Category Archives: Exhibitions

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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AccorHotels likely to open convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur

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AccorHotels is slated to open a convention and exhibition centre in Jaipur shortly. The hotel group recently opened an Ibis in Kochi which goes to show its strong focus on tier II cities as well. In terms of development, AccorHotels is looking at densification in the cities it is already present in. Jean-Michel Casse, Chief Operating Officer, (India and South Asia), AccorHotels, says, “A major chunk of our business is the corporate segment followed by MICE which we have been really focussing on with the opening of Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and Novotel Vishakhapatnam which is a big MICE hotel. We are also operating the convention centre in Lavasa, Pune.” Casse, also reveals, “This year we plan to open around 10 hotels which will be a key milestone for us. This will take our current inventory of 8,700 rooms to more than 10,000 rooms this year and get to 55 hotels by end of 2017.”

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16th APLIC 2017 from May 17-19 in Malaysia

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Malayasia will play host to the 16th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC) from May 17-19, 2017, at Resorts World, Genting Highlands. Organised by the National Association of Life Insurance and Family Takaful Advisors (NAMLIFA), this is the third time that Malaysia is conducting APLIC after that in 1993 and 2005. The congress is a biennial event that will be co-hosted by member countries of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) together with support of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Themed as “Together As One”, the congress aims to promote the business development and productivity of financial services professionals. More than 5,000 life insurance practitioners from 13 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia will attend the bi-annual event, making it the largest financial services congress in the region. “The 16th APLIC being an international event, is set to promote Malaysia as an international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibition destination in Asia.  As we target at least 60 per cent of foreign participation, the inflow of foreign participants will also boost the tourism industry in Malaysia that will have a direct and spillover effect on the local economy,” said Tang Kia Sing, Organising Chairman of the 16th APLIC.

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J&K to focus on MICE tourism: Farooq Shah

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In a crucial meeting, the Secretary Tourism and Floriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq A Shah along with the ICPB India convention promotion bureau (a body working under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism GOI for promoting MICE Tourism), decided to enable a platform for the state of Jammu and Kashmir to showcase itself as a suited MICE destination. The office bearers of the ICPB assured the Secretary that the state will be promoted as one of the priority venues for conferences and events of national and international standard. Shah showcased the international standard MICE tourism potential of the state particularly in Kashmir like SKICC, Pahalgam club, and places like Gulmarg and Jammu as well. The secretary agreed to organise an intractable evening session specifically for promoting the MICE potential of the state in which leading prominent MICE tourism promoting organisations will be invited to know about the international standard convention and post-convention avenues available in the state. Shah also uprised that Kashmir’s summer is the best in the country to experience leisure activities in the form of shopping, cuisine, sightseeing, rafting among others.

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TCEB to plan a roadshow in Japan in March

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will organise a roadshow ‘Thailand Connect: Japan Business Events Road Show’ in Tokyo, Japan to offer incentive packages to attract more MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, and exhibition) business to the Kingdom. With this, TCEB expects to enhance the bureau’s partnerships with stakeholders in Japan to help drive the MICE industry in Thailand. The event would take place in Tokyo on March 2 and 3, informed Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of the TCEB. The roadshow aims to showcase Thailand’s MICE industry to more than 200 buyers, suppliers, international media, and industry experts.

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IHGF-DELHI fair from Feb 16-20 in Delhi-NCR

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The IHGF-Delhi fair is underway from February 16-20, 2017 at the India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida Expressway in the NCR of Delhi, informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH (Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts). Spread over in 1,97,000 sq. meters, the fair will witness a conglomeration of more than 3,000 exhibitors including 900 permanent marts from all over the country. “One of the most important roles played by the IHGF has been the increase in the foreign exchange earnings beside employment generation for the sector for the country,” stated Kumar. The exports of handicrafts during the latest period April- December 2016-17 have registered a growth of 12.10 per cent in rupee terms and stands at Rs. 17937.05 crores, elaborated Kumar.

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ACE of MICE to exhibit diverse contours of the industry

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The ACE of M.I.C.E. Congress, Meeting and Event Industry Exhibition from February 22-24 at Istanbul Congress Centre – ICC sponsored by Turkish Airlines will host industry professionals from Turkey and all over the world, qualified hosted buyers from oversea markets. The three-day expo, with the motto “We get together with all our colours” will highlight: MICE Professionals are Gathering to Build the Future, a session of sports events, a meeting of communication societies, and a session of interest from last year’s MICE’s Genies. Turkish Airlines Vice General Manager (Marketing and Sales) Ahmet Olmuştur said: “The MICE industry is a fast-growing industry in our country in the past 10 years. We believe that the impact of the ACE of M.I.C.E. by Turkish Airlines will be great as the positive trend that Istanbul has captured in the sector in recent years has continued.”

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