Expansion of the Global Associations Hub Partnership

December 11, 2017

Expansion of the Global Associations Hub Partnership

The Global Associations Hub Partnership is driving international expansion for global associations and member markets are reaping the benefits. GAHP member-cities are home to 9.6 percent of association headquarters and regional offices, according to the 2017 report of the Union of International Associations (UIA) shared by GAHP International Advisor Herve Bosquet.

The UIA also found that association offices were growing at three times the rate of the global average in GAHP member-cities, which include Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, and Washington, DC.  In the past year, 35 associations have opened offices in GAHP cities, representing 30 percent of all new headquarters and regional offices. During that same period, a total of 119 offices opened up worldwide.

Much GAHP member-cities’ association growth is due to their commitment to building knowledge economies, cultivating local innovation and driving regional economic activity. Representatives from each of the cities also emphasize their unique sectors from life sciences to technology and the potential of the association market to grow within each.

 

November 12, 2017

Washington, DC:
Meetings With a Difference

Association planners looking for added value and a city that naturally enhances their program find that Washington, DC delivers. Innovative and vibrant, the U.S. capital offers not only state-of-the-art infrastructure, should it host your next event, it’s also a knowledge hub for key sectors that gives unmatched access to federal government and policy leaders.

According to Smith Travel Research’s 2017 DestinationMAP, Washington, DC is among the top three North American meeting destinations. Planners found DC’s safety and attractiveness appealing, as well as value and ease of access via three local airports. DC was also named the first LEED Platinum City in the world by the U.S. Green Building Council. Attendees will find environmentally-friendly practices throughout the city, starting with energy-reducing and recycling programs at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Washington, DC delivers beyond traditional destination advantages. It is a top city for social entrepreneurs, the most educated city in the U.S. and serves as headquarters for renowned organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. These factors and many more have established the nation’s capital as a leader in industries including tech, biotech/pharma, education and medical.

“The District continues to be the epicenter for inclusive innovation and technology in the country,” said Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. “From opportunities that foster women entrepreneurs to the creation of innovation labs and incentives for tech company headquarters, DC is at the forefront of the tech movement and inclusive innovation growth.”

Easy to get to, easy to navigate by foot or bike, the nation’s capital offers unique cultural diversity, pairing international influence with a distinct local identity: it boasts exceptional venues and a dining scene packed with culinary talent, not to mention the country’s finest monuments and memorials and captivating museums that you can experience for free. And thanks to $11.8 billion in development underway, there will always be something new for you to discover!

This content is powered by Destination DC. Connect with them and read more about meetings and conventions in Washington, DC at  washington.org/meetings.

 

 

November 2, 2017

Green Vancouver to Welcome ECOCITY World Summit

The 2019 ECOCITY World Summit will be held in Vancouver, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Set to take place in October 2019 and based out of the  Vancouver Convention Centre, over 1000 delegates are expected to attend the summit, thought-leaders, decision makers, sustainable business owners, and green researchers from over 30 countries being amongst them.

Held every two years since 1990, the summit deals with the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanising world. Under the theme “Socially Just and Sustainable Cities”, the conference will aim to officially confirm the International Ecocity Framework and Standards (IEFS) document, which provides a vision for an ecologically-restorative human civilization as well as a practical methodology for assessing and guiding progress towards the goal.

November 1, 2017

Montreal Perceives Artificial Intelligence

The 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) will be hosted by the Palais des congrès de Montréal in 2021 attracting nearly 3,000 experts from all over the world. This scientific field is developing fast in the city, thus attracting the international convention.

Montréal was awarded the convention during the 2017 edition of the event in Melbourne last August, thanks to the work and support from the business development team and Montreal universities and the funding from Tourisme Montréal.

Recognising the need to establish Quebec’s position as an AI hub, the Université de Montréal, Fonds de recherche du Québec and Palais des congrès de Montréal joined forces to create the new Forum on the Socially Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which will take place November 2 and 3 at the Palais. The Forum will discuss the ethical and socially responsible development of AI with keynote speakers ranging from pure science to the humanities and social sciences, such as Yoshua Bengio and Yochai Benkler to name but a few.

October 23, 2017

PCMA Convening Leaders in Nashville: What’s in Store

The 2018 PCMA Convening Leaders conference will be held in the Music City, Nashville, between 7 and 10 January 2018. Under the theme “Amplifying Engagement”, the conference puts a spotlight on the engagement factor – one of the most critical pieces of connecting with your audience. However, PCMA will promote the new idea of how to navigate around digital distractions and satisfy increased attendee expectations at every turn.

With attendance reaching 4500 participants, this meeting is expected to be the best one yet. Between the opening and closing ceremonies filled with music and celebrities from the music field, the four-day schedule will offer a variety of events, including Nashville tours and “office body” exercises.

How to boost participant engagement with immersive events, how co-locating your events leads to success and how to boost your brand with strategic story-telling are only some of the topics mentioned during the conference. The new Future of Face-to-Face space will be an educational experience for delegates to examine the role of participant engagement through the lens of the future of events through learning sessions and facilitated conversations. Brain Dates will also be part of the program, with delegates making offers and requests for knowledge on topics of interest.

The main stage will be busy with inspirational speakers including Neri Oxman, an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions, General Stan McChrystal, delivering his analysis on the dynamic geopolitical environment and the implications it will have on security, politics, energy and the global population and Bill Strickland, who will share his powerful set of beliefs – in the closing of the main stage – about how leadership and self-worth give people the ability to change lives.

October 18, 2017

Up-and-Coming Panama

Panama is expanding and claiming a position in the international meetings industry. Present at IMEX America, the Central American nation presented its three new convention centres, expansion of its international airport, the region’s first light rail system, and unique cultural and eco-friendly attractions aiming to get associations interested.

Scheduled to open at the end of 2018, the new Amador Convention Centre in Panama City will offer 58,000 sqm of exhibition space for groups of up to 25,000 people. What is more, an entertainment district is under construction adjacent to the centre, with more than 20,000 hotel rooms available in Panama’s nearby central city.

The country is also investing in the expansion of Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, as well as in the Panama Metro which will soon connect to the airport and other major attractions in the city, making them easily accessible for association delegates.

In addition to the Amador Convention Centre, Panama is building the Verde Convention Centre in Boquete, the first in Central America with an environmentally friendly infrastructure, offering 4,000 sqm of meeting space to accommodate groups of up to 2,000 people, and the Herrera Convention Centre in Chitre, featuring 5,000 sqm, a 1,500 sqm amphitheatre and an auditorium that will seat 750.

October 3, 2017

Focus on Innovation & Technology – A Canadian Vision

Winnipeg-based Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is the new head of Business Events Canada, the official organisation responsible for the promotion of the meetings industry in the country. Last week, during a road trip to Europe, she conversed with Cécile Koch and shared her vision. “The stars are aligned for Canada at the moment, and our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reflects exactly what Canada is: progressive, open and welcoming differences.” she said.

Back in 2013 Business Events Canada (BEC) realised that meetings and events can create a lasting legacy. They indeed can be the first spark that ignites interest in doing business that leads to investment in the country as well as the exploration of the unique experiences that Canada offers international travellers. Over the last five years, Canada has invested in some major infrastructure development all over the country, attracting mega sports events such as the Olympics. This year, Canada also hosted INVICTUS and large congresses such as SIBOS and that of the International Union for Public Transport, to name just a few.

Business Events Canada has identified seven priority business sectors where Canada holds a competitive advantage. These priorities are in line with the areas in which Canada is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence. Special emphasis has thus been given to aerospace, agriculture and food, clean technology, infrastructure/engineering, ICT, life sciences, and natural resources.

But BEC has in fact already gone further than that. If they have set up strategic partnerships within the industry, with organisations such as ASAE and PCMA, they are now looking outside of their own box to establish relations with associations that have a global impact within their own field, with a particular focus on innovation and technology.

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology, and CESSE, the Counsel of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, are two organisations with whom BEC have started to collaborate. The idea here is to have, for instance, Canadians participate in educational panels or be speakers at the many events those associations organize. In doing so, BEC hopes to get Canada even more recognized as a centre of excellence and, in turn, attract conferences in these sectors. To emphasize this, BEC will host a yearly event in these fields, similar to the C2Event (more on this in Boardroom September 2017, out now).

“Innovate Canada is the new BEC signature event which will be held every year and built around different vertical market segments. Next year, it will be held around Innovation/Technology and therefore we are aligning it with the C2 Conference in Montreal to take part of some of the conference there. We are looking at building it around Lifesciences in the following year (2019) and will be in another Canadian city with a centre of excellence in that particular sector.” Chantal Sturk-Nadeau says.

… It seems destination marketing has become so much more subtle and intelligent nowadays!

(Picture: Montreal)

September 19, 2017

High-Level Learning for Associations at IMEX America 2017

Association professionals are invited to set aside their daily to-do lists and focus on strategic development and sharing knowledge with their peers at IMEX America this year.

Designed exclusively for association leaders and aspiring association leaders from all corners of the world, the new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9.

“In a rapidly evolving business environment, strong leadership and effective strategic planning has never been more important. Senior industry professionals within associations obviously occupy unique and powerful positions within the meetings industry, and we know they value high quality opportunities to spend dedicated, focused time together, explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The education and networking program at the new Association Leadership Forum is open to those working at senior leadership level within associations and covers multiple challenges of association management and development. The free program is being created in association with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Through a mix of presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel, the Association Leadership Forum will address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams.

There will also be a series of dedicated education sessions for association meeting buyers and planners, curated by ICCA. Open to all, these will take place as part of Smart Monday – the renowned day of complimentary, cutting-edge professional development powered by MPI. Association professionals will also be able to take part in Smart Monday’s wider education program which includes sessions on purposeful meetings, latest industry trends and personal development.

All association professionals can end their day and toast the start of IMEX America at Association Evening, taking place at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center. “It’s always a lovely chance to unwind with peers, reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. Our Association Evening is a great networking opportunity that really ‘starts the week strong’”, adds Carina.

In addition to this customised learning opportunity, Association professionals will also enjoy further business opportunities and education sessions during IMEX America which takes place October 10-12.

There will be new exhibitors from across the US and around the world including Memorable Costa Rica, Boston Convention Marketing Center, COMO Hotels – New York, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Global Incentive Management DMC, Viking Cruises, Live Nation Special Events and Hotel Xcaret Mexico.  In the Tech Pavilion EventsCase and CadmiumCD will also be at the show for the first time.

Exhibitors represent all areas of the industry and those with expanded booths this year include the Bahamas, Hungary, Ireland, Accor, IHG, Sonesta Collection, Marriott International, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, Allied PRA, multiple exhibitors from California (Long Beach, Anaheim, LA, Monterey County & Santa Barbara), Nashville and Memphis, the Czech Tourist Authority and Visit England.

The new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9 / www.imexamerica.com

 

September 14, 2017

Sustainability at Its Best in San Diego

San Diego Convention Center is boosting the local agricultural economy by sourcing key products and services from across the community. A result of its collaboration with food and beverage supplier Centerplate, the initiative “100 Mile Harvest” aims to source as many locally grown, manufactured and processed products as possible, thus increasing sales for local producers, reducing the SDCC’s overall carbon footprint and improving sustainability.

Read all about this initiative on the Iceberg website, a partner of Boardroom.

September 5, 2017

Canada to Meet European Associations

This September Business Events Canada (BEC) and their partners will return to Europe for their annual European Canada week promoting the country’s meeting and conventions offerings to local agencies. During this week associations looking to hold an event in Canada will be able to learn all about the country’s facilities and expertise in all kinds of fields.

Two events will be held in France and the UK on 18th and 21st September respectively providing attendees with networking opportunities and practical advice on holding business events in Canada whilst helping them get up to speed with all the latest news and developments, from technological advances to new hotels, venues and travel options.

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director of BEC, commented: “The European Annual Canada Week is set up to create a platform for our Canadian partners to meet with new prospective and qualified buyers and showcase their product or destination to generate new opportunities and ultimately confirmed business.”

Picture: Montréal