Singapore Changi Airport registered a strong performance in 2018, handling a record 65.6 million passenger movements (+5.5%) for the year with 386,000 landings and take-offs (+3.4%). Airfreight throughput increased by 1.4% to reach 2.15 million tonnes for 2018.
ICONSIAM, the mega city project of futuristic living and an iconic landmark of Thailand’s eternal prosperity on the Chao Phraya River, in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Bangkok River Partners, the Association of Chao Phraya Commerce, the Thai Shipping Association as well as other related agencies and organisations, today, held the inauguration ceremony for Thailand’s new global attraction on the Chao Phraya River known as the “ICONIC Multimedia Water Features”, which is one of the Seven Wonders of ICONSIAM. At over 400 metres, it is the longest water dance in Southeast Asia featuring a combination of light, colour, sound and multimedia and set in front of beautiful vistas across the Chao Phraya River. It seeks to glorify and highlight the grandeur of the river for the world to be impressed while attracting local and international visitors to the Chao Phraya River.
A new study on global incentive travel, released by SITE, the industry’s only association dedicated exclusively to the sector, shows that incentive travel is the fastest growing element of MICE, with the highest per person spend, distributed amongst the widest spectrum of destination suppliers. Other key findings include the primacy of destination appeal amongst the factors influencing destination selection, the rise of 2ndtier destinations and the increasing importance of wellness as a key incentive programme inclusion.
Singapore Changi Airport added two new city links to India, with IndiGo Airlines’ new 2x weekly service to Vijayawada, and Jet Airways commencing a daily Singapore-Pune service. Jet Airways also added a third daily each to its Delhi and Mumbai services.
Changi Airport welcomed Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines and the return of Hainan Airlines; the airlines launched 3x weekly services to Nanning and Haikou respectively. Hebei Airlines also doubled its daily service to Hangzhou on 1 December. AirAsia Berhad commenced a 4x weekly Ipoh service on 2 December, while Qantas added three weekly services to Sydney on 14 December. Singapore Airlines also added three weekly services each to their non-stop San Francisco and Los Angeles routes.
Changi Airport registered 5.41 million passenger movements in November 2018, a 4.5% year-on-year increase. As at 1 December 2018, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide. The ever improving accessibility of Changi Airport helps to anchor Singapore's position as a leading MICE city in the world.
Mr Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya (2nd from left), President of TCEB, said TCEB has adopted key principles to foster cooperative partnership among the public, private, and community sectors to promote the MICE industry through activities that drive the economy and generate revenues to local communities.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is establishing strategic guidelines to develop Chiang Mai into a complete MICE City in Thailand’s northern region. TCEB collaborates with local communities and stakeholders to promote post-event tours and travel experiences for corporate travellers.
Australia’s best events and strongest achievements in the competitive events industry were announced and celebrated at the Australian Event Awards ceremony tonight at Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
Queensland shone in fitting form for the Awards’ final year hosted by Visit Sunshine Coast, with almost a third of the winners hailing from the sunshine state. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games proved a holistic success, taking out the TFH Hire Services Best Sporting Event, with Trade 2018: The Trade and Investment Program also winning Best Exhibition, Trade or Consumer Show. TAFE Queensland took home a trophy for their innovative and immersive training partnership with the Games.
“Hosting the World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology presents an opportunity to showcase Korea’s advanced developments in the ultrasound sector to a worldwide audience. More so, it is a step forward for KSUOG as it will promote active academic exchanges with overseas medical practitioners and academics, and strengthen the knowledge expertise in the domestic region.”
At the World Routes Marketing Awards 2018 held in Guangzhou last month, Singapore's Changi Airport emerged as the winner in the ‘Over 50 Million Passengers’ category. The annual awards recognize excellence in air hub marketing, and winners are determined by a panel of senior airline representatives.
"With the new ‘EMC3 Model’, TCEB will elevate the MICE industries in three provinces in the Eastern Economic Corridor, namely Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong... which will bring about a rapid advancement of the region,”
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is pushing forward Thailand’s MICE industry and drive the 10 target industries under the Thailand 4.0 scheme in support of the government’s policy.
“The promotion of the MICE industry in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is part of a zoning strategy that aims to attract conferences, conventions, and exhibitions, as well as MICE-related investment to EEC. With the new ‘EMC3 Model’, TCEB will elevate the MICE industries in three provinces in the Eastern Economic Corridor, namely Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong, through simultaneous and extensive developments across all facets as well as integrated marketing, which will bring about a rapid advancement of the region,” said Mr Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB.
The EMC3 Model is spearheaded by six major projects spanning a period of three years (2019-2022). These projects are namely:
The EMC3 Model will further advance Thailand’s MICE industry and propel the other industries forward as envisioned in the Thailand 4.0 scheme, in which Thailand will be driven towards a value-based economy through innovation, creativity, and its service industry.
To summarize this briefly, TCEB is not just a facilitator in bringing in international meetings related to the 10 target industries under the Thailand 4.0 scheme, but also a partner in growing the MICE industry as part of, and within the EEC development.
Traveling through the EEC region during the International Media Familiarization Trip (IMFT) 2018 in October, members of the media can imagine the convenience and anticipate the great reduction in travelling time which the EEC development would bring when the High Speed Rail is ready and the U-Tapao Airport is fully expanded by 2023. At the moment, apart from Pattaya being a mature tourism and MICE destination, local hospitality entrepreneurs and international investors are ready to develop the potential of the other areas in the EEC region.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) today announced a launch of its new brand marketing communication campaign “Thailand: Redefine Your Business Events”. The new campaign has prompted the bureau to redefine its role as an industry’s partner for success. Tapping into the growing opportunities from the country’s economic development landscape and the expansion of Asia market, TCEB is committed to promoting Thailand’s position as a hub of ASEAN MICE.
Mrs Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of TCEB, said that Asia has been a fast-growing market for Thailand’s MICE industry supported by remarkable growth rates of MICE travellers from ASEAN and CLMV Countries which increased 35% and 100% respectively. In addition, Asia is predicted to be a primary source market for the Meeting & Incentives Sector in 2019 powered by a rising trend of corporate travels in China, and the growth of travellers from India and Indonesia which are predicted at 11.3% and 8.7% respectively.
However, the global MICE market is changing with influences from social and technological developments. The upcoming trends are such as: an increasing focus on MICE activities that enhance active learning, and abilities to broaden fresh perspective and being adaptive; a development of online applications which assist event organisers to manage the show and enhance delegate’s engagement, and a rising numbers of shows from new sectors such as Health and Wellness, Robotic Innovations and Start-up.
To take advantage of these global trends, TCEB has defined marketing strategies for 2019 which focus on four areas:
For the fiscal year 2019, TCEB estimated that Thailand will welcome 1,419,890 overseas business travellers generating 130,200 million baht in revenue to the country. The forecast is based on TCEB’s proactive marketing strategies which are aimed at attracting more numbers of mega-sized events and premium MICE groups. Also, TCEB has developed a series of supporting tools to enhance experiences for international delegates. Plus, funding programs are offered to attract new events and upgrade existing events. Meanwhile, the bureau is introducing incentives packages such as Exhibiz in Market program to raise the sale of exhibition space, and ASEAN + 6 Privilege to boost show visitors from target countries.
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