Category Archives: Events

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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Kolkata, Chennai emerging as optimum cities for MICE facilities

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Kolkata and Chennai have emerged as one of the few cities which offer suitable MICE offerings at a reasonable rate. Kolkata’s super-luxury hospitality space will add over 500 rooms in the super-deluxe category in the next three months. Currently , Oberoi Grand, Taj Bengal, ITC Sonar and Hyatt -together offer 917 rooms. The count will go up to 1,231, a 134 per cent jump over the current strength in the next 18 months. Ranju Alex, GM of JW Marriott Kolkata, said, “Kolkata, with its unique character and soul, is a significant addition to the MICE map globally.” Shift of MICE from Mumbai and Hyderabad to Chennai, owing to cheaper room rates, has spurred growth for the city.

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PTM 2017 in Macao from Sep 13-15

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The 40th edition PATA Travel Mart 2017 will be held in Macao SAR from September 13-15. The mart will be hosted by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO). PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “It is an exciting prospect to be returning to Macao SAR for the fortieth anniversary of PATA Travel Mart, having previously held a successful Mart there in 2010. PATA and the MGTO enjoy a very special, unique and rewarding relationship that we treasure and hold in high regard. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, MGTO, added, “PATA Travel Mart mobilises a relevant contingent of travel trade stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region and around the world.”

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IITTM’s 6th Asia-Euro conference in Gwalior

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Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, is organising 6th Asia-Euro conference 2016 in Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy from November 9-12, 2016, in Gwalior. Conference Chairman and Director, IITTM Prof. Sandeep Kulshreshtha, informed “It is the first time in India that this conference is being organised in collaboration with Taylor’s University, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and University of Toulouse, Jean Jaures, France. The theme of the conference is ‘Envisioning Tourism 2050’. More than 150 academic experts representing Asian and European universities and institutions from France, Italy, Switzerland, UK, US, Mauritius, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Uzbekistan etc. besides Indian tourism academic experts will be attending the international conference.”

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TICA, KMA team up to elevate MICE professionals

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The Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and the Korea MICE Association (KMA) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the education and training of MICE professionals and strengthening of business platforms for the development of the MICE industry in South Korea and Thailand. Eung Su Kim, president of the KMA, and Sumate Sudasna, president of TICA, said they would collaborate for the growth of the MICE industry in the two countries with the aim of contributing to their respective economies and the enhancement of international goodwill and cooperation. “This MoU allows both countries to leverage on our knowledge and experience to gain further insights in service excellence on an international level. Business events will continue to have a strong impact for any country, especially among Asia-Pacific countries,” said Kim.

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Free UAE visa for TAAI Convention delegates

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The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority (TCA) along with the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has offered free UAE visas to registered delegates attending the Indian Travel Congress and 63rd Convention and Exhibition of TAAI being held in Abu Dhabi from October 14-17, 2016. TCA will offer two nights pre- and two nights post-tours to delegates in Abu dhabi/Al Ain/Sadayat Island and Yas island.

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