Mumbai, India Meeting Planning Overview
Known as Bombay until 1995, Mumbai is the vibrant capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It’s situated on the western coast of the Indian peninsula, serving as an urban center that’s home to about 20.7 million people. Mumbai is also India’s commercial and financial capital, ensuring easy accessibility and plenty to do. Also known for its textiles and clothes, visitors and locals alike embrace both modern and traditional shops and bazaars. Popular tourist attractions include the rock-cut temples on Elephanta Island, which were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the gothic architecture, Crawford Market, Parsi Towers of Silence, and Haji Ali’s Mosque.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Salsette Island welcomes nearly two-thirds of India's international air traffic. Travelers can fly via most major international carriers, and have plenty of domestic carriers to choose from as well. Opened in 2009, the Banda-Worli Sea Link connects Mahim Bay in the west of the city to a new expressway between eastern Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, making domestic ground travel that much quicker and easier.
For meeting and events in Mumbai, the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) is the largest permanent exhibition complex. Its six halls occupy over 45,000 square meters of meeting and exhibition space, which can cater to any type of group gathering. BCEC is ideally situated just 10 minutes from the international airport and a 20-minute drive from the heart of the city, with numerous hotels, entertainment activities, retail shopping, and sightseeing spots in its proximity.
Hotel venues in Mumbai include Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle 600-room Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel, which is just an 18-minute drive from the airport providing 230,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. The executive lounge, which is the largest in India, is 12,500 sq. ft. in size and overlooks the Powai Lake. Other hotels with meeting facilities include the 242-room ITC Grand Central, the 560-room Taj Mahal Palace, and The Leela Mumbai with 391 sleeping rooms and 11 meeting rooms.