Monday, September 23, 2013

22 member Dubai led Delegation to travel to Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai

Mumbai, September 23rd, 2013:  Given the importance and potential of the Indian market in terms of visitor arrival traffic into Dubai, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Government of Dubai, will be conducting its 3 city B2B India roadshow to network with the Indian travel industry.  As part of its 2013 marketing strategy to boost the overall number of Indian travellers to Dubai; the Department will commence its roadshow in  New Delhi on the 23rd of September followed by Mumbai on the 25th and will conclude in Chennai on the 26th of September respectively. 

Through this marketing initiative, DTCM along with its co-participants consisting of hotels, tourist attractions and destination management companies intend updating the trade with information on Dubai’s existing and new tourism product offerings. The multi-city workshops will target over 1,000 Indian trade professionals comprising major travel & tour operators, wedding planners and up-market leisure operators across India. The delegation will be accompanied by the Department’s officials: Mr. Mansoor Bawazir - Head of Region (India, Middle East & Southern/Eastern Africa) and Mr. Carl Vaz - Director, India Representative Office.
Announced earlier this year under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and spearheaded by DTCM, Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 sets out how the city will double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020.   More than 5.5 million tourists visited Dubai in the first half of 2013, representing an 11.1 per cent year-on-year increase across all key indicators, including hotel establishment guests, hotel and hotel apartment revenues, room occupancy and average length of stay, indicating that Dubai is on the way to achieving its Tourism Vision for 2020.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri - Director General, DTCM commented: “India consecutively ranks as the top source market globally for visitor traffic into Dubai. The total number of Indian guests for the first six months of 2013 stood at 463,175, representing a growth of 15.8% increase over the corresponding period last year. Similarly, in 2012 the total number of Indian visitors totaled 763,986 representing a 9% increase from 2011. Thus these numbers are extremely encouraging and indicate that we are on our way to achieving our Tourism Vision for 2020. Our B2B workshops play a vital role in facilitating the overall number of inbound travellers into Dubai.”

 Mr. Saleh Al Geziry - Director, Overseas Promotions and Inward Missions, DTCM said, “We are excited about conducting our multi-city B2B workshops in India.  India is a very lucrative market and we are aware of the potential it holds in terms of inbound visitor traffic into Dubai.  We are thus happy to be tapping this important market through our unique B2B workshop.  Our delegation comprising of 22 organizations is supported by our co-sponsors such as Emirates Airlines, Atlantis – The Palm and Lama Desert Tourism.” 

Commenting on the upcoming Dubai India Roadshow 2013, Carl Vaz, Director - DTCM India said, “There is always an extensive interest amongst the trade to update their knowledge and own experience of a destination. The roadshow thus provides us with a platform to interact with a significantly higher number of travel agents, tour operators and even wedding planners from various parts of India enabling them to cater to new segments and repeat visitors. The main market segments that we are looking at tapping in India this year are the group series departures and the family segment along with the niche segments of weddings / honeymoon, school groups, adventure / sport and luxury seekers and single women travellers who will be heading for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2014.”
The 22 member Dubai delegation will comprise of hotels, resorts, hotel apartments, attractions and destination management companies.  The participants at the roadshow will include Royal Arabian Tours, Bonton Tours and Travels, Discovery Travel and Tourism, Alpha Tours, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Sea View Hotel/ Royal Ascot Hotel, Al Rais Tours and Travels, Royal Gulf Tourism LLC, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, North Tours, Big Bus Tours, Bin Ali Tourism, ITL Tourism & Travel LLC, Admiral Plaza Hotel, Khalidia Hotel Apartments, The Oberoi, Dubai and Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Downtown.

The program for the workshops will include presentations by officials of Emirates Airlines, Atlantis – The Palm, Lama Desert Tourism and DTCM in addition to detailed networking sessions between the Dubai delegation and leaders of the Indian travel trade community.
About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the Emirate.

DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector; and is responsible for the licencing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the DTCM portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). In addition to its headquarters in Dubai, DTCM operates 19 offices worldwide.

For further information about DTCM, please contact:
Mr. Carl Vaz
Director – India



Mumbai, September 23, 2013 - Mahindra Racing – the first and only Indian manufacturer to enter the world of international motorcycle grand prix racing – created history by winning the prestigious ‘Constructors Title’ in the Moto3 class (250cc) at the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) in Italy. The exciting final race of the 2013 season concluded at the Mugello Circuit yesterday, where the team won the prestigious title. Last year, Mahindra had won the title in the 125 cc class.
Mahindra Racing riders, Andrea Locatelli and Michael Rinaldi also wrapped up the 2013 season with an incredible 1st and 2nd place finish in the Riders’ Championship.
“This historic victory at the CIV marks a new high for Mahindra Racing in its journey towards becoming a global motorsports brand. Winning the Constructors Title for the second year in a row in this highly competitive series is also a remarkable achievement for Indian motorsport and we are very proud to have played our part in making it happen,” said Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group.
“Hearty congratulations to the riders, technicians and support staff of Mahindra Racing. They have demonstrated remarkable team spirit and worked very hard to win the Constructors Title at the CIV Championship, which is among the most competitive in the world. This win motivates us to work even harder during the next year”, added Mr. S. P. Shukla, President, Group Strategy and Defence Sector and Chief Brand Officer, Mahindra Group.
Commenting on the win, Mr. Mufaddal Choonia, CEO of Mahindra Racing said, “Last year, we created history by winning the Constructors Title at the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship for the very first time. Today, we have won the competition for the second year in a row and are thrilled with our success. This is a significant achievement for Mahindra Racing, considering that our MGP3O bike is still in its first year of development. We hope to continue to do well and rise to greater heights in the seasons to come.”
Championship winner Andrea Locatelli said, “We fought all the way through the season and finally we can say we’re the Italian Champions! Today’s race was all about getting it done, I really didn’t want to waste my chances with a silly mistake. I want to thank my family and Team Mahindra Racing. They have done an incredible job and gave me the perfect bike. I hope to keep working with them in the future.”
Wrapping up the championship in second place, Michael Ruben Rinaldi said, “What a fantastic race! It’s a shame I missed winning the last race by just 0.017 seconds, but I’m happy because I gave my best and rode my Mahindra as hard as I could. I tried to pull away in the early stages but once I saw it was not possible, I tried to keep myself in the mix up front. It’s been an amazing season and I would like to thank Mahindra Racing and everyone who has supported me. I would like also to congratulate my team mate for the well-deserved title.”
In the 2013 season of Italy’s leading national track competition, the team entered the Moto3 (250cc – 4 stroke) class with two very talented riders, Andrea Locatelli (16, from Alzano Lombardo) and Michael Rinaldi (17, from Rimini, Emilia-Romagna). Throughout the championship, the riders pulled off a number of hard-fought podium finishes in 10 gruelling rounds, with some fantastic double podiums and top two finishes.
Demonstrating its expertise on a stage where Italy’s best young riders compete, the Indian team led the Constructor’s standings with a good margin throughout the season. Both riders demonstrated just why their names are included in the list of Italy’s most promising young racing talent. While Andrea Locatelli won the Riders Championship with 167 well earned points, teammate Michael Rinaldi finished the season in second place with 145 points.
Mahindra Racing is one among a handful of entrants, which has chosen to develop its own technology for chassis and engine, while at the same time challenging the might of established racing factories that fill the rest of the grid at the CIV. This win is significant, considering that the MGP3O is still in its first year of development and was assembled for the first time only in January 2013.
CIV Moto3 Final Standing
Constructors’ Standing Points:
1)    Mahindra – 201
2)    Honda – 187
3)    Oral – 72
Riders’ Standing:
1)    Locatelli 167 (Mahindra)
2)    Rinaldi 145 (Mahindra)
3)    Coletti 144 (Honda)
About Mahindra Racing

Mahindra Racing became the first Indian team to participate in the FIM MotoGP™ World Motorcycle Racing Championship in 2011 and the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) in 2012.
Racing in the Moto3™ class in MotoGP, Mahindra Racing entered the 2013 season with its own new 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 250cc motorcycle: the Mahindra MGP3O, developed with experienced Swiss firm Suter Racing Technology AG. Experienced Spanish rider Efrén Vázquez (26, from Bilbao) is teamed with exciting Portuguese teenager Miguel Oliveira (18, from Pragal near Lisbon). The team has been recording consistent Top 5 finishes and has already achieved a pole position and two circuit lap records in the first 12 rounds of the World Championship.
At the opening round in Qatar, the Mahindra duo had a dream debut with a double Top 10 result for the only Indian team in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. In the Catalunya round, Vázquez crossed the line in fifth and Oliveira was sixth; this double Top 6 being the best result for Mahindra Racing so far, as a pair. Riding to perfection at the Assen Round, Oliveira was just inches from scoring the team’s historic first podium, when he crossed the line in fourth place just 0.096 seconds from third, and 0.378 behind the leader. In Sachsenring, the team scored another double top six finish. The team continues to be in the Top 3 in the Constructor’s rankings.
In the 2012 CIV season, Mahindra Racing competed in the 125 GP Class and became the first team from India to win an international motorsport event, eventually recording six victories from eight races and securing the Constructors’ Title. In the 2013 CIV season, the team has entered the Moto3 (250cc – 4 stroke) class with talented riders Andrea Locatelli (16, from Alzano Lombardo) and Michael Rinaldi (17, Rimini, Emilia-Romagna). The Mahindra riders have already achieved 7 podium finishes in 8 Rounds so far in this season, with the best results being the double podiums with 1st and 2nd finishes at Round 5 in Misano and Round 7 in Imola. Mahindra Racing currently leads the Constructor’s standings with a wide margin.
Breaking new ground as an Indian Constructor, Mahindra Racing created history for Indian automotive engineering, when Ambrogio Racing – a team in the Moto3TM World Championship decided to switch to the Mahindra MGP3O racing bikes, becoming Mahindra Racing’s first customer.
Mahindra’s bold decision to take on the world’s best at the highest level of motorcycle racing won the team prestigious awards such as the ‘ZigWheels Motorsport Award of the Year, 2012’, and the NDTV Car and Bike Awards ‘Mobil 1 Motorsport Award of the Year, 2012’.
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About Mahindra
The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise through solutions that power mobility, drive rural prosperity, enhance urban lifestyles and increase business efficiency.
A USD 16.2 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 155,000 people in over 100 countries. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, after-market, information technology and vacation ownership. In addition, Mahindra enjoys a strong presence in the agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, financial services, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel, commercial vehicles and two wheeler industries.
In 2012, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world. In 2013, the Mahindra Group received the Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award in the ‘Emerging Markets’ category.
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For further enquiries
Ms. Roma Balwani
Senior Vice President
Group Communications
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Phone: +91-22 24975176
Mr. Carlo Baldi
Mahindra CIV consultant
Phone: +39 0564071367
Mobile: +39 3351312708
Ms. Camilla Truzzoli
Team Coordinator, CIV Team
Mahindra Racing
Mobile: +39 3497448971



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Professor Dr. C. Raj Kumar
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), LL.M. (Harvard), S.J.D. (Hong Kong)

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