Monthly Archives: December 2013

International Tourism Bodies Aid the Philippines

International tourism bodies – the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) – are helping the Philippines in its tourism-related program in areas affected by the recent earthquake and super-typhoon.

The government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), said the outpouring of support shows that travel and tourism have transformed the globe into one community, ready to stand by each other not only in times of festivities, but in times of challenges.

“With the assistance from UNWTO, PATA, WTTC and ICCA, tourism industry is not only an economic growth and development; but it is also a compassionate and supportive community,” the DOT said. PATA is in contact with tourism officials to offer moral and practical support. The UNWTO, tasked to promote responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, supports the recovery plan.

A priority in recovery efforts is to restore tourism income by coordinating with private and public efforts. Top spots in the Visayas such as Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and Puerto Princesa are accessible to tourists, through their ports of entry – Boracay island through Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan, Cebu through Mactan International Airport, Bohol through Tagbilaran City Airport, and Iloilo through the Iloilo and Bacolod-Silay Airports. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also extended technical assistance to DOT in preparing a recovery plan for Cebu-Bohol Tourism Development Areas.

DOT assists travellers and those already in the country for travel information through its website (www.tourism.gov.ph). It assures the travelling public that tourism establishments are in operation in other parts of the country where some key tourist sports are located. Philippine tourism will bounce back in no time at all, the DOT declared, noting that “tourism continues to be one of the major contributors to the economy, playing a significant role in rebuilding lives and businesses in communities.”

EIBTM 2013 Reflects Growth in Economies

QUALITY BUSINESS ON TRADE FLOOR REPORTED BY EXHIBITORS, BUYERS AND VISITORS

NEW FLOOR LAYOUT A SUCCESS

Ending the year on a high, EIBTM 2013 (www.eibtm.com) reports that exhibitors, buyers and visitors reflected the positive trends witnessed in the industry this year, with over 65,000 pre-scheduled appointments taking place plus a 7.7% increase in trade visitor attendance, 40% of them first timers to the event also added to the increased business opportunities.

Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Senior Exhibition Director comments, “We really hope that all of the new initiatives we implemented this year, and the effort put in to securing a quality driven Hosted Buyer programme and increase in trade visitors, helped contribute to the great sense of revived optimism across the show floor. We have also received overwhelming positive feedback from exhibitors and buyers about our new show floor layout and the additional networking areas also clearly added to the vibrant business atmosphere. By the end of the show we had already re-booked more than 35% of the floor for 2014!”

This renewed confidence witnessed across the industry was further reinforced by two major research reports presented onsite including the findings of Rob Davidson’s EIBTM Industry Trends Report (www.eibtm.com/trendsreport), and The Right Solution’s IBTM Global Research. Both recorded increased levels of optimism as the meetings and events industry continues to remain “critical drivers assisting organisations in their efforts to reach their strategic business objectives”.

Once again, the Hosted Buyer programme focused on quality with attendance from 70 key European countries including UK, Italy, Germany, France, Poland and Benelux, as well as long haul destinations including U.S., Asia, Africa, Brazil and India.

This year’s new pre-booked Innovation Zone guided tours for Hosted Buyer’s were also over-subscribed with a limit that topped 500 buyers over the 3 days.

This year’s EIBTM Market Focus sessions for Cataluyna, Slovenia, U.S. and Andalucía attracted over 600 buyers all of whom had confirmed that they wanted to specifically place outbound business into these countries. In addition to this, over 7,700 destination presentation places were booked by Hosted Buyers, with 138 exhibitors in advance of the show.

Nick Place, Associate Director, Amfivia Events Management commented, “This is the first year that we have exhibited at EIBTM, and taking part in the Catalonia Market Focus event provided us with a great opportunity to meet and speak to prospective clients and suppliers. The session is a great concept and I am really pleased to have taken part.”

John Freudenthaler, Regional Director of Sales, Western Europe, Starwood Hotels and Resorts commented, “EIBTM is the place to meet people, especially for large hotel brands. This year you can feel more optimism and the confidence is back.”

Olga Myslovska, Nice Up Events and Incentives, Poland commented, “This is the best trade show I have ever been to. It is extremely impressive and professional. Nice job!”

Marina Antonija Barac, Sales and Marketing Director VenEvent DMC PCO, Croatia commented, “There’s a lot of new business to be done here with plenty of Hosted Buyers to meet. This year I am walking around seeing clients we have had requests from. It’s a great opportunity to meet them in person.”

The extended EIBTM Live programme (building on the 2012 Hybrid Conference) streamed sessions (www.eibtm.com/live) extending the reach of the EIBTM Knowledge Programme and FRESH conference sessions globally with tweets from as far and wide as Canada, Switzerland, Italy and Netherlands. New content for over 100 dedicated seminars and workshops completed this year’s professional education.

“The education at EIBTM is top-class, and attending EIBTM Knowledge sessions allows us to enhance our skills and understanding of the industry as a whole,” commented Carole McKellar, Executive Director, HelmsBriscoe.

“We have had a good number of meetings of high quality at this years EIBTM. We feel the new set up is a lot better as they have created more walkways, making our stand a lot more accessible and easy to find. Our oxygen bar in the innovation zone gives us an opportunity to showcase Slovenia, with a difference, and connect with businesses in an innovative way. I have been attending EIBTM for 17 years and I will definitely be here next year,” concludes Mr. Miha Kovacic, Director, Slovenian Convention Bureau.

Next year EIBTM 2014 will take place from 18 – 20 November. For more information visit www.eibtm.com. Join EIBTM on Linked in, Twitter and Facebook.

Omni Shoreham Hotel In Washington, D.C. Joins Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 2013) – The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. recently joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). ALHI, with its established Global Sales Organization (GSO) and sales force throughout North America, now provides authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to corporations, associations, independent planners, business executives, and incentive specialists for the landmark hotel. To commemorate the occasion, ALHI’s Regional Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic Laura Arth (left) and Division Vice President for the East Ashly Balding (right) presented a plaque to the Omni Shoreham Hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing Jill Flynn (center, left) and General Manager Pete Sams.

Since 1930 the luxurious and distinguished Omni Shoreham Hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls. Situated on 11 lush acres in the heart of one of Washington, D.C.’s premier residential neighborhoods, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers 832 spacious guest rooms and suites that provide majestic views of Washington, D.C. The convention hotel has 24 meeting rooms, offering more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Additionally, the hotel has a resort-style pool and gardens, a fitness center, the elegant Robert’s Restaurant, a gourmet coffee bar, a lounge, a backyard fire pit, a sauna, a 24-hour business center, and high-speed wireless Internet access. A wide range of historical monuments, museums, shopping and universities are within 5 miles of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, including the White House, U.S. Capitol, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington Monument, and the Georgetown shopping district. In addition to its membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, the hotel becomes a new option in ALHI’s “Big Box Solutions Collection” specialty segment, the “ALHI City Solutions” specialty segment, and the “ALHI Historic Collection” specialty segment.

ALHI, which features 20 Global Sales Offices throughout North America, provides authorized and dedicated Global Sales services and sales support to the meetings and incentive marketplace for its member hotels and resorts worldwide. Featuring a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and nearly 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to its distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2014 Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.

Meeting Planners Give Back at Annual Bike Building Event

2nd Year Celebration of Alexandria’s
Corporate Community Service Program

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – After an extremely successful debut in 2012, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association’s (ACVA) corporate community service program Alexandria Cares celebrated the start of year two by gathering meeting planners in a second annual holiday bike building event benefitting underprivileged families. The event, Bows, Baskets & Bikes, saw a doubling in attendees, with a renewed energy after having seen the overwhelming positive impact last year’s donation had on the community.

The ACVA sales team, which booked more than $5 million in Alexandria meetings and groups business in fiscal year 2013, created the Alexandria Cares program to meet the increasing demand for service events that provide meaningful teambuilding experiences, joining a trend in the meetings industry that promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

“Companies are now under strict financial constraints, and can’t just do a ropes course or happy hour as a means of team building,” said Melissa Ritchie, ACVA’s team lead for Bows, Baskets & Bikes. “That’s why corporate community service programs are becoming more popular. Community outreach is a way for people to do a team building event that’s in alignment with a company’s vision and goals.”

In attendance were 16 DC-area event and meeting planners plus seven hotel partners who host events in Alexandria. Attendees were invited to help build bicycles with the assistance of local bike shop experts, Wheel Nuts for underprivileged families through Christ Church’s holiday initiative, the Christ Child Project, which features a Christmas market for low-income families to purchase quality gifts at a fraction of retail value.

“This activity allows planners to connect with the community they’re engaging in, in a way they normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to,” Ritchie said. “It allows people to establish an emotional connection with Alexandria, the place they’re conducting business in.”

In 2012, ACVA created Alexandria Cares in collaboration with Alexandria-based Get Out and Give Back, a “nonprofit matchmaking” organization that pairs businesses with philanthropic opportunities. The program includes a wide variety of service project options, including bowling parties with nonprofit clients, holiday service events and personalized project requests made by the business or service organization. Transportation, food and even commemorative t-shirts can be included as part of the package. The Alexandria Cares program translates into dozens of groups and thousands of volunteers whose work benefits the Alexandria community.

Since launching Bows, Baskets & Bikes, Get Out and Give Back has seen an increase in businesses requesting opportunities to participate in community outreach programs, with clients like Coca Cola Refreshments, General Federation of Women’s Clubs and Cultural Vacations and Safaris. While corporations are charged a fee for the service event, the money from events like Bows, Baskets & Bikes returns to the community, with all post-expense proceeds that Get Out and Give Back receives from ACVA-referred corporate service events going into a donor-advised fund.

About Alexandria, VA
Alexandria celebrates an award-winning year, ranked on Cvent’s 2013 list of Top 50 Meetings Destinations in the US. Only five miles from Washington, DC and located along the scenic Potomac waterfront, Alexandria offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Just minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and served by four Metrorail stations, the free King Street Trolley and water taxi service, Alexandria is a wonderfully accessible destination. Named a Top ArtPlace 2013 for its dedication to maintaining a thriving artistic and cultural scene, the city houses renowned art galleries, theater companies and music halls. Once home to George Washington and key players throughout American history, Alexandria combines its rich past with award-winning restaurants, chic boutiques and ever-evolving arts to create an extraordinary getaway destination. MeetAlexandriaVA.com

About Get Out and Give Back, LLC
Get Out and Give Back is an Alexandria-based organization that inspires people to “Connect. Contribute. Create a Legacy.” by connecting business and people with nonprofits and philanthropy. Founder Jane Hess Collins is a social entrepreneur and a “nonprofit matchmaker,” bringing workshops, training, placements and service projects to organizations in a way that makes being involved in community outreach an easy endeavor. A retired Air Force colonel, Jane has volunteered with, written about and promoted more than 60 nonprofits located in greater Washington through social media, her website and her column in the online edition of Washington Life magazine. GetOutandGiveBack.com

Hundreds gather for the Philippine Association Executives Summit

Last week saw the gathering of hundreds of association executives from various fields for the Association Executives Summit (AES) held at the Philippine International Convention Center on 19-20 November 2013.

Spearheaded by the Tourism Promotions Board (Philippines), the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), the AES was organized to strengthen the governance skills of associations and to increase the number of international events being held in the Philippines. The Philippine government acknowledges the significant role that professional associations play in the MICE (meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibition/events) industry. Associations need to be healthy in order for them to be active players in the Philippine convention industry. Without the local associations to bid and to host, there can be no regional and international conventions that will be held in the country.

Summit speakers were Monette Hamlin (President, Philippine Association of Congress/ Exhibition Suppliers and Organizers), Liz Jackson (President, Jackson Consulting, Inc.) and Susan Sarfati (CEO, High Performance Strategies). Notable were the speakers’ eagerness to share their first-hand experience and expertise in the professional association industry to help boost the Philippine MICE industry’s business prospects.

Likewise, the AES has launched the Philippine Council for the Advancement of Association Executives (PCAAE) which gathers together top association leaders under one group, raising the nation’s association industry to the highest level of professionalism, integrity and creativity. The PCAAE is intent on providing a network, forum and marketplace for professionals and institutions who would like to exchange ideas and strategies in building and maximizing their business potential.

Associations present in the event were the AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines, International Association of Business Communicators, League of Vice-Governors of the Philippines, National Federation of Women’s Clubs of the Philippines, Philippine Retailer’s Association, Philippine Dental Association, United Architects of the Philippines and Real Estate Broker’s Association of the Philippines (REBAP, Inc), among others.

Centerplate Set to Develop ACC Liverpool as UK and European Flagship Venue

ACC Liverpool has struck a new seven year catering and hospitality deal worth approximately £45 million with global hospitality service provider Centerplate. The venue will now become Centerplate’s flagship location in the UK and European market.

All of the catering and hospitality services at the award-winning venue, which is home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, have been managed by The Lindley Group’s Heathcotes Outside division since it opened its doors to the public in 2008. ACC Liverpool has selected Centerplate, which acquired The Lindley Group in April, as its catering and hospitality partner after putting the business out to competitive tender at the end of the initial five-year contract. Centerplate will now assume responsibility for all on-site public and hospitality catering services at the venue’s existing facilities, along with the option to service the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool which is due to open in 2015 as part of the expansion of the ACC Liverpool complex.

During the summer, Centerplate’s Chief Design Officer, John Sergi, has been working in partnership with the UK team to develop and re-launch the concourse catering services and facilities at Echo Arena. New menus and catering units were rolled out under the new ‘Mersey Eats’ and ‘Mersey Drinks’ branded retail concepts which have been established to showcase regional gourmet dishes and the produce of local suppliers. The arena’s chefs have collaborated with the award-winning Allerton restaurant, Spire, to develop the new menus, and with Liverpool hot spot Alma de Cuba to create bespoke drinks such as the ’Strawberry Fields Cocktail’.

The quality food offering includes hand-held fayre such as ‘Scouse Dog’ – a pork hot dog made by local supplier Andrews, and topped with Liverpool ‘scouse’ and pickled red cabbage; nachos served with Mrs. Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese sauce; and ‘Chicken Peppercorn Wraps’. Bottled beer has been replaced by draught beer dispensers on several kiosks to speed up service and the venue is now offering an improved, wider selection of quality wines and soft drinks.

The new concepts made their debut at the Rod Stewart concert in September and generated a 32% sales increase compared with catering revenue generated at a concert by the same artist and with the same attendance levels last year.

Following the awarding of the new contract, Centerplate plans to review and develop all other aspects of the hospitality and catering services at the venue including: enhancing the Arena Club Class hospitality box packages; re-launching the Galleria coffee bar with new menus and a new service offering; implementing a catering and hospitality apprenticeship programme; and funding the establishment of a community farm project.

Bob Prattey, Chief Executive of ACC Liverpool, says: “We have never under-estimated the crucial role that catering plays in enhancing the visitor or delegate experience. As we embark on the next phase of the development of the site, the Centerplate team has demonstrated that it has the global expertise, creative flair and a passion for engaging with local suppliers and the local community which not only delivers measurable results and enables us to evolve this internationally renowned arena and convention centre, but also ensures that it reflects its Liverpool heritage and remains rooted in the local community.”

Adam Elliott – President, The Lindley Group, and Executive Vice President, Centerplate, adds: “Being able to draw on Centerplate’s wealth of experience as North America’s leading event hospitality partner has been invaluable in securing a seven year catering and hospitality deal at this prestigious multi-function complex. Working with some of the top entertainment venues, convention centres and sports stadia in the US and Canada, Centerplate has brought some terrific insights into identifying opportunities and maximising the potential afforded by a facility on the scale of ACC Liverpool. “

PCMA 20 In Their Twenties Winners Selected By PCMA

PCMA to honor top young professionals at Convening Leaders in Boston January 12-15

CHICAGO, IL – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has selected the inaugural class for its 20 in their twenties program.

20 in their twenties is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the meetings industry by recognizing emerging leaders – and their talents – which help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future.

“Too often great leadership isn’t recognized until the latter portion of careers. Twenty in their twenties allowed PCMA to engage and acknowledge a talented group of young professionals for their skills and provide incentive for them to lead our industry into the future,” said Deborah Sexton, President & CEO, PCMA.

Inaugural 20 in their twenties class

Ryan Barth, Sales Manager, Visit Indy
Yasha Bergmann, Project Manager, uba GmbH
Casey Carignan, Meetings and Events Coordinator, lia Sophia
Yih-Hsiang (Shawn) Cheng, Team Lead, Tourism Vancouver
Katie Dolan, Convention Services Manager, Ottawa Tourism
Vivian Fleet, Sustainability Officer, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Rosa Garriga Mora, Meeting Designer & ROI Consultant, Independent Contractor
Mindy Halpert, Conference Manager, The Consortium for School Networking
Rick Hyland, Exhibitor Services Supervisor, Orange County Convention Center
Alexis Kereluk, Manager, Association Relations, MCI Canada
Sam McNeill, Creative Director, Song Division
Elisa Sandoval, Sales Manager, Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Astrid Schrier, CMP, Meeting Manager, Association Headquarters, Inc.
Kathleen Smith, Marketing Manager, etech events
Megan Tate, Manager – Event, Meeting and Travel Management, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.
Marcela Torres, Director of Big Events, Mexico City Tourism Trust
David Wagner, Meetings Manager, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Rachel Walsh, Director of Meetings, Sentergroup
Alleeshia Williams, Coordinator, Meetings & Business Partnerships, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Leslie Wong, CMP, Creative Account Manager, Blueprint Studios

“The number of exceptional applications PCMA received went above and beyond our expectations for the program. We want to thank everyone who applied for taking the time and hope they will remain engaged with PCMA,” said Johnnie White, Chairman, PCMA Board of Directors.

Criteria for applicants was to be employed full time in the meetings industry, be 29 years old or younger and showcase three ways in which they can be considered industry leaders. Professionals were not required to be PCMA members. A Task Force made up of veteran and emerging industry leaders reviewed dozens of applications in detail before deciding on the inaugural class.

The professionals selected will receive complimentary 2014 Convening Leaders and Education Conference registration, $1,500 for travel expenses, as well as discounted registration to attend Convening Leaders and Education Conference until they reach the age of 30. Recipients will also receive complimentary membership for 2014 and discounted membership until they reach age 30. They will have the opportunity to be paired with a member of the PCMA Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Trustees, or Past Leaders for three face to face or virtual mentoring sessions to assist in further development of their innovation and career.

Recipients will be recognized at Convening Leaders in January, as well as in Convene Magazine and other PCMA communications.

The program is supported by the PCMA Education Foundation, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Austin Convention Center.

About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,300 members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Upgrades IT Infrastructure

THE Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is investing RM7.5 million (US$2.3 million) over the course of the next year on four technology projects as part of its ongoing effort to improve service delivery.

The four projects include upgrading the data centre backbone infrastructure to 10 Gigabytes, introducing a digital walkie-talkie system, implementing an IP (Internet Protocol) CCTV system and improving the virtualised server environment for the data centre.

According to the centre’s IT manager, Richard Soo, the data centre infrastructure will pre-empt any future bottlenecks in Internet connectivity and usage, as well as provide team members with better monitoring and control mechanisms, which will help increase productivity levels.

“To provide guests with better security we are also improving our capabilities through the upgrades of the walkie talkie and CCTV systems. The former will increase our coverage area to ensure there are minimal ‘blind spots’. This will ensure better communication between our team members, which will help to provide a more responsive service for our guests.

“The latter will expand our video surveillance capabilities with better quality video coverage at more locations throughout the venue giving client’s added peace of mind,” said Soo.

Suntec Singapore Releases a Sterling Lineup of Key Events for 2014

Suntec Singapore released a sterling lineup of key events for the first full year since the completion of its $184 million revamp. The company announced 88 key events from its 2014 lineup, including 16 major medical events, 16 trade shows, 19 consumer events and 37 international conferences and special events.

CEO, Arun Madhok says he is delighted with the interest shown by both local and international organisers, “Our event list is a testimony to the confidence in the Suntec Singapore team and the value of the facilities and services that we offer. We are proud to be chosen as the preferred place to meet for so many events and will strive to remain the venue of choice for our existing and new customers.”

The extensively renovated Suntec Singapore offers great versatility, featuring flexible customisable space, free Wi-Fi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts. In the five months since re-opening in June 2013, the Suntec team ran 196 events with over 65,000 meals served and a total of 780,000 visitors to the Centre. This included 56 exhibitions and 124 conferences and meetings, including first-time events to Singapore such as the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), which brought in 3,890 international and local delegates from 122 countries.

The Centre welcomed new exhibitions such as Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World. Mr. Andy Center, Chief Executive, CloserStill Media, organiser of Cloud Expo Asia said, “We’re delighted with the success of our first event in Asia. The service and facilities provided by Suntec Singapore were ideal for our event. We are looking forward to coming back again next year for an even bigger show.” Suntec Singapore also welcomed back many regular customers like ad:tech, ICMAT, Singapore Gifts and Stationary Show, IMCAS Asia, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce SMEs and Spikes Asia.

The 88 events for 2014 are even more impressive, spanning a wide range of industries from Medical and Technology to Lifestyle and Financial. These include first time events such as Blueprint 2014, Asia’s Fashion Gateway, which runs over four days and brings in 20,000 delegates, Prudential Eye Awards, Singapore Art Fair as well as AAMA-TEX, UROFAIR, Trans Asia 2014.
Exhibitions continue to form the core of the business with events such as HR Summit, Beauty Asia and Asia PCR/SingLIVE that have signed multiple-year deals with Suntec Singapore. “Suntec Singapore’s new design actively supports events like ours that feature both conference and exhibition elements,” said Mr. Marc Doncieux, Founder and CEO, Europa Organisation, organiser of Asia PCR/SingLIVE, “The inherent flexibility, impeccable service and ideal location gave us the confidence this was the perfect place to grow our event.”

Suntec Singapore’s efforts to be a PhRMA code compliant venue are also paying dividends: the Centre has attracted many of the country’s largest medical trade events such as Occupational Safety & Health Asia (OS+HA), Medical Fair Asia and IDEM Singapore, Asia’s leading dental trade fair and scientific conference, with 6,000 delegates attending over three days.

International conferences such as International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, 7th Annual Congress on Glaucoma Surgery, IDF Western Pacific Regional Congress, International Conference on Co-ordinated Chemistry have also chosen Suntec as their home.

Consumer shows such as COMEX 2014, Bookfest@Singapore 2014, Food and Kitchen Expo as well as Food and Beverage Show will also return to Suntec. New consumer events coming to Singapore that have selected Suntec Singapore as their venue include SG Tech Show. “It has been great working with Suntec Singapore,” said Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman, Sphere Exhibits, organiser of COMEX 2014, “They have an excellent location, easily accessible by all modes of transportation and parking is convenient. The venue space is large enough for major shows like COMEX. That is also why we have chosen to host our next major show, SG Tech 2014 at Suntec Singapore in May 2014.”

Not included on the list are the dozens of corporate meetings, private dining and social events the Suntec Singapore hosts throughout the year. The Centre’s culinary team can provide 10,000 meals each day, whether it be simple buffets or fine dining, making Suntec Singapore the venue of choice for banquets, corporate and entertainment events.

“With so many key events already contracted, and considering how well we’ve traditionally done with corporate events, I fully expect 2014 to be a very successful and busy year,” said Mr Madhok, “Having said that, we are not just looking to fill the Centre for the sake of it. We are looking to foster long term collaboration with events and clients who can use the full potential of our Centre for our collective success.”

A complete list of key events is available on the website (www.suntec Singapore.com)

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is a world-class venue located at the heart of Asia’s most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons. In addition, Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city’s entertainment and cultural attractions.

Oh, What Fun! Holidays at Bacara Resort & Spa

Santa Barbara – From a whimsical Christmas tree art sculpture to fun-filled (and complimentary!) resort activities, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara offers everything travelers need to enjoy the magic of the holiday season in style.

Highlights include:

Christmas Tree Art Installation
Showcased in Bacara’s festively-adorned lobby, the 12-foot sculpture combines dramatic contrasts of whimsically-sculpted steel from David Shelton Studios, hand-blown glass by Saul Alcaraz and artistic touches by Bacara’s Creative Director Lorrene Balzani. “The tree is not intended to compete with a natural tree but rather offer a playful interpretation of one,” says Shelton.

The theme of this year’s tree is “Gaviota FantaSEA” in honor of the resort’s beautiful location along the Gaviota Coast. The tree’s artistic ornaments are available for purchase for $25; all proceeds benefit the Gaviota Coast Conservancy.

Complimentary Activities
· Jitney Cart Caroling: guests can carol their way through the resort’s 78-acre village on festively-decorated jitney carts.
· Bike to the Butterflies: Every winter, more than 30,000 monarch butterflies migrate to the Goleta Ellwood Butterfly Preserve, located one mile from Bacara. Guests can witness the mystery of the migrating monarchs with complimentary docent tours offered every weekend.

· Pajama Parties: Younger guests are invited to snuggle up in their pajamas in the resort’s own 211-seat Screening Room to enjoy hot cider and a screening of a classic holiday movie.

The Spa at Bacara
In addition to an all new menu of services, The Spa at Bacara is offering an Organic Bliss facial for the holidays. An array of berries and other natural organic products combine to cleanse, detox, masque and hydrate the skin. The cost is $150 for a 50-minute service (normally $175).

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party
Bacara’s signature restaurant, Miró, will be transformed into a roaring 20s lounge complete with Chef stations, a DJ, party favors, a balloon drop and a Champagne toast to a spectacular 2014. A la carte tickets are available for $150. Reserve the Great Gatsby Getaway package and enjoy overnight accommodations, two tickets to party and a guaranteed 3 p.m. checkout on New Year’s Day for $650.

Reservations
Guestroom rates start at $350. For reservations or more information on Bacara’s holiday festivities, please call (855) 817-9782 or visit www.bacararesort.com.

About Bacara Resort & Spa:
Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara offers relaxed luxury and incomparable natural beauty. The resort features 360 lavish guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean or flower-filled gardens. Additional features include a four-story spa, a state-of-the-art wellness center, three zero-edge saline swimming pools, four restaurants and lounges, a 12,000-bottle Wine Cellar & Tasting Room and direct access to Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine country. For reservations or more information, please call (855) 817-9782 or visit www.bacararesort.com.