A Sunny Rooftop for Grimaldi Forum Monaco

May 30, 2018

A Sunny Rooftop for Grimaldi Forum Monaco

It’s been a few years now that Grimaldi Forum Monaco and the Monegasque Company of Electricity and Gas (SMEG) have partnered on a concrete commitment of actions in favour of energy transition. This partnership will continue with the installation in 2019 of a photovoltaic power station on the roof of the building. This project is testament to the true political will from the Princely Government, which gives financial incentives to those organisations with a corporate social responsibility, especially regarding the production – and the saving – of energy. The solar power station of Grimaldi Forum will be the largest in size and power of the Principality (2470 sqm, 490 kw, 600 MWh of annual production are the equivalent of the electricity consumed by a hundred houses), making the convention centre the first green energy producer in the Principality.

This operation is an anticipation of the integration of the Grimaldi Forum into an eco-district that is planned  to emerge from reclaimed land on the sea, an urban project that will make a new territory of 6 hectares. The project, due to be completed in 2025, will include housing, public parking and a wide range of facilities, a lively harbour with pedestrian quays, a green park, a coastal promenade, a shaded passage along the Japanese Garden as well as an extension to the Grimaldi Forum.

A major player in the meetings industry, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco will benefit from this ambitious urban achievement, allowing it to increase its exhibition capacity by 50%, with an additional surface of nearly 6,000 sqm. This new area will accommodate large shows, allow more events to be held simultaneously, and make its offering more flexible, with the possibility of original event formats.

May 30, 2018

New Zealand Promotes Hospitality Experience

The notion that a stranger can soon become a friend after a conversation and a meal is the concept behind Tourism New Zealand’s stand at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt earlier this month. Convention planners could enjoy a kōrero (conversation) and kai (food) at a dining table intricately designed and carved from ancient reclaimed swamp kauri by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) to reflect Māori hospitality traditions that have shaped contemporary New Zealand culture.

The table has been made in two pieces. One part will remain in New Zealand and the other will travel around the world, both joined together in Frankfurt. “The kōrero and kai table is a powerful symbol of how New Zealand welcomes strangers and makes them feel at home. It also acts as an invitation to the world to come and experience New Zealand’s beauty and our warm hospitality for themselves,” says Lisa Gardiner, Manager of Business Events and Premium at Tourism New Zealand.

May 29, 2018

Mexico Launches Growth Plan for its German Market

Mexico inaugurated its stand at IMEX in Frankfurt showcasing the country’s strengths as a MICE destination with a wide range of natural, historical, cultural and culinary attractions and facilities, and why it is fast becoming one of Germany’s favourite destinations.

With the number of German tourists constantly increasing, Mexico Tourism Board recently launched strategic growth plan for the German market with the ultimate goal of making it one of Mexico’s top markets by 2021. The programme will focus on expanding connectivity, strengthening industry partnerships and co-marketing, expanding tourism products, and increasing consumer promotional actions.

In general, Mexico’s tourism industry had another record-breaking year in 2016, welcoming more than 35 million international visitors, up 8.9 percent from 2015. The economic impact was great; in 2013, Mexico ranked 15th most visited country in the world but three short years later hit the top ten and is currently the 8th most visited country. The country hosted 198 congresses last year also thanks to its 21 offices abroad working closely between them. But with 56 convention centres thought the country, Mexico is now trying to promote its strategy for attracting conferences to its smaller cities. The country’s accessibility has increased with new flight destinations towards Asia and a new airport expected for 2020.

May 28, 2018

Colombia Uses Music to Attract Conferences

Colombia, or the land of Sobrasura as its own people like to call it referring to their pleasant way of living, has become an important destination when it comes to international conferences. The country is promoting itself through a unique campaign based on music, as it is considered an international language conveying the region’s message of why associations should opt for Colombia. Thirteen musical videos have been produced each one showcasing the strengths of different cities throughout the entire country in order to attract international conferences to smaller destinations as well as the capital, Bogotá.

With good infrastructure for business events across the land, a strategic geographical position between the Americas, safer cities and the tourism, oil and gas industries being a priority, the 11 convention bureaux of Colombia can offer successful conferences. What is more, the country’s message concerning legacy explains that meetings organised there contribute to local peace as its people proudly team up to prepare their city for such an event.

May 25, 2018

Oman Announces the Launch of its Convention Centre

Oman’s business industry has just been enhanced with the opening of The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC)’s convention facilities. Part of the new Madinat Al Irfan urban development in Muscat, which is being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN). The purpose built centre now offers  two ballrooms (including the largest ballroom in Oman), a 456 tiered-seat theatre, 22 meeting rooms in addition to the already opened Exhibition Centre. In a few months’ time, the final part of the complex, the 3,200-seat theatre will open its doors for the first performance.

The Centre focuses on events that will bring significant strategic and economic benefit to the country and that are in line with Oman’s 2040 vision. Working closely with the Oman Convention Bureau, OCEC is introducing the world to Oman and building awareness of the business events’ opportunities in the country. The newly established Oman Convention Bureau has also played a vital part in promoting the country’s business events industry by providing assistance and spearhead growth of the emerging industry.

OCEC’s much-awaited opening has contributed significantly to the business events industry in the country as well as the region with recent successes including the IRU World Congress staged by the World Road Transport Organisation that will bring 800 delegates in November, the World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) that will bring 1,000 delegates in 2019, the 40th SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress 2019 held by the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology – 2,500 delegates, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist’s World Congress in 2020, that will attract 2,500 delegates and the World Cancer Congress in 2020 that will bring 3,000 delegates to the Sultanate.

May 24, 2018

New Partnership to Bring Growth for India PCO and Association Management Company

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and Plan it! Meetings & Conferences India are jointly launching Vraata – Excellence in Association Management, providing associations with global experience, local connections, education and opportunity on the Indian sub-continent while enabling growth for the organizations each company represents and other international, national and regional associations that want to engage in India.

TMG brings knowledge in the areas of full-service management, association program consulting and association outsourcing. Plan it! specializes in conference and event planning; association management and consulting; and loyalty and engagement strategies. The two companies will work in conjunction with one another to enhance and expand the association management services available to new or existing Indian associations and global organizations wishing to grow the Indian market.

Anuj Wadhwa, Chief Operating Officer from Plan it! said: “Sharing ideas and best practices from TMG with the local knowledge provided by Planit! allows both firms to provide all of their clients, regardless of where in the world they are, with the services and solutions they need to excel in India.”

May 23, 2018

New Convention Bureau
for Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is now set to launch a new initiative aimed at attracting international congresses, events and tech-related meetings to the city. The initiative will be led by the city’s new convention bureau, under the auspices of Tel Aviv Global & Tourism, and will include infrastructure and services that aim to introduce the city as a new player on the world’s MICE industry map.

With the highest concentration per capita of tech startups in the world, Tel Aviv has gained recognition in recent years as one of the world’s leading tech hubs with its multinational R&D centres. The city boasts 7 hospitals, 4 universities and numerous international R&D centres as well as good international connectivity. With an emphasis on safety, the Convention Bureau offers access to indoor and outdoor public spaces and venues for conference organisers which can be used all year round due to the nice weather. The most important venue, the Tel Aviv Convention Centre, located within the city, is divided into 8 pavilions with the biggest one of a capacity of 7,000 people.

May 22, 2018

ICC Sydney Receives Recognition for Innovative Program

Research released by University of Technology Sydney (UTS), reviewing International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) all-encompassing Feeding Your Performance (FYP) program, has heralded the venue as a blueprint for innovation. The program strives to feed the performance of ICC Sydney delegates and visitors, team members, and the local economy, through a New South Wales-focused supply chain, a sustainability approach and a Legacy Program.

According to the research, key benefits of ICC Sydney’s FYP program include economic development such as supporting local producers, providing demand and driving growth opportunities. What is more, there are environmentally sustainable practices which include reducing food miles, donating unused excess food to disadvantaged members of the community and focusing on recycling, reduced use of chemicals, reduced waste and effective waste management. Finally, the community benefits by building staff morale with inclusive recruitment program as well as implementing a unique multi-streamed Legacy Program providing event organisers with opportunity to partner with local organisations.

May 21, 2018

Next Stop for UITP: Melbourne

Boardroom received news from our partner Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP), announcing that the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 6-9 June 2021 – the first time in more than 25 years that the event will make its way to the Southern Hemisphere.

Hosted by Public Transport Victoria, the four-day event will gather together all transport modes, industry, authorities and operators, as well as exhibitors from all over the world  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The Summit is dedicated to sustainable mobility and will provide opportunities for the 2,000 delegates to network, develop partnerships and establish new projects investment.

Melbourne is well placed to host such an event with the state currently transforming the city’s transport network and boasting the world’s largest tram network.

May 18, 2018

BestCities Take a Look at the Past and Plan the Future

BestCities Global Alliance announced earlier this week a joint study project with Rehabilitation International and GainingEdge with the goal of producing a reference for meetings organizers and the supplier community to remove barriers in meetings and conventions for delegates with special needs in a bid to make events more inclusive.

While the report is facilitated by GainingEdge, BestCities partners will be leaders in the project trailblazing the way for destinations around the world to make significant improvements in accessibility through knowledge sharing and robust case study examples on good practice on accessibility in the meetings industry. Rehabilitation International will also be used as a source of research, acting as the ‘sounding board’ or technical advisor.

What is more, associations from all over the world are to descend on Bogotá, Colombia, this December, for  the annual BestCities Global Forum. Held in collaboration with the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau (GBCB), this year’s theme will centre on The Power of People helping facilitate people to do more and addressing the ability for people to make change regardless of their surroundings.

ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance are also busy reviewing applications for grants awarded by their Incredible Impacts Programme, which aims to create a powerful platform to advocate on the positive societal impact of international association meetings. Incredible Impacts Grants are awarded to associations to encourage communication of the true value of their meetings. To apply for a grant, organisations must demonstrate a track-record in a “beyond tourism” or legacy programme or project related to their international meetings. They need to explain how they would use the grant to support, expand, extend or enhance their chosen programme or a future project.