Asia never stands still with plenty of new product coming online and loads of conference business on the books.

BY BRAD FOSTER

Asia is the kind of place where if you blink you miss something significant. And there has been plenty of significance in recent times that meeting planners should know about.
In Macau, for example, the September opening of the Sheraton Macau created a real buzz. With 3896 accommodation rooms and 15,000 square metres of event space it is the largest Sheraton property in the world.
Located within the Sands Cotai Central integrated complex, the Sheraton Macao is surrounded by more than 100 retail outlets, 20 restaurants and cafes, live entertainment venues, with an air-conditioned pedestrian overpass under construction which will link this facility to the Venetian.
The other big news at this property is that Corinne Janssen has been appointed director of sales – associations. Ms Janssen and her team are dedicated solely to winning international association business for the Sheraton Macao.

Visit www.sheraton.com/macao to learn more.

In Kuala Lumpur, there is also a new property – the Grand Hyatt – which is also targeting the meetings sector, with 3300 square metres of meetings and events space available. On opening, GM Robert Dallimore said the company was excited to offer a hotel in KL and they were fortunate to be situated in such a central location.
Recognising the important role event planners have, Hyatt has created the Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards where planners can redeem travel rewards, future meeting credits and more.

Visit www.kualalumpur.grand.hyatt.com for details.

It’s hard to believe that Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands celebrated its second anniversary recently. The integrated resort remains a firm favourite with visitors, including meeting planners, running at 100 per cent occupancy throughout 2012.
A big win for the venue this year was the announcement that it would host SIBOS in 2015. Described as “the world’s premier financial services event” delegate numbers are expected to top 5000.

Visit www.marinabaysands.com for a tour of this amazing venue.

Still in Singapore, the island of Sentosa celebrates 40 years in 2012. Just 15 minutes from downtown Singapore, Sentosa welcomed Singapore’s first integrated resort in 2012 – Resorts World™ Sentosa. Most recently it welcomed a W Hotel to its ever-growing accommodation inventory.

big wins

In step with new hotel openings, many Asian destinations have also been securing more international meetings.
The city of Seoul, for example, recently secured the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Congress for 2018 which will have an expected delegate turnout of more than 6000.
The win reportedly brings to fruition six months of collaboration between the Seoul Convention Bureau, the Korean Union of Biology and Molecular Biology and local PCO, MECI International.
And in other news for the South Korean capital, the city will host the 36th biennial congress of the Combustion Institute in 2016, with an expected attendance of 700 delegates from 70 countries and around 500 from Korea.
In Malaysia, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau is steadfastly working towards becoming a major player in the convention market, recently announcing it had secured the 44th International Federation of Training and Development Organisations World Conference for 2015, and the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons conference for the same year.

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