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Madrid new member of BestCities

Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) was today (16 MAY) officially confirmed as the twelfth partner of BestCities Global Alliance. The new signing will bring a truly dynamic international congress city and convention bureau to the alliance that now holds 12 members.

With more than three decades of experience, Madrid has played host in the last years to some of the world’s leading events including the World Petroleum Congress, the World Air Traffic Management Congress and The Congress of the International Dental Federation. With more than 14,000 meetings and events per year serving to more than 1 million delegates, MCB is already paving the way for global standards in the sector.

Adding value to MCB’s offering and shaping its future growth, BestCities will work with MCB to support future innovations and refine its legacy development, such as creating impactful city events for its future association meetings.

As the first BestCities destination within the Mediterranean, MCB will help the alliance establish stronger ties and a more pronounced presence within the area. Very much in line with BestCities practice, MCB is committed to constantly evolving and reviewing its standards and undergoes an annual audit associated with ‘Q de Calidad Turistica’ – a quality certification for tourism services in Spain. Since 2012 MCB has passed the audit with flying colours, cementing its dedication to continually improving standards in its workings.

Madrid has been committed to improving its sustainability with various programmes aimed to target this issue including City Hospitality Desks which help to control the wastage of unused city brochures through a dedicated delegates desk at conventions. This has grown massively with 11 meetings serving over 18,000 delegates supported this way in 2016. Ambassador programmes are also a key investment for the MCB with its own platform that identifies individuals within areas including non-for profit, NGO’s and universities that have helped secure meetings in Madrid.

The BestCities partnership will support the MCB in acquiring knowledge in legacy development and position Madrid as innovative leaders in this field, alongside the other BestCities’ partners: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

The MCB is the first destination to go through BestCities’ revised quality management system (QMS). With admission into the Alliance a guarantee to clients that the vital commitments to excellence such as venue capacity, international accessibility and infrastructure framework are a given, the new QMS further extends BestCities offering beyond the key convention elements a city must possess to host world class events. With a focus on advancing the purpose of meetings through vital areas including sustainability, accessibility and legacy development, it adds a further dimension and unique strength to its partner cities’ offering.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup from Wonderful Copenhagen commented on the new signing:

“Madrid is a world class destination for conferences and events and we’re ecstatic to be welcoming them onto the BestCities Global Alliance. Madrid’s successful submission truly cements BestCities dedication to setting industry standards which we hope to help build with them over the next few years.

“Our dedication is to providing customers with seamless, worry-free services across a global network of cities. As our twelfth member, Madrid will enable us to continue to build the long-term loyalty by adding value through contributing to the cause of meetings. We’re excited to be able to offer our expertise particularly within this area.”

David Noack, Director of Madrid Convention Bureau said:

“MCB trust that becoming a member of BestCities will enrich our knowledge as a convention bureau by embracing their ethos for commitment to excellence. In short, our aim is to guarantee that each congress held in Madrid will be a unique and successful experience made possible through the close working of our organisations.

The Philippines will host the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

Policy leaders, statisticians, academicians and private sector will convene in Manila, The Philippines, next June 2017 (21-24), to discuss new methodologies to measure the full impacts of tourism. The 6th edition of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Conference on Statistics, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, will address the topic of "Measuring Sustainable Tourism".

Supported by the United Nations Statistics Division, the UNWTO initiative ‘Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) underlines the need to measure the full effects of the tourism sector. The UNWTO International Conference to be held in Manila will serve as a platform to discuss the first draft of the MST framework and its future implementation.

The Philippines has become a reference in the region with regard to tourism measurement and a role model in the development of effective inter-institutional collaboration to develop tourism statistics. The commitment of the country, shown in the development of the Tourism Satellite Account framework, explains the decision to host the discussion on the MST initiative.

A Ministerial Roundtable will inaugurate the Conference in order to align efforts to advocate among governments the relevance of integrated and reliable data to manage and promote a more sustainable tourism sector. Afterwards, a Panel of Statistical Institutes will provide the opportunity to share experiences and practices implemented at global, regional and national level.

Other technical sessions will focus on understanding data demands, the link between the economic, the environmental and the social dimensions of sustainable tourism, including job creation, sub-national measurement, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators, and data sources including big data.

Besides policy leaders, statistical experts and private sector, representatives from international organizations such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Eurostat will also contribute to the discussions.

 

Additional information:

Conference website and registration

 

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.