‘Best Improved Destination Award’ for Glasgow

November 20, 2017

‘Best Improved Destination Award’ for Glasgow

The “Best Improved Destination” Award was awarded to Glasgow Convention Bureau as the city received recognition for sustainable business tourism by the Global Destination Sustainability Index. With a score of 94%, Glasgow received the award at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress in Prague.
The GDS-Index promotes the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations and responsible business tourism best practices. It evaluates the performance of cities on a city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure, its social sustainability performance, the support provided by the industry supplier and the strategy and initiatives of the convention bureau.
Guy Bigwood, Director of the GDS-Index, said: “Glasgow demonstrated that change can happen quickly if the Destination Management Organisation takes an active lead in bringing stakeholders together to collaborate and fast-track environmental, social and economic action in their cities.”

November 17, 2017

Sydney to Celebrate International Pathology Day

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has announced that Sydney will host the 2022 Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP). Held every two years, the Congress will take place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and is expected to attract approximately 2,200 delegates over five days.

Hosting the event in Sydney in 2022 is especially significant as it will also be the 50th Anniversary of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Professor Richard Scolyer, Immediate Past President of the Australasian Division of the IAP and Congress Chair, said: “We feel there is no better way to recognise our 50th Anniversary milestone than by bringing the global pathology community to Australia to drive the advancement of our specialty worldwide”.

 Securing the event was a collaboration across the private and public sector both locally and throughout Australia.

November 16, 2017

Association Winners of Incredible Impacts Grants

Three winning associations were chosen as examples of excellence within the meeting industry by the Incredible Impacts Programme. Supported by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance, the programme took place for the first time with the hope that the winners’ good practice will be a source of reference and inspiration for other event planners worldwide.

The winners were announced at the ICCA Congress in Prague and will each receive US $7,500 towards future projects, in recognition of their hosted events going “beyond tourism” in areas such as legacy development, sustainability and accessibility. After 20 entries, the three winning associations are the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) – World Thrombosis Day Campaign, the World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) – World Parkinson’s Congress and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).

The ISTH’s World Thrombosis Day campaign organised more than 8,200 events across the globe in 2016, while creating a platform for people to talk about the condition, sharing expert advice and insights during their annual Twitter Chat digital event. The WPC impressed the judges with their “Patients Included” element of the programme, through which people with Parkinson’s become part of the discussion and decision-making process. Finally, the WCPT places a large focus on creating knowledge transfer opportunities with its attending and non-attending audiences, via their effective use of social media and by sharing outcomes from the congress proceedings free of charge post event.

November 14, 2017

UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017: A Short Report

For over 100 years the Union of International Associations has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations. Organized once a year, the UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017 (an Asia one also rotates every year within Asia), held last week in Brussels, was an opportunity to learn through networking and the sharing of best practice. Rémi Dévé reports

With an impressive turnout of association representatives, from all kinds of fields of endeavour, the Round Table had something for everyone. Participants could choose from as many as six different sessions and had to carefully three to attend. Subjects ranged from legal questions to human resources, while public relations and funding models were also touched upon.

Facilitated by partners from legal firm Curia, my first session put on the agenda a number of burning issues for international associations such as the impact of Brexit, the engagement in commercial activities as a source of income, and most importantly the Global Data Protection Regulation which will come into force in May – that last topic triggered the most questions and concerns from the audience. A lot of work needs to be done in this area, it seems (more on this in the last issue of Boardroom).

Michel Ballieu, Executive Director of of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe, talked about the recruitment of staff members and how it is key to the success and sustainability of associations. But this important task requires not only experience, but also time, a lot of time, and rare are the associations benefiting from a dedicated HR specialist.

Proven particularly popular was ‘Public relations on a shoestring’, facilitated by Christophe Ginisty, former President of the International Public Relations Association.  When you have very little budget (and most of associations don’t have much!), how can you make an impact? How can you differentiate yourself in a crowded, changing environment? How can Facebook, LinkedIn and social media networks provide opportunities to reach your audience? Participants were happy to leave with the latest techniques that can you make a difference by designing and executing smart PR strategies.

The UIA 6th Round Table Asia-Pacific will take place 26-27 September 2018 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; the 12th Round Table Europe 15-16 November 2018 at Lyon Convention Centre in France.

November 13, 2017

Executives Networking at The Hague

Following the 2016 and 2017 SDN NFV World Congress, World Forum The Hague will host the event again for the next two years, 2018 and 2019, according to the contract which has been just signed between the venue and organisers Layer 123.

Launched in the spring of 2012, SDN NFV World Congress is a debating forum which showcases the rapidly growing and massively influential Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation industries. Hosting 2,000 executives, decision makers, leaders and activists meet, learn and exchange knowledge face-to-face in The Hague.

The city was chosen because it features global and local companies, research institutes, educational institutes, small and medium enterprises and suppliers in the sector of IT, Tech and Telecom. World Forum has recently invested in a new exhibition space offering a showcase area for the latest technologies, new product launches, and industry services from around the world.

November 10, 2017

Scotland: All about Technological Innovation

VisitScotland has recently launched a new digital campaign under the title ‘Legends’ with focus on Scotland as a centre for innovation and pioneer invention. Part of this campaign is promoting Scotland’s innovative history combining it with the defining role technology plays in solving problems the world faces today.

Technology Scotland, the organisation for industry, academia, and other institutes engaged in the Emerging & Enabling (E&E) Technology sectors in Scotland, has taken up the responsibility to make advances in technology which will be critical to unlocking innovation and catalysing step changes in efficiency and productivity, hence reinforcing Scotland’s place on the international map of the meeting industry.

Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland, said that through closer collaboration with international partners future ground-breaking innovation will happen and that business events provide the opportunity for such collaboration and for new ideas.

November 9, 2017

Intelligent Transportation to Travel to Hamburg

Hamburg will host the 2021 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) from 11 to 15 October 2021. The event will take place at CCH – Congress Center Hamburg in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The halls of the Hamburg Messe exhibition grounds as well as selected streets in Hamburg’s urban area will also serve as a venue for the event.

The bid for the congress, which was titled “Cos it’s Hamburg – City of Solutions”, was submitted in Brussels last March, supported by more than 100 stakeholders from industry, research and associations across Germany and Europe. The announcement of the win was made in Canada during the last ITS Congress.

Held every three years in alternating locations in Europe, with interim events hosted in the Americas and Asia, the congress is expected to attract more than 10,000 international trade visitors. The agenda includes a trade fair, live demonstrations, and discussions about the latest developments in the field of intelligent transport systems and services.

November 8, 2017

European Association Summit 2018: Brussels Is the Place to Be

The European Association Summit 2018 will be held in Brussels between 8 and 9 March at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre.

Registration is now open for associations interested in participating in workshops, panel discussion, lectures, networking and information exchange. The European Association Summit is a peer-to-peer education and networking forum designed by associations professionals, for associations professionals.

The Summit will be a way for delegates to learn how to face challenges, exchange good practices as well as positive and negative experiences and lessons learned from them in order to get a new focus for their activities through interactive meetings. During the various workshops participants will get to share their views and visions while challenging their ideas and perspectives with others face-to-face. Part of the programme will be to meet a number of associations with European and international dimensions active in various fields aiming to build their network.

Throughout the two day summit, participants will have the opportunity to listen to speeches by industry leaders like Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, Secretary General at Leading European network on cultural management and policy, Zsuzsanna Bódi, Association Manager at European Network of Living Labs, Danielle Michel, Director Membership Services & Events at Airports Council International, Frederic Hoffmann, Lecturer and Coach at Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management to name but a few.

November 7, 2017

London’s Heart to Beat to Cardiologists’ Rhythm

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced that ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, will return to London in 2021 despite the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

After the 2015 congress, which brought more than 32,700 delegates from 140 countries to London, the ESC decided to hold their 2021 congress in the city which is becoming a major centre for medical research. The decision coincides with the Mayor’s ‘Healthy Streets Approach’, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use.

Isabel Bardinet, ESC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “ESC Congress is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of cardiovascular medicine so that people can lead longer, healthier lives. For one week in August 2021, London will be the hub in this battle against heart disease, the number one killer in the world today, and we are proud to join forces with such a dynamic, forward thinking city.”

November 6, 2017

Endoscopic Surgeons to Exchange In-depth Views in Malaysia

The World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Skull Base and Brain will take place for the first time in Asia, in Kuala Lumpur, from 10 – 13 June 2020. The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), in strategic partnership with the local organiser, the Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons, won the bid thanks to Malaysia’s rise in specialised medical research and medical-based business events.

Over 900 delegates from around the world and locally are scheduled to attend the four-day congress held at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The congress will act as a platform for delegates to network and identify new medical trends and breakthroughs, while the show’s powerful line up of conference programme also helps to provide a holistic and comprehensive view of the latest technologies, issues and opportunities in the sector.