The PCMA-ICESAP Knowledge Exchange in Kuala Lumpur

August 14, 2018

The PCMA-ICESAP Knowledge Exchange in Kuala Lumpur

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) recently hosted the PCMA-ICESAP Knowledge Exchange Kuala Lumpur.

The engaging educational programme brought together over 30 leading business events industry players, stakeholders and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience on how they are recalibrating their businesses in response to constant digital, political and economic change.

PCMA-ICESAP Regional Business Director-APAC, Antonio Codinach, said, “This was our first knowledge exchange event in Malaysia. Being relatively new to the industry, I have noticed we are very good at talking amongst ourselves, so I am making it my mission to ‘open up’ the business events industry, which was one of the purposes of this session. Our industry makes a tremendous contribution to key educational and economic sectors, and this event provided us with a platform to debate, interact and share ideas on how we can evolve together and drive this important industry forward.”

The keynote was followed by an interactive industry panel discussing and debating ideas on topics such as, education, talent development and the new age workforce, the importance of accreditation and the opening up the business events industry. Driving the panel discussion were the Centre’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Angeline van den Broecke; CEO of AOS Conventions & Events, Amos Wong and Srikrishna. Angeline shared some key take outs relevant to the local context which included the need to go through an ‘unlearning’ process and change the language and terminologies used to help propel the industry forward.

August 10, 2018

What’s in Store during Malaysia Business Events Week

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is holding the fourth edition of the Malaysia Business Events Week (MBEW) until 14 August 2018, in the state of Pahang, at the Genting International Convention Centre by Resorts World Genting.

A signature initiative of the national bureau, MBEW acts as a dynamic platform for industry stakeholders to converge, communicate and debate issues that impact the future growth and sustainability of the business events industry.

This year, the 4th MBEW carries the theme ‘Our Future by Design: Embracing Change’. The theme aims to communicate the ability and readiness of Malaysia’s business events landscape to embrace change, given its robustness and well-developed global standard offerings.

Participants can pick the brains of international speakers, including Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner of specialist agency, Soolnua; Tina Altieri, Managing Principal at Media Australasia Xchange (MAX); Effi Setiabudi, Chairman of Indonesia Exhibition Companies Association and Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd.

August 8, 2018

Global TEDSummit Chooses Scotland

Scotland will play host to the next TEDSummit in 2019. It will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 21 to 25 July 2019, bringing together up to 1,300 members of the international TED community.

The bid to bring the event to Edinburgh was led by the EICC, VisitScotland Business Events, Convention Edinburgh, and Scottish Enterprise, backed by support from the Scottish Government, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Social Bite, Festivals Edinburgh, Edinburgh Science Festival and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. All worked together to show why the capital is the ideal place to host this gathering of world-leading thinkers.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to identifying, and then spreading, relevant and potentially impactful ideas. It began in 1984 with a conference converging technology, entertainment and design and over time the organization has expanded its topics from science to business to global issues. TEDSummit gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for community brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops, outdoor activities and an eclectic program of mainstage talks – in beautiful surroundings.

August 7, 2018

ExCeL London Gets Dental

The 96th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), in conjunction with the IADR Pan European Regional Congress, took place at ExCeL London from 25-28 July 2018 and saw over 5,000 dental, oral and craniofacial researchers flock to the capital.

The IADR is a non-profit organization with nearly 11,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, support and represent the oral health research community and facilitate the communication and application of research findings.

IADR is the latest medical association to select London and ExCeL as a host venue. Other recent successes have included record-breaking events for both the European Association of Urology (March 2017) and the Alzheimer’s Association (July 2017). London has secured its reputation as one of the world-leading centres for Life Sciences with the city being at the heart of the so called ‘Golden Triangle’ of medical research, which links the Capital’s leading research institutions, with Oxford and Cambridge.

August 6, 2018

PACIFICO Yokohama Ranking High for Associations

PACIFICO Yokohama, one of the largest meetings venue in Japan, was ranked as the top Japanese facility in 2016 in terms of the number of conferences hosted, the number of attendees, and the number of overseas attendees, according to the breakdown of “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2016”, recently published by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

Spending by participants in international conferences and other events is believed to generate more economic impact than that by general tourists and also create business opportunities and innovations. These events are also said to have high social significance as they help promote cultural, artistic, and academic activities.

In spring 2020, a new facility, Yokohama Minato Mirai International Convention Center will open adjacent to PACIFICO Yokohama, contributing to the local community by hosting international conferences.

August 3, 2018

Arts Marketing Association Chooses NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead will host the Arts Marketing Association for its 2019 annual conference, which will attract over 600 delegates from the cultural sector. The event will take place at Sage Gateshead on 9 – 11 July 2019, and participants are to immerse themselves in the conference experience with a programme that is set to cover the hottest topics in the sector plus an exciting range of social and networking events.

Danielle Patrick, Head of Projects and Events at the AMA said: “We were won over by NewcastleGateshead during the bidding process. The city has a huge cultural offering – iconic venues like Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Newcastle Castle are prominent amongst the cityscape and the city’s impressive cultural status is exactly what we’re looking for in a conference destination. We also found the city to be extremely welcoming and friendly, which left a lasting impression.”

July 11, 2018

Avant-Garde Chefs to Cook for Malaysia

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), together with Professional Culinaire Association (PCA) will be serving up the best Malaysia has to offer to delegates attending the Worldchefs Congress & Expo (WACS) 2018. The biennial event is expected to welcome around 1,000 delegates with 70 percent representing arrivals from 105 countries in Kuala Lumpur from 11th to 14th July 2018.

As MyCEB comes close to its 10th year in service for the business events industry, Datuk Zulkefli, My CEB CEO, who has been there from the start says that events such as WACS 2018 often enable Malaysia to be a magnet for professional expertise and talents in culinary industry.

“We are looking beyond the benefits of having just this one business event for Malaysia. I am confident that after WACS 2018, Malaysia will not only be a destination that is known for our own culinary experience, but will also be catapulted as a hub. The country has what it takes to be the centre of culinary excellence as it is an ideal platform to network with like-minded industry players, gain insights and ideas on the latest food technology and trends, as well as share best practices with their counterparts from all over the world. As an affordable destination, culinary apprentices can be assured a good stay together with exposure of the industry from Malaysia and beyond the Asian region,” Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif said.

The Congress is organised internationally by The World Association of Chefs’ Societies or Worldchefs. The association is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs’ association representing culinary experts at all levels and across specialities.

July 10, 2018

New Venture Between SingEx and Unbound for Innovative Events

SingEx together and Unbound signed a joint venture agreement last week to incorporate a new business entity called SingEx Unbound Innovations International Pte Ltd, to be helmed by CEO-designate. Daniel Seal, the current Founder & CEO of Unbound Innovations Ltd.

SingEx, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company, Temasek Holdings, is a leading events management company in Asia, organising and managing a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries, whileUnbound is the market-leading and award-winning events platform that connects corporates and governments with grassroots innovation and startups.

Through this joint venture, the partners will leverage on their core strengths, tapping into new market opportunities while introducing cutting edge event design and fresh themes, and actively engaging the communities so as to create new Unbound Innovation Festivals in global growth markets. “Together, we will strengthen our role as an enabler for the Future Economy by enhancing our access to capabilities and networks to key technology hubs and ecosystems globally. This will in turn foster greater connections with government and private organisations as well as digital communities,” commented Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive Officer, SingEx Holdings.

July 6, 2018

First Home-Based PCO for Penang

In Malaysia, Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban centre that combines old-world Asia in spades and the freshest aspects of modern culture.

Business Events is a key economic sector within Penang’s tourism. In 2016, there were a total 1,251 events with an Estimated Economic Impact (EEI) of RM 808 million. In 2017, there was a 30% increase of events that resulted in 2,150 events and an EEI of RM 1.02 billion. It comes hardly as a surprise that Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) recently welcomed its first home-based Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), Apollo Conferences, which runs its operations from Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

Managed by Mr Presanth Chandra, Apollo Conferences is a part of Apollo Asia Travel Group, a leading regional travel consortium that specialises in destinations management, travel technology development and tourism marketing consultancy. It will be facilitating expert conferences and events, which include bidding right up to the organisation processes.

July 2, 2018

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum in Singapore

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is organizing an Association Leadership Forum at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 29–31 October 2018.  The event is expected to draw about 200 association attendees from the Asia-Pacific region along with participants from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, in addition to a few suppliers and industry partners from around the world.

Hosted by Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, and supported by Dubai Association Centre and Korea Tourism Organization, along the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the Forum is set to focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practices, with organisers unveiling a rich programme for October’s event. Using its extensive network and wealth of association meetings market knowledge, ICCA, represented by Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director Asia Pacific, has provided support in designing the programme as part of the Forum’s Founding Advisory Board.

The program will focus on building effective associations as well as discovering practical ideas for association growth, serving members, and building partnerships in similar fields or industries. The Forum is being guided by a strong Advisory Task Force of members from across the region,” said Greta Kotler, CAE, Chief Global Development Officer ASAE.

 For more information, visit the conference website.