Spectrum of the Seas, Celebrity Millennium and their crews are ready to thank those who step up for others; company sends 1,000,000 masks to China efforts
At a time when it feels like there are too many disasters around the world and not enough relief, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced it will dedicate two ships to humanitarian efforts in Australia and California to support some of the people affected by recent crises.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused pain and disruption around the world. It is a stark reminder of the hurt that these terrible events can bring—and how fortunate we are that such traumatic events are not more frequent. "When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help," said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "At Royal Caribbean, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to use our ships in a positive way during difficult times."
Actions taken by the Thai government and private agencies since the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have raised the confidence within the MICE industry as 24 international and regional conventions and exhibitions involving more than 40,000 participants will proceed as planned over the next three months.
Changi Airport Group today welcomed the announcement by Russian carrier Aeroflot of its plans to launch non-stop services between Singapore and Moscow (Sheremetyevo) from 25 October 2020, Changi’s first link to this airport. (Singapore Airlines has a 5x weekly service from Singapore to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport)
The introduction of this service will provide additional seat capacity between both countries, boosting opportunities for business, leisure and MICE travel.
In light of the ongoing Novel Coronavirus, organisers of IT&CM China and CTW China have decided, in the interest, well-being and safety of all valued event delegates and stakeholders, to defer the 2020 event to 3 - 5 August, subject to the recovery and control of the outbreak.
This course of action of deferring mass gatherings including large-scale exhibitions and conferences like IT&CM China and CTW China, is in line with advisories by health and government authorities (e.g. WHO) to prevent, contain, and mitigate spread of the virus. Further, as the status of the outbreak is constantly evolving, the postponement of the event is deemed to be the most appropriate step at this point when travel risk to / within China is heightened, and health and safety are immediate concerns on the top of everyone’s minds.
Organisers TTG and china-based CITS MICE will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further updates when necessary.
The business events industry will play an integral part in rebuilding Australia’s visitor economy this year. Businesses and event planners across the country are being urged to host business events in Australia to support bushfire impacted regions as well as other communities across Australia who have also been impacted from fewer visitors.
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) commend the Australian Government on its prompt recovery response to the recent bushfires in some parts of Australia. Through its initial $76 million Tourism Recovery Fund, the Government will address the global misinformation and perceptions about the bushfires in Australia and stimulate travel to and within the country.
The Thailand Chapter of Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has won the Rising Star Award for 2019 at SITE’s 2020 Global Conference held in Vancouver, Canada from January 24-27, 2020. The annual awards honour individual members and chapter organisations that have contributed to the association and the world’s incentive travel industry.
Marriott International has opened the first Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Suwon, part of the new MICE Complex within Suwon Gwanggyo New Town in South Korea. The hotel officially opened on 3 January attended by Mayor Yeom Tae-young, Mayor of Suwon City, Kim Young-chul, CEO of Hanwha Hotel & Resort, Choi Kwang-ho, CEO of Hanwha E & C and Nam Ki-duk, CEO of Marriott International Korea. The hotel is a key addition to the developing MICE Complex, currently comprised of Suwon Convention Center and Gwanggyo Lake Park.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) led by Ms Nooch Homrossukhon, Director – Meetings and Incentives Department, together with Bangkok Airways’ Vice President – Marketing, Mr Varong Israsena Na Ayudhaya and Ms Tippamas Kaysee, Vice President – Tourism Marketing for Central Department Store Limited Group (CDS), introduce a new enhanced campaign so-called “Fly, Meet, Shop” to boost Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) corporate travel markets at the press conference today at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), a lifestyle destination situated at the heart of Singapore Changi Airport, has been accorded the Special Jury Award at the MAPIC Awards 2019 – a prestigious industry event which honours the world’s most outstanding retail real estate projects, held in Cannes, France.
Rewarding excellence, innovation and creativity in the global retail real estate industry, the MAPIC Awards, into its 24th run, saw a total of 111 entries from 33 countries across 11 categories. While Jewel Changi Airport Devt (JCAD) had initially submitted entries for two categories (Best Leisure Concept and Best Shopping Mall), the jury panel comprising top retail real estate experts, accorded Jewel the Special Jury Award, granted to the jury’s favourite project among all.
UFI encourages global members for meeting in Thailand and is confident that Thailand will step up as a world leader in exhibitions. Mr Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director and CEO said that according to the Trade Fair Industry in Asia 2018 Report, it is stated that Thailand is the largest trade fair market by wide margin in Southeast Asia and recorded a robust growth in terms of the number of the trade fairs and net spaces sold annually, as well as being well position for continued growth. Thailand has a world-class portfolio of venues, excellent supporting infrastructure, a dynamic group of event organisers and strong, sustained support from the government.
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