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21–22 October 2021
Union of International Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2021
Hosted by Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) live and online.
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Virgin Hotels to Open in Glasgow
Pack your kilts, Virgin Hotels opens brand new Scottish property in 2022.
CB Italias platform
Convention Bureau Italia Premieres Box IT,
The Free Networking Online Platform for International Buyers Interested in Italy as a Mice and Wedding Destination.
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Imex Group Invests in the Team With Nine New Appointments
Several new roles have been created within the business with significant investment in systems, marketing and design.
Union of International Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2021

UIAs 9th Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific on 21 & 22 October 2021 will take place as a hybrid event at the Congres Square Nihonbashi in Tokyo, Japan

The Associations Round Tables are organized annually by the Union of International Associations (UIA). The Round Tables, that are the core of UIAs education project, provide an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice, to meet other international associations and share experience and knowledge.

In its 15th year of organizing Round Tables for international associations, the UIA is excited to bring this main event to Tokyo. This will be the first time UIA will hold the Round Table in a hybrid format, giving associations around the globe the opportunity to meet and learn in Tokyo.

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) will both welcome the delegates to this exciting city and provide the online meeting platform. Easy platform access, networking and educational content will combine to provide an engaging and rewarding experience for all onsite and virtual delegates. UIA team members will moderate the sessions throughout, guiding and assisting the delegates.

Participants will meet speakers who are association experts and who will describe challenges they face in their association life and how they are meeting these challenges. Delegates and speakers will split into – virtual and onsite – break-out rooms for sessions, where each speaker will present a workshop on their topic. All delegates will be able to conduct discussions in real time with the speaker and their peers.

For onsite delegates, TCVB will provide diverse opportunities for exploring Tokyo and its unique flavor.


UIA Associate Members and other industry partners are welcome to join all education and networking sessions throughout the event.


Registration for the Round Table will open in June via the UIA website.

About the Union of International Associations

The UIA was founded in 1907 in Brussels with the aim of researching international associations, regardless of location or field of activity. 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. The UIA publishes the International Congress Calendar Online with more than 500,000 meetings and events organized or sponsored by international associations worldwide, and the Yearbook of International Organizations Online, which includes detailed information on over 41,000 active and approximately 32,000 dormant international organizations from 300 countries and territories. Approximately 1,200 new organization entries are added each year.

About the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) is a destination marketing organization that aims to attract international travellers and business events by distributing tourist information, enhancing community tourism, advancing tourism infrastructure, and deepening industry partnerships to fulfil the vision: “Making TOKYO the worlds choice.” Within TCVB is its Business Events Tokyo (BET) team, which comprises a group of professional convention experts dedicated to supporting all convention organizers who intend to hold their meetings in Tokyo. Acting as a one-stop-shop for planners, TCVB is committed to being a strong partner for organizers and meeting planners. TCVB will provide financial and in-kind support to ensure that the meeting is efficiently planned, local resources are optimized, and all efforts are made to assist in attendance promotion.


Virgin Hotels to Open in Glasgow

Pack your kilts, Virgin Hotels is opening a new hotel in Glasgow. Virgin Hotels is set to open a brand new property in the Scottish city in 2022. Located at 236-246 Clyde Street, the hotel will be a perfect base for exploring the city.

Virgin Hotels Glasgow will have 242 Chambers and Grand Chamber suites, meeting and event space, and multiple places to enjoy a bite to eat and a few drinks, including Virgin Hotels’ flagship restaurant Commons Club. Virgin Hotels will also feature Funny Library Coffee Shop, a communal workspace that serves Laughing Man coffee, the brand co-founded by Hugh Jackman.

“Glasgow is a dynamic city with a rich history that is extra special to me as my wife Joan is from Glasgow,” said Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. “Since launching the first property in 2015, Virgin Hotels has established a beloved brand amongst many, always ensuring that all offerings embrace and showcase the local community culture for all travelers to enjoy; and this property will surely do the same.”

James Bermingham, CEO of Virgin Hotels, added: “Glasgow features distinctive art, music, shopping and much more – making it the perfect location for the newest hotel. Virgin Hotels Glasgow will have all the brand differentiators such as our innovative Chamber design, forward-thinking technology, food and beverage offerings and entertainment. We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike to enjoy our distinctive lifestyle experience."

Can’t wait for Glasgow to open? Visit Virgin Hotels in Chicago, Dallas, Nashville or Las Vegas. Later this year you’ll also be able to stay at Virgin Hotels in New Orleans and New York City.

Convention Bureau Italia Premieres Box IT, the Free Networking Online Platform for International Buyers Interested in Italy as a Mice and Wedding Destination

A free Live Webcast to reveal CB Italias proprietary platform specifically designed to be the only digital companion everyone interested in organizing events in Italy will ever need.

During a free Live Webcast, scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm CET, Convention Bureau Italia, the non-profit organization that represents all the major players in the Italian MICE Industry and that promotes Italy as a destination for major international corporate and association events, will reveal and make available Box IT to the world.

In a world that was quickly evolving, there was the urgent need to go beyond the traditional ways of promoting Destinations. In order to deliver a prompt response to this new need, Convention Bureau Italia started working on Box IT, the free, intuitive digital platform developed and engineered by CB Italia during 2020’s lockdown that makes networking between selected italian suppliers and top international buyers time-efficient and super easy. The Live Webcast will feature an in-depth tech demo of the platform in which Tobia Salvadori, CB Italia Director, and Eleonora Bizzo, Business Development Manager, will walk the audience through Box ITs unique features while also highlighting its unique perks.

Box IT was designed with a dual goal in mind: on one hand to act as a virtual window overlooking Italy, providing its users with constant updates about reopening dates and about the latest safety protocols, while also showcasing to buyers the latest trends and news in MICE in Italy, in order to give them a crucial edge when MICE will be back in business.

On the other hand, when things will be back to normal, Box IT will act as the virtual beacon for MICE-related business in Italy, a powerful tool – without the complexity – that can overcome the physical limits of one-shot or once-a-year B2B events by digitally filling the gaps in between: a discreet business companion always at its users fingertips, supporting them in fulfilling their networking needs no matter where they are nor when they use it.

We all well know that networking is not just about having more contacts on our smartphones; rather its about maintaining quality relations, something which the global pandemic has put a very heavy strain on in this last year. We strongly believe that Box IT will help its users reconnect with the valuable relationships they have built in a lifetime.

Despite Box IT’s main goals are to keep the international markets updated and engaged about the MICE situation in Italy, there is more to it.

Box IT will also host a series of monthly-updated interviews you will not find anywhere else. The interviewees will be top Opinion Leaders pertaining not only to the international MICE Industry but also to other Corporate segments, for a fresh perspective on hot topics and trends that will stand out from the digital overflow of these peculiar times we are living.

Without spoiling too much, we can reveal that the first three episodes available upon launch will feature Ray Bloom, Chairman & Founder at IMEX Group; David Morel, Founder & Ceo at Tiger Recruitment and Forbes contributor, and Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director & CEO at UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and Joint Meetings Industry Councils President.

Lastly, among Box IT’s unique features that will be presented during the Première, there will also be a Learn & Win program, thanks to which the buyers will be able to join periodically released online courses and get the chance – beside becoming an Italian grand master – to win Fam Trips to Italy and other exciting rewards.

Have a sneak peek at the new project, and save the date. It will be unveiled to the world on April 13th 2021. Registration link »

Imex Group Invests in the Team With Nine New Appointments

Building back better is a phrase were hearing more and more both within and outside of the events industry. Were living this at the Imex Group and building up our resilience by investing in different parts of the business, beginning with some important new appointments and new roles within the company.” Carina Bauer, CEO of the Imex Group, underlines the importance of maintaining business investment during a challenging climate.

Several new roles have been created within the business with significant investment in systems, marketing and design. Gary Coombes joins as Chief Information Officer. Previously COO at Crunch accountants, Gary has worked at EMAP and at UBM where he worked on acquisitions and new events, aligning Sales and Marketing across EMEA. In his new role he is set to build on the consultancy he provided for the Imex Group last year, managing systems integration and data initiatives. Gary says:

“Im really excited to be joining Imex at such an important time for the business and the wider events industry. Having worked in the industry for most of my life, I cant wait to see live events back in action. Imexs shows are fantastic and I look forward to being able to help them evolve, continue to grow and be successful.”

Responsible for content strategy and resourcing, web development and digital transformation projects, Danielle Colyer has been appointed as Head of Content and Web. The former Global Head of Content at YNV Group, Danielle has extensive experience in international B2B and B2C marketing, brand and web with over a decade of experience in creating impactful content for companies including the Digital Magazine Awards and Study Group. Danielle says:

“I am thrilled to join to the Imex team. Content is an incredibly powerful tool in our marketing toolkit and something that Imex does very well. My aim is to elevate this brilliant content across our entire web estate so it can engage, delight, inform – and ultimately, convert – our audiences.”

Former Art Director at Grazia UK, Anna Gyseman joins as Design Manager focusing on graphic design, digital design, and brand guidelines. Her design expertise will soon be complemented by the appointment of a Junior Designer. Anna comments:

“We all crave the reassurance of the familiar but at Imex we also recognise our role in leading the drive towards a brave new world. My goal this year is to consolidate confidence in the brand by moving it forward in a fresh and innovative way – providing a classic level of design discipline whilst always striving for an original response.”

Other new roles within the Imex Group include a Senior Sales Manager in the Sales team, a Data Analyst in the Event Tech team and a new Financial Analyst. The Hosted Buyer team will hone its focus on client relationships with the appointment of two new Relationship Managers and a Travel Manager.

Carina continues: “These new roles are part of our commitment to building the very best global tradeshows and marketplaces for the business events industry – a mission that were single-minded about. In addition, they complement our intention to create a more adaptive and agile team environment, supported by consultant Jon Barnes who talked about this progressive approach in our February podcast. The disruption of the past year pushed members of our team out of their comfort zones, often showcasing skills we – and they – didnt even know they had. As a result, were reshaping elements of our organisation to give individuals more freedom and responsibility, allowing them to grow, shine and make a bigger contribution.”

“Just as our shows evolve to respond to the changing needs of buyers and exhibitors, our way of working also adapts. Now is not the time for our business to stand still. We believe its crucial to continue to invest in our talent, our culture and to create new opportunities for our team so we remain agile, creative and responsive to the shifts in the world,” continues Carina. “These changes will also help as we plan ahead for our next live show – Imex America in November and our 20th anniversary at Imex in Frankfurt in 2022.”

Imex America takes place 9–11 November at its new home Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.


davies tanner launches Global Destinations Marketing & Communications Report in partnership with IBTM Events

Today, the 24th of March, davies tanner launched its Global Destinations Marketing Report in partnership with IBTM Events on the IBTM Connect platform.

Taking part in the launch were; Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events, VisitScotland; Tracy Halliwell MBE, Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events, London & Partners; Melissa A. Riley, Vice President of Convention Sales & Services, Destination DC; Christoph Tessmar, Director, Barcelona Convention Bureau; Claude Blanc, Portfolio Director, WTM & IBTM Events; and Robert Wright, Managing Director at davies tanner.

During the past 12 months, marketing activities have been severely curtailed, and this global report looks at both what channels destinations have been using to remain engaged with audiences and what is being planned for the future.

Claude Blanc, Portfolio Director, WTM & IBTM Events said: “The global business events community has been severely impacted by the pandemic. This is why we partnered with davies tanner on this important piece of research and to produce this report. As we all look to the future, marketing and communications will be so crucial in building global demand, but also to underline confidence and highlight the value and importance of business events of all kinds.”


Some of the key findings from the report included;


• 89% of destinations reported that they had remained actively engaged with their target audiences during the pandemic

• Social media represented the highest engagement channel at 92%

• Looking forward to the recovery period, social media remains the primary channel for engagement, increasing slightly to 93%, with PR & Media Relations increasing to 68%, underlining the need for trusted news to grow confidence.

• 51% of destinations say they are planning to either launch or enhance their Ambassador Programmes

• 34% say they expect to receive a short-term increase in funding to stimulate demand


Robert Wright, managing director at davies tanner added; “We were very pleased with the response we received to both the survey and the report, with over 450 delegates registering for the launch event. This shows that there is a real demand for accurate intelligence on this topic, which helps destinations navigate their way forward and develop new strategies in what is, and will almost certainly continue to be, a rapidly changing environment.”


The full report is available to view and download here.


davies tanner has now launched the second stage of its research to ensure continued up-to-date intelligence for the business events sector. The second report, which will be published in June 2021, will compare data from the first survey to show how destinations are continuing to use marketing and communications channels to support their programme of recovery and renewal.


To take part in the second survey, please click here.

A new ecosystem for business events: Future Meeting Space launches next research topic

With its new research project for 2021, the Future Meeting Space (FMS) innovation network is looking at the challenges of the post-Covid-19 era, based on the key assumption that the ecosystem of events will change considerably and for the long term.

The FMS initiative, launched by the GCB German Convention Bureau and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, will – in cooperation with altogether 14 research partners – identify influencing factors and cause-effect relationships, analyse the opportunities of this change, and ultimately develop future scenarios. The innovation networks research activities aim at strengthening Germanys leading position as an international destination for conferences and congresses and at securing market shares for the future.

Business events reflect how our society develops. At the same time, they are platforms for innovation and change. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the world of meetings, conventions and congresses itself has experienced a rapid and profound change. Since its launch in 2015, the central goal of the FMS innovation network has been to develop a vision for how people will meet in the future.

"The proportion of hybrid events will rise sharply in the future and considerably change the requirements for venues and the types of spaces needed," says GCB Managing Director Matthias Schultze.

"At the same time, the value of face-to-face encounters at authentic, real places will be redefined, which offers great potential for the future viability of Germany as a destination for meetings and conferences.“

Jointly with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, the GCB German Convention Bureau will explore these challenges and opportunities in this years FMS research project “The changing ecosystem of events”.

The latest FMS research project will analyse a wide range of factors that influence the ecosystem of events. In addition to sustainability as a megatrend and the smart linking of physical and virtual venues, the spaces and social environment within which business events are set also play a significant role.

This includes the renaissance of rural areas as well as the changing mobility behaviour of people and the redevelopment of city centres. As events are important elements in the communications mix of organisations, new working models also play a major part, such as the increase in mobile working or new co-working models.

Finally, the way people learn or share knowledge is also shifting, which affects events as important platforms for knowledge transfer.

"It is a fact that the ecosystem of events will change. The decisive factor for success in this system is to absolutely focus on the needs of customers and participants," stresses Dr. Stefan Rief, Institute Director and Head of Organisational Development and Work Design Research Unit at Fraunhofer IAO.

"When they decide how they would like to spend their time in the future, this decision will be a much more deliberate one.“

The large and diverse group of research partners that the FMS initiators have been able to attract reflects the relevance of the new research topic. A total of 14 organisations are supporting the innovation network this year, including AllSeated as Virtual Venue Partner, Bayern Tourismus Marketing, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Hospitality, Encore, EVVC European Association of Event Centers, Jena Kultur, Cologne Convention Bureau, Nürnberg Convention, Radisson Hotel Group, 7 Cities, Stadt Münster and Weframe. In addition, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is involved as a Strategic Industry Partner of the FMS innovation network.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Future Meeting Space

The FMS innovation project was launched in 2015 by the GCB German Convention Bureau and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO with the key goal of developing a vision for how people will meet in the future. This includes developing practical, hands-on tools for meeting planners and suppliers to help them get ahead of the curve. Results so far include, from phase I, an “Innovation Catalogue” round-up of new and future technologies, six “Future Meeting Scenarios” as well as the description of a possible “Future Meeting Room”, and from phase II, a report on how to create engaging events, including an overview of different attendee types, event success factors and recommendations for actions. In phase III, the innovation network looked at the future role of events in the communications mix of organisations. Research partners of the new 2021 research topic are AllSeated (Virtual Venue Partner), Bayern Tourismus Marketing, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Hospitality, Encore, EVVC European Association of Event Centers, Jena Kultur, Cologne Convention Bureau, Nürnberg Convention, Radisson Hotel Group, 7 Cities, Stadt Münster and Weframe. In addition, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is involved as a Strategic Industry Partner of the FMS innovation network.