Category Archives: Exhibitions

Business travellers bring in 39,671 bn baht to Thailand


According to the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in the first half of the 2016 fiscal year,  from October 2015 to March 2016, Thailand welcomed 493,384 business events travellers, earning the Thai economy more than 39,671 billion baht (approximately US$1,116 million). The top five markets during this period were China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. India stood tall with the number of MICE travellers, in the last fiscal, at 102,972 paxs. TCEB initiated a International  Familiarisation trip to showcase emerging destinations around Thailand, while highlighting Bangkok and Chiang Rai.

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IITM Bengaluru 2016 to tap nuances of tourism


India International Travel Mart (IITM)  Bengaluru 2016 will be a suitable avenue for travel industry enthusiasts. The show is expected to highlight the profile of travel agents, tour operators, tour organisers, business and corporate houses, Govt. and Public Sector Undertakings, organisations, domestic travellers, international travellers, tourism organisations, tourism offices, associations and excursion makers, among many more. The event will be a worthwhile platform for noted exhibiting companies, displaying a wide range of travel and tourism services.

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Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport opens S$82m wing for transit travellers


In a bid to increase the numbers of visitors, Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport opened an extension with 243 business rooms in a 10-storey building. The new extension has S$82 million invested by OUE Airport Hotel Pte Ltd (OUEAH). The hotel is looking to market itself towards multinationals in Singapore. “For Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport, it is also the hotel’s strategic location at Terminal 3 and seamless connectivity to Changi Airport that make it the best choice for transiting passengers and business travellers, especially those visiting the nearby business parks and MICE venue,” said Sunshine Wong, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport.

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ICPB’s 9th Conventions India Conclave from Oct 13-15 in Delhi

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The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB)  announced the 9th Conventions India Conclave, to be held from October 13-15, 2016, in New Delhi. True to its theme ‘Harnessing the Potential’, the conclave will allow convention and Indian exhibitors to showcase their products to potential conference planners, incentive organisers, convention centres, convention hotels, service providers. The conclave will help generate new business, and strengthen the brand positioning of ‘Incredible India’,  as a MICE destination.

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Indian trade fair market space sold surges to 7.8 %

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India is the fastest growing trade fair market in Asia, with its space sold surging to 7.8 per cent last year, according to 12th edition of UFI annual report on the Trade Fair Industry in Asia. The score for Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam grew above the regional average of 5.6 per cent. Taiwan grew by 2.2 per cent, while  Japan recorded  a weak  1.2 per cent growth, it stated. Asia’s venue capacity is expected to exceed 7.8 million sq. m. by the end of 2016. Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director, said, “This research serves as a strategic resource for organisers, venues and a variety of exhibition industry stakeholders operating in Asia, as it provides sound and neutral data.”

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UBM to host PharmaLytica from Aug 5-6 at Hyderabad


The 3rd edition of PharmaLytica will be held on August 5-6, 2016, at the HITEX Exhibition Centre in Hyderabad. Organised by UBM India, the two-day show will feature over 150 exhibitors from India showcasing the latest in drug technologies. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director of UBM, India said: “PharmaLytica will not only enable the exhibitors and visitors to network and connect but will also help the Pharma community to pick up the latest industry trends and inventions pertaining to the analytical, laboratory, pharma machinery, biotechnology and outsourcing services sectors.”

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ABEC signs MoU to facilitate B2B expo

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ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd (ABEC) and Pune Construction Engineering Research Foundation (PCERF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the growth of B2B exhibitions focused on the construction industry in the country. According to the MoU, Constro, a biennial fair by PCERF will support WorldBuild India 2017, an international trade show organised by ABEC and ITE (International Trade and Exhibitions) Group. “This association will help us deliver greater benefits to the construction Industry,” said Shrikant Nivasarkar, President of PCERF.

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Saudi to invest SAR6bn on MICE industry


The Saudi Government is planning to invest SAR6 billion to become the leading destination for the MICE industry by 2020. It is estimated that its MICE visitors spending was 20 per cent of the total tourism revenue, recording SAR10 billion annually. This trend is expected to surge in the coming year. Riyadh Exhibitions Company offers the highest level of trade shows like the Riyadh Motor Show, the Saudi Print & Pack and Plastics & Petrochemical, Saudi Build, Saudi Agriculture, Saudi Health, which are vital to the sector.

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Exponential growth for trade industry: UFI


According to the 17th Global Exhibition Association Barometer (UFI), the overall worldwide exhibition industry expects continued growth by 2017. The survey showed 60 per cent of companies have had additional security measures at their events. “As pleasing as it is to see that globally the exhibition industry continues to grow, we also see a separation between regions with strong growth and those with challenges and uncertainties,” said Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director.

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e-visas for MICE delegates likely: Mahesh Sharma

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Tourism and Culture Minister

In an effort to bring India on a par with the US, Germany, Spain, the UK and France, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to approve e-visas for the MICE (Meetings Incentives, Conferences Exhibition) segment soon. Tourism and Culture Minister, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “We have made a proposal to allow e-visa for the corporates from the world over, who want to hold short-term meets and conferences in India, for just the duration of the conference. The segment is a big revenue-generator since most of these people club business with sight-seeing and shopping. We are likely to get a nod soon.”

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