Business events set for a big year in 2014

Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) work in the business events sector is in full swing, as the organisation secures a presence at several industry trade shows in an effort to target key international markets. “Tourism New Zealand’s attendance at important trade events over the coming months is part of our commitment to growing the New Zealand business events profile in the international sector,” TNZ’s international business events manager, Bjoern Spreitzer, said. The organisation recently joined forces with Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) on a 100% […]

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New venue for MEETINGS 2014

This year MEETINGS, New Zealand’s premier business event, will be held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds – offering more space for exhibitors and new opportunities for networking. For the first time the annual exhibition, organised by CINZ and set to take place on June 18 and 19, will be staged across two large pavilions. “At the ASB Showgrounds we have the luxury of space so we’ve been able to introduce some new options for exhibitors that give them a bit more flexibility,’’ MEETINGS event manager, Jeanette […]

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BUREAU BRIEFS

Sarawak to host Orchid Show 2019 MALAYSIA The Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) has won the bid to host the 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference and Show (APOC) in 2019, which is expected to generate RM1.3 million (US$395,260) in direct delegates’ expenditure. Held every three years, the week-long APOC is the biggest gathering of international orchid enthusiasts. Its 11th edition was held in Okinawa, Japan in February this year and attracted 1887 orchid researchers, conservationists and growers from 25 countries. The 12th edition will be held […]

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OPINION: Location, location, location

American Express Meetings & Events’ Danielle Puceta lists some primary considerations you should make before deciding on a location or venue for your event. DANIELLE PUCETA AMERICAN EXPRESS MEETINGS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, JAPA     Regardless of the purpose or budget of an event, it is often the location which is the most hotly discussed topic. And perhaps rightly so. Location and venue selection can be one of the more glamorous and dare I say, fun, tasks associated with meetings and events. The venue can […]

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Singapore Terms & Conditions

A. GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. This contest aims to promote greater awareness and appreciation of Singapore as a destination for meeting and incentive travel organisers. 2. This contest is open to all professionals in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events industry living or working within the Asia Pacific region. B. CONTEST MECHANICS 1. Contestants are required to submit a 50-word response to why they would consider a meeting or incentive travel trip to Singapore, by emailing info@micenet.asia with their full name, company and designation. […]

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CONTEST TERMS & CONDITIONS

 A. GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. This contest aims to promote greater awareness and appreciation of the vibrant MICE industry, and is organised by micenet ASIA and AONIA Pte Ltd (termed “the Organisers”). 2. This competition is open to all professionals in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events industry and students undertaking related courses (events and hospitality management courses). All participants in this contest will hence be termed “the Contestant” and reside in any country within Asia. B. CONTEST MECHANICS 1. All contestants […]

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Prizes Terms & Conditions

Prizes: Winners will be notified via email from micenet ASIA.  Vouchers will be mailed to winners.  Vouchers will have clear instructions on reservations and other contact details.  Please read the terms stated on the voucher as well as those stated below.  Vouchers cannot be renewed once expired.  Lost vouchers may not be replaced and it is up to the discretion of the hotel sponsors.  Prizes are not exchangeable for cash and cannot be sold to another party via a website or in person.   Capri […]

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It’s almost time for AIME 2013!

Pre-register online for free to attend the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) as a visitor and meet with your choice of the 800+ international and domestic exhibitors from the meetings and incentives industry, including 200 that are new to AIME this year. For the first time, AIME is inviting visitors to line up meetings before the show through the new Visitor Appointment Diaries, a system that was previously only available to hosted buyers. A great way to maximise your time at AIME! The diaries […]

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Cairns centre’s record month

The Cairns Convention Centre ended 2012 on a record high with more bid wins for the month than in any December since opening. Bid wins including the Tertiary Education Management Conference 2014 (800 delegates), 2013 Australasian International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Summit (250 delegates), Community Legal Centres 2013 National Conference (500 delegates), and Parks & Leisure National Conference 2014 (600 delegates) resulted in the record month. Following on the back of announcements that Cairns will host the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors […]

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PARKROYAL on Pickering welcomes first guests

SINGAPORE – Rising in such a dominating presence in Singapore’s central business district, PARKROYAL on Pickering opens this month to welcome its first guests. Internationally acclaimed local architectural firm WOHA designed the hotel with a nature-inspired theme of tall solar-powered sky gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and cascading vertical greenery. PARKROYAL on Pickering general manager, David Sullivan says, “Our team of knowledgeable and passionate associates are excited to build upon the green architectural foundations of PARKROYAL on Pickering to promote sustainable hotel operations and […]

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American Express Meetings & Events forecast says Asia Pacific to lead regions in growth

SINGAPORE – Asia Pacific, with its relatively strong economy, is likely to see the strongest growth among regions in both spending and the number of meetings, according to American Express Meetings & Events 2013 Global Meetings Forecast (“the Forecast”). The findings are based on a comprehensive survey, extensive meetings and events data, and in-depth interviews of meetings professionals – including planners, buyers and hotel suppliers from around the world – conducted by American Express Meetings & Events. “Companies consider meetings and events to be a […]

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NSW Premier committed to business events precinct

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell last week showed the government’s commitment to the business event sector when he announced a consortium comprising AEG Ogden, Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless was the preferred group to transform 20 hectares at Darling Harbour into a world leading meeting, exhibition and entertainment precinct. “Underscoring the need for new facilities, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority advises that over the past five years the existing facilities have been unable to accommodate about 169 conventions and 12 exhibitions,” he said. “These events […]

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Australia sees visitor growth on all fronts

Australia sees visitor growth on all fronts

By Edwina Storie Tourism Australia MD, Andrew McEvoy, said at an industry briefing in Sydney last week that despite being in the “Asian Century” the country was still seeing growth from the traditional markets of the UK, Europe and North America. Mr McEvoy said Australia is first in the world for spend per visit, and business events remained an “imperative” element of attracting high-spend visitors. The 2020 vision for Tourism Australia to reach $140 billion in overnight spend is complemented by Business Events Australia’s own […]

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Sofitel expands in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE – Sofitel strengthens its presence in Asia with the launch of So brand and the opening of four new hotels in Mumbai, Auckland, and Bangkok. Sofitel So is the designer “boutique hotel” vision of Sofitel and Sofitel So Singapore will debut in June 2013. “We want Sofitel to be in certain places and Singapore is a prime target as it is a high value city,” shares Sofitel Asia Pacific senior vice president, Mr T Markland Blaiklock. The new Sofitel openings mark a milestone in […]

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Volcano disrupts Air New Zealand flights

Air New Zealand is slowly recommencing services after a 2km-high ash cloud erupted from Mount Tongariro on the North Island yesterday, causing cancellations in flights from Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington and Gisborne airports. Services to Rotorua have returned to schedule while Taupo and Gisborne airports are still being affected. The airline is advising customers to check the website for flight interruptions and updates.

Melbourne city starts off strong

The city of Melbourne has started the 2012/13 financial year with a series of conference bid wins set to generate $27 million for the Victorian economy. Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, announced the city had secured 14 association business events in the first quarter of 2012/13. Melbourne has been awarded nine international and five national conferences, which will attract an estimated 7550 delegates to Victoria over the next six years. Some of these events include:  Engineers Australia National Conference 2014 Green […]

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Asian business tourism opportunities remain strong

FROM: one minute micenet ASIA e-newsletter October I, 2012 SINGAPORE – TravelRave 2012, Asia’s annual travel trade festival, kicked off this week with a successful start; proving once again that Asia continues its lead in the growth of travel and tourism globally. Even with the challenging economies of Europe and America, Asia proves its resilience and favourable growth opportunities. In fact, this same economic condition appears to work to the favour of Asia, as Singapore Tourism Board Director of Exhibitions and Conferences, Andrew Phua, shared with […]

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Christchurch makes Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities of 2013

FROM: one-minute e-newsletter micenet NEW ZEALAND October, 2012 Christchurch is making a comeback with one of the world’s most reputable guidebooks cementing its status. Lonely Planet placed Christchurch at number six on its list of Top 10 Cities for 2013. “To have such a respected world-wide publication single out Christchurch as an exciting, vibrant place to visit, is an incredible boost for our city. [It] has the potential to make a huge difference to the speed at which our tourism industry recovers,” Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism […]

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Former tourism minister heads up Yarra body

FROM: one-minute e-newsletter micenet October II, 2012 Former Federal Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey, has been appointed chair of Yarra Ranges Business & Tourism (YRBT). “Fran’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable in steering YRBT to becoming an essential part of businesses in the Yarra Ranges – not just tourism businesses,” said president of the YRBT, Ross Stevens. Fran Bailey was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 as the Member for local seat McEwen. On her appointment she said she […]

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iPad magazine

From October 2012, reading micenet AUSTRALIA will be transformed into a whole new experience unrivalled by any other business events magazine in the country. The refreshed digital magazine will cover the industry’s big issues, the game-changing events, the latest technological innovations, and profile the best destinations for meetings, incentives and events here and internationally. EXCITING, INTERACTIVE, AND ENGAGING. If you prefer your news on the go, log on to iTunes to download the micenet app onto your iPad, and automatically receive each issue as soon […]

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