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India moves up in convention ranking: ICCA

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In a good news for the Indian convention industry, the country’s worldwide ranking has moved up from 31st to 24th position and in the Asia Pacific from 7th to 5th position, as per the ICCA 2017 statistics. Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, “This is a proud moment for ICPB (India Promotion Convention Bureau). With the kind of promotional activities by our members and us, we have been able to better Indian’s position. This would not have been possible without the support of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT). Now we at ICPB are working towards making India as one of the Top Ten Convention Destination, worldwide.  Recently in a landmark decision, the Ministry of Home Affairs stated that it will shortly launch an online module for submission of applications by the organisers of international conferences for seeking clearance from the Ministry. The clearance will be generated through the online system and sent to organisers. Also, a lot of new infrastructure is coming up in a developing India, with new roads being built, convention centers coming up and hotels building meeting spaces. Through the UDAN scheme by the aviation ministry, more Indian budget travellers are flying within the country than ever before. All of this will further help to promote India as a destination for conventions.” 

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Conference visa for India to soon go online

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In a landmark decision, post efforts by India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), the Ministry of Home Affairs will shortly launch an online module for submission of applications by the organisers of international conferences for seeking clearance from the Ministry. The clearance will be generated through the online system and sent to organisers. A copy of the clearance will also be endorsed to all Indian Missions/Posts. Commenting on the same, Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, said, “It’s a great news for all of us in the convention industry. We have been persistently following up with the Ministry of Tourism on the need for grant of conference visa. We are sure this will help us to bring in more number of international conferences to India in the future.” Ministry of Tourism has informed that revised instructions have been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide circular number No 25022/8/2018-FCC, dated February 28, 2018, relating to the grant of Conference Visa to foreign nationals coming to India to attend international conferences/seminars/workshops. It states that as per para 13.5 of Chapter 13 of the new Visa Manual pertaining to the Conference Visa. Prior clearance of the Ministry of Home Affairs for holding an event (international conference/ seminar/ workshop) is required only if the event falls within the following parameters as mentioned in para 13 3 of the Visa Manual – (a) If there are participants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons; and (b) If the participant of conferences /seminars /workshops are required to visit ‘Restricted’ or ‘Protected’ areas in India. or areas affected b y terror ism, militancy and extremism etc. viz. Jammu & …

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ICPB to hold roadshows in Europe

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) will be conducting roadshows in Europe,  informed Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB.  He stated this at an interactive meeting of India Convention Promotion Bureau’s (ICPB)  newly elected Governing Board and all members of ICPB at Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Enlisting new plans of ICPB in 2018, Mansharamani said, “For our international roadshows in Europe, we are planning to go in for three cities, Geneva, Paris and Brussels. Most of the international organisations have headquarters in these three cities.  The department of tourism has already agreed to host the shows. We are raising our own money to hire a PR agency that can get appointments with most of the associations there. That will be between June 12-14.” Elucidating on the roadshows and training programmes in India, he said, “The first roadshow will be in April in Bengaluru. Second, will most probably be in Pune, third will be in Chandigarh and the fourth one will be in Chennai.  The first training programme is on project management, which we are doing for our members. Three more programmes will be based on the certified programmes, where people are certified with international standards, that will be with ICCA and SITE and exhibition industry. The first training programme is in the month of March.” Speaking on the ICPB convention, he concluded, “We are keen to have it in Kolkata, which has an excellent venue. We are planning to have a convention towards the end of August.”

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Chander Mansharamani to continue as Vice Chairman, ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani has been re-elected as Vice Chairman of India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) for another two-year term. Amaresh Tiwari and Girish Kwatra will also continue on their respective posts of Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer. This was declared during the association’s 30th Annual General Meeting and Elections for the Governing Board held at The Ashok in New Delhi, which was also attended by Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Chairman, ICPB. New appointments were made in the Hotel, Tour Operator and Congress / Convention Centres categories. The two new appointments in the hotel category were Hemant Mediratta and Saurabh Bhargava & Abinash Manghani (due to a tie for the second post). Gunjan Suri and Naveen Chibber took up the two new posts in the travel agency category while Ajay Vinayak and Anuj Wadhwa took the two posts in tour operator category. The post for the Congress / Convention Centres went to Sudeep Sarcar. Talking about the key priorities for the bureau now, Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, said, “The government has been looking at us as the frontal organisation for marketing India as a convention destination. Keeping that in mind, we are completely invested to take things to the next level. Currently, we have outlined three core areas to focus on; first is market creation wherein creating our chapters and bidding of international conferences will be a part of that. Market creation will involve conducting roadshows both in India and international markets. The second priority is visa, lobbying and making the entire process easier to get a visa for delegates attending conferences in India and thirdly, we want to sensitise the central and state governments on the benefits, financial …

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‘Single window for meetings & conferences’

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The government shall soon roll out a National Tourism Policy, which is expected to provide single window clearance for organisation of meetings and conferences, informed Satyajeet Rajan, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, while addressing the second edition of Global MICE Travel Mart, organised by FICCI jointly with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, on September 14, 2017, at The Lailt, New Delhi. He said that there was a need to provide incentives to this sector to make it competitive in the world market. He added that there was a pressing need to conduct a study to assess size of the industry and a consultant was being appointed to suggest a workable roadmap for the development of the sector. During the inaugural of this  global mart, which is underway until Sept 16, a FICCI-MRSS Knowledge Paper on ‘MICE Tourism Powerhouse of a New Era Tourism’ was unveiled by the dignitaries. The six-point agenda of the study suggested a six-point roadmap for development of India as a MICE tourism hotspot: Promote concept of exclusive MICE tourism to target markets Maintain co-ordination and align with the Central Agency Developing Time bound action plan Imbibe Skill Development Create experiences for the visitors  Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB and Managing Director, Alpcord Network Travel & Conferences Management Company, said that MICE was an economic activity and there was an imperative need for the creation of a market for the sector. Besides, he emphasised on the need for readily available comprehensive database, building capacities and capabilities while taking into account competition to make India a MICE hub. Highlighting the immense potential of MICE tourism in West Bengal, Amitava Rathod, Deputy General Manager, …

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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, Gainingedge.com. 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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ICPB Convention from August 29-31 in Hyderabad

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The 10th Conventions India Conclave, a flagship event of the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) will be held in Hyderabad from August 29-31, 2017. ICPB will be hosting their annual Conventions India Conclave at the Hyderabad International Convention. This was announced by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB. “We will take this opportunity to project ICPB as a parent body for promoting as a convention destination especially when we are working on restricting of ICPB and strengthening of ICPB,” he added. The theme of the event is ‘Expanding the Boundaries – Mission Possible’, focusing on all the segments of MICE. The conclave is expected to have a huge turnout of 250-300 delegates along with nearly 60 – 70 exhibitors. In addition to the B2B meetings this year there will also be an association networking evening, where members will get a chance to interact with all the medical association leaders who are responsible for conducting their events and meeting in India.

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GST to hit MICE: ICPB

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Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, shared that the GST slabs announced for hospitality industry will negatively affect inbound tourism immediately. “The MICE industry will be terribly hit as most of the convention facilities are only available in 5-star hotels which have room rates of Rs. 5000 or above. The high tax rate of 28 per cent will negatively impact conventions and conferences in the pipeline as well. I feel scope for manipulation has been left for the hotels where one can charge Rs. 4990 for a room and pay only 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent. Also, there is confusion whether the tax will be charged on rack rate, published rate or on the negotiated rate. The whole purpose of one tax one India is defeated,” he added.

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ICPB Convention from August 17-19 in Mumbai

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) is going to host its annual convention, Convention India Conclave, from August 17-19 in Mumbai. This convention, also the flagship event of the association, will be the 10th edition that will offer a platform for all key industry stakeholders to come together and deliberate on making India a hub for international MICE events. This was announced by Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB. “This year we are also inviting heads of associations which are responsible for organising large scale conventions in India across fields like medicine, science etc. We aim to aid the various associations in their bidding processes and hope that through this platform we are able to inform them about the procedures in order to get more international MICE events to India,” said Mansharamani. He further informed that Maharashtra Government is the platinum partner for the show and the agenda, delegates expected and other details will be announced in due course of time.

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