Weekly Updates on MICE Industry

Singapore welcomes Egyptian incentive groups

by Naomi Neoh | February 21, 2020
SINGAPORE – Egyptian manufacturing company, Al Aman, arrived last Friday in Singapore for a three-day incentive tour, determined to continue its long-awaited trip despite the uncertainty posed by Covit-19.

How planners can fire up participants’ passion

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 21, 2020
Successful MICE planners know that, these days, business events are no longer confined within the four walls of a venue. Away from the expert panels and breakout sessions, it is just as important to curate and offer activities that transform, have a lasting impact and form a vital part of a organisational culture that people aspire to belong to.

Mega budget for Singapore

by Patricia Wee | February 21, 2020
SINGAPORE – Singapore’s astounding S$10.9 billion (US$7.79 billion) overall budget deficit to boost the economy and help businesses tide through the COVID-19 outbreak, whilst approved by industry watchers and local newspapers, is receiving a quiet response from the MICE trade.

IBTM Asia Pacific 2020 postponed

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 21, 2020
SINGAPORE - Reed Travel Exhibitions has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore to 13-14 April 2021. The event was to be held at Marina Bay Sands this April.

MITEC offers a one-stop platform

by S S Yoga | February 21, 2020
KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur has launched its Smart Trade Zone (STZ) platform, to encourage businesses to converge and harvest leads.

Perth snags bid to host Agri-tech event

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 21, 2020
PERTH – Business Events Perth has snagged the bid to host Asia Pacific’s largest agri-tech trade event in 2021, which is expected to bring some 1,500 delegates into Western Australia.

Loyalty pays

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 21, 2020
Hotel profitability is very much dependant on customer loyalty and according to recent figures from Roiback, a specialist in the management of the direct channel of hotel sales, a loyal and regular customer can spend 67% more than a new one. A loyal guest allows the hotel to reduce the acquisition cost if the customer reserves through the direct channel instead from another platform.

Holding on to hope

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 21, 2020
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 data benchmarking and marketplace insights for the hospitality industry, claims that recovery around the current COVID-19 outbreak might follow a similar timeline.

New COO for Tourism Promotions Board Philippines

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 18, 2020
MANILA - The Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPB) has a new COO, Ms Maria Anthonette C Velasco-Allones. She takes over from Marie Venus Q Tan, who has retired from government service.

Hong Kong blues

by Meetings & Conventions Asia | February 18, 2020
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced last week that Hong Kong received 3.2 million visitor arrivals in January 2020, representing a daily average of 100,000, a 53% drop from 200,000 in the first half of 2019.

Dining on the Chao Phraya River

by Patricia Wee | February 18, 2020
BANGKOK - Banyan Tree Bangkok’s newest product, Saffron Cruises, has garnered enthusiastic response since its launch last November, having hosted more than 10 buyout groups within 3 months.

Hotel websites vs online travel agencies

by Linda Fox | February 18, 2020
SiteMinder’s annual look at where bookings come from reveals that direct bookings via a hotel website are holding on to their position in the top five in rankings, or have climbed year-over-year.

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