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Swedish Aviation Tax to Cost 7,500 Jobs, Conflicts with Global Carbon Agreement

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) responded to an Inquiry on the proposed Swedish aviation passenger tax, warning that the tax would cost 7,500 jobs and negatively impact Sweden’s economic competitiveness. IATA also emphasized the Inquiry Committee’s own acknowledgement that the climate change impact of the tax would be negligible.

Aviation delivers major economic benefits to Sweden, generating 4.2% of GDP and supporting 240,000 jobs. Analysis by IATA of the committee’s “green tax” proposals of up to SEK430 per ticket, shows that Swedish GDP would be SEK5 billion lower as a result of the impact of the tax. This will mean around one million fewer passengers and 7,500 fewer jobs in the aviation industry and the wider economy. The competitive position of the Swedish economy would decline, dropping from 22nd to 78th in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Cost Competitiveness Index, worse than Finland, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.

“This tax will be disastrous for the Swedish economy. Those promoting the tax are essentially suggesting that 7,500 Swedish workers are worth sacrificing to save 48 hours-worth of carbon emissions on Sweden’s roads. We urge Swedish businesses and the Swedish people to persuade the government to reject this tax on connectivity and are eager to support them in this important task. Sweden should be working with European and world partners to make a success of existing aviation climate policies, not imposing ineffective measures that cripple the economy while having almost no impact on the environment,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.

Aviation is committed to mitigating its environmental impact and was the first global business sector to set tough carbon targets, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and cutting 2005 emissions in half by 2050. October last year saw a breakthrough with the agreement of the 191 states at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for a global carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation (CORSIA).

“Last year, ICAO’s member States, including Sweden, agreed that CO2 emissions are best addressed through a single global market-based measure and recognized that CORSIA should be the market-based measure for international aviation. The implementation of national or regional taxes on top of CORSIA is not only redundant, it also goes against the ICAO agreement and risks alienating States from implementing CORSIA,” said Schvartzman.

Flights within Sweden and to European States are subject to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and airlines pay emissions and noise charges at Swedish airports. All flights between Sweden and EU Member States and over 90% of all commercial flights between Sweden and non-EU countries will be covered by CORSIA.

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• IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 265 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.

Successful trials lead IMEX in Frankfurt to fully-fledged roll out of Zenvoy networking service

Continuing its drive to enable buyers and exhibitors to make the most of networking opportunities, IMEX in Frankfurt has partnered with networking specialists Zenvoy to make it easier for attendees to meet even more like-minded people at the show.

The introduction of this new service at IMEX in Frankfurt follows a pilot test a year ago and its successful introduction and roll-out at IMEX America in October 2016.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said; “We’re always interested in partnerships and collaborations with innovators who can bring new concepts to market - everyone from education designers to event tech developers. When there’s a clear benefit to an important audience, in this case meetings and events planners, then we like to conduct a small, manageable trial and, if the results are sound and the feedback’s good, then we tend to move quickly to a formal roll-out and launch. Zenvoy’s a great example of that process.

“Zenvoy creates networking opportunities not only at the show but long afterwards. After facilitating 3,000 plus introductions before and during IMEX America, over 10,000 introductions have now been made for IMEX America buyers and we have an IMEX America community with more than 1,300 active users.

”Helping our clients make powerful connections with the right people is now built into our mission. New partners with fresh new ideas, such as Zenvoy, help us keep that target in plain sight.”

Devan Chauhan, Assistant Manager - MICE & Leisure, at Globe Forex & Travels Ltd was a Hosted Buyer at IMEX America 2016. He says, "In this era of digitization, Zenvoy is an awesome platform for digital contact exchange and networking, allowing users like me to contact professionals of the same field. I am really happy with it and would like to continue to take its services in future."

Zenvoy achieves results for IMEX by inviting pre-registered hosted buyers and visitor buyers to opt-in and complete a confidential profile. It then uses intelligent data profiling software to analyse and match each person with others with similar business profiles including job title, nature of business and number of years in the industry. Like-minded individuals are then invited to connect online or arrange to meet face-to-face at the show during lunch breaks or at the end of the day.

Leo Gestetner, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenvoy commented; “The service and the data are entirely private, meaning attendees are assured of complete discretion and the introductions are specific to IMEX in Frankfurt. There is no downloading, swiping, searching, hunting or spamming. Zenvoy turns IMEX from a 4-day event to months of networking!”

Business Booms at ibtm arabia 2017

ibtm arabia 2017 once again was hailed a great success by exhibitors and Hosted Buyers. Over 2,100 pre-planned meetings happened during two days of the event, which took place from 7-9 February at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. 82 exhibitors from 15 countries were joined by 120 Hosted Buyers from 32 countries for the three-day long event.

Luma Khatib, Jordan Tourism Board, commented: “This is the first time that Jordan Tourism Board has taken part in ibtm arabia using the ‘pod’ structure. We found the format was of great benefit for us and, along with the diversity of buyers from across the globe and from a broad spectrum of different types of business, ensured we had very successful meetings and made many excellent business connections.

“The networking events also were very useful; the relationships generated throughout the functions allowed participants to get to know to each other in an informal environment which resulted in greater personal interaction.’’

Hosted Buyers were equally complimentary, with Adam Wing, from Bibby Financial Services saying: “ibtm arabia was a fantastically immersive event that combined business meetings with a city experience and generated some great connections who I will definitely work with in the future.”

The event utilises a ‘pod’ format with one-to-one meetings taking place during days two and three of the event. ibtm arabia 2017 featured a total of nine networking events and also offered the opportunity for attendees to experience some of the best attractions Abu Dhabi has to offer.

The first day, Discovery Day, was designed to allow attendees to get to know each other in a fun and informal environment ahead of formal business meetings. With an itinerary designed by partner Hala Abu Dhabi, guests enjoyed excursions including to the Falcon Hospital and Yas Island Attractions, lunch at some of the newest hotel restaurants in Abu Dhabi, followed by a Desert Safari and dinner in a desert camp.

Shinu Pillai, Event Director, ibtm arabia, commented: “We’re delighted to have received such positive feedback immediately following ibtm arabia. Ultimately, our goal is to create the very best possible backdrop for doing business in this region, and to have such high quality brands and Hosted Buyers attending means it’s important that the event really delivers.

“Once again this year the calibre of our exhibitors meant that we had extremely high demand from Hosted Buyers to attend the event. Of the total number of Hosted Buyers who applied, our rigorous evaluation process led to 40% of applicants qualifying to attend, all of whom were selected with ROI of both parties in mind, ensuring their budgets and requirements were closely aligned with our exhibitor needs. We had a 98% satisfaction rating last year and I’m very hopeful that we’ll at least meet, if not exceed that this year.”

For more information, visit http://www.ibtmarabia.com/en. ibtm arabia is run with the support of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau and Etihad Airways. Poken provided Hosted Buyer compliance technology at the event and Neumann & Müller were technical partners.

 

KOKS wins the Faroe Islands’ first Michelin star

Since opening its doors in 2011, restaurant KOKS has won the hearts of food lovers in the Faroe Islands and beyond.

Now six years on, it has won the ultimate foodie accolade – its first Michelin star, propelling it onto the world stage of top dining experiences. KOKS is the first restaurant in the Faroe Islands, which has a population of 50,000, to receive a Michelin star.

Run by 26-year-old Faroese chef Poul Andrias Ziska, KOKS focuses on innovative traditional Faroese food, giving its guests the chance to taste the Faroes and its seasons through local produce.

“At KOKS, our aim is to create the ultimate dining experience. An experience strongly influenced by our deep-rooted Faroese traditions and the remarkable local produce found at our doorstep. This is our strength, and often our job is simply to let the extraordinary produce speak for itself,” says Poul Andrias Ziska.

The young avant-gardes at KOKS use Faroese produce, both coarse and fine, ancient and modern, whilst ensuring that the gathering and consumption is sustainable. Rather than blazing new culinary trails, every effort is put into exploring the ancient Faroese practices of drying, fermenting, salting and smoking.

KOKS’ menu is determined by the various seasons and what they have to offer, transforming ancient culinary tradition into modern delicacies. Simple and pure, fresh and traditional.

MCI USA expands through acquisition of Network Media Partners

MCI is pleased to announce its acquisition of Network Media Partners, a proven sales management organization specializing in customized media sales, event planning and management, digital and print design and marketing services for associations. As MCI continues its growth strategy in the USA, the addition of Network Media Partners accelerates the company’s leadership in delivering a comprehensive suite of innovative, growth-centered solutions for associations.

“Associations of all sizes and types face increasing economic and market headwinds. Network Media Partners has industry-leading expertise proven to drive association revenue growth. Their experience will enhance and align perfectly with MCI’s capacity of delivering a full range of growth-centered solutions to associations of all sizes and types” said Tom Gibson, Chief Executive Officer, MCI USA.

“Network Media Partners is thrilled to join MCI’s global story of growth. Network’s trusted services are a key additive to MCI’s rapidly expanding United States platform,” said Carrie Hartin, President, Network Media Partners.

Richard Torriani, Chief Operating Officer Americas, MCI Group, also adds: “This combination enables MCI to deliver an even broader strategy, together with execution, that our best-in-market association clients expect. MCI USA now serves as a one-stop strategy and service solution for associations who seek to become more agile and outcomes-driven in pursuit of market relevance, engagement, operational effectiveness and economic growth.”

For more than thirty years, Network Media Partners has built its enviable reputation around delivery of growth solutions to associations. Network’s accomplished sales, marketing, creative services and events team of 50 professionals leverage an innovative, end-to-end sales platform in the successful pursuit of a singular purpose: to grow association client revenues. Association clients are able to leverage sales strategies and the needed talent to deliver on media sales for integrated media, digital and print advertising, exhibition space, sponsorship and partnership. Network Media Partners also brings award-winning publication design proficiencies, complementing MCI USA’s marketing communications, creative services, event management and digital strategies capabilities.

Network Media Partners will now operate as Network Media Partners, LLC, an MCI Group company.

 

Photo: Tom Gibson & Carrie Hartin.

Redesigned Association Day at IMEX puts emphasis on peer to peer education and networking across all levels of the profession

IMEX Association Day, the annual event exclusively for association professionals, will feature a new, extensively researched and redesigned programme when it takes place the day before the IMEX in Frankfurt exhibition in May.

The IMEX team has collaborated with planners from across the globe to gather views and experiences before creating this new structure to meet audience requirements even more effectively.

The restructured Association Day programme will feature a new Association Management Stream, covering topics such as understanding why members leave and how to persuade them to stay. There will also be two Meetings & Events Streams (A and B), addressing issues such as how to maximise member participation at events, and how to identify and approach new sponsors.

Each session is case study led with the emphasis on sharing best practice. Time for peer to peer discussion and networking is also factored into the day.

The Association Management Stream, hosted by ASAE, has been specifically designed for those in senior positions. Managing associations through turbulent times; developing an effective volunteer strategy; small association management and how to engage with future generations are among the topics to be discussed. Speakers include senior executives from the European Golf Course Owners Association and the Entomological Society of America who are set to share their knowledge of ‘membership engagement and retention strategies’.

Davi Kaur, head of the congress unit at the European Cancer Association, will deliver a session in Meetings & Events Stream A on ‘how to create a world class event’, with a case study covering all aspects from event format to attendee experience and legacy. This new Meetings & Event Stream, chaired by the ICCA, will cover how to develop effective partnerships with convention bureaus and trends in meeting formats and designs. Speakers include Juliane Leyva Gonzalez, Congress Manager, European College of Sport Science and Roy Palmer, Executive Director, Association of International Seafood Professionals. It ends with a roundtable discussion on dealing with international cultural issues.

Meetings & Event Stream B features a case study presentation on ‘how to attract and retain more sponsors’ with speakers from the British Bankers’ Association and the International Diabetes Federation. Roger Simmons, regional sustainability director at MCI group is one of the confirmed speakers for ‘how can associations make their events more sustainable.’ This stream will also cover: top tips for effective programme and content development, negotiating global hotel contracts and managing events with a small events team. Other speakers include Christine Gouillard, Head of Congress Account & Scientific Programmes at the European Society of Cardiology and Charlotte Balling, Event Manager at Danish Maritime Days.

Open to all levels of association professionals registered to attend IMEX as either hosted buyers or visitor buyers, Association Day offers a valuable opportunity for peer to peer education and networking, allowing participants to understand the successes and challenges faced by other associations.

Peter Reckling, from the Association of Social Work and Criminal Justice in Germany, who attended last year, says: “This is the one day each year when I can look outside of my job and at the world outside…..and the future.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “We wanted to ensure that we offer content that is a real benefit to association professionals at all levels of seniority and experience so we consulted more extensively than ever. The resulting programme is really strong and, as always, we have some excellent and highly motivated partners to thank for their expertise and contributions.”

The free afternoon of education, co-delivered by ICCA and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership will be followed by the highly regarded networking reception, Association Evening hosted by Marriott Frankfurt.

 

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 16 – 18 May 2017.