Category Archives: Meetings

Dubai to host CRS 2016

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Dubai is set to host the Corporate Restructuring Summit (CRS)  2016, the first event of its kind in the GCC region place from November 8-9, 2016 at the Dusit Thani Hotel. According to International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Middle East,  saw an estimated US$12 billion worth of bad debt being restructured in the past five years and debt restructuring worth US$78 billion will be required in the next two years in the UAE alone. The summit will focus on the challenges that financial institutions face and the opportunities for financially troubled corporate in the Middle East to remain sustainable.

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Ras Al Khaimah’s MICE figures from India looking up

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The MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT) 2016, held in Mumbai, showcased Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) as a perfect MICE and luxury destination. The event served as a suitable platform to market and gain smart partnerships with potential Indian buyers. Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said, “Ras Al Khaimah is witnessing a positive trend from India, which has been identified as one of the fastest and strongest growing source markets in terms of visitor figures. We are focusing on promoting Ras Al Khaimah as a boutique destination for meetings, incentives and events. MILT provides a unique platform to meet high-end buyers and wedding planners looking for new destinations to promote.”

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Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport opens S$82m wing for transit travellers

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In a bid to increase the numbers of visitors, Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport opened an extension with 243 business rooms in a 10-storey building. The new extension has S$82 million invested by OUE Airport Hotel Pte Ltd (OUEAH). The hotel is looking to market itself towards multinationals in Singapore. “For Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport, it is also the hotel’s strategic location at Terminal 3 and seamless connectivity to Changi Airport that make it the best choice for transiting passengers and business travellers, especially those visiting the nearby business parks and MICE venue,” said Sunshine Wong, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Singapore Changi Airport.

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Saudi to invest SAR6bn on MICE industry

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The Saudi Government is planning to invest SAR6 billion to become the leading destination for the MICE industry by 2020. It is estimated that its MICE visitors spending was 20 per cent of the total tourism revenue, recording SAR10 billion annually. This trend is expected to surge in the coming year. Riyadh Exhibitions Company offers the highest level of trade shows like the Riyadh Motor Show, the Saudi Print & Pack and Plastics & Petrochemical, Saudi Build, Saudi Agriculture, Saudi Health, which are vital to the sector.

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Chennai, a hot spot for MICE

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The tourism industry in Tamil Nadu is estimated at becoming the largest in India with an annual growth rate of 16 per cent. The state is a popular MICE destination due to its strong IT, healthcare, heavy engineering ecosystem and automobile industries. The suited MICE infrastructure, which has 15 properties in the capital, including Chennai Trade Centre, makes the metro a hot destination. “Chennai accounts for about 60 per cent of India’s automotive exports and its expanding industrial activity is attracting the MICE and leisure segments to the metro,” a tourism department official said.

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Berlin tops list for international meetings

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Berlin has earned the top spot in the current ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Having hosted 195 events last year, the city has surpassed both Paris and Barcelona. In 2001, Berlin welcomed 4.2 million participants, while in 2015, the number surged to 11.37 million. Berlin’s meetings industry generated €2.31 bn in revenues in 2015.

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Thailand MICE to generate US$ 4 billion by 2022

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Thailand as a MICE destination is poised to attract more than 1.3 million MICE travellers and generate about US$ 4 billion revenue by 2022. The country is a suited destination for MICE due to its solid basic infrastructure, strategic location, developed transportation systems, international connectivity, a well-trained private sector, continual government support and sound regulations.  Thailand’s meeting industry market share was around 75 per cent for the year 2015 and is expected to continue its dominance till 2022.

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Sabre ‘SafePoint’ for business travellers

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Sabre Corporation has launched a new mobile care solution tool called SafePoint  to help business travellers monitor business trips in a hassle-free manner. The announcement was made at the GBTA Convention 2016. Sabre selected iJET International as the exclusive provider of travel and security intelligence to SafePoint . The traveller during his trips will be automatically notified via the TripCase mobile app, through SMS, and email on the details about the destination.

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SkyTeam upgrades global meeting services

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Global airline alliance SkyTeam has enhanced its global meetings product to make travel to international meetings and events easier. The new feature includes an upgraded schedule page summarising the chosen destination, benefits at-a-glance, detailed information about the benefits of booking. “Our innovative approach means that we have developed a product tailored to every aspect of the meetings industry in terms of size, network scope and value,” said Edward Hollo, SkyTeam’s Manager Commercial Development.

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