In Brief


Crowne Plaza summer deal
THE Crowne Plaza Dubai offers a special conference and groups package priced at Dh555++ per person for conferences and meetings held before August 31, based on a minimum booking of 10 rooms subject to availability.

Included in the price are accommodation in a deluxe room, complimentary use of high-speed in-room internet, buffet, mid-morning and afternoon coffee and snacks, international buffet lunch, complimentary use of LCD projector for meetings, deluxe meeting amenities, complimentary internet connection in meeting rooms and professional technical assistance.

EIBTM Association Programme out
THE details of EIBTM’s 2006 Association Programme in Barcelona have been announced and registration is now live online. Association planners wishing to attend can register on Now in its fifth year, the EIBTM 2006 Association Programme will take place from Monday November 27 to Wednesday November 29 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona and provides delegates with flights from Europe and the US, accommodation in Barcelona, networking functions, a personal diary of appointments with exhibitors and more. Scheduled are discussions on today’s most pressing communication issues, peer group discussion sessions, measuring events and saving money and more, besides a day for pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors of choice.

IMEX unveils Politicians Forum Report
THE findings and conclusions made by guests at this year’s IMEX Politicians’ Forum have been made public in a new report, Understanding the value of meetings at local level. The Frankfurt forum welcomed 24 politicians from Europe and around the world this May. The report details the discussions that took place during the day and also highlights some of the key points of agreement, as well as those areas where more progress is yet to be made. Among the issues discussed was the future impact of modern new Asian conference centres and the potential growth and effect of the Chinese meetings and venue market.

High-end incentives in Koh Samui
THE Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa is marketing itself as the perfect venue for small upscale executive retreats and incentives up to 25 rooms maximum. Rates for group bookings start from $120++ per night. Set on a hill that gently slopes to an exclusive private sandy beach on the secluded Laem Nan peninsula, the boutique resort offers boardroom set ups designed in the format of a CEO’s luxurious office with plush sofas in living room style. The resort comprises 78 villas and deluxe rooms, each with their own private terrace and outdoor whirlpool. Rooms are sea facing with stunning views of the lush tropical gardens and the Gulf of Siam. With 33 stunning pool villas, each delegate can have their own private paradise.  Culinary experiences are available, and a team of experienced professionals can cater to a company’s theme and organize events and excursions.

Brunei Empire launches events site
BRUNEI’S palatial Empire Hotel and Country Club, one of the world’s largest and most luxurious resorts, is positioning itself as one of Asia’s leading MICE venues with the launch of a new Internet micro site devoted to event organizers,
The resort caters for private or corporate functions of all sizes, from high impact international conferences to small executive incentive meetings, in luxurious and opulent surroundings with a menu of ‘theme’ activities, including private Hollywood-style movie screenings, rainforest escapades or golf clinics.