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IBTM Asia Pacific 2020 Postponed to 2021

By | 2020

Reed Travel Exhibitions announced it has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore to April 13 and 14 in 2021.

The decision has been taken following the latest advice from partners regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and, as a result of in-depth discussions with customers and hosted buyers from the region and globally.

Commenting on the announcement, Shane Hannam, portfolio director of IBTM Events said that the decision made by the organiser was not taken lightly for its customers, partners and team in Singapore, have worked hard on the event.  While it is disappointing to postpone, it’s imperative that the organiser prioritise on the health and safety of everyone involved.

The decision to reschedule the show is also supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. Its executive director of conventions, meetings and incentive travel, Dr Edward Koh mentioned STB, will continue to work closely with Reed Travel Exhibitions and other partners, to provide the assistance required during this time.

IBTM he added is a valued partner and the Asia Pacific show remains a key highlight in Singapore’s event calendar and look forward to extending a warm welcome to all attendees and exhibitors in 2021.

ICCA Analyses COVID-19 Global Meetings industry impact – Industry Shows Resilience and Confidence

By | 2020

ICCA’s Research Division is monitoring the status of all 1,065 meetings in the ICCA Association Database currently scheduled in Asia Pacific for 2020: Only 44 meetings scheduled for Asia Pacific are affected by COVID-19 (4.1 percent) – 44 meetings, 34 are postponed, five cancelled and five relocated. Outside Asia Pacific, two meetings in Europe and one in Africa are postponed.

James Rees, ICCA president said: “When facing uncertainty or crisis, identifying reliable and timely sources of information is critical to making responsible decisions. We have put together our COVID-19 liveblog to help global meetings industry professionals to find reliable information about the novel COVID-19 outbreak and to share meetings industry-related resources with the global ICCA community of meeting suppliers and associations.”

“We believe the international meetings industry can play its part in finding a solution to the current COVID-19 outbreak. International meetings represent the best possible vehicle for addressing this and many other global issues. As an industry, we must demonstrate resilience and confidence by maintaining to the greatest extent possible our ongoing schedule of activities – and where this is not possible, by working collaboratively to develop alternatives that help maintain the exchange of information and insights that account for the benefits we believe to result from this kind of engagement.”

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ICCA has received requests for alternative meeting facilities from associations, is reaching out to associations who are looking to relocate their meetings, and to help them find new meeting facilities.

Sarawak Makes History by Winning Most Business Events in a Single Year

By | 2020

The business events industry in Sarawak, a state located in East Malaysia considered to be a second-tier conference destination, has secured the highest number of business events in a single year in 2019 – estimated to anchor more than RM90 million in direct delegate expenditure (DDE) from the spending of flights, accommodation, meals and entertainment.

Aside from assessing the economic value to Sarawak, the secured collective of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions were also assessed under its Legacy Impact Assessment which pointed 965 potential impacts for Sarawak.

The Legacy Impact Accessment introduced by Business Events Sarawak or BESarawak, the state’s convention bureau is for the business events industry to fulfill a bigger purpose than just putting value on business and financial benefits, but also to leave a legacy.

Events are assessed against the 7 Key Focus Areas (7KFA) of urban development and re-development, industry development, social, environmental, agricultural and service and digital economy.

In addition to celebrating the triumphant wins and scoring, BESarawak has also announced that the figures associated with the bid wins such as delegate attendance, days and expenditure has surpassed the bureau’s expectation and target. According to their survey, 72.4 percent of delegates extended their stay post-convention with a satisfaction scoring of 98.4 percent.

Stated by the chairman of BESarawak, Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr. Muhammad Leo Toyad last year’s success in securing the highest number of business events indicate the actual strength of this industry on the state’s economy and is confident that the figures will increase exponentially.


ICCA Launches the ICCA Association Community

By | 2020

Membership is open to all stakeholders in association meetings throughout the world. According to ICCA, by joining the community, associations have access to education, connections, tools and resources to organise more effective meetings.

Also through the ICCA Association Community, associations can make their voice heard in ICCA’s global community for the international meetings industry on: how their association and their meetings will make a difference in the future.

Associations will have access to ICCA’s Association Meetings Intelligence as well as to ICCA’s events and enjoy peer-to-peer networking, expertise and education.

“The launch of the ICCA Association Community will integrate associations with our membership, helping to shape ICCA’s future and provide opportunities for ever-closer collaboration,” remarked ICCA president James Rees.

While, Thomas Reiser, executive director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Homeostasis (ISTH) said: “Networking with international associations among each other is critical for the success of our activities as the peer-to-peer sharing and learning is one of the most powerful aspects.”

He added by doing this on a well-established platform like ICCA and, combining it with the community of destination partners is even more beneficial for ISTH particularly, in their joint efforts to professionalise the way to collaborate in planning and executing successful events.

This is why ISTH said the executive director, is happy to be part of the ICCA Association Community and look forward to the benefits such as access to data, sharing new ideas, thought-provoking education and peer to peer networking.

Associations can sign up through a form on the ICCA website.

PCMA to Mobilise Power of Business Events Industry to Take Care of People and Communities

By | 2020

Citing the business events industry’s vast potential for taking care of people and communities, PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat announced a pan-industry initiative to raise USD 250,000 to help those affected by the bushfires in Australia and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

“Doing good for people and communities in crisis is doing good for all of us,” Karamat said. “The business events industry has a rich legacy of stepping up and coming together to do good when disasters strike. This is another way of demonstrating how business events can be a catalyst for economic and social transformation.”

Three years ago, the PCMA Foundation created the Industry Relief Fund to unify the business events community to aid of members of the industry who were suffering from disasters wherever they may be.

In addition to direct financial support through the Industry Relief Fund, PCMA will also collaborate with leaders in the affected communities to provide messaging support through PCMA’s global networks and channels.

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SACEOS Celebrates 40 Years of MICE Growth and Innovation

By | 2020

The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) is now in its 40th year.   Since its inception in 1979, SACEOS has established itself as an active voice of the meetings and events industry in Singapore, providing a platform for innovation and has become a key player within the region’s events industry.

“I believe this sector will advance faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. New technologies are enabling greater efficiency and more collaborative operating models. They are also re-shaping the marketplace. New entrants such as start-ups or the industry’s own customers and suppliers, are also shaking up the sector to allow new applications, create new interactions, and empower people even more,” said Alousius Arlando, president of SACEOS.

Now home to more than 5,000 Asia Pacific headquarters of SME and global MNC companies, SACEOS has aided in boosting the expansion of the regional market over the past four decades. It has facilitated and solidified regional and global partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices while advocating for advancement and a better business economy for Singapore.

At Singapore’s EXPO & MAX Atria where a dinner celebration was held to mark the 40th anniversary, a new logo of SACEOS was unveiled of a brand new visual identity that represents the growth and transformation of SACEOS.

“Its smarter visual identity is a hallmark for the next phase of our growth. The improved logo has evolved by enhancing the colour and font while still retaining a distinct reference to our former branding and origins,” the association’s president commented.

This year, Singapore will be hosting some of the biggest business events in the region from the Singapore FinTech Festival, Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology, Singapore Media Festival, Food and Hotel Asia to the Singapore Air Show



Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara Hosts a Press Luncheon

By | 2017, Press Room

A welcome addition to luxury hotels in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the Sofitel brand of the French multinational hotel group Accor. The first in the city, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara opened its doors in August.

Recently representatives of the media were invited by the management team of its Asia Pacific office, to lunch at the hotel’s fine dining Chinese restaurant the Wan Chun Ting and experience the restaurant’s specialty of Cantonese cuisine.
The 312-room hotel is about 15 minutes from the city centre and has chosen to locate itself in an affluent area of Kuala Lumpur that is, the Damansara Heights. This allows the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara to have the distinctive feature of being in a suburban surrounding apart from other up market hotels in Kuala Lumpur which are concentrated mainly in the commercial city centre.

While the décor of the hotel reflects the local Malaysian culture with a French touch; prominent among which is the use of the Wau Bulan motif, one of the country’s national symbol – an intricately designed moon kite traditionally flown by men in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. The hotel’s banquet room is aptly named the Wau Bulan Ballroom and can accommodate 600 for a reception.

Seated are Steffany Boak (left), Director of Sales & Distribution, Pugeneswary Mudukasan (right), Marketing & Communication Manager, both from Sofitel Hotels & Resorts. Standing are Julia Douglas (centre), Managing Editor of MICE in Asia and Winkie Loh (right), Journalist.

Agnes Tan (left), Regional Director, Digital Marketing, Loyalty & Partnership, Accor Hotels, Julia Douglas (centre), Gaynor Reid, Vice President Communications & CSR Asia Pacific and Karen Chang, Communications Manager Asia Pacific, both from Accor Hotels.

Braised Treasure of Vegetables with Chicken Sauce.

Steamed Grouper with Garlic and Onion Sauce.

International Media Familiarisation Tour of Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung

By | 2017, Press Room

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in June, hosted media representatives from Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore who were invited, to experience first-hand new tourism products, MICE facilities and destinations in key cities of the country beginning from the capital city Taipei to Kaohsiung and Taichung. Highlight of the trip was, to witness the official opening of the 27th Taiwan International Food Show 2017 (Food Taipei) and visit the expo at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.

In Kaohsiung, members of the media had the opportunity to visit the first British Consulate office established in Taiwan at Takow in 1879, is now a historical museum open to the public. The Kaohsiung city government began restoring the building of the consulate office in 1985. It is now considered to be a cultural heritage site and a popular tourist attraction.

While in Taichung, the media was introduced to the city’s newest MICE venue, the National Taichung Theater designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito in collaboration with Cecil Balmond. The free-form structure has become the latest landmark in Taiwan. It houses three theatres of various capacities within its organically sloping halls: the Tutu gallery is shaped like a ballerina’s tutu is suitable for all types of exhibition; Playhouse is a multi-faceted space that accommodates 796 seats including 20 seats for the physically challenged; and Black Box has 200 seats which is linked to the outdoor theatre. The total estimated area of the structure is about 57,685 square metres sculpted into an irregular form that resembles a coral reef.

The fam tour itinerary includes meeting with professional exhibition organiser of Food Taipei, a visit to the Taipei World Trade Center and  Kaohsiung Exihibition Center.

New Tourism Product – Sightseeing in Taipei on board a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

Historial Site of the First British Consulate Office in Taiwan at Takow

National Taichung Theater – Taiwan’s Cultural Landmark

Media Representatives from Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore

The editorial board would like to thank TAITRA for once again inviting MICE in Asia for the familiarisation tour of Taiwan.

Taking Advantage of Technological Revolution and the Future of Tourism in Malaysia and ASEAN Discussed at 2017 Tourism Summit

By | 2017, Press Room

Organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), Malaysia’s independent, private and not for profit think tank, the purpose of the Summit was: to provide industry updates; expert insights; and practical knowledge on tourism. As well as, a platform for networking, sharing and forming strategic partnerships amongst thought leaders, business owners and senior executives of public and privates enterprises in tourism and supporting activities.

The one day event entitled ‘Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Digital Era’ was held on Thursday, August 10 at the Sunway Lagoon Resort & Spa in Kuala Lumpur, and had a full turn-out of participants.

Among the speakers included Dato Chong Yoke Har, Deputy Director General (Planning) of Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Professor Dr J.S. Perry Hobson , Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University in Malaysia, Professor Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee, Professor at Taylor’s University in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Dato Yean Yoke Heng, Deputy Secretary General (Management) of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Edwin Raj, Senior Vice President Business Development of GOASEAN, Dr Tan Awang Besar the Undersecretary of Tourism Policy and International Affairs Division of Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks, Technical Adviser (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Environment Sabah, Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director of Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners, Phua Tai Neng, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents and Granda Anak Aing, Vice Chairman, Malaysian Tropical Environment Adventure and Fellowship Society.