Asia

This state-funded literary festival is championing freedom in Malaysia

The George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) returns to Penang, Malaysia later this year, from 22-25 November. Funded by the State Government of Penang and is produced by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB). It will feature over 80 writers, poets, thinkers and performers from more than 20 countries. The festival, which is celebrating its eighth edition this year, attracted more than 4,500...

Malaysia Business Events Week is focusing on the future

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau has unveiled the fourth edition of the Malaysia Business Events Week. It will take place from 12-14 August 2018 at the Genting International Convention Centre in Pahang, and is scheduled to attract over 200 prominent business event professionals. MBEW is a platform for industry stakeholders to converge, communication and debate issues that impact the...

Amex M&E are ensuring booming business in China remains compliant

American Express Meetings & Events (Amex M&E) has launched an enhanced solution designed to protect meetings and events organisers against risk in China. Major fines and penalties accrued by multinational organisations conducting meetings and events in China have attracted negative headlines in recent years. Amex M&E’s new solution is designed to maximise control throughout the end-to-...

150 Indian buyers set for Penang’s PITE 2018

Organisers of the Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE) 2018, which runs 4-8 September in the north west of Malaysia, are expecting 150 business events and tourism buyers from India. A key component of PITE is the B2B session for Malaysian Business Events and Tourism suppliers to showcase their products and services to the Indian buyers. The event takes place at the Setia SPICE Convention Ce...

Sarawak is ‘Redefining Global Tribes’ Down Under

Sarawak, Malaysia, went ‘Down Under’ to gather over 500 senior managers at the recently held Associations Forum National Conference 2018 (AFNC 2018) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia. Led by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), representatives of Sarawak bore the award-winning Redefining Global Tribes anthem to foster global community ties for ...

New planning tool helps MICE managers to explore Hong Kong

Convention bureau Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) has announced the launch of the electronic Travel Trade Manual, designed to be a comprehensive tool for MICE planners to use to expand their knowledge about Hong Kong and utilise when planning meetings or events within the city. Covering 152 pages, the manual presents easy-to-digest information about Hong Kong’s calendar of events, as w...

Carlson Wagonlit brings management services to Japan

Carlson Wagonlit’s Meetings & Events division has announced a new partnership with JTB Communication Design Co, which will see the company operating in Japan. CWT Meetings & Events will be providing strategic meetings management (SMM) services, aiming to increase efficiency across processes, suppliers and data. The key benefits are greater transparency of spend, cost reductions, improved c...

Second big bid win for new Russian CVB as WEC 2022 signs up for St Petersburg

The World Energy Council (WEC) has announced that Russia will host the World Energy Congress in 2022. The announcement follows a vote to select the winning bid from proposals submitted by Portugal, the USA, and Russia. The 25th World Energy Congress will take place in St Petersburg, 11-15 June. The World Energy Congress traces its history back to 1924 and is the largest global event bringing toget...

Dubai has welcomed 125 business events in the first half of 2018

Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has reported securing 125 business events in the first half (H1) of 2018. These are set to attract over 65,000 delegates from around the world, and have an expected economic impact of AED500m. DBE said the bid wins reflect a 29% increase from the same period last year. Issam Kazim (pictured below), CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tou...

UBM acquires 75% stake in ECMI ITE Asia

ITE Group has announced the sale of its 75 per cent stake in Malaysia-based ECMI ITE Asia to UBMMG Holdings, a subsidiary of UBM, which recently became part of the Informa Group, for a cash consideration of MYR 15m (Approx. £2.8m). The sale forms part of ITE’s Transformation and Growth (TAG) strategy. ECMI runs the Cosmobeauté series of beauty trade exhibitions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, ...

Russia wins bid to host IPHS 2020 Conference

Russia is to host the International Planning History Society Conference for the first time thanks to a collaborative effort of the Russian Convention Bureau and the Concord Group supported by the Roscongress Foundation. Moscow’s World Trade Center was the designated venue in the bid for the IPHS 2020 conference, which will take place 1–5 July 2020 under the theme ‘City Space Transformation: ...

The Asia Pacific region will lead a global hotel rate rise in 2019

The Asia Pacific region is predicted to account for two-thirds of global growth in the hotel business, according to the newly released Hotel Monitor 2019 from American Express Global Business Travel. The report, which includes a 2019 pricing forecast for 150 key cities around the world, also shows that prices in London are expected to stay flat next year. The team behind the report is forecasting ...