Category Archives: Incentives

Ras Al Khaimah’s MICE figures from India looking up

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The MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT) 2016, held in Mumbai, showcased Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) as a perfect MICE and luxury destination. The event served as a suitable platform to market and gain smart partnerships with potential Indian buyers. Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said, “Ras Al Khaimah is witnessing a positive trend from India, which has been identified as one of the fastest and strongest growing source markets in terms of visitor figures. We are focusing on promoting Ras Al Khaimah as a boutique destination for meetings, incentives and events. MILT provides a unique platform to meet high-end buyers and wedding planners looking for new destinations to promote.”

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

CROWNE PLAZE CHIANGI AIRPORT

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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Saudi to invest SAR6bn on MICE industry

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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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Chennai, a hot spot for MICE

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The tourism industry in Tamil Nadu is estimated at becoming the largest in India with an annual growth rate of 16 per cent. The state is a popular MICE destination due to its strong IT, healthcare, heavy engineering ecosystem and automobile industries. The suited MICE infrastructure, which has 15 properties in the capital, including Chennai Trade Centre, makes the metro a hot destination. “Chennai accounts for about 60 per cent of India’s automotive exports and its expanding industrial activity is attracting the MICE and leisure segments to the metro,” a tourism department official said.

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Thailand MICE to generate US$ 4 billion by 2022

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Thailand as a MICE destination is poised to attract more than 1.3 million MICE travellers and generate about US$ 4 billion revenue by 2022. The country is a suited destination for MICE due to its solid basic infrastructure, strategic location, developed transportation systems, international connectivity, a well-trained private sector, continual government support and sound regulations.  Thailand’s meeting industry market share was around 75 per cent for the year 2015 and is expected to continue its dominance till 2022.

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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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