ALHI is the Exclusive GSO for Kempinski Hotels

ALHI is proud to be the exclusive Global Sales Organization for Kempinski offering European flair in over 30 countries. Hoteliers since 1897, Kempinski has traveled the world in search of the most fascinating destinations without ever forgetting the finest traditions of its European heritage.

With luxury resorts, business and spa hotels around the world, ever Kempinski Hotel is designed for guests who value five star service for their meetings and events.

ASAE, Association Forum Expanding Learning Opportunities for Chicago Associations

ASAE and Association Forum are collaborating to increase “in-person” educational offerings in the Chicago metro area, which is the second largest association market in the United States.

Expanding opportunities to enhance career development and meeting association community needs are a shared priority for both ASAE and Association Forum. The leaders established a collaboration framework that puts the association professional at the center, builds on the strengths of each organization’s programming, and reinforces their joint commitment to the future of associations.

“We are excited to work with Association Forum to provide members with more opportunities to develop their skills and leadership abilities, strengthening their individual careers, and advancing their associations.” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

Upcoming programs include:

  • CAE Kickoff,June 13-15
  • Essential Practices in Association Management, July 23
  • Membership Development, July 24
  • Effectively Managing Volunteer Committees & Task Forces, July 25
  • Communication and Public Relations, July 26
  • Developing Your Leadership Potential, July 27
  • Exceptional Boards: CVBs Engaged, August 17-21 (with Destinations International)
  • AMCs Engaged, August 18 (with AMC Institute)
  • Association Law Symposium, August 18
  • CEO Symposium, April 8-9, 2019

“By collaborating with ASAE, we will increase the reach of our mission and the impact of our mutual organizations. It is a positive outcome for the association community. This is a demonstration of the Power of A, “said Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO of Association Forum.

“As a board member of both ASAE and Association Forum, I believe this collaboration will be beneficial to the association community at large.” said ABSI Board member and Forum Board member Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Programs are being hosted throughout the Chicago-metro area including: Marriott Marquis, Loews Chicago Downtown hotel, and ADA Conference & Meeting Center in downtown Chicago; ASA Conference Center in Schaumburg; McCormick Place and ASGE Institute for Training and Technology in Downers Grove; and Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel.

ASAE and Association Forum anticipate the programs will bring participants from across the midwest. ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be in Chicago from August 18-21.

Lets GEDTogether!

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) team members gathered recently to ‘take one for the album’, as they joined venues and industry players around the world in celebrating Global Exhibitions Day 2018 (#GED18).

According to the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, “We are honoured to participate in the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry’s (UFI) #GED18 to celebrate the power of the exhibition industry and the positive impact it has on job creation, business growth, trade and investment, as well the economic stimulation it drives in various industry sectors.”

Elaborating on the Centre’s exhibition segment performance, Pryor, shared, “Since opening, we have successfully hosted 909 exhibitions which welcomed close to 19.4 million visitors. Last year alone, we held 59 exhibitions with an attendance of over 1.4 million visitors. Of this, 73% or 43 exhibitions were recurrent clients. Long-standing exhibitions like BookFest, HOMEDEC, ARCHIDEX and Star Education Fair continue to be the backbone of our yearly business calendar. All of these have grown significantly with us over the years, making consecutive appearances or hosting every edition with us since opening in June 2005. We consider them part of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family and look forward to sharing many more memories together.”

IMEX America – Powering up for a ‘cascade of cool

With doors barely closed on its most experiential and largest IMEX in Frankfurt to date, the IMEX team now turns its sights to IMEX America.

Free attendee and hosted buyer registration opens online today for IMEX America number eight. The show is set to shine with innovation and ingenuity in its usual setting of the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas from October 16 – 18, 2018, with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on October 15.

There will be once again be an enormous range of opportunities to do business, to discover new destinations, hotels, services and technologies, to learn about the latest ideas and trends and to make connections with industry contacts.

There will also be some eye-opening and mind-opening innovations to extend and disrupt traditional concepts of meetings and events. In Frankfurt, one observer described the line-up of new formats and experiences as a ‘cascade of cool’. With IMEX America expanding into larger halls for 2018, IMEX partners and exhibitors will have plenty of room to demonstrate their inventiveness and flex their marketing muscles.

C2 International makes Las Vegas debut at IMEX America

With experiential events dominating this year’s business landscape, IMEX America will showcase a wealth of new ideas to planners who are constantly under pressure to deliver new thinking and fresh design. One of the outstanding proponents of these radical, challenging and inspiring new experiences will be C2 International, the ground-breaking experts in innovative business conference. As a result of a new partnership with the IMEX Group, C2 will be bringing its Learning Labs to Las Vegas, providing a further indication of the IMEX commitment to encouraging creativity in the industry.

The show will be preceded on October 15 by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, when a vast number of meetings professionals will arrive in Las Vegas for a day full of professional development events. Association Evening, the Executive Meetings Forum, PCMA Business School and the Association Leadership Forum (created by ASAE) are among the activities which, along with an extensive program of learning arranged by IMEX strategic partner MPI, will provide educational sessions to suit many needs and specific interests.

IMEX America is well-known for providing many networking opportunities at popular co-located events including the Shamrock Invitational, SITE Nite North America, the Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders & Pacesetters Awards Celebration plus MPI Foundation Rendezvous.

Register today.

For more information on IMEX America 2018 please visit

SPIN Announces Nominations for 40 Over 40: Recognition for Veteran Meeting Planners

2018 Nominations Being Accepted

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network is encouraging meeting planner “veterans” to apply for SPIN:40 Over 40 – to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers.

SPIN:40 over 40 was introduced in 2017. One of last year’s recipients, Dana Saal of Saal Meeting Consulting said, “Being named one of the first 40 over 40 winners was very special because it came from SPIN—a group of professionals I respect and appreciate.”

Another inaugural winner, Deborah Molique of Molique EPS described SPIN:40 over 40 as “an honor to have received this through SPIN – it is humbling to be nominated and recognized by my peers.”

Nominations are being accepted from June 1 to June 25 at Self-nominations are encouraged as well as nominations from peers or colleagues. Applicants do not have to be SPIN members – they just need to be at least 40 years old, have over 10-years of experience as a meeting planner, and still be actively planning full or part time. A selection committee will choose the final 40 honorees and they will receive two free registrations (one for the honoree, and one for their nominator or a fellow qualified planner*), to attend SPINCon, where they will be recognized at a ceremony amongst their peers. SPINCon 2018 will be held at the DonCesar in St. Petersburg, FL, November 11-13.

*To attend SPINCon, all planners must have at least 10 years of planner experience; suppliers can only attend in a sponsorship capacity.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

ASAE Names the 2018-2020 DELP Class

WASHINGTON- ASAE has chosen the 12 scholars for the 2018–2020 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class. DELP is a two-year program that supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.

“Congratulations to the new class! Over the past 18 years, the DELP program has provided association professionals an opportunity to enrich their knowledge and leadership skills. It has also shaped many talented association executives, and this class will extend that legacy,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

DELP is exclusively sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB).

Graham added, “The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has supported and advocated this effort with ASAE since its inception. DELP has advanced more than 180 diverse + inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.”

This year’s class includes:

Sharleene E. Cano Quiara, CAE

Director, Membership and Publications

American Thyroid Association

Falls Church, VA

Wesley Carr

Sr. Program Mgr., Chapter & Volunteer Relations

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society

Rockville, MD

Telesia Davis, Ph.D.

Director, Education and Research

National Association for Campus Activities

Columbia, SC

Gwen Fortune-Blakely, MBA

Director, Enterprise-wide Marketing

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Rockville, MD

Renee Harris-Ethridge, MBA, CAE

Director, Membership and Business Development

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Alexandria, VA

Kimberly Jones, JD

Vice President, Public Policy and Communications

Council for Opportunity in Education

Washington, DC

Richard Luna, HMCC

Director of Publishing

Meetings Professional Intl.

Dallas, TX

Heba Mahmoud, MBA

Director, Chapter Engagement

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Arlington, VA

Sharon Newport

Director of Operations

Door and Hardware Institute

Chantilly, VA

Jacqualine Price Osafo, CAE

Membership and Development Director

Water Quality Association

Lisle, IL

LaShawn Sidbury, CMP

Director, Meetings & Special Interest Groups

Assn of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Rockville, MD

Brenda Villarreal

Sr. Mgr. Professional Development and Executive Director, PRSM Foundation

PRSM Association

Dallas, TX

Media Contact: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-557-1066.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit

Creative Thinking, Partnerships and New Events at IMEX Take the Industry into New Areas

Creativity and experiences in the meetings and events sector took a great step forward at IMEX in Frankfurt.

From new events at EduMonday to the spectacular and sensational Learning Labs and Live Zone there were major new initiatives and experiences throughout the show, extending the borders of the industry into new areas. In addition, new activities around legacy focussed minds on the impact of the industry on the future.

The result was what IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom described as “the most creative and spectacular IMEX yet, generating vitality and energy throughout the show.”

“The imagination and vibrancy of the stand designs are highly impressive, so too the thought and effort that has gone into them. They represent substantial investment that gives a strong indication of the industry’s confidence and resilience.”

This confidence was also evident in the engagement between exhibitors and buyers at the show. Almost 9,000 hosted buyers and visitors attended IMEX 2018 and made 68,000 appointments. 74 per cent of all buyer/exhibitor appointments had mini RFPs attached. Altogether the show created many thousands of opportunities to do business.

With technology a growing feature of the market and the show, IMEX has provided new opportunities for buyers to ask for independent guidance, ‘test-drive’ technology products and see what companies have to offer by bringing this all together around the new Tech Café.

Eye-catching and sensational innovations

The eye-catching and sensational innovations in Hall 9 including the C2 SkyLab – the chance to experience a meeting in mid-air – and In the Dark Lab made a tremendous impact on buyers and exhibitors alike. The Labs were brought to the show by the IMEX Group’s new partner, the market leading business events specialists C2 International.

The Live Zone which showcased live entertainment acts and activities, and the new Co-working Campus by Zeus Event Tech are also the results of new partnerships with Best of Events, memo-media and Zeus.

Ray Bloom added: “We’re delighted to be working with our new partners and would like to thank them – and all our long-standing partners – for their valuable help and collaboration in truly enhancing the IMEX experience this week.”

Ray Bloom added that it had been an honour to have Gloria Guevara Manzo as keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony and that her eloquent, passionate, challenging speech had made a great impression on the audience.

Gloria also spoke at the newly regenerated IMEX Policy Forum where 30 policy makers met with many industry leaders. They discussed key issues such as globalisation, city resilience and legacy under the theme of ‘The Legacy of Positive Policy Making,’ a reflection of the IMEX 2018 Talking Point.

The new Legacy Wall, a focus for this Talking Point, sparked many reflective thoughts about the role of the industry. Exhibitors contributed more than 50 interesting case studies before the show with buyers adding their stories during the week.

Legacy was also explored for the first time in several of the 250 plus education sessions delivered by 168 speakers which took place in the Inspiration Hub. 84 per cent of the sessions were assigned with CEs for CMP certification.

The new initiatives started on EduMonday with three successful new events – Rising Talent for young professionals, She Means Business and the Agency Directors Forum. Along with the PCMA Business School, Exclusively Corporate and Association Day, these events provided more tailored content for more specific groups than ever.

Google, LinkedIn and EY among keynote speakers

At Exclusively Corporate, over 100 senior corporate event planners from companies such as Siemens, PwC, IKEA, L’Oreal, Hyundai and Bayer came together to hear keynotes speakers from Google, LinkedIn, EY and C2 and to exchange insights with their peers.

This week IMEX signed the Ascent CEO Promise, which asks CEOs to commit to embracing a culture of inclusiveness in their organisations and events and is also supporting the industry coalition against sexual harassment.

Health and wellbeing is always a priority at IMEX and the annual IMEXrun persuaded 400 people to get up early to run 5 kilometres around the city. The Be Well Lounge gave everyone the opportunity to unwind for a moment during a hectic week.

Making connections is a core element of IMEX and Association Evening, cim-clubbing (supporting the MPI Foundation) and the IMEX Gala Dinner were among 22 IMEX and partners events taking place during the show that brought the industry together.

Ray Bloom summed up saying; “The creative and experiential element of the show has gone so much further than we would have imagined a year ago.

“The new ideas, creativity, new experiences and events combined with all the business that has been done have made this a remarkable week for IMEX and this industry.”

ASAE Joins New Event Industry Leaders Coalition to Stop Sexual Harassment

ASAE is part of a new coalition that’s comprised of leaders and executives from organizations including: AWE, EIC, IAEE, IMEX, JMIC, MPI, PCMA and SITE. The group’s goal is to eradicate sexual harassment in the events industry and workplace.

Each group has been addressing sexual harassment separately and determined that this issue required policies that span beyond the confines of each individual organization. In the wake of movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo, every industry must act to create positive change and end sexual harassment.

“All the organizations came together because the ethical concerns and human rights would be better served working together, so we can stop sexual harassment from occurring in the industry,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

The coalition will identify tools and develop new resources to assist in educating individuals and the events industry about sexual harassment.

The individuals who have come forward to join this task force are as follows:

  • John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, ASAE
  • Susan Robertson, CAE, Executive Vice President, ASAE and President, ASAE Foundation
  • Bob Skelton, Chief Administration Officer, ASAE
  • Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder, AWE
  • Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder, AWE
  • Johnnie White, MBA, CAE, CMP, Treasurer, AWE
  • Julie Sullivan, CMP, CEM, CTA, Vice President, AWE
  • Nicole Unger, CMP, Secretary, AWE
  • Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO, EIC
  • Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, COO, IAEE
  • Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX
  • Rod Cameron, Executive Director, JMIC
  • Amanda Armstrong, Chair, MPI
  • Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder of the Association for Women in Events, and Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder of the Association for Women in Events, gathered these industry leaders together for regular meetings and discussed the direction of the coalition. Fox is organizing action items and driving this initiative.

The group’s next step is to release a webinar that introduces experts on the subject matter.

“It’s imperative that our organizations present a united front against sexual harassment in the industry. Together, we are declaring zero tolerance for behavior that harasses or discriminates,” said Fox.

All nine organizations involved will be posting more details of upcoming education and initiatives around this subject to their respective website homepages. The coalition encourages the events industry to follow along and participate.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit

IMEX in Frankfurt will reflect solid market growth and inspiring innovation in the meetings market

“A market showing solid growth and inspiring innovation; those will be the outstanding impressions that buyers will take away from IMEX in Frankfurt this year,” observes Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group with the show, taking place on 15-17 May, in just a few weeks.

“While the political climate has been unsteady, the meetings and incentive travel industry has been resilient and has progressed steadily worldwide. The continuing growth of the show is clear evidence of that,” Carina Bauer adds.

This year’s show will be the largest ever IMEX, both in the space taken by exhibitors and in total floor area. Notable among the areas within the show that have grown are Latin America which has increased by 8 per cent and Africa, up by 7 per cent. The hotels area has expanded by almost 11 per cent while the technology section has more exhibitors than ever, including a new Tech Café offering product demos and presentations.

Among the new exhibitors this year are the Russian Convention Bureau, the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Caribbean Tours, the Lebanon Ministry of Tourism, Luxe Worldwide Hotels and Standard Hotels. Technology companies exhibiting for the first time include Bravura Technologies, Event Tech Tribe and Etud Bilsim as well as many more in the Technology Pavilion.

Exhibitors that have invested in larger stand spaces include Brand USA, the Mexico Tourism Board, the Polish Tourist Organisation, Ungerboeck Systems, Visit Britain, PRO COLOMBIA, NYC & Company, Accor Hotels and the German Convention Bureau.

Hall 9 for innovation, learning and live experience

Many of the exciting learning innovations at the show this year will be centred in Hall 9, separate from the trade show floor. There, a Learning Zone has been created with the Inspiration Hub, the home of the show’s 250 plus education sessions, along with a Live Zone bringing together a variety of experiential ideas and products for all to try.

Most spectacular is the SkyLab, the chance to experience how it feels to have a meeting in mid air, in seats suspended from the ceiling. This is one of the Learning Labs which have been brought to the show by C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in innovative business conferences, as a result of a new partnership with the IMEX Group, a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.

EduMonday – a day dedicated to free professional education

14 May will be EduMonday. Launched last year, this innovative learning day now offers even more events for specific interest groups. This year they include an Agency Directors Forum, a facilitated forum by invitation only for the directors of agencies; Rising Talent, an afternoon of actionable learning and career development for meeting professionals under-35; She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft, which celebrates and debates the role of women in the meetings industry, as well as new programmes for Exclusively Corporate and Association Day. Among the new elements of the education schedule are sessions covering different aspects of ‘Legacy’, the IMEX 2018 Talking Point.

With the global meetings industry gathering together at IMEX, networking with colleagues and making new contacts is a well-established element of the show. While social events such as Site Nite Europe, cim-clubbing – powered by MPI Foundation Rendezvous – and the IMEX Gala Dinner provide a wide variety of different opportunities, the Zenvoy service also enables like-minded buyers to connect and arrange in advance to meet at the show. A new additional feature of this popular service is the Zenvoy Connections Lounge on the show floor – the ideal place for those who connect online to meet face to face.

“I’m excited about what IMEX 2018 has to offer for the industry. Buyers have the opportunity to do business with the largest ever range of exhibitors from across the world and from all sectors of the industry; to experience the most exciting and creative innovations ever showcased at IMEX; as well as benefit from more sector specific education and social events to suit everyone’s specific needs. There has never been a better year to see and experience what the industry has to offer and no better place to discover it than at IMEX in Frankfurt this year,” concludes Carina Bauer.

IMEX in Frankfurt starts with EduMonday, 14 May, at Kap Europa Congress Centre. The business exhibition runs 15 – 17 May in Messe Frankfurt – Halls 8 and 9.
Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all.

SPIN, The Don Cesar and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Join Forces for SPINCon 2018

Dates, Venue Announced for SPINCon 2018

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) announce that SPINCon 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018 at The Don Cesar.

“Visit St. Pete/Clearwater worked hard to come up with a great package for SPINCon 2018 and we are thrilled to be working with them,” said Tracey Smith, Executive Director of SPIN. “To get our members excited we held a ‘Where in the World is SPINCon’ contest online, dropping clues all week. One clever member guessed the city from the first clue and another guessed the hotel on clue 3!”

Content Curated by Attendees

Each SPINCon is designed to be unique, however the focus is always on the whole meeting professional. This year members will be asked to submit session topic ideas which will be voted on – embodying SPIN’s mantra of ‘by our members, for our members.’ The SPINCon Planning Committee will finalize the theme and the program.

Together Again

“I am so excited that we were selected to host this year’s conference,” said Todd Gehrke, Director of Sales, The Don Cesar. “I worked with the SPINCon team when at a previous venue and am glad to be working with them again.”  Suzanne Hackman, Director of Meetings & Conferences at VSPC said, “we are thrilled to be bringing SPINCon back to Florida, and we will work hard make this year’s experience very memorable. The entire hospitality community is looking forward to working with the SPINCon Planning Committee to showcase our area to SPIN members.”

About SPIN

SPIN: Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association limited to senior-level planners with at least 10 years full time planning experience. SPINCon is the annual conference for the association.

About Visit St. Pete-Clearwater

VSPC is the official tourism marketing and management organization for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area.

About the Don Cesar

Dramatically perched atop wind-swept dunes with expansive views in every direction, The Don Cesar is the epitome of old-world glamour and sophistication. Since 1928, it has graciously welcomed the world’s elite, stars of the silver screen, renowned authors, U.S presidents and even a gangster or two, all seeking a private, sophisticated playground in the sun. Today it’s your turn to experience the legendary Pink Palace. Iconic. Romantic. Celebratory.