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International Conference on Biodiversity in Jönköping

In October 2014 the annual TDWG Conference will be held at Elmia Congress Centre in Jönköping, Sweden. Around 200 participants from all over the world are expected to attend. The organizer is the Swedish part of the international network GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) that works on freely available information about the Earth's species. GBIF-Sweden has its seat at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm.

"GBIF-Sweden has proposed to hold the conference in Jönköping because of the successful UNESCO meeting MAB ICC at Jönköping University in June 2014. Even TDWG 2014's main topic of sustainable data collection can be seen as a conceptual complement to this. Furthermore we will be able to expand existing contacts with the East Vättern Scarp Landscape Biosphere Reserve," said Anders Telenius, Node Manager at GBIF-Sweden.

"We are very pleased to welcome TDWG 2014 in Jönköping and thereby put Sweden's contribution to global research on biodiversity and sustainability in focus this year. Moreover, people and organizations working with East Vättern Scarp Landscape will be given the opportunity to inform about the biosphere reserve and to build on their international network," said André Petzold, project manager at Jönköping Convention Bureau.

"The non-profit and independent international organization Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) is an important component in efforts to promote research and implementation of methods related to biodiversity and sustainable development. TDWG holds annual conferences since 1985. The last five meetings have been held in Montpellier (2009), Woods Hole (2010), New Orleans (2011), Beijing (2012) and Florence (2013)."

Nico Nauta is the New Chairman of the Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus

The Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus (SNCVB) has elected a new president of the network, Nico Nauta and a new Board of Directors at its annual meeting.

The meeting was held in Jönköping and Ante Jankovic was thanked as leaving President and Nico Nauta from East Sweden Convention Bureau welcomed as the new Chairman.

"During my year as president SNCVB will continue to contribute to the Swedish meetings industry development," said Nauta. "It will be an exciting year. The network has grown bigger and stronger in a very short time and now we have to channel our forces, we are involved in shaping the future of Sweden in this industry. It is very exciting that SNCVB has taken the leap into the international market by taking care of the international fairs IMEX and EIBTM. Greater involvement in the international market will lead to more business for the Swedish meetings industry."

The Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus, SNCVB is a non-profit organization where all Swedish CVBs are members. SNCVB operate based on two main areas of focus, business value and knowledge to jointly develop the Swedish meetings industry.


Photo: From left back row, Nico Nauta, the new chairman of the network, East Sweden Convention Bureau, Martin Theorin, Luleå Convention Bureau, Ante Jankovic, Jonkoping Convention Bureau, Emelie Gard, (President Elect), Eskilstuna Convention Bureau and Cathrarina Wallentin, Gotland Convention Bureau.

American Express Global Business Travel Appoints Philippe Chereque as Chief Technology Officer

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) today announced the appointment of Philippe Chereque as Chief Technology Officer. Philippe, who joins GBT from Amadeus Technology Group SA, will lead GBT’s technology strategy and innovation with a focus on core platforms and critical path products.

Bill Glenn, President and CEO of American Express Global Business Travel, said: “For us, technology is an enabler to deliver differentiated and evolving value to our customers and their travelers. With his strong track record in cutting edge product delivery, Philippe is uniquely suited to ensure that GBT’s technologies address current and anticipated customer needs. In particular, Philippe and his team will expand key differentiators such as platform optimization and GDS connectivity, as well as newer technologies that will facilitate greater mobile and tablet functionality to meet the growing trend of consumerization in the industry.

“Technology and innovation are at the heart of our plans for growth and I am delighted to have someone with such extensive experience across a wide range of industry innovations at the helm of our technology strategies.”

Chereque previously held the role of Executive Vice President of Commercial at Amadeus Technology Group SA, where he led the worldwide implementation of Amadeus Technology’s commercial strategy. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, responsible for driving and coordinating the company’s business development, marketing, technical architecture and product plan. Chereque joined Amadeus Global Travel Distribution S.A. as one of the founders in 1987.

Prior to joining Amadeus, Chereque worked at Air France for seven years, where he held a number of managerial positions in operational research, computer analysis and passenger application software development. A graduate Engineer of the Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Chereque also holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics from the University of Paris.

Dubai’s hosting of international meeting planners showcases growing business events credentials
A large delegation of approximately 100 influential meeting planners and business events journalists from around the world are in Dubai September 20-22, 2014 as part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the city’s offering as a leading destination for business events.

The trip, believed to be one of the largest in the emirate’s history, has been organised by Dubai Business Events – the Official Convention Bureau (DBE), a division of DTCM which promotes Dubai as a dynamic host city for incentive travel, meetings and conferences.

Working closely with Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Emirates Airline, Dubai Airports and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the visiting group, which comprises delegates from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, is the first of many that will visit Dubai in the coming years to experience the destination first-hand. The visit is also part of ongoing efforts to increase business visitors to the emirate by 50 to 75 per cent under Tourism Vision for 2020.

“Dubai’s business events and incentive industry continues to go from strength to strength,” said Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events (DBE). “Our hosting of almost 100 influential meeting planners who have descended upon Dubai from all corners of the world, is one of many initiatives being undertaken by DBE to both maintain and increase this momentum as we showcase to key industry partners the world over that Dubai is the place for business, and business events.”

Under Dubai’s ‘Tourism Vision for 2020’ roadmap, government and private sector partners are working together to double the number of tourists visiting Dubai in 2020 to 20 million people, up from the 10 million people who visited in 2012. The aims of the strategy are to double leisure visitors to the emirate to 17 million by 2020 while increasing business visitors by 50% to 75% to around 3.5 million people.

Through comprehensive familiarisation trips to experience both business and leisure touch points across Dubai, DBE is building long-term relationships between leading international meeting planners and local business event suppliers such as hotels, venues, destination management companies and professional conference organisers. This will result in increased global events being hosted in the city, which will bring greater numbers of international business delegates to Dubai.

During their first-hand introduction and immersion in Dubai’s business events industry and infrastructure, the delegation is touring a number of Dubai venues and landmarks including Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which hosts 50% of the regions exhibitions and conferences and the iconic Burj Khalifa. Delegates will also be taken to visit a number of Dubai’s leading hotels and meetings venues, as well as treated to a slice of Dubai’s history and culture through various tours of Dubai Creek alongside some of the emirate’s newer districts.

“We believe that there’s no better way of promoting Dubai than having business events’ decision-makers and influencers experience the destination first-hand,” added Jakobsen. “Our infrastructure, connectivity and growing events and cultural credentials speak for themselves and we are confident that this trip, and the others that will follow will pay long-term dividends for both our business and tourism sectors.”

Jakobsen went on to thank the local tourism partners who are helping make the fam trip possible, including The Address Dubai Mall, The Address Downtown, The Atlantis Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, the Meydan Hotel, the JW Marriot Marquis and the Sofitel Downtown. Transport and logistics for the trip are being provided by Arabian Adventures, Alpha Tours and 24 Degrees, while activity partners include Al Sahra Desert Resort and Burj Khalifa’s At The Top.

Karin Mäntymäki - New Director of Stockholm Convention Bureau

Karin Mäntymäki has taken over as director of the Stockholm Convention Bureau, a department of Stockholm Visitors Board. She succeeds Henrik von Arnold, who will be moving back to Vienna to work at his own company.

Karin Mäntymäki comes from a position as Head of Congresses and Guest Events at Stockholmsmässan, the largest congress and exhibition center in Scandinavia.

"Karin is a dream recruitment for us. She has a broad international network and is a known figure in the Swedish meetings industry. She is driven and result-oriented and will be a strong contender in the development of Stockholm as a meeting destination," said Peter Lindqvist, CEO of Stockholm Visitors Board. Karin has extensive experience in international events at both strategic and operational levels.

"Stockholm's brand is strong, but the competition in the future is getting even tougher. The close collaboration within the meetings industry in Stockholm is a strength, but to succeed in the future we need to find new ways and invest in more of Stockholm's profile as a destination with a world class intellectual capital," said Karin Mäntymäki.

10th International Conference on Carbonic Anhydrase in Maastricht

From April 20 to April 22 2015, researchers of Maastro Clinic and the University of Maastricht (GROW-School for Oncology & Developmental Biology), in collaboration with Prof. dr. Claudiu T. Supuran of the University of Florence, will organize the International Conference on Carbonic Anhydrase (CA) at Grand Hotel de L'Empereur in Maastricht.

The main objective of this triennial conference is to inspire researchers, biologists and pharmacists through interdisciplinary exchange of scientific knowledge, ground-breaking research, ideas and opinions. The program includes lectures, poster- and discussion sessions. During the conference, there is also the opportunity to meet and speak with colleagues informally. The organization expects 150 participants.

When asked why the organization has chosen Maastricht Professor Lambin of MAASTRO Clinic said: "Maastricht was chosen because of its location, historic centre, and hospitable character. The atmosphere and size makes it the ideal city to let the event, where international scientists meet, take place. Grand Hotel de L'Empereur is thereby a charming, inspiring hotel with a high level of service, which also has a perfect location; opposite the Central Station, right in Wyck district which is also called 'the door of Maastricht."