BMICH Wins Best MICE Venue Award at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 Press Releases

BMICH Team led by the Director / CEO, Sunil Dissanayake with the Best MICE Venue Award – 2018

 

The BMICH, Sri Lanka’s most recognizable and iconic landmark won the prestigious MICE (Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions) Award in the MICE Tourism category at the 06th Annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards Ceremony held on 6th December 2018. The event is organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to recognize and reward excellence in the Travel & Tourism industry to promote and enhance the delivery of service standards. Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 will also honor the organizations and individuals for their contribution towards strengthening and empowerment of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Each application in each category was subject to a stringent evaluation process consisting of 3 stages to ensure transparency and accountability, and the final decisions were made by a 5-member jury.

 

“We are delighted to have been presented with this prestigious award for the Best MICE Venue. at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards Ceremony 2018. BMICH is a sophistication, iconic and centrally located venue providing ultra-modern facilities catering to global standards. Our well trained, experienced and dedicated team will ensure that each experience is unique and unmatchable” said Sunil Dissanayake-Chief Executive, BMICH.

 

Set in a sprawling site with 15 well laid out, spacious car parks that can accommodate 3,000 vehicles at a given time and well maintained landscaped gardens, BMICH is Sri Lanka’s largest and Asia’s very first purpose-built convention center with ultra modern facilities. BMICH was presented the Regional Gold Award as South Asia’s Leading Meeting & Convention Venue at the prestigious South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) Ceremony held in Mumbai, India recently. BMICH has also won the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) in 2016, 2017 & Quality ERA Award in 2016 and 2017 in Geneva and Paris respectively.

BMICH Commemorates its Founders with Blood Donation Campaign

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 Press Releases

 

The BMICH, Sri Lanka’s most recognizable and iconic landmark, recently organized a Blood Donation campaign in commemoration and honor of its Founders late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and of former Cabinet Minister and Speaker of Parliament Anura Bandaranaike on their 59th, 18th and 10th death anniversaries. An alms giving was also held as part of the commemoration.

 

“Our Founders were not only committed to Sri Lanka but also to the world. It is our hope that our activities of merit will continue to honor them. Undoubtedly, this campaign will have a very real and direct impact on a large number of people who are in need” said Sunil Dissanayake, Director/CE of the BMICH.

 

With hundreds of well-wishers and BMICH staff signing up, the scope of this campaign was truly unprecedented. Importantly, it also marked the dedication to service embodied by two of Sri Lanka’s greatest national figures, the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike – Sri Lanka’s fourth Prime Minister who was widely regarded as an international statesman and the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the modern world’s first female head of state.

 

Set in a sprawling site with 15 well laid out and spacious car parks that can accommodate 3000 vehicles at a given time and well maintained landscaped gardens, BMICH is Sri Lanka’s largest and Asia’s very first purpose-built convention center with ultra modern facilities. BMICH is situated in one of the most prestigious locations in Colombo. BMICH won the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) in 2016, 2017 and Regional Gold Award in 2018 in Mumbai, India. Also won the Quality ERA Awards 2016 in Geneva and 2017 in Paris

BMICH’s big MICE grab steps up competition in Colombo

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 Press Releases

The iconic building in the heart of Colombo, the BMICH hopes to play host to not only conventions and exhibitions but within its acreage a possible hotel of 4-star rating and plans to call for proposals to efficiently run the cinema.

The popular venue for exhibitions has become a highly competitive MICE location for hotels in Colombo as it today boasts of a number of facilities and aims to generate revenue of Rs.900 million in 2016 against Rs.650 million in 2015, the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall (BMICH) Director and Chief Executive Sunil Dissanayake told the Business Times in an interview.

He noted that this year the BMICH had “done exceedingly well” with 2016 expected to close with a net profit of about Rs.300 million, considered to be the highest in the past 43 years, compared to a net profit of Rs.185 million earned last year. Targets for next year are set at Rs.1.1 billion revenue, he said.

BMICH bagged awards in March in Geneva thereby gaining significant exposure in international magazines as a MICE venue.

The venue has prospects to open up for the launch of various products in the corporate world seeking out this location for key company events, it was noted.

Moreover, today the venue plays host to weddings which was stopped 15 years ago since it would clash and interfere with other functions held at the same venue, it was noted.

Recently the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre (SBMEC) was able to cater to about 2000 pax for a wedding. But the hall is being offered for this purpose only on Tuesdays until 2018, the CEO said.

Further plans are underway to call for proposals from cinema operators to lease out or rent the cinema and lounge that could accommodate 200. In addition the venue has several outdoor venues like Nuga Sevana, Mihilaka Medura and the outdoor Kamatha; the latter is to be used for a unique wedding ceremony with the poruwa to be set up in the middle of the paddy field.

Other facilities at the venue are the ten golf carts used to shuttle participants when they break out for lunch, he said.

Mr. Dissanayake said they have invested heavily in advertising and promotions to market the venue amounting to Rs.10 million this year with Rs.6 million already spent in the first nine months of 2016.

Advertising is carried out on a bigger scale thereby marking the presence as a key location to host events in Sri Lanka.

“Our major business was the conventions and the award ceremonies but now the international conferences are coming,” he said adding that previously they were able to only attract national level public sector events as opposed to those carried out by the corporate sector.

BMICH has now reconverted some of the office rooms to house three bedrooms that are being readied for next year primarily catering for accommodating event organisers, Mr. Dissanayake said.

This venue had played host to a number of international events organised under state patronage that also had 30 rooms (now converted to offices) with a Presidential and Prime Minister’s suite in place during the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in 1976.

Mr. Dissanayake explained that he hopes to propose the establishment of a three or 4-star hotel that could even be up for a public private partnership.

On a 42-acre property and about 12 acres of parking and garden spaces the BMICH is being proactively targeting those who have held their events at other venues in Colombo.

The venue’s CEO noted that they have a sales team in place to boost the image and promote the conventions centre.

Traditionally the BMICH authorities have been “waiting for orders to come” but today the location is actively involved in promoting the venue, he pointed out.

In fact he noted that the French Travel Agents conference held last week originally planned to be held in Negombo was relocated to the BMICH following the event organiser’s visit to the international conference centre.

Today the BMICH is being displayed and marketed internationally participating in selected international MICE exhibitions with the first participation in Hyderabad conventions.

The main conference hall could accommodate 1650 people with six custom built rooms (previously called committee rooms) Jasmine (350 pax), Lotus (500 pax), Orchid (100) Lavender (100 pax) and Tulip (75 pax).

“Sri Lanka has still not attracted the top conferences and despite the availability of the venue we have not marketed the destination,” Mr. Dissanayake said.

Further the BMICH is capable of offering simultaneous translation into seven languages and currently the venue is in the process of launching Wifi within the next three months and installing “webex” a form of video conferencing.

Commenting on areas for improvement, he noted that the transport facility needs upgrading including the railway and sophistication in terms of facilities.

Source: The Sunday Times.

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BMICH hosts reception for Civil Aviation Conference delegates

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 Press Releases

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The outdoor reception hosted at BMICH by Sri Lankan Airlines

Over 400 high level delegates in the civil aviation sector including their spouses arrived in Sri Lanka recently to participate in the prestigious 53rd Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation Asia and Pacific Region.

The BMICH recognized for bringing magnificence to all events in a seamless fashion was selected as the venue to host the Civil Aviation Conference reception and dinner by Sri Lankan Airlines. The front Terrace of the BMICH provided an enchanting setting for the outdoor reception.

“We’re extremely proud to host the Civil Aviation Conference Reception organized by Sri Lankan Airlines at the BMICH. This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the BMICH outdoors and Banquet Hallas unparalleled venues to host gatherings such as pre and post conference receptions,” said Sunil Dissanayake, Director/ Chief Executive, BMICH.

In attendance were Directors General of Civil Aviation representing the Asia Pacific Region, the President and Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Chairman, Board of Directors and Senior Management of Sri Lankan Airlines.

Over 35 countries participated at this conference including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei , Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Fiji Island, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, LAO People’s Democratic Republic, Macao China, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Tonga , United Kingdom and USA.

Daily Mirror – 29.08.2016