Category Archives: Conventions

AccorHotels likely to open convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur


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


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


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


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


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


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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TCEB to plan a roadshow in Japan in March


The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will organise a roadshow ‘Thailand Connect: Japan Business Events Road Show’ in Tokyo, Japan to offer incentive packages to attract more MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, and exhibition) business to the Kingdom. With this, TCEB expects to enhance the bureau’s partnerships with stakeholders in Japan to help drive the MICE industry in Thailand. The event would take place in Tokyo on March 2 and 3, informed Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of the TCEB. The roadshow aims to showcase Thailand’s MICE industry to more than 200 buyers, suppliers, international media, and industry experts.

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ACE of MICE to exhibit diverse contours of the industry


The ACE of M.I.C.E. Congress, Meeting and Event Industry Exhibition from February 22-24 at Istanbul Congress Centre – ICC sponsored by Turkish Airlines will host industry professionals from Turkey and all over the world, qualified hosted buyers from oversea markets. The three-day expo, with the motto “We get together with all our colours” will highlight: MICE Professionals are Gathering to Build the Future, a session of sports events, a meeting of communication societies, and a session of interest from last year’s MICE’s Genies. Turkish Airlines Vice General Manager (Marketing and Sales) Ahmet Olmuştur said: “The MICE industry is a fast-growing industry in our country in the past 10 years. We believe that the impact of the ACE of M.I.C.E. by Turkish Airlines will be great as the positive trend that Istanbul has captured in the sector in recent years has continued.”

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Scandic Hotels to train 500 meeting advisors in cooperation with Hyper Island


Scandic will launch a new meetings concept and train close to 500 meeting advisors at its hotels in cooperation with global creative business school, Hyper Island. The new concept is in response to increased demands from Scandic’s corporate customers. Sixty people in the Nordic region will undergo extensive training to become certified meeting advisors and about 400 of Scandic’s conference hosts will be trained in the art of creating effective meetings. The aim is to have at least two advisors per hotel, or nearly 500 in total in the Nordic countries and Europe. “In close dialogue with our customers, we are investing substantially to become the leading participant in the meetings industry in the Nordic region. We’re addressing everything it takes to create a great meeting, from advice and structure to food and furnishings at the venue,” says Thomas Engelhart, Commercial Director for Scandic Hotels Group. Scandic’s meeting advisor training has been developed together with Hyper Island which will offer a customer-focused training module on how to organise meetings of the future. The meeting concept is already being tested at six select hotels including Scandic Infra City in Stockholm, Scandic St. Olavs plass in Oslo and Scandic Sydhavnen in Copenhagen.

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