by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Mice Net : June 2009
upfront international HILTON UNVEILS NEW ‘MEETINGS FOR FREE’ PROMOTION Research conducted by the Hilton Hotels Corporation in the Asia Pacific has found that 77 per cent of those surveyed believe off-site meetings are a necessity not a luxury. To that end, Hilton has launched a new promotion whereby anybody making a bedroom booking before June 30 for any date in 2009 will be eligible to receive a complimentary day meetings package including meeting room facilities, refreshments and lunch. The offer extends across all Hilton hotel brands in the Asia Pacific including Hilton, Conrad and Doubletree by Hilton. Supporting Hilton’s belief that meetings matter is some independent research commissioned by Hilton. This found that 77 per cent of those surveyed believe that off-site meetings are a necessity not a luxury. Ninety-four per cent of survey respondents believe that meetings can build stronger business relationships and 91 per cent that meetings build stronger bonds between teams. For further details visit www.hilton.com/meetingsforfree. IHG has signed an Asia Pacific partnership agreement with global meeting procurement company, HelmsBriscoe – the highest-volume purchaser in the MICE sector with more than 940 associates and 8000 corporate, association and government clients around the world. Recently HelmsBriscoe International Division managing director, Ian Quartermaine (top left) travelled from his base in Arizona to finalise and celebrate the agreement – the final piece in the global puzzle for IHG after signing similar partnerships in the Americas and EMEA. Pictured from top and left to right are: Jorge Villalpando, IHG key account manager; Anne Gill, IHG director regional sales ANZSP; Celeste Low, HelmsBriscoe national account manager (front); Jenny Morrell, IHG director of sales effectiveness ANZSP; Susette van der Linden, HelmsBriscoe regional director Australia / New Zealand; and Trina Butler, HelmsBriscoe director global accounts. 24 mice.net Seoul has been chosen as the venue for the 31st International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH). As the largest international event in the field of occupational health, the congress is held every three years under the auspices of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) bringing together as many as 3000 experts from 110 countries. The 31st ICOH will be hosted by Seoul in 2015, bringing together worldwide occupational health experts. Seoul made a successful bid for the event, which is dubbed ‘The Olympics of Occupational Health’ ousting competitors including Melbourne and Dublin. The British government must review as a matter of urgency its decision to increase air passenger duty, which particularly impacts the long-haul travel market, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association. PATA president and CEO, Greg Duffell, said destinations across the Asia Pacific were battling against the dramatic impacts of the global economic downturn. PATA believes these latest tax increases place a disproportionate burden on travel and tourism and are little more than a further method of generating revenue for the British government under the very dubious cover of consolidating its green credentials. “We support the efforts of governments, tourism organisations and other industry players in the UK and across the Asia Pacific region to get this policy reviewed,” Mr Duffell said. MCI continues its expansion throughout China following the successful launch and growth of its MCI Shanghai office in 2006 and the opening of MCI Hong Kong in 2008. Recently an office in Beijing was opened, with the branch already having substantial business secured. Next month (July) MCI will welcome 3000 delegates representing the Million Dollar Round Table, a global life insurance and financial services association, to Beijing for a two-day event filled with networking, industry knowledge sharing and sessions to inspire entrepreneurial spirit. In 2010, MCI Beijing will manage the World Congress of Cardiology, expecting more than 20,000 medical professionals from around the world. Heading up the new office is general manager, Suvi Saxen who has more than 20 years’ experience. Ms Saxen recently relocated from Finland to China to lead the opening and ongoing management of the MCI Beijing office. MCI employs 800 professionals around the world with a budget under management of 210 million euros. GPJ Australia has recorded a strong start to 2009 by winning the bid to develop the arts and entertainment for the Australian stand for the World Expo to be held in Shanghai in 2010. In related news, GPJ also recently appointed recognised industry identity Paul Kenny to the newly created role of executive director.