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August 2021

Qatar Travel Mart on Cue for this November

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NeXTfairs for Exhibitions & Conferences announced that, Qatar Travel Mart 2021 will be held from November 16 to 18 this year, at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. The event, is expected to provide insights and new perspectives to the future of tourism, while also offering most sought-after travel destinations, real estate development projects and up-to-date luxury, business, medical, sports, MICE, halal tourism, leisure and cultural tourism trends.

Qatar Tourism is the strategic partner of QTM with Discover Qatar and Qatar Airways Holidays as leisure partners. International participation are from countries such as Italy, Cyprus, the Maldives, Azerbaijan, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic among others and countries, that are looking at to enhance their presence in the Qatari market.

Mr. Rawad Sleem, co-founder and general manager of NeXTfairs for exhibitions and conferences highlighted that QTM will be under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar.

Mr. Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs.

He also stressed that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into he exhibition whether staff members or visitors.  All precautionary measures will be applied to ensure the health and safety of the participants, exhibitors and visitors during the exhibition.

The measures include regular and consistent disinfection of the halls and the public and private places as well as, ensuring thorough disinfection of areas that entail meeting and communicating with visitors, especially reception halls, and other common places. The disinfection process will be carried out by highly trained technicians in accordance with international safety standards wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and using the latest spray technology


Business Events Sarawak Wins Los Angeles Film Awards under ‘Honourable Mention for Commercials’ Category

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This is the first international film win for the Malaysian business events industry produced by Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) as part of its Tribe Legacy Sarawak marketing campaign. The short film of which the category fell under was entitled: ‘Sarawak – New Normal in Business Events’.

The award winning short film opens with a traditional Iban headhunter chasing down an international delegate through a rainforest. What seems to be a dangerous encounter is, in fact, a figment of the delegate’s imagination as he gets his temperature scanned at the conference venue, among other protocol procedures.

While the film targets a specific audience, the storyline is widely applauded by the local community for its creative and rather humorous demonstration of covid-19 precautionary measures – making it relatable to an audience outside of the business events industry.

Sarawak’s creative flare is no stranger to the Los Angeles Film Awards panel musician Alena Murang and production house Sarawak Eye, also bagged awards at this year’s LAFA.

You can watch the award winning short film on BESarawak’s Youtube Channel – BESarawak  at

Investment of USD500 Million on Expansion of Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is Schedule to open in 2022

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The expansion of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center once completed will be five times larger, with a total event space of 78,500 square metres, two main exhibition halls with over 45,000 square metres, two large conference halls with nearly 10,000 square metres, 50 flexible meeting rooms and additional retail zone.

It will when opened in September 2022, have a daily capacity of over 100,000 visitors, reaffirming QSNCC’s position as Thailand’s largest convention centre within the commercial business district of Bangkok.

TCC Assets (Thailand) Co., Ltd, the investment holding and real estate company responsible in revamping the venue, stated QSNCC will be able to accommodate, all types of world class events on a global scale.  Already, the venue has begun to take in bookings for events, and has had positive response from MICE operators in the country as well as,  from merchandisers and food businesses for retail space.

“Despite the covid-19 challenges globally, we managed to follow our long-term investment plan to complete the QSNCC remodeling successfully,” said Mr. Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, director of TCC Assets (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is a key element in the development of Rama IV district landscape which range from commercial, retail, hotels, hospital, residential and convention and exhibition venues.

N.C.C. Management & Development Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of TCC Assets manages the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

Sarawak First Malaysian State to Join Global Destination Sustainability Index

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This initiative and partnership is a world first for Malaysia. Sarawak joins the Global Destination Sustainability Index for Business Events and Tourism by launching the GDSI Partnership Programme-Sarawak Region.  The GDSI-Sarawak partnership comprises of 30 committee members; consisting of local government ministries and agencies, academia, associations, and industry partners.

GDS Index is globally recognised as a bench marking system that will rank Sarawak’s business events, and tourism sustainability performance. The assessment will be based on 71 indicators across four key areas which are: environmental performance; social progress performance; destination supplier performance; and destination management performance.

The Index is fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and Global Sustainable Tourism Council Destinations. Sarawak has, in its development strategy of post covid-10 to be a leading destination in ecotourism and sustainable business events by 2030, based on the criteria set by the United Nations’ GSTC.

Kuching has been selected for the pilot project of the GDS Index programme, which positions the city, as one of the 75 progressive destinations in the world to undertake the GDS Index. It will later expand to other cities such as Sibu, Miri, and major towns in Sarawak.

Hubilo and Constellar Venues in Partnership to Elevate Hybrid Event Experience in Asia Pacific Region

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The two powerhouses have united to leverage on the collective expertise of both organisations, to help businesses sharpen their competitive edge through immersive event experiences.

Hubilo is rapidly emerging as the most trusted and scalable hybrid and virtual platform for event organisers recently unveiled, an improved version of its platform, with additional robust engagement features placing greater emphasis on attendee experience streamlined and minimal navigation.

Constellar Venues on the other hand, provide an integrated services model that includes: fully equipped state-of-the-art hybrid studios for high-quality content production and seamless broadcasting; digital project management with live event support; and event management for virtual and hybrid engagements.

“Digital transformation is all we speak about these days and there is a good reason for this. Unlike so many other business buzz phrases that come and go, digital transformation, especially in the event management space, is fundamental to business success,” said Vaibhav Jain, chief executive officer and founder of Hubilo.

While the chief executive of Constellar Holdings, Aloysius Arlando reiterated that virtual and hybrid events like what Hubilo and Constellar offer will be key to restarting MICE events and travel in helping to sustain economic growth in the region.

According to Allied Market Research,  as the events industry moves towards hybrid engagement models in a post-pandemic world, the industry’s size which  initially valued at USD1,135.4 billion in 2019,  is expected to reach USD1,552.9 billion by 2028, registering a compound annual growth rate  of 11.2 percent from 2021 to 2028. The Asia Pacific region will exhibit the highest compound annual growth rate of 13.3 percent during 2021 to 2028.

Asia Tech x Singapore Redefines Future of Technology at its ATxSummit

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Some 350 speakers from across the globe convened at the inaugural of Asia Tech x Singapore together with government and business leaders, to engage in conversations, on trends, challenges, opportunities and the role of technology play in society.

Considered to be Asia’s flagship tech event, it was organised by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority and Informa Tech supported by Singapore Tourism Board.

After four days of discussion, the panelist of speakers  who came together at the event to solve global challenges on technology, addressed several issues on governance and trust as well as, ways to promote innovation, diversity and inclusion in technology.

The inaugural event was forged based on the foundations of Singapore’s Smart Nation Innovation Week and Informa Tech’s ConnecTechAsia, culminating into a single flagship tech platform led by the four main segments of:  ATxSummit; ATxEnterprise; ATxImpact; and ATxPlus.



Business Events Sarawak has a New Chief Executive Officer

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Ms. Amelia Roziman has been appointed the chief executive officer of Business Events Sarawak starting from August 1. She will lead Malaysia’s first convention bureau, which was formed in Sarawak in 2006.

Regarding Ms. Roziman’s background in the industry, she has more than 20 years of experience in branding and marketing with 15 years in business events.  She is also, one of the pioneer team members of BESarawak where, she began her career as a sales coordinator for the convention bureau.

“It is such an honour to be able to serve and work with a dynamic team in BESarawak,” said the new chief executive officer. Ms. Roziman added: she is thankful for the support and guidance from her team, family, former chief executive officers and board members, including the local, national and international industry and it’s stakeholders.

The new chief executive officer will continue with BESarawak’s approach of aligning itself with the government’s aspirations of developing the community, society, trade and investment from business events through to its ‘Legacy Impact’. Sarawak’s post covid-19 ten year Development Strategy 2030 places business events as an economic thrust to promote prosperity, social inclusivity and environmental sustainability.

While convention planners in Sarawak are guided in their strategic actions by the ‘Legacy Impact’ for their long term legacy goals.