India has won the bid to host the 105th Lions Clubs International annual conference (LCIcon) in 2022. Delhi will be the host city for the conference which is scheduled between July 1 and 5, 2017. According to Lions Clubs International, the Clubs Board Meeting on March 27 decided in favour of Delhi ignoring the claim of eight other international destinations including the likes of Brazil, Mexico, etc.
Announcing India’s successful bidding at a media briefing in Delhi, Dr Naresh Aggarwal, First Vice President of Lions Clubs International, and President in waiting, said that it was a major effort on the part of the government and the different stakeholders that made them bid for the 105th annual conference successfully. It will be the biggest congregation of international delegates in India’s history, he said. Besides, more than 30,000 international delegates from 200 countries of the world, more than 20,000 delegates from India will be joining the five-day long event. In terms of attendance, India will break the record of Seoul LCIcon of 50,000 delegates, Aggarwal said.
He sought the support of the government to market the event as well as getting the logistics coordinated for the event.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Tourism & Culture Minister assured all kinds of support to the event. Calling it a big international platform , Dr Sharma said that the world has started taking notice of the services of Lions Club International .
LCI expects LCIcon to generate a business of over US$50m for the destination.
Vinod Khanna, National Coordinator International Convention Bidding said that India was mandated to book 6,000 5-star hotel rooms in Delhi to be eligible to bid for the event and they have been able to submit confirmed booking of more than 6,000 rooms with the support of the hotel industry in the city.
ITC Maurya, Taj Palace and The Ashok will function as Secretariat hotels, he said.
The Parade of the delegates from all the participating countries will be a major attraction of the 5-day event, Khanna said. That will happen from Janpath to the India Gate, he said.
Lions Clubs International has 240,000 members in India alone.