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Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Reveals Its Crystal Marquee for MICE & Wedding Sectors

May 30, 2017

Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Reveals Its Crystal Marquee for MICE & Wedding Sectors

BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has unveiled Crystal, a unique meeting space in the south of the island. This new concept opens opportunities for the resort in the events and MICE sector, from meetings and conferences to exceptional gala dinners and weddings.

Crystal is a fully air-conditioned transparent marquee. It measures 33 x 17.5 metres, can seat up to 250 people in banquet style and sits on a rooftop area of the hotel giving a wonderful view of the Bel Ombre coast.

The resort setting is ideal for events: 181 sea-facing rooms offer a breath-taking beachfront location alongside the turquoise lagoons of the Indian Ocean. Nestled in the nature reserve of Bel Ombre, the property is only 45 minutes from the airport,

A permanent structure, Crystal can be adapted for many needs. It can be used as a classic conference venue with pitch-dark option, or semi-transparent with ocean views, both incorporating the latest audio-visual technology.

“Crystal is unique in Mauritius and repositions the Outrigger as a full-on MICE destination for events, incentive meetings, weddings and banquets,” says Cyrille Carmona, Deputy General Manager of the resort. “With Crystal, the sky is the limit.”

The Outrigger, highly acclaimed for its dining, now has five food and beverage venues which can deliver MICE events for up to 250 covers.

Carmona says the key MICE points for the Outrigger are: five food & beverage outlets, including Crystal; all the resort’s rooms and suites are sea facing with a private terrace and balcony; there are spacious beachfront, garden and poolside venues for events; customized menus for beach parties and weddings, all the way up to wine and gala dinners; advanced audio-visual services; technical and secretarial services for businesses; lighting and ambience support; live entertainment, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has a dedicated MICE team that tailors proposals and accompanies groups during their events. This team has created a range of original MICE services including team-building activities, nature retreats, personalised wellness experiences, themed gala dinners and private outdoor events.

“With the opening of Crystal at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort I believe we now have a total package – a very compelling proposition for MICE event organisers worldwide,” says Carmona.

 


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ICC Sydney – Feeding Your Performance

May 17, 2017

Feeding Your Performance:
A Legacy Story for ICC Sydney
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is driving economic development and delivering societal health and environmental benefits, according to a new study from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) released at IMEX Frankfurt today/overnight.

Launched in December 2016, Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct has already established a network of 65 local farmers, directly and via co-op and boutique providores – all part of its unique Feeding Your Performance philosophy.

Through a new research partnership with UTS, ICC Sydney will continuously measure the economic and social impacts of this New South Wales regional focused food and beverage supply chain, and deliver annual updates.

UTS Business School Associate Professor, Carmel Foley, said ICC Sydney’s Feeding Your Performance program is an industry first approach that is already benefiting regional communities, delegates, its own people and the environment.

“Through its creation of a local supply chain, ICC Sydney is supporting significant employment opportunities and business growth across regional NSW. Its unique partnerships see the precinct working with suppliers from planting to plate, providing assured income and financial security. It is fantastic to see a major venue like ICC Sydney commit to supporting regional communities and their economic development.”

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said the research project has been designed to track key indicators for convention centre success, including CSR objectives, host city economic impact, the economic impact on regional farming communities and delegate experience.

“For the first time in our industry, we are tracking the full impact a venue can have on its supply chain. We’ll be reporting on the success of our suppliers’ businesses, as well as the communities in which they’re located,” he said.

“Our Feeding Your Performance philosophy also creates a platform to showcase local suppliers to international audiences, and it highlights the importance and provenance through menus which deliver nutritious dishes packed with the best produce from across the State.

“By raising awareness around the importance of healthy, fresh and nutritious food for business, event and delegate success, we are not only improving the experience for our guests but seeking to drive behaviour change,” he said.

The ICC Sydney Feeding Your Performance Case Study is one of the first projects to be submitted to the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) Case Study Program, which is aimed at measuring the legacy impacts of the business events sector.

For more information, see the case study synopsis in the accompanying press kit which also includes farmer quotes and research statistics.

To find out more about ICC Sydney, visit http://www.iccsydney.com and to join the conversation, visit Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter.

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IACC and Meeting Professionals International Form Global Alliance

April 28, 2017

IACC and Meeting Professionals International Form Global Alliance

CHICAGO and DALLAS, April, 2017 – IACC, the only association to certify conference and meetings-focused venues on a global basis, and Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the leading global association for meeting professionals, have announced a five-year global partnership for the mutual benefit of their members. The two associations will share event and learning platforms, including education delivered at annual conferences, regional events, and online as well as research initiatives.

In the last year IACC has delivered education at European and US MPI events, including more recently at the Southern California Chapter Conference and MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter Education Institute, and the two associations are exploring opportunities for additional MPI chapter events. In addition, MPI presented two workshops at the IACC-Americas Connect conference this week in Los Angeles.

IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper commented, “The leadership teams at MPI and IACC have been collaborating on several successful initiatives over the last two years and now seems the perfect time to bring all this great work together under one strategy to allow us to seize more opportunities and provide more for our respective members. Just as MPI is passionate about designing great meeting experiences, IACC is passionate about venues delivering an exceptional meetings experience. It’s the perfect marriage”.

One new project slated to roll out in 2017 will entail MPI conferences streamed live to IACC venues, where MPI members can come together, learn and experience valuable networking. The venues will all be IACC certified and capable of delivering a quality event with live streaming of content, supported by IACC member staff. MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress (WEC), which takes place June 19-22 in Las Vegas, will be the first conference featured.

“One of our top priorities at MPI is to continuously enrich our portfolio of professional development offerings and this collaboration with IACC will certainly help us deliver more value to our membership community,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to live stream WEC to members that are unable to make it to the conference this year and in an environment, that encompasses peer-to-peer engagement and networking.”

MPI will also take part in the next phase of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ research project, which aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference and meeting space design, technology, hospitality, delegate collaboration, experience and conference management. The first phase surveyed meeting planners, including MPI planner members, and was published in 2016, and the second phase will focus on the venue buyer community and look to draw parallels with the initial research.

The results will be unveiled at MPI’s WEC 2017 this June, with IACC conducting a Research Showcase at the conference. A full copy of the initial report and infographic can be downloaded from the IACC website here.

Alex Cabañas, IACC president and CEO of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, comments, “This is the perfect project to use as an example of the power of the alliance, as it combines venue innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals”.

Education, Education and More Education
With IACC leading the field in representing the top one percent of small-to-mid-size meetings-focused venues in 25 countries over four continents and MPI representing the largest community of meeting professionals worldwide, this alliance is a natural one and comes following many years of working together.

This is an era where the industry sees a significant increase in the number of part-time meeting planners, who with busy jobs look at professional development a little differently. IACC certified venues, which host smaller conferences and meetings, has a large number of part-time planners booking space and one objective of this alliance is to provide relevant education to this important group.

Additionally, IACC venues consist of many individ

 


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Saudi Arabia to launch into MICE sector worldwide

April 28, 2017

Saudi Arabia to launch into MICE sector worldwide by exhibiting at IMEX in Frankfurt
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to launch its first international campaign to market the country as a destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions by exhibiting at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 from 16 to 18 May.

Supported by a public relations campaign devised and implemented by London-based Clareville Communications, this marketing activity by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in association with the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau will highlight the extensive range of more than 600 first class hotels, convention and exhibition facilities available in the leading cities across the country.
The marketing initiative is a practical step in line with Vision 2030, announced in April 2016, setting out economic and social policies designed to move the Kingdom’s economy away from its dependence on oil. Hosting business events is one of the focal points of the reforms, along with leisure and religious tourism, all means to generate both revenue and employment.
Under the National Transformation Plan, the centrepiece of Vision 2030, the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) is investing almost SAR 26 billion (US $7 billion) on initiatives around the country.
Established nearly four years ago, the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau was created with a mandate to develop the meetings industry.
Tariq A. Al-Essa, Executive Director of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau explains: “As the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, IMEX in Frankfurt is the perfect place for us to meet thousands of influential event and meetings buyers face-to-face and to show them the opportunities in Saudi Arabia and many superb facilities that we could offer them.”

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ITB Berlin Career Center mit Exklusivpartner Bundesagentur für Arbeit

February 1, 2017

Karriere-Sprungbrett: ITB Berlin Career Center mit Exklusivpartner Bundesagentur für Arbeit

ITB Berlin bringt Jobsuchende und Personaler von touristischen Unternehmen zusammen – Großes Bühnenprogramm – Kostenfrei: Bewerbungsfotos inkl. Styling und Karriereberatung mit Check der Bewerbungsmappe

Auf der weltgrößten Reisemesse den Traumjob finden: Das Career Center in Halle 11.1 informiert Berufseinsteiger und erfahrene Fachkräfte über Aus- und Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten sowie Karrierechancen im Tourismus. Mehr als 50 Aussteller, darunter nationale und internationale Universitäten, Hochschulen, Berufsakademien und andere Dienstleister, beraten über Studiengänge und Weiterbildungsangebote. Jobsuchende können sich einen Überblick über die Reisebranche verschaffen sowie wertvolle Kontakte zu namhaften Hotelketten, Kreuzfahrtunternehmen oder Reiseveranstaltern knüpfen.

Im ITB Career Center mit der Bundesagentur für Arbeit finden Ein-, Auf- und Umsteiger zahlreiche Angebote in der Touristik. Allein 100 aktuelle Stellen stehen an der Jobwand zur Wahl –von Ausstellern sowie aus der Jobbörse der Bundesagentur für Arbeit. So können Interessierte direkt mit Personalverantwortlichen in Kontakt treten und sich vor Ort bewerben. Wer seine Bewerbungsmappe noch einem gründlichen Check unterziehen möchte, ist bei den Beratungsfachkräften der Bundesagentur für Arbeit richtig. Die Experten nehmen die Unterlagen unter die Lupe und geben wichtige Tipps. Kostenfrei sind auch Bewerbungsfotos inklusive eines professionellen Stylings und Beratung.

So viele Arbeitgeber wie nie zuvor
Branchengrößen wie DER Touristik, Marriott International und Sixt Autovermietung sind mit eigenen Ständen vertreten. Am Stand des Exklusivpartners Bundesagentur für Arbeit informieren Personalverantwortliche unter anderem von Accor Hotels, Adina Apartment Hotels, Cruise Net Hamburg, Eurowings und Viking River Cruises über aktuelle Arbeits- und Ausbildungsplätze. „So viele Arbeitgeber wie nie zuvor präsentieren ihre Angebote“, unterstreicht David Ruetz, Leiter ITB Berlin, die wachsende Bedeutung der Jobbörse auf der ITB Berlin. „Der Nachwuchs- und Fachkräftemangel ist derzeit eines der drängendsten Themen in der Touristik. Die ITB Berlin leistet mit dem Career Center wertvolle Informationsarbeit für Berufsanfänger und bringt renommierte Arbeitgeber mit potentiellen Arbeitnehmern zusammen.“

Wichtige Themen rund um Karriere und Ausbildung auf der Bühne und beim ITB Berlin Kongress
Ein großes Rahmenprogramm mit Podiumsdiskussionen und informativen Vorträgen erwartet die Besucher auf der Bühne des Career Centers. So erhält der Nachwuchs beispielsweise einen Überblick der touristischen Master- und Bachelorstudiengänge. Vorträge der Zentralen Auslands- und Fachvermittlung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (ZAV) zeigen Wege auf, um im Ausland zu arbeiten oder zu studieren. Wissenswertes vermitteln tägliche Vorträge über „Leben und Arbeiten an Bord“ sowie Informationen über EURES, eine Arbeitsmarktinitiative der Europäischen Union für mehr Mobilität. Das detaillierte Bühnenprogramm ist ab Ende Februar unter www.itb-berlin.de/karriere abrufbar.

Der ITB Young Professional Day am Mittwoch, 8. März 2017 ist ein wichtiger Termin für Berufsanfänger und akademische Nachwuchskräfte in der globalen Reisebranche. Best Practice-Beispiele und konkrete Ratschläge von erfahrenen CEOs geben Denkanstöße und Informationen zur Gestaltung der weiteren Laufbahn. Auf dem Programm stehen aktuelle Themen, wie zum Beispiel welche Tourismus-Absolventen die Tourismuswirtschaft 2025 braucht, Selbstständigkeit in der Reisebranche, Karrierewege, Digitalisierung der Tourismusbranche sowie die Gepflogenheiten für den beruflichen Erfolg: von der Begrüßung über die geschäftliche Kommunikation bis zum Business Dinner. Der Kongresstag wird abgerundet durch die Vergabe des ITB Berlin-Wissenschaftspreises der DGT. Gemeinsam mit der ITB Berlin prämiert die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft e.V. die Besten in den Kategorien: Dissertation, Nachwuchsarbeit, Arbeit zu Nachhaltigkeit im Tourismus und zu eTourismus.

Über die ITB Berlin und den ITB Berlin Kongress
Die ITB Berlin 2017 findet von Mittwoch bis Sonntag, 8. bis 12. März, statt. Von Mittwoch bis Freitag ist die ITB Berlin für Fachbesucher geöffnet. Parallel zur Messe läuft der ITB Berlin Kongress von Mittwoch bis Samstag, 8. bis 11. März 2017. Er ist weltweit der größte Fachkongress der Branche. Der Eintritt zum ITB Berlin Kongress ist für Fachbesucher kostenlos.
Mehr Informationen sind zu finden unter www.itb-kongress.de. Slowenien ist der Convention & Culture Partner der ITB Berlin 2017. Die ITB Berlin ist die führende Messe der weltweiten Reiseindustrie. 2016 stellten mehr als 10.000 Aussteller aus 187 Ländern ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen rund 180.000 Besuchern, darunter 120.000 Fachbesuchern, vor.

Akkreditieren Sie sich ab sofort online für die ITB Berlin unter www.itb-berlin.de/Presse/Akkreditierung.
#ITBBerlin #Tourismus #MICEnews

Hotel industry in Europe keeps a positive trend

July 6, 2016

Hotel industry in Europe keeps a positive trend for the first quarter of 2016 despite terrorism fear

The latest ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report* points out that for the first quarter of 2016, European hotels keep up the positive trend with a 0.6 point increase in Occupancy Rate and 1% growth in Average Daily Rate** allowing the RevPAR*** to improve by 2%.

Despite widespread growth, contrasts can be observed when it comes to individual country performance. Factors such as the migrant crisis – affecting tourism in certain destinations – and the security environment following the Brussels attacks in March impacted hotel performance in several key destinations across the continent.

While some capitals are affected by the terrorism fear…

As the city was directly hit by terrorism, Brussels’ RevPAR dropped by 7.4%, mostly due to a 5.5 points decrease in Occupancy Rate. Other European capitals, such as London and Berlin, were also affected by these events, raising doubts about European security in the eyes of foreign clientele.

At the same period France (except the capital) regained a growth track especially thanks to RevPAR improvement in the whole country: Reims (+13.1%), Lille (+8.2%) or Marseille (+7.4%), Paris is still recovering from the consequences of the November attacks on tourism with a RevPAR decrease by 9.2%.

… others seem to recover “market shares

Prague has reached a strong RevPAR, with 18.3% growth for this indicator. The organisation of several international medical trade shows in Prague significantly stimulated hotel performance. Amsterdam was also among the frontrunners in the European landscape (+17.1% in RevPAR), as hotels benefitted from the organisation of the Fespa Digital Amsterdam and other international business events. Budapest also registered positive results, with a 10.7% increase in RevPAR due to gains in Occupancy Rate (+2.7 points) and Average Daily Rate (+5.1%). Polish hoteliers benefited from the European men’s handball championships at the beginning of the year. Warsaw and Poland report increases in the RevPAR by respectively 1.3% and 6.1% on the first quarter. Austria posted a RevPAR increase by 5.7%, it is better than the capital, Wien (+0.6%).

In Northern Europe, Edinburgh observed a RevPAR increase by 7.5%, a trend totally different from London or Liverpool which decreased by 4.5% and 1.8% respectively.

Finally, performance across Southern Europe continued to improve, boasting higher results than in the 2015 first quarter. RevPAR in Lisbon grew by 2.4%, it strongly increased in Spain with San Sebastian (+34%), Zaragoza (+25.9%), Malaga and Seville (+21.7%), Barcelona (+16%) and Madrid (+12.8%). Rome and Turin are on a positive trend, with RevPAR increase by 2.4% and 4.2%.

All ECM members have exclusive access to the complete ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report with all the graphs and analysis.

#ECM #EuropeanCitiesMarketing #MICEnews #MICEmedia

ACCESS Destination Services to accept payment of deposits via Meeting Escrow

April 8, 2016

ACCESS Destination Services to accept payment of deposits via Meeting Escrow

Meeting Escrow (www.MeetingEscrow.com) is proud to announce that ACCESS Destination Services (www.accessdmc.com) has officially confirmed acceptance of payment via its industry-leading deposit escrow service.

Chris Lee, DMCP, CEO of ACCESS comments, “Meeting Escrow is a long-overdue financial and risk management solution to challenges the Meetings Industry has been facing for years – how to protect client funds and ensure timely payment to supplier-partners. It provides our clients with 100% transparency and confidence for the advance payments they make to vendors around the world. ACCESS is proud to show its leadership by confirming its acceptance of this new standard of accountability for the industry.

Grant Snider, Meeting Escrow President & CEO adds, “This is another exciting development for our company. As we expand our range of financial and risk management solutions for the Meetings Industry worldwide, we are proud to see a prestigious Destination Management organization such as ACCESS add their support for a new way of doing business.

Meeting Escrow was founded by Grant Snider in 2015 to bridge a gap in the marketplace between buyers and sellers of Meetings Industry services. Both parties sign an escrow contract with Meeting Escrow for the total amount to be protected. Funds are wire transferred by the buyer directly to a distinct, uniquely identified Meeting Escrow bank account to the benefit of the supplier-partner and then the individual deposit payments are wire transferred out per the deposit payment schedule in the contract. Client funds are secure and fully protected and supplier-partners are paid on time.  In addition, escrowed deposits can be held in US dollars, Euros, Canadian dollars and 17 other foreign currencies, thereby shielding clients from exchange rate fluctuations. Meeting Escrow Inc. holds $5 million in liability coverage, underwritten by Lloyds.

Founded in 1969, ACCESS Destination Services sets the standard for excellence in award-winning destination management services throughout North America and the world.  Through global alliances with Pacific World and Amstar, ACCESS serves over 100 destinations throughout 30 countries. With global coverage and local expertise, ACCESS meets client objectives and exceeds expectations for corporate, incentive and association groups.

http://www.meetingescrow.com

#Meetings #Access #meetingescrow #MICE #DestinationServices


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