Category Archives: Conventions

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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Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre unveils its fresh look

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Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre a dual property in Hitech City has announced its complete refurbishment. The property has now new and contemporary designed rooms, vibrant restaurant upgrades, an elegant lobby and a spirited bar. The design elements and changes speak to a more modern Hyderabad that has risen over time in the lifestyle index in the country and is home to a young aspirational population that seeks new offerings in line with international standards. The #FreshAsFirst campaign by them brings to the fore, a refreshed version of its experiences, packaged with a modern presentation and amalgamation of colours, warmth and signature Novotel occasions such as coming together over art, culture, music and family. One of the significant changes at the property was the unveiling of their brand-new restaurant – Food Exchange, an all-day dining and social hub for discerning palates. Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre seeks to further deepen its impact in Hyderabad with the newly curated gastronomy offerings at Food Exchange, strengthening its decade long positioning in the market. The outlet is characterized by a social and interactive atmosphere with flexible seating options offering indoor casual and poolside outdoor seating. Live kitchens and conversations with the chef make this venue interactive and flamboyant, with an emphasis on freshness, local ingredients and organic produce. With both western and Pan Asian cuisine on the menu, Food Exchange is a modern interpretation of food markets found across the globe and is reminiscent of places where local people in-the-know go to dine. Weekends at this restaurant will leave you craving for more as it will offer elaborate buffets with extended Hyderabadi cuisine.

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AIME’s refreshed vision embraces Sustainability

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Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), has announced a series of partnerships with companies set to champion sustainability at the 2019 event. By collaborating with key partners that support the environmental vision for AIME’s future events, 2019 will see green initiatives showcased from Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), host venue for AIME; Decorative Events & Exhibitions (DE&E), creators of the new innovative exhibitor stand; and Harry the Hirer, building the bespoke infrastructure for the three-day event. “We’re extremely proud to have strong partnerships that have shared values in contributing positively to our environment. As part of our new vision we applied rigorous curation in all aspects of our planning, which includes setting our sights far beyond 2019 – forming the foundation for AIME events in years to come”, said Jay Martens, Event Director, Talk2 Media & Events. As the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star environmental rating, MCEC has placed sustainability at the core of their business priorities. Over the past three years the centre has reduced carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent, and is on track to achieve its target of 30 per cent by 2021 against 2015 levels. “We replaced over 600 light fittings to energy-efficient alternatives and have eliminated the use of all plastic water bottles in catering. These initiatives demonstrate that we are going far beyond a ‘tick box’ approach by implementing unique and innovative measures, which benefit Melbourne, the local community, and more directly, AIME’s environmental impact”, said Leighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer, MCEC. DE&E and their award-winning design team have created ‘The Embassy Suite’, a new sleek and stylish stand concept designed …

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ITB China to be held from May 15 to 17

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  ITB China — the largest exclusive B2B marketplace for the Chinese travel industry and will take place from May 15 to 17, 2019 in Shanghai. Recently, ITB China Buyers Circle launched its first offline event on customised and personalised outdoor activities designed for island trips in Wanning, on Hainan Island. The show also announced that it will launch the ITB China Buyers Circle in 2019, followed by the first of a series of offline events focusing on different key topics. Island trips is also one of the key topics of ITB China’s focus on “Customised and Themed Tours”. The event attracted more than 50 top buyers from the ITB China Buyers Circle to share their knowledge.

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Fitur 2019 to focus on MICE

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Being one of the most efficient global meeting points for tourism professionals, leading travel trade fair FITUR is looking to raise the bar in 2019. Organised by IFEMA at Feria de Madrid, FITUR is scheduled from January 23 to 27. According to Ana Larrañaga, Director, FITUR, 880 companies will be taking part this year — an increase of 9 per cent from last year. She is expecting that the number of attendees will surpass the last year’s numbers, when 251,000 delegates turned up for the show. Sharing her expectations and targets from the show, Larrañaga says, “Apart from this increased participation, we expect that the call for professionals will also be a complete success, in line with the improved figures for the tourism sector both in Spain and worldwide. To achieve this, we are also promoting initiatives like strengthening the programme for international buyers, especially in highly-specialised sectors such as MiCE, for which we are organising the new FITUR MITM – MiCE & BUSINESS B2B space. Talking about the theme of the show, she said that sustainability is one of the main themes of FITUR this year. “We are working hard to enrich and increase its content, both domestic and international. One of the most innovative initiatives will be the FITUR Cine/Screen Tourism space,” she emphasises. Commenting on the growth of inbound tourism in Spain and the traffic from India, she says, “The latest data indicates that more than 82 million tourists visited Spain in 2017, and in 2018, we expect to break the record again. Regarding the source market, as with other destinations, European countries are the leaders because they are closer and have easier transport connections, and within …

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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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NIMA Convention from January 20-25, 2019

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The annual convention of Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA) is set to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from January 20-25, 2019, informed Gajesh Girdhar, National Coordinator, NIMA. A destination showcase is also slated to be held in 2019 but the destination is yet to be finalised. NIMA, a four-and-half-years old association, is a network of MiCE agents. “We currently have 136 numbers with a majority from Tier-II, III cities. With zero membership fee, we have always focused on tapping new markets. For instance, in Spain, everybody has their eyes on Barcelona, Madrid and Apjiza, while we tap the Catalonia region where we had our first convention in 2016. So, now people are aware of Catalonia and all the members are promoting it,” explained Girdhar.

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Largest convention center to open in Bengaluru

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The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center is set to launch the largest convention center in a 5-star hotel. Equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities and located in the multinational IT hub of Bengaluru, the Convention Center promises to be defining element for any occasion – be it a corporate event, an elaborate wedding or a party. Faiz Alam Ansari, General Manager, The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center, said, “The dynamic venue is the first of its kind in a 5-star hotel and a benchmark as the ideal MiCE space. MiCE contributes significantly to the year on year growth in our hospitality portfolio, therefore the launch will greatly add value and generate revenue for the property.” As a primarily business- oriented hotel, the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center  has a  convention space  which is designed to host a meeting capacity of up to 2000 people spread over 2,602 square meters and structured with a ceiling height of 50 feet. It is integrated with an ultra-modern audio-visual facility and technical specs such as the 13000 ANSI Lumens Projectors as well as an in-built stage.

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3k delegates attend IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2018

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The 26th IT&CM Asia and 21st CTW Asia-Pacific held at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand, saw conglomeration of some 3,000 delegates, including over 500 hosted buyers and media, from more than 50 territories and countries. Over 50 industry thought-leaders from government bodies, related associations, corporate organisations and industry professions delivered knowledge sessions. The main keynote presented by Martin Nydegger, CEO, Switzerland Tourism; Oscar Cerezales, COO, MCI Asia-Pacific; Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); and Daniel Chua, Vice President – Meetings & Incentives, Singapore Associations of Conventions and Exhibition Organisers (SACEOS), set the tone towards the transformation of audience engagement as the demand to stand out and being top-of-mind becomes more competitive. TCEB hosted the Official Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception themed ‘Thailand Limited’ that rounded off Day 1 of activities at the GMM Live House at CentralWorld, featuring a colourful night of uniquely Thai entertainment, local cuisine and hospitality.

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