Macao and Kuala Lumpur set their sights to become key Asian MICE destinations.

Mega convention heads to Sands Cotai Macao

MACAO – Sands® Cotai Macao is getting ready to welcome one of the largest MICE events to Macao come November 2013 – a testament to Sands China Ltd’s long-term effort in developing Macao’s MICE industry. A global pharmaceutical firm will make use of the MICE facilities of Sands Cotai Macao, utilising both sides of Sands China’s sprawling Cotai Strip® development.
“This is yet another milestone event for Sands Cotai Macao, and for the city,” says Venetian Macau Ltd vice president of sales and resort marketing, Brendon Elliott. “With Macao making a strong push to become a world centre of tourism and leisure, events of this magnitude have a home in Macao, at the expansive and comprehensive facilities provided by Sands China Ltd’s integrated resort city on Cotai. Event delegates at Sands Cotai Macao will find that they are at the absolute centre of all the best business and leisure offerings available on Cotai. Sands Cotai Macao not only offers its MICE prowess, but has all the bases covered with world-class choices in accommodation, entertainment, dining and retail.”
“There is no reason for me not to choose The Venetian Macao and Sands Cotai Central as the partner hotels for my MICE business,” says Kimmy Ho, Manager of MICE Service, China Travel Service Gongbei Port Guangdong Co., Ltd, the organiser of the upcoming major staff annual meeting. “Both of the integrated resorts have unrivalled facilities including sufficient and comfortable hotel rooms and spacious and practical meeting space, and a dedicated and professional sales team. Their event teams also provide very professional and personalised services that greatly support my work. The Macao government’s MICE incentive programme is yet another reason for me to keep recommending Macao and these two resorts to my clients.”
The event is set to bring Macao closer toward becoming Asia’s premier destination for leisure, entertainment and business, where delegates can experience what the city has to offer.

International Olympic Committee meets in Malaysia in 2015

KUALA LUMPUR – Kuala Lumpur has won the bid to host the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in 2015 where the 2022 host city for the Olympic Winter Games will be decided. The session will bring approximately US$8.4 million in economic impact to the country.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) President, YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Al-marhum Tuanku Ja’afar, said, “The hosting of this session marks Malaysia’s entry into the ranks of other Asian countries that has previously hosted this prestigious meet such as China, Japan, Korea and Singapore. This is no doubt a prestigious meeting of which we are thoroughly proud to be a part of. We are grateful to the IOC for choosing Malaysia and recognising our determination and hard work to ensure the success of the bid”.