HKCEC kicks off "Think Before Plastic" Cutting out over 1,600,000 disposable plastic cutlery items and plastic straws annually
Jul 17, 2018

Hong Kong, 17 July 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) is committed to sustainability, and strives to be at the forefront of a more sustainable event industry. To this end, HML has introduced a new sustainability initiative under the slogan “Think Before Plastic”, with a series of new measures being rolled out from the start of its new fiscal year on 1 July 2018.

One such measure is the replacement of plastic disposable cutlery with non-plastic alternatives at all HKCEC restaurant outlets and concession stands. Plastic straws are also no longer provided, with paper straws available upon request. As a result of these measures, HML expects to cut out the use of over 1,300,000 pieces of plastic disposable cutlery and more than 330,000 plastic straws in 12 months.

HML has also discontinued the sale of plastic bottled beverages from all vending machines for staff members and contractors working in back of house areas.

Community engagement is important to the success of any sustainability initiative. HML is therefore encouraging visitors and event attendees to bring their own bottles when attending events at the HKEC, and to make use of the 18 water fountains in the HKCEC for free refills. Of these water fountains, 13 are located inside the exhibition halls, four are in the corridors of meeting rooms, and one is located in the back of house area for the use of staff members and contractors. To promote the water fountains, prominent signs have been added in exhibition halls and meeting room corridors.

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, HML’s Managing Director and also the primary driver of the “Think Before Plastic” initiative, said, “All of us – venue operators, event organisers, exhibitors, buyers, visitors, event attendees, dining guests – have a responsibility towards our environment. HML is striving to be at the forefront of a greener event industry, and one way we are doing this is by encouraging our customers, event organisers, contractors, suppliers and stakeholders, as well as other event industry players, to think before using disposable plastic items.

“Cutting out disposable plastic cutlery and plastic straws is only the beginning, though,” she added. “We are continuing to work on sourcing non-disposable plastic alternatives for various other items, such as meal boxes and cup lids.”

HML was the first organisation in Hong Kong to achieve ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System recognition. This certification recognises that HML has fully incorporated the concept of “sustainability” into the entire event management cycle, including its operation procedures and guidelines.

Photo caption / HML Managing Director, Ms Monica Lee-Müller, and ExhiBit, the HKCEC Buddy, promote “Think Before Plastic” at one of the HKCEC’s restaurant outlets – Stop using plastic disposable cutlery and plastic straw.

About the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

This award-winning 306,000 sqm building, first opened in 1988, offers 91,500 sqm of rentable space. An iconic Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (‘HKCEC’) is located on a prime waterfront site in the central business district of Hong Kong. It is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

About Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (‘HML’) is a professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day to day management for the HKCEC, where it oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance and security. It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurants and catering services. HML provides world-class services for users, visitors and guests of the HKCEC, a venue which has been consistently awarded the title of ‘Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia’ by leading industry professionals. Over 1,000 events are held at the HKCEC every year, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets. These events contribute significant economic benefits to the city, and help raise the international image of Hong Kong.

HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Holdings Limited ("NWS Holdings", Hong Kong stock code: 659) is the infrastructure and service flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong stock code: 17). It has diverse businesses and investments predominantly in Hong Kong and Mainland China, comprising toll roads, environmental management, port and logistics facilities, rail container terminals, commercial aircraft leasing, facilities management, healthcare services, construction and public transport. Please visit for details.

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TCEB builds MICE Ecosystem at ‘TIME 2018’ to raise Meetings and Incentives sector
Jul 06, 2018

June 19, 2018, Bangkok: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB showcases MICE Ecosystem at the Thailand Incentive & Meeting Exchange 2018 (TIME 2018). Held in its third edition, this year’s TIME focuses on Long Haul MICE markets namely Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Vice President of Business of TCEB said that “Meetings and Incentives (MI) sector is a significant contributor to Thailand’s MICE industry, generating approximately 50% of the industry’s total revenue. The recent statistics in the first-half of this fiscal year show that MI sector delivered the highest growth rate. Meeting sector (M) alone welcomed 150,849 business travellers, or 11.81% increased from the same period last year. Incentives sector (I) welcomed 176,005 business travellers representing 21.63% growth. To elevate the MI sector, TCEB implements strategic plans for the year 2018 and 2019 that focus on building MICE Ecosystem to supporting all related factors, encourage target groups, and integrate works for mutual-benefit in three directions: Firstly, enhancing MI activities in targeted industries under Thailand 4.0 Policy. The idea is aimed at promoting the country’s key industrial sectors through meeting activities; Secondly, increasing meeting activities in MICE Cities and second tier MICE destinations such as the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan, Chiang Rai, and Koh Samui in Surat Thani. The development of MICE resources in these cities helps to create jobs and raise revenue following the Thai government policy on income distribution and sustainable economic development; and thirdly, strengthening proficiencies of local MICE operators in the area of products and services development as well as marketing and sales capabilities. TCEB is tasked with responsibilities to create business and knowledge platforms for MICE entrepreneurs, stimulates demand and supports the development of supply that reflects the needs of MICE market.”

TIME 2018 is one of the highlight activities organised by TCEB’s Meetings and Incentives Department. The event creates business opportunities, enhance understanding and new perspectives, and updates market insights for MICE entrepreneurs. TCEB aims that TIME will encourage MICE operators and develop their capabilities to create creative marketing plans, response to the needs of customers, develop new marketing opportunities, create uniqueness, and add value to Thailand’s MICE industry. The first and the second editions of TIME focused on China and India markets respectively. For this year’s edition, the event is aimed at enhancing Long Haul markets in three continents which are Europe, North America, and Oceania. Recent statistics from TCEB shows that in the first two quarters of this fiscal year, there were 101,514 business travellers from these Long Haul markets which generated 7, 943 million baht in revenue to the Thai economy. The figures increased by 8.34% when compared to last year. In general, business travellers from Long Haul market tend to spend extra time for leisure after work and make repeat visits. Therefore, Long Haul markets are considered as a high-value market for MICE industry.

The three primary activities at TIME2018 are: 1) Knowledge Exchange, conducted on June 19 under a concept of 'Element of Thailand'. This knowledge platform focuses on enhancing competitive capabilities and market insights. It helps participants to learn about the target markets including business environment and trends, politics, economics, tourism, policies, regulations, as well as key factors that influence customers’ decision on choosing meeting and incentive destination. 2) Business Exchange, this networking platform is also organised on June 19 in the style of ‘Social Club’. It allows 30 buyers from Long Haul markets to meet with Thai MICE operators in four different settings which reflect Thailand’s meeting destinations. These themed settings are: Beach - the theme demonstrates the ideal creative atmosphere of business meetings in Thailand's beach resorts; Nature - the themes feature sustainable MICE events; Culture – the themes highlight the uniqueness of Thai culture; and City – the themes demonstrates Thailand’s MICE capabilities in major MICE Cities. And 3) Experience Exchange, this activity is a familiarisation trip organised under the theme 'Global Exchange for Change' during June 20-23 in Koh Samui, Surat Thani. It is aimed at showcasing Koh Samui’s capabilities in accommodating small and medium-sized MI groups with numbers of 50-100 delegates. It creates a direct experience and highlights a luxury theme to expand new marketing opportunities for the local operators. During the trip, participants will get a chance experience CSR and Team Building Activities. TCEB expects that this activity will generate more business opportunities for Koh Samui, principally from the premium MI markets. It is estimated that TIME 2018 will create a trade value of 170 million baht.

Mrs. Nichapa added, Besides TIME2018, TCEB is introducing a promotional campaign so-called ‘Meet by Design’ which is specially created to attract MI groups. Promotions include: Meet Now - facilitations and supports will be provided to MI group with a minimum attendance of 50 delegates and a minimum stay in Thailand for three nights, and Meet Smart - 100,000 baht support will be provided to MI group coming from five targeted industries under the Thailand 4.0 Policy. The eligible group must have a minimum attendance of 50 delegates and organise at least two full-day meetings at a venue certified Thailand MICE Venue Standard. Throughout this year, TCEB joins a series of leading exhibitions for Incentive travel and Meetings to promote Thailand MICE industry in Long Haul markets. The bureau creates Thailand Pavilion at the IMEX Frankfurt 2018, IMEX America 2018, and IBTM World 2018 in Spain. Furthermore, sales and marketing missions are conducted in major cities including Paris, Sydney, and Melbourne as well as cities in the midwestern United States namely Dallas, Minneapolis, and Chicago.

International corporations which conducted MI activities in Thailand this year include IT and Communications companies from Australia namely Beyond Trust with 100 delegates, Business Blueprint with 180 delegates, Autodesk Otx APAC with 700 delegates, and Vodaphone which conducted an incentive trip to Samui with 144 delegates. From Europe, Colt Technologies Services brought 160 delegates to Bangkok, and from USA, IBM AP Cloud Fast Start which organised its meeting in Bangkok with 1,100 delegates.

“Altogether, Thailand welcomed 547,623 business travellers generating revenue of 42,854 million baht in the first half of 2018 fiscal year. MI sector made the highest growth rate when compared to other sectors in MICE. There were 150, 849 business travellers from Meeting sector (M) which increased 4.95% over the same period year. This sector generated 14,574 million baht of revenue to the country. Meanwhile, Incentives travel (I) welcomed 176,005 delegates, or 21.63% increased when compared to last year. The sector generated an income of 10,282 million baht which increased 15.67%. With this growth performance, TCEB will continue to focus on integrating intensive marketing strategies to attract the MI markets throughout 2018 and 2019,” said Mrs. Nichapa.

TCEB expects that at the end of 2018 fiscal year, Thailand will welcome 1,327,000 business travellers with 124,000 million baht in revenue to the country. Of these figures, business travellers from MI sectors are expected to reach 569,000 with a growth rate of 7%. In overall, the Long Haul MICE market is expected to grow by 5%.


For further information, please contact: Corporate Communications Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

Ms Parichat Svetasreni Tel: +662 694 6009 Email:
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Ms.Arpaporn (A) 089 788 4868, Ms.Thittaya (Jang) 094 323 5641, Mr.Sorasak (Earth) 089 406 5544

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Fullshare Holdings and Sparrow Early Learning join forces with FC Internazionale Milano as Official Education Partner Inter Academy Australia launched in Queensland
Jun 29, 2018

(27 June 2018 - Australia) Fullshare Holdings Limited ("Fullshare"; stock code: 607.HK) kicked off its partnership with FC Internazionale Milano ("Inter Milan") by launching Inter Academy Australia, the first Inter Milan football academy located in Australia, targeted at kids aged 3 to 15 years old.

Inter Milan, an Italian Serie A Club and 3-times UEFA Champions League winner, has designated Fullshare and Sparrow Early Learning ("Sparrow") as its Official Education Partner. Inter Academy Australia will be delivered in conjunction with Sparrow, a subsidiary of Fullshare. Sparrow is one of Australia's leading early education and care providers offering a high-quality learning and nurturing program in beautiful facilities led by caring and qualified educators. Sparrow is committed to guiding and encouraging each child through their early years to have unique and meaningful experiences.

Sparrow will provide children the opportunity to participate in the Inter Academy offerings in Australia, which includes soccer classes at Sparrow locations, after school soccer classes, soccer classes during vacation care and holiday soccer camps. Sparrow will partner with the Brisbane Roar FC Community Team who will provide technical assistance to Inter Academy Australia in Queensland. The Brisbane Roar FC Community Team would cooperate with Sparrow to deliver Inter Academy's trusted curriculum at locations across Queensland.

The event was attended by Inter Chief Communication and Marketing Officer, Mr. Robert Faulkner, and Inter Academy coach Mr. Andrea Ratti, both of whom met with guests and the press, accompanying them during the launch. The group from Inter visited one of Sparrow's centres in Brisbane and were impressed by the quality of the facilities and the eagerness of the children to participate in Inter Academy Australia.

"This is a very significant partnership for both companies" said Inter's Mr. Robert Faulkner during the presentation, "as it allows our Club to reach new countries with huge potential via our experienced coaches and using our unique and trusted coaching method of the Inter Academy. Thanks to the support of Sparrow, our local partner in the Asia Pacific region, we will roll-out this model quickly across Australia, and beyond in the near future."

Co-head of Investment Department at Fullshare, Mr. Jonathan Broughton highlighted that, "Fullshare is proud to unveil the first Inter Academy offering in Australia as part of Fullshare's expanding presence in the education and tourism sectors of Australia. We are already looking forward to expanding Inter Academy's presence in Australia for children aged 3 to 15 years old and promoting sports education and a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to children joining the Sparrow family and participating in the upcoming Inter Academy Australia events."

CEO of Sparrow, Mr. John Bairstow commented that: "What children learn in the early years has a profound and dramatic impact on their entire life. Countless independent studies have found that teaching children the importance of sport and healthy living improves the quality and duration of their lives and the community in which they live. We are extremely honored to have this opportunity to work with one of Europe's leading football clubs, which shares our passion of improving the lives of young people. This project will not only teach children about the benefits of playing this beautiful sport but expand their cultural awareness through getting closer to the Nerazzurri world and European football. We look forward to working successful with Inter on this project to inspire the next generation of Matildas and Socceroos. "

Fullshare Holdings Limited (607.HK)
Fullshare Holdings Limited is an international conglomerate listed in Hong Kong. The Company's business segments include renewable energy, tourism, education, and real estate. Fullshare is focused on growing its Tourism and Education business segments in the future.

Sparrow Early Learning Pty Ltd., headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, operates 28 childcare centers in Queensland and Victoria. Sparrow's centers cater to children from the ages of six months to six years old. Sparrow is a subsidiary of Fullshare Holdings Limited.

About FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A.
FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A. was founded in 1908 and just celebrated its 110th anniversary on 9 Mar 2018. Inter is widely recognized as one of the most successful football clubs across the globe. The club has won various championships including 18 Italian Championships, 7 Coppa Italia, 5 Italian Super Cups, and 3 UEFA Cups. Inter is the only Italian club that has won the "Treble" (UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in the same year).

This press release is issued by DLK Advisory Limited on behalf of Fullshare Holdings Limited.

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Annual HKECIA exhibition survey reaffirms Hong Kong's leading position as Trade Fair Capital of Asia
Jun 26, 2018

Hong Kong, 26 June 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) has released the latest in its series of annual surveys of the exhibition activities in Hong Kong, covering the calendar year 2017. The survey data shows that Hong Kong’s exhibition industry has performed well over the year despite fierce competition from new facilities in the region. Key indicators of the survey, such as the number of exhibiting companies and the number of exhibition visitors, show encouraging growth year-on-year of 5.2% and 11.8% respectively. The results reaffirm Hong Kong’s leading position as the Trade Fair Capital of Asia.

In 2017, Hong Kong hosted a total of 135 exhibitions occupying at least 2,000 square metres of gross floor area. The 2017 HKECIA survey is based on the data collected from 78 respondents out of 87 “trade” and “trade and consumer” exhibitions. A further 48 exhibitions of this size were held during the year that were purely “consumer” exhibitions, and were not included in the survey.

Although the total number of “trade” and “trade and consumer” exhibitions held in Hong Kong fell slightly from 2016 to 2017 (from 91 to 87, a 4.4% decline), this was offset by a 5.2% rise in the total number of exhibiting companies across all responding exhibitions, to over 72,000. The number of exhibiting companies from two categories International and Mainland China performed especially well and grew by 12.6% and 20.2% respectively.

The rise in exhibiting companies was accompanied by a substantial rise in visitors, with visitor numbers for 2017 soaring by 11.8% to over 2,465,000 compared with the previous year. In fact, the numbers of visitor were up in all the key categories of Hong Kong, Regional, International and Mainland China, with the most significant rises being Regional visitors (up 27.7%) and Mainland Chinese visitors (up 29.6%).

From an economic perspective, total approximate stand revenues rose by almost 12% for the year to HK$3.8 billion, reflecting the rise in the number of exhibiting companies despite a small fall in the net square meterage. This data indicates continued strong demand for Hong Kong exhibition exposure on the part of exhibitors from near and far, and reinforces the continued importance of Hong Kong for companies and industries seeking high-level exposure in Asia.

Re-elected Chairman of the HKECIA, Mr Stuart Bailey, notes that Hong Kong clearly remains a favoured destination for exhibiting companies and visitors alike. Although the survey data supports the view that the current economic environment is favourable for exhibition activities, Mr Bailey cautions against any form of complacency. “The sign of a robust industry is that it is prepared for difficult times as well as good ones,” he says. “With the Hong Kong exhibition industry on the precipice of change, now is the time for all our industry partners to come together and prepare for the challenges that we know we will face in the coming years. We must have a strategy that clearly recognises the new future ahead.”

While realistically acknowledging the tough competition facing Hong Kong from regional competitors, Mr Bailey is confident that Hong Kong’s skills and achievements give it capabilities that more recent competitors just cannot match, so long as the industry pulls together and collaborates closely with government. “The latest survey shows our significant advantages,” he says, “and reinforces how much status Hong Kong has internationally as an exhibition destination. Now it is time to see how we can build on this to tap into the changes ahead. In particular, we view the Greater Bay Area as a huge opportunity. It is essential that we work closely with our government and mainland partners to ensure that Hong Kong’s role as a key MICE hub is fully understood and recognised. This in turn will help us maintain the momentum we have built up over many years.”

Photo caption / Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government (fourth from left in front row) as the guest of honour, had a group photo with Mr Stuart Bailey, Chairman of the HKECIA (fourth from right in front row) and newly elected members of HKECIA Executive Committee at the 28th Annual Dinner of the Association held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 June.


About the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association
The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) was established in 1990 to promote Hong Kong as a world-class exhibition and conference destination and the trade fair capital of Asia Pacific. It works to represent the interests of all members involved in the exhibition and convention industries, and provides a unified voice in dealing with the government, legislative and statutory bodies, the media and public organisations, on all matters associate with the role of the exhibition and convention industry in Hong Kong’s economy. In addition, it offers training and educational programmes, and collects, analyses and distributes information and statistics relating to the industry. Currently, HKECIA has over 100 members including exhibition organisers, venue managers and operators, contractors, hotels, and travel agents.

HKECIA is a member of UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and AFECA – The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations.



Bailey Communications Hong Kong Limited  (Mr Stuart Bailey)



Global Sources  (Ms Wendy Lai)

Executive Vice



AMC (Exhibits) Ltd  (Mr Adolph Chan)

Vice Chairman


Comasia Ltd  ( Mr Peter Cheung)

Vice Chairman


Coastal International Exhibition Co Ltd  (Ms Brenda Yau)

Hon. Secretary


Schenker International (HK) Ltd  (Mr Thomas Lau)

Hon. Treasurer


Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd  (Mr Stanley Chu)

Hon. Life President


AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited  (Ms Enid Low)

Executive Committee Member


Baobab Tree Event Management Co Ltd  (Ms Culsin Li)

Executive Committee Member


Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd  (Ms Annamarie Myers)

Executive Committee Member


CP Exhibition Ltd  (Mr Andrew Kay)

Executive Committee Member


Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd 

(Ms Monica Lee-Muller)

Executive Committee Member


Hong Kong Tourism Board  (Mr Kenneth Wong)

Executive Committee Member


Hong Kong Trade Development Council  (Mr Stephen Liang)

Executive Committee Member


Milton Exhibits Group  (Mr Peter Jung)

Executive Committee   Member


Pico International (HK) Ltd  (Mr Steven Fang)

Executive Committee Member


TKS Exhibition Services Ltd  (Mr KS Tong)

Executive Committee Member


UBM Asia Ltd  (Mr Michael Duck)

Executive Committee Member


Ungerboeck Systems International Inc  (Mr Alan Wong)

Executive Committee Member


UBM Asia Ltd  (Mr Daniel Cheung)

Special Advisor

For further enquiries, please contact:
Ms Alexandra Seto
Association Manager
Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association
Tel: (852) 2558 1238
Fax: (852) 2558 3074

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Top UNESCO Official Endorses Chengdu's Practice of Sustainable Development
Jun 19, 2018

CHENGDU, China, June 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The 12th annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was held in Krakow and Katowice, Poland. Themed "Creative Crosscroads," and built on the idea of cross-sector cooperation among the UCCN members, the event started on June 12 and concluded on June 15.

The opening ceremony saw the attendance of more than 350 delegates representing the 180 UCCN members from 72 countries across the globe, including 40 mayors. Mr. Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, when addressing the ceremony, expressed his appreciation to Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, for its strong support to the organization and great practice of sustainable development.

At the meeting, a delegate from Chengdu made a presentation on the city's "Eat. Clean. Care." initiative, and shared its experience of eco-energy retrofit in the catering industry.

Chengdu, having long been troubled by the environmental pollution in the catering industry, launched a city-wide eco-energy retrofit program a couple of years ago. Through the common efforts of local governments at different levels and industry practitioners, so far, most local restaurants have used clean fuel.

After the opening ceremony, Mr. Ramirez received an exclusive interview with, a major city portal website on Chengdu. He spoke highly of Chengdu's effort and achievement in the sustainable development, from which other cities can learn a lot.

"Chengdu contributes remarkable experience to the world which is highly helpful for the cities in South America and South Africa," said Mr. Ramirez.

He also expressed his great interest in what else Chengdu had done to improve its environment and ecosystem. He had planned to visit the city in August or September, he said.

Chengdu's "Eat. Clean. Care." initiative had been published on, which says that "Chengdu's approach to reducing air pollution is praised for not only improving the environment and living conditions for the residents of Chengdu, but also for making vital steps in helping China achieve its goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

At a sub-meeting for the 12th annual meeting of UCCN, Chengdu shared its experience of building "Slow Villages" with the delegates from 26 UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy. It called on more cities in the world to join in a "Slow Village Co-building Plan," which promotes a rural development model focusing on environmental protection and bio-diversity conservation.

UNESCO attaches great value to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Chengdu's "Slow Village" program perfectly reflects the vision of UNESCO and provides a new model for other cities in China to revitalize rural areas. It was highly recognized by all the delegates at the meeting.

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Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Marks Successful Event in Hong Kong, China
Jun 19, 2018

IAAPA Continues Year-Long Centennial Anniversary with Expansive Trade Show Floor, Diverse Education Conference, and Unique Special Events

HONG KONG, China (8 June 2018) – Hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Asian Attractions Expo 2018 took place 5-8 June 2018, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China. Preliminary estimates indicate the Expo attracted more than 9,000 participants, including 6,500 qualified buyers and 393 exhibiting companies. Increases in participants, buyers and exhibiting companies from 2017’s event in Singapore reflect the strength and the energy of the global attractions industry. The event featured a full trade show floor at 10,224 net square meters.

The total number of buyers in attendance from all facets of the attractions and leisure industry represents a 27 percent increase from Asian Attractions Expo 2017 in Singapore, and a 7 percent increase from 2015 when the Expo was last held in Hong Kong.

“We were excited to bring Asian Attractions Expo 2018 back to Hong Kong. This is the only show IAAPA hosts in Asia and the international representation from exhibiting companies and attendees demonstrated the appeal of the destination, and the strength of the global attractions industry,” said Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO, IAAPA. “It’s been a great Expo and we’ve enjoyed celebrating IAAPA’s 100th anniversary with our members and colleagues from around the world.”

Michael Wong, JR, Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong KSAR Government addressed Expo participants during the event’s Opening Ceremony, which also included high-energy entertainment and a traditional Chinese mask-changing performance from Chimelong Park, Guangdong, China.
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 by the Numbers

• 393 companies showcased new and innovative products across 10,224 net square meters of space on the trade show floor.
• Attendance for the education conference was almost 1,600, including 61 participants in the sold-out IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers and 95 attendees at the sold-out IAAPA Safety Institute.
• 826 people celebrated IAAPA’s 100th anniversary at the Opening Night Reception at Ocean Park Hong Kong.
• 341 people attended the sold-out Leadership Breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group.
• 178 people attended the Lunch and Learn event on developing successful ride and show entertainment with virtual reality (VR) and projection mapping technology.
• 105 people participated in the EDUTour to Ocean Park Hong Kong and 105 people participated in the EDUTour to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Asian Attractions Expo 2018 sponsors included: accesso, APES Apex Parks & Entertainment Services, Cartoon Network (Turner International), Cumming Corporation,
FODEGRAF, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc., International Play Company, Jack Rouse Associates, Kraftwerk Living Technologies GmbH, KristallTurm, Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong, PGAV Destinations, Pictureworks Pte Ltd., Polin, ProSlide, San Diego Zoo Global, VAHLE, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV, Wartsila and WhiteWater.

Asian Attractions Expo 2019 will be held in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 11-14 June 2019, and advance exhibit sales are strong as more than 271 companies have already reserved over 10,600 net square meters of space. Exhibitor information for the 2019 event is available on the IAAPA website. More detailed information on AAE 2019 will be available in late 2018.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA has become the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions; water parks, resorts; family entertainment centers; zoos, aquariums; science centers, museums; and industry manufacturers and suppliers.

IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide.

The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. The non-profit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Quotes from Participants
Steve Bell, Business Solutions Architect, Gateway Ticketing Systems, U.S.
“The show is a good opportunity for us to meet clients within the region and some of our more dominant global clients. We’ve had significant traffic through the booth, so much so that we’ve actually had people walk away and come back, because we were often inundated with visitors to the booth.”

Phil Wilson, Executive Vice President, Extreme Engineering, U.S.
“Since the doors first opened, the flood of traffic that came through on the show floor is just another testament of how the industry in this region is booming. The interest is overwhelmingly exciting for everyone. The opportunities here are just massive, and it’s great to see the growth during IAAPA’s 100th-year anniversary.”

Ron Kim, General Manager, Business Development Group, Sangwha, Korea (South)
“All week had a lot of people waiting to try our latest ride, the Flying Jet. We met several potential customers during the show. This event is a great opportunity to meet partners and customers, and this benefits our business.”

Leif Arne Petersen, CEO and Founder, Hologate, Germany
“We’re happy to be here. The Asian market is interesting for us. There are a lot of people here from Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre has been a great venue as well.’

Sam Wong, Director, Kidgoland, Hong Kong
“I have been an attendee for many years, and I know IAAPA is the place to introduce my company to the world. I joined IAAPA this year and we are exhibiting for the first time. I’ve met so many people from all around the world. I have met many potential new clients and see great opportunity to sell my company’s game module and form partnerships.”

Paul Newman, Director, Newman Entertainment International, Australia
“What’s surprised us this week has been the varied international interest in our product. That has already made us think differently about ourselves and what we can do as a company. I feel IAAPA can help take us in a different direction; one we did not expect. Asian Attractions Expo 2018 has also been a great networking venue. It’s great to see people collaborating openly and sharing in the excitement.”

Isabel Li, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“As we prepare to open our own water park at Ocean Park Hong Kong, I was amazed to see all the equipment available to water park operators! The variety on display is impressive.”

Gino Chan, The International Culinary, Institute, China
“The virtual reality (VR) experiences are great. I have not seen the variety and depth of VR anywhere else. I liked seeing the next generation of VR is on display and so readily available. The exhibitors give you a full experience; it’s not just a few seconds, but an entire show.”

Chris Perry, WhiteWater, Thailand
“The world is becoming smaller. Relationships everywhere are so important. This show crosses borders and helps you to recognize there are many ways to doing things.”

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The JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018 Now Open for Entries!
Jun 13, 2018

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018 campaign organized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is now opened for entries and submissions will be accepted until 13 July 2018 at 5pm (UTC+9). The awards ceremony will be held on 19 September 2018 at Hotel New Otani, Tokyo.

The Japan Incentive Travel Awards aims to recognize outstanding achievers among global meeting and incentives planners for their delivery of unique programs and experiences for incentive tours to Japan, and showcasing the attractions of Japan as an ideal incentive destination to the world.

  • Eligibility
    - Eligible incentive tours must have taken place between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 with at least 100 room nights*.
    *One room night is based on one person staying for one night (For e.g. 20 persons x 5 nights = 100 room nights)

    - You must submit the relevant documents of the incentive tour conducted together with the photos as entry proof.

    - If your entry is selected for the prize, the detailed information of your event will be featured on JNTO’s website. However, the name of your client will not be disclosed.

  • How to Apply
    To download the application form, please visit

  • Announcement of Winning Entries
    All winning entries will be announced in early August on JNTO’s website.

  • Prizes
    - Three winners will be invited to Japan for the awards ceremony with complimentary return round trip business class airfare provided. JNTO will offer each winner a fully hosted inspection trip with more chances to explore new incentive and “WOW” ideas for your future incentive tour planning.

    - The winners will have the privilege to use the "JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018" logo for all advertising and marketing promotional activities for a period of three years. The logo for printing materials such as brochures as well as websites is also available.
    *The prize package is subject to change.

    "JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2018" Overview

    "JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2017" Winner Details

    Japan National Tourism Organization - Japan Convention Bureau
    Hirofumi SATO / Mayuko TOSU / Rinka KO, +81-3-6691-4852

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    ARCOlisboa strengthens its global recognition
    May 22, 2018

    The fair, which closed its third edition yesterday with a positive sales outcome, has welcomed around 11,000 visitors, and stands out for its quality and the level of the artistic programmes and galleries.

    The city and its institutions have bent over backwards for yet another year with events and exhibitions in its main museums, galleries and collection venues.

    Lisbon, 21st May 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- ARCOlisboa 2018, organised by IFEMA and Lisbon City Council, closed the doors on its 3rd edition, securing itself as a huge international meeting point for Portuguese contemporary art and exceeding the overall number of 11,000 visitors, standing out for the high level of the content at the fair, as well as a high-quality public, which has translated into bigger sales and the consolidation of its global recognition.

    The interest aroused by the artistic proposals from the 72 participating galleries, located in the historical space in the Cordoaria Nacional, along with the social and cultural programme of the city, has been the best way to attract prominent collectors and international professionals, as well as representatives from institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum –Miami-; the Guggenheim Museum –Bilbao-; the MALBA -Buenos Aires-; the Palais in Tokyo –París-; the Parasol Unit –London-; the Jeu de Paumme –París-, and the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain Genève.

    So, ARCOlisboa closes its third edition with a very positive outcome. Despite not having official sales figures, the optimism of the galleries and the satisfaction of collectors and institutions have verified it since the first day, as they have closed multiple purchases. Amongst others, the purchases include those made by Lisbon City Council for the Contemporary Art Hub of the Lisbon City Council, which has acquired works by Henrique Pavão (Uma Lulik Gallery); Marta Soares and Mariana Silva (Francisco Fino Gallery); Maria José Cavaco (Fonseca Macedo Gallery); Francisco Tropa and Hugo Canoilas (Quadrado Azul Gallery); Carla Filipe (Nuno Centeno Gallery); Mafalda Santos (Presença Gallery); Miguel Branco (Pedro Cera Gallery); Rui Calçada Bastos (Bruno Múrias Gallery); Rita Ferreira and Tiago Baptista (3+1 Gallery); Bruno Cidra (Baginski Gallery); André Cepeda (Cristina Guerra Gallery) and Nuno Nunes-Ferreira (Juan Siló Gallery).

    Likewise, the Helga de Alvear Foundation has acquired a work by Mario Merz and JuliãoSarmento (Giorgio Persano) and Gil Heitor Cortesão (Pedro Cera), and the Serralves Foundation confirms that it will incorporate different pieces acquired at the fair into its funds.

    ARCOlisboa has presented the Opening Prize award for the first time, which went to the Polish gallery BWA Warszawa, with its headquarters in Warsaw. This accolade awards the best stand in the exhibition space provided by the fair.

    The commitment from the city has equally contributed to this outcome, which has celebrated ARCOlisboa all over it. The main contemporary art agents in Lisbon have added to this enthusiasm, not only the galleries, artists and institutions, but also the collectors have offered up meetings, sharing their collections with the guests at the fair.

    Institutional support
    For yet another year, the huge support for the fair from the Portuguese institutions standard out, with the presence of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the opening event, as well as the Secretary of State for Culture, Miguel Honrado, and the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, as well as different authorities and personalities from the public and business arenas of the country. On his part, the Ambassador of Spain in Portugal, Eduardo Gutiérrez Sáenz de Buruaga, has also been present, as well as the highest representatives of IFEMA, Clemente González Soler, President of the Executive Committee, and Eduardo López-Puertas, Managing Director.

    Some evaluations
    The evaluation of ARCOlisboa in general has been positive. From Carreras Mugica they state that "the fair has been a success and the visitors very interesting. We have welcomed buyers from the USA, Belgium, France, Brazil, Spain, as well as a high-level public from Portugal. And we have sold works by all the artists that we have brought." For Pedro Cera "it has been an edition with an amazing flow of visitors and in qualitative terms. The fair has more and more foreign collectors, as it is also very good news to see that Portuguese collectors are back on the market".

    AtUma Lulik they confirm that "it is very important for such a huge project to have been launched in Portugal. It has been a very interesting fair which has brought together a lot of collectors. We are really satisfied in terms of sales since the first day". Along the same line, from Cristina Guerra they state that "this year we have noticed a lot of interesting public who are more interested. There are also some big collectors very focused on the fair". AndBruno Múrias remarks that "there have been more visitors from other countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and collectors coming from France or Belgium, for instance. We have made more contacts with professionals which has generated a higher level of sales". On his part, Francisco Fino shows his satisfaction and confirms that "our second year is working very well, having surpassed all expectations regarding both the business transactions at the fair as well as the actual gallery with the activity generated by ARCO. We also see a huge investment in groups of collectors and a good turnout every day".

    ARCOlisboa, a fair organised by IFEMA and Lisbon City Council, which boasts the institutional support of the Portuguese Republic Government; the General Art Directorate; EGEAC; the Navy; the Portuguese Tourism Board; the Lisbon Tourism Board, the sponsorship of the EDP Foundation, and with the collaboration of Café Pessoa will start to work on ARCOlisboa 2019.


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    Fullshare (607.HK) Has Been Named Official Education Partner of F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A
    May 21, 2018

    (20 May 2018 - Hong Kong) Fullshare Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 607.HK) is proud to become an official education partner of F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A as of 18 May. Fullshare is exploring joint initiatives in the education industry in the Asia Pacific region.

    Fullshare plans to establish an Inter Academy in Australia together with Sparrow Early Learning Pty Ltd. ("Sparrow"), a subsidiary of the Group which operates 28 childcare facilities across Australia. The Inter Academy will provide children of all ages an invaluable opportunity to access sports education under the mentorship of world-class coaches and players. With the support from the Group's resources in Australia, Fullshare is considering to introduce the Inter Brand to the Asia Pacific Region.

    Co-head of Investment Department at Fullshare, Mr. Jonathan Broughton highlights that, "We are proud to become the official education partner of F.C. Internazionale. Fullshare is looking forward to promoting sports education and a healthy lifestyle for children via the Inter Academy Australia. Following on our sponsorship of the 2018 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the partnership with Inter demonstrates our support of world-class sports."

    CEO of Sparrow, Mr. John Bairstow, stated that "The philosophy of Sparrow is to nurture the love of learning and to build a happy childhood. Rooted on such beliefs, we are actively exploring various programs and activities around the world to expand and diversify the scope of our curriculums. Leverage on the brand awareness, the professionalism in football as well as the successful track record of Inter Academy, we will be able to provide a one of a kind football experiences. Through such collaboration, Sparrow will further solidify our foundation as a pioneer in enlightenment educations to children."

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    About Fullshare Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 607.HK)
    Fullshare Holdings Limited is a Chinese conglomerate focused on tourism and early education. The Group operates numbers of world-class prestigious tourist resorts, including "Sheraton Mirage Hotel" and "Laguna Whitsundays" in Australia, and "ORTO Park" in Singapore. Fullshare also operates 28 childcare centers in Queensland and Victoria via its subsidiary, Sparrow Early Learning Pty Ltd.

    About FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A.
    FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A. was founded in 1908 and just celebrated its 110th anniversary on 9 Mar 2018. Inter is widely recognized as one of the most successful football clubs across the globe. The club has won various championships including 18 Italin Championships, 7 Coppa Italia, 5 Italian Super Cups, and 3 UEFA Cups. Inter is the only Italin club that has won the "Treble" (UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in the same year).

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    Explore the techniques and discover the secrets of the world's most talented chefs
    May 10, 2018

    Chicago --( ASIA TODAY )-- The industry's most celebrated chefs and thought-leaders share their culinary prowess and industry insights at the 2018 National Restaurant Association, Restaurant Hotel Motel Show® in Chicago, USA, from 19-22 May. From the latest trends to mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, participants will get a little of everything at the World Culinary Showcase.

    World Culinary Showcase will feature internationally acclaimed chefs with a wide range of culinary specialties and runs all four days of the Restaurant Show.

    The 2018 World Culinary Showcase lineup includes:

    Masaharu Morimoto - @chef_morimoto - Japanese chef Morimoto stars in Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. He has opened more than 15 restaurants around the globe, earning critical praises that includes a James Beard award and a spot on Food & Wine's "Best U.S. Restaurant Openings."

    Govind Armstrong - @govindarmstrong - For the past two decades, Armstrong has been instrumental in the evolution of California’s local-focused regional cuisine. His Post & Beam serves California-inspired soul food that consistently tops annual "Best of Los Angeles" lists.

    Sarah Grueneberg - @chefsarahjayne - Grueneberg is currently chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop. Since opening in 2015, Monteverde has won multiple accolades, including the 2018 "Restaurant of the Year" Jean Banchet Award.

    Rick Bayless - @Rick_Bayless - Since 1987 Bayless has been changing the way America eats Mexican, with four award-winning restaurants in Chicago, two quick-service brands and a retail line of sauces, salsas and more. He has won six James Beard Awards and his contributions to the community have garnered awards both at home and in Mexico.

    Anne Burrell - @chefanneburrell - Best known as the host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America well as other shows, Burrell has worked at some of New York's top restaurants, competed on The Next Iron Chef, and written a New York Times best-selling cookbook.

    Michael Mina - @ChefMichaelMina - A 2013 inductee into the James Beard Foundation "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage," Mina has dazzled the culinary world with bold dining concepts and contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination for 20+ years.

    Charles Phan - @charlesphansf - Phan pioneered modern Vietnamese cuisine in America as executive chef and owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants. His current restaurants in San Francisco are The Slanted Door, Out the Door, OTD, Hard Water, and the newly opened Rice & Bones in Berkeley.

    Barton Seaver - @bartonseaver - Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, land, and each other—through dinner. He has translated his illustrious career as a chef into his leadership in the area of sustainable seafood innovations.

    Takashi Yagihashi - @ChefTakashi - Takashi’s signature fusion of French, Asian, and American cuisines has delighted diners and critics for more than 35 years. In addition to winning Michelin stars for Takashi, Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards for Slurping Turtle, and countless “best of” accolades, he is a fan favorite on televised chef competitions.

    Antonia Lofaso - Lofaso's Scopa and Black Market Liquor Bar reflect her Italian-American heritage, creativity, and classic training. She has appeared on Iron Chefand Cutthroat Kitchen and is the author of The Busy Mom's Cookbook which offers recipes for quick home-cooked meals and shares her own story.

    Joe Flamm - @FlammJoe - The executive chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia, Flamm just won season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Prior to joining Tony Mantuano at Spiaggia, Flamm worked alongside some of Chicago’s best-known chefs including Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, and Bill Kim.

    Chris Cosentino - @ChefCosentino1 - Best known as co-owner of San Francisco’s celebrated Cockscomb, Portland’s Jackrabbit, and Acacia House in Napa Valley, Cosentino is influencing a generation of chefs with his creative, whole-animal cuisine. Cosentino has authored two cookbooks and won season four of Top Chef Masters. He is a passionate cyclist and philanthropist.

    Successful foodservice professionals never stop learning. Join thousands as industry experts share their tricks of the trade. Besides getting up close with your favorite celebrity chef performing wonders on stage, experience hands-on classes, culinary sessions, and FABI Awardee Tasting events at Foodamental Studio. Foodamental Studio gives you direct access to the secrets behind the latest food trends. Throughout the four days of the Show, there will be more than 14 workshops. Detailed information about each session is already available online.

    Don’t miss the Bellavita Italian Pavilion as it lays Italy at participants’ doorstep with artisan products and demos by Italian chefs for four days of amazing food, extraordinary wine, and superb dishes. Chefs include three-Michelin-star recipient Massimo Bottura (@massimobottura), Iron Chef America Judge Mario Rizzotti (@RizzottiMari) John Coletta (@ChefJohnColetta – Gibsons Restaurant), Adam Weisell (Osteria Aurelia), Heidi Hedeker (Slow Food Chicago, Kendall College) and Mark Grimes (Che Figata).

    Emerging technologies. Trending products. Culinary inspiration. Industry education. Expert-led insights. ALL IN ONE PLACE. To learn more about the Restaurant Show and obtain information about exhibitors, education sessions and much more, please visit


    About the National Restaurant Association

    Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest annual trade show (Restaurant Show, May 19-22, 2018, in Chicago); the leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); and a unique career-building high school program (NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit and find us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

    Marc Lapides
    Vice President, Convention Marketing, Communications and Programming
    National Restaurant Association
    Phone: +1-312-853-2532

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