Jun 20, 2011
The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association had good news to announce during its June 17 Annual General Meeting: the number of trade exhibitions, visitors, exhibiting companies and showfloor space all showed increases, some with double-digit percentages. In 2010, more than 648,000 visitors from outside of Hong Kong attended trade exhibitions, representing an increase of more than 13 percent from 2009. This significant leap was fueled by a strong comeback of international visitors, a jump of 18 percent to 214,000, surpassing the pre-financial crisis level. Visitors… more
Jun 06, 2011
Marina Bay Sands Singapore now offers MICE clients a state-of-the-art reservation system, Passkey GroupMAX, which allows guests to book, review and modify their hotel reservations via a personalized Web site at any time. Organizers are able track room block and reservation trends throughout the event, enabling them to optimize their room blocks. Meeting planners also are able to import room lists in any format to a secure Web location, as well as easily manage room list modifications. In addition, the system allows them to capture guest information, such as meal preferences and… more
Jun 06, 2011
Thailand is directly targeting the luxury MICE market with a new initiative that’s part of the Thailand Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Believe in Thailand” campaign. The initiative is designed both to extend market penetration in the existing luxury MICE market and also to increase the size of this niche market. TCEB has selected five “chic and charming” destinations – one each in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui - to offer a “captivating experience and unrivalled standards to the most discerning MICE groups,”… more
Jun 06, 2011
More than 100,000 art and antique lovers, collectors and professionals from across Asia, Europe and the United States congregated at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for two events - ART HK – Hong Kong International Art Fair and Christie’s Hong Kong Spring Auctions. This year’s ART HK, held May 26-29, expanded by almost 40 percent, compared with 2010, and presented a record-breaking 260 galleries from 38 countries. Thousands of visitors and buyers visited the HKCEC to see an array of works by approximately 1,000 artists - ranging from modern… more
May 23, 2011
United Business Media Asia recently promoted Michael Duck to executive vice president of UBM Asia, effective June 1. According to UBM Asia officials, Duck has been instrumental in the company’s growth since its establishment in 1994, particularly in Hong Kong, China and the U.S. During the past five years, Duck also has played a crucial role in the rapid development of UBM India, helping it to become a sizeable $20 million in revenue business, with a healthy profit margin. In addition, Duck has been heavily involved in the strong growth of UBM Asia’s business in the… more
May 23, 2011
There was a notable increase in the number of international pavilions coming from a total of 10 countries and regions at the IFAT CHINA + EPTEE + CWS 2011 events organized by Messe München International and Shanghai ZM International Exhibition. The combined shows were held May 5-7 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling and Natural Energy Sources has strengthened its prevailing position as the largest and most important environmental trade show in Asia, according to show organizers. "This year’s… more
May 23, 2011
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Management (HML) was presented the Award for Organisation with the Highest Amount of Carbon Footprint Reduction and the Carbon “Less” 14% Certificate of the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) in recognition of HML’s efforts in carbon reduction during 2009. HML had participated in the program for the first time and, according to HML officials, was “glad to have achieved a total of 14% carbon reduction, which is far more than the minimum requirement.” In addition, HML has received the “Award… more
May 23, 2011
Sydney jumped an impressive 17 spots to snag the No. 10 ranking out of 364 global business destinations on the 2010 International Convention & Congress Association List. Within the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney is ranked as the No. 2 business events destination, second only to Singapore. In 2010, Sydney hosted almost half of the total number of meetings attributed to Australian cities. “The result is a strong indication of the robustness of Sydney’s meetings industry and our ability to deliver world-class meetings, events and conferences,” said Jon Hutchison, CEO… more
May 10, 2011
In April, nine exhibitions focusing on various industries were held and thousands of exhibitors and visitors gathered for business and networking at China’s Zhengzhou International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Among the nine exhibitions held last month, three of them were new exhibitions held at the ZZICEC for the first time. The new shows were the China Zhengzhou Baking Exhibition, China Zhengzhou Food Ingredient, Additive and Equipment Expo and China Zhengzhou Food Preservation, Freezing Technique Exhibition. “Our strategy is to expand our event portfolio by… more
May 09, 2011
CommunicAsia2011, an exhibition for the global infocomm industry in the Asia-Pacific region, still is a few months away, but there are a lot of first-time exhibitors willing to place their bets on the event on tap June 21-24 at the Marina Bay Sands. “CommunicAsia provides exhibitors a golden opportunity annually to display their innovative technologies and solutions, in addition to offering visitors from around the world a platform to keep track of the latest technologies and market development trends,” said Jason Wang, vice president of FiberHome international technology,… more