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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Emirates Working on AI-Powered Flight Assistant

Emirates has demonstrated its commitment to fostering innovation in the global aviation industry by signing MoUs with three teams from the sixth cohort of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) programme.

The companies, hailing from the USA, Germany and the UK, were selected from the pool of seven participant teams that worked with Emirates through DFA for nine weeks between March and May. The MoUs were signed by Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and by representatives from the shortlisted companies, Opinsta (UK), Predapp (Germany) and Verusen (USA).

“Over the course of nine weeks, the interactions between the teams at Emirates as well as the participants of Cohort 6 of the Dubai Future Accelerators programme have resulted in a number of options we can explore to address the challenges we had defined,” says Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and CEO.

“What we are witnessing here is the advancement of the next wave in aviation innovation led by the UAE government by adopting and testing emerging technologies and reiterating once again Dubai’s role in shaping the future of humanity,” says Khalfan Belhoul, CEO at Dubai Future Foundation. “The MoUs signed today are the outcome of DFA’s offering of an ideal setting for Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, along with the brightest and most innovative minds, to work hand in hand in finding transformative solutions to key challenges in the aviation industry.”

Verusen will be working on using Artificial Intelligence to support more agile procurement and supply chains for Emirates. Opinsta will be working on enhancing the internal processes and systems for crew duty travel and Predapp will work on developing an Emirates AI Assistant that will assist airline customers from pre-flight to post-flight.