Asia

Hong Kong industry association presses government to ease restrictions

At the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association’s (HKECIA)  annual conference, 1 June, Stuart Bailey, chairman of HKECIA, continued to push the government for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions Bailey commented: “There is a huge appetite for large-scale international events to resume but we need to have a plan, with reasonable certainty, that shows the international business com...

Indian MICE industry deliberates and celebrates at Conference Expo & Awards

Over 140 key stakeholders from India’s MICE industry took part in the 4th edition of the MICE Conference Expo & Awards, held 18 June in New Delhi’s Le Meridien hotel. The event presented power panel discussion on key topics affecting the industry. There were representatives from corporates, associations and the MICE Club (an initiative by Mice Affairs Media Group). The H.E. Dr Janice Dar...

CWT launches English-Mandarin bilingual service hub

International B2B travel management platform, CWT has launched a bilingual service centre that will offer companies travel assistance in English and Mandarin. This product is in response to a growing demand from Chinese multinationals that require a corporate travel experience for their employees based outside of China. The service centre, located in Singapore, consists of a team of travel counsel...

ICCA partners with Türkiye as Destination partner – Europe

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced the Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) as the association’s first Destination partner in Europe. Destination partnerships are one of ICCA’s most exclusive opportunities for ICCA members. As the Turkish president Erdoğan officially changes his country’s name in English away from the Westernised ‘Turkey’ t...

Malaysia tunes in to win bid for cochlear implants conference, 2025

The Malaysian Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB)  has announced a conference bid win to host the Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences in 2025. Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, MyCEB CEO said: “We are very honoured to work with the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons in putting forward our compelling proposal to host this prestigious con...

ASM Global announces APAC executive management changes

Global venue management and services company ASM Global APAC, has activated long-held succession plans for Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Australia. BCEC’s current general manager Bob O’Keeffe (pictured), will combine his new position as CEO of BCEC with that of chief operating officer of venue operations for ASM Global APAC, a newly created role to meet the growing footprint ...

AI-powered recycling tech via vending machines at KLCC

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has been investing in AI-powered technology to promote recycling and the management team has given its approval to two new, smart reverse vending machines (RVM) to help in that effort. The AI-powered RVMs are equipped with photo and bar-code recognition technology, as well as machine-learning capabilities that enable brand recognition of containers, auto-identifi...

New committee charged with turning Sibu into an ‘event city’

Malaysia’s recently formed Sibu Business Events Committee (SBEC) has set itself the task of liaising and collaborating with industries and sectors in the State of Sarawak to further develop the city of Sibu’s business events reputation. The new committee’s target is to secure at least 33 business events by the end of the year. SBEC’s main role is to help association, government, academia, and indu...

Malaysia’s Mitec appoints new CEO

Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) has appointed Mala Dorasamy (pictured) as its new CEO. Dorasamy has served as Mitec’s director of marketing and sales in Kuala Lumpur since 2017 and took on the acting CEO role in 2021. “Mala is a remarkable choice, bringing a wealth of experience from the international business and lifestyle events industry. This appointment marks an exci...

Marina Bay Sands claims world first with Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands (MBS) says it has become a Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certified Verified Venue (HMCC-VV), the first MICE venue globally to be accredited by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest industry association for meeting and event professionals. The accreditation is open to venues that are equipped to meet the complex planning and operational st...

Virtual Yokohama goes live

The Yokohama Convention and Visitors Bureau (YCVB) has launched a website to introduce the tourism and MICE elements of Japan’s second-largest city to a global audience. Named Virtual Yokohama, the platform aims to allow the city to welcome business-related site visits virtually and to continue to compete for conventions amid governmental restrictions on international travel. The interactive websi...

Penang on the Virtual Roadshow to China

The second Penang Virtual Roadshow to China (PVRTC 2022) has concluded, 20-22 April, after three days of showcasing the Malaysian island’s tourism and business event products. The event, organised by the Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), highlighted Penang’s offerings to regional China markets in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. The aim is to attract more business...

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