Capital of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is a heady mixture of heritage, traditional hospitality and a thriving software business. The city is the second largest in software exports after Bangalore, with the largest Information Technology park in India - HITEC City. Since the development of major Hyderabad event venues, it is increasingly being sought after as a conference destination.
The Hyderabad International Airport, a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group, the federal and state governments and Malaysia Airports Holdings, is located about 20 kilometers southwest of the city. It has an initial capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum.
Chief among Hyderabad event venues is the Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC), South Asia's finest, with 287 rooms. Located in Hyderabad's IT hub and business district and spread across 15 acres, the HICC has been designed to handle anything from small meetings of 6 people to large-scale events for 6,000. Its 287-room hotel component is also the first Green Globe-certified hotel in Hyderabad.
Other hotel venues in Hyderabad include Hyatt's first Park Hyatt hotel in the city (and its second property in India), located close to the Central Business District. The 209-room Park Hyatt is also the first luxury business hotel in the city to offer 42 fully serviced luxury apartments for long-staying guests. Its meetings and events facilities measure over 1,595 square meters, including a pillar-less ballroom, a pre-function area and seven meeting rooms designed to accommodate large and small groups.
As a former capital of the largest and richest state of "princely" India, Hyderabad had cultured classes that established local traditions in drama, art, theater, literature, architecture and cuisine. (For an example of opulence, a visit to the Salar Jung Museum is a must.) For these reasons, Hyderabad continues to attract wide interest from leisure and business traffic. The city is home to historical sites and places of interest, including the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of Chowmahalla Palace and Charminar. Always a hit with conference and meetings groups is the 13th-century Golconda fort, located 11 kilometers from Hyderabad, which offers a beautiful sound-and-light show.
Shopping in Hyderabad is fantastic: The city is one of the largest pearl trading hubs in the world, and the Fabindia showroom offers a wide range of natural textiles and ready-to-wear clothing. For the architecturally inclined, a post-conference tour could include the 14th-century Hampi, 300 kilometers away from Hyderabad. It has nearly 500 monuments, including ancient temples, and a number of festivals throughout the year.