Category Archives: Conventions

Accor to manage 571-room Star Convention Centre in Thailand

Accor has signed an agreement to manage the 571-room Star Convention Centre in Thailand. The Star Convention Hotel will be rebranded to Novotel Rayong Star Convention Centre in 2020. Located in the city centre of Rayong province, the hotel will undergo a major renovation of its public areas, dining outlets and 235 guestrooms in the first phase followed by another 336 guest-rooms in the second phase over the next two years. “We’re very excited to have the Star Convention Hotel join the Accor network and to grow our portfolio in a city like Rayong. We believe that the Eastern Seaboard, including provinces like Rayong, Chonburi, Trat, with the upcoming high-speed train route will offer excellent development opportunities in the future. Guests can look forward to the natural and intuitive design of the Novotel brand and relax in the comforting and energizing spaces,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives. The hotel is situated in the hub of one of Thailand’s major agricultural and industrial provinces. Also a popular beach destination for locals, the hotel is approximately 2.5-hour drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and 1-hour drive from U-Tapao International Airport. “We are pleased to join Accor and we believe that the group’s expertise and experience in hospitality will add to the success of our hotel. The signing of our partnership with Accor also reflects our confidence in Rayong’s tourism industry and the East Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy. We look forward to working with the Accor team to unfold a new chapter of Star Convention Hotel’s legacy,” said Phisamai Supanuntaroek, Director of Star Convention Hotel.

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Delhi to soon offer M!CE infrastructure at a global scale: Kant

Stressing on the importance of M!CE in India, Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog,shared, “I think there is a huge possibility of M!CE tourism in India and therefore the Government is creating two global scale products for this sector—one near Dwarka, which is about five minutes from the airport, and I have been personally involved in it with an aim to create probably the biggest exhibition and convention centre there. It will be an iconic exhibition and convention centre and will be the largest in Southeast Asia, at par with what exists in Shanghai. It should be ready in about a year’s time as 50 per cent of work is already complete. We will also have around 14 hotels there. It will have a large-scale shopping and commercial development. It’s like creating a completely new city in the heart of Delhi in Dwarka. It will also have two metros linked to it, and the roads have been widened for the same. It will be the biggest M!CE destination in Delhi and the Government has taken the initiative of giving this land of around 350 acres at just Re 1. In addition to this, Pragati Maidan has been completely redeveloped again into a global scale development to drive the M!CE market. We have requested all other states to take similar initiatives to develop M!CE tourism and create similar kind of global scale infrastructure.”

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PCEB to hold roadshows in India in January

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) will be holding roadshows in India to promote Penang as the preferred location for business events activities in the region. The tentative dates for the same are Mumbai, Jan 13, 2020; New Delhi Jan 15, 2020; Chennai Jan 17, 2020; Kochi Jan 20, 2020. Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is a state bureau established in 2016 to develop the Business Events and meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Penang.

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Sarovar to open convention centre in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh by March 2020

In a recent interview, Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “Sarovar is going to open a convention Centre in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh which is going to be more of a wedding than a M!CE hotel. It’s linked very closely to port of Kakinada, Vijayawada, Vizag, Hyderabad etc. and should open by March 2020. The hotel, a part of the convention centre, will open a little later. The facility will cover 30,000 square feet and will accommodate approximately 3000 people.

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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre expands with new 11,000 sqm space to a total 33,659 sqm of flexible multi-purpose function space

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s brand-new 11,000 sqm expansion is officially open for business as the venue hosts its inaugural event in the multi-purpose space – ARCHIDEX, which also becomes the first event to utilise the entire Centre’s space. The extension enables the Centre to comfortably accommodate larger events, as well as host more events simultaneously. The new flexible spaces can accommodate innovative and experiential delivery of events and have been designed to easily adapt to any customer requirements. This purpose-built space allows clients to explore new meeting designs, networking hubs and customise their delegate experience to suit any occasion. New additions include an expansive foyer area adjoining the Plenary Hall, for wonderful networking, cocktail and social engagement activities, which can extend into Hall 6 – providing an additional 2,862 sqm. Hall 6, 7 and 8 also have a hospitality suite and one lounge which can be utilised for various purposes. With an excellent track record in hosting large international association meetings, the Centre is delighted to now provide more space for these clients to grow their events. The prospect of bidding for larger national, regional and international conventions is also now a very viable option. For the Centre’s exhibition clients who have grown their events at the venue over the years, this additional space with excellent infrastructure and the same high-quality fit out as its existing Halls 1 to 5, means the Centre can enhance its partnership with them to better meet their evolving business objectives and increase its value proposition as a venue partner. Commenting on the versatile expansion, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared “This is another huge milestone and step forward for the Centre and …

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Cochin Port Trust to lease out land for convention centres

The Cochin Port Trust will lease out 55 acres for 30 years for the development of five-star hotels, convention centres, malls, and commercial complexes. The Port Trust has invited tenders for developing the land to make the entire area a hospitality and business hub. The land located at the southern end of Wellingdon Island has waterfront on three sides and has excellent connectivity to the important locations in Ernakulam city and the airport. NH-966B passes through the northern boundary of the plot and Kundannoor Junction on the NH 66 is only 2.5 km away. As per the land use plan of Cochin Port Trust, the land is earmarked for Hospitality Node and Business District. The activities as per the Land Use Plan includes tourism/business functions such as five-star hotel, convention /MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition) centres, commercial complexes, budget hotel, offices, public spaces including children’s play areas, open food plazas, etc. Constructions of up to 8-storey-high buildings are possible on the land and hence highly suited for establishing hotels, convention centres, and commercial complexes. The tender document is available at www.cochinport.gov.in. Source: New India Express

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ICPB’s 12th Conventions India Conclave from Aug 29-31 in Kochi

India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) shall conduct its 12th Conventions India Conclave from August 29-31, at Hotel Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty. The conclave will provide the perfect forum of opinions, views and standpoints on India’s meeting and convention industry. The theme of the conclave will be ‘Mapping the sustainable MICE future of India’, while the focus area at the event will be on India aiming to be the top ten meeting destinations in the World by 2023. The two-day event is packed with sessions and panel discussions on various topics ‘Can India spearhead this 2 X growth in just four years’ – A Hard talk with Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Kerala. Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala, is the Platinum Sponsor as a State Partner, while Hotel Grand Hyatt Kochi is the Venue Partner.

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IHCL unveils Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), introduced the iconic Taj brand in Agra with the opening of Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The hotel, spread over 4.5 acres, is ideally located within walking distance from the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The 239-spacious rooms hotel is an ideal destination for large conferences and destination weddings. It offers 40,000 sqft of indoor and outdoor banqueting space including a 14,000 sqft pillar-less hall which is one of the largest in North India. Rohit Khosla, Executive Vice President – Operations, North and West India, IHCL, said, “Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal promises to be a great draw for both, domestic as well as international travellers.” “It is ideally suited for leisure travellers and is the perfect venue for conferences and weddings,” said Rajat Tuli, General Manager, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. With this addition, IHCL will have two hotels, one under the Taj and one under the SeleQtions brand in the city of Agra.

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Radisson Hotel Group unveils Radisson Meetings

Radisson Hotel Group has launched new global meetings and events offering called Radisson Meetings. Available across the group’s seven hotel brands, Radisson Meetings is developed around the three core elements of successful events – Personal, Professional and Memorable – while being 100 per cent carbon neutral through offsetting. Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Commercial Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Radisson Meetings represents our commitment to deliver a personal, professional and memorable service to our guests, and to respond to changing market trends and expectations. We are investing in our meeting venues at our 1,100+ hotels worldwide, in training of our teams, and in technology. A state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and distribution platform are core elements helping us to deliver our brand promise. Finally, all Radisson Meetings are carbon neutral – we are the only hotel group worldwide to automatically offset any carbon footprint at no cost to our customers.” To help event planners deliver memorable events for their attendees, Radisson Meetings provides an impressive portfolio of venues, tempting menus and other extras. With the launch of Radisson Meetings, Radisson Hotel Group automatically offsets the carbon footprint of every meeting or event taking place at our hotels worldwide, at no cost to attendees or organizers. To do this, Radisson Hotel Group has teamed up with FirstClimate, one of the largest carbon offsetting organizations in the world. For each meeting, the carbon footprint is calculated and then offset through First Climate by supporting projects that combat climate change and have a positive sustainable development contribution in Peru, Kenya, and India or invest in wind energy in Turkey and the USA. All selected projects are Gold Standard or Verified Carbon …

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Hilton Prague tops list of meetings hotel in Europe

Hilton Prague has bagged the number one position as Top Meeting Hotel according to Cvent’s annual list of the Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Europe. Cvent’s Top Meeting Hotels lists rank venues based on MiCE performance according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs) and conversion rate. The list was compiled by analysing meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN). More than USD $16 billion and more than 42 million room nights were sourced through the CSN in 2018. “In Europe, we saw a nearly 20 percent increase in RFP volume year-over-year and hotels featured on this year’s lists are elevating their MiCE strategy through innovative digital marketing and quick and complete online responses to RFPs – which is exactly what event organisers want,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President- Marketing, Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “Our Top Meeting Hotels lists are consistently used by event organisers to find great hotels and by hoteliers looking to set themselves apart to increase their property’s MiCE revenue.” Michael Specking, General Manager, Hilton Prague, said, “A full renovation of our almost 800 rooms is nearly complete, and our flexible 5.000 sq. meters of meeting and convention space, bright atrium lobby, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and 2,000 sq. meters of leisure facilities offer group guests all the amenities they look for when attending events. Add to this our hotel’s central location and most importantly a great team focused on delivering high standards of service, Hilton Prague is the real creative metropolis with everything under one roof.” Top 10 Hotel Properties in Europe 2019 Rank       Hotel Name 1          Hilton Prague 2          Meliá Castilla Hotel & Convention Centre Madrid 3          InterContinental Vienna …

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