India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) roadshows is scheduled to be held in London and Washington next year. This was informed by Chander Mansharamani Vice Chairman, ICPB, at the recently-held AGM of the association. Elaborating on the future plans of ICPB, Mansharamani said, “In 2019 we are planning to take our roadshows to London and Washington, around the month of June. A lot many of the world associations are headquartered in London and a lot of the American Associations are in Washington. Maybe one roadshow we would like to have in Australia, along with AIME in Melbourne. We are working on the same, we may combine Singapore and Melbourne, that is again in the pipeline. The roadshows this year held in Paris, Zurich, Brussels and Geneva, garnered a good response. We had almost 110 buyers coming in. We were 12 exhibitors in all.
The government has been promoting ICPB as the frontal organisation for marketing India as a MiCE destination.
Mansharamani further stated, “We at ICPB, will soon also be coming out with a report on the size of the MiCE industry in India. An agency for the same has been appointed by the government. They are also looking at the new structure for ICPB. We need to restructure the whole body.”
On the AGM agenda, he said, “At the AGM, we discussed the calendar of events, we are of the view that we must have four training programmes in a year. We want to tie-up with International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) in USA, that will be a certified programme from IAPCO. One programme will be a residential one for two days and three programmes will be on different level like entry level, project management and bidding. We have plans now also to have guest lectures, once in three months, to further involve our membership.”
On new initiatives being taken by ICPB, he said, “ICPB is going for a lot many activities: opening of chapters; one-time members; bidding of international conferences. Kolkata was a beginning for opening our chapters. We have eight members there and this will help increase our membership across India. If you consider going around eight cities to open the chapters, we will be able to add on at least 100 members to ICPB. This will help us in creating a convention market for pan India. Kochi has a very big convention centre. Similarly, Mumbai, by the end of this year, should build one with the help of Reliance. Kerala is yet to become a one-time member and are keen on hosting the conclave next year. Uttar Pradesh is also on the radar so as is Rajasthan. Gujarat has also been pushing us. We will be calling for bids from different states, to decide where to head the next CIC. The idea is to have a pan India presence.”