INDONESIA Medan, the regional capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia, recently launched Kuala Namu International Airport as a solution to the over-congested Polonia Airport located on its outskirts.
Touted to be the second largest and busiest airport in the country after Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Kuala Namu is built to serve 9 million passengers in its first phase and 16 million passengers in the next. Boasting a runway spanning 3750 metres by 60 metres and a 6.5-hectare terminal, the airport will also be able to cater to 4.5 million international passengers and 2.6 million international passengers in transit.
There are also plans to include an airport train line to carry passengers between Medan and the new airport. Promising a frequency of up to 15 times daily with a capacity of 172 passengers, the first set is expected to arrive from South Korea in early August and the second set this December. In the meantime, INKA, the Indonesian Rail construction company, is supporting the route with locally-made carriages.
MBS scores new certification for sustainability
SINGAPORE Ongoing commitment towards sustainability practices has paid off for Marina Bay Sands, as it becomes the first events venue outside the US to be certified under a new international sustainability standard within the MICE space. It has achieved Level One Certification to the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences, one of the performance standards for sustainability introduced by the global MICE industry last year.
The ASTM Venue Standard outlines procedural requirements for venue selection such as the practice of researching, evaluating and selecting the facility for an event, with specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.
“Being green has been in our DNA from the very beginning, and that thinking in turn influences the way we do business. The green aspects of Marina Bay Sands have been a carefully thought-out process that started the moment we won the bid,” Marina Bay Sands vice-president of sales, Mike Lee said.
MBS was also awarded the Green Mark Gold Award by the Building and Construction Authority last February, which is a national award given to buildings for energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, environmental protection and innovation.
PALME returns to Vietnam
VIETNAM After a one-year hiatus, the professional event technology show PALME Vietnam 2013 will be held in Ho Chi Minh City this year from November 6-8. The show is promising over 150 exhibitors of services in the professional audio, lighting, systems integration, music software and entertainment technology in Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre. An expected 5000 trade visitors are expected at the three-day event, held concurrently with INSTALL Vietnam 2013 and Broadcast & Media Tech Vietnam 2013.
Back in 2011, PALME Vietnam saw a showcase of over 121 brands and companies from 19 countries, with some 4490 trade visitors from the entertainment and broadcast industry in attendance.
As more than 60 per cent were key decision makers in their companies, more than half of attendees confirmed an order, asked for a quotation or made a purchase.