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  • Cool Canada could be a hot ticket for the Indian events market

    “We are leaving money on the table in India.” That’s the view of Destination Canada’s President & CEO David F. Goldstein. He says Canada’s marketing needs to be realigned to India’s opportunities. He added: “There is a practical affinity because of the Indian communities in our country and India will...

  • Indian companies shun out-of-state conferences as new GST bites

    Indian companies are cancelling domestic conferences if the booking has been made at venues outside the state where they are registered. This follows a new tax regime Goods & Sales Tax (GST) that allows tax off-sets for business events, only if conducted within the home state of the host company....

  • Kuala Lumpur forms ‘alliance’ amid calls for convention bureau

    The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has persuaded local businesses to form an alliance aimed at promoting the city’s meetings and business events offer. The initiative comes as KLCC managers repeated calls for a city convention bureau. Until now enquiries have been handled at national level, through the Malaysian Convention and...

  • Malaysian MICE groups up 50 per cent but cut spending as Japan offers incentives

    Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has reported an increase of 50 per cent in corporate incentive arrivals from Malaysia in 2016. But MICE industry stakeholders have confirmed that their choice of programmes is simpler and spending has been downscaled, primarily due to a weak Malaysian currency. Jennifer Tan, director of...

  • PCMA acquires Asia society to educate agencies and grow footprint

    US-based Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has bought the Singapore-based Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) to promote education, accreditation and certification for agencies catering to corporate and business travel as well as meeting planners, in the Asia Pacific region. Sherrif Karamat, COO of PCMA, said: “We see...

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Resort boosts effort for MICE target markets

    Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s three hotels are targeting MICE groups with upgraded infrastructure built for meetings and events. Hong Kong Disneyland business solutions and events director, Karen Kwan, said: “In terms of positioning, we have a conference centre in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel so our new third hotel will...

  • France to cut visa processing time for Asian nations, including India

    France is cutting visa processing time for several Asian nations, including India, Thailand, The Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, as well as Russia, from an average of 10 days to a maximum of 48 hours. This is aimed to expedite the growth of overall tourism as well as for business...

  • Complaints about government tourism offices met by promises of change

    Private sector criticism of the Government of India’s overseas tourism promotion offices has led to promises of improvement. The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) claim that majority of these offices lacked senior officials and do not respond promptly. Assistance is also needed with bids for international congresses. This will...

  • Indian TIME travellers gather in Bangkok and Chiang Mai for future deals

      The Thailand Incentive and Meeting Exchange (TIME) 2017 organised this month by The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) for the Indian MICE trade. Themed ‘Mantra of the Golden Land’, TIME 2017 was held in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, with knowledge sessions, team-building activities, networking opportunities and city tours...

  • Thailand sets fresh direction for meetings and events growth

    Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) new president, Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, is keen to use the business events industry to play a larger part in developing Thailand. Chiruit said: “It is expected that in the 2017 budget year, there will be a total of 27 million MICE travellers in...

  • Future space battle as Hong Kong competes with Shenzhen and Guangzhou

      Hong Kong is facing a space crunch in their effort to expand and sustain the MICE business flow, with competition from neighbours Guangzhou and Shenzhen, who have added massive, modern convention venues. The MICE trade stakeholders in Hong Kong have suggested that the existing convention facilities in the city...

  • ALHI targets India and China in major expansion plans

      Meetings and incentive travel specialists Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) is planning to move into the India market in the next 12 months, according to chief sales officer Mark Sergot. And the 250-strong hotel collection also plans to open in the China market in the same time frame. Sergot...