Thailand Campaigns at IMEX America to Attract Associations

October 17, 2017

Thailand Campaigns at IMEX America to Attract Associations

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) launched a new marketing campaign at IMEX America last week, aiming to raise the industry’s profile draw more international events and increase visits. With the US MICE remaining a major target for Thailand – 26,735 MICE delegates from the US during the first three quarters of TCEB’s current fiscal year, the country is promoting the message that hosting business events in Thailand can be fun.

Through the recent marketing communication campaign, “THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success”, TCEB has been introducing key fundamental pillars of MICE industry which include a diversity of destination, business opportunities, and people of Thailand. Under the title “THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success, decoded with chapters of possibilities”, the three pillars of the country’s MICE industry remain the key focus in the 2018 campaign.

Moreover, Thailand is developing and promoting secondary destinations that have MICE facilities by upgrading airports and expanding railways and ports in order to link the capital with these cities.

This year’s IMEX America is also the launch pad for a new joint collaboration by four of Asia’s leading MICE destinations, the MICE bureaus of Malaysia, Seoul, Singapore and Thailand showcasing connectivity between Asian destinations and linking destinations with post event tours. The 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference and the 31st Congress of Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS 2018) are to name but a couple of international conferences headed to Thailand.

October 9, 2017

Final Call to Associations for BestCities in Tokyo

Just over two months away, this is the last chance for all senior international association executives interested in participating in the annual BestCities Global Forum, to be held in Tokyo from 4-7 December.

Themed ‘Building Global Connections Across Cultures’, BestCities Global Alliance is offering to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the meeting tourism industry in 2018 and beyond. During this four-day programme, delegates will take part in workshops and informative sessions learning about cultural management and intelligence, while looking at ways of establishing purposeful meetings, and acquiring practical skills they can apply to their day to day work back home and future events.

In partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB), the Forum also offers attendees cultural activities in order to explore Japan’s unique and intriguing heritage. Finally, the annual Ambassador Dinner will provide delegates with the opportunity to establish relationships with peers and grow global networks.

October 5, 2017

Singapore Keeps Going Strong with International Congresses

2017 sees Singapore maintain its international standing as the leading business events destination in Asia Pacific once again. 20,000 visitors are expected to come to the city thanks to large congresses, regional exhibitions and conferences, most of which will be taking place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia.

Over the past year, Singapore has won bids to host five major world congresses from the medical and industrial solutions sectors.

It was recently confirmed as the host city for the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Annual Meeting in 2021, which will attract 1,200 visiting physicians and healthcare professionals. 2018 will find the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in Singapore gathering more than 4,000 endocrinologists from over 70 countries and further down the road, the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024 will welcome 8,000 anaesthesiologists from around the world.

In the industrial sector, the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) on industrial and manufacturing theory and applications is expected to receive around 1,300 overseas attendees in 2020, while the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) is expected to host around 2,000 international industry professionals in 2022.

September 28, 2017

A Smart Nation Presented : Singapore

On the occasion of the celebration of the city-state’s National Day on 26 September, the Singapore Convention Bureau and EDB organised an event – attended by Boardroom – for associations and corporates based in Brussels who might have an interest in developing their business in Singapore and in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Region, which by 2050 will be the world’s 4th largest economic block.

The event’s aim was to introduce both Singapore and ASEAN to the attendees, for a better understanding of the environment and opportunities in the region. With Singapore preparing to take over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2018, and with the EU-Singapore FTA ready to come into force in the near future, there will be increased opportunities in this dynamic and growing region.

Singapore is a city-state at the heart of South-East Asia – while being a getaway to the rest of Asia – with a modern service-based and fast growing economy. Furthermore, it has a high-standard of living and serves as a regional hub for both financial and port activities.

For its future development, Singapore’s focus will be on innovation and green growth. Indeed, the city is investing heavily on urban development transforming it into a smart eco-city. Moving in this direction, will help Singapore address the adverse effects of climate change, develop a sustainable and efficient transport system and vertical farming.

Some basic facts that support such statements are: by 2030 Asia will account for 80% of middle class spending, its consumer market is larger than that of India and similar to that of continental China, Asia has overtaken North America and Europe in the number of patent requests filed with the European Patent Office…

Understandably, Singapore was eager to share these figures during the celebrations for its National Day!

September 21, 2017

Ageing Issues to Be Raised in Sarawak

Sarawak will host the 1st ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing on 10th-12th October, organised by the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) in collaboration with the Sarawak Convention Bureau. Themed Ageing – Challenges, Successes and the Journey Ahead, the conference is aimed to help address the issues and challenges of rapidly ageing populations in the region.

Clinicians from various disciplines, allied health professionals, the legal fraternity, financial institutions, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, policy makers, and housing developers are among stakeholders set to attend the 3 day conference that will include plenaries, workshops, forums and symposia in its scientific programme covering various age-related issues.

On the last day of the conference, a consensus will be drawn up on the issues and challenges of ageing faced by the region and a report will be forwarded to the respective ministries.

Professor Nathan Vytialingam, Organising Chairman of the ASEAN Conference, says: “The ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing will be an ideal platform for stakeholders in the region to gather and discuss these issues and challenges so that the right preparations, policies and framework can be put in place in advance to help prepare their nations for the impact of ageing populations”.

 

 

September 18, 2017

Malaysia’s Next Move Revealed to Associations

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) was officially launched during the Malaysia Association neXt (MyNext) 2017 conference aiming to help association professionals by nurturing the members in enhancing growth, development and professionalism.

The MSAE is a strategic move in order to ensure association management is duly recognised and appreciated as a profession in Malaysia. Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) encouraged and facilitated the establishment of the organisation, together with several renowned association leaders, Dato’ Dr. Zaliha Omar, President of Malaysian Society of Association Executive and Dr. Saunthari Somasundaram, President and Medical Director of National Cancer Society Malaysia are to name but a couple.

This year’s MyNext, which saw the presence of 124 local association experts and thought leaders, gave delegates the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest insights and best practices in the association management industry, as well as access to cutting-edge insights, exchange ideas, network, express thoughts and debate issues that impact the future growth sustainability of associations in Malaysia.

Picture: (Third from left) Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau; (Centre) Dato’ Dr. Zaliha Omar, President of Malaysian Society of Association Executive; and (Third from right) Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, President-Elect of Malaysian Society of Association Executive posing together with the MSAE committee members.

September 13, 2017

Tunnel Experts to See the Light in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia will host the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) from 15 to 21 May 2020 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, as was announced at the recent 43rd International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) general assembly in Norway.

Themed “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity” and supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the event is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees from the global tunneling and underground construction industry.

WTC 2020 is set to be the largest engineering event of its kind in Malaysia by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and will serve as an exchange point for engineers and professionals to network over the latest trends and innovations in tunneling and underground construction industry.

September 4, 2017

Mathematicians Are Invited to Tokyo in 2023

Tokyo will host the 10th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2023) according to the decision made at the Board Meeting of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Valencia in May 2017.

Having been founded in Paris in 1984, the Congress is held every four years attracting more than 3,000 participants related to mathematics from all around the world. The Congress will be held for the first time at Waseda University in August 2023.

Japan’s long-standing contribution to the mathematical society and ICIAM, financial and in-kind support from Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and TCVB as well as “Team Japan” ‘s effort in preparing the proposal were all decisive factors in winning the bid.

September 1, 2017

Leading Eye Specialists to Gather in Melbourne

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has just secured the largest ever conference for the state.

Melbourne has indeed been chosen as the host city for the World Ophthalmology Congress® 2022 (WOC2022) of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). This biennial congress will convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 25 – 28 February 2022 and is forecast to be the largest conference ever secured for Victoria, attracting over 14,000 delegates from across the globe and generating more than $85 million in economic contribution for Victoria.

Secured by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), with vital support from MCB, WOC2022 offers world-leading experts, healthcare specialists and practice managers in the field of ophthalmology the opportunity to meet in Melbourne to discuss new trends, products and developments in ophthalmology and eye health.

August 30, 2017

Coex Gets Ready for UIA Seoul World Architects Congress

At least 30,000 people are expected to descend on Seoul this September 3rd to 10th for the 26th UIA Congress.

Located at both Coex and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), the eight-day congress will bring professionals and future leaders in the field of architecture to exchange the latest trends, best practices, and case studies.

Since its launch in 1948, the UIA World Architencts Congress has been held 25 times, with Seoul selected as the 26th destination under the theme “Soul of City”.

The 26th UIA Congress was organized closely with the Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects (FIKA), Seoul Metropolitan Government, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of the Repulbic of Korea, and the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy

“September is the best month of the year to visit Seoul and all participants will be able to explore Korean traditional and modern culture, breathtaking scenery, and enjoyable cuisine,” said Jong Ruhl Hahn, President of the Congress. “There are also many other reasons Seoul will be the most convenient in every way, such as extensive WiFi networks provided in every corner of the City, warmest and energetic Seoullites, and trouble-free ground transportation.”