Meet­ing Spaces

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The sheer scope and scale of present and fu­ture de­mand is stag­ger­ing. How­ever, the lack of con­ven­tion spaces to han­dle all the cri­te­ria for size, stage, set­ting and IT re­quire­ments is af­fect­ing the num­bers and do­mes­tic busi­ness is mov­ing to al­ter­nate coun­tries. Es­pe­cially with re­gard to In­dia, the lack of in­fra­struc­ture is dam­ag­ing the po­ten­tial. Small ho­tels and meet­ing spaces have led to a de­crease in the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates par­tic­i­pat­ing in con­fer­ences or­gan­ised in In­dia. Sarab Jit Singh, Pres­i­dent, In­dian Tourist Trans­porters As­so­ci­a­tion and Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Tour Op­er­a­tors, pro­claims, “The state govern­ments need to rise up and stake claim as they are the ones who ben­e­fit from MICE ac­tiv­i­ties. The plan on the cards to in­crease the num­ber of con­ven­tion spaces in ma­jor In­dian states along with height­ened aware­ness for pro­mo­tion of In­dia as a MICE des­ti­na­tion should be re­alised with tar­get checks ev­ery cou­ple of years.”

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