Montag, 19 Februar 2018
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Heavent Awards Extended deadline for Entries: 12 February

All companies, live communication agencies and congress organizers worldwide are invited to compete for the Heavent Awards 2018. The award ceremony will be held on 29 March 2018 at the Palais des Festivals de Cannes, France during the tradeshow Heavent Meetings 28 & 29 March.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to demonstrate your extraordinary expertise and achievements and give meeting, conference & event planners increased awareness in front of the international corporate jury including L’Oréal, Nike, Coca Cola, Audi (France) Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands), Beiersdorf & Continental (Germany) and Mondelez UK.

Award applicants should enter their best 2017 events to be recognized among the international event community, for the following eight categories:

  • Event Award B2C
  • Event Award B2B
  • Internal communication Event Award
  • Exceptional Event Award
  • Sport, Cultural, Educational or Entertainment Event Award
  • Integrated or Multichannel Event Award
  • Brand experience Event Award
  • Forum, Summit, Congress, Fair Award

For information and award application visit http://www.trophees-de-l-evenement.fr/candidature/?lang=en

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Eventex Awards 2018 – finalists announced

The best events from around the world competing for the prestigious Eventex trophies in 26 categories

Eventex Awards – possibly the most coveted and recognizable awards in the world of events – has just announced the finalists for the 8th edition of the competition. 80 finalists in 26 categories were chosen from a total of 156 entries from 35 countries around the world.

Each entry was assessed by a jury of experts and professionals with years of experience in events – renowned journalists from leading event magazines, heads of associations, representatives of convention bureaus, the most creative minds, the top influences, and thought leaders in the industry today. The main evaluation criteria for the awards are creativity and innovation, planning and execution and finally effectiveness and results. Among the agencies with the most shortlisted entries are Kenes Group, Xsaga (who are also top of the inaugural Eventex All-stars Index among 20 agencies), BIND, Auditoire, VOK DAMS Agency and Creative Pro Group.

The top 3 finalists in each category were selected by the averages of the score from different jury members. In the publicly voted People’s choice Event category the winners are ranked by the number of votes from the community and people that were engaged during the events. In the Best Agency category, the winner is determined by the number of awards in the other categories.

You can see all the finalists at the dedicated page on the Eventex website.

The winners in each category and the final results will be announced during a special ceremony, which will be held on 6 March 2018. This year the ceremony will be entirely online – another bold move from Eventex Awards. This new approach will give an opportunity to every single person in the world with internet access to watch the ceremony. At the same time, it presents a great opportunity for agencies to organize independent events with their teams and clients and celebrate the success of being part of the best.

Anyone is welcome to join the online ceremony – it takes a single click to become part of the show and find out the best events from around the world, the trend-setting agencies and the top innovations in the industry.

https://eventex.co/finalists/

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UAE: Dubai Begins Countdown to Host 2018 ICCA Congress

The Conclusion of congress in Prague marks the official handover to Dubai, the host city of the event’s 57th edition in November 2018

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai is gearing up to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year, following the conclusion of this year’s edition in Prague. Dubai was named host city for the 57th ICCA Congress in 2014, following a successful bid for the event that was led by Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre. To be held from 11 – 14 November 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre, the congress will see meeting industry professionals from all over the world gather in Dubai to discuss key challenges and opportunities within the business events industry.

A delegation from Dubai received the formal handover from hosts in Prague during the closing ceremony of the Congress on November 15. At the ceremony, Dubai representatives, including Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, and Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President, Venues Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, presented Dubai’s unique facets to attending ICCA members and delegates. An earlier session saw Marjan Faraidooni, Senior Vice President of Legacy Impact and Development at Expo 2020 Dubai, discuss the legacy that will be left after the conclusion of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Dubai’s most recent advances as a world-class city with unrivalled connectivity to key industry bodies from around the world. Hosting business events forms a core part of our sustainable economic diversification efforts, and is a key driver in our Tourism Vision for 2020. We look forward to welcoming ICCA delegates next year and hosting an event that plays an important role in the development and growth of the business events industry.”

As Dubai’s visitor offerings continue to evolve, the city is developing a range of new attractions, hotels, venues and infrastructure projects that are set to bolster Dubai’s standing as a global hub for tourism and business events. Dubai has seen a consistent rise in business and tourism figures, becoming the fourth most visited city in the world in 2016, with 14.9 million overnight visitors last year. In the first 9 months of 2017, the city welcomed 11.58 million international visitors, up more than 7.5% on the same period last year.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said: “The timing of ICCA’s Congress in Dubai couldn’t be better. Economies throughout the Gulf and Middle East are going through huge changes to their business models and are diversifying into a wide range of exciting new sectors; association-related meetings activity is bubbling up across trade, healthcare and high-tech scientific sectors, thanks to both home-grown demand and driven by expansion and outreach from US and European organisations; and we’ll arrive when preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai are reaching a critical point, providing all manner of experiential meetings-related content for our members to think about. We’re very excited to bring the world of ICCA to Dubai in 2018!”

Business events continue to play a key role in achieving Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and UAE Vision 2021. These ambitious plans outline concrete steps to further develop the city into a global knowledge hub that advances a range of key industries and drives innovation across vital global sectors. With Dubai’s sustained successes as a destination of choice, business events play an increasingly prominent role in the national agenda of economic diversification and establishing a knowledge-based economy.

www.visitdubai.com/en/event-planning
www.iccaworld.org

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The IMEX Talking Point for 2018 is 'Legacy'

So, what’s your legacy going to be?

The IMEX Group has announced that its Talking Point for 2018 will be the theme of 'Legacy' – a subject expected to resonate strongly with the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry, particularly at IMEX in Frankfurt in May and at IMEX America in October.

Following the successful launch of its annual Talking Point concept last year when 'Purposeful Meetings' was the focus, the IMEX Group is continuing this approach in 2018 with 'Legacy'.

Explaining why the IMEX Group chose 'Legacy' for 2018, CEO Carina Bauer said:

"As a company whose mission is "to unite and advance the meetings industry, doing everything we can to educate, innovate and help our clients make powerful connections with the right people," IMEX has a strong, living commitment to the idea of Legacy."

"While the meetings and events industry has been evolving over the past five years we’ve seen a shift away from planning an event around a 'single moment in time' towards planning an event with longer-lasting, more meaningful impacts – impacts that can be seen long after the event has ended. That impact could be on the attendees, the host community, the local innovation economy, the destination partners, the city leadership, the environment or many other areas."

Five strands will unfold

IMEX’s legacy stories will explore five different angles over the next 12 months: political legacy; knowledge legacy/social impact; CSR legacy; environmental legacy and personal legacy – which means exceptional people doing exceptional things. Each of these will be examined in different ways as the year goes on.

Looking further at how the legacy concept has risen to prominence within the industry and within society, Carina Bauer observes

"Developments in technology and, of course, social media, have allowed meeting and event planners to exploit and generate memory, meaning and value far beyond just one meeting or event. Put this together with the emergence of a younger generation of planners and suppliers who have a strong sense of mission and purpose, of making a positive difference through their work, and it becomes clear how 'Legacy' has developed and become our Talking Point."

Recognising personal impact and legacy

Carina Bauer says

"Our strapline - 'Legacy: What’s yours going to be?' - acknowledges that just one person with a strong vision can make a massive difference – but they don’t have to change the world in a year. Sometimes their legacy lies in getting something started, creating momentum, initiating change or achieving buy-in.

"For the IMEX team itself, 'Legacy' is about behaving and planning with a better future in mind – a form of payment in advance combined with a clearly articulated, 'higher' purpose for each of its shows.

"In terms of practical takeaways for the industry, we’ve commissioned two important new research reports and case studies and our legacy theme will also shape some of the shows’ education sessions. It will feature in the Policy Forum and Exclusively Corporate programmes at IMEX in Frankfurt and throughout the pre-show education days – EduMonday in Frankfurt and Smart Monday at IMEX America. Other elements will be announced as the year progresses."

Carina Bauer adds:

"There is a growing consciousness of the long-term impact we all make on the world that is running throughout our industry, society and among individuals. Our Legacy Talking Point will give that consciousness due recognition."

Online registration for IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 is open – and free.

www.imex-frankfurt.com 

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Lithuania: CONVENE 2018 Hosted Buyer Programme Reaches All-Time High

There’s been a noticeable increase in applications submitted by European Buyers with specific events they wish to host in the region as well as those representing long haul destinations, such as the US, India, and China. The event will take place on 14-15 February 2018 at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre, LITEXPO, in Vilnius.

Hosted Buyers benefit from complimentary flights, transfers, accommodation, networking events, full daytime and evening refreshments and the opportunity to take part in one of a number of fam trips in the region’s destinations, which have been expanded to include Gdansk, Poland this year. Pre-scheduled appointments with choice Exhibitors afford buyers the flexibility and time needed to discover a range of suppliers from across the region while taking part in the highly-regarded CONVENE Education Sessions.

In response to the surge in applications to the Hosted Buyer programme, CONVENE Director Jolanta Beniulien says, “We are continuing to see the impact CONVENE is having on our regional meetings and events industry. It’s no longer just about putting the Baltic Sea Region on the map across Europe, either; the increase of Hosted Buyers from long haul destinations is giving destinations across our region an important degree of global relevance. This will undoubtedly provide added benefits to everyone attending the show.”

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, CONVENE serves as a business marketplace with non-stop networking opportunities for meeting professionals. The event gathers the Baltic Sea meeting and events industry under one roof and encourages knowledge and best practice sharing by bringing Suppliers and Buyers together. Over 165 Hosted Buyers from Europe and beyond are expected to attend, with an estimated 3,500 pre-scheduled business meetings to be conducted with some 80 Exhibitors from the region during two-day event.

Hosted Buyers, as well as Exhibitors and Visitors, can register online now at www.convene.lt

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