Green Vancouver to Welcome ECOCITY World Summit

November 2, 2017

Green Vancouver to Welcome ECOCITY World Summit

The 2019 ECOCITY World Summit will be held in Vancouver, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Set to take place in October 2019 and based out of the  Vancouver Convention Centre, over 1000 delegates are expected to attend the summit, thought-leaders, decision makers, sustainable business owners, and green researchers from over 30 countries being amongst them.

Held every two years since 1990, the summit deals with the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanising world. Under the theme “Socially Just and Sustainable Cities”, the conference will aim to officially confirm the International Ecocity Framework and Standards (IEFS) document, which provides a vision for an ecologically-restorative human civilization as well as a practical methodology for assessing and guiding progress towards the goal.

November 1, 2017

Montreal Perceives Artificial Intelligence

The 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) will be hosted by the Palais des congrès de Montréal in 2021 attracting nearly 3,000 experts from all over the world. This scientific field is developing fast in the city, thus attracting the international convention.

Montréal was awarded the convention during the 2017 edition of the event in Melbourne last August, thanks to the work and support from the business development team and Montreal universities and the funding from Tourisme Montréal.

Recognising the need to establish Quebec’s position as an AI hub, the Université de Montréal, Fonds de recherche du Québec and Palais des congrès de Montréal joined forces to create the new Forum on the Socially Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which will take place November 2 and 3 at the Palais. The Forum will discuss the ethical and socially responsible development of AI with keynote speakers ranging from pure science to the humanities and social sciences, such as Yoshua Bengio and Yochai Benkler to name but a few.

October 31, 2017

Sydney Warming Up for SIBOS 2018

As SIBOS – the world’s biggest financial services event – is approaching, Sydney is getting ready to receive more than 40,000 conference delegates. With less than a year left to the big event, which will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 22-25 October 2018, the city is eager to demonstrate that NSW is Australia’s leading destination for hosting meetings, conventions and exhibitions.

ICC Sydney will be busy in the next twelve moths hosting 48 events secured by Business Events Sydney attracting 40,800 delegates staying 166,900 delegates days, hence boosting the economy as well as the city’s FinTech capability as local industry benchmarks against the latest developments around the world.

Chief Executive Officer of Business Events Sydney Lyn Lewis-Smith said: “SIBOS draws the C-suite of the world’s finance community to our shores to discuss investment opportunities, cybersecurity and technology such as blockchain. Together they will undertake ‘cyber war games’ to share the latest defences against major hacks.”

October 30, 2017

World Health Summit Returns to Berlin

This year’s World Health Summit was held from 15 to 17 October 2017 at Kosmos in Berlin. The destination was chosen by the Summit for the 9th consecutive time, as the city provides all sorts of research facilities, advanced healthcare industry and important hospitals.

Professor Detlev Ganten, Founding President of the World Health Summit said: “The Charité University Medical Centre in Berlin helped bring the World Health Summit about and remains a close partner to this day. Berlin is also an ideal venue for organising events, since all of the key decision-makers in politics, science, business, and society in general are represented here.”

 This year’s agenda included big Data, digitalisation, health security, and sustainability, while around 2000 participants from 100 countries, including seven ministers, two Nobel Prize winners, and leading figures from renowned companies and NGOs (including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children), attended the Summit.

October 27, 2017

Physicists Gathered by Dubai Future Foundation

One of the most prominent conferences in the field of science was hosted by Dubai Future Foundation in cooperation with Oxford University in early August. Held every two years, ‘Magnonics 2017’ took place at Magdalen College, Oxford and attracted over 130 scientists and experts in the field of advanced physics from more than 20 countries.

The conference consisted of over 40 specialised lectures and covered the latest and most promising developments in the field of physics aiming to strengthen the next generation of IT solutions and provide fast, efficient and cost-effective computer operating systems.

His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq, Acting CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The conference served as an ideal platform for promoting scientific exchange, building partnerships and promoting bridges of cooperation to explore the future. We work closely with our strategic partners to build capacity and skills, and to provide world-class platforms that facilitate scientific exchange and access to developments in several areas such as future studies, 3D technology, and modern physics.”

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.