Category Archives: Exhibitions

Incheon’s Songdo Convensia to double its size by 2018

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Songdo Convensia, a landmark of Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), located in Songdo, South Korea, will be reopened in July, 2018, with a total floor area of 64,000 sqm, double its current size. It will have 900 exhibition booths, premium ballroom that can accommodate up to 2000 people and 41 meeting rooms, fully ready for its grand reopening. In addition, Songdo Convensia is playing its role as the optimal convention centre that aims for sustainable low-carbon meeting venue as Asia’s first LEED-certified convention centre with MICE application platform support for paperless meetings. When the second stage of the construction is completed, it will be one of the best places for MICE with its newly built exhibition, conference, and sales facilities. The international conference room and multipurpose square are expected to attract a variety of exhibitions and events. Lee Yeong-Geun, IFEZ Commissioner, said, “The exhibition and conference industry is critical for Songdo International District to be globally competitive. The second stage of construction of Songdo Convensia will be a backbone of this high value added service industry.”

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Thailand Travel Mart moves to Pattaya in 2018

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Thailand Travel Mart 2017 ended a successful two-year run in the northern capital of Chiang Mai, and will move to the resort city of Pattaya next year. The event was attended by 423 buyers from 56 countries. Although the main markets of China, India, Russia, Europe and the UK dominated the list, the focus on buyers from the eastern European countries, Latin America and South Africa. Moreover, first-time buyers comprised 47.8 per cent of the total. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), commented, “The two years of being held in Chiang Mai have given a major boost to travel & tourism in Chiang Mai and will help us better diversify our visitors all around the country and the neighbouring regions. I also believe this has been a great preparatory step towards hosting the prestigious ASEAN Tourism Forum, also at the same venue in January 2018.”

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Pullman unveils business and leisure hotel in Japan

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Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is being developed as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and will open for the fall of 2018. Featuring 143 rooms, the contemporary designed hotel successfully connects the international style of Pullman with a delicate touch of Japanese art and culture. This business and leisure hotel includes meeting facilities and unique dining concepts. The hotel is directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station east exit and a three-minute walk from the Toei Subway Mita Line. From the hotel to the Haneda International Airport is about 30 mins by public transport and just one stop from JR Shinagawa station to Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, AccorHotels, “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.” “The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travelers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure,” said Eric D’Ignazio, Vice President Japan, AccorHotels.

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World MICE Day 2017 from Oct 25-27 in China

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World MICE Day 2017, will be held during October 25-27, 2017 in Qingdao, China. The event is an initiative of the Qingdao Government and CCPIT-Qingdao Sub Council, BIT Congress Inc. The theme chosen for the maiden edition 2017 is ‘Boosting Silk Road Meeting Industry’. At the three-day extravaganza, 400 domestic and overseas hosted buyers and over 2,000 visitors plan to check-in at the expo, with 150-200 sellers and exhibitors. The delegates can also be a part of six forums – the Keynote Forum for government representatives, MICE Industry Forum for PXOs, MICE Organization Forum, MICE Partnership Forum, Technology and Innovation Forum and the Pre-Scheduled Appointments / Training Courses. Qingdao is a major seaport and industrial centre for China and continues to attract MICE visitors.

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June 7 is Global Exhibitions Day

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The Global Exhibitions Day (#GED17) this year is on June 7. Now in its second year, GED17 puts a focus on the people and jobs in the exhibition industry, under the title “Think Global – Act Local”. Under the co-ordination of UFI, The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, activities have been scheduled in 45 countries and regions around the world. 40 Global Exhibitions Day partner associations are united behind this joint awareness-raising campaign. UFI managing director and CEO, Kai Hattendorf said: “GED is a truly global celebration of the exhibition industry, and all its highly-valued people.” With 260 million visitors and 4.4 million exhibitors generating EUR 98bn revenues every year, GED highlights the positive impact of exhibitions on jobs, business, innovation and local investment. UFI estimates that half of exhibition spending benefits host territories directly, and the other half benefits the exhibitions industry, creating or maintaining hundreds of thousands of jobs. Support for GED has grown since its launch last year, with a wave of new events ranging from national-level lobbying to local community actions. Countries showing support for the first time this year include Bahrain, Ethiopia, Finland, Honduras, Japan, Serbia and Sweden.

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Thailand ranks 24th position for MICE: ICCA

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With more than 300 meetings and trade shows to be organised in Thailand during the second half of this year, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is aiming to create a sustainable growth. Early this month, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) put Thailand on the 24th  position in the world’s association meeting destination list, up from the 27th  of last year. Paris was ranked number city one in the survey. In addition, the rank of Bangkok also jumped from 16th to 12th position. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, Acting President, TCEB, said the improved ranking reflect the high preference related to Thai competitiveness and professionalism in the world’s MICE industry thus bringing in increasing number of such events to Thailand. An initial survey indicates that during the period from June to December this year, about 360 events are being organised in Thailand, about 75 per cent of them are international scale conference and trade exhibition. “Thailand popularity is on the rise. We see some exceptional large event coming to Thailand such as Thaifex-World of Food Asia that is expected to draw 70,000 people to the show in early June. And last month, Thailand was the host of Intermatch at 31,000 people and Infinitus at 8,000 people,” he added. In 2015, the Thai MICE industry generated a total direct revenue of 150 billion baht, responsible for 164,000 jobs with a GDP contribution of 0.77 per cent.

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FICCI’s first Wedding Tourism Summit underway

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The maiden Wedding Tourism Summit, organised by FICCI is underway at The Lalit. The summit aims to give impetus to this booming segment. The gathering was welcomed by Dr. Jyostna Suri, Past President, FICCI and Chairperson – FICCI Tourism Committee. Also present at the inauguration were Ajay K Sharma, Deputy Director – Tourism, Govt of Rajasthan, along with Siddharth Chaturvedi, CEO, Eventcrafter and Secretary, EEMA. The summit will conclude on May 26, 2017. The two-day summit will give buyers and suppliers an opportunity to interact and explore potential business opportunities under one roof and also address issues and concerns pertaining to the wedding segment. Suri said, “Weddings not only benefit the hotels where the events take place, but also the destination as well as ancillary services like florists, caterers etc. We need to tap countries like UK where there are many tourists looking for good destinations to get married in and what better place than India, with its historic hotels and other sites. The objective of this platform is to create a bigger awareness of India and the various destinations as a sought-after wedding location.” Suman Billa, Joint Secretary – Tourism, Govt of India, delivered the inaugural address where he stated, “If we want to achieve our target of attaining 2 per cent of global international tourist arrivals into India by 2025, we need to address all segments that have the potential to grow, and weddings is definitely one of them. People who come for weddings stay longer and spend more so there is a need for us to come up with a game plan on what we need to do to promote it. We need to look at it …

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GST to hit MICE: ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, shared that the GST slabs announced for hospitality industry will negatively affect inbound tourism immediately. “The MICE industry will be terribly hit as most of the convention facilities are only available in 5-star hotels which have room rates of Rs. 5000 or above. The high tax rate of 28 per cent will negatively impact conventions and conferences in the pipeline as well. I feel scope for manipulation has been left for the hotels where one can charge Rs. 4990 for a room and pay only 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent. Also, there is confusion whether the tax will be charged on rack rate, published rate or on the negotiated rate. The whole purpose of one tax one India is defeated,” he added.

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Marriott offers rewards at select venues in Asia Pacific

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Marriott International is offering group (minimum 10 rooms) or catering events Triple Choice benefits for any confirmed groups between March 1, 2017, and September 15, 2017, for groups and events held till September 30, 2017, at participating Marriott venues in Asia Pacific. The benefits would range from a five per cent discount on master-billed rooms to Triple points on eligible revenue. Eligible customers will also be offered complimentary internet in meeting rooms, one complimentary room night for every 25 paid room nights, one complimentary room upgrade for one night for every 25 paid room nights, and the chance to earn a signing bonus of 1,000 points for every event booked. Customers will have the opportunity to choose three rewards for their event booking.

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43rd GTM Germany Travel Mart now underway

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The 43rd GTM Germany Travel Mart kicked off from May 7, 2017, and is underway till May 9 in Nuremberg, Bavaria. Speaking at the opening ceremony of GTM 2017, Petra Hedorfer, CEO, German National Tourism Board, said, ” A lot has happened all over the world not all of it good. We in Germany stand for openness and tolerance. We welcome people from all nations with great respect from the bottom of our heart.” Emphasising how tourism can build bridges between people and nation’s, she adds, “Let us do everything to ensure that we continue to bring together cultures, people, nations from all over the world, wherever it is in Germany.” The event is hosted by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) in cooperation with Bavaria Tourism- the official marketing agency and the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office. The mart is a high-calibre forum at which German providers can meet key buyers from the international travel industry.

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