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Thailand MICE garners 60.5bn baht in first fiscal

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Thailand had welcomed 750,742 MICE travellers, generating 60.593 billion baht MICE revenue during the first three quarters of the 2016 fiscal year. A total of 393,859 visitors, and 29.664 billion baht were from the meetings and incentives sector. The top 3 MI markets for visitors were India, China, and Singapore. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said, “The results of a study on economic impact in 2015 show that the Thai MICE industry helped generate total expenditure of 220 billion baht for the country’s economy, while generating 164,427 jobs, and benefiting industry networking, as well as building our brand and capabilities.”

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Lemon Tree Hotels to focus on MICE now

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Lemon Tree Hotels will now focus to facilitate MICE service in its properties following  the  booming trend for the sector. Vikramjit Singh, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Lemon Tree Hotels, says, “So far Lemon Tree hotels didn’t focus much on MICE or banqueting facility. But going forward we realise that it’s a big segment which is coming into play. We will be setting up largest convention centre hotel in Gurgaon which will be opened by the end of this year. That will have large banqueting facilities. In Mumbai we are building two hotels close to 1,000 rooms which will also have very large banqueting facilities.”

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BRICS Trade Fair from Oct 12-14 in Delhi

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BRICS Trade Fair and its business forum, to be held in October 12-14, 2016, in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, aims to be the most prominent platform for business firms to meet and associate with complementing businesses from the other member countries including Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced BRICS Trade Fair as a special initiative from the country to encourage business connects between companies from the five nations. Few key sectors in focus include Aerospace, Agriculture and Agro Processing, Auto and Auto Components, Chemicals, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Green Energy and many more.

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XI ISBA conference from Sept 10-11 in Pune

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Bringing together all stakeholders of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem from across the world and India, the XI ISBA Conference hosted by Indian STEPs and Business Incubators’ Association (ISBA)  will be held in Pune on September 10-11,2016 at Hotel Hyatt, Kalyani Nagar. India is emerging as global destination for Innovation, Incubation and Start-ups and provides great opportunities. The event aims to provide the global community ample opportunities to co-operate, work with Indian start-ups and incubators, create and jointly manage start-up funds, provide co-hosting services.

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IATO 32nd convention in Chennai from Sept 18-21

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The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will hold its 32nd annual convention from September 18-21, 2016, at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, said, “We were planning to have our convention in Chennai for last couple of years as IATO never had its annual convention in Tamil Nadu earlier. However, this year, it is going to become a dream come true.” More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event and the IATO convention.

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Hyderabad to showcase medical tourism at 3rd IIMTC

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The 3rd edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC) will be held in Hyderabad from September 3-4.The Congress organised by International Indian Wellness and Medical Tourism Association (IIWMTA) and Society of Critical Care Emergency Medicine (SCCEM) aims to streamline, promote, and propagate ‘Brand India’ in the arena of medical tourism. Dr. H N Garg, President, SCCEM, says, “The platform will facilitate a stage to show new technology in medical science, hospitals and health centres would be showcasing their technologies and facilities to everyone. Around 100 delegates from nearly 50 countries are expected at the Congress.”

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Philippines tourism conducts 4-city road shows in Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai

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The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines conducted a series of road shows covering Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai from August 8-11, 2016. The event brought a conglomeration of hoteliers, resorts, spas, representatives of travel attractions and tour operators from the Philippines to interact with over 100 local travel trade partners and buyers in B2B sessions.  Verna C Buensuceso, Director, The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines said, “Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai are the important feeder markets and hence we are looking forward to strengthening our relations with local travel partners from these cities. Overall, the Philippines is looking forward to welcome 100,000 Indian tourists by 2017.”

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Thailand MICE industry back to normal post attacks

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The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has issued a statement informing international stakeholders that Thailand’s MICE industry continues to operate as normal, and that all public and private sector stakeholders are working together to monitor the situation. This came as an affirmative statement following recent explosions in public areas in some Thai provinces. All hotels, venues and attractions are open and ready to welcome business travellers. Transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate, including Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports, the statement said.

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9th Kerala Travel Mart to host 57 countries

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The ninth edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) will host 57 countries with 10 first-time participants in Kochi from September 27 till 30. The new participants include China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Georgia, Chile, Greece, Iran and Botswana. “KTM has always placed  emphasis on the identification of quality buyers from new countries on retaining participation levels from conventional markets. With 10 new nations confirmed to participate this year, our efforts have borne fruit,” KTM Society President, Abraham George said.

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Dubai to host CRS 2016

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Dubai is set to host the Corporate Restructuring Summit (CRS)  2016, the first event of its kind in the GCC region place from November 8-9, 2016 at the Dusit Thani Hotel. According to International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Middle East,  saw an estimated US$12 billion worth of bad debt being restructured in the past five years and debt restructuring worth US$78 billion will be required in the next two years in the UAE alone. The summit will focus on the challenges that financial institutions face and the opportunities for financially troubled corporate in the Middle East to remain sustainable.

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