Editor Blog - karen.yue
Don’t feed that fear
When the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) was announced on June 24, news producers and thought leaders everywhere got busy churning out reports after reports on the consequences of this decision.
Let your hotel help you go green
In July 2014 TTGmice ran with a cover feature on green convention and exhibition centres in Asia, and we discovered that not all Asian clients gave priority of choice to venues that run a sustainable opertation, preferring instead those that fit their budget and business needs.
Keeping the faith
I have a soft spot for Japan. Its big cities are energising, its towns peaceful and full of unique character, and its people polite and genuine.
Feeding the new breed of delegates
When I got married in 2011, my husband and I chose to host our banquet at My Humble House, one of Singapore’s top fine dining Chinese restaurants then (it has since closed its doors here, focusing its operations in Jakarta, Tokyo and Beijing), instead of a ballroom in a hotel where banquet meals are mass-produced in a central kitchen.
Face risks bravely
News on the Jakarta city centre bombings and the ensuing gun fight between the police and suspects broke just as I was writing this editorial, and right away I thought, oh no, what a terrible start to the new year for the people of the Indonesian capital city.
The real engine driving this business
One of my favourite modern quotes came from business magnate Richard Branson: “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple.”
Fun with food
Some eat to live while others live to eat. I fall into the latter category, which should hardly be a surprise since I’m a child of the food paradise that is Singapore.
Golf is gold
For more than a decade the annual IT&CM Asia has been preceded by a friendly golf tournament, an activity that continues to be loved today by both exhibitors and buyers, as it offers participants a chance to socialise as friends in a casual setting, without the pressure of having to seal a deal by the end of the game.
Be proud, get loud about incentives
I love it when mega incentive movements make headlines in general news media. When China’s Tiens Group took 6,400 happy employees to various destinations across France in May this year to celebrate its 20th anniversary, ……..
Functional luxury coming right up!
As a business traveller I often do not have the freedom to choose where I would stay during overseas assignments; that is decided by my corporate booker who picks the most convenient and reliable property priced within the company’s budget, or the event organiser who has a selection of official hotels to work with.
Eat up for goodness’ sake
It has never occurred to me how much food is featured in a business event until that fateful lunch meeting with the Marina Bay Sands’ sustainability team a few months ago.
An invaluable recognition
It was about this time last year when the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) wrote to us with great news – TTGmice’s cover story in the July 2012 issue had won the 2013 PATA Gold Award’s Travel Journalism – Business Article Award. To say we were delighted then is an understatement.
Getting ahead with technology
For as long as I’ve been a journalist, and that has been eight glorious years, I always get a little anxious whenever it is time to file stories back to the news desk from conferences or tradeshows at hotels or convention centres.
Every year my team and I attend eight travel trade shows around the region where we produce show dailies for event delegates. And if all destinations could be reached by direct flights, we would be in the air together 16 times a year.
New year, new look
Two months into 2014 and the year is unfolding with much excitement for all of us at TTG Asia Media, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Cast your eyes on the sea
I was tickled pink by some of the comments made by event planners who had contributed to our cover story this month, Team on board (page 10-22), which looks at the allure of hosting corporate gatherings out at sea.
We strike gold again
Mere days after celebrating the completion of our August issue, my team and I were given yet another – and far bigger – reason to rejoice.
A moving motivation
This month’s cover feature is one of our favourite annual projects, as we get to seek out and qualify for our pages some of the best activities and experiences a company can offer to its top-performing employees and business partners.
It is natural that one tends to be drawn to all things shiny and new, and in recent weeks and months much attention has been paid to the construction of new convention and exhibition centres here in Asia-Pacific.
A passionate world of business events
Several months ago I was invited to share my understanding of business events with a group of tourism students from local schools.
While they were keen on pursuing a career in the events industry, the general desire was to go down the entertainment track. Concerts and parties were what they wanted to do because business events were too serious, cold and boring.
A better year
Once again, I’m impressed by the resilient spirit of Asia’s MICE and tourism trade.
Bonding through pain
That’s the cheeky response I got from Manjit Singh, sales manager of Forest Adventure, a treetop course in Singapore that is popular with corporate and school groups, when I asked why simpler challenges, such as games on terra firma, were not offered.
Straight from the heart
There was a time, long before I came into the world of travel trade and MICE, when I had a conversation with a business acquaintance who had expressed great support for corporate adoption of charity organisations.
The problem with green
Writing this issue’s cover story on green convention and exhibition
centres in Asia and the corresponding attitudes event organisers are
taking towards these venues left me quite puzzled.
Eat, explore and be merry
My team of reporters and correspondents were faced with some challenges
when researching for this month’s cover feature on fun and affordable
food-inspired event ideas.
Be water, my friends
Looking through the reports sent in by TTGmice reporters for this issue’s cover story, The year forward, I realise how cautious most MICE players are in making their projections for this year’s business performance.