Third GDS-Index Whitepaper Released

June 11, 2019

Third GDS-Index Whitepaper Released

At the European Cities Marking Conference, the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) released their third Whitepaper that details the case studies, data analysis and the actions taken by 47 Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) and municipalities to become destinations of choice for meetings, events and business tourism.

The whitepaper defines six converging mega trends that present destinations and the Event Industry with opportunities to improve their performance and adapt to the risks presented by climate breakdown, ecocide, demographic shifts, social change and digitalisation. It highlights four fundamental building blocks for DMOs to become sustainable destination stewards and changemakers and defines eight tactics on how destinations can integrate sustainability into their core strategy and become leaders in future-oriented collaboration.

Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the GDS-Index adds: “Driven by concerned students, citizens, local governments and corporations a new era of sustainability is rising, and will touch every corner of the events industry. We believe that a better and more restorative global future lies in urban innovation and collaborative action. The GDS-Index plays a key role to engage, inspire and enable destinations to become more sustainable places to visit, meet and thrive in.”

June 10, 2019

Adelaide Adds Cancer Unit to Its Medical Facilities

Adelaide is planning the construction of Australia’s first and only proton therapy unit. The unit will treat about 800 patients a year, destroying cancer cells with radiation and avoiding causing damage to healthy tissues by delivering powerful proton beams precisely where needed. Site work on the SAHMRI 2 building is expected to start this year and be completed by 2022.

The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research will be in a bunker, next to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute “cheesegrater” building on North Tce. SAHMRI has begun a training plan to prepare the future professionals, including clinicians from UniSA and the University of Adelaide, and is working with other global centres of excellence such as Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the UK to develop the expertise required.

 

June 7, 2019

Academics Promote Wales Through New Ambassador Programme

ICC Wales has launched a recruitment drive for the Ambassador Wales Programme at Swansea University underlining its commitment to attracting national and international association conferences to Wales. The Ambassador Wales Programme brings together a leading network of professionals who believe in championing Wales as a conference, event and business event destination, with university academics seen as ideal candidates to promote this cause.

During the event, which took place in the College of Engineering at the university’s Bay Campus, academics had the opportunity to discover more about the ICC Wales development in Newport, South Wales, as well as the benefits of being an active ambassador for Wales. The ICC Wales team will be visiting more universities in the coming months to further promote the benefits of joining the Ambassador Wales Programme.

Giving a presentation on the new convention centre, Ian Edwards, Chief Executive of ICC Wales, said: “Large conferences at ICC Wales will tap into the expertise of university research in the local area and engage university academics as speakers, so there is a real opportunity here to boost the university’s profile.”

June 6, 2019

New Campaign for Impact and Partnerships for Sarawak

Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) soft-launched its latest campaign, Redefining Global Tribes – Impact (#RGTimpact) at IMEX Frankfurt last month. The event’s talking point – imagination – was at the heart of IMEX Frankfurt with the focal points being transformation, inclusion and sustainability; a direction familiar to Sarawak as the business events sector is magnifying the impacts of business events.

BESarawak’s Chief Operating Officer, Amelia Roziman, explains what the latest innovation is all about, “#RGTimpact is a 3-year collaborative campaign created in 2019 between BESarawak and Sarawak Tourism Board to diversify the return of investment in business events. The goal with #RGTimpact is to establish Sarawak’s new role as a thought leader for second tier destinations by reshaping the business of the Associations industry and elevating Sarawak’s competitive edge as a preferred BE destination through strong marketing & PR values. As a result, the local & global business events industry will flourish under stronger profiling and greater global exposure while achieving objectives with greater impact.”

Supporting its stance on advancing and securing partnerships with business events players, BESarawak recently launched the Business Events Sarawak Association Centre (BESAC) and welcomed its first Association in the effort to turn Sarawak into an Association hub and expand its contributions. Associations will receive monumental support to reach out to its relevant communities and further drive business events into Sarawak.

June 5, 2019

The Palais des congrès de Montréal Partners Up with Quebec Universities

The Palais des congrès de Montréal recently put together a Sustainability Innovation Committee made up of experts from establishments that include ten Québec universities. The Committee’s purpose will be to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between the Palais and the sustainability research being conducted in higher learning establishments, and identify research partnership opportunities between the Palais and sustainability organizations.

“With this new blue ribbon committee, the Palais is asserting its role as a knowledge hub by rallying the expertise of sustainability specialists. We are pleased to be collaborating with the universities on innovative projects that will position Québec and the Palais as sustainability leaders,” said Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Photo : Palais des Congrès de Montréal

June 3, 2019

ICC Sydney Emerges As ‘More Than A Venue’

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched a new multi-platform marketing campaign – More Than a Venue – during IMEX Frankfurt. The campaign has been designed to showcase ICC Sydney’s pledge to provide clients with More Than a Venue – from its Legacy Program, which provides clients with a platform to give back while enriching delegate engagement, to its Feeding Your Performance culinary philosophy, its collection of artworks and its reach into the creative, education and innovation hubs of the city.

New photography and a sizzle video anchor the campaign, featuring a day in the life of a delegate, an external event planner and an ICC Sydney chef, each experiencing the ways in which ICC Sydney is More Than a Venue.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said More Than a Venue is an articulation of ICC Sydney’s vision to deliver value for its clients and demonstrate leadership through actions. “We launched this campaign to shine a light on the stories, and the people, that help drive success at ICC Sydney each and every day. It uncovers the unexpected, the undiscovered, and the unique ways in which our people and our place offer so much More Than a Venue for our clients and their delegates.”

As part of the launch, ICC Sydney has also revealed the next iteration of its self-published magazine, transitioning to a new annual collectible format entitled Sydney InView. Published in print and with content available online through an ongoing digital strategy, the first volume invites readers to discover more about the people behind ICC Sydney, its connections and stories.

May 31, 2019

New Expanded Focus for Washington DC

Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, launched three new industry sector white papers as part of its asset-based sales positioning during IMEX Frankfurt. The three white paper topics – sustainability, transportation and government advocacy– outline the reasons that meetings within each sector will succeed in DC. The papers are part of DDC’s “Connected Capital” sales positioning to pitch industry-specific meetings and expand the bureau’s current focus on technology, biotech/pharma, medical and education.

“As we continue to focus on selling DC differently, the white papers serve as an important resource for meeting planners to understand how their meeting can succeed in DC, with assets unlike any other destination,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, DDC. “Experiences, influencers and industry assets within each sector continue to bring in notable groups for future years, such as the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology’s 31st Annual Conference in August of 2020.”

While at IMEX Frankfurt, DDC also hosted an International Business Events Council (IBEC) breakfast, sharing the latest city developments and previewing the “Connected Campus” initiative, which showed planners how to use the spaces near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to create a diversified meeting layout.

May 30, 2019

Dubai Association Conference Returns in 2019

The second edition of the Dubai Association Conference, being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will take place 9-10 December under the theme of ‘Driving change: The societal impact of associations’.

Over the course of two days the conference, organised by Dubai Association Centre and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre, will bring together association executives from around the world, government representatives, industry leaders, as well as university faculties and students, in a space focused on building the association community in the region for the purpose of positive social impact.

Focused on the value and impact associations have on societies through this year’s theme, the conference will explore four sub-themes: Community Well-Being, Knowledge and Research, Business and Opportunity, and Creativity and Innovation.

The key objective of this themed approach is to anchor associations more closely to the respective business sectors and knowledge clusters in which they have the means to generate a positive and sustainable change. In addition, the conference will serve as a platform to facilitate discussions on the value proposition of associations that go beyond direct and indirect economic benefits.

May 29, 2019

Gold Coast Welcomes Congress for Suicide Prevention

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has announced the Gold Coast has been selected to host its 31st World Congress in 2021The event will be held from 21- 24 September 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreThe Congress will bring together around 800 mental health professionals, academics, crisis workers, teachers and suicide survivors from around the world.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said: “It’s encouraging to see more associations and multi-disciplinary medical and health conferences, choosing to align with the Gold Coast and its burgeoning reputation as Australia’s progressive hub for medicine, health and innovation.” 

The Congress returns to Australia for the first time since 1997, with the organisation citing the appeal of the Gold Coast to international delegates as a major drawcard in the decision. “As a host city, the Gold Coast bid offered an intimate and holistic approach to accommodating our Congress, which is highly valued by our organisation. The bid was a collaborative effort, with strong local support from Griffith University, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), as well as the backing of Tourism and Events Queensland, Destination Gold Coast and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre”, said Professor Jane Pirkis, a psychologist and epidemiologist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia and one of IASP’s Vice Presidents.

May 28, 2019

New Technology at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center

Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) has recently upgraded the venue’s events technology. Advanced Wi-Fi infrastructure allows users to upstream/downstream up to 10 Gbps through 485 unit access points available all over the convention center and hotel which can be set to WDS (Wireless Distribution System), support LAN over Wi-Fi with LAN port with UTP Cat 6 and also digital signage monitors that support text format, picture and video.

The latest addition is fibre optic network, available in all function rooms, that enables real-time audio visual and raw data transfer between rooms, or simultaneously real-time viewing of two or more events held in different rooms.

“Our priority is making our client’s event successful by delivering the best customer experience. We believe that when the technology meets the diverse range of skills of our professional team is the most important matter,”  said Yasinta Hartawan, BNDCC General Manager.