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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Agency Directors Forum – A Future-Focused Programme

Nearly 90 per cent of companies believe human skills are a critical capability for the future, but only 33 per cent have talent practices in place to drive these skills, according to a Pwc global survey of 1,246 business leaders.

At IMEX this year owners and managers of mid-sized meetings or events agencies are being invited to close this skill and talent gap by learning how to future-proof their businesses.

This challenge and other business issues such as diversity, technology and management will be discussed at Agency Directors Forum, taking place May 20 at Schlosshotel Kronberg, the day before IMEX in Frankfurt.

The IMEX Agency Directors Forum is an afternoon of highly-interactive small group discussion focusing on ‘People & Talent Management’ – employee engagement and development; ‘Keeping your Leadership Skills Smart’ to assess and progress personal and team development; ‘Technology for your Business’ with advice on how to identify the best, budget-friendly new tech.

The final topic is ‘Diversity, Collaboration, Transformation’, which explores how agencies define diversity and ensure their organisations are a fair reflection of the fast-moving world at large. The issue of diversity in all its forms is a highly topical one, with research by DDI, The Conference Board, and EY showing that organisations with more women in leadership positions are 1.4 times more likely to deliver sustained, profitable growth.

Within each topic are multiple discussion points and agency heads, leaders and directors can look forward to meeting other professionals at similar responsibility levels to share their experiences, challenges and ‘wins.’

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “We know from meeting and speaking with senior agency professionals that they see a real business benefit from stepping back from the day to day to-do list and assessing their own leadership roles, and that of their organisation’s, in the world at large. We’ve carefully crafted this year’s Agency Directors Forum to deliver a highly relevant and future-focused programme which enables no holds-barred discussion.”

“Businesses need to invest and hone in on the human skills of creativity, leadership and adaptability to better prepare the workforce of the future. The impact of automation and robotics over the course of the next few years will mean some jobs and tasks disappear, but new ones will emerge that rely on uniquely human skills such as judgement, empathy and innovation.”

Following the Agency Directors Forum, attendees can then explore destinations, venues, tech providers and more at IMEX in Frankfurt from 21–23 May 2019. Among the many exhibitors already confirmed are New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Barcelona, Hamburg, Azerbaijan, the Faroe Islands, Brussels and Latvia. During the three days of the trade show, planners can meet with more than 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the global meetings and events industry.

Photo: Christoph Boeckheler, IMEX