Category Archives: Incentives

Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020

The Nepal Tourism Board aims to actively organise big sporting and MiCE events as well as festivals to draw in the numbers. In tandem with this, it will organise the Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020, informed Robin Regmi, Officer – South Asia Unit, Tourism Marketing and Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board, who was part of the three-member delegation on the third leg of its four-city roadshow in Mumbai recently. Nepal Tourism Board formally launched its ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign in Mumbai and interacted with key outbound agents. Regmi said, “India is very close to us and to me personally. It is a major market for us, and we have seen a steady increase in Indian tourist arrivals since 2015 after Nepal experienced a major setback. We are now back to normal and request the travel trade in India to help us regain our lost glory in terms of tourism.” The team will head to Bengaluru for a similar launch on July 15, 2019.

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Goa promotes itself as a MiCE destination

Keeping in focus to highlight the state of Goa as a suited MiCE destination, the Regional Office Maharashtra of India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), in collaboration with Goa Tourism recently organised an interactive seminar. The discussion covered various topics like; Incentive and Initiative by State Govt. to promote Goa as a MiCE destination; Role of Tourism Ministry, Govt. of India in promotion of MiCE in Goa. Executive Director ICPB presented the Role Bureaus can play in re-positioning Goa as a MiCE destination. The highlight of the seminar was the panel discussion – ‘Marketing Hotels – Key Segment for MiCE in Goa’. The fruitful interaction included panelists from various MiCE segments, like incentives, exhibitions and convention and meeting, who discussed the power of incentives, challenges for holding large conferences and meeting design. The panel was represented by Amaresh Tiwari, Sanjay Soni and Amit Saroj from ICPB and Gaurav Apte from Marriott Goa. The outcome of the deliberation was the strategies of attracting business event, different from the leisure market. The session was moderated by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman – ICPB. There were recommendations made by Mansharamani which included a MiCE policy, along with suggestion of measures which Goa Tourism can initiate: To prioritise the source market and develop a marketing calendar Global outreach of media – a separate budget for MiCE Incentivising international conferences & meetings to make hosting conferences in India an attractive proposition – hosting site visits Create corpus fund – for marketing and supporting bidding process Participation in MiCE-related trade shows in India and abroad Certification programme to enhance the level of services in accordance with international standards One of the most important segments of global convention industry …

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Odisha hosted 10 meeting planners to showcase state MICE potential

Recognising the potential of Odisha as a MICE destination in view of the excellent infrastructure available in cities like Bhubaneswar, the Swosti Group organised a MICE roadshow there last week. As many as 10 meeting planners from different cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, representing associations and corporate attended the event. The roadshow was preceded by a visit to Chilika Lake on July 2 to showcase the MICE facilities at the Swosti Chilika Resort. The roadshow included B2B meetings, presentation by ICPB, Tourism Department and Swosti Group. The event brought the buyers and sellers of the industry on a common platform to discuss MICE business opportunities, more options of venues, services of professional organisers to stimulate a more rapid growth of the industry.

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Seoul offers new customised meeting packages with ‘Plus Seoul’

Seoul’s newly revamped ‘Plus Seoul’ corporate meetings and incentives packages will strive to enhance events conducted in Seoul attended by international participants. The upgraded packages include a range of expanded options to customise locally hosted events with more personalised branding and specially tailored experiences. The added incentives reflect Seoul’s strong government-level commitment to boosting the Korean capital’s meetings industry in response to increased overseas demand. “We are seeing a strong increase in the number corporate groups visiting Seoul from the Asia-Pacific as a result of our Plus Seoul campaign and related ongoing efforts to promote our city as an attractive incentive travel destination,” said an official at Seoul Tourism Organisation. “We anticipate continued growth along this trend for the second half of 2019,” he added. Based on group size, the customized features of Plus Seoul include company-branded cakes and cookies for events with 50-199 participants, team-building programmes and entertainment for 200-499 participants, event-branding on buses and photo mosaic walls for 500-999 participants, and event videos and on-site Korean cosmetic booths for 1000 or more participants. These features all come on top of core ‘Plus Seoul’ benefits for corporate meetings and incentives, including financial, promotional, and operational support based on event size and scope.  

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Business travellers to ring cash register in hospitality: CII-PwC

According to a CII-PwC report, revenues from business travellers will grow significantly over the next few years. Although MiCE has not been a significant contributor to the Indian hospitality sector so far, this trend is likely to change with better planning as well as improved infrastructure. On the other hand, few CEOs believe that leisure travel will keep pace with growth seen in business travel and MiCE. A large section of leisure travellers continue to perceive hotels as a luxury.

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Accor joins hands with meetago for enhancing MiCE solutions

To enable a joint connectivity solution for its core meeting and events business, Accor has partnered with meetago. Accor will provide meetago’s booking and software solutions in the MiCE field across DACH, Europe and a few key source markets such as the US and China. “Through the strategic partnership with meetago, we are responding to growing demand from our corporate customers and we will be making our offer available centrally via one platform in the future. We also provide more comprehensive and efficient services with a higher level of digitalisation to the conference industry,” said Sabine Toplak, Vice President-Sales, Accor, Central Europe. This collaboration will also provide individual solutions for events and participant management for small meetings and large business events and will cater to more than 1,600 meeting hotels worldwide.  In addition to this, meetago’s state-of-the-art meeting tool will ensure a secure booking process for conference planners.

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Corporate travel is on the rise in Asia-Pacific: Sabre

Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider in the global travel industry, has revealed the survey insight from over 70 corporate travel management companies (TMCs) from across Asia Pacific, on latest trends in terms of regional bookings. The survey discloses that as economic growth continues to sweep across the region, more companies are expecting their corporate travel managers for door-to-door travel booking solutions, demanding expense integration and most importantly, to identify cost saving opportunities. “The results of this survey reflect the critical role of TMCs in assuring the business success of their clients. More than ever, members of the travel industry need to work closely together to enable a smooth, relevant shopping experience for the traveller,” said Todd Arthur, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific. Almost 7 in 10 (65 per cent) respondents admit they are asked to identify cost savings, and this cost-conscious approach is encouraging travel managers to find new ways to minimize spending. While premium economy continues to gain ground in the region, 1 travel manager in 3 has recorded an increase of close to 5 percent in premium economy bookings over the last year. As travel-related expenses become a central consideration for companies, the survey also reveals that downgrades, shifting reservations from business to economy class, account for close to 40 percent of their bookings. What’s more, almost 1 in 4 have identified a significant increase in their LCC share of volume. The survey also reveals that 32 percent of respondents expect solutions that enable mobile booking capacities will become mainstream within the next two years, but only 10 percent believe that virtual payment solutions will gain widespread acceptance – an unfortunate conclusion, as virtual payments …

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IMWF 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey

International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF) 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey and will be held till May 16 at Rixos Premium Belek Hotel powered by  Inventum Global and Turkish Airlines. Neville Fiat Ersoy, MD, IMWF welcomed the delegation along with Bunyat Ozpak, Managing Partner, Inventum Global. The world-renowned names and decision makers of the sector will meet in Antalya under the IMWF 2019. The fourth edition of IMWF this has increased the demand from destination weddings and MiCE markets by 8 times. Ersoy said, “For IMWF’19, there was a record number of applications for participation. This gave us the opportunity to select the best, most effective ones from these applications. While we are at the heart of the industry, we are also conducting an international communication study for the IMWF all year round, with the inclusion of the industry phenomenon Sabbas Joseph in our international advisory board.”      

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TCEB to focus on enhancing strategic partnerships with MICE communities

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) – Business is elevating Thailand’s fast-growing MICE sector by forming a series of deep partnerships with major MICE players supported by its new marketing plan and trade show strategy. This year TCEB – Business is looking to deepen partnerships with existing partners and identified new ones at trade shows where it has confirmed attendance, IMEX Frankfurt, IMEX America and IBTM World, Spain. Nichapa Yoswee, TCEB’s Senior Vice President – Business said, “TCEB – Business is using these trade shows as a platform to deepen and create new partnerships with the regional and international business events communities, while developing and growing Thailand’s MICE industry. “This year the key aim is not just selling destinations and winning business. TCEB’s unique ‘Thailand Redefine Your Business Events’ branding reflects its new role as a thought leader. It also positions TCEB as a co-creator, partner and collaborator for the business events industry,” Nichapa added. One example of this new partnership in action will be at IMEX Frankfurt. TCEB – Business is taking the lead for Asian Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) and working with AACVB members to develop a model for economic impact assessment of the MICE industry. The objective is to equip Asian CVBs with a common and reliable tool to justify and show the industry’s impact on economic growth. The ultimate goal is to gain enhanced trust from government, policy makers, business community, social and academic entities in the economic importance of MICE industry. Other objective is to form PCO partnerships where TCEB matches local Thai PCOs with international PCOs to collaborate in organising business events in Thailand. TCEB – Business is now actively …

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Singapore bullish on business events for 2019

Singapore will play host to a sizeable number of business events from 2019 and beyond, with several of these events secured being inaugural editions. In particular, there are more business events from the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. These events will help Singapore bolster its reputation as a leading world-class business events destination. This comes on the back of a strong performance of the BTMICE industry in 2018. From January to September 2018 (year-to-date 3Q2018), tourism receipts1 from the BTMICE sector rose by 10 per cent, to hit S$3.44 billion, compared to the same period in 2017. This was driven by growth in BTMICE visitor arrivals, which also rose 14 per cent year-on-yearfor the same period, to hit 2 million arrivals. Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “High profile events in 2018 that garnered strong global interest, such as the DPRK-USA Singapore Summit and the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, have helped increase awareness of Singapore’s business events industry. This has also bolstered our reputation as a choice destination for meetings and business events.” “In 2019 and beyond, we look forward to a strong slate of events in the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. As these clusters are aligned to Singapore’s key economic sectors and play well to our strengths, we are confident that Singapore will provide many opportunities for decision-makers, event organisers and business executives looking to chart a path in this space,” Ms Ow added. These tourism receipts exclude Sightseeing, Entertainment and Gaming (SEG). The full-year results for BTMICE will be available only later in the year. Prominent business events secured in professional services and technology sectors The strong presence of regional company headquarters …

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