Monthly Archives: November 2015

IBTM America 100% Mutual Match Business Appointments

First US meetings event to deliver the concept

ibtm america 2016 which will take place at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, June 15-17, 2016 ( will be the first event of its kind in the US to create a community of professional meeting planners who will meet with suppliers for appointments selected in a mutual match process that guarantees both parties choose who they want to do business with.

Using technology developed by Reed Exhibitions – the world’s leading events organizer – and following research amongst the community that gathered at ibtm america this year, the show format will now allow for 2 days of intense business with up to 30 appointments and a third day dedicated to discovery of Nashville and industry education.

“With some 5,200 appointments that took place during ibtm america 2015, we are aware of the need to perfect the system even further and have been working on helping our attendees eliminate non-relevant meetings.  As a result we are now able to deliver a 100% mutual match, which we believe is the first event of its kind in the US,” said Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america.

Exhibitors will have the first opportunity to review Hosted Buyer profiles and make meeting preferences. When it’s the Hosted Buyers’ turn to select, they will see the details of the exhibitor that requested to meet with them and they can then accept that meeting.

Professional buyers will be pre-qualified to attend from the US, and around the world.

After this new “mutual match” is run, both buyer and supplier can then accept or decline an appointment, giving complete control to both parties.

“This is a unique method of ensuring that both parties at ibtm america have control of their time and investment at the event, knowing they have back to back appointments that are totally at their own request, matching their business objectives,” added McAuley.

ibtm america 2016 will also feature a “Discovery Day” with all attendees experiencing Nashville, networking together and attending some education sessions. Full details of Discovery Day will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Creating our ibtm america true industry community has been a successful concept.  The new meeting pod design gives exhibitors everything they need with none of the hassles of booth build, and once onsite the event format keeps buyers and suppliers together in one hotel, at one event venue, during all meals and networking. The new format ensures that buyers and exhibitors are truly engaged, making new connections and building long-lasting business relationships  – as a result, the show is one of the hot tickets in 2016!” said McAuley.

PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties Class of 2016 Winners Selected

PCMA to honor top young professionals at Convening Leaders in Vancouver, BC, January 10-13, 2016

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has selected the 2016 class for their 20 in their twenties program.

The 20 in their twenties program, supported by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center, is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the meetings industry by recognizing emerging leaders – and their talents – which help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future.

“We are privileged to strategically partner with PCMA, the PCMA Education Foundation and their 20 in their Twenties initiative,” said Bob Lander, President & CEO of the Austin CVB. “We are thrilled to support the development of new initiatives that involve and engage emerging leaders within the industry. This focus in Austin and throughout the industry is critical to its proactive growth and continuing success.”

20 in their Twenties Class of 2016

  • Kalee Barnhardt, CTA, Sales Manager, Experience Columbus
  • Jamie Bruce, CMP, Meeting Planner, Right Hand Events
  • Edward Byers, CHRP, CMP, Manager of Professional Development & Events, REALpac
  • Shannon DeSouza, MBET
  • Michael Doane, Marketing Manager, CadmiumCD
  • Bianca Ferrer, Creative Director & Producer, CoterieSpark
  • Jessica Fitting, Assistant Event Manager, Stanford Alumni Association
  • Sarah Gould-Stotts, CMP, Corporate Marketing Events Manager, Greystar Real Estate Partners
  • Juraj Holub, Marketing and Content Manager,
  • Irena Jelenova, Membership Development Executive, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
  • Noreen Leahy, Conference Planner, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Victoria Lee, Global Travel & Meeting Services, Senior Associate, Estee Lauder, Inc.
  • Alexander Plaxen, MTA, President, Alex Plaxen Media
  • Claire Repass, CMP, Manager, Communications. Social Tables
  • Lauren Santarone, CMP, Senior Meeting Manager, American Association for Cancer Research
  • Peter Simonelli, Event Services Coordinator, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Jenny Stanfield, Director, Operations, Engagement Unlimited
  • Havovie Suraliwalla, Conference Coordinator, SeaCourses Cruises
  • Erin Sweeney, National Sales Associate, Global Experience Specialists (GES)
  • Julia Yong, Senior Sales Executive – Association, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau

“Our 20 in their twenties program continues to engage the brightest rising stars in our industry,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. “This class group views our industry through their own unique lens; our goal is to tap into their vision and insights and bring those to life in both PCMA’s face-to-face and digital channels.”

Criteria for applicants was to be employed full time in the meetings industry, be 29 years old or younger at the time of recognition and to demonstrate ways they consider themselves to be industry leaders. Applicants were not required to be PCMA members. A Committee made up of 20 in their twenties alumni and veteran meeting professionals reviewed nearly 70 of applications in detail before deciding on the inaugural class.

The individuals selected will receive complimentary 2016 Convening Leaders and Education Conference registration, funds to cover travel expenses to attend Convening Leaders, as well as discounted registration to attend Convening Leaders and Education Conference until they reach the age of 30. Recipients will also receive complimentary membership for 2016 and discounted membership until they reach age 30. They will have the opportunity to be paired with an industry leader for three face to face or virtual mentoring sessions to assist in further development of their innovation and career.

Recipients will be recognized at Convening Leaders in January, as well as in Convene Magazine and other PCMA communications.

The program is supported by the PCMA Education Foundation, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Austin Convention Center.

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 6,700 members with a community of like-minded 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

About Austin CVB

The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing and sales organization for the City of Austin.  An accredited member of the Destination Marketing Association International, the Austin CVB is charged with marketing Austin nationally and internationally as a premier business and leisure destination, thus enriching our community’s overall quality of life. Locally, travel supports an estimated 53,900 jobs and pumps approximately $6.2 billion into Austin’s economy.

2015 Ends with Big Fun at Silver Legacy in Reno

Concerts, crawls, food and more

As the year winds down, there’s no better time to make time – time for yourself that is. Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno has just what you need for the perfect last minute and budget-friendly getaway. With two months packed full of fun events, planning a vacation has never been so seamless.

Known for bringing the biggest entertainers to the Biggest Little City, here’s a glimpse at what concerts you can catch at Silver Legacy:

  • Nov. 20 – Terry Fator
  • Nov. 26 – Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying
  • Nov. 27 – Rodney Carrington
  • Nov. 28 – Chiquis Rivera
  • Nov. 28 – Vietnamese Concert
  • Dec. 4 – Rick Springfield
  • Dec. 10 – Alejandro Fernandez
  • Dec. 11 – Jennifer Nettles
  • Dec. 19 – Jay Mohr
  • Dec. 26 – Chinese Concert

If you haven’t been to Silver Legacy lately, you might not know that the world famous comedy club, the Laugh Factory, opened its Reno location right in the center of our Home Sweet Dome. Hailed as the “#1 Comedy Club in the Country” by USA Today, the Laugh Factory has featured some of today’s biggest comedians including Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, and Dane Cook. Shows are six nights a week with two performances on Friday and Saturday.

  • Nov. 17 – 22 – Rich Hall with Bethany Dwyer and Harris Peet
  • Nov. 24 -29 – Ritch Shydner with Karen Rontowski and Alan Bursky
  • Dec. 1 – 6 – Erik Myers with John Crist
  • Dec. 8 -13 – Jackie Flynn with Mitchell Walters and Zan Aufderheide
  • Dec. 15 – 20 – Brad Williams
  • Dec. 26 – Jan. 3 – Adam Ray

To purchase tickets for any upcoming event at Silver Legacy, The Laugh Factory, Reno Events Center, and Reno Ballroom, visit or call 775-325-7401.

For those looking to avoid the kitchen this holiday season, why not take a quick trip to Reno for Thanksgiving? We’ll make sure you have all the fixings – turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course, the pumpkin pie. Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Flavors! the Buffet, Café Central, and Triple Play Sports Grill will all offer special Turkey Day menus, clean-up included. Check out for the full menus.

  • Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, $55 per person or $115 per person with wine pairing, served 5 p.m. – close
  • Flavors! the Buffet, $27.99 Adults, $13.99 Children (ages 4-10), served 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Silver Baron Buffet, $27.99 Adults, $13.99 Children (ages 4-10), served 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Café Central, $18.95 per person, served 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Triple Play Sports Grill, $14.95 per person, served 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Room Service, $21.95 per person, served 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

And of course, the holidays mean it’s that time of year again when thousands of Santas descend upon downtown Reno to enjoy good spirits and yule-tide cheer. Over 12,000 festive-clad wassailers will enjoy the annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl on Dec. 12. Silver Legacy is proud to be the hotel sponsor of Downtown Reno’s favorite holiday bar crawl, where proceeds benefit our local schools. Book your room today at a special discounted rate — we do sell out!

With so much to do, there’s no reason not to visit Reno before the year is over. Book direct to ensure you get Silver Legacy’s Best Rate Guarantee. Special offers, such as the 20% off Early Bird Winter Sale can be found at

About Silver Legacy

Located in the heart of the biggest little city, Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a premier destination, boasting the perfect amenities for any getaway. Official headquarters of the #Renossance, the resort casino features spacious guest rooms and suites, big-name entertainment, award-winning restaurants and the best darn outdoor and special events in the west. Enjoy world-class skiing, kayaking on the Truckee River and all things outdoors along with the only accredited museum in Nevada and arts & culture scene with international acclaim. Silver Legacy makes it easy and affordable to experience the best year round! To stay up-to-date with Silver Legacy Resort Casino, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Prague Strengthens Its Position in the International Congress Arena

Popularity of Prague as a congress destination across the world grows continuously. Congress destination number one in the Czech Republic attracts more interest in the international congress industry. This year, Prague has won its second annual Meeting Star award of the Slovenian Congress Magazine, which focuses on topics of Central and South-eastern Europe congress tourism. Prague strengthens its position within the region becoming the second most popular congress destination for the second year in a row.

The evaluation included 60 destinations across the region in total. With the score of 4.60 points Prague ranked just behind Istanbul. Istanbul confirmed its leadership for the second time, gaining 4.61 points. The third place went to Belgrade.

When evaluating the destination, multiple criteria such as the natural and cultural factors, general and transport infrastructure, tourism and congress infrastructure and marketing communication are taken into account. The current position of the destination in the ICCA world ranking and the list of cities ranked by quality of life published by Numbeo company are taken into consideration too.

According to the International Congress and Convention Association ICCA, Prague positions on the 10th place in the world comparison of congress destinations and the 9th position within Europe.

Meeting Star awards will be presented at the opening ceremony of the Conventa Trade Show in Ljubljana, Slovenia in January next year.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds All-New Florida Resort The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort in Destin


Northwest Florida’s brand-new resort The Henderson, scheduled to open in the summer of 2016 in picturesque Destin, has been accepted into the prestigious Membership portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, becomes ALHI’s first Member resort in the Northwest-Panhandle region of Florida. The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) now represents the new luxurious beachfront resort to North American meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

Located on nearly 1.5 miles of one of America’s highest-rated beaches, on Florida’s renowned Emerald Coast, The Henderson will feature sweeping views of the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine white-sand dunes. The stylish 170-room resort hotel will offer 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which will include a luxurious 5,221-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 1,000-square-foot Hospitality Suite, and a private dining room exclusively for group functions. The nearly 30,000 square feet of outdoor options will include lovely beachfront lawns, pool decks, and a gorgeous grand lawn.

Also of great appeal is that The Henderson is adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach Nature Preserve, which will offer guests and groups both a sense of privacy and a plethora of activities. Plus, the harbor is only a five-minute drive from the resort, which will enable The Henderson’s guests and groups to enjoy numerous water activities, and to shop in a festive marketplace. Destin has grown into a dynamic destination for groups and is now one of the Emerald Coast’s most sought-after destinations, offering world-class fishing, immersive activities, sugar-white beaches, spectacular open-air shopping, fresh local seafood restaurants, and championship golf courses. Destin is within a one-day drive of surrounding states and is easily accessible by air. Its three area airports have expanded service, with over 200 daily departures and arrivals from numerous major cities in the South, Midwest and Northeast. Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Fort Walton Beach is just 30 minutes away.

The Henderson joins in ALHI’s portfolio its sister resort, Virginia’s exceptional 340-acre Salamander Resort & Spa, which also is owned and operated by highly respected Salamander Hotels & Resorts.

In addition to its Membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, The Henderson is now presented in ALHI’s “Beach & Island Collection” and “U-200 Gems Collectionluxury brand segments.

The Henderson becomes ALHI’s 23rd AAA Four- and Five-Diamond-rated Florida option. ALHI’s Membership portfolio also includes such other distinguished Northern Florida resorts on the Florida East Coast and Atlantic oceanfront as:  the elegant oceanfront One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa, offering 10,500 square feet of meeting space in Atlantic Beach; the historic, AAA Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, featuring 250 exquisite guest rooms and suites in Ponte Vedra Beach; and the graceful and newly renovated, 66-room oceanfront The Lodge & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach. Each are served via Jacksonville International Airport.

“Talk about an exciting new option in our ALHI portfolio!” said Schultenover. “The Henderson will be a brand new, meetings-focused resort on Florida’s beautiful and very appealing Emerald Coast. We look forward to sharing the details of this outstanding new resort with professionals in the North American meetings and incentive marketplace. Planners simply need to contact their ALHI Global Sales professional to find out more about this wonderful new option.”

The ALHI ( Membership portfolio and dedicated GSO sales team features more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts in North America, which offer more than 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space. The ALHI GSO “Alliance” also provides sales services in North America for 70 more luxury hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia; a variety of 23 luxury-level cruise ships (Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises) appropriate for meetings & incentive (M&I) programs; and 55 Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 destinations worldwide with Global DMC Partners.

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

ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the ALHI GSO network with local professionals, valuable expertise, and ease of discussing viable options for your programs.

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

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

IAEE’s OnPoint to Deliver Innovative Weekly News Service

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) is proud to announce that it has partnered with InLoop to unveil a new and innovative weekly news service called IAEE’s OnPoint. This news service will replace IAEE’s Industry News previously published by Multiview. InLoop also publishes IAEE’s Online Exhibition Industry Resource Guide.

IAEE’s enhanced weekly news service, OnPoint, is designed to position IAEE as the exhibitions and events industry’s definitive source for current and relevant news, trends and insights.

IAEE reviewed numerous vendors and chose InLoop due to its algorithm technology that will allow IAEE members to continually customize the news and information that is most important to them, and will deliver it in an easy-to-read format to any device.

IAEE’s and its readership’s topic of choice. InLoop’s technology platform will then streamline the most relevant and popular pieces of content to create a custom newsfeed and newsletter. InLoop’s technology will further enhance the readers’ experience by allowing them to rank and personalize the news they receive based on their interests.

IAEE’s OnPoint will also offer exclusive advertising opportunities and bundles to help companies enhance and increase their exposure in front of its highly targeted readership. Given this exclusivity however, certain advertising placements are limited.

For more information about IAEE’s OnPoint, contact Bill Sheehan at +1 (703) 879-4308 or via e-mail at

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: BearCom, Delta Airlines, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, SkyTeam Airline Alliance, Streampoint Solutions, Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit for more information.

Suntec Singapore Wins Asia’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre Award for the 10th Consecutive Year

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) once again emerged as Asia’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards (WTA).

Held at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, Suntec Singapore picked up the award for the tenth consecutive year, reaffirming its regional market leadership position. “Suntec Singapore is thrilled to be the leading meetings and conference centre in the region once again. This honour will spur us to greater heights to be the most innovative and client-focused venue. With our flexible, customisable spaces and cutting edge technology, we have delighted our clients by delivering a seamless customised experience where everything just works”, said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore.

The World Travel Awards is in its 22nd year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. The award recognises and celebrates those organisations that push the boundaries of industry excellence. The Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony welcomed hundreds of industry professionals from around the region. The Awards will culminate in the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Morocco.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke: “It is a pleasure to present Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre with the World Travel Awards trophy for Asia’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre for the tenth consecutive year. This is an incredible achievement and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the whole team there. I look forward to welcoming Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre to our Grand Final in Morocco later this year for our Grand Final 2015.” Arun Madhok added, “It is a great honour to have received this tremendous vote of confidence and support from all our customers and partners for the past ten years.

Winning this prestigious award this year is especially significant because we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary. I would like to dedicate this award to the outstanding team of MICE professionals at Suntec Singapore who have all contributed to this extraordinary achievement.”

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre, located at the heart of Asia’s most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons.

Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city’s entertainment and cultural attractions. Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

IBTM America Introduces a New Hosted Buyer Recruitment Plan


Focus groups with Corporate, Agency and Incentive Buyers

ibtm america (, part of ibtm events, will be focusing once again on delivering a comprehensive mix of top level meetings industry buyers -with the focus on Corporate and Incentive planners – for its 2016 event which is set to take place in Nashville.

Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america commented: “Our focus is to offer both buyers and suppliers a platform to grow their business in the global meetings, events, conference and incentives industry, ensuring maximum ROI for both exhibitors and planners. Confirming the right profiling of both planners and suppliers is fundamental to the matching process and we continually strive to create an improved individual experience for our Hosted Buyers, based around pre-scheduled business appointments, networking and learning.”

The show team will take to the road this month to engage in focus groups as well as customer visits all over the US. The first will be held in Southern Florida followed by another on the East Coast in early December. The purpose of this qualitative research will be to gain a clearer understanding of both exhibitor requirements and buyer business patterns and objectives.

The new recruitment process will also involve the use of LinkedIn Navigator, reaching out to the other ibtm events and their association partners as a resource, recruiting buyers incrementally with exhibitors, research to understand how much of an issue “preferred suppliers” are for corporate planners in America, the use of “industry spiders” to gain access to the right corporate planners and gain introductions, targeting Fortune 1000 corporates and adding new meeting planners to existing database as well as face to face and telephone screening of buyers.

Christine Gaudet, Director of Events, Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN), commented: “I had heard about the event but never attended. I wanted to check it out and I was impressed– I loved the one-on-one meetings set up, it was very well run. I was able to discover more about Chicago and I’m running a summit there next week. I also found a couple of vendors I’m planning on using, secured a mobile app provider for my meeting in Chicago this week, and discovered a few venues and destinations that I’ll be considering for future events. I can sum ibtm america up in two words: well done!”

Edward Weller, Account Director, Digital Mauve, commented: “ibtm america was a great opportunity to speak to people who we don’t normally see. I was given a couple of briefs for international events and found a new DMC. I also met with a private jet company that was a great contact. The keynote speakers and the session on planning incentive travel inspired me. The event was really good, not only my appointments, but the networking opportunities as well.”

Meeting professionals who apply to attend this event as Hosted Buyers will be selected on their business influence and buying power, both in the region and globally.

Hosted Buyer Registration will be going live in January. For further information, please visit

For further information about exhibiting, please visit


PCMA Returns to Scotland with Global Medical Meetings Summit

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) returns to Scotland in November with its Global Medical Meetings Summit, bringing a number of senior medical professionals from around the world for a program of education at leading destinations across the country.

This invitation-only event has attracted the leaders in global medical meetings, with representatives from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Societe Internationale d’Urologie, American Thyroid Association, World Allergy Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, Scoliosis Research Society and American College of Genetics and Genomics.

“Throughout PCMA’s Global Medical Meetings Summit, this stellar group of medical meeting professionals will be working collaboratively to help us define today’s most pressing challenges in global medical conferences and define possible solutions, “said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA. “We look forward to the outcomes and continuing our collaboration with Scotland in the year ahead.”

The program begins on November 12th, in Glasgow, with a series of education events being held at the multi award winning Scottish Exhibition and Convention Centre, before heading out to the iconic Gleneagles Hotel, home to the 2014 Ryder Cup. The program concludes in the capital city, Edinburgh with events taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The program will be led by professional facilitator, Sean Blair, with UK’s ProMeet and will also feature keynote and workshop speaker Bertalan Mesko, aka The Medical Futurist, who will explore Bringing Disruptive Medical Technologies to Life in Healthcare.

Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events at VisitScotland commented “The PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit will represent the second occasion that Scotland has hosted such a prestigious gathering of meeting professionals, following the inaugural PCMA Global Corporate Summit in 2012.   Since then, Scotland has reinforced its position as the perfect stage for meetings and events of all sizes. We look forward to not only showcasing the country and its credentials in the medical arena, but also to providing an unparalleled backdrop to inspire these global leaders.”

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 6,700+ members with a community of like-minded 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 39 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA website at

About VisitScotland Business Events and VisitScotland

The Business Events Industry focuses on Scotland as a destination for conferences, conventions, and incentive programs. Currently, business events represent 20% of all tourism expenditure in Scotland. Business visitors spend almost twice that of leisure visitors, making it a highly lucrative sector, and it is also less seasonal than leisure tourism In addition, attracting a major conference reinforces Scotland’s credentials in key industries and can make us a more attractive destination for inward investors, meaning that the benefits of business tourism extend well beyond delegate spend.

VisitScotland’s Business Events team promotes Scotland as a destination for conferences, conventions and incentive programs. It undertakes a wide range of marketing activities both in the UK and overseas to attract corporate and association events.  It also encourages delegates to extend their stay in Scotland for leisure purposes – so-called ‘business extenders’ – or return on holiday with friends and family. For further information visit

Delta Employees Make Operations History

Last week, Delta people finished a day with no canceled flights for the 100th time in 2015, reaching a remarkable operational milestone with three months to go in the year.

In his weekly message to Delta employees, CEO Richard Anderson said of the feat: “This is an unprecedented accomplishment that should make all Delta people proud.  More customers are choosing to fly Delta every day because of our consistent, reliable, top-notch operation.”

“Customers value operational reliability tremendously and it can be the deciding factor when it comes to winning their loyalty,” Anderson said.

In the industry, it’s known as “completion factor” – the percentage of scheduled flights completed in a day. Sounds simple, but anything from weather to unexpected maintenance problems can cancel flights anywhere in the world.

Delta’s numerous high-performing teams – ranging from maintenance to meteorology – have driven the airline to 100 days of 100 percent completion factor so far this year.

There are 97 days left in 2015 and Delta teams will work to continue to push the operational record higher.