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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.

 

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SMS FRANKFURT Group Travel auf neuen Pfaden

January 24, 2017

SMS FRANKFURT Group Travel auf neuen Pfaden
2017 wird ein besonderes Jahr für die Special Interest Agentur SMS FRANKFURT Group Travel.

24. Januar 2017 – Dieses Jahr startet SMS Frankfurt voll durch und bietet neben dem bisherigen Service für Kleingruppen und Individualreisende auch MICE Events, Business Travel und Firmenveranstaltungen an.
SMS Frankfurt ist mit seinen Partner gut vernetzt. Das Hauptgeschäft liegt laut Inhaber Jürgen Schreiter in Russland und Zentralasien aber SMS Frankfurt bedient auch alle anderen Destinationen profesionell.

Sie planen ein besonderes Incentive oder möchten Ihren Produkt-Launch imposant in Szene setzen, einfach mal für zwei Wochen dem Alltag völlig entfliehen und wollen dabei ein unvergessliches Abenteuer erleben?

Oder Sie möchten mit Ihren Freunden eine Reise durchführen, die sie so schnell nicht mehr vergessen werden?

Wie wäre es mit dem Vodka Train durch Russland, einer aufregenden Tour durch die Wüste Qatars oder einen adrenalingeladenen Flug mit dem russischen Kampfjet MiG 29?


Das alles und noch viel mehr macht SMS Frankfurt Group Travel, Ihre außergewöhnliche Reise- und Eventagentur, möglich. 

SMS Frankfurt Group Travel bietet als Full-Service-Agentur exklusive Reisen an, völlig auf Ihre Bedürfnisse abgestimmt. Immer mit dabei ist Jürgen Schreiter, der Chef von SMS Frankfurt Group Travel, der bereits so ziemlich alles auf dieser Welt gesehen hat und dafür sorgt, dass wieder heil nach Hause kommen.

Der Service beginnt bereits bei der individuellen Zusammenstellung Ihrer Reise, Events oder Incentives: Das Team von SMS Frankfurt kümmert sich professionell um die Auswahl von Hotels und Tagungsräumen, um die notwendige Technik und die Rahmenprogramme. Dabei ist SMS Frankfurt immer auf der Suche nach einer absolut außergewöhnlichen Location und eine professionelle Betreuung, damit für Ihre Führungskräfte und Mitarbeiter jeder Moment zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis wird.

Weiter geht der Service mit der hauseigenen Video- und Postproduktion. So produziert SMS Frankfurt mit seiner Abteilung für digitale Medien auch Ihre Firmenfilme, Imagevideos oder Ihre Produktpräsentation auf Video und produziert direkt, falls es wieder einmal “brennt” auch über Nacht CDs, DVDs, oder USB-Sticks mit Ihren Daten für die Messe oder Pressekonferenz.

 

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November 24, 2015

Press Release: 24th November 2015

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THAILAND CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU (Public Organization) http://www.tceb.or.th

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DELIVERS POLICIES TO TCEB’S NEW BOARD MEMBERS, EMPHASISING 4 KEY ELEMENTS TO MOBILISE “THAI MICE” TOWARD “REGIONAL MICE”

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn delivers policies on the promotion and mobilisation of Thai MICE to new board members of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Active from now on, the newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, will lead the operation of TCEB, emphasising the achievement of Thai MICE based on the integrated approach to draw collaboration from domestic and ASEAN’s authorities. Good governance and budget allocation will beconducted considering optimum advantages of the country.

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn, as the supervisor to Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) – the bureau with primary mission to drive the industry of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions or MICE, disclosed that, “MICE is an essential business segment as it tremendously moves national economy forward. MICE has the growth rate of 5-10 percent each year. In the fiscal year 2015, Thailand had welcomed 1,086,229 MICE travellers which increased from the fiscal year 2014 by 18.8 percent with 17.53 percent growth in revenue or equal to 94,966 million baht of revenue earning by Thailand. This could well prove the growth potential of Thai MICE for which the government has fully provided support both in terms of the enhancement of transportation system, the infrastructure necessary for MICE travellers and the integration of collaboration between TCEB and public and private sectors in Thailand and abroad. All of which have enabled us to succeed the mission.”

Operation toward the mobilisation of Thai MICE is set to have more strength and progress as the Cabinet agreed on 20 October 2015 to approve the proposal by Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn for the designation of 6 new board members of TCEB, including the Chairman of the Board of Directors and board members, due to the expiration of terms of office.

New Chairman of the Board of Directors and board members of TCEB are considered professionals with rich experiences in tourism business and MICE. As the supervisor, I have delivered key policies to the new board members focusing on 4 elements. Policy 1 will require the Chairman of the Board of Directors to stipulate the Free Play operation policy and conduct brainstorming between board members in a similar direction. Policy 2 will require the transparency of budget operations with good governance. Allocation of budget for the mobilisation of MICE must be conducted using unambiguous KPIs by which could optimise the country’s advantages. Policy 3 will require the integration of collaboration between public and private sectors, particularly the coordination with ASEAN member countries to form a strong foundation for the entire ASEAN along side with the strength of Thailand in terms of destinations, the readiness of MICE facilities and services. All of which will enable Thailand and ASEAN member countries to serve MICE travellers better to achieve the ‘Regional MICE’ vision. Policy 4 will require relevant authorities to educate people on MICE industry and the role of TCEB in a successive manner in order to create awareness and understanding in the importance of businesses that drive national economy forward,” Deputy Prime Minister added.

The fiscal year 2016 is bringing delightful news as Thailand was granted the honour to host MICE events of global scale continually. For example, Organo Gold Asia Convention 2015 with 10,000 attendees, One Young World 2015 with 2,000 attendees, Special Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2015 with 2,000 attendees, TBEX Asia 2015 with 900 attendees, the 14th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards 2015 with 300 attendees and the Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit 2015 with 300 attendees.

There is a strong confidence that the promotion of overall Thai economy in the fiscal year 2016 will concentrate immensely on MICE as it is the business sector that could enhance Thailand’s economic expansion consecutively, as well as strengthen domestic and international confidence. It is expected that the fiscal year 2016 will see the number of MICE travellers increase by 5 percent to 1,060,000 for which could generate 92,000 million baht revenue into Thailand,” concluded Deputy Prime Minister.

Names of TCEB Chairman of the Board of Directors and board members designated by the agreement of the Cabinet comprise:
1. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Chairman of the Board of Directors
2. Mr. Thongchai Sridama, Board of Directors
3. Dr. Ratchaneeporn P. Phukkamarn, Board of Directors
4. Mrs.Pornthip Hirunkate, Board of Directors representing Thailand Incentive and Convention Association
5. Mrs. Prapee Buri, Board of Directors representing Thai Exhibition Association
6. Ms. Supawan Tanomkieatipume, Board of Directors representing Thai Hotel Association

Meetings Industry Veteran Grant Snider Launches New Company

September 18, 2015

“Meetings Industry Veteran Grant Snider Launches New Company”

Meetings Industry veteran Grant Snider has launched a new company, Meeting Escrow Inc., to protect client deposits and ensure timely payment to supplier-partners. Using the company’s segregated account system, planners and their clients are guaranteed their advance deposit payments are 100% secure prior to program operation while supplier-partners are relieved of the burden of constantly chasing payments.

Unfortunately, our industry is not regulated so there is no global standard for the protection of deposits. Standard practice is to mix client deposits with general operating accounts which means these monies are potentially at risk. Recent high profile failures have highlighted these risks and left planners reluctant to part with their money causing huge challenges for the entire supply chain,” said President and CEO, Grant Snider.

Snider continued: “Meeting Escrow was founded to bridge this ‘trust gap’ in the market. Planners and supplier-partners sign an escrow contract with Meeting Escrow for the total amount to be protected. Funds are wire transferred by the client directly to Meeting Escrow and safeguarded in a segregated bank account to the benefit of the supplier-partner. There is no commingling of Meeting Escrow’s own operational funds with client funds; nor is there any commingling of any client’s funds with any other client’s. The individual deposit payments are then wire transferred to the supplier-partner per the deposit payment schedule in the escrow contract. Client funds are secure and fully protected and supplier-partners are paid on time. Meeting Escrow offers security and efficiency, a win-win for everyone”.

Sandy Monkemeyer, Senior Vice President & Corporate Travel Director for Captive Resources, LLC, welcomed Snider’s new initiative. “Meeting Escrow is an important addition to our industry as it provides Meeting Planners with the guarantee that any funds paid by way of advance deposits are 100% secure and only released to supplier-partners when they fall due. This provides great comfort for companies where internal regulations and due diligence are increasingly important.

Katherine Wright, CMP, CMM, President of Toronto-based meeting planning company The Wright Solution, added that “Meeting Escrow finally provides the solution planners have been looking for: how to give our suppliers commitment without jeopardizing the often large deposits we pay months in advance to book future programs. I can’t think of a better person in this industry to be spearheading such a venture – Grant Snider embodies trust, confidence and fairness in all of his business dealings and will help streamline the whole process so we can focus on what we do best: planning and executing meetings and events.

Grant Snider brings lifelong Meetings Industry experience and an indisputable reputation as a person of integrity and trust to Meeting Escrow. Following an early career in the hotel industry, Snider moved to the destination services sector eventually becoming co-owner of JPdL, Canada’s largest DMC. He sold his stake in the company in 2014. Over the years he has served in a variety of leadership positions in meetings industry associations such as ADMEI, SITE and FICP.

IBTM AFRICA CONFIRMS A STRONG LINE UP OF INTERNATIONAL MICE INDUSTRY BUYERS

February 20, 2014

IBTM AFRICA CONFIRMS A STRONG LINE UP OF INTERNATIONAL MICE INDUSTRY BUYERS
http://www.ibtmevents.com/ibtmafrica

IBTM Africa, part of Africa Travel Week, is gearing up for major business with MICE industry buyers from leading global agency, corporate and association companies qualified to attend the event, which is and takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28th – 30th April 2014.

Major names including Widex India PVT, W&O Events, Capital Travel & Events, Capita Travel & Events, IIMC, Conference Direct and HelmsBriscoe Middle East have also been accepted onto the highly sought after Hosted Buyer Programme.

Bettina Wiethoff, Manager Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe Middle East, commented, “With great flight connections from Dubai to South Africa we have seen an increased interest in the destination, for incentives and MEA regional conferences. Being an international venue finder, we always strive towards suggesting special venues, which guarantee a memorable experience for the delegates. I highly appreciate the efforts in arranging IBTM Africa, which allows the hosted buyers to meet many potential partners at the same time, not only from South Africa, but from other African countries as well. The possible activities and venues Africa has to offer are a perfect fit with the current Meeting Trends, attendees looking for an experience, a sense of place, being in nature. I am very excited to learn more about Africa and introducing its countries to my clients.”

The Hosted Buyer mix for IBTM Africa reflects the main traditional inbound markets for the continent, as well as accommodating a proportion of buyers from the emerging markets including Middle East, Asia and South America.

Exhibiting at IBTM Africa will provide African and Indian Ocean suppliers with the opportunity to conduct mutually matched business appointments with qualified international buyers that have proven budget and business to place in Africa, facilitating fast market penetration through the power of face-to-face meetings. Exhibitors will also be able to gain international exposure and obtain competitive intelligence whilst establishing their company as a key player in the meetings and events industry.

Leading exhibitors who have already signed up to attend IBTM Africa 2014 include: City Lodge Group, One & Only Cape Town, CSIR International, Salute Africa, That’s Africa Travel & Incentives, Private Safaris Destination Management, Shades of Green Safaris Tanzania and SA Reynolds Travel.

Heather Beadle, Groups & Incentives Manage, SA Reynolds Travel, commented, “We believe IBTM Africa is an excellent platform to bring together buyers and suppliers with focus on the inbound market which is an area we are developing and are focusing on in our MICE department. We feel we will be put in touch with the right people who are planning MICE events in South Africa and they will use us as their suppliers. It will create some good business opportunities and offer excellent networking possibilities as well.”

For further information, please see http://www.ibtmevents.com/ibtmafrica.

For further Africa Travel Week information, please see http://www.africatravelweek.com.

Whole World. One Exhibition.

April 17, 2012

Whole World. One Exhibition.

Today at Baku Expo Centre the 11th Azerbaijan International Tourism and Travel Fair, AITF 2012, opened. The largest tourist forum in both the country and the entire Caspian region once again brings together tourism professionals from national tourism organizations, travel agencies, airlines, hotels and resorts.

With the slogan “The Whole World, One Exhibition”, AITF 2012 has brought together a record number of participants. There are 201 companies and organizations from 32 countries, presenting 62 tourism destinations. Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Cyprus, Malaysia, the UAE, Russia, Turkey and the Czech Republic are among the permanent participants in AITF. Companies from Qatar, Poland, Vietnam, Lithuania, Slovakia and Croatia are all making their debut at this year’s show. In total, this year’s exhibition includes 15 national and regional stands from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Dagestan, India, Cyprus, Crimea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Slovenia, Turkey, the Czech Republic, the Emirate of Dubai, the Stavropol region and Croatia.

The official opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, Mr Abulfas Garayev; the Advisor to the Turkish Ambassador in Azerbaijan on Culture and Information, Mr Said Ahmad Arslan; the Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism of Bulgaria, Mr Ivo Marinov; a representative from the World Tourism Organization, Ms Alla Pirisolova; and the director of Iteca Caspian, Mr Farid Mamedov. Opening the exhibition, Minister Garayev thanked the organizers of AITF 2012, and noted that the exhibition is considered by international organizations to be the most influential in providing impetus to the development of the tourism industry.

The representative from the World Tourism Organization, Ms Alla Pirisolova, read a letter from the Secretary General of the WTO, Mr Taleb Rifai, who noted that AITF offers great opportunities for tourism development.

At the opening ceremony, Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Mr Ivo Marinov highlighted that it was the first time that Bulgaria had taken part in AITF to promote its tourism potential.

The Advisor to the Turkish Ambassador in Azerbaijan on Culture and Information, Mr Said Ahmad Arslan, noted that AITF is an important event for increasing the awareness of the global community about the country’s development.

Director of Iteca Caspian Mr Farid Mamedov welcomed all participants on behalf of the organizers, and thanked the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, as well as other the agencies, partners and sponsors who had provided support for the exhibition.

The unconditional prestige of the exhibition and the considerable attention paid to Azerbaijan’s booming tourism industry is underlined by the participation of the World Tourism Organization with its own stand.

This is the third consecutive year in which Turkey has been the partner country of the exhibition. For the firs time, AITF has its own guest country, namely, Bulgaria.

Over the next three days, travel industry professionals will get a unique chance to meet the major companies in the global travel industry, to experience the flavour of each and every country represented at the national stands and to expand their portfolio of tourist destinations.

The exhibition is very attractive with the offers of various recreation and travel opportunities. Medical tourism is widely represented by resorts in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Azerbaijani tourists are well familiar with the resort cities of Essentuki, Zheleznovodsk, Kislovodsk, Mineral Waters, Pyatigorsk and Truskavets, which are all represented at AITF 2012. They will be complemented by Crimean resorts and a number of medical and health organizations, including the National Spa Association of Lithuania and Slovenia’s regional administration, the Land of Celje, which includes six luxury thermal spa resorts.

As is tradition, the exhibition includes a stand organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic, and the upcoming 2012 Eurovision Song Contest provides the main theme for the display. Presentations of new projects and developments in the field of leisure and adventure in Azerbaijan will be made by the nation’s leading travel agencies, recreation centres and health resorts, as well as by major hospitality chains operating in Baku, including Fairmont, Hilton Baku, Four Seasons and Park Inn.

Those who admire exotic destinations will be offered interesting, and sometimes bizarre suggestions for holidays in Thailand, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

The biggest stand at the exhibition will once again be claimed by Turkey, which maintains its leading position among the tourists visiting Azerbaijan. Resorts on the famous Turkish Riviera, and well-known hotels and tour companies from different regions of the country will offer visitors trips to both popular and hitherto unexplored corners of Turkey.

A large delegation has arrived at AITF from Croatia. This is certainly in part due to the abolition of visa requirements for citizens of Azerbaijan travelling to Croatia till the end of October 2012. On the Croatian stand, tours will be offered, with accommodation at the best hotels on the Adriatic coast; visitors will be introduced to the sights of the country and will be invited to attend the numerous cultural events held annually in the capital city and the provinces.

This year, there is an increase in the number of airlines announcing their special offers for the Azerbaijani market. AZAL (also acting as the official air carrier), AirAstana, AirBaltic, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Czech Airlines and Turkish Airlines will present their most affordable scheduled and charter flights for the summer tourist season.

Every year, AITF attracts more tourism professionals from around the world. This year’s business programme is full of thematic presentations and seminars. One of the most interesting events on the first day of the exhibition promises to be a seminar on the “Tourism opportunities in the countries of the Visegrad Group”. This will be attended by representatives of the national tourism agencies of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and the managers of major host companies, hotel chains, resorts and airlines in these countries.

A presentation of the hotels and resorts covered by the scheduled flights of Qatar Airways will take place in the first two days of the exhibition; the National Tourism Authority of Thailand will be holding a presentation on its exotic resorts; Croatian companies and tourism organizations will be holding a series of workshops; and the Azerbaijani travel agency, SW Travel, will launch a new online booking system.

In parallel with AITF, the 6th International Exhibition of “Everything for Hotels, Restaurants and Supermarkets”, HOREX Azerbaijan, is taking place.During the exhibition, leading companies from Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and France will demonstrate professional kitchen equipment, laundry facilities, household chemicals, textiles and exclusive dishes for motels, restaurants and hotels. In addition, information technology products for hotels, such as online booking and online payment systems, will also be on display. The exhibition includes well-known brands in the hospitality industry, such as La Cimbali, Santos, Robot Coupe, Rational, Winterhalter, Karma-Global, Rotondi, Scotsman, Modular, Bonnet, Sagi SPA, Rovabo, Danube International, Muehldorfer and Ingrid Lesage Creations.

During the exhibition, presentations and master classes with internationally renowned experts will take place on the stands of participants. Visitors will become participants in and spectators of an unforgettable spectacle and have the chance to see the latest equipment in action.

Thus, HOREX reflects the needs of the rapidly developing tourism and hotel business in Azerbaijan and will contribute to establishing new standards of quality.

CATCH THAT ONE-TO-ONE

February 13, 2012

CATCH THAT ONE-TO-ONE

February 13th, 2012 | A change in programme for the 38th Annual IAPCO Seminar in Wolfsberg proved extremely successful. More than half of the learning time was dedicated to shorter overviews followed by a choice of tutorials where smaller groups, and even one-to-ones, were accommodated.

Invited experts for the tutorials included Keith Spencer of IPCAA on Pharma Compliance, Pierce Riemer of The World Petroleum Council on Sustainability, Anne W. Rødven of VisitOSLO on Bidding, John Martinez of Shocklogic Global on Technology, and Philippe Mahuas of Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel on Client Management.

All invited speakers were supported by IAPCO faculty, creating a total ratio of 1 faculty member for every 5 participants …. “Worth every second!”, “IAPCO has met my high expectations”, “A great learning experience “…such was the praise and enthusiasm from the participants.

The 39th Annual Seminar will take place in Wolfsberg from 19-24 January 2013.

ABOUT IAPCO: Meeting Quality
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) was founded in 1968, is registered in Switzerland and represents today more than 115professional organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 40 countries. IAPCO members organise in excess of 6100 meetings annually, totaling some 2.24 million delegates and representing an economic impact in the region of 3.63 billion euros.

IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry. Today IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance, since entry into membership of IAPCO is by meeting strict criteria and by continuous quality assessment.

The high quality standards are secured by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. The ‘Wolfsberg’ seminar, The Meetings Masterclass and the Annual Meeting & General Assembly of its members are the highlight events of IAPCO.

For further information, please contact:
IAPCO Head Office: Brambles House, Colwell Road, Freshwater, PO40 9SL, UK Email: info@iapco.org www.iapco.org


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