Category Archives: Conventions

Chennai, a hot spot for MICE


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


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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Brisbane Convention Centre turns 21


Having hosted numerous events, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) recently celebrated 21 long years of hosting 18,000 events, 14 million visitors and delivering $3.87 billion in Queensland. Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said that the convention centre is a boon to Queensland’s tourism and events industry.

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Oman sets up Convention Bureau

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Oman has a new Oman Convention Bureau by the Ministry of Tourism, Oman. Talking about the initiative, Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism, Oman says, “Our  ‘Tourism Strategy’ for 2040 has MICE as a major pillar for the future to help us grow and enhance and industry. The objective of the bureau is to support to the international and local organisations in hosting their events and cater to their requirements. The main aim is to promote Oman as an ideal destination for the MICE tourism sector.”

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