This Week's Headlines

Malaysia’s trade push back against new stimulus package

The chiefs of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers...

Lay-offs ordered in tourism and meetings industry associations

Some global and regional industry associations have become victims of the Covid-19 pandemic, with...

OUE to rebrand Mandarin Orchard into largest Hilton hotel in APAC

Property group OUE and OUE Commercial REIT (OUE C-Reit) will spend S$90 million (US$62...

Malaysian hoteliers brace for further fallout from lockdown extension

Malaysia has extended its existing 14-day nationwide movement control order (MCO) from March 31...

Thailand plans stricter measures to fight Covid-19 spread

Thailand prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked the Emergency Decree across the kingdom, which...

Q&A

Tough times don’t last, tough people do

China’s extended Chinese New Year break, imposed because of the Covid-19 outbreak, ended on February 9. Liu Ping, founder and CEO of China Star, and SITE international board director, relates how life still has to go on amid a bad situation

Funding the future

On its 15th anniversary, Singapore-based MICE Matters set up a foundation worth S$250,000, the bulk of which will go towards bursaries for students at local polytechnics taking up courses in travel and hospitality. Its director, Melvyn Nonis, believes that investments in MICE education are always worth it.

Beyond the plastic straw

In an age of increased awareness, travellers across the globe understand the need to be more eco-friendly and sustainable. But for a large hotel chain, introducing a change isn't simple, as there are many factors to consider. Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, Hilton in South-east Asia, reveals how he is working towards shaping a more environmentally-friendly future for the industry

Shifting the MICE gear up a notch

As Japan’s most southern island chain continues its tourism boom, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau MICE director, Kimiyo Uechi, delves into how much its incentive business has grown, and relays plans on how to capture more meetings moving forward

Intelligence

UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released updated numbers that reflect the impact that tradeshow postponements and cancellations are having for...
UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released data that reflect how much tradeshow postponements and cancellations are costing both the industry...

Millennial business travellers in APAC driving post-digital tech wave

Millennial travellers are driving corporate travel towards a post-digital era in Asia-Pacific, as their...

Business events grew in 2019; effects of Covid-19 in 2020 remain...

According to the 29th Meetings Market Survey by PCMA's Convene magazine, meeting attendance continued...

Editor's Pick

This is how we do it

A multigenerational event audience is challenging the way conferences are executed nowadays. In Asia, this is fuelling the rise of more interactive delivery styles to capture the crowd’s attention.

Perfect Penang

S Puvaneswary delves into the Malaysian island’s treasure trove of quirky experiences and MICE hardware, and reveals why the destination warrants a large “X” on the business events map

Distinguished blends

Tokyo, Japan’s top destination for business events, reinforces its appeal through strong city-wide partnerships and a tantalising blend of traditions and modernity.

Spotlight: Walid Wafik

SMX Convention Center’s vice president and general manager explains the value of MICE for the Philippines, and stresses the need for venues to adopt a service-oriented culture

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