WorldPride to March through Copenhagen in 2021

October 10, 2017

WorldPride to March through Copenhagen in 2021

2021 will be the year that WorldPride will take place in Copenhagen. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come out to the streets and celebrate tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

The Danish capital, known for its long history of promoting gay rights and acceptance, won the bid with a decision made by the international association InterPride during its Annual General Meeting held in Indianapolis, US. Organised by Happy Copenhagen, the event has enjoyed strong support from local and national governments in both Denmark and Sweden.

In addition to WorldPride, the city is also a candidate to host EuroGames in 2021, with the aim to combine the two events into a bigger one named Copenhagen 2021, featuring an extensive pride parade, a large human rights conference and hundreds of inclusive sporting events.

October 9, 2017

Final Call to Associations for BestCities in Tokyo

Just over two months away, this is the last chance for all senior international association executives interested in participating in the annual BestCities Global Forum, to be held in Tokyo from 4-7 December.

Themed ‘Building Global Connections Across Cultures’, BestCities Global Alliance is offering to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the meeting tourism industry in 2018 and beyond. During this four-day programme, delegates will take part in workshops and informative sessions learning about cultural management and intelligence, while looking at ways of establishing purposeful meetings, and acquiring practical skills they can apply to their day to day work back home and future events.

In partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB), the Forum also offers attendees cultural activities in order to explore Japan’s unique and intriguing heritage. Finally, the annual Ambassador Dinner will provide delegates with the opportunity to establish relationships with peers and grow global networks.

October 6, 2017

Worldwide Association Professionals Virtually Connected

Organised by ASSOCIATIONSUCCESS.ORG, SURGE 2017 is a free virtual summit bringing together thousands of association professionals around the world with the aim to collectively innovate and push the industry forward.

While the actual event will take place between 7 and 9 November, attendees may start interacting with fellow association professionals as soon as they register, sharing ideas in the virtual idea box, participating by answering speakers’ questions, and absorbing the broader conversations taking place amongst and beyond the SURGE community.

The conversations will occur in the platform leading up to the final event, which will expand over three days. Each session is an hour long and is pre-recorded, allowing the speakers to spend the entire session period running a Q&A that corresponds to their content. At the same time, a chat box will also be available offering the opportunity to join in on whichever conversation is most interesting to the attendee.

October 5, 2017

Singapore Keeps Going Strong with International Congresses

2017 sees Singapore maintain its international standing as the leading business events destination in Asia Pacific once again. 20,000 visitors are expected to come to the city thanks to large congresses, regional exhibitions and conferences, most of which will be taking place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia.

Over the past year, Singapore has won bids to host five major world congresses from the medical and industrial solutions sectors.

It was recently confirmed as the host city for the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Annual Meeting in 2021, which will attract 1,200 visiting physicians and healthcare professionals. 2018 will find the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in Singapore gathering more than 4,000 endocrinologists from over 70 countries and further down the road, the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024 will welcome 8,000 anaesthesiologists from around the world.

In the industrial sector, the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) on industrial and manufacturing theory and applications is expected to receive around 1,300 overseas attendees in 2020, while the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) is expected to host around 2,000 international industry professionals in 2022.

October 4, 2017

Agriculture Scholars Cultivate New Ideas in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre had the opportunity to host the 2017 Nuffield Australia National Conference, bringing together over 300 primary producers, investors and industry experts from a wide cross section of sectors and regions from Australia and overseas. In addition to the two days of sharing knowledge, conference delegates spent time on regional tours seeing first hand primary production in Northern Australia.

Jodie Dean, CEO of Nuffield Australia, said: “Nuffield scholarships provide unique opportunities to the new pioneers of agriculture to investigate technological advances around the world. The scholarship in itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience but the benefits continue beyond the tour with a shift in the approach to learning, sharing and leading for the broader development of the industry”.

Themed ‘New Horizons’, the conference set the scene for discussions and presentations on the need for new research and integration of new technologies to the industry to continually improve efficiencies, safety and cost competitiveness.

2017 was the first time the Nuffield Australia National Conference has been held in the Northern Territory. The significance of the Territory in leading Australia’s agriculture exports into Asia is being recognised by businesses, investors and government but there is long way to go to realise the potential of the north.

Picture: Darwin Convention Centre

October 2, 2017

How Surgeons Operated in Basel

Basel was the host city for the 47th World Congress of Surgery – staged by the International Society of Surgery – which took place between 13 and 17 August 2017 at the Congress Center Basel (CCB). About 2000 participants from all over the world – including an estimated 200 students – came to the city in order to attend the central events held in the CCB as well as additional events held in attractive venues in the vicinity.

The event was organized on a short notice as it had originally been planned for Argentina and the decision to go to Basel was only taken about a year beforehand, on safety and security grounds. Basel’s geographical location offers political and economic stability and is easily accessible thanks to a highly developed public transport system.

September 29, 2017

Challenges for Associations up for Discussion

Members of ABPCO (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers) had the opportunity to participate in a round table at the KIA Oval in London exploring the challenges faced by their organisations.

Held under Chatham House Rules and titled “What Keeps You Awake at Night?”, the event highlighted – amongst other issues – how GDPR relates to membership organisations and their relationships with agencies and how no shows at free to attend events make it impossible to select the right sized venues. It also dealt with assessing risks and managing crisis in a blame and liability focused culture as well as the understanding of ‘Compliance’ and how to work with it.

The discussion even touched the issue of conflicting priorities and commitment amongst stakeholders and volunteers who don’t always value the importance of events or their role. Finally, it examined the management of engagement and retention, and workloads when key members of the team leave, particularly with the growth of transient staff.

After the end of the round table, a short EGM was held passing a motion to move the AGM and Conference from a set January time-slot to create a better balance of member events throughout the year, whilst fitting more closely with the association’s financial calendar.

Rose Padmore, joint chair of ABPCO, said: “The event highlighted the truth of the old adage that a problem shared is a problem halved. Every challenge was greeted by a host of thoughts and ideas from other people in the room who had either experienced the same or similar problems.”

September 28, 2017

A Smart Nation Presented : Singapore

On the occasion of the celebration of the city-state’s National Day on 26 September, the Singapore Convention Bureau and EDB organised an event – attended by Boardroom – for associations and corporates based in Brussels who might have an interest in developing their business in Singapore and in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Region, which by 2050 will be the world’s 4th largest economic block.

The event’s aim was to introduce both Singapore and ASEAN to the attendees, for a better understanding of the environment and opportunities in the region. With Singapore preparing to take over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2018, and with the EU-Singapore FTA ready to come into force in the near future, there will be increased opportunities in this dynamic and growing region.

Singapore is a city-state at the heart of South-East Asia – while being a getaway to the rest of Asia – with a modern service-based and fast growing economy. Furthermore, it has a high-standard of living and serves as a regional hub for both financial and port activities.

For its future development, Singapore’s focus will be on innovation and green growth. Indeed, the city is investing heavily on urban development transforming it into a smart eco-city. Moving in this direction, will help Singapore address the adverse effects of climate change, develop a sustainable and efficient transport system and vertical farming.

Some basic facts that support such statements are: by 2030 Asia will account for 80% of middle class spending, its consumer market is larger than that of India and similar to that of continental China, Asia has overtaken North America and Europe in the number of patent requests filed with the European Patent Office…

Understandably, Singapore was eager to share these figures during the celebrations for its National Day!

September 27, 2017

Oncologists Select Madrid for a Second Time

Following the excellent rate of participation in 2014, ESMO chose to bring its congress, a meeting organised by the European Society for Medical Oncology in partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), back to Madrid. The congress took place at Ifema from the 8th to 12th September.

With almost 24,000 delegates – 85% of which were from abroad – the congress broke its own record for participation, the previous one being 20,000. Spanish participation in sessions and speeches accounted for 5% of all the works presented, which made Spain the second most prolific contributor in terms of the number of studies disseminated, after the United States.

The Madrid Convention Bureau focuses on attracting such large-scale events  from the scientific sector and universities. This year alone Madrid has hosted six congresses with more than 7,000 participants each, always in the field of medicine.

September 26, 2017

UN World Tourism Organization to Travel to St. Petersburg

After a decision made earlier this month by participants of the current United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, the 23rd session of the Assembly will be held in St. Petersburg in 2019.

Holding the ‘Oscar’ for «World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2016» and «Europe’s Leading Destination 2016» and with more than 7 million tourists per year, almost half of which are foreigners, the city actively develops cultural and MICE tourism as well as congress tourism, hence becoming more and more interesting for association conferences.