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Page 58 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2016 “It has been a particularly strong initi- ative. We allow non-members to partic- ipate for a small fee and many of these people subsequently have become PCO members.” Late this year, the PCOA will hold its annual conference in Brisbane. “The annual conference in November celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016 and members are looking forward to From Page 4. Brisbane to host 2016 conference going back to where we had one of our earliest meetings,” said Neame. Brisbane has extended the wel- come mat and does a very good job in meeting our expectations.” Karen Sainsbury has been appoint- ed as Australia’s PCO Association councillor for New South Wales re- placing Francis Child who has retired. Sainsbury is a director of Hot Events Australia. uberchat... INTERESTING that Jakarta’s Soekarno- Hatta International Airport (SHIA) is aiming to become a transit hub for international flights, taking on the likes of Singapore’s Changi and Malaysia’s Kuala lumpur International Airpor t (klIA). The Indo airport has a new uS$700 million terminal capable of processing an extra 15-20 million passengers a year scheduled to operate from may. However, its hub strategy may be a little late now airlines are opting for new generation aircraft capable of ver y long distance point-to-point services, reducing the need for multi leg flights. Qatar, for example, has just announced non-stop flights between Doha and Auckland and emirates plans to operate Dubai to Panama City non-stop - some 17 hours 35 minutes. Qantas currently operates the longest non-stop flight - between Sydney and Dallas in the uSA - at just under 17 hours. # reGulAr visitors to Hong kong may have noticed the city’s iconic neon signs and fluorescent lighting is being replaced by leDs. neon lighting in outdoor advertising signage has declined since the mid twentieth century due to the longer-lasting and lower maintenance cost leDs, which lack the warmth of neon but are brighter. # Are all those on line hotel reviews for real? no, but no one knows for sure how many are fake. experts estimate anywhere from one-third to one-half of the reviews you see are not real (either designed to make you visit – or keep you away if the fake review is negative), according to reputation Communications, a new york-based online reputation management company. # muSIC is the top leisure interest for those born since 1981, (the millennial generation, also known as Generation y), with the festival industry offering strong growth oppor tunities for brands according to a new study. uS-based repucom, which researches sports and entertainment markets, says 86 per cent of millennials are interested in music. # THe nOrTH Atlantic jet stream is getting stronger. This is expected to slow aircraft flying east to west and could impact the fuel bill of airlines on the route by as much as $20 million a year.