Category Archives: Conventions

Cochin Port Trust to lease out land for convention centres

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The Cochin Port Trust will lease out 55 acres for 30 years for the development of five-star hotels, convention centres, malls, and commercial complexes. The Port Trust has invited tenders for developing the land to make the entire area a hospitality and business hub. The land located at the southern end of Wellingdon Island has waterfront on three sides and has excellent connectivity to the important locations in Ernakulam city and the airport. NH-966B passes through the northern boundary of the plot and Kundannoor Junction on the NH 66 is only 2.5 km away. As per the land use plan of Cochin Port Trust, the land is earmarked for Hospitality Node and Business District. The activities as per the Land Use Plan includes tourism/business functions such as five-star hotel, convention /MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition) centres, commercial complexes, budget hotel, offices, public spaces including children’s play areas, open food plazas, etc. Constructions of up to 8-storey-high buildings are possible on the land and hence highly suited for establishing hotels, convention centres, and commercial complexes. The tender document is available at www.cochinport.gov.in. Source: New India Express

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ICPB’s 12th Conventions India Conclave from Aug 29-31 in Kochi

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India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) shall conduct its 12th Conventions India Conclave from August 29-31, at Hotel Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty. The conclave will provide the perfect forum of opinions, views and standpoints on India’s meeting and convention industry. The theme of the conclave will be ‘Mapping the sustainable MICE future of India’, while the focus area at the event will be on India aiming to be the top ten meeting destinations in the World by 2023. The two-day event is packed with sessions and panel discussions on various topics ‘Can India spearhead this 2 X growth in just four years’ – A Hard talk with Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Kerala. Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala, is the Platinum Sponsor as a State Partner, while Hotel Grand Hyatt Kochi is the Venue Partner.

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IHCL unveils Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

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The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), introduced the iconic Taj brand in Agra with the opening of Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The hotel, spread over 4.5 acres, is ideally located within walking distance from the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The 239-spacious rooms hotel is an ideal destination for large conferences and destination weddings. It offers 40,000 sqft of indoor and outdoor banqueting space including a 14,000 sqft pillar-less hall which is one of the largest in North India. Rohit Khosla, Executive Vice President – Operations, North and West India, IHCL, said, “Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal promises to be a great draw for both, domestic as well as international travellers.” “It is ideally suited for leisure travellers and is the perfect venue for conferences and weddings,” said Rajat Tuli, General Manager, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. With this addition, IHCL will have two hotels, one under the Taj and one under the SeleQtions brand in the city of Agra.

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Radisson Hotel Group unveils Radisson Meetings

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Radisson Hotel Group has launched new global meetings and events offering called Radisson Meetings. Available across the group’s seven hotel brands, Radisson Meetings is developed around the three core elements of successful events – Personal, Professional and Memorable – while being 100 per cent carbon neutral through offsetting. Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Commercial Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Radisson Meetings represents our commitment to deliver a personal, professional and memorable service to our guests, and to respond to changing market trends and expectations. We are investing in our meeting venues at our 1,100+ hotels worldwide, in training of our teams, and in technology. A state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and distribution platform are core elements helping us to deliver our brand promise. Finally, all Radisson Meetings are carbon neutral – we are the only hotel group worldwide to automatically offset any carbon footprint at no cost to our customers.” To help event planners deliver memorable events for their attendees, Radisson Meetings provides an impressive portfolio of venues, tempting menus and other extras. With the launch of Radisson Meetings, Radisson Hotel Group automatically offsets the carbon footprint of every meeting or event taking place at our hotels worldwide, at no cost to attendees or organizers. To do this, Radisson Hotel Group has teamed up with FirstClimate, one of the largest carbon offsetting organizations in the world. For each meeting, the carbon footprint is calculated and then offset through First Climate by supporting projects that combat climate change and have a positive sustainable development contribution in Peru, Kenya, and India or invest in wind energy in Turkey and the USA. All selected projects are Gold Standard or Verified Carbon …

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Hilton Prague tops list of meetings hotel in Europe

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Hilton Prague has bagged the number one position as Top Meeting Hotel according to Cvent’s annual list of the Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Europe. Cvent’s Top Meeting Hotels lists rank venues based on MiCE performance according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs) and conversion rate. The list was compiled by analysing meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN). More than USD $16 billion and more than 42 million room nights were sourced through the CSN in 2018. “In Europe, we saw a nearly 20 percent increase in RFP volume year-over-year and hotels featured on this year’s lists are elevating their MiCE strategy through innovative digital marketing and quick and complete online responses to RFPs – which is exactly what event organisers want,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President- Marketing, Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “Our Top Meeting Hotels lists are consistently used by event organisers to find great hotels and by hoteliers looking to set themselves apart to increase their property’s MiCE revenue.” Michael Specking, General Manager, Hilton Prague, said, “A full renovation of our almost 800 rooms is nearly complete, and our flexible 5.000 sq. meters of meeting and convention space, bright atrium lobby, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and 2,000 sq. meters of leisure facilities offer group guests all the amenities they look for when attending events. Add to this our hotel’s central location and most importantly a great team focused on delivering high standards of service, Hilton Prague is the real creative metropolis with everything under one roof.” Top 10 Hotel Properties in Europe 2019 Rank       Hotel Name 1          Hilton Prague 2          Meliá Castilla Hotel & Convention Centre Madrid 3          InterContinental Vienna …

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Paris, top city for meetings: ICCA

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According to the ICCA’s Country and City Rankings report, Paris has returned as the top city for meetings, The latest report, which covers 2018, sees Paris return to its number one position, which it had not held since 2016. Overall, the ICCA says that it captured a total of 12,937 rotating association meetings in 2018, up 379 from the previous year and the highest annual figure the organisation has ever recorded. Paris claimed the top spot with 212 meetings held in 2018, 40 more meetings than second place finisher Vienna. The full list of the top 20 cities is: Paris – 212 Vienna – 172 Madrid – 165 Barcelona – 163 Berlin – 162 Lisbon – 152 London – 150 Singapore – 145 Prague – 136 Bangkok – 135 Buenos Aires – 133 Hong Kong – 129 (tie) Amsterdam – 123 (tie) Tokyo – 123 Seoul – 122 Copenhagen – 120 Brussels – 112 Dublin – 104 Stockholm – 103 (tie) Budapest – 100 (tie) Taipei – 100 Remaining in the top 10 but changing position are London, Prague, Singapore and Lisbon. London, Singapore and Prague dropped to seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively, and Lisbon climbed three positions to sixth place. Bangkok rose seven places from 17th to 10th, knocking Seoul out of the top 10. Seoul fell to 15th place, surpassed by top 20 risers and joint position holders Amsterdam and Tokyo, which jumped from 16th to 13th place and 18th to 13th place, respectively. Buenos Aires stayed in 11th place and Hong Kong rose to 12th. Dublin dropped four places to 18th, and Stockholm held 19th place for another year. Montréal, QC and Rome dropped out of …

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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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Corporate travel is on the rise in Asia-Pacific: Sabre

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Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider in the global travel industry, has revealed the survey insight from over 70 corporate travel management companies (TMCs) from across Asia Pacific, on latest trends in terms of regional bookings. The survey discloses that as economic growth continues to sweep across the region, more companies are expecting their corporate travel managers for door-to-door travel booking solutions, demanding expense integration and most importantly, to identify cost saving opportunities. “The results of this survey reflect the critical role of TMCs in assuring the business success of their clients. More than ever, members of the travel industry need to work closely together to enable a smooth, relevant shopping experience for the traveller,” said Todd Arthur, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific. Almost 7 in 10 (65 per cent) respondents admit they are asked to identify cost savings, and this cost-conscious approach is encouraging travel managers to find new ways to minimize spending. While premium economy continues to gain ground in the region, 1 travel manager in 3 has recorded an increase of close to 5 percent in premium economy bookings over the last year. As travel-related expenses become a central consideration for companies, the survey also reveals that downgrades, shifting reservations from business to economy class, account for close to 40 percent of their bookings. What’s more, almost 1 in 4 have identified a significant increase in their LCC share of volume. The survey also reveals that 32 percent of respondents expect solutions that enable mobile booking capacities will become mainstream within the next two years, but only 10 percent believe that virtual payment solutions will gain widespread acceptance – an unfortunate conclusion, as virtual payments …

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IMWF 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey

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International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF) 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey and will be held till May 16 at Rixos Premium Belek Hotel powered by  Inventum Global and Turkish Airlines. Neville Fiat Ersoy, MD, IMWF welcomed the delegation along with Bunyat Ozpak, Managing Partner, Inventum Global. The world-renowned names and decision makers of the sector will meet in Antalya under the IMWF 2019. The fourth edition of IMWF this has increased the demand from destination weddings and MiCE markets by 8 times. Ersoy said, “For IMWF’19, there was a record number of applications for participation. This gave us the opportunity to select the best, most effective ones from these applications. While we are at the heart of the industry, we are also conducting an international communication study for the IMWF all year round, with the inclusion of the industry phenomenon Sabbas Joseph in our international advisory board.”      

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Vienna emerging as a global convention capital

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Vienna is surging towards becoming the business convention capital of the world, having recorded  4,685 conferences, conclaves, consultations and symposiums, in 2018,  up by 15 per cent over the previous year’s figure. The segment’s exemplary report has enabled an additional 21,500 jobs. According to Vienna Tourist Board (VTB) director, Norbert Kettner, the 4,685 events comprised 1,544 congresses (540 national and 1,004 international), and 3,141 corporate events, meetings and incentives, (1,273 national and 1,868 international). Kettner presented the results along with Vienna Convention Bureau chief Christian Woronka. Conglomerates and big businesses are opting for the Austrian capital due to the availability of an irresistibly salubrious environment, timeless charm, magnificent palaces, abundant green spaces and gastronomic delights, features no other region or location anywhere can proffer. The convention industry contributed Euro 1.198 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, marking an increase of 63 percent over 2009 figures. Earlier, the industry’s contribution had also crossed the ‘symbolic’ Euro 1.0 billion mark in 2015 itself. In 2018, some 631,000 delegates had generated 1.925million bed nights. Both totals represent an increase of three percent in the GDP and were new records. The Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) has also become the preferred venue for the European Union (EU) Council, having already hosted around 130 events, represented by more than 20,000 delegates. These include numerous high-level political confabulations, attracting a lot of media coverage, besides calling for increased security. They were hosted as green events, virtually paperless, with locally-sourced catering and Vienna spring water, fresh from the taps. The industry’s economic impact, touching a new high, included direct expenditure by delegates and their family members, event managers and exhibitors, besides income accruing to food …

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