Shaping a new energy landscape at SIEW this year

In keeping with tradition, SIEW 2012 will feature best-in-class conferences and exhibition in key energy verticals

SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) has had a strong tradition of being more than just a platform to discuss significant energy issues and policy strategies. It continues to be a partner of the world’s leading energy-related conferences.
The fifth IEW, from October 22-25, 2012 will feature a total of six partner events. Aside from the four returning events comprising Asia Smart Grid, Downstream Asia, EMART Asia and PV Asia Pacific Expo, two new conferences will make their debut at SIEW–Asia Future Energy Forum (AFEF) and Gas Asia Summit (GAS).
The Asia Future Energy Forum (AFEF), the Asian counterpart to the world-class World Future Energy Summit, will be a platform to discuss renewable energy and clean technologies, as well as a marketplace for alternative energy suppliers to meet buyers. The Gas Asia Summit conference and networking will focus on the impact of North American LNG exports on Asian markets, among other things. Both are taking place for the first time this year.
SIEW will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. For more information and to register, visit http://siew.sg or contact ema_siew@ema.gov.sg

Big turnout for ACTE Asia Education Conference

Interactive education sessions added value to conference

BY SANDRA HERNANDEZ

SINGAPORE – The Asia Education Conference in Singapore organised by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), welcomed more than 450 registered delegates from 27 different countries from August 15-16 at the Marina Bay Sands.
Of the corporate travel executive delegates in attendance, 50% were buyer companies and one-third were corporate buyers.
“We’re thrilled with the turnout in Singapore,” said ACTE Asia Board member Kurt Knackstedt. “Business travel executives from around the region – and the world – came to this conference looking for new approaches to industry issues, and they did not leave disappointed.”
Each of ACTE’s four keynote speakers reinforced global innovations critical to the corporate travel industry. There were 15 educational sessions covering topics that include business travel predictions for 2013 and how mobile apps can enhance the traveller’s experience.
ACTE regional director (Asia), Benson Tang, summed the event by saying, “This year’s Conference theme, ABC3 – Above & Beyond – Connect, Communicate and Collaborate, reinforces ACTE’s commitment to providing educational programming that actualizes ideas and innovation. We aspire not to simply just talk about industry issues, but to drive solutions.”

“This year’s Conference theme, ABC3 – Above & Beyond – Connect, Communicate and Collaborate, reinforces ACTE’s commitment to providing educational programming that actualizes ideas and innovation. We aspire not to simply just talk about industry issues, but to drive solutions.”

Focus on core MICE concept

Pullman offers Co-Meeting concept for quality meetings and events.

BY SIRIMA EAMTAKO

Pullman Hotels and Resorts vice president for global marketing, Xavier Louyot.

BANGKOK – Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Accor’s upscale hotel brand for business and MICE travellers, is offering the Co-Meeting concept as a new way to organise quality meetings, conferences and incentive events, while embarking on an aggressive expansion plan in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Co-Meeting offer is led by the brand’s two dedicated managers.
The event manager provides one-stop contact for every stage of preparation
and execution of any event while the IT solutions manager makes sure that all services and solutions negotiated when the meeting was planned are technically feasible.
Pullman Hotels and Resorts vice president for global marketing, Xavier Louyot, said the Co-Meeting solution would make the entire hotel infrastructure available for the meeting, from participants’ welcome in the lobby to meeting rooms, break areas, dining rooms, terraces and Pullman’s innovative Chill out Space.
According to him, meeting rooms are concentrated in a specific part of the hotel to facilitate participant movement and organisation. Rooms are adapted to all types of events, from large plenary sessions to subcommittee or board meeting rooms. All meetings are enhance by permanent break facilities.
While the Co-Meeting solution is created to strengthen the brand’s MICE-focus concept, the Pullman brand’s presence is being expanded particularly in the Asia-Pacific region where the hotel chain recognises strong market potential.
Louyot told micenet ASIA that by next year, half of the total operating Pullman hotels would be in the Asia-Pacific region.
The chain currently manages 65 hotels and 20,000 rooms in 21 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and South America. Of the total, 29 hotels are in the Asia-Pacific region, where another 30 new hotels are under development.
“Asia-Pacific is a very strong region for us both as a feeder market and an expansion base. China, one of our top markets in the region, will be the first country in the world to have as many as 14 Pullman hotels by the end of this year,” Louyot said.
Other destinations in the opening pipeline in Asia-Pacific have included India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Pullman hotels will only be presented in major international city, business tourist hubs or airport locations, such as Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket, according to Louyot.
The Pullman brand, which draws its origins from the upscale trains created in the 19th century in the United States by George Mortimer Pullman, was relaunched in 2007 with the aim of making it the benchmark in upscale international hotels, according to Accor. Its first hotel was the Pullman Bangkok King Power.
Louyot said while Pullman continued to focus on its core MICE concept, it had undergone a new publicity campaign that highlighted the new spirit of the brand through visuals that communicate relaxation, modernity, destination and country opening, as well as underlining urban and resort destinations and the business positioning of the brand for business as well as leisure.
He added Pullman hotels worldwide hosted about 30,000 MICE events on an annual basis. Its market mix consisted of 70 per cent business travellers and
30 per cent leisure visitors. Of the business segment, 40 to 45 per cent are individual guests and the remaining are MICE travellers.

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