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ICCA elects new India Committee leaders

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ICCA elects new India Committee leaders

ICCA India Committee to focus on increasing India’s share in the international association
business

Hyderabad, November 16th 2012 – ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)
today announced the appointment of the newly elected leaders of the association’s India
Committee. The Committee will have Mr. Jaideep Khanna, General Manager Sales Marketing &
Distribution, Hyderabad International Convention Centre as the new Chairperson along with Mrs.
Kalpana Oberoi, General Manager of Kuoni Destination Management India as Secretary and Mr.
Girish Kwatra, Head, Meetings & More India as Treasurer.

ICCA is widely regarded as one of the meetings industry’s most important global networking
and business development platforms, bringing together national and city marketers, top venue
operators, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, international clients, sales and marketing experts, and
other leading meetings professionals from almost 87 countries. The newly elected leaders will work
closely with the rest of ICCA’s members in India to enhance the effectiveness of India’s bidding
process with regard to international events and associations.

The India Committee is determined to increase India’s share of the international association
meetings market by stimulating every Indian ICCA member to make effective use of the ICCA
Association Database, marketing resources, research tools and face-to-face client business
opportunities. Using the ICCA network, strategic insights on best practices followed by other
countries will be showcased to enable India to convert more business opportunities and to climb up
the global rankings.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Jaideep Khanna, General Manager Sales Marketing & Distribution,
Hyderabad International Convention Centre said, “We are confident that with ICCA we will
deliver instant access to a range of research, sales and marketing opportunities to our Indian
members. We will create a synergised approach and a platform for knowledge sharing and
networking opportunities. This will open better communication channels to enhance value and
generate competitive advantage.”

He said further, “We at HICC have already gained tremendously from our active involvement with
ICCA, especially after we hosted the ICCA Congress in our city in 2010. We have converted many
a leads generated from research done on ICCA database. Recent ones being IEEE Multi-Conference
on Systems & Control –MSC 2013 and the 9th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and
Related Sciences –APSCI 2013.”

According to Mrs. Kalpana Oberoi, General Manager of Kuoni Destination Management
India, “We truly look forward to taking this initiative forward to benefit all ICCA members in
India. Kuoni has been appointed for the World Agricultural Forum 2013 to be held in Hyderabad in
November 2013, a lead we picked up from ICCA Database.”

According to Mr. Girish Kwatra, Head, Meetings & More India, “Currently we are organising 2
international conferences based on the leads generated through ICCA Database. The events are the
18th International Conference on Listeriosis (to be organised in Goa in 2013) and Asian Conference
of The Econometric Society (to be organised in Delhi). We are sure that we will certainly offer
more tangible values to our existing ICCA members in India by providing more counsel on
business conversion and following the ICCA training standards & guidelines”.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk added: “We know that not every ICCA member in India is currently
making full use of our research tools and business opportunities, but our new India Committee

leaders all have tremendously impressive track records of using ICCA resources to win
international congresses, and are now committed to helping their colleagues learn how to similarly
translate their own membership into concrete business, so that the performance of the whole
country can be enhanced.”

Updated on November 16, 2012