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 SPOTLIGHT

Oman Tourism conducts maiden Wedding & MICE event for corporate entities in Mumbai
In order to enlighten corporate entities and promote Oman as a Wedding and MICE destination in the Indian market, the Sultanate of Oman, Ministry of Tourism in association with TravelBiz Monitor, organised a Business Tourism evening ‘Discover the opulence of Oman: The emerging MICE and Wedding destination’ at the Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai last month. The event witnessed participation of over 70 corporate entities from sectors such as FMCG, insurance, hospitals, etc. This was the first-of-its kind event conducted by the Sultanate of Oman in India on directly tapping the corporate segment. Earlier, events like FAM trips, seminars, workshops and roadshows, and participation in trade fairs were all focused towards travel trade.
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 IN FOCUS

Queensland on Stage-India: An Experiential Showcase
To capture a bigger share of the Indian outbound market, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) recently organised their maiden Queensland on Stage (QOS)-India, a combination of a FAM and buyer-seller meet. The event saw participation of 30 select travel trade professionals from India who experienced various destinations and products, and interacted with Aussie suppliers at the meet in Gold Coast. TravelBiz Monitor presents highlights of the event
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 IN CONVERSATION
‘India is rapidly evolving in terms of products and new emerging segments of travel’ - Ross Gregory, Director - Eastern Markets, TEQ
India is an important market for Queensland, and registered 74% growth in the past five years. To augment arrivals from India, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) organised the maiden ‘Queensland on Stage-India’ in Gold Coast early this month. It was a mix of B2B workshop and FAM trip, which saw participation of 30 travel agents & tour operators from India. Ross Gregory, Director - Eastern Markets, TEQ, tells TravelBiz Monitor about their strategy to tap the market
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