From Editor’s Desk – July 2021

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The month of July awoke good hopes of revival across the globe. India too is emerging from its downturn and the organisers have started to announce their physical shows. To drive this momentum and reflect the preparedness of our industry to return to normal, we are pleased to announce the second edition of International M.I.C.E. Showcase 2.0 virtual summit on September 17, 2021. This event will be a vital platform to bring all stakeholders on one platform, discuss and deliberate the revival strategy & network amongst the global leaders to build fruitful business connections. More details shall be shared soon.

To start off with the physical shows in India we will witness the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS Premiere) from September 15 to 19 at BIEC, Bengaluru. Soon after we will head to the India International Hospitality Expo from September 24 to 27 at IEML, Gr. Noida. In this issue, we bring to you some excellent content to stay updated with the world of exhibitions. We have been striving earnestly to bring valuable content for our industry professionals and your feedback will be highly appreciated. This edition’s cover story focuses on IELA and its role in guiding the exhibition logistics industry. We speak to Guido Fornelli, Chairperson, International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA) who shares his thoughts on the future of our industry and how IELA has been one of the crucial factors for his company’s growth. We reach out to more IELA players, namely, Sudhir Dhavan (RERI), Uttam Gupta (Big Logistics) and Anamitra Mukherjee (DB Schenker) to understand their thoughts on the road ahead and the role of logistics.

Going ahead, we have featured some insightful interviews of global MICE leaders. Huynh Dinh Thai Linh, Executive Director, World Trade Center, Binh Duong, Vietnam talks about their collaboration with Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and its preparations to function in the post covid era. Thoyyib Mohamed shares about his role as the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, and informs on how MMPRC remains instrumental in promoting and reopening of Maldives to international tourism. Sumate Sudasna, President of Thailand Incentive and Convention Association, is a well-known name in the incentive travel industry in Thailand. He shares his key advice to emerging incentive destinations and about his contribution to MICE industry. Sumit Joshi, Head – Marketing & Sales, Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) highlights the features of JECC, and major regional and international conventions, meetings and trade shows held there annually. Edward Liu, MD of CEMS Singapore shares his views on the MICE Industry in Singapore & Asia and how the region is poised to emerge in the post covid era.

With many other interesting news from across the world, read our July edition and do share your feedback with me at raghav@exhibitionshowcase.com. If you have not yet subscribed to our official channels on LinkedIn, FB, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, then you are missing out on valuable daily updates and newsletters. Do check them out today!

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