Category Archives: Meetings

India among top 10 business travel markets: FCM-KPMG


The Indian business travel market is expected to surge 12 per cent in five years and is also ranked among the top 10 business travel markets with a spend of $29.6 billion in 2015. This was revealed in a white paper titled ‘Business Travel in India’ Emerging Trends & Opportunities’ released by FCM Travel Solutions along with KPMG. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030 business travel spending in India will have trebled from the present levels. The paper gives a comprehensive glimpse in to where and how business travellers in India are spending. Asia has become the world’s largest business-travel market, and trends suggest India’s significance within APAC will only grow with time. Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, Flight Centre Travel Group – India, said, “The report identifies six key business travel trends and reveals new travel behaviours of the future – Increasing number of business travellers relying on user generated content and mobile devices. With an increase in online and mobile booking tools and an ever- growing appetite for on-the-go travel management, technology to play a disruptive role in the future.”

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Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie philharmonic concert hall opens


Elbphilharmonie philharmonic concert hall, located on the edge of the River Elbe, opened on January 11 as a ‘rolling wave’ to Hamburg’s world-famous harbour in Germany. The Elbphilharmonie is also home to a 244 room 5-Star Westin Hotel offering meeting space including eight conference rooms as well as a panoramic view of the city. Dagmar Zechmann, General Manager of the Westin Hamburg, says, “Our location positions us as the ideal destination for meetings and events and for those looking for a room with a view.” The hotel’s conference facilities are across four rooms equipped with the latest in audio and visual technology. Florian Gerdes, Marketing Manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, said, “From major 5 and 4 star names through to quirky boutique hotels, there is a huge choice of top notch accommodation and meeting spaces launching in key locations throughout the city including near the airport, Congress Centre Hamburg and the iconic River Elbe.”

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36th ATF begins in Singapore from Jan 16-20


The 36th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) has commenced in Singapore from January 16-20, 2017. Themed “Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together,” ATF 2017 will support the continuous, collective efforts by ASEAN members to address challenges and opportunities as ASEAN jointly develops and grows the tourism industry in the region. The highlights of the event include official launch of VisitASEAN@50 Campaign at the Opening Gala on January 18. It will also impart information on Singapore’s new marketing strategy; Visit Laos Year 2018; Vietnam’s new visa policies, including the visa exemption policy for European tourists; Myanmar’s update on tourism performance, skills development initiatives, and its new destination marketing promotions for 2017.

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Saudi’s MICE surges by 12 per cent in 2016


According to the Saudi Exhibition and Conventions Bureau (SECB), affiliated to Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH), the number of MICE visitors have exceeded 4.4 million in 2016. The SECB have also adopted Trade Fairs Plan for 2017 that aims to reach a total of 86 trade exhibitions. Tariq Al-Essa, Executive Manager of SECB, said “The number of licensed activities, including exhibitions, forums, conferences, workshops and meetings held in 2016 in the kingdom, reached 8,758 — this represents a growth of 12 per cent compared to 2015. Riyadh, Mecca, and Eastern Province hosted 48 per cent, 31 per cent and 18 per cent of these activities, respectively.” The meeting and conference industry is expected to grow up to 20 per cent in 2017.

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Seoul MICE Alliance boosts city’s business events competitiveness


Seoul’s public and private sectors have strengthened ties over the past month through a series of initiatives designed to make the city more accessible to international business events hosted in the city and their participants. This includes a dramatic boost in membership in October for the Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) ahead of the SMA Annual Meeting set to review local industry progress, along with joint activities by SMA members aimed at boosting Seoul’s global convention profile. Formed in 2011 and operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization (STO), the SMA is a public-private partnership of government agencies and business events service providers including meeting venues, accommodation, DMCs, and others. Meeting planners who use SMA member organizations for their business events are eligible for various benefits, such as reduced rates, complimentary use of event spaces and transportation to and from venues, free promotional space, discounts on event registration, and support for site inspections. (Learn more at In October 2016, the SMA gained 36 members, bringing the total to 230. Described by an STO official as “a driving force behind the growth of Seoul’s MICE industry”, the alliance strives to build strong cooperation between government and private enterprise so as to boost Seoul’s MICE competitiveness. Major upcoming events in 2016 held at SMA venues include World Engineering Education Forum 2016 (Coex, 2000 participants), Meeting of the Internet Engineering Taskforce (Conrad Seoul, 1,200 participants), and e 5thBiennial Scientific Meeting Asia Cornea Society (Grand Hilton Seoul, 700 participants). In addition to offering competitive rates and services to event planners, SMA members also regularly work with Seoul City to promote the capital’s meetings offerings. Joint activities include attendance at international trade …

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2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo from Feb 22


The 2nd Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017 will be held from Feb 22-23. The 2nd “ Thailand International Conference & Expo 2017” will give answers to five major questions in the digital tourism economy. “ Thailand International Conference & Expo” is part of the “ World Events”, is the top annual meeting-point for experts from the eTourism, mTourism, travel technology, digital travel marketing and distribution channels with decision makers, entrepreneurs, professionals from the travel & hospitality industry of Thailand, the ASEAN Countries as well as the rest of the world, where they can exchange knowledge and experiences, to learn and do business. Travel Media Applications in cooperation with PATA Thailand Chapter organize this well esteemed event for the second year in Bangkok, on February 22nd and 23rd 2017. This year also incorporates “TripAdvisor Insights Masterclass” and “PATA Asian Chapters Meeting” where the renown “Tourism Outlook” will be presented.

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Radisson Hotel Detroit Metro Airport opens with 15,000 sqft of meeting space


Radisson has announced the opening of Radisson Hotel Detroit Metro Airport. The hotel has a new sleek and modern look as its been completely renovated. Guests can enjoy the vibrant rooms and lobby, along with an updated pool, restaurant and fitness center. The hotel offers nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting space. There are eight rooms to choose from for corporate meetings or wedding receptions. Audio visual equipment is available, along with full-service catering. The Great Lakes Ballroom is perfect for larger events, as it can fit up to 520 guests for receptions. It can also be divided for smaller events.Guests can enhance their stay by downloading the Radisson iConcierge app which offers access to a wide variety of hotel services and local information before, during and after the stay such as ordering room service, receiving details of nearby attractions and checking out.

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Andaz Delhi Aerocity opens with 37,500 sqft of meeting spaces


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Andaz Delhi, marking the Andaz brand’s first hotel in India and 16th worldwide. Andaz Delhi opens with a partial inventory of its residential-style 401 guestrooms, including 45 suites. The hotel will also offer 129 serviced apartments, expected to open next year. Represented in world-class cities like London, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brand celebrates local culture and the unique spirit of neighborhoods, and is now set to make its mark in India’s vibrant capital with the opening of Andaz Delhi in Aerocity. Similar to the brand’s other hotels, Andaz Delhi offers inspiring experiences through the neighborhood’s rich history and culture, helping guests get to know their surroundings more intimately and leave feeling like a local. The hotel offers 37,500 sq. ft. (3,484 sq. m.) of innovative meeting and event spaces, with fluid layouts and functional design creating environments that dissolve barriers and encourage creative thinking, interaction and conversation. The oval shaped pillar-less ballroom is one of the largest indoor luxury wedding spaces in Delhi and can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. The unobstructive design of the ballroom provides a blank canvas to customize and decorate the space based on the individuality and style of any guest. The unique Elephant Path adds a sense of drama to a traditional Indian wedding. Eight Andaz Studios offer residential-style meeting and event spaces with inspiring open kitchens and an outdoor terrace. Andaz Delhi offers easy access to some of the city’s most iconic monuments and gardens, fashion boutiques, arts and cultural centers and the vibrant city nightlife.

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Shivantika Bon Voyage & Travelz Factory open office in N. Europe


Shivantika Bon Voyage in association with Travelz Factory are opening their office in Northern Europe, intending on Baltic region which is yet to be explored enormously. We are established in all three Countries – Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) and Latvia (Riga). Their expertise lies in customised travel itineraries emphasising on Meeting and Incentive Guests. The itineraries can be altered as per the Groups requirement. They will be offering series group departure for June’2017 with Breakfast and Dinner and also assist you for FIT movement for this region offering personalised and unique experiences for each client.

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Amravati poised to become a MICE hub


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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