New Year, New Conferences, New Appointments for Adelaide

January 25, 2018

New Year, New Conferences, New Appointments for Adelaide

Following last year’s important events, Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) is off to a great start for 2018 with three national events: the Australian Tourism Exchange (15-19 April); the Accelerate 2018 MEA National Conference (6-8 May); and the AuSAE Conference and Exhibition (ACE) 2018 – Ignite your Thinking (28-30 May).

Alongside the confirmation of these events came the announcement of two promotions within the ACC.

After serving for the past five years as Director – Convention and Exhibition Sales at the ACC, Simon Burgess has now been appointed General Manager of the Centre. In his new position, Simon will be responsible for overseeing the ACC’s business development activities as well as the venue’s day-to-day operations. He says: “We have a great legacy in terms of our new facilities from our recent expansion; this combined with the continued rejuvenation of the Adelaide Riverbank means the city is well-poised to be an even more attractive business events destination moving forward.”

In addition to Simon’s promotion, Erryn Dryga has been promoted from a business development position to Senior Sales Manager – Conventions and Exhibitions. Having played a critical role in developing key industry relationships, Erryn will be responsible for driving Asia Pacific and other international conference business in to Adelaide, as well as leading the company’s convention and exhibition sales team.

 

January 24, 2018

Quebec City’s Growing Life Sciences Sector

 

Quebec City has been investing in innovation when it comes to life sciences, with key scientists, research centres and businesses bringing expertise and development potential to the city. As a result, more and more Canadian, American, and international organizations in this field choose to organise their events the Québec City Convention Centre.

Recently, four major conferences were confirmed for the city of Quebec taking place in the next three years. Between October 3 to 5, 2019 the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia will be the first of the four, will allow scholars to share clinically relevant, cutting-edge developments in dementia research. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention will take place from June 18 to 21, 2020 followed by the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting on October 14 to 17 the same year. Finally, between October 6 to 9, 2021 the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is set to provide multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals.

January 23, 2018

SECC Celebrates 100 Years of Life

2018 is an important year for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC). Established in 1918 in Gothenburg, it celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of activities throughout the year, including an anniversary weekend in April as well as a grant awarded to an individual or company that plans to develop an idea that supports the Swedish tourism industry.

Since its foundation, the centre served as a meeting place that brought together local and foreign manufacturers and merchants. The goal of the SECC has always been to promote trade and industry, according to Roger Holtback, chairman of the SECC foundation, by offering the best total experience to delegates. The first trade fair drew 530 exhibitors and over 42,000 visitors.

Today, the SECC and Gothia Towers, the hotel which is part of the Centre, attract almost two million visitors each year, shifting the goal of the centre to innovation and expansion. Carin Kindbom, President and CEO, explains: “We are seeing strong international demand and we want to satisfy the global market by being responsive and leading the way. “It will be increasingly important to have physical places where people can meet in the digital world, and we believe in the continuing growth of the meetings industry. We have big plans for expansion and we look forward with confidence to the next hundred years in the story of the SECC.”

 

 

January 22, 2018

AIME Aims Higher in 2018

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to host the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 (AIME) between  20-21 February. AIME aims to connect MICE suppliers with senior decision makers and industry professionals with over 4,000 industry attendees from across the globe, 22 countries represented and 400 global leading brands showcased.

The Expo offers various events including The AIME Welcome Event, Destination Presentations, Saxton ‘Up Close and Personal’ Sessions and a world-class Knowledge Program presented by industry experts. Focusing on technology, industry trends and forecasts as well as offering case studies on destinations and live events, the program is meant to enhance attendees’ professional skills and help keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

January 19, 2018

The Hague Celebrates the Beach

The Municipality of The Hague and The Hague Marketing Bureau launched the new campaign “Seaside Celebration”, commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Hague’s beach resort Scheveningen.

During the campaign a number of events have been set to take place throughout the year highlighting the significance the beach holds for the city and showcasing the opportunities for conference organizers and delegates.

After its establishment 200 years ago, nowadays it is the place for hotels, restaurants, and beach bars which draw the attention of many visitors every year. This stimulates the economy and promotes further development of the marine area offering the opportunity for associations to organise relevant events. The Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus is an institution in Scheveningen with a long history of welcoming tourists and hosting such events.

January 18, 2018

Cycling Around Glasgow for a Greener City

On the 30th and 31st October 2017, 200 delegates met at the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde for the Cycling Scotland Conference. As part of the conference in Glasgow, Cycling Scotland – the nation’s cycling organisation – offered delegates the opportunity to take part in one of four study cycle tours around the city, in addition to a walking tour in nearby Paisley.

The aim was to embed active travel as part of the conference and beyond, and to highlight some of the ways that Glasgow is helping its residents and visitors to travel actively, so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. Delegates had the opportunity to learn about future infrastructure plans to make traveling by bike in Glasgow easier and safer.

Jennifer Fingland, Cycling Scotland Policy Officer said: “We hope that by including these study tours in our conference programme, delegates will take their learning and apply it locally, nationally and internationally.”

 

January 17, 2018

Looking into Medical Education in Newcastle

This summer, from 11-13 July 2018, NewcastleGateshead will be the host destination for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).

Taking place at the Sage Gateshead on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside from 11-13 July 2018, the meeting will attract more than 600 national and international medical professional delegates. The theme of the event is medical education with a global perspective, allowing delegates to attend keynote plenary speeches from influential speakers including Professors Phil Cotton, David Sklar, Deborah Helitzer and Susan van Schalkwyk, as well as networking, attending workshops, presenting their oral and poster abstracts to the medical education and research community, and attending social events.

The destination was an obvious choice for the ASME as NewcastleGateshead has a track-record of hosting high-profile medical conferences as well as having one of the country’s leading medical universities at Newcastle University, which is an ASME institutional member. Mairi Macleod, Events Officer at ASME, said: “NewcastleGateshead is the perfect destination to host the Annual Scientific Meeting next July – it’s easy to reach for commuters from the North and South of the UK, plus the event is known for its social and networking vibe, which combined with the energy and warmth of the people of Newcastle will make for a fantastic all-round experience for anyone attending the event.”

 

 

January 16, 2018

Dubai Signs Collaboration Agreement with Expo 2020

The World Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai, making that the first time it will be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Open to the public on 20 October 2020 until 10 April 2021, the Expo is expected to attract millions of visitors, with over 200 participants and more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.

Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and branching into three sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Expo 2020 shares common goals of diffusing knowledge and innovation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). For this reason, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the two parties on the first day of Knowledge Summit 2017 in Dubai.

The MoU aims to integrate the contents, programmes, and initiatives of Expo 2020 into the UAE’s long-term ambition of establishing the country as a regional hub for knowledge, education and research.

January 15, 2018

Get to Know Africa

Meetings Africa 2018 is scheduled to take place between 26 and 28 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg in South Africa. The event showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can network, meet face-to-face with industry colleagues and form partnerships.

With exhibitors from 36 different countries worldwide, the 2-day exhibition includes various forums, information and education sessions, social events, as well as the annual awards ceremony for the top green stands at Meetings Africa 2018. In conjunction with the ICCA Africa Chapter, an Association Day is organised prior to the show, on 26 February 2018, gathering and education association professionals from Africa and beyond.

January 12, 2018

IMEX Announces ‘Legacy’ Theme for 2018

Explaining why the IMEX Group chose ‘Legacy’ for 2018, CEO Carina Bauer said: “While the meetings and events industry has been evolving over the past five years we’ve seen a shift away from planning an event around a ‘single moment in time’ towards planning an event with longer-lasting, more meaningful impacts – impacts that can be seen long after the event has ended. That impact could be on the attendees, the host community, the local innovation economy, the destination partners, the city leadership, the environment or many other areas.”

During the following year, five different angles of legacy will unfold – political legacy, knowledge legacy/social impact, CSR legacy, environmental legacy and personal legacy – showing how technology and social media have allowed meeting and event planners to exploit and generate memory, meaning and value far beyond just one meeting or event, according to Bauer.

The industry will benefit from two new research reports and case studies and participants will have the opportunity to go further into the theme at the Policy Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt and throughout the preshow education days – EduMonday in Frankfurt and Smart Monday at IMEX America.