Monthly Archives: July 2013

Celebrate Summer with EPIC and Surfcomber Spa and Spice Packages

Soak up the Sun Through September with Secret Passwords and Seasonal Offerings

MIAMI – Kimpton’s Miami-based EPIC Hotel and Surfcomber South Beach invite travelers to relax, eat well, and take in the local scene this summer as they celebrate spa, spice and all that is nice about Miami.

Coinciding with the destination’s designated Spa and Spice months, which run from July through August, EPIC and Surfcomber have created premium packages that promise a little R&R, tantalizing temptations, and all of Miami’s finest – from legendary beaches to the best in culture, shopping and nightlife.

EPIC Hotel, Miami – A luxury, waterfront hotel with spectacular skyline views in downtown Miami, EPIC is the ideal choice for those looking to experience a Miami summer in the city.

This summer, EPIC is offering the Round of ‘Spa’-pplause package throughout the month of August, offering guests a choice of one out of four customized wellness treatments at Exhale Spa for each night they stay.

In addition to revitalizing your mind, body and spirit, guests can also enjoy the hotel’s 16th floor wrap-around roof-top pool deck overlooking Biscayne Bay. This sophisticated oasis atop downtown Miami captures the energy of the city, while creating a resort feel with two infinity pools, 10 private cabanas and helpful staff to fulfill every need. Located in the epicenter of the city, guests can enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to area beaches, local shopping districts, museums, theaters and restaurants.

Surfcomber Miami, South Beach – While South Beach might be known for its nightlife, Surfcomber is home to the area’s daylife thanks to the hotel’s iconic outdoor pool deck, direct beach access and near endless array of daily outdoor activities, including beach volleyball and paddle boarding. Situated along 200 feet of Atlantic oceanfront, Surfcomber ensures a full day of summer fun for guests seeking the perfect combination of sun, surf and sand.

Special summer savings on stays, dinner and drinks are on tap at Surfcomber throughout August and September with 20 percent off best available rates and a three-course dinner for two at The Social Club. Signature drinks prepared by the hotel’s mixologist are also included.

To book EPIC’s Round of ‘Spa’-pplause package (booking code MIASPA), call 1-866-760-3742 or visit www.epichotel.com.

To book Surfcomber’s Miami Spice package (booking code SPICE1), call 1-800-994-6103 or visit www.surfcomber.com.

As an added summer bonus, fans of EPIC and Surfcomber’s Facebook and Twitter pages will have access to a series of secret social passwords announced every month this summer. Travelers who whisper the password of the month at check-in at any Kimpton hotel will receive extra-special amenities or upgrades during their stay. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals, become a fan of the EPIC and Surfcomber Facebook pages, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @KimptonInFL.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981 Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish ambience and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Kimpton restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare program that spans all hotels and restaurants. Market Metrix, a recognized authority and leader in feedback solutions, consistently ranks Kimpton above other hotel companies in luxury and upper upscale segments for customer satisfaction. Privately held Kimpton was recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Best Company to Work for in 2012. The company operates 60 hotels and 68 restaurants, bars and lounges in 25 cities. For more information visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

MTD++ to Further Accelerate VMY 2014

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) launches the Malaysia Twin Deal Programme (MTD) ++ with special value added packages in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014

Singapore – In its efforts to continuously drive and strengthen the Malaysian business events industry, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has carved another significant milestone with the launch of Malaysia Twin Deal ++ (MTD++) at a product presentation for corporate meeting & event planners in Singapore today. MTD++ is aimed to support Tourism Malaysia’s objective to welcome 28 million tourists to the country under the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign.

Targeted at international corporate meeting & incentive groups, MTD++ entitles international groups of 50 pax and above to enjoy various exciting value-added support. Following a similar concept as the MTD Programme, MTD++ maintains the approach of Deal 1 and Deal 2 which offer rewards for both participants and meeting & events planners. Tailored to enhance the corporate meetings & incentive groups experience in Malaysia, the privileges included in Deal 1 ranges from limited edition welcome gifts, cultural showcase to a complimentary dinner for the groups. Deal 2 offers various exciting rewards for meeting & event planners such as a vacation for two in Malaysia and an iPad mini. This is applicable for meeting & event planners who bring in an accumulative 500 participants and above.

In addition to Deal 1 and Deal 2, MTD++ is also collaborating with participating hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Sabah and Sarawak to provide value added benefits from the properties. These special value-add items include discounts on meeting packages, complimentary rooms with minimum 25 paying rooms and free welcome amenities. The impressive line-up of participating hotels includes global brands such as Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Berjaya Tioman Resort and 31 more hotels.

“MyCEB would like to invite all meeting & event planners to grab this opportunity offered under the MTD++. Our aim is to provide more interesting options and ideas for the meeting & events planners, which would facilitate them to influence their clients in choosing Malaysia as their next destination to organise corporate incentive programmes”, enthused Ms. Ho Yoke Ping, General Manager of Sales & Marketing, MyCEB.

All confirmed booking must be made between 1 August 2013 and 31 December 2013 for group arrival in 2014. To know more about MTD++, meeting & event planners are invited to contact MyCEB on Tel +603 2034 2090 or email sales@myceb.com.my. Planners can also visit http://www.myceb.com.my/promotions for more information.

ALHI Raises $8,000 for Special Olympics New York

NEW YORK, NY (July 2013) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) recently hosted its annual ALHI Showcase in New York City for meeting professionals, business executives, and incentive specialists, at which ALHI and its clients raised $8,000 for the event’s designated charity, Special Olympics New York.

The ALHI Showcase was conducted at Bryant Park Grill, and ALHI raised the funds for Special Olympics New York through a silent auction at the event. ALHI Executive Vice President Don Macumber and ALHI Regional Vice President for the U.S. Northeast Region Vicky Hettleman presented the check for $8,000 to Judy Dorn, Regional Director for Special Olympics New York, and Lena Franklin with Special Olympics New York.

With a distinctive worldwide portfolio of more than 150 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales Organization (GSO) services with diverse options among its outstanding member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the Global Sales services of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the organization to best serve planners with local professionals. The mission of Special Olympics is “to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

For more information about ALHI, or to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member hotels or resorts, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com. ALHI PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208 or klamonica@chisano.com.

Pacific World Opens Perspectives with Quarterly Newsletter

To subscribe, visit http://www.pacificworld.com/news/perspectives/register.html

Pacific World (www.pacificworld.com), the global MICE player, has announced the launch of their new quarterly industry newsletter “Perspectives”. The newsletter will be themed to provide information around Architecture, Shopping, Gastronomy and Pop Culture, which are recurring themes across the Pacific World’s growing portfolio of destinations. The newsletter will also provide readers with an insight into some of the latest projects the company has been working on across the globe.

To subscribe, visit http://www.pacificworld.com/news/perspectives/register.html

Following their worldwide rebranding in November 2011, Pacific World as a global brand is recognised for delivering operational excellence, creativity and best-in-class customer service across the world. Through working closely with local governments and convention centres, the global MICE company currently delivers event solutions in over 24 countries and 50 destinations countries including including China, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Greece, England, Scotland, France, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique).

For more information please visit: www.pacificworld.com.

3rd Edition of IMEX America Gearing Up with Association Focus Announcement – Smart Monday’s ‘conference within a conference’

With the third edition of IMEX America on the horizon, the trade show’s organizers have announced program details for Association Focus, its pre-show ‘conference within a conference’ uniquely dedicated to professional development and ‘hot topic’ education for association meeting planners and other association executives. The event is sponsored by Sands Meetings.

The free educational event, which is organized in active partnership with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, PCMA and ICCA, takes place as part of IMEX America’s flagship education day, ‘Smart Monday’ on Oct. 14, which is powered by MPI and takes place one day prior to the three-day trade show.

The Association Focus program features each of the three leading industry associations responsible for designing and delivering one of three tracks of content: Executive (ASAE); Global (ICCA) and Meetings (PCMA). This allows association executives attending to tailor their education experience to match their individual needs, experience, interest levels, and current & future organizational goals.

Following a networking lunch, the event program will kick off with a keynote address, sponsored by Puerta Vallarta, by “people-centric business expert”, Tim Sanders. Sanders is a former Yahoo! executive, corporate consultant and bestselling author of Love Is the Killer App, The Likeability Factor, and Saving the World at Work.

Attendees will then choose between the three tracked sessions. In the executive track, “Culture Change: Channelling Your Resources for Greater ROI,” will be led by Janice R. Lachance, CEO of the Special Libraries Association and Susan Robertson, Executive Vice President of ASAE and President of the ASAE Foundation. The pair will share practical insights and guidance on rethinking how decisions are made in terms of the processes, products, and services that keep associations relevant. The session will also focus on how to develop new organizational cultures that engender more flexibility. It will also give a glimpse into ASAE’s brand new Product Development Process.

In the concurrent global track, ICCA will be leading two “wisdom of crowds,” round table sessions to extract and share expertise on the themes “International Meetings are from Mars, Domestic Meetings are from Venus,” and “Going Global: Dangers, Risks, Problems, Challenges and Other Worries that Keep You Up at Night.”

“In today’s increasingly globalized world and to keep up with the resulting opportunities and challenges facing their members, US associations need to adopt an international mindset wherever they hold their meetings. Our sessions will explore some of the fundamental ways international meetings differ from US domestic meetings and discuss implications for venue and destination selection, marketing, education content delivery, networking and risk management,” said Martin Sirk, ICCA CEO. “Aimed at being highly interactive, we’ll also be asking our audiences to share their successes and failures, objectives and fears — and we’ll mix in perspectives from different regions of the world to generate a host of fresh ideas on how to deliver the most effective international events.”

In the PCMA meetings track, delivered by Katie Callahan-Giobbi of Minding Your Business, attendees will be given “ 3 Key Steps to Personalize Your Attendees Experience, Powered by PCMA.”

Later in the afternoon the Association Focus program offers delegates a choice of over 8 round-table discussions across all three tracks. The facilitated group discussions will also be organized by track, with topics including “Strategic Alliances & the Role of Governments in Global Expansion”; “Growing globally – Keys to Success”; “Building Partnerships in New Markets”; “Hybrid and Virtual Conferences – New Learning Formats”; and “Using Social Media and Viral Marketing to Promote your Event”.

Come 6pm all Association Focus buyers will attend the popular Association Evening reception sponsored by Sands Meetings to meet and network with exhibitors and association partners. The reception provides a friendly and informal setting for many hundreds of industry professionals to start the business week with purpose.

Registration for the IMEX America Association Focus on Smart Monday Oct.14 is now open. Participants are invited to attend either as part of the show’s hosted buyer program (subject to qualifying criteria) or as a buyer attendee. Contact Natasha.richards@imexexhibitions.com.
Full programme details can be found at: /events/forums/association-focus/.

About Smart Monday

IMEX America’s Smart Monday on Oct. 14 is a whole day of free professional development and high quality learning opportunities for meeting and event industry professionals at all career levels. Smart Monday is powered by MPI, IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider, and also features a range of specialist educational sessions provided by IMEX America’s association partners including Site, GMIC, IAEE and HSMAI. The day includes keynote speakers, knowledge sessions and deep-dives for senior executives. Smart Monday takes place in The Venetian® l The Palazzo® Congress Center, Las Vegas. More information: /events/forums/smart-monday/

About IMEX America

IMEX America is America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events and is the largest tradeshow for the industry in the USA. The third edition will take place at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas®, (which is connected to the show’s Headquarters Hotel, The Venetian®|The Palazzo®), Oct 15-17, 2013. The show’s Official Airline is Delta.

IMEX America’s strategic partner and premier educational provider is MPI, who powers “Smart Monday” – Oct. 14 – a full day of education on the day prior to the tradeshow. Smart Monday also includes a range of high level education delivered by other partners and associations, including Association Focus – a conference within a conference for association meeting planners – delivered by ASAE, ICCA and PCMA.

IMEX also has an exclusive partnership with the US Travel Association and is endorsed by ICCA, DMAI and Site, has an Industry Partnership with PCMA and is an AIPC Corporate Partner.

Other supporting associations include: ACTE Global, ADME, AMCI, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Association Forum of Chicagoland, CIC, ECM, FICP, GMIC, IACC, IAEE, IAPCO, ISES, JMIC, PATA, SKAL and Spin.

PCMA Announces Educational Program for First PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit

The educational program of the 2013 PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit, which takes place at ExCeL London in the UK capital July 17-20, will include addresses from some of the most senior strategists in the medical meetings community.

The meeting will commence with a personal welcome from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who will address the delegation, representing medical association meeting planners and CEOs from across the globe. The Mayor’s presence at the welcome serves to underline the importance the city puts on this sector of the meetings and events industry, and its commitment to high quality education and learning.

The educational program has been curated by PCMA and has been designed to mix keynote speakers with specific and relevant expertise in this area of the market, with group, peer to peer and shared learning across the senior delegation.

The first day keynote address will be from Magnus Lindkvist, trend spotter and futurologist, on The Future of Global Healthcare. Meanwhile the second day will see a keynote workshop session with Franck Schuurmans, PH.D. on reinvention and future scenarios. Schuurmans is an expert in strategic planning, decision-making, innovation and corporate governance, as well as a highly published and sought after speaker at conferences and meetings throughout North America and Europe and will be bringing his expertise to the meeting for the benefit of the medical meetings sector.

“This is an ambitious and comprehensive program of education and one that we feel confident will drive new learning across the medical meetings sector,” comments Sherrif Karamat, CAE, COO, PCMA. “We’re privileged to have some of the leading minds converge in London for what will be an outstanding summit.”

Elsewhere, the content will include sessions on: What Do Future Healthcare Trends Mean for Your Society and Medical Meetings?; What are the Opportunities for Reinvention in Medical Societies?; Codes and Compliance – A
Moderated Panel Discussion on Strategies for Medical Meetings and Global Pharma and Device Compliance; and Your Strategies for Compliance.

Throughout the meeting a series of Tech Lunches will be hosted by local companies; offering delegates the chance to pose challenges and ask for advice on how technology can input and enhance their meetings.

About Professional Convention Management
Association PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ 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 pcma.org.

ACC Liverpool Set for Series of Medical Events

@accliverpool confirms four medical conferences coming to venue

A series of medical associations are set to return to ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, as the venue continues to increase its reputation in the health sector.

The latest to confirm is the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) conference, the largest oncology conference in the UK, which will return this year and again in 2014, when it will celebrate the tenth event of its kind. The conference, which brings together clinicians, scientists, PhD students, nurses, patients and carers over three and a half days, has been held at the venue since 2010.

Sharon Vanloo, of NCRI, said: “We bring together 2,000 delegates for every event and overall feedback is that ACC Liverpool provides excellent conference and event facilities in a city that is a hub for the medical sector.”

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) will return in 2016 and 2019, bringing 3,000 delegates to each conference and exhibition. The association held a successful event at ACC Liverpool in 2010 and returned again in 2012 as part of the the Digestive Disorders Federation meeting.

Lynn Samson, of PCO MCI Glasgow, said: “I’ve worked closely with ACC Liverpool for some years and have always found the team to be a pleasure to work with, ensuring all aspects run smoothly. Our last meeting was a superb success and we very much look forward to returning in 2016 and 2019 for BSG’s annual meeting.”

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) will hold their third joint conference at ACC Liverpool in 2014, potentially bringing more than 1,000 delegates to Liverpool over three days. BHIVA held its last conference at the venue in 2009.

Faarid Patel, managing director of conference organisers Mediscript Ltd, added: “ACC Liverpool’s experience in the medical conference sector is reflected in the professionalism and expertise of the entire team.”

The British Society of Immunology, which held its conference at the venue in 2010, will return in December this year and again in 2016 and 2019.

Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: “To be able to confirm four repeat events in the medical sector alone highlights the confidence event organisers have in our venue and in the city in bringing together medical professionals.”

HSMAI’s MEET National Registration Now Open

Event Wraps this Year’s Successful Series Geared toward Meeting, Events Professionals

MCLEAN, Va. – Registration is now open for this year’s Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) MEET National, the meeting and event-planning industry’s leading show. HSMAI’s MEET National, which is focused on Meetings, Events, Education and Technology, is scheduled for Sept. 4-5, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

More than 1,800 meeting and event professionals are expected to take part in HSMAI’s MEET National to connect with the right resources and suppliers to help move their events forward. A sample of the quickly expanding list of exhibiting hotels, destinations and suppliers includes: Best Western International, Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Historic Hotels of America, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Madison Avenue Signs, Mexico Tourism Board, The Peabody Orlando, Virginia Tourism and Bagmasters. HSMAI’s MEET National will also include a Resort Pavilion featuring Terranea, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Sea Island and other top resorts.

“HSMAI’s MEET continues to offer attendees some of the most valuable networking and educational opportunities available to meeting and event professionals,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “We are very proud of these events and the opportunities they create for exhibitors and planners alike, and we are looking forward to another successful HSMAI’s MEET National in September.”

Educational Offerings

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Jim Davidson, expert climber and expedition leader, who will speak on the power of partnership.

Through HSMAI’s MEET University, industry specialists’ insights, which are geared toward both planners and exhibitors, will be shared through an interactive platform with sessions including hands-on demonstrations, case-study workshops and peer-to-peer roundtables.

Two featured sessions will be led by Midori Connolly of AVGirl Productions, including:
• I Don’t Speak Lumen: AV Survival Skills from Novice to Advanced
• Hybrid Meetings: Strategy & Production

Additionally, through the second year of HSMAI’s partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the organization will host two educational sessions for meeting and event planners, including:
• The Why and How of Event Management (Speaker: Peggy Hemphill, Your Corporate Source, Inc.)
• Your Road Map to CSR (Speaker: Mariela McIlwraith, Meeting Change)

“It’s new, it’s innovative and it’s fresh information for seasoned planners,” said the Federation of Animal Science Societies’ Cara Tharp of HSMAI’s MEET. “I have learned a lot, and after 20 years in the industry, that’s saying something.”

Additional HSMAI’s MEET Offerings

As in years past, this year’s event will provide attendees with a variety of exclusive offerings including:
• HSMAI’s Attendee Concierge: HSMAI’s MEET Attendee Concierge is a convenient service helping attendees personally pre-schedule one-on-one appointments during regular tradeshow hours
• HSMAI’s Exhibitor Concierge: An HSMAI staff sales professional solely devoted to aiding suppliers in making advantageous business connections and maximizing their return on participation
• HSMAI’s TEEM Up: A role reversal expo of exhibitors and planners where they can maximize their time for one-on-one appointments requested by the pre-qualified and hosted meeting professionals

HSMAI has partnered with numerous top-level planners for HSMAI’s TEEM Up. Through this unique format, planners are connected with buyers and suppliers via scheduled appointments. Interested participants can view qualification details by visiting HSMAI’s MEET website.

To see what exhibitors and planners have to say about the value of HSMAI’s MEET, visit www.youtube.com/HSMAIMEET.

Limited booth space is available. Interested exhibitors may contact Bradley Eubank, exhibition sales account manager, J. Spargo & Associates, Inc., 703-631-6200, meetexhibits@jspargo.com.

About HSMAI
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI’s MEET, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at www.hsmai.org, www.facebook.com/hsmai, www.twitter.com/hsmai and www.youtube.com/hsmai1.

Sustainability Focus at EIBTM 2013

Exhibitors invited to sign up for Sustainability Stand Award

EIBTM (www.eibtm.com), the global event for the meetings and events industry, has announced that the Sustainability Stand Award will feature again this year as part of a wider strategy to encourage exhibitors to take a sustainable approach to their participation in the show, which will take place in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from 19th-21st November, 2013.

Judged by an expert independent panel, the Sustainability Stand Award recognises exhibitors placing the most emphasis on sustainability at EIBTM. Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau were named as the winner of last year’s Sustainability Award due to their demonstration of best practice and leadership in the field.

The Switzerland Tourism stand at EIBTM 2012 was created using sustainably sourced wood and low energy lighting, and had been recycled at exhibitions for the previous three years, with a view to it being in use a further five years. Staff on the Switzerland Tourism stand were also encouraged to attend sustainability related education sessions and bring less literature during the event.

Barbra Steuri-Albrecht, Director, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau commented, “To receive the EIBTM Sustainability Award was a great recognition for Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB). It was a true reward for the many smaller and bigger results we achieved in Switzerland over the last few years together with our regions, centres, destinations and hotels. It has been, and still is a great motivation to continue our sustainability efforts at these different levels and to share best practice examples with our clients and other interested parties.”

EIBTM provides a dedicated education stream that includes a range of education, advice clinics, case studies and best practices delivered by industry experts in the Sustainable Events Corner during the three-day event. This feature provides information on sustainability and how it can be practically implemented into events, venues and the industry supply chain. For further information on Sustainability education available from EIBTM visit www.eibtm.com/sustainablecorner

Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions, EIBTM Exhibition Director, commented, “Sustainability is one of the key elements of EIBTM and we are committed to continuing to make positive changes. Since introducing our sustainability objectives in 2009 we have reduced our waste by over 79%, which is great and allows us to increase our goal even further in coming years. The Sustainability Award is part of our overall sustainability strategy, recognising the work of our exhibitors in contributing towards our sustainability objectives as part of our involvement to achieve ISO 20121 certification.”

Exhibitors who would like to apply for the Sustainability Stand Award can submit their applications online at www.eibtm.com/sustainableaward Entries will close on Monday 11th November; the winner will be revealed on the second day of the show and announced in the Show Daily.

EIBTM 2013 will take place from 19th – 21st November, a week earlier than in previous years. The EIBTM Forum will take place the day before the exhibition on 18th November.

WMG Embraces New Logo, Implements New Account Management Structure, Begins New Website Design Effective July 15, 2013

World Marketing Group has experienced new developments in logo design, is updating its website layout and appearance, and implementing structural changes in Account Management. Jane Schuldt, President and Founder of World Marketing group explains, “In keeping with internal strategic alignment for account management, and to complement a new website under development, a fresh new look for our corporate brand was conceived. The new logo design was chosen for its simplicity and freshness, for its vibrancy in color and movement and for the unbiased global perspective it communicates. All of these attributes underpin World Marketing Group’s approach to serving the needs of our clients.”

“In concert with the new logo will be a new website scheduled for launch in September that will provide a more user friendly experience with easier access to the proprietary tools designed with the incentive planner in mind – PricePointPrimer© (PPP©) and Virtual Sales Call® (VSC®) presentations. Additionally, Virtual Site Inspection presentations will be available for viewing that provide more in-depth visual coverage of destinations to aid planners with the greater level of detail required to ascertain the viability of destinations suitable for client programs. Both the PPP© and the VSC® are actively used by planners to pre-qualify clients’ budgets and interest, adding to significant resource savings at the pre-sales phase. They also are used to explore new, unfamiliar destinations that often surprise clients with their affordability and appeal, satisfying two important ‘must haves’ when searching for new destinations.

Due to the growth of the international portfolio, account management has been introduced effective July 15th to offer our internal DMC clients an even more focused approach, and our external customers a dedicated lead and back-up system that provides enhanced personalized attention and expertise from account managers dedicated and specialized in specific countries. This change is expected to strengthen the existing performance and customer service levels WMG’s DMC partners and their clients have stated as a strategic reason for joining and utilizing World Marketing Group’s portfolio of award winning DMCs.

For more information, please visit www.worldmarketinggroup.com, email jane_schuldt@wmgpw.com, tweet us @wmgdmcs or contact us toll-free 800-722-3876.