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  • Indonesia plans uplift in air connectivity with India

    Indonesia is boosting efforts to increase air connectivity with India after tourist arrivals from the Indian market increased substantially between January and August this year. Sidharto Suryodipuro, Indonesian ambassador to India, said: “We are working to renew the air services agreement between the two countries to have more flights. The...

  • Associations shortlisted for cash grants by BestCities and ICCA

    The final shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme has been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The Incredible Impacts Programme supports the ‘beyond tourism’ value of international association meetings to create a platform to highlight their positive societal impact....

  • GoAir spreads its wings abroad with flights to Phuket and Male

    GoAir will commence its international flight operations with India’s first ever direct service to Phuket, Thailand starting on October 11 from Delhi and Mumbai. This will be followed by its second international service connecting Mumbai and Delhi with Male, Maldives, commencing October 14. These overseas destinations will also be connected...

  • Portugal targets India meetings and events after 50 per cent increase in spend

    Portugal is the latest European destination to focus on the potential of the Indian market. A fresh initiative was launched by Turismo de Portugal (TdP), the national tourist board of Portugal, to educate the Indian travel trade about its leisure and MICE offerings with a series of road shows in...

  • Long term impact will be talking point at IMEX America 2018

    Legacy has been chosen as the annual talking point and white paper subject for 2018 IMEX America. The talking point will consider how meetings and events are a force for good and how this long-term mindset links to the global meetings and events industry.  The talking point will consider planning events with...

  • Brexit vote sees UK hotel rates soar to record high in July

    UK room rates increased 5.7 per cent to hit a record high of £131.21 in July, according to the latest poll of full-service hotels from HotStats. HotStats CEO Pablo Alonso put the record high down to an uplift in staycations since the Brexit vote, as well as an increase in...

  • Indian government to subsidise air travel to Asia

    The Indian government is working on a scheme to subsidise flights to Asian cities such as Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur to spur growth in international traffic. The proposed international UDAN scheme will be partially funded by state governments that opt for the scheme. According to the draft, state...

  • Quality of in-flight Wi-Fi driving choice of airline in Asia-Pacific

    Results of the fourth annual global Inflight Connectivity Survey published by Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, in association with market research company Populus, has revealed that an overwhelming 78 per cent of passengers were more likely to travel repeatedly with an airline if high quality, in-flight...

  • CWT and JTB team up to offer ‘centre of excellence’ in Japan

    A strategic partnership has been forged between CWT Meetings & Events, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s meeting & events division, and JTB Communication Design, the meeting & events arm of the JTB Group, to offer strategic meetings management (SMM) services to companies in Japan. This alliance will offer SMM solutions tailored to...

  • Sri Lanka slashes five-star room rates by ending minimum charges

    The Sri Lankan government has taken a significant step forward to increasing tourism revenue by removing the stranglehold of a minimum room rates scheme that was in place for hotels in Colombo since 2009. Five-star hotels who were compelled to sell at a minimum rate of US$ 125 per night...

  • English cities form new alliance to attract more Indian tourists

    Three of Britain’s largest cities have formed an alliance to attract more tourists from India. In a unique partnership London, Manchester and Birmingham will collaborate on the ‘Experience England’ initiative to jointly promote the best of English tourism in three of the world’s fastest growing markets – India, China and...

  • Top multi-level marketing companies choose Thailand for business events

    The growth of Thailand’s direct selling industry is encouraging the top multi-level marketing (MLM) companies to choose the country as a destination for their corporate events. In 2018, more than 40,000 top distributors from overseas-based MLM companies will be going to Thailand. The rising trend of the MLM business will...