IIFA to land in China this year

MUMBAI: After being held in countries like Britain, South Africa, Singapore, Dubai and Thailand, the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will be held in Macau, China.

The three-day long weekend to be held at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel at Macau is scheduled between June 11-13. The IIFA weekend is expected to attract more than 500 luminaries from the Indian film industry.

Said Sabbas Joseph, a director of IIFA, "We are proud of IIFA‘s progression over the last 10 years. It is heartening to see the Academy‘s achievements over the years and we are glad to see the event celebrating a decade of magic."

"IIFA is indeed going strong and is causing great benefits. Each of the previous host destinations have reported growth in tourism, film shootings in their region and growth in Indian investments,‘ he added.

For the 10th year celebrations, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, the organisers of the event, are promising a whole set of surprises at the weekend to be sponsored by Videocon.

"2009 celebrates a decade of IIFA magic and promises to be yet another enthralling experience to be held at the Venetian Macao. It is an excellent choice for IIFA‘s celebrations and we are excited to bring its magic to this fabulous city. I am happy that our films and culture would now be seen in Macau," said IIFA brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan.

The nominations for the IIFA awards were also announced by Amitabh Bachchan.

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