, as evidenced by our more than 85 percent in-service market share in India.” Other important findings from the annual outlook include: ! Traffic growth is more than 20%, far exceeding the global average of 7.3 % ! Domestic passenger traffic increased 23% from 2016 ! Low-cost carriers continue to account for more than 60 % of all flight Boeing projects a worldwide demand for 41,030 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with India carriers needing more than 5.1 percent of the total global demand. Boeing's Current Market Outlook is the longest running jet forecast and regarded as the most co m p re h e n s i ve a n a l ys i s o f t h e aviation industry.

The flight will depart from Delhi at 1400 hrs (IST) and arrive in Stockholm at 1820 hrs (CET). The return flight will leaveStockholm at 2100 hrs (CET) and reach Delhi the next morning. Incoming traffic from India to Sweden has grown over the years. In 2016, Sweden had 175,088 bednights (commercial overnight stays) from India as per the statistics from Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) which was 128% up from the bed nights registered in 2011.

Sri Lankan Airlines to start Services to South India’s 3 cities Sri Lankan Airlines has started a four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam a n d H y d e r a b a d . Sri Lankan Airlines' Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Siva Ramachandran said, “We are delighted to extend our services to southern part of India, offering travelers a seamless travel experience from their doorstep to the rest of the world via our global network. This new service reflects Sri Lankan's continuous commitment in consolidating the Asian market and offering travelers seamless travel experiences with great comfort. The new destination indeed would further strengthen ties between both countries, promoting two way travels for leisure, business, MICE tourism, pilgrimages, health requirements and education. Accordingly the new service would offer travelers from Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad direct travel to Sri Lanka to enjoy its many tourist attractions and experience for themselves the reasons why the island is fast becoming one of the most highly sought after tourism destinations in the world. The new

services by Sri Lankan would also facilitate the business community in Southern part of India, a major hub in South India for textiles, industries, commerce, education, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing, enhanced opportunities for rapid and seamless transport of all types of cargo throughout Sri Lankan's network. Sri Lankan's global route network is to 105 cities in 47 countries. As a member of the prestigious one world alliance, Sri Lankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its one world partner airlines. Sri Lankan now operates126 flights per week to 14 cities in India, with existing services to Chennai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gaya, Madurai, Varanasi, Kochi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

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Thailand’s Bleisure Destination

Pattaya-HuaHin-Bangkok

“KINGDOM OF BLEISURE” Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau casts a spotlight on the new MICE landscape, Pattaya-HuaHinBangkok featuring as a perfect setting for business-leisure harmony, where meetings and business events can be more fun and productive turning an ordinary business trip to Thailand a Vibrant Journey to Business Success. Thailand 4.0 is a new economic model, aims at pulling Thailand out of the middle income trap and developing it as

a high-income country. And many developments are taken care under Thailand 4.0 economic policy which include the improvement of connectivity, the mega infrastructures, along with the incentives to enhance new investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). TCEB expects that in the 2017 budget year (October 2016-September2017), there will be a total 1,109,000 international MICE visitorsgenerating revenue of 101 billion baht (USD 2,885.7 million).

The initiatives are expected to magnify the recognition of each established 'Bleisure' destinations, while the bureau foresees a great potential in the growth of MICE and the income distribution which to drive MICE into a key sector in developing the country. Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, Vice President of TCEB's Strategic and Business Development, said that, “Thailand is moving forward in all area of development to steer the national

economy to Thailand 4.0 era. The government encourages public and private partnership along the economic transition with policies that enhance new business environment, the innovation, as well as the promotion of hard and soft infrastructure. Thailand 4.0 inspires and encourages business activities and this, in turn, makes the country a venue for meetings linked to trade development, technology and research. The uplift of the country's economy will directly benefit MICE industry.” TCEB maps our strategies in line with the

c o u nt r y ' s e c o n o m i c blueprint. By enhancing MICE as a driving force behind the economic growth, we connect the international business community including Thailand 4.0 targeted industrial segments, through diverse strategic approaches. CONNECT Thailand: Kingdom of Bleisure,” the trip showcases Bleisure destinations, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Bangkok to 35 international media from 16 countries.” The three vibrant cities feature potential growth in MICE. “Derived from TCEB's brand communication campaign, we present ideas for the Bleisure route and theme meetings which are all possible for MICE events in these cities. Combining the three destinations, we introduce aspects of the Thai journey through luxury, cultural, culinary, and CSR

experiences to show that Thailand can transform ordinary business events into a memorable and endearing success”, added Mrs. Supawan.

When you think about Thailand, do you envision the Golden Temples and palaces of Bangkok, the beach front of Pattaya, and Luxuries resorts of Hua Hin? Yes, Thailand has its all and much morethough few of us have time or budget to see everything. Thailand is a perfect destination for business & leisure harmony turning an ordinary business trip to vibrant journey. This is the reason it is called “The Kingdom of Bleisure”. Let's explore Thailand's Bleisure Destination PATTAYA For the IMFT 2017, TCEB has been working closely with EEC and its strategic partners namely Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) and the Thai Airways International (THAI) to emphasise and expand opportunities for the MICE business in the Thai Bleisure destinations. D r . C h o l a c h i t Vo rawa n g s o V i ra ku l , Executive Director of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand said that IMFT2017 reinforces the collaboration

between EEC and TCEB. The key focus areas include: 1) The Development Plan; 2) The Investment of Basic Infrastructure. 3) The Network Enhancement with TCEB and MICE Industry.

Thailand's Favorite seaside resort for business and leisure

Sawadee-kap, Thailand! Landing at Suvarnbhumi International Airport Bangkok we directly drive to Pattaya. It took 120 minutes to reach over there. Located in the province of Chonburi 147kilometer southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is called “City of MICE” because of its diverse of assimilation along with the spacious location for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions. Enormous places like Ambassador City, Jomtien Hotel & Convention Center, Eastern National Sport Center & PEACH which roughly merges of 6500 sq meter area for Conference and Meeting. The Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center with large auditorium and more than adequate seating capacity for seminar equipped with modern AV equipment and services Statistically w e come to see maximum meeting capacity of the city is 6943 sq.m. With over 30 convention centers, 1 Exhibition Centers, 56 unique venues. And the city has 412 Hotels along with 50,605 room's

key accessible. There are many activities that can be done while in Pattaya like Hot Air Balloon Riding, Squid Fishing, Diving. Some famous tourist spots can be enjoyed during your stay in Pattaya like Big Buddha of Wat Phra Yai, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, Pattaya Bridge, Pattaya Tower, MINI WORLD including the Temple of Emerald Buddha and Democracy Monument, The bridge over the River Kwai, Prasat Hin Phimai, Tower bridge of London, Eiffel Tower, The Statue of Liberty, Trevi fountains. Pattaya not only strained to Historical monument, it also have nightlife which is entirely deserves its international reputation. Where you can see carefree party town around you while

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going Pattaya Walking Streets with 100 bars varied in Beer Bars, Sport Bar & Disco with Cabaret Show. Alcazar Cabaret Show features 1200 seats and small team of 400 male and lady boy artist showcasing there glaring interpretation along with Comedy. Tiffany Cabaret Show is ranked 4th in World Top Ten Show. They represent with remarkable performance with special effects, lightings, costume and brilliant artistic work. After enjoying the exotic nightlife of Pattaya. Business Guest can relax their body, mind and soul by visiting Health Land Spa and Personal Care with their total wellness, covering wide range of services from Traditional Thai massage to Ayurveda practice. A luxury can also be experienced at Pattaya Yatch Charter, VIP Speedboat and Yacht Charters in Pattaya, the best luxury yacht charter fleet available for private hire to various islands of Pattaya. HUA HIN The Royal Heritage Beach Resort Town One can sail from Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier to Hua Hin by East- West Ferry, a Project

Thai Government to raise tourism in Chonburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Hua Hin is Thailand's Beach Resort and is L u x u r y M I C E destination. The city promises to provide a truly captivating experience, high standards and unspoiled natural landscapes. Known today for its quiet beaches, quaint towns and charming heritage, Hua Hin's infrastructure and accommodation is some of the best in Thailand. Hua Hin boasts more than 11,000 hotel rooms, with venues for business events that can accommodate up to 5,000 guests. To name some prominent venues for MICE in Hua Hin are - Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa and Intercontinental Hua Hin

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Resort. And some leisure activities that can be done while in Hua Hin are - Hua Hin Railway, ATV Park Cha Am (All Terrain Vehicle). Relax the body and mind by enjoying the Hua Hin Beach. Nightlife market of Hua Hin. It encompass one street comes to life from 6.30 pm when traders line the street with their stalls selling various apparel, coffee, souvenir

and tasty foods. Rajabhakti Park (Larger than life statue of seven (7) prominent Thai Kings. Santorini Park – it's a Xerox copy of Greek island in Thailand. It has 5 zones encompasses w i t h a l l entertainment. Village zone is given the Greek texture. Art and Culture includes entertainment and activity and shopping handicrafts. Camel Republic will be more closure view toward animals like Arabian camel, Alpaca, Patagonian Mara, and Flamingo. Amusement park by riding the various ride like flying Macau, Eagle Ziplone, Zero Gravity. BANGKOK The World Top MICE Destination A day in Bangkok will give a glimpse into what life is like, in Thailand. The city

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occupies 1568.7 sq km in Central Thailand. Over 22.2% live within the surrounding of Bangkok Metropolitan Region with extreme primate city notably overshadows on other urban cities of Thailand. The city is a bustling metropolis teeming with world class conventions and meeting venues, assimilation, fine dining and leisure. Bangkok has 152,400 sq m spacious volume for MICE. There are 64 Convention Centers, 14 Exhibition Places, and 34 Unique Venue. 422 Hotels, 94502 rooms are there for assimilation volume. Stay at Award Winning venues like IMPACT Arena (150,000sq m), BITEC Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Center (50,000 sq m) Bangkok is considered the hub for Thailand's MICE industry. The city has a modern mass transit system, with efficient taxis, trains, buses, and express bus services (Bangkok Rapid Transport, or BRT), as well as the BTS

Skytrain and subway (MRT) train networks. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is only 20 minutes from the city centre via the fast Airport Rail-Link, while passenger ferries ply along Bangkok's Chao Phraya River and canals such as Klong Saen Saeb, offering yet another alternative to city traffic. There are various activities can be done by visiting to Bangkok like Dinner Cruises, Visit 9 sacred places, Shopping. There are many tourist spot can be enjoyed by the Business Client like Temple of Emerald Buddha, Chinatown, Chatuchak Weeken d Market, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Central World. Business events in Bangkok are about fancy, occurrence and hitch to Thai tradition.

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THAILAND

Thailand’s Bleisure Destination

Pattaya-HuaHin-Bangkok

“KINGDOM OF BLEISURE” Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau casts a spotlight on the new MICE landscape, Pattaya-HuaHinBangkok featuring as a perfect setting for business-leisure harmony, where meetings and business events can be more fun and productive turning an ordinary business trip to Thailand a Vibrant Journey to Business Success. Thailand 4.0 is a new economic model, aims at pulling Thailand out of the middle income trap and developing it as

a high-income country. And many developments are taken care under Thailand 4.0 economic policy which include the improvement of connectivity, the mega infrastructures, along with the incentives to enhance new investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). TCEB expects that in the 2017 budget year (October 2016-September2017), there will be a total 1,109,000 international MICE visitorsgenerating revenue of 101 billion baht (USD 2,885.7 million).

The initiatives are expected to magnify the recognition of each established 'Bleisure' destinations, while the bureau foresees a great potential in the growth of MICE and the income distribution which to drive MICE into a key sector in developing the country. Mrs. Supawan Teerarat, Vice President of TCEB's Strategic and Business Development, said that, “Thailand is moving forward in all area of development to steer the national

economy to Thailand 4.0 era. The government encourages public and private partnership along the economic transition with policies that enhance new business environment, the innovation, as well as the promotion of hard and soft infrastructure. Thailand 4.0 inspires and encourages business activities and this, in turn, makes the country a venue for meetings linked to trade development, technology and research. The uplift of the country's economy will directly benefit MICE industry.” TCEB maps our strategies in line with the

c o u nt r y ' s e c o n o m i c blueprint. By enhancing MICE as a driving force behind the economic growth, we connect the international business community including Thailand 4.0 targeted industrial segments, through diverse strategic approaches. CONNECT Thailand: Kingdom of Bleisure,” the trip showcases Bleisure destinations, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Bangkok to 35 international media from 16 countries.” The three vibrant cities feature potential growth in MICE. “Derived from TCEB's brand communication campaign, we present ideas for the Bleisure route and theme meetings which are all possible for MICE events in these cities. Combining the three destinations, we introduce aspects of the Thai journey through luxury, cultural, culinary, and CSR

experiences to show that Thailand can transform ordinary business events into a memorable and endearing success”, added Mrs. Supawan.

When you think about Thailand, do you envision the Golden Temples and palaces of Bangkok, the beach front of Pattaya, and Luxuries resorts of Hua Hin? Yes, Thailand has its all and much morethough few of us have time or budget to see everything. Thailand is a perfect destination for business & leisure harmony turning an ordinary business trip to vibrant journey. This is the reason it is called “The Kingdom of Bleisure”. Let's explore Thailand's Bleisure Destination PATTAYA For the IMFT 2017, TCEB has been working closely with EEC and its strategic partners namely Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) and the Thai Airways International (THAI) to emphasise and expand opportunities for the MICE business in the Thai Bleisure destinations. D r . C h o l a c h i t Vo rawa n g s o V i ra ku l , Executive Director of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand said that IMFT2017 reinforces the collaboration

between EEC and TCEB. The key focus areas include: 1) The Development Plan; 2) The Investment of Basic Infrastructure. 3) The Network Enhancement with TCEB and MICE Industry.

Thailand's Favorite seaside resort for business and leisure

Sawadee-kap, Thailand! Landing at Suvarnbhumi International Airport Bangkok we directly drive to Pattaya. It took 120 minutes to reach over there. Located in the province of Chonburi 147kilometer southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is called “City of MICE” because of its diverse of assimilation along with the spacious location for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions. Enormous places like Ambassador City, Jomtien Hotel & Convention Center, Eastern National Sport Center & PEACH which roughly merges of 6500 sq meter area for Conference and Meeting. The Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center with large auditorium and more than adequate seating capacity for seminar equipped with modern AV equipment and services Statistically w e come to see maximum meeting capacity of the city is 6943 sq.m. With over 30 convention centers, 1 Exhibition Centers, 56 unique venues. And the city has 412 Hotels along with 50,605 room's

key accessible. There are many activities that can be done while in Pattaya like Hot Air Balloon Riding, Squid Fishing, Diving. Some famous tourist spots can be enjoyed during your stay in Pattaya like Big Buddha of Wat Phra Yai, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, Pattaya Bridge, Pattaya Tower, MINI WORLD including the Temple of Emerald Buddha and Democracy Monument, The bridge over the River Kwai, Prasat Hin Phimai, Tower bridge of London, Eiffel Tower, The Statue of Liberty, Trevi fountains. Pattaya not only strained to Historical monument, it also have nightlife which is entirely deserves its international reputation. Where you can see carefree party town around you while

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going Pattaya Walking Streets with 100 bars varied in Beer Bars, Sport Bar & Disco with Cabaret Show. Alcazar Cabaret Show features 1200 seats and small team of 400 male and lady boy artist showcasing there glaring interpretation along with Comedy. Tiffany Cabaret Show is ranked 4th in World Top Ten Show. They represent with remarkable performance with special effects, lightings, costume and brilliant artistic work. After enjoying the exotic nightlife of Pattaya. Business Guest can relax their body, mind and soul by visiting Health Land Spa and Personal Care with their total wellness, covering wide range of services from Traditional Thai massage to Ayurveda practice. A luxury can also be experienced at Pattaya Yatch Charter, VIP Speedboat and Yacht Charters in Pattaya, the best luxury yacht charter fleet available for private hire to various islands of Pattaya. HUA HIN The Royal Heritage Beach Resort Town One can sail from Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier to Hua Hin by East- West Ferry, a Project

Thai Government to raise tourism in Chonburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Hua Hin is Thailand's Beach Resort and is L u x u r y M I C E destination. The city promises to provide a truly captivating experience, high standards and unspoiled natural landscapes. Known today for its quiet beaches, quaint towns and charming heritage, Hua Hin's infrastructure and accommodation is some of the best in Thailand. Hua Hin boasts more than 11,000 hotel rooms, with venues for business events that can accommodate up to 5,000 guests. To name some prominent venues for MICE in Hua Hin are - Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa and Intercontinental Hua Hin

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Resort. And some leisure activities that can be done while in Hua Hin are - Hua Hin Railway, ATV Park Cha Am (All Terrain Vehicle). Relax the body and mind by enjoying the Hua Hin Beach. Nightlife market of Hua Hin. It encompass one street comes to life from 6.30 pm when traders line the street with their stalls selling various apparel, coffee, souvenir

and tasty foods. Rajabhakti Park (Larger than life statue of seven (7) prominent Thai Kings. Santorini Park – it's a Xerox copy of Greek island in Thailand. It has 5 zones encompasses w i t h a l l entertainment. Village zone is given the Greek texture. Art and Culture includes entertainment and activity and shopping handicrafts. Camel Republic will be more closure view toward animals like Arabian camel, Alpaca, Patagonian Mara, and Flamingo. Amusement park by riding the various ride like flying Macau, Eagle Ziplone, Zero Gravity. BANGKOK The World Top MICE Destination A day in Bangkok will give a glimpse into what life is like, in Thailand. The city

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occupies 1568.7 sq km in Central Thailand. Over 22.2% live within the surrounding of Bangkok Metropolitan Region with extreme primate city notably overshadows on other urban cities of Thailand. The city is a bustling metropolis teeming with world class conventions and meeting venues, assimilation, fine dining and leisure. Bangkok has 152,400 sq m spacious volume for MICE. There are 64 Convention Centers, 14 Exhibition Places, and 34 Unique Venue. 422 Hotels, 94502 rooms are there for assimilation volume. Stay at Award Winning venues like IMPACT Arena (150,000sq m), BITEC Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Center (50,000 sq m) Bangkok is considered the hub for Thailand's MICE industry. The city has a modern mass transit system, with efficient taxis, trains, buses, and express bus services (Bangkok Rapid Transport, or BRT), as well as the BTS

Skytrain and subway (MRT) train networks. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is only 20 minutes from the city centre via the fast Airport Rail-Link, while passenger ferries ply along Bangkok's Chao Phraya River and canals such as Klong Saen Saeb, offering yet another alternative to city traffic. There are various activities can be done by visiting to Bangkok like Dinner Cruises, Visit 9 sacred places, Shopping. There are many tourist spot can be enjoyed by the Business Client like Temple of Emerald Buddha, Chinatown, Chatuchak Weeken d Market, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Central World. Business events in Bangkok are about fancy, occurrence and hitch to Thai tradition.

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MICE Sri Lanka Tourism Roadshow Mauritius reported an in Chennai and Hyderabad 8% increase in visitors from India

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organised roadshow in Chennai (18 July, 2017) and Hyderabad (19 July, 2017) to promote Sri Lankan destinations in India Market. A selective presentation of Sri Lanka’s attractions, including wealth of wildlife and culture was presented to the India’s most prominent outbound travel trade buyers. SLTPB is expecting a growth of over 26%, about 4, 50,000 Indian tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in 2017 to explore its beautiful destinations since India reigns as Sri

Lanka's biggest tourist market. The year 2016 saw a growth of 12.8%, about 3, 56,729 Indian tourist visiting Sri Lanka compared to around 3, 16,247 in 2015. Mr. Viranga Bandara, Assistant Director Marketing said “Sri Lanka has gained immense popularity in India and has experienced a consistent growth since last decade. We are confident that in 2017 a lot of more Indians will choose Sri Lanka as their preferred holiday destination. Sri Lanka wholeheartedly welcomes Indians with open hearts.”

Mauritius has reported an 8% increase in visitors from India during the first six months of 2017, as compared to the same period last year, according to the M a u r i t i u s To u r i s m P r o m o t i o n Authority. As part of the promotional plan, MTPA India has already organised roadshows in tier II and tier III cities, and seminars for travel agents; hosted familiarisation trips for travel agents, wedding planners and media in the first half of the year. Starting July, MTPA will organise a four city roadshow in August 2017 in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. In an effort to engage consumers, MTPA India India office plans to host shoots for TV Show, Films, celebrity cover shoots and fashion shoots just to mention a few. The constant increase in visitor arrivals from India is the direct result of strategic industr y

partnerships to boost market awareness about Mauritius as a leisure, MICE & wedding destination. “Our brand positioning emphasises Mauritius’s natural beauty, luxurious indulgence & a range of activities for different types of travellers. We are working closely with India’s leading trade stakeholders to promote the destination as an ideal choice for the discerning consumer and this activities will continue in the second half of 2017”, said Mr. Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India.

Korea Tourism new Director for India Office

Mr. Michael Kwon has been appointed as the new Director of Korea Tourism Organization, India Office. He will be heading the India office for next three years. Previously working as the Director of International Tourism Strategy team at Korea Tourism Organization head office, he has all-round exposure across different verticals of KTO like HR, Planning & Coordination, Inbound Marketing & Performance Evaluation. He was the Deputy Director of KTO Chicago office between 2005 & 2007 and has successfully established KTO office in Jakarta in 2011. Holding a major in tourism, Mr. Kwon has been associated with KTO for 25 years. He is also a certified Public Labor Attorney in Korea.

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MICE Sri Lanka Tourism Roadshow Mauritius reported an in Chennai and Hyderabad 8% increase in visitors from India

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organised roadshow in Chennai (18 July, 2017) and Hyderabad (19 July, 2017) to promote Sri Lankan destinations in India Market. A selective presentation of Sri Lanka’s attractions, including wealth of wildlife and culture was presented to the India’s most prominent outbound travel trade buyers. SLTPB is expecting a growth of over 26%, about 4, 50,000 Indian tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in 2017 to explore its beautiful destinations since India reigns as Sri

Lanka's biggest tourist market. The year 2016 saw a growth of 12.8%, about 3, 56,729 Indian tourist visiting Sri Lanka compared to around 3, 16,247 in 2015. Mr. Viranga Bandara, Assistant Director Marketing said “Sri Lanka has gained immense popularity in India and has experienced a consistent growth since last decade. We are confident that in 2017 a lot of more Indians will choose Sri Lanka as their preferred holiday destination. Sri Lanka wholeheartedly welcomes Indians with open hearts.”

Mauritius has reported an 8% increase in visitors from India during the first six months of 2017, as compared to the same period last year, according to the M a u r i t i u s To u r i s m P r o m o t i o n Authority. As part of the promotional plan, MTPA India has already organised roadshows in tier II and tier III cities, and seminars for travel agents; hosted familiarisation trips for travel agents, wedding planners and media in the first half of the year. Starting July, MTPA will organise a four city roadshow in August 2017 in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. In an effort to engage consumers, MTPA India India office plans to host shoots for TV Show, Films, celebrity cover shoots and fashion shoots just to mention a few. The constant increase in visitor arrivals from India is the direct result of strategic industr y

partnerships to boost market awareness about Mauritius as a leisure, MICE & wedding destination. “Our brand positioning emphasises Mauritius’s natural beauty, luxurious indulgence & a range of activities for different types of travellers. We are working closely with India’s leading trade stakeholders to promote the destination as an ideal choice for the discerning consumer and this activities will continue in the second half of 2017”, said Mr. Vivek Anand, Country Manager, MTPA India.

Korea Tourism new Director for India Office

Mr. Michael Kwon has been appointed as the new Director of Korea Tourism Organization, India Office. He will be heading the India office for next three years. Previously working as the Director of International Tourism Strategy team at Korea Tourism Organization head office, he has all-round exposure across different verticals of KTO like HR, Planning & Coordination, Inbound Marketing & Performance Evaluation. He was the Deputy Director of KTO Chicago office between 2005 & 2007 and has successfully established KTO office in Jakarta in 2011. Holding a major in tourism, Mr. Kwon has been associated with KTO for 25 years. He is also a certified Public Labor Attorney in Korea.

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