Category Archives: Incentives

eVent Portfolio unveiled for MICE planners

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Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central, have launched an offering of efficiency and convenience for MICE planners through  eVent PortfolioTM, a mobile tool that streamlines the event planning process and helps event planners go green. eVent PortfolioTM, gives event planners, event managers and clients the means to collaborate via one centralised web-based tool. “Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel and The St. Regis Macao are the first Starwood hotels to adopt eVent PortfolioTM in Macao and the Greater China region, and our goal is to integrate cutting-edge technology into our offerings in order to set new standards in the hospitality industry, and create unforgettable guest experiences,” said Daniella Tonetto, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel and The St. Regis Macao.

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JATA Tourism EXPO unveiled in Tokyo

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The JATA Tourism EXPO Japan officially opened with 140 countries and 47 regions in Japan. Delegates including Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akihiro Ohta, and the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, Norifumi Idee were welcomed at the inaugural event. Ohta said that Japan wants to become an advanced tourism country, to push not only international inbound travel, but to also focus on more domestic travel as well. UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, and David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also graced the occasion with their presence. Rifai stated that Japan’s ambitious target of recording 40 million annual visitors by the year 2020 – the original goal was 20 million, was achieved last year and first upped to 30 million before the current target was proposed.

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Atlantis, The Palm introduces MICE incentive for Indian trade

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Atlantis, The Palm has extended its booking incentive programme for all MICE bookings and stay until March 31, 2017. Sonu Shah, Manager Sales at Atlantis, The Palm said, “India is one of the top markets for Atlantis and has immense potential. With this programme we aim to maximise bookings across all segments such as weddings, corporate meetings or large scale entertainment events and at the same time reward our trusted partners with an experience at our resort.” Exclusive experiences  include complimentary tickets to Aquaventure Waterpark or Lost Chambers Aquarium or complimentary dinner and spa vouchers for confirmation of over 700 room nights, among many more.

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Lemon Tree Hotels to focus on MICE now

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Lemon Tree Hotels will now focus to facilitate MICE service in its properties following  the  booming trend for the sector. Vikramjit Singh, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Lemon Tree Hotels, says, “So far Lemon Tree hotels didn’t focus much on MICE or banqueting facility. But going forward we realise that it’s a big segment which is coming into play. We will be setting up largest convention centre hotel in Gurgaon which will be opened by the end of this year. That will have large banqueting facilities. In Mumbai we are building two hotels close to 1,000 rooms which will also have very large banqueting facilities.”

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TAAI to host 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from Oct 14-16

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The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) will hold its 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from October 14-16, 2016. Sunil Kumar, President, TAAI, said, “We have decided on Abu Dhabi as the venue for our next convention. It is one of the strongest destinations in the Middle East region. We want a strong convention this year with a strong focus, for our members as well as our partners. We will focus on both inbound as well as outbound.”

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TCEB launches TIME 2016 – MICE knowledge exchange

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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