Packed Education Programme Set to Drive Association Day at IMEX in Frankfurt 2015

Working with millennials, managing an association during a crisis, and how to best use data are just some of the key topics to be explored at this year’s IMEX Association Day on Monday 18 May 2015.

Taking place at Kap Europe, Messe Frankfurt’s impressive new conference centre, the free event is exclusively for association executives.  More than 300 association professionals from 40 countries are expected to attend.

It is a day packed with insightful educational talks by peers and experts offering valuable advice on both the running of associations as well as association events. It also offers superb opportunities to network with peers and experts from across the globe.

The dedicated programme provides delegates with a range of educational sessions – including a dedicated Executive track, plus sessions that relate to association operations, marketing, meetings and more. A number of sessions have been designed and will be co-delivered by some of the industry’s leading industry associations including ICCA, PCMA and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. This year’s event will feature a brand new programme with interactive learning formats and professional facilitation, developed in conjunction with the International Association of Facilitators.

The inspiring afternoon sessions will be followed by an hour of small group hot topic discussions led by expert facilitators before everyone departs for Association Evening. IMEX exhibitors and association partners join delegates for this ever-popular networking reception at the Marriott Hotel.

Alexander Klein from the International Stereoscopic Union in Germany, one of last year’s delegates, explains:

“The sessions I attended certainly planted a few ideas in my mind and gave me some useful tips on how I might change the set-up of our events. The sessions provide real food for thought and have prompted me to try something different. That’s what IMEX is all about, isn’t it? Inspiration!

“It’s also nice to catch up with a few familiar faces and enjoy some valuable networking.”

For more details about IMEX Association Day and Evening and to register visit Association Day & Evening delegates must be registered as either a Hosted Buyer or a Visitor for the IMEX trade show.

New Brisbane Showgrounds Hotel Boosts Royal ICC

Brisbane’s newest convention centre will be greatly boosted next year with the opening of a new four star international hotel which forms part of the landmark historic Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project.

Now in its third year of operation, the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) will now offer accommodation onsite with the 208 room $50 million Rydges Hotel located adjacent to the centre.

Construction started last month (January 2015) with the hotel being one of three major works currently underway as part of stage two of the $2.9 billion 15 year Brisbane Showgrounds transformation.

RNA General Manager Venue Sales and Marketing Sally Pulford said the hotel was located on the new King Street precinct which includes up to 40 retail and food outlets and 408 new residential apartments.

“It cements the Royal ICC and Brisbane Showgrounds as a leading events destination precinct with world-class facilities,’’ she said.

“The showgrounds regeneration is one of the largest mixed-use, urban regeneration projects in Australia and once completed 15,000 people will live, work and play within the precinct.

“The new hotel is a vital asset for the Brisbane Showgrounds and the Royal ICC as it will attract more national and international conferences to Brisbane with accommodation available onsite. Conference delegates generate more than $210 million for the Brisbane economy each year and this will further underpin Brisbane’s reputation as Australia’s new world city.”

The new hotel is being developed by a consortium, comprising of Phillip Wolanski’s Denwol Group of Sydney and Stewart Baron’s Baron Corporation of Melbourne. The hotel will feature contemporary restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, plus rooms to suit most travellers.

It has been designed to maximise the Queensland weather and interface with the Royal ICC, with the restaurants and bars spilling out on to the new King Street promenade and outdoor deck on the corner of Gregory Terrace.

Since opening in March 2013, the Royal ICC has held more than 300 events and has gained a reputation for offering exceptional service and menus resulting in a memorable experience for clients.

Key features of the Royal ICC include:

• Three flexible halls, seven meeting rooms and two boardrooms opening on to a 1,500 sqm open outdoor landscaped Plaza
• World-class catering facilities offering contemporary Australian cuisine with global influences
• Australia’s only operable ceiling grid system, creating unique theming opportunities
• Located just 1.5km from Brisbane’s CBD and 10 minutes from the Brisbane International and Domestic Airport

CAbernathy Consulting Named 40 under 40 by Collaborate Magazine

Congratulatitons to CAbernathy Consulting and VIP (Very Important Planner) Events for being named one of Collaborate Magazine’s “40 under 40″ Corporate Planner Issue recipients this year.

In the program’s inaugural year (2014), they raised over $10,000 for charitable causes, stuffed over 400 toiletry bags for DC’s homeless, and made a cancer patient’s dream trip come true.

I am a matchmaker in a sense,” says Abernathy. “I put together events that bring together planners and vendors to network and do good for the community.”

She studied event management at Victoria University in Melbourne and then jumped into meeting planning after college. She sits on the customer advisory boards for Reno-Sparks CVA, Cleveland CVB, San Jose CVB, Destination Hotels & Resorts and, and also chairs Green Meeting Industry Council’s Sustainable Meetings Foundation.

Abernathy has presented at major industry conferences, including PCMA’s Convening Leaders and IAEE’s Expo! Expo! on personal branding and professional development.

Local Hospitality Highlights from Visit Arlington

  • Newly-opened Fresh Kitchen welcomes groups of up to 200 people and offers comfort food with a D.C. twist in a relaxed, yet stimulating environment.
  • The Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Courthouse will have a complete renovation of all guest rooms, meeting areas and common spaces starting in November of 2015.
  • The Westin Arlington Gateway has completed a full renovation of their more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space. Stay tuned for more exciting enhancements for this upscale hotel in the heart of Ballston.
  • Book a group staying three nights or more in February and receive a discounted rate, double points and one complimentary room per 30 rooms booked at Le Méridien Arlington.
  • Reagan National Airport is #4 on the Top 10 U.S. Airports for Healthy Dining list!

Step into Spring with The Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion

We are giving you a Fitbit!

Host a meeting or event between April 1- July 31, 2015 valued at $5,000
or greater and receive a Fitbit after your program is finished!
Use it for
yourself or gift it to a fitness fanatic. Either way, this spring we want you
to truly immerse yourself in everything DC – one step at a time.

More Booking Incentives
Should your group actualize with us by July 31, 2015, choose from the following concessions:

$5,000- $9,999* minimum spend – Choose 3
$10,000-$19,999* minimum spend- Choose 4
$20,000* or above – Choose 5

-Complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting room
-Complimentary Wi-Fi in the guestroom
-25% AV discount
-3 complimentary parking passes daily
-1 per 40 comp policy
-80% attrition
-Hilton Honors signing bonus, 1000 points per every 10 room nights
-2 Premium suite upgrades per night
-5 complimentary passes to evening reception (for non-overnight guests)
-Complimentary tea/coffee service in meeting space based on $5,000 food and beverage minimum

Please contact Rachel Nedelman at (202) 349-2004 or  for more information.

*Revenue spend includes guestroom, food and beverage and audio visual costs. Exclusive of tax and service charge. Promotion valid on new bookings only.

Venue Specifications
Situated directly on top of the Friendship Heights Metro station and within the Chevy Chase Pavilion, our hotel offers 198 newly renovated two-room suites including two floors of premium level suites perfect for your VIP or executive level attendees. We offer 6,300 square feet of flourishing meeting space close to downtown Washington, DC. Hosting various meetings and events is more than possible in these flexible venues:

  • Mezzanine: unique location to host 150 guests for reception-style events under the hotel’s signature glass atrium
  • Chevy Chase or Tenleytown Ballrooms: private spaces to host parties up to 100
  • Newlands Boardroom: Our executive boardroom featuring ergonomic seating, built in audio visual equipment, and video conferencing capabilities.

Annual Statistics 2014: Record-Setting Year for Conventions in Berlin

According to the latest statistics* of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office, last year saw some 11 million participants (+3% over the previous year) coming to more than 131,000 events (+4%) held in the German capital.

“Berlin can look back at 2014 as its most successful year for conferences and meetings yet, with an average of 360 events and 30,000 participants each day. The German capital continues to position itself as one of the world’s top destinations for meetings and conventions,” says Heike Mahmoud, Director of Conventions at the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office.

For the first time ever, the city’s conferences generated more than seven million hotel stays (+4.5%), representing approximately a quarter of all hotel stays in Berlin. The meetings industry has grown to become a reliable planning factor for Berlin’s hotels and overall economy.

Berlin impresses as science location

The German capital is especially in demand for events related to the sciences: Measured by the number of participants, meetings and conferences related to science and research represented 15 per cent of the total in 2014 (up from 14% in 2013), followed by politics and public bodies (12%). 2.1 million participants came from abroad, meaning one in five participants at events in the city came from outside Germany.

Major economic engine for Berlin: Berlin’s meeting and convention industry generated €2.2 billion in 2014 (up 9% over 2013) and is responsible for approximately 38,000 full-time jobs in the German capital. Conference attendees spend an average of €232 a day when visiting the city.

DeDe Murcer Moffett to Keynote HSMAI’s MEET National Conference

DeDe Murcer Moffett, motivational speaker, author, trainer, comedian and niece of New York Yankees legend Bobby Ray Murcer, will be the keynote speaker at the 26th annual HSMAI’s MEET National conference to be held Sept. 9-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington.

Presented by Questex Hospitality + Travel, the event is expected to draw more than 900 attendees, bringing together meeting and event-planning professionals with 120 leading suppliers representing hotels, resorts, meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus, technology, event services and promotional and marketing products.

Moffett, also known as “The Snap Out of It! Woman,” was voted “Meeting Planners Favorite Speaker” in 2014. She delivers a one-of-a-kind transformational message, drawing upon her extensive career climbing the corporate ladder, battle with and triumph over a 24-year addiction and her lifelong experience as a singer, actress and stage performer.

“Living life with passion, knowing what you were born to do then doing it full out is my definition and experience of success,” said Moffett. “Today more than ever people want authentic leaders who will help them unlock their potential and reduce internal obstacles so their talent can take center stage. That’s the promise of ‘Snap Out of It:’ Transform your life by seeing new achievable possibilities and go from being numbed out to feeling fully alive.”

Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel vice president, global events, said the event, which caters to mid-size market meeting professionals, has proven successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training that provides valuable continuing education credits and robust networking opportunities.

“We are committed to delivering dynamic educational content to challenge and engage our conference attendees,” she said. “DeDe Murcer Moffett’s high energy and entertaining presentation promises to provide leadership tools that will help our attendees tap into their inner strengths to maximize their performance and change the way they view and overcome obstacles.”

Moffett is the author of the best-selling book “Wisdom Wedgies and Life’s Little Zingers” and is working on her next book, “Snap Out of It Already! The Simple Steps to Achieve Your Dreams and Ignite Business Success.”

HSMAI’s MEET (Meetings, Events, Education, & Technology) conferences are designed for hospitality sales and marketing professionals to present their properties, destinations and services to the industry’s leading planners and decision-makers. For more information about HSMAI’s MEET series of events, visit

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every business-to-business segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its Digital Media staff.

Additional information is available at

Be the Best – Be Green: Submissions Now Open for IMEX-GMIC Green Awards

Applications are open for the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Awards 2015 honouring outstanding environmental and social initiatives. Jointly run by IMEX and the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) and now in their 13th year, these awards recognise outstanding achievement in green meetings planning, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The deadline to apply for the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards is 1 March 2015.

The awards span four categories covering key aspects of the green meetings sector: Green Meeting Award (small), Green Meeting Award (large), Green Supplier and Commitment to the Community Award.

Environmental awareness among meeting organisers is recognised by the Green Meeting Award, which judges a specific event based on a planner’s efforts to prevent and reduce environmental impact. The Green Supplier Award recognises a meeting supplier that has made innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Finally, the Commitment to the Community Award honours those who have demonstrated innovative efforts to benefit a charitable initiative.

Nominations for the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards are judged by a panel of international industry experts and awards will be presented at the prestigious IMEX Gala Dinner (20 May) taking place at the Frankfurt Alte Oper, during IMEX in Frankfurt (19 – 21 May 2015).

See for further details and to view case studies of previous winners.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, comments: “The IMEX-GMIC Green Awards have been developed to recognise organisations within the industry that are excelling in their efforts to minimise their environmental and social impacts.

“As companies and planners alike seek out ways to give back to the local communities and destinations where they gather, these programme elements become ever more important to the overall impact of the event. We are proud to support and recognise such meetings and events that have a positive impact that goes beyond the meeting room.”


Eighth Annual PCMA Citywide Auction to Feature Nashville

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and Music City Center Partner with PCMA to Raise Funds for Industry Education

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and Music City Center have partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) for the eighth annual PCMA Citywide Auction.

The Citywide Auction is designed to raise money to fund high level meetings industry education. The auction annually offers meeting professionals tremendous savings and package inclusions to ensure their convention is truly a unique experience.

“Nashville is ‘hot’ these days and on everyone’s consideration list,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. “The city of Nashville and the new Music City Center are authentic, accessible, accommodating and affordable – offering so much that you can’t find anywhere else. Their participation in the Citywide Auction demonstrates their sincere commitment to our industry and PCMA, while offering planners their southern hospitality and an incredible deal for their destination.”

The auction officially kicked off during Convening Leaders and will remain open until November 30, 2015 at 5pm CST, unless sold through the “Buy It Now!” option (which will immediately close the auction). The package is available between the years of 2017 and 2022.

The PCMA Citywide Auction package includes:

353,000 continuous gross square feet of exhibit and meeting space for up to 10 days
100 hours of complimentary registration clerks
10% discount on convention center food and beverage
10% discount on AV needs
25% discount on Internet access for show management and Free Wi-Fi in public space
Board dinner for up to 30 people
10% discount on average prevailing group rate at the Omni
Assistance in negotiation of any and all talent on behalf of the meeting
Complimentary song writer show to promote the convention the year the meeting for an audience of 200-250.
Autographed guitar to utilize as auction item for the organization and/or meeting
Bidding for the 2015 Citywide Auction package from Nashville, minimally valued at $675,000, starts at $85,000 with bid increments of $10,000. If a bidder chooses the “buy now” option, the cost is $135,000 and closes the auction immediately.

“We are pleased to partner with the PCMA on this innovative program,” said Butch Spyridon, President & CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “To be able to support PCMA as they provide high level industry education and to creatively market Nashville is a win/win and a no brainer!”

Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center said “The Music City Center is honored and excited to have this opportunity to showcase our center while simultaneously supporting our industry. PCMA has been a true champion for the meetings industry and together we will help advance those endeavors in 2015.”

The PCMA Citywide Auction has previously featured packages in Philadelphia, Hawaii, San Diego, Orlando, Washington DC, Chicago and New Orleans, with convention planner members receiving incredible value while giving back to the organization.

Learn more about the PCMA Citywide Auction or submit your bid visit


About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,500+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at

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ACC Liverpool Encourages Delegates to Explore the City with Privilege Card

ACC Liverpool has again joined forces with hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to encourage your delegates to explore the city during conference and return in the future.

Our updated Delegate Card, which is available to all visitors attending conferences at our venue, was created to encourage attendees to explore as much of the city as possible with a series of offers, discounts and privileges.  It also provides an incentive for visitors to return with their friends and families.

Our aim is to ensure that your delegates get the most out of the city and have an interesting and varied programme for any downtime around your conference.  They may want to enjoy a meal in one of the city’s top restaurants or take in attractions.

A trip to Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without learning more about the Fab Four and the card now features an ‘Experience The Beatles’ section which includes offers from The Beatles Story, Cavern Club and Magical Mystery Tour bus.  Liverpool One, City Central BID and Albert Dock are official partners.

The Delegate Card can be branded for each individual event.  For more information