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NYC As Leading Convention and Meetings Destination

  Fred Dixon, CEO & President, NYC & Company

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, spotlights destination news, strategic convention development plans and product updates.

"Meetings generate incredible value for businesses and communities while contributing meaningfully to the US economy," said NYC & Company president and CEO Fred Dixon. "In my new role as Meetings Mean Business co–chair in 2020, I'm pleased to elevate the importance of this crucial industry segment while also spotlighting New York City's prowess as one of the leading US destinations for meetings and conventions.


  Prem Ahluwalia, Editor, Safari India along with H.E Carlos R. Polo, Ambassador, Peru Embassy at the Luxe Affair Marigold Night

For Peruvian and Indian food connoisseurs, The Chanakya along with the Embassy of Peru hosted The 2nd Episode of Luxe Affair – "Marigold Night".

An evening that was a celebration of the twin cultures and a coming together of the two communities was a visual treat which had fascinating decor from the artisanal communities across India and Peru.
With a superlative showcase of cocktails and hors d' oeuvres, inspired by the au courant street food from Peru and India, the evening saw was well attended, and included guests such as His Excellencies from Latin American Embassies and representing were DLF Luxury were Dinaz Madhukar EVP DLF Luxury Retail & Hospitality, Prashant Gaurav Gupta Center Head DLF Emporio and The Chanakya and Nicky Singh Head of Marketing DLF Emporio and The Chanakya amongst other esteemed guest.

During this cultural event, the Executive Chef of MKT stirred up an exquisite fusion of Indo–Peruvian dishes including : "Indian Barley Chupe", "Peruvian Escabeche Capretto Gujiya", "Chicken Shi Jao Kay Sliders with an Indian Twist", "Quinoa Indian Tacos", "Avocado Indian style Burger" and wonderful desserts, such as Pisco inspired cinnamon cake.

Even though Pisco Sour, is a considered the king of Pisco cocktails, SAFARI NEWS however, the night witnessed a new brilliance with an Indian Twist on the pisco sour including Kokum Pisco, and Delhi 6 Sour masala. This unique burst of flavour was thoroughly enjoyed by all the guests alike.

Goa to Promote Golf Tourism

  Officials during the lighting of the lamp at Goa International Travel Mart

Goa government is looking to boost the sector through investment that would go a long way in developing Goa as a world class destination and intent to start operations at Mopa international airport by 2022 said by Dr. Pramod Sawant the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Goa while addressing The Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) 2019 and further said the government is introducing many tourism related aspects such as golf courses, eco-tourism, medical tourism and sports tourism, and are committed to keep tourist safe. Manohar Ajgaonkar Hon,ble Dy. Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism along with Ashok Kumar Secretary for Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Nikhil Desai, Rajesh Kale Dy. Director for Tourism also addressed the event.

The event was supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. During the two-day exhibition held at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, several business sessions were held for participants namely by Chiraj Goel of MakeMyTrip & Goibibo, whiskey and wine tasting sessions and a talk was held by medical tourism which was attended by the medical fraternity in Goa. 100 Exhibitors represented various products of Goa such as Luxury Hospitality Products, Homestays, Casinos and Gaming destinations, Destination Management Companies, Adventure products such as water sports and Scuba Diving, Festivals of Goa, etc. The goal of the event is to increase the size of the tourism sector in Goa and showcase Goa as a travel destination and strive to bring about a face-to-face interaction of the travel trade, hoteliers, and stake holders from Goa with leading travel agents from India and abroad.

BLS International Visa Centre in Beirut

  Visa Centre in Beirut

BLS International, a leader in visa, passport, consular and citizen services, today announced that it has commenced operations for the Embassy of Brazil to accept visa applications in Lebanon. This addition to the already robust portfolio of Consular and Citizen Services offered by BLS International reflects the company's focus on efficiency and continuous excellence in its operations.

Commenting on the new contract Shikhar Agarwal, Joint Managing Director said, "We are extremely pleased to partner with the Embassy of Brazil to provide smooth and efficient visa application experience. BLS will work together with the Embassy to create a distinguished practice for all its valuable applicants in Lebanon." This contract has been signed to provide efficient visa application services to people traveling to Brazil fromLebanon for business, work or leisure. The application center is centrally located at 2nd Floor, Kalot Center, Badaro, Sami El Solh Boulevard, Beirut-Lebanon and has well trained staff to handle applicants' queries. In recent months, BLS International has been gearing up to provide innovative solutions to Governments and Citizens across the globe and has bagged numerous awards such as India's Most Trusted Companies Awards 2019 and the Best Operational Process in Visa Outsourcing Award 2019 at World Quality Congress & Awards. These awards are a testimony that the Company is implementing best solutions in its operations that are enabling it to re–engineer and transform the business.

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