Asia

Russia opens to the IMEX world with the flavour of ice cream and lotto

Russian companies were out in force on the national Russia Open to the World stand on the second day of IMEX Frankfurt and treated visitors to ice cream and lotto, as well as imparting much useful information on how to hold effective business events in the country. There were presentations by the Russian Convention Bureau, Z.Brothers, Sverdlovsk region, Roscongress Foundation, Usta ICE, Ltd. and I...

Technology for smart events and festivalisation top agenda for HKECIA Conference

The increasing importance of technology in creating smart events and the festivalisation of events are the two issues at the head of the agenda of the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) Conference on 6 June 2019. The annual conference will be followed by the association’s 29th Annual Dinner at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Earlier this year the ...

IHCL and GIC create a $600m platform to acquire hotel assets

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, has announced a strategic partnership with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC for an investment platform to the tune of US$600m over a period of three years. This platform will be used to acquire fully operational hotels in the Luxury, Upper Upscale and Upscale segments in India. The mandate iwill also include ...

St Petersburg’s Expoforum to launch global PCO service

St Petersburg-based Expoforum International will launch, at IMEX Frankfurt next week, a global PCO service for international associations looking to host events in the city. The news follows the recent announcement that the Expoforum venue has become a preferred supplier to INCON, which has laid the foundation for the PCO division, Expoforum International, to join INCON as a full partner in the fu...

Malaysian Convention & Exhibition Bureau on a mission for business in Korea

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, is in South Korea to explore opportunities for securing regional and international corporate meetings and incentives for 2019. MyCEB is in Seoul 14 May and Busan 16 May. This mission will include an award presentation and dinner organised by MyCEB for the Malaysia Twin Deal ...

Malaysia drilling deep to prepare for World Tunnel Congress 2020

Malaysia is set to host next year, the largest engineering event of its kind to be held in the country. The 46th ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 was officially handed over to Malaysia at the recent WTC 2019 in Naples, Italy. WTC, which is owned by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA), seeks to explore latest innovations, trends and advances in all areas of...

Penang’s largest convention returns for 6th consecutive year

V-Malaysia 2019, a five-day annual convention organised by direct selling company QNET, returned to Penang 23–27 April at Setia SPICE Convention Centre and Setia SPICE Arena respectively. The event welcomed around 13,000 entrepreneurs from more than 30 countries to Penang. The convention included a series of training programmes, motivational speeches, unveiling of brand-new lifestyle products of Q...

St Petersburg’s Expoforum announces list of association congress wins

St Petersburg’s Expoforum has underlined its continuing focus on international markets as well as its diverse capabilities, by announcing a list of association congress wins across sectors including health, life sciences, energy and education. Events on the list include: the World Psychiatry Association’s Congress 2020 and the 20th LNG International Conference and Exhibition 2022. Both signed agre...

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur undergoes multi-million dollar renovation

The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel in Malaysia has relaunched with a new look, following an extensive transformation. The venue has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, increasing its capacity to 398 rooms and revamping its Club Lounge on the 38th floor. The Pavilions Lounge & Bar (pictured top) has also been redesigned. The venue’s meeting and banqueting facilities have been fit...

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

Kuala Lumpur to host World Federation of Hemophilia 2020 World Congress

As well as supporting the 30th World Hemophilia Day (WHD, 17 April) Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has announced it has been selected to host the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 2020 World Congress. KLCC supported WHD by hosting a blood donation drive and highlighting the importance of the work WFH and national associations, including the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia (HSM), are doing...

Olympic Games event organisers gather for Host City Asia conference

The second Host City Asia conference was recently held in Beijing, bringing together the organisers of the Olympic Games from across the region. The event, on 11 April, kicked off with insights from the hosts of the next three Olympic Games: Tokyo, Beijing and Paris. They all convened to share best practice, under a theme of “faster, stronger growth through event hosting”. The number of Chinese ci...