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  • ADNEC’s new ‘Hive’ concept causes a buzz

    A new meeting space concept called the Hive has been unveiled by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC). Opening at the tail end of 2018, the Hive was created to meet the demands of event organisers seeking a flexible space for meetings, said an ADNEC spokesperson. It is designed to...

  • India bureau opens first state chapter

    The 11th India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) convention held in Kolkata marked the opening of the first ICPB State Chapter in Kolkata, highlighting the MICE potential of eastern India. This chapter will help the ICPB to create an effective interface for the MICE industry and to prominently place West Bengal...

  • Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways launched

    A new Vietnamese hybrid airline, Bamboo Airways, has been launched that will operate full service as well as low cost flights to cater to all segments of the growing market and expects to fly 100 domestic and international routes soon.  Initially the airline will serve 24 domestic and 16 international...

  • Indian outbound travellers to reach 22.5 million in 2018 and then double again by 2022

    Indian outbound travellers will account for 22.5 million worldwide tourists in 2018, with reports from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) estimating this figure will increase by 122 per cent to reach over 50 million by 2022. This study reveals that Indian travellers are among the world’s highest spenders...

  • Indian arrivals to Greece boom by record breaking 119 per cent

    According to statistics released by Greece National Tourist Office (GNTO) and Athens International Airport, 38,046 Indian travellers visited Greece in the January-September 2018 period compared to 17,376 Indian arrivals during the same period in 2017 – an astounding increase of 119 per cent. Konstantinos Tsegas, secretary general of the Greek...

  • New ‘industrial revolution’ needs new approach from suppliers

    The new or ‘fourth’  industrial revolution, characterised by a fusion of technologies blurring the line between the physical and the virtual worlds, needs a new approach from suppliers. That was the unanimous view of delegates in a session at the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) annual congress in Dubai. The...

  • Imposing corporate policy compliance is travel buyers’ greatest nightmare

    Nearly 70 per cent of travel buyers say that enforcing policy compliance is among the most challenging aspects of their job, according to new research. The findings from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with RoomIt by CWT also reveal a large gap in traveller knowledge of company policy. “Travel programme goals can be difficult...

  • American Express expands tech offering with  The Meetings Marketplace

    American Express Meetings & Events has expanded its tech offering with a new platform called The Meetings Marketplace. The new product is designed to support clients’ meetings programmes and maximise return on investment. It contains tech to support every part of the planning process, from back-end planning and sourcing, to attendee...

  • Sweden records 23 per cent growth in Indian visitors in a year

    Direct flights, increased trade between the two nations and a mutual governmental interest has resulted in a 23 per cent growth in the number of visitors from India to Sweden. The news was revealed by Visit Sweden and the Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai at a seminar conducted by...

  • Thailand waives visa fees for India to reverse downward trend in arrivals

    To arrest the continuous decrease in the number of visitors to Thailand (more than 10 per cent over the past three months during the traditional tourist high season), in a desperate move the Thai cabinet has agreed to waive the Baht 2,000 visa-on-arrival (VoA) fee for tourists from 21 countries...

  • European hotel rates up 4.2 per cent but UK rates fall

    Hotels in Europe in September saw an average 4.2 per cent increase in average room rate to €185.43, according to the latest Hotstats report, with some countries reporting a 10 per cent hike. The increase came alongside a 0.7 per cent decline in room occupancy to 82.1 per cent. “Profit performance...

  • American association execs reach out to Asia-Pacific through education

    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is developing more advanced levels of content at its annual Association Leadership Forum Asia Pacific conferences as well as launching a new Certified Association Executive (CAE) programme to create greater access and reach in the Asia Pacific region. Speaking at the Association Leadership...