Category Archives: Exhibitions

Over 2,600 exhibitors at ATM 2017 in Dubai

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Over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors are participating at the 24th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which is underway at Dubai World Trade Centre, until April 27. Over 150 countries are participating, while more than 100 new exhibitors are set to make their ATM debut. ILTM Arabia will play host to one-on-one, pre-scheduled appointments, between suppliers of luxury products and destinations from around the world. Marketing experiential travellers was an integral part of the ATM Travel Tech seminar programme.

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First day of WTM Africa 2017 concludes successfully

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The first day of WTM Africa 2017 proved to be very exciting, with travel professionals buzzing around the Cape Town International Convention Centre between meetings and events. Highlights of the show included the WTM Africa 2017 official opening by the host, City of Cape Town, cutting edge discussions in the Travel Tech Theatre, a dedicated programme for local outbound specialists, and key travel trends presented by Euromonitor for the years ahead in the WTM Africa Conference Theatre. Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager, Africa Travel Week, said, “There was a great buzz on the floor on the first day of WTM Africa, with buyers, attendees and media meeting throughout the day. The WTM Africa team has worked hard at creating a stimulating and innovative environment that not only encourages connections, but facilitates lucrative business meetings for attendees.”

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India Expo Shop 2017 underway

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The India Expo Shop 2017, inaugurated on April 17, 2017, is underway till April 20, at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Anup Wadawan, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India, Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industry,  Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Govt of Rajasthan, Satyadev Pachauri, Hon’ble Minister for MSME, Export Promotion, Govt of Uttar Pradesh, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Commerce & Industry, Parliamentary Affairs, Skill, Employment, Govt of Assam. Global Exhibition on Services, 2017 is organised by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), delegates from 70 countries are participating and there shall be participation from 20 states of India.  There will be approximately 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors will be participating in the event. The show will demonstrate capabilities of the industries serving organisations holding exhibitions, conferences and events. The expected visitors are from the exhibition organisers, stand designers, exhibiting companies, event organisers, MICE agencies, retails players and corporate event organisers. A two-day summit is also to be organised at the venue from April 18-19, 2017. Themed “Embracing Technologies in Events and Exhibitions”, the summit will offer information, presentations and networking sessions.

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TCEB launches special privilege campaign for MICE travellers

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau in collaboration with Visa International (Thailand), the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Thai Smile Airways, and Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, has launched the ‘Spice Up Thailand 2017’ campaign for the fourth consecutive year. The offers of the campaign include 10 per cent hotel discounts, 50 per cent discounts for car rentals and airport transfers, Bt500 cash coupons for shopping, 25 per cent restaurant discounts, and 50 per cent off golf course green fees. In addition, other hotel, shopping, dining, wellness, activity and transportation promotions have been made available. TCEB president Nopparat Maythaveekulchai said, “TCEB has developed the ‘Spice Up Thailand’ campaign together with five partners in order to promote and create awareness of the MICE industry overseas, as well as delivering a first-class experience to MICE travellers; in turn, this will help to increase spending and encourage MICE travellers to extend their stay in Thailand. “The campaign has been carried out for the previous three years and is continuously developing in terms of adding new privileges for domestic MICE travellers, and targeting the MICE industry in Asia, specifically CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) countries,” he added. In the previous year, a total of 46 MICE events from 16 organisers registered to join the campaign with more than 43,000 coupons redeemed, generating over 20 million views online, Nopparat revealed.

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Penang to generate RM1bn from meetings and events this year

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Penang is targeting to generate RM1 billion from the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry this year. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said, “Last year, Penang recorded 1,250 meetings with a RM808 million economic value so we hope that this year we can break the RM1 billion mark.” Lim signed a proclamation to dedicate April 6 as the Penang Meetings Industry Day to promote the industry. He said the industry created jobs, generated revenue and spurred the local economy. Penang is the second state in Malaysia to have a convention bureau to promote itself as a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).

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1,800 meetings among 27 exhibitors and 60 buyers at Travel Experiential Show

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The second edition of Travel Experiential Show witnessed nearly 1,800 meetings among 27 exhibitors and nearly 60 buyers from April 8-9, 2017, at WelcomHeritage Sheraton, New Delhi. Representatives from hotels, travel agencies, cruises, railways, tourism boards, and more, met tour operators and travel agents from across Tier I, Tier II and Tier III markets under one roof to network and explore business opportunities for the experiential and luxury segment of travel. The show was inaugurated by His Excellency Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, Bhutan and Nepal. “I believe luxury begins from the airport. It is how you are treated upon arrival; it is in the destination and also on how comfortable or at ease is a destination with itself,” said Stoelinga. Speaking at the inauguration, Tekla Maira, Director Luxury Sales-India, AccorHotels Luxe, said, “If we look at the demographics where the luxury market resides in India, then according to a report, 55 per cent of the market is in the Tier I cities while Tier II and Tier III markets combined offer a 45 per cent market share. Thus, I feel that though we should be looking at high end markets but at the same time not ignore the smaller cities as the potential is very high.” Other dignitaries at the premier travel show were Neha Lidder, Marketing Head-DLF Emporia Mall and Shanawaz Shah, Manager Marketing Tourism, SKICC Srinagar.

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Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay offers 1,200 sqm of outdoor space for events

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Marriott Hotels, Marriott International’s flagship brand, opened its first hotel in Fiji, as Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Nestled on the secluded beaches of Momi Bay on the western coast of Viti Levu, the resort is ideal for inspirational weddings, special events, conferences and meetings. The Grand Salon Ballroom offers 360 square metres of versatile event space with an abundance of natural lighting. The resort’s beachfront location and 1,200 square meters of outdoor pre-function space for event outside, creates a bespoke and flexible space to suit the need of guests. “We are delighted to announce the opening of the first property under the Marriott Hotels brand in Fiji,” said Silvano Dressino, General Manager of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. The resort is situated a convenient 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, and within easy reach of Nadi Town (29km), Denarau Island (36km) and other enticing attractions. Adventure-seekers can enjoy a short boat ride to Cloud Break Surf to experience some of the world’s most impressive waves, go zip-lining or explore the Sebeto hot springs and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich mud baths.

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Travel Experiential Show from April 8-9 in Delhi

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Post the success of last year’s ‘Travel Experiential Show– Beyond Luxury,’ the next edition of the show will be held from April 8-9, 2017, at WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi. Over 60 pre-vetted, high-profile travel buyers and exhibitors across the world are expected to be present under one roof owing to the Experiential Show. Its one-on-one meeting format will give the exclusive list of luxury buyers and leading global suppliers an opportunity for serious B2B meetings, unrivalled networking opportunities and the know-how to cater to existing and potential clients. The specialised event is aimed to identify and drive trends in the experiential travel sector, and in turn attract highly sought-after, difficult to reach clients. The show will be inaugurated by luxury travel specialists followed by cocktail and networking gala dinner on April 8, 2017.

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2nd edition of India Expo Shop from April 17 at Greater Noida

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The Indian Exhibitions, Conferences and Events Services Association (IESA), with key industry bodies, government organisations including Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), is organising the second edition of the India Expo Summit 2017 (IES 2017) at India Expo Centre and Mart, in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on April 17, 2017. Themed on “Embracing Technologies in Events and Exhibitions”, the IES 2017 aims to bring different facets of exhibition industry, opportunities, challenges on a single platform and how they could be addressed or assisted by the use of technology. Nanu Binu, President, Indian Exhibitions Conferences and Events Services Association (IESA) said, “IESA has been continuously focusing on the development of Exhibitions, Conferences and Events services in India. With Prime Minister’s vision to transform India into global knowledge power with the help of technology, the role of Exhibition Industry has become more important for taking this message to forward and showcasing it on a granular scale to the world.”

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Vienna records 11 per cent growth in corporate events in 2016

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Austrian capital Vienna has emerged as a city of international dialogue hosting 4084 congresses, conferences and corporate events in 2016. India, too, had a small but growing role to play in this with the Vienna Convention Bureau reporting 14 corporate events from the Indian sub-continent. According to Vienna Convention Bureau, attendees to corporate events from India contributed to 11,459 overnight stays, nearly 10 per cent of the overall overnight stays of 115,531, and a 43 per cent jump from the subcontinent over its contribution in 2012. “In 2016 Vienna’s meetings industry recorded more events, bednights and value-added than ever before,” says Norbert Kettner, Director, Vienna Tourist Board. An 11 per cent growth in congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna led to 567,000 global attendees and 1,718,000 overnight stays. Vienna boasts of dozens of highly attractive venues such as the imperial Hofburg, the Austria Center Vienna and Messe Wien. Viennese meetings, congresses and incentives industry that employs nearly 20,000 year-round jobs in Austria is backed by dedicated event organisers. “Vienna is an easily accessible central European hub with a multifaceted hotel sector and top meeting locations,” explains Kettner. “Meetings are optimally supported by both urban and scientific establishments, and, with 36 licensed certification agencies for Green Meetings, Vienna has already demonstrated far-sightedness with respect to environmental compatibility and sustainability,” adds Kettner. The nation-wide value-added of the Vienna conference industry once again broke the significant billion-Euro barrier, contributing a total of 1.072 billion Euros (+3 per cent) to the Austrian gross domestic product.  

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