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Venues announced new solutions for virtual and hybrid events in the post-Covid world

30 Mar 2021
Whilst virtual events continue to play a main role in event strategies, hybrid events might soon become the mainstream as Covid vaccines are now available in some regions and countries are preparing to safely return to travels. Venues begin to offer innovative solutions that would enable event marketers to ensure the safety of their hybrid or live events once social distancing rules and travel restrictions are relaxed.

IHG Hotels & Resorts expanded its Meet with Confidence programme to include solutions for hybrid events
Introduced in 2020, IHG Hotels & Resorts' Meet with Confidence programme is set to support the changing needs of meeting planners. As events are likely to return to physical, the programme has recently expanded to include resources, technology and tool for hybrid events. By simultaneously connecting multiple locations to regional and global business and leisure events through live streaming, these hybrid capabilities will allow event marketers to create more shared experiences for virtual and in-person attendees.
Two hybrid events solutions - Smart Solution and Expert Solution - are now available at IHG so event and meeting planners could choose and plan the right experience for in-person and virtual attendees across one or multiple locations.

Current available event and meeting venues from IHG Hotels & Resorts:
  • InterContinental Bali Resort - Bali, Indonesia
  • InterContinental Foshan - Guangdong, China
  • InterContinental Singapore - Singapore, Singapore
  • InterContinental Tokyo Bay - Tokyo, Japan
  • and more
Click here to explore venues from IHG Hotels & Resorts!

Hyatt announced their plans to utilise VeriFLY for meetings and events
Hyatt has recently announced their plans to explore VeriFLY+ Stay for future in-person meetings so meeting attendees and staff could have a seamless option to share their Covid-19 test results in a secure and discreet way while ensuring a safe event environment. VerFLY+ Stay is a modified version of the VeriFLY mobile app, a mobile health passport that allows users to provide verification of Covid-19 credentials and travel guidelines.
Hyatt will be working closely with meeting planners to identify criteria for meeting attendees. These criteria, such as presenting a recent negative Covid test result and more, will be communicated to attendees through the VerFLY mobile app so they can fulfill their requirements and complete all necessary forms prior their arrival.
Current available event and meeting venues from Holiday Inn:
  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu - Sabah, Malaysia
  • Hyatt Regency Mumbai - Mumbai, India
  • Hyatt Regency Osaka - Osaka, Japan
  • Park Hyatt Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • and more
More venues from Hyatt Hotels are now available here.

Hilton announced the opening of Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
Located on the corner of Little Queen and Bourke Streets, Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is on the doorstep of the city’s key business districts. The hotel features 7 meeting and event spaces with sizes ranging from 24 to 143 sqm. To meet the growing demand for hybrid events, the hotel also offers Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions, which directs event planners to Hilton’s hybrid-ready hotels while also providing them with planning resources – including an expanded Hilton EventReady Playbook and flexible customer offers.

Current available event and meeting venues from Hilton Hotels & Resorts:
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing - Beijing, China
  • Grand Hilton Seoul - Seoul, Korea
  • Hilton Brisbane - Queensland, Australia
  • Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk - Fukuoka, Japan
  • and more

See more available venues from Hilton Hotels & Resorts here.

Event Marketing Awards has announced 2021 Awards winners list
Event Marketing Awards has announced their winners on the online awards presentation, taking plaec on 30 March.

Check out the winner list here, now live at Event Marketing Awards website.

Venues expand their global footprints to meet the growing demand of hybrid and local events

26 Feb 2021
Heading into 2021 where physical events are still unlikely to happen due to the pandemic, the hybrid event model has become the new solution for the social distancing commercial world as global regions remain off-limit. To satisfy the growing needs of hybrid and local events, venues continue to expand their geographical footprints across Asia-Pacific and maximise their visibility in local regions. Check out venues that would be available for your events in 2021.

W Hotel has announced the opening of W Melbourne in Australia
Recently opened in the beginning of February, W Melbourne features an 830 sqm of ultra-modern conference, meeting and event space with fully adaptable conference equipment and audio-visual facilities. It also features the Great Room, which is a 426 sqm pillarless ballroom with a 4x5-meter LED wall.

Current available event and meeting venues from W Hotel:
  • W Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • W Bali – Seminyak - Bali, Indonesia
  • W Retreat Koh Samui - Koh Samui, Thailand
  • W Shanghai – The Bund - Shanghai, China
  • and more
Click here to explore venues from W Hotel!

IHG Hotels & Resorts opens the door for Holiday Inn Chandigarh Zirakpur in India
Located on Chandigarh-Ambala highway and 20-minutes drive from the Chandigarh International Airport, Holiday Inn Chandigarh Zirakpur features an 8,340 sq. ft. poolside terrace and 4 meeting rooms with a total of 26,000 sq. ft. of banqueting space, which includes a 7,200 sq. ft. of pillar-less grand ballroom, 4,440 sq. ft. of pre-function area, 4,250 sq. ft. of Raksha terrace and 2 boardrooms.

Holiday Inn Chandigarh Zirakpur is the 2nd hotel in Chandigarh under the globally renowned brand Holiday Inn.

Current available event and meeting venues from Holiday Inn:
  • Holiday Inn Auckland Airport - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Holiday Inn Perth City Centre - Perth, Australia
  • Holiday Inn® Singapore Orchard City Centre - Singapore, Singapore
  • Holiday Inn Suva - Suva, Fiji
  • and more
More venues from Holiday Inn are now available here.

The Prince Akatoki Riverside debuts in the heart of Bangkok
StayWell Holdings and Prince Hotels Inc. have recently announced the signing of The Prince Akatoki Riverside Bangkok. Positioned on the riverside location of the famous Chao Phraya River, the hotel is scheduled to open in the 4th quarter of 2021 and will feature 6 meeting rooms for event celebrations and business meetings.

Current available event and meeting venues from Prince Hotels & Resorts:
  • Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa - Tokyo, Japan
  • Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto - Kyoto, Japan
  • Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo, Japan
  • Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel - Yokohama, Japan
  • and more

See more available venues from Prince Hotels & Resorts here.

Venues are maximising presence across Asia-Pacific by expanding geographical footprints

26 Jan 2021
Covid-19 has placed limitations on business travels and group gatherings. While events were switched to virtual in 2020, some event planners are looking at the hybrid model that combines global virtual connections and local networking meetups. Forseeing the growth of hybrid events in 2021, venues are shifting their focus on local events. International hotel groups and conference centres are boosting their visibility in local areas as they announce their venue expansion plans across different regions.

Pan Pacific Hotels Group announces the opening of PARKROYAL Monash Melbourne in April 2021
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has recently announced their expansion in Australia.
Opening its door in April 2021, the new PARKROYAL Monash Melbourne features a 375sqm ballroom, which could accommodate up to 210 guests, and a range of event and meeting facilities for business meetings, seminars and corporate dinners.
Current available event and meeting venues from Pan Pacific Hotels Group:
  • Pan Pacific Xiamen - Xiamen, China
  • PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport - Melbourne, Australia
  • PARKROYAL Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • and more
Click here to explore venues from Pan Pacific Hotels Group!

SMX Convention Center celebrates the opening of Olongapo City Convention Center
SMX Convention Center has announced the opening of Olongapo City Convention Center, their first managed venue in north of Philippines. The convention center features a 2,130sqm event space that will be able to accommodate up to 2,400 guests on a regular sitting. With 5 flexible function rooms and 7 meeting rooms, the new venue is designed specifically for all kinds of events, including small intimate gatherings, social events, meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions.
Current available event and meeting venues from SMX Convention Center:
  • Megatrade Hall - Manila, Philippines
  • Sky Hall Seaside Cebu - Cebu, Philippines
  • SMX Convention Center Aura - Manila, Philippines
  • SMX Convention Center Bacolod - Bacolod, Philippines
  • and more
More venues from SMX Convention Center are now available here.

Grand Hyatt Jeju debuts in South Korea
Hyatt announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Jeju, their largest Hyatt hotel in Asia-Pacific. Strategically located in the heart of Jeju and 10-minute drive away from the Jeju International Airport, the hotel features 8 residential-style event spaces for grand celebrations and business meetings.
Current available event and meeting venues from Hyatt Hotels:
  • Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok - Bangkok, Thailand
  • Hyatt Hotel Canberra - Canberra, Australia
  • Hyatt Regency Jing Jin City Resort and Spa - Tianjin, China
  • Park Hyatt Seoul - Seoul, Korea
  • and more

See more available venues from Hyatt Hotels here.

Venues expands their footprints across Asia-Pacific to capture future demand for venue bookings

22 December 2020
2020 has been a challenging year for the MICE industry due to the outbreak of Covid-19. During the new normal of social distancing, where events and meetings are paused or switched to virtual, some venues have decided to expand their geographical footprints to meet the future booking needs of events and meeting planners once the industry is recovered. Industry professionals may look forward to more venue options for your upcoming live events in the next few years.

IHG strengthen its footprint in Asia-Pacific
IHG has recently announced their expansion in several regions across Asia-Pacific, including Australia and India.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Carlton (2021)

In Australia, the globally-branded Crowne Plaza Melbourne Carlton is expected to be launched in the first half of 2021. The hotel will feature 9 rooms with a total of 652sqm, including a 300-pax theatre style space for meeting and event purposes.

Holiday Inn Greater NOIDA West (2023)

Located on a 100ft arterial road called NOIDA in India and 20-minute drive from the commercial area - Sector 65 of NOIDA, the new built Holiday Inn Greater NOIDA West hotel will feature a 10,000 sq.ft meeting and banqueting space on its opening in the first quarter of 2023.

Current available event and meeting venues from IHG:

  • Holiday InnBeijing Temple Of Heaven - Beijing, China
  • Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas - Seoul, Korea
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown - Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Intercontinental Pattaya Resort - Pattaya, Thailand
  • and more
Check out more venues from InterContinental Hotel Group here!

Marriott International celebrates the opening of three hotels across Asia-Pacific
Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel
Designed specifically for the diverse needs of events and meeting planners, the Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel features one of the largest ballrooms in Hong Kong with 3,400 sqm of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. Its pillar-free Grand Ballroom could accommodate up to 1,300 guests and be divided into three independent areas. The hotel also caters the needs of small-scale events with four multi-function meeting rooms and two outdoor terraces.
The Westin Surabaya
Located in the capital of East Java, The Westin Surabaya features the largest Grand Ballroom in the area with 9,000sqm of event spaces. The hotel also offers 18 other modern function rooms for social events, conferences and meetings.
Element Al Jaddaf
Marriott International announced the opening of Element Al Jaddaf on 15 December in one of the Dubai's emerging districts. The hotel features a business center with three compact meeting rooms.
Click here to explore available venues from Marriott International!

Event Marketing Awards unveils new categories and judges for the 2021 awards
In response to the growing trend that events are switched to virtual, the Event Marketing Awards has decided to open its entries to both live and virtual events and add nine additional categories to celebrate the fantastic contributions that have driven the event marketing industry forward during unprecedented times.
The 2021 awards programme has also announced their judges recently. The jury panel, a diverse and global group comprising the world's leading industry professionals, will face a daunting task of selecting and recognising the best work from a host of outstanding entries.
Now in its fifth year, Event Marketing Awards honours businesses that have applied best practices to the creation, planning, production and management of successful events in Asia-Pacific.
The entry deadline is 6PM, 21 January 2021 (GMT+8), with an additional entry fee applied to those who enter by 6PM, 2 February 2021 (GMT+8).
Download the entry kit here or visit Event Marketing Awards 2021 website for more information.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Hard Rock Hotel Bali has received the Certification for New Era Life Protocols from the Bali Tourism Office (DISPARDA Provinsi Bali). The certificate signifies its ability to meet the high standards of preventative measures against the pandemic.
Explore venues at Hard Rock Hotel Bali here.

Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne
Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne launched "Post Covid conference special" and "Celebrate your event special" offers for events and meetings to be held by 30 June 2021.
See more venues at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne & Spa here.

Venues introduce MICE offerings although Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble has postponed


25 Nov 2020
The Hong Kong government has announced a 2-week postponement for the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble. The scheme allows travellers, who hold negative test results within 72 hours before travelling and have no other travel history except Hong Kong and Singapore within 14 days prior to their departure, to travel between the two places without any quarantines. Although the scheme has postponed, venues in Singapore have launched several promotion packages for businesses. Check out how venues are going to welcome the return of meetings and events.  

InterContinental Singapore assures event professionals to book with confidence
Located on the fringe of Marina Bay precinct and 20-minutes drive from the Singapore Changi Airport, InterContinental Singapore offers over 1,000 square metres of conference and function space with a wide range of room selections for meetings in all scales.
In response to the period of uncertainty, the venue has rolled out the "Meet with confidence" policy for events and meeting that are held by 30 June 2021 and booked by 31 December 2020. With this scheme, businesses can now enjoy zero cancellation or attrition fee for their bookings.
Explore more venues at InterContinental Singapore here!

PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road's EzyMeet offers solutions to enhance virtual meeting experiences
Due to the growing trend that events and meetings are moved to virtual under the new normal, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road has launched "EzyMeet" to cater for needs of virtual meetings with 10 to 100 delegates.
Businesses that are planning to hold virtual meetings before 31 March 2021 may enjoy the special EzyMeet offer by confirming their booking before 31 December 2020. The package includes but not limited to:
  • Printed meeting collaterals upon request (e.g. agenda, brief, presentations)
  • Meeting amenities (e.g. writing pads, pens, mint sweets)
  • SGD10 F&B dining vouchers for every 10 delegates
  • Option of Bento Lunch set with specially curated menus
  • Assorted snacks and beverage
  • Free delivery to multiple locations
Check out more venues at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road here!

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has launched 5 different meeting offers for both live and virtual meeting bookings, including Triple Treats Meetings Offer, New Group Meetings Offer, Take Flight Meetings Offer, Virtual Meetings F&B Packages and Onsite Meeting Packages.
More details of Raffles Dubai are now available here.

Event Marketing Awards 2021
The Event Marketing Awards is now opening its entries, honouring leading event & marketing professionals whose contributions have supported the industry to continue to move forward during the unprecedented times. Submit your entry today!
Key dates (GMT+8):
Early bird entry deadline: 6PM, 2 December 2020
Entry deadline: 6PM, 21 January 2021
Late entry deadline: 6PM, 2 February 2021
Find more details of Event Marketing Awards 2021 here!

Venues adopt various Covid safety and prevention protocols against the global pandemic

23 October 2020
Although most of the events today have switched to virtual or hybrid due to the outbreak of Covid-19, venues and destinations have been doing their best to maintain the highest standard of safety and hygiene level in preparation for the return of physical events. Here're several selected venues that have been awarded safety labels and certificates for their comprehensive safety protocols. Check out how these protocols have made their venue a safer place for your events!

Marina Bay Sands awarded SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label by Bureau Veritas
Marina Bay Sands has been awarded the highly lauded SafeGuard™ Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label by Bureau Veritas (BV), a nearly 200-year-old world-leader in testing, inspection and certification, following a rigorous certification process and field audits conducted across the integrated resort (IR) in July.
The BV SafeGuard™ Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label is designed to support the operational restart activities in the hospitality and restaurant industries globally. As a recipient of this Label, Marina Bay Sands has demonstrated that it has achieved set standards that keep hygiene and safety at the forefront, and mitigated the risk of virus spread across property.
Check out more details of Marina Bay Sands here!

Meliá Hotels International hotels in 100% compliance with anti-Covid standards and measures, certified by Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas has completed the certification of the Meliá Hotels International “Stay Safe with Meliá" programme of preventative measures to combat Covid-19 and has also confirmed a level of compliance of 100% in company hotels.
At the launch of the programme in May, Meliá announced it was working with Bureau Veritas to guarantee compliance with the most rigorous health and safety standards. Bureau Veritas certified the suitability of the programme, and after having completed an audit in a large sample of hotels, has now certified the correct adaptation of operating procedures to the current circumstances and the excellent and controlled application of them in hotel facilities to minimise the risks created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click here for available venues at Meliá Hotels International hotels!

Royal Cliff Hotels Group awarded Amazing Thailand SHA Certification
The Royal Cliff Hotels Group was recently awarded the Amazing Thailand ‘Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Certificate which signifies that the hotel is ready for domestic and international guests’ return post-Covid-19.
The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) project is a collaboration between the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Ministry of Public Health, the Department of Disease Control, the Department of Health as well as public and private sector partners which aims to elevate the country’s tourism industry standards. Being awarded with the SHA certificate means that the hotel along with the Cliff Spa and all its MICE Meeting venues had undergone a strict inspection and passed the SHA’s good standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
More details of The Royal Cliff Hotels Group are now available here.

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Radisson Hotel Group has announced its Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol, a program of in-depth cleanliness and disinfection procedures, in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
Explore venues at Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World here.

Harbour Plaza Metropolis
Hong Kong
Harbour Plaza Metropolis has updated their booking and cancellation policy and health safety measures. Body temperature checks and special hygiene practices are implemented to ensure the wellbeing and heath of guests.
See more of Harbour Plaza Metropolis here.


Venues adapt to new business environment amid Covid-19

16 September 2020
The event industry is facing various unprecedented challenges as Covid-19 has forced major changes to the industry. As events begin to go virtual, venue owners are also adjusting their development plans, promotion strategies, or even their business models to adapt to the new business environment. Learn more about how venues are doing their best to keep the industry moving forward and how these new strategies can be helpful to your event scheduling!

Empire Hotel Hong Kong • Wan Chai unveils the upscale Empire Grand Room
The newly renovated Empire Grand Room in Empire Hotel Hong Kong • Wan Chai is well-appointed with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system and hi-tech fixtures featuring a 140” video wall of UHD 4K picture quality, and an innovative array of presentation and display solutions. Ideal for a vibrant and visually-stunning meeting, exhibition and seminar, the all-new, performance perfect venue offers brand-new solutions to events and meetings.
Book now to enjoy up to 60% discount.
Check out more details of Empire Hotel Hong Kong • Wan Chai here!

The ultimate Nina Ballroom at L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre is ready to spice up its next event
Strategically located 25 minutes away from Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, High Speed Rail Terminal and a diversity of dynamic districts in Hong Kong, L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre in Tsuen Wan is dedicated to delivering bespoke hospitality experience and extraordinary pleasures with a wide array of amenities and facilities to make every occasion compelling. Whether it is a corporate, MICE or social event, the professional Event Specialists will ensure every aspect within is impeccable and memorable.
Nina Ballroom, one of the most magnificent ballrooms in Hong Kong, can accommodate plenary conference of up to 1,600 guests. Uplifted with splendid designs and stylish décor inspired by the elegance of nature, together with state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities and spacious pre-function area, making it the most ideal setting for delivering heartfelt moments to every guest in any occasion.
Click here for available venues at L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre!

MCEC makes every virtual event a real-life success
With its award-winning technical expertise and cutting-edge technology, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is launching a virtual event offering to help customers connect with their audiences in uncertain times.
From ticketed online events to corporate launches, large scale conferences and even virtual gala dinners, MCEC can provide an elevated virtual experience with high production values to match; further cementing the centre’s reputation as Melbourne’s destination for big ideas and inspirational events.
As part of the offering, MCEC has invested in purpose built studios that allow for scalable events – from a more intimate fireside chat, to a panel discussion of up to six presenters. There’s also the capacity to host live-streaming across multiple spaces that allow for a hybrid of virtual and in-person events, for when restrictions ease.
While MCEC is known for creating unique experiences at its iconic site on the Yarra River, they have the in-house expertise to lead in the virtual event space, making this new foray an exciting and reliable offering for customers both now and into the future.
More details of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) are now available here.

Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns Convention Centre has announced a two-staged refurbishment and expansion project, which will deliver an extra 10,000 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space when completed in early 2022.
Explore venues at Cairns Convention Centre here.

AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa
Avani Hotels & Resorts, one of Asia's fastest-growing contemporary hotel brands, has announced the signing of the first Avani+ upscale resort in Vietnam - Avani+ Ho Tram Resort that is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2023. The development offers extensive banquet and meeting facilities that can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests theatre-style in the state-of-the-art 684-sqm ballroom that is divisible by three.
See more of AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa here.


See more venues at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne & Spa here.