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2020 ICCA AMP from 29 June-1 July 2020 in Tirol, Austria

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The International Congress and Convention Association(ICCA) has announced at the fourth edition of the ICCA Association Meetings Programme(AMP), which was held in Durban, South Africa from 18-20 June 2019, that the 2020 edition of the event will be held in the Tirol region of Austria. The destination of Tirol and cities of Innsbruck and Alpbach will act as joint hosts.A globally-renowned ICCA flagship event, the AMP is designed to bring ICCA Members and Association Executives from all over the world together for open exchange through small-scale networking and interactive knowledge transfer about bidding, designing, organising and promoting international association meetings. Representatives from Tirol, Innsbruck and Alpbach took the stage during the Closing Session to showcase the highlights of Tirol and invite ICCA Members and international association executives to meet in- and experience their destination in 2020.The four hosts of the ICCA AMP 2020 are Convention Bureau Tirol, Convention Service Innsbruck, Congress Messe Innsbruck, and Congress Centrum Alpbach. The host team said of their partnership: “We are four hosts working together hand in hand, and we aim to inspire successful synergies in the meetings industry. Our goal is to focus on networking – to bring people together in the picturesque, natural and very energising environment of the mountains.” Tirol is a region with both traditional and modern flair, influenced by its mountainous scenery, alpine heritage, and urban environments known for being centres of industry. The 2020 host cities, Innsbruck, a high-tech international research and innovation hub in sectors such as life sciences and quantum computing, and Alpbach, a Tyrolean mountain village with an unrivalled reputation for hosting international congresses, will offer AMP delegates the chance to experience the best of Tirol’s …

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India among top list of international MiCE travellers to Thailand

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According to a report by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), India has emerged as second in the list of international MiCE travellers visiting Thailand. Thailand witnessed more than 8 million MiCE travellers generating 54 billion baht in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, informed Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB. He said that the international MiCE travellers during second fiscal stood at 353,256, up 11%, for 26.7 billion baht in income, up 7%. The key category was corporate meetings. The top five in international MiCE arrivals in the quarter were China, India, Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The strong MiCE business in the quarter of 193 meetings lifted the ranking of Thailand’s MiCE sector to fourth in Asia, up from fifth place last year. Based on the report, Japan, China and South Korea, in that order, led the region’s MiCE business. TCEB is moving on to implement main strategy to penetrate into the ASEAN+6, CLMV and European markets with the revenue goal of 220 billion baht in 2019. In addition, the 2018 report of International Congress and Convention Association indicated that Bangkok ranked no. 2 (with 135 events), Chiang Mai no. 25 (25 events) and Pattaya no. 60 (11 events) of Asia for international conventions on provincial scale. Domestic MICE market has marked the highest growth in Incentives market, both in number and revenue. Traveller growth totaled 18 per cent, whereas the revenue growth registered 180%. Top 5 MiCE cities include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Phuket and Pattaya, respectively. “The overall picture of Thai MICE market in Quarter 2 indicated that Thailand has maintained our status as a significant MICE …

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Global Exhibitions generated US$325bn in business sales during 2018: UFI

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UFI, the global association of the exhibitions industry, recently published the results of a new report titled “The Global Economic Impact of Exhibitions”. Among the key findings were that exhibitions had a total output of US$325bn in annual business sales during 2018 and contributed US$198bn to global GDP. UFI President Craig Newman commented: “This truly is a first for our industry. This new data will support us when we talk to stakeholders about our industry, especially as it’s broken down into the direct, measurable economic impact per exhibiting company – right down to the economic value of every single square metre of venue exhibition space.“And on top of that, it makes me proud to work for our industry, knowing that we are securing over three million jobs.” The report was produced alongside Oxford Economics and was also supported by SISO (Society of Independent Show Organisers). That would rank exhibitions as the 56th largest economy in the world, larger than many whole countries including Hungary, Sri Lanka and Ecuador. The report also shows that exhibitions saw 303 million direct visitors across more than 180 countries and 32,000 shows in 2018. In addition, the industry supported 3.1 million jobs worldwide. Europe was the largest market in terms of visitors, welcoming 112 million in 2018. This represents 37% of global exhibition visitors in 2018. North America ranked second, with 91 million visitors, followed by the Asia-Pacific with nearly 82 million visitors. The total impact of US$198bn in global GDP includes the direct spending and jobs that are specifically involved in planning and producing exhibitions, and for participants and exhibitors to travel to exhibitions, as well as other exhibition-related spending. Following the ISO definitions, …

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India’s golf tourism revenue to double by 2021: Peter Walton

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With international tourists expected to grow in the next few years, it is important that India has the right product to meet the need of the visitors. Peter Walton, President and Chief Executive, International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), says, ‘India is an incredible kaleidoscope of destinations and experiences and so are the golf courses. I can see doubling of golf tourism revenue in India by 2021. India is still an undiscovered golf destination, even though you have 230 golf courses. Through golf, visitors will be able to experience India. 70 per cent of golf travellers are looking for a unique place which they ahev not discovered earlier.” Sharing statistics on the value of the market he adds, “Since the global economic crisis in 2008-2009, that impacted the entire leisure industry, golf bounced back within 18 months to two years, because golfers will not be denied their annual golf travel fix. Since 2011, golf tourism has grown every year at a rate between 8 and 10 per cent. So, on an average double the rate of growth of an average leisure tourism which is about 4 per cent. That carried on until 2018, we actually anticipate now that the rate of growth will slow to 5-7 per cent per year for the next three years. Mainly due to the lack of sufficient golf courses of a suitable standard in destinations people want to travel to. So, demand is still there but supply in the most popular destinations at the most popular time of the year is insufficient to cope with the demand. That is why new destinations like India can really advantage of the strong situation in the market.”

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Senthil Gopinath ICCA’s incoming CEO

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ICCA’s Board of Directors has selected Senthil Gopinath to serve as the organisation’s new CEO. As per the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) by-laws, the Board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote. He will begin the new role in April 2019. “Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” said James Rees, ICCA President and Executive Director of ExCeL London. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated not only that he can establish a vision, but also chart the tactical path to reach that vision, always working from a solid foundation of operational and financial expertise.” Gopinath’s career in the meetings travel industry spans more than 20 years, with 18 years spent working within ICCA member organisations. He joined the ICCA team in 2016 as Regional Director of ICCA Middle East (ME). In that role, he has forged new relationships with regional governments and industry partners, and grown ICCA ME membership by more than 80 percent. The Board noted several career accomplishments as key to their consideration of Gopinath during the candidate review process, including: • Dramatically elevating MICE operations for Emirates Group as its head of business development and operations, making the division one of the largest and most profitable in the region; • Re-structuring and re-strategising the business model of VFS Global a part of Kuoni Travel Group. As Vice president – South Asia of VFS Global, growing annual profits exponentially over 60% growth in two years; • Creating an innovative private-public partnership model for the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau as its general manager and CEO, increasing business tourism by 78 percent and driving a …

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September 23-25 are final dates for India Tourism Mart 2019, confirms FAITH

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Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) has finalised the dates for the 2nd edition of the India Tourism Mart (ITM). Subhash Goyal, Honorary Secretary, FAITH, said that the 2019 edition of trade show will be held from September 23-25, 2019 at The Ashoka, New Delhi. He also said that the association is expecting to shortlist around 500 international buyers in this year’s ITM. In 2018, around 250 buyers attended the show. “The process of selection is very transparent, everything detail is available online. For this year’s show, we will also have representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, who will be present in the selection process. This year, we will not allow buyers who came for the show last year,” he informed. “We have had meetings of the board members, where all the arrangements are being done in a transparent manner. We are also in the process of choosing an advertising and marketing promotion agency. We have already called for tenders and we will be soon finalising it,” he further added. Goyal reiterated that the objective of India Tourism Mart is to promote inbound tourism to India.

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Sanjeev Joshi elected President for SITE India Chapter 2019-2021

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SITE India Chapter has elected a new board and Sanjeev Joshi is the new President for 2019-2021. Sanjeev Joshi is the Director, Tourism India Management Enterprise Pvt. Ltd. While Nitin Sachdeva, Executive Director, Venture Marketing is the new Vice President for Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) India Chapter. The other office bearers are Barun Gupta, VP- Corporate Alliance Group as Vice President- Secretariat, and Vikrant Gulani, Head-Commercial and Operations, Icon Planners as Vice President- Finance. The Board members include: Amaresh Tiwari, Managing Director, A T Seasons and Vacations; Abinash Manghani, Area Manager and HEAD, ITC Hotels Vikas Suda, Managing Director, VDOIT4U; Prashant Yadav, Managing Director, Liberty India DMC Pvt. Ltd; Vishal Yadav, Director, IDMS Pvt. Ltd; Naveen Rizvi, Executive Director, Pacific World; Rajeev Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel; Anup Nair, Managing Director, Inspiration India Shoba Mohan, Give & Seek will be Director of Communications- Ex Officio. Sanjeev Joshi said, “I feel extremely happy, privileged and honoured to be trusted with this position which allows me to take SITE India Chapter to the next level”

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Business travel in India to grow by 11.5 per cent in 2019

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FCM Travel Solutions, the Indian subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Australia and KPMG released a whitepaper titled ‘Redefining Corporate Travel Management’ that presents businesses with a holistic approach towards business travel and helps setting benchmarks to evaluate the performance of their chosen travel partner. In the past year, rise in annual growth of business travel spend for India has been the highest among the top 15 business travel markets globally. According to Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the business travel spends in India stood at USD 37 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 46 billion in 2019 with a projected annual growth rate of 11.5per cent – making India one of the world’s fastest growing business travel market. While India is the 7th largest business travel market it is projected to be amongst the top 5 travel markets by 2022. Furthermore, India-China-Indonesia (ICI) travel spend is predicted to reach USD 565 billion in 2022 and is projected to be the largest in the world by 2035. To truly recognize benefits of business travel, corporates need to look at their travel management programme in a holistic way. The whitepaper focuses on key mainstays that make up a successful travel management programme; ensuring Safety of employees, increasing cost Effectiveness of the programme, boosting Productivity of employees while travelling for business and greater Transparency within the programme. Thus, aiming to succour organizations by helping them adopt a comprehensive travel programme that can integrate and fulfil the needs of all the stakeholders involved. The report also details that while currently women account for approximately 30 per cent of the economically active workforce, they also account for nearly 25 per …

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Destinos India Honored with SITE Crystal Award

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Destinos India was recognised by Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) with a Crystal Award for Best Destination-Based Incentive Travel Program at the Crystal Awards Recognition Ceremony held during SITE Global Conference 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Considered the highest honor in the incentive travel industry, SITE Crystal Awards recognise creative, practical, and truly memorable incentive programs that not only keep employees engaged, but also drive business results and improve a business’ bottom line. “As the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence it’s only fitting that we have our own reward and recognition program to highlight excellence in incentive travel. The Crystal Awards program is a long-standing SITE tradition, part of our association since 1980 and a hotly contested, much anticipated annual event. It confers the highest honor in our industry to incentive travel professionals who have clearly demonstrated how incentive travel leads to business results,” commented SITE President 2018, Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CITP, CMP. “Right after our inception as a DMC, this was the very first dream project to put our heart and soul in to deliver an incredible incentive voyage. With detailed research, offbeat vision, sagacity, prevision, dedication and micromanagement, backed by hard work by our experienced, professional and enthusiastic team, we transformed all possible challenges to opportunities and presented an incentive journey to cherish for a lifetime. This award becomes even more special and important for us as we have got it in the very first year of our existence.” commented Sanjay Malhotra, Director, Destinos India. “It is a special honor to be recognised with our first SITE Crystal Award within the very first year since inception. We feel privileged and grateful to our client for their immense trust …

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Bangkok 2nd as per GDS Index

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Bangkok is second on the list of Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. The rating, which measured social and environmental sustainability strategies, industry supplier support, and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives. The results also praised Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)’s performance as a top scorer in a comparison of convention bureaux in other Asian destinations. The top five destinations recently received GDS-Index Awards from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) to recognise their sustainable practices in the business tourism and events industry. The five highest overall scores went to Gothenburg (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Reykjavik (Iceland), Oslo (Norway) and Uppsala (Sweden) respectively. According to the index, the top five Asian cities with highest overall scores are Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok, Goyang (South Korea), Sapporo (Japan), and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) respectively. Bangkok was ranked second in Asia and 21st in the world according to the GDS-Index. The ranking measured across four key areas, including city environmental strategy and infrastructure (14 topics), city social sustainability performance (4 topics), industry supplier support (8 topics), and convention bureau (CVB) strategy and initiatives (12 topics). Bangkok received an overall score of 58 per cent, with the convention bureau winning 69 per cent, ably beating the global benchmark of 53 per cent. TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya noted that this was the first time that Bangkok had participated in the GDS-Index, leaving the bureau delighted by the result.

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