Category Archives: Meetings

The Philippines unveils MICE Roadmap 2030

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) of the Philippines has launched a multi-sectoral plan that envisions to re-establish the Philippines as a top international convention destination, as well as a flourishing business and trade hub in the Asia-Pacific region. The DOT and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), in a joint effort with the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers Inc. (PACEOS) and the Department of Trade and Industry Board of Investments (DTI-BOI), crafted the ‘Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) Roadmap 2030’. “The DOT stands by PACEOS in promoting the Philippines as a top MICE destination. The country’s successful hosting of big-ticket international events recently proved that we are on the right track,” said DOT Secretary, Wanda Tulfo-Teo. The ‘MICE Roadmap 2030’ was unveiled at the historic Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Summit Halls with the goal of placing the country to the top 10 rankings in International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Teo assured PACEOS that the government fully supports its efforts to bring back the Philippines’ luster as an international event venue. “The Philippines ranked 8th worldwide and 1st in the Asian region in the annual listing of leading world convention destinations in 1982.  With this roadmap, we can reclaim our rightful place as a MICE powerhouse,” said DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. In the 2016 ICCA Statistic Report Country & City Rankings, the country placed 48th out of the 116 countries worldwide and 14th of 35 countries in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions in terms of having the most number of meetings. The country has successfully hosted the recent World Economic Forum, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) …

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Renaissance Hotels debuts in Ahmedabad with 29,220 sqft MICE space

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Renaissance Hotels, Part of Marriott International, announced the opening of the Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel in Ahmedabad. This becomes the brand’s third property in India, with two others in Mumbai and Lucknow. Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel has 155 rooms with six suites, 62 twin rooms, 87 king rooms and 24 inter-connecting rooms. The hotel offers extensive facilities for social events and meetings spread over 29,220 sq ft, of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces. Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel will feature all of the brand’s unique experiences, including Evenings at Renaissance where guests can connect, socialize, and experience the locale through nightly programming. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said, “The debut of the Renaissance brand in Ahmedabad will further strengthen our presence in India. With Ahmedabad being hailed as an emerging global business destination and having become India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, we expect a huge influx of business and leisure travelers to the city.” “Apart from being a fast-growing business city, Ahmedabad is also the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, making it not only economically but also culturally significant. This makes it an unexpected yet perfect location for a Renaissance Hotel. With our vibrant, new F&B options, extensive leisure facilities and insights into the city, we are confident the hotel will be a favorite for travelers and Ahmedabad residents alike” said Vishvapreet Singh Cheema, General Manager, Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel.

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Kerala Travel Mart to have three-day B2B meetings

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The 10th edition of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM), a biggest conglomeration of tourism stakeholders, will be held in Kochi from September 27-30, 2018. This was announced by the Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran. The event will have three days of B2B meetings scheduled as well. The previous edition of the mart had seen participation of total 638 domestic buyers from various parts of India and 238 international buyers from more than 57 countries. The three-day conclave has been organised by KTM Society in partnership with Kerala Tourism. Malabar Tourism promotion will be the main theme of this edition. “The 10th edition of KTM will be inaugurated coinciding the World Tourism Day (September 27) in Kochi. The inauguration will be followed by three-day business-to-business meetings,” the minister said.

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Clarks Inn debuts in Srinagar with 41-rooms for business and leisure travellers

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Clarks Inn Group of Hotels has had another addition to its growing portfolio with  the unveiling of Clarks Inn Srinagar. The property is strategically located at a stone-throw distance from the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Srinagar’s scenic Dal Lake and just about three kilometres from the Mughal Garden. Located in the city centre at Jawahar Nagar, Clarks Inn Srinagar boasts of 41 rooms across different categories to cater to the needs of discerning business as well as leisure travellers. N. Srivastava, President & Co-founder, Clarks Inn Group of Hotels, said, “Not only we promise to offer our guests one of the finest traditions of hospitality that is in line with the Kashmiri ethos of incredible warmth, but we would also like to leverage our network strength and resources to promote the state of Jammu & Kashmir beyond just our own business interest here.” With the latest addition, Clarks Inn now boasts of a portfolio of 80 hotel properties, including 43 in operation, spread across 17 states in India and one in Kathmandu, Nepal. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant brand ‘The Bridge’ besides meeting rooms and halls that can cater to various corporate and social event.

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Radisson Mumbai Goregaon opened with 11 banquet halls

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Radisson Mumbai Goregaon has commenced operations in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai. “We are pleased to announce the opening of Radisson Mumbai Goregaon as this hotel marks an important addition to the Radisson brand family in a key gateway city,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “We are committed to offer a differentiated experience at Radisson Mumbai Goregaon and epitomize the business tradition of our city,” said Hussein Balwa, Managing Director, Balwa Group. Radisson Mumbai Goregaon features 98 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Radisson Mumbai Goregaon boasts 11 banquet halls for meetings and events. The hotel is an ideal destination for weddings, social and corporate events with banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 500 guests with a rooftop pool terrace that offers an option for casual get-togethers before or after a main event. For more intimate space, the hotel offers a convenient boardroom. Facilities include Wi-Fi, data projectors and other state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Business room guests are also provided access to an onsite business center with latest technology.

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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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