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IACC Americas Connect 2021
Takes Place Using MultiPOD Format.
Hotel news
Qatar to open 105 new hotels
as it gears up for FIFA World Cup 2022.
hotel news
InterContinental hotel in the works for Montenegro
InterContinental hotel in the works for Montenegro

Online Promotions with Alliances
Invited Seoulites to Lift up the MICE Industry.
30 nov - 2 dec 2021
IBTM World Launches Hosted Buyer Registration
- Event will take place in a hybrid format.
new job
Events Industry Council
appoints Director of Certification.
15th year
Union of International Associations (UIA)
opens registration for its hybrid Associations Round Tables Asia-Pacific and Europe 2021.
22-24 November 2021
Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2021
in Copenhagen.
new job
MCI names Oscar Cerezales
Chief Strategy Officer.
16-18 december 2021
Italy at Hand - 2021 in Milan
The most interactive MICE event is back.
IACC Americas Connect 2021 Takes Place Using MultiPOD Format

Last week (20th July 2021) the 40th edition of IACC Americas Connect took place using IACC’s MultiPOD format, enabling the event to take place across three in-person meetings across the US as well as virtually.

IACC partnered with hybrid event specialist Encore to stage the one-day conference, which had in-person sessions in Chicago, Dallas and Delaware and attracted 241 delegates globally (up 9% from IACC Americas Connect in 2019). The conference followed a full program of plenary sessions, breakouts, a highly collaborative innovation lab and the Copper Skillet cook-off competition.

Each POD, including the virtual POD, had a regional facilitator supported by master facilitator Mike Van Der Vijver of MindMeeting. The team of IACC volunteer members were coached by Mike on facilitation techniques and helped them to deliver complex multi-location workshops.

As part of the Invention Lab, each POD was tasked to design a future meeting environment, which was reviewed and commented on by content experts in the live and virtual locations.

The Delaware POD was the host venue for this year’s IACC Copper Skillet USA cook off. The competition, which was introduced in 2004, highlights the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference venues around the world, and to honor their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience.

The junior category winner was Brandon Hartel, Junior Chef at Arden Shisler Conference Center and the senior category winner was Shane Hawkins, Senior Chef at Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Both chefs will go on to compete in the IACC Americas final, which will take place later this year.

Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC commented: “We had one goal, to create a conference that made it accessible for as many of our members to come together, in person or virtually, at this important time in the recovery of our industry and to place digital technology at the heart of the conference.”

IACC awarded the Mel Hosansky Award for 2020 and 2021, which recognises outstanding service to the meetings industry, to Lotta Boman of Sigtunahojden Conference Centre and to Cindy Novotny of Master Connections Associates.

In addition, Tim Luepke and Mehdi Ahmadi from Sodexo Conferencing, were presented the IACC Americas Pyramid Award and Murray Hall from Dolce BMO Conference Centre was acknowledged with the IACC Americas Award of Excellence.

Attendees at all three locations participated in a ‘feed the city’ community food preparation exercise and collectively prepared 2,350 meals that were delivered within three hours to local children in need across the cities.

The next IACC Americas Connect will take place on March 15 -16 2022 at Park MGM in Las Vegas.


Qatar to open 105 new hotels as it gears up for FIFA World Cup 2022

Qatar authorities have announced ambitious plans to open 105 new hotels and serviced apartments in the country as it readies for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Though not all of the 105 will open by the time the World Cup begins, tourism officials say the new properties will make the country more appealing to a wider range of fans flying in for the event.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways group chief executive and secretary general of Qatar National Tourism Council, said: “We are continuing to expand our tourism offer to ensure guests enjoy the best of Qatari hospitality while being able to choose a hotel, resort or serviced apartment that accommodates to their budget and needs.

“These upcoming properties are part of our strategy to diversify our offering and broaden our appeal to visitors. We are pleased to expand our global tourism offer in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and provide travellers with more options to experience the very best of Qatar.

It is estimated that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 could add US$20 billion to the national economy, according to officials within the country. That’s equivalent to around 11 percent of Qatar’s GDP for 2019.

The Committee for Delivery and Legacy is responsible for putting on the project. Secretary-General Hassan Al Thawadi told Bloomberg: “We anticipate the contribution to the economy essentially would be around about $20 billion.

“[The World Cup is] meant to serve as an engine to push forward and accelerate a lot of the initiatives that the government has already committed to, already had planned, whether that’s in terms of urban development or economic diversification.”

On the hospitality side of tourism, the World Cup presents a golden opportunity to welcome international guests and potentially enjoy 28 days of full occupancy. Over the course of a month, more than 1.5 million people are expected to fly into Qatar for the winter event, close to the tourism figures for all of 2019.

Four Seasons Doha GM Jeff Rednour, told Hotelier Middle East: “I have a lot of confidence in it and it will be delivered to the highest level. [Hoteliers] understand the importance of it, not just for hotels but the entire country.

“We just need to be ready for 30-plus days of maximum occupancy in the hotel and all of the outlets. We just need to be prepared to offer the same levels of service, just during a period of triple volume.”

InterContinental hotel in the works for Montenegro

IHG Hotels & Resorts is bringing its luxury InterContinental flag to Montenegro, unveiling plans to open the InterContinental Resort Amma, Canj -- Montenegro by fall 2023.

To be located along Montenegros Pearl Coast, the 198-key property will offer a mix of guestrooms, suites and villa accommodations as well as a residential component.

The resorts amenities will include a swimming pool with pool bar, a fitness center, a spa with two saunas, a restaurant and rooftop bar, a club lounge, meeting space and a ballroom.

The InterContinental Resort Amma, Canj will be IHGs fourth property in Montenegro, joining the Regent Porto Montenegro, Voco Podgorica and the soon-to-open Holiday Inn Express Podgorica.


Photo: The Inter Continental Hotel in Montenegro will have 198 guestrooms and a residential component. Photo Credit: IHG

Online Promotions with Alliances Invited Seoulites to Lift up the MICE Industry

The Seoul Convention Bureau organized online shopping promotion with Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) to present luxurious products, used to offer for business travelers, to local Seoulites in sponsoring the MICE industry. It further exposed the challenging situation the industry is facing to the public. Thirteen SMA members from 4 categories- unique venue, entertainment, transportation, hotel, stepped out of the comfort zone and arranged their products to accommodate the public’s interest. These members were Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun, Courtyard Marriott Seoul Times Square, E-Land Cruise, Floating Island Convention, Four Points by Sheraton Seoul (Guro), Golden Blue Marina, Lotte World, N Seoul Tower, Korea House, Seoul Garden Hotel, Seoul Tour Bus Travel Service, Swiss Grand Hotel, and Trick Eye Museum.

The online promotion was on the website of one of the major shopping channels of Korea. Various products including hotel packages, restaurant vouchers, city tour bus tickets, cruise tickets and yacht packages were offered for sales for a week from 7th to 14th of July. One hour of livestream shopping was also offered with popular influencers on July 9th. It introduced yacht packages from Golden Blue Marina which might be new to most of the viewers along with recommended tour course utilizing the products on the website. The most significant sales recorded when the shopping host showed her actual ride on the yacht with the gorgeous view of Hangang River in the backdrop. Reflecting the needs of exclusiveness, yacht packages at a reasonable price appeared to persuade many who liked to enjoy refreshment with close ones. All products are offered with a long validity considering the current situation with novel virus.

Jihyun Kim, director of MICE Planning team at the Seoul Tourism Organization said, “the MICE industry around the world is in an unprecedented crisis due to the pandemic. Despite the challenges, this online shopping promotion was an excellent opportunity to promote MICE industry to the public and make known the difficult state, nevertheless. We will maintain our effort of proactively seeking new ways to support the industry and our SMA members.”

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IBTM World Launches Hosted Buyer Registration

Hosted Buyer registration is now open for IBTM World, which will be held for the first time in a hybrid format.

The IBTM World in-person event will take place at Fira, Barcelona from 30 November to 2 December 2021 for the first time since 2019. The show will be followed by IBTM World Virtual, from 7 - 9 December 2021.

This year’s theme of ‘New Business, New Tech, New World’, reflects IBTM’s aim to enable meetings and events professionals to re-build and re-connect post-pandemic.

IBTM World will include bespoke one-to-one business meetings between the world’s leading buyers and suppliers, exciting networking opportunities and specially curated educational content to provide attendees with the tools they need to thrive in the next chapter in meetings and events.

The tailored Knowledge Programme will feature inspirational speakers from the meetings and events industry and beyond, exploring topics such as safety, sustainability, diversity and upskilling. There will be a separate buyer-led association and elite corporate programme and more details on this will be announced in due course.

David Thompson, Event Director, said: “IBTM World is a major event in our industry’s calendar, and one that unites us under one roof for three-days of networking, learning and valuable business opportunities.

“After eighteen long months without an event of this stature, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to make genuine connections and get the knowledge and tools to thrive in 2022 and beyond. This year’s show will offer the best of both worlds, hosting physical and virtual shows to support the meetings and events industry.”

RX (the organisers of IBTM World) has worked with industry peers to create a safe working standard called “All Secure” for holding events in a COVID-impacted world, and IBTM is working closely with the local authorities and the Fira Barcelona to implement all necessary precautions. For more information please see:


Events Industry Council appoints Director of Certification

Today (6 July 2021) the Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, announces the appointment of Augustine (Gus) Chijioke as Director of Certification & Education.

Gus’s remit for EIC includes directing the CMP and CMP-HC credentialing programme - recognised globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry, to ensure that the examination programme continues to adhere to the highest test development and administration standards; and continuing to grow and develop the organisation’s educational products and services.

Amy Calvert, Chief Executive Officer, Events Industry Council, said: “Professional development will continue to be a significant driver behind the growth of our industry. As we navigate the adaptations and innovations necessary post pandemic, our workforce continues to demonstrate its resilience and a remarkable commitment to lifelong learning. Gus will play a key role for the EIC as we continue to deliver relevant high-quality education and make it available and easily accessible to an increasingly global audience.”

“I’m excited to be working with the EIC and its talented team”, said Chijioke, commenting on his appointment. Education will play a critical role supporting our members and the wider industry, as individuals and businesses rebuild over the coming months and years. We have ambitious plans to extend the reach and scope of our Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Examination programme as part of the EICs wider strategy to extend its global footprint, and I’m looking forward to helping the team achieve its ambitious plans for growth.”

Previously, Gus was Director, Membership & Certification at Capital Association Management, where he was responsible for the management of several association certification boards (AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), Energy Management Association (EMA), & Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), and served as the program and project manager on various initiatives. Gus has also held the positions of Manager, Database & Membership Operations Manager and Recertification & Health-System Specialist at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

For more information on the Events Industry Council and its CMP programme, visit:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About the Events Industry Council

The Events Industry Council’s more than 30 member organisations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. The Events Industry Council’s vision is to be the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programme and signature programme activities. The CMP credential is recognised globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam. The four signature programmes – Sustainability and Social Impact, Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), Knowledge, and Leadership – represent the key initiatives, assets, services and products for the Events Industry Council. Learn more online at