Category Archives: Exhibitions

GPS Kolkata kick-starts, announces EDWIN with Trulyy Hotels

The fourth edition of Global Panorama Showcase Kolkata kick-started at The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata with slew of announcements related to its upcoming plans. With a target of reaching out to 25 destinations with EDWIN (Educational Destination Workshop) in next five years, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, announced new EDWIN program with Trulyy hotels at its properties in Gujarat and Rajasthan. He also announced special booking packages with Trulyy providing 30, 40 and 50 per cent discount with membership program.  According to Anand, The Oberoi hotels has also proposed a special membership plan for the GPS members. He also briefed about sustainable and responsible tourism initiatives of GPS including rain water harvesting programme, restricting single-use plastic and counselling the clients on code of conduct in hotels abroad.

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Over 1800 meetings expected at Travel Luxury Show

More than 1800 meetings are expected over two days at the sixth edition of Travel Luxury Show, scheduled from September 14-15, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Jaipur. Over 60 buyers and thirty exhibitors will be part of the event. The show offers participants an opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with exhibitors belonging to luxury hotels, destinations promoting luxury holidays and other products targeting high-end travellers from the country. The event allows exhibitors to interact with travel trade luxury buyers across India, focusing on Tier II, III cities along with Tier I cities. Guaranteeing over 60 pre-scheduled B2B meetings per exhibitor, the table-top event acts as the perfect business platform for attendees. Apart from that industry veterans attend the show as keynote speakers. There is a networking dinner as well, where participants get to meet and interact with more buyers.

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Travel Luxury Show 2019 to be held from September 14-15 in Jaipur

Travel Luxury Show 2019 is scheduled from September 14-15, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Jaipur. This show will connect sellers to the travel trade luxury buyers across India, targeting Tier-II and Tier-III cities. The show promises 60+ pre–scheduled B2B meetings in two days. The two-day event will also witness panel discussion with keynote speakers who will give an in-depth update of the industry.

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Events industry growing at 17% annually: EY

Welcoming delegates at the  inauguration of EEMAGINE 2019, Sanjoy Roy, President, eema, said, “The only industry that has continued to grow is the events and experiential industry which is growing at a rate of 17% annually according to Ernst and Young . In our estimation over 30,000 people are involved in this industry across the country.” The theme for  EEMAGINE 2019  was a confluence of ideas to Innovate, Integrate and be inspired. On challenges the industry is facing, he  further added, “Taxation, lack of credit and infrastructure is a problem. What we want the government to do is to help build the industry, what we want them not to do is to tell us what to eat, when to drink, how to listen to music,  how many people we can have at the wedding, what we should feed them and what we should not, Government has no place in any of the above.  We want them to look at reducing GST, rationalise the tender process when it opens itself out to many MSME’s who are locked out of that process. We have taken steps to reach out to the government and get them to hear us.”

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Tamil Nadu Travel Mart to put leisure in focus

Scheduled from September 19-22 at Chennai Trade Centre, the upcoming CII Tamil Nadu Travel Mart (TTM) will be putting a new focus on Tamil Nadu. Apurva Varma, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, said, “Last TTM was very successful with the attendance of as many as 250 foreign tour operators, for whom, we also organised Fam trips. This year, we are preparing aggressively for it and want it to make it bigger and better.” S Sundar, Honorary Secretary, Tamil Nadu Travel Mart Society, claims that with this mart Tamil Nadu will be promoted as a leisure destination. “Tamil Nadu has many avenues for leisure as well as wellness, which attract international and domestic travellers. People can also visit for cultural experiences and affordable shopping. Chennai’s image as a gateway to the South has shifted, which we want to re-establish. At TTM, we will be showcasing Chennai’s museums, beaches, food, and nightlife,” he said.

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GPS kick-starts in Kochi, focusses on environment and traveller etiquette

The first day of GPS Kochi set the tone of the show by opening with a session that laid a strong emphasis on the environment and how all stakeholders in the tourism industry can do their bit by being a little mindful and aware. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, Global Panorama Showcase (GPS), said, “We had an entire session in the morning that focuses on simple do’s and dont’s for water conservation and importance of rain-water harvesting for a responsible citizen. We also spoke about the dangers of plastic use and how it can be easily avoided. I’m a polymer engineer by education and I understand how toxic plastic can be if not used wisely.” He said the need of the hour is for us not just as tourism stakeholders but also as citizens of this world to go back to the age when we used recyclable things. “We also spoke about how operators can educate their clients on what they can take with them from a hotel and what they cannot. Some times it’s just a matter of informing them and being guided. They do it out of ignorance. So we played a video that addresses this issue as well,” Singh said. The Kochi edition saw high attendance from buyers coming from all over Kerala such as Madurai, Coimbatore, Thissur, Trivandrum, Calicut, Kannur, Trichy, Salem, Tirur,  Erode, and Kozhikode. Dates for EcoCONNECT will be announced during the Kolkata show.

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FAITH shortlists 200 buyers for ITM 2019, eyes 300 confirmations

In a press meet in Delhi, The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has announced that the screening committee has shortlisted almost 200 foreign buyers for the second edition of the India Tourism Mart (ITM) scheduled from September 23-25. The federation is eying at hosting close to 300 foreign buyers for the mart. Last year, ITM was attended by 244 buyers from 62 countries. This year, FAITH is expecting buyers from 70 countries. Subhash Goyal, Chairman, ITM 2019 and Hony. Secretary, FAITH said, “We are closely looking at inclusivity and quality of buyers this year. The screening and selection process of ITM is very transparent. Out of 829 applications received till date from foreign buyers, we have already shortlisted 199 of them and are under process to screen more. Very soon, we will have the final numbers. We are looking at hosting close to 300 buyers, which will include foreign buyers from newer markets like China and different states of USA.” The three-day tourism mart will be organised at Ashoka hotel, New Delhi and will be inaugurated by tourism minister, Prahlad Singh Patel, while Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping & Transport will be the chief guest.

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1000 buyers and 300 exhibitors expected at Tamil Nadu Travel Mart

The upcoming Tamil Nadu Travel Mart (TTM), scheduled from September 19-22, at Chennai Trade Centre will showcase their products and have business meetings with 1000 plus buyers. The registrations for the same have been opened. The three-day exhibition will witness more than 300 exhibitors showcasing tourism business opportunities in the state along with 1000 domestic and international buyers.

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4th edition of GPS Chandigarh kickstarts with a reinvented format

After making its presence felt in the southern market with Hyderabad and western market with Ahmedabad, the bandwagon of Global Panorama Showcase has now moved to North India with the fourth edition of GPS Chandigarh. With a reinvented format, the organisers have concised the plan of the show from three days to two days. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-Founder & Managing Director, GPS, said that the same format will be followed in other GPS cities like Kolkata and Kochi, while the format followed in Ahmedabad will continue in Pune, keeping in mind the better understanding of markets in different cities. “With four new EDWIN programs this year, travel agents in Chandigarh have a chance to experience all four different destinations and learn more knowledge about them. Our core motto with EDWIN programs has always been to empower and educate the travel trade so that they can grow their business manifold. GPS will keep working hard to provide best networking opportunities to all the attendees,” Anand said further. Day 1 of the show started with GPS app workshop and announcement of EDWIN for year 2019, in destinations like Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ladakh. EDWIN on Jalesh Cruise is also in line, apart from Europe tour on coach by Red Tours and Europe tour by rail by Amigo Travels, in plans this year. Day 1 comprised product presentations and knowledge sessions by exhibitors throughout the day, followed by the welcome dinner in the evening. Day 2 of the show is totally dedicated to B2B meetings throughout the day, followed by gala dinner. GPS is hosting over 150 buyers from different places around Chandigarh for the show.  

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1922 meetings conducted over 2 days at the Travel Wedding Show in Mumbai

The sixth edition of the Travel Wedding Show that took place over two days in Mumbai at the Westin Mumbai Garden City on July 13-14,  2019, recorded a whopping 1922 meetings in total.  Day one saw 31 exhibitors interact with 31 wedding planners over pre-scheduled table-top meetings, showcasing their offerings that would interest the growing wedding market. The second day followed a similar pattern but with tour operators, who also do weddings. The show managed to bring out some interesting trends emerging in the wedding segment. The first day’s session ended with a power-packed panel discussion where industry experts deliberated on why Indian weddings are going international. This was moderated by Rajeev Jain, Director, Rashi Entertainment and the speakers included Sanjay Rai, EVP- Sales, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; Emree Kirazci, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa; Udaya Bhattarai, Senior Assistant Manager, Nepal Tourism Board; and Tekla Maira, Director, Luxury Sales, Accor Hotel Luxe, AccorHotels.

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