MICE Infrastructure development in India has gathered an unprecedented speed and momentum. With the speed with which the infrastructure development is taking shape, positivity in the Indian MICE stakeholders circuit is creating a snowball effect
Shekhaar | Editor | MICE INDIAA | 20 May 2018
First amongst the large scale MICE Infra projects, was Reliance Industries Limited (the largest Indian conglomerate) to announce a 25,000-seater Dhirubhai Ambani International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the heart of commercial hub of Mumbai. The country’s capital Delhi, with its flagship project of re-development of the iconic Pragati Maidan Exhibition and Convention Centre followed suit, with development of 7,000-seater Convention facility; 3,000-seater amphitheatre; 10,000-walking visitors; and a 4,500 car park facility. For the unitiated, recently Cochin delivered the country with a large Convention facility – the Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Centre, with an adjoining Hyatt flagship property – the 264-key Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty.
While the Reliance project, owing to its sheer scale and size, will take time (phase – 1 likely by end of 2019), the New Delhi Pragati Maidan Exhibition and Convention Centre is expected to wrap up its phase-1 by September 2018. This will include HallA1-A2-A3 by September; and the underground parking facility and underground tunnel by February 2019; much ahead of the G20 Summit scheduled in India in 2019.
It is for the first time in India, that a project so huge is developing at a neck-break speed. A lot of credit goes to the footprints created by the development of world-class New Delhi Metro Rail Transport system, who have always delivered ahead of schedule. The New Delhi Metro development has shown the country how to move fast, when it comes to large infrastructure projects. Kudos!!!
With a target of generating 2% of global MICE pie, the Indian MICE industry is certainly working towards an area, which has been one of concern, the MICE Infrastructure development – a major bottleneck for India when it comes to MICE. Hopefully now, things are going to be lot better.