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In a bid to further boost the corporate travel segment, SATTE 2020, South Asia’s leading Travel and Tourism expo has partnered with Corporate Travel Community (CTC) to organise Corporate Travel Day on January 9, 2020. The 27th edition of SATTE is set to be organised from January 08 to 10, 2020 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi – NCR.

Under this partnership, CTC will organise two power-packed sessions; ‘Airline Programmes + NDC education forum’ and ‘The Accommodation Outlook and Technology Innovations Education Forum’

The Corporate Travel Community is a network of corporate travel buyers and other personnel who manage their organization’s travel portfolios. CTC is part of Informa which under ‘Informa Markets’ runs hundreds of events and trade shows around the world under more than 550 B2B brands.

The aim of the partnership is to create a platform for the corporate travel segment under South Asia’s largest travel and tourism exhibition. CTC is working on the compilation of targeted professional development initiatives with the aim to provide corporate travel buyers and other personnel, who manage their organisations’ travel portfolios with the tools they need to keep abreast of the latest changes and developments.

Vietjet recently commenced two direct flights from New Delhi to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. With these two routes, Vietjet is the first airline connecting the two biggest economic, cultural and tourist centers of Vietnam with New Delhi. On the inaugural flights, passengers surprisingly received exciting gifts from Vietjet’s leaders and flight crew.

The New Delhi - Ho Chi Minh City route operates four return flights per week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting from December 6, 2019.

The New Delhi - Hanoi route operates three return flights per week on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday starting from December 7, 2019.

United Arab Emirates flag-carrier, Etihad Airways, has announced a partnership with Mumbai City Football Club. City Football Group, owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family and with interests in clubs around the world, including Manchester City, acquired the Indian club last week.

Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Etihad Aviation Group, said, “India is an important market for Etihad Airways, and I am honoured to announce this exciting new venture, strengthening our commitment both to India and to the global football community and I look forward to enhancing this partnership in the years to come.”

Etihad Airways has been flying to India for more than 15 years (Mumbai since September 2004), and currently operates 159 return flights per week to ten cities.

Damian Willoughby, Chief Executive of City Football Group India, said, “We welcome Etihad’s partnership of Mumbai City FC. Etihad is a world class airline and a world class partner. We are delighted that they are going to be extending their renowned footprint in global football to India and, more specifically, to Mumbai. Indian football has an extremely exciting future and we are very pleased that Etihad will be a part of it.”

This new venture complements Etihad’s current partnerships in the Indian market which include Taj Hotels, SBI Card, Kalyan, Malabar Gold & Diamonds and Joyalukkas.

Courtyard by Marriott has recently opened Courtyard by Marriott Amritsar, marking the brand’s 18th property to open in India. Located in the heart of Amritsar, the hotel is committed to provide the best hotel experience so guests can pursue their personal and professional passions while on the road. 

Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “Courtyard by Marriott is one of our fastest growing brands globally and based on the success of the brand in India, we foresee tremendous opportunities for our newest addition in Amritsar. Courtyard by Marriott encourages its forward-thinking guests to always follow their passion. With the evolution of today’s business traveller, the brand has re-imagined itself to align with a guest’s personality and lifestyle. This brand identity is designed to showcase our passion through all the elements at the hotel. By reinforcing its core values of being Passionate, Forward and Engaging, we are committed to bring the best of the Courtyard brand to the Indian market.”

The hotel features 104 appointed and designed guestrooms complete with rich textures, vibrant hues and rich city views. The rooms are ingeniously designed to be flexible yet relaxed, allowing business travellers, families and tourists to soak in the environment and enjoy the city. Some of the finest Indian and global cuisines can be enjoyed at Amritsar Kitchen - the hotel’s all-day dining outlet led by Chef Anirudh Deshpande. Tuck into local favourites and experiment with continental delights as Chef and his team serve the best of both worlds on a plate. Vue Bar and Grill - the chic rooftop bar overlooks the cityscape and makes for a perfect destination to unwind after a long day with handpicked cocktails and succulent grills.

Rahul Sharma, Hotel Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Amritsar said, “We are extremely proud to be part of the Courtyard family. Built for our passion driven guests, Courtyard by Marriott Amritsar is a stylish, modern hotel designed to provide the best in-house services and facilities for both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to creating memorable stay experiences through personalized touches that will set new hospitality standards in Amritsar.”

United Airlines recently inaugurated its daily nonstop seasonal service between Indira Gandhi International Airport and its hub at San Francisco International Airport. The flights operate on a daily basis during the winter months and three times weekly during the summer season.

Marking this special occasion, customers, guests, United employees and crew joined Marcel Fuchs, Vice President Sales International, United Airlines; Thorsten Lettnin, Managing Director - Continental Europe & India, United Airlines, Harvinder Singh, Country Manager – India, United and Jitendra Singh, Vice President & Head - Airline Marketing & Route Development, Delhi International Airport Ltd amongst others.

“We are excited to inaugurate our daily, nonstop seasonal service between Delhi and our San Francisco hub,” said Singh. “This new flight strengthens our international route network and provides our customers from India with even greater travel choice as well as the option of our new Polaris business class service, with flat-bed seats. With a network of connections from San Francisco to almost 40 other destinations across the U.S. and Canada, the new service is opening up new opportunities for both business and leisure travellers alike.”

Commenting on the inaugural United Airlines flight from Delhi, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL, said, “At Delhi Airport, we are delighted to welcome United Airlines’ non-stop flight service between New Delhi and San Francisco. This route will provide individuals another opportunity to fly non-stop between the two countries. This route will not only help improve the business-related travel experience but also encourage personal visits by a large Indian diaspora based in San Francisco.”

United has inducted the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring  a total of 252 seats – 48 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class, 88 in United Economy Plus and 116 in United Economy.

In addition to the new service from New Delhi to San Francisco, United offers its customers from India year-round daily nonstop flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to New York/Newark.

Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India recently flagged-off its first flight operations between Guwahati to Dimapur  to Imphal, making it the 236 route under the Regional Connectivity Scheme - UdeDeshKaAamNagrik, RCS-UDAN, under the Government of India. The inaugural event was graced by N.Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur; Losii Dikho, Minister, PHED, Govt. of Manipur, Sapam Ranjan Singh, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur and other dignitaries from Air India and Air Alliance.

This marks another step by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to establish a strong air network in North East India. Till now, for a mere distance of 200 km, people had to travel for 7-hour by bus from Dimapur in Nagaland to reach Imphal in Manipur. With the establishment of this route, people can now travel to Imphal in 50 minutes by air from Dimapur and access the air connectivity to other parts of the country as well from Guwahati. This flight marks the inception of the first-ever alternative option of connectivity to Imphal, as until now, Imphal is yet to be connected with India's Railway Network.

Alliance Air will operate thrice-weekly flights; every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on this route. It currently connects 57 destinations, with the addition of Dimapur and Imphal there will be 59 stations in Alliance Air ambit. The airline will deploy its 70 seater aircraft on this sector.

Alliance Air continues to focus on new routes to connect regional destinations. The airline has been awarded 12 new routes under UDAN-3.1, which are being launched progressively in the coming year bringing new destinations on India’s air map.

Abhishek Sachdev has been appointed as the Hotel Manager of Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata. With over 13 years of enriching hospitality experience across multiple hotel companies & varied roles at ITC Limited, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Indian Hotels Company Limited, he is a recognized individual within the hospitality industry.

ibis and Novotel Bengaluru Outer Ring Road announced the appointment of Vikas Mittar as Director of Finance at Novotel & ibis Bengaluru Outer Ring Road. Vikas brings across a rich experience in the hospitality of 15 years and overall experience in Finance of over 19 years.

He has also previously held the role of Multi-Property Director of Finance with the Marriott International in Kerala as well as Director of Finance for hotels at Eros Group.

Swissôtel Kolkata has announced the appointment of Jameson Solomon as the new General Manager. Jameson has more than two decades of experience in hospitality industry.  Prior to joining Swissôtel Kolkata, he was working with Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts as Head of Operations. He has been associated with the Sheraton Grand Bangalore at Brigade Gateway, Bengaluru, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Park Hyatt Dubai and Hyatt Regency Dubai.


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the appointment of Sudeep Jain as Managing Director, South West Asia (SWA) with effect from January 1st 2020. Sudeep who is currently serving as VP Development, SWA succeeds Vivek Bhalla, who has been promoted to the role of Vice President Operations for South East Asia and Korea (SEAK) based out of IHG’s office in Singapore.

In his new role, Sudeep will take on a broader leadership agenda to drive IHG’s business in the region, covering both development and operations responsibilities across the existing portfolio. He will continue to be based in Gurugram, India and will report to Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG.



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