Weekly Updates on The MICE Industry

Stabilising travel costs key to ensure ‘regional competitiveness’

by Naomi Neoh | June 02, 2020
ASIA – Ahead of the anticipated increase in travel costs due to strong demand and weaker supply, the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) is urging the industry to collaborate and maintain pre-pandemic prices as much as possible to “ensure regional competitiveness”.

Brisbane forges ahead

by Patricia Wee | June 02, 2020
BRISBANE – Since early April, Queensland and Brisbane have seen a consolidated flattening of the curve of COVID-19 numbers, with daily increases dropping to under 1%. On 20 April, Queensland recorded its first day with no new cases and since that time, has recorded numerous days without new cases.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s new director of Business Relaunch is appointed

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | June 02, 2020
MELBOURNE - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is working to transform its business as a driver in the state of Victoria’s economic recovery beyond COVID-19.

Business Events Council Malaysia remains hopeful

by Patricia Wee | June 02, 2020
KUALA LUMPUR - Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM)’s appeal to the government to establish a restart date for its businesses is still ongoing. Mr Alan Pryor, chairman, Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM), said: “We are continuing to work closely with the industry supply chain and stakeholders and have had some positive dialogue with government ministries. We believe that we have made a strong case for the reopening of the business events industry and hope to see some progress soon.”

Nara Prefectural Convention Center re-opens

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | June 02, 2020
NARA - Nara Prefectural Convention Center has re-opened with new health and safety protocols and control measures to welcome business events.

New Zealand paves road for promising recovery of large events

by Naomi Neoh | June 02, 2020
AUCKLAND – In a promising sign of recovery, the New Zealand government has confirmed that large events with separate groups of 100 can proceed. This came into effect on 30 May.

Samujana uses Portier Phones to boost contactless service

by Patricia Wee | June 02, 2020
KOH SAMUI - Samujana, a secluded luxury villa estate in Koh Samui, is working with Hong Kong’s Portier Technologies, to provide contactless service by utilising Portier Phones.

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.

Macau climbs the ranks

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | May 29, 2020
WORLDWIDE - According to the International Meetings Market 2019 Report recently published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Macao has climbed up 23 ranks to the 48th among cities worldwide.

Singapore’s Fortitude Budget finds a welcome response

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | May 29, 2020
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 for the new budget, whilst further appeals are being lodged by those hoping to receive higher wage subsidies.

Recapturing cruise confidence

by Naomi Neoh | May 29, 2020
SINGAPORE – Previously marketed as floating cities packed with entertainment and activities, cruises will need to be positioned very differently to recapture consumer confidence in a post-COVID-19 world, say planners.

A welcome sight

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | May 29, 2020
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, the HKCEC welcomed the city's first exhibition since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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