Category Archives: Events

TCEB launches special privilege campaign for MICE travellers

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau in collaboration with Visa International (Thailand), the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Thai Smile Airways, and Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, has launched the ‘Spice Up Thailand 2017’ campaign for the fourth consecutive year. The offers of the campaign include 10 per cent hotel discounts, 50 per cent discounts for car rentals and airport transfers, Bt500 cash coupons for shopping, 25 per cent restaurant discounts, and 50 per cent off golf course green fees. In addition, other hotel, shopping, dining, wellness, activity and transportation promotions have been made available. TCEB president Nopparat Maythaveekulchai said, “TCEB has developed the ‘Spice Up Thailand’ campaign together with five partners in order to promote and create awareness of the MICE industry overseas, as well as delivering a first-class experience to MICE travellers; in turn, this will help to increase spending and encourage MICE travellers to extend their stay in Thailand. “The campaign has been carried out for the previous three years and is continuously developing in terms of adding new privileges for domestic MICE travellers, and targeting the MICE industry in Asia, specifically CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) countries,” he added. In the previous year, a total of 46 MICE events from 16 organisers registered to join the campaign with more than 43,000 coupons redeemed, generating over 20 million views online, Nopparat revealed.

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Penang to generate RM1bn from meetings and events this year

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Penang is targeting to generate RM1 billion from the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry this year. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said, “Last year, Penang recorded 1,250 meetings with a RM808 million economic value so we hope that this year we can break the RM1 billion mark.” Lim signed a proclamation to dedicate April 6 as the Penang Meetings Industry Day to promote the industry. He said the industry created jobs, generated revenue and spurred the local economy. Penang is the second state in Malaysia to have a convention bureau to promote itself as a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).

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1,800 meetings among 27 exhibitors and 60 buyers at Travel Experiential Show

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The second edition of Travel Experiential Show witnessed nearly 1,800 meetings among 27 exhibitors and nearly 60 buyers from April 8-9, 2017, at WelcomHeritage Sheraton, New Delhi. Representatives from hotels, travel agencies, cruises, railways, tourism boards, and more, met tour operators and travel agents from across Tier I, Tier II and Tier III markets under one roof to network and explore business opportunities for the experiential and luxury segment of travel. The show was inaugurated by His Excellency Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, Bhutan and Nepal. “I believe luxury begins from the airport. It is how you are treated upon arrival; it is in the destination and also on how comfortable or at ease is a destination with itself,” said Stoelinga. Speaking at the inauguration, Tekla Maira, Director Luxury Sales-India, AccorHotels Luxe, said, “If we look at the demographics where the luxury market resides in India, then according to a report, 55 per cent of the market is in the Tier I cities while Tier II and Tier III markets combined offer a 45 per cent market share. Thus, I feel that though we should be looking at high end markets but at the same time not ignore the smaller cities as the potential is very high.” Other dignitaries at the premier travel show were Neha Lidder, Marketing Head-DLF Emporia Mall and Shanawaz Shah, Manager Marketing Tourism, SKICC Srinagar.

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Travel Experiential Show from April 8-9 in Delhi

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Post the success of last year’s ‘Travel Experiential Show– Beyond Luxury,’ the next edition of the show will be held from April 8-9, 2017, at WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi. Over 60 pre-vetted, high-profile travel buyers and exhibitors across the world are expected to be present under one roof owing to the Experiential Show. Its one-on-one meeting format will give the exclusive list of luxury buyers and leading global suppliers an opportunity for serious B2B meetings, unrivalled networking opportunities and the know-how to cater to existing and potential clients. The specialised event is aimed to identify and drive trends in the experiential travel sector, and in turn attract highly sought-after, difficult to reach clients. The show will be inaugurated by luxury travel specialists followed by cocktail and networking gala dinner on April 8, 2017.

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ACTE 1st Intellicon Regional Conference of 2017 underway

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ACTE first Intellicon Regional Conference of 2017 is underway at Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, that saw participation from 130 people.  A new concept for attendees, it offers a full-day of education sessions dealing with topics, which remain a challenge for the industry.  Benson Tang, Regional Director, Asia, ACTE Global, says, “India is a very important market; we will continue to spend our resources here. Next year we will try to bring our global conference here.”  Talking about the conference, he adds, “Intellicon means a world with intelligence, without intelligence we cannot have new business. Knowledge is the power, nothing more important than knowledge and knowledge needs to be transferred, we are here to have a day of knowledge transfer. Only with knowledge we can change the world. Travel policy and how we can make our world better all depends on education and knowledge.” While giving the keynote address for the event, Sunil Kumar, Global President, UFTAA and President TAAI enumerated trends in the travel trade, he said, “The travel industry is phenomenal in its size and design to consistently change, IATA has some stunning projections on the growing global industry. Worldwide jobs supported by aviation were at 58.1 million jobs, in 2013 this is expected to increase to 103.1 million jobs by 2032.  From 1914-2014, it has been 100 years in Air Travel and 65 billion passengers have flown. About 3 billion passengers are flown annually today. UNWTO predicts Indian Outbound has potential to grow to 50 million by 2020.” Elucidating on the trends that will drive corporate travel, he adds, “The Five C+ one C that will drive selling travel include: Contact (Easy access), Convenience, Content (information and …

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Vienna records 11 per cent growth in corporate events in 2016

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Austrian capital Vienna has emerged as a city of international dialogue hosting 4084 congresses, conferences and corporate events in 2016. India, too, had a small but growing role to play in this with the Vienna Convention Bureau reporting 14 corporate events from the Indian sub-continent. According to Vienna Convention Bureau, attendees to corporate events from India contributed to 11,459 overnight stays, nearly 10 per cent of the overall overnight stays of 115,531, and a 43 per cent jump from the subcontinent over its contribution in 2012. “In 2016 Vienna’s meetings industry recorded more events, bednights and value-added than ever before,” says Norbert Kettner, Director, Vienna Tourist Board. An 11 per cent growth in congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna led to 567,000 global attendees and 1,718,000 overnight stays. Vienna boasts of dozens of highly attractive venues such as the imperial Hofburg, the Austria Center Vienna and Messe Wien. Viennese meetings, congresses and incentives industry that employs nearly 20,000 year-round jobs in Austria is backed by dedicated event organisers. “Vienna is an easily accessible central European hub with a multifaceted hotel sector and top meeting locations,” explains Kettner. “Meetings are optimally supported by both urban and scientific establishments, and, with 36 licensed certification agencies for Green Meetings, Vienna has already demonstrated far-sightedness with respect to environmental compatibility and sustainability,” adds Kettner. The nation-wide value-added of the Vienna conference industry once again broke the significant billion-Euro barrier, contributing a total of 1.072 billion Euros (+3 per cent) to the Austrian gross domestic product.  

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CWT Meetings & Events collaborates with International SOS on security offerings

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CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has launched the only global corporate meetings and events service to include International SOS services as part of its core customer offering. For the first time, while travelling to and attending meetings and events, CWT M&E customers can now access best-in-class pre-travel advice and integrate further International SOS Services such as Event Medical Support Plan into their programme. “This is a groundbreaking safety and security offering – which in today’s changeable times is of paramount importance to everyone, wherever they are,” said Cindy Fisher, Senior Vice President and Global Head, CWT Meetings & Events. This agreement allows CWT M&E’s planners and customers to subscribe to medical and security alerts. Customers will also benefit from access to a bespoke Travel Risk Assessment Tool.

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AccorHotels likely to open convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur

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AccorHotels is slated to open a convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur shortly. The hotel group recently opened an Ibis in Kochi which goes to show its strong focus on tier II cities as well. In terms of development, AccorHotels is looking at densification in the cities it is already present in. Jean-Michel Casse, Chief Operating Officer, (India and South Asia), AccorHotels, says, “A major chunk of our business is the corporate segment followed by MICE which we have been really focussing on with the opening of Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and Novotel Vishakhapatnam which is a big MICE hotel. We are also operating the convention centre in Lavasa, Pune.” Casse, also reveals, “This year we plan to open around 10 hotels which will be a key milestone for us. This will take our current inventory of 8,700 rooms to more than 10,000 rooms this year and get to 55 hotels by end of 2017.”

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E Factor Entertainment and Filmmaster Events form joint venture for specialised events

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E-Factor Entertainment, India’s premium specialised events agency has announced its partnership with Filmmaster Events. A part of the Italian Entertainment Network (IEN), Filmmaster Events is renowned globally for its expertise in events and content production. The 50-50 joint venture will be incorporated as EFactor-Filmmaster Events, which will be focusing on tourism and events space, specifically targeting sporting ceremonies and permanent installations using state of the art light, sound, video technology. Samit Garg, CEO and Co-Founder, E-Factor, said, “We will be creating events for tourism, sports and entertainment segments, at a scale that India has seldom witnessed, along with Filmmaster Events.” Andrea Francisi, COO, Filmmaster Events, said, “Our joining of hands will usher in a new era to create an events ecosystem that will leave audience spellbound. Indian consumers are always open to experiential and opulent events.” FME is present in 12 countries and India will be the 13th country to increase their global footprint in collaboration with E Factor Entertainment. The coming together of the two leading events agencies will boost India’s fledgling events industry, which is pegged at around INR 6,000 crore and growing at around 20 per cent.

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16th APLIC 2017 from May 17-19 in Malaysia

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Malayasia will play host to the 16th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC) from May 17-19, 2017, at Resorts World, Genting Highlands. Organised by the National Association of Life Insurance and Family Takaful Advisors (NAMLIFA), this is the third time that Malaysia is conducting APLIC after that in 1993 and 2005. The congress is a biennial event that will be co-hosted by member countries of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) together with support of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Themed as “Together As One”, the congress aims to promote the business development and productivity of financial services professionals. More than 5,000 life insurance practitioners from 13 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia will attend the bi-annual event, making it the largest financial services congress in the region. “The 16th APLIC being an international event, is set to promote Malaysia as an international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibition destination in Asia.  As we target at least 60 per cent of foreign participation, the inflow of foreign participants will also boost the tourism industry in Malaysia that will have a direct and spillover effect on the local economy,” said Tang Kia Sing, Organising Chairman of the 16th APLIC.

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