Category Archives: Exhibitions

Korea to host large-scale global architects’ Congress

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Korea’s meetings industry shall host a conglomeration of approximately 30,000 industry professionals for the UIA (International Union of Architects) 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress in September. The large-scale event will utilise two of Seoul’s top event venues, with the Congress itself taking place at Coex from September 3-7, followed by the UIA General Assembly at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza from September 7-10. Several merits of Seoul were lauded as factors for its selection as the host city, including how it is an “accessible, affordable and adaptive city for foreign delegates”. The UIA is the world’s largest association of professional architects, with around 1.3 million members from 124 countries. The UIA World Congress has been held every three years since 1948, bringing together architecture professionals and students for networking and knowledge-sharing about best practices in the field.

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The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat to open its doors for business travellers from Oct 1

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The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat, perceived as a retreat for business and leisure travellers, will be unveiled on October 1, 2017. Located in dynamic Kolkata near the International Convention Centre and airport, the hotel will have 158 rooms. With abstract artwork harmonising with the ivory colour palette, the Deluxe Rooms invite you to relax in contemporary style. Ample natural light fills the space through double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows framing spectacular views of the pool, Eco Park Lake, or the Kolkata skyline. If achieving productivity is a priority, the spacious writing desk with ergonomic chair and multi-jack connectivity helps you stay focused.

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Global Panorama Showcase reaches to Kochi

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The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) is underway in Kochi. After successful shows in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Kolkata, GPS Kochi saw a conglomeration of 750+ registrations on the first day. Buyers from cities like Salem, Coimbatore, Thrissur, Trivandrum, Calicut and nearby cities will be attending the three day event. The first day witnessed knowledge presentations by Interglobe Technology Quotient, FXkart, Genting Hong Kong, cyber security session by Prevoyance Cyber Forensic, Trawelltag Cover-More, Sahibji Group of Companies, Zanzibar Tourism and the much waited GST session by team GMJ & Co followed by presentations from Infozeal and Cleartax. The next two days will notice more buyers for one-on-one B2B meetings.

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MICE crisis in hotels post GST: HRAWI

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Post the Goods & Services Tax (GST) roll out earlier this month, the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) related activities have been hit hard. One of the anomalies that emerged post GST roll-out was that MICE activities and other events held in hotels outside of home state are not eligible for Input Tax Credit (ITC). This has been leading to cancellations and postponements for pre booked events. Given the emergence of MICE Tourism as one of the fastest growing segments, and its potential to disrupt growth, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has appealed to the Government to revisit this particular aspect of the GST. “There is an overall reduction in MICE bookings across hotels in India as compared to the same period last year. Advance bookings are being cancelled and new bookings are not happening. Most companies are considering holding events in the same State where they are registered under GST. Businesses may still have digested the high GST, but without ITC, it just becomes unviable. MICE tourism is too important a segment for the nation to overlook,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. Talking about the GST slabs for the industry he adds, “The 28 per cent GST rate for rooms with tariff of Rs. 7500/- and above is one of the highest in the world and will seriously affect cash flow. Moreover, the tax percentage will be determined based on the published or declared rate which is creating a lot of hardship for the industry. The association has appealed the Government to remove this condition and determine the tax percentage based on the actual transaction value and has also requested to review the ITC …

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Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017 showcases unique golfing experience for 150 buyers

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hosted Thailand Golf Travel Mart (TGTM) 2017 from July 25-28  in the stunning environs of Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima, where golf tour operators and buyers from key international markets met with suppliers and golf course owners from across Thailand. TGTM 2017 showcased Thailand as a world-class golf destination, with its amazing courses that show beautiful scenery while offering world-class amenities and famously friendly Thai caddies. The event helped to create new opportunities for Thai golf business operators allowing them to promote their services to vital foreign markets. It is hoped the TGTM will increase the numbers of golfers coming to Thailand to play golf and so help raise revenue in all parts of the country. To ensure the best exposure for sellers and give them the chance to meet a wide array of buyers, the TGTM 2017 hosted pre-scheduled appointment matching programme. Soraya Homchuen, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai, commented, “Golf is big business in Thailand as the country has some of the best class golf courses. TGTM 2017 was a great opportunity for Thailand’s golf industry to show the world why Thailand is such an amazing golf destination while attracting new golfers to play and enjoy the legendary Thai hospitality and unique local experiences. We hope that evolved Indian travellers will come to Thailand to enjoy the Amazing Golfing experience.” More than 150 buyers from 32 countries signed up to attend the TGTM 2017 with the majority being from Asia (65 buyers) and the ASEAN region (48 buyers). These make up the largest golf markets due to the proximity of Thailand and the kingdom’s excellent reputation for offering world-class …

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TCEB highlights focus areas to enhance MICE

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The new President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has highlighted four focus areas to enhance MICE in the country: growing in parallel with the development of the country, growing in a high potential market, growing with equality and growing strongly. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB, said, “TCEB has the direct duty of developing every aspect of the MICE industry, from considering the needs of the market, the strengths and weaknesses of the country, the problems within the country, and to find ways to overcome those issues, as well as developing every area related to MICE, which is the appropriate role of the public sector.” From statistics over the last 10 years, Thailand has received approximately 150 billion baht of revenue from the MICE industry, both domestic and international, created approximately 164,000 jobs, and gained around 10.5 billion baht of revenue from taxation. Furthermore, in 2016, the International Congress and Convention Association, or ICCA,placed Thailand as having hosted174 events, ranking Thailand 24th, an improvement from 27th in 2015, with Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya ranking higher than the previous year as well. In terms of exhibitions, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, or UFI, ranked Thailand the number 1 among ASEAN nations in terms of exhibition space sold over the past 5 years (2011-2015). In terms of general exhibition space, Thailand ranked in the top five ASEAN countries. Additionally, Thailand has a total of 256,984 metres squared of exhibition space across nine exhibition centres in Bangkok and other important MICE cities. To build MICE into a key sector in developing the country, therefore requires the use of four directions for enhancing the MICE industry and create …

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‘GST will make India uncompetitive as a MICE destination’

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The recent announcement of the Goods and Services Tax slab is predicted to reduce chances of the Indian MICE market as a destination globally.  Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President-South Asia, Marriott International, says, “We are complying with the GST. Most of our big hotels are under 28 per cent space and the rest are under 18 per cent space. We haven’t had any adverse impact at this point of GST but I think it will make international MICE all the way more difficult to get because India will become uncompetitive as a destination with our GST at 28 per cent. While other destinations like Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Dubai have significantly lower GST rate.”

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel introduces RoomIt by CWT

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With an aim to create and deliver innovative experience to customer accommodations globally, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) launched its new business division, RoomIt by CWT. “RoomIt by CWT simplifies the hotel booking process and puts the most relevant lodging options in one place. CWT is committed to giving our clients a wide range of global options at the most competitive rates and our investment into RoomIt will enable better, more personalised service to our travellers,” said Scott Brennan, President, Hotels, Carlson Wagonlit Travel. RoomIt is designed to satiate the changing customer needs with increased functionality and personalisation capabilities while equipping companies with the tools to effectively monitor employees’ travel schedules.

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GPS Ahmedabad sees conglomeration of 600 attendees

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The second leg of Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) opened in Ahmedabad to an overwhelming response on day one. The first day began with product presentations by exhibitors and received 600 plus attendees. The product presentations were followed by the much-awaited session on GST by team GMJ & Co. There will be table top B2B meetings between exhibitors and buyers taking place on day 2 and 3 of the event.

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2nd Travel Wedding Show witnessed 2000 B2B meetings

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The second edition of Travel Wedding Show concluded with over 2000 meetings conducted among 32 exhibitors and nearly 64 buyers from July 8-9, 2017, at Jaipur Marriott Hotel. Representatives from hotels and tourism boards exhibited their various products for wedding tourism. On day one of the show, travel agents and tour operators from across the country interacted with exhibitors while day two of the event saw the bigwigs of the wedding industry in India attend the show to meet and network with various exhibitors. Stalwarts of MICE, wedding tourism and hospitality industry like Hemant Mendiratta, Senior Vice President-Sales, The Oberoi Hotels; Saurabh Bhargava, AVP Sales-North, Taj Hotels Palace Resorts and Safaris; Hema Hariramani, Director, National Sales- India, Marriott International; Rajeev Jain, Vice President and Treasurer, EEMA and Vinod Bhandari, Partner, Wedding Xtraordinaire LLP, addressed various challenges faced by these industries in a panel discussion at the show. Sarika Rawal Bhambani, General Manager, Travel Show said, “The show was sold out and this is a positive sign that travel shows are making headway in connecting the right partners to take the industry forward. According to the feedback received, the buyers and exhibitors found the show very fruitful for their businesses and the connections they built at the show are seeds for their progress. There were around 2050 pre-scheduled speed meetings and with the kind of support we have received from the trade, we are sure that we will be able to take this show to greater heights.” She further informed that the next edition of Travel wedding Show will be held on July 7-8, 2018 in New Delhi.

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