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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
upfront briefs The operation of the 471-seat Singapore Airlines A380 to Hong Kong represents an increase of 10 per cent in seat capacity to the city. “The operation of the A380 to Hong Kong shows our confidence in the demand for both business and leisure travel between Singapore and the famed ‘Pearl of the Orient’, said Mr Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines’ executive vice president, marketing and the regions. The Hong Kong International Art Fair and the Asia Funeral Expo (AFE 2009) both resulted in growth in space and visitor participation showing the ongoing strength of the Hong Kong market during even challenging times. The newlyexpanded Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has again proven its value to and vitality in the industry in Hong Kong as four exhibitions have utilised the new space in only six weeks since the expansion’s opening. Managing director of the HKCEC, Cliff Wallace said “The bi-annual ART HK 09 marked a 31 per cent increase in attendance over the previous event a year ago. It is also exciting to see that the inaugural edition of AFE 2009 in the HKCEC grew 70 per cent in exhibition space compared to their last exhibition in another city.” Centara Hotels & Resort has been actively promoting within the Middle East region for several years but considers the region a key growth driver for the future thus making the decision to open its eighth international sales office in Dubai, due in part to growth in the Middle East. Commenting on the development Centara senior vice president of sales and marketing, Chris Bailey, said it was apparent in 2008 that some international markets would decline either through concerns for safety or economic pressures. “A world bright spot still seemed to demonstrate that the Middle East was a market worth additional and strategic support, especially given the increasing air capacity between the region and Thailand.” Agility Fair and Events secured contracts to manage logistics services for the Singapore Arts Festival which was held from mid-May to mid-June, and the world famous Cats musical during its production in the Lion Leading hoTeLs For event planners who demand the very best in facilities and services, The Leading Hotels of the World has over 80 years of experience in luxury resorts and city hotels. Leading Group Sales is their specialised team looking after your groups whether they be a small incentive or romantic wedding at the Banyan Tree in Phuket to a large conference at The Langham in London. With experience and passion your Leading Group Sales specialist will help you with all phases of planning and execution, helping to make every event smooth running and memorable for your client. To help you choose a venue or destination we have a fantastic online meeting planner at www.leadinggroupsales.com that will give you information on the hotels in each city along with their individual facilities at a glance. Leading Hotels also has a fabulous incentive for you at the moment - For every ten room nights booked per group at any of the 450 Leading Hotels worldwide, you will receive a USD50 gift voucher. Furthermore, for a minimum of 30 room nights booked per group at select hotels, you will be rewarded with a two-night suite stay at the same hotel upon materialisation of the group business. Valid for groups contracted through The Leading Hotels of the World before September 30, 2009. For a full list of participating hotels see www. leadinggroupsales.com/apacincentive.aspx To make a booking or for more information, please call (+65) 6836-2269 or email email@example.com or visit www.leadinggroupsales.com Banyan Tree, Phuket City. The Singapore Arts Festival is one of the leading international arts festivals known for its bold and innovative artistic collaborations at the cutting-edge of contemporary arts with a distinctive Asian flavour. Established as a national celebration for the arts, the festival offers a myriad showcase of worldclass and internationally-acclaimed arts productions, and has a strong trademark for presenting several world and Asian premieres. “We are delighted to have won the official logistics service provider contract for the Singapore Arts Festival which showcases 426 productions and events. We are also very pleased that the world famous Cats production selected Agility as its logistics partner in Singapore,” said Dr Nat Wong, President, Agility Fairs and Events. A record 50,000 professional visitors attended the 37th China International Pharmaceutical Machinery Exposition (CIPM) held in the Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre (ZZICEC) recently. In its 37th edition and 4th year at the ZZICEC, CIPM successfully attracted more than 700 established pharmaceutical companies from around the world to take part. More than 3500 booths were built on 65,000 square metres of exhibition space. Organised by the China Pharmaceutical Equipment Association, the CIPM was said to provide an excellent sourcing platform for buyers, with a vast array of the latest medical products and equipments for demonstration and technical exchange. After Hong Kong’s hosting of the Olympic Equestrian Events for the first time last year, it is another important milestone for the city to host the 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) to be held in December this year. And staff and management at the Regal Riverside Hotel couldn’t be happier due to its “headquarters hotel” status for the event. The Regal Riverside Hotel will be the headquarters hotel for the representatives of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and athletes’ hotel, while the Regal Oriental Hotel will provide accommodation to athletes from different countries. miceAsia.net 15