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 EDITORIAL
Lobbying Power
It’s the season of annual conferences in the tourism industry. Starting with the ICPB Convention India Conclave (CIC) early August, various travel and tourism associations and their federations will be holding their annual conferences in the next couple of months. While these are routine affairs, the result, as everyone knows, is the usual mundane discussions and networking parties. Therefore, it is high time the leaderships of these bodies revisited the format of their annual conferences.
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 COVER STORY
MICE Tourism: Game-changer for India Tourism
India has acknowledged the importance of tourism, including MICE, and therefore has introduced various initiatives and schemes to augment tourist inflow and development of infrastructure. A sound MICE policy, newer MICE venues, and an aggressive publicity campaign could ultimately take India to the top, echo industry stakeholders. Akansha Pandey reports
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IN CONVERSATION
ICPB‘MoT aims to grow India’s share in global tourism business to 2% by 2025’
Dr. Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary, MoT and Chairman, ICPB, in conversation with Akansha Pandey assures to turn the Conventions India Conclave 2015 into a result-oriented event. In order to improve India’s share in the global tourism business in the long run, Billa asserts that MICE will have to play a vital role
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