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Mice Net : August 2009
upfront international EIBTM wanTs your BEsT EvEnTs! EIBTM has called for entries for the EIBTM 2009 Meeting and Incentive Industry Awards, with the deadline September 18. The awards are open to all event creators and planners in seven categories including one new category – Sustainable Initiative of the Year. Other categories include: Best Special Event, Best Conference for less than 250 participants, Best Conference for more than 250 participants, Best Product Launch, Best Incentive Program, and Best Destination Marketing Campaign. Additionally, two special awards will be presented - Industry Personality of the Year (closed judging and selection process) won last year by Christian Mutschelechner, director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, and Best Event Evaluation to be judged by Elling Hamso, ROI Institute, won last year by Spain’s Innevento Comunicación en Vivo. Entry forms, entry criteria and awards terms and conditions can be found at www.eibtm.com/awards. Positively Wellington Tourism’s Convention Bureau has launched a new tactical initiative that will make meeting in the capital even easier and aims to drive further growth in conference tourism. In an exclusive partnership with Air New Zealand, Capital Meetings is offering a full service meetings package aimed at small to medium businesses. The packages include return domestic flights, Wellington airport transfers, accommodation, meeting space, morning and afternoon teas and a daily working lunch. Lead in prices for an overnight package from Auckland start from as little as $313 per person. Following the launch of Capital Meetings domestically, Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive, David Perks, said the natural progression would be to look at releasing trans-Tasman packages. The Huka Retreats recently announced that Deborah Hutton has been apoointed to the newly created role of Australian brand Ambassador to its three sister properties: Huka Lodge, New Zealand, Grande Provence, South Africa and Dolphin Island, Fiji. Deborah’s love of travel, appreciation of the finer things in life, as well as her high profile and her successful career as a media personality, singled her out as perfect for the role, in which she will represent The Huka Retreats at events and 22 mice.net special occasions. Visit www.thehukaretreats. com to learn more about the properties. AirAsia, Skytrax’s World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, celebrated the much awaited PerthBali flight recently. From August 19, 2009 AirAsia will be servicing the Bali-Perth route between Ngurah Rai International Airport and Perth Airport with two direct daily flights, marking a major tourism and economic coup for both countries. Jointly, AirAsia Group has 21 flights weekly to Perth inclusive of one daily direct flight departing from Kuala Lumpur. Perth is the first Australian destination to be serviced from Indonesia by AirAsia Indonesia and it is the fourth international route operated from the Bali hub after Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore. Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has enhanced its global presence with the announcement of two new partnerships in the Asia Pacific region. Beijing Tourism Administration (BTA) is the newest MPI Strategic Partner that will work with MPI to develop the MICE market in Beijing, and Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) under the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is the first Asian supporter of MPI’s Global Partner Program. Chief development officer for MPI, Didier Scaillet said the BTA and MEHK are both an integral part of MPI’s global expansion. “As the global business world becomes more of a borderless society, these key partnerships will help provide our members with greater exposure to diverse, multi-cultural business practices and community,” he said. A European-based company recently launched an online software program that is said to be able to measure the bottom line impact of conferences and events. The company, European Event ROI Institute, launched SenseiROI™ in Dublin recently. SenseiROI is apparently the only software tool that encompasses the entire cycle of an event. Visit www.eventroi.org for further details. The 20th Video Urology World Congress was held in Kuala Lumpur in late July, attended by more than 800 local and foreign medical practitioners from more than 40 countries. A key highlight were the three half-day moderated sessions that featured multiple surgeries being carried out by practitioners in the field which were broadcast in real-time via video conferencing technology from the Institute of Urology at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.