Category Archives: Events

JTB India selects Cvent to elevate the MICE experience in APAC

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JTB, has selected Cvent, a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, to provide the company and its customer base with a suite of event management solutions that will help them deliver bigger and better events. The ‘Gold Partnership’ highlights JTB India’s focus on addressing the complex and diverse needs of its clients by offering them the solutions they need to make their meetings and events more engaging, more strategic, and more impactful through the use of technology. Cvent’s technology will allow JTB, which manages more than 100 events in a year, to streamline their manual event planning processes and drive better efficiency and productivity within their overall events program. By utilizing Cvent’s event management technology, JTB India will not only reduce the overall cost associated with their events, but also enhance their compliance and data security measures giving attendees additional peace of mind. Commenting on the partnership, Norio Nakamura (aka DOJO San), Managing Director at JTB India said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Cvent in our efforts to become a ‘pioneer of Solutions Businesses within JTB Group’. As market leaders, both JTB and Cvent are well-positioned to help drive innovation in the meetings and events industry in the Asia Pacific region. We will also be happy to share the knowledge and expertise with other JTB offices across the globe, so they are able to scale their events programs quickly and successfully with Cvent’s solutions.” Sharing his comments, Anil Srinivasan, Executive Director at JTB India said, “The collaboration of Cvent and JTB India aims to bring advanced event technology solutions that will help solve the complex and diverse needs of the customers. Technology is essential to scale …

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AIME’s refreshed vision embraces Sustainability

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Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), has announced a series of partnerships with companies set to champion sustainability at the 2019 event. By collaborating with key partners that support the environmental vision for AIME’s future events, 2019 will see green initiatives showcased from Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), host venue for AIME; Decorative Events & Exhibitions (DE&E), creators of the new innovative exhibitor stand; and Harry the Hirer, building the bespoke infrastructure for the three-day event. “We’re extremely proud to have strong partnerships that have shared values in contributing positively to our environment. As part of our new vision we applied rigorous curation in all aspects of our planning, which includes setting our sights far beyond 2019 – forming the foundation for AIME events in years to come”, said Jay Martens, Event Director, Talk2 Media & Events. As the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star environmental rating, MCEC has placed sustainability at the core of their business priorities. Over the past three years the centre has reduced carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent, and is on track to achieve its target of 30 per cent by 2021 against 2015 levels. “We replaced over 600 light fittings to energy-efficient alternatives and have eliminated the use of all plastic water bottles in catering. These initiatives demonstrate that we are going far beyond a ‘tick box’ approach by implementing unique and innovative measures, which benefit Melbourne, the local community, and more directly, AIME’s environmental impact”, said Leighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer, MCEC. DE&E and their award-winning design team have created ‘The Embassy Suite’, a new sleek and stylish stand concept designed …

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 ends with a footfall of 400,000

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The twelfth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest literary festival, accessible and open to all, ended on a high note as the festival announced a total footfall of around 400,000 over the five days and hosted over 500 speakers from around 30 countries including Iceland, Norway, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Uganda, Australia, America, England, South Africa, Denmark and China. Over 250 Sessions featured conversations, debates and dialogue spanning themes ranging from the classics, war, espionage, intelligence, politics, environment and climate change, gender issues, entrepreneurship, science and technology, along with broader areas such as fiction, adapting screenplays, mythology, crime, history, cinema, art, activism and the psychological aftermath of migration. Conversations on the final day showcased a multiplicity of voices, from iconoclast novelists to experts and policy veterans, reflecting the truly global and relevant reach of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. With a large chunk of the audiences representing the young, the Festival’s outreach to shape minds and inspire imaginations has tremendous transformative potential. As always, the Festival empowered participants through the stories it told and the importance it continued to emphasise upon the idea of dialogue to seek solutions – something which the divisiveness of the modern world chooses often to dismiss. At the NEXA Front Lawn, Breaking Free: A New Kind of Beautiful had Manisha Koirala, Germaine Greer, Madhavi Menon and Sonal Mansingh in conversation with Sharad Paul in a discussion about breaking prejudices in perceptions of female beauty. Koirala stated that it was one’s “art and personality” that make someone beautiful. Madhavi Menon tried to find the reason for the rising number of people who are unhappy with their body; “Capital-ruled media thrives on the concept …

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ITB China to be held from May 15 to 17

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  ITB China — the largest exclusive B2B marketplace for the Chinese travel industry and will take place from May 15 to 17, 2019 in Shanghai. Recently, ITB China Buyers Circle launched its first offline event on customised and personalised outdoor activities designed for island trips in Wanning, on Hainan Island. The show also announced that it will launch the ITB China Buyers Circle in 2019, followed by the first of a series of offline events focusing on different key topics. Island trips is also one of the key topics of ITB China’s focus on “Customised and Themed Tours”. The event attracted more than 50 top buyers from the ITB China Buyers Circle to share their knowledge.

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Fitur 2019 to focus on MICE

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Being one of the most efficient global meeting points for tourism professionals, leading travel trade fair FITUR is looking to raise the bar in 2019. Organised by IFEMA at Feria de Madrid, FITUR is scheduled from January 23 to 27. According to Ana Larrañaga, Director, FITUR, 880 companies will be taking part this year — an increase of 9 per cent from last year. She is expecting that the number of attendees will surpass the last year’s numbers, when 251,000 delegates turned up for the show. Sharing her expectations and targets from the show, Larrañaga says, “Apart from this increased participation, we expect that the call for professionals will also be a complete success, in line with the improved figures for the tourism sector both in Spain and worldwide. To achieve this, we are also promoting initiatives like strengthening the programme for international buyers, especially in highly-specialised sectors such as MiCE, for which we are organising the new FITUR MITM – MiCE & BUSINESS B2B space. Talking about the theme of the show, she said that sustainability is one of the main themes of FITUR this year. “We are working hard to enrich and increase its content, both domestic and international. One of the most innovative initiatives will be the FITUR Cine/Screen Tourism space,” she emphasises. Commenting on the growth of inbound tourism in Spain and the traffic from India, she says, “The latest data indicates that more than 82 million tourists visited Spain in 2017, and in 2018, we expect to break the record again. Regarding the source market, as with other destinations, European countries are the leaders because they are closer and have easier transport connections, and within …

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ITM 2019 to be held from September 29-October 1

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The India Tourism Mart (ITM), organised by the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), will be tentatively held from September 29 to October 1, 2019, announced Subhash Goyal, Secretary General, FAITH. He also told that these dates are tentative, considering that any other inbound travel show like KTM as well as the National Tourism Awards would not clash with the same. This year, ITM had around 250 foreign buyers in attendance with an equal number of exhibitors. He also revealed that they are expecting around 500 buyers to come for the next year’s edition as they will have enough time to plan the event unlike this time, when they organised it within 2.5 months.

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International exhibitors set to return to AIME 2019

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Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of international exhibitors are returning to showcase at the 2019 event. Leading the comeback are the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Dubai Business Events & Convention Bureau (DBE), both identifying the opportunity to connect with the richest pool of quality international buyers attending AIME in many years.   This notable return to AIME comes as a result of the refreshed vision, which has overhauled the way that exhibitors take part in the event, sharpening the focus to a positive return on investment through rigorous curation of the buyer program and format that meetings are delivered.  “The interest that we’ve received from both international and regional exhibitors has been monumental. Whilst they span very different industries, they are all signing up for the same reason – to meet and connect with more quality buyers from across APAC who are ready to do business”, said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events. DBE last attended AIME in 2015, with Thailand last attending in 2017. TCEB is using the 2019 event as a major platform to meet with new and existing clients, maximise networking, as well as launch a global rewards program for event buyers. Endorsing AIME’s pre-eminence in the MICE market, TCEB Australia Representative, Nicole Tingey from Clockwise Consulting commented, “Australia and the broader APAC region has strong ties with the Kingdom of Thailand, and AIME presents the perfect opportunity to promote Thailand as a key destination for Business Events due to its excellent reputation for service, aviation links, high quality hotels, convention centres and appealing choice of experiences for …

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IFTM Top Resa in Paris from October 1-4, 2019

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All set to be held in Paris from October 1 to 4, 2019, IFTM Top Resa will offer business opportunities, events, talks and meetings, with more high-calibre visitors attending the event. The show will feature 34,000 industry professionals, with 20 per cent of them being international; 250 different destinations in France and overseas; 10 themed villages and 1,700 brands. Besides, a total of seven key events —the Inaugural Lunch, the Travel Agents Cup, the Startup Contest, the Hackathon, the Junior Travel Agents Cup, the After TO Party and a new evening event for Business Travel professionals, organised in partnership with AFTM, will also take place. The event will also comprise over 150 talks, seminars, workshops and training sessions for travel agents

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TCEB launches ‘Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events’

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched new campaign Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events to transform the organisation’s role from a supporter and marketer of business events hosted in Thailand, to that of a thought leader, partner, collaborator, co-creator and enabler of future solutions within the industry. The campaign will be underpinned by proactive marketing strategies and activities to attract more premium convention, meeting and incentive groups from long haul destinations like Europe and the Americas.  The campaign calls for collaboration between the Thai business events community and international event planners, to create new event content and strategies to drive stronger returns on investment, time, effort and engagement.  TCEB’s experience over the past 12 months – working with the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) in preparation for the SITE Global Conference happening from 11 to 14 January 2019 in Bangkok – embodies the spirit of true collaboration. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of TCEB, explains: “TCEBTCE and the Thailand host committee have been working for the past year to ensure that SITE’s conference content reflects the spirit of Thai hospitality and creative excellence. Delegates will experience amazing off-site social networking locations including cultural interactive experiences in locations along the Bangkok River.” “Thailand welcomes business events which centre on knowledge, creativity and culture, and provides opportunities to gain invaluable experience. As part of our new campaign ‘Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events’, we welcome global event planners such as SITE, to collaborate with our Thai community to create new experiences for participants using Thailand’s rich content. A cash reward programme has also been introduced to MICE agents and intermediaries, who accumulate meetings and incentives group numbers or spending in a year …

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PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 concluded in Khon Kaen with 300 delegates

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The PATA Destination Marketing Forum (PDMF), themed on ‘Growth with Goals’, welcomed over  290 delegates from 25 destinations. The event, hosted by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with the support of Khon Kaen Province, brought together delegates from the public and private sectors for insightful discussions on some of the major issues in marketing and managing tourism growth to lesser-known destinations. Dr Mario Hardy, PATA, CEO said, “This event stems from the need to help secondary and tertiary areas grow and develop into widely recognised, bucket-listed tourism destinations. Aligning with our advocacy theme of tourism dispersal, the forum shines the spotlight on new and emerging destinations, introducing delegates to lesser-known yet attractive corners of the world. It is designed to assist communities economically in these destinations by encouraging dispersion of tourists to new frontiers.” Delegates will herd from experienced industry professionals during the conference on major topics like ‘Status of Destination Management Around the World’, ‘Role of Local Experiences in Destination Marketing’, ‘Managing the Disconnect between Destination Organisations and Communities’, ‘Transborder Marketing. Case Studies of GMS’, ‘Fighting Undertourism Through Innovative Storytelling’, ‘Calculating our Impact as Destinations’ and ‘Leveraging Technology to Revolutionise the Travel Space’.    

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