Samstag, 23 Juni 2018
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International City Tourism Summit: European Cities to Work On Morphing DMO's Business Model And Engaging the City!

At the European Cities Marketing Meeting in Reykjavik, February 21-24, 2018, ECM will follow in the footsteps of the best of Jedi knights, looking towards the dark side to leverage and learn from a mindset that ignites innovation and disruption. Industry thought leaders will challenge the attendees while ideas and insights will be shared on how DMOs all over Europe are morphing their business models, forming new partnerships out of the touristic marketing box and hacking innovative new solutions to problems which we all face.

The "Hack the City" conference will be nothing more than a problem-solving methodology that will tackle the bigger problems faced by Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs), which are demanding a change of mindset and tools to stimulate and facilitate urban development and innovation in the visitor economy. In line with our Meet Share Grow moto, the meeting will give European destinations lots of inspiration and empower DMO teams to start their own hacking journey.

Speaking about the next ECM Meeting, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, said: "The professional principle of DMOs is facing the biggest challenge and possibility for decades. Many have already recognized the need to disrupt the classic role and function of DMOs beyond their tasks of city marketing, the meetings industry or tourism. DMOs tend to be the cities' official marketing agencies, emphasizing the need for the DMO to add the destination management function as a core task. Yet, more and more DMOs are looking beyond management to leadership, taking on a new mission of leading their destination towards urban innovation, facilitating change and expanding horizons towards new value creation for the city and the many stakeholders of the visitor economy. Join us while we explore a near future, where DMOs are the hackers too with the potential to drive the innovative change that will reshape the future of travel and urban space."

Keynote speakers include Jason Lane, Group Executive for European Market Development at Mastercard and Siduri Poli, Innovator & Founder at Changers Hub. Mr. Lane will educate attendees on the technology-savvy financial sector with insights ranging from mobile payments, biometrics, bots, augmented reality shopping to bitcoin and blockchain. Mrs. Poli, using examples from her own company, a community in suburban Stockholm for young people and social activists who want to make a difference, will talk about her goal to create a more equal society ultimately turning cities into a better place.

Participants will also get the latest from cities such as Amsterdam, Bolzano, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds, London, Madrid, Opatija and Paris but also from countries like Iceland and Slovenia.

The conference will be moderated by Peter Rømer Hansen, Founder and CEO of Rømer Agency.

More information on the programme and access to registration can be found on: www.europeancitiesmarketing.com

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IACC breaks the mould with New European Board of Directors

IACC today announces three newly elected board members and a Vice President to its European chapter, creating the youngest and most gender equal board in the association’s history.

Joining the European board as Directors are, Clotilde Gay, Director of Sales at Dolce Chantilly, France; Sylvia Nylin, Managing Director and CEO of Svenska Möten, Sweden; and Manpreet Sehmbi, Sales Manager at etc. Venues Ltd, UK.

Led by European chapter President, Lotta Boman, who was elected in September 2017, the board’s average age is now 43, with the youngest member aged 28; making it the youngest boards 35-year history.

Lotta Boman commented: “The European chapter board generates a huge amount of energy and champions great initiatives, and seeing this year’s election results, I am confident that we will continue to be a vehicle for ideas generation in the IACC community. I’m looking forward to working with the newly appointed board members, and those already with us.”

In addition to the newly elected European chapter Directors, Pieter Allaerts joins the board as Vice President. Presently Director of Sales & Marketing at Dolce La Hulpe Brussels since 2007, Allaerts previously held the position as President of MPI Belgium from 2014 – 2016.

Pieter Allaerts commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been elected as Vice President of the IACC European board, and I’m excited to be working alongside a group of talented and enthusiastic people, that truly value our industry. I believe that the responsibility of the European chapter is to prepare our industry for the future; to do this, our role will be to foster creativity, support the development of our members and be the ambassador for exceptional meeting concepts.”

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, commented on the appointment of the board members: “We are always overwhelmed by the interest from European member venues and their staff to serve on the board. Diversity on all accounts is hugely important, and in this year’s applicants we saw interest from an even wider demographic of people within the IACC community, which is fantastic. The IACC Europe chapter has an exciting board line up which achieves these aspirations.”

Re-elected board members include Jeu Bressers, Owner of Kapellerput Conference Hotel, Nertherlands; Philippe Attia, Managing Director of Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, Switzerland; and Gunilla Runsten, CEO of Ronneberga Konferens, Sweden.

The board will serve a term that will conclude on 31 December 2019.

www.iacconline.org

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UNICEO® announces a major partnership with IBTM World

With this partnership, UNICEO® is willing to offer its Members the possibility to meet & share with other corporate event Leaders and communicate about the 2018 European Congress. During the event, UNICEO® will also lead a conference about Return on Investment and organize a Leaders Meeting in Barcelona.

Debora Piovesan, Vice President at UNICEO, explains: "IBTM is one of the leading Trade Shows in the sector and a key meeting point for “Meetings Industry” stakeholders. They are constantly striving to improve their education program which this year feature several sessions of interest for our Members. Furthermore it is an excellent platform for networking that enables us to communicate globally.”

Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, says: “Our customers and partners are at the heart of everything we do and we place great importance on establishing and maintaining strong connections with the corporate community UNICEO represents. We are delighted that UNICEO has chosen ibtm world as a conduit to strengthen its development in Europe and we hope the event is a huge success for them.”

IBTM World takes place in Barcelona, Spain from 28 to 30 November 2017.

www.uniceo.org - www.ibtmworld.com

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IACC Announce Newly Elected European President

IACC, the industry’s leading association for small to mid-sized global meeting focused venues, has today announced the appointment of Lotta Boman as the IACC European President.

With 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and events industry, Boman became associated with IACC in 2007, as Vice CEO of the Stora Brannbo Conference & Hotel venue, an IACC certified venue; Lotta went on to join the IACC board as an active member in 2011. Alongside her commitment as IACC’s European President, Lotta owns and is CEO of Sigtunahojden Hotel & Conference in Sweden, an IACC certified venue.

Lotta commented: “It’s an honour to be elected to lead the European chapter of IACC, representing some of the brightest minds in the industry. The coming year brings many exciting projects, and I’m looking forward to working with both our experienced board members and new members, who will no doubt bring innovative ideas and new skills to the table. It’s both exciting and a privilege to be part of the association that leads the way in the industry.”

Over the next year, Lotta’s leadership will be focusing on key areas such as creating more opportunities for members to come together and share their industry insights, the annual Meeting Room of the Future initiative, The Copper Skillet competition, as well as the global staff exchange programme.

www.iacconline.org

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