Category Archives: Exhibitions

ITB India 2020 postponed till 7 – 9 April 2021

The ITB India organisers have announced to postpone ITB India 2020 due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Originally scheduled to be held on 15- 17 April 2020 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, the show is now scheduled to be held on 7 – 9 April 2021 at the same venue. The participants of the show can reach the organising team by sending queries with regards to ITB India directly to exhibitor@itb-india.com. Significantly, it was the first-ever edition of ITB India. The 3-day B2B travel trade show was being organised by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and supported by Messe Berlin (Singapore). The ITB India organisers will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further updates based on official assessments of the overall risk situation.

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ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled; 2021 dates to be March 10-14

After announcing the cancellation of ITB Berlin 2020, organisers Messe Berlin have announced dates for the event in 2021. It will take place from March 10-14. On Friday, the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics had stated their opinion that ITB Berlin 2020 be cancelled in view of rapidly spreading coronavirus threat in Germany and other parts of Europe. More than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries were expected to attend ITB Berlin 2020.

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ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled

The German authorities have announced the cancellation of ITB Berlin, scheduled from March 4-8 in Berlin, Germany. The decision was taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak all around the world. As on Friday, 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country according to the German government’s health authority. Considered as one of the largest tourism fairs in the world, 100,000 visitors from across the globe were expected to attend the event. Paragraph 9.1 of the agreement between Messe Berlin (ITB) and exhibitors says if the event is cancelled due to higher force (authority) and in case neither Messe Berlin or the exhibitor has caused, exhibitors will not have to pay their stand fees. Making the announcement, Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH, said: “With more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries, ITB Berlin is of outstanding importance for the global tourism industry. We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees very seriously. It is with a heavy heart that we look forward to the cancellation of ITB Berlin 2020, which has now become necessary”. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Berlin Wolf-Dieter Wolf explained, “In their now 54-year history ITB Berlin and Messe Berlin have never before experienced a comparable situation. We would like to thank all exhibitors and partners around the world who have supported ITB Berlin in the past days and weeks, and look forward to continuing our trusting cooperation with our partners in the market”.

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Accor to conduct its Mumbai showcase on 28 February

The Accor Showcase took place at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity on 26 February and will take place in  Sofitel Mumbai BKC on 28 February. Rohit Chopra, Regional Director Sales-India, Accor, says, “The event is growing strength by strength and doing very well.  We have hotels here from all different categories. We have multiple Raffles, Fairmont from different countries who are looking to tap M!CE and wedding segment. This year we have participants from Baku, Azerbaijan, London, North Europe etc.”

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Accor Showcase with 52 hotel representatives draws a full house in Delhi

The Accor Showcase took place at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity on 26 February and is slated to take place in  Sofitel Mumbai BKC on 28 February. Speaking at the event, Jean–Michel Cassé, COO, Accor, India and South Asia, says, “ It is now four years since we are conducting this exercise of the Accor Showcase. It is an opportunity for our hotels in India and across the world to come and present themselves to the Indian market. They come and showcase whatever products and services they have for the Indian market.  It has been very successful in the last few years and in spite of the challenging times, we are really happy that it is happening this year again in 2020.” On their upcoming hotels, he said, “We have one opening expected very soon, mid-March, which is Grand Mercure in Bengaluru, mid-2020 we will be opening Raffles in Udaipur, that is truly our first exclusive luxury property opening for the Indian market, we also have very high expectations for this brand to succeed in India as it will be the first Raffles in India.  Across 23 cities in India, we are offering a  variety of brands and services for the travel trade to choose from.” Rohit Chopra, Regional Director Sales-India, Accor, says, “The event is growing strength by strength and doing very well.  We have hotels here from all different categories. We have multiple Raffles, Fairmont’s from different countries, they are looking to tap the M!CE and wedding segment. This year we have participants from Baku, Azerbaijan, London, north Europe and also representatives from the USA, global sales, so it’s a very proud moment for us that we are …

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MOT changes gears at ITB Berlin, to have panel discussion with German tour operators

Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, MOT, will be travelling for ITB Berlin 2020 with a delegation of around 49 exhibitors, which will be led by Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism and Culture. The format has been changed this time for ITB Berlin, as there will not be a presentation and press conference, but a panel discussion instead. “We will be having a breakfast meeting with the German FTOs in Berlin. We have a panel discussion on the first day, which will focus on global trends in tourism focusing on Incredible India and will be moderated by a CNN journalist. It will have around 5 panelists including German tour operators who will be talking about India and their experience. While there will not be a specific campaign for ITB Berlin, we will project the efforts we are taking and the whole range of offerings we have been developing at MOT. Apart from that we have small group engagements and one-to-one engagements at the VIP lounge at India Pavilion of ITB. We are trying to project India as an experiential and transformational destination for the travellers, which is one of the key messages that we are putting across,” he shares. “The Ministerial delegation would consist of 49 co-exhibitors, including state governments, tour operators, hotels, wellness centres, as well as Ayurveda society. We’ve taken a huge space of 705 sq. m. CMD, ITDC, will also be there. It will be a combined marketing effort by the Government and the stakeholders,” reveals Verma.

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5th edition of Bengal Travel Mart concludes today in Siliguri

The fifth edition of the Bengal Travel Mart, aimed at showcasing tourism destinations in the state, commenced on 22nd February, 2020 and will be concluded today in Siliguri. The three-day event, being organised by the Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators Association, is being held at Montana Vista, Siliguri. Around Representatives of tourism departments in different states and prominent travel houses and delegates from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh attended the mart in big numbers. Sandipan Ghosh, General Secretary of the association, said, “We have been organising the travel mart for promotion of tourism in Bengal and Northeast. We are hosting 80 to 90 Domestic and 40 to 50 International buyers from Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh. Around 113 sellers displayed their products at the Mart. We had two segments of the mart – B2B and B2C. What is encouraging is that for the first time, we have participation in big numbers from Nepal and Bangladesh. This would further give a boost to cross-border tourism promotion.” He added, “The mart allowed the stakeholders of the tourism industry in the region an opportunity to interact with those associated with travel trade in different states. The tour operators from outside the region were also informed about new tourism products, destinations, hotels and other infrastructure.” Major Hotel Chains like Marriott, Mayfair, Sterling Holidays, Summit Hotels, Waxpol, Golden Hotels, Pride Hotels, Jagjeet Hotels & Resorts, Yangthang Group of Hotels, Pine Tree Group, Anand Palace, were present at the event. Bengal, Gujarat, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh & Odisha, Sikkim were the state participants. Nepal Tourism Board, Pokhara Tourism Council, TOAB were the International partners. IATO, ADTOI, ETAA, JTWA were the association partners of the event. The mart focused …

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Arabian Travel Market appoints Nijhawan Group as representative for hosted buyer programme

Arabian Travel Market 2020 (ATM) has appointed Nijhawan Group to assist with the process of identifying premium quality hosted buyers from India and the Middle East region. With over 40 years’ experience in India as a leading travel conglomerate, Nijhawan Group has been sourcing hosted buyers since 2017. Commenting on the partnership, Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Direct ME, Arabian Travel Market, said: “With extensive experience of the Indian and Middle Eastern travel markets, Nijhawan Group is the perfect representative to assist with this year’s hosted buyer programme and to help ensure the recruitment of key, quality players from top source markets such as India. Ankush Nijhawan, Managing Director, Nijhawan Group, added: “We are delighted to partner with ATM for the upcoming travel showcase in Dubai. Over the coming months we are committed to ensuring a high standard of quality buyers who will benefit from meeting with sellers in a focused and organised environment.” ATM 2020 will also work with Nijhawan Group to create content on the outbound travel trends emerging from the Indian market ahead of the launch of a new series of buyer forums and networking events at this year’s showcase which will focus on India, as well as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and UAE.

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ITB Berlin on track; only two Chinese exhibitors cancel participation

Messe Berlin, the organisers of ITB Berlin have confirmed that this year’s show scheduled from March 4-8, 2020 is on track and only two Chinese exhibitors have cancelled attendance after coronavirus outbreak. At 0.3 per cent overall, the share of exhibitors from China is very low. The percentage of visitors from China is even lower at 0.02 per cent of 160,000 visitors. For the upcoming edition of ITB Berlin, more English-speaking staff as well as additional medical specialists and first responders on the grounds, have been added. The sanitary facilities will be cleaned and disinfected at more frequent intervals. In addition to hand cleansers in the bathrooms, there will also be sanitised dispensers at the entrances. The organisers’ highlight that the safety of our visitors and exhibitor will be their utmost priority and they are taking the situation very seriously.

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Russian outbound up by 7%: ATOR

ATOR, the Association of Russian Tour Operators, reports that the total outbound tourist flow from Russia is 7% higher than the same period in 2018.This exceeds the global average of 4% growth over the first nine months of the year, according to the UNWTO. ATOR reports that outbound, domestic and inbound have all seen a growth in sales over the period. Over 80% of Russian tourists opted for beach destinations, with Turkey remaining in prime position and seeing a 15% rise y-o-y. The Moscow International Travel and Tourism exhibition, Russia’s leading international travel trade exhibition, is the best place to gain access to the Russian travel industry. MITT attracts over 22,200 travel industry professionals – top tour operators, travel agents and other travel industry professionals.

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