Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Strengthens Team

The Centre Welcomes John Burke As New Deputy General Manager

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is proud to announce the appointment of John Burke as its new Deputy General Manager. Burke is a senior venue operations professional with over 25 years’ experience working across all areas of venue and event management including leadership, commercial management, construction liaison, vendor management, programme management, facility operations & engineering, and audio visual (AV) & technical systems infrastructure & development.

Welcoming Burke to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared “We are delighted to have John onboard. We are confident that the Centre will benefit immensely from his strong technology background to further enhance our state-of-the-art information technology (IT) and AV facilities to better meet our clients’ needs. We also look forward to utilising his knowledge and experience in operations to support us in delivering affordable and personalised services to our clients.”

As Deputy General Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the Centre’s day-to-day operations including managing the AV and technical services, catering, event co-ordination and exhibition services, to name a few.

Prior to joining the Centre, Burke was Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre’s (OCEC) Director of Operations, where he was responsible for event operations, AV and production, IT, building services and asset management. During the construction and pre-opening period of OCEC, he also assumed the responsibilities of Technical Services Manager, where he provided operator input on design and modifications. Before his time at OCEC, he was the Director of IT at Qatar National Convention Centre for four years.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science from Wolverhampton University, Burke kicked off his career with the NEC Group, where he gained over 15 years of comprehensive IT, technical and operational knowledge. During this time, he was involved in the infrastructure and technical design of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, the Convention Centre Dublin and LG Arena, amongst others.

ASAE’s Marketing, Membership, Communications Conference Gives Association Executives Digital, Content, Branding Strategies

During ASAE’s Marketing, Membership, & Communications Conference (MMCC), May 2-3, 851 association executives and industry partners took part in 24 learning labs, three keynotes, two preconference workshops, and networked in the exhibit hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“The education sessions and keynote speakers this year really resonated with our audience. They provided attendees with insight on the latest trends, advice on how to strengthen their brand, and the best strategies for marketing, membership, and communications,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

New this year, ASAE offered two preconference workshops on May 1. In “Strategic Talent Management for High Performing Marcomm Teams,” the six content leaders focused on culture and its impact on an association’s success in building high-performing teams. The second workshop “Membership Recruitment in the Digital Age” Shama Hyder, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, discussed five ways organizations can grow their digital footprint and convert this to new member growth.

For the opening on May 2, there were two keynotes: Shama Hyder and Eric Kuhn, the Chief Marketing Officer at Layer 3 TV. Hyder kicked off the session saying how people are now the media and how organizations need to think about how to reach them effectively. She talked about three trends in digital marketing including: identity-based ecosystem, content curation and aggregation, and video has become device agnostic.

Kuhn discussed the best practices to bridge content and technology, utilizing the current social networks effectively, and preparing for what’s coming up next. The keys for great content include: understanding how your members use and engage with the different social media platforms, communicating the value of your association, and knowing that content needs to be compelling and tell a great story.

On May 2, ASAE also announced the 2017 Gold Circle for Overall Excellence winner — the American Society of Anesthesiologists: Protecting Safe VA Care. Here’s a full list of the 2017 Gold Circle Award winners, which is sponsored by High Roads Solution.

A keynote from William Espey, brand voice lead at Chipotle Mexican Grill, kicked off May 3. He talked about brand value and how it’s important to showcase your personality, the association’s values, and create communities that benefit your customers. He emphasized that organizations should use psychology when facing a crisis and approach it from the individual’s perspective. The organization needs to apologize, be transparent, rebuild trust, and create a process for its members to reconnect.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners
Atlanta CVB
Business Events Canada
Choose Chicago
Experience Columbus
Reno Tahoe USA
Visit San Jose
YourMembership

Corporate Partners
Visit Baltimore
DelCor Technology Solutions
Visit Dallas
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Fort Worth CVB
GEICO
Louisville CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Naylor Association Solutions
Visit Omaha
Visit Orlando
Visit Salt Lake

Event Partners
BrightKey
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
Dubai Association Centre
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting
Korea Tourism Organization
Manifest
MemberClicks
Meet In Minnesota
New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership 
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.

Prague Congress Ambassadors Won Prestigious Awards

Prague Convention Bureau, already for the eighth time, awarded the Congress Ambassadors for their contribution in the field of Prague congress tourism. Ambassador Awards Evening ceremonial presentation, a part of the Prague Convention Bureau’s Ambassador Program, took place on the premises of the Residence of the Mayor of Prague on 13th April. The event was held with the support of the City of Prague, represented by the Mayor – Mrs. Adriana Krnáčová. The gala evening was moderated by Veronika Paroulková.

Prague Convention Bureau has been awarding Congress Ambassadors with the greatest credit for the development of congress tourism in Prague in the previous year since 2010. The aim of the event is to award renowned Czech scientists, top experts, professors, and doctors who represent the Czech Republic in international professional associations, actively lobby in favor of Prague and then participate in the preparatory work of scientific, program or organizing committees of international congresses held in Prague. The awards are also handed out in the “Corporate Event of the Year” category. For 2016, following Ambassadors were awarded:

  • in the “Congress of The Year 2016” category: MUDr. Jiří Kubeš, Ph.D. and Mgr. Vladimír Vondráček, for the 55th Annual Conference of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG 55)
  • in the “Congress of the Year 2016 – Less than 500 Attendants” category: MUDr. Jiří Froněk, Ph.D., FRCS, for the 51st Congress of the European Society of Surgical Research;
  • in the “Candidacy of the Year 2016” category: Ing. Libor Přeučil, CSc., for the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2021 (IROS);
  • in the “Corporate Event of the Year 2016” category: Swiss Pharma Internal Meeting;
  • in the “Long-Term Contribution to Congress Tourism” category: prof. MUDr. Karel Cvachovec, CSc., MBA – Head of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation Clinic at 2nd Medical Faculty, Charles University and Motol University Hospital;
  • Special prize of the Prague Congress Centre: Ing. Karla Šlechtová, Ministry of Regional Development, for the UN Regional Conference European Habitat.

 “Convention industry is an increasingly important sector of Prague’s economy, this fact being confirmed by the statistics of the Czech Statistical Office, which, last year, recorded the largest number of conferences in the capital over the past decade. In total, there were 4,426 conventions in Prague. I would like to thank all the congress ambassadors, who participated in the process of acquiring the events for Prague, for this achievement,” said Roman Muška, Managing Director at Prague Convention Bureau.

An independent Committee, composed of key tourism, academic as well as public sector representatives, decided about the winners in each category. The invitation to the committee was accepted by: doc. Ing. Monika Palatková, Ph.D., General Manager at CzechTourism; PhDr. Nora Dolanská, MBA, General Director at Prague City Tourism; Ing. Marta Nováková, President at Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism; prof. RNDr. Václav Pačes, DrSc., scientist, educator and biochemist; and prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA, Rector of the Charles University in Prague.

About Prague Convention Bureau

Prague Convention Bureau (PCB) is a non-profit organization established in 2008. The company acts as an official representative of the Prague congress tourism and promotes the city as one of the European leading congress destinations. Together with Czech tourism bodies, partners and members the PCB offers effective assistance in organizing conferences, meetings, seminars, exhibitions and incentive events in Prague.

About the Ambassador Program

Ambassador Awards Evening is a part of the Prague Convention Bureau’s Ambassador Program – strategic program focused on a promotion of Congress Ambassadors – local representatives of international professional associations in Prague and the Czech Republic. Among others, the program offers many educational and social events to support Congress Ambassadors in their effort to bring international conferences in the destination.

The National Conference Center Celebrates Earth Day With Five Green Trends for Meeting Planners

 

The National Conference Center, a training and conference facility for more than 40 years, has also been a leader in sustainability for a decade.  The National commemorates Earth Day by celebrating its Green Seal™ and Virginia Green™ certifications, and its Loudoun County Green Business Challenge victory.

As sustainability and meeting experts, The National has identified five trends for meeting planners to consider when booking a Green Venue for their meeting.

1.The Grass Is Always Greener – When doing a site visit, take a look around. Is there a lot of outdoor space for attendees to take a walk, or a hike, or to sit quietly? Having a facility with outdoor space that is relaxing–even a space to meditate, is a natural way to encourage attendees to unwind. The National is set on 65 acres in the countryside of Loudoun County, and the grounds are covered with drought-resistant plants, trees, shrubs and/or native plants to minimize water use. The property is irrigated only when necessary and mulched plant beds are used to retain water. An integrated pest management program has also been implemented to research the use of organic insecticides and fertilizers. That’s how the grass stays “green”!

2. Food For Thought – Studies have shown that eating high-protein foods and less sugar keeps up energy, brainpower and focus. Pick a venue that understands the value of healthy food and breaks. Check out healthy recipes and a sampling of our Breakfast of Champions menu, developed by The National for meeting planners who look for healthy menu options. Taking it a step further, over 60 different food products have been purchased from Food Hub, which represents over 30 farms in Virginia and Maryland. Menus are created based on what is available during the season. Blueberry Power Shakes or Eggs Benedict with a Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce are just a few ideas.

3. Energy Savers – The most obvious way to see if a venue has sustainability as one of its mission statements is to look for energy-saving options. The National uses motion sensors in guest rooms to determine when rooms are unoccupied in order to maintain energy-saving heating and cooling. Also ask if the property utilizes an efficient energy management program to operate their Central Utility Plant. This saves a great deal of energy compared to operating the plant manually. The National recently completed a 5-year energy lighting plan to replace all lights with energy-efficient light bulbs. Every time The National replaces equipment in the meeting rooms (computers, monitors, copiers, etc.), guest rooms (TVs, etc.) or in the culinary program (refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, etc.) only Energy Star-rated equipment is purchased. Ask the Chef if the last appliance they purchased was Energy Star-rated.

4. Logistics – Paperless check-in, digital brochures and uploading handouts to a website are just a few ways a conference planning department can help keep the paper count down. Ask your venue how water is provided. Plastic bottles are out; ceramic coolers with reusable cups are in. Use environmentally-friendly paper products (napkins, paper towels, etc.) that are biodegradable and recyclable. The National maintains a Waste Management Contract for single-stream recycling for glass, plastic, aluminum, metal, wood, cardboard and paper. Soon the property hopes to eliminate even the printed map of the complex given to every guest by developing an app for wayfinding.

5. Get Involved – Working with the local community or “paying it forward” may be a great way to tie your green mission to our green mission. The National can help organize a river cleanup program near Potomac River or the creek flowing through the property. We work very closely with our neighbor, Riverside High School, who can create a culinary team with students to learn about farm-to-table cooking. Work with one of many local charities to help clean a park or build a section of a home similar to Habitat for Humanity. The National’s conference planning department has many contacts in the local community.

With its reputation as an outstanding member of IACC, The National has hosted thousands of learning and training meetings and conferences over the years and has perfected the meeting experience. Under new management since 2014, The National is committed to sustainability for its guests and meeting planners. For more information, see our complete green program or call 800-640-2684.

ASAE Announces Nilofer Merchant as Opening Keynote for 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

WASHINGTON—Known as the “Jane Bond of Innovation,” Nilofer Merchant, a Fellow at The Martin Prosperity Institute and one of the world’s top-ranked business thinkers, will kick off the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 12–15, in Toronto.

Merchant will discuss how ideas today spread through networks, collaboration, and co-creation instead of hierarchies. She’ll also outline how the power to make a difference is not bound by status, but it’s “onlyness.”

Her talk will illustrate how association professionals, in any role or career stage, can surface powerful ideas. And, she’ll reveal the secrets she discovered while advising Fortune 500s and Silicon Valley startups on strategies to enter new markets, to defend against competitors, and to optimize revenue.

“Imagine what problems associations might solve and innovative breakthroughs that could be unlocked, if every idea had an equal opportunity, not just the ones that come from expected people and places,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “We are thrilled to have Merchant explain why and how leading innovators can provide solutions irrespective of hierarchy, credentials, or even have a seat at the table.”

In her 20-year career, Merchant has gone from being an administrator to becoming a CEO and board member of a NASDAQ-traded company. Merchant has given guidance to industry giants, like IBM and Logitech, and she has launched more than 100 products for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk that has netted $18 billion in sales. Her Ted Talk called, “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk” has more than 2 million views. CNBC called Nilofer a visionary. Thinkers 50 short listed her in 2013 as a “Future Thinker” one should pay attention to, and she was named the #1 person most likely to influence the future of management.

Here’s more information on the featured keynotes and education sessions. Early bird registration deadline is July 12.

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact ASAE Public Relations department to request your complimentary pass.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners 
Atlanta CVB

Business Events Canada

Choose Chicago

Experience Columbus

Reno Tahoe USA

Visit San Jose

YourMembership

Corporate Partners 
Visit Baltimore

DelCor Technology Solutions

Visit Dallas

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Fort Worth CVB

GEICO

Louisville CVB

Mexico Tourism Board

Naylor Association Solutions

Visit Omaha

Visit Orlando

Visit Salt Lake

Event Partners 
BrightKey
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
Dubai Association Centre
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting
Korea Tourism Organization
Manifest
MemberClicks
Meet In Minnesota
New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org

Going Dark for Mother Nature

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) General Manager, Alan Pryor (centre holding a placard) and the Centre’s Director of Facilities, Chen Soo Yoong (centre holding a placard) with close to 420 team members and their families during the venue’s seventh Earth Hour gathering. The Centre joined millions of people and organisations worldwide in “going dark” on 25 March from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, in support of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.

During the event, the venue not only turned off all non-essential lights but held a variety of interactive activities to further educate team members and their families on nature, the environment and the Earth Hour initiative. Pre-event, the Centre also created a ‘green quiz’ which was circulated among team members with the top four submissions winning a prize.

Speaking at the gathering, Pryor explained the Centre’s participation in the annual Earth Hour is an on-going initiative as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. “As Malaysia’s premier convention facility and Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue, we are a visible member of the business events community. We hope that our effort to raise awareness of environmental issues will inspire others, especially the younger generation, to take action beyond the 60-minute event.”

Pryor continued that the Centre was also pleased to join more than 68 AEG Facilities-affiliated stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs and convention centres in 36 cities, seven countries and four continents to celebrate their commitment to the environment under the AEG 1EARTH programme’s mission to reduce the organisation’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

IACC and Meeting Professionals International Form Global Alliance

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, have 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 individual and small specialist conference group venues, which MPI and IACC will make more accessible via simple venue search tools on their respective websites.

ABOUT IACC

Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the meetings venue industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional IACC meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 370 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mongolia, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, Scotland, Wales, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Hungary and the Philippines.

For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.  “There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings.”

Conference INSPO in Prague Congress Centre was very successful

The 17th conference on information and communication technologies for people with specific needs took part on Saturday 25 March in Prague Congress Centre. One of the main topics was the Internet of Things. The organizer, BMI association noticed a big interest immediately after the registration was opened. At the beginning of March 400 participants had registered and the capacity of the event, which satisfied the visitors as well as the organizers, was full.

“We organized all seventeen years of the INSPO conference about technologies for people with specific needs in Prague Congress Centre. Our decision was mainly based on the fact that the venue is built to barrier-free standards but gradually we have found out that the most important advantage is immense helpfulness of the staff. Whatever we came up with we never heard the production department or technicians that it was impossible. It is also PCC staff credit that conference attendees come back again no matter if they are on wheel-chairs, visually or hearing-impaired or have other specific needs,” said  the Chairman of BMI Mr. Jaroslav Winter.

During the extensive programme, which could be followed on-line, the attendees got familiar with technology innovations which remarkably facilitates life of people with specific needs. Great interest was arisen by a lecture by Roman Stašík, representative of Vodafone. His lecture was about the Internet of Things and the visitors learned about new technologies which enable communication between things. Part of the morning session was dedicated to presentation of an application called Záchranka (Emergency services). Thanks to this application people can quickly and easily contact emergency services, call for an ambulance and send a message about their location and health condition including their specific impairment.

Spain introduced EVA Facial Mouse – an application which enables to control a mobile devices through a web camera monitoring of the user’s face. Eva Facial Mouse is excellent for people after amputation, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Slovakia was represented by Dušan Baranec from Normex. He introduced a programme called Visual reading for teaching reading and support of verbalization and symbolic thinking at children and adults with various diagnosis.

Attention was also drawn to education and employment of people with impairment, teaching aids for development of children with visual and combined impairment and literary competition Internet and My Handicap. Representatives of Vodafone Rafael Foundation announced the winner of the award for use of ICT innovations for better life of people with impairment. The winning company Centre for Children Hearing Tam Tam got 200,000 CZK for their mobile application meant for the parents of deaf children. Deaf children are from 95 % born to hearing parents who do not have any experience with hearing impairment. Thanks to the application they are able to master basics of the sign language quickly after the birth of their child.

INSPO conference is a project which is fully supported by PCC staff and it is encouraging that the interest of public is growing. It started with 133 attendees in 2001 and this year the number climbed up to 400.

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About Prague Congress Centre:

PCC is the largest congress centre in the Czech Republic. It offers a wide variety of space suitable for all kinds of events from small conferences to big congresses, high technical standards and great acoustics.  Its advantage is the location near the city centre, breath-taking views and municipal transportation accessibility. The total capacity is up to 9,300 people and 13,000 m² of exhibition space and the complex also includes the Vyšehrad Business Centre and the 4-star Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre with 254 rooms.  PCC has been certified with EKO Gold for being supplied 100% of electricity produced from renewable resources.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Launches Enhanced TenOnCall Menu

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has launched a new menu to excite taste buds and satisfy the appetite of long-standing recurrent clients and entice new regulars to experience its innovative TenOnCall (TOC) offering.

Elaborating on the TOC menu, the Centre’s Executive Chef, Chef Hisham Bin Jaafar, explained “Our award-winning culinary team have spent over two months of research and development to create this exquisite menu, which includes many new dishes. Diners will also enjoy greater variety with 80% of the dishes and our crowd-pleasing themed ‘Chef Action Stations’ changing daily.”

“In addition, we will be maximising our use of local fresh ingredients to ensure the freshness, flavour and quality of our food prepared and be as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as possible,” added Chef Hisham.

According to the Centre’s Head of Corporate Sales, Rizal Razali, “TOC’s culinary offering is one of the key differentiators against our competitors in the short-lead bookings or just-in-time meetings market. As part of our ongoing effort to add value and enhance our guests’ experience, clients will enjoy this delectable new menu at no extra cost. Our innovative full- and half-day meeting packages are available for any type of corporate gathering and are affordably priced from RM186.56 nett per person for half-day meetings and RM212.20 nett per person for full-day, with no hidden charges.”

“In addition to the TOC’s signature unique all-day dining concept that includes free-flow lifestyle cuisine and beverages, enjoyed in an open central atrium, our all-inclusive TOC packages also comprise of complimentary WiFi access, use of audio-visual equipment, an AV technician on standby and built-in LCD signage at the entrance foyer, throughout the meeting duration,” Rizal continued.

20 new exciting dishes and 80 reinvented menu items will now be served at TOC, including Szechuan-style oven-baked chicken with ‘ma la’ crumbs; roasted lamb ribs glazed with honey and chilli flakes; oven-baked garlic Teriyaki fish fillets; Bandung crèmeux – rose-flavoured mousse; Charlie Brown – salted peanut brownie with chocolate crème and homemade lemongrass yogurt ice-cream, to name a few, concluded Chef Hisham.

TOC comprises 10 flexible meeting spaces offering a differentiated meeting experience for short-lead bookings or just-in-time meetings, where clients can walk in, select their pre-set room configuration and execute a same-day meeting for 15 to 150 persons.

For more information on TenOnCall and all the latest news on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Announces $7 Million Renovation

Luxury Eastern Shore Resort to Unveil All-New Guestroom Experience this Spring

CAMBRIDGE, MD – The scenic nature and waters of Maryland’s Eastern Shore are the design inspiration behind a major new $7 million renovation at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, a Four Diamond destination along Maryland’s Choptank River.

This spring, the sprawling 342-acre resort – which includes River Marsh Golf Club, Sago Spa & Salon, and other amenities – will debut all-new renovated guestrooms and bathrooms. Plans also include the upgrade of all double room full-size beds to the more spacious and comfortable queen size.

“The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay experience has always been rooted in the Eastern Shore, from the resort’s design to amenities,” said Randy Thompson, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. “This renovation translates our ‘sense of place’ into a contemporary, comfortable new guestroom that we’re very excited to introduce to guests.”

Drawing inspiration from the banks of the Choptank River and the resort’s original nautical architectural elements, the new look will incorporate colors and textures reflective of the surrounding environment. The aim is a cool, crisp and stylishly weathered look that will ensure a relaxed guest experience. Interior design firm designONE studio principal Suzy Leveille is leading the project for the resort.

The transformation has begun, with the final series of renovations expected to be complete by Spring 2017. Other common areas of the resort, including the lobby, will receive a refreshed look after the new guestrooms debut.

For more information on the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, please call 800.633.7313 or visit chesapeakebay.regency.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is the premier four-diamond resort of the Chesapeake Bay. The property is nestled on 342 magnificent acres along the Choptank River, and features 400 luxurious rooms and suites. Among amenities are six superb dining options; an award-winning, 18-hole championship River Marsh Golf Course; the 150-slip River Marsh Marina; the Sago Spa & Salon; multi-level indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a fitness facility, and Camp Hyatt at Pirates Cove. For more information on the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake bay, please call (800) 633-7313 or visit chesapeakebay.regency.hyatt.com. Follow Hyatt Chesapeake Bay on Facebook at facebook.com/hyattchesapeake; Twitter @hyattchesapeake; or Instagram @HyattChesapeake.

About Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency brand prides itself on connecting travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 168 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary
experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who can take care of every detail. For more information, please visit www.hyattregency.com.