Hemophilia Congress Draws a Bloodline Through Kuala Lumpur

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.

March 11, 2019

Association Leaders Shape the Future in India

Leaders of professional and trade associations from across India are being invited to the India Association Congress which will take place at the Aravalli Range, Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR on 23 and 24 August 2019. Around 300 key association stakeholders will attend this year’s IAC, which is returning for its 7th edition, and delegates can now take advantage of early bird discounts.

This year’s congress will be themed around the ‘Interconnected World of Associations’ and will focus on the global market to find out how associations can handle the future. Through the program of keynotes, panel discussions and sectorial roundtable, the goal is to identify and manage the difficulties that exist in forming strong international links in an uncertain world.

Meanwhile, delegates can also look forward to the annual Association Excellence Awards. Delivered as part of the event’s Gala Dinner, the awards aim to recognise those who strive for brilliance in their everyday activities.

Registration is open online now at indiaassociationcongress.com

February 21, 2019

Sri Lanka Celebrates Youth with AIESEC Congress

AIESEC International Congress, the biggest annual AIESEC event aimed at celebrating youth leadership, cultural diversity and global togetherness, will be hosted once more in Sri Lanka. The congress was previously hosted in Sri Lanka in 1995 which led to the establishment of AIESEC in Sri Lanka. After 24 years, Sri Lanka is again honored with the opportunity of hosting the 71st  International Congress in 2019.

Commencing on the 6th of July, the conference will be hosted till the 14th, under the strategic guidance of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau with the participation of over 800 young leaders from more than 120 countries. The conference will be comprised of a series of vibrant events such as Opening Ceremony, Global Village, YouthSpeak Forum, World’s Largest Lesson and Sri Lankan Night.

AIESEC in Sri Lanka is currently present in 8 universities namely University of Colombo, University of Jayawardenapura, University of Peradeniya, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Ruhuna, NSBM Green University and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. With over 1000 active members, AIESEC in Sri Lanka strives to provide international exposure and experience centered leadership development opportunities to the youth of the country. Through exchange programmes it provides a global platform to the youth of Sri Lanka to develop their leadership skills.

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