UFI to Take its Annual Congress to Oman

July 17, 2018

UFI to Take its Annual Congress to Oman

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has selected Oman and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre for the 2020 UFI Global Congress. The event is organized in November of each year and brings together more than 500 industry professionals from more than 50 countries. It has previously been hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa (2017), Shanghai, China (2016) and Milan, Italy (2015). This year, it will be hosted in St.  Petersburg, Russia, followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2019.

Ideallly situated on the Arabian Peninsula and only seven hours away from half of the world’s population, Oman is a country that merits to be discovered. Oman is a diverse nation rich in both history and culture, blessed with a breath-taking natural beauty.

Chairman of Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, H.E. Mohsin Al Balushi, said: “It is an honour to have been selected to host the 2020 UFI Global Congress and bringing such prestigious delegates to Oman would showcase the wonderful exhibition facilities and services that the country had to offer and reflected the growing confidence in the local market place. I am sure that the delegates will have a memorable experience in this land of enormous diversity and natural beauty. Our new convention and exhibition centre is the ideal venue for facilitating the exchange of ideas amongst the UFI members”.

July 16, 2018

Experts to Gather Data in London

Coming for the very first time in the UK, KDD, the world’s oldest and most important Data Science conference will be held at ExCeL London in August 2018. London has been chosen as the host city as it represents the heart of global data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning research, with the capital topping the European investment charts for funding into fast growing sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, cyber security and Fintech.

Aldo Faisal, publicity chair for KDD and Associate Professor in Data Science at Imperial College London commented: “KDD coming to the London ExCeL is both a reflection of the explosive growth in Data Science and AI and a testimony to the city’s global leadership in it.”

KDD is a leading interdisciplinary conference bringing together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining & large-scale data analytics.  Taking place over five days, the conference brings together thousands of professionals to listen to the top data scientists share their knowledge to advance the application of data science, expand their expertise and discuss novel ideas with industry peers. Delegates can learn from leading experts in the world of applied data mining and knowledge discovery with a series of invited talks, half day workshops and tutorial sessions.

July 13, 2018

Adelaide to Host Medical Physicians and Biomedical Engineers in 2024

Led by Professor James Goh, the International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM) has chosen Adelaide as the host city for their 2024 congress, it was announced last week. Held every three years, the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields.

The win, secured just after the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s recent BioMed showcase is further testament that the focus by the Bureau on Health Sciences and Medical events seems to be paying dividends. Investment in infrastructure with the development of the largest Biomed City in the Southern and its collaboration with the Tonsley Innovation District which incorporates the Flinders University – just 15 minute drive from the city (or via a soon to be opened rail link) is the primary driver of this focus. The congress will attract the most innovative companies and world leaders within the field to Adelaide. Hosting the global delegates and companies is fundamental to South Australia remaining at the global forefront of the industry and in turn, assist the Bureau to continue to attract events of this calibre.

2,400 delegates from 89 countries are expected to attend the Congress.

(Picture: Adelaide Convention Centre)

July 12, 2018

New Sustainability Strategy in Copenhagen

It’s been some years now that Copenhagen has been recognized as the world’s most sustainable tourism destinations. As part of its aim to ensure the city’s position as a frontrunner in this field, Wonderful Copenhagen, the official tourism organization working to promote and develop both business and leisure tourism in the capital region of Denmark, has appointed a Project Manager for sustainable tourism development to help shape the sustainable direction of the organisation and the destination.

In the newly created role, Project Manager Mikkel Sander will be responsible for developing and launching Wonderful Copenhagen’s new sustainability strategy for 2018-2021, which will be closely aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The new sustainability strategy will be launched later in the year.

Copenhagen has made significant investments in sustainable city solutions, attracting worldwide attention when it announced its ambition to become the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. Copenhagen’s meeting industry also takes sustainability seriously with almost 70 % of the city’s hotel rooms being eco certified while many suppliers in the city’s meeting industry have adopted green and sustainable initiatives.

July 11, 2018

Avant-Garde Chefs to Cook for Malaysia

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), together with Professional Culinaire Association (PCA) will be serving up the best Malaysia has to offer to delegates attending the Worldchefs Congress & Expo (WACS) 2018. The biennial event is expected to welcome around 1,000 delegates with 70 percent representing arrivals from 105 countries in Kuala Lumpur from 11th to 14th July 2018.

As MyCEB comes close to its 10th year in service for the business events industry, Datuk Zulkefli, My CEB CEO, who has been there from the start says that events such as WACS 2018 often enable Malaysia to be a magnet for professional expertise and talents in culinary industry.

“We are looking beyond the benefits of having just this one business event for Malaysia. I am confident that after WACS 2018, Malaysia will not only be a destination that is known for our own culinary experience, but will also be catapulted as a hub. The country has what it takes to be the centre of culinary excellence as it is an ideal platform to network with like-minded industry players, gain insights and ideas on the latest food technology and trends, as well as share best practices with their counterparts from all over the world. As an affordable destination, culinary apprentices can be assured a good stay together with exposure of the industry from Malaysia and beyond the Asian region,” Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif said.

The Congress is organised internationally by The World Association of Chefs’ Societies or Worldchefs. The association is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs’ association representing culinary experts at all levels and across specialities.

July 10, 2018

New Venture Between SingEx and Unbound for Innovative Events

SingEx together and Unbound signed a joint venture agreement last week to incorporate a new business entity called SingEx Unbound Innovations International Pte Ltd, to be helmed by CEO-designate. Daniel Seal, the current Founder & CEO of Unbound Innovations Ltd.

SingEx, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company, Temasek Holdings, is a leading events management company in Asia, organising and managing a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries, whileUnbound is the market-leading and award-winning events platform that connects corporates and governments with grassroots innovation and startups.

Through this joint venture, the partners will leverage on their core strengths, tapping into new market opportunities while introducing cutting edge event design and fresh themes, and actively engaging the communities so as to create new Unbound Innovation Festivals in global growth markets. “Together, we will strengthen our role as an enabler for the Future Economy by enhancing our access to capabilities and networks to key technology hubs and ecosystems globally. This will in turn foster greater connections with government and private organisations as well as digital communities,” commented Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive Officer, SingEx Holdings.

July 10, 2018

Supportive Care in Cancer in Adelaide

A few years ago, Adelaide may have seemed like another Australian city with no clear-cut identity, but it has since transformed itself into a destination attracting attention from associations all over the globe. It helps, of course, that urban revitalization projects are everywhere to be seen, with some exciting architectural rejuvenation among the city’s art venues, museums, and downtown residential and office buildings. This attention also stems from another source: the city’s ambition to being a medical and life science leader on the world stage.

The 2016 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer was held at Adelaide Convention Centre in June 2016. According to MASCC President Ian Olver “innovation was a particular aim of the meeting,” which attracted over 1,070 delegates from more than 50 countries, with a sizable turnout from Australia and Asia. At the time, MASCC had traditionally met either in North America or Europe, but momentum had been building to host the MASCC symposium in Australia for several years, and there was a growing desire to be more global, since the forum gathers world-leading experts to discuss the latest scientific developments and cutting-edge research in supportive care in cancer.

Adelaide was selected based on a number of criteria. Scientific Program Co-Chair Dorothy Keefe explains: “Supportive care is ultimately about improvements in care, management of the side effects of cancer treatment–both physical and psychological—prevention of secondary cancer, prolong survivorship, and maximization of quality of life. The work we are undertaking at Adelaide’s BioMed City and in our universities within this field are ground-breaking and gaining worldwide recognition; it just made sense to hold the meeting in the South Australian capital. At the time it took place, the city had also just completed its new Riverbank precinct with a new hospital, research institute, convention centre and university buildings. The revamped infrastructure and easiness of use was impressive.”

According to Dorothy, Adelaide is a perfectly sized city for a conference, since it is compact, close to the airport, and offers hotels and facilities within walking distance. Now that the Royal Adelaide Hospital and medical school are open, it will be even better. The hotels are also very good, and the choice of restaurants is fantastic—the best sitting within a stone’s throw from the Centre. Safety is also increasingly important, and Adelaide is one of the safest cities. And, of course, we boast such wonderful wineries and natural beauty within a very short travel distance,she adds.

The Symposium definitely enhanced Adelaide’s reputation as a wonderful conference destination, as well as an emerging arts venue (a much-appreciated art exhibition was held during the conference) and place where patients are at the heart of supportive care in cancer. The legacy components of the meeting were threefold. We were able to engage the Asia-Pacific region like never before and increased the presence of MASCC and its membership in the region. South Australia became better known to the participants as a wonderful destination. We had many visitors from the USA, Europe, and Asia, and a large number of them would have known of Melbourne or Sydney before but were delighted with Adelaide. The focus on the region also led to an increase in the knowledge of supportive care and long-term patient benefits. It showed how well the city works for visitors and for conferences. It also changed MASCC; there had never been dancing at a MASCC President’s dinner before!” Dorothy said.

This article was written by Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé (editor@boardroom.global). The full version of this article can be read in the latest issue of Boardroom available here.

July 9, 2018

Registration for Asia Pacific Incentives & Meeting Event (AIME) Now Open

Taking place in Melbourne 18-20 February 2019, AIME, the Asia Pacific Incentives & Meeting Event, connects global exhibitors with a diverse pool of buyers from Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific, as well as buyers from the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Running the show for the first time, Talk2 Media & Events has reviewed multiple facets of buyer needs, exhibitor requirements and registration procedures, and has new initiatives to ensure a smooth, robust process, which has just opened.

All buyer expressions of interest are vetted for professional suitability before being invited to register for the Hosted Buyer Program. Registration details cover experience, annual event budgets, purchasing authority, and their event portfolio over the next five years. With up to four reference checks this comprehensive assessment of applicants ensures the right buyers will be at AIME in 2019.

For more details and to submit your interest to attend AIME in 2019 visit aime.com.au.

 

July 8, 2018

More and More Associations Registered at Dubai Association Centre

Rapid growth in registrations of international associations has been witnessed at Dubai Association Centre (DAC) in the first half of 2018. Established in 2014 as a joint initiative between the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the Centre now has a total of 58 licensed associations, with 16 registrations received since the start of the year, reflecting a growth of 38%. Newly registered associations include: Energy Institute, Arab Association of Urology, International Coach Federation, Gulf Flight Safety Association, and the International Live Events Association.

The substantial increase this year comes on the back of the inaugural Dubai Association Conference, which took place in December 2017. The event offered a vital platform for networking and knowledge-sharing, in an effort to further boost progression across industries, bringing together association executives, government representatives, university faculties and students, as well as professionals who were interested in forming associations.

Dubai Association Centre, since its establishment, has evolved to become a gateway for international associations that are looking to tap into the rapidly transforming city as well as the Middle East region. Associations have recognised the value of a stronger presence in the region, and Dubai has emerged as the destination of choice to set up regional headquarters. International associations stand to benefit from the innumerable opportunities the city has to offer, as well as from the growth mindset that Dubai embodies.

July 6, 2018

First Home-Based PCO for Penang

In Malaysia, Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban centre that combines old-world Asia in spades and the freshest aspects of modern culture.

Business Events is a key economic sector within Penang’s tourism. In 2016, there were a total 1,251 events with an Estimated Economic Impact (EEI) of RM 808 million. In 2017, there was a 30% increase of events that resulted in 2,150 events and an EEI of RM 1.02 billion. It comes hardly as a surprise that Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) recently welcomed its first home-based Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), Apollo Conferences, which runs its operations from Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

Managed by Mr Presanth Chandra, Apollo Conferences is a part of Apollo Asia Travel Group, a leading regional travel consortium that specialises in destinations management, travel technology development and tourism marketing consultancy. It will be facilitating expert conferences and events, which include bidding right up to the organisation processes.