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  • Schengen visa reforms proposals welcomed by tourism professionals despite fee increase

    New proposals by the European Commission to reform the visa policy in the Schengen Area have been welcomed by the London-based European Tourism Association (ETOA), who believe it is the key to Europe’s continued success as a long haul travel destination and such reforms are overdue, given the growth of...

  • Indian visitors to Dubai leap to almost two million

    The Indian tourist influx to the Gulf continues with 1.97 million visitors to Dubai in 2017, reflecting a 20 per cent jump. The increase can be attributed in part to relaxed visa restrictions for Indian passport holders, which is currently under further consideration, including the possibility of extending on-arrival visas...

  • Bintan steps up offer with a new convention centre and airport

    Bintan, at the north-western tip of Indonesia, will add to its appeal to event planners with the addition of a convention centre and a new international airport.  With a substantial tourist traffic in place already due to its close proximity to Singapore, The Haven Lagoi Bay Bintan will be a...

  • India leaps higher in 2017 ICCA global meetings rankings

    India has leap-frogged its way up the meetings league table in Asia and the worlds with the release of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) latest ranking of cities that held the most conferences in 2017. India has jumped to 24th position from 31st globally, and to 5th position...

  • Kuala Lumpur destination chemistry wins global congress on Isotopes

    Malaysia’s meetings industry has received another boost by winning the bid to host the 10th International Conference on Isotopes & Expo (10ICI), along with the honour of being the first South-East Asian country to host it. The five-day event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, in February, 2020, and is...

  • Hong Kong overtakes Tokyo as Asia-Pacific’s most expensive city

    Hong Kong is the most expensive destination in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for business travellers with a typical business trip costing US$508 per day, overtaking Tokyo which drops to second spot with an expenditure of US$501 per day. However, the average cost of a business trip to Singapore has increased...

  • Qatar Airways to float new airline in India – but no bid for Air India

    Qatar Airways has finalized its long-awaited plan to float an airline in India. They will apply to start a full service carrier to operate within the country, owned by Qatar Airways and other investors from Qatar, conforming to the investment restriction of a foreign airline not owning more than 49...

  • AccorHotels buys Mövenpick for €482 million and adds 20,000 rooms

    AccorHotels has announced that it has signed an agreement with Mövenpick Holdings and Kingdom Holdings to acquire Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for of 560 million Swiss Francs (€482 million). Founded in 1973 in Switzerland, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts operates in 27 countries with 84 hotels offering more than 20,000 rooms...

  • Half a million US Dollars opens doors for Indian travel and event investors

    With the need to develop skilled manpower in the USA tourism and events industry, Indian trade stakeholders are looking at gaining entry by investing US$500,000 through the EB-5 Programme into a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)-approved project. This opportunity for investment and education will allow training and skills...

  • Mongolia emerging as new MICE destination for India market

    Mongolia is breaking free from its perception of an adventure tourism and nature lovers’ idyll and beginning to emerge as a new MICE destination for India. Increased air access from Europe and the addition to and modernization of the country’s tourism infrastructure is fueling growth and allowing MICE stakeholders in...

  • Kuoni trials small incentive group product in India

    Kuoni Global Travel Service is testing a new small group travel product designed for incentive groups of six to eight persons and is conducting a trial run in India, China and Indonesia. These itineraries will be designed to suit specific needs of the tour participants. Reto Kaufmann, vice president sales...

  • Marriott offers consolidated loyalty awards across 29 brands

    Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, has announced the introduction of one set of unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programmes, enabling members to earn or redeem points among 29 participating global brands comprising 6,500 hotels in 127 countries and territories. From...