Asia

Medical events deliver RM38.7 million from Malaysia’s KLCC in 2018

It was a strong year for medical conferences at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) in 2018, with seven high-profile events attracting over 7,300 participants and delivering RM38.7 million in economic impact to Malaysia. These included theCongress of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) 2018; World Congress of World Society of Intravenous Anaesthesia Onlus-Target Control...

Malaysia inducts new ‘Kesatrias’ to boost business events

Three new conference ambassadors have been inducted under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) Kesatria Malaysia Programme. The appointments were announced during the 7th Kesatria Gala Dinner at Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur, 6 December. Known as ‘Kesatrias’, these conference ambassadors play a vital role in spreading the word of Malaysia’s potential as an Asian business events hub...

Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong introduces Mood Room

Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong has introduced 3D projection mapping technology which can turn its Grand Ballroom into a ‘Mood Room’. The new project is intended to wow event audiences by using 10 extra bright Epson projectors and the latest technology and special effects to create a new level of imaginative ambience for international events and entertainment. The Grand Ballroom features a built-in ...

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre sets new standards for catering

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has announced a number of new appointments to its 330-strong catering team, which has served over 2.4 million patrons over the past year. After the appointment of Mr Paul Jeffrey Chandler as Director – Food & Beverage early 2017, HML added new positions and restructured the Division. Mr Richie Li joined HML as Assistant Director – Food &am...

11 European-based international association events make RM50m splash in Malaysia

Eleven European-based international association events delivered almost RM50m (US$11.9m) in economic impact to Malaysia in 2018. The events attracted 11,960 delegates and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), Malaysia’s purpose-built AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue. The association events were among the Centre’s 1,189 held during...

Seoul MICE Week helps build local Alliance

Business events professionals gathered in Korea at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas this week for the Seoul MICE Forum. The main feature of Seoul MICE Week, the forum, 22 November, offered briefing sessions on available support for domestic associations and academic societies, the annual meeting for members of the Seoul MICE Alliance, a public-private partnership between the city of Seoul a...

AIME opens the appointment book early

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has launched its meetings software for the 2019 event, and is set up to deliver and match 32 pre-scheduled appointments (PSAs) between each buyer and exhibitors. The appointment book is open earlier than before and powered by a bespoke algorithm designed for AIME in partnership with Centium Software. The preferences of buyers will be matched with t...

Is China’s $25m PNG conference centre investment a political power play?

China’s investment in convention facilities in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, is being portrayed by Western media as part of a political power play in the Pacific. PNG is plagued by poverty, corruption and violence, but China, nevertheless, invested US$25.6m in a convention centre in Port Moresby. The centre is now hosting the two-day annual Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) Su...

Singapore hosts key ASEAN political summit

The heads of state from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are currently gathered in Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN summit. The summit runs from 11-15 November, and will see influential leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in attendance. The collective population of these countri...

ADNEC now a Hive for creative conferencing in Abu Dhabi

A new meeting space concept has been launched in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in what management says is in direct response to the rapidly changing demands of event organisers and business events visitors. The multi-functional space will go live by the end of the year and aims to combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. Unlike traditional meeting rooms, The H...

SingEx Venues wins management contract extension at Singapore EXPO for 10 more years

SingEx Venues, the management company operating Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre and its convention wing, MAX Atria, since 1999, has won the tender to continue operating the venue for up to 10 years, starting from January 2019. Singapore EXPO is Singapore’s largest MICE venue. SingEx Venues’ tender bid stressed the company’s experience and expertise and its intimate knowledge of tod...

Record attendance as 85th UFI Congress kicks off in St Petersburg

Over 450 global event professional representing UFI members in more than 54 countries have gather in St Petersburg, Russia, for the association’s global congress, taking place from 31 October to 3 November. The event kicked off with the 2018 UFI General Assembly, chaired by 2018 president Corrado Peraboni of Fiera Milano. Peraboni commented: ““It has been a busy year serving the growing global com...