Asia

AIME opens the appointment book early

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has launched its meetings software for the 2019 event, and is set up to deliver and match 32 pre-scheduled appointments (PSAs) between each buyer and exhibitors. The appointment book is open earlier than before and powered by a bespoke algorithm designed for AIME in partnership with Centium Software. The preferences of buyers will be matched with t...

Is China’s $25m PNG conference centre investment a political power play?

China’s investment in convention facilities in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, is being portrayed by Western media as part of a political power play in the Pacific. PNG is plagued by poverty, corruption and violence, but China, nevertheless, invested US$25.6m in a convention centre in Port Moresby. The centre is now hosting the two-day annual Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) Su...

Singapore hosts key ASEAN political summit

The heads of state from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are currently gathered in Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN summit. The summit runs from 11-15 November, and will see influential leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in attendance. The collective population of these countri...

ADNEC now a Hive for creative conferencing in Abu Dhabi

A new meeting space concept has been launched in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in what management says is in direct response to the rapidly changing demands of event organisers and business events visitors. The multi-functional space will go live by the end of the year and aims to combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. Unlike traditional meeting rooms, The H...

SingEx Venues wins management contract extension at Singapore EXPO for 10 more years

SingEx Venues, the management company operating Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre and its convention wing, MAX Atria, since 1999, has won the tender to continue operating the venue for up to 10 years, starting from January 2019. Singapore EXPO is Singapore’s largest MICE venue. SingEx Venues’ tender bid stressed the company’s experience and expertise and its intimate knowledge of tod...

Record attendance as 85th UFI Congress kicks off in St Petersburg

Over 450 global event professional representing UFI members in more than 54 countries have gather in St Petersburg, Russia, for the association’s global congress, taking place from 31 October to 3 November. The event kicked off with the 2018 UFI General Assembly, chaired by 2018 president Corrado Peraboni of Fiera Milano. Peraboni commented: ““It has been a busy year serving the growing global com...

JW Marriott to remove single use plastic in Macau

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton Macau have announced plans to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from the properties. The latest initiative is part of a process that has seen Marriott International set itself a goal of removing plastic straws from over 6,500 properties by July 2019. Rauf Malik, Vice-President of Operations at JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Car...

Maktoum bin Mohammed attends 5th World Green Economy Summit 2018 in Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai attended the inauguration ceremony of the fifth World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre under the theme ‘Driving innovation, leading change’. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and ...

Saudi conference generates $34bn in deals despite Khashoggi pull-outs

Around 40 key withdrawals by speakers and delegates for Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative conference, 23-25 October, (also known as ‘Davos in the desert’) did not stop the Saudis heralding the event as a facilitator for deals worth US$34bn. Outcry over the death on 2 October of Jamal Kashoggi, who is believed to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, resulted in many high pro...

Join the yacht set in The Peninsula, HK

The Peninsula Hong Kong is introducing a yacht for its guests’ use and claims to be the first luxury hotel in Hong Kong to offer a trinity of deluxe transportation options, complementing the existing fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms and a customised helicopter. The Sunseeker Manhattan 60 is a 19m cruiser that can welcome up to 15 passengers for a two-hour evening cruise featuring the ‘Symphony of Lig...

Emerging Payments Association launches Asian chapter at SIBOS Sydney

The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), founded in the UK back in 2004, has used the platform of the SIBOS event in Sydney (22-25 October) to launch its Asian chapter, EPA Asia. The EPA, which has 130 corporate members in Europe and Africa, is working to strengthen and expand the payments industry through connecting the ecosystem, encouraging innovation and profitable business growth. The ribbon ...

MITEC’s key economic development role recognised at industry awards

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) was honoured with the Special Recognition Award for Best Strategic Public-Private Partnership at the MACEOS Business Events Excellence Awards 2018. MITEC won the recognition for its contribution to developing key economic sectors in Malaysia. MITEC’s success has been a game changer for the nation’s business events industry and its CE...