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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
upfront In recent tImes high-end entertainment for special events in Asia has been expensive and difficult to find with many planners bringing in acts from the United States. With bases in Sydney and London, SMA Productions has been providing quality entertainment services in the region for more than six years. This includes providing the first “corporate” entertainment to grace the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The company says “impact and diversity” is key while creating feature acts that traverse language and cultural barriers. Their shows The Rat Pack’s Back and String Diva (pictured) have since earned accolades performing at many events throughout the region including the Malaysian Grand Prix, Amway China, Johnnie Walker Classic and the World Cup Dubai. Check them out at www.smaproductions.asia and contact email@example.com for more details. One of the big drawcards for MICE delegates at the inaugural ITB Asia event in Hong Kong was that Meeting Planners International was going to hold its Asian Meetings and Events Conference alongside the event. Apparently economic uncertainty affected potential delegate numbers which MPI was hoping would reach 250. Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced a unique offer for meeting planners called “Five plus One”. It entitles meeting planners to five offers plus one extra bonus when they book 10 rooms or more per night at participating Starwood hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific. The five great offers + one extra includes: 10 per cent saving on day meeting packages; meeting planners can double their complimentary room allocation; double complimentary upgrade allocation for meeting planners; meeting 10 miceAsia.net planners can earn 2500 Starpoints for every 25 rooms at the time of booking; and fifth of course stands as planners earn their regular Starpoints. These Starpoints can be used to redeem rewards including complimentary hotel services, accommodation and more at Starwood hotels. In addition to the five offers, meeting planners can enjoy an additional bonus of a complimentary latest ipod Nano.* Meeting planners can find more details on the offer as well as a list of destinations and hotels at www. starwoodmeetings.com. Note: Terms and conditions apply and the Five Plus One offer is available from now till March 31, 2009. *terms and conditions apply. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has inscribed the historic cities of Melaka and George Town, Penang, on to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The two Malaysian capitals now join the ranks of Malaysia’s Gunung Mulu National Park and Kinabalu Park, both inscribed on to the list in 2000. The World Heritage list, decided by the World Heritage Committee, is based on nominations of properties by countries which have adhered to the World Heritage Convention. By identifying and nominating properties to be considered for the list, these countries give details of how a property is protected and provide a management plan for its upkeep. The countries are also expected to protect the World Heritage values of the properties inscribed and are encouraged to report periodically on their condition. Malaysia has also submitted two other nominations for future consideration: the Taman Negara National Park in Pahang and the Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary and Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak.