Destinations

The Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference 2020 (APRRC 2020)

by S S Yoga | March 30, 2020

Penang will play host to the Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference 2020 from 3-6 September. Organised by District Rotaract 3300 Malaysia, it is one of the largest annual Rotaract conferences hosted within the Asia Pacific. Members will share ideas to develop action plans and engage in cultural exchanges.


Bangkok - DMC update

by Tom Racette | March 26, 2020
Bangkok retains its status as Thailand’s top destination for MICE, as the Thai capital continues to re-invent itself as a cosmopolitan and activity-based centre for meetings and incentives.

Iloilo, Philippines

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | March 26, 2020
After years of operating under the shadow of tourism savvy and well publicised Philippine destinations such as Manila and Cebu, Iloilo in Eastern Visayas, is raring to occupy a vantage spot on the international meetings stage.

Davao, Philippines

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | March 26, 2020
Davao’s successful bid to host the prestigious MICECON (meetings, incentives, conferences, conventions, exhibitions, events conference) in September is proof of a destination in events’ ascendancy. For many years, this premier city on the island of Mindanao — the largest in the world in terms of total land area — was a hidden jewel in the ecological treasures of the Philippines, discovered when discriminating travelers saw more to Davao than what was recorded in their guidebooks.

All eyes on Macau

by Natalie Joy lee | March 18, 2020
Macau may be small, but it packs in a powerful punch of historical beauty, grand architecture, tantalising cuisine, luxurious treats, and exciting programmes all year round. With its tourism allure already sealed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Site stamp across over 20 historical locations, what’s left is building its business infrastructure – and the Chinese territory has definitely aced that – running full steam ahead into the new decade.

Taipei’s irresistible incentives

by Natalie Joy Lee | March 10, 2020
Already a powerhouse for trade and commerce-related MICE activity, Taiwan has grown more attractive lately, thanks to new infrastructure and visa policies – the latter including the New Southbound waiver that led to an approximate 12% surge in visitors from Southeast Asia, in particular Vietnam and The Philippines.

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.

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.