AIPC 2018: How Global Issues Impact Local Business

July 25, 2018

AIPC 2018: How Global Issues Impact Local Business

AIPC, the international association of congress centres, represents a global network of over 185 centres in 60 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals worldwide. It encourages excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international representation. To do so, it is engaging in a variety of educational, research, networking and standards programs. Its Annual Congress is part of those efforts to bring excellence in all areas of centre management: 2018 saw about 250 delegates converge to ExCeL London to tackle the very broad theme of Strategies for a Changing World!

The Conference achieved a balance between high level perspectives on global issues of potential significance for the meetings industry and the creation of practical solutions to the consequences for local centre management. These ranged from the implications of significant international and geo-political turmoil – as exemplified by the UK Brexit challenges evident in the Conference location – to growing urgencies in such areas as talent acquisition, accommodation access and affordability and a rapidly evolving exhibition industry.

Featured keynotes included Razeen Sally, a Singapore-based global economist and expert on trade agreements and global economic trends, who addressed the evolution of international relations and trade in a world increasingly moving toward protectionism and trade friction and Roger Martin-Fagg, a business process expert who counselled members on creating business strategies for uncertain conditions. Other sessions included a review of the international hotel scene under “peak” business conditions, the challenges faced by centres in recruiting and retaining key staff in a period of increasingly full employment and a highly selective work force and a comparison of different centre management models along with the factors considered by owners in choosing amongst alternatives.

Each “thought” session was followed up with industry-based panels that focused on the centre-specific implications of the big picture topics and explored ways in which centres might or already have responded. These latter insights served to “ground” discussion of high level issues and enable group insights that will assist centre executives in creating their own response strategies.

In 2019, the Conference will be held at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp. In 2020, the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur was selected.

 

 

July 24, 2018

Austria Center Vienna Wecomes European Council Meetings

In the second half of 2018, Austria will hold the rotating presidency of the European Council for the third time, after its presidencies in 1998 and 2006. During this time, Austria will serve as an important political hub within the EU. The majority of conferences at ministerial level and meetings attended by Council functionaries will take place at the Austria Center Vienna, which has designated permanent conference facility status.

The events held during the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council of the European Union will take place in areas that are clearly separated from the venue’s day-to-day conference activities. For security reasons, special clearance is required to enter the spaces reserved for the EU Council meetings. All other parts of the Austria Center Vienna will be available for regular event organisers and participants to use.

The presidency of the EU Council (also called the Council presidency) rotates every 6 months in a set sequence among the 28 EU member states. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council.

July 23, 2018

Last Call to Get an Incredible Impacts Grant from ICCA & BestCities

A grant programme that celebrates international associations for making inspiring, lasting impacts to their meeting destinations is calling out for final submissions for 2018 – with a chance to secure US $7,500 towards creating a legacy with future events.

The Incredible Impacts Grants Programme – run by BestCities Global Alliance, the network of 12 premier meeting destinations, and ICCA, the global meetings industry network – urges associations to submit entries featuring innovative legacy examples before the deadline on Wednesday 1st of August.

Now in its second year, the Incredible Impacts Grants Programme presents an opportunity for associations to be rewarded for creative approaches – delivering above and beyond traditional business tourism measures to deliver their events. Powerful examples from the programme are also utilised as a tool for inspiring other planners, with each example shared as a case study online.

Submissions will be put to an independent jury who will determine which three associations will be awarded grants, with winners set to be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Factors such as accessibility, environmental impacts and knowledge sharing are all considered in the judging process.

More information and/or to apply: www.bestcities.net and www.iccaworld.org/knowledge.

June 30, 2018

Innovation Park Zurich Connects Great Minds

In the north of Zurich, a new innovation park has started to grow. The unique site, aptly named Innovation Park Zurich, will serve as an incubator for the ideas and events of the future.

As one witnesses the rapid advances in digitization and automation, the changes in mobility, the various progress in medicine, the demographic evolution, or the emergence of cleantech, these very disruptive forces create new needs, products, markets and industries and drive innovations of all sorts. Innovation Park Zurich will address these needs and act as a bridge between the city’s world-class universities and leading experience-rich corporations. This new platform for research and development in one of the most dynamic cities in Switzerland will help maintain Zurich’s position as a global innovative and economic leader.

Working in close proximity to internationally renowned universities (ETH Zurich, University of Zurich), Innovation Park Zurich will be home to highly qualified talents. With value chains already in place in various clusters, it will be provide a business-friendly environment in a region known for its political stability and quality of life. Easily accessible thanks to excellent infrastructure and an international transportation network, it will boast some highly advanced technology and sector clusters, and is set to welcome global corporate leaders.

Creating space for new ideas

Innovation Park Zurich aims to facilitate the transfer of research into marketable products and services. The park is focused on thematic areas that address current megatrends and that offer substantial potential for development. There are plans to set up a hub for robotics and mobility, a space hub and a block chain hub called ‘Trust Square’.

The establishment of a centre for advanced manufacturing technology in the medium term is also being explored. The park will act as a magnet for new research projects and thereby support the local economy, create new jobs and further enhance the already strong appeal of the Zurich region.

Watching it grow

A pavilion will mark the park’s first tangible presence on the site. It will house an exhibition, meeting rooms and the administrative offices of the Stiftung Innovationspark Zurich. Offices, laboratories and workshops will also be created with open, transparent floor plans and shared testing facilities and meeting points. There are plans to offer additional space in new buildings from approximately 2020 on that will meet the specific needs of the residents.

More info: about the Park: Stiftung Innovationspark Zurich / T. +41 43 259 49 10 / zurich@switzerland-innovation.com / on planning innovative meetings in Zurich: Convention Bureau Zürich Tourism / congress@zuerich.com /  on Switzerland as a convention destination: T. +32 (0)2 345 83 57 / myriam.winnepenninckx@switzerland.com

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé (editor@boardroom.global), together with Convention Bureau Zürich Tourism

April 25, 2018

Research & Development
in Hauts-de-France

With a network of eight major association destinations, from Lille to Amiens, from Dunkirk to Arras, Hauts-de-France definitely plays along the big champions of the meetings industry. Offering a wide range of facilities for congresses for up to 4,000 people, it boasts all the knowledge and expertise you might expect to find in major cities and regions, along with several competitive clusters of world fame. It is these very specialised fields you, as European and international associations, can connect with.

With a seemingly unstoppable globalisation, France is facing increasingly rapid economic changes, to which it has efficiently adapted. The reinforcement of its many competitiveness clusters, is testament to the country’s commitment to research and innovation to remain competitive. In this context, Hauts-de-France differentiates itself as it has transformed from a post-industrial region to a very dynamic destination, with a number of centres of excellence, ranging from intelligent transport and materials to textile innovation, from commerce and distribution to health, from fishing resources to environment.

Beating energy

In fact, the Hauts-de-France region, is committed to an ambitious and innovative policy: the Third Industrial Revolution (TIR). Initiated in 2013 and following the model of the American activist Jeremy Rifkin, this process is at the meeting point of the energy transition, digital revolution and new economic models.

Supporting its members’ national and international efforts inthree areas of excellence – energetic autonomy, with the Energeia cluster, digital uses, with the ADN cluster, and eHealth, with the le Bloc cluster –the Amiens Cluster Association structures, for instance, a network of companies, research laboratories, training organisations and institutions in several fields of expertise. Over the last few years, Amiens, in fact, has turned into the R&D capital of energy storage, sitting at the heart of a great European project to support the creation of the battery of the future.

Six Clusters

If Lille is known as a historical and cultural destination offering a large range of meeting facilities, it also captivates with its creativity and vitality. As a knowledge hub, it boasts seven sites of excellence and six clusters: I-Trans, for the railway industry, sustainable multimodal and urban transportation systems, Up-Tex which works on innovative textile, NSL, designed to stimulate and support collaborative research between private companies and academic laboratories in projects at the crossroadsofnutrition, health and longevity, Matikem, for all  materials related to domestics use and, last but not least, Pole Team² , a cluster for environmental technologies and circular economy.

And, as Rob Davidson, Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, added: Hauts-d-France is packed with refreshing novelty value for jaded participants. You’ll not only find that you save on travelling time and costs, but you’ll also find a warm welcome and efficient partners who will make your event memorable, for all the right reasons.’’

More information on Hauts-de-France: www.hautsdefranceconvention.com/en  & valerie.lefebvre@hautsdefranceconvention.com/ Amiens: www.amiens-tourisme.com &  c.odent@amiens-metropole.com / Lille Convention Bureau: www.lille-meeting.commc.vidal@lilletourism.com

April 16, 2018

Register to ASAE’s CEO Symposium in Amsterdam

How do you optimize a solid and strategic partnership?  How can you align the governance roles and responsibilities of your CEO and volunteer leader? ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership has designed the CEO Symposiumto provide leadership discovery and direction in an ever-changing association workspace. Held in Amsterdam 23-24 May, the Symposium encourages association executives to evaluate annual priorities and offers insight on how best to work with their incoming leader.

For more than 30 years, both first-time and past attendees discuss the value of attending an ASAE CEO Symposium, which provides current information and direction on the emerging issues that the association community faces.  CEOs return with their newly elected officers and establish mutual trust while learning ways to strategize on governance issues and volunteer culture. Isabel Bardinet, Chief Executive Officer of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said, ‘This one programme had a profound influence on how we now develop policies, design committees, and the day-to-day interactions between permanent and volunteer leadership.  We passed along many of the lessons to our directors, which improved the functioning of their own teams. ‘

Making connections and establishing a common ground among top members of the leadership team developsa sense of ownership and stewardship within the association and ultimately createsmeasurable results on the overall mission and success of your organization.With unparalleled expertise and a proven track-record facilitating the CEO Symposium both domestically and internationally, faculty from Tecker International, LLC will deliver valuable insights for immediate application to the realities of your own association. Optimize your partnership, create mutual return, and foster effective governance by participating and applying:

  • + Current and anticipated challenges facing leaders of contemporary associations
  • + Value of research and strategy in decision making
  • + Relationships of board and staff in association governance
  • + Leadership behavior and its impact on change, innovation, and organizational culture
  • + Successful practices in strategic planning and thinking

Glenn H. Tecker is chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International. He has more than 35 years of experience assisting associations and corporations in planning for change. Glenn is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and strategy. He has worked in an executive capacity with businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations and served as a board member for many nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Glenn’s expertise in the areas of governance, program strategy, organizational design, research analysis, and presentation skills will be critical to the effort.

Newly added program:

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Foresight:  Empowering Associations for the Future

Senior association professionals and volunteer leaders are often called upon to consider how the ever-changing business, technological, social, and political landscapes will transform the organizations they represent. Leaders must be equipped with the tools, resources, and skills to guide and direct dynamic conversations around environmental scanning and planning for change. This evidence-based program will draw from ASAE Foundation’s new research initiative, ASAE ForesightWorks, to deliver key information about current business and association drivers of change. The two-part session will address the value of foresight, creating a culture of foresight, and how associations may exemplify the “duty of foresight” into their board and committee orientations. Program resources will be used to demonstrate how a continual stream of intelligence about anticipated trends can be applied and integrated such that it stimulates meaningful discussions and action.

Register at ASAEcenter.org/Amsterdam to facilitate strategic conversations around your association’s strategy, digital transformation, research and analytics, engagement, and resource allocation.

March 5, 2018

Association Professionals to Profit from Association Day at IMEX

On 14 May, a day before the official opening of IMEX Frankfurt, association professionals will enjoy the opportunity to attend Association Day. Tailored to suit attendees’ requirements, the event will consist of three different streams featuring a highly topical program led by case studies, which aims to educate and inspire the participants.

The Association Management Stream, chaired by ASAE, has been specifically designed for those in senior positions and will place it focus on member and volunteer management and strategic governance. Meetings and Events Stream A, chaired by ICCA, covers ‘legacy’ – IMEX’s talking point for 2018 – innovation and engagement, building a community and building partnerships with convention bureaux. Finally, Meetings and Events Stream B addresses budget management and negotiation skills, security and risk management, sponsorship and programme content development.

Association Day is open to all levels of association professionals and will offer peer to peer education and networking, allowing participants to understand the successes and challenges faced by other associations. The event will be followed by Association Evening, which launches the start of IMEX in Frankfurt.

 

 

March 2, 2018

NewcastleGateshead Showcases Knowledge Economy Strengths

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has launched a new publication aimed at promoting its knowledge economy strengths as well as being a guide for people organising conferences and events in the North East of England.

Meet NewcastleGateshead is a collection of feature-driven articles promoting the research, business and sector strengths of the region. It introduces readers to key North East figures, featuring interviews with leaders from the world of business, academia, culture and sport – as well as some famous faces – to help get to the heart of what makes Newcastle, Gateshead and North East England a relevant and important place.

A copy of the guide can be accessed here.

February 27, 2018

Register to ASAE’s CEO Symposium in Amsterdam

How do you optimize a solid and strategic partnership?  How can you align the governance roles and responsibilities of your CEO and volunteer leader? ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership has designed the CEO Symposium to provide leadership discovery and direction in an ever-changing association workspace. Taking place in Amsterdam 23-24th May, the Symposium encourages association executives to evaluate annual priorities and offers insight on how best to work with their incoming leader.

For more than 30 years, both first-time and past attendees discuss the value of attending an ASAE CEO Symposium, which provides current information and direction on the emerging issues that the association community faces.  CEOs return with their newly elected officers and establish mutual trust while learning ways to strategize on governance issues and volunteer culture. The CEO recognizes the value a solid relationship with their Board Chair/President can have and its significant impact upon their association’s performance and engagement with stakeholders and members.  Isabel Bardinet, Chief Executive Officer of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said, “This one programme had a profound influence on how we now develop policies, design committees, and the day-to-day interactions between permanent and volunteer leadership.  We passed along many of the lessons to our directors, which improved the functioning of their own teams.”

Making connections and establishing a common ground among top members of the leadership team develops a sense of ownership and stewardship within the association and ultimately creates measurable results on the overall mission and success of your organization. With unparalleled expertise and a proven track-record facilitating the CEO Symposium both domestically and internationally, faculty from Tecker International, LLC will deliver valuable insights for immediate application to the realities of your own association. Optimize your partnership, create mutual return, and foster effective governance by participating and applying:

  • Current and anticipated challenges facing leaders of contemporary associations
  • Value of research and strategy in decision making
  • Relationships of board and staff in association governance
  • Leadership behavior and its impact on change, innovation, and organizational culture
  • Successful practices in strategic planning and thinking

Glenn H. Tecker is chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International. He has more than 35 years of experience assisting associations and corporations in planning for change. Glenn is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership and strategy. He has worked in an executive capacity with businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations and served as a board member for many nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Glenn’s expertise in the areas of governance, program strategy, organizational design, research analysis, and presentation skills will be critical to the effort.

Register at ASAEcenter.org/Amsterdam to facilitate strategic conversations around your association’s strategy, digital transformation, research and analytics, engagement, and resource allocation.

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.