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Jun 19, 2011
Medan, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is reportedly in the process of establishing the Medan Convention Bureau. The convention and visitor’s bureau (CVB) will help promote the domestic and regional MICE market on Sumatra. The Medan Municipal Government is reportedly in the process of establishing a board for the CVB as well as securing funding for the bureau. Artur Batubara, executive director of the Sumatra Tourism Promotion Board, was quoted saying there are about 10 PCOs in Medan and two convention and exhibition halls that will open later this year –… more
Jun 19, 2011
The IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center has secured the hosting and organising of more trade shows at the Bangkok venue, following last month’s announcement of a partnership agreement with Germany-based Messe München International for the strategic cooperation to organise CONSTECH 2011. The list of trade shows that will follow similar arrangements includes Pool & Spa Exhibition Asia 2011, which is set to launch this year in partnership with IIR Exhibitions. Pool & Spa Exhibition Asia will coincide with Green Building & Retrofits Expo Asia, a partnership with CMC… more
Jun 19, 2011
Business-to-business e-commerce platform, Alibaba.com, held an offline sourcing event in Mumbai earlier this month. The event was held June 1-2 and reportedly attracted more than 200 Indian suppliers registered on the company’s online sourcing website. The two-day event consisted of a seminar on the first day featuring panel discussions, networking and Q&A sessions. On day two, one-on-one business matching sessions were organised for a pre-selected group of approximately 20 suppliers from the gifts, stationery, home supplies, auto parts and apparel industries in India. They were… more
Jun 19, 2011
Pico Thailand, the Thai-listed subsidiary of one of the largest exhibition contractors in Asia, Pico Far East Holdings, has announced its results for the six months ended April 30. Revenues for the period were $22 million – an increase of 73 percent, compared with same period in 2010. The company recorded a net profit of $1.5 million in the period, three times the profit of $452,000 recorded last year.   Pico Thailand also reported the results for the quarter ended April 30. Revenues in the quarter were $13 million, a jump of 65 percent, compared with the same quarter last… more
Jun 19, 2011
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) announced the extension of the “Strategic MICE Stimulation Program” until the end of 2011. The program, originally due to end this month, received wide support from local MICE industry players according to the Macau Convention and Exhibition Association (MCEA). Launched in May 2009, the program has supported 246 events in total, of which 95 were meetings and conventions, 47 were exhibitions and 104 incentive programs. An estimated budget of $3.4 million will be added to the program during the extension period. Additionally, the… more
Jun 18, 2011
Hainan's largest exhibition venue, the Hainan International Convention and Exhibition Center (HICEC) will be completed June 28 after a 17-month construction period. HICEC is made up of a 77,000 square meter exhibition centre, as well as a 42,000 sq. m. convention centre. The venue will reportedly host nine exhibitions and four conferences within this year and will host the Pan-PRD Regional Cooperation and Development Forum in 2012. The Hainan Provincial government has stated that it will lend financial support to large-scale exhibitions held on the island-province according to its… more
Jun 06, 2011
Marina Bay Sands Singapore now offers MICE clients a state-of-the-art reservation system, Passkey GroupMAX, which allows guests to book, review and modify their hotel reservations via a personalized Web site at any time. Organizers are able track room block and reservation trends throughout the event, enabling them to optimize their room blocks. Meeting planners also are able to import room lists in any format to a secure Web location, as well as easily manage room list modifications. In addition, the system allows them to capture guest information, such as meal preferences and… more
Jun 06, 2011
UBM China, a subsidiary of U.K-based UBM plc, has announced a strategic agreement to cooperate with eZEN. The two organisations will jointly organise the eCommerce Expo Sept. 26-27 in Shanghai. The event will be held the ShanghaiMart venue. The annual event was launched in the U.K. four years ago. The most recent edition attracted more than 140 exhibitors covering a variety of categories such as online retail, digital marketing, e-payments and logistics. The inaugural Shanghai edition of the eCommerce Expo will be co-located with Technology for Marketing & Advertising China (TFM&A… more
Jun 06, 2011
More than 100,000 art and antique lovers, collectors and professionals from across Asia, Europe and the United States congregated at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for two events - ART HK – Hong Kong International Art Fair and Christie’s Hong Kong Spring Auctions. This year’s ART HK, held May 26-29, expanded by almost 40 percent, compared with 2010, and presented a record-breaking 260 galleries from 38 countries. Thousands of visitors and buyers visited the HKCEC to see an array of works by approximately 1,000 artists - ranging from modern… more
Jun 06, 2011
The inaugural Industrial Sourcing and subcontracting Expo (INDUSS) will debut at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) Nov. 23-26. Organised by the Bangalore International Exhibition Services, the four-day trade show will feature elements from sourcing solutions to various industries ranging from the automotive and rail industries to mechanical engineering to telecommunications. INDUSS is expecting around 150 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors and also will coincide with India’s largest construction machinery and equipment show Excon held at the BIEC. Excon is organised by… more