Dienstag, 12 Dezember 2017
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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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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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IMEX America brings a positive outlook and more business opportunities than ever

As 12,000+ exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees at this year’s IMEX America said “Farewell,” IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom reflected upon the achievements of the show and a positive, unifying week for the meetings industry.

Over 3,200 hosted buyers and an additional 2,500 plus attendees came to Las Vegas, and Tuesday and Wednesday were the busiest days ever at IMEX America.

With more than 3,300 exhibitors representing 150 countries and a major expansion of the Inspiration Hub, the show’s education area, the seventh IMEX America was the largest ever.

A significant factor in this growth was that 58 booths - 20 per cent of returning exhibitors - had booked larger spaces and the show welcomed 64 new booths.

An RFP gives a strong business focus to appointments at the show. The fact that 72 per cent of appointments were based on RFPs, an increase by 4 per cent, is a powerful measure of how buyers are ready to discuss real business prospects at IMEX America.

As more than 70,000 appointments were made including 60,000 individual appointments and booth presentations, Ray Bloom said, “For exhibitors and buyers this simply means that we’ve created more opportunities than ever to do business.”

“We’re really happy with the quality of the IMEX buyers and we’ve gotten very strong prospects for short and long-term business,” said Darren K. Green, Senior Vice President, Sales for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.

Ray Bloom also drew attention to an important milestone; the 150th IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum took place at the show. “We’ve always been committed to actively encouraging students from around the world to make careers in the meeting and incentive travel industry. Over the years more than 7,500 young people have taken part in this program and many have since gone on to positions in the industry. It’s very pleasing to see how far they’ve progressed.”

Discussing the show’s extensive education program, Ray Bloom highlighted the new Event Design Certificate course and the Association Leadership Forum, created by ASAE, a new special education program which had brought together 85 association CEOs and executives on Monday. He also said that the Executive Meeting Forum for meetings strategists working in the corporate sector had attracted 30 senior executives from companies including BP, Allianz AG, McDonald’s, PwC and Toyota with an annual buying power in excess of $2.5bn.

The program started with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, which brought over 1,000 event professionals to engage in a wide variety of learning events. At the first MPI keynote Janet Sperstad provided fascinating insights when presenting key findings newly published in a white paper about the IMEX Group’s Talking Point for this year, Purposeful Meetings. This is now available to download.

During the week, 250 education sessions took place, covering ten education tracks, and attracted several hundred participants. 80% of the sessions were assigned with CEs for CMP certification. Adding to the overall show experience was the new Inspiration Hub which used inflatable domes for the seminars, campfires and white space areas for the first time.

The "power of live experience" was a theme that came to life at the Lunchtime Live Zone, interactive live event experiences including instant personalized song writing, the first Virtual Reality Photo Booth and "Sand Selfies”.

The new CSR & Sustainability initiatives this year by IMEX America included using recyclable carpet in the aisles and in some of the booths and not printing a Show Catalog. The show was also supporting "Spread the Word Nevada" by encouraging participants to donate books to a local literacy scheme. For those taking particular care of their health there was the #IMEXrun which this year attracted over 450 runners.

IMEX America is widely known for its networking opportunities. More than 6,000 peer-to peer introductions were made in advance of the show via the Zenvoy connections software, while a wide range of social activities such as SITE Nite North America, the EIC Hall of Leaders Reception, Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic and MPI Foundation Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night brought thousands of people together.

Ray Bloom added, “It’s not just the associations with their major events. Many exhibitors have also been investing in creating major hospitality events, taking over restaurants and bars across the city. It all adds to the overall value and experience for both buyers and suppliers.

“I’d like to thank all our industry partners for their continuing support and to congratulate them on the many fantastic networking events that they have arranged to take place here at IMEX America. The worldwide industry has been in Las Vegas this week and I look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Looking to the future, the IMEX Group announced that it has formed a partnership with Skift with its new Skift Cities platform that will examine how mid-sized cities are leveraging their innovation economies to reposition themselves in the meetings industry as catalysts and collision spaces for new ideas. This will result in the publication of a trends report in 2018.

Ray Bloom concluded, saying, “This has been a week when the positive outlook of everyone has ensured that doing business, planning meetings and events continues to be a powerful way to regenerate and drive economies forward.”

Ray Bloom was joined on stage at the show closing press conference by show partner executives Paul Van Deventer, President & CEO at MPI; Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the LVCVA and Chandra Allison, Senior Vice President of Sales for The Venetian® | The Palazzo® | Sands Expo®.

Save the date for next year! IMEX America will take place from 16-18 October 2018 at Sands Expo, Las Vegas, USA

www.imexamerica.com

Save the date for IMEX in Frankfurt! 
15-17 May 2018, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
www.imex-frankfurt.com

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New and Emerging Markets Set to Showcase at ibtm world 2017

With just under a month to go before the start of ibtm world 2017, robust exhibitor sales from several new and emerging MICE markets have been announced. This year, destination management companies, hotel groups, conference venues, national tourist organisations and airlines, including first time stand holders from Iran, Africa, Kazakhstan, Russia, Edinburgh and Japan, will be at the show, which takes place from 28 – 30 November at Fira Gran Via Barcelona, Spain.

This year, ibtm world will welcome its first ever exhibitor from Iran. Iran Doostan Tours established its MICE department in 1990 and specialises in planning and organising MICE events as well as arranging post-meeting tours.

Saeed Azam, Marketing Manager, Iran Doostan Tours, says: “Since 2015 when sanctions were lifted in Iran, business owners have been interested in investing in the country. Iran Doostan Tours has had positive experiences in Spain over the past few years and as Spain is one of the strong European economies, we believe that attending ibtm world 2017 can be our launchpad to the European and South American markets.”

As well as new exhibitors attending the event for the first time, there are clear signs of growth in several markets, for example Africa. Botswana Tourism, Uganda Tourist Board and Tanzania Tourist Board are all taking stands this year; North Africa’s largest and newest conference centre, CIC Alger, which opened in 2016 in Algiers, will exhibit for the first time this year, as will Zantours, the largest destination management company for Zanzibar. This is in addition to other returning African destinations such as South Africa Tourism, Rwanda Convention Bureau, Kenya Tourism Board, Moroccan National Tourist Office and Egypt Tourist Authority.

As well as a strong field of brand new exhibitors, this year several organisations have taken their own stand for the first time, having previously been exhibiting partners, including the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Gyeonggi Tourism Organisation from Korea. Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has been a partner on the Japan stand for many years, has this year taken its own stand, supported by five local partners.

Matthew Stevens Conventions and Conferences Specialist at Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau, says: “This is our third year at ibtm world. In the past two years we have brought some very high-quality events into Kyoto through ibtm world, so we are very excited to debut our own Kyoto stand this year.

“Our local MICE suppliers have enthusiastically expressed interest in joining us at overseas tradeshows, so it was natural for us to bring everyone with us and exhibit together as ‘Team Kyoto’. By having our team together at ibtm world, we can offer meeting planners a faster service and a chance to meet suppliers face-to-face. Furthermore, we hope this Kyoto stand will help us further strengthen our brand as a world class meetings and events destination.”

Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, said: “Some 3,000 exhibiting companies representing over 150 countries will attend ibtm world 2017, and we are delighted that so many new and emerging markets are included this year. This is fantastic for all our Hosted Buyers and visitors, as it offers them an incredibly broad and diverse range of exhibitors to do business with. We’re also very happy to report that several companies which have shared stands in the past are this year choosing to exhibit individually - a great testament to the strength of our industry and the confidence that exhibitors place in ibtm world to deliver their business tangible results.”

www.ibtmworld.com

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MITM Americas & Cultourfair: Bestowment of "La Carta de Juan de la Cosa" to the Minister of Tourism

During the inauguration of Destino Capital - MITM Americas & CULTOURFAIR 2017 - November 14/17 in Santo Domingo – his Excellency Mr. Francisco Javier García, Minister of Tourism of Dominican Republic will receive an original reproduction of the “Carta de Juan de la Cosa” for his notable contribution in the amalgamation of Iberoamerican countries in the tourism sector.

Juan de la Cosa, Spanish sailor and cartographer that accompanied Columbus on his two first voyages and was the owner of the caravel Santa Maria, it was him who drew up the letter in the port of Santa María (Cádiz) on 1500, at the end of his voyage.

The original letter is located in the Naval Armada Museum of Madrid. It’s the most important cartographic document of the time, in which the American continent is represented for the first time in history. It holds 212º of the equator´s circumference, its 1.85 meters long by 0.92 wide and it was drawn to be presented to the Catholic Monarchs, that the New World that had been discovered.

The map shows the line of demarcation at 46°37’ West – the meridian 370 Spanish leagues westerly of the Cape Verde Islands as decreed in the Tordesillas Treaty dated 7h of June 1494 in a papal bull issued by Pope Alejandro VI. Territories to the east of this line of demarcations were given to the Portugal, those to the west to Spain.

The compass Rose is decorated with a representation of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

www.mitmevents.com/mitm-ame-cul-2017-en.html

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