Meetings No 20
Intro
A Congress is a Workplace
Atti Soenarso: Perhaps it is time to sharpen the tone.
Cover Story
All Under One Roof
Carin Kindbom: “The ‘all under one roof’ business approach is considered a key USP.”
Intermission
While There’s Life, There’s Hope
Ever present words from the past.
Digital Mindset
AI and Robotics
Futurists: “Firms will need to strike a fine balance between AI and the human workforce.”
Safety and Security
CWT Global Forecast 2018
Security should be high on the planning agenda.
Performance
Brain Training
Sharp Brains on navigating brain training.
Radar
Business Events Must Adopt Olympic Safety Standards
Learn from previous Olympic events.
Clan vs State
The Clan Mentality is the Norm
Per Brinkemo on state and clan.
Sustainable Growth
GDS-Index
The sustainability performance of 40 meeting and events cities.
Intermission
Lunch With the Financial Times
An ­international “who’s who” of our time.
Creation
La Perle by Dragone
Emotions can be both a help and hindrance when creating a show.
Radar
AIME Launches Exhibitor Educational Series
Providing a deeper understanding of buyers.
Radar
Increasing Value of Meetings in Hamburg
Number of delegates visiting the city continues to grow.
Sharma
60 Tips for a Stunningly Great Life
Robin Sharma on leadership.
Brain Check
Going Behind the Mind
Tomas Dalström on neuromarketing and digital vs. print advertising.
Engagement
Where Event Design and Meetings Management Meet
Event quality is back on the table.
Van der Vijver
Locusts or Legacy?
Meeting designer Mike Van der Vijver: Bring the local community and the event community together.
Intermission
Benny Andersson
On composition.
Neuroscience
New Discovery on Memory Consolidation
Challenging a basic assumption about memory encoding.
Vision
Neom
The Saudi Arabian city of the future.
Kellerman
Obligations, Engagement and Legacy
Roger Kellerman: The word ‘obligation’ is high on the agenda.
classifieds
news

Meetingselect and NBTC Holland Marketing join forces
Complete overview of Dutch meeting venues in one spot.
UITP
Melbourne Wins
World’s Largest Event in Public Transport Sector.
business intelligence
Business Events:
Change Agents or Travel Agents?
new mission
Singapore to head up BestCities Board
Jeannie Lim Takes Over as Chair to Lead Global Alliance.
ICCA statistics
Bogotá leaps into top 50 world rankings
ahead of hosting BestCities Global Forum.
Flight industry
Emirates Group
announces 67% increase in profit.
business Intelligence
UFI elects first female president
for 2019/20 term.
the World Scene
IMEX will reflect
solid market growth and inspiring innovation in the meetings market.
business event
Anak Sarawak Awards
steers legacy impacts for conventions and convention hosts.
hotel news
Scandic Hotels
to open hotel in the fast-growing market of Voss, Norway.
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Obligations, Engagement and Legacy

At last, the international meeting industry begins to discuss its obligations, engagement, and the legacy we will be leaving for future generations. At the ICCA World Congress in Prague recently we were around 1,300 people who met and worked in the largest ICCA congress so far. We met many exciting people from many countries. In total, there were participants from 81 countries.

We spoke with Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney and Director, Convention Centers AEG Ogden. For the centre, which opened in December a year ago, the word ‘obligation’ is high on the agenda. According to Geoff Donaghy, the obligations are many when building a congress facility capable of conducting three parallel events with three premises for 2,500, 1,000 and 800 people. There is also a 8,000 seat theatre and a 32,600 square metre exhibition centre. Australia’s largest ballroom seats 2,000 for dinner and 3,500 for a cocktail. And all this in central Sydney, Darling Harbor.

One important obligation is security and Geoff Donaghy expects to maintain such a high level of security that customers should feel that nothing unexpected can happen there. Sydney is recognised internationally as a safe city in which to host major events, and is ranked seventh overall in a recent report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, looking at the safest global cities.

At ICC Sydney, you will not enter the house unless you can prove that you have a reason to do so. This can be expected to apply to all international facilities in the world in the future. It’s more crucial now than before that the association is managed closely with the landlords to ensure the integrity of their event and the safety and security of participants, and to continue to review and improve their protocols.

Serving food is another key factor when it comes to obligations. That includes working together with artisan farmers and producers. It strengthens regional businesses by fostering growth and job opportunities. A win for the centre, their clients and the community.

A strong commitment from the whole team is also one of the keys, Geoff Donaghy says. Without a wholehearted commitment, it simply does not make for good results.

And when we talk about obligations and engagement that’s also the foundation of our legacy for those who take over after us. The heritage now developed by thinkers and performers like Geoff Donaghy and his team is not only beneficial to themselves but also improves the meeting and events industry, universities, cities and regions as a whole. Through a meeting industry that works with obligations, engagement and legacy in a sustainable way, we all contribute to a better world.