Jakarta, Bali secure Miss World 2013

INDONESIA Miss World will be held in Jakarta and Bali this year, making Indonesia the first Southeast Asian country to host this event.
The Miss World 2013 Global Finals will take place at the Sentul International Convention Center in Jakarta on September 28, with some 125 beauty pageant contestants from around the globe converging in Bali one month prior.
The Sentul International Convention Center is located on the border of Jakarta and West Java, and the latter’s governor has expressed his support for the event in consideration that no bikini contests will take place there.
The event will be held in the largest arena of its kind in Indonesia.


TCEB eyes more Asian events

THAILAND Having observed great business potential in Asia, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is targeting to lure more business meetings from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and exhibitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India, Vietnam and China.
Financial subsidies will continue to be part of TCEB’s winning strategy. In its third fiscal quarter (April to June 2013), it will be supporting the fourth World Anesthesia Convention, Herbalife Extravaganza and incentives groups from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, as well as providing assistance to 21 international exhibitions.
This follows assistance provided to 210 conventions and 23 international exhibitions between October 2012 and March 2013, including Pro Health China, World Cargo Alliance Conference and Motor Expo.
TCEB is also working to increase the awareness of Thailand as a MICE destination through trade shows, including IMEX in Frankfurt, the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) in Chicago and Korea MICE Expo in Seoul. It is also staging seven road shows in Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, China, England, Germany and the US.
TCEB acting president Thongchai Sridama said TCEB is expecting the local MICE industry to grow by 5 to 10 per cent this year to the value of 88 billion baht (US$2.95 billion) from around 940,000 foreign MICE visitors.


World PCO Alliance to grab exhibitor spot at IMEX

GLOBAL The World PCO Alliance, which was formed four years ago and now sees 20 member PCOs worldwide, will exhibit at The Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX) in Frankfurt this May for the first time.
Denmark’s International Conference Services president elect Per Ankaer said this is a natural step to showcase the success of the alliance.
“The co-operation in the alliance has been strengthened throughout the years and many clients have seen the advantage of working with a strong local PCO with a large international network.”
Representing leading PCOs in six continents, the World PCO Alliance is a cohesive group which aims to capitalise on the efficiency of consolidating conference and event services within one network.
With clear financial and logistical benefits as well as quality assurance, the alliance’s members share resources, knowledge, technology, training and best practices to provide a one-stop solution for international meetings and conferences.
The alliance organises about 500 congresses every year. Over 400,000 delegates attended the congresses organised in 2012.