Category Archives: Conventions

3k delegates attend IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2018

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The 26th IT&CM Asia and 21st CTW Asia-Pacific held at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand, saw conglomeration of some 3,000 delegates, including over 500 hosted buyers and media, from more than 50 territories and countries. Over 50 industry thought-leaders from government bodies, related associations, corporate organisations and industry professions delivered knowledge sessions. The main keynote presented by Martin Nydegger, CEO, Switzerland Tourism; Oscar Cerezales, COO, MCI Asia-Pacific; Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); and Daniel Chua, Vice President – Meetings & Incentives, Singapore Associations of Conventions and Exhibition Organisers (SACEOS), set the tone towards the transformation of audience engagement as the demand to stand out and being top-of-mind becomes more competitive. TCEB hosted the Official Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception themed ‘Thailand Limited’ that rounded off Day 1 of activities at the GMM Live House at CentralWorld, featuring a colourful night of uniquely Thai entertainment, local cuisine and hospitality.

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TCEB unveils new brand strategy for business events

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Thailand Convention and Exhibitions Bureau (TCEB) has announced new brand marketing communication campaign, ‘Thailand: Redefine Your Business Events’. Through the campaign, TCEB aims to tap into the growing opportunities from the country’s economic development landscape and the expansion of Asia market, while  promoting Thailand as a hub of ASEAN MiCE. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice, President, TCEB, said that Asia has been a fast-growing market for Thailand’s MiCE industry supported by remarkable growth rates of MiCE travellers from ASEAN and CLMV countries which increased 35 and 100 per cent respectively. In addition, Asia is predicted to be a primary source market for the Meeting & Incentives sector in 2019 powered by a rising trend of corporate travels in China, and the growth of travellers from India and Indonesia which are predicted at 11.3 and 8.7 per cent respectively. However, the global MiCE market is changing with influences from social and technological developments. The upcoming trends are: an increasing focus on MiCE activities that enhance active learning, and abilities to broaden fresh perspective and being adaptive; a development of online applications which assist event organisers to manage the show and enhance delegate’s engagement, and a rising numbers of shows from new sectors such as Health and Wellness, Robotic Innovations and Start-up. TCEB has defined marketing strategies for 2019 which focus on four areas: To highlight Thailand’s position as a hub of ASEAN MiCE – a connecting point that provides market access to ASEAN and CLMV countries. To encourage new MiCE events through the growing possibilities from the national economic policies including Thailand 4.0, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), 10 S-Curve Industries and New S-Curve Industries. To redefine the organisation’s role from a mere supporter …

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Thailand to host Horti ASIA 2018 and AGRITECHNICA ASIA 2018

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Thailand is set to host two major agricultural business events which feature smart technologies during 22-24 August 2018. Attracted by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) , these events will underscore the country’s leading position in the world’s agriculture sector and are expected to attract up to 20,000 international delegates coming to explore agricultural innovations displayed under one roof. Highlights of the smart-tech designed from Thailand such as an intelligent sugarcane cutting machine and a smart plant-nursery with an artificial lighting system will be showcased along with an agricultural drone technology from China. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, said that TCEB provides support for two agricultural trade fairs which to be hosted in Thailand namely Horti ASIA 2018 – a leading international trade show for horticulture and floricultural production and processing technology, and AGRITECHNICA ASIA 2018 – the world’s largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment. Both events will take place in Bangkok during 22-24 August 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center or BITEC. These trade fairs will further strengthen Thailand’s position as a major hub for trade and investment in agricultural machinery as well as innovative technologies which have been building on the country’s significant role in the world’s agricultural sector. For this year’s edition, the co-located fairs will be emphasising on the ‘Solutions for Horticulture and Agricultural Industries’. The Horti Asia 2018 is recognised as the region’s leading event for horticultural professionals involved in growing fruit, flowers, vegetables, and plant production and greenhouse technology. This year’s highlights showcase agricultural and horticultural technologies including academic works from the Embassy of The Netherlands and the International …

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India to generate 2mn outbound MiCE tourists by 2020: Report

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According to a report, the Indian sub-continent is reaping positive growth trends for the its Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) segment. The India Outbound Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions Tourism Market Report: Country Outlook, Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast 2018 – 2025 states that the country’s outbound tourism market is expected to exceed US$ 45 Billion by 2025, the report also showcased that India shall generate more than two million outbound MiCE tourists by 2020. The report has used data and analysis to discuss potential lucrative opportunities and future trends related to India outbound MiCE travellers flow, revenue and main destination markets. A detailed country-wise analysis of the market is provided, covering a total of 15 countries, including  Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, Macau, South Korea, New Zealand, Indonesia, United States, Oman, Turkey, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia and more. Some of the findings of the report also included: India is poised to be the world’s fastest-growing outbound MiCE tourism market. India is the largest source market for Dubai and Singapore MiCE industry. Indian MiCE travellers are likely to become major spenders in the United States and Dubai.

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4th OTOAI convention underway in Cape Town

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The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) inaugurated its annual convention in Cape Town, South Africa on August 12, which is underway until August 14, 2018. The four-day convention, themed as ‘Digitalisation – The Way Forward’ had James Vos, Shadow Minister, Tourism South Africa, grace the inaugural event. Vos said, “It is a great opportunity for us to network and find out the best practices in the industry. Technology is an important part of the discussion and very relevant today. As a sector, tourism needs to become more resilient and sustainable. For every 12 international arrivals, we create one job for the domestic population. We welcomed more than 1 million conference delegates to South Africa in 2018. That shows the type of tourism infrastructure we can offer.” The association has also organised  pre- and post-familiarisation trips to two different locations – from Sun City to Johannesburg to Garden Route and Kruger National Park. This year is special for South Africa because 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with year-long celebrations being organised. OTOAI has held its past conventions in Manila, Bali and Ras Al-Khaimah.

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Incredible India roadshows in the US

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With an aim to project India as a ‘must visit’ tourist destination, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons will attend a series of ‘Incredible India roadshows’ in the US, from June 18-22,  2018. The roadshows will be held in several major cities of US including New York, Chicago & Houston. The Incredible India roadshows will hold B2B interactions, presentations and press briefings by the Indian delegation. The key note addresses will be delivered by the Tourism Minister and Incredible India presentation will be made by Joint Secretary Ministry of Tourism Suman Billa. The roadshows will include cultural performances also. USA is one among the top three source countries in the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India. During April 2018, the US was the second highest source country with 11.21 per cent share of total FTAs.

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ICPB’s 11th CIC to be held in Kolkata from August 29-31

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) has announced the dates for its 11th Conventions India Conclave (CIC) 2018. The convention will be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata, from August 29-31, 2018. Some 300 participants are expected to attend the Conclave including 150 domestic and 40 international potential buyers. The sole focus of the event will be on India’s potential as a MiCE destination, through interactive sessions, exhibition, and B2B meetings

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HRAWI’s 18th regional convention in Sri Lanka from June 27-30

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The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) will host its 18th edition of its regional convention from June 27-30, 2018. Themed ‘Surfing The Wave Of Global Tourism’, the convention will focus on international tourism trends and best trade practices. Centered around hospitality, the event will integrate related business sessions and business networking opportunities for participating professionals. For recreation, post the convention HRAWI shall organise tours for delegates in Colombo and Kandy. “Annual conventions offer an excellent opportunity to network with fraternity members, professionals, consultants, vendors and many others from the industry,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. “The registrations have been pouring in and the response has been fantastic,” he adds.

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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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GBTA announces India conference line-up for 2018

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, unveiled its line-up of flagship education and networking events in India for the year ahead. The GBTA Conference 2018 will be held in Bengaluru on 15 June, in New Delhi on 14 September, followed by Mumbai on 12 October, 2018. These forums will discuss best practices across the business travel life-cycle through a mix of panel discussions and presentations. Each event will also feature a trade show highlighting the best-class solution providers within the business travel industry. “With India expected to become the sixth largest business market in the world by the end of 2019, GBTA felt it was crucial to host a series of conferences within this region,” said Gaurav Sundaram, President ProKonsul & Regional Director of India for GBTA. He added, “Each conference will be unique in its offerings of education sessions, speakers and content and will ultimately help educate the market on global best practices.” GBTA Conference 2018 Bengaluru will be held at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center. The one-day event will feature a CXO roundtable moderated by Sundaram on generating the optimal ROI from business travel. The conference will also feature sessions focused on optimizing air contracts, managing workforce mobility, optimisation opportunities within business travel, challenging the status quo as it pertains to technology and processes, and more. Registration is now open for GBTA Conference 2018 New Delhi, hosted at the Pullman Aerocity New Delhi. The event will include a CXO round-table on creating scalable global travel programs as well as education sessions on the impact of payment solutions on business travel and duty of care within Indian …

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