ICCA Congress 2023 in Bangkok concluded with the success on sustainability legacy. In cooperation with ICCA, Thailand exercised the practice of sustainable food sourcing and management during the congress that has become a model for 'Bangkok Pledge on Gastronomy Sustainability' to be launched at next year's ICCA Congress in Abu Dhabi. ICCA Congress 2023 was held between 12 and 15 November 2023 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC).
Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), has unveiled an exciting new retail cluster specially designed as a hub for ‘Discovering the Best of Singapore Brands’. In partnership with Singapore Tourism Board, travellers and visitors alike can look forward to an experiential shopping experience with exclusive Jewel’s offerings, local craftsmanship and Singapore’s heritage, first-in-market souvenirs and merchandise, as well as innovative food & beverage concepts by homegrown brands in this cluster. Distinguished brands featured include six ‘1Made with Passion’ brands - Anthology of Compendium Spirits, IRVINS, Kele, Kim’s Duet, Kwong Cheong Thye and Ya Kun Kaya Toast, as well as I Love SG and Keong Saik Bakery – all of which have been seamlessly integrated into a single, collective space.
ITB Asia, Asia’s leading travel trade show, opened its doors at the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore today. Co-located with MICE Show Asia and Travel Tech Asia, the event provides three full days of networking opportunities with international exhibitors, complemented by conference sessions. Guest of Honour Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, opened the show together with Melissa Ow, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board and David Ruetz, Senior Vice President, Messe Berlin.
Changi Airport celebrates Changi App launch with year-long lucky draw and chance to win business class flights every month
Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled a brand-new mobile experience with a purposeful revamp of the official airport mobile application Changi App. Enhanced with a full suite of new and upgraded features built with the traveller in mind, Changi App, formerly called iChangi, now takes the promise of seamless and fuss-free travel to the next level with more useful and personalised services.
At the recently concluded IT&CM Asia 2023 in Bangkok, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) led the Thai Team to secure 405 leads from its three main exhibition pavilions. The number of generated leads adds on to TCEB’s 23 conference-bid win performance concluded at the end of the bureau’s 2023 financial year on 30 September.
The Thailand Pavilion comprises 40 exhibitors and generated 135 leads, a 43.6% increase from 94 leads achieved last year. The leads from Thailand Pavilion – 133 for meetings and incentives (24,532 travellers) and two for conventions (2,200 travellers) – is valued at 1,764 million baht.
The 31st IT&CM Asia and 26th CTW Asia-Pacific 2023 which concluded on 29 September 2023, brought back the in-person event with more buzz on the show floor. Aside from business and knowledge components, this year’s programme featured a wide array of activities, in and outside of booths, including targeted networking and knowledge sessions.
The show welcomed more than 240 new and returning destinations and brands along with more than 400 MICE, Association and Corporate Buyers from over 50 countries/territories, who took advantage of the bountiful procurement and networking opportunities.
Thailand has won a total of 23 bids for international conferences from October 2022 to September 2023. These are for events that will take place up to 2028. The largest among the wins is the 2026 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) to be held in Bangkok. 12,000 delegates are expected.
Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 2 to reopen fully by end October 2023 with new passenger experiences
Changi Airport commences operations in the northern wing of Terminal 2 (T2) today after three and a half years of engineering works to extend the life of critical systems, and expansion works to bring Changi’s overall capacity to 90 million passengers per annum (mppa). T2’s handling capacity has increased by five mppa to 28 mppa.
This boost in capacity is timely as air travel in Changi Airport continues to recover. Passenger traffic at Changi Airport for August 2023 was about 87% of pre-Covid levels. The southern wing of T2 was reopened in May 2022 (arrivals) and October 2022 (departures) to provide capacity to serve an increasing number of passengers following the easing of international border restrictions earlier in the year.
While a number of shops and dining options, as well as facilities and amenities are already open, passengers can look forward to the full suite of T2 attractions, stores and restaurants as these are launched progressively in the coming weeks. The full reopening of T2 will be celebrated with an event in early November 2023.
In a bid to build up Thailand’s image as a high value-added destination, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) seeks out opportunities that enable event owners and organisers to tap into high-potential future industries while also making it easier to discover more authentic and localised activities that meet the demands of a new generation of MICE visitors.
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