Category Archives: NTO (National Tourist Offices)

Western Australian Tourism Minister visits India to advance direct flights to Perth

The Western Australian (WA) Government has reaffirmed its commitment to India after the state’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon Roger Cook attended the CAPA India Aviation Summit in New Delhi to discuss establishing a direct flight from India to Perth. The two-day visit continues the momentum gained during the Western Australia Government’s India Mission in July 2022, with the state’s tourism body meeting with key officials of top airlines at as Western Australia looks to develop direct aviation connections between the two destinations to boost visitation. Minister Cook said he was hopeful a direct flight would be established between India and Perth. He said, “India is a priority market for Western Australia, and we continue to work with our valued airline partners to further build and grow our aviation capacity between our two regions. With the growing diaspora of Indians in Western Australia, the key focus is to tap into the ‘Visiting Friends and Relatives’ market and encourage travelers from India to stay longer and explore more of Western Australia.”

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Singapore preferred nightlife & cruise destination for Indian millennials: Tripoto

Singapore has emerged as a favored destination for Indian travelers interested in nightlife and cruises, according to a survey conducted by Tripoto, a leading trip and travel portal in India. More than two-fifths (41%) responded stating that the range of activities was pivotal to them choosing their next destination for a holiday.    

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Experience Thailand Week Trade Fair & Festival 2023: The best Thai products and cultural show in New Delhi

Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), by Thai Trade Center New Delhi, with support from the Royal Thai Embassy and Tourism Authority in New Delhi, launched Thailand Week Trade Fair & Festival 2023, which was held from 16th – 19th March 2023, at Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden, New Delhi. “India and Thailand have been collaborating with each other on trade and development, the collaboration has been strengthened to the next level after both countries entered the “New Normal” era where we can resume our businesses in the regular manner. One indicator is the bilateral trade volume between two countries, which reached a new high record at 17.70 billion dollars in 2022. This partly contributes to the great effort of India and Thailand, especially the well-developed policy of the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of Thailand (Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit), and DITP practical changes in strategies, mindsets and working methods.” Mr. Phusit Ratanakul, Director-General Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, stated in a video message. The Thailand Week Trade Fair & Festival 2023 provides Indian consumers with opportunities to indulge themselves with Thailand’s amazing cultures and experience the high quality of Thai products. Meanwhile, local importers and distributors can source profitable Thai products and seek lucrative trade opportunities with Thai exporters, which can lead to sustainable partnerships and strong competitiveness for both sides. The fair took place between 16th – 19th March 2023 at Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden, New Delhi. “The Thailand Week Trade Fair & Festival 2023” aims to boost trade, business, and people-to-people contact between Thailand and India. We have worked closely with Indian distribution networks and retailers to understand the consumer’s needs and trends. As a result, a wide variety of more than 150 Thai products from 31 …

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Singapore Tourism organises Cruise Conclave in Mumbai to engage travellers of tomorrow

Singapore Tourism Board brought together leading minds in the tourism and lifestyle industries to share their perspectives on the changing market at its ‘Cruise Conclave’ thought-leadership conference in Mumbai recently. Sessions focused on how changing consumer preferences have prompted the industry to respond and reimagine tourism experiences to stay ahead of the curve.

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Saudi aims to attract 3.9 million Chinese travelers by 2030, showcases tourism prowess in China

Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) has successfully concluded its first roadshow in Beijing with 13 partners including DMCs, hoteliers and airline partners in attendance. The roadshow celebrated key milestones for Saudi’s tourism growth story and showcased the country’s rich cultural and heritage offerings and, why Saudi is the perfect travel destination for Chinese travelers. A series of events, meetings, round table discussions and networking events were hosted, culminating in over twenty strategic partnership announcements. During the highly anticipated roadshow, Saudi Tourism Authority held meetings with over 100 trade partners and travel buyers in China to promote Saudi as a leisure destination, sharing insights into the emerging trends in MICE tourism. Facilitating seamless group travel is Saudi’s inclusion in the ‘Approved Destination Scheme’ alongside China’s participation in Saudi’s e-visa program along with 48 other nationalities and inclusion in the brand new 96-hour Stopover Visa – where guests flying onwards on SAUDIA can avail a complimentary one-night hotel stay in Saudi. Saudi’s presence in China is an indication of how important the tourism industry is for the Kingdom and the incredible growth the country has witnessed since opening to tourism in 2019. Saudi’s post-pandemic tourism recovery has outpaced G20 countries. Last year, Saudi Arabia welcomed 93.5 million visits and saw total tourism spend amount to SAR185 billion – an increase of 93% compared to 2021. China is a key source market for Saudi. As part of Saudi’s ambition to achieve 100 million visits annually by 2030, China represents immense potential as it is expected to be Saudi’s 3rd top source market by then. Alhasan Aldabbagh, President-APAC, Saudi Tourism Authority, said, “We are delighted to showcase the beauty of Saudi and its diverse tourism …

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Get insights on cruise and MICE travel

Poised for exponential growth after a pause, these two segments of travel are evolving like never before, with new expectations from ever-discerning customers. Listen to industry leaders from across the travel and tourism industry in both India and Singapore about what the industry needs to be equipped with in pursuit of travellers of tomorrow, at this exciting conclave organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), to be held in Mumbai on March 10, 2023.   WTTC President Julia Simpson famously announced last year that “the recovery of global tourism is going to be so stellar that it’s going to recover really powerfully”. According to forum, the global travel and tourism sectors are projected to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023. It is expected to post an annual average growth rate of 5.8% from 2022 to 2032 versus the 2.7% increase in global GDP.  Focus on cruise and MICE segments Businesses in the MICE travel sector have also pinned their hopes on 2023 as the year it truly bounces back. According to a GBTA survey, over three-fourths of global travel managers expect the number of business trips taken by employees to be higher, with 85% of travel suppliers expecting their corporate client bookings to be higher this year. Some travel industry experts from India say that it could account for well over a third of the total outbound travel from India. Singapore has been one of the earliest beneficiaries of the outbound revival in the region; India has been a very important MICE source market for Singapore, especially in the M&I space. Requirements of MICE travellers are also evolving, and they are looking for new ways to conduct their meetings, and …

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