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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.

85th UFI Global Congress in Saint Petersburg

UFI’s annual Global Congress, 31 October – 3 November 2018,  is known as the exhibition industry’s largest global meeting of the year, combining international networking with unique content. It is an ideal opportunity for members to gain insight into topics of strategic interest, on the current industry trends and challenges that the exhibition industry is currently facing.

Open to UFI members only, it is known as the “must attend” event for all industry professionals.

The exhibition industry is currently facing up to many issues: from consolidation to digitalisation, from investments to restructurings, from fast track hiring to long term retention. The exhibition industry are in transition to new business models, driven by changing behavioural patterns – just like the markets and industries the serve.

At the 85th UFI Global Congress they will discuss these developments from different perspectives, share best practices, review latest research, and look at innovations they see all around the world. Connect with your peers, make new connections, and take home the insights that will help you drive your business forward in 2019 and beyond. They invite you to be with them in St. Petersburg, Russia, to experience and explore their industry’s largest global meeting of the year.

 

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New director appointed for the Vienna Convention Bureau

Christian Woronka is moving from Cologne to Vienna to succeed Christian Mutschlechner as director of the Vienna Convention Bureau in 2019. After 34 years of service to the Vienna Tourist Board, Mutschlechner will retire in February.

Christian Woronka, to date director of the Cologne Convention Bureau, was selected in an international recruitment process as the most suitable candidate to run the Vienna Convention Bureau at the Vienna Tourist Board (VCB). In this function, from 2019 he will be responsible for management and consolidation of the Convention Bureau and Market Management departments, and for expansion of conventions and congresses, corporate meetings and incentives. He will also further develop the Vienna brand in the meetings industry area.

Woronka, 37, studied geography with a focus on tourism. He has been working for the Cologne Convention Bureau since 2008 and has been its director since 2012. He has focused primarily on digitization and public relations work. “A top priority for me was forging the link between Cologne as a congress location and topics in science and business. Together with my city partners, I succeeded in this endeavor for example with the acquisition of the World Pathology Congress and the Planetary Congress.” One of Woronka’s prior responsibilities was Tourism Noosa in Australia.

Vienna Tourist Board’s CEO Norbert Kettner said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome to Vienna to Christian Woronka! He will continue the successful work of his predecessor, maintain Vienna’s position as an international leader among congress metropolises, and place new emphasis on corporate meetings and digitization of the customer’s experience as our conference and congress guest.”

10th European 
Farmhouse and Artisan Cheese & Dairy Meeting 2018 FACE in Kristianstad, Sweden

The 10th annual meeting of FACEnetwork (Farmhouse and artisan cheese and dairy producers European network) will take place in Kristianstad, in Sweden from October, 10th to 12th, 2018.

It will be a three-days event, including farm visits, a congress meeting, technical workshops and other meetings, and last but not least, the from now on traditional buffet of European cheeses.

Since 2009, FACEnetwork groups together associations representing farmhouse and artisan producers, as well as technical centers specifically involved in this sector, in the aim of defending the diversity of artisan cheeses and of developing common projects useful for the development of this sector.

To date, the association has 33 member organisations, based in 17 European countries: Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Sweden, where our 10th annual meeting and congress will take place this year.

The organisation represents directly 3000 producers (members of FACEnetwork). The targets pursued with the association FACEnetwork are the following:

 

• To identify the problems which arise comparatively in the different countries

• To exchange information in order to help everyone make progress on these problems

• To take common positions and defend them on a European scale
• To define and lead the projects which aim at answering the questions asked

Each year, around 100 participants, members of FACEnetwork and other interested person, come to this annual meetings with the aim of learning about study results, exchanging in the framework of group work sessions, visiting artisanal dairies, and also, tasting cheeses.

 

AIM Group International celebrates 10 years of its Madrid Office and opens in Barcelona

AIM Group International, a leading agency in the organisation of congresses, meetings and events, celebrates its 10th anniversary in Spain with its Madrid office and announces the opening of a new office in Barcelona. The announcement was made during the 10 Years Celebration Party held yesterday evening in Madrid, which involved clients, partners, providers, journalists and industry representatives.

During these past 10 years, AIM Group’s Madrid Office realised more than 1.000 events in 35 different destinations for 230 clients with approximately 100.000 participants. These numbers show the high level of activity and dynamism carried out in the Spanish market.

“10 years ago we opened a small office in Madrid with the main goal of providing an excellent service and offering our Group’s expertise to clients in Spain,” explains Gianluca Buongiorno, president AIM Group International. “Since then, we have taken major steps forward allowing us to accomplish important achievements. We have come a long way from the first presentations to potential clients and providers to actually positioning ourselves among the leading companies in the market, with significant business at regional, national and international level for all types of clients, both corporations and associations.”

The growth of business in Spain and our determination to strengthen the presence of the Group at an international level are among the motivations for opening the new office in Barcelona. This will allow AIM Group to partner with clients more effectively and serve as a congress and event organiser and a specialised Destination Management Company.

“Barcelona is the first destination in Europe for the meetings market according to all international data and the ICCA Ranking,” points out Marco Quagliarella, International Operations Director of AIM Group International. “We are glad to be present in this vibrant city and part of the region’s important meetings industry. We are sure that we will be able to develop new business and offer clients exceptional solutions.”

The Barcelona office reports to the Spain Country Manager Natalie Alagna, who declares, “We are very excited by the stunning results achieved during these past years and by the perspective of a better established presence in Barcelona. The new office will be managed by Felipe Gonzales Del Moral, senior member of our Madrid team. Our aim is to act not as the largest company but as the best professionals in the market, with the same tailor-made approach and level of commitment. We look forward to operating with the same quality and innovative thinking for the next 10 years with a truly Spanish entusiasmo”.

The excitement was tangible and spirits high yesterday at the 10 Years Celebration Party, at The Haciendas Club, where about hundred guests, along with AIM Group’s top management and the AIM Madrid team, enjoyed an interactive and entertaining evening.

“We are really proud of Madrid office’s excellent work and we deeply thank the clients who partnered with us and their loyalty to us over the years. We are very enthusiastic about opening a new office in such a major congress destination as Barcelona,” adds Gianluca Buongiorno, president AIM Group. “This successful growth and important results are the fruit of the determined, consistent efforts of all the AIM Group team. I am confident this will drive us towards further positive results”.

 

Photo: Gianluca Buongiorno, president AIM Group.

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UNWTO: Tourism becomes world’s third-largest export sector

The international tourism sector has seen uninterrupted growth in arrivals for eight straight years, with 2017’s growth being the highest since 2010; with a record performance of US$ 1.6 trillion. This represents an increase of 7%, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Additionally, travel industry generated another US$ 240 billion from international passenger transport taken by non-residents. Europe and Africa led the growth, with increases in arrivals of 8% and 9%, respectively.

The UN body, in its latest collection of travel industry highlights, further notes that the strong results were driven by sustained travel demand for destinations across all world regions, including a firm recovery by those that have suffered from security challenges in recent years.

In 2017, China remained the leader in global outbound travel, with an expenditure of US$ 258 billion on international travel industry. This translates to approximately one-fifth of the world’s total tourism spending in 2017, which stood at US$ 1.3 trillion, some US$ 94 billion more than in 2016. 2018 is seen to continue with the robust growth, with available data showing that international tourism recorded a year-on-year increase of 6% in arrivals between January and April.