Montag, 19 August 2019
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Colombia: Bogotá Delegates to Embrace ‘The Power of People’

Interactive Programme for the BestCities 2018 Forum Revealed at IMEX Associations from all overthe world are to descend on Bogotá, Colombia, this December, for a week of inspiring speakers, thought-provoking workshops and networking all around the theme of the Power of the People at the annual BestCities Global Forum. Striving to achieve a 100% success rating from delegates for a third year running, the programme for the 2018 Forum is packed with activities that will enhance the skills of association executives.

Details of what to expect from this year’s Forum were revealed this morning at a media breakfast hosted by BestCities during IMEX Frankfurt. Held in collaboration with the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau (GBCB), this year’s theme will centre on The Power of People. Helping facilitate people to do more, The Power of People campaign addresses the ability for people to make change regardless of their surroundings.

At a time where geopolitical issues or religious boundaries can create barriers for knowledge sharing and collaboration, the business events industry has never had a more important role to play. BestCities looks to address this by bringing together 12 partner cities from around the world which promote the highest level of standards for conferences and events. It encourages them to look beyond tourism and leave lasting legacies. By holding the annual Global Forum it sets out to educate key senior association executives on the importance of these topics whilst also showcasing 12 top class destinations. The Power of People programme will aim to address these issues, generate progressive discussions and advance the cause of international meetings.

This year’s Forum will see an impressive range of speakers including:

✔ Rick Antonson an “accidental executive” and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver. Having travelled the world, written five books and played his part in some of Canada’s most renowned accomplishments, Rick will bring his path less followed experiences to the programme while discussing his time at Tourism Vancouver.

✔ Lina Tangarife, Director of Social Responsibility at the Social Alliance of Uniandinos. An expert in strategic management of Civil Society Organizations, she has utilised the power of the people by strengthening volunteering within companies, government and non-governmental organisations.

✔ Neyder Culchac, a Young Leader. From a region called Putumayo in south-west Columbia, Neyder grew up surrounded by conflict but he was determined to not let this hold him back from making positive change. Creating an initiative that transformed the lives of 480 families within his community, Neyder will share his life story and educate delegates on the power of determination.

Returning for a second year, Sean Blair, owner of ProMeet, will facilitate this year’s Forum. Held at the Agora Bogotá Convention Center, just two miles from the historic centre of Bogotá, the four-day forum includes a range of talks, interactive workshops and a cultural programme to learn about the region and culture of Latin America.

As per previous years, delegates will attend an Ambassador Dinner to meet with peers, local ambassadors and key contacts giving them an opportunity to build relationship and grow their network across the world. The popular City Café meetings and social networking opportunity returns again with all 12 of the BestCities’ partners in attendance (Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver).

For the first year, the theme of the Global Forum has been shared via a digital campaign led by GBCB. The campaign aims to give real understanding and meaning The Power of People have within an industry that can make change. All 12 partners of BestCities Global Alliance have shown their support to the campaign.

Registration for the BestCities Global Forum Bogotá is now open. Free to attend, with round-trip flights, accommodation and meals for all attending qualified international association executives covered by BestCities.

To register interest and for further information on BestCities Global Forum, please contact: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! | www.bestcities.net

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IMEX Policy Forum brings the political world and meetings industry closer together

Globalisation, localisation, city resilience, sustainability and legacy were some of the biggest challenges facing the industry that were discussed at the IMEX Policy Forum, where ministers and political representatives from South Africa, the Netherlands, Argentina, Sweden and South Korea were among 30 national and regional politicians and government officials who engaged with 80 meetings industry leaders.

‘The Legacy of Positive Policy Making’ was the theme of the event, formerly known as the IMEX Politicians Forum, when it took place at the InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt on Tuesday 15 May, the first day of IMEX in Frankfurt 2018. The theme is closely allied to the IMEX 2018 Talking Point of Legacy, with Political Legacy one of the five ‘lenses’ through which the Talking Point is being explored.

The agenda had been specifically designed to explore how to bridge the ‘partnership gap’ that exists between governments, national and local, and the meetings industry.

After a visit to the IMEX exhibition in the morning, the afternoon began with a private national government discussion in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) chaired by Nina Freysen-Pretorius, President of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA).

Professor Greg Clark CBE, the world-renowned advisor on cities shared engaging insights and aroused keen discussions when he led a workshop specifically designed for local, municipal and regional policy makers and destination representatives.

Exploring 'the evolution of cities in the meetings industry,' Greg highlighted how every city went through a number of different cycles in the development of meetings business. These cycles were well illustrated by six engaging case studies from Sydney, Singapore, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Barcelona which showed how these cycles were initiated by various factors such as airline and airport development, supportive mayors, building convention centres and hosting major international events.

Open debate on key issues at Open Forum

At the Open Forum, moderated by Michael Hirst OBE, Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) delivered the opening keynote address. She expressed clear views when examining the challenges facing all areas of the travel and tourism sector in fulfilling outstanding growth potential. Based on research among WTTC members, she said the top three challenges were security, crisis preparedness and management and sustainability and she highlighted the importance of wide ranging collaboration and partnerships between travel industry organisations. In particular, collaboration is important in engaging with governments on issues such as visa facilitation and reciprocity, and in progressing biometrics as a facilitator for security and efficiency.

Discussing sustainability, Gloria said “We must no longer think about PPP (Public Private Partnerships) but about PPC – Public, Private and Community,” because the industry needed to have the support of communities, and she highlighted the future of work as an important new consideration alongside destination and social responsibility, global climate action and tourism for tomorrow.

This keynote prefaced the Open Forum where the views of a panel of industry leaders along with Professor Greg Clark prompted debate on the key issues with the political and industry representatives contributing their valuable views.

Taking part in the day of activities and discussions provided revealing insights for the delegates. Elizabeth Thabethe, Deputy Minister of Tourism for South Africa, a first-time visitor said that the discussion in the Policy Forum had been good and helpful in learning what more South Africa can do to bring major events to the country. Her thought on Gloria Guevara Manzo’s speech was; “Wow!”

Justice Thomas Mihayo, Chairman of the Tanzania Tourist Board felt that “the discussions on many heavy topics were very good. I wish there had been more time to go further into them.” He thought the IMEX exhibition was “fantastic.”

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group commented; “The discussions were fascinating and showed the increasing engagement and understanding between the political world and the meetings industry. IMEX has been bringing the meetings world and public policy makers together for many years and has helped to develop real appreciation of how together they can drive economic growth. Over the years we have seen genuine progress and I’m confident that today’s IMEX Policy Forum took this collaboration further forward. That is our Political Legacy.”

The IMEX Policy Forum’s advocacy partners are Association Internationale des Palais de Congres (AIPC), European Cities Marketing (ECM), ICCA, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), The Iceberg and UNWTO. The Forum is sponsored by Business Events Australia, Business Events Sydney, German Convention Bureau, Geneva Convention Bureau, Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau, Messe Frankfurt and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition

For more details about the IMEX Policy Forum, please visit the website.

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IMEX Group and C2 International announce powerful new joint partnership that pushes boundaries

C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.

The three-year agreement represents the first time that C2 International has partnered with another event. The partnership aligns the visions of both organisations through dedicated events at IMEX shows as well as on-going opportunities and content throughout the year.

The aim of the partnership between the IMEX Group and C2 International is to educate and inspire the meetings and event industry and to further the missions of both organisations, particularly in relation to driving innovation and creativity.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains:“We're really excited about the steps C2 International is taking to share fresh perspectives on running events. Both of our organisations share a firm belief in the power of face to face events and recognise the need for cutting-edge innovation in order for events to become even more powerful and relevant in the future."

“At IMEX, our mission is to unite and advance the meetings industry, helping every single audience within it to increase their skills and knowledge and to push for innovation that generates fresh value. Our partnership with C2 International certainly helps us to fulfil this. With everything we do, our goal is to offer new and creative experiences and education for all our show participants in Frankfurt and America, and we look forward to working with the ground-breaking team at C2 International to deliver this.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with IMEX, who has certainly earned its place as an industry leader in the global meetings sector,” says Martin Enault, President and CEO of C2 International, Asia Pacific.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for C2 International to share our expertise in creating transformative and immersive events in the cities of Frankfurt and Las Vegas around IMEX shows. IMEX and C2 share a similar vision; we are both dedicated to innovating in the event space and believe wholeheartedly that success stems from creating powerful connections between people.”

Watch our interview with Carina Bauer who explains how the new partnership will drive innovation in the meetings industry.

IMEX will take place in Frankfurt, Germany from 15 – 17 May, 2018.

www.imex-frankfurt.com

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Innovations, Touches of Magic and new experiences at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018

“Look up! There are innovations and touches of magic to see and experience everywhere at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group

“There are new initiatives every year at IMEX in Frankfurt because we continually monitor the coming trends, research what our audiences want and then create ways – or find new partners - to fulfil them. This year buyers will both see and experience some truly awe-inspiring new products, people and spaces throughout the show – more than we’ve ever showcased before,” says Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group.

Carina Bauer is reflecting on the exciting experiences and opportunities that this year’s innovations will offer to buyers.

Experimenting with experiential

The most remarkable sensation will be in the Dark Room where participants will taste the extra sensory experience of an educational session in pitch black total darkness. This ‘Learning Lab’ will feature at IMEX as a result of the new IMEX Group partnership with C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in innovative business conferences. The partnership represents a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.

A multimedia encased two-storey stack of meeting rooms

As well as the Dark Room, also in Hall 9 will be the G-Tainer, a multimedia encased two-storey stack of meeting rooms which will feature a new ground floor ‘Chat Bar’. This casual space has been designed for people to meet and make new contacts by holding ‘Curiosity Conversations’ with each other. In the new IMEX Live Zone a number of experiential suppliers will bring a touch of magic to the show, demonstrating the power of how thinking and acting more creatively can engage attendees in a variety of ways.

They range from Mr Piano – a giant, walking piano ideal for team building events and the funky Fotobus to a puppeteer, a caricaturist, musicians and improvisational street theatre.

‘Floating high and catching the eye’ will be Uber Spheres and Thought Bubbles - striking new ways to catch attention and to brand overhead areas. These are supported by warm air jetted from below so they float totally free – and are completely wireless.

The new Zeus Coworking Campus will not only provide opportunities to check emails and to network but also to try out gadgets and games and to take part in pop-up events including Speed Networking.

Another change at IMEX is the show’s continued expansion into Hall 9 (exhibitors are in Hall 8). The IMEX Inspiration Hub, the centre and venue for most educational sessions during the three days of the show, moves to a new home in Hall 9. Relocating it here creates more space for workshops, campfires, research pods and hot topic tables - all the different formats and areas in which 180-plus sessions will be presented.

Moving into the main exhibition hall (Hall 8), most notable is the new Tech Café close to all the event technology providers. This is not just a café, it will also showcase event technology providers with a presentation area and space for three new participants. This area will enable exhibitors and IMEX to deliver stand presentations about technology, to show what’s new and help buyers appreciate what technology can do for them and how the tech landscape has moved on from last year.

Something for special interest groups

EduMonday, 14 May , continues to grow and provide further innovation and choice for IMEX attendees. New events include an Agency Directors Forum, a facilitated forum by invitation only for the directors and senior planners of agencies. Also new are She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft, which celebrates and debates the role of women in the meetings industry, and Rising Talent, an afternoon of actionable learning and career development for meeting professionals under-35.

Throughout the show, including the educational programme, there will be activities designed to highlight a new IMEX partnership with LiveCom Alliance, a European umbrella organisation for national live event associations.

Finally, as a way to bring this year’s IMEX Talking Point of ‘Legacy’ to life, attendees can visit a ‘Legacy Wall’ in Hall 9. Sustainably crafted from reused pallets, the wall will display exhibitors’ own legacy stories together with short stories about IMEX CSR and Sustainability projects, including a spotlight on future leaders.

IMEX in Frankfurt starts with EduMonday, 14 May, at Kap Europa Congress Centre. The business exhibition runs 15 – 17 May in Messe Frankfurt – Halls 8 and 9.

www.imex-frankfurt.com

Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all.

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The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2018 concludes its 26th show in Melbourne

The buyers and suppliers including 25 new exhibitors have concluded two jam-packed days of networking and business meetings at AIME 2018.

On the evening of day one, the popular Networking Hour saw the Northern Territory Convention Bureau host delegates on their stand with uniquely themed Territorian-styled beverages and canapes, such as lemon myrtle-infused feta with green ants and crocodile kabana.

Long-time exhibitor Shahnaz Bakhshay, Director of Sales, TFE Hotels, stated that AIME had delivered a lot of great quality buyers this year – helping them secure sound leads.

Whilst AIME has enjoyed 26 years, it still attracts new buyers and sellers every time, with 2018 seeing an increase in the number of first-time-exhibitors on the show floor.

For the first time, QuizzaMe Australia, showcased their interactive trivia product one without pens or paper in sight - just wireless buzzes. “As a first-time exhibitor we are very happy with the level of interest and have made lots of new connections. It’s been a chance to talk about our product in the events space. It’s been easy, running demo games and bringing some fun to AIME. We’ve met some great people, who are our perfect target market and we are very excited about all the potential new business. We're already looking forward to next year,” said Quiz Master Paul.

Highlights from day two included:

    • Tourism New Zealand, held their annual VIP breakfast on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand with approximately 120 attendees. They revealed insights from their in-depth report: Art of Excellence at Association Events
    • Rentertainment wowed delegates with their VR Pit Stop Challenge, a custom-built virtual reality experience specifically built for the Formula 1. The game puts two people head-to-head testing speed and accuracy
    • Cvent’s Express Challenge invited delegates to create an event, launch a website and print a badge in record time. The quickest time recorded at AIME was 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The current global record is 6 minutes and 9 seconds
    • During last night’s Networking Hour, the AIME community acknowledged Jo-Anne Kelleway, Founder of Info Salons, as this year’s 2018 Industry Person of the Year, for her significant contributions and innovations to the events industry

AIME is owned by Melbourne Convention Bureau. 2018 was the last AIME managed by Reed Travel Exhibitions; in 2019, AIME will be organized by Talk2 Media and Events.

The new organizer announced some changes to the concept. These include specific focus on the hosted buyer program to ensure it can deliver quality, quantity and a good geographic split of buyers from around the Asia-Pacific region. Talk2 ME has identified the number of buyers, by industry and geography, that it intends to bring to the event next year. Talk2 Media & Events CEO Matt Pearce stated “The event must reflect the Asia-Pacific region, and we will be working closely with a number of intermediaries to identify and invite key players in the region to join us as part of the 2019 Hosted Buyer Program.”

Change will also be implemented within the education offering at the event, expanding the range of education offered to include both individual and industry development across the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the event. The significant change will be that the education will be offered to all attendees, across all 3 days. Pearce noted that they were in discussion with recognised industry associations, both locally and internationally, to provide meaningful education across a broad range of subjects.

Another major initiative announced was the introduction of additional networking opportunities in 2019. These include networking sessions on the show floor each day of the event as well as a new offering on the Tuesday evening. ‘We are a face-to-face industry that thrives on personal networks and we must have the opportunity to encourage people to meet, do business and importantly, have fun!” Pearce explained. “New management will always look through a different lens and we will be working closely with Melbourne Convention Bureau to create the region’s best event for our industry...”

AIME 2019 will take place from 19 – 20 February 2019 in Melbourne, Australia and you may already register your interest on www.aime2019.com.

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