Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

AIME Cancels 2021 Event Due To COVID-19 Implications

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has cancelled its 2021 event, which was scheduled to be hosted in-person at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as well as online in March, due to continued concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event organizers Talk2 Media & Events have shared that, like many other event organizers, the event faced challenges brought about by international and domestic travel restrictions despite healthy interest for the event from exhibitors and buyers.

Andaz Shenzhen Bay Opens its Doors, Joining Other Hyatt Properties

Hyatt Hotels opened Andaz Shenzhen Bay in Shenzhen, China just before the New Year. The hotel is a significant addition to Hyatt’s growing portfolio in Shenzhen, joining Park Hyatt Shenzhen, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport, Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen, Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport and Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport.

Marriott International Signs Branded Residential Project in Vietnam

Marriott International has announced an agreement with Vietnam-based real estate firm Masterise Homes to develop a dual-branded residential and officetel project in Ho Chi Minh City. According to the Savills International Development Consultancy, the agreement marks the largest hotel-branded residential project announced to date worldwide, with close to 4,200 residential and officetel units.

Singapore Launches "SingapoReimagine" as It Looks Ahead to the Future of Travel

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced a new initiative, "SingapoReimagine," to reintroduce travel to Singapore and around the world. The "SingapoReimagine" platform will kick off with “Reimagine Travel Global Conversations,” a series of forums around the world to catalyze discussions among STB and its global partners on how to reshape global travel.

Japan’s Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization Hires U.S. Representation

Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization (KTPO) has named Bullfrog + Baum as the destination’s public relations and marketing agency for North America. Bullfrog + Baum will work closely with KTPO to raise awareness around Kyushu, Japan among U.S. travelers, through strategic media relations that will highlight all of the adventures that awaits travelers in Kyushu.

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