Dienstag, 20 Februar 2018
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World leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum are the ultimate testimonial to the importance of meeting face to face

“That so many world leaders are again travelling to the World Economic Forum in Davos is, quite simply, the ultimate testimonial to the power and importance of face-to-face meetings,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, organisers of IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America, the worldwide exhibitions for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry.

“This year’s World Economic Forum features record numbers - 340 top political leaders, 10 heads of state and government plus the greatest ever number of leaders from the G7 countries. Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May are among the heads of state expected at the Forum, along with Ministers of Finance and the CEOs and Directors of the major corporations, banks and accounting firms from across the world. They are meeting with the purpose of listening, learning and forming alliances to resolve the world’s biggest problems, understand latest trends and forecasts, and to exchange bold ideas.

“For so many globally influential figures to have allocated days in their tight schedules to travel and to meet their fellow leaders speaks clearly and strongly of the importance they place upon meeting in person.

“It is easy to underestimate the contribution that the global meetings industry makes to the economies of countries, regions and cities worldwide. In recent years national and local governments have begun to appreciate the valuable role of the industry in developing their knowledge economies and acting as a catalyst for innovation when convention bureaux work in collaboration with academia and industry in addition to the recognised direct benefits from business tourism.”

Major facilitator of urban development

Renowned urbanist Professor Greg Clark, at the IMEX Politicians Forum 2017, observed that the meetings industry can be a major facilitator of urban development in areas such as jobs, sales, taxes, amenities and facilities, strategic alignment with other dynamic sectors, internationalisation, identity, visibility and reputation.

While the global contribution of the meetings industry has yet to be quantified, newly announced research* has revealed that in the United States alone, it generates $330 billion annually. Putting that into perspective, it is larger in value than the global commercial aircraft market**.

However, the breadth of the discussions and the activities at the World Economic Forum stretch far beyond issues measured in purely financial outcomes, and that is a role mirrored by and reflected within the meetings industry as a whole.

“Alongside international cooperation, the 2018 World Economic Forum will be focused on overcoming divisions within countries; as well as an effort to offset loss of trust and damaged relationships between business and society. Other issues on the agenda will be employment trends and rights, cryptocurrencies, culture, digital technologies and clean energy.

“All of these issues are - or will soon - impact the global meetings industry. This means large international shows such as IMEX are both a microcosm and a proving ground for the decisions made at Davos. The fact that we too meet face to face, makes that impact, and our joint accountability, all the more real.” concludes Bauer.

* The Event Industry Council’s Meetings Significance Survey based on data from Oxford Economics, Longwoods International and the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office and revealed by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition at Convening Leaders, the annual meeting of the Professional Convention Management Association at Nashville, January 2018

** Persistence Market Research report, November 2017

For information about IMEX in Frankfurt, please visit www.imex-frankfurt.com


Australia: Tourism Australia’s events system upgrade

Tourism Australia has upgraded its industry events systems to improve information about events and the registration process. As part of the upgrade the existing site, tradeevents.australia.com, will shut down permanently on 28 February.

All event information will now be available at tourism.australia.com/events.

Anyone wanting to extract any historical data such as past event registrations, appointment schedules, delegate directories or other event information, should login to tradeevents.australia.com and download the required reports or documents by the end of February.


Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Shows Some Love to Mother Nature

In conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s seventh Environment Day, 35 of its team members, led by the Centre’s Safety, Health and Environment Department and Orang Asli (indigenous) volunteers from Sungai Buloh, spent their Saturday protecting and conserving 160 endangered trees at Taman Tugu Negara (National Monument Park).

Elaborating on the Centre’s seventh Environment Day, Alan Pryor, the Centre’s General Manager said, “We are delighted to contribute to positive environmental initiatives that assist to protect mother nature and the sustainability of our environment. It was great to see our team members working alongside the Orang Asli, to preserve endangered native rainforest trees by assisting them to relocate these protected species to the Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) Nursery.”

Once fully nurtured and rehabilitated at MNS Nursery, they will be replanted at Taman Tugu Negara and other forest areas to help stabilise our ecosystem and encourage natural regrowth of Malaysia’s flora and fauna.

KLCC also achieved its eleventh consecutive EarthCheck certificate. Applauding the team members’ ongoing commitment to the environment, Pryor continued, “The effort and dedication demonstrated by everyone is integral to maintaining this important environmental benchmarking certification. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to be an internationally recognised convention centre that operates its business in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

The EarthCheck benchmarking process encompasses eight areas of assessment, Energy, Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paper, Water, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Waste and Pesticides and Cleaning Products.

“We earned regional leader ranking in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimising our paper product usage and aim to reach best practice level on the remaining assessment areas next year,” Pryor concluded.

Other than on-going sustainability and conservation efforts, the Centre also implements environmentally-friendly practices such as use of biodegradable cleaning products, minimal use of pesticides and energy saving systems, such as finely-tuned lighting controls and on-demand escalators. In addition, the Centre has its own tree planting initiative under the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia’s (FRIM) Conservation Culture Programme and collaborates with industry partners such as the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) to promote their ‘Let’s Meet & Green’ tree planting programme to offset carbon emissions.

For news and information about KLCC, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.


Belgium: New Meeting & Incentive Guide Bruges 2018 is available!

The new Meeting & Incentive Guide Bruges 2018 is available! Meeting in Brugge, the official convention bureau of Bruges, presents the new ‘Meeting & Incentive Guide Brugge 2018’. The guide is an indispensable tool for meeting and event planners. The convention bureau offers fast & free services and professional advice for conferences, seminars, team buildings, …

Order your free copy of the Meeting & Incentive Guide on. https://www.meetinginbrugge.be/item.php?itemno=104&lang=EN

The guide is an indispensable tool for meeting and event planners. It provides you with:

  • information about Bruges as a meetcentive destination
  • a list of all the free services offered by the convention bureau
  • a wide range of hotels (with meeting facilities), conference venues, unique buildings and historical room
  • and a list of the restaurants, caterers, event agencies and other conference services such as attractions
  • a capacity overview
  • a city map
  • information about the World Heritage City Bruges

New in the offer are: Hotel Radisson Blu**** and Het Entrepot.

2018 looks promising for Bruges!

With numerous international congresses taking place in Bruges in 2018, the city expects to welcome 5000 delegates from all over the world.

Visit the convention calendar on https://www.meetinginbrugge.be/en/convention-calendar

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Save time and money, contact the experienced team of Bruges's official convention bureau and enjoy their free services: The right locations, partners and organizations | price quotations | professional advice I invitation to site visits from A to Z| online hotel booking system & documentation I welcome reception at the City hall (stay >2 nights) I help with your social programme.

Contact Meeting in Brugge Convention Bureau at +32 50 444 666 or Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! and on https://www.visitbruges.be/en


Panama: Congrex Panama rebrands to Congrex Americas

The Panama City based full-service provider for meetings, conferences, events and Association Management solutions for the corporate, governmental and association sectors across The Americas. To better reflect where the company’s clients are based, where the company has been supporting and has been delivering events the company rebranded to Congrex Americas.

Javier Montilla Q, Managing Director Congrex Americas stated: “Our operational base of operation is still in Panama and we plan to grow there but our clients and projects are all over the region. We have taken this opportunity to adapt our brand to reflect our services and values with a modern fresh look. We create opportunities for communication, collaboration, education and growth. We are accountable, caring, efficient, imaginative & progressive. Congrex Americas logo also pictures our business as facilitators for the development of our clients’ projects, we create the space where people interact and engage using the events as platforms for development.”

Robert W. Harrison, President of the Board of Directors Congrex Americas added “it is important to reflect what we do and how we help, beyond the obvious. Here at Congrex Americas, while we continue to provide logistical services we go beyond that and have done for some time. We create opportunities for communication, collaboration, education and growth. This is our brand promise”