Innsbruck MICE Dominates the Alps

February 13, 2018

Innsbruck MICE Dominates the Alps

3,000 participants from all over the world traveled to Innsbruck last year alone for two major conferences, the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) and the International Society for Diabetes in Childhood and Adolescence (ISPAD).

Innsbruck, the major city in the Alps, is now only second to Vienna in the whole of Austria, according to the latest tourist statistics, with a new record of 3.2 million overnight stays for the full past year. The MICE sector is contributing to this success with the wide range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities in the Olympic region.

Christian Mayerhofer, CEO of Congress Messe Innsbruck (CMI), says: “Innsbruck is able to maintain its position as a top destination and compares favourably with international competition, not least because of its unique combination of mountain scenery and urban landscape, the short distances and excellent air, road and rail links.

 

February 12, 2018

Archaeologists to Discover the North East of England

The 5th International Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) will take place from 17-20 September 2018 in the North East of England for the first time. Organised jointly by the McCord Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University and Durham University, the conference will enjoy the expertise of the two universities sharing their long traditions of archaeological research and training.

LAC is a biennial series of conferences run by the International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA) and around 300 participants are expected to attend from over 35 countries. The conference will cover topics across the archaeological spectrum, from long-established approaches to innovative new ideas, with important keynote speakers and an interesting diversity of scientific sessions.

The region is a perfect fit for such a conference as it is rich in Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeology.

February 8, 2018

How Social Are You?

According to a report called #DigitalAssociations 2017 carried out by Cambre Associates, 33% of associations in Brussels are not digitally social. In a world where social media is taking over communications and advertising, it seems unimaginable that one third of associations in Brussels are opting out of this trend of conveying their message.

This is the third edition of the report, which first started in 2015, using data collected between August and December 2017 taking into account 598 european associations. The findings are revealing. Twitter remains the social media king, with its popularity, however, not growing as fast as in the previous years. The increase of characters and the decrease of space required for a photo are expected to attract more users in the professional field. The top five sectors for Twitter are: Business and finance, Telecommunications, Energy, Transport and Entertainment. Interestingly, the same goes for LinkedIn.

LinkedIn and YouTube have seen a considerable rise in numbers compared to 2016, with YouTube getting more than 2,000 new videos uploaded and attracting more than 3 million new views, hence rising by 6% in 2017.  Facebook got a mere 2% increase and is used by associations mostly to promote specific campaigns rather than engaging with policymakers, stakeholders or conveying their policy priorities. The rest of the social media is still present but not very influential. However, that does not mean that the scene might not change in the future.

What is encouraging is that more and more associations have at least one channel. This shows that progress is being made, but there is still room for improvement and growth. Associations must never stop thinking about how to keep their channels alive with engaging content as the numbers of users are increasing and so are their demands. On the downside, this volume of social media requires more personnel and more time to update regularly. Associations should consider how the future is laid out based on the new technology entering the professional field on a daily basis and invest in that accordingly.

 

February 7, 2018

Ambassador Awards for Promoting Brussels

For several years now, the Brussels-Capital region has been making increased efforts to attract big international events. Based on this goal, visit.brussels launched for the first time last year the Brussels Ambassadors Night in order to reward the people who publicise Brussels confirming its status as an international MICE destination. The event is a new way of adding to the international prestige of Belgium’s capital city and of showcasing local talent and expertise.

Attended by 150 academics, doctors, European Commissioners, rectors, chairpersons and directors of international associations headquartered in Brussels, scientists, hospital directors and other partners, this year’s gala evening rewarded 12 partners with the title of ambassador for their contribution to making Brussels one of the world’s most important venues for association conferences. It took place at Hotel de la Post during a festive evening filled with networking and acrobatics.

Each year, conferences held in the Belgian capital account for 2.5 million overnight stays. These events bring in annual receipts of 632 million euros and employ over 18,000 people.

February 6, 2018

Investing in Edinburgh

The annual Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Investment Conference will return to Edinburgh this March between 7 and 9 of that month. Taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the UK’s largest event will connect 950 pension professionals to discuss pension fund investment.

Themed ‘Driving the Economic Machine’, the conference will make an attempt to secure the role of investment as the engine of a prosperous, fair and sustainable economic model. Trustees, investment officers, scheme managers, investment managers, consultants and researchers will benefit from attending the various keynote, plenary and specialist stream sessions focusing on Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution, Investment & governance and New horizons, along with the Academy Trustee Learning Zone, fringe meetings, exclusive exhibition area and many social events on offer.

February 5, 2018

71st World Health Assembly Continues in Geneva

As every year, the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) will be held in Geneva, the location of the World Health Organisation Headquarters, between 21–26 May 2018. The Assembly is the decision-making body of the WHO. It is attended by delegations from all 194 WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. Its role is to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. This year Zimbabwe has been elected to chair the meeting.

The Youth Pre-World Health Assembly Workshop is also a yearly 4-day international activity organised by International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA), the official representative of medical students to the World Health Organization (WHO) sending an annual delegation of young people to the WHA. Its aim is to equip young health advocates with the skills and knowledge to be actively involved in the meeting, as well as for youth organisations to align their strategies and prepare for the meeting to achieve a maximum impact. This year’s edition will take place from the 17th until the 20th of May 2018, immediately before the Assembly.

 

February 2, 2018

Read All about It in Athens

The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) of the City of Athens has recently announced the organisation of the 85th International Conference on Libraries and Information which will be held in August 2019. For the IIFLA bid, the Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions took into account the opening of a new national library building and Athens’ designation as 2018 World Book Capital.

Various local partners supported the bidding process, including the National Library of Greece and the Association of Greek Librarians & Information Scientists, in order to promote the destination. Recently, Athens has climbed several places and currently finds itself within the 25 most popular destinations on the world map of conference tourism, which showcases the great potential of the Greek capital as a MICE destination.

February 1, 2018

Biennial Congress of Cancerology for Monaco

The 13th Congress of Cancerology will take place in Monaco between 31 January and 3 February 2018.

Organised every two years, the event is for French speaking scientists interested in sharing their findings in cancer research and exchange knowledge and ideas on the topic. Grimaldi Forum, Monaco’s convention centre, will be hosting the congress under the patronage of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco. The four day program will include forums, thematical courses, educative sessions on Clinical Pharmacy, sessions on Medical Oncology for Interns and lectures by distinguished scientists in the field.

Monaco’s medical sector boasts high quality hospitals as well as sufficient equipment and highly trained personnel, hence making the destination an advantageous choice for this oncology course.

January 30, 2018

London Reveals Itself to Obesity Surgeons

The 22nd World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) took place at Central London International Conference Centre (CLICC) in central London on 29 August – 2 September 2017. The British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) are part of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) and coordinated the event in London on behalf of the Federation.

The event used in combination both the spaces of QEII and Central Hall Westminster to bring together world leaders in metabolic and bariatric surgery to educate, discuss and collaborate. Attendees flew into London from all over the world, with their number reaching as high as over 2.500, in order to follow various events in smaller rooms as well as the plenary session and the exhibition in one larger area.

The bidding process started much earlier, with London & Partners suggesting the venue and PCO Travel for Industry Group (TFI) winning the bid, receiving support from various organisations in the sector. The UK excels in obesity surgery and the British government and the NHS (National Health Service) has prioritised obesity and metabolic disorders for some years now. As a result the UK, and in particular London, has become a knowledge hub for the sector.

 

 

January 29, 2018

Kellen to Manage Business for AMCA in Europe and the Middle East

Air Movement and Control Association, International Inc. (AMCA) has selected Kellen, a global management and communications company, to provide management services for the expansion of AMCA’s representation in Europe and the Middle East.

More specifically, the company, under the leadership of executive director Mark Stevens, will use its expertise to lead AMCA into the two newly chosen markets by overseeing issues of management, governance, membership services and marketing. 

Working with strategic partner CIMGlobal, one of Kellen’s main goals will be to promote the association’s Certified Rating Program (CRP) Certification, organize and manage AMCA’s regional meetings, seminars and trade shows, execute marketing and communications initiatives for the association and industry, manage membership marketing, recruitment and retention, and build and maintain relationships with key industry contacts and regional organizations on behalf of AMCA.

Mark Stevens, executive director, AMCA International said: “This is an exciting time for our organization as we grow rapidly into new regions overseas. Kellen is well positioned to help us successfully manage this expansion and achieve our overarching goal of promoting the health and growth of our industry.”