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Artexis easyFairs and SMG sign strategic alliance

Eric Everard, CEO of Artexis easyFairs and Wes Westley, SMG President & CEO today announced that they have finalised a strategic alliance and established a joint venture company, Artexis-SMG, which will be based in Brussels and will offer highly specialised venue management services in Europe and beyond.

Eric Everard commented, “SMG is the world’s leading company in venue management, with a portfolio of 74 exhibition and convention centres. It sets the ‘gold standard’ in public facility management and I am delighted that we will be working together. Here in Europe, there is strong demand from public and private owners of congress, convention and exhibition centres for specialist expertise to maximise revenue streams and to help them host top quality events. Our new joint venture, Artexis-SMG, is better placed than anyone to meet this demand.”

Wes Westley added, “I have been very impressed by the professionalism of Artexis operations at its eight venues in Belgium and Sweden. We share similar values and a belief in the energising effect that venues can have on local economies. With his extensive experience of managing multi-format venues and as one of Europe’s recognised industry entrepreneurs, Håkan Gershagen is the ideal choice as Artexis-SMG’s Vice President, Business Development.”

The new joint venture will function independently from Artexis easyFairs’ activities as an event organiser. It will adopt SMG’s proven formula for professional venue management and apply them in the European context. “The combination of locally based Artexis-SMG personnel, with their deep knowledge of European markets, and SMG processes and best practices, will deliver exceptional added value to our customers,” said Everard.

“For convention planners, the SMG name carries the brand promise of a well-run facility and unparalleled expertise in all phases of convention planning. Through web links, email news blasts, bulk advertising buys in trade publications and participation in major convention planner trade shows, SMG offers its clients in North America exposure that may be prohibitively expensive to buy on their own. We also utilise the full range of electronic capabilities, including a proprietary online events calendar and booking system, which enables SMG onsite sales directors to share leads and co-sell properties. Property owners benefit from the full force of SMG working to send business their way, and events planners gain the ability to check SMG venues and available dates 24/7,” said Gregg Caren, executive vice president of SMG’s convention centre division. “We are hugely excited at the prospect of our joint venture offering a similar added value proposition in Europe.”

The joint venture’s immediate geographical scope extends across all of Europe (not just the EU) with the exception of Belgium and Sweden where Artexis already plays a leading role in venue management. Artexis-SMG will focus on exhibition and conference centres, the agreement not addressing other SMG core businesses such as theatres and sports stadia where the SMG name is already well-known in Europe.

 

Scandic invited to be keynote speaker at international congress on tourism for people with disabilities

Magnus Berglund, Director of Accessibility, has been invited to be keynote speaker at the first international congress on tourism focused on travel for people with different types of disabilities – The World Summit Destinations for All – which is being held in Montreal, Canada from October 19 to 22, 2014.

The conference aims to be a forum for sharing best practice and experiences from countries, cities and companies with the aim of establishing international standards for accessible tourism. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is one of the organizers of the event.

Magnus Berglund will speak about how the Scandic hotel chain has been a pioneer in accessible travel and how the company has become world leading in the area. At Scandic, everyone, with or without disabilities and regardless of type of disability, should be offered a positive hotel experience. For this reason, Scandic has developed an accessibility standard that covers all aspects of its hotel offering and that is an integrated part of all of its products and services. The chain has also included the accessibility perspective from the early stages of the building process, which means that accessibility for all is considered from the start in renovations, additions and new hotel projects. The result is stylish and smart design that functions for everyone.

“For us at Scandic, it is only natural that people who travel on business or for pleasure should be able to enjoy a hotel environment adapted to many different needs and specific requirements. This is a fundamental part of the way we work. Naturally we are happy when our accessibility our work in this area is highlighted in different situations – by our guests or by international organizations. It is with great pleasure that I will speak at an international congress, organized by UNWTO, that focuses on tourism for people with disabilities,” says Magnus Berglund, Director of Accessibility, Scandic.

According to UNWTO, approximately one billion people live with some kind of disability today. This corresponds to 15 percent of the world’s population. And the numbers are rising because we are living longer and travelling more frequently at higher ages.

As recently as at the end of September, Scandic was nominated for the internationally recognized European Diversity Awards.

New IATA Passenger Forecast Reveals Fast-Growing Markets of the Future

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its first 20-year passenger growth forecast, projecting that passenger numbers are expected to reach 7.3 billion by 2034. That represents a 4.1% average annual growth in demand for air connectivity that will result in more than a doubling of the 3.3 billion passengers expected to travel this year.

Among the highlights of the report is the expectation that China will overtake the United States as the world’s largest passenger market (defined by traffic to, from and within) by 2030. Both markets, however, are expected to remain the largest by a wide margin. In 2034 flights to, from and within China will account for some 1.3 billion passengers, 856 million more than 2014 with an average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Traffic to, from and within the US is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of 3.2% that will see 1.2 billion passengers by 2034 (559 million more than 2014).

The report, the first from the new IATA Passenger Forecasting service, produced in association with Tourism Economics, analyzes passenger flows across 4,000 country pairs for the next 20 years, forecasting passenger numbers by way of three key demand drivers: living standards, population and demographics, and price and availability.

Future Growth Trend Highlights

  • By 2034 the five fastest-increasing markets in terms of additional passengers per year will be China (856 million new passengers per year), the US (559 million), India (266 million), Indonesia (183 million) and Brazil (170 million).
  • Eight of the ten fastest-growing markets in percentage terms will be in Africa with Central African Republic, Madagascar, Tanzania, Burundi and Kuwait making up the five fastest-growing markets.
  • In terms of country-pairs, Asian and South American destinations will see the fastest growth, reflecting economic and demographic growth in those markets. Intra-Pakistan, Kuwait-Thailand, United Arab Emirates (UAE)-Ethiopia, Colombia-Ecuador and intra-Honduras travel will all grow by at least 9.5% on average for the next 20 years, while Indonesia-East Timor will be the fastest growing pair of all, at 14.9%.

"It is an exciting prospect to think that in the next 20 years more than twice as many passengers as today will have the chance to fly. Air connectivity on this scale will help transform economic opportunities for millions of people. At present, aviation helps sustain 58 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in economic activity. In 20 years’ time we can expect aviation to be supporting around 105 million jobs and $6 trillion in GDP," said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

While improving living standards, population and demographics, and price and availability create the conditions for improved demand, there is potential for policy-induced obstacles to hinder the development of connectivity. "Meeting the potential demand will require government policies that support the economic benefits that growing connectivity makes possible. Airlines can only fly where there is infrastructure to accommodate them. People can only fly as long as ticket taxes don’t price them out of their seats. And air connectivity can only thrive when nations open their skies and their markets. It’s a virtuous circle. Growing connectivity stimulates economies. And healthy economies demand greater connectivity. The message of this forecast is that there is great potential if all aviation stakeholders—including governments—play their role," said Tyler.

The aviation industry recognizes that air travel has an environmental impact, and is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. In 2009, the industry agreed three targets which will ensure that aviation plays its part in ensuring a sustainable future.

  • 1.5% annual fuel efficiency improvement to 2020
  • Capping net emissions through carbon-neutral growth from 2020
  • A 50% cut in net emissions by 2050, compared to 2005.

Analysis of the 10 largest air passenger markets defined by traffic to, from and within for the period 2014-2034:

  • The United States will remain the largest air passenger market until around 2030, when it will drop to number 2, behind China. Cumulatively over the next 20 years the US will carry 18.3 billion more passengers and China 16.9 billion.
  • Currently the ninth largest market, India will see a total of 367 million passengers by 2034, an extra 266 million annual passengers compared to today. It will overtake the United Kingdom (148 million extra passengers, total market 337 million) to become the 3rd largest market around 2031.
  • Reflecting a declining and ageing population, Japanese air passenger numbers will grow just 1.3% per year and decline from the 4th largest market in 2014 to the 9th largest by 2033.
  • Germany and Spain will decline from 5th and 6th position in 2014 to be the 8th and 7th largest markets respectively. France will fall from 7th to 10th while Italy will fall out of the top 10 altogether in around 2019.
  • Brazil will increase passenger numbers by 170 million and rise from 10th to 5th. Its total market will be 272 million passengers.
  • Indonesia will enter the top ten around 2020 and attain 6th place by 2029. By 2034 it will be a market of 270 million passengers.

Regional growth highlights:

  • Routes to, from and within Asia-Pacific will see an extra 1.8 billion annual passengers by 2034, for an overall market size of 2.9 billion. In relative terms it will increase its size compared to other regions to 42% of global passenger traffic, and its annual average growth rate, 4.9%, will be the joint-highest with the Middle East.
  • The North American region will grow by 3.3% annually and in 2034 will carry a total of 1.4 billion passengers, an additional 649 million passengers a year.
  • Europe will have the slowest growth rate, 2.7%, but will still cater for an additional 591 million passengers a year. The total market will be 1.4 billion passengers.
  • Latin American markets will grow by 4.7%, serving a total of 605 million passengers, an additional 363 million passengers annually compared to today.
  • The Middle East will grow strongly (4.9%) and will see an extra 237 million passengers a year on routes to, from and within the region by 2034. The UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will all enjoy strong growth of 5.6%, 4.8%, and 4.6% respectively. The total market size will be 383 million passengers.
  • Africa will grow by 4.7%. By 2034 it will see an extra 177 million passengers a year for a total market of 294 million passengers.

Analysis of domestic air passengers markets

  • The fastest-growing domestic market will be China, which will grow at 5.6% per year and by 2034 will account for 1.0 billion passengers (691 million additional domestic passengers compared to today).
  • The United States domestic market will expand by 3.2% per year, to 822 million passengers, an additional 384 million passengers annually compared to 2014.
  • The Indian and Brazilian domestic markets will grow at 6.9% and 5.4% respectively. India will be adding 159 million extra passengers and Brazil 147 million. Their total domestic air markets will be 215 million and 226 million.
  • Indonesia will be the fifth largest domestic market. It will grow at 6.4%, adding an extra 136 million passengers a year by 2034. The total Indonesian domestic market will be 191 million.
  • The remaining top ten domestic markets will be Turkey (annual growth of 5.3%), Philippines (5.9%), Mexico (4.6%), Colombia (6.0%), and Vietnam (6.2%).
Ovation Names Chris Baker Winner of 2014 Huggability Award

Ovation Global DMC, the Destination Services Division of MCI, has named Chris Baker DMCP winner of the 2014 Ovation Huggabilty Award. The announcement was made at IMEX America, Las Vegas by Aoife Delaney.

Owner of Chicago Travel Consultants (CTC), Chris was nominated for being a 'perfect gentleman’ and for his ability to ‘get the job done no matter where the credit goes.’ His extensive knowledge of the Windy City is surpassed only by his passion for the city – he is regularly spotted running along the Lake Shore Drive path purely to marvel at the city in all its glory. A passion for people and teams is a must for Ovation Bear’s most huggable winners and Chris exudes this by the bucket load.

Aoife Delaney, Ovation’s Director of Global Sales and recently appointed VP of Finance for SITE Global said “Whenever I bump into Chris at industry events he always has a big smile and warm welcome. This is the first time the Huggability Award has been bestowed to a member of The DMC Network, Ovation’s strategic ally – we couldn’t ignore the overwhelming positive support and number of nominations which Chris received. The Huggability Award allows Ovation to recognise and thank the people who make our industry special and Chris is certainly one of those people.”

London Announces Major International Medical Conference Win at IMEX America

LONDON HAS ANNOUNCED that America’s the Alzheimer’s Association will host its bi-annual conference in London for the first time in 2017.

The six-day event, which will take place at the city’s international convention centre ExCeL London, will see over 5,000 delegates gather to promote an international exchange of ideas in Alzheimer’s disease.

The new win was announced ahead of London & Partners’ MedCity event at their IMEX America booth. The Alzheimer’s Association conference, which will take place from 15-20 July 2017, joins a growing number of medical events being held in the capital. ExCeL London hosted four major life sciences conferences this year alone, while 2015 will see 35,000 senior medical professionals attend the five-day European Society of Cardiology Congress in August-September.

Scandic Anglais opens the Nordic region’s first Jamie’s Italian
On Thursday 16 October, Scandic and acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver will be opening the Nordic region’s first Jamie’s Italian at Scandic Anglais in Stockholm. With its 195 seats and large bar, the restaurant will be serving up great value, simple, rustic Italian food using local and organic produce combined with fresh pasta made on the premises daily. Most of the main courses will cost no more than 200 kr.

Earlier this year, the Nordic hotel chain Scandic and Jamie Oliver announced their joint venture to bring Jamie’s Italian into the Nordic market. Now the region’s first Jamie’s Italian is opening at Scandic Anglais in central Stockholm. Taking a conscious view of quality, sustainability and social responsibility, the restaurant is committed to using higher-welfare, sustainably sourced produce and to search high and low for the best producers and suppliers around.

“Scandic and Jamie Oliver are a perfect match, since we share the same core values,” says Ulrika Garbrant, Scandic’s Vice President Food & Beverage. “Scandinavia is already Jamie’s third biggest market and we know that he’s incredibly popular here. It therefore feels particularly great that we can now offer our hotel guests such a fantastic bonus and at the same time attract more diners to our restaurants. Our ambition is to expand Jamie’s Italian to Scandic hotels across the Nordic region, but for the moment, we’re focusing on this first restaurant,” she says.

British chef Jamie Oliver has Jamie’s Italian outlets in around 50 locations worldwide, with the majority in the UK. The concept is based on tasty and simple Italian food made from scratch that always offers great value. As such, only a few main courses will be more than 200 kr at Jamie’s Italian in the Scandic Anglais.

Jamie’s Italian is a collaboration between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor Gennaro Contaldo, who opened their first restaurant in the UK in 2008. It is now one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains, with outlets as far afield as Australia, Russia, Singapore and Turkey. All the Jamie’s Italian restaurants share a capacity to create neighbourhood venues inspired by the Italian table and by local landmarks.

The restaurant at Scandic Anglais draws on the colours and character of the area, taking inspiration from the nearby National Library of Sweden and the Old Town. An industrial feel meets the Italian warmth of Tuscany. Sustainability and authenticity inform the choice of materials, lighting and design. Parts of an old building from northern Sweden have been reclaimed, for instance, along with vintage ship’s lights.

“I can't believe we're only a few days off from opening Jamie's Italian in Stockholm – our first in the Nordic region,” says Jamie Oliver. “I know I'm biased, but the restaurant is absolutely stunning and I just know you guys are going to love it. Our new team have been training incredibly hard to make sure that everyone who comes to visit will have a truly fantastic experience. It's going to be epic,” he continues.

The collaboration between Scandic and Jamie Oliver began back in 2008 with dishes and menus composed specially for Scandic.

About Jamie’s Italian at Scandic Anglais

Seats: 195 in the restaurant

Four kitchen stations: antipasti, pasta (including gluten-free), fish and grill.