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Asia contributes maximum tourists to Asia-Pacific region in 2018: PATA

Data from the Annual Travel Monitor 2019 Final Edition (ATM) released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) last month shows that Asia continued to dominate the supply of international visitor arrival numbers (IVAs) into Asia Pacific in 2018, generating close to 63% of the 696.5 million IVAs into the region. In percentage growth terms between 2017 and 2018, Africa outbound into Asia Pacific had the strongest annual increase at over 13% year-on-year, followed by Europe at almost 11% and then Asia at 7.3%. The nondescript ‘Others’ category increased by 7.5% in 2018, year-on-year.

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Minar Group receives TravTalk-WTM World Travel Leaders Award in London

Minar Group received the TravTalk-WTM World Travel Leaders Award at the recently held World Travel Mart London. The World Travel Leaders Awards honours companies and individuals for their outstanding contribution to the industry over the last 24 months voted for by the WTM partners. Speaking on the occasion, Gren Pacheco, VP, Business Development, said, “It’s a pleasure to be at WTM London. I want to thank TravTalk for this award and it feels great to have received it at such a big international forum.” 

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FAITH board members to visit J&K on Nov 7 to express solidarity with the tourism sector

The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) board members are all set to visit Jammu & Kashmir on November 7, 2019 to show their solidarity with the tourism industry in the UT, revealed Subhash Goyal, Hony. Secretary, FAITH. “On November 7, 2019, FAITH, along with FICCI are going to Srinagar to express  our solidarity with the tourism industry of Jammu & Kashmir. We have circulated the information regarding the same amongst all our members and we are getting a good response.”

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FAITH to launch logo for tour operators & hoteliers to attract tourists

Subhash Goyal, Hony. Secretary, FAITH, has revealed that they will have an urgent meeting with the hoteliers and stakeholders of the industry on promoting India as an attractive destination internationally, for which they will launch a common logo that can be used by everyone in the industry (tour operators and hoteliers) on their websites. He also revealed that Chander Mansharamani, Vice- Chairman, ICPB, will be the Chairman of India Tourism Mart 2020. He said that the idea is to double the number of tourists in the next few years and that the benefit of reduction in GST is passed on to the final customer so that the Indian package becomes cheaper than what it is currently.

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EDWIN@Amazing Thailand to be held from 25-29 November

Harmandeeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, in a recent interview has mentioned that GPS will be launching EDWIN@Amazing Thailand in association with ATTA (Association of THAI travel Agents), TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) , THA (Thailand Hotel Association). He also said that, Trawelltag – Covermore will be the insurance partner. The itinerary will cover the less explored region of Kanchanaburi and Khao Yai in addition to Bangkok and Pattaya over a duration of 4nts/5days from 25-29 Nov 2019. Regional stake holders will showcase their products to all the attendees. Registrations will open exclusively from 31Oct for GPS 10X members with limited spaces.

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Ark Travels completes 21-city roadshow in India

Ark Travels has successfully completed a 21-city roadshow in India. The roadshows planned and executed in association with Genting Cruise Lines and Dream Cruises was to educate travel trade about the services, new offers, value-add-ons and benefits of cruising. Events were organised in major metro cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai (seven events including Thane and New Mumbai) and Chennai, along with tier two cities such as Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Lucknow and Mangalore. The company primarily in business of selling international cruise vacations to Indian travellers, is also the first to touch base with travel agents by hosting cruise specific roadshows in cities like Dehradun, Agra, Pondicherry, Coimbatore and Madurai. To further reward its travel partners, Ark Travels organised a familiarisation trip onboard Dream Cruises’ newest cruise ship – Explorer Dream. To add on to their experience, agents were hosted in Singapore and were taken to Hong Kong on a Jetstar chartered flight by Genting Cruise Lines to board the cruise. In total, 64 travel agents were hosted from across India for the inaugural five-night-sailing itinerary on Explorer Dream giving agents opportunity to explore destinations like Hong Kong – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore.

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TBO picks up minority stake in travel fintech Sankash

Gurgaon-based travel fintech company SanKash and Travel Boutique Online has entered into a strategic partnership. The association will enable the travel agents operating both online and offline to fast track the processing of their travel packages without any hassle and drive double-digit revenue growth. While TBO will bring its reach and distribution, SanKash will contribute its entire payment know-how, operations and technology to the travel agents associated with TBO. They can adopt SanKash’s Monthly Payment Plan and help customers book their dream vacation packages, which will eventually increase their customer uptake and upsell services without money becoming an issue. Aiming to make holiday trips a part of the simple and accessible pleasures of life, SanKash comes as a revolutionary travel fintech company that focuses on helping Travel Agents and Tour Operators provide pay-in-parts / monthly EMI solutions for their travellers. Through this unique value proposition, it intends to create best-in-class customer and partner focused affordability solutions for the travel industry. Sankash is a B2B service that makes payment (loan disbursement) to travel agents bank account instead of customers account, thus empowering the travel agent but enabling customers to travel.

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24% rise in inbound arrivals in 46 Asia-Pacific destinations between 2014-18: PATA

According to the Annual Travel Monitor 2019 Final Edition (ATM) released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), over the five years between 2014 and 2018, the 46 Asia Pacific destinations covered in the report have collectively seen their International Visitor Arrivals (IVAs) increase by almost 24%, adding more than 136 million additional arrivals to the collective foreign inbound count in the process.

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ICPB elects its Board Members, Amaresh Tiwari is new Vice Chairman

The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has elected its new team for the upcoming term at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association held in New Delhi. Amaresh Tiwari, Director, A T & Seasons Vacations Travel has been elected unopposed as the Vice Chairman. Earlier, the position was held by Chander Mansharamani, Alpcord Network Travel & Conference Management. Girish Kwatra, CEO, Meetings & More, who was earlier the Hon. Treasurer, has been elected as the new Hony. Secretary. Whereas, Anuj Wadhwa, CEO, Plan It! Meeting and Conferences India has been elected as the new Hony. Treasurer. He was earlier the Member in the Governing Board. Other elected members in board includes, Abinash Manghani, Area Manager & Head Travel Industry Sales, ITC Hotels, Shampa Dhali, Area Director, National Sales India, Marriot International, Sudeep Sarkar, CEO, India Exposition Mart, Mausam Bhattacharya, Director of Sales and Marketing, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, Madan Kak, CEO, Minar Travels, Director, Amit Saroj, Attitude Events, Lalitha Rai, Partner, ‎Marundeshwara Enterprises, Neeraj Dhawan, Director, Falcon Exhibitions, Riyaz UC, MD Spiceland Holidays, Ripudaman Singh Chauhan, GM, Translink Express India and Avinash Browne, Director, Sun Business Machines.

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PATA India Tourism Powerhouse on December 6 in Delhi

PATA India Chapter will organise the second edition of its Tourism Powerhouse on December 6, which will see a variety of speakers from the travel industry in India and abroad, revealed Runeep Sangha, Executive Director, PATA India Chapter. He adds, “The theme of the event is ‘The Big Leap Forward’ and the speakers at the Tourism Powerhouse will be sharing their experiences and suggestions to accelerate growth.”

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