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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Clarence Seedorf to speak at AI conference in Dubai

The Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports events will examine the role of artificial intelligence in the global sports industry. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Clarence Seedorf to speak at AI conference in Dubai, according to Business Arabia Newsletter.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and former Dutch football star Clarence Seedorf will be among the speakers at the upcoming Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) conference and expedition, organisers announced on Saturday.

The two-day event which begins on October 14 will focus on the role that artificial intelligence can play in enhancing the global sports industry.

Zidane will be appearing on the first day of the conference, while Seedorf will speak alongside Ukrainian Olympic gold medallist swimmer Yana Klochkova on the second day.

Other speakers at the event will include Colin Webster, the president of the International eSports Federation, as well as Donnie Nelson, the general manager and president of basketball operations at the Dallas Mavericks, HyperloopTT chairman Bibop Gresta and Simon Clegg, the chief executive of the British Olympic Association.

Also in attendance will be Professor Jesse Davis from the department of computer science at Belgian research university KU Leuven. A recent study conducted by KU Leuven and data intelligence firm SciSports analysed nearly 7,000 matches across seven competitions to see how football players perform under pressure and what decisions they make in critical match situations.

The event will also host sessions revolving around biomedical research and data and machine learning-enabled injury forecasting in football.

Photo: Real Madrids French coach Zinedine Zidane.

Gothenburg is The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020

Gothenburg, Sweden, was awarded The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 at a ceremony in Helsinki on 9 October. The title is awarded by The European Commission aiming at rewarding cities with the smartest, most innovative and inclusive approaches to tourism development. “This marks the start of a new era for Gothenburg. We are going from smart to smarter, and we intend to be a motor for the entire EU,” said the city’s representative Peter Grönberg.

35 cities from 17 EU-countries took part in the competition that evaluates candidates from four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation and culture & creativity. Ten was selected for the final presentation in Helsinki.

In the entry for The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 award, Gothenburg focused on strengths in all four categories and on being ready to share best practices and learnings with other destinations.

Gothenburg is in the digital frontline, with high connectivity and a large number of tech companies. Also, the city is a leader in sustainability, with a number one ranking in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

“As Lord Mayor of Gothenburg, it is very rewarding to be here in Helsinki to discuss Gothenburg as a smart destination. We are very proud of our city and we work hard to win even more peoples confidence to visit us,” said Anneli Rhedin, Lord Mayor of Gothenburg.

“This is a recognition to all the work and creativity that our local partners put in when it comes to making Gothenburg a smart destination. We know that investing in sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation, culture and creativity is wise. With the help from the title, we will be an even stronger ambassador for this mindset,” said Peter Grönberg, CEO of Göteborg & Co, the destination management organisation of Gothenburg.

Outtake from Gothenburgs entry:

Being smart makes what is good even better. Our pocket-sized metropolis has for 400 years gathered people who believe in international and cultural exchange. To anyone who perceive “smart” as a tech term we wish to show another side: a side filled with warmth, inclusiveness and human values. Gothenburg is a sustainable city open to the world.

 

Gothenburg Region facts:

  • Location: West coast of Sweden
  • Population: 1 million
  • City founded: 1621
  • Number of Universities: 2
  • Number of students: 60,000
  • Public transport run on sustainable fuels: 96 %
  • Environmentally certified hotel rooms in the city: 95 %
  • People employed within the information and communications technology sector: 29,000
  • Start-ups in 2018: 7,119
  • Green space per citizen (in the city): 274 m²
  • Bicycle lanes in the city: 810 kilometres
  • Museums in the city: 20
  • Yearly guest nights: ~5 million

Facts on the competition:

The European Commission awards the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 to two European cities with the smartest, most innovative and inclusive approaches to their tourism development. In 2019, Helsinki and Lyon hold the title and in 2020, it will be Gothenburg and Malaga.

 

The competition is open to cities in the EU with a population over 100,000 inhabitants. In EU countries where no city has more than 100,000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply.

 

By rewarding exemplary practices of smart tourism, the EU seeks to encourage innovation of tourism destinations, support culturally diverse and inclusive tourism and highlight the multi-faceted contribution of tourism to sustainable development.

Photo: Gothenburg is the EU Capital of Smart tourism. Photographer: Anders Wester

Vilnius wins bid to host European physicists’ conference

Vilnius has been selected to host the European Physical Society’s (EPS) 14th European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons (ECAMP’14) in 2022.

The Lithuanian capital will welcome over 400 of the world’s top experts and researchers in atomic, molecular and optical physics for a six-day conference to be held at Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, between 24th–29th July 2022.

The Vilnius’ bid was fronted by Professor Gediminas Juzeliūnas from the Vilnius University with the support of Go Vilnius, the city’s tourism and business development agency.

“We are delighted to have won the bid to bring the ECAMP’14 to Vilnius. Undoubtedly it will be a massive boost for Lithuania’s physics. This large-scale conference will be a great space for experts in different fields of physics to engage in discourses, develop new scientific ideas, and forge stronger relationships,” says Juzeliūnas.

“Vilnius is proud of its strong community of physicists. The achievements of our scientists are recognized worldwide and it is great news for the city that ESP has decided to bring such a significant conference to Vilnius in 2022. We look forward to welcoming some of the best experts and researchers to Vilnius and hope they will enjoy all the great venues and experiences our city has to offer,” remarks Go Vilnius Director Inga Romanovskienė.

ECAMP’14 will be the first major international conference on atoms, molecules and photons of this scale to be hosted in Lithuania and is expected to bring over EUR 800,000 economic benefit to Vilnius.

TCEB launches four economic corridor projects

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is implementing four economic corridor projects, co-hosting and supporting conferences as a platform to enhance trade and investment with the neighbouring countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), in line with the Thai Governments economic policy to strengthen Thailands position as a regional hub.

All projects are initiated with the objectives to help realise Thailands economic corridors in various regions that are linked with the GMS countries and the CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam) bloc as well as to strengthen linkage with Chinas One Belt One Road initiative.

Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, TCEBs Senior Vice President – Business, said the four GMS economic corridor projects reflect TCEBs role as a co-creator of business opportunities, under its Thailand Redefine Your Business Events branding. It is also in alignment with the governments policy to strengthen economic ties with neighbouring countries to become Stronger Together” and make Thailand a regional hub. Apart from that the projects meet the objective of the governments policy to promote regional cities as a destination.

“TCEB has a policy to use conference and trade show as a tool to drive economic growth and generate economic impacts. So far four conferences have been held in regional provinces located in the economic corridors that connect with GMS countries. Co-hosted and supported financially by TCEB, the conferences have gathered entrepreneurs from Thailand, CLMV and GMS to form networks and join table-top sessions for business exchange. The total value of business exchange between 2018 and 2019 is now standing at 307 million baht,” said Mrs. Nichapa.

The first conference is International Conference on Luang Prabang-Indochina-Mawlamyine Economic Corridor (LIMEC), which spans two cities in Lao PDR, five Thai provinces in the lower northern region, and three key cities in the south-eastern part of Myanmar. Run by the Provincial Chapters of the Federation of Thai Industries, Provincial Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council of Thailand and co-hosted by TCEB, the conference has been held in Thailand for the fifth consecutive year since 2015, each one attracting between 400 to 500 delegates. TCEBs involvement has contributed to 20 business exchanges in 2018 alone, totalling 226 million baht in such sectors as agriculture, food, construction, logistics, health and tourism.

Cambodia-Vietnam-Thailand Economic Corridor Cooperation Conference (CVTEC) was hosted in 2018 in Pattaya and 2019 in Rayong where MOU has now been signed between the three countries to open oceanic transportation route along the southern coast of Vietnam, Cambodia and eastern coast of Thailand in the four Thai provinces of Trat, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Chonburi. Run by the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand-Cambodia Business Council and Tourism Council of Thailand and co-hosted by TCEB, the conference aims at promoting trade, tourism, logistics and business travel or MICE between the three countries. The trial operation of the oceanic transportation route will begin in 2020 when table top business sessions will be launched with TCEB support for the first time for CVTEC.

The GMS Logistic Forum started in Bangkok in 2018 and the second edition in Khon Kaen in 2019. Both editions attracted around 450 delegates, mostly logistics operators from the six GMS countries. In 2019, table-top sessions were launched at the event, leading to 112 business matching with the total value of 12 million baht. Undertaken by GMS Freight Transport Association (FRETA), Mekong Institute, GMS-BC, Thai Federation of Industries (Khon Kaen Chapter) and co-hosted by TCEB, the event is the first GMS-level logistic conference and is complementing Khon Kaens potential as a logistic hub of the GMS region due to its current huge infrastructure investment.

GMS Thailand e-Commerce Economic Corridor (GTEC) – TCEB hosted this inaugural event in Chiang Rai in July this year to provide a platform to link Thai community entrepreneurs with Chinese e-commerce platform operator, resulting in placement order for Thai products worth 70 million baht. TCEBs aim is to drive GTEC as e-commerce economic corridor and plans to stage GTEC annually and rotate to all regions of Thailand, starting with the Northeast in 2020 and the southern region in 2021. GTEC is run by Thai-Chinese Strategic Research Centre, International College of Digital Innovation (Chiang Mai University), Ministry of Commerce Biz Club, Thai-Shenzhen Friendship Association.

 

Photo: Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, TCEBs Senior Vice President – Business


About TCEB

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has been the countrys official government agency supporting, promoting and developing global and regional business events (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions - MICE) in Thailand since 2004. As a strategic partner and sanctioned liaison, TCEB co-creates successful solutions with companies and organisations to realise MICE events of every scale and type.

The Scandinavian Exhibition Group acquires PCO company

The Scandinavian Exhibition Group continues its expansion and has acquired the majority in one of the leading PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) companies in Scandinavia – Meetagain Conferences. The acquisition means that the Scandinavian Exhibition Group now strengthens its position as a full service provider for exhibition and congress organizers and becomes one of the leading companies in the industry sector in Scandinavia.

“We are very pleased to welcome Meetagain to the Scandinavian Exhibition Group,” says Björn Delin, CEO of the Group. “With a top ranking PCO as part of the Group, we can now offer our conference and exhibition partners a complete range of services.”

With over 25 years of experience and organizing more than 150 events per year, of which about half are international, Meetagain is one of the most experienced and well known PCO companies in Scandinavia. The event size ranges from smaller groups, DMC (Destination Management Company) services, to 15,000 delegates at an international congress.

“We have noticed a clear trend of a growing need by our clients and partners for more services connected to the events we organize,” continues Björn Delin. “It was therefore an important strategic decision to acquire Meetagain Conferences when we had the opportunity. The company will play an important role in our expansion plans.”

 

About the Scandinavian Exhibition Group (SEG):

SEG is one of the top 10 exhibition organizers in Scandinavia and by far the fastest growing. The Group consists of five operational companies, BraMässor Sverige, Oxbridge Live Media, LifeStyle Events, Traveko Scandinavia and Meetagain, organizing some 20 exhibitions and 150 other business events annually in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

José Maria Avila Joins Kenes Group as VP Business development for Iberia and Latam

José María Ávila joins today Kenes Group as the new Vice President Business Development for Iberia and Latin America.

Based at the Madrid Office of Kenes Group, Ávila will be responsible for leading the business development team to consolidate the group’s expansion to Portugal and Latam, while also reinforcing the existing markets and services.

An accomplished event professional, José María comes with over three decades of experience in the international events sector. He has taken top managerial positions with some of the most prominent Spanish PCOs, agencies, and DMC companies. He has also an extensive academic background with degrees in Tourism, Computing, and Administration, Commerce, and Marketing, and a master’s degree in High Management by Instituto Internacional de Estudios Empresariales San Telmo (IESE).

“It is a true honour for me to welcome José María Ávila to the team,” commented Smara Iglesia, Managing Director of Kenes Spain. “He is a well-known professional in our industry and I am excited about the prospects that he will bring in Iberia and Latin America – two regions he is very familiar with.”

José María Ávila added “I am really excited about this new challenge. I am looking forward to working with Smara, the business development team, and the Kenes Group management and reach new heights together.”