Speakers Announced for First International Tourism Security Summit

August 9, 2018

Speakers Announced for First International Tourism Security Summit

Speakers from UNWTO, the OECD, SmithBucklin, and TBWA are among the international speakers who have been announced as the speakers and panel leaders at the inaugural International Tourism Security Summit (ITSS), which will take place in Jerusalem this October 7-9, 2018. The new two-day conference will explore how destinations respond during turbulent times. The summit aims to provide its participants with practical knowledge and critical skills for preparing, mitigating, managing and recovering from tourism crises.

The conference will be held in Jerusalem, a city that over the past few decades has experienced numerous incidents of terror and conflict while maintaining its global position as an exciting tourist destination. Jerusalem is the bustling capital of Israel, a place where ancient meets modern. The city is a tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors every year, and in which tourism safety and security is part of the conversation.

More information here.

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

Obesity Conference to Leave Lasting Legacies

The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) will host a public engagement event in partnership with Café Culture, as part of its wider programme during the 5th UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO), which takes place on 6 – 7 September at Newcastle University.

The free, public event, ‘Obesity and Cancer: The Unspoken Link’ will take place before the main conference programme begins at Newcastle’s Brunswick Centre on Tuesday 4 September, 5:30 – 8pm. The event provides an exciting space for public discussion about the links between obesity and cancer. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to find out about the work going on in North East England to reduce growing obesity trends and the related research being conducted in this field at the region’s five universities.

Prof Annie Anderson of the University of Dundee, who is also speaking as part of the main conference programme, will share important research with the public showing how weight management can influence cancer risk.

The event will also feature representatives from the ASO, Cancer UK, the Obesity Empowerment Network, Newcastle City Council and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, which brings together the five North East universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver robust research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities.

Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “The local organising committee of the UKCO was keen to maximise the impact of this event and to leave a lasting legacy in the North East. Obesity presents such a challenge, but life-changing work is happening here in our city to tackle this issue. The event is the perfect opportunity to share this knowledge outside of the academic setting, and hopefully make an impact on those who come along to participate.

Dr Nicola Heslehurst, Lecturer at Newcastle University and leader of the UKCO Local Organising Committee, said: “Hosting the UK Congress on Obesity means that we are bringing together experts from across the world to share important research about obesity here in NewcastleGateshead. We felt it was important to use the opportunity while so many renowned experts in this field are here for the conference to do something for the benefit of the people of the North East. The public engagement event is a chance for people to come along and hear more about an important, but less well known, issue relating to obesity. They can also learn about some of the exciting research that’s underway and activities taking place in the city.” 

Café Culture offers a well-established programme of events that welcome participants to café-style, thoughtful public discussions on culture, politics, philosophy and science. The events aim to generate discussion and debate in an inclusive, welcoming setting. Events are open to all, with no need to book.

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.

August 3, 2018

Arts Marketing Association Chooses NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead will host the Arts Marketing Association for its 2019 annual conference, which will attract over 600 delegates from the cultural sector. The event will take place at Sage Gateshead on 9 – 11 July 2019, and participants are to immerse themselves in the conference experience with a programme that is set to cover the hottest topics in the sector plus an exciting range of social and networking events.

Danielle Patrick, Head of Projects and Events at the AMA said: “We were won over by NewcastleGateshead during the bidding process. The city has a huge cultural offering – iconic venues like Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Newcastle Castle are prominent amongst the cityscape and the city’s impressive cultural status is exactly what we’re looking for in a conference destination. We also found the city to be extremely welcoming and friendly, which left a lasting impression.”

August 2, 2018

Geneva Health Forum:
A Platform for Dialogue

Organized every two years since 2006, the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) was created by the Geneva University Hospitals and the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva University. Held at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG), it has become, in a decade, the flagship event for global health. Working on the Steering Committee, NicoleRosset, Deputy Director, External Affairs Directorate, Geneva University Hospitals, explains why Geneva can be considered the Global Health Capital and what makes it – together with the CICG – a great conference destination.

Every other year in the spring, the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) combines plenary and parallel sessions and attracts hundreds of participants, with a large international exhibition area. Geneva University Hospitals, along with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva and Swiss and international organizations active in the field of health have joined their talents and resources to organize the Forum. Nicole Rosset explains: “The success of the Geneva Health Forum is primarily based on its original format. Through interactive approaches, the GHF aims to create a space for dialogue between professionals in the field of health services, policy makers, academics, the media, civil society and the private sector. As the cradle of international dialogue and the global capital of health policies, Geneva provides a strategic location to do so.”

The Lake Geneva region, often described as the ‘Health Valley’, presents a unique concentration of healthcare and academic institutions, and is blossoming with many innovative biotech, medtech, and engineering start-ups, as well as larger companies in the health sector. Nicole Rosset even calls it a ‘unique ecosystem’: “In Geneva, there are international organizations with a global health agenda – WHO, UNAIDS or UNITAIDS just to name a few – NGOs like Doctors Without Borders, permanent missions to the UN of more than 140 countries, private public partnerships working on research to eradicate AIDS or malaria, philanthropic foundations… where else would it make sense to debate over and make health policy decisions on a global scale?”

And not only does Geneva provide the software so that the world can meet in ideal conditions, but the hardware is also a draw. Geneva’s location in the heart of Europe, its stability on an economic, political and social level, its easiness of access both by plane and train make it an association’s favorite. “I would add the beauty of its landscape of course,”says Nicole Rosset“but also its human size, which makes it easy to navigate. In terms of conference infrastructure, besides the abundant accommodation options, you can hardly beat the CICG, a multi-purpose, very flexible facility which meets all the requirements you can expect from such a venue. The teams working there are both very friendly and professional, and they can show great adaptability when necessary.”

In this regard, conferences like the Geneva Health Forum are instrumental in profiling Geneva on the world scene. ‘That’s one of the definite impacts of the Forum actually,” Nicole Rosset concludes. “It positions a small metropolis like Geneva like a global village.”

More information on CICG f.dricourt@cicg.ch / www.cicg.ch //on Switzerland as a convention destination myriam.winnepenninckx@switzerland.com / www.MySwitzerland.com/meetings

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé (editor@boardroom.global).

August 1, 2018

Brisbane Gets Political

Brisbane was recently a hub for the latest research and debate on world politics and governance with more than 2400 political science experts gathering for a five-day congress. In an Australian first, Brisbane hosted the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science from 21-25 July at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), delivering an economic boost of $7.7 million for the local economy.

The congress was secured through a competitive Team Brisbane bid involving Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing, in partnership with local and national universities, and professional conference organiser ICMS Australasia.

The impact of information technologies on global borders, the future of human rights and the rise of global populism were a few of the topics to be explored under the congress theme ‘borders and margins’.

July 30, 2018

What to Expect at IBTM World 2018

Taking place 27-29 November in Barcelona, IBTM World has long been a major draw for association attendees, thanks to its reputation for being a hub for event innovations and insights that will get creative juices flowing, and provide inspiration and education to help attendees create show-stopping events.

This year’s show will bring a breath of opportunities and content tailored to an association audience, including its leading Hosted Buyer programme, dedicated networking events, global exhibitors of real appeal to association buyers and a full Knowledge Programme, including sessions specifically created for association visitors.

Duncan Wardle, one of the primary creative forces behind The Walt Disney Company, has been announced as one of the three keynotes. He will lead the ‘innovation, technology and creativity’ stream of the Knowledge Programme, and will draw on his 25-year outstanding career with The Walt Disney Company and his experience leading a team of creative ideation consultants, to show how leveraging creative thinking can generate far reaching and unexpected business results.

This year’s Knowledge Programme is headlined by three relevant and inspiring keynote speakers from outside the industry who will lead a schedule of54 sessions on eight topical content themes aimed to leave participants inspired and motivated to apply learnings to their own exciting events. Content streams include innovation, technology and creativity; industry trends; engagement and experiences; safety and security; sustainability and CSR; professional development, recruitment and wellbeing; business development and strategy;and marketing and digital.

A raft of exhibitors have already been confirmed to attend, including first time attendees,Tourism New Zealand, Plus DMC Group, Standard International Management hotel group and creative technology company Codemodeon, which develops fun experiences by utilising breakthrough technology in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Returning exhibitors include Hyatt Hotel Group, Hilton, Kempinski Hotels, Germany Convention Bureau, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, Slovenia Meetings, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, VisitScotland and partners, Barcelona Convention Bureau, amongst many others.

We are excited to welcome our association attendees to this year’s show in Barcelona and to help them be inspired by the breath of technological innovation, tailored content and education sessions available to them.Our Knowledge Programme is purposefully designed to spark cutting-edge thinking and it provides easy to digest bulletins, packed with fresh thinking, practical insight and the latest industry innovations and trends.” says Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM. “We’ve spent the last 30 years helping the international events industry connect and do business, and we understand the importance of creating valuable business connections for our association attendees. Therefore, we are committed to maximising the value in their attendance and help them meet people who really matter and can make a difference to their organisation at our fun and friendly networking events.”

Last year’s event welcomed almost 3,000 exhibiting companiesfrom over 150 countries who were joined by 3,463 buyers and thousands of visitors, with over 74,000 pre-scheduled meetings taking place over the three-day event.

For more information on IBTM World 2018 visit ibtmworld.com.

July 26, 2018

Recognizing Personal Impact and Legacy at IMEX America

Experiential innovations, learnings, industry trends and new exhibitors are some of reasons to attend IMEX America, taking place October 16 – 18 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian®| The Palazzo® in Las Vegas.

In line with tradition, the show kicks off on October 15, Smart Monday – a full day of complimentary, cutting-edge professional development, which is powered by MPI.

Additionally, an Association Leadership Forum, created by ASAE exclusively for association leaders and an Executive Meeting Forum dedicated to senior corporate executives with a focus on SMM program management, procurement leadership or meetings management are also on offer on Smart Monday.

Various aspects of legacy will also be covered throughout the program – political, personal, environmental, CSR and social impact/knowledge legacy – all designed to help planners produce more engaging, topical events with longer-lasting positive outcomes. Following great feedback, a ‘Legacy Wall’ launched at IMEX in Frankfurt will also premiere at IMEX America, showcasing heart-warming and inspiring stories and case studies from exhibitors, partners and IMEX staff.

Registration is free.