Asia

MCI opens up in Hangzhou and Portugal

Global PCO MCI Group has announced the launch of two new offices, MCI Hangzhou and MCI Portugal. MCI Hangzhou follows a joint venture partnership with two state-owned enterprises: Hangzhou Tourism Investment Co., Ltd and Hangzhou Zhonghe Investment Co., Ltd. While MCI Portugal strengthens MCI Group’s presence in Europe with an office in Lisbon. MCI Hangzhou and, with MCI China as majority sharehol...

Survey reveals 231bn yen effect to local economy from PACIFICO Yokohama

PACIFICO Yokohama, one of the largest MICE complexes in Japan, had a 231bn ($2.07bn) yen effect on the local economy in 2017, according to the city’s latest survey on the economic ripple effects of events. The economic ripple effect was also found to have increased 12% over the previous survey. The venue is now looking forward to the further expansion of its economic impact with the addition of th...

New Thai support for site visits for events for 80-plus from Australia

Australian event buyers with upwards of 80 delegates are now eligible to apply for financial support from Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), thanks to a major policy shift. TCEB has decided to provide financial support for site inspections for Australian meeting and incentive organisers, provided they have a minimum of 80 guests. The support can be for DMC services and ground tran...

Seoul ups subvention funding and offers app/VR development help for planners

The Seoul Convention Bureau has this month officially rolled out its new 2019 PLUS SEOUL programme with increased subvention funding designed to boost business events. In addition to an expanded core benefit of up to KRW250m (US$220,360) (previously KRW150m) for qualifying international conferences and up to KRW200m for corporate/incentive groups (previously KRW100m), the Seoul Convention Bureau h...

Ctrip signs China distribution agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), one of China’s largest integrated travel services companies, has signed an agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) to develop a global distribution strategy promoting MHR properties to Ctrip’s 300m-strong customer base. The agreement was announced jointly at ITB Berlin by David Zhou, Chief Business Officer for Accommodation Business Unit of ...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre celebrates International Women’s Day

Over 50 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) team members dressed in purple, white and green (2019 IWD colours) and enjoyed a walk around the lush 50-acre Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) park to mark the recent International Women’s Day (IWD). The stroll was followed by a casual high tea for team members to mingle, bond and celebrate the occasion. The Centre focused on being proud ...

New Asian and Latin American membership for JMIC

The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) and the Association of Convention Centres of the Caribbean and Latin America (ACCCLATAM), are the latest industry organisations to join with global colleagues as members of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). The two associations, along with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) make for a ...

Business Events Sarawak Association Centre reaches out to China

Business Events Sarawak Association Centre (BESAC), an initiative by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), has signed a MoU with the Federation of Chinese Physicians & Acupuncturists of Malaysia (FCPAAM). The deal will see FCPAAM set up the first regional office as part of a united effort to reach out to spinal health practitioners in the Asia Pacific region and grow the Malaysian sector. Amelia Ro...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre delivers RM888 million to Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia delivered RM888 million of economic impact to Malaysia in 2018, according to the venue. It welcomed 2.18 million visitors throughout the year, an increase of 45% from 2017. It also played host to 1,485 events in the year, 17% more than 2017. The Centre’s General Manager Alan Pryor commented: “We are delighted with our performance last year, and...

MACEOS appoints new Executive Director

The Malaysian Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) has announced the appointment of Ms Ho Yoke Ping, as its new Executive Director (ED), effective 1 January 2019. Ms Ho or better known by the industry as Ping, has been charged with injecting fresh perspectives into the long-standing association of 29 years and coming up with strategic plans, including commun...

UBM Malaysia appoints new Country GM

UBM Malaysia has announced a new Country General Manager – Gerard Leeuwenburgh. The appointment was effective 2 January and he is now leading UBM Malaysia’s effort to accelerate growth and reporting to Ian Roberts, Regional Executive Director of ASEAN. Leeuwenburgh has been in the MICE industry for over 25 years and has worked for Jaarbeurs, VNU Exhibitions in various leadership roles. Prior...

Luxury travel experiences to showcase at AIME 2019

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of premier global luxury travel exhibitors who will showcase their venues and destinations at the 2019 event. Exhibitors confirmed to lead the premium line-up include One & Only Resorts, winner of the Travel & Leisure 2018 World’s Best Award; Daydream Island R...