Category Archives: Meetings

African tourism and MiCE industry to hold masterclass in Johannesburg

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The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) have joined forces with Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) and Grant Thornton to host a capacity-building Business Tourism and MICE Masterclass course in Johannesburg from June 13 to 15, 2018. The masterclass aims to upskill African business tourism and MiCE professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and the youth. “Each African country is a unique Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events destination. Coupled with this, leading global incentive houses, renowned event organisers, and corporates now have positive perceptions about the continent, as African member states continue to successfully host more large-scale events and leading incentive programmes,” says Kwakye Donkor, Chief Executive Officer, ATP. “The benefits of attending an event of this kind include gaining an understanding of the current issues, trends, and required standards for the industry. We believe that the course will give delegates a clear picture of what the African MiCE tourism industry is (and is not), as well as impart all the essential practical knowledge and skill delegates need to be successful in their business roles,” says Rudi van der Vyver, Chief Executive Officer, SAACI.

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World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 to take place in Bengaluru

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The biggest Green Infrastructure Network, WGIN, bring to you the most important Green Infrastructure event of the year, World Green Infrastructure Congress, 2018. The event will take place in Bengaluru from 4 to 6 June 2018.The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a multi-day event which is conceptualized to address Urban Infrastructural developments, with environmental considerations taken into purview. Some of the topics we would be touching upon include the greening of buildings (greening of roofs, façades and indoor areas), with the associated accompanying topics (e. g. urban climate, rainwater management, sustainability). At the end of the congress, the participants could also participate in excursions to special target zones of Bengaluru. Organised by World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), in association with Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN), this 2018 edition is all set to take place in the city of ‘Garden City’ fame, Bengaluru. Named after the World Green Infrastructure Network, which has been organizing the event since 2007 annually in a different member country, WGIC is an authoritative event on the subject, with significant promise of delivery on the subject.

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ICPB to promote India as venue for conferences and exhibitions: K. J. Alphons

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The Ministry of Tourism has recognised Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) as a niche tourism product in order to overcome the problem of seasonality and to promote India as a 365 days’ destination. The India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has been set up under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism to promote India as a venue for International Conferences and Exhibitions. This non-profit organization, with members comprising national airlines, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, conference organizers, etc. participate in international MICE trade fairs like IMEX in Frankfurt and Las Vegas, EIBTM- Barcelona and AIME- Melbourne along with the India Tourism overseas offices. India is also being promoted as a preferred MICE destination through the Global Incredible India media campaign and through road shows and seminars conducted by the India Tourism offices overseas. Ministry of Tourism also provides Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments/UT Administrations for development of tourism infrastructure including the setting up of convention centres under the existing schemes. This information was given by K. J. Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

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IT&CM China 2018 & CTW China underway at Shanghai

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The 12th edition of IT&CM (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings) China along with China’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel, CTW China, is underway at the Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing until March 22, 2018. The IT&CM exhibition floor this year boasts of a significant expansion of 50 per cent to 100 per cent by international exhibitors, represented by 289 new and returning exhibiting destinations, corporate brands and organisations, informed the event organiser, Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media. The 2018 event expects an attendance of over 3,000 MICE professionals from sectors including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel and associations. With over 500 Chinese and international buyers from across 42 Chinese cities and territories and 41 international markets, the show expects to have 14,000 business appointments on the show floor. “Hong Kong SAR stands out as the largest exhibiting pavilion with Macao SAR in close second, followed by Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hangzhou, Hainan, Ningbo and many more. The corporate zone showcase comprises of a balanced mix of international and local brands including AccorHotels, Air China, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Chimelong, Gloria International Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Resorts group, Minor Hotels, Royal Caribbean, Tempus Group and TravelSky among many others.” The 4th edition of CTW China, a leading corporate travel management event too is underway with even larger endorsements and partners at JW Marriott Shanghai Changfeng Park. CTW China is part of the CTW Events series co-organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. This event is co-organised by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China. 2018’s new and returning exhibitors include Best Western International, China MeetingBest Group, Frasers Hospitality, Hilton and Turkish …

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Hyatt Regency Pune launches new events space

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Hyatt Regency Pune has made the latest addition to its portfolio, a contemporary events space called EQ:IQ, touted as the largest events space in the city with 19,000 sq.ft. It has meeting rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, a personalised concierge for events and breakout zones with themed tea/coffee breaks and high-end service ware. The new space has three zones, one each for events, dining and recreation. For events, it offers four halls. The capacity of the entire new space is 240 pax in cluster seating, 500 pax in theater style and 1,500 pax in floating crowd. Vishal Singh, General Manager Hyatt Regency Pune, says, “At Hyatt Regency Pune we are extremely delighted to announce the opening of our ‘one of its kind’ events space that will redefine how meetings, conferences and social events are organised. Dynamic, flexible and with a unique personality, this space has been conceptualised based on Hyatt’s new events space design concept.  

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ITB Berlin 2018 kicks off

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The Indian delegation, led by KJ Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Govt. of  India, highlighted the  country’s tremendous tourism potential at the 52nd edition of ITB Berlin which kicked off at the Messe Berlin fairgrounds. The three day event will go on until March 11, 2018. Addressing the media, Alphons spoke about the country’s 5000 year-old civilisation, beautiful beaches, backwaters, desserts, coastline, Himalayas, and immense possibilities for millennials who are looking for adventure. The minister also apprised the audience about the growing yoga and ayurveda related activities and centres in the country, exploring the North East and the great potential of religious tourism, with emphasis on Buddhist tourism. “In terms of general numbers, India has done considerably well last year. 2017 was fantastic! We recorded 15.6 per cent, when the global numbers went up by 5 per cent. Our international tourists arrivals were 16.5 million last year. Are we happy with the numbers? No. We have so much to offer and we want to double the numbers in three years or less, double the revenues in three years or less. India’s tourism contributes about 8 per cent to the GDP of India. We have 14 million people employed in the tourism industry,” Alphons said. In terms of domestic tourism, close to 24 million Indians travelled last year. “In 2017, 1.8 million trips were made by Indians within the country and which will go up to 2 million in 2018 and we want this number to increase dramtically, its not just about international arrivals but also Indians visting India,” he said. The minister also stressed on the growing use of new technologies and methodologies in tourism, specially social media. Suman …

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MiCE industry to be valued $1245 bn in 2023: Study

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The meetings and events industry is projected to reach $1245 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.5 per cent growth from 2017 to 2023, states a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, ‘MiCE Industry by Event Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023’. According to the report,  the global MiCE industry was valued at $752 billion in 2016. This growth is seen to emerge from rapid globalisation and expansion of service industries, and evolution of scientific and technological innovations. The meetings segment dominated the global MiCE industry in 2016, due to the growth of the travel and tourism industry, increase in international business travels, and rise in government initiatives for the development of MICE segment & SME sector. Recent trends of organising hybrid meetings, and use of social media and meeting apps are  expected to the boost market growth in the near future. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 8.6 per cent during the forecast period. This region is significantly driven by emerging countries such as Singapore, China, and India. Moreover, ease of visa restrictions, investments in better infrastructure, and high demand in commercial aviation further fuel the growth of the Asia-Pacific MiCE industry. The report also stated that in 2016, Europe dominated the global market with more than 42 per cent market share, in terms of value.

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India records highest growth rate in visitor arrivals for Singapore

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The visitor arrivals from India to Singapore has witnessed a huge increase of one million mark, reinforcing it as one of the most preferred destinations for Indian travellers. The Singapore Tourism Board announced that India moved up from fourth to third place (ahead of Malaysia and behind China, Indonesia) as a visitor arrival source market for Singapore. It recorded the highest growth rate of 16 per cent among all markets. Six  others out of the top 15 markets, including China (+13%), Vietnam (+13%) and USA (+9%) also saw record high visitor arrival. GB Srithar, Regional Director – SAMEA, Singapore Tourism Board, said “We thank the Indian travelers and our travel trade partners for the record 1.27 million Indian visitors to our country in 2017. We will continue to showcase Singapore’s diverse offerings and connect with key audience segments including families, early and established careers, cruise travellers, meetings and incentive groups and travelers from the key metro and secondary cities. With overall tourist outbound from India on the rise, we look forward to another successful year of Indian visitorship to Singapore.We warmly welcome them to live up their passion for exciting travel experiences in our city.” While Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore continue to remain their top VA source cities, STB’s efforts to engage travellers from cities like Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata and Pune have resulted in double-digit VA growth from these cities.

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TCEB promotes ‘Meet by Design’

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Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), with a mission to promote MICE industry in Thailand in partnership with Thai Airways International and Travel Clinic announced a new promotional campaign called ‘Meet by Design’ at an exclusive dinner, ‘Thailand MICE Corporate Networking’  at The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences on February 15, 2018. Nooch Homrossukhon – Director – Meetings and Incentive Department, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, stated, “We have formed a great partnership in the Indian market, and work very closely with our allied partner like Thai Airways international. We will associate with Travel Clinic for the first time. We work closely with boutique and chain hotels in Thailand who have a MICE facility to promote the destination altogether. From 2016 to 2017 there has been a huge growth in India MICE visitors,  of about 36 per cent. We will try to sustain the two-digit growth.” She said, “We are launching the new promotional campaign called Meet by Design – comprising three campaigns, Meet Now, Meet Smart and Meet Mega.  Meet Smart is in line with the government policy of driving Thailand 4.0. We are targeting the ten growth industries. If the corporates coming are from these ten targeted industries in a group of 100 they will get subsidies of upto 100,000 bath per group. If they have a corporate meeting for two full day meetings, three nights, they can book two months in advance, and stay in Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) certified as listed on website.” She added, “Competition is getting fiercer but our key strengths is our hospitality and our understanding of the needs and wants of the Indian travellers. We are flexible in adjusting to the market’s needs.” The …

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S. Korea to unveil new offerings for business events

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South Korea is set to introduce two new projects showcasing it as a suited destination for conferences and meetings at the Asia-Pacific Meetings and Incentives Expo (AIME) from February 20-21. “We invite all AIME attendees to visit the Korea Pavilion and join us as we unravel to the international community our ever-growing range of valuable programmes created to ensure outstanding meeting experiences in South Korea,” said Min Hong Min, KTO Executive Vice President for International Tourism. Earlier this year, South Korea did a soft launch of its MICE Ambassadors. Twelve outstanding individuals from various fields, such as healthcare and engineering, were selected to serve as front-runners in securing international business events to Korea and leverage their achievements and networks to raise the status of South Korea as a meetings destination. In addition, South Korea also rolled out its new MICE brand ‘Korea Unique Venues’ introducing twenty world-class meeting venues. These venues are a result of close collaborations with local convention bureaus and suppliers, where the South Korea MICE Bureau evaluated recommended sites and filtered them according to their characteristics, usability, and willingness to open the place for business events. According to the UIA Global Statistics, South Korea was the most sought destination for business events in 2016 with a total of 997 international meetings hosted.

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