Conference & Meetings World

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Learning to speak with one voice

CMW reports on the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s global webinar series that has been driving the soon-to-be-published Manifesto for Economic Recovery Using Business Events. These unprecedented times have brought about an unprecedented collaboration. On 2 July, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) and its Iceberg project, with the support of four global industry trade events – AIME, IBTM,...

Paris good to go from September

Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO of Viparis, announced that, on 1 September 2020, Viparis would reopen its doors to tradefairs, exhibitions, congresses and other major events. The venue will be making up for lost time with 300 of its events having been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Viparis is operator of nine major event venues in the Île-de-France region, including Paris-Expo Porte de Versailles and ...

Singapore thinking ahead of the game

Singapore is leveraging the fundamentals that have long established it as a world-leader for MICE business, and overlaying them with new innovative solutions as it moves at pace towards the new normal. Global accolades for a destination that doesn’t stand still In the recently published (2019) rankings from global meetings industry association ICCA Singapore has again topped the lists in Asia for ...

Dreaming of a future destination

Dreaming of a future destination Because dreams can eventually come true… Many of our prominent destinations have not cancelled the flow of their creative juices and have produced some stunning videos to remind us all that there will be a time to meet again and remind us of what we’re missing…   Abu Dhabi During such unprecedented times, our imagination allows us to stay together, to stay adv...

Meet three Australian women leading the way in health, science and technology

From fighting COVID-19 to developing social robots, these three Australian women are leading in their sectors and all have strong connections to the meetings industry:   Hailing from Melbourne, Professor Sharon Lewin AO is the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Professor Lewin has become a regular ...

Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties Podcast

  Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties     Episode 1: The City’s event community is ready to bounce back into action   Our roving Berliner Mark Felstead has moved out of his elegant AXICA venue settings where we last met him here, to find out how some other key Berlin business events and MICE players are coping and preparing to bounce back. In his Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties podcast, he d...

Okinawa Japan – where inspiration meets

The islands’ tagline for MICE is ‘Okinawa Japan – where inspiration meets’, and that inspiration certainly attracts a business events wave: 1,238 MICE events were held in 2018. Okinawa Prefecture is located in the southern most region of Japan and represents a group of 160 islands, 47 of which are inhabited by around 1.4m people. The Main island offers the main business events opportunities and th...

Korea turns on the tech turbo as CVBs step up their support

Korea offers more subvention funding and technology support as it eyes new normal for MICE, CMW reports. South Korea has won many plaudits for its response to the global Covid-19 crisis. One of the first countries outside of China to report cases of the disease, South Korea has been more active than most in harnessing its high technology capabilities to track the spread of the virus and its report...

Dreaming of a future destination

Because dreams can eventually come true… Many of our prominent destinations have not cancelled the flow of their creative juices and have produced some stunning videos to remind us all that there will be a time to meet again and remind us of what we’re missing…   Abu Dhabi During such unprecedented times, our imagination allows us to stay together, to stay adventurous, indulgent, enlightened,...

Time to retain and retrain

Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, discusses the biggest challenge ever to face the state’s tourism sector. Just 18 months into your role and the STB is having to deal with the impact of Covid-19. Do you feel that the organisation was well-prepared having learned from the SARS outbreak? Much of the learning, protocols and procedures from SARS helped to guide our actions but...

From face-to-face to virtual

Silke Hoersch on how to turn your event into a virtual experience. Just a few weeks ago, we were feeling optimistic about holding Ungerboeck’s yearly APAC and EMEA Unite conferences in March. What happened next was out of our hands, with the Covid-19 pandemic. We did not want to give up on Unite, so we worked on a virtual conference concept that would still cover the great content we were eager to...