For the first time, Asia will host the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) annual conference. Some 450 attendees from Europe, North America, and Asia are expected to converge at the Westin Stamford and Westin Plaza hotels in Singapore in December to learn about "Motivating in the New Millennium." Call SITE at (212) 575-0910.
The Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, in conjunction with NEC Singapore, is putting a computer in every room at the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore--and, eventually, in all Pan Pacific Hotels worldwide. The computers will allow guests not only to do business in their rooms but also order breakfast, request shoe-shines, or confirm air reservations. The first 100 computers went on line in April, with 600 more expected to be installed by July. A ready-made Swiss meeting package is available for $1,499 per person, from November 2 to December 7, 1997 and January 4 through April 28, 1998. The package includes roundtrip air on Swissair; four nights at the Palace Hotel, Lucerne; transfers; most meals; meeting space; coffee breaks; and sightseeing tours. The package is offered by Swissair and the Palace Hotel, Lucerne, along with Conferences International, Inc. Call (800) 221-8747.
Some 75 people attended the first Beyond Borders Conference, an educational forum for planners and suppliers of international meetings, incentives, and events, held at the New York Hilton in March.
Co-sponsored by Adams/ Laux Publishing, publisher of Insurance Conference Planner and four other meetings magazines; and PGI, a, entertainment, exhibitions, and business communications company based in Arlington, VA, the conference was a spin-off of Adams/ Laux's popular Beyond Borders magazine supplement on planning international meetings and incentive programs, published annually in June.
Meeting planners, who made up at least 50 percent of attendees, represented a cross-section of Adams/Laux's readership, including Motorola and Prudential Securities on the corporate side and the American Chemical Society and the American Payroll Association on the association side.
Virginia Lofft, vice president and publishing director of Adams/Laux, and C.B. Weismar, senior vice president, corporate marketing & communications, PGI, opened the conference with congratulations for attendees on their global outlook and forethought in entering the international meetings arena.
A dozen topics were covered in the day-and-a-half seminar, presented by experts including Conference Chair Anne Boehme, CMP, president of Meetings & Management Plus; Jonathan Howe, Howe & Hutton; and Kathleen Papadimitriou, president, Safaris/ PGI.
Sponsor Shangri-La Hotels, with deluxe properties throughout Asia, provided registration materials, including a bound workbook and a copy of luncheon speaker Roger Axtell's Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World.