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
business intelligence
The Future of cities
under the microscope in Brisbane.
big meetings
World leading ear, nose and throat surgeons
to head to Brisbane.
big meetings
Brisbane
secures Flight Centre’s 4500-strong Global Gathering.
significant achievements
AIM Group International’s Annual Report Shows Steady Growth for 2018
Increased EBITDA and overall turnover, diversification of the business, major events realised and acquired are among the flagship results.
leadership
BestCities Announces New Strategic Business Development Group Chairperson
Beverly Williamson, General Manager of Business Development and Bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau, has been appointed to the role.
economic boost
Business Events to Bring $112 Million to Brisbane
Brisbane will receive the economic boost through new business events set to take place in the city over the coming years.
business intelligence
Waikato Hosts Record-breaking Indigenous Scholars Conference
Hamilton hosted a historic NAISA conference hailed as a record-breaking meeting for indigenous scholars from around the world.
Business Intelligence
CWT Research Reveals 71 % of Business Travelers Embrace Innovation
Travelers from the Americas and Asia Pacific are more likely to favor travel innovation while Europeans remain more wary of changes.
Partnership
Inaugural AC Forum & LCE Collaborative Learning Experience Takes Place in Glasgow
The Associations & Conference Forum and the Leading Centres of Europe has successfully delivered their collborative event at the SEC.
115 000 jobs since 2003
CTICC Shares 16 Years of Extraordinary Experiences
The venue has met or exceeded all goals set for it and marked its 16th birthday by listing 16 achievements that contributed to the success.
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IMEX Frankfurt Shines a Light on Diversity and Inclusion

“Organisations which embrace diversity will see positive repercussions throughout their business, from staff motivation and engagement, heightened innovation and a boosted bottom line. Diversity means diversity of people, minds, ideas, and approaches and it’s something we value at IMEX and recognise as crucial to the future success of the events industry. That’s why it forms a core part of our offering at IMEX in Frankfurt this year,” said Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group – explaining the show’s spotlight on diversity ahead of International Women’s Day.

IMEX Frankfurt, taking place 21–23 May, offers a wide range of experiences, education and experts enabling planners to discover the latest best practice in business, as well as developments in diversity and inclusion.

A session taking place on Edu Monday, a dedicated afternoon of education taking place the day before the show on Monday 20 May, focuses on cultural diversity. ‘Cultural differences and their impact on destination management’ explores how to prepare for a culturally different client as well as the principles that should guide planners globally, regardless of local customs.

Also taking place on Edu Monday is ‘She Means Business’, created in partnership with the German magazine TW Tagungswirtschaft, a conference celebrating the role of women in the events industry. As one of the inspiring speakers debating the crucial issues facing women today, Gernot Sendowski, Director of HR Global Diversity & Inclusion at Deutsche Bank AG, delivers a male perspective on gender equality and female empowerment as well as exploring the German and European diversity charters.

Angela Dern, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Pwc, talks about gender equality as an economic imperative and details the UN Women 10×10×10 Impact Commitment, an initiative engaging ten governments, corporations and universities around the world.

Developing leadership skills to manage and motivate a diverse team is covered in ‘Industry best practices on how to be an inclusive leader’, one of the many education sessions taking place on the show floor during the three days of the show. The session at the Inspiration Hub explores the best practices and communication models required to become an inclusive leader.

The design of an event can impact inclusivity and this is discussed in ‘Redesigning inclusive events by overcoming unconscious bias’. The session shows planners how to uncover their unconscious bias and discover practical ways of designing events to embrace diversity and inclusion.

Among the many exhibitors already confirmed are New Zealand, Senses of Cuba, Barcelona Convention Bureau, Visit Brussels, Kempinski Hotels, Meliá Hotels and Latvia. During the three days of the IMEX trade show, buyers can meet and making appointments with more than 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the global meetings and events industry.