Category Archives: Meetings

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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Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Michelle Frymire as CFO

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the global travel management company, has appointed Michelle Frymire as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Based in Minneapolis, she will report to Kurt Ekert, President & CEO of CWT and serve as a member of the CWT Executive Leadership Team. Current CFO Brad Hall will become Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative & Financial Officer of Carlson Inc., CWT’s parent company. Both appointments will be effective from 21 January 2019. “Michelle brings a wealth of experience and skill from a broad industry base. I am delighted to welcome her to CWT and look forward to partnering with her as we continue to execute our CWT 3.0 growth strategy,” said Kurt Ekert. “I also extend my deep gratitude to Brad for the significant contribution he has made to the development of our business and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.”  Immediately prior to her appointment, Michelle was CFO at a portfolio company of private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. She was previously CFO at Service King Collision Repair, TruGreen Lawn Care and Starwood Vacation Ownership, and held senior finance roles at ServiceMaster, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and American Airlines.  Michelle is an American national and holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a BA from Austin College.

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TCEB launches ‘Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events’

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched new campaign Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events to transform the organisation’s role from a supporter and marketer of business events hosted in Thailand, to that of a thought leader, partner, collaborator, co-creator and enabler of future solutions within the industry. The campaign will be underpinned by proactive marketing strategies and activities to attract more premium convention, meeting and incentive groups from long haul destinations like Europe and the Americas.  The campaign calls for collaboration between the Thai business events community and international event planners, to create new event content and strategies to drive stronger returns on investment, time, effort and engagement.  TCEB’s experience over the past 12 months – working with the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) in preparation for the SITE Global Conference happening from 11 to 14 January 2019 in Bangkok – embodies the spirit of true collaboration. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of TCEB, explains: “TCEBTCE and the Thailand host committee have been working for the past year to ensure that SITE’s conference content reflects the spirit of Thai hospitality and creative excellence. Delegates will experience amazing off-site social networking locations including cultural interactive experiences in locations along the Bangkok River.” “Thailand welcomes business events which centre on knowledge, creativity and culture, and provides opportunities to gain invaluable experience. As part of our new campaign ‘Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events’, we welcome global event planners such as SITE, to collaborate with our Thai community to create new experiences for participants using Thailand’s rich content. A cash reward programme has also been introduced to MICE agents and intermediaries, who accumulate meetings and incentives group numbers or spending in a year …

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PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 concluded in Khon Kaen with 300 delegates

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The PATA Destination Marketing Forum (PDMF), themed on ‘Growth with Goals’, welcomed over  290 delegates from 25 destinations. The event, hosted by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with the support of Khon Kaen Province, brought together delegates from the public and private sectors for insightful discussions on some of the major issues in marketing and managing tourism growth to lesser-known destinations. Dr Mario Hardy, PATA, CEO said, “This event stems from the need to help secondary and tertiary areas grow and develop into widely recognised, bucket-listed tourism destinations. Aligning with our advocacy theme of tourism dispersal, the forum shines the spotlight on new and emerging destinations, introducing delegates to lesser-known yet attractive corners of the world. It is designed to assist communities economically in these destinations by encouraging dispersion of tourists to new frontiers.” Delegates will herd from experienced industry professionals during the conference on major topics like ‘Status of Destination Management Around the World’, ‘Role of Local Experiences in Destination Marketing’, ‘Managing the Disconnect between Destination Organisations and Communities’, ‘Transborder Marketing. Case Studies of GMS’, ‘Fighting Undertourism Through Innovative Storytelling’, ‘Calculating our Impact as Destinations’ and ‘Leveraging Technology to Revolutionise the Travel Space’.    

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5th edition of Travel Business Show concluded with over 1700 meetings in Hyderabad

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The 5th edition of Travel Business Show, an exclusive MiCE B2B show, took place from Dec 1-2, 2018 at the Hyderabad Marriott Hotel. The two-day event saw networking and business meetings between approximately 30 exhibitors and 60 buyers from across the country. Over 1700 pre-scheduled meetings took place within two days, the event provided the perfect platform for service providers, destinations and hotels to connect with selected MiCE operators and agents participating in the event.  Speaking at the 5th edition of the Travel MiCE Show at the Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, RH Khwaja, Former Secretary, Tourism, revealed that India’s capital expenditure was 11 per cent in tourism between 2011-17. He further said that India is growing in MiCE sector and there is a need for quality in terms of offering MiCE services. Besides, he insisted that India needs to work on its domestic products, apart from foreign exchange earnings by inbound tourists.

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FITUR 2019 introduces a MiCE & Business B2B event

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MiCE & Business. This new B2B space is focused on MiCE tourism. FITUR MITM – MiCE & Business, co-organised with MITM Events – GSAR Marketing, will offer the opportunity to form business ties among a selection of professionals and exhibitors attending the upcoming edition of FITUR organised by IFEMA to be held from January 23-27, in the fairgrounds of IFEMA. The format of FITUR MITM – MiCE & Business will consist of an agenda of up to 30 pre-established appointments among exhibiting companies interested in participating in the programme – consisting of a maximum of 100 companies with priority given to main stand holders and 100 highly qualified international executives (corporate, incentive houses, event and congress organisers and international associations). In the last few years, meetings tourism has been experiencing a notable growth, becoming a key sector for the industry, proof of that are the 12,558 international association congresses held worldwide in 2017, according to data from the International Congress and Convention Association, ICCA. Likewise, the ranking positioned Spain in the fourth place worldwide (564 congresses), only behind United Kingdom (592), Germany (682) and United States (941).

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ITB Asia 2018 finishes on a high with record-breaking numbers

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ITB Asia,  wrapped up on a high as the annual event achieved record-breaking numbers. Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore between 17 – 19 October 2018, the three-day conference and exhibition recorded an impressive 25,000 business appointments this year. Having hosted more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 1,000 buyers this year, ITB Asia 2018 had also recorded an increase of 8.9 per cent of total visitors representing more than 127 countries from last year’s anniversary event. This year, ITB Asia 2018 welcomed new exhibitors as it unveiled its largest exhibitor showcase yet. This included Abu Dhabi, Botswana, Canton Sarajevo, Croatia, Fukuoka, Kansai, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Rovaniemi, Slovakia and Ukraine among many others. Under the overarching theme of “Travel Reimagined”, this year’s conference programme delivered major trends provoking disruption across the travel industry and how companies are innovating to stay ahead. With over 260 speakers, key industry experts delivered fascinating insights at the keynote sessions, as well as focused topics for the MICE and Corporate segment, the Travel and Tech space and Muslim Travel conference sessions which were very well-received. “Having surpassed last year’s impressive milestone, we have yet again achieved recordbreaking numbers as we continue to see the show flourish. As we look forward to next year’s ITB Asia, we continue to build and strengthen our efforts in maintaining ITB Asia as the premier event of the year and the go-to hub for remarkable travel content and inspiring experiences.My greatest thanks and appreciation go out to all our supporters across industry and the teams involved for their endless hard work in making this event happen”, said Katrina Leung, Managing Director …

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Dubai Business Events roadshows project opportunities to Indian planners

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Dubai Business Events (DBE) has showcased the city’s capabilities and services to business event planners through their three-city roadshow held recently in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, attracting an attendance of approximately 490 business events and incentive buyers as well as wedding planners. DBE was joined on the roadshow by a number of stakeholders from Dubai, including Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels and Emaar Hospitality. The roadshow offered a platform for the DBE team to meet and engage with key decision makers, educate them about the services available to them, and detail how the convention bureau can support in planning their events in Dubai. Attendees were also able to discover Dubai and the world-class factors that combine to make the city a premier destination to host business events. Over the coming months, DBE and stakeholders from the city will conduct further in-market activities in UK, Sweden, Finland and Russia while also continuing to welcome business event planners for study missions from around the world to Dubai.

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3k delegates attend IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2018

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The 26th IT&CM Asia and 21st CTW Asia-Pacific held at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand, saw conglomeration of some 3,000 delegates, including over 500 hosted buyers and media, from more than 50 territories and countries. Over 50 industry thought-leaders from government bodies, related associations, corporate organisations and industry professions delivered knowledge sessions. The main keynote presented by Martin Nydegger, CEO, Switzerland Tourism; Oscar Cerezales, COO, MCI Asia-Pacific; Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); and Daniel Chua, Vice President – Meetings & Incentives, Singapore Associations of Conventions and Exhibition Organisers (SACEOS), set the tone towards the transformation of audience engagement as the demand to stand out and being top-of-mind becomes more competitive. TCEB hosted the Official Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception themed ‘Thailand Limited’ that rounded off Day 1 of activities at the GMM Live House at CentralWorld, featuring a colourful night of uniquely Thai entertainment, local cuisine and hospitality.

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TCEB unveils new brand strategy for business events

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Thailand Convention and Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) has announced new brand marketing communication campaign, ‘Thailand: Redefine Your Business Events’. Through the campaign, TCEB aims to tap into the growing opportunities from the country’s economic development landscape and the expansion of Asia market, while  promoting Thailand as a hub of ASEAN MiCE. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice, President, TCEB, said that Asia has been a fast-growing market for Thailand’s MiCE industry supported by remarkable growth rates of MiCE travellers from ASEAN and CLMV countries which increased 35 and 100 per cent respectively. In addition, Asia is predicted to be a primary source market for the Meeting & Incentives sector in 2019 powered by a rising trend of corporate travels in China, and the growth of travellers from India and Indonesia which are predicted at 11.3 and 8.7 per cent respectively. However, the global MiCE market is changing with influences from social and technological developments. The upcoming trends are: an increasing focus on MiCE activities that enhance active learning, and abilities to broaden fresh perspective and being adaptive; a development of online applications which assist event organisers to manage the show and enhance delegate’s engagement, and a rising numbers of shows from new sectors such as Health and Wellness, Robotic Innovations and Start-up. TCEB has defined marketing strategies for 2019 which focus on four areas: To highlight Thailand’s position as a hub of ASEAN MiCE – a connecting point that provides market access to ASEAN and CLMV countries. To encourage new MiCE events through the growing possibilities from the national economic policies including Thailand 4.0, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), 10 S-Curve Industries and New S-Curve Industries. To redefine the organisation’s role from a mere supporter …

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