Category Archives: Events

MICE exhibitors to conglomerate at IT&CM China from March 21-23

Bringing together Chinese and International MICE exhibitors and buyers in a dynamic marketplace, the IT&CM China will be held from March 21-23, 2017 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Centre of International Sourcing, Shanghai. Recognised as the China’s leading international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) business, education and networking event, the IT&CM China is a suitable platform for international and leading Chinese players in the MICE industry to explore business opportunities on all fronts – inbound, outbound and domestic. The three-day event will let the delegates witness best return on their investment in business through structured business appointments, exhibition showcase, seminar sessions, official networking functions and tours.

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108 exhibitors showcase offerings for Tier II & III markets at GPS Nagpur


Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) inaugurated on January 20, 2017, at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur saw 108 exhibitors showcase their various products and offerings for the Tier II and Tier III markets. The event was attended by over 600 buyers. The event witnessed an august presence of Satinder S. Ahuja, Honorary Counsul, Consulate of Georgia, Marzban Antia, Vice President, TAAI, Ankush Nijhawan, MD, Nijhawan Group, and SanJeet, Vice Chairman, PATA India and MD, DDP Group, among other dignitaries. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-founder, GPS and MD, Jagsons Travels, informed, “If we see the multiplier effect, then approximately for 108 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers, 100,000 meetings can be done. This is a huge number. We have witnessed 99 per cent success in terms of exchange of e-cards.” “The buyers and exhibitors can maintain the database and keep in touch even after the show. All data can be found at one marketplace which will bring together the big and small service providers as well as all kinds of travel agents and tour operators in the Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha a region,” he added. GPS is a premier business networking event and business-to-business trade show that is held annually in Nagpur.

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India among top 10 business travel markets: FCM-KPMG


The Indian business travel market is expected to surge 12 per cent in five years and is also ranked among the top 10 business travel markets with a spend of $29.6 billion in 2015. This was revealed in a white paper titled ‘Business Travel in India’ Emerging Trends & Opportunities’ released by FCM Travel Solutions along with KPMG. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030 business travel spending in India will have trebled from the present levels. The paper gives a comprehensive glimpse in to where and how business travellers in India are spending. Asia has become the world’s largest business-travel market, and trends suggest India’s significance within APAC will only grow with time. Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group – India, said, “The report identifies six key business travel trends and reveals new travel behaviours of the future – Increasing number of business travellers relying on user generated content and mobile devices. With an increase in online and mobile booking tools and an ever- growing appetite for on-the-go travel management, technology to play a disruptive role in the future.”

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 jamboree begins

Inaugral keynote address at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (003)

The Jaipur Literature Festival celebrated its tenth birthday with a glittering inauguration on January 19, in the august presence of Chief Minister of Rajatshan, Vasundhara Raje, celebrated yogi Sadhguru, iconic experimental poet and activist Anne Waldman, and legendary award-winning poet Gulzar Sahib at Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur. Packed with dignitaries, readers and writers from India and all over the world, brought together by a love of literature and its capacity to inspire and entertain, the festival opened to a fanfare of ceremonial drumming and horns by Rajasthani musicians led by Nathoo Lal Solanki, followed by a beautiful and rousing concert of popular, folk and classical music by the Shillong Chamber Choir. Scindia expressed her delight that the festival was hosting a facsimile copy of the 13th century Magna Carta this year, considered to be the founding document of human rights and democracy. “As the largest democracy in the world, it is a huge tribute to us in India that it has come here,” she said. Other highlights of the gala were a session with Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty, the popular Foreign Correspondents Club, SL Bhyrappa in conversation with Vivek Shanbhag, and a session on The Enigma of Amma, and many more.

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Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie philharmonic concert hall opens


Elbphilharmonie philharmonic concert hall, located on the edge of the River Elbe, opened on January 11 as a ‘rolling wave’ to Hamburg’s world-famous harbour in Germany. The Elbphilharmonie is also home to a 244 room 5-Star Westin Hotel offering meeting space including eight conference rooms as well as a panoramic view of the city. Dagmar Zechmann, General Manager of the Westin Hamburg, says, “Our location positions us as the ideal destination for meetings and events and for those looking for a room with a view.” The hotel’s conference facilities are across four rooms equipped with the latest in audio and visual technology. Florian Gerdes, Marketing Manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, said, “From major 5 and 4 star names through to quirky boutique hotels, there is a huge choice of top notch accommodation and meeting spaces launching in key locations throughout the city including near the airport, Congress Centre Hamburg and the iconic River Elbe.”

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36th ATF begins in Singapore from Jan 16-20


The 36th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) has commenced in Singapore from January 16-20, 2017. Themed “Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together,” ATF 2017 will support the continuous, collective efforts by ASEAN members to address challenges and opportunities as ASEAN jointly develops and grows the tourism industry in the region. The highlights of the event include official launch of VisitASEAN@50 Campaign at the Opening Gala on January 18. It will also impart information on Singapore’s new marketing strategy; Visit Laos Year 2018; Vietnam’s new visa policies, including the visa exemption policy for European tourists; Myanmar’s update on tourism performance, skills development initiatives, and its new destination marketing promotions for 2017.

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Dubai Business Events wins record bids for 2016


Dubai Business Events (DBE) has recorded its most successful year to date, winning 129 bids and proposals for upcoming conferences, meetings and incentive trips in partnership with local stakeholders such as Dubai World Trade Centre, Emirates Airline, hotels as well as Destination Management Companies and Professional Congress Organisers. The number of future business events secured by Dubai Business Events increased by 79 per cent in 2016, compared to 2015, consolidating Dubai’s position as a leading destination for business events. The economic impact of these events is estimated at close to AED400 million and is expected to bring in 75,000 additional visitors to Dubai over the course of the next six years. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “It provides the city with a unique opportunity to showcase the scale of our ambition in finding solutions to worldwide challenges, the diversity of our economy, and our keenness to collaborate as we build a stronger knowledge economy.” Throughout 2016, Dubai Business Events hosted 12 international study-missions, bringing more than 300 hosted buyers and over 40 international trade media from the business events industry to Dubai. The tailored itineraries showcased the variety of hotels and event venues, visits to new attractions such as Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Parks and Resorts and Burj Khalifa.

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Madame Tussauds to open in Delhi in June


The 23rd edition of Madame Tussauds is set to open in New Delhi in June at Regal Cinema, Connaught Place. The wax attraction will exhibit over 50 figures from diverse leagues such as history, sports, music, cinema etc. Merlin Entertainments, the operator of the attraction, plans to offer competitive ticket fares in order to attract large segment of Indian visitors and once open, Madame Tussauds will also offer special fares for students, and groups, informed Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Merlin Entertainments India. “The wax attraction will provide an immersive and exhilarating experience of the glittering world of renowned celebrities and personalities of the likes of Amitabh Bachachan, Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar, Kim Kardashian, etc. We will also have a broader focus on Indian celebrities and I am sure that all the locals and tourists will cherish meeting their idol,” says Jain. Marcel Kloos, Director-New Openings Europe and Emerging Markets, Merlin Entertainments, adds that the attraction can accommodate 500 visitors at a time and will be open from 9 am to 8pm. The tickets will also be available online.

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Seoul MICE Alliance boosts city’s business events competitiveness


Seoul’s public and private sectors have strengthened ties over the past month through a series of initiatives designed to make the city more accessible to international business events hosted in the city and their participants. This includes a dramatic boost in membership in October for the Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) ahead of the SMA Annual Meeting set to review local industry progress, along with joint activities by SMA members aimed at boosting Seoul’s global convention profile. Formed in 2011 and operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization (STO), the SMA is a public-private partnership of government agencies and business events service providers including meeting venues, accommodation, DMCs, and others. Meeting planners who use SMA member organizations for their business events are eligible for various benefits, such as reduced rates, complimentary use of event spaces and transportation to and from venues, free promotional space, discounts on event registration, and support for site inspections. (Learn more at In October 2016, the SMA gained 36 members, bringing the total to 230. Described by an STO official as “a driving force behind the growth of Seoul’s MICE industry”, the alliance strives to build strong cooperation between government and private enterprise so as to boost Seoul’s MICE competitiveness. Major upcoming events in 2016 held at SMA venues include World Engineering Education Forum 2016 (Coex, 2000 participants), Meeting of the Internet Engineering Taskforce (Conrad Seoul, 1,200 participants), and e 5thBiennial Scientific Meeting Asia Cornea Society (Grand Hilton Seoul, 700 participants). In addition to offering competitive rates and services to event planners, SMA members also regularly work with Seoul City to promote the capital’s meetings offerings. Joint activities include attendance at international trade …

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2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo from Feb 22


The 2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017 will be held from Feb 22-23. The 2nd “ Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017” will give answers to five major questions in the digital tourism economy. “ Thailand International Conference & Expo” is part of the “ World Events”, is the top annual meeting-point for experts from the eTourism, mTourism, travel technology, digital travel marketing and distribution channels with decision makers, entrepreneurs, professionals from the travel & hospitality industry of Thailand, the ASEAN Countries as well as the rest of the world, where they can exchange knowledge and experiences, to learn and do business. Travel Media Applications in cooperation with PATA Thailand Chapter organize this well esteemed event for the second year in Bangkok, on February 22nd and 23rd 2017. This year also incorporates “TripAdvisor Insights Masterclass” and “PATA Asian Chapters Meeting” where the renown “Tourism Outlook” will be presented.

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