Yokohama to Expand to Meet Associations’ Needs

October 26, 2017

Yokohama to Expand to Meet Associations’ Needs

A new multi-functional convention centre will be opening in spring of 2020 as an addition to PACIFICO Yokohama. This new meeting place will be versatile, featuring a column-free multi‐purpose hall of 6,300 square meters. With a capacity of 6,000 people, the hall will be able to accommodate various events with the option of using its eight sections in different combinations.

A parking with the capacity of 200 cars will be available onsite, while a hotel will be opening soon adjacent to the new centre.

42 meeting rooms will be available on the upper floors, whereas an outdoor pedestrian deck connects the 2nd floor main entrance to the Exhibition Hall and Annex Hall of PACIFICO Yokohama. Consisting of National Convention Hall with 5,000 seats, Conference Center with 50 meeting rooms, Exhibition Hall of 20,000 square meters and a hotel, PACIFICO Yokohama can be used conjointly with the new centre for large‐scale events.

October 25, 2017

Mohamed Mezghani Elected Secretary General of UITP

Mohamed Mezghani will be UITP’s new Secretary General as of January 2018. After serving as Deputy Secretary General for four years, Mr. Mezghani will replace Mr. Alain Flausch who will retire in December after six years.

Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the public transport sector with him, as well as his extensive knowledge of the organization, Mr. Mezghani will further expand UITP`s activities.

Currently a member of Boardroom Advisory Board, Mohamed has held many positions at UITP, from senior manager and director of the Knowledge and Membership department to Adviser to the Secretary General and more recently Deputy Secretary General.

The whole Boardroom team congratulates him on the new, well-deserved position.

October 24, 2017

New Campaign Puts Edinburgh in the Centre of Associations’ Attention

‘Make it Edinburgh’ is the name of the new campaign, officially launched on October 19, promoting the city’s strongest sectors of industry, while providing compelling reasons to choose Edinburgh for future events.

Amanda Ferguson, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said: “The message we aim to promote is that Edinburgh is synonymous with innovation, discovery and thinking, a rich history of heritage, full of inspiring locations, buildings and people. Hence conference organisers should ‘Make it Edinburgh’.”

 Convention Edinburgh, Edinburgh Hotel Association, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Tourism Action Group, both private and public organisations have collaborated to make this campaign possible.

Progress and innovation across Technology, Life Sciences, Creative Industries, Food and Drink, Renewable Energy and Financial Services will all be showcased throughout the 12-month integrated media and marketing campaign, making it easy to align with VisitScotland’s Business Events’ soon to launch national business events campaign, Legends.

A full digital media campaign will roll out from January 2018.

October 23, 2017

PCMA Convening Leaders in Nashville: What’s in Store

The 2018 PCMA Convening Leaders conference will be held in the Music City, Nashville, between 7 and 10 January 2018. Under the theme “Amplifying Engagement”, the conference puts a spotlight on the engagement factor – one of the most critical pieces of connecting with your audience. However, PCMA will promote the new idea of how to navigate around digital distractions and satisfy increased attendee expectations at every turn.

With attendance reaching 4500 participants, this meeting is expected to be the best one yet. Between the opening and closing ceremonies filled with music and celebrities from the music field, the four-day schedule will offer a variety of events, including Nashville tours and “office body” exercises.

How to boost participant engagement with immersive events, how co-locating your events leads to success and how to boost your brand with strategic story-telling are only some of the topics mentioned during the conference. The new Future of Face-to-Face space will be an educational experience for delegates to examine the role of participant engagement through the lens of the future of events through learning sessions and facilitated conversations. Brain Dates will also be part of the program, with delegates making offers and requests for knowledge on topics of interest.

The main stage will be busy with inspirational speakers including Neri Oxman, an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions, General Stan McChrystal, delivering his analysis on the dynamic geopolitical environment and the implications it will have on security, politics, energy and the global population and Bill Strickland, who will share his powerful set of beliefs – in the closing of the main stage – about how leadership and self-worth give people the ability to change lives.

October 20, 2017

Qatar’s Plan to Go International

As announced last week at the UNWTO’s celebration of World Tourism Day in Doha, Qatar has launched a new step as part of its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030. Called the Next Chapter, this step lines out the strategy for the development of products, services and experiences and for the promotion of the destination on an international scale for the next 5 years.

With the reorganisation of its tourism sector’s governance, Qatar is placing the focus on a strong integration of all stakeholders in the business events sub-sector and on bringing international business events to the destination by establishing unique expertise and knowledge in the country. Developments in infrastructure facilitating associations in organising such international conferences are soon to be announced.

Cultural authenticity plays a big role in the nation’s efforts to attract international associations. Programs to facilitate interactions and shared experiences between Qatar’s residents and its guests will keep in mind the human scale in the congress product.

October 19, 2017

Brisbane Treats WHO’s Members

After hosting the 2014 G20 Summit, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) recently welcomed the 68th session of the World Health Organisation’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Region. The conference was held in Australia for the first time in 20 years.

WHO members from the Western Pacific Region gathered in Brisbane to discuss future priorities for the health and well-being of the region’s nearly 1.9 billion people. More than 30 countries and areas in the region, including the world’s most populous country China and small Pacific island states were present, represented by ministers for health and senior officials, who were among the 300 delegates.

October 18, 2017

Up-and-Coming Panama

Panama is expanding and claiming a position in the international meetings industry. Present at IMEX America, the Central American nation presented its three new convention centres, expansion of its international airport, the region’s first light rail system, and unique cultural and eco-friendly attractions aiming to get associations interested.

Scheduled to open at the end of 2018, the new Amador Convention Centre in Panama City will offer 58,000 sqm of exhibition space for groups of up to 25,000 people. What is more, an entertainment district is under construction adjacent to the centre, with more than 20,000 hotel rooms available in Panama’s nearby central city.

The country is also investing in the expansion of Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, as well as in the Panama Metro which will soon connect to the airport and other major attractions in the city, making them easily accessible for association delegates.

In addition to the Amador Convention Centre, Panama is building the Verde Convention Centre in Boquete, the first in Central America with an environmentally friendly infrastructure, offering 4,000 sqm of meeting space to accommodate groups of up to 2,000 people, and the Herrera Convention Centre in Chitre, featuring 5,000 sqm, a 1,500 sqm amphitheatre and an auditorium that will seat 750.

October 17, 2017

Thailand Campaigns at IMEX America to Attract Associations

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) launched a new marketing campaign at IMEX America last week, aiming to raise the industry’s profile draw more international events and increase visits. With the US MICE remaining a major target for Thailand – 26,735 MICE delegates from the US during the first three quarters of TCEB’s current fiscal year, the country is promoting the message that hosting business events in Thailand can be fun.

Through the recent marketing communication campaign, “THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success”, TCEB has been introducing key fundamental pillars of MICE industry which include a diversity of destination, business opportunities, and people of Thailand. Under the title “THAILAND CONNECT Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success, decoded with chapters of possibilities”, the three pillars of the country’s MICE industry remain the key focus in the 2018 campaign.

Moreover, Thailand is developing and promoting secondary destinations that have MICE facilities by upgrading airports and expanding railways and ports in order to link the capital with these cities.

This year’s IMEX America is also the launch pad for a new joint collaboration by four of Asia’s leading MICE destinations, the MICE bureaus of Malaysia, Seoul, Singapore and Thailand showcasing connectivity between Asian destinations and linking destinations with post event tours. The 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference and the 31st Congress of Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS 2018) are to name but a couple of international conferences headed to Thailand.

October 16, 2017

Oman Marks Its Place in the Convention Industry

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) celebrated its first anniversary earlier this October. Having welcomed more than 750,000 visitors to its 22,000sqm of exhibition space, the Centre has helped the local economy.

OCEC’s 101st event on its first anniversary will be the 7th International Exhibition for Infrastructure & Industrial Projects, organised by Al Nimr Expo who re returning to the venue after a year. Trevor McCartney, General Manager of OCEC, says: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Salim Al Hashmi, General Manager and the team at Al Nimr International Exhibition Organisers back to OCEC and wish them a successful event and we look forward to many more years of collaboration ahead.”

Many more congresses are to follow, like the ACI Airport Exchange 2017 (Conference and Exhibition) and the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture with 65 ministers from around the globe attending the event. With the support of the local authorities and organisations, Oman has won 11 other bids for regional and international conferences in the coming years.

A second phase of the OCEC’s development will soon start and will include a tiered theatre with 3,200 seats, a 450-seat auditorium, two ballrooms for banquets for up to 1,200 guests, 20 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 360 delegates, hospitality suites and a VIP pavilion.

October 13, 2017

For Adelaide the Sky Is the Limit

Adelaide in Australia just held the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). With attendance rising to 4470 delegates from 71 nations plus visits by 700 school children and several thousand members of the public (who attended the public exhibition day), this was the largest ever event for the city.

The congress was organized in the newly expanded 20,000 sqm Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC), using the centre’s flexible floor. The IAC comprised a detailed program including eight plenary sessions, three highlight lectures, two breaking news, 200 technical sessions and a custom exhibition. Beyond the official program at the Convention Centre, IAC associated exhibitions at the State Library and Museum as well as the closing gala dinner at the Adelaide Oval’s Magarey Room.

The congress left lasting legacies behind, including investment opportunities between space companies as well as the establishment of a space industry centre.

Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of International Astronautical Federation (IAF) said: The city of Adelaide itself is a perfect location for congresses with easily reachable locations, beautiful sceneries, friendly people and fantastic food. This year’s IAC has been a tremendous success having reached 5,000 attendees and the ACC has proven perfectly capable of facing all sorts of requests from the IAF Community.”