Planner optimism wanes as more events shift to 2021

by Loren G Edelstein | May 29, 2020
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

by Naomi Neoh | May 22, 2020
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

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | April 03, 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

by Patricia Wee | March 31, 2020
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

by Naomi Neoh | March 21, 2020
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

by M&IT | March 13, 2020
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.

Strategise for future success

by Loren Edelstein and Elise Schoening | March 03, 2020
NEW YORK - As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise and global concern escalates, organisations are questioning the impact on their business — particularly in the meetings and travel realm.

Rise of the Phoenix

by Elise Schoening | February 25, 2020
BARCELONA - The cancellation of Mobile World Congress (MWC), the mobile industry's largest event of the year, which was scheduled to take place from February 24 to 27, 2020, has spurred one event organiser to organise a smaller gathering for those who are still headed to Barcelona.

Virus worries force cancellation of major tech show in Spain

by Kelvin Chan, Mae Anderson, Joseph Wilson, Maria Cheng | February 14, 2020
BARCELONA – Organisers of Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest mobile technology fair, are cancelling the event over worries about China’s ongoing viral outbreak.

New Zealand ready for more at AIME 2020

by Natalie Joy Lee | February 14, 2020
AUCKLAND - New Zealand is marking a larger presence at AIME 2020 in response to greater interest from international groups. A team of 28 industry experts will make up the 100% Pure New Zealand stand, seeking to inspire delegates on NZ’s latest business events updates and offerings. AIME 2020 takes place this week from Feb 17 to 19 in Melbourne.

The show goes on

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 04, 2020
MELBOURNE - Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) AIME 2020 will continue as planned at the Melbourne Convention and Centre despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

Reed taps experiential wave with new marketing conference

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 04, 2020
BARCELONA – Reed Travel Exhibitions has launched a two-day conference, Exceptional Experiences, dedicated to experiential marketing and live events.

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Serviced residences see uptick in bookings

SINGAPORE – As more countries close their borders and urge people to stay home, serviced residence providers have reported an uptick in bookings.

MEETINGS 2020 postponed

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Demolition works begin for Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre

AUCKLAND – Three months after a huge fire broke out on the roof of the SkyCity Convention Centre, workers have started demolition works on the US$700 million...

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CWT appoints Ms Laura Watterson as senior VP, Global Talent & Rewards

CWT has appointed Ms Laura Watterson as senior VP, Global Talent & Rewards.

Accor appoints Ms Claire Haigh as director of communications

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Hyatt Sales Force appoints Ivy Lim as senior director

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