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Borneo Convention Centre Kuching Awarded AIPC Gold Quality Standards Certification

The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is proud to announce that it is now a member of an elite group of 23 AIPC convention centres from a total of 190 venues in the world to be awarded the AIPC Gold Quality Standards Certification. BCCK will be the second convention centre in Asia to be recognized by AIPCs Quality Standards Programme, which is a phenomenal feat for a venue from the second tiered city of Kuching, Sarawak.

BCCK Chief Executive Officer, Eric van Piggelen said the AIPC Quality standards clearly benchmarks against global excellence. “Since we started 2009, the centre has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over 1.9 million guests, through its doors. We constantly strive to give both our organisers and delegates the best experience when holding events with. We are thus extremely delighted to receive the honour as the second convention centre within Asia to have achieved this milestone. This result is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our team here in BCCK, culminating in BCCK being accorded this award and setting global standards for the business events industry in Kuching Sarawak”.

He further added, “This comes hot on the heels of BCCK having recently been accorded with their ISO 14001 certification, which is further testament to our commitment in global quality standards”.

"The AIPC Quality Standards program was developed as an industry-specific certification for confirming and documenting a centres accomplishments in key areas of convention centre performance, and is the only such specifically purposed form of certification in the industry", said AIPC President Aloysius Arlando. "The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching is to be congratulated on having achieved the gold level in their audit as this demonstrates to owners, colleagues and clients that they are addressing international standards of performance in their management procedures".

The audit involves assessment in ten key areas including customer service, quality of facilities and operations, employee relations, health, safety, security and emergency response, financial integrity, community relations, environmental responsibility, industry relations and supplier relations.

Christopher Wan, appointed Chairman of the committee said, “Any journey towards excellence will require a reality check, a plan of action, and the persistence to realise this plan. Along the way, this involved the transformation of mindsets, keeping the cross functional team players consistently energized, and inspiring positive gains in thought and deed. This framework has given us the tools to dig deep, deliver sustained results, and manage our future impact on our stakeholder, the community and destination”.

Over the past nine years, BCCK as a convention venue has emerged as a strong contender amongst the countrys second-tier cities convention centres. AIPC Gold coupled with our ISO 22000, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 of qualifications would consolidate our position as a progressive centre in ensuring and exceeding our client satisfaction and service delivery in the business events landscape of both Sarawak and Malaysia.

 

Photo: Binyas Suem, Mariane Linus, Eric van Piggelen, Christopher Wan and Pei Fong).

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Borneo Convention Centre Kuching

The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is the first international purpose-built convention centre in Sarawak, Malaysia. The BCCK debuted in 2009, as a state initiative of the Sarawak Government to grow business tourism through the hosting of business events. To date, the BCCK has hosted close to 1,516 events and welcomed 1.968 million clients, delegates and visitors from various regions of the world. From its humble beginning, the BCCK is an exemplar in Malaysia of how a convention venue can rise to become an ambassador to promote its second-tier city. The Centre has received local, national and regional accolades for professional standards, innovation and best practices achieved within Malaysias business events industry, and for having the size and capabilities to handle the requirements of different conferences in a bespoke manner.

 

Awards Received

• Outstanding Achievements Award – 9th Anak Sarawak Awards 2018

• AIPC-APEX Award “Best Client Rated Convention Centre” – Within the top 17 finalists in the world Convention Centres.

• 2017 Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award for Excellence (below 15,000 sqm of total saleable space) – rAWr Awards Malaysia Business Events Awards of Excellence by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (MACEOS).

• 2017 International Conference Award for Excellence (Hosting of the 55th International Congress and Convention Association Annual Congress) – rAWr Awards Malaysia Business Events Awards of Excellence by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (MACEOS).

• Malaysia Best Employer Brand Award 2017 by Employer Branding Institute

• 2016 Conference Venue of the Year, by MICE Asia Awards, Singapore in conjunction with the annual MICE Asia Exhibition.

• 2015 Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award for Excellence (below 15,000 sqm of total saleable space – rAWr Awards Malaysia Business Events Awards of Excellence by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (MACEOS).

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About the Raintree Restaurant

The pride of BCCK, the award-winning Raintree Restaurant exudes the essence of fine dining, confidently blending chic and tribal elements in its design. Amidst the intimate ambience, the long expanse of its tall glass wall perfectly frames the panoramic view of the Sarawak River. Dining al fresco on the balcony overlooking the Centre’s verdant landscape is a breath of fresh air to mingle food, company and nature.

The corner bar within provides reasonably private space, for friends and associates to linger over premium Italian coffees and fruit juices, or wind down with select wines and simple cocktails.


Awards Received

▪ Malaysia Tatler – One of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants 2016

▪ Malaysia Tatler – One of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants 2015 ABOUT AIPC


AIPC represents a global network of more than 185 leading centers in 60 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals. It recognizes and promotes the essential role of the international meetings industry in supporting economic academic and professional development as well as enhancing global relations amongst highly diverse business and cultural interests. AIPC Members are purpose built facilities whose primary purpose is to accommodate and service meetings, conventions, congresses and exhibitions

Meet in Reykjavík signs a partnership agreement with three more universities

On 11 September, Meet in Reykjavík signed an agreement with Bifröst University, Hólar University College and the Agricultural University of Iceland. The object of the agreement is to increase the number of international academic meetings and conferences held by universities in Iceland.

The universities entered into corresponding agreements that were made with the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University and the Iceland University of the Arts earlier this year.

Þorsteinn Örn Gunnarsson, the Managing Director of Meet in Reykjavík signed the agreement together with the universities’ rectors. Meet in Reykjavík will assist the staff of the universities and their collaborators in preparations, information collection and contract preparations for international meetings and conferences involving the universities in some respect. In addition, Meet in Reykjavík will provide information and hold presentations on the meeting and conference facilities of the universities for international associations and organisers of meetings and conferences.

Thorsteinn Orn Gudmundsson says that Meet in Reykjavík looks at these agreements as a key in the further development of Reykjavík and Iceland as a destination for international meetings and conferences. “We have seen over the past years that Iceland inspires curiosity, and that is a particularly important ingredient in academic conferences and events. In addition, academic conferences often fit the destination in shape and size; they demand service flexibility and high-tech infrastructure that we can provide. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with the universities and making greater efforts to seek suitable projects for the destination and the university community here in Iceland”.

 

Photo: Hildur Bjorg Baeringsdóttir Director of Research and Lead Generation at Meet in Reykjavík, Saemundur Sveinsson rektor of the Agricultural University of Iceland, Erla Bjork Ornólfsdóttir rektor of the Hólar University College, Vilhjálmur Egilsson rektor of the Bifröst University and Thorsteinn Orn Gudmundsson, Managing Director of Meet in Reykjavík.

 

Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe meets in Reykjavík

Last week, the eleventh meeting of the Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe was held at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica Hotel.

The Alliance aims to boost partnership between convention bureaus within Europe to maintain and strengthen its long-term standing as the number one meeting destination in the world.

The meeting was kicked off with a visit to the presidential residence at Bessastadir. The President of Iceland, Gudni Th. Jóhannesson welcomed the group to Iceland and shared with the delegates what he believes are the countrys competitive advantages when it comes to hosting international meetings and conventions.

Thorsteinn Orn Gudmundsson, Managing Director of Meet in Reykjavík, the official Convention Bureau for Reykjavík City and surroundings ,said that he was honoured to host the biannual meeting of the alliance. “The MICE sector in Iceland has been growing at 14.4% (average annual growth rate) since Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre opened its doors in 2011. The growth has been faster than we anticipated. It is therefore precious for us to get the opportunity to share our story and learn from our European counterparts. Plus, we Icelanders always enjoy showcasing our destination. We at Meet in Reykjavík or our countrys president are no exception.”

Dreamhack enters partnership with Rotterdam Ahoy

DreamHack and Rotterdam Ahoy are happy to announce the signing of a long-term partnership, bringing the worlds largest digital festival to Rotterdam, Netherlands. DreamHack Rotterdam will be a part of the Rotterdam Ahoy run esports and gaming event Rotterdam Games Week, that will take place in October 2019.

DreamHack Rotterdam, taking place from 18 to 20 October 2019, is at the heart of Rotterdam Games Week and will feature a DreamHack Open championship in the game Counter-Strike: Global Offense with a prize pool of one hundred thousand dollars, a gaming expo with a lot of interaction, cosplay competitions, panel meetings and a bring your own device LAN party. In addition, pre-events will be organised where, for example, fans can jointly watch finals of esports tournaments. In cooperation with the city of Rotterdam and other stakeholders, Rotterdam Ahoy is working on further components for the Rotterdam Games Week.

"Sport and entertainment are in our DNA”, says Ahoy CEO and initiator Jolanda Jansen. "We have the long-term vision and ambition to set up an annual international event in the field of e-sports and gaming, in Ahoy and in the city of Rotterdam. Over the past period, we have spoken to many parties in the market - from publishers to gamers - and received much positive feedback, encouragement and cooperation. We have the confidence that together with DreamHack we are starting a new tradition, and will as Ahoy organisation, give much priority to the further implementation of DreamHack Rotterdam and Rotterdam Games Week.”

Rotterdam Ahoy has previous experience from the esports scene as they, back in 2016, hosted a sold-out European final of League of Legends. It was the starting signal for an own event in the field of esports and gaming, for which the foundation has now been laid with the cooperation with DreamHack.

DreamHack CEO Marcus Lindmark is pleased with the new collaboration on the DreamHack calendar. "We are looking forward to working with the people of Ahoy and are very confident that we have both found the right partner and the right venue for our event in the Benelux. Rotterdam Ahoy has a great track record in organising and hosting prestigious events and has moreover proven to have the same ethos of getting things done in a high standard and cooperative way.”

DreamHack Rotterdam kicks off on the 18th of October 2019 and runs over three days. For additional information on the event and Rotterdam Games Week, visit

www.rotterdamgamesweek.com

Europe’s largest maintenance event chooses for the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre

The most important trade fair for industrial maintenance of the Benelux and Europes largest maintenance conference will be held together. This is an initiative of the Dutch Association of Effective Maintenance (NVDO). The completely renewed Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre will host the largest maintenance event ever organised in Europe. Maintenance NEXT and Euromaintenance will together welcome thousands of maintenance professionals from all over the world who will visit the trade fair, substantive lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and company visits in areas such as the Botlek.

In March 2021, Maintenance NEXT and Euromaintenance will both be housed together in the brand-new Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre (RACC) which will open its doors at the end of 2020. This new building, part of the prestigious Hart van Zuid area development project, will hold 35 halls and an auditorium with no less than 2,750 seats. Gert-Jan van den Nieuwenhoff, Manager B2B Events at Rotterdam Ahoy, welcomed the announcement: "2021 is a special year for Ahoy; that year is our 50th anniversary and we will also open our brand new conference centre. That we can also accommodate such a large event at the start of that year, combined with our own trade fair Maintenance NEXT, is great news. Perfect synergy!"

For the first time in their long history, Maintenance NEXT and Euromaintenance have aligned to jointly organize the largest maintenance event in Europe in March 2021. The opening of the state-of-the-art Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre represents the ideal occasion to join forces. Both the new congress centre, as well as the six Exhibition & Event Halls and the Ahoy Arena will be used for the event. There is nowhere in Europe where an exhibition space can be combined with so many conference and meeting facilities. Ellen den Broeder, Association Manager of the NVDO, is already looking forward to 2021. "Rotterdam will then be the centre of the maintenance world for three days. Furthermore, the renewed Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre offers a wonderful stage for our international speakers.”

Maintenance NEXT is the most important platform for industrial maintenance in the Benelux. It has functioned as an important networking platform within the branch for decades and every other year it organizes the most important technology and maintenance exhibition of the Low Countries. Euromaintenance, the largest European conference on industrial maintenance, has existed since 1972 and is an initiative of the EFMNS, the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies. The NVDO represents the Netherlands in the EFMNS board.

The expansion of the RACC is part of the large-scale development of the Hart van Zuid area which will give a qualitative impulse to the Zuidplein area. A pleasant and healthy living environment is being created with space for leisure, work, living, shopping and meeting each other. An entertainment area and living environment with the allure of Rotterdam is connected with its surroundings; an urban hotspot with a worldly vibe and a pleasant living environment where there is always something going on 24/7. Everything with the aim of creating a new vibrant city centre for Rotterdam South.

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) confirms its first conference for 2026

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has been chosen to host the International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC) in 2026. Organisers successfully bid against Moscow and Brisbane to bring the conference to Dublin. It is expected to attract up to 1,500 delegates to the city.

The biennial International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC) is the first event The CCD has confirmed for 2026. This conference is one of the longest standing and most prestigious on the international chemistry circuit, with delegates set to attend events at both The CCD and Trinity College Dublin, bringing over €2m to the Irish economy.

The Dublin bid was headed by Professors Sylvia Draper (Trinity College Dublin), Andrea Erxleben (National University of Ireland, Galway), Grace Morgan (University College Dublin) and Stuart James (Queen’s University Belfast).

Talking about what this means for inorganic chemistry research in Ireland, the Chair of the Organising Committee, Sylvia Draper said, “This bid is a testament to the cooperation and resilience of the Irish Chemical Research Community.” She also commented, “The success of this bid will raise the profile of coordination chemistry in the minds of the public and national funding bodies, and demonstrate in a very real way, how third level institutions are creatively building this country’s global network in a post-Brexit economy.”

Stephen Meehan, Chief Executive of The CCD said, “We are delighted to be chosen as the host venue for ICCC 2026, our first event confirmed for that year. This is a great win for Dublin and The CCD, with a forecasted €2m contribution to the local economy. We look forward to welcoming the inorganic chemistry community to the venue. “

The CCD beat off stiff competition from other international venues to secure the event. They worked alongside members of Keynote PCO, who will manage the conference in 2026, Fáilte Ireland and the Dublin Convention Bureau who helped to support the bid effort.