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Brand USA to Feature Seattle Southside in International Tourism Video

Region to Profit Through Promotion, Increased Business and New Jobs

The Seattle Southside region received some international star treatment in July when Brand USA – the United States destination marketing organization – featured the region in captivating short videos aimed at attracting international visitors from around the world.

The videos were filmed in partnership with Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.

To show the diversity of the destination, Seattle Southside highlights to appear in the Brand USA video include Burien Town Square and Seahurst Park in Burien, Wash.; Saltwater State Park in Des Moines, Wash and Lake Sammaish State Park; Angle Lake Park and the Highline Botanical Garden in SeaTac, Wash.; the Des Moines Farmers Market in Des Moines, Wash.; and Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Wash.

Brand USA was established by Congress in 2010 to promote the U.S. as
a premier travel destination for international visitors. Being featured by Brand USA allows Seattle Southside to profit by:

  1. Promoting their local story directly to international travelers through enticing, affordable, authentic and high-quality multimedia.
  2. Increasing business for area hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail and family-owned businesses, which generates Seattle Southside area tax revenues.
  3. Helping create jobs locally.

“Seattle Southside combines the distinctive appeal of many experiences from historic Main Street destinations to beautiful parks and gardens, locally grown produce and big city shopping,” said Katherine Kertzman, President and CEO of Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority. “Seattle Southside’s timeless splendor and emerging economic diversity continue to define its inimitable personality, which we will bring to life through these videos in partnership with Brand USA.”

“The enthusiasm for learning about the USA abroad is as strong as it’s ever been,” said Tom Garzilli, Brand USA’s chief marketing officer. “We have the strategy of talking about the iconic places and experiences that make the USA unique, and Seattle Southside is an exceptional destination.”

According to a study released by Oxford Economics, over the past three years, Brand USA’s marketing efforts have generated more than 3 million incremental international visitors to the United States, benefiting the U.S. economy with nearly $21 billion in total economic impact, which has supported, on average, 50,000 incremental jobs each year.

The videos like the one in which Seattle Southside will appear showcase activities and interests unique to the target travelers based upon Brand USA’s extensive research. Brand USA will distribute the videos using their own direct-to-consumer marketing channels:

About Brand USA

Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, was established by the Travel Promotion Act as the nation’s first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures to worldwide travelers. The organization’s mission is to increase international visitation to the USA in order to fuel the U.S. economy and enhance the image of the United States worldwide. Brand USA works in close partnership with more than 500 partners to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion in 2010, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA.

For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit TheBrandUSA.com. For information about exceptional and unexpected travel experiences in the United States, please visit Brand USA’s consumer website VisitTheUSA.com.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Three New Member Hotels to its Southeast U.S. Collection

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its worldwide portfolio and Southeast U.S. options with the recent addition of three new member hotels. This includes:  the 450-room The Guest House at Graceland resort, which opened in October 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee; the oceanfront 404-room Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on the Northeast Florida coast; and the grand new Hotel Bennett, opening in early spring 2018 in scenic Charleston, South Carolina. The ALHI Global Sales Organization now represents the hotels to the North American and European meetings, conventions and incentive market, according to ALHI’s Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot.

ALHI features a distinguished portfolio of more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts worldwide, plus 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. All of ALHI’s member hotels and resorts are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and specialize in serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences and Exhibitions/Events (M.I.C.E.) marketplace.

“These three new members are very special and unique in their own way, with terrific appeal to both meeting and incentive groups,” said Sergot. “Located on beautifully landscaped property just a few steps from the gates of Elvis’ renowned Graceland, The Guest House at Graceland is a wonderful new option for planners. Featuring a truly picturesque setting overlooking the Atlantic, Omni Amelia Island Plantation provides world-class accommodations, indoor and outdoor event facilities and on-site offerings. While the elegant Hotel Bennett will open this spring in historic and beloved Charleston. We are proud to showcase these fine properties to meeting professionals, incentive specialists and business executives throughout North America and Europe.”

Inspired by the iconic Graceland Mansion, the AAA Four-Diamond The Guest House at Graceland opened this past fall as the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982, and was the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years. In addition to the 450 beautifully appointed and spacious guest rooms and suites, the resort hotel offers more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 10,700-square-foot Grand Ballroom and a state-of-the-art 464-seat theater which is perfect for group presentations and live events. Known for its warm Southern hospitality, the resort also features two full-service restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating, a lobby bar, an expansive outdoor pool, and a manicured lawn space that can accommodate a 400-person tent for outdoor events. The resort is just three miles from Memphis International Airport (MEM).

Nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features 404 oceanfront guest rooms, each featuring a private balcony or patio facing the ocean. The legendary destination resort also offers 80,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, which includes a new 16,825-square-foot ballroom, 13,200 square feet of pre-function space and a new 11,000-square-foot event lawn.  In addition, the hotel features 10 restaurants, world-class resort pools, 54 holes of championship golf, a full-service spa, 23 tennis courts, kayaking, paddle boarding, and many other recreational options. The resort is 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, and 29 miles from Jacksonville International Airport. Private and corporate aircraft charters also can fly directly to Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, just four miles north of the resort.

Slated to debut this spring, the exceptional new Hotel Bennett features an ideal location on picturesque Marion Square, the most famous green space in the city, which is the site for such events as the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and the popular Charleston Farmer’s Market. Blending unparalleled luxury with a prominent setting, the grand hotel is located on a historic site that formerly housed the Charleston Library and the original west wing of The Citadel. In addition to offering 179 finely-appointed guest rooms and suites with custom furnishings, the hotel will feature 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, which will include a 6,600-square-foot ballroom, a terrace overlooking Marion Square, and event spaces with sweeping city views. Plus, the hotel will have a two-tiered restaurant offering outdoor dining, a rooftop pool, a spa, a retail shop and a lobby bar. Charleston International Airport (CHS) is just 20 minutes away.

The Guest House at Graceland becomes ALHI’s second member hotel in Memphis, joining the world-famous and legendary The Peabody Memphis. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort becomes ALHI’s fourth option in Northeast Florida, joining the dazzling 193-room One Ocean Resort & Spa, the graceful and stylish 66-room The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach and the AAA Five-Diamond, 249-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Hotel Bennett is ALHI’s second member in Charleston, joining the sophisticated 434-room Belmond Charleston Place.

For more information about ALHI, any of its member hotels and resorts or Global Luxury Alliance members worldwide, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office. For specific contacts, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your area. Or, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free in the U.S. at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com .

About ALHI, with 250 Hotels & Resorts + Alliance Members

ALHI, established in 1986, is the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, providing one-call access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. Hired and authorized by member properties, ALHI features a distinctive portfolio of exquisite resorts, luxury-level city center business hotels, historic grand landmark hotels, lifestyle hotels, and boutique hotels. ALHI’s portfolio also features a Global Luxury Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. ALHI offers 21 Global Sales offices in the U.S., Canada and now London, providing extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide, at no cost to accounts. alhi.com

Prague Congress Center presents the new exhibition hall and Pankrác Square

The International Architectural and Urban Competition of the New PCC has its winner and the public knows the winning design. The subject of the competition was the completion of a new exhibition hall for the Prague Congress Center and its surrounding area. Today, the public knows the names of the winners and the form of the winning design.

“For a long time, the Congress Centre has been unable to meet high demands for exhibition and congress areas, and therefore it needs a new hall. However, it is also important to address the entire area around the Prague Congress Centre so that it can serve more efficiently to people. We received a lot of designs and I am glad that a lot of them were of high quality and I believe that we eventually really picked the best one, “says Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová.

The first prize was awarded to the design of a young OCA studio from Barcelona run by Marc Subirana, Hernan Lleida Ruiz, Biela Susanna and Bernard Garcia. They commented on their participation “We   have set up our office to extend our work and opportunities beyond the local context of Barcelona or Catalonia. In this case, it was especially motivating that we could contribute to the building of such significance in a historic city like Prague. It was a challenge when we realized how complex this task is, and that it means not only to solve the functionality of the building but also to create an intensive public space. This is the key aspect of our design.”The second prize was received by Francisco Jorquera’s team from Palma de Mallorca.

An eleven-member jury, with its chairman, architect Petr Hlaváček, chose from big number of received anonymous designs in the two-round competition. The competition was opened to participants from all over the world – 76 teams from 23 countries sent their designs. It represents the work of at least four hundred architects, planners, engineers and other professionals.
All designs will be exhibited in the Prague Congress Center from 13th to 19th September and 23th September to 5th October 2017, South foyer, entrance 10, daily from 12-7 p.m.

The jury consisted of representatives of PCC – Mayor of Prague and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board Adriana Krnáčová, Chairman of the Board of Directors Radim Haluz, General Director Roman Ray Straub, supported by Mark Kopec from IPR (Prague Institute of Planning and Development) and Councilor of Prague 4, Alžběta Rejchrtová.

The architectural professionals were represented by Petr Hlaváček and Ivan Kroupa, together with Elias Zenghelis from Greece, Mathias Müller from Switzerland and substitutes Viktoria Součková and Tomáš Koumár. Petr Hlaváček summarizes their collective work: “Great foreign juries with younger substitutes, keen representatives of the investor and politicians. In spite of the great diversity of the approaches of individual jurors, we largely acted in concord. I suppose that when a jury agreed on one design, it has the potential to captivate the public and other participants in the process.”

Elia Zenghelis, co-founder of the famous OMA office and currently a professor at Yale School of Architecture, said about the winning team after the competition: “The original building of the Prague Congress Centers has to deal with the identity of a very impressive monument of the Communist era, which must be re-formulated. This includes a new look, a position within the city and a connection to a complex traffic situation. This complexity has been mastered by the authors of the winning design.”

From the 76 proposals mentioned above, the jury selected the best six in March. The chosen authors further elaborated their designs for the second round. The authors of the awarded designs will be, in addition to receiving the financial reward, invited to further negotiation procedures without a publication in which the contract assignment will be decided. Four other teams that have not reached the prize will receive a sketch fee for participating in the second round. Since the third prize was not awarded, this amount was evenly distributed among the finalists.

The 1st prize:

OCA / Bernardo García, Marc Subirana, Biel Susanna, Hernan Lleida; cooperation: Joaquim Sellas, Play-Time architectonic image, Anabel Lazaro, Josep Ramon Rius, Silvia Juventeny, Simona Sulcová, Alfambra copisteria and Francesc Villena (Barcelona, España)

The 2nd prize:

Francisco Jorquera; cooperation: Catalina Riera, Sebastiano Rossi, Juan Jorquera, Cubic consultors (Palma de Mallorca, España)

Further finalists:

TAKENAKA EUROPE / Peter Mulík, Václav Sobolík, Haruka Fuji, Adam Huleja, Peter Chládek, Ivana Jedrzejková, Tomáš Jelínek, Eliška Křížová, Lenka Marečková, Tomáš Palkovský, Martin Šťastný; cooperation: Vladislav Bureš, Václav Mach, Jiří Petlach, Aranka Vondráčková (Prague, Czech Republic)

Szymon Rozwałka, Rudolf Müller, Martin Křivánek;cooperation: Anna Glajc, Barbora Jurčíková, Oliver Kažimír, Petra Krajčová, Matúš Peklanský; technical cooperation: Eva Fajkusová, Pavel Hladík, Jiří Janoušek, Stanislav Král, Ondřej Navrátil, Albert Novák, Petr Preininger, Luboš Zbranek (Brno, Czech Republic)

Office of Adrian Phiffer / Dimitrios Karopoulos, Saarinen Balagengatharadilak, Diana Franco Camacho, Michael DeGirolamo, Chloe Leung, Liusaidh Macdonald, Duc Anh Nguyen; cooperation: Silman Structural Engineers / Nat Oppenheimer, Aniket Zarekar; Transsolar / Linda Lam; Lam & Associates / Alex Tan, Patrick Lam; Propos Liberec; Martin Hejl (Toronto, Canada)

FAR frohn & rojas / Marc Frohn; cooperation: Treibhaus Landschaftsarchitektur Berlin / Deniz Dizici; Wetzel & von Seht / David Fuentes Abolafio, Wolfgang Keen; pin planende ingenieure / Norbert Müller; ARGUS Stadt und Verkehr / Christoph Ludwig (Berlin, Deutschland)

The essential questions about sustainability, CSR and meetings; a visit to IMEX America will provide all the answers – and plenty of great ideas!

What is best practice in sustainability in the meetings industry? What’s the easy way to introduce best practice? How can I articulate the business case for sustainability? How can we eliminate waste at meetings?

These are among the important questions that venue and event managers now frequently face.

They can find the answers to these and many more questions about sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) all under one roof by visiting IMEX America in Las Vegas, October 10-12. Sustainability will be one of the ten tracks that are covered by the 180 plus sessions in the vast education program at the show’s Inspiration Hub.

World class expert speakers and one-to-one consultations

From Smart Monday, October 9 until Thursday afternoon, world class experts will be leading more than a dozen workshops and campfires on all aspects of this key topic. Experts will be also available for one-to-one consultations. During Smart Monday, in a session organized by MPI, there will be opportunities to benchmark their activities against others through The Global Destinations Sustainability Index, also to look “behind the scenes” at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® to see how the hotel and venue minimize waste and maximize recycling.

Recent research by the IMEX Group and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) reveals how far the industry has gone in progressing its approach to this issue. Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of event strategists have increased their efforts in the last five years to put sustainability best practice into action, including 21 per cent who declare they have ‘significantly increased’ their efforts.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, said; “As shown by our research, sustainability continues to be a key issue for meeting planners and venues alike. Attendees at all events want to know that the organizers are planning those events in a responsible way – minimizing waste and the impact on both the local and global environment. We always seek to tackle the key industry issues through our education program, as well as providing innovative ideas and solutions.”

IMEX America is again reinforcing its strong commitment to CSR and sustainability. This year for the first time it is partnering with “Spread the Word Nevada”, a literacy non-profit organization. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite book to the show to donate to the local charity which will pass them on to children and adults across Southern Nevada.

No printed catalog – saving paper

This year IMEX America has added several more sustainability initiatives. 20 metric tonnes of paper will be saved by no longer printing a show catalog, and badges will be printed on paper rather than card. For the first time also, the carpet in the aisles and in some of the booths will be made from 25 per cent recycled materials and is 100 per cent recyclable.

These new developments are in addition to the already well-established sustainability and CSR programs and best practices at the show that include waste recycling and diversion of exhibitors’ unused materials, energy use, Clean the World® hygiene kit making, Waterwise Wednesday food and drink offerings, the Badge Back program and the #greencaffeine initiative.

CSR and Sustainability Showcase

These activities will be brought together at the show at the CSR and Sustainability Showcase which is sponsored by Costa Rica and supported by AlliedPRA and GES. This will be beside the entrance to the show floor from Tuesday October 10.

For exhibitors IMEX produces a comprehensive Sustainable Exhibiting Guide, which offers tips on how to make small changes that make a big difference. The IMEX Group is also sponsoring Positive Impact’s campaign to tell the story of the power of events during the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, commented: “We have always been committed to sustainability, not only in sharing knowledge and encouraging best practice within the industry but also demonstrating our commitment through our own activities. We work closely with our partners including GMIC, MeetGreen® and The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® to comply with APEX/ASTM standards as far as possible and, with their help, make good progress each year.

“The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® has a program to donate unserved food from conventions to local food banks. In October, it is expected to reach a substantial milestone – 300,000 meals donated since the program began – a terrific achievement.”

“If every exhibitor and every attendee at IMEX America takes just one more practical step to help reduce waste or operate more sustainably at our show then the entire industry’s contribution to greater sustainability, its legacy, will increase immensely.”

IMEX America announces dates and venues up to 2025, confirming move to September in 2019 and 2020

The IMEX Group – organizers of IMEX America – have announced the dates and locations for their industry leading Las Vegas show through 2025.
Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, “We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America. In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a result, we felt that it was important to give the industry as much notice as possible with regards to our dates and venues going forward to assist with their own planning.
“In particular, we wanted to remind the industry that we will be moving from our usual October dates to September for two (2) years in 2019 and 2020.”
In addition to confirming the dates, the IMEX Group have also announced that from 2021, after ten successful years at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, IMEX America will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Ray went on to explain, “The Sands Expo team have been wonderfully supportive partners since well before our inaugural show in 2011 and we are looking forward to four more successful shows working with them, through 2020. Their contribution in helping us to establish IMEX America in Las Vegas as the event where everyone from our industry, from the USA and worldwide, gathers each fall has been invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and are looking forward to continuing that partnership for many years into the future.

“However, we were not able to lock in space from 2021 onward. Therefore, after celebrating ten years working together and enjoying a fantastic relationship with the Las Vegas Sands team, we shall be moving to Mandalay Bay. We look forward to establishing successful partnerships with the Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams and we know that their world-class facilities will be an equally fitting home for the show.”

Long standing IMEX partner, the Sands Expo, commented, “As the leader of the meetings and tradeshow industry, we always felt that Las Vegas Sands was the perfect partner to assist in the launch of IMEX,” said Chandra Allison, senior vice president of sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “It has been a pleasure helping IMEX grow to become one of the most successful annual events for meeting professionals. The show has evolved, and so has the industry. We recognize this is the right time for the show to move to its next destination. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of IMEX America in Las Vegas for many years to come.”
Talking about their excitement in hosting the show in the future, MGM Resorts International and Mandalay Bay commented, “We are honored to partner with IMEX America and to keep such a prestigious industry event in Las Vegas. As an active supporter of IMEX, MGM Resorts International is excited to create new experiences for attendees at Mandalay Bay. We will continue to showcase the city of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International as the leading meeting and events destination” said Stephanie Glanzer, CMP, Vice President Sales of Mandalay Bay.
Dates and Location Summary

The dates and venues for IMEX America for the next eight years will be:

  • 2018   October, 16-18   Sands Expo
  • 2019   September, 10-12  Sands Expo
  • 2020   September, 15-17  Sands Expo
  • 2021   November, 9 -11  Mandalay Bay
  • 2022   October, 25-27   Mandalay Bay
  • 2023   October, 10-12   Mandalay Bay
  • 2024   October, 8-10   Mandalay Bay
  • 2025   October, 7-9   Mandalay Bay

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12, 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.
Further details about the show can be found on the new-look website.

 

ASAE Foundation Names Two Universities To Receive Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants

WASHINGTON— ASAE Foundation names two university programs that are receiving research grants as part of the Scholarly Research in Association Management Grants Program (SRGP). The SRGP provides lead investigators with funds to conduct research on a cross-section of topics relevant to nonprofit management and member-based associations. Each recipient will receive a $7,500 grant that starts in mid-August and lasts for one year.

The two awardees for this latest award cycle are:

James Madison University

Willingness to Donate: Are membership dues a substitute for donations?

Margaret F. Sloan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership Studies and Cleopatra Charles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark

New York University

Incentivizing Participation: Advocacy Associations and the Collective Action Problem

Clifford Frasier, Ph.D. Candidate

“Congratulations to James Madison University and New York University. The research will address questions about the relationship between donations and membership dues, and how advocacy efforts might be increased among associations. Both topics will provide valuable information for our community, and we look forward to sharing the results,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and ASAE Foundation President Susan Robertson, CAE

To learn more, visit foundation.asaecenter.org/research/scholarly-research-grants.

New Mobile Visitor Center & Name Change Introduced for Visit Grand Junction

Visit Grand Junction: new name, same mission; Mobile Visitor Center unveiled in Downtown Grand Junction

 

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, a department of the City of Grand Junction, is excited unveil their new mobile visitor center and to announce their name change. The department, formerly referred to as the VCB and responsible for promoting Grand Junction, Colorado as a leisure travel, meetings, and event destination, will now be known as Visit Grand Junction.

“Our new name is simple, straightforward and invites people to come here; it clearly translates what our mission is,” stated Debbie Kovalik, executive director of Visit Grand Junction. “Visit Grand Junction encompasses all aspects of the sales and marketing efforts that our office accomplishes on a daily basis. From the couple visiting from Denver for the weekend or the international traveler visiting for a week, to family reunions, weddings and meetings to assisting events, our goal is to create a positive economic impact for the entire community by engaging visitors and encouraging them to Visit Grand Junction. It is an exciting time to announce our name change alongside the reveal of our new mobile visitor center. The new mobile visitor center will allow for Grand Junction to distibute information and have a larger prescence at both area and regional events. Large local events such Colorado Mountain Winefest and the Grand Junction Air Show will be ideal places to utilize the mobile visitor center; in addition, the center can be used on the front range for shows and events in the Denver Metro area.

Originally named and established in January of 1990, Visit Grand Junction is changing its name to align with industry trends reflecting its existing URL and social media handles. 27 years ago, using a nomenclature such as Visitor & Convention Bureau was an industry standard; fast-forward to current times and hundreds of major metropolitan areas and many local Colorado destinations that were traditionally named CVB’s have adopted a similar name change. Examples include Denver, Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Ft. Collins, Durango, Salt Lake City, and Pueblo, just to name a few. It is a name that differentiates us from other local agencies and is easier to say and remember. Visit Grand Junction: new name, same mission.

To view Visit Grand Junction’s website, go to www.visitgrandjunction.com or follow Visit Grand Junction on Facebook (facebook.com/VisitGrandJunction), Instagram (instagram.com/visitgrandjunction), Pinterest (pinterest.com/visitgj), and Twitter (twitter.com/VisitGJ).

About Grand Junction (www.visitgrandjunction.com) – Grand Junction is the largest city in Western Colorado, located at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for incredible year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the breathtaking 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Surrounded by an abundance of public lands, Grand Junction is also a mecca for hunting, fishing, dirt bike and ATV riding. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, boating, golfing skiing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown featuring creative culinary options, shopping, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Visit Grand Junction is a department of the City of Grand Junction and is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the region.

Media Contact: 
Mistalynn Meyeraan, Visit Grand Junction, mistalm@gjcity.org , 970-244-1480

“The golden key to your company’s success” – white space and well-being explored through events, experts and education at IMEX America 2017

White space, “unplugging”, nutrition and mindfulness are all elements of well-being, a topic that is increasingly topping the to-do list for event strategists and meeting planners, and one that is explored in detail at IMEX America this year.

The show, taking place October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas, shines a light on all aspects of well-being with events, expert advice, activities and dedicated education sessions.

The importance of setting aside time for deliberation and insight is explored by Juliet Funt, CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, in her MPI keynote Activity is Not Productivity. According to Juliet, white space – uncommitted, flexible time with no agenda – is “the golden key to your company’s success.”

Building on this, a dedicated new white space area gives attendees the opportunity to sit and reflect on education sessions, with the chance to explore them further.

Further insights into health and well-being are delivered through the comprehensive education program which has a dedicated health and well-being track with sessions on food trends, stress, meditation and mindfulness. Author and presenter Kathy Gruver delivers a session on Navigating nutrition: what to add and subtract for better health, and Debra Zabloudil, founder of the Learning Studio, will discuss Mayhem or mindfulness: increase your emotional intelligence and balance.

All attendees can also enjoy a daily dose of well-being at the Be Well Lounge, sponsored by Hilton. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team at Mindful Makeovers™ believe “business and mindfulness go hand in hand” and will offer regular sessions on mindfulness and meditation every day.

On Wednesday October 11 the popular #IMEXrun returns, with hundreds of individuals and teams expected to take on the 5km route along the Strip.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, explains: “It’s widely recognized that physical activity contributes to well-being in both our business and personal lives. We’re finding that, increasingly, meeting professionals are keen to maintain healthy habits when traveling – as well as wanting to better understand how and what to incorporate into their own events and meetings.

“The wide range of well-being innovations at IMEX America this year support this by enabling attendees to energize and recharge so they’re on top form to make the most of and enjoy their time at the show – they’re also a valuable source of ideas for their own events.”

A survey carried out by MPI for IMEX focused on stress at work. MPI surveyed a number of meetings professionals on their ability to unplug and found that while only 5% of the meetings professionals surveyed admit to feeling no stress at work, a huge 95% struggle to separate work life from personal life.

Carina Bauer concludes: “There are many ways in which event organizers can integrate health and well-being into their activities, and they don’t have to blow the budget or completely overhaul their program. Small, simple changes such as providing healthier snacks, opportunities for physical activity and time out for reflection are all that’s required – and, we believe, the various well-being initiatives at the show will be inspiring.”

#IMEX17

To attend IMEX America as an attendee buyer, please register here.

Respect for Environment Pays Off

The Prague Congress Centre was perceived by the public as a giant who devours an endless amount of energy. But it is not true. Sustainable development and energy saving are clear priorities of the current centre.

The evidence of it is the extensive reconstruction of the technical background that took place last year and was successfully completed in the spring of this year. “It is clear today that the planned savings of CZK 21.9 million, which is about 30% of the total energy costs in 2013, has been exceeded and the investment of CZK 126 million will return earlier than it was guaranteed. ENESA from CEZ ESCO, which carried out the whole reconstruction of the PCC, has modernized the heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting of the building using the EPC method, i.e. energy services with a guaranteed result, “says Luděk Bednář, Technical Department Director.

What does it mean in practice?

ENESA has proposed a set of energy-saving measures and introduced energy management to ensure a comfortable living environment in all halls, offices and corridors with the lowest energy consumption and a maximum utilization of waste energy. Technicians in a technical centre monitor all the processes on huge monitors and check that everything functions as it should. The intelligent control system responds to all changes and regulates the performance of engines, cooling machines and heat sources exactly according to the weather, the geographical orientation of individual spaces, the occupancy of rooms and halls and the concentration of CO2 in the air. The individual rooms are heated or cooled according to the current accurately planned situation, and from recorded online measurement it is possible to find out when a congress or a performance starts in the hall because the temperature of

the air increases significantly with incoming visitors and the demand for room heating is reduced. The system simply measures and evaluates everything and, depending on the number of people in the room, exchanges more or less air. Depending on the outside temperature it switches on or off the heating or cooling and, of course, can prepare the space according to the schedule so that the optimal temperature is reached at the exact hour of the event. The energy is exploited to the highest level because the system does not only count with the produced heat, but it also uses waste heat / cold, e.g. for preheating the air in the winter months or pre-cooling it in the extreme summer days. What is also interesting is the air conditioning system, which works by drawing the fresh outdoor air through central preheating, where it is treated to a temperature of about 11 ° C to 18 ° C (according to the season) and then it is systematically distributed throughout the building. Additionally, before the air gets into the preparation, it is filtered and cleaned from dust, pollen and other allergens. In individual rooms, used air (so-called waste air) is converted to 100% fresh and clean air using heat exchangers as soon as it reaches the CO2 concentration limit. The waste air passes part of its heat on the fresh air in the heat exchanger and preheats it. The waste heat recovery system reduces heat and cold consumption considerably. The electricity that the PCC partly produces for its needs is also being saved in the lighting of the premises. All existing lights in the basement were replaced by LEDs with controlled dimming that respond to the movement of the operating staff. In practice, underground garages or corridors are illuminated only dimly, and the intensity of light increases when sensors detect a movement of a person or car.

Congress Centre of the Future

The modernization of the Prague Congress centre is an important step towards the future. In order to take place among the best in the coming years, it must work in accordance with the principles of sustainability. “We are not indifferent to what we leave behind. We are a place where people are educated, they gain new knowledge and information and aim at valuable goals. Of course, we want to contribute to this. We want to be environmentally friendly, socially responsible, we want to promote good things to the same extent as we strive

to provide our clients with the best conditions, safety and comfort while organizing their meetings, “says Lenka Žlebková, Sales and Marketing Director.

IAEE Holds First Thailand Women’s Leadership Conference in September

Highly Anticipated Program Features Top Female Executives

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) proudly announces the expansion of its top-rated Women’s Leadership Forum to Thailand. The inaugural Women’s Leadership Program – Thailand will be held on 28 September 2017 in Bangkok at the Plaza Athenee Bangkok, a Royal Meridien Hotel.

“IAEE’s relationship with the exhibitions and events industry in Thailand has been growing at a phenomenal rate beginning with the success of the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Learning Program,” said IAEE President David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “We currently have 113 CEM graduates in Thailand. This new leadership program marks a much-anticipated phase in our ongoing partnership in this region.”

In collaboration with the Thailand Management Association (TMA) and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum 2017 – Thailand will address topics unique to women with a world-class program tailored for all female professionals, regardless of industry, age, situation or position.

“This program has been in the works for more than a year now and we are very pleased with the outstanding program we have in store for our attendees,” said Wanweera Rachdawong, CEO, TMA. “Much consideration has been given to the quality and relevance of the topics presented to ensure attendees are left feeling inspired and motivated.”

Topics of discussion at the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum 2017 – Thailand will include:

  • Welcome Remarks
    Presented by Ms. Wanweera Rachdawong, Chief Executive Officer, Thailand Management Association; Ms. Nichapa Yoswee, Director of MICE Capabilities, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization); and Ms. Marsha Flanagan, Vice President of Learning Experiences, IAEE
  • Empowerment and the Will to Lead
    Presented by Ms. Vilaiporn Taweelappontong, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Thailand) Ltd. and Ms. Choo Leng Goh, General Manager, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel
  • Women’s Journey in a Changing World
    A special interview with Mrs. Kannikar Chalitaporn, Independent Director and Member of the Executive Committee, The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited facilitated by Ms. Veenarat Laohapakakul
  • Living the Legacy
    A special interview with Mrs. Rarin Utakapan Punjarungroj, Chief Executive Officer, Amarin Printing & Publishing Public Company Limited facilitated by Ms. Veenarat Laohapakakul
  • Women on the Move
    Presented by H.E. Mr. Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden to the Kingdom of Thailand, Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Knowing Yourself, Knowing the Difference
    Facilitated by Dr. Poomporn Thamsatitdej
  • Women in Technology
    Presented by Ms. Suwapich Wongwiriyawanich, Pilot (Captain A330), CRM instructor, Thai AirAsia and Ms. Pirada Techavijit, Researcher National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office
  • Passion & Commitment
    Presented by Mrs. Busaya Mathelin, Permanent Secretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Secret Behind Men’s Success: The Wind beneath their Wings
    Presented by Mrs. Petchpring Sarasin and Ms. Teeranai Na Nongkhai facilitated by Ms. Wanweera Rachdawong, Chief Executive Officer, Thailand Management Association

“We are very excited about this program given the success of the Women’s Leadership Forums held in the United States each year,” noted IAEE Vice President of Learning Experiences Marsha Flanagan, M. Ed.

Click here for more information about the Women’s Leadership Forum – Thailand 2017. Download the program here.