Category Archives: Incentives

Korea takes first place in UIA global meetings ranking

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Korea now ranks in the number one spot worldwide for global congresses hosted in 2016, according to the latest International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA). The result is a reflection of strong growth by established Korean meeting cities such as Seoul, as well as rising destinations like Busan, Jeju, and Incheon, contributing to the country’s increasingly diverse business events portfolio. Supporting this growth is the Korea MICE Expo that is jointly organised by the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) along with its 11 Regional Convention Bureaus. The nation recently concluded the 18th edition of Korea MICE Expo 2017, its leading business events trade show that brought together 250 businesses and more than 300 buyers from around the world, including India. The expo showcased their MICE products in a two-day expo at Incheon’s Songdo Convensia between June 15-16, 2017 that recorded a total of 3,000 attendees. This reflected a 21.6 per cent increase in attendance over the previous year. Kapsoo Kim, Executive Director, Korea MICE Bureau, says, “These latest findings are a strong reflection of Korea’s broad growth not only across the country’s meetings section, but across the country itself. Established event destinations like Seoul are continuing to show their prowess, while an increasing number of regional capitals are giving global meetings planners an increasing variety of options, and so boosting Korea’s appeal for congresses

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World MICE Day 2017 from Oct 25-27 in China

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World MICE Day 2017, will be held during October 25-27, 2017 in Qingdao, China. The event is an initiative of the Qingdao Government and CCPIT-Qingdao Sub Council, BIT Congress Inc. The theme chosen for the maiden edition 2017 is ‘Boosting Silk Road Meeting Industry’. At the three-day extravaganza, 400 domestic and overseas hosted buyers and over 2,000 visitors plan to check-in at the expo, with 150-200 sellers and exhibitors. The delegates can also be a part of six forums – the Keynote Forum for government representatives, MICE Industry Forum for PXOs, MICE Organization Forum, MICE Partnership Forum, Technology and Innovation Forum and the Pre-Scheduled Appointments / Training Courses. Qingdao is a major seaport and industrial centre for China and continues to attract MICE visitors.

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Canada witnesses 33 per cent growth in Indian arrivals

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Canada saw a growth of 33 per cent in Indian arrivals for the month of March this year. The remarkable number of Indian tourists who sojourned in Canada have reiterated that the country is an all-year-round destination and the 150th year celebrations will continue to lure Indians through the year. Pooja Sabharwal, Account Director, Destination Canada – India, said, “This manifold rise in arrivals figures shows that all the diverse offerings of Canada are being extensively explored by Indian travellers. There has been a sharp increase in the leisure trips to Canada from India owing to the increased disposable income amongst middle and affluent class travellers.” Destination Canada is aiming to make 2017 a roaring year for tourism. It is engaged with the trade on consistent and sustained basis through activities, workshops and networking sessions so that the travel trade stays updated about Canada and become storytellers to create required enthusiasm and excitement amongst potential travellers. Also, Destination Canada is a digitally-savvy outfit and believes in facilitating tourists to Canada by engaging them in multiple social media campaigns, familiarisations trips and much more.

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Munich witnesses 40% increase in Indian arrivals

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Munich has seen strong gains in the number of Indian arrivals in February, 2017, recording an increase of 40 per cent in comparison to last year. Additionally, there is also an increase in the bed nights, which has grown to 31.46 per cent. “This huge rise in the Indian arrival figures to Munich shows that India has successfully maintained a position of one of the top source markets for the Bavarian capital. We are hopeful that through extensive promotion of the destination among the travel trade and consumers, a steady will be maintained throughout the year,” Minoti Gupta, Manager–Sales, Destination Munich.

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Marriott International’s SPG introduces mobile check-in for members

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Starwood Preferred Guest, a loyalty programme of Marriott International, is launching SPG Mobile Check-In for members at 22 hotels in the United States. More hotels will begin offering this feature exclusively on the SPG Mobile app with the global rollout completed by the end of 2017. Marriott first launched mobile check-in, checkout and room ready alerts in 2013. It is now available at all hotels that were in the Marriott portfolio before the company’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “Mobile check-in is incredibly popular among our Marriott Rewards members with more than 200,000 check-ins occurring each week and that’s why we wanted to extend this convenient app feature to SPG members as well,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President for Global Loyalty, Marriott International. “Mobile check-in is another example of how we are taking the best of our loyalty programmes to make the travel experiences for all of our 100 million members even better, with unmatched benefits and services rolled out at scale.” The new mobile check-in feature is available exclusively for members who have downloaded the SPG mobile app and booked their stays directly with SPG on its website or in the app. Members will receive a notification approximately 48 to 72 hours before their stay asking if they would like to check-in using the SPG app. On the day of arrival, a notification will be sent to their mobile device alerting them that their room is ready and their key is waiting for them at the front desk, and when they checkout using the SPG app, their folio will be emailed to them. With the SPG app, members can also Make A Green Choice® and request early …

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Radisson’s ‘Blu’ Planet for meetings

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Radisson Blu is launching a unique product  to enable carbon-free meetings worldwide by the end of the year. Termed as ‘Blu Planet’, it is the First Climate carbon offsetting project contributing to fight the global warming and support the UN Sustainable Development goals. “Since the COP21 climate accord, an increasing number of corporations are concerned about fighting climate change and about reducing their carbon footprints, also when they plan meetings,” says Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President of Responsible Business for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “We know that face-to-face meetings are crucial to business success. Research has shown they boost profitability. With Blu Planet for Meetings, we help our guests have successful Experience Meetings and help protect our environment by reducing their overall carbon footprint.” “By offsetting carbon emissions from meetings and events taking place at Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group demonstrates its commitment to a low carbon economy and makes a valuable contribution to climate change mitigation,” says Sascha Lafeld, CEO of First Climate Markets, the service provider that assists Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in carbon emissions management. “By choosing to offset carbon emissions using high-quality Gold-Standard projects, Carlson Rezidor also contributes to the generation of multiple co-benefits in the project regions that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

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The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan offers 3,000 sqm meeting space

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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has announced the highly-anticipated opening of The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, marking the renowned luxury brand’s ninth hotel in the Greater China region. Owned by B.M. Holding, the hotel offers an exceptional experience for business and events. “Shanghai’s cosmopolitan spirit is perfectly matched by The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, which through unrivaled service and personalised experiences will bring to life the modern glamour that defines this city,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. The hotel will provide the perfect venue for both intimate social and corporate gatherings with the uncompromising service for which St. Regis is known. The hotel features over 3,000 square meters of meeting space across eleven meeting rooms, and together with two executive boardrooms offers a range of layouts and amenities that can be adapted to any occasion. Spanning 1,400 square meters, the elegant Astor Ballroom, featuring 95 square meter LED wall projection system and attached 368 square meter foyer, can accommodate up to 1,300 guests for VIP receptions, gala dinners or corporate events.

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Marriott offers rewards at select venues in Asia Pacific

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Marriott International is offering group (minimum 10 rooms) or catering events Triple Choice benefits for any confirmed groups between March 1, 2017, and September 15, 2017, for groups and events held till September 30, 2017, at participating Marriott venues in Asia Pacific. The benefits would range from a five per cent discount on master-billed rooms to Triple points on eligible revenue. Eligible customers will also be offered complimentary internet in meeting rooms, one complimentary room night for every 25 paid room nights, one complimentary room upgrade for one night for every 25 paid room nights, and the chance to earn a signing bonus of 1,000 points for every event booked. Customers will have the opportunity to choose three rewards for their event booking.

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MICE makes up 55 per cent of IHG’s business in ME

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InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) hotels gain major business through MICE in the Middle East, says IHG Vice President of Sales & Marketing, India, Middle East & Africa, James Britchford. “The MICE industry in the Middle East is significant. Approximately 45 per cent of our business is room revenue and 55 per cent is MICE and F&B. Differentiation of MICE is essential and one of the things that works well for IHG in the Middle East.” He states that most hotel chains now have business loyalty programmes like Shangri-La. “We also recognise that the way the MICE business works is through trade. IHG recently launched IHG Business Rewards which is a business to business loyalty programme that was created specifically to drive the MICE business,” he said. “We regularly measure our market share through Revenue Generation Index (RGI) and I’m encouraged to see over the last 18 months, which has been particularly trying for hoteliers that we’ve grown share in the Middle East by 1.9 points. You cannot do that without winning in the MICE sector. If you lose in the MICE sector invariably you lose in shares,” he added.

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Sabre joins hands with Scoot-Tiger Airways

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Sabre Corporation has joined hands for a new global distribution partnership with Scoot-Tigerair. This partnership is in line with Scoot-Tigerair’s vision to bring affordable flight options and seamless customer experience for passengers around the world. Sabre’s technology will enable Scoot-Tigerair to maximise its reach through the Sabre Travel Marketplace, connecting them to more than 425,000 travel agents globally. “Low-cost carriers (LCCs) are the biggest growth drivers in the region. This trend is likely to continue as countries in the region experience rising incomes and a propensity for short- to mid-haul travel. Airlines like Scoot-Tigerair are expanding their reach rapidly to cover destinations across the region to keep up with traveller demands. As one of the first LCCs in the region, we are honoured to work with Scoot-Tigerair, and our technology will allow them to compete more effectively in a very competitive environment,” said Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President of Supplier Commerce, Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. Effective from May 2017, Scoot-Tigerair’s fares and ancillary offerings will be available to Sabre travel agents globally, allowing them to choose the most cost-efficient routes and packages for their customers.

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