On April 7, 2017, a hugely successful MTM+LLTM Travel Exhibition at the Sapphire Ballroom, Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, concluded on a high note. The sold-out event highlighted the huge impact of the Meetings & Incentive, Luxury and Leisure industry on our economy, took note of emerging trends in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) space and proceeded on a successful note, to promise newer business avenues for delegates.
The 14th edition of the MICE Travel Mart (MTM) and the eighth Luxury & Leisure Travel Mart (LLTM) organised by OptiMICE Events Pvt Ltd, saw a footfall of over 450 invited buyers and created a hi-energy business platform for Buyers and Sellers of the MICE, Luxury and Leisure travel segments.
Kamal Gill, Director, OptiMICE Events Pvt Ltd, delivered the welcome address and highlighted new trends in the corporate and travel world.
The partners of the event were: Principal Country Partner – Dubai, Diamond Partner – Best Western Hotels and Resorts and Gold Partners – Jammu & Kashmir Tourism and Jharkhand Tourism. Other industry majors who partnered this mart included OLA Corporate as Mobility Partner, Hilton as Lanyard Partner, Adlabs Imagica as Entertainment Partner and Hotel Sahara Star as Hospitality Partner.
The first Corporate Panel discussion, titled, "Raising the Bar with your Travel Partner – From Desire to Detail," moderated by the incisive Captain Rajesh Sharma, VP- Office Services (APAC), Re:sources, and the second Corporate Panel Discussion on "International MICE and Business Events – Focus Dubai," moderated by Carl Vaz, Director India, Dubai Business Events featured well-known names from the corporate sector.
The event was thronged by a regular concourse of Corporate purchasers, Luxury and Leisure travel agents, Event and Wedding planners and other travel-service providers who visited individual stalls and tables in a satisfying and productive single-day event.
Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice Chairman, Mercury Travels and Chairman Via.com delivered a hard-hitting key note address on, “Finding prosperity in challenging times.”
The 60 fixed corporate-led meetings at the Reverse Marketplace saw buyers from Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in face-to-face meetings with exhibitors in a calm, unhurried and relaxed environment.
The event saw participation of senior managers from leading hotels, Destination Management Companies, National Tourism Boards, State Tourism Boards and airlines.
Among the noteworthy delegates who attended the event were Gregory Taevs, Principal Commercial Officer, Consulate of the United States of America; Byungsun Lee, Director, Korea Tourism Organization (India office); Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice Chairman, Mercury Travels and Chairman Via.com; Rajiv Duggal, CEO, Lavasa Corporation Limited; Atul Jain - Chief Operating Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka; Praveen Chugh, President – TAFI and Iqbal Mulla, Chief Council, Global Tourism Council & Past President of TAAI. Leaders and members of supporting associations such as ADTOI, ETAA, IATO, TAAI and TAFI were also present to grace the occasion.
Corporate Panel Discussions bring thought leaders together
The first Corporate Panel discussion, titled, "Raising the Bar with your Travel Partner – From Desire to Detail," was moderated by the incisive Captain Rajesh Sharma, VP- Office Services (APAC), Re:sources, and featured well-known names from the corporate sector, like Dr Sanjay Pai, Director, Larsen & Toubro Ltd; Kashyap Biyani, Head- Global Meetings & Events, Cipla Ltd; Gary Grover, Vice President- Administration, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd; Shabnam Mehta, Assistant Vice President and Head Admin Projects – Corporate Administration, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd and Maj. Pramila Mohite (Retd), Head of Operations (Travel & Hospitality), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
The second Corporate Panel Discussion on "International MICE and Business Events – Focus Dubai," was moderated by Carl Vaz, Director India, Dubai Business Events, and featured well-known names from the corporate sector, like Ajay Bhatt, Associate VP – Admin & Facilities, Godrej Industries Ltd; Vibhu Narayan, VP & Head Corporate Services, Reliance Jio; Vikas Lashkari, Head Procurement India, Ernst & Young; Dr Abhijit Sarkar, VP & Country Head- Corporate Real Estate, Admin & Infrastructure and Sharekhan Ltd; Sriram Rajmohan, CEO and Managing Director, Club7 Holidays.
The highlight of the evening were the Corporate Star Awards 2017 which were presented by Kamal and Kewal Gill and Paul Riggazi, Director Worldwide Sales, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. The galaxy of proud awardees took their awards amid loud applause.
The occasion marked a rush of corporates. Some of the top companies who attended MTM+LLTM were Apollo Tyres, Deutsche Bank, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Ernst & Young, Godrej Consumer Products, Landmark Group, Mastek Ltd., Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd., Signode India Ltd., Bajaj Electricals, Edelweiss Financial Services, HDFC Ergo General Insurance, IndusInd Bank, MasterCard, Reliance Communications, TATA Capital, TATA Consultancy Services, NTT Data Global Delivery, Fidelity International, and many more.
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Corporate Star Awards recognize the Best
On April 7, 2017, a hugely successful MTM+LLTM Travel Exhibition at the Sapphire Ballroom, Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, concluded on a high note.
The highlight of the evening at MTM & LLTM Travel Exhibition on were the Corporate Star Awards 2017 which were presented by Kamal and Kewal Gill and Paul Riggazi, Director Worldwide Sales, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. The galaxy of proud awardees took their awards amid loud applause.
The awardees were: Accelya Kale Solution Ltd, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd., Aircel, Ambuja Cements Ltd., Birla Sunlife AMC, Capital First Ltd., Cipla Ltd., DDB Mudra Group, Godrej and Boyce Mfg Co. Ltd., Godrej Industries Ltd., HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd., IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd., Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Reliance Capital Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd., Reliance Infrastructure Ltd., SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd, Sharekhan Ltd., Ultratech Cement Ltd., Welspun Group.
The event came to a close with a party in the evening, which provided an informal networking opportunity for exhibitors and buyer delegates.