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The World’s Largest Congress on Allergy Heads to Prague, Czech Republic

Prague will host the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress in a hybrid format on 1-3 July 2022 at the O2 universum. The Prague Convention Bureau, in cooperation with the Czech Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology won the bidding process after a three-year endeavor. The EAACI flagship Congress is attended yearly by over 8,000 health care professionals and scientists including key opinion leaders from all over the world.

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is an association of more than 13,000 clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals from 124 countries, dedicated to improving the health of people affected by allergic diseases and asthma.

After the highly successful digital Congress in London in 2020 and the Hybrid Congress held in Krakow, Poland in 2021, the EAACI Congress 2022 will head to Prague, Czech Republic to be organized again in a hybrid format. “The hybrid format brings many new advantages and progressive functionalities, as was experienced during the first EAACI Hybrid Congress in 2021. It allows participants to attend and network from all around the globe, but we would also like to express our wish to have as many participants as possible with us personally in Prague, to enjoy both the social contact with friends and colleagues and the unique scientific and cultural atmosphere that the magical Prague has to offer,” says prof. MUDr. Petr Panzner CSc., local ambassador and Chair of the 2022 Congress.

The topic of the 2022 EAACI Congress is “Common origins of allergy and chronic inflammatory diseases – the One Health approach”. During the three-day program, delegates will have a chance to attend more than 200 expert presentations and interactive workshops delivered by key opinion leaders and high-level speakers.

“The One Health Approach corresponds to determining of the links between human health and all environmental factors such as pollution, climate change, animal health and many more. It will be very stimulating and exciting to discuss these topics during the hybrid Congress. I am convinced that the 2022 scientific programme will not only help participants to gather the updated scientific information but will be very helpful in their daily practice as physicians and other HCPs thanks to interactive workshops and meet-the-expert sessions”, says Prof. Panzner.

“A multitude of common factors seems to be responsible for allergic diseases development, duration, and severity. All these factors may have a varying influence on development and outcome of allergic diseases. Therefore, to successfully combine them, a well-coordinated approach both in humans and in animals is necessary. This involves a joint effort from all stakeholders, forging collaborations among various disciplines, governmental bodies, industry, and patients. There is no better place to bring all these minds together than the EAACI hybrid Congress 2022, which will provide three days of intensive knowledge sharing, world-class lectures by our experts, and the possibility to brainstorm on these linkages, priorities, and challenges as the interdisciplinary community we are,” says Prof. Marek Jutel, EAACI President.


Photo: the O2 universum in Prague.

Germany’s first Radisson Collection hotel opens in the heart of Berlin

Radisson Hotel Group kicks off 2022 with the highly anticipated launch of its newly redesigned German Radisson Collection flagship property in the heart of Berlin. The first premium luxury lifestyle Radisson Collection hotel in the country offers an exceptional hotel experience in an unparalleled location in Berlin-Mitte.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin is proud to announce the completion of an extensive twelve-month renovation, which encompassed the redesign of all guest rooms, a reimagined front-desk space, and an exciting new lobby, bar and restaurant design. The famous AquaDom, the world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium with 1,600 tropical fish, remains the centerpiece of the hotel lobby and underwent a thorough modernization.

The hotel features 427 elegant rooms and suites across six floors. The interior design combines wood tones with subtle gray and plum tones, accented by impactful artwork and stylish decorative accessories, which allow the rooms to feel highly contemporary and cozy at the same time. Bathrooms feature the same dark wood tones with white marble tiles, offering walk-in rain showers as well as bathtubs in the junior suites. Select rooms feature private balconies and overlook the Spree River with breathtaking views of the cathedral and Humboldt Forum, or City Hall and the famous TV tower. The 101-sqm one-bedroom Nikolai Suite on the sixth floor offersthe ultimate Radisson Collection experience with its living room overlooking the city, a dining room with kitchenette, and a bathroom with whirlpool tub. All rooms are equipped with large televisions with mirror casting and an in-room espresso machine.

Beneath the aquatic AquaDom, the Atrium Bar is the place to meet, enjoy coffee and cake, a wide range of spirits, beer, wine and expertly crafted cocktails, as well as a selection of smaller dishes throughout the day. The food and drink menus place a strong focus on local ingredients: breweries and distilleries have been selected from Berlin and the neighboring state of Brandenburg, whilst food is sourced from suppliers in the local area. In March 2022, Balaustine Restaurant will open as the hotel’s main dining venue, offering dishes packed with the flavors and the flair of the Levant, accompanied by Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails. During summer, the Balaustine Terrace overlooking the Spree River is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or simply an evening drink al fresco.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin offers 2,750 sqm of meeting spaces spread over 15 multifunctional meeting rooms on three floors. The exclusive event location under the glass roof of the building – the DomLounge - offers spectacular panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area. The ground-floor meeting space’s light-filled foyer and variety of meeting rooms is the perfect place for functions for up to 550 attendees. Heaven Spa, the hotel’s spa and wellness facility, offers an indoor swimming pool, a Finnish sauna and new, state-of-the art training equipment, which is open to guests 24/7.

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is renowned for its combination of exceptional landmarks, vibrant cultural scene, long party nights and relaxed vibe. Historical sights highlight the city’s history alongside its cutting-edge architecture. Berlin is a mecca for art lovers with more than 170 museums, some of which can be found on Museum Island, just steps from the hotel. There are numerous cultural venues with entertainment options for every taste, making this ever-changing city one of the most exciting destinations in Europe. The new Berlin-Brandenburg airport is easily accessible from the hotel by train or taxi.

“After an extensive creative design process and all the hard work that was put into creating our German flagship hotel, we are excited to launch Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin. The hotel’s unparalleled location on the river right in the center of Berlin-Mitte, the new interior design with its close attention to detail, and our signature Radisson Collection service level will make this hotel a fixture in the five-star hotel market in Berlin”, says Oliver Staas, the General Manager of the hotel.

With the health and safety of guests and team members as its top priority, Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out.



Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition and GainingEdge Enter into Strategic Partnership

Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd., the investor and developer of the complex project “China National Convention Centre (Phase Two)” (CNCC-II), has reached strategic cooperation with GainingEdge, a world-renowned international consulting company for convention centers and business events. GainingEdge will be responsible for the pre-opening operation and marketing of the convention center from 2021 to 2025. This is an important move of CNCC-II in its deployment in the international convention market.

CNCC-II is located in Beijing Olympic Sports Center Area, the northern end of the central axis of Beijing. It will serve as the Main Media Center (MMC) during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to provide media services for the world. After the Games, CNCC-II is expected to open at the start of 2024 as an international convention center.

CNCC-II aims to build “A Masterpiece of the Capital in the New Era”. It has a total floor area of approx. 780,000 square meters with its main part of about 420,000 square meters serving as the convention center. Designed by French architect Mr. Christian de Portzamparc (the Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize), the project can host conferences, forums, banquets, and other commercial events of different scales for 30 to 20,000 people, as well as exhibition events for more than 50,000 people. The supporting functions of CNCC-II lie on the west part of the main building with a total floor area of approx. 360,000 square meters, including a 5A Level-I office building, boutique shopping & retail, and two hotels, planned to be the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Marquis.

GainingEdge is an internationally renowned consulting firm with a track record advising international convention and exhibition centers and destination marketing organizations specializing in the international convention market. Its services for centers include commercial advice, operator procurement, asset management, and operation and global marketing services. As a leader in the international business events market, GainingEdge has advised convention centers on 5 continents and brings a unique global perspective.

GainingEdge will provide a full range of consulting services for CNCC-II at the preparatory stage, by offering its expertise in venue management and international marketing. It will assist to build CNCC-II into a leading convention complex in the world, and provide an efficient, professional, and supportive platform for exchange and communication between China and the world.


Photo: China National Convention, first part from 2008.

New “boarding tax” in Belgium to make tickets up to 10 euros more expensive

All flights out of Belgium will now be subject to the new “boarding” tax which entails an increase in the price of airline tickets of up to €10. The announcement of an “aviation” or “boarding tax” at the end of the October 2021 budget summit was initially intended to have an impact on flights from Belgian airports of less than 500 km in order to encourage alternatives such as the train, for example. The project has been negotiated so far by the current government coalition, and it should now concern all flights, Belgian news outlet La Libre Belgique reports.

In concrete terms, the tax would be 10 euros per ticket if the final destination from Belgium is located less than 500 km in bird’s eye view from the airport of departure (excluding transit).

It would be 2 euros if the final destination from Belgium (excluding transit) is more than 500 km as the crow flies but within the European Economic Area (EEA); and 4 euros outside the EEA. In other words, everyone will be affected.

This “boarding tax” is part of the broader framework of negotiations concerning the tax shift. This tax shift, of 300 million euros in 2022, must in fact be partly financed by this tax on airline tickets, up to 30 million euros.

Specifically, the tax would be 10 euros per ticket if the final destination from Belgium is located less than 500 km as the crow flies from the airport of departure (excluding transit).

Destinations International Announces Director of European Engagement

Destinations International, the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations and convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), today announced that Jane Cunningham has joined the association as the director of European engagement. Jane’s first day will be January 24, 2022.

Destinations International aims to foster a dynamic community of global destination leaders and the broader conference, travel and tourism industry. Residing in Stockholm, Sweden, Jane will be responsible for overseeing and developing a long-term engagement strategy for European destination organizations.

“Global coordination and the sharing of best practices will be essential as we continue to recover from the pandemic,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “Collaboration has never been more important than now and engaging with the European market is crucial. Throughout 2022, Jane will be embarking on a listening tour to see how Destinations International can best become a part of the global community. Her network and 20 years of experience in almost every sector of our industry will prove invaluable as she helps our association develop key opportunities for our European strategy in 2022 and beyond. Destinations International and our entire industry will benefit from her energy and collaborative spirit.”

“A new year and a new exciting role,” said Jane. “I am delighted to have been welcomed into the Destinations International community. My experience and knowledge gained over the years have brought me to this wonderful position and I can’t wait to get started. Deep listening, knowledge exchange and finding solutions will be key. There is a great opportunity for collaboration and learning between European destinations and the North American community. Europe is driving innovative destination thinking and policy making. The global destination community can contribute towards and learn from the very best European ideas.”

Jane has extensive global experience across the meetings and events industry, including working at hotels, a convention center, a destination marketing organization and a professional conference organization (PCO). Most recently, she held the director of community engagement position at BestCities Global Alliance. Jane is passionate about facilitation and creating open environments that engage communities towards societal impact.

Destination organizations are welcomed to contact Jane beginning on January 24 to discuss what is happening in their destinations at

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Destinations International (formerly Destination Marketing Association International) is the worlds largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards.

Change of dates announced for IMEX in Frankfurt’s 20th anniversary edition

The IMEX Group has today confirmed that it has secured new dates for IMEX in Frankfurt 2022. The change allows the team to stage the 20th anniversary of its market-leading trade show from Tuesday 31 May – Thursday 2 June, giving the global meetings, incentive travel and events industry an additional five weeks to prepare.

The increase in Omicron cases across Europe and around the world together with current regulatory uncertainty caused Chairman, Ray Bloom and CEO, Carina Bauer to review their plans, together with their host venue, city and industry partners. They have taken the opportunity to accept new dates offered by Messe Frankfurt, meaning the show could return to its more familiar timings in late spring.

As IMEX CEO Carina Bauer explains, “Everyone in our industry can see the current situation in Europe and knows that, with trade shows depending on such long lead times, it doesn’t support a show in April. We strongly believe that a late May edition of IMEX in Frankfurt will allow everyone to move ahead and plan with certainty and confidence. Having recently come off a highly successful IMEX America, we’re completely focused on building a strong return for IMEX in Frankfurt and we’re also keenly aware of how much our industry needs IMEX to bring everyone together and prove that business regeneration and good lead flow is not only viable but closer than some may think.”

IMEX in Frankfurt takes places 31 May – 2 June, with a dedicated day of tailored education on Monday 30 May for specialist groups such as corporate, association and agency buyers.

Registration for IMEX in Frankfurt will go live in the week commencing Monday January 17.

"As a strategic partner of IMEX from the very beginning, the GCB German Convention Bureau welcomes the decision to move the date of IMEX in Frankfurt 2022. Flexible and agile planning is currently more important than ever. Ray and Carina have recognized this and, with their early and transparent communication, are ensuring the greatest possible planning security and the trust of their partners and exhibitors. The meetings destination Germany is looking forward to the 20th anniversary of IMEX, and all stakeholders along the entire delegate journey are ready to provide #SafeBusinessTrips", says Matthias Schultze, Managing Director, GCB German Convention Bureau.


IMEX America will be held 11 – 13 October 2022 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.