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by Vincent Alonzo | April 18, 2016
Pacific World, a global DMC and event management organization which operates in 34 countries, has announced a major growth milestone in India: All meetings and events business units of travel group Le Passage To India (LPTI) will move under the global Pacific World brand. In a related move, Pacific World announced the extension of its partnership in China with TUI China.
 
The new relationship will merge LPTI's incoming incentive business brand, "Mintcentive," and the outgoing business brand "TUI Meetings & Incentives" to form one entity, "Pacific World India." The single entity under the Pacific World brand will be headed by Naveen Rizvi, executive director of Pacific World India. 
 
Selina Chavry, global managing director of Pacific World, said, "India is one of the world's largest business events market, as is China as well. Pacific World is now taking a leader's position in those markets. Pacific World and LPTI clients will benefit from a one-stop shop offering for their meetings, events, incentives, and congresses whether domestic, outbound, inbound."
 
Herve Joseph-Antoine, Pacific World chairman, added, "In India, similarly to China and South East Asia, business practices have dramatically changed and require compliance to business ethics, anti-corruption, and financial transparency. Recent fines and ongoing investigations from local governments, especially with U.S.-headquartered multinationals, have set new expectations. Old practices of gifts to clients, business with families and friends, [and] facilitation payments to authorities are now disappearing and Pacific World India is positioned to offer guarantees of compliance, global service, and creativity standards, as well [as] the unique coverage of the Indian territory with eight branch offices throughout the country beyond Delhi and Mumbai.  
 
Mario Habig, Managing Director of Le Passage said, "This is a unique opportunity for LPTI and Pacific World to take the number one position in the Indian meetings and events market, both outbound and inbound. By focusing our meetings and incentives branding on Pacific World India and further integrating our 100 specialised colleagues into Pacific World, we will be better positioned to leverage the global strength of Pacific World to deliver to all our clients' requirements."