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Participants from 16 countries gather for a major conference on Baltic Sea cooperation

On 24-27 October, UBC (Union of Baltic Cities) XIV General Conference takes place in Växjö. Some 300 participants from 16 countries will attend, mostly officials and politicians from the member cities, but there will also be representatives from the EU in Brussels and other actors who operate in the Baltic Sea region. 60 young people from different countries will also participate.

This year’s conference will focus on the increasingly important role of the cities in the development of sustainable communities, and has the theme Leadership for the future – cities as leaders for glocal, sustainable development.

During the conference, 60 young people will take part in UBC’s youth conference. The young people will come together to exchange ideas about future leadership of sustainable development, and they will be an important voice in the general conference where they will carry out assignments for UBC’s different working parties, as well as take part in panel discussions and workshops.

– We welcome the participants to Växjö and look forward to interesting lectures and networking with the aim of jointly finding practical ways forward. A special welcome to the 60 young people who are the leaders, entrepreneurs and decision makers of the future. In the days the participants are here, we of course want to show off our municipality and the work that is being done on sustainability, says Per Schöldberg (C), Deputy Mayor in Växjö.

 

Some highlights from the programme (seminars and workshops are held in Växjö konserthus / concert hall):

• 25 October 09.30 12.30: Workshop on different types of collaboration on the UN’s 17 goals for sustainable development - Agenda 2030.

• 24 October 15.30–18.00 + 26 October 14-16: Workshops on the importance of young people for future leadership.

• 24 October 15.30–18.00: The Municipality of Växjö is holding a workshop where specialist officials from Växjö municipality will share their experiences with colleagues from the region.

• 27 October 09.00-12.00 (participants meet outside Konserthuset/the concert hall):

• Study visits where participants will get the chance to experience the good example set by Växjö in different areas.

• Informative walk around Växjö Lake, where various experts highlight areas of interest in the environment and culture.

• Visit to Sandviksverket combined heat and power plant in Växjö.

• Visit to Växjö wood city – various wooden construction projects will be shown.

Read more at www.vaxjo.se/ubc and www.ubc.net

Top Cities for Hotel Openings 2018

Dubai have by far the fastest building program for new hotels in the world. Already today they are having 104 000 hotel rooms and at EXPO2020 it will be 120 000 rooms. Looking at the top cities in the world Dubai stands alone without competition.

• Dubai 66

• London 27

• Hamburg 22

• Jeddah 21

• New York 18

• Riyadh 17

• Nashville 16

• Munich 16

• Bali 16

• Berlin 16

(Source: TOPHOTELPROJECTS GmbH, as of August 2017)

 

Illustration: Royal Atlantis, will not open until 2019, but with 791 rooms and 230 aprtments it will be one of the biggest hotels in Dubai.

 

EXPO 2020, Dubai: 500,000 new jobs, with more than 2,000 structures being built

The combined value of the Expo 2020 Dubai-related development projects has touched $33 billion, according to a new report.

The figure comes as the UAE begins the three-year countdown for the six-month-long mega global event that will kick-off on October 20, 2020.

BNC Network, the project research and intelligence provider, said the $33 billion includes projects such as transport infrastructure, as well as mixed-use projects, residential, commercial, hospitality and a golf course.

It said these projects will create 500,000 new jobs over the next eight years, with more than 2,000 civil structures being built in Dubai South, the 145 sq km mixed-use development.

“As it stands, Dubai is getting ready to host the Expo 2020 and the emirate is way ahead in terms of its readiness to host the mega event – taking place in the Middle East for the first time in the event’s more than 150 years of history,” said Avin Gidwani, CEO of BNC Network.

“While driving past some of the major highways, one would notice the hectic construction activities on the highways and both sides of these highways – that reflect the pace of development work in the emirate. Most of the projects are on a fast-track basis, intended to expand the hotel inventory.

“Both the public and private sectors have mobilized their best resources to complete these projects on time.”

Dubai South has been divided into separate functional districts, such as the Logistics District, the Residential District which is expected to accommodate 250,000 residents, the Commercial District to provide employment opportunities for an estimated 150,000 people, the Exhibition District, that will host the World Expo 2020 site, and the Aviation District.

Earlier this week, Expo 2020 Dubai launched its search for more than 30,000 volunteers who will be the "face" of the largest global gathering ever to be staged in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Organisers said the volunteers will play a crucial role in Expo, building on the UAE’s global tradition of hospitality by welcoming up to 25 million visits during the six-month event.

Of these, 70 percent are expected to come from outside the UAE, an unprecedented proportion in the 166-year history of World Expos.

 

Source: Arabian Business

Ekonomisk succé för SM-veckan i Borås

SM-veckan i Borås blev den i särklass största någonsin i Sverige med inte mindre än 50 representerade idrotter. Aldrig tidigare har så många idrotter tävlat i samma stad under en vecka. En idrottslig folkfest där närmare 300 svenska mästare korades och många tidigare rekord slogs.

Totalt 7 250 deltagare med en turistandel på 87% kom till Borås. 63 000 unika (deltagare, medföljande, åskådare) (+ 9% mot 2014) gjorde 185 000 ”besök”, en ökning med 35%. 25% av åskådarna var turister och var tredje boråsare besökte evenemanget*. Antal personer som vistades i centrala delarna av Borås under veckan var nästan 30% högre än under samma vecka 2016. ***

SVT sände sammanlagt över 90 timmar från Borås, av dessa sändes nästan 52 timmar i SVT 1 och 2, och resterande 39 timmar i SVT-play. Den totala siffran för sändningarna uppgår till närmare 16 miljoner visningstillfällen.

3 084 artiklar** kopplade till SM-veckan har identifierats. Innehållet fördelas på 55% webbartiklar, 44% tryckt press och 1% etermedia. Med en total potentiell räckvidd på 216 miljoner lästillfällen beräknas det uppskattade motsvarande annonsvärdet till 83,7 miljoner kronor. (I dessa siffror är inte SVTs sändningar från SM-veckan inräknade)

Medverkande specialidrottsförbund ger Borås lovord för arrangemanget och vill gärna komma tillbaka. Även lokala arrangörsföreningar vittnar om vikten av och det positiva arrangemanget gett. ”Vi får med oss med oss saker vi har nytta av fler år framöver” skriver en förening i utvärderingen. Målet att lyfta fram tillgänglighet resulterade bl a i att tolv parasporter medverkade på något sätt under SM-veckan och förbunden upplever att de flyttat fram sina positioner samt att de deltog på samma villkor som övriga i evenemanget.

– Det finns naturligtvis massor att glädjas över, men extra stolt är jag över våra arrangörsföreningar och att vi lyckats få in tillgänglighets-, inkluderande- och miljöaspekterna ännu mer i SM-veckans framtid, säger Maria Krafft Helgesson, projektledare för SM-veckan i Borås 2017.

– Vilken idrottsfest det blev. Många för SM-veckan nya idrotter, en otrolig stämning och fantastiska idrottsliga insatser på så många plan. Evenemanget stärker våra föreningar, ekonomiskt, erfarenhets- och samarbetsmässigt och skapar ofta förutsättningar som kommer föreningarna och staden till godo under många år framöver. Jag gläds över de framgångar som boråsföreningarna hade inom rodd, boxning, rullskidor, gång och simning. Så många intressanta idrotter, stora som små, samlade i en stad och med en enda stor inramning av glädje, det är mina bestående intryck säger Tommy Jingfors, förvaltningschef, Fritids- och folkhälsoförvaltningen Borås Stad.

– Rapporten visar att av de 44,3 miljonerna är 40 miljoner direkt kopplade till SM-veckan. Den s.k. kvarhållna konsumtionen, dvs den konsumtion som lokalbefolkningen gav upphov till i Borås i samband med SM-veckan är inte invägd i modellen. De mer mjuka värden ett evenemang som SM-veckan innebär för Borås är svåra att mäta, men jag är övertygad om att stora evenemang av den här karaktären på ett markant sätt ökar trivseln i, attityden till och stoltheten över sin egen stad, säger Helena Alcenius, vd Borås TME.

96% av de tillfrågade besökarna uppgav att bemötandet på evenemangsarenorna var bra eller mycket bra. Även tillgängligheten kring värdar och funktionärer fick bra betyg med en motsvarande siffra på 92%.

– Under flera år har vi tillsammans med SISU och de lokala föreningarna jobbat aktivt med värdskap, volontärer och utbildningsinsatser, generellt men framförallt kring större evenemang i staden. Siffrorna i rapporten är verkligen ett kvitto på att vi arbetat i rätt riktning på de här områdena, säger Helena Alcenius.

***besöksrapport Borås City & Knalleland, Bumbee Labs AB

** källa Retriever, medierapport SM-veckan 2017.09.22

* HUI Research, Turistekonomisk analys SM-veckan i Borås

Bilden: Foto: Jonas Söderberg

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Borås TME är ett av staden och näringslivet i Borås samägt bolag. Bolaget har till uppgift att marknadsföra, sälja och aktivt verka för att staden upplevs som en attraktiv destinationsort med gott värdskap. Målet är ökad hållbar tillväxt till nytta för medborgarna och näringslivet i Borås.

Today is the start of first Q Berlin Questions conference

400 guests from around the world are expected 19-20 October at Schiller Theater. 25 top speakers present their ideas: including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, star architect Rem Koolhaas, and multimedia artist Cao Fei. Key questions on work, governance, cultural identity, social justice, and urbanisation are being discussed

Today marks the beginning of the Q Berlin Questions conference. On 19 and 20 October, the Schiller Theater will host discussions about the many major challenges facing the world in the areas of work, governance, cultural identity, social justice, and urbanisation. Some 400 participants are expected to attend the first Q Berlin Questions. On Friday the conference will open for up to 600 Berliners with the Q Marathon.

“With Q Berlin Questions Berlin has for the first time developed its own international conference where the major questions of our time will be discussed,” says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. “We have already received a great response whilst organising Q and many interesting speakers have agreed to come.”

25 top speakers present their ideas: including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, Dutch star architect Rem Koolhaas, Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei, politician Hlomela Bucwa, the youngest member of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa, Italian philosopher Luciano Floridi, and British publicist and urban explorer Charles Landry. With their experiences and ideas they offer different perspectives on current global issues.

The Schiller Theater was specially redesigned for Q by Indian architect Anupama Kundoo, lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin.

A special feature of Q: the conference will cover the entire city and make Berlin a stage itself. Q will also address current questions from the perspective of the host city Berlin. Investigations in the field are therefore part of the conference agenda. In this way, participants will experience the challenges and opportunities of Berlin as exemplary of those facing many other major cities.

For example, participants will be invited to dine privately with leading Berlin personages from society, business, and science. Immersive experiences in various parts of the city will be linked to the topics being discussed at Q, for example, Berlin’s new Mitte district and the Humboldt Forum, the Moritzplatz quarter, and the former industrial and commercial area that has been turned into the largest Asian market in Europe, the Dong Xuan Center.

On the second day of the conference, the Q Marathon will offer locals the opportunity to participate actively in the conference and engage in dialogue directly with international experts. There will be a live programme with talks, discussions, and performances. The Q Marathon will be opened by BÄM, the Berlin Academy for Marching Drums, a music project by German hip-hop musician Peter Fox. Tickets for the Q Marathon cost €15. Tickets are available at www.q.berlin

The international Q Berlin Questions conference was commissioned by the city of Berlin. With Q, the German capital seeks to position itself internationally even more clearly as a place of tolerance and open and honest dialogue about the important questions of the present and its consequences. Q is intended to strengthen Berlin’s role as a venue for innovative conferences.

Q Berlin Questions is an initiative of visitBerlin. A curator team under the guidance of Michael Schindhelm will design the conference agenda. The organiser is Curages Conference Management GmbH, Berlin, which has already had a lot of experience organising TED conferences.

Korea MICE Bureau Unveils Best of UNESCO Capital Gyeongju for OWHC Delegates

Representatives from UNESCO World Heritage cities will have a golden opportunity to explore fellow heritage city Gyeongju’s unique contributions to the UN register when they visit the ancient Korean capital for the 14th World Congress of the OWHC, to be held at HICO from October 31st – November 3rd. The four-day congress will include trips to Gyeongju’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and other attractions courtesy of the Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) division of the Korea Tourism Organization.

Founded in 1993, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) represents 280 cities globally that contain UNESCO World Heritage sites. The capital of Korea’s Silla Kingdom between 57BCE – 935CE, Gyeongju is notable for retaining much of its architectural heritage from that period, located throughout the city and earning it the nickname “the museum without walls”. In 1995, the Buddhist structures of Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple were the first Gyeongju properties to be added to the World Heritage List, followed by the Gyeongju Historic Areas in 2000 and Yangdong Village in 2010.

Congress programs will focus on sustainable tourism under the theme, “Heritage and Community: Tools to engage local communities”, with speakers including OWHC administrators, deputy mayors, architects, and government officials involved in tourism and heritage committees from around the world.

“By setting [this] theme, we have placed the communities at the heart of the conservation and heritage management processes, and consequently strengthened their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of decision-making for themselves and their heritage”, explained Mayor of Gyeongju Yangsik Choi in his invitation letter to OWHC member cities.

The specially organized KMB tour will take delegates to Gyeongju’s top UNESCO heritage sites. The October 4th post tour will stop by Bulguksa, Seokguram, and the Daereungwon Tomb Complex. The tour also includes the opportunity to see the unique underwater tomb of King Mungmu (30th ruler of Silla), sample Buddhist temple cuisine, and enjoy Korean table d’hôte.

A pre-tour on the 30th will explore the tomb complex as well as the Gyeongju National Museum. Participants also have the option to experience immersive cultural activities, such as a visit to a Korean sauna and the chance to make kimchi at Yangdong Folk Village.

In recent years, Gyeongju’s rich cultural profile has been complemented by its growing role as a global events host, including the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, which it shared with Daegu. The city’s Bomun Tourist Complex is a modern business events district, home to the Hwabaek International Convention (HICO) center, supported by 14 hotels and 2,518 rooms within a 3km radius.

More information about the congress is available here.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Korea MICE Bureau

The Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) of the Korea Tourism Organization, aims to establish Korea as a premier destination for convention delegates and business travelers. As the government’s leading MICE Agency, the KMB has worked for nearly 40 years to provide a wide range of advice and assistance to those considering holding meetings in Korea. It also works closely with organizers, meeting planners, and other regional convention bureaus to ensure that every meeting held in Korea is successful as well as memorable. For further inquiries, please e-mail us at mice@knto.or.kr or call us at +82-33-73-3284.

For more information, visit www.koreaconvention.org