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 in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2016.

“With at least 300 orchid species in Sarawak, and 127 endemic to Sarawak, we hope to create greater awareness and develop orchid research and development for Sarawak and Asia Pacific,” said YBhg. Datuk Abang Wahap Abang Julai, mayor of the Commission of the City of Kuching North, one of the event’s local hosts.
APOC 2019 is among SCB’s recent bid wins, including the 9th International Conference on Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia 2014, International Conference of the International Vocational Education and Training Association in 2015, International Conference on Chemical Education 2016 and 7th International Hornbill Conference 2017.

This year, more than 25 events – each expecting to attract between 300 to 1000 foreign delegates – will be held in Sarawak, including Tropical Peatland and Oil Palm, World Safety 2013 and Asia Pacific Tourism Hospitality and Technology Conference.

To ensure smooth event facilitation, SCB has beefed up its team members with three new appointments in the sales division, one in research, two in marketing communications and one in administration and finance.

MEET Taiwan Card gets new members

TAIWAN MEET Taiwan Card, an incentive scheme introduced this May under the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ MICE Industry Pilot Programme, has welcomed Taipei World Trade Center Club (TWTC Club) and Carplus into its family of participating merchants.
TWTC Club members-only dining facility located on the 33rd floor of Taipei World Trade Center and Carplus car rental service with branches across Taiwan join the card’s 225 participating business establishments, with 3868 branches offering discounts to cardholders.
Some of the existing participants include Taipei 101 Shopping Center and Observation Deck, Hanshin Department Store in Kaohsiung, Wow-Prime Group’s 10 restaurant chains, Taiwan Post Offices, Taiwan Taxi, National Palace Museum, Cathay General Hospital and world-class hotels such as The Grand Hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei and Evergreen Hotels.

Exhibitors, foreign visitors and international conference participants can request for the complimentary MEET Taiwan Card from their exhibition or conference organisers. The card is valid until December 31, 2016.

TCEB launches Domestic MICE: A Royal Trail Inspiration Campaign

THAILAND The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Royal Initiative Discovery (RID) Foundation have launched a campaign aimed at offering team-building ideas in Royally-initiated projects to domestic MICE groups from September 2013 to March 2014.

The Domestic MICE: A Royal Trail Inspiration campaign is offering team-building activities at 14 Royal Initiative Projects in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Sakon Nakhon and Krabi. There are more than 4000 Royally-initiated projects nationwide.
Some available activities include bird-watching of more than a thousand rare species at Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station, high-altitude fisheries at Inthanon Royal Agricultural Station, ecological and beach-cleaning activities at Royal Conservation and the restoration of Thung Thale Forest Project at Koh Lanta.
Thailand-based airlines – Thai Airways International, THAI Smile, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia and Nok Air – are offering exclusive privileges and discounts on domestic air travel.

TCEB is expecting the campaign to attract some 5000 domestic MICE visitors and generate 100 million baht (US$3.1 million) in revenue.