Category Archives: Conventions

India among top 10 business travel markets: FCM-KPMG


The Indian business travel market is expected to surge 12 per cent in five years and is also ranked among the top 10 business travel markets with a spend of $29.6 billion in 2015. This was revealed in a white paper titled ‘Business Travel in India’ Emerging Trends & Opportunities’ released by FCM Travel Solutions along with KPMG. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030 business travel spending in India will have trebled from the present levels. The paper gives a comprehensive glimpse in to where and how business travellers in India are spending. Asia has become the world’s largest business-travel market, and trends suggest India’s significance within APAC will only grow with time. Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group – India, said, “The report identifies six key business travel trends and reveals new travel behaviours of the future – Increasing number of business travellers relying on user generated content and mobile devices. With an increase in online and mobile booking tools and an ever- growing appetite for on-the-go travel management, technology to play a disruptive role in the future.”

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Delhi to get exhibition-cum-convention centre soon


The government has approved the project master plan for a proposed Rs. 26,000 crore international exhibition-cum-convention centre (IECC) in the national capital. The state-of-the-art facility is proposed to be set up in Dwarka, south-west Delhi, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) said in a statement. “The master plan was approved at the second meeting of the Project Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs,” it added.  With an overall built-up space of 1.02 million sq metres, the IECC will house exhibition halls, convention centres, banquet halls, an arena, a financial centre, hotels, food and beverage outlets, commercial and retail services and common internal infrastructure facilities. The IECC, which will be able to host 5,000 to 10,000 delegates, will be around 15 minutes away from the international airport.  The IECC is designed to be a world-class platform for trade and business exchanges and will enable India to capture a bigger share of the global MICE market currently worth an estimated USD 280 billion, it added.

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Saudi’s MICE surges by 12 per cent in 2016


According to the Saudi Exhibition and Conventions Bureau (SECB), affiliated to Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH), the number of MICE visitors have exceeded 4.4 million in 2016. The SECB have also adopted Trade Fairs Plan for 2017 that aims to reach a total of 86 trade exhibitions. Tariq Al-Essa, Executive Manager of SECB, said “The number of licensed activities, including exhibitions, forums, conferences, workshops and meetings held in 2016 in the kingdom, reached 8,758 — this represents a growth of 12 per cent compared to 2015. Riyadh, Mecca, and Eastern Province hosted 48 per cent, 31 per cent and 18 per cent of these activities, respectively.” The meeting and conference industry is expected to grow up to 20 per cent in 2017.

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Sicily Convention Bureau appoints India Representative

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Venture Marketing has been appointed as India Representative for Sicilia Convention Bureau (SCB). Collaborating with Sicilia Convention Bureau will have an immediate and transparent access to all the island’s novelties, the new openings, the hidden corners, and the solutions that offer the best quality-price ratio. Daniela Marino, Director of Operations, Sicilia Convention Bureau said, “India has been a fast-growing market for business events and Film Tourism Market. We are delighted to have Venture Marketing as our representative in India because of their excellent track record for the segment and excellent relationship with the Indian companies. We are confident that through this association the members will benefit the growing share from the Indian market.” Nitin Sachdeva, Executive Director, Venture Marketing, said, “We are delighted to associate with Sicilia Convention Bureau. We will work to provide the Indian planners detailed information, connect them to the right partners that offer the best quality-price ratio for their events in Sicily.”

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Seoul MICE Alliance boosts city’s business events competitiveness


Seoul’s public and private sectors have strengthened ties over the past month through a series of initiatives designed to make the city more accessible to international business events hosted in the city and their participants. This includes a dramatic boost in membership in October for the Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) ahead of the SMA Annual Meeting set to review local industry progress, along with joint activities by SMA members aimed at boosting Seoul’s global convention profile. Formed in 2011 and operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization (STO), the SMA is a public-private partnership of government agencies and business events service providers including meeting venues, accommodation, DMCs, and others. Meeting planners who use SMA member organizations for their business events are eligible for various benefits, such as reduced rates, complimentary use of event spaces and transportation to and from venues, free promotional space, discounts on event registration, and support for site inspections. (Learn more at In October 2016, the SMA gained 36 members, bringing the total to 230. Described by an STO official as “a driving force behind the growth of Seoul’s MICE industry”, the alliance strives to build strong cooperation between government and private enterprise so as to boost Seoul’s MICE competitiveness. Major upcoming events in 2016 held at SMA venues include World Engineering Education Forum 2016 (Coex, 2000 participants), Meeting of the Internet Engineering Taskforce (Conrad Seoul, 1,200 participants), and e 5thBiennial Scientific Meeting Asia Cornea Society (Grand Hilton Seoul, 700 participants). In addition to offering competitive rates and services to event planners, SMA members also regularly work with Seoul City to promote the capital’s meetings offerings. Joint activities include attendance at international trade …

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2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo from Feb 22


The 2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017 will be held from Feb 22-23. The 2nd “ Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017” will give answers to five major questions in the digital tourism economy. “ Thailand International Conference & Expo” is part of the “ World Events”, is the top annual meeting-point for experts from the eTourism, mTourism, travel technology, digital travel marketing and distribution channels with decision makers, entrepreneurs, professionals from the travel & hospitality industry of Thailand, the ASEAN Countries as well as the rest of the world, where they can exchange knowledge and experiences, to learn and do business. Travel Media Applications in cooperation with PATA Thailand Chapter organize this well esteemed event for the second year in Bangkok, on February 22nd and 23rd 2017. This year also incorporates “TripAdvisor Insights Masterclass” and “PATA Asian Chapters Meeting” where the renown “Tourism Outlook” will be presented.

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Poland to host 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism: UNWTO


The third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be held in Poland, on April 27-28 2017. Organised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and the Government of Poland, the event will highlight the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in promoting a more sustainable tourism sector. The Congress will discuss the global sustainability agenda, particularly issues of governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR), responsible consumption patterns, universal accessibility as well as effective management models for natural and cultural resources.

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Best Western portfolio to grow by 50 properties in India in the next 10 years


Best Western inked a master franchise agreement with Delhi-based Sorrel Hospitality to properly bring its brands into the market. The hotel chain is also aggressively pursuing the development of its GLō and Vīb properties and will also introduce the Best Western Premier Collection brand to the market. Atul Jain, COO (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), Best Western Hotels & Resorts, reveals that Sorrel has plans to grow the Best Western portfolio in India to 50 properties in the next 10 years. “We have just signed the master license agreement with Best Western for this territory for a period of 20 years. There is a lot of space in the Indian market for mid-segment hotels. Best Western now has seven brands and wants to develop them in India. All seven brands will be introduced in India over a period of time. We are talking with various developers and hopefully we will sign all the new brands. Initially, we will work with the three major brands: Best Western, Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier. But over a period of time we would like to see Executive Residency and Vib and Glo,” Jain says.

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ITC Hotel to open in Ahmedabad in 2017 with state-of-the-art meeting & banquet space


ITC Hotel will be launching its Ahmedabad property next year. Located in Gujarat, the hotel will comprise of 307 guest rooms and suites. Presenting lavish accommodation, the hotel will feature a range of facilities to meet the guests’ needs – from state-of-the-art meeting, banquet and conference spaces to exceptional repertoire of culinary excellence.

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Meliá Hotels to debut in Bangkok


Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s leading hotel group, announced the signing of Meliá Bangkok, marking the group’s first property in Bangkok and second overall in the country. Meliá Bangkok forms part of Meliá’s strategic focus on international growth – one that has made Meliá the first Spanish hotel group to open hotels in markets, such as China, the U.S. and the U.A.E. The new agreement with Asset World (TCCAW), a member of TCC Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in Thailand, provides a significant boost to Meliá’s growth and expansion in Asia. Meliá Bangkok, located in the vibrant Sukhumvit district, is another milestone in Meliá’s long-term partnership with TCC Group, which spans many years and one that has been built on mutual respect and trust, and a shared concept of hospitality. Managed under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand, the brand-new, upscale hotel will bolster the group’s already strong portfolio of urban resorts around the world. Meliá Bangkok will feature a total of 315 luxurious guest accommodations, and offer exceptional F&B outlets, spa amenities, a fitness center and meeting facilities, complementing the mixed-use development of retail and office space. With a central location in the heart of Sukhumvit plied by thoroughfares of the city, and 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Meliá Bangkok will grant guests easy access to Bangkok Mall, an ultra modern complex housing entertainment (including two theme parks), commercial, residential and office spaces; Terminal 21; and Benjasiri Park.

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