Formation of a Union of Asian MICE Media Owners-Asia Events Media Union(AEMU)

By | 2008, Press Room

With the aim of establishing cooperation and exchange of information among MICE media professionals in Asia, Zhu Liwen of Events Fortune China invited media owners from India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand to Shanghai to establish the Asia Events Media Union (AEMU).

Media owners from Asia that were inaugurated to the Union on March 27 were MICE in Asia (Malaysia), TTG (Singapore), Convention News (Korea Convention Association) and Event & Convention magazine from Japan. Members will meet twice a year in a city in Asia, while the head office will remain in Shanghai. The President of the Union will be from China with the Vice-President elected from any Asian country

The Asia Exhibition Media Union (AEMU) is a non-government organisation, and its main objective is to advance the rapid development of the conference and exhibition industry in Asia. Membership is open to all media owners in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibition industry. AEMU will also devote itself to promote communication, co-operation and the development of the conference and exhibition industry among countries in Asia and the Asia Pacific Region.

MICE in Asia Announces the Appointment of an International Editor

By | 2008, Press Room

The Editorial Board of MICE in Asia has appointed Mr Manik Mehta as International Editor of the magazine. Mehta who is a writer based in New York, has extensive experience in meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. He has written on MICE for a number of magazines in Europe and the Middle East.

In joining MICE in Asia, Mehta will cover the MICE market in Europe and the Middle East. He regularly visits Travel and MICE exhibitions worldwide and is well known among professionals in the industry.

His contribution to the magazine through his wealth of experience in the industry will help keep readers of MICE in Asia up-to-date with the latest issues and happenings in MICE.

MICE in Asia Establishes Business Contact with MICE India

By | 2008, Press Room

Julia Douglas, Managing Editor of MICE in Asia was in New Delhi, India for a four day visit to meet MICE professionals in the Indian capital. Her stay from January 30 until February 2 was hosted by Creative Travel, who is the guru of destination management in India.

She had business discussions with Rajeev Kohli, vice-chairman of India Convention Promotion Bureau, as well as meetings with Meena Bhatia, Resident Manager of Le Meridien and inspected the meetings and convention rooms of the hotel with the Director of marketing & communications, Akhil Mathur.

She later had a briefing on the Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces property by Paroma Dutt Mehra, the Public Relations Manager and Kamini Sharma, Sales Manager of conferences & incentives. This was followed with a tour of the Taj Palaces’ luxury rooms and convention centre.

On her second day in New Delhi, the Managing Editor visited Habitat Centre managed by Old World Hospitality which is one of India’s largest convention centre. Situated right in the heart of Delhi, the Habitat Centre is spread on nine acres of landscaped garden with extensive meetings facilities. The Centre was designed as a physical environment in complete harmony with the housing and offices surrounding the area.

Later a visit to the newly opened exhibition centre in Gurgaon. The Epicentre is the latest venue for visual and performing arts, as well as a convention destination. It is located at Apparel House, the contemporary headquarters of the AEPC (Apparel Export Promotion Council) and managed by Old World Hospitality.

While in Delhi too the Managing Editor took the opportunity to meet Shekhar Grover an academician who specialises on MICE. He has also written a book on his experiences in this industry entitled ‘The Eight Nights MICE Kept Me Awake’. Grover was also the founder and former editor and CEO of MICE India.

MICE in Asia in Media Partnership with Naseba’s MICE Asia Congress 2008

By | 2008, Press Room

This year the annual MICE Asia Congress will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 14 until 15. In conjunction with this event, which is the fourth organised by Naseba, MICE in Asia has been made the media partner. MICE Asia Congress is a professional gathering of Asian corporate buyers and global solution providers.

Over the years, the event has become a platform for corporate buyers to meet privately on a one-to-one basis. The event brings together professionals in the MICE industry specially selected through scheduled and pre-event questionnaires.

Established in 2002, Naseba produces business meetings focused on re-education, networking and most importantly increasing deal making opportunities for executive clients. It has offices located in eight cities around the world and employs 200 executives from more than 30 nationalities.

MICE in Asia Made Media Partner of Moscow International MICE Forum

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In a survey conducted after the 2007 Moscow International MICE Forum, MICE business in Russia is set to increase by 200 per cent this year. The busiest time is from Aprilto October with 68 per cent of events taking place within this period. The peak month is in February.

The largest sector of the industry is conferences with more than 29 per cent, incentive tours 16 per cent and seminars
abroad 11 per cent. The MICE market in Russia is expanding fast and the survey indicated a growing interest amongst Russian business of arranging meetings abroad and attending international conferences.

This year, the Moscow International MICE Forum will be held on March 18 at the T Modul Exhibition Centre in Moscow. Specialists looking for MICE business in Russia can expect to meet selected Russian corporate buyers, leading Russian MICE specialists, travel companies specialising in corporate and business travel and several business leaders.

The Forum today has established itself as a leading MICE event in Russia with interests from all over the world. The popularity of this event has grown over the years and this marks its fourth year. It has created a unique environment where there is opportunity for new businesses, contracts and the chance to interact with some high level professionals
in the conventions and exhibition industry in Russia.

It is expected that besides participants from Russian speaking countries, buyers and suppliers from Western Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia will also attend the one day event.

Facts on Russia

Russia is a land of more than 17 million square kilometers which covers much of Northern Asia and some Western Europe.
The country is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean.
It has the largest river in Europe which is the Volga.
The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest lake.
The world’s deepest freshwater lake, the Baikal.
Europe’s highest peak, the Mount Elbrus.

Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Hosted MICE in Asia

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Recently Julia Douglas, the managing editor of MICE in Asia was invited by Shangri-La Rasa Sayang’s director of communications, Mr Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman to stay for four nights to experience the hospitality and personalised service of the newly renovated resort.

The resort reopened last year after 21 months of undergoing redevelopment at a cost USD30 million. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is situated exclusively on a private land of 30 acres of lush greenery and beachfront at Penang’s Batu Feringgi.

Rasa Sayang is Shangri-La’s first property in Malaysia to incorporate among its facilities and services, Chi The Spa which was developed as part of the of the Shangri-La brand. Chi The Spa at Shangri-La in Penang was inspired by the ancient healing therapies from the Himalayas. The resort has several private spa villas complete with bathing and herbal steam facilities. There is also a yoga pavillion overlooking water pond sand gardens, a swimming pool and treatment villas, each with its own gardens and facilities.

The extensive and meticulous remodeling of the resort included the complete renovation of its meetings and conference rooms. Today, the resort can easily accommodate a banquet of 300 people in its Pelangi Ballroom with 14 other meeting and functions rooms interlinked to the ballroom and one another. All conference and functions rooms feature state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, including satellite teleconferencing facilities, wired and wireless broadband internet, electronic projectors, simultaneous microphone and PA systems, remote control screens and built-in sound systems.

Within the property, there are three swimming pools, a par-3 executive golf course and floodlit tennis courts. There is also a water sports centre offering a number of activities like water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing. Indoors, the health club has a full range of state-of-the-art equipment, a hydro-pool, sauna and steam room, as well as daily morning tai chi classes.

There are several international flights that connect directly to the international airport of Penang. The island of Penang is joined to the mainland by the Penang Bridge which is one of the world’s longest bridges. Alternatively, a ferry service from the mainland takes 20 minutes to ride across.