BestCities Take a Look at the Past and Plan the Future

May 18, 2018

BestCities Take a Look at the Past and Plan the Future

BestCities Global Alliance announced earlier this week a joint study project with Rehabilitation International and GainingEdge with the goal of producing a reference for meetings organizers and the supplier community to remove barriers in meetings and conventions for delegates with special needs in a bid to make events more inclusive.

While the report is facilitated by GainingEdge, BestCities partners will be leaders in the project trailblazing the way for destinations around the world to make significant improvements in accessibility through knowledge sharing and robust case study examples on good practice on accessibility in the meetings industry. Rehabilitation International will also be used as a source of research, acting as the ‘sounding board’ or technical advisor.

What is more, associations from all over the world are to descend on Bogotá, Colombia, this December, for  the annual BestCities Global Forum. Held in collaboration with the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau (GBCB), this year’s theme will centre on The Power of People helping facilitate people to do more and addressing the ability for people to make change regardless of their surroundings.

ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance are also busy reviewing applications for grants awarded by their Incredible Impacts Programme, which aims to create a powerful platform to advocate on the positive societal impact of international association meetings. Incredible Impacts Grants are awarded to associations to encourage communication of the true value of their meetings. To apply for a grant, organisations must demonstrate a track-record in a “beyond tourism” or legacy programme or project related to their international meetings. They need to explain how they would use the grant to support, expand, extend or enhance their chosen programme or a future project.

 

May 17, 2018

Association Conference Managers Get Helped by the AAE

The Association of Association Executives (AAE) announced earlier this week the launch of its dedicated service for association conference and event managers across Europe. The service, which is the result of demand from AAE community members and in-depth interview research, includes education and information with online forums, networking events, seminars, masterclasses and conferences in Brussels, Geneva, Amsterdam and London and is complemented by dedicated streams at its Association Congress series.

Executive Director of AAE, Damian Hutt, says: “This service we are launching provides business-critical guidance, best practice and education that supports conference and event strategists and managers in Europe, to develop and manage their event programmes. The new service and content is created specifically for executives of associations, societies and federations in Europe.  Our service supports all associations, not just those with specific event-rotation and not just their annual congress – it’s about their whole events programme and we address many high-level issues not just venues and city selection.”

Any association executive of any role can take-up the service, which is important as events may be only one part of their responsibilities.  Services for other roles will be launched at AAE events in July, including for Membership, Marketing, Education and Leadership.

 

May 15, 2018

Paris Keeps Going Strong

According to the International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) report published recently, Paris is the 2nd destination in the world for international congresses organised by international associations, remaining among the exclusive club of the top attractive destinations in the world, and announced a record year in 2017 in term of attendance.

In 2017, Paris hosted  190 congress matching the ICCA criteria with 112 000 delegates, versus 196 events and 74 586 delegates in 2016, holding systematically the first top 2 positions in the ICCA ranking since 2010. The city’s scientific program with strong contribution from leading French scientists, a long history of research and innovation in the specific field and support from the French government and Parisian institutions are all contributing factors to its success.

Proof of that are the various major conferences held in the region, some of which with up to 10.000 delegates. Examples are the MS Paris 2017, the 7th joint meeting of ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS which attracted over 10.000 delegates, the 21st ENT World Congress of the International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Societies (IFOS) in Paris in 2017 with 8,500 delegates, the 9th IAS Conference on HIV in 2017 with 8.000 attendees and the International Liver Congress also gathering over 10.000 people. Later this year, over 22.000 delegates are expected to attend the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress in September.

May 14, 2018

The Athens Roadshow Drives through Brussels

The City of Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency is intensifying its efforts to promote the Greek capital as a leisure and business destination.

In this context, the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a course of activities to reposition Athens in the Meetings Industry and promote the Greek capital as a world-class meeting and convention destination. Brussels is the second stop in a series of events powered by the city’s most important industry stakeholders, designed to demonstrate the destination’s competitive advantages and showcase the city’s convention infrastructure in a vibrant, interactive and lively manner.

The Athens Roadshow in Brussels took place on Tuesday May 8 at 17.30 at the Altiero Spinelli Building of the European Parliament in the heart of Brussels. Local senior associates of large associations attended along with local representatives from MICE media and trade associations.

Promoting conference tourism has long been a priority for the City of Athens, with the sector contributing substantially to local economy development. Athens, in recent years, has climbed among the top 26 most popular conference tourism destinations in the world, hosting 76 association conferences in 2017 (ICCA Statistics Report 2017).

May 10, 2018

Electrical and Electronics Engineers Wire Up Glasgow

Glasgow has been recognised as a go-to hub for electrical and electronics engineers after having hosted six relevant conferences since 2015 with a further six scheduled to take place through to 2022.

The 2020 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI), the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence, has been set to take place in the city from 19 – 24 July 2020 along with the IEEE 5G Summit on 14 May 2018, the IEEE Cyber Science on 11 and 12 June 2018, the IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics on 19 – 21 September 2018 and the International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society from 11 – 15 July 2022 attracting 8,000 delegates to Glasgow.

Seven different venues across Glasgow have been chosen thus far to host these conferences, including the city’s universities; the University of Glasgow, home to the oldest School of Engineering in the UK, delivering engineering education for more than 150 years and the University of Strathclyde, one of the UK’s leading technological universities ranking high on research power.

 

May 8, 2018

PCMA to Disclose
New Plans and Ideas

New PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat will discuss his vision for the organisation and the business events industry, including engagement in Europe, at IMEX in Frankfurt

He will talk about Ascent, PCMA’s new initiative to promote an inclusive business culture aimed at educating and empowering business events strategists globally, inviting fellow CEOs to join him in signing the Ascent CEO Promise, a commitment to creating and maintaining truly inclusive workplaces. On Monday 14 May, he will moderate a panel discussion entitled Women in the meetings industry – on eye level with men?  looking at the critical issues facing women in the meetings industry.

As part of IMEX Business School, PCMA will organise two educational sessions looking at how companies, particularly in Europe, have successfully challenged and disrupted their own strategies to change their business models. This falls within the framework of PCMA’s growing outreach in Europe. In fact, its second European Influencers Summit will be held in Seville on 23-25 September inviting CEOs and other senior professionals from across Europe to an interactive programme centred on embracing disruption and unconventional thinking in the digital age.

May 7, 2018

Meet the Congress Centre Düsseldorf at IMEX in Frankfurt

From 15 – 17 May 2018 Düsseldorf, the convention city on the Rhine, will present itself at IMEX Frankfurt to highlight the unique advantages and latest developments of the region. The centre, found in the Top Ten centres worldwide, invests in its future to respond to the new demands of the meeting industry. 

More particularly, the CCD Congress Centre Düsseldorf, located near the city centre, is getting a facelift and expanding its capacity and attractiveness to increase the quality of the city’s convention infrastructure. By summer 2019 directly connected hall 1 will be completely rebuilt, including an increase to 12,000 sqm and capacity for around 10,000 people in row seating. It will also become possible to use the newly created foyer as an event area. Six new, splitable conference rooms are envisaged, as well as 300 underground parking spaces and a covered open-air plaza. 

May 4, 2018

Russia Makes its First Appearance at IMEX in Frankfurt

For the first time Russia will be represented at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place between 14-17 May, with a collective stand RUSSIA OPEN TO THE WORLD, organised by the Russian Convention Bureau. Established in November 2017 with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Russian Convention Bureau (National Convention Bureau Association) is actively promoting Russia as a favourable place to hold events of any scale and attract international meetings.

At the exposition RUSSIA OPEN TO THE WORLD, Russia will be represented by the key players of the Russian event industry market. These include representatives of national and regional companies in the meeting industry, congress bureaux, hotel networks, resorts, congress and exhibition centres, PCO and DMC from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, Krasnodar Territory, Sverdlovsk and Kaliningrad regions.

Several presentations are planned at the stand, one of which will be devoted to the World exhibition EXPO2025 in Ekaterinburg. During the work of the exposition, special attention will be paid to the forthcoming the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia for the first time.

May 3, 2018

Convention Centres Compare Notes in London

Senior level professionals from the world’s leading international convention centres will get together at ExCeL London from 1-4 July for the forthcoming 2018 AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres) Annual Conference.

The event provides an opportunity for delegates to learn, network and get more into strategic planning. Themed ‘Strategies for a Changing World’, this year’s programme includes four keynote speakers covering topics from the impacts of major policy and political shifts to the war for talent.

AIPC President, Aloysius Arlando commented: “Holding this year’s event at ExCeL London, showcases the high quality of facility AIPC membership represents and will be a particularly exciting and relevant destination for the kinds of industry and overall economic issues we will be addressing during our conference.”

May 2, 2018

Welcome Initiative by Glasgow for Medical Conference Attendees

With three major international medical conferences coming up this year, Glasgow is making preparations to welcome their attendees. Glasgow Convention Bureau has partnered with Glasgow Welcomes (supported by Scottish Enterprise) and VisitScotland to launch the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative, a programme of awareness sessions for the tourism and hospitality industry educating over 350 employees from all sectors involved, from taxi drivers and staff at the transport hubs to employees at hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will host all three medical conferences this year, with members of its staff taking part in the awareness sessions as part of its preparations for the event.

The People Make Glasgow Welcome sessions are delivered by experts from each organisation and local people living with the conditions dealt with at the conferences. 10% of those expected to attend the World Federation of Hemophilia in May, the World Down Syndrome Congress in July and the International Symposium on ALS/MND in December, are living with the conditions under discussion.

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, commented: “When we secured these conferences several years ago, we knew that they would provide an important and unique opportunity to leave a legacy in the venue and the city – this training is the perfect example of how conferences have a much greater impact than economic benefit.”