India eyes a lions share in global MICE business
India eyes a lions share in global MICE business

India gains ‘MICE’ advantage with world class Convention Centre @ Pragati Maidan

India with a stable government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed to bring world attention back on to the Indian Growth Story. Fortunately, this time around lack of a world class convention centre won’t be a deterrent to hosting MICE events at the very centre of the capital. The Meetings Incentives Exhibitions and Events (MICE) business has many new private avenues have come up in five star hotels at Aerocity in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and in different parts of the country, as Pragati Maidan suffered capacity crunch.

L.C. Goyal and Anoop Kumar Mittal at a press meet on Redevelopment of Pragati Maidan Complex into an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre, in New Delhi on May 16, 2017.

L.C. Goyal and Anoop Kumar Mittal at a press meet on Redevelopment of Pragati Maidan Complex into an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre, in New Delhi on May 16, 2017.

But now, its all going to change fast! The existing Pragati Maidan Complex that so far used to organise National and International Exhibitions and facilitate holding of various other events, is set to get all new face with its upcoming redevelopment into a World class state-of-the-art Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC). Lately, at a joint Press Conference by L. C. Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC India, held in New Delhi on 16 May 2017, announced the launch of this sophisticated Project to be implemented by the latter at a cost of approx. Rs 2,500 Crore. Goyal and Mittal on the occasion, released the layout and the design of IECC and an outline of comprehensive solutions to decongest traffic in and around Pragati Maidan. Once redeveloped, IECC will be a landmark spot in Delhi and a symbol of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘New India’, they informed.

Conceived by NBCC in association with ARCOP Associates of Singapore, the IECC shall be developed with latest architectural design alongwith basement parking facility of 4800 vehicles and comprehensive traffic decongestion interventions. The Convention Centre will be 32.4 mtr. tall landmark building on par with the best in the world. This structure will be on an elevated podium with unique slopping facade incorporating rich architectural heritage of Delhi. The Centre will have a capacity of 7000 pax in single format (Plenary Hall with fixed sitting of 3000 pax and Multi-Function Hall of 4000 pax) and amphitheatre with 3000pax. There will be altogether 30 Meeting Rooms of different sizes and capacity and the complete structure of the Centre will be built with a mix of red stone and Dholpur white stone and GFRC. The implementation of the whole project shall also have the provision for monetisation of land for a 500-Key Hotel.

Exhibition segment of the Integrated Centre shall comprise 7 new modern Exhibition Halls along with pre-function area with exhibition space of one lakh sq. mtr. Each Exhibition Hall will have integrated F&B facility. There will also be exhibition open area (15 acres) with 4 open amphitheatres, (two of 900 pax each and two of 600 pax each) with two colourful fountain areas. The complex will also have covered walkways/canopies & skywalk connectivity with Pragati Maidan Metro Station.

Goyal and Mittal also informed that the CCEA approved the IECC on 24 January, 2017 with the estimated cost of Rs. 2254 crore (excluding the cost on account of traffic interventions). Stating that all statutory approvals like layout plan and concept design by Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC), National Monuments Authority (NMA), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC); layout plan and building plans by Fire Services Department of Govt. of Delhi; traffic Interventions by Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) in DDA have been obtained, they informed that environmental clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) is in process and expected soon.

During the proceedings, both the Stakeholders revealed the detailed timeline of the prestigious project saying that the vendors for both IECC project and Traffic Interventions would be in place by the end of June, 2017 and the construction work would start by July, 2017. The Convention Centre, they informed, would be completed by November- December, 2018 and the entire project by July- August, 2019.

Meanwhile, in another recent event focused on ‘MICE’ India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) – the public sector undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India – hosted a Road Show in collaboration with India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) at The Ashok Hotel.

 The Road Show provided an opportunity for stakeholders in networking and interacting with professional suppliers from the MICE industry, including conference organisers, destination management companies, travel agents, fabricators, etc. In turn, buyers met organisers as well as conference planners from the medical, education, corporate and other sectors. Participating companies included IRCTC, Thomas Cook (India), Cox & Kings, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat, RMB Events, M.P. Tourism, The Leela, Wizard Events, Stic Travels and The Taj Group, among many others.

News Update| 23 May 2017

PM Modi to inaugurate the first ever AGM of AfDB in Gujarat today

India is hosting the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank in Gandhinagar from 22-26 May 2017. The said annual meeting is the largest event of the Bank, which would witness about 3000 delegates from 81 member countries from across the world gathering at the sprawling Mahatma Mandir convention centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) today. In the history of the AfDB Group that India would be hosting Bank from 22nd to 26th May, 2017 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Its indeed reflects the big potential for MICE in India.

Also, earlier on 22 May 2017, Modi at the launch of various projects of Kandla Port Trust at Gandhidham in Gujarat had highlighted that the combination of infrastructure and efficiency is vital for the port sector to thrive. The Prime Minister said that the Chabahar port, being developed with Indian participation in Iran, would further spur the growth of Kandla Port.

The Prime Minister also laid down the the foundation stone of the Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Center, which will also in times to come add to the global MICE potential in India.

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