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2015

Indulge in Ti Chen’s Tantalising Specials at The Saujana

By | 2015, Press Room

The restaurant specialises in Chinese Malaysian cuisine with a Cantones twist.  Located at the Saujana Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the outlet is currently offering diners a special set menu: Weekday Special Set Menu; Weekday Set Lunch; Quick Weekday Dim Sum Set Lunch; and Daily Dim Sum Special.

MICE in Asia’s managing editor and photo journalist together with other members of the media, had the opportunity to sample the restaurant’s special seven-course menu prepared by its executive Chinese chef, Sam Lu. The evening’s sumptious dinner showcased:

Beijing Duck with Taiwanese Sandwich
Hot and Spicy Szechuan Soup with Seafood
Sweet and Sour White Tuna Fish on Ice
Deep Fried Bonless Chicken with Oatmeal and Thai Mayo Sauce
Stir Fried Hong Kong Kai Lan with Crispy Enoki Mushroom
Osmanthus Sweet Olive Lemongrass Jelly

Julia Douglas, Managing Editor of MICE in Asia with Ti Chen’s Executive Chinese Chef, Sam Lu.

To make a reservation at Ti Chen, please go to www.shr.my or email dine@thesaujana.com

Asian Youth Pitch their Novel Event and City as the Best in the Region

By | 2015, Press Room

For the first time 17 university student teams from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand will gather at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 12 to pitch their idea of a novel event, and why their city, should be the ideal international platform for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions.

They will be participating in the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge 2015, which is organised by the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA). The federation represents the MICE industry in Asia with 28 MICE association members and 98 corporate members in 17 cities.

“The debut of AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge 2015, is an international challenge for all students majoring in MICE or business events, business management, hospitality and tourism related fields. We aim to provide an international platform for students in Asia, to develop their creativity and present fresh and unique ideas for the MICE industry,” said Walter Yeh, the President of AFECA.

They will have only six minutes to present and showcase their novel MICE event to the panel of judges. The champion team will receive USD 3,000, a champion trophy and certificates awarded to all the winning team members.

ASEAN Economic Community and Expo (AEC + Expo) Warming Up to Kuala Lumpur

By | 2015, Press Room

The countdown for the two events co-hosted by the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA) and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS), is now on. The AEC+ EXPO joins 150 or more exhibitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, China and other Asian regions to promote the best each nation has to offer during this three-day event beginning from November 11 to 13 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Walter Yeh, President of AFECA said, “This endeavour goes a long way toward establishing AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) which is based on robust regional development, with the ASEAN region composing the 7th largest economic region with 10 percent of the world’s population.”

AFECA he further stated, will do its part, to enhance the emerging AEC community by playing its role as the exclusive MICE association for Asia to exhibit at EXPO.

This November’s events will also include the AFECA Awards, AFECA Forum and the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge to commemorate AFECA’s 10th anniversary that aims to inspire young MICE professionals by showcasing their achievements.

Left to Right: Dato’ Vincent Lim, President of MACEOS, Zulkefli Hj Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB and Walter Yeh, President of AFECA at the press conference of the AEC + Expo to be held in Kuala Lumpur.

For more information on the AEC+ EXPO, please visit www.afecaaecepo.com or contact Patty Lin, the Taipei Liaison Officer at afeca@taitra.org.tw

TCEB Presented its Global Brand Campaign for Next Year at IT&CMA and CTW Asia Pacific 2015

By | 2015, Press Room

During the opening ceremony of the show, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, president of Thailand Convention Exhibition Bureau presented the bureau’s global branding campaign for 2016 that is: Thailand CONNECT – Our Heart, Your World which showcases the country as Asia’s top business events destination.

Meanwhile the IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2015 confirmed that the number of international destinations, convention visitor bureaus and corporate companies choosing to leverage on the event’s multi-engagement platforms, was at a record high. It also included sponsorship programmes of networking functions, media briefings and education tracks.

The 2015 edition saw a growth of 14 percent in exhibitor participation, with sponsorship engagements increased by more than 40 percent over 2014.

Once again the IT&CMA & CTW featured one of the largest collections of convention visitor bureaus. The international presence was witnessed by the entrance of new European, Middle Eastern and North Asian bureaus from Berlin, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, Dubai and Jeju. Returning destinations were from Switzerland, Philippines, Macau and India, who made a statement with a bigger showing this year.

They were also joined by all the leading Asian MICE destinations including Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Sabah and Thailand. This consolidated IT&CMA CTW’s position as the must-attend MICE-focused event in Asia.

2015 Asia Super Team in Taiwan was a Success

By | 2015, Press Room

This year saw multi-national corporations from Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand participated in several exciting activities in Taiwan for three days, to showcase their creativity, execution and presentation skill. The campaign consisted of two phases of contest: the online proposal submission and offline tour of Taiwan.

Day 1: Contestants travelled from Taipei to Tainan. There they visited the Jing Liao farm village for a session on painting of bamboo hats, group challenge on making a scarecrow and lunch of local cuisine prepared by the villagers.
This was followed by a competition to shuck as much oysters at the Budai Zhounan Salt Field. Later, the contestants had to compete in harvesting salt from the water pond at the field.

Day 2: From Tainan, the whole team then moved to Chiayi. The contestants were given a briefing on the social responsibility work undertaken by the Maple Community such as making eco-friendly soap from recycled cooking oil. After which each group were tasked with making the soap.

They then headed for the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park. Here the team witnessed a Taiwanese opera performance. Their challenge was to stage an opera and garner points from the audience and judges.

Day 3: Points were giving for every step of the way, with each competition carrying weight for the final presentation at the Taiwan International Convention Center. At the TICC, each team is given the opportunity to present the services of their business accompanied by a skit. The contestants were also quizzed on Taiwan as top-of-the-mind destination for incentive travel.

On the overall, the team from Australia emerged as the champion, who faced stiff competition from the other countries. They received an incentive package to Taiwan worth USD 50,000 (for up to 20 people), and MEET TAIWAN will donate USD 5,000 to the winner’s designated non-profit organisation.
The Taipei Asia Super Team is a contest for businesses in Asia designed to promote Taiwan, was first launched by MEET TAIWAN in 2014.

Asia Super Team 2015

Day 3 and Final of 2015 Asia Super Team in Taiwan – Australia Emerged as the Champion

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Day 3 in Taichung

Making of Eco Friendly Soap at the Maple Community Center

Taiwanese Opera Performance Challenge at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park

Day 4 in Taipei for the Final of the 2015 Asia Super Team

The Asia Super Team from Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand, took to the stage at the Taiwan International Convention Center, and showcased the cultural background of their country; as well as information on the services of their businesses. They were also quized on Taiwan as the top-of-the-mind destination for incentive by celebrity Janet Hseih, who hosted the final competition ceremony.

Team Australia emerged as the champion for the 2015 Asia Super Team (https://medium.com/raw-startupism/aftr-super-team-aftr-wins-asia-super-team-competition-2657a891af1a#.70viekaov).

IT&CMA 2015 Returns at Bangkok Convention Centre

By | 2015, Press Room

This year’s edition from September 29 to October 1, is expected to bring together more than 2,500 Asia-Pacific and international delegates. The event is once again co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific, a leading corporate travel management conference for the Asia-Pacific.

Close to 100 of the top corporate travel buyers in the region are expected at the upcoming 2015 event. As usual the show validates and handpick applicants from diverse industries across the region. Successful delegates hosted comprise of key decision makers within their organisation.

For more information, log on to www.itcma.com

Weekend Brunch at Kogetsu of The Saujana Hotel

By | 2015, Press Room

Kogetsu which means reflection of the moon on the water is a restaurant designed in the style of a traditional ryokan – built on stilts with a view of a lake and surrounded by gardens – features a teppanyaki room, sushi counter and three tatami rooms for private dining.

On the menu are a variety of fresh sushi and thick cuts of shashimi, succulent seafood, assorted tempura, speciality rolls, teppanyaki, grilled meats, as well as broth, rice and noodle dishes. You can then end your meal with a selection of deserts. All these prepared by the culinary team of resident Chef Taketoshi Minami who himself, has 20 years of experience in the hotel industry creating dishes that reflect the traditional elegance of Japanese cuisine.

The all-you-can-eat brunch at RM145 per person is on every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm. For reservations, you can email dine@thesaujana.com . Take note: If you bring kids below 12 years, they can eat for free, but limited to two per single receipt.

Saujana Hotel is Ready to Accommodate Events, Meetings and Conventions of Every Size

By | 2015, Press Room

The property has undergone an extensive refurbishment to a tune of RM100 million, which was completed in July this year. Recently the hotel was relaunched to introduce its fresh new look. This also saw the Saujana reinventing itself as an urban resort with city convenience. Now, the Saujana is set to take a big slice of the Asia Pacific region’s MICE market with its considerable portfolio of venue and meeting spaces on offer.

“We are targeting meeting planners and incentive houses from the Asia Pacific region, as more than 70 per cent of Malaysia’s international tourist arrivals are from this region,” said Peter J Hourigan, Saujana Hotels & Resorts general manager and vice president of operations. Also to suit the different needs of organisers, the hotel he mentioned, has a ballroom that can fit up to 700 people in theatre seating and 15 meeting rooms of varying configurations.

Previously according to the general manager, 65 to 80 percent of the property’s business mix was largely on corporate meetings, but the hotel wants to grow its incentive segment. It has the space for outdoor theme building activities, as the resort sits on 160 hectares of tropical gardens, and has added six meeting spaces to the current 10 function rooms. There are also seven different concept restaurants which make it ideal for in-house guests to experience something new every day.

Located just outside of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, the hotel has a strong ambiance of being in an urban resort sitting in the heart of Shah Alam district. In terms of accessibility, the resort is a mere 35 minutes drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and five minutes drive to the Subang Skypark, an aviation hub with a private aircraft facility.

Team building activities on the gardens of Saujana

An urban resort with city convenience.