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Mice Net : October 2008
asia update Jurong BirdPark. available for SGD275, the revenue from their combined sales was less than a third of what the corporations were willing to pay to entertain their 12,000 guests. The Paddock Club fetched SGD7500 per person, while Marina Sky and Club Suites brought in between SGD5000-6500. Sales for the Singapore Grand Prix’s corporate hospitality packages were launched on November 28, 2007, and by mid-January, 126 of the 180 suites were sold. The organisers then released 3000 Paddock Club tickets, which were snapped up by the teams and major corporations eager to entertain their clients. By July, 87 per cent of all seats had been sold. Talk to the animals As was the case with the Grand Prix, Singapore continues to surprise with its heady mix of new and improved product for the convention and incentive travel markets. One of the latest offerings can be found at Jurong BirdPark which has “The Early Bird Breakfast Show”. This breakfast with a difference allows guests to eat and be entertained by some of the park’s most endearing and talented avian superstars like Big John, a 45-year old sulphur crested cockatoo, Merlin the yellow-naped amazon, and eclectus parrots. Jurong BirdPark is not only the largest bird park in the world with 7000 birds and more than 600 species, it is also home to a pool of super-talented bird performers, remarkably well-trained and upbeat despite their early morning performance. During the show, Big John, the BirdPark’s oldest cockatoo opens the show with a repertoire of amusing antics. Visitors will be enlightened on the history of John’s life and experiences in the BirdPark, as well as his cheeky habits of getting “close” to the female bird trainer handling him. 128 mice.net The show ends in a feeding session with six red crested pochards. After the breakfast at the Bongo Terrace, visitors are welcome to take photographs with colourful parrots and macaws in their vivid red, green and blue feathers. While breakfast is served from 8.30am onwards, showtime begins from 9.15am until 9.45am. ITB Asia As if to signify the growing maturity of the Asian market, the largest travel trade show in the world ITB, based in Berlin, will create and run ITB Asia in Singapore this month (October 22-24). The three-day business to business tradeshow and convention being held at Suntec Singapore is already being touted as “the one to watch” in Asia, and that includes the business events segment which will have a strong showing both in terms of exhibitors and seminar content. “If your business is about incentive travel or meetings & events [then] we invite you to meet and mingle with the exhibitors and professionals of this emerging industry,” organisers say. “Incentive agencies, event and conference organisers as well as meeting planners from all over the world will present their portfolio and distribute indispensable knowledge to make your participation invaluable.” As if to further show its commitment to the business events segment, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will be running the MPI – Meetings & Events Conference. Topics include trends in corporate meetings in Asia, managing association meetings in Asia, attracting international business, technology and the meetings industry, and how to get destinations on the marketing map. Visit www.mpiweb.org and follow the links to learn more.