ASAE Announces Derreck Kayongo as Closing Keynote, Five Game Changers at 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

Derreck Kayongo, CEO at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and founder of the Global Soap Project, will present the closing keynote address to thousands of association executives at the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 13-16.

Illustrated by his own story of transformation, from his life as a former Ugandan refugee to building a multi-million dollar venture called the Global Soap Project, Kayongo will give advice on how association professionals can leverage their skills and vision to impact the lives of others through volunteerism and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Kayongo, presented by Keppler Speakers, will also explore the spirit of creating a movement based on social change and provide attendees with a step-by-step guide on how to get started, overcome obstacles, and eventually thrive. He is an expert in environmental sustainability and global health, was once awarded a CNN Top 10 Hero of the Year, and has a history in NGO capacity building, fundraising, and grassroots organizing.

“Excited to hear Derreck Kayongo as our closing keynote because he will have attendees leaving inspired. They will be able to reflect on how they can utilize their talents to change the lives of those around them,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

ASAE has expanded the number of game changers speaking at the conference this year from three to five. The game changer sessions are presented by influential leaders in business and innovation beginning Sunday afternoon and running through Tuesday morning.

Here’s the lineup of speakers and topics:

Matt Tenney, social entrepreneur, author, and consultant, sponsored by Meet in Minnesota

“Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom”

Veronika Scott, CEO, The Empowerment Plan, speaker presented by Greater Talent Network

“Empowerment Through Employment”

Tan Le, CEO of EMOTIV, sponsored by Meet in Minnesota

“The Future is Closer Than You Think”

Robert Stephens, Founder, Geek Squad, speaker provided by Keppler Speakers

“The Next Big Thing”

Charles Best, Founder & CEO of Donorschoose.org

“How the Crowd is Reforming Education”

“Game Changers are selected for their ability to provide diverse perspectives and revolutionary ideas from outside the association community that our attendees can learn or be inspired from. We are thrilled to have these amazing speakers that foster lively, timely, and most of all, interesting discussions,” said Rhonda M. Payne, CAE, Chief Learning Officer at ASAE.

For more information about this year’s program, visit the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition website.

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact ASAE Public Relations department to request your complimentary pass.

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

Strategic Partners

Abila

Atlanta CVB

Business Events Canada

Experience Columbus

Personify

Reno Tahoe USA

Team San Jose

YourMembership

Corporate Partners

Visit Baltimore

Dallas CVB

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Fort Worth CVB

GEICO

Louisville CVB

Mexico Tourism Board

Naylor Association Solutions

Omaha CVB

Visit Orlando

Visit Salt Lake

Meet in Washington State

Event Partners

BrightKey

The Broadmoor

CliftonLarsonAllen

DelCor Technology Solutions

Dubai Association Centre

Hong Kong Tourism Board

Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting

Korea Tourism Organization

Manifest

MemberClicks

Meet In Minnesota

New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit asaecenter.org.

IMEX AMERICA LAUNCHES NEW CSR PROJECT IN SYNC WITH WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Just before the United Nations’ World Environment Day 2016 – Sunday June 5, the IMEX Group has revealed a new volunteer CSR initiative that’s set to take place in Las Vegas the day before IMEX America 2016 opens.

 

The MeetGreen® Sustainability Report for IMEX America 2015 shows that concerted sustainability actions by hosted buyers, visitors, exhibitors and the organizing team continue to make a difference, reducing both waste and the environmental footprint of the show, and this latest CSR IMEX initiative is on lock step with that and the goals of the UN’s World Environment Day.

 

World Environment Day is marked by the UN to continue to bring global awareness to green interests like sustainable cities, the importance of bees in our world, wildlife preservation and much more. It also continues to drive forward the historic 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit.

 

In the spirit of this global movement, Garbage Grabbers – Clean Up in Las Vegas is a new project in which IMEX America is working with the Outside Las Vegas Foundation, the premier volunteer coordination group for nature and the outdoors in southern Nevada. On Monday October 17 , volunteers attending the IMEX week will be invited to join IMEX America staff and Las Vegas residents in an organized clean-up of walking trails and parks. Everyone who would like to join the Garbage Grabbers should email milda.salciute@imexexhibitions.com

 

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “We’re thrilled to be launching this new project, which gives a fresh dimension to our legacy work in Las Vegas. It naturally complements our existing partnerships with The Shade Tree and Opportunity Village and gives industry volunteers a brand new way to show their love of the environment while, hopefully, making lifelong friends and new business connections.”

 

MeetGreen® Sustainability Report Highlights

 

Driving IMEX’s interest in helping to mitigate waste and build cleaner spaces were results from the MeetGreen® Sustainability Report from IMEX America 2015 where waste per participant was reduced by a substantial 13 per cent year-over-year.  Energy use was also cut by 5 per cent, while paper use was down 12 per cent. According to the MeetGreen® Calculator of Overall Event Sustainability, IMEX America’s current score of 76.5 per cent [2011: 49.8 per cent] puts the trade show in the top 6 of 33 comparable events monitored by MeetGreen®.

 

The main results of the report are summarized in an infographic at http://www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/2015-sustainability-infograph/

 

Environmental sustainability has always been a key value for the IMEX Group, which is committed to encouraging best practice and educating the global meetings and events industry through a range of activities and programmes at both IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America.

 

These include:-

 

• Badge Back – at the end of the show, buyers and exhibitors can place their badge in one of two boxes. Each box represents a local charity – The Shade Tree, a shelter for homeless and abused women and children; and Opportunity Village, Nevada’s largest not-for-profit organization providing vocational training, employment and arts-based programs for citizens with intellectual disabilities. Every recycled badge triggers a financial donation. In addition, 1,407 badges were collected last year and donated to the Teacher’s Exchange.

 

• Clean the World – show participants are invited to recycle toiletries gathered from participating hotels. At the booth, attendees gather to build hygiene kits to be donated to The Shade Tree shelter.

 

• Inspiration Hub – education on the show floor’s Inspiration Hub will again feature a variety of sessions addressing sustainability practices in the meetings and events industry.

 

For further details about sustainable activities at IMEX America and to download the 2015

Sustainability Report, please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/

 

The IMEX Group also reflects its commitment to sustainability at IMEX in Frankfurt. For details visit http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/about-us/sustainability/

 

Along with the International Congress and Convention Association, the IMEX Group is also a partner of the new Global Destination Sustainability Index, the first ever sustainability ranking for event destinations world worldwide, initiated by ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter and MCI. http://gds-index.com/

 

For further information about World Environment Day please visit http://wed2016.com/

 

Hosted buyer application for IMEX America opens on June 6. To find out more please visit: http://www.imexamerica.com/hosted-buyers/hosted-buyer-program/how-to-qualify-apply/

ASAE Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference Offered Attendees Insight, Effective Solutions

WASHINGTON—During ASAE’s 2016 Marketing, Membership, & Communications Conference (MMCC), June 13-14, 967 attendees and industry partners took part in more than 37 learning labs, two keynote sessions, and the exhibit hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Participants learned new strategies and ideas and networked with providers, so they could find solutions for their association. The learning labs focused on four areas: marketing, membership, communications, leadership, and governance.

“Our members loved this year’s meeting because it inspired them to think differently, focus on creating meaningful relationships, and the content they need to enhance their career and move their association forward,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

Kicking off MMCC as the opening keynote was Porter Gale, the former VP of Marketing at Virgin America, a world-renowned branding leader, and an award winning author of the book Your Network Is Your Net Worth. She emphasized the key to networking is building authentic connections and relationships, not just handing out business cards. If we focused on creating the right relationships, it will lead to happiness, productivity, and revenue. She discussed how storytelling and PR has changed, and it’s critical for associations to think differently on how they communicate to their members.

On June 13, ASAE announced the Gold Circle Award for Overall Excellence winner is the American Nurses Association: Celebrating the Power of Nursing: #NursesShareYourStethoscopes.  Here’s a full list of all the 2016 Gold Circle Awards winners, which is sponsored by High Roads Solution.

Brian Bordainick, an entrepreneur who founded 9th Ward Field of Dreams in order to support the construction of a state-of-the-art football field and track on Carver’s campus, was the closing keynote speaker. He told stories about the different endeavors he’s tried, the failures that occurred, and the lessons he learned. He reminded participants that the process is messy, but it’s important to think big, figure out the right story to tell, and communicate it effectively.

A special thank you to our strategic partners Abila, Personify, and YourMembership for their support of the conference.

For more information about the MMCC conference, please visit www.asaecenter.org/MMCC.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit asaecenter.org.

Luxury-Level Hotel Supply Expanding In The Meeting & Incentive Marketplace

 

. . . The Trend Is Reflected with the Opening of 5 New Hotels In Associated Luxury Hotels International’s Portfolio

The continued growth in demand for face-to-face meetings, convention spaces and accommodations continues to be evident in today’s marketplace. Hotel occupancies are projected to reach record levels in 2016, and likely will remain at elevated levels before slowly receding as new supply eventually grows faster than demand. Luxury-level hotels and resorts are experiencing all-time highs in terms of occupancy, and demand for future meetings will continue to grow at a faster pace in the luxury sector than new supply. In a nutshell, inventory compression in the Meeting & Incentive (M&I) marketplace will likely to continue to build through 2019.

Even so, meeting, incentive and convention professionals will see additional exciting options as new inventory is starting to become available. This trend is reflected in the Membership of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), which has five hotels which just opened or will soon open.

“There are a number of market dynamics that continue to reinforce the importance of Meetings, Incentives and Conventions to Four- and Five-Star properties,” said ALHI President Jim Schultenover. “First, the opening of several exceptional new M&I-focused hotels and resorts. Second, several of our other ALHI Member hotels and resorts have recently expanded, or are expanding, their own meeting space and/or accommodations to meet the demand. And finally, many Members are increasing their group business because of the total value a Meeting, Incentive Program or Convention provides.”

“We are thrilled to be working with these exciting new properties which complement our existing unique and authentic Member hotels and resorts,” said Schultenover.

Among ALHI’s Membership of 250+ luxury-level member hotels and resorts which specifically serve the North American M&I marketplace, are these newly opened or soon-to-open hotels:

  • San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, which just reopened in Venice, Italy in March. Located on the picturesque 17-acre private island of San Clemente, this elegant and palatial hotel features 190 majestically appointed guest rooms and suites, many of them with panoramic views of the Lagoon and Venice, and others overlooking the park and island’s lush gardens. Featuring truly inspirational surroundings, the private island retreat also offers 9,000 square feet of meeting space, beautiful public areas, large courtyards, a spa, fitness center, historic monastery buildings, and a historic church dating back to the 12th century. The hotel is just a 10-minute complimentary boat ride to Venice’s famous St. Mark’s Square, and is only 6 miles from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
  • Paséa Hotel & Spa, which just opened Memorial Day weekend in Huntington Beach in Southern California. Facing the Pacific Ocean, this brand new hotel is close to the Huntington Beach Pier. This modern oasis features 250 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites which each provide stunning ocean views, and 34,600 square feet of meeting space. Offerings include a rooftop deck and bar overlooking the Pacific, a scenic event lawn, a full-service Balinese-inspired spa, attractive gardens, and a variety of dining options. The hotel is just steps from the beach, upscale shopping, restaurants, recreation and nightlife. The hotel is convenient to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California; Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, California; and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles.
  • The Watergate Hotel, which just opened June 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. upon the completion of a comprehensive $125 million repositioning of the entire historic hotel. Featuring 337 luxury guest rooms overlooking the Potomac River, the modern hotel also will offer 27,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a new 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom. Additionally, the hotel will be home to the new Top of the Gate rooftop lounge, providing 360-degree views of the Washington, D.C. skyline, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Monument. Groups also will enjoy 10,000 square feet of outdoor event space, a luxury spa, fitness center, and indoor pool. The hotel is convenient to D.C.’s most popular destinations, and is steps from choice dining and shopping in Georgetown. The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is just a 10-minute ride away.
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, opening this July in Orlando, Florida. Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics, the new Caribbean-inspired resort will offer 1,000 guest rooms and 115,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. This will include a 41,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into 12 sections, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of pre-function space, and 11,000 square feet of outdoor space. Plus, event space is also available at Universal Orlando’s two spectacular theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, as well as Universal Citywalk®. Additional offerings at the resort will include four restaurants and lounges, a resort-style pool with a sand beach, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public areas. The resort will beautifully complement its adjacent and recently renovated sister resort, Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando®. When combined these properties will offer 2,000 guest rooms and 247,000 square feet of meeting space.
  • The Henderson, slated to open November 1, 2016 in picturesque Destin in Northwest Florida. Adjacent to nearly 1.5 miles of one of America’s highest-rated beaches, on Florida’s renowned Emerald Coast, the brand-new resort will feature sweeping views of the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine white-sand dunes. The stylish 170-room resort hotel will offer 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which will include a luxurious 5,221-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 1,000-square-foot Hospitality Suite, and a private dining room exclusively for group functions. The nearly 30,000 square feet of outdoor options will include lovely beachfront lawns, pool decks, a gorgeous grand lawn, and private beach events. Also of great appeal is that The Henderson is adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach Nature Preserve. Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Fort Walton Beach is just 30 minutes away.

ALHI Member hotels and resorts that have expanded, or soon will expand, their meeting space and/or accommodations, include:

  • Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, South Carolina), which recently opened 76 new guest rooms as part of an impressive $100 million expansion, and this fall will unveil a new main resort building featuring 74 additional guest rooms, as well as new indoor and outdoor event spaces. Upon completion, the resort will offer 16,000 square feet of meeting space, and 230 guest rooms, suites, cottages and village homes.
  • Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut), which will complete its new Earth Tower with 400 new guest rooms, meeting space, an indoor pool and fitness center this fall.
  • Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando® (Orlando, Florida), which recently expanded its meeting space from 85,000 square feet to 132,000 square feet.
  • Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida), which opened the new Carysfort Hall, which features a new 5,688-square-foot ballroom, 5 additional meeting rooms, and covered patios along the marina to take advantage of the great Key Largo weather.
  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Scottsdale, Arizona), which just completed the addition of 102 rooms for a total of 750 guest rooms, and features a new pool, a new Great Lawn outdoor event venue, and a new well & being program.
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada), which completed an impressive expansion of its Convention Center in January. The $70 million expansion included 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, and the new 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now boasts more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.

In addition to these expansions, many of ALHI’s other Member hotels and resorts have recently completed impressive renovations and enhancements to their properties. In total, ALHI’s Member hotels and resorts have recently completed, or will soon complete, more than $2 Billion in renovations and enhancements.

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, by the worldwide membership, with GSO sales services at no cost to the Accounts served. To access the ALHI GSO network with local professionals throughout the United States and Canada, go to alhi.com to identify the GSO office nearest you, which can provide valuable expertise and market intelligence, along with the ease of discussing viable options for programs.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com.

KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER ISTANA NEGARA FOR AGONG’S BIRTHDAY!

To show appreciation for His Majesty’s services to Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) presented their intricate white and gold creation titled Pure, Graceful and Harmoniousto Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, in conjunction with His Majesty’s official birthday celebration on 4 June 2016.

According to Executive Pastry Chef, Jamaluddin bin Zainal Abidin, standing at 50”(h) by 40”(w), the Centre’s 35kg cake features the Coat of Arms of Malaysia’s 14 states and territories, intricately handcrafted designs influenced by the architecture of the former Istana Negara and individually-carved motifs inspired by His Majesty’s ceremonial uniform.

“Since opening, the Centre has earned a reputation for innovative culinary creations so the pressure is always on to deliver, especially when my team and I are tasked with crafting a cake fit for a king!”

“It is truly an honour and a privilege to make a cake for His Majesty and is something we look forward to every year. We relish the challenge to find new and unique ways to outdo our previous years’ efforts and we hope our 2016 sweet confection delighted His Majesty,” concludes Chef Jamaluddin.

Comprising four separate compartments of different types of brownies including raspberry cheesecake brownies, caramel brownie cupcakes, nutty lollipop brownies and macadamia brownie cookies, Chef Jamaluddin shared, the ‘brownie temptations’ delight took 5 team members over 2 months to conceptualise and 2 weeks to assemble.

Joining Chef Jamaluddin at the cake presentation ceremony held at Istana were the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor; Director of Human Resource, Rohizat Baharum; Executive Sous Chef, Hisham bin Jaafar; Senior Chef de Partie, Mohd Raimarmizan and Communications Manager, Kuzaimah Idris.

Strong demand for IMEX America 2016

Strong demand for space from first time and established exhibitors is characterizing IMEX America 2016 which returns to the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian®| The Palazzo® in Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016.

Several organizations have already booked to exhibit for the first time, whilst many established exhibitors have invested in larger booths. Among the new booths will be Munich, Bulova Corporation, Reno-Sparks CVB, LEO Events, Luxury Brands, Hunt & Palmer Air Charter and World Experts DMC. Well-known names taking extra space include Nashville and NYC & Company – both of whom have doubled their stand size – El Salvador, Monaco, San Francisco, San Diego, Texas, Memphis, St Petersburg / Clearwater, Carnival Cruises, Ritz-Carlton, Preferred Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotels and Evenium – Event Planning technology.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “IMEX America 2016 is already shaping up to be another strong year with extremely high demand for space from industry suppliers. Hosted Buyer registration opens on June 6 and we know that our intermediaries already have strong interest from buyers across the US and around the world. This year, in line with the improvements we made at IMEX in Frankfurt, we will be ensuring that flexibility is at the heart of the program.”

Smart Monday, powered by MPI, will again provide a day full of free learning experiences, including keynotes and professional development events including Association Focus and the third PCMA Business School. Certification Programs including IAEE’s CEM program, the Site CIS and MPI’s Healthcare Certification will also be offered during the day. New this year, IMEX’s Executive Meetings Forum – exclusively for the most senior corporate executives – will move to Monday to give them more time to learn with their peers and develop connections.

Education during the show will again be a major focus, with themes and sessions to be announced over the coming months.

IMEX America is also renowned for vast array of networking opportunities with popular co-located events like the CEIR Golf Classic, Site Nite North America, the CIC Hall of Leaders and Pacesetters Awards and MPI Foundation Rendezvous all taking place throughout the week.

Carina Bauer concluded by adding “IMEX America will once again provide an unrivalled opportunity for buyers and suppliers to come together to do business, develop personally and professionally and to make connections. The coming together of the industry from across the world together with the numerous co-located partner events makes IMEX America a very special and packed week of industry activities.”

For more information about registering to be a hosted buyer at IMEX America please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/hosted-buyers/hosted-buyer-program/how-to-qualify-apply/.

For more information on IMEX America 2016 please visit http://www.imexamerica.com.

PCMA continues to deliver high-level education across Europe

Association confirms involvement with three European events for the summer

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) will continue to expand the reach of its activities in Europe, by again forming a partnership with the Meetings Show which will take place June 14-16 in London, UK.

Across the three day event, representatives from the association will deliver a series of educational keynote sessions, tailored specifically for corporate and association meetings and events planners. Themes will include; Creating a Legacy, Leadership and Managing Teams and The Future of Meetings Study.

The PCMA’s partnership with the Meetings Show 2016 is part of a continued initiative to further expand the association’s growth in Europe, whilst at the same time, supporting the mutual objectives of both organizations – to deliver superior and innovative education and promote the value of professional convention management.

The involvement with the Meetings Show also compliments two further events taking place in Europe this summer organised by the PCMA, including the Global Corporate Summit, taking place in Barcelona and the 4th Annual Global Professionals Conference – Europe, hosted in Paris.

The Global Corporate Summit will take place 20-24 July at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona, Spain. This exclusive invitation-only event will give attendees the opportunity to network with senior-level event organizers, enjoying a programme of high level content including; working with global economies, managing a cross-cultural workforce and strategic branding.

In addition, the Global Professionals Conference – Europe will take place at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, August 30 – September 1 2016. Again, invite-only, this event will bring together 25 global planners from top associations and association management companies, along with 12 senior-level suppliers from the region, representing convention bureaux and centers. The conference’s goal is to give participants a deeper understanding of the opportunities available throughout Europe and how to maximize business events in the region.

Speaking of the forthcoming activities planned across Europe, Sherrif Karamat, CAE, Chief Operating Officer, PCMA commented; “In addition to further reaching out to a European audience, both our partnership with the Meetings Show and the delivery of the Global Corporate Summit and Global Professionals Conference will further provide high quality education for our members and customers, particularly for those seeking to develop their  understanding of the European region’s potential, with a core focus on cultural differences, economic drivers, budgeting in the global world and risk management.  By creating various platforms for exchange, we can enhance the knowledge sharing across multiple borders and construct meetings that transform business.”

For full details of both the Global Corporate Summit and Global Professionals Conference – Europe, please visit www.pcma.org.

Meeting Professionals Visit The Great Wall of China During An Amazing “Discovery Tour of Beijing & Shanghai” Sponsored by ALHI, Kempinski Hotels & Delta Air Lines

 

Seven meeting professionals recently enjoyed an amazing “Discovery Tour of Beijing and Shanghai, China” that was sponsored by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), Kempinski Hotels, and Delta Air Lines, and which featured a group itinerary coordinated by Global DMC Partners’ member Destination Asia. The trip was an educational experience designed to explore the destination as a possible choice for upcoming meetings and incentive programs for the participating organizations. Among the many incredible sites visited during the tour of Beijing were excursions to the Great Wall of China (pictured), Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

In Beijing attendees enjoyed a stay at the luxurious Kempinski Yanqi Lake Hotel, located on scenic Yanqi Island and surrounded by the magnificent Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu Great Wall.

Accommodations in Shanghai were provided by the remarkable Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, situated in the heart of Shanghai’s financial district Lujiazui and providing stunning views of the vibrant city’s glittering skyline. In Shanghai participants also enjoyed visits to the YuYuan Garden, Tianhou Silk Factory, the Old Town, the Fabric Market, the Pearl Market, and to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts worldwide, which includes 75 luxury-level Kempinski hotels and resorts in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In addition, ALHI’s portfolio includes 23 luxury cruise ships and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com.

Prague is the 11th World’s Most Popular Conference Destination

Prague was ranked 11th in the worldwide rating of cities according to the number of association meetings held. The annual ranking is compiled by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). In 2015, 123 association meetings were organized in Prague, which is an increase of 4,2 % compared to 2014.

The first place went to Berlin with 195 meetings. Paris, which was first in 2014, is second with 186 meetings and the third place went to Barcelona (180), followed by Vienna, London, Madrid, Singapore, Istanbul, Lisbon and Copenhagen. The first seven places are occupied by the same cities as in 2014, only the ranking is different. Many of the TOP 20 destinations saw a decline in number of the meetings suggesting more equal distribution of events among the other cities. Although the number of association meetings held in Prague grew, the city dropped from the 10th place in 2014 to the 11th in 2015. In total, ICCA registered a record number of international meetings. There were more than 12,000 of them.

“I perceive the increase in number of meetings in Prague as a very positive trend. We see this phenomenon also in our statistics based on our members’ data,” said Roman Muška, Managing Director at Prague Convention Bureau. “The goal of Prague Convention Bureau is to support this trend in the coming years and also to be regularly ranked among the TOP 10 conference destinations of the world.”

One third of all the association and corporate conferences held in the Czech Republic took place in Prague in 2015 according to the Czech Statistical Office. 4187 meetings were held in Prague last year bringing about a 14% increase compared to the 2014.

International Focus: Malaysia

Malaysia, with its 11 states and three federal territories, offers groups everything from urban settings to dense rain forests to luxurious beaches.

With 36 properties slated to open in 2016 alone and two new meeting venues coming online in 2017, this Asian nation’s offerings for groups are more diverse than ever.

HOTEL DEVELOPMENTS
Several new properties are debuting in Kuala Lumpur, the country’s vibrant capital. Opening this month is the 208-room St. Regis Hotel and Residences, which will feature a business center, 15 meeting rooms, a spa, a fitness center and an outdoor pool, as well as a bar and two restaurants.

The Jumeirah Kuala Lumpur hotel and the adjoining 273-unit Jumeirah Living Kuala Lumpur residences are scheduled to break ground this year and be completed by 2021. The project is the Jumeirah Group’s first entry into the Malaysia market. The hotel will feature a full-service restaurant, meeting space, a spa and a business center.

In Langkawi, an island on the Andaman Sea, theSt. Regis Langkawi debuted late last year. The luxury property has 85 suites and four over-water villas, all with butler service, as well as five meeting rooms, a spa, an athletic club, three restaurants and a bar.

MEETING VENUES
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, which currently offers 245,000 square feet of meeting space, will undergo an expansion that will add 108,000 square feet of flexible event space. The addition will be unveiled in 2018.

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Center is slated to open in Kuala Lumpur in late 2017. The center will have approximately 480,000 square feet of exhibit space, 13 meeting rooms and a multipurpose hall that will accommodate up to 3,000 attendees. The center will be part of the new KL Metropolis, a mixed-use development with hotels (details were not available at press time), retail and office space, and residences.

In the state of Penang, the Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Center will debut next year. The facility will include an indoor arena that can seat up to 10,000 delegates and seven function rooms, in addition to a 45,000-square-foot ballroom and 13 meeting rooms.