Category Archives: Exhibitions

Melbourne Convention Bureau launches new AIME

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Melbourne Convention Bureau has raised the bar for the 25th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), launching a new pre-trade show program called ‘Uncover Melbourne’. Designed to showcase Melbourne’s world-class business events capability, Uncover Melbourne will offer international and local hosted buyers two days of immersive experiences that capture the unique pulse of the city.Taking place on 19-20 February 2017, Uncover Melbourne will showcase Melbourne’s competitive strengths as an innovative knowledge city and its collaborative ‘Team Melbourne’ approach to hosting and delivering highly successful and memorable events. Uncover Melbourne incorporates five distinct experiences, each telling its own unique story about the city’s special qualities and capability as a business events destination. Day one of Uncover Melbourne includes new city touring experiences located within the CBD, each one jam packed with activities that will inspire new ideas for incentive or conference travel. The city touring experiences summarise the key attributes of Melbourne as destination for conducting business blended with pleasure. The day concludes with Uncover Melbourne: The Magic of Flemington, a welcome function for hosted buyers presented in partnership with Business Events Australia. Uncover Melbourne: The Magic of Flemington brings one of Australia’s most iconic destinations to life, in one of Melbourne’s most picturesque settings. The Magic of Flemington is the first opportunity for hosted buyers to catch up with old friends, make new business acquaintances and experience an Australian tradition. The second day of Uncover Melbourne includes two new experiences.

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Sharjah to add new 4m sqft. exhibition centre

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Sharjah is building a new 4 million square foot (370,000 sqm.) exhibition and conference centre in Al Tai district, near the intersection of Emirates Road and Mleiha Road. Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) revealed recently that next year’s Sharjah International Book Fair will move to the new venue in order to expand its area from 25,000 square metres (269,098 sq. ft.) to 60,000 square metres (645,835 sq. ft.). With the opening of Expo Centre Sharjah in 1977, Sharjah established the very first fairs and exhibitions centre in the United Arab Emirates. The expo centre moved to its new location on Al Taawun Street in the centre of Sharjah city in 2002. The centre now has six exhibition halls surrounding a central boulevard, with a combined gross exhibition area of 26,000 square metres (279,862 sq. ft.) indoors, plus a further 6,000 square metres (64,583 sq. ft.) of outdoor space. Al Tai district is currently in redevelopment, with Sharjah Islamic Bank’s real estate arm, Asas Real Estate, developing some 14 million square feet of residential plots in the Al Tai Residential Neighborhood owned by United Investment. The area will also have one of the largest mosques in Sharjah, currently being built in an Ottoman-inspired architectural style. The new Al Tai exhibiton centre’s strategic location is about 30-40 minutes’ from Sharjah’s city centre, 25-30 minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport and about 35-40 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport.Meanwhile, Basma Group Sharjah is building a new 200 room 4-star hotel, Novotel Sharjah Expo, adjacent to Expo Centre Sharjah. The new Novotel will have a business centre and two meeting halls including a large meeting-cum-function hall of approximately 200 square metres. The Gulf region’s meetings, …

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Maiden edition of Travel Business Show inaugurated

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India’s first Travel Business Show was held on Dec 17, 2016 in Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi. The exclusive closed-door event aims to bring together selective exhibitors and buyers under one roof. Speaking at the inaugural edition, Priti Khanna, Chairperson, MCI Management India says, “The top six trends for MICE firstly include talent issues. For this industry more skills are required. In fact more soft skills than hard skills are required. Companies need to have a robust training and development programme in place. Secondly economic uncertainty is staring at us in the face; crime, war, government policies. It is leading to shorter lead times and shorter term budget decisions, people are holding on to the very end. The role of procurement is becoming very important. It’s important to measure and determine the value of our meetings” Digitisation remains another important trend for events. It also means we have a very long event life. Sustainability remains the fourth trend; we have to make sure that none of the three P’s of sustainability, People Planet and Profit are compromised. The next is event design, we need to rethink, the way we do our programme and layout structure. We need some new, out of the box thinking, change the seating; engage the people through their own Smartphone’s. Lastly content remains the king. One needs to maximise event content and ROI.” Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI says, “MICE is not an expenditure, it’s an investment by companies. The trend that I see is that MICE is going to increase further. In MICE also the experience is very important. Luxury is also being redefined with experiences. Tour operators are very important for these events and they …

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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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