West Bengal

Why To Go

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, and one of the metropolitan cities in India, is a perfect weave of the historic old world charm with the ultra modern, vibrant and intellectual outlook. Kolkata as a MICE destination has huge potential with infrastructure and connectivity increasing across the state and the presence of several maverick 5-star hotels and a world class convention centre with state of the art facilities. Extended tourism for the visitors attending the event, to beaches, mangroves and mountains is a stone throw distance away.

Travel Tips

Advance planning is the key to an efficient and cost effective MICE event. B-leisure trips need prompt customization, seamless service and strict professionalism. Value per stay is the focus. Accommodation, catering, transfers and transport are of priority over site seeing.

Things To Do

Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, owned and run by a Government of West Bengal undertaking, was built in 2017. This being one of the largest convention centres in South Asia, with diligently designed state of the art ambiance and facilities, has a tremendous potential to be one of India’s finest MICE destinations. It has the main convocation hall with 3000-3500 seats, two auditoriums with capacity of 400-500 people per auditorium and four banquets cum exhibition hall with varying capacities and ten meeting rooms. There is ample space for parking, with availability of valet. Innovative in-house decorations and catering is also available. The convocation centre is only 10kms away from the airport and there are 1500 star hotel rooms in the vicinity with even a few international 5-star hotels around. In Kolkata, as a whole there are more than 5000 star hotel rooms. Eco Park is at stone throw distance away. It is a park spread across 480 acres, with various ecological zones (lakes, islands, grasslands, cactus and bonsai garden, open meadows), theme gardens, replica of the Seven Wonders of the World, restaurants and display of Bengal’s handicrafts and cultural heritage. Nicco Park is an amusement park with numerous fun and adrenalin pumping rides and water parks. It is an exciting place to host events and product launches because of the availability of vast open space and well defined supply system. There are some seminar halls in the city where MICE events can seamlessly be held. Kolkata has always been popular for exhibitions and expos. Exhibitions are a way of supporting local businesses, touching the niche target directly. There are some exhibition grounds and halls in Kolkata which operate with tremendous facilities and services. Besides air conditioning, security, CCTV surveillance, store for safe keeping, freight assistance, wifi, parking and traffic control, housing and maintenance, these venues also provide branding displays and pre promotion facilities, empanelled service provider for stall or stage designs and office / reception facilities. There are some international level cruises in Kolkata, navigating through the gorgeous Ganges, used as venues of MICE events. Marriage events are game changers in MICE. The event grounds, spa retreats, resorts and the 5-star hotels are ready with innovations. They do their level best to match the requirements of the clients with availability and rates. Surprises are always what the guests want to explore. Destination weddings, pre-weddings, micro weddings, themed weddings are today’s trends which these properties in Kolkata are successfully managing with projection mapping, good relationship with local vendors and meticulously trained professionals. The clients are happy with their stress free experience and family prestige, in case of marriage. The ripple effect and positive word of mouth is extremely important for the venues. These days the big fat Indian weddings are not restricted to business families only but a lot of executives with white collared jobs from various sectors are also celebrating their big day in this fashion. Digha, a coastal town, less than 200kms from Kolkata, also has a state-of-the-art four storey convention centre over 5.5 acres of land, each floor covering 1700 square metre. It houses an exhibition centre covering an area of 1000 sq metres, a seminar hall with capacity of 300 people, conference rooms and a modern auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 people. Digha has a few star hotels and boutique hotels for luxurious stay. The sea side embankment has been beautified, with facilities of aquatic sports on the beach. Beach festivals are held in December at Digha.

What to Eat & Where
to Eat

Pre planned customized menu is served. If the specialties of Kolkata like sweet dishes, say, ‘Misti doi’/ ‘Rasogolla’/ ‘Sandesh’, is something that the client wants, these above mentioned venues will definitely arrange them from the best possible vendors in the city. Besides vegetarian and non vegetarian; vegan, cruelty free, organic and minimum wastage are cult options these days and the above mentioned venues are opened with these customizable options.

Getting Around

MICE venues have good set of vehicles, either own or run by their vendor and transport partners and are well connected to the most important hotels and places in the city. Moreover, in Kolkata, taxis, uber and buses are readily available.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Dumdum in Kolkata is extremely well connected to every corner of the city.

TRAIN

Howrah Station, Sealdah Station, Kolkata Station and Santragachi Station are the most important railway stations for long distance trains. Anywhere in the city can be easily reached from these stations.

ROAD

Esplanade Bus Station, Babu Ghat Bus Station, Saltlake Bus Station are the most popular bus stations for interstate buses. Anypart of the city is easily accessible from any of these bus stands.

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Surrounding Attractions

A drive around Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Esplanade, Park Street, Victoria Memorial, Maidan, Princep Ghat and Vidyasagar sethu (Second Bridge) will give a clear picture of Koltata of how the modern and the Imperial are still entwined. Rajarhat and Newtown area has numerous newly made spots to visit in Kolkata. Various places like Sunderban, Shantiniketan, Murshidabad or Kalimpong can be visited.

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