Exclusive Content for Associations at The Meetings Show

March 21, 2018

Exclusive Content for Associations at The Meetings Show

The Meetings Show, the UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners across all sectors, returns to Olympia London on 27 and 28 June 2018 with added content for associations. Association planners, AMCs and PCOs will also be able to access exclusive educational sessions and networking opportunities as The Meetings Show welcomes back the Association Meetings Conference.

The conference will kick-off on Tuesday 26 June as part of The Meetings Show’s Pre-Show Conference and will continue with dedicated sessions spaced throughout the rest of the two-day show. Association conference sessions will sit within the show’s main education programme, giving association planners the chance to hear advice and insight that is truly relevant to them.

Tuesday 26 June

Planned sessions on the opening afternoon include ‘Planning for 2030: where will we be?’ where experts will discuss innovation in events, technology solutions and how we can define our association strategies in the future. On the same day, you will be able to hear how associations are evolving their events through a series of case studies highlighting some of the most successful in ‘What does a successful event look like?’.

Wednesday 27 June

On the opening day of the show, find out how influencers can be your best conduit to membership and spreading new ideas, how to identify the influencers in your organisation and how to increase engagement with your members in ‘The Influencer Economy’. Later that same day, you can learn how to form strong partnerships and work together to ensure a successful event in ‘The Power of Partnerships’.

Thursday 28 June

The final day of the show will include a real-life case study of the world’s most innovative conference put on by the European Society of Organ Transplantation, supported by Shocklogic, as well as general sessions on areas such as innovation and presentation.

Network and build connections

Alongside this packed programme of educational sessions will be networking opportunities and the chance to meet more than 700 individual exhibitors, including venues, hotels, conference centres, destinations and technology suppliers.

David Chapple, Event Director of The Meetings Show said: “We are thrilled to welcome back the Association Meetings Conference to The Meetings Show in its new format, enabling association planners, AMCs and PCOs to access content targeted to them. By attending the show, this key section of the industry will also be able to benefit from the wider offering to make their time with us as valuable as possible.”

Associations buyers can also register to be a hosted buyer at the show. By joining the hosted buyers programme, buyers are given access to a premium attendance option to ensure they get the most out of the show.

Hosted buyer registration for The Meetings Show is open now, with standard visitor registration opening on 27 March. For more information and to register, visit www.themeetingsshow.com.


March 20, 2018

New Grant to Attract Association Conferences to Brisbane

Brisbane has recently announced a new grant as part of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan in an effort to support Brisbane’s up-and-coming professionals and researchers and place itself among the top 50 conference destination cities internationally.

Researchers in areas of mobile robots and stem cells, a specialist passionate about finding solutions for children with hearing loss, and two molecular bio scientists are among the recipients of the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. The seven successful applicants have been awarded a share of $25,000 to attend a leading international conference to highlight Brisbane’s expertise and help secure the event for Brisbane in a succeeding year.

Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the application process sought to identify innovators, pioneers and ground-breakers passionate in equal measure about their area of expertise and Brisbane. And she added: “Along with the economic benefits, the grant recipients will offer considerable insight into Brisbane’s industry strengths, which is a key selection criterion for conference organisers when choosing a destination.”

The 2018 Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant recipients are: Emma Rushbroke, Michael Piper, Johan Rosengren, Christina Schroeder, Tom Allen, Louise Baldwin and Feras Dayoub.



March 19, 2018

A Room with a Zoo for the Associations World Congress 2018

Associations seem to have found a home at the Associations World Congress. Organised by The Association of Association Executives, the 11th version of the event took place last week at The Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp and was attended by over 240 employees and officers of professional, scientific and trade membership organisations interested in exchanging knowledge and expertise.

There was a unique characteristic in this year’s congress as the venue where it was held was part of a zoo. The participants were impressed and inspired by the nature and the animal life around them, which gave the event a vibrant feel.

Well known keynote speakers, various simultaneous streams to choose from, workshops, success stories and expert briefings made for a varied program covering areas like problems associations are currently facing and future trends in the industry. Some of the topics included association governance, member recruitment, engagement and retention, revenue development, communications and lobbying, management and CRM systems and – my personal favourite – technology. I particularly enjoyed the advice given on how to take advantage of the rise of social media and which are the top technological innovations for conferences, for example using facial recognition as a faster way of registering for an event.

The wealth of information and topics was delivered by speakers from within the industry but also by experts from different fields. Roy Gluckman, Amanda Hammett, Philip G. Forte, Alex Inchbald, Miguel Neves and Dries Herpoelaert are only some of the names on the board of speakers. On the second day, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of AAE, presented Gothenburg, the host city for next year’s congress.

Social events like a welcome reception on 12 March and a gala dinner including the International and European Association Awards ceremony the following evening completed the program of the congress.

Winners recognized for their excellence in leadership, development and service included:

Executive Director of the Year
Angela Cherrington
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Young Association Executive of the Year
Drilona Shtjefni
European Biomass Industry Association

Best Conference Development
World Endoscopy Organization

Best Website & Integration
Union for International Cancer Control

Best Membership Engagement
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Best Association Video
International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies

Best Social Media Campaign
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Best Association E-Newsletter

This report was written by Vicky Koffa, Boardroom digital editor / digital@boardroom.global


March 16, 2018

Australia Gets Bidding Support and Aims Higher

Business events in Australia have recently received even greater support from Tourism Australia. As of 1 July 2018 the sector will have at its disposal the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP), which provides assistance to secure new international business events for Australia. $12 million will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international association – among others – events. It will support expenditure on goods & services that assist in the delivery of events, for example accommodation or venue hire costs.

Managed by Tourism Australia’s business events unit, Business Events Australia, the program is designed to increase conversion of business for Australia by offering financial support at the critical bidding stage of new international business events. Funds will only be provided for qualified international business events once the event is confirmed and contracted for Australia.

The establishment of the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program was announced at this year’s Destination Australia Conference in Melbourne.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia said: “More and more destinations across the world are operating national bid funds. Australia risks losing market share to our competitors if our business events industry is not able to compete on a level playing field. That’s why the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program is a game-changer, allowing us to grow our competitive advantage in this critical and lucrative segment of the visitor economy.” 

March 15, 2018

A Gold Mine for Canada’s PDAC Convention

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2018 Convention held this week at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A record number of 25,606 delegates gathered in Toronto for four days of presentations, exhibitions, and short courses, showing that the mineral exploration and mining industry has regained its swagger and is building momentum.

More specifically, investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials and students from over 125 countries attended the sold out events as well as a gala awards ceremony and a closing night celebration at The Fairmont Royal York.

PDAC, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, hosted the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) for the third year, bringing together 26 Ministers responsible for mining from around the world—the largest turnout to date. This year’s summit focused on the various ways in which trust can be fostered to enhance and expand the contributions that the mineral exploration and mining sector has on the prosperity and development of nations.


March 14, 2018

Jerusalem Combines Culture with Industry

Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau is placing emphasis on keeping delegates happy during as well as after a conference. That is why the city has promoted over the past few years a cultural program called ShukTech, which aims to showcase the city’s culture and nightlife for conference participants.

With over 600 start-ups in the city and cultural experiences to be discovered, it is clear that this program serves as a bridge between culture and innovation. ShukTech events are focused on the city’s famous Shuk Machane Yehudah Market, which is a traditional bustling market with stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables during the day. At night, the market transforms into a vibrant scene with bars, restaurants, and clubs flanking the streets of the market where participants can enjoy live music, street art, video installations and networking all in the unique setting of a classic Middle-Eastern market.

Earlier this month, following a full day of sessions at the 2018 OurCrowd Global Summit, participants had a chance to experience a night of informal pitches, CEO meetups, delicious food, craft beers, live music, and video art in the heart of the market.

March 13, 2018

ICCA Meeting Hosted in Istanbul

The ICCA Board of Directors came together for a Strategic Meeting in Istanbul this February with the support of Istanbul CVB and Turkish Airlines. Numerous local stakeholders supported the meeting, which was a success. Topics included how ICCA can build an even stronger community of suppliers and international associations, how to create high-level cooperative partnerships that will add new value for members, how to strengthen the impact of our advocacy work on the impact of our industry, and ways to generate a pipeline of new high-value services that can attract the investment funds needed to lift our association to a new level.

During the meeting, Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA President stated: “I think the collaboration between the private and the public sector to host international association meetings really make Istanbul a destination not to be missed for international association meetings. Istanbul has wonderful local products and cuisine, wonderful surprises, wonderful hospitality and we are delighted with the support of all our Turkish ICCA Members”.

March 12, 2018

New Salary Survey Goes Deep into Detail

The Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium (FAIB) has just published the results of its salary benchmark survey carried out with the support of its Board members and its associate member, DKW.

This survey is based on data gathered on the remuneration and the fringe benefits of associations’ permanent staff from 131 organisations. It covers ALL job categories, from top management to administrative support staff and will therefore serve as a useful guideline and tool for (international) non-profit associations (I)NPAs.

According to the executive summary of the survey, there were large variances in salary and benefits between organisations, much of which can often be explained by the type and size of the organisation and the average age of the employees. More specifically, the 13th month and luncheon vouchers are the most common benefits provided whereas company cars are quite rare. When it comes to Secretary Generals, with a slight majority for the male population and an average age of 50 years, there is a considerable difference for monthly salary according to the overall budget of the association.

March 9, 2018

Building Bridges for Gastric Cancer in Prague

The 2019 International Gastric Cancer Congress is set to be held in Prague from 8 – 11 May 2019, at the Prague Congress Centre. This type of cancer is a major problem worldwide and especially in Europe. The choice of the host city was not random, as due to its location it can serve as a bridge between western and eastern Europe in order to strengthen and reinforce research and collaboration in Europe and worldwide. This goal is reflected in the congress’s motto Building Bridges.

The event is expected to bring together delegates from many disciplines, reaching from basic researchers, clinical scientists and physicians from all disciplines and other health care professionals, who will discuss the rapid development of research on gastric cancer as well as new insights into tumor biology and progress in health care delivery which allow for more precise diagnostics, more efficacious treatment and better quality of care.

March 8, 2018

Incredible Impacts Programme Strikes Again

After a very successful inaugural year in 2017, the Incredible Impacts Programme – developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA – has opened submissions for the 2018 grants. Showcasing examples of how associations’ international meeting can leave long lasting legacies beyond overnight tourism, candidates must simply demonstrate a track-record in legacy programme/project considering also how they will use the grant to better upcoming or future events. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental criteria for the candidacy.

An independent jury, consisting of last year’s winners among others, will determine three associations which will be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Last year the programme launched with 20 associations submitting their unique and innovative approaches and evaluation was conducted through a peer review by a panel of judges from international associations, who were extremely impressed with the quality of case studies shared.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated: “Over the last decade the world’s leading meetings destinations have all embraced strategies that place intellectual capital creation and knowledge exchange, and economic and societal development goals ahead of traditional bed-night driven, tourist-centric metrics.  Everyone is now talking about the legacy that meetings generate, and no sector leaves a more powerful legacy than international association meetings.  Whether trying to influence government policy, drawing public attention to healthcare challenges, or simply finding new ways to provide support for disadvantaged groups of their members or stakeholders, associations are always aiming to make a positive difference, and so we’re delighted to be able to support them and to showcase their stories in this innovative way.”