Skål International India opens 12th Club: Skål International Srinagar

Skål International India opened its 12th Club under the name of Skål International Srinagar.

Located in the northernmost part of India, Kashmir as the place is known popularly and called ‘Paradise on Earth.’ This club will comprise of members from Jammu and Ladakh as well. Srinagar is in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the place is known for its unparalleled beauty, warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, great connectivity from all major cities/towns of India. The club was formed with 21 members and the founder President of the club is Mr. Ibrahim Siah with an ever efficient, energetic Secretary Nasir Shah. Chief Guest of the Chapter Night was  Syed Abid Rasheed Shah -District Development Commissioner, Saleem Baig , Mahmood Shah & Mr.Rakesh Gupta were the other dignitaries.

The event was attended by the Skal India National Board & our All India Club Presidents /Representatives & hosted by ITC Fortune Heevan and well covered by the entire top media of the state. Club members consist of hoteliers, travel and tour operators, adventure specialists. The state boasts of great ski slopes, apple orchards, houseboats on the 24 Sq. Km famous Dal Lake and lastly to all Skålleagues worldwide. It is an absolutely safe place to be, we experienced it… All members worldwide are welcome to interact with the Skålleagues of Srinagar.

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Senthil Gopinath named Business Events Strategist of the Year

Senthil Gopinath, the CEO of ICCA, was recently recognized for his contribution to the association meetings industry. At the 2019 PCMA Visionary Awards on May 7, which was held in Washington DC, Gopinath was named the Business Events Strategist of the Year.

At the event, Gopinath was recognized for bringing in creativity to the meetings industry. A leader and mentor, Gopinath has spent over two decades bringing innovation to the association industry space.

In his acceptance speech, Gopinath said:” Winning such a global award means a lot to me and is a true endorsement of my dedication and contribution towards the development of the meetings industry over two decades. Moreover, being a part of an elite group of international meetings industry professionals and winning such accolade is truly exciting.”

“I dedicate this award to ICCA, and recognition of such high caliber will enable me to implement key strategies amongst the ICCA members and stakeholders in a more focused manner. Such acknowledgment will enable me to enhance consistency with regards to my plans for ICCA. In addition, I will be able to develop meetings industry education by working with esteemed institutions such as PCMA,” he added.

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IETF to showcase futuristic events technologies for India

Latest technologies are set to outline the way forward in the planning and execution of events. The Indian events industry is equally impacted by various advancements that are surfacing with new technology, new equipment, new ideas and methods of executing events. The industry will surpass the Rs. 10,000 crore mark by 2021. Set to take place on May 24, Shangri La’s, New Delhi, India Event Technology Forum (IETF) will be the ultimate platform for event organizers to discover the latest technologies in AR, VR, Projection Mapping, Networking, Event apps, Ticketing, Registrations, etc. IETF will also give an exclusive opportunity to launch new products and innovations to technology providers. The event will focus on the theme, “Building a roadmap towards enhancing events and customers experience with technology.” Officials from corporate event teams, operations, wedding organizers, conference and exhibition organizers, ad agencies, event management companies are expected to attend the event.

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ICPB to boost the Indian MICE market

India is aiming to be the next MICE destination, and ICPB is creating more avenues to fulfill this dream, Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB explains how growth has become a visible feature for all developments in the MICE sector.

How is ICPB facilitating India’s vision of progress?

The vision of ICPB is to make India a professional Convention Destination. We have made a lot of initiative in that direction. Our international roadshow in Europe was a success. About 102 MICE players interacted with our members and got to know about various facilities India has to offer. These interactions are making foreign buyers confident of our professional services.

Will you be adding new conventions in the coming future?

The other initiative ICPB has been working on is towards making India participate in overseas MICE-related tradeshows. Besides regular roadshows, the promotional plan is to participate in more number of MICE-related trade shows also have at least two international trade shows every year. We in ICPB are quite confident because of the overwhelming support from the Ministry of Tourism in recognizing ICPB as a nodal agency for making India a preferred convention destination and achieve the vision we have set for ourselves.

What are ICPB’s promotional plans for 2018?

The growth is visible now as India has improved its ranking from 34 to 25 by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which is a world body for conference and convention professionals.

How is India growing as a MICE destination in comparison to other countries?

India always has an edge over other countries. We do have the infrastructure to cater to a majority of conferences and meetings as 86.5% of the conference all over the world has less than 1000 delegates. We are also looking at an add-on to various segments like beaches, adventure, heritage and culture, wellness programs, and golf.

What are the latest developments at ICPB?

We have been appointed as a Professional Research Agency by the Ministry of Tourism, and ICPB will be working on the size of the convention industry. This will have an economic and social impact, which will help the states plan better to create a better MICE infrastructure and make India a MICE destination.

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