Category Archives: Conventions

Paris, top city for meetings: ICCA

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According to the ICCA’s Country and City Rankings report, Paris has returned as the top city for meetings, The latest report, which covers 2018, sees Paris return to its number one position, which it had not held since 2016. Overall, the ICCA says that it captured a total of 12,937 rotating association meetings in 2018, up 379 from the previous year and the highest annual figure the organisation has ever recorded. Paris claimed the top spot with 212 meetings held in 2018, 40 more meetings than second place finisher Vienna. The full list of the top 20 cities is: Paris – 212 Vienna – 172 Madrid – 165 Barcelona – 163 Berlin – 162 Lisbon – 152 London – 150 Singapore – 145 Prague – 136 Bangkok – 135 Buenos Aires – 133 Hong Kong – 129 (tie) Amsterdam – 123 (tie) Tokyo – 123 Seoul – 122 Copenhagen – 120 Brussels – 112 Dublin – 104 Stockholm – 103 (tie) Budapest – 100 (tie) Taipei – 100 Remaining in the top 10 but changing position are London, Prague, Singapore and Lisbon. London, Singapore and Prague dropped to seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively, and Lisbon climbed three positions to sixth place. Bangkok rose seven places from 17th to 10th, knocking Seoul out of the top 10. Seoul fell to 15th place, surpassed by top 20 risers and joint position holders Amsterdam and Tokyo, which jumped from 16th to 13th place and 18th to 13th place, respectively. Buenos Aires stayed in 11th place and Hong Kong rose to 12th. Dublin dropped four places to 18th, and Stockholm held 19th place for another year. Montréal, QC and Rome dropped out of …

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India among top list of international MiCE travellers to Thailand

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According to a report by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), India has emerged as second in the list of international MiCE travellers visiting Thailand. Thailand witnessed more than 8 million MiCE travellers generating 54 billion baht in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, informed Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB. He said that the international MiCE travellers during second fiscal stood at 353,256, up 11%, for 26.7 billion baht in income, up 7%. The key category was corporate meetings. The top five in international MiCE arrivals in the quarter were China, India, Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The strong MiCE business in the quarter of 193 meetings lifted the ranking of Thailand’s MiCE sector to fourth in Asia, up from fifth place last year. Based on the report, Japan, China and South Korea, in that order, led the region’s MiCE business. TCEB is moving on to implement main strategy to penetrate into the ASEAN+6, CLMV and European markets with the revenue goal of 220 billion baht in 2019. In addition, the 2018 report of International Congress and Convention Association indicated that Bangkok ranked no. 2 (with 135 events), Chiang Mai no. 25 (25 events) and Pattaya no. 60 (11 events) of Asia for international conventions on provincial scale. Domestic MICE market has marked the highest growth in Incentives market, both in number and revenue. Traveller growth totaled 18 per cent, whereas the revenue growth registered 180%. Top 5 MiCE cities include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Phuket and Pattaya, respectively. “The overall picture of Thai MICE market in Quarter 2 indicated that Thailand has maintained our status as a significant MICE …

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Corporate travel is on the rise in Asia-Pacific: Sabre

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Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider in the global travel industry, has revealed the survey insight from over 70 corporate travel management companies (TMCs) from across Asia Pacific, on latest trends in terms of regional bookings. The survey discloses that as economic growth continues to sweep across the region, more companies are expecting their corporate travel managers for door-to-door travel booking solutions, demanding expense integration and most importantly, to identify cost saving opportunities. “The results of this survey reflect the critical role of TMCs in assuring the business success of their clients. More than ever, members of the travel industry need to work closely together to enable a smooth, relevant shopping experience for the traveller,” said Todd Arthur, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific. Almost 7 in 10 (65 per cent) respondents admit they are asked to identify cost savings, and this cost-conscious approach is encouraging travel managers to find new ways to minimize spending. While premium economy continues to gain ground in the region, 1 travel manager in 3 has recorded an increase of close to 5 percent in premium economy bookings over the last year. As travel-related expenses become a central consideration for companies, the survey also reveals that downgrades, shifting reservations from business to economy class, account for close to 40 percent of their bookings. What’s more, almost 1 in 4 have identified a significant increase in their LCC share of volume. The survey also reveals that 32 percent of respondents expect solutions that enable mobile booking capacities will become mainstream within the next two years, but only 10 percent believe that virtual payment solutions will gain widespread acceptance – an unfortunate conclusion, as virtual payments …

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IMWF 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey

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International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF) 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey and will be held till May 16 at Rixos Premium Belek Hotel powered by  Inventum Global and Turkish Airlines. Neville Fiat Ersoy, MD, IMWF welcomed the delegation along with Bunyat Ozpak, Managing Partner, Inventum Global. The world-renowned names and decision makers of the sector will meet in Antalya under the IMWF 2019. The fourth edition of IMWF this has increased the demand from destination weddings and MiCE markets by 8 times. Ersoy said, “For IMWF’19, there was a record number of applications for participation. This gave us the opportunity to select the best, most effective ones from these applications. While we are at the heart of the industry, we are also conducting an international communication study for the IMWF all year round, with the inclusion of the industry phenomenon Sabbas Joseph in our international advisory board.”      

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Vienna emerging as a global convention capital

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Vienna is surging towards becoming the business convention capital of the world, having recorded  4,685 conferences, conclaves, consultations and symposiums, in 2018,  up by 15 per cent over the previous year’s figure. The segment’s exemplary report has enabled an additional 21,500 jobs. According to Vienna Tourist Board (VTB) director, Norbert Kettner, the 4,685 events comprised 1,544 congresses (540 national and 1,004 international), and 3,141 corporate events, meetings and incentives, (1,273 national and 1,868 international). Kettner presented the results along with Vienna Convention Bureau chief Christian Woronka. Conglomerates and big businesses are opting for the Austrian capital due to the availability of an irresistibly salubrious environment, timeless charm, magnificent palaces, abundant green spaces and gastronomic delights, features no other region or location anywhere can proffer. The convention industry contributed Euro 1.198 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, marking an increase of 63 percent over 2009 figures. Earlier, the industry’s contribution had also crossed the ‘symbolic’ Euro 1.0 billion mark in 2015 itself. In 2018, some 631,000 delegates had generated 1.925million bed nights. Both totals represent an increase of three percent in the GDP and were new records. The Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) has also become the preferred venue for the European Union (EU) Council, having already hosted around 130 events, represented by more than 20,000 delegates. These include numerous high-level political confabulations, attracting a lot of media coverage, besides calling for increased security. They were hosted as green events, virtually paperless, with locally-sourced catering and Vienna spring water, fresh from the taps. The industry’s economic impact, touching a new high, included direct expenditure by delegates and their family members, event managers and exhibitors, besides income accruing to food …

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MiCE tourism in India witnessed 8 per cent growth in 2018: Report

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According to a new report compiled by FICCI in collaboration with private lender Yes Bank, India’s rapid emergence as a strong economic player in the global arena has enabled it to pave way for MiCE tourism prospects into the country. In 2018, MiCE tourism in India was pegged at Rs 25,000 crore with 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said the report titled ‘India Inbound Tourism: Unlocking the Opportunity’. The industry is estimated to have a space of 5 lakh square metres, which is expected to cross 15 lakh square metres over the next two to three years. “This will result in doubling the growth rate,” said the report highlighting enormous potential India has due to its strategic location and being a round-the-year destination. The global MiCE tourism is estimated to be growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5 per cent and reach 1.2 trillion dollars (about Rs 70 lakh crore) by 2023. Asia Pacific region is expected to lead this with 8.6 per cent growth. India ranks fifth in the Asia Pacific region behind Japan, China, South Korea and Australia. However, it has a variety of destinations which can be clubbed with diverse tourism offerings to enhance MiCE. Consistently among the fastest growing economies in recent years, India has price competitive offerings in addition to 31 international airports, five cruise ports besides one of the largest rail and road network worldwide. However, the country must upgrade infrastructure, have more world-class convention and exhibition centres plus adopt a holistic approach to promote MiCE tourism, the report added.

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12th CIC 2019 to be held in Kochi

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ICPB will be holding the 12th Conventions India Conclave (CIC), 2019 in Kochi. The Theme of the Conclave is ‘Mapping the Sustainable MICE future of India‘ which goes with the importance of MICE and its Economic and Social impact. Elaborating on the same, Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman – ICPB, said, “We in ICPB have chosen Kochi as our forthcoming Convention destination keeping in view of the upcoming MICE infrastructure in South India and Kochi emerging as a preferred MICE destination. The conclave will be held from from August 29 to 31, 2019 at Grand Hyatt Kochi, India. Ministry of Tourism, Kerala State Govt. are the Platinum Sponsors of the Event and Grand Hyatt Kochi” Elaborating on other activities that ICPB will be focusing on he said, “We will be holding an interactive session with members for providing legal guidance and also GST issues confronting the Industry. We are also organising an international residential training program with ICCA in the month of July at Taj Suraj Kund. The Highlight of the program is that International Speakers sharing their knowledge and experience in three most relevant Topics – 1) How to maximize ROI during Exhibitions and Trade Shows. 2) Marketing of Conference: Sponsorship generation & Delegates acquisition. 3) Research and Bidding for International Conferences.

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13th IT&CM China promotes innovation & sustainability in MiCE

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The 13th edition of IT&CM China and fifth edition of CTW China in Shanghai featured new initiatives across all three days of the event. Held between March 19 and 21, 2019, China’s only double-bill event in MiCE and corporate travel redesigned its business, networking and education programme that continues to lead the industry in outbound, inbound, and domestic demand. Setting the tone for the show, the opening keynote address, ‘Sustainability through innovation’, underscored the significance and role of innovation in the industry’s pursuit of sustainability. The address explained how organisations in China’s MiCE industry can embrace innovation to stay sustainable and relevant in the years to come. The new elements of innovation weaved throughout the various content components across the show included the Exhibition Walkabout, Meet The Corporates in a speed-dating format, brand showcase presentation, power innovation luncheon and MiCE Innovation hub, as well as a new highlight – Say Hi to Everyone.

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CWT to be the new brand and identity for Carlson Wagonlit Travel

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CWT has been unveiled as the new official name of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company. The three-letter classification combines honouring the company’s heritage and its digital leadership ambitions, as well as reflecting the three pillars of its focused value proposition: simplifying corporate travel, connecting to unlock possibilities, and collaborating with businesses. It also connects with the three-fold intent to be the undisputed global leader in digital business travel, hotel distribution, and meetings and events. “This identity change is the latest phase in our digital development plan to combine the power of technology and innovation with the expert know-how of our people,” said CWT’s President and CEO Kurt Ekert. “There’s a romantic link with the Wagons-Lit era, and we are justifiably proud of our 150-year heritage, however, today’s developments reinforce our intention to continue to lead our industry for the next century and a half.” Three of CWT’s four specialist services, CWT Energy Resources & Marine, CWT Meetings & Events, and CWT Solutions Group will also benefit from the rebrand with new logos, while clients of the global hotel distribution division, RoomIt by CWT, will only see minor changes in the color palette.

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IT&CM China and CTW China unveil redesigned programme

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Committed to strengthening and enhancing the 13th edition of China’s only double-bill event in MiCE and corporate travel to its delegates, IT&CM China and CTW China 2019 features a re-designed programme that centers on initiatives for business leads beyond one-on-one appointments, avenues for MiCE innovation, closer interaction between IT&CM China and CTW China, as well as the event’s stellar industry support. Beyond Business Appointments Recognising that lead generation is important for both exhibitors and buyers, the enhanced Exhibition Walk-About, newly created Meet-the-Corporates and improved Brand Presentation Showcase are additional formats beyond one-on-one business appointments, to explore and create business potential. Targeted at association buyers, the Exhibition Walk-About comprises four one-hour guided sessions to featured destination pavilions and booths. Each guided session is kept small, allowing featured exhibitors the opportunity to efficiently make quick introductions and connections within a short time. By the end of the show, featured exhibitors would have met all attending association buyers. Meet-the-Corporates fulfils a similar objective for IT&CM China exhibitors wanting to meet attending corporate travel managers/ procurement buyers from CTW China via a speed-dating format. Exhibitors go around tabled groups of corporate buyers to exchange business cards and make simple introductions. Sessions are organised to allow exhibitors to meet all attending CTW China buyers within two one-hour sessions. Exhibitors with more to share can take advantage of the 20-minutes Brand Showcase Presentation slots open to all buyers and media. Previously limited to just destination brands as part of the Association Day programme, these sessions are for any participating exhibitor to supplement their publicity and brand outreach efforts. Consequently, the new brand showcase presentation will also replace media briefing sessions. An avenue for MiCE innovation Unveiling another new …

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