Asia’s single most important global platform to promote world-class retail practices. The focus of the two day Asia Retail congress is to discuss and influence the issues for change. The Asia Retail Congress is aimed at company chairs, presidents and CEOs from leading international and national retailers, directors of international and national retailers, directors of international brands who believe in making change happen.....
The Giants of Retail will meet at Asia Retail Congress 2016
If you need help pitching this event to your boss - check out our "Top 5 Reasons to Attend."
We know money is tight and travel budgets have been trimmed but Asia Retail Congress is the one event that you can't afford to miss. And, that's why we've put together this list...
Reason #1. Retail's Most Successful and Innovative Leaders Will Be There!
Reason #2. More than 50 Mind-Blowing Educational Sessions
Asia Retail Congress sessions are full of provocative, challenging information that will reboot your thought processes and help you improve your business. Learn from retail leaders who have adjusted to the new economy and are thriving.
Reason #3. Global Networking Opportunities.
We offer numerous networking opportunities including the Awards for Retail Excellence - Retail's Biggest Party, The Retail Luncheons. Get to know your peers from around the world during more than 5 hours of dedicated networking.
Reason #4. Solutions
Reason #5. One of a Kind
You won't find this level of education, solutions or networking anywhere else in the world!
John Keells Group
Ramesh presently leads the Digital and Technology strategy/execution for the John Keells Group, Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate in the Colombo Stock Exchange, as its Executive Vice President/ Global CIO whilst providing leadership for the Group's IT Consultancy Organization, SGIT, as its CEO.
He is a seasoned Digital cum Business Executive, Leader and Strategist, who has provided effective stewardship for many organizations, including premier, blue-chip, conglomerates, working in some of the most competitive markets in the technology industry. He has over 25 years of experience, with 15+ at the C-level, in Sri Lanka, USA and India with an operational footprint covering territories such as USA, Canada, UK, Nordics, UAE, Australia and emerging markets.
He has the rare distinctions of being a Hayes-Fulbright scholar, one of the youngest CEOs as well as the youngest Group CIOs at John Keells to date. He was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Award in recognition of his stewardship in transforming the Group's IT function to customer centric, external facing, profit-center in a short span of 3 years.
He holds to his credit a MSc(Computer Science) with Phi Kappa Phi Honours from Rochester Institute of Technology, a MBA(General) from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka; BSc.Eng.(Electronics & Telecommunications) with First class honours from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
He is at present reading for his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at the International School of Management, Paris, FRANCE. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He has active memberships in several professional institutions and is actively involved in steering Digital and IT to greater heights in promoting inclusive and sustainable development across the board.
Mr. Chirantan Kislae is co-founder of MyTrolley, a Hyperlocal Marketplace startup. He has over 17 years of progressive leadership experience, rich in retail exposure.
Before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, Mr Kislae was Head – Information Technology for The MobileStore, where he led the digital transformation journey for India’s first and largest telecom retailer. Prior to joining Essar group, he was associated with Infosys for more than 12 years and has done consulting assignments with marquee global retailers such as Lowes, Starbucks, Toys’R’us, Aéropostale, Swatch, Ikon Office Solutions and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Mr Kislae has rich and diverse technology background in both Application and Infrastructure technologies and won many awards and accolades for his work in Retail domain.
Mr. Kislae is mechanical engineering graduate from IIT-BHU India
You are advised to contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in your country in order to obtain a visa of entry. Please apply for your visa well in advance. Your travel agent may also be able to help you. Delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka should apply minimum 6 weeks in advance. The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of:
Foreign passengers of countries not mentioned in the above list should ensure that they are in possession of a valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days. A separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders.
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without prior notice. The High Commission reserves the right to grant and decide the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
The instruction and information given here is general in nature, however for specific information, you may contact the respective Indian Mission.
Visa application form is available at the Indian Mission in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All NRIs/PIOs, including children (who do not possess OCI or PIO card) need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms
Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are mentioned below:
Validity: 6 months. The applicant is required to submit documents in proof of his financial standing. Tourists traveling in groups of not less than four members under the auspices of a recognized travel agency may be considered for grant of collective tourist visa.
Conference Visas are issued for attending conferences / seminars / meetings in India. The letter of invitation must be submitted along with the visa application. In addition, you should augment you application for a conference visa by enclosing copy of permissions received from the Indian authorities. You may download the same here.
Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences.
Visa with validity six months : US$ 30
Visas with validity one year : US$ 50
Visas with validity one to five years : US$100
Personal applications are processed the same day. Postal applications will take approximately two weeks.
New Delhi & Mumbai are the most used entry points for India and many International airlines connect them to all parts of the World. Other international airports at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Amritsar, Trivandrum, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Trichy, Kanpur and Lucknow too offer numerous options for travelling to India.
230-240V, 50 HZ. Sockets accept round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, some hotels may provide adaptors on request. It is advisable to carry universal adaptors.
A host of languages are spoken in India. English is widely spoken or understood except in rural areas.
The currency in India is the Rupee, which comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. You are requested to use authorized money changers and banks to change currency. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, it is an offence to exchange foreign currency other than through authorized money changers or banks. The currency may be exchanged at the airport on arrival.
Most bank ATMs honor Visa, Visa Electron, Master & Maestro cards and you may use these ATMs also to withdraw money.
Most hotels, shops and other establishments accept credit cards. Master & VISA cards are accepted at almost all such establishments whereas some of them accept Diners and American Express cards as well.
If the visa, for stay in India, is for more than 180 days, following is the requirement:
All persons, except nationals of Bhutan & Nepal, leaving by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.
Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India must surrender his Certificate of Registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he plans to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port / Check-post of exit from India.
Passengers embarking on trips to any place outside India from a Customs airport/seaport will have to pay a Foreign Travel Tax (FTT) of Rs. 500 and Rs. 150 (subject to revision) on trips to Afganistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka and Maldives. No tax is payable on trips performed by ship from Rameshwaram to Talaimanar and in case of transit passengers, provided they do not leave the customs barrier. Transit passengers travelling by air who have to leave the airport on accout of mechanical trouble but continue their journey by the same aircraft and the same flight number by which they arrive are also exempt from FTT. Transit sea passengers leaving the ship for sightseeing, shopping etc. during the ships' call at any of the Indian ports will not be required to pay FTT.
Visitors are generally required to make a baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. They should fill in the Disembarkation Card handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.
For passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage
For passengers with dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles to be entered on the tourist Baggage Re-Export Form. Dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high-value articles must be entered on a Tourist Baggage Re-Export Form (TBRE). These articles must be re-exported at the time of departure. A failure to re-export anything listed on the TBRE becomes a payable duty levied for each missing item. The following duty-free possessions are permissible
For more and updated information kindly visit the Central Board of Customs & Excise website :http://www.cbec.gov.in/travellers.htm
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travellers' cheques you may bring into India provided you make a declaration in the Currency Declaration Form given to you on arrival. This will enable you not only to exchange the currency bought in, but also to take the unspent currency out of India on departure. Cash, bank notes and travellers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent, need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travellers' cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc. in convertible currencies, which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency, should be exchanged only through authorised money changers and banks who will issue an encashment certificate that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money into foreign currency. Exchanging of foreign currency other than banks or authorised money changers is an offense under Foreign Exchange Regulations Act 1973.
Indian Rupees are not allowed to be taken out of India. Exchanging them before you depart is the best option. Banking facilities, for the conversion of rupees into foreign currency are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It’s best to access these facilities before immigration as they are not available thereafter. All animal products, souvenirs, and trophies are subject to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The export of skins made from protected wildlife species is not allowed. As a general rule, avoiding such souvenirs that could be made of animal skins (except crocodile-leather goods) is best. Generally, items more than 100 years old cannot be exported without a permit from the Archaeological Survey, which has an office in Delhi. Reputable shops will provide you with the required permit or help you procure it. Items without permits will be detained by Indian Customs if they are believed to be over 100 years old.
GMT/UTC + 5:30
Please consult with your physician regarding health precautions prior to visiting India. If you are coming from or have visited Africa, South America or an area infected with Yellow Fever within five days prior to your arrival in India, proof of inoculation against Yellow Fever is required. The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies as necessary.
The Country Code for India is `91´. Landline numbers in major cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore & Chennai have eight digits whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers are 10 digits.
Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes.
International access code (`00´ or `+') followed by 91 and the 10-digit MOBILE NO., eg. +91 XXXXXXXXXX.
Dialing Within India
Local call - Landline no.
Long distance call - 0 then STD Code followed by Landline No.
Local call -10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digit Mobile No.
Local or Long distance calls
0 followed by STD Code, followed by Landline No.
Local Call - 10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digits Mobile No.
The international access code when dialing out of India is "00" (or `+' when dialing from a mobile phone).
In India both GSM & CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact your mobile service providers to check their roaming partners & tariffs in India. Indian SIM cards may not be easily available due to security restrictions.
Indian cuisine differs from region to region. The variety of food you get in India is outstanding. Generally Indian food is spicy and hot. The waiters can be told to make it less spicy. Many restaurants serve Continental, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, French. Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Mediterranean, and other cuisines. American fast food is very popular and outlets are present in most cities and towns. Tipping is optional but a common practice in India. The usual practice is leaving a 5-10% tip for the services provided.
Tap water is not purified for drinking. Unless you have access to a water filter, or are sure water has been boiled, it is safer to stick to bottled water. Avoid ice in your drinks outside your hotel.
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