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Monday, 10 April, 2017, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

TAAI in association with US Consulate organises Visa & MICE session for members

The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) (Western Region) in association with the US Consulate Mumbai organised a session for its members on US Visas (B1 and B2) and MICE opportunities in the United States. Rachel Sunden, ACS and CIU Chief, U.S. Consulate Mumbai along with Gregory Taeves, Commercial Consul - Mumbai, U.S. Department of Commerce shared insights on how to get a valid visa to the United States. Marzban Antia, Vice President, TAAI, Jay Bhatia, Treasurer & Tourism Council Chairman, TAAI and Sampat Damani, Chairman, TAAI Western Region were present on the occasion.

Taeves during his presentation on MICE opportunities in the United States exclaimed that last year US Consulates across India issued over 1.1 million visas. “Among the 1.1 million, the numbers for corporate travel and groups are quite satisfying for us. India overall ranked 9th in terms of source market for us, recording an overall increase of 17% in 2016. The arrivals to the US from India for business purpose also saw an increase of 9%. In the last three to four years, the number of Indians travelling to the US for MICE activities has seen great increase and we want to continue the trend. Through trade associations like TAAI, we aim to popularise the United States as a prominent MICE destination.”

Sunden gave an overview of the online visa application procedure for corporate group travel and explained that the US visas are issued on interview basis and the entire process is completed under a week’s time. During one of the presentations, Sunden cleared myths and misconceptions like lengthy and complicated processes as well the document check-list to get a visa from India.

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