Association Leaders Shape the Future in India

March 11, 2019

Association Leaders Shape the Future in India

Leaders of professional and trade associations from across India are being invited to the India Association Congress which will take place at the Aravalli Range, Le Meridien Gurgaon, Delhi NCR on 23 and 24 August 2019. Around 300 key association stakeholders will attend this year’s IAC, which is returning for its 7th edition, and delegates can now take advantage of early bird discounts.

This year’s congress will be themed around the ‘Interconnected World of Associations’ and will focus on the global market to find out how associations can handle the future. Through the program of keynotes, panel discussions and sectorial roundtable, the goal is to identify and manage the difficulties that exist in forming strong international links in an uncertain world.

Meanwhile, delegates can also look forward to the annual Association Excellence Awards. Delivered as part of the event’s Gala Dinner, the awards aim to recognise those who strive for brilliance in their everyday activities.

Registration is open online now at

March 8, 2019

An Advocacy Workshop with ASSOCIATIONWORLD

A unique workshop is taking place on 15 March between 9.00 and 17.oo at The Hotel Brussels. In the framework of the ONE Campaign – an international, non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease – and in collaboration with ASSOCIATIONWORLD foundation, of which Boardroom is a privileged partner, the workshop will focus on improving girls’ education and health, securing more and better aid and fighting for anti-corruption laws. 

Under the theme ‘Advocating for Systemic Change’, the program will comprise of mini-presentations that present the key elements of successful advocacy and campaigning approaches illustrated with case-studies, applied group work and a panel discussion. 

The workshop will explore how to identify policy influencing opportunities and the decision makers you should target as well as strategies that combine policy evidence with politics and public opinion to shape debates and create a positive outcome and the role of strategic communication in influencing debates and creating the right environment for reform.

You can register for the event here.

March 7, 2019

Belfast Lauches New Business Tourism Campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a brand new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. Emphasising the importance of business tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland and developed by Visit Belfast with 13 major partners from the city’s tourism industry – Belfast Makes Sense – was officially launched at the start of International Confex 2019 in London.

Focused on Great Britain and international markets, the digital-led campaign is the largest dedicated business tourism marketing initiative ever undertaken by the city, incorporating a new website, video content, targeted advertising and public relations to support sales growth. Uniquely, the year-long campaign will also feature a range of high profile conference and event organisers and new testimonials from previous clients who are championing the city based on their own positive experience.

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland  (ASGBI) was one of Belfast’s first significant clients to bring its annual conference to the newly-expanded ICC Belfast. “More than 1,100 delegates attended and were immediately made to feel like VIPs. The entire city, from taxi drivers to staff in hotels, bars and restaurants were aware that we were in town and they made us feel so welcome.  I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Belfast to UK associations for conferences and events,” ASGBI General Manager, Bhavnita Patel said.

March 6, 2019

A Rush of Blood in Prague

EAHAD chose Prague as its 12th congress destination and more than 2 600 medical experts, pharmacists and community representatives from 80 countries from around the world came to Prague. A record number of EAHAD congress participants was brought to Prague not only thanks to the attractiveness of the city, but also due to advances in genetic therapy, which keep publishing promising results making an opportunity for a quality discussion during the congress.

The main program of the congress took place February 6 – 8, 2019 in 13 halls and meeting rooms, where also discrete sessions with specialists were held separately. These roundtable discussions were hosted by renowned conference partners.

Professor Mike Makris, the President of the association, underlined that Europe is leading the world in research on rare diseases. The President of the EAHAD 2019 Congress, Jan Blatný, expressed his pleasure from hosting the congress in Prague. “I consider this to be sort of a recognition of the Czech Republic and the cooperation of its specialists – physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, insurance companies – all, who take care of patients with bleeding disorders. No country where the care wouldn’t be at a high level would become the host of such a congress.”

March 5, 2019

Oman Helps Advance Gas Research in 2020

The Sultanate of Oman has been selected to host the International Gas Union’s 16th International Gas Research Conference (IGRC) in 2020 in collaboration with Oman LNG and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC). The triennial event highlights the research, development and innovation aspects of the ever-growing gas industry. Harib Al Kitani, CEO of Oman LNG LLC said, “IGRC 2020 will bring over 1000 senior leaders, partners and experts in the gas industry together to share invaluable insights into the role of natural gas today and in the future.”

The Sultanate of Oman is recognised as a global leader in enhanced recovery technologies. This is largely thanks to the country’s focus on research and the key reason behind Oman’s application to host IGRC 2020 was to further Oman’s ambition of becoming a knowledge economy and to transform the commodity reliant country into one that helps shape the world’s thinking.

March 4, 2019

Bogota is Active within the UN Sustainability Goals

The Greater Bogota Convention Bureau represented Bogota at the United Nations, in their New York City Headquarters, in the panel “SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) and the cities”. On February 22, during one of the largest annual meetings of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) called “2019 Global Engagement Summit”, a representative of the city of Bogota presented the social initiative Synergies for Change within the panel “The SDGs and The Cities”. The initiative was launched last year and its currently working with six Colombian social businesses. Furthermore, with this synergy the Bureau its contributing to seven Sustainable Development Goals.

The event brought together more than 1,000 university students and US community leaders whose purpose is to deepen the mission and work of the United Nations. In the same way, it unites these American change-makers with world leaders, to empower them with the purpose of improving their work within the communities of the whole country. Some of the topics included in the agenda are related to the Sustainable Development Goals such as Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Responsibility, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Shared Actions for Human Rights, Cities and SDGs, and Reaching Zero Hunger.

March 1, 2019

Gold Coast Shines with More Association Conferences

Gold Coast has recorded a 19 per cent increase in association meetings for the twelve months to 30 June 2018. Data compiled for the Queensland Business Events Survey (QBES*) has indicated that 313 associations met on the Gold Coast in the last financial year, higher from the 263 conferences recorded in the previous twelve months.

Anna Case, Executive Director of Business Events, said the city appeals to associations because of the diverse offering of the destination and the welcoming warmth extended to delegates when they meet on the Gold Coast.

The positive results look set to continue with conferences confirmed such as the Australian Archaeological Association with 400 delegates in 2019, the 28th World Congress for Medical Law with 400 delegates in 2022, the National Franchise Convention with 500 delegates in 2019 and the 9th World Rett Syndrome Congress with 350 delegates in 2020.


February 28, 2019

Hamburg City Tour of Innovation

The Hamburg Convention Bureau has developed a new online resource – Hamburg – Gateway to the World of Tomorrow – giving meeting and event professionals an insight into leading-edge locations, companies and collaborations, showcasing Hamburg’s credentials as a city for innovative and sustainable business events.

The city’s economic clusters include logistics, maritime industries, aerospace, medicine, the life sciences, media and IT as well as renewable energies. HafenCity, for instance, regenerated former port site is now an innovative mixed use development with sound sustainability credentials, designed to reduce carbon emissions and ensure effective energy use. The ZAL, Hamburg’s Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, where industry and the sciences collaborate closely, is a research centre for civil aviation which enables testing conditions that come close to those of a real flight situation. Lastly, Hamburg’s Health Innovation Port (HIP) is a platform dedicated to the future of healthcare, bringing start-ups into contact with the sector’s experts.

Florian Gerdes, Marketing Manager Conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “Hamburg’s expertise and leadership in the sectors of logistics, maritime industries, aerospace, medicine, the life sciences, media and IT as well as renewable energies is driven by a strong innovative streak. We want to share this innovation with planners through our new online platform and help them to easily tap into the city’s strengths to support their event – by sourcing speakers, sponsorship, attendees and activities, for example.”

Photo : HafenCity Hamburg


February 27, 2019

ICC Sydney Presents Leadership in Action

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) presented the inaugural Leaders Forum during the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne providing insights into the venue’s award-winning blueprint for customer and community success. CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy emphasised the important role of leaders to take responsibility for delivering their company objectives but also, to look over the horizon and share industry challenges with the teams, cities and stakeholders that they represent, imparting knowledge on the next generation of leaders.

For ICC Sydney, success in 2018 translated to the delivery of more than 700 core events. The business also deepened its multi-streamed Legacy Program, actively enriching visitor experiences while delivering lasting impacts for Sydney’s vibrant community. “Our work in the local community and investment in our people is equally important. We launched the first Reconciliation Action Plan in an Australian convention centre last year, celebrated the people of Australia’s First Nations and improved diversity and inclusion within our workforce alongside our understanding of Australia’s mixture of cultures,” Donaghy said.

Photo : ICC Sydney


February 26, 2019

New Management for Te Pae Christchurch

Te Pae ChristchurchNew Zealand’s second largest conference and exhibition facility, is set for completion in 2020. The new convention centre will have capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events. It will feature purpose built facilities including a 1,400 seat auditorium, 3,600 square metres of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms set on the banks of the Avon River. It will begin hosting events from October 2020.

Recently, Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive, John Bridgman, announced that AEG Ogden, the venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, has been selected as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch. AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, said: “We intend applying our global expertise to showcase Christchurch’s world-class innovation, techniques, research and best practices in the city’s key industry sectors of Earth Science, Health Science, International Education, Agriculture, ICT and Building Technology. Our aim is to attract major conventions which will not only provide a significant economic boost but showcase the exceptional world class talent and skills of the Christchurch and New Zealand communities.”

The announcement was followed by the news that Ross Steele has been promoted to manage Te Pae, Christchurch ahead of its opening next year. Mr. Steele has served as General Manager of the AEG Ogden managed Cairns Convention Centre for the past 12 years and brings an impressive industry record to his new role. Mr. Steele said: “Our priority will be to attract international conventions which will both benefit the economy and showcase Christchurch and New Zealand to the world.”


Photo : Christchurch CC