Long-hauls are see­ing good in­cen­tive traf­fic

Jerry Cito, SVP Con­ven­tion De­vel­op­ment, NYC & Com­pany, speaks about how the In­dian mar­ket is evolv­ing to now in­clude long-des­ti­na­tions in the MiCE itin­er­ar­ies

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What kind of MICE traf­fic does NYC record from In­dia?

Mum­bai, New Delhi and Ben­galuru are the key cities for MiCE busi­ness from In­dia. How­ever, we are see­ing in­cre­men­tal busi­ness from other cities i.e. Chen­nai and Hy­der­abad. New York City wel­comed 6.2 mil­lion del­e­gates over­all in 2017. The 2017 es­ti­mate in­di­cates an­other in­crease (+8.4 per cent), to 349,000 vis­i­tors from In­dia.

Is there a grow­ing de­mand for long-haul des­ti­na­tions from In­dia?

Yes, there is a wide-spread de­mand for long-haul des­ti­na­tions from In­dia. Long-haul des­ti­na­tions work as a bet­ter in­cen­tive for cor­po­rate com­pa­nies in all sec­tors. New York is ex­tremely as­pi­ra­tional and fits per­fectly with in­cen­tive move­ments. Nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies have cov­ered South­east Asia and are look­ing at long-haul des­ti­na­tions such as Europe, Africa and the US. MiCE travel is not just re­stricted to the meet­ings and events. Com­pa­nies re­quest for meet­ings in lo­ca­tions where the fam­i­lies of the em­ploy­ees can join them for va­ca­tions. Do you of­fer any in­cen­tives to big groups?

We of­fer ex­pert ad­vice to plan­ners, and con­nect them to our net­work of ap­prox­i­mately 1,700 mem­bers (some of whom of­fer in­cen­tives them­selves) in­clud­ing ho­tels, at­trac­tions, tours, and restau­rants across all five bor­oughs who add value to MiCE groups.

Is In­dian/veg­e­tar­ian food a prob­lem in NYC?

In­dian and veg­e­tar­ian food is easily avail­able in New York. There is di­verse In­dian cui­sine avail­able from many re­gions through­out the bor­oughs. There are many op­tions avail­able from the pop­u­lar veg­e­tar­ian Sar­a­vanaa Bha­van with good pric­ing to high-end fine din­ing, such as In­dian Ac­cent, Junoon, Dawat, etc.

Mum­bai, New Delhi and Ben­galuru are the key cities for MiCE busi­ness

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