Montag, 22 April 2019
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Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau Launched!

GNCVB - Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau: West Africa's first Convention Bureau launched!

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched a new unit to promote the West African country as a key M.I.C.E destination in the region. Providing travel media and consumer advisory, it is known as the Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB).

The GNCVB is the “engine room” responsible for leading the process of partnering the private sector to plan and coordinate activities to enhance the country’s visitor experience and embark on the project to attract international group business, leisure travel and events.

Headed by PaJohn Bentsifi Dadson, who has extensive background in travel PR, media, event planning, tour guiding and operations, he is the point-of-contact and subject matter expert. He will participate in local and international media, marketing and industry events; and give honest appraisals of activities, attractions and services in Ghana in a bid to attract inbound group business.

The upcoming edition of MICE:destination will bring a detailed report to you.

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Czech Republic: Prague Congress Centre without Waste

More than 60% of waste was saved at the first completely sustainable event which took place at the Prague Congress Centre (PCC) to the occasion of awarding the “TOP Responsible Company.” The event was organised by “Byznys pro spolecnost” in cooperation with Zátiší Catering and the PCC.

The scene, decorations and refreshments were made in accordance with the zero-waste idea, e.g. without fancy decoration, only handmade from natural, reusable or already recycled materials. Additional event branding has been displayed on the digital navigation system via LED screens, of which there are over 190 in the PCC. This enabled elimination of using a lot of paper. The whole event was impressively yet ecologically illuminated by LED lights that not only look amazing, but also allow fluent light intensity control.

Also catering was prepared in the same spirit. Tasteful experience was delivered by magical combinations of local fresh products. Refreshments were served in biodegradable containers, with only one dining set available for each participant. Remaining food was offered to the PCC community fridge so all employees could taste and support the value of the zero-waste concept not letting the work of their colleagues go down the drain. The community fridge project was launched together with Zátiší Catering in September 2018 and successfully helps to reduce waste of food and raise awareness of sustainable development thanks to the infographics placed on the door of the fridge. Another important step towards improving the ecological mindset of the PCC is waste sorting and turning to water dispensers instead of packaged water.

Award-winning companies in recent years have shown that it is not only good to benefit from what we have on Earth but also to try to leave something for next generations. "The opportunity to host responsible companies has been a great occasion for the PCC to show that even congresses, conferences and corporate events can be organized with respect to the environment," says the CEO of the Prague Congress Centre, Roman Ray Straub.

Being located directly next to the metro station, the Prague Congress Centre is perfectly accessible by public transportation hence the participants easily reduce their carbon footprint. Nowadays business carries important values and the "Top Responsible Company Award" rewards the environmentally conscious companies and encourages their mutual inspiration in both smaller and larger projects. The Prague Congress Centre has been focusing on increasing sustainable operation of the building and thereby reducing the repercussions of events on the environment. Thanks to a large reconstruction 2016 – 2017 its modern technologies it annually save 11,353 m3 of water (3 Olympic pools), 9,740,945 kWh of electricity (annual consumption of 5,019 households) and 726 tonnes of CO2 per year, which would take one year for 33,456 trees to absorb.

www.praguecc.cz

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Malaysia:A Sarawak’s Big Win at the Prestigious BrandLaureate CSR BrandLeadership Award 2018

The Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) has been awarded the BrandLaureate CSR BrandLeadership Award 2018. The prestigious ceremony took place at Kuala Lumpur’s Majestic Hotel where SCB’s team and its convention ambassadors that have contributed to the sector were present to receive the prestigious award.

Conceptualised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF), the award was designed to recognize corporations, NGOs, societies, institutions and individuals who have impacted the community at large. President of APBF, Dr KK Johan had congratulated SCB on its remarkable win. “SCB’s influential leadership in CSR is acknowledged by APBF as SCB has set an unprecedented benchmark for leadership within the sphere of sustainability, value driven CSR and its positive impact on society.”

Chairman of SCB, Ybhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah commented, “With this win, we surge forward as an exemplary force to encourage our fellow industry partners so they too, can cultivate conventions and CSR initiatives that create legacies. This is why Business Events is a powerful medium through which we can influence and uplift various communities. In the spirit of Redefining Global Tribes, we urge making a difference to all tribes, near and far.”

Furthermore, the State of Sarawak is set to generate development in focus areas such as environmental, urban development and re-development, social development, industrial development encompassing SCORE’s focus areas, agriculture, service industry development and digital economy.

SCB’s Chief Operating Officer, Amelia Roziman assured, “We are in full support of the State’s vision to invest key areas and we will continue to utilize Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhhibitions as the platform to stimulate growth and ultimately contribute to the State. We do this through Business Events which encourage groundbreaking research, international alliances, goodwill and international branding, knowledge transfer to up skill local practitioners and social responsibility.”

She added, “As we greet the era of digital economy, we are prepared to adapt to the change the nature of how Business Events are conferences or exhibition being held but also how this prominent sector Business Events can help to develop the key areas sectors mentioned above as well as many more.”

From 2006 to 2018 as at 21st Nov, the effort of SCB and its sector partners brought in 822 Business Events to Sarawak: 569 Bid Wins and 253 Bids Supported. The 882 Business Events represent close to 306 thousand delegates and up to 1 million delegate days, which is approximately RM708.1 million in direct delegate expenditure to Sarawak.

www.thebrandlaureate.com/CSRAwards - www.businesseventssarawak.com

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Malta: MFCC enlarges the venue by 3800m² / 40,903ft² for SIGMA

The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, better known as MFCC, has always been acknowledged as being the most adaptable, flexible and largest multipurpose venue in Malta. In line with this legacy we are proud to announce our most recent accomplishment, being that of enlarging the inside space by 3800m² / 40.903ft² specifically to accommodate one event – SIGMA the IGAMING EXPO.

Due to the increasing interest to participate in this Expo, the organiser, Eman Pulis, required more space to accommodate this increased interest. We jointly came up with a solution to increase the already standing main hall by 40m, which now measures 170m x 50m. This provides an increase in area of 2000m² / 21,528ft². This added area will be used as exhibition area for the numerous exhibitors who are consistently reaching out to participate in this expo which is increasingly becoming one of Malta’s largest events of its nature. Needless to say, international events of this nature are a big revenue generator for the hospitality and service industries in Malta.

As this additional space was not enough to meet the ever-growing demand, we provided another specialized fully insulated structure, measuring 30m x 60m, that was set up adjacent to the main fixed area to provide the added space of 1800m² / 19.375ft². This additional structure provides the space for the conference area.

All the above simply proves one thing … MFCC is versatile more than ever before! The solutions provided are endless and we constantly reach out to clients to understand their needs and provide the necessary solutions. We wish all the participants of SIGMA success during the coming event week and also wish to thank the organiser, Eman Pulis, for once again choosing MFCC to host this event. We are proud to be part of it too!

www.conventionsmalta.com

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Malaysia: MASwings ceases operations in 8 destinations within Borneo

From 1st January 2019 onward, MASwings, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, will suspend flights to 8 destinations within Sabah and Sarawak.

The affected routes are

  • Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tawau - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Miri - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sibu - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Bintulu - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kuching - Sibu - Kuching
  • Kuching - Bintulu - Kuching
  • Kuching - Miri – Kuching

All affected passengers have been notified by the airline via email, SMS blasts and calls and are given the option to change their travels to an earlier date - subject to seat availability - or to be fully refunded.

Thanks to Asian Trails Malaysia for the notification. Their team is ready to assist you in case of need.

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