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BESTCITIES UNVEIL AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR 2017 TOKYO GLOBAL FORUM

May 23, 2017

BESTCITIES UNVEIL AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR 2017 TOKYO GLOBAL FORUM

BestCities Global Alliance is set to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the business tourism industry in 2017 and beyond, following the announcement Building Global Connections Across Cultures will be the core theme underlying this year’s BestCities Global Forum, taking place in Tokyo 4-7 December 2017.

Building on the 100% delegate success ratings in Dubai 2016, the second BestCities Global Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB). The impressive programme of education, insight and networking, is already shaping up to be this year’s must-attend event for senior international association meeting planners, looking to increase the positive impact of their meetings.

The Global Forum offers an intimate, yet stimulating learning environment for international association event organisers, to gain a deeper understanding, not only of ways to collaborate more effectively, but how to build professional relationships across cultures and develop effective leadership skills in a global context.

With over 25 years of experience, Sean Blair, owner of ProMeet will facilitate the diverse Forum programme, which includes thought-provoking education sessions, engaging practical workshops, relevant case studies and interactive breakouts challenges, designed to unlock the collective knowledge within the room. Influential speakers will include “accidental executive” and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver Rick Antonson and global leadership and cultural intelligence expert, Miriam van der Horst, owner of Learning 360.

While the majority of the sessions take place in the luxurious Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, nestled within a vast 19th Century Japanese Garden, host TCVB is also planning a rich and diverse programme to immerse participants in Japan’s heritage and culture, while revealing powerful insights into the city and its institutions. With preparations quickly progressing towards 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa Executive Director of The Mori Memorial Foundation, will also be discussing the strengths and opportunities of Tokyo in the next decade.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to establish relationships with peers and grow global networks, with events such as the Ambassador Dinner, bringing delegates together with influential local ambassadors and key contacts.

A perfect example of collaboration across cultures, the Global Forum also allows delegates to gain an in-depth knowledge of 12 top class meeting destinations under one roof, with City Café meetings and social networking with all 12 of BestCities’ partners: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup from Wonderful Copenhagen said:
“Building global connections across cultures is at the very heart of BestCities ethos and long-term success. We are 12 partners that recognise the collective strength of working together, adding value not only for our individual cities, but our clients too. This year’s Global Forum will be addressing both the challenges and opportunities when dealing with international stakeholders, providing informed practical advice and peer-to-peer learning in a way, that will genuinely help and support senior association executives to take their future meetings to the next level.”

Kazuko Toda, Director from Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau said:
“Tokyo is delighted to host the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo this December. Through hosting the Forum, we would like our clients to find out what Tokyo has to offer as a meetings destination, and not only a tourism destination. Also, through the learnings of the Forum, we hope to motivate and give confidence to clients who have not had the opportunity to hold their event in Tokyo or any of the new BestCities destinations to consider us for their next meeting. “

The inaugural BestCities Global Forum in Dubai, December 2016, was celebrated as an overwhelming success, with 100% of delegates surveyed reporting the Forum fulfilled their main objectives for attending and would recommend it to their international association meeting planners.

Speaking about the outcomes of the 2016 Global Forum in Dubai, Andry Vleeming, Chairman of World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain said:

“I came with an open mind and was rewarded with four days of networking with talented colleagues sharing interests and expertise.  It has helped change the way I think about our future conferences – the need to move into the future more quickly, which is more critical today than it was in the past.”

Registration for the BestCities Global Forum Tokyo is now open. Free to attend, with round-trip flights, accommodation and meals for all attending qualified international association executives covered by BestCities.

For more information on BestCities and its upcoming events including the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo (4-7 December 2017) visit http://www.bestcities.net  @BestCitiesGA

 


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MADRID ACCEPTED AS THE NEXT OFFICIAL PARTNER OF LEADING GLOBAL ALLIANCE

May 18, 2017

MADRID ACCEPTED AS THE NEXT OFFICIAL PARTNER OF LEADING GLOBAL ALLIANCE
BestCities welcomes the leading convention bureau on board

Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) was today (16 MAY) officially confirmed as the twelfth partner of BestCities Global Alliance. The new signing will bring a truly dynamic international congress city and convention bureau to the alliance that now holds 12 members.

With more than three decades of experience, Madrid has played host in the last years to some of the world’s leading events including the World Petroleum Congress, the World Air Traffic Management Congress and The Congress of the International Dental Federation. With more than 14,000 meetings and events per year serving to more than 1 million delegates, MCB is already paving the way for global standards in the sector.

Adding value to MCB’s offering and shaping its future growth, BestCities will work with MCB to support future innovations and refine its legacy development, such as creating impactful city events for its future association meetings.

As the first BestCities destination within the Mediterranean, MCB will help the alliance establish stronger ties and a more pronounced presence within the area.  Very much in line with BestCities practice, MCB is committed to constantly evolving and reviewing its standards and undergoes an annual audit associated with ‘Q de Calidad Turistica’ – a quality certification for tourism services in Spain. Since 2012 MCB has passed the audit with flying colours, cementing its dedication to continually improving standards in its workings.

Madrid has been committed to improving its sustainability with various programmes aimed to target this issue including City Hospitality Desks which help to control the wastage of unused city brochures through a dedicated delegates desk at conventions. This has grown massively with 11 meetings serving over 18,000 delegates supported this way in 2016. Ambassador programmes are also a key investment for the MCB with its own platform that identifies individuals within areas including non-for profit, NGO’s and universities that have helped secure meetings in Madrid.

The BestCities partnership will support the MCB in acquiring knowledge in legacy development and position Madrid as innovative leaders in this field, alongside the other BestCities’ partners: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

The MCB is the first destination to go through BestCities’ revised quality management system (QMS). With admission into the Alliance a guarantee to clients that the vital commitments to excellence such as venue capacity, international accessibility and infrastructure framework are a given, the new QMS further extends BestCities offering beyond the key convention elements a city must possess to host world class events. With a focus on advancing the purpose of meetings through vital areas including sustainability, accessibility and legacy development, it adds a further dimension and unique strength to its partner cities’ offering.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup from Wonderful Copenhagen commented on the new signing:

“Madrid is a world class destination for conferences and events and we’re ecstatic to be welcoming them onto the BestCities Global Alliance. Madrid’s successful submission truly cements BestCities dedication to setting industry standards which we hope to help build with them over the next few years.

“Our dedication is to providing customers with seamless, worry-free services across a global network of cities. As our twelfth member, Madrid will enable us to continue to build the long-term loyalty by adding value through contributing to the cause of meetings. We’re excited to be able to offer our expertise particularly within this area.”

David Noack, Director of Madrid Convention Bureau said:

“MCB trust that becoming a member of BestCities will enrich our knowledge as a convention bureau by embracing their ethos for commitment to excellence. In short, our aim is to guarantee that each congress held in Madrid will be a unique and successful experience made possible through the close working of our organisations.”

For more information on BestCities and its upcoming events including the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo (4-7 December 2017) visit www.bestcities.net  @BestCitiesGA


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Discover the Latest Event & Corporate Travel Options Available Now in Asia

May 5, 2017

Discover the Latest Event & Corporate Travel Options Available Now in Asia

Destination Asia’s executive team of meeting and incentive professionals will be attending IMEX Germany, at the Messe Frankfurt, from 16-18 May. Our team will be on hand to share innovative itineraries and corporate travel experiences available now in Asia. Join us to expand your business opportunities with Asia’s leading destination management company.

We want to meet with you at IMEX to share our latest, unforgettable tailor-made incentives; reveal the cutting-edge venues opening in our destinations and present some exceptional gala-dinner options in some of Asia’s most iconic – and hidden locations.

In 2017 we continue to expand our online presence. A dedicated events website offers specific destination resources for each of our eleven destinations in Asia, including; Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos.

The interactive events website offers our clients a wide range of downloadable and visual content, including HD virtual tours of previous events and destinations – empowering partners with the ultimate sales tools. Our highly valued clients have access to image galleries, event brochures, fact sheets, 3600 virtual tours, hotel portfolios, program overviews and access to our own destination presentations.

Our team will be happy to discuss the extraordinary opportunities for incentive travel in Asia and explain the Destination Asia protocol in delivering seamless experiences from the moment your clients arrive.

Let’s meet in Frankfurt to discuss how we can take your business to the next level. Destination Asia executives attending include:
Nicolas Mulley, Chief Operating Officer (on Global DMC Partners stand, D010)

Wanchai Thavornthaveekul, Assistant Managing Director, Thailand (on TCEB stand, B150)

Katie Buxton, General Manager, Hong Kong (on MEHK stand, B350)

Xavier Chua, Senior Project Manager, Singapore (on STB stand, C350)

Andrea Lee, Area Director, Malaysia (on MyCEB stand, B200)

BESTCITIES GETS READY TO WELCOME MADRID TO GLOBAL ALLIANCE

January 11, 2017

BESTCITIES GETS READY TO WELCOME MADRID TO GLOBAL ALLIANCE

BestCities Global Alliance is cementing its reputation as the world’s leading convention tourism destination partnership, with the announcement that Madrid is set to become its twelfth member in 2017.

Revealed today (10 January) at PCMA’s Convening Leaders conference in Austin, Texas, the Spanish capital’s Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) has been accepted as the newest member of the alliance, which also includes Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

MCB is expected to become a full partner in spring 2017, following a comprehensive internal review to ensure the city surpasses the highest quality commitments required of all BestCities partners.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup, Convention Director of Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau said: “Madrid is one of most established and vibrant international conference destinations in the world and we are proud to welcome them into our alliance. The combination of the exceptional work by MCB, supported by the city’s premiere meeting venues, modern infrastructure and rich cultural offering, make it the ideal candidate to join the BestCities family.

Achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence that surpasses our clients’ expectations is at the heart of BestCities offering. Madrid’s preliminary membership not only further strengthens the alliance and its profile in Europe, but will help BestCities build on its ambitions and commitment to help clients create lasting legacies for their organisations and events.

With Madrid ranked fifth in the world by the ICCA International Congress rankings and voted “2016 Best MICE Destination” at the 2016 IBTA Business Travel Awards, MCB is one of the world’s most experienced and successful convention bureaus.  During the last year, the city hosted 14,283 meetings, welcoming over 1 million delegates.

A popular destination for international association meetings, high profile events coming to Madrid in 2017 include the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology ESMO 2017, the European Congress of Medical Oncology EULAR 2017 and the 54th. European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association congress.

David Noack Pérez, Director of Madrid Convention Bureau said: “Madrid is a lively and friendly city where everyone feels at home; at the same time, it offers a safe and comfortable setting where taking time out and doing business are equally enjoyable. Its rich artistic and natural heritage, cutting-edge transport network, quality accommodation, fine cuisine and the passion locals show when enjoying our city’s day and night life make Madrid one of the most attractive cities.

MCB is confident on the fact that becoming a member of BestCities will not only enrich our knowledge as a CB but also that Madrid can for sure enrich the excellent offer for holding events that BestCities represents. Our aim, in short, is to guarantee that in Madrid, each congress held will be a unique and successful experience and this association will contribute on it.

MCBs’ preliminary BestCities membership follows in the footsteps of Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau, who became a full BestCities partner in April last year, the first Latin American bureau to join the high profile alliance.

For more information on BestCities and its upcoming events visit www.bestcities.net  @BestCitiesGA

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Inspiring Singapore

October 19, 2016

Das Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB) hat in Partnerschaft mit Singapore Airlines und der Changi Airport Group ein Bonusprogramm für Meeting- und Incentivegruppen aus Europa und Nordamerika gelauncht. “In Singapore Incentives & Rewards” (INSPIRE) richtet sich an Gruppen ab 20 Personen mit einem Mindestaufenthalt in Singapur von drei Nächten und umfasst neben Sonderkonditionen für Flüge nach Singapur kostenlose Extras vor Ort: Zur Auswahl stehen unter anderem geführte Businesstouren zu Themen wie Stadtentwicklung, Architektur und kulturelles Erbe sowie Cocktail-Events in den angesagtesten Bars der Stadt.

Meeting- und Incentive-Gruppen, die sich für INSPIRE registrieren, erhalten von Singapore Airlines attraktive Gruppen-Konditionen sowie kostenlose Flugtickets für Reisebudgets ab 32.700 Euro. Darüber hinaus bietet die Airline zusätzliches Freigepäck sowie attraktive Tarife ab 150 Euro für Anschlussflüge von Singapur nach Südostasien, Australien und Neuseeland.

In Singapur können Gruppen aus zwölf kostenlosen Angeboten auswählen. Die Optionen umfassen Cocktail-Abende in sechs der besten Bars von Singapur sowie sechs „Business Tours“ zu besonderen Aspekten der Löwenstadt wie z.B. zur Stadtplanung oder zum Leben in Singapurs multikultureller Gesellschaft.

TCEB Targets Mega Size Events to Stimulate Thai MICE Industry

June 16, 2016

TCEB Targets Mega Size Events to Stimulate Thai MICE Industry

PRESS RELEASE Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)
Welcoming 14, 000 Chinese Meetings and Incentives Travellers from Infinitus 2016,  Bangkok,  16 May 2016 – The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB today unveiled its aggressive strategic direction for 2016,  highlighting key strategies to attract more meetings and incentives with a large number of travellers – or Mega Size Events – by allocating sales promotion budget under the Thailand Big Thanks! Campaign.
China is among the key target source markets,  and TCEB is supporting more than 14, 000 meetings and incentives delegates to join the Infinitus Overseas Training 2016 – expected to generate MICE revenue of 1.3 billion baht for the Thai economy., Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai,  TCEB President disclosed that,  “To promote the meetings and incentives travel (M&I) sector in 2016,  under our WIN Strategy,  TCEB will focus on attracting Mega Size Events with more than 2, 000 international delegates by establishing the Thailand Big Thanks! sales promotion campaign,  especially for organisers. With high spending power, every Mega Size Events can help inject healthy MICE revenue into our economy., “In addition to China,  key source markets for Thailand’s M&I sector also include other Asian countries. Secondary markets include the EU, US, and Oceania, while emerging markets where we closely monitor and start to create awareness of the Thai MICE industry range from Eastern Europe,  the Middle East,  and Latin America. In 2015,  Thailand welcomed a total of 1, 095, 995 MICE travellers from around the world,  generating 95, 857 million baht MICE revenue. Of these,  516, 663 travellers and 44, 533 million baht were from the M&I sector. Major contributors were China,  which presents significant opportunities and still has high potential for growth,  followed by India,  Singapore,  Malaysia,  the US,  Japan,  Korea,  Indonesia,  Hong Kong,  and Australia,  respectively.”, Ms. Nooch Homrossukhon,  Director of Meetings and Incentives,  TCEB said that, “The emergence of M&I Mega Size Events has been our new target over the past three years. We have put in place strategic plans,  from raising awareness of Thailand as a premiere destination for meetings and incentives travel in Asia,  to increasing marketing development activities through products and services promotions,  and VIP receptions to event logistics and facilitation. More importantly,  the THAILAND BIG THANKS! financial subsidy campaign in addition to the THAILAND CONNECT beyond THE CAPITAL will help organisers and key decision makers make Thailand their destination of choice for their next events.”, The THAILAND BIG THANKS! campaign was created to help drive the M&I sector through a financial subsidy scheme of up to two million baht for eligible Mega Size M&I events with more than 2, 000 international delegates staying at least three nights in the Kingdom of Thailand. Starting from 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2017,  the travel must take place in Thailand from 1 October 2015 until 31 December 2017. Complementing this is the THAILAND CONNECT beyond THE CAPITAL package,  presenting international corporate clients the opportunity to discover the diversity of Thailand with promotions from domestic airline partners including Thai Airways,  Thai Smile Airways,  and Bangkok Airways. Requirements include a group size of more than 100 delegates,  and staying in Thailand at least three nights. The organiser will receive transportation support of 1, 000 baht per delegate,  up to a maximum of 300, 000 baht per group. Applications are open from 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2016,  and travel must take place from 1 October 2015 until 31 December 2016., “Marking its 20th anniversary,  the Infinitus Overseas Training 2016 is held from 11 to 29 May 2016. Held for the thirteenth time in Thailand,  TCEB’s support for this annual corporate meeting under the THAILAND BIG THANKS! campaign also includes MICE LANE and immigration services for executives and VIP guests at the airport,  a Thai performance,  and special souvenirs for all delegates,  worth a total of five million baht. Additionally,  as a token of our appreciation,  TCEB will be presenting the “Thai-Sino MICE Outstanding Contribution Award” to Infinitus (China) for their continuous consideration of Thailand. The major meeting of one of the biggest health product companies in China for 14, 000 delegates will take place in Bangkok and Pattaya in seven groups (2,000 delegates per group),  and is expected to help generate more than 1.3 billion baht for the Thai economy, ” Ms. Nooch added. , In 2015,  China accounted for 109, 987 MICE travellers,  generating a total of 9, 197.65 million baht MICE revenue. Thanks to the upward trend of the M&I market from China over the past three years,  TCEB has appointed sales and marketing representatives to directly target corporate customers in Beijing,  Shanghai,  Guangzhou,  and emerging provinces including Shenzhen,  and Chengdu., “Since last year,  TCEB has welcomed Mega Size M&I events including the 2015 Manulife MDRT PEAK Convention,  Asia-Pacific Herbalife Extravaganza 2015,  2015 Perfect Marie-Anne tour to Thailand (Perfect China Event),  INFINITUS 2015 and Organo Gold Asia Convention 2015. During the 2016-2017 fiscal years,  we continue to successfully attract major meetings and incentives trips to Thailand such as Pro-Health,  in September 2016 with 5, 500 delegates,  and the Jeunesse Global Conference 2017 (Health Care / Skin Care),  in August 2017 with 12, 000 delegates. We believe that the effectiveness of the Mega Size strategy for M&I sector,  along with support for INFINITUS 2016 will play a vital role driving the Thai MICE industry to achieve this year’s target of 1, 060, 000 MICE travellers,  helping to generate 92, 000 million baht MICE revenue into our economy, ” Mr Nopparat concluded.


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Selina Chavry Appointed Pacific World Global Managing Director

October 13, 2015

Selina Chavry Appointed Pacific World Global Managing Director

Pacific World (www.pacificworld.com) the integrated global DMC and Event Management organisation, which operates in 30 countries, announced today extension of its leadership with the appointment of Selina Chavry as Global Managing Director, based in Singapore.

Concurrently, Pacific World announces a new phase of development into Latin America, North Europe, the Mediterranean, India and China in the coming months, together with investment in the Event management space globally.

Selina Chavry, was previously Regional Director, Asia for Pacific World. Over the past 15 years, she developed her career in the Business Events industry in London, Sydney and Singapore. She has a track record of building market leadership through innovation in the Events, DMC and Strategic Meetings Management areas in various parts of the world.

In parallel, Herve Joseph-Antoine takes the role of Chairman for Pacific World and expands his responsibilities within Pacific World parent company Hotelbeds Group as Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, Destination Management.

Selina commented, “I am really excited to take the lead of Pacific World. In the past 4 years, the company has transformed to a top global and forward-thinking market player. Together with Herve, we want to continue leading the way. Constantly challenging our business models is a must in an industry that is transforming so much.

Herve commented, “Selina is a well-respected, high-caliber and next generation leader of our industry. She is bringing a set of new ideas and a track record of making transformation happen. She is the best leader to drive the new expansion we are investing into new major geographies and stronger event management capabilities.

For more information on Pacific World please visit: www.pacificworld.com


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