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African Agenda win the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award

May 31, 2017

African Agenda win the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award

Elizabeth Winter of African Agenda was the celebrated winner of the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award 2016, as announced at the impressive IMEX Gala Evening in Frankfurt. Corne Koch of Wesgro Convention Bureau was delighted to accept the award on Elizabeth’s behalf, presented by Jan Tonkin, IAPCO President.

Elizabeth’s award winning innovation was a “standing discussion“, a session, which took participants out of their comfort zones and brought them together to share ideas in a lively, structured discussion. Experiences and knowledge were shared and new ideas sparked, as all corners of the session topic were explored. The bonus connection of improved cognition and physical movement to strengthen learning, improve memory retrieval, and enhance motivation and morale was not missed by the participants who scored the sessions highly when surveyed post conference.

Elizabeth stated ‘Being innovative does not necessarily imply being an inventor, we suggest it implies assessing a situation, a need, an audience and crafting a concept in order to shape a solution. This is an example of that.’

The IAPCO Innovation Award, which is supported by IMEX, is in its third year and attracted excellent quality and varied submissions. Three finalists each created a video describing their innovation, presented to the audience of the IAPCO Annual Meeting in Dubai for the final vote. The results were very close and both runners-up deserve recognition for their innovative concepts: Susan Kilcoyn, Conference Partners International for Connect16; and Ziv Izackov, Kenes Group, for a technological innovation for ESPID 2016.

#IAPCO #ESPID #MICEnews #PressRelease #MICEindustry

Hamburg Convention Bureau with a brand new design concept at IMEX Frankfurt

May 11, 2017

A fresh breeze from the north: Hamburg Convention Bureau with a brand new design concept at IMEX Frankfurt

Hamburg, 11 May 2017The Hamburg Metropolitan Region will be creating a fresh breeze at this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, one of the conference and convention industry’s major trade fairs. At IMEX, the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB) will be presenting the Hamburg Metropolitan Region with a brand new appearance and an innovative stand design. Hamburg’s broad portfolio will be showcased by the HCB’s 16 stand partners who reflect Hamburg’s strong performance as a prime destination for meetings and events.

The new stand design draws on the core concept of the wave. On a floor space of 104 m², the friendly, inviting and maritime-looking Hamburg stand exudes Northern German flair and provides the sub-exhibitors from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as well as trade fair visitors with an authentic home.

Airy and open, the new stand design creates the ideal setting for communicating and networking. Large-scale pictures, balustrades planted with dune grass and the traditional “Heisse Ecke” booth with its original Hamburg-style Currywurst further add to the communicative atmosphere. What is more, the integration of 360° footage and virtual reality glasses allows visitors to immerse themselves in the Hamburg way of life and gain insights into the city’s contrasting faces, creating a one-of-a-kind Hamburg experience. The CCH – Congress Center Hamburg will also be onsite with virtual reality glasses. Paying tribute to digitilisation, sustainability and customer service, printed material will not be provided at the Hamburg stand. Instead, visitors will be able to select the desired information from the Hamburg partners via a digital messaging kiosk and have it sent to their own e-mail address.

Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains the Hamburg Metropolitan Region’s new stand design: “With our new design concept we have made a number of changes to ensure a coherent picture of Hamburg, while at the same time providing an excellent business environment. Together with our partners we would like to create an atmosphere for dialogue that makes visitors feel just as comfortable as if they were directly in Hamburg. As well as offering a broad range of meeting facilities, Hamburg’s destination marketing is mainly aimed at highlighting the city’s strongest assets: its overall attractiveness, its cultural diversity, and, above all, its contrasting faces.

To raise Hamburg’s profile among international congress organisers, the Hamburg Convention Bureau has extended its corporate partnership agreement with the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) by a further 18 months. With this partnership, the HCB aims to promote Hamburg as a congress destination among IAPCO members, i.e. 117 professional conference organisers – and to present Hamburg as a quality location for conventions and events. About 50 percent of IAPCO members operate globally, which will sustainably advance Hamburg’s popularity as an international destination and contribute to potential value creation for Hamburg as a location.

Discover the Hamburg Metropolitan Region:
from 16 to 18 May 2017 at IMEX Frankfurt,
German Stand, booth G100

Our partners at the Hamburg Metropolitan Region stand:
AMERON Hotel Speicherstadt, Atlantic Hotel Kempinski, CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, east Hotel & Restaurant, Empire Riverside Hotel, The Fontenay Hotel Hamburg, Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg, Grand Elysée Hamburg, Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH, T&M Limousinen Service, lübeckongress, Marriott Hotel Hamburg, NORD EVENT, Radisson BLU Dammtor, Scandic Hamburg Emporio, TUI Cruises

The Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB)
As a direct subsidiary of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, the HCB combines locational expertise with a broad spectrum of industry-specific knowledge, ranging from B2B meetings, conferences and conventions to large-scale public events. HCB is in charge of marketing Hamburg globally as a congress and conventions location and strengthening Hamburg’s profile internationally via highly visible public events.

 

#IAPCO #visitHamburg #HamburgConventionBureau

Going for Gold – IAPCO celebrates 50th anniversary AM&GA in Basel

March 21, 2017

Going for Gold – IAPCO celebrates 50th anniversary AM&GA in Basel
IAPCO is excited to announce that their Golden Anniversary AM&GA will be organised by its member Congrex Switzerland at the Congress Center Basel, from 14-17 February 2019.

Basel has won the bid to host the 50th IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly with the announcement being made during the recent Annual Meeting in Dubai. The Swiss bid was organised by IAPCO members Congrex Switzerland & MCI Group with support from the Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt, the Swiss Convention & Incentive Bureau, the Basel Tourism & Convention Bureau, the Congress Center Basel and last but not least the Municipality of Montreux and Montreux Riviera for the Council Meeting prior to the Annual Meeting.

It is not every day that an association celebrates its Golden Anniversary, so the event is sure to be popular amongst the members. There will be many surprises in store, as well as a high quality education programme and plenty of networking opportunities with a Swiss flavour!

IAPCO has a strong legacy in Switzerland having organised the “Wolfsberg” IAPCO Annual Seminars in this destination for over 40 years. This is only the second time the Annual Meeting will take place in Switzerland, the first being in 1988 in Zurich.

“The Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt is delighted that IAPCO has decided to hold its 50th Annual Meeting and General Assembly in 2019 in Basel and congratulates all supporting parties involved in the successful bid” says Councillor Christoph Brutschin.

Alain Pittet, Managing Director of Congrex Switzerland, adds: “I am proud that we have been elected host of the IAPCO Annual Meeting in 2019. Together with our partners and supporters we will showcase Basel and Switzerland as an ideal event destination to the world’s leading Professional Conference Organisers.”

#IAPCO #Wolfsberg #Switzerland #TourismNews

APCO AM&GA attendance at an all time high in Dubai

March 21, 2017

Professional Congress Organisers from across the globe came together in Dubai for the 2017 IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly.

Hosted by Dubai-based IAPCO member company Meeting Minds Experts, and supported by Dubai Business Events (DBE), this landmark event celebrated the highest recorded attendance for an IAPCO Annual Meeting taking place outside of Europe, with 115 delegates from over 30 countries participating. The meeting took place from February 16-19, at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.

Dubai is the first city in the GCC region to host the IAPCO meeting and General Assembly, now in its 48th year. The successful event was themed around ‘Leading the Future, Creating Opportunities’, and over the course of three days, industry leading lights took to the stage to discuss both the opportunities and the challenges facing the modern conference and convention industry.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “We are extremely honoured for the opportunity to host an event of such a calibre and welcome members of IAPCO to the city we fondly call home. This further strengthens Dubai’s profile as a premier international business event destination and highlights the emirate’s diversified offering-comprising global connectivity, state-of-the-art facilities, first-class infrastructure, and great hospitality-to key stakeholders who shape the business events industry.  As our reputation of being a dynamic host city for business events grows, we anticipate further growth in the number of visitors to the emirate in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 and the UAE Vision 2021.”

The IAPCO 2017 programme was packed with inspiring and informative keynotes, lively debate sessions, a destination teamwork challenge and the Driving Excellence Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements of IAPCO members.  Of course, there were plenty of opportunities for networking, as well as treating guests to Arabia’s famous hospitality with a desert Bedouin experience and other social occasions with a local flavour.

Commenting on the meeting, Jan Tonkin, said: “This year’s annual meeting and general assembly offered a unique platform to discuss the all-important quality standards we strive to achieve globally, and to network with other like-minded partners in an environment that is more than collegial. Attendees were made privy to best practice in addition to witnessing outstanding presentations from experts who stimulated each to think differently.

 

#IAPCO #MICE #NEWSBlog

IBTM WORLD TO HOST IAPCO COLLABORATION AWARD 2016

June 13, 2016

IBTM WORLD TO HOST IAPCO COLLABORATION AWARD 2016

Press Release: 13th June 2016

This year’s IAPCO Collaboration Award will be presented during the ibtm world Meetings Leadership Summit which takes place on the eve of the opening of ibtm world 2016 (www.ibtmworld.com).

Recognising that a successful event is also dependent on the collaboration of a number of partners, this award is open to PCO’s who are IAPCO membershttp://www.iapco.org/awards/collaboration/.

Creating ibtm world every year is a team effort and involves many partners who we rely on to collaborate with us to produce the best possible event, so we are delighted to be giving over the stage during our annual Meetings Leadership Summit to the presentation of this award by IAPCO. We would encourage the PCO’s that attend ibtm world to also consider their own nominations for this award,” said Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm world.

The ibtm world Meetings Leadership Summit is an exclusive invitation only networking event held every year prior to the first day of the show. Some 200 international industry leaders will enjoy a themed evening which this year will take place at one of Barcelona’s iconic venues.

The deadline for submissions is 31st July 2016 which will be followed with a short-list and final judging will take place in October. Some of the industry’s most influential thought leaders will be in attendance, so it is great promotion for the winning company and ibtm world’s Meetings Leadership Summit is a perfect setting for this award,” added Sarah Storie-Pugh of IAPCO.

To find out more about ibtm world visit www.ibtmworld.com

To find out more about the Award visit http://www.iapco.org/awards/collaboration

AT IMEX AMERICA 2015

October 13, 2015

AT IMEX AMERICA

TODAY: Monday, October 12, 2015
AND TOMORROW: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS
Issued at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday, October 12

TODAY
Smart Monday, powered by MPI drew hundreds of participants to high class educational sessions on a diverse range of key topics delivered by MPI, IAPCO, ICCA, ASAE, HSMAI, DMAI, SITE, GBTA, GMIC, PCMA, IAEE and ECM. The feedback was terrific; people found value in the day.

Adrienne Tooley, Meeting & Event Manager, Koncept Events, said, “When you’ve been in the industry a few years, you want something new and more advanced. Smart Monday and IMEX offer very high caliber, high-level speakers that are in strong touch with what’s happening in the industry.

To have a whole day before the show to come in early and get education here at Smart Monday is great,” said Lanie Collins, Marketing Association & Event Manager at Nicola Wealth Management. “Since I‘m the only one in my company who does meetings, it is terrific to be surrounded by and talk to other people who just ‘get it’, and I also get credit for what I am learning towards my CMP.

The first MPI morning keynote session of the week, which was sponsored by New Orleans CVB/New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, was presented by Lee Papa on “How to Live and Lead Mindfully.

The second PCMA Business School at IMEX America, sponsored by Synchronicities, was presented and led by Bob Kulhan, a professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. It revealed how to leverage improv techniques in the office.

Gabriela Marquez, BCD Travel M&I, Mexico, “This session has really encouraged me to break from my comfort zone and prompted fresh thinking. It was also a fun way to network and the interactive nature of it helped to break the ice with fellow participants. I’ve learned to really listen, not to judge, and to take risks.

Association Focus, the exclusive event presented by ASAE and ICCA and attended by around 180 association executives, provided a broad range of valuable tailored education and peer networking opportunities. This will be followed by Association Evening, sponsored by SLS Las Vegas, at the stunning Foxtail Nightclub where invited exhibitors will join the delegates.

Thelma da Sousa of the Pacific Coast Oto Ophthalmological Society said, “This is the third year I’ve been here because there is so much you can learn. The content and range of the sessions is superb. There are so many that I want to go to that I wish there was more time.

1,200 buyers and suppliers are going to Site Nite North America at the new Omnia nightclub, Caesars Palace.

TOMORROW
New exhibitors: There will be more than 80 new booths with exhibitors from all corners of the world, including Guam and Taiwan from Asia, Hungary and Zagreb from Europe, Paraguay and Ecuador from Latin America, plus Cincinnati, Oklahoma and Wisconsin from the U.S., to name just a few.

New education features: Magician Tim David will be the MPI keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, he will explore the “Human Connection – A Lost Art in a Noisy World.”

The new Play Room, sponsored by Play with a Purpose, will provide short, hands-on “quirkshops” around creativity, a theme incorporated throughout the program.

A new resource on the show floor, TECHnexus, will provide buyers with hands-on experience of the latest technologies and is available every day in the tech area.

The #IMEXpitch Event Technology Startup competition will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Inspiration Hub. A short list of five companies will pitch their ideas to industry experts.

Meditation Room: New for this year, this device-free area hosts regular sessions on yoga, mindfulness and meditation as well as provides quiet spot to recharge.

Press Conferences: There is a packed program of press conferences taking place at the Press Center and covering a wide range of destinations, venues and initiatives.

PRESS CENTER – sponsored by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The onsite Press Center is located on Level 1 – Casanova Room 501 – The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

It offers: free Wifi, laptops and work stations, latest news from the show, its exhibitors and partners, mobile phone charging point, complimentary refreshments.

You can reach the PR team during the show at the Press Center or on the following numbers:
Press Center Onsite – (702) 691-8608
Emma Ward – (214) 883-7586
Jen McNeil – (214) 587-3819
Chris Lewis – (469) 404-6690

Useful weblinks
Latest IMEX & Exhibitor news releases – www.imexamerica.com/press/news-releases/
Press images – www.imexamerica.com/press/images-audio-video/
At a glance schedule www.imexamerica.com/events/at-a-glance/schedule/

First EDGE Seminar resounding success

September 9, 2015

First EDGE Seminar resounding success

It was with some trepidation that I agreed to host the first EDGE Seminar” commented Jan Tonkin, MD of The Conference Company, “as New Zealand is often perceived to be a faraway destination, possibly even on the edge of the world. With a new educational offering, I felt this might be a challenge. I was delighted therefore to well exceed our target numbers, with participants travelling from Zimbabwe and Australia to take part in this innovative environment. The support I received from Tourism New Zealand Business Events and the Auckland Convention Bureau was a major contributing factor to the success of this seminar“.

Michel Neijmann, Figur, Istanbul; Mathias Posch, ICS, Vancouver and Jan Tonkin comprised the international faculty, sharing their extensive experience. Listening to presentations, however, formed only a small part of the programme: interactive and conversational discussion, sharing experiences, deep dive sessions on topics such as Bidding and Serving the Clients of the Future played a key part allowing participants to engage with the themes and bring away insights and strategies that have an immediate impact on the way they work in today’s fast pace environment. Over 40 participants took part, representing an even split between PCOs, Convention Bureaux and venues, engaging in a programme that was intensely focused on the future of the meetings industry and the rapidly changing realities of life as a PCO. Participants took an in-depth look at a range of issues preoccupying the meetings world right now including delegate engagement and experiences, hybrid meetings and managing project finances.

While time to showcase Auckland was limited, the group dined on two occasions at offsite venues and enjoyed great views of the city’s harbour on one side and a park on the other from the daylit meeting room on the top floor of the Pullman Hotel.

EDGE lived up to its name” commented Jan, “this truly was dynamic global education, and I am proud that New Zealand lived up to its reputation as a first-class destination and that IAPCO is continuing its remit of providing expert education for meetings industry professionals”.


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