Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Goes On Strong

November 22, 2019

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Goes On Strong

During 2019, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has successfully attracted 10 high-profile international events which are due to be held in Malaysia between 2020 and 2025. The prestigious events from the oil & gas, medical and education sectors are expected to be attended by over 17,300 participants.

These large-scale events include the Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) 2020, Asia Pacific Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020, 10th International Conference on Isotopes (10ICI) 2020 and 17th Conference of International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM) 2021, to name just some.

The recent 11,000 sqm expansion of the Centre has contributed to its capability to secure these 10 bid wins as the new space has been designed in a very flexible and customisable fashion.

“We selected the Centre as our ‘Venue of Choice’ because of the proactive engagement of the team throughout the bid process, we really connected with the warm personalities, culture and hospitality of the people of Malaysia. The strategic location providing ease of connectivity and accessibility, and world-class infrastructure combined with a very competitive value proposition, won us over. We are excited and looking forward to returning to Malaysia for ATPS 2020,” said Martha Barton, Exhibitor Services Director of Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) 2020.

November 16, 2019

Hangzhou’s ‘Experience Officers’ Offer Insights into the City’s New Economy

One day before the “Hangzhou–Leading Innovation for Future Conferences” event organized by Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism last week – which aimed to promote Hangzhou as the ideal destination to host innovative conferences  – twenty “48-hour Experience Officers of Future Industries”, were appointed.

These officers are all meetings experts and Zhejiang-based entrepreneurs from the ‘new economy’ sectors, such as digital economy, fashion industry, new retail, new energy and bio-pharmaceuticals. On a day themed “Experience Day of Future Conferences”, they exchanged views on the strengths and growth prospects of Hangzhou’s future industries.

The officers were taken on a tour of Hangzhou’s local culture and discovered all kinds of crafts – including tea, silk, epigraphic and sigillographic, and Chinese zither – that can be part of MICE-related activities. They also visited industry clusters such as Cloud Town and E-fashion Town, and charted out strategies for companies to compete with corporate executives from Geely’s Geometry, Lixing Group, Smart Vision, EIFINI, NIO, etc. in the context of the new economy.

Over the past few years, the ‘new economy’ sectors in Hangzhou, such as digital, fintech, bio-pharmaceutical, cultural and creative industries, new retail and new energy, have enjoyed steady growth, which generated a demand for new economy-themed conferences. As its impetus grows strong, the conference industry spares no effort to promote these different fields of expertise and further their growth in many ways, including the organization of high-profile new economy-related conferences.

November 15, 2019

Creating Lasting Legacy in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal tucked in the Himalayas, isn’t your typical conference destination. It’s not as easy to fly to Kathmandu as Brussels or Barcelona; air connections are limited and usually require a stop in the Middle East or Asia. Hotels and local suppliers are another concern. But the Reproductive Health Supplies coalition (RHSC) gladly accepted these logistical challenges when planning the 19th RHSC General Membership Meeting 2019 in March. The four-day event brought together 300 reproductive health experts and more than 60 speakers from around the world, leaving a major a legacy on the local community by involving local speakers and attendees.

“This event confirms the high potential that scientific events can have for the shareholders community and how events can benefit from the connection with the destination in terms of contents richness and originality, image and attendees’ experience,” explains Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, vice president AIM Group International, which helped organise the meeting for the fourth time.

One of the main objectives of the meeting was to involve the local community in order to increase access to a larger selection of safe and modern contraceptive methods in low- and middle-income countries. Six local non-profits—including USAID NepalUNFPASafe Motherhood Network Federation Nepal and Radha PaudelFoundation—as well as local experts and politicians, like the Secretary of Nepal Ministry of Health and Population (who opened the plenary), were brought into the discussion throughout the event. As a way to share some of the practices taking place on the ground in the community, the RHSC team arranged field visits to healthcare centres and non-governmental organisations, like the Youth Center Information Kathmandu and Marie Stopes Youth Centre Putalisadak.

“The RHSC Meeting held in Kathmandu has been realised with this vision and was effectively able to involve local associations, politicians, professionals and providers giving them a unique and rare opportunity to meet internationals experts and have access to the state-of-the-art products and discussions about reproductive health,” says Buongiorno.

Ties were strengthened with the local community by offering congress bags made by local artisans, morning yoga sessions in the garden led by a local yogi, and local handicrafts and traditions. “Aside from the different time zone, weak land lines, finding a stable Wi-Fi provider and dodgy power lines, we always had to double check that local providers understood and carried out what was agreed,” explains Lisa Stern, project manager, AIM Group Vienna Office. “That being said, the Nepalese people are really friendly, their hospitality culture is amazing, and the local providers were enthusiastic about working for an international conference and with a PCO like AIM Group, so they did their very best, which was evident in the success of the conference.”

Interactive sessions featuring round table discussions, workshops and games helped add an informal air to complement the creative social programme that encouraged member networking and new collaborations. In fact, 85 percent of participants said they established a new contact.

“The impact meetings can have on destinations and local communities is really wide, at different levels. The knowledge or skills transfer, the sharing of scientific and healthcare advancements with local professionals, the empowerment of young people or women in developing countries, the involvement of politic leaders, are all important legacies,” says Buongiorno. “It’s about how events can leave a concrete contribution to the destinations.” 

This article was written by Boardroom Editor Lane Nieset. The right to use it, in parts or in full, has to be granted by the Publisher.

November 8, 2019

Hangzhou Takes Your Conference to the Future

This week, Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism organized the “Hangzhou–Leading Innovation for Future Conferences” event, highlighting the city’s strengths as the ideal destination for ‘new economy’ conferences, as well as its industrial competitiveness, innovation drivers and growth potential.

In this context, Dr. Wang Jian, founder of Alibaba Cloud, delivered a keynote speech themed 2050: Tech Brings Youth Together. Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance, shared his insights on what exactly makes Successful International Conference Destinations. Meanwhile, Yang Guang, Director of Political Think Tank Department, China Economic Information Service of Xinhua News Agency, released The Research Report on Hangzhou as the Destination for MICE of the New Economy.

With the help of Huawei’s CloudLink – a collaborative telepresence solution – the event aimed to build bridges between conference planners and the representatives of Hangzhou’s competitive industries, meeting facilities and suppliers, and municipal service departments, regardless of where they were that day – and highlighting the ‘versatile’ MICE offer of Hangzhou, which can cater to events of every size and format.

The event concluded with the Appointment Ceremony of the Ninth Cohort of Hangzhou Conference Ambassadors, the Plaque Awarding Ceremony of Hangzhou’s First Batch of Exemplary Conference Service Suppliers, and the Plaque Awarding Ceremony of Hangzhou’s Top 10 New Economy Conference Towns.

November 7, 2019

Sarawak Celebrates ‘TriBE: INNOVATION Day’

Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) by Sarawak Convention Bureau successfully hosted its first TriBE: INNOVATION Day that took place at Pullman Hotel, Kuching where industry partners gathered to celebrate the 22 graduates of TriBE: INNOVATION Masterclass. The main objective of TriBE: INNOVATION Masterclass is to educate and empower Sarawak’s industry partners with the certification to enhance their professionalism and partake in the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Certification. The move to focus on professional development is part of BESarawak’s ‘Legacy Impact Programme’ that aims to drive social and economic transformation in the community and create legacies.

TriBE: INNOVATION Day also marked the final round of MICE Destination Marketing Contest (MDMC) 2019 – Sarawak Edition which targeted university students in Sarawak from multidisciplinary fields as it aims to introduce and engage them in areas of Business Events.

The 3 universities, namely Curtin University of Technology, University College Technology Sarawak (UCTS) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) competed in the final round and were judged based on 3 categories of Business Events: Proposal, Bid Presentation and Booth Presentation. The MDMC 2019 winning team, Sarawak Legatum from UCTS, wowed the judging panel of experts with their mature and exceptional skills on how to build Sibu as a Business Events hub.

October 10, 2019

PLUS SEOUL in the Centre of International Conferences

Seoul’s debut hosting of last week’s International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference is the latest example of one of several global organizations utilizing the city’s popular PLUS SEOUL support programs and services for meetings this Fall. The event follows in the footsteps of the International Standards Organization (ISO)’s TC258 Plenary Meeting from Sept. 23-27, while the Computer Vision Foundation (CVF) and IEEE Computer Society will bring ICCV Expo 2019 to Seoul from Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, all using PLUS SEOUL to enhance their activities.

Hosted at Coex, Seoul’s largest meeting facility, the IBA Conference was held in Korea’s capital for the first time since the association’s inception in 1947. Attended by some 5,000 legal professionals from 120 countries, the event also featured a strong local government presence, including Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and a video message from President Moon Jae-in.

Meanwhile, the ISO TC258 Plenary Meeting took place at Seoul Dragon City, a new Accor hotel complex in Seoul’s Yongsan district. The gathering was attended by 60 ISO representatives from 38 countries. Also set to take place at Coex, ICCV 2019 will unite 5,000 individuals in the field of computer vision, including academics, professionals, researchers, and students.

Photo: Seoul Dragon City

September 20, 2019

Education for Indian Associations by DTORR

DTORR’s latest event ‘Association Education Workshop – 2019’, where Boardroom was present as official media partner, was held at Novotel Hotel, Hyderabad International Convention Center, HITEC City, Hyderabad, India on 7 September 2019. The event aimed to compensate the lack of a platform for associations in India to come together to network, exchange notes, and learn from each other. It ensured that these associations build up a strong inter-industry communication channel for a seamless transfer of knowledge and information.

The event was attended associations from the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and had renowned guests. Some of the topics discussed were Good Governance for Non – Profit Industry Growth, Opportunities to go from Local to Global and Education for the Future Workforce of the Non – Profit Industry. Panelists exchanged ideas and discussed how to help associations come together and grow effortlessly.

Vikas Tembhare – Managing Partner of DTORR, said: “Let Us Be Together, let us interact together and many our minds comprehend together. The primary agenda of the Association Education Workshop was to bring the non-profit industry’s workforce together on one platform for exchanging knowledge and networking. This was our first event in India and we had a huge response. We would try to repeat it in the different parts of India for the Industry.”

September 13, 2019

Major Events Ahead for Singapore

Singapore’s BTMICE landscape continues to grow from strength to strength, with the city state set to host notable events and meetings such as Vidcon Asia, Home Delivery Asia, Deloitte All Hands Meeting and Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure Conference in 2019.

Over the next two years from 2020 to 2021, Singapore will welcome for the first time an expected 8,000 participants attending International Trademark Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting. Lions Clubs International Convention will be held in Singapore in 2020, with an expected 20,000 foreign attendees, making it the largest association congress ever to be held in the city. SAP Field Kick-Off Meeting makes its return to Singapore with two successive years of meetings scheduled in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress and Million Dollar Round Table Global Conference will be held in Singapore in 2021.

In 2022, Singapore and Southeast Asia will host for the first time, the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), with an expected visitorship of 2,000 delegates. Singapore was recently selected as the destination of choice for the 25th World Congress of Dermatology in 2023. This will be the largest medical convention to take place in the city, with an estimated 15,000 participants.

September 9, 2019

Stronger Bonds Between Malaysia and US Associations

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) recently hosted an immersive educational event for AMC (Association Management Companies) Institute, and two high-profile US-based association events this year, the 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology 2019 and Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) Industry Summit 2019 in an effort to take its growing traction with the North American meetings market further.

This investment in growing partnerships with North American based associations continues with four major bid wins that will culminate at the Centre next year, including the 19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) 2020; World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress 2020; Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) 68th Asia Pacific Public Meeting 2020; and Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) 2020The venue also recently won three US-based association bids from the oil & gas and education sectors to be held between 2020 and 2023.

Following her engaging experience in Kuala Lumpur, and having become a new advocate, SmithBucklin, Executive Vice President, Michael Payne said: “The city, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and just the overall immersive visit was truly a first-class experience. The flexibility offered by the Centre, the level of service provided, overall quality of the facility and excellent food made it one of the more attractive and best Convention Centre’s I’ve seen. The ease of connectivity, wide spread use of English and overall competitive pricing, as well as the convenience and quality of the surrounding hotels make it an incredible offering.”

Photo : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

September 3, 2019

Malaysian Associations Advance Through the 5th MyNEXT Conference

The congregation of Malaysian association leaders and professionals – the Malaysia Association NEXT 2019 (MyNEXT 2019) was back for its fifth year, themed “Building Capacity of Malaysian Associations; Optimising Benefits for Malaysian Associations”. Held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the conference aims in providing education and networking opportunity for Malaysian associations from the experts.

Participants of MyNEXT 2019 learn from experts with strong understanding of the industry; gain opportunity to network and share ideas with other Malaysian associations; motivate volunteers and employees about the importance of their association; develop the capacity of Malaysian associations to lead their sector; and learn leadership development.

Initiated by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the forum recorded a total of 120 delegates and expected to increase in coming years.