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Aug 25, 2015
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) hosted an opening ceremony for its new Singapore branch office on 17th August, with over 400 business guests from Hong Kong and Singapore in attendance. The Singapore branch office will offer support to the HKTDC in helping Hong Kong small- and medium-sized enterprises assessing and entering ASEAN markets. Including the new office in Singapore, the HKTDC now has 46 offices around the world – of which 24 are in Asia. Speaking at the event, Margaret Fong, Executive Director of the HKTDC, highlighted the business and investment opportunities… more
Aug 25, 2015
Meet Taiwan, the MICE promotion programme led by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, recently conducted a roadshow in Japan, visiting the cities of Osaka and Fukuoka. Targeting corporate meeting planners and key product suppliers in Japan, Meet Taiwan organised business-matching meetings, presentations and networking activities – linking six Taiwanese MICE organisations with Japanese partners. The initiative also resulted in the confirmation of an incentive group which will bring over 1,000 Japanese delegates to Taiwan. Japan is one of Taiwan’s largest MICE visitor source markets. Last year,… more
Aug 25, 2015
Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive Office of SingEx, the management company of the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre, was elected as vice president of International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) at last month’s APIC Annual Conference. The appointment reflects the increasing influence of Asian venues and growing importance of Asian market. Aloysius was the first Asian to be elected to the APIC board in 2012 and he was also elected as one of the vice chairman of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Aloysius commented, “… more
Aug 24, 2015
Several companies scored new or renewed business contracts as the summer months came to a close, including Convention Data Services, Spargo and ConvExx. The international society for optics and photonics has renewed their contract with Convention Data Services, their preferred registration partner for the past 20 years. The contract calls for CDS to provide registration and lead retrieval services for SPIE’s events: Photonics West, Advanced Lithography, DSS, Optics & Photonics and Optifab. "SPIE is pleased to once again renew our contract with CDS as they provide a commitment to our… more
Aug 23, 2015
The first show to take advantage of all of the extra space at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center was one it long-time clients, UBM Advanstar’s MAGIC, which ran last week in Las Vegas. The $70 million project added 350,000 square feet onto the center, allowing shows like MAGIC to not only expand, but also opening up more space for shows looking in the city. “We have enjoyed working with the professionals at Mandalay Bay throughout the years and appreciate their willingness to help us create the most positive, productive experiences for our customers,” said Tony Calanca, executive vice… more
Aug 23, 2015
The Virtual Edge Institute (VEI) will be hosting their annual Virtual Edge Summit on Sept. 17. This annual, day-long event delivers senior-level education for both meetings professionals who produce hybrid and/or digital events and those who desire to learn more about this advancing discipline. Online virtual participants will have the opportunity to radically reduce their learning curve and get the latest industry insights and education. Sessions on tap this year include: Insights from the C-Suite: How to have "the talk" about going digital Making Money with Digital Events… more
Aug 23, 2015
The Virtual Edge Institute (VEI) will be hosting their annual Virtual Edge Summit on Sept. 17. This annual, day-long event delivers senior-level education for both meetings professionals who produce hybrid and/or digital events and those who desire to learn more about this advancing discipline. Online virtual participants will have the opportunity to radically reduce their learning curve and get the latest industry insights and education. Sessions on tap this year include: Insights from the C-Suite: How to have "the talk" about going digital Making Money with Digital Events… more
Aug 19, 2015
Cracking down ever further, the Federal Communications Commission recently fined Smart City $750,000 for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States. Last year, the FCC also fined Marriott International $600,000 for illegally blocking personal users’ Wi-Fi signals at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center property in Nashville. Smart City, an Internet and telecommunications provider for conventions, meeting centers and hotels, had been blocking personal mobile “hotspots” that were being used by convention visitors and exhibitors who used their… more
Aug 18, 2015
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events completed its Krakoff Leadership Institute and Krakoff Advanced Leadership Institute, held Aug. 15-18, at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Each two-day program provided a highly interactive curriculum that develops participants' leadership skills through group participation.  In addition, IAEE selected a "Legend of the Industry" whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been truly unique and remarkable. An informal setting then allowed each participant face-to-face interaction with this industry leader. This year… more
Aug 18, 2015
Traditionally a slower time for trade shows, companies in the industry utilized their time instead hiring new talent and promoting from within before the fall kicks off a busy season again. The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) hired Jason Means as director of membership. In his new role, Means will lead recruitment and retention programs for current and prospective ACVB members while managing the membership department. Means brings nearly 10 years of combined hospitality and event experience to his new role. “Jason’s knowledge and experience within the local hospitality… more