Category Archives: Conventions

HICSA 2018 in Mumbai from April 4-5

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The annual hospitality event, Hotel Investment Conference-South Asia (HICSA), will take place in Mumbai from April 4-5 at the Grand Hyatt. The first 13 editions was organised by HVS but this year, the conference will be conducted by Hotelivate. Confirming this is Manav Thadani, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate, who reveals, “HICSA is being organised by the Hotelivate team and we have made a few changes to the same. The idea this year is to make the sessions more interesting and interactive. Firstly, there will be far fewer speakers than before as we have reduced the number of panel discussions and substituted them with more interviews, keynote addresses and master classes. So you will see a lot more interesting speakers at the conference who will talk about their experiences with hotels from their fields. Suhel Seth, Roshan Abbas and Deep Karla are just a few such names. There is no involvement of HVS at the conference.” Thadani adds, “We believe with interest levels in hotels on the rise this year, we will have more people registering for the conference. I also believe that international participation at the event is expected to go up if we are to go by early trends in terms of who all are attending.”

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 underway in Chiang Mai


The 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF 2018) is underway at the Chiang Mai Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC), Thailand. Themed as ‘ASEAN-Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity’, the forum will be until January 26, 2018. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “This year, we are proud to mark the first ATF after commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN in 2017. We are delighted to have participated strongly in the “Visit ASEAN@50” campaign with a series of carefully selected Thai products, tour packages and offers to bring memorable travel experiences.” The week-long event includes meetings of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers and national tourism organisations, private sector groupings representing ASEAN hotels, restaurants, travel agents, tour operators and airlines and bilateral meetings with dialogue partners; such as, Russia, China, Japan, India and South Korea. This year, a ministerial meeting with China will also be held for the first time.

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Renaissance Hotels debuts in Ahmedabad with 29,220 sqft MICE space

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Renaissance Hotels, Part of Marriott International, announced the opening of the Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel in Ahmedabad. This becomes the brand’s third property in India, with two others in Mumbai and Lucknow. Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel has 155 rooms with six suites, 62 twin rooms, 87 king rooms and 24 inter-connecting rooms. The hotel offers extensive facilities for social events and meetings spread over 29,220 sq ft, of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces. Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel will feature all of the brand’s unique experiences, including Evenings at Renaissance where guests can connect, socialize, and experience the locale through nightly programming. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said, “The debut of the Renaissance brand in Ahmedabad will further strengthen our presence in India. With Ahmedabad being hailed as an emerging global business destination and having become India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, we expect a huge influx of business and leisure travelers to the city.” “Apart from being a fast-growing business city, Ahmedabad is also the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, making it not only economically but also culturally significant. This makes it an unexpected yet perfect location for a Renaissance Hotel. With our vibrant, new F&B options, extensive leisure facilities and insights into the city, we are confident the hotel will be a favorite for travelers and Ahmedabad residents alike” said Vishvapreet Singh Cheema, General Manager, Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel.

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Delhi to get an iconic convention centre by Sept 2019


An iconic convention centre is coming up at Pragati Maidan, Delhi and will be ready by September, 2019. This was informed by Jayanta Das, General Manager, Trade development Cadre, ITPO. “ The convention centre is proposed to be a state-of-the-art, iconic building. It will be ready by September, 2019, and we have already received a booking for December, 2019.” The centre, which is 120 M wide x 185 M long and 32.4 M high, is spread across approx 50,000 sq meters. The convention centre aims to become a landmark building for the convention industry of India with best global facilities and features on a par with the latest modern convention centres in the world.  

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ICPB to hold roadshows in Europe


India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) will be conducting roadshows in Europe,  informed Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB.  He stated this at an interactive meeting of India Convention Promotion Bureau’s (ICPB)  newly elected Governing Board and all members of ICPB at Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Enlisting new plans of ICPB in 2018, Mansharamani said, “For our international roadshows in Europe, we are planning to go in for three cities, Geneva, Paris and Brussels. Most of the international organisations have headquarters in these three cities.  The department of tourism has already agreed to host the shows. We are raising our own money to hire a PR agency that can get appointments with most of the associations there. That will be between June 12-14.” Elucidating on the roadshows and training programmes in India, he said, “The first roadshow will be in April in Bengaluru. Second, will most probably be in Pune, third will be in Chandigarh and the fourth one will be in Chennai.  The first training programme is on project management, which we are doing for our members. Three more programmes will be based on the certified programmes, where people are certified with international standards, that will be with ICCA and SITE and exhibition industry. The first training programme is in the month of March.” Speaking on the ICPB convention, he concluded, “We are keen to have it in Kolkata, which has an excellent venue. We are planning to have a convention towards the end of August.”

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Hitex to expand its capacity for national events


The Hyderabad International Trade Expositions Limited (Hitex) is set to expand its capacity for ensuring more space for national events. In a recent meeting, the Hitex board has decided on immediate expansion of 10, 500 sq mt and a construction of a new exhibition-cum-convention hall with ancillary and support infrastructure to serve the growing market requirement. The new hall, with a proposed size of  8,080 sq mt and built-up area of 1.4 lakh sq ft, can be used for hosting national and international conferences and music concerts. For mid to long-term expansion, Hitex plans to add 20,000 to 40,000 sq mt.

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Marriott Rewards and SPG initiate new points for members


Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest have introduced new loyalty points promotion. Under Marriott Rewards’ MegaBonus and SPG’s Great Weeks, Grand Weekends promotions, members can start earning bonus points on their second stay, and are able to earn even more when the stay includes a weekend night. These rewarding offers allow members to explore and accrue points at over 6,400 hotels and resorts worldwide. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments, with Marriott Rewards MORE shopping portal, and much more. Registration: December 18, 2017 – March 31, 2018 Earning Period: January 16, 2018 – April 15, 2018 Marriott Rewards MegaBonus: By registering for the promotion here, members will earn 2,000 bonus points beginning with their second stay*, plus 1,000 bonus points for stays over a weekend night**. Members can earn up to 50,000 bonus points. Nearly all Marriott Rewards brands participate in the promotion. Excluded are Marriott ExecuStay, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club®. See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at com/3kMegaBonus. SPG Great Weeks, Grand Weekends Promotion: By registering for the promotion here, starting with the second stay* members will earn double Starpoints for each stay, plus 500 bonus Starpoints, which equals 1,500 Marriott Rewards points, for stays over a weekend night**. There is no earning cap. Promotion valid at SPG hotels and resorts participating in the promotion (including participating SPG Design Hotels). See the Official Rules for more details at com/greatweeks/terms. These promotions are in addition to the everyday member benefits of both programs including free Wi-Fi, Mobile Check-in/Checkout, and, where available, mobile requests and keyless entry. Marriott Rewards and SPG are free to …

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South Korea wins bid to host 15,000 delegates

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South Korea has won the bid to host the next International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress, which is expected to welcome 10,000 foreign participants.  The IDF congress is the largest academic fair related to diabetes in the world, and up to 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled to be held at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center from December 2-6, 2019. Korea Tourism Organization, along with Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Tourism Organization, and the Korean Diabetes Association together formed the bidding committee that made the announcement of the bid win on December 7 from the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Preparation for the successful bid win was a process several years in the making. Korea Tourism Organization began its efforts in 2013, and submitted a bid proposal to the IDF last year.  They also assisted with site inspections of Busan by IDF delegates. Korea Tourism Organisation Vice-President of International Tourism, Min Min-hong, said, “We hope this bid win has a positive impact on the minds of event planners, and helps to continue to grow confidence in our meetings industry.” Despite the media’s portrayal of Korea’s national security, the country continues to be a popular destination for international events.  Recent statistics by the Union of International Associations ranked Korea first for the hosting of international events in 2016, further proving the resilience of Korea’s meetings industry. The Korean government has long since recognized its meetings industry as a key economic driver for growth. The upcoming 2019 IDF Congress is expected to incur 63.7 billion won (US$58.29 million) worth of production and create some 660 new jobs. The International Diabetes Federation is based in Brussels, and was …

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Gurugram to host 5th Global Hospitality Conclave in January


The National Capital Region shall witness the 5th Global Hospitality Conclave (GHC) at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon on January 6, 2018. The conclave, an independent initiative by the alumni of the erstwhile Oberoi School of Hotel Management (OSHM), now The Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development (OCLD), brings together a host of industry leaders to discuss the trends and developments in the hospitality, travel & aviation industry. GHC will see the participation of Pramod Bhasin, Vice Chairman Emeritus, Genpact; Jan Tissera, President, Travel Click; Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Spice Jet; Puneet Chhatwal – Managing Director & CEO Indian Hotels; and Shyam Saran, Indian career diplomat, IFS as keynote speakers. Panel discussions will be held on topics such as Disruptive Innovation, Tourism Trends and a session themed Young Turks with young achievers. Organised annually, the Global Hospitality Conclave sees participants from across the world who have been part of The Oberoi Group in a leadership position. The objective is to get the Oberoi Hotels alumni together annually, who are presently employed in different sectors across the world and creating a platform of knowledge exchange, experiences and networking opportunities.    

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Dubai Association Conference aims to boost progression across industries

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The Dubai Association Conference hosted by the Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is underway and shall be held until December 12, 2017, at Dubai World Trade Centre. It is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. In the opening session, His Excellency Helal Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai World Trade Centre, and His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, discussed their vision for growing the association market community in Dubai and the wider Middle East region. The conference’s two-day programme focuses on building the association community, skills development for association executives and sharing best practices from around the world. The attendees included international association executives, government representatives, university faculties and students, as well as professionals who are interested in forming associations. Marri, said: “Our vision is for the Dubai Association Centre is to be a gateway for regional and international associations to establish themselves in the emirate and take advantage of opportunities in Dubai and the wider region. As we continue to align associations, government and businesses together through the Dubai Association Centre, we plan for Dubai to become the top destination for associations regionally. Having strong local chapters and regional offices of international associations will contribute to the growth of Dubai as a business hub and the evolution of the city and the UAE as a knowledge …

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