This Week's Updates

AsiaWorld-Expo deploys “CLeanTech" disinfection installation

HONG KONG - AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), one of the leading exhibition and convention centres in Asia, is introducing “CLeanTech" disinfection installation and...

Surviving and planning for recovery

SINGAPORE – M&C Asia spoke to several agents who deal with a large segment of MICE clients on emerging trends and how unity will help them to survive.

Malaysian PM unveils RM250 billion aid stimulus package

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian travel sector was granted some relief with more electricity discounts in the latest aid stimulus package and together with other...

Kudos to Marco Polo Wuhan

WUHAN - At a time when much of the world’s spotlight is currently turned towards COVID-19, there is a team of dedicated, round-the-clock individuals who have...

Planner's Portfolio

Accurate measurement of ROI in incentive programmes

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Building buzz for your programme

Incentive professionals place a high priority on selecting trips and gifts that will have the greatest impact on participants. But the rewards themselves are...

5 Ways To Accommodate Virtual Attendees with Hybrid Meetings

Hybrid events combine in-person attendees with digital elements that allow offsite attendees to experience meeting elements in real time. They allow for a...

How to Win Attendees’ Attention With More Engaging Presentations

As a meeting planner, you know the importance of booking keynote speakers who will engage your audience. To ensure your presenters deliver maximum audience...

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Hotel News

Kudos to Marco Polo Wuhan

WUHAN - At a time when much of the world’s spotlight is currently turned towards COVID-19, there is a team of dedicated, round-the-clock individuals who have been committed to doing what it takes to help medical workers since early February.
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Conferences & Exhibitions

AsiaWorld-Expo deploys “CLeanTech" disinfection installation

HONG KONG - AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), one of the leading exhibition and convention centres in Asia, is introducing “CLeanTech" disinfection installation and...

Expo 2021 Dubai now

DUBAI – The organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai have decided to postpone the event by a year. Their statement said: “Over the last several weeks, we have been working...

FHA-HoReCa postpones July event

SINGAPORE - FHA-HoReCa, one of the world’s leading industry events serving the hotel, restaurant and café sectors, will be postponed to a later date.

France’s hotel occupancy dips to 3.3% after lockdown

LONDON – Following France’s lockdown since 17 March 2020, hotel occupancy has nosedived from 65.3% in February to just 3.3% this month as the number of Covid-19...

SACEOS sounds the alarm: SMEs are worried they may not last after two months

SINGAPORE – Convention and exhibition organisers and suppliers are facing a dire situation in Singapore and may not last more than two months. More help is...

Expo 2020 Dubai still on

DUBAI – Preparations are proceeding for Expo 2020 Dubai, with organisers finalising detailed plans to manage the impact of COVID-19’s disruption before the...

Convention Bureau

Singapore Tourism Board calls for MICE partners to stay resilient and to seize new opportunities

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is urging industry players to reach out to it for support.

Plus Seoul Program refined

SEOUL - Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) has rolled out a newly revised PLUS SEOUL programme to boost the city’s MICE in response to COVID-19.

Visit Malaysia Campaign 2020 cancelled

KUALA LUMPUR –The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has cancelled its Visit Malaysia Campaign 2020 (VM2020). This will include a freeze on all...

Sabah’s first dedicated convention centre opens

KOTA KINABALU – Sabah’s latest pride and joy, the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) has opened its doors to business. It kicked off activities with a...

Hot Ideas

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    Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has launched a four-night, five-day, all-inclusive island rental deal costing US$1million. The You Run Raffles Maldives deal includes Raffles butlers, and an additional ‘deserted island’ that can be transformed into a celebration or adventure space. The resort sits on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, one of the most remote corners of the Maldives.
  • On a mission to play

    With a diverse base of fans and around the world, Korea’s entertainment culture has become its greatest asset not just in attracting leisure tourists. The South Korean capital Seoul, home to a thriving behemoth entertainment industry, offers groups plenty of unique experiences for MICE groups in the city.
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    In the highly-competitive industry of meetings and incentives, planners often face the challenge of sourcing for a unique venue that will serve as the bedrock of an unforgettable event experience for your participants.

On The Move

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints Mr Brice Borin as GM of Mövenpick Resort Cam Ranh

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Mr Brice Borin as the GM of Mövenpick Resort Cam Ranh, a new beachfront resort on a 600-metre-long stretch of sand in Khanh Hoa province, on Vietnam’s south-central coast.
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Events

  • Knoxx bearing with downturn through virtual events

    SINGAPORE – Event management company, Knoxx Pte Ltd, is launching digital events as a way to survive the pandemic.  Formed two years ago and helmed by GM, Mr Lim Jit Song, business was looking very rosy back in February, with a full events calendar from March to June, but things took a turn for the worst and events started to get postponed or cancelled when COVID-19 struck.
  • M&C Asia invites industry to rally together at Stella Awards

    SINGAPORE – There has never been more critical for the industry to rally together to voice their confidence and support for leaders in the MICE industry.
  • Association event goes virtual

    UK - Bristol-based association event specialist Brightelm had originally been hired to deliver a conference for 150 delegates for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) at its Canary Wharf office on 3 March. With the coronavirus rapidly spreading, the CMA made the decision to tell the audience not to come just 24 hours ahead.

Airlines

VistaJet offers repatriation service

WORLDWIDE - VistaJet is providing repatriation service during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has created a website for governments and medical organisations to submit requests for free flights on empty leg flights for those with critical travel requirements. Its website can be located here.
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Associations

Malaysia Association of Hotels shares findings of revenue loss

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) have estimated a massive revenue loss as a result of the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the...

AmCham voices its concerns with Malaysia’s lockdown

SINGAPORE - The American Chamber of Commerce Singapore (AmCham Singapore) has raised its concerns regarding Malaysia’s lockdown, highlighting that efforts to...

IATA urges governments to act swiftly with aid

GENEVA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has strongly urged the governments of the world to take fast action in light of the worsening...

NATAS Travel 2020 cancelled

SINGAPORE – The Singapore MICE trade continues to brace itself for a rough ride ahead. Another event, NATAS Travel 2020 which was to be held at Singapore Expo...

More reassurance needed

AUSTRALIA - The body representing the events and exhibition industry, EEAA, has requested the country’s chief medical officer, professor Brendan Murphy to make...

Identifying and mitigating risks

SINGAPORE – Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) recently organised a SME (Small Medium Enterprises) Clinic...

Industry Reports

Surviving and planning for recovery

SINGAPORE – M&C Asia spoke to several agents who deal with a large segment of MICE clients on emerging trends and how unity will help them to survive.

From virus epicentre to recovery: Wuhan hotels see initial spurt

SINGAPORE – Even as hotels around the world continue to reel from low occupancy numbers and temporary closures, analysts see a recovery trend in Wuhan,...

Recapturing Chinese outbound travelers in a post COVID-19 world

HONG KONG – China is showing signs of recovery and businesses are returning to normal operations.

Holding on to hope

CHINA - China hotels could rebound quickly if statistics from the COVID-19 outbreak follow a similar trend from the SARS outbreak in 2003. STR, which provides...
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