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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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Edinburgh leaps up world rankings of business tourism destinations

May 11, 2017

Edinburgh leaps up world rankings of business tourism destinations

Edinburgh is celebrating a new global position moving up eight places to 27 in the world’s city rankings for international association meetings according to the leading industry body, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

In the highest ICCA ranking for Edinburgh in a decade, Scotland’s capital hosted 76 ICCA recognised meetings in 2016, equating to over £35M in economic impact for the city.

Hosting a rich variety of meetings from across the globe, high-profile conferences that took place in 2016 included, Autism-Europe Congress, International Society of Applied Ethology Congress, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation and the Congress of the European Society of Agronomy.

Edinburgh’s Ambassador Programme, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, continues to play a significant role in the city’s ongoing success in winning competitive bids to host international meetings. Overseen by Convention Edinburgh, part of Marketing Edinburgh, the 500 plus members represent the best of Edinburgh’s business, scientific and academic elite.  Each Ambassador is committed to promoting Edinburgh as a centre of excellence across the globe.

As the UK’s most popular meeting destination outside London, Scotland’s capital is keeping good company, with other high-movers in the top 30 including Tokyo (21), Buenos Aires (17) and Helsinki (22).  Edinburgh has also moved up the ICCA European rankings from 20 last year to 18.

Earlier this month, Convention Edinburgh announced a particularly strong start to the year with five recent international bid wins for the city, expected to generate over £7M. These included European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS), International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) and Eurocities.

Elaine Miller, Ambassador & Association Bid Manager at Convention Edinburgh said:
“To have Edinburgh independently recognised as one of the top 30 international association destinations in the world is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work of a city-wide team of business tourism professionals.

“The sheer diversity of associations that choose to host their meeting in Edinburgh last year is a reflection of Edinburgh’s growing global reputation as a leading hub of excellence across a huge range of fields, including life-science, informatics, sustainability and creative industries.”

Edinburgh Ambassador, Prof. James Garden, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, who helped bring the Meeting of the European Surgical Association Congress to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2016, said:

“Over the years, I have had the privilege of bringing several conferences to Edinburgh and been spoiled for choice by the variety of excellent venues. Edinburgh’s rich medical heritage and historic architecture, combined with an ever-increasing number of direct flights linking to international hubs, make it the ideal destination for a medical meeting.”

For further information on Convention Edinburgh and its services at www.conventionedinburgh.com @conventions

 

#ICCA #IRSPM #EGOS #Edinburgh #MICEmedia #MICEnews #PressRelease

Business Tourism in the Capital is Soaring

May 3, 2017

Business Tourism in the Capital is Soaring
Convention Edinburgh unveils recent bid wins
 
Edinburgh, the UK’s leading International meetings destination outside of London, has announced a solid start to 2017 with five new bid wins equating to 3,400 delegates and serving over £7M to the local economy. In conjunction with its members, Convention Edinburgh – the organisation responsible for promoting Edinburgh as a premier conference, events and meeting destination – has released details of the large-scale events that will help the Capital city maintain its world class status.

Recent confirmed wins include the European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS) taking place in July 2019 with 1,200 delegates expected and bringing a total of £4M in economic benefit to the city. In April 2018, the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) will host their 22nd annual conference in Edinburgh in April 2018 bringing £732K to the city with 600 delegates. On a similar scale, Eurocities will host its conference in November 2018 bringing 500 delegates and £977K to the economy.

Currently ranked 35 in the world’s city rankings by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and a member of BestCities Global Alliance, Edinburgh offers undisputed standards of excellence for hosting high profile conference and events.

Constantly evolving its facilities to further strengthen its offering, recent developments include the revamp of Edinburgh First’s McEwan Hall, part of the University of Edinburgh, which is undergoing a multi-million-pound renovation to transform the historic venue, due to re-open this summer. £25M is also being invested to revamp the 1935 bandstand in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens to create a 3,000-seat concert and event venue space with a new pavilion, café and visitor centre that will be completed in December 2019.

Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said:
“We’re off to a really strong start for 2017 and can only see this strengthening over the remainder of the year. Despite challenges and uncertainties brought about by Brexit, it’s great to see Edinburgh consistently attracting high-profile events and conferences.  The city is truly cementing itself as a global competitor.
“As a convention bureau, Convention Edinburgh recognises the support clients need in the planning of their event from location scouting and building relationships with key people and organisations to creating meaningful events through legacy and sustainability – and we’re there every step of the way. Edinburgh as a destination is a fantastic option for events of all sizes and we’re always working to develop and strengthen our offering.”

Professor John Amis, Conference host of EGOS (2019) and Chair in Strategic Management & Organisation at University of Edinburgh said:
“Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic and connected city that combines its heritage with vibrant, modern facilities and first class service. It presents the European Group for Organizational Studies with a unique opportunity to host a highly professional and memorable event in a stunning setting. The multidisciplinary social science traditions of EGOS are reflected in the dynamic and engaging intellectual climate at University of Edinburgh Business School, and in its relationship with the University’s other world class disciplines, including Informatics, Law, Sociology, Psychology and Public Health.”
Professor Stephen Osborne, Conference host of IRSPM (2018) and Chair of International Public Management at University of Edinburgh said:
“Finding good conference venues for the International Research Society for Public Management annual conference is always a challenging and competitive process, as many institutions bid to host the conference. However, Edinburgh’s combination of outstanding conference facilities, excellent international travel links and host of social and other activities to supplement the conference programme, make it a stand-out choice.”

For further information on Convention Edinburgh and its services at www.conventionedinburgh.com @conventions

New Waste Watchers initiative will slim down waste and increase recycling at IMEX in Frankfurt

April 28, 2017

New Waste Watchers initiative will slim down waste and increase recycling at IMEX in Frankfurt

IMEX supports Earth Day 2017
IMEX in Frankfurt is introducing several major new sustainability initiatives this year as it continues to innovate and encourage the industry to unite and contribute to greater environmental awareness and social responsibility.

Speaking just before Earth Day 2017 (22 April), Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “Our approach to sustainability is both to lead by example and to shine a spotlight on key industry campaigns, for example, through our sponsorship of Positive Impact’s campaign to tell the story of the power of events during the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

“We’re committed to supporting their target of 2 million shares of the hashtag #shareapositiveimpact, for instance. That means both before and during the show we’ll be inviting everyone to share photos or examples of good sustainable ideas, either in their home communities, on their travels or once they get to Frankfurt. We’re also championing the UNWTO’s call for Ambassadors. They need event pros who are prepared to step up, speak out and advocate sustainable events.

“In practice, we continually seek to develop innovative systems to reduce the ecological impact of our own use of resources and materials. We also encourage and make it easier for exhibitors and buyers to contribute in their own way. We work closely with our partners including GMIC, Messe Frankfurt, Meet Green and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® in Las Vegas, to achieve this. It’s a lot of work, for them and for us, but we care and we believe it’s worth it.”

Waste Watchers – a new call to reuse and recycle
A key new initiative at IMEX in Frankfurt (16- 18 May) will be Waste Watchers. Partnering with local non- government organisation ShoutOutLoud, the IMEX team has set up this programme to reduce waste by providing opportunities for everyone to re-use and recycle an extensive range of materials. Leftover food, furniture, stand graphics, flowers and stationery that would usually go to waste can be donated daily and will be distributed to those who need them with the help of a local food network and a refugee support group.

Saving trees, reducing paper
This year IMEX in Frankfurt is saving 2.7 tons of paper by not producing a printed Show Catalogue. Hosted buyers and visitor buyers will be able to find out full information about exhibitors and the vast range of education sessions available from a new Show Planner, by downloading and using the Show App and via the show website.

Printing badges on paper rather than card will further reduce the show’s environmental footprint, as will the use of hydroelectricity across the whole show. These innovations are additional to the many sustainability best practices and legacy initiatives which have become established at IMEX in Frankfurt over the years. Full details can be found here.

Learning from sustainability experts
IMEX also provides many opportunities for everyone to learn more about sustainability. Among the many sessions on offer will be: Global Destinations Sustainability Index: Driving Performance and Competitiveness, by Guy Bigwood of MCI. He’ll explain his company’s partnership with ICCA and how the Global Destinations Sustainability Index helps drive sustainable practices.

Founder of Positive Impact, Fiona Pelham, whose company has created a “bold year-long campaign” for 2017 will also talk about ‘The Power of Events in the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism’.

New IMEX GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award
Also new this year is a new IMEX-GMIC Green Award – the Innovation in Sustainability Award. This is designed to highlight inspiring event professionals who are driving sustainability forwards through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. It will be presented to the winner at the Gala Dinner at IMEX in Frankfurt.
Campaigns to reduce waste and encourage sustainability are also implemented at IMEX America and at the IMEX Group offices where in 2016 recycling saved the equivalent of 34 trees and 5,790kg of CO2.

The greening of IMEX America
At IMEX America 2016, the clear measure of the show’s continuing progress in sustainability was its APEX/ASTM score which increased for the 5th consecutive year to 90 per cent of level 1 standards. Decreasing paper use saved the equivalent of 13 trees, energy use per participant was down by 13 per cent and there was an 18 per cent decrease in total carbon emissions.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group comments: “IMEX has always been committed to supporting sustainable and socially responsible practices within the meetings industry, hence measuring our performance against the APEX/ASTM scores, which are tough! We will continue to provide education and awareness to suppliers and buyers within the industry to support the ongoing development of best practice. And we’ll keep on asking more of our partners and suppliers. This really is a game that you win by working together. And it’s one of the reasons why our new IMEX Group strapline is: We Are All Connected.”

Two rising stars at IMEX are continuing the CSR conversation as part of #CSRshareDay, a global Twitter campaign taking place today. @IMEXMilda and @IMEXrog are sustainability champions within IMEX. Join them at 14.00 GMT as part of a live discussion on sustainability.

#IMEX17

Millennials in the Meetings Industry launch new network

March 21, 2017

Millennials in the Meetings Industry launch new network

A new network aimed at young professionals in the Business Events industry has been launched. Called Meetings + Millennials, the network aims to be the place where young professionals from the meeting, incentive travel, conference, event and exhibition sectors can gather to learn, connect and advocate. The network will operate as an on-line community (see http://www.meetingsandmillennials.com) with informal face to face meet-ups at all major MICE events.

“Meetings + Millennials started when three of us attended the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals in Barcelona in 2015. The forum was excellent. It brought us all together but, once it was over, there was no formal setting to meet again and develop the connections. Meetings + Millennials provides us with that important place and – importantly – it helps us dispel the cliché that we’re an ‘entitled generation’ said Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin, Business Development Manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events, and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.

“Thanks to Martin Sirk, executive Director at ICCA, we were asked to co-ordinate a session at the ICCA World Congress on millennials in the workplace. Coming together to create the presentation for ICCA was a wonderful experience and made us realise how the voice of our generation is not yet heard in our industry the way it would be in the start-up sector or Tech, for example. By creating this network, we believe we can change that” added Anne Berrevoets, Events Coordinator, European Association for International Education and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.

“We’ve created an on-line hub to learn from each other, share our experiences but also to advocate for our sector and to highlight the unique perspective we bring to the work that we do in meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Since we presented at ICCA we have been asked to conduct sessions at conferences in Paris and Frankfurt. These platforms allow us to educate corporations, agencies and associations on how to get the best from their millennial team members” said Aoife McCrum, Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager at SoolNua, and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.

 

#YoungProfessionals #ICCA #MICEnews #MICEchannel

ICCA’s solidarity visit to Istanbul

February 23, 2017

ICCA’s solidarity visit to Istanbul
Today, Istanbul is hosting ICCA’s CEO Martin Sirk, European Regional Director David Bodor, and Board Member Marta Gomes, and showing their support of ICCA’s global community during the ‘ACE of MICE by Turkish Airlines’ tradeshow.

CEO Mr. Sirk stated that: Over the last 20 years Istanbul established itself as a “premier league” player in the international association meetings market, and the rest of Turkey developed a strong country-wide infrastructure and professional capacity on the back of that pioneering work, with Turkish Airlines adding to the mix with its ambitious, global network. Turkey and Istanbul have acted as an invaluable bridge between East and West, Europe and the Middle East, between cultures and peoples.  The challenges currently facing Turkey can blind us to this vital role that the country can play in our global industry, and we hope to identify some practical solutions and ideas that will help our members re-establish long-term growth and development in Turkey’s meetings industry.

Regarding ICCA’s full support, Istanbul CVB’s General Manager Ms. Hicran Ozbuk added: ‘‘We are extremely pleased to have the full support of the ICCA. Istanbul has a breathtaking history, having been the capital of no less than three different empires, and has been a mercantile trade center for many centuries.

We are confident that Istanbul will continue to be the top place for meetings and conference. In 2016 the city hosted a number of well-attended congresses. In addition, the city welcomed over 11.9 million international visitors in 2016 (MasterCard Report), and this makes the city one of the top 10 most visited cities in the world. We strongly believe that Istanbul will continue being a strong meeting point for both business and leisure visitors. We are also focusing on the congresses that will be held in Istanbul this year. We will be hosting very important congresses with a large number of delegates in 2017. Just to name a few; the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) with 5.000 delegates, the Apimondia International Apicultural Congress with 8.000 delegates, World Conference of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP), WFNS World Congress of Neurosurgery and World Congress of Aesthetic Medicine. For upcoming years, 2018 and beyond, we are working more and more effectively with new leads and we are happy that we are receiving positive feedbacks for future congresses.’’

In addition, Istanbul also hosted significant congresses in 2016: the World Energy Congress with 10.000 delegates,the World Cereal and Bread Congress, the World Polymer Congress, the World Congress of the Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Association and World Congress on Human Resources Management with 3.000 delegates. The list goes on and on.

#ICCA #TurkishAirlines #MICEnews #TourismNews #MICEchannel


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