Thought Leaders at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel Conference

August 31, 2017

Thought Leaders at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel Conference

A plethora of international thought leaders and innovators from the world of travel and beyond will speak at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel conference, kicking off on 12 October in Copenhagen. Among them is world-renowned author and Fortune500 advisor Joseph Pine. As the inventor of the term ‘experience economy’, Joseph Pine is credited with changing the way we think about consumers and marketing. He will talk about the experience economy from today into tomorrow, sharing new ideas on experience development in a new era of localhood as well as exploring the evolution towards transformational travel and the search for meaningful experiences of tomorrow.

Hosted by Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen, the Tomorrow’s Urban Travel conference is an international event that looks at the future of tourism in major cities. Guided by its speakers, the conference will explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities that will define urban travel in the years to come.

Participants will also hear Destination Melbourne CEO Laura Cavallo talk about the relaunch of their ‘Discover Your Own Backyard’ campaign where locals become brand ambassadors for the city. Melbourne has just claimed the ‘most liveable city in the world’ title for the seventh year running.

August 29, 2017

Global perspectives in Geneva

Geneva is holding OESO’s 14th World Conference Global perspectives in Esophageal diseases from 2nd to 5th September at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

OESO, the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus, is unique in the world not only in its focus on a single organ, the esophagus, but also because of its multidisciplinary nature, covering all aspects of esophageal medicine: diagnostics, pathology, surgery, endoscopy, medical, etc. 19 specialities in total.

The meeting format is also unique, comprising as it does a multitude of very specific questions, arranged in fora that brings together disciplines that typically work independently. 1,000 attendees are expected at the congress in 2017, due to the quality of the program, the growing importance of the medical issues around the esophagus. The meeting is constructed in order to maximize the contact between industry and faculty and attendees.

August 23, 2017

Call for Proposals for the European Association Summit

Coming 8-9 March 2018 the European Association Summit (EAS) invites all association representatives to its 6th edition at SQUARE-BRUSSELS MEETING CENTRE, with a new format of sessions focusing on exchange and interactivity.

The 2018 European Association Summit is on its way. With a deadline set by 29 September a call for proposals launched early summer aims to gather abstracts for short presentations, allowing a variety of sectors to show their experience in key areas such as finance, events, advocacy, campaigns, business models or governance.

Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of visit.brussels Convention and Association Bureau, said: “We wish to focus on concrete aspects of each case brought by an association. Having a narrow focus of the presenter’s speech allows the participants to have a more dynamic debate afterwards and come out to clear-cut conclusions, too”.

The format of the sessions has been adapted to match those expectations. A moderator shall deal with case studies of 5 minutes explained by maximum 3 speakers per session followed by an interactive workshop with the audience within 60 minutes. The goal is to facilitate the knowledge sharing in terms of success or failure and be a learning experience with tangible outcomes.

The strategic partners of the EAS already include UIA, ESAE, PCMA, ICCA, the Global Association Hubs Partnership, as well as FAIB and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

August 18, 2017

European eHealth Summit to be Held in Lausanne

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will be holding its eHealth Summit at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, 21st-22nd September 2017.

HIMSS Europe is the European arm of HIMSS, the largest health IT membership organisation in the world. More than 300 healthcare providers, alongside representatives from science, politics and industry, will attend this year’s summit. The event’s theme of ‘innovation’ will include seminar and keynote topics such as e-medication, m-health, Big Data and cyber security.

Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau will support the event with a number of operational services, including excursion management and accommodation coordination, using Lausanne’s bespoke hotel booking platform which optimises value for purchasers of accommodation.

August 14, 2017

An ISTH Experience at Messe Berlin

You know what it’s like: as an association planner, you get invited to famtrips and all you see is hotels, meeting venues and food. This is done with no spirit more often than not unfortunately. Well, that was not the case at all in Berlin in July when Messe Berlin got representatives of 17 international congress industry associations to come and take a look behind the scenes at the World Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). Words Rémi Dévé

Messe Berlin Site Experience. That was the name of it and it says it all. Dr. Ralf Kleinhenz, senior vice president at Messe Berlin, explains it this way: “Site visits are the old thinking. We wanted to offer a genuine site experience. By making convention organisers, our potential customers of the future, experience a behind-the-scene tour of a major international event held in the many rooms of the CityCube Berlin and the infrastructure on the grounds, they were able to gain a direct impression of the venue and what makes Messe Berlin and the city so attractive.

This was the very first ISTH congress to be held in Germany after 63 years. According to Thomas Reiser, executive director of the ISTH, the CityCube Berlin is a beautiful and well-designed building and ideally met the special requirements of the event. “The CityCube Berlin and neighbouring exhibition grounds represented a modern and attractive venue and the team was highly professional, which enabled us to perfectly realise our plans and ideas.” he said.

He also praised the work done by Berlin-based PCO KIT Group: “They belong to Messe Berlin, so they know both the city and the venue inside out. They took care of the registration, housing, social events, the whole exhibition execution and finanicial management, under our guidance and control and that worked very well. The clearly understood the needs and challenges of a Society like ISTH.

But what about the legacy that a congress like that wants to achieve? “The legacy that we want to leave behind is maybe less defined than others. We bring many physicians and scientists together so that they can exchange knowledge and best practice and take those back where they come from. We try to make the Congress very accessible. Germany is such an important scientific medical community and it was very smooth to achieve this. ” Reiser explained.

August 11, 2017

What to Expect from ibtm world

This year is a major milestone for ibtm events, as it is the 30th anniversary of ibtm world, taking place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017. Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, explains what’s in it for association professionals.

Can you give an overview of what to expect from the event this year?

Complementing the meetings programme at ibtm world, once again we have a full itinerary of networking events, some of them personalized to the sector including ‘Associations Connect’, specifically created for peer-to-peer engagement. We know that our Knowledge Programme is very well received by association buyers and that they place great importance on attending the sessions.

We have another exciting programme planned this year, headlined by two globally renowned keynote speakers who will be announced imminently, with association specific as well as generic education sessions, all aimed at delivering tangible learnings that the audience can apply in their business going forward. Select elite buyers will be invited to share their knowledge on hot topics including maintaining funding, adding value for members and recruiting chapter leaders.

Alongside this, our Innovation Zone, Technology and Services Zone and, new for this year, our Start-up Pavilion, will give association buyers access to a whole host of suppliers of emerging technologies and the opportunity to network and meet with potential new suppliers.

Ultimately our aim is to ensure that our buyers have the best possible experience at our event and that they get real value from attending. We are confident that this year’s enhancements mean we continue to offer a market leading programme.

What support do you offer for younger entrants to the industry?

ibtm events has, for the eleventh consecutive year, partnered with ICCA for the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals which this year has the theme of ‘The future is here, the future is you!’. Opening in Barcelona on the eve of ibtm world 2017, 26 November and closing on 28 November, the forum gathers 35 young events industry professionals from a range of organisations and associations for a three-day long programme of educational sessions, networking, social activities and guidance from some of the industry’s most influential professionals.

Delegates benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the different industry sectors, strengthen their connections and networks with peers and industry leaders from across the globe and gain experience of working on multi-cultural and buyer-supplier teams. Attendees then have access to the show floor and can take advantage of the inspirational education sessions and networking.

Any new exhibitors this year ?

As always, a huge part of the appeal of the event is the amazing breadth of exhibitors in attendance. This year, some 3,000 exhibiting companies representing over 150 countries will attend, ensuring a comprehensive offering for meetings and events planners. Exhibitors range from destinations and conference centres to technology companies and suppliers from across the industry, New exhibitors confirmed to attend this year include Visit Wales, Synergy International Italy, Fiesta Hotel Group, Meet Puerto Rico, Visit Almaty, Titanic Hotels, Ceara, Designer Incentives and Conferences India.

Those and all the others will gladly meet up with associations that have already said they would be there, including the Optical Society, European Health Management Association, European Society of Ophthalmology, Association of International Seafood Professionals, European Cystic Fibrosis Europe, International Financial Cryptography Association, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, and UEFA.

To register go here.

July 5, 2017

Geneva to Welcome Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Geneva will hold the 17th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) 9-11 July at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

Children and adolescents are living in a world affected by continuous transitions. A phenomenon with a double meaning: it implies a life of change in a constantly evolving environment, as well as a possible a break of balance: a loss of equilibrium. Transition, the leading theme of the ESCAP 2017 Congress, contains many aspects that are relevant to youth mental health.

A first important issue is transition on a socio-cultural level. Children and adolescents are experiencing contemporary changes such as migration and globalization. For many children these changes have developed dramatically in the last decade – Europe is now being confronted with the turmoil in Syria, North Africa and other parts of the world, with the daily reality of the refugee crisis visible in its backyard. Another focus of the ESCAP Congress in Geneva will be transition in terms of systems of child and adolescent mental health care. Outcomes of new research will add to the congress attendees’ understanding of the development of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, influenced by the many current dynamics.

According to its statutes, ESCAP pursues the following aims: promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe, increasequality of life among children and families, ensure children’s right for healthy development and wellbeing.