• May 2017

    May 2017

    Cover Story - The rise of design hotels

    An increasingly younger, well-travelled, demanding event audience is forcing planners to be more creative and allowing exciting design-driven hotels to get onto their shopping list. By Karen Yue

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    Cover Story - Big boys get in on the design action

    While design hotels are commonly defined as being high on aesthetics, low in room inventory and facility range, and independently run, some have defied that with their association with global hotel chains.

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    Cover Story - Beauties on the block

    Beauties with character? Oh yes, they exist. We profile some of our favourite design hotels in Asia-Pacific that work well for business events

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    Give me the unusual

    Over lunch with two industry friends recently, we got into a conversation about hotels in the region – what were the most luxurious, romantic, beautiful, stylish properties we’ve seen or experienced while on the job.

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    Cam Ranh Bay unveils luxurious new gem

    Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay is fast shaping up as a resort destination, and the latest product to materialise there is The Anam, a luxurious 117-villa and 96-room resort framed by swaying palm trees (3,000 of them!) and turquoise waters of the East Sea.

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    Pacific World gets emotional

    Foreseeing that emotional engagement will be a significant factor to consider when planning events for 2017, Pacific World has created new products and designed experiences to stir emotional engagement to enhance the effectiveness of meetings, incentives and event programmes.

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    CWT M&E ups travel security with International SOS partnership

    CWT Meetings & Events (M&E), a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has launched the only global corporate meetings and events service to include International SOS services as part of its core customer offering.

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    Sabre enhances GetThere for better travel management

    Sabre has revamped GetThere, its online travel management solution, after conducting research sessions to evaluate what travellers and travel mangers wanted and needed out of a booking tool.

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    In the pipeline

    The 160-room DoubleTree by Hilton Vientiane, scheduled to open in early 2020, will mark Hilton’s entry into Laos and the brand’s debut in the capital city.

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    NECC spurs exhibition growth

    Shanghai’s National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), which opened officially in June 2015, is set to strengthen the Chinese city’s standing as a top exhibition and business travel destination.

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    Luxe MICE events on the rise in Japan

    The growth in luxury travel into Japan is rubbing off on the business events sector as consumers increasingly seek the unusual and the unique.

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    Business objectives drive Chinese events to farther lands

    More Chinese groups are heading for meetings and incentive programmes in Europe this year, with DMCs and CVBs reporting growth rates as high as triple digits despite a less buoyant Chinese economy.

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    Event safety plans more critical than ever: experts

    The March 22 attack in London has underlined the growing necessity for business events to come with a crisis contingency plan, industry players say.

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    Priority Pass gains more corporate adoption, expands lounge network

    UK-based Collinson Group has seen recent success with corporate take-ups for its Priority Pass worldwide airport lounge membership programme, most of which are from clients in the oil and gas, education, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors.

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    New management structure for FCM

    FCM Travel Solutions (FCM) has unveiled a new management structure in Asia headed by Bertrand Saillet, general manager, Asia, corporate.

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