Category Archives: Events

Poland to host 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism: UNWTO

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The third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be held in Poland, on April 27-28 2017. Organised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and the Government of Poland, the event will highlight the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in promoting a more sustainable tourism sector. The Congress will discuss the global sustainability agenda, particularly issues of governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR), responsible consumption patterns, universal accessibility as well as effective management models for natural and cultural resources.

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Maiden edition of Travel Business Show inaugurated

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India’s first Travel Business Show was held on Dec 17, 2016 in Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi. The exclusive closed-door event aims to bring together selective exhibitors and buyers under one roof. Speaking at the inaugural edition, Priti Khanna, Chairperson, MCI Management India says, “The top six trends for MICE firstly include talent issues. For this industry more skills are required. In fact more soft skills than hard skills are required. Companies need to have a robust training and development programme in place. Secondly economic uncertainty is staring at us in the face; crime, war, government policies. It is leading to shorter lead times and shorter term budget decisions, people are holding on to the very end. The role of procurement is becoming very important. It’s important to measure and determine the value of our meetings” Digitisation remains another important trend for events. It also means we have a very long event life. Sustainability remains the fourth trend; we have to make sure that none of the three P’s of sustainability, People Planet and Profit are compromised. The next is event design, we need to rethink, the way we do our programme and layout structure. We need some new, out of the box thinking, change the seating; engage the people through their own Smartphone’s. Lastly content remains the king. One needs to maximise event content and ROI.” Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI says, “MICE is not an expenditure, it’s an investment by companies. The trend that I see is that MICE is going to increase further. In MICE also the experience is very important. Luxury is also being redefined with experiences. Tour operators are very important for these events and they …

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650 meetings at first Travel Business Show

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India’s first Travel Business Show was held on Dec 17, 2016 in Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi. Punam Singh, Associate, Pacific Leisure Group, says, “This is the first edition of the Travel Business Show, which goes beyond MICE. It’s meant for the exhibitors to connect with the corporate buyers. We have had an absolutely fantastic response from the corporate buyers. We have concluded at the end of today almost 650 meetings. There are a slew of comments and from the corporate buyers, which we will be sharing with the tourism boards and the airlines, as to how they can maximise their presence at the next edition of the show. The next travel business will take place in December, 2017. Sarika Bhambani Rawal, General Manager, Travel Business Show says. “The show is a diverse forum featuring the best of MICE brands. Successful meetings took place between selected exhibitors, and top-level buyers. Meeting top-level decision-makers along with elite meeting planners as buyers from meetings and events industry was an added advantage. At Travel Business Show, networking and building relationships enhances future dealings. It is an excellent platform for companies which are looking to gain a slice of demand or are looking to grow their existing shares.”

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Amravati poised to become a MICE hub

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Andhra Pradesh capital region Amravati is poised to attract reputed players from the infrastructure and hospitality space to bid for the construction of convention centres with a seating capacity of at least 2,000, along with other attached facilities. There is going to be a crucial part of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) hub being proposed to be developed in Amaravati. K. Lakshminarayana, Advisor to the Government on tourism and Chairman of A.P Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation’s Tourism sub-committee, while in an interview with Hindu, observed that Amaravati needed a big convention centre with facilities like star hotels and spas as it aspired to be a world-class city. Predicting a bright future for the (MICE) sector in capital region, Lakshminarayana said the government had already invited tenders for a convention centre at Ibrahimpatnam and the MICE hub in Amaravati and the response for both is awaited.

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2nd Bharat Parv will showcase rich Indian heritage, says Vinod Zutshi

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Riding high on the success of the first Bharat Parv, the cultural programme’s 2nd edition, showcasing the rich heritage of India, will be held on January 26-31, 2017, in Red Fort, revealed Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. “There will be theme based pavilions by all the states to highlight the country’s diverse culture, along with performances, food stalls etc. The last edition of Bharat Parv was well appreciated and because of that, we’ve decided to have another edition next year,” he added.

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Thailand gets its first in-depth MICE portal

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Thailand’s first and only in-depth, interactive online portal for MICE industry – meetinthailand.com – was launched by Image Asia Events. “Phuket – the pilot geographical area – is up and running and work has started on phase two: Koh Samui, Krabi and Khao Lak, to round out the south of Thailand, before moving on to tackle Bangkok,” said Grenville Fordham, IMAGE Asia’s Founder and Managing Director. For buyers in these industries, meetinthailand.com affords a real opportunity to preselect venues and other components of an event based on real, hard information. The automated ‘Request For Proposal’ (RFP) feature, sends a detailed enquiry direct to a list of pre-selected suppliers with a single click, is a real time saver, while interactive checklists help ensure that no detail is forgotten in the event planning process.

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Saudi Arabia to invest $1.6 billion in MICE industry

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Saudi Arabia aims to become the main destination for conferences and exhibitions in the Middle East by 2020. The Kingdom has announced ambitious plans to invest USD1.6 billion in its MICE tourism industry for the coming years to 2019, and several centres and venues will benefit from this financial boost. Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah is attracting a growing number of local companies and government authorities looking to combine their meeting and training requirements with Umrah pilgrimage. Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar, the first Conrad property opened by Hilton in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, has seen its MICE business grow steadily, driven by demand from pharmaceutical companies and government entities that tend to conduct their board and annual meetings, as well as training and development programs, over weekends in the Holy City. “There are several factors that contribute to the development of MICE tourism in Makkah including the improving infrastructure, companies’ desire to hold their meetings and trainings in nearby locations, and continuous government support,” said Ismail Sirry, General Manager of Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar.

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Thomas Cook to host India Travel Summit in Mumbai on Nov 16

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Thomas Cook India Limited will be organising a summit titled ‘India Travel Summit’ on November 16, 2016 in Mumbai. It will be a half day conference by invitation only. Abraham Alapatt, President & Group Head- Marketing & Service Quality, Financial Services & Innovation-Thomas Cook (India) Limited, said, “We looked at our increased stake in both inbound and outbound space in India and we realised that we didn’t have an India equivalent of something like World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit. So, we saw the need to create a platform which would allow everyone in the eco-system to come together.” Suman Billa IAS, Joint Secretary of (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Ragini Chopra, VP (Corporate Communications), Jet Airways, will be key speakers deliberating on the session on India’s outbound market.

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Ras Al Khaimah hones its adventure tourism ‘Via Ferrata’

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Ras Al Khaimah is all set to launch adventure tours with the region’s first commercial Via Ferrata (Iron Path) in November.  “The world-class Via Ferrata is the first in a range of mountain, activity and adventure products developed specifically for nature and adventure seekers,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA, which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions. RAKTDA had leveraged the impending Via Ferrata launch at the World Travel Mart in London, where 16 tourism industry stakeholders from across Ras Al Khaimah promoted an array of leisure, adventure, culture and MICE products as part of the emirate’s target of attracting one million visitors by 2018.

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Corporate Travel Day at ITB Asia 2017

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The next edition of ITB Asia, to be held from October 25–27, 2017 in Singapore, is expected to have a dedicated ‘Corporate Travel Day’ and ‘Hotel Day’, lined up with an exciting full day of conference programmes. The  other two editions of ITB Asia will take place in October 17–19, 2018, and October 16–18, 2019. Messe Berlin, the organisers of the event, have announced the extension of its partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) from 2017-2019. Dr. Martin Buck, Senior Vice President, Messe Berlin GmbH, said, “Next year, ITB Asia will be momentous as we celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary.”

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