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ICPB to promote India as venue for conferences and exhibitions: K. J. Alphons

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The Ministry of Tourism has recognised Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) as a niche tourism product in order to overcome the problem of seasonality and to promote India as a 365 days’ destination. The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has been set up under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism to promote India as a venue for International Conferences and Exhibitions. This non-profit organization, with members comprising national airlines, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, conference organizers, etc. participate in international MICE trade fairs like IMEX in Frankfurt and Las Vegas, EIBTM- Barcelona and AIME- Melbourne along with the India Tourism overseas offices. India is also being promoted as a preferred MICE destination through the Global Incredible India media campaign and through road shows and seminars conducted by the India Tourism offices overseas. Ministry of Tourism also provides Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments/UT Administrations for development of tourism infrastructure including the setting up of convention centres under the existing schemes. This information was given by K. J. Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

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IT&CM China 2018 & CTW China underway at Shanghai

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The 12th edition of IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China along with China’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, CTW China, is underway at the Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing until March 22, 2018. The IT&CM exhibition floor this year boasts of a significant expansion of 50 per cent to 100 per cent by international exhibitors, represented by 289 new and returning exhibiting destinations, corporate brands and organisations, informed the event organiser, Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media. The 2018 event expects an attendance of over 3,000 MICE professionals from sectors including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel and associations. With over 500 Chinese and international buyers from across 42 Chinese cities and territories and 41 international markets, the show expects to have 14,000 business appointments on the show floor. “Hong Kong SAR stands out as the largest exhibiting pavilion with Macao SAR in close second, followed by Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hangzhou, Hainan, Ningbo and many more. The corporate zone showcase comprises of a balanced mix of international and local brands including AccorHotels, Air China, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Chimelong, Gloria International Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Resorts group, Minor Hotels, Royal Caribbean, Tempus Group and TravelSky among many others.” The 4th edition of CTW China, a leading corporate travel management event too is underway with even larger endorsements and partners at JW Marriott Shanghai Changfeng Park. CTW China is part of the CTW Events series co-organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. This event is co-organised by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China. 2018’s new and returning exhibitors include Best Western International, China MeetingBest Group, Frasers Hospitality, Hilton and Turkish …

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GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru in June

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) will hold its GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru  on June 15, 2018 at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, Bengaluru. GBTA Conference 2018 – Bengaluru will showcase exhibiting companies from around the world. The agenda will feature several education tracks and hundreds of travel professionals representing Indian and global enterprises. The conference aims to highlight the business travel industry, new technologies that have emerged, transforming domestic and global managed travel programmes, new security risks, among many more.

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FICCI Digital Summit from March 21-22 in Delhi

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FICCI is set to organise the third edition of Digital Travel, Hospitality & Innovation Summit from March 21-22, 2018 at Federation House, New Delhi. FICCI and KPMG India will also jointly unveil the knowledge paper ‘Expedition 3.0- Travel & Hospitality Gone Digital’ at the inaugural session of the event. The paper aims to unravel the technology trends in travel and hospitality segment that will help better define the future of the industry, how digitalisation has impacted the evolution of this industry and what can be achieved by overall technology inclusion across the stakeholders in the industry ecosystem. The Summit will also offer an opportunity for travel startups through Travel Tech Launch Pad, a platform for travel start-ups to learn from experts in the field of travel, exhibit their business ideas, and display their products and services in addition to providing a unique opportunity to connect with the right set of ecosystem partners.

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Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center to open in 2020

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Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. Expected to open in 2020, this 120-room hotel will be the group’s sixth hotel in operation and pipeline in Lithuania, and the fourth in the city. The Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel, located within the VNO Business and Retail Park, is just 300 meters from the Vilnius International Airport and 6km from the city center. The hotel will offer its guests a variety of facilities, including a restaurant, lobby lounge and gym – as well as a 500sqm flexible meeting space. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “Demand has been increasing in the city year on year, and the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will showcase our commitment to making every moment matter for visitors of Lithuania.” “We are pleased to further strengthen our business relationship with the Radisson Hotel Group by signing the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. The Park Inn by Radisson brand is ideal for our new Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center since it is internationally recognised and associated with quality, and offers great value for money to guests. The Radisson Hotel Group’s knowledge, experience and management of our new Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will increase our competitive advantage in Lithuania’s growing hospitality market,” said Marius Jakulis Jason, Hotel Owner and Director.

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Fairmont Austin opens with 140,000 sqft of meeting and event space

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Fairmont Austin. The hotel boasts 1,048 guestrooms, the largest outdoor pool and full service spa in Downtown Austin, nearly 140,000 square feet of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk. Fairmont Austin debuts as the largest Fairmont property in the United States, as well as the second largest Fairmont hotel globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space. “A strategic opening for AccorHotels, Fairmont Austin is the first in a series of high-profile luxury developments marking a time of significant growth for the Group and its brands in North and Central America,” said Kevin Frid, Chief Operating Officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “Other notable openings anticipated in the next 18 to 24 months include the iconic Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Sofitel Mexico Reforma in Mexico City, Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay in the Caribbean, and several soon-to-be-announced projects with the potential to introduce new brands into the region.” “Fairmont Austin will give the city the opportunity to host larger conferences and conventions, bringing more tourists and business travellers to the city, and employing more than 900 staff, continuing to bolster the Austin economy,”  he adds.

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India wins honour of ‘Best Exhibitor’ at ITB Berlin

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India has won the award for ‘Best Exhibitor Award’ at ITB Berlin. The country was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons along with tourism ministry officials. India’s Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named “Yogi of the Racetrack ” in the meet. The short film reportedly garnered 3.2 million hits in 60 hours. The ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet was convened at Berlin, Germany from March 7-10, 2018. More than 100 countries had participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective tourism ministers.

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Hyatt Fair 2018 from March 14-16

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Hyatt Hotels will be conducting its multi-city Global Sales Fair, to be held on March 14 in Bengaluru, on March 15 at Andaz by Hyatt, Delhi and on March 16 at Grand Hyatt Mumbai. This is a golden opportunity for the trade to understand what Hyatt has to offer to Indian travellers and clients. Under one roof, hotels from various countries will get together to discuss their future plans and their association with the market.

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ITB Berlin 2018 kicks off

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The Indian delegation, led by KJ Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Govt. of  India, highlighted the  country’s tremendous tourism potential at the 52nd edition of ITB Berlin which kicked off at the Messe Berlin fairgrounds. The three day event will go on until March 11, 2018. Addressing the media, Alphons spoke about the country’s 5000 year-old civilisation, beautiful beaches, backwaters, desserts, coastline, Himalayas, and immense possibilities for millennials who are looking for adventure. The minister also apprised the audience about the growing yoga and ayurveda related activities and centres in the country, exploring the North East and the great potential of religious tourism, with emphasis on Buddhist tourism. “In terms of general numbers, India has done considerably well last year. 2017 was fantastic! We recorded 15.6 per cent, when the global numbers went up by 5 per cent. Our international tourists arrivals were 16.5 million last year. Are we happy with the numbers? No. We have so much to offer and we want to double the numbers in three years or less, double the revenues in three years or less. India’s tourism contributes about 8 per cent to the GDP of India. We have 14 million people employed in the tourism industry,” Alphons said. In terms of domestic tourism, close to 24 million Indians travelled last year. “In 2017, 1.8 million trips were made by Indians within the country and which will go up to 2 million in 2018 and we want this number to increase dramtically, its not just about international arrivals but also Indians visting India,” he said. The minister also stressed on the growing use of new technologies and methodologies in tourism, specially social media. Suman …

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MiCE industry to be valued $1245 bn in 2023: Study

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The meetings and events industry is projected to reach $1245 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.5 per cent growth from 2017 to 2023, states a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, ‘MiCE Industry by Event Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023’. According to the report,  the global MiCE industry was valued at $752 billion in 2016. This growth is seen to emerge from rapid globalisation and expansion of service industries, and evolution of scientific and technological innovations. The meetings segment dominated the global MiCE industry in 2016, due to the growth of the travel and tourism industry, increase in international business travels, and rise in government initiatives for the development of MICE segment & SME sector. Recent trends of organising hybrid meetings, and use of social media and meeting apps are  expected to the boost market growth in the near future. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 8.6 per cent during the forecast period. This region is significantly driven by emerging countries such as Singapore, China, and India. Moreover, ease of visa restrictions, investments in better infrastructure, and high demand in commercial aviation further fuel the growth of the Asia-Pacific MiCE industry. The report also stated that in 2016, Europe dominated the global market with more than 42 per cent market share, in terms of value.

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