Top 10 MICE Destinations In India For 2020
India is one of the best places to host MICE events owing to its impeccable hospitality services, infrastructural capabilities, and technological advancements. Statistics suggest that India might generate over two million MICE tourists by 2020. This shows that India is in an upward trend of being a stable and robust economic country. And if you have zeroed on India for your next offshore corporate event, below are the top MICE destinations in India for your consideration.
The capital city of India is one of the preferred MICE destinations in India. It offers a unique blend of culturally rich old Delhi and the very cosmopolitan New Delhi. From historical monuments to huge shopping malls/markets, the city is a traveller’s delight. Some of the city’s charms include historical sites like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Purana Qila, etc. It has famous temples such as the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple, and the ISKON Temple.
Delhi is overwhelming with the number of things it can offer, be it the food, history, or the cosmopolitan appeal. That is why this city is the first to come to the top MICE destinations in India. The city is well connected from all over the world, making it easy to travel. Similarly, the well-established and extensive Metro connectivity makes it easy to travel within the city.
Delhi has several top-notch ballrooms and convention centres suitable to organize a world-class MICE event. Some of the top MICE venues in Delhi are Ashoka Hotel (capacity 2000), Taj Palace (capacity 1000), Park Royal (capacity 900), Habitat World (capacity 500), etc. Likewise, the city has many hotels, inns, etc. to take care of delegate accommodation.
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The capital city of Karnataka and undoubtedly the “Silicon Valley”, Bengaluru is among the fastest-growing metropolis of the country. As a result, its inclusion in this list is quite natural. Being a major IT hub, Bengaluru is home to multi-national companies. So infrastructure-wise it has the best amenities in place. From some beautiful tourist spots to hordes of eateries and restaurants, it has everything to keep your delegates entertained. Hence, Bengaluru makes in our list of top MICE destinations in India.
Kempegowda International Airport has connectivity from all around the world. Whereas to travel inside the city metro is the best option. Also, Bengaluru is blessed with an all-year-round pleasant climate. Cubbon Park, Banglore palace, Lal Bagh, the national park, and commercial street are some of the favourite tourist spots.
JW Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru, Shangri-La Hotel, The Leela Palace, The Taj are some of the few 5-star properties in the city with amazing banquet facilities for corporate events. Similarly, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Manpho, NIMHANS, Pai Vista etc are among the renowned convention centres in Bengaluru.
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The commercial capital of the country, “Mumbai” is considered one of the best places for international delegates to visit. The charming city has many tales to tell. Whether it is the glamour of Bollywood or the beauty of its beaches or the lip-smacking street food it offers, Mumbai attracts people with varied interests in the city. It has some of the best shopping markets. India’s iconic monument, “The Gateway of India”, Marine Drive, Colaba Causeway, Juhu Beach, Siddhivinayak temple, Haji Ali Dargah etc are some of the places of interests.
Being one of the busiest cities in the world, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is well-connected to all major cities around the globe. Similarly, there are many hotels near the airport which are great to organize corporate events. While The Lalit (capacity 3000) JW Marriott (capacity 1500), The Taj Mahal Palace and The Leela Mumbai offer premium banqueting facilities for corporate events, Bombay Exhibition Centre and Nesco Centre Hall are versatile and multi-functional.
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Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state, is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Considered as the “Gateway to South India,” Chennai is a major cultural and administrative centre. Blessed with a long coastline, it has many beautiful beaches. Also, the city has several ancient Dravidian style temples, cathedrals, and monuments influenced by British architecture.
In the last two decades, software development and electronics manufacturing contribute to the bulk of the city’s economy. As a result, many tech parks which serve as offices to several global companies are found across the city.
Travelwise, Chennai international airport is well connected. The new (CCC) Chennai convention centre and Chennai Trade Centre offers world-class amenities to organize huge trade shows and exhibitions. It can host up to 2000 delegates. There are various other hotels like The Hilton (capacity 550), ITC Grand Chola (capacity 100), The Leela Palace (capacity 1500), Hyatt Regency (capacity 1000) etc are some of the luxurious venues for MICE meetings.
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Hyderabad is one of the fastest-growing city owing to its lucrative trade policies. It is called the information technology hub of India. The city has beautiful weather conditions and attractive infrastructure. Some of the city’s charms include Char Minar, Golconda Fort, and Ramoji film city etc. It has famous temples as well like Chilkur Balaji temple and Birla mandir. And while you are in Hyderabad, do not miss to taste the famous Dum Biryani and shop for exquisite pearls.
To reach Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the best way. The well-connected metro is another way to travel around the city. The International convention centre (capacity 6000), Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Center (Capacity 2000) are some of the top MICE venues in the city.
Capital of West Bengal and India’s third-largest city, Kolkata is an amalgam of the old and new. Known as a commercial and educational hub, Kolkata is considered as India’s artistic and cultural capital. Being a pioneer in arts, theatre, and drama Kolkata attracts a lot of tourism. Through a long association with the British, the city has many marvellous Victorian architectures and colonial buildings. Victoria Memorial, Fort William Kolkata, Howrah Bridge, and St. Paul’s cathedral etc are definitely worth a visit. Similarly, the dining scene at Kolkatta is very happening too. And if you are a fish-eater, you will absolutely love the restaurants in Kolkata.
Being an important metro city, reaching Kolkata is not an issue as it has a great flight, rail and road connectivity. Biswa Bangla Convention Centre is one of the largest convention centres in South Asia. Other premium venues for an excellent experience in meetings and conferences include The Westin (capacity 1500), ITC Royal Bengal (capacity 3500), Aauris, Novotel, Swissotel Kolkata, Hyatt Regency etc. In fact, the city has several good banquets and halls.
The coastal city of Cochin or Kochi is Kerala’s commercial capital. The vibrant yet serene city offers everything from historic gems to exotic beaches. Today, this port city is a growing hub of information technology, health services, shipbuilding, and tourism and is among the fastest-growing second-tier metros in the country. It is a culinary delight for seafood lovers and can make your journey even lucrative. Some of the must-visit places are Mattancherry Palace, Fort Kochi, Willingdon islands, etc.
Cochin International airport is best to reach here from all around the world. To travel around the city, metro and taxi are the best options. Bhaskareeyam convention centre (capacity 500) and Le-Meridian (capacity 500) are among the top venues to host MICE events.
A favourite tourist destination, Agra is also an amazing destination for MICE events. Apart from the world-famous and mighty Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, and the tomb of Akbar are among the other beautiful sites in the city.
To reach Agra, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport is the best and fastest route. Taxi, rental cars and buses are the best ways to travel inside the city.
The Jaypee Palace Hotel convention centre can hold up to 1500 delegates at once. Other banquets halls ideal for conferences and meetings are The Oberoi Amarvillas (capacity 100), ITC Mughal (capacity 250), Trident Agra (capacity 1300). As a matter of fact, the city has many banquet halls that provide a pleasant meeting environment.
Being one of the most visited places in India, Goa is known for its balmy beaches, scrumptious cuisine and Portuguese heritage. As a result, the tourism and hospitality industry is well developed. There are many beaches that one can explore, from the busy ones to the isolated ones. While the popular Sunburn festival happens in the last week of December every year, the other carnivals usually happen between January and April. If you have a keen interest in adventure and water sports, this place will not disappoint you.
Dabolim airport offers good connectivity from all around the world. Vivanta by Taj (capacity 300), The Crown Goa (capacity 200), Le Meridian etc has multiple indoor and outdoor banqueting facilities suitable to hold a conference or a meeting.
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The pink city of India, “Jaipur”, is known for its abundant palaces and forts. Some of the major tourist attractions in the city include the Jantar Mantar (the royal observatory), the honeycomb styled Hawa Mahal and the grand Amber Fort. The city markets are full of crafty and colourful things unique to the Rajputana culture.
JAI Or Jaipur Airport is the best way to reach here from other places. Metro is the fastest way to explore the beauty of the pink city. The Jaipur Convention Center can host up to 8900 delegates and provides a luxurious experience. Similarly, the luxury hotels and palaces like ITC Rajputana (capacity 550), The Lalit Jaipur (capacity 200) offer the best hospitality experience. With so much to explore and do, Jaipur is definitely one of the sought after MICE destinations in India.
Noida is a planned city in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh. A gem in the outskirts of Delhi, the city is growing at a fast pace in terms of everything. The Buddha International circuit holds Indian Grand Prix, and for paradise lovers, the Botanical garden is a must-see.
Noida is emerging as a preferred IT-ITeS destination of India. As a result, infrastructure wise it is a good option to host MICE events. The International Trade and Expo centre is one of the best convention centres in the country and has a seating capacity of 5000 people. Apart from that that there are many, premium banquet halls with capacities ranging between 100- 1000 for organizing events.
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