Monthly Archives: April 2019

‘Get stuck into some serious business’

IMEX in Frankfurt brings together global suppliers, world-renowned speakers and the latest learnings

“IMEX in Frankfurt is truly a global gathering of the MICE industry – bringing together 14,000 senior industry professionals each May to meet, do business and advance the sector. The show is a melting pot of ideas, connections and shared experiences that can only happen when meeting face to face.  IMEX constantly seeks to innovate and deliver fresh and surprising content at each show – and this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt is no exception,” Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

With 3,500 exhibitors from over 150 countries, buyers can get stuck into some serious business. New exhibitors confirmed so far include Mallorca Tourist Board, Associated Luxury Hotels, the Faroe Islands, Pacific World Congresses & Exhibitions and Nobu Hotels. Jordan Tourism Board, Hilton International, Evintra, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan and H-Hotels are among the exhibitors who have an increased presence at the show this year.

Exhibitor announcements

New Leonardo hotel openings in Frankfurt and Zurich, the launch of a new tall ship for Sea Cloud Cruises, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Economic Impact Study results, Peninsula Hotels’ new Global Art Programme plus the launch of new exclusive experiences for Eurostar clients are just a few of the updates buyers will hear when talking business with exhibitors. More than 10 organisations also plan to make news announcements during IMEX including: SITE, Airport Authority Hong Kong, European Cities Marketing and Thailand.

New Discovery Zone – powered by imagination

Imagination is IMEX’s Talking Point for this year and the theme informs content throughout the show, bringing with it a range of exciting new experiences, exhibitors and educational events. Imagination powers the show’s new Discovery Zone, which is set to showcase the latest in experiential concepts and event technology. This specially curated area will be packed with education and experiences to fire up the imagination of event planners and exhibitors alike, helping them to question the conventional and explore fresh approaches.

A talking robot, holographic show and 360degree photography booth plus an interactive art mural are among some of the surprises in store. Attendees can explore the great outdoors while dining indoors at the show’s food court, they can also kick back with table football, table tennis and other games for some purposeful rest and relaxation.

EduMonday launches with keynote

Learning opportunities are core to IMEX in Frankfurt, beginning with EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education taking place the day before the show on Monday 20 May. Anne Kjaer Riechert, Co-founder & Managing Director of ReDI School of Digital Integration, launches EduMonday with her keynote at She Means Business, a conference created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft. After this attendees can stay and be part of She Means Business, celebrating the role of women in the events industry or mix and match from a programme of 20 general sessions designed around professional or personal development.

For the first time, MPI (Meeting Professionals International, Strategic Partners to IMEX America) will also be offering high level education sessions during EduMonday: event marketing; risk management and inclusivity. Erwin Steijlen, who was a huge hit at MPI’s recent European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) with also bring his show-stopping presentation on “The Power of Music” to IMEX.

Event professionals from all sectors and all levels can explore topics and trends via a number of dedicated events during EduMonday, all specifically curated for various audiences. Association professionals from around the world are invited to Association Day & Evening, to share best practice and connect with peers. ASAE, ICCA and MCI have all collaborated with IMEX to create a topical and interactive programme, delivering three Learning Labs covering Leadership, Imagination and Knowledge. The Agency Directors Forum is a strategic exchange for small to mid-size meetings and events agencies focusing on People & Talent Management, Keeping your Leadership Skills Smart, Technology for your Business and Diversity, Collaboration, Transformation. There’s also education and networking exclusively for corporate/in-house meeting and event executives at Exclusively Corporate which includes speakers from the International Olympic Committee, Barclays, Cisco, Microsoft and KPMG.

Young planners learn ‘how to put the roar into their career’

Young professionals will learn ‘how to put the roar into their career’ in Living life with a purpose, a session that’s part of Rising Talent, personal development education designed for planners under 35 years. Other sessions focus on how to develop leadership qualities, networking and career advancement strategies, and also The impact of associations and their conferences on destinations detailing the importance of legacy.

Explore social learning, food waste & emotional engagement

With over 250 complimentary learning sessions in both English and German taking place on EduMonday and throughout the three days of the show, there’s no shortage of opportunities to update industry knowledge and contacts. Sessions focus on hot topics and are designed across 10 tracks, including business skills, creative learning, research and trends, sustainability and health and wellbeing.

New for this year is the Red Lab where experts from outside the events sector will deliver fresh and imaginative perspectives in sessions such as Social learning: Connect. Share. Learn from game based learning platform and What a waste! Finding solutions for world problems using co-creation – a session delivered by Laure Berment fromToo Good To Go, the world’s number one app for fighting food waste.

The importance of mindfulness in talent management will be presented by Jan Esswein, one-time monk and now Germany’s most widely-read author on the subject of mindfulness. Emotional engagement in event design is explored by experts including James Morgan, Founder of Event Tech Lab. There’s also a brand new Event Innovation Lab, by EventManagerblog.com – an immersive event planning training workshop aimed at high-performance agencies and corporate event teams.

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 21 -23 May 2019. Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all who work in the meetings, events and incentive travel industry. EduMonday, 20 May, is available to all industry professionals who attend IMEX.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Connects With The Community For #Connect2Earth!

The Centre celebrates Earth Hour 2019 by ‘Dining in the Dark’ with team members

Over 440 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) team members and their families recently celebrated the venue’s ninth consecutive Earth Hour participation. The Centre joined millions of people and organisations worldwide to switch off its lights, on 30 March from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, in solidarity for the planet and to raise the awareness about the importance of nature.

Back by popular demand was the Centre’s ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience for participants, as well as a screening of ‘The Jungle Book’ and fun environmentally-friendly games to build awareness of the importance of a sustainable environment and Earth Hour initiative.

Speaking at the gathering, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor shared, “It was great to see so many team members and their families coming together to #Connect2Earth. This annual event provides the perfect platform for us to reflect on our own personal commitment to the environment and unite as a global community to protect our planet.”

He continued, “Our participation in Earth Hour is a cornerstone of our annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. We have a commitment to being a convention centre that operates its business in a responsible and sustainable manner, contributing to both the environment and our community.”

The Centre joined other AEG Facilities-affiliated stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs and convention centres to celebrate their commitment to the environment under the AEG 1EARTH programme’s mission to reduce the organisation’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

IMEX America returns this September, powered by imagination

Hello September! Registration is now live for IMEX America taking place September 10 – 12, 2019 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®. With the show hitting the Strip a whole month earlier than previous editions, planners and exhibitors alike are encouraged to prepare for three days of premium business, learning and networking opportunities. IMEX America is again preceded by the popular Smart Monday, a dedicated day of learning powered by Meeting Professionals International, on September 9.

Imagination, IMEX’s Talking Point for this year, underpins the show, informing its content and education, and delivering fresh and surprising experiences along the way.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “Our experience of delivering the show year after year shows that the magic happens in between the cracks – an unexpected business connection, piece of advice or new supplier that’s truly a result of meeting face to face. IMEX America allows planners to dive into the heart of the events industry, do business, update their skillset and make new discoveries along the way.”

Seeking bold, brilliant speakers 

Expert speakers and presenters from around the world are now invited to apply to present an education session at IMEX America. The IMEX team uses a stringent blind-review process to ensure that all sessions that make the cut are relevant, relatable and deliver actionable insights.

This year the team is particularly interested in submissions relating to diversity & inclusion, imagination & curiosity, negotiating skills & difficult conversations, crisis management & contingency planning, networking and technology including Artificial Intelligence. 

For more details and to see the speaker application criteria, see here. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 3. 

IMEX America takes place September 10 – 12, 2019. Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all who work in the meetings, events and incentive travel industry.

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Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) Grows Due to Market Demand

Touted as the country’s largest trade and exhibition space that has catered to over 180 business events since its inception in 2017, the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre’s (MITEC) has made a strategic move to expand its meeting spaces.

The confex and meeting segments are big contributors to the Malaysian business events economy and MITEC has been the venue of choice in enabling the country to host international expos at a world class level. “It makes perfect sense for us to leverage on our current capacity and abilities to further expand our meetings and conferences business,” said Gunther Beissel, Chief Executive Officer of MITEC.

By September, professional conference and meetings planners will be able to add more meeting rooms to their list as MITEC completes two additional rooms. The rooms will be located on Level 1A of the building, showcases the flexibility of theatre and banquet style seating. The theatre style arrangement accommodates up to 1,200 pax while banquet seating is up to 650 pax. In a slightly smaller set-up, the other room can accommodate up to 400 pax for theatre style and 240 pax for banquet arrangements. These rooms have the flexibility to be used as smaller exhibition spaces closer to the other conference rooms.

Speaking on its positioning in the market, Beissel elaborated, “As a premier Venue business partner, MITEC’s facilities are continuously upgraded to stay ahead of its market demand through offering higher value customised client solutions and in-house expertise.”

Upon completion of these meeting spaces, the business readiness of the Centre will encompass 11 exhibitions halls, one ballroom, 13 meetings rooms, two outdoor amphitheatres and two new multipurpose rooms.

To receive first-hand information of the facility, visit www.mitec.com.my or get in touch by calling 03-6206 0100. MITEC is also actively connected on Social Media including channels such as Facebook (@Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre), Instagram (@mitec_my) and LinkedIn (Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre).