Accor, the leader in operating hotels and convention centres in India, today announced it has been named as the operator for the Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre (JECC), the largest exhibition and convention facility in South Asia. Developed jointly by Dangayach Group and Derewala Group, JECC is an integrated facility spread over 42 acres.
Located in the industrial hub of Sitapura and merely 5km from the Jaipur International Airport, the JECC along with a 241-room Novotel offers the largest integrated exhibition-convention-entertainment facility in South Asia. Facilities in JECC include two exhibition halls with a combined column-free space of 20,000 sq meters and an open exhibition area of 10,000 sq meters with an on-site car park for over 4,000 cars. Additionally, JECC has a convention centre of international standards with a plenary seating for 1,200 delegates supported by 20 meeting rooms spread over 5,000 sq m of area accompanied with pre-function areas, registration counters, interpretation booths and a lawn for outdoor events.
“JECC will become an iconic infrastructure asset for Jaipur and a major catalyst for the development of MICE in the country. We are committed to its success and believe that the joint Exhibition Centre and Novotel situated on the property will help establish Jaipur as the geographical and event-related hub for North India. This is a vibrant, world-class centre precinct that will attract conferences and convention visitors from all over the country, while delivering significant economic benefits for the city,” said Hari Mohan Dangayach, Chairman, Dangayach Group.
“We are confident that this world–class convention facility will drive visitor growth to Jaipur, create jobs, support local businesses and deliver broader economic benefits to the northern region of India. The JECC will ensure superior, seamlessly coordinated services, including accommodation, meeting facilities, banqueting, catering and entertainment, with the capability to handle exceptionally, large-scale events,” said Pramod Agrawal, Chairman, Derewala Group.
Accor Asia Pacific has pioneered a number of bold developments in the region, including Sydney’s Darling Harbour and Olympic Park precincts. Accor manages over 500,000 sq meters of convention and exhibition space spanning countries in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe.
“Accor’s appointment to manage JECC is a reflection of the group’s experience in managing major conference and exhibition facilities across India. We have proven experience in helping establish world-class meeting and exhibitions centres, and we believe we can make a similar contribution to the JECC development. In India, we have been the pioneer in the field of Convention Centres, through the Hyderabad International Convention Centre and the Lavasa International Convention Centre and Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach. We look forward to playing our part and working with Dangayach-Derewala Group in managing JECC and in turn, put Jaipur on the map as a national and international destination for exhibitions, conferences and events,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, Accor India.
Rapid industrialization, fast-paced growth of the services sector and improvement in infrastructure have vastly added to the attractiveness of Jaipur as a centre for MICE activities. Additionally, the city’s proximity to leading markets like Delhi and Mumbai gives it a matchless advantage. JECC is operational and hosted India Stone Mart 2015, the 8th International Stone Industry Exhibition towards the end of January 2015 while the Novotel hotel will begin operations in 2016.