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TTM+ 2019 showcased 351 buyers and 371 sellers

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Thailand’s most important B2B travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2019, attracted a total of 351 buyers (including 50 Indian buyers), 371 sellers, and around 130 international and domestic media on June 5. Themed ‘New Shades of Emerging Destinations’, TTM+ 2019 was held at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, the biggest marina in Southeast Asia. The mart that lasted for three days comes back this year in a bigger and brighter format that clearly reflects the new sense of direction in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global environment. The overall focus of the show will be Thailand’s emerging destinations nationwide, 55 provinces with spectacular beauty, heritage, cultural and culinary attractions. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, says, “This year’s theme reflects a strong continuation of our long-standing strategy to promote our emerging destinations with the aim of creating jobs and distributing revenue nationwide, from major cities to local communities, while creating sustainability by balancing the number of visitors to the destinations. Both international and domestic buyers will find these 55 emerging destinations perfectly suited to the needs of their clients, especially those who seek off-the-beaten-path holidays and repeaters looking for new products. In fact, we are already beginning to see results. In 2018, we recorded six million (6,223,183) trips by foreign tourists to these cities, a growth of +4.95 percent over 2017.”

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TCEB roadshows in India leverages potential in secondary MiCE cities

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Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) aims to tap into secondary MiCE cities in India through its MiCE roadshows, eyeing to attract more than 13,000 visitors into Thailand to boost meetings and incentives market by which can generate over 1,000 MB of revenue. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organisation) or TCEB, disclosed that TCEB has been thinking highly of MiCE markets in India, which is considered the second largest in terms of number of MiCE travellers after China. As a market with high potentiality in terms of population and economic growth, TCEB recognised the cities and thus joined forces with Thai entrepreneurs to hold roadshows to promote meetings and incentives in secondary cities of India. During March to April, two roadshows were held. The first show was held in Hyderabad and Jayapura, as these two were big cities with the readiness of MiCE travel agents. Also, these two cities are distinct with high potentiality and tendency to encourage working people to have their meetings and incentives events in Thailand. The second roadshow was held in Kolkata and Lucknow, which are secondary cities with a small number of MiCE travellers. Interestingly, there are a good number of travel agents with high potentiality to develop as MiCE travel agents in the future. TCEB realises that the preparation of networking with agents at the early stage in secondary cities will help to form long-term business relationship, which is a key factor in dealing with the Indians. Overall, the two roadshows were soundly responded. It is expected that the events will bring a total of 63 meetings and incentives events from India into Thailand.

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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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IMWF 2019 witnessed participation of 94 buyers

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The stalwarts from the global MiCE and wedding industry came together for fourth International MICE & Wedding Forum (IMWF), which was powered by Inventum Global at Antalya Rixos Premium Belek from May 12-16. The event had around 46 exhibitors and a total of 94 buyers, out of which 54 were from India. Antalya and Turkey were well promoted and highlighted with the IMWF 2019 by the magnificent night at the Ancient Theater of Aspendos as well as the breath-taking nights and events. Being the largest event organised by any institution or organisation with the budget of 2 million Euro until today, IMWF has provided a substantial added value to the promotion and economy of Turkey. The forum, with the participants on CEO level from the premium wedding agencies shaping the world’s wedding sector, particularly India, has substantially contributed for the promotion of Antalya and the global event sector by means of the biggest promotional activity of India and Turkey’s tourism history. IMWF was founded under the partnership of Asil Akar and Bünyat Özpak, organising major groups such as domestic and overseas congresses, conferences and Indian weddings and the event marketing corporation founded under the partnership of Necip Fuat Ersoy.

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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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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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MICE Show Asia 2019 to be held in Singapore from Oct 16-18

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Messe Berlin (Singapore) will be organising the inaugural MICE Show Asia 2019 in Singapore. The three-day business-to-business travel trade show will take place from October 16-18, 2019, at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands. Co-located with ITB Asia, the show will highlight Asia’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector. The gathering will see professionals from the incentive travel, meetings, and events industries come together to discuss the latest trends, hear from up-and-coming MICE innovators, and network with suppliers. “The MICE sector in APAC continues to thrive, with the region expected to witness the highest growth rate in the next 5 years. After successfully organising ITB Asia for 12 years, we noticed the fast-growing demand for the MICE and corporate travel segments. MICE Show Asia 2019 seeks to capture this growing demand and I am confident participants will gain the highest value at this show,” said Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of MICE Show Asia. MICE Show Asia 2019 will bring together participants of which 47% are from MICE Agencies, 26% from Corporates such as Meetings & Incentive Planners, 15% from Professional Conference or Exhibition Organisers, 9% of attendees will be from Association buyers, and 3% will be present as Independent Planners. Over 60% of MiCE buyers are from Asia-pacific (APAC) countries. According to a forecast published by Allied Market Research on the global MiCE market, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 8.6% through to 2023. Expanding demand particularly in Singapore, China, and India, alongside market drivers such as ease of visa restrictions, investments in better infrastructure, and high demand in commercial aviation are fuelling the upward …

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Indaba 2019: 1828 Buyers

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The South African Tourism annual tourism showcase, Africa’s Travel Indaba, saw a promising conglomeration of some 1828 buyers from 88 countries and over more than 1000 exhibitors at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, from May 2-4, 2019. The event serves as one of the largest platforms for Africa’s tourism industry to showcase the extensiveness of its products to an international market. Derek Hanekom, Minister, Tourism, Government of South Africa, said, “Africa’s Travel Indaba has become synonymous with storytelling. This continent is teeming with stories and folklore which are woven into all the products and experiences that are showcased here. In 2018, Africa reached 67 million international tourist arrivals, a growth of 7 per cent over 2017. This represents 5 per cent of all global international arrivals, up nearly 14 mn from the low of 2015. On the African continent, we have grown at an average of 8 per cent for three years in a row.” The Minister also shared that UNWTO predicts that 1.8 billion people will be travelling globally by 2030, and that Africa will increase its share from the current 5 to 7 per cent of all global arrivals. While buyers at Indaba include tour operators, online booking companies and DMCs from across the world, the exhibitor profile includes provincial authorities, tour operators, game lodges, luxury products, etc., from as many as 20 African nations. The India market continues to be a significant contributor to Africa’s, particularly South Africa’s, international tourist arrival numbers, and Indaba is seen as one of the most significant events to help strengthen this relationship even further. Addressing delegates at Indaba 2019, the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, highlighted the 10 …

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Hyatt to focus on MiCE potential in Kerala, unveils 3 hotels

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With an aim to promote Kerala as a destination for MiCE, wedding and leisure travel, Hyatt Hotels group has announced the opening three more hotels in Kerala besides its Grand Hyatt in Kochi. Two of the hotels will be unveiled in Malayattoor near Kochi and in Thrissur this year. The one in Thiruvananthapuram will be opened next year. According to Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager, Grand Hyatt, Kochi, “All the three will belong to Hyatt Regency category.” He stated that the hotel in Thiruvananthapuram will be the biggest among the three with 200 rooms. The Thrissur hotel will have 77 rooms while the one in Malayattoor will be comparatively small hotel. With one of the largest convention centres in the country, Grand Hyatt, Kochi hosted 250 MiCE events, over 200 weddings and social events in last one year. “The city will see more national and international events and conventions in the coming months,” he added. Source: ET

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