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Tom Hulton Recipient of 2014 JMIC Unity Award

Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) President Philippe Fournier has announced the winner of the 2014 JMIC Unity Award as Tom Hulton, currently Director of International Relations with the IMEX Group. Hulton formally received the award at the IMEX Awards Banquet in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 21.

In making the Award, Fournier said: “Our number one objectives in JMIC have always been to grow the beneficial interactions amongst member organizations and to reach out to the broader business and governmental communities with whom we must interact. Tom’s extensive roles in both these areas over many years make him a perfect candidate for the Unity Award and we are pleased to be making it to him at a point where the results of his work are becoming more evident by the day.”

“Tom Hulton has always been very supportive of ECM activities, we are keen to share key messages and mutually benefit from developments in the Meetings Industry. For us, nominating Tom was obvious, in line with our strengthened cooperation sealed in 2013," said Ignasi de Delàs, ECM President.

Great professionalism

Heike Mahmoud, ECM Vice-president Meetings Industry said: “Our relationship with IMEX has always been one of great professionalism. We are very proud of this new milestone and want to congratulate Tom Hulton on its achievements and valuable contribution to the international Meetings Industry as a whole.”

Following a career that included extensive hotel executive experiences and a role as CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Tom assumed the position of Director of International Relations with IMEX, where he has helped to raise the political profile of the Meetings Industry within Government circles in Europe and around the world. As a key player in the IMEX Politicians Forum, he has also effected better communication and recognition of industry issues at local, regional and national government levels all over the world, and with the launch of the IMEX ‘Declaration of Support for the Meetings Industry’ he helped profile politicians who understand the full economic impact of the meetings and events industry on their communities. In addition, through his work in developing the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, he has been instrumental in harnessing the imagination of the most promising students and encouraging them to join the Meetings Industry.

The Unity Award is made annually to an individual who represents the best qualities of Meetings Industry Leadership and who has devoted major efforts to creating stronger relationships and a greater cohesion for the industry. Award criteria evaluate industry leadership and initiative both in a candidate's own professional conduct and the efforts they put into industry-building through association, education and professional development activities.

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Congrex Holland Rebrands Into CIMGlobal

Congrex Holland has announced that it will rebrand into CIMGlobal after recent announcements of their management buyout together with CIMGlobal. Along with the name change the global company launches its new website (www.cimgobal.net) and updated visual identity.

Congrex Holland BV, with its 27 professionals in offices in Amsterdam, Noordwijk and Rome has over 32 years of experience as a PCO for a wide variety of industries.

Managing Director Jarno de Boer said: “After the announcement of the management buyout we have received many positive responses and already signed new and continued business. Since the new ownership is in place we have worked hard in order to integrate our services and work with our new colleagues around the world. This rebranding feels like the logical step in that process.”

CIMGlobal’s CEO, Prasant Saha commented: “The name change of the company into CIMGlobal gives a strong message to the market. We are here, expanding into Europe, and we are here to stay. More and more our teams in India, Europe and the Middle East are starting to work together for our clients around the globe, offering the best services possible.”

The addition of the European office makes CIMGlobal one of the largest organizers in their markets with over 630,000 participants handled in 111 cities, in 26 countries globally over the past five years.

Maintenance Experts Convene at the EuroMaintenance 2014 Congress

The 22nd EuroMaintenance - European Congress & Expo on Maintenance and Asset Management, organised at Messukeskus Helsinki on 5–7 May 2014, was a success. The congress, organised every two years, was hosted by Finland for the third time. Simultaneously, one of the programme tracks included the 6th World Congress & Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management.

The Congress brought together around 250 experts from 40 countries. This year, as as a surprise to the organisers, the second-largest number of participants came from Saudi Arabia. Most participants were from Finland. The EuroMaintenance Expo exhibition, organised in connection with the Conference on 6–8 May 2014, attracted around 50 exhibitors.

“The organisers of EuroMaintenance, and guests, were extremely satisfied with the modern facilities and excellent service that Messukeskus Helsinki provided. Food was particularly praised as the diverse range of options offered something suitable for all international participants,” said EuroMaintenance Project Manager Elisa Numminen of the Finnish Maintenance Society Promaint.

The reception hosted by the City of Helsinki at the City Hall on the first evening, and the gala dinner at Vanha Ylioppilastalo on the second evening, also received positive feedback from participants. “All in all, a very successful and highly appreciated entity,” said Matti Niemelä, Office Manager of the Finnish Maintenance Society Promaint.

Promaint, the Finnish organiser of the EuroMaintenance Conference, organised the conference in cooperation with the EFNMS, the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies.

Japan Tourism launches new website for MICE planners
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and its convention division, the Japan Convention Bureau (JCB), have launched a new website for international MICE planners.

The site, is a handy tool for those planning conferences, corporate meetings and incentive trips. The website provides information on what Japan can offer for international events; testimonials & case studies; a list of unique venues and activities that are only available in Japan; a useful search function that allows event planners to find cities and venues that best suit their events’ needs and much more.

The comprehensive toolkits available for download, give planners access to images, videos and destination guides. Planners can also submit event enquiries and proposals via the website. Visit: www.japanmeetings.org/

World PCO Alliance shows exceptional growth and takes the lead in market developments
The World PCO Alliance has seen a total growth of 15% in 2013 compared to 2012. The Alliance members, consisting of 20 Professional Congress Organisers worldwide has handled over 500 congresses with over 450,000 delegates in 2013.

Per Ankaer, from ICS – International Conference Services in Denmark, the President of the Alliance says: ”The constant development of sharing knowledge internationally among our members as well as using best practices has meant that more Associations and Organisations have put trust in WPCOA members in 2013 making the local PCOs stronger in their home markets and taking the lead in the development of new concepts within the meeting industry.”

The orgnizations Japanese PCO member, Congress Corporation has opened their own - Knowledge Capital - Congrès Convention Center (CCC) – in a strategic facility in the newly redeveloped area north of Osaka Station, transversed by 2.5 million people daily. CCC is the first new convention center in Japan to be built, managed and operated by a PCO, and accommodates more than 3,000 delegates.

A WPCOA study shows that the lead time is getting shorter and shorter, also the trend is toward larger events, and the flexibility and organisation of the congress organisers needs to be able to adapt quickly to constant change. AOS Conventions & Events (AOSCE) in Malaysia and ICS – International Conference Services have experienced the growing trend of shorter lead time for business contracting in the last 12 months. In February 2014, AOSCE secured 3 large events and all 3 events are held this year. In 2013 ICS secured a large event of 8,000 delegates with only 3 weeks lead time. Shorter lead times do leave less time for conference teams to prepare, but it emphasizes the need for efficiency.

Over 8,000 Biologists Gather in Barcelona for the 24th ECCMID Congress

This year the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) will host fourteen of the top European and international medical congresses. The largest of these is the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), which will gather together over 8,000 delegates from 10 to 13 May.

This European event was previously held at the CCIB in 2008. Barcelona is the only city to have hosted the ECCMID on more than one occasion in the past 10 years.

Last year, medical conferences represented 23.8% of all association events and 71.4% of the CCIB’s total revenue in this international segment for holding medical meetings.

Other international conferences that will be hosted by the CCIB this year include: the annual event organised by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), which will bring together 6,000 delegates in September; the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, expected to welcome over 2,000 delegates in late October; the fifth congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) in October, bringing together 1,500 professionals; and ISUOG 2014, the World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which expects to attract over 2,500 gynaecologists worldwide to the city in mid-September. As regards national events, the CCIB will be the venue for the 56th Congress of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology.