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St. Johns to host largest aquaculture conference in Canadian history

The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) recently signed an agreement to host the WAS North America Conference 2020 in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) and Newfoundland & Labrador Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA). The WAS Aquaculture Conference, the largest of its kind ever held in Canada, will take place August 30 – September 2, 2020 in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

The combined international conference and exposition is expected to draw over 2,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. St. Johns, the eastern-most point in North America, and one of Canadas most vibrant coastal cities, has long been a centre of excellence in aquaculture, having pioneered ocean harvesting since the earliest explorers set foot on Newfoundland.

From highly-skilled engineers, veterinarians and researchers to marine biologists, scientists and farmers, the men and women who work in St. Johns aquaculture industry are world-class experts in their fields, so its only fitting the World Aquaculture Society would choose to meet where the experts are. Mark Lane, Executive Director Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association agrees, "We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be selected as the location for WAS North America 2020. To have Newfoundland and Labrador recognized for its potential as an aquaculture growth area globally is a milestone that we are proud of. We look forward to sharing our success stories as an industry and our beautiful province as a world-class destination with aquaculture enthusiasts spanning all areas of the globe in 2020".

St. Johns features 2,600 hotel rooms and some 100,000 square feet of meeting space. The WAS event will be headquartered at the 47,000 square foot St. Johns Convention Centre in colourful, downtown St. Johns.

Scottish Event Campus unveils £150m expansion plan

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow has applied for planning permission in principle to add a new conference facility and extend existing exhibition space. The campus includes the SEC Centre, the SEC Armadillo and the SSE Hydro. SEC also said it was in discussions with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish and UK governments over funding for the project.

SEC chief executive Peter Duthie said: "The new conference facility would allow us to stage two events simultaneously or large conferences on a scale that we currently cant offer.

"We believe our expansion project will provide a significant economic impact, not just to Glasgow and Scotland but to the UK."

Meanwhile, construction work is expected to start this summer on two new hotels at the campus after SEC sold sites to property developers. The hotels are expected to be completed by next year, adding 400 rooms between them to the campus area.

Mr Duthie said: "Clearly accommodation is very important, particularly for the conference sector but also for exhibitions and live entertainment."

According to SECs latest annual results report, the campus generated net additional expenditure of more than £1m per day in the Glasgow area - a total of £400m for the year.

Mr Duthie added: "The development plans fit with the objectives of Glasgow City Council, as major shareholder, to ensure additional economic benefit across the city in terms of spend on hotels, restaurants, retail, and the related employment creation."

In the 2017-18 financial year, SECs turnover increased by 1% to £29.1m, although pre-tax profits slipped from £2.74m to £1.69m.

Conference revenue fell slightly last year, while live entertainment turnover from the SSE Hydro was in line with the previous year. Exhibition revenues increased, with five new events added.

The Hydro recorded more than 900,000 visitors, with the venue hosting top artists such as Celine Dion, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Other event highlights included Disney Ice Productions and WWE Wrestling.

 

Union of International Associations releases 2018 International Meetings Statistics Report

The Union of International Associations (UIA) publishes its International Meetings Statistics Report on an annual basis. The Report, this year in its 59th edition, looks at the numbers of meetings organized by international organizations.

The Report is compiled from UIAs extensive database of over 480,000 international association meetings in 248 countries and over 12,000 cities, reaching back as far as 1850. Thanks to UIAs ongoing research and surveys this database is continuously updated. This means that the number of recorded meetings may increase by 34% over the following five years. As UIAs criteria for collection and inclusion have not changed since the first edition in 1960, the Report provides a fascinating series of comparable snapshots of international association meetings activity.

For 2017 there are 10,786 meetings of international associations recorded, in 166 countries and 1,104 cities. With 1,105 recorded meetings South Korea lays claim to the number one spot of host countries in the Report for the first time ever. The top three is completed by Belgium and Singapore with respectively 804 and 802 recorded meetings. The city rankings parallel the countries, with Singapore, Brussels and Seoul coming out on top.

While the continents of Europe and Asia are the undeniable giants of the associations meetings industry, all continents host their fair share. For the African continent, South Africa leads the way. In the Australasian-Pacific region it is Australia; for the Americas it is the United States.

The country best capitalizing on the national presence of international associations is South Korea, with a ratio of one meeting to 3.5 international associations with members in the country. When compared to population size, Monaco takes the crown, with one meeting to 4,333 people.

The Report also contains an overview of the top twenty countries throughout the last fifteen years, giving an interesting overview of how the sector has evolved. In 2009 the top three spots were occupied by the United States, France, and Germany. For the cities, only New York managed to break into the Europe- dominated top 10 in 2009. Fifteen years later, half those spots have been ceded to Asian cities.

The full Report consists of 99 pages and contains over twenty comprehensive tables. For the first three months following its release the Report is available exclusively to UIA Associate Members. On September 1st it will be made available to the general public for purchase.

The UIA was founded in 1907 in Brussels with the aim of researching international associations, regardless of location or field of activities. Today the UIA is the worlds oldest, largest, and most comprehensive source of information on global civil society. The UIA collects, hosts, and provides up-to-date, reliable information on global civil society and maintains the most comprehensive source of information on international associations, their activities and concerns, and their meetings activities.

Every year the UIA also publishes the Yearbook of International Organizations which includes detailed information on over 37,500 active and approximately 38,000 dormant international organizations from 300 countries and territories. Approximately 1,200 new organizations are added each year.

 

Photo: Seoul.

SITE Young Leaders Ireland raise the curtain on a cinematic education experience in Dublin

Fulfilling its mission to create the industry leaders of tomorrow, SITE Young Leaders Ireland held “The Perfect Pitch: Release Your Inner Storyteller” workshop at The Stella Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on Friday 6 of July, 2018.

Sponsored by Dublin Convention Bureau, the event drew over 100 incentive travel professionals to the newly restored Stella Theatre in Ireland’s capital to hear how creative storytelling makes for compelling sales pitches. The venue, a 1920s iconic cinematic landmark in the heart of Dublin, mirrored the overall tone of the event demonstrating the values of authenticity and originality.

Highlights of the day included talks given by actor, writer and director, Phil Kingston and presenter mentor, Rowan Manahan while Dublin Convention Bureau shared their sustainability story emphasising their continued efforts to minimise any negative impact on the environment as a result of meetings and events.

Speaking at the event, Sam Johnston of the Dublin Convention Bureau said, “Dublin Convention Bureau is an advocate of the power of networking and idea-sharing in our industry, believing it helps all of us to develop allowing for a better delivery to our customers. That is why I am delighted to have the Bureau associated with today’s SITE event for the Young Leaders – the future of our global industry. Our world is changing in many ways, but we must look at after it for generations to come; we have to be custodians of the environments around us that create the experiences our clients fall in love with.”

SITE global CEO, Didier Scaillet, was also in attendance and provided the closing remarks, complimenting the local SITE community and underlining the importance of the SITE Young Leaders Program. “SITE Ireland is known within the SITE community as an energetic chapter with a dynamic leadership and board. Today’s event, aimed at our next generation of #incentiveprofs, was a perfect example of SITE’s value proposition – quality education, great business exchange, uncompromising focus on the business case for incentive travel and a truly vibrant, inclusive community”.

About SITE Young Leaders:

SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence is the only global organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting the incentive travel industry. Founded in 1973, SITE is comprised of 2,000+ members and 29 local chapters. The SITE Young Leaders Program builds the next generation of incentive travel leaders by providing education and networking opportunities appealing directly to SITE members who are new to the industry. SITE Younger Leaders Program focuses on personal development, creating contracts, having fun with fellow industry peers and to learn and share experiences.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion now open

The 20,000 square metre expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has officially opened making it Australia’s largest convention and exhibition space.

The AUD 205 million addition increases MCEC to a total size of 70,000 square metres. New facilities include The Goldfields Theatre - a 9,000 square metre multi-purpose event space with a retractable 1,000 seat theatre and new exhibition halls. There is also new meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, banquet space and the Goldfields Cafe and Bar.

The expansion is part of a larger South Wharf expansion project in Melbourne that includes a new 347-room Novotel Melbourne South Wharf that is fully connected and integrated with MCEC.

“The opening of the new MCEC expansion further cements Australia’s innovative event delivery capabilities,” said John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia.

“Currently there is an unprecedented level of infrastructure development underway in Australia meaning we have the business event venues, accommodation, technology and service providers that can make any event a success, from a small incentive group to one numbering in the thousands,” said Sullivan.

The expansion coincides with the introduction of a specialised MCEC production team who offer services in audio, rigging, lighting, vision, multimedia, network systems and production management.

MCEC also recently announced they have joined forces with reputable Melbourne organisations to support the development of a wind farm, of which construction is now underway in regional Victoria. The intention is for the wind farm to supply the projected electricity for the 20,000 square metre expansion.

“Customer experience was front of mind when planning the design – we wanted to ensure our facilities suited the needs of our customers, rather than constraining them to fit within our space,” said MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King.

For more information on Business Events Australia go to www.businessevents.australia.com

Scandic signs agreement for new hotel in Helsinki

Scandic has signed a long-term lease agreement with Finnish private equity fund CapMan to take over a 178-room hotel in Helsinki. In conjunction with this, the parties have also agreed to extend leases for an additional four hotels with a total of 979 rooms.

– We are extremely pleased to extend our already strong offering in the Helsinki area through Scandic Pasila, a hotel that will complement and diversify our existing portfolio, says Aki Käyhkö, Managing Director of Scandic Hotels Finland.

The new hotel is located in Helsinki’s Pasila area. It has 178 rooms, seven meeting rooms with capacity for a total of almost 300 people, two restaurants and a gym. Scandic will take over the hotel from its current operator in 2020.

Pasila is a digital media hub. It also boasts the largest exhibition center and sports and events arena in Finland. Messukeskus, the large congress and trade fair area, hosts more than 100 events annually and 1.3 million visitors. The Pasila area is set to grow even more in the coming years thanks to a new traffic solution and a new center called Tripla, a three-block complex that will house a shopping center, residential units, offices and a public transport terminal.

The lease extensions comprise four hotels operated by Scandic where existing leases will expire within three years. The prolonged agreements are revenue based with minimum guarantees. Scandic and CapMan Hotels RE KY have also agreed on an extensive renovation program where the parties will invest approximately 20 EUR million each to secure hotel offerings for the future.

– This is a good agreement where we can ensure the long-term operation of these five hotels. Scandic has an excellent track record of running hotels in Finland, and it’s the largest hotel chain with the best coverage in the country and the Nordics. We look forward to a profitable partnership with Scandic going forward, says Pirjo Ojanperä, Partner at CapMan Hotels RE KY.

 

The hotels with prolonged leasing agreements are:

• Scandic Aulanko in Hämeenlinna,

• Scandic Eden in Nokia,

• Scandic Waskia in Vaasa and

• Crowne Plaza Helsinki, (operated under a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group).

 

Photo: Scandic Crowne Plaza in Helsinki, Finland.