Category Archives: Meetings

Florence to host four congresses in 2018

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Florence is all set to host four new international congresses in 2018 and two more in 2019. It shall host the General Assembly of the European Spice Association which will be held in Firenze Fiera – Congress & Exhibition Centre. This event shall witness some 300 delegates from May 23-26, 2018. The event will take place in Italy for the first time and will be organised by the Florentine PCO Scaramuzzi Team, a Firenze Convention Bureau’s partner. The EMS Academy’s 4th International Symposium on Electro Stimulation too shall be held in Florence from May 25-26, 2018, after three consecutive editions in Madrid. The event will be organised by MCR Conference (FCB partner) at Convitto della Calza and some 200 delegates are expected. The next event in 2018 will be the Integra International 2018 Congress in October which will be organised in Italy for the first time by the PCO First Class. The conference will be expecting around 200 delegates. In October 2018, there will also be the TIES – Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference – ESTC. The event will be attended by 600 delegates. Carlotta Ferrari, Director of Firenze Convention Bureau, says: “The constant growth of Florence in the MICE tourism is the great result of this year. The results obtained thanks to our subvention plan, the strong synergy between the main players of the territory and the partnership with the Municipality of Florence make our destination a strategic choice for congresses and events. Florence is in the top 5 Italian MICE destination required for congresses and corporate events in 2017.”

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Carlson Rezidor unveils two properties in Dubai

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the opening of two new hotels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Radisson Blu Hotel Apartments Dubai Silicon Oasis and Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City. Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “2017 has been a momentous year for the Group with 20 hotel openings across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. We are further delighted to close the year with two exciting new hotel openings in Dubai, a key global gateway city and one of the world’s top travel destinations. Dubai’s tourism sector continues to grow in line with its Tourism Vision to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020, and Carlson Rezidor is privileged to be playing a leading role in the hospitality sector. We are further pleased to grow the presence of both our iconic Radisson Blu and our colorful Park Inn by Radisson brands in the serviced apartment and mid-market hotel segments.” Radisson Blu has launched its new serviced hotel apartments in the free zone and technology business hub of Dubai Silicon Oasis on December 19. The Radisson Blu Hotel Apartments features upper upscale accommodation, with a choice of 229 stylishly designed studios and one or two bedroom apartments, including full kitchen facilities, free high-speed internet and the majority of apartments with balconies. The hotel apartments are conveniently situated next to the offices of international corporations based in Dubai Silicon Oasis and just 1km from Dubai Academic City, which hosts over 30 Universities. Burj Khalifa, also known as the world’s tallest building and Dubai Mall are just a 20-minute drive away. The Lounge café provides the perfect place to …

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TCEB unveils two mobile apps for events

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau has launched two new mobile applications, Smart BIZ Event and Smart BIZ Organizer for Thailand’s MICE industry. Through its unique innovation, the strategy is aimed to stimulate the growth of MICE events in the country, attract MICE travellers, and establish a knowledge and statistics platform to support the industry in terms of the strategic planning. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President, TCEB, said, “TCEB’s strategy focuses on the development of innovations. We aim to catch up with the digital trend and respond to the demand of MICE organisers and travellers in the digital era. In the fiscal year 2017, the target markets show a great response to our activities which include the development of our website, online sales and marketing channels, as well as online marketing communications.” TCEB also developed a mobile application called ‘Biz Thailand’, to respond to the rising trend of smartphones. The app provides information in Thai and English languages. It helps in giving out details about tourist attractions, restaurants, accommodations, domestic and international flights, as well as data on MICE venues in Bangkok and MICE cities. Users are able to get real-time updates on news and promotion activities with the location-based service. Besides, users are able to link the app to their social media accounts which makes sharing information found in the app worth their network easier. This useful application is designed for the users who are interested in conventions and business events in Thailand. Until now, the app has a record of more than 6,000 downloads.

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Travel Business Show: Engaging discussions on MICE

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The 2nd edition of the Travel Business Show inauguration was followed by an engrossing panel discussion on Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE), moderated by Priti Khanna, Director, DDP Publications. The discussion involved different stakeholders of the MICE industry to share key inputs on experiential MICE. The eminent panelists included Tekla Maira, Director Luxury Sales –India, AccorHotels; Homa Mistry, CEO,  Trail Blazer Tours;  Kiran Thomas, AVP, Administration and Global Travel, Sutherland Global Services and Ismail A Hamid Amer, Regional Director, Egyptian Tourism Counsellor.

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2nd edition of the Travel Business Show kicks off in Gurugram

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The 2nd edition of the Travel Business Show, an exclusive MICE event, was held from December 2 –3, 2017, at the Le Meridien Gurgaon. The show was inaugurated by Ma. Teresita C. Daza, Ambassador of Philippines to India, who was also the Chief Guest of the evening. Tourism and MICE continues to be a great contributor to the economy of nations, Daza said. “In 2016, the Philippines economy grew by 6.8 per cent, faster than 5.9 per cent expansion in 2015.  In the third quarter of 2017, it grew by 6.9 per cent. Travel and tourism are important contributing factors for the economy. The sector contributed about 8.6 per cent to the country’s GDP in 2016. The top source markets for the Philippines from Asia include China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.  Currently, India ranks as the 12th largest source market for the Philippines. Many Indians visit Manila, Cebu, Palawan, Angeles and Boracay,” she informed. Giving an insight in the popularity of the Philippines as a destination for Indians, she added, “In 2016, the record of Indian arrivals in the Philippines was 90,000, which is an average of about 246 Indian passengers per day.  This number of Indian arrivals is very encouraging, despite visa requirements for Indians travelling to the Philippines.” Giving a synopsis of mega MICE events in the Philippines, she said, “Aside from leisure travel, the Philippines has also been witnessing an immense contribution of  the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) segment into the growth of the Philippines tourism industry. The Philippines successfully conducted the ‘Miss Universe Contest’ earlier this year. More importantly in November, the Philippines hosted the 31st ASEAN Summit and related conferences where 21 leaders including Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, came to …

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ITB Asia joins hands with ACTE

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ITB Asia has inked an agreement with global corporate travel leader, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE). “Through this strategic alliance and partnership for ITB Asia 2018, we look to strengthen the participation numbers in our corporate sector. We believe there will be a lot of positive impact through this partnership,” said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia. Kurt Knackstedt, President of ACTE, added, “This milestone cooperation between ITB Asia and ACTE will undoubtedly foster another unprecedented horizon in our vision for global education in the corporate travel and MICE sector.” ACTE will be the official partner in organising the ITB Asia Business Travel Day during ITB Asia 2018 with a rich programme to engage and energise participating corporate buyers and delegates.

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India MICE Awards debuts in Delhi

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A first of its kind, India MICE Awards made its debut at The Lalit New Delhi on November 27, 2017. The event honoured the achievers of the Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, graced his presence at the event as the esteemed Chief Guest.  Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was the Guest of Honour. India MICE Awards is a token of appreciation, more than mere acknowledgement, of the dedication and toil that people of the industry have put in. The awards were divided into four categories: 1. Personal Awards: These awards lauds the legends and leaders, who have established themselves, and the youngsters, who need the encouragement. 2. Business Awards: These are for those organisations who have been outstanding in their respective fields and deserve the recognition. 3. Trending Awards: Decided by the critics, these are individuals who have done extraordinary work. 4. Partner Awards:  These are for the Partners, who have contributed to make the event a grand success. The voting is carefully monitored to avoid duplication and ensures transparency. The MICE industry in India is a big revenue earner and contributes a major share to the tourism and hospitality industry of the country.  India MICE Awards in a formal black-tie ceremony recognises the achievements and contribution made by the MICE industry players in boosting the tourism and hospitality industry in India. The awards are supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and other esteemed trade bodies. The event was graced by the who’s who of the MICE fraternity.      

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ICCA sees conglomeration of 1264 meeting experts

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The 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association – ICCA, held from Novemeber 12-15, in Prague, witnessed a total of 1,264 meeting industry experts from 79 countries. The event was organised by the Prague Convention Bureau with the support of more than 40 local partners. “According to the results of the impact study prepared for us by KPMG, multiplied revenues from the Prague congress industry were between 22 and 26 billion Czech Crowns in 2016. We expect that 15-25 association congresses or conferences could take place in Prague in the span of the next ten years as a result of the 56th ICCA Congress, generating a revenue of 2.1 billion Crowns in multiplication. Of course, this number may be far from final,” said Roman Muška, Director of the Prague Convention Bureau.

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Dubai to host ICCA in 2018

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Dubai will host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year from November 11-14, 2018, at Dubai World Trade Centre. This year’s edition recently concluded in Prague. Dubai was chosen host city for the 57th ICCA Congress in 2014. The bid for the event was led by Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre. The congress will see meeting industry professionals from all over the world gather in Dubai to discuss key challenges and opportunities within the business events industry. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “We look forward to welcoming ICCA delegates next year and hosting an event that plays an important role in the development and growth of the business events industry.” Martin Sirk, ICCA CEO, said: “Economies throughout the Gulf and Middle East are going through huge changes to their business models and are diversifying into a wide range of exciting new sectors; association-related meetings activity is bubbling up across trade.” Business events continue to play a key role in achieving Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and UAE Vision 2021.

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