The Philippines Inspire, Collaborate and Sustain

October 11, 2018

The Philippines Inspire, Collaborate and Sustain

The Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) is organising the 6th edition of its Summit, one of the biggest gatherings of associations and association professionals. Under the theme ‘Inspire, Collaborate, Sustain’, the Summit is set to be held between 23 and 24 November at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Centre, in the Philippines.

During the two-day program, a panel of speakers representing various sectors of the association community will showcase their outstanding projects and best practices that inspire and merit recognition and replication, their successful collaboration with others and their commitment to sustainability. The agenda includes the presentation of the winners for the ‘ANG SUSI’ Awards 2018.

Photo : Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Centre

October 4, 2018

Yokohama Is the Destination of Choice for Computational Mechanics

Yokohama has been chosen as the host city for the 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM), which will take place at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH in 2022. About 3500 researchers and experts in the fields of computational engineering and computational mechanics from around the globe are expected to participate. Of those, roughly 2,000 will be coming from abroad.

The success of the mission was thanks to a joint effort by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) and the Japan Tourism Agency, YCVB (Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau) and the city of Yokohama and PACIFICO Yokohama. The local organising committee established “Pursuing the Infinite Potential of Computational Mechanics” as its vision statement promoting new concepts and technologies to address societal needs.

September 28, 2018

Yokohama’s First IEEE Conference on Nuclear Science

The IEEE NSS-MIC (Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference) will be held in October of 2021 at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH facility, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. The forum is a joint conference that encompasses the two fields of nuclear science and medical imaging. The host organization is the 186th Committee on Radiation Science and its Applications, a division of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

It’s the first time this conference will be held in Japan. About 2,000 participants are expected to attend with the majority (about 1,850) coming from abroad. Yokohama was chosen for the conference through the collaborative efforts of the YCVB (Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau), the city of Yokohama and PACIFICO Yokohama, and working in unison with JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).

September 27, 2018

The UIA Boosts Local Associations in Malaysia

Malaysia is currently welcoming the UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific 2018 (UIA 2018) from 26-27 September 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Organised by the Union of International Associations (UIA), the notable centennial event, is a conference which focuses on development for associations across industries to ensure collective growth. 120 international delegates from 15 countries are enjoying the Malaysian hospitality and interacting with local associations as the event is purely hosted by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).

Speaking from the business events perspective, Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO of MyCEB looked back when the Bureau started nearly a decade ago: “When we started in 2009, we found that local associations are great at what they do and they have a lot of potential to go even further in championing not just a cause but an industry. That is the bar we wanted to raise, consolidate expertise for both their cause and impacting the country in other ways. We injected the business events point of view into our association counterparts by realising their maximum potentials. UIA 2018 will be another boost to our efforts as it is applicable to associations from all industries.”

August 24, 2018

Thailand Gets Standard for Association Planners

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) wants to accelerate the enhancement of meetings venue standards so that planners know what to expect. To this aim, ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standards 2018’, a marketing communications campaign has been created. Its goal?  Driving market penetration using digital network and createing awareness and encourage general public to remember the certification mark.

It is expected that 175 Thai meetings venues nationwide will be certified this year, lifting up the confidence of international events to select Thailand as their meetings destination.

“The ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standards 2018’ campaign will communicate with the target using key strategy called the 4 Create 1 Connect, which embraces Create the awareness of campaign; Create pleasant image of Thai MICE; Create the confidence among prospective users and Create understanding in organisation’s mission and vision, all of which are meant to initiate good connections with alliances and entrepreneurs, basing on the main concept “International standards you can trust. Guaranteed by Thailand MICE Venue Standards” commented Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB.

August 14, 2018

The PCMA-ICESAP Knowledge Exchange in Kuala Lumpur

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) recently hosted the PCMA-ICESAP Knowledge Exchange Kuala Lumpur.

The engaging educational programme brought together over 30 leading business events industry players, stakeholders and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience on how they are recalibrating their businesses in response to constant digital, political and economic change.

PCMA-ICESAP Regional Business Director-APAC, Antonio Codinach, said, “This was our first knowledge exchange event in Malaysia. Being relatively new to the industry, I have noticed we are very good at talking amongst ourselves, so I am making it my mission to ‘open up’ the business events industry, which was one of the purposes of this session. Our industry makes a tremendous contribution to key educational and economic sectors, and this event provided us with a platform to debate, interact and share ideas on how we can evolve together and drive this important industry forward.”

The keynote was followed by an interactive industry panel discussing and debating ideas on topics such as, education, talent development and the new age workforce, the importance of accreditation and the opening up the business events industry. Driving the panel discussion were the Centre’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Angeline van den Broecke; CEO of AOS Conventions & Events, Amos Wong and Srikrishna. Angeline shared some key take outs relevant to the local context which included the need to go through an ‘unlearning’ process and change the language and terminologies used to help propel the industry forward.

August 10, 2018

What’s in Store during Malaysia Business Events Week

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is holding the fourth edition of the Malaysia Business Events Week (MBEW) until 14 August 2018, in the state of Pahang, at the Genting International Convention Centre by Resorts World Genting.

A signature initiative of the national bureau, MBEW acts as a dynamic platform for industry stakeholders to converge, communicate and debate issues that impact the future growth and sustainability of the business events industry.

This year, the 4th MBEW carries the theme ‘Our Future by Design: Embracing Change’. The theme aims to communicate the ability and readiness of Malaysia’s business events landscape to embrace change, given its robustness and well-developed global standard offerings.

Participants can pick the brains of international speakers, including Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner of specialist agency, Soolnua; Tina Altieri, Managing Principal at Media Australasia Xchange (MAX); Effi Setiabudi, Chairman of Indonesia Exhibition Companies Association and Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd.

August 8, 2018

Global TEDSummit Chooses Scotland

Scotland will play host to the next TEDSummit in 2019. It will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 21 to 25 July 2019, bringing together up to 1,300 members of the international TED community.

The bid to bring the event to Edinburgh was led by the EICC, VisitScotland Business Events, Convention Edinburgh, and Scottish Enterprise, backed by support from the Scottish Government, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Social Bite, Festivals Edinburgh, Edinburgh Science Festival and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. All worked together to show why the capital is the ideal place to host this gathering of world-leading thinkers.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to identifying, and then spreading, relevant and potentially impactful ideas. It began in 1984 with a conference converging technology, entertainment and design and over time the organization has expanded its topics from science to business to global issues. TEDSummit gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for community brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops, outdoor activities and an eclectic program of mainstage talks – in beautiful surroundings.

August 7, 2018

ExCeL London Gets Dental

The 96th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), in conjunction with the IADR Pan European Regional Congress, took place at ExCeL London from 25-28 July 2018 and saw over 5,000 dental, oral and craniofacial researchers flock to the capital.

The IADR is a non-profit organization with nearly 11,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, support and represent the oral health research community and facilitate the communication and application of research findings.

IADR is the latest medical association to select London and ExCeL as a host venue. Other recent successes have included record-breaking events for both the European Association of Urology (March 2017) and the Alzheimer’s Association (July 2017). London has secured its reputation as one of the world-leading centres for Life Sciences with the city being at the heart of the so called ‘Golden Triangle’ of medical research, which links the Capital’s leading research institutions, with Oxford and Cambridge.

August 6, 2018

PACIFICO Yokohama Ranking High for Associations

PACIFICO Yokohama, one of the largest meetings venue in Japan, was ranked as the top Japanese facility in 2016 in terms of the number of conferences hosted, the number of attendees, and the number of overseas attendees, according to the breakdown of “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2016”, recently published by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

Spending by participants in international conferences and other events is believed to generate more economic impact than that by general tourists and also create business opportunities and innovations. These events are also said to have high social significance as they help promote cultural, artistic, and academic activities.

In spring 2020, a new facility, Yokohama Minato Mirai International Convention Center will open adjacent to PACIFICO Yokohama, contributing to the local community by hosting international conferences.