Habitat World’s comprehensive facilities – a convention centre, 57 rooms, health spa, 8 restaurants, a 480 seat auditorium, business centre and performance venues for cultural and entertainment programs enable 20 functions to be conducted simultaneously.
By 2010, India’s largest convention centre with a capacity for 12,000 delegates will come up in Dwarka, Delhi with a built-up area of 2 million square feet covering a humongous convention hall, 25 meeting rooms, 2 exhibition halls, a hotel and a commercial complex.
Neighbouring Noida boasts of the Delhi International Expo Centre for B2B and B2C exhibitions, conferences and seminars, with banquet space to accommodate 5000 people. The India Expo centre in Greater Noida is similarly placed to host dealer meets and product launches, with eight exhibition halls and banquet halls equipped with sound proof dividers and a pre-function lobby.
As a MICE destination Gurgaon is supported by a bouquet of sophisticated meetings and convention facilities in and around the city. Outside the city limits several attractive options for MICE events exist.
The Heritage Village in Manesar has state-of-the art facilities to host conferences, with 10 well appointed halls, and lawns to accommodate 1000 people. The Best Western Resort Country Club with an 18-hole golf course, conference room and business centre for 70 stay-in guests is another popular MICE venue.
The luxurious Westin Sohna Gurgaon Resort and Spa, the Neemrana Fort Palace, the Best Western Premier Holiday Regency in Moradabad, the Platinum Resort in Bahadurgarh, Shiva Oasis in Behror and the Golden Huts Resort and Leisure Center in Manesar are other options the professional community can consider for MICE in the NCR region.
Agra’s MICE requirements are met largely by the Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, the Clarks Shiraz, the Trident Hilton, the Oberoi Amarvilas, Taj View and the Mughal Sheraton. Jaypee has state-of-the art facilities like audio-visual recording, satellite uplink and multi-lingual interpretation for up to1500 delegates, while the banquet hall can accommodate 350-600 guests. Welcomgroup’s Mughal Sheraton has five convention halls with theatre style seating for 750 persons and a garden for open banquets.
Rajasthan lends opulence and style to a corporate meeting or event, as heritage palaces combine old world charm with up-to-date technology. A host of attractions in and around the venues makes Rajasthan truly a world-class destination. Around Jaipur, the Samode Palace, Bharatpur Palace, Sariska Lodge, Castle Mandawa, Mukundgarh Fort and Roop Niwas Palace in Nawalgarh can be considered. The BM Birla Institute is a modern structure with elaborate conference and meeting facilities.
In Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace run by the Welcomgroup is the preferred choice, while Udaipur’s Lake Palace, Shiv Niwas, Laxmi Vilas, Devigarh, Hotel Lake Pichola and the Trident Hilton are some of the popular MICE venues.
The cool climes and scenic landscapes of hill resorts have always scored high on the list of MICE destinations. Apart from Srinagar which has good five star and four star conference facilities, Patnitop is emerging as a popular alternative too. Vardaan Resorts has theatre style seating for 100 persons in their conference hall, while the Oasis Resort has a 50 seat capacity. Ski courses and organized trekking route add up to Patnitop’s snow covered charm.
In Shimla, the Radisson is a 59 room five star facility with a fully loaded business and convention centre. Hotel Wildflower Hall, Shilon Resort, Hotel Oberoi Shimla, Clarke’s Hotel, Chapslee Palace and Woodville Palace Resorts offer plush conference facilities. Amongst the three star category, the Toshali Royal View Resort, East Bourne Resort and the Destination Resort have well appointed conference and banquet rooms.