SACEOS Announces its New President

February 8, 2019

SACEOS Announces its New President

The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) recently announced that Mr Aloysius Arlando is the Industry Association’s 9th President.

Since 2010, Mr Arlando has been the Chief Executive Officer of SingEx Holdings with business interests in the management of the award-winning Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre and new-to-market trade events in the region. Mr Arlando also serves on the boards of associations, instituitions and high-level committees around the world. In 2017, he became the first Asian to be named as President of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the world-wide association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers.

His vision for SACEOS to harness the power of communities and establish new levels of collaboration for the industry’s growth is clear, “SACEOS is the leading voice for Singapore’s MICE industry. In today’s world of digitally-enabled communities; cross-industry collaborations and global market connectedness, SACEOS will need to forge purpose-driven partnerships near and far to make our MICE industry future- ready and strengthen Singapore’s leading position in the global MICE space. It is therefore imperative for SACEOS to work with key local associations, institutions and global MICE associations to address capability and capacity challenges head on and create new and exciting opportunities for the betterment of the business community, people it serves and the workforce it employs.”

February 5, 2019

Medical Experts Breathe in Seoul

The upcoming 26th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) in 2021 will be hosted in Seoul for the second time. Coex won the hosting rights after a successful bid from a joint committee led by the Korean Academy of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (KATRD) at the 23rd APSR in Taipei which was held from November 29 – Dec 2 last year.

The Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology is considered one of the most prestigious congresses in the Asia-Pacific region and is expected to draw some 3,000 medical, and related, professionals.

The successful bid was the culmination of months of preparation, with full support from the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and the Seoul Tourism Organization (STO), and was up against bids from committees in China and Singapore.

Photo : Coex



January 31, 2019

New Director for MACEOS in Malaysia

The Malaysian Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (MACEOS) announced the appointment of Ms. Ho Yoke Ping, as the new Executive Director (ED) of MACEOS, effective 1 January 2019. Ms. Ho or better known by the industry as Ping, is entrusted to inject her perspectives into the long-standing association of 29 years. Her role will entail enhancing the profile of MACEOS in the business events industry through strategic plans including communications, government relations as well as partnership and collaborations.

Having served the meetings, events and tourism industry for more than 20 years, Ping was also the founding team of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the nation’s authority in steering the country as Asia’s Business Events Hub.

Ping conveyed her excitement in joining the Association, that has been a crucial partner in her past organisation. “I have worked with MACEOS countless times previously and have a good understanding of where the Association wants to elevate for both itself and the industry. It is a crucial moment and important for MACEOS to continue to lead in communicating the value of business events to Malaysians and beyond. I am looking forward to contributing my insights and strategic visions to further position MACEOS as the voice,” she noted.

January 18, 2019

Singapore Increases Media Activity

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore has unveiled a series of new initiatives to raise the vibrancy of Singapore’s media ecosystem. “Noting that Singapore is at the “crossroads of the East and West”, it has the potential to contribute further to the “evolution and development” of the media industry in Singapore, the region and globally”, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran.

To foster more of such regional collaborations and to reach a wider market, the Singapore Film Commission will launch a Southeast Asia Co-production Grant next year encouraging collaborations between Singaporean creative producers and Southeast Asian filmmaking talents. IMDA will also step up its funding support by launching a Public Service Media (PSM) Digital Partnership Fund, with a view to helping content producers tell Singapore stories on digital platforms.

Iswaran also launched the new Skills Framework for Media, which was jointly developed by the IMDA, SkillsFuture Singapore which gives out grants and funding for lifelong training for Singaporeans and Workforce Singapore, together with employers, industry associations, unions and education and training institutions.

January 8, 2019

Penang Receives Computational Design Congress

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) has recently won the bid to host the International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) 2019 from 7 to 10 July at ParkRoyal Penang Resort.

Organised by the Society for Computational Design and Engineering from Korea and co-hosted by building SMART Korea, Asian Conference on Design and Digital Engineering (ACDDE), The Korea Contents Association, Korea Smart Factory Foundation and Korea Smart Manufacturing Industry Association, the congress is held outside Korea for the first time.

With themes spanning from traditional computational design in all industrial areas to the new 4th industry issues such as big data and deep learning, the Congress will gather international experts in various fields with a focus on Computational Design & Engineering.

“We are proud to welcome the upcoming I3CDE congress to Penang as the state is known as the Silicon Valley of the East for its industries, and is one of Malaysia’s most vital economic powerhouses. We are always looking to expand and improve on the Information Technology industry, as well as the Electric & Electronic and Manufacturing industry as they are recorded in the annual review published by the PCEB as one of the main contributors to Penang’s economy,” said Ashwin Gunasekeran, Chief Executive Officer of PCEB.

“I hope that this congress will spark the growth in research in this field, and that the connections made through the network of experts will benefit both Malaysians and the international community,” added YB Yeoh, Penang State Exco For Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture & Arts.


December 28, 2018

Medical Conferences Are Strong in Kuala Lumpur

It was a strong year for Medical conferences at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in 2018, with seven high-profile events attracting over 7,300 participants. The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared: “The strong performance from this sector looks set to continue for us, as next year we already have eight medical meetings confirmed which are expected to attract more than 6,300 participants. A number of these events will be using our brand new 11,000 sqm expansion, which opens mid next year and provides additional flexible space for our clients to grow their events.”

Speaking after the recent conclusion of the World Congress of SIVA-TCI 2018, Organising Chairman, Dr Raveenthiran Rasiah, said: “Hats off to the Centre, the professional team played an important part in making our event so memorable, it was truly a shared success. We organised this meeting without a professional conference organiser, which was only possible thanks to the Centre’s support and guidance. Everyone was fantastic and their flexibility was outstanding, every request we made (even last-minute ones) were taken care of immediately, with no questions asked. We received so many positive comments from our delegates, especially about the delicious food. We can’t wait to come back and are aiming to have our next national meeting at the Centre.”

Medical events taking place in 2019 include the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Annual Scientific Meeting 2019; Urological Association of Asia Congress (UAA) 2019; ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Summit 2019; Asia-Pacific Federation of Coloproctology Congress (APFCP) 2019; Malaysia International Dental Exhibition & Conference (MIDEC) 2019; and MDA (Malaysian Dental Association) Scientific Convention & Trade Exhibition (SCATE) 2019, to name a few.

Photo : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

December 24, 2018

3 New Kesatrias Join Malaysia’s Programme

Three new conference ambassadors have been inducted under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) Kesatria Malaysia Programme. These conference ambassadors play a vital role in continuously spreading the word of Malaysia’s positioning as Asia’s business events hub. Organised annually by MyCEB, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), the occasion was attended by 19 Kesatrias, representatives from local association, various business events drivers and members of the media.

MyCEB’s pool of Kesatria has been growing from strength-to-strength since the programme’s inception in 2012. Designed to identify and inspire local associations to bid for and stage international conventions in Malaysia as an accomplished host, Kesatria consists of distinguished thought leaders from key industry sectors commissioned to advocate the benefits of hosting and inaugurating international conventions to their industry peers and colleagues.

This year, the three industry champions that will be joining the ranks include Prof. Dr. Goh Bak Leong, Past President of Malaysian Society of Nephrology, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhayati Abdullah, Vice President of Malaysian Water Association and Prof. Dr. Tan Maw Pin, Treasurer of Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine.

December 19, 2018

ASAE and ICCA Work Together for Asia Pacific Associations

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum, Asia Pacific, now in its fourth year, is an association-powered programme that aims to further professionalise association governance and management in the Asia Pacific region. More than 150 association executives arrived in Singapore for the annual educational Forum held from 29–31 October at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. It was a significant event, connecting association executives and experts from the meeting industry through a programme of engaging sessions, intensive networking and knowledge sharing.

This year’s Forum attracted the participation of local, national and international associations from 16 countries and 53 cities across the Asia Pacific region, as well as Europe, the Middle East and the United States. During the three-day event there were multiple table discussions led by the Asia Pacific Task Force around current association management issues and practical strategies to support associations.

Beyond the extensive line-up of keynote addresses and discussions, the Forum also provided a platform for ICCA members to showcase their destination and products to the association executives. This has opened the possibility for forging personal business links with the senior-level association executives and paved the way for possible collaboration.

December 11, 2018

Thailand Launches New Transformational Campaign

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has launched a new campaign Thailand: REDEFINE Your Business Events to transform the organisation’s role from a supporter and marketer of business events hosted in Thailand, to that of a thought leader, partner, collaborator, co-creator and enabler of future solutions within the industry. The campaign calls for collaboration between the Thai business events community and international event planners and will be underpinned by proactive marketing strategies and activities to attract more premium conventions from long haul destinations like Europe and the Americas.

Thailand is committed to establishing long-term relationships with international organisations keen to leave a sustainable legacy after their event. TCEB encourages and co-creates new MICE events that align with national economic policies including Thailand 4.0 – an economic master plan to transform the Thai economy into an innovation-led, high tech-based economy by promoting 10 S-Curve industries. As of September 30, 2018, Thailand won a total of 14 bids to host international conventions.

Thailand is working to strengthen its reputation as a leading international business hub and a business platform of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with the development of new business precincts like the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Thailand Digital Park and Thailand Innovation Park. The Thai government is also investing in major infrastructure projects that will bolster ties and create new business opportunities with neighbouring CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam).

November 28, 2018

Successful Year for Kuala Lumpur with European-based Associations

11 European-based international association events attracted 11,960 delegates to Malaysia in 2018  and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), Malaysia’s purpose-built venue. These events were amongst the Centre’s 1,189 held this year to-date (until 31 October 2018), which have been attended by over 1.85 million participants.

Events hosted in 2018 included the World Congress of SIVA-TCI (World Society of Intravenous Anaesthesia Onlus -Target Controlled Infusion) 2018, World Cancer Congress 2018, ISQua (International Society for Quality in Health Care) International Conference 2018, ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) World Congress 2018, International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region Congress (IDF-WPR) 2018, International Rubber Conference 2018, and UIA (Union of International Associations) Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2018.

Recent feedback from an event held at the venue highlighting this compelling value proposition was the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) World Library and Information Congress 2018. Elaborating on what made it such a success, Organiser – Roberta Odebrecht, Account Director at K.I.T Group shared, “Due to its strategic location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Centre provides a great delegate experience because of its proximity to hotels of all categories, shopping malls and numerous entertainment options. We are most impressed by the team’s professionalism, enthusiasm and proactivity. The venue perfectly understood our client’s requirements and the importance of aligning each other’s business perspectives and objectives.”