Samir Kalia | MCI | Events
Managing Director - India
Samir Kalia spear heads the India business of MCI Group. A strong player in the association market, and with an experience of two decades in conference management, Samir led his own company, GeTS Conferences, into a JV with MCI India in July 2017. With this joint venture, Samir is set to take MCI India to new heights, for MCI to be the sole International player in the events and conference industry in the country with a true local market reach, a long list of client success stories and an extensive global and national experience.
Backed with a wealth of experience in the healthcare domain, Samir Kalia has ensured that MCI continues to raise the bar on quality and service offered to its corporate clients, with the addition of a new dimension towards the acquisition of healthcare clients – a cornerstone of MCI’s global success.
As a young enthusiast and passionate traveler, the entrepreneur bug bit Samir early in 1987 when he founded GeTS Holidays, the first vertical of GeTS. Samir pioneered the e commerce travel portal in 1998, the first of its kind in India. From starting with a small room office, his company soon spread its wings across 4 locations in India. Technology and online marketing remain his biggest passions. With the JV, Samir also enhances MCI India’s Corporate Events and Destination Management capabilities in supporting meetings, social events, pre-and post-tours, hotel procurement as well as tour logistics and sourcing, more effectively.
An Out-of-the-Box thinker, Samir has a proven track record of increasing revenues through strategic planning and creating a team-work environment to encourage productivity & innovation and increase profitability. When not working he’s found watching soccer or traveling around the globe. He loves the outdoors and a dream holiday for him is sailing in a house boat in Kerala or looking for penguins in South America. Another big passion is wildlife and he has been exploring jungles for the past 35 years.