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World MICE Day Gold Camel Award Year 2017

The organizing committee of World MICE Day 2017 Qingdao, China will coordinate with international meeting industry authority to select the Gold Camel Awards (Including Hotels, Convention and Exhibition Centers, Cities, Technology Providers, PCOs, Construction Suppliers, DMCs, Organizations and Individuals). Gold Camel Award is to encourage the people with outstanding performance in MICE industry and representatives from innovative corporates, therefore leading the direction of the whole industry, gradually becoming an industrial award and benchmark. At the meantime, Gold Camel Award is devoted to meeting the standard of Top level award, like “The Luban Prize for Construction Project " in domestic construction industry and " The Magnolia Award " in the film industry, etc., making positive impact on the development of MICE culture.

Cup and Certificate:

The camel used to be the transport Ambassador on the ancient Silk Road and now on the Gobi desert. The award named “golden camel”, which also means the spirit of perseverance and fortitude. In addition to the cup, the award winner will also receive an honorary certificate stating the name, date, award, and honor of the winner and explanation.

MGC Award Categories

1. Conference Pioneer Award
2. Heroine of MICE Industry Award
3. Outstanding Conference Entrepreneur Award
4. Silk Road Beauty Award
5. MICE Planner Award
6. Newsmaker of MICE Award
7. MICE Public Welfare Award
8. Most Beautiful MICE Destination Award
9. Intelligent Conference Venue Award
10. Outstanding Convention Hotels Awards
11. Outstanding PCO Award
12. Best Creative Design Award
13. Rising Star of MICE Service Award
14. International Conference Brand Award
15. “The Belt and Road” Friendship Award
16. The Best MICE Innovative Technology Award
17. The Most Influential MICE Media Award
18. Outstanding MICE College Award

Special Recognition Award

Qingdao Meeting Ambassador

How to Apply

The application is open to all organizations and individuals of the MICE industry and the award is free of charge. Please complete the application and send to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, or complete the application form on the World MICE Day website

In case of questions please contact Ms. Cici Gao, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! or +86-411-84799609 ext 827

After receiving the application form, the organizing committee will review its integrity, and availability. The professionals will judge score and providing expert advice, and then the committee will calculate the weighting average score of each organization or individual to select the award winner.

Application period: 1ST July to 30th August
Voting period: 1st August to 15th October

The award ceremony will take place during World MICE day on the 25th of October


Helping to save the world – majority of meetings planners are now putting more sustainability practices into action

New research by IMEX Group highlights rise of positive action within the meetings and events industry

  • Sustainability survey
  • Supporting World Environment Day
  • New IMEX Waste Watcher programme
  • New IMEX-GMIC Green Award
  • IMEX America APEX/ASTM score
  • United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism
  • ‘Analogue moments in a digital world’
  • Call to take ‘just one more step’

Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of meeting planners have increased their efforts in the last five years to put sustainability best practice into action, including 21 per cent who declare they have ‘significantly increased’ their efforts.

This positive news came on the eve of World Environment Day (5 June) from research carried out in advance of IMEX America by the IMEX Group and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

The survey also asked, when planning and running meetings, which sustainability measures make the biggest positive impact. The result was decisive. Almost half (48 per cent) said ‘reducing waste’ and a further third (33 per cent) selected ‘recycling or donating unwanted or waste materials’.*

These findings are in line with practice and experience at the recent IMEX in Frankfurt. There the IMEX team introduced a new initiative - Waste Watcher - in partnership with local community group ShoutOutLoud. The IMEX team aimed to reduce waste by providing opportunities for everyone at the show (but chiefly exhibitors) to re-use and recycle leftover food, furniture, stand graphics, flowers and stationery that would usually go to waste.

Speaking about partners ShoutOutLoud, Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “It’s taken us many years and a lot of effort to find a local organisation with the same values and mindset as IMEX, as well as the network and willingness to work with us. It’s also been important to understand changing legislation, especially around food-handling, for instance. So it was just great that so many visitors and especially our exhibitors were interested in and supportive of our new Waste Watcher programme. We learned – and they helped – a lot this year. It was a great start but we already have bigger ambitions for 2018.

“By organising projects such as this, which make waste reduction more visible and accessible on the show floor, we aim to make the greening of big meetings and events more acceptable,” Bauer said. “And behind the scenes, we also produce a comprehensive Sustainable Exhibiting Guide for all our exhibitors, which offers great tips on how to make small changes that make a big difference.”

Saving paper – and trees – and making a different energy choice

This year IMEX in Frankfurt added several more sustainability initiatives. 2.7 tons of paper were saved by no longer printing a show catalogue, badges were printed on paper rather than card and hydroelectricity was used across the whole show.

Sustainability education was also a hot topic, with sessions from experts such as Guy Bigwood of MCI who shared findings from the first ever Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index white paper.

IMEX in Frankfurt also introduced a new IMEX-GMIC Green Award - the Innovation in Sustainability Award - to highlight the role that individual event professionals or whole businesses can play in changing behaviour across the meetings and events supply chain. The new award recognises the need to drive sustainability forwards through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. The inaugural winner, presented with the trophy at the IMEX in Frankfurt Gala Dinner, was Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in recognition of its Blu Planet water conservation project.

At IMEX America 2016, the show’s APEX/ASTM score increased for the 5th consecutive year and now stands at 90 per cent of level 1 standards. Energy use per participant was down by 13 per cent and there was an 18 per cent decrease in total carbon emissions. Meanwhile at the IMEX Group’s UK offices recycling saved the equivalent of 34 trees and 5,790kg of CO2 in 2016. IMEX Group is also sponsoring Positive Impact's campaign to tell the story of the power of events during the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

‘Analogue moments in a digital world’


CEO Carina Bauer adds: “As a global show powered by a passionate global community we identify closely with the sentiment of World Environment Day, particularly as its theme this year is ‘Connecting people with nature’ while our new Group strapline is ‘We are all connected.’ “

In her Purposeful Meetings research keynote, Janet Sperstad pointed out that, ‘Nature is a tonic for humans. Even a picture of nature revives a tired mind. The experience of nature doesn’t have to be real for it to have a calming, relaxing effect on us.’ She talked very passionately about meeting planners needing to encourage and allow their attendees to connect with elements of nature, describing them as ‘analogue moments in a digital world’.”

Take just one step

Bauer continues: “If every exhibitor and every attendee at both IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America took just one more practical step to help reduce waste or operate more sustainably at our shows then the entire industry’s contribution to greater sustainability, its legacy, would increase immensely. If they don’t know how, just ask. We’re here to help and cheer them on.”

The IMEX Group works closely with partners including GMIC, Messe Frankfurt, Meet Green and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® in Las Vegas.

Find more Useful Resources

Positive Impact Events and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism
Global Destination Sustainability Index
Whitepaper IMEX Online Inspiration Hub – Sustainability stories 
About ShoutOutLoud

#IMEX17 #shareapositiveimpact


IAPCO EDGE Seminar to be held in The Hague in January 2019

The International Association of Congress Organisers (IAPCO) announces that the EDGE Seminar will come to The Hague in January 2019. It is the fourth time that an EDGE Seminar is organised in Europe, but it is the first one to be held in The Hague. The two-day event will take place at the Hilton Hotel located in the centre of The Hague and educate participants about professional congress organisation.

The bid win is a great success for The Hague Convention Bureau as well as its city partner - Congress by design - a local PCO who are an active member of IAPCO.

The director of The Hague Convention Bureau, Ms Nienke van der Malen – van der Horst explained: “Education and knowledge-sharing are essential in our industry and they are also intrinsic to the ambition of The Hague. Numerous international education institutions as well as the Dutch ministry of education and cultural affairs are located here."

The Hague Convention Bureau continuously strives to grow and strengthen its partner network and is pleased about the collaboration with one of its partners, as Ms van der Malen – van der Horst emphasised. “We are proud to secure such an event together with Congress by design.”

IAPCO has over 120 members in the meeting industry worldwide and is striving towards raising the standards of the provided services by its members.

The participants of the seminar range from young professionals to senior management. Every year three educational EDGE Seminars are organised in different regions worldwide, embracing all sectors of the international meetings industry. -


IBTM World Opens Entries for 2017 Tech Watch Award

IBTM World today announced the launch of the 2017 edition of its renowned Tech Watch Award. Entries are invited from companies with a new and innovative technology product or service with an application within the meetings, incentive, conference and events (MICE) industry. New for this year is the introduction of three categories for the awards: Logistics & Production, Management & Marketing, and Audience Engagement.

Entries are judged by a panel of well-known experts from the events and technology industries, chaired by tech industry stalwart, Corbin Ball. Judges will select a winner and two finalists in each category and will then vote for one of the three category winners to be named Tech Watch Award 2017 winner.

The three category winners and six finalists will be offered the opportunity to feature in IBTM World’s dedicated Innovation Zone, giving them a platform to showcase their product to thousands of high profile global MICE industry buyers, influencers and media.

The Tech Watch Award is the industry’s longest-standing award of its kind, and is extremely well recognised across both the MICE and technology industries, thanks to the exposure winners receive as well as its high-profile judges.

The expert panel is chaired by Corbin Ball, an acclaimed international speaker, consultant and writer in the technology industry. Judges include Michelle Bruno, President of Bruno Group Signature Events; Dahlia El Gazzar, Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc; Ruud Janssen, Founder of and co-founder EMG; Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua; Paul Hussey, Director of The Conference Doctor and Julius Solaris, Founder and Editor of Event MB. IBTM World 2017 will take place from 28 – 30 November at Fira Barcelona. Entries for the Tech Watch 2017 Awards are open for entries, which close on Friday 8 September 2017. For more information and to enter, visit:


Hosted Buyer Event: MICE West Africa – Welcome to the emerging West African Region

23-25 November 2017, Accra, Ghana

The emerging destinations in Africa are moving quickly to present themselves to the international meetings industry. Following the first MICE industry event in East Africa 2016, the West African providers came together and talks about a new event in West Africa began.

I am very happy to inform you that MICE West Africa celebrates its inaugural event November 23 to 25 in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

The organizing Street of Gold Foundation (SOG), founded by Mr. Royal Panford who acts as its CEO, cooperates closely with the nations Ghana Tourism Authority to develop the common understanding of the importance of the meetings industry inside the country, and offers the platform for the nations – but also for the regions’ providers to connect with the international buyers.

But the SOG is working far beyond the normal organizational efforts to create the much-needed platform for exhibitors and buyers. SOG also assists the visitor through connecting them to the appropriate organizations and associations to ensure that groups to Ghana experience the country at its best and enjoy incredible value for money.

Oh – and one word about Ghana: Should you think about the Ebola disease outbreak. Ghana did not have a single case. This information has been published by the WHO and the US CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Interested? Let’s meet in Accra!

Apply to the MICE West Africa hosted buyer programme to connect with local suppliers and to site-inspect the destination during the post-event Site Inspection Programme.

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