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  • Singapore shares knowledge to attract Indian MICE with first event of the year

    Singapore Tourism Board (STB) staged its first MICE-focused event for 2019 in India, a thought leadership seminar in Mumbai with the theme “Meetings & Incentive Travel to Singapore – Forging New Possibilities”. The event was attended by 150 Indian travel trade stakeholders and 40 Singapore stakeholders representing hotels, airlines, attractions,...

  • Canada sees double-digit growth in 2018 from India and China

    Canada has recorded a 17 per cent growth in Indian leisure and business travellers in the January-September 2018 period. The increase in the number of daily flights from two major Indian cities, Mumbai and Delhi, and an increasing perception of Canada as an aspirational destination has helped the growth of...

  • New direct Delhi flight to Philippines to boost Indian arrivals

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) is starting direct, non-stop, four-times weekly flights between Manila and New Delhi starting April and could be the stimulus required to trigger growth from the burgeoning Indian market. Current flight options linking both countries entail stopovers, including Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, Thai Airways via Bangkok, and...

  • Silicon Valley of the East wins major Korean IT conference

    Penang has won The International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) which will move from its home in South Korea to Malaysia this year. This major conference which will held from July 7-10, 2019 at Park Royal Penang Resort. I3CDE is organised by the Society for Computational...

  • Dubai Business Events continues to target Indian outbound events market

    Dubai Business Events (DBE) is targeting the MICE segment from India. They have conducted roadshows in major Indian cities on a regular basis, interacting with incentive travel specialists and meeting planners as well as with corporate clients. Karina Lance, senior manager sales and convention services for Dubai Business Events’ said...

  • Indian visitors to Turkey double in past 12 months

    Indian arrivals to Turkey more than doubled in 2018 according to latest statistics – up to 200,000 from 87,000 in 2017. Now the two governments are looking at ways to increase air connectivity to satisfy this massive upturn in demand. Şakir Özkan Torunlar, Ambassador of Turkey to India said: “Soon,...

  • Sri Lanka tourism rides bumps amid political instability

    Sri Lanka is facing uncertainties in the tourism sector with a drop in group bookings and the rapid depreciation of the rupee. Despite the political upheaval, tourism numbers in November rose by 16.8 per cent year-on-year. However, the coming months may see a regression as hospitality stakeholders in the island...

  • Connectivity driving Singapore’s 14 per cent growth in Indian visitor arrivals

    Riding on an anticipated 14 per cent year-on-year growth in 2018, Singapore is actively courting MICE and leisure visitors from India. The destination is planning to tap the growing, millennial travellers segment from a source market that is now ranked third in terms of numbers as well as average spend...

  • Penang leverages extra Qatar flights to boost MICE

    Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is leveraging Qatar Airways’ flights four times weekly from Doha to augment its efforts in pitching for more corporate and association meetings. Ashwin Gunasekeran, ceo of PCEB said: “Europe, the US and India will be Penang’s focus markets for 2019, although other Asian short...

  • Myanmar offers visa on arrival to Indians

    Myanmar has rolled out visas on arrival (VOA) for Indian nationals at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw International Airports, as part of the Myanmar government’s move to facilitate easier access for travellers visiting the country. With VOA, passport holders will not require pre-approval and can apply for a visa...

  • 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...