High-Level Learning for Associations at IMEX America 2017

September 19, 2017

High-Level Learning for Associations at IMEX America 2017

Association professionals are invited to set aside their daily to-do lists and focus on strategic development and sharing knowledge with their peers at IMEX America this year.

Designed exclusively for association leaders and aspiring association leaders from all corners of the world, the new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9.

“In a rapidly evolving business environment, strong leadership and effective strategic planning has never been more important. Senior industry professionals within associations obviously occupy unique and powerful positions within the meetings industry, and we know they value high quality opportunities to spend dedicated, focused time together, explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The education and networking program at the new Association Leadership Forum is open to those working at senior leadership level within associations and covers multiple challenges of association management and development. The free program is being created in association with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Through a mix of presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel, the Association Leadership Forum will address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams.

There will also be a series of dedicated education sessions for association meeting buyers and planners, curated by ICCA. Open to all, these will take place as part of Smart Monday – the renowned day of complimentary, cutting-edge professional development powered by MPI. Association professionals will also be able to take part in Smart Monday’s wider education program which includes sessions on purposeful meetings, latest industry trends and personal development.

All association professionals can end their day and toast the start of IMEX America at Association Evening, taking place at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center. “It’s always a lovely chance to unwind with peers, reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. Our Association Evening is a great networking opportunity that really ‘starts the week strong’”, adds Carina.

In addition to this customised learning opportunity, Association professionals will also enjoy further business opportunities and education sessions during IMEX America which takes place October 10-12.

There will be new exhibitors from across the US and around the world including Memorable Costa Rica, Boston Convention Marketing Center, COMO Hotels – New York, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Global Incentive Management DMC, Viking Cruises, Live Nation Special Events and Hotel Xcaret Mexico.  In the Tech Pavilion EventsCase and CadmiumCD will also be at the show for the first time.

Exhibitors represent all areas of the industry and those with expanded booths this year include the Bahamas, Hungary, Ireland, Accor, IHG, Sonesta Collection, Marriott International, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, Allied PRA, multiple exhibitors from California (Long Beach, Anaheim, LA, Monterey County & Santa Barbara), Nashville and Memphis, the Czech Tourist Authority and Visit England.

The new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9 / www.imexamerica.com

 

September 18, 2017

Malaysia’s Next Move Revealed to Associations

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) was officially launched during the Malaysia Association neXt (MyNext) 2017 conference aiming to help association professionals by nurturing the members in enhancing growth, development and professionalism.

The MSAE is a strategic move in order to ensure association management is duly recognised and appreciated as a profession in Malaysia. Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) encouraged and facilitated the establishment of the organisation, together with several renowned association leaders, Dato’ Dr. Zaliha Omar, President of Malaysian Society of Association Executive and Dr. Saunthari Somasundaram, President and Medical Director of National Cancer Society Malaysia are to name but a couple.

This year’s MyNext, which saw the presence of 124 local association experts and thought leaders, gave delegates the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest insights and best practices in the association management industry, as well as access to cutting-edge insights, exchange ideas, network, express thoughts and debate issues that impact the future growth sustainability of associations in Malaysia.

Picture: (Third from left) Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau; (Centre) Dato’ Dr. Zaliha Omar, President of Malaysian Society of Association Executive; and (Third from right) Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, President-Elect of Malaysian Society of Association Executive posing together with the MSAE committee members.

September 15, 2017

Architects to Draw their Way to Copenhagen in 2023

Copenhagen will be the city to welcome the world’s largest architectural congress in 2023. 10,000 of the world’s leading architects will travel to the Danish capital to discuss how architecture can contribute to the achievement of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. The congress, which is held every three years, is organized by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the discussions will take place at the World Congress of Architects.

Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen and Realdania, the Danish Architects Association, were instrumental in bringing the congress to the Nordic city, having presented an ambitious bid that focused on ‘Sustainable futures’ at this year’s congress in Seoul.

September 14, 2017

Sustainability at Its Best in San Diego

San Diego Convention Center is boosting the local agricultural economy by sourcing key products and services from across the community. A result of its collaboration with food and beverage supplier Centerplate, the initiative “100 Mile Harvest” aims to source as many locally grown, manufactured and processed products as possible, thus increasing sales for local producers, reducing the SDCC’s overall carbon footprint and improving sustainability.

Read all about this initiative on the Iceberg website, a partner of Boardroom.

September 13, 2017

Tunnel Experts to See the Light in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia will host the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) from 15 to 21 May 2020 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, as was announced at the recent 43rd International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) general assembly in Norway.

Themed “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity” and supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the event is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees from the global tunneling and underground construction industry.

WTC 2020 is set to be the largest engineering event of its kind in Malaysia by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and will serve as an exchange point for engineers and professionals to network over the latest trends and innovations in tunneling and underground construction industry.

September 12, 2017

Associations to Know ICC Sydney Through Virtual Eyes

A virtual reality video experience has just been launched by ICC Sydney, taking conference organisers, event planners, delegates and travellers from around the world through an interactive tour of the venue by simply downloading the ICC Sydney VR App from Apple or Android application stores. This new App offers delegates a point of reference during the planning stages of an event, as Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said.

Viewers will experience the full scale of ICC Sydney’s technologically advanced facilities, including its 35,000sqm of exhibition space, flexible meeting spaces, the 2,000-capacity ballroom and important theatres. A feature of the ICC Sydney App and VR content is the showcase video it developed in partnership with Tourism Australia.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, said: “For a world class facility like ICC Sydney, harnessing the power of VR to push itself into the consideration set is a great example of the venue’s innovative approach to creating event success.”

Picture: ICC Sydney

September 11, 2017

Health Sciences Lead the Way in Adelaide

Some of the most important health science events are headed to Adelaide in the next couple of years. The 2018 Australian Diabetes Society Annual Scientific Meeting with 2,000 delegates and the 38th Australian Dental Congress with 3,000 delegates in 2019 are to name but a few.

Considering that on 5th September, Adelaide’s new Royal Adelaide Hospital opened its doors thus completing the current stage of the BioMed City, this makes ample sense. In addition to advanced and hi-tech facilities, the hospital is located next to the Adelaide Convention Centre, which in turn sits on the doorstep of 1500 hotel rooms –  within walking distance of the entertainment laden Riverbank precinct and a mere 15 minute free tram ride from the airport. This consolidates Adelaide’s position internationally as a destination of choice for health science events.

What’s more, on 30th August Adelaide’s Convention Centre completed its final phase and now has state-of-the-art facilities and a capacity for 3500 delegates. It recently held its annual ‘medical famil’ with a number of association executives. The touring party was privy to a sneak peek at the new wing of the Convention Centre and toured the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Picture: SAHMRI.

September 8, 2017

Associations Explore Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an upcoming conference destination. Its history, the sites, the religious significance of the city to all global religions create an impressive atmosphere for any visitor. Combining that with the global medical research, technology and innovation, the city brings significant added value to the meeting industry.

Hadassah Medical Center, member of numerous international associations, hosts many conferences, events and symposiums. Professor Rivkind, Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of Shock Trauma Unit in the Department of the General Surgery at Hadassah Hospital, speaks about his city as a potential host city at his interview on the Jerusalem Conventions and Visitors Bureau blog.

September 7, 2017

Association Delegates Are Rewarded in Edinburgh

Scotland’s Capital has launched a new mobile-responsive website, the Edinburgh Rewards scheme for delegates, making accessing city-wide VIP offers easier for Edinburgh’s business tourism visitors.

Marketing Edinburgh manages this new project, which consists of around 100 exclusive delegate offers at any one time from across a diverse range of restaurants, bars, retailers and attractions. Delegates can explore edinburghrewards.com on their mobile phone to discover nearby venues and offers with the help of an interactive map, a search facility and a mobile- geolocation service.

Edinburgh Rewards Passport is available only to delegates, who can soon receive one of the 25.000 copies being included in their up and coming delegate registration packs.  The Edinburgh International Conference Centre will also house displays of the passports on site for attending delegates to pick up their copy.

September 6, 2017

Congress of Biomechanics Enjoyed Brisbane Hospitality

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre  hosted the congress for the International Society of Biomechanics – IBS 2017 from 23 – 27 July. More than 1,200 of the world’s foremost scientists from over 50 countries representing all aspects of the discipline came to the Centre for the five day Congress.

The city’s three leading universities representing an intense hub of biomechanics activity in collaboration with Team Brisbane, including Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Marketing, were the prime reason for conference organisers choosing Brisbane.

Professor Andrew Cresswell, President of the International Society of Biomechanics and Head of School, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, said the idea for the Brisbane conference started more than seven years ago ensured the biomechanics community would have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues in the Asia Pacific Region.