Weekly Updates on MICE Industry

AmCham voices its concerns with Malaysia’s lockdown

by Meetngs and Conventions Asia | March 20, 2020
SINGAPORE - The American Chamber of Commerce Singapore (AmCham Singapore) has raised its concerns regarding Malaysia’s lockdown, highlighting that efforts to contain COVID-19 should be implemented in a manner that minimises the economic impact of the movement control order which prevents people from crossing the Causeway.

IATA urges governments to act swiftly with aid

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 20, 2020
GENEVA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has strongly urged the governments of the world to take fast action in light of the worsening conditions in the airline industry.

Expo 2020 Dubai still on

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 20, 2020
DUBAI – Preparations are proceeding for Expo 2020 Dubai, with organisers finalising detailed plans to manage the impact of COVID-19’s disruption before the event launches in October.

NATAS Travel 2020 cancelled

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 20, 2020
SINGAPORE – The Singapore MICE trade continues to brace itself for a rough ride ahead. Another event, NATAS Travel 2020 which was to be held at Singapore Expo from 1-3 May, has been cancelled. National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) organises two fairs annually, NATAS Travel in Feb/March and NATAS Holidays in the second half of the year, drawing crowds of more than 110,000 each year.

All eyes on Macau

by Natalie Joy lee | March 18, 2020
Macau may be small, but it packs in a powerful punch of historical beauty, grand architecture, tantalising cuisine, luxurious treats, and exciting programmes all year round. With its tourism allure already sealed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Site stamp across over 20 historical locations, what’s left is building its business infrastructure – and the Chinese territory has definitely aced that – running full steam ahead into the new decade.

5 Ways To Accommodate Virtual Attendees with Hybrid Meetings

by Mercy Ehrler | March 17, 2020
Hybrid events combine in-person attendees with digital elements that allow offsite attendees to experience meeting elements in real time. They allow for a broader reach and extended audience engagement.

Malaysia suspends all international meetings till 30 April

by S S Yoga | March 17, 2020
KUALA LUMPUR – Hotels in Malaysia are facing a heavy drop of events with cancellations and postponements after the government announced a directive to stop international meetings till April 30.

‘We will survive’, says niche planners

by Naomi Neoh | March 17, 2020
PENANG – As travellers reckon with the temporary travel restrictions and advisories, niche tour operators see their strength in being nimble to tide through the downturn while bracing for further impact.

Staycation deals show encouraging response

by Patricia Wee | March 17, 2020
SINGAPORE – With many frequent business travellers forced to stay at home in Singapore, hotels around the island are rolling out staycation options to lure families and business travellers to fill up their rooms. The response has been encouraging, according to Singapore Hotel Association (SHA).

Manila in lockdown

by Margie T Logarta | March 17, 2020
MANILA - The Philippine government has placed its capital Manila under lock down or “community quarantine” from Sunday, 15 March to 14 April. President Rodrigo Duterte announced this drastic measure in a bid to contain the dreaded COVID-19 virus, which started this month with three confirmed cases and a death, and has spiked now to about 52 confirmed cases and two fatalities.

Governments called upon to act to save aviation industry

by Naomi Neoh | March 17, 2020
WORLDWIDE – Global aviation has shrunk overnight due to efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak that could see most international airlines facing bankruptcy by end of May. Many airlines are desperately asking for government bailouts within the upcoming weeks.

MEETINGS 2020 postponed

by Meetings and Conventions Asia | March 17, 2020
AUCKLAND - Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the postponement of New Zealand’s annual business events industry tradeshow MEETINGS, which was due to take place in Auckland next month.

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