Category Archives: Conventions

Leela to manage Gandhinagar’s convention and exhibition centre from April 1

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Talking about the plans of The Leela Group of Hotels, Aejaz Shaikh, General Manager, Leisure, Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts said, “We have nine hotels in India now, out of which six are business hotels in prominent destinations. We are looking at a huge expansion spree, from April 1, we are taking over the management of Mahatma Gandhi convention and exhibition center, that is Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.  It is the Prime ministers pet project there. Right now, we are handling only the convention centre, but in a year and a half we have a 300 + rooms hotel also coming up, which will tentatively be operational by 2019. We have another property in Jaipur that should be operational by next year. Another hotel is coming up in Bengaluru too and Agra is also on the cards.”

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AccorHotels Showcase 2018 witnesses over 1200 delegates

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The AccorHotels Showcase witnessed participation from 35 hotels and resorts from the global network along with 22 hotels from India. The daylong event held in Mumbai on March 21 and Delhi on  March  23, was packed with networking sessions where customers discovered the group’s newest offerings and met with hotel representatives from across the region. The Showcase was the ideal platform to discuss how to work together to benefit from the burgeoning travel market. Over 1200 delegates represented India’s top-most travel agents, wholesalers, corporate clients, tourism partners and MiCE organisers in attendance, this was the largest-ever AccorHotels Showcase event in Asia Pacific. The event saw representation from the marquee hotels namely Raffles Dubai and Saudi Arabia, RIXOS Turkey, Fairmont Ajman, SO Sofitel Bangkok Singapore, Novotel Amsterdam City and Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower, Swissôtel The Bosphorus Istanbul, Fairmont Dubai and more. One of the key takeaways from the Showcase was that MICE is on the rise globally – with multiple events being held internationally, but also in India which is becoming a chosen destination for MiCE. Furthermore, with increasing globalisation and Indian corporates opening offices around the world, the hospitality industry has seen traction for corporate travel both inbound and outbound. Outbound and inbound travel from and to India has been on the rise. As per research reports, in 2017, Indian travellers took three leisure trips and two in five Indians took international trips. Arif Patel, Vice President Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty AccorHotels, said, “By 2020, Indian outbound travel is estimated to reach 48 million and foreign tourist arrival is forecasted to cross the 10 million mark. Today, Indians are expanding their travel maps and are …

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GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru in June

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) will hold its GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru  on June 15, 2018 at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, Bengaluru. GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru will showcase exhibiting companies from around the world. The agenda will feature several education tracks and hundreds of travel professionals representing Indian and global enterprises. The conference aims to highlight the business travel industry, new technologies that have emerged, transforming domestic and global managed travel programmes, new security risks, among many more.

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Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center to open in 2020

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Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. Expected to open in 2020, this 120-room hotel will be the group’s sixth hotel in operation and pipeline in Lithuania, and the fourth in the city. The Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel, located within the VNO Business and Retail Park, is just 300 meters from the Vilnius International Airport and 6km from the city center. The hotel will offer its guests a variety of facilities, including a restaurant, lobby lounge and gym – as well as a 500sqm flexible meeting space. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “Demand has been increasing in the city year on year, and the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will showcase our commitment to making every moment matter for visitors of Lithuania.” “We are pleased to further strengthen our business relationship with the Radisson Hotel Group by signing the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. The Park Inn by Radisson brand is ideal for our new Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center since it is internationally recognised and associated with quality, and offers great value for money to guests. The Radisson Hotel Group’s knowledge, experience and management of our new Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will increase our competitive advantage in Lithuania’s growing hospitality market,” said Marius Jakulis Jason, Hotel Owner and Director.

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Fairmont Austin opens with 140,000 sqft of meeting and event space

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Fairmont Austin. The hotel boasts 1,048 guestrooms, the largest outdoor pool and full service spa in Downtown Austin, nearly 140,000 square feet of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk. Fairmont Austin debuts as the largest Fairmont property in the United States, as well as the second largest Fairmont hotel globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space. “A strategic opening for AccorHotels, Fairmont Austin is the first in a series of high-profile luxury developments marking a time of significant growth for the Group and its brands in North and Central America,” said Kevin Frid, Chief Operating Officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “Other notable openings anticipated in the next 18 to 24 months include the iconic Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Sofitel Mexico Reforma in Mexico City, Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay in the Caribbean, and several soon-to-be-announced projects with the potential to introduce new brands into the region.” “Fairmont Austin will give the city the opportunity to host larger conferences and conventions, bringing more tourists and business travellers to the city, and employing more than 900 staff, continuing to bolster the Austin economy,”  he adds.

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MiCE industry to be valued $1245 bn in 2023: Study

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The meetings and events industry is projected to reach $1245 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.5 per cent growth from 2017 to 2023, states a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, ‘MiCE Industry by Event Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023’. According to the report,  the global MiCE industry was valued at $752 billion in 2016. This growth is seen to emerge from rapid globalisation and expansion of service industries, and evolution of scientific and technological innovations. The meetings segment dominated the global MiCE industry in 2016, due to the growth of the travel and tourism industry, increase in international business travels, and rise in government initiatives for the development of MICE segment & SME sector. Recent trends of organising hybrid meetings, and use of social media and meeting apps are  expected to the boost market growth in the near future. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 8.6 per cent during the forecast period. This region is significantly driven by emerging countries such as Singapore, China, and India. Moreover, ease of visa restrictions, investments in better infrastructure, and high demand in commercial aviation further fuel the growth of the Asia-Pacific MiCE industry. The report also stated that in 2016, Europe dominated the global market with more than 42 per cent market share, in terms of value.

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S. Korea to unveil new offerings for business events

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South Korea is set to introduce two new projects showcasing it as a suited destination for conferences and meetings at the Asia-Pacific Meetings and Incentives Expo (AIME) from February 20-21. “We invite all AIME attendees to visit the Korea Pavilion and join us as we unravel to the international community our ever-growing range of valuable programmes created to ensure outstanding meeting experiences in South Korea,” said Min Hong Min, KTO Executive Vice President for International Tourism. Earlier this year, South Korea did a soft launch of its MICE Ambassadors. Twelve outstanding individuals from various fields, such as healthcare and engineering, were selected to serve as front-runners in securing international business events to Korea and leverage their achievements and networks to raise the status of South Korea as a meetings destination. In addition, South Korea also rolled out its new MICE brand ‘Korea Unique Venues’ introducing twenty world-class meeting venues. These venues are a result of close collaborations with local convention bureaus and suppliers, where the South Korea MICE Bureau evaluated recommended sites and filtered them according to their characteristics, usability, and willingness to open the place for business events. According to the UIA Global Statistics, South Korea was the most sought destination for business events in 2016 with a total of 997 international meetings hosted.

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Over 500 agents to participate in TAAI convention

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In the run up to showcase Kashmir as an international tourist destination, a three-day Convention of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), in which over 500 leading travel agents will participate, will be held in Srinagar after a gap of 30 years. Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said that the 64th Convention of TAAI will be held in Srinagar from March 27 to March 30, 2018. Shah, while reviewing the arrangements for the Convention, urged the TAAI J&K Chapter members to make all the necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the event. TAAI –JK Chapter Chairman Zahoor Qari besides its office bearers and state members attended the meeting to chalk out the plans for Convention. The Director Tourism Kashmir said that more than 500 travel agents from across India have confirmed their participation for the Convention which will give major fillip to the tourism sector.

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Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center offers new MICE space

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center. The 326-room hotel is located in the Al Ra’idah Digital City (RDC). The Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center offers a comprehensive range of facilities to meet the needs of corporate and MICE guests. The hotel features over 12,000 m2 of exhibition and conference space including a three-level circular conference center, a ballroom, large pre-function areas and 12 daylight meeting rooms equipped with modern digital technology. Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of the Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center. The hotel is located in the new information technology area of Riyadh, that will be developed as the IT and Communications hub in the city, and is expected to attract business travellers from across the world. We are observing an increased demand for guests who would like to have access to world-class business amenities. This hotel and the overall master development are perfectly suited to cater to this demand. The IHG brand has built an excellent reputation in the Kingdom and we are proud to add the Crowne Plaza – RDC Hotel and Convention Center to our growing portfolio in the Middle East region.” Waleed Al Eisa, Chief Operating Officer, Al Raidah Investment Company, said: “The Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center reflects our commitment to bring a full range of amenities to our tenants and to business travellers who are looking for a high quality hospitality experience.” Additionally, Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel is in close proximity to the new …

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ASEAN tourism ministers recognise successful MICE venues

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Tourism Ministers from 10 ASEAN countries recently presented the certificate of ASEAN MICE Venue Standards (AMVS) to successful MICE venues from member countries namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam during the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF2018) held during January 22-26, 2018, in Chiang Mai. Supawan Teerarat, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development and Innovation, TCEB, said, “The AMVS programme has been developed as a result of the nationwide success of the Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) which initiated by TCEB.  TCEB has defined a strategic roadmap throughout the development course and has been working closely with the nine member countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. TCEB had organised five meetings to provide details and clarify the criteria of the AMVS standards for the member countries. At present, the AMVS cover three categories, namely (1) Meeting/Conference Venue or Room (2) Exhibition Venue, and (3) Event Venue. The standards include three key criteria namely 1. Physical Setting (32 indicators) 2. Technology (10 indicators) and 3. Service (13 indicators). There are altogether 55 indicators while all of the country members had participated and nominated the venues for the assessment.”   List of venues certified ASEAN MICE Venue Standard (AMVS) Brunei 1.       Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam 2.       The Empire Hotel & Country Club 3.       V plaza Hotel Brunei Darussalam   Cambodia 1.       Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center 2.       Garden City Hotel 3.       Sokhalay Angkor Resort and Spa Hotel 4.       Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort 5.       Apsara Palace Resort & Conference Center Indonesia 1.       Bali Nusa Dua Hotel 2.       Raffles Jakarta 3.       Four Season Hotel Jakarta 4.       The Trans Resort …

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