Category Archives: Incentives

Corporate travel is on the rise in Asia-Pacific: Sabre

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Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider in the global travel industry, has revealed the survey insight from over 70 corporate travel management companies (TMCs) from across Asia Pacific, on latest trends in terms of regional bookings. The survey discloses that as economic growth continues to sweep across the region, more companies are expecting their corporate travel managers for door-to-door travel booking solutions, demanding expense integration and most importantly, to identify cost saving opportunities. “The results of this survey reflect the critical role of TMCs in assuring the business success of their clients. More than ever, members of the travel industry need to work closely together to enable a smooth, relevant shopping experience for the traveller,” said Todd Arthur, Vice President, Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific. Almost 7 in 10 (65 per cent) respondents admit they are asked to identify cost savings, and this cost-conscious approach is encouraging travel managers to find new ways to minimize spending. While premium economy continues to gain ground in the region, 1 travel manager in 3 has recorded an increase of close to 5 percent in premium economy bookings over the last year. As travel-related expenses become a central consideration for companies, the survey also reveals that downgrades, shifting reservations from business to economy class, account for close to 40 percent of their bookings. What’s more, almost 1 in 4 have identified a significant increase in their LCC share of volume. The survey also reveals that 32 percent of respondents expect solutions that enable mobile booking capacities will become mainstream within the next two years, but only 10 percent believe that virtual payment solutions will gain widespread acceptance – an unfortunate conclusion, as virtual payments …

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IMWF 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey

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International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF) 2019 opens in Antalya, Turkey and will be held till May 16 at Rixos Premium Belek Hotel powered by  Inventum Global and Turkish Airlines. Neville Fiat Ersoy, MD, IMWF welcomed the delegation along with Bunyat Ozpak, Managing Partner, Inventum Global. The world-renowned names and decision makers of the sector will meet in Antalya under the IMWF 2019. The fourth edition of IMWF this has increased the demand from destination weddings and MiCE markets by 8 times. Ersoy said, “For IMWF’19, there was a record number of applications for participation. This gave us the opportunity to select the best, most effective ones from these applications. While we are at the heart of the industry, we are also conducting an international communication study for the IMWF all year round, with the inclusion of the industry phenomenon Sabbas Joseph in our international advisory board.”      

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TCEB to focus on enhancing strategic partnerships with MICE communities

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) – Business is elevating Thailand’s fast-growing MICE sector by forming a series of deep partnerships with major MICE players supported by its new marketing plan and trade show strategy. This year TCEB – Business is looking to deepen partnerships with existing partners and identified new ones at trade shows where it has confirmed attendance, IMEX Frankfurt, IMEX America and IBTM World, Spain. Nichapa Yoswee, TCEB’s Senior Vice President – Business said, “TCEB – Business is using these trade shows as a platform to deepen and create new partnerships with the regional and international business events communities, while developing and growing Thailand’s MICE industry. “This year the key aim is not just selling destinations and winning business. TCEB’s unique ‘Thailand Redefine Your Business Events’ branding reflects its new role as a thought leader. It also positions TCEB as a co-creator, partner and collaborator for the business events industry,” Nichapa added. One example of this new partnership in action will be at IMEX Frankfurt. TCEB – Business is taking the lead for Asian Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) and working with AACVB members to develop a model for economic impact assessment of the MICE industry. The objective is to equip Asian CVBs with a common and reliable tool to justify and show the industry’s impact on economic growth. The ultimate goal is to gain enhanced trust from government, policy makers, business community, social and academic entities in the economic importance of MICE industry. Other objective is to form PCO partnerships where TCEB matches local Thai PCOs with international PCOs to collaborate in organising business events in Thailand. TCEB – Business is now actively …

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Singapore bullish on business events for 2019

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Singapore will play host to a sizeable number of business events from 2019 and beyond, with several of these events secured being inaugural editions. In particular, there are more business events from the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. These events will help Singapore bolster its reputation as a leading world-class business events destination. This comes on the back of a strong performance of the BTMICE industry in 2018. From January to September 2018 (year-to-date 3Q2018), tourism receipts1 from the BTMICE sector rose by 10 per cent, to hit S$3.44 billion, compared to the same period in 2017. This was driven by growth in BTMICE visitor arrivals, which also rose 14 per cent year-on-yearfor the same period, to hit 2 million arrivals. Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “High profile events in 2018 that garnered strong global interest, such as the DPRK-USA Singapore Summit and the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, have helped increase awareness of Singapore’s business events industry. This has also bolstered our reputation as a choice destination for meetings and business events.” “In 2019 and beyond, we look forward to a strong slate of events in the Professional Services, Technology and F&B clusters. As these clusters are aligned to Singapore’s key economic sectors and play well to our strengths, we are confident that Singapore will provide many opportunities for decision-makers, event organisers and business executives looking to chart a path in this space,” Ms Ow added. These tourism receipts exclude Sightseeing, Entertainment and Gaming (SEG). The full-year results for BTMICE will be available only later in the year. Prominent business events secured in professional services and technology sectors The strong presence of regional company headquarters …

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AIME begins today in Melbourne

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Taking place in Melbourne from February 18-20, Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) brings together the right buyers with the right exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region and across the world. After a year of meticulous planning, AIME has finally opened its doors, showcasing the reimagined event to the global meetings events industry. With the countdown commencing, 2019 promises to deliver a new AIME experience, challenging established expectations and honing its focus on measurable commercial outcomes. “With a rich history spanning 27 years, AIME has been at the heart of the business events industry in the Asia Pacific region. For many, the event was the start of their careers, in a transformative industry that touches so many of us. AIME 2019 is the start of a new journey, and we are looking forward to welcoming business event communities from all over the world, in what is sure to be a prosperous year ahead,” said Jay Martens, Event Director, Talk2 Media & Events. Evolution of the AIME Knowledge Program, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), now sees it be the largest and most comprehensive Business Events education program on any single day in Australia. 500 participants will engage in a variety of sessions specifically curated in partnership with AIME’s strategic education partner, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). “The planning and reshaping of AIME 2019 has been a momentous journey with Talk2Media over the last 12 months. The business events industry has been vocal about what they’d like to see at AIME and Talk2Media have worked with us closely to build an event that will be significantly different than previous editions. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come to life,” …

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Bangkok 2nd as per GDS Index

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Bangkok is second on the list of Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. The rating, which measured social and environmental sustainability strategies, industry supplier support, and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives. The results also praised Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)’s performance as a top scorer in a comparison of convention bureaux in other Asian destinations. The top five destinations recently received GDS-Index Awards from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) to recognise their sustainable practices in the business tourism and events industry. The five highest overall scores went to Gothenburg (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Reykjavik (Iceland), Oslo (Norway) and Uppsala (Sweden) respectively. According to the index, the top five Asian cities with highest overall scores are Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok, Goyang (South Korea), Sapporo (Japan), and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) respectively. Bangkok was ranked second in Asia and 21st in the world according to the GDS-Index. The ranking measured across four key areas, including city environmental strategy and infrastructure (14 topics), city social sustainability performance (4 topics), industry supplier support (8 topics), and convention bureau (CVB) strategy and initiatives (12 topics). Bangkok received an overall score of 58 per cent, with the convention bureau winning 69 per cent, ably beating the global benchmark of 53 per cent. TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya noted that this was the first time that Bangkok had participated in the GDS-Index, leaving the bureau delighted by the result.

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International exhibitors set to return to AIME 2019

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Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of international exhibitors are returning to showcase at the 2019 event. Leading the comeback are the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Dubai Business Events & Convention Bureau (DBE), both identifying the opportunity to connect with the richest pool of quality international buyers attending AIME in many years.   This notable return to AIME comes as a result of the refreshed vision, which has overhauled the way that exhibitors take part in the event, sharpening the focus to a positive return on investment through rigorous curation of the buyer program and format that meetings are delivered.  “The interest that we’ve received from both international and regional exhibitors has been monumental. Whilst they span very different industries, they are all signing up for the same reason – to meet and connect with more quality buyers from across APAC who are ready to do business”, said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events. DBE last attended AIME in 2015, with Thailand last attending in 2017. TCEB is using the 2019 event as a major platform to meet with new and existing clients, maximise networking, as well as launch a global rewards program for event buyers. Endorsing AIME’s pre-eminence in the MICE market, TCEB Australia Representative, Nicole Tingey from Clockwise Consulting commented, “Australia and the broader APAC region has strong ties with the Kingdom of Thailand, and AIME presents the perfect opportunity to promote Thailand as a key destination for Business Events due to its excellent reputation for service, aviation links, high quality hotels, convention centres and appealing choice of experiences for …

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Michelle Frymire as CFO

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the global travel management company, has appointed Michelle Frymire as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Based in Minneapolis, she will report to Kurt Ekert, President & CEO of CWT and serve as a member of the CWT Executive Leadership Team. Current CFO Brad Hall will become Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative & Financial Officer of Carlson Inc., CWT’s parent company. Both appointments will be effective from 21 January 2019. “Michelle brings a wealth of experience and skill from a broad industry base. I am delighted to welcome her to CWT and look forward to partnering with her as we continue to execute our CWT 3.0 growth strategy,” said Kurt Ekert. “I also extend my deep gratitude to Brad for the significant contribution he has made to the development of our business and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.”  Immediately prior to her appointment, Michelle was CFO at a portfolio company of private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. She was previously CFO at Service King Collision Repair, TruGreen Lawn Care and Starwood Vacation Ownership, and held senior finance roles at ServiceMaster, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and American Airlines.  Michelle is an American national and holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a BA from Austin College.

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TCEB launches ‘Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events’

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched new campaign Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events to transform the organisation’s role from a supporter and marketer of business events hosted in Thailand, to that of a thought leader, partner, collaborator, co-creator and enabler of future solutions within the industry. The campaign will be underpinned by proactive marketing strategies and activities to attract more premium convention, meeting and incentive groups from long haul destinations like Europe and the Americas.  The campaign calls for collaboration between the Thai business events community and international event planners, to create new event content and strategies to drive stronger returns on investment, time, effort and engagement.  TCEB’s experience over the past 12 months – working with the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) in preparation for the SITE Global Conference happening from 11 to 14 January 2019 in Bangkok – embodies the spirit of true collaboration. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of TCEB, explains: “TCEBTCE and the Thailand host committee have been working for the past year to ensure that SITE’s conference content reflects the spirit of Thai hospitality and creative excellence. Delegates will experience amazing off-site social networking locations including cultural interactive experiences in locations along the Bangkok River.” “Thailand welcomes business events which centre on knowledge, creativity and culture, and provides opportunities to gain invaluable experience. As part of our new campaign ‘Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events’, we welcome global event planners such as SITE, to collaborate with our Thai community to create new experiences for participants using Thailand’s rich content. A cash reward programme has also been introduced to MICE agents and intermediaries, who accumulate meetings and incentives group numbers or spending in a year …

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PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 concluded in Khon Kaen with 300 delegates

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The PATA Destination Marketing Forum (PDMF), themed on ‘Growth with Goals’, welcomed over  290 delegates from 25 destinations. The event, hosted by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with the support of Khon Kaen Province, brought together delegates from the public and private sectors for insightful discussions on some of the major issues in marketing and managing tourism growth to lesser-known destinations. Dr Mario Hardy, PATA, CEO said, “This event stems from the need to help secondary and tertiary areas grow and develop into widely recognised, bucket-listed tourism destinations. Aligning with our advocacy theme of tourism dispersal, the forum shines the spotlight on new and emerging destinations, introducing delegates to lesser-known yet attractive corners of the world. It is designed to assist communities economically in these destinations by encouraging dispersion of tourists to new frontiers.” Delegates will herd from experienced industry professionals during the conference on major topics like ‘Status of Destination Management Around the World’, ‘Role of Local Experiences in Destination Marketing’, ‘Managing the Disconnect between Destination Organisations and Communities’, ‘Transborder Marketing. Case Studies of GMS’, ‘Fighting Undertourism Through Innovative Storytelling’, ‘Calculating our Impact as Destinations’ and ‘Leveraging Technology to Revolutionise the Travel Space’.    

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