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The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre appoints first director of strategic projects

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has announced the appointment of its first director of strategic projects, Haryati Md Haidar (pictured), an experienced programme and project management professional. In this role, Haryati will be responsible for establishing the structure and framework for the Centre’s strategic projects and organisational change management, while streamlining, facilitating and ...

X-Change Malaysia set to recharge business travel

The second edition of X-Change Malaysia, themed this year as ‘Recharging Business Travel’, will take place virtually on 26 January 2022. The event will feature around 20 guest industry experts in business tourism. The keynote address will be presented by the CEO of the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, YBhg Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud. The event, curated by Ab & Artho, is designed to s...

Malaysia set to host Coloproctology and Stoma Care Conference in 2025

The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has announced the successful bids of the Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons (MSCRS) to host the 20th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology and 14th Asian Society of Stoma Rehabilitation Congress in March 2025. The state of Sabah has been chosen as the destination for these congresses. Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO of MyC...

GainingEdge partners with Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co to market CNCC-II

Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd., the investor and developer of the China National Convention Centre (Phase Two) complex project, (CNCC-II), has agreed a strategic co-operation deal with international specialist consultancy GainingEdge. GainingEdge will be responsible for the pre-opening operation and marketing of the convention centre up until 2025. CNCC-II is loc...

Sarawak reports business events made US$87m in economic impact for the state in 2021

Business Events Sarawak’s (BESarawak) latest performance report noted that the Malaysian state had secured 109 business events with an estimated RM365m (US$87m) in total economic impact from 2020 to 2021. The report declared this created RM21.4m in tax revenue and approximately 28,289 new job opportunities. BESarawak announced that the destination has secured at least 43,471 delegates over a total...

Singapore allows work-related events for up to 1,000

Companies in Singapore can hold larger work-related events provided they notify the authorities. A relaxation of the restriction cap from 51 to 1,000 people, was published by the Ministry of Manpower in the New Year. The new ruling is subject to conditions, namely: The event is mask-on only. In particular, there must be no consumption of meals or beverages. Participants are predominantly static (s...

Korea appoints new Honorary Ambassador for MICE tourism

The director general of Korea’s International Vaccine Institute (IVI) has been named Honorary Ambassador for Korea’s MICE Tourism. Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (minister Hwang Hee) and Korea Tourism Organisation (president Ahn Young-bae) made the appointment and director general Jerome H. Kim will take up the role. Headquartered in Seoul, the IVI is a non-profit international or...

Travel Safe Alliance Malaysia expands partnership to attract travellers

Travel Safe Alliance Malaysia (TSAM) has joined forces with the Penang State EXCO Office for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) in an effort to raise travel market confidence in Penang state. TSAM was launched in October 2021 and comprises four major players in Malaysia’s tourism, business events and airline industry, namely the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and ...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre closes 2021 on positive note

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Malaysia, closes 2021 on a positive note, announcing that it hosted over 300 national and regional business events at the venue during the year. Sixty percent of these event were hosted in the last quarter of the year following the reopening of the industry in Malaysia in October. In total, 94% were small and large meetings and functions, 3% exhibitions a...

Incentives return to Malaysia

The Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi, in Malaysia, welcomed 60 participants from Forward Realty Sdn. Bhd., a real estate agency in Malaysia, for its incentive trip, 8-10 November 2021. This is the first incentive group supported under Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s ‘Meet in Malaysia Campaign’ after the interstate travel restrictions were lifted. Forward Realty Sdn. Bhd’s incentives for ...

BE @ Penang 2021 leads Malaysia’s event industry re-opening

As Malaysia opens up domestic tourism and interstate travel, Penang continues to be the first state to push through with its first hybrid business events conference, BE @ Penang 2021. Co-organised by the Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) and Anderes Fourdy Events, a Malaysian conference organiser, the 6th edition of the conference will be held 9–10 December at the Setia SPICE Conventi...

Hong Kong hosts the 18th World Congress of Chinese Medicine

The 18th World Congress of Chinese Medicine (WCCM) was held for the first time at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 4 December 2021. The hybrid event attracted more than 2,000 academics and experts, and generated over 3.8m views from over 60 countries and regions. As physical gatherings resumed for the first time since the pandemic started, WCCM provided a platform for participants t...