The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) president and CEO Katherine Lugar today issued the following statement in response to new short-term rental legislation passed unanimously by the New York City Council to bring strong platform accountability to the home sharing market:

“Today the New York City Council passed an industry-setting measure to force greater transparency and responsibility for short-term rentals while helping to protect the fabric of New York neighborhoods and preserve residents’ access to affordable housing. Municipalities large and small are following the leadership demonstrated in the Big Apple to protect their residents and take back their neighborhoods.

“Today’s vote comes on the heels of a wave of cities across the country, from Boston to San Diego, who are finally saying, ‘Enough. It’s time for Airbnb to be held to the same standards, rules and regulations as every other American company – large and small.

“We commend New York City’s Council Members and the many local neighborhood and housing groups who have been working hard to preserve affordable housing and safe neighborhoods for the city’s workforce and hold Airbnb accountable.”

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Executive Chef Will Showcase Malaysia’s Culinary Distinction during the Congress

In conjunction with the hosting of the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) 52-strong culinary team, led by Executive Chef, Hisham Bin Jaafar, is showcasing the best produce and ingredients Malaysia has to offer to over 1,000 of the culinary world’s crème de la crème.

Malaysia won the bid in 2014 upon presenting the very best in culinary diversity in the country apart from successfully meeting the stringent requirements. Further boosting its international presence as a culinary paradise, hosting the prestigious event reiterates Malaysia’s exceptional appeal as a global food destination.

The award-winning culinary team at the Centre and its track record in culinary distinction, coupled with its experience in hosting many major high-profile global events were a major factor behind the venue being chosen to host this esteemed congress.

“We are honoured and excited to host the Worldchefs Congress, which is the global authority on food and the congress is a hallmark tradition of the association and has been organised in over 20 cities across the world throughout its illustrious 82-year history. The 2018 edition will be its first time in Malaysia and only the second occasion in the organisation’s history that the event will be held in South-east Asia,” shared Chef Hisham.

To celebrate the occasion, the Centre will offer registered delegates a complimentary authentic Malaysian breakfast treat unlike any other in the world, a truly home-grown favourite, Nasi Lemak (Traditional Malaysian rice dish cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaves and served with chicken rendang, quail egg and assorted condiments) throughout the four-day congress.

Chef Hisham continued, “Food brings everyone together, especially in Malaysia where it is often the centre-piece of an event. Over the past few months, our award-winning chefs have left no stone unturned when researching and developing the four-course Guestravaganza menu for the Gala Dinner to ensure these culinary experts enjoy a truly unique gastronomic experience they will never forget.”

Inspired by Malaysia’s rich culinary and cultural heritage, the menu infuses local ingredients to deliver an exquisite fusion of Western and Malaysian flavours, designed to take diners on a culinary journey that goes beyond taste, and satisfies all five senses, creating a stunning dining experience that will leave an unforgettable impression.

Elaborating on one of the unique dishes, Chef Hisham concluded, “The Gala Dinner menu will feature a local favourite Asam Pedas (traditional sour and spicy fish stew cooked in tamarind juice and spices), but we cannot divulge too much as we want to surprise and delight our guests.”

In addition to preparing the mouth-watering four-course Gala Dinner menu, Chef Hisham will also be overseeing the Global Chefs Challenge, which is a Battle of Chefs for Chefs with over 70 nations competing to win the title.

Organised by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs), the biennial event gathers culinary heavyweights from around the world to discuss developments in the culinary field and compete in the Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge. Founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, Worldchefs is a global network of chefs associations dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines through education, training and professional development of her international membership.

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

Registration Opens for SPINCon 2018

Brain, Body, Being, Business

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network announces that registration is open for its annual conference, SPINCon. SPINCon 2018 is being held November 11-13, 2018 at The Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, FL with hosts Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC).

“Each year SPINCon focuses on the whole person (brain, body, being & business) and this year we are excited that the content has been curated by our members,” said SPIN’s Executive Director Tracey Smith.  “We had over 100 topic suggestions and we then asked members to vote for ones that would be most applicable to them.”

New Offerings

New this year will be a pre-conference Small Business Intensive Workshop, led by SPIN Founder Shawna Suckow and Heather Lutze of Findability University. “We are delighted to add this session to SPINCon,” said Suckow. “Our members who are small business owners will get targeted tips on how to better promote themselves in this competitive marketplace.” This session runs from Saturday evening through Sunday morning (November 10-11). Registration for this session (separate from SPINCon registration) is $299 for planners and $399 for suppliers.

Another addition to the conference this year is SPIN:Chain, which will replace the hosted buyer program. “SPIN is about connections and deeper relationships”, said Tracey Smith. “Our planning team is trying something new to encourage planner-supplier connections on a different level, with the emphasis on referrals and relationship building.” More details on SPIN:Chain will be released soon on the SPINCon 2018 website.

Registration Open Now

Registration for SPINCon 2018 is $79 for VIP members; $250 for Virtual members & non-members. All planner attendees need to have a minimum of 10 years’ full-time planning experience. For more SPINCon 2018 details go to spincon2018.com.

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. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks. 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.

Experiential activities in meetings – there’s much more to come, according to MPI/ IMEX research

From meetings hanging in the air or in the dark to crowdsourcing agenda topics from the audience – the trend for engaging experiential interactive activities within business events is growing fast. Moreover, this growth pattern is set to continue and soon they will feature in most programs.

That is the key finding of new research carried out by MPI Outlook for the IMEX Group.

Looking back over the last three years, 87 per cent of the meeting professionals who responded had seen an increased demand from clients or colleagues to include more experiential activities into their programs, with 29 per cent noticing a significant increase.

Looking ahead, more than two thirds (69 per cent) expect to include experiential elements within meetings and conventions from now on, while a further 16 per cent will start adding them in a year or two. 5 per cent expect to introduce them in three years or more. Only 9 per cent have no plans to include them.

Respondents were also asked to define ‘experiential activities’ in meetings, conventions and events. Summarising the consensus of responses, the overall view and definition is that they are ‘activities that create an opportunity for attendees to use many senses and engage in an event while actively participating in a ‘hands-on’ way.’

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “The phenomenal interest and positive responses to C2 International’s Learning Labs, the Live Zone and the many experiential elements of IMEX in Frankfurt this year reinforced our perception of the enthusiasm within the industry for experiential activities. Through our partnerships with C2 International and working with other groups, we’ll certainly be bringing an exciting range of new experiential ideas to IMEX America in October.

“This research quantifies and powerfully emphasises the significance of this trend in the wider industry.”

An image of an experiential activity from IMEX Frankfurt can be downloaded here.

ASAE Announces 110 Professionals Earned CAE Credential

WASHINGTON, DC — One hundred and ten association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,300 industry leaders worldwide.

The Summer 2018 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide on May 4, 2018. They will be honored, along with the Winter class of CAEs, during the 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago, August 18-21. A full list of the Summer 2018 class is at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the new class of CAEs! You have increased your knowledge in all areas of association management that will help you with your leadership skills and throughout your career,” said Tracy L. Petrillo, EdD, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and Chief Learning Officer of the Construction Specifications Institute.

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The next CAE examination will be administered on December 7. The application deadline is September 28. For more details about the CAE exam, visit asaecenter.org/cae.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 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 www.asaecenter.org.

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 www.imexamerica.com.

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 https://spin.memberclicks.net/40over402018. 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.