Asia

US-North Korea summit to be held at Sentosa island’s Capella hotel

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet at the luxury Capella hotel on Sentosa island. The White House confirmed the venue detail for the off-on 12 June summit, now back on having been called off two weeks ago by President Trump. A flurry of contacts between the two sides has since seen the meeting put back on track. President Trump said on Tuesday that plans ...

Beating plastic pollution in KL

To mark World Environment Day 2018, which took place on 5 June, close to 60 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (KLCC) team members spent the morning planting a variety of flora around the venue. In line with this year’s theme, ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’, the planting materials used were made from recycled plastic. The Centre’s Safety, Health and Environment Division is also kicking off an in...

Singapore Tourism Board launches video challenge

Singapore’s island resort Sentosa is debuting at IMEX Frankfurt 2018 in a fresh attempt to reach out to international MICE travellers with its range of customised business – and leisure – experiences. Sentosa currently attracts 19m tourists, business travellers and locals annually, and Singapore is set to host a historic meeting on 12 June when US president Trump sits down with North Korean ...

Singapore to head BestCities board

Jeannie Lim, executive director of conventions, meetings and incentive travel at the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau™ (SECB), has been elected to the role of board chair for the BestCities Global Alliance. Lim will make her first appearance in her new position at the BestCities media breakfast during IMEX, 15 May. She will take over responsibility from Jonas Wilstrup of Copenhagen, who ...

Marina Bay Sands’ ‘exceptional’ win at 2018 Singapore Tourism Awards

Marina Bay Sands became the first hospitality and MICE venue in Singapore to be conferred the ‘Exceptional Achievement’ award at the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) annual Singapore Tourism Awards, 9 May. Oliver Chong, executive director, Communications and Marketing Capability, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We are pleased to recognise Marina Bay Sands for their exceptional achievement in consis...

Longest operating Sheraton hotel in Asia Pacific makes senior management appointments

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, the longest operating Sheraton hotel in Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Allwyn D’souza as new resident manager, Joyce Wong as new director of sales and marketing, and Bernard Kam as new director of human resources. Recipient of the Rooms Leader of the Year for Marriott Intl Asia Pacific 2014 and the finalist of the Rooms Hotelier of the Year Asi...

Penang hosts its largest convention yet

Penang recently hosted 16,000 delegates from 70 countries for five-days at V-Malaysia 2018, an annual convention organised by QNET. It is the fifth consecutive year that V-Malaysia has chosen Penang as its convention destination. The event was supported by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB and took place at the end of April at Setia SPICE Convention Centre and Setia SPICE Arena. Them...

ITE Group sells Malaysian organiser to UBM subsidiary

ITE Group has announced that it has sold Malaysian organiser TradeLink ITE to UBMMG Holdings – a subsidiary of UBM – for a total cash consideration of MYR 23 million (£4.2m)*. The total consideration will be payable upon completion and the proceeds will be reinvested into the Group. Tradelink is the owner of Malaysian metalworking exhibition Metaltech. In the year to 30 September 2017, Tradelink I...

Wharf Hotels appoints new GSA for UK and Europe 

Hong Kong’s hotel management company Wharf Hotels has appointed Axis Travel Marketing as its new global sales agency (GSA) for UK and Europe, 1 April. Formerly known as Marco Polo Hotels Management Limited, Wharf Hotels – a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited – operates across Asia under the Niccolo Hotels and Marco Polo Hotels brands. The Hong Kong headquartered company operat...

Hong Kong CEC serves 80,000 international visitors at Art Basel

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre welcomed 80,000 international visitors to its Art Basel fair recently. Private collectors, curators and trustees from over 100 leading international museums and institutions, plus worldwide art lovers convened for the sixth edition of the show. Six hundred temporary supporting staff joined the venue team of 950 professionals to service the event in one of...

Incentives continue to drive business events influx from Asia-Pacific to Victoria

Melbourne continues to attract incentive reward programmes from the Asia-Pacific market, with the latest success a major Hong Kong incentive group, AIA Hong Kong, which brought 2,400 international delegates to the state of Victoria 10-13 April. In Melbourne the group visited Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market, the Tramcar Restaurant, Brighton Beach and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. O...

Malaysia’s annual China Roadshow showcases new city in China

Malaysia’s 8th China Roadshow 2018 opened in Shanghai (23 March), and continued to Beijing (26 March), Chengdu (28 March), Chongqing (30 March), and Guangzhou (2 April). Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) headed a 27-strong delegation of industry partners to China to promote Malaysia as an attractive and preferred corporate meeting and incentive destination to the Chinese ma...