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German Convention Bureau Receives EMAS Certification

The GCB German Convention Bureau has received European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certification. The scheme has been developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations within the EU and the European Economic Area to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.

The GCB German Convention Bureau received the certification after passing challenging tests, demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and the continuous improvement on its environmental performance.

"The GCB has engaged in improving sustainability for many years and being awarded EMAS certification is another milestone. For the GCB, sustainability is an opportunity for the entire industry, especially for making Germany a sustainable meetings and conventions destination,” said Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the GCB.

Most demanding environmental certification process worldwide

To achieve certification, organisations must create, among other things, an environmental statement that records the dates and details of all environmentally relevant activities covering energy consumption, emissions and waste, as well as the indirect environmental aspects, for example in procurement and event management.

After an initial comprehensive inventory, the environmental assessment is subsequently performed as a recurring audit within the framework of the EMAS process and is judged by independent, nationally accredited environmental auditors.

"Compared to the widespread environmental management standard ISO 14001, the requirements are fully covered by EMAS. EMAS is characterised by a higher level of legal security, consistent environmental performance, high transparency and active employee participation," said Dr. Stefan Müssig, CEO of Würzburg Environmental and Quality Management Consulting, who oversaw the EMAS certification of the GCB.

Christine Koch, Sustainability Officer of GCB, said: "An important area for participation in EMAS is the involvement of all employees in an organisation thereby ensuring environmental management is achieved at all levels of activity.”

In Germany around 1,250 companies from various industries participate in the EMAS from manufacturing companies through to trade and services of all kinds including public administration.

GCB provides impetus for sustainability at conferences and congresses

In the German meeting industry, the GCB promotes sustainable event management. Education seminars on sustainability in the meeting industry are ongoing and in 2012 and 2013 the GCB received funding from the German Federal Environmental Foundation and will continue the seminars from 2014.

In addition, the GCB is organising the greenmeetings and events conference, taking place on 9 and 10 February 2015 in Kap Europa in Frankfurt. This is organised jointly with the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) every two years. Since 2011 the two organisations have initiated a sustainability code for the event industry and now supports more than 400 companies.

Comic Con India & Reed Exhibitions Enter Joint Venture

Comic Con India (CCI) has announced a joint venture with Reed Exhibitions to grow the pop culture space in India. The Comic Con India team will work closely with the ‘ReedPOP’ division of Reed Exhibitions, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world. With this joint venture in place, CCI enters the burgeoning ReedPOP portfolio of pop culture events which includes New York Comic Con, PAX, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Oz Comic-Con, Singapore Toy, Gaming & Comics Convention and Star Wars Celebration among many others.

The joint venture will capitalize on the expertise and investment brought in by Reed Exhibitions along with the ever-increasing popularity of Comic Con India’s portfolio of pop culture events that have achieved national status within a very short period of time.

Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, said, “Our partnership with ReedPOP will help us scale further and create world class events that will deliver the best experiences to audiences here in India. With this joint venture, I hope to have our events counted among the top events in the world, within this sphere, in the coming years.”

Association Professionals Applaud IT&CM India’s Inaugural Association Day

IT&CM India’s inaugural effort to reach out to local association professionals and executives through its curated Association Day programme on 20 August, paid off with attendees giving top marks to its knowledge platforms.

Launched in collaboration with KW Conferences, the Association Day forums received high scores on all aspects of Content, Delivery, Interaction and Relevance to Job. Madhumita Dobe, IPHA, Organising Secretary, 14th World Congress on Public Health said: “The topic on Best Practices – Developing Middle Level Association Professionals, was so impactful that it inspired me to change the style of management for my association.”

KW Conferences’ Managing Director Monimita Sarkar, attributed the event’s success to the right mix of speakers whose credibility, experience and astute understanding of the field struck a chord with the delegates.

“We developed topics like, The Third Wave’ of Destination Marketing Competitiveness, Benefits of Attracting International Meetings to India and Managing Sessions and Speakers for Higher Delegate and Association ROI, that would resonate with today’s Association market, and the sessions had 7 renowned personalities such as ICCA’s CEO Martin Sirk, Starwood Asia Pacific MD, India and Regional VP South Asia’s Dilip Puri, SICOT India’s President and Indian Orthopaedic Association’s Past President Dr Ashok Johari, Association Networks’ Executive Director Damian Hutt, AROI’s President and Healthcare Global Enterprise’s Medical Director Prof Ramesh S. Bilimagga, as well as Event ROI Institute’s Managing Partner Dr Elling Hamso, helm them. The fit was perfect,” elaborated Sakar who was also a moderator of the forum.

Participants from across India

IT&CM India’s first Association Day drew over 30 participants from across India, hailing from Ahmedabad, Chennai, Cochin, Dharwad, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Karnataka, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Telangana, and Tripunithura. Participants are responsible for organising close to 40 conferences throughout the year, attracting more than 27,000 delegates. Some of the associations represented include All India Officer's Association, Association of Medical Physicists of India, Association of Radiation Oncologist of India, Computer Society of India, Indian Academy of Cytologists, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Indian Endodontic Society, Indian Medical Association, Indian Printed Circuit Association, Luminescence Society of India, and Society For Biotechnologists of India (SBTI).

The next upcoming Association Day will be held in conjunction with IT&CMA in Bangkok, Thailand over 2 days on 1 and 2 October 2014. TTG Events, organiser of the IT&CM event series has also confirmed the 2015 dates of its Association Days series at IT&CM China in Shanghai (15 April), IT&CM India in Delhi (19 August), IT&CMA (30 September and 1 October), as well as a brand new edition in Singapore.

Reed Exhibitions and Tüyap Expand Their Partnership

Reed Exhibitions and Tüyap, Turkey’s leading events and venue company, joined forces in 2012 combining their strengths to create a long term event organising partnership called Reed Tüyap.

Today, following the successful collaboration of the two companies, Reed Tüyap announces the second phase in their venture, with the expansion of its portfolio of events.

Over the past two years the partnership has grown from strength to strength, with both parties working effectively together across five events. The partnership has enabled international businesses to be supported in entering the Turkish market and has been equally successful in supporting Turkish companies’ entry into their chosen export markets.

Reed Tüyap will continue to deliver these business opportunities across the expanded portfolio of events which will now include the market leading events: Wood Processing Machinery, Intermob, Istanbul Window, Istanbul Glass and Istanbul Door Exhibitions.

Bülent ÜNAL, Chairman of TÜYAP, commented on the partnership: “We at Tüyap and Reed Exhibitions, are excited to further expand our partnership on the strong foundation that was laid back in 2012. Our collaboration has had a vast impact on the participation levels of international exhibitors as well as visitors and this has led both parties to consider new horizons to explore. We have now included into the Reed Tüyap portfolio, Wood Working Machinery-Intermob and Window-Door-Glass shows, two events that have a very significant place in Tüyap’s 35-year history. This expansion has enabled us to strengthen our partnership that has been built on trust, hard-work and perfectionism. Reed Tüyap will continue to provide best-in-class services to our exhibitors and visitors in order to maintain Turkey’s regional leadership in the exhibition industry.”

CEO Mike Rusbridge spoke on behalf of Reed Exhibitions: “Within a short two year period we have established a partnership with our Tüyap colleagues which is based on mutual understanding and respect. This solid foundation has led to the possibility of expanding our partnership further for the future. Over the past two years we have successfully taken steps to further internationalise our offering to our customers both through exhibition content and the physical operation of our events. We look forward to doing more to add value for our customers across our new and existing business.

Copenhagen Wins Multiple Prestigious Congresses

Wonderful Copenhagen has won the 4th Women Deliver Global Conference. This internationally renowned event will gather 5,000 opinion leaders, experts and media to the largest conference in the world for women’s rights and health. There was strong competition to host the conference from Vancouver, Vienna, Barcelona and Berlin among other cities.

“We are beyond excited that Women Deliver 2016 will be held in Copenhagen. The Danish government has played a key role in promoting the rights and health of young girls and women, and we expect that this will ensure that the conference will help push these topics to the top of the global development agenda and gather advocates and opinion leaders from all over the world," said Women Deliver president, Jill Sheffield

On securing the conference for  Copenhagen, Danish Trade and Development Minister, Mogens Jensen, commented:
“Denmark is known as a strong advocate of women’s and girls’ rights to make decisions regarding their own bodies, and winning this conference to Copenhagen is a clear acknowledgment of Danish efforts”
In 2013, the Women Deliver Global Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, attracted 4,500 attendees from 149 different countries all working towards the common goals of improving the maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.
Danish Trade and Development Minister, Mogens Jensen, commented: “Denmark is known as a strong advocate of women’s and girls’ rights to make decisions regarding their own bodies, and winning this conference to Copenhagen is a clear acknowledgment of Danish efforts.”
In 2013, the Women Deliver Global Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, attracted 4,500 attendees from 149 different countries all working towards the common goals of improving the maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.

Meanwhile, Copenhagen beat Prague for the honour of hosting the 27th Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) 2017. Denmark is known as a frontrunner within blood transfusions, and the medical field in general, and the ISBT congress is expected to attract 2,500 doctors, scientists and exhibitors to the capital over the course of four days.

Sri Lanka Conducts Meetings Industry Promotion in Kuala Lumpur

Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and SriLankan Airlines conducted another Meetings Industry promotion at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on the 7th August 2014, where there were buyer-seller meetings followed by the presenting of Sri Lanka  as the latest sought after venue for Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences and Exhibitions.

The promotion was attended by a large number of potential Meetings Industry buyers from Kuala Lumpur. The Sri Lankan Meetings Industry participants had the opportunity to establish contacts with their counterparts during the buyer-seller meeting.