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Dubai confirmed to host next edition of Meetings Design Week

Dubai is set to further enhance its reputation as one of the leading global MICE destinations in the world, by hosting the next edition of Meetings Design Week. The certified three-day event, being supported by Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau and the ICCA Middle East Chapter, will take place in Jumeirah Emirates Towers from the 7-9 October 2019.

Inspired by Eric de Groot and Mike van der Vijver’s acclaimed book; ‘Into the Heart of Meetings’, the course has been designed to unite talent from the Meetings and Incentives industry, the Corporate world and the Academic fields and share with them the vital building blocks that Meeting Designers use when designing successful meeting programmes.

Open to meeting planners, corporate communication managers, live communication designers, trainers and consultants, all attendees will have the opportunity to dive deep into the nature of meetings, and how to design them, as well as receiving their very own copy of the book. Register here.

Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President of Dubai Business Events comments, “We are very proud of our business events offering here in Dubai and look forward to hosting the next Meetings Design Week in October. Thanks to a wide array of venues and hotels, easy accessibility through our international airports, and experienced service providers who can help planners with all their needs, Dubai is an ideal global business events destination. And with the need to be at the forefront of change in the industry, we are always eager to embrace industry trends and best practices and ensure our partners and stakeholders across the city are well equipped to meet clients’ needs. The opportunity for them to learn about meetings design is therefore an exciting one, and we are delighted to be working with organisers to ensure Dubai host a successful inaugural Meetings Design Week.”

Vivian Trida, Director of Group Sales of Jumeirah Group comments, “Famous for our soaring atrium that has become one of Dubai’s favorite business spots, we are absolutely delighted to be hosting Meetings Design Week Dubai and we look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy this inspiring event at our hotel.”

Patricia Comajuan, CoCoA´s Education Director comments: “Meetings Design Week Dubai will be a week of innovation in business and education where the concept of Meeting Design will be introduced. Lecturers will benefit from Meeting Design Techniques and will be encouraged to identify, educate and foster Meeting Design talent. There will also be a number of networking opportunities between creative talents in businesses, the university and independent professionals.”

Further Meeting Design Weeks and certified courses are set to take place in Taiwan, Ecuador, Spain, Holland, UAE, Italy, and Finland over the coming months.

 

Photo: Event supported by Dubai Business Events will take place in Jumeirah Emirates Towers (7-9 October 2019)

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------For more information, applications and registrations, or to find out ways to get involved in the Dubai event please visit http://cocoa.network/meeting-design-week/dubai-meeting-design-week/ or contact Pati - pati@cocoa.network. For a short video on what Meeting Design is please visit https://www.mindmeeting.org/video/

 

About Meeting Design Week:

Meeting Design is the art of matching the format of a meeting with its content and aims and Meeting Design Week is set to bring that art to your city. Your University can cooperate with local Meetings Industry partners to create a program for lecturers, students, meeting professionals and creative talent. At the end of the week, a network of trained professionals can apply the knowledge to business meetings, educational sessions, conferences and day-to-day meetings.

 

All of this activity will also support the local economy through supporting the delivery of a higher quality of meetings, resulting in better ideas, more effective coordination and more engagement in education.

 

IBTM launches new trade show for Asia Pacific Market

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced the launch of a new Business Event, IBTM Asia Pacific. The event will take place on 6-8 April 2020 in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and joins IBTMs existing portfolio which includes IBTM World in Barcelona; IBTM Americas in Mexico City; IBTM China in Beijing; IBTM Arabia in the UAE and IBTM Africa in Cape Town.

IBTM Asia Pacific will bring together a high calibre group of international, APAC regional and local meeting planners and exhibitors for two days of pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings, education and networking. The event will be under-pinned by IBTMs sophisticated, industry-leading Hosted Buyer programme, which creates personalised appointment diaries for Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to ensure that delegates only meet people with whom theres a very good chance of doing business.

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM, commented: “Launching a new event for the Asia Pacific market is not only exciting for the IBTM brand, it is also supported by the fact that the regions business events industry is expected to see the highest growth rate in the world to reach $441.1bn by 2025*.

“Its a market we know very well, and our research has shown that theres genuine demand for a regionally focused event, both from our existing customer base, but also from the industry in general. Its an exciting new addition to the industry calendar not only for IBTM, but also for the wider business events market.”

Shane continued: “Were confident that IBTM Asia Pacific will give us a focused platform from which we can service the ever-increasing demand both from the inbound and outbound APAC markets. Importantly, the event will also allow us to implement a strategic shift for our IBTM China event, which will re-focus on bringing together the highest quality Chinese buyers to meet with international exhibitors and international buyers to do business with Chinese exhibitors.”

Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO: "We congratulate IBTM on the launch of this new platform in the Asia Pacific region. ICCAs global membership is always looking for new opportunities to meet international associations and key stakeholders in the meetings industry and we are delighted to collaborate with ICCAs long-term Business Partner on IBTM Asia Pacific. We wish the team all the best with the expansion."

Shane continued: “Singapore is considered as APACs regional hub for the Business Events market and that, combined with its excellent infrastructure and long-standing reputation as a global business destination mean that it was the natural choice as our host city.”

IBTM Asia Pacific will be helmed by Event Manager Michael Jones, who has been with Reed Exhibitions for almost six years. The marketing and Hosted Buyer programme, which underpins the success of every IBTM event, will be managed by the experienced existing team based in Richmond, London, supported by Reed Exhibitions teams in Singapore and Japan.

The event will be preceded by a day of local tours for international buyers and an evening drinks reception. Full details of the education sessions and networking programme will be released in coming weeks.

 

For more information, or to register interest, visit: www.ibtmasiapacific.com

Business events must count more than coffee cups: study

A multi-year, international study of the long-term benefits of business events has underlined a mismatch between the way governments value the sector and the much broader outcomes, with researchers recommending ways the industry can better document these legacies.

Business events have long been judged under the narrow assumption that their legacies are best measured in terms of hotel rooms and coffee cups, Associate Professors Carmel Foley and Deborah Edwards of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) say in the Business Events Legacies: JMIC Case Study Project Report.

Governments, in particular, have largely focused on what is commonly known as the tourism contribution.

However, the three-year study led by the two UTS Business School researchers – involving a panel of international academic experts and nine case studies drawn from four continents – found that measuring conferences this way seriously underestimated and undermined the rich legacies conferences deliver.

“Organisers, venues and government bureaux have focused their energies and resources for far too long on maximising the tourist dollars generated by business events,” says Associate Professor Edwards.

“This ignores the significant scientific and research value on offer – value that directly drives economic development, creativity and innovation. Our research also shows these benefits have a multiplying effect.”

Undertaken on behalf of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), a global council of associations representing the business events industry world-wide, the study highlights the broader contributions conferences, congresses, trade shows, convention centres and bureaux deliver to destinations, communities, industries and economies.

The researchers found the global business event industry is supporting broader agendas, in particular building knowledge economies, encouraging industry innovation and enhancing community wellbeing.

JMIC President Kai Hattendorf says the study formally documents “that these events are all about economic, academic, professional and community enhancement outcomes, and that a strategic approach to hosting such events can pay a broad and important role in advancing the development prospects of destinations around the world”.

“As a result, destinations and the governments that represent them need to rethink their engagement with the industry and how they can best use and invest in it to the overall benefit of their respective communities,” he says.

Associate Professor Foley notes governments typically locate business events in their tourism portfolios. Few people would dispute the high value of business event visitors to host destinations, she says, “but many political leaders and a large section of the business events industry itself are still in the dark when it comes to understanding what can be leveraged from conferences and congresses to support their trade and innovation agendas.”

The study was the first coordinated, global effort to measure and document these benefits in ways that can be used to advocate to governments and communities about the important role played by business events, she says.

While finding largely positive effects from business events, the report also identifies barriers to achieving lasting legacies, such as organisers neglecting to set long-term objectives or look beyond internal organisational goals.

In response, the researchers have developed six “golden rules” for business events gleaned from best practice among the global case studies, which covered scientific conferences, industry congresses and focused gatherings for specific groups such as the tech sector.

These include, as first steps, involving stakeholders such as governments and business in setting legacy objectives, based on agreed industry problems, issues and opportunities.

Overall, the report recommends greater investment in improved measurement, evaluation and formal reporting of the longer-term contributions of business events beyond the tourism spend, particularly to government stakeholders.

 

The full report is available online at www.themeetingsindustry.org

 

Bjarke Ingels Group designs new H.C Andersen Hotel for Tivoli in Copenhagen

Two Danish top brands, BIG and Tivoli, partner for a spectacular development in Copenhagen’s iconic amusement park in the centre of the Danish capital. The H. C. Andersen Hotel project includes an 18-storey addition to the 1893 Tivoli Castle, thereby continuing Tivoli’s tradition of balancing its old-world charm with visionary architecture. For both parties, a sustainable profile is essential.

Today, at the Nimb Hotel in Tivoli, Tivoli CEO Lars Liebst and BIG Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels revealed plans for the H. C. Andersen Hotel, situated inside Tivoli Gardens amusement park and vis-à-vis Copenhagen City Hall. The project consists of refurbishing and re-purposing the 1893 Tivoli Castle, renovating the 1883 Panorama Pavilion and building a new 18-storey pagoda. The H. C. Andersen Hotel is named after Danish Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

 

Bjarke Ingels explains:

“Tivoli is a unique oasis of lush gardens and whimsical architecture in the center of Copenhagen. A truly cosmopolitan neighborhood in the heart of the Danish capital, Tivoli’s cultural and bio-diversity is unlike any other place in Copenhagen. With a renovation of the 1893 Tivoli Castle and the addition of a new building, we have attempted to capture and accentuate the character of the existing castle, creating a new typology inspired by Tivoli’s archetypical architecture. A hybrid between the garden’s pagodas, pavilions and towers, our proposal builds a bridge between the city’s history and present – the nearby Rundetårn and Axel Towers – as well as the city’s archive of unrealized dreams. Past, present and fantasy unified in the heart of Copenhagen. “

Tivoli’s new pagoda, like Tivoli itself, will be covered in lush gardens and greenery. It will have a sustainable profile to the highest standard in keeping with Tivoli’s tradition of buying green energy and generally generating as small an environmental footprint as possible.

 

Tivoli, the future and the heritage

Founded in 1843, Tivoli is a historic site as well as modern attraction and experience brand. The continued development is the key to the success of the iconic amusement park, explains CEO Lars Liebst.

“Only through projects such as this can Tivoli stay relevant for future visitors. It has been proven time and time again, that depending on Tivoli’s historic charm is not enough. Change is in Tivoli’s DNA, it is our heritage, and Tivoli has always hired the best architects to make sure that new additions will stand the test of time, because we are building for the future.”

 

New Urban Park

In addition to the H. C. Andersen Hotel project, Tivoli together with Gehl CEO Birgitte Bundesen Svarre presented an idea to turn busy Vesterbrogade into an urban park. Acclaimed urban design and city planners Gehl have designed a 10,400 sqm recreational space with only pedestrian and cyclist traffic in front of Tivoli and adjoining Copenhagen’s City Hall Square. The urban park will serve as a buffer area for big events in City Hall Square and in Tivoli and will strengthen Copenhagen’s green profile as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

 

Next steps

Today’s presentation was the first time both projects were shown in public. The next step is to make the final proposals for the projects and subject the proposals to the municipality. There will also be a period for public hearings, and it is not possible at this time to set an opening date for either project.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About BIG

BIG is a Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The studio’s latest projects include Lego House in Billund, Maritime Museum of Denmark, Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Vancouver House in Canada and many more.

BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes.

 

About Gehl

Gehl is an urban design consultancy offering expertise in the fields of urban design, architecture, and city planning. We apply a people-first approach, utilizing empirical analysis, strategic planning and human-centered design, to empower citizens, decision makers, company leaders and organizations to create a better everyday life for all people in cities around the world.

 

About Tivoli

Tivoli’s founder Georg Carstensen was inspired by European pleasure gardens and with the Danish king’s permission, opened Tivoli Gardens on 15 August 1843.

Today, Tivoli is Denmark’s most popular attraction with 4.6 million visitors annually. About one third of its visitors are tourists. The Tivoli experience includes rides and games, live music and ballet every day throughout the summer at the open-air stages, performances in several indoor venues, and spectacular scenery with flower gardens and unique architecture. The cherished traditions include The Tivoli Youth Guard marching band, the illuminations, and weekly fireworks displays.

Tivoli is Copehagen’s largest dining spot with 25 restaurants, 9 cafes, 12 fast food outlets, 6 bars, 11 outlets with sweets, ice cream and cakes plus 16 outlets in Tivoli Food Hall. Many of the outlets are open all year, among them the Nimb Hotel, which was named “Hotel of The Year 2015” by Small Luxury Hotels of the World. In November 2017, Tivoli Corner opened featuring the Tivoli Food Hall, roof-top terrace, restaurants and extra rooms for the Nimb Hotel.

 

In 2018, Tivoli and its concessions had a turnover of DKK 1.5 billion, and Tivoli A/S achieved a profit for the year before tax of DKK 120.6 million.

 

IBTM World launches its 2019 event with new Corporate Buyer programme

IBTM World, one of the most established business to business trade shows for the meetings and events industry, has announced the launch of its 32nd edition, which will take place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona from 19-21 November.

New at this year’s event is a Corporate Buyers Programme, an exclusive package for c-suite and senior industry planners which provides additional benefits such as an exclusive one-day, peer-led conference addressing the issues facing corporate planners. It also gives corporate event planners an opportunity to network with peers in an intimate and exclusive setting and offers them flexibility to book appointments with exhibitors if they wish.

IBTM World’s Association Programme is set to return this year. Run in partnership with AAE (Association of Association Executives), it will take place on day two of the event and will deliver expert tailored insights and knowledge on the key challenges faced by association event organisers.

This year’s event will also feature a new immersive hub designed to inspire and nurture entrepreneurial industry talent as well as showcasing some of the latest and most innovative event technology. More details on this will be announced soon.

David Thompson, Event Director, IBTM World, said: “We are delighted to officially launch IBTM World 2019. On the back of last year’s record-breaking show, we’ve continued our quest to provide additional value for our exhibitors and buyers and are excited to announce the first of several new initiatives we have planned for this year.

“We’re taking a highly targeted approach to engaging senior corporate event planners with our new Corporate Buyers programme, as well as building on the new Association Programme to cater for the different needs of our audience. As ever the show will include a packed programme of expert speakers, meetings and networking opportunities, and we’re looking forward to announcing more details in due course.”

The event is expected to welcome over 2,800 exhibitors from over 150 countries, as well as over 3,500 buyers and thousands of visitors. At IBTM World 2018, over 77,650 pre-scheduled business meetings took place over the three-day event. Hosted Buyer registration is now open for 2019, for more information please see https://www.ibtmworld.com/buyers/

IACC Swedish Copper Skillet – and the winners are...

Six chefs from IACC member venues across Sweden gathered at Nova Park Conference arena on Monday 27 May, to compete for the coveted Swedish Copper Skillet; the winners of which secured their place at the European stage Copper Skillet final taking place in Brussels on 5 October 2019 at the IACC Europe Knowledge Festival.

The chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" of proteins and other fresh, dairy and grocery items. They were given a total of 45 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to the judges.

 

Swedish Copper Skillet winners were:

Senior champion, Chef Sofie Lidén from Sigtunahöjden, served a dish of Pike-perch with deep fried grey pea, roasted white asparagus and romanesco, pak choi, charred baked onion and burnt butter with soy, lime and jalapeño

Junior champion, Chef Michael Andersson from Steningevik, served Seared pike-perch with white asparagus, pickled romanesco, fried black cabbage and chicken velouté.

Commenting on their victory, Sofie Lidén said: “I am so happy to have won this competition, but it still feels unreal. Although I am so excited to progress to the next stage of the competition. Michael Andersson added: I am very happy and proud to represent Sweden in Brussels.

The next stage of the competition will be held in Brussels in October. The winners of the

European cook-off (one senior chef and one junior chef) will go on to compete with other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the Global Copper Skillet Competition at the IACC Americas Connect Annual Meeting in early 2020.

Lotta Boman, IACC’s European President, commented “It is always fantastic to see such a talented group of chefs go head to head in the ultimate Swedish cook-off in front of a panel of nationally renowned judges. The Copper Skillet continues to grow in stature and is becoming an increasingly sought-after award in Sweden as we continue to build IACC’s profile in the region. I wish both good luck in Brussels, I will be there cheering for them!”

The Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centres around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience.

 

About IACC:

Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realised. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe. IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally. IACC membership is a symbol of meeting excellence and exceptional connections amongst the best in the meeting industry. This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking and results- driven meeting venues globally.

All members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. IACC includes over 350 members from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Mongolia, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Wales and Scotland.