ICC Sydney Cements Global Reputation with Event Excellence

June 22, 2018

ICC Sydney Cements Global Reputation with Event Excellence

As Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is truly one of a kind. It features a striking contemporary design, state-of-the-art technology throughout and leading event services to cater to the changing architecture of meetings and events, all situated in the heart of Sydney.

 Following its official opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney has played a pivotal role in driving Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and event destinations. Its presence has been felt on a global scale, and to date it has welcomed a significant 1.6 million visitors to more than 1,000 events including major international business events, conventions, exhibitions and concerts.

Design: A Pioneering Venue

ICC Sydney sits at the epicentre of the A$3.4 billion, 20-hectare transformation of the waterfront Darling Harbour precinct in Sydney’s bustling CBD. It brings a new dynamic quality and reputation to the city whileproviding visitors and delegates the ultimate in quality, choice and flexibility for collaboration and innovation.

A fit-for-purpose facility with a unique and innovative design, the venue boasts spectacular views of the city skyline and a range of integrated facilities that help inspire the imagination and boost professional development. Guests can experience an industry-leading convention centre, 35,000sqm of exhibition space, sweeping views from a 5,000sqm open-air event deck, a spectacular 2,000 capacity grand ballroom – the largest of its kind in Australia – and world class theatres, meeting rooms and event spaces.

Following the 10th World Chamber of Congress held at ICC Sydney in 2017, Director of the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation, Anthony Parkes, was impressed by the modernity and efficiency of the building. “For me, the technology of ICC Sydney and the layout were two key elements that facilitated the dynamics of an innovative, modern-day event,” he said.

Supporting Client Success

Alongside a striking contemporary design, ICC Sydney has been recognised for its in-depth, comprehensive pre-planning process and exemplary service across all facets of the business. From a collaborative event planning process through to audio visual (AV) and technology support, as well as promoting an award-winning Feeding Your Performance culinary philosophy centred on boosting delegate’s concentration of minds and sustaining energy, the venue is setting a new benchmark for the industry.

At the heart of the organisation is ICC Sydney’s team of dedicated experts, all committed to client success and placing an innovation lens over everything they do while supporting clients through every step of the event planning process.

Heralding on the success of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, held at ICC Sydney this month, Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan said, “Once again, ICC Sydney has impressed on a global level hosting more than 1,200 leaders from the aviation industry. The feedback has been resoundingly positive with delegates not only acknowledging ICC Sydney’s exceptional functionality as well as its outstanding customer service and diverse food and beverage options.”

Looking ahead, the ICC Sydney team is focused on ensuring that everything it does consistently reaches a world class standard, elevating Australia’s position on the global stage while creating memorable event experiences for clients and visitors alike.

To experience ICC Sydney’s industry-leading venue and the best of Sydney, book your next event today.

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June 22, 2018

Shining Lights for Montréal

As Montréal‘s reputation as a technology hub continues to climb, the city decided to portray this by combining business with pleasure. Visitors and conference-goers can now explore Montréal’s most innovative attractions and exhibits as featured in Tourisme Montréal’s curated “tech in the city” experiences.

Some examples of this include the Jacques Cartier Bridge, one of Montréal’s foremost landmarks, which will be activated every night in real time thanks to intelligent programming, activated by millions of data that make up the pulse of the city. The grandiose light show at the Notre-Dame Basilica, Montréal’s most visited site, pays homage to the beauty of the historic building by creating a narrative upon its very structure.  Cité Mémoire, a free pedestrian nighttime circuit through Old Montréal, animates a poetic interpretation of the city’s history with large-scale projections on buildings, sidewalks and trees, complete with music and storytelling. Through animated projections that defy the mind, Space Next/EXO asks a beguiling question: is there life beyond Earth? It takes audiences off to new horizons and invites them to imagine life spreading elsewhere in the solar system and the cosmos. Finally, the Société des Arts Technologiques continues to push the envelope of innovation in entertainment, food and visual culture with its Satosphere, a spherical space on its top floor that’s the site of incredible immersive projection experiences where video and sound become one.

June 21, 2018

Business Events:
The Power of Associations

In the second of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, analyse the crucial role professional associations and the broader “civil society” deliver across all the whole of scientific and industrial development.

“Civil society organisations do work that government can’t necessarily do and do work that business can’t necessarily do. Yet if we can create a space where we actually pull together the professionals in a given field, and then invite business to the table, invite government to the table, invite your stakeholders to the table, we have much richer conversation” says Talley.

Watch the video on the website of Boardroom’s partner The Iceberg.

June 21, 2018

Third Time for EHA in Stockholm

The European Hematology Association Congress, based on its capacity and qualities to host a congress of EHA’s size, chose Stockholm to host the event for the third time. The 23rd EHA congress, taking place at Stockholmsmässan, opened its gates on June 14 for four days, gathering leading scientists and experts on hematology from all over the world.

This year’s congress reached all-time highs in several ways: the number of registered delegates has never been higher – more than 11.ooo, there have never been so many scientific sessions programmed, and the exhibition space has never been larger.

“We have chosen Stockholm as the place to welcome our participants and partners, to share EHA’s vision towards an excellent, ecologically and socially sustainable congress. Stockholm as the first-ever city designated as the European Green Capital, with the world’s leading sustainable airport Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and the Stockholmsmässan, an ecological and socially sustainable meeting place. We as EHA, have made significant efforts to work in a sustainable way, but also to create a social atmosphere where people meet, connect, and take care of each other. By working together, we all contribute to the progress in hematology research, education and ultimately patient care, and the congress venue plays an essential role in this”, said Carin Smand, EHA Executive Director and Rik Craenmehr, Executive Manager, European Hematology Association.


June 20, 2018

Towards Better Business Events for Europe with PCMA

PCMA‘s second European Influencers Summit (EIS) will take place from 23-25 September 2018 at the Barcel Sevilla Renacimiento hotel in Seville, Spain. It is so named to reflect the seniority of the 200 participants expected to attend the two-day event whose purpose is to create a Europe wide movement to galvanise the business events industry towards greater engagement around the importance of business events economically, socially and professionally.

Designed for senior-level association executives, CEOs and professionals, the programme will ask participants to embrace disruption and inspire unconventional thinking. It will also focus on the role meetings and events can play as a catalyst for business success and economic prosperity for communities, organisations and individuals alike.

Set to open the event is Swedish economist, writer and award-winning public speaker Dr. Kjell A. Nordstrom, who will urge participants to think differently about solving challenges and exploring untapped opportunities to help them become the leaders of positive change within their organisations. Other opportunities in the programme include looking at how data and analytics can help build brand loyalty and engagement.

June 19, 2018

A Bloodline to Run through Malaysia

Malaysia prepares to welcome the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) Congress 2020, which will take place from 14 to 18 June 2020 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Leading healthcare experts from 125 countries are expected to gather at the biennial congress, first time to be held in Malaysia, to discuss and share the status of hemophilia treatment and research in the various parts of the world.

Datuk Zulkefli Haji Sharif, the Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB, said: “In line with MyCEB’s goal of attracting major healthcare conferences to Malaysia, the congress will see an impressive line-up of speakers comprising of leading experts in the field such as practitioners, scientists, doctors, specialists, pharmaceuticals and pharmacists of inherited blood disorders and healthcare officials. The congress will showcase the latest scientific and clinical developments in research, diagnostics as well as disease management.”

Besides a meeting place for patients with bleeding disorders and their families, the congress will see a multidisciplinary programme on emerging topics in the inherited bleeding disorders field to also be organised. Taqrir Akramin Khalib, President of Hemophilia Society of Malaysia said, “Due to its location and a great value for money destination, the coming WFH World Congress 2020 in Kuala Lumpur will benefit not only the Malaysian hemophilia community but also the hemophilia communities in the Southeast Asian countries.”


June 18, 2018

Emergency Training by AIM Group in Lampedusa

AIM Group International organised the second edition of the SIAARTI Academy CREM (Critical Emergency Medicine), a complex training event of the Italian Society for Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. The six-day event was held from 20th to 26th May in Lampedusa, a small island in the south of Italy.

The complex event included 35 hours of classroom training, 70 faculty members (teachers and speakers), 22 workstations and a maxi simulation lasting 10 hours and involving 300 people. The SIAARTI event involved important institutional partners such as the Coast Guard, the Italian Relief Order of Malta, Civil Protection and 118 (medical emergency service). Choosing a small island, usually not considered for congresses and events of high scientific value, has been a way to leave a positive legacy on the destination and local operators in terms of image and professionalism and economic development.

The innovative format for the first edition received several international awards such as the BEA World Award, the FCE Awards 2018 and the IAPCO Collaboration Award.



June 15, 2018

A European Society Seen Through an International Lens

As the first instalment of our special agreement with the Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP), an alliance resulting from the innovative response to the increasing decentralization of international associations, Boardroom met with ESTRO’s CEO Alessandro Cortese and newly appointed Managing Director of Innovation, Sven Bossu, to discuss the growth strategy of a European organisation in Asia. ESTRO, theEuropean SocieTy for Radiotherapy and Oncology, has developed close ties with Singapore, a destination that was quick and efficient in understanding the association’s needs and overall mission.

Globalization has had a powerful impact on professional societies of all varieties, requiring many associations to seek field information in foreign nations. For associations that have an eye on global expansion, it is highly likely that market potential and market share will vary widely from country to country and from region to region.

Alessandro Cortese explains that ESTRO is a medical, niche society dealing with radiotherapy, whose members are all clinicians and professionals involved in the field of oncology. As we grew,we’ve realised that our main mission – the education of our members and scientific dissemination – has no real boundaries, even if the other side of it is more political, such as the advancement of radiation oncology, which is clearly for us Europe-focused,”he explains.

Growing demand

Over the past five years, the demand for ESTRO products from Asia Pacific (in terms of congresses and education) grew to about 25 percent. Today, a staggering fifth of the society’s revenue comes from that region. Obviously what ESTRO does works for the needs of radiation oncologists from Europe—and from Asia Pacific in particular. It’s that type of regional growth that had to be officially addressed.

Alessandro explains: The number of classes we offer in Asia has been steadily growing for some years, with about 1,000 Asian (and Australian) radiation oncology professionals attending ESTRO activities per year. When we met with the national societies in Asia Pacific, we realised that the demand for additional courses was even greater. However, there was a need for us to find the right scalability; we could not just increase the number of our products and, in a way, create our own competition.

ESTRO progressively started to test some ideas with a holistic approach. Associations are made of people, and the moment you start involving people from a region, it’s an open door for change. As you bring new ideas, you discover new cultures and new needs in a process that touches on the culture of a society itself.

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé (editor@boardroom.global). The full version of it is available in the latest issue of Boardroom available here.

June 15, 2018

Convention Scholarships to be Distributed by Sarawak

Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), in collaboration with the International Convention Scholarship Award (ICSA), is looking for applicants to be awarded grants for travel, accommodation, association membership and convention registration fees. Over 40 business events ambassadors have received such grants since its inception in 2008 to enable Sarawakians to attend conferences around the world, resulting in an influx of knowledge to the state as well as to their respective professions.

Chew Chang Guan, SCB’s General Manager of Government & Industry Relations, said: “Successful applicants will be able to learn new ideas or knowledge from their particular fields. Not only would they be able to make extend their professional networks in a global scale, they would also play a vital role in developing Sarawak’s respective sectors and spur advancement.”

These awards also coincide with the famed Anak Sarawak Awards, a biennial event to acknowledge the contribution of industry partners and conferences hosts.

The application deadline is 31st July 2018.

June 14, 2018

Associations to Gain Knowledge from Marketing Manchester’s Project

Marketing Cheshire has partnered with a host of local organisations to deliver a new concept for business events amongst association buyers.  Titled Brilliant Science, the project is promoting the UK as a world leader in sciences for international association events looking to make the most of the region’s scientific heritage and links.

Incorporating Cheshire, Manchester and Stoke on Trent, Brilliant Science is targeting association events across the whole spectrum of sciences.  Delegates attending such events will be encouraged to extend their visits with relevant tours across a variety of the region’s scientific venues and attractions, adding significantly to an events potential for knowledge transfer and retention.

The Brilliant Science Project will also deliver long term for the scientific community as the selection of attractions showcase past, present and future scientific research and development within the region. The project’s lead, Nicola Said, from Marketing Cheshire, commented: “By choosing to work with significant and internationally recognised attractions, Brilliant Science is focused on quality in terms of both science and the visitor experience.  Attendees will have an opportunity to go beyond their normal conference offering and do something new that will ensure the event stands out and delivers long term knowledge retention and therefore a true legacy.”