Category Archives: Conventions

TCEB’s TIME 2017 lures MICE players to Thailand

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Around 40 buyers from India, comprising corporate buyers and travel agents, participated in Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) second edition of TIME (Thailand Incentive and Meeting Exchange) that was held in Bangkok from June 29-30, 2017. This year, TIME had laid its focus on the Indian market; last year, it had highlighted China’s MICE industry. TIME has been initiated and designed as a Knowledge Exchange, Business Exchange and Experience Exchange programme where buyers and sellers have the opportunity to meet and understand market trends and preferences and products of MICE travellers, specifically the meetings and incentives components. Nooch Homrossukhon, Director, Meeting & Incentive, TCEB, informed that 80 per cent of the total MICE traffic from India is for incentives and therefore, the area requires more attention and education. “India is our top MICE source market after China.Thailand understands the culture, behaviour and preferences of Indian customers better than any other destination,” she said while commenting on the reasons for continuing growth and interest in Thailand. TCEB left no stone unturned in ensuring suitable incentives, team-building activities, and gala dinners for MICE participants for the TIME 2017 event. An extended tour to the northern city of Chiang Mai was organised from July 1-4, 2017, to unravel the MICE facilities in the region to these MICE players. Chiang Mai’s KHUM KHAM International Convention Centre also showcased its MICE industry for TIME 2017 through table top sessions where internal players interacted with Indian MICE participants. There were some 24 booths exhibiting their unique offerings to the Indian MICE players.

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Incheon’s Songdo Convensia to double its size by 2018

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Songdo Convensia, a landmark of Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), located in Songdo, South Korea, will be reopened in July, 2018, with a total floor area of 64,000 sqm, double its current size. It will have 900 exhibition booths, premium ballroom that can accommodate up to 2000 people and 41 meeting rooms, fully ready for its grand reopening. In addition, Songdo Convensia is playing its role as the optimal convention centre that aims for sustainable low-carbon meeting venue as Asia’s first LEED-certified convention centre with MICE application platform support for paperless meetings. When the second stage of the construction is completed, it will be one of the best places for MICE with its newly built exhibition, conference, and sales facilities. The international conference room and multipurpose square are expected to attract a variety of exhibitions and events. Lee Yeong-Geun, IFEZ Commissioner, said, “The exhibition and conference industry is critical for Songdo International District to be globally competitive. The second stage of construction of Songdo Convensia will be a backbone of this high value added service industry.”

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Korea takes first place in UIA global meetings ranking

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Korea now ranks in the number one spot worldwide for global congresses hosted in 2016, according to the latest International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA). The result is a reflection of strong growth by established Korean meeting cities such as Seoul, as well as rising destinations like Busan, Jeju, and Incheon, contributing to the country’s increasingly diverse business events portfolio. Supporting this growth is the Korea MICE Expo that is jointly organised by the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) along with its 11 Regional Convention Bureaus. The nation recently concluded the 18th edition of Korea MICE Expo 2017, its leading business events trade show that brought together 250 businesses and more than 300 buyers from around the world, including India. The expo showcased their MICE products in a two-day expo at Incheon’s Songdo Convensia between June 15-16, 2017 that recorded a total of 3,000 attendees. This reflected a 21.6 per cent increase in attendance over the previous year. Kapsoo Kim, Executive Director, Korea MICE Bureau, says, “These latest findings are a strong reflection of Korea’s broad growth not only across the country’s meetings section, but across the country itself. Established event destinations like Seoul are continuing to show their prowess, while an increasing number of regional capitals are giving global meetings planners an increasing variety of options, and so boosting Korea’s appeal for congresses

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ICPB Convention from August 29-31 in Hyderabad

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The 10th Conventions India Conclave, a flagship event of the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) will be held in Hyderabad from August 29-31, 2017. ICPB will be hosting their annual Conventions India Conclave at the Hyderabad International Convention. This was announced by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB. “We will take this opportunity to project ICPB as a parent body for promoting as a convention destination especially when we are working on restricting of ICPB and strengthening of ICPB,” he added. The theme of the event is ‘Expanding the Boundaries – Mission Possible’, focusing on all the segments of MICE. The conclave is expected to have a huge turnout of 250-300 delegates along with nearly 60 – 70 exhibitors. In addition to the B2B meetings this year there will also be an association networking evening, where members will get a chance to interact with all the medical association leaders who are responsible for conducting their events and meeting in India.

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2nd Odisha Tourism Conclave from June 17

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Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) is organising the 2nd Odisha Tourism Conclave on June 17, 2017, at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar. The theme of the conclave is ‘Tourism to be the Driving Force of Future Economy’. The conclave will see discussions on different potential issues relating to tourism sector and the conclave is planned to cover sub themes like ‘Branding of Odisha’, ‘Infrastructure to boost Tourism’, ‘Richness of Eco & Wildlife Tourism’, ‘Creating Tourism Friendly Awareness’, ‘Media & Tourism’, ‘Social Media & Digital Marketing in Tourism Promotion’, ‘Advantages of Odisha Tourism Policy 2016’, ‘Planning From Smart City to Smart State’, ‘Odisha a Buddhist Tourism Circuit’ and ‘Enhancing Skills & Training in Hospitality Education in Tourism Promotion’. Dr. S. C. Jamir, Governor of Odisha, is expected to inaugurate the Conclave in the morning and the valedictory ceremony will be attended by the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the evening of June 17, 2017, at the Swosti Premium Hotel, Bhubaneswar.

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World MICE Day 2017 from Oct 25-27 in China

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World MICE Day 2017, will be held during October 25-27, 2017 in Qingdao, China. The event is an initiative of the Qingdao Government and CCPIT-Qingdao Sub Council, BIT Congress Inc. The theme chosen for the maiden edition 2017 is ‘Boosting Silk Road Meeting Industry’. At the three-day extravaganza, 400 domestic and overseas hosted buyers and over 2,000 visitors plan to check-in at the expo, with 150-200 sellers and exhibitors. The delegates can also be a part of six forums – the Keynote Forum for government representatives, MICE Industry Forum for PXOs, MICE Organization Forum, MICE Partnership Forum, Technology and Innovation Forum and the Pre-Scheduled Appointments / Training Courses. Qingdao is a major seaport and industrial centre for China and continues to attract MICE visitors.

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International Conference on Tourism Technology in Kochi from June 9

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Focusing on the pertinent aspects on building business through technological platforms, the country’s biggest tourism technology meet, the second edition of International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT), will begin in Kochi on June 9. “Around 500 delegates, including tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, home stays, SEO (search engine optimisation) companies, software firms, social media marketing companies and bloggers, are expected to attend the conference,” said Association of Tourism Trade Organisation (ATTOI) president Anish Kumar P K. The conference will include topics such as managing online reputations; using WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other such tools for product marketing; writing content for websites and blogs; making payment gateway more efficient; and video marketing on Facebook Live and YouTube. ICTT will be officially inaugurated by Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran at a function which will be held at Hotel Le Meridien in the presence of Hibi Eden, MLA, Venu V, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, and Bala Kiran, Director, Department of Tourism.

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Thailand ranks 24th position for MICE: ICCA

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With more than 300 meetings and trade shows to be organised in Thailand during the second half of this year, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is aiming to create a sustainable growth. Early this month, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) put Thailand on the 24th  position in the world’s association meeting destination list, up from the 27th  of last year. Paris was ranked number city one in the survey. In addition, the rank of Bangkok also jumped from 16th to 12th position. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, Acting President, TCEB, said the improved ranking reflect the high preference related to Thai competitiveness and professionalism in the world’s MICE industry thus bringing in increasing number of such events to Thailand. An initial survey indicates that during the period from June to December this year, about 360 events are being organised in Thailand, about 75 per cent of them are international scale conference and trade exhibition. “Thailand popularity is on the rise. We see some exceptional large event coming to Thailand such as Thaifex-World of Food Asia that is expected to draw 70,000 people to the show in early June. And last month, Thailand was the host of Intermatch at 31,000 people and Infinitus at 8,000 people,” he added. In 2015, the Thai MICE industry generated a total direct revenue of 150 billion baht, responsible for 164,000 jobs with a GDP contribution of 0.77 per cent.

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GST to hit MICE: ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, shared that the GST slabs announced for hospitality industry will negatively affect inbound tourism immediately. “The MICE industry will be terribly hit as most of the convention facilities are only available in 5-star hotels which have room rates of Rs. 5000 or above. The high tax rate of 28 per cent will negatively impact conventions and conferences in the pipeline as well. I feel scope for manipulation has been left for the hotels where one can charge Rs. 4990 for a room and pay only 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent. Also, there is confusion whether the tax will be charged on rack rate, published rate or on the negotiated rate. The whole purpose of one tax one India is defeated,” he added.

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Kochi to host ATTOI’s technology conference from June 8-10

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The International Conference on Tourism Technology (ICTT), organised by the Association of Tourism Trade Organizations India (ATTOI) is scheduled to be held at the Le Meridien Kochi from June 8 to 10. The conference is being held with support from Kerala Tourism.  Anish Kumar P.K, President, ATTOI, said the future of travel is certainly digital, and ATTOI is maximising its use of technology, for instance in using live streaming as a promotional campaign tool for the upcoming second edition of ICTT. In December last year, ATTOI, as a curtain raiser to an international conference, organised a live streaming of an underwater engagement to showcase beach resorts as a unique offering of Kerala Tourism. Over 25 lakh viewers across the world watched the video that was streamed live from the beach resort of Kovalam.

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