Asia

Reborn Okura Tokyo open for meetings bookings

The Hotel Okura Co., Ltd has announced that its new flagship hotel The Okura Tokyo is to start accepting reservations for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions with immediate effect. The Okura Tokyo first opened in 1962 but its main building closed for refurbishment in 2015. The remodelled hotel is scheduled to open on 12 September, 2019 and will comprise two main buildings. The Okura ...

UNWTO says Qatar most open country for visa facilitation in the Middle East

Qatar has become the most open country in the Middle East and the eighth most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation, according to The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The international body’s recently updated visa openness rankings reflect a string of visa facilitation measures introduced by Qatar, including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter the country visa-free and free-of...

Leaders getaway brings top associations to Dubai

Dubai Association Centre (DAC) is to host the city’s first-ever Association Leaders Getaway from 10-13 December. The event is focused on building a strengthened community and robust ecosystem for associations in the region. It will allow association members to take part in networking, trials and discussions, amidst immersive experience and scenic settings around the city. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai...

Busy season for events forecast in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is gearing up for a busy events season, with more than 50 upcoming exhibitions and conferences spanning culture, healthcare leisure, lifestyle and business. These include the CPhl 2018 Middle East and Africa Exhibition, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition and Conference, and the Middle East Games Con. Humaid M...

Chinese mega-conference broadcasts online to over a million viewers

The Shenyang New World EXPO in China (EXPO) successfully hosted the 2018 Chinese Conference on Oncology, one of the largest international conferences ever to be held in northeast China. The show was broadcast online to 1.08 million viewers, involving 210 media outlets. It featured 77 parallel sessions holding academic forums with 923 renowned scholars and oncology specialists across the world. The...

Sarawak commits to growing business events

The government of the Malaysian state of Sarawak has announced it will enhance its social infrastructures to support the growth of business events in the region. Sarawak’s chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said business events are important components to not only promote but to develop Sarawak as a destination. He commented: “The government has invested a lot of funds to upgrade...

Malaysia’s MITEC offers virtual reality tours

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) has unveiled a new, immersive VR experience, making them the first trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia to embrace the technology. A VR based app will bring 360-degree experiences to life, showcasing MITEC’s venues and halls. It will be presented using Oculus Go, a mobile VR platform which is compatible with both Android and iOS. ...

SHINee happy people – Korea’s new wave

Paul Colston attends the Korean MICE Expo (KME) 2018, and finds a new ‘Hallyu’ wave of enthusiasm for hosting international conferences. He also discovers a wealth of attractions for organisers keen to sample the ancient and modern delights of this Asian meetings powerhouse destination. [hr gap=”30″] The PyeongChang Winter Olympics is the most recent global event to offer a springboard...

Lights, camera, action as PRG and VER merge in Europe & The Middle East

Event suppliers Production Resource Group (PRG) and VER are to merge into one entity in Europe and the Middle East. The companies will be commonly controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. Jere Harris will serve as chairman and CEO of PRG and VER, and Stephan Paridaen will be president and COO. Both companies will offer the ability to share equipment, knowledge and...

In pictures: Adelaide’s largest ever incentive group visit

The Adelaide Convention Bureau’s incentive marketing drive into China has paid dividends, with a 5-day/4-night visit by 750 employees of Joymain, one of China’s largest Science/tech and direct selling companies. The 750 delegates in one wave was Adelaide’s largest single incentive group visit and is the second time the company has visited Australia, with the first being to Sydney in 2015. Joymain ...

Behind the scenes in Singapore’s hotel industry

Singapore’s Open Hotels Weekend programme recently returned for a second run, with 22 hotels offering a behind-the-scenes look at working in the hotel industry. The programme comes under the country’s Hotel Career Campaign, which was launched in July 2017 by the Singapore Tourism Board. Its purpose is to increase awareness on the diverse range of careers and progression opportunities in the hotel ...

Maritz Global Events meets Malaysia at the KLCC

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) recently hosted Ben Goedegebuure, general manager at Maritz Global Events, and senior vice president Nancy DeBrosse for an educational visit. Maritz Global Events brings together the industry-leading power of Maritz Travel – specialists in corporate conferences, meetings and incentive travel – with Experient, an association meetings, live events and ...