Category Archives: Conventions

FHRAI’s Annual Convention underway at the Garden City


The 52nd FHRAI Annual Convention is underway at Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru. At the three-day event, being held between September 14 and 16, delegates will get a chance to attend panel discussions on relevant topics and be able to network with fellow hoteliers. The theme chosen for this year’s convention is “Hospitality 2025 – The Future is NOW”. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who blessed the function. Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers; Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of State, Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha; R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries & Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka, and many other dignitaries are also present at the event.

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3rd OTOAI Convention underway in Ras Al Khaimah


The third Annual Convention of Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) is underway in Ras Al Khaimah. The Convention was inaugurated by Shaji Thomas, Director-Destination Tourism Development, Ras Al Khaimah; Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI; Riaz Munshi, Convention Chairman and Vice President, OTOAI; Mohamed Khater, Senior Tourism Development Manager, Government of Ras Al Khaimah; Gurdeep Gujral, Joint Secretary, OTOAI; SanJeet, India Representative, Ras Al Khaimah, and Mahendra Vakharia, Chairman-Western Chapter, OTOAI. Thomas informed that India is the fourth largest source market for Ras Al Khaimah with Germany being the largest followed by UK and Russia. “India is a very important market for us. Earlier Indians used to stay 1.9 nights in RAK but now they stay for 2.25 nights which means they have explored more things to do at the destination. We have become a popular destination for weddings. This year we have 17 Indian boutique weddings and we hope to increase this number steadily.”

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EEMA celebrated its 10th Conclave in Delhi

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Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) celebrated its 10th edition conclave from September 8-10,  in Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi. Themed ‘a decade of transformation’, it was a part of the EEMAX Global Conclave and Awards organised by EEMA. Sabbas Joseph, President, EEMA, elucidated on the event and said, “It was an event that got everyone together. Sharing the journey with nostalgia were the three presidents of EEMA. We had around 283 registered members and an attendance of about 350 people.” Adding on about growing number of talent in the country, he said, “We have a programme for youth empowerment and education and talent development, the first launch of it was on September 8, at the EEMA Eduposium. We are now looking at management programmes, how can we embellish that with content from the event management companies and create event management as an option. It is something that we believe in, along with the vision of the Prime Minister of India. If we can help, skill development, and retain talent, we will become great employers to showcase the real talent in the country.”

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33rd IATO Convention underway in Bhubaneswar


The 33rd IATO Annual Convention was inaugurated by a high-level government delegation at Mayfair Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on September 7, 2017. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik along with Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, Odisha’s Minister of Tourism and Culture Ashok Chandra Panda and Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma were present during the inauguration. They announced that the 34th IATO convention will be held in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The Tourism Secretary spoke about the new campaign that the Government of India will announce soon. Called ‘Adopt a Heritage’ the campaign is aimed at the corporate and private sector to adopt a heritage monument in association with ASI. The convention is underway until September 9, 2017.

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TAFI convention to be held in two destinations in Turkey


In a first for any travel trade association, the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) will conduct its annual convention in two different places in Turkey this year. One part of the convention will be held in Dalaman and the other one in Antalya. The convention, which is to be held from Oct 27-31, 2017, has been split between two destinations so as to enhance the members’ experience of Turkey.

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Dusit International opens Global Sales Office in India


Dusit International, Thailand’s hotel and property development company, has opened a new Global Sales Office (GSO) in Mumbai, to promote Dusit Hotels & Resorts in India. The new office will manage sales across all market segments including leisure, MICE and corporate business. Primarily, the team will focus on Tier I cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru but will also cover smaller cities. Keshwar Bhagat, Director of Sales – GSO India, will head the India office. Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International, says, “With the volume of outbound travel increasing by about 25 per cent a year, India is now one of the fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world. When you consider that the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has predicted the number of outbound Indian travellers will reach 50 million by 2020, now is the perfect time for us to open a GSO in the country. This comes in tandem with our own growth, which will see our current tally of 29 hotels and resorts top 80 worldwide within the next three-to-four years.”

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ICPB’s CIC conclave: ‘A conference on conference’


Enabling a platform to expand boundaries for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry was the eye opening conclave of ICPB’s 10th Convention India Conclave 2017, held in HICC, Hyderabad, from August 29-31, 2017. The conference saw a conglomeration of 350 prominent MICE industry leaders, PCO’s, Suppliers, Conference Planners, Buyers and Government officials from the Ministry to discuss the potential of MICE industry in India and way forward. The theme of the conclave was “Expanding The Boundaries – Mission Possible” with a focus on all segments of MICE Industry – incentive, exhibition and corporate meetings, creating an opportunity for the members to look for new avenues of business development. The inaugural session saw the esteemed presence of dignitaries including Chief Guest, Madhusudana Achary – Speaker, Telangana Legislative Assembly; Guest of Honour, B Venkateshan – Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Telangana; Christina Z. Chongthu – Managing Director, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation; Suman Billa – Chairman ICPB & Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Chander Mansharamani – Vice Chairman, ICPB; and Amresh Tiwari – Honorary Secretary, ICPB. During the inaugural address, Billa revealed how 52 per cent of travel revolves around MICE and the need to leverage this market and tap its potential internationally as well. He also mentioned about the implementation of a corpus fund, created half by the government and the remaining half by ICPB, to help open the Indian conference market to the world. The conclave showcased an expo for more than 200 registered buyers and sellers to interact and exchange business. B2B meetings and sessions on topics of sustainability and associations to help member engagements were also held. During the press conference, Billa talked about setting …

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Yokohama gets a new event space, ahead of Summer Olympics


A new multipurpose event arena will open in Yokohama in the spring of 2020 – ahead of the Summer Olympic Games. The venue will feature floor space of 21,000 m2, with four levels above ground as well as a basement level. The construction is scheduled to begin in December at a budget of 10 billion yen (US$90.6 million). Jun Nakamura, General Manager of the Business Development Department,  Yokohama Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, “The arena is expected to stage more than 200 shows annually and will provide additional entertainment options for MICE delegates. We expect the new venue to enable us to welcome even more international and domestic visitors to Yokohama.” In addition, the nearby Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama will add over 6,600 m2 of exhibition and convention space before spring 2020.

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ICPB’s Conventions India Conclave from August 29-31

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ICPB’s 10th Conventions India Conclave (CIC) to be held in Hyderabad from August 29-31 at HICC, expects 200-300 delegates during the two-day event. The long-awaited annual convention is aiming to project the Indian subcontinent as the preferred destination for international and domestic conventions. The theme for this year is ‘Expanding the Boundaries – Mission Possible’. CIC will focus on all segments of the MICE industry, creating an opportunity for its members to look for new avenues of business development. The inaugural session of this green and sustainable conclave shall be graced by Suman Billa, Chairman, ICPB and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, and senior government officials from Government of Telangana, the partner state for the event. The keynote address on ‘A bird’s eye view – existing supply, market share in the region and globally’ shall be delivered by Rod Kamleshwaran, Partner & COO, According to Mansharamani, “Some 250-300 delegates, which includes 50-60 exhibitors and both domestic and international buyers, are expected.” He further adds that ICPB is working on restructuring and strengthening the association, and CIC will play an instrumental role in the same.

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Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) welcomes 38 new members


Seoul MICE Alliance is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization to foster Seoul’s MICE industry and co-marketing. Since its first selection of 47 members in 2010, it has continued to grow, and this year, it expanded to 260 members through the selection of 38 new members. This is a 453 per cent increase in seven years. It can be said that Seoul’s competitiveness became that much stronger in attracting business events. The new members will collaborate with the Seoul Tourism Organization in bidding, attracting and hosting international MICE events, collaborate on PR activities such as overseas media/buyer familiarization tours, overseas MICE joint advertising for magazines, online marketing and newsletter distribution to boost Seoul’s MICE competitiveness. Moreover, the official events such as SMA member meetings, business conferences and SMA annual meetings will be held to promote networking among members.

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