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Osaka stages Japan’s first large-scale exhibition since state of emergency lifted

The 12th Kansai Hotel & Restaurant Show and five other co-locating events took over the entire INTEX Osaka facility, 29 July, as the exhibition industry returns following a national state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 12th Kansai show is running until 31 July at INTEX Osaka, along with five other exhibitions which are involving a total of 460 companies at 830 stands throughout...

China outbound tourism expected to recover in 6-12 months, ITB China report reveals

The latest ITB China travel trends report, conducted by ITB China, has examined the impact the coming recovery phase will have on the planned travel behaviour of Chinese outbound tourists, with the largest group of those surveyed expecting recovery in this market in 9-12 months. The 2020 China Market Recovery Special Edition is based on an annual survey among 200 Chinese outbound travel agencies a...

Transforming to virtual inside a week

Event management agency MCI China recently entirely redesigned, coordinated and delivered an offline product launch event into a combination of live and virtual attendee experiences within a week of the event date. MCI China was the mandated agency for the management and design of a global product launch event for a Chinese multinational technology company and faced a situation whereby certain ele...

Malaysia launches ‘BE-READY’ for business initiative

The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS), in collaboration with the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM), have jointly launched their ‘BE-READY’ initiative, designed to showcase the industry’s safe execution of MICE events. The initiative is in line with Business Events (BE) Guidelines, which have been developed in accordance with the approved Mal...

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to keep venues and schedules from 2020 in 2021

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, now pushed forward into 2021, have announced that all venues and competition schedules for the postponed event will be unchanged, aside from being pushed back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tokyo Olympics will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events, and all the 42 planned venues are secured for 2021, including the Athletes Village and the Ma...

Malaysian destinations start to allow meetings for up to 250

Malaysia has started to relax its restrictions on the holding of events, with the city of Putrajaya allowing meetings, conferences, seminars, courses and training workshops to operate as of 1 July, with the proviso that attendances do not exceed 250 people. Organisers must follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), including observing social distancing and attendees wearing face masks. Senior...

PCMA extends its Covid-19 survey into APAC region

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced that it will extend its Covid-19 Recovery Dashboard research initiative from 30 June, with the initiative expanding into the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Since March, PCMA have been conducting industry-wide surveys among the global business events community every two weeks in order to document and analyse the growing impacts of...

MCI transforms client project from live to virtual inside a week

Event management agency MCI China recently entirely redesigned, coordinated and delivered a fully planned offline product launch event into a combination of live and virtual attendee experiences in less than a week of the event date. MCI China, was the mandated agency for the management and design of a global product launch event for a Chinese multinational technology company and faced a situation...

Osaka convention bureau releases new guidelines for event organisers

Japan’s second largest metropolis, Osaka, has been preparing to safely reopen the business events industry and local economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Osaka Convention and Tourism Board (OCTB) releasing new ‘Guidelines for MICE Event Organisers for Infectious Disease Control’ on 3 June 2020. The guidelines were formulated under guidance from infectious disease experts and stress the und...

Business Events Council Malaysia welcomes government’s decision to resume business events

The Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) has welcomed the Malaysian government’s decision to reopen the business events sector, allowing the industry to host domestic events with up to 250 participants effective immediately. Events can now be held under the comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regulations drawn up by industry leaders. The industry association said the government a...

Singapore reaches out to Europe as it plans to open up

The following is a slightly abridged version of a letter sent from Singapore Tourism Board Executive Director of Europe, Ms Carrie Kwik, to the organisation’s partners on that continent, and explains how Singapore plans to open up its economy in a safe manner this summer.   As global economies including countries in Europe start to reopen slowly this summer, I thought it will be an opportune ...

TCEB now I M PEOPLE FOCUSED with up to $500k in grants on offer

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has announced a new incentives and meetings campaign, alongside a new grant opportunity worth US$500,000. The new campaign, titled ‘I(ncentives) M(eetings) PEOPLE FOCUSED’, is a mantra designed to guide and communicate creative solutions, says TCEB Senior Vice-President – Business, Mrs Nichapa Yoswee (pictured). In parallel, an EASE UP programme...