Lausanne Enters the Energy Cities Alliance

December 27, 2018

Lausanne Enters the Energy Cities Alliance

Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC), the collaboration of the Swiss regions of Lausanne and Montreux announced that one of their key partners, the SwissTech Convention Centre (STCC) has become the newest member of the Energy Cities Alliance (ECA). The Energy Cities Alliance (ECA), now in its 11th year, is a partnership of organisations working together to promote the need for sustainable energy solutions and endorsing conferences and exhibitions that are located in greatest powerhouse economies around the world.
The integration of the SwissTech Convention Centre, came from their dedication to energy-related events and raising awareness of the increasing need for sustainable energy solutions. Lausanne is a city that has continuously fostered sustainability and innovation towards the growth industry sectors and made energy and environment one of their five innovation sector pillars.
Speaking of the announcement, Professor Laloui from EPFL Energy department, Lausanne, said:“The integration of the SwissTech Convention Centre EPFL into the Energy Cities Alliance is very much aligned with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne’s (EPFL) objective of raising awareness of the importance of the energy transition and LMC’s focus on sustainability and cleaner forms of energy.”

December 21, 2018

Boardroom and ESAE Embark on Exclusive Media Partnership 

Boardroom and the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) have announced that they will collaborate closely together in a media partnership. The aim of this alliance is to encourage sustained growth and communicate their joint professional and educational objectives.

Boardroom will be the exclusive media partner of ESAE. Through this strengthening of both organisations’ relationship, this significantly expands Boardroom’s global footprint and audience, reaching even more associations as well as senior level professionals in Europe. Boardroom will be distributed among all ESAE members as the trusted publication for thought leaders in the world of associations. Given both organisations’ alignment for the industry, Boardroom and ESAE will promote their initiatives across their respective channels: in print, online, through email and social media platforms.

Similarly, both organisations will work closely on a number of cutting-edge industry ventures such as the publication of twice-yearly insight reports. These co-branded studies will focus on the most pressing association-critical topics.

The media partnership is a channel for significant growth for both organisations. Boardroom will become a reference point for those interested attending upcoming ESAE events, where the association’s calendar of events will be outlined in the magazine’s issues, while ESAE members will contribute articles according to the magazine’s editorial lines. Similarly, Boardroom will become a business partner at all ESAE events, solidifying its position in the  industry as a thought leader for education, professional development and strategic management of associations.

Florence Bindelle, ESAE President, underlines the association’s optimism for the alliance: “At ESAE we are excited for our collaboration with Boardroom. Its innovative look, global scope and educational activities will give our members an unparalleled creative approach to increase their outreach. We are proud for this partnership and are looking forward to working together in the years to come!”

ESAE Vice President, Giuseppe Marletta echoes Bindelle’s confidence in Boardroom and the collaboration: “At a crossroads for associations worldwide, it is imperative that we find the right partners and channels to communicate our message and create synergies. Boardroom is the strategic partner for ESAE to reach further and excel at what we already do well: create the perfect environment for our members to learn and advance together.” 

December 20, 2018

Glasgow Makes Symposium on Motor Neurone Disease Feel Welcome

From Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December 2018, the 29th International Symposium on ALS/MND was welcomed in Glasgow. Over 1,300 of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in the field of motor neurone disease broke the attendance record.

To ensure Glasgow gives the warmest welcome possible to all attendees, Glasgow Convention Bureau partnered with Glasgow Welcomes (supported by Scottish Enterprise) and VisitScotland to launch the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative. A crucial element of this being the free educational sessions designed to help taxi drivers, staff at the transport hubs, Scottish Event Campus, hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions better understand the requirements of delegates who arrived in Glasgow.

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said, “Glasgow has been cited as one of the world’s friendliest cities and the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative epitomises how Team Glasgow supports and works with our conference organisers to gain a fuller understanding of our delegates’ needs. The educational sessions, led by our clients, prepared the city to give a warm, educated and appropriate welcome – this will leave a lasting legacy on the city which will benefit both Glaswegians and future visitors living with Motor Neurone Disease. We will be sharing the video of these sessions with the MND Association, so that they may take this to their next conference destination.”

December 18, 2018

Major Conferences Leave Major Legacies in Glasgow

Throughout 2018 three major international medical conferences were hosted in Glasgow: the World Federation of Hemophilia World Congress; World Down Syndrome Congress and the International Symposium on ALS/MND.  Approximately 700 delegates, roughly 10% of those who attended these conferences were living with the conditions under discussion.

To ensure Glasgow gave the warmest and most appropriate welcome to all attendees, Glasgow Convention Bureau partnered with Glasgow Welcomes and VisitScotland to offer free educational sessions designed to help taxi drivers, staff at the transport hubs, Scottish Event Campus, hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions better understand the requirements of delegates who would soon be arriving in Glasgow. These sessions were led by experts from each of the association alongside local people living with these conditions, to ensure customer facing staff across the city were fully prepared to give a warm, educated and appropriate welcome.

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow has been cited as one of the world’s friendliest cities and the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative epitomises how Team Glasgow supports and works with our conference organisers to gain a fuller understanding of our delegates’ needs. The educational sessions ensured Glasgow was ready to welcome all delegates to these conferences and have left a lasting legacy on the city, benefiting both Glaswegians and future visitors living with these conditions.”

Glasgow was the first conference city in the world to create such a bespoke educational programme for their conference delegates. To support the associations as they move to their future conference locations, the Glasgow Convention Bureau presented each client with a video of their educational sessions to help them prepare the hospitality industry of their next host city.

Feedback from each of the associations following their partnership with Glasgow has been extremely positive.

Craig Stockton, CEO of MND Scotland, commented: “As well supporting people with MND, and funding research for a cure, we want everyone with MND to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The awareness sessions we ran for Glasgow’s hospitality industry gave people an understanding of what MND is, how it affects people, and how best to accommodate someone with the illness. These practical tips and advice can be used long after the symposium leaves Scotland.”

Pandora Summerfield, CEO of Down’s Syndrome Scotland said: “The awareness sessions allowed us to ensure Glasgow’s tourism and hospitality businesses have current and accurate knowledge about Down’s syndrome today and how to positively include and support people with the disability, whichever their area of business. This then meant they were prepared to welcome and support people who have Down’s syndrome from all over the world to have a wholly positive experience during their visit to Glasgow.

She added: “Two of our Lead Commissioners, Andrew Macintyre and Stuart Campbell also co-delivered the sessions and proved to the audience that having Down’s syndrome doesn’t stop you from doing things, they gave a clear message that having a disability doesn’t define who you are and to remember that anyone who has a disability is a person first.”

December 18, 2018

Neurosurgical Congress Strikes a Nerve in Hamburg

Hamburg will hold the annual congress of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) 2021. Around 2,000 specialists from the medical field of neurosurgery are expected at the event, which will take place at the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg. Following a pitch in Brussels, the contract was subsequently awarded to Hamburg as a result of a focused acquisition strategy as well as excellent collaboration among local stakeholders.

Nele Aumann, head of the Conventions unit at the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB), comments: “With the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), we can rely on a strong, committed player with whom we can collaborate closely and who is able to provide relevant expertise in the subject domain. In addition to our city’s favourable infrastructural features and the long track record of the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg in the field of medicine, we can offer a powerful package that has put us in an excellent position, especially in the area of medicine and science.”

Prof. Dr Manfred Westphal, EANS Member and EANS2021 Congress President, from the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) says: “For the UKE, this congress is an opportunity to demonstrate the strong and extensive expertise we have here at the UKE. Our close collaboration with the Hamburg Convention Bureau has now contributed to the fact that this top-class congress is coming to Hamburg.”

December 13, 2018

New Exhibition and Convention Centre Soon in Toulouse

The new Exhibition and Convention Centre of Toulouse under the name MEETT is set to be ready by June 2020 as construction is well on time. This modern innovative venue will offer a wide range of possibilities for all scale of major events since it has both an Exhibition Park and a Convention Centre on the same place.

The Exhibition Park is a continuous hall of 40 000 sqm indoors which can be divided in 7 halls and 25,000 sqm of outdoor exhibition space, providing a link to the convention centre.  The convention centre of 15,000 sqm is capable of accommodating up to 3,400 people for plenary sessions. An on-site hotel completes the picture along with optimum access from the airport by car (as it provides 5,000 parking spaces) or a 15-minute tram ride.

The Metropolis of Toulouse and all its partners (Occitanie Region, the Haute-Garonne Department, Tisséo), alongside their delegate body Toulouse Evénements/GL events, are working together to launch the new exhibition and convention centre presenting the region’s strong points in science, aeronautics, space and R&D.

December 10, 2018

Copenhagen Creates ‘Tourism For Good’

As tourist numbers keep growing around the globe, tourism is seen as a problem since it poses a challenge to the planet’s sustainability. The city of Copenhagen has chosen to see tourism not as part of the problem but as part of the solution. Wonderful Copenhagen, the city’s official DMO, has, therefore, taken it upon itself to present a way towards responsible tourism by launching recently an ambitious strategy called ‘Tourism for Good’. The strategy views sustainability from an environmental, social and economic perspective while contributing to 8 out of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Wonderful Copenhagen’s ambition for 2030 is that tourism in the city and its surrounding areas positively impacts local and global sustainable development. This progressive strategy is aiming to do just that through four different focus areas. Broadening tourism to areas outside the city centre’s boundaries and, hence, offering tourists a much wider choice of activities and richer experiences is the first concern of the strategy. A second one will be to guide tourists towards responsible consumption and behaviour by promoting sustainable products and ways of transportation. Thirdly, as part of the strategy, partnerships are to be formed in order for information and measurements to get collected so that increased knowledge on sustainability is acquired and passed along. Finally, Wonderful Copenhagen has chosen to lead by example, taking the greatest possible sustainability considerations when it comes to its own operations.

‘Tourism for Good’ could not go unnoticed in the international scene. Secretary-General of UNTWO, Zurab Pololikashvili, praised the initiative when talking to Copenhagen’s Convention Bureau: “This strategy is designed to foster sustainability at local level, where both visitors and hosts can enjoy exploring, living and learning from each other. This is also one of the core objectives of UNWTO’s INSTO network. Through its strategic commitment to a holistic approach for destination sustainability, Copenhagen will contribute to realizing the potential of the Danish tourism sector as an agent of change.” Furthermore, the strategy received praise at the recent ICCA awards where Copenhagen won the Innovation Award. “The initiative marks a very positive approach to changing negative feelings surrounding the tourism industry and encouraging local communities to recognise the benefits of a thriving tourism scene,” said ICCA President James Rees.

Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Megan Epler Wood, has worked in depth with sustainability in tourism and the effects of over-tourism and describes the strategy as “ahead of its time.” “The city has a grand plan that seeks to boldly expand tourism without harming their city’s culture or environment. Their effort will be facilitated through continuous consultation with locals and measurements of impacts via third party organizations. They seek to leapfrog over the problems of overtourism by emphasizing that a destination can and must be designed for visitors and locals alike.”

 

December 10, 2018

VisitBritain Sets New Partnership In Train

VisitBritain has partnered up with Eurostar and Virgin Trains to offer a united travel service for the meetings market and attract more international business events to the UK. The partnership gives international event planners the freedom to book multi-stop journeys from mainland Europe to British destinations on the Eurostar and Virgin Trains networks through a ‘one-stop-shop’ booking experience.

The new booking service provides easier access to new business destinations including Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, enabling groups to discover more venues, attractions, heritage and culture in cities beyond London. Event planners will also be able to book out carriages or trains for their events at discounted travel rates, and can change or transfer tickets between delegates.

 

December 6, 2018

Basel is Ready for a Busy 2019

The end of the year finds Congress Center Basel (CCB) once again able to host a number of top-class events, including the major international events of DIA Europe and the AMEE Conference. All in all, the CCB holds around 200 events each year, from press conferences, via meetings of national and international associations, specialist exhibitions and panel discussions, right through to special events in the field of music and showbusiness.

2019 will follow this rate of success as it is expected to be a record year for the CCB in terms of events and participant numbers. Various small congresses in the first quarter, including the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers IAPCO, will start the year. As of May, one congress follows immediately after another, starting with the Annual Meeting of the German and Austrian Society for Epileptology and the Swiss Epilepsy League, followed by the congress of the Swiss Association of Nurses SBK-ASI and the 43rd ICCM World Congress on Military Medicine. The congress spring ends with the three-day congress of the European Society for Developmental Perinatal and Pediatric Pharmacology ESDPPP 2019.

The busy year continues with the 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain in the summer and the 29th Regional Congress of the ISBT. At the end of July, CCB will be hosting the Leading Professional Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics ISMB/ECCB 2019 and, at the end of August, the Advanced Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference APCCC 2019. In the autumn, BASEL LIFE 2019 and ABIM come in strong, ending with the 17th European AIDS Conference in November.

 

Photo : Congress Centre Basel

December 5, 2018

Monaco and Grimaldi Forum Keep Rising

In the context of this year’s ibtm World, Monaco Convention Bureau has announced its growing success over the years, reaching the 85th position in the ICCA ranking for conference destinations worldwide and the 40th in Europe. This is due to the turn the Principality is taking towards more diverse key sectors, with special focus on New Technologies, Finance, Automotive and Luxury Brands.

In an effort to establish itself as a ‘green’ destination, a new campaign has been launched focusing on Destination Sustainability. Furthermore, in cooperation with KLM, AirFrance and Monacair, the Monaco Convention Bureau provides special rates for delegates both for travelling and accommodation, as well as a number of transfer opportunities.

Grimaldi Forum, the Principality’s conference centre, works hand in hand with the convention bureau. This close relationship, the luminous setup and the Forum’s ‘green’ certification have resulted in a 4% increase since last year, bringing in events such as Cybersecurity and IPCC-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.