Samstag, 23 Juni 2018
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USA: New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau rebrands itself as New Orleans & Company

New Orleans & Company will continue to drive the economy, create thousands of jobs for everyone, be the city’s largest revenue generator and most important partner, and will expand its focus on cultural and human stewardship for all citizens The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) has been rebranded and is now officially known as New Orleans & Company

The NOCVB has for 58 years been one of the largest drivers of the New Orleans economy, and over those six decades has produced millions of jobs, billions of dollars of city revenue, and sustained the creation of thousands of small businesses. The former CVB superbly served thousands of member and industry companies and a gigantic workforce and led the development of the city’s multi-billion dollar convention and meetings business, grew the visitation of leisure visitors to unprecedented levels and played a key role in New Orleans’ ascendance as the world’s greatest sports championship destination. New Orleans & Company will focus in its new iteration not only on growing our cultural economy and hospitality enterprises, driving dynamic, sustainable business growth and career-oriented job creation, but will also focus on continuing its evolution as a thought leader, collaborative convener, and partner to the city’s workforce, the local government and the city’s citizens.

New Orleans & Company continually works to build and sustain networks and connections with its external partners that benefit our city’s residents and its industry’s stakeholders. Job fairs held monthly in venues across the city to connect those seeking employment with career opportunities. New Orleans & Company also seek out and foster workforce development initiatives, and countless other school-based programs. These are just a few examples of its outreach efforts that will continue, among other initiatives, to help provide more paths to prosperity within the city.

New Orleans & Company goal is to cultivate and maintain a “virtuous cycle” between the businesses and attractions that make up the tourism industry, the visitors who invest in those business and attractions, and the city’s residents, all of whom benefit from tourism and its proudly large contributions to city revenue.

Tourism revenues generate 43% of the city’s operating budget though sales tax and property tax, not even counting the taxes paid by our tens of thousands of employees as their indirect spending ripples through every facet of the community. The ultimate result of this cycle is a quality of life for New Orleans’ residents funded by millions of visitors from around the globe who come to spend billions of dollars as they love, enjoy and share our culture. The money they spend is reinvested in the cultural ecology of our city, completing the cycle. Because of the city’s 17 million visitors and their billions of dollars brought in each year, this small city of 375,000 people has the cultural assets, restaurants, museums, nightlife and overall quality of life of a city many, many times of its size.

As New Orleans & Company promotes New Orleans to the world and the city’s offerings evolve, New Orleans & Company will continue to support New Orleans’ culture by providing more good jobs and career opportunities than any other industry in the region and by generating revenues to fuel a vibrant economy in which all residents can find a path to prosperity.

The launch of New Orleans & Company also includes the recent launch of a new New Orleans cultural economy and tourism website, www.neworleans.com, although we are hopeful it will also become a go-to resource for all locals as well. New Orleans & Company and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation recently combined resources to collapse both of their respective websites into one vastly improved website. This new site provides a better user experience and more comprehensive and visually compelling display of the city’s offerings. This is but one example of how New Orleans’ tourism industry is working more closely together than ever before to continue to evolve and maintain the promotion of New Orleans and fuel its economy.

www.neworleans.com

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Qatar ready to attract more international Business Events

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and 11 industry partners returned to IMEX Frankfurt last month. In addition to showcasing the country’s full range of hotels, state-of-the art venues, tour operators and event management companies, the delegation strengthened ties with industry stakeholders and promoted Qatar as an attractive business events destination in the region.

Since Qatar’s last participation in IMEX, the country has introduced visa policy changes which have made Qatar easier to visit and the most open country in the GCC region. The changes include an entry-visa waiver for more than 80 nationalities, a free 96-hour transit visa, an online visa service through www.qatarvisaservice.com, and electronic travel authorization (ETA) for visitors of all nationalities holding residencies and/or visas to Schengen Countries, U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Qatar also launched the Next Chapter of its National Tourism Sector Strategy which charts a pathway to more diverse tourism products and an enhanced visitor experience. The strategy prioritises Business Events as a major contributor to visitor arrivals.

“Our focus at IMEX Frankfurt this year was to create new ties with the MICE industry, and build on existing ones,” commented Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QTA. “Since the launch of the Next Chapter in September of last year, the sector has taken steady steps to grow and accelerate the development of its offerings across the leisure and business tourism spectrums, giving international business visitors ample opportunity to enjoy authentic tourism experiences, both inside and beyond the venue walls.”

And, as part of its commitment to further strengthen ties in the international association meetings industry, QTA has recently partnered with ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) to become a globally-recognised Association Relations Partner (ARP).

QTA is already leveraging its new status with ICCA and has set plans to host ICCA Qatar International Meetings Expert Session on the 17th and 18th of September in Doha. The two-day session will provide attendees a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts in the international meetings industry and is specially designed for meetings industry suppliers and local associations in Qatar and the Middle East.

Business Events is a key sub-sector of Qatar’s tourism industry, with more than 150 business events taking place in Qatar annually. The country has already invested heavily in infrastructural developments that will provide a major boost to the business events industry, such as the 300km Doha Metro projectanda large number of 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels coming online, all of which will substantially enhance Qatar’s ability to host world-class events.

Qatar’s 127 m2 pavilion at IMEX Frankfurt showcased the country’s expanding business event options. The delegation included representatives of eleven tourism sector partners.

https://www.visitqatar.qa/businessevents

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China: Guangzhou International Convention Center officially launched at IMEX in Frankfurt

An official launching of Guangzhou International Convention Center on a global business travel market was organised during IMEX show in Frankfurt, worldwide exhibition for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions bringing together over 9000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from 150 countries.

A brand new multi-purpose convention center to open in 2020, is located in historical Canton fair district and comprises 2 exhibition halls of 2,500 sqm, 505-seated amphitheater and 47 break out modular meeting rooms with the capacity from 50 to 800 people. Easily accessible from the 3rd busiest airport in China, next to subway and motorway, the venue is designed to accommodate up to 2,600 people for congresses and conventions.

GL events, a global player in event industry and Yuexiu Group, a public real estate company of China, have signed a joint venture agreement to jointly operate the venue. The presentation to buyers from the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) sector, to partners and journalists was followed by a gourmet cocktail, showcasing Guangzhou as home to the world famous Cantonese cuisine with its long-standing gastronomy tradition, exceptional lifestyle and opening towards the world.

The introduction of the convention centre to international MICE professionals in May is the first step of marketing and branding strategy which GL events will jointly implement with the city of Guangzhou to bring world class events to this major business hub, historically involved in global trade. It’s a milestone of a long-term city’s development strategy aiming to grow the positioning of Guangzhou as a leading business travel destination in Asia Pacific Region by improving industry infrastructures and implementing an attractive promotional strategy.

www.gl-events-venues.com/guangzhou-international-convention-center

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Oman: OCEC Launches Convention Centre at IMEX

Oman’s business tourism product has just been enhanced with the opening of The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC)’s convention facilities. Part of the new Madinat Al Irfan urban development in Muscat, which is being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the executive arm for the development of the tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman.

The purpose-built centre now offers two ballrooms – one of which is the largest ballroom in Oman, a 456 tiered-seat theatre, 22 meeting rooms in addition to the already opened Exhibition Centre.

The Junior Ballroom can accommodate 540 guests for a banquet or 1,000 guests theatre style while the Grand Ballroom can seat 1,200 people for a sumptuous dinner or up to 7 breakout areas for a convention. Both ballrooms feature a column-free space with subtle Omani design details as well as the very latest in audio-visual support. These new areas complement existing five exhibition halls that feature 22,396 square metres of column-free exhibition space and 10 hospitality suites as well a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles. These new multi-purpose spaces are ideal for plenary sessions, conferences, concerts, performances and gala dinners.

With the new areas spanning 4,576 square metres, the total current event space has now reached 48,632 sq metres. In a few months’ time, the final part of the jigsaw; the stunning 3,200-seat theatre will open its doors for the first performance.

The Precinct provides all the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and includes the 5-star JW Marriott Hotel linked directly to OCEC and the newly opened Crowne Plaza Muscat -OCEC that opened last November. The four-star Crowne Plaza OCEC features 296 keys, five dining outlets, a fitness centre, an outdoor pool with views overlooking a Wadi (a natural waterway) and its very own Wadi bar for guests to enjoy an end-of-day beverage while looking over the nature reserve that is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife.

In 2018 OCEC anticipates a minimum of 270 events including exhibitions, weddings, meetings, conferences and live events – focusing on events in line with Oman’s 2040 vision and that will bring significant strategic and economic benefit to the country. Working closely with the Oman Convention Bureau OCEC is introducing the world to Oman and building awareness of the business events’ opportunities in the country.

The newly established Oman Convention Bureau has also played a vital part in promoting the country’s business events industry by providing assistance and spearhead growth of the emerging industry. Khalid Al Zadjali, Director of the Oman Convention Bureau added: “Oman is an oasis of opportunity and we have so much to offer. We have seen a great start to 2018 following the much-awaited launch of the new award-winning Muscat International Airport on March 20, 2018 with a current capacity for up to 20 million passengers as well as facilities to welcome the world`s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380. To drive business, we embrace a ‘Team Oman’ approach working alongside OCEC, Oman Air, our many hotels, attractions and Omani-based destination management, conference and event companies.”

The number of association meetings in Oman has doubled in 2017 as per the International Congress and Convention Association’s recently released statistics and Oman is placed 2nd in the Middle East and 86th in the world. CEC’s much-awaited opening has contributed significantly to the business events industry in the country.

http://www.omanconvention.com

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Australia: MCEC’s new expansion close to completion

The finish line is in sight for Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) $200 million expansion site, which is under two months away from opening.

Once completed, the new space will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000 square metres. The 20,000-square-metre expansion includes 9,000 square metres of exhibition space plus additional flexible, multi-purpose event space, 1,000 seat plenary theatre, multiple meeting rooms, a banquet room and the Goldfields Café and Bar. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said customer experience was front of mind when planning the design.

“We want to ensure our facilities suit the needs of our customers, rather than constraining them to fit within our space. A multi-purpose area with a retractable 1,000 seat theatre and adaptable meeting rooms are just two of the many flexible features throughout the new building,” Mr King said.

Over 300 events have been confirmed or are being negotiated for the new expansion space, between July 2018 and the end of 2024.

Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon. John Eren said the expansion will cement Melbourne as the business events capital of Australia. “Not only will this redevelopment boost tourism, it will create more than 900 new jobs and provide a massive boost to our visitor economy by attracting more events and thousands more visitors to Victoria each year.”

The 1st Malaria World Congress will be the first event held in Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion space, between 1 – 5 July 2018. Malaria is one of the world’s leading health problems, causing death and severe illness to millions each year across the world.

“It’s a privilege to bring together the global community who are working to help eradicate malaria, as our inaugural event in the expansion” Mr King said.

At present, there is no mechanism anywhere in the world for all stakeholders to share information and build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria. The inaugural Malaria World Congress, initiated by Club Melbourne Ambassadors, Professor Alan Cowman and Professor Brendan Crabb aims to address this gap.

Club Melbourne is owned and led by Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with support and collaboration from Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government.

www.mcec.com.au

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