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  • Competitive Malaysia wins four major business events

    Malaysia continues to prosper with rampant acquisition of business events and has secured four new major conferences. Among the winning bids are the University of Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS 2019), the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF 7) 2019, the 19th East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Teachers’ Conference...

  • ICPB to boost support for MICE stakeholders with international bids

    India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), announced that it will strengthen its efforts and infrastructure to help and support associations and professional conference organisers (PCOs) to aggressively bid for large international conference and exhibition events during its 12th annual Conventions India Conclave in Kochi. Suman Billa, joint secretary of tourism and...

  • Thailand road shows drive corporate business from India

    Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has reported a positive outcome from their roadshows in New Delhi and Mumbai with sales lead potential for 3,500 meeting and incentive delegates from New Delhi and 4,500 from Mumbai for events later this year. Nooch Homrossukhon, TCEB’s director of the meetings and incentives...

  • Hotel workers forced to take leave as HK occupancies and rates plummet

    Hong Kong hotel workers are being placed on involuntary leave as room rates and occupancy rates plummet following more than 80 days of anti-government protests. Dozens of staff at some of the city’s top hotels, including the 492-room Mira Hong Kong and the 503-room InterContinental Hong Kong, are set for...

  • India is fourth largest long haul market for Canada with 21 per cent increase

    With a growth of 21 per cent in May 2019, India has emerged as the fourth largest long haul inbound market for Canada. India set new monthly arrivals records every month in 2018, a new annual arrivals record, and grew to become Destination Canada’s seventh largest inbound market overall in...

  • Nepal targets 25 per cent boost in Indian arrivals with new airports

    Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) formally launched its ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign during their four-city road show tour in India while interacting with key outbound leisure and MICE travel professionals. NTB is targeting a 25 per cent growth in arrivals from India. By 2020, Nepal plans to operate two new international...

  • Tourism industry calls for reinstatement of seven per cent SEIS incentive

    India’s tourism industry stakeholders have urged the government to continue with the seven per cent Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS) incentives as the travel and tourism industry in the country is facing challenges due to a slowdown in inbound business. The Ministry of Commerce reduced the seven per cent...

  • Thailand to launch national database to help MICE business growth

    Thai MICE Connect, an online platform that contains information on the country’s MICE industry and connects various industry sectors from tourism to logistics, will be launched in    October by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). Created in collaboration with more than ten public and private organisations, Thai MICE Connect...

  • Indian arrivals drives boost for Malaysia tourism revenue

    A steep growth in Indian arrivals helped Indian Malaysia’s tourism industry record a 16.9 per cent increase in tourist income in the first quarter of this year. RM21.4 billion (US$5.1 billion) in receipts were received as tourist arrivals totalled nearly 6.7 million compared with 6.5 million in the same period...

  • MICE to meet you! TCEB launches VIP airport service

    Thailand is hoping first impressions count by offering travel-weary VIPs the MICE Lane. The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is offering hassle-free arrivals at  Suvarnabhumi Airport international airport in Bangkok for up to 15 people per event. VIPs will be met as they disembark from the plane, directed through a...

  • Three major MICE associations form global alliance

    Three international MICE associations – AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association) and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) – have launched an alliance. They will collaborate closely in the future and generate more efficiently aligned benefits for their respective members....

  • Events cancelled in Hong Kong due to civil unrest

    Violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police on the streets of Hong Kong have led to the cancellation of some events and forums. There have been flight disruptions from Hong Kong International Airport, the fourth-busiest airport in Asia by total passengers annually. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager has postponed its Asia...