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Leading convention hubs launch global association hubs partnership

Dubai Association Centre, Destination DC, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau and visit.brussels have announced the launch of the Global Association Hubs Partnership. The partnership will assist international associations grow and better serve their overseas members by using respective partner cities as regional conduits to extend their efforts around the world.

The development cements the positions of the four partner cities – Dubai, Washington DC, Singapore and Brussels – as the leading global hubs for international associations and creates synergistic relationships which ensure key advantages for international associations. The partnership will also help reduce barriers, and facilitate the activities of international associations seeking to work across different cultures.

The partner cities, each global hubs for international associations, will leverage the synergies of working together while still promoting their individual destinations. The partners will use each city’s status as a gateway to support association activities in their respective part of the world. Furthermore, the partnership will also allow cross-promotion of partner cities to decision makers in charge of global strategies and expansion plans.

The initiative comes as a response to the increasing decentralization of international associations, which are looking to develop and better support their global membership base. The new partnership will also serve as an effective global platform upon which international associations can build capacity in each region, and capitalize on the potential of each region’s growth in activities and membership.

“International associations are constantly on the lookout to establish a strong base in key regions around the world in order to offer value and customized services to their membership. By leveraging this new partnership, international associations now have the opportunity to roll out global strategies and take advantage of local opportunities in key partner countries in a manner that is simple, well-coordinated and highly convenient,” said Hervé Bosquet, visit.brussels, speaking on behalf of the partnership.

The Global Association Hubs each have a strong identity, priorities and course of action in growing international associations’ activities in their specific city. However, they share a common understanding and expertise in working with international associations, giving them a unique competitive advantage:

· According to the Union of International Associations (UIA), the cities are the leading bases for association headquarters and regional offices in their respective regions of the world.

· They have established creative partnerships with local economic development agencies and have engaged in innovative teamwork with their local association partners, making them the natural gateways into their respective Regions.

· They already perform a wide range of specific services for international associations.

The Partnership is proud to rely on the insights, advice, guidance and unanimous support of eminent international association executives.

Meetings leadership summit connects industry leaders at ibtm world 2015

ibtm world have announced that over 200 international industry leaders are confirmed to attend the Meetings Leadership Summit, an exclusive invitation only event that will be hosted at the El Born Centre Cultural, a remarkable 17th century restoration site, on the evening of Monday 16th November, ahead of the opening day of ibtm world 2015.

Per Schlingmann, a distinguished speaker, communications expert, trend analyst, political advisor, former Swedish Secretary of State and founder of communications agency Per Schlingmann AB has been confirmed to headline this event.

Schlingmann’s presentation will focus on themes from Urban Express, the acclaimed book he co-authored with respected economist Dr Kjell that “offers tools, mindset and tips for navigating the new life that is emerging.” Schlingmann will place special emphasis on the coined terms “traditional knowledge” and “wild-knowledge” from Urban Express as well as draw on his varied background in politics, communications and finance to present meeting leaders with useful strategies for navigating today’s fast changing and unpredictable world.

Schlingmann comments, “There is a paradox in our time: in the era of the digital revolution experiences that cannot go digital will rise in value and importance. Unique experiences and the human factor will become more important to people. The new value creation is about combining digital solutions with real experiences.

“With my experience from high level political strategy and advising business leaders I am going to draw the map of what’s happening in the world and how this affects people and business. The explosion of information and knowledge, globalization and the real blockbuster in our time – the city – changes the world and creates new opportunities for people and businesses. I´m going to present tools for how to become a winner when the Urban Express alters our way of living.”

The event will also provide an opportunity for guests to network with fellow CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senior Directors, Senior Decision Makers and Entrepreneurs and enjoy a themed dinner presented in the form of a traditional market.

The evening will close with the announcement of the winner of the ibtm world 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of services to the global events industry.

ibtm world 2015 will take place from 17th – 19th November.

Safehotels branches out to raise venue security in Asia

Safehotels Alliance, which has created the Global Hotel Security Standard, will establish local representation partners in China, India and throughout South-east Asia by 2016, writes TTG Mices.

Its only presence in Asia today is in Thailand, represented by Bert Van Walbeek, vice president business development Asia Pacific.

The local partners will measure the security features of hotels and conference venues, such as locking systems to availability of first aid equipment, and issue a certification that remains valid for a year.

The alliance has certified 200 hotels so far, with most of them being in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

CEO Hans Kanold explained the company’s expansion into Asia is driven by demand from travel managers and hotels that insist on having a global standard in security.

He explained: “One of the weaknesses is that hotels may comply to local standards but there is no one enforcing it. Hotels may also be weak in training and general safety awareness among staff. Hardware maintenance may also be lacking.”

The Global Hotel Security Standard is recognised by ICCA and Kanold is working on getting it recognised on the buyer side, such as travel managers, tour operators and travel agents.

Geoffrey Fordham, senior vice president, engineering, Safety & Security, Onyx Hospitality Group, believed that a global certification can “give confidence in our own internal systems”.

Fordham added: “We also get very detailed requests for proposals on safety and security to the extent that we have to name the person responsible for (those aspects).”

Underscoring the importance of safety, Geetha Arekal, Asia Pacific travel lead at Unilever Industries, said: “In our RFP we want to know how a hotel measures safety and does it match with our requirements. One bad feedback will wipe a hotel from our RFP."

MCI sustainability projects receive two prestigous IMEX Awards
MCI clients Symantec and Marina Bay Sands last night received prestigious IMEX awards for projects delivered by MCI’s sustainability team.

Marina Bay Sands, which became the first integrated resort in South-East Asia to obtain the ISO20121 sustainable event certification in 2014, was awarded the IMEX-GMIC Green Supplier Award.

Marina Bay Sands and MCI worked hand-in-hand on the implementation of an innovative performance management solution for the property based on ISO20121. MCI developed the event management system and supported the Marina Bay Sands team to develop the stakeholder engagement and management processes, and skills required to implement the standard and train over 15,000 staff.

“MCI played a key role in Marina Bay Sands’ quest towards achieving the ISO20121 Sustainable Events Management System certification in 2014,” said Mr Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands. “As an industry-leading solutions provider for meetings and events management, MCI served as a strong counsel for our Sands Eco360 Meetings programme, which enabled us to successfully integrate best practices in our daily operations and allowed us to win the prestigious IMEX award.”

Symantec received the IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award for its 2014 Vision EMEA Symposium.

Working together since 2012, MCI has guided Symantec on how to align its global Corporate Responsibility commitment with its events strategy and operations. For Symantec Vision EMEA 2014, MCI helped Symantec achieve a number of impressive results in the four city Symposium, including:

• €25,000 saved through sustainability initiatives alone.

• 100% of key supplier contracts included sustainability.

• 88% reduction in waste, 89% waste diversion rate and 67% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the previous symposium.

• 19,228 trees pledged to be planted and 43 children trained as Climate Justice Ambassadors.

• Increased participant awareness of Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility programme by 49%.

“Integrating sustainability strategically into business events is an ongoing journey of team collaboration, improvements, ideas and perseverance,” said Claudia van’t Hullenaar, Global Event Marketing Manager at Symantec. “This award is great recognition of the progress we have made with the support of MCI.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with such forward-thinking and pioneering organisations to help them leverage sustainability as a brand value generator that delivers measurable social, environmental and economic results. These organisations are proof that sustainability is ultimately providing a competitive edge,” said Guy Bigwood, MCI Group Sustainability Director.

To date, MCI’s sustainability consultants have helped seven clients win IMEX-GMIC Green Awards.

Photo ©IMEX Group. From left to right: Roger Simons, MCI Group Sustainability Manager; Benny Zin, COO and VP of Conventions & Exhibitions at Marina Bay Sands; Ellen Van den Branden, Managing Director of Destination Unlimited; Claudia van’ t Hullenaar, Global Events Manager, Symantec; Ray Bloom, Chairman IMEX group


Industry Education and Wellness Merge in ibtm america’s 2015 “ConnectZone”
To deliver on this year’s show theme “Connections Mean Everything,” ibtm america 2015 (www.ibtmamerica.com) has created a ConnectZone with thought-provoking, bite-sized education sessions and body / mind wellness activities to help attendees engage, unwind and “get enlightened” in Chicago from 9-11 June.

“We recognise that having a unique and enjoyable experience is key to making business connections at our show this year,” said Jaime McAuley, Event Director. “As a result, we’ve combined last year’s popular Innovation and Refresh Zones into a new concept for our appointment-focused event to create a learning environment that’s both physically and mentally stimulating for our buyers and exhibitors.”

The new ConnectZone, in collaboration with The Meeting Pool, will offer a number of unique activities for both Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to experience outside of business appointment hours. The Spotlight Stage, brought to you by Certain Inc., a favorite from last year, will be returning with bite-sized education on various topics. Planned sessions include:

• “Standing Yoga” – with Dr. Kim of X-bytes and Sound Off Headphone Technology

• “Two Ingredients For Winning Proposals” – Debbie Mayo-Smith

• Tech presentation from Poken, an official ibtm america sponsor

• “Trends in Sitting – Start with Standing!” – Matthew Broderick

• “Green, Local & Sustainable F&B Trends” – Savor Chicago at McCormick Place

• “Trends in Tea for Wellness and Energy”

• “Apps For Work Life Balance” – Dahlia El Gazzar

• “Fitness & Stretch Break” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off

• “Sound and Silence Solutions for Your Events” – Silent Events Company

• “Hotel & Travel Workout Tips” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off

• “Essential Oils For Your Health and Environment” – Matthew Broderick

• Tech presentation from Certain, an official ibtm america sponsor

• “Fashion Show & Style” – Bloomingdale’s

• “Health & Fitness Latest Gadgets and Tech” – Dahlia El Gazzar

• “Take Care of Your Feet for Whole Body Health” – Eric Huffman

• “Managing F&B for Good with Live Chef Demo” – Jiwon McCartney

• “Close Fine Tuned Fitness” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off

In addition to the Spotlight Stage, the ConnectZone will bring back a few other attendee favorites as well as some new activities designed to stimulate wellbeing. Some of the offerings include:

TECHbar – Part of last year’s Innovation Zone, the new and improved TECHbar will provide additional interactive education, as well as “iPad Makeovers,” where exhibitors and Hosted Buyers can take their photo on the preloaded app and plan their makeover for the Beauty Bar.

Meditation Lounge – Hosted by Silent Events Company, the Meditation Lounge will feature six headsets loaded with a choice of 3 meditations – the perfect place to come and relax and charge your device! The company will also teach you how to incorporate meditation into your events.

Reflexology & Acupressure – Learn about your overall health as it stems from your feet with a reflexology treatment from Chicago’s leading reflexologists. Treatments also include acupressure.

Posture Therapy – Join therapist Matthew Broderick of MFB Wellness as he teaches us how to adjust your posture to ensure ideal comfort during your meetings and beyond!

Fashion & Style Show – On Thursday, retail leader Bloomingdale’s will be putting on a 20-minute fashion show. Additionally, Bloomingdale’s representatives will provide gift bags and coupons to attendees during ConnectZone hours.

Beauty and Nail Bar – To prepare for your new headshots, head over to the Beauty and Nail bar and indulge in a manicure courtesy of Manicube. Other beauty offerings TBD.

The HeadShotLOUNGETM – Photographer Chuck Fazio brings his expertise to help prime attendees for some new business headshots.

Corporate Social Responsibility – Interested in participating in some charitable activity? Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women, will be onsite to collect clothing donations. The group provides women with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools needed to help thrive in both work and life. Also participating is Fight2Feed, a 501c non-profit organisation with the mission to eliminate hunger in Chicago by utilising leftovers from restaurants and the mobility of food trucks to reduce food waste and feed those who need it most.

The Style Corner – Stella & Dot will showcase this summer’s hottest trends to help you become your best self. Don’t miss Stella & Dot’s sneak-peak at products to come, and if you make a purchase, proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer research. Additionally, get a taste of South Asian culture with a Henna tattoo from local Chicago Henna artists.

Snack Zone – Sample some of Chicago’s finest at the Snack Zone, Vendors include Garrett’s popcorn.

The ConnectZone will be open on Wednesday 10 June from 10:50am – 12:15pm and 3:25pm – 3:55pm, and again on Thursday from 10:15am – 10:45am and 11:25am – 12:25pm.

ibtm america takes place from 9-11 June 2015 in Chicago. To apply to be a Hosted Buyer or participate as an exhibitor, please visit www.ibtmamerica.com

 

The Convention Centre Dublin Confirms Nine International Association Conferences
The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) recently contracted nine international association conferences, ranging in size from 600 to 2,200 delegates, and estimated to generate revenue in excess of €13 million for the local economy. The successful bids were secured in association with Dublin Convention Bureau (DCB), a unit of Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority.

“2015 is proving to be another very strong year for The CCD in terms of international association bookings, following on from an unprecedented run of wins in 2014,” said Nick Waight, CEO, The Convention Centre Dublin. “Key factors in this success include the venue’s flexibility and suitability for association meetings, Dublin’s accessibility and range of accommodation, excellent city support from Dublin Convention Bureau and, of course, consistently exceptional service from The CCD team. We are committed to continually refining our product to adapt to the needs of associations, to enable Ireland to attract innovative and inspiring events from all across the globe”.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in partnership with Airports Council International (ACI), will host its 24th AVSEC World Conference in October 2015, over three days, focusing on aviation security and attracting over 600 security experts from all areas of the aviation industry. The British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) will bring its three day Annual Scientific Meeting to The CCD in June 2016, with more than 600 elbow and shoulder healthcare professionals gathering for the largest annual meeting in their profession.

After a successful conference in 2014, Localization World will return to host its 2016 LocWorld Conference over three days in June. The event is expected to attract around 600 delegates specialising in international business, translation, localization and global website management. Christine Luxton, Conference and Exhibits Manager for LocWorld commented, “LocWorld is returning to Dublin and The CCD because the city is recognised as a hub for international business and The CCD’s state-of-the-art meeting facilities offer everything we need, including professional and courteous staff to help make our event amazing. The CCD is one of the best conference sites in the world”.

The 20th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2016) will take place over five days in October 2016 and is expected to attract 1,200 delegates to the annual event on biochemical microsystems. The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association will host its Annual International Symposium on ALS/MND over three days in December 2016. The conference is the largest medical and scientific conference on ALS/MND. “We are delighted that the International Symposium will be returning to Dublin. It is the premier event in the MND research calendar, attracting over 900 delegates, representing the energy and dynamism of the global MND research community,” said Pam Aston, Conference and Events Manager, MND Association.

The European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) will host its 2018 Annual Meeting over four days, welcoming delegates who have a special interest in the imaging and treatment of patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and associated abdominal organs. Prof. Helen Fenlon, Meeting President 2018, commented, "The Irish Radiology community is delighted to welcome ESGAR back to Ireland in June 2018 for its 29th Annual Meeting. Attracting close to 2,000 delegates from all around the world, this meeting continues to grow in depth and quality year on year. Dublin is always a popular destination for delegates and The CCD is perfectly suited to our needs. With its landmark location, state-of-the-art facilities and highly professional staff, we are proud and privileged to welcome our international colleagues to The CCD”.

The International Association of Plant Biotechnology (IAPB) will bring its next meeting to Dublin in August 2018 in association with Conference Partners, official PCO for IAPB 2018. IAPB 2018, which is expected to welcome up to 1,000 delegates, is a global initiative, supported by scientists around the world, including those in the Higher Education Institutes in Ireland and in Teagasc. According to the President of the organisation, Dr. Barbara Doyle Prestwich, “this is a very exciting opportunity for Ireland whose agri-food and marine sector is a major part of the economy, with an annual output of close to €26 billion”.

Also in 2018, the Association of Anaesthetists of GB & Ireland (AAGBI) Annual Congress will take place in September, welcoming up to 1,000 trainee and consultant anaesthetists for the three day meeting. The AAGBI Annual Congress is one of the leading anaesthetic meetings in the UK and Ireland and will feature informative sessions, high profile speakers and a trade exhibition with over 40 leading anaesthetics companies.

Last week The CCD also announced that it is set to host ICANN 54, welcoming 2,200 global Internet delegates to Dublin for its 54th public meeting in October this year.

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About The CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The multi award-winning venue is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms and on six spacious foyer levels. Its iconic design includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 3,000 guests. The CCD offers the latest technology throughout its flexible and delegate-friendly venue, including complimentary Wi-Fi, with an experienced and passionate team, delivering ‘exceptional service’. The CCD is committed to sustainability and best practices, and has secured ISO Certification for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems, as well as the British Security Standard (BS7499). The CCD has won a total of 27 industry awards since opening, including being named as one of the top four Convention Centres in the World at the AIPC Apex Awards 2012 and winning Gold for ‘‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012, and ‘Best Overseas Conference Venue’ at the C&IT Awards 2013.

Over the past four and a half years, The CCD has hosted over 1,000 events, won 27 industry awards and welcomed high calibre association conferences including the International Bar Association Conference (5,200 delegates), Euroscience Open Forum (4,500 delegates), the 53rd Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting (3,000 delegates), eHealth Week (2,500 delegates), the European People’s Party Election Congress (2,200 delegates) and the One Young World Summit (2,000 delegates).

Other events which The CCD has previously confirmed up until 2018 include the 17th European Congress of Endocrinology 2015, the 68th ESOMAR Congress 2015, the Congress of the World Association for Buiatrics 2016, the Physiological Society Annual Meeting 2016, the 32nd International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology 2016, the International Conference on Information Systems 2016, Eurospine 2017, the International Congress of Occupational Health 2018 and the World Congress of Biomechanics 2018 and the 37th International Symposium on Combustion 2018.

For more information, please visit www.theccd.ie