Connectivity rules at Convergence India 2017

Convergence 2017 was all about connectivity – both in the form of the technologies displayed and launched and in the face-to-face business networking taking place throughout the show.

New Delhi, February 10: Convergence India 2017, the 25th anniversary of South Asia’s largest gathering of innovation and connectivity in the ICT, broadcast and digital media industries, concluded today.

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 sq m 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 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, Ministry of Home Affairs, Information & Broadcast Ministry, MTNL, C-DOT, TEC, TCIL, Prasar Bharati, 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 cyber security issues, RahulTyagi, Vice-President-Training, Lucideus, said, “Devices at the hardware level need to be made more secure and consumer awareness needs to be generated.”

During the session, ‘E-commerce 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, stated, “E-commerce 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 2017 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.

Organised by the Exhibitions India Group, the event is supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign.cid:image001.gif@01D283BD.CEB483C0

“Convergence India 2017 moved to a new level as big and small companies from around the world assembled to reveal solutions to meet the current and future needs of society. Our industry is touching lives through connectivity and innovation, and this connected world was on full display this week at Convergence India 2017,” said Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group.

Conference Session: Cyber security – Challenges & Solutions
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1. Sanjay Bahl, Director General, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, India*
2. Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India
3. Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, India
4. Rahul Tyagi, Vice President-Training, Lucideus
5. Rahul Aggarwal, Director, Cyber Security, PwC, India
6. Trishneet Arora, CEO, TAC Security, India


About 25th Convergence India 2017 expo:

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

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

About Internet of Things 2017 expo:

The expo will showcase today’s disruptive technologies, and the evolutionary world of IoT. The range of products and solutions on display include wearables, video analytics, telecommunications, smart lighting, security, systems integration, M2M solutions, data science, cloud services and applications development, etc. This event includes the future of IoT in India, supporting the Smart Cities mission and implementation of the Digital India programme.

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

About Exhibitions India Group (EIG):

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

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

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

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Convergence India 2017: Hi-tech showcase offers a glimpse into the future

Convergence India 2017 presents a complete picture of the current industry landscape and emerging technologies in the ICT, broadcast and digital media sectors. The inspiring keynotes and tech workshops on timely topics, led by industry experts encourage innovative thinking.

New Delhi, February 9: Every year technology czars and startups alike descend on New Delhi to either showcase the amazing products and solutions or to clinch deals behind the scene at Convergence India.

Connecting with industry leaders, hitting the show floor, and listening to highly sought after industry experts, the three-days spent at Convergence India are energising for participants.

Convergence India 2017 is a veritable non-stop feast of knowledge. With over 150 speakers providing insights on the latest industry trends and innovations, the show’s longstanding insightful and technical conference sessions are more robust than before.

Covering a broad set of topics, starting from ‘Digital India campaign’ to ‘How Internet of Things is Transforming Business for Enterprises’ to ‘Why Adoption of Cloud Technology is Important’ to ‘5G-The Next Big Step in Mobile Communication Technologies and How It will Revolutionise the Customer Experience’ to ‘Digitisation Challenges in India’ to ‘Next Gen TV’, the sessions engage in discussions crucial to the advancement of the ICT, broadcast and digital media sectors.

At the inaugural conference session, ‘Digital India,’ discussions focused on the Digital India 2020 priorities and building a successful digital service ecosystem.

BVR Mohan Reddy, Founder & Executive Chairman, Cyient, India, said, “One of the biggest examples of Digital India is JAM, i.e. Jan Dhan, Aadhar and Mobile connectivity. With such initiatives, we can see direct benefit being transferred to the end user. The biggest challenge in India is a lack of quality education and therefore many people still cannot use any of the digital platforms. Additionally, there is an urgent need to address cyber security issues.”

Stating that the three pillars of the Digital India campaign include vision of the government, policy matters, and user behaviour, Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, CISCO, India & SAARC, said, “Digitisation will impact all industries and it may seem as a disruption in the beginning, but at the end it will be valuable for the progress of the country.”

The session, ‘Mobile Phone Industry – Torch bearer of the Make in India and the Digital India initiatives,’ witnessed discussions aimed at strengthening the Indian mobile phone manufacturing ecosystem in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives,

Ramesh Vasvani, Senior Advisor, Intex, India, said, “Mobile phones have created a great success story in India and are a boon to our economy. The mobile handset manufacturing industry has emerged as a platform for schemes like Make in India and Digital India, which has helped in increased transactions through e-wallets.”

Sunil Raina, Business Head, Xolo, India, added, “One of the greatest advantages is that most of the software for mobile phones is created in India.”

Coming to products and services on display at Convergence India 2017, here’s a sneak peek at what’s new and what’s coming from leading industry companies.

– Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company, empowers media companies to deliver premium video experiences to consumers. At the booth, visitors learn about how the company provides media organisations with a family of on-premises, hybrid, and cloud-based solutions for Internet-based video delivery.

– If you’re visiting the HERE booth, then you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find out more on the HERE Open Location Platform.  The ‘open’ part of the new platform will allow data owners, developers and others to add, mix, and manipulate data for themselves. Content providers to the platform might be car manufacturers, business owners, transit authorities, government agencies, and more.

– The latest innovative and ground-breaking release of Skyline Communications’ global leading end-to-end network management platform DataMiner makes it possible to manage operations more easily and efficiently. DataMiner 9.5 provides unprecedented visibility on user experience, and enables unrivalled orchestration in the most complex and versatile technology ecosystems.

– At the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT)  booth, see how C-DOT’s GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) solution is fuelling the backbone of BharatNet, the prestigious nationwide optical fibre based network connecting 2.5 lakh Panchayats in the nation with high speed broadband.  C-DOT’s unflinching determination towards promotion of “Digital Literacy” is well reflected in its unique innovation, GyanSetu, that is capable of extending the benefits of Internet to the illiterate populace of India including the specially abled in an easy and convenient manner thus spurring the socio-economic growth.

– Verimatrix, which specialises in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, showcases the Verimatrix Verspective™ Intelligence Center that offers a cloud-based security platform.

– Check out UNLIMIT, the first dedicated business unit, which is completely focused on providing Internet of Things (IoT) services to enterprise customers throughout India. The company is working on some very interesting new products which will be rolled out as services.

– LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, announced the LaCie® 12big Thunderbolt 3 and 6big Thunderbolt 3, aimed at helping video professionals excel with ultra high-resolution footage. With up to 120TB of massive capacity, the breakthrough performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6, the LaCie 12big and the LaCie 6big help video professionals meet the data demands of 4/5/6K cameras.

– AJA Video Systems introduced the Ki Pro Ultra – a next generation file-based 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in HD LCD monitor. Ki Pro Ultra is capable of capturing edit-ready 4K (4096 x 2160), UltraHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080) and HD (1920 x 1080) Apple ProRes files. Ki Pro Ultra also supports a range of video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p, and offers flexible input and output connectivity.

– Planetcast, a leading provider of technical services and solutions in the Indian broadcasting sector, will soon roll out virtualised broadcast services to provide seamless and secure remote access to  customers so that they can monitor and control processes wherever they are.

Sharad Mehrotra, Advisor for SME’s, India
Sunil Raina, Business Head, Xolo, India
Ramesh Vaswani, Senior Advisor, Intex, India
Mr. Pankaj Mohindroo, President, ICA, India
Kuldeep Malik, Country Head, India – Corporate Sales International, MediaTek Inc.
P.Sanjeev, Vice President-Device Sales, Huawei Telecommunications (I) Co.Pvt.Ltd., India

About 25th Convergence India 2017 expo:

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

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

About Internet of Things 2017 expo:

The expo will showcase today’s disruptive technologies, and the evolutionary world of IoT. The range of products and solutions on display include wearables, video analytics, telecommunications, smart lighting, security, systems integration, M2M solutions, data science, cloud services and applications development, etc. This event includes the future of IoT in India, supporting the Smart Cities mission and implementation of the Digital India programme.

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

About Exhibitions India Group (EIG):

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

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

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

For Conference Programme, visit: http://www.convergenceindia.org/conference-programme.aspx
For Speakers List, visit: http://www.convergenceindia.org/speakers.aspx

Press Contacts:                                                                                     

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Email: shrishti@abslutefactor.com

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E-mail: kavitay@eigroup.in

Convergence India 2017 promises to make India’s digital dream a reality

Under the theme of Digital India, the 25th Convergence India 2017 expo opened today with 635 exhibitors from 31 countries

New Delhi, February 8, 2017: The Convergence India 2017 expo and Internet of Things India 2017 expo (IoT India 2017) opened its doors today, celebrating the 25th anniversary of South Asia’s most influential and relevant trade event for the ICT, broadcast and digital media industries.

The expo runs through Friday, February 10, in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, where 635 companies are showcasing ground-breaking technologies and services with new product launches. Organised by the Exhibitions India Group, the event is supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign.

Inaugurating the event, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice PP Chaudhary said, “The Government is making concentrated efforts to ensure the last mile connectivity of broadband services across the country to make Internet available to all. Digital India will ensure that government services are available to Indian citizens at all times. Aadhar has given digital identity to 1.11 billion citizens, making it a unique project in the world. Under the Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme, 260 million bank accounts have been opened.”

Speaking about demonetisation, he said, “Demonetisation has led to exponential growth in digital apps such as BHIM, RuPay, etc. A website (cashlessindia.in) has also been launched by the Ministry to make people aware about digital modes of payment.”

While calling for private sector support, the Minister said, “Private sector support will uplift the Digital India initiative and help reach the bottom of the pyramid. Convergence India 2017 gives us the platform to showcase the initiative under this umbrella and provide opportunities for future collaboration. We welcome all your suggestions and recommendations.”

Guest of Honour at the event, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said, “For the first time in the history of humanity, it is being demonstrated that we all are very strongly connected. Machines and technology enable this connection and empower human beings in all spheres of life. We are moving into an era of autonomous digital from passive digital, which was started in the 70s. But the most important factor is that in the midst of the technology evolution, people should be at the centre.  ”

To nurture ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful startups, Prof. Sharma said, “The Department of Science and Technology is bullish on innovations. DST runs 100 incubator programmes across the country, incubating 2000 start-ups and we plan to increase that to 5000 in the next three years. A new programme NIDHI ((National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations), has been launched which offers seed funding of Rs. 1 crore. The Atal Innovation Mission has also been launched for the welfare of citizens.”

Under the theme of Digital India, the event gathers an influential audience, including governments, key ICT industry players, international organisations, pioneering thinkers, consultants, academia, media and emergent players.

The key players are responsible for enabling digital transformation and bringing to life smart technologies, products, services and the latest IoT innovations.

In consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a Digital India, along with new policies and regulations to accelerate the adoption of ICT in key economic and strategic sectors, there have been significant changes in the way we work and communicate. The digital economy is entering a new age in India with digital transformation giving rise to new and smart technologies. The Convergence India series of expos further stimulate this growth and accelerate the innovation in the Indian ICT industry.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convergence India expo, technology continues to move at a rapid pace and collaboration is often the best way for companies and governments to achieve long-term success. This year’s event not only provides the right platform for this exchange, but also showcases the next generation of innovations that will shape our future. And what an incredible way to celebrate 25 years of Convergence India with the launch of the Internet of Things India 2017 expo,” said Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd.

From the latest in wearables, video analytics, telecommunications, security, systems integration, M2M solutions, data science, cloud services and applications development, Convergence India 2017 and Internet of Things India 2017 expo are unveiling the future of being connected.

While addressing the delegates during the launch of Frost & Sullivan’s exclusive Whitepaper on ‘Industry Outlook for the Indian Telecom and Broadcast Industry’, Vidya S Nath, Research Director, Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, “India is poised to be among the top five economies in the world by 2020. Home to over a billion mobile subscribers and the second largest Internet user base in the world, India will become a force of reckoning for global businesses, policy, and technology advancement. Deploying country-wide fibre network and providing public Wi-Fi connectivity are crucial mandates for driving the Digital India and Make in India initiatives. Rural Internet users will grow 40% annually for the next three years, and video consumption on the Internet will grow five-fold by 2020. This will alter the course of the telecom and broadcast industries. SMAC along with cyber security and IoT will be the essential elements for an organization in India to drive its digital transformation strategy.” Frost & Sullivan is the exclusive Knowledge Partner for Convergence India 2017 and Internet of Things India Expo 2017.

At the inaugural conference session, discussions focused on the Digital India 2020 priorities and building a successful digital service ecosystem.

Convergence India expo, and the co-located IoT India expo, are spread over 18,000sqm of area, bringing together the IoT ecosystem including hardware, services, software and governing bodies, covering development areas and the future of IoT in India including smart cities, wearable technologies, design applications, enablers, industrial IoT and data analytics.

Further add-ons at the expo are the Start-up planet, the Techknow conference and the Mobile Devices & Accessories Zone, providing budding entrepreneurs a platform to present innovative ideas, exchange information, and network with industry, government and other stakeholders.

With the unique combination of knowledge sharing conference sessions, workshops and technology display, the event provides an opportunity to experience, understand and address various issues of the ICT sector. The event will create a host of networking opportunities, connecting exhibitors, delegates, countries, organisations and individuals to explore new business opportunities.

The inaugural event was attended by key government officials, telecom players, MSO’s, cable TV professionals, system integrators, broadcasters, telecom and satellite operators, distributors, information technology & network security experts, among others.

Show Highlights: 

· 635 international and domestic exhibitors
· 3 concurrent conference tracks
· 27 conference sessions with over 150 speakers
· 20,000 trade visitors expected
· 45% bigger, better and smarter than previous year

Left to Right
Vipin Tyagi, Executive Director, C-DOT
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology
Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Law and Justice; Electronics and IT,Government of India
Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, India
Umang Das, Chief Mentor, ATC-TCIL and Vice Chairman, TAIPA, India
Ms. Vidya Nath, Research Director, Global Innovation Center & Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, India

Launch of exclusive whitepaper by Frost and Sullivan on Industry Outlook for the Indian Telecom and Broadcast Industry
Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, India
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology
Umang Das, Chief Mentor, ATC-TCIL and Vice Chairman, TAIPA, India
Ms. Vidya Nath, Research Director, Global Innovation Center & Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, India

Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Law and Justice; Electronics and IT,Government of India


About Exhibitions India Group (EIG):

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

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

For detailed info, visit: www.exhibitionsindiagroup.com

For Conference Programme, visit: http://www.convergenceindia.org/conference-programme.aspx
For Speakers List, visit: http://www.convergenceindia.org/speakers.aspx

Press Contacts:                                                                                     

Absolute Factor
Shrishti Nanhorya
Mobile: +91 9650187059
Email: shrishti@abslutefactor.com

Exhibition India Group
Kavita Yadav
Mobile: +91 9873884498
E-mail: kavitay@eigroup.in

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

MATRIXVadodara, India (13th January, 2017)

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

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

SARVAM UCS

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

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

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

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

About Matrix

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

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

New Delhi | December 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About AHTIC

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

About Bench Events

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

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

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

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

www.benchevents.com

About Sri Lanka Tourism Club

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

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

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

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

Sri Lanka’s spectacular visitor growth looks set to stall

Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 29, 2016

Flight booking data shows only modest growth in early 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About ForwardKeys

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About AHTIC

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

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

Sri Lanka tourism set to exceed growth compared to last year

Colombo, Sri Lanka | November 28, 2016

Sri Lanka Hotel Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sri Lanka Daily Performance

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

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

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

Sri Lanka Weekday and Weekend Performance

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

Sri Lanka Performance Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sri Lanka Pipeline Performance

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

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

Hotels Entering the Market:

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

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

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BARC India Calls for RFPs From Organisations to Provide Independent Strategic Consultancy to Subscribers

MUMBAI, November 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

After building a strong TV Viewership measurement company in the country, BARC India has now called Request for Proposals (RFPs) from professional consultancy service providers who would provide strategic consultancy to BARC India subscribers. MIB guidelines prohibit BARC India from involving itself in any activity like consultancy or any such advisory role, which would lead to a potential conflict of interest with its main objective of TV ratings. However, many subscribers have been expressing their need for this service and hence reputed Data Insight consultants may provide this. This is also in line with global best practices where the ratings are being done by joint industry companies.

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With this, BARC India is seeking to build a small pool of approved consultancy companies, which will allow subscribers to choose their supplier and also help mitigate against potential conflicts of interest when dealing with potentially competing clients. Interested parties can mail their expression of interest to Sc_rfp@barcindia.co.in and finally submit proposals for providing TV Viewership related consultancy services to BARC India subscribers.

While BARC India data will continue to be delivered directly to subscribers via the BARC India Media Workstation (BMW) analysis system, consultancy companies will be able to analyze this data using their own systems to generate consultancy outputs. However, these systems cannot be made available to subscribers as an alternative to BMW system.

“BARC India being a joint industry company of broadcasters, media agencies and advertisers needs to remain independent and objective and hence cannot provide consultancy service to subscribers. However, after building a strong television audience measurement system in the country, we have now decided to grant licenses to select consultancy companies to provide analysis to our subscribers who are in need of professional consultancy service to effectively utilize and strategise with BARC India data,” said Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India.

For further queries, please contact:

Mr. Partho Dasgupta
CEO, BARC India
partho.dasgupta@barcindia.co.in
+91-2249226611

Ms. Seema Singh
Sr. Manager – PR & Communications
seema.singh@barcindia.co.in
+91-9702333354

SOURCE Broadcast Audience Research Council India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Internet Retailing Expo

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