St Petersburg Receives Support for Further Growth

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.

August 21, 2019

Brussels is All About Osteoarthritis

For the first time in Europe, on the event of World Osteoarthritis Day, the Osteoarthritis Foundation and the agency MCI Brussels, with the support of, will be organising intergenerational events against osteoarthritis on 14 and 15 September 2019 at SQUARE. The organisers will be able to count on the support of the President of the French League Against Rheumatism (AFLAR).

For two – and free- of-charge! – days, specialists and researchers will give conferences that are opened to all. There will be veterinarians available to domestic pets and their owners, while introductory sessions to disciplines such as Tai Chi, Nordic walking and yoga will be organised. Dogs and their owners will also be invited to go jogging together in order to demonstrate that their health is interconnected.

Meanwhile, event patrons, table tennis champion Jean-Michel Saive and his brother, will put on a breath- taking show and will participate in a debate on sport and osteoarthritis led by Philippe Antoine, RTBF sports journalist.

August 19, 2019

NewcastleGateshead Gets Cardiac

NewcastleGateshead will host the annual conference of a leading cardiac association in the UK from 19th to 20th November 2019.

Working alongside Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals (NUTH), the British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA) will hold its annual conference at Sage Gateshead, the music venue designed by  Norman Foster. The event expects to attract around 450 delegates with an interest in adult and paediatric congenital cardiology from across the UK, as well as an increasing number of international delegates.

As well as the main conference taking place at Sage Gateshead, the association has chosen the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, to host a gala dinner that will feature an immersive art exhibition. Created by artist Sofie Layton and bioengineer Giovanni Biglino, the exhibition entitled ‘The Heart of the Matter’ brings art and medicine together and invites attendees to discover the extraordinary nature and complexity of the heart through 3D printing, digital animation, printed textiles and sculpture.


August 15, 2019

Associations Invited to European Canada Week

Business Events Canada (BEC) and their partners are set to return to Europe next month for their annual roadshows designed to promote the country’s meetings offerings to local planners.

The first event will be held in London at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 17th September at Canada House and the second event will be held in Brussels at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 18th September at Les Ateliers des Tanneurs. With Canada holding a solid first place in global ICT, the functions will also put a spotlight on technologies; one of the seven economic sectors at the heart of Business Events Canada’s strategy. Ryan Holowaty, COO of Noodlecake Studios, the renowned indie game publisher and developers of the world-famous Super Stickman Golf series will join the events as keynote speaker.

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director of Business Events Canada, commented: ““The European Annual Canada Week is a unique platform for networking. It allows us to make those key connections between our European markets and Canada’s diverse destinations, unique experiences and industry thought-leaders, helping these local event planners to get inspired and create meaningful and engaging events. It is also an exceptional space for our Canadian partners to meet with new prospective and qualified buyers and to showcase their destination or product in order to generate new opportunities and confirmed business.”

(Picture: St John’s, Canada)

August 14, 2019

7th PCAAE Associations Summit to be Held in Manila

The Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE), the “association of associations” in the country, will hold its annual flagship event, the 7th PCAAE Associations Summit (AS7), at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 27-28, 2019. The Summit, which will also feature an ASAE Edu-Day to be led by the American Society of Association Executives, is expected to draw more than 200 association professionals locally and from overseas.

The two-day learning and networking event, themed ‘Fast to the Future’, will present local and international thought leaders who will share best practices in association governance, leadership and management as well as showcase outstanding association initiatives in “future proofing” their organizations.

AS7 is supported by the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), PICC, and ASAE. See or e-mail

August 13, 2019

ExCeL London to Host Flagship Robotics & AI Conference

ExCeL London has been selected to host the world leading International Conference on Robotics and Automations (ICRA) in 2023. The UK capital will welcome over 4,000 of the world’s top experts and researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics for an exciting four-day conference between 29th May to 2nd June 2023. 

ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship event and will be the first major international robotics and automation congress to be hosted in the UK. The programme will see delegates take part in interactive workshops, tutorials and networking events hosted at some of the city’s most iconic venues such as the Science Museum, Westminster Abbey and the Shard.  The conference will also place a strong emphasis on developing the next generation of talent with a number of activities aimed at children aged 7 and 12 years old to raise enthusiasm for STEM subjects. These activities will include robot competitions between schools in the UK.

London has emerged as leader in hosting some of the world’s biggest tech events and conferences with the recent London Tech Week attracting over 55,000 delegates and 300 events across the city, and the news that the UK capital will host the financial services and fintech conference SIBOS in September 2019.

“This will be a massive boost for UK Robotics, considering that this is the first time ever that a major international robotics conference will come to the country,” Professor Kaspar Althoefer from Queen Mary University and project lead for London’s bid said.


August 12, 2019

The Hague Gets Together to Fight Cybercrime

In The Netherlands, October 2019 will be all about cyber security. As part of the European Cyber Security Month, many conferences, competitions and trainings will take place providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future.

The Cyber Security Month will be kicked off in The Hague on the first of October with the 3-day International One Conference. It is an international renowned conference in the field of cyber security and it is organised by the Dutch government. Amongst the other events are the Europol-INTERPOL cybercrime conference, the Unleashing Cyber Security Summit, a congress about the Future of Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography and Quantum Sensors and Security Conference & Training as a pre-event.

The upcoming edition of the One Conference is extended with an extra day: Thursday 3 October, which is made possible in cooperation with the city of The Hague. In alignment with the One Conference, the city aims to stimulate the exchange of cyber security knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future. During the three days, leading speakers from all over the world will share insights and developments in cyber security.

On the eve of EU Cyber Security Month, the municipality of The Hague sets the tone by testing its own digital security. In cooperation with the Dutch cyber security company Cybersprint, the city organises the hacking competition ‘Hâck The Hague’. The 2019 edition of this competition takes place in the City Hall on 30 September, when the Atrium of The Hague City Hall will be transformed into ‘The Hague Hackers Dome’. The best national and international ethical hackers – from students to professional hackers – are invited to detect digital vulnerabilities in the digital infrastructure of the municipality and its suppliers.