A Bloodline to Run through Malaysia

June 19, 2018

A Bloodline to Run through Malaysia

Malaysia prepares to welcome the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) Congress 2020, which will take place from 14 to 18 June 2020 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Leading healthcare experts from 125 countries are expected to gather at the biennial congress, first time to be held in Malaysia, to discuss and share the status of hemophilia treatment and research in the various parts of the world.

Datuk Zulkefli Haji Sharif, the Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB, said: “In line with MyCEB’s goal of attracting major healthcare conferences to Malaysia, the congress will see an impressive line-up of speakers comprising of leading experts in the field such as practitioners, scientists, doctors, specialists, pharmaceuticals and pharmacists of inherited blood disorders and healthcare officials. The congress will showcase the latest scientific and clinical developments in research, diagnostics as well as disease management.”

Besides a meeting place for patients with bleeding disorders and their families, the congress will see a multidisciplinary programme on emerging topics in the inherited bleeding disorders field to also be organised. Taqrir Akramin Khalib, President of Hemophilia Society of Malaysia said, “Due to its location and a great value for money destination, the coming WFH World Congress 2020 in Kuala Lumpur will benefit not only the Malaysian hemophilia community but also the hemophilia communities in the Southeast Asian countries.”

 

June 15, 2018

Convention Scholarships to be Distributed by Sarawak

Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), in collaboration with the International Convention Scholarship Award (ICSA), is looking for applicants to be awarded grants for travel, accommodation, association membership and convention registration fees. Over 40 business events ambassadors have received such grants since its inception in 2008 to enable Sarawakians to attend conferences around the world, resulting in an influx of knowledge to the state as well as to their respective professions.

Chew Chang Guan, SCB’s General Manager of Government & Industry Relations, said: “Successful applicants will be able to learn new ideas or knowledge from their particular fields. Not only would they be able to make extend their professional networks in a global scale, they would also play a vital role in developing Sarawak’s respective sectors and spur advancement.”

These awards also coincide with the famed Anak Sarawak Awards, a biennial event to acknowledge the contribution of industry partners and conferences hosts.

The application deadline is 31st July 2018.

May 24, 2018

New Partnership to Bring Growth for India PCO and Association Management Company

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and Plan it! Meetings & Conferences India are jointly launching Vraata – Excellence in Association Management, providing associations with global experience, local connections, education and opportunity on the Indian sub-continent while enabling growth for the organizations each company represents and other international, national and regional associations that want to engage in India.

TMG brings knowledge in the areas of full-service management, association program consulting and association outsourcing. Plan it! specializes in conference and event planning; association management and consulting; and loyalty and engagement strategies. The two companies will work in conjunction with one another to enhance and expand the association management services available to new or existing Indian associations and global organizations wishing to grow the Indian market.

Anuj Wadhwa, Chief Operating Officer from Plan it! said: “Sharing ideas and best practices from TMG with the local knowledge provided by Planit! allows both firms to provide all of their clients, regardless of where in the world they are, with the services and solutions they need to excel in India.”

May 9, 2018

Sarawak’s Legacy Awards Make an Impact

An initiative from the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the Anak Sarawak Awards (ASA) recognise the legacy impacts of not only conventions, but also of the convention hosts as well. It is the first award in the country to officially accolade the contributions of convention hosts, industry partners and the media to the growth of the sector.

Dr. Ravi Chandran, winner of the previous Convention of Excellence Award at the 8th Anak Sarawak Awards 2016, explained that the ASA has inspired professionals to harness their potential as convention ambassadors for the betterment of the general society. He added that professional development is only one aspect of any congress in yielding legacy impacts.

“Beyond recognising excellence of the sector, the ASA functions as a legacy enabler; bringing together decision makers from various functions and sectors to co-create purposeful projects which will indefinitely impact the delegates, the destination’s community, destination partners and many more,” said Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of the SCB.

May 4, 2018

Russia Makes its First Appearance at IMEX in Frankfurt

For the first time Russia will be represented at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place between 14-17 May, with a collective stand RUSSIA OPEN TO THE WORLD, organised by the Russian Convention Bureau. Established in November 2017 with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Russian Convention Bureau (National Convention Bureau Association) is actively promoting Russia as a favourable place to hold events of any scale and attract international meetings.

At the exposition RUSSIA OPEN TO THE WORLD, Russia will be represented by the key players of the Russian event industry market. These include representatives of national and regional companies in the meeting industry, congress bureaux, hotel networks, resorts, congress and exhibition centres, PCO and DMC from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, Krasnodar Territory, Sverdlovsk and Kaliningrad regions.

Several presentations are planned at the stand, one of which will be devoted to the World exhibition EXPO2025 in Ekaterinburg. During the work of the exposition, special attention will be paid to the forthcoming the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia for the first time.

April 30, 2018

20 Years in the Meetings Industry for CIMGlobal

 CIMGlobal, India’s association and meeting management company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year making the company a success story for India’s business events market. Founded in 1997 with one office, it has now expanded to several cities in India and the world.

CEO and founder Prasant Saha, remembers: “The very first job we did was organising the Indian Science Congress in the late 90s. Back then, events like that were very much focussed on speakers, standing at a lectern, delivering a speech,” he says. “That still works, of course, but now we can do so much more. Technology has allowed us to bring a conference to life with curated digital content that totally zeroes in on what matters for each event and each customer.”

Saha feels that success and sustainable growth depend on customer service, on how well a company can understand its clients’ needs and deliver its services accordingly. His vision for the future is simple: ‘Innovate; Deliver; Repeat’.

 

April 18, 2018

Sarawak Supports Real Impact of Business Events

 Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2018, is promoting inclusivity of rural communities emphasising the real impacts and real results of Business Events. GMID, an initiative of the industry-wide coalition Meetings Mean Business is celebrated annually on 12th April to showcase the undeniable value that Business Events bring to people, businesses and communities. This year’s celebration bears the tagline “real results, real impact, all around the world” and encourages industry partners worldwide to share the positive impacts of Business Events.
Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of SCB, said: “Business Events is a catalyst legacy-building to champion sustainability and economic growth within the state. It lends a hand to developing the core of each sector, from imparting expertise in key areas to elevating brand profile. This is what our campaign, Redefining Global Tribes, aims to achieve – to unite Business Events communities under one global identity in establishing a stronger economy.”

April 16, 2018

Dermatologists Find their Place in Tokyo

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) has just announced winning the bid to host the 1st Meeting of the International Societies for Investigative Dermatology in 2023 (ISID2023). At its inaugural meeting, the event is to be held from May 10-14, 2023 at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo. An estimated 2500 specialists from more than 50 countries will be attending the Meeting, which is anticipated to lead to future breakthroughs in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology.

Tokyo, with the support from academia and government institutions, has offered a strong contribution in strengthening the field of dermatology and fostering education/collaboration creating a strong, expansive network particularly between young specialists and researchers in the region. This played a crucial role in winning this bid.

 

March 28, 2018

All Eyes on Malaysia for Ophthalmology Congress

The Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO) 2021 will be held in Malaysia, more specifically at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 4 – 7 March 2021. The decision of the location for the congress was unanimous, after a bid by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Society of Ophthalmologist (MSO) at Hong Kong on 11 February 2018.

A total of 4,500 delegates is expected to be present during the four-day congress attracting top eye doctors from all over the world to discuss the latest advancements in the field that will greatly benefit the medical section and the general public in Malaysia.

Bringing together ophthalmologists from around the world, APAO 2021 is committed in fostering co-operation between ophthalmological societies in different countries and collaborating with other international or regional organisations with similar aims.

March 7, 2018

Symbiosis in Singapore

When Singapore Tourism Bureau (STB) invited several International and European associations to come over to meet the relevant local societies as well as visit conference facilities in Singapore, they did not expect such a symbiosis among these associations…

Words Cécile Koch

Last November, STB invited several associations to visit Singapore as a possible conference destination. These associations came from various fields of specialities, and at first glance they didn’t have much in common, although they were all International and European non-for-profit organisations. Their interests ranged from city planning to physical activity, knowledge and intelligence engineering to city bike promotion.

STB had not only arranged the visit of some specific conference infrastructure (see below), but they had also organised site inspections ‘much less travelled’ which made the whole trip suddenly very interesting!

The URA City Gallery for instance, which was initiated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, gives an interesting view on how Singapore set up its strategy 50 years ago to grow as a city/state and how it’s currently planning its future. Let me focus on how Singapore has become the City-State leading in South-East Asia for their

  • + economy, with high levels of innovation,
  • + attention to green growth and
  • + achievement as investment destination.

Innovation & Green Growth

It is the 2nd busiest port and 3rd largest financial hub in the world with over 14.000 European companies having facilities in the city-state. As for innovation and green growth, the city-state is a world leader in research, urban development, smart cities and sustainability.  Vertical farming, sustainable and efficient transport are just a few examples.  The purpose to focus on smart eco-cities development is to create a friendly, time-saving and stress free life for their citizens through large-scale investments.  Singapore has become member of the Enterprise Europe Network in this way opening up opportunities for European SMEs.

The visit to Gardens by the Bay was a good way to explore the sustainable concern of the city: the concept of these gardens is to showcase how engineering and cutting-edge technologies can supply energy efficient solutions, while the so-called ‘Supertrees’ also empowered by sustainable energy, tower over you.

STB noticed during the trip that the group was really keen on seeing more of the city, so they organised a last-minute and quite unusual breakfast at Tiong Bahru market, a very local place that only the locals would know, a kind of indoor market with food stalls where you get dizzy with breakfast options! The participants not only got to see a different part of Singapore which they normally would never had visited, but it also enabled the group to bond ever more!

Total immersion

Another dinner one night at the Lau Pat Sat, historic market located downtown in the financial district, inspired the same kind of feelings, with delicious street food and beer while sitting at wooden tables in the middle of a street. It not only counterbalanced the refined diners at upscale restaurants we also enjoyed, but somehow it brought the city even more to life.

These experiences of total immersion in the city sparked off out-of-the box ideas among members of our groups. They started to see synergies in their fields of specialisation and ended up dreaming of a joined congress together as they noticed that there were some common interests. In the end, this trip was a fine example of how a visit to a city, which showcased its openness and flexibility, got lead to direct ROI: a new congress!

Fast Facts for Convention Facilities:

  • + Marina Bay Sands: an integrated resort with conference halls, retail and casino. One of Singapore’s iconic building, complete with a sky park and an elevated outdoor pool. Exhibitions floors with 30.000 square meters of flexible space , a ballroom up to 2000 booths, and 250 meeting rooms.
  • SUNTEC Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre: With over 22,000 square metres exhibition space, 15,000 square metres of meeting spaces and a column free convention hall for up to 10,000 persons. It has the world’s largest HD LED screen.
  • + Raffles City Convention Centre: Ideal for mid-sized meetings and conventions, for up to 3,000 persons
  • + Shangri-la Hotel: Located in the outskirts of Orchard Road, a premier shopping district, Shangri-la hotel has a total of about 4,500 sq m of MICE facilities with 792 guestrooms and suites over three distinctive wings.
  • +  MAX Atria: the first premier eco-green venue in Singapore to attain the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum award, the convention wing of Singapore EXPO  provides a dynamic and versatile 12,700 sqm, with 32 column-free rooms, spacious foyers, a garden courtyard and rooftop space, for more than 3,500 people.