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Dear Readers,
The December edition of TFT is in your hands, and the top news of this edition is related to development of international exhibition cum convention centre in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan with the objective of exhibition space of 1,22,000 square metres, once the complex is built. There will be an open exhibition space close to 15 acre, containing four amphitheatres. The total build up area will be 3,82,284 sq m. Pragati Maidan Convention Centre expected to
open September 2019 is planning to attract and host large global events and MICE. Good news came from Kolkata that new Biswa Bangla Convention Centre (BBCC) was inaugurated this month by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
The centre, one of the largest convention centres in South Asia, is reporting a good pipeline of bookings with big names including Herbalife. BBCC will host the Horasis Meet in November and the Bengal Global Business Summit in 2018. On the other hand, according to report of Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA), that presented during the IEIA annual general meeting (AGM) on 17th November 2017, at India International Centre, New Delhi, IEIA stated that it has been a year of record breaking performance at all fronts. The membership numbers of the association have more than doubled during the active tenure of the outgoing Executive Committee, increasing by over 50% during each of the two preceding years, while a whopping 70% growth has been achieved at the financial
front. He further mentioned that with the increased activities of IEIA at both national and international fronts, the association has gained a distinct position much substantiated by the active participation of the global forums in the
initiatives of IEIA. There are some international news related to exhibition industry covered in this edition which
includes, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat. The 2017 edition of the smart cities summit organised by Fira de Barcelona, Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) Awarded 2017 smart city title
to Dubai, on its seventh edition, the event was held together with the first Smart Mobility World Congress and registered over 18,000 attendees, a 13 per cent more than in 2016, exceeding the initial expectations.
Overall 2017 has been a productive year for exhibition industry and team TFT wish you all the best for 2018.

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See you all at IEIA Open Seminar 2017.
M Q Syed
Editor-In-Chief
syed@tradefairtimes.com