Thomas Cook, Kesari MICE and Akbar Travels top HKTB TAAP Awards 2016

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The MICE division of Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) recognised the top 10 MICE agents in India, who contributed to meetings and incentives to the autonomous region of China last year.  While Thomas Cook India topped the list, Akbar Travels and Kesari MICE shared second and third positions.  The awards were given away at a function hosted by HKTB in Delhi by Peter Hoslin, Regional Director – Europe and New Markets, HKTB.
Other agencies which were recognised at the second Top Agents’ Awards Programme (TAAP) included Cox & Kings, De Tours, Guideline Travels; Kuoni SOTC; Shah International; Universal Journeys; and VDOIT4U Event Management.
Speaking on the occasion, Hoslin said that it has been a record year for HKTB in India with more than 5.30 lakh visitations in 2015. The Indian visitor numbers has exceeded the visitations from key markets like the UK last year, thus getting into the top 10 source market list of HKTB, he said. The growth, he said, shows the high exposure the Hong Kong attractions and meeting facilities has been able to gain in the market.  While appreciating the efforts of Indian travel trade in this connection, Hoslin said that the number of participating agencies taking advantage of the awards programme has also doubled this year.
Hoslin said that Hong Kong has high capacity meeting and incentive infrastructure, world-class attractions, and fantastic transportation that make it easy and cost effective for trade partners to sell the destination for MICE groups. “Hong Kong is one of the leading MICE destinations connected to 6 Indian cities with non-stop flights, and offers visa free travel to Indian passport holders for visit up to 14 days. We are sure that India will be one of the growth engines for MICE tourism in Hong Kong,” he said.