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Dubai Business Events Gathers Momentum After Strong H1

August 16, 2017
  • Business events secured in the first half of 2017 set to attract over 51,000 delegates from around the world with an expected economic impact of AED 375 million

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 15 August 2017: Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has reported strong results for the first half of 2017, with 97 bids submitted to host business events being successfully awarded to the city. The events secured since January, including conferences, exhibitions, meetings and incentive trips, are poised to attract over 51,636 delegates from around the world, resulting in an expected economic impact of approximately AED 375 million.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Dubai has grown tremendously to become a leading destination for international business events. We recognise the significance of the business events industry, and acknowledge the various growth facets each event brings to the city. Not only do they accelerate our journey towards becoming a knowledge-sharing economy, but business events are also major contributors towards our goal of welcoming 20 million visitors each year by 2020.”

In the first six months, Dubai Business Events won a total of 97 pitches to host business events in the city, and is currently awaiting verdict on 97 more that have been submitted. Key wins include: Baby Care Annual Incentive (2018), World Conference on Desalination and Water Re-Use (2019), and Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (2022).

Dubai Business Events has also ramped up efforts to highlight the city’s business events offering to international audiences. DBE representatives have attended over 50 trade events in the first half of the year, interacting with over 4,500 business events buyers and planners. The bureau has also facilitated a total of 16 site inspections with 38 clients, and hosted 144 buyers from around the world as part of four in-depth Dubai study missions.

Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, said: “We’ve had a stellar start to the year, and are well on our way to achieving our targets set for 2017. As we continue to work towards further strengthening Dubai’s reputation of being a premier host destination for business events, we have a steady pipeline of initiatives planned for the year ahead. We are also focusing on expanding our network and reach globally, enabling businesses, event buyers and planners to benefit from our expertise.”

Dubai Business Event’s Al Safeer Ambassador Programme has also contributed significantly to the city’s success in bidding for international events. The programme features a network of 300 prominent experts from diverse sectors, including academia, finance, and healthcare, who are based in Dubai. Since January, the programme contributed to securing a total of 11 business events for the city.

Further study missions in 2017 will come from India, China, the Americas and Southeast Asia, while DBE will also build on its participation in major trade shows with a significant presence at IMEX America in Las Vegas and IBTM World in Barcelona towards the end of the year.

Recently, Dubai was named as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings by Union of International Associations (UIA) in its latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published last month. The city previously ranked 14th in the 2015 edition, and moved up the list with a total of 180 meetings taking place in 2016.

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Battle of tour operators in China – old versus new, who will triumph?

August 15, 2017

Battle of tour operators in China – old versus new, who will triumph?
Hear from Utour Group, IPP Travel Group, CYTS and Tempus Tour Group at the 2017 TravelDaily Conference, to be held in Shanghai (Sep 13-14).

Established online travel players in China continue to target new areas of expansion and this includes foray into the packaged tour segment via an offline presence.
In case of Ctrip, in conjunction with Traveling Bestone, the OTA is targeting customers based in second-tier and third-tier cities. Late last year Ctrip chose to acquire a controlling stake in Traveling Bestone, an organization with over 5,500 offline franchise stores in 23 provinces and municipalities across the country. Ctrip’s packaged-tour revenue in Q1 rose by 26% increase over the same period last year, due to an increase in volume growth of organized tours and self-guided tours.
Jane Jie Sun, Ctrip’s CEO, during the company’s Q1 earnings call in May, mentioned: “These stores are generating healthy profits.” She added, “We plan to open 1,000 more off-line franchise stores nationwide. In 2017, our packaged tour team will invest further in procurement, distribution, product development and service innovation.”
This means the existing operators need to gear up for this aggressive plan by Ctrip, even though they themselves have been buoyed by China’s growing outbound travel demand and rising tourism expenditure.
Outbound tour operator Utour Group’s operating revenue was up by 21% to RMB 10.1 billion last year.
HNA Group’s HNA-Caissa Travel Group also witnessed their operating revenue going up by 34% to RMB 6.64 billion in 2016.
Considering that Utour and Caissa are also investing in online platforms to improve their customer acquisition, an intriguing battle is shaping up in this segment.
So will OTAs’ foray into offline business be a game changer for the sector?
What kind of transformation will this online-offline integration bring about?
A session featuring top players in this segment is scheduled to take place at the upcoming 2017 TravelDaily Conference, to be held in Shanghai (Sep 13-14).

● Bin Feng, Chairman, Utour Group
● Ivan Huang, President, IPP Travel Group
● Hellen Luo, CEO, CYTS
● Jin Shi, President, Tempus Tour Group

Moderated by:
● Dongjie Guo, Chairman and CEO, Huayuan International Travel
The two-day TravelDaily Conference is a must-attend annual event for anyone associated with the travel industry in China.
The 2017 TravelDaily Conference is conducted in both English and Chinese – simultaneous interpretation is available.
Early-bird pricing expires Aug.16 (save $100 off the regular registration price of $980).

Sep.13-14, 2017
The Yuluxe Sheshan
Shanghai, China

Registration Inquiries: Rain Wang
Tel: +86 20 2882 9750 •

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Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort and its Food Hailed as ‘Excellent’ by TripAdvisor

August 15, 2017

Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort and its Food Hailed as ‘Excellent’ by TripAdvisor
The resort and its Plantation Club Mauritian restaurant ‘wow’ guests and diners

BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS – The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort and its Plantation Club restaurant have both earned TripAdvisor 2017 Certificates of Excellence.

Issuing the awards in July, TripAdvisor said the certificates were based on “consistently great reviews”.

Some Outrigger Mauritius guest reviews for stays in 2017 read: “We couldn’t have asked for more from this hotel. The staff were the friendliest I have encountered” [Imoore131, UK]; “I would love to come back and cannot praise the hotel enough” [Isobella1, UK]; “The staff were absolutely superb and particularly good with the kids. It’s a fantastic resort with enough to keep everyone occupied” [AlexH, Dubai].

During the day the Plantation Club restaurant in the Outrigger is exclusively reserved for guests staying in suites or villas. In the evening, the Club, with its French colonial atmosphere, opens to the public and serves modern Mauritian cuisine. TripAdvisor singled out the Plantation Club for its excellence based on guests’ comments.

Plantation Club diners said: “Best dinner we have ever eaten! We have travelled to over 40 countries…and have never experienced such an amazing explosion of flavours. The ingenuity of the presentation and the combinations was mind blowing to say the least” [Cindy_Marrison, UK].

We had the Saturday champagne brunch with the gin and tonic jazz band and it was wonderful. The food was exquisite and champagne lovely” [Emma C, UK].

Amazing Restaurant – Do not miss dining experience. The chef uses vegetables and herbs from his garden to enhance his food” [Susanne U, Thailand].

Surprisingly fine kitchen — dishes really achieved an outstanding level of ‘haute cuisine’ visually and taste wise” [kr1069, Netherlands].

Cyrille Carmona, the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Deputy General Manager, said: “Outrigger’s hosts and chefs work hard to deliver a superlative holiday and dining experience to visitors who appreciate quality. We invite all of our guests and visitors to Mauritius to dine and judge for themselves.

The Plantation Club is open for dinner and Sunday brunch.
For reservations call (+230) 623 5000. Or email

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NOVUM Hotel Group achieves new record sales

August 4, 2017

Healthy first half-year:
NOVUM Hotel Group achieves new record sales

Once again, The NOVUM Hotel Group is in the race for a new sales record with a significant increase of 47.8% in the first half of this year. Thanks to the own brands Novum Hotels, Novum Select and niu as well as lucrative franchise partnerships, the Group remains on course to success and has transformed the strong growth of the past few years into a significant growth in sales.

The positive trend during the previous half year has continued throughout the first half of 2017 and has therefore been an ambitious first quarter in the hotel industry. In the first six months of the year, the Group recorded a whopping sales increase from 55 million euros to more than 81 million euros (for the entire Group*).

As if this were not enough, the NOVUM Hotel Group has ambitions for international growth and expansion and is set to exceed its own records and targets. The NOVUM Hotel Group is currently operating and developing roughly 146 hotels with more than 16,000 rooms in Europe. The ambitious benchmark is currently set at 200 hotels by 2020 and is, according to current planning, quite realistic for this dynamic company. Since January, the hotel group has added 25 new hotels to its portfolio. In addition, the innovative, mid-scale brand niu is currently developing more than 30 hotels.

“Our focus is on sustainable growth and we are therefore focusing on a renewable strategy. Just a few of the key reasons for the rapid growth that makes our hotel group so successful across Europe, are the introduction of our brand niu, the existing and new franchise partnerships and our financial position, which is due to 100% group ownership and the flexibility of our decision-makers,” says David Etmenan, Chief Executive Officer & Owner of NOVUM Hotel Group.

* preliminary interim figures for the period from January to June 2017 are dispersed throughout the Group for transparency and reflect current figures. Closing and transfers in respective groups of the company can still influence results. In this respect, we cannot guarantee accuracy.

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August 4, 2017

Second half of 2017 will also witness Malaysia hosting five prominent and progressive international conferences

KUALA LUMPUR, August 2017: Malaysia thrives ahead in becoming the preferred destination to host prominent global business events. During the first half of the year, Malaysia successfully won three highly competitive bids to host world class business events which are expected to generate a collective economic impact of USD7.62 million.

The winning bids are for the hosting of the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 in conjunction with the 46th International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) General Assembly; the 17th World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Skull Base and Brain (ENDO KL) 2020 and the Congress of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) 2022.

With the collaborative effort, dynamic support and wealth of experience by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, the WTC 2020 is expected to generate USD4.01 million in economic impact with 1,500 delegates; the ENDO KL 2020 with USD2.05 million in economic impact and 900 delegates; and the IBBY 2022 with USD1.56 million in economic impact and 800 delegates. Over 60 percent of the delegates are expected to be from overseas.

“Malaysia has secured several prestigious conferences in our bid to position Malaysia as top-of-the-mind country of choice globally for business events. Our winning ingredients reflect the country’s commitment by offering value added benefits for organisers to select Malaysia as their next business events destination,” said Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB.

“All these augur well for the continued dynamic growth of the business events industry in the country. It brings Malaysia’s business events calendar forward by delivering a business conference that is progressive and at the cutting edge of innovation and business networking. I am also pleased to announce that between August and December 2017, the country will also play host to five international conferences and exhibitions that will generate an estimated economic impact of USD11 million with around 6,000 delegates,” he added.

Datuk Zulkefli said that the five international conferences and exhibitions are the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Asia 2017 (24 to 26 August 2017); the IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Exhibition 2017 (10 to 14 September 2017); the World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) (4 to 8 October 2017); the 18th Asia-Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition (APRCE) (25 to 27 October 2017) and the 11th Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society Congress (APVRS) 2017 (7 to 10 December 2017).

Ms. Ho Yoke Ping, General Manager – Business Events, MyCEB said that the upcoming FIATA World Congress 2017 in Kuala Lumpur will coincide with the expected implementation of the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Master Plan by the Ministry of Transport Malaysia, designed to improve the efficiency of transport and trade facilitation and elevate Malaysia to become the preferred logistics gateway to Asia.

“The FIATA 2017 is also expected to generate USD2.68 million in economic impact to the country and increase Malaysia’s potential as a top regional gateway for freight transport and logistics. The four day conference is expected to attract 1,200 participants of which 60 percent are international participants,” she continued.


300 events professionals discuss the Event of the Future at Croke Park

July 31, 2017

300 events professionals discuss the Event of the Future at Croke Park

Events in the future will be immersive, engaging and technologically driven. Yet face to face is going nowhere and the more sophisticated our tech, the more we’ll crave the tactical reassurance of real people, real places, real time.

These were the key messages about the Event of the Future heard by over 300 corporate, association and agency events professionals gathered at Croke Park on Thursday 20 July to explore the power of live events and how they’re evolving in the future.

Held two days before U2’s triumphant homecoming concert, attendees also enjoyed a privileged “behind-the- scenes” look at the band’s technical set and sampled the events team’s newly launched “Stadium Street Party”, an innovative take on the more traditional summer barbecue.

Debuted in New York City in February and conceptualised by, a cloud-based platform that facilitates audience engagement during live events, The Event of the Future (EOTF) introduces meetings and events professionals from associations, corporations and agencies to insights, ideas and inspirations from best-in- class global practice in meetings and events. The Croke Park Meetings & Events team along with agency-partner SoolNua expanded the original concept into a half day conference.

Speakers included Kevin Jackson, “the most influential person in the UK events industry”, PJ Kenny, General Manager at The Hoxton and Paula Reynolds, Project Manager – Jameson Brand Homes | Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard. The event was moderated by Pádraic Gilligan Managing Partner at specialist agency SoolNua while David Meade, one of Europe’s most sought after keynote speakers closed the conference with a high-octane, energetic presentation.

Sinéad Heneghan, Head of Sales at Croke Park Meetings & Events commented “The reaction to “The Event of the Future” from attendees has been phenomenal. With attendees from the diverse corporate, association and agency sectors, our challenge was to create an event relevant to all. From the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received I think it’s safe to say we achieved our objective”.

Patrick Delaney, Managing Partner at SoolNua commented “We’re so proud to have played our part in creating this extraordinary event. The reaction has been truly encouraging and we’re already being asked about #EOTF18. The entire Croke Park Meetings & Events team – Sales, Catering and AV – deserve huge praise. We’re also grateful for the support of registration partner Tito, audience engagement platform and, of course, our great friends at SEA who provided entertainment for the Stadium Street Party”.


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Pacific World Unveils its New Selection of Venues for Meetings and Special Events

July 31, 2017

Pacific World Unveils its New Selection of Venues for Meetings and Special Events

Award-Winning Destination and Event Management Company Introduces
Unusual Locations that Fully Engage and Captivate Guests, Immersing Them in the Destination Culture

SINGAPORE (July, 2017) – Pacific World – one of the world’s leading global destination and event management companies – is delighted to introduce its new selection of event venues and immersion experiences designed to fully engage and captivate guests. As creative experts at the forefront of global event planning, Pacific World strives for emotional engagement when choosing venues and creating experiences in order to drive more successful outcomes. From a gastronomic journey beneath the Barcelona Opera House to the exploration of a traditional native village in Bali, Pacific World has curated new locations and world-class events that deliver exceptional results.

“We are continuously looking for new venues that are not just cool and stunning, but will achieve our clients’ meetings and events goals,” said Patricia Silvio, Global Marketing Manager of Pacific World. “2017 events are now well under way, and our teams around the globe have been selecting and sharing their findings and choices. We have found that most of the spaces selected answer to the latest industry trends. Clients are craving for immersive experiences to engage with the local destination, culture and tradition. Each of these venues inspire planners to think outside of the box on many levels, and they are the basis to creating unforgettable experiences for years to come.”

Pacific World has identified a growing interest in private residences, natural outdoor locations and conceptual venues that highlight culture and gastronomy for meetings and events. The company’s global network of local insiders has been hunting for these special places and have discovered fascinating new venues and uncovered authentic gems.

In Paris, France, they’ve discovered a private luxury apartment located at a bespoke address nestled in the heart of the Right Bank, Marais neighborhood. This 17th century apartment offers a wonderful view overlooking one of the oldest and most elegant squares of Paris along with sumptuous living and dining rooms featuring a private art collection and elegant furniture belonging to the owner, a local art auctioneer and connoisseur. A vaulted cellar connected to the apartment by private elevator is ideal for a wine aperitif. Outfitted with the most exquisite and refined materials, this exceptional setting will be a fit for event planners looking to connect with the most sophisticated side of the city. Likewise, Pacific World has activated new events at private residences in Singapore, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and other major European and Asian cities.

“Our clients are craving unique, immersive experiences where they can engage with the destination’s culture and traditions,” said Patricia Silvio, Global Marketing Manager of Pacific World. “We align the location and experience with our client’s goals – and devise events that engage attendees on many levels, creating an unforgettable experience of a lifetime that bonds the guests.”

For those looking to engage with culture through gastronomy in a different and creative way, one should look no further than Barcelona, Spain at the Opera Samfaina – a new venue concept combining fine cuisine and cutting-edge technology. Tucked away beneath the Barcelona Opera House along a wide avenue that runs from the heart of Barcelona, the venue creates a remarkable gastro-sensory experience influenced by the Catalan region where guests can enjoy standout dishes while immersed in stunning sounds, projections and animations. The 950 square-meter venue is divided into themed spaces, each with a different sensory environment and cuisine item. This incredible experience – which embodies Barcelonan gastronomy, culture, and traditions – was designed and produced by award-winning talents including a world-famous audiovisual artist and Michelin-starred chefs.

For a fully immersive cultural experience in Asia, why choose a single venue when you can have an entire town? Pacific World has created a wholly immersive experience in the village of Mengwi, Bali that utilizes the town’s sights, sounds, tastes and residents. Dressed in traditional costumes, villagers welcome the guests with a colorful procession and drums leading them to the Taman Ayun, a local ancient temple. Inspired by the traditional Rajalaya Royal Service festivals, colorful offerings are carried, a gamelan orchestra plays and royal torches light the route. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy Kecak and Fire Dances followed by a dinner of exquisite Balinese dishes. This memorable experience can accommodate up to 200 guests.

For more information or to book and organize a meeting or event with Pacific World, please visit or e-mail Additionally, please like and follow Pacific World on their social media channels to learn more: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Pacific World
Founded in 1980 in Hong Kong, Pacific World is a dedicated destination and event management company operating in over 40 countries and over 100 destinations in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and The Americas.

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