Two More Congresses for Oman

December 19, 2017

Two More Congresses for Oman

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) and the Oman Convention Bureau are celebrating a double-win having successfully won two major congresses; the World Hospital Congress in 2019 and the Royal Congress of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 2020.

Announced in Taiwan, the World Hospital Congress is expected to bring approximately 1,000 delegates to the Sultanate. Marisa Luisa Gil Lapetra, Knowledge Strategies Manager of the International Hospital Federation said: “Over the years, the healthcare system in Oman has made monumental steps in improving the medical facilities available to its residents. Having recently visited Oman, I can honestly say that the authentic culture and heritage is truly breathtaking. This congress is an ideal platform for industry specialists to share thoughts on the strategies and infrastructure of the healthcare system.”

 The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ World Congress is expected to welcome over 2,500 delegates in the spring of 2020. Lynn Whitley, the Director of Business Development at RCOG said: “The brand new Convention Centre together with the enthusiasm of the local doctors and the beauties of Oman made it a winning combination and we are looking forward to a highly successful international congress.”

 Set to open in 2018, OCEC is part of Madinat Al Irfan, the new urban development in the heart of Muscat being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN). The area includes three hotels, a business park, retail shopping areas and residential districts, surrounded by a nature reserve.

December 18, 2017

The Importance of Conferences through a New Book

Business Events Sydney’s latest research collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) resulted in the launch of a new book earlier this year. It was authored by international experts in the value of business events, associate professors Deborah Edwards and Carmel Foley, together with writer Cheryl Malone.

Titled ‘The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change’, the book explores the long-term impacts of conferences through the stories of 10 prominent Australians who are synonymous with breakthroughs that save lives, change society or redefine best practice and policy.

The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change’ demonstrates exactly how conferences have contributed to the achievements of the people behind these breakthroughs over the last 50 years. Legacies that come from unexpected encounters, bringing people with a common cause together and uniting them behind a compelling purpose are some of the topics mentioned in the stories.

The book includes stories from Nobel Laureates Barry Marshall and Brian Schmidt, as well as Bill Bowtell AO, Associate Professor Mary Bebawy, Dr Pia Winberg, Professor Ian Frazer AC, Professor Martin Green AM, Professor Tom Calma AO, Professor Ian Chubb AC and MP Linda Burney.

December 15, 2017

Marinas at their Best in Athens

The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that the 2018 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) will be hosted by the Greek Marinas Association (GMA) from 25 – 27 October 2018 in Athens, Greece.

The collaboration between the City of Athens, the GMA and Toposophy proved to be a winning combination for the bid presented by Athens. The announcement of the win was madein October, during a meeting held by ICOMIA Marinas Group in Vancouver.

The World Marinas Conference ensures successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbor operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.

Roberto Perocchio, IMG Chairman, praised the GMA win: “The Greek coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the world for nautical tourism, and the international community of marina operators will now gather there in 2018 to discuss global trends and be inspired by the new marina investments that can be developed in this country thanks to privatization programmes, urban waterfront rejuvenation projects and increased importance of tourism economy”.

December 14, 2017

World Forum The Hague Fully Renovated

World Forum The Hague (formerly World Forum) and the City of The Hague will reopened the largest venue for conferences and events in The Hague yesterday, after years of renovations and an investment of more than EUR 28 million.

The fully renovated building will allow World Forum The Hague to host even larger national and international events using the new 12,000 m² exhibition hall and other innovative developments.

The event, named The Next Chapter, called for a celebration, with over 300 guests from the conference and events sector and the City of The Hague. Mayor Pauline Krikke, Deputy Mayor Karsten Klein, GL events Executive Daniel Chapiro and World Forum The Hague’s General Manager Michiel Middendorf spoke at the event.

December 13, 2017

UKES Conference to Energise Newcastle

Newcastle, in the north of the UK, will welcome for the first time the 4th UK Energy Storage Research Conference (UKES) from 20 – 22 March 2018 at the new Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle’s Science Central development.

Organised by Newcastle University, 200 energy storage industry professionals from around the world, ranging from PhD students and early career researchers through to senior researchers in industry, academia, research institutes and government are expected to attend the conference. They will engage with internationally leading experts covering areas of research, application, policy and commercial deployment, to help shape the future landscape of energy storage.

UKES is an annual conference hosted by The Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN), the Energy SUPERSTORE and the STFC Network in Battery Science and Technology, all funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

 

December 12, 2017

Ukraine Aims to Put Itself on International Associations’ Maps

Ukrainian leaders are working hard to establish the country as a top destination for international association conferences and shift outsiders’ perception of its cultural and intellectual value. Representatives from several Ukrainian cities spoke at itbm Barcelona about their offerings and developments for associations.

For example, Lviv Convention Bureau deputy director Andriy Pavliv emphasized the city’s strong scientific heritage supported today by 40 research institutions and its recognition as one of the top emerging IT BPO (business processes outsourcing) destinations in Europe. Human resources and infrastructure are other knowledge sectors poised to grow greatly in coming years, according to a Deloitte study.

Pavliv also shared more logistical insights such as Lviv’s range of venues from the Opera and Ballet Theater, built in 1900 in a Neo-Renaissance style, to its academic venues located in grand historical buildings. Lviv’s airport also reaches 24 destinations with 17 airlines and 35 incoming/outgoing flights daily. 

The head of Kyiv City Tourism Anton Taranenko was also eager to share what the Ukrainian capital had to offer associations. A combination of affordability and quality underlined much of the conversation.

 

December 11, 2017

Expansion of the Global Associations Hub Partnership

The Global Associations Hub Partnership is driving international expansion for global associations and member markets are reaping the benefits. GAHP member-cities are home to 9.6 percent of association headquarters and regional offices, according to the 2017 report of the Union of International Associations (UIA) shared by GAHP International Advisor Herve Bosquet.

The UIA also found that association offices were growing at three times the rate of the global average in GAHP member-cities, which include Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, and Washington, DC.  In the past year, 35 associations have opened offices in GAHP cities, representing 30 percent of all new headquarters and regional offices. During that same period, a total of 119 offices opened up worldwide.

Much GAHP member-cities’ association growth is due to their commitment to building knowledge economies, cultivating local innovation and driving regional economic activity. Representatives from each of the cities also emphasize their unique sectors from life sciences to technology and the potential of the association market to grow within each.

 

December 8, 2017

South Africa’s Strategy to Attract Association Conferences

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) has big ambitions for its meetings business and is particularly interested in attracting international association conferences as part of its growth strategy.

South Africa is already a popular destination among associations and hosted 125 conferences accredited with the International Congress and Conventions Association in 2016, an addition of 17 more conferences than 2015.

South Africa Tourism recently issued a study that found the business events industry contributes €7.2 billion to the economy each year, but SANCB’s ambitions are not solely financially driven. South African leadership is eager to raise the country’s status as an active participant in the global knowledge economy.

To do so, the South African government has pledged to support the business events industry with a €5.6 million grant that allows SANCB to more aggressively bid for international association conferences and meetings over the next three years, SANCB will also target members of the association conferences that are already confirmed to take place in South Africa over the next five years.

SANCB is particularly interested in growing its influence in the medical and scientific fiel​d ​to build upon previous conferences such as the 21st International Aids Conference and the International Diabetes Federation Conference, which were hosted in South Africa last year.

December 7, 2017

Sendai’s International Centre

Japan’s Sendai International Centre aims to attract international conferences by offering a wide range of facilities.

With a number of universities and research halls in the nearby area, the Centre can be of interest to many international associations. The cultural aspect also plays an important role to all conventions organised in Sendai.

With a subway stop just beside the Centre, access is easy. Next to the Sendai International Center there is an exhibition building with a 3000sqm exhibition room. It is equipped with sliding walls so that it can be divided in two. The building consists of twelve conference rooms and two halls. Both the conference and exhibition building can be used in conjunction with one another and can host up to 800 participants.

Sendai has already organised the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 with several thousand participants including those attending related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. In May 2016 the finance ministers and central bank governors of the seven leading industrialised economies (G7) also met in Sendai.

 

December 6, 2017

Basel Wins HIV Experts Congress

The Congress Center Basel will play host for the eminent EACS Congress 2019, after years of personal networking and the preparation of a successful bid.

With around 3000 international participants expected, the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) will organise its annual congress, which is held in high regard throughout the world, promoting care, research and training in conjunction with HIV and similar infections and actively contributing to health policy.

The Congress Board that was taking the decision to opt for Basel as a venue was convinced due to strong support by the parties involved and a the successful presentation provided. Letizia Elia, deputy manager of the CCB, says: “This success demonstrates just how important it is within the industry to engage in forward planning and to make personal contact with the organisers – and also with the previous congress locations.”