Asia

Singapore’s Constellar announces job losses due to impact of Covid

Constellar Holdings, the recent rebrand of SingEx-Sphere Holdings, has announced 21 job losses as it “rightsizes” due to prolonged impact of Covid-19. The redundancies affect 12% of all employees in the Singapore headquarters and come just days before new group CEO Jean-François Quentin takes up his new post. Events in Singapore have been largely suspended during the pandemic and were ...

Québec City to welcome in-person Agro-Geoinformatics conference in 2022

Québec City will host the 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, organised in conjunction with the 43rd Symposium of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. This is a first for Canada, as previous editions of Agro-Geoinformatics have been held in China, Turkey, or the United States.  More than 300 experts, engineers, students, and decision-makers interested in remote sensing and geomat...

Malaysia to host 2024 Hemophilia World Congress

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress, a biennial international congress, will make its way to Malaysia in 2024 after 2020’s cancellation due to the pandemic. According to the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) CEO Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud: “Supporting a health-focused congress such as the World Federation of Hemophilia is especially crucial during the Covid-19...

Hong Kong CEC introduces Lucky Draw to boost vaccination drive

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), has introduced a lottery incentive prize to promote the city-wide vaccination drive.  HML launched the Lucky Draw on 14 July to encourage Hong Kong residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Prizes valued at over US$64,000 include year-round unlimited dinner buffets and dining vouchers at HKCEC’s restaurants. Participants mu...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre announces new ops director

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), Asia’s first AIPC gold standard venue, has announced the appointment of Sudesh Sharma (pictured) as its director of operations.  Sharma joined the Centre as the deputy director of operations and was key in the successful delivery of major international high-profile association and government meetings like the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019,...

Seoul invites world on virtual tour

2021 Virtual MICE Show: SEOUL LIVE ON, an event hosted by the Seoul Tourism Organisation on 21-22 July, saw international and domestic MICE industry buyers and sellers come together on the Seoul Virtual Platform. Entering the event, e-visitors were greeted by a Seoul-style virtual island. Within this island were buildings modelled on significant Seoul landmarks, which directed attendees towards di...

Malaysian events one step closer to normality

Malaysian CVB Business Events Sarawak reports that over 2,000 of Sarawak’s tourism and business events industry frontliners will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a result of the final phase of the Industrial Covid-19 Vaccination Programme which took place 15-18 July 2021 at the Association of Churches Sarawak, Kuching. Nancy Shukri, Malaysia’s minister of tourism, arts and culture, said: “T...

Chiba attempts to catch the Olympic legacy wave

Chiba, a Japanese city 40km from Tokyo, has been organising some big events in June, as the Olympic Games prepares to throw the world’s spotlight on Japan and its events infrastructure. The Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC), recently helped facilitate the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology’s 62nd Annual Spring Meeting. The conference was held as an in-person event at Chi...

Marriott International and PCMA collaborate to offer Digital Event Strategist certification

Marriott International and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a collaboration to provide the Asia Pacific region’s business events community access to PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification course. Meeting professionals will have the opportunity to be certified upon booking at participating Marriott Bonvoy Events across Asia Pacific. Digital and h...

New CEO appointed at the Russian Convention Bureau

On 9 July, the Russian Convention Bureau (RCB) elected a new director during its General Meeting of RCB member companies. The meeting was hosted at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center, Moscow. Sagid Zaremukov (pictured) was elected unanimously. The new head of the RCB has over 15 years’ experience in the event industry. Prior to joining the bureau he held executive positions in the RESTEC Group o...

Beijing’s North Star Convention Group brings in GL events as strategic investor

Chinese industrial conglomerate North Star Company Limited has made a public announcement it has a new set of strategic investors, including GL events, as it strengthens the capital base of its convention and exhibition subsidiary. The Hong-Kong registered North Star Company has brought in the four investors to its ‘Beijing North Star Convention Group Co., Limited’, a wholly-owned subsidiary, by w...

Andrew Phua to move to Beijing to head STB’s Greater China operation

Andrew Phua, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) executive director, exhibitions and conferences, is to move to China as ED Greater China (designate) for STB. In this new role, he will be responsible for the China, Hong Kong/Macau and Taiwan markets. He will take up the new role in Beijing, effective 16 September 2021. His successor in Singapore will be Poh Chi Chuan, previously the executive direct...