Category Archives: Incentives

Thailand gets its first in-depth MICE portal

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Thailand’s first and only in-depth, interactive online portal for MICE industry – meetinthailand.com – was launched by Image Asia Events. “Phuket – the pilot geographical area – is up and running and work has started on phase two: Koh Samui, Krabi and Khao Lak, to round out the south of Thailand, before moving on to tackle Bangkok,” said Grenville Fordham, IMAGE Asia’s Founder and Managing Director. For buyers in these industries, meetinthailand.com affords a real opportunity to preselect venues and other components of an event based on real, hard information. The automated ‘Request For Proposal’ (RFP) feature, sends a detailed enquiry direct to a list of pre-selected suppliers with a single click, is a real time saver, while interactive checklists help ensure that no detail is forgotten in the event planning process.

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Saudi Arabia to invest $1.6 billion in MICE industry

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Saudi Arabia aims to become the main destination for conferences and exhibitions in the Middle East by 2020. The Kingdom has announced ambitious plans to invest USD1.6 billion in its MICE tourism industry for the coming years to 2019, and several centres and venues will benefit from this financial boost. Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah is attracting a growing number of local companies and government authorities looking to combine their meeting and training requirements with Umrah pilgrimage. Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar, the first Conrad property opened by Hilton in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, has seen its MICE business grow steadily, driven by demand from pharmaceutical companies and government entities that tend to conduct their board and annual meetings, as well as training and development programs, over weekends in the Holy City. “There are several factors that contribute to the development of MICE tourism in Makkah including the improving infrastructure, companies’ desire to hold their meetings and trainings in nearby locations, and continuous government support,” said Ismail Sirry, General Manager of Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar.

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Marriott launches joint meeting offerings for three loyalty programmes

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Marriott International, Inc. launched its first ever joint meetings offer in Asia Pacific for members across its three loyalty programmes: Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The offer rewards members for booking meetings or events at any of the portfolio’s participating hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific. Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International, said, “With this offer, we bring more options and consistent benefits to all members across three loyalty programmes. Members can now enjoy over 500 hotels, across 19 brands and 20 countries across Asia Pacific. This is just the first step to making it easier for our members to do business with us and we are excited about offering even more benefits to come.”

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Thomas Cook to host India Travel Summit in Mumbai on Nov 16

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Thomas Cook India Limited will be organising a summit titled ‘India Travel Summit’ on November 16, 2016 in Mumbai. It will be a half day conference by invitation only. Abraham Alapatt, President & Group Head- Marketing & Service Quality, Financial Services & Innovation-Thomas Cook (India) Limited, said, “We looked at our increased stake in both inbound and outbound space in India and we realised that we didn’t have an India equivalent of something like World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit. So, we saw the need to create a platform which would allow everyone in the eco-system to come together.” Suman Billa IAS, Joint Secretary of (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Ragini Chopra, VP (Corporate Communications), Jet Airways, will be key speakers deliberating on the session on India’s outbound market.

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Ras Al Khaimah hones its adventure tourism ‘Via Ferrata’

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Ras Al Khaimah is all set to launch adventure tours with the region’s first commercial Via Ferrata (Iron Path) in November.  “The world-class Via Ferrata is the first in a range of mountain, activity and adventure products developed specifically for nature and adventure seekers,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA, which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions. RAKTDA had leveraged the impending Via Ferrata launch at the World Travel Mart in London, where 16 tourism industry stakeholders from across Ras Al Khaimah promoted an array of leisure, adventure, culture and MICE products as part of the emirate’s target of attracting one million visitors by 2018.

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Kolkata, Chennai emerging as optimum cities for MICE facilities

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Kolkata and Chennai have emerged as one of the few cities which offer suitable MICE offerings at a reasonable rate. Kolkata’s super-luxury hospitality space will add over 500 rooms in the super-deluxe category in the next three months. Currently , Oberoi Grand, Taj Bengal, ITC Sonar and Hyatt -together offer 917 rooms. The count will go up to 1,231, a 134 per cent jump over the current strength in the next 18 months. Ranju Alex, GM of JW Marriott Kolkata, said, “Kolkata, with its unique character and soul, is a significant addition to the MICE map globally.” Shift of MICE from Mumbai and Hyderabad to Chennai, owing to cheaper room rates, has spurred growth for the city.

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AccorHotels and LinkedIn launch app for business travellers

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AccorHotels has joined hands with LinkedIn to enrich its mobile app for travellers. All AccorHotels guests can use this new feature ‘Business Check powered by LinkedIn’ to create and facilitate business opportunities. Romain Roulleau, Senior Vice President for E-commerce & Digital Services at AccorHotels said, “This new feature creates business opportunities, and our app will therefore facilitate and foster seamless, instinctive business travel sharing, thus generating guest engagement and visibility for our hotels.” Joshua Graff VP Marketing Solutions EMEA at LinkedIn said, “We all like to get the most out of our business trips abroad and this new feature will make it even easier to connect with clients, prospects, suppliers and colleagues old and new.”

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Hotel Investment Forum India to be held on November 16 and 17 in Mumbai

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Hotel Investment Forum India will be held on 16th and 17th November at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar. It is the annual meeting place for the leaders in the Indian hotel and tourism industry to discuss important trends, network, identify new opportunities, and create deals through a combination of plenary sessions, breakout panels, and interactive workshops.

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TICA, KMA team up to elevate MICE professionals

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The Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and the Korea MICE Association (KMA) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the education and training of MICE professionals and strengthening of business platforms for the development of the MICE industry in South Korea and Thailand. Eung Su Kim, president of the KMA, and Sumate Sudasna, president of TICA, said they would collaborate for the growth of the MICE industry in the two countries with the aim of contributing to their respective economies and the enhancement of international goodwill and cooperation. “This MoU allows both countries to leverage on our knowledge and experience to gain further insights in service excellence on an international level. Business events will continue to have a strong impact for any country, especially among Asia-Pacific countries,” said Kim.

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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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