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Jun 06, 2011
Thailand is directly targeting the luxury MICE market with a new initiative that’s part of the Thailand Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Believe in Thailand” campaign. The initiative is designed both to extend market penetration in the existing luxury MICE market and also to increase the size of this niche market. TCEB has selected five “chic and charming” destinations – one each in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui - to offer a “captivating experience and unrivalled standards to the most discerning MICE groups,”… more
Jun 06, 2011
Bangkok Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre (BITEC) announced the signing of a multi-year contract with exhibition organiser Reed Tradex. The deal will anchor Reed’s flagship Asian event Manufacturing Expo to the venue for three years until 2013. Manufacturing Expo is an umbrella show consisting of InterPlas Thailand, InterMold Thailand, Automotive Manufacturing and Assembly Technology. The show is scheduled to run June 23-26 and also is collocated with NEPCON Thailand, Industrial Components & Subcontracting and Industrial Energy & Environment. In the 2010 edition, the… more
Jun 05, 2011
The Malaysian government has allocated $3.3 million to support international and home-grown sporting, arts and culture and lifestyle events under its new Economic Transformation Programme. The subvention funds will be channelled through the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau. The new funds are allocated are in addition to the recent $8.3 million set aside to support business tourism – through which 16 international association meetings have been approved for subsidies in the last five months. In order to qualify for the latest subsidies, applying events will be evaluated… more
Jun 05, 2011
Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in India to establish a convention and visitors bureau – the Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau (HCVB). HCVB is an initiative of the Andhra Pradesh state government, with funding from both the state and private sectors. A non-profit association, HCVB has been registered under India’s society’s act with an elected executive board of governors. The bureau’s appointed CEO, Jalil (Gary) Khan, is a former 23-year veteran with United Airlines based in California. HCVB’s first elected president, Paul Archer, is the Andhra… more
Jun 05, 2011
NASDAQ-listed Global Sources announced several key changes to take place at senior management level. Chief information officer Bill Georgiou will retire from his post at the end of January 2012 and is expected to take on a consultant role for the company. Georgiou will be replaced by current chief operating officer Peter Zapf, and the company’s general manager of content & community development, Brent Barnes, will take over the role of COO effective Feb. 1. Merle Hinrichs, chairman and CEO of Global Sources, said, “During Peter’s 10-year tenure with Global Sources, he… more
Jun 05, 2011
According to various media reports, exhibition space in Jakarta is set to double by 2014, as an extra 150,000 square meters of exhibition space will be added through the addition of three to four newly-built venues. The largest addition, named the Alam Sutera International Exhibition and Convention Center, will contribute an expected 100,000 sq. m. of exhibition space, as well as a plenary hall, which will seat 10,000 for conventions. The venue reportedly will be situated in Tangerang which is approximately half an hour away from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta’s main… more
May 23, 2011
Sydney jumped an impressive 17 spots to snag the No. 10 ranking out of 364 global business destinations on the 2010 International Convention & Congress Association List. Within the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney is ranked as the No. 2 business events destination, second only to Singapore. In 2010, Sydney hosted almost half of the total number of meetings attributed to Australian cities. “The result is a strong indication of the robustness of Sydney’s meetings industry and our ability to deliver world-class meetings, events and conferences,” said Jon Hutchison, CEO… more
May 23, 2011
United Business Media Asia recently promoted Michael Duck to executive vice president of UBM Asia, effective June 1. According to UBM Asia officials, Duck has been instrumental in the company’s growth since its establishment in 1994, particularly in Hong Kong, China and the U.S. During the past five years, Duck also has played a crucial role in the rapid development of UBM India, helping it to become a sizeable $20 million in revenue business, with a healthy profit margin. In addition, Duck has been heavily involved in the strong growth of UBM Asia’s business in the… more
May 23, 2011
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Management (HML) was presented the Award for Organisation with the Highest Amount of Carbon Footprint Reduction and the Carbon “Less” 14% Certificate of the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) in recognition of HML’s efforts in carbon reduction during 2009. HML had participated in the program for the first time and, according to HML officials, was “glad to have achieved a total of 14% carbon reduction, which is far more than the minimum requirement.” In addition, HML has received the “Award… more
May 23, 2011
There was a notable increase in the number of international pavilions coming from a total of 10 countries and regions at the IFAT CHINA + EPTEE + CWS 2011 events organized by Messe München International and Shanghai ZM International Exhibition. The combined shows were held May 5-7 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling and Natural Energy Sources has strengthened its prevailing position as the largest and most important environmental trade show in Asia, according to show organizers. "This year’s… more
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