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Discovering Guam

November 7, 2017

Discovering Guam
Until very recently not many people could have told you where Guam was located, or even what was there.

Recent political events have certainly changed that.
With intense, global media attention in recent months, however, many outlets like CNN, the BBC and others took the time to really look behind the breaking news. What they found and repeatedly reported on was the amazing people, the beauty of the island, the wonderful attractions and the importance of tourism to its economy.

The stories revealed the special spirit of the nearly 170,000 residents who are predominantly American citizens but who also strongly honor the ancient and vibrant Chamorro culture.

They also unveiled stunning images of the unspoiled, stunning, natural beauty of Guam.

From an economic standpoint, they talked about the growing leisure travel, conference & meeting, and incentive travel market in Guam – propelled not only by its authentic style and unique experience opportunities, but also its modern hotels and convention center and strong technology infrastructure.

Guam will once again have a booth at IMEX America #3041 and is anticipating great interest from event planners and buyers from the US, Asia, Australia and many other regions.

Who’s Been Coming and Why?
In just one example of who’s coming to Guam, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) & PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association) held their 2016 Annual Conference in Guam which brought many influential industry leaders to the island, and delighted them with all that Guam has to offer,

Japanese, South Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese and American tourists and incentive groups have also been enjoying their experiences of Guam.

While Guam has more than 8,860 modern hotel rooms and hotels run by leading brands such as Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton and Westin – as well as the new Guam Convention Center at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort – Guam also has its own distinctive local style which creates memorable events and experiences.

Business and pleasure visitors alike can take in outdoor fiestas featuring traditional, Chamorro food and festivities like fresh caught seafood & edible seaweed, traditional dancing, music and coconut cracking.

Hiking and walking up into the hills of Guam – or “Boonie Stomping” as it’s known locally – uncovers gorgeous flora, fauna and jungle waterfalls. Golf, dolphin watching and water sports like snorkeling and diving are also among the many activities offering a wide range of incentive options.

Guam has also built a strong technology infrastructure with superfast Wifi – bringing together the best of unplugged and fully connected options and activities.

The world is discovering Guam – and that it has plenty to offer.
https://www.guamvisitorsbureau.com/

Guam Visitors Bureau
www.guamvisitorsbureau.com


#Guam #UNWTO #WTO #PATA #IMEXAmerica #MICEnews #MICEmedia #TourismNews

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The DMC Network and Ovation’s 5th Annual Talent Search

October 20, 2017

The DMC Network and Ovation’s 5th Annual Talent Search ‘Raises the Roof’ at IMEX America
The DMC Network and Ovation Global DMC’s 5th Annual Talent Search kicked off on the Tuesday evening of IMEX America in Las Vegas last week. Taking place in the Marquee Night Club at The Cosmopolitan hotel, this year’s event drew its largest ever crowd ever, welcoming over 900 delegates from the show to celebrate Las Vegas as a destination.

‘’This year’s event was all about Las Vegas’’ shared Dan Tavrytzky, Managing Director of the DMC Network. ‘’The tragic events of the week prior were upsetting on so many levels. We as destination professionals know just how valuable tourism is for the Las Vegas economy, and how important it is to show support immediately after an event like this. We knew we wanted to acknowledge the victims and their families in a way that still supported the destination – cancelling our event would not have done that so we decided to change the format from our traditional talent search, where industry delegates from around the world compete for the title of best performance and travel prize, and use our already well established evening to showcase local Las Vegas talent -giving them the opportunity to shine and highlight that the city is open for business, while also partnering with the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada to raise much needed funds for the destination through a raffle for all attendees.’’

Guests were treated to an energetic show by three local Las Vegas bands, each showcasing their own unique take on popular music, with an esteemed panel of industry judges from Experient, Marriott International, Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Raffle tickets were sold to win a 5 night stay at the Westin Paris and air travel or a year’s membership with MPI, while the crowd was entertained with energetic covers into the morning hours. Local band ‘STATUS’ was ultimately crowned the winners at the end of the evening.

Speaking of the win, this year’s winning band said ‘’We are honored to receive the trophy at this year’s show. At a time when Las Vegas needs support more than ever before, it is wonderful to see companies continuing to come to the destination and host their events – it sends a real, tangible message to the world that we are here and we are open for business. Our city’s economy is built on tourism so there is nothing more valuable than this kind of support’’

Judge Darren Temple, Chief Operating Officer of MPI is quoted as saying: ‘’MPI has been involved in the Talent Search since its inception 5 years ago. The change in format this year was something we were very supportive of – MPI’s membership base is a global one, and we all travel as a part of our careers – any opportunity to showcase local destination support as a wider industry group is one that we are happy to support.’’

Following the event, the dates for the 6th Annual Talent Search were announced as Tuesday the 16th of October 2018, and as always, in conjunction with IMEX America.


#DMCNetwork #Ovation #DMC #IMEXAmerica #LasVegas #MICEmedia #MICEnews

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

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

 

Nützliche Links:

www.imexamerica.com
• zur kostenfreien Registrierung: https://www.imexamerica.com/register
• Weitere Informationen: https://www.imexamerica.com/attendees

etouches Completes Integration of Loopd with its End-to-End Event Management and Sourcing Platform

May 20, 2017

etouches Completes Integration of Loopd with its End-to-End Event Management and Sourcing Platform
Award-winning Data-Driven Technology Enhances Real-Time Attendee Engagement and Event ROI

NORWALK, Conn., May 2017 etouches, a leading global provider of cloud event management software and sourcing solutions, today announced it has finalized the integration of Loopd technology to create a first of its kind solution to manage every aspect of the event & meeting lifecycle including unprecedented visibility into real-time performance of live events. Combining an exclusive wearable smart badge with bi-directional CRM, data analytics, and mobile technology, Loopd transforms the attendee experience and provides data-driven insights that help meeting planners realize ROI and monetize their events. etouches will demonstrate Loopd’s full capabilities at IMEX Frankfurt taking place May 16-18, 2017.

etouches acquired Loopd in late 2016 to expand its ability to provide data-driven insights that help its customers improve events and attendee engagement in real time. With wearable smart badges and a data analytics engine, Loopd delivers engaging experiences for event attendees while enabling event planners to improve their event strategy through actionable data.

Loopd offers three key components that help event planners enhance attendee engagement and realize event success:

  • Loopd Badge – Award-winning, wearable, smart badges enable fast and easy contact exchange, content collection, and registration for attendees, while capturing attendee interactions, session attendance, event flow traffic, and more all in a sleek, modern package. Small, but powerful, each Loopd Badge measures less than 1.5 inches around and weighs less than 5 grams. With Bluetooth LE connectivity and a two-month battery life, the Loopd badge offers several advantages over other technologies.
  • Loopd App – With a branded, customized mobile event app, organizers can elevate the event experience for attendees, improve engagement, and increase post-event activity. Attendees can use networking features to discover nearby attendees and manage meeting requests.
  • Loopd Engagement & Analytics – Intuitive, in-browser analytics engine allows event organizers to measure and optimize the value and impact of their events. Incorporating the data collected by the Loopd App and Loopd Badge, the analytics engine helps organizers understand attendee activity, attendee journey at the event, engagement, and overall event performance.

 

 

People attend events to meet other people, network, and exchange information, but the manual process of collecting business cards and collateral to act on post-event is inefficient and unproductive,” said Brian Friedman, Loopd co-founder and director of product for mobile, data, and engagement for etouches. “Loopd improves the overall attendee experience by facilitating and simplifying the exchange of information and tracking and analyzing attendee engagement. With this integration, event organizers can focus on running great events while etouches captures and analyzes attendee data.

Like the entire etouches event management platform, Loopd is highly flexible, allowing event planners to customize components and how they’re used based on the organizer’s budget and goals. Loopd Hubs are wireless sensors that can be placed at strategic points so organizers can see and measure attendance and traffic flow at a specific session or event. Organizers can easily deliver additional value to their attendees by providing event history, sponsor interactions, session information, speaker multimedia, contact information, and marketing collateral after the event – all collected with the Loopd Badge.

Over the past several years, etouches has built out our event management solution through strategic technology acquisitions and product development with a focus on making events and meetings better for participants, planners, and sponsors,” said Shane Edmonds, CTO of etouches. “With the full power of our EMS platform and mobile event apps integrated with Loopd technology, etouches now offers an unrivaled solution that lets our customers measure every aspect of their event lifecycle, including onsite attendee engagement and satisfaction.”

Recently, etouches announced the company was acquired by HGGC, a leading middle market private equity firm. HGGC’s investment will help etouches expand its business and further invest in its market-leading cloud platform. More than 1,300 customers use etouches’ integrated event management and sourcing platform to organize and execute world-class events around the world. Over the past 12 months, etouches has executed 46,000 events totaling 5.8 million registrations.

A past winner of the IMEX America #IMEXpitch competition, Loopd will be on display at IMEX Frankfurt on May 16 at 4:30 p.m. at etouches’ stand #E660. For more information, visit try.etouches.com/getloopd/.

About etouches
etouches is a global leader in cloud based analytics and data driven end-to-end event management and venue sourcing solutions. The award winning open source platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process, providing real-time data and analytics on event performance, customer engagement, and increasing measurable event ROI. Founded in 2008, etouches has assisted over 25,000 event professionals in planning, executing, and measuring their events. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement, mobile, and data analytics, the company serves more than 1,300 customers including leading corporations, associations, agencies, and educational institutions globally. Headquartered in the United States, the company also has offices in the UK, Belgium, Australia, Singapore, and UAE. etouches is a portfolio company of private equity firm HGGC. etouches has experienced 50 percent CAGR over the past 4 years. Learn more at etouches.com.


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