ICC Sydney Collaborates with PCO’s for Optimal Client Service

March 27, 2018

ICC Sydney Collaborates with PCO’s for Optimal Client Service

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) met with professional conference organiser (PCO) representatives from across the nation for an inaugural industry update and roundtable to promote peer-to-peer collaboration, robust dialogue and knowledge exchange. The event, organised as an open forum, brought together a diverse range of PCO’s updating them on key business developments on topics like event planning, food and beverage, audiovisual, technology and the Centre’s Legacy Program.

The Association Specialists Managing Director, Francis Child, said during the Roundtable: “The roundtable provided a fantastic opportunity to gain further insight into the venue’s capabilities and vision, further boosting our confidence in recommending ICC Sydney to any client.”

As part of the event, PCOs witnessed a demonstration of new equipment acquired by the venue as part of an additional investment in technology to support event planners in creating memorable delegate experiences.

March 26, 2018

GainingEdge Scholars 2018 Goes to Two African Students

Αnother extension of GainingEdge’s CSR programmes, the GainingEdge Scholar Programme, was inaugurated in January this year as part of the organisation’s commitment to the industry. The programme recognises the importance of providing meaningful work experiences to students who wish to pursue careers in the business events industry and who demonstrate outstanding potential for future industry leadership.

The first recipients were two young scholars from Africa, Stalin Tawanda Mau Mau and Mercy Cherono Too. The latter’s project, undertaken for the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), aims to find out the current capacity of African associations and what factors (if any) are limiting their success, and make recommendations for capacity building.

Gary Grimmer, CEO of GainingEdge, says: “Our Scholar programme is as focused on the long term as it is on the shorter term goal of conducting an important project. We see our Scholars as a growing community. They are part of a legacy that we are seeking to deliver to the industry. That means that we provide them with ongoing mentorship and a continuing interest in their future success.”

March 23, 2018

SQUARE Brussels Celebrates 60 years

On 20 March Brussels’ convention centre, SQUARE, celebrated its 60th anniversary in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, Karine Lalieux, Alderwoman for Tourism for the City of Brussels, Professor Jean-Louis Vincent, President of the Symposium on Intensive Care Medicine, ISICEM, Patrick Quinet, Co-President of the Delvaux Academy, and Ariane Deguelle, CEO of SQUARE. The speakers pointed out the key role it has played for over half a century in the economic growth of Belgium, and of Brussels in particular.

Founded for the 1958 World Expo, SQUARE-Brussels Convention Centre was only one out of two in its kind worldwide and has welcomed over the years heads of state, intellectuals, scientists, economic players and artists who have taken the opportunity to disseminate knowledge.

Its conveniently central location was pointed out by Professor Jean-Louis Vincent while its unique architecture and inspiring art were celebrated by Mr Patrick Quinet when talking about his experience during the event held there by Magritte du Cinema.

Finally, the new name – it used to be referred to as SQUARE-Brussels Meeting Centre –  and logo were announced as well as the decision to task its development unit with making the centre more attractive to the Chinese market.

 

March 22, 2018

Tech Talent and London Are a Perfect Match

 

Data compiled by LinkedIn and Stack Overflow for London & Partners show that the UK’s capital continues to draw technology workers both from within and outside the EU more than any other European city. According to Stack Overflow, London is home to more software developers than any other European city, with over 250,000 workers across the capital, followed by Paris, Madrid and Berlin.

London’s thriving tech sector and cultural vibrancy has created tech a talent pool attracting long-term investment from some of the world’s largest technology companies. Facebook is creating a new office in London this year, Spotify is expanding its R&D operation in London and doubling its developer headcount. On top of that, last year, Amazon revealed plans to increase its R&D staff in London as it opened its new UK headquarters in Shoreditch while Google and Apple are both opening new headquarters in the city. The global appeal of London’s tech hub was further boosted by the news that 2017 was a record year for venture capital investment into the city’s tech businesses.

March 21, 2018

Exclusive Content for Associations at The Meetings Show

The Meetings Show, the UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners across all sectors, returns to Olympia London on 27 and 28 June 2018 with added content for associations. Association planners, AMCs and PCOs will also be able to access exclusive educational sessions and networking opportunities as The Meetings Show welcomes back the Association Meetings Conference.

The conference will kick-off on Tuesday 26 June as part of The Meetings Show’s Pre-Show Conference and will continue with dedicated sessions spaced throughout the rest of the two-day show. Association conference sessions will sit within the show’s main education programme, giving association planners the chance to hear advice and insight that is truly relevant to them.

Tuesday 26 June

Planned sessions on the opening afternoon include ‘Planning for 2030: where will we be?’ where experts will discuss innovation in events, technology solutions and how we can define our association strategies in the future. On the same day, you will be able to hear how associations are evolving their events through a series of case studies highlighting some of the most successful in ‘What does a successful event look like?’.

Wednesday 27 June

On the opening day of the show, find out how influencers can be your best conduit to membership and spreading new ideas, how to identify the influencers in your organisation and how to increase engagement with your members in ‘The Influencer Economy’. Later that same day, you can learn how to form strong partnerships and work together to ensure a successful event in ‘The Power of Partnerships’.

Thursday 28 June

The final day of the show will include a real-life case study of the world’s most innovative conference put on by the European Society of Organ Transplantation, supported by Shocklogic, as well as general sessions on areas such as innovation and presentation.

Network and build connections

Alongside this packed programme of educational sessions will be networking opportunities and the chance to meet more than 700 individual exhibitors, including venues, hotels, conference centres, destinations and technology suppliers.

David Chapple, Event Director of The Meetings Show said: “We are thrilled to welcome back the Association Meetings Conference to The Meetings Show in its new format, enabling association planners, AMCs and PCOs to access content targeted to them. By attending the show, this key section of the industry will also be able to benefit from the wider offering to make their time with us as valuable as possible.”

Associations buyers can also register to be a hosted buyer at the show. By joining the hosted buyers programme, buyers are given access to a premium attendance option to ensure they get the most out of the show.

Hosted buyer registration for The Meetings Show is open now, with standard visitor registration opening on 27 March. For more information and to register, visit www.themeetingsshow.com.

 

March 20, 2018

New Grant to Attract Association Conferences to Brisbane

Brisbane has recently announced a new grant as part of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan in an effort to support Brisbane’s up-and-coming professionals and researchers and place itself among the top 50 conference destination cities internationally.

Researchers in areas of mobile robots and stem cells, a specialist passionate about finding solutions for children with hearing loss, and two molecular bio scientists are among the recipients of the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. The seven successful applicants have been awarded a share of $25,000 to attend a leading international conference to highlight Brisbane’s expertise and help secure the event for Brisbane in a succeeding year.

Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the application process sought to identify innovators, pioneers and ground-breakers passionate in equal measure about their area of expertise and Brisbane. And she added: “Along with the economic benefits, the grant recipients will offer considerable insight into Brisbane’s industry strengths, which is a key selection criterion for conference organisers when choosing a destination.”

The 2018 Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant recipients are: Emma Rushbroke, Michael Piper, Johan Rosengren, Christina Schroeder, Tom Allen, Louise Baldwin and Feras Dayoub.

 

 

March 19, 2018

A Room with a Zoo for the Associations World Congress 2018

Associations seem to have found a home at the Associations World Congress. Organised by The Association of Association Executives, the 11th version of the event took place last week at The Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp and was attended by over 240 employees and officers of professional, scientific and trade membership organisations interested in exchanging knowledge and expertise.

There was a unique characteristic in this year’s congress as the venue where it was held was part of a zoo. The participants were impressed and inspired by the nature and the animal life around them, which gave the event a vibrant feel.

Well known keynote speakers, various simultaneous streams to choose from, workshops, success stories and expert briefings made for a varied program covering areas like problems associations are currently facing and future trends in the industry. Some of the topics included association governance, member recruitment, engagement and retention, revenue development, communications and lobbying, management and CRM systems and – my personal favourite – technology. I particularly enjoyed the advice given on how to take advantage of the rise of social media and which are the top technological innovations for conferences, for example using facial recognition as a faster way of registering for an event.

The wealth of information and topics was delivered by speakers from within the industry but also by experts from different fields. Roy Gluckman, Amanda Hammett, Philip G. Forte, Alex Inchbald, Miguel Neves and Dries Herpoelaert are only some of the names on the board of speakers. On the second day, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of AAE, presented Gothenburg, the host city for next year’s congress.

Social events like a welcome reception on 12 March and a gala dinner including the International and European Association Awards ceremony the following evening completed the program of the congress.

Winners recognized for their excellence in leadership, development and service included:

Executive Director of the Year
Angela Cherrington
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Young Association Executive of the Year
Drilona Shtjefni
European Biomass Industry Association

Best Conference Development
World Endoscopy Organization

Best Website & Integration
Union for International Cancer Control

Best Membership Engagement
Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Best Association Video
International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies

Best Social Media Campaign
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Best Association E-Newsletter
AOSpine

This report was written by Vicky Koffa, Boardroom digital editor / digital@boardroom.global

 

March 16, 2018

Australia Gets Bidding Support and Aims Higher

Business events in Australia have recently received even greater support from Tourism Australia. As of 1 July 2018 the sector will have at its disposal the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP), which provides assistance to secure new international business events for Australia. $12 million will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international association – among others – events. It will support expenditure on goods & services that assist in the delivery of events, for example accommodation or venue hire costs.

Managed by Tourism Australia’s business events unit, Business Events Australia, the program is designed to increase conversion of business for Australia by offering financial support at the critical bidding stage of new international business events. Funds will only be provided for qualified international business events once the event is confirmed and contracted for Australia.

The establishment of the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program was announced at this year’s Destination Australia Conference in Melbourne.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia said: “More and more destinations across the world are operating national bid funds. Australia risks losing market share to our competitors if our business events industry is not able to compete on a level playing field. That’s why the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program is a game-changer, allowing us to grow our competitive advantage in this critical and lucrative segment of the visitor economy.” 

March 15, 2018

A Gold Mine for Canada’s PDAC Convention

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2018 Convention held this week at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A record number of 25,606 delegates gathered in Toronto for four days of presentations, exhibitions, and short courses, showing that the mineral exploration and mining industry has regained its swagger and is building momentum.

More specifically, investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials and students from over 125 countries attended the sold out events as well as a gala awards ceremony and a closing night celebration at The Fairmont Royal York.

PDAC, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, hosted the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) for the third year, bringing together 26 Ministers responsible for mining from around the world—the largest turnout to date. This year’s summit focused on the various ways in which trust can be fostered to enhance and expand the contributions that the mineral exploration and mining sector has on the prosperity and development of nations.

 

March 14, 2018

Jerusalem Combines Culture with Industry

Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau is placing emphasis on keeping delegates happy during as well as after a conference. That is why the city has promoted over the past few years a cultural program called ShukTech, which aims to showcase the city’s culture and nightlife for conference participants.

With over 600 start-ups in the city and cultural experiences to be discovered, it is clear that this program serves as a bridge between culture and innovation. ShukTech events are focused on the city’s famous Shuk Machane Yehudah Market, which is a traditional bustling market with stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables during the day. At night, the market transforms into a vibrant scene with bars, restaurants, and clubs flanking the streets of the market where participants can enjoy live music, street art, video installations and networking all in the unique setting of a classic Middle-Eastern market.

Earlier this month, following a full day of sessions at the 2018 OurCrowd Global Summit, participants had a chance to experience a night of informal pitches, CEO meetups, delicious food, craft beers, live music, and video art in the heart of the market.