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October 2017

International Media Familiarisation Trip of Pattaya, Hua Hin and Bangkok

By | 2017, Press Room

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) invited representatives of the media from Australia, Belgium, China, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam for a five-day media familiarisation trip under the theme of CONNECT Thailand: The Kingdom of Bleisure.

This year’s international media gathering is to discover Thailand’s vibrant MICE and leisure destinations and to experience first-hand, the country’s readiness as well as, capabilities as a regional MICE hub in Asia.

First stop was Pattaya, a favourite seaside resort for business and pleasure, has now a myriad of convention centres, hotels and seaside attractions. In line with the Thai government’s Eastern Economic Corridor policies, several projects are being developed in Pattaya, to help the city become a leading economic zone in Asia.

Next visit was Hua Hin, a royal heritage beach resort town that offers traditional and modern amenities with more than 11,000 guest rooms and business events venues that can accommodate up to 5,000 delegates. The charming town also features world-class golf courses, luxurious spas and a plethora of five-star resorts.

On the final day, members of the media returned to the busy metropolis of Bangkok, the capital city with its five-star accommodation, world-class shopping centre, fine dining and entertainment options.

TCEB has developed the brand CONNECT Thailand with its strategy based on communicating the country as a destination where your vibrant journey to business success begins. While the bureau’s marketing campaign on bleisure is built on the strong legacy of three fundamental pillars of Thailand’s MICE industry that is: destination, business and people.

Members of the Media Begin their IMFT 2017 Journey of Connection, Recreation, Luxury, Beach Bliss, Sustainability and Culinary

Press Conference IMFT 2017 – CONNECT Thailand: Kingdom of Bleisure

Pattaya and Hua Hin Two Bleisure Destinations in Thailand are MICE Ready – Showcased to the International Media the Cities’ Capabilities

The management and editorial team of MICE in Asia, would like to thank Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau for a great time our media represenative had during the international familiarisation trip of Pattaya and Hua Hin as Thailand’s bleisure destinations.

Taipei Hosted Asia’s Super 5-In-1 Food Expo

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Taiwan is not just about manufacturing and hi- tech electronics, the country is also known for its cuisine. Taipei the capital city itself, has one of Asia’s most lively street-food scene with some exciting night markets such as Shilin and Ningxia

It’s no surprise then that the city hosts annually a food expo in celebration of Taiwan’s vibrant food community and producers, as well as to showcase some of the island’s most innovative food and beverage products.
This year is the 27th International Food show held in Taipei which ran from June 21 to 24. It featured the widest variety of top quality food commodities with emphasis on halal-certified food products, with Taiwan home to 400 halal certified businesses which not only include food and beverage, but also dietary supplement and cosmetics.
Among the exhibits are food-related technology, packaging machinery and catering equipment with 36 national pavilions at the show. Exhibitors were from the United Staes, Canada, Japan, South Korea, as well as from Europe and Central and South America.  Newcomers include Italy, Portual and the Baltic countries.  While the buyers came from over 100 countries with Asian buyers making up over 80 percent of its overseas buyers.
Also this year’s food expo combines a total of five shows which was held simultaneously. There were the Food Taipei FoodTech and ParmaTech Taipei, Taipei Pack, Taiwan HORECA and Halal Taiwan.
The combined event saw some 1,717 exhibitors in 4,011 booths, including participants from 36 countries, to cover every link of the supply chain of each show. Venue was at Taipei’s Nangang Exhibition Center and Taipei World Trade Center.
Next year the Taipei International Food Show is scheduled to be held from June 27 to 30.

Taipei International Food Show 2017 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center

Halal Taiwan 2017

Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference will be Held in Indonesia for the Fifth Time

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From September 6 to 7, THINC Indonesia will provide a platform to deliberate on the development and direction of the tourism and hospitality industry in the region. The conference brings to fore the most relevant subject matter, key issues and latest industry trends that shape and transform the future of hospitality businesses in Indonesia, as well as in Southeast Asia.

This year’s event will continue to provide accurate and relevant content, through a captivating line-up of panel discussions, master classes and keynote by industry leaders on hot topics and critical issues.

The conference can be considered as a premier hospitality event in the region. THINC Indonesia 2017 will convene with an impressive conglomeration of business leaders, think tanks and industry top brass. Each year however, the conference brings together nearly 250 industry stakeholders, including owners, investors, developers, lenders and key decision-makers, from close to 15 nations. In addition to offering participants an immense opportunity to network and share best practices with their regional and international counterparts.

THINC Indonesia is hosted by HVS and co-hosted by Hotelivate with the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

For more information, please visit

MICE in Asia is a media partner of THINC Indonesia 2017.

First Edition of European Art of Living Exhibition Successfully held in Vietnam

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EuroSphere 2017 can be considered as one of the classier events that the city of Ho Chi Minh has hosted. Visitors attending the exhibition came not only from Vietnam but from Europe and the rest of Southeast Asia. An exhibition dedicated to the elegance and sophistication of European culture and living brought to the Asian market for two days (June 16 and 17) with display from a wide range of sectors: gourmet food, wine and spirits; fashion, accessories and jewellery; perfumery and cosmetics; furniture and interior design; and automobile.

Buyers and visitors connected with leading importers, distributors and policy makers through pre-arranged business-to-business meetings of over 100 brands. Meanwhile a conference on the fashion and luxury industry was conducted by Donald Potard, the former chief executive officer of Jean-Paul Gaultier Group.

In the evening, exhibitors and buyers enjoyed a four-course gala dinner of French cuisine prepared by Michelin star Chef Philippe Joannes with official guest the French Ambassador, Bertrand Lortholary. This as well as fashion shows by designers from Vietnam and Europe.

The venue of the exhibition that is the GEM Centre, with its state-of-the-art facilities, is well located in the central business district of Ho Chi Minh City which was opened three years ago, was specifically designed and curated to host such an event. Altogether the centre consists of 7,200 square metres of convention, exhibition, performing arts and banquet facilities which also includes two grand ballrooms that can be separated into eight smaller ballrooms. There are also two boardrooms, three function spaces and a charming rooftop tree house complex for outdoor events.

Regional partners of the exhibition were the EU-Indonesia Business Network, EU-Philippine Business Network, European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, European Chamber of Commerce in Laos PDR, European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation.

MICE in Asia is a media partner of EuroSphere 2017.

IT&CM Asia Celebrates its 25th Silver Jubilee this Year

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It will be the 25th edition of the tradeshow that will be held in Bangkok from September 26 to 28. As usual, it promises an unforgettable three days of business, knowledge building and networking.

The IT&CMA 2017 is on track with several stellar exhibitors are expected to participate. At the same time, quality buyers have driven increased demand for exhibition space. Exhibiting national tourism organisations and convention bureaus have reported requests for more slots under their national pavilions.

Buyer registrations for IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific are underway coming from all over the world such as Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.

If you intend to do serious business with Asia Pacific and the world, please secure your hosted buyer spot at:

Register today and be part of the leading series of MICE events in the Asia Pacific.

The 7th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation – One of Beijing’s leading B2B Events

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Throughout the seven years, EPFIC has developed into one of the most highly reputable fair in the Chinese exhibition industry, drawing participants from convention and exhibition bureaus, industry associations and companies each year.

Last year, EPFIC welcomed, over 1,000 industry professionals, the highest in the event’s history. Among them were 56 exhibitors and 256 trade visitors. There were a total of 14 activities and altogether seven reports were released on diverse topics of the exhibition industry. At the same time, about 20 media attended to cover the event.

President of CICE, Wei Zhao giving a welcome speech during the EPFIC 2016.

Opening ceremony of EPFIC 2016.

Recipients of the Golden Five Star award.

A tour of the exhibition area.

This year’s fair is scheduled to be held from July 4 to 6 at the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center. It will be jointly organised by China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency and the Machinery and Automobile Exhibitions Federation.

EPFIC 2017 has adopted the theme: Gathering, Sharing and Communicating whereby exhibition professionals will discuss on the globalisation of the Chinese Government’s 13th Five-Year Plan. This includes the cooperation with other industries along the concept of integration and sharing, and how the exhibition industry, can achieve a healthy development through innovation and upgrading.

A number of renowned industry figures from China and abroad will be among the guest speakers. There will be a total of 22 sessions during the three-day event, including an opening ceremony, forums, project promotion sessions, B2B negotiation session, networking gala, awarding ceremony, and exhibitions. While the forums will cover topics like high-end interview, automobile shows, educational seminars on exhibitions, government-sponsored exhibitions and overseas exhibitions.

As one of the most popular forums in EPFIC, is the high-end interview session a number international exhibition figures are invited to discuss advanced operation modules and the use of latest technology.

For more information, please visit

MICE in Asia is a media partner of EPFIC.

Vietnam to Host First European Art of Living Exhibition

By | 2017, Press Room

Eurosphere 2017 will see 80 European brands participating at the Gem Center in Ho Chi Minh City from June 16 to 17. Among the products showcased are fashion and accessories, gourmet food and beverages, perfumery and cosmetics, interior design and automotive with representatives of these products present to meet potential partners locally and from Southeast Asia.

A new concept of trade event, the exhibition is dedicated to bring the various European quality products to the Vietnamese and Southeast Asia market. It was introduced in the context of the new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between EU and Vietnam (EVFTA) with Vietnam being the first country to sign such agreement in ASEAN after Singapore.

Companies taking part in the event are the first wave of European brands enjoying the unprecedented benefits from the FTA – main changes will be on import tax that will decrease to zero during a period of time of eight years, as well as on Geographical indications that will be protected automatically upon entry into force of the FTA.

The Eurosphere is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, national Embassies of European countries to Vietnam and Chambers of commerce of all EU member states and ASEAN regional partners.

In a press conference on May 12, His Excellency Bruno Angelet the ambassador and head of the delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, expressed strong belief in the success of Eurosphere in creating opportunity for the promotion of European products to the Vietnamese market.

While Delphine Rousselet, director of EVBN said: “European businesses deciding to enter Vietnam in this crucial time will have first-mover advantage in establishing their name in the market. Eurosphere will undoubtedly strengthen and continue to promote the economic bond between Vietnam and the EU trading bloc.”

At the event, 3,500 business visitors, mainly large importers, distributors, retailers, hospitality specialists, interior décor designers, fashion designers, policy makers, industry influencers, media representatives and also VIP’s and celebrities, will meet at Europhere 2017 through a series of B2B meetings, conferences with high profile European speakers, networking events, and private Gala dinner.

The event will not only focus on the economic partnership between European companies and Vietnam in the relevant sectors, but also to other ASEAN countires as regional partners of EVBN, who will introduce their respective market opportunities and follow-up trade missions in each country after Eurosphere 2017.

For more information contact Ms Hang Dao at Telephone number 08 38 23 95 15 (Ext:111).

Genting Cruise Lines Host Weekend Gateway Onboard the Genting Dream – Its First Asian Luxury Cruise Line

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Over 350 guests from 11 countries comprising of the media and travel agents with senior executives of Genting Cruise Lines attended a forum and gala dinner onboard its inaugural ship, the Genting Dream which set sail from Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong.

During the three-day event guests, were introduced to the Genting Cruise Lines’ latest cruise products such as: the SuprtStar Virgo’s golden sea route cruises whose current homeport deployment is in Manila, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung, will move to Shanghai, Osaka and Tokyo (Yokohama Port) in July and sail to Mt Fuji (Shimizu Port) and Kagoshima (Hososhima Port); the SuperStar Gemini in Bangkok to Sihanoukville, Koh Kong Island and Koh Samui; and an update on the Okinawa Festival which takes place onboard Genting Dream throughout the ship’s summer deployment from Hong Kong to Guangzhou (Nansha Port) to Okinawa.
Guests from the different countries participated in outdoor sports challenges and mingled at the Zouk Beach Club for an open-air cocktail reception.
The gateway concluded with a Shanghai-themed gala dinner, where everyone wore Cheongsam costumes in a convivial atmosphere reminiscent of the 1930s golden era of the city of Shanghai.

Genting Cruise Lines is a new division of Genting Hong Kong which comprises of three cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises. The Dream Cruises is the first-ever Asian Luxury cruise line which not only provides luxury vacations, but also venue for meetings, conventions, corporate events and private celebrations on sea.

The other luxury vessel under the Genting Cruise Lines is the World Dream. Together with the Genting Dream, the two ships are purpose-built for the Asian market with the Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet debuted in November 2016, and the sister ship World Dream scheduled for November 2017.

Be a Hosted Buyer at the World MICE Day in Qingdao

By | 2017, Press Room

MICE professionals from China and around the world will meet at the city from October 25 to 27 for the opportunity to network and do business especially with the silkroad MICE industry players. This is the first time Qingdao is hosting such a major event, with the city constantly been awarded as one of China’s top ten exhibition cities.

Qingdao is now the key centre of the One Belt, One Road economic zone, as well as a dynamic meeting destination.

You are invited to participate as a hosted buyer.  Qualified hosted buyers are provided with: complimentary air ticket and accommodation; a personalised appointment schedule; attend social events and a tour of Qingdao City.

To find out more on how to be a hosted buyer, please log onto

Sunway Lagoon Observes Earth Hour

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This is the first time the theme park participated in the global movement to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour with a gathering of 50 families at its Surf Beach venue. Guests experienced dining at the beach in a blackout with a host of games and entertainment.

Activities of the night’s programme included fire dances accompanied by live percussion and music performances, a Limbo Rock and Hula Hoop challenge, which not only illuminated the atmosphere around Sunway Lagoon with merriment, but enabled guests to spend Earth Hour in an enjoyable and the unique Sunway Lagoon manner of family fun and good food.
 “We hope to create a positive effect to families around Klang Valley. As the world stand united to their commitment to Earth Hour, we, as a family’s premier theme park, decided to bring families together on this one special night as we believe that a healthy relationship starts within the family,” said Sean Choo, general manager of Sunway Lagoon.