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Incredible Impacts Programme Opens Submissions for 2018 Grants

The programme that celebrates the “beyond tourism” lasting impacts associations have made is back for a second year running as it prepares to shine the spotlight on even more inspiring legacy examples.

After a successful first year, the Incredible Impacts Programme, developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA, has announced that they are once again looking for associations to share examples of how they are leaving long-term legacies. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental elements of international associations and the Incredible Impacts Grant presents an opportunity to showcase best examples that will inspire and motivate others.

With three grants of US $7,500 available, entrants have the opportunity to be recognised for their innovative work while securing funds that can be used towards future legacy projects.

Last year, in its inaugural year, the programme launched with 20 associations submitting their unique and innovative approaches to going beyond tourism. Evaluation was conducted through a peer review by a panel of judges from international associations, who were extremely impressed with the quality of case studies shared. One of the winners was The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) for its World Thrombosis Day Campaign.

Speaking of their success, Louise St. Germain, Director of Membership and Marketing of ISTH said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is an amazing platform for associations like ISTH to showcase the creative ways they are addressing issues beyond tourism.

“Receiving the $7,500 grant has enabled us to further build awareness of the critical condition of Thrombosis and Haemostasis than ever before. The money will be utilised to develop and distribute additional online and print resources that will be crucial to the education of health care providers and the public which is such a fantastic step forward for us.”

Louise will join the panel to judge this year’s nominations alongside fellow 2017 Incredible Impacts winners; Tracy Bury, Director of World Confederation for Physical Therapy and Elisabeth Pollard, Executive Director of World Parkinson Coalition Inc. Silke Schlinnertz, Head of Events & Operations of Euroheat & Power, Belgium and Bettina Borisch, Executive Director of World Federation of Public Health Associations, Switzerland will also join the panel.

Developed to help associations make tangible progress in creating meaningful legacy programmes for their international meetings, Incredible Impacts will showcase powerful examples of good practice within the industry just like ISTH, demonstrating the true value of meetings.

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the first Incredible Impacts Grant Programme and year two is expected to bring even more attention to international associations that are truly making a difference to improve the world..
Last year’s Incredible Impacts submissions drew attention to the inspiring work being done with standout examples from Twitter chat events that made global impressions to fresh approaches to inclusivity that reached both attending and non-attending audiences.
It is important to acknowledge and celebrate those within the industry who are showing leading practice and our ultimate goal is to have their examples to inspire others.”

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated: “Over the last decade the world’s leading meetings destinations have all embraced strategies that place intellectual capital creation and knowledge exchange, and economic and societal development goals ahead of traditional bed-night driven, tourist-centric metrics. Everyone is now talking about the legacy that meetings generate, and no sector leaves a more powerful legacy than international association meetings. Whether trying to influence government policy, drawing public attention to healthcare challenges, or simply finding new ways to provide support for disadvantaged groups of their members or stakeholders, associations are always aiming to make a positive difference, and so we’re delighted to be able to support them and to showcase their stories in this innovative way.”

Those interested in applying for the 2018 grants must simply demonstrate a track-record in “beyond tourism” or legacy programme/project related to their international meetings. They must also consider how they will use the grant to better upcoming or future events.

An independent jury will determine which three associations which will be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Associations interested in applying can nominate themselves or candidate associations can be nominated by any ICCA member.

The first round of submissions must be received before 1 August 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to share further information for the second stage of the programme.

For further information on the Incredible Impacts Grant and for details on how to submit your nomination visit: www.bestcities.net or ICCA’s Knowledge Hub on www.iccaworld.org/knowledge.

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LAST SEATS of the Hosted Buyer Programme at IMEX in Frankfurt 15-17 May 2018

For European Buyers only! All other seats are already complete.

IMEX in Frankfurt – a must-visit event! With more than 65,000 appointments, around 3.700 Hosted Buyers; more than 5.200 trade visitors and 3.500 exhibiting companies representing 157 countries in 2017 and further growth projection for 2018 you should not miss this must-visit trade show of the meetings industry.

Click here to apply to attend IMEX in Frankfurt as a hosted buyer: http://portal.imex-frankfurt.com/hbreg.php?unique=5a09cc0d5ee7a&type=buyer&exc=0n

Qualifications

To be accepted on to the Hosted Buyer Programme, all applicants will be required to demonstrate the international business that they have responsibility for or are looking to place. IMEX Group will then qualify the application based on the established criteria of the IMEX Hosted Buyer Programme.

Please find detailed information about the hosted buyer programme in the interactive Hosted Buyer Programme on http://invitation.imex-frankfurt.com/hostedbuyer

The Programme includes:

Optional Attendance at SmartMonday for all delegates! Please check Monday's fantastic programme here before applying to the hosted buyer programme!

For European Buyers:

  • 2 full days of attendance at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 and 16 May 2018 and the chance to meet at least 16 suppliers of your choice prearranged yourself through the IMEX appointment system;
  • Option to extend your attendance to 3 full days at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 to 17 May 2018 and to meet at least 24 suppliers
  • Option to attending Smart Monday – the hotel night from Monday to Tuesday is at your own expense!
  • Transportation: Economy class flights from selected destinations or - for delegates travelling inside Germany train tickets - to/from Frankfurt;
  • Accommodation one night in 4/5-star accommodation in Frankfurt for your programme dates - two nights for buyers attending all 3 days. The current state of planning indicates our group to be conveniently hosted in the Maritim Hotel Frankfurt which offers direct access to Messe Frankfurt! A fantastic, highly convenient hotel option for our delegates!
  • Selected ground transportation in Frankfurt
  • VIP Services: Access to the IMEX hosted buyer lounge, free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments.

To attend 3 full days at IMEX, and/or Smart Monday please open the application link, then choose the Group MICE Media Marketing - Europe and include the request for the extension to 3 days and/or Smart Monday in the box below the programme before clicking the NEXT-button!

IMPORTANT

You will find the list of available gateways and selected flights in the application.

Buyers from destinations without pre-arranged flight selection or with flight dates not listed in the application need to make their own travel arrangements. Ticket refunds by IMEX are limited to your destination's listed banding amount. Please see the IMEX travelling information and terms & conditions.

Exclusions

The arrangement does not include additional expenses such as meals, any personal extras at the hotel. These should be settled directly with the hotel upon your departure, hotel upgrades, taxi fares if arriving / departing outside Hosted Buyer Programme dates, visa application fees, travel Insurance, health insurance for Germany… You must ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover your trip to attend IMEX in Frankfurt. Please don't hesitate to ask for details.

 

Apply now on:http://portal.imex-frankfurt.com/hbreg.php?unique=5a09cc0d5ee7a&type=buyer&exc=0n

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Marriott Receives Antitrust Clearance from the European Union to Acquire Starwood Closing Anticipated in July 2016

Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide last week announced they have received unconditional clearance from the European Union for Marriott to acquire Starwood in a merger transaction.

In announcing the decision in a press release issued by the European Commission, the Commissioner for Competition, Margaret Vestager, said, “This is an important merger for the hotel industry and its customers. Our investigation confirmed that the hotel sector will remain competitive for customers in Europe following the merger, so I am pleased that the Commission was able to clear the transaction quickly."

The closing of the proposed merger is subject to obtaining additional antitrust clearances, including in China, and satisfying other customary closing conditions that are in the merger agreement. European Union clearance represents satisfaction of a major closing condition to the proposed merger.

Until legal close, the companies will continue to operate as separate and independent entities.

Stockholders of both Marriott and Starwood overwhelmingly approved proposals related to the transaction on April 8 and Marriott and Starwood anticipate closing the transaction in July 2016.

www.marriott.com - www.starwoodhotels.com

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European Cities Marketing announced new President, Executive Committee and Board Members reflecting on strategic focus on City Marketing

ECM General Assembly last week saw the implementation of ECM Strategy 2017-2020 first steps, with the creation of an additional Vice-President position dedicated to City Marketing.

During ECM International Conference in Dubrovnik gathering 200 persons last week, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr (Graz, Austria) was elected the Association's President for a duration of 2 years. The General Assembly also appointed Petra Stusek (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as Vice-President dedicated to Leisure & Tourism and Eduard Pieter Oud (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) as Vice-President dedicated to City Marketing.

The newly elected board members are as follows: Ignasi de Delàs (Barcelona, Spain), Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Copenhagen, Denmark), Barbara Jamison (London, United Kingdom), Nicolas Lefebvre (Paris, France) and Marta Stawińska (Poznań, Poland).

Bettina Bunge (Dresden, Germany) pursues her role as Vice-President dedicated to the Meetings Industry and Philippe Vignon (Geneva, Switzerland) carries on with his role as Treasurer. Pier Paolo Mariotti (Bolzano, Italy), Erwin Van de Wiele (Ghent, Belgium) and Goran Pavlović (Opatija, Croatia) continue their mandates as ECM Board Members.

Current ECM Executive Committee:

Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, President (Graz Tourist Office)
Petra Stusek, Vice-President Leisure & Tourism (Ljubljana Tourism)
Bettina Bunge, Vice-President Meetings Industry (Dresden Marketing)
Eduard Pieter Oud, Vice-President City Marketing (Amsterdam Marketing)
Philippe Vignon, Treasurer (Genève Tourisme & Congrès)

Board Members:

Ignasi de Delàs, (Turisme de Barcelona)
Pier Paolo Mariotti (EURAC Convention Centre Bolzano)
Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Wonderful Copenhagen)
Erwin Van de Wiele (Ghent Tourist Office)
Barbara Jamison (London & Partners)
Goran Pavlović (Opatija Convention and Incentive Bureau)
Nicolas Lefebvre (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris)
Marta Stawińska (Poznań Tourism Organisation)
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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts named a ‘global leader’ in sustainable practices by Green Globe

Swiss hospitality firm recognised as the most ‘Green Globe certified hotel company in the world’ by industry-renowned certification body. Baar, Switzerland: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has been hailed a “global leader” in certified sustainable practices by Green Globe.

The certification body’s 2015 report on Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts revealed the Swiss hospitality firm has an overall average compliance score of 84%, an impressive 2.5% higher than the average of all Green Globe certified members worldwide (81.5%).

It cements Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ position as the most “Green Globe certified hotel company in the world”, with 63 of its 83 properties worldwide now Green Globe certified.

“Green Globe has certified Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in 19 countries worldwide. This is a tremendous accomplishment when we consider the variety of countries and cultures, as well as the different types of properties and their diverse markets,” says Guido Bauer, CEO, Green Globe.

The Green Globe report also commended Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for its “great passion for the development of its employees and supporting local communities”, highlighting SHINE, the group’s global corporate social responsibility programme, which focuses on Environment, Employer and Social Sustainability, with an emphasis on Education.

“In Nepal we collaborate with Right4Children, offering disadvantaged young people intensive vocational and life-skills training, and subsequently offer them job opportunities as part of our SHINE initiative. Around 25 students participate in this programme every year,” explained Jean Gabriel Pérès, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resort.

Green Globe’s Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts 2015 report found the group’s top-performing hotels were all located in Germany, with Mövenpick Hotel Münster and Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport & Messe both achieving an exemplary compliance rate of 98%, followed by Mövenpick Hotel Hamburg and Mövenpick Hotel München-Airport, with 97% each.

Stand-out examples of ‘best practice’ identified by Green Globe in Europe, ranged from car-share initiatives at Mövenpick Hotel Berlin to ‘green meetings’ at Mövenpick Hotel Nürnberg-Airport where even the pens are biodegradable.

In the Middle East, the highest-scoring property was Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a 92% compliance rate, while in Africa and Asia, the top performers were Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Cairo-Media City (92%) in Egypt and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket (86%) in Thailand respectively.

Some of the most innovative projects Green Globe highlighted include an employee-led harvesting initiative at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Jordan, where each year the team harvests 2,000 kilos of oranges from the resort gardens, some of which the chefs make into marmalade that is served at breakfast; underwater clean-ups and diving restriction measures designed to preserve the marine environment at Egypt’s Mövenpick Resort El Quseir; and the introduction of a hybrid-limousine fleet and electric tuk tuks at Mövenpick Resort&Spa Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand.

“I am immensely proud of the dedication our colleagues have shown to our Green Globe commitments through pioneering sustainability practices, which are not only important to our company, but to a world where resources are increasingly scarce and many communities are underprivileged,” said Pérès.

“As we review our achievements, it is also important we rise to new challenges, striving to operate an even cleaner, greener and more sustainable business.” The aim is for all Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide to be Green Globe certified within two years." added Pérès.

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