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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
upfront is fitted with the airline’s new-generation award-winning cabin products, including the biggest Business Class seat in the world and the most advanced inflight entertainment system ever developed, featuring more than 1000 entertainment options and a suite of office applications. One of Bali’s favourite beachside resorts - the Novotel Benoa Bali - has achieved certification from Green Globe, in recognition of their sustainable and responsible programs implemented to help ease the growing burden on the environment. Novotel’s long-term concern for the environment began as part of the Accor Group’s Earth Guest program and is now embraced as an integral part of the hotel chain’s brand. This commitment is based on three main strands of activity: drawing up appropriate construction standards; involving its employees in sustainable development on a daily basis; and involving its customers. Green Globe benchmarked hotels are assessed according to eight performance criteria that will guarantee, among other things, better waste management, less pollution, and energy and water consumption control. Healthcare information technology (IT) executives will gather in Bahrain during the first week of May 2009 for the first Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Middle East Conference. HIMSS is the healthcare industry’s membership organisation dedicated to providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare IT and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. It represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organisations employing millions of people. Headquartered in Chicago, HIMSS was founded in 1961 with offices in Washington DC, Brussels and other locations across the United States and Europe. According to Cathy Ryan, CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), Senior Manager – Meeting Services at HIMSS, the assistance they received from Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA) and the local authorities in terms of swissotEl hotEls & rEsorts opEnEd its third hotel in China with the Swissotel Grand Shanghai opening on August 15. An elaborate glass carving by renowned Chinese artist Yang Jiu Sheng portraying the street map of the Jing An District takes pride of place in the lobby. With 467 rooms and suites, executive floors, an executive club lounge and five restaurants and bars the property has been designed to meet the requirements of today’s busy executive traveller. As an opening special it is offering a half-day conference package of RMB 550 per person and a full- day package for RMB 630, valid until December 31, 2009. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.shanghai.swissotel.com. supporting and promoting the conference encouraged them to select Bahrain as the site for HIMSS’ inaugural conference in the Middle East. “We are currently working with Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority, the Economic Development Board and the Ministry of Health on this meeting,” she said. Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia has joined the ranks of free wifi internet access. Wireless internet is now available in all guest rooms at the resort as well as the main areas, bar, swimming pool, reception and conference rooms. Cable connection is also available in the guest rooms. “It’s as simple as guests getting a user id and password from reception and then they’re underway,” says Club Med marketing manager, Kaarin Gaukrodger. “It’s all part of our all-inclusive holiday package that has no surprises for guests’ credit cards at check- out time.” Ms Gaukrodger says this is a bonus for conference groups as the resort can provide more than 30 simultaneous internet connections in the conference room at one time. Club Med Cherating Beach is located on a pristine east coast beach just 60 kilometres north of Kuantan, a short plane trip from Kuala Lumpur. Starwood Hotels & Resorts marked a milestone in its aggressive growth in China announcing its 100th hotel with the signing of the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel on July 31, 2008. As the first international hotel chain to enter China when the historic Great Wall Beijing Sheraton Hotel was established in 1985, Starwood today is the largest international upscale hotel company in China. The celebration was held at Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ China regional office in Shanghai recently. miceAsia.net 11