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All star line up at Exclusively Corporate at IMEX

The International Olympic Committee Barclays, Cisco, Microsoft and KPMG, are among some of the world’s biggest, pioneering companies sharing their approach to events at Exclusively Corporate taking place on Monday 20 May, the day before IMEX in Frankfurt.

Exclusively Corporate has been carefully created in direct response to feedback from corporate event professionals who have shared the issues and topics they’d like to see covered. As a result, the programme sees heavy hitters in the industry deliver sessions which tap into current market needs.

Bob Bejan, Global Head of Events at Microsoft delivers a session ‘Experiential marketing….what’s next?’, detailing how to use technology to connect with customers on a more personal level. Marketing Director of Cisco Systems, Gerd de Bruycker, will share his advice on ‘Connecting events with your overall marketing mix’ and – in line with IMEX’s focus on Imagination this year – Nicola Wedge, head of events at Barclays Bank, will talk ‘Innovation and creativity in the corporate world.’

The International Olympic Committee’s association director of events and hospitality, Panos Tzivanidis, will focus on the ‘3Ts – time, technology and talent’, looking ahead to the future in his session ‘Managing operationally complex global events’.

The packed programme at the dedicated and free half-day event for corporate meeting, event or travel planners is delivered via case studies, presentations and panel discussions, combined with peer to peer networking. Attendees can then choose one of three streams to best fit their needs – Learning Labs focusing on ROI, engagement technologies or event design.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “Talking to corporate meeting and event planners around the world, we’re aware that they’re under pressure to create and deliver imaginative and impactful events - time and time again. We’ve therefore worked with them to research and create a highly topical and relevant programme which meets their needs. Exclusively Corporate is a unique opportunity for truly bespoke learning and networking, with the aim of arming in-house executives with the tools to craft fresh event experiences.”

Exclusively Corporate at IMEX is for all corporate executives where meeting and event planning forms part or all of their job. The programme combining expert-led education, informal discussion and peer to peer networking has been designed to spark the imagination and help planners create events that challenge, excite and inspire real change.

Following Exclusively Corporate, planners can then meet exhibitors from across the world and do business at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 21 – 23 May. With 3,500 exhibitors from 150 countries under one roof, the show enables attendees to dive into the heart of the global meetings industry, meeting destinations and suppliers and to trial latest technologies.

 

For further details about Exclusively Corporate and to register (no charge!) click here.

 

IMEX in Frankfurt 2019 takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 21 -23 May, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights, on Monday 20 May. Registration is free.

 

www.imex-frankfurt.com

 

Scandic signs agreement to sell Scandic Hasselbacken in Stockholm

Today, Scandic signed an agreement for the sale of Scandic Hasselbacken in Stockholm. The selling price amounts to around 230 MSEK on a debt-free basis. The transaction is expected to result in a capital gain of approximately 180 MSEK for Scandic. The new owners will take over the operation of the hotel on March 1, 2019.

Scandic Hasselbacken, which is located on Stockholm’s Djurgården island, has 113 rooms and has been operated by Scandic since 1992. The buyer is Pop House AB which among other things also operates the nearby ABBA The Museum and Pop House Hotel including its restaurant and bar. Pop House AB also recently acquired the historic Cirkus theater complex located beside Scandic Hasselbacken.

"We’re very happy to have reached an agreement, and we’re certain that Pop House AB will be successful in further developing the hotel with their other operations nearby", says Peter Jangbratt, Head of Scandic Hotels Sweden.

"Scandic Hasselbacken has a unique location near the new owner’s other operations, and as we hand over the operations of the hotel, we are convinced that it will play an important role in their concept", says President & CEO of Scandic Hotels Group.

In 2018, Scandic Hasselbacken contributed approximately 90 MSEK to Scandic’s net sales and 10.5 MSEK to its adjusted EBITDA. The sale will be recognized in the first quarter 2019.

BCCK Continues to Make its Mark as the Venue of Choice

Kuching: Having hosted numerous international events and notable professional association meetings since 2009, BCCK is well-poised to play our part in the state’s business tourism, and continue our tradition of quality service and congenial hospitality to welcome the hosts and conference delegates from different corners of the world.

For the year 2018, BCCK hosted a total of 196 events and has had the privilege to host a total of 13 international events, attracting close to 7,000 delegates locally and internationally and delivering almost RM22 million in economic impact to the state of Sarawak. These notable international events included International Energy Week, 17th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Series Diabetes Asia Conference, Asia-Australasia Conference on Animal Production, Consortium for Globalisation of Chinese Medicine (CGCM), The 8th Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC) General Assembly and Global Conference, Sarawak International Business Expo and Conference (SIBEC), World Spinal Congress and among others.

“Year 2019 marks the 10-years anniversary of BCCK since the centre’s inception in 2009 as a state initiative of the Sarawak Government to grow business tourism through the hosting of business events. With this latest achievement by BCCK, I am confident that with the loyalty of our clients, competency and dedication of our team and the vision of our leadership, the business events and business tourism in Sarawak will continue to prosper”, says Datuk Hajjah Raziah Mahmud-Geneid, Chairman of Borneo Isthmus Development Sdn Bhd (BID).

Eric van Piggelen, chief executive officer of BCCK stated, “When we first started our operations in 2009, the pressure on us was to deliver and meet everyone’s high expectations. The entire state of Sarawak was eagerly looking on to see what we could do, and ten years down the road, the results speak for itself. 2018 has been a successful year for us, with BCCK hosting a total of 13 international conferences which contributes to a total of MYR 22 million in economic impact for the state of Sarawak. With our excellent team, the endless support from our State Government of Sarawak, Board of Borneo Isthmus Development Sdn Bhd and our local stakeholders, we have managed to elevate and showcase Sarawak as a phenomenal business events destination on an international stage.

“While it has been a wonderfully successful year for us in terms of events, we have also managed to garner the AIPC Gold Quality Standards Certification coupled with our ISO 22000, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 qualifications, which is further testament to our commitment and BCCK’s constant strive towards a global customer satisfaction and quality standards.

Riding on the success of 2018, we are eagerly awaiting what 2019 has to offer for BCCK. Some of the key upcoming events for 2019 will include 23rd Asian Television Award, 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference, 22nd family Medicine Scientific Conference, 1st Southeast Asia Critical Care Nurses Congress ATF and 14th Asia-Pacific Physics Conference”.

He further added, “The BCCK management would like to express our appreciation to the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and industry partners for their invaluable contribution and collaboration with the Centre to bring these international business events to Kuching which benefits Sarawak’s business tourism. We look forward to continuing our business relationship, bringing Sarawak’s business events industry to greater heights.

Record delegate numbers for Darwin
  • Hosting conferences in Darwin is becoming a smart option for event organisers as recent events have seen record numbers of attendance. Several events hosted at the Darwin Convention Centre in 2018 achieved their highest delegate numbers, seeing people from all over Australia and internationally meet in Darwin to explore the Top End.

The Property Council of Australia held its annual conference in Darwin from 12 to 14 September 2018. The two-day event brings together property industry leaders to network and tackle the issues driving property development, investment and growth in Australia and around the world.

The Darwin event attracted a record-breaking 760 delegates. The 2018 event surprised organisers when it broke the 2017 attendance record. Delegates came from all over Australia, and some 20 per cent brought partners.

The annual Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) Conference was held in Darwin from 24 to 27 October 2018. RMA is the peak national event for rural and remote doctors in Australia and internationally. The event aims for 450 conference delegates each year.

"Our final count was 775 attendees", said Michelle Cuzens, the event coordinator. "It was a big number in Darwin—one of our biggest."

Michelle said the common misconceptions about distance and cost for a Darwin business event were a non-issue.

"We definitely thought about that: Darwin was one of those places we weren’t sure if everyone was going to make the trip", she said.

"But many of our delegates told us they’d never been to Darwin, and in our post-event survey, it was a massive stand out that Darwin is a ‘destination city’. It turned out to be a must-visit, and for our delegates, both the cost and the distance wasn’t an issue."

The 46th biennial Ports Australia Conference was recently held at the Darwin Convention Centre and also achieved high attendance numbers.

‘Delegates came from every state in Australia. We hadn’t done an event in Darwin for a while and we didn’t know what to expect— but we far exceeded our target’ said the conference organiser, Cameron Armstrong of Essential Experiences.

Also, more than 410 delegates converged on Darwin for one of Australia’s leading inbound tourism conferences, the 2018 Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place. The event provided inbound tour operators the opportunity to experience the Top End and enjoy some amazing pre and post conference experiences.

Highlights of the conference included familiarisation programs for buyers to Darwin and surrounds, Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Mary River and the Katherine region.

"In 2016 we made the decision to move Meeting Place out of its Sydney base, a location where it had been held for 40 years and we can definitely say the move has proved to be highly successful", said ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said.

"This year we achieved record attendance with over 410 delegates attending the Darwin conference. We didn’t know what to expect hosting the event in Darwin for the first time, but the facilities were world-class and the experiences were ‘authentically Australian."

In addition to organisations reaching record numbers, conference organisers are finding Darwin provides the perfect destination for delegates to connect and knowledge share.

Ports Australia’s Communication Director Mike Fairburn said Darwin’s unique atmosphere and welcoming personality was one the highlights and allowed the delegates to network.

"The atmosphere in Darwin relaxed people, and they were able to socialise", he said.

"I think there were a lot of new relationships and networks built out of the Darwin conference, which is one of the main reasons we do the event in the first place."

"The setting actually encouraged the sector to unify more—that would be one of the legacies from the Darwin event."

Fairbairn credits the event’s success to the Darwin Convention Centre itself.

"I think the success came down to the vibe the centre set—how it allowed delegates to interact with each other and build relationships", he said.

"In a lot of conferences, it’s quite hard and fast. There might be a networking event on the first day and people may or may not come, and then it’s a bit disjointed for the next few days and you might not see the same person again."

"But in Darwin, it was the perfect-sized venue, people bumped into each other again and again, and there wasn’t a lot of distractions, which meant people built those relationships and went away with something more meaningful than a business card".

RMA also found the destination encouraged delegates to connect.

"When we’ve run the event in hotels, you can be a bit segregated and your trade area limited to a foyer space or smaller ballroom somewhere."

"Or in a big city, you start to lose delegates who want to go off to a restaurant on the other side of the city."

"Having everything in one location in Darwin this year just made RMA that little bit more special", said Cuzens.

The Property Congress event organisers said the destination offered the added bonus of a holiday vibe, which the delegates loved. They said the majority of delegates had never been to Darwin before and were very impressed with what they’d experienced.

"Darwin’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere gave our conference a laid-back feel", said the organisers.

The organiser also received excellent feedback from delegates.

"The Property Congress in Darwin was a great networking opportunity and a fantastic way to discuss the topical issues affecting our industry", one delegate said.

"There were plenty of networking opportunities, and the events were fun and well run. Also the weather could not be better", said another.

BestCities global alliance launch new brand platform

After a successful Global Forum in Bogotá, with associations descending from around the world to the Colombian capital last month, BestCities Global Alliance has kicked off 2019 by unveiling a new brand platform and an updated strategic plan as it approaches its 20th year in operation.

The Global Alliance, which is made up of 12 leading cities for international conferences and business events – Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vancouver – has announced the platform, which underpins its work and reaffirms its vision and values.

Dedicated to excellence, BestCities promises to continuously push for better when it comes to business events. The quality and reach of its global community and open knowledge exchange across five continents enables partners and clients to develop and offer experiences which make a positive impact that leave a strong and lasting legacy on the world.

Working with brand consultants, Siegel + Gale, the new brand platform solidifies the values, offerings and principles of the alliance ahead of a busy year for BestCities including the Incredible Impacts Programme in partnership with ICCA and the Global Forum in Copenhagen in December, which will focus on the future of meetings.

The platform identifies a clear purpose for the organisation: to harness the power of collaboration and community to create positive impact through business events.

 

The key principles of the BestCities brand platform are defined as:

• When one of us wins we all win – our interests are mutual, the best result for one will benefit all – whether you are a client or a partner

• We make knowledge work for everyone – the connections we make and the knowledge we share creates opportunities to improve and enhance everything we deliver

• We can always be better than today – we continuously raise the bar, never resting on our laurels, developing through dialogue and purposeful innovation

• We make a positive impact that lasts – by creating the most impactful events and providing a positive influence on business and communities we aim to leave a legacy that lasts

 

International associations were consulted on the development of the brand platform, which was part of the alliances renewed 2019-2021 strategic plan. Other focus areas will continue to be: exceptional customer experiences; thought leadership; connecting a global community; and becoming a high performing organisation.

Professor Douglas Oliver, Member of the BestCities Strategic Thinkers Advisory Group, Chair and Co-founder, Pharmacology for Africa, Ambassador, Business Events South Africa, said: “BestCities is a vital stakeholder and its leadership is greatly valued. I am positive that BestCities will by embarking on this enhanced plan and branding to create remarkable opportunities with outstanding contributions not only to our industry but also the communities we serve and engage with.”

Jeannie Lim, Board Chair of BestCities Global Alliance and Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings and Incentive Travel, of the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, said: “BestCities is always challenging itself to be better. As we approach the 20-year mark as an alliance, we are continuing to push forward as a progressive legacy-led organisation. We appreciate the innovative ideas and input from our clients and partners that has inspired us to shape and evolve our brand platform and strategy.

This newly established brand platform and our enhanced strategy strengthens what the alliance stands for and ensures that we continue to work collaboratively to fulfil our purpose to associations, destinations and delegates in the business events industry. Our global community and open knowledge exchange enable our partners and clients to develop and offer experiences that will make positive impact.”

John Donnelly, Board Treasurer of BestCities Global Alliance and Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh, said: “Edinburgh is a founding partner of BestCities and as an alliance built upon knowledge exchange and community, it is hugely rewarding for BestCities to re-establish our purpose and principles.

“Its always important to reflect in organizational work, and this brand platform and strategy development has allowed for clarity of concept and purpose; and encouraged us to consider what the alliance truly means to its clients and partners. To build the new brand platform we looked at what we have achieved so far, what our clients and partners want from us and the important role we have within the business events industry.”

 

For more information on the new brand platform you can visit www.bestcities.net.

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BestCities Global Alliance is an international network of 12 leading convention destinations around the globe. They are distinguished by the commitment of the members convention offices to offering special standards of service. Members include Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.


By working together, BestCities adds a unique value to its member cites. This Alliance thinking not only brings a level of creative client solutions no individual partner city could deliver on their own, but in turn helps BestCitiesmembers achieve their own objectives, better than they could alone. www.bestcities.net @BestCitiesGA.

International armada and military conference to invade Copenhagen

Copenhagen will be buzzing with naval officers and sailors in uniform when an armada of military vessels put the city under siege, and dock in the inner harbour in connection to the MAST Northern Coasts; a large military and naval conference that will take place from 4th to 6th September this year.

40 frigates, patrol ships, corvettes and other modern naval ships from 13 different countries will dock in the city’s inner harbour this September, all part of MAST Northern Coast, a large international conference and exhibition on maritime/air system technology (MAST). The conference will be held in Copenhagen’s Bella Centre and is expected to attract more than 3000 participants.

MAST Northern Coast is an example of how Copenhagen make use of the entire city and the attractive harbour for a conference, as the ships will dock in the very inner harbour surrounded by the Opera, the Royal Playhouse and even the Queen’s palace.

”We are so delighted to have won the bid for MAST Northern Coasts, which underscores Copenhagen’s position as a conference city and offers the locals a chance to experience the visiting fleet. The conferences we attract often functions as platforms for the local knowledge environments and companies to meet partners and share knowledge. This conference incorporates the city and will arouse extra attention and awareness, just as it will offer an international platform for the Danish defence,” says Kit Lykketoft, Director of Convention at Wonderful Copenhagen.

The public doesn’t always notice the visiting conferences but this time it will be hard to miss. Apart from the 4000 uniformed sailors browsing the city, it will also be possible to board some of the many naval ships, as public visits will be arranged on selected vessels. The naval invasion is part of a German lead exercise in the Baltic Sea, and the armada will dock in Copenhagen from the 3rd of September and depart on the 8th of September.

”As a proud seafaring nation it is obviously exciting to host such a big exercise and it will be pleasure for all to see the ships arrive in Copenhagen’s beautiful harbour, where we are looking forward to welcome the Copenhagener’s onboard, just as the conference offer a very good platform for recruitment” says Gustav Lang, Commander in the Danish Defence.

The actual conference MAST Northern Coasts (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies) will take place from the 4th to the 6th of September 2019 in the Bella Centre. As part of the conference there will also be a large commercial exhibition with the participation of multinational companies within maritime and airborne defence technology.

MAST Northern Coasts will be the largest conference of its kind in Denmark and the bid was not least successful due to Copenhagen’s position as a conference city and the harbour where the ships will dock. The bid was a collaboration between the Danish Defence and Wonderful Copenhagen with the strong support from the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, the Copenhagen Municipality and the Confederation of Danish Industry.