Destinations

West Bengal warming up to MICE tourism

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | October 29, 2019
KOLKATA – MICE tourism is gaining momentum in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal on the back of improved connectivity, the presence of several 5-star hotels and a “world-class” convention centre, say officials.

Japan gets creative in attracting MICE tours

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | October 25, 2019

TOKYO — Campaigns to attract visitors for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions are under way in more parts of Japan, with such MICE tours seen as opportunities to lure large groups of people to the country, accompanied by active spending.

Philippines to make Iloilo a priority tourism area for conventions

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | October 22, 2019

 ILOILO – The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking to promote Iloilo City as a world-class destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).

SM to open new convention centre in Iloilo

by Stanley Ho | October 15, 2019
ILOILO – The Philippines city of Iloilo will soon welcome a brand new convention centre, after developers SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation announced the building of a new facility by mid-2021.

Myanmar adds six countries to visa scheme

by Naomi Neoh | October 08, 2019
NAYPITAW – Myanmar has extended its visa on arrival (VOA) scheme to visitors from six more countries, effective from Oct 1.

Zhuhai all in for MICE game

by Stanley Ho | October 04, 2019
ZHUHAI – While Macau is making waves as a MICE destination with various facility openings and re-development, its neighbouring city of Zhuhai is also keen to muscle in for a piece of the action.

South Jeolla’s natural charms poised to attract MICE groups

by Naomi Neoh | October 01, 2019
SOUTH JOELLA – South Korea has earmarked the southwestern province of Jeollanam to developed as a MICE destination.

Taiwan gives the green light amid impressive MICE industry growth

by Brooke Thio | October 01, 2019
TAIPEI – The future is looking bright for Taiwan’s MICE industry – and it’s a future that has been years in the making. According to statistics from its MICE promotion arm MEET TAIWAN, Taiwan hosted a total of 686 MICE-related events in 2018, bringing in 280,000 foreign visitors and generating trade revenues of roughly NT$46 billion (US$1.48 billion).

Danang reinforces MICE credentials in Singapore roadshow

by Stanley Ho | September 27, 2019
SINGAPORE – The picturesque Vietnamese city of Danang is gearing up to attract more overseas MICE tourists in the coming year, with new convention facilities and high calibre hotels meeting rising demand.

Jeju’s ‘smart’ transformation rebrands city as leading MICE capital

by Stanley Ho | September 27, 2019
JEJU – Already blessed with the splendour Mother Nature has bestowed upon her, Jeju is on the cusp of a technological leap that seeks to re-brand the popular South Korean island as the leading smart MICE capital of the world.

India banking on 12 new venues to grow global MICE pie

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | September 17, 2019
KOCHI – India’s MICE industry are hoping that the imminent opening of 12 new convention centres across the country will help grow its market share to at least 2% of the global pie.

Regulations hamper Phuket’s MICE aspirations

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | September 17, 2019
BANGKOK – Thailand’s bid to promote Phuket as a world-class MICE destination has hit a snag after the island’s town planning rules prohibit the construction of large buildings.

International Focus

Australia speeds up

A ramp-up of new flights, hotels, and exhibition and convention centres to woo groups.

Barcelona: Big on Congress

Consistency is the name of the game for this popular city that has delegates and tourists alike making a beeline for its shores. Barcelona led the way in 2013...

Surprising Switzerland

The happiest country on earth, per the latest World Happiness Report, Switzerland is sharing the joy with a growing number of visitors. In the first half of...

New Zealand Ups the Ante

Peter Jackson's Hobbit films -- filled with rolling green hills and untouched vistas -- brought New Zealand into the world spotlight. Now, a flurry of...

On Location

Countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics

Pyeongchang gets ready for sports fans and corporate groups.

South Korea: Vital signs

South Korea’s kaleidoscopic landscape of contrasting cultures and vibrant modernity enrich the social and business experiences of delegates.

Onward Osaka

Known as the city of bright lights and the hub for trade and commerce, Osaka channels its innovative spirit into bold plans for MICE in the coming years.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Beijing shows us how a modern landscape co-exists with the old to create a dynamic tangent that boosts MICE tourism.