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  • IndiGo and Malindo Air open new access to Malaysia

    Malaysia’s efforts to attract larger number of Indian incentive groups received a boost with new flights introduced by IndiGo, the Indian low-cost carrier and Malindo Air, the Kuala Lumpur-based airline. IndiGo will commence new daily services linking Kuala Lumpur from New Delhi and Bangalore on November 15, becoming the only...

  • Thailand seeks to include more cities in the MICE net

    Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has chalked out a masterplan to be implemented in 2019 for several to be categorized as international MICE cities, regional MICE cities and domestic MICE cities. The cities earmarked for destination management, marketing and development are Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Phitsanulok, Songkhla, Surat Thani,...

  • US$1 million bid fund to boost Indonesia’s international meetings results

    Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced US$1 million bid fund in 2019 to increase its market share of international meetings. Arief Yahya, Indonesia’s minister of tourism, said: “Business events are a high-yielding sector and we encourage the industry to bid for events while the government provides the funding.” Aside from...

  • Worldwide events industry worth more than US$1 trillion, says latest research

    A new research project has valued the global business events industry at more than US$1 trillion. The preliminary results were announced by The Events Industry Council (EIC) at Imex America in Las Vegas with detailed full report results available next month. The worldwide study of the economic significance of face-to-face...

  • Hosted buyers from India enjoy record-breaking Imex America in Las Vegas

    The economic impact of trade show Imex America 2018 on Las Vegas was estimated to be US$19 million, according to Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority. Tull revealed the astonishing figure at the final press conference of the show at the Sands Expo and...

  • Finland targets India among Asian countries to grow meetings and incentives

    Finland is aiming to attract incentive groups and conferences from five Asian countries that have shown the maximum potential for growth. These are India, China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, all of which have shown significant growth in leisure tourism to Finland. Mervi Toivonen, head of Visit Finland, stated that...

  • Malaysia Airlines offers new deals for corporate incentive groups

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has stepped up its focus on the events business by offering a range of new facilities specifically targeted at incentive groups. Arved Nikolaus von zur Muehlan, chief commercial officer of Malaysia Airlines, said the new offerings will include dedicated check-in counters for incentive groups, special in-flight announcements...

  • Taj pays 75 per cent hike to retain iconic New Delhi hotel

    Tata Group’s Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has retained the iconic Taj hotel on Mansingh Road in a fiercely contested NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) auction. Taj Group won the Mansingh property in an e-auction at 3.2 per cent of gross turnover. India’s leading hospitality chains IHCL and ITC Hotels...

  • Industry associations form the Business Events Council Malaysia

    Eight Malaysian industry associations have signed a memorandum of understanding to form the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) in an effort to increase Malaysia’s competitiveness as a preferred business events destination. The agreement was signed during the Business Events Forum organised by MACEOS. BECM is currently headed by Alan Pryor,...

  • Canada targets  stampede of Indian meetings and incentive groups

    Destination Canada is revving up its marketing effort to entice more Indian outbound travellers to visit Canada, a plan that targets the millennials as well as corporate business groups and incentive tours. This is in alignment with the North Star 22 agreement with the provinces, who will work in a...

  • Indian corporate groups look to Japan for learning experiences

    Indian and south-east Asian corporate groups are looking at Japan as a business events destination as a result of unique learning opportunities stimulating their interest in the country. Industry stakeholders and corporate buyers say the country is increasingly seen as a place where corporate visitors can grow professionally. Etsuko Kawasaki,...

  • Sikkim’s new Pakyong airport opens doors to Eastern Himalayas

    India launched its 100th airport at Pakyong in the north-eastern state of Sikkim in the Himalayas. When fully operational, it will emerge as a boon for tourism business in the entire eastern Himalayan region, including Darjeeling and Sikkim. Besides Bagdogra airport in Northern West Bengal, which was the sole airport...