Category Archives: Conventions

TCEB launches special privilege campaign for MICE travellers

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau in collaboration with Visa International (Thailand), the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Thai Smile Airways, and Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, has launched the ‘Spice Up Thailand 2017’ campaign for the fourth consecutive year. The offers of the campaign include 10 per cent hotel discounts, 50 per cent discounts for car rentals and airport transfers, Bt500 cash coupons for shopping, 25 per cent restaurant discounts, and 50 per cent off golf course green fees. In addition, other hotel, shopping, dining, wellness, activity and transportation promotions have been made available. TCEB president Nopparat Maythaveekulchai said, “TCEB has developed the ‘Spice Up Thailand’ campaign together with five partners in order to promote and create awareness of the MICE industry overseas, as well as delivering a first-class experience to MICE travellers; in turn, this will help to increase spending and encourage MICE travellers to extend their stay in Thailand. “The campaign has been carried out for the previous three years and is continuously developing in terms of adding new privileges for domestic MICE travellers, and targeting the MICE industry in Asia, specifically CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) countries,” he added. In the previous year, a total of 46 MICE events from 16 organisers registered to join the campaign with more than 43,000 coupons redeemed, generating over 20 million views online, Nopparat revealed.

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Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay offers 1,200 sqm of outdoor space for events

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Marriott Hotels, Marriott International’s flagship brand, opened its first hotel in Fiji, as Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Nestled on the secluded beaches of Momi Bay on the western coast of Viti Levu, the resort is ideal for inspirational weddings, special events, conferences and meetings. The Grand Salon Ballroom offers 360 square metres of versatile event space with an abundance of natural lighting. The resort’s beachfront location and 1,200 square meters of outdoor pre-function space for event outside, creates a bespoke and flexible space to suit the need of guests. “We are delighted to announce the opening of the first property under the Marriott Hotels brand in Fiji,” said Silvano Dressino, General Manager of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. The resort is situated a convenient 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, and within easy reach of Nadi Town (29km), Denarau Island (36km) and other enticing attractions. Adventure-seekers can enjoy a short boat ride to Cloud Break Surf to experience some of the world’s most impressive waves, go zip-lining or explore the Sebeto hot springs and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich mud baths.

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ACTE 1st Intellicon Regional Conference of 2017 underway

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ACTE first Intellicon Regional Conference of 2017 is underway at Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, that saw participation from 130 people.  A new concept for attendees, it offers a full-day of education sessions dealing with topics, which remain a challenge for the industry.  Benson Tang, Regional Director, Asia, ACTE Global, says, “India is a very important market; we will continue to spend our resources here. Next year we will try to bring our global conference here.”  Talking about the conference, he adds, “Intellicon means a world with intelligence, without intelligence we cannot have new business. Knowledge is the power, nothing more important than knowledge and knowledge needs to be transferred, we are here to have a day of knowledge transfer. Only with knowledge we can change the world. Travel policy and how we can make our world better all depends on education and knowledge.” While giving the keynote address for the event, Sunil Kumar, Global President, UFTAA and President TAAI enumerated trends in the travel trade, he said, “The travel industry is phenomenal in its size and design to consistently change, IATA has some stunning projections on the growing global industry. Worldwide jobs supported by aviation were at 58.1 million jobs, in 2013 this is expected to increase to 103.1 million jobs by 2032.  From 1914-2014, it has been 100 years in Air Travel and 65 billion passengers have flown. About 3 billion passengers are flown annually today. UNWTO predicts Indian Outbound has potential to grow to 50 million by 2020.” Elucidating on the trends that will drive corporate travel, he adds, “The Five C+ one C that will drive selling travel include: Contact (Easy access), Convenience, Content (information and …

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AccorHotels likely to open convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur

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AccorHotels is slated to open a convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur shortly. The hotel group recently opened an Ibis in Kochi which goes to show its strong focus on tier II cities as well. In terms of development, AccorHotels is looking at densification in the cities it is already present in. Jean-Michel Casse, Chief Operating Officer, (India and South Asia), AccorHotels, says, “A major chunk of our business is the corporate segment followed by MICE which we have been really focussing on with the opening of Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and Novotel Vishakhapatnam which is a big MICE hotel. We are also operating the convention centre in Lavasa, Pune.” Casse, also reveals, “This year we plan to open around 10 hotels which will be a key milestone for us. This will take our current inventory of 8,700 rooms to more than 10,000 rooms this year and get to 55 hotels by end of 2017.”

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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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‘Clutter-free’ meetings at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali

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Coming out with a unique idea of clutter free meetings, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali is offering planners and guests organised and productive open room layouts and socially conscious amenities. Guests have provisions of streamlined stations, keeping the main work area uncluttered and organised. Green features such as energy-efficient light bulbs, double-sided meeting pads, and water pitchers in lieu of bottled water help eliminate waste and reduce consumption. The meeting packages include: Full Day Meeting Package (2x coffee break, 1x lunch): USD 95 net per person. Half Day Meeting Package (1x coffee break, 1x lunch): USD 75 net per person. Complimentary use of one main meeting room with Clutter-Free meeting set up. Additional rooms for breakout or parallel sessions will be charged separately based on per room per day. Complimentary standard meeting equipment of 1 x LCD Projector 4500 ANSI Lumens, 1 x portable screen (2 m x 3 m), 1 x wireless microphone, portable sound system (1000 watt). Complimentary use of one white board, flip chart and marker. Complimentary standard set up and decoration. Applicable for minimum for 30 meeting participants. While booking a meeting or event at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali one can avail a choice of two of the following: 5 per cent off master-billed rooms Complimentary internet in the meeting room Double Starpoints® on eligible revenue Double complimentary room allocation Double complimentary room-upgrade allocation Plus, earn a signing bonus of 1,000 Starpoints for every 10 room nights booked, up to 100,000 Starpoints (certain limitations apply). You can redeem Starpoints for Free Night Awards, Award Flights and much more. Book by 30 April 2017 for arrival by 31 July 2017, and choose favourite rewards. The …

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Malayasia to host UFI Asia Pacific Conference 2018

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Malaysia will host the 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference. This was announced by UFI at the 12th UFI Asia Seminar, held in Singapore. The conference will be Malaysia’s second successful time after hosting the event a decade ago in 2009. The seminar is expected to be an opportunity for Malaysia to create business opportunities by attracting global decision makers and leaders of the industry, while increasing awareness in the potential exhibition market. “Hosting the 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference will be an excellent opportunity for us to promote Malaysia and showcase our country given the accelerated pace of infrastructure developments taking place. The event will also provide a platform for our local industry players to engage and learn from experts in the industry as we discuss growth and challenges that impact the exhibition industry. Business events have been recognised as one of the key contributors towards Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme to reach developed nation status by 2020,” said Ho Yoke Ping, General Manager of Business Events, MyCEB (Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau). With an average GDP growth of five per cent, Malaysia is already a fast-emerging economy in the ASEAN region, which has a combined population of 622 million and a GDP of USD 2.31 trillion. The 13th UFI Asia Pacific Conference is expected to generate RM1.8million in economic impact to the country and fully demonstrate the country’s growth potential to become the preferred exhibition platform within South East Asia region.

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Vizag hosts CII conference

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The Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh in association with AP Tourism, Government of AP, recently organised a conference on Destination Vizag ‘A Hidden Paradise of the East’ in Vishakhapatnam. About 25 representatives of destination management companies joined the conference. They were taken for a tour of Buddhist Circuit in Visakhapatnam as well as an Eco Tourism tour to Araku, Anantagiri hill region of Visakhapatnam District.  While addressing the conference Pravin Kumar, IAS Collector Vizag, said that most of the tourist attractions in Visakhapatnam are unexplored, and mentioned that through good promotional initiatives and marketing the city could emerge as major tourist destination in future.  Sreekanth Nagulapalli, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, Go AP, shared tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh and Government’s tourism policy to promote infrastructure in tourism sector. Dr Subhash Goyal, Chairman, STIC group, said that Vishakhapatnam needs to be marketed well. He suggested to form a joint working group to initiate the discussion Andhra Tourism Mart. Chetan Gupta, General Secretary, ADTOI, suggested for more air connectivity, need for Tourism Information Offices in the micro cities and need for developing package tours. Hari Narayan, IAS, Commissioner, GVMC said that Municipal Administration is working to promote Quality of Life for both citizens and visitors and many projects are being initiated towards Smart City Project.

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Ibis Bangkok IMPACT to ease accommodation woes for business travellers

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The opening of the new ibis Bangkok IMPACT with addition of 587 rooms to the existing 380-room Novotel Bangkok IMPACT, offers an alternative to local companies and government agencies, as well as international exhibitors and visitors, on accommodation expenses and travel time to IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Centre (also known as IMPACT Muang Thong Thani).  Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, says, “The new ibis Bangkok IMPACT not only puts Asia’s second-largest exhibition and convention venue on our guests’ doorstep, but the entire city at their fingertips, which we believe will attract even more visitors.” General Manager Fraser McKenzie, added, “The opening of ibis Bangkok IMPACT further enhances the reputation of IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre as one of the best meeting and events venue in Thailand.” Ibis Bangkok IMPACT is a 15-minute drive from Don Mueang International Airport and a 30-minute drive from downtown Bangkok. The hotel is served by an array of transportation options such as public vans, IMPACT Link vans connecting to the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Mochit station and the MRT Chatuchak Park station.

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Georgia World Congress Centre unveils ‘Social Table’ for events

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The Georgia World Congress Centre have launched a flexible dining venue concept, called as the Social Table, designed to suit the unique dining needs of individual trade shows and their attendees.  “Each convention centre event brings a new set of attendees who move, see and dine differently. We recognised an opportunity to craft a more intuitive experience serving guests fresh, locally-inspired menus where, when and how they want it.” The 12,000-square foot space also can be booked for evening networking receptions, with a revamped bar menu that includes Southern twists on classic cocktails such as the Southern Mule, Midnight Manhattan and Lemon Sapphire Mojito. The venue has a more open and inviting space that includes a 35-seat bar, multiple seating and lounge options, and food stations. Show organisers can customise the venue’s various dining offerings to match their event audiences.

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