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Mice Net : December 2008
upfront international aNaNtara offers New level of luxury Phuket has a new resort and what a beauty it is. Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa opened recently, bringing a new level of quality and sophistication to the popular holiday and conference and incentive destination. Reminiscent of a southern Thai village, each of Anantara Phuket’s 83 villas come with their own private 33 square metre pool set within Bill Bensley- designed gardens. The property also offers a range of meetings facilities. In other Anantara news, the group also this month opened the Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa on the Changlang Beach just south of Krabi in Thailand. This property has 138 sea-view rooms and suites. office in New York. “[This] will put us closer to the centre of the action for our work on the Vancouver Winter Games of 2010 and London Summer Games of 2012 – and our continued and growing work in North America, Europe and the Middle East.” The Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) has announced it is developing a new dedicated area for live communication and event production companies. Taking place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi from March 31 to April 2, 2009, the new area will be the home for companies that provide event planners and organisers with design and creative solutions and ideas for creating impactful meetings and events in the Gulf and Middle East region. Some of the region’s top experts and professional organisations have already shown interest in participating at GIBTM and the focus for this part of the industry will reflect that demand. “Providing a selection of the best live communication and production agencies from across the Gulf is a natural addition to destination and venue products already exhibiting at GIBTM and will provide our international hosted buyers and regional planner buyers with support solutions for their events, incentives, congresses and conferences,” said exhibition director, Graeme Barnett. Last year GIBTM attracted 223 hosted buyers and 1268 trade visitors and VIPs; and organised 5000 pre- scheduled appointments and numerous networking events (2008 figures). As part of the preliminary marketing activities to promote the opening of one of the Middle East’s largest convention and exhibition centres in 2010, more than 80 key decision-makers from prominent international associations and institutes attended a series of luncheons in Europe to see what Qatar had to offer. General manager of the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) and former GM of the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Paul D’Arcy, said there was strong interest in the Middle East and in particular Doha, as a future destination for international associations across a range of fields including telecommunications, medical research, dentistry, petrochemicals, education, sport and transport. In attendance was the executive director of the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) who facilitate a wide range of events in different regions throughout the world to promote excellence in neuroscience research and teaching worldwide. “The Arabian Gulf is such an exciting destination that would appeal to our members. Not only would holding a future event in Doha achieve some of our key goals and objectives by promoting the latest research, trends and training in neuroscience, it would also give the society the opportunity to establish new networks to increase overall membership,” Mrs de la Rouchefoucauld said. mice.net 23