Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority Participates in New Delhi World Book Fair

All India, 18th January 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) participated in the New Delhi World Book Fair, held from January 7 to 15, 2017. This participation was within the framework of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair’s promotional campaign aimed at attracting new publishers and strengthening communication with publishing houses.

At the event, Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Director of Library Management at TCA Abu Dhabi, led the TCA Abu Dhabi delegation and provided details about the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), which will be held from April 26 to May 2, 2017. The team also promoted the book fair by showcasing opportunities that it provides as a professional platform that brings together publishers and promotes the exchange of expertise. They also highlighted Abu Dhabi as an international cultural centre as well as the innovative initiatives that the UAE provides to drive culture and intellectuals, and making reading a daily habit.

The delegation met HE Ramesh Mittal, Chairman of CAPEXIL, a council set up by the Indian Ministry of Commerce & Industry, to encourage Indian publishers to participate in international book fairs. The parties discussed potential opportunities for collaboration, presenting many ideas and collaborative projects.

The delegation also met with celebrated novelist A Sethumadhavan, who is a former chairman of the National Book Trust India, the body responsible for organising the New Delhi World Book Fair, and discussed collaboration mechanisms with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. On the sidelines of TCA Abu Dhabi’s participation, Al Ali also visited UAE’s embassy in New Delhi, where he presented a collection of TCA’s publications and displayed the role TCA Abu Dhabi plays in UAE’s cultural promotion in India.

TCA Abu Dhabi’s pavilion received tremendous attention from publishers and visitors seeking information about Abu Dhabi & ADIBF. The team had displayed a selected collection of TCA’s publications as well as promotional items about Abu Dhabi.

Abdullah Al Ali said that there’s increasing interest from publishers from India and South East Asian countries for participating in ADIBF since the opportunities it offers are vast. Publishers are seeking to sell their copyrights and translate them into Arabic with the TCA Abu Dhabi’s ‘Spotlight on Rights’ initiative supporting the exchange of book rights for a subsidy with the goal of enriching Arabic library with new content.

Over the past years, over 1000 subsidies were granted to publishers as part of the initiative, working side by side with the ‘Kalima’ translation project which has over 900 titles covering all fields of knowledge, and translated into over 13 languages while dozens of TCA Abu Dhabi’s publications that are popular among Indian researchers and intellectuals have been translated into Indian languages.

The participation culminated with the registry of many publishers for the 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair with China as the Guest of Honour, ensuring the fair’s international stature as one of the most prominent platforms to bring together publishers from around the world. At last year’s 26th Abu Dhabi International book fair, 1,261 publishers from 63 countries participated in displaying over 500,000 titles from various fields, in 30 languages, while the fair was set in an area of 31,962 square metres at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

 

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ABOUT ABU DHABI TOURISM & CULTURE AUTHORITY
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

For more information please contact:
Anu Bhat
PR and Brand Executive
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
India
Tel: +91 11 23737348, +91 9643674469 | Fax: +91 11 23350270
Email: ABhat@tcaabudhabi.ae

Matrix to showcase cutting-edge telecom and security solutions at 25thEdition of Convergence India Expo, 8-10February 2017, New Delhi

MATRIXVadodara, India (13th January, 2017)

Matrix Comsec, a leading manufacturer of enterprise telecom and security products, is participating in the 25thEdition of Convergence India Expo, New Delhi. Convergence is a leading ICT event and this year with the theme of “Digital India” will focus on new-age technologies and merging business solutions following the vision of our honourable Prime Minister Mr. NarendraModi. Matrix, being a consistent exhibitor at Convergence India for the last seven years, is all set to repeat its success story.

Matrix, with a strong history of delivering cutting-edge products and innovative solutions in the IP telephony market, will showcase Multi-location Collaboration Solution, Mobility Solution, Office Communication Solution with the complete range of Business Phone Systems, User Terminals, VoIP and GSM Gateways and Converged Voice and Data products.

SARVAM UCS

During Convergence, Matrix will showcase SARVAM – Unified Communication Server for Modern Enterprises. Matrix SARVAM UCS is a Unified Communication Solution engineered on four pillars of Collaboration, Communication, Messaging and Mobility to enhance customer convenience and business productivity. With its intuitive interface and built-in real-time features of Video Calling, Email Integration, Presence Sharing and BLF Keys, Matrix SARVAM UCS empowers an organization to extend its reach to theemployees easily. It is designed to overcome geographical, communication device, and user-accessibility barriers with a single platform solution.

In Security domain, Matrix will exhibit its entire portfolio of Video Surveillance solutions including Video Recorders, IP Cameras and Enterprise Video Management Software. VMS offers centralized management and monitoring of up to one Lakh cameras spread across various locations. Further, Matrix will demonstrate its range of biometric solutions including Time-Attendance, Access Control, Visitor Management, Cafeteria Management, Employee Self Service and Contract Workers Management.

“Convergence is the Mecca of ICT event held in India bringing all the Telecom leaders, IT Professionals and System Integrators on a common platform. We are looking forwardto meet key service providers and system integrators toshare insights and successful case studies from across the globe and explain our business solution”, added SagarGosalia, Sr. VP Sales & Marketing.

Visit Matrix at Hall 9,Stall No. A10, Convergence India, PragatiMaidan, New Delhi from February8-12, 2017.

About Matrix

Established in 1991, Matrix is a leader in Telecom and Security solutions for modern businesses and enterprises. An innovative, technology driven and customer focused organization; Matrix is committed to keep pace with the revolutions in the telecom and security industries. With more than 40% of its human resources dedicated to the development of new products, Matrix has launched cutting-edge products like Video Surveillance solutions, Access Control, Time-Attendance, IP-PBX, Universal Gateways, Terminals, Convergence solution, VoIP Gateways and GSM Gateways. These solutions are feature-rich, reliable and conform to the international standards. Having global foot-prints in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa through an extensive network of more than 500 channel partners, Matrix ensures that the products serve the needs of its customers faster and longer. Matrix has gained trust and admiration of customers representing the entire spectrum of industries. Matrix has won many international awards for its innovative products.

The Venetian Macao to Headline as Platinum Partner of 5th Annual MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress

BWI | JANUARY 14, 2017

The luxury hotels chain will collaborate with MILT Congress to showcase the newly launched The Parisian Macao property to the Indian market

Dubai, United Arab Emirates & Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
MICE India and Luxury Travel (MILT) Congress 2017, the premier platform for all MICE and luxury travel sourcing for regional and outbound travel from India, has announced that it has signed up The Venetian Macao as the Platinum Partner of the event. The Venetian Macao will collaborate with the event to showcase their newest property The Parisian Macao, which opened in September 2016.
“The property, which is the Venetian Cottai’s flagship property is set to take the Indian MICE market by storm. It is through channels like MILT Congress that The Venetian® Macao and The Parisian Macao are able to reinstate their offering to the Indian market,” Stephanie Tanpure, Executive Director of Sales, Sands Resorts Cottai Strip Macao.

Now in its 5th year, the MILT Congress is organized by Dubai-based QnA International. Over the years, the event has transformed itself into a premium networking and business platform aimed at industry leaders who represent India’s top corporations, biggest film production houses and premium destination wedding planners. The event also enables these executives to meet with global travel and hospitality suppliers looking to build long lasting alliances with them and offer packages at discounted rates for their future MICE & Luxury Travel purposes.

According to Tanpure, this year, the business from the Indian market has been very strong for Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao. “Our numbers are up 20% year-on-year from Indian travellers and we feel confident about the Indian market. We are very happy to see this steady increase in the number of Indian visitor arrivals to our integrated resorts. The response we saw this year from the MICE Segment alone was very promising,” explained Tanpure.

The Parisian Macao is inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light. The property features a full array of integrated resort facilities that includes 3,000 guest rooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, spa, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, and 1,200-seat theatre, among other amenities. Its retail mall ‘Shoppes at Parisian’ offers the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience.

“It is very important to understand changing preferences of the Indian market and benchmark from the many success stories. The need to source the right destination for the MICE activities is very prominent; it is about finding it all under one roof,” explained Mr. Ackash Jain, a Director at QnA International. “This is where the MILT Congress comes in. As the organisers of MILT Congress, our objective has always been to bring the best destinations and suppliers from all over the world to meet C-level executives from the region. The event’s visitors are decision-makers on all aspects related to procurement in the MICE, business and luxury travel activities.”

According to Tanpure, last year, Macao welcomed close to 170,000 visitors from India with over 80 percent choosing to stay at The Venetian. “The Venetian® Macao sees as many as 450 Indian guests every day and we are very happy to see a steady increase in the number of Indian visitor arrivals in the last 5 months alone,” added Tanpure. “The response we are seeing in terms of Indian visitor traffic already this year is very promising and we are assured that with the right partnerships in India we will continue to provide an internationally sought after destination for our Indian leisure travellers well into 2017.”

About MICE India and Luxury Travel (MILT) Congress 2017

Back for the 5th year, the by-invitation only MICE India and Luxury Travel (MILT) Congress 2017, is set to attract C-level executives and decision makers and offer one-to-one business meetings, high profile keynote & panel discussions, five star corporate luncheons, and networking coffee breaks. Selectively chosen DMCs, Tourism Boards, Hotels, Venues, Convention Bureaus from all around the world to ensure they meet your MICE requirements to facilitate your upcoming MICE projects.
Adding to this is a comprehensive conference agenda that sheds light on the key trends and aspects that have an impact on the MICE & Luxury Travel Industry that is guaranteed to leave you with knowledge in abundance that you can use to implement in your organization to achieve greater returns and to take your MICE and travel activities to the next level!

Organiser: About QnA International

QnA International creates and delivers business learning and development exchange platforms through B2B conferences, bespoke events and trainings. The company also has an expertise in outsourced sponsorship sales and key account management. www.qnainternational.com

Website: www.miltcongress.com
Organizer’s website: www.qnainternational.com

SheThePeople and Vedica Partner to Launch the Women Writers’ Festival 2017 in New Delhi

BW1 | JANUARY 11, 2017

New Delhi, Delhi, India
SheThePeople.TV and the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women partner to launch the Women Writers’ Festival 2017, which will provide a forum to discuss issues that shape the woman professional of the 21st century, or impact women in the workplace. This festival will be held on the Vedica campus at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, Adhchini, New Delhi on 24th-25th February, 2017.

The Women Writers’ Festival 2017 will focus on themes around women in the workplace – how we must think, and what we must do to inspire more women to pursue meaningful careers. The work of non-fiction writers, business journalists and academics will shed light or offer an insight into the changing landscape for women professionals.

Is there a Venus way of management? Do enough women write on business issues? Why are there such few women bestsellers in the country? How have women managed to navigate professional spaces alongside motherhood? Who are the men of feminism and do they believe the glass ceiling has been shattered?

The panel discussions at the Writers’ Festival will bring up these issues and much more, with pre-eminent writers including Monika Halan, Bahar Dutt, Aparna Jain, Veenu Venugopal, Mala Bhargava to Yashodhara Lal, Urvashi Butalia, Nishita Jha, Bee Rowlatt, Amrita Tripathi, Shaili Chopra, Sonia Golani, Shreyasi Singh, Anuradha Das Mathur and many more.

SheThePeople.TV is India’s biggest storytelling platform for women and inspires new dialogue, exchanges leadership ideas, fosters networking and reinforces the ability of women to contribute to growth. Founder Shaili Chopra says, “We need to celebrate writing across genres, way beyond literature. We have women ahead in screen writing, short stories, business and entrepreneurship, fiction, environment, some fantastic columnists and more. As part our effort to do more with writers across India, this is a first of a kind festival that promises to ignite rising minds.”

The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women is a re-imagined MBA programme for women and believes in the interconnectedness of business, society and politics. Founding Dean Anuradha Das Mathur believes “Vedica is committed to building a cadre of women professionals for the 21st century. But nothing thrives in isolation; it needs a reinforcing ecosystem. The Women Writers’ Festival will provoke thought, words and future action. It a step towards a more equal society.”

This festival aims to focus the dialogue around women as professional assets in and for the world. The festival will also feature professional workshops and break-out sessions on topics ranging from personal finance to social networking, as well as thought-provoking and relevant performances. The festival promises to ask the right questions, and hopefully leave the audience asking many more.

Informatica Partners with Ingram Micro Cloud in India

BWI | JANUARY 11, 2017

New alliance will provide Ingram Micro Cloud partners an end-to-end Cloud Data Management Platform

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Informatica, a leading provider of data management solutions, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro, a global cloud service provider.

Through this relationship, Infomatica’s suite of cloud data management products will be available to Ingram Micro Cloud’s extensive channel partner network in India.

As cloud computing continues to gain increased market traction in India, businesses need the right solutions to ensure data quality when moving between on-premise systems and the cloud. Informatica’s cloud-based data management solutions will enable Ingram Micro Cloud resellers to address the growing need for high-performance data integration and help customers achieve a trusted 360 degree customer view, while increasing agility and end user productivity.

Commenting on the announcement, Rodney Foreman, SVP Partner Ecosystem, Informatica said, “Partnering with Ingram Micro enables us to bring the value of cloud data management to enterprises in the region, more efficiently. Informatica provides the industry’s only unified integration cloud that enables companies to easily and cost-effectively harness the increasingly voluminous datasets moving to SaaS apps, such as Salesforce.”

“With Informatica Cloud Data Management solutions, our value added resellers can help organizations unify data from different sources with prebuilt connectors and benefit from a consistent and accurate view of their customers across multiple systems and applications,” said Harish Laddha, Director, Cloud Sales, Ingram Micro India Pvt. Ltd.

About Informatica

Informatica is 100 percent focused on data because the world runs on data. Organizations need business solutions around data for the cloud, big data, real-time and streaming. Informatica is the world’s No. 1 provider of data management solutions, in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid environment. More than 7,000 organizations around the world turn to Informatica for data solutions that power their businesses. For more information, call +1 650-385-5000 (1-800-653-3871 in the U.S.), or visit www.informatica.com. Connect with Informatica at https://linkedin.com/company/informatica, https://twitter.com/Informatica and https://facebook.com/InformaticaLLC.

Frost & Sullivan is the Exclusive Knowledge Partner for 25th Convergence India 2017 Expo

BWI | JANUARY 10, 2017

“White paper” to feature industry landscape and current trends redefining the telecom and broadcast industry in India

New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Convergence India series of expos are known to stimulate growth and innovation in the Indian ICT, broadcast and digital media industry.

Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ vision, the silver jubilee 25th Convergence India 2017 expo will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during 8-10 February 2017.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, is the exclusive Knowledge Partner at 25th Convergence India 2017 expo. Frost & Sullivan will release a White Paper during the inaugural ceremony in the presence of key dignitaries from the government and Industry. The White Paper will feature the industry landscape and current trends that are redefining the telecom and broadcast industries in India. It will showcase the impact of 4G growth on the Indian telecom industry at large and opportunities for 5G, along with the impact of new age technology trends and services on the telecom industry at large.

Commenting on the association, Ms. Vidya Nath, Research Director, Global Innovation Center and Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, “The need to establish effective 4G services through uniform network coverage will be key to gain and retain customers in the long run. With intense competition, strategic pricing and quality of service will be the differentiating factors in the market. On the other hand, mobility (Including wearable and IoT), cloud computing, artificial intelligence and social media are becoming prominent trends in the telecom sector impacting other industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and BFSI.”

Ms. Jayashree Rajagopal, Industry Analyst, Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan further added, “Internet and smart devices are changing the landscape of the broadcast industry where video anytime, anywhere and anyplace is the new normal. According to Frost & Sullivan analysis, there are about 66 million unique connected video viewers in India, and about 1.3 million OTT paid video subscribers. The emergence of OTT and digitisation of TV has disrupted the video broadcasting ecosystem, creating opportunities as well as challenges for major stakeholders. The major broadcasters are driving services as well as viewership for alternative media; rather than cable TV or DTH providers. With the launch of Reliance Jio’s services, other telcos as well as pay TV operators are expected to enter the market with their offerings.”

Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, said; “We are delighted that Frost & Sullivan is the exclusive Knowledge Partner for the 25th Convergence India 2017 expo. India is witnessing a wave of digital transformation and our endeavor is to highlight products, services and solutions which add value to the Indian economy, and will influence communications in the future.”

Convergence of multiple technologies including seamless wireless communication; real time analytics; machine learning; commodity sensors; and embedded systems will herald a new era in information and communications technology (ICT). With the seamless merging of people and devices, it is imperative to acknowledge the evolution of Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is an integration of people, processes and technology with connectable devices and sensors to enable remote monitoring, status, manipulation and evaluation of trends of such devices. The IoT ecosystem in India is being driven by the government, industry and startups and its implementation is exciting as well as challenging due to country’s intense cultural diversity.

Attuned to the potential, Exhibitions India Group is organizing Internet of Things India 2017 expo (IoT India expo), co-located with 25th Convergence India 2017 expo (25th CI 2017) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from 8 – 10 February 2017.

Internet of Things 2017 expo will unveil a range of products and solutions including wearables, video analytics, telecommunications, smart lighting, security, systems integration, M2M solutions, data science, cloud services and applications development, etc. The event will attract thought leaders discussing IoT solutions for mobility, telecom, home automation, healthcare and the agriculture sectors.

25th CI 2017 expo and IoT India 2017 expo will include a host of exclusive events to accelerate the start-up ecosystem in the country comprising “Startup Planet”; “Investor’s forum”; “IoT Ramp”; and “TechKnow Conference”. These activities will provide unique platforms to budding entrepreneurs to present innovative ideas, exchange information, and network with industry, government and other stakeholders, to make it an experience of a lifetime.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the Global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion

About 25th Convergence India 2017 expo:

Convergence India expo is the most influential and relevant trade event for the ICT, broadcast and digital media industry in South Asia. The three-day event is a powerful platform for telecom operators, service and content providers, equipment and device manufacturers, information & network security, broadcasters, broadcast equipment, cable & satellite companies, digital media etc., to showcase their products and services to the global industry.

For additional information, please visit: www.convergenceindia.org

About Internet of Things 2017 expo:

IoT India expo will showcase solutions for tomorrow, disrupting technologies and the evolutionary world of IoT. The range of products and solutions to be displayed will include wearables, video analytics, telecommunications, smart lighting, security, systems integration, M2M solutions, data science, cloud services and applications development, etc. An event that will cover development areas and future of IoT in India enhancing Smart Cities mission and Digital India plan.

The event is co-located with South Asia’s largest ICT event – 25th Convergence India 2017 expo.

For addition information please visit: http://www.iotindiaexpo.com/

About Exhibitions India Group (EIG):

EIG is a trade promotion organization creating opportunities for investments, joint ventures and technology transfers. EIG acts as an interface between businesses, government, academia, society, media, etc.

EIG has been in existence since 1987, and is committed to providing satisfaction to its customers by organizing quality and focused international trade shows through exceptional services, employee involvement, market intelligence and continual improvement.

For detailed info, please visit: www.exhibitionsindiagroup.com

GlobalSign Inaugurates Regional Office in Dubai

Leading certificate authority expands presence in Asia

BWI | JANUARY 10, 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GMO GlobalSign K.K., a leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions and one of the longest established Certificate Authorities in the world, today announced the inauguration of its new office in Dubai. The local entity, GMO GlobalSign FZ-LLC, based in Dubai Internet City, is strategically located to cater to further strengthen GlobalSign’s presence in Asia, particularly in the Middle East. The company already has a strong presence in the America, Europe and Asia.

With a growth rate of more than 13%, the Middle East’s cyber security market presents a landscape of promising opportunities. By 2019, the regional cyber security market in the Middle East is predicted to be worth 9.56 billion USD. Governments as well as business communities in the region have acknowledged cybersecurity as a top business priority.

Amid rising instances of cyber security breaches, there is an unprecedented focus on securing an online presence, making the region a strategic business hub for security providers like GlobalSign. GlobalSign’s identity and security solutions have been adopted and endorsed by leading organizations from across various industries, including financial institutions, the hospitality industry, educational institutions and multiple government-owned organizations.

“The Middle East is a key market for us. Establishing a local presence in Dubai would help us explore new opportunities in the region, facilitate our existing accounts and increase market penetration,” said Mr. Reiji Oishi, General Manager, U.A.E. “Over the years, we have seen significant growth in direct as well as partner-led business, particularly from the U.A.E, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. We are geared up to embark upon a more aggressive growth plan in the region.”

About GMO GlobalSign

GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators around the world to secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity and access management (IAM) solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Everything (IoE). The company has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
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About GMO Cloud KK

GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, the U.K., the U.S., China and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/

About GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group is also comprised of the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en/

Techwave Announces the Acquisition of iMicron

Techwave targets a market share of 100mn USD by mid of 2018 especially through cloud aggregation services

BWI | JANUARY 5, 2017
Hyderabad, India

The acquisition, supports Techwave’s plans to become the global supplier of cloud-service offerings and brings, 20+ world class cloud service providers as Partners with 80 Data Centres in 17+ countries

Techwave Consulting Inc., a global end-to-end IT services and solutions company headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA with Global Delivery Center in Hyderabad and local offices in Europe, APAC, UAE and South Africa today announced the acquisition of iMicron, a Cloud Marketplace Platform.

This acquisition would extend core offerings by propelling Techwave’s cloud and other value-added services with core product offerings. Through this acquisition, Techwave can provide tremendous value to customers and partners by delivering cloud-services. These offerings are provided through a unified usage experience across the service lifecycle. And would be covering infrastructure provisioning, access, security, billing, administration, and manages services support. Apart from all these it would also enable, existing and new services channels.

iMicron Cloud Marketplace is an ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that enables organizations, partners to configure, provision and manage cloud technologies with ease. It removes the complexity in procurement, management and support that is too often inherent in cloud technologies.

“Techwave’s acquisition of iMicron would provide extended services for our clients. Being one of the fastest growing companies, customers will benefit from improved products, services and innovation and likewise the new services we bring to Techwave would enable us to deliver one of the broadest and most unique model within the presentIT industry”- speaks Damodar Rao Gummadapu, CEO,Techwave. He furthers adds, “I strongly feel that this offering will be a door opener in to lot of new clients across all of our regions and enable us to cross sell all of our other world class solution/service offerings.Techwave Consulting Inc., a global end-to-end IT services and solutions company headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA with Global Delivery Center in Hyderabad and local offices in Europe, APAC, UAE and South Africa today announced the acquisition of iMicron, a Cloud Marketplace Platform.

This acquisition would extend core offerings by propelling Techwave’s cloud and other value-added services with core product offerings. Through this acquisition, Techwave can provide tremendous value to customers and partners by delivering cloud-services. These offerings are provided through a unified usage experience across the service lifecycle. And would be covering infrastructure provisioning, access, security, billing, administration, and manages services support. Apart from all these it would also enable, existing and new services channels.

iMicron Cloud Marketplace is an ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that enables organizations, partners to configure, provision and manage cloud technologies with ease. It removes the complexity in procurement, management and support that is too often inherent in cloud technologies.

“Techwave’s acquisition of iMicron would provide extended services for our clients. Being one of the fastest growing companies, customers will benefit from improved products, services and innovation and likewise the new services we bring to Techwave would enable us to deliver one of the broadest and most unique model within the present IT industry”- speaks Damodar Rao Gummadapu, CEO,Techwave. He furthers adds, “I strongly feel that this offering will be a door opener in to lot of new clients across all of our regions and enable us to cross sell all of our other world class solution/service offerings.”

With cloud services broker enablement solutions, Techwave plans to target a market share of 100mn USD by mid of 2018 especially through cloud aggregation services. Techwave also plans to extend a B2C interface to integrate and promote packaged solutions/services for every CSP offering. The current global cloud partnership will help in providing cloud services across regions and help customers to have options to host Product, Development and Test environments in various clouds. Techwave has a roadmap to enable customized PaaS and SaaS offerings in the near future too. This platform will serve as one stop shop for all cloud solutions along with Techwave’s IMS offerings and also provide Infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“Now Techwave’s Clients’ get the benefit of choosing best cloud services, comparing on the parameters like cost, security, service levels, geography and available packages, on a single platform ” said Chandra Rao, Vice President, Cloud Services, Techwave.

The acquisition of iMicron, supports Techwave’s plans for growth with a vision to become the global supplier of cloud-service offerings with other customized service requiring multi-channel solutions. This would also bring, 20+ world class cloud service providers as Partners with 80 Data Centres spread over 17+ countries and 20+ experienced Associates with proven skill sets in.

In nutshell, Techwave – iMicron provides a unified platform to add choice and simplicity to how enterprises can now manage their cloud workloads. It is a key component as we expand our service offerings, especially on cloud.

About Techwave

Techwave is a global IT services and solutions provider headquartered in Exton, PA with local offices in Europe, APAC, UAE and South Africa. Our Global Delivery Center (GDC) is located in Hyderabad, India. We are a trusted strategic business partner that provides value added services through co-innovation, thought leadership and industry best practices. Our agile and collaborative approach makes us the right-sized partner in the industry.

About iMicron

iMicron delivers cloud solutions for global enterprises. As a master cloud service provider, iMicron offers individual, start-up, enterprise and partner access to a unique multi-cloud global marketplace, along with solutions to build their infrastructure, expertise to enable and empower enterprises to provision, configure and manage cloud technologies with ease.

Nettlinx Completes the Shares Allocation and Acquires Salion SE

BWI | JANUARY 4, 2017

Hyderabad, India

Nettlinx Limited, Hyderabad based internet infrastructure Company, has received remittance towards upfront payment of 25% of total consideration for preferential issue of convertible share warrants.

The company has completed all the formalities and complied with guidelines and have accordingly allocated convertible share warrants to the two Foreign Portfolio Investors: 13,82,449 convertible share warrants to EXchange Investors N.V. and 4,12,678 convertible share warrants to Trans Global FZC.

With respect to an update on the recent acquisition of Salion SE , The Board of Directors of Nettlinx Limited commented that, “Mr. Abraham Joy & Dr. E. Leopold Dieck will be on the supervisory board of Salion SE (2 out of 3 Directors). Till such time a full-fledged CEO is appointed, Mr. Abraham Joy & Dr. E. Leopold Dieck will jointly take care of the overall operations.”

About Salion SE

Salion SE is an asset management company based out of Berlin, Germany. The Corporation manages more than Euro 1.70 Million investments. It has a specialized team which advises on M&A and financing of M&A transactions.

About Nettlinx Limited

Nettlinx is an internet infrastructure initiative of the Nettlinx Group. The genesis of the company has began with its ISP (Internet services provider) operations in 1999. Nettlinx is headquartered in Hyderabad with presence in over 93 locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is a leading Class-B ISP operator in both the Telugu states for the past 17 years.

Nettlinx is now the leading choice for state-of-the-art services such as cable and wireless Internet access, web design, portal development; web hosting, server co-location, network management & e-commerce services. Nettlinx connectivity services have been fulfilling the need to run applications like live video streaming, mailing and web services across multi-location enterprises in various segments like print and electronic media, financial institutions, Educational Centres, manufacturing units, healthcare & hospitality industry and several other SMEs.

Over the years, the group has diversified in to Realty & Aquaculture.

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Angel Broking’s ARQ Mutual Fund Recommendations Outperforms Index

BWI | JANUARY 3, 2017
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Angel Broking, India’s top retail focused brokerage house’s Mutual Fund recommendations have outperformed the markets and is expected to finish the year with a big bang.

Mutual Fund recommendations by ARQ, Angel Broking’s intelligent, predictive and Hi-tech automated investment engine, have beaten the benchmarks substantially in its first year of operations. The ARQ Large & Diversified Mutual Fund schemes have outperformed the benchmark 30-Share BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex) by little over 9%, and the ARQ ELSS Mutual Fund schemes has outperformed the same benchmark by nearly 7% for the November 2015 to November 2016 period. The ARQ Mid-and-Small Cap Mutual Fund schemes outperformed its benchmark (Nifty Mid-Cap 100 Index) by over 3% during the same period.

Speaking on the feat, Mr. Vaibhav Agrawal, Head of Research and ARQ, Angel Broking said, “The outperformance of ARQ-recommended Mutual Fund schemes validates the superior capability of the Robo-Analytic engine developed by Angel Broking. We have invested a lot of capital and human effort in developing and perfecting the engine that offers winning recommendations consistently. The innovative features of ARQ help Angel Broking investors to ace stock investing by harnessing the power of investments like never before. The system suggests investment strategies, make recommendations and offer the highest possible returns to the investors. Angel Broking’s clients can avail of quality Mutual Fund recommendations on ARQ.”

Retail investors, who are not comfortable with direct equity exposure, are strongly recommended to consider investing in Mutual Funds, which are investment vehicles made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. However, identifying winning Mutual Fund recommendations consistently from a large universe of funds is not easy. ARQ with its powerful research engine makes it easy for retail investors to find winning recommendations.

The key feature of Angel Broking’s ARQ is intelligent profiling engine, forecasting and insight-driven recommendations. ARQ is powered by the combined strength of machine learning and cutting-edge cognitive technology. ARQ processes terra-flops of historical data on Mutual Fund Schemes and Stock Markets and recommends only the best investment strategy out of billions of possible combinations. The results are back tested by Angel Broking and the simulations have proven that ARQ performs exceptionally well in every market condition, consistently outperforming the benchmark by a significant margin.

ARQ is technology driven back tested product which follows Noble Prize winning Modern Portfolio Theory and Quant based logic in providing investment recommendations that consistently beat the benchmarks. It recommends the suitable asset allocation mix that maximizes investor’s returns for his given level of risk. By using the algorithms based on this theory, the ARQ produces the most viable and profitable investment strategy and portfolio for investment. The high-tech automated investment engine enables retail investors to ace the stock market investing by harnessing the power of equities like never before.

About Angel Broking

Angel Broking Pvt. Ltd., is today one of the leading Indian stock broking houses, with a focus on retail business and a commitment to provide “real value for money” to its clients. The Angel Broking Group is a member of the BSE, NSE and the country’s two leading commodity exchanges, the NCDEX and MCX.

Angel Broking provides a wide range of personalized wealth-management and investment services to its retail clients. These include Stock and Commodity Trading, Portfolio Advisory and Management Services, Investment Advisory Services, Distribution of Mutual Funds, IPOs, Personal Loans and Insurance, as well as E-broking & Depository services – all supported by intensive research and a six sigma-backed Quality Assurance program. Angel Broking Group provides its value-added services to over 9 lakh individual retail investors through its nationwide network of 132 branches, including 17 regional hubs 8400+ registered sub-brokers/business associates and an all India employee strength of 3500+. Angel Broking has one of the largest trading terminal bases (16,308 terminals) in the country, and the largest sub-broker network on the NSE, clocking one of the largest volumes in the industry. The company’s shareholders include International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank.

The Year that was and Looking Ahead (2016-17)

BWI | DECEMBER 30, 2016
Mr. Irfan Razack – CMD, Prestige Group & Chairman – CREDAI National

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2016 has been quite an exciting year for the Prestige Group. This year we managed to deliver about 17 million square feet of total built area to thousands of happy homeowners. We’ve completed 14 projects during the year and launched 3 projects – Prestige Kew Gardens and Prestige Lakeridge in Bangalore and Prestige High Fields in Hyderabad. Prestige High Fields is Hyderabad’s first ever Disney-themed residence. We have also completed a couple of million square feet of IT office space this year.

As far as the industry is concerned, we have been facing certain challenges like the new TDR regulations. There’s also the RERA bill, which is likely to get notified very soon. The GST laws will get notified in the next few months as well. So the industry is looking at a series of new laws that need to be complied with. Apart from these, there is also the new National Green Tribunal (NGT) order that has come in. The NGT order includes new regulations for approval of plans of projects located near lakes and nalas.

While the industry was grappling with these new guidelines, the month of November witnessed one of the most disruptive moves made by the Government of India – the demonetization of the large denomination currencies. Though we fully endorse the move, its sudden announcement created both baseless rumours and panic among customers initially. This made them wary about investing in homes for some time. Fortunately, with things settling down, we are once again witnessing activity in the market, though it has yet to reach its full momentum. We, at Prestige, wholly endorse the move made by the Honourable Prime Minister. We believe that it is a single rare opportunity to clean the system and start a new regime altogether, and hence this move should be supported by all.

In 2017, we look forward to inaugurating 2 of our biggest hotel developments – the Sheraton Grand Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center in Prestige Shantiniketan, as well as The Conrad Hotel, Ulsoor, located right in the heart of Bangalore’s CDB area. Both these hotels should be ready by April. We are also very excited about opening the doors of our malls, both in Mysore as well as in Prestige Shantiniketan, Bangalore by early to mid 2017.

With the uncertainty over the new laws getting settled, and the entire team getting acclimatized to the new regulations, we are looking forward to much bigger and better launches in Chennai and Bangalore, as well as Goa. Hopefully we will be able to bounce back with bigger numbers. I foresee the housing market thriving once again, with a good demand for housing in 2017.

As far as retail is concerned, there is still a major requirement for good retail spaces and this sector will continue to do well.

With regard to office space, since the supply has dried up, there are no further vacancies. The new buildings that are ready are getting occupied instantly because there is limited supply available in the market currently.

Hospitality is a function of how the Government drives tourism and business in a city. I believe that with time, hospitality assets will perform better and better, year on year. Bangalore has the distinct advantage of being a preferred destination for both conventions and conferences. Hence, I see the hospitality industry thriving here.

Noteworthy among our upcoming projects is a piece of land in Pune that Prestige has set aside for developing an IT Park. We have also set aside properties for office buildings as well as an IT Park in both Ahmedabad and Kochi.

Finally, as we gear up to enter a brand New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our patrons and friends for their continued support and wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous year ahead.

7th Edition CFO Leadership Summit concludes successfully at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi

New Delhi | December 19, 2016

Exito Media Concepts Pvt. Ltd. concluded on the 7th edition of the CFO leadership Summit on the 16th December 2017 at the Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi. The conference was aimed at the 150 top CFOs from the India Inc, in the Northern Indian Region. The one-day conference was a great avenue for the CFOs to network among peers across industries, while listening to the key leaders and networking with the financial service solution providers.

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Senior leaders from companies of various sizes gathered to share best practices and specific approaches highlighting the innovations and latest amendments implemented to fulfill the organizational requirements. The second last quarter saw quite a few strong elements contributing the fluctuations in the financial markets and the CFOs alike. With a hit of Demonetization the time was just right to discuss the challenges and the way forward during this time. An insightful keynote from Kaushik Datta, Director, Thought Arbitrage Research Institute was a great day starter, leaving the group with quite a few thought provoking techniques to manage the finances during this time. The CFOs also got to know in-depth about how Brexit is affecting the flow on the investments a session lead by Dr. SP Sharma, Chief Economist, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Exito is known for innovative approaches to facilitate and enhance networking at conferences. The speed networking session during the first half of the day was a timely activity to bring everyone together and making sure the rest of the day gets aligned with the audience’s expectation and thought space.

There were ample meetings among the delegates and the solution providers which helped the sponsors create the right connects with the decision makers. The day got over with a panel discussion on a CFOS emerging role in the Corporate Sector. The session was moderated by Chetan Mathur, Senior Director, Controller India Region, PepsiCo India Holdings Private Limited and was attended by:

  • Yogesh Mathur, Group President and group CFO, Moser Baer
  • Rajeev Jain, Director and CFO, Intex Technologies (India) Ltd
  • Pradip Menon, CFO & Wholetime Director, AkzoNobel India Ltd
  • Sandeep Deshpande, Group CFO, ALP Group

‘An excellent program with very good arrangements’ said – Philip Devasia, Chief Manager (Finance) from Indian Oil Corp. Ltd the event received similar feedback from the attendees. Chandresh Singhvi, GM – Finance from GSK said “it’s a great platform to bring esteemed dignitaries from various industries & an efficient way to network.

About Exito –  Exito is a business solutions company which constructs tailor made solutions and content by designing a platform that would provide new business opportunities and business solutions to our clients. Successfully organizing these B2B events from past 7 years, Exito conducts close to 100 events each year.

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5th edition of the Pharma Innovation & Technology Summit and Pharma CIO awards 2016

Mumbai, December 8th, 2016

ExitoMedia Concepts Pvt. Ltd. recently conducted the 5th edition of the Pharma Innovation & Technology summit along with the Pharma CIO awards 2016 on 8th December at the JW Marriott in Juhu, Mumbai. The conference was a showcase of best practices and IT innovations implemented by the leaders of the Indian Pharma Inc. The one-day conference was a great platform to network and discuss the latest technology initiatives which was concluded with a gala award distribution recognizing India’s top IT leaders in the Pharma landscape.

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Senior leaders from companies of various sizes gathered to share best practices and specific approaches highlighting the innovations to fulfill the organizational requirements. “PITS 2016 was one of the most relevant industry events, with sessions that touched upon industry challenges and opportunities for technology to make a difference. Also, since it was well – attended by senior IT leaders of the industry it was a great platform to network” said Mr. MayurDanait, CIO ,Lupin Ltd.

“Excellent event & information platform, kindly share invite for all upcoming events.” Said MahendraSoni, Deputy Manager-Infotech, Watson Pharma Pvt.

“Excellent Venue, organized events, speakers are so well selected” – said Aniruddha Paul, Technical Sales Manager Dassault Systems.

While the industry leaders addressed the challenges and the solutionsin the regular IT landscape Mr. Sudarshan Jain, MD – Abbott healthcare Pvt. Ltd. revealed few in-depth insights on how Internet of Medical Things is striving hard to improve the patient care – a topic awaited by all and well received. Atanu Roy, CIO and SVP, Sun Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. left the crowd thinking about the convergence of technology and its impact on the Pharma Industry Ltd.

The industry awards came as a great motivation for the winners. A jury panel comprising of three dignitaries including Mr. RanjitShahani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Novartis India Ltd,

Mr. SuneelAradhye, Ex-CIO, RPG Group and Essar Steel Business & Co-Founder and COO Ideas to Impacts and Dr. AjitDangi, President & CEO, Danssen Consulting & Chairman of the Board, Fulford India Ltd. awarded six IT leaders, the names are as follows –

Name Job Title Organization
Edsel Pereira Sr. Vice President Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited
Amit Kumar Rustagi VP  & Head – IT GVK Biosciences Pvt. Ltd
Jitendra Mishra VP – CIO Wanbury Limited
Viral Gandhi Group Chief Information Officer Piramal Enterprises Limited
Atanu Roy SVP & CIO Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
MayurDanait CIO Lupin Limited

Just before the awards ceremony, the final session was a panel discussion on the Policy and Regulatory Landscape and its impact on the Indian Pharma industry. The session uncovered the current market condition and insights, speculating the scale of the growth trajectory and how full potential of the industry could be achieved. The event saw attendance from top 100 companies from the Indian Pharmaceutical industry promising a deep reach in the market and among market leaders.

All in all, the event received a great response from the IT leaders and the Pharma Solution providers so much so that the organizers received close to 40% rebooking at the event closure itself.

About Exito –  Exito is a business solutions company which constructs tailor made solutions and content by designing a platform that would provide new business opportunities and business solutions to our

clients. Successfully organizing these B2B events from past 7 years, Exito conducts close to 100 events each year.

For more information, contact

Bhaskar Mani

Sr. Conference Producer
Exito Media Concepts Pvt. Ltd.
D: +91 9535066544
Email – Bhaskar@exito-e.com

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World Startup Expo Concludes On A High Note

06 December 2016, Bengaluru, India – World Startup Expo, the three day extravaganza concluded on 23 November 2016 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. For the first time in the startup ecosystem, India witnessed a unique exhibition and a conference that provided a platform to interact and learn from global startup gurus. It was a massive gathering of 300 startup exhibitors, thousands of entrepreneurs, leading technology providers, investors, thought leaders, banks, policy makers, influencers and a host of national and international speakers.

wseThe elaborate event began on 21 November 2016 and comprised of a 3-day exhibition; 2-day conferences (WSE main conference and expo conference); four masterclasses conducted over two days; a 36-hour coding challenge – World Tech Hackathon; pitch competitions to compete for the Startup World Cup – India Chapter, and 100 Open Startups level 3; and WSE awards, all under one roof.

Day-1 had a great line-up of speakers that included George Molakal, Chief Executive Officer, Alcor Fund; Ravi Belani, Managing Director at Alchemist Accelerator; Baybars Altuntas, Global Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Angel Investor Dragon of the Dragons’ Den; Amit Gupta Co-Founder & President at InMobi; Ritesh Malik, Chief Executive Officer at Innov8 work. One of the interesting panel discussions held on the first day of the WSE conference was – Biggest Challenges & Rewards for angel investors Both Lie with the Entrepreneurs. It was moderated by Baybars Altuntas, Global Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Angel Investor Dragon of the Dragons’ Den and the panellists were Nagaraj Prakasam, Partner at Acumen Fund; Utsav Somani, India Angelists; Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman and Co-Founder at Rain Rajastan Angels and Abhishek Sanghvi, Co-Founder at Swan Angel Network.

Second day had an interesting mix of speakers like, Sabina Chopra, Co-Founder at Yatra.com; H.E. Sara Al-Madani, Board Member at UAE SME and Enterprise Counsel; Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder at Shop Clues & Droom; Kunal Kapoor, Actor & Co-Founder at Ketto; and Inder Sharma, Visionary, Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor,  to name a few. Adrian Johnson, Managing Director at Startup Bootcamp Fintech moderated one of the distinguished panel discussion – Women Entrepreneurs In the Startup Ecosystem and was participated by some successful women entrepreneurs like Sabina Chopra, Co-Founder at Yatra.com; H.E. Sara Al-Madani, Board Member at UAE SME and Enterprise Counsel; Manjul Kubde, Founding Member & Chief Product Architect at Seclore; and Priti Sawant, Founder & CEO at JoulestoWatts Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

The event concluded with pitch competitions and an awards ceremony on day three. 25 startups were screened, evaluated and selected out of over 300 pitches that were submitted. World Startup Expo was the Regional Partner for Startup World Cup and the winner at this pitch competition will represent India in the final round that is to be held in San Francisco, USA in March 2017.

Nebu K Abraham, Chief Executive Officer of Cocoon Ventures said, “We were truly delighted to see so many ambitious startups with great ideas. I take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck in their endeavours”.

The 25 startup finalists were: AVR EdGE Networks Pvt. Ltd, Triofit, Boston Ivy Healthcare Solutions Pvt. Ltd., BRAINSTARS, Creatella Pte Ltd, Crysp, Doctors’ Circle, Endless Robotics, FlippAR – MovingUp Products â,,— Ltd, Healthiply.in, Hello World, Hug Innovations, I2U2 Robot, Innovision (Inceptor Technologies Pvt Ltd), JUSTAP Media Pvt Ltd, LMN Technology pvt ltd – All Author, Parin Global LLP,  SchoolSaamaan.com (Agrim Education Services Pvt. Ltd.), Shapecrunch, Snackexperts, My Taxi India, Use my Vouchers, Navalt Solar & Electric Boats, Energyly ( Vidabest), and Gift XOXO.
And the winner for Regional Startup World Cup – India was CRYSP.  Representatives of Crysp will compete for 1 million USD at Startup World Cup taking place on 24 March 2017 at San Francisco, USA.

“This is a first of its kind mega show for startups and was conducted in a much larger scale covering the entire gamut of startup ecosystem. Trescon is immensely proud to successfully organise this event”, said Mohammed Saleem, Chief Executive Officer, Trescon.

World Startup Expo was the Global Strategic Partner for 100 Open Startups who selected 30 startups to pitch at their level 3 event held at World Startup Expo. Out of the 30, top eight winners will compete for the level 4 in Brazil to be held in February 2016. And those eight are: Green Dzine, Interpretonomics; Snack Experts, Trizzio, Zilico, Drone Aerospace, R2 Robotronics and Minimac Systems.

Winners of WSE awards under organisation category

  • Blue Pepper – Food & Beverage
  • Rure Bank – Fintech
  • Trizzion – Science & Technology Platforms
  • Esysoft Technologies – Energy & Utilities
  • Zoylo – Healthcare
  • Ready Assist – Boot Strap Champ
  • Reaching Soon – Open Challenge
  • Hug innovations – Wearables
  • Klenty – Small Business
  • Newee By Athena – Industry of the Future
  • Cloudra – Information Society

Winners of WSE awards under Individual category

  • Startup Founder of the Year 2016 – Vaun Anand for his startup MphRx
  • Versatile Startup Founder of the Year 2016 – Rishabh Jain for his startup UseMyVoucher Technologies Private Limited
  • Startup Youth Founder of the Year 2016 – Sneha Priya for her startup Kidobotikz (SP Robotics

Winner of World Tech Hackathon is Picasso, Jayaa Bharadwaj

Sponsors of the event
7 Nodes, Moolya, RAK Free Trade Zone, Flock, AirMeLive, #MyBag, Kerala Startup Mission, Coworks and Ready Assit and Furlenco

World Statup Expo was supported by 10,000 Startups- A Nasscom initiative; Contributing partner  – Invest India; Radio & Entertainment Partner – Radio Indigo; Presentation Partner – Slyds;  Sms Partner – Kapsystems; Marketing Partner – Moshi Moshi; Content Marketing partner – Comezzo; Ticketing Partner – Events High; Live Streaming partner – Castkom; Accommodation Partner – Oyo Rooms; Online news Distribution partner – Business Wire India; travel Partner – Travel Mela; Video partner – Couch Potato Productions; Hackathon Partners – C4 Workspace and Hasura

Association Partners
91 Spring board, Asian – Arab Chamber of Commerce, BHIVE, Construkt, Diplomatic and Consular Corps of Karnataka, Events Tiger, Indian Entrepreneurs Club, INNOV 8, Native Angels Network, Ninzabiz, Software Startup Association, Startup Chile, Startup Club, Startup Leadership Trust, Startup Manufactory, Startup Oasis , Startup Square, Turkish Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry TICCI, Wadhwani Foundation, WorkBench Projets, Startups World Network, Startup Mechanics, Innov8 and Text local .

Accelerators
ah! Ventures, Alchemist Accelerator, Angel Paisa, Chatur Ideas, Hatch Station, Hatch Station, NUMA, Startup Bootcamp, TLABS, Jaarvis, REVVX

Incubators
50 Partners, Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration, Composite Technologies, DKTE’s Yashwantrao Chavan Polytechnic, E-Health TBI, Ginserv, Health Start, ICREATE, IIIT-H Foundation, KIIT Technology BusinessS Incubator, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Startup Village, Amrita TBI, GUSEC and Udgam

Angel Networks
African Business Angels Network, Blue Sky Angels and E-Health TBI, Chandigarh Angels, CIO Angel Network, Hyderabad Angels, Indian Angel Network, Mumbai Angels, World Business Angels Investment Forum, Swan Angel Networks, Turn8, Saha fund, Zsolt Capital, Z Nation Lab, TBAA, Kalaari Capital, Kstart, Green Capital, 50K ventures, Idea Spring and Keirtsu Forum

Media Partners
The Asian Entrepreneur, Tech in Asia, Startup Success Stories,IndianCEO, Entreprenuer, Iamwire,Asia Pacific Security Magazine, Chief IT, Chaaipani, Channel Times, CXO Today, Support Biz, Convergence Plus, Inc42, India Core, IndiaSpark, Insights Success, The Plunge Daily, Newswire Network.IN, Newsvoir, Tech Portal, Tech Story, TechVoize, Business Guru, Storified ME, The Vault Show and Crenovate.

World Startup Expo is an initiative by Cocoon Ventures, a Dubai based venture capital and organised by global business events and consulting firm, Trescon.

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2nd Edition National Sustainable Water & Sanitation Summit 2016 – Day 1

New Delhi | December 1, 2016

Nispana’s 2nd National Summit for Drinking Water and Sanitation kicked off this morning at the Eros Hotel, New Delhi. Under the auspices and support of Swachh Bharat and National Institute of Urban Affairs, the event brought together over 300 attendees from across India.

The event kick started with an opening speech by Mr. Wolfgang Koster, Development Advisor, Embassy of Germany, New Delhi. During his presentation, he spoke in detail about the German – Indian trade relations especially in the Water and Sanitation sector. Following his presentation was Mr. Sandeep Behera, Consultant, National Mission for Clean Gangapresenting the on the water quality in urban and rural settings.

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With technologies playing a vital role in Water & Sanitation sector and understanding the Indian market requirements, VAG from Germany coming in to this event as a Gold Partner was represented on the dais by Mr. Sebastian Bojarski, Sales Manager – VAG. In his 30minutes slot, he delivered an insightful presentation on “Embracing Sustainable technologies to ensure comprehensive water quality”.

Following which, a group of companies from Norway: Salsnes, GEA, Cambi Group & HOSTpresented the latest state-of-the-art technologies which could help eradicate the water and sanitation issues in India.

The event also received support from companies including: Prince Piping Systems, Kamstrup, Lubi, Amiad Water Systems, Organica Biotech and Wallace &Tiernanand WebNMS.

With the day1 featuring interesting presentations, speakers and interactive panel discussions, Day 2 of the National Summit for Drinking Water and Sanitation will promise to deliver more insights and knowledge.

AHTIC Conclusion: Sri Lanka brims with potential but success depends on political leadership

Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 29, 2016

The first Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) concluded today in an atmosphere of optimism moderated by caution. Over the past two days several of Asia’s leading hotel investors from 19 countries discussed the investment potential of Sri Lanka and other destinations around the Indian Ocean from Mauritius and the Seychelles to Malaysia and Vietnam.

Data from ForwardKeys demonstrated that Sri Lanka deserved congratulations for achieving 12% growth in visitor arrivals by air during the past year, more than double that achieved by the Asia Pacific region as a whole. Further information from STR revealed that at the same time, the country’s hotels had maintained occupancy levels above 66% and succeeded in lifting average daily rates to nearly 16,000 Sri Lankan Rupees, more than US$100 at today’s rate.

Several serious investors, including a delegation from China, expressed enthusiasm for opportunities in Sri Lanka, citing its tremendous variety of attractions, such as ancient temples, wild elephants and unspoilt beaches, all within close range of each other. Other attractive attributes of the country were seen to be the good-natured ‘smiley’ demeanour of the people, the safe feeling one had walking the streets, even at night, a shortage of high-quality properties outside Colombo, the willingness of the government to invest in core infrastructure such as new roads and a British based legal system.

The Sri Lankan government, keen to attract international finance, announced a series of tourism development zones and the President promised that the next three years, 2017-19, would be investment years with special concessions to overseas investors; although the precise details have yet to be clarified.

Gerald Lawless, Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council and former Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Hotels, highlighted some of the factors that make a destination successful, including the outbreak of peace in regions previously suffering from conflict, air connectivity, visa waivers and dedicated promotional initiatives aimed at major origin markets, infrastructure investment, an ethos which encourages genuine collaboration between business and government and a compelling vision of the future.  He cited Sheikh Mohammed, the Ruler of Dubai, as a truly visionary head of state who had transformed that destination into the vibrant tourism economy it is today.

Counterbalancing the enthusiasm, Roman Scott, Chairman of the Calamander Group, which invests in Asian frontier markets and owns hotels and coffee shops in Sri Lanka, warned that proposed tax increases, lifting VAT from 11% to 15% and corporation tax to 28% would risk killing the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg. Several other countries bordering the Indian Ocean also offered an attractive proposition for investment. His view, which was shared by several industry leaders, was that Sri Lanka’s performance as a tourism economy would turn on the government’s ability to brand and promote the destination effectively, to prioritise development of infrastructure that facilitates connectivity and to create a fiscal and regulatory regime that guarantees commercial as well as social and environmental sustainability.

Dr Prabarth Ukwatte, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Club, which was the Founder sponsor of AHTIC, declared the conference a great success and announced publicly that he had confirmed the venue for the equivalent dates in 2017 and that he was looking forward to working with Jonathan Worsley’s Bench Events’ team to deliver a bigger conference next year.

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About AHTIC

Organiser: Bench Events, Co-organiser and Founder Sponsor: Sri Lanka Tourism Club, Host Partners: Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka; Presidential Secretariat Sri Lanka; BOI Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, Strategic Partner: JLL, Platinum Sponsor: JA Resorts & Hotels, Gold Sponsor: C G Hotels & Resorts;  Dusit International and Nippon Paint Lanka Ltd, Official Airline Partner: SriLankan Airlines, Supporters: The Centre of Asia Hotel Forum and Pacific Asia Travel Association, Programme endorsed by: The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka.

About Bench Events

Global event organiser Bench Events has a long track record of delivering multiple premium hotel investment conferences and forums across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.

Market leading annual conferences include the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, now in its 13th year, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) the new Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), The Summit in London and the Latin American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conferences (SAHIC).

Bench Events’ extensive portfolio also includes the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) in Dubai and AviaDev, designed to promote the future air connectivity in Africa.

Bench Events’ mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating growth, networking, and thought leadership in the hospitality industry worldwide.

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About Sri Lanka Tourism Club

Sri Lanka Tourism Club’s (SLTC) objective is to brand Sri Lanka as an outstanding tourist destination and aim to promote its unique

life style, nature, wonders, attractions, heritage and cultures to develop both domestic and international tourism and enhance Sri Lanka’s share of the market for international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Its ultimate objective is to increase the number of foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, extend the average length of their stay and finally to increase the national tourism revenue.

Contacts
For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

David Tarsh, Tarsh Consulting, Email: David@Tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, Cell: +44 (0) 7770 816 070.

Sri Lanka’s spectacular visitor growth looks set to stall

Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 29, 2016

Flight booking data shows only modest growth in early 2017

A presentation given by Forward Keys to delegates at the Asian Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference in Sri Lanka today revealed that flight bookings made for travel to Sri Lanka during the coming five months are 1.3% ahead of where they were at the same time last year. The intelligence comes from Forward Keys’ analysis of over 16 million flight booking transactions a day made by travel agents on the world’s major travel distribution systems.

More in-depth analysis shows a choppy pattern. Bookings for December and January are respectively 3.5% and 4.1% ahead but February and March are 9.8% and 21.3% behind. April is 76.9% ahead but this number needs to be viewed with caution because April is 4 months off and booking numbers are consequently relatively low. The likely reason for the substantial variation is that the Easter holiday season falls later in 2017.

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Whilst forward bookings overall appear somewhat lacklustre, within them are a couple of particularly encouraging signs. First, forward bookings for Chinese New Year (Jan 27th – Feb 2nd) are 12% ahead.

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Second, there appears to be a turnaround in enthusiasm of Russians to visit Sri Lanka, as a trend of falling monthly visitor numbers throughout 2016 is being replaced by a surge of interest. Visitor arrivals for the year to date are 26.4% down on the previous year but future bookings for November and the next five months are 13.1% ahead.

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The cautious outlook is in sharp contrast to impressive visitor growth in 2016 when arrivals have grown by 11.8%, which is more than twice the growth of the Asia Pacific region, which grew by 4.9%. Looking at Sri Lanka’s major source markets, India was up 10.3%, the UK up 17.3%, Germany up 13.1%, Saudi Arabia up 8.3% and China up 29.2%. The latter figure is particularly notable when one considers that Chinese visitors to competitor destinations such as Mauritius were down 0.6% and to the Maldives down 17.6%.

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Jameson Wong, Forward Keys, Director of Business Development, APAC, said: “Our data shows that Sri Lanka deserves congratulations on a tremendous year for attracting visitors. In a competitive environment, continued effort will be needed to keep up the impressive rate of growth.”

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About ForwardKeys

Forward Keys predicts future travel patterns by crunching and analysing 16m booking transactions a day. It is used by travel marketers, retailers, hotels, destination marketing organisations (DMOs), financial institutions, car rental companies, tour operators, online travel agents (OTAs), and other traveller-focussed businesses worldwide to monitor and anticipate traveller arrivals and stay ahead of the trends from a particular origin market at a specific time.  The analysis enables them to anticipate the impact of events, better manage their staffing levels, fine tune supply requirements, adjust and measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts and predict future market trends. Forward Keys’ data is retrieved daily from all the major global reservation systems worldwide.

About AHTIC

Organiser: Bench Events, Co-organiser and Founder Sponsor: Sri Lanka Tourism Club, Host Partners: Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka; Presidential Secretariat Sri Lanka; BOI Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, Strategic Partner: JLL, Platinum Sponsor: JA Resorts & Hotels, Gold Sponsor: C G Hotels & Resorts;  Dusit International and Nippon Paint Lanka Ltd, Official Airline Partner: SriLankan Airlines, Supporters: The Centre of Asia Hotel Forum and Pacific Asia Travel Association, Programme endorsed by: The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Sophie Luis +44 (0) 7961 145 787, sophie.luis@tarsh.com or David Tarsh +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, david@tarsh.com.

Sri Lanka tourism set to exceed growth compared to last year

Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 28, 2016

Sri Lanka Hotel Performance

According to Sri Lanka’s Tourism Authority, the country has a target of 2.2 million visitors for 2016, which would be a 26% growth compared with 2015. The Tourism Authority’s statistics show that Sri Lanka has welcomed 1.7 million visitors as of October, a 14.6% increase compared with the same time period last year. India, China and the United Kingdom are the top three source markets for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s government has recently launched several initiatives to attract international arrivals, and there has also been an increase in the number of direct flights to Sri Lanka from various other countries in the Asia Pacific region, as well as discussions on an open skypolicy to further drive air traffic to the country. There is also a new terminal in development at Colombo’s Bandaranike International Airport, which could increase the airport’s passenger capacity.

Through these efforts to help Sri Lanka’s tourism industry grow, the country’s hotel demand has increased 3.5% based on October 2016 year-to-date data. Supply, however, has also increased (+4.2%), with around 900 new rooms added to the market in the first ten months of the year.

Sri Lanka has reported a slight decline in occupancy (-0.7% to 66.3%), while average daily rate (ADR) rose 15.6% to LKR 15,854.99, resulting in double-digit revenue per available room(RevPAR) growth to LKR 10,512.93, a 14.8% increase.

This growth in ADR was helped by the recent opening of new luxury properties, changing the market’s hotel landscape as more of the rooms available are being sold at higher prices.

In the first ten months of the year, Colombo recorded a double-digit RevPAR growth to LKR12,208.13, a 21.9% increase compared with the same period last year. Colombo’s occupancy rose 13.1% to 71.3% while ADR increased 7.8% to LKR 17,133.82.

As both the capital of and a key destination for Sri Lanka, Colombo has substantially benefitted from the increase in international arrivals as well as a rise in demand for corporate travel and MICE business.

Sri Lanka Daily Performance

Between January and October 2016, Sri Lanka’s daily performance data shows a declining compressed room nights distribution.

Occupancy levels hovered mainly in the 70-80% range, with a decline in the number of nights that saw high compression nights (80% plus). This shift in compression is likely due to the additional supply in the market.

Throughout the compression nights of 80% occupancy and higher, Sri Lanka’s average ADR recorded 8.2% increase compared to the non-compressed nights. As a result, Sri Lanka’s average RevPAR gain increased by LKR 4,026.12. While for the compression nights of 70% -80% occupancy, Sri Lanka’s average ADR increased by 9.3% compared to the non-compressed nights.

Sri Lanka Weekday and Weekend Performance

Throughout the first ten months of the year, Sri Lanka hotels recorded a higher absolute RevPAR level on weekdays than on weekends. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays were the strongest days of the week, with an average RevPAR of LKR 10,850.43 during those days. Sri Lanka’s weekday RevPAR performance has increased 15.4% to LKR 10,619.15 in 2016, while weekend RevPAR has increased 13.2% to LKR 10,251.10.

Sri Lanka Performance Comparison

Sri Lanka’s 15.6% increase in ADR for the first ten months of the year puts it ahead of many other countries in Southeast Asia in terms of rate growth, including, India, Thailand,Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

With supply growth slowing to 3.2% for October 2016 year-to-date, India’s hotel demand has increased 6.7% compared with last year. This was largely influenced by a 10.5% increase in international arrivals, helped by the country’s e-Tourist VISA programme that launched in August 2015. As the second largest country in the world by population, alongwith recent economic growth and a rising middle class with increasing disposable income, India’s domestic tourism is expanding.

For October 2016 year-to-date, Thailand’s occupancy rose 4.2% to 76.0%, its highest level since 2010. Meanwhile, ADR increased 1.3% to THB 3524.97, leading to a 5.6% increase in RevPAR to THB 2678.75. The country’s hotel market has recorded growth following the political situation in 2013-2014, as the Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched efforts to attract visitors. Also, an increase in the number of direct flights to Thailand from Russia and the Middle East is expected to further boost arrivals.

As of October, hotels in the Philippines have recorded growth across all key performance indicators this year: occupancy (+1.1% to 68.2%), average daily rate (+1.0% to PHP 5,201.88),and revenue per available room (+2.1% to PHP 3548.80). Demand increased 5.4%, while supply grew 4.3%. As of August 2016, the country’s total arrivals increased by 12.6% (4 million visitors)compared with the first eight months of 2015. South Korea, USA and China are the top threesource markets for the Philippines’ tourism.

So far this year, Malaysia’s performance has been driven by occupancy (+3.7% to 63.8%), while ADR has also increased at a slighter pace (+0.8% to MYR 348.74), resulting in a 4.6%increase in RevPAR to MYR 222.39. As the second most visited nation in the ASEAN (following Thailand) according to the UNWTO, Malaysia’s demand rose 7.1% year-to-date, more than double its rate of supply growth (+3.3%).

After welcoming 8.1 million visitors between January and October 2016 (according to the Vietnam Tourism Authority), Vietnam’s international arrivals increased 125.4% compared with the same time period last year. This was largely due to a major influx of Chinese visitors,accounting for roughly 27.6% of all arrivals. An increase in the number of direct flights between Vietnam and China as well as other ASEAN countries has given this market a huge boost in tourism, contributing to a double-digit growth in RevPAR (+11.4%) for October 2016 year-to-date.

Indonesia’s hotel market is facing significant increases in supply. Since the start of the year,54 new properties have opened, accounting for around 8,500 rooms. Most of these new properties are in the Upper Midscale class, while development in the Luxury and Upper Upscale classes has been more modest. This appears to have impacted Indonesia’s ADR,which dropped 6.5% to IDR 1,017,745.69 for the first ten months of the year. Occupancy, however, increased 2.8% to 60.0%.

Sri Lanka Pipeline Performance

According to STR’s Pipeline Report for October 2016, about 4,200 rooms will be added to Sri Lanka’s hotel market over the next two to three years, with most of the projects located in Colombo.

The Luxury and Upper Upscale segments still dominate the nation’s hotel development, with 2,400 rooms currently in the pipeline.

Hotels Entering the Market:

  • Marriott International has the most projects in the pipeline, with four properties in development under the brands of Sheraton, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton.
  • After the opening of their first property in Hambantota, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is now developing its second property in Colombo.
  • Hyatt Hotel Corporation will join the scene with their flagship property, Grand Hyatt Colombo,expected to open in 2018.
  • Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts will soon join the market with the addition of the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo.
  • Currently in the planning phase is Inter Continental Hotel Group’s Crowne Plaza Colombo Beira Lake.

As the upper end of Sri Lanka’s hotel market continues to grow in supply, ADR is also expected to grow over the next two to three years as more of the rooms available in the market will be sold at higher prices.

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IDC MarketScape Names HCL a Leader for Worldwide Internet of Things Consulting and Systems Integration Services

Business Wire India | November 24, 2016

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HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global IT services company, continues to be recognized for its global Internet of Things (IoT) technology leadership, best–in–class capabilities & solutions offerings. ‘IoT WoRKSTM by HCL’, the business unit dedicated for IoT Services, has been named a leader by IDC MarketScape in its report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Internet of Things Consulting and Systems Integration Services 2016 Vendor Assessment” (doc #US41880716, November 2016).

This IDC MarketScape study covers 15 vendors participating in the worldwide IoT professional services market. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters expected to be most conducive to success in providing IoT professional services during both the short term and the long term.

According to the IDC report, “HCL’s IoT services offerings span the life cycle of a typical IoT project — define specific use cases, build, and run (including using its IP DRYICETM for automation/orchestration of signals) — that are customizable based on where customers are in their IoT journey.”

“HCL has been recognized as a worldwide leader for IoT services by IDC MarketScape, the ICT industry’s premier vendor assessment tool. IoT WoRKSTM offers end–to–end IoT services across the entire lifecycle of an IoT project – Define, Build, Run – which are adaptable based on where the customers are on their IoT journey,” said Sukamal Banerjee, Executive Vice President & Global Head of IoT WoRKSTM, HCL Technologies. “As per the report, buyers rate IoT WoRKSTM highly for growth strategy & execution, employee development and business models.”

IoT WoRKSTM by HCL is the front runner in the field of IoT, enabling organizations to leverage best–in–class IoT solutions for maximizing returns from their asset investments and creating entirely new services that deliver measurable business outcomes. HCL offers end–to–end IoT services for organizations across the three phases – Define, Build & Run, to help design enterprise IoT programs, develop and implement IoT systems for realizing business value.

Source: https://www.hcltech.com/press-releases/internet-things/idc-marketscape-names-hcl-leader-worldwide-internet-things-consulting

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360 degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

Internet Retailing Expo Indonesia Gears Up to Connect Indonesia’s Stakeholders

The leading multichannel event in the retail calendar to return to Jakarta in January 2017

Jakarta, 9 November 2016 – The Internet Retailing Expo (IRX) Indonesia, is gearing up to return with a loud bang. The 2nd edition of IRX Indonesia, to be held from 18 to 19 January next year at the Pullman Jakarta Central Park, will once again become the meeting place for marketplaces, multi-channel retailers and online retailers to meet their key suppliers and learn through peer knowledge sharing and best practice implementation case studies.

IRX Indonesia was launched due to the huge potential of the internet retailing market, as it has started to grow significantly within Indonesia in the recent years.

In 2017, IRX Indonesia is expected to attract 2000 visitors to an even more diverse exhibition with plenty of value-packed on-floor sessions and 75 leading solution providers in the areas of digital infrastructure and innovation, digital payments, last mile fulfilment and many others. More than 80 multichannel and ecommerce retailers will be sharing knowledge and experience during the six conferences sessions, workshops and clinics at IRX Indonesia 2017. All these under the themes of Connected Store of the Future, Payments & Security, Insight & Experience, Digital Sales & Marketing, Digital Merchandising, Multichannel Operations & Fulfilment.

“IRX is the leading multichannel event in the retail calendar and takes place every March at the NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom. The UK is the most sophisticated internet retailing market globally. With over 200 exhibitors and 5000 visitors to the show, IRX welcomes retailers and technology providers from across the multichannel landscape,” said Richard Ireland, Managing Director, Asia, Clarion Events Pte Ltd. “Following its great success in 2016, IRX will be running its second show in Jakarta, Indonesia in January 2017 and plans to bring some of the expertise gained from the UK to Indonesia.  Our event plans to help retailers looking to establish, along their journey to grow their online retail strategies.”

Visitors to the event can expect industry tracks featuring a distinguished speaker panel of local and international industry who’s who, including, among others, Roy N. Mandey, Chairman, APRINDO; Ravi Kumar, COO, PT. MAP; Catherine Sutjahyo, CEO, Alfacart.com; Adrian Suherman, CEO, Lippo Digital Group; Aruni Therese Abeyesundere, Chief Marketing Officer, Pizza Hut;; Simon Torring, Regional Head of Merchandising (Digital), Sephora Digital SEA, AnkitPorwal, Business Director, L’Oreal Paris Indonesia; Ashley Amanna, Head of ECommerce, L’Oreal Indonesia; PankajKhushani, Head of Media Technology Solutions – SEA, India & Korea, Google; RizkieMaulana Putra, Head of ECommerce Development, Samsung Electronics Indonesia; TabahYudhananto, Marketing Technologist, Digital Marketing, CRM Senior Manager, Blibli.com; and Cam Walker, CEO Indonesia, iflix.

The conference will feature 6 streams alongside e-Commerce clinics and workshops on the exhibition floor. Special highlights for the event include SME Forum: “Building capabilities in a digital age”; CMO  Forum: “The way marketers engage customers”; CEO Panel Discussion: “Omni Channel retailing: Digital Transformation, Customer First”; E-Commerce University; E-Commerce Clinics; Start-up & Innovation Zone: “Enabling Business value with Digital Transformation”; Indonesia – China Cross-Border Ecommerce Pavilion; and 3D VR Shopping Experience.

IRX Indonesia will feature 50+ exhibitors including 8Commerce, Asian Delker Logistics, ATEX, Cashlez, Detrack, E2Pay, Egentic, ICUBE, Innovecto, Midtrans, MooCommerce, PaketID, Priceza, PT Kam and Kam, PT KiosonKomersial Indonesia, and SAP, and sponsors including BCA, Accenture, Telkom Indonesia, PT Pos Logistics Indonesia, Akamai, Anchanto, Go-Jek, Magento, Manhattan Associates, At Internet,  aCommerce, Alto, FedEx, Gift Card Indonesia, Intramega Global, netCORE, Sprooki, and JNE.

Registration is open for public. For more information on the event, please visit http://www.internetretailingexpo-asia.com/.

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About Internet Retailing Expo

IRX Indonesia is the meeting place for marketplaces, multi-channel retailers and online retailers to meet their key suppliers and learn through peer knowledge sharing and best practice implementation case studies.

Euromonitor research confirms Sri Lanka as star attraction for tourism investment

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BENCH EVENTS | November 22, 2016

Government praised for making travel sector a priority

An exhaustive and independent report into Sri Lanka’s tourism prospects by one of the world’s leading providers of global business intelligence, has confirmed that the Indian Ocean island currently offers some of the region’s best opportunities for investment.

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Vishnu Vardhan, Research Analyst, Euromonitor International

The report by Euromonitor International is not uncritical: infrastructure still needs to be improved; airport capacity is lagging behind demand and telecom connectivity is still a problem.

But the report goes on to say that these issues are being addressed by a Sri Lankan government that has realised the golden opportunity that tourism offers the island as it emerges from years of conflict.

The findings will provide useful background for discussion at the inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) in Colombo in November, organised by Bench Events.

The author of the report, Vishnu Vardhan, research analyst at Euromonitor, said: “The world is slowing down economically. People are looking for economical places to travel, so there’s an interest in inexpensive destinations. Sri Lanka is one of them. Growth in the sector was by 17 per cent in 2014-15 in terms of the number of inbound arrivals. Its lower cost is a main driver of visitor growth.”

Sri Lanka’s concentration on developing the luxury hotel market is highlighted by Euromonitor. Curently there is demand for budget hotels, but the number of travellers from Western Europe and  North America is seeing double-digit growth and they tend to stay in luxury properties.

With arrivals in 2015 of 1.8m, expected to reach 2.6m by 2020, transport is a key issue. Road transport is good, but, the report points out, it will be put under considerable strain as visitor numbers grow, and the railways need urgent improvement to take some of the burden.

Colombo airport is a bottleneck, already operating above capacity, according to the report. It says expansion plans are due to be completed in 2020, more than doubling capacity. And fast road and rail links to the capital are in hand.

Euromonitor says the tax benefits on offer are good for tourism investment, and the Government’s planned tourism zones are a sensible way forward. But infrastructure improvements are a priority, not just in transport, but also in connectivity: electronic payment in some hotels is still lacking.

Vishnu Vardhan said: “This is a problem across many South Asian countries. But it’s also a region that is growing economically so people have higher disposable income, and as people become more affluent, there’s a trend towards more affluent hotel properties. More people will demand to book online.”  The increasing presence in the region of many of the big hotel chains, bears this out.

AHTIC will bring international leaders of the hospitality industry to Sri Lanka. It will be a forum for three days of high-level discussion from across the region – speeches by prominent insiders, a unique chance to hear political leaders’ views first-hand, and opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and other successful individuals, including a delegation of substantial investors from China, ranging from the Presidents of Dosun Hotel Group and Phoenix Global Investment to the Secretary-general of China Real Estate Association Financing Committee.

A demonstration of the growing co-operation between the public and private sectors is the opening AHTIC networking reception in Colombo hosted by the President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, the conference patron. His prime minister, as well as the tourism minister, will give the opening speeches as the conference gets under way the following day.

AHTIC will take place, November 27 – 29, 2016, at the Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.

For the full programme visit: www.asia-conference.com/programme

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About AHTIC

Organiser: Bench Events, Co-organiser and Founder Sponsor: Sri Lanka Tourism Club, Host Partners: Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka; Presidential Secretariat Sri Lanka; BOI Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, Strategic Partner: JLL, Platinum Sponsor: JA Resorts & Hotels, Gold Sponsor: C G Hotels & Resorts and Dusit International, Official Airline Partner: SriLankan Airlines, Supporters: The Centre of Asia Hotel Forum and Pacific Asia Travel Association, Programme endorsed by: The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka.

About Bench Events

Global event organiser Bench Events has a long track record of delivering multiple premium hotel investment conferences and forums across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Market leading annual conferences include the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, now in its 13th year, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) the new Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), The Summit in London and the Latin American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conferences (SAHIC).

Bench Events’ extensive portfolio also includes the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) in Dubai and AviaDev, designed to promote the future air connectivity in Africa.

Bench Events’ mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating growth, networking, and thought leadership in the hospitality industry worldwide.

www.benchevents.com

About Euromonitor International

Euromonitor International is the world’s leading provider of global business intelligence and strategic market analysis. Its global market research database, Passport, provides statistics, analysis, reports and breaking news on industries, countries and consumers. Euromonitor is headquartered in London, with offices in Chicago, Singapore, Shanghai, Vilnius, São Paulo, Santiago, Dubai, Cape Town, Tokyo, Sydney and Bangalore.

About Sri Lanka Tourism Club

Sri Lanka Tourism Club’s (SLTC) objective is to brand Sri Lanka as an outstanding tourist destination and aim to promote its unique life style, nature, wonders, attractions, heritage and cultures to develop both domestic and international tourism and enhance Sri Lanka’s share of the market for international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Its ultimate objective is to increase the number of foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, extend the average length of their stay and finally to increase the national tourism revenue.

Contacts
For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

David Tarsh, Tarsh Consulting, Email: David@Tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, Cell: +44 (0) 7770 816 070.

Landmark Celebration of the Indian Pharma Industry as the 10th edition of CPhI & P-MEC India gets Underway

MUMBAI, November 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

CPhI & P-MEC 2016 at a Glance:

– 1,300 Exhibitors, a 100 plus Countries’ Participation and Above 40,000 Attendees in a Marquee Show Spanning a Week

– Held Concurrently at two Different Venues, BEC and BKC

– Salient Features Include Supplier-Finder Desk, Innovation Gallery  and Exhibitor Showcase

The Indian pharmaceutical industry saw the launch of the grand 10th anniversary edition of UBM India’s signature event, CPhI & P-MEC India 2016, one of the world’s leading pharma networking expos.  To celebrate the landmark, this year’s edition of CPhI & P-MEC expo is being held between November 21 and 23 in Mumbai – for the first time, at two concurrent venues – The Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) while it also made its debut at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).

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This year’s marquee event saw more than 1,300 exhibitors, a 100 plus countries’ participation and above 40,000 attendees. While BEC had traditional participants for CPhI & P-MEC; the concurrent venue at MMRDA Grounds, BKC also included participants for ICSE & BioPh.

The inauguration of CPhI-P-MEC 2016 occurred simultaneously at both the venues in the presence of an august gathering of industry leaders including Dr. Appaji  – Director General Pharmexcil; Mr. Ravi Uday Bhaskar – Additional Executive Director Pharmexcil; and Mr. Satish Wagh – Vice Chariman Chemexcil & CMD Supriya Lifesciences; among others.

To mark a decade’s existence of its flagship pharma event, UBM India previously launched the India Pharma Week (IPW), an attractive platter of ten trend-setting events that got off to a flying start on November 17, prior to the CPhI & P-MEC expo. Focusing on the pillars of business, knowledge, leadership, innovation, recognition and networking in the pharma domain, the IPW included a Pre-Connect Congress; Women in Pharma – Power Breakfast; the India Pharma Awards; Networking Evening; Pharma Leaders’ Golf; a closed door CEO Roundtable and many more activities. The IPW transformed the CPhI & P-MEC exhibition from a wall-bound show to one with considerable intellectual value addition.

Originating from CPhI Worldwide, the CPhI & P-MEC India was first introduced in 2006. Today, it has become South Asia’sleading pharma meeting place, covering every step of the supply chain, from drug discovery to finished dosage. CPhI India is an industry platform encompassing CROs, CMOs and manufacturers of API, Generics, Excipients and Drug formulation, Fine chemicals, Biosimilars, Finished Formulations, Lab chemicals and Biotechnology. P-MEC, on the other hand, includes manufacturers of Pharma Machinery and Equipment, Analytical Equipment, Automation & Robotics, Packaging Equipment & Supplies, Plant/Facility Equipment, Automation & Controls, Processing Equipment, RFID, Tableting / Capsule fillers, Clean room equipment, Filling equipment and Laboratory products.

The show has grown exponentially over the years, with domestic and foreign exhibitors and visitors engaging over significant levels of business. This year, the expo comprised exciting facets such as the Supplier-Finder Desk (a digital floor plan that enabled visitors find exhibitors based on services or company names), Innovation Gallery (an arena where participating pharma companies were encouraged to showcase innovations on an international platform) and Exhibitor Showcase (a platform where exhibitors demonstrated how their new product launches are going to be efficacious.)

The key companies exhibiting in the 2016 edition at CPhI include Hetero Limited; Nectar Lifesciences Limited; Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited; Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., among others.  On the other hand, some of the leading companies such as ACG Worldwide; Shimadzu Analytical; Gansons Ltd; Fette GmbH and Accupack Engineering Pvt Ltd will exhibit at P-MEC.

According to ongoing research, India is among the fastest-growing pharmaceutical markets in the world and has established itself as a global manufacturing and research hub. A large raw material base and the availability of a skilled workforce give the industry a definite competitive advantage. The Indian pharma industry has a strong global foothold with accounting for about 2.4 percent of the global pharmaceutical industry in value terms and 10 percent in volume terms, and is expected to expand at $55 billion by 2020. Moreover, generic drugs account for 20 percent of global exports in terms of volume, making the country the largest provider of generic medicines globally. This number is expected to grow even further in the coming years.

Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “CPhI & P-MEC India 2016 is perfectly placed to provide a most comprehensive industry platform for every company that deals with pharmaceuticals in India. With it completing a decade in the industry, the expo gave us time to look back, revaluate, and move ahead.” He further added, “For the future, we believe that India has a strong potential to become a hub for biopharmaceutical innovation. The time has come for it to emerge as an innovator nation in this sector and play a leading role in collaborative research in bio pharmaceuticals.”

About UBM India

UBM India is India’s leading exhibition organizer that provides the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars. UBM India hosts over 25 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organizer in Asia and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. For further details, please visit ubmindia.in.

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Sri Lanka hotels report sharp rate growth

BENCH EVENTS | November 18, 2016

Ahead of the inaugural Asia Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), taking place in Columbo at the end of this month, a study by STR reveals that Sri Lanka’s hotel market recorded strong overall performance growth through September 2016, driven by a sharp increase in average daily rate (ADR).

In year-over-year comparisons with the first nine months of 2015, Sri Lanka hotels reported a 15.0% increase in ADR to LKR15,806.02. Meanwhile, occupancy was relatively flat at 66.4%. As a result, revenue per available room (RevPAR) jumped 14.9% to LKR10,495.60.

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As highlighted in Sri Lanka Tourism’s 2016 Strategic Marketing Plan, the country has a target of 2.2 million visitors for the total year, which would be a 26% increase compared with 2015. Tourism statistics show that the country welcomed 1.5 million visitors as of September, a 14.6% increase compared with the same nine months last year.

Boosted by the government’s efforts to increase international arrivals, Sri Lanka’s hotel demand (rooms sold) increased 4.0% as of September. Supply, however, also increased at a rate of 4.0%, and STR expects that supply will continue rising over the next two years with more than 4,300 rooms currently in Sri Lanka’s pipeline.

STR analysts attribute Sri Lanka’s recent boost in ADR to a changing hotel landscape in the market driven by recent openings of new Luxury properties. Additionally, more than 3,600 of the 4,300 rooms in Sri Lanka’s pipeline fall in the Luxury and Upscale categories, which should further lift the country’s ADR as more of the hotel rooms available will be sold at higher prices.

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Jesper Palmqvist, STR’s Area Director Asia Pacific, said: “The market for hotel accommodation in Sri Lanka is decidedly healthy, with double-dight growth in occupancy for the past three years and this year, we have seen an uplift in average daily rates too.” At AHTIC, which takes place, November 27 – 29, 2016, at the Hilton Colombo, Palmqvist will give a detailed presentation on the demand for hotel accommodation across the region.

For the full programme visit: www.asia-conference.com/programme

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About AHTIC

Organiser: Bench Events, Co-organiser and Founder Sponsor: Sri Lanka Tourism Club, Host Partners: Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka; Presidential Secretariat Sri Lanka; BOI Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, Strategic Partner: JLL, Platinum Sponsor: JA Resorts & Hotels, Gold Sponsor: C G Hotels & Resorts;  Dusit International and Nippon Paint Lanka Ltd, Official Airline Partner: SriLankan Airlines, Supporters: The Centre of Asia Hotel Forum and Pacific Asia Travel Association, Programme endorsed by: The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka.

About STR

STR provides clients from multiple market sectors with premium, global data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and an international headquarters in London, England.

As of 1 March 2016, all references to STR data and analysis should cite “STR” as the source. Please refrain from citing “STR, Inc.” “Smith Travel Research” or “STR Global” in sourcing as those names no longer fits within the updated STR brand.

For more information, please visit www.str.com.

About Bench Events

Global event organiser Bench Events has a long track record of delivering multiple premium hotel investment conferences and forums across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.

Market leading annual conferences include the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, now in its 13th year, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) the new Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), The Summit in London and the Latin American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conferences (SAHIC).

Bench Events’ extensive portfolio also includes the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) in Dubai and AviaDev, designed to promote the future air connectivity in Africa.

Bench Events’ mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating growth, networking, and thought leadership in the hospitality industry worldwide.

www.benchevents.com

About Sri Lanka Tourism Club

Sri Lanka Tourism Club’s (SLTC) objective is to brand Sri Lanka as an outstanding tourist destination and aim to promote its unique life style, nature, wonders, attractions, heritage and cultures to develop both domestic and international tourism and enhance Sri Lanka’s share of the market for international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Its ultimate objective is to increase the number of foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, extend the average length of their stay and finally to increase the national tourism revenue.

Contacts
For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

David Tarsh, Tarsh Consulting, Email: David@Tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, Cell: +44 (0) 7770 816 070.

Teamlease’s Rituparna Chakraborty Named Winner of the Inaugural Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award

BANGALORE, India, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — At the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2016 Gala Dinner last night Rituparna Chakraborty from India was announced as the winner of the inaugural Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award.

Rituparna Chakraborty is a co-founder of TeamLease Services Ltd, one of India’s leading providers of human resource services. With a vision of “Putting India to Work”, the company enables young workers to have a formal job so that they can have secure wages, social security and healthcare. Rituparna is recognized for making a significant impact in India by influencing a change in labour laws in the country to enable apprenticeships. With her effort, TeamLease has employed 30,000 apprentices who have the opportunity to move on with enduring careers.

“Putting India to work has been a big challenge but it also represents a huge opportunity for me to transform the labour force of India. We need more women in leadership to influence change in the country,” said Ms Chakraborty.

“Winning the Award means a lot of responsibility for me, especially to inspire women to overcome gender inequality by not giving in and asking for what they want. I encourage women to believe in themselves and do not give up easily.”

Cynthia Whelan, Telstra’s Group Executive of International and New Businesses, said the new Asia Award was a significant milestone for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and had already been a great success in celebrating brilliant women in Asia.

“In India young women now have an inspiration role model in Rituparna Chakraborty who has helped young people enter the workforce. The idea of apprenticeship is a great way to nurture innovation and drive further growth for a developing country like India,” said Ms Whelan.

The other the finalists of the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award are: Anu Sheela Themudu from iGene Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), Beth Lui from APEC Schools (the Philippines), Gabrielle Costigan from Linfox International Group Pty Ltd (Thailand), Kimberley Cole from Thomson Reuters (Hong Kong), Marion Fromm from Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Co., Ltd (Cambodia), and Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo from Bubu.com (Indonesia).

“As a member of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards Alumni myself it is my pleasure to welcome the Asia Award finalists to join the network of more than 2,000 women who have been award finalists over more than two decades. This is an amazing group and together we will continue to look for ways to inspire the next generation of business women and address barriers that stand in the way of their success,” said Ms Whelan.

For more information on the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award and to nominate inspirational and successful business women for the 2017 Awards visit https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/

Media contact: Charlene Leung / +852 6131 9387
Email: Charlene.leung@team.telstra.com

About Telstra

Telstra is a leading telecommunications and technology company. We offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Globally, we provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the United States and offer access to more than 2,000 points of presence across the globe. For more information visit www.telstra.com.

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5th Edition of Pharma Innovation and Technology Summit and IT leadership awards

EXITO | November 16, 2016

Exito Media Concepts Pvt. Ltd. announces the 5th Edition of Pharma Innovation and Technology Summit  and IT leadership awards. The go to event for the technology decision makers from the Pharmaceutical and Lifesciences industry. 

With a CAGR of 14%, Indian Pharmaceutical Industry will reach an annual turnover of US $ 47.06 Billion by 2018. An industry predominantly focused on Generics is soon set to diversify its product portfolio to more than 500 APIs, 60,000 generics, CRAM and clinical services across the globe. The sector sees a continuous support from the government as well, with revised amendments in the patent act of 2002, increased expenditure in the health care sector as claimed by National Health Policy Draft 2015. Also, 100% FDI allowed in medical device industry through automatic route is encouraging the leading Indian Pharma companies to raise funds in order to acquire more entities in domestic as well as international markets. So much So, that the current advancements are towards Japan’s lucrative US $111 Billion market. Though a tough nut to crack, this shouldn’t be impermeable after an established record in the USA and Europe. After all the aim is high – to make this industry realize it’s worth of US $ 55 billion by the year 2020.

So how does this affect your life? Are your organizational goals aligning towards increased production or improved security to safeguard the IP that took long to develop? Are you worried about your competitor who is perhaps exploring Industrie 5.0 while you are still implementing and far from the benefits of Industrie 4.0? Will your business know-how coupled with technology, disrupt the ever changing industry?  Or will the industry continue to be giant only in the Generics market? These are the challenges and questions a business leader from this industry is busy pondering about and staying in silos will not take the industry forward.

Keeping this in mind Exito Media Concepts Pvt. Ltdis back with the 5th Edition of the Pharma Innovation and Technology Summit and IT Leadership awards in alliance with Ernst & Youngas Knowledge Partner.The premium conference that hosts only 80 key decision makers from the leading pharma corporates in India, takes place on 8th December in Mumbai.(www.pharmaitsummit.com)

The event gives the Information and technology heads a chance to network among their peers while gaining latest information, first hand from the industry leaders. The conference will be centered around key topics like Automation and integrating IOT, latest advances in clinical trial management system, laboratory information management system and SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud). Key speakers include Atanu Roy SVP & CIO Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Jitendra Mishra – VP CIO Wanbury Ltd, Gopal Rangaraj – CIO and Head IT Alembic Ltd, Mayur Danait  – CIO Lupin Ltd and Viral Gandhi – Group CIO Piramal Enterprise Ltd. The conference acts as a knowledge sharing platform where attendees get to learn through a series of informative keynotes and presentations and interactive panel discussions We area also hosting an awards ceremony to recognize the best talent in the industry. There are 25 awards to be distributed among the most influential and recognized faces in the Indian IT leadership landscape. The Jury members for the awards include – Ranjit Shahani Vice Chairman and MD Novartis, Suneel Aradhye – Ex Group CIO RPG Group &  ESSAR Steel Business and Co Founder and COO for Ideas to Impact and Dr. Ajit Dangi President &  CEO for Danssen Consulting and Chairman of the board – Fulford India Ltd. Open only for the decision makers the conference will see an attendance of CIOs, CTOs, Head of Security, CEOs and Policy makers from the top companies in the pharma and life science industry.

“We have come a long way from the first edition of this event. Our attendees have repeatedly recommended this conference because of the quality content and business opportunities we provide here. The unique format that gives ample networking opportunities is a hit among the delegates and solution providers alike.” Says Exito’s MD Mr. Rishikesh Shetty. Join us in Mumbai for the year’s last gathering of management suite in the pharma and life sciences sector.

About Exito –  Exito is a business solutions company which constructs tailor made solutions and content by designing a platform that would provide new business opportunities and business solutions to our clients. Successfully organizing these B2B events from past 7 years, Exito conducts close to 100 events each year.

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Chinese check-in to AHTIC to check-out tourism opportunities in Sri Lanka

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BENCH EVENTS | November 15, 2016

Sri Lanka has announced that it will be welcoming a VIP delegation from China, to the inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) in Colombo in November, organised by Bench Events and Sri Lanka Tourism Club. The delegation, comprising leading investors and hoteliers, has been facilitated by the Centre of Asia Hotel Forum.

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Hon. John Amaratunga
Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Minister of Lands

Among the influential executives who will meet the Sri Lankan president and prime minister, will be  Mr. Haibo Bai,  Chairman and President of HNA Hotel Groups, part  of HNA Group, the Chinese aviation and shipping giant which recently acquired 25% of Hilton for $6.5bn.

The delegation’s attendance is a coup for the conference and for Sri Lanka, which has plans in place to develop its tourism sector rapidly. During their seven-day stay the Chinese executives will explore investment opportunities, as guests of the government.

Among the other Chinese VIPs will be:

  • Ms. Yun Cai, Secretary-general of China Real Estate Association Commercial & Tourism Estate Committee
  • Mr. Henry Chen, Founder & President of Asia Hotel Forum/Phoenix Global Investment www.phoenixinvest.ca/
  • Mr. David Cho, Director of INSIGHT asset management and investment group Ltd www.insightinvestment.com/
  • Ms. Milin Kritsutthikun, Director of Business Development, Forise Land Real Estate www.foriseland.com
  • Mr. Shudong Li, General Manager – Development of Join. In Hospitality Management Co. Ltd. www.tlhotelsgroup.com/location-en.html
  • Mr. Qifeng Ning, Senior Vice President of Wanda Commercial Properties (Group) www.wandaplazas.com/en
  • Mr. Zhenyu Shen, GM of COFCO Investment Department (owner of  www.cofco.com/en/index.html)
  • Mr. Adam Xia, Business Development Center GM of Powerlong Real Estate Holdings Limited www.powerlong.com/view/index.action
  • Mr. Xiaojian Xiao, Secretary-general of China Real Estate Association Financing Committee
  • Mr. Dongjian Xu, Founder & President of Hanvon Technology www.hanvon.com
  • Mr. Hansen Zhao, President of Dossen International, Dossen Hotel Group www.dossen.com

High on their itinerary as they tour the island will be plans to attract tourists back to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ with the launch of themed tourism development zones. The public-private sector initiative is backed by the Ministry of Lands, the Ministry of Tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourism Club, a government-recognised group of industry leaders responsible for arranging the Chinese investor visit.

At least five and up to eight “Themed International Tourism and Family Entertainment Zones” are being designated in state-owned land, selected for their outstanding natural beauty. They include beaches, mountain and forest regions, extending over more than 4,000 acres. The Chinese business leaders will hear the full plans unveiled at AHTIC.

Dr Prabath C. Ukwatte Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Club
Dr Prabath C. Ukwatte Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Club

Sri Lanka Tourism Club Chairman, Dr Prabath C. Ukwatte, a founding sponsor and co-organiser of AHTIC, said: “We will be working with government ministries to deliver themed international tourism and family entertainment zones, and to open them up for foreign investment. The conference will be an ideal opportunity to explain what we will be doing and to attract international finance. The new relationship with Chinese investors and Henry Chen, the Founder of Asia Hotel Forum and pioneer Chinese investment introducer, is historical and it establishes AHTIC as an economic bridge between China and SriLanka”.

Henry Chen replied: “Agreed!  I’m delighted to be bringing this delegation. The opportunity is so self-evident, I can’t imagine any serious Chinese hospitality investor not wanting to take a good look at Sri Lanka.”

Tourism minister, Mr John Amaratunga, added:  “We are giving the Tourism Club’s plans our full backing. More zones for development will be announced in the future. We are accelerating and widening the scope for investors by actively making reforms to reduce bureaucracy. We want to speed up decision-making.” He said there would be new concessions and investment opportunities announced at AHTIC.

Mr Amaratunga says Sri Lanka wants to generate up to five million tourists by 2020 and increase tourism revenue to 10 billion dollars. That includes doubling the current number of rooms available and creating direct employment for 300,000.

As well as the Chinese delegation, AHTIC will bring international leaders of the hospitality industry to Sri Lanka. It will be a forum for three days of high-level discussion from across the region – speeches by prominent insiders, a unique chance to hear political leaders’ views first-hand, and opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and other successful individuals.

A demonstration of the growing co-operation between the public and private sectors is the opening AHTIC networking reception in Colombo hosted by the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, the conference patron. His Prime Minister, as well as the Tourism Minister, will give the opening speeches as the conference gets under way the following day.

AHTIC will take place, November 27 – 29, 2016, at the Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.

For the full programme visit: www.asia-conference.com/programme

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About AHTIC

Organiser: Bench Events, Co-organiser and Founder Sponsor: Sri Lanka Tourism Club, Host Partners: Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka; Presidential Secretariat Sri Lanka; BOI Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, Strategic Partner: JLL, Platinum Sponsor: JA Resorts & Hotels, Gold Sponsor: C G Hotels & Resorts and Dusit International, Official Airline Partner: SriLankan Airlines, Supporters: The Centre of Asia Hotel Forum and Pacific Asia Travel Association, Programme endorsed by: The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka. 

About Bench Events

Global event-organiser, Bench Events has a long track record of delivering multiple premium hotel investment conferences and forums across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. Market leading annual conferences include the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, now in its 13th year, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) the new Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), The Summit and the Latin American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conferences (SAHIC). Bench Events’ extensive portfolio also includes the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) in Dubai and AviaDev, designed to promote the future air connectivity in Africa. Bench Events’ mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating growth, networking, and thought leadership in the hospitality industry worldwide. www.benchevents.com.

About Sri Lanka Tourism Club

Sri Lanka Tourism Club’s (SLTC) objective is to brand Sri Lanka as an outstanding tourist destination and aim to promote its unique life style, nature, wonders, attractions, heritage and cultures to develop both domestic and international tourism and enhance Sri Lanka’s share of the market for international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Its ultimate objective is to increase the number of foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, extend the average length of their stay and finally to increase the national tourism revenue.

Asia Hotel Forum

AHF® is a top integrated hotel service provider in China. The Centre of AHF® holds the International Hotel Investment Summit annually in Beijing or Shanghai alternatively. As the sub-forum of AHF®, the International Hotel Investment Summit aims at building valuable communication platform via releasing professional data and discussing latest topics.

AHF® focuses on contributing the best platform for hotels which invites hotel investors, design institutes, suppliers, and professors to analyses typical cases, communicate fresh information, discuss investment opportunities, and display panoramic industrial value. AHF® has attracted more than 10,000 elites since it was founded.

Contacts
For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

David Tarsh, Tarsh Consulting, Email: David@Tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, Cell: +44 (0) 7770 816 070.

CL Educate and Kestone Announces the Winner of the Young India Challenge 2016

Business Wire India | November 15, 2016
New Delhi, Delhi, India

CL Educate and Kestone concluded fourth edition of Young India Challenge (YIC) 2016, an innovative quiz platform that was open to all enterprising youngsters in India to explore their potential as a budding entrepreneur. The initial round of YIC 2016 was flagged off in August 2016. City/Regional rounds were held in September followed by the finale in November. More than 1 lakh students from 1,000 plus colleges in 80 cities participated in this nationwide challenge. The winners were announced during the final round on 12th November 2016 at Teen Murthi Bhawan, New Delhi.

Samyuktha R and Shateesh TR from ICSI College, Chennai were the proud winners. Samyuktha had participated earlier in inter collegiate events but this was her first ever stint at a national quiz platform. In addition to providing a platform to showcase their potential, Young India Challenge also had some promising rewards for participants. All 06 Finalists received research mentorship worth INR 25,000 from Accendere whereas all 12 Semi-Finalists received vouchers worth INR 5,000 from Career Launcher.

On winning the quiz, Ms. Samyuktha R shared experience of her journey with Young India Challenge, “The competition was very well structured. In the first round, the competition was pitted against students in our own city and from there we moved on to compete with students across India. The quiz was totally on the spot. We were told that it’s a quiz but had no idea about the levels. In the first three months, the levels had a completely different structure and then it varied during regional rounds and Semi-Finals. The competition in the Finals was really neck to neck and it was a marginal win for us.”

Piyush Gupta, President, Kestone, said, “Looking at the enthusiasm and competitive spirit among the students was enthralling and we realized our role in the process of watching them chase their dreams. As a marketing organization, we stand for creativity and innovation and today while giving these rewards in the form of Research Mentorship, we are proud to be equal partners in journey of these students to be budding young innovators and entrepreneurs one day.”

After the success of the first three editions, Young India Challenge was launched at a much larger scale this year. The challenge is held every year with an intent to shape the future of young aspirants from across the country. Kestone aims to reach even wider geographies and touch even more young lives next year. The school edition of YIC will kick start in January 2017.

About Kestone Integrated Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd.

“Founded in 1997, Kestone IMS Pvt. Ltd. is India’s leading integrated marketing services company driven by innovation & technology. Diversified verticals such as Digital Marketing, Event Management, Manpower Services, Training, Marcom and Customer Engagement are the pillars of its success. Headquartered in New Delhi, Kestone has offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Singapore. The company recently crossed INR 100 crore in revenues and has spread its footprint across 100+ cities in India and 20+ locations overseas. For more information, please visit http://www.kestone.in/about-us.”

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7th Edition CFO Leadership Summit to be held in Delhi on 16 December 2016

EXITO | November 11, 2016

It has become imperative to innovate for today’s CFO. However, the main focus of majority of CFOs is to prepare the systems long before they go for innovation. Regulatory compliance and streamlining of internal controls would be the key priorities for the CFOs in the near term. At a bigger scale the industry instills confidence and optimism for a long term outlook. Fiscal discipline, ongoing economic reforms and a robust monetary policy has helped towards this positive outlook. How does this scale up with you? Are you on the same page as the rest of your peers or do you feel streamlining of internal controls could be postponed till the next quarter? Is GST a real game changer in the tax reforms or you believe there is a way out? Are you responsible for number crunching alone or you feel your role could transform your business too? How will your life be affected with BREXIT or Indian Demonetization? These are the few topics that needs immediate attention and will have it, at the 7th edition of the CFO leadership summit.

565a8a0bd953e38b90ab58a05a242e7253b77d529e9df80948pimgpsh_fullsize_distrWe will host close to 100 CFOs representing the leading India Inc. giving them an opportunity to learn from the industry leaders while networking with their peers. CFOs who represent diverse industries to bring in diverse point of views and prowess in the financial domain. The one-day conference will be centered around hot topics like – GST – a game changer tax reform, Brexit’s impact on the flow of investment, New era CFO, CFOs and emerging roles. Key Speakers include Bimal Jain – GST expert, Lalit Malik – CFO of Dabur India Ltd, Nalin Jain – CFO Volvo Auto India, Yogesh Mathur Group president and CFO – Moser Baer, Chetan Mathur, Senior Director and controller Pepsico India Holdings, Dr.  SP Sharma Chief economist – PHD chambers of commerce and industry. Open for the decision makers, the event will see attendance of CFOs, Group CFOs, Head of Finance, Finance directors and CEOs.

“We have come a long way from the first edition of this event. Our attendees have repeatedly recommended this conference because of the quality content and business opportunities we provide here. The unique format that gives ample networking opportunities is a hit among the delegates and solution providers alike.” Says Exito’s MD Mr. Rishikesh Shetty. Join us in New Delhi for the year’s last gathering of finance controllers from across industries.

About Exito –  Exito is a business solutions company which constructs tailor made solutions and content by designing a platform that would provide new business opportunities and business solutions to our clients. Successfully organizing these B2B events from past 7 years, Exito conducts close to 100 events each year.

Debasmita
Conference Producer
Exito Media Concepts Pvt. Ltd.

Renaissance Mumbai Celebrates 15 Years in Style!

Business Wire India | November 11, 2016
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, a Marriott Luxury and Lifestyle Hotel, recently hosted their Anniversary bash to celebrate 15 years of excellence in hospitality along with their partners who have been with them for all these years.

As a part of their growth plans, the hotel has recently undertaken renovations to increase their capacity from 583 to 600 rooms and suites at the property.

Nicholas Dumbell, GM – Renaissance Mumbai speaks at the 15th Anniversary Celebration
Nicholas Dumbell, GM – Renaissance Mumbai speaks at the 15th Anniversary Celebration

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Keeping in tune with the changing times and preferences of consumers whether corporate, airlines, expats or general patrons, the interiors of the rooms and suites have been redone by the projects team to exude a contemporary feel while maintaining the luxurious atmosphere of the hotel. The renovated rooms reflect a sense of homely comfort without compromising on the luxury aspect.

Taking the 15 year celebrations ahead, Renaissance has also launched the new Quan Spa which is inspired by the natural elixir of life- water. The word “Quan” literally translates into “water”- the elixir of life. The spa borrows the restorative quality of this natural element to provide healing therapies and treatments which are pure, natural and help to repair the natural balance of the body. The décor and interiors of the treatment rooms have also been heavily influenced by this calm and tranquil theme to allow the guests to relax and unwind. Quan Spa offers an exotic menu of exquisitely designed treatments that uses organic ingredients such as Marine Algae Wrap, Bath Salts, warm stones as well as soothing ingredients such as sea salt, rose, sandalwood, orange, walnut shells, green tea and organic mud.

The brand has also worked towards adding local elements to the property while maintaining international standards through subtle touches such as mural walls in the lobby, representing ancient Indian relics such as Ramayana and the Ganesh Puran. The property also hosts a fun discovery hour’s ritual every evening with a punch bowl at the property.

On 4th November 2016, Renaissance hosted a gala evening at the Renaissance Gardens- an outdoor terrace garden at the property. The evening started with a Thaalavattam performance which was followed by an exhilarating speech by the newly appointed GM of the property, Mr. Nicholas Dumbell which was followed by an AV which showcased the Change At Renaissance Mumbai over the years which was followed by a fun evening of music by Avril who belted out popular Hindi and English numbers while guests were treated to scrumptious food spanning across variety of cuisines represented by the various pop-ups of the restaurants at the property.

The bash also witnessed the introduction of Mr. Nicholas Dumbell, the newly appointed General Manager at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet – Mumbai, Marriott Executive Apartments who enthralled the audience with his speech about the property. He was also seen interacting with the guests accompanied by Market Director of Sales & Marketing, Mumbai – Mrs. Megha Ajgaonkar.

Speaking at the 15th Anniversary Bash, General Manager Nicholas Dumbell said, “We are extremely pleased to celebrate 15 successful years of Renaissance in Mumbai. The market has been extremely dynamic in nature and it has been a pleasant challenge to thrive and succeed in the constantly evolving hospitality industry! We have been working closely with some of the largest IT & Aviation Giants which have helped our business grow by leaps and bounds. We look forward to growing by double digits in the years to come and continue serving our consumers with care.”

About Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to DiscoverSM at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world. Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination. At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom curated local Navigator excursions. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working, you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

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Sri Lanka tourism minister highlights red-tape as major challenge

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“Financial and administrative regulations, must be changed to suit current requirements”

BENCH EVENTS | November 7, 2016

Sri Lanka’s ambitious plans to develop its tourism sector are being held up by too much bureaucracy, according to the island’s Minister for Tourism, Mr John Amaratunga.

Speaking ahead of the inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) in Colombo, he said: “One of the biggest challenges is the bureaucracy. We do not have the agility of the private sector to take decisions quickly and implement them.”

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John Amaratunga
Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs

Promising speedy reforms, he added there would be new concessions and investment opportunities announced at AHTIC

He said the island’s winter-season marketing campaign illustrated the challenges: it was agreed six months ago, but had yet to get off the ground, and the winter season was now imminent.

In a clear sign that he intends to push for change within government, he added: “While I acknowledge the need for financial and administrative regulations, they must be changed to suit current requirements. Today, time is of the essence and timing is everything.” The minister is setting up a cabinet sub-committee to speed-up project approvals.

The assurance will be welcomed by investors and businesses attending AHTIC in November which offers three days of expert opinion; speeches by leading insiders; a unique chance to hear political leaders’ views first-hand, and opportunities to network with successful entrepreneurs.

In a wide-ranging,pre-conference interview, Mr Amaratunga made a series of commitments that international investors will find attractive:Tourism development zones on state-owned land would be opened up for ownership and lease; infrastructure projects like new expressways and regional airports are planned, and he said the island’s integrity would be preserved by avoiding over-development. “Our aim is high-end tourism”, he said.

Mr Amaratunga said Sri Lanka wants to generate up to five million tourists by 2020 and increase tourism revenue to 10 billion dollars. That includes doubling the current number of rooms available and creating direct employment for 300,000.

He said: “Challenges to achieving these goals are communications based. We need to get the message out to the world that Sri Lanka is no longer at war and is one of the safest destinations on the planet…hospitality is ingrained in Sri Lanka’s genes”. He believes the island could fill the tourism void created by turmoil in the Middle East and terrorism in Europe. There is also room for further growth in Sri Lanka’s main regional source markets: India and China.

With the right reforms, he says, the tourism sector could grow by an average annual rate of 15 to 20 per cent over the next four to five years.  By 2020 it is predicted to be the island’s top foreign exchange earner.

And in a message to investors, he made this promise: “Sri Lanka has given all possible investment concessions to the tourism and hospitality sectors. That is why we now have many of the leading international brands coming in to Sri Lanka with multi-million dollar investments.”

“As a government we are always open to negotiation and willing to accommodate investors whose requirements are in harmony with that of the government.”

Proof of the growing co-operation between the public and private sectors is the opening AHTIC networking reception in Colombo hosted by the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, the conference patron.His prime minister, as well as the tourism minister, will give the opening speechesas the conference gets under way the following day.

Sri Lankan ministers, including the finance minister, as well as government officials will provide the latest thinking on official policy on infrastructure and creating an investment-friendly environment.

The Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference will take place, November 27 – 29, 2016, at the Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.

For the full programme visit:www.asia-conference.com/programme

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ABOUT AHTIC
Organiser: Bench Events, Co-organiser and Founder Sponsor: Sri Lanka Tourism Club, Host Partners: Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka; Presidential Secretariat Sri Lanka; BOI Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Strategic Partner: JLL, Platinum Sponsor: JA Resorts & Hotels, Gold Sponsor:Dusit International, Official Airline Partner: SriLankan Airlines

ABOUT BENCH EVENTS

Bench Events has a long track record of delivering the leading hotel investment events across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events is one of the founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, now in its twentieth year. In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai and in 2008 the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference followed by Central Asia and Turkey Investment Hotel Conference. In 2011, with industry backing, Bench Events opened the Africa Hotel Investment Forum which has been held in Casablanca, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and this year to be held in both Lomé, Togo and Kigali, Rwanda. Bench Events addressed a gap in the market in 2014 with the successful launch of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum in Dubai followed by the 2015 edition of the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum in Madrid. More recently it has moved into the aviation development space with the launch of the AviaDev Conference. It also partners with the British Hospitality Association on the annual British Hospitality & Tourism Summit held in London. Bench Events has recently announced a joint venture partnership with Arturo Rosa on the South American Hotel Investment Conference (SAHIC) for Latin America.

Bench Events is an industry platform for growth, networking and thought leadership around the globe.  www.benchevents.com

About Sri Lanka Tourism Club

Sri Lanka Tourism Club’s (SLTC) objective is to brand Sri Lanka as an outstanding tourist destination and aim to promote its unique life style, nature, wonders, attractions, heritage and cultures to develop both domestic and international tourism and enhance Sri Lanka’s share of the market for international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Its ultimate objective is to increase the number of foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, extend the average length of their stay and finally to increase the national tourism revenue.

Contacts
For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

David Tarsh, Tarsh Consulting, Email: David@Tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, Cell: +44 (0) 7770 816 070.