Category Archives: Meetings

ICPB’s CIC conclave: ‘A conference on conference’


Enabling a platform to expand boundaries for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry was the eye opening conclave of ICPB’s 10th Convention India Conclave 2017, held in HICC, Hyderabad, from August 29-31, 2017. The conference saw a conglomeration of 350 prominent MICE industry leaders, PCO’s, Suppliers, Conference Planners, Buyers and Government officials from the Ministry to discuss the potential of MICE industry in India and way forward. The theme of the conclave was “Expanding The Boundaries – Mission Possible” with a focus on all segments of MICE Industry – incentive, exhibition and corporate meetings, creating an opportunity for the members to look for new avenues of business development. The inaugural session saw the esteemed presence of dignitaries including Chief Guest, Madhusudana Achary – Speaker, Telangana Legislative Assembly; Guest of Honour, B Venkateshan – Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Telangana; Christina Z. Chongthu – Managing Director, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation; Suman Billa – Chairman ICPB & Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Chander Mansharamani – Vice Chairman, ICPB; and Amresh Tiwari – Honorary Secretary, ICPB. During the inaugural address, Billa revealed how 52 per cent of travel revolves around MICE and the need to leverage this market and tap its potential internationally as well. He also mentioned about the implementation of a corpus fund, created half by the government and the remaining half by ICPB, to help open the Indian conference market to the world. The conclave showcased an expo for more than 200 registered buyers and sellers to interact and exchange business. B2B meetings and sessions on topics of sustainability and associations to help member engagements were also held. During the press conference, Billa talked about setting …

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ICPB’s Conventions India Conclave from August 29-31

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ICPB’s 10th Conventions India Conclave (CIC) to be held in Hyderabad from August 29-31 at HICC, expects 200-300 delegates during the two-day event. The long-awaited annual convention is aiming to project the Indian subcontinent as the preferred destination for international and domestic conventions. The theme for this year is ‘Expanding the Boundaries – Mission Possible’. CIC will focus on all segments of the MICE industry, creating an opportunity for its members to look for new avenues of business development. The inaugural session of this green and sustainable conclave shall be graced by Suman Billa, Chairman, ICPB and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, and senior government officials from Government of Telangana, the partner state for the event. The keynote address on ‘A bird’s eye view – existing supply, market share in the region and globally’ shall be delivered by Rod Kamleshwaran, Partner & COO, According to Mansharamani, “Some 250-300 delegates, which includes 50-60 exhibitors and both domestic and international buyers, are expected.” He further adds that ICPB is working on restructuring and strengthening the association, and CIC will play an instrumental role in the same.

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Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) welcomes 38 new members


Seoul MICE Alliance is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization to foster Seoul’s MICE industry and co-marketing. Since its first selection of 47 members in 2010, it has continued to grow, and this year, it expanded to 260 members through the selection of 38 new members. This is a 453 per cent increase in seven years. It can be said that Seoul’s competitiveness became that much stronger in attracting business events. The new members will collaborate with the Seoul Tourism Organization in bidding, attracting and hosting international MICE events, collaborate on PR activities such as overseas media/buyer familiarization tours, overseas MICE joint advertising for magazines, online marketing and newsletter distribution to boost Seoul’s MICE competitiveness. Moreover, the official events such as SMA member meetings, business conferences and SMA annual meetings will be held to promote networking among members.

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Israel eyes India as prime market for MICE, weddings


Israel, which has positioned itself as an affordable premium destination, is targeting travellers mainly for pilgrimage, leisure and meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE), including weddings. “We are mainly focusing on pilgrimage, leisure and MICE as they are huge segments in India. However, we also have scope for the young adventurer at heart, honeymoon and for medical purposes,” the Israeli ministry of tourism’s India director Hassan Madah reportedly said. Aiming at a steady increase in tourist arrivals from India, Israel is eyeing one lakh Indian travellers to visit the country by 2018. “We have been very focused in tourism promotions in India and easing the visa process. This year, in the first seven months till July, we have already hosted 34,000 Indian tourists. This is expected to go up to 55,000 by the end of this year,” he said. Currently, there are three to our direct flights from Mumbai to Tel Aviv and numerous connecting flights from West Asia. There are talks of introducing direct Air India flights connecting New Delhi with Israel in a few months, he said, adding that if it commences, tourist traffic is likely to surge from India and this year’s number may reach nearly 90,000.  Madah said that initially in Asia, India was the number one source market for Israel.  “We believe that after the connectivity improves, India will again become number one source market for us among the Asian countries,” he said. Globally, the US and Europe, including Russia, are the top source markets of Israel

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IHG signs two new properties in Dubai


InterContinental Hotels Group has announced signing two new properties in Dubai: Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay. Both properties are in partnership with API Hotels & Resorts. Expected to open in 2019, Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will be situated on the Business Bay Canal, near the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, as well as other developing commercial and residential communities. With 290 rooms and suites, the hotel will offer guests all day dining options, as well as a gym and an outdoor infinity pool. As a major draw for business bookers and travellers, Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will include a ballroom as well as several meeting rooms to host conferences and events. Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, commented: “In the Middle East, we are currently engaged in the strategic expansion of the Crowne Plaza brand, as well as growing the footprint of our InterContinental Residence Suites. In support of these goals, we are delighted to be working with API Hotels & Resorts, an eminent partner with a proven track record in high quality hotel developments across the UAE.” Jassim Al Ali, CEO of API Hotels & Resorts, added: “In order to maximise further growth opportunities in the Middle East, we believe that we need to add a global operator with an internationally recognized brand to our portfolio and IHG, as a market leader with over 5,000 hotels worldwide fits this profile perfectly.”

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Hyatt Regency Delhi unveils business club


Hyatt Regency Delhi has recently launched a by-invitation, members-only business club for leaders of the industry. Known as The Council, the club aims to cater to a network of entrepreneurs and professionals from across the business world. Aseem Kapoor, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Delhi, says, “Increasingly we have guests who desire an exclusive space outside their office environment for conducting their business productively in a comfortable and luxurious setting. Located at the lobby level, The Council offers a restaurant, private meeting rooms, social working space and an exclusive wine and cigar room.” Exclusive Club Benefits Membership allows one to do private meetings in a dedicated creative boardroom with state-of-art facilities without prior reservation Exclusive access to wine and cigar room Club at Hyatt membership Valet service – 50 vouchers per year Two Business meetings in a year with no meeting room rental & up to 10 guests per meeting An annual members party Exclusive F&B menu offering within the club Access to special deals on art from renowned artists Preferential pricing when booking social events Special events hosted from time to time– wine dinners, cigar aficionados evening etc One point of contact Personal Manager with concierge services Priority reservations and special deals at the hotel’s award winning restaurants and spa Special offers for member’s celebratory occasions – birthday, anniversary etc

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Korea to host large-scale global architects’ Congress

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Korea’s meetings industry shall host a conglomeration of approximately 30,000 industry professionals for the UIA (International Union of Architects) 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress in September. The large-scale event will utilise two of Seoul’s top event venues, with the Congress itself taking place at Coex from September 3-7, followed by the UIA General Assembly at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza from September 7-10. Several merits of Seoul were lauded as factors for its selection as the host city, including how it is an “accessible, affordable and adaptive city for foreign delegates”. The UIA is the world’s largest association of professional architects, with around 1.3 million members from 124 countries. The UIA World Congress has been held every three years since 1948, bringing together architecture professionals and students for networking and knowledge-sharing about best practices in the field.

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The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat to open its doors for business travellers from Oct 1


The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat, perceived as a retreat for business and leisure travellers, will be unveiled on October 1, 2017. Located in dynamic Kolkata near the International Convention Centre and airport, the hotel will have 158 rooms. With abstract artwork harmonising with the ivory colour palette, the Deluxe Rooms invite you to relax in contemporary style. Ample natural light fills the space through double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows framing spectacular views of the pool, Eco Park Lake, or the Kolkata skyline. If achieving productivity is a priority, the spacious writing desk with ergonomic chair and multi-jack connectivity helps you stay focused.

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Global Panorama Showcase reaches to Kochi


The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) is underway in Kochi. After successful shows in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Kolkata, GPS Kochi saw a conglomeration of 750+ registrations on the first day. Buyers from cities like Salem, Coimbatore, Thrissur, Trivandrum, Calicut and nearby cities will be attending the three day event. The first day witnessed knowledge presentations by Interglobe Technology Quotient, FXkart, Genting Hong Kong, cyber security session by Prevoyance Cyber Forensic, Trawelltag Cover-More, Sahibji Group of Companies, Zanzibar Tourism and the much waited GST session by team GMJ & Co followed by presentations from Infozeal and Cleartax. The next two days will notice more buyers for one-on-one B2B meetings.

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MICE crisis in hotels post GST: HRAWI

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Post the Goods & Services Tax (GST) roll out earlier this month, the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) related activities have been hit hard. One of the anomalies that emerged post GST roll-out was that MICE activities and other events held in hotels outside of home state are not eligible for Input Tax Credit (ITC). This has been leading to cancellations and postponements for pre booked events. Given the emergence of MICE Tourism as one of the fastest growing segments, and its potential to disrupt growth, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has appealed to the Government to revisit this particular aspect of the GST. “There is an overall reduction in MICE bookings across hotels in India as compared to the same period last year. Advance bookings are being cancelled and new bookings are not happening. Most companies are considering holding events in the same State where they are registered under GST. Businesses may still have digested the high GST, but without ITC, it just becomes unviable. MICE tourism is too important a segment for the nation to overlook,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. Talking about the GST slabs for the industry he adds, “The 28 per cent GST rate for rooms with tariff of Rs. 7500/- and above is one of the highest in the world and will seriously affect cash flow. Moreover, the tax percentage will be determined based on the published or declared rate which is creating a lot of hardship for the industry. The association has appealed the Government to remove this condition and determine the tax percentage based on the actual transaction value and has also requested to review the ITC …

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