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Karin Mäntymäki from Visit Stockholm named new chairperson of Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus

Visit Stockholm’s Director of Sales and Operations Karin Mäntymäki has been elected as the new chairperson of the Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus, an organisation aiming to promote Sweden as a conference destination.

The Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus (SNCVB) is a non-profit organisation bringing together 22 Swedish Convention Bureaus and primarily concentrating on two focus areas: business value and exchange of knowledge. Current focus is on how Sweden can boost its international presence in order to secure growth for the meeting industry.

“The fact that we bring together 22 destinations within our network is globally unique,” says Karin Mäntymäki, Director of Sales and Operations at Visit Stockholm. The organisation pursues issues that are important for Sweden as a conference destination.

“Conferences and meetings are essential for Stockholm. With Karin shouldering the role of chairperson of SNCVB we have even better scope for collaborating nationally in order to strengthen Sweden’s offering. This is good for the whole of Sweden,” says Thomas Andersson, CEO of Visit Stockholm.

Karin Mäntymäki was elected as chairperson at the organisation’s annual meeting in Västerås on 6 September. Other members of the board include Sofie Lidholm, Västerås Convention Bureau, Ante Jankovic from Jönköping, Emelie Gard from Eskilstuna, Cecilia Berglund from Umeå, and Anki Sandberg from Trollhättan.

 

 

 

Stockholm’s newest hotel, Downtown Camper, invokes the spirit of adventure and sustainable living

Downtown Camper by Scandic is Scandic’s third signature hotel in central Stockholm and it offers a hotel experience where nature meets the urban landscape. The hotel is designed to be the starting point for curious travelers who want to discover the real Stockholm, and a social meeting place for locals looking to get together with spontaneity, relaxation and togetherness in focus. Unique to the hotel is a completely new room category that sleeps up to 12 people. Downtown Camper opens on September 1.

Downtown Camper is located in the heart of the city in one of Stockholm’s most unexplored urban neighborhoods, Brunkebergstorg. The location provides the perfect starting point for travelers who can switch seamlessly between work and play, activity and relaxation, and people seeking genuine experiences.

– We’ve created a hotel for the curious traveler or Stockholmer who not only wants unique experiences but also contributes to creating them. Today, people want it all – to enjoy the tranquility of nature and live in the city. Downtown Camper brings the two worlds together, says Jacob Dahlberg, General Manager, Downtown Camper.

Downtown Camper has a modern, playful interior inspired by nature and the concrete jungle of the surrounding neighborhood. It is designed to provide opportunities for spontaneous interaction and togetherness, creative meetings and getting away from it all. The hotel’s unique Camper Co-Living concept allows up to 12 people to stay in adjoining rooms with a common social space and thus create their own hotel experience. Additionally, there is a large proportion of connecting rooms for people traveling in larger groups.

In the Campfire restaurant, the open fireplace is the focal point where guests can gather to enjoy comfort food from around the world. The menu is based on recognizable childhood favorites, global travel and the change of the seasons, and features a fusion of ingredients from the Swedish forest to the Mediterranean in dishes presented in inspiring ways.

The hotel’s hand-picked lifestyle concierge, Australian Kristian Hell, offers unique opportunities to discover Stockholm in harmony with a sustainable lifestyle. Through a wide range of partnerships with local celebrities and brands, guests and locals alike can take part in a variety of daily activities in and outside of the the hotel by borrowing clothes and equipment for outdoor pursuits, joining running groups or just relaxing in the wellness area, The Nest.

 

Facts about Downtown Camper

• Total floor space covering 29,554 m2

• 10 stories of hotel rooms, one floor with social spaces

Hotel information

• 494 rooms

• 9 suites

• 16 Camper Co-Living suites for 6 to 12 people with adjoining rooms and common social spaces

• 5 creative spaces for meetings and events:

o Gameroom, a playful environment for up to 40 people

o Cocoon, a chambre separée for 10 people

o Nightwood, a cinema with seating for 25

o Boardroom, a meeting space with tables for 16 people

o Camper Lounge, a lounge with group seating for up to 25 people

• Campfire restaurant and outdoor patio

• Campfire Bar

• The Nest, a rooftop wellness center with experience showers as well as a sauna, gym and pool (from December 1)

• Cocktail lounge (from December 1)

• Lifestyle concierge

• In-room bartender (from December 1)

• Shop

 

Partners and cooperations

• Houdini – clothing for sale/to borrow

• Melker Kayaks – kayaks to borrow

• Urskog – longboards and skateboards to borrow

• ATR (And The Revolution) – bikes to borrow

• Lokalii – unique experiences with locals

• Able Lounge – experiences for a sustainable lifestyle

• Ssideline City Runclub – social running in groups

About signature hotels

Signature hotels are marketed under their own hotel names with the extension “by Scandic” and are characterized by their unique history, personality and enhanced offering. The hotels are designed as distinct meeting places and aim to be natural social venues for locals and travelers alike. With its collection of signature hotels, Scandic aims to attract new customers and meet the demands of travelers looking for unique hotel experiences.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Scandic

Scandic is the largest hotel company in the Nordic region with 15,000 team members and a network of more than 230 hotels with about 45,000 hotel rooms in operation and under development. Scandic Friends is the biggest loyalty program in the Nordic hotel sector with 2 million members. Corporate responsibility has always been a part of Scandic’s DNA and Scandic has been named Best Hotel Brand in the Nordic countries (BDRC). Since December 2, 2015, Scandic has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.scandichotels.com

Ex Director General of the UK Security Service announced as a keynote speaker at ibtm world 2017

ibtm events today announced Dame Stella Rimington, author and the first female director general of MI5, the UK Security Service, as one of two high profile keynote speakers at its milestone 30th ibtm world event, taking place in Barcelona from 28-30 November.

Drawing on her 27 years’ experience in the Security Service, Dame Stella will discuss her fascinating career and her work in counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism, as well as the industry’s outlook on safety and security going forward.

Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, comments: “We’re thrilled to announce Dame Stella Rimington as one of two headliners for our market-leading Knowledge Programme. Given the current climate, safety and security is a topic being discussed often, and we know from our customer research that it is a subject about which there is huge appetite from our attendees to learn more. We’re delighted to be fulfilling that appetite by having someone of Dame Stella’s calibre providing what will be some truly invaluable insights and learnings that our customers can take away and apply in their own businesses.”

ibtm world’s Knowledge Programme is a key draw for attendees and continues to see increased footfall year-on-year. The full programme of sessions during the three day-long event covers seven topical content themes all aimed at inspiring and educating delegates with sessions that tangibly add value to their business life and personal development. Themes for 2017 include Industry Trends; Engagement & experiences; Safety, security and risk management; Innovation, disruption and technology; Sustainability and CSR; Professional & staff development and Business development and strategy.

Dame Stella’s session will be taking place on Wednesday 29 November at 9am at ibtm world 2017. The flagship show, at Fira Gran Via Barcelona, saw almost 15,000 delegates to the event in 2016, with over 67,000 pre-scheduled meetings arranged over the three-day days.

 

Global Congress Executives to Meet in Busan for 2017 ICCA Asia-Pacific Business Workshop

Busan is set to host this year’s ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Client/Supplier Business Workshop, returning for 2017 from September 6-8 at the port city’s Park Hyatt Hotel. Around 40 key ICCA members and association meeting influencers will attend the event, which includes a two-day networking session as well as scheduled tours of Busan’s local attractions.

Designed to increase the number of association meetings in the region, the workshop brings together ICCA members and Asia-Pacific association members who represent organizations looking for venues and destinations to host their meetings or other related events. Participating association members are carefully-selected key decision-makers able to fully represent their organization’s interests, while the meetings themselves must be those that rotate regionally or globally, are held every 1-3 years, have a minimum of 400 delegates, and run for at least 3 days. This year’s attending decision-makers will represent 13 countries, including Australia, Belgium, China, France, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the US.

The Busan event will be jointly hosted by ICCA and the Busan Convention Bureau division of the Busan Tourism Organization (BTO), the latter also providing local support for the workshop alongside Busan Metropolitan City, the Korea Tourism Organization and BEXCO, Busan’s largest convention center. Host venue the Park Hyatt Busan is a member of the Busan MICE Alliance, a collective of the city’s main business events providers. Previous Workshops have successfully taken place in Fukuoka in 2015 and the Gold Coast in 2014.

Included in the workshop will also be a BTO destination presentation on Busan, as well as a gala dinner at Nurimaru APEC House. Optional city tours for delegates on the 6th and 8th will visit major local places of interest such as Gamcheon Cultural Village and the Busan Cinema Center – main venue of the Busan International Film Festival – among others, and include a yacht tour of coastal beauty spots.

Busan currently ranks 21st among convention cities in Asia & Middle East in ICCA’s latest international meetings statistics report, as well as 14th place worldwide according to the UIA’s most recent report, which also put Korea in first place worldwide in the countries category.

The city is continuing a series of widespread efforts to match its rising profile as a global event destination through increased infrastructure, including new accommodation properties from Ananti, Hilton, Shilla Stay, and Holiday Inn in 2017. Meanwhile, the annual Busan MICE Festival, organized by various official Busan entities including BTO, features a series of educational programs to raise public awareness of the meetings industry as well as encourage tomorrow’s industry professionals.

 

Photo:  Nurimaru APEC House in Busan.

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A division of the Busan Tourism Organization (BTO), the Busan Convention Bureau is the official entity dedicated to promoting and enhancing the unique attractiveness of Korea’s largest port city as a compelling international events destination. The Bureau offers a range of services and support for global business events hosted in Busan, including financial, promotional, operational, and logistical. Contact the BTO today to find out how to get the very best out of Busan for your next event.

Coex Prepares for UIA Seoul World Architects Congress 2017

AT least 30,000 people are expected to descend on Seoul this September 3rd to 10th for the 26th UIA Congress.

Located at both Coex and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), the eight-day congress will bring professionals and future leaders in the field of architecture to exchange the latest trends, best practices, and case studies.

Since its launch in 1948, the UIA World Architencts Congress has been held 25 times, with Seoul selected as the 26th destination under the theme “Soul of City”.

The 26th UIA Congress was organized closely with the Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects (FIKA), Seoul Metropolitan Government, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of the Repulbic of Korea, and the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy

“September is the best month of the year to visit Seoul and all participants will be able to explore Korean traditional and modern culture, breathtaking scenery, and enjoyable cuisine,” said Jong Ruhl Hahn, President of the Congress. “There are also many other reasons Seoul will be the most convenient in every way, such as extensive WiFi networks provided in every corner of the City, warmest and energetic Seoullites, and trouble-free ground transportation.”

NSW gets a ‘Machine Learning’

Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith confirmed Sydney-siders had experienced an influx of artificial intelligence as the world’s ‘Machine Learning’ experts descended on Australia. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Facebook chose to shut down an artificial intelligence program that became too smart, having developed its own language.

Over six days almost 2,500 professionals met to discuss these frontiers of technology as part of the International Conference on Machine Learning. This area is a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence with applications across most industries. Conference sponsors included Nvida, Facebook and Google.

“NSW is known as Australia’s innovation powerhouse, bolstered by global events that are being held here. In 2017 and 2018 Sydney will host five global IEEE conferences covering topics from smart vehicles, nuclear science, medical imaging through to social implications of technology. They will promote STEM jobs and education, nurture the next generation of leaders and boost local expertise while pumping $11million into our economy. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation, committed to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.

Earlier this year BESydney and Destination NSW collaborated to secure the Launch Festival, the world’s largest startup event, to Sydney in 2018 and 2019. This is the first time the festival will be held outside of San Francisco. It aligns with Sydney’s new $35 million startup hub - the first of its kind in Australia.

NSW is Australia’s financial technology hub. Last week the Committee for Sydney released Scaling the Fintech Opportunity for Sydney and Australia. The KPMG authored report stated that more than 10,000 people are employed by fintech startups across Australia and 59% are now based in Sydney.

SIBOS, the world’s key financial services event will boost Australian industry, by drawing global leaders in technology, finance and venture capital to Sydney. The report confirms key opportunities aligned to Sydney’s competitive advantages are in niche areas including payments, blockchain and regtech, which will be explored during SIBOS. The report calls on the government to attract global talent to boost these priority areas to enable product development for export to banks abroad.

“Clearly hosting key global conferences positions Australia for growth. With 7% of international conference delegates moving here to work and study after their Sydney experience, it’s also a smart way to attract and enhance our talent pool,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.