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Paris back as number one in the city rankings for international congresses

1,118 congress and 854,000 delegates hosted by Paris in 2016: a new record! Paris once again the leading city in the ICCA 2016 classification which lists international congresses[1]. With 196 congresses recognized by ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), Paris is ahead of Vienna, Barcelona, Berlin and London. Ranked first in 2014 and second in 2015, Paris reaffirms its position as congress capital.

Beyond this ranking, the congress sector is a strategic segment of the tourism industry in Paris. For the 10th consecutive year, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has carried out a survey identifying all of the national and international congresses hosted in 2016 at 343 venues across the Paris region: with 1,118 congresses (+ 11.4 % compared with 2015) and 854,000 congress attendees (+ 12.2 % compared with 2015), the attractiveness of the destination has increased in this sector. In a post-attack period that has proved difficult for tourism in Paris, these results are particularly noteworthy. Over the period 2006-2016, Paris and the Paris region hosted some 11,000 congresses and 7.8 million congress attendees.

In 2016, congress activity generated €1.2 billion in economic benefits and more than 20,000 jobs in events organization (site rental, reception services, catering, etc.) and tourism (transport, hotels, restaurants, excursions, etc.).

Small and very large congresses were up in number in 2016: congresses with less than 500 congress attendees increased by 5% while congresses with more than 5,000 participants increased by 22% compared with 2015. The number of medium-sized congresses, from 500 to 5,000 participants, remained stable.

There was also an increase in congresses that rotate[2] in Europe and locally, up by 4 and 2 points respectively.

In terms of frequency, events taking place annually increased by 14% and thus represented nearly three-quarters of all congresses. Congresses rotating nationally lasted on average 2.2 days and those rotating internationally, 3 days on average.

The Health sector accounted for the majority of congresses (37%) followed by Technology (11%) and Science (8%). Scientific venues hosted 35% of events compared with 20% for congress centres. The latter however accounted for 65 % of congress attendees.

Finally, the months of June, October and November accounted for the biggest number of congresses in 2016. The large majority (95%) were held in Greater Paris (Paris + inner suburbs).

In the next 3 years, Paris will host some major congresses, notably at the future Paris Convention Centre, the largest European congress centre, situated in the Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles.

2017: 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (7,000 congress attendees), 102nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention (5,000 congress attendees), 30th ECNP Congress (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology – 6,000 congress attendees), 7th ECTRIMS Congress (European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Congress – 8,000 congress attendees)

2018: The International Liver Congress (11,000 congress attendees), 28th International ERS Congress (European Respiratory Society – 20,000 congress attendees)

2019: ESC Congress (European Society of Cardiology – 35,000 congress attendees)

 

 

Africa Rising in the ICCA statistic 2016

The ICCA 2016 rankings are out:

 

Top Cities: 1. Cape Town 2. Marrakech 3. Kigali 4. Durban 5. Johannesburg 6. Nairobi 7. Addis Ababa-Stellenbosch-Accra 10. Cairo-Kampala

 

Top Countries: 1. South Africa 2.Morrocco 3. Rwanda-Egypt-Kenya: 6. Ghana 7. Ethiopia 8. Nigeria 9. Tanzania-Uganda. Looking forward to seeing you both next week during Imex.

 

Kigali has gone from #21 in 2013, to #13 in 2014, to # 7 in 2015 and to a top #3 in 2016: this is remarkable work. We will keep following the development of all Africa Meetings of course and will have a closer look upon the climbers and what is happening there.

 

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.