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UAE: Dubai Creates Unique Platform To Inspire With First Association Leaders Getaway

Dubai to welcome international association leaders for immersive getaway, set to be held from 10-13 December

Networking, trials and discussion to tackle themes and trends that impact associations locally and regionally

Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), is to host the city’s first-ever Association Leaders Getaway. Taking place from 10-13 December, it follows on from the success of the first Dubai Association Conference, held in late 2017, which focused on building a strengthened community and robust ecosystem for associations in the region. The Getaway is designed to offer a unique platform for networking, trials and discussions, all set amidst immersive experiences and scenic settings around the city.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Following the inaugural Dubai Association Conference last year, the city has witnessed a marked increase in interest from association representatives, both regionally and globally. The Association Leaders Getaway is an effort to harness this interest and create a platform for association members to network, share knowledge and best practice, in an engaging setting, beyond the confines of meeting rooms. We are confident that the Getaway will prove to be an invaluable experience for all attendees, while being a crucial step forward in our city’s evolution.

The four-day event will bring together 60 attendees representing local, regional and international associations, in addition to Dubai Government representatives, university students and academics, as well as association volunteer leaders. The Getaway will support in curating themes and topics of interest for the next Dubai Association Conference, set to take place in 2019.

Hassan Al Hashemi, Member of the Executive Committee of Dubai Association Centre and Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “By launching this unique event, we are creating a platform for open and constructive dialogue where associations from around the world can discuss important matters and share valuable insights. These perspectives will help the Dubai Association Centre tailor its activities and agenda to meet the needs of associations. We are confident that the event will provide unforgettable experience for participants and boost Dubai’s global profile as an attractive hub for associations.”

The itinerary features sessions aimed at tackling current themes and trends that impact associations in the region. The inaugural session focuses on the significance of having a ‘global mindset’, where attendees will be encouraged to think global and communicate beyond local or regional borders. A session, titled ‘Association Insomnia: What Keeps Association Executives Up at Night?’’, is a workshop aimed at identifying workable solutions to overcome current challenges, all in the midst of preparing an authentic Emirati lunch.

The agenda also includes a session on ‘Youth Integration’ as associations are increasingly looking at ways to become more appealing to the next generation. Attendees will also witness a panel discussion on ‘Working Together to Advance Humanity’ which will be led by the Dubai Future Foundation following a tour of the Dubai Future Academy. The closing session, titled ‘Going Back to Basics: Going Back in Time’, is centred around understanding how Bedouins survived in the past, travelling across the desert with the stars being their sole guide.

Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President, Venues Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Dubai’s first-ever Association Leaders Getaway will provide industry leaders and delegates the platform to collaborate and connect with one another, and help cultivate innovation in our region. It is our pleasure at DWTC to facilitate such efforts, which further the UAE’s economy and position it as a knowledge hub. By tapping into industry networks and fostering stimulating discussion, we are confident the Associations Leaders Getaway will enrich business activity in key industries, regionally and globally.”

The launch of the Association Leaders Getaway comes following the surge in associations building a presence within the city. As of July this year, the Dubai Association Centre had a total of 58 licensed associations, with 16 registrations received in the first half of 2018, reflecting growth of 38%. This is testament to Dubai’s strengthened position of being the destination of choice for associations to set up regional headquarters. Since its establishment in 2014, the Centre has evolved to become a gateway for international associations that are looking to tap into the rapidly transforming city as well as the Middle East region.



South Korea: Seoul MICE Alliance Grows to 299 Members Strong

Boosting the uniqueness of Seoul’s MICE offerings, venues created by recent urban regeneration efforts join the industry alliance

The Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) gained 39 new members this August, bringing the public-private coalition representing Seoul’s MICE industry to a total of 299.

Notably, several unique venues created by the city’s recent urban regeneration efforts joined the industry alliance this year. New members include Seoul’s Oil Tank Culture Park, what was once an emergency oil reserve built in the late 1970s after the 1973 oil crisis and transformed into a cultural event complex for meetings, art exhibitions, and performances.

Other urban renewal venues among the newest SMA members include S factory, a trendsetting venue for creatives established in the walls of a former textile factory and multiple vehicle service centers, and Baesan, a former warehouse turned into an industrial-style, flexible space for product launches and smaller exhibitions.

Recently opened hotels in Seoul such as Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotel & Residences and RYSE, a boutique offering from Marriott’s Autograph Collection, also joined the city’s MICE industry alliance.

The Seoul MICE Alliance was established in 2011 as a public-private partnership between the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Tourism Organization, and service providers across the MICE industry, including hotels, PCOs, transportation, travel agencies, and entertainment companies.

Users of Seoul MICE Alliance members’ services can qualify for additional benefits from the Seoul Convention Bureau. If corporate meeting and incentive groups use three or more SMA members, international participants can receive Seoul MICE Cards – rechargeable transit card that can also be used at convenience stores and select shops – with a value of KRW 8,000.

Jin-Hyeok Park, director of the Seoul Convention Bureau, the MICE division of the Seoul Tourism Organization, explains that the Seoul MICE Alliance “is expanding to represent the diversity of the city’s MICE offerings” and “strengthening the competitiveness of Seoul’s MICE industry.”

SMA members not only provide discounts and other benefits for MICE event planners through the PLUS SEOUL Package, Seoul’s all-in-one brand of event support, they also conduct joint marketing and bidding activities through participation in media familiarization tours and international trade shows such as the upcoming IT&CMA in September and ITB Asia in October.

39 New Seoul MICE Alliance Members in 2018
The new members split up into 2 hotels, 5 PCOs, 5 travel agencies, 3 transportation companies, 3 MICE service companies, 5 entertainment companies, 1 shopping venue and 15 unique venues.

To find out more about the Seoul MICE Alliance, visit http://miceseoul.com/sma 


Japan: Hiroshima Convention and Visitors Bureau renews subsidy for promotion & Grand Opening of Hiroshima Convention Hall

The HCVB subsidy program has been renewed and extended to cover a wider range of international events from 100 delegates or more.

The simplified application to attract more conferences and events to the city. Based on the new program, the HCVB will provide a subsidy up to 3,000,000 JPY (approx. 27,200 USD) which shall not exceed 20 % of the expenses subject to support. Please see the grid for more information.

These modifications made the HCVB subsidy system much easier to apply for. The Convention Promotion Department of the HCVB is looking forward to being contacted by those of you who are considering Hiroshima as a destination for your next conference. You can contact the HCVB on https://www.hiroshimacvb.jp/en/contact/

The Hiroshima Convention Hall celebrated its grand opening on June 1st, 2018.

This convention venue with two halls (700 m² / 7,535 ft² each) is located just a 5-minute walk from the JR Hiroshima Station, the main hub station in Hiroshima. Its opening has made the area around Hiroshima Station even more attractive for meeting planners. The area is currently being redeveloped as an ideal location for business events, with a growing number of convention venues and hotels including Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel.

Contact Hiroshima Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information by phone +81 82 244 4853 or email Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.



Kenya, Nairobi: African Association Management Company (AFAMCO) announced

US Association Management Company Partners with International Association Professional, Bringing the AMC Model to the African Continent Talley Management Group, Inc. and Jeffers Miruka announce new business venture

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG) http://www.talley.com, and African association professional Jeffers Miruka of Kenya, have jointly launched the African Association Management Company (AFAMCO) https://www.afamcomanagement.com, providing associations with global experience, local connections, education and opportunity on the African Continent, while enabling growth for the organizations each company represents. AFAMCO, headquartered in Kenya, also assists international, national and regional associations that want to establish themselves in Africa. Both TMG and Miruka are well-known and respected within the association management industry.

“Talley Management Group is very excited to add yet another global partnership to our list of growing brands,” said TMG President Gregg Talley, CAE. “With over 30 years of experience, TMG brings knowledge in the areas of full-service management, association program consulting and association outsourcing. Jeffers is an ideal partner for TMG as he is an association professional and has connections with nonprofit associations within Africa. We are excited to see what the future holds for us and look forward to expanding the AMC model within Africa.”

Jeffers is the Executive Director, of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) http://aaae-africa.org, based in Nairobi, Kenya, an association that promotes sustainable agricultural development in Africa. As also the President of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) https://afsae.site-ym.com, Miruka knows the importance of providing associations with the tools, resources and professional community needed to assist with growth and development.

“I have had ties with Talley Management Group, Inc. for several years and knew immediately that this would be a great business relationship,” said Miruka. “There are many established associations within the African Continent that need the services that AFAMCO will provide as well as many that are just being developed. The existing and abundant knowledge and relationships that we both have are the perfect solution for the guidance that these associations need.”

The formal announcement and launch of AFAMCO occurred at ASAE 2018 in Chicago, on August 18. https://annual.asaecenter.org/index.cfm

For more information about AFAMCO and its services, visit AFAMCOmanagement.com.


Germany, Frankfurt: Hall 12 - another striking building on Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds

When the Hall 12 is completed this autumn, Messe Frankfurt will have another striking event location for over 23.000 people on its premises.

The new exhibition hall consists of two levels with a total of 33,600 square metres of event space. The divisible hall is designed for maximum flexibility and is connected to the Via Mobile covered moving walkway and the Portalhaus entrance. Other special features of Hall 12 include a multi-story car park with 800 spaces and van access to the upper hall levels.

The hall’s architecture sets an inspirational tone. The transparent design and express escalator to the upper level treat guests to wonderful views of the Frankfurt skyline.

Benefits of Hall 12 for organisers

33,600 m² / 361,667 ft² on two levels
Level 12.0 can be divided up in several different ways
2 bistros seating 50 people each, 2 restaurants seating 200 people each
800 parking spaces
prestigious Portalhaus entrance can be used

Hall 12 completes the portfolio of Messe Frankfurt for organisers. In total, Messe Frankfurt offers 366,000 m² / 3,939,587 ft² event space including 4 event Locations and 10 multifunctional halls. With a range of services running from Catering, booth construction up to security Messe Frankfurt is your experienced and creative partner for events of all kinds and sizes. Find out more about the locations of Messe Frankfurt at IMEX America vom 16.-18.10.2018 at booth B3432.

Make your appointment on https://portal.imexamerica.com/vex/exweb.php?uid=323548