KOREA Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) has launched a tourist information centre for international visitors to access information on the famed Gangnam district’s high-tech industries, medical tourism and K-Pop culture.
Operated by STO alongside Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Gangnam District Office, the two-storey Gangnam Tourist Information Center is aimed at helping expand tourism infrastructure by offering general tourist services such as currency exchange, reservation facilities, ticketing, luggage storage and the purchasing of transportation cards. The first floor is also dedicated to information on medical tourism, while the second, the K-Wave Experience Zone, provides fans with various interactive stations of their favourite Korean celebrities.
Located in the luxury shopping and medical-centric Apgujeong of Gangnam, the centre is adjacent to a Hyundai Department Store and in close proximity to Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong and Cheongdam Luxury Brand Street.
The centre was officially opened last week with a special ceremony attended by officials from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Gangnam District Office and STO, as well as Korean pop celebrities Super Junior and EXO.


RAWR lauds business events excellence in Malaysia

MALAYSIA This September, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) will kick off an inaugural awards show for the business events industry. Jointly organised to recognise excellence, leadership and innovation, RAWR Awards 2013 also intends to establish Malaysia as Asia’s premier MICE destination.
Until end July, industry players had been encouraged to submit nominations for 27 categories within the awards, including Best International Conference Award, Best Trade Exhibition, Best Incentive Programme, Best Environmental Initiative Award and Best Event.
MyCEB general manager of sales and marketing, Ho Yoke Ping said the rationale behind the awards was to give industry players the “due recognition of industry professionalism and best business practices”.
The awards are open to Malaysian-registered business event products and suppliers operating in the country, and events/activities that took place between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. Applicants have to be members of MyCEB and/or MACEOS, or event owners such as national associations or corporations that may not be members of either organisations. RAWR Awards 2013 has attracted sponsors such as Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Radius and Hot Shoes thus far.


Sri Lanka expected at CIBTM 2013

SRI LANKA One of the ways Sri Lanka is emerging as a MICE destination is through its participation in industry tradeshows such as The China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) in Beijing, China this September. The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and Sri Lankan Airlines, together with partners including DMCs, incentive travel agents and venues, will be exhibiting at the tradeshow running from September 2-4 at the China National Convention Centre.
The country’s convention bureau general manager, Vipula Wanigasekera said that this is an ideal time for Sri Lanka to break into the MICE industry, following efforts made in the past few years to promote Sri Lanka as a tourism destination.
“By exhibiting at CIBTM, we are hoping to attract both incentive houses and meeting planners from Eastern Asia, particularly from China. We hope that buyers from these regions will be interested in the highly diverse products and destinations that Sri Lanka has to offer,” he told micenet ASIA.
CIBTM project manager of Reed Travel Exhibitions, Jeffrey Xu believed that Sri Lanka’s central location in the Indian Ocean allows for easy access from all parts of the world, which has been expedited by the inclusion of Colombo in regular schedules of leading airlines. Additionally, its “international and local hotels offer star-class accommodation, modern conference facilities and competitive packages for the meetings sector”.