#Make In India

What is it all about?

#MakeInIndia has been trending on twitter for the past week, however, it seems that some people don’t really understand what it is all about…

Make In India is an initiative created by the Government of India to encourage businesses to manufacture their products in India.

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This is a massive conference that is held in Mumbai. Here, businesses can exhibit, network and mingle in the hopes of making new and valuable contacts as well as gaining more information about the organisations they are interested in.

There was a wide array of popular and diverse businesses that were featured at the Make In India conference, most notable were: Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Tata, Air India, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Pfizer and many more with rumours of there being 9,00 companies attending!

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Why was this created?

This was created as a response to a critical situation in 2013 when the emerging markets bubble had burst in September 2014 by the Indian Prime Minister, Modi.

It was put in place to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub encouraging: foreign direct investment, new initiatives and national manufacturing. This would involve sectors such as travel and tourism, aviation, construction, space, pharmaceuticals and more!

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To start a movement, you need a strategy that inspires, empowers and enables in equal measure. Make in India needed a different kind of campaign: instead of the typical statistics-laden newspaper advertisements, this exercise required messaging that was informative, well-packaged and most importantly, credible.

What now?

Mumbai week as come to a close today and you’re probably wondering what happened that was worth knowing about. To begin with:

  • President Modi “promised” that India will have 100 million new jobs by 2022.
  • India’s GDP is to increase from 15% to 25% in 2022
  • 100 smart cities are to be developed to decongest the urban housing scenario
  • Vodafone India are to invest in new business initiatives such as a ‘tier-4’ data centre at Airoli
  • Jaguar showcased their XE and XJ models
  • The VW Ameo is also showcased
  • Danish firm universal robots aims to double sales
  • 2016 Hyundie i20 was unveiled
  • India consider proposals to manufacture F-16 fighter jet
  • A new “single table”concept has been brought in to place when considering new proposals

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To find out more, visit their website: www.makeinindia.com but also be sure to check their hashtag on Twitter #MakeInIndia

“From profit to progress, friendship to partnership calling the world to #MakeInIndia”

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Previous years

Following last years success we are looking forward to exhibiting at this years Business Travel Show!

2015 was the first year we were in attendance at The Business Travel Show and its safe to say it was a brilliant experience for everyone involved.

You can read more about last years show here

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About the BTShow

The Business Travel Show, held annually in London for more than 20 years, is Europe’s largest specialised exhibition and conference.

The event sees travel professionals from all over the country attending with this year having an estimated 7,424 attendees!

This is a place for networking. Mingling with other exhibitors and visitors, gaining valuable contacts and seeing what’s new and exciting in the travel industry is just a taste of what it has to offer!

If you’d like to come along you can download a ticket here (oh and its completely free!)


Our stand

The Business Travel Show will be open to visitors for two days: Wednesday the 24th to Thursday the 25th of February and will be held at the Olympia Grand Conference Centre in London.

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We will be located in stand B604

 

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This is a 3D mock-up of how our stand will look.

 


MPI Brokers

This year we will be sharing our stand with MPI Brokers:Print

We provide insurance for the Travel and Ski industry – businesses, staff and customers. Find out how you can benefit from our renowned personal service, extensive experience and quality insurance products providing a wide scope of cover


Why visit us?

Here at The Travel Visa Company we can take the stress out of your visa application process. Our staff will be on-hand to offer expert advice about our complete portfolio of visa procurement services including business visas, work permits and media visas. We will also have a range of literature at our stand and a few extra goodies to fill your exhibitor bags! Whether you are a business traveller, manager of an international company or are simply wanting to know the requirements for a personal holiday – we will be able to provide you with the latest information regarding entry requirements.

This year, representing The Travel Visa Company, we have:

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We look forward to seeing you!

You can follow us on our social networks for further updates during the run-up to the event!

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Fundraising For Charity

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Wear It. Beat It.

The British Heart Foundation created Wear It. Beat It. as a way of spreading awareness and bringing attention to the many heart diseases that affect up to 1 in 4 people in the UK. This charity revolves around raising money to help beat heart disease and to support those affected by it.

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Today (the 5th February) is the day that is dedicated to all things red! Here at The Travel Visa Company we have made sure we wore at least one item of red clothing; from ties and shirts to socks and gloves we painted the office red! We also have some delicious home-made cupcakes generously made by Karen (our favourite MD!)

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When you do Wear It. Beat It. for the BHF you’re helping to win the fight for every heartbeat by raising money for life saving research.

“Fight for every heartbeat.”

We have managed to raise £31.25 to date!

If you’d like to donate £3 to life saving research, text ‘RED’to 70060.

World Cancer Day

Yesterday (4th of February) marked the annual World Cancer Day. A day for everyone to come together and unite the world in the fight against cancer.

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Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). Already this year, we have unfortunately seen a number of famous faces lost to cancer such as David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Terry Wogan.

World Cancer day was not set up by a charity. The day came about in support of all the cancer charities out there. The day is not just to bring attention to cancer itself but to also bring attention to the people who are affected and the charities that care for these people.

Check out our blog from last years fundraising day.

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The aim is to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

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Delhi Motor Show 2016

The Auto Expo

This bi-annual event is the second largest of its kind. It will showcase some of the latest and greatest in the automotive industry, with big names such as Honda, Ford, Nissan, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeep, Mercedes and many more attending. You can expect to see brand new cars launched, concept cars unveiled and futuristic motor tech shown off!

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What’s happening this week

This week plays host to the Delhi Auto Expo which has been split in to two events: The Auto Expo (components) and The Auto Expo (motor show).

The motor show will be located in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR and will last for 4 days (5th – 9th of February) whereas the components part of the show will be held in New Delhi and will run from the 4th to the 7th of February.

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Previous years

The event has been running for over 30 years and was originally created in 1985 where it lasted for 9 days.

Since day 1 the Auto Expo has been held at ‘Pragiti Maidan’ which is an exhibition centre that has around 72,000 metres of space. It is also Delhi’s largest exhibition centre!

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A large part of the show is the concept cars (and bikes) that are revealed. There are some truly crazy concepts on show – here is a selection from past years:

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Bikes

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Visa Requirements

The event organisers state that:

Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport / travel document with a valid visa to visit India. These may be obtained from the Indian Mission / Consular Office in the country of their residence.

If you are thinking of travelling to India there are two types of visa available to UK passport holders:

e-Tourist Visa (eTV). This is for tourists staying in India for up to 30 days click here for further information.

Full Indian Visa. If you are ineligible for an eTV or are planning to stay for over 30 days you will require a full Indian visa. You can click here to apply.

“Nothing beats a good drive.”

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Australia Day

What is Australia day?

Australia Day is an official national holiday for Australia. The day is used not only to celebrate what is great about Australia, but gives everyone a chance to reflect and appreciate what the nation has achieved.

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Why is it celebrated?

The 26th of January marks the annual celebration of Australia day and the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788.

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How is it celebrated?

You can find a large amount of the Australian population attending organised community events, getting together with family and friends to celebrate, watching the sunset or late night fireworks, barbecuing on the beach in the sun or just spending the day relaxing with loved ones.

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Travel requirements

If you hold a British Passport and are travelling to Australia for business or tourist purposes, you will need a Visa!

Here are the four different visas you can apply for:

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But don’t worry – here at The Travel Visa Company we take the stress out of the visa application process. For more information, or to apply, visit our website: thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/australia/ or call our award winning team on 01270 250 590.

 

“Australia Day is a day driven by communities unified by the celebration of what’s great about Australia.”

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Gordon Ramsay’s International Influence

Gordon Ramsay, the world renowned ‘shouty chef’ and holder of 7 Michelin stars, is well known both in the UK and America for his TV shows such as ‘Hell’s Kitchen‘, ‘Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares‘ and ‘Hotel Hell‘ but he has also totted up a total of  28 different restaurants across 3 continents! If you’re planning a holiday and need a few ideas of places to eat then be sure to check these out:

Europe / Asia / North America


 

Europe

Italy

Castel Monastero – Located in the city of Siena, Tuscany. The restaurant can be found inside the grounds of an 11th-century monastery which over looks the vast landscapes of the Italian country side.

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Forte Village –  Situated on the island of Sardinia. This is a place where the coastal views and white sandy beaches really captivate the atmosphere of the island.

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France

Au Trianon – Versailles, France. This is also restaurant to the Au Trianon Palace hotel. Another luxurious hotel that offers indulgent features such as a spa, gym and indoor pool.

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La Veranda – Also located in Versailles, France, La Veranda overlooks the Château de Versailles and combines stylish monochrome restaurant interiors with a relaxed brasserie ambience.

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Le Pressoir D’Argent – Bordeaux is quoted as “a masterpiece of the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux. An ageless landmark of excellence reflecting the talent of its chef”.

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To visit Europe you may require a visa. To see if you’re eligible visit our website: http://thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/visas/schengen/


 

Asia

Qatar

Gordon Ramsay Doha – Good, hearty authentic dishes. This restaurant has won many accolades and awards for the food and service they provide including best romantic restaurant 2014.

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Opal by Gordon Ramsay – West Bay, Doha. Food is served in a relaxed and social dining environment. It also overlooks the stunning turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.

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Hong Kong

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar – Lan Kwai Fong. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of wine and cocktails alongside a seasonal menu filled with quality dishes.

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London House – East Tsim Sha Tsui. It features an outdoor terrace with two levels of dining and views over the beautiful Victoria Harbour.

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Singapore

Bread Street Kitchen – Marina Bay Sands. A warehouse-designed restaurant and bar serving a British European menu with fresh seasonal produce.

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If you hold a British Citizen Passport* and are travelling to Qatar for tourist purposes, you will not need a Visa prior to travel! A Visa must be obtained on arrival. For more information visit: http://thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/visas/qatar/


 

North America

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Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Las Vegas – Classic English pub style food with an assortment drinks on tap located in the famous Ceasars palace.

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Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Atlantic City – British-themed venue with grand styling offers classic pub grub & craft beers.

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BURGR – Las Vegas. Serving traditional gourmet burgers, fries, milkshakes and more.

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Gordon Ramsay Steak – Las Vegas. Known for “exceptional fine dining”  With dishes including caviar, Fried Blue Point oysters and Hudson Valley foie gras.

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*New* Fish & Chip Shop in Vegas – Summer 2016 Gordon is set to open his 4th establishment in Las Vegas. His very own fish and chip shop. Guests will be able to view the chefs in action in the kitchen as they prepare the made to order dishes.
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If you are visiting America you will need as ESTA or full-US visa. Apply now! Visit our website – http://thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/visas/america/

 


Wanting to book a table?

If you’re thinking of travelling out to one of these stunning destinations then you’ll be happy to know we can assist  with your visa application for destinations worldwide! Use our website to check your specific visa requirements – thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/visas/

“I don’t cook for the guide, I cook for the customer”

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New Shanghai Disneyland

Record Breaker

Since its official open in June 16 2016, Disneyland Shanghai has been crowned worlds biggest Disney theme park ever!

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Entertainment

The resort features five entertainment districts, which are: Adventure Isle, Fantasyland, Gardens of Imagination, Tomorrowland and Treasure Cove. Each district has its own set of rides and roller-coasters ranging from big drops and thrill rides to scary  and dark themed rides!

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Accommodation

The resort has two hotels for residents staying there. The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, which has 420 rooms, 3 restaurants, 1 lounge, 1 indoor pool and optional rooms with garden, theme park or lake views. As well as this, there is a Toy Story themed hotel that has approximately 800 rooms with 2 restaurants!

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Relaxation

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax within the madness of the theme park then The Wishing Star Park is where to go!

Enjoy a tranquil escape to the banks of a glimmering body of water where rest, relaxation and activities for the entire family await your arrival.

This would be the perfect place to chill out and unwind.

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Attractions

Along with the entertainment districts, hotels, gardens, restaurants and attractions there is also Disneytown that hold a whole host of different shops and stalls as well as meet and greets with some of the most famous and iconic Disney characters. There are movie themed restaurants, street bands, gardens and even circus attractions like the carousel. There is a huge amount of activities and attractions that won’t leave you disappointed!

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Getting There

Tempted to go? China has announced new visa changes!

We can help you with your visa application to China. With our award-winning customer service, our team on travel visa specialists can take the stress out of your application process!

For further information or to apply, contact us on: 01270 250 590

or visit our website: thetravelvisacompany.co.uk 

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no limit, and dreams are forever”

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Happy New Year 2016

New Year Around The World

Ever wondered how other countries around the world celebrate the New Year? Here are some of the most popular cities to celebrate NYE in:

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Taking a look back at 2015

2015 has been a brilliant year for us at The Travel Visa Company and we would like to say a massive thank you to all our hard working staff who have allowed us to be the award wining visa procurement agency that we are today! Here are some of our favourite highlights for 2015:

Award Winners!

Friday the 6th of November was the night that we won the award for Excellence in Customer Service. This was a major highlight for us at The Travel Visa Company. This was an award that represented the hard work, commitment, dedication and effort that the team had put in for the year. For this to be acknowledged by the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce was an incredible feeling and, for us, is a massive achievement! Customer service is our primary focus and what sets us apart from other visa procurement agencies.

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Charity Events

2015 saw us take part in many different charity events and raised a total of over £1,000 for a range of causes including: Comic Relief, World Cancer Day, Wear It. Beat It., Jeans For Genes Day and #WearItPink. Our biggest event was the Great Manchester Run with 6 staff members raising over £800 for ABTA Lifeline and Mid Cheshire Hospitals Scanner Appeal.

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Business Events

During February of 2015, Ray Ward, Phillip Ashwell, Lisa Tatlock, Dan Taylor and Jon Hill attended The Business Travel Show. This is Europe’s leading exhibition and conference dedicated to Corporate Travel. This was our first year at this event and it was by far a success – pushing our brand out to a larger audience and securing new business contracts.

btsWe were also in attendance at the World Travel Market which took place in the first week of November. Representing The Travel Visa Company we had Phillip Ashwell (Head of Sales) and Reece Hardstaff (Research and Development Executive).  The two gave a presentation to around 400 professionals about the increasing opportunity for travelling students.

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New Products

We announced a range of new products in 2015! We are now able to offer: Schengen visas, media visas, student visas, passport photos and resizing and a passport renewal service. As well as this we launched our new blog (right here) and regularly create new content for our readers, customers and partners. Be sure to check back each week for the latest posts.

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New Office

An exciting part of late 2015 was moving our Manchester offices. Expansion is brilliant in any business and it was great for us to be able to move closer to the city centre. The location of the new office is China Visa Bureau, Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester, M2 4PD.

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New Car

We added a new car to our current fleet of business vehicles! Towards the beginning of 2015 our first ever smart car was brought in to the family. Currently we have 2 Toyota IQ’s Our fleet has now increased to 3 vehicles!

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Plans for 2016

The Travel Visa Company are very excited for what 2016 has in store for us! So far we already have plans to attend more business events, raise more money for charity and continue to grow our brand. We are also developing our new website which will be live in the coming months with an all-new mobile/tablet friendly design and plenty more new features to make it even easier for travellers to quickly find out their specific visa requirements and complete their application(s).

Happy New Year from The Travel Visa Company!

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Business Travel Show ’15

Here at The Travel Visa Company HQ we are prepping, with great anticipation, for the Business Travel Show 2015. It’s our first year exhibiting at such a large event and we are really excited to be taking part in what’s promised to be the busiest show yet. As a fast growing Visa Procurement Agency, our expanding Corporate Team will be showcasing the latest services on offer including a new online tracking system.

BTS-MockupFor those of you who don’t know, the Business Travel Show is Europe’s leading exhibition and conference dedicated to Corporate Travel. Corporate Travel buyers will be able to peruse the services and products offered by over 250 global travel brands, including global travel brands in air, accommodation and travel management as well as innovative traveller services (like us!) and technology providers. There will also be sessions shaped by corporate travel experts providing practical information to both buyers and bookers.

And as everyone in business is well aware, it’s all about networking! So with over 250 confirmed exhibitors and 6,500+ professionals in attendance it’s a great place to start making new connections, so why not come along? Did I not mention, it’s free to attend?! Just click on the link below and grab your free ticket to the Business Travel Show 2015. Come and see us at stand B604. You can either book an appointment or just pop along for a chat! See you there!

Download our FREE Business Travel Show Invite

Russia – Biometric Data

On 10th December 2014 the Russian Government implemented a pilot scheme which requires all UK-based applicants to submit biometric data when applying for any visa at the application centres in the UK. The two UK-based consulates are located in London and Edinburgh, therefore requiring travellers to visit either of these two cities in order to complete their visa application.

Read the official announcement >

What is biometric data?

Scanning your fingerprint is the new method the Russian Government are using, utilising modern technology to ensure correct identification.

Though visa agencies are unable to submit an application on your behalf due to this new ruling, The Travel Visa Company are now offering services to assist with your application where possible: from providing assistance over the phone and completing the online application, to a personal meet & greet with a Russian speaking specialist and collection/delivery of the issued visa. See details >

Please not the information provided is primarily for British passport holders. Requirements for other nationalities may vary.

New Blog

Welcome to the new official blog for The Travel Visa Company. We aim to post relevant information about:

  • Travel visa requirements
  • Embassy/Foreign consulate closures
  • Updates on our services and promotions
  • Tips about what to look out for when applying for a visa
  • Interesting news related to travel

If you have any questions you’d like us to answer then please leave a comment below.