Category Archives: Incentives

TCEB launches TIME 2016 – MICE knowledge exchange


Offering the MICE industry a new platform for knowledge exchange and business negotiations among MICE operators and to support the MI business, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) TCEB has launched the first Thailand Incentive & Meeting Exchange 2016 programme or TIME 2016. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB said: “The Business Meetings & Incentives or MI segment of the MICE industry has achieved its target last year in terms of visitor numbers and revenues. Last year, the MICE industry as a whole attracted 1,095,995 visitors, contributing THB 95.9 billion baht (US$2.7 billion) to total MICE industry revenues.”

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Thailand MICE industry back to normal post attacks


The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has issued a statement informing international stakeholders that Thailand’s MICE industry continues to operate as normal, and that all public and private sector stakeholders are working together to monitor the situation. This came as an affirmative statement following recent explosions in public areas in some Thai provinces. All hotels, venues and attractions are open and ready to welcome business travellers. Transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate, including Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports, the statement said.

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Qatar gains strong MICE foothold globally: OBG


According to a report by Oxford Business Group (OBG), Qatar has positioned itself strongly in the global map as a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions with more than 150 business conferences hosted every year. In “The Report: Qatar 2016,” OBG said that Doha has a strong foothold in the global market for MICE, hosting a broad range of international gatherings each year. Among the main offerings in the MICE segment for Qatar is the 40,000 sq m Qatar National Convention Centre, the QR2.3bn ($631mn) Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre in West Bay, and key venues like the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel.

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Ras Al Khaimah’s MICE figures from India looking up


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


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


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


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


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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