Category Archives: Conventions

IATO 32nd convention in Chennai from Sept 18-21


The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will hold its 32nd annual convention from September 18-21, 2016, at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, said, “We were planning to have our convention in Chennai for last couple of years as IATO never had its annual convention in Tamil Nadu earlier. However, this year, it is going to become a dream come true.” More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event and the IATO convention.

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Hyderabad to showcase medical tourism at 3rd IIMTC


The 3rd edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC) will be held in Hyderabad from September 3-4.The Congress organised by International Indian Wellness and Medical Tourism Association (IIWMTA) and Society of Critical Care Emergency Medicine (SCCEM) aims to streamline, promote, and propagate ‘Brand India’ in the arena of medical tourism. Dr. H N Garg, President, SCCEM, says, “The platform will facilitate a stage to show new technology in medical science, hospitals and health centres would be showcasing their technologies and facilities to everyone. Around 100 delegates from nearly 50 countries are expected at the Congress.”

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TAAI to host 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from Oct 14-16


The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) will hold its 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from October 14-16, 2016. Sunil Kumar, President, TAAI, said, “We have decided on Abu Dhabi as the venue for our next convention. It is one of the strongest destinations in the Middle East region. We want a strong convention this year with a strong focus, for our members as well as our partners. We will focus on both inbound as well as outbound.”

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Gurgaon to host BLTM from Oct 24-25


The Business and Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) from October 24-25, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, aims to feature sellers from global business, MICE and luxury travel suppliers with hundreds of qualified hosted buyers from all over India. Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman of Fairfest Media Ltd, said, “Hundreds of genuine hosted buyers will be flown in from all parts of India and neighbouring countries. Additionally, the venue Gurgaon NCR will provide a rich hinterland of high-value corporate buyers in thousands, who will be also accorded the same status as hosted buyers.”

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Philippines tourism conducts 4-city road shows in Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai


The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines conducted a series of road shows covering Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai from August 8-11, 2016. The event brought a conglomeration of hoteliers, resorts, spas, representatives of travel attractions and tour operators from the Philippines to interact with over 100 local travel trade partners and buyers in B2B sessions.  Verna C Buensuceso, Director, The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines said, “Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai are the important feeder markets and hence we are looking forward to strengthening our relations with local travel partners from these cities. Overall, the Philippines is looking forward to welcome 100,000 Indian tourists by 2017.”

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TCEB launches TIME 2016 – MICE knowledge exchange


Offering the MICE industry a new platform for knowledge exchange and business negotiations among MICE operators and to support the MI business, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) TCEB has launched the first Thailand Incentive & Meeting Exchange 2016 programme or TIME 2016. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said: “The Business Meetings & Incentives or MI segment of the MICE industry has achieved its target last year in terms of visitor numbers and revenues. Last year, the MICE industry as a whole attracted 1,095,995 visitors, contributing THB 95.9 billion baht (US$2.7 billion) to total MICE industry revenues.”

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Qatar gains strong MICE foothold globally: OBG


According to a report by Oxford Business Group (OBG), Qatar has positioned itself strongly in the global map as a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions with more than 150 business conferences hosted every year. In “The Report: Qatar 2016,” OBG said that Doha has a strong foothold in the global market for MICE, hosting a broad range of international gatherings each year. Among the main offerings in the MICE segment for Qatar is the 40,000 sq m Qatar National Convention Centre, the QR2.3bn ($631mn) Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre in West Bay, and key venues like the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel.

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3rd India MSME Expo & Summit in Delhi


The MSME Development Forum with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) and Ministry of Commerce (DIPP) ) is organising the ‘3rd India MSME Expo & Summit 2016’ from August 11 to 13, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. “The main focus of the expo is to motivate youth and prospective entrepreneurs to start their own enterprise and also educate them on the difference between a start-up and MSME,” informed Rajnish Goenka, National Convenor, BJP Micro & Small Industry Cell.

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Sri Lanka YOY surges 15% through Indian MICE

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According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, the country is emerging as a high potential incentive destination and corporate venue with a growth of over 15% YOY, and over 233,000 MICE visitors from India in the past six years. Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and SriLankan Airlines has joined hands with Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. to harness MICE travel to Sri Lanka. Rajeev D. Kale, President & Country Head – Leisure Travel, MICE, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, “Sri Lanka is an island nation steeped in history, with an exciting diversity of spectacular experiences, which coupled with its cultural heritage, engaging outdoor activities and culinary delights, make it a must-visit destination for MICE travellers.”

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Ras Al Khaimah’s MICE figures from India looking up


The MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT) 2016, held in Mumbai, showcased Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) as a perfect MICE and luxury destination. The event served as a suitable platform to market and gain smart partnerships with potential Indian buyers. Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said, “Ras Al Khaimah is witnessing a positive trend from India, which has been identified as one of the fastest and strongest growing source markets in terms of visitor figures. We are focusing on promoting Ras Al Khaimah as a boutique destination for meetings, incentives and events. MILT provides a unique platform to meet high-end buyers and wedding planners looking for new destinations to promote.”

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