UN World Tourism Organization to Travel to St. Petersburg

September 26, 2017

UN World Tourism Organization to Travel to St. Petersburg

After a decision made earlier this month by participants of the current United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, the 23rd session of the Assembly will be held in St. Petersburg in 2019.

Holding the ‘Oscar’ for «World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2016» and «Europe’s Leading Destination 2016» and with more than 7 million tourists per year, almost half of which are foreigners, the city actively develops cultural and MICE tourism as well as congress tourism, hence becoming more and more interesting for association conferences.

September 25, 2017

Edinburgh’s Leaders Help Attract Association Conferences

Over 75 representatives from Edinburgh’s business, scientific and academic elite got together last Wednesday during the Edinburgh Ambassador Dinner. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, congratulated them on the significant role they had played in boosting the local economy in the last 21 years.  In the last 12 months alone this had included confirming events such as Eurocities 2018 and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Workshop 2018.

Taking place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, the annual dinner was also attended by world recognised leaders in their field, including the University of Edinburgh, Moredun Research Institute, NHS Research Scotland and The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Amanda Ferguson, Head of Business Tourism at Marketing Edinburgh said: This month, Edinburgh will launch a new integrated marketing campaign that aims to build business tourism through creative collaboration across the city. The Edinburgh Ambassador Programme is testament to that collective approach in winning new conferences. ”

September 22, 2017

Alzheimer’s Conference to Be Remembered in Wales

Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference – the UK’s largest dementia research conference – will be hosted at ICC Wales in March 2020, an announcement made even before the completion of the construction of the Centre.

The two-day annual conference will welcome dementia experts from across the UK and internationally, featuring presentations from researchers and clinicians as well as opportunities to network and forge collaborations. A forum for researchers to hear the latest investigative findings into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – from discoveries in the laboratory to clinical perspectives – will also be provided.

Once complete in 2019, ICC Wales will provide total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000sqm. Sponsored by Celtic Manor and Welsh Government, the Centre will accommodate 5,000 delegates and include a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza.

 

September 21, 2017

Ageing Issues to Be Raised in Sarawak

Sarawak will host the 1st ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing on 10th-12th October, organised by the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) in collaboration with the Sarawak Convention Bureau. Themed Ageing – Challenges, Successes and the Journey Ahead, the conference is aimed to help address the issues and challenges of rapidly ageing populations in the region.

Clinicians from various disciplines, allied health professionals, the legal fraternity, financial institutions, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, policy makers, and housing developers are among stakeholders set to attend the 3 day conference that will include plenaries, workshops, forums and symposia in its scientific programme covering various age-related issues.

On the last day of the conference, a consensus will be drawn up on the issues and challenges of ageing faced by the region and a report will be forwarded to the respective ministries.

Professor Nathan Vytialingam, Organising Chairman of the ASEAN Conference, says: “The ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing will be an ideal platform for stakeholders in the region to gather and discuss these issues and challenges so that the right preparations, policies and framework can be put in place in advance to help prepare their nations for the impact of ageing populations”.

 

 

September 20, 2017

Associations to Choose Among Swiss Convention Centres

When it comes to choosing a venue for their next event in Switzerland, associations are dizzy with choice.

The alliance Swiss Convention Centres takes in the ten largest congress centres in Switzerland. The capacity these partners are able to offer for congresses and events ranges from 500 to 5000 participants. The individual locations offer an exhibition area of at least 1,000 m2, always making sustainable investments in infrastructure and technical systems.

One example of this is the Congress Centre Kursaal Bern which expanded the total number of rooms it has on offer to 30; Kongresshaus Zürich and the Tonhalle are also scheduled to reopen with a new look in August 2020.

Each centre is unique in its own way. Some, like the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken, the Congress Centre Kursaal Bern, the 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre and the Palazzo Congressi Lugano offer wonderful views and picturesque accommodation. Others, such as the Congress Centre Davos and the Kongresshaus Zürich, offer free transportation and easy access. Congress Center Basel is an architectural delight. The multifunctional KKL Luzern as well as the SwissTech Convention Center Lausanne STCC offer advanced technologies, such as WLAN network and modular spaces. Last but not least is the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) in the heart of diplomacy, helping the city’s biodiversity.

 

 

September 19, 2017

High-Level Learning for Associations at IMEX America 2017

Association professionals are invited to set aside their daily to-do lists and focus on strategic development and sharing knowledge with their peers at IMEX America this year.

Designed exclusively for association leaders and aspiring association leaders from all corners of the world, the new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9.

“In a rapidly evolving business environment, strong leadership and effective strategic planning has never been more important. Senior industry professionals within associations obviously occupy unique and powerful positions within the meetings industry, and we know they value high quality opportunities to spend dedicated, focused time together, explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The education and networking program at the new Association Leadership Forum is open to those working at senior leadership level within associations and covers multiple challenges of association management and development. The free program is being created in association with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Through a mix of presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel, the Association Leadership Forum will address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams.

There will also be a series of dedicated education sessions for association meeting buyers and planners, curated by ICCA. Open to all, these will take place as part of Smart Monday – the renowned day of complimentary, cutting-edge professional development powered by MPI. Association professionals will also be able to take part in Smart Monday’s wider education program which includes sessions on purposeful meetings, latest industry trends and personal development.

All association professionals can end their day and toast the start of IMEX America at Association Evening, taking place at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center. “It’s always a lovely chance to unwind with peers, reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. Our Association Evening is a great networking opportunity that really ‘starts the week strong’”, adds Carina.

In addition to this customised learning opportunity, Association professionals will also enjoy further business opportunities and education sessions during IMEX America which takes place October 10-12.

There will be new exhibitors from across the US and around the world including Memorable Costa Rica, Boston Convention Marketing Center, COMO Hotels – New York, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Global Incentive Management DMC, Viking Cruises, Live Nation Special Events and Hotel Xcaret Mexico.  In the Tech Pavilion EventsCase and CadmiumCD will also be at the show for the first time.

Exhibitors represent all areas of the industry and those with expanded booths this year include the Bahamas, Hungary, Ireland, Accor, IHG, Sonesta Collection, Marriott International, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, Allied PRA, multiple exhibitors from California (Long Beach, Anaheim, LA, Monterey County & Santa Barbara), Nashville and Memphis, the Czech Tourist Authority and Visit England.

The new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9 / www.imexamerica.com

 

September 18, 2017

Malaysia’s Next Move Revealed to Associations

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) was officially launched during the Malaysia Association neXt (MyNext) 2017 conference aiming to help association professionals by nurturing the members in enhancing growth, development and professionalism.

The MSAE is a strategic move in order to ensure association management is duly recognised and appreciated as a profession in Malaysia. Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) encouraged and facilitated the establishment of the organisation, together with several renowned association leaders, Dato’ Dr. Zaliha Omar, President of Malaysian Society of Association Executive and Dr. Saunthari Somasundaram, President and Medical Director of National Cancer Society Malaysia are to name but a couple.

This year’s MyNext, which saw the presence of 124 local association experts and thought leaders, gave delegates the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest insights and best practices in the association management industry, as well as access to cutting-edge insights, exchange ideas, network, express thoughts and debate issues that impact the future growth sustainability of associations in Malaysia.

Picture: (Third from left) Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau; (Centre) Dato’ Dr. Zaliha Omar, President of Malaysian Society of Association Executive; and (Third from right) Datuk Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, President-Elect of Malaysian Society of Association Executive posing together with the MSAE committee members.

September 15, 2017

Architects to Draw their Way to Copenhagen in 2023

Copenhagen will be the city to welcome the world’s largest architectural congress in 2023. 10,000 of the world’s leading architects will travel to the Danish capital to discuss how architecture can contribute to the achievement of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. The congress, which is held every three years, is organized by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the discussions will take place at the World Congress of Architects.

Copenhagen’s official DMO, Wonderful Copenhagen and Realdania, the Danish Architects Association, were instrumental in bringing the congress to the Nordic city, having presented an ambitious bid that focused on ‘Sustainable futures’ at this year’s congress in Seoul.

September 14, 2017

Sustainability at Its Best in San Diego

San Diego Convention Center is boosting the local agricultural economy by sourcing key products and services from across the community. A result of its collaboration with food and beverage supplier Centerplate, the initiative “100 Mile Harvest” aims to source as many locally grown, manufactured and processed products as possible, thus increasing sales for local producers, reducing the SDCC’s overall carbon footprint and improving sustainability.

Read all about this initiative on the Iceberg website, a partner of Boardroom.

September 13, 2017

Tunnel Experts to See the Light in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia will host the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) from 15 to 21 May 2020 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, as was announced at the recent 43rd International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) general assembly in Norway.

Themed “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity” and supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the event is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees from the global tunneling and underground construction industry.

WTC 2020 is set to be the largest engineering event of its kind in Malaysia by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and will serve as an exchange point for engineers and professionals to network over the latest trends and innovations in tunneling and underground construction industry.