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
smart development
Qatar’s Plan for Boosting Business Events
new partnerships will be announced at IMEX.
ICCA stats
Prague Hosted Record Number of Meetings Last Year
and Remains in the World’s Top Ten Most Popular Meeting Destinations.
At IMEX
St Petersburg’s Expoforum International
to launch global PCO service.
figures
US Travel Trends Index March:
Int’l Inbound Travel Tumbles While Domestic Leisure Travel Remains Strong.
winning bids
Ottawa Tourism
confirms 2019 European business development event following CAD$2.2m success in 2018.
big meeting
Glasgow wins Europe’s largest congress
on radiation oncology.
new job
AIM Group International
appoints Annalisa Ponchia as Director of Innovation & Customer Experience.
airlines innovation
Emirates airline reports 69% profit fall
after a tough year.
innovativ grants
Brisbane’s bright minds
receive Lord Mayor grants

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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.