The 3rd Annual MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT Congress), organized by Dubai based QnA International, taking place in Mumbai, India at Sahara Star Hotel on July 30th & 31st 2015, is set to welcome a bevy of hospitality and tourism industry experts from all over the world at the highly acclaimed event.
The MICE Industry is one of the fastest growing segments within the tourism sector, generating over USD32 million in annual revenues. Industry predictions indicate that the MICE sector is poised for vigorous growth, especially in the Indian market.
More than 150 leading regional corporations, travel agencies, destination wedding planners, film production houses from India and over 50 local & international DMCs, global luxury hotels, tourism boards, convention bureaus and the likes will converge at the invitation-only MILT Congress, which is set to reveal the latest trends and strategic insights in the MICE and Luxury travel segments, in addition to providing business opportunity for outbound travel from India.
Katerina Manousaki, a representative from Rodos Palace Resort Hotel and Convention Center, noted that, “India would be the fastest growing tourism marketing and with the pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings at the MILT Congress this year, we will be afforded the opportunity to present to the decision-makers and potential suppliers with unlimited opportunities.” Addressing the potential of outbound travel from the Indian market, Markus Conzelmann, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne said, “India is the 4th biggest market considering the room nights statistic per year for our hotel with more and more Indians traveling to the region.”
Similarly, Shashank Shekhar Mishra, Founder and CEO of Sports Konnect, noted that there is a rapid shift amongst customers. “Customers are now looking for the “wow-factor – a lifetime experience,” he noted.
As the MICE and luxury travel industry is gearing up for changes, hospitality professionals are increasingly preferring the MILT Congress’ structured settings, with its pre-scheduled meetings and high level of organization being popular attributes that attract industry heavyweights.
Nhieu Trieu Quy, Director of Viet Excursions, echoed the stance of many hospitality service providers, pinpointing that the MILT Congress remains the chosen go-to platform for effective networking and good ROI for its participants.
Murat Ayan, Managing Partner of Polar West acknowledged that India’s outbound travel segment has been booming over the past years, as customers are looking for creative, flexible and one-of-a-kind travel ideas when choosing a destination for MICE events or luxury travel.
Speaking on regional and international travel, Shaista Khan, Regional Vice President – Sales, Hyatt India, expressed her opinion, “India has emerged as one of the most sought after MICE and business travel destinations today. Indian businesses are also becoming more international and increasingly seeking new and unexplored destinations across the globe for MICE and business travel.”
With the MICE industry blooming, the MILT Congress is poised to set the gold standard for MICE travel in India.