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Asia Pacific’s first post-Covid international travel conference and tradeshow opens in Singapore

TravelRevive, which opened at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore 25 November, is the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific since Covid-19, Paul Colston reports from Singapore. Close to 1,000 local and international attendees are expected on site over two days to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel. Powered b...

Chinese president pledges to open up ‘super-sized’ economy and slams ‘protectionism’

As China sets the pace in bringing tradefairs back to our show floors, the country’s president Xi Jinping has said his country is keen to sign free trade pacts with more countries. His message follows the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) 15-country free trade deal (the largest ever signed in the world) with Southeast Asia states and Japan, Australian, New Ze...

Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries sign free trade deal that covers 28% of global trade

As Asia-Pacific leads the way to reopening for multi-country business events, the leaders of 15 countries in the region have signed one of the biggest free trade deals in history, The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The free trade pact was signed on 14 November and covers 2.2 billion people and 30% of the world’s economic output. Signatories to the deal were China, Australia, J...

IBTM Asia Pacific reinvents its future to June 2021 in Singapore

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), has said it has listened to its stakeholders and has rescheduled IBTM Asia Pacific, which will now take place from 8–9 June 2021 in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The show had previously been set for a 13-14 April 2021 date at the same venue. The organiser said dates have been moved to allow time for travel restrictions t...

Singapore and Hong Kong to open Air Travel Bubble

Singapore and Hong Kong will open an Air Travel Bubble (ATB) on 22 November. The new scheme will start with one flight a day into each city with 200 passengers each way, increasing to two flights a day from 7 December. Announcing the news on 11 November, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said travellers would have to take the ATB dedicated flights, but will have no restrictions on t...

Malaysia extends lockdown as MACEOS argues the case for organised events to continue

Malaysia expanded its conditional movement control order (CMCO) to all but three of its 13 states, 9 November, with rising levels of coronavirus infections. Sabah is the worst hit state, accounting for more than half the country’s total deaths attributed to Covid-19. Hospitality is again hit hard, as prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin noted new lockdown restrictions would last until 6 December. MICE ...

KINTEX chalks up global marketing award double

KINTEX, the largest convention centre in South Korea, has become the first in the world to receive the marketing awards of both the global association of the exhibition industry, UFI, and now also from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). This year, KINTEX was one of five ICCA members recognised under the theme ‘Leadership in Changing Times’ during the 59th ICCA Congress h...

Marriott’s Aloft Bangkok gets involved in Alternative State Quarantine programme

The Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11 hotel, managed by Marriott International, is working with the Thailand’s Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) programme in Bangkok to offer packages for guests in partnership with Bangpakok 9 International Hospital. The ASQ packages, available from around US$100 a night for Thai citizens and international travellers for a 15-night stay, involve staycation-style...

HUB SEOUL ready for interactivity at ICCA Congress 2020

Seoul Convention Bureau is organising an interactive hub, HUB SEOUL, as part of its participation in the 59th ICCA Congress 2020. The congress will be in hybrid format for the first time in the industry association’s history. ICCA will take on a hub-and-spoke system and Seoul will be one of six hubs, along with Cape Town, Kuching, Luxembourg, Malaga, and Riyadh. There will also be two virtua...

AIME partners with Delegate Connect to power online platform for show

The organisers of Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow, Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) have announced a new partnership with Delegate Connect, which will see Delegate Connect powering the hybrid event’s 2021 online platform, AIME Online. The new partnership will enable AIME to launch a meetings algorithm to match connections between buyers and exhibitors. Meetings will match ...

Korea MICE Expo returns as hybrid event for 2020

Korea MICE Expo (KME), Korea’s largest tradeshow for meeting professionals and incentive planners, returns this year as a hybrid event for the first time. It will be held offline at Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon, with a corresponding virtual event from November 24-27, 2020. Organisers expect over 3,000 MICE industry professionals to attend and meet with 300 exhibiting local service providers, includin...

Singapore introduces pre-event testing pilot

Singapore is introducing, this month, a pilot scheme of pre-event testing designed to identify the best model for implementing to enable large-scale events to resume safely. The island state’s minister for health Gan Kim Yong announced the plan, which will see event participants tested either at directly the event venue or at a separate testing facility. Only those who have tested negative will be...

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