This Week's Headlines

Two government members join PATA Executive Board

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has welcomed the election of two new government members to the PATA Executive Board. Abdulla Mausoom, minister of tourism,...

Noor Ahmad Hamid to exit prominent meetings industry association

The International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) regional director for Asia-Pacific, Noor Ahmad Hamid,...

EEAA calls for immediate extension of Business Events Grants Program

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has called upon the Commonwealth Government...

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park slated for September opening

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, a new state-of-the-art conference and events centre, will open its...

BestCities and IAPCO collaborate on resource for hybrid congresses

BestCities and the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) have come together to...

Association Chiefs

A time for boldness and empathy

Suzanne Neufang is the new CEO of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), an organisation whose members are so battered by the pandemic and travel freeze. As one to see bright sparks even in the darkest depths, Neufang believes there are countless opportunities for GBTA to reinforce its support to members and relevance for the industry.

Tan Kok Liang: Travel matters

Elected into the presidency of the Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations when the future of travel and tourism was bright, Tan soon finds himself tackling the world’s biggest travel freeze and one that has brought his industry to its knees

Tan Maw Pin: It takes a spark

She wanted an Asian meeting on falls prevention but her passion led to her becoming chairperson to the inaugural World Congress On Falls and Postural Stability

Rod Cameron: Better together

Rod Cameron, executive director, Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), calls for associations to make use of reserves to keep as many jobs as possible, as well as focus on knowledge sharing to tide through this period.

Mario Hardy: A precise juggle

The Pacific Asia Travel Association serves an exciting industry which is growing despite a challenging global landscape, but it has many key tasks to tackle, from driving tourism to lesser-known destinations and encouraging sustainable processes to engaging next-gen professionals, its CEO tells all.

Destination Highlights

International face-to-face association meetings will take time to return, but the Thai CVB has initiated a number of programmes now that will establish a strong foundation for safe and fruitful conventions in the future
Seoul among the world’s top Muslim-friendly destinations, but greater awareness of its halal facilities and warm welcome is needed

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