Category Archives: Conventions

600 Indian delegates to conglomerate for TAAI


The Travel Agents Association of India’s (TAAI) 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from October 14-16, 2016 is likely to get about 600-700 delegates from across India. Jay Bhatia, National Treasurer and Chairman (Tourism Council), TAAI, while adding said, “We are also expecting our overseas members to participate that include DMCs and operators from the UAE and the Middle East region. ” He informed that Abu Dabi was chosen for the convention because of its proximity to India and good connections from most major cities of India.

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NRAI convention from Sept 25-26 in Mumbai


The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) announced the first edition of its convention at St. Regis in Mumbai from September 25-26, 2016. Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI, said, “The two-day business convention will have multiple business sessions with speakers from the sector from across India. This will include three international speakers as well.” Attendees at the event will include individuals from the bar and the nightlife industry from across India encompassing business and informational workshops.

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OCEC to open its doors on Sept 26


The new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) will open on September 26. “Work is nearing completion for Madinat Al Irfan’s first phase features,” officials from Omran, the Sultanate’s leading master developer, said. OCEC will elevate Oman to become a suitable venue for regional and international events, developing Oman’s MICE sector and business tourism offerings, while attracting local and foreign investors and partners. With an elegant theatre to seat 3,200 delegates or concert goers, the centre will attract international convention and entertainment events.

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2nd FAIC convention in Mumbai on trends in catering


Federation of All India Caterers (FAIC) held its second Convention and Exhibition at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The three-day event saw attendance from over 20,000 visitors comprising of caterers, banquet owners, hoteliers, F&B professionals and fast food vendors. “FAIC Exhibition & Convention 2016 held this year with enhanced grandeur provides a perfect platform for manufacturers and traders from across the country to converge under one roof,” says Narendra Somani, President, Federation of All India Caterers. For the first time a panel discussion was held between caterers and chefs on the theme ‘Future Trends in Catering’.

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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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