Tripti Mehta

VisitBritain expects 2022 to be a stellar year: Sally Balcombe

Speaking exclusively to TravTalk on the sidelines of the annual five-day global trade event ExploreGB, Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain, said, “We expect 2022 to be a stellar year. The event will see around 30 buyers from India this year and we are expecting huge numbers from India when international travel resumes. India is one of the fastest growing markets for us.”

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‘Associating with NGOs can aid development of tourism’

In a discussion hosted by Indiatourism Guwahati on World NGO Day, panellists concurred that active participation of NGOs in the tourism sector has been a successful phenomenon in the First World, and that their role in the Northeast is evolving. ‘Such associations for the sustainable development of tourism industry has now gradually started in India,’ the MOT also Tweeted.

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‘New campaigns helping tourism, Ayurveda can be added attraction’

Rani George, Principal Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, has said that the new tourism campaigns by the state government are helping Kerala resume tourism and that Ayurveda can be an added attraction for tourists arriving in the state. “We are also seeking suggestions from tourism stakeholders on how we can further promote domestic tourism in Kerala,” she added.

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STB partners with local MICE industry to catalyse new opportunities at virtual show on March 3-4

About 700 participants are expected at the SingapoReimagine MICE Virtual Show, an event organised by Singapore Tourism Board for local and international MICE players to connect and showcase their offerings. This is its first such collaboration with local MICE players. The two-day event will be held from 3 to 4 March 2021 and is part of Singapore’s efforts to catalyse the MICE industry’s recovery and generate business opportunities for its partners. The event will see up to 40 suppliers like hotels, convention centres and tour operators. Exhibitors include Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Airlines and Sentosa Development Corporation. The top 5 voted buyers will each win a hosted trip to Singapore on Singapore Airlines, inclusive of a hosted stay and exclusive experiences.

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VisitBritain’s Cricket Carnival season-1 winner

Zuheb Hasan MZ, Founder, Travel Bee, has won the VisitBritain Cricket Carnival Season-1 for the third Test Match. Sharing his excitement, he says, “I participated in a contest after a long time. This is a great initiative, and can be extended beyond sports with travel quizzes as well. I used to play cricket at the state level, but had to discontinue. However, I know the game and hence, I chose players I thought would perform better. I am excited about the grand prize and participating in all the games.”

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Saudi Tourism Authority’s first virtual roadshow for India starts March 2

In order to showcase this new destination to the India market, the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) will be organising its first-ever roadshow for the India market virtually from March 2-3, 2021 between 8am – 8pm IST. The event titled ‘Journeys in Arabia’ will showcase the best of what Saudi has to offer and will give the trade an opportunity to meet senior representatives from up to 30 destinations, experiences and hospitality brands one-on-one. To register, visit https://www.journeysinarabia.com/india-roadshow-request/

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LA Tourism announces 10 winners for its Facebook campaign

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has announced 10 lucky winners for its Facebook campaign it had launched recently to promote its new B2B dedicated Facebook page ‘Los Angeles Tourism – Travel Trade’. The campaign drew the attention of travel agents from across the country and helped popularise the destination’s social media page among the trade. The winners are Seema Narang (Dewan Travels), Prateek Jain (Thomas Cook India), Sushmita Angolkar (Red Carpet Travel), Gagan Singh (The Holiday Planner), Abhishek Anavkar (Veenaworld), Nikita Sarrof (Pristine Travels), Srinath Telukunta (Travel world), Harjit Singh (Signature Tours), Sumit Churiwalla (Nimbus Tours), and Himmat Gori (My Dream Holidays).

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