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  • Trump travel ban given go ahead as US tourism falls by up to 30 per cent

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban can go ahead, pending legal challenges. The decision will prevent travellers from six mainly Muslim countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – from entering the US. The ban will particularly impact conference organisers with delegates based...

  • AirAsia’s Sri Lanka proposal causes turbulence as national carrier battles to stay aloft

    AirAsia has presented a proposal to the Sri Lankan authorities expressing their interest in setting up a low-cost airline in the emerald isle, with 51 per cent equity held by the Sri Lanka government and 49 per cent by Malaysia-based AirAsia. The airline currently flies daily from Kuala Lumpur to...

  • Meetago by HRS to arrive in South-East Asia by New Year

    Leading hotel booking brand HRS will introduce its small meetings solution, Meetago, in South-East Asia by the end of 2017. In addition to RFP functionality for online meetings, Meetago’s global network of support staff, offers corporate clients local expertise for managing small events. Meetago incorporates a company’s procurement strategy, including...

  • IATA to unveil modernised ticket billing and settlement plan

    IATA is set to unveil a new billing and settlement plan (BSP), an extensive and ambitious modernisation since it was first created in 1971. The resolution for the full implementation of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) was adopted by the Passenger Agency Conference, which comprises IATA...

  • California prospecting for Indian ‘gold rush’

    California is expecting to see a 41 per cent growth in visitors from India in the next five years, including a large slice of incentive travellers and meetings delegates. Visit California is holding its first California tourism mission to India this month with 11 destinations on the schedule. Caroline Beteta,...

  • Countdown begins for ICCA Congress in Dubai

    Dubai is gearing up to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year, following the conclusion of this year’s event in Prague. Dubai was named host city for the ICCA Congress in 2014, following a successful bid by Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade...

  • Paris launches Europe’s biggest convention centre at Porte de Versailles

    The new Paris Convention Centre has been launched on a glittering evening in the French capital. Formerly Pavilion 7 of the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles, the new venue is now the largest convention centre in Europe, with 72,000 sqm of event space and a capacity of...

  • MCI’s Middle East operation opens in Oman with joint venture

    MCI Oman has launched in the Middle East to help develop the country’s meeting and event industry. MCI Middle East has partnered with Oman-based Zahara Tours to launch the new venture. The partnership reaffirms MCI’s strategy of growing the Middle East and driving the meetings industry forward in its emerging markets....

  • Korea wins major Canai International incentive group and corporate meeting

    Around 1,400 employees of multinational health product company Canai International will attend a special company event at Seoul’s Grand Intercontinental Coex Hotel in Gangnam this week. More than 400 of the overseas delegates hail from Hong Kong while an additional 2600 employees from the same source market will follow suit...

  • Thailand’s two new mobile apps target MICE travellers and event organisers

    Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched an online marketing initiative via different digital platforms which facilitate global event organizers and MICE travellers to connect with Thailand as a destination. TCEB is developing its digital strategy by launching two new mobile applications, Smart BIZ Event and Smart BIZ Organizer,...

  • Corporate event organiser group establishes Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore

    In a definitive statement of confidence in Asia as a MICE destination, The United Networks of International Corporate Events Organisers (UNICEO) will house its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2018, with the objective of expanding its reach in a region it considers “the most strategic market in the next...

  • Ministry of Tourism listens to the market on innovation

    The Indian Ministry of Tourism has reached out to the private sector for ideas on innovation. They organised a workshop on ‘Innovation in Tourism’ to invite suggestions from stakeholders in the tourism sector to keep abreast with the developments around the globe. The workshop attended by more than 50 participants...