Category Archives: Conventions

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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Taurus Sarovar Portico, New Delhi-IGI Airport unveiled with business and conferencing facilities

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Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Taurus Sarovar Portico, New Delhi – IGI Airport. Strategically located near the IGI airport, Taurus Sarovar Portico features 83 guestrooms and it is the second hotel opening of the year by Sarovar Hotels after the opening in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The hotel offers state-of-the-art business and conferencing facilities, Fitness Center, Alfa 63 – an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, In-Room dining, and meeting rooms. The hotel is owned by Taurus International Projects. Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels, said, “We are delighted to be consolidating our presence further in the Capital city. The opening of Taurus Sarovar Portico seeks to complement the demand for quality accommodation, especially near the airport both by business & transiting travellers. Our superior banqueting facilities will make meetings and events easier, complemented with our signature Sarovar hospitality, whether it a business get-together or a social occasion.” Sarovar Hotels is targeting to have 100 hotels under its portfolio by 2020. Expected openings in 2018 include hotels in Jaisalmer, Jhansi, Jaipur, Somnath, Dibrugarh, Junagadh, Gorakhpur and Lusaka, Zambia.

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TAAI Convention from March 27-29 in Srinagar

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The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) is hosting its annual convention from March 27-29, 2018, in Srinagar. The event is being organised in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Jammu & Kashmir with a view to promote a more visible J&K and its outstanding attributes that extensively support tourism and culture. A press conference will be held on the same at The Claridges, New Delhi on January 31. The guests presiding over the event would include Tassaduq Hussain, Minister of Tourism, Jammu & Kashmir; Sarmad Hafeez, IAS, Secretary Tourism, Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Mehmood Ahmad Shah (KAS), Director Tourism, Government of Jammu & Kashmir.

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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

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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

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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

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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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