Asia

Osaka hosts government-backed Mice Safety EXPO as it prepares to reopen industry

The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau recently staged the Osaka MICE Safety EXPO in Japan, an exhibition presenting new ideas for safe MICE events. The event welcomed 4,000 visitors and 144 exhibitors to INTEX Osaka. It showcased the latest methods and products for disease control and safe event management, as Japan begins to tentatively reopen its MICE industry. The event was supported by Osa...

ISSA and Informa Markets looking to clean up with strategic partnership in India

The ISSA (worldwide cleaning industry association) Conference India will go ahead 21-22 October 2021 in Mumbai. The event, to be hosted at the Westin Mumbai Garden City, will be organised in partnership with Informa Markets and will include eight educational conference sessions. “ISSA is very happy to further expand our strong global partnership with Informa Markets by offering the ISSA India Conf...

SportAccord summit moves from May to November, but stays in Ekaterinburg

New dates in Ekaterinburg, Russia, have been confirmed for the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2021. The influential global sports gathering will now take place 7-12 November 2021 at the IEC Ekaterinburg-Expo. The decision to push back the dates for the Summit from May to November was taken by the SportAccord executive committee. SportAccord is in close dialogue with its partners in ...

Visit Maldives launches its first virtual event management platform and targets Indian market

Visit Maldives has been ramping up the marketing effort of the south Asia archipelago, with an appearance at the Indian travel trade show SATTE and the launch of a new virtual event management platform, My Virtual Maldives. Features of the new platform include AI-powered matchmaking, smart lead generation, virtual booths, live video calls and 1-on-1 video meetings and a networking lounge. Each are...

Hong Kong proposes reanimation of air travel bubble proposal with Singapore

With Hong Kong still largely in the grip of a fourth wave of Covid-19, the air travel bubble mechanism previously agreed and touted by both Singapore and Hong Kong late last year (it had been due to be implemented from 22 November) and, subsequently put on hold, is back on the agenda. Hong Kong secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau Tang-wah, has revealed his government had se...

Singapore PET project to facilitate resumption of large MICE events from 24 April

Larger B2B events are set to return to Singapore under a new pre-event testing (PET) framework announced by Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF). MICE events for up to 750 attendees will be permitted to resume at selected business settings from 24 April 2021, provided safety protocols are in place. This represents an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees. The MTF announcement of t...

ONE Esports turns to Singapore for Dota 2 Major

ONE Esports, Asia’s largest championship esports series and a subsidiary of ONE Championship™ (ONE) is hosting the first round of participating teams and invited talent to Singapore for the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major, 27 March-4 April. The event will be a closed door, physical event at the Fairmont Hotel. Presented by PGL, it will be the first major event of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit featu...

Pico designs immersive view on history through the lens of time in Singapore

In a week that has seen up to a thousand in-person delegates attend the first large-scale event in Singapore, GeoConnect Asia, some delegates may be tempted to check out the new Through the Lens of Time exhibition, at Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC). It is a new attraction that describes the beginnings of Singapore and her journey to nationhood in an immersive way. Creative agency Pico worked wit...

Geo Connect Asia to showcase Singapore’s first large-scale hybrid event of 2021

By adopting a hybrid format that provides both interactivity and a robust level of safety, organisers of Geo Connect Asia 2021 are heralding the resumption of major events in Singapore. Montgomery Asia’s two-day event runs 24-25 March at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre and both organiser and the Singapore Tourism Board are hoping it will signal a turning point for the region’s MICE...

Messe Frankfurt India reunites industry players with back-to-back physical conferences

Messe Frankfurt India hosted its first series of live events – in the form of NGV India Summit and Rail India in New Delhi, in early March. With its next major conference ‘India Refining Summit’ scheduled 25-26 March 2021, the Indian subsidiary is taking bold steps towards resuming B2B physical platforms. As Messe Frankfurt India’s first physical event in the new normal, the Natural Gas Vehi...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to host first major event since lockdown

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is preparing to welcome visitors back to the venue, as Malaysia’s business events industry begins to re-open. The venue says it has upskilled its entire workforce of 200 people in various event-related services. It brought in subject matter experts to host ‘classroom’ sessions and hands-on role play exercises as part of its training regime. The entire staff was a...

IBTM Asia Pacific now aiming its inaugural event at 2022

Reed Exhibitions has announced that it has moved the date of the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore, once again, this time to 5-6 April 2022. The show had originally been planned for April 2021, and then moved to June 2021. The latest decision was taken following government coronavirus advice and discussions with customers and hosted buyers from the region and globally. Commenting...