Category Archives: Conventions

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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