• February/March 2017

    February/March 2017

    Where is the love for business events?

    This year marks my 10th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) and its B2B exhibition TRAVEX.

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    Bonding through a universal language

    Who does not enjoy music, even the most tone-deaf of us?

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    Hyatt Regency greets Sydney’s Darling Harbour

    The former Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Darling Harbour has reopened as the Hyatt Regency Sydney following an A$250 million (US$187.5 million) refurbishment. The expansion also gave the property a new 24-storey tower and 222 premium guestrooms.

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    Second Aloft in Taipei opens in hot springs district

    Marriott International has planted its second Aloft flag in Taipei with the opening of Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel. The 292-room hotel reflects the brand’s passion for music and technology, with guestrooms and public areas featuring creations of local artists, while guests are provided with the SPG Keyless mobile check-in system.

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    Coimbatore gets a Blu

    Coimbatore, the second largest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and one that bustles with industrial activity, has welcomed the 135-key Radisson Blu Coimbatore on Avinashi Road.

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    Feast on that view of Uluru

    SEIT Outback Australia and Australian Transit Group Downunder have launched a new Uluru Fork and View tour that offers travellers a different way to enjoy views of the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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    In the pipeline

    Regional carrier SilkAir’s thrice-weekly services will replace parent company Singapore Airlines’ SQ466/SQ467 flights to Colombo in April 2017, as part of the SIA Group’s route optimisation drive.

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    Perth expands luxe stay options with new Crown Towers

    The highly anticipated Crown Towers Perth opened on December 14 last year, adding 500 luxurious guestrooms, suites and villas to the room inventory of the Western Australian city.

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    Marriott’s new Phu Quoc hotel exudes a magical vibe

    The resort island of Phu Quoc welcomed its first international luxury hotel brand in January this year, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa.

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    Rage meets government’s plans to shut Tokyo Big Sight

    Japan’s exhibitions industry has reacted with fury and incredulity at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s decision in January to close Tokyo Big Sight for seven months to use it as the international media centre before and during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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    Brisbane scores Dreamtime 2017, readies to showcase new developments for event planners

    The Queensland capital, usually passed over by business events planners in favour of sister cities Sydney or Melbourne, has been announced as the 2017 host for Dreamtime, Tourism Australia’s signature biennial business events showcase.

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    Japan’s Event Services dives into Kanazawa with DMC arm

    To promote the city of Kanazawa as an emerging destination for incentive travel, leading Tokyo-based MICE provider, Event Services, will be launching a new division, DMC Kanazawa, in April or May this year.

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    Dubai clinches record number of business event bids in 2016

    Dubai Business Events (DBE) won a record number of 129 bids and proposals for upcoming business events last year, a 79 per cent increase from 2015, with much of this success attributed to its ambassador programme and partnerships.

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    In brief

    Hoftel, the world’s only global hotel owners’ alliance, will host its first South East Asia Hotel Investor’s Summit at Dusit Thani Bangkok from June 13 to 14, 2017.

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    South-east Asian incentives on crosshairs of Perth CVB

    Armed with stronger funding for Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) this year, along with new tourism products and softening hotel room rates across the city as a result of Western Australia’s mining and energy industry downturn, bureau CEO Paul Beeson said “the stars are aligned” for the destination to intensify its courtship of corporate incentives, particularly from South-east Asia.

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