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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
Jun 06, 2011
Macau’s Statistics and Census Service (DESC) has released its statistics on the MICE industry for the first quarter of 2011. The number of MICE participants in the quarter increased an impressive 42 percent, rising from 89,000 in the first quarter of 2010 to 127,000 in the first quarter of this year. The number of events, however, dropped from 331 in the first quarter of last year to 267 this year – a 19-percent decrease. Amongst all MICE events held in the quarter, 257 were meetings, down 20 percent from last year’s 322, while the number of participants at meetings… more
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