Hilton Ticks all the Boxes for Associations

September 25, 2018

Hilton Ticks all the Boxes for Associations

The meetings industry has experienced significant changes over the last few years due to global economic trends, changes in participants’ needs and expectations, and increased competition among established and emerging destinations. These changes have created opportunities to benefit from new market conditions. In this context, Hilton as a hotel chain has become a trusted partner for association meetings.

As one of the leading groups in the hotel industry, Hilton can meet all the needs of associations with over 5.400 hotels located in 106countries. With a very diverse portfolio that includes hotels in new and trendy locations, facilities in well-established destinations with easy access and great infrastructure, as well as hidden gems in Europe and beyond (think rich culture, heritage and history!) and properties near air hubs or at the heart of well-connected regions, they have developed tailor-made offers for associations.

It comes hardly as a surprise that associations have been choosing Hilton to host their events. AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, organized their 54th Congress in 2016 at the Hilton Munich Park with 680 persons. It was so successful that the organization confirmed their next event at the Hilton Dubrovnik in November 2018.

Made-to-Measure 

Thanks to Hilton’s congress expertise, associations can enjoy a whole range of dedicated benefits. Practically speaking, should associations choose a hotel from the chain to organize their conference, Hilton can offer them a reduced deposit guarantee of up to 80%, while no deposit guarantee will be required for rooms that are to be booked and paid by each delegate individually. Hilton also offers flexibility to reduce the number of delegates by 20% cumulative from the time of booking until 45 days prior arrival, as well as an efficient tool that will allow your delegates to book and modify their accommodation directly online – a tool which, as the event organizer, you will have the opportunity to brand with your own texts and images.

On an individual level, association members receive a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate by booking , and enjoy on-property benefits when staying at Hilton, including breakfast or access to gyms and spas. While there will also be zero blackout dates (book what you need any time!), booking online will be efficient, easy and transparent through the Hilton brand websites or via the Hilton Honors App.

Need more information? Visit the newly created landing page for Associations www.stay.hilton.com/associations/ or write an email cecile.potut@hilton.com

September 24, 2018

The Perfect Slot for Flying over Brisbane

Brisbane will be the host to more than 1200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world for the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November 2019. A consortium of tourism advocates, including Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, combined forces to bring this fiercely sought after conference to Queensland.

The event brings airlines and airports together to negotiate slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their passengers. Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said: “There is enormous competition for airlines to secure the best ‘slots’ at key airports and with Brisbane’s new runway coming on line in 2020, now is the time for airlines to be securing highly sought-after peak time slots to enhance and grow their operations.”

September 21, 2018

Auditors Inspect Innovation in Dubai

For Dubai, half a century brought change that transformed a tiny fishing village into one of the leading cities across the globe for both business and tourism. Once a quiet coastal settlement, Dubai has reinvented itself, over just a generation, into the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) pioneering destination, with over three million inhabitants. A hub between East and West, it’s only normal international associations turn their attention to it, as did the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) when it chose Dubai as its host for its annual conference in May.

 Serving today more than 190,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories, the Institute of Internal Auditors held its first annual conference in New York City in November 1942. Since then, this event has been held in more than 50 locations worldwide and attracts over 2,500 attendees annually.

The IIA’s International Conference showcases the best the profession has to offer and provides participants from around the world with an understanding of the latest developments in internal auditing. Today, it is the premier event for internal auditors who want to hear powerful keynote speakers and international presenters representing the global internal audit profession. Attendees are presented with a number of concurrent sessions on today’s current issues and trends, industry best practices seeking to address common challenges, and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The overall experience enhances professional development, provides engaging peer-to-peer networking, and affords access to key service firms and vendors.

“There is nothing like gathering together with your colleagues and peers, to be able to exchange ideas. And our international conference gives us the ability to do that face to face,” argues J Michael Peppers, 2017-18 chairman of the Global Board of Directors for the IIA.“Our members are looking to be challenged, to expand their skillsets, their knowledge bases, so that they can serve their organisations well. And international conferences pull together speakers on so many topics and we’re able to get diverse viewpoints and opinions and learn about technologies that we may not have in the home regions where the members work.”

Connecting the World Through Innovation

Held under the patronage of is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – and thus demonstrating government support at the highest level –the four-day 2018 Conference was organised at Dubai International Convention&Exhibition Center under the theme “Connecting the World Through Innovation”, with the participation of some 3,000 experts from over 100 countries from the global internal audit industry – a record-breaking attendance.

The theme was very fitting to Dubai. The Emirate was founded on oil – although the economy has long diversified away from it – and quickly developed into a city known for the tallest buildings and most exclusive hotels, aiming to be the most innovative at any goal it set forward. With the UAE Vision 2021, the country is building a competitive and resilient economy focused on fostering knowledge and innovation, as well as sustainability, honing in on seven main sectors: renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

Dubai Business Events’ bidding strategy is aligned with these sectors and the Emirate’s strongest knowledge economies. Work to get the Institute of Internal Auditors to hold its conference in Dubai started with the involvement of the UAE chapter of IIA, through the Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme. It helped, of course, that the city hosted the IIA Global Council back in 2014.“The Dubai Business Events Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme has been instrumental in bringing this conference to Dubai,” explains Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events“We’ve worked very closely with UAE-IAA chapter for many years and the leadership is part of our Al Safeer conference ambassador programme. So it’s through the ambassador programme that we identified this conference as an opportunity for Dubai where we engaged with the right local counterparts and jointly worked on submitting and promoting the bid for Dubai.”

The full version of this article, written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé, is available in the September issue of Boardroom available here.

 

September 21, 2018

Safety Comes First in Sydney

Sydney has successfully won the bid to host the XXIII United Nations’ World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023. The Congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private authorities will collaborate and discuss different approaches to work health and safety.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) partnered with the Safety Institute of Australia to pitch Australia’s case for the bid, with strong backing from SafeWork NSW and SafeWork Australia. Australian Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said it was a 10 year effort for NSW and the Coalition Government to secure the event. “Small business is the engine room of job creation in Australia. Our nation’s small businesses are responsible for the workplace health and safety of over 44% of Australia’s private workforce and we are delighted to be able to showcase their leading occupational practices.”

September 20, 2018

IMEX America Presents the Association Leadership Forum

The Association Leadership Forum, created in partnership with ASAE, will take place the day before IMEX America kicks off, namely on Monday 15 October. Designed exclusively for senior association leaders from around the world, the free high level strategic education and networking program covers multiple challenges of association management and development.

The Forum uses case studies and blends presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel – all designed to address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams. During the day, association leaders are inspired and challenged by leadership visionaries and role models from a variety of professional and trade association backgrounds.

Topics include future changes in the industry, diversity and how it can benefit revenue, building a volunteer program and repacking traditional membership offering. The day ends with a panel discussion on the future of events, followed by the Association Evening.

September 19, 2018

Orthopaedic Surgeons Study Shoulder and Elbow in Geneva

Starting today and until 22 September Geneva is hosting the 28th Congress of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow (SECEC-ESSSE) at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG) with 1,300 participants. A combination of lectures from experts, symposia and workshops will make up the full scientific program of the congress. 

“On behalf of the Swiss Orthopaedics And Elbow Surgery Expert’s Group, we are very excited to welcome back the congress in Switzerland for the first time since 1988. Switzerland has been historically influential in orthopedic progress and nowadays is one of the top two best countries in the world for medical care. It is not only a melting pot for international NGOs but also a hub for scientific research led at CERN, watchmaking know-how, high-quality prized wines and of course finance.”, said Alexandre Lädermann, Congress President.

September 18, 2018

Vancouver Ties It All Together

The fact that this year’s American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium was held in Vancouver came as no surprise. The nearly 2,500 physicians and experts who are advancing the field of neuroradiology found a host destination with a successful life sciences sector and experts in their field, many of which do research at the the University of British Columbia.

“There’s a lot of research that’s done that we get to benefit from in this arena, and a lot of education and a lot of networking too,” says ASNR Executive Director Mary Beth Hepp. Neuroradiology is a discipline that depends on collaboration, she says. Delegates got to see what that looks like in Vancouver, where research institutions, biotech companies, universities and more make up a thriving life sciences ecosystem.

The 17th American Pediatrics Healthcare and Infectious Disease Conference was recently held in Vancouver, convening more than 25,000 pediatric researchers and practitioners. This year alone, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Society of Hematology, and the American Academy of Periodontology have made Vancouver their conference destination. Many of these associations choose the sustainable Vancouver Convention Centre with its largest non-industrial green roof in North America.

September 17, 2018

Call for Proposal for the European Association Summit

The European Association Summit (EAS) is approaching fast, set to take place between 28 February and 1 March 2019 in Brussels. The EAS is a key event designed by association professionals for association professionals who get the opportunity to share information and knowledge, and network with other international associations.

The Summit features educational content delivered by association experts and professionals from various fields, which is why any association representative wishing to share their experience can be a speaker at the event. A speaker session lasts 60-75 m and invite interaction and exchange with peers.

So, if you have concrete cases and experiences on which we can discuss and debate, please submit your proposal by Friday 28th September 2018 here.

September 14, 2018

Quebec Wins Bid for People-Environment Studies Conference

Québec City won earlier this summer an important bid in Rome, Italy. The combined efforts of Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre managed to attract the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS), which will host its 26th conference for the first time in North America.

From June 21 to 26, 2020, Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre will host some 500 researchers in the fields of architecture, urban planning, psychology, geography, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines that study people-environment relations.

This conference will be an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of scientific work around the globe on the interrelationships between people and the environment and the long history of education and research in the field at Université Laval’s School of Architecture,”said Carole Després, a Université Laval professor and ambassador for Quebec City.

September 13, 2018

10th Anniversary and New Ambassador for Espoo

The City of Espoo announced the election of Professor Ahti Salo as the Espoo Ambassador of 2018. The selection was announced at the annual Espoo Ambassador event held at Dipoli on the 30th of August 2018. Salo is the 10th ambassador as the programme celebrates 10 years since its launch in 2009. The aim of the programme is to attract more international conferences to Espoo by encouraging and supporting scientists to host conferences in Espoo. Important goal is also to highlight the wide-spread positive impact and high value of international scientific conferences on the City of Espoo, the academic community and companies operating in the area.

Salo is an internationally known and respected expert in operations research and an active member of Finnish and international associations in his field. In addition to scientific positions of trust, Salo has taken part in the organisation of several international conferences in Finland and abroad. In 2015, Salo served on the programme committee of the main European conference in operations research. This summer, this conference of roughly 3,000 participants was held in Valencia, Spain. On the basis of a preliminary exchange of ideas at the conference, the Finnish Operations Research Society is considering applying to host the conference in Espoo in 2022.

“With the new metro line connecting Espoo to capital Helsinki and the development of the Aalto University campus area, Espoo is, by all accounts, an attractive destination for this type of a larger conference”, says Salo.