Ex­cit­ing times ahead for ICPB

India Con­ven­tion Pro­mo­tion Bureau (ICPB) has planned a line-up of in­ter­est­ing ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing the 12th Con­ven­tions India Con­clave in Kochi. The as­so­ci­a­tion also plans to open two more State Chap­ters.

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Or­gan­is­ing a pro­duc­tive in­ter­na­tional roadshow with 118 MiCE buy­ers in Europe cov­er­ing Paris, Brus­sels, Geneva and Zurich in 2018 was quite an achievemen­t in pro­mot­ing India as a pop­u­lar MiCE destinatio­n, feels Chan­der Man­shara­mani, Vice Chair­man, India Con­ven­tion Pro­mo­tion Bureau (ICPB). He says, “2018 has been very fruit­ful with year-long ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by the bureau. The 11th Con­ven­tion India Con­clave in Kolkata was a suc­cess­ful event as we not only had a good num­ber of for­eign buy­ers but also In­dian buy­ers from var­i­ous seg­ments of cor­po­rate and as­so­ci­a­tions. The proud mo­ment was to chap­ter in Kolkata.”

“We are also pleased to in­form the sub­stan­tial in­crease in our mem­ber­ship in the last one year. The one-time mem­ber­ship of nine state gov­ern­ments has not only given us the en­hanced the status of ICPB as we can now call our­selves a pan-India bureau. The other ini­tia­tives we have taken is to have a plan­ner on the con­ven­tion fa­cil­i­ties in India which will be ready by the mid­dle of May 2019,” he fur­ther adds.

Mov­ing for­ward, the as­so­ci­a­tion has planned a calendar of ac­tiv­i­ties through­out 2019. “We have planned an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with our mem­bers for pro­vid­ing le­gal guid­ance and an­swer queries re­lated to is­sues per­tain­ing to GST on April 25. We are also or­gan­is­ing the In­ter­na­tional Res­i­den­tial Train­ing Pro­gramme with In­ter­na­tional Con­gress and Con­ven­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (ICCA) on July 26-27 at Vi­vanta - ter­na­tional speak­ers will share their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence on three most rel­e­vant top­ics — How to max­imise ROI dur­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and trade shows, mar­ket­ing of con­fer­ence: spon­sor­ship gen­er­a­tion and del­e­gates ac­qui­si­tion, re­search and bid­ding for in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences,” in­forms Man­shara­mani.

The 12th Con­ven­tions India Con­clave will be held in Kochi from Au­gust 29-31 at Grand Hy­att Kochi Bol­gatty on the theme ‘Map­ping the Sus­tain­able MiCE Fu­ture of India’. Shar­ing more in­for­ma­tion, he says, “We have al­ready ini­ti­ated the process to or­gan­ise the con­clave with Ker­ala govern­ment. The theme is in line with the im­por­tance of MiCE and its eco­nomic and so­cial im­pact on the in­dus­try. We have cho­sen Kochi keep­ing in view the grow­ing up­com­ing MiCE in­fra­struc­ture in South India. I be­lieve that Kochi is also emerging as a pre­ferred MiCE destinatio­n in the coun­try.”

ICPB is also plan­ning to con­duct a roadshow in Bhubaneswa­r in July and an in­ter­na­tional roadshow in the UK and Europe to­wards the end of Septem­ber 2019. The bureau is also look­ing at greater par­tic­i­pa­tion at world trade shows such as IMEX Frank­furt, IMEX Las Ve­gas, EIBTM, AIME and CONFEX Lon­don.

Chan­der Man­shara­mani Vice Chair­man India Con­ven­tion Pro­mo­tion Bureau

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