Freitag, 14 Dezember 2018
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UK: VisitBritain welcomes Eurostar and Virgin Trains partnership to drive international business events to the UK

VisitBritain welcomed the new Eurostar and Virgin Trains partnership to offer a united travel service for the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market, to drive growth in international business events to the UK.

The partnership, officially launched at IBTM World in Barcelona, gives international event planners the freedom to book multi-stop journeys from mainland Europe to British destinations on the Eurostar and Virgin Trains networks through a ‘one-stop-shop’ booking experience.

The new booking service provides ease of access and strengthens route connectivity, opening up new MICE destinations including Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, enabling groups to discover more venues, attractions, heritage and culture in cities beyond London.

Event planners will also be able to book out carriages or trains for their MICE events at discounted travel rates and can change or transfer tickets between delegates.

VisitBritain’s Head of Business Events Kerrin MacPhie said: “We are excited to be part of a collaboration to drive growth to more destinations across the UK for the international MICE market, giving event planners and their delegates the chance to easily explore our wider business events offer. 
“This new booking experience provides convenience for the MICE market, easing the planning process and encouraging more international meetings to take place right across our nations and regions. Travelling is part of the meeting experience and offering seamless transport options positions the UK a step closer to being the leading destination for international MICE events.”

Groups can choose from three travel classes in exclusive carriage services offered on both networks, including branded headrests and cushions as well as a variety of catering options. Eurostar’s MICE initiative, which can now be booked through Virgin Trains, also offers tailored on-board experiences based on the event or destination delegates are travelling to.


UK: Drumming Up International Business Events for Wales

Welsh Government’s Business Events team will be aiming to bring more conferences, meetings and exhibitions to the country, thanks to Wales’ presence at ibtm world in Barcelona.

The team will be promoting the country’s credentials as a destination for business events which bring millions of pounds in economic benefit to Wales in the form of spending by conference delegates throughout the country.

Heledd Williams, Head of Business Events for Visit Wales said: “We are thrilled to be showcasing Wales at IBTM World and showing off everything we have to offer to the worldwide business events industry. Wales has a huge potential to draw further business events to our award-winning venues and destinations which already have a fantastic track record in hosting major events.

“In 2019 we will be celebrating a Year of Discovery. As part of that, our business events campaign will encourage key industry decision makers to discover Wales for events by highlighting what makes Wales different. It will focus on our important economic sectors including Life Sciences, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Creative Industries, Food and Drink, Energy and Environment, Financial and Professional services and Technology and emphasise our fantastic range of versatile meetings and events space, experiences and activities and our agile and innovative approach to delivering business events.”

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Ellis-Thomas said: “It is vital that we bring as many conferences and events to the region as we can, as they are key to the growth of our economic strength as a nation. Our investment in Venue Cymru in North Wales and, in particular the opening of ICC Wales next year will be a catalyst for putting Wales on the map internationally. We must capitalise on this opportunity and encourage the world to discover what a wonderful place Wales is to visit as a business delegate.”

The Wales stand at IBTM World included many of Wales’ top venues, destinations and support partners including Cardiff, The Vale Resort, Venue Cymru, Celtic Manor Resort, Think Orchard, Cambria DMC and the International Convention Centre Wales which opens in July next year.


South Africa: "Meet Here, Grow Anywhere"

South Africa is a leading globally-competitive business events destination boasting new infrastructure development and hosting world-class events. This was the sentiment expressed in Barcelona this week, where the global Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) trade show, IBTM World, is taking place.

Speaking to media, Chief Convention Bureau Officer at the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), a unit of South African Tourism, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, announced that for the first time ever, South Africa will host the ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) between the 18th and the 20th June 2019 in the city of Durban where over 100 delegate comprised of ICCA members and various association executives, will congregate over the three days. ICCA is the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

“We are thrilled to welcome back our ICCA family to South Africa after we hosted a very successful ICCA annual congress in 2004 in Cape Town. This time we have the opportunity to showcase another very iconic city in South Africa. Durban is a diverse African city that is focused on investment and growing the economy. It is therefore not a coincidence that the city attracts such important meetings,” said Kotze-Nhlapo.

James Rees, ICCA President said: “ICCA's statistics on international association meetings show that the number of meetings in the African region has more than tripled in number in the last 20 years. This is a clear sign of the region's growing importance in the global meetings market. ICCA is proud to show its support for the region by hosting our annual Association Meetings Programme (AMP). The event is attended by both ICCA member-suppliers and association clients, and will provide the perfect opportunity for all major international meetings stakeholders in Africa to deepen their knowledge about association meetings research, bidding, sales and marketing.

The ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) meeting will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre which is also celebrating its 21st anniversary this year (2018). This venue and city, are formidable players in the business events industry with Durban being the only city other than Washington DC to have played host the World Aids Society twice having hosted the event in 2000 and in 2016. Durban won the event over London and Istanbul in 2016 proving that South Africa has the capability to beat any destination in the world.

Kotze-Nhlapo also shared South Africa’s newly-launched business events “Meet Here. Grow Anywhere”campaign.

“‘Meet Here, Grow Anywhere’ is about bringing people to the source of business inspiration – South Africa. We need to show the world what South Africa is capable of as a business events destination. People who meet in South Africa are immediately inspired by the spirit of our warm, welcoming and entrepreneurial people and they take that, thrive and grow anywhere in the world,” adds Kotze-Nhlapo

In committing to the ethos of the “Meet Here. Grow Anywhere” campaign, South Africa is continuing its commitment in investment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the business events sector. This year a total of ten enterprises are exhibiting at this trade show as part of South Africa’s National Department of Tourism’s Incentive Programme.

“Our SMEs are an integral part of our tourism offering. They are what makes South Africa an excellent value for money, authentic and enriching business events destination,” concludes Kotze-Nhlapo.


UAE: Dubai Exhibition Centre offers business visitors a gateway to the world and an array of unforgettable experiences

  • With 45,000 sqm of programmable space, DEC to feature cutting-edge technology and amenities
  • A unique venue for conferences, exhibitions, summits, banquets and concerts during Expo 2020
  • MICE delegates will share in Expo’s world-class hospitality, entertainment and cultural festivities

Business delegates from around the world will access the international community through the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), a state-of-the art facility co-located with Expo 2020 Dubai. DEC has been specifically designed to host business meetings, incentive travel, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).

Announced on the opening day of IBTM World in Barcelona, DEC will offer cutting-edge technology such as best-in-class audio-visual and telecommunications facilities, as well as extensive catering facilities.

The 45,000-sqm of programmable space can be configured for all types of events, including conferences, exhibitions, summits, banquets and even indoor concerts.

Manal AlBayat, Senior Vice President – Content and Programming, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “With state-of-the-art facilities, world-class hospitality services and an electric atmosphere, the Dubai Exhibition Centre will create a unique and unforgettable experience for business delegates, exhibitors and visitors. “This venue offers delegates from every corner of the planet an opportunity to be part of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will bring together world leaders, innovators, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and more for a six-month celebration of human ingenuity and progress.”

A total of 190 countries have already confirmed their participation in Expo 2020, alongside multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions. Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million visits between October 2020 and April 2021. With 70 per cent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in the 167-year history of World Expos – DEC will offer MICE delegates access to a truly global destination.

DEC, formerly described as Co-Ex during planning, will be served by Expo 2020’s dedicated Route 2020 metro station and four major highways, making it easily accessible from all the UAE’s air and sea ports, as well as the projected 132,000 hotel rooms that will be available across Dubai by 2020.

DEC will provide an exceptional location for business events. In addition to its 28,000 sqm customisable exhibition space, the facility will also feature two theatres/auditoriums with respective capacities of 2,500 and 400 guests; two 2,000-plus-capacity multipurpose halls that can be combined for larger events; and 10 meetings rooms. The venue will also be able to accommodate audiences of up to 15,000 for indoor concerts.

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France, Japan and UAE: GL EVENTS Welcomes on Board 3 New Venues in Major Aeronautics, Knowledge and Business Hubs

Fast growing in different parts of the world, GL events introduces 3 new centres to join its 40 venues global network:

  • Aichi Sky Expo Convention and Exhibition Center, Japan
  • E2 Dubai South Event and Exhibition Center, UAE
  • New Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre, France

Three destinations are renowned hubs for aeronautics and aviation.

  • Toulouse is a world capital for aeronautics and European capital in space sector
  • The aerospace industry in Aichi-Nagoya is the largest in Japan and in Asia
  • Dubai is amongst top Aerospace Cities of the Future with the ambition to become the Aviation Capital of the World

Given this strong know-how, a special event will be organised during IBTM to « fly through » these 3 destinations while featuring 3 new multi-purpose venues close to international airports.

Aichi Sky Expo is a 60 000sqm versatile facility to open in Japan in September 2019. With this significant growth of event capacities, Japan offers new opportunities to exhibition, congress and event organisers. Largest industrial region in Japan, strategically located between Tokyo and Osaka, Aichi is Japan gateway to the world. Situated in bonded area, in 5 minutes’ walk from Aichi airport (Centrair), Aichi Sky Expo symbolises the willingness to open Aichi to international trade and relations.

New Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre comprising 40 000sqm of indoor exhibition, 39 000sqm of outdoor exhibition and 15 000sqm of convention spaces, will open in June 2020. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, famous Dutch architect, as a compact mini-city inspired by the shape of the aeronautics manufacturing plants in the area, the venue will be in 5 minutes’ drive from Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport, 1st French business airport. Upon the opening, the venue will host Open Space, major event in space sector, designed by industry partners and GL events.

E2 Dubaï South Event and Exhibition Center is in the heart of Aviation District, ecosystem comprising aerospace supply chain, airside facilities, education and R&D, hosting Dubaï Air Show. The 40 000 sqm center is purpose-built for catering large-scale shows and events. World Expo 2020 and Al Maktoum International Airport which will become the largest hub welcoming 200 million passengers per year, are stone throw from the venue.