Category Archives: Incentives

650 meetings at first Travel Business Show

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India’s first Travel Business Show was held on Dec 17, 2016 in Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi. Punam Singh, Associate, Pacific Leisure Group, says, “This is the first edition of the Travel Business Show, which goes beyond MICE. It’s meant for the exhibitors to connect with the corporate buyers. We have had an absolutely fantastic response from the corporate buyers. We have concluded at the end of today almost 650 meetings. There are a slew of comments and from the corporate buyers, which we will be sharing with the tourism boards and the airlines, as to how they can maximise their presence at the next edition of the show. The next travel business will take place in December, 2017. Sarika Bhambani Rawal, General Manager, Travel Business Show says. “The show is a diverse forum featuring the best of MICE brands. Successful meetings took place between selected exhibitors, and top-level buyers. Meeting top-level decision-makers along with elite meeting planners as buyers from meetings and events industry was an added advantage. At Travel Business Show, networking and building relationships enhances future dealings. It is an excellent platform for companies which are looking to gain a slice of demand or are looking to grow their existing shares.”

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Amravati poised to become a MICE hub

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Andhra Pradesh capital region Amravati is poised to attract reputed players from the infrastructure and hospitality space to bid for the construction of convention centres with a seating capacity of at least 2,000, along with other attached facilities. There is going to be a crucial part of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) hub being proposed to be developed in Amaravati. K. Lakshminarayana, Advisor to the Government on tourism and Chairman of A.P Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation’s Tourism sub-committee, while in an interview with Hindu, observed that Amaravati needed a big convention centre with facilities like star hotels and spas as it aspired to be a world-class city. Predicting a bright future for the (MICE) sector in capital region, Lakshminarayana said the government had already invited tenders for a convention centre at Ibrahimpatnam and the MICE hub in Amaravati and the response for both is awaited.

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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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