Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

Abu Dhabi Climbs International Rankings as a Business Events Destination

Abu Dhabi is celebrating two new significant business events-related achievements, after the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB) unveiled news that the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) capital has climbed business destination rankings compiled by two prestigious organizations.

Both the Union of International Associations (UIA) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have reported that Abu Dhabi has improved its position on their respective rankings.

Trade Shows to Resume in Istanbul

Fairs and exhibitions in Istanbul have resumed under strict hygiene rules and precautions due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

CNR Beauty & Wellness Fair became the first international fair to be opened in Istanbul after a six-month break. Implementing the safety and health regulations including social distancing, hygiene, and obligatory face masks, the Beauty & Wellness Fair expects to host 25,000 professionals over three days.

Hong Kong Secures Multiple First-Ever MICE Events Amidst COVID-19 Challenges

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced that Hong Kong has been chosen as the host city for four international MICE events, including the city’s first-ever events of high strategic values, and two repeated events amidst the COVID-19 challenges. These business events are expected to bring in 10,000 high-yield visitors in total and deliver great economic contribution to the city and drive multi-sector development.

Sarawak Named Inaugural Host of Asia Pacific Regional Hub for ICCA Congress 2020

Sarawak, Malaysia has thrust its status once more as an international business events destination after being selected as the Asia Pacific host of the Regional Hubs ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress 2020. In total, there are seven Regional Hubs, two of which are virtual, complementing the Global Congress in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Stats: 40 Percent of Businesses to Increase Travel in One to Three Months

The majority of organizations will take a phased approach to resuming domestic and international business travel over the next 12 months, according to the first part of a combined multinational "State of the Market" survey by global travel management company (TMC) FCM Travel Solutions and sister SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) specialist business travel provider Corporate Traveler.

PCMA Retains Karen Bolinger as Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Building on the anticipated recovery of the business events industry in the Asia Pacific region, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) president and CEO Sherrif Karamat announced that PCMA has retained global business events industry leader Karen Bolinger as managing director, Asia Pacific.

Coronavirus Rattles Entire Global Travel Industry; Travel Comes To A Halt

The coronavirus continues to rattle the global business travel industry. That is according to the latest research conducted by the Global Business Travel Association. To understand the effects of coronavirus on business travel, GBTA conducted its fourth lightning poll among membership on March 18-21, 2020. It received responses from more than 1,155 member companies throughout the world. View the entire poll results here.