Ottawa Wins Across Various Sectors

June 11, 2018

Ottawa Wins Across Various Sectors

Ottawa has confirmed several significant association wins as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. Through a combination of University departments, hospital research specialities and growing infrastructure across the private sector, Canada’s capital has significant appeal to a wealth of associations from several key sectors including technology, engineering, medical, scientific, academic and commerce.

Ottawa’s accessibility has also been vital in winning such substantial international events.  In particular, direct flights from the US and Europe has ensured all clients including association delegates from around the world can reach the city with minimal fuss.

 

May 29, 2018

Mexico Launches Growth Plan for its German Market

Mexico inaugurated its stand at IMEX in Frankfurt showcasing the country’s strengths as a MICE destination with a wide range of natural, historical, cultural and culinary attractions and facilities, and why it is fast becoming one of Germany’s favourite destinations.

With the number of German tourists constantly increasing, Mexico Tourism Board recently launched strategic growth plan for the German market with the ultimate goal of making it one of Mexico’s top markets by 2021. The programme will focus on expanding connectivity, strengthening industry partnerships and co-marketing, expanding tourism products, and increasing consumer promotional actions.

In general, Mexico’s tourism industry had another record-breaking year in 2016, welcoming more than 35 million international visitors, up 8.9 percent from 2015. The economic impact was great; in 2013, Mexico ranked 15th most visited country in the world but three short years later hit the top ten and is currently the 8th most visited country. The country hosted 198 congresses last year also thanks to its 21 offices abroad working closely between them. But with 56 convention centres thought the country, Mexico is now trying to promote its strategy for attracting conferences to its smaller cities. The country’s accessibility has increased with new flight destinations towards Asia and a new airport expected for 2020.

May 28, 2018

Colombia Uses Music to Attract Conferences

Colombia, or the land of Sobrasura as its own people like to call it referring to their pleasant way of living, has become an important destination when it comes to international conferences. The country is promoting itself through a unique campaign based on music, as it is considered an international language conveying the region’s message of why associations should opt for Colombia. Thirteen musical videos have been produced each one showcasing the strengths of different cities throughout the entire country in order to attract international conferences to smaller destinations as well as the capital, Bogotá.

With good infrastructure for business events across the land, a strategic geographical position between the Americas, safer cities and the tourism, oil and gas industries being a priority, the 11 convention bureaux of Colombia can offer successful conferences. What is more, the country’s message concerning legacy explains that meetings organised there contribute to local peace as its people proudly team up to prepare their city for such an event.

May 11, 2018

Ambassadors Drive Montréal’s Business Events Further

The Palais des congrès de Montréal has assembled a group of leaders representing eight of the city’s key economic sectors to form a new Multisector Strategic Taskforce. The role of these experienced ambassadors will be to develop and nurture ties with researchers, scientists and business executives who might be inclined to actively participate in the process of bringing large-scale international gatherings to Montréal. They will be able to mine their networks for topnotch collaborators and match them with specific conferences.

Recognised as a knowledge hub, Montréal works closely with its Ambassadors Club and partners to advocate for the major sectors driving the Montréal and Québec economy. During the course of the Club’s 33 years, its members have definitely made a difference, attracting 201 events that have drawn nearly 475,000 participants to the region.

Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club, said: “Conventions represent a privileged opportunity to exchange with our peers from all over the world, and they help push the boundaries of knowledge for our industries. These intellectual benefits greatly contribute to Montréal’s international reputation,”.

April 27, 2018

Computers and Humans Meet in Montréal

From April 21 to 26 2018, human-computer interaction received a thorough examination during the CHI 2018 international conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Over 3,000 of the top researchers, scientists, and designers in the world from 50 different countries gathered to present their latest research, solve their hardest problems, learn new material and build their networks.
Montréal was a valid choice for this AI international conference as the city enjoys the support of numerous universities and centres specialising in fundamental and applied research, including the McGill University Centre for Intelligent Machines, the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and the Institute for Data Valorization (Ivado) among others.

April 19, 2018

The New Convention Centre in Halifax

 The new Halifax Convention Centre, part of the innovative Nova Centre, opened its doors in December 2017. Some 800,000 guests are expected to visit the new facility, which boasts the title of the largest green building in the region. The structure has incorporated the latest technology and the highest environmental standards as a LEED Gold certified facility.

More than 11,000 sqm of flexible event space are available to associations for their conferences, including a ballroom and an atrium arrival area. The new centre goes further by organising a ‘pop-up’ program in the centre’s public spaces to showcase authentically local products and experiences to conference attendees.

Ninety events are already booked for the facility’s first year of operations, including 44 national and international conventions, for instance  the 2018 International Conference on Residency Education and the International Conference on Power Control and Optimasation.

April 17, 2018

BestCities Places People in the Centre of Things

The Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau will be hosting the BestCities 2018 Global Forum from December 9-12, which is expected to be all about the Power of People. In fact, in recognition of the Global Meetings Industry Day, the BestCities Global Alliance has announced a new communications strategy that will celebrate the unique role people play in making significant changes and progressions in the meetings and events industry.

Bogotá, together the 11 other BestCities destinations, will digitally promote this year’s ‘People’ theme for the Global Forum, making this the first time the alliance has communicated the theme from their annual event out to a wider audience via a targeted strategy that will see all cities share a cohesive message. Phase one of the campaign, which will run from 12 April until 14 May, will see all 12 of the BestCities partner cities share impactful images that illustrate what the Power of People means to them. Phase two will be announced shortly.

 

April 12, 2018

Quebec’s Busy Agenda for 2018

Hosting some 13 international and American conventions in subjects ranging from geography to geology, to robotics, and more, 2018 seems like a busy successful year for Quebec City. Its team of volunteer ambassadors who promote the city as a smart choice for conferences and conventions, have played an important role in securing many of these high-profile events.

The 20th International Sedimentological Congress (ISC 2018) at the Québec City Convention Centre, with more than 800 earth science specialists from around the world, the 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference gathering 2000 geographers, the annual FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) Training Conference and Exhibition and the  International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE) are the main events planned for this year.

You can read all about these conferences and more about Quebec City here.

March 15, 2018

A Gold Mine for Canada’s PDAC Convention

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2018 Convention held this week at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A record number of 25,606 delegates gathered in Toronto for four days of presentations, exhibitions, and short courses, showing that the mineral exploration and mining industry has regained its swagger and is building momentum.

More specifically, investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials and students from over 125 countries attended the sold out events as well as a gala awards ceremony and a closing night celebration at The Fairmont Royal York.

PDAC, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, hosted the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) for the third year, bringing together 26 Ministers responsible for mining from around the world—the largest turnout to date. This year’s summit focused on the various ways in which trust can be fostered to enhance and expand the contributions that the mineral exploration and mining sector has on the prosperity and development of nations.

 

March 5, 2018

Washington, DC Offers an Ecosystem to International Associations

Washington, DC offers a value-added approach for meetings and conventions, especially for organisations within the technology, biotech/pharmaceutical, education and medical spaces.

International association planners looking for an ecosystem that can help support and enhance meetings find that Washington, DC delivers. By gaining unrivaled access to venture capitalists, government leaders, tech startups and cybersecurity experts, you can experience the DC difference.

The intellectual capital boasts 21 higher education institutions throughout the region and claims the most cybersecurity jobs—more than 27,000—in the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, DC is the most educated city, making it a destination with a qualified workforce and a hot spot for innovation. These factors and more establish DC as a knowledge hub with access to robust assets unlike any other city.

International association business is one of the largest growing market segments for the city and Washington, DC continues to develop initiatives and invest in new development opportunities to ensure that it is one of the leading U.S. destinations for the international association market.

In 2018, Washington, DC will see new direct nonstop air service into Dulles International Airport from key international markets, including Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and London Stansted on Primera Air. In addition to its strong industries, $11.5 billion in development underway means 15 new hotels with over 3,400 rooms in the pipeline and special events venues continue to come online.

“We welcome more international association business and hope the new flights and hotel inventory help make it easy to choose Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC. “Business travelers can access lawmakers relevant to their cause, meet in incredible venues and enjoy the city’s captivating free museums and Michelin-starred restaurant scene.”

Meeting planners find DC’s safety and attractiveness appealing, as well as ease of access and value. The nation’s capital has built a path towards greener living by creating an environment where every government building is now powered by renewable energy, making DC the first LEED Platinum city in the world by U.S. Green Building Council in August. The city continues to add properties that are LEED certified such as the new POD DC hotel in Chinatown. With the opportunity to access Fortune 500 tech companies and as the top city for women in tech (CBRE Tech Talent Scorecard, 2017), selecting DC for your next meeting will benefit attendee, exhibitor and sponsor bases alike.

This article is powered by Destination DC. To learn more about meetings and conventions in Washington, DC or submit an RFP, visit washington.org/meetings.