Category Archives: Meetings

Paris, top city for meetings: ICCA

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According to the ICCA’s Country and City Rankings report, Paris has returned as the top city for meetings, The latest report, which covers 2018, sees Paris return to its number one position, which it had not held since 2016. Overall, the ICCA says that it captured a total of 12,937 rotating association meetings in 2018, up 379 from the previous year and the highest annual figure the organisation has ever recorded. Paris claimed the top spot with 212 meetings held in 2018, 40 more meetings than second place finisher Vienna. The full list of the top 20 cities is: Paris – 212 Vienna – 172 Madrid – 165 Barcelona – 163 Berlin – 162 Lisbon – 152 London – 150 Singapore – 145 Prague – 136 Bangkok – 135 Buenos Aires – 133 Hong Kong – 129 (tie) Amsterdam – 123 (tie) Tokyo – 123 Seoul – 122 Copenhagen – 120 Brussels – 112 Dublin – 104 Stockholm – 103 (tie) Budapest – 100 (tie) Taipei – 100 Remaining in the top 10 but changing position are London, Prague, Singapore and Lisbon. London, Singapore and Prague dropped to seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively, and Lisbon climbed three positions to sixth place. Bangkok rose seven places from 17th to 10th, knocking Seoul out of the top 10. Seoul fell to 15th place, surpassed by top 20 risers and joint position holders Amsterdam and Tokyo, which jumped from 16th to 13th place and 18th to 13th place, respectively. Buenos Aires stayed in 11th place and Hong Kong rose to 12th. Dublin dropped four places to 18th, and Stockholm held 19th place for another year. Montréal, QC and Rome dropped out of …

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India among top list of international MiCE travellers to Thailand

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According to a report by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), India has emerged as second in the list of international MiCE travellers visiting Thailand. Thailand witnessed more than 8 million MiCE travellers generating 54 billion baht in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, informed Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB. He said that the international MiCE travellers during second fiscal stood at 353,256, up 11%, for 26.7 billion baht in income, up 7%. The key category was corporate meetings. The top five in international MiCE arrivals in the quarter were China, India, Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The strong MiCE business in the quarter of 193 meetings lifted the ranking of Thailand’s MiCE sector to fourth in Asia, up from fifth place last year. Based on the report, Japan, China and South Korea, in that order, led the region’s MiCE business. TCEB is moving on to implement main strategy to penetrate into the ASEAN+6, CLMV and European markets with the revenue goal of 220 billion baht in 2019. In addition, the 2018 report of International Congress and Convention Association indicated that Bangkok ranked no. 2 (with 135 events), Chiang Mai no. 25 (25 events) and Pattaya no. 60 (11 events) of Asia for international conventions on provincial scale. Domestic MICE market has marked the highest growth in Incentives market, both in number and revenue. Traveller growth totaled 18 per cent, whereas the revenue growth registered 180%. Top 5 MiCE cities include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Phuket and Pattaya, respectively. “The overall picture of Thai MICE market in Quarter 2 indicated that Thailand has maintained our status as a significant MICE …

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IMWF 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey

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International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF) 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey and will be held till May 16 at Rixos Premium Belek Hotel powered by  Inventum Global and Turkish Airlines. Neville Fiat Ersoy, MD, IMWF welcomed the delegation along with Bunyat Ozpak, Managing Partner, Inventum Global. The world-renowned names and decision makers of the sector will meet in Antalya under the IMWF 2019. The fourth edition of IMWF this has increased the demand from destination weddings and MiCE markets by 8 times. Ersoy said, “For IMWF’19, there was a record number of applications for participation. This gave us the opportunity to select the best, most effective ones from these applications. While we are at the heart of the industry, we are also conducting an international communication study for the IMWF all year round, with the inclusion of the industry phenomenon Sabbas Joseph in our international advisory board.”      

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MICE Show Asia 2019 to be held in Singapore from Oct 16-18

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Messe Berlin (Singapore) will be organising the inaugural MICE Show Asia 2019 in Singapore. The three-day business-to-business travel trade show will take place from October 16-18, 2019, at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands. Co-located with ITB Asia, the show will highlight Asia’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector. The gathering will see professionals from the incentive travel, meetings, and events industries come together to discuss the latest trends, hear from up-and-coming MICE innovators, and network with suppliers. “The MICE sector in APAC continues to thrive, with the region expected to witness the highest growth rate in the next 5 years. After successfully organising ITB Asia for 12 years, we noticed the fast-growing demand for the MICE and corporate travel segments. MICE Show Asia 2019 seeks to capture this growing demand and I am confident participants will gain the highest value at this show,” said Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of MICE Show Asia. MICE Show Asia 2019 will bring together participants of which 47% are from MICE Agencies, 26% from Corporates such as Meetings & Incentive Planners, 15% from Professional Conference or Exhibition Organisers, 9% of attendees will be from Association buyers, and 3% will be present as Independent Planners. Over 60% of MiCE buyers are from Asia-pacific (APAC) countries. According to a forecast published by Allied Market Research on the global MiCE market, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 8.6% through to 2023. Expanding demand particularly in Singapore, China, and India, alongside market drivers such as ease of visa restrictions, investments in better infrastructure, and high demand in commercial aviation are fuelling the upward …

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Indaba 2019: 1828 Buyers

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The South African Tourism annual tourism showcase, Africa’s Travel Indaba, saw a promising conglomeration of some 1828 buyers from 88 countries and over more than 1000 exhibitors at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, from May 2-4, 2019. The event serves as one of the largest platforms for Africa’s tourism industry to showcase the extensiveness of its products to an international market. Derek Hanekom, Minister, Tourism, Government of South Africa, said, “Africa’s Travel Indaba has become synonymous with storytelling. This continent is teeming with stories and folklore which are woven into all the products and experiences that are showcased here. In 2018, Africa reached 67 million international tourist arrivals, a growth of 7 per cent over 2017. This represents 5 per cent of all global international arrivals, up nearly 14 mn from the low of 2015. On the African continent, we have grown at an average of 8 per cent for three years in a row.” The Minister also shared that UNWTO predicts that 1.8 billion people will be travelling globally by 2030, and that Africa will increase its share from the current 5 to 7 per cent of all global arrivals. While buyers at Indaba include tour operators, online booking companies and DMCs from across the world, the exhibitor profile includes provincial authorities, tour operators, game lodges, luxury products, etc., from as many as 20 African nations. The India market continues to be a significant contributor to Africa’s, particularly South Africa’s, international tourist arrival numbers, and Indaba is seen as one of the most significant events to help strengthen this relationship even further. Addressing delegates at Indaba 2019, the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, highlighted the 10 …

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Hyatt to focus on MiCE potential in Kerala, unveils 3 hotels

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With an aim to promote Kerala as a destination for MiCE, wedding and leisure travel, Hyatt Hotels group has announced the opening three more hotels in Kerala besides its Grand Hyatt in Kochi. Two of the hotels will be unveiled in Malayattoor near Kochi and in Thrissur this year. The one in Thiruvananthapuram will be opened next year. According to Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager, Grand Hyatt, Kochi, “All the three will belong to Hyatt Regency category.” He stated that the hotel in Thiruvananthapuram will be the biggest among the three with 200 rooms. The Thrissur hotel will have 77 rooms while the one in Malayattoor will be comparatively small hotel. With one of the largest convention centres in the country, Grand Hyatt, Kochi hosted 250 MiCE events, over 200 weddings and social events in last one year. “The city will see more national and international events and conventions in the coming months,” he added. Source: ET

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MiCE tourism in India witnessed 8 per cent growth in 2018: Report

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According to a new report compiled by FICCI in collaboration with private lender Yes Bank, India’s rapid emergence as a strong economic player in the global arena has enabled it to pave way for MiCE tourism prospects into the country. In 2018, MiCE tourism in India was pegged at Rs 25,000 crore with 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said the report titled ‘India Inbound Tourism: Unlocking the Opportunity’. The industry is estimated to have a space of 5 lakh square metres, which is expected to cross 15 lakh square metres over the next two to three years. “This will result in doubling the growth rate,” said the report highlighting enormous potential India has due to its strategic location and being a round-the-year destination. The global MiCE tourism is estimated to be growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5 per cent and reach 1.2 trillion dollars (about Rs 70 lakh crore) by 2023. Asia Pacific region is expected to lead this with 8.6 per cent growth. India ranks fifth in the Asia Pacific region behind Japan, China, South Korea and Australia. However, it has a variety of destinations which can be clubbed with diverse tourism offerings to enhance MiCE. Consistently among the fastest growing economies in recent years, India has price competitive offerings in addition to 31 international airports, five cruise ports besides one of the largest rail and road network worldwide. However, the country must upgrade infrastructure, have more world-class convention and exhibition centres plus adopt a holistic approach to promote MiCE tourism, the report added.

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Singapore bullish on business events for 2019

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Singapore will play host to a sizeable number of business events from 2019 and beyond, with several of these events secured being inaugural editions. In particular, there are more business events from the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. These events will help Singapore bolster its reputation as a leading world-class business events destination. This comes on the back of a strong performance of the BTMICE industry in 2018. From January to September 2018 (year-to-date 3Q2018), tourism receipts1 from the BTMICE sector rose by 10 per cent, to hit S$3.44 billion, compared to the same period in 2017. This was driven by growth in BTMICE visitor arrivals, which also rose 14 per cent year-on-yearfor the same period, to hit 2 million arrivals. Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “High profile events in 2018 that garnered strong global interest, such as the DPRK-USA Singapore Summit and the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, have helped increase awareness of Singapore’s business events industry. This has also bolstered our reputation as a choice destination for meetings and business events.” “In 2019 and beyond, we look forward to a strong slate of events in the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. As these clusters are aligned to Singapore’s key economic sectors and play well to our strengths, we are confident that Singapore will provide many opportunities for decision-makers, event organisers and business executives looking to chart a path in this space,” Ms Ow added. These tourism receipts exclude Sightseeing, Entertainment and Gaming (SEG). The full-year results for BTMICE will be available only later in the year. Prominent business events secured in professional services and technology sectors The strong presence of regional company headquarters …

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AIME begins today in Melbourne

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Taking place in Melbourne from February 18-20, Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) brings together the right buyers with the right exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region and across the world. After a year of meticulous planning, AIME has finally opened its doors, showcasing the reimagined event to the global meetings events industry. With the countdown commencing, 2019 promises to deliver a new AIME experience, challenging established expectations and honing its focus on measurable commercial outcomes. “With a rich history spanning 27 years, AIME has been at the heart of the business events industry in the Asia Pacific region. For many, the event was the start of their careers, in a transformative industry that touches so many of us. AIME 2019 is the start of a new journey, and we are looking forward to welcoming business event communities from all over the world, in what is sure to be a prosperous year ahead,” said Jay Martens, Event Director, Talk2 Media & Events. Evolution of the AIME Knowledge Program, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), now sees it be the largest and most comprehensive Business Events education program on any single day in Australia. 500 participants will engage in a variety of sessions specifically curated in partnership with AIME’s strategic education partner, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). “The planning and reshaping of AIME 2019 has been a momentous journey with Talk2Media over the last 12 months. The business events industry has been vocal about what they’d like to see at AIME and Talk2Media have worked with us closely to build an event that will be significantly different than previous editions. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come to life,” …

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Bangkok 2nd as per GDS Index

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Bangkok is second on the list of Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. The rating, which measured social and environmental sustainability strategies, industry supplier support, and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives. The results also praised Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)’s performance as a top scorer in a comparison of convention bureaux in other Asian destinations. The top five destinations recently received GDS-Index Awards from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) to recognise their sustainable practices in the business tourism and events industry. The five highest overall scores went to Gothenburg (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Reykjavik (Iceland), Oslo (Norway) and Uppsala (Sweden) respectively. According to the index, the top five Asian cities with highest overall scores are Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok, Goyang (South Korea), Sapporo (Japan), and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) respectively. Bangkok was ranked second in Asia and 21st in the world according to the GDS-Index. The ranking measured across four key areas, including city environmental strategy and infrastructure (14 topics), city social sustainability performance (4 topics), industry supplier support (8 topics), and convention bureau (CVB) strategy and initiatives (12 topics). Bangkok received an overall score of 58 per cent, with the convention bureau winning 69 per cent, ably beating the global benchmark of 53 per cent. TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya noted that this was the first time that Bangkok had participated in the GDS-Index, leaving the bureau delighted by the result.

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