Category Archives: Exhibitions

650 meetings at first Travel Business Show

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India’s first Travel Business Show was held on Dec 17, 2016 in Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi. Punam Singh, Associate, Pacific Leisure Group, says, “This is the first edition of the Travel Business Show, which goes beyond MICE. It’s meant for the exhibitors to connect with the corporate buyers. We have had an absolutely fantastic response from the corporate buyers. We have concluded at the end of today almost 650 meetings. There are a slew of comments and from the corporate buyers, which we will be sharing with the tourism boards and the airlines, as to how they can maximise their presence at the next edition of the show. The next travel business will take place in December, 2017. Sarika Bhambani Rawal, General Manager, Travel Business Show says. “The show is a diverse forum featuring the best of MICE brands. Successful meetings took place between selected exhibitors, and top-level buyers. Meeting top-level decision-makers along with elite meeting planners as buyers from meetings and events industry was an added advantage. At Travel Business Show, networking and building relationships enhances future dealings. It is an excellent platform for companies which are looking to gain a slice of demand or are looking to grow their existing shares.”

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Amravati poised to become a MICE hub

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Andhra Pradesh capital region Amravati is poised to attract reputed players from the infrastructure and hospitality space to bid for the construction of convention centres with a seating capacity of at least 2,000, along with other attached facilities. There is going to be a crucial part of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) hub being proposed to be developed in Amaravati. K. Lakshminarayana, Advisor to the Government on tourism and Chairman of A.P Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation’s Tourism sub-committee, while in an interview with Hindu, observed that Amaravati needed a big convention centre with facilities like star hotels and spas as it aspired to be a world-class city. Predicting a bright future for the (MICE) sector in capital region, Lakshminarayana said the government had already invited tenders for a convention centre at Ibrahimpatnam and the MICE hub in Amaravati and the response for both is awaited.

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Saudi Arabia to invest $1.6 billion in MICE industry

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Saudi Arabia aims to become the main destination for conferences and exhibitions in the Middle East by 2020. The Kingdom has announced ambitious plans to invest USD1.6 billion in its MICE tourism industry for the coming years to 2019, and several centres and venues will benefit from this financial boost. Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah is attracting a growing number of local companies and government authorities looking to combine their meeting and training requirements with Umrah pilgrimage. Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar, the first Conrad property opened by Hilton in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, has seen its MICE business grow steadily, driven by demand from pharmaceutical companies and government entities that tend to conduct their board and annual meetings, as well as training and development programs, over weekends in the Holy City. “There are several factors that contribute to the development of MICE tourism in Makkah including the improving infrastructure, companies’ desire to hold their meetings and trainings in nearby locations, and continuous government support,” said Ismail Sirry, General Manager of Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar.

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Singapore MICE to surge to US$ 2.5 bn by 2021

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Singapore MICE tourism market projected to reach nearly US$ 2.5 Billion across 20 countries by the end of 2021, says a report of Research and Markets. Facilities for both business and leisure such as World Resort Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, Merlion’s Park, Suntec Singapore and Singapore EXPO ensure Singapore’s position as a prime MICE destination, it states. Japan MICE travellers have enjoyed a significant role in contributing revenue to the Singapore economy in 2015. Japan contributed 18.1% share in 2015. It is predicted that China, India and Indonesia will be leading revenue generators by the year end of 2021, the report added.

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India’s cruise tourism, MICE products identified as growth sectors at WTM London

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Incredible India pavilion at World Travel Market London 2016 was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Tourism and Culture (I/C), Government of India, along with Vinod Zutshi, Secretary-Tourism, Government of India, and Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha. Sharma also launched the official website of Incredible India Global Tourism Mart, scheduled from Feb 1-4, 2017, in New Delhi. MOT has identified cruise tourism and MICE as two niche products available in India for 2017, said Zutshi. The e-Tourist Visa scheme which was introduced to 113 countries globally in August 2015 will be further promoted by India Tourism as a major incentive for travel in 2017.

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ITS World Congress in Melbourne hosted 11,500 delegates from 70 countries

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The 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne hosted almost 11,500 delegates from more than 70 countries. The five-day event from October 10-14, at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre saw government round-tables, 14 demonstrations offering 5,000+ live experiences, 17 off-site technical tours, 22 parallel conference tracks featuring 600+ sessions, two public days and an extensive schools and university programme, its first-ever hackathon, a 20,000 square metre exhibition involving 300+ organisations and over 50 congress partner, according to Stephan Wurzinger, Regional Director – Association Relations, MCI Australia.

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Kolkata, Chennai emerging as optimum cities for MICE facilities

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Kolkata and Chennai have emerged as one of the few cities which offer suitable MICE offerings at a reasonable rate. Kolkata’s super-luxury hospitality space will add over 500 rooms in the super-deluxe category in the next three months. Currently , Oberoi Grand, Taj Bengal, ITC Sonar and Hyatt -together offer 917 rooms. The count will go up to 1,231, a 134 per cent jump over the current strength in the next 18 months. Ranju Alex, GM of JW Marriott Kolkata, said, “Kolkata, with its unique character and soul, is a significant addition to the MICE map globally.” Shift of MICE from Mumbai and Hyderabad to Chennai, owing to cheaper room rates, has spurred growth for the city.

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MOP&NG will host Petrotech 2016 from Dec 5-7 in Delhi

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Petrotech-2016, the 12th International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition will be organised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas at New Delhi from December 5-7, 2016. Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary K.D. Tripathi said the expo is poised to be the most important energy event in India in compassing the entire gamut of the oil and gas industry, as well as related sectors such as alternative energy, engineering and technology. Along with the three days conference with an anticipated participation of over 100 eminent speakers and 6,000 delegates, the event will also have an exhibition with participation of over 600 exhibitors from over 50 countries.

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5th International Buddhist Conclave begins in Varanasi-Sarnath from Oct 2-6

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With a view to showcase and project the Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites of India, the Ministry of Tourism has organised the 5th International Buddhist Conclave, from October 2-6, 2016, in Varanasi-Sarnath in collaboration with the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The conclave was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister for Tourism & Culture on October 2, 2016, in New Delhi. Ministry of Tourism has received over 250 nominations from 38 countries for participation in the Conclave. This year’s conclave has ASEAN as a Guest of Honour partner and a large participation is expected from ASEAN countries which are also major source markets for India in general and the Buddhist Heritage sites in particular.

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TICA, KMA team up to elevate MICE professionals

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The Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and the Korea MICE Association (KMA) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the education and training of MICE professionals and strengthening of business platforms for the development of the MICE industry in South Korea and Thailand. Eung Su Kim, president of the KMA, and Sumate Sudasna, president of TICA, said they would collaborate for the growth of the MICE industry in the two countries with the aim of contributing to their respective economies and the enhancement of international goodwill and cooperation. “This MoU allows both countries to leverage on our knowledge and experience to gain further insights in service excellence on an international level. Business events will continue to have a strong impact for any country, especially among Asia-Pacific countries,” said Kim.

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