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Dubai welcomes 14,500 delegates as UAE’s largest ever corporate incentive group arrives
The Dubai Convention and Events Bureau (DCEB), a division of the Department of Commerce and Tourism Marketing (DTCM), is welcoming the first of 14,500 incentive delegates arriving from Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. in China.

DCEB won the bid for Dubai to host the Nu Skin incentive mega-group in January 2013, fending off fierce competition from Macau, Seoul in South Korea and Singapore.

The delegation, which represents the largest corporate incentive group in UAE history, are arriving in seven waves, with one wave averaging around 2,000 people arriving every day between Sunday, April 6, and Saturday, April 12. The last wave will depart the UAE on April 17, and each wave will be in the UAE for five days.

Nu Skin chose to visit Dubai because of its premier incentive offer, which includes iconic landmarks, world-class accommodation and transport infrastructure and a robust offering of leisure events and activities.

All the groups will experience an almost identical tour programme which will take them to see the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Al Bastakiya, Dubai Creek and the Palm Jumeirah along with other locations in addition to select areas of interest around Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the Emirate.

DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector; and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the DTCM portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). In addition to its headquarters in Dubai, DTCM operates 20 offices worldwide. For more information about DTCM visit www.dubaitourism.ae.

About the Dubai Convention and Events Bureau (DCEB)

The Dubai Convention and Events Bureau’s aim is to further develop and increase Dubai's share of the international business events markets, whilst maximizing the economic prospects of Dubai. The DCEB’s main goal, as a division of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), is to establish the Emirate as a premier incentive and business event destination by helping to plan, organize and manage every aspect of an event. The DCEB's service standards are accredited by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance LRQA as part of the BestCities Global alliance of convention and visitor bureaus that aim to deliver the world's best service experience for the meeting industry. For more information about DCEB visit www.dceb.gov.ae.

Miss Klara Hotel opens today in Stockholm

Design Hotels announces the rebirth of one of Stockholm’s most treasured Art Nouveau buildings. Built in 1910, the former Ateneum school for girls has been transformed by the ever-enterprising Nobis Group into a sleek Scandinavian bolthole among the tech start-ups and creative types of the evolving City district. Taking its name from Clara Strömberg, the beloved first headmistress of the one-time girl’s school, Miss Clara is an old soul with a contemporary heart. www.designhotels.com/hotels/sweden/stockholm/miss-clara

High ceilings, expansive windows and an original spiral staircase hark back to the building’s Art Nouveau past while a gentle restoration has eased the iconic schoolhouse and its 92 rooms, two suites and two etage suites, into the modern day. Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh paid special attention to the original traits of the building, following a unique concept of an outward facing property, where the windows are treated as ‘center stage’. Located at one of the most up and coming addresses in Stockholm, gracefully arched windows overlook the buzzing Sveavägen Boulevard, while the easy and uncomplicated nature of the rooms absorbs the bustle below.

At street level, a vibrant restaurant and bar thrive on the cosmopolitan pulse of the Stockholm City district, welcoming visitors and savvy locals alike. Master Chef Daniel Guest from Nobis’ flagship dining room Operakällaren oversees the 80-seat restaurant, with updated takes on international and Swedish classics. Seamlessly connected to the lounge and lobby, the Miss Clara bar offers guests an intimate atmosphere – with stone floors and the use of Swedish limestone and leather contrasting the soft organic lines of the space. With versatility in mind, all three areas can be shaped to suit any need: informal gatherings, business meetings, simple relaxation or private dining in the Chambre Separee. Conversely, the gym, sauna and relaxation lounge on the lower floor of the property, take care of any restorative need, providing a calming oasis within the City’s buzz.

With a rich history of craftsmanship and a wealth of raw materials, Gert Wingårdh looked no further than Sweden’s own borders for inspiration and enlisted the help of longtime Swedish manufactures known for expert artisanal skills. Favoring both form and function equally, many elements of the well-designed rooms offer guests flexibility. Each room features a bespoke oak storage unit, stretching the length of the window wall, incorporating pull-out work desks and luggage storage, and serving additionally as a perch for street-gazing. Custom mounted additions to the beds provide a sitting option and the glass-enclosed marble and tile bathrooms can be left visible, or screened-off if desired.

Set against a crisp backdrop of white, headboards of traditional bentwood from Swedish manufacturer Gemla crown luxury beds by Stockholm-based Bed Factory, giving the streamlined and smoothly functioning rooms a nod to the Art Nouveau past. Further odes to traditional Swedish crafts are found throughout the hotel, from leather work by Tärnsjö – one of the few tanneries in Europe dyeing skins with environmentally gentle tree extracts instead of the typical chrome – to the fine details of intricately woven woodwork. With traces of the building’s roots remaining intact, the new hotel instills a subtle sense of déjà vu – like it always looked this way.

Running through the heart of Stockholm, from north to south, Sveavägen is the capital’s most cosmopolitan boulevard. Located just north of where Sveavägen intersects with Kungsgatan Avenue, the hotel is based in the center of one of the most expansive focal points in the evolution of a new and more charismatic Stockholm City district. This bustling locale serves business travelers well – conveniently located for both Stockholm Central and Ostra train stations – while leisure travelers are well-placed for the Royal Palace, Storkyrkan Cathedral and the Nobel Museum.

MCI acquires 3Events, offering unparalleled congress and event management services for the Turkish market
Following the acquisition of 3Events, a promising start-up focused on corporate and association event management, MCI today announced the exciting launch of MCI Turkey.

The launch will reinforce MCI’s capacity to offer its unique services and solutions to organisations across the India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA) region and expand service offerings to clients interested in engaging audiences and hosting congresses and events in this fast-growing market.

From the Ankara-based office, local clients will now have access to MCI’s unique experience management, brand enhancement, content, digitisation and globalisation strategies, enabling them to unlock their potential, drive business results, enhance organisational performance and grow globally.

“Although a young start-up, the 3Events Team has a combined 25 years’ experience in managing corporate and association events, as well as in-depth knowledge of local clients and their challenges,” said Sumaira Isaacs, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa. “This acquisition will establish MCI’s presence in Turkey, provide our growing regional client-base with an additional location from which to access MCI’s strategic services and bring innovative new strategies to the Turkish market.”

3Events was created by entrepreneurs Barış Kahriman, Ufuk Yavuz Tümer and Koray Tuncer, who share MCI’s belief that “when people come together, magic happens.” All three founders are delighted to be joining forces with the globally recognised group and will drive the growth of MCI Turkey in various high-level roles.

Barış Kahriman will head up the new office as General Manager, MCI Turkey, while Ufuk Yavuz Tümer will drive commercial growth as Director of Operations & Business Development and Koray Tuncer will lead the development of the association market as Director Institution & PCO.

“By combining our local knowledge and well-established connections with MCI’s global expertise, best practices and buying power, we are in a unique position to help our clients make their ambitious goals a reality,” said Barış Kahriman, General Manager, MCI Turkey. “As MCI Turkey, we are committed to adopting versatile and original approaches to help local clients unlock their potential, enhance organisational performance and drive real change.”

AIM Gold for Church House Conference Centre
Church House Conference Centre has achieved the highest level of venue accreditation – AIM Gold.

Achieving the accreditation cements the Westminster venue’s position amongst the best in the country as it joins a select group to be recognised for the delivery of top quality events.

Church House Conference Centre’s General Manager Robin Parker says: “Achieving AIM Gold is an outstanding achievement, one the entire team can be proud of. It is the benchmark in the industry against which venue standards are judged. We have built a reputation as one of London’s most versatile venues delivering a consistently high quality of customer service in all areas of our business.

“This achievement is thanks to the dedication of the team, from the moment an event is booked to the time the client leaves, everybody puts in the maximum effort to ensure every event is a success. Awards such as this and the BDRC Gold Standard are really important to us and motivate the team to continue our good work and to achieve the standards we have become renowned for.”

Jane Longhurst, Chief Executive of mia, said: “We only award Gold to venues offering first class conference, meetings and events facilities matched by the highest levels of customer service and exceptional catering; it’s a great achievement and the team at Church House Conference Centre have done a truly great job of ensuring that the venue is operating at the very highest levels.”

Church House Conference Centre is hosting the mia AGM and miaList 2014 celebratory lunch on Monday April 7, 2014.

Church House Conference Centre has 19 rooms which can accommodate between 2 and 664 guests for a wide variety of events including meetings, conferences, awards ceremonies, gala dinners and receptions.

Milan wins 2019 Lions Convention, expecting 25,000 delegates
The Lions Clubs International, with its 1.3 million members, has decided to hold its annual convention in Italy. In its nearly 100 years as an organization, the Lions Club has chosen only 3 destinations in Europe for its Convention – Hamburg (Germany), Birmingham (UK) and Nice (France). This will be the first time to host the event in Italy. Last week in San Diego, the city of Milan was selected for the 2019 event over Boston (USA), Calgary (Canada), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Singapore.

From the very beginning, the work on the bid to host the Lions Club Convention, was a team effort involving Fiera Milano Congressi - the official bidder and manager of the convention centre MiCo, that will host the convention; Lions Club Italia - the organization’s local chapter in Italy; and AIM Group International - which will be the official PCO of the event, that gave technical advice and support in the design and presentation of the successful bid. The convention will be held in July 2019, bringing to Milan 25.000 people, including delegates and their guests, for 4 days. The Lions Club estimates that this convention will generate about 60 million euro revenue for the destination.

“We submitted a bid for the 2018 convention, but we lost to Las Vegas, which boasted a more competitive offer for hotel rates, but we never gave up!” says Marica Motta, Sales Operations Coordinator at AIM Group International. Marica Motta has worked on the project for two years. “For the Lions Club Convention, the bid had three main pillars: six thousand hotel rooms in the least possible number of hotels, with rates already agreed upon, plus transportation plan and additional destination support for 25.000 people visiting the city.”

To meet the accommodation needs, the Fiera Milano Congressi conducted discussions with hotelier associations, which have guaranteed an initial six thousand rooms in 45 hotels in three different categories. AIM Group International devised a transportation plan with a partner that can cover the complicated logistics and for the third point the Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, ensured the visiting delegation the availability of the historic centre for the Lions Club famous two Kilometer Parade and benefits for the participants, including public transportation and entrance to museums and other attractions in the city.

"Milan won for many reasons," said Henry Pons, President of the Italian Chapter of the Lions Club, “One large influence was the number of members in Italy, 44 thousand, as opposed to 9 thousand in Singapore. Milan also has a good accessibility by air and rail, and most importantly, the convention centre is almost in the centre of the city. The decisive factor was the intervention of Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, who welcomed with honours the inspection delegation, which spent three days in Milan looking at routes for the parade, visiting hotels, and reviewing sightseeing programs”.

“The candidacy of Singapore was very strong, because their local chapter offered a substantial economic support, but Milan acquired the event because the visiting delegation perceived the great team work done by the bid team and all the stakeholders involved " continues Marica Motta who, together with her team, went to the 2013 Lions Convention in Hamburg, to personally understand the characteristics and criteria of the event. “It was the personal relations created during the site inspection that was instrumental in building a feeling of trust.”

The 25.000 Lions will benefit directly from all the attractions Milan has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, and cultural life. Traditionally, additional tours to other Italian destinations will be organized for delegates and their guests after the convention, offering business to other parts of Italy.

Photo: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, iStockPhoto.

 

Kyoto welcomes major new conference facilities

Kyoto Convention Bureau has welcomed the news that ROHM Theatre Kyoto (formerly the Kyoto Kaikan Hall) will be reopened in January 2016 as a venue for medium to large sized conference and meetings

ROHM Theatre Kyoto includes:

• The Main Hall, accommodating 2001

• A South Hall that accommodates 715

•  The newly constructed North Hall that accommodates 200

•  Two other small meeting rooms

As part of the development work the ROHM Theatre Kyoto has also added an area called the Park Plaza, which will focus on cultural and artistic projects. The Park Plaza will also be usable as a venue for receptions and conventions.

James Widgren, international marketing co-ordinator, Kyoto Convention Bureau comments: “As Japan’s leading destination for international meetings and events we welcome the arrival of the redeveloped ROHM Theatre. It will be a fantastic space for meetings and events, balancing our cultural and artistic creativity with excellence in the field of meetings events and incentives.”

Widgren continues: “The area surrounding the ROHM Theatre Kyoto is full of cultural resources such as museums, zoos, temples and shrines, giving delegates the chance to experience the genuine appeal of Kyoto’s culture, art, history and tradition, whilst attending commercial events.”

As part of the redevelopment the ROHM Theatre Kyoto will be reborn as a repository of culture, functioning as a theatre for opera, ballet, musicals, and plays as well as traditional Japanese performing arts while simultaneously meeting the needs of the MICE market.

Kyoto is consistently ranked as Japan’s second most popular city for meetings, conferences and events. Kyoto has international access, a contrast of modern and traditional facilities and rich culture. There are many conference venues available and 17 UNESCO world heritage sites many of which can be used for events.

Kyoto’s offering includes Japan’s leading conference venue the Kyoto International Conference Centre. Their incredible culture can be stretched to meet the needs of any event including the use of many of its 2,000 temples and shrines which can be visited on incentive trips or as part of an event or conference.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794-1868 and was originally called "Heian-Kyo" - Capital of Peace. A thousand years as the capital city has left a legacy that combines modern facilities with history and culture that is best exemplified by the use of Geiko for hospitality during events.

Kyoto also has a wide range of hotels suitable for conferences and conventions, including the comfort of world- class hotel brand as well as popular national brands and traditional Japanese Ryokan Inns, famous for their Japanese quality and attention to detail in hospitality.

Kyoto is one of the most accessible cities in Japan thanks to its proximity to Kansai International Airport and its location on the famous Shinkansen bullet train line. The city has well established bus and train services that have signage and announcements in English for ease of use all of which makes travelling in Kyoto very easy.

Useful travelling information in Kyoto includes:

• Kansai International Airport is reached by direct express train in 75 minutes.

• Tokyo is just over 2 hours away on the fastest bullet train in Japan and places as far as Hiroshima are also comfortable day trips

• In Kyoto, the integrated subway, bus and rail networks allows travel between any two points in less than half an hour

• Public transport is easy to use with signage and announcements in English and other languages.

The residents of Kyoto are renowned for their pride in the city and their outstanding service, so whatever the event, a welcome demonstrating Japan’s warmth and culture is always given.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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