Category Archives: Events

FITUR 2019 introduces a MiCE & Business B2B event

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MiCE & Business. This new B2B space is focused on MiCE tourism. FITUR MITM – MiCE & Business, co-organised with MITM Events – GSAR Marketing, will offer the opportunity to form business ties among a selection of professionals and exhibitors attending the upcoming edition of FITUR organised by IFEMA to be held from January 23-27, in the fairgrounds of IFEMA. The format of FITUR MITM – MiCE & Business will consist of an agenda of up to 30 pre-established appointments among exhibiting companies interested in participating in the programme – consisting of a maximum of 100 companies with priority given to main stand holders and 100 highly qualified international executives (corporate, incentive houses, event and congress organisers and international associations). In the last few years, meetings tourism has been experiencing a notable growth, becoming a key sector for the industry, proof of that are the 12,558 international association congresses held worldwide in 2017, according to data from the International Congress and Convention Association, ICCA. Likewise, the ranking positioned Spain in the fourth place worldwide (564 congresses), only behind United Kingdom (592), Germany (682) and United States (941).

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AIME unveils first look at 2019 Knowledge Program

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Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 has reimagined how delegates experience the event with a refreshed Knowledge Program, elevating the educational content to focus on idea sharing that draws the community together to challenge the status quo. AIME’s Knowledge Program sponsored by Melbourne Convention Bureau, has been created with the input from key partners such as Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA). The comprehensive program which includes streams for varying levels of experience and seniority, will for the first time, see both buyers and exhibitors able to attend sessions together – allowing further opportunity for buyers and exhibitors to connect. “We believe that education is fuel for economic growth. We understand the value in knowledge sharing and we are thrilled to be able to provide more opportunities to forge new connections and share industry experience. We want people to leave AIME and not only be able to measure a positive return on investment, but also having upskilled their professional and personal development”, said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events. The program will ensure participants have a connected learning journey focused on a number of topics, including thought-provoking plenary talks designed to challenge thinking, intensive skill based workshops with AIME’s first Hackathon and collaborative case study based workshops. ICCA’s integral Business Exchange will now be anchored at AIME, and the organisation will also deliver sessions debating a number of topics, including the role and relevance of professional conference organisers (PCOs).Furthermore, SITE will present results from an industry-wide survey of the incentive travel industry. Other dynamic sessions include the invitation only Leaders …

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F1H2O Grand Prix to be held in Andhra Pradesh from November 16-18

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Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is set to host the fifth round of F1H2O World Championship from November 16-18. Hosted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, the event is believed to position Amaravati on the world map. Mukesh Kumar Meena, Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, along with Marco Pietrini, Director of Logistics, F1H2O and Sandeep Mandava, CEO, India Xtreme Adventure Activities, organised a press conference in New Delhi, to share updates about the event. Speaking at the conference, Meena revealed, “The F1H2O World Championship is going to be held in India for the second time after 14 years. With a global event like this, Amaravati will be recognised world over. In fact, there will also be a Team Amaravati with two key race drivers from Sweden—Jonas Anderson and Erk Edwin, who have been participating in all the legs of the race. In Amaravati, the race will be held in River Krishna and all the logistics and arrangements will be of international standards.”

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Golfers land in Antalya for Turkish Airlines Open 2018

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The sixth staging of the Turkish Airlines Open kicks off on Thursday 1 November at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Antalya. A host of the world’s finest players will compete at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, which hosts the tournament for a third straight year. Turkish Airlines first introduced the tournament in 2013. The world-renowned event, which is the third last of the season, has become a crucial week in the European Tour calendar. On the occasion of this year’ tournament start, a press conference was held in Antalya with the participations of Republic of Turkey Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, British golfer Justin Rose, Turkish Airlines SVP Corporate Communication, Seda Kalyoncu, and Turkish Golf Federation (TGF) President Ahmet Ağaoğlu. Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also known for his golf love, Çavuşoğlu said; “It is thanks to the events like the Turkish Airlines Open, golf in Turkey has been widely promoted, and it is more and more popular with our society, most particularly with many teenagers, playing now. Besides 75 players from all over the world, we have three bright young Turkish golfers playing in this year’ tournament. This tournament is one of the biggest events, not only in Turkey but all over the world. It has become a tradition in Turkey and that will continue. This would not be possible without the support of our partners. I would like to thank to our national pride Turkish Airlines and Turkish Golf Federation as well for successfully carrying out such a great organization in our country in years. And wish success to all golfers.” Turkey Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu said, “The series that we’ve been …

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Derek Sharp appointed as the MD of CWT Meetings & Events

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has appointed Derek Sharp as Managing Director of CWT Meetings & Events. Effective 1 November 2018, Derek will be based in London, report to Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer of CWT and serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organization Leadership Team. “Derek’s success in strategy, sales, P&L management and business development will bring an additional level of dynamism to our Meetings and Events business. In addition, his extensive experience in the global travel industry will provide a unique perspective on how to further grow this critical component of CWT’s worldwide portfolio,” said Kelly Kuhn. “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Derek to our team.” Immediately prior to his appointment, Derek was SVP and Managing Director of Travelport’s Air Commerce line of business focusing on airline and rail distribution as well as airline IT solutions. He has previously held senior management, strategy and consulting positions with HP Enterprise Services, EDS, UPS and Bain & Company. An American national who has lived in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Derek holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University

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ITB Asia 2018 finishes on a high with record-breaking numbers

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ITB Asia,  wrapped up on a high as the annual event achieved record-breaking numbers. Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore between 17 – 19 October 2018, the three-day conference and exhibition recorded an impressive 25,000 business appointments this year. Having hosted more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 1,000 buyers this year, ITB Asia 2018 had also recorded an increase of 8.9 per cent of total visitors representing more than 127 countries from last year’s anniversary event. This year, ITB Asia 2018 welcomed new exhibitors as it unveiled its largest exhibitor showcase yet. This included Abu Dhabi, Botswana, Canton Sarajevo, Croatia, Fukuoka, Kansai, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Rovaniemi, Slovakia and Ukraine among many others. Under the overarching theme of “Travel Reimagined”, this year’s conference programme delivered major trends provoking disruption across the travel industry and how companies are innovating to stay ahead. With over 260 speakers, key industry experts delivered fascinating insights at the keynote sessions, as well as focused topics for the MICE and Corporate segment, the Travel and Tech space and Muslim Travel conference sessions which were very well-received. “Having surpassed last year’s impressive milestone, we have yet again achieved recordbreaking numbers as we continue to see the show flourish. As we look forward to next year’s ITB Asia, we continue to build and strengthen our efforts in maintaining ITB Asia as the premier event of the year and the go-to hub for remarkable travel content and inspiring experiences.My greatest thanks and appreciation go out to all our supporters across industry and the teams involved for their endless hard work in making this event happen”, said Katrina Leung, Managing Director …

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NIMA Convention from January 20-25, 2019

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The annual convention of Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA) is set to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from January 20-25, 2019, informed Gajesh Girdhar, National Coordinator, NIMA. A destination showcase is also slated to be held in 2019 but the destination is yet to be finalised. NIMA, a four-and-half-years old association, is a network of MiCE agents. “We currently have 136 numbers with a majority from Tier-II, III cities. With zero membership fee, we have always focused on tapping new markets. For instance, in Spain, everybody has their eyes on Barcelona, Madrid and Apjiza, while we tap the Catalonia region where we had our first convention in 2016. So, now people are aware of Catalonia and all the members are promoting it,” explained Girdhar.

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Dubai Business Events roadshows project opportunities to Indian planners

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Dubai Business Events (DBE) has showcased the city’s capabilities and services to business event planners through their three-city roadshow held recently in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, attracting an attendance of approximately 490 business events and incentive buyers as well as wedding planners. DBE was joined on the roadshow by a number of stakeholders from Dubai, including Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels and Emaar Hospitality. The roadshow offered a platform for the DBE team to meet and engage with key decision makers, educate them about the services available to them, and detail how the convention bureau can support in planning their events in Dubai. Attendees were also able to discover Dubai and the world-class factors that combine to make the city a premier destination to host business events. Over the coming months, DBE and stakeholders from the city will conduct further in-market activities in UK, Sweden, Finland and Russia while also continuing to welcome business event planners for study missions from around the world to Dubai.

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India, third largest APAC market, growing at 12% YOY: GBTA

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Discussing best practices across the business travel lifecycle, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Conference 2018, held at Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity recently showcased projections of the Indian market. Gaurav Sundaram, Regional Director, GBTA India, said, “Compared to 2017, in 2018, India is together the seventh largest global market with $38 billion. It is the third largest APAC market with 12 per cent YOY. This is the best time for business professionals. However, these are also times of VUCA, that is, volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity. There is a huge disruption potential and inertia by travel business.” The event includes a CXO round-table on creating scalable global travel programmes as well as education sessions on the impact of payment solutions on business travel and duty of care within Indian companies. The forum will 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 Sundaram. “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.”

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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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