Avant-Garde Chefs to Cook for Malaysia

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.

July 6, 2018

Brisbane Designs Winning Bid for DRS2020

Brisbane will welcome 600 leading minds in global design research after winning hosting rights for the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 2020, after the bid, led by the Brisbane Convention Bureau in partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, was won, it was announced last week.

“The collaboration between the Brisbane Convention Bureau and Griffith University delivered an outstanding bid that showcased our city’s design research credentials, an inclusive cross-disciplinary approach, on-the-ground support and unbeatable location,” said Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster.

DRS2020 Co-Chair and Head of Design at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, Professor Ming Cheung, said winning hosting rights for the conference was a coup for Brisbane and Australia’s design research community. “Hosting DRS2020 will see Brisbane and Griffith University take the lead in promoting excellence in design research,” Professor Cheung said. “With 600 of the world’s most talented academics and designers expected to meet in Brisbane, this conference will also provide significant development opportunities to local researchers, designers and students.”

July 5, 2018

Montréal Wins 2023 Hematology Conference

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) just selected the Palais des Congrès de Montréal and Montréal as their host venue for their 2023 ISTH Annual Congress.  Thanks to the efforts of the two partners, combined with the support of key resources from the life sciences community, nearly 8,000 delegates will converge to Montréal in five years’ time.

The bid was widely supported by the scientific community. Dr. Susan Kahn and Dr. Marc Rodger, co- directors of CanVECTOR, the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research Network, put together a conference program focused on the development of young and emerging researchers, which wowed the leadership of the international association, which currently has 4,000+ members from 94 countries.

Over 600 pharma and healthcare organizations operate in Greater Montréal, making it Canada’s biggest laboratory. Ranked 7th among North America’s Top 20 cities for life sciences and health technology employment concentration,1it is home to 600 establishments and institutions, including 150 public and university research centres . The bid for the 2023 ISTH Annual Congress was endorsed by the Société des sciences vasculaires du Québec, Thrombosis Canada and the Canadian Hematology Society, among others.

July 4, 2018

The Hidden Treasures of Rimini

In Italy, Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of ragu, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese, came in at number one on Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018 list. And Rimini, which made the New York Times list of must-see places this year, sits right in the middle of it. It might be high time you consider it for your next event.

Internationally renowned food, the best-preserved roman, medieval and Renaissance architecture, and internationally worshipped sports cars are just some of the reasons that makes the Emilia-Romagna regionone of the top 2018 European destinations according to Lonely Planet.

If some of you may know Rimini as a great place for lazing on the beach and living the night life, it certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to conferences. A successful and innovative business destination, it boasts one of the most advanced – and iconic-looking – congress centres in Italy. Managed by Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini, the Palacongressi di Rimini offers a flexible space and hosts events of any size and format, from business conventions to medical-scientific symposiums, from cultural gatherings to association meetings. The Palacongressi features 39 rooms that have a total capacity of 9,000 people, a plenary hall of 4,700 seats and 11,000 sqm for exhibition.

Of course, there’s plenty to do and see after a hard day’s work at the Palacongressi. From historical villas and castles to medieval villages; from the numerous hotels to theme parks; from beaches to trendy bars, the Riviera di Rimini provides a special atmosphere that will give yet another dimension to your event.

And if you’re after finding what you can do in Rimini and Rimini only, there are a few options. A visit to the Surgeon’s House, where the oldest set of Roman surgical instruments was once found, will reveal a host of unexpected treasures. A stroll along the 200-meter pier at the port while the sun is setting will ease your mind. You can also enjoy Rimini’s state-of-the-art marina with over 600 berths. And there is of course the Grand Hotel, where Art Nouveau charm and the memory of Federico Fellini, the world-renowned film director who was born in Rimini – and the inventor of the Dolce Vita – linger in the air…

Last but not least, at just 20 kilometers inland from Rimini and 760 meters above sea level lies San Marino, the smallest and oldest republic in Europe. Founded in the IV century, it became a UNESCO heritage site in 2008 as «a testimony to the continuity of a free republic since the Middle Ages». Definitely a place to see.

This article was powered by Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini. For more information:www.riminiconvention.it/ delaubert@riminiconvention.it

July 3, 2018

Medical Associations to Flock to NewcastleGateshead in 2018

Amazing innovations are happening in NewcastleGateshead – for example Newcastle University, which ranks amongst the top 100 life science universities in the world, was recently granted the first licence to create a baby with three genetic parents, which will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases, while its Human Nutrition Research Centre is undertaking ground-breaking research in areas of high public health significance, including obesity and ageing.

As a city with a proud history in medical sciences, NewcastleGateshead has a strong track record for hosting medical conferences. Following the success of major events including the Royal College of Nursing’s Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition and the British Society for Dermatological Surgery’s 35th Annual Surgery Workshop in March 2018, which together saw over 550 delegates visit the city, the momentum is set to continue with an influx of medical conferences throughout the rest of the year.

July is seeing the Association for the Study of Medical Education host its Annual Scientific Meeting at the iconic Sage Gateshead, with over 600 national and international medical professional delegates descending on NewcastleGateshead for the event.

September is set to be the busiest month for medical conferences, which will see over 1,500 delegates arriving in the city. The European Thyroid Association, the Association for the Study of Obesity and NuGO (an association of universities and research institutes focusing on the research areas of molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology) will hold significant events at venues across NewcastleGateshead. The European Network of Teratology Information Service and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists will also host their annual joint meeting at Newcastle University in September.

Rounding up the year’s medical events, the 17th Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Update and the Multiple System Atrophy Trust’s Health and Care Professionals Study Day both take place in October, while the Federation of Infection Sciences Annual Conference takes place in November.