Weekly Updates on MICE Industry

The Resilience Package: the lifeline for Singapore’s hotel industry

by Patricia Wee | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – The Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) has welcomed the unprecedented move by the Singapore government to provide a mega budget of S$48 billion (US$33.59 billion) - or 11% of gross domestic product - to support the country.

Plus Seoul Program refined

by Patricia Wee | March 27, 2020
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.

VistaJet offers repatriation service

by Patricia Wee | March 27, 2020
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.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore bids farewell after half a century

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – After nearly half a century as Mandarin Orchard Singapore, the luxury hotel is set to begin its new phase as a Hilton property in 2022 following a S$90 million (US$62.55 million) refurbishment that will add more meetings facilities.

Preserving revenue when events are cancelled

by Alex Palmer | March 27, 2020
USA - Even if the show cannot go on, there are ways to hold on to some of its revenue and use that as building blocks once business starts back up.

From virus epicentre to recovery: Wuhan hotels see initial spurt

by Naomi Neoh | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – Even as hotels around the world continue to reel from low occupancy numbers and temporary closures, analysts see a recovery trend in Wuhan, previously the epicentre of the pandemic.

Comfort food for the weary

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 27, 2020
SINGAPORE – While many hotels are experiencing woeful occupancy rates and cost cutting measures, one hotel has reached out to encourage Singapore’s healthcare workers who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar Airways offers flexibility to change flight plans

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 27, 2020
Qatar Airways has issued a statement to reassure its clients that it will continue operations of more than 150 flights to over 70 cities. This makes it one of the few airlines with the greatest number of flights operating at this juncture.

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.

Philippines - Catching more MICE

by Tara Sering | March 26, 2020
Metro Manila, where the Philippines’ sprawling convention centres and international brand hotels are heavily concentrated, has always been the country’s favoured meetings and conventions site. As an option for large international conferences and gatherings, it relies on the scale of its infrastructure and, to a large extent, the charms of its onward destinations - mostly quaint coastal towns and white-sand islands surrounded by crystalline waters, an hour or so by plane.

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