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way. Although still one of the top considerations, the standard of business facilities is no longer the only factor when MICE travellers grade a destination. Far from it. What they look for is a combination of event venues, transport

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MICE Exclusive is an annual guide distributed directly to the key decision makers of major corporations involved in the planning of MICE activities, including Senior Managers, Procurement Managers and Event Planners. It is also readily available at major hotels and airports in the region.

Publisher Cecilia Woo

infrastructure, leisure and relaxation options, and sightseeing opportunities.

Managing Editor Ben Poon

As we all know, most MICE travellers allocate some time either before

Senior Group Editor Esther Faith Lew

or after their meeting or convention to take a look around the destination.

Editor Derek Rodriguez

National tourism organisations have caught on to this and are tailoring their

Associate Editor Natalie Joy Lee

products accordingly. Many are also providing assistance in finding venues and

Writer Adora Wong

accommodations at lower rates for larger groups.

Senior Creative Director Tommy Hong

In this issue, we bring you the top MICE destinations around the region. Combining business with pleasure, we take you through the reasons why they are so highly rated as MICE destinations and what the different countries and cities offer outside of the event halls. With the emphasis being on value rather

Art Directors Junlong Loh / Leonard Si Senior Marketing Manager Tasmin Chua Marketing Executive Helie Cheah

than cost, we find out how these cities meet our demands. Finally, we highlight

Finance Manager Julie Khong

some hotels and provide a list of the event halls and meeting rooms they offer.

Production Executive Jovin Low Traffic Executive Lim Le Wei Customer Service Executive Beth Kwok

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Hong Kong Hong Kong’s world-class infrastructure and intoxicating mix of attractions, food and culture sets it apart photos Hong Kong Tourism Board


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Known as ‘Asia’s World City’, Hong Kong is one of the few genuine international cities in the world. With its excellent geographic location, and aided by China’s rapid progress, Hong Kong has progressed through an industrial era and developed into a first rate trade and financial hub as well as a leading services centre. An extraordinary mix of eastern and western influences, combined with its multitude of attractions and beautiful architecture, make Hong Kong an outstanding destination for tourism and for business. Hong Kong’s harbour has been central to its development and accessibility remains one of its main advantages, with half of the world’s population a mere five-hour flight away as well. Whether it is by rail, road, sea, or air, Hong Kong is easily reached. The award winning Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is accepted as one of the best international passenger airports in the world and operates the busiest cargo facility globally, receiving more than 100 different airlines connecting to over 180 cities worldwide. Situated right below Southern China, Hong Kong is just a stone’s throw away from the mainland Pearl River Delta cities such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou. A convenient visa system grants foreign visitors to Hong Kong the privilege of visiting Guangdong Province for a maximum of six days. The city also offers a complete experience encompassing shopping, dining, sightseeing, culture, heritage, and day and night entertainment to ensure delegates will have an unforgettable trip.

STRONG MICE RESUME Hong Kong’s position as the gateway to China and other regional markets places it at the top of the list when it comes to making a choice for hosting meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions. Its list of accolades includes being voted ‘Favourite Business City in the World’ for the third consecutive year at the 2013 Business Traveller China Awards and picking up the award for ‘Best City For Business Events’ in the CEI Industry Awards 2013. With its world class facilities and infrastructure, Hong Kong has proven itself to be the perfect place for industry exhibitions to showcase the newest technologies to the rest of Asia and the rest of the world. Solid business frameworks together with a low and simple tax system has also attracted numerous multi-national companies to set up regional headquarters and offices in Hong Kong, earning the country’s standing as Asia’s sourcing hub.

MICE FACILITIES Hong Kong has invested in a strong infrastructure that will cater to any event, large or small, simple or elaborate. With over 50 venues for exhibitions and


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conventions, Hong Kong plays host to over 100 key exhibitions yearly, with over 800,000 visitors from around the world as well as mainland China. The two largest venues include the Asia World-Expo, which is conveniently integrated with the Hong Kong International Airport; and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) located in the city centre. To meet growing demands for MICE events, the HKCEC’s HK$1.4 billion expansion project was completed in 2009, increasing its exhibition space to 92,000 sq metres.

There are also many other facilities, hotels, private clubs, themed venues and attractions around town that are well-equipped to cater to special meetings and functions.

ALIVE WITH ATTRACTIONS Hong Kong is blessed with popular attractions and sightseeing opportunities. You will find endless things to see and do on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon and the New Territories. Or take a ferry and explore the Outlying Islands. Scale The Peak via the Peak Tram and be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city skyline, Victoria Harbour, and Kowloon. Then, get up close and personal with more than 100 life-like wax figures of Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, Aaron Kwok, and other celebrities at Madame Tussauds. In the southern side of Hong Kong Island, Ocean Park covers more than 870,000 sq m of land and is one of Southeast Asia’s largest oceanariums and theme parks. The ‘Giant Panda Adventure’ grants a once in a lifetime chance to see the elusive giant pandas and cuddly red pandas up-close-and-personal. You could also visit their ‘Aqua City’ attraction, which houses ‘The Grand Aquarium’ and ‘Symbio’, a water, light and laser extravaganza performed nightly. Hong Kong also contains one of the happiest places on Earth – Hong Kong Disneyland, which has rides and attractions exclusively designed for Hong Kong.


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a romantic and relaxed atmosphere. For local food such as congee, dumplings, and noodles, Causeway Bay is one of the most popular places to travel to. Here, side stalls and coffee shops cater to any budget.

EXCITING NIGHTLIFE Lan Kwai Fong, with its bars and clubs, offers an escape for the young and stylish looking for a place to unwind after sunset. Not to be outdone, Causeway Bay has an eclectic collection of pubs and karaoke bars juxtaposed with shopping centres. Yiu Wa Street near TimeMore fun is to be had in Wan Chai, arguably Hong Kong’s most prominent nightlife area; also the perfect place for those searching for live music and dancing. Irish pubs, theme bars, karaoke bars and cocktail lounges can be found alongside exquisite restaurants offering a world class selection of food. A major tourist hub, Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East continue to seduce partygoers with their bright neon lights.

Two Disney themed hotels house guests who want a nearby accommodation.

THE ART OF SHOPPING Hong Kong is one of the premier shopping destinations on the globe. From the latest fashion apparel to cutting edge electronic gadgets to antiques and collectibles, everything and anything can be found here. Causeway Bay is a perennial favourite among tourists with retail therapy on their minds, where shopping mall offerings include Fashion Walk, Elements Shopping Mall, Times Square, World Trade Centre, The Lee Gardens and more. For designer labels and brand names, head down to Pacific Place in Admiralty, home to the famous Lane Crawford departmental store.

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Recognised as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is home to more than 11,000 restaurants serving an unlimited variety of food ranging from Cantonese and regional Chinese food to Western fare. All-time local delights that count as must-try dishes are dim sum, hotpot, and fresh seafood. Many of Hong Kong’s restaurants are clustered in defined dining districts. In Hong Kong City, SoHo is famous for up-market international cuisine, including French, Mexican, and Italian. Away from the hectic city is the beautiful seaside district, Stanley, where alfresco dining presents


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Visa Requirements Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department website (www.immd.gov.hk) for details of visa requirements.

Population Hong Kong recorded a population of approximately 7.2 million in end 2013, of which 94 percent are ethnic Chinese and others races making up the rest.

people regard these as the best months of the year.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Currency

Getting there

The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about HK$7.80 to US$1. Traveller’s cheques are accepted by leading banks and hotels. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also widely acceptable at hotels, retail shops and restaurants.

Hong Kong is one of the most accessible cities in the world, with over 100 airlines flying in and out of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), which is considered one of the best, as well as busiest, in the world. Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, HK airlines and Jetstar are some carriers offering direct flights to Hong Kong from Singapore. Travellers entering Hong Kong from Mainland China at the Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau checkpoint can take the local MTR train into town after passing through Hong Kong Immigration. Hong Kong is also linked to a number of neighbouring ports in China by high-speed ferries serving Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Hong Kong International Airport off Lantau Island.

Getting Around Languages Cantonese is the Chinese dialect spoken by majority of the people in Hong Kong. However, English is widely used in the government and by the legal, professional and business sectors, as well as tourist areas. Most taxi drivers and salespeople are able to communicate in English.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone is GMT +8 hours.

Climate Hong Kong’s climate is sub-tropical, with temperatures dropping below 10 degrees Celsius in winter (Jan-Mar) and exceeding 31 degrees Celsius in summer (Jun-Aug). It is warm, sunny and dry in autumn (Sep-Nov), cool and dry in winter, and hot, humid and rainy from spring to summer. During November and December there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many

Hong Kong has an excellent public transport system, with most transportation air-conditioned. Depending on where you are going, you have a choice of MTR, trains, buses, trams, ferries and taxis.

CALENDAR 1 Jan New Year’s Day 31 Jan-3 Feb Chinese New Year 5 Apr Ching Ming Festival 18 Apr Good Friday 19 Apr Holy Saturday 21 Apr Easter Monday 1 May Labour Day 6 May The Buddha’s Birthday 2 Jun Tuen Ng Festival 1 Jul Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day 9 Sep Day after Mid-Autumn F estival 1 Oct China’s National Day 2 Oct Chung Yeung Festival 25 Dec Christmas Day 26 Dec Boxing Day

MICE SCHEDULE 6 to 9 Apr Hong Kong International Lighting Fair DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

10 to 12 Jun Retail Asia Expo Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

13 to 16 Apr Electronic Asia Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

12 to 15 Jun ITE HK Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

7 to 9 May Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

7 to 10 Jul Hong Kong Fashion Week Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

15 to 18 May Hong Kong Motor Show Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

2 to 4 Sep Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Hong Kong Tourism Board 9-11/F Citicorp Centre 18 Whitfield Road North Point Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2807 6543 Fax: (852) 2806 0303 Website: discoverhongkong.com Email: info@hktb.com Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) Website: www.mehongkong.com Email: mehk@hktb.com


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PREFERRED HOTELS IN HONG KONG

CITY GARDEN HOTEL

No. 9 City Garden Road, North Point, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2887 2888 Fax: (852) 2887 1111 www.sino-hotels.com/city_garden_hotel/en

CONRAD HONG KONG

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2521 3838 Fax: (852) 2521 3888 www.conrad

COSMO HOTEL

375-377 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3552 1199 Fax: (852) 3552 1217 Email: leong@cosmopolitanhotel.com.hk

COSMO KOWLOON HOTEL

88 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3987 2288 Fax: (852) 3987 2299 Email: kalrin.chan@cosmokowloon.com.hk

COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL

387-397 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3552 1111 Fax: (852) 3552 1122 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

COURTYARD HONG KONG

167 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong, China Tel: (852) 3717 8888 Fax: (852) 3717 8228 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HONG KONG Causeway Bay 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3980 3388 Email: helen.yu@ihg.com

EAST, HONG KONG

HOLIDAY INN GOLDEN MILE HONG KONG

LANSON PLACE HOTEL

ROYAL PARK HOTEL

HONG KONG SKYCITY MARRIOTT HOTEL

METROPARK HOTEL CAUSEWAY BAY HONG KONG

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HOTEL PANORAMA BY RHOMBUS

NOVOTEL CENTURY HONG KONG

50 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2369 3111 Fax: (852) 2369 8016 Email: daisy.leung@goldenmile.com

1 Skycity Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong, China Tel: (852) 3969 1888 Fax: (852) 3969 2288 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

8A Hart Avenue, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3550 0388 Fax: (852) 3550 0288 Email: jennifer_wong@rhombusinternational.com

HOTEL LKF BY RHOMBUS

33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3518 9688 Fax: (852) 3518 9699 Email: sales@hotel-LKF.com.hk

HULLETT HOUSE

2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3988 0000 Fax: (852) 2368 2325 Email: info@hulletthouse.com

KOWLOON SHANGRI-LA, HONG KONG 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2721 2111 Fax: (852) 2723 8686 Email: ksl@shangri-la.com

INTERCONTINENTAL GRAND STANFORD HONG KONG

29 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2721 5161 Fax: (852) 2732 2233 Email: grandstanford@interconti.com

EATON SMART, HONG KONG

INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG

380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2710 1893 Fax: (852) 2385 8132 Email: vincent.leung@eatonhotels.com

HARBOUR GRAND HONG KONG

23 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

HARBOUR GRAND KOWLOON HOTEL

18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2313 2292 Email: kitty_lam@interconti.com

ISLAND SHANGRI-LA, HONG KONG

Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2877 3838 Fax: (852) 2521 8742 Email: isl@shangri-la.com

20 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Hunghom, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2621 3188 Fax: (852) 2621 3311 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL HONG KONG

HARBOUR PLAZA METROPOLIS

LAN KWAI FONG HOTEL

7 Metropolis Drive, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3160 6888 Fax: (852) 3160 6999 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAUSEWAY BAY HONG KONG

33 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3558 6688 Email: brian.lai@ihg.com

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, China Tel: (852) 2810 8366 Fax: (852) 2845 0737 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com 3 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3650 0000 Fax: (852) 3650 0088 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

LANGHAM PLACE, MONGKOK, HONG KONG 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3552 3047 Fax: (852) 3552 3069 Email: irene.jim@langhamhotels.com

133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay Tel: (852) 3477 6888 Fax: (852) 3477 6999 Email: enquiry.lphk@lansonplace.com

148 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2600 1000 Fax: (852) 2600 1111 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

8 Pak Hok Ting Street, Shatin, New Territories Tel: (852) 2601 2111 Fax: (852) 2601 3666 Email: inquiry@royalpark.com.hk 41 Fleming Road, Wanchai,Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

THE KOWLOON HOTEL

238, Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China Tel: (852) 2507 6613 Fax: (852) 2598 4837 Email: wilson.choi@novotelcenturyhk.com

19-21 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2929 2888 Fax: (852) 2739 9811 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

NOVOTEL CITYGATE HONG KONG

THE LANGHAM, HONG KONG

51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong Sar Tel: (852) 3602 8888 Fax: (852) 3602 8899 Email: h6239@accor.com

NOVOTEL HONG KONG NATHAN ROAD KOWLOON 348 Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong Tel: (852 )3965 8888 Fax: (852) 3965 8833 Email: h6771@accor.com

REGAL AIRPORT HOTEL

Meeting & Conference Center 9 Cheong Tat Road, Hk International Airport Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

REGAL HONG KONG HOTEL

88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

REGAL KOWLOON HOTEL

71 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

REGAL ORIENTAL HOTEL

30-38 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

REGAL RIVERSIDE HOTEL

34-36 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

RENAISSANCE HARBOUR VIEW HOTEL HONG KONG

1 Harbour Road, Wanchai Hong Kong, China Tel: (852) 2802 8888 Fax: (852) 2802 8833 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

ROYAL PLAZA HOTEL

193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2628 3383 Fax: (852) 2622 6229 Email: charlottemak@royalplaza.com.hk

8 Peking Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2378 9313 Fax: (852) 2375 2983 Email: helen.yu@langhamhotels.com

THE LUXE MANOR

39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tel: (852) 3763 8888 Fax: (852) 3763 8899 Email: info@theluxmanor.com

THE MIRA HONG KONG

118 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Tel: (65) 6577 2481 Fax: (65) 6577 2482 Email: info@themirahotel.com

THE PARK LANE

310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2293 8888 Fax: (852) 2576 7853 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG

International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3760 9000 Fax: (852) 2868 0211 Email: yvonne.chau@ritzcarlton.com

THE ROYAL GARDEN

69 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2721 5215 Fax: (852) 2369 9976 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

THE UPPER HOUSE

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Honk Kong Tel: (852) 2511 8728 Fax: (852) 3115 7770 Email: schan@preferredhotelgroup.com

TRADERS HOTEL, HONG KONG

508 Queen’s Road West, Western District, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2974 1234 Fax: (852) 2974 0333 Email: thhk@shangri-la.com


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Indonesia Armed with exceptional tourism infrastructure and an excellent selection of first-rate meeting and exhibition venues and services, Indonesia is fast rising through the ranks in the MICE industry photos Tourism Indonesia


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With its tourism and MICE infrastructure advancing rapidly in recent years, Indonesia is well capable of hosting large-scale international conferences and exhibitions and offers guests several islands to choose from as a meeting venue. Whether it is the metropolitan city Jakarta, the industrial centre Surabaya, the cultural hub Yogyakarta, or the beach haven Bali, one will be able to hold a corporate event with the ideal setting with little fuss. According to ETurboNews, the world’s fourth most populous nation received a record high of 8.8 million visitors in 2013, a number which reflected an increase of 9.4 per cent from 2012 and which exceeded the 8.6 million target set by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative

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Economy. A study of a recent period – December 2013 – showed that there were 860,000 arrivals into Indonesia, an upsurge of 12.22 per cent from the same month in 2012. Be it for work or business, more visitors are making their way into the country because of its sustained economic growth, which reflects both stability and improved networks of sorts.

BALI A balmy paradise that charms and excites all sorts of visitors, Bali’s unique cultural identity is apparent from the many colourful festivals and ceremonies celebrated annually, along with the more than 20,000 traditional temples and palaces peppered across the island.


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Sandy beaches, scenic volcanoes and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife abound, as do ample shopping options and modern party districts in Kuta. Nusa Dua is the top spot in Bali for luxurious living, with an enclave of high-end hotels, glorious white sand beaches and world-class golfing facilities. This tropical destination means business, boasting an impressive range of international-standard meeting and

conferencing facilities, show-stopping hotels and some 53,000 hotel rooms. Go to www.balitourismboard.org for more information on Bali.

Jakarta (North-West Java) Home to people of different races, cultures and traditions for centuries, this capital city is the country’s economic, political and cultural centre and remains the place to go for business, meetings and conferences in Indonesia. With towering skyscrapers and a multitude of glittering malls to shop at, the bustling city showcases the potential of a modern and robust Indonesian economy. Jakarta boasts a wide selection of restaurants, bars and clubs and is dotted with a myriad of luxurious spas renowned for their various massages. Have a slice of golfing heaven when you play at the Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus designed courses of the Emeralda Golf and Country Club, or the challenging courses at the Jagorawi Golf & Country Club, carved out from jungle terrain and paddy fields. Jakarta is one of the most popular MICE destinations


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of the Prambanan and the palatial Yogyakarta Kraton. The ancient city consists of temples and palace ruins and possesses a distinct appreciation for traditional and modern art, some of which involve classical dance, music and wayang kulit (Indonesian puppetry), batik and silver crafts. Go to www.visitingjogja.com for more information on Yogyakarta.

MAKASSAR (South Sulawesi)

in Indonesia, offering more than 32,000 hotel rooms, and a collective meeting and exhibition space in excess of 920,000 sqm. Go to www.jakarta-tourism.go.id for more information on Jakarta.

MANADO (North Sulawesi) Strengthen interpersonal relations with a hike to the scenic volcanic peaks and crater lakes of Mount Lokon and Mount Mahawu or a visit to the picturesque town of Tomohon located between the two peaks. Other attractions include the hot springs of Karumenga and the traditional North Sulawesi cuisine, which features chillies, fish and meat cooked in green bamboo tubes. Go to www.north-sulawesi.org for more information on Manado and North Sulawesi.

YOGYAKARTA (South-Central Java) The cradle of Javanese culture, Yogyakarta is home to some of Indonesia’s best-loved cultural attractions such as the Borobudur Temple, the ancient temple complex

Given its history as a transit point, Makassar is well versed in the art of welcoming visitors. Aside from its renowned spicy seafood cuisine, Makassar is also known for its expert craftsmanship of silk sarongs and intricate silver filigree ornaments. Take a trip out to the small islands and atolls that make up the Spermonde Archipelago and spend a day snorkelling and exploring the region’s vibrant marine life. Other notable attractions include the historic Fort Rotterdam and the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, a wildlife sanctuary with cave exploration opportunities. Go to www.makassarkota.go.id for more information on Makassar.

BATAM Batam has experienced phenomenal growth and development in recent years, becoming one of Indonesia’s lucrative industrial, trade and commercial zones. Visitors can head down to the Nongsa Coast or the Melur Beach in Galang Island for a myriad of water sporting activities or to Dolphin to interact with dolphins. The island has reliable infrastructure and has the potential to be another major destination for the Indonesian MICE market. Go to www.visit-batam.com for more information on Batam.


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VISA REQUIREMENTS For tourist visits of up to 30 days, visas are not required for nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Short visit tourist visas may be issued upon arrival for visitors of 63 other countries. For more details on Indonesian visa requirements, go to www. indonesia.travel/en/visitingindonesia or contact the nearest Indonesian diplomatic mission.

POPULATION Indonesia is home to more than 247 million people, comprising of the Javanese (about 45%), Sundanese (14%) and more than 200 other ethnic groups.

LANGUAGES   Bahasa Indonesia is the country’s official language. There are close to 600 languages and dialects spoken by the various ethnic groups in Indonesia. English is widely understood and spoken in the main tourist areas.

TIME ZONE The capital Jakarta is GMT + 7. Indonesia operates on three time zones: Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and the Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (Maluku and Irian Jaya).

CLIMATE Indonesia has a tropical

climate with an average temperature of about 28°C.

USEFUL INFORMATION

MONEY MATTERS

getting there

The official unit of currency is the Indonesia Rupiah (IDR). Most major tourist areas have foreign exchange facilities. Major establishments may accept credit cards and US Dollars for good and services. Typical Banking Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 3pm

International travellers often access the country through the Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport in Jakarta or the Denpasar International Airport in the resort island of Bali. There are several other international airports and more than 60 airports and airfields located throughout the Indonesian archipelago. There are also direct ferry links from some countries to certain parts of Indonesia, such as from Penang in Malaysia to Medan in northern Sumatra, and from Singapore to the Indonesian island of Batam.

GETTING AROUND There are many domestic air carriers with regular flights between the various islands of Indonesia. There is also a large network of ferries and ships that connect the country. Within Jakarta itself, taxis are a popular mode of transportation for tourists. To avoid any problems, ensure that the taxi meter is turned on at the start of your fare. Given the heavy traffic conditions in Jakarta, always ensure that your schedule includes an allowance for traffic jams. In Bali, most tourists walk within the main tourist areas. To get to a destination further out, you can hire a bemo (mini van for hire) or a taxi. If the taxi or bemo does not have a meter, always ensure that the full fare is negotiated upfront.

CALENDAR 1 Jan 14 Jan Birthday 31 Jan 31 Mar 18 Apr 15 May 17 Aug 5 Oct 25 Oct 25 Dec

New Year’s Day Prophet Muhammad’s Chinese Lunar New Year Day of Silence Good Friday Waisak Day Independence Day Feast of the Sacrifice Islamic New Year Christmas Day

MICE SCHEDULE 7th Jakarta International Jewellery Fair 8 – 11 May Venue: Jakarta International Expo

Indo Icon 27 – 30 Aug Venue: Jakarta International Expo

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Indo BIMEX INAWELDING 13 – 15 May Venue: Jakarta International Expo CPhl Southeast Asia 20 – 22 May Venue: Jakarta International Expo

27 – 30 Aug Venue: Jakarta International Expo Indo Security Expo & Forum 5 – 8 Nov Venue: Jakarta International Expo

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Ministry of Culture & Tourism (MICE Directorate) Gedung Sapta Pesona 9th Fl. Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.17 Jakarta 10110, Indonesia Website: www.budpar.go.id / www.indonesia.travel Email: info@budpar.go.id Tel: (62-21) 383 8472 Jakarta City Government Tourism & Culture Office Website: www.jakarta-tourism.go.id Email: info@jakarta-tourism.go.id Tel: (62-21) 520-5455 Bali Tourism Board Website: www.balitourismboard.org Email: info@balitourismboard.org Tel: (62-361) 235 600 Operator Assistance Police & Emergencies Directory Assistance Tourism Information Helpline American Express

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BINTAN LAGOON RESORT Jalan indera segara site a12 Lagoi,kepri 29155, indonesia Tel: (62) 770 691 388 Fax: (62) 770 691 300 Website: bintan-resorts.com

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL SURABAYA Jl embong malang 85-89, surabaya 60261, indonesia Tel: (62) 31 545 8888 Fax: (62) 31 546 8888 Website: marriott.com

NOVOTEL BANDUNG Jl. Cihampelas 23-25, bandung 40171, West java indonesia Tel: (6222) 421 1001 Fax: (6222) 421 2999 Website: accorhotels.com

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, JAKARTA Kota bni, jl. Jend sudirman kav. 1, Jakarta 10220, indonesia Tel: (62-21) 2922 9999 Fax: (62-21) 570 3530 Website: shangri-la.com

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL JAKARTA Jalan gatot subroto kav. 2-3, Jakarta 12930, indonesia Tel: (6221) 526 8833 Fax: (6221) 526 8832 Website: ichotelsgroup.com

MELIA PUROSANI - INDONESIA Jl. Suryotomo no. 31, Yogyakarta 55122, indonesia

NOVOTEL JAKARTA MANGGA DUA SQUARE

GRAN MELIA JAKARTA Jl hr rasuna said kav x.O Kuningan jakarta, indonesia 12950 Tel: (6221) 526 8080 Fax: (6221) 526 8181 Website: melia.com

MERCURE JAKARTA CONVENTION CENTER Jl. Pantai indah Ancol jakarta baycity North jakarta 14430 - Jakarta Indonesia Tel: (62) 21 640 6000 Fax: (62) 21 640 6123 Website: mercure.com

THE MAYFLOWER, JAKARTAMARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS Jalan jenderal sudirman kav 76-78, Jakarta, 12910 indonesia Tel: (6221) 5789 7888 Fax: (6221) 5789 7889 Website: marriott.com

HOTEL MULIA SENAYAN Jl asia afrika, senanyan Jakarta10270, indonesia Tel: (62) 21574 7777 Fax: (65) 21574 7888 Website: hotelmulia.com IBIS JAKARTA MANGGA DUA HOTEL AND APARTMENT Jl. Pangeran jayakarta 73 10730, Jakarta Tel: (62) 21 625 0101 Fax: (62) 21 625 0505 Website: ibis.com IBIS SURABAYA RAJAWALI Jl. Rajawali 9-11, surabaya 60175 East java indonesia Tel: (62) 31 353 9994 Fax: (62) 31 353 9995 Website: accorhotels.com INTERCONTINENTAL JAKARTA MIDPLAZA Jl. Jendral sudirman kav. 10-11, Jakarta 10220, indonesia Tel: (62) 21 251 0888 Fax: (62) 21 251 1777 Website: ichotelsgroup.com JW MARRIOTT HOTEL JAKARTA Jl lingkar mega kuningan kav e 1.2 No 1 &2 jakarta 12950, indonesia Tel: (62) 21 5798 8888 Fax: (62) 21 5798 8833 Website: marriott.com

Tel: (62) 274 589521 Frax: (62) 274 588071 Website: meliajogja.com

MERCURE JAKARTA KOTA HOTEL Jl. Hayam wuruk no. 123 11160 - Jakarta Indonesia Tel: (62) 21 624 8680 Fax: (62) 21 600 8441 Website: mercure.com ROYAL REGENCY HOTEL Jalan daeng tompo 8 90112 - Makassar Indonesia Tel: (62) 411 365 0099 Fax: (62) 411 635 0098 Website: mercure.com

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NOVOTEL BALIKPAPAN Jl. Brigjen ery suparjan no.2, Balikpapan 76112, East kalimantan indonesia Tel: (62) 542 820 820 Fax: (62) 542 732 999 Website: accorhotels.com

Jalan M H Thamrin, Kav 28-30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia 62 21 2992 1234 62 21 5020 1234 62 21 2992 1345 www.jakarta.grand.hyatt.com

Grand Hyatt Jakarta is strategically located in the heart of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, surrounded by office buildings where international companies, embassies and government office sare situated. Offering a dynamic lifestyle for both business and leisure travelers, the hotel is conveniently located in an integrated complex of luxurious residential components, The Plaza Office Tower, Plaza Indonesia Shopping Center and eX Entertainment Center, home to luxury brand shops, traditional indonesian products, a wide variety of dining options, movie theatres and more.

THE OBEROI BALI SEMINYAK BEACH, JALAN LAKSMANA, Po box 3351, denpasar 80033, bali Tel: (623) 6173 0361 Fax: (623) 6173 0791 Website: oberoihotels.com

NOVOTEL MANADO GOLF RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTRE Jl. Mr.A.A maramis, kayuwatu/ kairagi ii, Manado 95254 indonesia Tel: (62-431) 818 889 Fax: (62-431) 818 899 Website: accorhotels.com NOVOTEL PALEMBANG HOTEL AND RESIDENCE Jl. R. Sukamto no.8A, palembang 30127 south sumatra, indonesia Tel: (62-711) 369 777 Fax: (62-711) 379 777 Website: accorhotels.com NOVOTEL SEMARANG Jl. Pemuda 123, semarang 50132 indonesia Tel: (6224) 356 3000 Fax: (6224) 358 4252 Website: accorhotels.com NOVOTEL SOLO Jl. Slamet riyadi no.272, Solo, Central java 57131 indonesia Tel: (62-271) 724 555 Fax: (62-271) 724 666 Website:accorhotels.com

MERCURE SURABAYA Jl raya darmo 68 - 78 60264 Surabaya Indonesia Tel: (6231) 562 3000 Fax: (6231) 567 8383 Website: mercure.com

Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Jl. Gunung sahari raya no.1, Jakarta 14420 indonesia Tel: (6221) 6231 2800 Fax: (6221) 6231 2900 Website: novotel.com

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RAMADA RESORT CAMAKILA, LEGIAN Jl. Pura bagus teruna, Legian kaja, bali, indonesia Tel: (62) 361 752877 Website: ramadaresortcamakila.com SARI PAN PACIFIC JAKARTA Janal m.H. Thamrin 6, jakarta 10340, indonesia Tel: (6221) 2993 2888 Fax: (6221) 315 4667 Website: panpacific.com

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THE OBEROI LOMBOK Medana beach, tanjung 83352 north lombok, ntb indonesia Tel: (623) 7063 8444 Fax: (623) 7063 2496 Website: oberoihotels.com THE OBEROI, BALI Jalan kayu aya, denpasar 80361 Bali, indonesia Tel: (62) 361 730 361 fax: (62) 361 730791 Website: oberoihotels.com THE RITZ CARLTON, JAKARTA Jl. Lingkar mega kuningan kav 1.1 No 1 mega kuningan, jakarta 12950 Tel: (6221) 2551 8888 Fax: (6221) 2551 8889 Website: ritzcarlton.com THE RITZ CARLTON, JAKARTA, PACIFIC PLACE Sudirman central business district, jl. Jendral sudirman kav 52-53, jakarta 12190 Tel: (6221) 2550 1888 Fax: (6221) 2550 1999 Website: ritzcarlton.com HE SULTAN HOTEL Ji. Gatot subroto, jakarta 10002, Indonesia Tel: (6221) 570 3600 Fax: (6221) 573 3089 Website: sultanjakarta.com

CAPACITY

FACILITIES

THEATER

BANQUET

COCKTAIL

600

350/300

800

Prefuction

-

-

400

C’s Steak & Safood 213

Ballroom A

200

120/100

150

Sumire

184

Ballroom B

200

120/100

150

Seafood Terrace

70

Ballroom C

200

120/100

150

Burgundy

110

Rinjani

40

40/30

40

Bromo

80

50/40

75

Grand Rooms

273

Fountai Lounge

124

Grand Ballroom

Club Rooms

119

Grand Café

214

Grand Suite

18

Premier Suites

13

Grand Executive Suites 2 Presidential Suites

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Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran A T F W

Jalan Griya Utama Blok B No.1, Jakarta 14350, Indonesia 62 21 2956 8800 62 21 2956 0088 www.holidayinn.com/jktkemayoran

ROOMS

NO

THEATER

THEATER

CLASSROOM

BOARDROOM

U SHAPE

Deluxe

147

Angsana Grand Ballroom

FUNCTION HALLS

800

1200

720

204

168

Premier

44

Angsana (1,2&3)

240

336

216

90

75

Executive

43

Cendana Function Room

100

144

108

78

72

Cabana

4

Cendana 1

40

60

27

24

18

Junior Suite

5

Cendana (2&3)

50

84

36

30

36

Executive Suite

8

Mahogany

40

40

18

22

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The 257-room Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran is located just 1 km away from Jakarta International Expo and 1.8 km from Kemayoran toll gate to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta. It’s also neighbours with the 18-hole Bandar Kemayoran Golf Course and a minute’s drive to Mangga Dua Shopping Complex and Kelapa Gading area – providing easy access to both business and leisure entertainment. Hold a convention in style at their Angsana Grand Ballroom, the largest in the area, or run smaller seminar in one of the five breakout rooms. Your meetings will be taken care of by a team of event specialists dedicated to perfecting your stay in the choice hotel.

Nirwana Gardens A Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resorts, Indonesia T 62 770 692505 65 6323 6636 W www.nirwanagardens.com

FUNCTION HALLS

THEATRE

BANQUET

CLASSROOM

Nirwana Resort Hotel

ROOMS

245

NO

The Plaza (A,B&C)

2,400

820

860

Nirwana Beach Club

50

Suria Ballroom (1,2&3)

600

240

350

Mayang Sari Beach Resort

50

Jaya Room

70

80

40

Banyu Biru Villas

36

Picasso Room

30

20

20

Indra Maya Pool Villas

12

Sorolla Room

30

20

20

The expansive 330-hectare compound hosts five properties – Nirwana Resort Hotel, Nirwana Beach Club, Mayang Sari Beach Resort, Banyu Biru Villas and Indra Maya Pool Villas – so that guests may be treated to five different experiences at the northwestern coast of Bintan Island. Ideal for both business and leisure tourists, Nirwana Gardens has several choice meeting venues and more than 10 first-rate restaurants and bars on-site. High speed Internet access runs throughout the area and corporate retreats and company event packages are available.

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua A BTDC Complex, PO Box 116, Nusa Dua Bali 80363 Indonesia T 62 361 8480555 F 62 361 8480556 E info@novotelnusaduabali.com W www.novotelnusaduabali.com Novotel Bali Nusa Dua Hotel & Residences is located in the tranquil Bali Tourism Development Center in Nusa Dua, Bali’s prime tourist spot. The resort is close to international convention centres and shopping centres, located next to the prominent golf course. The property boasts 175 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, many of which feature garden views. Within the premises are world class resort facilities including a private beach club, pool lagoon, spa, sauna, kids club, restaurants, bar, 24-hour room service, and meeting and conference rooms.

ROOMS

NO

FUNCTION HALLS

U-SHAPE

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

BOARDROOM

ROUND TABLE

Deluxe Room

74

Arjuna

60

120

60

30

70

One Bedroom Suite

48

Flamboyan

66

220

100

85

80

Two Bedrooms Suite

36

Melati

-

-

-

20

-

Three Bedrooms Suite

2

Anggrek

25

60

25

18

18

Penthouse

3

Kamboja

25

60

25

18

18

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Malaysia

Malaysia’s first-class MICE infrastructure and abundance of leisure options make the country a top choice for hosting events photos Tourism Malaysia

Malaysia’s favourable geographic is one of the main reasons for its inclusion as one of the premier trade hubs in Asia over the last few centuries. Under colonial rule, the port town of Malacca on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia controlled the global flow of trade between the East and the West. Though its prominence has tempered since then, the Straits of Malacca remains a crucial trade route for major Asian economies and transports a quarter of the world’s traded goods. Located along the straits, Port Klang – the main gateway by sea into the country – is one of the busiest transhipment and container ports in the world.

Blessed with rich natural resources, Malaysia was once the world’s biggest producer and exporter of tin, rubber and palm oil. The country’s rapid development following its independence led to the growth of other industries such as manufacturing and services. Malaysia is currently one of the most prolific computer hard disk manufacturing sites in the world and a major player in Islamic banking. Tourism is a key contributor to Malaysia’s economy; almost 25 million tourists visit the country annually. Most enter the country via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), located 50km south of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city and main business district of Malaysia. The airport is linked to the city by the KLIA Ekspres train, which transports visitors to and from the city in half an hour. Coaches and car rentals stations are also available at the airport, making it very convenient for visitors to reach the city centre.


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A Solid Proposition With year round warmth and modern infrastructure, Malaysia has emerged as a destination of choice for meetings, incentive trips, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Its experience as a tourist stop further increases its value as a MICE junction. A wide variety of leisure options ensures an enjoyable and enriching experience for both employees and delegates. Every year, the country plays host to over 100 international conferences and trade shows. Its MICE resume includes events and exhibitions across a multitude of fields and industries including food production, furniture, water and wastewater management, energy, jewellery, electronics manufacturing, oil and gas, and industrial automation. Facilities and attractions aside, Malaysia is also one of the world’s more price-competitive travel destinations. A great value-for-money option, Malaysia offers an uncompromised experience for less. Furthermore, a special incentive package by the KL City Hall is also offered to organisers of international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, who bring in over 500 foreign delegates to the city each time. For more detailed technical assistance in planning your next event, you can also approach The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). MyCEB is a one-stop centre for MICE planners and the official destination marketing organisation for business events, providing bid support and alluring incentive schemes. Go to www.myceb.com.my for more details. The Malaysia Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (MACEOS), which comprises of conference, meeting and exhibition organisers, convention and exhibitions centres, logistic companies and event managers, can also assist in the detailed planning and execution of a successful event. Go to www.maceos.com.my for more information.

MICE Facilities Malaysia boasts a whole host of venues in which MICE events can be held. Depending on the organisers’ needs and preferences, small meetings to full blown exhibitions can be designed in the city centre, in a highland resort, or even at a windswept beach resort. Besides special purpose venues capable of hosting bigger conferences, exhibitions and trade show, most of the hotels are wellequipped with meeting and function rooms for all types of events.

Within the boundaries of Kuala Lumpur are several specialised facilities. The popular Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is located in the heart of the city in the shadow of the Petronas Towers. The venue boasts two auditoriums, more than 100,000 sqft of exhibition space, a grand ballroom, conference hall, banquet hall and 20 meeting rooms. An inhouse catering team made up of about 50 chefs guarantees that no one goes hungry during the course of the event. Delegates can put up in an estimated 1,500 rooms in 5-star establishments on site, and approximately 12,000 more rooms in 4 and 5-star properties within a 10 min radius. Another popular site is the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in the city centre, which features four exhibition halls, a plenary hall, 17 meeting rooms and more than 250,000 sqft of exhibition space. Other venues include the Berjaya Times Square Hotel & Convention Centre, Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC), Sime Darby Convention Centre (SDCC), MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Mid-Valley Exhibition Centre and the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre which is located in Petaling Jaya. Outside of Kuala Lumpur, other locations around the country are also well-equipped to host large conferences, conventions and


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exhibitions. These include the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) in Sarawak, Genting International Convention Centre (GICC) in Genting Highlands, Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) in Langkawi, Persada Johor International Convention Centre (PJICC), Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) and Taman Tamadun Islamic Convention Centre (TTICC) in Terengganu.

Food & Culture The Malays, Chinese, Indians, Peranakan (Straits Chinese), Eurasians and various indigenous ethnic peoples have lived together for generations, resulting in a rich mosaic of cultures and traditions. There is a unique cultural identity preserved in the various geographical regions around Malaysia. The states of Kelantan and Terengganu on the east coast of the Peninsular, represent the cradle of Malay culture and is steeped in traditions that are centuries old, such as the ancient art of wayang kulit (Malay puppetry), silat (Malay martial arts) and the making of waus (Malay kites). On the other hand, Penang which is located on the northwest coast of the Peninsular, has a very different culture. This former British outpost has a rich international heritage comprised of old colonial buildings and unique Straits-Chinese culinary treasures developed from being in the hub of the old spice trade route. The state of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo presents yet another facet of Malaysian culture, with the interesting and diverse culture of the indigenous tribes of the Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu. Visit a typical longhouse in the rainforest, learn about ancient headhunting practices and take a swig of tuak (rice wine) to complete the experience. For a first-hand experience of a traditional Malaysian way of life, check out the many interesting village home-stay packages. One of Malaysia’s richest inheritances is the legacy of its local cuisines. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a wide range of delectable local favourites such as the traditional Malay Nasi Lemak (coconut-flavoured rice with condiments), Penang Assam Laksa (rice noodles with spicy fish gravy) and Indian Murtabak (Indian pastry stuffed with meat). For those who prefer not to veer off the beaten track when it comes to food, there are many other international cuisines and finedining establishments that are widely available in the major cities.

Sun, Sand & Nature With 4,800km of coastline, Malaysia boasts some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in Asia. Penang, Langkawi, Pangkor, Kuantan and Sabah are popular beach retreats with ultra-luxurious resorts that pamper the mind and body. Sunbathe by the sea or engage in water-sporting activities such as jet-skiing or parasailing. There are also numerous marine parks and islands off the coastal waters off Sabah and the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia that are virtually unspoiled havens for snorkelling and diving. Malaysia’s fascinating landscape also lends itself quite naturally to eco-tourism, with more than half of the country being under forest cover and the South China Sea and Indian Ocean flanking its expansive shorelines. A point of pride is the biological diverseness of the country, with its numerous rainforests, national parks and marine parks. Explore the world’s oldest rainforest, Taman Negara, which features a million acres of unspoiled natural greenery and one of the world’s longest treetop canopy walks. Another natural treasure is the Kinabalu National Park in Sabah which features the majestic Mount Kinabalu, the second highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Malaysia holds some of the rarest and most unusual species of flora and fauna, such as the Proboscis Monkey and the Rafflesia (world’s largest flower) which are scarcely found anywhere else in the world. Spelunking or cave exploration is another popular recreational activity in Malaysia. Aside from stalagmites, fruit bats and blind catfish, many of these mysterious caves have also unravelled archaeological gems such as a 40,000-year old Paleolithic skull found at the Niah Caves in Sarawak and the 11,000-year old ‘Perak Man’ in Lenggong, Perak. Check out the unique prehistoric paintings of the ‘Painted Cave’ in the Niah Caves and the largest known cave chamber in the


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world called the ‘Sarawak Chamber’ at the Mulu Caves in Sarawak. Rivers have been the lifeblood of the indigenous people of Malaysia for centuries. Weave through estuaries on a river cruise and observe the varied mangrove wildlife community of crocodiles, macaques and iguanas in their natural habitat. Watch large colonies of fireflies create a festival of lights during a night firefly cruise or go white water rafting at one of the many river rafting sites.

Retail City With just about everything available at a price, Kuala Lumpur is undisputedly the shopping capital of Malaysia. In the main shopping belt Bukit Bintang alone, malls upon malls such as Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang, and Berjaya times Square contain shops selling products from locally made handicraft to goods from international fashion labels. Beneath the magnificent Petronas Towers, the Suria KLCC also offers a solution for your shopping itch. For a variety of local crafts, exquisite silverware, pewter, wood carvings, batik and brocade-wear, head down to the Central Market, Kompleks Budaya Kraf at Jalan Conlay and the Infokraf Centre at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.

At the hub of Kuala Lumpur’s bustling Chinatown is Petaling Street where a large number of street merchants sell everything from handcrafted ornaments and interesting curios to exotic herbal remedies. Shopping at street markets, roadside stalls and night bazaars is a delightful experience in Malaysia. Most neighbourhoods feature a pasar malam (night market) on certain days of the week. Bargaining with independent stall owners is part of the fun of this typical Malaysian shopping experience. Cash is accepted at street markets while major credit cards are accepted at most malls and shopping complexes. In addition to its attractions, there are many annual highlights on Malaysia’s events calendar, such as the Rainforest World Music Festival, Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix and the Mega Sale Carnival which draw special-purpose visits from globetrotters worldwide. For more ideas on what to do and where to go in Malaysia, check out the Tourism Malaysia website at www.tourism.gov.my.


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Visa Requirements Visitors to Malaysia must hold valid travel documents with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information on Malaysia’s visa requirements, contact the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission or go to www.imi.gov.my.

on Saturdays. Most shops stay open throughout the week, typically from 10.00am to 9.00pm.

GETTING THERE Safety Malaysia is generally a safe tourist destination. Exercise good travel precautionary practices, such as keeping your money and valuables in a safe place and attending to your personal belongings at all times.

Population

Getting Around

There are more than 29 million people in Malaysia. Malays comprise half of the population, with the Chinese, Indian, several more indigenous and other races making up the rest of the country’s population.

Taxis and coaches are popular modes of transportation in the country. The Light Rail Transit and other inter-city rail services offer easy accessibility within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor with connections to outlying areas. There are many choices for interstate travel depending on where you want to go. You can take a domestic flight to most major cities in Malaysia, go on a ferry ride from coast to coast or take a scenic drive up into the highlands.

Languages Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language and is commonly used throughout Malaysia. English is also widely spoken. The various ethnic groups in the country converse in a wide variety of languages and dialects.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone is GMT +8 hours, with no daylight saving.

Climate The country experiences tropical weather all year round. Temperatures range from about 21 to 32°C. Malaysia has a varied geographical terrain and places of higher altitudes such as Mount Kinabalu or Cameron Highlands have lower temperatures of about 15°C.

Currency The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia (RM). One ringgit is divided into 100 sen.

Business Hours Banking Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9.00am to 4.30pm Government Agencies & Offices: Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 4.30pm Some banks and offices are opened

USEFUL INFORMATION

CALENDAR 1 Jan 14 Jan

New Year’s Day Prophet Muhammad’s B irthday 17 Jan Thaipusam 31 Jan-1 Feb Chinese New Year 1 May Labour Day 13 May Vesak Day 7 June Agong’s Birthday 28-29 July Hari Raya Puasa 31 Aug National Day 16 Sep Malaysia Day 5 Oct Hari Raya Haji 23 Oct Deepavali 25 Oct Awai Muharram (Maal Hijrah) 25 Dec Christmas Day

Malaysia is physically interconnected to quite a few countries in Southeast Asia, with Thailand connected to the north of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore connected by two bridges at its southernmost point. The states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island share their borders with Indonesia and Brunei. There are six international airports located throughout Malaysia with more than 45 international airlines flying into the country. The main gateway is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which is located 50km from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The KLIA Ekspres is a direct and efficient high-speed rail service that brings you directly into the city centre. The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCC-T) is located about 20km from the KLIA and caters to passengers of no-frills airlines.

MICE SCHEDULE DIRECTORY 27 to 30 Aug 8 to 10 May OF USEFUL CONTACTS MTT Expo Malaysia ITEX Venue: Putra World Trade Centre Venue: Kuala Lumpur (PWTC), KL Convention Centre (KLCC) 21 to 24 May Metaltech Malaysia Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL

10 to 12 Sep Power-Gen Asia Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)

10 to 12 Jun Nepcon Malaysia Venue: Penang International Sports Arena (PISA), Penang

23 to 25 Sep IEW – International Energy Week Venue: Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Tourism Malaysia 9th Floor, No. 2, Tower 1, Jalan P5/6, Precint 5, 62200 Putrajaya,   Malaysia Email: enquiries@tourism.gov.my Website: www.tourism.gov.my Tel: (603) 8891 8000 Tourism InfoLine: 1 300 88 5050 Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) Website: www.myceb.com.my Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers Website: www.maceos.com.my Malaysian Immigration Department (Visa Requirements to enter Malaysia) Website: www.imi.gov.my Operator 101 Directory Enquiry Services 103 Police & Ambulance 999


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PREFERRED HOTELS IN MALAYSIA

CROWNE PLAZA MUTIARA KUALA LUMPUR Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50250 Tel: (603) 2148 2322 Fax: (603) 2146 3887 Web: ichotelsgroup.com

HILTON KUALA LUMPUR 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral , Kulal Lumpur, Malaysia, 50470 Te: (603) 2264 2264 Fax: (603) 2264 2266 Web: http://www3.hilton.com/

LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN No 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia Tel : (605) 542 8888 Fax : (605) 542 8899 Web: www.sunwaylostworldoftambun.com

PHILEA RESORT AND SPA Lot 2940, Jalan Ayer Keroh, Off Jalan Plaza Tol, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia Tel: (606) 233 3399 Fax: (606) 233 2299

DORSETT GRAND SUBANG Jalan SS12/1, Subang Jay 47500, Malaysia. Tel: (603) 5031 6060 Fax: (603) 5031 8686 Web: www.dorsetthotels.com

HOLIDAY INN KUALA LUMPUR GLENMARIE 1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8, Seksyen U1, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia Tel: (603) 7802 5200 Fax: (603) 7804 1000 Web: holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/reservation

MELIA KUALA LUMPUR 16 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100 Tel: (603) 2785 2828 Fax: (603) 2785 2818 Email: meliakualalumpur.com.my/

PRINCE HOTEL & RESIDENCE KUALA LUMPUR No 4 Jalan Conlay, Malaysia, 50450 Tel: (603) 2170 8888 Fax: (603) 2170 8999 Web: princehotelkl.com

HOTEL ISTANA KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE 73, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: (603) 2141 9988 Fax: (603) 2144 0111 Web: hotelistana.com.my/

MINES WELLNESS HOTEL Jalan Dulang, Mines Resort City 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. Tel: (603) 8943 6688 Fax: (603) 8943 5555 Web: mineswellnesshotel.com.my/index.html

HOTEL MAYA KUALA LUMPUR 138 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450 Tel: (603) 2711 8866 Fax: (603) 2711 9966 Web: hotelmaya.com.my/

ONE WORLD HOTEL First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre, Malaysia, 47800 Tel: (603) 7681 1111 Fax: (603) 7681 1188 Web: oneworldhotel.com.my

INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR 165, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450 Tel: (603) 2164 4914 Fax : (603) 2161 1122 Web: intercontinental-kl.com.my/

PALACE OF THE GOLDEN HORSES Jalan Kuda Emas, Mines Resort City 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. Tel: (603) 8946 4888 Fax: (603) 8943 2666 Web: palaceofthegoldenhorses.com.my

EASTIN HOTEL PETALING JAYA 13, Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Tel: (603) 7665 1111 Fax: (603) 7665 9999 Web: eastin.com G HOTEL PENANG 168A Periaran Gurney 10250 Penang, Malaysia Tel: (604) 238 0000 Fax: (604) 238 0088 Web: ghotel.com.my GRAND MILLENNIUM HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: (603) 2117 4888 Fax: (603) 2142 1441 Web: www.grandmillenniumkl.com; www.millenniumhotels.com HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11000 Penang, Malaysia Tel: (604) 8811 711 Fax: (604) 8812 155 Web: penang.hardrockhotels.net/

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100 Tel : (603) 2715 9000 Fax : (603) 2715 7000 Web: marriott.com/hotels/

PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50250 Tel: (603) 2147 0088 Fax: (603) 2147 0099 Web: parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels/malaysia/ kuala_lumpur/parkroyal/index.html

PULLMAN PUTRAJAYA LAKESIDE Adjacent To Putrajaya International Convention Centre No. 2, Jalan P5/5, Presint 5, 622000 Putrajaya, Malaysia Tel: (603) 8890 0000 Fax: (603) 8890 0330 Web: pullmanputrajaya.com PUTRAJAYA SHANGRI-LA, MALAYSIA Taman Putra Perdana, Presint 162000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Perseketuan Putrajaya, Malaysia Tel: (60-3) 8887 8888 Fax: (60-3) 8887 8889 Web: shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/ putrajayashangrila PUTRAJAYA MARRIOTT HOTEL Ioi Resort, 62502 Putrajaya, Malysia Tel: (603) 8949 8888 Fax: (603) 8949 8999 Web: marriott.com RENAISSANCE KUALA LUMPUR HOTEL Coner Of Jalan Sultan Ismail And Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: (603) 2162 2233 Fax: (603) 2163 1122 Web: marriott.com SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 KL, Malaysia Tel: (60-3) 2032 2388 Fax: (60-3) 2070 1514 Web: shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/shangrila SUNWAY HOTEL SEBERANG JAYA 11 Lebuh Tenggiri Dua, Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya 13700 Prai, Penang, Malaysia Tel: (604) 370 7788 Fax: (604) 370 0555 Web: seberangjaya.sunwayhotels.com/ SWISS-GARDEN HOTEL & RESIDENCES KUALA LUMPUR 117, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: (603) 2141 3333 Fax: (603) 2141 5555 Web: swissgardenkl.com THE RITZ CARLTON, KUALA LUMPUR 168 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100 Tel: (603) 2142 8000 Fax: (603) 2143 8080 Web: ritzcarlton.com THE SAUJANA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR Saujana Resort, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 40150 Shah Alam, Malaysia Tel: (603) 7843 1234 Fax: (603) 7846 2789 Web: http://www.shr.my/ TRADERS HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Malaysia Tel: (60-3) 2332 9888 Fax: (60-3) 2332 2666 Web: shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders TRADERS HOTEL, PENANG Magazine Road, 10300, Malaysia Tel: (60-4) 262 2622 Fax: (60-4) 262 6526 Email: thp@shangri-la.com


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Dorsett Grand Subang A Jalan SS12/1, Subang Jaya 47500, Malaysia. T 603 5031 6060 F 603 5031 8686 E info.subang@dorsetthotels.com W www.dorsetthotels.com

ROOMS

NO

F&B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

FACILITIES

MEETING

SEATED DINNER

Grand Selangor Ballroom

1800

1000

Melati Rooms

200

150

110

Subang Rooms

90

60

60

Boardrooms

20

-

Superior Room

134

Terazza Brasserie

Deluxe Room

263

The Emperor Chinese Restaurant 300

Club Room

59

Piano Lounge

Junior Suite

10

CafĂŠ Aroma

Executive Suite

11

Premier Suite

1

180

Nestled in the heart of Subang Jaya, Dorsett Grand Subang offers opulent hotel guest rooms and suites in the city’s most upscale entertainment hub, shopping district and tourist attraction. Located just 35 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Sepang International Circuit, the hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Dining at Dorsett Grand Subang is an endless pleasurable affair with the vast international and local specialities available. For meeting planners and business travellers, the hotel is well-equipped with a full range of facilities and services to cater to every need.

Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya A 13, Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor T 603 7665 1111 F 603 7665 9999 W www.eastin.com

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

Deluxe

276

Swez Brasserie

220

Club Deluxe

18

The Lounge

65

Executive Deluxe

55

Executive Lounge (17th Floor)

Eastin Deluxe

26

Eastin Family Deluxe Presidential Suite

FACILITIES

THEATRE

COCKTAIL

Ballroom 1

450

400

Ballroom 2

200

200

38

Ballroom 1 & 2

850

500

Ee Chinese Cuisine

180

Nyatoh Room

30

30

12

Eyuzu Japanese Cuisine

110

Mersawa Room

30

30

1

The Divan

60

Meranti Room

30

30

Mersawa & Meranti Room 70

90

With uniquely tailored and versatile meeting packages, the latest in multimedia technology and a service oriented team on standby, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya is a sought-after venue for corporate events. 12 spacious function rooms combined with 388 guestrooms cater for 10 and up to 800 delegates at one go, dependent on seating arrangements. For larger conferences, the recently renovated Grand Ballroom seats 500 guests (or 675 sqm of space), backed up by the latest audio-visual equipment, delectable fares and refined services. From simple board meetings to international conferences, over 20,000 sq. ft of space is sure to make your event a success.


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GRAND MILLENIUM

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For Business Or Pleasure Strategically located in Kuala Lumpur’s most vibrant retail belt, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur offers business and leisure travellers the best of both worlds. Standing majestically in the prime retail district of downtown Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur grants its guests a whole host of business and leisure options within close proximity. Business travellers will especially appreciate the extra benefits afforded to them such as the spaces specifically designated for meetings and the business floors.

MADE FOR BUSINESS A total of 468 guestrooms, all delightfully furnished with luxurious trimmings and thoughtful details, exude the familiar warmth of home. Rooms range from the well-equipped Deluxe Room to the gloriously plush and spacious Presidential Suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for all rooms, making sure that clients will be able to stay connected at all times. To cater to the needs of each individual traveller, rooms on non-smoking and business floors can be chosen by request. Perfect for the corporate traveller, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur provides meeting venues that are suitable for small meetings to medium sized conferences For more information, please visit grandmillenniumkl.com

involving up to 200 persons. In total, the hotel features 15,000 square feet of event space. The hotel is known for a high standard of personalised service and competitively priced meetings packages. In addition, various features and amenities have been installed to assist that both organisers and attendees of events.

OTHER FACILITIES Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur boasts three top notch dining establishments within the building. The Mill Cafe serves Asian and Mediterranean cuisine for all members of the family. Bistro 160 is located in the lobby and has direct access to the streets of Bukit Bintang. This chic, cosy cafe offers a selection of tea and coffee creations as well as gourmet salads, sandwiches and premium spirits. Lai Ching Yuen is a Chinese restaurant that serves authentic oriental food such as non-halal Dim Sum, Cantonese cuisine, and specialty dishes. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor resortstyle swimming pool, a business centre with private workstations and boardrooms, and a state of the art fitness centre and spa.


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G Hotel Penang A 168A Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Penang, Malaysia. T 604 238 0000 F 604 238 0088 E g4u@ghotel.com.my W www.ghotel.com.my

ROOMS

NO

FACILITIES

RECEPTION

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

BANQUET

Executive Floor Standard 32

Ballroom 1

180

350

150

80

250

G Café

Executive Floor Superior 21

Ballroom 2

190

350

150

80

250

G Lounge

50

160

500

G Spot

120

G Pool Bar

30

Executive Floor Deluxe

3

Grand Ballroom 380

700

300

Executive Suites

23

Gurney Foyer

240

300

200

-

200

Honeymoon Suite

1

Salon I

30

60

25

15

40

G Suite

1

Salon III

50

90

30

25

60

Duplex

4

Salon III & IV

90

170

60

50

110

RESTAURANT

CAPACITY

180

The stylish 312-room hotel is located next to upscale malls and within the bustling Gurney Drive area, making G Hotel Penang a great base for exploration. The hotel holds several accolades, including the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards and World Luxury Hotel Awards. Exuding exemplary service, ice-cream is served upon check-in, all drinks in the minibar complimentary, the highest category of suites equipped with an outdoor Jacuzzi, while Wi-Fi can be tapped upon throughout the hotel. 12 conference and banqueting facilities are available, suitable for seminars, meetings, gatherings and more.

Hard Rock Hotel Penang A Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11000 Penang, Malaysia T 604 8811 711 F 604 8812 155 W penang.hardrockhotels.net

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

FACILITIES

THEATRE

U SHAPE

COCKTAIL

Seaview Deluxe

132

Hard Rock Cafe

130

Hall of Fame

400

63

350

Hillview Deluxe

59

Starz Diner

260

Abbey Road

30

15

30

Lil’ Rock Kids Suite

5

Pizzeria

70

Graceland

30

15

30

Lagoon Deluxe

27

Lobby Lounge

-

Paisley Park

30

15

30

Kings Club Seaview Deluxe

10

The Shack

-

Memphis

30

15

30

Studio Suite

15

Rock Star Suite / Kings Suite

2

Organize your next meetings in Penang at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang! With a variety of indoor and outdoor function venues including a unique marquee ballroom with banquet style seating for 300 guests, pre-function garden area, three meeting rooms and a full service business centre, this rock ‘n’ roll sanctuary will no doubt be popular among meeting planners. Modern, non-conventional design and cutting edge technology permeates Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s 530 square meters of meeting space. Anything from intimate private meetings to spectacular banquets, meeting planners will receive extreme Rock Star service and an event everyone will be talking about.


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PALACE OF THE GOLDEN HORSES

Palatial Charms Palace of the Golden Horses attracts as a onestop destination for all business, leisure and wellness needs. Built with the express purpose of cementing itself as the accommodation of choice for the elite, the award-winning luxury hotel prides itself as Malaysia’s first to offer such a deluxe experience since 1997. Resting on the keen foresight of Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Lee Kim Yew, one of Malaysia’s visionary developers and also the founder of Country Heights Holding Berhad, Mines Wellness City became the country’s first wellness destination under the government’s Economic Transformation Plan (ETP). Now, guests residing at Palace of the Golden Horses may also enjoy a holistic experience whether at the shopping mall, golf course and clubhouse, convention and exhibition facilities, or water sports entertainment and cruise services.

INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE Three restaurants and a café cater for hungry stomachs, taking your pick from international, Chinese and Japanese cuisines. Guests can also work up a sweat at the pool, fully-equipped gym or jog along the 2.1km track. To unwind, the Tanjung Wellness Spa kneads all tension away, or get a comprehensive health screening service at Golden Horses Health Sanctuary –

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an approved clinic by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Also in line with the hotel’s direction for holistic living is the wellness floor that comes equipped with healthenhancing equipment, gadgets and programmes for those who are in to holistic wellness.

GRAND MAKINGS The expansive compound offers 472 guestrooms and suites, of which 20 are designed specifically for heads of states, as well as one host of nation suite and golden suite. Already an established name in hosting meetings and conventions, awards received include Best MICE Facility and Service Hotel 2008 and World Luxury Hotel 2011, 2012 and 2013 for Country Winner – Luxury Golf Course. Some of the events hosted by Palace of the Golden Horses include Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA), Manchester United & Chelsea Asia Tour, Disney On Ice, First Ladies Summit 2010, CIMB Asia Pacific Classic PGA Tour 2010, Mercedes-Benz 125th Anniversary 2011, Johnnie Walker Black Circuit Lounge 2011, Manchester City Asia Tour 2012, Prestige Top 40 Under 40, and more. Companies seeking to arrange their events may book the dedicated Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Conference Centre located at a private wing, any of the 15 rooms, the two ballrooms which both seat up to 2,000 each, or the 300-seater theatrette. All venues come equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, individual lighting control, audio-visual equipment, teleconferencing and Internet broadband access.

For more enquiries, visit www.palaceofthegoldenhorses.com.my


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Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur A 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. T 603 2117 4888 F 603 2142 1441 W www.grandmillenniumkl.com; www.millenniumhotels.com

RECEPTION

FACILITIES

THREATRE

COCKTAIL

BANQUET

Deluxe Room

377

Ballroom

350

350

250

Club Room

61

Millennium I and II

120

150

60

Club Plus

14

Millennium III to X

40-200

20-150

20-120

Executive Suite

12

Presidental Suite

3

Imperial Suite

1

ROOMS

The Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is strategically located at the vibrant Bukit Bintang district, the premier spot for business, shopping and entertainment needs. Major shopping malls such as Pavilion, Suria KLCC and Starhill are under two kilometres away, as is the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Expect 468 well appointed rooms, matched with five-star service and amenities. Business travellers can arrange meetings for up to 200 persons, supported by modern facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a dedicated events team; or work privately at the Executive Club Lounge offering professional business centre services.

Lost World Of Tambun Lost World Hotel

A No 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia T 605 542 8888 F 605 542 8899 W www.sunwaylostworldoftambun.com

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

FUNCTION HALLS

Exotic (Twin / King)

71

Garden Terrace ( 6am- 10 am)

Ballroom

300

Classical (Twin / King)

72

Papa Rich ( 7am – 11pm)

Malayana 3

56

Deluxe Suite

8

Waves Restaurant ( 10am -6pm)*

Malayana 4,5

20

Executive Suite

17

Kukuntalu hawkers ( 10am - 6pm)**

Malayana 6,7,8

Premier Suite

3

Tambun Village Barbeque ( 12nn- 10pm)

Beach Area

Super Super Suite

3

Ipoh Street ( 12nn -10 pm)

Riverside

3000

Entire Park

22000

Awake to the spectacular view of 400 million years old limestone hills enveloped by morning mist when you are staying at Lost World Hotel. From across, prepare to be dazzled by the seven amazing adventures that await you at Lost World Of Tambun Theme Park. Begin with the adrenaline-pumping amusement & water rides, discover team spirit through team-building activities, relive history in a fun learning manner through the Tin Valley, or simply get up close with our animal friends at the Petting Zoo and Tiger Valley. When all ends, rejuvenate yourself in the geothermal and mineral-rich Lost World Hot *Closed Tuesday, except on Public Holidays, School Holidays & Weekends Springs & Spa by night. ** Open on Public Holidays, School Holidays & Weekends

CAPACITY

40 5000


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EASTIN HOTEL PETALING JAYA

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At Your Service The award-winning 5-star Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya sets the benchmark for hosting business conferences and events. Originally unveiled in 1998, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya went through a complete renovation and refurbishment from March 2010 to December 2012. Costing a total of RM30 million, the renovation refreshed the 5-star business hotel’s appearance and upgraded its facilities. A modern, contemporary look now flows through the entire building, from the hotel lobby, meeting and function rooms, and restaurants, to every single one of its 388 guest rooms. The service standards provided by its staff also rose accordingly, helping the hotel to the prestigious 2012 and 2013 Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor.

DOWN TO BUSINESS With a solid infrastructure for meetings and conventions, and a vibrant service crew who serve with passion, Eastin Hotel prides itself on being one of the top choices for business travellers arriving in Kuala Lumpur. For events ranging from board meetings to international conferences, the hotel has designated over 20,000 square feet of space. Ideal for large groups, the recently renovated Grand

Ballroom easily accommodates 500 guests in a banquet style seating. The huge 675 square metre space is decked out with the latest audio visual equipment and is perfect for events, meetings and weddings, especially with world class cuisine and services that accompany any function. The Grand Ballroom also affords guests with a venue that is both convenient and conducive for ceremonies. Organisations and companies utilising the ballroom will be delighted by its privacy while those attending social events will left captivated by its high-technology finishing. To ease the burden of planning, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya offers versatile meeting packages that can be customised according to their clients’ needs and requirements. A dedicated service team is on hand to assist in any matters and ensure the smooth operation of the event. Apart from the Grand Ballroom, guests can make full use of the 12 spacious function rooms that can cater to 10 to 800 delegates at one go, depending on seating arrangements.

For more information, please call 03 7628 7332 or visit www.eastin.com


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InterContinental Kuala Lumpur A 165, Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. T 603 2161 1111 F 603 2161 1122 W www.intercontinental-kl.com.my

ROOMS

NO

FACILITIES

THEATRE CLASSROOM

Deluxe

174

Serena Brasserie

RESTAURANTS

Grand Ballroom

1,300

600

800

Premier

88

Tatsu Japanese Cuisine

Ballroom I

400

200

240

Grand Premier

110

Tao Chinese Cuisine

Ballroom II

300

180

220

Club

87

OneSixFive

Ballroom III

400

200

240

Executive Suite

9

Bentley’s Pub

Junior Ballroom

300

180

230

Ambassador Suite

3

Junior Ballroom I

120

75

100

Junior Ballroom II

120

75

100

NO

BANQUET

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is recognised as one of the premier venues for banqueting and conference facilities in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel boasts eight meeting rooms with multifunctional capabilities along with two magnificent and pillarless ballrooms to host the most memorable of events. Meeting rooms are convenient and welcome an intimate group of 20 to a wedding of 800 or a large conference of 1,300 delegates, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur offers a new level of luxury when it comes to events.

Mines Wellness Hotel A Jalan Dulang, Mines Wellness City 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. T 603 8943 6688 F 603 8943 5555 W www.mineswellnesshotel.com.my

RECEPTION

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

BANQUET

BOARDROOM

Hang Li Po

200

300

126

70

300

80

Abdul & Chalie’s

200

Hang Tuah

100

80

60

40

60

50

Cheng Ho Court

130

Hang Jebat

60

60

30

26

30

23

Sunset Lounge

70

Parameswara

300

200

100

70

190

80

Parameswara I

100

130

50

30

70

40

Parameswara II

100

130

50

30

70

40

-

-

15

9

10

12

ROOMS

Hang Kasturi

CAPACITY

RESTAURANTS

Located 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Centre by car, the 4-star resort hotel offers a full experience of sophisticated style, comfort, privacy and tranquillity, and most importantly health to its guests. An ASEAN Best Green Hotel Award recipient, Mines Wellness Hotel houses 120 guestrooms, including a Wellness Floor where rooms are complete with amenities such as negative ion salt crystal lamps, vibration card for better sleep, posturepaedic coconut husk beds, BMI machines, complimentary heat packs and health tea for turn down service and etc., in addition to the standard hotel amenities.

One World Hotel A First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia T 603 7681 1111 F 603 7681 1188 W www.oneworldhotel.com.my One World Hotel is a 438 room award-winning 5-star hotel offering a new dimension in service and quality providing grandeur, elegance and unequaled amenities and facilities. Graciously warm yet efficient and consistent service, in an atmosphere of urban residential comfort with welcoming public areas and well-appointed guestrooms, complemented with 5000sqm of excellent meeting facilities and a range of exciting wining and dining experiences.

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

Superior

96

Cinnamon Coffee House

CAPACITY

Deluxe

144

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant 165

Executive Deluxe

128

Kura Japanese Restaurant

Junior Suite

52

Premier Suite Executive Suite

FACILITIES

THEATRE BANQUET COCKTAIL

Imperial Ballroom

3500

2000 2500

Jasmine/Maple Ballroom

350

210

270

160

Iris/Hibiscus/ Hazel/ Ivy

80

40

60

The Sphere

165

Oak/ Violet Room

80

40

60

14

Long Bar

250

Lily Room

40

20

-

4

Poolbar & Grill

45

Havana Club

20

420


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Palace of the Golden Horses A Jalan Kuda Emas, Mines Wellness City 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. T 603 8946 4888 F 603 8943 2666 W www.palaceofthegoldenhorses.com.my

RECEPTION

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

BANQUET

Royal Ballroom

900

2000

1100

-

1200

Unity Room

600

810

360

-

78

Grand Salon Lobby Lounge

72

Majestic I,II & III

80

90

40

26

22

Kim Ma Restaurant

120

Congress I & II

100

100

72

38

28

Kin No Uma Japanese Restaurant

78

Conference 1 & 2

100

80

45

26

22

Side Walk Cafe

20

-

300

-

-

-

FACILITIES

Theatrette

RESTAURANTS

CAPACITY

Carousel International Coffeehouse 220

Located 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Centre by car, Palace of the Golden Horses is a 5-star hospitality hub with 472 guestrooms, the largest being the 600sqm Golden Suite. Food-lovers will enjoy dining at the four restaurants, including its award-winning Kim Ma Restaurant. A recipient of the Best MICE Facility and Service Hotel Award, events hosted include the APEC Summit, OIC Summit and ASEAN Summit. The MICE wing comprises two ballrooms, 15 conference rooms, a theatrette, and outdoor landscaped garden venues.

PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur A Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia T 603 2147 0088 F 603 2147 0099 W www.parkroyalhotels.com

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

CLASSROOM

COCKTAIL

Superior

92

Chatz Brasserie

CAPACITY

175

FACILITIES

Orchid Ballroom 650

350

500

Deluxe

228

Si Chuan Dou Hua

145

Plaza Ballroom

400

300

350

Premier Suite

12

Bossa Nova

80

Plaza I

200

100

150

Studio Suite

8

Klix Lounge

70

Plaza II

100

80

80

Family Suite

10

Hot Gossip

45

Aranda I

90

45

50

Orchid Deluxe

24

Pool Bar

60

Aranda III

100

45

50

Orchid Premier

50

Vanda II

150

100

100

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PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur, a business hotel with 426 rooms, is strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. With 12 different-sized meeting rooms and two ballrooms, it is perfect for corporate, private meetings, conferences and events. The Orchid Grand Ballroom provides a combination of comfort and convenience – 500 guests for a sit-down dinner and 600 people for a cocktail party.

Philea Resort and Spa A Lot 2940, Jalan Ayer Keroh, Off Jalan Plaza Tol, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia T 606 289 3399 F 606 233 2299 W www.phileahotel.com.my Built utilising natural resources, Philea’s architecture is made up of 8,000 pieces of disused railway sleepers for staircases, more than 6,000 tonnes of marble from Perak as block fencing and recycled materials found from shipwreck as furniture in the lobby. Philea offers three varieties of rooms to suit different tastes: Pavilion Room, Philea Suite and Royal Villa. The spacious rooms are complimented by rustic architecture with stylish features to provide a good night’s sleep. Guests will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of cuisines offered by the resort’s food and beverage outlets providing different dining experiences.

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Pavilion Room

180

Cravo Cravo (indoor)

40

Philea Ballroom 600

390

700

Philea Suite

19

Cravo Cravo (terrace)

35

Philea 1

200

120

300

Royal Villa

2

Nusantara

160

Philea 2

207

138

300

ChillOut Bar (indoor)

65

Clove

36

20

30

ChillOut Bar (outdoor)

60

Cumin

40

22

30

Tropics Lounge

60

Cardaman

40

22

30

Bayu Cabana

40

Cariander

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Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur A 4 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia T 603 2170 8888 F 603 2170 8999 W www.princehotelkl.com

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Deluxe

203

1-Bedroom Superior

31

Grand Prince Ballroom 1000

432

540

Superior Deluxe

85

1-Bedroom Deluxe

62

Prince Ballroom

600

360

440

Superior Deluxe KLCC

55

2-Bedroom Superior

16

Prince 3

108

54

110

Grand Deluxe

35

2-Bedroom Deluxe

33

Prince 4 or 7

48

27

50

Premier Executive

44

2+1 Bedroom Deluxe

14

Prince 5 or 6

72

36

60

Executive Suite

6

2 Bedroom Penthouse 1

Prince 8

120

72

130

Deluxe Executive Suite

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Surrounded by the city’s business hub, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur is a luxurious 5-star hotel dedicated to indulging all senses of the discerning traveller. An elegant style, luxurious comfort and award-winning service come together to delight business and leisure guests alike. Our opulent ballrooms and rooms are designed to cater for all kinds of gatherings, be it business meetings, conferences and cosy celebrations.

Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya A 11, Lebuh Tenggiri Dua, Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Prai, Penang, Malaysia T 604 370 7788 F 604 370 0555 E enquiryshsj@sunwayhotels.com W seberangjaya.sunwayhotels.com

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Deluxe

105

Sun Café

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

80

FACILITIES

Sri Cengal Ballroom

550

250

400

Premier

45

The Lounge

70

Sri Cengal I

450

200

300

Club

40

Sri Cengal II

100

30

90

Suite

12

Grand Carnival Ballroom

1500

880

1060

Carnival I

450

250

270

Carnival II

520

350

360

Carnival III

250

200

240

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A convenient 30-minute drive from the Penang International Airport, the business hotel sits strategically near the intersection of the North-South and East-West highway, making it easy to get around town. Entertainment, leisure and shopping activities are also a stone’s throw away. The hotel’s convention centre – Sunway Carnival Convention Centre, boasts over 1,152 square meters of pillar-less grandeur and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual and lighting. It is able to accommodate up to 1,500 persons theatre style or 1,060 persons for sit down reception.

The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur A Saujana Resort, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 40150 Shah Alam, Malaysia T 603 7843 1234 F 603 7846 2789 W www.thesaujanahotel.com Only 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre and yet offering nature’s abundance with its 160 acres of natural surroundings, the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a prime choice for weddings, meetings, private dinners, outdoor team building activities and conventions. Set amidst a conducive tranquil setting, sunlight floods the meeting rooms, while some overlook the lake and others offer views of the garden. All function rooms congeal at one area, allowing for multiple events and breakout sessions to be held simultaneously.

FACILITIES

THEATRE

Ballroom

700

300

400

Mutiara I & II

100

40

60

Zamrud I

150

70

100

Intan

50

30

40

Zamrud II

150

70

100

Delima

50

30

40

Zamrud I & II

300

150

250

Baiduri

30

25

30

Topas

120

60

100

Pelangi

20

18

-

Mutiara I

40

18

30

Palm Room

50

30

50

Mutiara II

40

18

30

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Macau

A combination of glitzy gaming resorts and powerful leisure options attract a strong number of MICE tourists to Macau photos Macau Government Tourist Office


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Since the 16th century, when it was a major gateway to China and its port was a part of the Silk Road, Macau has served as the meeting point for traders from all over the world. Over the centuries, the Portuguese enclave became a favoured stopover for European merchants, international travellers, and creative journeymen and was revered for a leisurely multicultural vibe. This colourful atmosphere has been retained in recent times with the local economy developing industries in textiles, electronics, toys, and famously, gaming and tourism. Often referred to as the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient’, Macau is the home of major global players in the gaming industry including The Venetian, Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy Entertainment, MGM Grand, and Wynn Resorts. Gambling tourism is the largest contributor to Macau’s revenue, making up half of its economy. Last year, this figure was an impressive US$45.2 billion. There are now 33 casinos operating in Macau with many more developments in the pipeline. By 2017, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China plans to add eight more casinos, which they hope will double Macau’s annual gaming revenue. The new casinos are slated to be introduced to the glamorous Cotai Strip, an area of reclaimed land that is quickly being refurbished into a vibrant tourist hub with shopping malls, 5-star accommodation, entertainment options, and of course, casinos. More than 20 million visitors descend upon Macau annually, with the majority of tourists coming in from Hong Kong and mainland China. This can be attributed to the fact that Macau is advantageously located, being just 60 km from Hong Kong and connected to the populous Guangdong province on mainland China by land and bridge. The Macau International Airport serves 20 airlines connecting to major Asian cities in mainland China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia including AirAsia, Air Macau, TransAsia Airways, and Tigerair. On top of this, the well-connected Hong Kong International Airport is a short 45 minute ride away. One of Asia’s most exciting MICE destinations, Macau hosted over 1,000 MICE events in 2013, with the total number of participants and attendees reaching over 2 million. In the fourth quarter of the year alone, 346 MICE events were organised, of which 24 were exhibitions attracting over 930,000 visitors. Some of the events held in 2013 include MIF 2013, Hotel Expo 2013, and the Macau International Environmental Cooperation Forum 2013. Ensuring the smooth planning and the execution of a successful event are a list of experienced conference and event management companies, and an efficient base of support services. There is no lack of leisure options for the incentives portion of events. Race in your own go-kart grand prix, take a skywalk at the top of the Macau Tower


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and bungy jump off it or organise team building activities such as dragon boat racing. Casinos dazzle with luxurious gaming facilities and spectacular entertainment shows like The House of Dancing Water. Macau is also famous for its nightlife with plenty of bars, shops, restaurants that stay open all night long.

MICE Facilities Whether it’s a meeting, seminar, conference, exhibition, cocktail reception or a banquet, Macau has a whole host of venues to suit your needs. These range

from cosy function rooms to a 15,000 seat auditorium, set either in glamorous modern casino hotel resorts or in historic public buildings. One of the most popular facilities for MICE events is the plush Venetian Macao Resort Hotel which has six exhibition halls, more than 100 meeting rooms and a capacity for 50,000 people and 5,000 exhibition booths. Many other hotels such as the Wynn Macau, the Grand Lisboa and the MGM Grand Macau are also well-equipped with function rooms, auditoriums and banqueting facilities to cater for all types of events. Other than at hotels, other event spaces such as the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, Macao Forum, Macau East Asian Games Dome, Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, and Macau Tower also have varying capacities of meeting rooms, auditoriums, conference and exhibition facilities that can house hundreds to thousands of participants. In 2006, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) launched the Macau Business Tourism Centre (MBTC) to service the needs of those planning to hold MICE events in Macau. Their services include providing destination expertise such as advice and assistance on the selection of venues, accommodation and events management. The MBTC can also assisit in the development of an appealing event itinerary, bid proposal, provide promotional materials, organise site inspections and provide assistance with local industry and government contacts. For more details, visit www.macautourism.gov.mo.


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and contact the MBTC when you are planning for your next event in Macau.

Old World Charm Portugal’s colonial presence in Macau began in the mid 16th century and lasted until December 1999. The centuries-long Portuguese administration is still clearly evident in its culture today. In contrast with the bright lights of Macau’s skyline are historical buildings and charming architecture that is displayed in hilltop fortresses, old baroque churches, temples and old Chinese courtyard houses built hundreds of years ago. Macau’s colourful past has been preserved in the city’s historic precinct. The Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans across eight squares (Barra Square, Lilau Square, St Augustine’s Square, Senado Square, Cathedral Square, St Dominic’s Square, Company of Jesus Square and Camoes Square) and includes 22 historical buildings. Embark on foot on a journey along the city’s cobbled streets and discover what makes Macau so culturally unique. The area represents a successful co-existence of Eastern and Western cultures resulting from centuries of mutual respect and tolerance. Many of the structures remain intact and have retained their original functions such as the first western-style theatre, the first modern lighthouse in China and courtyard houses from the Qing Dynasty. Famous landmarks include the Ruins of St Paul’s and the Mount Fortress, the A-Ma Temple where the Portuguese reportedly first arrived, the Guia Fortress and Lighthouse, Senado Square and St Dominic’s Church. Itself a living museum, Macau has more than 20 museums, each with a special purpose of documenting Macau’s story and its evolution. For an in-depth understanding of Macau, visit key museums like the Museum of Macau and the Maritime Museum. You can also check out other special interest museums such as the Grand Prix Museum, the Museum of Antique Electronics & Phonographs and the Wine Museum.

Fusion Cuisine Blessed with a rich source of food from the fertile Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, Macau is known for its varied and unusual dishes. The combination of

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Portuguese, Indian, Malay and Chinese cuisine make up the Macanese cuisine, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Must tries include African Chicken (grilled in piri piri peppers), Goan’s chicken and piquant prawns baked or grilled wth peppers and chillies, and Macau’s version of the traditional Portuguese egg tart. Be sure also to venture to the many Portuguese restaurants that are scattered around Macau. Portuguese cuisine is closely related to Mediterranean cuisine and is characterised by rich and full-flavoured dishes that are brought to life by a wide variety of spices. Try out dishes like the Caldo Verde (vegetable soup with chunks of chourico sausage) and bacalhau (cod fish) cooked in many different styles. While you have your meal, sip a glass of Portuguese wine. Chinese cuisine is excellent in Macau as well. Chinese restaurants are found in every part of the city and on the islands, with many serving authentic Cantonese food. If you are in Macau during the winter, try Da Pin Lou, a Chinese version of fondue with a huge variety of different seafood, meats and vegetables cooked in a tureen.

Shopping Haven Shoppers will delight at the fact that many luxury brands are available in Macau at duty-free prices. Macau has several hundred textile and garment factories, many of which produce clothing for markets in Europe, USA and the Asia Pacific. Overruns and second hand garments can be found in shops and market stalls at a fraction of the prices charged in the regular boutiques. There are many outlets stores in the area by Zone Nam Van and Rua dos Mercadores. Macau is a treasure trove of fascinating Chinese antiques, collectibles and fine reproductions. Hunt these finds down at antique shops in the Coloane Village and the Old Chinese Bazaar, as well as at the many fairs and flea markets around Macau. Senado Square and the Red Market house quaint little independent stores selling everything from clothes and jewellery to unusual curios. Shopping arcades in the luxury hotels are also good places to shop for branded items. In addition to branded fashion goods, you will also find duty-free perfumes and cosmetics, high quality children’s wear and bargainpriced electronics.


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Visa Requirements

Climate

All visitors travelling into Macau must hold valid travel documents. For more details on Macau’s visa requirements, check with the nearest embassy or consulate of the People’s Republic of China or go to the Macau tourism website at www.macautourism.gov. mo.

Macau’s climate is classified as sub-tropical with high humidity. Temperatures range from 13-32 degrees Celsius. The best time weather-wise to visit is during autumn (October to December) when it is sunny, warm and dry. Macau’s winters (January to February) are generally mild with no extreme conditions. The wettest months are from May to August.

Population The total population is estimated at about 600,000. About 92 percent are ethnic Chinese with the remaining comprised of other races including Portuguese and Filipino.

Languages Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, though Cantonese is most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government departments and in all official documents and communications. English is generally used in business, trade and tourism.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone is GMT plus 8 hours, with no daylight saving.

Currency Macau’s official currency is the Pataca which is divided into 100 avos. The Pataca is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar which is also widely accepted in Macau. The typical banking hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm.

Getting Around Bus services and taxis are readily available in Macau. Most taxis are equipped with a guide of the most requested destination in Chinese, Portuguese and English. Being small in size, all attractions in Macau are within a 30 minute drive.

CALENDAR 1 Jan New Year’s Day 31 Jan-2 Feb Chinese New Year 5 Apr Ching Ming Festival 18 Apr Good Friday 19 Apr Holy Saturday 1 May Labour Day 6 May The Buddha’s Birthday (Feast of Buddha) 2 Jun Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festial) 9 Sep Day after Chong Chao (Mid-Autumn Festival) 1 Oct China”s National Day 2 Oct Day after China’s National Day 2 Nov All Soul’s Day 8 Dec Feast of Immaculate Conception 20 Dec Macau SAR Establishment Day 22 Dec Winter Solstice 24 Dec Christmas Eve 25 Dec Christmas Day

USEFUL INFORMATION GETTING THERE The Macau International Airport serves 20 airlines that connect to major cities in Asia. International travellers can also take a flight into the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and take a 45 minute ferry into Macau. HKIA passengers can make a seamless ferry transit into Macau at the SkyPier, without having to clear Hong Kong customs and immigration. An advanced booking of this ferry service is recommended. Macau-bound ferry services from Shenzhen and other cities in Guangdong are also popular.

MICE SCHEDULE 27 to 29 Apr Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum & Exhibition The Venetian Macao

21 to 24 Oct Macao International Trade & Investment Fair DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS The Venetian Macao 20 to 22 May 28 to 30 Oct Global Gaming Expo Asia 2014 Wine & Gourmet Asia The Venetian Macao The Venetian Macao 6 to 8 Jun 26 to 28 Nov Pet & Aqua 2014 International Hotel Expo 2014 The Venetian Macao The Venetian Macao 9 to 11 Oct 26 to 28 Nov Cosmopolitan Cultures & Fine Art Fair Building E & M Macau 2014 2014 The Venetian Macao The Venetian Macao

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Macau Government Tourist Office Alameda Dr. Carlos d’Assumpção, nos 335-341, Edifício “Hot Line”, 12° Andar, Macau Website: www.macautourism.gov.mo     E-mail: mgto@macautourism.gov.mo Tel: (853) 2831 5566  Fax: (853) 2851 0104  Tourism Hotline: +853 2833 3000 Macau Business Tourism Centre No.9 Edif Ritz Largo do Senado, Macau Tel: (853) 8396 3029 Fax: (853) 2872 7310 Email: projects@macautourism.gov.mo Directory Enquiry Services 185 (Portuguese) 181 (English and Chinese)


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PREFERREDHOTELSINMACAU

HOLIDAY INN MACAU RUA DE PEQUIM, NO. 82-86 MACAU, CHINA Tel: (852) 790 1331 Email: may.pang@ihg.com

SOFITEL MACAU AT PONTE 16 Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos MACAU Tel: (853) 8861 0016 Fax: (853) 8861 0018 Email: H6480-GM2@sofitel.com

STARWORLD HOTEL & CASINO AVENIDA DA AMIZADE 0000, MACAU, CHINA Tel: (853) 2838 3838 Fax: (853) 2838 3888 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

Galaxy Macau A Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai, Macau T 853 2888 0888 W www.galaxymacau.com/ en/stay/galaxy-hotel

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FUNCTION HALLS

1,500 Oasis

Galaxy

Hotel

Banyan

Tree

Macau 250

Orchid

Okura

Macau 500

Lily

Hotel

Banyan Banyan East

The Galaxy Macau opened in May 2011 amidst a wave of media interest. As part of its offereings, the gigantic integrated resort counts three branded 5-star hotels – Galaxy Hotel, Banyan Tree Macau, and Hotel Okura Macau. The extensive list of privileges afforded to guests include over 50 international food and beverage outlets, a 350 tonne white sand beach framing a 4,000 square metre skytop wave pool, a performance theatre, a nine-screen multifunctional cinema, retail boulevards, and many other activities catered for kids and adults of all ages.

COCKTAIL

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

BANQUET

U-SHAPE

(Galaxy

Hotel) 500

480

300

480

69

(Okura)

200

180

120

150

70

130

120

80

100

50

100

90

60

70

40

1,300

1,200

500

504

330

600

600

240

240

170

1,000

-

600

-

-

(Okura)

Lotus

GALAXY MACAU Avenida De Cotai, Cotai, Macau Tel: (853) 2888 0888 Fax: (853) 8883 3988 Email: pkan@worldhotels.com

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South Korea

An intriguing bibimbap of modernity, pop culture, cutting edge technology and distinctive cuisine is exactly what makes South Korea a hidden gem in Asia worth discovering as a destination, not just for tourism but for the MICE industry. photos Korea Tourism Organization

Travelling the length of the peninsula from capital Seoul to the laidback resort island of Jeju, it is increasingly evident that South Korea with its intriguing blend of culture, tradition and cutting edge technology stands ready to host the corporate visitors of the world through meetings and exhibitions. Connectivity via an efficient infrastructure and an extensive communications network is essential for decision-makers on the go. And

this is where South Korea clearly out-performs the competition. The award-winning aviation hub of Incheon International Airport is the country’s major gateway with some 38 million passengers a year passing through. The Airport Services Quality (ASQ) awards have voted Incheon the Best Airport in the world for the past seven years. A hub for 87 airlines, Incheon International Airport is well-placed to link up Seoul to the rest of Asia,

Australia and North America, Meanwhile the country’s compact size and efficient network of highways mean that you could easily travel from Seoul to Busan in the south by car in about half a day. The high-speed train network gets you there in half in the time. In Seoul, taxis are inexpensive and plentiful with a flag-down rate of about KRW2400 (US$1.80). In addition the city is serviced by an efficient subway network making it easy to get around. The digital capital of the world, South Korea also leads the world in broadband penetration and internet development, making its communication infrastructure among the best in the world today. It blazes a trail in network research and development ensuring fast and easy connections anywhere you go. While other countries are plodding along in 3G territory, South Korea has zipped ahead in 4G and is in fact already experimenting with even faster speeds.


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Across the country, apart from Coex, Seoul’s massive exhibition and convention hub, the up-and-coming cities of Incheon, Daegu and Jeju are well-placed to offer MICE facilities. Each has unique selling points that promise a good business and cultural experience.

Incheon While Seoul may take the lion’s share of attention now, there’s nothing more exciting than to be in a place which exudes the confidence, determination and ambition to grow itself into one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities. Incheon may have started out as a sleepy port more than a hundred years ago, but today, with the international airport in its backyard, a Maglev line in construction, a new city literally rising from the sea, linked by one of the world’s longest bridges, it is clear that the 3rd largest city in South Korea is gearing itself up to be MICE destination du jour, giving Seoul a real run for the money. Twenty minutes away from the airport is the Songdo International Business District and the designated Free Economic Zone. With architecturally dramatic stateof-the-art buildings designed along eco-friendly and sustainable lines, the Songdo IBD sits on 1,500acres of reclaimed land. At the heart of the Songdo IBD, Songdo Convensia offers Korea’s largest column-free interior space. With two exhibition halls and three ballrooms offering a capacity of up to 12,000 people with theatre seating, as well as numerous smaller meeting rooms, Songdo Convensia has hosted large-scale regional and international events. In 2014, Incheon will host the Asian Games with Songdo as a key facility for indoor sporting events. Next to Songdo Convensia is the award-winning 5-star business hotel, Sheraton Incheon. The Jack Nicklausdesigned golf course is nearby. Rising next door to the Convensia is the NEATT Tower, at 79 floors, slated to be

the tallest in Korea. When ready it will house offices, a shopping mall and a hotel. River taxis give a short ride through central park where you can visualise Songo’s completed landscape of tall skyscrapers, sculptures, green spaces and wide boulevards. The strangely arresting and dramatically designed Tribowl takes centrestage as you wonder what it is – part spacecraft or giant African drums perhaps? Neither. It is a cultural exhibition space. But that bold innovation in design is exactly what defines Songdo and makes it so exciting. Incentive planners can note that Incheon offers a wide range of tours and activities. The old town is well-preserved and well worth a stroll. Incheon is also renowned for its authentic Chinatown with jajangmyun (black bean noodle) being a must-eat dish. Excursions to the nearby islands can be arranged. Finish the day out with a seafood barbecue and kalguksoo (noodles) on the beach. As the juices of the clams and shellfish hiss and pop on the grill, watch the locals frolic far out into the bay.

Daegu About two hours away from Seoul by high-speed train, Daegu sits in the south of Korea. Yet it is no provincial small town. Daegu holds a population of 2.5million, with


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its own international airport and is a stop on the highspeed rail line from Seoul to Busan. Also, few may know that Daegu is the birthplace of the Samsung group! In fact with the Samsung plant just 20km north of Daegu and the Hyundai Motor & Heavy Industries plant also about an hour away, it is easy to combine an incentive tour to Daegu with a technical factory tour. Daegu City has more than 380 international meetings under its belt since 2005. They hosted the World Energy Congress in 2013 with 5,000 delegates and are now gearing up for the World Water Forum in 2015 which would bring 30,000 delegates to Daegu. The Daegu Exhibition and Convention Centre has expanded two time its capacity since it was first built in 2001. Among its exhibition facilities, its five floors also house an auditorium for 1,500. The hills around Daegu are peppered with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Mt Palgongsan and the hugely impressive Donghwasa Temple deserve at least half a day’s exploration. Throw in a temple stay tea ceremony experience for some cultural insight. The older part of Daegu city is also rich in history, in particular, medical history. Walking tours can be arranged. For centuries Daegu is known to be a centre for traditional eastern herbal medicine. This has not changed. Medical tourism still takes centrestage for Daegu with largely Japanese and Chinese patients seeking health screening and some cosmetic work. Costs are significantly lower here in Daegu than elsewhere, which explains the popularity. While you’re here, arrange for a soothing treatment at Shim Spa, Korea’s only medical spa where treatment and beauty are combined for a healing facial experience. Shim Spa is located in Keimyung Hospital, one of Daegu’s oldest medical establishments. Prices for medical treatment in Daegu range from KRW27,500 for

a personalised medical facial experience at Shim Spa to KRW2,200,000 for liposuction.

Jeju Honeymoon destination, acres of grassland and yellow rape, dramatic cliff-side scenery, volcanic in origin, Jejudo needs no introduction. One hour from Seoul by air, Jeju has defined the art of business with pleasure. Jeju International Convention Centre is no stranger to large-scale prestigious meetings and conferences, having hosted in 2010 the summit talks between China, Japan and South Korea, in 2005 the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting, in 2009, the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit and more. The Jeju ICC clearly has the facilities and expertise to host major events. It’s not hard to understand the allure of Jeju. When you have stunning scenery, orange groves, long idyllic walks, the freshest seafood and a beguilingly mild climate, this is a highly conducive, relaxing location to meet and to discuss new ideas. The ICC is sited very near the Jungmun Resort complex, home to large international brand hotels such as the well-established Hyatt Regency Jeju and the Shilla Jeju. In addition, this being a resort island, there are numerous resorts, hotels and condominiums all over the island. A stone’s throw away from the ICC is the luxury Seaes Hotel resort where suites come in thatch-roofed huts with ensuite hot tubs and plunge pools. Not too far away are the starkly dramatic black rocky columns


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carved out from the stormy blue sea crashing against it for millennia. The star of Jeju however, has to be its fresh seafood and if you’re lucky enough, caught by one of the the island’s last mermaids – the women divers of Jeju, known as the haenyo. These intrepid women have dived since they were girls and in their words, would not stop till they are dead. It is a way of life that is both harsh and dangerous and soon to disappear as the women divers age and pass away. Meet them, listen to their stoic stories and try the sea urchin porridge or sea cucumber sashimi over a shot or two of soju. For those in need of some culture, there’s always the wacky kitschy museums of Jeju – the Trick Art Museum where you can have fun with some cheeky trompe l’oeil paintings and murals or the more upscale and sophisticated Bonte museum with its stunning minimalist architecture designed by Ando Tadao. The outdoor Jeju Folk Museum’s park-like setting is also a great place to wander for some insight into how Jeju people lived years ago.

Seoul In barely half a century, Seoul has transformed and reinvented itself to become today’s glittery and exciting capital destination, known for its lively mix of designled, trend-setting K-culture and lofty tradition. With five well-preserved palaces, World Heritage sites, mixed in with world-class entertainment playgrounds for the well-heeled, this is the nerve centre of the country. In terms of MICE facilities, look no further than the megalithic Coex in the upscale district of Gangnam, south of the river. Coex or the Convention and Exhibition centre of Seoul is massive, a small city that houses a sprawling shopping mall, luxury hotels including the newly revamped trendily chic Coex Intercontinental Seoul. The City Airport Terminal is also part of the complex. Throw in an aquarium, a casino, a cinema multiplex and the Samseong-dong subway station and this is as self-sufficient as you can get. Proudly ensconced in its slot among the world’s top

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five MICE destinations, Seoul has every reason to look ahead with pride. For three consecutive years running, Seoul has taken the fifth place in the UIA rankings, making it the second Asian city in the top five. Seoul has hosted more than 200,000 visitors a year and over 200 events in the MICE sector alone, including prestigious meetings such as the G20 Summit (2010), the UNWTO General Assembly (2011) and the Nuclear Security Summit (2012). Despite the accolades that have come its way, the city does not plan to rest on its laurels. Under the recently unveiled masterplan for MICE development, the city plans to double its convention spaces. This includes the opening of renowned architect Zaha Hadid’s stunningly sleek Dongdaemun Design Plaza this year, the addition of convention spaces at Seoul Station by 2018, and new convention spaces near Gimpo Airport. With these developments, Seoul is poised to keep, if not better, its standing worldwide as a MICE destination of choice. Moreover the Seoul MICE Alliance – a 113-partner organisation comprising the city government, Seoul Tourism Organisation, meeting planners, hotels, venues and travel agencies – offers a one-stop support programme from planning to hosting of events and even various financial support schemes to sweeten the deal. Seoul has a great deal to offer. Tours can be arranged to Seoul’s palaces and World Heritage sites. There are also world-class theatrical performances such as Korean folk tale Miso, based on the love story of Chun Hyang and Mong Ryong that are well worth catching for an evening out.

For more information on the various MICE opportunities in Korea, contact the Korean Tourism Organisation at www.koreaconvention.org


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Flight Connectivity Incheon International Airport is South Korea’s main gateway to the world, with 70 international airlines serving flights to 170 countries, including the country’s international carrier, Korean Air. Singapore Airlines and Asiana Airlines also operate flights into Korea daily.

Visa requirements Any foreign visitors entering the Republic of Korea must obtain a Korean visa prior to visiting, with the exception of people from 51 selected countries including Asia, Americas, Europe and Africa (for temporary stays between 30 to 90 days). Visit www.mofat.go.kr for more visa information.

denomination is 10 won, while the largest is the 50,000 won bill. For ATM use, cards with the Plus or Cirrus logo are widely accepted, generally with a 700,000won limit. ATMS mostly operate between 9am to 10pm – though a 24-hour Global ATM is available at Itaewon subway station (Line 6) with English instructions. Typical Banking Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm. Closed on weekends and national holidays.

Languages Korean is the official language, though English is widely taught in school and spoken in general.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone is GMT +9 hours.

getting there There are over 600 hotels in Korea, of which over 300 are classified under super deluxe or deluxe (five-star) and first class (four star), offering guests the very best in accommodation, dining, leisure and round-the-clock entertainment facilities. Depending on your needs, you might prefer a hotel with suitable meeting and exhibiting facilities. Most MICE sites also have accommodations conveniently located nearby. For a unique experience, you may also choose from luxurious resorts offering varying themes ranging from health and beauty to recreational fun such as golf. For a list of accommodation possibilities, go to Korea’s national tourism website at www.english.visitkorea.or.kr.

Culture Koreans abide closely to the teachings of Chinese scholar Confucius, where there are strict etiquettes for meetings, gift giving, dining and etcetera.

Population The estimated population of South Korea is over 50 million, where most Koreans are primarily from one ethnic family and speak one language, with the exception of approximately 20,000 Chinese.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Getting Around Korea has an efficient and relatively inexpensive public transport system, where you can travel around via domestic flight services, the KTX train, express buses or subways that link major cities and towns large and small. Taxi services are also available, as well as the Korea Pass – an all-in-one card that can be used for transportation, tourist attractions entrance fees, shopping discounts and accomodation.

17 – 20 May 4th Asia-Pacific Protein 4DIRECTORY – 5 April OF USEFUL CONTACTS Association Conference ASCPaLM 2014 congress and ICC Jeju-do Spring Symposium of KSLM 20 – 27 May W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel, Seoul The 11th World Congress of 7 – 11 April International Hepato-Pancreato 23rd International World Wide Biliary Association Web Conference Seoul COEX, Seoul 12 – 14 June 17 – 19 April 8th Congress of Asian Society of 8th SIOP Asia Congress Cardiovascular Imaging Grand Hilton Seoul Jeju-do

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27 – 30 April 2014 ICMCI Asia Pacific Hub Meeting Ramada, Seoul

2 – 4 July Busan International Seafood & Fisheries Expo 2014 BEXCO Exhibition Center, Busan

CALENDAR Climate Korea enjoys four seasons, where the best time to visit is in Autumn (September to November) when the weather is warm and sunny, or in Spring (April to May) with gorgeous, blooming cherry blossoms. Winter sports fans should visit between November and March, while Summer months every mid yearly are typically hot with fluctuations of a wet monsoon season.

Currency Korea’s currency is the Korean Won (KRW). The smallest coin

1 Jan New Year’s Day 23 Apr National Holiday of the Sovereign and his Children 1 May Labour and Solidarity Day 19 May Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day 25 July Bank Holiday (from 13:00) 28-30 July End of Ramadan 30 August Victory Day 3 Oct Bank Holiday (from 13:00) 5-8 Oct Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the S acrifice 28 Oct Bank Holiday (from 13:00) 29 Oct Republic Day

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Korea Tourism Organization 40 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-180 Website: kto.visitkorea.or.kr/eng.kto Email: webmaster@mail.knto.or.kr Tel: 02 7299 600 Emergency 119 KNTO tourist information 1330 Transport information 1333 Emergency Medical Information Center 1339 Tourist Information 134 Tourist Complaint Center 02 735 0101

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PREFERREDHOTELSINSOUTHKOREA

BEST WESTERN PREMIER GANGNAM 205-9 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 6474 2000 Fax: 82 2 6474 2002 Web: www.bestwesterngangnam.com

HOLIDAY INN SEONGBUK SEOUL 3-1343 Jongam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 929 2000 Fax: 82 2 929 0204 Web: www.holidayinn.com

MAYFIELD HOTEL 426 Balsan-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 2660 9000 Fax: 82 2 2660 5885 Web: www.mayfield.co.kr

THE PLAZA HOTEL SEOUL 23 Taepyeongno 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-771-2200 Fax: +82-2-779-4859 Web: www.seoulplaza.co.kr

BEST WESTERN PREMIER HOTEL KUKDO 310 Euljiro 4-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 6466- 1234 Fax: 82 2 6466 1032 Web: www.hotelkukdo.com

HOTEL PRIMA SEOUL 52-3 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 6006 9114 Fax: 82 2 544 8523 Web: www.prima.co.kr

MILLENNIUM SEOUL HILTON PO Box 7692 Jungang, 395 Namdaemunno 5-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2-317-3114 Fax: 82 2 754 2510 Web: www.hilton.co.kr

SEOUL ROYAL HOTEL 6 - 1Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-756-1112 Fax: 82 2 2129 5880 Web: www.royal.co.kr

HOTEL RIVIERA SEOUL 53-7 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 541 3111 Fax: 82 2 546 6111 Web: www.hotelriviera.co.kr

NOVOTEL AMBASSADOR DOKSAN 1030-1 Doksan4-Dong Geumcheon-Gu 153-014 SEOUL, KOREA Tel: 82 2 838 1101 Fax: 82 2 854 4799 Web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel...novotel... ambassador-doksan

SHERATON SEOUL D CUBE CITY HOTEL 360-51 Sindorim-dong Guro-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 2211 2000 Fax: 88 2 2211 2150 Web: www.sheratonseouldcubecity.co.kr

BEST WESTERN PREMIER SEOUL GARDEN HOTEL 169-1 Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 717 9441 Fax: 82 2 715 9441 Web: www.seoulgarden.co.kr COEX INTERCONTINENTAL SEOUL 524 Bongeunsaro Gangnam-Gu , 135-975, Seoul , Korea  Tel: 82 2 3452 2500 Fax: 82 2 3430 8000 Web: www.seoul.intercontinental.com GRAND AMBASSADOR SEOUL 186-54 Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea  Tel: 82 2 2275 1101 Fax: 82 2 2272 0773 Web: grand.ambatel.com

HOTEL SEOUL KYOYUK MUNHWA HOEKWAN 202 Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-571-8100 Fax: 82 2 571 7055 Web: www.temf.co.kr IMPERIAL PALACE HOTEL 640 Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea  Tel: 82 2 3440 8000 Fax: 82 2 3440 8200 Web: www.imperialpalace.co.kr

GRAND HILTON SEOUL 353 Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-710, KOREA Tel: 82 2 3216 5656 Fax: 82 2 3216 7799 Web: www.grandhiltonseoul.com

JW MARRIOTT SEOUL 19-3 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 6282 6262 Fax: 82 2 6282 6263 Web: www.jw-marriott.co.kr

GRAND HYATT SEOUL 747-7 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 797 1234 Fax: 82 2 79 6953 Web: www.seoul.grand.hyatt.com

LOTTE HOTEL SEOUL 1 Sogong-dong Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 771 1000 Fax: 82 2 752 3758 Web: www.lottehotel.com

GRAND INTERCONTINENTAL SEOUL 521 Teheran-Ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 555 5656 Fax: 82 2 559 7990 Web: www.seoul.intercontinental.com

LOTTE HOTEL WORLD SEOUL 240 Olympic-Ro Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 419 7000 Fax: 82 2 417 3655 Web: www.lottehotelworld.com

Grand Hyatt Seoul A 322 Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-738, Korea T 82 2 797 1234 F 82 2 798 6953 W seoul.grand.hyatt.com

RAMADA SEOUL 112-5 Samsung-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 6202 2000 Fax: 82 2 6202 2001 Web: www.ramadaseoul.co.kr

THE RITZ CARLTON SEOUL 602, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 3451 8000 Fax: 82 2 3451 8280 Web: www.ritzcarltonseoul.com THE SHILLA SEOUL 202 Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 2230 3131 Fax: 82 8 2233 5073 Web: www.shilla.net

SAMJUNG HOTEL 604-11 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-557-1221 Fax: +82-2-556-1126 Web: www.samjunghotel.co.kr

THE WESTIN CHOSUN SEOUL 87 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2 771 0500 Fax: 82 2 753 6370 Web: www.echosunhotel.com

SEOUL PALACE HOTEL 63-1 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-532-5000 Fax: +82-2-532-0399 Web: www.seoulpalace.co.kr

ROOMS

Grand Rooms / Pure Rooms

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F & B OUTLETS

339/38 The Paris Grill & Bar

THE HOTEL ELLUI 129 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 822 514 3535 Fax: 822 548 2500 Web: www.ellui.com THE LEXINGTON HOTEL 13-3 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-6670-7000 Fax: +82-2-6670-7299 Web: www.thelexington.co.kr

RENAISSANCE SEOUL HOTEL 676 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-555-0501 Fax: +82-2-553-8118 Web: www.renaissanceseoul.com

CAPACITY FACILITIES

175

Grand Ballroom I

THEATRE BANQUET COCKTAIL

200

200

300

Grand Deluxe Rooms

19

The Terrace

306

Grand Ballroom II

600

400

500

Grand Club Rooms

145

Akasaka

152

Grand Ballroom III

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200

300

Grand Club Deluxe Rooms

10

The Chinese

92

Grand Ballroom I+II+III

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950

1500

15/31 Poolside BBQ (Summer)

350

Regency Room

300

300

300

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Ballroom Foyer

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150

300

Grand / Executive Suites Diplomatic / Ambassador / Presidential Suites

Grand Hyatt Seoul is located in the heart of South Korea’s capital city, in the Yongsan district. Set on the historic Mount Namsan amidst 18 acres of waterfalls and landscaped gardens, this hotel offers grand service, combined with the relaxing comforts of home. Relax and unwind in one of 601 luxury rooms and suites with views over the Mount Namsan and Han River. Offering extensive meeting and event facilities, corporate travellers will be assured that their work needs will be met. Replenish at The Spa and Club Olympus recreation centre, a sanctuary of calm offering spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts and an ice skating rink.

NOVOTEL AMBASSADOR GANGNAM 603 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: 82 2-567-1101 Fax: 82 2 531 6670 Web: www.ambatel.com/gangnam

JJ Deli

2/1/1 JJ Mahoney’s (JJ Garden) 443(89) Ballroom, Foyer, Regency Room 1500 1400 2000


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SHANGHAI

Taking an exhilarating ride into a new decade, this ‘Pearl of the Orient’ has certainly rediscovered its lustre and is gearing up to be one of the world’s premier MICE and travel destinations in the 21st century photos China National Tourist Office

With China rising as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Shanghai has regained an incredible momentum and has transformed itself into a gleaming metropolis of hundreds of skyscrapers, with a bustling population of about 23.5 million people. Shanghai

wields some serious economic clout and is one of the world’s major financial centres. It is also the beacon of the wealthy Yangtze Delta region, which accounts for a substantial portion of China’s manufacturing output, exports and foreign investment. Shanghai’s port and


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and Puxi (west of the river). In Puxi, the Bund is the centrepiece of Shanghai’s cosmopolitan history, capturing the essence of the city’s colourful past. Since the mid-1800s, the area has been the site of early foreign settlements and gradually became the financial and political centre of the international community in China. Aside from offices, you’ll also find fine dining restaurants, chic bars, trendy boutiques and art galleries housed in these buildings. In stark contrast, on the opposite side of the river in Pudong, enjoy breathtaking views of hundreds of modern buildings and skyscrapers, including some of the world’s tallest buildings like the Jinmao Tower, 101-storey Shanghai World Financial Center, and the soon to be complete 632-metre Shanghai Tower geared as the world’s second tallest building (after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa). On 29 September 2013, the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone was implemented, state media announcing the city’s plans to reduce government intervention and opening instead to more foreign trade and investment. To cope with the increasing demands upon Shanghai as a premier MICE destination, China has invested heavily in the MICE infrastructure, auxiliary facilities and service, significantly enhancing its capability in handling large scale events. Key events include the IT&CM China 2011, World Expo 2010, 2007 Special Summer Olympics, the annual Formula One Chinese Grand Prix and other major international fairs and exhibitions. In more recent times, Shanghai successfully hosted the 2010 World Expo – the six-month event also the world’s largest in history, welcoming over 70 million visitors. The 2013 ICCA Congress was similarly successful, taking in over 900 participants from 60 nations, making for the biggest attendance for ICCA Congress out of Europe.


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other places to go for a night out on the town include Hengshan Road and South Maoming Road, which provide an interesting mix of restaurants, casual pubs and glitzy bars. If you’re interested in sampling some local fare, you must try the wildly popular Shanghainese meat dumplings. The local Shanghainese cuisine also typically features seafood such as eel, carp or crab and dishes are often cooked in a popular brown soya bean sauce. Shanghai is also famous for its sweets, such as dough sticks, glutinous rice cakes and unsurprisingly, French pastries. The cosmopolitan nature of the city has also extended to the cuisines available in Shanghai. There are literally hundreds of cafés and restaurants serving fantastic cuisines from all around the world.

Cultural Haven With the foundation of a seasoned business and leisure travel industry, Shanghai has further developed key support services to facilitate the organisation and execution of MICE events. There are more than 100 Destination Management Companies offering professional one-stop services for all types of business events. For more information, go to www.meet-inshanghai.net.

Shopper’s Delight A shopping paradise, trawl through century-old specialty shops or swanky malls along Nanjing Road or head to the many luxurious international designer stores along Huaihai Road. Shanghai also provides a dual experience in that you get to experience history while doing retail therapy too. Shopping at the former French Concession District is an interesting experience, where tree-lined cobbled paths and historical Frenchinspired buildings co-exist with trendy boutiques and cafes. The Fuzhou Road (known as ‘Cultural Street’ from a century ago) showcases many stalls and shops selling books, music and art, while the Dongtai Road Antique Market offers a wide variety of porcelain, jade and bronze wares, calligraphy and paintings. Another popular leisure attraction is Xin Tian Di, Shanghai’s trendiest lifestyle destination. The landscape of the area is based on the traditional Shanghainese Shikumen (stone-gate) housing, while its interior reflects the face of modern Shanghai, consisting of trendy shops, modern entertainment facilities and some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.

Wine & Dine As the sun sets, a different side of the city emerges and Shanghai’s renowned nightlife kicks into high gear. Aside from the restaurants and bars at the Bund, the fine restaurants and trendy drinking joints at Xin Tian Di,

Most of the traditional tourist attractions are in Puxi, including the prosperous area of the Bund. The scenic views along the 1.5km riverfront feature numerous historical buildings built in different architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance. With the river and its banks offering some of best views in Shanghai, a cruise down the


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Huangpu River is a must. Event planners may consider the exclusive hire of a luxury cruise, which can accommodate up to about 400 people for a business event, cruise dinner or a product launch. Side event tours can include a visit to the 5-acre Yu Garden (“Yuyuan”) located in the center of the Old City, which was established in the 1500s during the Ming Dynasty. Another museum to visit is the Shanghai Art Museum, which showcases both traditional and modern fine art. Here, the rooftop restaurant and exhibition spaces can cater to events and functions. Venture out into the suburbs for a fascinating insight into the local way of life. Zhujiajiao, often compared to Europe’s Venice, is an ancient water town with a history tracing back 1,700 years set in a backdrop of lakes and mountains. Songjiang’s Old Streets are also popular, a historical and architectural treasure trove of palaces, temples, monuments and estates. Explore the labyrinth of the Old Street to appreciate the colourful lifestyle of the local people.

Where to Hold Your MICE Events New permanent convention and exhibition facilities at the site of the World Expo 2010 include the World Expo Centre, Mercedes-Benz Arena (previously the Shanghai Expo Culture Center), Expo Theme Pavilion, and China Pavilion. Another popular choice is the Shanghai New International Expo Centre – a comprehensive venue comprising 17 column-free, exhibition halls with 300,000 sqm of exhibition space. The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and the Pudong Exhibition Hall offer venues with a cultural twist, while the Shanghai International Convention Center and Oriental Pearl Exhibition Hall lend events a touch of luxury. The ShanghaiMart specialises in trade events and features a mix of conference rooms, offices and exhibition halls that total 200,000 sqm. The Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, which has adjoined hotel, offices and apartments within its complex, boasts exhibition halls that offer 30,000 sqm of event space. Many international hotel group brands in Shanghai are also well equipped and supported by logistical and technical expertise to organise major events. With its vibrant culture and history, Shanghai also allows a wide selection of alternative creative event venues for an unforgettable experience. Venues like 1933, a preserved heritage-listed old art décor abattoir provide a dramatic backdrop for parties, banquets and fashion shows. The Bund 18, winner of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award, is a stunning restored neoclassical architectural work of art that offers exhibition space and a selection of fine restaurants

and bars to host and entertain your participants. Another interesting venue is the China Mansion Hotel; a historical villa nestled in the heart of the old French Concession District, which offers luxurious function rooms and a rooftop restaurant, oozing the classic old Shanghai charm. For a taste of what’s new and trendy, head down to Xin Tian Di where old Shikumen (stone gate) quarters have been restored and converted into stylish dining, retail and entertainment and event spaces. For skyhigh views, the Shanghai World Financial Center is reportedly the city’s tallest building where its 94th floor offers 750 sqm of event space, and a 500sqm roof garden for outdoor events. For scenic views and accessibility, the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal on the northern end of the Bund offers just that. The futuristic building is shaped like a water droplet, with a huge pier for large launches and a terminal boasting an 850 metre long viewing gallery overlooking the Lujiazui financial district cross the Huangpu River. To further establish its standing in the MICE industry, Shanghai is adding a new convention centre in its Hongqiao district. The US$3.5 billion development will reportedly be the largest of its kind worldwide, offering 500,000 sqm of exhibition space and convention facilities, expected to be completed in 2015. For more details and ideas on the various venue options in Shanghai, contact the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA).


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Visa Requirements Visitors from most countries need to obtain a visa before entering China. Visas may be obtained at Chinese embassies and consulates abroad or via private visa application specialists. The standard tourist visa is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple-entry, 60-day visas are also available and may be extended for a further 30-day period.

Population Shanghai has a population of about 23.4 million people. A large majority of the population are of Han Chinese ethnicity, with a small minority consisting of the Hui, Uighur, Manchu, Mongolian and Tujia.

Languages Standard Mandarin (Putonghua) is the official language of the People’s Republic of China. Shanghainese (a dialect of Wu Chinese) is largely spoken by the local people. English is not commonly spoken, though most young people and staff at major hotels and international establishments may be able to converse in English.

Shanghai. The monetary units of the Renminbi include the Yuan, Jiao and Fen (1 Yuan equal= 10 Jiao =100 Fen). Foreign currency exchange outlets can be found at the international airports as do major hotels. Typical Banking Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9.00am to 6.00pm.

Getting Around Shanghai’s extensive public transport system consists of taxis, buses, trolleybuses and a fast growing metro system. Taxis are relatively affordable and are a common means of getting around the city. To avoid any inconvenience, have your destinations written down in Chinese characters since most of the taxi drivers do not speak English. Taxi drivers are rated for their experience and service quality and this is indicated by the number of stars in their drivers ID, which should be displayed at the front of the taxi. During peak hours of traffic, it may be quicker to travel to your destination via the Shanghai Metro. Presently the system has over 300 stations and 12 metro lines, to be increased to 22 by end 2020.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone is GMT +8 hours, with no daylight saving.

Climate Shanghai has a northern subtropical maritime monsoon climate, with 4 distinct seasons. Shanghai’s weather is fairly moderate and its seasons are not as distinct as in the Northern provinces in China. The average annual temperature is 18°C, though temperatures can soar to about 35°C between July and August. The coldest time of the year is from the end of January to early February. Nearly 60% of Shanghai’s rainfall occurs from May to September.

Currency The Renminbi (RMB) is the official currency of the People’s Republic of China and the currency used in

Safety Shanghai is generally considered to be a safe city and violent crimes are uncommon. At tourist areas, be wary of touts that may pressure you into buying goods or services from their establishments.

CALENDAR 1 Jan New Year’s Day 31 Jan-1 Feb Chinese New Year 5-7 Apr Qing Ming 1-3 May Labour Day 31 May to 2 Jun Dragon Boat Festival 6-8 Sep Mid Autumn Festival 1 to 7 Oct China’s National Day of the People’s Republic of China

USEFUL INFORMATION getting there Most international travellers take a flight into one of Shanghai’s two international airports. The main international airport is the Shanghai Pudong International Airport located about 30 km from the city centre, servicing over 50 passenger airlines and about 25 cargo airlines, with direct flights to many cities in China and worldwide. The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (former main international airport) services domestic flights within China and some international flights to neighbouring countries such as Japan and Korea. Travellers from the Shanghai Pudong International Airport may want to take the Shanghai Maglev Train into the city. The world’s first commercial high-speed magnetic levitation train line, it takes just under eight minutes to complete the 30km journey to Longyang Road Station in Pudong.

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Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

8 – 10 Feb OF USEFUL CONTACTS DIRECTORY 2 – 5 June Shanghai Y3 Comic & Anime International Luxury Travel Market Festival Asia Venue: Shanghai Everbright Venue: Shanghai Exhibition Center Convention & Exhibition Center 15 – 17 Apr Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center 15 – 17 May 2014 Shanghai International Logistics Technology and Equipment Exhibition

10 –12 Sept CITEXPO 2014 Venue: Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center 4 – 6 Dec The 9th AsiaSolar Photovoltaic Industry Exhibition Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration 10F, 100 Dagu Road, Shanghai Website: www.meet-in-shanghai.net Email: woya@meet-in-shanghai.net Tel: (021) 2311-1111 China National Tourism Administration 9A Jianguomennei Ave, Beijing 100740 People’s Republic of China Website: www.en.cnta.gov.cn Email: webmaster@cnta.gov.cn Tel: (86-10) 6520-1114 Police Shanghai Tourist Quality Supervisory Office Tourist Information Helpline

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PREFERRED HOTELS IN SHANGHAI

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SHANGHAI PUDONG 838 Dong Fang Road,Pudong New Area 路 Shanghai, 200122 China Tel: (8621) 6886 7886 Fax: (8621) 6886 7889 Website: marriott.com COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SHANGHAI XUJIAHUI 100 HongQiao Road,Xuhui District 路 Shanghai, 200030 China Tel: (8621) 6129 2888 Fax: (8621) 6129 2999 Website: marriott.com CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CENTURY PARK SHANGHAI 1433 Minsheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 5190 8888 Fax: (8621) 5190 9200 Website: ichotelsgroup.com CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SHANGHAI FUDAN 199 Han Dan Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 5552 9999 Fax: (8621) 5552 9990 Website: ichotelsgroup.com CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LAKE MALAREN SHANGHAI 6655 Hu Tai Road (9 Lake Meilan Road), Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 5659 0888 Fax: (8621) 5659 0137 Website: ichotelsgroup.com CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SHANGHAI PUDONG 1000 Yang Gao Road (N), Pudong, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 5862 1000 Fax: (8621) 5862 1222 Website: ichotelsgroup.com CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SHANGHAI 400 Pan Yu Road , Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 6145 8888 Fax: (8621) 6280 3353 Website: ichotelsgroup.com GRAN MELIA HOTEL SHANGHAI 1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 3867 8888 Fax: (8621) 3867 8666 Website: gran-melia-shanghai.com GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL SHANGHAI 505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001, China Tel: (8621) 400 155 5008 Website: centralhotelshanghai.com GRAND MERCURE BAOLONG SHANGHAI 180 Yixian Road Shanghai 200434, P.R. China Tel: (8621)3505 9666 Fax: (8621) 5663 2710 Website: grandmercurebaolong.com HILTON SHANGHAI No 250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai 200040, China Tel: (8621) 6248 0000 Fax: (8621) 6248 3868 Website: http://www3.hilton.com HILTON SHANGHAI HONGQIAO No 1116 Hong Song East Road,Shanghai 201103, China Tel: (8621) 3323 6666 Fax: (8621) 3323 6666 Website: http://www3.hilton.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI PUDONG 899 Dong Fang Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 5830 6666 Fax: (8621) 5830 5555 Website: www.holidayinn.com

HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI DOWNTOWN 585 Heng Feng Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 6353 8008 Fax: (8621) 6354 3019 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI JINXIU 399 Jin Zun Road, Pudong, 200125, China Tel: (8621) 5055 9888 Fax: (8621) 5055 9876 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI PUDONG KANGQIAO No. 1088, Xiuyan Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 201315, China Tel: (8621) 3829 1888 Fax: (8621) 3829 1899 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI PUDONG NANPU No. 55, Huanlong Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200127, China Tel: (8621) 6862 9988 Fax: (8621) 5039 3583 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI SONGJIANG No. 83 Middle Zhongshan Road, Songjiang, Shanghai, 201600, China Tel: (8621) 3785 9999 Fax: (861) 5771 5666 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI VISTA 700 Chang Shou Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 6276 8888 Fax: (8621) 6266 1888 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI WEST 2000 Huqingping Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 3973 8888 Fax: (8621) 3973 8899 Website: www.holidayinn.com HOTEL INDIGO SHANGHAI ON THE BUND 585 zhongshandong er road,huangpu area,shanghai,200010,china Tel: (8621) 3302 9999 Fax: (8621) )3302 9998 Website: www.shanghai.hotelindigo.com INTERCONTINENTAL SHANGHAI EXPO 1188 Xueye Road, Shanghai, 200125, China Tel: 86 21 38581188 Website: www.ichotelsgroup.com INTERCONTINENTAL SHANGHAI PUXI 500 Heng Feng Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 5253 9999 Fax: (8621) 5253 9998 Website: www.ichotelsgroup.com JUMEIRAH HIMALAYAS HOTEL SHANGHAI No. 1108 Mei Hua Road, Pudong, Shanghai 201204 China Tel: (8621) 3858 0888 Fax: (8621) 3858 0999 Website: www.jumeirah.com

LES SUITES ORIENT, BUND SHANGHAI 1 Jinling East Road, Shanghai 200002 Tel: (8621) 6320 0088 Website: www.lessuitesorient.com MARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS UNION SQUARE SHANGHAI PUDONG 506 Shang Cheng Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai 200120, China Tel: (8621) 2899 8888 Fax: (8621) 2899 8877 Website: www.marriott.com MEA @ TOMORROW SQUARE, SHANGHAI 399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200003, China Tel: (8621) 5359 4969 Fax: (8621) 6375 5988 Website: www.marriott.com NEW WORLD SHANGHAI HOTEL 1555 Ding Xi Road, Chang Ning District, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 6240 8888 Fax: (8621) 6240 7777 Website: shanghai.newworldhotels.com NOVOTEL SHANGHAI ATLANTIS 728 Pu Dong Avenue Tel: (8621) 5036 6666 Fax: (8621) 5036 6677 Website: www.novotel.com PAN PACIFIC SUZHOU 259 Xin Shi Lu, Suzhou, 215007, Jiangsu, Pr China Tel: 86 512 6510 3388 Fax: 86 512 6510 0888 Website: www.panpacific.com PARKYARD HOTEL SHANGHAI 699 Bi Bo Road, Shanghai 201203 Tel: (8621) 6162 1168 Fax: (8621) 6162 1169 Website: www.parkyard.com PUDONG SHANGRI-LA, SHANGHAI 33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, CHINA Tel: (86-21) 6882 8888 Fax: (86-21) 6882 6688 Website: www.shangri-la.com PULLMAN SHANGHAI SKYWAY 15 Dapu Road, Luwan District Shanghai 200023, China Tel: (8621) 3318 9988 Fax: (8621) 5301 0000 Website: www.accorhotels.com RADISSON HOTEL SHANGHAI HONG QUAN 210 Taopu Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200333, China Tel: (86) 21 53559999 Fax: (86) 21 52852221 Website: www.radisson.com

REGAL INTERNATIONAL EAST ASIA HOTEL 516 Hengshan Road, Xu Hui District Shanghai 200030 Tel: (8621) 6415 5588 Fax: (8621) 6445 8899 Website: www.regalhotel.com REGAL JINFENG HOTEL 318 Jingang Road, Pudong, Shanghai 201206 Tel: (8621) 5899 3838 Fax: (8621) 5039 3583 Website: www.regalhotel.com RENAISSANCE SHANGHAI PUDONG HOTEL 100 Changliu Road, Lianyang District, Pudong, Shanghai 200135, China Tel: (8621) 3871 4888 Fax: (8621) 6854 0888 Website: www.marriott.com RENAISSANCE SHANGHAI ZHONGSHAN PARK HOTEL 1018 Changning Road, Changning District, Shanghai 200042, China Tel: (8621) 6115 8888 Fax: (8621) 6115 8999 Website: www.marriott.com RENAISSANCE YANGTZE SHANGHAI HOTEL 2099 Yan An Xi Road, Shanghai 200336, China Tel: (8621) 6275 0000 Fax: (8621) 6275 0750 Website: www.marriott.com SHANGHAI MARRIOTT HOTEL HONGQIAO 2270 Hongqiao Road, Shanghai 200336, China Tel: (8621) 6237 6000 Fax: (8621) 6237 6222 Website: www.marriott.com SWISSOTEL GRAND, SHANGHAI 1 Yu Yuan Road, Shanghai 200040, P.R. China Tel: (8621) 5355 9898 Fax: (8621) 6288 9638 Website: www.swissotel.com THE ETON HOTEL, SHANGHAI 535 Pudong Avenue, Shanghai 200120, China Tel: (8621) 3878 9888 Fax: (8621) 3878 9839 Website: www.etonhotelshanghai.cn THE LANGHAM, YANGTZE BOUTIQUE, SHANGHAI No 740 Hankou Road, Shanghai 200001, China Tel: (8621) 6080 0800 Fax: (8621) 6080 0801 Website: http://yangtze.langhamhotels.com/ THE PORTMAN RITZ-CARLTON SHANGHAI 1376 Nanjing Xi Road, Shanghai Tel: (8621) 6279 8888 Fax: (8621) 6279 8800 Email: rc.sharz.reservation@ritzcarlton.com

RADISSON HOTEL SHANGHAI NEW WORLD 88 Nanjing Road (w) Shanghai, 200003 Tel: (86) 21 6359 9999 Fax: (86) 21 6358 9705 Website: www.radisson.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON SHANGHAI PUDONG Shanghai ifc, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai 200120 China Tel: (8621) 6279 8888 Website: www.ritzcarlton.com

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL @ TOMORROW SQUARE, SHANGHAI 399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200003, China Tel: (8621) 5359 4969 Fax: (8621) 6375 5988 Website: www.marriott.com

RADISSON PLAZA XING GUO HOTEL SHANGHAI 78 Xing Guo Road, Shanghai 200052, China Tel: (86) 21 62129998 Fax: (86) 21 62129996 Website: www.radissonblu.com

THE SEAGULL ON THE BUND No 60, Huangpu Road, Shanghai, China Tel: (8621) 6325 1500 Fax: (8621) 6324 1263 Website: www.seagull-hotel.com

KERRY HOTEL PUDONG, SHANGHAI No.1388 Hua Mu Road, Pudong, Shanghai 201204, CHINA Tel: (8621) 6169 8888 Fax: (8621) 6169 8899 Website: www.shangri-la.com

RADISSON HOTEL PUDONG CENTURY PARK 1199 Ying Chun Road, Pudong, Shanghai 200135, P. R. China Tel: (86) 21 51300000 Fax: (86) 21 51300333 Website: www.radissonblu.com

WALDORF ASTORIA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND No.2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai 200002, P.R. China Tel: (8621) 6322 9988 Fax: (8621) 6321 9888 Website: www.waldorfastoriashanghai.com


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Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao A 1116 Hong Song East Road, Shanghai 201103, China T 86 21 3323 6666 F 86 21 3323 6999 W shanghaihongqiao.hilton.com

ROOMS

NO

FACILITIES

THEATRE

U SHAPE

COCKTAIL

Guest Rooms

335 Essence

230

Grand Ballroom

1,260

180

1,300

Deluxe Rooms

221 Yue Xuan

170

Grand Ballroom East/Central/West

420

85

430

Pulse

80

Grand Ballroom Central + West/

840

120

870

30

Fortune 1/2

80

18

40

Fortune 3

100

22

50

Fortune 5/6/7

60

15

40

Fortune 5+6+7

180

42

120

Executive Rooms 67

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

Junior Suites

23

Vine

Deluxe Suites

11

Executive Lounge 56

Executive Suites

16

Deli Catessen

-

Presidential Suite 1

Situated in the heart of Hongqiao business district, the threetower Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao is close to metro lines and within walking distance of entertainment venues. Relax in the spacious guest room and enjoy the wide range of facilities including the spa. The Grand Ballroom is ideal for private functions and can accommodate over 1,000 people while the two restaurants serve up cuisine from around the world.

Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown A No. 585 Heng Feng Road, Shanghai T 86 21 6353 8008 F 86 21 6354 3019 W www.holidayinn.com

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

THEATRE

THEATRE

BANQUET

CLASSROOM

Rooms

531

Angel’s Café

170

FACILITIES

Great Wall Ballroom

500

320

500

Club Rooms

36

Yue Garden

220

Wangchao Room

130

110

160

Suite

51

Lobby Lounge

44

Wenhua Room

120

100

140

Moon Bar

44

Great Ballroom

300

180

300

Orchid Room

30

20

60

Bamboo Room

30

30

80

Jasmine Room

60

40

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Choose Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown for easy access to anywhere in Shanghai and neighboring cities. The hotel is located within walking distance of Shanghai Railway Station and Subway. The hotel has a total of 531 modern and comfortable rooms including 51 suites. Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown has nine refurbished function rooms which can cater for various meetings and seminars from 20-500 participants.

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan A 210 Taopu Rd, Putuo District, Shanghai,200333,China T 86 21 5355 9999 F 86 21 5285 2221 W www.radissonblu.com/hongquanhotel-shanghai Experience the perfect location for business and pleasure. Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan offers the epitome of comfort, complimented by the latest in advanced technology for the sophisticated business traveler. Located north of the Hong Qiao business district, exceptional dining, well-equipped conference facilities, personal service and an ideal location make every business trip a pleasure.

NO

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

THEATRE

U SHAPE

COCKTAIL

President Suite

1

Terrace Café

92

Peony

300

-

400

Executive Suite

9

Ü Chinese Restaurant

106

Peony I

120

40

160

Junior Suite

22

Shiki

47

Peony II

170

45

200

Executive Room

29

Tusk Lounge

40

Begonia

250

60

300

Deluxe Room

172

Wine Bar

40

Magnolia

90

-

90

Superior Room

55

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FACILITIES


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Singapore The destination of choice for every discerning corporate traveller, Singapore is armed with an outstanding business support infrastructure, an internationally renowned airport with extensive air linkages, first-class accommodations, and dynamic entertainment options photos Singapore Tourism Board

Anchored in the heart of the region, Singapore is an important gateway to Southeast Asia. The humble acreage of this small city state belies its economic prowess and large-scale capabilities. A thriving centre of industry and commerce, Singapore has successfully stamped its mark globally as a major player in numerous industries including oil refining and distribution, banking and finance, the manufacturing of electronic components and shipbuilding and repair. The country also boasts the world’s busiest port in terms of shipping tonnage handled, and is a major aviation hub in the Asia Pacific region – with the Singapore Changi Airport constantly ranked among the world’s best airports. Regarded as one of the most network ready countries in the world, Singapore boasts a super efficient infrastructure seamlessly connecting it to the world, where most hotels, convention halls and exhibition venues offer

superb internet and teleconferencing facilities. Singapore received 15,495,00 visitors in 2013, a 6.9 per cent increase from the previous year. According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), it was the only Asian city to have been listed in the Top Ten Convention Cities in the world – alongside Vienna, Paris, and Berlin – last year and has maintained that position for over a decade. The Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) constantly strives at keeping the country a leader in hosting business events and at cultivating its probusiness environment – some of the MICE activities set to be held on the island include International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting 2016, World Congress on Cosmetic Dermatology 2014, and International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress 2018. More than 10 hotels opened its


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doors to guests last year, some of which are Westin Singapore, Carlton City Hotel Singapore, and Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park. The Singapore Sports Hub that will feature a whole host of world-class sports facilities is slated for completion this year, while the National Art Gallery, set to open next year, will house the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian art in both City Hall and the former Supreme Court – buildings with rich history and heritage. Whether in business or leisure, the country is continually investing in the infrastructure and attractions to bring to guests a refreshing level of sophisticated tourism.

Mix Business With Pleasure This tiny dot on the world map is bursting at the seams with a slew of appealing leisure options ranging from delectable cuisines, incredible range of shopping outlets to bustling night spots, making for that perfect mix of business

and pleasure. Also, its fertile business eco-system and its proximity to the neighbouring fast-growing Asian markets provide business travellers with abundant opportunities for knowledge exchange and invaluable networking.

Experience the Culture Singapore, also known as the food capital of Asia, features a hotchpotch of fantastic cuisines. Almost every other local you meet is a self-confessed foodie, who would know where to go for the crispiest ‘roti prata’ (Indian flat bread), the best chilli crabs or the most succulent ‘satay’ sticks (barbecued meats on bamboo skewers). Aside from Singaporean dishes of ethnic Chinese, Indian and Malay origins, you can wager to find almost any other cuisine that you have a hankering for, from the more familiar Italian, Japanese or French to the more exotic Egyptian or Mongolian. Check out the pubs and restaurants at the Boat Quay or Clarke Quay alongside the Singapore River or head down to the

Emerald Hill at Orchard Road to relax and unwind. Party dance clubs, chic bars and jazz lounges are found throughout the island and stay open till late into the evenings. Other popular nightspots include Holland Village, Mohd Sultan Road and the Sentosa Gateway. Experience Singapore’s diverse and unique culture first hand when you go to the heartlands of the main ethnic groups in Singapore. Join a walking tour or simply stroll down Chinatown to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and colourful history of the Chinese people. Take a trip down to Little India at Serangoon Road, where the scents of exotic spices fill the air as you make your way through the narrow walkways lined with eateries and shops selling bales of silks, brassware and jewellery. Geylang Serai is another popular enclave where the cuisines, arts and crafts of the Malay people converge to ensure an unforgettable cultural experience. Stroll along traditional buildings and


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structures such as Parliament House, Raffles Hotel, St Andrews Cathedral and the National Museum of Singapore, all restored to a gleaming state of grandeur. Aside from being an architectural beauty, the National Museum also provides a formal interpretation and comprehensive understanding of Singapore’s culture and history. Head to the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum for some insight into certain aspects of Southeast Asian history, or catch traditional and contemporary theatre, dance, music and visual arts performances at Fort Canning Park or at the Esplandae. Singapore also has a plethora of cultural and celebratory festivals held throughout the year such as the Singapore Food Festival and the Chingay Parade which are a real treat. Check out the country’s events calendar online at www. yoursingapore.com.

Shop till You Drop Alongside eating, shopping is considered a national past time in Singapore. Take some time to hit the mega malls and

glitzy shopping centres located at the various shopping hotspots around the island. Orchard Road is a must-visit with four new additions to this main shopping strip: Scotts Square, Ion Orchard, 313 @ Somerset, and Orchard Central. During the annual Christmas Light-Up which runs from the middle of November to December, the entire stretch of Orchard Road is decorated with captivating fairy lights, flashing ornaments and fully-decked up Christmas trees, making for an enchanting Christmas. Other major shopping areas like Raffles City, Suntec City and Vivo City will complete your shopping experience.

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Where to Hold your MICE Events Singapore has excellent state-of-theart convention centres, exhibition halls, auditoriums and meeting venues to suit a variety of needs and budgets. Offering first-rate business support infrastructure, most venues also offer the convenience of a ride range of accommodation, food, entertainment and recreation options in close proximity. Many hotels are fully equipped with function rooms and banqueting facilities to host smaller business meetings, exhibitions and events. Hotels such as the Marina Bay Sands Resort, Resorts World


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Sentosa, the Swissôtel and the Fairmont Singapore have larger dedicated business spaces that can easily accommodate thousands of participants. Other key MICE venues include the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Changi Exhibition Centre, Raffles City Convention Centre and Singapore Expo, all of which are easily accessible from any part of this small island. Alternatively, impress your guests at exclusive venues such as the newly opend Marine Life Park - the world’s largest oceanarium, Chinatown Food Street and the Singapore Turf Club, or host your events at venues with a historical and cultural twist such as the Maritime Experiential Museum, the Asian Civilisations Museum or the Arts House @ The Old Parliament. Treat your guests to a spectacular view of the Singapore skyline at the Jewel Box on Mount Faber, or up onboard the Singapore Flyer. Tourist attractions such as the Singapore Zoo (Night Safari) and the Mandai Orchid Garden also have interesting alternative spaces to cater for functions and events. For more unique ideas and details of event space options, visit the Singapore Tourism Board website at www. yoursingapore.com.

Unique Attractions Embark on an exciting journey at the city’s newest attraction - the River Safari, which will take visitors through a series of

giant river ecosystems, from the Mekong, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray to the Mississippi delta. Visit the world’s largest Oceanarium at Resorts World Sentosa, which recently opened its doors to the public at the S.E.A. Aquarium or make your way down six water slides and laze along the Adventure River at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Guests will have the opportunity to snorkel among thousands of fish at the colourful Rainbow Reef, or to sign up for ray-feeding and interaction programmes with sharks and dolphins. Alternatively, make a breakfast date with an ‘orang-utan’ (native ape), get up close and personal with a reticulated python or stare down the jaws of a white tiger at the Singapore Zoo, home to more

than 300 animal species. Nature lovers should also pay a visit to the 150-year old Singapore Botanical Gardens, which boasts an extensive range of botanical and horticultural attractions, including the National Orchid Garden which houses thousands of orchid species. Gardens by the Bay encompasses highlights such as the vertical gardens of the Supertrees; the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest cooled conservatories; the Heritage Gardens and World of Plants; and the Dragonfly Lake. Other attractions include the Jurong Bird Park and Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. For a refreshing look at this island paradise, take a ride on the world’s largest giant observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer. Golfing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Singapore has some of the region’s best courses including the Serapong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club which hosts the Singapore Open tournament annually and features some of the world’s best golfers. The Tanah Merah Country Club is another noteworthy golfing venue, where the world’s best female golfers have played the Lexus Cup and the HSBC Women’s Champions at the Garden Course. The Marina Bay Golf Course is a public 18-hole golf course with splendid views of the city skyline and worth a visit. To avoid disappointment, visitors should contact these golf clubs early to make the necessary arrangements to play a round or two.


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getting around An efficient public transportation network of taxis, buses and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system provide commuters with a reliable, timely and cost-efficient way to get around Singapore. Detailed information on bus routes, MRT stations and fares can be found online at www. transitlink.com.sg.

Visa requirements All visitors into the country must have recognized valid travel documents, sufficient funds for their period of stay in Singapore and a confirmed onward/return ticket. Nationals of certain countries will have to apply for a Business or Social Visit visa to enter Singapore. Visitors should check with the country’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for a list of the country’s visa entry requirements.

Population Singapore has a population of 5.31 million, of which about a quarter comprise non-resident workers and expatriates. A multicultural society, the Chinese make up approximately three quarters of the population, with Malays, Indians and other races making up the rest.

Languages English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil are the four official languages in Singapore. English is widely spoken throughout Singapore and is the main language used in business and commerce.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone

is GMT + 8 hours, with no daylight saving.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Climate

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Singapore has a warm and humid climate all year round. Coinciding with the Northeast Monsoon season, the months of November, December and January are typically the wettest months of the year.

Singapore has established itself as a major aviation hub in the Asia Pacific region with over 85 international airlines flying into the country’s award winning Changi Airport. This connects the city state to more than 200 cities in 60 countries worldwide, with an annual handling capacity of more than 40 million passengers. The country is well located for intra-Asian travel with short flight travel times to major Asian cities and ASEAN capitals.

Currency The official currency is the Singapore Dollar. Currency exchange or money changer services are readily available at the Changi Airport and within the city centre and major shopping areas. Major credit cards are widely accepted by establishments in Singapore. Typical Banking Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturdays & Sundays (only some banks & opening hours vary): 9.00am to 1.00pm

MICE SCHEDULE 10 – 13 Apr Singapore Yacht Show Venue: ONE°15 Marina Club

2 – 4 Aug Invest Fair Venue: Suntec Covention & Exhibition Centrre

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS9 – 11 Sep 7 – 9 May Occupational Safety & Health Asia Venue: Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre 17 – 18 July Singapore MICE Forum Venue: To be announced

Medical Manufacturing Asia Venue: Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre 29 – 30 Oct Data Centre World Venue: Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre

Safety Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world, with a low crime rate and an effective police force. It is generally safe for locals and tourists to walk along the streets late into the night. Economic prosperity and political stability promotes the personal security of visitors coming into the country.

CALENDAR 1 Jan 31 Jan 18 Apr 1 May 13 May 28 July 9 Aug 5 Oct 23 Oct 25 Dec

New Year’s Day Chinese New Year Good Friday Labour Day Vesak Day Hari Raya Puasa National Day Hari Raya Haji Deepavali Christmas Day

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Singapore Tourism Board (NTO) Tourism Court 1 Orchard Spring Lane Singapore 247729 Website: www.visitsingapore.com/businessevents Tel: 65-6736-6622, 65-1800-736-2000 (toll-free in Singapore) Automated Tourist Information Service Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (Visa Requirements to enter Singapore) Tel: 65-6391-6100 Website: www.ica.gov.sg Weather Information 65-6542-7788 Time 1711 Ambulance/Fire Bridage 995 Police 999 International Calls 104 Citysearch 65-1900-777-7777 (Operated Assisted Contact Search) American Express 65-6880-1111

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SINGAPORE PREFERRED HOTELS IN SINGAPORE

AMARA SANCTUARY RESORT SENTOSA 1 Larkhill Road Sentosa Island, Singapore 099394 Tel: (65) 6825 3888 Fax: (65) 6825 3878 Web: www.sentosa.amarahotels.com AMARA SINGAPORE 165 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088539 Tel: (65) 6879 2555 Fax: (65) 6224 3910 Web: www.singapore.amarahotels.com CAPELLA SINGAPORE 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297 Tel: (+65) 6377 8888 begin of the skype highlighting (+65) 6377 8888 end of the skype highlighting Fax: (+65) 6377 3455 Web: www.capellahotels.com/singapore CARLTON HOTEL SINGAPORE 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558 Tel: (65) 6338 8333 Fax: (65) 6339 8866 Web: www.carltonhotel.sg CONCORDE HOTEL SINGAPORE 100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840 Tel: (65) 6733 8855 Fax: (65) 6732 7886 Web: singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com CONRAD CENTENNIAL SINGAPORE Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982 Tel: (65) 6334 8888 Fax: (65) 6333 9166 Web: www.placeshilton.com/centennial_ singapore CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT 75 Airport Boulevard , Singapore Tel: (65) 6823 5300 Web: www.crowneplaza.com FAIRMONT SINGAPORE 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560 Tel: (65) 6339 7777 Fax: (65) 6337 1554 Web: www.fairmont.com/singapore GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211 Tel: (65) 6577 2481 Fax: (65) 6577 2482 Web: www.goodwoodparkhotel.com

GRAND MERCURE SINGAPORE ROXY 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square-Marine Parade, Singapore 428769 Tel: (65) 6344 8000 Fax: (65) 6344 8010 Web: www.grandmercure.com.sg HILTON SINGAPORE 581 Orchard Road Singapore 238883 Tel: (65) 6737 2233 Fax: (65) 6732 2917 Web: www:hilton.com

PAN PACIFIC ORCHARD 10 Claymore Road Singapore 229540 Tel: (65) 6508 2340 Fax: (65) 6295 2762 Web: www.panpacific.com

SINGAPORE MARRIOTT HOTEL 320 Orchard Road Singapore 238865 Tel: (65) 6735 5800 Fax: (65) 6735 9800 Web: www.marriott.com/hotels

PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595 Tel: (65) 6508 2340 Fax: (65) 6295 2762 Web: www.panpacific.com

SWISSOTEL THE STAMFORD, SINGAPORE 20 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882 Tel: (65) 6338 8585 Fax: (65) 6334 0606 Web: www.swissotel.com/singapore SWISSOTEL MERCHANT COURT SINGAPORE 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281 Tel: +65 6337 2288 Fax: +65 6438 1887 Web: www.swissotel.com/singapore

HOLIDAY INN ATRIUM 317 Outram Road , Singapore Tel: (65) 6733 0188 Web: www.holidayinn.com

PARKROYAL ON KITCHENER ROAD 181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533 Tel: (65) 6508 2340 Fax: (65) 6295 2762 Web: www.parkroyalhotel.com PARLROYAL ON BEACH ROAD 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591 Tel: (65) 6505 5666 Fax: (65) 6295 2762 Web: www.parkroyal.com

HOLIDAY INN SINGAPORE ORCHARD CITY CENTRE 11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore Tel: (65) 6733 8333 Web:www.holidayinn.com

RAFFLES HOTEL, SINGAPORE 1 Beach Road, Singapore189560 Tel: (65) 6337 1886 Fax: (65) 6339 7650 Web: www.raffles.com/singapore

THE FULLERTON BAY HOTEL SINGAPORE 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049178 Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Web: www.fullertonbayhotel.com

INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE 80 Middle Road, Singapore Tel: (65) 6338 7600 Web: www.singapore.intercontinental.com

RESORTS WORLD SINGAPORE 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 Tel: 65 6577 8888 Fax: 65 6577 9774 Web: www.rwsentosa.com

THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178 Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Web: www.fullertonhotel.com

HOTEL FORT CANNING SINGAPORE 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881 Tel: 6559 6769 / 6559 6770 Fax: 6334 7873 Web: www.octopushospitality.com/hotels

LANDMARK VILLAGE HOTEL 390 Victoria Street, 188061 Tel : (65) 6297 2828 Web: www.stayfareast.com MARINA BAY SANDS SINGAPORE 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956 Tel: (65) 6688 3000 Fax: (65) 6688 3014 Web: www.marinabaysands.com NOVOTEL SINGAPORE CLARKE QUAY 177A River Valley Road, Singapore 179031 Tel: (65) 6338 3333 Fax: (65) 6339 2854 Web: www.novotelclarkquay.com

M Hotel Singapore A 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908 T 65 6500 1133 F 65 6222 0749 W www.m-hotel.com

Located in Singapore’s prime business district, M Hotel is within walking distance to key commercial and financial hubs and just minutes away from Singapore’s most prominent shopping belts as well as the resort island of Sentosa, making it an ideal base from which business and leisure travellers can explore the city. All 413 of the hotel’s spacious rooms are decked out with modern amenities; and the hotel’s comprehensive list of facilities provided to guests include wireless/wired broadband, advanced meeting and conference services, 24-hour gym, outdoor swimming pool and a spa house.

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TRADERS HOTEL, SINGAPORE 1A Cuscaden Road, SINGAPORE 249716 Tel: (65) 6738 2222 Fax: (65) 6831 4314 Web: www.shangri-la.com/singapore/traders

THE RITZ CARLTON, MILLENIA SINGAPORE 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799 Tel: (65) 6337 8888 Fax: (65 6337 5192 Web: www.ritzcarlton.com

ROYAL PLAZA ON SCOTTS 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220 Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Web: www.royalplaza.com.sg SHANGRI-LA’S RASA SENTOSA RESORT, SINGAPORE 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, SINGAPORE 098970 Tel: (65) 6275 0100 Fax: (65) 6275 0355 Web: www.shangri-la.com SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350 Tel: (65) 6737 3644 Fax: (65) 6737 3257 Web: www.shangri-la.com

THE SENTOSA RESORT & SPA 2 Jalan Bukit Manis, Sentosa Tel: 65 6275 0331 Web: www. www.thesentosa.com YORK HOTEL SINGAPORE 21 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228516 Tel: (65) 6737 0511 Fax: (65) 6732 1217 Web: www. www.yorkhotel.com.sg

NO

FUNCTION HALLS

COCKTAIL

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

BOARDROOM

BANQUET

Superior Room

154

Banquet Suite

300

350

240

-

320

Deluxe Room

134

Banquet Suite Foyer

80

80

30

20

60

Club Room

71

Anson (I to IV)

250

350

150

-

320

Cantonment

20

30

18

18

20

M Suite

6

Maxwell

10

20

15

16

20

M Suite Deluxe

4

Palmer

15

30

15

16

20

Shenton

100

110

40

60

80

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Orchid Country Club A 1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore 769162 T 65 6755 9811 F 65 6755 8874 W www.orchidclub.com

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ROOMS

NO

FACILITIES

THEATRE

BANQUET

CLASSROOM

Deluxe Room

50

Grand Ballroom

1100

1200

500

Deluxe Family Room

20

Sapphire Suite

300

350

170

Deluxe Suite

3

Emerald Suite

220

200

144

Ruby Suite

120

200

60

Tee Garden

120

250

-

At Orchid Country Club, the lush rolling golf course and serene waterways provide the ideal ambience for clear minds and fruitful agendas. The Club is equipped with a comprehensive range of purpose-built banquet areas, full conference facilities, and wellappointed refreshment areas. The Club’s MICE venues are complemented by excellent facilities, including award-winning golf courses, a wonderland of social and recreation amenities, and a hotel set in picturesque settings. The 75-room Orchid Lodge is a scenic sanctuary furnished with elegant interiors, modern design, and comfortable amenities catering to a much needed getaway for guests in need of total relaxation.

Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel A 1 Cuscaden Road Singapore 249715 T 65 6725 3088 W www.fourseasons.com www.regenthotels.com/singapore

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

Superior

78

Basilico

202 indoors, 33 al fresco

Deluxe

230 Summer Palace

150

Natural

Regent Club

94

Manhattan

89

Tanglin

IV 200

200

108

Executive Suite 34

Tea Lounge

62

Nassim

210

140

108

Boardroom II & III

128

70

66

Cuscaden

90

60

48

Tomlinson

50

40

24

Premier Suite

3

Presidential Suite 1

CAPACITY

FACILITIES

Dolcetto by Basilico 18 indoors, 14 al fresco Tenshin

28

Royal

THEATRE BANQUET CLASSROOM

680 500 Ballroom

Pavilion

Daylight I

-

330

Venues:

Situated minutes away from the tranquil Botanic Gardens and prime shopping hub, Orchard Road, the recently renovated Regent Singapore is an oasis of calm, offering supreme comfort and anticipatory service. Built around a sun-filled atrium that ascends through the building’s 12-storey interior, the Hotel offers 440 spacious guestrooms, including 46 elegant suites, and six superb dining options, including famed Italian flagship restaurant Basilico, award-winning Cantonese restaurant Summer Palace and Tea Lounge, renowned for its traditional English Afternoon Tea. With a dedicated catering team and 15 function spaces, including the Royal Pavilion Ballroom, guests are assured success in all their corporate and social functions.

Resorts World™ Sentosa A T F

8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 65 6577 9977 65 6577 9860

Asia’s ultimate leisure destination is also proving to be the premier M.I.C.E. destination, offering a versatile choice of venues both indoors and outdoors, from mega conventions and exhibitions for thousands of delegates to formal receptions and intimate events. Along with its world-class hotels and spectacular entertainment offerings, Resorts World Sentosa has some of the best facilities and organisational amenities to assist in making any event a success.

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY

MEETING FACILITIES

THEATRE U SHAPE COCKTAIL

Hard Rock Hotel®

364

Osia

105

Compass Ballroom™

6500 4000

3000

Festive Hotel™

387

Palio

250

Aquarius

900

350

252

Hotel Michael™

461

Starz Restaurant™

228

Gemini

320

180

144

Crockfords Hotel™

105

Forest 森™

120

Leo

1008

360

378

Equarius Hotel™

183

Ocean Restaurant

60

Pisces

960

350

276

Beach Villas™

35

Bay Restaurant

318

Virgo

960

350

276

Equarius Hotel™ Banquet Rooms

1437 1130

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Taiwan With a plethora of leisure and entertainment options augmenting a well-developed business infrastructure and sound reputation for hospitality, Taiwan is set to be the commercial gateway to Asia photos: Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications


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Aptly named “Formosa” when it was discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1544, Taiwan is a veritable treasure trove of beauty. Located just off the southeastern coast of China, the island nation is brimming with natural attractions, from verdant mountains to pristine beaches and soothing hot springs. But beauty aside, this early 17th century Dutch trading outpost has endured through centuries of Qing Dynastry and Japanese rule, as well as the Chinese Civil War, to develop a strong and exceptionally resilient economy – the 19th largest in the world. Unlike its neighbours South Korea and Japan, Taiwan’s economy mainly comprises small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across a gamut of industries, with a particularly strong IT and electronics sector that has seen growing global recognition and revenues from multinational giants Acer, Asus, Foxconn, and HTC. As a result it is an ideal locus for networking and new business opportunities: over 80 specialist trade shows are held annually in Taiwan, including the world-renowned COMPUTEX TAIPEI and Taipei International Cycle Show. The nation also won the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) Best Marketing Award in 2012, and five

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trade shows received UFI certification in 2013. With this unique advantage, Taiwan plans to welcome more events in niche industries. Future confirmed events include Secutech 2014, the 18th East Asian Actuarial Conference, and the 10th Asia-Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference. What makes Taiwan all the more inviting to travellers is its strong infrastructure: the Taipei 101 skyscraper is but the most iconic representation of numerous projects and facilities, such as its lauded High-Speed Rail that takes passengers from capital Taipei to southern port city Kaohsiung in just 90 minutes. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is also a gateway for international visitors heading to various parts of Asia, handling over 190,000 flights to 102 cities in 2013. With its panoply of attractions and fascinating culture, Taiwan is definitely a place to meet for work and enjoyment.

Geared Up for Business Taiwan saw unprecedented MICE industry growth of 33.6% from 2008-2012, and the Bureau of Foreign Trade estimates that total industry output for the convention and exhibition sector will exceed NT$33.8b in 2013. Having launched a new MICE industry pilot programme last year, Taiwan is now actively promoting itself as a MICE destination via the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, or TAITRA for short. In order to cultivate manpower to serve this booming industry, it has brought in the internationally recognized Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programmes. With a particular focus on technology and e-services, TAITRA has also set up an online portal that allows professional event organizers and peripheral service providers to upload information about themselves for MICE organizers. Additional planned features for the portal include event announcements and registrations via mobile apps. Other incentives to promote Taiwan as a MICE destination include a “MICE Event Assistance Team” and subsidies for new conventions/exhibitions, as well as the MEET Taiwan card, which grants benefits and special offers to business travellers. For more information, visit www.meettaiwan.com.

Street Food Paradise Eating is one of the greatest pleasures for the Taiwanese, especially when it comes to street snacks. This is evidenced by the proliferation of street food stalls peddling all manner of sweet and savoury treats in addition to the countless restaurants and cafes. Famed food streets frequented by locals include Yongkang Street and the maze of alleys at Yongji Road, with daytime delicacies such as beef noodle soup, Japanese set meals, pan-fried pork buns, and mango shaved ice.


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The night markets, however, are the best place to experience the buoyant atmosphere of feasting and enjoyment after a long day. The surest sign that you’re near a night market is the unmistakeable odour of smelly tofu, while other uniquely Taiwanese street dishes include oyster vermicelli, peanut brittle ice cream wraps, and deep-fried chicken cutlets bigger than your face. Five large night markets open up each evening across Taipei, with the most famous being Shihlin Night Market. To avoid the tourist crowds for cheaper and more authentic fare, try Jin-Zuan night market in Kaohsiung – it’s also the biggest night market in all of Taiwan.

Experience the Culture Insights to local beliefs and traditions can be found at Taiwan’s famous temples. Xingtian Temple, which houses the deity Lord Guan, is the most-visited temple in northern Taiwan and attracts over 10,000 worshippers a day praying for wealth and harmony. Unlike other temples, Xingtian Temple forbids the burning of “spirit money” or performing of rites and operas. However, believers can visit the fortune tellers that occupy the underpasses right outside the temple and obtain advice on improving their luck. For a glimpse of Taiwan’s flourishing art and design scene, a visit to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is vital. Home to the Taipei Red Dot Design Museum, Liuli Gongfang glass workshop, and artist co-ops, the Park also has a rich heritage as Taiwan’s first modernised tobacco factory built on the concept of an industrial village. A stroll around the grounds reveals European-style architecture, a lotus pond, and even a Baroque garden where dinner parties can be held. Other museums of note are the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Palace Museum, the latter housing a permanent collection of over 696,000 ancient Chinese artefacts and artworks, many of them transported to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. Taiwan’s second-biggest city Kaohsiung is also its maritime headquarters and a hothouse for independent art and music. The Pier-2 Art Center, originally a harbour


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warehouse, now hosts large-scale exhibitions and indie rock concerts, while the Museum of Labour next door features Taiwan’s industrial history and labour culture. At Meinong District, visitors can learn about the culture and customs of the migrant Hakka people, who form the second-largest ethnic group in Taiwan. Organisers of incentive trips will be pleased to know that numerous hands-on activities are available for team bonding: making pineapple shortcakes, whitewater rafting, and releasing tian deng lanterns, for instance. Taiwan is also known for its excellent high mountain teas, and tea is more commonly drunk than coffee here. For a break between meetings, visit one of the many traditional teahouses that sprinkle each city, where tea masters will prepare your brew and chat with you for as long as you wish.

Shopping & Nightlife Shopping in Taipei is guaranteed to be rewarding for luxury lovers and bargain hunters alike. Designer flagship boutiques and department stores line the streets of ZhongXiao East Road, interspersed with well-dressed cafes where you can stop for high tea. Alternatively, the Gongguan Shopping District and Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area offer fast fashion at a steal. Ximending, known as the Harajuku of Taipei, is a haven for Japanese culture fans with shops selling Japanese books, music, and DVDs. In fact, the area was developed during Japanese rule and while walking around this pedestrian area, you’ll encounter not just cosplayers but historical buildings as well. Taiwan has a flourishing arts and entertainment scene. It is effectively the centre stage of the Chinese music industry, carrying Chinese-language talents from Asian neighbours such as Malaysia and Singapore to fame. As such, many “live house” music pubs have been set up, especially along Roosevelt Road and Anhe Road. Alternatively, you can let loose your vocals at one of the many 24-hour karaoke joints popular among locals. These “K-boxes” feature individual rooms and time-based packages including snacks and drinks. Party animals can visit Da’an district’s trendy nightclubs and pubs, while even bookworms can delight in the 24-hour Eslite bookstore in Dunnan, which boasts an extensive collection of Chinese- and English-language titles, as well as a café where you can read the night away.

Where to Hold Your MICE Events Xinyi district in the heart of Taipei is the country’s financial and business centre, and is where most MICE venues are located. The Taipei World Trade Center and Taipei International Convention Center, both located next to Taipei 101, offer fully-equipped exhibition and

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convention spaces and optional in-house catering. Many hotels like the Grand Hyatt, Le Meridien, and W Taipei also offer meeting rooms with high-speed Internet access and audio-visual equipment. With the launch of the Xinyi metro line in late 2013, commuters are now directly connected to other key districts such as Shihlin and Taipei Main Station. Cultural buildings such as the Taipei Zhongshan Hall, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and Red House theatre all lend their heritage and grandeur to events. Located next to Taiwan’s largest harbour, Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second-most populous city and subsequent to the hosting of the 2009 World Games, it is swiftly developing as a MICE destination. Slated to open in April 2014 with the hosting of the Taiwan International Boat Show, the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center boasts a 9000sqm column-free exhibition hall, as well as 15 conference rooms of various sizes equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate meetings and conferences. The Kaohsiung Arena, with a capacity of 15,000 people, also makes an excellent venue for larger-scale events. Kaohsiung is just two hours away from Taipei via High-Speed Rail, and flights to Kaohsiung International Airport are also available from various Asian cities. For more details and ideas on event venues in Taiwan, contact the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).


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Visa Requirements Visitors from a number of countries are eligible for visa-exempt entry for a duration of 30 or 90 days depending on nationality. All travellers must possess a passport with validity of at least six months upon entry and a confirmed return or onward air/sea ticket. Visitors should check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa entry requirements.

Population Taiwan has an estimated population of 23 million people, comprising mostly Han Chinese with a small percentage of Taiwanese aborigines.

Languages The official language in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese. Other languages spoken include Hokkien or Minnan, Hakka, and some aboriginal languages and dialects. While Mandarin is the most widespread and commonly used, announcements on the High-Speed Rail and metro systems are also made in English, and most young people and staff at major establishments can converse in English.

NT$50, 100, 500 and 1000. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels and department stores, while the ATMs allow international cash withdrawal if your credit or debit card allows it. Currency exchange services are available at the airports and banks. Typical banking hours Monday - Friday, 9am-3.30pm Business Hours Government Offices: Monday - Friday, 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm Commercial Firms: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm Most department stores and shops open from 10am to 9pm all week.

Getting Around Taiwan’s well-developed public transport systems include city buses and Metro shuttles, with the HighSpeed Rail system connecting major cities across the island. With 103 stations on 11 lines, the Taipei Metro is a quick and convenient way to get around the city. Taxis are metered and can be flagged or reserved by phone.

Time Zone

Safety

The Standard Time Zone is GMT +8 hours, with no daylight saving.

Taiwan is considered a very safe city, even at night, and violent crimes or muggings are very rare. However, visitors should stay vigilant against pickpockets, especially in crowded areas such as night markets.

Climate Taiwan lies across the Tropic of Cancer and its marine tropical climate is influenced by the East Asian Monsoon, with hot and humid summers from June to September and typhoons common between July and October. The island experiences mild winters from November to March and the average annual temperature is 22°C (71.6°F), with few extreme highs or lows.

Currency The official currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Coins come in denominations of NT$1, 5, 10 and 50 while notes are issued in values of

CALENDAR 1 Jan New Years Day/Republic of China Memorial Day 30 Jan Eve of Chinese (Lunar) New Year 31 Jan-4 Feb Chinese (Lunar) New Year 28 Feb 228 Peace Memorial Day 4 April Combination of Women’s Day and Children’s Day 5 April Qingming Festival 2 June Dragon Boat Festival 8 September Mid-Autumn Festival 10 October National Day

USEFUL INFORMATION getting there Most international flights to Taiwan are handled by Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport or Kaohsiung International Airport, with some chartered flights and a few flights from mainland China, South Korea and Japan landing at Taipei Songshan Airport. From Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, travellers may take an airport bus to Taipei city or a shuttle bus to the Taoyuan High-Speed Rail station, which connects to Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and other cities. 11 lines on the Taipei Metro and 2 lines on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system makes travelling around the two major cities very convenient and affordable.

MICE SCHEDULE

25 – 28 JUN Taiwan HORECA: Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering Show Taipei World Trade Center

8 – 11 MAY Taipei International DIRECTORYMachinery OF USEFUL Woodworking andCONTACTS 24 – 27 JUL Supplies Show BioTaiwan: Healthcare & Venue: TWTC Nangang Exhibition Medical Cosmetology Expo Hall Venue: Taipei World Trade Center 8 – 11 MAY Nangang Exhibition Hall Taiwan International Boat Show 3 – 5 SEP Venue: Kaohsiung Exhibition SEMICON Taiwan Center Venue: Taipei World Trade Center 16 – 19 MAY Nangang Exhibition Hall Young Designers’ Exhibition 14 – 17 NOV Venue:Taipei World Trade Center Taiwan International Tea, Coffee 3 – 7 JUN and Wine Expo COMPUTEX Taipei Venue: Taipei World Trade Center Venue: Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Tourism Bureau, Republic of China (Taiwan) 9F., No.290, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da-an District, Taipei City 10694 Website: http://go2taiwan.net/biz_traveller.php Tel: +886-2-2349-1500 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Visa Requirements) Website: http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2 Tel: +886-2-2348-2999 Waether Information 166 Traffic 168 Ambulance/Fire Brigade 119 Police 110 Tourist Information Helpline 0800-011765 (24h toll-free in Taiwan) American Express +886-2-2718-0504


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PREFERRED HOTELS IN TAIWAN

W TAIPEI

10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District · Taipei, 110 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 7703 8888 Website: www.wtaipei.com/meetings

GRAND HYATT TAIPEI

2 SongShou Road Taipei, 11051, Taiwan ROC Tel: 886 2 2720 1200 Website: www.taipei.grand.hyatt.com

AMBASSADOR HOTEL TAIPEI

63 Chung Shan North Road, Section 2, Taipei 104, Taiwan R.O.C. Tel: 886 2 2551 1111 Website: www.ambassadorhotel.com.tw

CAESAR PARK HOTEL TAIPEI

GLORIA PRINCE HOTEL TAIPEI

No.369 Linsen N. Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104, Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2581 8111 Website: www.gloriahotel.com

THE GRAND HOTEL

No.1, Sec. 4, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 10461, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 886 2 2886 8888 Website: www.grand-hotel.org

HOTEL ROYAL TAIPEI

37-1,Chung Shan North Road, Section 2,Taipei,R.O.C Tel: 886 2 2542 3266 Website: www.royal-taipei.com.tw

38, Chung Hsiao W. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, 100, Taiwan, R.O.C. Tel: 886 2 2311 5151 Website: www.taipei.caesarpark.com.tw

HOWARD PLAZA HOTEL TAIPEI

CHATEAU DE CHINE SINJHUANG

REGENT TAIPEI

No. 82, Zhongzhèng Rd, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 242 Tel: 886 2 2998 7699 Website: www.sinjhuang.chateaudechine.com

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON TAIPEI ZHONGHE 631 Chung Cheng Road, Chung Ho CityTaipei,235Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2222 9999 Website: www.fourpoints.com.tw

106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Daan District Tel: 886 2 2700 2323 Website: www.howard-hotels.com No. 3, Ln. 39, Sec. 2 ZhongShan N. Rd., Taipei 104, Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2521 5000 Website: www.regenttaipei.com

LE MERIDIEN TAIPEI

No. 38, Songrén Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110 Tel: 886 2 6622 8000 Website: www.lemeridien.com/taipei

THE WESTIN TAIPEI

133 Nanjing East Rd. Sec.3, Taipei, Taiwan 10487 Tel: 886 2 8770 6565 Website: www.westin.com.tw

THE OKURA PRESTIGE TAIPEI

9 Nanjing E Road Section 1104 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2523 1111 Website: www.okurataipei.com.tw

PALAIS DE CHINE HOTEL

No.3 Section 1 Chengde Road Taipei 103 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2181 9999 Website: www.palaidechinehotel.com

SAN WAN RESIDENCES TAIPEI

128 Nanjing East Road Section 1 Taipei 104 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2511 5185 Website: www.swresidences.com

SHANGRI-LA’S FAR EASTERN PLAZA HOTEL TAIPEI No.201 Tun Hwa South Road Section 2 Taipei 106 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2378 8888 Website: www.shangri-la.com

SHERATON GRANDE TAIPEI HOTEL

No.12 Sec.1 Zhongxiao East Road Taipei 100 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2321 5511 Website: www.sheratongrandetaipei.com

THE SHERWOOD TAIPEI

111 Min Sheng E Road Section 3 Taipei 105 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2718 1188 Website: www.sherwood.com.tw

SUNWORLD DYNASTY HOTEL TAIPEI

100 Dun Hua North Road Taipei 10549 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 22719 7199 Website: www.sunworlddynasty.com

TAIPEI FULLERTON HOTEL EAST

32 Nanjing E Road Section 5 Taipei 105 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2763 5656 Website: www.taipeifullerton.com.tw

UNITED HOTEL

No.200 Kwang-Fu S Road Taipei 106 Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2773 1515 Website: www.unitedhotel.com.tw


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THAILAND A vibrant country supported by a robust economy, a wide range of convention choices, world-class business infrastructures and entertaining cultures and sights, Thailand is now a choice international MICE destination photos Thailand Tourism, 123rf.com

Thailand has for years enthralled business travellers, vacationers, adventure seekers and honeymooners from all over the world with its flourishing trade and fascinating culture. The Global Destination Cities Index noted its capital city, Bangkok, as the world’s most visited city in 2013. The Thai tourism industry is an intrinsic part of the country’s economy and the recent boom in newer exciting sectors of travel, such as Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE), medical tourism and eco-tourism

are showcasing even more of what this golden land has to offer. Travelling to Thailand is easy with five international airports located throughout the country. The Suvarnabhumi Airport (also known as the Bangkok International Airport) is located in the capital city of Bangkok and handles more than 100 international airlines with direct flights to 170 cities around the world. The airport boasts one of the largest passenger terminal buildings in the world, and together with Don Mueang International Airport received 16,989,458 tourists in


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its MICE industry. The legendary Thai hospitality and its scenic natural landscapes, beautiful beach destinations and rich tapestry of cultures provide event organisers with a wealth of ideas for team building initiatives, corporate incentive travel and pre-and-post conference tours. The country’s status as a preferred MICE destination is further propelled by its impressive infrastructure of numerous world-class conference and exhibition venues, supported by breakout meeting facilities, dedicated exhibition space, the latest communications technology and efficient event support services. Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is a governmental flagship organisation set up for the promotion and support of MICE activities in the country. TCEB provides planners and event organisers with a full range of services designed to facilitate the smooth bidding and execution of business events. These include essential event advisory services for large-scale corporate events and bid support services such as venue selection, fast track immigration clearance for VIPs and the provision of visitor promotion and collateral support materials. On top of marketing support available through TCEB’s overseas representative offices located worldwide, group organisers can now also enjoy value-add to their trips with various monetary incentives offered by TCEB, more information available at www.tceb.or.th.

MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE The country offers a wealth of exotic and culturally distinctive destinations spread throughout its 76 provinces, from the country’s mountainous northern region to its sultry south. Event planners and

2013. The country saw a total of 26,735,583 visitor arrivals in 2013, exceeding the year’s original target of 26.1 million and exhibiting a 19.6 per cent increase from the 22,353,903 international tourists in 2012. The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects to welcome 28.01 million international tourist arrivals this year.

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Spirit of Adventure, Sense of Achievement (Nakhon Ratchasima & Khon Kaen) The region is home to two of the country’s internationally renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Khao Yai National Park boasts one of Southeast Asia’s largest pristine forests rich in flora and fauna, while Ban Chiang is a historical and archaeological marvel that showcases one of the earliest farming communities in Asia.

Magical Cities, Infinite Possibilities (Greater Bangkok & Pattaya) Greater Bangkok is the cradle of Thailand’s rich culture, while Pattaya is one of the country’s most vibrant beach and leisure destinations. With the two cities being just a 90-minute drive from each another, visitors can conveniently travel between them and experience the best of both worlds: the city and the sea. destination management organisations are well equipped with a treasure trove of ideas to create memorable one-of-a-kind incentive programmes and leisure escapades.

Cultural Insight, Inspiring Agendas (Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai) The seamless integration of the region’s ancient monuments and temples with newer modern infrastructure and service facilities has ensured a perfect blend of the old and new. Ranked amongst the most popular inland destinations in Thailand, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai are well equipped to host business tourists.

Dazzling Islands (Phuket & Krabi) Located on the Andaman coast, these destinations boast some of the most beautiful beaches and karst landscapes on the planet. Thanks to unrivalled tourism infrastructure, a vibrant dining and entertainment scene and a myriad of attractions such as world-class scuba diving and snorkelling sites, sailing, trekking and wildlife watching, these destinations welcome millions of tourists and hundreds of thousands of business travellers every year.

Sparkling Beaches, Energising Vision (Hua Hin & Cha-Am) These charming resort towns also boast other attractions including the Phra Nakhon Kriri Historical Park, ancient temples, world-renowned spas and delectable seafood. Take a tour of the magnificent Mrigadayavan Palace (the Royal Summer Palace) built by King Rama VI, or arrange for an impressive gala event or a themed dinner party at this exclusive venue.


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Where to Hold your MICE Events Thailand has over 200,000sqm of event space in several exhibition and convention venues, with the technological and logistical capabilities to cope with the exacting demands of today’s highly complex and sophisticated international events. The Bangkok International Trade & Convention Centre (BITEC) has more than 50,000sqm of usable event space and is connected by train and located a short 15-minute drive away from the Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Bangkok Convention Centre (BCC), which is connected to the 5-star Centara Grand Hotel and the Central World shopping mall, has more than 10,000sqm of column free space and can house up to 6,000 delegates. Thailand’s first purpose-built convention centre, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) is a popular multi-purpose venue located in the heart of Bangkok city, with 65,000sqm of event space. Located 40 km from Bangkok’s central business district, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani offers the ultimate events destination with a whopping 137,000sqm of exhibition, conference and event space. Within this facility, the IMPACT Challenger features a large column-free hall of about 60,000sqm in area. There is also the Muang Thong Thani Stadium, which can host up to 12,000 guests. The Aktiv Square is an open-air amphitheatre of about 38,000sqm that can accommodate up to 40,000 people and can be used for outdoor concerts or house a driving track to test-drive new motoring products. The Royal Paragon Hall Exhibition & Convention Centre located at the Siam Paragon Shopping Centre in downtown Bangkok has more than 7,000sqm of exhibition space and several breakout meeting rooms. The Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall is a premier convention venue with stunning views of the Chao Phraya River at its

doorstep. It has several function and reception rooms from 190 sqm to 1,800sqm that can house events for up to 2,200 people. The Dhassanaphirom Courtyard is located by the riverbank and is perfect for hosting an enchanting dinner under the stars. Outside of Bangkok, the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) located within the Royal Cliff Beach Resort is a 75-minute drive from the Suvarnabhumi Airport and 40 minutes away from Pattaya’s U-Tapao International Airport. There are 54 meeting rooms available with more than 13,000sqm of event space to accommodate up to 10,000 delegates. The Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center that boasts 60,000sqm of usable space is reportedly the largest venue of its kind in both Thailand and Southeast Asia. It was constructed with a US$85 million budget and opened its doors in the first half of last year. The Golden Jubilee Convention Hall in Khon Kaen is well located near the city centre and just 4km from the airport. The venue can host a wide range of events with its 3,000sqm convention hall that can accommodate 3,000 people, and also comprises a 2,700 sqm multi-purpose room and other smaller event spaces ranging from 272sqm to 450sqm. The country also offers a selection of unique event venue ideas. Take a group of up to 40 people on a luxurious junkrigged schooner for an unforgettable sunset dinner cruise under the stars, or hold your corporate event in one of the many restored regal teak houses that feature a selection of precious Thai antique and furnishings. For further information and ideas on where to hold your next MICE event, contact the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). You may request for a copy of the Thailand Meeting Planners’ Guide for a whole range of unique event ideas.


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Visa requirements Thailand currently allows passport holders from 40 countries and one region (the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) to receive a 30-day tourist visa exemption upon arrival at an immigration checkpoint, or 15 days when entering at visa checkpoints that border neighbouring countries. You may refer to the website of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mfa.go.th for more information.

100 satangs. Most credit cards are accepted at major establishments. Foreign currency exchange outlets are found at international airports and in major city centres. Typical Banking Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Business Hours Government Offices Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Population

Getting Around

The total population is estimated at about 67 million people. About 75% are Thais, 11% Chinese, 3.5% Malays and the remaining comprise of Mons, Khmers, Burmese, Laotians, Indians, a variety of hill tribes and others

A large network of local flights, train routes, highways and roads seamlessly inter-connect the 76 provinces of the country. Public transportation is widely available and is relatively cheap. Within the capital city of Bangkok, buses, taxis, the Bangkok Metro and the BTS Skytrain (elevated rail rapid transit network) are popular modes of transportation. Tuk tuks (3-wheeled taxis) and river taxis are charming alternative ways to travel around the city. Most taxis in Bangkok operate on a metered fare. It is advisable to have your destinations written in Thai as taxi drivers seldom speak English. Tuk tuks and taxis outside of major city centres generally do not have a metered fare and the travel fare should be agreed upon beforehand.

Languages Thai is the official language, although Lao and some Chinese dialects are also spoken in certain places. English is widely understood in major city centres.

Time Zone The Standard Time Zone is GMT + 7 hours, with no daylight saving.

Climate Thailand has a tropical climate with three seasons in North, Northeast and Central Thailand - hot (March to May), rainy (June to October) and cool (November to February). There are two seasons in the South - rainy (April to November) and hot (December to March). Temperatures typically range from 19°C to 38°C, with summer highs topping 37°C and winter lows reaching 20°C. During winter in the North and Northeast, temperatures are much lower in the night, especially in the mountains where temperatures can fall below 10°C.

Money Matters The official currency is the Thai Baht (THB), which is divided into

USEFUL INFORMATION getting there International tourists heading into Thailand can take a flight into any one of the country’s 5 international airports; Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport), Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Rai International Airport, Hat Yai International Airport and Phuket International Airport. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is the country’s main international gateway and one of the largest passenger and cargo facilities in Asia. There are daily flights connecting to major cities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. With Thailand being connected by land to Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, the country is also accessible by car and rail. There are rail services that connect Singapore directly with Bangkok. Thailand also serves as a major port of call for several regional cruise lines.

MICE SCHEDULE SUBCON Thailand PROPAK Asia DIRECTORY 15 – 17 May OF USEFUL CONTACTS 11 – 14 Jun Venue: Bangkok International Venue: Bangkok International Trade Trade & Exhibition Centre & Exhibition Centre MOLDEX 15 – 18 May Venue: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre

Secutech Thailand 3 – 5 Jul Venue: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre

Renewable Energy Asia 4 – 7 Jun Venue: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre

Pack Print International 28 – 31 Aug Venue: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Thai Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) Siam Tower, 26th Floor , 989 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok Website: www.tceb.or.th Tel: (66-2) 694 6000

CALENDAR 1 Jan New Year’s Day 14 Feb Makha Bucha Day 6 Apr Chakri Memorial Day 13-15 Apr Songkran Festival 1 May Labour Day 5 May Coronation Day 9 May Royal Ploughing Ceremony 13 May Vesak Day 12 Jul Buddhist Lent Day 12 Aug H.M. Queen’s Birthday 23 Oct Chulalongkorn Day 5 Dec H.M. the King’s Birthday 10 Dec Constitution Day 31 Dec New Year’s Eve

Tourism Authority of Thailand 1600 New Phetburi Road Makkassan, Rajatevee, Bangkok Website: www.tourismthailand.org Email: center@ta.or.th Thai Immigration Bureau (Visa Requirements) Website: www.immigration.go.th Directory Enquiry Services Directory Enquiry Services 114 Police 191 Tourist Police 1155 Tourist Service Centre 1672 Tourist Information Helpline (0) 2250 5500 - local dial American Express (0) 2273 5500 - local dial


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PREFERRED HOTELS IN THAILAND

ANANTARA BANGKOK RIVERSIDE RESORT AND SPA 257 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok 10600, Thailand Tel: (662) 476 0021 Fax: (662) 460 1805 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

CENTARA GRAND AT CENTRALWORLD

999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2100 1234 Fax: +66 (0) 2100 1235 Email: cgcw@chr.co.th

CENTARA GRAND AT CENTRAL PLAZA LADPRAO BANGKOK

1695 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2541 1234 Fax: +66 (0) 2541 1087 Email: cglb@chr.co.th

CONRAD BANGKOK

All Seasons Place 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand Tel: (66) (0) 2690 9999 Fax: (66) (0) 2690 9931 Email: thaveechai@conradbangkok.com

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT BANGKOK

HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK

971 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand Tel: (66) 2656 1555 Fax: (66) 2656 0994 Email: melinda.lampier@ihg.com

HOLIDAY INN RESORT, REGENT BEACH CHA AM

849/21 PETCHKASEM RAOD, PETCHABURI,THAILAND Tel: (66) 3 245 1240 Fax: (66) 3 247 1491 Email: piyalak.penkunaporn@ihg.com

HOLIDAY INN SILOM BANGKOK

981 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand Tel: (66) 2238 4300 Fax: (66) 2266 7701 Email: myla.caceres@holidayinnsilom.com

INTERCONTINENTAL BANGKOK

973 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand Tel: (66) 2656 0444 Fax: (66) 2656 0994 Email: namtip@ihgbangkok.com

INTERCONTINENTAL BANGKOK

973 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand Tel: (66) 2656 0444 Email: melinda.lampier@ihg.com

1551/1 Soi Mahadlekluang, 2 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Tel: (662) 2690 1888 Fax: (662) 2690 1899 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL BANGKOK

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT PHUKET AT SURIN BEACH

LEBUA AT STATE TOWER

106/27 Moo 3, Chemgtalay, Talang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: (662)30 3300 Fax: (662) 303 303 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

CROWNE PLAZA BANGKOK LUMPINI PARK 952 Rama Iv Road, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand Tel: (66) 2632 9000 Email: thawee.kugasemrat@ihg.com

DAVIS BANGKOK

88 Sukhumvit 24, Klongton Klongteoy, Bangkok

DREAM BANGKOK

10 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Sukhumvit Road, Kloeng Toey Nua, Wattana 10110, Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Email: msiow@preferredhotelgroup.com

DUSIT PRINCESS SRINAKARIN, BANGKOK 53 Srinakarin Road, Nongbon, Pravet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2481 Fax: (65) 6577 2482

4 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 2 Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: (662) 656 7700 Fax: (662) 656 7711 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com State Tower, 1055 Silom Road, Bangkok Bangrak 10500, Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Email: msiow@preferredhotelgroup.com

MAYFAIR MARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS 60 Soi Langsuan, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Tel: (662) 672 1234 Fax: (672) 672 1235 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

MILLENNIUM HILTON BANGKOK

123 Charoennakorn Road Klongsan Bangkok 10600 Tel: (66) 2 442 2000 Fax: (66) 2 442 2020 Email: bangkok@hilton.com

NOVOTEL BANGKOK BANGNA

333 Srinakarin Road, Nongbon, Pravet, Bangkok 10510 Thailand Tel: (66) 2366 0505 Fax: (66) 2366 0506 Email: dos@novotelbangnabangkok.com

NOVOTEL BANGKOK FENIX PLOENCHIT

946 Rama Iv Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2481 Fax: (65) 6577 2482

566 Ploenchit Road Lumpimi Patumwan 10330 Bangkok Thailand Tel: (66) 2 3056 000 Fax: (66) 2 3056 001 Email: RE.nbfp@fenatex.net

EVERGREEN LAUREL HOTEL BANGKOK

NOVOTEL BANGKOK FENIX SILOM

DUSIT THANI BANGKOK

88 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok

FRASER SUITES SUKHUMVIT

38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok

GRAND MERCURE BANGKOK PARK AVENUE 30 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Tel: (66) 2262 0000 Fax: (66) 2258 2328 Email: dos@hotelparkavenue.com

GRAND MERCURE FORTUNE BANGKOK

1 Ratchadapisek Road, Fortune Town, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400 Thailand Tel: (66) 2641 1500 Fax: (66) 2641 1530 Email: dsm@grandmercurefortunebkk.com

HANSAR BANGKOK

3 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok Tel: (66) 2 209 1234 Email: hansarbangkok@slh.com

PARK PLAZA BANGKOK SOI 18

Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Klongteoy, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: +66 2 658 7000 Fax: +66 2 658 7099 Email: Yzaini@carlson.com

PARK PLAZA SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK

BTS Asoke Station, 16 Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: +66 2 263 5000 Fax: +66 2 263 5001 Email: Yzaini@carlson.com

PAN PACIFIC BANGKOK

952 Rama Iv Road, Suriyawongse, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Tel: (66) 2 632 9000 Fax: (66) 2 632 9011 Email: thawee@panpacific.com

PULLMAN BANGKOK KINGPOWER

8/2 Rangnam Road, Phayathai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand Tel: (66) 2680 9999 Fax: (66) 2680 9998 Email: khata@pullmanbangkokkingpower.com

PULLMAN PATTAYA AISAWAN

445/3 Moo 5 Wong Amart Beach, Pattaya Naklua Road Soi 16, Pattaya 20150 Thailand Tel: (66) 38 411 940-8 Fax: (66) 38 411 949 Email: nattakarn@pullmanpattayaaisawan.com

RADISSON PLAZA RESORT PHUKET PANWA BEACH 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 76 602 500 Fax: +66 76 602 555 Email: Yzaini@carlson.com

RADISSON SUITES BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 23/2-3 Sukhumvit 13, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: +66 2 645 4999 fax: +66 2 645 4888 Email: Yzaini@carlson.com

RAMADA D’MA BANGKOK

1091/388 New Petchburi Rd 33, Makkassan Bangkok, 10400 Thailand

RAMADA ENCORE BANGKOK

21 Sukhumvit 10, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Thailand

RAMADA HOTEL AND SUITES BANGKOK 22 Sukhumvit Soi 12 Klongtoey, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand Tel: 66-22-560655 Fax: 66-22-560657 Web: www.ramada.com

ROYAL PRINCESS LAM LUANG BANGKOK 269 Larn Luang Road, Pomprab, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2481 Fax: (65) 6577 2482

320 Silom Road Bangrak 10500 Bangkok Thailand Tel: (66) 2 2069 100 Fax: (66) 2 2069 200 Email: h7172-re@accor.com

S31 SUKHUMVIT HOTEL BANGKOK

94 Popular Road Banmai Subdistrict Pakkred District 11120 Nonthaburi Thailand Tel: (66) 2 833 4888 Fax: (66) 2 8334 889 Email: H8059-RE@accor.com

SANTHIYA RESORT & SPA KOH PHANGAN

NOVOTEL BANGKOK ON SIAM SQUARE Siam Square Soi 6, Bangkok 10330 Thailand Tel: (66) 2209 8888 Fax: (66) 2255 1824 Email: dos@novotelbkk.com

1 Sathorn Soi 3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Thailand Tel: (662) 343 6789 Fax: (662) 343 6790 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

NOVOTEL SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT

SERENITY RESORT & RESIDENCES, PHUKET

NOVOTEL BANGKOK IMPACT

999 Suvarnbhumi Airport Hote Building, Moo 1 Nongprue, Bangplee, Samutprakarn 10540 Thailand Tel (66) 2121 1111 Fax: (66) 2131 1188 Email: dosm@novotelsuvarnabhumi.com

545 Sukhumvit 31, Klongtoey-Nua Tel: (66) 2 260 1111 Email: s31@slh.com 22/7 Moo 5 Bantai Tel: (66) 24 430 585 Email: santhiya@slh.com

SATHORN VISTA, BANGKOK MEA

14 Moo 5, Rawai, Phuket 83130 Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Email: msiow@preferredhotelgroup.com

SHASA RESORT AND RESIDENCES, KOH SAMUI

116/1 Moo 2 Tambon Mared, Laem Set, 84310 Surat Thani, Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Email: msiow@preferredhotelgroup.com

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BANGKOK

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, THAILAND Tel: (66-2) 236 7777 Fax: (66-2) 236 8579 Email: slbk@shangri-la.com

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, CHIANG MAI

89/8 Chang Klan Road, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand Tel: (66-53) 253 888 Fax: (66-53) 253 800 Email: slcm@shangri-la.com

SOFITEL BANGKOK SILOM

188 Silom Road, Suriyawongse, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand Tel: (66) 2 238 1988 Fax: (66) 2 238 1991 Email: H3616-SL@sofitel.com

SOFITEL CENTARA GRAND BANGKOK 1695 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand Tel: (66) 2541 1234 Fax: (66) 2541 1087 Email: phetcharatpr@chr.co.th

SUKHUMVIT PRK, BANGKOK MEA

90 SUKHUMVIT SOI 24 KLONGTON KLONGTOEY, BANGKOK 10110, THAILAND Tel: (662) 302 5500 Fax: (662) 302 5252 Email: mingchew.chin@marriott.com

SWISSOTEL LE CONCORDE, BANGKOK 204 Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand Tel: +66 02 6942222 ext. 1202 Fax: +66 02 6942214

SWISSOTEL NAI LERT PARK, BANGKOK 2 Wireless Road, Pathumwan 10330, Bangkok, Thailand Tel: (66) 2253 0123 Fax: (66) 2253 6509 Email: bangkok-nailertpark@swissotel.com

THE LANDMARK BANGKOK

138 Sukhumvit Road, Klongteoy, Bangkok 10500,Thailand Tel: (65) 6577 2480 Fax: (65) 6577 2481 Email: msiow@preferredhotelgroup.com

THE SIAM BANGKOK

Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal Dusit Tel: (66) 2 247 0123 Email: siamhotel@slh.com

THE SUKHOTHAI BANGKOK

13/3 South Sathorn Road Bangkok 10120 Tel: 660 2344 8888 Fax: 660 2344 8899 Web: www.sukhothai.com

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK

117/39-40 PHAYATHAI ROAD, RATCHATHEWI, BANGKOK 10400 THAILAND Tel: (66) 2252 8001 Fax: (66) 2252 8007 Email: tanatkan@viehotelbangkok.com


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TURKEY

Istanbul

An important international hub bridging the European and Asian continents, Istanbul’s unique blend of historical sites, extraordinary cuisine and entertainment hotspots, coupled with a growing MICE infrastructure makes this city an up-and-coming events destination to watch out for photos Turkish Culture & Tourism Office


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The cultural capital of Turkey, Istanbul is the only city in the world straddling two continents – Asia and Europe – bridging the two major world powers not only geographically but culturally as well. Over the past few decades, the population of Istanbullus have grown exponentially to 13 million and counting, contributing significantly to the dynamism that seems to surround this vibrant city. More than bridging the cultural divide, Istanbul also successfully merges the old with the new. Skyscrapers and modern shopping malls are juxtaposed with centuries-old historical buildings and cobblestone alleys; famous fashion names and trendy wear are just as common as Muslim head scarves. In fact, Istanbul was honoured as a joint European Capital of Culture and the European Capital of Sports for 2012, and currently bidding for host of the 2020 Summer Olympics.


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In light of growing visitor numbers, Turkish Airlines has also duly proven its capabilities – passengers voted the national carrier ‘Best Airline Europe’ for the third year running in Skytrax’s 2013 World Airline Awards. “The results propel us to continue to deliver unparalleled service year after year to our global travellers”, said Dr Temel Kotil, President & CEO of Turkish Airlines. With its two international airports connecting to the rest of the world – Istanbul is also now one of the region’s greatest business centres. The city climbed 16 spots from the previous year to rank 43rd out of 144 countries surveyed in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competiveness Index 2012- 2013, having made major improvements to its macroeconomic stability, institutional framework, greater local market competition, and particularly its roads and air transport.

BURGEONING MICE RESUME In 2010, Istanbul succeeded in entering ICCA’s Top 10 Congress Destinations ranking, and has stayed within ever since. Voted the ninth top city for international association meetings by the ICCA in 2012, Istanbul hosted 128 international meetings that same year, a confirmation to the city’s efforts in strengthening its international trade, commerce and industry, as well as enhancing their infrastructure and international networking. Some of Istanbul’s past international conferences include the Habitat Conference, NATO Istanbul Summit, AGIT Summit, International Union of Architects (IUA), CeBIT Eurasia Informatics Fair, EMITT Tourism Fair, World Newspaper Congress, TurkishGerman Businessmen Congress, and the Turkish-Arabic Business Forum. As organisers and companies continue to discover the benefits of holding their events in Istanbul’s various world-class venues, supported by modern amenities

and infrastructures – the burgeoning congress city is already amassing an impressive upcoming event portfolio. Trumping other cities the likes of Mexico City and St. Petersburg, confirmed 2015 events include the International Epilepsy Congress, and World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER) VI. Supporting the MICE scene is the Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB). Other than helping event planners find the best venues based on prior given criteria, the ICVB is also available to manage everything from bidding, to organisation and publicity – ensuring that the event is well taken care of from start to end. For more information, visit www.icvb.org.

SHOP AND PLAY The experience of shopping in Istanbul is really nothing short of a carpet ride, especially in its vivacious bazaars and markets. One of the world’s top spots to buying quality rugs, leather items and antiques, many of these products are manufactured locally and sold by independent stalls. One good place to hit is the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets. Over 3,300 shops line the 60 street labyrinth – which together cover a massive 30-hectares of shopping space. When in Istanbul, your trip is not complete unless you have taken a cruise along the Bosphorus, a strait that separates the European and Asian continents. Other than beautiful landmarks along the shoreline, the city’s old-style ferries are also arguably one of Istanbul’s


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best sights. These elegant green, white and yellow ferries transport hundreds of thousands of Istanbullus, who use them to commute intercontinentally. The Princes’ Islands are another must-visit, an archipelago of nine islands in the Marmara Sea south of the city – yet still close enough for a day trip.

SPICED MAGIC Turkish cuisine boasts as one of the finest in the world, borne out of the Mediterranean’s fondness for seafood and Middle Eastern’s love for lamb. Often rich and savoury in flavour, Turkish cuisine is really a representation of the country’s mixed cultures and their respective cooking styles and ingredients. While out sightseeing, stop by a street vendor for lamb kebabs on fresh bread, or sample Turkish fare at any of Istanbul’s many cheap eateries. Check out 360istanbul located on the street of Istikal Caddesi for fusion offerings of Turkish, Mediterranean and Oriental flavours; Leb-i Derya for delicious Ottaman fare; Yeni Yildiz along the Sultanahmet area for your Kebab fix; or to Nature & Peace in Taksim area, catering to the vegetarian crowd. Come night, the city comes alive along Beyoglu, located along the north bank of the Golden Horn, where you will find your fill of chic café bars, bistros and clubs to chill out at.

ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL MAGNIFICENCE Istanbul is well deserving of its position as European Capital of Culture in 2010, thanks to its geostrategic importance, resulting in stories of fascinating history and heritage, life and culture. On the back of a 10,000 year old civilisation and a tumultuous religious past, modern Turkey is well integrated with the West but still fiercely loyal to its Asian roots, a stunning cultural haven that is relevant today as it was in ancient times. Istanbul’s most famous attractions are of the architectural variety – most of which are splendid historical mosques that do not require entrance fees. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque - more popularly known as the Blue Mosque – began construction in 1609 and took seven years to build, its moniker due to the beautiful blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior.

Where to Hold Your MICE Events Currently, the largest facility for MICE events is the Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC). Fitted with 25 halls and meeting rooms, the Anadolu Auditorium in the main building is capable of sitting 2,000 people, or cross over the connected pathway to the newer Rumeli Fair & Exhibition Center – which can be combined with the main building’s foyer to allow

for an even bigger event area. Other major congress and convention centres include the CNR Expo Centre, Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, World Trade Center Istanbul, and Istanbul Congress Center. Delegates may also opt for private luxury in the shape of Hilton Istanbul Bomonti, the recently opened 829-roomed hotel boasting the city’s largest pillar-free ballroom, catering to 6,350 guests at once. Other choice picks include Conrad Istanbul and Grand Cevahir Hotel and Convention Center. To cater to an increasingly diversified MICE audience, alternative venues are also available, such as the Halic Congress Center, the only seaside venue in Istanbul. Over 20 function rooms are surrounded by 16,000 sqm of open space, the total premise spanning 102,000 sqm of land capable of accommodating up to 3008 persons. There’s also the multi-functional Ora Arena, available for family entertainment, theatrical, rock and sports, catering for up to 6,300 people.


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Visa requirements Most visitors do not need a visa for travel in Turkey for up to 90 days, though it is probably safer to first log on to Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (www.mfa.gov.tr/visainformation-for-foreigners.en.mfa) and check for the latest visa updates.

Population Quickly becoming one of the biggest cities worldwide, Istanbul’s official population number is 13 million, though the actual count is thought to be higher.

Languages The official language of Turkey is Turkish, thus it’ll be handy to get yourself equipped with a handful of their basic conversational Turkish phrases. You will however be able to get by with English in a big city like Istanbul, especially in touristcentric spots.

Time Zone Turkey uses the Eastern European Time (EET) and is six hours behind Singapore, seven hours behind during summer daylight saving time.

Climate Istanbul can experience hot and crowded days in summer, and the winters cold and grim. The best times to visit are probably in spring and autumn, when the weather is pleasant and the tour buses not clogging up the main attractions yet.

Currency The Turkish Lira (TRY) is the official currency of Turkey, available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 & 50 kuruş for coins, and 5, 10, 20, 50 &100 lira for banknotes. ATM machines (cash point machines) can be found in most areas, with instructions available in English. Do note that Scottish notes are not accepted in Turkey, while travellers’ cheques can be processed in banks only. Typical Banking Hours:

Mondays to Fridays: 9.00am to 5.00pm. Bank branches in larger shopping malls might have longer working hours, and are open during weekends as well.

Getting Around The International Istanbul Bus Station is the city’s main point for intercity and international routes. For city buses, major bus stands can be found at Taksim Square, Beşiktaş, Aksaray, Rüstempaşa (Eminönü), Kadıköy and Üsküdar – with most services running between 6.30am and 11.30pm. To know where a bus is headed for, look out for the electronic displays in front. Tickets can be bought from the white booths near major stops, bus and metro stations; a ticket costs TRY 1.30. Taxis are also widely available – though you should ensure that you only get on if the cabby switches on the meter. If you are taking a taxi over the Bosphorus Bridges, do note that a toll fee will be added to your bill. Car rentals are alternatively available, major names in Istanbul include Avis, Sixt and Hertz; simply head to the respective counters upon arrival at the airport. To make transport a breeze, log on to www. iett.gov.tr to find comprehensive details of all the routes plied by Istanbul’s range of transport options.

CALENDAR 1 Jan New Year’s Day 23 Apr National Holiday of the Sovereign and his Children 1 May Labour and Solidarity Day 19 May Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day 25 July Bank Holiday (from 13:00) 28-30 July End of Ramadan 30 August Victory Day 3 Oct Bank Holiday (from 13:00) 5-8 Oct Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the S acrifice 28 Oct Bank Holiday (from 13:00) 29 Oct Republic Day

USEFUL INFORMATION getting there Istanbul Atatürk Airport is 24km west of Istanbul’s city centre, a global carrier with connections to 68 European cities and a total of 167 cities worldwide. Consisting of two terminals, the international arm (Dış Hatlar) is polished and organised, while the domestic terminal (İç Hatlar) is equally efficient, albeit smaller in size.

MICE SCHEDULE 23– 25 Feb DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS 24 – 26 Sept EMEC 2014 EPTDA Istanbul 2014 Venue: Halic Congress Center Venue: Hilton Istanbul Bomonti 27 Feb – 1 Mar 16 – 19 Oct ACE of M.I.C.E. Congress, Istanbul Jewelry Show October Meeting and Event Sector Venue: CNR Expo Center, Yeşilköy Exhibition Venue: Istanbul Congress Center 4 – 7 Dec 22 – 26 Jun Plast Eurasia Istanbul 2014 IFCC-Worldlab Istanbul 2014 Venue: Tüyap Fair Convention and Venue: Istanbul Congress Center Congress Center

DIRECTORY OF USEFUL CONTACTS Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Atatürk Bulvarı No:29 06050 Opera Ankara, Turkey Website: www.kultur.gov.tr Email: kultur@kultur.gov.tr Tel: +90 312 309 08 50 Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau Halaskargazi Cad. No. 143/5 Sisli 34371 Istanbul, Turkey Website: www.icvb.org Email: elifbalci@icvb.org Tel: +90 212 522 5555 International Operator 115 Emergency 112 Police 155 Tourist Information Office 212-663 0793


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PREFERRED HOTELS IN TURKEY

CAPPADOCIA CAVE RESORT AND SPA

HILTON ISTANBUL

CEYLAN ISTANBUL

HOTEL SULTANHAN ISTANBUL

Tekelli Mah. Goreme Cad. Divanlı Sokak No: 83 50240 Uçhisar - Nevsehir / Cappadocia / Türkiye Web: www.ccr-hotels.com/ ASKER OCAGI CADDESI NO. 1, TAKSIM ISTANBUL, 34435 Turkey Web: www.ceylanistanbul.com

DEDEMAN HOTELS & RESORTS

Yıldız Posta Cad. No : 52 Esentepe 34394 Web: www.dedeman.com/us/hotels-resorts.html

GLORIA GOLF RESORT

Acısu Mevkii Belek Serik Antalya Web: www.gloria.com.tr/GolfClub.aspx

MID TOWN HOTEL

THE MARMARA TAKSIM

Binbirdirek Mh.  Piyer Loti Cd 15, 34122 Istanbul, Turkey Tel: (90) 212 516 3232 Web: www.hotelsultanhan.com/

MOEVENPICK HOTEL ISTANBUL

VOGUE HOTEL AVANTGARDE

IC HOTELS GREEN PALACE

PARK HYATT ISTANBUL

WOW AIRPORT HOTEL ISTANBUL,

Cumhuriyet Caddesi Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey 34367 Web: www.placeshilton.com

Lamartin Cad. No. 13, 34437 Taksim / ISTANBUL Tel: +90 212 361 6767 Fax: +90 212 361 6768 Web: www.midtown-hotel.com/

Özlü Köyü, Kocaçam Mevkii Kundu 07110, Antalya, Türkiye Web: www.ichotels.com.tr/hotels. asp?hotelID=2&hotel=IC-Hotels--Green-Palace

Taksim Square, 34437 Istanbul 90 (212) 334 8300 90 (212) 244 0509 Web: www.themarmaracollection.com

Buyukdere Caddesi 4.levent 34330 Istanbul Web: www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/pub/ homepage.cfm

Esentepe Mah. Ahu Ünal Aysal Cad. No:1 Göynük/Kemer/Antalya http://www.avantgardevoguehotel.com/

Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak No. 4 Sisli Istanbul 34367 http://istanbul.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/ index.jsp

Yesilköy Mh.  34149 Istanbul Province/Istanbul, Turkey 0212 468 5000 Web: www.wowhotelsistanbul.com/

MARTI RESORT HOTEL

Içmeler Koyu, Marmaris Mugla-Turkey Web: www.marti.com.tr

The Marmara Taksim A Taksim Square, 34437 Istanbul T +90 (212) 334 8300 F +90 (212) 244 0509 W www.themarmaracollection.com

SQUAREMETERS

THEATRE STYLE

CLASSROOM STYLE

RECEPTION

OPEN BUFFET

BANQUET

Grand Ballroom

MEETING ROOMS

760

1000

450

1000

800

750

Opera

162

180

115

180

100

110

Taksim

425

500

230

500

350

340

Anadolu

70

60

35

-

-

-

Galata

48

50

24

-

-

-

Kiz Kulesi

49

50

24

-

-

-

Tepe

110

100

55

100

80

80

Averaging 27 m2, all deluxe rooms offer city views, equipped with either king size or twin beds, together with a working desk, room safe, walk-in closet, cable TV, phone with voice mail, high speed broadband wireless Internet access, complimentary in room coffee and tea making facilities / amenities. The fullymarbled bathroom features a bathtub with soft bathrobes, plentiful supplies of over-sized bath towels, as well as a hairdryer and telephone. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Dedeman Cappadocia A Urgup Yolu 2 Km, Nevsehir 50200 T (0384) 213 99 00 W www.dedeman.com

ROOMS

NO

F & B OUTLETS

CAPACITY FACILITIES

900

80

600

350

Ihlara Congress Hall

200

300

60

150

Erciyes Restaurant

250

Kaymaklı Meeting Hall

60

80

45

60

Zelve Meeting Hall

36

50

26

40

Dergah Meeting Hall

24

40

15

20

Committee Room 1 / 2 / 3 12

40

15

20

12

20

10

15

Kapadokya Congress Center 640

Junior Suite

32

Presidential Suite 1

THEATRE U SHAPE CLASSROOM

Pool Restaurant

316 Panorama Restaurant 140

Committee Room 4

Strategically situated amid scenic landscape, magnificent rock formations, caves and unique ancient structures, the Dedeman Cappadocia is set to offer visitors with a truly unforgettable stay. Comprising 349 rooms in total, guests can take their pick from three different room types – Superior Room, Junior Suite and the Presidential Suite. Each room type has been carefully appointed with top-ofthe-range amenities and tasteful furnishings. In addition, corporate travellers will be delighted to know that Dedeman Cappadocia is fully equipped with a slew of versatile and spacious meeting facilities that will cater to both small and large-scale events and exhibitions.

BANQUET

Superior Room


Enjoy a potpourri of unique cultural and historical experiences in the country that offers a fascinating blend of traditional and contemporary flavours. Cultural tours, historical sites, medical and aesthetics tours, 24-hour shopping, amazing food, the K-pop phenomenon, and so many more await you! Korea Tourism Organization and Korea MICE Bureau take pride in establishing Korea as the premier destination for MICE visitor. For more information and assistance in holding your events in Korea, please contact KTO (Singapore office) at +65-6533 0441 or email: koreamice.singapore@gmail.com

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