IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific Returns to Bangkok with First Hybrid Event

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The hybrid event introduces new initiatives such as hybrid business meets, three-dimensional virtual exhibition and scheduled meetings with broadcasts streaming and remote participation. There will be three days of in-person event which will begin from September 20 to 22 with nine days of virtual networking from September 20 to 28.

“This year’s show aims to deliver a brand new format like never before, differentiating IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 hybrid from any other experience as our industry continues to evolve to stay versatile. After two years of meeting virtually, our hybrid concept introduces new and improved initiatives,” said Ms. Lynette Tay, event manager of TTG Events.

Face-to-face meets will once again be back this year for opportunities to engage in business with added knowledge and networking access exclusively available during the virtual networking event.

A Successful Conclusion of ACE of MICE 2022 Show

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The show has been organised by Turkish Airlines since 2014 as part of its global communication campaign to showcase the MICE industry in Turkey and the Bosphourus Region.

This year marked the 9th event held by the airline in Istanbul with the theme ‘A Sustainable Future’.

Some 7,840 visitors from 20 countries attended the show between May 25 to 27 with 201 exhibiting companies featuring convention and exhibition bureaus, hotels, convention centres, event management companues, destination management companies, professional conference organisers, software companies, event production and audio and lighting display companies.

After three days of intense business meetings, the show ended with an unforgettable entertainment night of an ‘AMEzing Party’ at the CVK Park Bosphorus.  Guest enjoyed a relaxed evening atmosphere with magnificent light display and dance performance.

ICCA Ranking Report Reveals How Meetings were Impacted by the Pandemic

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The International Congress and Convention Association has released its annual analysis of association meetings worldwide. The latest ICCA Ranking Report examines 8,000 meetings scheduled for the year 2021, and categorises them, based on how meetings, were impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. The report, compares last year’s affected meetings with ICCA’s analysis of meetings in 2020.

Also revealed  in the 2021 report, was the mentality that the “show must go on” in the industry with the market share of virtual and hybrid meetings, doubled in just one year. While business continuation increased by 30 percent and, business cancellation dropped from 61 percent to 31 percent.

The Middle East had the highest business continuation rate of all regions at 77 percent. This was followed by Latin America, at 72 percent and Asia 71 percent. While Latin America demonstrated, the most significant growth, in business continuation compared to 2020 which saw, an increase of 35 percent.

After a hiatus in 2020, ICCA’s Destination Performance Index has also returned. The DPI ranks destinations’ success in winning original bids, covid-19 event policies and adaptability as well as, technological capabilities to convert on-site events into virtual or hybrid events maintaining business continuation.

“Now that the global meetings industry has had more time to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, we wanted to acknowledge and reward the effort of destinations to not only keep these crucial meetings going but also, to improve their business operations. The investments that destinations have made in new technologies, partnerships, and advocacy initiatives will, continue to drive our industry forward,” said ICCA’s chief executive officer, Mr. Senthil Gopinath.

He added: “Although we have yet to return to pre-pandemic numbers, we have gained significant ground on the road to full recovery. Further, we have transformed the meetings industry in the process.”

He stated the report delivers a more holistic representation of the pandemic’s impact on association meetings globally. It shows strong and definitive signs of progressive recovery for the industry.

The full 2021 ICCA Ranking Destination Performance Index is available to ICCA members.

Western Australia State Budget Increase to AUD31 Million to Boost Funding for Events

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The government of Western Australia has included in its 2022-23 state budget, an increase of AUD31 million in funding for tourism events. This along with AUD20 million for a new Major Events Fund, of which AUD5 million has been allocated for the hosting of business events.

This funding is in addition to the AUD15 million, Reconnect WA package, announced in December of 2021.

The boost in funding comes at a pivotal time for Western Australia’s business events industry, which is poised to experience a significant period of growth and recovery, following the reopening of Western Australia’s border.

“The impact of covid-19 on the business events industry has resulted in a massive hit, in terms of real losses and future business confidence, so this funding boost is well timed as we continue our efforts to secure lucrative business events to re-energise and rebuild the many venues and small businesses who are, still struggling two years into this pandemic,” said Mr. Bradley Woods, chair of Business Events Perth.

Whilst Western Australia’s tourism minister Mr. Roger Cook reiterated that: the increased funding would maximise opportunities for the state in securing lucrative business events for the state’s economy and tourism sector.

Mr. Cook said: “This is the next stage in turbo-charging Western Australia’s economic transition after the successful management of covid-19 for more than two years.”

He further mentioned a revived program of business events will, help Western Australia, create an economic legacy beyond the value of initial tourism expenditure.

PATA Elects New Executive Board Members

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The Pacific Asia Travel Association has endorsed Mr. Peter Semone as the chair of the association’s executive board during the 71st PATA Annual General Meeting held virtually on May 13.

PATA also elected six new members to its executive board.  They are: Mr. Benjamin Liao of the Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Mr. Suman Pandey, Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure, Nepal; Mr. Tunku Iskandar of Mitra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia; Mr. SanJeet, DDP Publications Private Ltd., India; Mr. Luzi Matzig of Asian Trails Ltd., Thailand; and Dr. Fanny Vong from Institute for Tourism Studies of Macao, China.

Top left to right: Peter Semone; Benjamin Liao; Suman Pandey; and Tunku Iskandar.
Below left to right: Luzi Matzig; Abdulla Mausoom; Noredah Othman; SanJeet; and Fanny Vong.

They will be joining current executive board members Dr. Abdulla Mausoom from the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives and Ms. Noredah Othman of Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia.

While Mr. Benjamin Liao and Mr. Suman Pandey were elected as the new vice chairman and secretary cum treasurer.

Bangkok to Host ICCA Congress 2023 – Signaling Thailand’s Return as Contender for Large-Scale International MICE Event

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Supported by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the 2023 ICCA Congress, will coincide with Bangkok showcasing the first half of the city’s 20 year strategic development plan; that of transforming into the ‘Metropolitan City of Asia’.

It is also the year of economic revival for Thailand, as the country opens up to the world again stated by the president of TCEB, Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya.

Mr. Chiruit also pointed out that one segment of the congress programme which is particularly important for Thailand’s MICE professionals, is the ICCA Business Exchange.

The session where ICCA members share vital commercial information on the bidding process, selection criteria and budgets of their recent events, which can provide essential guidance to Thai MICE players in crafting winning bids.

TCEB will invite 20 local associations to attend ICCA’s Incredible Impacts Programme meeting where the spotlight, will be on how international conventions have helped bring positive change to societies around the world, leaving behind legacies for local communities and the next generation.

For Thailand, hosting the ICCA Congress 2023 will generate substantial economic returns, with business opportunities for the country’s MICE community.

More than 1,000 overseas and 200 Thai delegates are expected to attend the congress. It’s estimated the congress itself, will generate three million USD in revenue, and have other positive impacts such as: job creation; tax revenue; as well as added values to the Thailand economy.

This will be ICCA’s sixty second congress and Thailand has been a member of ICCA since 1974.

 

 

MITEC Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

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Ms. Mala Dorasamy will head the Malaysia International Exhibition Centre. She  was previously the venue’s director of marketing and sales was made the acting chief executive officer in 2021.

The Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre is the country’s largest exhibition centre with over 45,000 square metres of gross exhibition and meeting space.  MITEC has played host to some of the world’s major events from the SEA Games in 2017 to Defence Services Asia Exhibition Conference 2018 to PowerGen Asia in 2019 among others.

Ms. Dorasamy’s appointment came at a time when MITEC reopens its facilities in conjunction with the resumption of the business events sector in the country.  According to the new chief executive officer, the facility looks forward to welcome conferences and exhibitions back.

Ms. Mala Dorasamy is Chief Executive Officer of MITEC.

Originally from South Africa, Ms. Dorasamy has worked for the Durban International Convention Centre as its director of marketing, sales and events.  She has over 31 years experience in the business event industry and specialises in opening of new convention centres.  Her expertise lies in sales, marketing business development, sales, risk management and implementation and management of ISO standard and Halal certification.

She was also nominated as the Top 40 Women in MICE in Africa for 2015, and was honoured with the South African Association of Conference Industry Fellowship Award.

 

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Earmark USD1 Billion for Reinvestment Plans

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The key goal of the programme is, to raise the hospitality experience in the luxury travel segment, whilst offering new luxury lifestyle amenities for high-value travellers, which is predicted to lead in the recovery of tourism worldwide.

The USD one billion reinvestment programme has already commenced at Marina Bay Sands, and in a news release by the property, it states that the reinvestment reaffirms Las Vegas Sands’ confidence in Singapore, and its ongoing commitment to the country’s tourism industry.

It involves extensive upgrading of all rooms and suites in Towers 1 and 2 of the hotel. Renovations will be completed in phases over this year and 2023.

Marina Bay Sands will introduce signature experiences across the 55th floor of all three hotel towers, including a revamped executive club lounge, premium fine dining, and health and wellness offerings.

The reinvestment plans and project programme is the biggest since the integrated resort’s opening in 2010; in addition to the multibillion-dollar expansion announced in April 2019 that included: a state-of-the-art entertainment arena; an ultra-luxury hotel tower; and new modern MICE spaces.

Announcement of the reinvestment project comes as Marina Bay Sands enters its second decade of operations following its 10th anniversary in 2020.

Since opening in 2010 at a development cost of USD5.6 billion, Marina Bay Sands has provided, significant benefits to Singapore’s tourism sector, with over 380 million visitors to the property, and has helped to attract more than 1,000 new MICE events into the country.

AIME 2022 Sees a Growth of AUD120 Million in Business Events

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Known as the leading trade convention for the meetings and events industry in the Asia Pacific region, AIME has released new insights on the success of this year’s show and reported, a 20 percent increase from 2020.

New industry research on the show, has revealed that 95 per cent of exhibitors cited AIME 2022, as an important event for their business, with over 94 per cent stating they were impressed with their return on investment. Further to this, 95 per cent of delegates agree AIME is the place to make important business connections, namely due to its atmosphere rated at 83 percent and strong reputation 81 percent.

“It’s been two years since we’ve hosted an event of AIME’s calibre in the city, and with the support of the Victorian state government, this event was the first real opportunity to show the world that Melbourne is back in action, and ready for business,”  said Melbourne Convention Bureau’s chief executive officer Ms. Julia Swanson.

Next year, AIME will be celebrating its 30 years.  According to the organiser 98 percent of exhibitors, have expressed interest in attending AIME 2023 which, will be held at Meblourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 13 to 15.  For more information, please visit aime.com.au

Marina Bay Sands Receives Events Industry Council Sustainable Event Standards for Venues Platinum Certification

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The property is said to be the highest rated venue outside the United States, and the achievement comes after the integrated resort became the first venue to be awarded Gold in 2020

Among the sustainable efforts that contributed to the decision to certify the venue’s platinum rating are: a waste management plan that resulted in the property achieving a recycling rate of around 27 per cent in 2021 through treated food waste and e-waste;  the investments in energy saving initiatives, which have helped reduce energy consumption by 14.6 per cent in 2021 as compared to the 2019 baseline; by converting 98.5 per cent of its fleet of vehicles at the convention centre to electric; and a culture of sustainability amongst employees who collectively clocked over 60,000 sustainable actions.

Since the integrated resort opened in 2010, sustainability continues to underpin the property’s operations guided by its global sustainability strategy. Sands ECO360 which incorporates best practices, cutting-edge technologies, and methods to reduce overall environmental impact.

Sands Expo and Convention Centre for example, is Singapore’s only carbon-neutral MICE venue, a result of its energy efficiency measures and investment in local renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets. Event organisers can conduct meetings and conferences at the centre that are 100 per cent carbon neutral, which is at no additional cost.