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  • PCMA unveils 2019 European Influencers Summit

    The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is inviting hundreds of professionals to analyse and discuss issues facing the EMEA region’s meetings and conventions industry at the European Influencers Summit on 22-24 September in Barcelona.  The event will continue the “Disrupt + Deliver” theme introduced in January at 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders in...

  • Taiwan offers cash incentives to grow Indian market share  

    The Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) is promoting Taiwan as a prime destination for incentive groups from India as part of its goal to see the Indian inbound market grow by 20 per cent by 2020. Trust Lin  (pictured), director of TTB’s Singapore office, said: “Taiwan and India have a close...

  • Thailand’s magnificent seven themes and 25 new routes for delegates

    The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will promote 25 new routes for meeting delegates visiting Thailand’s five prime MICE destinations, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen, to enhance the travel experience. TCEB has conducted an extensive study analysing venue potential as well as the level of company...

  • Indian incentive travel demand to Japan spikes with new sense of adventure

    India’s new age incentive travellers, millennials, corporate and meeting clients, are displaying an adventurous penchant for new and exciting destinations such as Japan. More surprisingly, the demand, although led by Mumbai and Bengaluru, has been augmented by tier two cities such as Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Indore, Pune, Rajkot, Trichy, Jaipur, Chandigarh,...

  • New visa as Indian business for Oman leaps by 12 per cent growth

    The Sultanate of Oman has recorded a 12 per cent growth in Indian tourist arrivals with 357,147 travellers visiting the country in 2018, making India the second highest source market. This marks a remarkable growth of 39 per cent over the last five years, according to figures released by Oman’s...

  • EU visa rules to be eased, boosting group travel

    EU’s common visa policy will be implemented shortly, make it easier for legitimate travellers to obtain a visa to travel to Europe – facilitating tourism, trade and business, whilst strengthening security and reducing illegal migration risks. The new rules will allow travellers to submit their applications up to six months...

  • Karlsruhe heads for Mumbai as Indian arrivals increase by 14 per cent  

    Karlsruhe Tourism has confirmed that 12,000 room nights were booked by Indian travellers in 2018 and expects a growth of  up to 20 per cent in 2019.  Karen Weber, head of tourism marketing, Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH (KTG), said: “We receive a mix of events as well as leisure groups. We...

  • Singapore sees record arrivals from India, China and Indonesia, as tier-two cities lead surge

    Tier two cities from the top three markets of India, China and Indonesia led the record visitor traffic to Singapore in 2018. Arrivals in Singapore grew 6.2 per cent to reach an all-time high of 18.5 million, aided by record output from its top source markets. The top three key...

  • Our airline needs better management, says tourism minister Hanekom

    South African Airways needs to be better managed so it is not a burden on the state, according to tourism minister Derek Hanekom. He was responding to questions regarding the role of the national carrier at Meetings Africa, the event industry trade show in Johannesburg. He said it was imperative...

  • Meetings Africa a record-breaker, says Hanekom

    Africa’s premier event industry trade show Meetings Africa opened with South Africa’s Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, claiming broken records on all fronts. He said: “This is Africa’s premier business events show and every year it gets bigger and better. In addition to South African exhibitors, there are 15 other...

  • Indians can use new e-visa service for group events in Thailand

    Thailand’s new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service for travellers from India and 20 other countries has been launched and is now available for travellers. The eVOA service is applicable for entry at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueng airports in Bangkok, as well as at Phuket and Chiang Mai airports. The Government...

  • Social media can derail conferences, says expert

    Used correctly, there’s no doubt social media can play a huge and positive role for conferences. But it can also have a derailing effect, with delegates lost in their feed, ignoring the carefully curated content being presented to them in the real world, according to personal development expert Ross McWilliam....