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GLOBAL DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD

October 11, 2017

INCON 2017 PRESS RELEASE:
Industry wide digital infrastructure award opens

Entries from leading meeting venues are expected for this year’s Digital Infrastructure Award, which opened at IMEX America today. The global award spearheaded by INCON and supported by: IACC, ICCA, the ICEBERG, Best Cities, IMEX and AMI magazine encourages the development of best in class Digital Infrastructure in meetings venues around the world. Daejeon Convention Centre from South Korea and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre were joint winners of the 2017 Award. Previous winners included: Austria Center Vienna, MCEC and Darmstadtium.

At the launch, Carol McGury, INCON Co-Chair and Executive Vice President of Smith Bucklin remarked “INCON partners value the calibre of the submissions for this prestigious award. We look forward to seeing leading facilities submit their entries and showcasing the best in class meeting venues”.

Bob Heile award judge explains “the quality of the digital infrastructure that venues provide can make or break an event, not to mention just providing a positive experience for the delegates who just want to stay connected”. Bob is a founding and still active member of IEEE 802.11, the standard behind Wi-Fi. He has been involved in effectively writing the rule-book for wireless standards for the past 27 years. He organizes and participates in more than six different conferences on WIFI and digital communications annually where he tests at first hand the quality of digital communications in venues across the globe. Bob together with an international panel of judges will review the nominations and the winners will be announced at IMEX Frankfurt in May 2018.

INCON looks forward to receive entries for this year’s award. An application can be completed from the INCON website: www.incon-pco.com/award. There is no entry fee. All it takes for a venue to be considered is to fill in an application with full details about your venue and return it by 28th February 2018.

Press enquiries can be taken as follows:
Angela Guillemet, Executive Director, INCON
T: +353 86 311 40 67
E: angela@incon-pco.com
W: www.incon-pco.com


#INCON #IACC #ICCA, #ICEBERG #BestCities #IMEX #AMImagazine #MICE #MICEnews

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The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Celebrates its First Year Anniversary

October 11, 2017

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Celebrates its First Year Anniversary with it’s 101st Event

Muscat – October 10, 2017 – The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is pleased to celebrate their first year of business on 10 October 2017. To date, OCEC has hosted 101 events and welcomed over 750,000 visitors who have attended a variety of events and helped to boost the local economy.

OCEC inaugurated the opening of the first phase; 22,000sqm of exhibition space, last year with their first event, Infra Oman organised by Al Nimr Expo. The event was such a success with increased demand that InfraOman is back again to the same venue for the 7th International Exhibition for Infrastructure & Industrial Projects, marking OCEC’s 101st event on its first anniversary on 10 October.

Much more is to come, as December will feature OCEC’s first international events with the ACI Airport Exchange 2017 (Conference and Exhibition), bringing the world’s airport community to the Gulf for the largest event in the Airport Council International’s calendar, and just ahead of the anticipated opening of the new Muscat International Airport. This will be closely followed by the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, which places Oman’s rich heritage in the world’s spotlight as over 65 ministers from around the globe have confirmed their attendance.

This is just the beginning for the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, as they have successfully won bids for 11 major regional and international conferences with the support of the local authorities and organisations in Oman such as the Oman Convention Bureau, Oman Air, OAMC, Hotels, Destination Management Companies, Professional Conference Organisers, Omran and various local associations. OCEC is working diligently on international bids for events scheduled as far ahead as 2024.

Trevor McCartney, General Manager of Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, says: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Salim Al Hashmi, General Manager and the team at Al Nimr International Exhibition Organisers back to OCEC and wish them a successful event and we look forward to many more years of collaboration ahead.”

This marks a milestone as OCEC is set to unveil yet another phase that is to launch soon and includes a tiered theatre with 3,200 seats, a 450-seat auditorium, two ballrooms for banquets for up to 1,200 guests, 20 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 360 delegates, hospitality suites and a VIP pavilion.

The precinct includes a JW Marriott Hotel (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel (four star) which represent 600 hotel rooms in total The OCEC precinct is a key component of Madinat al Irfan – the stunning new urban lifestyle development being developed by Omran (Oman Tourism Development Company), the master developer for OCEC and many other tourism projects in Oman.

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Editor’s Notes

About OCEC

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport. The design of the Centre will ensure a flow of the meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organisers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features.

The Centre will feature two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 456, while the five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square metres of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style.

The Centre will also include an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25-360 delegates, a Grand Ballroom to seat up to 1,200 guests, a Junior Ballroom to seat up to 540 guests for a banquet, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total the Centre offers over 55 meeting space options plus a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.

The Precinct will provide the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. The precinct includes a JW Marriott Hotel (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel (four star). A business park and a retail shopping mall, surrounded by a nature reserve which will be a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi (valley) park, are also part of this picturesque precinct.

About AEG Ogden

AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the United States, a division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company.

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, and the ICC Sydney; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Perth Arena, and Dubai Arena (opening December 2018). AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings. More information aegogden.com

In addition, AEG Facilities operates the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Hawaii Convention Centre, and Puerto Rico Convention Centre. More information aegworldwide.com

About OMRAN
Omran drives investment, growth and development of the rapidly growing tourism and real-estate sectors in the Sultanate of Oman. We are the master developers of major tourism, heritage and urban developments, delivering some of nation’s most iconic destinations. Our projects create unique experiences that benefit the social and economic growth of the Sultanate.

Omran has a diverse portfolio of developments, hospitality assets and joint ventures that span across the Sultanate and contribute to growing the capacity of the Oman’s tourism sector. Our key projects include Madinat Al Irfan Urban Centre; a 7.4 million sqm mixed-use development designed to the best international standards in urban planning and strategically linked to the nearby Muscat International Airport and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre; the Sultanate’s upcoming flagship business centre. Madinat Al Irfan will generate significant inbound revenues, and through Public Private Partnerships will increase capital retention within the local economy which is estimated to contribute OMR 450-500 million annually to the Sultanate’s GDP upon completion.

We are also the master developers of Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront, that is set to be the leading authentic waterfront destination in the region. The project is centered around the timeless scenery of Muttrah’s historic port, fort and mountains. The first phase of the waterfront will be delivered in time for the upcoming global events in the region such as Expo 2020 and the FIFA 2022 World Cup. It will consist of various hospitality, lifestyle, and entertainment, cultural zones as well as residential units that will redefine the experience of Muscat and provide investors with a significant opportunity to participate in a unique and unparalleled marketplace offering.

We develop relationships that create solid foundations for future economic diversification and prosperity of Oman, as well as providing outstanding long-term investment opportunities for private and public sector companies. Omran’s proven track record of delivering tourism projects to a world-class standards is an outcome of our commitment to integrity, transparency and collaboration. By working in partnership with local communities and embracing the unique aspects of Oman’s culture and heritage, we built sustainability into every project while safeguarding the natural beauty of the country for the future generations.


#OMAN #OCEC #MICE #MICEnews #ConventionCentre #DMC #DestinationMarketing

IMEX America: Berlin präsentiert sich in Las Vegas der Kongresswelt

October 11, 2017

IMEX America: Berlin präsentiert sich in Las Vegas der Kongresswelt

• Das Berlin Convention Office mit neuem Stand auf der IMEX

• Berlin ist Place to be für digitale Konferenzen

Berlin, Oktober 2017 – Berlin präsentiert sich vom 10. bis 12. Oktober amerikanischen Kongress-Kunden und Veranstaltungsplanern mit einem eigenen neuen Messestand (Stand B2623) auf der IMEX America in Las Vegas. Gemeinsam mit Berliner Partnern, darunter Hotels und Agenturen sowie die Messe Berlin, ist das visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office auf der führenden Fachmesse für internationale Meeting- und Incentive-Experten vertreten und stellt die News aus der deutschen Hauptstadt und die Vielfalt der Kongressmetropole vor.

In Berlin liegen digitale Konferenzen im Trend
Berlin ist nicht nur Hochburg für IT-Start-ups. Immer mehr Innovations-, IT- und Digitalveranstaltungen finden verstärkt in Berlin statt – zum Thema Digitalisierung etwa jede Woche eine. Die Berliner Veranstaltungsindustrie bietet qualitativ hochwertigen Service und ist eng mit der Technologie- und Wissenschaftsszene der Stadt vernetzt. Damit ist Berlin ein idealer Ort für zukunftsorientierte Veranstaltungen. So tagt hier beispielsweise die Digital Life Design (DLD), Europas führende internationale Digital- und Innovationskonferenz (26.-27. Okt., Bolle Event Location, dld-conference.com).

Die Digitalkonferenz TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 zieht in diesem Jahr von London nach Berlin (4.-5. Dez., Arena Berlin, techcrunch.com). Die re:publica findet inzwischen seit zehn Jahren jährlich in Berlin statt. Die Q Berlin Questions ist ein neues Konferenzformat von visitBerlin. Internationale Speaker diskutieren die wichtigsten Fragen in den Bereichen Arbeit, Governance, kulturelle Identität, soziale Gerechtigkeit und Urbanisierung (19.-20. Okt., Schiller Theater, q.berlin; Teilnahme und Tickets über q.berlin/q-marathon). Auf der IMEX America, die zu den wichtigsten Marketingplattformen für Kunden aus Nord- und Südamerika zählt, wirbt das visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office um weitere Veranstaltungen in den Bereichen IT und Digitalwirtschaft. Diese machten im ersten Halbjahr 2017 bereits 13 Prozent aus.

Im Mittelpunkt steht auf der IMEX America auch der neue Service des visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office: Der Berlin Speakers Pool hilft Veranstaltern, passende hochkarätige Referenten, lokale Experten oder Moderatoren für ihr Programm zu finden. Der Meeting Guide Berlin und ein Convention Kit sind in convention.visitBerlin.com integriert. Die umfangreiche Suchmaschine listet zahlreiche Angebote für Eventplaner.

Mehr Informationen zum Kongress-Standort Berlin auf convention.visitBerlin.de.

Die Partner im Überblick
• ADLON Kempinski Hotel Berlin
• Vienna House Berlin
• CAMONSITE Conferences & More GmbH
• Conference & Touring
• Hilton Berlin (Premiere)
• Estrel Berlin
• Ovation Germany (Premiere)
• Messe Berlin GmbH
• Palazzo Italia – Römischer Hof (Premiere)
• Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
• bc&a, VAT recovery (Rückerstattungen der Mehrwertsteuer bei internationalen Kongressen und Veranstaltungen)


#IMEX #IMEXAmerica #TechCrunch #MICE #MICEnews #BerlinConventionOffice

IMEX America announces dates and venues up to 2025, confirming move to September in 2019 and 2020

September 18, 2017

IMEX America announces dates and venues up to 2025, confirming move to September in 2019 and 2020
The IMEX Group – organizers of IMEX America – have announced the dates and locations for their industry leading Las Vegas show through 2025.

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, “We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America. In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a result, we felt that it was important to give the industry as much notice as possible with regards to our dates and venues going forward to assist with their own planning.”

In particular, we wanted to remind the industry that we will be moving from our usual October dates to September for two (2) years in 2019 and 2020.”

In addition to confirming the dates, the IMEX Group have also announced that from 2021, after ten successful years at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, IMEX America will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Ray went on to explain, “The Sands Expo team have been wonderfully supportive partners since well before our inaugural show in 2011 and we are looking forward to four more successful shows working with them, through 2020. Their contribution in helping us to establish IMEX America in Las Vegas as the event where everyone from our industry, from the USA and worldwide, gathers each fall has been invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and are looking forward to continuing that partnership for many years into the future.

Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group
However, we were not able to lock in space from 2021 onward. Therefore, after celebrating ten years working together and enjoying a fantastic relationship with the Las Vegas Sands team, we shall be moving to Mandalay Bay. We look forward to establishing successful partnerships with the Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams and we know that their world-class facilities will be an equally fitting home for the show.

Long standing IMEX partner, the Sands Expo, commented, “As the leader of the meetings and tradeshow industry, we always felt that Las Vegas Sands was the perfect partner to assist in the launch of IMEX,” said Chandra Allison, senior vice president of sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “It has been a pleasure helping IMEX grow to become one of the most successful annual events for meeting professionals. The show has evolved, and so has the industry. We recognize this is the right time for the show to move to its next destination. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of IMEX America in Las Vegas for many years to come.

Talking about their excitement in hosting the show in the future, MGM Resorts International and Mandalay Bay commented, “We are honored to partner with IMEX America and to keep such a prestigious industry event in Las Vegas. As an active supporter of IMEX, MGM Resorts International is excited to create new experiences for attendees at Mandalay Bay. We will continue to showcase the city of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International as the leading meeting and events destination” said Stephanie Glanzer, CMP, Vice President Sales of Mandalay Bay.

Dates and Location Summary

The dates and venues for IMEX America for the next eight years will be:
2018 October, 16-18 Sands Expo
2019 September, 10-12 Sands Expo
2020 September, 15-17 Sands Expo
2021 November, 9 -11 Mandalay Bay
2022 October, 25-27 Mandalay Bay
2023 October, 10-12 Mandalay Bay
2024 October, 8-10 Mandalay Bay
2025 October, 7-9 Mandalay Bay

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12, 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.

Further details about the show can be found on the new-look website.


#IMEX17 #MGMResorts #IMEXnews #MICEnews #LasVegas

Outrigger Appoints Frederic Chelin to Lead Sales and Marketing for its Mauritius and Maldives Resorts

September 18, 2017

Outrigger Appoints Frederic Chelin to Lead Sales and Marketing for its Mauritius and Maldives Resorts

PHUKET, THAILAND – Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed Frederic De Marcy Chelin to the newly created role of area director of sales and marketing – Indian Ocean.

Chelin will continue as director of sales and marketing for the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort, a position he has held for four years, adding Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort to his area of responsibility.

“Fred has impressed his Outrigger colleagues and the travel industry at large with his energy, enthusiasm and results for Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort; I have no doubt that he will bring the same drive and passion to our five-star Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Outrigger Enterprises Group.

Chelin will report to Franck Seguin, Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort general manager; John Allanson, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort general manager; and Andrew Gee, Outrigger vice president of sales and marketing, Asia Pacific, based in Sydney.

The new dual role is consistent with Outrigger Resorts’ strategic sales and marketing structure in Asia Pacific: Rory Campbell as area director of sales and marketing for Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort and Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort in Thailand; and Ben Johnson as area director of sales and marketing for Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji.

Before joining Outrigger in Aug. 2013, Chelin, a native of Mauritius, worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts as director of corporate and group sales, responsible for three properties in Mauritius: Le Meridien Ile Maurice, The Westin Turtle Bay, Mauritius, and The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. Prior, he was with two destination management companies on the island. Chelin graduated with a degree in tourism management from IFC Montpellier in France.


#Outrigger #OutriggerResort #HotelNews #MICEnews

Prepare your sneakers for the IMEXrun at IMEX America next October 11th

September 18, 2017

Prepare your sneakers for the IMEXrun at IMEX America next October 11th
Now in its 6th edition following successful events in Frankfurt and Las Vegas since 2015, the IMEXrun will be once again the stage to accelerate business opportunities business via networking in a fun run at the Fabulous Las Vegas.

As usual the IMEXrun, will take place early in the morning of the second day of IMEX. The run is developed and organised by events by tlc an experienced events agency, driven by its strong belief in the unique ability that sports and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle have, to enhance corporate responsibility and personal development.

New for this edition is the addition of team sponsors Hilton and GES along with Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau. The run takes place on October 11th, 2017 at 06:30 and the run is open to all IMEX participants.

“We are excited to be working with events by tlc once again to organise the IMEXrun. The IMEXrun has become an important part of the IMEX experience for hundreds of our exhibitors and attendees. It’s a great way to kick off the middle day of IMEX, shake off the cobwebs and get energised before a busy day on the show floor. I’m always so impressed by the amazing, positive atmosphere at the run and encourage those who haven’t tried it before to get up early and get down there. Even if you’re not a runner, you won’t regret it!” says Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group.

Diogo Assis, group events by tlc CEO states “We are proud that this fun run grew to the point it became crucial for many as a way to balance the intense work days at IMEX and also happy that the industry adopted in large scale such an initiative which offsets all the great social events around IMEX and connect people through sports”.

This year main sponsors statements:
Caroline Pidroni, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, states: “The Swiss like to be active and have fun together, and the IMEXrun is the perfect opportunity to do so. Instead of hiking in the Alps, enjoying the many festivals and devouring a cheese fondue – come run with us, celebrate Swiss-style and stop by our booth A2209 for a well-deserved treat.

Steve Holst from GES, states: “The IMEXrun is always an event highlight for the GES team. Getting outdoors and taking in the sights while running with others in the industry is a terrific change of pace during a very productive and busy week.

Toni Zoblotsky, Hilton Sales Director, states: “At Hilton we understand the importance of sustainable, impactful and healthy choices in every day life, and the need incorporate those choices that into one’s schedule even when traveling for a meeting or convention. We are pleased to sponsor this year’s IMEX 5K Fun Run as a reminder to IMEX attendees of the importance of nurturing the mind, body and soul even while away from home.

The IMEXrun is an important part of IMEX’s “Be Well at IMEX” initiatives. These include a selection of health & wellbeing education sessions.

 



#IMEXrun #IMEX #IMEXAmerica #MICEnews

Die IMEX America 2017 – Diversität, White Space und ein neuer Erlebnisbereich

September 18, 2017

Die IMEX America 2017 – Diversität, White Space und ein neuer Erlebnisbereich
Die Welt ist in Bewegung – und in Bewegung ist auch die 7. Ausgabe der IMEX America, die in diesem Jahr so bunt und divers wie niemals zuvor sein wird.

Vom 10. bis zum 12. Oktober ist es soweit und Meeting-Planer aus den USA und der ganzen Welt treffen sich in Las Vegas, um die neuesten Trends und Entwicklungen der internationalen Veranstaltungsbranche zu erleben.

Hier einige Eckdaten zur diesjährigen IMEX America:

• Fast 50 neue Messestände und mehr als 44 erweiterte Messestände

• Die neue „Live Zone“ mit vielen Möglichkeiten zum selbst erleben und ausprobieren – vom selbst komponierten Lied bis zum selbst gemalten Event-Konzept

• Kostenlose Showeinlagen von Künstlern, die in der „Live Zone“ den Eventplanern auf spielerische Art und Weise neue Angebote der IMEX präsentieren

• Aufblasbare „Domes“ für Seminare und Workshops am „Inspiration Hub“, gesponsert von Maritz

• Der „IMEX Smart Monday“ am 9. Oktober 2017 präsentiert u.a. eine „Live Zone“ mit LEGO Möbeln, Spielen und weiteren Aktivitäten, die die Teilnehmer zu interaktiven Meeting-Erlebnissen animieren

• Die IMEX „white Space Area“ – passend zum Fokusthema 2017 „purposeful meetings“, in dem die Besucher und Aussteller der IMEX America sich entspannen und regenerieren können

• MPI Keynotes zum aktuellen Thema „White Space“ als Anregung für zukunftsweisende Unternehmenskulturen und zum Trend-Thema „the power of live“

• Die PCMA Business School am „Smart Monday“, unterstützt von MPI, an dem wieder über 1000 Teilnehmer erwartet warden

#IMEX17

 

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