Brand New Luxembourg Convention Bureau

November 26, 2019

Brand New Luxembourg Convention Bureau

The Luxembourg Government and the City of Luxembourg recently set up the Luxembourg Convention Bureau as a strategic player to develop the business events sector in Luxembourg. Building upon Luxembourg’s economic and scientific strengths, the national convention bureau plays a crucial role in securing business events for the entire destination with an emphasis on associations from its key economic and research sectors.

Luxembourg’s economy is driven by its key innovative economic sectors such as automobility, ICT, space, cleantech, life sciences, etc. Bringing global industry leaders to engage with local professional communities is fostering business and research links that drive faster growth of industries, which in turn supports greater overall economic development. Strategic partnerships with key actors like Luxinnovation, the national innovation agency or the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) will highlight the local expertise of the scientific and research field while creating new opportunities and collaborative networks.

François Lafont, CEO of Business Events Luxembourg underlines: “Our main goals are to enter the top 50 of the business events destinations worldwide and to double the number of international congresses. Its quality of being one out of three capitals of the European Union, its excellent connectivity, its location in the heart of Europe and its innovative economic sectors will definitely secure Luxembourg on the agenda for international congress organizers.” 

November 25, 2019

Higher Numbers Every Year for Monaco

Monaco’s meetings industry goes from strength to strength for yet another year with a rise of 5,4% in business events in 2019. The Principality is highly focused on continuously improving its services in the sector since it represents 25% of the whole economy. Special focus is given to partnerships with local stakeholders and CSR companies in fields like Medicine, Information Technology, Finance, Sports and Luxury Industry.

The constant rise in numbers is also thanks to Monaco’s largest and most known convention centre, the Grimaldi Forum (pictured). The venue’s success is evident through the number of events hosted every year, one third of which are returning events. Grimaldi Forum continues to remain committed to sustainability, offering 2500 sq.m. of solar panels making it the biggest solar station in Monaco.

The following years are promising for the venue as it celebrates its 20 years of life next year with a 6000 sq.m. extension under way, meant to increase its exhibition capacity by 50%.

November 19, 2019

A Host of Benefits in Torino, Italy

Choose Torino (Turin) for your next conference and benefit from up to €8,000 as well as an advantageous package of diverse services.

Located in the heart of Europe and well connected to the main cities in Italy and abroad, Torino offers top-level congress structures and services, excellent hotel accommodation and a great historical, artistic and cultural heritage.

In collaboration with the Turin Chamber of Commerce, Turismo Torino e Provincia Convention Bureau can help European and international associations organize events in the city, offering benefits and services to planners and delegates alike. This ranges from €2,000 to €8000 euros and can cover part of the costs for the renting of the conference venue, of the venue for gala dinners or social events, the organizations of the welcome cocktail/coffee breaks/lunches,  transport, the hotel overnight stays of speakers, and/or the setting up of the organizational secretariat.

Eligibility Criteria
• a minimum of 300 participants
• Turin has not already been selected as the host city of the event at the time of the subvention request (for example, it should be in the bidding process)
• must be held between 2019 and 2025
• duration: minimum 2 consecutive overnight stays in Torino
• type of event: association congresses and corporate events

More information in this leaflet, you can also call Ph. (+39) 011.8185075 – (+39) 011.8185078, write to and visit

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November 18, 2019

Meet Business Events Luxembourg at IBTM World

Are you planning a professional event in Luxembourg, or maybe you’re just curious about what the Grand Duchy can offer? Business Events Luxembourg will be present at IBTM World in Barcelona from Nov. 19-21, and its friendly, helpful sales team at booth F80 is looking forward to meeting you.

Business Events Luxembourg, the national Luxembourg Convention Bureau, will be eager to answer your questions about organizing a successful event in the Grand Duchy, as well as give all the guidance you need.

“Whether you’re planning a congress, convention, or a meeting, we’ll be with you every step of the way,” says François Lafont, CEO of the Luxembourg Convention Bureau. “From connecting you with the right people to helping you find the perfect venue, lodging, catering, and entertainment for your guests, you can count on us.”

Business Events Luxembourg provides a wide array of services and resources, including free and impartial venue-finding, bid assistance for international meetings, expert local knowledge, maps and information packs for delegates, comprehensive planning toolkits, organization of familiarization trips, assistance with site inspections, help with building delegate attendance, and financial support.

“Get in touch or stop by booth F80 and meet our truly international and dedicated sales team,” Lafont says. “We come from different professional and cultural backgrounds and speak many languages, so you’re sure to feel welcome.”

Business Events Luxembourg is structured by industries. Lina Ostapchuk, Sales Manager – International Associations, takes care of ICT, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI, AutoMobility, Manufacturing, Maritime, Transport & Logistics, Aerospace, Science & Engineering, and speaks Ukrainian, English, Polish, German and Russian. Sarina Migge, Sales Manager – International Associations, works on CleanTech, Finance, Life Sciences, Medicine & Health, Creative Industries, Wood, Industry, Agriculture/Viticulture, and speaks German, French, English, Spanish and Luxembourgish.

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November 15, 2019

Advanced Technology Investment at ExCel London

ExCeL London has announced significant investment in its technology infrastructure. This year, ExCeL will play host to over 400 events, welcoming 4 million visitors to a diverse range of world leading exhibitions, corporate events and association meetings.

ExCeL has partnered with market leader, Ruckus Networks, to upgrade to the latest W-Fi standard (Wi-Fi 5), doubling the number of access points in each hall. This will allow the venue to increase the number concurrent users (client devices) to 100,000, an increase of 300%, further enhancing the experience for guests. This upgrade will also allow ExCeL to seamlessly upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, in 2020, increasing speeds by a further 30%.

This upgrade has been timed to coincide with the opening of Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, and Brand Licensing Europe, the leading licensing event in Europe.

Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London: “The world leading events hosted at ExCeL London deserve the very latest, cutting-edge technology. We are committed to providing our customers and guests with a first-class experience, that allows them to connect seamlessly. We currently play host to over 30 technology-focused events, welcoming 500,000 professionals in the sector, every year. As well as large scale exhibitions, global technology brands, including Adobe, Salesforce, Google, Strata and Oracle, are choosing London to host proprietary events. We are committed to winning and retaining market leading shows, which is why we have a long-term plan for investment, to ensure we meet the needs of every client.”

November 14, 2019

Flanders Joins GDS-Index

Visit Flanders and the region’s five major cities – Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, and Mechelen have all joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index). Along with Brussels, the Flemish cities now form part of a sustainability movement which comprises 56 cities worldwide, with a commitment to become more regenerative places to visit, meet and thrive in.

The Convention Bureaus and Destination Management Organisations of the five cities, in addition to VisitFlanders itself, have committed to measure and benchmark the sustainability of their meeting and events sectors, improve their sustainability strategies through a collaborative and inclusive effort, integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into their visitor economy, inspire clients to prize destinations with solid event sustainability initiatives and share their responsible business initiatives and regenerative practices with the world.

Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the GDS-Index comments: “With rising temperatures and climatic disruptions, social movements are springing up to protest government inaction. Flanders is a showcase example of collaborative action. Taking a regional approach is still, unfortunately, relatively rare, making this small geographical region a big visionary when it comes to sustainable development. We at the GDS-Index look forward to accompanying them on their sustainability journey, helping them to develop a strategic action plan, and leave behind a positive legacy for future generations.”

November 11, 2019

Renting a Whole City for Your Next Event?

A mere 45-minute drive from Luxembourg City, right in the heart of the Luxembourgish Ardennes Forest, is the beautiful town of Clervaux, full of medieval charm and surrounded by stunning nature – a truly one-of-a-kind venue. The Clervaux rent-a-city concept  allows you to organize an event at the foot of its 12th-century castle. Its breathtaking illuminated walls, together with its welcoming red carpet, will whisk you back in time in the twinkling of an eye – and you will have the whole city for yourself.

Hosting an event in Clervaux also means leisure and wellness facilities which include a pool, sauna, fitness and relaxation areas, 200 hotel rooms, conference and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 300 people, and delicious international food.

Business Events Luxembourg, the official convention bureau of the Duchy, can provide inspiration and advice so that your events will leave a lasting impression. Luxembourg has many other delights to combine business and leisure such as the majestic rocky crags of Berdorf, rejuvenating thermal waters in Mondorf-les-Bains, Roman ruins in Grevenmacher, wine caves in Wellenstein, and the hilly forests of the Mullerthal.

So why not discover a great destination and new partners for your future event? Jusst drop by at booth F80 at IBTM World – Luxembourg will be there from 19 to 21 November to answer any queries you might have.

November 6, 2019

Europe’s 5G Policy Forms in Riga

On November 27-29, 2019 in the Baltic capital of Riga, Latvia, 5G policymakers, heads of major industry organizations, and business leaders from Europe, the USA, and Asia will gather to discuss the deployment of the first commercially-viable 5G business models at 5G Techritory, the 2nd-annual Baltic Sea Region 5G Ecosystem Forum (the 5G Techritory Forum ), organised by the Electronic Communications Office (ECO) of Latvia.

The invitation-only event is a working Forum taking leadership for setting the 5G agenda in Europe. Up to 1000 senior-level professionals driving 5G deployment will be in attendance. The Forum serves as a platform for cross-border, cross-level, and cross-sectoral collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region. It is developed in close cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers, which plays a key role in fostering the Nordic-Baltic digitalization.

The location of the 5G Techritory Forum, Riga, Latvia, is reflective of the Latvian government’s active participation in supporting the rollout of the 5th generation technology, as can be seen in that it is the country is ranked 3rd in 5G readiness in Europe. Government support for 5G initiatives continue at all levels, which will significantly support the rate of adoption of 5G technologies in the country, and successively, the Baltic Sea Region.

”As the leading UN agency for ICTs, ITU’s goal is to help 5G turn connectivity into a platform that will benefit people and industries everywhere so that this new technology can be a source for good for everyone. Coming on the heels of ITU’s highly anticipated World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), 5G Techritory brings together innovators, legislators, and investors to advance this game-changing industry and help deliver on the promises of 5G technology,” saidHoulin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General.

November 4, 2019

Luxembourg’s Business Events Sector Takes Off

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is committed to developing the country’s economy with the help of the meetings industry. In order to achieve this, Business Events Luxembourg was created at the end of 2018 by the Ministry of the Economy of the Grand Duchy and the City of Luxembourg. Business Events Luxembourg is the official convention bureau and representative for the entire destination – they will be present at IBTM in Barcelona on stand F80 from 19 to 21 November.

Luxembourg’s government has defined key sectors for economic growth such as automobility, ICT, space, cleantech, and life sciences, etc, and it will strive to attract scientific and business meetings that are aligned with these strengths. Being one of the three capitals of the European Union, Luxembourg is also a location for high-level governmental meetings.

“Luxembourg has a new ambition, which is to double the number of international conferences by 2024,” says François Lafont, CEO of Business Events Luxembourg. “And the country has all the right features to achieve this, including scientific and R&D institutions, a certain drive for innovation, and the host of new technologies. What is even more important is that we have reliable partners in order for the country to be on the meetings map like never before.”

Business Events Luxembourg signed a memorandum of understanding so that hotels, venues, service providers, event agencies, and transport companies – all the key partners that association planners need – work hand in hand to make any event a success. “We are here to connect the right people outside Luxembourg to the right people inside the country,” Lafont says. “Actually, this is our mission – uniting people shaping the future.”

The new international team of Business Events Luxembourg, together with its six partners Chateau d’Urspelt, DMC by Sales-Lentz, European Convention Center Luxembourg, Luxembourg for Tourism GIE, Luxexpo The Box, and Voyages Emile Weber, will soon be at IBTM World. So why not discover a great destination and new partners for your future association event? Plan a meeting with us or just drop by at booth F80 – they will be there from 19 to 21 November to answer any queries you might have.

November 1, 2019

2019 GDS Index Results

The GDS-Index released the 2019 ranking of the sustainability performance of 50 global business tourism and events destinations, at the closing ceremony of the 58th ICCA Congress held in Houston. In this fourth year of benchmarking, the GDS Index developed and aligned a more demanding set of criteria with other significant stakeholders including the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Social Progress Imperative and the Events Industry Council. With the help of an external technical advisory board, this process has brought transparency, rigour and additional value to the GDS Index, further embedding its use in the Meetings, Events and Tourism sectors.

The GDS-Index benchmarks performance across four key areas: city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure; city’s social sustainability performance; industry supplier support; and the destination management organisation’s strategy and initiatives. Gothenburg came top of the list of cities in the GDS-Index for the fourth year running. With a score of 89.64 out of a possible 100 points, and with a 7% improvement from last year, Gothenburg received the 2019 GDS-Index Leadership Award. These results demonstrate that DMOs are in action on sustainability with a 29% increase in terms of overall performance from 2018. New destinations who advanced into the top 10 included Aalborg and Dublin, with significant jumps in performance for Glasgow, Sydney and Zurich.

The 2019 GDS-Index Awards were announced simultaneously to honour the sustainability performance, innovation and improvement of the destinations. For the first time, the GDS-Index Best Improver Award was presented to a region, with the honours being installed on the Meet in Ireland Partnership representing Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. They joined the GDS-Index in 2018 with a vision to collaborate and improve destination sustainability as a region. Aalborg and Ljubljana also made major performance and ranking jumps.