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Marriott International brings a cultural infusion to transform meetings in Malaysia

Planners looking to embed some authentic local Malaysian culture into their meetings room DNA will be interested to hear of a new launch product: ‘MY Meetings by Marriott International’. The global hotel chain says it is re-imagining the art of doing business, by introducing a range of inspiring meeting spaces in Malaysia which include facets of authentic local culture mixed with themed meeting pa...

Casablanca – open to the world

Stephanie Ackland tracks some of the fast changes helping turn Casablanca into a conference hub. [hr gap=”30″] Like many cities in Morocco, change in Casablanca is happening fast, with a booming business hub, new hotels, business parks, multi-use marina, public venues. The economic heart of Morocco clearly has ambitious plans. For business, congresses and events, Casablanca has many in...

Colombia’s economy is powering up events

Colombia’s national tourism board ProColombia shares its strategic approach to growing its events sector. [hr gap=”30″] Colombia, South America’s fourth largest economy, is moving ahead with growth according to the OECD. The country is projected to pick up to about 3%, as lower interest rates, stronger infrastructure spending, lower corporate taxes and higher oil prices all boost...

TIME for Thailand

CMW’s Richard John joins some key M&I planners for the twin centre delights of Bangkok and Koh Samui.   TIME – The Thailand Incentive and Meetings Exchange – recently brought planners from across the globe to experience what the country had to offer. It was a trip of extremes; from the frenetic stimulation of Bangkok, to the sensual relaxation of Koh Samui, just an hour’s flight away. The...

Miami MICE

It’s not just seaweed that has been on the rise in Miami this year, with visits and hotel occupation up, as well as room rates. CMW investigates. [hr gap=”30″] With 15.9m visitors in 2017, Greater Miami and the Beaches is one of the world’s most popular destinations. There may be an invasion of seaweed on the beaches in 2018 but The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bur...

All aboard for the Eurostar experiences

Ramy Salameh gets aboard a perfectly ‘MICE’ experience on Eurostar. The announcement that Eurostar has recently launched exclusive ‘on-board experiences’ is a realisation of an initiative that the train operator has been working towards for some time to create. In the last few years Eurostar has brought on track new and refurbished stock; introduced technology innovations, arranged bespoke events ...

Polishing Amsterdam’s pearl

Paul Colston meets the COO of RAI Amsterdam, Maurits Van de Sluis, who explains the venue’s new strategy, two years in the making. [hr gap=”30″] I met Maurits van der Sluis at RAI Amsterdam’s South Beach, just as the venue was hosting the AIDS2018 world congress. It was an event that showed off the full power of Holland’s flagship convention venue. However, as the chief operating offic...

Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal. [hr gap=”30″]   Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally...

Destination focus: meet in Torquay

CMW‘s Martin Fullard takes a trip to the English Riviera, and explores the area’s offering for meetings. [hr gap=”30″] Torquay is a classic example of British seaside town, and can be reached by train from London Paddington in little over three hours. The Grand Hotel has been a fixture on Torquay skyline since 1881, and offers fantastic views out over Torbay. The ground flo...

SHINee happy people – Korea’s new wave

Paul Colston attends the Korean MICE Expo (KME) 2018, and finds a new ‘Hallyu’ wave of enthusiasm for hosting international conferences. He also discovers a wealth of attractions for organisers keen to sample the ancient and modern delights of this Asian meetings powerhouse destination. [hr gap=”30″] The PyeongChang Winter Olympics is the most recent global event to offer a springboard...

Meetings nhow

Ramy Salameh goes to Milan and Berlin to check out funky lifestyle hotel brand, nhow. NH Hotel Group’s lifestyle brand ‘nhow’ has rapid expansion plans, with properties opening in Marseille, Santiago de Chile, London, Amsterdam, Lima and Frankfurt over the next four years. CMW went to nhow Milan & Berlin to experience the concept and see why the brand is proving popular for planners. “Disrupti...

Las Vegas: Times they are a-changin’

Simon George immerses himself in the glitz of Las Vegas and says change is a gamble probably worth taking for the city’s MICE industry. The self-proclaimed ‘entertainment’ (and some would add ‘events’) capital of the world is in a state of constant flux. As Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) acknowledges, key to the city’s success is the ability to reinvent itself. Change is the o...