Next Stop for UITP: Melbourne

May 21, 2018

Next Stop for UITP: Melbourne

Boardroom received news from our partner Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP), announcing that the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 6-9 June 2021 – the first time in more than 25 years that the event will make its way to the Southern Hemisphere.

Hosted by Public Transport Victoria, the four-day event will gather together all transport modes, industry, authorities and operators, as well as exhibitors from all over the world  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The Summit is dedicated to sustainable mobility and will provide opportunities for the 2,000 delegates to network, develop partnerships and establish new projects investment.

Melbourne is well placed to host such an event with the state currently transforming the city’s transport network and boasting the world’s largest tram network.

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 16, 2018

Water Issues Stream through Brisbane

The Australian Water Association’s Ozwater’18 Conference and Exhibition brought together some of the world’s leading experts on water earlier this month to discuss issues impacting the industry and the way we live today. Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), this year’s conference attracted record delegate numbers with 1400 water professionals, including delegates from 16 different countries.

During the three day event, seven keynote speakers, 16 interactive workshops and panel sessions, 374 presenters and 225 exhibitors carried the main message of the conference theme of Evolution Revolution – the key to taking the industry into the future. The event’s agenda tackled issues head on, including guaranteeing sustainable water management, the impact of urban development and water – the essential element of the liveability of our cities and regions.

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 11, 2018

Ambassadors Drive Montréal’s Business Events Further

The Palais des congrès de Montréal has assembled a group of leaders representing eight of the city’s key economic sectors to form a new Multisector Strategic Taskforce. The role of these experienced ambassadors will be to develop and nurture ties with researchers, scientists and business executives who might be inclined to actively participate in the process of bringing large-scale international gatherings to Montréal. They will be able to mine their networks for topnotch collaborators and match them with specific conferences.

Recognised as a knowledge hub, Montréal works closely with its Ambassadors Club and partners to advocate for the major sectors driving the Montréal and Québec economy. During the course of the Club’s 33 years, its members have definitely made a difference, attracting 201 events that have drawn nearly 475,000 participants to the region.

Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club, said: “Conventions represent a privileged opportunity to exchange with our peers from all over the world, and they help push the boundaries of knowledge for our industries. These intellectual benefits greatly contribute to Montréal’s international reputation,”.

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 9, 2018

Sarawak’s Legacy Awards Make an Impact

An initiative from the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the Anak Sarawak Awards (ASA) recognise the legacy impacts of not only conventions, but also of the convention hosts as well. It is the first award in the country to officially accolade the contributions of convention hosts, industry partners and the media to the growth of the sector.

Dr. Ravi Chandran, winner of the previous Convention of Excellence Award at the 8th Anak Sarawak Awards 2016, explained that the ASA has inspired professionals to harness their potential as convention ambassadors for the betterment of the general society. He added that professional development is only one aspect of any congress in yielding legacy impacts.

“Beyond recognising excellence of the sector, the ASA functions as a legacy enabler; bringing together decision makers from various functions and sectors to co-create purposeful projects which will indefinitely impact the delegates, the destination’s community, destination partners and many more,” said Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of the SCB.

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.