Category Archives: Exhibitions

JATA Tourism EXPO unveiled in Tokyo


The JATA Tourism EXPO Japan officially opened with 140 countries and 47 regions in Japan. Delegates including Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akihiro Ohta, and the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, Norifumi Idee were welcomed at the inaugural event. Ohta said that Japan wants to become an advanced tourism country, to push not only international inbound travel, but to also focus on more domestic travel as well. UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, and David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also graced the occasion with their presence. Rifai stated that Japan’s ambitious target of recording 40 million annual visitors by the year 2020 – the original goal was 20 million, was achieved last year and first upped to 30 million before the current target was proposed.

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GBTA Symposium 2016: Imparting business knowledge

Neal Rogers, APAC-MEA Travel Head, CSC
Geetha Arekal - Regional Travel Lead (APAC), Unilever
Yogita Chadha - Director Sales & Account Management - India & Middle East, Serko
Frederic Saunier, Head of Corporate IT - APAC, Amadeus
Vikas Bangera, Head of Global Enterprise Sales, Thomas Cook

The GBTA India Business Travel Symposium, an annual flagship education and networking event of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) was held on September 6, 2016 at The Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity. The twin event, a knowledge seminar and business travel show witnessed the conglomeration of the best in Indian business travel industry. The knowledge seminar commenced with a presentation on the BTI™ India 2016 Report,  which stated positive trend for the MICE sector. “India’s business travel market remains one of the most dynamic in the world, fueled by increasing market liberalisation and a rapidly growing domestic economy,” said the report.

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Thailand MICE garners 60.5bn baht in first fiscal


Thailand had welcomed 750,742 MICE travellers, generating 60.593 billion baht MICE revenue during the first three quarters of the 2016 fiscal year. A total of 393,859 visitors, and 29.664 billion baht were from the meetings and incentives sector. The top 3 MI markets for visitors were India, China, and Singapore. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said, “The results of a study on economic impact in 2015 show that the Thai MICE industry helped generate total expenditure of 220 billion baht for the country’s economy, while generating 164,427 jobs, and benefiting industry networking, as well as building our brand and capabilities.”

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Lemon Tree Hotels to focus on MICE now


Lemon Tree Hotels will now focus to facilitate MICE service in its properties following  the  booming trend for the sector. Vikramjit Singh, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Lemon Tree Hotels, says, “So far Lemon Tree hotels didn’t focus much on MICE or banqueting facility. But going forward we realise that it’s a big segment which is coming into play. We will be setting up largest convention centre hotel in Gurgaon which will be opened by the end of this year. That will have large banqueting facilities. In Mumbai we are building two hotels close to 1,000 rooms which will also have very large banqueting facilities.”

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OCEC to open its doors on Sept 26


The new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) will open on September 26. “Work is nearing completion for Madinat Al Irfan’s first phase features,” officials from Omran, the Sultanate’s leading master developer, said. OCEC will elevate Oman to become a suitable venue for regional and international events, developing Oman’s MICE sector and business tourism offerings, while attracting local and foreign investors and partners. With an elegant theatre to seat 3,200 delegates or concert goers, the centre will attract international convention and entertainment events.

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BRICS Trade Fair from Oct 12-14 in Delhi

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BRICS Trade Fair and its business forum, to be held in October 12-14, 2016, in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, aims to be the most prominent platform for business firms to meet and associate with complementing businesses from the other member countries including Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced BRICS Trade Fair as a special initiative from the country to encourage business connects between companies from the five nations. Few key sectors in focus include Aerospace, Agriculture and Agro Processing, Auto and Auto Components, Chemicals, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Green Energy and many more.

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TCEB unveils digital strategy for MICE app


The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) unveiled a digital MICE strategy highlighting the ‘Biz Thailand’ mobile application, an information gateway for MICE travellers. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB President said, “This year TCEB continues to promote the readiness of Thailand’s MICE industry through a comprehensive Digital MICE marketing strategy, utilising online channels to support the bureau’s key marketing activities.” Through the third edition of the Spice Up Your Business Agenda competition in 2016, TCEB will expand its collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International PCL, the Ministry of Commerce’s Department of International Trade Promotion, Thai Smile Airways Limited, and Visa International (Thailand).

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Gurgaon to host BLTM from Oct 24-25


The Business and Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) from October 24-25, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, aims to feature sellers from global business, MICE and luxury travel suppliers with hundreds of qualified hosted buyers from all over India. Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman of Fairfest Media Ltd, said, “Hundreds of genuine hosted buyers will be flown in from all parts of India and neighbouring countries. Additionally, the venue Gurgaon NCR will provide a rich hinterland of high-value corporate buyers in thousands, who will be also accorded the same status as hosted buyers.”

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TCEB launches TIME 2016 – MICE knowledge exchange


Offering the MICE industry a new platform for knowledge exchange and business negotiations among MICE operators and to support the MI business, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) TCEB has launched the first Thailand Incentive & Meeting Exchange 2016 programme or TIME 2016. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said: “The Business Meetings & Incentives or MI segment of the MICE industry has achieved its target last year in terms of visitor numbers and revenues. Last year, the MICE industry as a whole attracted 1,095,995 visitors, contributing THB 95.9 billion baht (US$2.7 billion) to total MICE industry revenues.”

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Thailand MICE industry back to normal post attacks


The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has issued a statement informing international stakeholders that Thailand’s MICE industry continues to operate as normal, and that all public and private sector stakeholders are working together to monitor the situation. This came as an affirmative statement following recent explosions in public areas in some Thai provinces. All hotels, venues and attractions are open and ready to welcome business travellers. Transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate, including Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports, the statement said.

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