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Bella Center Invests Millions in Expanded Partnership with Comwell and Opens Denmark’s Largest Conference Centre

Bella Center has partnered with Comwell to open Comwell Conference Center Copenhagen. The new Comwell Conference Center will be Denmark’s largest conference centre, with the market’s greatest flexibility and capacity. Following a DKK 22m expansion, upgrade and renovation of the conference and congress facilities in the former “Copenhagen Congress Center” – which is also merging with the meeting facilities in Hotel Bella Sky Comwell – Bella Center Group is ready to unveil a new conference concept.

Renowned as a leader in the meeting and conference market for more than 40 years, Comwell’s countless awards and honours include the title of one of the best workplaces in Europe in 2013, and the company’s vision is crystal clear: Comwell strives to be the absolute leader in the Danish conference market.

This strength and experience is taking even deeper root in the expanded collaboration with Bella Center Group , which now includes the opening of Comwell Conference Center Copenhagen. In addition to investments in the expansion and upgrade, Bella Center Group is also establishing a separate organisation to oversee day-to-day administration and operation of the new conference centre. Meanwhile, Comwell will contribute expertise in development, sales and marketing of Comwell Conference Center Copenhagen. Comwell thereby establishes a dominant position in the Copenhagen conference market, where the aim is to challenge the market with Comwell’s well-known focus on high quality, service and dependability for events of all sizes.

“It is important for Comwell to be present in Copenhagen, as our customers have activities that must take place in the capital. Moreover, Comwell strives to be the country’s leading provider of meeting and conference facilities – this desire to be the leader throughout Denmark requires a clear presence in Copenhagen,” says development director Preben Nesager.

“We have invested more than 20 million kroner in a total upgrade of our existing meeting and conference product. A combination of ultramodern facilities, Comwell Conference Center’s unique location and Comwell’s expertise and knowledge of the market ensures that we are ready to challenge the market and capture the largest share,” says Allan L. Agerholm, CEO of Bella Center Group, who continues:

“With the industry’s best products and unique service, which provide stronger value for our customers, there can be no doubt that we are intent on becoming customers’ preferred conference centre in Copenhagen.”

The grand opening of Comwell Conference Center Copenhagen will be held on 18 November 2014.

Radisson Blu’s “Cuckoo’s Nest” nominated for European Hospitality Awards
Cuckoo’s Nest – the restaurant, bar and meeting place at Radisson Blu Riverside in Sweden – has been nominated for ”Best Hotel Bar” in the prestigious European Hospitality Awards. This is the second time in a year that the special and well-designed bar in Gothenburg is recognized internationally.

Cuckoo’s Nest is a restaurant, bar and meeting place on the border between genius and madness. The venue is located at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, three steps from the quayside in the new Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel. Last year, the bar received the prestigous European Hotel Design Awards for ”Europe’s Best Bar”. Now, the bar has been nominated for the European Hospitality Awards.

"I am very proud that Cuckoo’s Nest has been shortlisted for this prestigous award. We are competing against the best bars in the hotel industry, so this is truly an honor. I am convinced that we have a great chance to win. Our concept is unique, genuine and something that we are really proud of", says Malin Franck, General Manager at Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel.

Lindholmen is Gothenburg’s old shipyard area that has become a leading forum for research, innovation and eduction within new technologies and communication. Thus, the ambition with Cuckoo’s Nest has always been to create a restaurant, bar and meeting place for innovators, visionaries and dreamers. The interior is inspired by science labs and old libraries, and the overall experience is entertaining, exciting and unique.

All our colleagues working in the restaurant and in the bar contribute to the overall atmosphere. Cuckoo’s Nest would not have been anything without them. It would be truly amazing if we won another award this year, says Malin Franck.

The European Hospitality Awards celebrates the very finest hotels throughout Europe across 14 prestigious categories, and the final winners are selected by a jury consisting of representatives from the European hotel industry. The final winners will be announced on 7 November.

 

Analysis shows 78% of The Meetings Show’s Hosted Buyers will place business
Analysis conducted by The Meetings Show into its hosted buyer programme has shown that both hosted buyers and exhibitors see real value in its offering.

This year, The Meetings Show attracted 721 hosted buyers – a 67% increase on 2013 - from 35 countries, with 80% of hosted buyers attended for two or more days. Hosted buyers made more than 10,000 pre-scheduled appointments with many more arranging additional meetings onsite.

As a result of their attendance at The Meetings Show, 78% of hosted buyers said they were planning on placing business with exhibitors they met.

Hosted buyers came from internationally recognised organisations such as Boots, BP, Sony, Unilever, Dell, Cisco, Nationwide and American Express as well as renowned agencies such as Zibrant, Banks Sadler, drp Group, MCI and Concerto.

Gerald Hampel, Senior Venue Finder at Yellow Meeting in Paris, commented: “I fundamentally believe in the event’s format, particularly the hosted buyer benefits. I appreciate the flexible nature of the event as it allows time to discover new suppliers and gain inspiration from the education programme.”

Stephane Schlecht, Congress Travel and Event Manager at Sanofi Pasteur MSD, added: “This event is ideal. It is comfortable and offers a great way to get close to the exhibitors. The logistics were well organised and in particular the lounges and onsite facilities have been superb – far better than any other show I have visited.”

“I’m a first time hosted buyer and I’ve been made to feel like a real VIP,” commended Deb Jowett of Outsourced Events. “The lounges are fabulous and I’ve been gathering information about new and existing suppliers to feed back to the team. The central location has made it very easy for me, and having so many contacts under one roof has been a very effective use of my time.”

Event Director of The Meetings Show Steve Knight commented: “The hosted buyer programme has grown significantly and shows true value to both hosted buyers and exhibitors. The aim of The Meetings Show has always been to provide meeting industry professionals with the opportunity to build new connections and do business. Our analysis shows that as a direct result of attendance, buyers, of which more than 50% are from the UK, are placing business with exhibitors. Our plan is to expand the hosted buyer programme in 2015 so even more people can take advantage of the benefits it offers.”

Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show is a major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

Denmark Joins the Growing Baltic Family of Exhibitors at CONVENE 2015

EXHIBITORS FROM DENMARK will be making their debut in CONVENE 2015 with Visit Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport and DMC Nordic already confirmed into the show completing a Baltic Sea circle of exhibitors represented at the event.

Danish exhibitors will join a growing representation from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and there will also be representation from Lviv in the Ukraine and from Belarus. Jolanta Beniuliene the Event Director of CONVENE and also Director of the Vilnius Convention Bureau said, "We are delighted to see the Danish exhibitors join the CONVENE family completing the circumference of the Baltic Sea countries. Denmark is a mature meetings destination with a reputation for quality facilities and service and provides an impressive addition to the range of offer to be discovered at the show."

Steen Moeller Director of Business Events for Visit Denmark said, "CONVENE in its first two years has established a great reputation as an elegant and effective industry trade event delivering an impressive array of hosted buyers to a clearly defined regional exhibitor group whop benefit from a very well managed appointment schedule supported by great networking and education. The detailed customer care of buyers and exhibitors alike has been widely commended."

Danish exhibitors are entering the show at a time of increased participation from Sweden, Estonia and Latvia in particular with the very strong Lithuanian representation set to continue.

Bella Center Copenhagen Hires Prominent Industry Profile

International congresses and events are the core business of Bella Center Group. To further strengthen its profile in this area of business, the Group recently hired Sus Nygaard as International Sales Manager. Nygaard, who will assume the post on 1 November 2014, is one of the most prominent profiles in the industry, bringing with her a wealth of experience from a long career at SAS and a unique network – a combination that strengthens the international position of Bella Center Group.

“With the hiring of Sus Nygaard, we have strengthened our international profile. For a very long time, Sus Nygaard has been a prominent part of the Danish and international meeting industry. Sus Nygaard’s fantastic international network in the meeting industry will undoubtedly provide new opportunities. We very much look forward to working together and we anticipate welcoming a range of new international events to Bella Center Group,” said Congress and Event Director Lene Mortensen.

Maritz Travel Company announces Global Meetings Network
Maritz Travel Company, which consists of Maritz Travel Meetings & Incentives and Experient, has announced the launch of the Maritz Global Meetings Network, a worldwide network of in-market, experienced partners that enhances the company’s ability to offer extensive regional knowledge, capabilities and cultural solutions to its clients. This vast partnership network uniquely positions Maritz Travel Company in the meetings industry by moving away from the “brick-and-mortar” approach to global meetings.

“We are a global economy and meetings are rapidly growing beyond geographic borders,” said David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel Company. “The Maritz Global Meetings Network is the right solution for our clients who are increasingly demanding enhanced, global insights with relevant regional knowledge.”

Led by Maritz Travel Company’s industry-recognized global general managers – Ben Goedegebuure, Eduardo Chaillo and Ping He, the Maritz Global Meetings Network is an effective and efficient, client-centric approach to global meetings solutions.

“Our clients will benefit from scalable, global solutions informed with deep, regional knowledge provided by our reliable partners,” Goedegebuure said. “The partnership approach provides a cost-effective way to help clients achieve exceptional global experiences.”

The network is comprised of a variety of partners including professional congress organizers (PCOs), meeting planning companies and destination management companies (DMCs). The partners within the Maritz Global Meetings Network were chosen based on their meeting capabilities and expertise, their ability to uniquely connect Maritz Travel Company’s client programs to their respective regions, and because they share similar philosophies, ethics and values with Maritz Travel Company.

“Using an extensive network of in-country experts translates to collaborative, workable client programs,” said Ben Goedegebuure, global general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Maritz Travel Company. “These hand-selected partners can help us create culturally responsive experiences by understanding clients’ needs and the way Maritz Travel Company operates.”

Currently, Maritz Travel Company is identifying partners in key geographic regions where client demand is high including Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Latin America.

“Through the end of 2014, we will be adding additional partners that can help us further expand our capabilities worldwide in regions where our clients want to be,” Peckinpaugh said. “Once complete, the network will allow us to provide exceptional global experiences to our clients anywhere in the world at any time.”