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NEWSFLASH January 2018

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January 2018
In This Edition

Left Column

Hosted Buyer Invitation: join us for Meetings Africa!

Hosted Buyer Invitation to IMEX in Frankfurt

Hosted Buyer Invitation to The Nordic MICE Summit

IACC breaks the mould with New European Board of Directors

International City Tourism Summit: European Cities to Work On Morphing DMO's Business Model And Engaging the City!

Canada, Vancouver: Top Destination in North America in Meetings Industry Report

Malaysia: Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau and Malaysia Airlines Forge Strategic Partnership

Right Column

The IMEX Talking Point for 2018 is 'Legacy'

The Netherlands, The Hague: campaign celebrating 200 years of seaside resort launched

UAE, Dubai Begins Countdown to Host 2018 ICCA Congress

UK, Bristol: Meet Bristol launches to help attract business travellers

Publishers Note

Dear Reader!

I hope you had a beautiful festive season and a stunning New Year celebration. On behalf of our entire team at MICE Media Marketing – all the best for 2018. May the year bring happiness and health, success and a well-balanced work-life balance, the best of positive inspiration, creativity, great opportunities and the chance to create a legacy for you.

It will be our pleasure to support you through the year with valuable information and great opportunities to attend inspiring hosted buyer events. In this edition of NEWSFLASH, we’re bringing 3 hosted buyer programmes to you – applications are open for all programmes:

Meetings Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 26-28 February 2018
IMEX in Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 15-17 May 2018
The Nordic MICE Summit, Malmö, Sweden, 1-3 November 2018

We’re introducing IACC’s new European Board of Directors and update you on the International City Tourism Summit.

The destinations covered include information on North America’s top destination – Vancouver, Canada, on the new created alliance between Malaysian Airlines and Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau in Malaysia and in Dubai ticks the countdown to the 2018 ICCA Congress.

In Europe celebrations are on – The Hague celebrates 200 years of its seaside resorts in The Netherlands and Bristol, UK celebrates the launch of its convention bureau Meet Bristol!

As usual, you are warmly invited to share this edition of NEWSFLASH with your colleagues. Click here to share this NEWSFLASH.

Best regards

Martina Warter
General Manager & Publisher
MICE Media Marketing
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Hosted Buyer Invitation: join us for Meetings Africa!

Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
26 to 28 February 2018

Are you interested in organizing one of your upcoming events in Southern Africa?

Do you wish to know more about the destination and its providers?

Do you wish to directly interact with the region’s suppliers?

We are delighted to invite you to apply for the Meetings Africa 2018 hosted buyer programme!

Qualification criteria:

Your organisation has given you purchasing authority for placing meetings, events, incentive or business travel.
Your organisation consistently books meetings or incentive travel programmes outside of your geographic region, and proof of these is available on request for verification.
Africa is a serious consideration in your organisation within the next two years, or the next two meeting rotations (in terms of Associations).
You’re able to communicate fairly well in the English language and have a willingness to engage with African suppliers (20 meetings in total).
You have not attended Meetings Africa in the past 3 years.

If you are interested and you meet the criteria above, please contact Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! to obtain the application code you need to register your application.

International Hosted Buyers enjoy fully sponsored flights, accommodation as well as a pre- or post-show tour of a destination as part of their hosting. They are also given first-hand knowledge and education about the destination to prepare them for sales and motivation for their next meeting or group itinerary.

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Hosted Buyer Invitation to IMEX in Frankfurt

15-17 May 2018

Are you interested in attending IMEX in Frankfurt as a hosted buyer?

Join the MICE Media Marketing Hosted Buyer Group! IMEX in Frankfurt is considered to be one of the most important shows in our industry. With more than 65,000 appointments, around 3.700 Hosted Buyers; more than 5.200 trade visitors and 3.500 exhibiting companies representing 157 countries in 2018 and further growth projection for 2018 the event is without doubt on of the must-visit trade show of the meetings industry.

Click here to apply to attend IMEX in Frankfurt as a hosted buyer:


To be accepted on to the Hosted Buyer Programme, all applicants will be required to demonstrate the international business that they have responsibility for or are looking to place. IMEX Group will then qualify the application based on the established criteria of the IMEX Hosted Buyer Programme.

Please find detailed information about the hosted buyer programme in the interactive Hosted Buyer Programme on

The Programme includes:

Optional Attendance at SmartMonday for all delegates! Please check Monday's fantastic programme here before applying to the hosted buyer programme!

For European Buyers:

2 full days of attendance at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 and 16 May 2018 and the chance to meet at least 16 suppliers of your choice prearranged yourself through the IMEX appointment system;
Option to extend your attendance to 3 full days at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 to 17 May 2018 and to meet at least 24 suppliers
Transportation: Economy class flights from selected destinations or - for delegates travelling inside Germany train tickets - to/from Frankfurt;
Accommodation one night in 4/5 star accommodation in Frankfurt for your programme dates - two nights for buyers attending all 3 days - and selected ground transportation in Frankfurt
VIP Services: Access to the IMEX hosted buyer lounge, free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments.

Important: to attend 3 full days at IMEX, or to attend Smart Monday please choose the Group MICE Media Marketing - Europe and include the request for the extension to 3 days and/or Smart Monday in the box below the programme before clicking the NEXT-button!

For African, Asian and North American Buyers:

3 full days of attendance at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 and 16 May 2018 and the chance to meet at least 24 suppliers of your choice prearranged yourself through the IMEX appointment system;
Transportation: Economy class flights from/to selected destinations to Frankfurt;
Travel dates for
   Asia & Africa: 14 May to 17 May 2018
   North America: 14 May to 18 May 2018
Accommodation three/four nights in 4/5 star accommodation in Frankfurt and selected ground transportation in Frankfurt
VIP Services: Access to the IMEX hosted buyer lounge, free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments.

Important: to attend Smart Monday please choose the Group MICE Media Marketing - Africa / Asia or MICE Media Marketing USA / Canada and include the request to attend Smart Monday in the box below the programme before clicking the NEXT-button!

Please note that only the programmes for your geographic region will give you access to choose flights to / from your region. It is not possible to choose another region to extend your stay in Frankfurt. If you wish to extend your stay, please add this information in the text box underneath the group selection box.


European buyers will find the list of available gateways and selected flights in the application. Should you require different travel arrangements, you may opt to arrange your travel yourself and IMEX will refund the ticket. Ticket refunds are limited to your destination's banding amount. Buyers from other destinations will have to make their own travel arrangements and ticket will be reimbursed with a maximum reimbursement of the banding amount for your destination.


The arrangement does not include additional expenses such as meals, any personal extras at the hotel. These should be settled directly with the hotel upon your departure, hotel upgrades, taxi fares if arriving / departing outside Hosted Buyer Programme dates, visa application fees, travel Insurance…

You must ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover your trip to attend IMEX in Frankfurt. Please don't hesitate to ask for details.

Please see the IMEX travelling information and terms & conditions.

Application Link:

Hosted Buyer Invitation to The Nordic MICE Summit

1-3 November 2018, Malmö, Sweden

Apply now to the hosted buyer programme or save the date!

The Denmark-based Congress Consulting Management Group ( has launched a new forum primarily for the Nordic MICE Market – The Nordic MICE Summit.

The event will take place from 1st – 3rd November 2018, at Malmö’s new meeting place, The Clarion Hotel and Congress Malmö Live, situated in the heart of the attractive and modern city of Malmö, Sweden just a few steps from the Central Station and within a view of the neighbour city of Copenhagen (from the 25th floor).

With two international airports and 142 direct routes worldwide within 30 minutes from the city center, Malmö is a creative melting pot of two countries and their cultures as well as a frontrunner in sustainability and green meetings.

The event will host around 80 high level MICE Suppliers with a strong focus on the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as around 60 high potential MICE Buyers primarily from the Nordics but also from the rest of Europe.

Over the course of three days, a comprehensive program of speed date meetings, as well as carefully curated activities and events, will create a unique marketplace which will aim to encourage participants to build and maintain strong corporate networks and loyal business relationships within the Nordic MICE market. Speed meetings between suppliers and MICE buyers will be hosted in a relaxed setting with activity lounge access.

Download your copy of MICE:destination now!Looking for destination features? Please check the list below and download your required edition with one simple click on the link!

And yes of course, you are welcome to pass a copy on to your colleagues too!

Africa  Edition Link
Ethiopia May 2016
Ehtiopia Sept 2015
Indian Ocean: The Maldives, Maurice, Seychelles Sept 2015
South Africa Oct 2017
Asia – On Promotion: Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand Jan 2016
Australia Jan 2016
Hong Kong July 2015
Malaysia May 2016
The Philippines Mar 2015
Philippine Incentives May 2015
The Philippines Mar 2016
The Caribbean  Edition Link
Anguilla  May 2015
Jamaica  Jan 2015
Saint Lucia  July 2015
Middle East 
Dubai, UAE  Jan 2016
Malta May 2016
Madrid, Spain  Mar 2015
Prague, Czech Republic Oct 2017
Stuttgart, Germany July 2016
North America  
USA - Greater Fort Lauderdale & Broward County Update  May 2015
IACC breaks the mould with New European Board of Directors

IACC today announces three newly elected board members and a Vice President to its European chapter, creating the youngest and most gender equal board in the association’s history.

Joining the European board as Directors are, Clotilde Gay, Director of Sales at Dolce Chantilly, France; Sylvia Nylin, Managing Director and CEO of Svenska Möten, Sweden; and Manpreet Sehmbi, Sales Manager at etc. Venues Ltd, UK.

Led by European chapter President, Lotta Boman, who was elected in September 2017, the board’s average age is now 43, with the youngest member aged 28; making it the youngest boards 35-year history.

Lotta Boman commented: “The European chapter board generates a huge amount of energy and champions great initiatives, and seeing this year’s election results, I am confident that we will continue to be a vehicle for ideas generation in the IACC community. I’m looking forward to working with the newly appointed board members, and those already with us.”

In addition to the newly elected European chapter Directors, Pieter Allaerts joins the board as Vice President. Presently Director of Sales & Marketing at Dolce La Hulpe Brussels since 2007, Allaerts previously held the position as President of MPI Belgium from 2014 – 2016.

Pieter Allaerts commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been elected as Vice President of the IACC European board, and I’m excited to be working alongside a group of talented and enthusiastic people, that truly value our industry. I believe that the responsibility of the European chapter is to prepare our industry for the future; to do this, our role will be to foster creativity, support the development of our members and be the ambassador for exceptional meeting concepts.”

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, commented on the appointment of the board members: “We are always overwhelmed by the interest from European member venues and their staff to serve on the board. Diversity on all accounts is hugely important, and in this year’s applicants we saw interest from an even wider demographic of people within the IACC community, which is fantastic. The IACC Europe chapter has an exciting board line up which achieves these aspirations.”

Re-elected board members include Jeu Bressers, Owner of Kapellerput Conference Hotel, Nertherlands; Philippe Attia, Managing Director of Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, Switzerland; and Gunilla Runsten, CEO of Ronneberga Konferens, Sweden.

The board will serve a term that will conclude on 31 December 2019.

International City Tourism Summit: European Cities to Work On Morphing DMO's Business Model And Engaging the City!

At the European Cities Marketing Meeting in Reykjavik, February 21-24, 2018, ECM will follow in the footsteps of the best of Jedi knights, looking towards the dark side to leverage and learn from a mindset that ignites innovation and disruption. Industry thought leaders will challenge the attendees while ideas and insights will be shared on how DMOs all over Europe are morphing their business models, forming new partnerships out of the touristic marketing box and hacking innovative new solutions to problems which we all face.

The "Hack the City" conference will be nothing more than a problem-solving methodology that will tackle the bigger problems faced by Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs), which are demanding a change of mindset and tools to stimulate and facilitate urban development and innovation in the visitor economy. In line with our Meet Share Grow moto, the meeting will give European destinations lots of inspiration and empower DMO teams to start their own hacking journey.

Speaking about the next ECM Meeting, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, said: "The professional principle of DMOs is facing the biggest challenge and possibility for decades. Many have already recognized the need to disrupt the classic role and function of DMOs beyond their tasks of city marketing, the meetings industry or tourism. DMOs tend to be the cities' official marketing agencies, emphasizing the need for the DMO to add the destination management function as a core task. Yet, more and more DMOs are looking beyond management to leadership, taking on a new mission of leading their destination towards urban innovation, facilitating change and expanding horizons towards new value creation for the city and the many stakeholders of the visitor economy. Join us while we explore a near future, where DMOs are the hackers too with the potential to drive the innovative change that will reshape the future of travel and urban space."

Keynote speakers include Jason Lane, Group Executive for European Market Development at Mastercard and Siduri Poli, Innovator & Founder at Changers Hub. Mr. Lane will educate attendees on the technology-savvy financial sector with insights ranging from mobile payments, biometrics, bots, augmented reality shopping to bitcoin and blockchain. Mrs. Poli, using examples from her own company, a community in suburban Stockholm for young people and social activists who want to make a difference, will talk about her goal to create a more equal society ultimately turning cities into a better place.

Participants will also get the latest from cities such as Amsterdam, Bolzano, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds, London, Madrid, Opatija and Paris but also from countries like Iceland and Slovenia.

The conference will be moderated by Peter Rømer Hansen, Founder and CEO of Rømer Agency.

More information on the programme and access to registration can be found on:

Canada, Vancouver: Top Destination in North America in Meetings Industry Report

Vancouver is North America’s highest-rated destination for a business meeting, according to STR’s DestinationMAP (Meeting Assessment Program), a comprehensive study of meeting professionals and the meetings market in North America.

This year, out of 40 North American cities the data and analytics company surveyed, Vancouver was the highest-rated business meeting site (8.9 out of 10), exceeding all other markets in a tie with San Diego. Vancouver also nets the highest percentage of combined 9-10 ratings overall in this category.

The 2017 DestinationMAP report provides a detailed description of meeting professionals’ preferences and their perceptions of 40 North American cities. DestinationMAP is in its 17th publication, which allows trend analysis of the issues most important to meeting professionals in site selection.

Key highlights from the 2017 report include:

Vancouver is the #1 rated destination for a business meeting, tied with San Diego.
Vancouver is ranked #1 in the categories of “safe environment” and “different/unique”. (“Safe environment” was ranked the most important characteristic planners consider for a meeting location).
Vancouver is ranked #2 for “upscale food options” and “variety of things to do.”
The Vancouver Convention Centre ranked #1 in many venue attributes, including: state of the art technology, quality of on-site food, walkability near venue, fast internet, easy to work with staff, and attractive conference hotels nearby.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from STR’s DestinationMAP,” said Dave Gazley, Vice President, Meeting & Convention Sales, Tourism Vancouver. “And it’s all thanks to the dedication, professionalism and unity of the city’s tourism and hospitality community. As Vancouver heads into one of its biggest convention years yet in 2018, more and more meeting professionals are turning their attention to Vancouver as a meeting destination, and we are confident we will carry this momentum in the years to come.”

“We are truly honoured and proud that the Vancouver Convention Centre was ranked first in its category in STR’s DestinationMAP,” said Claire Smith, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre. “The impressive results about the facility speak to the commitment of our team to deliver exceptional experiences for all of our guests, our state of the art facility, our stunning waterfront location and close proximity to hotels and other amenities in the downtown area.”

Alongside the recognition from DestinationMAP, Vancouver has earned a slew of other accolades recently, including Skytrax’s award for number-one airport in North America (the eighth consecutive year Vancouver International Airport has received the award); Top Convention City in Canada from the Watkins Research Group’s biennial Meeting and Convention Planners Survey; Best Foreign City for Meetings according to Latinoamérica Convenciones, Mexico’s leading meetings industry publication; and a top 10 spot in Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Cities in the World, edging out major cities like Rome, London and Hong Kong.

Malaysia: Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau and Malaysia Airlines Forge Strategic Partnership

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) with Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) in efforts to promote Penang as a preferred Business Events destination.

The agreement signing was conducted between the Chief Executive Officer of PCEB, Ashwin Gunasekeran, and the Head of Sales of Malaysia Airlines, Yeoh Hock Thye, and witnessed by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng.

PCEB and its industry partners will benefit from Malaysia Airlines’s global network and connectivity, giving Penang the competitive edge in attracting new businesses and securing bid for international business events.

“With Malaysia Airlines as a strategic partner, Penang is able to provide value-added service to Business Events organisers, especially in terms of special rates for flights. For select events, PCEB is in talks with Malaysia Airlines for charter flights. This bodes well for Penang when we go in for bids,” said Lim Guan Eng.

Chief Executive Officer of PCEB, Ashwin Gunasekeran added, “With Malaysia Airlines as our partner, we look forward to developing new businesses in our key markets, namely India, China, Europe and Australia.”

Through this strategic partnership, Malaysia Airlines will be joining PCEB in all the trade events and road shows that the bureau attends, creating a greater brand presence for the national carrier.

Chief Commercial Officer of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Arved von zur Muehlen said, “Malaysia Airlines is delighted to be partnering PCEB for this important market segment. As the country’s national airline, we are fully supportive of the country as the leading destination for Business Events and tourism and we are committed to ensure Malaysia’s market share for the MICE industry is enhanced. Guests who choose Malaysia and Penang for business tourism will have the opportunity to benefit from the internationally accredited conference facilities within the beautiful and tranquil setting of Penang. Our comprehensive network within the country is the perfect complement to this, as the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia. Currently Malaysia Airlines flies 45 times weekly into Penang and able to carry about 7,200 visitors per week”.

Business Events is a rising economic sector in Penang, contributing RM808 million to the economy in 2016 and over RM1 billion in 2017. Penang is the leading second-tier Malaysian destination for Business Events, and is one of the leading destinations in the region.

The IMEX Talking Point for 2018 is 'Legacy'.

So, what’s your legacy going to be?

The IMEX Group has announced that its Talking Point for 2018 will be the theme of 'Legacy' – a subject expected to resonate strongly with the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry, particularly at IMEX in Frankfurt in May and at IMEX America in October.

Following the successful launch of its annual Talking Point concept last year when 'Purposeful Meetings' was the focus, the IMEX Group is continuing this approach in 2018 with 'Legacy'.

Explaining why the IMEX Group chose 'Legacy' for 2018, CEO Carina Bauer said:

"As a company whose mission is "to unite and advance the meetings industry, doing everything we can to educate, innovate and help our clients make powerful connections with the right people," IMEX has a strong, living commitment to the idea of Legacy."

"While the meetings and events industry has been evolving over the past five years we’ve seen a shift away from planning an event around a 'single moment in time' towards planning an event with longer-lasting, more meaningful impacts – impacts that can be seen long after the event has ended. That impact could be on the attendees, the host community, the local innovation economy, the destination partners, the city leadership, the environment or many other areas."

Five strands will unfold

IMEX’s legacy stories will explore five different angles over the next 12 months: political legacy; knowledge legacy/social impact; CSR legacy; environmental legacy and personal legacy – which means exceptional people doing exceptional things. Each of these will be examined in different ways as the year goes on.

Looking further at how the legacy concept has risen to prominence within the industry and within society, Carina Bauer observes "Developments in technology and, of course, social media, have allowed meeting and event planners to exploit and generate memory, meaning and value far beyond just one meeting or event. Put this together with the emergence of a younger generation of planners and suppliers who have a strong sense of mission and purpose, of making a positive difference through their work, and it becomes clear how 'Legacy' has developed and become our Talking Point."

Recognising personal impact and legacy

Carina Bauer says "Our strapline - 'Legacy: What’s yours going to be?' - acknowledges that just one person with a strong vision can make a massive difference – but they don’t have to change the world in a year. Sometimes their legacy lies in getting something started, creating momentum, initiating change or achieving buy-in.

"For the IMEX team itself, 'Legacy' is about behaving and planning with a better future in mind – a form of payment in advance combined with a clearly articulated, 'higher' purpose for each of its shows.

"In terms of practical takeaways for the industry, we’ve commissioned two important new research reports and case studies and our legacy theme will also shape some of the shows’ education sessions. It will feature in the Policy Forum and Exclusively Corporate programmes at IMEX in Frankfurt and throughout the pre-show education days – EduMonday in Frankfurt and Smart Monday at IMEX America. Other elements will be announced as the year progresses."

Carina Bauer adds: "There is a growing consciousness of the long-term impact we all make on the world that is running throughout our industry, society and among individuals. Our Legacy Talking Point will give that consciousness due recognition."

Online registration for IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 is open – and free.

The Netherlands, The Hague: campaign celebrating 200 years of seaside resort launched.

The Municipality of The Hague and The Hague Marketing Bureau launched the new campaign “Seaside Celebration”, commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Hague’s beach resort Scheveningen.

Cultural, historical and sport events are planned to take place in the city and by the beach throughout 2018. Events such as the International Firework Festival, the final stage of the Volvo Ocean Race in June, and the Red Bull Knock-out motor cross race in October are expected to attract an international audience.

‘The “Seaside Celebration” campaign will highlight the significance the beach holds for the city. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the beach all year round, and it also offers plenty of opportunities for conference organisers and delegates’, stated Nienke van der Malen - van der Horst, the director of THCB.

Every year brave swimmers ring in the New Year with an annual swim at the Scheveningen beach resort. This year over 10.000 swimmers celebrate the anniversary with a swim in the North Sea.

Scheveningen beach was the first resort that was established in the Netherlands 200 years ago. Nowadays, numerous hotels, restaurants, and beach bars are located at Scheveningen beach and draw the attention of many visitors every year.

“The beach resort Scheveningen is a big part of The Hague’s history and continues to play an important role today. Many visitors come to the city because of its proximity to the beach which stimulates the economy and promotes further development of this unique marine area”, said deputy mayor of The Hague Karsten Klein.

The question of what life near the sea will look like in the future will also be examined in 2018. Residents, regional industries, artists, and knowledge institutes will join forces under programme "Sea Sights" to investigate the role that the sea can play in the fields of energy supply, housing, food, and leisure.

One of Scheveningen’s oldest hotels is Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus, located directly on the beach front, overseeing the pier. The Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus is an institution in Scheveningen with a long history of welcoming tourists and hosting events.

The General Manager of the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus Marcel Bosman points out: “We welcome the initiative to celebrate the anniversary of the Scheveningen Beach Resort and are looking forward to the events that will take place this year”.

Prior to the “Seaside Celebration” campaign, the video campaign “Dive into The Hague” was launched and will air in the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.

The campaign follows the success of last year’s Mondrian campaign, a celebration of the De Stijl art movement, which could be spotted in The Hague.

UAE, Dubai Begins Countdown to Host 2018 ICCA Congress

Dubai will host the event’s 57th edition in November 2018

Dubai is gearing up to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year, following the conclusion of this year’s edition in Prague. Dubai was named host city for the 57th ICCA Congress in 2014, following a successful bid for the event that was led by Dubai Business Events and Dubai World Trade Centre.

To be held from 11 – 14 November 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre, the congress will see meeting industry professionals from all over the world gather in Dubai to discuss key challenges and opportunities within the business events industry.

A delegation from Dubai received the formal handover from hosts in Prague during the closing ceremony of the Congress on November 15. At the ceremony, Dubai representatives, including Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, and Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President, Venues Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, presented Dubai’s unique facets to attending ICCA members and delegates.

An earlier session saw Marjan Faraidooni, Senior Vice President of Legacy Impact and Development at Expo 2020 Dubai, discuss the legacy that will be left after the conclusion of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Dubai’s most recent advances as a world-class city with unrivalled connectivity to key industry bodies from around the world. Hosting business events forms a core part of our sustainable economic diversification efforts, and is a key driver in our Tourism Vision for 2020. We look forward to welcoming ICCA delegates next year and hosting an event that plays an important role in the development and growth of the business events industry.”

CEO Martin Sirk said: “The timing of ICCA’s Congress in Dubai couldn’t be better. Economies throughout the Gulf and Middle East are going through huge changes to their business models and are diversifying into a wide range of exciting new sectors; association-related meetings activity is bubbling up across trade, healthcare and high-tech scientific sectors, thanks to both home-grown demand and driven by expansion and outreach from US and European organisations; and we’ll arrive when preparations for Expo 2020 are reaching a critical point, providing all manner of experiential meetings-related content for our members to think about. We’re very excited to bring the world of ICCA to Dubai in 2018!”

UK, Bristol: Meet Bristol launches to help attract business travellers

Destination Bristol has relaunched its convention bureau services, promoting the Bristol city region as a destination for conferences, meetings and business events as ‘Meet Bristol’.

Announced at the Annual Tourism Conference on Friday, Meet Bristol sits alongside the Visit Bristol brand, and offers professional services to conference and business event organisers, including the operation of a free-to-use accommodation and venue finding service.

As well as supporting the development of new business into the region, the Meet Bristol team are responsible for the promotion of the destination as one of the UK’s leading centres for conferences, meetings and incentive travel. This include representation at domestic and international events as well as a range of digital marketing, PR and hosting of educational visits for potential clients.

In 2017, the team managed enquiries worth more than £2.3m enquiries relating to potential business and were responsible for confirming more than £830,000 of business related events that took place during the year.

In November, Bristol was also highlighted as one of the UK’s most popular destinations for business meetings and events in the annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey, rising from 11th to 5th place in the survey’s destination rankings, as well as being named as a finalist in the Best UK Convention Bureau category at the 2018 Meetings & Incentive Travel Industry Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 2 March, 2018 held at Battersea Evolution in London.

Kathryn Davis, Destination Bristol’s Head of Tourism, said: ‘The new brand is more consistent with the already very strong and recognisable Visit Bristol brand. We are now more aligned with national and international protocols for conference and business tourism and have something more instantly recognisable to the industry. In 2016, the estimated spend by business event delegates on venues and in destination was estimated at a record breaking £259m and we are working now to evaluate the economic impact of the sector in 2017.’

The revised branding has been delivered by Bristol-based Stuff Advertising. ‘This is a great opportunity to not only elevate the Bristol events and conference brand but also to bring it to life by really demonstrating what Bristol as a City brings to this sector,’ says Stuff’s MD Jonnie Galvin-Wright. ‘The new “Meet Bristol” brand will lead communications and act as the foundation for new creative marketing. It will focus on both the uniqueness of our City and the way in which we can help event professionals make their events the best they can be. With Bristol recently entering the top five of UK event and conference destinations it’s an exciting time for us to be involved’.

To discover more about Bristol’s conference and events spaces, please visit