Category Archives: MICE

TCEB Launches “Virtual Meeting Space” – Silvija Travel Tips

 TCEB launches the “Virtual Meeting Space” project, providing support for MICE entrepreneurs to keep their business alive by running business events online and re-skilling their manpower via a virtual platform. Another project “COVID-19 Free Meetings” will support MICE venue to upgrade their safety and health standards. The two projects are in response to the spread of the COVID-19 and global lockdown, which put physical events and activities to a halt.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, stated that as a government agency, TCEB has initiated and will implement the two projects as part of the government’s economic relief measures, which will benefit MICE entrepreneurs and workforce, such as tax reduction, an extension of the tax filing period, higher tax deduction, reducing interest rate for debt, soft loan, an extension of electricity bill payment, wage compensation, etc. 

  “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the postponement and cancellation of MICE events worldwide.  Online or virtual platform has become an alternative for events that can ensure business survival. Thai entrepreneurs need to adapt themselves to such business platform. In this respect, TCEB has designed two key projects. The first one “Virtual Meeting Space” (VMS) is to enable Thai MICE entrepreneurs to continue their business and to re-skill their workforce and the other, “COVID-19 Free Meetings”, aims to assist MICE venue operators to upgrade the safety standard of their facilities”.

To run “Virtual Meeting Space” or VMS project, TCEB will provide support for holding events on the online platform in 3 categories:

  • Webinar – TCEB will support in the preparation and management of this online platform. This includes production and preparation of a studio for LIVE, as well as, technical co-ordination and system monitoring during LIVE. The organizers can run their slide presentation during the meeting session, while interaction to share experiences, discussion with the speaker, Q&A and a poll or survey can be conducted. The session can cater up to 10,000 attendees at a time.
  • O2O (Offline to Online) – This platform caters to exhibitions. TCEB will support in the arrangement and management of an online platform for exhibitors, as well as, support for LIVE streaming from either a studio or the organizer’s venue. The support covers sequencing, production, controlling, system monitoring during LIVE streaming and preparation of technical co-ordination. Exhibitors can showcase their activities, products and services as needed. The online payment system is also equipped to boost sales volume.
  • E-Learning Platform – It is an online learning centre for MICE entrepreneurs to re-skill or up-skill their workforce. There are six courses run from May to October 2020 by Southeast Asia Center or SEAC on YourNextU platform:  1. Project Management 2. Inter-personnel Skills 3. Management 4. Communication 5. Entrepreneurship and 6. Digital. Learners will receive a certification from TCEB if they complete course requisites. TCEB welcomes application from 250 MICE entrepreneurs. 

The VMS project will begin in May 2020 onward. For enquiry, please contact MICE Intelligence and Innovation Department, TCEB, at E-mail: vms@tceb.or.th  

    For the second project, “COVID-19 FREE Meetings”, TCEB will provide 30,000 baht subsidy for each MICE premise to formulate plans and prepare tools that fit the measures in the screening and prevention of COVID-19 stipulated by the Ministry of Public Health. For example, the installation of body temperature monitoring system, the screening of body temperature before participation, the screening of delegate’s timeline, the preparation of hand-washing points and alcohol dispensers, the practice of social distancing, etc. The project aims to help the venues gain confidence in their health and safety measures from the clients.

 To be eligible for the support of this project, the venue must be certified with Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) or hotel entrepreneurs must be members of the Thai Hotel Association (THA). TCEB forecasts that the project will be able to support up to 216 MICE venues nationwide under the 6,480,000 baht budget. 

 COVID-19 FREE Meetings project will be running from April to June 2020. Enquiry and registration for support can be made with MICE Capabilities Department, TCEB, at E-mail: MICEstandards@gmail.com 

  “Apart from the two projects, TCEB has set up the TCEB COVID-19 Information Center to serve as a communication centre during this critical period. The centre will monitor, compile, examine and assess the information, especially the impacts of the disease on the MICE industry, and produce recommendations for the industry. The second task of the centre is to update the situation, especially government’s rules, regulations and announcements, and publicise them to the industry so that they are kept abreast of the development that may impact their business and plans.” concluded Mr. Chiruit. 

Source: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau

U.S. Travel’s IPW Returns to Las Vegas May 10-14, 2021 – Silvija Travel Tips

The U.S. Travel Association has announced that its annual trade show, IPW, will next be held in Las Vegas May 10-14, 2021. This year’s IPW, scheduled to convene in Las Vegas on May 30, 2020, was forced to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The previously scheduled 2021 host city, Chicago, agreed to step aside for next year and will assume the host mantle in 2025.

“This is incredibly welcome good news amid the serious challenges facing the travel industry, the country and the world,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Cancelling this year’s IPW was difficult though clearly necessary call and our future host cities came together to achieve a win-win outcome for the future of the event.”

Dow continued: “As we look to recover from this health emergency and the resulting economic crisis, it is fitting that we will be able to hold IPW in Las Vegas, a city that epitomizes the economic power of travel and tourism. We are deeply grateful to Chicago, which had one of the most successful IPWs in recent memory as a first-time host in   2014, for their flexibility, generosity and collaborative spirit.”

Other future host sites—Orlando in 2022, San Antonio in 2023, and Los Angeles in 2024—remain unchanged.

IPW is the country’s leading international inbound travel trade show, driving $5.5 billion in future travel to the United States. At IPW, travel buyers (including international tour operators, wholesalers and receptive operators) meet face-to-face with sellers of U.S. travel product (representing accommodations, destinations, attractions, retail, transportation companies and more), transacting business that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips.

Another serendipity from the reshuffling of dates: IPW 2021 will be held in the newly constructed West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Thank you to the leadership at the U.S. Travel Association for inviting Las Vegas to host its IPW 2021 trade show,” said Steve Hill, CEO/President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Like many of our industry colleagues, we are anxious to   contribute to the travel and tourism recovery efforts, and know that IPW bringing travel trade decision-makers from across the globe together is an important step in that process.”

“Brand USA is honoured to serve as the Premier Sponsor for the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW. As the nation’s destination marketing organization, IPW offers Brand USA the biggest stage and brightest lights to showcase our collective success to a global network of key industry stakeholders,” said Christopher Thompson, Brand USA President and  CEO. “We look forward to the opportunity to reconnect with industry friends and remind the world about all of the diverse destinations and amazing experiences across the   United States. We will see you back in Las Vegas in 2021.”

“This important decision was a collaboration between U.S. Travel and Choose Chicago. Having the privilege of hosting IPW in June of 2025 in Chicago will be a tremendous opportunity for us and our partners,” said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago. “Equally important, we look forward to travelling to Las Vegas next year to continue our partnership and engagement with the global travel community.”Download Media

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ILTM Cannes – Silvija Travel Tips

ILTM Cannes 2019 was held over 4 Days, 70,000 Meetings, 6000 Travel Industry Professionals, over 100 VIP Media, 1885 Exhibitors, 1850 Buyers and countless events and networking.

As always, Cannes’ main drag, La Croisette became the venues for parties, entertainment, award ceremonies, The Travel and Leisure Women in Travel breakfast, The ILTM official party, and many more individual social gatherings for exhibitors and buyers alike. The hub of the show – Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hosted the event itself and its opening session, the Global Forum.

ILTM Cannes also hosted over 70 of the world’s most influential travel editors from publications that are the voice of luxury travel to their high-net-worth readers around the world and there were other VIP media who attended independently. Exhibitors are given the opportunity to brief them through speed networking and briefings plus one-to-one meetings organised over the course of the week.

Winston Chesterfield of Barton Consulting presented at this year’s Leaders Lunch where some 50 industry CEOs met to hear how the ecosystem of travel is a new way of covering everything about travel that is not lodging and transport. The WealthX report highlighted how the total spend on activities, food, drink and entertainment is some $1.54trillion a year and concluded that if luxury travel were a country, its value would mean it would be within the world’s top 15 economies.

The ecosystem of travel developed into the theme of this year’s event, with participants showing how sustainability, conscious travel, culture, and the environment take the front of the stage for most luxury travel brands and also the traveller into the new decade. Albert Herrera SVP Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso travel presented their trends to the media, showing that in general 48% of their client’s rate preserving natural and cultural heritage as important, 39% want experiences that benefit local people and the economy and 41% expect to adopt environmentally friendly practices. Top of “what matters to travellers” is culture, accommodation, food, new experiences and activities/atmosphere.

Michelle Woodley, President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, expanded on how important ILTM is to their business year on year. “We have been coming to ILTM for more than 15 years, and every year we have more and more demand from our hotels to attend. But the reason we really like to be there is that it’s a great place to see a lot of buyers from around the world, I’m always really surprised at how many buyers outside of the European region come to this show”.

Carolyn Kremins, President of Skift supported the right mix of meetings with socialising that makes ILTM so special. “I love ILTM, this is one of my most favourite events to be at. It’s a great way to get business done over good meetings, great drinks and nightlife all combined in one. ILTM is special because it’s a mix of all of the great things coming together in one, good business and good fun – quite exhausting but in the best possible way.”

ILTM also provides journalists with endless news and introductions to luxury travel brands that they might not ever meet or know about. Anna Chernikova of L’Official Russia said “ILTM is the most important opportunity to gather news about the entire industry. I plan the following 12 months according to what I hear and learn from interviews and briefings.”

As part of the conscious travel theme, this year’s RETREAT on the show floor created a respite area for participants to experience to seek some downtime which ranged from a Six Senses massage to a SHA Wellness brain analysis, Yoga Nidra offered instantaneous deep rest and relaxation and Canyon Ranch presented relaxing reiki and there was also an excellent sports physicist to help get people moving. Denise Bruzzone of Canyon Ranch in the US commented, “It was our first time here and we wanted to capture the worldwide appetite for wellness. I was really surprised by the number of buyers especially from new markets for us, specifically the US, France and Spain.”

Paul Dhadda of Exquisite Travel Group in the US attended ILTM as a buyer and tried several sessions; “You never get a chance to reset yourself during an exhibition such as this, you are up late at night and early in the morning, so I came here and picked up a few tips and a little recovery – it was an amazing opportunity. I had my spine realigned by a specialist and was given tips on how to stretch more. I felt a sense of calmness after the session, so I am good to go again back to the show floor”.

Alison Gilmore, Portfolio Director of the ILTM Portfolio concluded: “The overwhelming support from the industry for ILTM demonstrates the real value of the show for luxury travel business. We are already looking forward to ILTM Cannes 2020 and a new decade of continuing to work with our partners and support their business opportunities, business growth and ultimately their business relationships.”

ILTM Cannes 2020 takes place 7 – 10 December 2020. For further information, please see www.iltm.com

Medical Tourism Market Size Worth $207.9 Billion By 2027 – Silvija Travel Tips

The global medical tourism market size is expected to reach USD 207.9 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 21.1%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Medical tourism generates direct foreign exchange income and contributes to the overall development of any economy. It provides employment and business opportunities for residents. Moreover, it helps in the growth of associated businesses such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare devices, and tourism. Government support to maintain the general reputation and political stability of the host country is a key influencing factor that drives the market.

Key suggestions from the report:

  • Thailand dominated the market in terms of revenue in 2019 pertaining to the huge difference in treatment cost in comparison to developed countries. Around 2.8 million people visited Thailand to seek medical care in 2018 owing to low cost and good quality healthcare services
  • In 2016, Thailand ranked 18th in the International Healthcare Research Center’s Medical Tourism Index. Moreover, the country ranked 13th on the same index in terms of quality of facilities and services provided owing to well-developed healthcare infrastructure and an increasing number of healthcare professionals
  • In Thailand, Asia’s first largest private hospital, Bumrungrad International Hospital, is also the first hospital to receive JCI accreditation and ISO 9001 certification. Till date, over 53 private hospitals have received JCI accreditation
  • Singapore, Colombia, Taiwan, and Spain are some of the fastest-growing medical tourism destinations in the medical tourism market. Medical tourism is one of the important factors for revenue generation for these countries. They have an advanced healthcare infrastructure and skilled manpower to cater to international patients
  • Thailand is popular for cosmetic procedures and India is most preferred for cardiovascular and orthopaedic procedures. Brazil and Costa Rica are preferred for dental procedures.

Read the 140 page research report with ToC on “Medical Tourism Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Country (Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, Czech Republic), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 – 2027” Link to the report:  https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/medical-tourism-market

Government authorities are willing to invest in local enterprises to capitalize on the growth of the market. Such government bodies are authorizing projects that help in the overall development of infrastructure in the country such as the public transport system and water supply facilities to attract high-end travellers.

Medical tourism has led to a rise in state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in developing countries to attract foreign nationals, resulting in the fast growth of healthcare infrastructure in such countries. Moreover, healthcare providers now offer comprehensive tour packages that include services ranging from ticket booking to hotel stay and healthcare insurance. 

Grand View Research has segmented the global medical tourism market based on countries:

  • Medical Tourism Country Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 – 2027)
    • Thailand
    • India
    • Costa Rica
    • Mexico
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore
    • Brazil
    • Colombia
    • Turkey
    • Taiwan
    • South Korea
    • Czech Republic
    • Spain

Find more research reports on Healthcare IT Industry, by Grand View Research:

  • Wellness Tourism Market – The global wellness tourism market size was valued at USD 683.3 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.1% over the forecast period.
  • Care Management Solutions Market – The global care management solutions market size was valued at USD 7.5 billion in 2017 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 17.0% over the forecast period.
  • Healthcare Information Systems Market – The global healthcare information systems market size was estimated at USD 85.6 billion in 2016 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 7.7% over the forecast period.

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Grand View Research, U.S.-based market research and consulting company, provides syndicated as well as customized research reports and consulting services. Registered in California and headquartered in San Francisco, the company comprises over 425 analysts and consultants, adding more than 1200 market research reports to its vast database each year. These reports offer in-depth analysis of 46 industries across 25 major countries worldwide. With the help of an interactive market intelligence platform, Grand View Research helps Fortune 500 companies and renowned academic institutes understand the global and regional business environment and gauge the opportunities that lie ahead.

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MICE News 2022 – okohama Convention & Visitors Bureau – Silvija Travel Tips


The 12th Asia Pacific General Galvanizing Conference (APGGC) will be held in Yokohama, Japan from Sunday, 29 May 29 to Thursday 2 June 2022. Drawing 350 participants from around the world, this will be the second time for Japan to host the conference, the last time being 28 years ago in 1994.

Under the concept of “For a Sustainable Future: Think Zinc!,” the event will feature presentations about world-class technology, as well as about products and technologies regarding general (batch) hot-dip galvanizing from companies around the world. The conference is expected to attract participants from the industry as a whole, including corrosion specialists, steel producers and fabricators.

Japan’s bid to host the conference was successful for a number of reasons, including the proposal made by the Japanese host, Japan Galvanizers Association, Inc., that showcased its traditions and high standards, the association’s passion and vision, the convenient access by public transport of the host city, Yokohama, Japan’s reputation as a safe country, and the cooperative partnership among everyone involved in the bid, including the national and local governments. These aspects were viewed highly by Asia Pacific General Galvanizing Association members, who voted unanimously to hold the conference in Japan.

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau and Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama (PACIFICO Yokohama) extended assistance to Japan Galvanizers Association, Inc. with its bid to host the conference in Japan.

Conference overview

  • Name: 12th Asia Pacific General Galvanizing Conference (APGGC)
  • Dates: May 29 (Sun.) to June 2 (Thurs.), 2022
  • Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama Conference Center
  • Estimated attendance: 350 (250 from outside Japan)
  • Estimated countries represented: Approx. 25 countries and regions
  • Conference theme: “For a Sustainable Future: Think Zinc!”

Past Conferences:

2019: Bangkok, Thailand
2016: Bali, Indonesia
2013: Singapore
2010: Taipei, Taiwan
2007: Beijing, Mainland China

*Japan Galvanizers Association, Inc. (JGA)

Through the elevation of galvanizing technologies and improvements to business management, the JGA strives for the sound development of the industry, seeking to strengthen the erosion-proof and rust-proof functions of galvanizing on iron and steel to improve the quality of steel structures. Through the wide-ranging promotion of this technology, it aims to contribute to the enhancement of social capital, conservation of resources, and protection of the global environment.

SOURCE Yokohama Convention & Visitors Burea

Eaton Hotel , Hong Kong – Silvija Travel Tips

Eaton, Hong Kong is a four-star superior Hong Kong hotel located at the heart of Kowloon peninsula. The hotel is pleasing, fun and quite irresistible to the smart travellers, simply because Eaton, Hong Kong is a modern Hong Kong hotel that enthusiastically offers everything you could possibly desire.

Eaton HK pioneers an interdisciplinary hotel experience to travellers seeking inspiration, innovation and impact. The hotel set the stage for residing guests, locals and house members to congregate around creativity and consciousness-building. Eaton Hotel offers provocative content and programming, social and creative incubators, as well as a radical approach to food and beverage, wellness and the arts. Each hotel’s ethos and design reflects the city it resides in, resulting in a diverse portfolio of properties aligned by a shared social mission.

Eaton, Hong Kong is ideally situated at 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon in Hong Kong’s famous “Golden Mile” shopping and commercial district. The hotel combines elegant simplicity and impeccable functionality to create hassle-free comfort in 465 rooms and suites, which are stylishly furnished in pleasing warm earth tones with dashes of natural colour. Sink into exceptionally sumptuous new bedding for the same comfort and luxury of an ultra-premium hotel.

To make our planet a better place to live, the hotel has acted proactively on environmental protection and social well-being. An environmental social Sustainability Policy Statement is adopted throughout the hotel. The property mitigates its environmental footprint by minimising energy, water consumption and waste production. They have also committed to enhancing the sustainability of the local communities through supporting local NGOs, volunteer services and charitable activities.

www.eatonworkshop.com

Splash Beach Resort named 5-star Thailand MICE venue – Silvija Travel Tips

Awarded and recognized by the Thai Hotels Association & Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau splash beach resort.

Following the resort inspection and audit by the committees in 2019, Splash Beach Resort, Maikhao Phuket in January 2020 was named 5-star resort standard by Thailand Hotel Standard Foundation at Thai Hotels Associations Certificate Presentation Ceremony for a 5-star resort standard from Khun Supawan Tanomkieatipum, The President of Thailand Hotel Association during the 18th Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Associations Conference 2020 at Samyan Mitrtown in Bangkok, Thailand.

The resort has also recently received Thailand MICE Venue Standard certified by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau with a standard tool in place to systematically measure the quality of venues for hosting MICE events in Thailand and ensure that MICE & Events planners can run MICE businesses following international standards.

With the resort’s key features for MICE and Weddings, Splash Beach Resort offers various event venues including beachfront options and up to 1,000 SQM pillar-less Conference Centre in Phuket and has been catering for 7,900 delegates for MICE business from October 2018 – October 2019 and expecting at least 1,200 delegates during 1st quarter of 2020.

Splash Beach Resort on Maikhao Phuket is owned and operated by CCD Hotel & Resort Limited. John O’Shea who is the resort’s Managing Director and a veteran hotelier with over 40-year experience with Starwood and Langham is passionate and together with the owners will continue to bring the resort to the next level. “we are focused on continually improving our integrated destination on Maikhao beach and adding new future facilities that will enhance the resort. We have already opened some spectacular new Pool Villas and other projects planned are new restaurants, night club, kids club, beach club and spa” added John O’Shea, the resort Managing Director.

The resort is also planning to extend its already comprehensive Conference facilities which would make it becomes the largest and most versatile conference space on the island of Phuket.

For more information, please visit www.splashbeachresort.com

IBTM announces partnership with SACEOS’ SMF for IBTM Asia Pacific – Silvija Travel Tips

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced that it has entered a letter of agreement to partner the renowned Asia-Pacific MICE industry business conference SMF (Singapore MICE Forum) with its newest Business Event, IBTM Asia Pacific. This “SMF x IBTM Asia Pacific” initiative comes at the back of the recent agreement between Singapore Tourism Board and IBTM Asia Pacific signed at the opening day of IBTM World in Barcelona. With the combined support of the Singapore Tourism Board and SACEOS, IBTM Asia Pacific is poised to become the leading trade event for the MICE Industry in the region.

Running in partnership with SACEOS (Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers) – the national trade association for meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions and events in Singapore – SMF2020 will take place over 1.5 days at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre from Monday 6th of April, followed by IBTM Asia Pacific on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th of April 2020.

SMF is SACEOS’ flagship industry business event; over the years, SMF has grown to be the choice platform for the regional MICE industry to gain new insights from luminaries in both our core and adjacent industries; exchange views and share experiences on how we can enhance our business. SMF will bring together a group of 500+ event professionals for 1.5 days of focussed discussions on how event design, as well as digital and community engagement, are becoming cornerstones of business success. Expert speakers will share and exchange views on proven transformative ideas and how the industry can make choices. As they say “To do the right thing or not, is a choice. To disrupt or not, is also a choice”. SMF2020 will bring together possibilities for organisations to adopt easily and promises to be a dynamic and inspiring experience like none other. 

The Forum will be structured around five key themes; innovation; technology; design; sustainability and event trends and will include a combination of dynamic talks, campfire sessions and case studies from thought leaders within and outside of the industry, to bring discussions to life and provide tangible outtakes and learnings for participants.

Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, commented: “We know from our extensive research prior to launching IBTM Asia Pacific, that there’s a real appetite for education in the Asia Pacific region and we’re delighted that we’re going to be delivering on that through our partnership with SACEOS. SMF 2020 will provide an inspiring and educational kick-off to our inaugural event and I’m looking forward to announcing more details in due course.”

As the national trade association for business events, one of SACEOS’ objectives is to provide a platform to develop a digitally-ready and future-ready MICE industry. The agenda of SMF is one of SACEOS’ key initiatives to encourage conversations and showcase of the Asia Pacific MICE industry and is a platform to catalyse MICE stakeholders to be wired for the future.   

Mr Aloysius Arlando, SACEOS President, said: “SACEOS aims to inspire our industry by taking the lead to upend itself, the bold step to disrupt, and forge partnerships to create a refreshed future. Through this partnership with one of the world’s largest organisers, Reed Exhibitions, we can pool our strengths together with a longer term goal for SMF and IBTM Asia Pacific to lead and define the MICE industry in this region.”

IBTM Asia Pacific will bring together a high calibre group of international, APAC regional and local meeting planners and exhibitors for two days of pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings, education and networking. The event will be under-pinned by IBTM’s sophisticated, industry-leading Hosted Buyer programme which creates personalised appointment diaries for Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to ensure that delegates only meet people with whom there’s a very good chance of doing business.

For more information, or to register interest, visit: ibtmasiapacific.com

Cvent CEO Urges MICE Professionals Worldwide to Embrace Their Entrepreneurial Spirit – Silvija Travel Tips

CEO and Founder Reggie Aggarwal delivered an inspirational keynote speech to more than 1,300 event and hospitality professionals at the third annual Cvent CONNECT Europe industry conference in London today. Aggarwal urged attendees, and the MICE industry at large, to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit, uncover new business opportunities, and find ways to capitalise on the growing MICE industry, which is projected to reach 1$1.4 billion by 2025.

Reflecting on Cvent’s 20th anniversary this year, Aggarwal shared an honest account of the path to Cvent’s success. “When I started the company, we had one product, and one vision: Online event registration,” said Aggarwal. “In 20 years, we’ve grown from a handful of people working in my parent’s basement to a company with more than 4,300 employees providing an entire event management platform to planners, marketers, and hoteliers around the world. Our journey has been full of ups and downs, but we are extremely proud of the industry-leading company we have become today, and we’re excited about what the next 20 years will bring.”

Cvent now has more than 27,000 customers and 300,000 users worldwide. Through its cutting-edge technology, the company has powered more than 3.5 million events for some of the most recognised brands in the world and has helped hundreds of thousands of hotels and venues connect with their customers and grow their MICE business. Cvent went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013 and went private in a $1.65 billion transaction in November 2016.

In Europe, the company has seen nearly 50% growth and Request-for-Proposal (RFP) value sourced through the Cvent Supplier Network has increased 35% year-over-year highlighting continued MICE growth in the region. Cvent has expanded its headcount across Europe and now has nearly 200 employees to support the local customer base and address the growing demand for meetings and events technology.

Hyatt Announces Plans for Andaz Macau – Silvija Travel Tips

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with Galaxy Entertainment Group to develop a new Andaz property in Macau, China. The hotel, expected to open in the first half of 2021 as part of the ever-expanding Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, will mark the entry of the Andaz brand into Macau.

Andaz Macau will comprise over 700 rooms and suites, an Andaz Lounge, a bar and restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and an indoor pool. The hotel is directly connected to Galaxy International Convention Center and 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena with a dedicated private lounge catering to large Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions (MICE) groups. The hotel is also part of the Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, providing guests easy access to 11.8 million square feet (1.1 million square meters) of unique entertainment, shopping with over 200 world-renowned luxury brands, leisure attractions and more than 120 dining options.

Andaz, meaning ‘personal style’ in Hindi, encapsulates the brand’s passion to connect with its guests and to experience the world through their eyes, and it also speaks to the uniqueness of the brand’s properties. From New York to London to Shanghai, and most recently to Seoul, Andaz hotels and resorts are known to stimulate the senses through distinctively local and authentic experiences. Rather than merely visit a destination, guests are invited to truly engage and connect with the surrounding locale and culture.

IT&CM China 2020 – Silvija Travel Tips

The Leading International MICE Event in China, IT&CM China 2020 will be held from the 19-21 March 2020 at Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing. This is the 13th instalment of the international MICE event that seeks to “Promote China to the World and the World to China.

The event has the support of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), China Business Event Federation (CBEF), City Conference &Event Executive Union (CCEU), ChangSha Meeting Industry Association, China Association of Travel Services MICE Committee, International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO), International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), Korea MICE Association, Philippine Council of Association and Association Executives (PCAAE), Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Industries Association (SCEIA), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and World PCO Alliance.

Co-located with CTW China as China’s only double-bill event In MICE and Corporate Travel, IT&CM China is part of the IT&CM Events series by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. This event is co-organised by CITS International M.I.C.E. a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITS (China International Travel Service), and MP International.

For more information on IT&CM China, visit www.itcmchina.com

ABOUT CTW CHINA 2019

The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference For China-Incorporating Meetings & Events CTW China is the market’s answer to the proliferation of corporate travel management activities, including business travel & entertainment (T&E) as well as Meetings & Events (M&E), for Chinese-grown companies and multi-national corporations based in China. Established in 2015, te market-driven event is dedicated to raising the sophistication of Chinese professionals who manage the corporate travel-related needs of their organisations. By localising best global practices and cultivating a sustainable expert and peer-sharing knowledge support network, CTW China is at the helm of enabling local influencers, planners and decision-makers of corporate travel functions to get the most of their corporate travel management decisions. Co-located with IT&CM China, CTW China is part of the CTW Events series co-organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media.

For more information on CTW China, visit www.corporatetravelworld.com/china

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IBTM World 2019 set for Meetings Success – Silvija Travel Tips

IBTM World 2019 talking place takes place in Barcelona from 19 – 21 November 2019 has smashed its record for pre-arranged meetings at the first stage of its bespoke appointment matching process, with meeting numbers up 6% up on last year’s total at this stage. There has also been an increase in year-on-year in the average number of appointments per exhibitor.

Furthermore, latest figures show that 50% of Hosted buyers so far confirmed are new to the IBTM portfolio and 61% are new to IBTM World, giving exhibitors more opportunities to do business with completely new contacts.

Commenting on the news, David Thompson, Exhibition Director, said: “We’re delighted to announce such strong results at this stage of the event preparation. All indicators are that we’re going to have another record-breaking event in terms of the number of high-quality opportunities for our customers to do business. It’s also a huge boost for our team as we enter the final stages of preparation for the event.

“We continue to work hard to secure the highest calibre buyers for IBTM World, and to bring new buyers to the event to give our exhibitors a wealth of potential new business opportunities. We’re committed to building on the success of previous years to deliver more, even better quality meetings for our customers.”

So far buyers representing 77 countries have been confirmed, with delegates from globally renowned businesses including Google, Adobe, ICBC Bank, La Caja Seguras, BBVA France, Dell, Whirlpool, BMW, European Society of Cardiology and International Association for Enterprise Information Security.

This year IBTM World has also launched an Elite Corporate Buyers programme which will bring senior event planners from an FTSE 500 or equivalent company to the event – providing additional opportunities for exhibitors to connect with high-level event planners. Created in association with American Express Meeting & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel, supported by Event Marketing Association and sponsored by London & Partners and Hilton, the Elite Corporate Programme includes four sessions addressing some of the key challenges facing senior corporate event organisers.

Created in partnership with the Association of Association Executives (AAE), the Association programme returns this year and includes eight topical sessions addressing some of the key challenges facing association event organisers. The afternoon concludes with Associations Connect, a peer-to-peer networking event, in association with ICCA.

Event planners can also be inspired by the event’s new IBTM Accelerate zone. Designed to attract and nurture entrepreneurial talent, the zone will incorporate exhibitors and education sessions that will give delegates the opportunity to learn from other successful MICE entrepreneurs and share ideas with their peers.

IBTM Accelerate will feature several interactive discussions for the next generation of event planners; an ‘Influencers of MICE’ series led by ex-MPI president and Founder of Word of MICE Mariska Kesteloo; Future Focus – a series of sessions focusing on the future of the MICE industry, and the hotly anticipated IBTM World Tech Watch Awards which will be presented in the zone. Supporters of the new feature zone include Barcelona Convention Bureau, MPI, Word of MICE, Reed Exhibitions, La Salle Ramon Llull University, CETT-UB, Eight PR & Marketing and Reed Exhibitions UK.

Buyers can also attend tailored education sessions in the Knowledge Programme, which this year includes a packed three-day schedule designed to enhance events expertise and keep attendees on the cutting-edge of industry trends.

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