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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Earns Official MICE Accreditation

May 4, 2018

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Earns Official MICE Accreditation
The Outrigger in Phuket joins an elite collection of MICE venues in Thailand with MICE Venue Standard accreditation from the Thai government

PHUKET, THAILAND – The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has passed all systems tests to earn official Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) accreditation. The inclusion, effective immediately, followed a detailed submission and on-site inspections by the Thai government’s MICE Capabilities Development Department.

The Outrigger’s Area Director for Sales and Marketing for Thailand, Mr Rory Campbell, received the accreditation on behalf of the resort at an award ceremony for recipients organised by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) in Bangkok on 27 April.

With TMVS accreditation, our sophisticated Similan Ballroom MICE set up at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has been officially recognised as among the best in Thailand,” said Campbell. “We will now proudly take that message to event organisers who are seeking to create meaningful and rewarding corporate events in Phuket.

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau created the TMVS system to give accredited venues a competitive edge and ensure sustainable growth in an increasingly competitive international MICE sector.

TMVS applies ISO quality standards in food safety, security systems, energy management and the administration of sustainable events. Physical, technological and service delivery standards have to be met before TMVS accreditation is awarded.

The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort opened its Similan Ballroom and breakout spaces in 2014. It is now among the leading mid-scale event venues in Southeast Asia.

“Since opening, our commitment to our MICE clients has been underpinned by the support of a dedicated events team for each meeting,” said Tony Pedroni, the General Manager at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. “Our Outrigger hosts in Phuket work with clients to deliver inspirational Thai service that matches our acclaimed MICE set up and the amazing beachside location.”

Pedroni said that the Outrigger in Phuket prides itself on delivering high-spec facilities at events designed with a unique Thai twist.

The Outrigger offers the Similan Ballroom (716sqm), the Tongfah (158sqm), and the Tawan and Talay breakout rooms at 77sqm each.

Event attendees benefit from a range of high-end in-house AV equipment and technical support. The four meeting spaces feature free Wi-Fi, natural daylight, dedicated technical support, an event and catering team, and state of the art audio visual and conference amenities.

The Similan Ballroom can comfortably host executive conferences of up to 350 delegates in theatre style and 290 guests banquet style. Extensive gardens and a peaceful beachfront create inspirational settings for team building activities and outdoor banquets.

The full technical spec of the Similan Ballroom and the three breakout rooms can be found here and an overview MICE video here. For meeting queries, please contact the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort MICE team at +66 (0)76 360 600. Or email reservation.phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th.


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The Sanya EDITION welcomes guests

April 30, 2018

The Sanya EDITION welcomes guests for hassle-free visits with visa-free entry from May 2018

Now more accessible than ever: visa-free entry to Hainan Island allows travellers to visit The Sanya EDITION with ease

Following its launch in December 2016, The Sanya EDITION is looking forward to welcoming guests to its exclusive Hainan Island location without the added complication of a visa application. Effective from 1st May 2018, citizens of 59 countries may enjoy 30-day visa-free access to Hainan Island. Travellers from 59 countries including the United Kingdom, all EU countries, Balkan countries, United States, Canada and many more countries in Asia, Australia and South America are eligible for the new policy.

Groups and individual visitors from these countries can visit the Hainan Province in China for 30 days visa-free as long as their trip tours are booked through registered travel agencies and are approved by the China National Tourism Administration.

Centrally located in Haitang Bay, The Sanya EDITION is set within 50 acres of meticulously landscaped lush tropical greenery featuring a striking 20,000 m2 private ocean overlooking the South China Sea. The Sanya EDITION comprises 512 residential-style guestrooms, including 46 suites, and an additional 17 exclusive hotel villas nestled into a terraced hillside, each one with a private pool and private outdoor space. Delivering on the new-luxury promise, all guestrooms in the horseshoe-shaped hotel offer stunning ocean views.

With a selection of food and beverage outlets, guests are able to experience a wide range of cuisines, all using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The meticulously designed environment also enables extraordinary and special dining experiences, such as on the illuminated floating platform secluded on the private ocean. Spa and activities on the private ocean can also be arranged for the ultimate resort experience.

Located on the southern end of Hainan Island, Sanya is regarded as China’s tropical holiday destination with bays of beach resorts. For those looking for a romantic location to tie the knot, hotel’s year-round tropical weather and expansive banqueting hall make for a perfect and unique wedding location. With the revolutionary, multigenerational Playland, The Sanya EDITION is also ideal for those travelling with a family.

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60th booking for Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp

April 30, 2018

60th booking for Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp

A Room with a ZOO celebrates first birthday

Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp has now been operational for a full year and has just accepted its sixtieth confirmed convention booking. This is a particularly happy moment. FMCCA has proven to be a highly sought after venue for the organizers of international conventions and conferences. FMCCA has moreover received a number of acclaimed awards, including the industry’s highest honour, the ICCA’s Best Marketing Award for the Room with a ZOO campaign. Come and meet FMCCA at IMEX 2018 at stand E120 (Meet in Flanders).

Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp is part of the Queen Elisabeth Hall complex and is located in the celebrated Antwerp ZOO, just ten minutes walk from the historic city centre and next door to Central Station. The convention centre can receive up to 2,700 participants and offers over 25,000 m² of conference space, as well as a wonderful choice of highly desirable experiences. FMCCA itself hosts a number of prestige conventions such as IMEC 2017 & 2018, AWC 2018 and the AIPC Annual Conference 2019.

Prize Winner
FMCCA has been operational for just a year and has already won several prizes, including the ICCA’s Best Marketing Award for the “Room with a ZOO” campaign (the top award of the meeting industry), MIMA’s silver Award for the Best Print Advertising Campaign (MIMA = Meeting Industry Marketing Awards) and MIMA’s bronze award for the Best Brand Marketing Campaign, while our Chief Commercial Officer, Anja Stas, was nominated Marketing Manager of the Year by Trends, the Belgian business weekly.

Experiences
Convention Organizers are lavish with their praise of FMCCA:

Luc Niville, Executive Director of the Semico Group, “It promises to offer the wildest dreams of every PCO – a well situated high-end congress venue, in a class of its own; spacious well equipped rooms placed around a central atrium; a large number of breakout rooms and that so important extra element, the gardens of the ZOO.

Liz Jackson, FASAE, President Jackson Consulting Inc: “I have been to many client events over my years in the MICE industry and yours was one of the best organized and most carefully designed to draw buyers into an appreciation of A Room with a ZOO. I will recommend it with enthusiasm.”

Instant CSR
The aces that convince organizers are highly diverse, and biodiverse! Not only does FMCCA offer state-of-the-art conference comfort in a wonderful historic setting in a unique location, but it also confers the cachet of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) because of its concern for nature conservation.

ZOO Foundation
Located in the heart of Antwerp ZOO, FMCCA is a part of the ZOO Foundation, a home for animal welfare, nature conservation and science. This gives FMCCA depth and widespread popular support. Anja Stas, FMCCA’s Chief Commercial Officer, explains, “Every eurocent spent in our convention centre is administered by the ZOO Foundation and directly supports our work on animal welfare, heritage, breeding programmes, research and nature conservation. All of this is done on behalf of the welfare and survival of our zoological friends”.

Events and conservation go hand in hand
The protection of threatened species and research in fundamental aspects of nature conservation is for us, as cofounder of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) part of our DNA. Scientists are convinced of the role nature plays in making us feel happy. The natural world nourishes our sense of spirituality, inspires and unites us. This is what FMCCA brings you, a convention centre surrounded by nature, tropical animals and beautiful gardens. After an intensive meeting in FMCCA you can wander into the ZOO and revel in the sight of giraffes and lions. What could be more natural than a friendly chat under the watchful eyes of the flamingos? How refreshing to go for an early run among the trees and animals before a busy day in conference? Looking at the wonders of nature, animals, trees and plants gives you strength and connects you to others. A perfect venue to give your convention or meeting an unrivalled boost!

The story of gorilla Matadi
Matadi the silverback gorilla with his impressive appearance has become the face of FMCCA. He is one of the darlings of the ZOO as well as the mascot of FMCCA. Handed out at conventions in FMCCA, our mascot travels the world. Matadi is ready to assume his role as a breeding male in Great Ape Valley in the Zoo. As gorillas in the wild are a seriously threatened species, we hope that he will soon be fathering little gorillas.

Photographs and video: http://www.fmcca.com/press

You’ll find FMCCA at IMEX 2018 at the Meet in Flanders stand number E120.


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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

March 9, 2018

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), Malaysia’s premier award-winning purpose-built facility and Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue, is celebrating its 12h consecutive year at AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo) 2018 with an emphasis on strengthening client engagement and networking with industry stakeholders.

Last year the Centre partnered with six Australian based clients on their events and aims to build on this momentum this year. The Centre hosted the Australian High Commission’s Australia Day Reception 2017, 5th International Secondary Lead Conference 2017, 17th Asian Battery Conference (ABC) 2017, Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) Networking Cocktail Reception, The University of Melbourne’s Malaysia Regional Office pre-departure briefing and Esri Malaysia User Conference 2017.

The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, commented “AIME provides an ideal platform to continue our engagement with clients, many of whom, are Australian-based and have continued to return to the Centre for many years.”


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Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Reveals Its Crystal Marquee for MICE & Wedding Sectors

May 30, 2017

Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Reveals Its Crystal Marquee for MICE & Wedding Sectors

BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has unveiled Crystal, a unique meeting space in the south of the island. This new concept opens opportunities for the resort in the events and MICE sector, from meetings and conferences to exceptional gala dinners and weddings.

Crystal is a fully air-conditioned transparent marquee. It measures 33 x 17.5 metres, can seat up to 250 people in banquet style and sits on a rooftop area of the hotel giving a wonderful view of the Bel Ombre coast.

The resort setting is ideal for events: 181 sea-facing rooms offer a breath-taking beachfront location alongside the turquoise lagoons of the Indian Ocean. Nestled in the nature reserve of Bel Ombre, the property is only 45 minutes from the airport,

A permanent structure, Crystal can be adapted for many needs. It can be used as a classic conference venue with pitch-dark option, or semi-transparent with ocean views, both incorporating the latest audio-visual technology.

“Crystal is unique in Mauritius and repositions the Outrigger as a full-on MICE destination for events, incentive meetings, weddings and banquets,” says Cyrille Carmona, Deputy General Manager of the resort. “With Crystal, the sky is the limit.”

The Outrigger, highly acclaimed for its dining, now has five food and beverage venues which can deliver MICE events for up to 250 covers.

Carmona says the key MICE points for the Outrigger are: five food & beverage outlets, including Crystal; all the resort’s rooms and suites are sea facing with a private terrace and balcony; there are spacious beachfront, garden and poolside venues for events; customized menus for beach parties and weddings, all the way up to wine and gala dinners; advanced audio-visual services; technical and secretarial services for businesses; lighting and ambience support; live entertainment, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has a dedicated MICE team that tailors proposals and accompanies groups during their events. This team has created a range of original MICE services including team-building activities, nature retreats, personalised wellness experiences, themed gala dinners and private outdoor events.

“With the opening of Crystal at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort I believe we now have a total package – a very compelling proposition for MICE event organisers worldwide,” says Carmona.

 


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ICC Sydney – Feeding Your Performance

May 17, 2017

Feeding Your Performance:
A Legacy Story for ICC Sydney
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is driving economic development and delivering societal health and environmental benefits, according to a new study from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) released at IMEX Frankfurt today/overnight.

Launched in December 2016, Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct has already established a network of 65 local farmers, directly and via co-op and boutique providores – all part of its unique Feeding Your Performance philosophy.

Through a new research partnership with UTS, ICC Sydney will continuously measure the economic and social impacts of this New South Wales regional focused food and beverage supply chain, and deliver annual updates.

UTS Business School Associate Professor, Carmel Foley, said ICC Sydney’s Feeding Your Performance program is an industry first approach that is already benefiting regional communities, delegates, its own people and the environment.

“Through its creation of a local supply chain, ICC Sydney is supporting significant employment opportunities and business growth across regional NSW. Its unique partnerships see the precinct working with suppliers from planting to plate, providing assured income and financial security. It is fantastic to see a major venue like ICC Sydney commit to supporting regional communities and their economic development.”

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said the research project has been designed to track key indicators for convention centre success, including CSR objectives, host city economic impact, the economic impact on regional farming communities and delegate experience.

“For the first time in our industry, we are tracking the full impact a venue can have on its supply chain. We’ll be reporting on the success of our suppliers’ businesses, as well as the communities in which they’re located,” he said.

“Our Feeding Your Performance philosophy also creates a platform to showcase local suppliers to international audiences, and it highlights the importance and provenance through menus which deliver nutritious dishes packed with the best produce from across the State.

“By raising awareness around the importance of healthy, fresh and nutritious food for business, event and delegate success, we are not only improving the experience for our guests but seeking to drive behaviour change,” he said.

The ICC Sydney Feeding Your Performance Case Study is one of the first projects to be submitted to the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) Case Study Program, which is aimed at measuring the legacy impacts of the business events sector.

For more information, see the case study synopsis in the accompanying press kit which also includes farmer quotes and research statistics.

To find out more about ICC Sydney, visit http://www.iccsydney.com and to join the conversation, visit Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter.

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IACC and Meeting Professionals International Form Global Alliance

April 28, 2017

IACC and Meeting Professionals International Form Global Alliance

CHICAGO and DALLAS, April, 2017 – IACC, the only association to certify conference and meetings-focused venues on a global basis, and Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the leading global association for meeting professionals, have announced a five-year global partnership for the mutual benefit of their members. The two associations will share event and learning platforms, including education delivered at annual conferences, regional events, and online as well as research initiatives.

In the last year IACC has delivered education at European and US MPI events, including more recently at the Southern California Chapter Conference and MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter Education Institute, and the two associations are exploring opportunities for additional MPI chapter events. In addition, MPI presented two workshops at the IACC-Americas Connect conference this week in Los Angeles.

IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper commented, “The leadership teams at MPI and IACC have been collaborating on several successful initiatives over the last two years and now seems the perfect time to bring all this great work together under one strategy to allow us to seize more opportunities and provide more for our respective members. Just as MPI is passionate about designing great meeting experiences, IACC is passionate about venues delivering an exceptional meetings experience. It’s the perfect marriage”.

One new project slated to roll out in 2017 will entail MPI conferences streamed live to IACC venues, where MPI members can come together, learn and experience valuable networking. The venues will all be IACC certified and capable of delivering a quality event with live streaming of content, supported by IACC member staff. MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress (WEC), which takes place June 19-22 in Las Vegas, will be the first conference featured.

“One of our top priorities at MPI is to continuously enrich our portfolio of professional development offerings and this collaboration with IACC will certainly help us deliver more value to our membership community,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to live stream WEC to members that are unable to make it to the conference this year and in an environment, that encompasses peer-to-peer engagement and networking.”

MPI will also take part in the next phase of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ research project, which aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference and meeting space design, technology, hospitality, delegate collaboration, experience and conference management. The first phase surveyed meeting planners, including MPI planner members, and was published in 2016, and the second phase will focus on the venue buyer community and look to draw parallels with the initial research.

The results will be unveiled at MPI’s WEC 2017 this June, with IACC conducting a Research Showcase at the conference. A full copy of the initial report and infographic can be downloaded from the IACC website here.

Alex Cabañas, IACC president and CEO of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, comments, “This is the perfect project to use as an example of the power of the alliance, as it combines venue innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals”.

Education, Education and More Education
With IACC leading the field in representing the top one percent of small-to-mid-size meetings-focused venues in 25 countries over four continents and MPI representing the largest community of meeting professionals worldwide, this alliance is a natural one and comes following many years of working together.

This is an era where the industry sees a significant increase in the number of part-time meeting planners, who with busy jobs look at professional development a little differently. IACC certified venues, which host smaller conferences and meetings, has a large number of part-time planners booking space and one objective of this alliance is to provide relevant education to this important group.

Additionally, IACC venues consist of many individ

 


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