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7 JAN-FEB 2020 MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS MCMAG-ASIA.COM Northstar Meetings Group's flagship event will also launch its Japan edition in June in Kyoto WORDS STANLEY HO M&C Asia Connections returns to Singapore in August B uoyed by a successful debut last year, exclusive hosted-buyer event M&C Asia Connections (MCAC) will make a return to Singapore this August, with organisers also adding an inaugural Japan edition. The flagship event of Northstar Meetings Group's industry- leading brand M&C Asia, MCAC 2020 leverages on the company's comprehensive global MICE database and reputable brands, and connects pre-qualified international planners from corporations, associations, incentive houses and independent planning companies based in North America, Europe and Asia with Asia's elite travel suppliers including hotels, resorts, convention bureaus and destination management companies. The event will be held at InterContinental Singapore from Aug 25-26, 2020. Delegates can expect to participate in pre- and post-event familiarisation trips, a series of pre- scheduled one-on-one appointments, expert education sessions, and unique experiential networking events. MCAC 2020 connects pre- qualified international planners with Asia's elite travel suppliers. Bringing the industry together David Blansfield, executive vice president of Northstar Meetings Group, said: "The success of MCAC 2019 affirmed that there's growing demand for meetings and incentives in Asia among global meeting and incentive program planners, and they value the wealth of knowledge, ideas, expertise and inspirations that our Asia-based MICE industry partners contribute to the global meetings industry. Through our business events like MCAC 2020, Northstar will continue to build on our role of bringing planners together with the MICE industry suppliers who are most suited to their needs." Ms Irene Chua, vice president, Asia, for Northstar Travel Group, said: "We are looking to build on the success of the 2019 edition and bring it to even greater heights at MCAC 2020 and forge more successful connections between our participants." MCAC Japan 2020 in Kyoto On the heels of the successful MCAC, Northstar Meetings Group has launched a Japan edition dedicated to connect international planners with Japanese suppliers. MCAC Japan 2020 will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel, Kyoto, from Jun 28-29, 2020. Ms Chua said: "With MCAC Japan 2020, our hosted planners can expect a refreshing programme of pre- and post-event familiarisation trips centred around the city's longstanding imperial heritage. Exhibitors can expect to meet with quality meeting planners over business sessions and networking opportunities." "We are looking to build on the success of the 2019 edition and bring it to even greater heights at MCAC 2020." IRENE CHUA, VICE PRESIDENT, ASIA, NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP NORTHSTAR TRAVEL GROUP

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