Category Archives: Conventions

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre gets 59 per cent recurrent clients


The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s 2016 focus on its partnership approach and customised solutions have resulted in a strong retention of its client base. In the first 10 months of this year (between 1 January and 31 October), the Centre hosted 644 events, of which 59 per cent or 377 were recurrent clients. The events have attracted over 1.01 million delegates and visitors and generated RM382 million in economic impact to Malaysia. Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Angeline van den Broecke explained, “We have found that adopting a customised, partnership approach builds better collaboration and assists us to deliver more effectively to our client’s objectives. This also assists us to help organisers maximise floor space, reduce build up and breakdown time and apply solutions to drive cost containment without negatively impacting on the content of the event.”

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Thailand gets its first in-depth MICE portal


Thailand’s first and only in-depth, interactive online portal for MICE industry – – was launched by Image Asia Events. “Phuket – the pilot geographical area – is up and running and work has started on phase two: Koh Samui, Krabi and Khao Lak, to round out the south of Thailand, before moving on to tackle Bangkok,” said Grenville Fordham, IMAGE Asia’s Founder and Managing Director. For buyers in these industries, affords a real opportunity to preselect venues and other components of an event based on real, hard information. The automated ‘Request For Proposal’ (RFP) feature, sends a detailed enquiry direct to a list of pre-selected suppliers with a single click, is a real time saver, while interactive checklists help ensure that no detail is forgotten in the event planning process.

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Ras Al Khaimah’s inaugural investment forum from Dec 13-14


Ras Al Khaimah Finance & Investment Forum (RAKFIF) is gearing up for a successful first edition. Taking place from December 13-14, 2016, at the Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah, (UAE), RAKFIF will aim to help business leaders, financiers, and investors navigate this developing landscape. The forum will cover Hospitality & Tourism, Real Estate, Manufacturing & Production and Infrastructure sectors. RAKFIF, hosted under the patronage and with the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, is backed by strong government support and key RAK entities.

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HICC to host INTERSPEECH in September 2018


The Hyderabad International Convention Centre will host the INTERSPEECH 2018 from September 2-6, 2018. INTERSPEECH 2018 emphasises an interdisciplinary approach covering all aspects of speech science and technology spanning basic theories to applications. The participants of this conference from around the world will get a first-hand feel of the unique challenges of providing IT-enabled services to a large population in a multilingual society like India. Neil Paterson, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & HICC, says, “HICC is proud to host this significant platform for exploiting the challenges facing the scientific community in dealing with spoken form of communication in all its aspects.”

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Thailand lifts 30-day restriction on public entertainment and festivities


The Thai Government has announced an end to the 30-day restriction on public entertainment and festivities. The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) informed all MICE and business event organisers that the Thai government has now lifted these restrictions to allow entertainment venues, musical, theatrical and festive celebrations to resume operations as normal. This allows all business events and festival events to proceed as usual. Accordingly, TCEB has advised all business travellers to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal, and to recheck programmes in case of changes.

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ITS World Congress in Melbourne hosted 11,500 delegates from 70 countries


The 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne hosted almost 11,500 delegates from more than 70 countries. The five-day event from October 10-14, at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre saw government round-tables, 14 demonstrations offering 5,000+ live experiences, 17 off-site technical tours, 22 parallel conference tracks featuring 600+ sessions, two public days and an extensive schools and university programme, its first-ever hackathon, a 20,000 square metre exhibition involving 300+ organisations and over 50 congress partner, according to Stephan Wurzinger, Regional Director – Association Relations, MCI Australia.

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HPMF goes to Bhubaneswar from Nov 17-20


The Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum’s (HPMF) annual convention will be held on November 17-20, 2016 at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon & Convention centre in Bhubaneswar. Nitin Shankar Nagrale, Founder and General Secretary, HPMF, reveals, “The highlight of the forum is also to bring industry though leaders to deliberate on the challenges faced on the talent and skill development initiatives and how to bridge the gaps in the same. Another objective is to equip the hospitality purchase professionals with the latest trends and tools to better manage and excel in their current functional roles.”

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Corporate Travel Day at ITB Asia 2017


The next edition of ITB Asia, to be held from October 25–27, 2017 in Singapore, is expected to have a dedicated ‘Corporate Travel Day’ and ‘Hotel Day’, lined up with an exciting full day of conference programmes. The  other two editions of ITB Asia will take place in October 17–19, 2018, and October 16–18, 2019. Messe Berlin, the organisers of the event, have announced the extension of its partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) from 2017-2019. Dr. Martin Buck, Senior Vice President, Messe Berlin GmbH, said, “Next year, ITB Asia will be momentous as we celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary.”

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Hotel Investment Forum India to be held on November 16 and 17 in Mumbai


Hotel Investment Forum India will be held on 16th and 17th November at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar. It is the annual meeting place for the leaders in the Indian hotel and tourism industry to discuss important trends, network, identify new opportunities, and create deals through a combination of plenary sessions, breakout panels, and interactive workshops.

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