New MICE portal to help sell Thailand to international buyers
Image Asia Events has launched what is said to be Thailand's first and only in-depth, interactive online portal for the MICE industry, a platform that promotes the country for business events, connects suppliers with buyers, and aggregates MICE news content from other sources.
Japan makes more heritage sites open for event hire
Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan have joined Kyoto's Nijo Castle in welcoming private events in a bid to offer MICE planners a greater variety of unique spaces.
Qatar tourism woos Chinese leisure, MICE travellers
The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is making inroads into China, where it intends to "first target leisure travellers and then aim for MICE", now that a number of visitor-friendly factors are falling into place.
CWT forecasts more meetings, larger group sizes, higher cost in APAC
CWT's latest 2017 Meetings & Events Forecast states that the industry will see overall growth, despite decreased client meeting expenditure in some regions.
Corporate travel policies not addressing use of sharing economy services
An International SOS survey revealed that while sharing economy services are becoming more commonplace in corporate travel, 75 per cent of organisations lack policies that address their travellers' use of such services.
MACEOS wants to grow, set new industry standards
The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) is in discussions with the government to make it compulsory for new organisations to be members of MACEOS before they can be licensed to operate.
Rebranded Indigo Pearl shifts focus on families, MICE
Indigo Pearl, an established design icon in Phuket's hospitality scene, recently rebranded as The Slate with a stronger focus on the family and MICE segments in its "next phase of evolution", said Prakaikaew Na-Ranong, co-owner of the luxury resort alongside her father Wichit Na-Ranong.
Worldhotels eyes China properties to bolster MICE business
WORLDHOTELS, a global brand of independent properties, is planning to add 20 China members over the next two years and focus on increasing its share of MICE business.
China organisations mull cost-effectiveness, safety in corporate travel
WHILE corporate travel budgets in China increased only marginally in 2016, cost-effective and efficient solutions as well as employee safety are emerging as some key concerns among Chinese organisations, according to new findings from the China Business Travel Survey (the Barometer) by CITS American Express Global Business Travel.
New Makati hotel tempts MICE groups with onsen spa
THE newly minted I'm Hotel in Makati is hoping to lure corporate groups with its onsen spa and other novel water treatment concepts when it soft-opens in November.