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ICC Sydney serves up its 2020 Menu Collection

Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue crafts a menu that showcases the latest culinary trends with a personalised touch.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has today launched its 2020 Menu Collection. Bringing together the latest culinary trends, the menus feature an extensive range of options that cater to all delegate preferences, alongside beloved iconic ICC Sydney dishes.

The 2020 menus have been carefully curated by ICC Sydney’s Executive Chef, Tony Panetta, Beverage Operations & Cellar Manager, William Wilson and Director of Culinary Services, Lynell Peck in a move to provide even more choice for clients and delegates, no matter what the occasion.

Created to meet the evolving tastes of clients and their guests, the 2020 Menu Collection features more plant-based dishes, native ingredients and superfoods set across menus catering to the variety and flexibility required in today’s events - from Pop Up Experiences and Grazing Tables to Build Your Own menus and Indian Jain options.

ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said the menu remains at the forefront of culinary trends while maintaining the venue’s signature approach to premium service.

“Our new menu boasts more choice than ever, with the introduction of over 40 plant-based options, more native ingredients and fresh, local superfoods to provide an extensive range of dishes that accommodate our delegates’ evolving palates.

“In classic ICC Sydney style, our Menu Collection includes options that cater to all event types, from on-stand exhibition catering to fine dining banquets in our Grand Ballroom and everything in between.”

ICC Sydney Executive Chef, Tony Panetta said in addition to the new features, the 2020 Menu Collection has retained some of its signature and most sought after dishes known as ICC Sydney Icons.

“With one in ten Australians now eating all or almost all vegetarian food, and plant-based eating on the rise globally*, we’ve interlaced the menu with new plant-based dishes to serve all preferences.”

“We’ve also ensured that our 10 most popular dishes, which are consistently favourites at any occasion, have remained available as iconic options for guests – including the ever-favourite duck ravioli, torched Hiramasa kingfish and the much-loved Neapolitan dessert”.

Maintaining a focus on using as much locally sourced produce as possible and supporting farmers across its home state, ICC Sydney’s 2020 Menu Collection will be paired with a new wine list, made up of 100% New South Wales-based suppliers with an added emphasis on organic and bio-dynamic wines.

ICC Sydney Director of Culinary Services, Lynell Peck said they’re continuing their ongoing commitment to showcasing the best NSW suppliers while providing economic returns for the state.

“Our successful regional approach speaks for itself in our flavour-rich dishes made with premium local produce, and our NSW wine list collection.

“We couldn’t be more excited for 2020, where we’ll continue to support our plentiful region by celebrating the best of NSW in our menus.”

In 2018/19, the venue invested more than A$12.2 million in direct local food and beverage spend into NSW, and supported more than 129 local producers through its supply chain.

To find out more about ICC Sydney visit www.iccsydney.com or to share your ICC Sydney experiences on your social channels, tag @ICCSyd and use our hash tag #morethanavenue.

 

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Image caption: ICC Sydney Icon - Duck and shitake mushroom ravioli, dashi broth, shallots with salmon pearls.

 

 

 

 

 

Image caption: ICC Sydney Icon - Duck and shitake mushroom ravioli, dashi broth, shallots with salmon pearls. Click here to download high-res images.

 

Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue crafts a menu that showcases the latest culinary trends with a personalised touch

 

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has today launched its 2020 Menu Collection. Bringing together the latest culinary trends, the menus feature an extensive range of options that cater to all delegate preferences, alongside beloved iconic ICC Sydney dishes.

 

The 2020 menus have been carefully curated by ICC Sydney’s Executive Chef, Tony Panetta, Beverage Operations & Cellar Manager, William Wilson and Director of Culinary Services, Lynell Peck in a move to provide even more choice for clients and delegates, no matter what the occasion.

 

Created to meet the evolving tastes of clients and their guests, the 2020 Menu Collection features more plant-based dishes, native ingredients and superfoods set across menus catering to the variety and flexibility required in today’s events - from Pop Up Experiences and Grazing Tables to Build Your Own menus and Indian Jain options.

 

ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said the menu remains at the forefront of culinary trends while maintaining the venue’s signature approach to premium service.

 

“Our new menu boasts more choice than ever, with the introduction of over 40 plant-based options, more native ingredients and fresh, local superfoods to provide an extensive range of dishes that accommodate our delegates’ evolving palates.

 

“In classic ICC Sydney style, our Menu Collection includes options that cater to all event types, from on-stand exhibition catering to fine dining banquets in our Grand Ballroom and everything in between.”

 

ICC Sydney Executive Chef, Tony Panetta said in addition to the new features, the 2020 Menu Collection has retained some of its signature and most sought after dishes known as ICC Sydney Icons.

 

“With one in ten Australians now eating all or almost all vegetarian food, and plant-based eating on the rise globally*, we’ve interlaced the menu with new plant-based dishes to serve all preferences.”

 

“We’ve also ensured that our 10 most popular dishes, which are consistently favourites at any occasion, have remained available as iconic options for guests – including the ever-favourite duck ravioli, torched Hiramasa kingfish and the much-loved Neapolitan dessert”.

 

Maintaining a focus on using as much locally sourced produce as possible and supporting farmers across its home state, ICC Sydney’s 2020 Menu Collection will be paired with a new wine list, made up of 100% New South Wales-based suppliers with an added emphasis on organic and bio-dynamic wines.

 

ICC Sydney Director of Culinary Services, Lynell Peck said they’re continuing their ongoing commitment to showcasing the best NSW suppliers while providing economic returns for the state.

 

“Our successful regional approach speaks for itself in our flavour-rich dishes made with premium local produce, and our NSW wine list collection.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited for 2020, where we’ll continue to support our plentiful region by celebrating the best of NSW in our menus.”

 

In 2018/19, the venue invested more than A$12.2 million in direct local food and beverage spend into NSW, and supported more than 129 local producers through its supply chain.

 

To find out more about ICC Sydney visit www.iccsydney.com or to share your ICC Sydney experiences on your social channels, tag @ICCSyd and use our hash tag #morethanavenue.

 

Click here to view ICC Sydney 2020 Menu Collection

 

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Kenes Group strengthens its position with two new offices: in Lisbon and Seville.

Jaime Viegas was recently appointed Country Manager & Business Development for the Lisbon Office of Kenes Group. Viegas has been involved with Kenes Group since 2007 supplying different services to various projects, and since 2017 was the companys official local representative. It was a natural fit to continue the collaboration and have Jaime support and deepen the Groups connection to the market. The opening of an office in Lisbon follows the expansion strategy of Kenes Group, allowing it to be closer to strategic markets such as Latin America, while also strengthening its European position.

The Spanish operation grows with the opening of the Seville office, the third location after Madrid and Barcelona. Seville office, being led by Maria del Mar Rodriguez as Office Director, will house the new business travel service team of Kenes Group reinforcing the events department in Madrid. Moreover, the office will bolster the company to expand both its destination management (DMC) and corporate services. The Seville office will strengthen the rest of the departments, making them more agile in providing a faster, more accurate, and customised service to clients.

José María Ávila, VP Business Development for Iberia and LATAM at Kenes Group commented: “our presence in Portugal has been a fact for many years with the organisation of a number of congresses in the country. The political climate is stable, and the countrys economic growth is sustained. All these factors made it evident that we have to position ourselves better in the market”.

“It is very exciting to add one more office in Spain, in the beautiful city of Seville, alongside our expansion in Portugal. We recognised the importance of developing our services and the addition of a BTC unit is vital to growing the DMC and corporate efforts in Spain and Latin America,” added Smara Iglesia, Managing Director of Kenes Spain.

Kenes Group concludes 2019 with a total of 19 locations in Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, UAE, USA, Canada, and Mexico.

 

Photo: Smara Iglesia, Managing Director of Kenes Spain.

Scottish Event Campus secures 2023 European hat-trick

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has won three significant European meetings for 2023.

The European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), the European Society for Radiotherapy Oncology (ESTRO) and the European Magnetic Resonance Meeting (EUROMAR) will all be held at the SEC and will welcome over 10,000 delegates to Glasgow.

These prestigious conferences have selected Glasgow because of its outstanding scientific strengths, a good business case, and a highly effective team approach from the academic and scientific communities, the SEC and our partners Glasgow Convention Bureau - these are the critical success factors for attracting high-profile conferences.

Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, Kathleen Warden, said: “Conferences are a catalyst for social and economic progress, and the fact that they are happening in our city, puts Glasgow, Scotland and the UK at the heart of positive change.”

Simon Blows, Event Logistics and Development Manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “The IET is thrilled to be bringing ECOC to Glasgow in 2023. As a global hub for photonics research with institutions such as the nanofabrication centre at the University of Glasgow, the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and the Institute of Photonics at Strathclyde University, Glasgow is well equipped to host ECOC. 2023’s event is expected to feature many local innovations and technical advances.

“As a city, Glasgow is modern, exciting and vibrant whilst also being packed with plenty of history and culture. Many local sites and landmarks will feature as part of ECOC’s highly anticipated social programme, offering the delegates from around the world the chance to experience the city and the famous Scottish culture, alongside the conference.”

Professor Anthony Chalmers, Chair of Clinical Oncology at the University of Glasgow, said: “We are thrilled that Glasgow has been selected as the host for ESTRO’s Annual Congress. ESTRO’s goal is to demonstrate progress in the optimal use of radiation oncology. The congress is a catalyst for us to deliver the local engagement project which aims to increase the use of radiotherapy for cancer patients across the West of Scotland.

“Winning the bid is a result of great teamwork between the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the University of Glasgow and the Beatson Cancer Charity.”

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “It is great to see Team Glasgow working together on behalf of our prestigious European associations. The Glasgow offering continues to connect and resonate with European decision makers, looking for a committed host location to help deliver a successful meeting.”

BestCities announce new Managing Director

BestCities Global Alliance today announce the appointment of new Managing Director, Lesley Williams, as of January 1, 2020. Lesley has been serving as Market Development Director for the past two years. This move follows the recent decision of BestCities to award extending the management contract to GainingEdge.

Lesley takes over from Paul Vallee, who will continue as executive consultant with GainingEdge, but now on a full-time basis.

Playing a leading role in the growth of BestCities impact and offerings, Lesley brings a wealth of experience, with more than 25 years in the business tourism and events industry. Having previously worked with the alliance as a partner, Lesley brings with her an in-depth knowledge of the field and understanding of the alliance, along with a vast skill-set including strong leadership and strategic planning.

Lesley will head up the existing BestCities management team, made up of Nigel Brown, Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations, and Caryn Wong, Alliance Operations. Karen Bolinger, former CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, will work with Lesley in a strategic advisor capacity.

This new appointment comes at an important time for BestCities as the alliance seeks to grow its reputation in helping international associations and destinations build legacies, and building its global footprint through partnerships and knowledge creation.

Lesley Williams, newly appointed Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance, said: “I, along with the BestCities team, am energised by this opportunity to evolve the alliances strategic plan and continue delivering its core purpose – to harness the power of collaboration and community to create positive impact through business events.

“I look forward to taking up the position of Managing Director at BestCities, and continuing the work of Paul Vallee in bringing value and impact to the industry, and creating my own legacy within the alliance.”

The announcement was made at the fourth annual BestCities Global Forum, taking place in Copenhagen over 8-11 December, where global associations have come together in a landmark programme centred on the theme of Exploring the Congress of the Future – Fortifying Impact. For more information go to www.bestcities.net.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About BestCities

BestCities Global Alliance is an international network of leading convention destinations around the globe. They are distinguished by the commitment of the members convention offices to offering special standards of service. Members include Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

 

By working together, BestCities adds a unique value to its member cites. This Alliance thinking not only brings a level of creative client solutions no individual partner city could deliver on their own, but in turn helps BestCitiesmembers achieve their own objectives, better than they could alone. www.bestcities.net @BestCitiesGA.

The Convention Centre Dublin did it again

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has won the award for ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 26th annual World Travel Awards.

As The CCD enters its tenth year in operation, it was awarded the title at the World Gala Ceremony in Oman on Thursday evening. This is the second time the venue has won the coveted title, beating off tough international competition from fourteen venues around the world including previous winners Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre - ADNEC, Berlin ExpoCenter City, Dubai World Trade Centre, ExCeL London, Qatar National Convention Centre, and Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

After the ceremony, Stephen Meehan, Chief Executive of The CCD, spoke about the achievement, “After ten years in business, we are delighted to win this award once again and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. It is a testament to the entire team in Dublin whose talent, energy and passion demonstrates their commitment to delivering exceptional customer service.”

“The CCD plays a very important role in attracting business tourism to Ireland”, he added, “Along with our tourism colleagues throughout the country, we are privileged to be part of this key sector, one which employs 260,000 people nationally and welcomes over nine million visitors to our shores each year.”

The CCD’s has now hosted over 1,850 events since opening and has won 43 industry awards.

The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence that The CCD has demonstrated in the last twelve months.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About The CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) opened in September 2010 and is Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre. It is located in the heart of Dublin city, just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport.

Performance Highlights to Date

• Hosted over 1,850 events since opening in September 2010

• Customer satisfaction ranks consistently at over 98%

• 2019 to date, hosted over 160 events and over 117,000 visitors and delegates

 

Awards

The CCD has won 43 industry awards to date including:

• World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2019, 2017 – World Travel AwardsTM

• Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2019, 2018, 2017 - World Travel AwardsTM

• Best Overseas Conference Centre - UK Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards Gold 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; 2016; 2018; 2019 Silver 2011, 2017

• Best Overseas Conference Venue - UK Conference & Incentive Travel (C&IT) Awards 2013 and 2015

• Access Excellence Award 2012 - UK M&IT (first Irish venue to win this accolade).

 

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.

Singapore chosen as host city for the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific in 2020

IBTM Asia Pacific, part of IBTM’s global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows, will hold its inaugural Asia Pacific event in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in 2020. As the region’s vibrant hub for the meetings and events market, Singapore was selected as the host city for the very first edition of the show. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will partner IBTM Asia Pacific to curate thematic tours, local experiences and networking opportunities for hosted buyers. This will take place before and during IBTM Asia Pacific, which will be held from 6-8 April 2020.

Together with IBTM Asia Pacific, STB will host interested buyers for a pre-event familiarisation tour, taking place on 4-5 April, before IBTM Asia Pacific commences. The tour will showcase interesting local experiences and new, unique venue offerings for business events. In addition, STB will offer complimentary tours, on a first-come-first-served basis, on the evenings of the show days from 6-7 April for interested buyers to discover a range of experiences in dining, nightlife and entertainment, or to participate in innovation tours in Singapore. Hosted buyers are invited to reach out to IBTM to register their interest.

Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, commented: “As a group, Reed Exhibitions has a long-standing and much valued working relationship with the Singapore Tourism Board. I’m absolutely delighted that we have cemented that through this partnership for IBTM Asia Pacific. Strategically, the event is a key addition to IBTM’s, and indeed the Group’s portfolio, and is an exciting new addition to the industry calendar for the region’s business events market.”

Singapore Tourism Board’s Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Dr Edward Koh said, “We are delighted that IBTM Asia Pacific has chosen Singapore as the destination for its inaugural Asia Pacific edition. As a global hub, Singapore has unrivalled connectivity to the region and also offers strong infrastructure and MICE expertise for meeting planners and exhibitors who are looking to host their event here. We look forward to welcoming the attendees to Singapore in April next year and also invite them to experience our vibrant lifestyle offerings through familiarisation tours and networking events.”

IBTM Asia Pacific Event Manager, Michael Jones, commented: “Our research and feedback from exhibitors and event planners all pointed to Singapore as being the natural choice as host city for IBTM Asia Pacific. Given it is considered the region’s hub for the meetings and events market, we’re absolutely delighted to have Singapore Tourism Board as our valued partner for the event. We are looking forward to working with the team there to deliver an exceptional show for their exhibiting partners and a comprehensive incentive and familiarisation programme for our Hosted Buyers.”

IBTM Asia Pacific will bring together a high calibre group of international, Asia Pacific 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 IBTM’s 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 there’s a very good chance of doing business.