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Kenes Group and BestCities Global Alliance ready to open doors with their first original event

November 7, 2017

Kenes Group and BestCities Global Alliance ready to open doors with their first original event

Final preparations are underway as BestCities Global Alliance, visitBerlin – one of the Alliance’s partner destinations – and leading Professional Conference Organiser, Kenes Group, get ready to welcome delegates to their inaugural original event in Berlin.

Senior level attendees from leading international pharma and biotech companies, academia and government institutions are expected at the Summit on Controversies in Precision Medicine (CPMed), due to take place at the Ameron Hotel Abion Spreebogen Waterside, 13-15 November 2017.

The Summit is the first event following a landmark agreement signed by Kenes and BestCities, to initiate and manage original events in the 12 BestCities global locations. With a shared ambition to deliver high-level meetings for doctors, researchers, and specialists, not formally structured through existing associations, the events are a unique opportunity to study a specialised area of expertise, providing a valuable knowledge sharing and networking platform.

Under the leadership of Prof. Dan Peer, Director of Tel Aviv University Cancer Biology Research Centre and Translational Medicine, CPMed will address the challenges in precision medicine head-on. Titled, “Where do we stand in drug development?”, the Summit will create a focused environment for quality and open scientific debate on the value and direction of the industry. With an interactive architecture, the event is designed to provide the participants with exciting opportunities to ignite solutions, network and innovate.

Work is already underway to initiate a number of future original events through the collaboration of BestCities, Kenes Group and high-profile opinion leaders from around the world, in key fields where there is a potential to create an original event.

Ravit Shani Levi, Director of Global Market Development at Kenes Group, said “CPMed is an important first step into initiating a series of original events that leave a legacy. Under Prof. Dan Peer’s leadership and the outstanding support from our partners at BestCities and visitBerlin, we are looking forward to this new original event becoming an innovative platform for knowledge exchange, education, and networking in the field of precision medicine.”

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities, said: “Working together with Kenes, BestCities is committed to delivering impactful meetings that offer genuine value, insight and innovation to the global medical community. With its focus on a niche but crucial topic, CPMed is the ideal first event to showcase BestCities and Kenes shared long-term ambition for initiated conferences and our commitment to help build lasting legacies between associations and destinations.”

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, said: “Berlin is known around the world as a centre for innovation and has a first-class network of universities and research centres. This is particularly beneficial for meetings related to science and medicine. In addition, the city offers affordable accommodation compared to other cities and a wide range of cultural offerings. This unique blend is convincing an increasing number of convention and event organisers. Berlin is proud to be a strong partner in the new BestCities initiative with Kenes Group.”

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May 23, 2017


BestCities Global Alliance is set to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the business tourism industry in 2017 and beyond, following the announcement Building Global Connections Across Cultures will be the core theme underlying this year’s BestCities Global Forum, taking place in Tokyo 4-7 December 2017.

Building on the 100% delegate success ratings in Dubai 2016, the second BestCities Global Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB). The impressive programme of education, insight and networking, is already shaping up to be this year’s must-attend event for senior international association meeting planners, looking to increase the positive impact of their meetings.

The Global Forum offers an intimate, yet stimulating learning environment for international association event organisers, to gain a deeper understanding, not only of ways to collaborate more effectively, but how to build professional relationships across cultures and develop effective leadership skills in a global context.

With over 25 years of experience, Sean Blair, owner of ProMeet will facilitate the diverse Forum programme, which includes thought-provoking education sessions, engaging practical workshops, relevant case studies and interactive breakouts challenges, designed to unlock the collective knowledge within the room. Influential speakers will include “accidental executive” and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver Rick Antonson and global leadership and cultural intelligence expert, Miriam van der Horst, owner of Learning 360.

While the majority of the sessions take place in the luxurious Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, nestled within a vast 19th Century Japanese Garden, host TCVB is also planning a rich and diverse programme to immerse participants in Japan’s heritage and culture, while revealing powerful insights into the city and its institutions. With preparations quickly progressing towards 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa Executive Director of The Mori Memorial Foundation, will also be discussing the strengths and opportunities of Tokyo in the next decade.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to establish relationships with peers and grow global networks, with events such as the Ambassador Dinner, bringing delegates together with influential local ambassadors and key contacts.

A perfect example of collaboration across cultures, the Global Forum also allows delegates to gain an in-depth knowledge of 12 top class meeting destinations under one roof, with City Café meetings and social networking with all 12 of BestCities’ partners: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup from Wonderful Copenhagen said:
“Building global connections across cultures is at the very heart of BestCities ethos and long-term success. We are 12 partners that recognise the collective strength of working together, adding value not only for our individual cities, but our clients too. This year’s Global Forum will be addressing both the challenges and opportunities when dealing with international stakeholders, providing informed practical advice and peer-to-peer learning in a way, that will genuinely help and support senior association executives to take their future meetings to the next level.”

Kazuko Toda, Director from Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau said:
“Tokyo is delighted to host the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo this December. Through hosting the Forum, we would like our clients to find out what Tokyo has to offer as a meetings destination, and not only a tourism destination. Also, through the learnings of the Forum, we hope to motivate and give confidence to clients who have not had the opportunity to hold their event in Tokyo or any of the new BestCities destinations to consider us for their next meeting. “

The inaugural BestCities Global Forum in Dubai, December 2016, was celebrated as an overwhelming success, with 100% of delegates surveyed reporting the Forum fulfilled their main objectives for attending and would recommend it to their international association meeting planners.

Speaking about the outcomes of the 2016 Global Forum in Dubai, Andry Vleeming, Chairman of World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain said:

“I came with an open mind and was rewarded with four days of networking with talented colleagues sharing interests and expertise.  It has helped change the way I think about our future conferences – the need to move into the future more quickly, which is more critical today than it was in the past.”

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

For more information on BestCities and its upcoming events including the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo (4-7 December 2017) visit  @BestCitiesGA


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Berlin vernetzt sich mit internationalen Kongressstädten

May 23, 2012


Berlin vernetzt sich mit internationalen Kongressstädten
„BestCities Global Alliance“ nimmt deutsche Hauptstadt als volles Mitglied auf

Berlin, 22. Mai 2012 – Berlin ist ab sofort volles Mitglied der „BestCities Global Alliance“. Zu dem Servicenetzwerk internationaler Tagungs- und Kongressmetropolen gehören Dubai, Singapur, Melbourne, Houston, Kopenhagen, Cape Town, Edinburgh, San Juan und Vancouver. Die Mitgliedschaft der deutschen Hauptstadt ebnet den Weg für gemeinsame Marketingaktionen weltweit.

„Die Qualitätsansprüche von ‚BestCities‘ sind hoch und Berlin erfüllt sie voll und ganz“, sagt visitBerlin-Geschäftsführer Burkhard Kieker. „Als Teil dieses starken Netzwerks ist es uns möglich, die deutsche Hauptstadt in neuen Fernmärkten als wichtigen Convention-Player zu etablieren.“

Bereits im Oktober 2011 wurde die vorläufige Mitgliedschaft Berlins bekanntgegeben. Dem ging eine einjährige Bewerbungsphase voraus. Die deutsche Hauptstadt überzeugte dabei mit modernsten Hotels und Locations, sehr guten Verkehrsanbindungen und professioneller Vermarktung als Kongressdestination.

Event-Standort mit Zukunft
Berlin gewinnt als Standort für Großveranstaltungen weiter an Attraktivität. So entsteht bis Ende 2013 auf dem Gelände der ehemaligen Deutschlandhalle ein neuer Kongress- und Messebau, der CityCube Berlin. Er ersetzt vorübergehend das Internationale Congress Centrum ICC Berlin, das ab 2014 komplett geschlossen und saniert wird. Mit der Wiedereröffnung des ICC Berlin hat die Messe Berlin dann nahezu doppelt so viele Kongresskapazitäten.

Diese neuen Kongresskapazitäten steigern Berlins Attraktivität als Standort internationaler Veranstaltungen. Mit dem neuen Hauptstadtflughafen BER wird die deutsche Hauptstadt zukünftig ein bedeutendes Gateway für Zentraleuropa besitzen. Dementsprechend wird auch das Angebot an Langstreckenflügen weiter zunehmen.

Berlin Convention Office von visitBerlin
Das Berlin Convention Office von visitBerlin ist seit elf Jahren das offizielle Kongressbüro der deutschen Hauptstadt und bietet kompetente Unterstützung bei der Organisation von Kongressen, Tagungen und Incentives. Kunden profitieren von der langjährigen Erfahrung des Teams, einem breiten Kontaktnetzwerk sowie der kostenfreien Vermittlung und Buchung von Hotelkontingenten.

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