The ITC Park Sheraton, Le Meridien and The Park Chennai, Chola Sheraton, Fisherman’s Cove, Hotel Radisson, Taj Connemara and the Trident Hilton are high-end luxury hotels geared to host meetings and conventions. The Welcomgroup’s Chariot Beach Resort in Mamallapuram is also increasingly being used to host corporate events.
The MLR Convention Centre is equipped to organize events in Bangalore for up to 1000 people, complete with an auditorium, conference room, boardrooms, banquet and buffet halls, an open air-stage, terraced courtyard and serviced apartments. Bangalore’s convention and meeting facilities will receive a boost once the big banner hotels under construction like the Ritz Carlton, Taj, Shangri La, Radisson, Accor, Hilton, Royal Orchid and J W Marriott join the existing facilities at Grand Ashok, Taj Residency, Park Hotel, Le Meridian and Ista Hotel among others.
The heritage city of Hyderabad in its new avatar as the IT hub has sophisticated facilities to host MICE at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. Convention facilities including a 6500 sq. m hall for 5000 delegates have been created over 15 acres at the HITEC City. The success of the HICC has led to a build up of similar facilities in six other centres across the country, expected to be completed by 2010-11.
With a string of interesting sights within a short distance of Vishakapatnam, Andhra’s second largest city is gaining recognition as a MICE destination. Comprehensive conferencing and meeting facilities are offered by the high-end hotels like the Park Hotel, Grand Bay, Green Park and the Taj Residency. Besides, the Kala Bharathi and Sagar Tarangalu also lend their spaces for large gatherings. The Destination Vizag project will see world-class convention and exhibition venues very soon in the city.
Cochin in Kerala is a fine base for conventions and conferences with five star facilities from the Taj, Le Meridien and Casino on Wllingdon Island and Marine Drive. The Le Meridien Resort and Convention Centre has led the MICE business in Kerala with its advanced facilities – a convention hall with a seating capacity for 1600 persons and four conference halls, and 95,000 sq. ft of lawn space. The Taj Kerala Hotels and Resorts Limited also have excellent facilities in Ernakulam, Kumarakom, Varkala and Thekkady.
The possibility of a conference aboard a luxury houseboat, access through three international airports in the state and scenic environs make Kerala a much sought after MICE destination.