Asia

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...

JW Marriott to remove single use plastic in Macau

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton Macau have announced plans to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from the properties. The latest initiative is part of a process that has seen Marriott International set itself a goal of removing plastic straws from over 6,500 properties by July 2019. Rauf Malik, Vice-President of Operations at JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Car...

Maktoum bin Mohammed attends 5th World Green Economy Summit 2018 in Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai attended the inauguration ceremony of the fifth World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre under the theme ‘Driving innovation, leading change’. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and ...

Saudi conference generates $34bn in deals despite Khashoggi pull-outs

Around 40 key withdrawals by speakers and delegates for Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative conference, 23-25 October, (also known as ‘Davos in the desert’) did not stop the Saudis heralding the event as a facilitator for deals worth US$34bn. Outcry over the death on 2 October of Jamal Kashoggi, who is believed to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, resulted in many high pro...

Join the yacht set in The Peninsula, HK

The Peninsula Hong Kong is introducing a yacht for its guests’ use and claims to be the first luxury hotel in Hong Kong to offer a trinity of deluxe transportation options, complementing the existing fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms and a customised helicopter. The Sunseeker Manhattan 60 is a 19m cruiser that can welcome up to 15 passengers for a two-hour evening cruise featuring the ‘Symphony of Lig...

Emerging Payments Association launches Asian chapter at SIBOS Sydney

The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), founded in the UK back in 2004, has used the platform of the SIBOS event in Sydney (22-25 October) to launch its Asian chapter, EPA Asia. The EPA, which has 130 corporate members in Europe and Africa, is working to strengthen and expand the payments industry through connecting the ecosystem, encouraging innovation and profitable business growth. The ribbon ...

MITEC’s key economic development role recognised at industry awards

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) was honoured with the Special Recognition Award for Best Strategic Public-Private Partnership at the MACEOS Business Events Excellence Awards 2018. MITEC won the recognition for its contribution to developing key economic sectors in Malaysia. MITEC’s success has been a game changer for the nation’s business events industry and its CE...

Vietnam and Morocco surge in popularity for MICE bookings

Vietnam and Morocco are fast becoming the new ‘in’ destinations for MICE group charter bookings according to Air Partner, the global aviation specialist. Worldwide bookings through Air Partner for large scale meetings, conferences, incentive travel and exhibitions in Vietnam and Morocco have soared by 70% during the past year alone, marking a massive increase in interest in the two countries. Air ...

Sarawak running agri-fam trip to promote agriculture growth

Sarawak Convention Bureau is set to spur the Malaysian state’s agriculture sector growth with plans to leverage Business Events through its new platform feeding in to government ministries and agencies – the BESarawak Alliance (BESA). One of BESA’s first initiatives is an agriculture-based familiarisation trip (Agri-Fam) taking place in conjunction with the inaugural Sarawak AgroFest 2018, 20–28 O...

MITEC signs exclusive international partnership with GICEC

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) and Guangdong Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center (GICEC) in China have sealed an exclusive collaborative partnership. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was recently signed between MITEC and GICEC marks an official partnership that is expected to increase cooperation and foster greater ties between two tr...

Khashoggi journalist disappearance scares away Saudi conference attendees

US finance experts have pulled out of an investment conference due to be held in Saudi Arabia, citing the outcry over the alleged disappearance and murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Future Investment Initiative (FII) had been nicknamed ‘The Davos of the Desert’ and billionaires Steve Schwarzman (Blackstone) and Larry Fink (Blackrock) are the latest names to distance themselves from the conference. It...

IBTM Arabia to return to Jumeirah Etihad Towers for 2019 edition

The 2019 edition of IBTM Arabia, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions’ IBTM global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows, will take place at Dubai’s Jumeirah Etihad Towers, 25-27 March. The event is now based on a one-to-one pod format which mutually-matches Hosted Buyers and exhibitors using IBTM’s bespoke ‘matchmaking’ software. IBTM Arabia is run in partnership with the Abu Dha...