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February 2023

ITB India 2023 Conference to Unveil Major Trends in the South Asia Travel Market

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The conference will bring together travel industry professionals on April 26 to 28 running alongside with ITB India 2023 at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India.

Featuring three tracks, the conference will see more than 100 industry leaders in over 80 sessions exchange their insights into the future of the industry, powered by the motto ‘Connecting You to the Indian Travel Market’.

Knowledge Theatre is ITB India’s principal conference track, with C-level leaders and renowned industry experts sharing their perspectives on the future of the market. They will exchange their insights on a broad scope of topics, from the latest general trends to challenges and opportunities for sustainability in South Asia’s travel market.

MICE Show India will focus on corporate travel and tapping into innovative B2B solutions for meetings, events, and incentives. Speakers will give a comprehensive 2023 outlook of India’s MICE market, offer new angles on incentive travel, and discuss innovative strategies for travel program optimisation.

Travel Tech India will look at novelties in digital solutions that enhance travel experiences. Main highlights will include leveraging the power of analytics for a better understanding of consumer mindsets, meta-integration and the synergies it creates, as well as exploring contactless travel in the world still getting over the pandemic.

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Sabre and Tian Xia Fang Cang Sign Agreement to Support Recovery of Chinese Hospitality Sector

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The new relationship brings together Sabre’s advanced technology with Tian Xia Fang Cang’s deep knowledge of the unique Chinese travel ecosystem. Under the deal, Tian Xia Fang Cang will have the ability to market Sabre Hospitality’s solutions in China.

Focus will be on enabling Chinese hoteliers to reach hundreds of thousands of travel agents globally across all major Global Distribution Systems through Sabre Hospitality’s SynXis platform, while giving travel agents additional opportunities to add hotel stays to traveller bookings.

“As we look forward to further travel industry recovery, it is essential that hoteliers in China take the time now to ensure they are prepared to capitalize on pent-up travel demand, and create future opportunities for growth,” said Tian Xia Fang Cang’s chief executive offier, Mr. Seven Wu.

He added: “We can now offer hoteliers in China the ability, through Sabre’s advanced solutions, to grow their reach across the world, ensuring they are best-positioned to welcome back travellers to China as it re-opens its borders.”

Tian Xia Fang Cang  hotel services platform  provides products, services and e-commerce solutions for hotel suppliers and hotel distributors. Through Sabre, it is now able, to enhance its  offering of GDS distributionto its existing and new hospitality clients.

“We now look forward to increasing Sabre Hospitality’s footprint in the important Chinese travel marketplace, while giving hoteliers in China the ability to create their own global growth opportunities, in both the leisure and corporate sectors, through Sabre solutions,”  stated Mr.Frank Trampert, senior vice president  and global managing director of community sales for Sabre Hospitality.


Hong Kong Ready for Business – Delegation Visits Riyadh

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A delegation of business leaders from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region led by the city’s chief executive Mr. John Lee and principal government officials were in Riyadh to explore collaboration opportunities with the business community of Saudi Arabia.

Several Memorandums of Understanding were signed including ones between Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Company.

Over the two days in the Kindgom, the delegation discussed with Saudi government and industry leaders how Hong Kong can facilitate the Kingdom’s strategic development via its role as a global financial hub and China’s international gateway.

The 30-strong delegation includes senior executives from Hong Kong’s financial institutions and regulator as well as major players in innovation and technology, sustainability and smart city solutions.

Riyadh was the first of three stops on the week-long mission to the Middle East organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

At a press conference followed by an Investment Forum and dinner officiated by the Saudi Minister of Investment H.E. Khalid Al-Falih and attended by some 300 Saudi Arabian guests.

“Saudi Arabia is a strong economy of the Gulf region and a growing source of foreign direct investment. Driven by Vision 2030, the dynamic blueprint for the future, Saudi Arabia is destined to take its place as an economic powerhouse built on diversity, sustainability, and innovation and technology. Hong Kong has long been the Asia-Pacific region’s multi-level bridge for foreign and Mainland Chinese businesses and investors. As integration with the Mainland continues to deepen, so too do opportunities for Hong Kong and the economies and companies that works with Hong Kong,” said chief executive Mr. John Lee.

Mr. Lee was joined by Deputy Secretary of Justice Mr. Horace Cheung, Secretary for Financial Services and Treasury Mr. Christopher Hui, and Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Mr, Algernon Yau.

At the forum, H.E. Khalid A Alfalih stated:” Saudi Arabia has the largest regulated capital markets in the region, with the largest stock exchange in the MENA region. Due to evolving trends, we are also making efforts, to strengthen global supply chains and have launched a dedicated global supply chain resilience initiative. This will be a great opportunity for China and Hong Kong-based companies to use the KSA as a platform for adding value to products customised for the Middle East region and beyond.”

The delegation met with key enterprises in Riyadh to exchange ideas and learn more about Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. They visited major institutions, such as the Saudi Stock Exchange and the NEOM exhibition. The delegation also travelled to Abu Dhabi and then Dubai, to meet with senior government and business leaders of the United Arab Emirates.

Source: ASN Newswire

Sarawak to Host PATA Destination Experience Forum and Mart 2023

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Set to take place in June from the 21st to the 23rd, the forum is supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board. It will focus on ecotourism, gastronomy tourism, adventure travel and destination management. Also included are topics on wellness particularly on sensory nature activities and, digital marketing.

The three-day programme begins with a one-day destination experience through a choice of technical tours. This is followed by a conference and travel mart spread across two full days and networking opportunities throughout the programme.

“As the travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region is seeing positive signs of recovery, the inaugural PATA Destination Experience Forum and Mart 2023 looks to highlight the best practices in destination marketing and destination management in support of a responsible and sustainable recovery for the region,”said PATA Chair Mr. Peter Semone.

Gastronomy tourism being one of the themes, Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive officer, Ms Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor mentioned that the theme suits Sarawak perfectly, as the capital city Kuching has been recognised as the “City of Gastronomy” by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2021.

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