Category Archives: Meetings

GPS Lucknow eyes Tier-II & Tier III cities

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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

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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

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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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Travel Wedding Show concludes in Mumbai with 1922 meetings

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The sixth edition of the Travel Wedding Show garnered 1922 meetings over two days. Held at the Westin Mumbai Garden City on July 13-14, 2019, the first day witnessed 31 exhibitors interact with 31 wedding planners over pre-scheduled table-top meetings, showcasing their offerings that would interest the growing wedding market.The second day followed a similar pattern but with tour operators, who also did weddings. The show managed to bring out some interesting trends emerging in the wedding segment. The first day’s session ended with a power-packed panel discussion where industry experts deliberated on why Indian weddings are going international. This was moderated by Rajeev Jain, Director, Rashi Entertainment and the speakers included Sanjay Rai, EVP- Sales, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; Emree Kirazci, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa; Udaya Bhattarai, Senior Assistant Manager, Nepal Tourism Board; and Tekla Maira, Director, Luxury Sales, Accor Hotels Luxe, AccorHotels.

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Goa promotes itself as a MiCE destination

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Keeping in focus to highlight the state of Goa as a suited MiCE destination, the Regional Office Maharashtra of India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), in collaboration with Goa Tourism recently organised an interactive seminar. The discussion covered various topics like; Incentive and Initiative by State Govt. to promote Goa as a MiCE destination; Role of Tourism Ministry, Govt. of India in promotion of MiCE in Goa. Executive Director ICPB presented the Role Bureaus can play in re-positioning Goa as a MiCE destination. The highlight of the seminar was the panel discussion – ‘Marketing Hotels – Key Segment for MiCE in Goa’. The fruitful interaction included panelists from various MiCE segments, like incentives, exhibitions and convention and meeting, who discussed the power of incentives, challenges for holding large conferences and meeting design. The panel was represented by Amaresh Tiwari, Sanjay Soni and Amit Saroj from ICPB and Gaurav Apte from Marriott Goa. The outcome of the deliberation was the strategies of attracting business event, different from the leisure market. The session was moderated by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman – ICPB. There were recommendations made by Mansharamani which included a MiCE policy, along with suggestion of measures which Goa Tourism can initiate: To prioritise the source market and develop a marketing calendar Global outreach of media – a separate budget for MiCE Incentivising international conferences & meetings to make hosting conferences in India an attractive proposition – hosting site visits Create corpus fund – for marketing and supporting bidding process Participation in MiCE-related trade shows in India and abroad Certification programme to enhance the level of services in accordance with international standards One of the most important segments of global convention industry …

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Odisha hosted 10 meeting planners to showcase state MICE potential

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Recognising the potential of Odisha as a MICE destination in view of the excellent infrastructure available in cities like Bhubaneswar, the Swosti Group organised a MICE roadshow there last week. As many as 10 meeting planners from different cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, representing associations and corporate attended the event. The roadshow was preceded by a visit to Chilika Lake on July 2 to showcase the MICE facilities at the Swosti Chilika Resort. The roadshow included B2B meetings, presentation by ICPB, Tourism Department and Swosti Group. The event brought the buyers and sellers of the industry on a common platform to discuss MICE business opportunities, more options of venues, services of professional organisers to stimulate a more rapid growth of the industry.

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TTM+ 2019 showcased 351 buyers and 371 sellers

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Thailand’s most important B2B travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2019, attracted a total of 351 buyers (including 50 Indian buyers), 371 sellers, and around 130 international and domestic media on June 5. Themed ‘New Shades of Emerging Destinations’, TTM+ 2019 was held at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, the biggest marina in Southeast Asia. The mart that lasted for three days comes back this year in a bigger and brighter format that clearly reflects the new sense of direction in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global environment. The overall focus of the show will be Thailand’s emerging destinations nationwide, 55 provinces with spectacular beauty, heritage, cultural and culinary attractions. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, says, “This year’s theme reflects a strong continuation of our long-standing strategy to promote our emerging destinations with the aim of creating jobs and distributing revenue nationwide, from major cities to local communities, while creating sustainability by balancing the number of visitors to the destinations. Both international and domestic buyers will find these 55 emerging destinations perfectly suited to the needs of their clients, especially those who seek off-the-beaten-path holidays and repeaters looking for new products. In fact, we are already beginning to see results. In 2018, we recorded six million (6,223,183) trips by foreign tourists to these cities, a growth of +4.95 percent over 2017.”

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TCEB roadshows in India leverages potential in secondary MiCE cities

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Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) aims to tap into secondary MiCE cities in India through its MiCE roadshows, eyeing to attract more than 13,000 visitors into Thailand to boost meetings and incentives market by which can generate over 1,000 MB of revenue. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organisation) or TCEB, disclosed that TCEB has been thinking highly of MiCE markets in India, which is considered the second largest in terms of number of MiCE travellers after China. As a market with high potentiality in terms of population and economic growth, TCEB recognised the cities and thus joined forces with Thai entrepreneurs to hold roadshows to promote meetings and incentives in secondary cities of India. During March to April, two roadshows were held. The first show was held in Hyderabad and Jayapura, as these two were big cities with the readiness of MiCE travel agents. Also, these two cities are distinct with high potentiality and tendency to encourage working people to have their meetings and incentives events in Thailand. The second roadshow was held in Kolkata and Lucknow, which are secondary cities with a small number of MiCE travellers. Interestingly, there are a good number of travel agents with high potentiality to develop as MiCE travel agents in the future. TCEB realises that the preparation of networking with agents at the early stage in secondary cities will help to form long-term business relationship, which is a key factor in dealing with the Indians. Overall, the two roadshows were soundly responded. It is expected that the events will bring a total of 63 meetings and incentives events from India into Thailand.

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IHCL unveils Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

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The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), introduced the iconic Taj brand in Agra with the opening of Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The hotel, spread over 4.5 acres, is ideally located within walking distance from the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The 239-spacious rooms hotel is an ideal destination for large conferences and destination weddings. It offers 40,000 sqft of indoor and outdoor banqueting space including a 14,000 sqft pillar-less hall which is one of the largest in North India. Rohit Khosla, Executive Vice President – Operations, North and West India, IHCL, said, “Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal promises to be a great draw for both, domestic as well as international travellers.” “It is ideally suited for leisure travellers and is the perfect venue for conferences and weddings,” said Rajat Tuli, General Manager, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. With this addition, IHCL will have two hotels, one under the Taj and one under the SeleQtions brand in the city of Agra.

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Accor joins hands with meetago for enhancing MiCE solutions

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To enable a joint connectivity solution for its core meeting and events business, Accor has partnered with meetago. Accor will provide meetago’s booking and software solutions in the MiCE field across DACH, Europe and a few key source markets such as the US and China. “Through the strategic partnership with meetago, we are responding to growing demand from our corporate customers and we will be making our offer available centrally via one platform in the future. We also provide more comprehensive and efficient services with a higher level of digitalisation to the conference industry,” said Sabine Toplak, Vice President-Sales, Accor, Central Europe. This collaboration will also provide individual solutions for events and participant management for small meetings and large business events and will cater to more than 1,600 meeting hotels worldwide.  In addition to this, meetago’s state-of-the-art meeting tool will ensure a secure booking process for conference planners.

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