Category Archives: Conventions

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

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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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Business travellers bring in 39,671 bn baht to Thailand

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According to the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in the first half of the 2016 fiscal year,  from October 2015 to March 2016, Thailand welcomed 493,384 business events travellers, earning the Thai economy more than 39,671 billion baht (approximately US$1,116 million). The top five markets during this period were China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. India stood tall with the number of MICE travellers, in the last fiscal, at 102,972 paxs. TCEB initiated a International  Familiarisation trip to showcase emerging destinations around Thailand, while highlighting Bangkok and Chiang Rai.

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ICPB’s 9th Conventions India Conclave from Oct 13-15 in Delhi

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The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB)  announced the 9th Conventions India Conclave, to be held from October 13-15, 2016, in New Delhi. True to its theme ‘Harnessing the Potential’, the conclave will allow convention and Indian exhibitors to showcase their products to potential conference planners, incentive organisers, convention centres, convention hotels, service providers. The conclave will help generate new business, and strengthen the brand positioning of ‘Incredible India’,  as a MICE destination.

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ABEC signs MoU to facilitate B2B expo

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ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd (ABEC) and Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation (PCERF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the growth of B2B exhibitions focused on the construction industry in the country. According to the MoU, Constro, a biennial fair by PCERF will support WorldBuild India 2017, an international trade show organised by ABEC and ITE (International Trade and Exhibitions) Group. “This association will help us deliver greater benefits to the construction Industry,” said Shrikant Nivasarkar, President of PCERF.

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Chennai, a hot spot for MICE

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The tourism industry in Tamil Nadu is estimated at becoming the largest in India with an annual growth rate of 16 per cent. The state is a popular MICE destination due to its strong IT, healthcare, heavy engineering ecosystem and automobile industries. The suited MICE infrastructure, which has 15 properties in the capital, including Chennai Trade Centre, makes the metro a hot destination. “Chennai accounts for about 60 per cent of India’s automotive exports and its expanding industrial activity is attracting the MICE and leisure segments to the metro,” a tourism department official said.

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Berlin tops list for international meetings

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Berlin has earned the top spot in the current ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Having hosted 195 events last year, the city has surpassed both Paris and Barcelona. In 2001, Berlin welcomed 4.2 million participants, while in 2015, the number surged to 11.37 million. Berlin’s meetings industry generated €2.31 bn in revenues in 2015.

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Sabre ‘SafePoint’ for business travellers

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Sabre Corporation has launched a new mobile care solution tool called SafePoint  to help business travellers monitor business trips in a hassle-free manner. The announcement was made at the GBTA Convention 2016. Sabre selected iJET International as the exclusive provider of travel and security intelligence to SafePoint . The traveller during his trips will be automatically notified via the TripCase mobile app, through SMS, and email on the details about the destination.

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e-visas for MICE delegates likely: Mahesh Sharma

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Tourism and Culture Minister

In an effort to bring India on a par with the US, Germany, Spain, the UK and France, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to approve e-visas for the MICE (Meetings Incentives, Conferences Exhibition) segment soon. Tourism and Culture Minister, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “We have made a proposal to allow e-visa for the corporates from the world over, who want to hold short-term meets and conferences in India, for just the duration of the conference. The segment is a big revenue-generator since most of these people club business with sight-seeing and shopping. We are likely to get a nod soon.”

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