Category Archives: Meetings

GST to hit MICE: ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, shared that the GST slabs announced for hospitality industry will negatively affect inbound tourism immediately. “The MICE industry will be terribly hit as most of the convention facilities are only available in 5-star hotels which have room rates of Rs. 5000 or above. The high tax rate of 28 per cent will negatively impact conventions and conferences in the pipeline as well. I feel scope for manipulation has been left for the hotels where one can charge Rs. 4990 for a room and pay only 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent. Also, there is confusion whether the tax will be charged on rack rate, published rate or on the negotiated rate. The whole purpose of one tax one India is defeated,” he added.

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The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan offers 3,000 sqm meeting space

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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has announced the highly-anticipated opening of The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, marking the renowned luxury brand’s ninth hotel in the Greater China region. Owned by B.M. Holding, the hotel offers an exceptional experience for business and events. “Shanghai’s cosmopolitan spirit is perfectly matched by The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, which through unrivaled service and personalised experiences will bring to life the modern glamour that defines this city,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. The hotel will provide the perfect venue for both intimate social and corporate gatherings with the uncompromising service for which St. Regis is known. The hotel features over 3,000 square meters of meeting space across eleven meeting rooms, and together with two executive boardrooms offers a range of layouts and amenities that can be adapted to any occasion. Spanning 1,400 square meters, the elegant Astor Ballroom, featuring 95 square meter LED wall projection system and attached 368 square meter foyer, can accommodate up to 1,300 guests for VIP receptions, gala dinners or corporate events.

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Marriott offers rewards at select venues in Asia Pacific

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Marriott International is offering group (minimum 10 rooms) or catering events Triple Choice benefits for any confirmed groups between March 1, 2017, and September 15, 2017, for groups and events held till September 30, 2017, at participating Marriott venues in Asia Pacific. The benefits would range from a five per cent discount on master-billed rooms to Triple points on eligible revenue. Eligible customers will also be offered complimentary internet in meeting rooms, one complimentary room night for every 25 paid room nights, one complimentary room upgrade for one night for every 25 paid room nights, and the chance to earn a signing bonus of 1,000 points for every event booked. Customers will have the opportunity to choose three rewards for their event booking.

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Exceptional meetings and events space at Radisson Noida

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Park Plaza Noida has re-launched as Radisson Noida, a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort. It will be the first Radisson hotel to be inaugurated in Delhi-NCR. Spread over 42,000 sq ft, Radisson Noida features 88 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Business Class, a new room category, has been introduced for corporate travellers who can enjoy complimentary drinks in the lounge bar and more such benefits. Radisson Noida boasts of over 4,360 sq ft of flexible meetings and events space that can be split into four separate ballrooms for smaller events or combined into one large space for functions. “I am delighted to welcome this hotel to the Radisson brand family. Delhi-NCR is a key market for us and Noida remains a promising destination due to its thriving corporate suburb. We appreciate the investment that our strategic partner, Bestech Group, has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

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AEROCITY.events announces membership with Pride Plaza and ibis

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Enabling a positive paradigm shift to the events industry, AEROCITY.events has announced enhanced membership with Pride Plaza and ibis. AEROCITY.events is managed by tmf dialogue marketing India and is a unique convention-bureau styled product. It aims to promote and drive business to the destination as an accessible and comprehensive events hub. The three key founding partners for this project – Pullman & Novotel Aerocity, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity and Andaz Delhi, along with new members including Ibis and Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, will be jointly representing AEROCITY.events at IMEX Frankfurt. AEROCITY.events is currently in the process of bringing onboard other major players of New Delhi Aerocity namely, The IGI Airport, Worldmark (Shopping Centre), and a host of other major hotels in the area.

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MICE makes up 55 per cent of IHG’s business in ME

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InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) hotels gain major business through MICE in the Middle East, says IHG Vice President of Sales & Marketing, India, Middle East & Africa, James Britchford. “The MICE industry in the Middle East is significant. Approximately 45 per cent of our business is room revenue and 55 per cent is MICE and F&B. Differentiation of MICE is essential and one of the things that works well for IHG in the Middle East.” He states that most hotel chains now have business loyalty programmes like Shangri-La. “We also recognise that the way the MICE business works is through trade. IHG recently launched IHG Business Rewards which is a business to business loyalty programme that was created specifically to drive the MICE business,” he said. “We regularly measure our market share through Revenue Generation Index (RGI) and I’m encouraged to see over the last 18 months, which has been particularly trying for hoteliers that we’ve grown share in the Middle East by 1.9 points. You cannot do that without winning in the MICE sector. If you lose in the MICE sector invariably you lose in shares,” he added.

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43rd GTM Germany Travel Mart now underway

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The 43rd GTM Germany Travel Mart kicked off from May 7, 2017, and is underway till May 9 in Nuremberg, Bavaria. Speaking at the opening ceremony of GTM 2017, Petra Hedorfer, CEO, German National Tourism Board, said, ” A lot has happened all over the world not all of it good. We in Germany stand for openness and tolerance. We welcome people from all nations with great respect from the bottom of our heart.” Emphasising how tourism can build bridges between people and nation’s, she adds, “Let us do everything to ensure that we continue to bring together cultures, people, nations from all over the world, wherever it is in Germany.” The event is hosted by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) in cooperation with Bavaria Tourism- the official marketing agency and the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office. The mart is a high-calibre forum at which German providers can meet key buyers from the international travel industry.

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Indian business travel to grow 7.2% over next decade, says Travelport-WTTC

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India’s business travel industry has grown by 16.2 per cent over the past five years (2011-2016), according to a report by Travelport and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) launched at the WTTC Global Summit 2017 in Bangkok. It has been predicted that Asia-Pacific will lead the way at a predicted rate of 6.2 per cent each year to 2027, with India (7.2%) among the top five countries attributing to the growth. Over the past five years, at a global level, business travel spend has grown at an annual average of 3.6 per cent, with the strongest growth in the past 5 years having taken place in Asia, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa. The CEO of Travelport, Gordon Wilson, commented: “Every day we see business travel growing at a significant rate in many emerging markets with technology playing an in increasingly important role in easing the way for those on trips for their work. As an industry, we need to continue to invest in the best technologies and infrastructure whilst governments need to be more business-friendly by removing burdensome visa requirements.” David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism generates USD$7.6 trillion in GDP and supports over 292 million jobs. Business travel is a vital part of the sector, and it is a key catalyst for global growth. It drives the relationships, investments, supply chains and logistics that support international trade flows.”

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INDABA 2017 to showcase pre-scheduled meetings with 7,000 delegates

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INDABA, Africa’s leading travel show, returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from May 16 to 18, 2017, sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout. INDABA 2017 will see more than 7,000 delegates from around the world meeting in Durban to grow the African tourism economy through conversations, partnerships and a focus on doing business, South African Tourism Chief Executive Sisa Ntshona said. Through the online diary and matchmaking system, delegates can use technology to set up pre-scheduled meetings with buyers or exhibitors that may match their needs. A new INDABA app will also function as a digital resource for updates. The Hidden Gems pavilion will introduce the world’s travel buyers and visitors to small tourism enterprises from each of South Africa’s nine provinces that may otherwise have remained undiscovered. Delegates at the trade show will be exposed to the full breadth of Africa’s tourism offerings, including high-end products at the Tourism Grading Council’s new luxury pavilion. This feature will cater to global buyers who are on the lookout for the premier five-star offerings many destinations on the continent are famed for. Apart from the pre-scheduled meetings, buyers will have the chance to meet with exhibitors during the morning speed marketing sessions on each of the three show days. Here, participating exhibitors will be grouped according to themes such as lap of luxury, scenic outdoors and award winners before making short presentations on their offerings. These sessions are an excellent way for buyers to ask questions and learn more about exhibitors – many of whom are small businesses. Industry players from more than 17 African countries are taking part, including Angola, Botswana, the DRC, …

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Business travel to grow 3.7% annually by 2027: WTTC

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Business Travel sector would grow by 3.7 per cent per year over the next decade, according to a new report by Travelport and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Released at the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok, the report shows that the fastest growth for the business travel sector is expected in the emerging markets, with Asia-Pacific leading the way at a predicted rate of 6.2% each year to 2027. CEO of Travelport, Gordon Wilson, commented: “Every day we see business travel growing at a significant rate in many emerging markets with technology playing an in increasingly important role in easing the way for those on trips for their work. As an industry we need to continue to invest in the best technologies and infrastructure whilst governments need to be more business-friendly by removing burdensome visa requirements.” David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Travel and tourism generates USD$7.6 trillion in GDP and supports over 292 million jobs. Business travel is a vital part of the sector, and it is a key catalyst for global growth. It drives the relationships, investments, supply chains and logistics that support international trade flows.”

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