New meeting space in Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

OLR-Similan-Banquet-300x198The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has unveiled its brand new meeting space, designed to host world-class business events from November 2014 onwards.


Named after the beautiful Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea near Phuket, the Similan Ballroom and three meeting rooms called Tongfah (Sky), Tawan (Sun) and Talay (Sea), will position Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort as one of the best medium-sized meeting facilities, not just in Phuket and Thailand, but in Southeast Asia.


The Similan Ballroom measures 716sqm; the Tongfah 158sqm; the Tawan and Talay breakout rooms are 77sqm each. The new facilities further boost Phuket’s considerable business events reputation and credentials.

“With the unveiling of this fantastic addition to the property, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is now committed to MICE excellence,” says Darren Edmonstone, Outrigger managing director, Asia Pacific. “The new Similan meeting space allows Outrigger to extend its unique passion for meetings excellence and team building to event organizers around the world.”

Tony Pedroni, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort general manager, says the new facility will offer team-building programs with a “uniquely Thai twist” that will connect customers with local culture.

“Our commitment to the MICE sector will be underpinned by the support of a dedicated Events team for each client meeting,” says Pedroni. “Outrigger hosts will work with clients to deliver inspirational service quality that will match the superlative setting of our beachside location.”

Outrigger management says conference guest meetings will benefit from a range of high-end in-house AV equipment and technical support that will ensure high quality productions.

The four meeting spaces feature free Wi-Fi everywhere, all the time, natural daylight in all meeting rooms including the Similan Ballroom, dedicated technical support, an event and catering team and state-of-the-art audio visual and conference amenities.

Flexible Space, Natural Light
The Similan Ballroom can comfortably host executive conferences of up to 350 delegates in theatre-style and 290 guests banquet-style.

A few steps away, the setting is perfect for a variety of events outdoors. Extensive gardens and a peaceful beachfront create inspirational settings for team building activities and outdoor banquets.

Rory Campbell, director of Sales & Marketing at the property said that meetings guests can expect “excellent morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, culinary lunches and unforgettable dinners – either special banquets, or at any of our three in-house restaurants”.

Outsourced team building activities can be arranged by specialist teams within 30 minutes of Outrigger. The resort’s own Savitar Tennis Centre with an in-house professional and instructors is also ideal as a team building resource.

In addition, the greater resort community of Laguna Phuket offers the 18-hole Laguna Golf Club, award-winning spas, land excursions and sea tours to the Andaman Sea as well as over 30 restaurants and bars. The Outrigger property is a 20-minute road transfer from Phuket International Airport.

Appreciating the often challenging task of room assignment, an inventory of 164 Deluxe Rooms and 91 Club Rooms ensures a consistency of room allocation for attendees – with Club Suites and Villas for VIPs.

Since opening in April 2013, the award winning Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has become one of the most praised and sought-after resorts in Asia.

Fáilte Ireland organises Adventure Travel World Summit with 700 delegates

Adventure-Travel-World-SummitKillarney will put on its best face as it welcomes the 700 international delegates to attend Fáilte Ireland’s , Adventure Travel World Summit in the INEC. This is the first time ever for Ireland to host this high profile event and it is expected to be a fantastic opportunity to sell the country to the most influential players within the adventure tourism sector – one of tourism’s fastest growing sectors.
Today, local tourism businesses with sponsorship from Kerry County Council have organised a street festival to welcome overseas delegates who are arriving to register for the event. Festivities include entertainment on the street from the Killarney School of Music throughout the day with food on offer supplied by Cully and Scully, Dingle Ice Cream and Scotts Hotel amongst others.

Delegates and members of the public can also engage with a specially arranged climbing wall, try their hand at abseiling down the side of Scotts Hotel or take part in some hurling and football-themed activities. All of Scott Street is now decked out in “Activity Gear” with a number of specialised Activity vehicles parked in the area. The street is also decorated with Wild Atlantic Way bunting and images of the coastal attraction also form the backdrop on the stage where performers are welcoming delegates. Festivities will culminate this evening with a “Ceili Mor”, out-door dancing for all to enjoy. Welcoming delegates Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport stressed the importance of hosting such a global event in Killarney – “As an industry, we have been working hard to promote Ireland as an outdoor adventure destination so the decision by the Adventure Travel Trade Association to hold its conference here in Killarney is a real boost.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity to promote Ireland to travellers all around the world who want an active outdoors break.” Speaking of the summit’s importance, Shaun Quinn, CEO Fáilte Ireland earlier this week said: “This is big – big for Kerry, big for the Wild Atlantic Way and big for Irish tourism. Ireland was very proud to host this prestigious event at a time when adventure tourism is high on our agenda and integral to growing visitor numbers on the Wild Atlantic way.” “It was an incredible coup for Ireland, and a huge mark of approval from the leaders of the global adventure trade, that our country had been chosen as a setting for the summit and I think that this very much reflects the fact that Ireland – while long recognised for its friendly people, its heritage and its culture – is increasingly also now being recognised as a destination with the assets that can deliver unique adventure experiences and compelling offers to visitors who love the great outdoors.”

Many of the 700 international delegates have already taken part in pre-summit “adventures” (tailored tours to showcase the best Ireland can offer) which ensured that activity tourism operators across the country had an opportunity to impress the world’s top experts in this sector. The direct economic impact for the Irish economy from hosting the summit is almost €1m, along with the significant marketing, industry education and global networking value it also provids. The global world adventure travel market is estimated to be worth almost $90 billion and in Ireland alone the sector is worth over €850 million. The profile of the Summit and the promotion which will took place during its proceedings will greatly strengthen Ireland’s hand as it seeks to grow revenue and jobs in this area.

Expanded Association Days @ IT&CMA Draws Interest From Association Executives, Professionals, and Destinations CVBs

ITCM-India-2014IT&CMA’s expanded Association programme now takes place over 2 days from 1 to 2 October. Collaborating with new partners MPI and World PCO Alliance amongst loyal and long-time supporters Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

Successfully drawing industry professionals and executives from across the region, the Association Days @ IT&CMA that commences today includes curated educational forums, destination presentations, business appointments, and networking sessions.

“Associations’ professional development and community or customer engagement have transformed over the years. This tailored platform enables me to learn and integrate my new knowledge into our core operations which will definitely benefit my Association’s sustainable growth and innovation,” said Association participant Enrique I. Florencio, Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, Knowledge Management/ Events Management of Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the
Pacific (ADFIAP).

Destinations leveraging on this platform to reach the Association sector include Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, and Switzerland. Being able to share in person the facilities, appeal factors and support available to Associations is a valuable aspect of the destination presentations at Association Days @ IT&CMA. Said first- time exhibitor and Association destination presenter Dominique Oi, MICE Manager Southeast Asia of Switzerland Tourism, “Switzerland has significant appeal as a venue for any Association event. We are
excited about this opportunity to share the various cities that make excellent destination choices in terms of facilities, infrastructure, as well as pre- and post-event leisure activities.”

Forum topics curated to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of association management include, “From Asia to Europe: The Role of a PCO in Association Meetings”, “Looking Further, Going Farther”, “Learning from Success: Association Meetings in Thailand”, “Adding Value with Sustainable Events” and feature knowledgeable speakers from various associations and corporates like Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), World PCO Alliance, MCI Group, and Ovation Global DMC.

Robin Lokerman, President of MCI Group, Asia-Pacific, one of the largest association management companies in the world shared, “As associations are seeing the increased need to go global in the search of new customers, one of this year’s topics discussed in-depth about professionalising themselves, and then how they can start serving members outside of their traditional countries.”

Per Ankaer, President of World PCO Alliance and Managing Director of ICS Denmark, who is also a speaker, noted, “Association Days @ IT&CMA is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to connect. By bringing together everyone from Associations to suppliers and PCOs like us, the event encourages mutually beneficial knowledge and business exchange.”

Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media remarked, “The Associations segment is a key one for the MICE industry with CVBs and corporates eager to tap on the potential and demand. IT&CMA has seen considerable success with our comprehensive Association Days @ IT&CMA to deliver these much sought- after Association executives and professionals.”

Source:- IT&CM

CATHSSETA announced as the official conference host for SETE

SETE-logoCommitting its support for the third year running, The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) has been confirmed as the exclusive conference host for the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference and Exhibition, taking place at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 29th & 30th October 2014.
CATHSSETA’s partnership is well aligned to this event as sports and events tourism is said to be one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in Africa. SETE is a dynamic business-to-business platform that is aimed at positioning South Africa as a sports & events tourism destination. It encourages collaboration between the sports, events and tourism industries who will highlight their product offerings to those carefully selected international hosted buyers and Southern African corporates attending. All invited attendees specialise in these sectors and are involved in the business of sports tourism and events or have a vested interest in bringing and doing business to and within South Africa.
Established under the Skills Development Act, CATHSSETA’s mandate is to contribute to developing and raising skills in the (amongst others) tourism, hospitality and sport economic sectors.
“We welcome any opportunity to commit our support for the efforts made to enhance our industry. Sport and Events, as a sector, contributes significantly to the economy of South Africa and acts as a major attraction and conduit to tourism. We look forward to our continued partnership with SETE in order to better understand the collaborations that can be built upon, the challenges we face and indeed the opportunities that exist here particularly as it relates to the skills requirements in this sector.” comments Mike Tsotetsi, CEO, CATHSSETA
Referring to the importance of partnerships and sponsorships, Mr Sugen Pillay, commercial director for the award winning Thebe Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of SETE, commented that they were thrilled to have CATHSSETA on board for another year.


“Skills in the sector are key to the growth and development of more sports and significant events being held in our region. We need to ensure that we meet international standards in competencies and service delivery in order to attract incremental business and win bids for major events in our country,” said Pillay. “We are excited about this year’s event and building on each year’s conclusions and discoveries so that we can, together, with our partners ensure more visitors into South Africa and our neighbouring countries. That is what it is all about!”
The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange is hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, partnered by CATHSSETA, SASCOC, Tourism KZN and Durban Tourism, South African Airways, Tsogo Sun and supported by Durban KZN Convention Bureau and the exclusive broadcasting partner SABC Sport.

The European Association Summit 2015: “Pioneers of change”

visit-brusselsFor the third consecutive year, the Convention Bureau is organising the European Association Summit (EAS) in Brussels on 5, 6 and 7 May next year, an event that has become an unmissable opportunity to share information and knowledge and network with other international associations.
The European Capital, Europe’s number one city in terms of the number of associations domiciled here, is the perfect place for such a gathering of professionals.
Call for presentations: “Pioneers of change, New Association Models for the Future”
Building on the success of the first two years, the EAS is looking forward to introducing for 2015 a “call for presentations”, providing even more solid foundations for the creation of a unique conference program. The idea will be to offer international associations executives the chance to put their success stories and their original and innovative ideas under the spotlight and so boost the number of people involved.
Each organisation’s return on investment depends in no small part on its ability to broaden its horizons. This is why it is important for professionals to share their daring ideas and practical experience, thus boosting associations’ creativity and nurturing a feeling of solidarity among them.
To ensure the success of such an event, a scientific committee selected by will choose the associations that will present their success stories at the next European Association Summit, on 5, 6 and 7 May next year.

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