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Meetingselect and NBTC Holland Marketing join forces

The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions has signed a strategic partnership with Meetingselect, which offers one of the most successful and largest corporate booking tools in the world. The cooperation was announced during the IMEX in Frankfurt last week. From now on, meeting planners that visit the NBTC business platform to find a meeting venue or make a group reservation have direct access to the entire Meetingselect database. With the integration of this venue search tool, virtually all Dutch meeting venues can be found in one place. During a search, preferred partners of the NBTC are the first to come forward.

NBTC Holland Marketing is responsible for branding and marketing the Netherlands on a national and international level. One of the objectives of NBTC Holland Marketing is to put the Netherlands on the map as an attractive destination for business meetings and conferences. Many international event & meeting planners use NBTCs platform for finding group accommodations and meeting venues in the Netherlands. Thanks to a smart, technical integration with the Meetingselect database, in which virtually all hotels, conference center and meeting venues in the Netherlands can be found, the scope of venues that NBTC can offer meeting planners is now complete. Through the platform, meeting planners also have access to the many additional meeting services that Meetingselect offers. Last week, during the IMEX in Frankfurt, the partnership was signed.

"We wanted to have a complete overview of all Dutch meeting venues as an extra service to offer international meeting planners that visit our business platform," says Eric J.A.M. Bakermans, Director of Marketing Meetings, Conventions & Events of NBTC. "Thats why we decided to join forces with Meetingselect, as they simply have the best venue sourcing system in the Netherlands and beyond. Moreover, it works twofold: on the one hand we provide access to the complete Dutch meeting market as meeting planners can use the database via our platform. On the other hand, we offer our preferred partners the additional service that they are the first to pop up during a relevant search. Especially for hotels, congress centers, city marketing offices and DMCs that operate internationally, that is a clear added value. "

Judith Huisman, managing director Meetingselect: "We are honored that the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions has chosen Meetingselects online venue sourcing and meeting booking tool. The NBTC works with highly valued partners with whom Meetingselect also has a close relationship, so that reinforces each other. Meeting planners who visit the Meetings & Conventions website of the NBTC can now search and book congress and meeting venues anywhere in the Netherlands. Via our smart interface and API solution for CVBs we can send extra volume to the NBTCs preferred partners. These preferred venues can be recognized by the well-known logo of the orange tulip.”

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Meetingselect

Meetingselect is the partner of choice for global venue sourcing and to simply book, manage and track meetings and events online. It is our ambition to be the best in class corporate booking and venue sourcing tool and to become thé meeting channel manager for hotels and meeting venues all over the world. Over the years, Meetingselect has grown to become a leading player in the (inter)national MICE market and tech industry and has won countless prizes. In 2017, Meetingselect was nominated as EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and has been in the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 for 5 years in a row, which led to Meetingselect being given the title of Most Sustainable Grower 2017 on this prestigious list. Since January 2018, Meetingselect has been a member of The Event Tech Tribe, an international platform in the field of event technology services.

Melbourne Wins World’s Largest Event in Public Transport Sector

Collaboration and innovation has seen Melbourne secure the world’s largest public transport event, The Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit 2021.

The four-day event will see 2,000 delegates from all over the world meet in Melbourne from 6 – 9 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and will deliver $9.4 million in economic contribution for Victoria.

The Summit is dedicated to sustainable mobility and will provide opportunities for the world’s greatest minds in the sector to network, develop partnerships and establish new projects investment.

Melbourne is well placed to host such an event with the state currently undergoing a $30 billion investment in transforming Melbourne’s transport network, and Melbourne boasting the world’s largest tram network.

Melbourne beat Moscow and Hamburg to secure the Summit, with Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren stating that Melbourne is setting the pace when it comes to securing and delivering business events.

“With the biggest infrastructure pipeline in the country – this Summit belongs in Victoria.”

“Melbourne has an enviable reputation for hosting world class business events and our MCEC expansion will continue to bring more of them to our state – strengthening our economy and creating Victorian jobs.”

Through a partnership with Victorian State Government, Business Events Australia, Transport for Victoria and Public Transport Victoria, City of Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) steered the proposal to secure the event for Melbourne.

Melbourne Convention Bureau Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bolinger said “Melbourne has a global reputation for collaboration with federal, local and state governments, as well as city-wide partners working together to successfully secure and deliver conferences.

“This collaborative approach sets us apart, cementing Melbourne’s status as a premier business events destination.”

Tourism Australia supported the bid to bring the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2021 to Melbourne.

“Australia’s track record in delivering business events, our friendly welcoming people and unique landscapes are an unbeatable combination for international association events. We are delighted that yet another important business event has been secured for Australia,” said John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia.

MCEC Chief Executive Peter King said “our venue is more than just a place for hosting meetings and conferences, we’re a hub within Melbourne, where people can gather to share and exchange knowledge and ideas. Our connection with our city is what sets us apart, and I look forward to hosting UITP and showing them the very best that Melbourne and MCEC has to offer.”

Business Events: Change Agents or Travel Agents?

As politicians and policymakers gather at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt, key partners of The Iceberg are providing a timely reminder of the transformational contribution of business and professional events and their ‘beyond tourism’ benefits. GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, discuss what meetings actually contribute to the destinations where they are hosted, and how they have become part of strategic thinking for those that appreciate their value.

Business and professional events accelerate the journey to creative and knowledge economies.

Leading destination marketers in Europe are increasingly aligned to the economic development framework of their governments. They are focussing on key sectors for growth, as discussed at the last European Cities Marketing Summer School in Dresden. The video features ECM President Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, Conference Partners CEO Nicola McGrane, Vienna Convention Bureau Director Christian Mutschlechner and Destinations International Executive VP Program Development and Meetings Colleen Phalen.

Mutschlechner: “We have to be separated from tourism… …because we are not ‘offending’ the city”.

The Iceberg has always tried to shine a light on the benefits of business and professional events that lie hidden beneath the surface and get ignored alongside the visible tip of travel and hospitality spend. To contribute to the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s call for quality storytelling of the legacies the sector delivers, please click here.

 

More information: https://www.the-iceberg.org/features/business-events-change-agents-or-travel-agents/

 

Singapore to head up BestCities Board

Jeannie Lim, Executive Director of Conventions, Meetings and Incentive Travel at the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, has been elected to the role of board chair for the BestCities Global Alliance. Making her first appearance in her new position at the BestCities media breakfast during IMEX next week (Tuesday 15th May), Jeannie will take over responsibility from Jonas Wilstrup of Copenhagen, who had served in this role for two years.

The new appointment will see Jeannie take an integral role in maintaining focus and growth at the alliance, which represents 12 of the finest convention bureaus across the globe. With over seven years’ experience at SECB, Jeannie will bring a wealth of industry knowledge, understanding and leadership to the role.

As head of the Conventions, Meetings and Incentive Travel division of SECB, Jeannie spearheads plans to attract quality associations and corporate driven events to Singapore to solidify its position as a top business and MICE destination.

Jeannie steps into the role of board chair at an exciting time, as the alliance prepares for its third annual BestCities Global Forum, taking place in Bogotá this December, and its second year running the Incredible Impacts Grant Programme, in partnership with ICCA.

She will chair the board which is comprised of herself and senior representatives from the other eleven BestCities destinations – Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Dubai, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Tokyo, and Vancouver.

With less than a week to go before Jeannie officially steps into the role, she said: “I am honored to take up the appointment of Board Chair on behalf of the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

“The BestCities Global Alliance has been instrumental in shaping important strategies and best practices on how partners can best evolve and transform, to keep up with shifting trends in the meetings industry and create impactful delegate experiences. Through its established network, the Alliance has also profiled the strengths of its members to association meeting planners.

“We look forward to more meaningful exchanges at the Global Forum – a key platform for the Alliance to engage decision-makers – later in Bogota this year.”

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jeannie Lim as our new board chair, taking over the position from Jonas Wilstrup. During his two years, Jonas was an excellent asset to our partnership and a real driving force for successful change in the organization. We can’t thank him enough for his support and time during his tenure.”

“Looking ahead to the next two years, there are many amazing opportunities in the calendar where Jeannie will play a key part. With her superb experience at the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, we’re excited to see what Jeannie will bring to the role and the prospective advancements she may make for the alliance.”

Along with Jeannie, the BestCities team and partner cities will be in attendance at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt, including the BestCities media breakfast on Tuesday 15th May at Maritim Hotel Frankfurt, located next to the Messe Frankfurt.

 

Bogotá leaps into top 50 world rankings ahead of hosting BestCities Global Forum

BestCities congratulates Bogotá on climbing the global rankings in this years International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) report. Moving up 14 places to 45th, the city also had the largest number of attendees for events in the region, with a total of 52,868 people. This positive result comes ahead of the South American meeting destination hosting the annual BestCities Global Forum later this year.

The Alliance also acknowledges members, Houston and Vancouver, who have made significant movements in the report, climbing 38 places to 148th and 16 places to 39th respectively. The improved rankings for all three cities sits alongside the continued success of other BestCities partners; Berlin (4th), Singapore (6th) and Madrid (7th), who have all solidified their place within the top 10, maintaining their current positions since 2016.

The BestCities Global Forum will see its 12 destinations; ten of which sit within the ICCA top 45 cities; come together once again at its annual educational event this December, sharing knowledge to enhance the planning and positive impact of association events. To see the majority (67%) of the BestCities partner destinations climb the rankings or maintain their position within the top ten is testament to the shared expertise amongst the Alliance.

Speaking of its partners successes, Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said:

“Its fantastic to see so many of our BestCities partners performing well in the ICCA 2017 report. As an international network of 12 leading convention bureaus across the globe, these results help solidify our shared commitment to the international association community and the appeal to visit each destination.

“With a combined total of 1,072 meetings hosted in 2017, our alliance is delivering nothing short of the best for so many world-class associations, year in, year out.

“Were thrilled to see Bogotá jump 14 places on the year that they will host our Global Forum. As always, we strive to help more clients create meaningful and lasting impacts across the industry and hope this years theme, The Power of People, will enable us to achieve this on a new level.”

Jorge Mario Díaz of Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau said:

“The Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau has been striving to grow and develop its event industry and to have the citys efforts recognised in the ICCA rankings is a huge achievement of the strategy implemented and evidence to the hard work of the team.

“This result shows the efficiency of the citys marketing strategy and the attraction of events that we started three years ago, led by the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau and the Local Government.

“Bogotá is a truly diverse and eclectic destination that can cater to a wide range of association meetings.

“This year were excited to host the BestCites Global Forum and look forward to welcoming our partner cities and delegates to celebrate, The Power of People. We feel this event will be a real highlight on what has been a great year for Bogotá so far.”

Emirates Group announces 67% increase in profit

Emirates airline reported a profit of $762m, an increase of 124% over last years results. Emirates Group announced full year profit of $1.1 billion (AED4.1bn) for the financial year ended 31 March 2018, up 67% from last year, writes Arabian Business.

The group, which includes airport services company dnata, reported revenue of $ 27.9.bn (AED102.4bn), an increase of 8% on last year. In line with the figures, Emirates Group announced a dividend of $545m (AED2bn) to the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Emirates airline reported a profit of $762m (AED 2.8bn), an increase of 124% over last years results. Revenue at the airline increased to $25.2bn (AED 92.3bn), with the decline of the US dollar against currencies in most of Emirates key markets leading to a $180m (AED661m) positive impact to the airlines bottom line.

Passenger traffic increased slightly – up 4% to 58 million – which resulted in a passenger seat factor of 77.5%.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and Group said business conditions in 2017-18, while improved, remained tough.

“We saw ongoing political instability, currency volatility and devaluations in Africa, rising oil prices which drove our costs up, and downward pressure on margins from relentless competition,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

“On the positive side, we benefitted from a healthy recovery in the global air cargo industry, as well as the relative strengthening of key currencies against the US dollar.”

While it expanded its business, he said the company also tightened its “cost discipline” during last 12 months, and reduced its recruitment activity.

“Across the Group, we progressed various initiatives to rebuild and streamline our back office operations with new technology, systems and processes,” he said.