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Back to Back Awards for Adelaide Convention Centre

The Adelaide Convention Centre has taken out back to back honours for Public Event of the Year at the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Awards for its Cellar Door Wine Festival Adelaide.

The Award, announced at Saturday night’s MEA 2013 National Awards Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur, takes the Centre’s tally of awards for the Festival to 10 over the last three years.

The Festival, entirely created and hosted by the Adelaide Convention Centre, also received the Platinum Award from MEA for the highest score for all award submissions (excluding individual).

Recognition for the Festival is not only coming from industry peers but also from consumers with the event attracting record numbers this year. Over 9,000 visitors passed through the doors of the Adelaide Convention Centre for the Festival over the three days (Feb 14-16).

Record number of visitors

This year, the Festival grew by 30 per cent with a record number of visitors joining a record number of participating wineries and food producers.

More than 170 South Australian wineries and producers offered tastings of thousands of wines and products at the Festival including many new releases not available in retail outlets. Thirty new wineries joined the Festival this year.

Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the MEA awards help to put the national spotlight on Adelaide.

“With the Awards being held in Kuala Lumpur this year there’s also a chance for greater international recognition,” said Gilbert.

“Each year, the Festival attracts an increasing number of visitors, providing South Australia with the opportunity to showcase its world leading wine and premium food sectors.

“The Festival also provides a chance for the Centre to increase its capabilities and experience as a host and partner for large consumer events and exhibitions.

“This experience is invaluable as the Centre expands and existing capacity constraints are lifted to give us the ability to bid for and host bigger national consumer events.”

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.