This Week's Updates

Planner optimism wanes as more events shift to 2021

USA – Meeting planner optimism about the return of live events is waning, according to Northstar Meetings Group's latest Pulse Survey. Fewer respondents are...

Macau climbs the ranks

WORLDWIDE - According to the International Meetings Market 2019 Report recently published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Macao...

Singapore’s Fortitude Budget finds a welcome response

SINGAPORE – Since the announcement of the Fortitude Budget on 26 May, M&C Asia has garnered various comments from the MICE trade showing support and relief...

Recapturing cruise confidence

SINGAPORE – Previously marketed as floating cities packed with entertainment and activities, cruises will need to be positioned very differently to recapture...

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

An eight-hour deal

SINGAPORE – For executives who need to work out of their homes, a new deal has been launched by Sofitel Singapore City Centre to offer them this respite. The Work From Hotel (WFH) package offers a dedicated working area, high speed internet, privacy and premium amenities; it is available until 30 December 2020 for use from 1 July 2020.
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Conferences & Exhibitions

A welcome sight

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is ready to welcome events back to Hong Kong. With a series of preventive measures in place,...

Virtual congress centre, a first in Israel

JERUSALEM – The International Convention Center - Jerusalem (ICC Jerusalem) has launched a virtual congress centre in response to conferencing needs during the...

Medical meetings adapt

USA – Going digital for medical meetings has shown positive results despite the lockdown in many countries.

Conference sponsorship: a new way

EUROPE - AIM Group International, a European company specialising in congresses, events and communication, has published a survey, Sponsoring Events During the...

New Zealand’s travel trade gets green light to restart business events

AUCKLAND – The New Zealand government has given the green light for ticketed large events like business events and conferences to restart with a 100-person...

Desert island networking event

WORLDWIDE – A new desert destination is now open to event professionals. Networking Island is not a physical destination, but a virtual platform created by IMEX...

Convention Bureau

Hong Kong announces MICE recovery plans

HONG KONG – Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced a new online business matching platform that will enable Hong Kong’s MICE stakeholders to take...

Keeping Azerbaijan’s flame ablaze

AZERBAIJAN - As the world sees a major shift in habits, it has also given Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) the opportunity to slow down, reassess priorities, and...

Penang draws up industry taskforce to kickstart recovery

PENANG – Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) has appointed key industry players to a new taskforce that will draft new standard operating...

Business Events Perth sets its sights on recovery

PERTH - Business Events Perth, the new name for Perth Convention Bureau, is gearing up to welcome MICE business back with renewed confidence due to Western...

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

  • Planner optimism wanes as more events shift to 2021

    USA – Meeting planner optimism about the return of live events is waning, according to Northstar Meetings Group's latest Pulse Survey. Fewer respondents are actively planning and booking meetings. Those who are, meanwhile, are increasingly choosing dates in 2021 at the earliest. And even when we're past the COVID-19 crisis, we should expect to see fewer, smaller and more local events. A decline in confidence is evident throughout the survey's May 19 findings.
  • Incentives through Experience Boxes

    SINGAPORE – Tenacity is a quality deeply hardwired in the events business. When crisis hit, MPC Events’ boss, Ms Crystal Chua, leaned into its strengths in lifestyle events to deliver top-notch culinary experiences right in the homes of her clients’ customers.
  • 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.

Airlines

Getting ready to fly again

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has set up an internal task force to review all aspects of its operations to ensure that it is ready to ramp up services when air travel recovers.
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Associations

G3 partners launch new guide to promote emerging protocols

EUROPE – In a bid to encourage venue and centre operators to put respective measures in place to create safe environments for participants, a new guide to...

Legal advice for the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

SINGAPORE – The Singapore government’s introduction of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 has been a short-term refuge from contractual obligations for...

Survey points to need for safety before travel can resume

USA – The latest research issued by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) indicate that health and safety measures are now of significant importance as...

Low transmission risk on board aircraft, says IATA

WORLDWIDE - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) upholds the use of middle seats in passenger aircraft as it stated that evidence, although...

Advancing hotel performance

SINGAPORE — STR, a leader in data benchmarking and analytics for the global hospitality industry, has partnered with the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), the...

Managing food waste for sustainable tourism

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) has launched a S$1.76 million (US$1.24 million) Food Waste Fund that will cover the capital cost of food waste...

Industry Reports

Travalyst Coalition develops sustainability frameworks

LONDON – Travalyst Coalition, a global partnership founded by the Duke of Sussex, Booking.com, Skyscanner, Tripadvisor, Trip.com and Visa, are developing...

Eager to get back on the road again

VIRGINIA, USA - Business travel has become the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic by coming to a halt across the globe, according to the latest...

Travel and tourism will be critical to Asia Pacific’s economic recovery

LONDON - A new report has revealed the vital contribution that travel & tourism will make to Asia-Pacific’s economic recovery, once the COVID-19 pandemic...

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.
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