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Saudi Arabia to launch into MICE sector worldwide by exhibiting at IMEX in Frankfurt

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to launch its first international campaign to market the country as a destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions by exhibiting at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 from 16 to 18 May.

Supported by a public relations campaign devised and implemented by London-based Clareville Communications, this marketing activity by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in association with the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau will highlight the extensive range of more than 600 first class hotels, convention and exhibition facilities available in the leading cities across the country.

The marketing initiative is a practical step in line with Vision 2030, announced in April 2016, setting out economic and social policies designed to move the Kingdom’s economy away from its dependence on oil. Hosting business events is one of the focal points of the reforms, along with leisure and religious tourism, all means to generate both revenue and employment.

Under the National Transformation Plan, the centrepiece of Vision 2030, the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) is investing almost SAR 26 billion (US $7 billion) on initiatives around the country.

Established nearly four years ago, the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau was created with a mandate to develop the meetings industry.

Tariq A. Al-Essa, Executive Director of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau explains: “As the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, IMEX in Frankfurt is the perfect place for us to meet thousands of influential event and meetings buyers face-to-face and to show them the opportunities in Saudi Arabia and many superb facilities that we could offer them.”

 

Photo: Anjum Hotel Makkah, Mecka, Saudi Arabia, one of 600 first class hotels.

Aoife Delaney new Director of Marketing and Sales at DMC Network

The DMC Network is delighted to announce the appointment of Aoife Delaney as Director of Marketing and Sales. Based in Dublin, Ireland. Aoife is the first International/European team member to join the organization.

Aoife Delaney was formerly Director of Global Sales for Ovation Global DMC. Aoife is an active member of many industry associations, particularly SITE, where she spent the last 5 years as a member of the International Board of Directors. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious industry awards, including the 2016 Smart Women in Meetings Award and recipient of the 2016 CIC Pacesetter Award for outstanding achievement and leadership in the meetings and events industry.

”I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic organization as the DMC Network”, said Aoife Delaney.  I have always enjoyed a great relationship with the group and have already had the pleasure of working with many of the partners. I know personally how well they look after each and every client. People and relationships are central to the way I do business. The DMC Network, as a community of member owned and managed legacy DMCs, is perfectly aligned with my values and commitment to consistently delivering for our clients.

Speaking of the appointment, Managing Director Dan Tavrytzky said, ”We are delighted to welcome Aoife to the Headquarters team.  Aoife brings over a decade of DMC experience and deep industry relationships and we are looking forward to continuing to grow our brand and reputation with her input. The DMC Network is experiencing significant growth and we are delighted to be able to showcase this with an expanded Global Headquarters team. We have completed an exciting company re-brand along with a dynamic new website to promote and support our members and clients.”

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About the DMC Network, LLC

The DMC Network brings connection to a community of accredited, owner-managed DMCs whose unsurpassed local relationships, knowledge and expertise offer peace of mind and consistent program delivery. Unique in the industry, the DMC Network is an LLC of the top-performing, independently owned DMCs throughout North America. With an average of over 25 years in business and more than twice as many accredited DMCs as any other DMC consortium or company, each DMC Network member delivers unsurpassed knowledge of their market and a confidence that they are a sound, professional organization that consistently exceeds clients expectations. With an insiders knowledge, the DMC Network makes it effortless for their clients to produce meetings and events around the world. Through their alliance with Ovation Global DMC, their reach is extended across five continents.

Sarawak goes tribal to boost business

In conjunction with the Global Meetings Industry Day 2017 celebration earlier in April, Sarawak is set to rally all Business Events communities in Malaysia under the Redefining Global Tribes campaign.

“We are calling all Business Events communities in Malaysia to unite,” said Ms. Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of Sarawak Convention Bureau. “Redefining Global Tribes is a multi-pronged revolution to further drive the impact of Business Events to construct a stronger and globally diverse economy for Malaysia. As one global tribe, we will construct a stronger identity for Sarawak and Malaysia; not only for Business Events, but also to spur the country’s fiscal and social growth.”

The Redefining Global Tribes campaign is a sequel to the successful campaign staged for the 55th ICCA Congress in 2016, an event held in Sarawak and one that put the state on the world map for 2nd tier destinations in conventions and conferences. To kickstart this year’s Redefining Global Tribes campaign, Sarawak Convention Bureau is partnering with Borneo Tru Events, which will organise the Tribal Warrior Challenge (www.tribalwarrior.my from 28th April), an exhilarating obstacle-based public event to converge Business Events communities and 4,000 additional participants on 19th August 2017.

“Corporations and associations will be able to benefit further by utilising the Tribal Warrior Challenge as a platform for team-building, corporate events, celebrations, orientation trips, bootcamps and incentive trips in Sarawak,” said Ms Roziman.

For more information on the Redefining Global Tribes campaign, please contact Jemima Joseph via email at jemima@sarawakcb.com or call 082-242516.

 

Asias ultimate destination, Signiel Seoul Hotel opens in the world’s new landmark

This coming April, Lotte World Tower will reveal its splendor as the tallest skyscraper and a global landmark in Seoul, Korea, extending to Asia and beyond. Lotte World Tower, located in the entertainment complex of Seoul Jamsil, is created from an 8-year-long mega-scale project in which 3.7 billion USD has been invested to result the sixth tallest high-rise in the world with 555 meter height and 123 stories. It has all the markings of world-class culture and leisure facilities from hotel, department store, duty-free shop, aquarium, concert hall, and observatory to the worlds largest indoor amusement park, Lotte World Adventure.

Especially SIGNIEL SEOUL which is located from the 76th floor to the 101st floor of Lotte World Tower is the new premier landmark luxury hotel brand launched by Lotte Hotel, the largest hotel and resort group in Korea.

It will be the second highest hotel in the world with 235 guest rooms and suites. Having the spectacular skyline and panoramic view of the city, SIGNIEL SEOUL is adorned with aesthetically-inspired guest room decors; exclusive and heartfelt butler service provided by the professional butler team; highest hotel ballroom in the world with high-end technological capacities for banquet events.

SIGNIEL SEOUL also boasts world-class facilities. STAY, a restaurant by French chef and recipient of three Michelin stars, Yannick Alleno, will be located on the 81st floor of this hotel. This modern and stylish restaurant will offer its guests an uncommon gustatory experience through a very refined and creative French cuisine. What makes this hotel even more special is the fact that all of the food and beverages served in the hotel were designed under the supervision by Chef Yannick Alleno. In addition, this hotel will be further furnished with the largest champagne bar in Asia with a collection of more than 100 kinds of champagne, the one star Michelin Korean restaurant known as BICENA, and world-famous Evian Spa, which is one of the three Asian chains. SIGNIELs unprecedented level of luxury guarantees you the most glamorous of moments above the clouds, where refined elegance and stylish comfort converge.

Currently Lotte Hotel is operating a total of 22 hotels and resorts, including 17 hotels and resorts located in major Korean cities and five hotels located in the worlds major cities such as New York, and Moscow. Lotte Hotel is aiming to become one of the Asia’s Top 3 hotel brands, by realizing a comprehensive portfolio to satisfy a wide range of customers, accompanying the opening of SIGNIEL SEOUL in 2017.

 

Ottawa Tourism sees large business events bookings up 220% in Canada’s 150th year

Ottawa Tourism has seen a sharp increase in large-scale business events (with over 500 delegates) choosing the Canadian capital for their congresses in 2017, the year in which Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation. In January this year, 45 large-scale events had booked Ottawa for 2017 so far, an increase of over 220% in the last two years*.

The increase in Ottawa’s popularity for meetings follows significant investment in the destination and, in particular, the development of the city’s purpose-built convention centre, Shaw Centre, which is celebrating its sixth year in 2017. Over the last few years, billions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure and facilities in the city, including a $863m renovation of Parliament Hill’s West Block, extensions to Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) and a major investment of $725m in redeveloping Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International airport.

Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, comments: “We have been steadily building on our strong reputation for hosting outstanding large-scale international congresses in Ottawa and we are excited about this continued growth. Ottawa is firmly on the map when it comes to large events, whether association or corporate, and we have had the privilege of working with some amazing events over the last few years who have enjoyed extremely productive and popular events in our city.

“As we are now in Canada’s 150th year of confederation, the development is only getting bigger and better, with a celebratory year ahead that will benefit our meetings offer significantly in terms of a rich programme of events and investment in facilities. We know that 2017 is a great year for events in Ottawa, and the numbers are already reinforcing that premise.”

Nina Kressler, President and CEO of Shaw Centre, adds: “Shaw Centre has played a pivotal role in accommodating many of the large-scale events that have been attracted to our great city. Since we opened in 2011, our business events portfolio has grown tremendously and we are proud to be a part of such an amazing destination at this historic and exciting time.

The investment in our city and facilities continues, which will be of significant benefit to the many business events that choose Ottawa.”

In 2016, 31 large-scale business events were held in Ottawa, with corporate events representing approximately 15% of the total. International events continue to show the biggest increase year on year. Association events held in Ottawa in 2016 include One Young World, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the World University Service Canada International Forum.

In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation with a vast array of events, celebrations and investment planned across the country. In Ottawa, a rich programme of activities is under way throughout the year, including Ignite 150, a series of 17 epic stunts and gatherings throughout the capital including: a yoga session on a barge floating down a local waterway accompanied by a live orchestra; a movie on a downtown terrace rooftop; and Canada’s Table, an outdoor dining experience featuring all-Canadian dishes served by the country’s top chefs to 1,000 guests, with Parliament Hill’s Sound and Light Show as a backdrop.

The 150th anniversary celebrations also include a series of legacy projects for Ottawa, such as: the new Global Centre for Pluralism; a brand new Canada Science and Technology Museum which is set to open in November 2017; a new, permanent Arctic Gallery for the Canadian Museum of Nature; and the new Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History.

*The calculation of 220% increase is based on the number of large-scale events booked for 2017, ie 45, compared with the total number of events held throughout the whole of 2015, ie 14.

About Ottawa Tourism

A non-profit organization, Ottawa Tourism provides destination development and marketing in cooperation with members and partners to attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s capital region. It offers the complete capital experience, tells the story of Canada, and gets people talking. As the capital of a G7 country, and a high-technology and educational hub, Ottawa offers a deep pool of experts from which meeting planners can draw for their events. Its compact, walkable downtown and easily accessible, award-winning airport means smooth transportation of delegates. Ottawa particularly excels in the number and variety of its off-site venues; from national museums highlighting subjects like nature, aviation, art and history to venues that embrace the landscape of all four distinct seasons. This region of 1.3 million people—where over a third of the population speaks both English and French—punches above its weight in terms of memorable experiences, with robust local live music, culinary and craft beer scenes that complement the national focus of the capital.

www.ottawatourism.ca

About Shaw Centre

The spectacular new Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) staged its grand opening April 13 2011, welcoming the world to a stunning new landmark and exceptional new meeting place in the heart of the Capital. Overlooking the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, the Centre features a sweeping glass façade encasing four floors of state-of-the-art meeting space, including the Canada Hall, which can accommodate up to 6,000 delegates. The 200,000 square foot Centre takes Ottawa to a whole new level in the meetings and conventions industry, enabling the Capital to host large, city-wide events and multiple simultaneous functions. Delegates can step outside and be just steps away from recreational paths and the ByWard Market shopping and restaurant district—not to mention 6,000 downtown hotel rooms, all within easy walking distance. The facility is directly linked to the 180-store CF Rideau Centre, the 495-room Westin Ottawa, and offers ample indoor parking. The Shaw Centre sets new standards for environmental design and sustainable practices, serving delegates and guests with advanced technology.

www.shaw-centre.com

Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg speeds up plans to extend facilities

Due to a growing need for capacity and strong international demand, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is bringing forward plans to further expand its facilities with new, flexible meeting areas. An additional storey will be built on top of the existing hall area to create an extra 14,000 square metres of space. The new storey will include an auditorium.

“We have enormous need for increased capacity,” says Carin Kindbom, President and CEO, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre. “Our national exhibition and meeting business is booming, and our international business has also exploded since we upgraded our facilities two years ago, our biggest investment ever.”

As part of this SEK 1.2 billion investment, a third tower was added to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s Gothia Towers hotel, making it one of Europe’s ten largest hotels with a total of 1,200 rooms. This has generated a strong increase in demand, for instance from global companies eager to book meeting facilities, accommodation and restaurants under a single roof.

“We need to expand our flexible exhibition and meeting space to meet the market’s demands and remain internationally competitive,” explains Carin. “With the additional storey, we will be first in Scandinavia to offer an exhibition centre on two levels.

Building the new hall and meeting facilities on a third storey will allow the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre to implement its strategy of moving certain activities upstairs, thus freeing up space at ground level for activities that promote interaction with the surrounding city and its social life.

“For instance, shops and other facilities might be installed on ground level,” says Carin. “Meanwhile, we are working on extending our entrances, partly in preparation for the planned construction work around Korsvägen.”

In December 2015, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre applied for a development permit to expand the facility over a 15-year period, a project that includes two new towers, a new arcade, larger entrances and an additional storey. The expansion will be implemented earlier than planned and in a different order, to more quickly meet growing demand for flexible meeting and event facilities.

There are also future plans to construct two new towers which, among other things, will contain more hotel rooms. The aim is to increase the hotel capacity to 2,000 rooms to meet rising demand for large international events.

“We aim to continue growing, making Gothenburg more attractive and helping to promote local trade and industry,” says Carin. “Our vision is to become Europe’s most attractive forum by offering the best overall experience, and this requires investment and boldness. We have no other option if we want to compete in the global market.”

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is a financially independent foundation with no owners or investors.

“All investments are made on the Foundation’s merits and all surplus is reinvested in the business,” comments Roger Holtback, the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board. “Thanks to our strong financial development in recent years, we have the resources to continue developing and improving the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s facilities to accommodate our growing exhibition and meeting business.”

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group, of which Gothia Towers is a part, is owned by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Foundation and has the mission of promoting industry. The Foundation is financially independent so has no owners or investors. All investments are made on the Foundation’s merits and all surplus is reinvested in the business. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s vision is to become Europe’s most attractive forum by offering the best overall experience.