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India daily hotel occupancy drops to 11%

As Covid-19 concerns and restrictions have intensified in India, the country’s daily hotel occupancy dropped to 11% during the period 23-29 March, according to preliminary data from hospitality research analysts STR. “India remained resilient in February – in comparison with other APAC markets that were more deeply affected – thanks largely to robust domestic demand coupled with the lo...

Yokohama galvanises to land 12th APGGC conference 2022

The Japanese city of Yokohama has won its bid to host the 12th Asia Pacific General Galvanising Conference (APGGC) in 2022. The APGGC will be held in Yokohama 29 May-2 June 2022 and is expected to attract 350 participants from around the world. It will be the second time for Japan to host the conference, the last time being in 1994. The conference will be held under the concept of ‘For a Sustainab...

Singapore extends SG Clean quality mark

Government agency Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) are targeting the tourism, food and retail sectors to come on board the SG Clean campaign.

AIPC to turn Annual Conference into broader Covid-19 industry Forum

International venue association AIPC issued the following statement, 19 March, relating to the Covid-19 crisis and the association’s 2020 Annual Conference:

Visit Malaysia cancelled as country goes into lockdown

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has announced the cancellation of its Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign.

Japanese children hold virtual Minecraft school graduation

Coronavirus quarantine did not stop primary school children from Nagano in Japan celebrating their graduation. Their answer? They built a virtual graduation ceremony - on Minecraft!

Malaysia reschedules events programme for the summer

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has released a comprehensive list of all its events, and whether they are cancelled or postponed.

KLCC goes digital to ensure major conference can still run

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) hosted a key conference from Canada under altered circumstances, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Penang Bureau advises all business events in Malaysia postpone

Ashwin Gunasekeran, CEO of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau, has advised all organisers in Malaysia to postpone their events.

Malaysia reports 155 business events secured for next six years

Malaysia’s national Convention and Exhibition Bureau MyCEB has reported securing 155 business events (BE) for the next six years from 2020 to 2026.

ICCA signs MOU to provide training programmes in China

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

Olympics could be pushed back as test event called off in Japan

With coronavirus wreaking havoc on some global sporting events, Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto (pictured), has not ruled out postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics until later in the year.