Category Archives: Events

INDABA 2017 to showcase pre-scheduled meetings with 7,000 delegates

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INDABA, Africa’s leading travel show, returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from May 16 to 18, 2017, sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout. INDABA 2017 will see more than 7,000 delegates from around the world meeting in Durban to grow the African tourism economy through conversations, partnerships and a focus on doing business, South African Tourism Chief Executive Sisa Ntshona said. Through the online diary and matchmaking system, delegates can use technology to set up pre-scheduled meetings with buyers or exhibitors that may match their needs. A new INDABA app will also function as a digital resource for updates. The Hidden Gems pavilion will introduce the world’s travel buyers and visitors to small tourism enterprises from each of South Africa’s nine provinces that may otherwise have remained undiscovered. Delegates at the trade show will be exposed to the full breadth of Africa’s tourism offerings, including high-end products at the Tourism Grading Council’s new luxury pavilion. This feature will cater to global buyers who are on the lookout for the premier five-star offerings many destinations on the continent are famed for. Apart from the pre-scheduled meetings, buyers will have the chance to meet with exhibitors during the morning speed marketing sessions on each of the three show days. Here, participating exhibitors will be grouped according to themes such as lap of luxury, scenic outdoors and award winners before making short presentations on their offerings. These sessions are an excellent way for buyers to ask questions and learn more about exhibitors – many of whom are small businesses. Industry players from more than 17 African countries are taking part, including Angola, Botswana, the DRC, …

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275 foreign buyers and 288 exhibitors at GITB 2017

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The Great Indian Travel Bazaar saw a conglomeration of 275 foreign buyers and 288 exhibitors at The Lalit Jaipur. The inbound show, which is underway until April 25, was inaugurated by Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and Krishnendra Kaur, Tourism, Art and Culture Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee FICCI, Nihal Chand Goel, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism, Art & Culture), Bhim Singh, President, Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan, and Rahul Chakravarty, Senior Director and Head-Tourism, FICCI. Addressing the show, Billa said, “India is truly on a growth path. All of you here are at the right place to lay the seeds for what will become a great engagement for a market that has huge potential.”

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GITB 2018 in Jaipur from April 22-24

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The 11th edition of GITB will be held from April 22-24, 2018, at Jaipur. This was announced by Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee, FICCI. “GITB has grown over the last 10 years from 260 buyers to 275 buyers, from 3,000 to 10,800 meetings over the last few years. It has played a vital role in the influx of foreign tourists to India and Rajasthan. We hope that the foreign buyers attending the show become our ambassadors and bring more and more tourists to the country.”

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Lions Clubs to host biggest international conference in India from July 1-5, 2022, in New Delhi

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Lions Clubs International (LCI) announced its first LCICon in India that will be the biggest international conference to be held in the country from July 1-5, 2022, in New Delhi. The conference is expected to host nearly 35,000 delegates from more than 120 countries over five days. This was announced by Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, First Vice President, Lions Clubs International, who will take charge as the 101st Worldwide President for Clubs on July 4, 2017. Mahesh Sharma, Tourism Minister, Government of India, presided over the event as Chief Guest and said, “It is a matter of great pride for us that India will be showcased on the international tourism map through this conference. The Lions Clubs International’s philanthropic activities are a sign of giving back to the society and we are very privileged to be the host of the biggest international conference.” The 105th conference of LCI is planned to coincide with the celebrations of 75 years of Indian independence in 2022. “Indira Gandhi Stadium, Pragati Maidan (ITPO) and almost 10,000 rooms have already been booked in in all 5-star hotels in New Delhi. Tourism worth US $50 million is expected during the five days of the conference and also from its pre and post visitation,” said Aggarwal. He further informed that this is an achievement which has come through with the support of the government and association bodies like ICPB and only after a rigorous bidding process where India competed with international destinations like Mexico, San Francisco, Brazil, etc.

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First day of WTM Africa 2017 concludes successfully

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The first day of WTM Africa 2017 proved to be very exciting, with travel professionals buzzing around the Cape Town International Convention Centre between meetings and events. Highlights of the show included the WTM Africa 2017 official opening by the host, City of Cape Town, cutting edge discussions in the Travel Tech Theatre, a dedicated programme for local outbound specialists, and key travel trends presented by Euromonitor for the years ahead in the WTM Africa Conference Theatre. Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager, Africa Travel Week, said, “There was a great buzz on the floor on the first day of WTM Africa, with buyers, attendees and media meeting throughout the day. The WTM Africa team has worked hard at creating a stimulating and innovative environment that not only encourages connections, but facilitates lucrative business meetings for attendees.”

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India Expo Shop 2017 underway

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The India Expo Shop 2017, inaugurated on April 17, 2017, is underway till April 20, at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Anup Wadawan, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India, Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industry,  Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Govt of Rajasthan, Satyadev Pachauri, Hon’ble Minister for MSME, Export Promotion, Govt of Uttar Pradesh, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Commerce & Industry, Parliamentary Affairs, Skill, Employment, Govt of Assam. Global Exhibition on Services, 2017 is organised by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), delegates from 70 countries are participating and there shall be participation from 20 states of India.  There will be approximately 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors will be participating in the event. The show will demonstrate capabilities of the industries serving organisations holding exhibitions, conferences and events. The expected visitors are from the exhibition organisers, stand designers, exhibiting companies, event organisers, MICE agencies, retails players and corporate event organisers. A two-day summit is also to be organised at the venue from April 18-19, 2017. Themed “Embracing Technologies in Events and Exhibitions”, the summit will offer information, presentations and networking sessions.

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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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