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Panaji to get 5000 pax convention & expo centre on outskirts & 1400 pax MICE venue in Panaji: Nikhil Desai

Nikhil Desai, MD, GTDC, has said that a 1400 seat convention centre is being built in the capital city of Panjim. “That will take care of the medium sized conventions, both domestic and international. Apart from that we have plans to have a 5000 seater convention and expo centre right in Dona Paula, which is on the outskirts of Panaji City, with all facilities like hotels, parking and entertainments features.”

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₹300 Refund Application Fee (RAF) charged by airlines is illegal, Pawan Jain

Pawan Jain, MD, Belair has shared that airlines are charging ₹300 as Refund Application Fee (RAF) to travel agents, which is illegal. “If this RAF is not written in the fare basis of the airline, then it’s not applicable. But airlines are pressurizing the agents to pay this amount, which used to be there in the times of paper tickets.”

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Ravi Gosain invests in TravStack, claims it would bring technology solutions to travel agents’ fingertips

Ravi Gosain, MD, Erco Travels, Tourism Enterprises and Saffron World B.V. & Vice President, IATO, has joined TravStack (Gutsytech Travel Solutions Pvt Ltd), as a Strategic Investor and Growth Consultant. Gosain said, “TravStak will help the travel agents to optimize their resources and work effectively. It will help them in doing their business by bringing technology to their fingertips.” TravStack (Gutsytech Travel Solutions Pvt Ltd), is a Travel technology Startup based out of Bangalore by 2nd time founders from IITs and other premiere institutes backed by Singapore Tourism Board, Forbes under 30 entrepreneurs and advisors from Google, Netflix etc. TravStack is on a mission to impact 1 million travel professionals. It provides readily adaptable SaaS tools for Tour Operators, Travel agents, Travel Advisors & other Travel Businesses. The product offerings includes smart Itinerary builder, white labelled travel store with CMS, holistic travel CRM with workflow automations.  All these solutions help travel and tourism professionals to improve their bandwidth, boost digital branding & improve customer buying behaviour.  Simultaneously, empowering all SMB and offline businesses with digitally transformative tech. “We are happy to onboard a tourism industry veteran Mr. Ravi Gosain as a Strategic Investor and Growth Consultant. He is currently the Managing Director, Erco Travels Pvt. Ltd, Tourism Enterprises and Saffron World B.V. He also holds a position of Vice president in IATO. His knowhow about Startups, technology and worldwide network will steer us in the right direction in terms of positioning our product to the prospective clients from travel industry. We would also appreciate his industry experience translating into product use cases and product market fit. We would like to closely work with travel and tourism associations to listen to …

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GRNconnect to launch DMC in Egypt and India: Deepak Narula

Deepak Narula, MD, GRNconnect, has said that they are planning to launch DMC for Egypt and a DMC for India. “During COVID time – we focused a lot on technology and product upgradation by adding some Key Suppliers in our portfolio. Now we have ambitious plans on distribution front. We have made some major tie ups and we will go live on these platforms as early as Jan’22. We also plan to launch DMC for Egypt and a DMC for India.”

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Goa forms 19-member tourism board, dissolves 3 panels for marketing, monitoring and permission

Government of Goa has constituted a 19-member tourism board and has dissolved three panels called the state-level promotion and marketing committee, the high-powered monitoring committee, and the state-level permission committee. Hence, all decisions pertaining to tourism in the state will be taken by this committee. Confirming the news, Nikhil Desai, MD, GTDC, has said that they have already been taking care of infrastructure, development and hotels under GTDC. The marketing had been taken care of by Goa Tourism, and will now be under the purview of the committee.

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Baywatch Stayzz appointed India GSA for The Fern Creek

Baywatch Stayzz has been appointed as the GSA for The Fern Creek in Kodaikanal, which are experiential glam tents situated in the heart of Kodaikanal. Manish Kriplani, MD, Baywatch Stayzz and Baywatch Travels, says, “These are unique tents in 1.5 acres of land, offering experiential luxury for patrons. With 7 tents, one restaurant and indoor and outdoor lounge areas, they offer everything a traveller can ask for. We are also looking at expanding the number of tents in future.”

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EbixCash Travels (Via.com) initiates trade re-engagement with multi-city roadshows

EbixCash Travels(Via.com) has taken the bold initiative to re-engage with the trade by conducting Travel Sub-agent Meets across the country, making sure that all COVID protocols are followed. Naveen Kundu, MD, EbixCash Travel Services (parent company of Via.com) says, “The aim behind these meets is to bring agents out of their post-COVID shells and from their offices/ homes, to get back to work and their business. These are small and medium enterprises, and we have been telling them that we as a conglomerate will help you with technology, credit lines, efficient payment remittances. When the partners and the principles meet together, they develop a camaraderie, which eventually will work in the favor of the customer, suppliers and the business. We must put in efforts to bring the business to normal, these are the efforts that we are making and rewarding them for staying through with us, even during the pandemic.” Now that the situation is getting better, EbixCash Travels (Via.com) is all out to support, reassure and extend help to its trade partners to grow their business because we believe in developing and keeping the connection personal with the community, and expanding it by creating physical community meetings. The meets are being conducted to have a closed group conversation with the partners to understand challenges and help them overcome them.

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M!CEtalk Digital Conclave: ‘Rebooting Indian MICE landscape’, on 25th August, 2021 at 11am

M!CEtalk Digital Conclave, powered by Cvent India, on rebooting Indian MICE landscape will be held on 25th August, 2021 at 11am IST. The panelists include Nikhil Desai, MD, Goa Tourism Development Corporation; Sabbas Joseph, Founder-Director at Wizcraft International Entertainment; Rajdev Bhattacharya, Global Head (Travel and Hospitality ) & Business Head, WAY2GO and GM, Global Travel Services- WIPRO Limited; Arif Patel, Regional VP, Sales & Marketing, Hyatt India; and Sandeep Nagpal, VP & Head of Marketing, Cvent India. To register write to jaspreet, kaur@ddppl.com or call +91 96501 96532.

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IACC-NIC summit on tourism tomorrow at 2:00 pm

IACC-NIC will host the 2nd Indo-US Services Summit tomorrow, July 31, with a session on travel, tourism and hospitality scheduled from 2:00-3:00 pm. Titled ‘Living with COVID – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ and moderated by Ajay Bakaya, MD, Sarovar Hotels, the Chief Guest for the session will be Tourism Secretary Arvind Singh. Also in attendance will be Ross R Belliveau (Commercial Attache US Embassy), Ragini Chopra (InterGlobe Enterprises), Jyoti Mayal (TAAI) and Sudeep Jain (IHG).

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Minar Group becomes India GSA for Nigerian carrier Air Peace

Nigerian airline Air Peace plans to start operations in India in 2021 and has appointed Minar Group as its General Sales Agent in India. Air Peace will be the first Nigerian carrier to connect India with Lagos and other West African countries. “We’re gearing up to take a strategic positioning and close partnership with Air Peace,” says HS Duggal, MD, Minar Group of Companies.

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