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MI When it comes to travels we often think of leisure travel first, yet business travel is a key component and major driver in the Tourism Industry, in particular when it comes to MICE segment – Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibitions. The MICE industry is a high end and high revenue generating segment of outdoor tourism. And the demand for MICE is on the rise. Moreover understanding expectations, what’s n e w a n d h o w t o a t t ra c t m o s t effectively travelers that fall under that category can contribute to a sustainable competitive advantage for destinations. Many Countries are promoting themselves as MICE venues to attract

event organizers. Travel companies are offering specialised MICE services and activities. Increasingly, organizations are giving more importance to enriching experiences at a destination than the accommodation and venue. But the trend is still the same when it comes to choosing the destination rewarding on value for money and the destination which offer recreational opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a push on the part of the MICE industry to cash in on this trend through active promotion and marketing. In this edition we check out India Inbound MICE Trends - a Positive Step Forward on page 6 and Thailand’s CHIANG MAI a new name in MICE industry on page 27.

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MICE Trends picking up high To d a y I n d i a i s s u c c e s s f u l l y recognized as a MICE Destination. Let us delve into the reasons of why are we a successful MICE nation. With the growing purposes of organizing the MICE we have skillfully managed to enhance the image of our country and generate more employment. The industry estimates currently

rank the Meetings, Incentives, Conference & Events/Exhibitions (MICE) Sector in India at Rs. 8500 crores annually, which has been growing at a rate of 15 – 20 percent annually, large part of the growth coming in from the domestic MICE ventures. India currently ranks 27th in the Global Meetings market (ICCA statistics). Contd. on page 6


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NEWS FLASH National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board D r. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation shared that National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board has been constituted in order to provide dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of Medical Tourism, Wellness Tourism and Yoga, Ayurveda Tourism and any other format of Indian system of medicine covered by Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). T he Board shall work as an umbrella organization that governs and promotes

this segment of tourism in an organized manner. The board will act as a facilitator and support the medical/wellness segment in promoting tourism and promoting India as a medical and wellness destination. The Board will also look into the issues relating to visa issues, accreditation of hospitals and allied services as well as marketing and promotion. The foreign tourists visited India for medical during 2012, 2013 and 2014 were 171021, 236898 and 184298, respectively. Data for the year 2014 is of visa type by Nationality.

“Gatimaan Express” from H.Nizamuddin to Agra Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off India’s first semi high-speed train Gatimaan Express capable of running at a maximum speed of 160 kmph, from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station. The launch of this train heralds a new era of high speed rail travel in India. Railway Minister has emphasized about increasing the speed of both passengers and goods trains in budget speech. The non-stop train will have two Executive AC Chair Car and eight AC Chair Car coaches. The coaches to be used in Gatiman Express train are new LHB coaches with enhanced passenger

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amenities are turned out by RCF/ Kapurthala. The coaches have been fitted with bio toilets and are fit to run at 160 kmph. The fare for chair car in fully air conditioned Gatimaan Express has been fixed at Rs 750, while for Executive Class it will be Rs 1,500. The 12050 H. Nizamuddin- Agra Cantt. ‘Gatimaan’ Express (Six Days A Week Except Friday) Train will depart from H. Nizamuddin at 08.10 a.m. from 06.04.2016 to reach Agra Cantt. at 09.50 a.m. the same day. In the return direction, the 12049 train depart at 05.50 p.m. from Agra and reach H. Nizamuddin at 07.30 p.m. the same day.

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Malaysia introduces e-visa for Indian tourists Travelling to Malaysia got a little more convenient. The Malaysian Government recently introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization Visa (e-visa) for a short visit to Malaysia. At this point in time, the e-visa facility is available to Indians residing in India only and is valid for a single journey stay of maximum 30 days in Malaysia for tourism purposes. India is a significant contributor to the tourism economy of Malaysia. Last year as many as 722,141 Indian tourists visited Malaysia making it the 6th largest contributor to tourist arrivals. Mr Mohd Hafiz, Director, Tourism Malaysia,

Mumbai said, “We are always trying to make travel to Malaysia as convenient as it can get and the introduction of e-visa is a major step in that direction. We are confident that with this ease in visa process more and more Indians will now consider Malaysia as a destination of choice for their next holiday.” The Malaysia e-visa comes at a fee of around Rs 2710 and can be obtained within 24- 48 hours with a validity of 3 months. For more details on the e-visa fa c i l i t y, p l e a s e v i s i t http://www.windowmalaysia.my.

Railways Launched a new Executive Lounge Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu inaugurated a new Executive Lounge constructed by IRCTC at Agra Cantt. Railway Station through remote from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Having a seating capacity for 75-80 persons, to be launched in phases, the lounge is located on Platform No-1 of Agra Cantt station. Modeled like on airport lounges, the lounge at Agra Cantt station provides a range of complimentary and paid facilities such as meals on order, channel music, hot beverages (tea/coffee) and soft drinks, round the clock Wi-Fi facility, luggage racks for in-house passengers, wheel chairs, recliners, TV, train information

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display, Business Centre with fax, printers, desktops, newspapers and magazines, clean toilets and shoe shiners. The services of the Executive Lounge will be available to passengers at a nominal entry fee of Rs.100 for two hours and Rs 50 for per additional hour. It includes the usage of Wi-Fi, toilets, recliners and browsing of newspapers and magazines apart from unlimited tea/coffee and soft beverages. Additional services such as the Wash & Change, meals and facilities at Business Centre are chargeable. Rate for wash and change is Rs 75. IRCTC also plans to provide more such executive lounges at Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam, Vijaywada, Howrah, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jammu.

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24, 25, 26 June 2016 Khudiram Anushilan Kendra,

Kolkata, West Bengal Jointly Organised by:

Dept. of Tourism, Govt of West Bengal and Travel Agents Association of Bengal

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CLASSIFIED DISPLAY

NEWS FLASH National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board D r. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation shared that National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board has been constituted in order to provide dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of Medical Tourism, Wellness Tourism and Yoga, Ayurveda Tourism and any other format of Indian system of medicine covered by Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). T he Board shall work as an umbrella organization that governs and promotes

this segment of tourism in an organized manner. The board will act as a facilitator and support the medical/wellness segment in promoting tourism and promoting India as a medical and wellness destination. The Board will also look into the issues relating to visa issues, accreditation of hospitals and allied services as well as marketing and promotion. The foreign tourists visited India for medical during 2012, 2013 and 2014 were 171021, 236898 and 184298, respectively. Data for the year 2014 is of visa type by Nationality.

“Gatimaan Express” from H.Nizamuddin to Agra Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off India’s first semi high-speed train Gatimaan Express capable of running at a maximum speed of 160 kmph, from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station. The launch of this train heralds a new era of high speed rail travel in India. Railway Minister has emphasized about increasing the speed of both passengers and goods trains in budget speech. The non-stop train will have two Executive AC Chair Car and eight AC Chair Car coaches. The coaches to be used in Gatiman Express train are new LHB coaches with enhanced passenger

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amenities are turned out by RCF/ Kapurthala. The coaches have been fitted with bio toilets and are fit to run at 160 kmph. The fare for chair car in fully air conditioned Gatimaan Express has been fixed at Rs 750, while for Executive Class it will be Rs 1,500. The 12050 H. Nizamuddin- Agra Cantt. ‘Gatimaan’ Express (Six Days A Week Except Friday) Train will depart from H. Nizamuddin at 08.10 a.m. from 06.04.2016 to reach Agra Cantt. at 09.50 a.m. the same day. In the return direction, the 12049 train depart at 05.50 p.m. from Agra and reach H. Nizamuddin at 07.30 p.m. the same day.

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Malaysia introduces e-visa for Indian tourists Travelling to Malaysia got a little more convenient. The Malaysian Government recently introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization Visa (e-visa) for a short visit to Malaysia. At this point in time, the e-visa facility is available to Indians residing in India only and is valid for a single journey stay of maximum 30 days in Malaysia for tourism purposes. India is a significant contributor to the tourism economy of Malaysia. Last year as many as 722,141 Indian tourists visited Malaysia making it the 6th largest contributor to tourist arrivals. Mr Mohd Hafiz, Director, Tourism Malaysia,

Mumbai said, “We are always trying to make travel to Malaysia as convenient as it can get and the introduction of e-visa is a major step in that direction. We are confident that with this ease in visa process more and more Indians will now consider Malaysia as a destination of choice for their next holiday.” The Malaysia e-visa comes at a fee of around Rs 2710 and can be obtained within 24- 48 hours with a validity of 3 months. For more details on the e-visa fa c i l i t y, p l e a s e v i s i t http://www.windowmalaysia.my.

Railways Launched a new Executive Lounge Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu inaugurated a new Executive Lounge constructed by IRCTC at Agra Cantt. Railway Station through remote from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Having a seating capacity for 75-80 persons, to be launched in phases, the lounge is located on Platform No-1 of Agra Cantt station. Modeled like on airport lounges, the lounge at Agra Cantt station provides a range of complimentary and paid facilities such as meals on order, channel music, hot beverages (tea/coffee) and soft drinks, round the clock Wi-Fi facility, luggage racks for in-house passengers, wheel chairs, recliners, TV, train information

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display, Business Centre with fax, printers, desktops, newspapers and magazines, clean toilets and shoe shiners. The services of the Executive Lounge will be available to passengers at a nominal entry fee of Rs.100 for two hours and Rs 50 for per additional hour. It includes the usage of Wi-Fi, toilets, recliners and browsing of newspapers and magazines apart from unlimited tea/coffee and soft beverages. Additional services such as the Wash & Change, meals and facilities at Business Centre are chargeable. Rate for wash and change is Rs 75. IRCTC also plans to provide more such executive lounges at Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam, Vijaywada, Howrah, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jammu.

Kashmir

24, 25, 26 June 2016 Khudiram Anushilan Kendra,

Kolkata, West Bengal Jointly Organised by:

Dept. of Tourism, Govt of West Bengal and Travel Agents Association of Bengal

Supported By:

Contact - W: www.ravinetrek.com E: sales@ravinetrek.com M: +91 9967009904 / 9322647575

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EVENT Thailand Travel Mart+ 2016 To Be Unique, Different and Distinctive

A new destination, record number of first-time buyers and a unique range of exhibitors are among the highlights of Thailand's leading travel trade event to be held between 8-10 June, 2016. For the first time, the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion TTM+ 2016, will be held in the northern capital of Chiang Mai. As of 23 March, it had attracted 570 buyers from 62 countries, of whom roughly half were first-time participants. Amongst the sellers, the line-up of 343 exhibiting companies includes some of the most unique boutique hotels in the Greater Mekong Subregion, in addition to a range of creative small

and medium sized products and services seeking to expand their profile in the international market. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said “This year's event promises to be unique, different and distinctive from anything we have done in the past. We have carefully analysed all the feedback we have got over the past few years and done our best to act upon many of the valuable recommendations.” “The enormous interest we have received from the buyers is certainly very encouraging. We believe this year's TTM+ will go a long way towards facilitating business opportunities and meeting our national development

IATO’S New Team Results of IATO elections is being declared on 23rd April, 2016 and the new IATO’s Office Bearers and Executive Committee Members are President Mr. Pronab Sarkar, Swagatam Tours Pvt. Ltd.; Sr. Vice President Mr. Rajeev Kohli, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Vice President Mr. Rajiv Mehra, Uday Tours & Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Hony. Secretary Mr. Lally Mathews, Vacations Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.; Hony. Treasurer Mr. Amaresh Tiwari, A.T. Seasons & Vacations Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Hony. Joint Secretary Mr. Sandeep Jain, Special

Holidays Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Immediate Past President Mr. Subhash Goyal, Stic Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Executive Committee Members (Active) - Mr. P.S. Duggal, Minar Travels (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Raj Bajaj, Adventure World (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Rajnish Kaistha, Paradise Holidays (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Ramesh Wattal, Welcome Travels; Mr. Viney Tyagi, Uni Crystal Holidays Pvt. Ltd. Executive Committee Members (Allied) Mr. N.S. Rathor, Pooja Travels; Mr. Sunil Gupta, Travel Bureau; Mr. Zia Siddiqui, Alliance Hotels & Resorts

MR. PRONAB SARKAR

MR. RAJEEV KOHLI

MR. RAJIV MEHRA

MR. LALLY MATHEWS

MR. AMARESH TIWARI

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priorities,” the Governor said. Now in its 15th year, the TTM+ is being eagerly awaited in Chiang Mai where provincial authorities and the tourism industry are working hard to deliver a memorable and productive event. Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the state-ofthe-art facility that has the capability of hosting business and trade events of all sizes and types. it is located some 15 minutes by car from Chiang Mai city centre. As of 23 March, India has the largest contingent of buyers (120) followed by the United Kingdom (40), China (33), Australia (25), Italy (25) and the USA (21). A group of smaller but high-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets; such as, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine. Of the total number of buyers, 57% or 325 are first timers and 245 are repeat buyers. Amongst the

exhibitors, 30% or 103 organisations are first timers, and 70% or 240 organisations are repeat sellers. In January-February 2016, Thailand's visitor arrivals surged to a record 6.09 million, up by 15.48% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 1.77 million arrivals in JanuaryFebruary 2016, up by 32.21% over the same period in 2015. Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totalled 3.87 million (+20.61%), the Americas 265,166 (+14.70%), South Asia 220,381 (+9.13%), the Middle East 79,166 (+16.25%), Europe 1.46 million (+6.86%) and Africa 22,111 (+8.13%). Only one region reported a decline: Oceania -2.77% to 137,115.

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IT&CM CTW China 2016 The 10th IT&CM China 2016 came to a close with over 14,000 business appointments as well as more than 70 business, education and networking activities concluded. The event received overwhelming feedback from delegates who shared how they had benefitted from the various aspects of this year's show. The memorable Opening Ceremony and Dinner event on the first day of IT&CM China which starred a walk-about food fair dining concept by Shanghai Marriott Parkview. The

Opening Ceremony successfully married the different culinary experiences of multiple destinations in one location, enabling an impressive international gourmet showcase of flavours, culture and traditions. The IT&CM China experience continues for 25 selected international and Chinese buyers as they embark on the event's first-ever post-show tour to Kyushu, Japan, from 9 to 13 April. Sponsored and hosted by Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau alongside Meetings Place

Fukuoka, the fully-subscribed 5 Day 4 Night FAM Tour aimed at promoting Kyushu as Your Meeting Place. CTW China 2016 The second instalment of CTW China concluded with the participation of 260 corporate travel professionals including corporate travel buyers, TMCs, airlines, payment solutions, and hotel chains from 10 territories – Australia, China PR, France, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, and Singapore.

W i t h T TG Ev e n t s a n d C a r l s o n Wagonlit Travel, China reaffirming their collaboration to co-organise CTW China into 2018, industry engagement initiatives are already underway to build on the success of this 2016 event. Among these initiatives is a series of roadshows in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chong Qing and Chengdu to be held later this year aimed at reaching corporate travel professionals working in these cities.

Vegan-Fest Tel Aviv The Largest Vegan Festival in the World Vegan-Fest, the largest vegan festival in t h e wo r l d , w i l l ta ke p l a c e o n September 24th, 2016 in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park and is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors who will celebrate their love of animals, healthy lifestyle and environmental commitment. Vegan-Fest, a day-long happening, will include an abundance of excellent performers throughout the day and night together with attractions for the entire family in the areas of culinary experiences, entertainment, sports and nutrition, and personal enrichment and education. Among the attractions: V-TED area: For those who want to enjoy short and targeted lectures there will be a specially designated V-TED area in which there will be 10-minute TED lectures on varied subjects relating to veganism such as, veganism and feminism, veganism and sports, veganism and spiritualism, keeping your sanity as an animal activist, etc. Therapy and beauty-care area: Vegan-

Fest will offer a full Holistic and Therapeutic area for Yoga sessions, Shiatzu and other alternative treatments and Pilates classes, alongside fashion and cosmetic stands presenting companies whose products were not used in animal experimentation. Tel Aviv was recently named #1 destination for vegans by the Daily Meal, holding the highest percentage of vegan-friendly restaurants per capita in the world (150 vegan friendly restaurants, consisting of 10% of the restaurant scene in Tel Aviv). The vegan population in the city is also considered to be one of the highest in the world: between 5-10%. The festival, a joint project of Vegan-

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EVENT Thailand Travel Mart+ 2016 To Be Unique, Different and Distinctive

A new destination, record number of first-time buyers and a unique range of exhibitors are among the highlights of Thailand's leading travel trade event to be held between 8-10 June, 2016. For the first time, the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion TTM+ 2016, will be held in the northern capital of Chiang Mai. As of 23 March, it had attracted 570 buyers from 62 countries, of whom roughly half were first-time participants. Amongst the sellers, the line-up of 343 exhibiting companies includes some of the most unique boutique hotels in the Greater Mekong Subregion, in addition to a range of creative small

and medium sized products and services seeking to expand their profile in the international market. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said “This year's event promises to be unique, different and distinctive from anything we have done in the past. We have carefully analysed all the feedback we have got over the past few years and done our best to act upon many of the valuable recommendations.” “The enormous interest we have received from the buyers is certainly very encouraging. We believe this year's TTM+ will go a long way towards facilitating business opportunities and meeting our national development

IATO’S New Team Results of IATO elections is being declared on 23rd April, 2016 and the new IATO’s Office Bearers and Executive Committee Members are President Mr. Pronab Sarkar, Swagatam Tours Pvt. Ltd.; Sr. Vice President Mr. Rajeev Kohli, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Vice President Mr. Rajiv Mehra, Uday Tours & Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Hony. Secretary Mr. Lally Mathews, Vacations Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.; Hony. Treasurer Mr. Amaresh Tiwari, A.T. Seasons & Vacations Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Hony. Joint Secretary Mr. Sandeep Jain, Special

Holidays Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Immediate Past President Mr. Subhash Goyal, Stic Travel Pvt. Ltd.; Executive Committee Members (Active) - Mr. P.S. Duggal, Minar Travels (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Raj Bajaj, Adventure World (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Rajnish Kaistha, Paradise Holidays (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Ramesh Wattal, Welcome Travels; Mr. Viney Tyagi, Uni Crystal Holidays Pvt. Ltd. Executive Committee Members (Allied) Mr. N.S. Rathor, Pooja Travels; Mr. Sunil Gupta, Travel Bureau; Mr. Zia Siddiqui, Alliance Hotels & Resorts

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MR. RAJEEV KOHLI

MR. RAJIV MEHRA

MR. LALLY MATHEWS

MR. AMARESH TIWARI

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priorities,” the Governor said. Now in its 15th year, the TTM+ is being eagerly awaited in Chiang Mai where provincial authorities and the tourism industry are working hard to deliver a memorable and productive event. Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the state-ofthe-art facility that has the capability of hosting business and trade events of all sizes and types. it is located some 15 minutes by car from Chiang Mai city centre. As of 23 March, India has the largest contingent of buyers (120) followed by the United Kingdom (40), China (33), Australia (25), Italy (25) and the USA (21). A group of smaller but high-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets; such as, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine. Of the total number of buyers, 57% or 325 are first timers and 245 are repeat buyers. Amongst the

exhibitors, 30% or 103 organisations are first timers, and 70% or 240 organisations are repeat sellers. In January-February 2016, Thailand's visitor arrivals surged to a record 6.09 million, up by 15.48% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 1.77 million arrivals in JanuaryFebruary 2016, up by 32.21% over the same period in 2015. Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totalled 3.87 million (+20.61%), the Americas 265,166 (+14.70%), South Asia 220,381 (+9.13%), the Middle East 79,166 (+16.25%), Europe 1.46 million (+6.86%) and Africa 22,111 (+8.13%). Only one region reported a decline: Oceania -2.77% to 137,115.

EVENT

IT&CM CTW China 2016 The 10th IT&CM China 2016 came to a close with over 14,000 business appointments as well as more than 70 business, education and networking activities concluded. The event received overwhelming feedback from delegates who shared how they had benefitted from the various aspects of this year's show. The memorable Opening Ceremony and Dinner event on the first day of IT&CM China which starred a walk-about food fair dining concept by Shanghai Marriott Parkview. The

Opening Ceremony successfully married the different culinary experiences of multiple destinations in one location, enabling an impressive international gourmet showcase of flavours, culture and traditions. The IT&CM China experience continues for 25 selected international and Chinese buyers as they embark on the event's first-ever post-show tour to Kyushu, Japan, from 9 to 13 April. Sponsored and hosted by Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau alongside Meetings Place

Fukuoka, the fully-subscribed 5 Day 4 Night FAM Tour aimed at promoting Kyushu as Your Meeting Place. CTW China 2016 The second instalment of CTW China concluded with the participation of 260 corporate travel professionals including corporate travel buyers, TMCs, airlines, payment solutions, and hotel chains from 10 territories – Australia, China PR, France, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, and Singapore.

W i t h T TG Ev e n t s a n d C a r l s o n Wagonlit Travel, China reaffirming their collaboration to co-organise CTW China into 2018, industry engagement initiatives are already underway to build on the success of this 2016 event. Among these initiatives is a series of roadshows in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chong Qing and Chengdu to be held later this year aimed at reaching corporate travel professionals working in these cities.

Vegan-Fest Tel Aviv The Largest Vegan Festival in the World Vegan-Fest, the largest vegan festival in t h e wo r l d , w i l l ta ke p l a c e o n September 24th, 2016 in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park and is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors who will celebrate their love of animals, healthy lifestyle and environmental commitment. Vegan-Fest, a day-long happening, will include an abundance of excellent performers throughout the day and night together with attractions for the entire family in the areas of culinary experiences, entertainment, sports and nutrition, and personal enrichment and education. Among the attractions: V-TED area: For those who want to enjoy short and targeted lectures there will be a specially designated V-TED area in which there will be 10-minute TED lectures on varied subjects relating to veganism such as, veganism and feminism, veganism and sports, veganism and spiritualism, keeping your sanity as an animal activist, etc. Therapy and beauty-care area: Vegan-

Fest will offer a full Holistic and Therapeutic area for Yoga sessions, Shiatzu and other alternative treatments and Pilates classes, alongside fashion and cosmetic stands presenting companies whose products were not used in animal experimentation. Tel Aviv was recently named #1 destination for vegans by the Daily Meal, holding the highest percentage of vegan-friendly restaurants per capita in the world (150 vegan friendly restaurants, consisting of 10% of the restaurant scene in Tel Aviv). The vegan population in the city is also considered to be one of the highest in the world: between 5-10%. The festival, a joint project of Vegan-

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India Inbound MICE Trends... ...a Positive Step Forward

By Gour Kanjilal MICE travel in India has seen ups & downs in recent years. With big downturn in 2009 onwards the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry faced a big blow and only recovered in January 2010 with MICE movements for outbound and domestic markets. There is also a sea change in MICE infrastructure in India with new players like The Lavasa International Convention Centre (LICC), Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JICC), upgraded Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) which combined with development of Airports, facilitation of visa on arrival (etourist visa) to 150 countries, Highway facilities, exotic Incredible India Campaigns visible globally boosted MICE business in a big way. Specialized MICE operators have drawn out competitive packages and more and more corporate houses are utilizing their professional services Domestic MICE movement is showing a positive trend but Inbound MICE would need some more time. The key to success depends on how exclusive one can make the event with exotic destinations within the country. With great buildings with elegantly designed Ball rooms spread over acres of land, hotels nearby support infrastructure of large exhibitions, trade shows, cultural events with flexible venue options, state of art IT infrastructure and equipment specialized meeting rooms, board rooms, translation booths and all these make possible to hold big MICE events with ease. The operational ease for the

conference and exhibition organizers has made MICE industry to prosper. All the more support services have been well taken care by all newly constructed Convention Centers with proper care on Security, Parking, Housekeeping, Exhibition storage, dock control, language translators, audio system. Indian Subcontinent is now being focused for MICE business due to India’s Central location in the global aviation route and the diverse culture that provide unique experience. Even availability of quality hotel have made a difference. In fact HICC is our first world class, state of art venue with a pillar less internal hall spanning 6,480 meters purpose built Convention destination. Located in a serene 15 acre landscape environment, which can take 6000 delegates in the massive internal hall. With upgraded airport in Hyderabad. it has easy global connections. Over the year, up gradation of airports in Delhi,

Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru provide connectivity to the state of art Convention Centers, quality hotels came up and this encouraged overseas MICE organizers to consider India as a MICE destination of regional impact. On a rough estimate about 800 to 900 trade shows are held annually and these cover Medical, Pharmaceutical, Automobile, Education, Tourism Insurance, Tourism Security, Gift & Handicrafts, Legal Publishing and many more sectors. MICE business is expected to come from new markets like Latin America and

Eastern European countries. Incentives component is more in MICE business. If planned in a professional manner, our MICE tour operators can do a good job with excellent Pre & Post Convention tours. Good thing is that even two tier cities are also doing well in MICE business like Indore. We must put up combined effort to showcase our iconic buildings as venues, new exotic destinations specially the Lavasa Convention Centre, Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center, Chennai Convention Center in Kochi, Srinagar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad that India is capable of attracting serious MICE business into the country and one can make a choice about the venue. Europe was our major Source of incentives since the time MICE business was included in our tourism operations. But since global economic downturn

especially in Europe the numbers progressively came down and even average group spend also came down by 10 to 20% so the MICE operators were forced to look for new markets like US, Australia even South East Asia. But domestic market has come out as a major source of incentive business. Industry hosted SITE global conference and DRV from Germany and it is hoped this will draw global attention toward India and show some business growth. We are worried about Dry weather for 4 months from April which may affect

business. Even our incentive operators are looking into Latin America market as future, potential and have participated in local travel exhibitions in a big way. Even exploring Canada, New Zealand, Australia for Agro conventions, Spa and Rejuvenation for gourmet incentives. Trend is fast picking and it augurs well for India. About 20-25 of total tourists coming to India can be expected for MICE segment though no specific recoding has been made on that account. The recent PATA Travel Mart in Bengaluru, Achievers Summit in Goa, International film festival in November 2015 in Goa, Auto Expo in Noida all point toward the increased MICE business toward India. But we have to do more homework. We should have some of our Heritage Monument as backdrop for special dinner, fashion shows like one can do in overseas at London Bridge, at amusement parks, Wildlife locations and we have plenty of such locations in India. We need to create unique experience. Also skill development programme to service this segment with language speaking ushers, interpreters, comfortable Coaches and entertainment shows. Industry is making all round efforts as MICE business has huge potential. Government both Central and State Governments have seen huge potential in the economy and extending full support and even tax incentives for construction of Convention Centers of international standard. So the two tier c i t i e s a re a l s o n o w re a d y fo r convention/exhibition events, marriage events. It is due to affordability accessibility Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Bhubaneswar and Kochi have attracted big MICE events, marriage events, fashion shows, trade launching events. Now we are capable of hosting medium to large MICE movements and our MICE operators are doing this business very professionally.

10 % Growth In Foreign Tourist Arrivals During January To March 2016 Over The Same Period In 2015 Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January - March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh with a growth of 3.5% in JanuaryMarch 2015 over January - March 2014. FTAs during the Month of March 2016 were 8.17 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.29 lakh during the month of March

highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of March 2016. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs): ! FTAs during the Month of March 2016 were 8.17 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.29 lakh during the month of March 2015 and 6.90 lakh in March 2014. There has been a growth of 12.1% in March 2016 over

Japan (2.43%), Nepal (1.72%), Singapore (1.67%) and Thailand (1.60). ! The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during March 2016 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (33.82%) followed by Mumbai Airport (15.97%), Haridaspur Land check post (7.83%),Chennai Airport (7.30%), Bangaluru Airport (5.44%), Goa Airport

March 2015 was 17.8% as compared to the growth of 6.2% in March 2015 over March 2014. ! FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January- March 2016 were Rs. 40,411 crore with a growth of 15.9% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 34,875 crore with a growth of 3.6% during January- March 2015 over January- March 2014.

2015 and 6.90 lakh in March 2014. There has been a growth of 12.1% in March 2016 over March 2015. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of March 2016 were Rs. 13,115 crore as compared to Rs. 11,133 crore in March 2015 and Rs. 10,479 crore in March 2014. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationalitywise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important

March 2015. ! FTAs during the period January- March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh with a growth of 3.5% in January- March 2015 over January- March 2014. ! The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during March, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (14.07%) followed by UK (13.16%), USA (11.84%), Germany (3.74%), Canada (3.57%), Sri Lanka (3.48%), Malaysia (3.45%), Russian Federation (3.19%), China (2.92%), France (2.92%), Australia (2.83%),

(4.05%), Kolkata Airport (4.02%), Cochin Airport (3.76%), Hyderabad Airport (2.72%), Gede Rail (1.67%), Amritsar Airport (1.63%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.63%), Trivendrum Airport (1.48%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.34%) and Gaya Airport (0.96%) Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in Rs. terms and in US$ terms ! FEEs during the month of March 2016 were Rs. 13,115 crore as compared to Rs. 11,133 crore in March 2015 and Rs. 10,479 crore in March 2014. ! The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during March 2016 over

! FEEs in US$ terms during the month of March 2016 were US$ 1.958 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.783 billion during the month of March 2015 and US$ 1.716 billion in March 2014. ! The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in March 2016 over March 2015 was 9.8% compared to the growth of 3.9% in March 2015 over March 2014. ! FEE from tourism in US$ terms during January- March 2016 were US$ 5.986 billion with a growth of 6.8% as compared to the US$ 5.605 billion with a growth 2.9% during January- March 2015 over JanuaryMarch 2014.

Smart Cities India 2016 Expo To Unveil What It Takes To Build Smart Cities In India The 100 smart cities mission launched by the government to inject our cities with the latest infrastructure and amenities is ambitious and unprecedented. The project requires smart planning and organisation to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision a reality. Important factors include, preparing the roadmap with schedules for completion of each task; allotment of funds and resources; technical provisions to build smart cities; involvement of countries, ministries, associations, etc., and how their efforts can be leveraged to create “smart cities” in India. To address these questions, the Exhibitions India Group is organising the 2nd edition of Smart Cities India 2016 expo at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 11-13 May 2016. The expo will attract 350 exhibitors from 5 0 co u nt r i e s s h o wca s i n g t h e i r capabilities over three days. Respected names like Logipix Ltd

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(Hungary) will display high resolution cameras for city surveillance; Cleverciti Systems GmBH Germany), will display sensors for managing parking; Ecube Labs (Korea), will display IoT based intelligent solutions for managing waste; REC Solar ( Noway), will showcase solar solutions, including integrated manufacturing of polysilicon to wafers, cells, panels and turnkey solar solutions; Sundrax LLC (Russia), will present Intelligent street lights; while Trestor Inc. (Canada), will demonstrate solutions for building smart c o m m u n i t i e s , a n d m a ny o t h e r innovators will demonstrate a wide variety of products and solutions. The forum will host concurrent conference sessions on topics including: “Evolution of connected transport ecosystems”; “Make in India”; “Solar rooftops technologies & engineering”; and “Waste management solutions”; “Debt & equity financing”; and “National and international policies and financing models”, etc. The expo will be a platform for other

nations to share case studies, insights, and technical know-how while building smart cities in their own countries. Individual country pavilions at the expo will be from the Czech Republic, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and Taiwan. One of the largest pavilions at the expo will be hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei World Trade Center Liaison Office (Mumbai), with more than 100 companies displaying their technologies, products and services. Speaking about the upcoming expo, Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, said: “Smart Cities are important to transform the lives and living conditions of every citizen in the country. This mission cannot be accomplished without substantial investments from the state and central institutions; international and domestic agencies; NGO’s and corporates; etc. We have received an incredible response from countries and companies to participate in the expo, clearly demonstrating international interest

towards the Smart Cities mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” The exhibition will cover many segments, including: Waste and water management; Smart environment; Urban planning; Green buildings; Smart transport; IT & communications; eGovernance; Safety & security; Smart grid; Clean energy; Education & skills to build smart cities; Smart manufacturing; Make in India; Smart health; Disaster management, etc. The 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo has the support of 10 central ministries and a host of international associations. To view the complete list, please visit: http://www.smartcitiesindia.com

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India Inbound MICE Trends... ...a Positive Step Forward

By Gour Kanjilal MICE travel in India has seen ups & downs in recent years. With big downturn in 2009 onwards the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry faced a big blow and only recovered in January 2010 with MICE movements for outbound and domestic markets. There is also a sea change in MICE infrastructure in India with new players like The Lavasa International Convention Centre (LICC), Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JICC), upgraded Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) which combined with development of Airports, facilitation of visa on arrival (etourist visa) to 150 countries, Highway facilities, exotic Incredible India Campaigns visible globally boosted MICE business in a big way. Specialized MICE operators have drawn out competitive packages and more and more corporate houses are utilizing their professional services Domestic MICE movement is showing a positive trend but Inbound MICE would need some more time. The key to success depends on how exclusive one can make the event with exotic destinations within the country. With great buildings with elegantly designed Ball rooms spread over acres of land, hotels nearby support infrastructure of large exhibitions, trade shows, cultural events with flexible venue options, state of art IT infrastructure and equipment specialized meeting rooms, board rooms, translation booths and all these make possible to hold big MICE events with ease. The operational ease for the

conference and exhibition organizers has made MICE industry to prosper. All the more support services have been well taken care by all newly constructed Convention Centers with proper care on Security, Parking, Housekeeping, Exhibition storage, dock control, language translators, audio system. Indian Subcontinent is now being focused for MICE business due to India’s Central location in the global aviation route and the diverse culture that provide unique experience. Even availability of quality hotel have made a difference. In fact HICC is our first world class, state of art venue with a pillar less internal hall spanning 6,480 meters purpose built Convention destination. Located in a serene 15 acre landscape environment, which can take 6000 delegates in the massive internal hall. With upgraded airport in Hyderabad. it has easy global connections. Over the year, up gradation of airports in Delhi,

Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru provide connectivity to the state of art Convention Centers, quality hotels came up and this encouraged overseas MICE organizers to consider India as a MICE destination of regional impact. On a rough estimate about 800 to 900 trade shows are held annually and these cover Medical, Pharmaceutical, Automobile, Education, Tourism Insurance, Tourism Security, Gift & Handicrafts, Legal Publishing and many more sectors. MICE business is expected to come from new markets like Latin America and

Eastern European countries. Incentives component is more in MICE business. If planned in a professional manner, our MICE tour operators can do a good job with excellent Pre & Post Convention tours. Good thing is that even two tier cities are also doing well in MICE business like Indore. We must put up combined effort to showcase our iconic buildings as venues, new exotic destinations specially the Lavasa Convention Centre, Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center, Chennai Convention Center in Kochi, Srinagar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad that India is capable of attracting serious MICE business into the country and one can make a choice about the venue. Europe was our major Source of incentives since the time MICE business was included in our tourism operations. But since global economic downturn

especially in Europe the numbers progressively came down and even average group spend also came down by 10 to 20% so the MICE operators were forced to look for new markets like US, Australia even South East Asia. But domestic market has come out as a major source of incentive business. Industry hosted SITE global conference and DRV from Germany and it is hoped this will draw global attention toward India and show some business growth. We are worried about Dry weather for 4 months from April which may affect

business. Even our incentive operators are looking into Latin America market as future, potential and have participated in local travel exhibitions in a big way. Even exploring Canada, New Zealand, Australia for Agro conventions, Spa and Rejuvenation for gourmet incentives. Trend is fast picking and it augurs well for India. About 20-25 of total tourists coming to India can be expected for MICE segment though no specific recoding has been made on that account. The recent PATA Travel Mart in Bengaluru, Achievers Summit in Goa, International film festival in November 2015 in Goa, Auto Expo in Noida all point toward the increased MICE business toward India. But we have to do more homework. We should have some of our Heritage Monument as backdrop for special dinner, fashion shows like one can do in overseas at London Bridge, at amusement parks, Wildlife locations and we have plenty of such locations in India. We need to create unique experience. Also skill development programme to service this segment with language speaking ushers, interpreters, comfortable Coaches and entertainment shows. Industry is making all round efforts as MICE business has huge potential. Government both Central and State Governments have seen huge potential in the economy and extending full support and even tax incentives for construction of Convention Centers of international standard. So the two tier c i t i e s a re a l s o n o w re a d y fo r convention/exhibition events, marriage events. It is due to affordability accessibility Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Bhubaneswar and Kochi have attracted big MICE events, marriage events, fashion shows, trade launching events. Now we are capable of hosting medium to large MICE movements and our MICE operators are doing this business very professionally.

10 % Growth In Foreign Tourist Arrivals During January To March 2016 Over The Same Period In 2015 Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January - March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh with a growth of 3.5% in JanuaryMarch 2015 over January - March 2014. FTAs during the Month of March 2016 were 8.17 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.29 lakh during the month of March

highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of March 2016. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs): ! FTAs during the Month of March 2016 were 8.17 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.29 lakh during the month of March 2015 and 6.90 lakh in March 2014. There has been a growth of 12.1% in March 2016 over

Japan (2.43%), Nepal (1.72%), Singapore (1.67%) and Thailand (1.60). ! The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during March 2016 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (33.82%) followed by Mumbai Airport (15.97%), Haridaspur Land check post (7.83%),Chennai Airport (7.30%), Bangaluru Airport (5.44%), Goa Airport

March 2015 was 17.8% as compared to the growth of 6.2% in March 2015 over March 2014. ! FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January- March 2016 were Rs. 40,411 crore with a growth of 15.9% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 34,875 crore with a growth of 3.6% during January- March 2015 over January- March 2014.

2015 and 6.90 lakh in March 2014. There has been a growth of 12.1% in March 2016 over March 2015. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of March 2016 were Rs. 13,115 crore as compared to Rs. 11,133 crore in March 2015 and Rs. 10,479 crore in March 2014. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationalitywise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important

March 2015. ! FTAs during the period January- March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh with a growth of 3.5% in January- March 2015 over January- March 2014. ! The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during March, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (14.07%) followed by UK (13.16%), USA (11.84%), Germany (3.74%), Canada (3.57%), Sri Lanka (3.48%), Malaysia (3.45%), Russian Federation (3.19%), China (2.92%), France (2.92%), Australia (2.83%),

(4.05%), Kolkata Airport (4.02%), Cochin Airport (3.76%), Hyderabad Airport (2.72%), Gede Rail (1.67%), Amritsar Airport (1.63%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.63%), Trivendrum Airport (1.48%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.34%) and Gaya Airport (0.96%) Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in Rs. terms and in US$ terms ! FEEs during the month of March 2016 were Rs. 13,115 crore as compared to Rs. 11,133 crore in March 2015 and Rs. 10,479 crore in March 2014. ! The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during March 2016 over

! FEEs in US$ terms during the month of March 2016 were US$ 1.958 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.783 billion during the month of March 2015 and US$ 1.716 billion in March 2014. ! The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in March 2016 over March 2015 was 9.8% compared to the growth of 3.9% in March 2015 over March 2014. ! FEE from tourism in US$ terms during January- March 2016 were US$ 5.986 billion with a growth of 6.8% as compared to the US$ 5.605 billion with a growth 2.9% during January- March 2015 over JanuaryMarch 2014.

Smart Cities India 2016 Expo To Unveil What It Takes To Build Smart Cities In India The 100 smart cities mission launched by the government to inject our cities with the latest infrastructure and amenities is ambitious and unprecedented. The project requires smart planning and organisation to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision a reality. Important factors include, preparing the roadmap with schedules for completion of each task; allotment of funds and resources; technical provisions to build smart cities; involvement of countries, ministries, associations, etc., and how their efforts can be leveraged to create “smart cities” in India. To address these questions, the Exhibitions India Group is organising the 2nd edition of Smart Cities India 2016 expo at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 11-13 May 2016. The expo will attract 350 exhibitors from 5 0 co u nt r i e s s h o wca s i n g t h e i r capabilities over three days. Respected names like Logipix Ltd

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(Hungary) will display high resolution cameras for city surveillance; Cleverciti Systems GmBH Germany), will display sensors for managing parking; Ecube Labs (Korea), will display IoT based intelligent solutions for managing waste; REC Solar ( Noway), will showcase solar solutions, including integrated manufacturing of polysilicon to wafers, cells, panels and turnkey solar solutions; Sundrax LLC (Russia), will present Intelligent street lights; while Trestor Inc. (Canada), will demonstrate solutions for building smart c o m m u n i t i e s , a n d m a ny o t h e r innovators will demonstrate a wide variety of products and solutions. The forum will host concurrent conference sessions on topics including: “Evolution of connected transport ecosystems”; “Make in India”; “Solar rooftops technologies & engineering”; and “Waste management solutions”; “Debt & equity financing”; and “National and international policies and financing models”, etc. The expo will be a platform for other

nations to share case studies, insights, and technical know-how while building smart cities in their own countries. Individual country pavilions at the expo will be from the Czech Republic, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and Taiwan. One of the largest pavilions at the expo will be hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei World Trade Center Liaison Office (Mumbai), with more than 100 companies displaying their technologies, products and services. Speaking about the upcoming expo, Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, said: “Smart Cities are important to transform the lives and living conditions of every citizen in the country. This mission cannot be accomplished without substantial investments from the state and central institutions; international and domestic agencies; NGO’s and corporates; etc. We have received an incredible response from countries and companies to participate in the expo, clearly demonstrating international interest

towards the Smart Cities mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” The exhibition will cover many segments, including: Waste and water management; Smart environment; Urban planning; Green buildings; Smart transport; IT & communications; eGovernance; Safety & security; Smart grid; Clean energy; Education & skills to build smart cities; Smart manufacturing; Make in India; Smart health; Disaster management, etc. The 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo has the support of 10 central ministries and a host of international associations. To view the complete list, please visit: http://www.smartcitiesindia.com

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Hidden Treasures Of SOUTH GOA Goa is blessed with rich culture, thick greenery and beautiful serene beaches. Most people head to Goa to enjoy relaxing holidays and come back with unforgettable memories. North Goa has been well-explored and frequently visited by domestic as well as international tourists. On the other hand, South Goa remains deserted even though it offers everything from beach parties, mouth-watering sea food to adventure. However, this time let's have a look at the hidden treasures of South Goa.

Palolem Beach

Butterfly beach is a heaven on earth that you shouldn't skip from your holiday schedule. Butterfly beach is heavily forested area. Discovering this place by walking deep down inside you will experience an immense pleasure with the view of most exotic species of colorful butterflies, steep climbs and greenery. The place is only accessible through water and you'll need to take a boat ride from Palolem beach. However, once you are reached here the time flies real quickly as you have whole forest to explore by yourself. Beautiful butterflies, gold fishes, crabs and breathtaking moment of sunset are the p r i m e att ra c t i o n s fo r tourists and photo enthusiasts. Visiting Butterfly beach during October to April is a good time when you can explore this place as much as you can.

Colva Beach Palolem beach is stunningly b e a u t i f u l o ffe r i n g yo u nature's best view and countless adventure and sports activities. You can bet on your holiday at Palolem beach as one of the best holidays. The beach is naturally surrounded with huge palm trees and blue sea water. Enjoy the freshly cooked sea food, stay in a hut accommodation or venture in the waters to enjoy the parade of dolphins. You'll enjoy every second of your stay at this beach. You should visit Palolem beach during October to February to get most out of it.

Butterfly Beach If you are an adventure freak and loves trekking, you'll enjoy visiting this place.

This is one of the picturesque beaches of South Goa. Coconut groves at the backdrop and soil covered in white sand makes Colva beach the favorite destination of tourists. The place is fully equipped with modern amenities such as air-conditioned resorts, tourist cottages, trendy guest houses and best eateries. Taking a stroll around the beach and exploring the historic

background of this place would make your holiday a fruitful one. The beach is only 39kms away from Panaji and is very famous for The Church of Our Lady Of Mercy. Women will have a great time doing shopping at local stores and visiting nearby place like Panaji. The best time to explore this place is during October to March.

Benaulim Beach Benaulim beach remains less crowded and undiscovered and hence, it is most popular among solace-finders. Prepared yourself to invest time to visit this place since the place has a lot to offer. The place is very well-known for its traditional goan culture and art of handicrafts. It's a wonderful gateway for those art-lovers and water enthusiasts. The Church of St. John the Baptist is a worth a visit. The place reminds a great history of Parshuram who fired an arrow into the sea to create

this amazing place. Also, take a day off to do parasailing, jet skiing and wind surfing. The period from November to April can be well-enjoyed at Benaulim beach.

Agonda Beach They say ignorance is the bliss and in this case of Agonda beach surely it is.

Agonda beach is a place to experience secluded bliss and simplicity. A remote seashore offers you plenty of activities with assured serenity. The place isn't crowded and so you can have your own time to enjoy sunbathing, swimming and explore sea life. It's a secure home for Olive Ridley turtles. Have a glass of wine while relaxing in a beach shack or get into adventurous mode by doing paragliding, swimming and windsurfing. Holidays at Agona beach during nonmonsoon season is perfect.

Bogmalo beach

A combination of tranquility, buzz of travelers and thrill of water sports activities make this place a happening one. You will enjoy your stay for both serenity as well as your adventures strides. Beachside shacks, lip smacking Goan cuisine and serene evenings at a beachside makes a picture p e r f e c t h o l i d a y. T h e Bogmalo beach has a dive school that carries out diving classes for learners and experts can polish their skills here. Wind surfing and water skiing are other activities that you must do if you are visiting this beach. The best time to visit this beach is from November to March.

Repositioning of Mumbai As a Destination of the Future The Indian Merchants' Chamber’s Round-Table on Repositioning of Mumbai as a Destination of the Future was held on 26 April 2016 to discuss & deliberate on policy framework on enabling eco systems and to promote tourism in Mumbai and Maharashtra. Discussion covered e-governance, infrastructure, connectivity, communication, promotion st r a t e g y, s u sta i n a b i l i t y, infrastructure, implementation and accountability. Addressing the august gathering Mr. Deepak Premnarayen, President Elect, IMC enthusiastically stated that though Make in India is important, India growth story will be mainly by contribution of agriculture, manufacture, services and tourism. Mrs. Valsa Nair Singh, Principal

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S e c r e t a r y, To u r i s m & C u l t u r e , Government of Maharashtra, the Chief Guest of the Round Table was optimistic in her address when she stated that in the last two years, tourism has got its recognition with the government closely working on a National Tourism Policy. She spoke about the opportunity of Mumbai being one of the biggest Event

Capital and in order to attain the same, the government was working towards creating Adventure Tourism, MICE Events, & convention centers. Mrs. Nair plans to make Bollywood the Jewel of Mumbai’s crowd & develop film city on international sta n d a rd s . G o ve r n m e nt o f Maharashtra is working towards establishing 40 new studios & to maintain archive of both Hindi & Marathi movies. According to Mrs. Nair, 2.5 Lakhs tourists enter Mumbai for medical tourism. Exploring the possibilities, the government is working on e-medical visa and medical reimbursement, and tying up with insurance companies overseas to facilitate reimbursement of medical ex p e n s e s i n c u r re d by to u r i st s .

Furthermore, she opines that Mumbai has heritage value with its Elephanta Caves & Wild Life sanctuary (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) right within the Mumbai City limits. She briefed the gathering about the positive climate for tourism investment through tax exemptions in luxury tax and stamp duty, and about the Hunar Se Rozgar Tak scheme, a training programme initiative of the Ministry of Tourism to create employable skills in youth. Promotion of Mumbai city as the most happening tourist destination loomed largely in every one’s mind; Mr. Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, IAS, MD, MTDC had interesting initiatives to share, specifically the Helicopter Mumbai Darshan, yacht facility via Mumbai harbor and casinos. To enhance these initiatives he suggested for a tie-up with private companies.

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An Amazing Wildlife Trail

Wildlife plays an important role in natural conservation and tourism. Wildlife national parks are the rich property to preserve in order to protect nature in its best form. They help us to protect nature's stunning landscapes and splendid flora and fauna. These national parks help the government to maintain economic and social well-being. Thus, Indian government has taken extra efforts to flourish wildlife national parks in a best manner. Incredible India has

Valavdar Blackbuck National Park, Gujarat Valavdar Blackbuck National Park situated in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat stands out from other national parks since it has preserved endangered species of Black buck, wolf and lesser florican (a bustard). Under the deep blue sky the view of wild animals such as blackbucks, wolves, Macqueen's bustards, foxes and jungle cats can be enjoyed throughout the year. You can find typical savannah type grasslands and thorn scrubs setting a wildlife picture for you. The prime attraction of this park is a herd of blackbucks and the large harrier

roost. spiral-horned antelopes, blackbucks, wolves and jackals make the rounds of fields and hence, ride at night can be truly fun.

Manas National Park Assam Manas National Park in Assam, is UNESCO recognized World Heritage site. It is one of the prominent national parks of India known for it's Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is a home for endangered species such as the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog. It is famous for the Wild water buffalo. The Manas National Park offers a varied view of rare species, mammals, birds and reptiles. It boasts of having 55 species

of mammals, more than 380 species of birds and 50 of reptiles. Thick forested areas of Manas National Park assure a calm and safe home for wild animals.

Panna National Park Madhya Pradesh Panna National Park is a symbol of Madhya Pradesh's rich wildlife. Panna has been rewarded the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. The wildlife at Panna National Park is well-preserved and a number of animals that can be found here are the tiger, chinkara, sambhar, leopard and sloth bear. Bird-watching experience is a time-worthy since the park has more than 200 exceptional

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bird species such as honey buzzard, king vulture and blossom-headed parakeet. The national park is widely spread with thick lush green landscapes, waterfalls and deep canyons.

more than 400 wildlife sanctuaries and some of them are popularly known as National parks of India. Some of the national parks in India are wellmaintained and are unaffected with the current development. As a result, these some of the undiscovered parks are successful to preserve the rich heritage of wildlife in India. Safari Plus went on an amazing wildlife trail to uncover the rich wildlife of India.

DOMESTIC NEWS MoT felicitates Mr. Patrick Farmer on successful completion of Spirit of India Run

Umred Karhandla Wildlife Park, Nagpur Situated in Nagpur Umred Karhandla Wildlife Park is a home for wild animals such as breeding tigers, herds of Gaur, wild dogs and rare animals like flying squirrels and honey badger. The park provides a great connectivity to nearby key tiger reserves like Tadoba, Pench, Nagzira and Bor. That means you will have great time exploring other nearby parks as well. Wild animals such as sloth bears, bisons, nilgais, gaur, deer, and sambars can be seen

at Umred Karhandla Wildlife park. Umred Karhandla Wildlife park is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuary after Pench.

Periyar National Park Kerala Periyar National Park, commonly called as the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekeddy is a visual treat for wildlife observers. Sprawled over an area of 925 sq.km. promising tourist attraction as it offers wide variety of rare species, wild animals, and blossomed flora and fauna. Periyar National Park located in the middle of a mountainous area of the Cardamom Hills has evergreen and moist forests and grasslands. The forest contain deciduous and semi evergreen trees like rosewoods, sandalwoods, mangoes, jamun, kino tree and bamboos. The park has some of the essential plantations of tea,

cardamom and coffee. A number of wild animals including wild pigs, gaur, sambar, Indian giant squirrel and stripe-necked mangoose and more than 265 species of birds make this park unique and exemplary.

Gangotri National Park Uttarakhand Gangotri National Park is a specious national park spread across 2,390 sq. km and is situated in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India. The combination of glaciers and lush green meadows makes this park extraordinarily beautiful. The forested areas are dense and consist of deodar, fir, oak and spruce. Gangotri National Park has 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals. Some of the rare and charismatic species such as snow leopard, black bear, brown bear, musk deer and Himalayan tahr are prime attractions of this park. Additionally,

ibex, tahr, Himalayan barbet, serow, pheasants, partridges, doves and pigeons have the space of their own at Gangotri National park. The best time to visit this park is from April to October.

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Ministry of Tourism felicitated Mr. Patrick Farmer, Ultra Marathon Runner and former Member of Australian Parliament and his Team at a function here today on successful completion of the 4600 Km. “Spirit of India Run” from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 64 days. Mr. Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running and has run from the North Pole to the South Pole, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Middle East and North America. He has served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training. Mr. Farmer has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes during his 20 year running career. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism, Mrs. Tania Farmer, wife of Mr Farmer, Mr. Chris Elstoft, Dy. High Commissioner of Australia in India, Shri Aswani Lohani, CMD, Air India, Shri Umang Narula, CMD, ITDC and senior officers were present. Addressing on the occasion, Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism described Mr. Patrick Farmer as the “Brand Ambassador of Incredible India in Australia” as he has widely travelled India during his 4600 Km. long “Spirit of India Run” from Kanyakumari to Srinagar. His Run will inspire people in Australia to visit India and mutual relations between India and Australia in Tourism sector will be strengthened. He also said the Festival of India in Australia is going to be held this year, which will also boost Tourism in India. Mr. Farmer’s ‘Spirit of India Run’ is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia; encouraging tourism and personal relationships with a view to creating awareness of India as a ‘Must Experience’ destination for travellers from Australia; and supporting causes and charity which in the current endeavour is to raise funds for “Educating girl child in India”.. The Spirit of India Run was flagged off on 26th January 2016 in Kanyakumari. On this Run, Mr. Farmer traversed through the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh , Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir . Mr. Farmer ran on an average 80 kms. per day to complete the distance of 4600 kms. in a short span of 64 Days.

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Andhra Pradesh

India's most preferred tourist destination The state of Andhra Pradesh registered 1218.3 lakh tourist arrivals in 2015. Domestic footfalls to the state increased to 1218.3 lakh in 2015 as against 933 lakh in 2014, thereby registering a growth of 30%. Andhra Pradesh also witnessed large number of footfalls from business travelers owing to its strong focus on being an ideal investment destination and creating a conducive environment for doing business. Shri Neerabh Kumar Prasad, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, said “In our endeavor to make Andhra Pradesh as India's most preferred tourist destination, this data comes to us as a great encouragement. Under the leadership of our Hon'ble Chief Minister, Shri N. Chandrababu

Naidu and with a focused strategy in place, we are hopeful of this growth momentum to be replicated year after year going forward. We will continue to invest and focus to develop tourism in Andhra Pradesh of global standard.” Anantapur district which houses the famous Puttaparthi and Lord Veerbhadra temple at Lepakshi, became the most visited destination by foreign tourists with a footfall of 1.37 lakh foreigners. Among international tourist arrivals, 2.37 lakh tourists visited the state during the year 2015 as against 66,333 visited in 2014. Majority of the foreign tourists were from the South – East Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Middle East countries such as Dubai among others.

Dr. R.P. Khajuria, I.F.S., Commissioner, Department of Tourism said “Andhra Pradesh is one of the few states in India, which has such a rich diversity in terms of tourism and has the capacity to attract tourists across all age groups. The potential that lays ahead for the state is vast and these numbers are testimonials to the fact that increasing number of tourists both in India and abroad are realizing what the state can offer.”

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An Amazing Wildlife Trail

Wildlife plays an important role in natural conservation and tourism. Wildlife national parks are the rich property to preserve in order to protect nature in its best form. They help us to protect nature's stunning landscapes and splendid flora and fauna. These national parks help the government to maintain economic and social well-being. Thus, Indian government has taken extra efforts to flourish wildlife national parks in a best manner. Incredible India has

Valavdar Blackbuck National Park, Gujarat Valavdar Blackbuck National Park situated in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat stands out from other national parks since it has preserved endangered species of Black buck, wolf and lesser florican (a bustard). Under the deep blue sky the view of wild animals such as blackbucks, wolves, Macqueen's bustards, foxes and jungle cats can be enjoyed throughout the year. You can find typical savannah type grasslands and thorn scrubs setting a wildlife picture for you. The prime attraction of this park is a herd of blackbucks and the large harrier

roost. spiral-horned antelopes, blackbucks, wolves and jackals make the rounds of fields and hence, ride at night can be truly fun.

Manas National Park Assam Manas National Park in Assam, is UNESCO recognized World Heritage site. It is one of the prominent national parks of India known for it's Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is a home for endangered species such as the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog. It is famous for the Wild water buffalo. The Manas National Park offers a varied view of rare species, mammals, birds and reptiles. It boasts of having 55 species

of mammals, more than 380 species of birds and 50 of reptiles. Thick forested areas of Manas National Park assure a calm and safe home for wild animals.

Panna National Park Madhya Pradesh Panna National Park is a symbol of Madhya Pradesh's rich wildlife. Panna has been rewarded the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. The wildlife at Panna National Park is well-preserved and a number of animals that can be found here are the tiger, chinkara, sambhar, leopard and sloth bear. Bird-watching experience is a time-worthy since the park has more than 200 exceptional

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bird species such as honey buzzard, king vulture and blossom-headed parakeet. The national park is widely spread with thick lush green landscapes, waterfalls and deep canyons.

more than 400 wildlife sanctuaries and some of them are popularly known as National parks of India. Some of the national parks in India are wellmaintained and are unaffected with the current development. As a result, these some of the undiscovered parks are successful to preserve the rich heritage of wildlife in India. Safari Plus went on an amazing wildlife trail to uncover the rich wildlife of India.

DOMESTIC NEWS MoT felicitates Mr. Patrick Farmer on successful completion of Spirit of India Run

Umred Karhandla Wildlife Park, Nagpur Situated in Nagpur Umred Karhandla Wildlife Park is a home for wild animals such as breeding tigers, herds of Gaur, wild dogs and rare animals like flying squirrels and honey badger. The park provides a great connectivity to nearby key tiger reserves like Tadoba, Pench, Nagzira and Bor. That means you will have great time exploring other nearby parks as well. Wild animals such as sloth bears, bisons, nilgais, gaur, deer, and sambars can be seen

at Umred Karhandla Wildlife park. Umred Karhandla Wildlife park is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuary after Pench.

Periyar National Park Kerala Periyar National Park, commonly called as the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekeddy is a visual treat for wildlife observers. Sprawled over an area of 925 sq.km. promising tourist attraction as it offers wide variety of rare species, wild animals, and blossomed flora and fauna. Periyar National Park located in the middle of a mountainous area of the Cardamom Hills has evergreen and moist forests and grasslands. The forest contain deciduous and semi evergreen trees like rosewoods, sandalwoods, mangoes, jamun, kino tree and bamboos. The park has some of the essential plantations of tea,

cardamom and coffee. A number of wild animals including wild pigs, gaur, sambar, Indian giant squirrel and stripe-necked mangoose and more than 265 species of birds make this park unique and exemplary.

Gangotri National Park Uttarakhand Gangotri National Park is a specious national park spread across 2,390 sq. km and is situated in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India. The combination of glaciers and lush green meadows makes this park extraordinarily beautiful. The forested areas are dense and consist of deodar, fir, oak and spruce. Gangotri National Park has 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals. Some of the rare and charismatic species such as snow leopard, black bear, brown bear, musk deer and Himalayan tahr are prime attractions of this park. Additionally,

ibex, tahr, Himalayan barbet, serow, pheasants, partridges, doves and pigeons have the space of their own at Gangotri National park. The best time to visit this park is from April to October.

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Ministry of Tourism felicitated Mr. Patrick Farmer, Ultra Marathon Runner and former Member of Australian Parliament and his Team at a function here today on successful completion of the 4600 Km. “Spirit of India Run” from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 64 days. Mr. Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running and has run from the North Pole to the South Pole, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Middle East and North America. He has served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training. Mr. Farmer has raised millions of dollars for worthy causes during his 20 year running career. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism, Mrs. Tania Farmer, wife of Mr Farmer, Mr. Chris Elstoft, Dy. High Commissioner of Australia in India, Shri Aswani Lohani, CMD, Air India, Shri Umang Narula, CMD, ITDC and senior officers were present. Addressing on the occasion, Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, M/o Tourism described Mr. Patrick Farmer as the “Brand Ambassador of Incredible India in Australia” as he has widely travelled India during his 4600 Km. long “Spirit of India Run” from Kanyakumari to Srinagar. His Run will inspire people in Australia to visit India and mutual relations between India and Australia in Tourism sector will be strengthened. He also said the Festival of India in Australia is going to be held this year, which will also boost Tourism in India. Mr. Farmer’s ‘Spirit of India Run’ is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia; encouraging tourism and personal relationships with a view to creating awareness of India as a ‘Must Experience’ destination for travellers from Australia; and supporting causes and charity which in the current endeavour is to raise funds for “Educating girl child in India”.. The Spirit of India Run was flagged off on 26th January 2016 in Kanyakumari. On this Run, Mr. Farmer traversed through the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh , Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir . Mr. Farmer ran on an average 80 kms. per day to complete the distance of 4600 kms. in a short span of 64 Days.

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Andhra Pradesh

India's most preferred tourist destination The state of Andhra Pradesh registered 1218.3 lakh tourist arrivals in 2015. Domestic footfalls to the state increased to 1218.3 lakh in 2015 as against 933 lakh in 2014, thereby registering a growth of 30%. Andhra Pradesh also witnessed large number of footfalls from business travelers owing to its strong focus on being an ideal investment destination and creating a conducive environment for doing business. Shri Neerabh Kumar Prasad, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, said “In our endeavor to make Andhra Pradesh as India's most preferred tourist destination, this data comes to us as a great encouragement. Under the leadership of our Hon'ble Chief Minister, Shri N. Chandrababu

Naidu and with a focused strategy in place, we are hopeful of this growth momentum to be replicated year after year going forward. We will continue to invest and focus to develop tourism in Andhra Pradesh of global standard.” Anantapur district which houses the famous Puttaparthi and Lord Veerbhadra temple at Lepakshi, became the most visited destination by foreign tourists with a footfall of 1.37 lakh foreigners. Among international tourist arrivals, 2.37 lakh tourists visited the state during the year 2015 as against 66,333 visited in 2014. Majority of the foreign tourists were from the South – East Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Middle East countries such as Dubai among others.

Dr. R.P. Khajuria, I.F.S., Commissioner, Department of Tourism said “Andhra Pradesh is one of the few states in India, which has such a rich diversity in terms of tourism and has the capacity to attract tourists across all age groups. The potential that lays ahead for the state is vast and these numbers are testimonials to the fact that increasing number of tourists both in India and abroad are realizing what the state can offer.”

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TRADE PLUS PATA India Chapter conducted a Seminar Tourism is Growing : Seize the Opportunity

PATA I n d i a C h a p t e r c o n d u c t e d a seminar for its Members a n d t h e Tr a d e o n 5 t h A p r i l , 2 0 1 6 a t t he PARK Hotel, New Delhi. PATA invited its CEO Mario Hardy and Advisor John Koldowski to share global perspectives on “Tourism is Growing : Seize the Opportunity”. M a r i o H a r d y s h a r e d information relating to To u r i s m f o r e c a s t s , t h e n e e d f o r d i v e r s i f i c a t i o n o f tourists from iconic sights for sustainable tourism, the benefits of establishing multiple tourism destinations to declutter popular sights, challenges of multi departmental government decision making process and establishing clarity on the role of

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p u b l i c / p r i vate p a r t n e rs h i p . A l l these elements would help to sustain tourism and deliver a force multiplier effect to grow the visitor economy. John Koldowski shared p re s e nt d ay t rave l & to u r i s m trends. He emphasised on the need to measure tourism in terms of nights spent in India by tourists rather than number of tourists who visit a country. He provide an insight into the movement of tourists within the Asia Pacific region and identified areas of opportunity for tourism growth. T h e eve nt wa s we l l atte n d e d by PATA M e m e b e r s a n d a c r o s s s e c t i o n o f t h e t ra d e b e s i d e s media.

Imagica adds a Snow park this summer Plan a getaway this sunny season to Imagica and experience the snowy winters at the newest attraction, Imagica Snow Park, India's largest snow theme park in Khopoli, off the Mumbai-Pune expressway. Built over an area of 30,000 sq. ft. with 100% natural snow, the snow park, which is a joint venture with Acme Entertainment, boasts of real snowfall and sub-zero temperatures as well asa 50 foot tall snow dome. Imagica Snow Park, along with Imagica theme park, water park and Hotel Novotel Imagica, makes it one of the best holiday destinations in India which will enable Indians to enjoy an international standard experience without the need to travel overseas. For a summer holiday in the snow, Imagica Snow Park has a variety of activities for guests visiting in batches of 400 people at a time for a 45 minutes session. Starting from 10 am in the morning, guests need to arrive 30 minutes before the show time, where they will be geared up with snow boots, jackets and gloves. Enjoy the magic of

snow by playing basketball, sliding down the toboggans and rafts, climbing the rocky snowy mountains, having a snowball fight or just relaxing and sipping a cup of coffee at minus 5 degrees. Guests can also look forward to spending their time doing activities like snow hiking, snow rafting as well as dance on the snow dance floor or pose amidst the snow castle and one-of-itskind ice sculptures. Live an Eskimo's life and interact with a real Eskimo in the Igloo. There are 3 Snow Cafés around the park, which serve delicious tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Starting at attractive pricing, visitors can get access to afun and entertaining filled hour at the snow parkas an Add-On package for guests visiting Imagica theme park or waterpark or as a single attraction.

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TRADE PLUS PATA India Chapter conducted a Seminar Tourism is Growing : Seize the Opportunity

PATA I n d i a C h a p t e r c o n d u c t e d a seminar for its Members a n d t h e Tr a d e o n 5 t h A p r i l , 2 0 1 6 a t t he PARK Hotel, New Delhi. PATA invited its CEO Mario Hardy and Advisor John Koldowski to share global perspectives on “Tourism is Growing : Seize the Opportunity”. M a r i o H a r d y s h a r e d information relating to To u r i s m f o r e c a s t s , t h e n e e d f o r d i v e r s i f i c a t i o n o f tourists from iconic sights for sustainable tourism, the benefits of establishing multiple tourism destinations to declutter popular sights, challenges of multi departmental government decision making process and establishing clarity on the role of

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p u b l i c / p r i vate p a r t n e rs h i p . A l l these elements would help to sustain tourism and deliver a force multiplier effect to grow the visitor economy. John Koldowski shared p re s e nt d ay t rave l & to u r i s m trends. He emphasised on the need to measure tourism in terms of nights spent in India by tourists rather than number of tourists who visit a country. He provide an insight into the movement of tourists within the Asia Pacific region and identified areas of opportunity for tourism growth. T h e eve nt wa s we l l atte n d e d by PATA M e m e b e r s a n d a c r o s s s e c t i o n o f t h e t ra d e b e s i d e s media.

Imagica adds a Snow park this summer Plan a getaway this sunny season to Imagica and experience the snowy winters at the newest attraction, Imagica Snow Park, India's largest snow theme park in Khopoli, off the Mumbai-Pune expressway. Built over an area of 30,000 sq. ft. with 100% natural snow, the snow park, which is a joint venture with Acme Entertainment, boasts of real snowfall and sub-zero temperatures as well asa 50 foot tall snow dome. Imagica Snow Park, along with Imagica theme park, water park and Hotel Novotel Imagica, makes it one of the best holiday destinations in India which will enable Indians to enjoy an international standard experience without the need to travel overseas. For a summer holiday in the snow, Imagica Snow Park has a variety of activities for guests visiting in batches of 400 people at a time for a 45 minutes session. Starting from 10 am in the morning, guests need to arrive 30 minutes before the show time, where they will be geared up with snow boots, jackets and gloves. Enjoy the magic of

snow by playing basketball, sliding down the toboggans and rafts, climbing the rocky snowy mountains, having a snowball fight or just relaxing and sipping a cup of coffee at minus 5 degrees. Guests can also look forward to spending their time doing activities like snow hiking, snow rafting as well as dance on the snow dance floor or pose amidst the snow castle and one-of-itskind ice sculptures. Live an Eskimo's life and interact with a real Eskimo in the Igloo. There are 3 Snow Cafés around the park, which serve delicious tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Starting at attractive pricing, visitors can get access to afun and entertaining filled hour at the snow parkas an Add-On package for guests visiting Imagica theme park or waterpark or as a single attraction.

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Arabian Travel Market 2016

Arabian Travel Market 2016

ATM 2016 opens on highnote His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, marking the start of the 23rd edition of the show. He was joined by dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group and Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA) and Dubai Department of Tourism and

Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and who embarked on a tour of the exhibition as the four-day industry showcase got underway. Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director – Travel, Reed Exhibitions was also in attendance. This year's show, welcomed 423 main stand holders representing 86 countries, with more than 26,000 visitors. Boasting an extra hall, ATM 2016 has more than 2,800 exhibiting countries and 64 national pavilions, with 100 new exhibitors making their debut at the trade event.

Industry leaders map out sustainable future of UAE Tourism The Future of the UAE as a Global Tourism Hub was the headline session opener for the all-new Global Stage at ATM 2016, as eight of the Emirate's leading tourism and hospitality minds shared their experience and insight into opportunities for sustained future sector growth. Moderated by BBC World News anchor, Zeinab Badawi, the panelists included Gerald Lawless, Head of Tourism, Dubai Holding; Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM; Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Shurooq; Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority; Aligi Gardenghi, VP Marketing EMEA and Commercial Director MEA, Hilton; Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President & CCO, Emirates Airline; and HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, S h a r j a h C o m m e r c e & To u r i s m Development Authority. Differentiation as part of a shared UAEwide tourism vision was the consensus of the eight-strong panel, with each emirate highlighting its individual contribution to the tourism big picture

as the Emirates looks to the long term. “We are not looking at competing, but complementing; you don't see the Côte d'Azur racing to become the next Paris. We are all busy trying to leverage our greatest assets to position ourselves in the market,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; a sentiment that was echoed by the other non-Dubai panelists. Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (ADTCA), said: “What we do as the seven emirates in promoting the UAE and each city so aggressively [means] that we are complementing one another. We are not just growing visitor numbers we want to retain them.” According to Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Shurooq, the UAE's tourism authorities are not in a race to emulate Dubai's success; rather the focus is on developing and showcasing unique attributes and attractions. “We focused on features that we can actually build on like the heart of Sharjah historic district; eco-tourism on Sharjah's east coast where, for example, you can kayak in Kalba and see turtles

flydubai’s #StayConnected Dubai-based flydubai announced its latest onboard services as part of its ongoing commitment to providing an enjoyable overall travel experience. WiFi connectivity, live television streaming and a new seatback inflight entertainment interface mark another milestone in the ca r r i e r ’s ca b i n p ro d u c t enhancement series. From 24 April 2016 WiFi connectivity and Live TV will be available through the Inflight portal for the first time on selected flights as flydubai continues to roll out the service across the rest of its fleet. The wireless satellite-based network will allow passengers to buy a package from as low as USD 04 to get connected during a flight using their personal devices and from USD 08 to tune in to catch up with the news on BBC World News, Al Jazeera or Al Arabiya, enjoy Arabic shows on MBC1 or fascinating documentaries on

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Discovery. flydubai partnered with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to launch the fullyintegrated Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFEC) System. flydubai already receives inflight media content through GEE and the installation of connectivity systems expands the partnership to include integrated IFEC solutions offering WiFi-enabled internet connectivity, an extensive library of more than 2,000 hours of on-demand content and the capability to stream live TV.

and kingfishers,” he remarked. For Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM, future growth is still reliant on public-private partnerships, but with the need to take things to the next level and showcase the depth of Dubai's tourism product, as well as continuing to promote the safe and secure environment of the UAE. “The region has been in the middle of negative noise for quite some time, and we need to show the positive energy that is coming out of the UAE,” he said. “Rather than our original six or seven source markets, we are now focused on the 20 markets that we need to be going after; and this can also benefit the other emirates,” he added. Gerald Lawless, Head of Tourism, Dubai Holding, and newly appointed Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), commenting on challenges to future tourism growth, said: “It is important for all governments to look at the facilitation of travel. We want to make it more secure by having a common visa process. “It's not about which country a person is coming from, but the individual. For all of us in the tourism industry, this would facilitate travel in a very secure manner

for the future.” Continued peace and harmony with its neighbours was also raised as crucial for the UAE tourism sector's stability and growth; and this extends to destination marketing on a global level. “It's important to be able to manage perceptions, and this can be achieved through stronger bonds and collaboration with the media,” noted. HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority. Arabian hospitality was also identified as a key driver for tourism growth. “When you come here, you feel [at] home. It is a place where everybody smiles at you. We are a place that welcomes people, and a lot of people dismiss this when they travel,” remarked Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Shurooq. “Designed to showcase the very best speakers in the business, with a wealth of high level strategic topics, the ATM Global Stage certainly provided a strong start to the 2016 proceedings with an impressive and incisive discussion,” concluded Nadege Noblet-Segers, Exhibition Manager, Arabian Travel Market.

Ras Al Khaimah Signs Agreement With Cox & Kings Ras Al Khaimah has signed an agreement with Cox & Kings Ltd., the leading tour operator from India, to strengthen its relationship and expand its presence in the Indian market, which is one of the fastest outbound markets in the region. This agreement will focus on promoting the various aspects of Ras Al Khaimah and popularize it in the Indian market. The agreement, which was signed at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), is aimed at increasing tourism arrivals to Ras Al Khaimah from India. The partnership, which will take effect from May 1st 2016, will also introduce Ras Al Khaimah to the Indian market through specially created itineraries, creation of stand alone tourism products for the emirate and market the destination via a series of campaigns and training programmes for Cox & Kings staff. India has already cemented its position as one of the emirate's leading source markets with an 80 percent increase in

visitors year-on-year (2014-2015). Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “Following our revised strategies and Vision to reach one million visitors by the end of 2018, we will be announcing a number of partnerships such as this. Air India Express has already launched new routes to the emirate and our agreement with Cox & Kings will ensure we're making the destination as accessible as ever.”

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Yas Island to open Warner Bros Incredible India Receives Impressive Response at ATM themed destination in Abu Dhabi A continuous stream of visitors packed the India Pavilion where 28 companies and state tourism departments from India were represented under the ‘Incredible India’ banner. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Yoga and Wellness’. Addressing the Press, Mr. R. K. B h a t n a g a r, A d d i t i o n a l Director General (MR) from the Ministry of Tourism said that the number of tourist arrivals during 2015 had reached a record 8 million in 2015, an increase of 4.5% over 2014. The Gulf and Middle East regions are important markets for India, with the UAE, KSA, Oman and Yemen, registering a consistent and positive increase of Tourist Arrivals. He elaborated on the new initiatives being undertaken to streamline the etourist visa process available currently to citizens of over 150 countries. The list

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is being reviewed regularly to add more countries. The website www.incredibleindia.org is currently available in Arabic, English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish languages, and is being further streamlined. The website can also be used for the booking of domestic air, train and bus tickets, hotel rooms and tour packages.

Miral and Warner Bros. officially announced that a Warner Bros. themed destination is set to open in Abu Dhabi. Situated on Yas Island, one of the world’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destinations, the development will include the only Warner Bros. branded hotel alongside the immersive theme park. The first phase of the project, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, is set to open in 2018. Construction is underway and rides are in production. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will bring together stories and characters from the Studio's unparalleled portfolio of DC Comics Super Heroes universe including Batman, Superman and Wonder Women as well as Warner Bros. Cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, ScoobyDoo and Tom and Jerry. Guests of all ages

will be able to step inside Gotham City and Metropolis, and experience the cartoon worlds of Looney Tunes, HannaBarbera and more, all under one roof. Located alongside the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and the iconic Emirati themed mega water park, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will help Yas Island take its annual visitor tally from 25million in 2015, to 30 million in 2018, reinforcing Yas Island’s leading position as home to ultimate leisure and entertainment experiences.

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Arabian Travel Market 2016

Arabian Travel Market 2016

ATM 2016 opens on highnote His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, marking the start of the 23rd edition of the show. He was joined by dignitaries including His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group and Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA) and Dubai Department of Tourism and

Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and who embarked on a tour of the exhibition as the four-day industry showcase got underway. Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director – Travel, Reed Exhibitions was also in attendance. This year's show, welcomed 423 main stand holders representing 86 countries, with more than 26,000 visitors. Boasting an extra hall, ATM 2016 has more than 2,800 exhibiting countries and 64 national pavilions, with 100 new exhibitors making their debut at the trade event.

Industry leaders map out sustainable future of UAE Tourism The Future of the UAE as a Global Tourism Hub was the headline session opener for the all-new Global Stage at ATM 2016, as eight of the Emirate's leading tourism and hospitality minds shared their experience and insight into opportunities for sustained future sector growth. Moderated by BBC World News anchor, Zeinab Badawi, the panelists included Gerald Lawless, Head of Tourism, Dubai Holding; Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM; Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Shurooq; Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority; Aligi Gardenghi, VP Marketing EMEA and Commercial Director MEA, Hilton; Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President & CCO, Emirates Airline; and HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, S h a r j a h C o m m e r c e & To u r i s m Development Authority. Differentiation as part of a shared UAEwide tourism vision was the consensus of the eight-strong panel, with each emirate highlighting its individual contribution to the tourism big picture

as the Emirates looks to the long term. “We are not looking at competing, but complementing; you don't see the Côte d'Azur racing to become the next Paris. We are all busy trying to leverage our greatest assets to position ourselves in the market,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; a sentiment that was echoed by the other non-Dubai panelists. Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (ADTCA), said: “What we do as the seven emirates in promoting the UAE and each city so aggressively [means] that we are complementing one another. We are not just growing visitor numbers we want to retain them.” According to Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Shurooq, the UAE's tourism authorities are not in a race to emulate Dubai's success; rather the focus is on developing and showcasing unique attributes and attractions. “We focused on features that we can actually build on like the heart of Sharjah historic district; eco-tourism on Sharjah's east coast where, for example, you can kayak in Kalba and see turtles

flydubai’s #StayConnected Dubai-based flydubai announced its latest onboard services as part of its ongoing commitment to providing an enjoyable overall travel experience. WiFi connectivity, live television streaming and a new seatback inflight entertainment interface mark another milestone in the ca r r i e r ’s ca b i n p ro d u c t enhancement series. From 24 April 2016 WiFi connectivity and Live TV will be available through the Inflight portal for the first time on selected flights as flydubai continues to roll out the service across the rest of its fleet. The wireless satellite-based network will allow passengers to buy a package from as low as USD 04 to get connected during a flight using their personal devices and from USD 08 to tune in to catch up with the news on BBC World News, Al Jazeera or Al Arabiya, enjoy Arabic shows on MBC1 or fascinating documentaries on

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Discovery. flydubai partnered with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to launch the fullyintegrated Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFEC) System. flydubai already receives inflight media content through GEE and the installation of connectivity systems expands the partnership to include integrated IFEC solutions offering WiFi-enabled internet connectivity, an extensive library of more than 2,000 hours of on-demand content and the capability to stream live TV.

and kingfishers,” he remarked. For Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM, future growth is still reliant on public-private partnerships, but with the need to take things to the next level and showcase the depth of Dubai's tourism product, as well as continuing to promote the safe and secure environment of the UAE. “The region has been in the middle of negative noise for quite some time, and we need to show the positive energy that is coming out of the UAE,” he said. “Rather than our original six or seven source markets, we are now focused on the 20 markets that we need to be going after; and this can also benefit the other emirates,” he added. Gerald Lawless, Head of Tourism, Dubai Holding, and newly appointed Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), commenting on challenges to future tourism growth, said: “It is important for all governments to look at the facilitation of travel. We want to make it more secure by having a common visa process. “It's not about which country a person is coming from, but the individual. For all of us in the tourism industry, this would facilitate travel in a very secure manner

for the future.” Continued peace and harmony with its neighbours was also raised as crucial for the UAE tourism sector's stability and growth; and this extends to destination marketing on a global level. “It's important to be able to manage perceptions, and this can be achieved through stronger bonds and collaboration with the media,” noted. HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority. Arabian hospitality was also identified as a key driver for tourism growth. “When you come here, you feel [at] home. It is a place where everybody smiles at you. We are a place that welcomes people, and a lot of people dismiss this when they travel,” remarked Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Shurooq. “Designed to showcase the very best speakers in the business, with a wealth of high level strategic topics, the ATM Global Stage certainly provided a strong start to the 2016 proceedings with an impressive and incisive discussion,” concluded Nadege Noblet-Segers, Exhibition Manager, Arabian Travel Market.

Ras Al Khaimah Signs Agreement With Cox & Kings Ras Al Khaimah has signed an agreement with Cox & Kings Ltd., the leading tour operator from India, to strengthen its relationship and expand its presence in the Indian market, which is one of the fastest outbound markets in the region. This agreement will focus on promoting the various aspects of Ras Al Khaimah and popularize it in the Indian market. The agreement, which was signed at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), is aimed at increasing tourism arrivals to Ras Al Khaimah from India. The partnership, which will take effect from May 1st 2016, will also introduce Ras Al Khaimah to the Indian market through specially created itineraries, creation of stand alone tourism products for the emirate and market the destination via a series of campaigns and training programmes for Cox & Kings staff. India has already cemented its position as one of the emirate's leading source markets with an 80 percent increase in

visitors year-on-year (2014-2015). Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “Following our revised strategies and Vision to reach one million visitors by the end of 2018, we will be announcing a number of partnerships such as this. Air India Express has already launched new routes to the emirate and our agreement with Cox & Kings will ensure we're making the destination as accessible as ever.”

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Yas Island to open Warner Bros Incredible India Receives Impressive Response at ATM themed destination in Abu Dhabi A continuous stream of visitors packed the India Pavilion where 28 companies and state tourism departments from India were represented under the ‘Incredible India’ banner. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Yoga and Wellness’. Addressing the Press, Mr. R. K. B h a t n a g a r, A d d i t i o n a l Director General (MR) from the Ministry of Tourism said that the number of tourist arrivals during 2015 had reached a record 8 million in 2015, an increase of 4.5% over 2014. The Gulf and Middle East regions are important markets for India, with the UAE, KSA, Oman and Yemen, registering a consistent and positive increase of Tourist Arrivals. He elaborated on the new initiatives being undertaken to streamline the etourist visa process available currently to citizens of over 150 countries. The list

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is being reviewed regularly to add more countries. The website www.incredibleindia.org is currently available in Arabic, English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish languages, and is being further streamlined. The website can also be used for the booking of domestic air, train and bus tickets, hotel rooms and tour packages.

Miral and Warner Bros. officially announced that a Warner Bros. themed destination is set to open in Abu Dhabi. Situated on Yas Island, one of the world’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destinations, the development will include the only Warner Bros. branded hotel alongside the immersive theme park. The first phase of the project, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, is set to open in 2018. Construction is underway and rides are in production. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will bring together stories and characters from the Studio's unparalleled portfolio of DC Comics Super Heroes universe including Batman, Superman and Wonder Women as well as Warner Bros. Cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, ScoobyDoo and Tom and Jerry. Guests of all ages

will be able to step inside Gotham City and Metropolis, and experience the cartoon worlds of Looney Tunes, HannaBarbera and more, all under one roof. Located alongside the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and the iconic Emirati themed mega water park, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will help Yas Island take its annual visitor tally from 25million in 2015, to 30 million in 2018, reinforcing Yas Island’s leading position as home to ultimate leisure and entertainment experiences.

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INTERNATIONAL PLUS Vietnam Tourism Roadshow Embassy of the S.R. of Vietnam, in a s s o c i at i o n w i t h O M To u r i s m , organized the Vietnam Tourism Promotion Road show in New Delhi on 20th April 2016 and Bhubaneswar on 21st April 2016, under the theme “Vietnam – an incredible destination for Indian tourists”. The event was well attended by travel agents and media personnel in both the cities. In his welcoming speech, H.E. Mr. Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam to India recalled the historic links between India and Vietnam. Ambassador Thanh affirmed, “”after nearly 30 years of renovation, from a country heavily damaged by the war, Vietnam has become one of the most dynamic economies in the region.” “Vietnam is home of 8 UNESCO world heritages, well –preserved historic relics and beautiful beaches which can rival the

beaches in Thailand or Malaysia. Indian travelers can find the essence of Indian culture in Vietnam through Hindu temples in Ho Chi Minh City or at the My Son sanctuary or even at the numerous Indian restaurants. Vietnam has all kind of services to satisfy the need of foreign tourists, whether for holidays, shopping, leisure, food exploration, wedding, honeymoon or for business and conference” – Ambassador Thanh said. He added that 70,000 Indian tourists visited Vietnam in 2015, which is an increase of 27.27% as compared to 55,000 tourists who visited in 2014. Ambassador Thanh invited Indian and especially tour operators and travel agents from New Delhi and NCR to take initiative to p ro m o te V i et n a m a s a to u r i st destination.

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DCM Mr Tran Quang Tuyen said, VNAT is a wa re o f t h e importance of tourism cooperation in all levels a n d fa c i l i tat i o n o f tourism businesses between enterprises. Several promotional activies such as roadshows, participation to fairs and exhibitions, FAM trip have been carried out and further activities will be organized during this year. The event continued with a thorough presentation by Mr Le Tuan Anh, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on the excellent tourist infrastructure, products, services of Vietnam and gave the guests an insight into the beautiful land of Vietnam and the unique

hosts 10th Annual Starwood India Expo experiences that the country has to offer. The event continued with a presentation by ICS Travel Group, Victoria Tours, Ben T h a n h To u r i s t s , M e l i a H o t e l s International and Vietnam Airlines gave product presentation to the Indian Travel Agents and media. During the roadshow, the delegation and travel agents from Vietnam interacted with Indian travel agents to inform about many attractions of the country and numerous products that Vietnam offers to international tourists.

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts crossed another milestone when it hosted the 10th edition of the Starwood India Expo, 2016 across 4 key cities in the country. In its 10th year, the expo was held across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Gurgaon and showcased 107 hotels from across Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa & Middle East and North America. “Starwood India Expo is an ideal forum for customers and our teams from hotels to meet and discuss business opportunities,” said Nichlas Maratos,

Destination Germany has yet again emerged as one of the most favoured European destinations for Indian travelers, with 692613 visitor overnights from India in the year 2015 making for a 6.6% growth over the year 2014. Germany which has always been a favoured business hub is now growing as a leisure destination for the Indian travelers. Owing to this steady growth, The German National Tourist Office, India forecasts a 810% growth for the year 2016. The German National Tourist Office is focusing on the theme "Germany- Holidays in the Heart of Nature for the year 2016." With more than 1/3rd of its landscape covered in woodlands, 48000 Animal Species living in the wild and over 350 Islands amongst the other varied natural treasures destination Germany has a variety of natural attractions on offer. In addition to this core theme GNTO would also be promoting 800 years of the famous Kreuzchor Choir from Dresden, theme parks in Germany and culinary Germany. Speaking at the Press Conference, Mr. Romit Theophilus, Director for India at the GNTO, India said, "Germany is a magnificent destination with a plethora of Scenic and natural landscapes to choose from. From the Zugspitze in the German Alps in the South, Wadden Sea in the Far North, the Bastei Rock formations in the East Destination amongst many others, Germany has something for everyone. What's more, all this is available at a phenomenal price, making Germany a very lucrative holiday destination." Mr. Theophilus also added "At GNTO, we understand the need for innovation and try our best to update the travelers on the latest that Destination Germany has to offer, in keeping with the same we are very excited with the launch of the GNTO, India Facebook Page'https://www.facebook.com/Germany-Tourism' in February 2016. The page which already has over 95000 fans aims at giving out regular updates and live feedback to the Indian travelers whilst engaging them with exciting contests.

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Vice President – Sales, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Wo r l d w i d e , I n c . “ T h e exchange of thoughts and ideas further strengthens our re l at i o n s h i ps w i t h key stakeholders. We want to be the easiest hotel company to do businesswith. We are flexible, reliable, responsive and focus on creative business solutions for our customers, who are key to our success.” The Starwood India Expo is an

annual roadshow which brings t o g e t h e r t h e c o m p a n y ’s B 2 B customers from all segments of the industry. It provides an opportunity for Starwood associates to update their customers across all market s e g m e n t s o n t h e c o m p a n y ’s developments worldwide, strengthen existing relationships, enroll customers into the award winning loyalty programs and discuss opportunities with SPG Pro, the first program of its kind to reward members across all segments for all business booked at Starwood. “This year we mark our 10th edition of the Expo and it is very encouraging for us to see the rise in the number of customers attending this forum. For us this is not just a networking platform

but also an opportunity to educate and inform our trade partners on our new hotels and offerings across different segments,” added Dilip Puri, Managing Director India and Regional Vice President South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Over the 4 days, close to 2000 customers attended the roadshow. Starwood Hotels & Resorts currently operates 54 hotels in South Asia under 8 of its brands and has a robust pipeline of 51 hotels in the region. The company’s strong growth momentum will continue with key openings such as W Goa and The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. In Asia Pacific, Starwood has recently surpassed the 320 mark and has another 277 hotels under development.

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INTERNATIONAL PLUS Vietnam Tourism Roadshow Embassy of the S.R. of Vietnam, in a s s o c i at i o n w i t h O M To u r i s m , organized the Vietnam Tourism Promotion Road show in New Delhi on 20th April 2016 and Bhubaneswar on 21st April 2016, under the theme “Vietnam – an incredible destination for Indian tourists”. The event was well attended by travel agents and media personnel in both the cities. In his welcoming speech, H.E. Mr. Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam to India recalled the historic links between India and Vietnam. Ambassador Thanh affirmed, “”after nearly 30 years of renovation, from a country heavily damaged by the war, Vietnam has become one of the most dynamic economies in the region.” “Vietnam is home of 8 UNESCO world heritages, well –preserved historic relics and beautiful beaches which can rival the

beaches in Thailand or Malaysia. Indian travelers can find the essence of Indian culture in Vietnam through Hindu temples in Ho Chi Minh City or at the My Son sanctuary or even at the numerous Indian restaurants. Vietnam has all kind of services to satisfy the need of foreign tourists, whether for holidays, shopping, leisure, food exploration, wedding, honeymoon or for business and conference” – Ambassador Thanh said. He added that 70,000 Indian tourists visited Vietnam in 2015, which is an increase of 27.27% as compared to 55,000 tourists who visited in 2014. Ambassador Thanh invited Indian and especially tour operators and travel agents from New Delhi and NCR to take initiative to p ro m o te V i et n a m a s a to u r i st destination.

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DCM Mr Tran Quang Tuyen said, VNAT is a wa re o f t h e importance of tourism cooperation in all levels a n d fa c i l i tat i o n o f tourism businesses between enterprises. Several promotional activies such as roadshows, participation to fairs and exhibitions, FAM trip have been carried out and further activities will be organized during this year. The event continued with a thorough presentation by Mr Le Tuan Anh, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on the excellent tourist infrastructure, products, services of Vietnam and gave the guests an insight into the beautiful land of Vietnam and the unique

hosts 10th Annual Starwood India Expo experiences that the country has to offer. The event continued with a presentation by ICS Travel Group, Victoria Tours, Ben T h a n h To u r i s t s , M e l i a H o t e l s International and Vietnam Airlines gave product presentation to the Indian Travel Agents and media. During the roadshow, the delegation and travel agents from Vietnam interacted with Indian travel agents to inform about many attractions of the country and numerous products that Vietnam offers to international tourists.

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts crossed another milestone when it hosted the 10th edition of the Starwood India Expo, 2016 across 4 key cities in the country. In its 10th year, the expo was held across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Gurgaon and showcased 107 hotels from across Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa & Middle East and North America. “Starwood India Expo is an ideal forum for customers and our teams from hotels to meet and discuss business opportunities,” said Nichlas Maratos,

Destination Germany has yet again emerged as one of the most favoured European destinations for Indian travelers, with 692613 visitor overnights from India in the year 2015 making for a 6.6% growth over the year 2014. Germany which has always been a favoured business hub is now growing as a leisure destination for the Indian travelers. Owing to this steady growth, The German National Tourist Office, India forecasts a 810% growth for the year 2016. The German National Tourist Office is focusing on the theme "Germany- Holidays in the Heart of Nature for the year 2016." With more than 1/3rd of its landscape covered in woodlands, 48000 Animal Species living in the wild and over 350 Islands amongst the other varied natural treasures destination Germany has a variety of natural attractions on offer. In addition to this core theme GNTO would also be promoting 800 years of the famous Kreuzchor Choir from Dresden, theme parks in Germany and culinary Germany. Speaking at the Press Conference, Mr. Romit Theophilus, Director for India at the GNTO, India said, "Germany is a magnificent destination with a plethora of Scenic and natural landscapes to choose from. From the Zugspitze in the German Alps in the South, Wadden Sea in the Far North, the Bastei Rock formations in the East Destination amongst many others, Germany has something for everyone. What's more, all this is available at a phenomenal price, making Germany a very lucrative holiday destination." Mr. Theophilus also added "At GNTO, we understand the need for innovation and try our best to update the travelers on the latest that Destination Germany has to offer, in keeping with the same we are very excited with the launch of the GNTO, India Facebook Page'https://www.facebook.com/Germany-Tourism' in February 2016. The page which already has over 95000 fans aims at giving out regular updates and live feedback to the Indian travelers whilst engaging them with exciting contests.

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Vice President – Sales, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Wo r l d w i d e , I n c . “ T h e exchange of thoughts and ideas further strengthens our re l at i o n s h i ps w i t h key stakeholders. We want to be the easiest hotel company to do businesswith. We are flexible, reliable, responsive and focus on creative business solutions for our customers, who are key to our success.” The Starwood India Expo is an

annual roadshow which brings t o g e t h e r t h e c o m p a n y ’s B 2 B customers from all segments of the industry. It provides an opportunity for Starwood associates to update their customers across all market s e g m e n t s o n t h e c o m p a n y ’s developments worldwide, strengthen existing relationships, enroll customers into the award winning loyalty programs and discuss opportunities with SPG Pro, the first program of its kind to reward members across all segments for all business booked at Starwood. “This year we mark our 10th edition of the Expo and it is very encouraging for us to see the rise in the number of customers attending this forum. For us this is not just a networking platform

but also an opportunity to educate and inform our trade partners on our new hotels and offerings across different segments,” added Dilip Puri, Managing Director India and Regional Vice President South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Over the 4 days, close to 2000 customers attended the roadshow. Starwood Hotels & Resorts currently operates 54 hotels in South Asia under 8 of its brands and has a robust pipeline of 51 hotels in the region. The company’s strong growth momentum will continue with key openings such as W Goa and The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. In Asia Pacific, Starwood has recently surpassed the 320 mark and has another 277 hotels under development.

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ATMANTAN

Hyatt Regency Chandigarh Opens Its Doors

WELLNESS CENTRE, PUNE – MULSHI Atmantan, the exclusive wellness centre located in the verdant region of Mulshi – Pune is NOW OPEN to welcome guests. Promoted by Sparsh Infratech Pvt. Ltd., Atmantan is a first of it's kind, wellness destination in Maharashtra that integrates the traditional Indian healing practices with international therapies and the modern fitness techniques that all translate into the holistic healing of the mind, body and soul. It even brings forth its values of warm Indian hospitality to all its guests. The conceptualization of Atmantan in 2008, had been a long-standing dream of founder and ex-Ironman tri-athlete, Nikhil Kapur, and his wife, Pranic Healer, Sharmilee Agarwal Kapur. Atmantan is the divine amalgamation of Atma {soul}, Mana {mind}, and Tann {body} that encompasses the Atmantan's integrated approach to wellness. This can be achieved by creating the perfect equilibrium of wholesome wellness for the guests, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. The 106-room retreat-only wellness centre offers 8 scientifically researched and customised all-inclusive wellness programs. The first phase of Atmantan is launched with 73 rooms including a single bedroom villa. Announcing the launch Mr. Nikhil Kapur, said, 'It's an unmatched wellness destination that will allow guests to relax, rejuvenate and achieve their

personal wellness goals. It is truly a place for personal transformation and deeper understanding of holistic wellness –

both of which are key ingredients for a happy life.' Tucked in the crystalline Sahyadri Mountains and overlooking the pristine Mulshi Lake, Atmantan is spread over 40 acres of lush valley. The land's healing frequencies and breathtaking landscape makes it the perfect retreat centre t o e n a b l e transformation of the mind, body and soul. Mrs. Kapur, said, 'The aura and scenic beauty at Atmantan is unparalled. Every guest walking into Atmantan is bound to experience the immense positivity and healing energies found uniquely here in

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gourmet wellness cuisine, will ensure that every guest achieves their desired health goal while enjoying a luxurious wellness holiday at Atmantan. All our 8 retreats are well researched and result oriented.' T h e accommodation, which encapsulates t h e i d y l l i c environment, and blends into the natural landscape of the land includes, 80 garden facing rooms (370-418 square feet), 24 lake and mountain facing rooms (440-650 square feet), a one-bedroom villa (1500 square feet), and a two-bedroom villa (2,500

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Italian, Mexican & Continental Cuisines dishes are Basil leaves and pine nuts tossed in classic cheese fondue. Among the Appetizers we have Home –made Patata Gnocchi Stuffed with Chevre in Spinach Cream; other famous delicacy is the Wood FireKhichu Papad Pizza with Mexican Salsa, Cheese Sauce, Jalapenos and Beans. In the Grill Section one may savour upon dishes like Zucchini Spaghetti with roasted almonds and Parmesan and Grilled Polenta with Ratatouille, thinly sliced boccocini, basil and pine nut pistou. The Main Course has a variety of dishes for one to savour and relish namely Fusilli Mamarosa which is a blend of cream and smoked cherry tomato sauce and peppers; Fajitas verde is another lip smacking dish with grilled cottage cheese and vegetables tossed in fiery green chili sauce, served with warm tortilla. Niche Café also serves some exotic mocktail which will beat the heat in this summer.

square feet). The private villas each also include a infinity pool, personal gymnasium, couple spa room, sauna and steam facilities, and a butler pantry. The Wellness Pavilion at Atmantan is one of the largest of its kind in the country, spread over a remarkable 50,000 square feet; it houses the Atmantan spa, fitness, as well as consultation and we l l n e s s fa c i l i t i e s . T h e wellness infrastructure includes 23 customised therapy rooms including a Hammam room, a 6,525 square feet fitness & physiotherapy wing, an indoor salt pool, a salon and a wellness retail outlet, all designed to cumulatively enhance the guest's wellness aspirations. The Dining Pavilion at Atmantan offers guests three scenic restaurants that each serves exquisite spa cuisine with freshest ingredients from our own organic farm. The cuisine is customised to complement the dietary requirements of individual guests. Atmantan is located in the Mulshi region of Pune, in Maharasthtra - India and overlooks the serene and magnificent Mulshi lake. It can be reached by a 40 minutes flight to Pune city or via a threehour road drive from Mumbai. For more info - www.atmantan.com

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Niche Café restaurant promoted by Mr. Suresh Kanchan has recently launched its First outlet at Dahisar East, Mumbai. The authentically prepared Italian, Mexican, Continental cuisines at Niche Café will tickle the most discerning taste buds, making it a finest dining experience. The food is healthy, fresh and prepared with superior ingredients, pronounced creativity and complimented with prompt services. It is served on white cutlery to add to the hygiene. The restaurants interior and music give friendly ambience to these cuisines. The restaurant serves some exotic cuisine such as Fondue namely the Jalapeno and Sun-dried tomato tossed in classic Cheese Fondue. Other Fondue

this land of Prana! This coupled with the guidance from our wellness experts and a therapeutic spa experience along with

KA Hospitality’s Tiffinbox etc launched its 3rd outlet in Mumbai KA Hospitality, the owners of the world renowned Michelin Starred Hakkasan and Yauatcha in India, announced the launch of third Tiffinbox etc. in Andheri, Mumbai. The fastpaced casual Indian restaurant brings regional specialties from 4 metropolitan cities, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. “Tiffinbox etc. at Sakinaka is our third outlet in India and the first which serves alcohol and offers regional Indian food. A perfect dining venue for office-goers during the day and families in the evening, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Our turnaround time is very quick, with an average per person cost (APC) of INR 400, for food and soft beverages. The restaurant also offers a scrumptious buffet at an introductory price of INR 399 (all inclusive) during lunch,”. The company also plans to significantly expand its hotel business in the coming years, says Ashwani Basantani, Brand Head, Equity Brands, KA Hospitality.” Commenting upon the strategic initiatives Ashwani Kumar Basantani said, “We have recently joined the

b a n d wa g o n o f E - co m m e rc e b y launching our new website www.tiffinboxetc.com which has the capability to accept orders and payments online.” The restaurant caters to all the needs be it dining at the restaurant, delivering hot food to your door-step, or take-away from the grab and go counter. The 104-seat restaurant is a 1,800 square feet space at Sakinaka and exhibits a contemporary ambience, which makes you feel comfortable in its casual setting and vibe. The restaurant's signature menu includes both an extensive vegetarian & non- vegetarian dishes. We are also planning to roll out on other expansion plans”,adds Basantani.

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Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced the official opening of Hyatt Regency Chandigarh. Located 153 miles from Delhi. As part of the Hyatt Regency brand, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh has been conceived to foster connections and serve as a dynamic, energizing space where guests can collaborate, share and find inspiration. With excellent links and travel connections, the hotel is a 20m i n u te d r i ve f ro m C h a n d i ga r h International Airport and eight minutes to the Chandigarh Junction railway station. The hotel’s 211 generously sized guestrooms, including 25 suites and seven Cabana rooms. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh features 5 restaurants and bars that span the culinary globe. Urban Café is a multi-cuisine restaurant that features a selection of Northern Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Western cuisine. The hotel’s vibrant and chic 24hour café, Browse, is an ideal place to network, share ideas and conversation, relax, and be inspired. Expected to open in early June, Piccante will be the hotel’s signature Italian

restaurant. Stage, a lively bar with a modern, informal residential feel, will open in early June. The Pool Bar is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments while soaking in the temperaturecontrolled outdoor pool. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh also presents a perfect venue for a variety of events such as weddings, social banquets, exhibitions, meetings, and conferences in the heart of the Tri-City. With more than 36,000 square feet (3,345 square meters) of flexible meeting and event facilities, including an 8,711 square foot(809 square meter) pillar-less ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh provides thoughtfully designed, individual, sound insulated meeting rooms that can be linked together to create a unique conference capsulecapable of accommodating multiple breakaway seminars simultaneously. Opening in early June, Amaira Spa will provide a holistic approach to health and fitness by focussing on a balanced mind, body and soul. A 24-hour fitness center equipped with cardio and strength training equipment. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh is offering a special opening rate of INR 5,999 for standard guestrooms, including breakfast. For more details visitwww.chandigarh.regency.hyatt.com

Lebua Lucknow to Open 25 April 2016

Lebua Hotels and Resorts, a Bangkokbased hotel management company, will open the Lebua Lucknow, in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, on 25 April 2016. The property is the group’s third hotel in the country, joining lebua Resort, Jaipur and lebua Lodge at Amer, Jaipur. Located in central Lucknow, one of the three cities that form the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc, the lebua Lucknow's 41 rooms and suites marries the quintessential Lakhnavi royal heritage of living spaces that open onto courtyards and terraces, with the Art

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Deco style of architecture fashionable in the first half of the 20th century. Conceptualized as s p r a w l i n g t r a d i t i o n a l bungalows, the Executive, Deluxe and Luxury Rooms and lebua Suites range in size from 180 to 500 square feet each. All rooms and suites are non-smoking, air-conditioned and have a balcony or terrace, in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite & cable TV, coffee/tea making facilities, an in-room safe and bathtub. Fa c i l i t i e s i n c l u d e t h e B a ra d a r i Ballroom that can accommodate up to 225 guests, a swimming and plunge pool as well as several F&B options. The property is 14 kilometers away from both international and domestic airports.

Minor Hotel Group Announces Oaks Bodhgaya to Open in Late 2016 Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has announced the development of Oaks Bodhgaya in India, in partnership with GP Group and Top Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd. (TTPL). The overall project investment is USD 6.7m. Located in the state of Bihar, Bodhgaya is a key religious site and place of pilgrimage and is thought of as the epicentre of Buddhism. Oaks Bodhgaya is in the final stages of development and is slated to open in Q4 this year. The first phase of the property

will have a total of 78 keys, in addition to a restaurant, a conference hall, a terrace with meditation area and landscaped gardens. A second phase is also under development which will add a further 60 keys and will bring the total to 138 keys. The hotel is located along the main road in Bodhgaya between the Mahabodhi Temple and the airport. Earlier this year MHG announced Oaks Neemrana in India which is scheduled to open in 2017.

ITC Renews its Partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts ITC Limited and Starwood Hotels & Re s o r t s to d ay a n n o u n c e d t h at agreements have been signed to extend their existing partnership for 11 ITC Luxury Collection hotels and 1 hotel under the Sheraton brand. Further strengthening their partnership, the two also announced 3 upcoming ITC hotels under The Luxury Collection brand in India. The addition of the ITC Kohinoor in Hyderabad, ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad and ITC Royal Bengal in Kolkata will take the inventory up to 15 hotels, over the next 4 years. Speaking on the extension of the partnership, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited said, “ITC's hotels exemplify our commitment to create world-class Indian brands that demonstrate global competitiveness. The association with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for close to 4 decades, bears testimony to this commitment and we are pleased to further strengthen our

alliance with 3 upcoming ITC luxury hotels in Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, which will be an archetype of the culture and region they are located in.” “Through this extension, we have further strengthened our partnership with ITC Hotels to offer international and Indian guests unique experiences in these new destinations,” said Dilip Puri, Managing Director India and Regional Vice President, South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. This long standing partnership between the two companies came into being in 1979 with the Sheraton brand. In 2007, both companies signed an agreement through which Starwood introduced The Luxury Collection brand in India, which at present stands at 11 hotels. The Luxury Collection brand philosophy of offering unique experiences indigenous to their destination complements ITC Hotels' own ethos of being rooted in the Indian tradition of warm, personalized service with Responsible Luxury at its core.

IHG Opens two Holiday Inn Express Hotels in India

InterContinental Hotels Group has opened two Holiday Inn Express hotels in India, the Holiday Inn Express Chennai - Old Mahabalipuram Road and the Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3. Located on Old Mahabalipuram Road, the 136-room Holiday Inn Express Chennai is an ideal destination for business and leisure travellers visiting Chennai. The hotel offers easy access to the district's commercial centre that is the hub of automobile plants, IT

technological parks and dedicated Special Economic Zones (SEZ). It is also nearby major tourist attractions like ECR Beach, VGP Universal Kingdom Amusement Park and the shopping district. Additionally, IHG has opened the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in New Delhi Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3. The 93-room hotel is the first to open in the airport which is easily accessible by both the international and domestic terminals.

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Hyatt Regency Chandigarh Opens Its Doors

WELLNESS CENTRE, PUNE – MULSHI Atmantan, the exclusive wellness centre located in the verdant region of Mulshi – Pune is NOW OPEN to welcome guests. Promoted by Sparsh Infratech Pvt. Ltd., Atmantan is a first of it's kind, wellness destination in Maharashtra that integrates the traditional Indian healing practices with international therapies and the modern fitness techniques that all translate into the holistic healing of the mind, body and soul. It even brings forth its values of warm Indian hospitality to all its guests. The conceptualization of Atmantan in 2008, had been a long-standing dream of founder and ex-Ironman tri-athlete, Nikhil Kapur, and his wife, Pranic Healer, Sharmilee Agarwal Kapur. Atmantan is the divine amalgamation of Atma {soul}, Mana {mind}, and Tann {body} that encompasses the Atmantan's integrated approach to wellness. This can be achieved by creating the perfect equilibrium of wholesome wellness for the guests, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. The 106-room retreat-only wellness centre offers 8 scientifically researched and customised all-inclusive wellness programs. The first phase of Atmantan is launched with 73 rooms including a single bedroom villa. Announcing the launch Mr. Nikhil Kapur, said, 'It's an unmatched wellness destination that will allow guests to relax, rejuvenate and achieve their

personal wellness goals. It is truly a place for personal transformation and deeper understanding of holistic wellness –

both of which are key ingredients for a happy life.' Tucked in the crystalline Sahyadri Mountains and overlooking the pristine Mulshi Lake, Atmantan is spread over 40 acres of lush valley. The land's healing frequencies and breathtaking landscape makes it the perfect retreat centre t o e n a b l e transformation of the mind, body and soul. Mrs. Kapur, said, 'The aura and scenic beauty at Atmantan is unparalled. Every guest walking into Atmantan is bound to experience the immense positivity and healing energies found uniquely here in

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gourmet wellness cuisine, will ensure that every guest achieves their desired health goal while enjoying a luxurious wellness holiday at Atmantan. All our 8 retreats are well researched and result oriented.' T h e accommodation, which encapsulates t h e i d y l l i c environment, and blends into the natural landscape of the land includes, 80 garden facing rooms (370-418 square feet), 24 lake and mountain facing rooms (440-650 square feet), a one-bedroom villa (1500 square feet), and a two-bedroom villa (2,500

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Italian, Mexican & Continental Cuisines dishes are Basil leaves and pine nuts tossed in classic cheese fondue. Among the Appetizers we have Home –made Patata Gnocchi Stuffed with Chevre in Spinach Cream; other famous delicacy is the Wood FireKhichu Papad Pizza with Mexican Salsa, Cheese Sauce, Jalapenos and Beans. In the Grill Section one may savour upon dishes like Zucchini Spaghetti with roasted almonds and Parmesan and Grilled Polenta with Ratatouille, thinly sliced boccocini, basil and pine nut pistou. The Main Course has a variety of dishes for one to savour and relish namely Fusilli Mamarosa which is a blend of cream and smoked cherry tomato sauce and peppers; Fajitas verde is another lip smacking dish with grilled cottage cheese and vegetables tossed in fiery green chili sauce, served with warm tortilla. Niche Café also serves some exotic mocktail which will beat the heat in this summer.

square feet). The private villas each also include a infinity pool, personal gymnasium, couple spa room, sauna and steam facilities, and a butler pantry. The Wellness Pavilion at Atmantan is one of the largest of its kind in the country, spread over a remarkable 50,000 square feet; it houses the Atmantan spa, fitness, as well as consultation and we l l n e s s fa c i l i t i e s . T h e wellness infrastructure includes 23 customised therapy rooms including a Hammam room, a 6,525 square feet fitness & physiotherapy wing, an indoor salt pool, a salon and a wellness retail outlet, all designed to cumulatively enhance the guest's wellness aspirations. The Dining Pavilion at Atmantan offers guests three scenic restaurants that each serves exquisite spa cuisine with freshest ingredients from our own organic farm. The cuisine is customised to complement the dietary requirements of individual guests. Atmantan is located in the Mulshi region of Pune, in Maharasthtra - India and overlooks the serene and magnificent Mulshi lake. It can be reached by a 40 minutes flight to Pune city or via a threehour road drive from Mumbai. For more info - www.atmantan.com

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Niche Café restaurant promoted by Mr. Suresh Kanchan has recently launched its First outlet at Dahisar East, Mumbai. The authentically prepared Italian, Mexican, Continental cuisines at Niche Café will tickle the most discerning taste buds, making it a finest dining experience. The food is healthy, fresh and prepared with superior ingredients, pronounced creativity and complimented with prompt services. It is served on white cutlery to add to the hygiene. The restaurants interior and music give friendly ambience to these cuisines. The restaurant serves some exotic cuisine such as Fondue namely the Jalapeno and Sun-dried tomato tossed in classic Cheese Fondue. Other Fondue

this land of Prana! This coupled with the guidance from our wellness experts and a therapeutic spa experience along with

KA Hospitality’s Tiffinbox etc launched its 3rd outlet in Mumbai KA Hospitality, the owners of the world renowned Michelin Starred Hakkasan and Yauatcha in India, announced the launch of third Tiffinbox etc. in Andheri, Mumbai. The fastpaced casual Indian restaurant brings regional specialties from 4 metropolitan cities, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. “Tiffinbox etc. at Sakinaka is our third outlet in India and the first which serves alcohol and offers regional Indian food. A perfect dining venue for office-goers during the day and families in the evening, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Our turnaround time is very quick, with an average per person cost (APC) of INR 400, for food and soft beverages. The restaurant also offers a scrumptious buffet at an introductory price of INR 399 (all inclusive) during lunch,”. The company also plans to significantly expand its hotel business in the coming years, says Ashwani Basantani, Brand Head, Equity Brands, KA Hospitality.” Commenting upon the strategic initiatives Ashwani Kumar Basantani said, “We have recently joined the

b a n d wa g o n o f E - co m m e rc e b y launching our new website www.tiffinboxetc.com which has the capability to accept orders and payments online.” The restaurant caters to all the needs be it dining at the restaurant, delivering hot food to your door-step, or take-away from the grab and go counter. The 104-seat restaurant is a 1,800 square feet space at Sakinaka and exhibits a contemporary ambience, which makes you feel comfortable in its casual setting and vibe. The restaurant's signature menu includes both an extensive vegetarian & non- vegetarian dishes. We are also planning to roll out on other expansion plans”,adds Basantani.

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Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced the official opening of Hyatt Regency Chandigarh. Located 153 miles from Delhi. As part of the Hyatt Regency brand, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh has been conceived to foster connections and serve as a dynamic, energizing space where guests can collaborate, share and find inspiration. With excellent links and travel connections, the hotel is a 20m i n u te d r i ve f ro m C h a n d i ga r h International Airport and eight minutes to the Chandigarh Junction railway station. The hotel’s 211 generously sized guestrooms, including 25 suites and seven Cabana rooms. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh features 5 restaurants and bars that span the culinary globe. Urban Café is a multi-cuisine restaurant that features a selection of Northern Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Western cuisine. The hotel’s vibrant and chic 24hour café, Browse, is an ideal place to network, share ideas and conversation, relax, and be inspired. Expected to open in early June, Piccante will be the hotel’s signature Italian

restaurant. Stage, a lively bar with a modern, informal residential feel, will open in early June. The Pool Bar is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments while soaking in the temperaturecontrolled outdoor pool. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh also presents a perfect venue for a variety of events such as weddings, social banquets, exhibitions, meetings, and conferences in the heart of the Tri-City. With more than 36,000 square feet (3,345 square meters) of flexible meeting and event facilities, including an 8,711 square foot(809 square meter) pillar-less ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chandigarh provides thoughtfully designed, individual, sound insulated meeting rooms that can be linked together to create a unique conference capsulecapable of accommodating multiple breakaway seminars simultaneously. Opening in early June, Amaira Spa will provide a holistic approach to health and fitness by focussing on a balanced mind, body and soul. A 24-hour fitness center equipped with cardio and strength training equipment. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh is offering a special opening rate of INR 5,999 for standard guestrooms, including breakfast. For more details visitwww.chandigarh.regency.hyatt.com

Lebua Lucknow to Open 25 April 2016

Lebua Hotels and Resorts, a Bangkokbased hotel management company, will open the Lebua Lucknow, in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, on 25 April 2016. The property is the group’s third hotel in the country, joining lebua Resort, Jaipur and lebua Lodge at Amer, Jaipur. Located in central Lucknow, one of the three cities that form the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc, the lebua Lucknow's 41 rooms and suites marries the quintessential Lakhnavi royal heritage of living spaces that open onto courtyards and terraces, with the Art

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Deco style of architecture fashionable in the first half of the 20th century. Conceptualized as s p r a w l i n g t r a d i t i o n a l bungalows, the Executive, Deluxe and Luxury Rooms and lebua Suites range in size from 180 to 500 square feet each. All rooms and suites are non-smoking, air-conditioned and have a balcony or terrace, in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite & cable TV, coffee/tea making facilities, an in-room safe and bathtub. Fa c i l i t i e s i n c l u d e t h e B a ra d a r i Ballroom that can accommodate up to 225 guests, a swimming and plunge pool as well as several F&B options. The property is 14 kilometers away from both international and domestic airports.

Minor Hotel Group Announces Oaks Bodhgaya to Open in Late 2016 Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has announced the development of Oaks Bodhgaya in India, in partnership with GP Group and Top Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd. (TTPL). The overall project investment is USD 6.7m. Located in the state of Bihar, Bodhgaya is a key religious site and place of pilgrimage and is thought of as the epicentre of Buddhism. Oaks Bodhgaya is in the final stages of development and is slated to open in Q4 this year. The first phase of the property

will have a total of 78 keys, in addition to a restaurant, a conference hall, a terrace with meditation area and landscaped gardens. A second phase is also under development which will add a further 60 keys and will bring the total to 138 keys. The hotel is located along the main road in Bodhgaya between the Mahabodhi Temple and the airport. Earlier this year MHG announced Oaks Neemrana in India which is scheduled to open in 2017.

ITC Renews its Partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts ITC Limited and Starwood Hotels & Re s o r t s to d ay a n n o u n c e d t h at agreements have been signed to extend their existing partnership for 11 ITC Luxury Collection hotels and 1 hotel under the Sheraton brand. Further strengthening their partnership, the two also announced 3 upcoming ITC hotels under The Luxury Collection brand in India. The addition of the ITC Kohinoor in Hyderabad, ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad and ITC Royal Bengal in Kolkata will take the inventory up to 15 hotels, over the next 4 years. Speaking on the extension of the partnership, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited said, “ITC's hotels exemplify our commitment to create world-class Indian brands that demonstrate global competitiveness. The association with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for close to 4 decades, bears testimony to this commitment and we are pleased to further strengthen our

alliance with 3 upcoming ITC luxury hotels in Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, which will be an archetype of the culture and region they are located in.” “Through this extension, we have further strengthened our partnership with ITC Hotels to offer international and Indian guests unique experiences in these new destinations,” said Dilip Puri, Managing Director India and Regional Vice President, South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. This long standing partnership between the two companies came into being in 1979 with the Sheraton brand. In 2007, both companies signed an agreement through which Starwood introduced The Luxury Collection brand in India, which at present stands at 11 hotels. The Luxury Collection brand philosophy of offering unique experiences indigenous to their destination complements ITC Hotels' own ethos of being rooted in the Indian tradition of warm, personalized service with Responsible Luxury at its core.

IHG Opens two Holiday Inn Express Hotels in India

InterContinental Hotels Group has opened two Holiday Inn Express hotels in India, the Holiday Inn Express Chennai - Old Mahabalipuram Road and the Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3. Located on Old Mahabalipuram Road, the 136-room Holiday Inn Express Chennai is an ideal destination for business and leisure travellers visiting Chennai. The hotel offers easy access to the district's commercial centre that is the hub of automobile plants, IT

technological parks and dedicated Special Economic Zones (SEZ). It is also nearby major tourist attractions like ECR Beach, VGP Universal Kingdom Amusement Park and the shopping district. Additionally, IHG has opened the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in New Delhi Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3. The 93-room hotel is the first to open in the airport which is easily accessible by both the international and domestic terminals.

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Ethiopian Airlines offers Air Asia Launches double daily flights from Delhi Direct Daily Kochi-Bangkok and Mumbai to Addis Ababa Air Asia has launched the first

Jet Airways announces Amsterdam as its new European gateway

Ethiopian Airlines, recently started double daily flights from New Delhi to Addis Ababa apart from double daily operations from Mumbai. Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia and a Major hub for Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines services to 91 International destinations

ever daily direct flight from Kochi to Bangkok Don Mueang starting 17 May 2016. Ms. Soraya Homchuen TAT Director of Mumbai said, “We are very excited to add a new connection for Indian visitors to Thailand. Now those residing in South India can fly to Bangkok from Kochi in addition to Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.” From Bangkok, AirAsia passengers can conveniently connect to Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The airline's Fly-Thru service which allows travellers to check-through their bags to their final destination and is targeted to be available for booking starting mid-April 2016 onwards. “I think this connection opens tremendous opportunities to increase

which covers Africa, Europe, America, Middle East & Asia and 20 Domestic destinations. Ethiopian Airlines also commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the yo u n ge st a n d m o st modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian Airlines seamlessly connects India with Ethiopia with their double daily operations from Mumbai and Delhi. So Kick start your summer vacation by traveling to Ethiopia and get soaked in the wilderness of Africa.

Indian arrivals to Thailand not only looking at Kochi as a hub, but also looking at Kerala as a source market. Additionally, the flight is offers Thais the opportunity to come and explore Kerala's beautiful backwaters and of course the rest of India. A total of 104,393 Thai visitors travelled to India during 2014, an increase of 11% compared to the previous year.” Ms Homchuen said. Within India, Thai AirAsia also offers direct flights to Bangkok from Chennai and Bengaluru.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Changi Airport 1. Really, the plants in Changi Airport Look around Changi Airport and you'll notice plants and bright flowers blooming all year round. These flowers may look artificial as they adorn displays around the airport (many passengers have been seen checking out the petals), but the flowers at Changi are genuine! To provide passengers the best visual and scent experience, Changi Airport has its own nursery growing its own supply of plants! 2. Unusual Restrooms The restrooms at Changi Airport are not just places for quick relief. Some offer great views for plane-spotting while one in Terminal 3 is the perfect spot for ladies to prepare to look fabulous. If you want to feel like a star at Changi Airport, visit the unique Powder Room at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Transit (sorry guys, it's just for the ladies). 3. Sweet reprieve for parents Parents, how many times, at an airport, have you wished you could grab a coffee, sit down somewhere to take a rest and just let the kids run loose? At Changi Airport, it's all possible. The rest areas are strategically located next to children's playgrounds, so that you can still keep an eye on them even while you give your tired feet some needed reprieve. Best of all, some of these rest areas are equipped with free foot massage machines! What else can you ask for? 4. Peace and quiet Throughout Changi Airport, whether at check-in or in the hustle and bustle of

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the transit areas, we pride ourselves on maintaining a quiet and relaxing mood for passengers. We minimise the number of flight announcements and take advantage of specially designed and strategically placed carpets to reduce noise levels. 5. Intelligent lighting Ever noticed that Terminal 3 always seem bright in the day but yet comfortable? This is because the amount of light entering the terminal is regulated by computerised louvres on the rooftop the terminal. These louvers are

programmed to respond to the brightness of daylight outside the

terminal. On a sunny day, they open minimally to reduce the amount of sunlight entering terminal, while on a gloomy day, they will open up to allow more light in. 6. Feeding more than 50 million passengers a year With close to 140 F&B outlets in Changi's three terminals, passengers are thoroughly spoilt for choice. From Japanese to Indian, Chinese to Western, F&B outlets range in size from quick bite stations to full-fledged restaurants. The food options have been carefully curated by Changi's team to suit different palettes and wallets. Most of

Jet Airways, started daily non-stop flights from India to Amsterdam resulting in significantly enhanced connectivity between India, Europe and North America. Effective March 27th 2016, Jet Airways operates two daily non-stop flights from its international hubs in Mumbai and Delhi, to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Jet Airways also operates a daily flight to Toronto from Amsterdam. Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick, convenient and seamless

connections between India and Toronto via Amsterdam. Jet Airways has also entered into a codeshare partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta AirLines to provide convenient connections for guests to and from destinations across Europe and North America via Amsterdam. The partnership will enable customers to enjoy enhanced connectivity and seamless travel across the combined networks of Jet Airways, KLM and Delta.

Jet Airways Launches Daily Flight From Delhi To Muscat

the food outlets are located on the same level as the retail outlets, to facilitate the easy flit between shopping and getting your stomachs filled. 7. The Raffles Long Bar – at the airport! Now everyone can have a Singapore Sling – on the house at the airport! Partnering Singapore icon Raffles Hotel to bring the famous drink synonymous

with Singapore to passengers at Changi Airport, the Raffles Long

Bar is on the top level of the new Wine & Spirits duplex in the middle of the Terminal 3 transit hall. On the menu also are other cocktails to choose from. Adjacent to the Long Bar are branded boutiques for wines and spirits which showcase their heritage and finest products. If you are in luck, you can also get up close and personal with master distillers, blenders and brand ambassadors for more insights into your favourite spirits. 8. Bask in tropical sunlight, anyone? Possibly the only airport rooftop swimming pool anywhere in the world, the Changi Airport swimming pool located next to the Aerotel Transit

Hotel at Terminal 1 is very popular with passengers from temperate countries. With full shower facilities and a view into the tarmac area at the far corner of the pool, the swimming pool is one of the many leisure options available at Changi A i r p o r t . S o remember to bring along a set of swim wear when you next fly through Changi! 9. Don't miss your flight! Why wait until you board your flight to catch that movie you missed? You can do it in Changi Airport while waiting for your flight. Built just like the real thing, the movie theatre in Terminals 3 isn't equipped with alarm clocks to remind you to board your flight, but there is a large digital clock just next to the big s c r e e n f o r p a s s en ger's ea sy reference. There are super-wide aisles so that passengers can park their trolleys right in front of their seats, rather than leave them at the back of the theatre unattended. There is a smaller theatre in Terminal 2. 10. Look like a million bucks before you fly! Passengers can actually get pampered with an entire suite of beauty treatments at Changi Airport – get a haircut, facial, body massage, enjoy complimentary flash makeup and even a mani-pedi, all before they fly.

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Jet Airways, started a daily direct to connect Delhi with Muscat. The addition of this new flight from the airline's strategic hub in Delhi will further strengthen the airline's growing international network and enhance flight connectivity from Northern India, SAARC and ASEAN and to the Gulf region. The launch of this new daily flight between Delhi and Muscat will provide greater choice for guests travelling from India to Oman. India and Oman are linked by historical maritime trade linkages and the important role of the Indian expatriate community in the development of Oman. Furthermore, Oman offers an attractive destination

for travel and tourism. The connectivity offered by the new service will provide greater opportunity for expansion of business and tourism traffic between the two countries. Jet Airways flight 9W 598 duly took off from Indira G a n d h i I nte r n at i o n a l Airport in Delhi at 23:15 hrs with a full complement of Premiere and Economy Class guests and will arrive at Muscat at 01:30 hrs. On the return, the flight will leave Muscat at 02:30 hrs to arrive at Delhi at 07:00 hrs. With the launch of the new flight, Jet Airways will operate a total of four daily flights between India and Muscat. This includes flights from Mumbai, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The airline will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on these new services, offering Premiere and Economy guests an in-flight product that is among the best in its class, warm service, as well as delectable cuisine and convenient schedules.

Airbus Completes Painting of Thai Airways’ First Airbus A350 XWB Painting of the first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has been completed and the aircraft rolled-out from the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, in the airline’s livery. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to THAI in mid-2016. Firm orders for the A350 from carriers in Asia Pacific already total 241, representing over a third of total sales for the A350 XWB to date.

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The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuelefficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Air India Express to Start Flights to Ras Al Khaimah Air India Express started flights to the northern emirate Ras Al Khaimah this March. This comes on the back of the commencement of scheduled flights by Qatar Airways between Ras Al Khaimah and Doha last week and the announcement of other development projects at RAK International. The announcement was during a press conference that was attended by His Excellency Engr. Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Airport and Department of Civil Aviation; His Excellency Mr. Muralidharan, the Deputy Consul General of India; Mr. Mohammed Qazi, CEO and Board Member RAK International Airport; Mr. K. Shyamsunder, Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express; Mr. Melwin D'Silva,

Regional Manager - Gulf, Middle East & Africa and the heads of the Airport Police Department, Airport Immigration Department and Customs. Air India Express will start with 4 flights per week to Kozhikode (Calicut), starting on the 28thMarch, and are looking to expand to a daily service in near future. The growing number of Indian expatriates in the Northern Emirates has had to cope with limited options from air carriers over the past few years as demand has risen. The new route will help to alleviate those issues.

Air India Announces Nonstop Flight Delhi -Vienna Air India announces a nonstop Dreamliner services, three times a week between Delhi and Vienna effective 6th April 2016. The aircraft is state of the art B787 Dreamliner aircraft offering world class facilities to passengers, with 18 seats in Business Class and 238 seats in Economy Class.

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IndiGo Takes Delivery of First Airbus A320neo I ndiGo has taken delivery of its first A320neo. The delivery makes IndiGo the first A320neo operator in India and in Asia. “ The A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price,” said Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo. I ndiGo is one of Airbus’ biggest A320

Family customers having ordered 530 aircraft in total. These include 430 A320neo from orders placed in 2015 (250 A320neo) and 2011 (180 A32neo). IndiGo also placed an order in 2005 for 100 A320s which have all been delivered. T he A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.

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Ethiopian Airlines offers Air Asia Launches double daily flights from Delhi Direct Daily Kochi-Bangkok and Mumbai to Addis Ababa Air Asia has launched the first

Jet Airways announces Amsterdam as its new European gateway

Ethiopian Airlines, recently started double daily flights from New Delhi to Addis Ababa apart from double daily operations from Mumbai. Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia and a Major hub for Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines services to 91 International destinations

ever daily direct flight from Kochi to Bangkok Don Mueang starting 17 May 2016. Ms. Soraya Homchuen TAT Director of Mumbai said, “We are very excited to add a new connection for Indian visitors to Thailand. Now those residing in South India can fly to Bangkok from Kochi in addition to Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.” From Bangkok, AirAsia passengers can conveniently connect to Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The airline's Fly-Thru service which allows travellers to check-through their bags to their final destination and is targeted to be available for booking starting mid-April 2016 onwards. “I think this connection opens tremendous opportunities to increase

which covers Africa, Europe, America, Middle East & Asia and 20 Domestic destinations. Ethiopian Airlines also commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the yo u n ge st a n d m o st modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian Airlines seamlessly connects India with Ethiopia with their double daily operations from Mumbai and Delhi. So Kick start your summer vacation by traveling to Ethiopia and get soaked in the wilderness of Africa.

Indian arrivals to Thailand not only looking at Kochi as a hub, but also looking at Kerala as a source market. Additionally, the flight is offers Thais the opportunity to come and explore Kerala's beautiful backwaters and of course the rest of India. A total of 104,393 Thai visitors travelled to India during 2014, an increase of 11% compared to the previous year.” Ms Homchuen said. Within India, Thai AirAsia also offers direct flights to Bangkok from Chennai and Bengaluru.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Changi Airport 1. Really, the plants in Changi Airport Look around Changi Airport and you'll notice plants and bright flowers blooming all year round. These flowers may look artificial as they adorn displays around the airport (many passengers have been seen checking out the petals), but the flowers at Changi are genuine! To provide passengers the best visual and scent experience, Changi Airport has its own nursery growing its own supply of plants! 2. Unusual Restrooms The restrooms at Changi Airport are not just places for quick relief. Some offer great views for plane-spotting while one in Terminal 3 is the perfect spot for ladies to prepare to look fabulous. If you want to feel like a star at Changi Airport, visit the unique Powder Room at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Transit (sorry guys, it's just for the ladies). 3. Sweet reprieve for parents Parents, how many times, at an airport, have you wished you could grab a coffee, sit down somewhere to take a rest and just let the kids run loose? At Changi Airport, it's all possible. The rest areas are strategically located next to children's playgrounds, so that you can still keep an eye on them even while you give your tired feet some needed reprieve. Best of all, some of these rest areas are equipped with free foot massage machines! What else can you ask for? 4. Peace and quiet Throughout Changi Airport, whether at check-in or in the hustle and bustle of

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the transit areas, we pride ourselves on maintaining a quiet and relaxing mood for passengers. We minimise the number of flight announcements and take advantage of specially designed and strategically placed carpets to reduce noise levels. 5. Intelligent lighting Ever noticed that Terminal 3 always seem bright in the day but yet comfortable? This is because the amount of light entering the terminal is regulated by computerised louvres on the rooftop the terminal. These louvers are

programmed to respond to the brightness of daylight outside the

terminal. On a sunny day, they open minimally to reduce the amount of sunlight entering terminal, while on a gloomy day, they will open up to allow more light in. 6. Feeding more than 50 million passengers a year With close to 140 F&B outlets in Changi's three terminals, passengers are thoroughly spoilt for choice. From Japanese to Indian, Chinese to Western, F&B outlets range in size from quick bite stations to full-fledged restaurants. The food options have been carefully curated by Changi's team to suit different palettes and wallets. Most of

Jet Airways, started daily non-stop flights from India to Amsterdam resulting in significantly enhanced connectivity between India, Europe and North America. Effective March 27th 2016, Jet Airways operates two daily non-stop flights from its international hubs in Mumbai and Delhi, to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Jet Airways also operates a daily flight to Toronto from Amsterdam. Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick, convenient and seamless

connections between India and Toronto via Amsterdam. Jet Airways has also entered into a codeshare partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta AirLines to provide convenient connections for guests to and from destinations across Europe and North America via Amsterdam. The partnership will enable customers to enjoy enhanced connectivity and seamless travel across the combined networks of Jet Airways, KLM and Delta.

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the food outlets are located on the same level as the retail outlets, to facilitate the easy flit between shopping and getting your stomachs filled. 7. The Raffles Long Bar – at the airport! Now everyone can have a Singapore Sling – on the house at the airport! Partnering Singapore icon Raffles Hotel to bring the famous drink synonymous

with Singapore to passengers at Changi Airport, the Raffles Long

Bar is on the top level of the new Wine & Spirits duplex in the middle of the Terminal 3 transit hall. On the menu also are other cocktails to choose from. Adjacent to the Long Bar are branded boutiques for wines and spirits which showcase their heritage and finest products. If you are in luck, you can also get up close and personal with master distillers, blenders and brand ambassadors for more insights into your favourite spirits. 8. Bask in tropical sunlight, anyone? Possibly the only airport rooftop swimming pool anywhere in the world, the Changi Airport swimming pool located next to the Aerotel Transit

Hotel at Terminal 1 is very popular with passengers from temperate countries. With full shower facilities and a view into the tarmac area at the far corner of the pool, the swimming pool is one of the many leisure options available at Changi A i r p o r t . S o remember to bring along a set of swim wear when you next fly through Changi! 9. Don't miss your flight! Why wait until you board your flight to catch that movie you missed? You can do it in Changi Airport while waiting for your flight. Built just like the real thing, the movie theatre in Terminals 3 isn't equipped with alarm clocks to remind you to board your flight, but there is a large digital clock just next to the big s c r e e n f o r p a s s en ger's ea sy reference. There are super-wide aisles so that passengers can park their trolleys right in front of their seats, rather than leave them at the back of the theatre unattended. There is a smaller theatre in Terminal 2. 10. Look like a million bucks before you fly! Passengers can actually get pampered with an entire suite of beauty treatments at Changi Airport – get a haircut, facial, body massage, enjoy complimentary flash makeup and even a mani-pedi, all before they fly.

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Jet Airways, started a daily direct to connect Delhi with Muscat. The addition of this new flight from the airline's strategic hub in Delhi will further strengthen the airline's growing international network and enhance flight connectivity from Northern India, SAARC and ASEAN and to the Gulf region. The launch of this new daily flight between Delhi and Muscat will provide greater choice for guests travelling from India to Oman. India and Oman are linked by historical maritime trade linkages and the important role of the Indian expatriate community in the development of Oman. Furthermore, Oman offers an attractive destination

for travel and tourism. The connectivity offered by the new service will provide greater opportunity for expansion of business and tourism traffic between the two countries. Jet Airways flight 9W 598 duly took off from Indira G a n d h i I nte r n at i o n a l Airport in Delhi at 23:15 hrs with a full complement of Premiere and Economy Class guests and will arrive at Muscat at 01:30 hrs. On the return, the flight will leave Muscat at 02:30 hrs to arrive at Delhi at 07:00 hrs. With the launch of the new flight, Jet Airways will operate a total of four daily flights between India and Muscat. This includes flights from Mumbai, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The airline will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on these new services, offering Premiere and Economy guests an in-flight product that is among the best in its class, warm service, as well as delectable cuisine and convenient schedules.

Airbus Completes Painting of Thai Airways’ First Airbus A350 XWB Painting of the first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has been completed and the aircraft rolled-out from the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, in the airline’s livery. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to THAI in mid-2016. Firm orders for the A350 from carriers in Asia Pacific already total 241, representing over a third of total sales for the A350 XWB to date.

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The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuelefficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Air India Express to Start Flights to Ras Al Khaimah Air India Express started flights to the northern emirate Ras Al Khaimah this March. This comes on the back of the commencement of scheduled flights by Qatar Airways between Ras Al Khaimah and Doha last week and the announcement of other development projects at RAK International. The announcement was during a press conference that was attended by His Excellency Engr. Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Airport and Department of Civil Aviation; His Excellency Mr. Muralidharan, the Deputy Consul General of India; Mr. Mohammed Qazi, CEO and Board Member RAK International Airport; Mr. K. Shyamsunder, Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express; Mr. Melwin D'Silva,

Regional Manager - Gulf, Middle East & Africa and the heads of the Airport Police Department, Airport Immigration Department and Customs. Air India Express will start with 4 flights per week to Kozhikode (Calicut), starting on the 28thMarch, and are looking to expand to a daily service in near future. The growing number of Indian expatriates in the Northern Emirates has had to cope with limited options from air carriers over the past few years as demand has risen. The new route will help to alleviate those issues.

Air India Announces Nonstop Flight Delhi -Vienna Air India announces a nonstop Dreamliner services, three times a week between Delhi and Vienna effective 6th April 2016. The aircraft is state of the art B787 Dreamliner aircraft offering world class facilities to passengers, with 18 seats in Business Class and 238 seats in Economy Class.

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With the inaugural offer Air India has announced All inclusive return fare starts at INR 29,000. With the Baggage Allowance - 2 Pc ( 23 kilos each ). Offer is valid till 31March,2016 with Travel Validty from 06 April,2016 to 31 July,2016.

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IndiGo Takes Delivery of First Airbus A320neo I ndiGo has taken delivery of its first A320neo. The delivery makes IndiGo the first A320neo operator in India and in Asia. “ The A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price,” said Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo. I ndiGo is one of Airbus’ biggest A320

Family customers having ordered 530 aircraft in total. These include 430 A320neo from orders placed in 2015 (250 A320neo) and 2011 (180 A32neo). IndiGo also placed an order in 2005 for 100 A320s which have all been delivered. T he A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.

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Tourism Malaysia Eye on India Mohd Hafiz Hashim recently took over as Director, Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai. In his earlier roles, Mr Hafiz has served Tourism Malaysia offices in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. Mr. Hashim INTALK with Safari Plus discussing his plans to promote Malaysia in India Market Q 1. How has the tourism scenario changed over the years? And where would you place India market for Malaysia inbound? The biggest change I have seen is that travelling is not the privilege of a lucky few. Travel has become a permanent part of people's to-do list for the year. It's not just the affluent who are travelling, even middle class people are making efforts to save up for that special holiday. It's happening all across the globe and especially more so in India. And holidays are moving from 'see-as much-as-you can' price conscious to value conscious. People are willing to spend for the unique experience and also willing to come back to explore something new in the same place. Indian tourists in Malaysia continue to frequent places like Kuala Lumpur and nearby Melaka and Johor for their shopping and theme parks. Langkawi is also gaining popularity as a wedding and honeymoon destination. Of late, East Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak have

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begun to catch the fa n c y o f t h e experiential Indian traveller. Adrenaline pumping activities like scuba diving, river rafting, trekking in rain forests etc are slowly but steadily gaining popularity amongst the adventure seekers in India. Q 2. What do you expect will be the most challenging aspects of the role of Director at Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai? What are your new strategies to promote tourism in India? Which new destinations you will be promoting in order to attract Indian travelers? Indians are travelling abroad like never before. It's not just the nearby countries that they frequent, even off beat long haul destinations are being considered quite frequently. In fact, the Indian traveller is spoilt for choice. So the challenge for us would be to keep Malaysia top of mind for both the first time traveller and also for the experiential traveller. This means listening closely to the evolving needs of the traveller, customizing trips and developing products that appeal to their

individual senses. Fortunately Malaysia is a traveller's haven. There is so much to see and do and with so much still untapped, we are c o n f i d e nt o f o u r brand appeal. Malaysia is expected to attract 1 million Indian tourists this year and we will be targeting the Tier2 and Tier 3 markets to reach these numbers. We are also planning to promote niche products like self-drive, luxury travel, eco-tourism, sports tourism, business travel etc. to reach out to special interest segments of the Indian traveller. Q 3. Please share some Tourism Statistic of past year 2015. India is a significant contributor to the tourism economy of Malaysia. Last year as many as 722,141 Indian tourists visited Malaysia making it the 6th largest contributor to tourist arrivals. Though it was a 6.2% drop as compared to 2014, on the brighter side tourism receipts from Indian tourists has increased from RM2.3 billion in 2014 to RM2.6 billion in 2015 which showed a positive growth.

Malaysia’s Sales Mission

To u r i s m M a l ay s i a s u c c e s s f u l l y completed Sales Mission to India and Sri Lanka between 25 February and 3 March. The 9-day sales mission covered the Indian cities of Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Kochi, and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Leading the Malaysian delegation was Dato' Daljit Singh, who is the Indian Community Relations Advisor to the Minister of Tourism & Culture Malaysia and a member of Tourism Malaysia Board of Directors. The delegation also comprised of 57 representatives from 16 travel agents/ tour operators, 10 hotels/ re s o r t s , s i x to u r i s m p ro d u c t s / att ra c t i o n s , t wo state to u r i s m authorities, and four airlines. Some of the notable delegates included Genting Malaysia Bhd, Legoland Malaysia Resort, Sunway Lagoon, Tourism Johor, Tourism Selangor, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air and AirAsia.

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Emerging DaNang Vietnam

Emerging Da Nang... ...at the bank of the river Calm, less crowded Da Nang situated on the coast of the Eastern Sea along with serene Han River has the rich historical backdrop and essence of local culture. Da Nang, is emerging one of the most organized urban areas and is counted as one of the major port cities in Vietnam. The city has grown rapidly in recent years and is still overlooked by the tourists. However, the city is very warm and friendly for tourists and adventure lovers. Thus, we took a tour of this beaming city to explore its culture, authenticity and many more.

Places to visit The city is less-frequented by the visitors and hence, you can take your own time to explore this amazing city. To discover the ancient side of Da Nang, you must visit Cham museum as it has a rich collection of Cham artifacts. A range of Marble Mountains consist of five craggy marble outcrops topped with pagodas. Each mountain is named after the five earth elements such as Thuy Son (Water), Moc Son (Wood), Hoa Son (Fire), Kim Son (Metal) and Tho Son (Earth). The local villagers are expert in marble sculpture and you must these mountains to explore its beauty and culture.

Water Activities Here many adventure-lovers, travelers

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and explorers will enjoy the life at the river side. Water sport activities are plenty and the place gets crowded during holidays and weekends. Da Nang's coastline is widely spread and is very popular for activities like fishing, water-skiing, diving, windsurfing, kite-surfing and yachting. Try your hand in water sports skills. Here you can experience thrilling water sports such as jet-ski, surfboard, float banana, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and parachuting flying.

A Day Tour to Ba Na Hill One can opt a day tour to the beautiful Ba Na Hills. The Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, is located just outside of Da Nang and can be reached by Cable car ascending through the lush tropical forest. The attractions are - the Fantasy Park, a carnival of rides, video games and activities ranging from air hockey to rock climbing. For smaller guests, there is a separate children's area with ball pits and mini sides.For the spiritually inclined, there is Linh Ung Pagoda with a 27m tall statue of Thich Ca Buddha. For Nature lovers can scout out the 543 species of flora and 256 species of fauna, a diverse collection including rare plants, pheasants, deer and monkeys.

Delightful Culinary and Cuisine The Central Vietnamese cuisine and Da

Nang cuisine are yet discovered by the world. You'll find the strongest and boldest flavors and delectable dishes. The most well-known foods in Da Nang that you should taste are Mi Quang (Quang noodle), Bún mam, Cánh gà chiên mam (Fried chicken wings in fish sauce), Bún cha cá (Fish ball noodle soup), andMít tran (a salad mixed with jack-fruit and pork rind). If you're a tourist, you should indulge in the street food offered by many street food vendors at the bank of the river. The place also offers fresh sea food and has cruise services to enjoy the romantic meal with your partner.

The Smooth Traveler Experience Though Da Nang has not attracted many tourists; however, tourism remains a vital part of Da Nang's economy. The city ensures to give best facilities to the visitors so that they can explore it at a stretch. Da Nang has installed free mega WiFi, ATMs are placed all over the city and it also provides international standard medical treatment. The city has the highest urbanization ratio and thus, you wouldn't miss the city life but the flavor would be different.

Go on shopping spree You will love shopping at some of the local markets in Da Nang. Han market, Da Nang Souvenir shop and cafes are the

places that you must visit and enjoy the local shopping. Here is your chance where you'll end up having great deals. Han market on Bach Dang Street is an ideal place to shop as it's a traditional market with local flavor and souvenir shopping. Da Nang souvenir shop and café offers a beautiful view of the Da Nang Song Han River. It's a great place to relax; browse authentic Da Nang souvenirs and sip lip smacking beverages. Another notable market in Da Nang is Da Nang Big C supermarket. Big C Supermarket is considered as one of the biggest chains in Asia. Big C offers from latest fashion accessories, appliances, shoes, clothing books and food. Moreover shopping at Big C Supermarket is affordable.

Smoother Connectivity The city has a great connectivity and from DaNang International Airport operates frequent flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The airport also connects to many nearby cities such as Buon Ma Thuot, Da Hat and Hai Phong. Travelers will have no problem in exploring the city at a stretch. Da Nang is naturally blessed with wide coastlines and giant mountains that makes this place a happening one. Your stay at Da Nang will change your view towards holidays.

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ISRAEL Israel is a vibrant and modern country with vast diversity and rich culture. Jerusalem - the well known city; is among the most sacred places in the world. Along the eastern Mediterranean coastline is the vibrant, modern, fashionable and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. One must explore Israel’s diversity and visit archaeological sites of Eilat, beautiful beaches of Haifa, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acre (Akko) and fascinating history of Nazareth. Be it family and leisure getaways, party and nightlife experiences, adventure and rejuvenation, Israel has a variety of holiday options to explore. Israel offers varied activities to indulge within a short distance. Each of Israel’s regions and cities will provide a perfect escape -

point on earth.

Be a Beach Bum in Tel Aviv Rated as one of the best beach cities in the world, Tel Aviv’s beach culture is delightful. The city boasts a few kilometres of Mediterranean Sea with sandy beaches which run parallel with the city. The proximity of the city to the beach, just a step which takes you away from the hustle and bustle, will make one

Float in the Dead Sea Pick up your favourite read and head to the Dead Sea in Israel while leaving summers behind. The salt formations which shines like pieces of jewel are inviting and invigorating. A float in the healing hands of the Dead Sea will make your pains disappear while you come out refreshed from the lowest

The waters of Red Sea are home to one of the most beautiful co ra l re efs i n t h e world. Eilat, which is

Snorkel in the blue waters of the Red Sea in Eilat

Savour Israeli Wine in Galilee Wine has been made in Israel since Biblical times. While vineyards are located across Israel, the region of Galilee is the most prominent one for wine productions. The best way to gain the Israeli wine experience is by taking a tour of the Galilee region with breathtaking views and delicious wines.

known as the Red Sea town has some of the best spots to snorkel in Israel. Year-round snorkeling is one of the primary draws to the city. With various types of corals with colorful tropical fish, snorkeling in Eilat's coral reef is impressive. The beaches of Eilat have all types of facilities you will ever need for snorkeling.

Comfort your soul in the mineral rich Tiberias Springs Spa surely addicted to the city. Play Matkot or borrow a book from the library on two wheels or surf the internet with free wifi available throughout Tel Aviv’s beaches.

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With unmatched quality of medical springs in the world, Tiberias Springs Spa is the best place to rejuvenate. The mineral enriched wate r i s n at u ra l l y h e a l i n g a n d invigorates the body and mind. Pamper yourself in the thermo-mineral pools, luxurious body and beauty treatments, therapeutic massages, etc while enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Kineret.

Revive in the Botanical Garden in Kibbutz Ein Gedi Ever wondered what it feels like living in a garden? You can witness this phenomenon in the multiple awardw i n n i n g B o ta n i ca l G a rd e n s i n Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The stunning garden has over 1000 varieties of rare flora from all over the world. It is the only garden in the world which integrates residential buildings within it. The Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel, located in this rich botanical garden is a perfect place to deal with the summers and offers an experience to cherish for a life time.

Best known for its idyllic islands – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – the province of Surat Thani treated Indian travel agents to a showcase of its tourism products in Mumbai. The roadshow, which brought in a delegation of 19 sellers, was part of a larger mission by the Surat Thani Trade

and Tourism Association, also involving trade and industry, lead b y t h e p r o v i n c e ' s g o v e r n o r, Wo n g s i r i Promchana. With the goal of giving Mumbai's travel trade a quick, yet deep insight into Surat Thani's tourism and culture. The Surat Thani province boasts a host of attractions that could appeal to a wide variety of Indian market segments –

from high-end luxury seekers (in line with TAT's overall strategy in India), families, youngsters, couples and niches like divers. Some of the highlight are Koh Samui - is all about its perfect powder-white beaches that kiss turquoise blue waters and many secluded spots on its beaches. Candle-lit dinners at stylish restaurants make for romantic evenings. Koh Phangan - World-renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan started out as a hippie's paradise but has since evolved to welcome not only the

free-spirited but pretty much everyone who enjoys the ocean. Khao Sok National Park - is a virgin rainforest surrounded by limestone mountain ranges and high cliffs. Koh Tao - Tiny “turtle island” Koh Tao is a top destination for scuba divers though non-divers too, are easily drawn in by the island's beauty and its inhabitants' charm. Surat Thani mainland - While it is mainly a city, attracting the business traveller there are a few experiences that one must try on the Surat Thani mainland.

in line with its new tourism strategy, and an overall aim to position Ras Al Khaimah as a leading destination for leisure and business tourism. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority plans to reach one million visitors by the end of 2018 and the promotional activities in 2016 will reflect this through a dynamic events schedule and rejuvenation of the emirate's cultural offerings.

Ras Al Khaimah has a lot to offer making it an ideal holiday option for family vacations, honeymoons, adventure, wellness and luxury. It is famous for its diverse, authentic Arabian offerings. Under the umbrella of authenticity, the emirate offers a rich history, dating back 7,000 years and boasts 18 historic fortifications, castles and towers — all of which are rare within the UAE.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism's First Ever Travel Trade Roadshow In India T h e R a s A l K h a i m a h To u r i s m Development Authority conducted its first ever travel trade roadshow in India on April 6 and 7, 2016, in Mumbai and New Delhi. The educational sessions familiarised the Indian travel trade community with Ras Al Khaimah to build a strong communication process between the emirate and travel trade partners from India. The 20-member delegation, comprising hoteliers, resorts, spas, and

representatives of tour attractions, interacted with over 200 key travel and tour operators, MICE providers, up-market leisure operators and media personnel. Ras Al Khaimah is witnessing a positive trend from India, which has been identified as one of the fastest and strongest growing source markets in terms of visitor figures. In 2015, the emirate saw an 80% increase in visitors from India when compared with 2014. The recent rebranding of the emirate is

Promote Iceland Conducts Maiden Roadshow In India In order to increase tourist footfalls from India, Promote Iceland recently conducted its maiden roadshow in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. On the occasion of the roadshow, Mr. Thorleifur Thor Jonsson, Manager Trade Delegations, Promote Iceland said, “We have not been very active in the Indian market in the past. But now we think that Iceland has gained interest in India and we want to build on the momentum through our maiden roadshows. The roadshow was a platform for us to meet the travel trade and understand the requirements of Indian travellers.” T h e m u l t i - c i t y ro a d s h o w s w a s

conducted by Blue Square Consultants and saw an attendance of over 250 travel agents from India. The Icelandic delegation included representation from companies like Gray Line, Iceland Air, Iceland Europe Travel, Tripical, Gudmundur Jonasson Travel, Iceland Travel and Terra Nova Iceland. H.E Mr Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India who attended the roadshows in all three cities added, “There has been an interest among Indians to visit Iceland after the picturization of the song Gerua from the

movie Dilwale in Iceland. The locales of Iceland were beautifully captured in that song which has caught the attention of tourists in India. We want to leverage on this interest and increase the number of tourist arrivals from India. We would

also like to invite more Bollywood movies to come and shoot in Iceland.” Iceland received a little over 1000 tourists from India last year. Promote Iceland’s strategy is to target the premium travellers from India as the destination is not for ‘budget’ travellers. Being blessed with beautiful l a n d s c a p e s , ro a r i n g v o l c a n o e s , monolithic glaciers, icy mountains and deep fjords, Iceland’s beauty sometimes seem surreal and will appeal to the Indians who are looking for ‘new’ and ‘niche’ destinations.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings opens offices in India Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) announced the opening of the company’s first two offices in India (New Delhi and Mumbai) and appointed a dedicated local team to drive forward the regional growth for the company’s three brands – the contemporary freestyle cruising brand, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the upper-premium cruise line, Oceania Cruises (OCI) and the all-inclusive luxury line, Regent Seven Sea Cruises (RSSC). “Asia is an increasingly important market for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Cruise tourism in the region is growing at double-digit rates; the demand is increasing from both cruise passengers from India and the rest of Asia, and

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international travellers are seeking to experience Asian destinations. With the new offices, we will be able to better support our travel partners, forge new mutually-beneficially partnerships, and provide our valued Indian guests a range of enhanced services, for passengers seeking cruise holiday experiences across the spectrum - from contemporary to luxury and short sailings to world voyages” said Mr. Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and MD Asia Pacific for NCLH. The launch in India is further strengthened by the return of the company’s contemporary premium brand, NCL, to Asia for the first time since 2002. Norwegian Star will make

Mumbai a seasonal homeport with its maiden call in November 2016 and offer two sailings till March 2 0 1 7 . W i t h M u m b a i ’s position as a popular tourist destination, India is a leading choice for cruise passengers and strategically located for short and long voyage itineraries. The India offices will be led by cruise industry expert Steve Odell. He is joined by a leadership team with: Mr. Felix Chan, Vice President of Sales – Asia, NCL; Ms. Winnie Chan, Senior Director of Sales – Asia, OCI and RSSC;

Mr. Manoj Singh, Country Head – India, NCL; Mr. Puneet Kumar, Country Head – India, OCI and RSSC; and Ms. Dorothy Mak, VP Marketing – Asia for NCLH.

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ISRAEL Israel is a vibrant and modern country with vast diversity and rich culture. Jerusalem - the well known city; is among the most sacred places in the world. Along the eastern Mediterranean coastline is the vibrant, modern, fashionable and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. One must explore Israel’s diversity and visit archaeological sites of Eilat, beautiful beaches of Haifa, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acre (Akko) and fascinating history of Nazareth. Be it family and leisure getaways, party and nightlife experiences, adventure and rejuvenation, Israel has a variety of holiday options to explore. Israel offers varied activities to indulge within a short distance. Each of Israel’s regions and cities will provide a perfect escape -

point on earth.

Be a Beach Bum in Tel Aviv Rated as one of the best beach cities in the world, Tel Aviv’s beach culture is delightful. The city boasts a few kilometres of Mediterranean Sea with sandy beaches which run parallel with the city. The proximity of the city to the beach, just a step which takes you away from the hustle and bustle, will make one

Float in the Dead Sea Pick up your favourite read and head to the Dead Sea in Israel while leaving summers behind. The salt formations which shines like pieces of jewel are inviting and invigorating. A float in the healing hands of the Dead Sea will make your pains disappear while you come out refreshed from the lowest

The waters of Red Sea are home to one of the most beautiful co ra l re efs i n t h e world. Eilat, which is

Snorkel in the blue waters of the Red Sea in Eilat

Savour Israeli Wine in Galilee Wine has been made in Israel since Biblical times. While vineyards are located across Israel, the region of Galilee is the most prominent one for wine productions. The best way to gain the Israeli wine experience is by taking a tour of the Galilee region with breathtaking views and delicious wines.

known as the Red Sea town has some of the best spots to snorkel in Israel. Year-round snorkeling is one of the primary draws to the city. With various types of corals with colorful tropical fish, snorkeling in Eilat's coral reef is impressive. The beaches of Eilat have all types of facilities you will ever need for snorkeling.

Comfort your soul in the mineral rich Tiberias Springs Spa surely addicted to the city. Play Matkot or borrow a book from the library on two wheels or surf the internet with free wifi available throughout Tel Aviv’s beaches.

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With unmatched quality of medical springs in the world, Tiberias Springs Spa is the best place to rejuvenate. The mineral enriched wate r i s n at u ra l l y h e a l i n g a n d invigorates the body and mind. Pamper yourself in the thermo-mineral pools, luxurious body and beauty treatments, therapeutic massages, etc while enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Kineret.

Revive in the Botanical Garden in Kibbutz Ein Gedi Ever wondered what it feels like living in a garden? You can witness this phenomenon in the multiple awardw i n n i n g B o ta n i ca l G a rd e n s i n Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The stunning garden has over 1000 varieties of rare flora from all over the world. It is the only garden in the world which integrates residential buildings within it. The Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel, located in this rich botanical garden is a perfect place to deal with the summers and offers an experience to cherish for a life time.

Best known for its idyllic islands – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – the province of Surat Thani treated Indian travel agents to a showcase of its tourism products in Mumbai. The roadshow, which brought in a delegation of 19 sellers, was part of a larger mission by the Surat Thani Trade

and Tourism Association, also involving trade and industry, lead b y t h e p r o v i n c e ' s g o v e r n o r, Wo n g s i r i Promchana. With the goal of giving Mumbai's travel trade a quick, yet deep insight into Surat Thani's tourism and culture. The Surat Thani province boasts a host of attractions that could appeal to a wide variety of Indian market segments –

from high-end luxury seekers (in line with TAT's overall strategy in India), families, youngsters, couples and niches like divers. Some of the highlight are Koh Samui - is all about its perfect powder-white beaches that kiss turquoise blue waters and many secluded spots on its beaches. Candle-lit dinners at stylish restaurants make for romantic evenings. Koh Phangan - World-renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan started out as a hippie's paradise but has since evolved to welcome not only the

free-spirited but pretty much everyone who enjoys the ocean. Khao Sok National Park - is a virgin rainforest surrounded by limestone mountain ranges and high cliffs. Koh Tao - Tiny “turtle island” Koh Tao is a top destination for scuba divers though non-divers too, are easily drawn in by the island's beauty and its inhabitants' charm. Surat Thani mainland - While it is mainly a city, attracting the business traveller there are a few experiences that one must try on the Surat Thani mainland.

in line with its new tourism strategy, and an overall aim to position Ras Al Khaimah as a leading destination for leisure and business tourism. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority plans to reach one million visitors by the end of 2018 and the promotional activities in 2016 will reflect this through a dynamic events schedule and rejuvenation of the emirate's cultural offerings.

Ras Al Khaimah has a lot to offer making it an ideal holiday option for family vacations, honeymoons, adventure, wellness and luxury. It is famous for its diverse, authentic Arabian offerings. Under the umbrella of authenticity, the emirate offers a rich history, dating back 7,000 years and boasts 18 historic fortifications, castles and towers — all of which are rare within the UAE.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism's First Ever Travel Trade Roadshow In India T h e R a s A l K h a i m a h To u r i s m Development Authority conducted its first ever travel trade roadshow in India on April 6 and 7, 2016, in Mumbai and New Delhi. The educational sessions familiarised the Indian travel trade community with Ras Al Khaimah to build a strong communication process between the emirate and travel trade partners from India. The 20-member delegation, comprising hoteliers, resorts, spas, and

representatives of tour attractions, interacted with over 200 key travel and tour operators, MICE providers, up-market leisure operators and media personnel. Ras Al Khaimah is witnessing a positive trend from India, which has been identified as one of the fastest and strongest growing source markets in terms of visitor figures. In 2015, the emirate saw an 80% increase in visitors from India when compared with 2014. The recent rebranding of the emirate is

Promote Iceland Conducts Maiden Roadshow In India In order to increase tourist footfalls from India, Promote Iceland recently conducted its maiden roadshow in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. On the occasion of the roadshow, Mr. Thorleifur Thor Jonsson, Manager Trade Delegations, Promote Iceland said, “We have not been very active in the Indian market in the past. But now we think that Iceland has gained interest in India and we want to build on the momentum through our maiden roadshows. The roadshow was a platform for us to meet the travel trade and understand the requirements of Indian travellers.” T h e m u l t i - c i t y ro a d s h o w s w a s

conducted by Blue Square Consultants and saw an attendance of over 250 travel agents from India. The Icelandic delegation included representation from companies like Gray Line, Iceland Air, Iceland Europe Travel, Tripical, Gudmundur Jonasson Travel, Iceland Travel and Terra Nova Iceland. H.E Mr Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India who attended the roadshows in all three cities added, “There has been an interest among Indians to visit Iceland after the picturization of the song Gerua from the

movie Dilwale in Iceland. The locales of Iceland were beautifully captured in that song which has caught the attention of tourists in India. We want to leverage on this interest and increase the number of tourist arrivals from India. We would

also like to invite more Bollywood movies to come and shoot in Iceland.” Iceland received a little over 1000 tourists from India last year. Promote Iceland’s strategy is to target the premium travellers from India as the destination is not for ‘budget’ travellers. Being blessed with beautiful l a n d s c a p e s , ro a r i n g v o l c a n o e s , monolithic glaciers, icy mountains and deep fjords, Iceland’s beauty sometimes seem surreal and will appeal to the Indians who are looking for ‘new’ and ‘niche’ destinations.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings opens offices in India Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) announced the opening of the company’s first two offices in India (New Delhi and Mumbai) and appointed a dedicated local team to drive forward the regional growth for the company’s three brands – the contemporary freestyle cruising brand, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the upper-premium cruise line, Oceania Cruises (OCI) and the all-inclusive luxury line, Regent Seven Sea Cruises (RSSC). “Asia is an increasingly important market for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Cruise tourism in the region is growing at double-digit rates; the demand is increasing from both cruise passengers from India and the rest of Asia, and

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international travellers are seeking to experience Asian destinations. With the new offices, we will be able to better support our travel partners, forge new mutually-beneficially partnerships, and provide our valued Indian guests a range of enhanced services, for passengers seeking cruise holiday experiences across the spectrum - from contemporary to luxury and short sailings to world voyages” said Mr. Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and MD Asia Pacific for NCLH. The launch in India is further strengthened by the return of the company’s contemporary premium brand, NCL, to Asia for the first time since 2002. Norwegian Star will make

Mumbai a seasonal homeport with its maiden call in November 2016 and offer two sailings till March 2 0 1 7 . W i t h M u m b a i ’s position as a popular tourist destination, India is a leading choice for cruise passengers and strategically located for short and long voyage itineraries. The India offices will be led by cruise industry expert Steve Odell. He is joined by a leadership team with: Mr. Felix Chan, Vice President of Sales – Asia, NCL; Ms. Winnie Chan, Senior Director of Sales – Asia, OCI and RSSC;

Mr. Manoj Singh, Country Head – India, NCL; Mr. Puneet Kumar, Country Head – India, OCI and RSSC; and Ms. Dorothy Mak, VP Marketing – Asia for NCLH.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS TCEB unveils Strategic MICE education scheme for 2017 to create next generation professionals Thailand set to become ASEAN MICE Education Hub Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), has continued to drive its MICE Capabilities Development Plan to serve the business events industry for 20162017 through five extended education projects in line with government's policy. Meanwhile, the 2ndMICE Academy & Career Day has been launched as part of the plan to produce 20,000 MICE graduates in the next five years, an effort to push Thailand to become ASEAN MICE Education Hub. Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB President, said, “A good news is that Minister of Education Ministry has appointed TCEB to chair the Public and Private Participation S u b c o m m i t t e e f o r Vo c a t i o n a l Education Development in charge of MICE cluster to support the work of the Public and Private Participation Committee for Vocational Education Development under the theme 'Vocational education development to produce professionals for the country'. The MICE business, which is a part of the service industry, is facing a serious lack of vocational

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workforces. The move is in conjunction with T C E B ' s M I C E C a p a b i l i t i e s Development Plan of 2016, which is mainly focused on the development of five major projects” (1) Improving the MICE curriculum, known as MICE 101, to meet an international standard to serve educational institutes in Thailand. More than 87 educational institutes have included MICE 101 into their education system. (2) Coach the Coaches Program. This program is aimed at enhancing the capability building of MICE instructors on theory and practice. It's expected that 150 people from 50 organisations will complete the program this year. (3)Academic Exchange Program. This year TCEB plans a joint cooperation on education developmentwith Germany and Hong Kong, Presently,

TCEB has 47 MICE education alliances from abroad, including Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States. (4) MICE Academic Cluster. It serves as a center for MICE experts to exchange information, knowledge, and to support personnel development. (5) MICE Academy & Career Day. It's an extension program from the improvement of MICE curriculum to an international standard to support MICE new generation to become professionals. The 2ndMICE Academy

& Career Day is a joint cooperation between TC E B a n d a l l i a n c e s including Thai Exhibition Association (Thai), Thailand Incentive and Convention The event was held on March 11, 2016, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. The event also features the 6th Coach the Coaches Program, a workshop on MICE business to improve the capabilities of MICE instructors. The program is participated by 155 instructors from 71 educational institutes. MICE Academy & Career Day attracted more than 2,000 students and MICE operators. TCEB estimates that each participating educational institute is capable of producing 50-60 people or a total number of 4,000 graduates per year. In the next five years, some 20,000 people will graduate with MICE background to become professionals and enter the MICE industry.

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CHIANG MAI World's best MICE Destination Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern cultural MICE city will inspire you to plan an adventurous business meeting in Chiang Mai. Explore the impressive venues, enjoy the northern Thai delights, and imagine sharing all these charms with your colleagues at a very memorable event in the city. Chiang Mai has captivated the largest tourist market and has been voted #2 in the World's Best City awards by one of the travel publication. The city offers upbeat climate, rich culture and a golden land to flourish businesses. MICE in Chiang Mai, has a great

advantage due to its proximity with the two market China and India bagging most of the MICE opportunities in its favor. Many MICE activities have so far been hosted in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai will help drive Thailand as a MICE hub in ASEAN, while offering promotional opportunities not only for Chiang Mai, but other major Mice destinations like Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Khon Kaen. The International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Chiang Mai is one of the largest convention and exhibition center in Southeast Asia with a total space of 521,600 sq.m. the exhibition center is decorated in Thai-Lanna style and does carry out both domestic and international conventions, exhibitions and fairs. The useable space of 60,000 sq.m is geared up with modern facilities and professional services that make this exhibition center a perfect place to host world-class international MICE events. Exhibition hall comprises three interconnected multi-purpose halls with a combined space of 7,935 sqm. Ratchaphruek Convention hall provides a space of 3,400 sqm with a capacity of 3,000 seats. It is equipped with state-ofthe-art sound and lighting systems. The main hall offers a variety of 29 meeting rooms with 100-700 seating capacity. Supporting facilities such as restaurant and food court, V.I.P rooms, prayer room, high-speed wireless internet,

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built-in registration counters are provided. Parking for over 3,000 vehicles is available to visitors around the area. The 7,443 sqm multi-use outdoor space is designed to accommodate the need of all type of outdoor events and activities. The Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre provides world-class facilities and therefore, many businesses prefer choosing this place for prominent events such as international MICE events. Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is located in the southeastern part of the province and lies merely 7 kms away f ro m C h ia n g M a i downtown area. This can assure travellers that they can get off their flights and rush to their further destinations in Chiang M a i v e r y conveniently. In addition, there is the North aviation hub that welcomes connecting flights

! Trek - Discover the jungles, mountains and hill tribes around Chiang Mai on a hill tribe trek. One can also enjoy white water rafting, mountain biking and bamboo rafting. ! Flight of the Gibbon - A must do, Fly through the trees like a Gibbon! the best zip lining activities in Chiang Mai! ! Bungy Jumping - Jump from northern Thailand highest Bungy mast! ! Chiang Mai Night Safari - Spend an evening experiencing one of Chiang Mai's flagship attractions on a Chiang Mai Night Safari Tour. you can combine i t w i t h a to u r to Roya l F l o ra Ratchaphruek. ! Visiting Tiger Kingdom - Located in the Mae Sa Valley a couple of Km off the

from Chiang Mai to other domestic destinations. Either you’re travelling for conferences, business negotiation, or leisure trips in any province in Thailand, you can start off and continue your journeys very simply from Chaing Mai. Activities not to be missed when in Chiang Mai ! Elephant Camp - In the out skirts of the city you reach to elephant camps where the camp starts with training on how to ride an elephant, followed by a traditional Thai lunch and a trek through the jungle. !The famous NightMarkets of Chiang Mai best place to buy souvenirs. ! Temple Tour - Visit Four of Chiang Mai's (half day tour) Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Mai, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chedi Luang.

town to get up close encounter with real live fully grown tigers. ! Chiang Mai Zoo is certainly worth a visit. Nearly 400 species of animal are kept here, including the two 'cultural ambassador' or pandas from China. ! Bo Sang Village is known throughout the country and even abroad – so much so that the umbrella has become one of the symbols of Chiang Mai. ! Stay in a Rural Thai village in the hills, visit ethnic hill tribes, see how local children are taught, interact with elephant s , B i k i n g t h ro u g h t h e

countryside, waterfall swimming, elephant riding, bamboo Rafting. Talking to Safari Plus Ms Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai Office shared some inputs Q1 - Accommodations available in the city to cater MICE events, if you can share the statistics for the same. Event organizers can choose from a diverse panorama of venues like the exquisite Rajaphruek Garden Convention Hall, to the recently constructed Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, which features comprehensive trade s h o w fa c i l i t i e s a n d i s a b l e to accommodate up to 10,000 guests. CHIANG MAI MICE SNAPSHOT ! Max. meeting capacity: 30,000 sq.m. ! No. of convention centers: 13 convention centers ! No. of exhibition centers: 1 exhibition center ! No. of unique venues:3 venues ! Accommodation capacity:366 hotels, 39,000 rooms Q2 - What are the future plans to promote Northern part of Thailand in Indian market? We are hosting a number of agent and travel/lifestyle media Fams to the northern part of Thailand. We have hosted Chiang Mai night last year to the

trade partner. And this year even TTM+ 2016 is happening in Chiang Mai so, we are confident that travel agents will be able to impact traveller demand once they have seen the destination and are suitably impressed by it.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS TCEB unveils Strategic MICE education scheme for 2017 to create next generation professionals Thailand set to become ASEAN MICE Education Hub Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), has continued to drive its MICE Capabilities Development Plan to serve the business events industry for 20162017 through five extended education projects in line with government's policy. Meanwhile, the 2ndMICE Academy & Career Day has been launched as part of the plan to produce 20,000 MICE graduates in the next five years, an effort to push Thailand to become ASEAN MICE Education Hub. Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB President, said, “A good news is that Minister of Education Ministry has appointed TCEB to chair the Public and Private Participation S u b c o m m i t t e e f o r Vo c a t i o n a l Education Development in charge of MICE cluster to support the work of the Public and Private Participation Committee for Vocational Education Development under the theme 'Vocational education development to produce professionals for the country'. The MICE business, which is a part of the service industry, is facing a serious lack of vocational

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workforces. The move is in conjunction with T C E B ' s M I C E C a p a b i l i t i e s Development Plan of 2016, which is mainly focused on the development of five major projects” (1) Improving the MICE curriculum, known as MICE 101, to meet an international standard to serve educational institutes in Thailand. More than 87 educational institutes have included MICE 101 into their education system. (2) Coach the Coaches Program. This program is aimed at enhancing the capability building of MICE instructors on theory and practice. It's expected that 150 people from 50 organisations will complete the program this year. (3)Academic Exchange Program. This year TCEB plans a joint cooperation on education developmentwith Germany and Hong Kong, Presently,

TCEB has 47 MICE education alliances from abroad, including Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States. (4) MICE Academic Cluster. It serves as a center for MICE experts to exchange information, knowledge, and to support personnel development. (5) MICE Academy & Career Day. It's an extension program from the improvement of MICE curriculum to an international standard to support MICE new generation to become professionals. The 2ndMICE Academy

& Career Day is a joint cooperation between TC E B a n d a l l i a n c e s including Thai Exhibition Association (Thai), Thailand Incentive and Convention The event was held on March 11, 2016, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. The event also features the 6th Coach the Coaches Program, a workshop on MICE business to improve the capabilities of MICE instructors. The program is participated by 155 instructors from 71 educational institutes. MICE Academy & Career Day attracted more than 2,000 students and MICE operators. TCEB estimates that each participating educational institute is capable of producing 50-60 people or a total number of 4,000 graduates per year. In the next five years, some 20,000 people will graduate with MICE background to become professionals and enter the MICE industry.

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CHIANG MAI World's best MICE Destination Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern cultural MICE city will inspire you to plan an adventurous business meeting in Chiang Mai. Explore the impressive venues, enjoy the northern Thai delights, and imagine sharing all these charms with your colleagues at a very memorable event in the city. Chiang Mai has captivated the largest tourist market and has been voted #2 in the World's Best City awards by one of the travel publication. The city offers upbeat climate, rich culture and a golden land to flourish businesses. MICE in Chiang Mai, has a great

advantage due to its proximity with the two market China and India bagging most of the MICE opportunities in its favor. Many MICE activities have so far been hosted in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai will help drive Thailand as a MICE hub in ASEAN, while offering promotional opportunities not only for Chiang Mai, but other major Mice destinations like Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Khon Kaen. The International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Chiang Mai is one of the largest convention and exhibition center in Southeast Asia with a total space of 521,600 sq.m. the exhibition center is decorated in Thai-Lanna style and does carry out both domestic and international conventions, exhibitions and fairs. The useable space of 60,000 sq.m is geared up with modern facilities and professional services that make this exhibition center a perfect place to host world-class international MICE events. Exhibition hall comprises three interconnected multi-purpose halls with a combined space of 7,935 sqm. Ratchaphruek Convention hall provides a space of 3,400 sqm with a capacity of 3,000 seats. It is equipped with state-ofthe-art sound and lighting systems. The main hall offers a variety of 29 meeting rooms with 100-700 seating capacity. Supporting facilities such as restaurant and food court, V.I.P rooms, prayer room, high-speed wireless internet,

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built-in registration counters are provided. Parking for over 3,000 vehicles is available to visitors around the area. The 7,443 sqm multi-use outdoor space is designed to accommodate the need of all type of outdoor events and activities. The Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre provides world-class facilities and therefore, many businesses prefer choosing this place for prominent events such as international MICE events. Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is located in the southeastern part of the province and lies merely 7 kms away f ro m C h ia n g M a i downtown area. This can assure travellers that they can get off their flights and rush to their further destinations in Chiang M a i v e r y conveniently. In addition, there is the North aviation hub that welcomes connecting flights

! Trek - Discover the jungles, mountains and hill tribes around Chiang Mai on a hill tribe trek. One can also enjoy white water rafting, mountain biking and bamboo rafting. ! Flight of the Gibbon - A must do, Fly through the trees like a Gibbon! the best zip lining activities in Chiang Mai! ! Bungy Jumping - Jump from northern Thailand highest Bungy mast! ! Chiang Mai Night Safari - Spend an evening experiencing one of Chiang Mai's flagship attractions on a Chiang Mai Night Safari Tour. you can combine i t w i t h a to u r to Roya l F l o ra Ratchaphruek. ! Visiting Tiger Kingdom - Located in the Mae Sa Valley a couple of Km off the

from Chiang Mai to other domestic destinations. Either you’re travelling for conferences, business negotiation, or leisure trips in any province in Thailand, you can start off and continue your journeys very simply from Chaing Mai. Activities not to be missed when in Chiang Mai ! Elephant Camp - In the out skirts of the city you reach to elephant camps where the camp starts with training on how to ride an elephant, followed by a traditional Thai lunch and a trek through the jungle. !The famous NightMarkets of Chiang Mai best place to buy souvenirs. ! Temple Tour - Visit Four of Chiang Mai's (half day tour) Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Mai, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chedi Luang.

town to get up close encounter with real live fully grown tigers. ! Chiang Mai Zoo is certainly worth a visit. Nearly 400 species of animal are kept here, including the two 'cultural ambassador' or pandas from China. ! Bo Sang Village is known throughout the country and even abroad – so much so that the umbrella has become one of the symbols of Chiang Mai. ! Stay in a Rural Thai village in the hills, visit ethnic hill tribes, see how local children are taught, interact with elephant s , B i k i n g t h ro u g h t h e

countryside, waterfall swimming, elephant riding, bamboo Rafting. Talking to Safari Plus Ms Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai Office shared some inputs Q1 - Accommodations available in the city to cater MICE events, if you can share the statistics for the same. Event organizers can choose from a diverse panorama of venues like the exquisite Rajaphruek Garden Convention Hall, to the recently constructed Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, which features comprehensive trade s h o w fa c i l i t i e s a n d i s a b l e to accommodate up to 10,000 guests. CHIANG MAI MICE SNAPSHOT ! Max. meeting capacity: 30,000 sq.m. ! No. of convention centers: 13 convention centers ! No. of exhibition centers: 1 exhibition center ! No. of unique venues:3 venues ! Accommodation capacity:366 hotels, 39,000 rooms Q2 - What are the future plans to promote Northern part of Thailand in Indian market? We are hosting a number of agent and travel/lifestyle media Fams to the northern part of Thailand. We have hosted Chiang Mai night last year to the

trade partner. And this year even TTM+ 2016 is happening in Chiang Mai so, we are confident that travel agents will be able to impact traveller demand once they have seen the destination and are suitably impressed by it.

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MI When it comes to travels we often think of leisure travel first, yet business travel is a key component and major driver in the Tourism Industry, in particular when it comes to MICE segment – Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibitions. The MICE industry is a high end and high revenue generating segment of outdoor tourism. And the demand for MICE is on the rise. Moreover understanding expectations, what’s n e w a n d h o w t o a t t ra c t m o s t effectively travelers that fall under that category can contribute to a sustainable competitive advantage for destinations. Many Countries are promoting themselves as MICE venues to attract

event organizers. Travel companies are offering specialised MICE services and activities. Increasingly, organizations are giving more importance to enriching experiences at a destination than the accommodation and venue. But the trend is still the same when it comes to choosing the destination rewarding on value for money and the destination which offer recreational opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a push on the part of the MICE industry to cash in on this trend through active promotion and marketing. In this edition we check out India Inbound MICE Trends - a Positive Step Forward on page 6 and Thailand’s CHIANG MAI a new name in MICE industry on page 27.

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MICE Trends picking up high To d a y I n d i a i s s u c c e s s f u l l y recognized as a MICE Destination. Let us delve into the reasons of why are we a successful MICE nation. With the growing purposes of organizing the MICE we have skillfully managed to enhance the image of our country and generate more employment. The industry estimates currently

rank the Meetings, Incentives, Conference & Events/Exhibitions (MICE) Sector in India at Rs. 8500 crores annually, which has been growing at a rate of 15 – 20 percent annually, large part of the growth coming in from the domestic MICE ventures. India currently ranks 27th in the Global Meetings market (ICCA statistics). Contd. on page 6

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