Weekly Updates on MICE Industry

Recapturing Chinese outbound travelers in a post COVID-19 world

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 24, 2020
HONG KONG – China is showing signs of recovery and businesses are returning to normal operations.

Jakarta on hold

by Patricia Wee | March 24, 2020
JAKARTA – Jakarta Hotels Association (JHA) is evaluating the current situation in Jakarta, and is in consultations with the local and central government to discuss a relief programme for the entire industry.

Staycation cheer

by Naomi Neoh | March 24, 2020
SINGAPORE – Staycation deals are drawing some traction in hotels such as Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. Its most popular uptake has been its food and wellness-focused ‘Retreat To Sanctuary’ package, according to the resort’s assistant director of sales, Mr Jason Yap.

Meetings move online

by Alex Palmer | March 24, 2020
USA - The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on the entire meetings industry already, forcing event organisers to cancel or postpone their conventions, trade shows and conferences.

Catching better sleep

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 24, 2020
Having well rested guests is now a serious priority for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Disconnecting from technology

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 24, 2020
WORLDWIDE - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has launched its Digital Wellness Escape, a luxurious retreat which encourages guests to escape from constant digital connectivity and to focus on their wellbeing.

France’s hotel occupancy dips to 3.3% after lockdown

by Natalie Joy Lee | March 24, 2020
LONDON – Following France’s lockdown since 17 March 2020, hotel occupancy has nosedived from 65.3% in February to just 3.3% this month as the number of Covid-19 cases grew.

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.

SACEOS sounds the alarm: SMEs are worried they may not last after two months

by Patricia Wee | March 20, 2020
SINGAPORE – Convention and exhibition organisers and suppliers are facing a dire situation in Singapore and may not last more than two months. More help is needed to tide them through this period, said the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS).

US travel trade seeks White House audience

by Loren G Edelstein | March 20, 2020
USA - Even if travel activity begins to recover in June from the near-shutdown imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak, the US travel industry could lose 4.6 million jobs well before that - by the end of April. That would effectively double the national unemployment rate and potentially launch the country into a protracted recession, according to an updated analysis by Oxford Economics.

Visit Malaysia Campaign 2020 cancelled

by Patricia Wee | March 20, 2020
KUALA LUMPUR –The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has cancelled its Visit Malaysia Campaign 2020 (VM2020). This will include a freeze on all over-the-counter and online services for new application, license renewal of travel operating business and travel, tourist guide, tourism training institute and registration of rated tourist accommodation premises as well as spa and foot massage centre.

Shanghai hotels innovate

by Patricia Wee | March 20, 2020
SHANGHAI – With inbound travel demand in the doldrums, Shanghai hotels are coming up with innovative ways of sustaining business.  Besides following the recommended procedures and protocols of the World Health Organisation and local health authorities, many are going the extra mile to differentiate themselves from others.

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SINGAPORE - When COVID-19 is over and the world does recover from the economic impact, the travel industry is likely going to take a longer time to bounce back.

‘The storm will pass’: How to tackle fear and prepare the industry to hit the road running

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Catching better sleep

Having well rested guests is now a serious priority for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Disconnecting from technology

WORLDWIDE - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has launched its Digital Wellness Escape, a luxurious retreat which encourages guests to escape from constant digital...