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ICPB‘PPP has given excellent results for Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau’
Established in April 2011, the Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau (HCVB) is truly an initiative in itself as it is the only convention visitor’s bureau in the country today. Gary Khan, CEO, HCVB, in conversation with Akansha Pandey, urges other states to gauge their respective USPs and engage tourism partners so as to increase visitor footfall
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 GUEST COLUMN
Discovering the ‘Zeal’ Down Under
Tourism New Zealand recently organised a FAM tour for the Indian travel trade. The trip was timed to coincide with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 India vs Ireland match, which took place in Hamilton. The trade delegates included directors, owners, and senior product managers of travel agencies, who were exposed to new offerings of the destination. Heena Munshaw, Director, Beacon Holidays, who was part of the trip, pens down her experiences
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 FOCAL POINT
Hugh & Colleen Gantzer Celebrations Unlimited: Our Festive Edge

We have a great advantage over China, but we aren’t using it.

The once-rich and varied Chinese culture is being bludgeoned into a bland government-controlled sameness. We’ve seen a number of ‘cultural performances’ in China. But all these ostensible celebrations of regional folkways were as slick and authentic as Bollywood item numbers! Thank heavens, our 4,635 distinct communities in India have maintained their individuality.
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Thomas Cook to acquire Kuoni Group's India & Hong Kong business for Rs 535cr
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India’s MICE agenda needs to be pushed from destination level: ICPB Chairman
  Inaugurating the eighth Convention India Congress (CIC), the three-day biennial conference of India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) at India Expo Mart at Greater Noida on Friday, Suman Billa, Chairman, ICPB, and ..read more>>
India to offer e-Tourist Visa to UK starting from Independence Day
  According to a PTI report, the UK has been included among the 36 new countries that will be offered the Indian electronic tourist visa (e-Tourist Visa). UK nationals will be offered the visa starting from August 15, ...read more>>
MoT organises cuisine & culture festival Bharat Parv from Aug 3-15 in Delhi
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Dubai Cruise Tourism plans to conduct roadshows in Tier-II Indian cities in 2016
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ETAA Pune Chapter now Western India Chapter
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Chetan Momaya to continue as IAAI Maharashtra Chapter Chairman for 2015-16
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IAAI to unveil Default Insurance Program at next convention in Chennai
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Rail Europe offers free SIM card on booking Eurail Global Pass till Sept 30
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