Posted Date : 13 Feb 08
Julia Douglas, Managing Editor of MICE in Asia was in New Delhi, India for a four day visit to meet MICE professionals in the Indian capital. Her stay from January 30 until February 2 was hosted by Creative Travel, who is the guru of destination management in India.
She had business discussions with Rajeev Kohli, vice-chairman of India Convention Promotion Bureau, as well as meetings with Meena Bhatia, Resident Manager of Le Meridien and inspected the meetings and convention rooms of the hotel with the Director of marketing & communications, Akhil Mathur.
She later had a briefing on the Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces property by Paroma Dutt Mehra, the Public Relations Manager and Kamini Sharma, Sales Manager of conferences & incentives. This was followed with a tour of the Taj Palaces’ luxury rooms and convention centre.
On her second day in New Delhi, the Managing Editor visited Habitat Centre managed by Old World Hospitality which is one of India’s largest convention centre. Situated right in the heart of Delhi, the Habitat Centre is spread on nine acres of landscaped garden with extensive meetings facilities. The Centre was designed as a physical environment in complete harmony with the housing and offices surrounding the area.
Later a visit to the newly opened exhibition centre in Gurgaon. The Epicentre is the latest venue for visual and performing arts, as well as a convention destination. It is located at Apparel House, the contemporary headquarters of the AEPC (Apparel Export Promotion Council) and managed by Old World Hospitality.
While in Delhi too the Managing Editor took the opportunity to meet Shekhar Grover an academician who specialises on MICE. He has also written a book on his experiences in this industry entitled ‘The Eight Nights MICE Kept Me Awake’. Grover was also the founder and former editor and CEO of MICE India.