Category Archives: Meetings

First-ever Nepal India China Expo in Kathmandu from 22- 25 Feb

To promote MICE, Nepal is going to host the first-ever Nepal India China Expo (NICE) from 22- 25 February 2020, Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism Investment Summit, World Trail Conference 2020 (2-5 September 2020. Nepal will be focusing on M!CE tourism from India, revealed Lila Bahadur Baniya, Officiating Director, Nepal Tourism Board, while addressing the delegates at the Nepal Sales Mission, organised by Nepal Tourism Board, the National Tourism Organization (NTO) of Government of Nepal, in Amritsar). Nepal Sales Mission is travelling to nine Indian Cities from 6th January to 1st February 2020. The event has successfully concluded in Amritsar, Chandigarh and Jaipur, it is taking place in Indore today. Further it will go to other Indian cities of Surat, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum and Kochi. The mission is aimed at bringing all the travel trade partners together to update about various destination of Nepal and educate regarding the recent developments in Nepalese tourism. The sales mission is important for Nepal as Nepal is celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020 with an objective to bring 2 million tourists in Nepal. The Nepalese delegation is led by Lila Bahadur Baniya, along with Robin Regmi, Officer-India & South Asia Unit. The delegation has 9 private companies/DMCs representatives and is looking forward to interacting with 80 agents and 20 Media Person from each of the 9 cities.

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Indian M!CE outbound market to GCC set to surpass US$ 5bn by 2025

According to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com titled ‘India Outbound Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (M!CE) Tourism to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries – Market Trends and Opportunities to 2025’ released in December 2019, UAE is the top destination for Indian MICE tourists. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain accounted for more than 15 per cent of the share of the total outbound MICE spending by Indians in 2018. The India outbound MICE market to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is set to surpass US$ 5 Billion by 2025. The report uses a country-focused analysis to explore India outbound MICE tourism market to GCC countries. The report includes historical data from 2014-2018 and forecasts until 2025. It covers six GCC nations: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain.

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Genting’s Global Dream 2021 to accomodate 9000 pax

Genting Cruise Lines will be launching their new cruise ship- Global Dream in 2021. The bookings for the same will start this year. Michael Goh, President, Dream Cruises & Head of International Sales at Genting Cruise Lines, revealed that the new ship has been made in their own building facility in Germany and can accommodate as many as 9000 guests. He says, “The Global Dream will allow the guests to open the cabin doors via their smartphones, has many configurations for luxury guests, the biggest roller-coaster ride ever built on a ship and many more features that will make it as one of the most unique and biggest cruise ships ever.”

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Delhi to soon offer M!CE infrastructure at a global scale: Kant

Stressing on the importance of M!CE in India, Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog,shared, “I think there is a huge possibility of M!CE tourism in India and therefore the Government is creating two global scale products for this sector—one near Dwarka, which is about five minutes from the airport, and I have been personally involved in it with an aim to create probably the biggest exhibition and convention centre there. It will be an iconic exhibition and convention centre and will be the largest in Southeast Asia, at par with what exists in Shanghai. It should be ready in about a year’s time as 50 per cent of work is already complete. We will also have around 14 hotels there. It will have a large-scale shopping and commercial development. It’s like creating a completely new city in the heart of Delhi in Dwarka. It will also have two metros linked to it, and the roads have been widened for the same. It will be the biggest M!CE destination in Delhi and the Government has taken the initiative of giving this land of around 350 acres at just Re 1. In addition to this, Pragati Maidan has been completely redeveloped again into a global scale development to drive the M!CE market. We have requested all other states to take similar initiatives to develop M!CE tourism and create similar kind of global scale infrastructure.”

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PCEB to hold roadshows in India in January

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) will be holding roadshows in India to promote Penang as the preferred location for business events activities in the region. The tentative dates for the same are Mumbai, Jan 13, 2020; New Delhi Jan 15, 2020; Chennai Jan 17, 2020; Kochi Jan 20, 2020. Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is a state bureau established in 2016 to develop the Business Events and meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Penang.

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Sarovar to open convention centre in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh by March 2020

In a recent interview, Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “Sarovar is going to open a convention Centre in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh which is going to be more of a wedding than a M!CE hotel. It’s linked very closely to port of Kakinada, Vijayawada, Vizag, Hyderabad etc. and should open by March 2020. The hotel, a part of the convention centre, will open a little later. The facility will cover 30,000 square feet and will accommodate approximately 3000 people.

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Accor to open new hotels in Udaipur and Mumbai in 2020

Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer (COO) –India & South Asia, Accor has said that Accor will open new hotels in Udaipur and Mumbai in 2020. “Our upcoming properties for 2020 include the launch of Raffles Udaipur, Novotel Mumbai International Airport and ibis Mumbai LBS Road. We also have the Raffles Jaipur and Fairmont Mumbai Sahar, which are in the pipeline. Over the next few years, our focus is to continue to grow our regional network and introduce new brands. We have 25 hotels and approximately 5,000 keys in the pipeline and under active development.” he informed.

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GPS Lucknow eyes Tier-II & Tier III cities

The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) held in Lucknow recently focused on tapping the Tier-II Tier-III cities. Elaborating on the 2 days B2B travel trade, outbound event, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, informed, “This is our second year in Lucknow, we had a very good response last year. The market has accepted that this is an E-event and have downloaded the app and pre-registered. Through Lucknow we hope to reach the travel fraternity in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. This is a very promising market, and we hope to empower through knowledge, networking and face to face business interactions.’

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Mumbai among Cvent’s top meeting destinations in Asia

The economic capital of India has made its way to Cvent’s top ten list of meetings destinations for 2019 in Asia. Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, released its annual lists of the Top Meeting Destinations for meetings and events worldwide. The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network, through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018. “Business events add $1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more group business to their locales,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President- Marketing, Cvent Hospitality Cloud. Due to increased sourcing volume to the Asia Pacific region, Cvent unveiled two additional lists this year – Asia and Australia & Oceania – which were previously represented in one Asia Pacific list. The top 10 cities in Asia for 2019 are: Singapore Bangkok, Thailand Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Shanghai, China Tokyo, Japan Seoul, South Korea Beijing, China Bali, Indonesia Mumbai, India

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Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020

The Nepal Tourism Board aims to actively organise big sporting and MiCE events as well as festivals to draw in the numbers. In tandem with this, it will organise the Nepal Tourism Investment Summit in January 2020, informed Robin Regmi, Officer – South Asia Unit, Tourism Marketing and Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board, who was part of the three-member delegation on the third leg of its four-city roadshow in Mumbai recently. Nepal Tourism Board formally launched its ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign in Mumbai and interacted with key outbound agents. Regmi said, “India is very close to us and to me personally. It is a major market for us, and we have seen a steady increase in Indian tourist arrivals since 2015 after Nepal experienced a major setback. We are now back to normal and request the travel trade in India to help us regain our lost glory in terms of tourism.” The team will head to Bengaluru for a similar launch on July 15, 2019.

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