When homebuyers get a free car

Macau home prices have risen more than 30 per cent year on year. Photo: May Tse

What does it tell you when developers give away a car with each purchase of a home?

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 5:05am

Pitfalls of over-rewarding children's achievements

Parents Pang Chi-keung and Flora Chan are careful how they reward their daughter Bowie and son Jimmi. Photo: Dickson Lee

Many parents give their children a small treat, or a gift, when they do well in school as encouragement. Some resort to giving cash or a coveted gadget as an incentive to work harder. 

24 Feb 2013 - 5:08pm


A new wave of upscale boutique resorts is emerging in Asia for exclusive meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) events. Typically located in picturesque locations away from cities, these private holiday resorts are able to offer MICE planners a high degree of privacy and exclusivity for their events, together with personal services and tailor-made facilities.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Meanwhile, the real looters go scot-free

The looting and mayhem in Britain's worst riots in decades have people scratching their heads and asking how this could have happened.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Incentive travel from Taiwan to Australia is expected to continue growing in the coming years, according to Faline Lin, business events manager, north Asia, at Tourism Australia, based in Taipei. She says most MICE travel from Taiwan to Australia are incentives tours from the industries that are sales-target driven, such as direct selling, insurance and commercial banking.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Executive incentives

Cecilia Yeung Wai-ling, director of sales Jetour Mice Services

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Voice in the wilderness

I am a house captain at my school, and after the recent athletic meet, I was frustrated and disappointed. It seemed that I was the only one working hard to achieve good results.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

How you can help

This will be my last column about our expedition through the Arctic and what we've learned about climate change. While this series of stories is ending, the climate change story will continue for years to come, and I want to give you some suggestions on what you can do to make a difference.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

High-quality training, clear incentives

The catering industry is notorious for its high turnover, low job security, long hours and lack of adequate training. But there are some companies in the region that are working hard to buck this trend.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Executive lives her childhood dream

Boredom does not present itself in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions industry (Mice) because challenges arise on a daily basis, says Jackiline Tsang Wan-man, project executive at the Destination Management Company, an organisation specialising in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transportation and programme logistics.

25 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Travel is a great way to motivate staff and customers

Incentive travel is not just about booking airline seats and making hotel or resort reservations, but about creating a valuable team-building and social exercise that can help companies to motivate and retain their best employees and customers.

22 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Creative locations in short supply

What makes an event memorable is a typical question event planners have to deal with when clients seek their professional advice.

There is no easy answer because of variables such as whether it is a gala dinner or business convention, the budget involved and the professionalism of the organiser.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Hiring to remain steady as recession not expected

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Package of incentives helps big developer retain staff

Implementing successful human resources strategies is never easy, particularly when a company is large and has many employees.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Ask the experts to help plan your event

Booking flights and hotel rooms for between 10 and 900 people, organising a treasure hunt or survival event in a location you have never visited, finding the perfect conference venue, catering for vegetarians and gluten-intolerants ... organising a MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) trip is not for the faint-hearted.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am