Category Archives: Conventions

Exceptional meetings and events space at Radisson Noida

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Park Plaza Noida has re-launched as Radisson Noida, a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort. It will be the first Radisson hotel to be inaugurated in Delhi-NCR. Spread over 42,000 sq ft, Radisson Noida features 88 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Business Class, a new room category, has been introduced for corporate travellers who can enjoy complimentary drinks in the lounge bar and more such benefits. Radisson Noida boasts of over 4,360 sq ft of flexible meetings and events space that can be split into four separate ballrooms for smaller events or combined into one large space for functions. “I am delighted to welcome this hotel to the Radisson brand family. Delhi-NCR is a key market for us and Noida remains a promising destination due to its thriving corporate suburb. We appreciate the investment that our strategic partner, Bestech Group, has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

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AEROCITY.events announces membership with Pride Plaza and ibis

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Enabling a positive paradigm shift to the events industry, AEROCITY.events has announced enhanced membership with Pride Plaza and ibis. AEROCITY.events is managed by tmf dialogue marketing India and is a unique convention-bureau styled product. It aims to promote and drive business to the destination as an accessible and comprehensive events hub. The three key founding partners for this project – Pullman & Novotel Aerocity, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity and Andaz Delhi, along with new members including Ibis and Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, will be jointly representing AEROCITY.events at IMEX Frankfurt. AEROCITY.events is currently in the process of bringing onboard other major players of New Delhi Aerocity namely, The IGI Airport, Worldmark (Shopping Centre), and a host of other major hotels in the area.

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MICE makes up 55 per cent of IHG’s business in ME

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InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) hotels gain major business through MICE in the Middle East, says IHG Vice President of Sales & Marketing, India, Middle East & Africa, James Britchford. “The MICE industry in the Middle East is significant. Approximately 45 per cent of our business is room revenue and 55 per cent is MICE and F&B. Differentiation of MICE is essential and one of the things that works well for IHG in the Middle East.” He states that most hotel chains now have business loyalty programmes like Shangri-La. “We also recognise that the way the MICE business works is through trade. IHG recently launched IHG Business Rewards which is a business to business loyalty programme that was created specifically to drive the MICE business,” he said. “We regularly measure our market share through Revenue Generation Index (RGI) and I’m encouraged to see over the last 18 months, which has been particularly trying for hoteliers that we’ve grown share in the Middle East by 1.9 points. You cannot do that without winning in the MICE sector. If you lose in the MICE sector invariably you lose in shares,” he added.

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Indian business travel to grow 7.2% over next decade, says Travelport-WTTC

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India’s business travel industry has grown by 16.2 per cent over the past five years (2011-2016), according to a report by Travelport and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) launched at the WTTC Global Summit 2017 in Bangkok. It has been predicted that Asia-Pacific will lead the way at a predicted rate of 6.2 per cent each year to 2027, with India (7.2%) among the top five countries attributing to the growth. Over the past five years, at a global level, business travel spend has grown at an annual average of 3.6 per cent, with the strongest growth in the past 5 years having taken place in Asia, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa. The CEO of Travelport, Gordon Wilson, commented: “Every day we see business travel growing at a significant rate in many emerging markets with technology playing an in increasingly important role in easing the way for those on trips for their work. As an industry, we need to continue to invest in the best technologies and infrastructure whilst governments need to be more business-friendly by removing burdensome visa requirements.” David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism generates USD$7.6 trillion in GDP and supports over 292 million jobs. Business travel is a vital part of the sector, and it is a key catalyst for global growth. It drives the relationships, investments, supply chains and logistics that support international trade flows.”

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INDABA 2017 to showcase pre-scheduled meetings with 7,000 delegates

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INDABA, Africa’s leading travel show, returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from May 16 to 18, 2017, sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout. INDABA 2017 will see more than 7,000 delegates from around the world meeting in Durban to grow the African tourism economy through conversations, partnerships and a focus on doing business, South African Tourism Chief Executive Sisa Ntshona said. Through the online diary and matchmaking system, delegates can use technology to set up pre-scheduled meetings with buyers or exhibitors that may match their needs. A new INDABA app will also function as a digital resource for updates. The Hidden Gems pavilion will introduce the world’s travel buyers and visitors to small tourism enterprises from each of South Africa’s nine provinces that may otherwise have remained undiscovered. Delegates at the trade show will be exposed to the full breadth of Africa’s tourism offerings, including high-end products at the Tourism Grading Council’s new luxury pavilion. This feature will cater to global buyers who are on the lookout for the premier five-star offerings many destinations on the continent are famed for. Apart from the pre-scheduled meetings, buyers will have the chance to meet with exhibitors during the morning speed marketing sessions on each of the three show days. Here, participating exhibitors will be grouped according to themes such as lap of luxury, scenic outdoors and award winners before making short presentations on their offerings. These sessions are an excellent way for buyers to ask questions and learn more about exhibitors – many of whom are small businesses. Industry players from more than 17 African countries are taking part, including Angola, Botswana, the DRC, …

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Dubai Association Conference from December 11-12 at DWTC

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The Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has announced the launch of the first-ever Dubai Association Conference. The conference will be held from December 11-12, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event aims to reinforces the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy. The announcement was made at the Associations World Congress currently underway in Vienna, Austria.           Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “This conference will also help us continue to position Dubai as a premier host city for business events, reflecting our ambition in discovering solutions to worldwide challenges, the diversity of our economy, and our keenness to collaborate.”             Hassan Al Hashemi, Member of the Executive Committee of DAC and Vice President of International Relations, Dubai Chamber, said: “The conference will serve as an ideal platform for attracting associations from around the world to Dubai, which will ultimately improve the competitiveness of its business community, and contribute toward the emirate’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.”             Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The inaugural Dubai Association Conference, hosted at DWTC, is set to serve as a distinct platform to support the growth and development of local and global associations regionally.”

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ICPB Convention from August 17-19 in Mumbai

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) is going to host its annual convention, Convention India Conclave, from August 17-19 in Mumbai. This convention, also the flagship event of the association, will be the 10th edition that will offer a platform for all key industry stakeholders to come together and deliberate on making India a hub for international MICE events. This was announced by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB. “This year we are also inviting heads of associations which are responsible for organising large scale conventions in India across fields like medicine, science etc. We aim to aid the various associations in their bidding processes and hope that through this platform we are able to inform them about the procedures in order to get more international MICE events to India,” said Mansharamani. He further informed that Maharashtra Government is the platinum partner for the show and the agenda, delegates expected and other details will be announced in due course of time.

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Lions Clubs to host biggest international conference in India from July 1-5, 2022, in New Delhi

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Lions Clubs International (LCI) announced its first LCICon in India that will be the biggest international conference to be held in the country from July 1-5, 2022, in New Delhi. The conference is expected to host nearly 35,000 delegates from more than 120 countries over five days. This was announced by Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, First Vice President, Lions Clubs International, who will take charge as the 101st Worldwide President for Clubs on July 4, 2017. Mahesh Sharma, Tourism Minister, Government of India, presided over the event as Chief Guest and said, “It is a matter of great pride for us that India will be showcased on the international tourism map through this conference. The Lions Clubs International’s philanthropic activities are a sign of giving back to the society and we are very privileged to be the host of the biggest international conference.” The 105th conference of LCI is planned to coincide with the celebrations of 75 years of Indian independence in 2022. “Indira Gandhi Stadium, Pragati Maidan (ITPO) and almost 10,000 rooms have already been booked in in all 5-star hotels in New Delhi. Tourism worth US $50 million is expected during the five days of the conference and also from its pre and post visitation,” said Aggarwal. He further informed that this is an achievement which has come through with the support of the government and association bodies like ICPB and only after a rigorous bidding process where India competed with international destinations like Mexico, San Francisco, Brazil, etc.

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First day of WTM Africa 2017 concludes successfully

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The first day of WTM Africa 2017 proved to be very exciting, with travel professionals buzzing around the Cape Town International Convention Centre between meetings and events. Highlights of the show included the WTM Africa 2017 official opening by the host, City of Cape Town, cutting edge discussions in the Travel Tech Theatre, a dedicated programme for local outbound specialists, and key travel trends presented by Euromonitor for the years ahead in the WTM Africa Conference Theatre. Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager, Africa Travel Week, said, “There was a great buzz on the floor on the first day of WTM Africa, with buyers, attendees and media meeting throughout the day. The WTM Africa team has worked hard at creating a stimulating and innovative environment that not only encourages connections, but facilitates lucrative business meetings for attendees.”

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OTOAI Convention from Sep 12-14 in Ras Al Khaimah

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The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) will be organising its 2017 convention in Ras Al Khaimah in September. Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI, and Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development, signed an MoU for the same at the Ras Al Khaimah Roadshow in Delhi. Sahni said, “We are going to have our convention most probably from September 12-14 in Ras Al Khaimah. We will be coming out with more details about the convention very soon. Our intention is to introduce new markets to the tour operators so that they have another destination in their kitty, which will add value to the already existing markets that they sell.”

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