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2nd Educational FAM Trip to CHINA- Skal International club Kolkata 127

28/08/2019 - 04:00 to 01/09/2019 - 17:00
The Skal International Kolkata organised an educational FAM trip to Shanghai and Beijing recently in partnership with Thai Airways and Shangri La Hotels & Resorts. The idea was to experience and discover the luxury hotels like Jing An Shangri-La and Kerry Hotel Pudong in Shanghai first and then China World Hotel and Kerry Hotel in Beijing. Shangri-La is owned by Kerry Properties and has signature hotels under its name as well. The Skal members also visited two other signature properties in Beijing - China World Summit Wing and Hotel Jen Beijing. While on the one hand China World Summit Wing holds a grandeur and aura to host the heads of states with government delegations on state visits, the adjacent Hotel Jen reflects a cool funky modern look and feel with vibrant but minimalistic colour scheme. Though there are other carriers to China, this trip showed the focus Thai Airways is giving to the India market to explore and popularise newer routes via Bangkok. The hospitality at these hotels of Shangri-La displayed the capability of hosting large Indian groups with the best quality Indian food and openness to Indian style of events including weddings of any size and any other MICE activity. The agents were given a unique experience of high speed bullet Train ride from Shanghai to Beijing that took only 4.5 hours to cover the distance of 1,318 km. "The Chinese culture, hospitality and food made our trip quite comfortable, educative and enjoyable. Agents came to know that the myth about Indian food being unavailable is not at all correct, rather we were taken to some of the most popular Indian budget restaurants as well where we can take the groups for lunch etc. while out in the road. Food is definitely the biggest concern when we travel with groups. Also with the destination offering more visibility, we think we could generate a lot more tourists from the eastern side of India because of close our close proximity and good connectivity," said Sanjeev Mehra, president, Skal International Club of Kolkata. While interacting with the owner of TOP VIEW, one of the leading DMC, agents came to know about many detailed information on how to operate group tours in China. They asked many questions and their queries were clarified.