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Messages for EEA 2017 Message From Publisher Raghav Khosla It fills my heart with great joy to welcome you all to the Exhibition Excellence Awards 2017 – First & only initiative of its kind for the Indian Exhibition Industry. Exhibition Excellence Awards, today, have become a mega initiative for the Indian Exhibition & Convention Industry, with a global visibility. We at Exhibition Showcase, are extremely passionate to promote this wonderful industry and I am glad that the entire fraternity has supported us in this endeavour. The Exhibition Excellence Awards have been designed to honour the true champions of the industry. EEA 2017 will serve as a great platform to connect, recognize & celebrate the achievements of year 2016. There are over 38 award categories for Exhibition Organizers, PCO's, Venues and Service Providers, so as to identify and honour excellence on as many significant & diverse parameters. That is because we believe that success in tradeshows cannot be measured only on a couple of parameters. At EEA 2017, we have tried to honour not just the big and the grand in terms of just the numbers, but also the ones who have the courage to explore this industry in small cities, who keep professional conferences at their shows, who integrate technology well, who may be small but are growing in percentage, who have significant foreign participation and similarly on so many more diverse parameters. And this is because we want the industry to come out of its shell, & blossom like a beautiful flower. We want to play a small part in encouraging the men and women of this industry, from all parts of the country, who have dedicated their years of hard work into it!! I am also pleased to present to you the India Exhibition Directory 2017, which has detailed list of upcoming events, service providers and trade associations in India. Our team has been striving tirelessly for making valuable contributions to the Indian Exhibition industry. I am thankful to industry associations who have stood beside us through thick and thin to make this initiative possible. Here, I would like to especially mention special thanks to IEIA, IESA, ICPB, UFI & IAEE, who being industry associations, came forward to support this initiative. I would also like to thank our sponsors and partners who have supported us. Without their support, this event would not have been possible. It's the industry only which must come out to support such initiatives and I am so glad that it did! We have tried our best to promote the initiative across a wide spectrum of relevant audiences. I thank our media partners who have given us great coverage and visibility. The event will also be broadcast on Well Known National News television channel – Zee Business. I would request you all to please spread the word about this initiative, in your own respective individual capacity as well. I hope that our efforts bring a smile to your face. If you would like to share your feedback or give us any comments then please feel free to write to me at raghav@exhibitionshowcase.com. I will be happy to hear from you.


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Message From IEIA President

KV Nagendra Prasad Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) is pleased to support the EEA 2017 being organised by Exhibition Showcase. It is a wonderful initiative to acknowledge the achievements of the industry players, as winners of various categories, while also acting as a motivation factor for others to strive for excellence in their endeavours. I extend our best wishes to Exhibition Showcase for organising EEA 2017.

Message From IESA President

N Binu It is a pleasure to know that Exhibition Showcase is coming up with the second edition of the Directory and Awards function. We congratulate the team at Exhibition Showcase for this venture. The exhibition services business has been growing at a good pace and several new entrants have joined the business. This kind of an initiative will be a great encouragement for the new entrants as well as the other players in the field. IESA stands for the growth of the industry and did several initiatives in the past two years such as training sessions, knowledge seminars on different subjects such as Design, Health and Safety and GST. We are happy to note that Exhibition Showcase has always supported the activities of IESA. We do hope that this cooperation will continue in the future and we do welcome the unstinted support of Exhibition Showcase. We wish you all the success. Nanu Binu President Indian Exhibitions, Conferences &Events Services Association (IESA)


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Messages for EEA 2017 Message From ED, EPCH

Rakesh Kumar Every industry recognizes the achievements of its members. But there were no such awards in the Indian Exhibition Industry earlier. And Exhibition Excellence Awards organized by Exhibition Showcase is one such award that has gained its popularity in a very short time. These awards do a good job to honour the champions of Exhibition Industry. The first edition was very successful and I am sure that Exhibition Showcase will bring many more laurels to this achievement. My best wishes to the initiative.

Message From Chairman, MSME Development Forum

Mr. Rajneesh Goenka Exhibition is a catalyst to economy's growth and the best contributors to the industry should be rewarded. I really appreciate Exhibition Showcase for coming up with this novel idea and for successfully organising the 1st Edition. I wish the entire team all the best for organising the 2nd Edition too. These awards will be great boost and stepping stone for the Indian Exhibition Industry and will take it to the next level. My best wishes for the grand success to the EEA-2017 Exhibition Showcase Team.

Message From Additional Director FICCI The Exhibition industry acts as a catalyst for the development of various sectors and helps in generating Mr. Praveen Kumar Mittal National & International trade. FICCI, being the apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India is also one of the biggest Business Exhibition Organiser in India with diversified portfolio of Exhibitions on the key sectors like Aviation, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Steel, Education, Chemicals, textiles etc. It is greatly encouraging that India's leading magazine Exhibition Showcase are organizing the 2nd Exhibition Excellence Awards at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida (New Delhi/NCR) on March 18, 2017. The awards as I, understand will bring together exhibition organizers, event venues and leading service partners on one platform to celebrate the achievements of the year 2016. Exhibition Excellence Awards is India's only initiative to provide visibility & recognition to the Exhibition & MICE Industry. I wish this endeavour all success and extend my best wishes to the organisers and all the participants.


Messages for EEA 2017 Message From Managing Director of Nurnberg Messe India Pvt. Ltd

Ms. Sonia Prashar I would like to congratulate Exhibition Showcase for launching the Exhibition Excellence Awards last year. I think it was a wonderful platform that was created to recognize the contribution of industry professionals, industry experts, exhibition organisers and industry associations who have contributed. I think it is important to recognize the people who have contributed to create a new world of the Indian Exhibition Industry. It is a wonderful effort so keep continuing with it.

Message From Amity Institute of Travel & Tourism (AITT)

Dr. Manohar Sajnani Second Exhibition Awards being organized by Exhibition Showcase on 18th March 2017, will be offering a platform not only to the exhibition organizers but also to the business executives who are involved in the decisions to exhibit at business to business exhibitions, to address the issues related to changing environment and dynamics of Exhibition Industry. The organizing of such events and at such grand level will certainly deliver the parameter, processes and practices to foster the means to achieve National Mission “Make in India�. The Exhibition Industry in India over last couple of years has witness a positive trend both as buyer and as seller and according to sources (unconfirmed) this industry in India has crossed an economic magnitude of more than Rs. 120000 crore and is expected to grow at moderate growth rate of 15% annually till 2020 against a potential growth rate of 30% to 35% and the same may be achieved by removing road blocks like current practice of clearance from multiple agencies; delay in customer clearance, lack of modern infrastructure and large exhibition areas; visa issue compliances and above all issues and challenges related of marketing branding and promotion.Globally the year 2016 has shown very positive outlook for new exhibition markets in North America, the US, Mexico, Europe (other than Germany and Italy) Asia Pacific region (China and Thailand), middle east and South Africa, where as traditional markets like Germany, Italy and Russia have shown a Southward trends (as per the 18th edition of UFI Barometer). The very purpose of citing this statistics is to showcase that new markets with innovative practices are leading & having a cutting edge over the traditional exhibition markets like Germany, Italy & Russia and such grand events like Exhibition Showcase provide one platform to so many great player to come together and learn best practices from each other to make India, a leader in Exhibition Business. Through this note I am pleased to share with all vendors and participants that with changing business environment, India also has very bright future if we have more & more similar organized efforts show casing our endeavours& achievements in the Exhibition Business. With these words I would like to wish this event a great grand success and hope this event to grow in size and scale year upon year.


Messages for EEA 2017

Message From Ex CMD, ITPO

Mrs. Rita Menon I am extremely happy to note that the premier magazine, Exhibition Showcase is holding its prestigious annual function at India Expo Mart Greater Noida on March 18,2017 . The Exhibition Excellence Awards (EEA) are conferred to recognize the outstanding contribution professionals to the Indian exhibition industry as well as felicitate its distinguished achievers in over 38 categories. These are the awards conferred for superior performance and nationally aspire for. Accordingly, the annual Exhibition Excellence Award function is becoming a much – awaited and noteworthy event to inspire young entrepreneurs of event industry. The industry is now witnessing resurgence and we are optimistic of seeing positive growth in future as the entire world is becoming more Asia-centric. In this context, the Exhibition Excellence Award Winners who are spear heading the industry turnaround truly deserve our salutation and compliments. Commending the Exhibition Showcase as well as all supporting bodies, I wish that the Exhibition Excellence Awards 2017 will also witness mutually beneficial interactions and networking among all stakeholders of exhibition industry on a substantial scale and provide a boost to the entire MICE industry. I extend my best wishes to the Award Winners and success of this prestigious Award function.

Message From MD of R.E. Rogers India, Vice President of IEIA

Mr. Ravinder Sethi It gives me great pleasure in extending my best wishes to Exhibition Showcase for the 2017 Exhibition Excellence Awards. These Awards will be a great stepping stone for enhancing quality levels in the India Exhibition Industry. The First edition of EEA was organized very nicely and I do hope that the EEA 2017 will be even better & will fulfil a great role in promoting the Indian Exhibition Industry. Best Wishes, Ravinder Sethi


Exhibition Excellence Awards A Mega Initiative for the Indian Exhibition Industry

Exhibition Excellence Awards have become a mega initiative for the Indian Exhibition Industry. Now in its second year, the awards have become a critical platform to honour, connect and celebrate the achievements of the industry. The Exhibition Excellence Awards do a great job to infuse motivation and inspiration to thrive harder and attain performance levels par excellence. The initiative has come a long way and it is generating that superior visibility for the industry that was much needed. The Exhibition Excellence Awards are designed to push one big agenda & that is to promote the Indian Exhibition Industry. There are numerous award categories because we believe that excellence in this industry cannot be determined on just one or two parameters. And for this very reason, we have put all efforts to identify numerous differentiators that effect the impact of tradeshows. Be it on basis of number of exhibitors, shows growing y.o.y, co-held conferences, multi-city shows, small city shows, first time shows, foreign participation, marketing initiatives, green initiatives, use of technology or crisis management, Exhibition Excellence Awards will do its best to honour excellence across a host of parameters. And that's the beauty of it! Propelling the momentum forward comprehensively across all sections of the industry! The Exhibition Excellence Awards are supported by all leading industry associations like UFI, IAEE, IEIA, ICPB, IESA, IIA, ASME & PIOCCI. Nominations for EEA 2018 will start very early this year and you may start filing in nominations with the pass of your each show this year. Stay tuned with latest developments on www.exhibitionexcellenceawards.com The Exhibition Excellence Awards is an initiative for our wonderful industry. It's a one of its kind event to connect, be inspired and celebrate together!! We thank and appreciate the attendees wholeheartedly who have taken time out to witness and participate in this 'for industry' initiative. Apart from honouring the top nominees, EEA 2017 will also honour leading industry professionals and industry associations who have displayed excellence in exhibitions over a period of time, in the editor's Choice Segment. The top 10 nominees in each category will receive special certificates and honorary logos for use in their marketing communications throughout the year 2017. The detailed post event report will be published in the April edition of Exhibition Showcase. The show video will be available on the official youtube channel of Exhibition Showcase. #EEA2017 photographs will be available for download on www.exhibitionexcellenceawards.com. Don't miss the nation wide telecast of the event on Zee Business next week !!

Best Wishes to All Participants. Truly it's the Celebration of the whole Industry Which Stands as a Real Winner Today !!


G.S. Oberoi

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W inners Of EEA 2016 A Glimpse Into The Past The Largest Show Winner – UBM – Cphi 1st Runner Up – Fairfest – OTM Mumbai 2nd Runner Up – ABEC - Acetech The Big Show Winner – ITPO – 35th IITF 1st Runner Up – EPCH – IHGF Delhi Fair 2nd Runner Up – The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council - IIJS The Royal Show Winner - AIPMA - Plastivision 1st Runner Up - Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association - IMTEX 2nd Runner Up - India ITME Society - India ITME 2012 The Fastest Growing Show Winner - Tafcon Projects India Pvt Ltd - India Pack 1st Runner Up - Event Capital - Edutainment Shiw 2nd Runner Up - IPCA - IPCA Electronics Expo The Challenger Winner - MM Capital Pvt. Ltd. - Trade Expo 2015 Kanpur 1st Runner Up - AFMEC - 9th Meet at Agra - Leather Footwear Components And Technology Fair 2nd Runner Up - Chamber of Industrial Commercial Undertakings - International Engineering Technology & Sourcing Show Top Multi-City Show Winner - Afairs - India & International Premier Schools Exhibition 1st Runner Up - Excelsior Public Relations- Wedding Asia 2nd Runner Up - Fashionista - Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition Global Dominance Winner - IMTMA - IMTEX 1st Runner Up - UBM - Renewable Energy India 2nd Runner Up - bc expo India Pvt. Ltd. - bc expo Top New Show Winner - IMTMA - Delhi Machine Tool Expo 1st Runner Up - UBM - Personal Care India Expo 2nd Runner Up - Hannover Milano Fairs Pvt. Ltd. - Food Hospitality World Goa Knowledge Hub Winner - MMI - Intersolar India 1st Runner Up - UBM - Renewable Energy India 2nd Runner Up - Honnover Milano Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. Leader in Marketing Initiatives - Live Competition Winner - UBM - SATTE Top Exhibitor Value - Live Competition Winner - IMTMA - IMTEX Leader in Crisis Management - Live Competition AIPMA - Plastivision India


W inners Of EEA 2016 A Glimpse Into The Past Grand Venue Winner - NESCO - Bombay Exhibition Centre 1st Runner Up - IEML - Greater Noida Star Venue Winner - India Expo Mart Ltd. Top Venue Winner - Gandhi Corporation 1st Runner Up - Brilliant Convention Centre Leading Structure Supplier Winner - RMB Event Managemnt 1st Runner Up - Deepali Designs 2nd Runner up - Milton Exhibits Excellence in Design Winner - Pavilion & Interiors Pvt. Ltd. 1st Runner Up - Litmus Meroform 2nd - Runner Up - Paras Art Studio Excellence in Services Winner - BIEC Star Conference Organizer Winner - Alpcord Network 1st Runner Up - International Travel House 2nd Runner Up - Teflas Top MICE Hotel Winner - Lulu Hotels 1st Runner Up - Hyatt Regency 2nd Runner Up - Crowne Plaza Editor's Choice Awards Leading Ladies In Exhibition Industry Seema Srivastava - ITME Sonia Prashar - Messe Nurnberg Katharina Schlegel - MMI Outstanding Contribution to Trade Promotion Mr. Om Prakash - Inorbit Tours Pvt. Ltd. MSME Promotion Award National Small Industries Corp. Outstanding Contribution to Exhibition Industry Mr. Ravinder Sethi - R E Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award Mr. Rakesh Kumar - EPCH


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India emerges as strongest global outbound MICE market With nearly 1.5 million Indians travelling only for MICE purposes, it is emerging as the 10th largest business travel market in the world. With the inclination to organize such trips being on the rise, MICE requirements are growing for different sectors in the country ranging from industries such as FMCG, telecommunications and insurance to pharmaceuticals, healthcare and energy. The MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT) organizers, QnA International, met with some of the leading corporate buyers from the country to understand the changing preferences and latest trends for MICE activities from the region. One of the key trends identified was the emergence of luxury destinations for MICE activities. There are more corporate who are focusing on the luxury element especially in the incentives and meetings segment when the projects are catering to the top management.

Taj Rebrands To Segment Portfolio Indian hotel giant Taj has announced plans to update its brand name and services, in an effort to more clearly define its portfolio. The company, which is owned by The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), will now be known as Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, with the new umbrella brand comprising four separate sub-brands: Taj Hotels, Taj Palaces, Taj Resorts and Taj Safaris. The Vivanta by Taj and Gateway hotel brands will now be merged under the main Taj banner. Previously, the company was known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. IHCL said that the new branding would “connects back to the recently unveiled Tajness philosophy which takes the best from the Taj's past and redefines it for the future”. Under revised brand standards, all Taj Hotels will offer in-room check-in, “living room”-style lobbies, and 24-7 services including breakfast, fitness centres and spas. The transition of all Taj hotels to the new branding and guest service concepts is expected to be completed by December 2017.

AccorHotels will host Indian Showcase – Trade Events to be held in Mumbai & Delhi in March Due to take place on 22 March at Sofitel Mumbai BKC and 24 March at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, the events will be attended by AccorHotels global team of executives. Now in its 14th year, the AccorHotels Showcase is designed to provide travel agents, wholesalers, corporate clients, tourism companies and MICE organisers with insights into the hotel group's portfolio and projects. This year it will include updates on the group's latest acquisitions, including the purchase of the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel brands, investments in the private rental space through One Fine Stay, Oasis Collections and Squarebreak, and lifestyle brands including Jo&Joe, John Paul and 25Hours Hotels. “The AccorHotels Showcase is a signature event on the AccorHotels calendar and serves as an ideal and exciting platform for us to meet with our clients, showcase our latest openings and thank our partners for their support,” said Arif Patel, AccorHotels India's vice president of sales, marketing, distribution & loyalty. In India, exhibitors from destinations including such as France, Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE and Singapore will be present at the event. More than 400 travel trade professionals are expected to attend.

Air India Starts Revamp Of Short-Haul Fleet Air India has started a major revamp of its short- and medium-haul fleet, with the arrival of its first ever Airbus A320neo aircraft. The new single-aisle jet is first of 14 aircraft being leased from Kuwait-based ALAFCO. The new fuelefficient aircraft will join Air India's existing fleet of 66 standard A320 series aircraft. The new A320neos will come equipped with 162 seats in two cabins – 12 in business class and 150 in economy. To-date, Airbus has delivered just over 70 A320neos, and 20 of these have gone to Indian carriers. IndiGo has received 14 of the aircraft, while GoAir has taken delivery of five, along with Air India's first aircraft. AirAsia India is also expected to operate the model in future. In total, Airbus has taken orders for a staggering 5,000 A320neos from 92 customers.

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EventsAIR Continuity Server

Futurebuild Events Ltd has announced that it has acquired Ecobuild from UBM Futurebuild Events Ltd, which has been set up by longstanding Ecobuild Brand Director, Martin Hurn, made the acquisition with the intention of taking the event back to its roots and making it more entrepreneurial under independent ownership. Hurn, who has spent 12 years in the building and construction industry, with the last five years running Ecobuild with UBM, will continue to lead the event with the existing Ecobuild project team. Speaking about the acquisition, Hurn said: “Taking the show independent is an important part of its evolution. The acquisition of Ecobuild by Futurebuild is an exciting opportunity to ensure the event truly has the flexibility to work as closely as possible with industry and focus on the products, trends and issues that really matter in the UK and to markets around the globe.

At the 2017 Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), Centium Software, publisher of the award-winning event management platform EventsAIR, announced the release of the EventsAIR Continuity Server. The first ever product of its type released to the meetings industry, the EventsAIR Continuity Server is an innovative new technology that constantly synchronizes an offline version of the event database that is being served by the cloud. If a slowdown or outage occurs, the Continuity Server automatically switches to the offline version & allows event check-in, badge printing and many other critical services to continue without interruption. When the internet connectivity is restored, the EventsAIR Continuity Server resynchronizes all data back to the cloud so all operations continue in real time. Additionally, also a first for the industry, the EventsAIR Continuity Server allows the meeting organizer to switch essential onsite registration processes to the local Continuity Server if Internet connectivity isn’t robust enough for a large event or conference. The EventsAIR Continuity Server is available to all users of EventsAIR from March 2017.

Indian delegation to explore Australian Aerospace Industry A 20 member Indian delegation would undertake a weeklong visit to Australia from February 28 to interact with companies and service providers to explore opportunities in the aerospace sector. The delegation, comprising executives of aerospace component manufacturers, training providers and technology companies, would participate in 'Avalon 2017', the Australian International Airshow in Avalon, Melbourne, an official release from the Australian Trade Commission said. The delegation has been organised by the Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu, Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. "The delegation would meet Australian companies and service providers to access Australian technologies and expertise in aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, research and development, education", it said.

The Indian Wedding Show 2017 Indian Wedding Show is a wedding exhibition in India held at a Pan-Asia level. It was held from on 2nd& 3rd March 2017 at PragatiMaidan, New Delhi. This year the show covered more than 60, 000 sq feet. It had more than 75 exhibitor categories and above 300 Stalls. The show was attended by over 25,000 visitors. The Indian Wedding Show 2017 had everything related to wedding with lavish cuisines to serve your taste, seminars, quirky workshops and grooming sessions, varmaala sessions, dynamic performances, big bash celebration and a lot more going on the Indian way.

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HPCI Exhibition & Conference

eManufacturing Expo 2017

The 7th edition of Home & Personal Care Ingredients Exhibition & Conference India in cooperation with The Indian Care Chemicals Convention is a unique opportunity to learn about the innovative ingredients for formulating effective cosmetic and home care products. The show was organised by Nurnberg Messe from 2nd to 3rd March 2017 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. This year the show had around 180 exhibitors and from not just india but countries including China, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, France, Turkey, Australia, etc.

eManufacturing Expo is a 3 day expo organised by Infinity Exhibitions & Conferences Private Limited. The show was held from 1st to 3rd March 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The expo was focussed on figuring capacities, progresses in zones, for example, computerized reasoning, robotization and apply autonomy, added substance innovation, and human machine collaboration and substantially more and so on in the Automation and Robotics, Computer Hardware and Software, IT and Technology businesses.

The Growing AV Industry

Garment Technology Expo

What Hi Fi Show is a 3 day event being held from 3rd March to 5th March 2017 at the The St. Regis Mumbai in Mumbai. This show will display to its visitors different innovative technologies of the audio and video technologies. This event gives you the golden opportunities to see and purchase the best quality home theatre, stereo gear and various other types of audio and video equipments. This event also organizes different seminars and forum to provide the visitors with better information about the recent technology.

Garment Technology Expo is a 4 day event being held from 3rd March to 6th March 2017 at the NSIC Exhibition Complex in New Delhi, India. This event showcases products like CAD / CAM, Sewing, Knitting, Embroidery, Dyes & Chemicals, Quilting, Fusing, Laundry, Fabrics, Fancy Yarn, Finishing Equipment, Dyeing, Non Woven Bag Making Machine, Cutting Printing & Packaging, Software Solutions, Spreading, Spares & Attachments, Accessories & Trims, Testing Equipment, Support Services, HR Agencies, Trade Publications etc. in the Apparel & Clothing, Knitting & Stitching industries.

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Indexpo Nagpur India Smart Grid Week The Indexpo Nagpur is a leading industrial exhibition which gets enlightened by the presence of industrial goods and services, electrical gods and services, tools and technologies, steel products, trading products, electronic goods and services and allied products and services. It is an ideal platform that looks forward to the best buyer and seller relationship and both buyers and sellers are equally benefitted. The event also presents the latest technologies and innovations and allows the exhibitors to interact with new customers.

India Smart Grid Week is a 3 day event being held from 8th March to the 10th March 2017 at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, India. This event showcases products like Electricity Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world's top-notch Smart Grid and Smart City Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products etc. in the Business Services industry.

Thailand Trade Show Wow Food Expo Wow Food Expo is a 2 day organised by India Food Exhibitions, Kolkata. The event will be held from 1st to 2nd April 2017 at the NSIC Exhibition Complex in New Delhi. This event showcases product from Food & Beverage industry. Members of food hospitality industry from India and abroad will be participating this show.

Thailand Trade Show is a 5 day event being held from 29th March to 2nd April 2017 at the Himachal Sarai Bhawan in Chandigarh. This is going to be organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). This event showcases products like Artificial Flowers, Artificial Jewellery, Health & Beauty Care Products, Wellness & Spa Products, Pet Care & Health Nutrition Products, Fashion Accessory, Footwear, Home DĂŠcor & Household Products, Food & Beverage, Garments, and Handbags etc. in the Consumer & Carnivals industry.

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25th Convergence India 2017 Convergence India celebrated its 25th anniversary during its 2017 edition held from 8-10 Feb. 2017, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

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he 25th anniversary of South Asia's leading gathering of innovation and connectivity in the ICT, broadcast and digital media industries, concluded successfully. Introducing ground-breaking technologies and products, providing opportunities for companies to conduct business, and shattering records, the trade fair showcased the connected future of innovations. Thousands of industry experts and professionals convened in New Delhi to explore the theme of the conference, Digital India, and drive the ever-evolving technology industry forward. With 635 exhibiting companies and 18000 sqm exhibit space, Convergence India 2017, and the co-located Internet of Things India expo 2017 (IoT India expo 2017), was a record-breaker, both in terms of exhibitor participation and visitor attendance. The three-day event witnessed a record footfall of about 19000 visitors and an overwhelming 46 per cent increase in exhibitor participation as compared to last

year. Connectivity was a major focus throughout the three Convergence India conference tracks, which included 27 sessions, and the wider ecosystem of policy makers, business leaders, industry experts, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, innovators, and investors. Convergence India 2017 welcomed official government representatives from around the world. Indian government leaders in attendance included the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, Shri PP Chaudhary, who inaugurated the trade show on February 8. Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology was the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony. Other top level Indian government attendees included representatives from the DoT, DeiTY, Ministry of Defence,

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Ministry of Home Affairs, Information & Broadcast Ministry, MTNL, C-DOT, TEC, TCIL, PrasarBharati, BECIL, AIR, Doordarshan, etc.Stating that the integration of cloud, big data, mobility, connectivity and IoT is accelerating the pace of digital transformation across industries and is disrupting traditional business models giving rise to a new-age technology driven economy, Benoy CS, Director, Digital Transformation (ICT) Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, “Partnerships will be the key differentiator for any successful IoT business model due to the massive heterogeneity in the ecosystem along with data security, which will also be an important element in this business,” adding that “Frost & Sullivan is proud to be the exclusive Knowledge Partner for the event.”

Urging the government to provide ample support to industry and private players in addressing cybersecurity issues, Rahul Tyagi, VicePresident-Training, Lucideus, said, “Devices at the

hardware level need to be made more secure, and consumer awareness needs to be generated.” During the session, 'Ecommerce in India: A Game Changer for New Customer Experience, Madhur Arora, Head-Digital Business & Strategy, Intex Technologies and Startup Mentor, India, said, “E-commerce has provided customers with huge choices and customers now have access to various brands. However, availability of products is a key factor in ensuring superior customer experience.” Sundeep Malhotra, Founder and Former CEO, Homeshop 18, India, stated, “Ecommerce businesses in India currently are in the customer acquisition phase. These businesses need to develop a mind shift and a new line of thought apart from traditional concepts.

He added, “Well -organised conferences such as Convergence India provide the platform to discuss relevant ideas, radical changes, and latest innovations. Bringing the best and brightest minds and decision-makers under one roof to discuss the latest happenings and future trends broadens the horizons and opens more gates for new ideas to be implemented.” Exhibitors found the expo a great way to showcase their brands and gain enormous exposure. “We found the exhibition to be professionally managed and on par with any European event. Convergence India 2017 helped us connect with potential customers, and we were able to generate many leads. We look forward to participating in the next edition,” said Dr Matthias Wurster, Vice President – Marketing & Business Development, UNLIMIT.

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“BUILD FAIR ALLIANCE” – A Consortium of Three Mega Organizers for the First Time Build Fair Alliance is one of the most unique &largest networking and business platform for the integrated build environment !!

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SHRAE ( Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers ), in order to bring Heating, Ventilating, AirConditioning & Refrigerating (HVAC&R) Industry into the forefront, formulated a Build Fair Alliance (BFA) this year, a unique preposition for the first time, with five independent shows catering to the various segments of the Building Construction industry. BFA was intended to bring different players of the Construction Industry under this umbrella and thus offer all stakeholders of the industry an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest technology in the field. The alliance brought together three leading exhibition organisers namely Nurnberg Messe, MesseFranfurt & Messe Dusseldorf India. The Alliance conducted a grand fair from 23rd to 25th February 2017 at India Expo Mart Limited (IEML), Greater Noida. The show was an amalgamation of following events conducted at the same venue at the same dates: · ACREX India - covering HVAC, Refrigeration and Building Automation Systems · ISH India powered by IPA – International trade fair showcasing plumbing, sanitation, bathroom & kitchen, renewable energy and home automation systems in India · Fire & Security India Expo (FSIE) - previewing Fire safety & security solutions · FENSTERBAU FRONTALE INDIA focusing on Façade & Fenestration products · Glasspro INDIA encompassing solutions and innovations for the glass industry BFA 2017 was based on the theme

– 'Rising India: Enterprising & Cool' and focused on Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME's.) India is the fastest growing economy in the world today and the theme is directly linked to the growing economy of India, laying emphasis on how welcoming & lucrative our country can be as a fruitful business market. One of the biggest highlights this year was having for the first time a Guest Country at the show, Turkey, represented by ISIB, to improve relations between India and Turkey. ACREX India 2017 The 18th edition of ACREX India, South Asia's one of the most prominent trade fairs on Refrigeration & Cold Chain, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Intelligent Buildings was organised by Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) and produced by NuernbergMesse India. “With every edition, ACREX India is becoming grander than before – offering more opportunities for stakeholders across the industry. Build Fair Alliance is an initiative to bring five strengths of the Built Industry under one roof. All

individual experts under the Alliance will present the best ever platform with respect to participation and networking opportunities for the construction industry.” says, Ms. Sonia Prashar, Managing Director, Nuernberg Messe India. ACREX 2017 had more than 500 exhibitors with 30 percent of them from outside India and participation from more than 50,000 Decision-Makers, Architects, Developers, End Consumers, Advisers and Project Managers. ACREX India 2017 had country pavilions hosted by Turkey, Germany and China. Besides these, there was individual participation by 25 countries including USA, UK, UAE, Taiwan, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Russia, Mexico, Sweden, Korea, South Korea, Thailand, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Malaysia, Vietnam and many more. Two new participating countries namely Russia and Hong Kong were also present. Besides participation of International Global Players the show also saw International support from organizations like ASHRAE, REHVA, ISKID, CAR, ANPRAC, Eurammon, KNVIK, ISIB, CIBSE, etc.

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“India is currently one of the favourites of the major international players. The world views our country as an engine for growth for their business,” said Mr. Ashish Rakheja, Chairman, ACREX India 2017. He added, “There is a greater focus on energy efficiency and end consumers, skilled workers and installers all consider there will be more and more need for energy-saving technologies. There is growth in all areas – Hospitals, Retail, Industry, Infrastructure and Commercial development zones – which offer incentives for central industrial plant businesses. The Refrigeration industry is also enjoying continued growth. All of this offers the ideal conditions to make ACREX India 2017 a success”. ISH India 2017 ISH India Powered by IPA' is a collaborative venture between Messe Frankfurt and the Indian Plumbing Association, India's national body representing the plumbing industry. The 2017 edition of the show was the first edition. ISH was a platform showcasing a one stop solution for plumbing, sanitation, bathroom & kitchen, renewable energy and home automation system. With the showcase of wide product portfolio the leading trade fair covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions in both horizontal and vertical terms.

The world's one of the leading trade fairs for the sector made its debut over 50 years ago in abroad (ISH Frankfurt) – more than five decades standing for growth, continuity and a successful concept. FSIE 2017 The first ever trade expo and multidimensional platform that combines solutions for passive, active and organisational Fire Safety and Security Management. Here, official experts, architects, building engineers, members of leading security and fire prevention bodies and other stakeholders from world over gathered to disseminate information, gather knowledge, exchange ideas, exhibit, debate innovative perspectives, solutions and products for fire safety and security. Build Fair Alliance will be annually rotating among 3 major cities of India – Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. So the next show will be held at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bangalore from 22nd to 24th February 2018. Next year there will focus on increased participation by companies in the automation industry. From the perspective of manufacturers and skilled workers, this sector offers strong parallels with the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration technology industries.

Miss Sonia Prashar, Managing Director of Nurnberg Messe India Pvt. Ltd. “This show is a significant milestone in the history of the exhibition industry when three Industry Associations and three German Trade Fair organisers have come together to create a platform never ever created. In one go, all the architects, specifiers, contractors, consultants, developers, can see the solutions for the integrated building under one roof. I think it was a vision of these industry associations to come together and create this banner and I also think that this mission has been achieved very well. In the last 3 days we witnessed more than 40,000 visitors and IEML, Greater Noida has been a perfect venue for the show. I think all of us also need to understand that a show of such large square metres need a world class space as venue in India and IEML was a perfect venue for the Delhi edition. Similarly, next year we are moving to another excellent platform that is the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre which will be able to accommodate this big alliance. And this rotational phenomenon of the show among 3 cities - Delhi, Bangalore & Mumbai will create a new story for the Exhibition Industry in India. And it's time to realise that India has the potential to organise such huge shows.”

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43rd Edition of IHGF - DELHI FAIR SPRING 2017 Held at India Expo Mart The 43rd edition of the world leading handicrafts and gifts fair opened on 16th February, 2017 at India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida Expressway in the NCR of Delhi.

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he Limca Book of world's records has also recognized it as the world's largest congregation of handicrafts under one roof. The fair was held from 16th to 20th February, 2017 spread over in 1,97,000 sq. mtrs area informed Shri Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH. More than 3000 exhibitors including 900 permanent marts from all over the country showcased a wide range of 14 product categories of Houseware, Home furnishing, Furniture, Gifts and decoratives, Lamps and lighting, Christmas & festive décor, fashion jewellery& accessories, Spa and wellness, Carpets and Rugs, Bathroom accessories, Garden Accessories, Educational toys & Games, Handmade paper products and stationery and Leather bags. Over 4900 foreign buyers from more than 90 countries, buying agents based in India and domestic retail volume buyers visited the mega fair to source their requirements. The increase in the exhibition space and the number of exhibitors and visitors indicates how important this event is for India as well as for the International buying community. It also demonstrates that it is an indispensable event for overseas buyers for home, lifestyles, fashion and textiles products under one roof.

The world's one of the largest show for home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles brought comprehensive selections with a choice of over 2000 products made out of different raw material base like wood, metal, cane and bamboo, textiles made of natural fibres, wool, silk, jute, coir, stone, leather, terracotta, lacquer and vegetable dyes. One of the main highlights of the show was setting up of thematic display of products from North Eastern Region and Jodhpur Mega cluster. A theme pavilion on wooden handicrafts items produced from legally procured wood and certified under Vriksh – an indigenous Indian Timber Legality assessment and Verification scheme had also set up showcasing the best of wooden handicrafts items. Another highlight was informative seminars related to production techniques, skill development, GSP scheme, trends and forecast, discussion on union budget and the forthcoming GST. Realizing the phenomenal growth in the domestic retail market, Council opened the doors of IHGF-Delhi Fair for domestic retail volume buyers and e-commerce companies during Autumn 2014 and since then major retail brands and ecommerce companies such as Good Earth, Furniture Republic, Fab India, West Side, Archies Ltd, DLF brands ltd, @home,

Shoppers Stop, Lifestyles group, Urban Ladder.com, Pepperfry.com, Ajio.com, FabFurnish.com, Shopcleus.com and others have become the regular visitors to the fair. “The IHGF- Delhi fair over a period of 23 years, since its inception in 1994, has made significant contribution to the Handicrafts trade from India. It has not only enabled Indian exporters in large numbers to participate in the show and secure orders but also enabled foreign buyers to source their requirement from India at one place, one time and under one roof. One of the most important roles played by the IHGF has been the increase in the foreign exchange earnings beside employment generation for the sector for the country, stated Mr. Rakesh Kumar. Despite the fact that USA and Europe have been major buyers of India, the focus of EPCH is now on new emerging markets hitherto unexplored and underexplored regions like Latin America, Central Asia (CIS), Africa and South East Asia for promoting overseas business visitor ship to this handicrafts and gifts fair, Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Chairman – EPCH added. The foreign participation was immense considering that maximum buyers came from USA -625, UK – 376, France – 277, Germany – 211, Italy – 192, Australia – 175, Japan – 149, Netherland – 147, Spain – 135, & China – 105.

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Indian Ceramics 2017 and Ceramics Asia 2017 The 12th annual ceramics materials, machinery, supplies and technology show 2017 and 4th edition of Ceramics Asia is going to be held from 1st to 3rd March 2017 at Gujarat University Exhibition Centre, Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

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he show is co-organised by MesseMunchen India (MMI) and Unifair Exhibition Service. This expo is one of the most sought B2B shows in the Indian Ceramics Industry. With exhibitors from India and abroad, the show covers the whole spectrum of the ceramics industry chain, from machinery, raw materials to technology, which attracts visitors from local and international markets. Spread over 11,000 sqm. of exhibition floor space, the show will display a wide variety of products related to the industry. There will be more than 300 exhibitors. Exhibitors dealing with raw materials and additives, production materials & ancillaries; storage; conveying; feeding/ batching; weighing; crushing, grinding, milling; grading, separation; mixing, blending; shaping; glazing decorating, surface treatment; heat treatment, refractories; measurement and control; analysis and laboratory equipment; plant construction,

engineering; dust extraction, filtering; handling, packaging, automation; tools, spares, replacement parts; protection of the environment; technical ceramics, components/ services; research and training, technology transfer, trade and specialist literature, digital inks, printing and technology. The expo will also have foreign delegates from the ceramic hubs of Thangadh and Morbi. Innovation Exchange Forum The Innovation Exchange Forum is a know-how forum where the latest trends and new technologies in the ceramics industry are introduced in bestpractice presentations. This is the fourth time that the forum is being held in conjunction with the fair. To provide trade visitors and other interested parties with the best possible information, topics are selected in close cooperation with industry partners in India. Renowned speakers from the industry, from trade associations and above all from

the show's exhibitors will lead visitors through the program in 30-minute slots. cfi - Ceramic Forum International - Workshop The Ceramic Forum International Workshop is also being held for the fourth time. The title of this year's workshop is "Advanced Process Technologies and Raw Material Solutions for the Indian Market." I-Bart Workshop The title of the first I-Bart Workshop is "Mechanization of Traditional Indian Clay Brick Industry: Challenges and Opportunities." Well-known representatives of the heavy clay ceramics industry underscore the significance that this sector of the industry has to the trade fair. They will share important insights into the future of this key ceramics sector. Buyer-Seller Forum The Buyer-Seller Forum is also being held at Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia for the first time.

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INDIAN SURFACE FINISHING – 2017 (ISF 2017) is Back Metal Finisher's Association of India (MFAI) organised its exclusive show on metal finishing – Indian Surface Finishing – 2017 (ISF 2017) from 22nd to 24th February 2017 at PragatiMaidan, New Delhi.

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SF 2017 is an exhibition & conference show held in every 3 years at national level. The show saw participation from almost all leading manufacturers and suppliers from various related industries including metal finishing chemicals, equipments and allied accessories; electroplating chemicals, plants & equipments; heaters, baskets, PH meters & other allied products used in electroplating industry; basic chemicals such as caustic, boric, sulphates etc.; lacquers & solvents; suppliers of metal such as nickel, copper, zinc etc.; and job shop platers in India. Participants employed in the automotive, cutlery, electrical, electronics, fasteners, hardware, jewellery, plastics, aluminium finishing, nuclear, space, paints, coatings or any other industry

connected to surface finishing, in design, purchase, production, quality assurance, marketing, effluent treatment or process control; participate in ISF 2017. The show was a platform to know about the latest technologies and intricacies of surface finishing as participants got to interact with national & international industry players through seminars or stall visits. This gave the participant an opportunity to judge the sentiment of the latest trend or requirement in the market. The show also tried to emphasise on the importance of a pollution free electroplating industry through ideas and concepts put forward by the participating exhibitors. Largest platform for the entire metal finishing industry to unveil their R&D results in the field of surface finishing achieved in the past 3 years.

About MFAI Metal Finishers' Association of India popularly known as MFAI, was established as a registered body in 1973 by a group of dedicated electroplaters in Mumbai then called Bombay. It has been a long journey of more than four decades wherein the association has steadily grown. Today MFAI enjoys the status as the premier professional body of electroplaters and metal finishers in our country, with a membership of over 1000 representatives in research, academic institutions and the industry. MFAI offers excellent in house conference facility and Library of more than 500 books on surface finishing technology and others.

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Media Expo 2017 : An International Show on Indoor & Outdoor Advertising and Signage Solutions Messe Frankfurt recently concluded the 37th edition of Media Expo 2017.

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he 3-day show held from 23rd to 25th February 2017 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai was aimed at fulfilling the requirement in indoor & outdoor advertising sector by providing solutions in form of advanced technologies, brand new products, latest trends and innovations in the Advertising, Printing and Signage segment. The show had more than over 200 Exhibitors this year. The show was inauguration ceremony saw the presence of some of the most prominent industry leaders namely: Mr Saurabh Goswamy, Director, A.T Inks; Mr Deborshi Paul Choudhury, Business Head, Apsom Infotex; Mr Vimlesh Arora, Managing Director, J.N Arora & Co; Mr Ramkant Mandhana, Director, Laxmi Sales; Mr Sanjay Shah, Director, Suresh Indu Laser; Mr Zakir Vohra, Director, ADS LED and Mr Tomohiro Ikeda, Director, Mimaki India.

At Media Expo you get to discover new age solutions and brands that have evolved over the years, a renowned platform that is at par with global standards. Media Expo has emerged as a one stop solution provider to the needs and requirements of the Advertising, Printing, Point-of-Purchase, Signage's, Engraving, Brand and Marketing Industry Professional.

A series of professional events with interactive workshops and a high-end influential seminar programme wasalso held during show period. The Entertainment, Media & Creation business field consists of Messe Frankfurt events in the live entertainment, cultural and creative, and digital media and services sectors. Seven worldwide events are held under the Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound brands alone. These platforms showcase the production and marketing of traditional and high-tech musical instruments, sheet music and accessories, in addition to stateof-the-art technology and software for venues worldwide. Supreme precision, sustainability, and digital integration of various types of expertise, energy efficiency and security – these are the dominant themes and, at the same time,

the key drivers of growth in this sector, which is found at the interface between the cultural and capital goods industry. The next edition of Media Expo 2017 will be held from 22nd to 24th September 2017, PragatiMaidan in New Delhi.

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SATTE gets Bigger & Better with its 24th Edition UBM India commenced 2017 on a robust note with its biggest travel trade engagement show 'SATTE 2017' at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

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n its 24th edition, the three day event witnessed participation from the cross section of global and Indian travel and tourism markets. Most importantly, in an extremely significant tie up, SKAL, a professional organization of international tourism leaders, announced its association with UBM India to host the 78th edition of the SKAL World Congress, for the first time in India, at Hyderabad from October 58, 2017. South Asia's leading tourism show witnessed a ribbon cutting ceremony at the venue to begin the proceedings formally with Chief Guest Shri Kapil Mishra -- Minister for Water, Tourism, Culture, Arts and Language – doing the honours along with Mr Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia, and Mr Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India, in the presence of a number of key dignitaries. SATTE provides a comprehensive platform to domestic and international buyers and professionals from across the travel, tourism and hospitality

industry along with National and State Tourism Boards (NTOs and STOs) to congregate and conduct business, arrive at solutiondriven innovations to counteract economic uncertainties, and promote inbound, outbound and domestic tourism in India. This most favoured industry platform is also well-supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and 'Make in India' initiative of the Govt. of India. The expo saw participation from almost all State Tourism Boards. As far as NTOs are concerned, USA, Mexico, Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Israel, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, Fiji, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New Zealand, Reunion Island, Turkey and Egypt amongst others have participated with Peru, Vietnam and Sharjah joining in for the first time. While Turkey, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Thailand are partner countries, Sharjah is the feature country for SATTE 2017. Similarly, in India, Madhya Pradesh,

Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka were the partner states while Odisha was the Premium Partner State and Jammu & Kashmir was the feature state for this year. SATTE 2017 also saw an active participation from hospitality players such as, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, ITDC, Sterling Resorts, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Movenpick Hotel & Resorts, Minor Hotels, Melia Hotels International, ONYX Hospitality Group, Ramee Group of Hotels, Shangri –La Hotels and Resorts, Venetian Cotai amongst others. Apart from NTOs and State Tourism Boards, travel & hospitality companies, airlines, cruiseliners, DMCs, OTAs and tourism products have also joined the event. SATTE works closely with renowned travel associations, organisations and media houses, keeping visitors and buyers at the show well-informed on trends and updates of the industry.

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This year too, SATTE was supported by host of international organisations and Indian travel trade associations such as World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Indian Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), SKAL International, United Federation of Travel Agents Associations (UFTAA), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) and IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), to name a few. In a foreword message to SATTE, TalebRifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said, “SATTE's dynamic growth mirrors international tourism's rapid expansion, with Asia and the Pacific being increasingly seen as the new centre of gravity for global travel...Significantly, SATTE 2017 is one of the

first meetings of the international tourism community in South Asia since the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 in January. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Year is a crucial moment to make tourism an effective and dynamic tool in building a safer, more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable world for all.” Speaking on the 24th edition of SATTE, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The current economic conditions have placed the world of tourism at an extremely interesting juncture, especially when seen from India's perspective. This is where a travel and tourism show of SATTE's stature is so significant. Backed by international organizations and Indian associations, SATTE will strive to analyze trends, forecast future developments, come up with viable solutions and of course, help businesses thrive. Be it the overwhelming response from exhibitors, or the discussions at our conference pertaining to trending subjects like

sustainable tourism, how to create irresistible travel packages, or understanding the nuances of the GST, SATTE is a wholesome experience that no travel professional can afford to miss. Every year, we put in our best efforts to make the show more promising than the last one and we are looking forward to some constructive and interesting developments and trends from SATTE's 2017 edition.” As a pre-cursor to the expo, UBM India hosted the SATTE Awards 2017 for the first time. The awards evening was an endeavour to recognize and celebrate the excellence, achievements and innovations of key stakeholders in the Travel and Tourism industry and was based on transparent, authentic and genuine parameters, a philosophy which is imbibed in the values of SATTE. The awards night also included networking opportunities, presentations and other features. The 19 awards covered various segments of the travel and tourism industry including airlines, cruise, tour operators, hotels, destinations, online travel portals, to name just a few.

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13th edition Gem & Jewellery India International Exhibition (GJIIE) to be held in Chennai Madras Jewellers and Diamond Merchants Association (MJDMA) and UBM India are set to bring back the sheen in the gems and jewellery sector with the mega B2B show- the Gem & Jewellery India International Exhibition ( GJIIE ) at the Chennai Trade Centre from March 10th – 12th, 2017.

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he 13th edition of GJIIE comes at just the right time to provide an impetus, and elevate trade for the jewellery industry which had a relatively modest outing last year, globally and in India. The three-day expo which is represented by over 350 exhibitors and participants include retailers, artisans, wholesalers and over 50 machinery manufacturers who will showcase the latest trends in this glittering domain. The GJIIE continues to attract wellreputed local and overseas buyers, reinforcing the expo's position as a proven and trusted sourcing hub for the industry. The upcoming show will see jewellery wholesalers, retailers, importers and exporters, jewellery manufacturers, diamond, gemstone, pearl suppliers and traders, precious metal and jewellery mounting traders and suppliers, and representative from trade

and governmental organisations, to come under one roof to meet, connect, network and grow their business. In addition to Tier I, II and III tier cities in India, the exhibition will have delegate representation from Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia, thus substantiating the international reach and

presence of GJIIE 2017. This year the expo will witness participation by leading players from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat and others. Some of the exhibitor names include Mohanlal Jewellers Pvt. Ltd, Laxmi Jewellery Chennai Pvt. Ltd, Jai Gulab Dev Jewellers, J , C JEWELLERS (CHENNAI) PVT LTD, Mukti gold, Krizz, Emerald Jewel

Industry India Ltd, Unique Chain Pvt Ltd, White Fire Diamonds India Pvt Ltd, Prakash Gold Palace Pvt Ltd, Vijay Gems & Jewellery, Grurukrupa Exports, Peeyar Manufacturers, Gitanjali Jewellery Retail Limited, Swarnshilp Chains & Jewellers Pvt Ltd, Chain N Chains, ORO, JKS Jewels, AnmolSwarn, Matushree Gold and Mehta Gold amongst others. The key highlights of the expo include technical seminars by MSME & SBI, Bank Loans, BIS, DIC and GST seminars and panel discussions on industry related issues by thought leaders. The expo will also feature an 'Innovative Zone' -- a special gallery that will be featuring at the expo for the first time showcasing unique designs. The 'Hall of Fame', a display of miniatures made from precious metals and gem stones, will also be another interesting highlight of the gallery.

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The GJIIE is well-known to promote intelligencesharing about the industry, market and trends. Millennials in general are moving from stereotypes to classy, affordable bespoke pieces. Accordingly, the trend of remodelling heirloom jewellery into customised pieces is in demand; The new global

order in this sector is all about superior customer experience, ease of use, craftsmanship and cultural rootedness, with an eye on international trends. In gold, Gold Karat-White and Gold Karat-Rose appear to have an edge over Gold Karat-Yellow, while in the gemstones category, unsurprisingly, diamonds

continue to be in demand, followed by pearls and rubies, Spread across four halls, the expo will feature category-wise pavilions such as Elite pavilion, Gold pavilion, Silver & Gemstone pavilion and will also have a Machinery & Allied section.

11th AERO SHOW 2017 flies high in Glory ! Visitors were amused to see the Aerobatics at the 11th edition of AERO INDIA. The International Show on Aerospace, Defence, Civil Aviation, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering was held from 14 to 18 Feb 2017at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

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his year more than 750 Global and Indian companies took part in the show. Ministerial, defence heads, secretary level delegations from 109 countries were a part of the program. Aero India had more than 150000 business visitors & 300000 general visitors. The 2017 edition of the show had various attractive pavilions such as the Youth Innovative pavilion and India export pavilion. Shri. P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon'able Minister for Civil Aviation, Govt. of India addressed the Conference as Guest of Honour. The key note was given by Shri ManoharParrikar – Hon'ble Minister of Defence, Govt. of India and the vote of

thanks was given by Shri J.Krishna Kishore – CEO APEDB & Ex-Office Secretary to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. The three Conference Sessions held during the show were: The Indian Aerospace: Investor's Meet; Make in India in Aerospace: Are MSMEs geared for it?; and Investments in Defence Manufacturing in India Opportunities and Challenges. Aero India is a vital event to airport infrastructure, defence engineering industry,aerospace industry, civil aviation industry, defence aviation. About the Show Aero India had started in the year 1996 and has organised 11 successful

editions so far. The show has managed to carve out a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition. The show will provide a significant platform to find various business opportunities in International aviation sector. The show has seen various leaps of growth over these years. A rapidly growing economy, defense preparedness challenges and opening up of defense production to private sector, have given a major fillip to the defense industry in India. It has also become a hub centre for defense business in the Asia.

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g UFI announces Next Generation Leadership Grant programme for 2017 UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has launched its 2017 Next Generation Leadership (NGL) grant and is inviting talented events professionals from around the world to apply.

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FI will award grants to up to five future leaders who have shown exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of the exhibition industry. Together, the winners will investigate the future of exhibitions, working closely with the team at UFI headquarters in Paris. They will present their findings in a special session at the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg (South Africa) – the world exhibition industry's leading annual global event. “UFI's NGL grant is all about promoting the talent we have in the exhibition industry – and giving our best rising professionals the international recognition and opportunities they deserve,” says UFI Managing Director Kai Hattendorf. “When UFI set up the NGL scheme last

year it generated enormous global interest. It is exciting to drive this project forward as it facilitates the dialogue between the generations,” he adds. Last year's inaugural NGL competition attracted applications from 16 countries. Chaired by UFI President Sergey Alexeev, the international jury selected five winners: Adeline Larroque Desages, Qatar Tourism Authority (Qatar); Jennifer Feeney, Freeman XP (US); Vineet Mahajan, Reed India (India); Farokh Shahabi Nezhad, Eventbox (Iran); and Matthias Pollmann, Koelnmesse (Germany). The 2017 NGL grant is open to anyone who works full-time in the exhibition industry, and has done so for no more than ten years.

professionals before, during and after the UFI Global Congress; Ÿ Opportunity to enhance network with peers and industry leaders worldwide; Ÿ Interviews in exhibition industry media; Ÿ Expert guidance throughout the project. The grant covers travel and accommodation to take part in the UFI European Conference in Cologne (Germany) on 10-12 May and the UFI Global Congress on 1-4 November 2017. Applications are open until 26 March 2017.

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Singapore Tourism Board And Jtb Corp. To Promote Singapore As Key Travel Destination For 2017 To Japanese Travellers The Singapore Tourism Board ('STB') and JTB Corp. ('JTB'), the largest travel agency in Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote Singapore as a key destination for 2017 to Japanese travellers.

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his is the first MOU between the two organisations. Under the MOU, STB and JTB will collaborate in product development marketing, sales, and public relations to support the promotion of Singapore as an attractive leisure and business destination in Japan. Singapore Tourism Board Chief Executive Lionel Yeo said, "This is the first MOU that is committed by STB with a commercial tour agency in Japan and marks a significant milestone in promoting Singapore in this important market. JTB is a highly trusted household brand in Japan, providing highquality tour packages and services to Japanese consumers and corporate. Through this MOU, Japanese travelers can look forward to brand new travel experiences and

promotions tailored to suit their needs.� STB and JTB had previously collaborated on commemorative tours and promotions to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence and to celebrate 50 years of Japan–Singapore diplomatic relations in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The collaboration during those two years culminated in JTB designating Singapore as its key focus destination to promote in 2017, making Singapore the first country

in Asia to receive such emphasis. As a start to the collaboration, STB and JTB will be jointly developing and promoting new travel packages targeting different consumer segments in the Japanese market including first-time travelers. For example, JTB customers will be able to enjoy an exclusive, customized night tour of Singapore on board an open-top bus.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mr. Rakesh Kumar

Executive Director - Export Promotion Council of Handicrafts & Chairman – India Expo Mart 1. Can you give us a glimpse into how and when you started? A. When we had started, way back in 1994, with the show – Indian Handicraft & Gift Fair, there were not many shows, which accommodated the overseas buyers too. Our show had started in a lot of uncertainty because the exhibitors were unable to believe that such a show is possible here in India. Also, such shows were only being organized in places such as Frankfurt, Germany, Paris, US & Hong Kong. At that time the Exhibition Industry was very fragmented and there were only a few major organizers like ITPO that used to organize as well as provide venue for events. With our new show, we introduced the idea that India can invite the overseas buyers to purchase products that are produced here. The moment this concept was materialized, lot of new players joined in. 2. What is the contribution of the Indian Handicraft Industry in the economy and what is the impact of your shows on the industry. A. The Indian Handicraft Sector is one of the largest employment provider sector to the small and weaker sector of the society. The exports of handicrafts during the latest period April – January 2016-17 have registered a growth of 13.06% in rupee terms and stands at Rs. 20282.18 crores. 43rd Edition of IHGF generated business enquiries worth Rs. 1700 crores this year. 3. Can you recount an incidence when you and your team avoided a crisis situation at your show because of swift and excellent management? A. There have been many challenges but I can quickly recount two incidences when during the time of our show, Plague epidemic had erupted in the state of Gujarat. Similarly, in another incident the Gulf War had broke out some time around our show. The news of both these incidences had gone viral internationally, badly affecting the movement of people across countries. In both the cases, we had to take a decision whether to go ahead with the show or call it off. And we decided to go ahead with the show because we strongly believe that the show must go on! And Alas, our show emerged victorious!! 4. Coming back to Indian Expo Mart, what is your take on the kind of progress and fast pace at which it is growing,? A. The India Expo Centre & Mart has become one of the favourite venues of the MICE industry members. This is not just because of the facilities that the venue offers but a lot of credit goes to the passionate team working behind it including the VP – Mr. Sudeep Sarcar and every one else, even at the ground level. We are constantly working on the venue to make it the best in every way and we consider that in the future we will surpass all records as far as the MICE requirements are concerned. 5. Can you please give some hints of your work routine? A. I don many hats. As I am entrusted with many responsibilities at higher levels of organization including IEML & EPCH. I have many roles to play and many duties to fulfill each day. Along with that I am also a part of IEIA. Therefore, my schedules are tight and to the extent that sometimes the meetings overlap. But I need to set priorities depending upon which my day starts at 9 am and ends when I reach home after completion of all the set work or most of it. 6. What is your feedback about the Exhibition Excellence Awards Initiative? A. Every industry recognizes the achievement of its members. But there were no such awards in the Indian Exhibition Industry. And Exhibition Excellence Awards organized by Exhibition Showcase is one such award that has gained its popularity in a very short time. The first edition was very successful and I am sure that Exhibition Showcase will bring many more laurels to this achievement.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mr. Prashant Vats

Executive Secretary - Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association

1.Please tell us about you and your role in IPAMA A. I am discharging the duties and functions of Executive Secretary in IPAMA since around 5 years. Executive Secretary is the Head of the IPAMA Secretariat who is responsible for execution of rules and regulations enshrined in the Memorandum and the Articles of Association. As Executive Secretary, I am responsible to maintain proper liaison between Government and the Industry, and also supervise various operations undertaken by the IPAMA Secretariat. 2. How did AIPMA come into being? A. IPAMA came into existence in the year 1988 and was subsequently registered under the Societies Act. At the initial stage, there were about 10 members who formed the Association. As on date it has about 400 Regular and Associate Members. Few Technocrats are also its members. 3. What was the purpose and vision with which IPAMA was formed? To which extent this purpose is being fulfilled currently? A. IPAMA was formed with a vision to promote the Indian Graphic Arts Industry in domestic and international market. The industry is being promoted through various modes like participation in overseas and Indian exhibitions. IPAMA is the organizer of world's third largest exhibition on Graphic Art Industry, PRINTPACK INDIA. During the recently concluded 13th edition of the show, 428 Indian and foreign exhibitors had displayed their latest models of machinery and other products. 4. How did IPAMA impact the Indian Printing Industry and what are the relevant changes that the IPAMA has brought to the industry so far? A. There is a great impact on the Indian Graphic Arts Industry. The Association has been recognized by different Government Departments and the Ministries. It has also acquired membership of various Indian and foreign Associations. IPAMA, in association with CII, FICCI, FIEO etc. have also been associating itself for policy formation and framing of rules and regulations by the Government Departments for the betterment of the industry. 5. Kindly tell us about the shows held by IPAMA, especially PrintPack? A. PRINTPACK INDIA exhibition is being organized by IPAMA since its inception. IPAMA had been organizing this exhibition in association with ITPO till 2011. Thereafter, it had organized three editions independently at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. PRINTPACK India is a 5 day event that was held from 4th February to the 8th February 2017 at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida, India. This event showcases products like In-Press, Post press, finishing, converting, digital and signage and packaging machines, all under one roof etc. in the Packaging Materials, Printing & Publishing, Paper and Paper Products, Logistics & Transportation industries. The next edition is proposed to be held in February, 2019. 6. How good was the venue for hosting such a grand show? What were the pros and cons of the venue? A. The India Expo Centre, Greater Noida is fully equipped with all the required facilities for holding International exhibitions.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 7. What were the major challenges that came up during PrintPack2017? How did you and your team counter them successfully? A. IPAMA did not encounter any major challenge during PPI 2017, as the IPAMA team had worked out each and every action for execution meticulously. The advance planning and association of prominent service providers added colour to the Show. 8. How do you plan and execute an event of such magnitude. What process goes into it? A. Apart from operations, marketing of the space is the essential ingredient for the success of an international exhibition. IPAMA has a well-oiled marketing team. Each and every aspect of the exhibition is monitored by a high level Exhibition Team consisting of President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Secretary and the members of the Governing Council who are experts in the field of graphic arts industry. Secondly, I have a good experience of the Venue, as I had been the technical Director of the same for two years. 9. What kind of impact PrintPack could make in terms of generating business for the industry? A. During the recently concluded exhibition more than US$ 290 Million business was generated while the serious business enquiries received by the exhibitors was more than US$ 500 Million dollars. These facts have been mentioned by IPAMA in the Post Show Report which is being uploaded on our web-site.

10. What were the major achievements of the recently concluded PrintPack? A. The Feed Back Reports submitted by the exhibitors showed that the exhibition was graded by them as Good to Excellent. Most of the exhibitors have shown interest in repeat participation in the exhibition. Most of the enthusiastic exhibitors have even deposited the advance money for booking of space in the next edition with a view to earn priority 11. What is IPAMA looking forward to, for the New Year-2017? A. As far as exhibition is concerned, IPAMA will start marketing the PRINTPACK INDIA 2019 exhibition after finalizing the venue and the dates which are under active consideration. IPAMA is also considering participation in SHARJAH PRINTPACK exhibition which will be organized in the year 2018. Once it is decided to participate, IPAMA will immediately start inviting applications for participation in this Show also from the prospective exhibitors. 12. What is the contribution of printing industry in the Indian Economy? A. IPAMA is the nodal agency in respect of Indian Graphic Arts Industry. Domestic sales of the printing machinery manufacturing sector had almost doubled from Rs. 6,800 crore in 2009-10 to Rs. 13,200 crore in 2015. A similar trend is seen in exports which has gone up from Rs. 655 crore to Rs. 1,255 crore in the same period. The collective growth of Indian printing and packaging industries has a compound growth rate of over 13%. The Indian printing industry may reach 374 Billion in Indian rupees by the end of 2018.

“Apart from operations, marketing of the space is the essential ingredient for the success of an international exhibition�

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mr. Ashish Rakheja Chairman - ISHRAE 1. Please tell us about you and your role in your company. A. My name is Ashish Rakheja. I am the Chairman for Acrex India 2017 and I am a part of the ISHRAE team (Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air-Conditioning Engineers). 2. Please tell us something about the show. A. ACREX is one of the largest HVAC&R here in India. This show has been around since 1990. This is the 18th edition of ACREX INDIA and we hold it every year. The show rotates between three cities – Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore. The show has been growing constantly and this year it has surpassed all previous records. We have a total of 3.5 lakh sqft. of exhibition space taken by ACREX India. 3. 18th Edition of the show. How has the show grown so far? A. When we had started in 1990s, it was a very modest beginning. And over the years, the show has grown acceptance. Internationally it is counted among one of the 6 largest shows in the world on HVAC&R. It has taken India on the global map in terms of Air-Conditioning. So people from all over the world come here and attend the exposition. So we know the show has grown. And we have nearly 500 companies which are exhibiting which is a record because previously we had around 400 companies, so we see a 20% growth. 4. We have 5 shows going at the same venue. So what do you have to say about that? A. ISHRAE started a new concept called Build Fair Alliance (BFA) this year because we realised that there are too many trade shows which are happening. And we believe this can lead to something like a 'show-fatigue' among the visitors because there are too many shows to go to. The entire building industry is converging today. So looking at the concept ISHRAE came out with Build Fair Alliance where we have five shows – ACREX India, FSIE, ISH India, Fensterbau Frontale India 2017 and Glasspro, happening together. The response has been unprecedented for us. Never before have we had 3 days of visitors pouring in because this was a B2B show. So looking at the number of visitors we had even at the time when we are just one hour away from closing of the show. The Build Fair Alliance concept has worked out very well. 5. What impact do your shows have in terms of business generated? A. Every year we have several business opportunities that happen out here. We also call ACREX as the gateway for the international markets because we have country pavilions and people from all over the world come here. 30 percent of exhibitors are international. So this is where the Indian community gets connected with international community.

“The entire building industry is converging today.....”

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mr. Sachin Dev Sharma

Executive Director, Projects – Messe Dusseldorf India

1. Please introduce yourself A. I am Executive Director – Projects at Messe Dusseldorf India. Messe Dusseldorf is active in India from past 11 years. We have two offices in India in Delhi & Mumbai. Currently we have 12 exhibitions on various verticals here. The parent organisation is Messe Dusseldorf Germany which organises 23 world-class exhibitions around the world. We are launching these shows one-by-one in India. One of such event is GLASSPEX INDIA which is India's one of the leading events for Glass Industry. 2. Kindly tell us more about GLASSPEX INDIA 2017 show. A. GLASSPEX INDIA is an international exhibition for Glass – production, processing and products. And this year we have around 150 exhibitors out of which more than 70% are international companies because the technology in India is coming from Europe, China and many other parts of the world. 3. What are the highlights of the show this year? A. This year we have launched a new segment – the GLASSPRO which is an event exclusively for the glass products. We are doing this event under Build Fair Alliance under which we have 5 events now. We have received a good response for this event and therefore we are looking forward to continue with this alliance. 4. Build Fair Alliance has bought 5 events together at one venue. What is your opinion about this? A. I feel that we have reached a time when we need to consolidate some of the events under one roof. This would enable members of the industry to see and know about related products and services at one single space. So BFA is a fair where people can find everything related to construction technology. We feel happy to be associated with BFA as we have received very encouraging results in the first year itself. 5. What are your plans for the next edition? A. We will be moving along with BFA. So the next edition will be in Bangalore at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) from 22nd to 24th of February, 2018. 6. What makes your show so successful? A. We have done a good networking for our visitors and exhibitors. And this relationship between the visitors and exhibitors has been built over 3-4 editions of the show. This level of networking has enabled them to that appointments and meetings are fixed well in advanced and all the discussions take place and conclude at the show.

“We need such kind of an encouragement in our industry” (Exhibition Excellence Awards)

7. What do you have to say about the Exhibition Excellence Awards? A. I think it's a great initiative and I feel that we need such kind of an encouragement in our industry. This kind of healthy competitive environment motivates us to do better and new things in our work.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mr. Himanshu Chitnis

Group Exhibition Head (Technical) - Messe Frankfurt

1. Please tell us about yourself. A. I am Himanshu Chitnis. I have been in exhibition industry for over 28 years now. And have been working with Messe Frankfurt from past 2 years and I find it a great organisation. I take care of the technical shows organised by Messe Frankfurt. Talking about ISH India, I had requested the management to let me to handle the show because I had started my career with the Inside-Outside magazine where we used to do interior related exhibitions which are still very close to my heart. So I wanted to handle this project. 2. Please tell us about the show - ISH India. A. ISH India is an international trade fair for plumbing, sanitation, bathroom & kitchen, renewable energy and home automation systems in India. This was the first edition of ISH India. And this was a good experience. In fact, ISH Frankfurt is one of the major shows in this particular segment in the world. ISH has been there in the market for last 55 years but this is the first time we are doing it in India. The next edition of ISH is scheduled to be held in the month of March. 3. What are expectations from the show? A. My expectations from ISH India are basically to bring the sanitation, plumbing and sanitary industries together and create a platform. There have been no shows in the country on this particular segment. There are certain other shows which are related to interiors or furniture. Here we are creating a niche. In fact we have never seen plumbing taken as an important aspect in life but if plumbing is bad, the entire system or building can get badly affected. 4. The show is powered by Indian Plumbing Association (IPA). What do you have to say about that? A. Knowing the vitality of plumbing we have tied up with Indian Plumbing Association. IPA has been doing great activities but has never been in the limelight. Now, Prime Minister is also talking about 'SwachhtaAbhiyaan', we have to take serious steps in maintaining hygiene. 5. Five shows together. What is your opinion about this BFA initiative ? A. We have a consortium of five shows where three Industry Associations and three German organisers have come together to put up this 'Build Fair Alliance'. These five shows are basically ACREX India, which is the largest show here – related to HVAC industry organised by ISHRAE; then we have ISH India which is concerned with sanitation & plumbing organised by Indian Plumbing Association with Messe Farnkfurt; third is Glasspro related to Glass industry; another show is Fensterbau Frontale India based on windows & frames; and finally we have FSIE which is about fire & safety organised by FSCI.

“We have never seen plumbing taken as an important aspect in life but if plumbing is bad, the entire system or building can get badly affected....”

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mr. Kamal M. Morarka,

Chairman - World Trade Centre Mumbai 1. Could you share your thoughts on the Vision and Mission of MVIRDC World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai? A. World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai was conceptualized by Sir MokshagundamVisvesvaraya who was the founder of M. Visvesvaraya Industrial Research and Development Centre (MVIRDC). The main objective of WTC Mumbai was to conduct 'research and development' to promote his vision 'Prosperity through Trade and Industry'. The mission of the WTC Mumbai is to foster trade and industrial growth through effective and innovative trade services and by offering world-class business facilities. WTC Mumbai is also mandated to promote and strengthen business and India's international trade through global collaborations and connections. Additionally, the Centre aims to create an enabling platform for trade research, education, training and trade facilitation. 2. India is now the fastest growing economy in the world. What role can WTC Mumbai play in India's growth story? A. In pursuit of India's growth story, WTC Mumbai supports businesses in their efforts to realize their full potential of developing exports and improving import operations. WTC Mumbai team focuses on helping businesses understand international trade body policies, strengthening enterprise competitiveness and advocating new trade promotion strategies through the events held during the year. Our emphasis is and will continue to be on building the capacities of national trade support networks concerned with providing the cross section of services by small and aspiring exporters. 3. Maharashtra is the most industrialised state in the country and is a leading exporter. Can you highlight the role of MVIRDC WTC Mumbai in the economic development of Maharashtra as well as the role of the newly established WTCs in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Jaipur? A. Maharashtra is India's leading industrial state contributing 13 per cent of national industrial output and Mumbai its capital is commercial and financial hub of India. WTC Mumbai plays a crucial role for SMEs who form the core of its membership and who are looking to expand their operations across borders, thereby wanting to integrate into global value chains. Further, WTC Mumbai is the premier trade promotion organisation that aims to implement Maharashtra's export strategies while at the same time advocates the interest of the export sector providing advice on appropriate policies to foster trade. The Centre on an average organises 80 events during the year in association with government, industry, trade bodies and diplomatic corp. on topical issues and promoting government initiatives creating awareness and opportunity to its members to network and further their business objectives. 4. Could you elaborate on Trade Research and Trade Education which are the core services of MVIRDC WTC Mumbai? A. WTC Mumbai undertakes trade research on various topics of international trade and global business. The research focuses on industry and trade policy, local and global markets including emerging markets, industry, investments, technology and innovation. Market research and sectoral studies are conducted to assist exporters and importers to explore new markets and business opportunities. On Trade is the quarterly trade research journal featuring useful articles and covers current trends and issues in the economy and international trade in India and global milieu. WIPO Geneva has designated World Trade Centre Mumbai International Trade Library as the WIPO Depository Library which is equipped with a rich collection of publication and resource materials on intellectual property. Through our research publications, educational programmes and annual international events such as the Global Economic Summit; working session at WTO Public Forum, Indiallia and Futurallia, WTC Mumbai has reached out to as many as 100,000 businesses across the globe. Trade education is carried out by World Trade Centre institute to provide industry-related education programmes to meet the requirements of trade, industry and the corporate sector through the various post graduation diploma course in foreign trade, logistics and shipping, and a certificate course specially designed for small business start-ups.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 5. How can WTC Mumbai partner with the government on the new initiative of the Government of India such as Make in India, Skill India, Digital India etc.? A. WTC Mumbai has organised a series of events and seminars in keeping with India's ambitious initiatives such as Make in India, improving ease of doing business, Smart Cites and Digital India which would strengthen India's manufacturing base and increase the share of India in world exports of manufactured goods. Some of the eminent dignitaries who WTC Mumbai functionaries met include The Right Honourable Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Mauritius and H.E. Mr. Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, The Right Hon'ble Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, H.E. Mr. Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, Grand Dutchy of Luxembourg and from the Indian side H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister of Railways, Government of India and Hon'ble Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. 6. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India) initiative drive was launched by the Indian government. How is WTC Mumbai implementing this campaign? A. WTC Mumbai conducted a number of activities under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. A composting plant has been installed with a capacity of 500 kg of kitchen and horticultural waste, producing 50 kg of manure daily. A sensitization and awareness cleanliness drive was undertaken by our staff at the West Khetwadi Municipal School in Mumbai. On the occasion of forest day WTC Mumbai joined the Maharashtra government's two crore tree plantation project by planting over 20 trees apart from the regular tree planting drive carried out during the year. On the eve of Earth Day, WTC Mumbai in association with Maharashtra Pollution Control Board organised a science-based Conference-cum-Exhibition on 'Pathway towards Formulation of Science Based Environmental Policy for State of Maharashtra & Exhibition'. WTC Mumbai initiated a seminar to educate management of e-waste which brought together different stakeholders with the aim of imparting knowledge about E-waste Management in India and discuss both challenges and opportunities. A major imitative taken by WTC Mumai is the installation of a 250kWp Rooftop Grid Tied Solar PV Power Plant under the net metering scheme of BEST Undertaking becoming the first commercial establishment in the City, which is spread over 25,000 sq. ft. of roof area on the Arcade Building of the World Trade Centre Mumbai, generating over 3 lakh units annually. 7. What was the thought-process behind the Global Economic Summit? A. The Global Economic Summit (GES) was an initiative of World Trade Centre Mumbai to promote Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The flagship event aims to provide the MSMEs a platform for expanding business opportunities across the globe for marketing, innovation, technology exchange as also improving products and skills. The Summit is structured to bring together Indian and international manufacturers, so they can collaborate and enhance their businesses. The Summit addresses some of the most critical challenges that MSMEs face in today's environment of global competitiveness. GES brings together government representatives, policy makers, industry experts to have a fruitful and thought-provoking dialogues on the trends that industries are adopting globally and how the government can provide an enabling environment to do business. Around 500 leaders across the world participate in the three-day Summit which offers opportunities through panel discussions, business-to-business meetings, conference, exhibition, handbook and industry visits.The previous themes of GES were on Trade & Investment, SMEs, Cluster in One World: Perspectives from Many Nations, Asia: powering global markets and Agriculture: Enabling Food for All.

“WTC Mumbai joined the Maharashtra government's two crore tree plantation project�

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Campaign

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xhibition Industry is obliged to 'The Workers' who work behind the scenes to make an event happen. They belong to a section of society that may have dreams like the rest but lack facilities that we enjoy. Their skills at the work they do often go unappreciated or even noticed. But none of us can deny the fact that their support is immensely critical in the success of an event. They work for days, staying up even at night so that the event can start on time. They work under stressful conditions, sometimes putting their health and safety at risk and also face host challenges in the real time. It's time to pay our tribute to the real heroes in the Exhibition Industry. This is a salute to 'The Workers' for their dedication, effort, selflessness and contribution. Exhibition Showcase has initiated this 'not for profit' campaign by inviting the entire Exhibition Industry members to come together and express gratitude towards their workers. Exhibition Showcase TV has also created an exclusive movie dedicated to the workers community in our industry. Under this campaign, the industry professionals are requested to click pictures of their workers as selfies with them or candid shots of them working at the site and post them on

Exhibition Showcase Official Facebook Page. Feel free to go ahead and write thanks giving messages for your workers or a general message highlighting their role in your company or organisation. Your workers may not have a Facebook profile, they may not even have access to the internet but this one act of gratitude will definitely touch their lives. “ Fe e l i n g g r a t i t u d e a n d n o t expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Selected pictures will be published in the magazine, Exhibition TV, Newsletters and promoted among the global audience. “They do a great job! I think all of this industry, particularly they, understand that 'the show must go on' is correct in literal sense. It is very easy to give a statement that 'the show must go on' or the show has to 'open the shutters'. But in this process we thump them hard, asking “why is this and that work still not done?” But I think the real guys are they because they build it all over. Yes, we try to engage or bring together the community and they are also an important part of the community because if the shows are not there or the stands are not there or the kind of experience customers want, is not there, then obviously there is a gap. So it's a great initiative. As we

are in a digital age, it would definitely reach them and they can see, understand and feel motivated and energized.” – Vineet Mahajan, Reed Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. “Event builder is a good initiative to acknowledge the workers.” - Mr. Biju Thomas, CEC Exhibition pvt ltd. “Of course these workers are not acknowledged as they should be. So the initiative is very nice and should be appreciated.” - Mr. Vivek Shukla, Affairs Exhibitions and Media Pvt. Ltd. “The event builder initiative is very nice. It will help to encourage the workers.” - Mr. Ram Lal Khetan, Bihar Industries Association. “Event - Builders initiative is good” – Mr. Rajendra, Kalavishkar “Initiative sounds good, magazine can send their executive to the different exhibitions for the interviews of the workers and this lead to acknowledgement and appreciation of their work.” Propfair Events and Exhibitions “Initiative is good! Workers should be given the credit they deserve.” Mr. Jayosh Radadiya, Infocom World. “Initiative is appreciated, we appreciate the efforts of our w o r k e r s t o o. ” - A d Wo r l d Communications.

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International Conference On Forestry Food & Sustainable Agriculture 02 April 2017 Chennai

MEDICAL FAIR INDIA 06 April 2017 New Delhi

International Conference On Electrical & Electronic Engineering 02 April 2017 New Delhi

International Conference On Mechanical & Production Engineering 02 April 2017 Bangalore International Conference on Research in Science & Technology 09 April 2017 Visakhapatnam

Futuristic Smart Transit Summit 13 April 2017 New Delhi

International Conference On Multidisciplinary Studies & Research 21 April 2017 Pune

International Conference on Image Vision & Computing 23 April 2017 Shimla

Great Indian Developer Summit 25 April 2017 Bangalore

Secutech 6 - 8 April 2017 Mumbai

Fashionista Raipur 07 April 2017 Raipur

Wedding Asia 07 April 2017 Ludhiana

Renewx 2017 7 - 8 April 2017 Hyderabad

Garmex Jaipur 08 - 10 April 2017 Jaipur

Technotex 12 - 14 April 2017 Mumbai HOME Expo India 16 April 2017 Greater Noida

ROOF INDIA 2017 20 - 22 April 2017 Mumbai


Exhibition Excellence Awards 2017

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Esteemed Jury Panel

RITA MENON EX CMD ITPO

MANJULA MISHRA Chairperson - Indian Industries Association

ANGELA HERBERHOLZ RAVINDER SETHI MD R.E. ROGERS INDIA Communications Head UFI

VINOD KUMAR Head Economist - Econ One

SHYAM NAGPAL MD - ICES

TARANG KHOSLA Chief Editor at Exhibition Showcase

DR. MANOHAR SAJNANI Dean Amity University, Institute of Hospitality

KARLA JUEGEL Marketing - Messe

RENU SHARMA VICE PRESIDENT - PIOCCI

RAJNEESH GOENKA National Convener BJP MSME Cell

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