Strong Pipeline of Association Events in Rimini

September 21, 2019

Strong Pipeline of Association Events in Rimini

With the recent win of the Annual ISPCAN (International Society For The Prevention Of Child Abuse And Neglect) European Conference – the latest addition to a series of four international and European events in 2020 – Palacongressi di Rimini (pictured), part of the Italian Exhibition Group, proves that it’s become a strong contender when it comes to hosting high-profile association conferences.

In June 2020, on the occasion of the Annual ISPCAN European Conference, more than 700 psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, doctors, nurses, representatives of NGOs and government institutions from all over Europe and further afield will flock to Italian Exhibition Group‘s Palacongressi di Rimini to discuss the most suitable solutions and prevention actions to combat child abuse and neglect.

The event will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in a global context with extremely worrying numbers: five children die every day due to abuse and over one billion are subjected to forms of violence.

This ISPCAN win is, in fact, another important one for Italian Exhibition Group. It brings to a total of 5 the number of international conferences already scheduled at the Palacongressi, between May and September 2020. These five events are set to attract a total of 4,400 participants for approximately 20,400 overnight stays.

Spring 2020 will kick off with the ISS International Strawberry Symposium, (May 2-5 and 1,000 participants), followed in June by the ISPCAN Conference and, from June 28 to July 1, the SWESD – Social Work Education and Social Development congress (1,500/1,800 participants). For those involved in in organic chemistry, the ICCC, International Conference on Coordination Chemistry will be held from 5 to 10 July (1,000 participants). From September 13 to 16, the venue will host professionals from the fields of medicine, physics, engineering and computer science, thanks to CinC – Computing in Cardiology Conference (400 participants), dedicated to the latest frontiers of bioengineering applied to clinical cardiology and cardiovascular physiology.

Highest standards

These events will all be hosted at the Palacongressi di Rimini, one of the largest and most innovative, stylish, environment-friendly venues in Europe. Designed to the highest standards of eco-compatibility, technological innovation and flexibility, fully wired and digitalized, it features 39 rooms from 20 to 4,700 seats (total capacity: 9,000 people) and 11,000 sqm of exhibit space. Its giant shell-shaped structure suspended on steel supports, which housed an amphitheatre of 1,540 seats, is one-of-a-kind.

Many factors contributed to the ISPCAN win. First and foremost the work by the Ambassador of the IEG Event & Conference Division, Tiziana Valer of AUSL Romagna, the regional representative of CISMAI – Italian Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect, member of ISPCAN, was essential in putting together a good bid. The destination itself also played an important role. Rimini, with its strong appeal as a business events destination, is steadily affirming itself as a metropolis capable of hosting international events which present opportunities to weave new relationships, do business, and promote knowledge exchange for a better world.

September 19, 2019

Bruges Opens Its Doors to the World

In the spring of 2018, the City of Bruges commissioned the construction of a new trade fair and convention centre to ‘Beursgenootschap Souto de Moura – META – CFE’. The new building will be located in the historical city centre, within easy walking distance from most hotels and sights. It will open its doors at the end of 2021.

The architecture is plain but very functional, supporting the needs of the users. The trade fair section will measure 4 500 sum, whereas the conference section has a capacity of up to 500 attendants. The ‘three  chairs’-principle will be applied, which means that every attendant will have a chair in the plenary hall, one in the catering area and one in the break-out rooms. All facilities will be available: a plenary hall with – among other things – 500 retractable seats, a large foyer, poster areas, eight modular break-out rooms and a catering area on the top floor offering magnificent views of the city. There is ample flexibility for various  conference setups for small meetings as well as for large international conferences.

“The unique location of this new state-of-the-art building, in the very heart of a Unesco World Heritage City and within walking distance from all central hotels, restaurants and attractions is an absolute unique selling point. All rooms can be used in flexible formats (plug & play), in order to respond optimally to the specific wishes of organizers. The ingenious architecture ensures a smooth logistical flow, even when several events take place simultaneously. We are eagerly looking forward to the inauguration of the building in the autumn of 2021”says Meeting in Brugge’s Sales Manager Sarah Cornand. The construction works will start on 16 September 2019.

Click here to have a look inside the building.


September 18, 2019

New Partnership Strengthens Ottawa and The Hague

Two association destinations, Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau recently revealed their intention to sign a friendly memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at strengthening both cities’ offering to the global meetings industry. This MOU is the culmination of a bond created and developed over the last five years by the two convention bureaux.

The collaboration between Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau will open doors for both cities to meet new clients through knowledge sharing and exchange.  Just one example is support given by Ottawa Tourism in the run up to The Hague hosting One Young World in 2018.  As one of the world’s largest and most complex events, the Canadian capital was able to share its experiences from hosting in 2016.

Key objectives from the first year of the partnership include the creation of joint sales activity, the creation of research and intelligence documents focused on the security, governance and defence sectors, identification of clients where both cities would be of interest followed by the creation of a joint proposal/bid highlighting synergies between the two destinations as well as legacy benefits of working together and identification of historic Hague clients that would be interested in Ottawa and vice-versa.

September 16, 2019

Climate Change Discussed at Scottish Event Campus

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, has been nominated to host the 26th Conference of the Parties – known as COP26, due to take place in November 2020.

Following a partnership with Italy, the United Kingdom won the bid to host the event which is designed to produce a response to the climate change emergency. Glasgow will host the main conference with the preparatory and youth events being held in Italy. The conference will take over the entire Scottish Event Campus, including outdoor space in autumn next year. Over 30,000 delegates, including up to 200 world leaders, are expected to attend the event.

Peter Duthie, Chief Executive Officer at the SEC, said: “This is an incredibly important event for Glasgow, Scotland and the UK at a crucial time for governments across the world as they address the escalating issue of climate change. The campus is committed to providing the best possible environment for world-class events and securing a conference of this calibre is testament to our long term vision for attracting globally significant meetings.”

Photo : Scottish Event Campus


September 10, 2019

Edinburgh Reinforces Its Status as a Tech Hub

Edinburgh prepares to host ESOMAR Congress 2019 – The Global Data & Insights Summit – between 8-11 September at the Edinburgh International Conference CentreThis congress will see world-leaders in data and tech come together with local talent and start-ups to share and distribute the latest thinking and cutting-edge methodologies in data and insight.  

Over 1,200 international delegates and over 3,600 live online viewers will be joined by speakers from global brands including Google, Microsoft, Viacom, Unilever, Intel, Facebook, PepsiCo, and Diageo. The programme also features ‘incubator’ led content, encouraging cross fertilisation of ideas with these industry leaders, attendees and the local tech community.   

Finn Raben, Diector General ESOMAR said: “Edinburgh’s bid to host the Congress stood out against other cities’ due to its strength in the tech sector. It’s considered the UK’s fastest growing tech hub, home to the likes of CodeBase, the UK’s largest start-up incubator, Skyscanner and Fanduel. It has a rich tradition of being a centre of innovation and this continues today with the University of Edinburgh’s world leading programmes in data science, robotics and AI. It’s a real asset, as it feeds our ambition to promote internationally the tech industry work happening at a local level. We’re excited to engage with the thriving start-up community in the city, helping connect those local businesses with more than 1,000 decision makers from across the globe.”

This conference lies at the heart of the campaign ‘Make It Edinburgh’, which showcases the city’s strongest sectors helping to drive business tourism to the city.

September 5, 2019

Design Thinking Applied to Events by ASSOCIATIONWORLD

ASSOCIATIONWORLD, partners of Boardroom, are organising one more interesting workshop hosted by the Association Bureau on 16 September between 09.00 and 18.00. The workshop, called EventCanvas, is organised by Event Design Collective and provides a systematic approach to enable teams to design innovative events using Design Thinking applied to Events using the #EventCanvas methodology.

The Event Design Certificate Level 1 program is for leaders, executive directors, event directors, head of events, meetings planners and marketing managers who want a hands-on approach to understanding, designing and delivering events that matter. Boardroom’s advisory board member, Silke Schlinnertz, will be one of the facilitators leading participants to acquiring basic skills such as ability to interpret and create an Event Canvas Boundary box and discuss stakeholder needs.

After this workshop, participants will be ablate understand the event canvas methodology and templates to visually articulate the value of an event, sketch the canvas of a random event with a team offline or online, learn how to lead a team through the process of Event Design and create, design and prototype new events using the #EventCanvas.

You can find more information and register here.

September 2, 2019

St Petersburg Receives Support for Further Growth

St Petersburg is doubling its subvention fund to approximately €700,000 for 2019 as part of its ongoing strategy to attract major international congresses to the city. Although the fund is available for use across all the city’s venues, it will have a significant, positive impact on Expoforum, which is the city’s primary congress venue, capable of hosting up to 4,000 delegates in its main conference halls in addition to its 50,000m2 of indoor exhibition space.

The fund, which is controlled by St Petersburg Government and the St Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development will be available to socially oriented non-profit organisations, who are stimulating business tourism and events in St Petersburg. Subvention support will be granted as part of a competitive process, which will reimburse up to 50% of the costs of an event. The subvention application process has also been simplified with support available from the CVB as well as local consultants to ensure associations maximise their chances of financial support.

“Expoforum is growing its presence internationally, with a variety of major events confirmed over the coming five years,” comments Maria Tsedeviyn, International Development Director at Expoforum.“However, this comprehensive subvention strategy ensures we are competitive on the global stage. With upcoming enhancements to the city’s ambassador programme and plans to simplify the visa process we are looking forward to significant growth in events from a wide variety of sectors.  Whilst the fund will benefit St Petersburg as a whole, the Expoforum team are particularly looking forward to the impact it will have on us in our position as the city’s primary venue for major events.”


August 30, 2019

New Association Wins for Congrex Switzerland

Congrex Switzerland for has expanded its association management portfolio by thirty percent and has been appointed PCO or official accommodation agency for several European associations.

The European Association of International Education (EAIE), with over six-thousand participants, has signed a three-year agreement with the agency, starting in 2021, while the European Association of Nephrology (ERA-EDTA), with more than ten-thousand participants, has chosen Congrex for their main 2022 congress, due to take place in Paris.

Meanwhile, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has entrusted them with the organisation of over one hundred events, with up to four-hundred participants each, over the next two years. The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) has also designated Congrex as their Core PCO, beginning in 2020 with the organisation of their next major congress, which attracts over seven-thousand participants every year.

August 29, 2019

First Details of IBTM 2019 Association Programme Revealed

IBTM World has announced the first details of its 2019 Association Programme, which takes place on the afternoon of 19 November – the first day of IBTM World, in Barcelona.The annual event for the global meetings industry will be attended by over 15,000 industry professionals, including 300 international Association meetings planners.

Created in partnership with the Association of Association Executives (AAE), the programme includes eight topical sessions addressing some of the key challenges facing association event organisers. The afternoon concludes with Associations Connect, a peer-to-peer networking event, in association with ICCA.

Themes for the afternoon include; driving delegate attendance, raising sponsor and exhibitor revenue, sustainability for events and cost control. The programme includes case studies, speeches and panel sessions from some of the leading organisations in the association sector.

Speakers include Senthil Gopinath, CEO of ICCA, who will lead a session on ‘preserving the world through sustainable meetings’; Gordon Glenister, Global Head of Influencer Marketing, The Branded Content Marketing Association, will cover ‘how influencers marketing can help build delegate awareness and uptake of your event’; and Greg Tracz, Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes Africa, will run a session on ‘developing sponsorship revenue streams for long-term benefit’.

Commenting on the Association Programme, David Thompson, IBTM World Event Director, said: “Working with AAE, we’ve put together a comprehensive content schedule, full of sessions that have a genuine practical application for our association delegates. The programme is a great opportunity for association buyers to enhance their time with us in Barcelona with targeted learning opportunities that complement the wider event schedule.”

Knowledge Programme

Also new this year is Event Business Accelerator created in partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB). It is an investment and mentoring programme that will see young entrepreneurs with an idea, product or service relevant to the events industry participate in an intensive programme of workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions.

Mentees will then present their idea in front of a panel of investors and the Reed Global Innovation team on the IBTM Accelerate stage, also a new feature area for 2019, located at the heart of the event. Designed to attract and nurture entrepreneurial talent, IBTM Accelerate will incorporate exhibitors and education sessions that will give delegates the opportunity to learn from other successful MICE entrepreneurs and share ideas with their peers.

Registrations for this year’s Hosted Buyer programme are now open. IBTM’s leading Hosted Buyer programme benefits association event organisers through providing them with a personalised diary of pre-planned, one-to-one business meetings, as well as through only matching them with exhibitors with whom they are highly likely to do business.

IBTM World 2019 will take place from 19 – 21 November 2019 at Fira Gran Via Barcelona.  For more information and to register for the event, visit

August 26, 2019

ASSOCIATIONWORLD Offers Comms Education

ASSOCIATIONWORLD, partners of Boardroom, are organising one more interesting workshop at The Hotel in Brussels on 2 September. The event, whose morning will be moderated and facilitated by Boardroom founders Cécile Koch and Rémi Dévé, will be all about communications.

Associations must, indeed, find the right balance in catering information and communications towards their stakeholders. They must also be able to reach them through the right media channels. But in today’ss world of social media versus traditional communication methods, how exactly do you do that? What is the best strategy to use to get the most out of your limited time and budget? What is good business communication in today’s ever-changing world?

In AW’s Media Workshop participants will get to answer some of these issues by looking in-depth at the differences between traditional print media versus new media approaches. Both elements are invaluable in building a comprehensive communication strategy that targets your messages to your many and varied audiences.

You can find more information and register here.