Category Archives: Association

GST to hit MICE: ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, shared that the GST slabs announced for hospitality industry will negatively affect inbound tourism immediately. “The MICE industry will be terribly hit as most of the convention facilities are only available in 5-star hotels which have room rates of Rs. 5000 or above. The high tax rate of 28 per cent will negatively impact conventions and conferences in the pipeline as well. I feel scope for manipulation has been left for the hotels where one can charge Rs. 4990 for a room and pay only 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent. Also, there is confusion whether the tax will be charged on rack rate, published rate or on the negotiated rate. The whole purpose of one tax one India is defeated,” he added.

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Kochi to host ATTOI’s technology conference from June 8-10

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The International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT), organised by the Association of Tourism Trade Organizations India (ATTOI) is scheduled to be held at the Le Meridien Kochi from June 8 to 10. The conference is being held with support from Kerala Tourism.  Anish Kumar P.K, President, ATTOI, said the future of travel is certainly digital, and ATTOI is maximising its use of technology, for instance in using live streaming as a promotional campaign tool for the upcoming second edition of ICTT. In December last year, ATTOI, as a curtain raiser to an international conference, organised a live streaming of an underwater engagement to showcase beach resorts as a unique offering of Kerala Tourism. Over 25 lakh viewers across the world watched the video that was streamed live from the beach resort of Kovalam.

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Dubai Association Conference from December 11-12 at DWTC

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The Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has announced the launch of the first-ever Dubai Association Conference. The conference will be held from December 11-12, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event aims to reinforces the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy. The announcement was made at the Associations World Congress currently underway in Vienna, Austria.           Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “This conference will also help us continue to position Dubai as a premier host city for business events, reflecting our ambition in discovering solutions to worldwide challenges, the diversity of our economy, and our keenness to collaborate.”             Hassan Al Hashemi, Member of the Executive Committee of DAC and Vice President of International Relations, Dubai Chamber, said: “The conference will serve as an ideal platform for attracting associations from around the world to Dubai, which will ultimately improve the competitiveness of its business community, and contribute toward the emirate’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.”             Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The inaugural Dubai Association Conference, hosted at DWTC, is set to serve as a distinct platform to support the growth and development of local and global associations regionally.”

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ICPB Convention from August 17-19 in Mumbai

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) is going to host its annual convention, Convention India Conclave, from August 17-19 in Mumbai. This convention, also the flagship event of the association, will be the 10th edition that will offer a platform for all key industry stakeholders to come together and deliberate on making India a hub for international MICE events. This was announced by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB. “This year we are also inviting heads of associations which are responsible for organising large scale conventions in India across fields like medicine, science etc. We aim to aid the various associations in their bidding processes and hope that through this platform we are able to inform them about the procedures in order to get more international MICE events to India,” said Mansharamani. He further informed that Maharashtra Government is the platinum partner for the show and the agenda, delegates expected and other details will be announced in due course of time.

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GITB 2018 in Jaipur from April 22-24

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The 11th edition of GITB will be held from April 22-24, 2018, at Jaipur. This was announced by Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee, FICCI. “GITB has grown over the last 10 years from 260 buyers to 275 buyers, from 3,000 to 10,800 meetings over the last few years. It has played a vital role in the influx of foreign tourists to India and Rajasthan. We hope that the foreign buyers attending the show become our ambassadors and bring more and more tourists to the country.”

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India Expo Shop 2017 underway

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The India Expo Shop 2017, inaugurated on April 17, 2017, is underway till April 20, at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Anup Wadawan, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India, Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industry,  Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Govt of Rajasthan, Satyadev Pachauri, Hon’ble Minister for MSME, Export Promotion, Govt of Uttar Pradesh, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Commerce & Industry, Parliamentary Affairs, Skill, Employment, Govt of Assam. Global Exhibition on Services, 2017 is organised by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), delegates from 70 countries are participating and there shall be participation from 20 states of India.  There will be approximately 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors will be participating in the event. The show will demonstrate capabilities of the industries serving organisations holding exhibitions, conferences and events. The expected visitors are from the exhibition organisers, stand designers, exhibiting companies, event organisers, MICE agencies, retails players and corporate event organisers. A two-day summit is also to be organised at the venue from April 18-19, 2017. Themed “Embracing Technologies in Events and Exhibitions”, the summit will offer information, presentations and networking sessions.

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India, a top market for cruising from Singapore: Srithar

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Cruising from Singapore is steadily becoming one of the key activities for Indian travellers. In 2016, Singapore reported 1.2 million cruise passengers with a double-digit growth of 16 per cent as compared to 2015, out of which 100,000 were from India, an increase of 29 per cent over 2015 figures, according to a consumer survey, informed G.B. Srithar, RD SAMEA, by Singapore Tourism Board (STB) at the second edition of India Cruise Forum in Mumbai, organised by the STB. “India is a key source market for cruising out of Singapore. STB will continue to work closely with in-market partners to raise awareness of cruising as a great holiday option and sustain the growth of Singapore as a cruising hub in South East Asia,” added Srithar.

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TCEB’s new campaign offers incentives for Indian exhibitors

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The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched two campaigns that offer incentives for exhibitors as well as attendees from India. The delegation, led by Kanokporn Damrongkul, Senior Business Development Manager, Exhibitions Department, TCEB, was in Mumbai to launch these two campaigns. The ‘Exhibiz in Market’ campaign is its latest drive towards expanding exhibition space at international exhibitions in Thailand. Damrongkul reveals, “India is an active participant in Thailand’s trade shows, contributing 2.92 per cent of total overseas exhibitors in 2015. The majority of them exhibited in the food and agriculture sector followed by automotive and health and wellness. TCEB’s Exhibiz in Market scheme is a new funding initiative conceived to generate pavilions at international trade shows in Thailand. The scheme offers financial assistance between USD 1,500 – USD 5,500 for leaders of commercial pavilions between 36 sqm and 250 sqm in size.” The other scheme called ‘Connect Business Campaign’ offers incentive of USD 100 per person for attendees with a maximum of 300 pax per show.

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16th APLIC 2017 from May 17-19 in Malaysia

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Malayasia will play host to the 16th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC) from May 17-19, 2017, at Resorts World, Genting Highlands. Organised by the National Association of Life Insurance and Family Takaful Advisors (NAMLIFA), this is the third time that Malaysia is conducting APLIC after that in 1993 and 2005. The congress is a biennial event that will be co-hosted by member countries of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) together with support of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Themed as “Together As One”, the congress aims to promote the business development and productivity of financial services professionals. More than 5,000 life insurance practitioners from 13 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia will attend the bi-annual event, making it the largest financial services congress in the region. “The 16th APLIC being an international event, is set to promote Malaysia as an international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibition destination in Asia.  As we target at least 60 per cent of foreign participation, the inflow of foreign participants will also boost the tourism industry in Malaysia that will have a direct and spillover effect on the local economy,” said Tang Kia Sing, Organising Chairman of the 16th APLIC.

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ICTT 2017 meet from June 8-10 in Kochi

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An impressive line-up of technology industry experts from across the globe will attend the upcoming International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT) to deliberate on the paramount role of technology in giving a fillip to the travel and tourism industry through interactive engagements with customers and providing excellent products and services. Association of Tourism Trade Organisation (ATTOI), with the support of Kerala Tourism, will organise the three-day event at Le Meridien Hotel in Kochi from June 8 to 10. The seven experts who will be attending the brainstorming meet this year to share their insights are Andre Chow (Singapore), Billy Taylor (New Zealand), Christopher Tock (Malaysia), Donna Mortiz (Australia), Lauren Cleland (USA), Nicky Kriel (the UK) and Pierre Marechal (Belgium).  “Technology is all around us and the world of travel and tourism is no exception. Through technology, such as social media, tourism operators could engage their customers and enable them to share their experiences. So, it is high time to get updated and be adaptable and fluid to the changes in the sector,” said ATTOI President Anish Kumar P.K. The speakers will share insights on topics such as ‘Content and Search Engine Strategy’, ‘Digital tools- The way forward’, ‘Online Destination Marketing’, ‘Travel Technology Trends in Future’, ‘Consumer Behaviour and Online Reputation’, ‘Social Media for Tourism’, ‘Online Tools’ and ‘Revenue Management’.

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