Esophageal Diseases to be Discussed in Tokyo

July 15, 2019

Esophageal Diseases to be Discussed in Tokyo

Tokyo will host the 18th World Congress for Esophageal Diseases at the Keio Plaza Hotel on September 26 – 28, 2022.

The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) was founded by Dr. Kōmei Nakayama in 1979, and the first ISDE World Congress was held in Tokyo in 1980. The return of  the ISDE World Congress to Tokyo in 2022 will mark a significant milestone for Asia, providing numerous benefits for up- and-coming esophageal professionals in the region.

The ISDE 2022 World Congress will be attended by an expected 1,100 delegates from over 40 countries. The ISDE 2010 World Congress was attended by 800 people , making it the second largest conference for  ISDE at the time.

On the occasion of the event, the Japan Esophageal Society (JES) will also host its Annual Meeting. The JES currently has over 2,800 members, of which about 1,200 usually attend the Annual Meeting. ISDE 2022 World Congress will be a perfect opportunity for medical professionals in Japan to study the latest trend in the field as well as communicate with professionals from around the world.

June 24, 2019

Taiwan’s Record for Innovation Attracts International Conferences

Year after year Taiwan proves its value both to expats who voted the island as the best place to live and to meeting planners who recognise its value when hosting international conferences.

Enjoying one of the best public healthcare systems, high safety numbers and cost-effectiveness, Taiwan has made great strides in accessibility as well as infrastructure. Direct flights from around the globe give way to local transportation, where the high-speed train comes into play, and technologically advanced convention centres cover the needs of any type of business meeting—all under the wide umbrella of MEET TAIWAN.

Strong Science & Technology Presence

What gives the country a competitive edge for receiving business events is that Taiwan is now one of the region’s most dynamic economies, with industry specialties in IT, communications, semiconductors and bicycles.

As a matter of fact, the island remains among the world’s leading producers of the ICT industry via policies prioritising promotion of the local smart technology sector and involvement in projects like the Asian Silicon Valley Development Plan. Heavy government-driven and foreign investment assists Taiwan firms with venturing into full-of-potential areas like artificial intelligence, blockchain, fifth-generation telecommunication technology, gaming, Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality.

Bolstering such progress are the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, pictured) and the Institute for Information Industry (III). They provide platforms for digital transformation and have been integral during the establishment of several now internationally prominent companies, such as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp.

Taiwan’s major advantage are its three science-based industrial parks: the Hsinchu Science Park in northern Taiwan, Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung, and Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan. These represent an educational base of operations for the country’s high-tech industries.

From manufacturing to R&D facilities, and a strong talent pool from top universities, the science parks provide all-inclusive services for companies, hence fortify stronger industry clusters throughout Taiwan. While the tech hardware produced in all three parks is of a varied assortment, each park has its own areas of specialty. The Hsinchu Science Park focuses on semiconductors and optoelectronics, the Central Taiwan Science Park on precision machinery and optoelectronics, and the Southern Taiwan Science Park on medical devices and green energy.

An Appealing Destination for ICT Conferences

Resulting from such progressive projects, like-minded conferences pile up in the list of events organised in Taiwan. COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the leading global ICT and IoT show, took place earlier this month in Taipei, attracting 42,495 international buyers from 171 countries. The five-day tradeshow connects businesses along industry supply chains and opens up infinite possibilities in the tech ecosystem. Taiwan is the centre of innovative applications driven by advancements in AI, IoT, and 5G, plus the technologies that process a massive amount of data and high-performance computing which will drive global growth of the sector in the future.

Web Conference 2020 is planned for April 20–24, when more than 60% of the world’s population will be connected. To be held in the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) with an estimated attendance of 1,500 people, the conference will be hosted by Academia Sinica. Three keynote speakers and various research tracks, workshops, tutorials, a Ph.D. consortium, as well as several theme-based tracks will be introduced, such as AIoT (AI+IoT+5G), History of Web, The Intelligent Web, The Web Renovation, and The Asia Silicon Valley Plan. The event will bring together some of the most prominent and influential researchers, developers, policymakers, and thinkers in the areas of big data, artificial intelligence, healthcare, computer science, computational social science, public policy, law, and human rights.

In the same light, and the same year, Taipei City’s advanced technological connectivity attracted the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) to be held this coming December 7–11. Expecting over 2,000 scientific researchers and their proposals for program sessions to be held at the annual conference, the three-day conference will feature an extensive exchange of knowledge to provide users with information regarding high-speed, seamless and cost-effective global telecommunications services.

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June 19, 2019

Tokyo Wins Major International Conferences

Tokyo has placed the winning bids for two international conferences; the 29th Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN2020) and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy General Meeting and Congress in 2023.

The WCPT Congress will be held on 30 May – June 4 and is expected to be one of WCPT’s largest with over 6,000 delegates from over 120 countries, as the Japanese Physical Therapy Association (JPTA) is currently WCPT’s largest member organisation. As part of the congress a range of events will be planned to maximise participation from physical therapists in Japan and the global physical therapy community.

WorldMUN 2020, set for 16-20 March, is expected to attract over 2,100 university students, including 2,000 foreign participants from more than 110 countries. These participants will engage in debate and discussion on a variety of significant modern and historical issues while simulating committees of the United Nations, featuring a multitude of member states, international organisations, and related governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Mr. Anirudh Suresh, Secretary General of the Harvard World Model United Nations Secretariat commented: “We have chosen Tokyo because of the unique venues that present a mix of tradition and modernity and because of the financial and logistical support from the Tokyo government (TCVB) and the host team.”


June 14, 2019

Malaysia’s MSAE Set to Advance Association Management

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) recently held its first general meeting at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and announced its newly elected President – Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim (President, Malaysian Council for Child Welfare); Secretary – Sunny Chee (General Manager, National Heart Association of Malaysia); Treasurer – James Selva (Secretary, Asian Federation of Advertising Associations) and committee members.

The committee will focus its efforts on an extensive membership drive and in parallel, develop a roadmap for the society that will focus on advancing, promoting and improving education and professional development in association management.

Newly elected MSAE President, Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, said: “Right now we are all mostly working in our own way, in our own specific fields, but MSAE is the perfect platform to share resources and collaborate with non-governmental organisations and private sector organisations. We have a lot to learn from each other and plenty of room to grow, so I can’t wait to get started.”

MSAE’s next planned member engagement platform, in partnership with Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), will take place at Malaysia Association neXt (MyNext) later this year. The one-day event presents a great opportunity to access cutting-edge insights, exchange ideas, network, express thoughts and debate issues that impact the future growth and sustainability of associations in Malaysia.

June 6, 2019

New Campaign for Impact and Partnerships for Sarawak

Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) soft-launched its latest campaign, Redefining Global Tribes – Impact (#RGTimpact) at IMEX Frankfurt last month. The event’s talking point – imagination – was at the heart of IMEX Frankfurt with the focal points being transformation, inclusion and sustainability; a direction familiar to Sarawak as the business events sector is magnifying the impacts of business events.

BESarawak’s Chief Operating Officer, Amelia Roziman, explains what the latest innovation is all about, “#RGTimpact is a 3-year collaborative campaign created in 2019 between BESarawak and Sarawak Tourism Board to diversify the return of investment in business events. The goal with #RGTimpact is to establish Sarawak’s new role as a thought leader for second tier destinations by reshaping the business of the Associations industry and elevating Sarawak’s competitive edge as a preferred BE destination through strong marketing & PR values. As a result, the local & global business events industry will flourish under stronger profiling and greater global exposure while achieving objectives with greater impact.”

Supporting its stance on advancing and securing partnerships with business events players, BESarawak recently launched the Business Events Sarawak Association Centre (BESAC) and welcomed its first Association in the effort to turn Sarawak into an Association hub and expand its contributions. Associations will receive monumental support to reach out to its relevant communities and further drive business events into Sarawak.

May 28, 2019

New Technology at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center

Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) has recently upgraded the venue’s events technology. Advanced Wi-Fi infrastructure allows users to upstream/downstream up to 10 Gbps through 485 unit access points available all over the convention center and hotel which can be set to WDS (Wireless Distribution System), support LAN over Wi-Fi with LAN port with UTP Cat 6 and also digital signage monitors that support text format, picture and video.

The latest addition is fibre optic network, available in all function rooms, that enables real-time audio visual and raw data transfer between rooms, or simultaneously real-time viewing of two or more events held in different rooms.

“Our priority is making our client’s event successful by delivering the best customer experience. We believe that when the technology meets the diverse range of skills of our professional team is the most important matter,”  said Yasinta Hartawan, BNDCC General Manager.

May 22, 2019

All Tunnels Lead to Malaysia

Malaysia will officially host the 46th ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 bringing together engineers, designers, construction professionals and best expertise in its field. WTC, which is owned by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) seeks to explore latest innovations, trends and advances in all areas of tunneling sustainably.

Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), announced that the seven days event which is slated to take place between 15-21 May 2020, is expected to generate a great economic impact from more than 1,500 delegates.

WTC 2020 will be themed “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity”. The Congress focuses on multiple technical paper presentations, tunneling training courses, poster presentations, the ITA-AITES General Assembly, technical visits to ongoing tunneling projects in Malaysia, and interesting exhibitions by companies from all over the world presenting their latest tunneling solutions, innovations and technologies.

May 13, 2019

Kuala Lumpur Wins Infectious Diseases Congress

Over 3,000 of the world’s leading medical professionals will be converging on the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) to attend the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) 2020. The high-profile event, recently won by the Centre and the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), is expected to deliver an economic boost to the country.

Elaborating on the ICID 2020 destination choice, ICID 2020 Conference Manager, Doris Steinbach, shared, “We held our event at the Centre in 2008 and had a really great experience so we’re back. The layout of the Centre is fantastic, with all the space we need on one floor, providing excellent accessibility for participants. The three hotels directly connected to the venue also provide tremendous convenience and value to our participants. Our conference is very international, we have participants from over 102 countries, so destination accessibility is important and Kuala Lumpur has that connectivity, along with a world-class airport, which really helps.”

April 18, 2019

Hemophilia Congress Draws a Bloodline Through Kuala Lumpur

In conjunction with the 30th World Hemophilia Day (WHD) the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has been selected to host the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 2020 World Congress. The Centre also supported WHD by hosting a blood donation drive and highlighting the importance of the work WFH and national associations, including the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia (HSM), are doing for the bleeding disorders community via its social media and other communication channels.

Elaborating on the WFH 2020 World Congress destination choice, Jeremias Rodriguez CMP, Director, Congress & Meetings, World Federation of Hemophilia, shared, “The city was selected for many reasons including the fact that it is an exciting business centre and has a well-earned reputation as being a welcoming and friendly city. English is also widely spoken in Kuala Lumpur, which will make it easy for our delegates to get around and enjoy the local culture. Another benefit for our delegates is the city’s well-developed infrastructure and the fact that it’s only 30 minutes by train from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the city.”

To celebrate WHD – themed “Reaching Out: Connect To Your Community”, HSM organised a Fun Walk in Perak with 500 participants including general public, doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, patients and their family members who experienced the broad range of interesting topics about hemophilia which were presented to raise awareness and enhance the knowledge of disease, treatment, care and quality of life for all patients with hemophilia.

Photo : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


March 19, 2019

‘Plus Seoul’ Gives Business Events a Boost

This month, the Seoul Convention Bureau officially rolled out its 2019 PLUS SEOUL programs to fulfill its new brand promise to boost business events. In addition to an expanded core benefit of up to KRW 250,000,000 (previously KRW 150,000,000) for international conferences, the Seoul Convention Bureau has designed new customised experiences for MICE events.

For international congresses with over 1,000 participants, PLUS SEOUL helps to cover development costs for event apps and VR experiences. In addition to core benefit offerings, such as welcome messages at Incheon International Airport, large conventions can qualify for other customised experiences: unique venue benefits, Seoul MICE Cards and special tour programs to explore the city, and the popular Seoul experience booths on-site at events.

Jihyun Kim, the new director of the MICE Planning Team at the Seoul Convention Bureau, said: “We designed PLUS SEOUL with one main question in mind: ‘What can Seoul add to business events?’ Whether it be intellectual exchange, company loyalty, or just fun, we want to give meetings an extra boost.”

Seoul came in 10th in the ICCA city rankings in 2016 and 2017 and 3rd in the UIA city rankings for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017. With a strong commitment to make Seoul a top MICE city, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has shown significant interest in securing business events. Robust city support, creative offerings from the Seoul Convention Bureau and benefits from Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) — which consists of over 300 city-approved local partners — have positioned the city to attract even more international conventions.