Category Archives: Meetings

54 per cent of all global travel is MICE: Suman Billa

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The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), kick started its annual flagship event – the 9th Conventions India Conclave from October 13 to 15, 2016 at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel. The event was inaugurated by Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India,  Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Tourism & Chairman, ICPB, Chander Mansharmani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, Pooja Joshi, General Manager, Delhi Tourism, Saurabh Bhargava, Honorary Treasurer, ICPB, and Amaresh Tiwari, Honorary Secretary, ICPB. Stating that 54 per cent of all global travel is MICE, Billa said, “There has been 0.69 per cent of growth, if we want to increase these numbers, MICE must lead from the front.” Billa said that MICE will show overall buoyancy. On the context of reforms in visa taken by the government, Zutshi said,” Matter for the reforms in visa has gone to the cabinet. E-visa, for business tourists at large has been agreed upon. Other e-visa reforms will also take place.” He mentioned the need to set up convention centres in Tier-2 cities. Extending a warm welcome note, Mansheramani said,” We should make the conclave a true marketing and networking platform. We have 44 organisations showcasing and more than 100 buyers. As an organisation we will bid for international conference.” Highlighting the status of MICE sector, he said, “MICE can be integral part of economic diplomacy, there is a need to prioritise source markets.”  

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TICA, KMA team up to elevate MICE professionals

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The Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and the Korea MICE Association (KMA) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the education and training of MICE professionals and strengthening of business platforms for the development of the MICE industry in South Korea and Thailand. Eung Su Kim, president of the KMA, and Sumate Sudasna, president of TICA, said they would collaborate for the growth of the MICE industry in the two countries with the aim of contributing to their respective economies and the enhancement of international goodwill and cooperation. “This MoU allows both countries to leverage on our knowledge and experience to gain further insights in service excellence on an international level. Business events will continue to have a strong impact for any country, especially among Asia-Pacific countries,” said Kim.

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eVent Portfolio unveiled for MICE planners

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Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central, have launched an offering of efficiency and convenience for MICE planners through  eVent PortfolioTM, a mobile tool that streamlines the event planning process and helps event planners go green. eVent PortfolioTM, gives event planners, event managers and clients the means to collaborate via one centralised web-based tool. “Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel and The St. Regis Macao are the first Starwood hotels to adopt eVent PortfolioTM in Macao and the Greater China region, and our goal is to integrate cutting-edge technology into our offerings in order to set new standards in the hospitality industry, and create unforgettable guest experiences,” said Daniella Tonetto, General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel and The St. Regis Macao.

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JATA Tourism EXPO unveiled in Tokyo

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The JATA Tourism EXPO Japan officially opened with 140 countries and 47 regions in Japan. Delegates including Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akihiro Ohta, and the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, Norifumi Idee were welcomed at the inaugural event. Ohta said that Japan wants to become an advanced tourism country, to push not only international inbound travel, but to also focus on more domestic travel as well. UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, and David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also graced the occasion with their presence. Rifai stated that Japan’s ambitious target of recording 40 million annual visitors by the year 2020 – the original goal was 20 million, was achieved last year and first upped to 30 million before the current target was proposed.

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Atlantis, The Palm introduces MICE incentive for Indian trade

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Atlantis, The Palm has extended its booking incentive programme for all MICE bookings and stay until March 31, 2017. Sonu Shah, Manager Sales at Atlantis, The Palm said, “India is one of the top markets for Atlantis and has immense potential. With this programme we aim to maximise bookings across all segments such as weddings, corporate meetings or large scale entertainment events and at the same time reward our trusted partners with an experience at our resort.” Exclusive experiences  include complimentary tickets to Aquaventure Waterpark or Lost Chambers Aquarium or complimentary dinner and spa vouchers for confirmation of over 700 room nights, among many more.

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GBTA Symposium 2016: Imparting business knowledge

Moderator:
Neal Rogers, APAC-MEA Travel Head, CSC
 
Panelist(s):
 
Geetha Arekal - Regional Travel Lead (APAC), Unilever
Yogita Chadha - Director Sales & Account Management - India & Middle East, Serko
Frederic Saunier, Head of Corporate IT - APAC, Amadeus
Vikas Bangera, Head of Global Enterprise Sales, Thomas Cook

The GBTA India Business Travel Symposium, an annual flagship education and networking event of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) was held on September 6, 2016 at The Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity. The twin event, a knowledge seminar and business travel show witnessed the conglomeration of the best in Indian business travel industry. The knowledge seminar commenced with a presentation on the BTI™ India 2016 Report,  which stated positive trend for the MICE sector. “India’s business travel market remains one of the most dynamic in the world, fueled by increasing market liberalisation and a rapidly growing domestic economy,” said the report.

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Lemon Tree Hotels to focus on MICE now

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Lemon Tree Hotels will now focus to facilitate MICE service in its properties following  the  booming trend for the sector. Vikramjit Singh, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Lemon Tree Hotels, says, “So far Lemon Tree hotels didn’t focus much on MICE or banqueting facility. But going forward we realise that it’s a big segment which is coming into play. We will be setting up largest convention centre hotel in Gurgaon which will be opened by the end of this year. That will have large banqueting facilities. In Mumbai we are building two hotels close to 1,000 rooms which will also have very large banqueting facilities.”

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IATO 32nd convention in Chennai from Sept 18-21

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The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will hold its 32nd annual convention from September 18-21, 2016, at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, said, “We were planning to have our convention in Chennai for last couple of years as IATO never had its annual convention in Tamil Nadu earlier. However, this year, it is going to become a dream come true.” More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event and the IATO convention.

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Hyderabad to showcase medical tourism at 3rd IIMTC

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The 3rd edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC) will be held in Hyderabad from September 3-4.The Congress organised by International Indian Wellness and Medical Tourism Association (IIWMTA) and Society of Critical Care Emergency Medicine (SCCEM) aims to streamline, promote, and propagate ‘Brand India’ in the arena of medical tourism. Dr. H N Garg, President, SCCEM, says, “The platform will facilitate a stage to show new technology in medical science, hospitals and health centres would be showcasing their technologies and facilities to everyone. Around 100 delegates from nearly 50 countries are expected at the Congress.”

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TAAI to host 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from Oct 14-16

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The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) will hold its 63rd convention in Abu Dhabi from October 14-16, 2016. Sunil Kumar, President, TAAI, said, “We have decided on Abu Dhabi as the venue for our next convention. It is one of the strongest destinations in the Middle East region. We want a strong convention this year with a strong focus, for our members as well as our partners. We will focus on both inbound as well as outbound.”

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