This Week's Updates

Your vote counts: M&C Asia Stella Awards 2020

ASIA - M&C Asia Stella Awards 2020 is open for voting from 6 April to 19 June. Voice your support for the trailblazers and innovators in the MICE industry....

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...

Planner's Portfolio

Accurate measurement of ROI in incentive programmes

Innovation is not limited to technology and science - there is also plenty of disruption in the way companies attract, retain and grow relationships with...

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

  • Exclusivity and privacy for a million

    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.
  • Looking for unique venues? Try booking an island

    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

  • Your vote counts: M&C Asia Stella Awards 2020

    ASIA - M&C Asia Stella Awards 2020 is open for voting from 6 April to 19 June. Voice your support for the trailblazers and innovators in the MICE industry. There has never been a more crucial period for the industry to rally together to endorse support for effective leaders in MICE.
  • 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.

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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