Weekly Updates on MICE Industry

New payment benefits

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, PARIS - Accor and Visa have announced a global partnership to bring new payment experiences to ALL-Accor Live Limitless loyalty members. The partnership will bring together Accor’s loyalty programme and Visa’s global payment capabilities to create a new ALL Visa card.

Smiling through crises

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
The former CEO of Thailand’s Nok Air has launched a tell-all autobiography, Smiling Through Turbulence. In his book, Mr Patee Sarasin, who is the founder of online travel agency, Really Really Cool, discussed the challenges and crises he experienced running the carrier.

Transformer in Bangkok

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
BANGKOK – Hilton has signed a management agreement for its largest hotel in Bangkok yet. Together with real estate company, AP Prime Property Company, Hilton will convert the former Grand Ayudhaya Hotel into a 608-room hotel and open it in 2022.

More space for meetings

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | February 25, 2020
BANGKOK - The 34-storey Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit has opened in the city’s prime location between BTS SkyTrain Asoke and Phrom Phong stations.

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.

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.

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