Meetings No 23
Intro
Pressure on Meetings International
Atti Soenarso: “At this point, we do not believe our ears.”
Cover Story
Catherine Boissier, Astra Zeneca
“Meetings are a vital tool.”
Radar
Cities across Canada Are Attracting Global Meetings
Due in large part to academics and industry innovators across a variety of sectors.
Thinking
The Cost of Not Thinking
Mark Turrell: Applying conscious thought makes a big difference.
Radar
Dubai Tourism Launches Sponsorship Scheme
Designed to empower leisure event organisers.
Economic Development
Dubai Expo 2020 to Deliver $33bn Boost to UAE Economy
Expo 2020 is a long-term investment in the future of the UAE.
Radar
Calgary’s BMO Centre Set for Expansion
Funding approved for a $500 million expansion.
Longterm Development
The Potential of Cambodia
Visothy So: “We want to attract a lot of meetings and events.”
Radar
Canada Is the First Country to Have a National AI Strategy
Canada is in the lead of a global AI race.
Radar
‘She Means Business’ Digs into Diversity at IMEX Frankfurt
Diversity and inclusion are the linchpin of ‘She Means Business’.
Radar
The Business and Power of Placemaking
Placemaking in the spotlight at IMEX.
Radar
IMEX Frankfurt Shines a Light on Diversity and Inclusion
“Diversity means diversity of people, minds, ideas, and approaches.”
Radar
IMEX Agency Directors Forum
A highly relevant and future-focused programme.
Radar
Emirates Working on AI-Powered Flight Assistant
“The advancement of the next wave in aviation innovation.”
Sharma
How to Fireproof Your Productivity
Exponential gains in your exceptionality, productivity and impact.
Transformation
Volvo Car Group, a Human-Centric Meeting Culture
Paul Welander: “It’s always best when you meet live; for me that’s a meeting.”
Kellerman
The Art of Taking the Chance
“Many of the participants said it was the best congress ever.”
classifieds
news
development
Singapore chosen as host city for the inaugural
IBTM Asia Pacific in 2020.

Convene challenges technology events
to set up In Baltic Region.
Town Square Park
Dubai mega project
to hit major milestone today Friday.
FIFA WORLD CUP 2022
Hamad International Airport
unveils expansion plan.
19-21 november
IBTM World 2019
announces brand new speaker showcase and final keynote double bill.
UNiversities means meetings
Abu Dhabi
launches worlds first university of artificial intelligence.
Hotel News
Scandic
to open central Helsinki’s largest conference hotel.
flight news
Flybe
to become Virgin Connect.
sustainability
Lapland Airports
receive international climate certification.

Spain ‘to suffer 500 hotel closures’
due to Thomas Cook failure.
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‘She Means Business’ Digs into Diversity at IMEX Frankfurt

“The meetings industry has both a desire and a need to understand and reflect human diversity more fully. I believe that over the past few years, we have seen much greater interest in, and understanding of, these issues and opportunities. The next step is to start to more consciously and consistently factor in a more diverse range of people into meetings, events and conference programmes, with the goal that this becomes second-nature for all of us over time,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

Diversity and inclusion are the linchpin of ‘She Means Business’, created in partnership with the German magazine TW Tagungswirtschaft and part of Edu Monday, a programme of free learning and development taking place on Monday 20 May, the day before IMEX in Frankfurt opens.

Anne Kjær Riechert, co-founder of a non-profit social enterprise teaching digital skills to refugees and migrants, launches ‘She Means Business’ with a keynote open to all Edu Monday attendees. In her keynote ‘Grit and Grace’ Anne Kier Riechert will share the story of how she founded and grew the ReDI School of Digital Integration and her work as mentor and ambassador for the Grace Female Accelerator, which supports female-led start-ups.

‘She Means Business’ then continues with an afternoon of sessions where women and men from across the world will share their experiences and lessons on gender equality or other diversity challenges. Senior Executives from organisations including Pwc, Deutsche Bank and Lufthansa HR Management, Eurometropole de Strasbourg, Rwanda Convention and Melbourne Convention will be among the speakers.

Planners, buyers and other visitors can then explore destinations, venues, tech providers and more at IMEX in Frankfurt from 21–23 May. Among the exhibitors are New Zealand, Senses of Cuba, Barcelona Convention Bureau, Visit Brussels, Kempinski Hotels, Meliá Hotels and Latvia.

Photo: Anke Kristina Schaefer, IMEX