Asia

Dubai’s Armani Hotel is on the way to zero food wastage

Armani Hotel Dubai, located in the iconic Burj Khalifa, is advancing its sustainability initiatives by partnering with leading tech firm Winnow, to avoid wastage of food resources. The hotel has already achieved its target of reducing food wastage by 80% through a well-structured programme, and is heading towards zero food waste to the landfill. Armani Hotel Dubai is now equipped with Winnow’s sma...

MedTech and life science conferences come to Israel

In October 2018, Tel Aviv will host 3 leading conferences in the MedTech and life sciences fields. Thousands of attendees including industry senior executives, scientists, engineers and participants from all around the world are expected to flock to the startup city and take part in a series of fascinating workshops, conferences, tours and networking events. Tel Aviv will host The Medical Device R...

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 ...