Tag Archives: 2019

Travel Wedding Show concludes in Mumbai with 1922 meetings

The sixth edition of the Travel Wedding Show garnered 1922 meetings over two days. Held at the Westin Mumbai Garden City on July 13-14, 2019, the first day witnessed 31 exhibitors interact with 31 wedding planners over pre-scheduled table-top meetings, showcasing their offerings that would interest the growing wedding market.The second day followed a similar pattern but with tour operators, who also did weddings. The show managed to bring out some interesting trends emerging in the wedding segment. The first day’s session ended with a power-packed panel discussion where industry experts deliberated on why Indian weddings are going international. This was moderated by Rajeev Jain, Director, Rashi Entertainment and the speakers included Sanjay Rai, EVP- Sales, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; Emree Kirazci, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa; Udaya Bhattarai, Senior Assistant Manager, Nepal Tourism Board; and Tekla Maira, Director, Luxury Sales, Accor Hotels Luxe, AccorHotels.

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TCEB holds fourth edition of ‘TIME 2019’

TCEB, together with TICA and SITE Thailand Chapter, joined hands with leading business partners representing Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and BMW (Thailand) to hold the mega event ‘TIME 2019’. Expecting to serve as a national arena event that boosts the growth of meetings and incentives businesses in Thailand, the event is stepping into its 4th year with the Togetherness concept – merging the capabilities of all sectors in Thailand towards expanding the collaboration on a regional level and differentiation to penetrate into ASEAN+6 markets. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, disclosed that TCEB together with Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and SITE Thailand Chapter, teaming up with support from transportation partners, which are Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and BMW (Thailand), are holding the ‘Thailand Incentive and Meeting Exchange 2019’ or ‘TIME 2019’ during 10-15 June 2019. Having continued for four consecutive years, the event expects to serve as the arena that delivers international experiences that contribute to the expansion of meetings and incentives businesses of Thailand. TIME 2019 will unveil new opportunities for Thai entrepreneurs to initiate business negotiation and to expand their horizon to fresh and creative marketing styles with their target buyers. This year, our concentration is the ASEAN+6, which is Thailand’s main meetings and incentives market. Statistically, the number of MICE travellers in meetings and incentives categories in the first half of Fiscal Year 2019 amounted to 348,645 or equivalent of 58% of overall international MICE market. These visitors were able to generate an approximate revenue of 25,727 million baht into Thailand, which accounted for 57% of total revenue generated by MICE. Additionally, comparing to the Half …

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Robust pipeline for MICE venues across India

As per ‘India Hospitality Industry Review 2018’ by HVS and ANAROCK, 2019 will see 105 new branded hotel openings with a total count of 8,574 keys. Sharing his comment on the report, Mandeep S Lamba, President (South Asia) said ” The Indian Hospitality sector is finally seeing a steady revival in its performance over the last two years with RevPar having grown 17% over a two-year period. The first quarter of the current year has witnessed significant growth exceeding all expectations and at HVS ANAROCK we are confident that the Industry will witness a 9.5% further RevPar growth in 2019 putting it on a firm growth trajectory. With the successful transactions of the Leela Hotels & Keys portfolios in the first quarter of 2019, our study predicting 2019 being the year with the largest transaction volumes expected to reach 800 million US dollars is well on its way to becoming a reality albeit with an even larger number. All this augurs well for the industry and brings renewed excitement to investors and stakeholders”.

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South Korea wins bid to host 15,000 delegates

South Korea has won the bid to host the next International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress, which is expected to welcome 10,000 foreign participants.  The IDF congress is the largest academic fair related to diabetes in the world, and up to 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled to be held at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center from December 2-6, 2019. Korea Tourism Organization, along with Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Tourism Organization, and the Korean Diabetes Association together formed the bidding committee that made the announcement of the bid win on December 7 from the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Preparation for the successful bid win was a process several years in the making. Korea Tourism Organization began its efforts in 2013, and submitted a bid proposal to the IDF last year.  They also assisted with site inspections of Busan by IDF delegates. Korea Tourism Organisation Vice-President of International Tourism, Min Min-hong, said, “We hope this bid win has a positive impact on the minds of event planners, and helps to continue to grow confidence in our meetings industry.” Despite the media’s portrayal of Korea’s national security, the country continues to be a popular destination for international events.  Recent statistics by the Union of International Associations ranked Korea first for the hosting of international events in 2016, further proving the resilience of Korea’s meetings industry. The Korean government has long since recognized its meetings industry as a key economic driver for growth. The upcoming 2019 IDF Congress is expected to incur 63.7 billion won (US$58.29 million) worth of production and create some 660 new jobs. The International Diabetes Federation is based in Brussels, and was …

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