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Valuable solutions to key question ‘How to Remain Relevant’ to be revealed at IMEX Association Day

February 10, 2016

Valuable solutions to key question ‘How to Remain Relevant’ to be revealed at IMEX Association Day

Association executives from 40 countries will be discovering and developing solutions to the vital industry question – ‘how to keep your association relevant’ – to potential and existing members at this year’s IMEX Association Day. This unique annual event is taking place on Monday 18 April 2016 at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel.
From the packed programme of discussions, presentations and networking they will gain valuable insights from peers and expert speakers about the ways that associations are tackling this issue, including demographic, financial and technological perspectives.
For the first time this year, the Day will open with a keynote session. The engaging speaker will be Charles Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and creativity who advises major internationally known organisations such as the BBC, Vodafone, Microsoft and Ericsson.
A number of the sessions have been designed and will be co-delivered by leading industry associations including ICCA  and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership and the programme has been developed in conjunction with the International Association of Facilitators. After a networking lunch and the keynote speech, delegates will choose between four topics in each of the two afternoon sessions. The full day will conclude with relaxed drinks and dinner with invited industry guests at the popular Association Evening at the Marriott Hotel, Frankfurt.
As a result of a new partnership between the Association Management Companies Institute (AMCI) and IMEX, AMCI will for the first time hold a co-located educational programme, ‘Association Management Companies – A Focused Look at Challenges & Solutions!’, on the morning of Association Day. The programme is aimed at existing AMCI members and potential members.

Tina Wehmeir, CEO of the AMC Institute said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with IMEX to provide exclusive association management company-focused education on IMEX Association Day. We have assembled a powerful line-up of thought leaders to facilitate the transfer of knowledge based on years of experience working in the association management company industry.”

More than 300 association professionals who have registered as either a Hosted Buyer or a Visitor for the IMEX trade show are expected to attend the day which is exclusively open to association executives. The event’s host sponsors are the Marriott Frankfurt and Starwood Hotels & Resorts and its supporting sponsors are Business Events Australia, Vienna Convention Bureau, Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau  and Your Singapore.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented; “At Association Day 2015 we asked all participants during the opening plenary session “what is the biggest challenge associations face?” The resounding message was relevancy.Association Day 2016 is a unique opportunity for these dedicated professionals to come together with their peers and share experiences on such a vital subject. The comprehensive, highly collaborative programme will provide valuable answers to help them to tackle this major issue.
“This new partnership with AMCI is an exciting initiative for IMEX and we are very happy that AMCI and many of its international members will be joining us in Frankfurt. I am sure that AMCI members will take away valuable new knowledge and benefit greatly from the experience, not only the superb speaker sessions arranged for the morning and Association Day but also from visiting the IMEX show itself, with its extensive range of suppliers, education and networking opportunities.”


IACC Meeting Room of The Future

February 9, 2016

IACC Meeting Room of The Future
Visionary Global Initiative Will Transform Meetings

A dynamic new initiative from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) is set to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.  The project and initial global survey results are be unveiled at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference in New York City this April.  The IACC Meeting Room of the Future combines innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals and planners.

The program’s ambitious goal is to predict and showcase a clear vision of what is new for today and what solutions need to be sought for tomorrow’s meeting rooms, to deliver what clients want and need for maximum productivity. Collaboration, productivity and inspiration will be at the heart of the 2016 concept, with the plan to build on this annually.

The initiative brings together the brightest minds and companies in the industry, to create both a physical and virtual meeting environment.  Contributors include leading universities in the US, Europe and Australia, several meetings and technology companies and leading designers of venue furnishings.  “As the only global organisation representing smaller meetings and venues, IACC is singularly-positioned to spearhead this initiative,” affirms IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper.

Effective research is at the core of the initiative. IACC is surveying a broad spectrum of the industry to identify and understand needs, track current trends and innovations and determine the kinds of learning environments that foster collaboration, ideas exchange and relationship building. “These environments profoundly influence people, behaviours, companies, politics and ultimately economies.” Cooper notes. IACC will engage with planners, meeting hosts, delegates, operators and suppliers, and is partnering with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) on a survey involving 1000 of the association’s members.

The project will address the most challenging issues facing the meetings  industry today while showcasing the most innovative and useful aspects of tomorrow’s meeting room.  Access to sufficient bandwidth is clearly a critical issue and one that demands thoughtful study and careful investment in equipment and training.  As the industry becomes even more global, conference venues must offer first-rate teleconference services. The rapidly expanding number of new mobile devices used by planners and attendees demands powerful, high-speed connectivity that can host any number of devices and any group or number of groups. “Connectivity affects every aspect of the meeting experience,” Mark Cooper asserts. “Super high-speed Wi-Fi is essential throughout the facility as part of security and privacy, critical communications within the meeting experience and with colleagues beyond, sustainability and guest services.”

The results of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ survey will be published globally and at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference this April.

Current contributors and research partners include Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Microsoft, Dianne, Corbin Ball Associates, Sli-do, Benchmark Hospitality International, MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre and PSAV.


IMEX in Frankfurt hosts inaugural PCMA Business School in Europe

November 23, 2015

IMEX in Frankfurt hosts inaugural PCMA Business School in Europe

Developing the mindset of an ‘outthinker’ will be the focus of the first ever PCMA Business School Session at IMEX in Frankfurt next April.

Taking place on Monday 18 April 2016, the day before IMEX in Frankfurt, PCMA is bringing its prestigious Business School to Europe for the first time.

As part of the show’s comprehensive education programme, PCMA Business School is aimed at those in executive positions and offers insight for both buyers and suppliers in the market.

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff, renowned business strategist, consultant and best-selling author, will lead an interactive session on ‘The Outthinker Playbook – Devising Disruptive Strategies’.

This will explore how to cultivate new approaches to business thinking and how to adopt a fresh “outthinkers” approach in response to changes in business. Kaihan will help delegates to develop new strategic thinking habits for solving real challenges and reach “strategic clarity”. The innovative class is also CMP certified.

In our industry it is important that we seek provoking outside perspectives, so we don’t fall into the trap of developing our strategies with the same myopic lens,” says Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. “The goal of each PCMA Business School session is to challenge our participants to consider different perspectives that will ultimately enhance their business acumen.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “Following the success of PCMA Business School at IMEX America, bringing it to Europe enables us to bring a high level of powerful industry education to a wide audience. The programme is part of our comprehensive education programme and focuses on innovation and strategic thinking, enabling professionals – both buyers and suppliers – to develop core business skills which are crucial across many sectors”.

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is a recognised expert on innovation, business strategy, and creativity and works with organisations including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, L’Oreal, Kraft, and Experian. He regularly conducts programs as a faculty member of Wharton Executive Education and is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Florida International University.

PCMA Business School is being provided free of charge to all participants, although pre-registration is required due to the anticipated demand for the programme. Registration will be available via the PCMA website – – in the New Year.

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 19 – 21 April 2016.

British Airways macht bei den Superbrands das Doppel

March 16, 2015

British Airways macht bei den Superbrands das Doppel
Auszeichnung als herausragendste Marke in zwei Kategorien

Frankfurt, 12. März 2015 – Die Premium Airline British Airways hat bei den diesjährigen Superbrands Awards in beiden Kategorien als beliebteste Business- und Consumer-Marke gewonnen. Nachdem sich die Fluggesellschaft bereits im letzten Jahr die Auszeichnung im Konsumentenbereich gesichert hatte, erhält sie in diesem Jahr als erste Fluggesellschaft überhaupt den Preis in beiden Kategorien. Google war 2008 die letzte Marke, der es gelang in beiden Kategorien zu gewinnen.

Mit der doppelten Punktlandung liegt British Airways vor Unternehmen wie Apple, Virgin Atlantic, Microsoft in der Kategorie „Business“ und vor Rolex, BBC, Microsoft und Nike in der Kategorie „Consumer Superbrand“.

Die britische Consumer Superbrand wird durch die britische Öffentlichkeit in einer nationalen Umfrage von 2.500 Erwachsenen gewählt. Die Business Superbrand hingegen von einem Gremium aus Marketingexperten und 2.000 Geschäftsleuten aus ganz Großbritannien.

Keith Williams, Executive Chairman von British Airways: „Wir möchten uns ganz herzlich bei unseren Kunden für ihr Vertrauen bedanken. Wir tun alles, um das Reisen für unsere Fluggäste noch angenehmer zu gestalten und freuen uns daher ganz besonders, dass dies durch die Awards bestätigt wird.“

Stephen Cheliotis, Chief Executive des Zentrums für Markenanalyse und Vorsitzender des Superbrand Rates, erklärt die Juryentscheidung: „British Airways hat ihre Marke kontinuierlich gestärkt. Mit dem Leitsatz ‚To Fly: To Serve‘ und ihrem Fokus auf exzellenten Service punktet die Airline bei ihren Kunden. Das Investitionsprogramm in neue Flugzeuge und moderne Lounges sowie die Einbindung neuer Technologien sind ein wichtiger Schritt um traditionelle Markenwerte mit Innovationen und neuen Produkten für die Kunden zu verbinden.“

Die Preisverleihung steht auch im Zeichen eines neuen Buchs, das ab 28. April im Handel erhältlich ist: Better By Design: Shaping the British Airways Brand von Paul Jarvis, Direktor des British Airways-Archivs, erscheint im Amberley Verlag, mit einem Vorwort von Keith Williams, Executive Chairman von British Airways.

Global Corporates Head to Scotland for first PCMA Summit

May 22, 2012

Global Corporates Head to Scotland for first PCMA Summit

22nd May 2012 – IMEX,Frankfurt: Senior meeting planners and executives from McDonald’s, Microsoft, Nike and Cisco are already confirmed to attend the first PCMA Global Corporate Summit: Glasgow.

The four-day conference, the first of its kind and open only by invitation, is expected to attract buyers with a total estimated meetings and event spend of over $1bn.

Taking place 22-24th July 2012, coordinated by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and held in partnership with the SECC and VistScotland, the Global Corporate Summit: Glasgow, is bringing together senior meeting and event buyers from across the globe to discuss the challenges executives experience when staging international events.

“It is exceptionally rare to have this wealth of experience and expertise in the same room and we’re delighted to have such a senior and knowledgeable group in Glasgow for the very first summit,” comments Sherrif Karamat, Chief Operating Officer, PCMA. “Glasgow has a reputation and heritage for learning and knowledge, and we are confident that the outputs of this conference will make its own mark on the global meetings and events landscape.”

The events opening session will include an address and dialogue with participants from Frans Johansson, the author of the book, The Medici Effect, looking to the future and exploring theoptimal path forward. This will be the introduction to four educational areas that are set to be highly interactive, with topics including; Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP), outsourcing and resource management, as well as technology, digital platforms and social media.

Attendance has already been confirmed from representatives of McDonald’s Corporation, CMP Microsoft Corporation, Nike, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc.

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