Medical Conferences Are Strong in Kuala Lumpur

December 28, 2018

Medical Conferences Are Strong in Kuala Lumpur

It was a strong year for Medical conferences at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in 2018, with seven high-profile events attracting over 7,300 participants. The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared: “The strong performance from this sector looks set to continue for us, as next year we already have eight medical meetings confirmed which are expected to attract more than 6,300 participants. A number of these events will be using our brand new 11,000 sqm expansion, which opens mid next year and provides additional flexible space for our clients to grow their events.”

Speaking after the recent conclusion of the World Congress of SIVA-TCI 2018, Organising Chairman, Dr Raveenthiran Rasiah, said: “Hats off to the Centre, the professional team played an important part in making our event so memorable, it was truly a shared success. We organised this meeting without a professional conference organiser, which was only possible thanks to the Centre’s support and guidance. Everyone was fantastic and their flexibility was outstanding, every request we made (even last-minute ones) were taken care of immediately, with no questions asked. We received so many positive comments from our delegates, especially about the delicious food. We can’t wait to come back and are aiming to have our next national meeting at the Centre.”

Medical events taking place in 2019 include the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Annual Scientific Meeting 2019; Urological Association of Asia Congress (UAA) 2019; ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Summit 2019; Asia-Pacific Federation of Coloproctology Congress (APFCP) 2019; Malaysia International Dental Exhibition & Conference (MIDEC) 2019; and MDA (Malaysian Dental Association) Scientific Convention & Trade Exhibition (SCATE) 2019, to name a few.

Photo : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

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 24, 2018

3 New Kesatrias Join Malaysia’s Programme

Three new conference ambassadors have been inducted under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) Kesatria Malaysia Programme. These conference ambassadors play a vital role in continuously spreading the word of Malaysia’s positioning as Asia’s business events hub. Organised annually by MyCEB, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), the occasion was attended by 19 Kesatrias, representatives from local association, various business events drivers and members of the media.

MyCEB’s pool of Kesatria has been growing from strength-to-strength since the programme’s inception in 2012. Designed to identify and inspire local associations to bid for and stage international conventions in Malaysia as an accomplished host, Kesatria consists of distinguished thought leaders from key industry sectors commissioned to advocate the benefits of hosting and inaugurating international conventions to their industry peers and colleagues.

This year, the three industry champions that will be joining the ranks include Prof. Dr. Goh Bak Leong, Past President of Malaysian Society of Nephrology, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhayati Abdullah, Vice President of Malaysian Water Association and Prof. Dr. Tan Maw Pin, Treasurer of Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine.

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 19, 2018

ASAE and ICCA Work Together for Asia Pacific Associations

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum, Asia Pacific, now in its fourth year, is an association-powered programme that aims to further professionalise association governance and management in the Asia Pacific region. More than 150 association executives arrived in Singapore for the annual educational Forum held from 29–31 October at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. It was a significant event, connecting association executives and experts from the meeting industry through a programme of engaging sessions, intensive networking and knowledge sharing.

This year’s Forum attracted the participation of local, national and international associations from 16 countries and 53 cities across the Asia Pacific region, as well as Europe, the Middle East and the United States. During the three-day event there were multiple table discussions led by the Asia Pacific Task Force around current association management issues and practical strategies to support associations.

Beyond the extensive line-up of keynote addresses and discussions, the Forum also provided a platform for ICCA members to showcase their destination and products to the association executives. This has opened the possibility for forging personal business links with the senior-level association executives and paved the way for possible collaboration.

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 17, 2018

South Africa Welcomes ICCA Meetings Programme

For the first time ever, South Africa will host the ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) between the 18th and the 20th June 2019 in the city of Durban where over 100 delegate comprised of ICCA members and various association executives, will congregate over the three days. The meeting will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre which is also celebrating its 21st anniversary this year (2018).

Chief Convention Bureau Officer at the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), a unit of South African Tourism, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said: “We are thrilled to welcome back our ICCA family to South Africa after we hosted a very successful ICCA annual congress in 2004 in Cape Town. Durban is a diverse African city that is focused on investment and growing the economy. It is therefore not a coincidence that the city attracts such important meetings.”

In committing to the ethos of the “Meet Here. Grow Anywhere” campaign, South Africa is continuing its commitment in investment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the business events sector. “Our SMEs are an integral part of our tourism offering. They are what makes South Africa an excellent value for money, authentic and enriching business events destination,” concludes Kotze-Nhlapo.

December 14, 2018

AIME Knowledge Program Expanded

The Asia Pacific Meetings and Incentives Event (AIME) will be held in Melbourne on 18-20 February 2019 presenting in this latest version the AIME Knowledge Program. Keeping in mind that professional and personal learning are very important, AIME devised opportunities for the whole community to come together and build shared experiences, setting the tone for the days of meetings on the floor.

The program now expands across the whole three days of AIME, with the immersive and interactive Knowledge Exchange across all of Monday with keynote plenary talks and Dialogue in the Dark workshops. The Program will be complimented by short-bite sessions on the show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Ideas Academy. For the first time, the program will be open to the entire community – buyers, exhibitors and media discovering together.

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.