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Bangkok 2nd as per GDS Index

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Bangkok is second on the list of Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. The rating, which measured social and environmental sustainability strategies, industry supplier support, and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives. The results also praised Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)’s performance as a top scorer in a comparison of convention bureaux in other Asian destinations. The top five destinations recently received GDS-Index Awards from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) to recognise their sustainable practices in the business tourism and events industry. The five highest overall scores went to Gothenburg (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Reykjavik (Iceland), Oslo (Norway) and Uppsala (Sweden) respectively. According to the index, the top five Asian cities with highest overall scores are Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok, Goyang (South Korea), Sapporo (Japan), and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) respectively. Bangkok was ranked second in Asia and 21st in the world according to the GDS-Index. The ranking measured across four key areas, including city environmental strategy and infrastructure (14 topics), city social sustainability performance (4 topics), industry supplier support (8 topics), and convention bureau (CVB) strategy and initiatives (12 topics). Bangkok received an overall score of 58 per cent, with the convention bureau winning 69 per cent, ably beating the global benchmark of 53 per cent. TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya noted that this was the first time that Bangkok had participated in the GDS-Index, leaving the bureau delighted by the result.

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ITM 2019 to be held from September 29-October 1

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The India Tourism Mart (ITM), organised by the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), will be tentatively held from September 29 to October 1, 2019, announced Subhash Goyal, Secretary General, FAITH. He also told that these dates are tentative, considering that any other inbound travel show like KTM as well as the National Tourism Awards would not clash with the same. This year, ITM had around 250 foreign buyers in attendance with an equal number of exhibitors. He also revealed that they are expecting around 500 buyers to come for the next year’s edition as they will have enough time to plan the event unlike this time, when they organised it within 2.5 months.

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ICPB requests MOT to declare 2019 as ‘The Year of MiCE’

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Being in the forefront for promoting India as a preferred MiCE destination for years, ICPB has now requested the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) to declare 2019 as ‘The Year of MiCE.’ Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, informs, “We have recommended to Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to declare 2019 as ‘The Year of MiCE’, which will certainly give us an opportunity to organise a number of activities in collaboration with all stakeholders throughout the year to propagate the importance of MiCE and its economic and social impact, and also undertake various marketing activities to promote India as a preferred convention destination.” On the year gone by, he added, “The year 2018 has been very fruitful and full of activities. We conducted training programmes and a successful international road show in Europe, 11th Convention India Conclave in Kolkata. We also participated at various international trade shows. “There has also been a substantial increase in our membership in the last one year, also the one-time membership of eight State Government’s, has not only given us the financial benefits, but also has enhanced the status of ICPB. Now, we can truly call ourselves a pan-India bureau.” Regarding plans in the pipeline, he said, “We are planning two international residential training programmes with ICCA and , apart from regular training programmes. We will be holding  the 12th Convention India Conclave in Kochi for which we have initiated the process with Kerala Government. We hope to open  new ICPB State Chapters in two more states. We will be conducting road shows in India as well as international road shows in the UK and Europe. We will also aim for a greater participation of ICPB …

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Skål Ball, Delhi, to be held on February 16, 2019

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 Skål Delhi is set to host Skål Ball on February 16 at Le Meridien, New Delhi, informed the association’s Immediate Past President, Sanjay Dutta while speaking at Skål Christmas lunch in Delhi. He added, “The Skål Christmas lunch has become an annual event now, since we have been hosting it for the past 12 years at The Imperial lawns.” Sharing future plans for the organisation, Dutta said, “Our basic aim is to help people network; the more people we get, the more networking is done. At Skål Delhi, our attendance has always been 60 per cent and above which is why we keep on doing things differently. We will also be having the new AGM either in March or April next year in which the new team will take over.” Ranjit Vig, Secretary, Skål International Delhi, said, “Month on month, Skål has had one achievement after the other. We have a lot on our agenda for 2019. We are looking forward to Skål Ball as we brace for tourism getting better with each passing year.”

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Derek Sharp appointed as the MD of CWT Meetings & Events

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has appointed Derek Sharp as Managing Director of CWT Meetings & Events. Effective 1 November 2018, Derek will be based in London, report to Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer of CWT and serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organization Leadership Team. “Derek’s success in strategy, sales, P&L management and business development will bring an additional level of dynamism to our Meetings and Events business. In addition, his extensive experience in the global travel industry will provide a unique perspective on how to further grow this critical component of CWT’s worldwide portfolio,” said Kelly Kuhn. “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Derek to our team.” Immediately prior to his appointment, Derek was SVP and Managing Director of Travelport’s Air Commerce line of business focusing on airline and rail distribution as well as airline IT solutions. He has previously held senior management, strategy and consulting positions with HP Enterprise Services, EDS, UPS and Bain & Company. An American national who has lived in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Derek holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University

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ITB Asia 2018 finishes on a high with record-breaking numbers

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ITB Asia,  wrapped up on a high as the annual event achieved record-breaking numbers. Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore between 17 – 19 October 2018, the three-day conference and exhibition recorded an impressive 25,000 business appointments this year. Having hosted more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 1,000 buyers this year, ITB Asia 2018 had also recorded an increase of 8.9 per cent of total visitors representing more than 127 countries from last year’s anniversary event. This year, ITB Asia 2018 welcomed new exhibitors as it unveiled its largest exhibitor showcase yet. This included Abu Dhabi, Botswana, Canton Sarajevo, Croatia, Fukuoka, Kansai, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Rovaniemi, Slovakia and Ukraine among many others. Under the overarching theme of “Travel Reimagined”, this year’s conference programme delivered major trends provoking disruption across the travel industry and how companies are innovating to stay ahead. With over 260 speakers, key industry experts delivered fascinating insights at the keynote sessions, as well as focused topics for the MICE and Corporate segment, the Travel and Tech space and Muslim Travel conference sessions which were very well-received. “Having surpassed last year’s impressive milestone, we have yet again achieved recordbreaking numbers as we continue to see the show flourish. As we look forward to next year’s ITB Asia, we continue to build and strengthen our efforts in maintaining ITB Asia as the premier event of the year and the go-to hub for remarkable travel content and inspiring experiences.My greatest thanks and appreciation go out to all our supporters across industry and the teams involved for their endless hard work in making this event happen”, said Katrina Leung, Managing Director …

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ICPB roadshows to travel to London and Washington in 2019

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) roadshows is scheduled to be held in London and Washington next year. This was informed by Chander Mansharamani Vice Chairman, ICPB, at the recently-held AGM of the association. Elaborating on the future plans of ICPB, Mansharamani said, “In 2019  we are planning to take our roadshows to London and Washington, around the month of June. A lot many of the world associations are headquartered in London and a lot of the American Associations are in Washington. Maybe one roadshow we would like to have in Australia, along with AIME in Melbourne. We are working on the same, we may combine Singapore and Melbourne, that is again in the pipeline. The roadshows this year  held in Paris, Zurich, Brussels and Geneva, garnered a good response. We had almost 110 buyers coming in. We were 12 exhibitors in all. The government has been promoting ICPB as the frontal organisation for marketing India as a MiCE destination. Mansharamani  further stated, “We at ICPB, will soon also be coming out with  a report on the size of the  MiCE industry in India. An agency for the same has been appointed by the government. They are also looking at the new structure for ICPB. We need to restructure the whole body.” On the AGM agenda, he said, “At  the AGM, we discussed the calendar of events, we are of the view that we must have four training programmes in a  year. We want to tie-up with International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) in USA, that will be a certified programme from IAPCO. One programme will be a residential one for two days and three programmes will be on different level like …

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TCEB generates 1 trillion baht MiCE revenue to Thailand

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Thailand Conventions & Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) has reported more than one trillion baht of the MiCE revenue generated to Thailand’s economy. The bureau showcased 13 years of its MiCE development path  at the Thailand MICE Forum 2018: Redefining Our Industry.  Since TCEB’s establishment, Thailand has been hosting 20 international MICE events per a year through the bureau’s successful bids while supports have been granted to more than 5,000 MICE events in Thailand and overseas. During the forum, TCEB also announced the reform of its strategies in three parts to promote the sustainable MICE industry in the fiscal year 2019. Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Chairman of the Board of Directors, TCEB, said the bureau has provided support to more than 5,000 domestic and international events held in Thailand and overseas countries. TCEB has been engaging in important missions to support the development of MiCE sector including the establishment of MICE Standards, the facilitation for MiCE Visa and MiCE logistics, as well as the development of MiCE Prototype Manual, MICE Cities and Area-based Development. “The statistics from 2017 showed that TCEB and operators in the MiCE industry had created a positive impact on the Thailand’s economy in different aspects. MiCE expenditure stood as high as 231,200 million baht, contributing 173,000 million baht, or 1.1%, to the country’s GDP. The contribution rate of MiCE to the country’s GDP is comparable to Singapore. Meanwhile, in the same year, the industry has contributed 21,600 million baht of tax and created as many as 167,300 jobs,” said Dr. Atchaka. In term of the global ranking, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) in 2017 have rated Thailand the …

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Thailand to host Horti ASIA 2018 and AGRITECHNICA ASIA 2018

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Thailand is set to host two major agricultural business events which feature smart technologies during 22-24 August 2018. Attracted by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) , these events will underscore the country’s leading position in the world’s agriculture sector and are expected to attract up to 20,000 international delegates coming to explore agricultural innovations displayed under one roof. Highlights of the smart-tech designed from Thailand such as an intelligent sugarcane cutting machine and a smart plant-nursery with an artificial lighting system will be showcased along with an agricultural drone technology from China. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, said that TCEB provides support for two agricultural trade fairs which to be hosted in Thailand namely Horti ASIA 2018 – a leading international trade show for horticulture and floricultural production and processing technology, and AGRITECHNICA ASIA 2018 – the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment. Both events will take place in Bangkok during 22-24 August 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center or BITEC. These trade fairs will further strengthen Thailand’s position as a major hub for trade and investment in agricultural machinery as well as innovative technologies which have been building on the country’s significant role in the world’s agricultural sector. For this year’s edition, the co-located fairs will be emphasising on the ‘Solutions for Horticulture and Agricultural Industries’. The Horti Asia 2018 is recognised as the region’s leading event for horticultural professionals involved in growing fruit, flowers, vegetables, and plant production and greenhouse technology. This year’s highlights showcase agricultural and horticultural technologies including academic works from the Embassy of The Netherlands and the International …

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Skål International India to introduce three new clubs by April 2019

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During the recently-concluded 3rd Skål International India National Congress in Kolkata, Ranjini Nambiar, President, Skål International India has announced the commencement of three new Skål clubs by April 2019. “We are planning to come up with a new Skål club in Jammu & Kashmir, Coimbatore and Bhubaneswar. There is also a possibility of a club in Vizag as well. We are aiming a total of 20 Skål clubs by 2020.” Skål International Asia Area Congress 2019 will be held in Bengaluru from June 27-30, 2019.

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