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February 2018
 
In This Edition

Left Column

Last Call! Hosted Buyer Invitation: join us for Meetings Africa!

Hosted Buyer Invitation: IMEX in Frankfurt 15-17 May 2018

Lithuania, Vilnius: CONVENE 2018 Set to Deliver Engaging Education Programme

Eventex Awards 2018 – finalists announced

Estonia, Tallinn: ECB Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Sweden, Gothenburg: 100 years of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

USA, New Orleans Tricentennial

Panama: Congrex Panama rebrands to Congrex Americas

Right Column

World leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum are the ultimate testimonial to the importance of meeting face to face

Heavent Awards Extended deadline for Entries: 12 February

Australia: Tourism Australia’s events system upgrade

Belgium: New Meeting & Incentive Guide Bruges 2018 is available!

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Shows Some Love to Mother Nature

Publishers Note

Dear Reader!

Did you see the invitations to the attractive hosted buyer events we’re bringing to you? For Meetings Africa – this is our last call! If you wish to attend the event, please hurry! Email me to obtain an application code!

For IMEX in Frankfurt, our seats for buyers outside Europe are already complete! Buyers situated inside Europe – please see our Hosted Buyer Invitation below and don’t hesitate to apply to the programme!

In this edition, we’re covering industry events – see the news on the great Convene Educational Programme coming up this week in Lithuania’s capital and don’t miss the article on the importance of face-to-face meetings – Davos’ World Economic Forum is one of the most important showcases for this.

Awards

I had the great pleasure of reviewing some of last year’s most exciting events competing for the Eventex Awards. Following the individual reviews of every jury member, the following discussion proved great consensus among the jury members. It’s a pleasure to see that the finalists have been published!

Heavent Awards are still at an earlier stage – the application deadline has been extended and ends on February 12. Hurry up to compete for the awards!

Anniversaries!

  • USA’s New Orleans celebrates it’s 300 years throughout the year.
  • Gothenburg’s Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre celebrates its 100th anniversary – a powerful proof of the continued importance of meetings and exhibitions!
  • The Estonian Convention Bureau celebrates its 10th anniversary

Innovation

Tourism Australia upgraded its events platform. Should you need information about past events, hurry up to download the documents & reports before end of February! In Europe, Belgium’s city of Bruges published its new Meeting Guide for 2018. See the details below!

Other news stories include KLCC’s recent CSR activity and the rebranding of Congrex Panama to Congrex Americas.

As usual, you are warmly invited to share this edition of NEWSFLASH.

Best regards

Martina Warter
General Manager & Publisher
MICE Media Marketing
martina@micemediamarketing.com

Last Call! Hosted Buyer Invitation: join us for Meetings Africa!

Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
26 to 28 February 2018

Are you interested in organizing one of your upcoming events in Southern Africa?

Do you wish to know more about the destination and its providers?

Do you wish to directly interact with the region’s suppliers?

We are delighted to invite you to apply for the Meetings Africa 2018 hosted buyer programme!

Qualification criteria:

Your organisation has given you purchasing authority for placing meetings, events, incentive or business travel.
Your organisation consistently books meetings or incentive travel programmes outside of your geographic region, and proof of these is available on request for verification.
Africa is a serious consideration in your organisation within the next two years, or the next two meeting rotations (in terms of Associations).
You’re able to communicate fairly well in the English language and have a willingness to engage with African suppliers (20 meetings in total).
You have not attended Meetings Africa in the past 3 years.

If you are interested and you meet the criteria above, please contact martina@micemediamarketing.com to obtain the application code you need to register your application.

International Hosted Buyers enjoy fully sponsored flights, accommodation as well as a pre- or post-show tour of a destination as part of their hosting. They are also given first-hand knowledge and education about the destination to prepare them for sales and motivation for their next meeting or group itinerary.

Please contact martina@micemediamarketing.com

Hosted Buyer Invitation: IMEX in Frankfurt 15-17 May 2018

For European Buyers only! All other seats are already complete.

IMEX in Frankfurt – a must-visit event! With more than 65,000 appointments, around 3.700 Hosted Buyers; more than 5.200 trade visitors and 3.500 exhibiting companies representing 157 countries in 2017 and further growth projection for 2018 you should not miss this must-visit trade show of the meetings industry.

Click here to apply to attend IMEX in Frankfurt as a hosted buyer: http://portal.imex-frankfurt.com/hbreg.php?unique=5a09cc0d5ee7a&type=buyer&exc=0n

Qualifications

To be accepted on to the Hosted Buyer Programme, all applicants will be required to demonstrate the international business that they have responsibility for or are looking to place. IMEX Group will then qualify the application based on the established criteria of the IMEX Hosted Buyer Programme.

Please find detailed information about the hosted buyer programme in the interactive Hosted Buyer Programme on http://invitation.imex-frankfurt.com/hostedbuyer

The Programme includes:

Optional Attendance at SmartMonday for all delegates! Please check Monday's fantastic programme here before applying to the hosted buyer programme!

For European Buyers:

  • 2 full days of attendance at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 and 16 May 2018 and the chance to meet at least 16 suppliers of your choice prearranged yourself through the IMEX appointment system;
  • Option to extend your attendance to 3 full days at IMEX in Frankfurt - 15 to 17 May 2018 and to meet at least 24 suppliers
  • Option to attending Smart Monday – the hotel night from Monday to Tuesday is at your own expense!
  • Transportation: Economy class flights from selected destinations or - for delegates travelling inside Germany train tickets - to/from Frankfurt;
  • Accommodation one night in 4/5-star accommodation in Frankfurt for your programme dates - two nights for buyers attending all 3 days. The current state of planning indicates our group to be conveniently hosted in the Maritim Hotel Frankfurt which offers direct access to Messe Frankfurt! A fantastic, highly convenient hotel option for our delegates!
  • Selected ground transportation in Frankfurt
  • VIP Services: Access to the IMEX hosted buyer lounge, free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments.

To attend 3 full days at IMEX, and/or Smart Monday please open the application link, then choose the Group MICE Media Marketing - Europe and include the request for the extension to 3 days and/or Smart Monday in the box below the programme before clicking the NEXT-button!

IMPORTANT

You will find the list of available gateways and selected flights in the application.

Buyers from destinations without pre-arranged flight selection or with flight dates not listed in the application need to make their own travel arrangements. Ticket refunds by IMEX are limited to your destination's listed banding amount. Please see the IMEX travelling information and terms & conditions.

Exclusions

The arrangement does not include additional expenses such as meals, any personal extras at the hotel. These should be settled directly with the hotel upon your departure, hotel upgrades, taxi fares if arriving / departing outside Hosted Buyer Programme dates, visa application fees, travel Insurance, health insurance for Germany… You must ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover your trip to attend IMEX in Frankfurt. Please don't hesitate to ask for details.

Apply now on:http://portal.imex-frankfurt.com/hbreg.php?unique=5a09cc0d5ee7a&type=buyer&exc=0n

Lithuania, Vilnius: CONVENE 2018 Set to Deliver Engaging Education Programme

This year’s Education Programme, which will be live-streamed, features a list of sessions spread out over the course of the two-day event. Caroline Mackenzie, co-founder of Global Association Partners, will focus on the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means for the MICE sector. Linda Pereira of CPL Meetings & Events will tackle the topic of Terrorism and Events and share her advice on what meeting planners need to know to keep their events safe. Ralph Knoblauch of American Express Meetings & Events, together with Mark Scales of Bank Sadlers, plan to discuss the key global and regional trends impacting the meetings industry in 2018, and My Opinion’s Janne Bjorge will talk about Brand Experience vs Event Marketing. Jan Gemrich from Foccus Design will advise how to improve the client/agency relationship for success.

The programme will also feature a four-person panel discussion moderated by Paul Kennedy of Kennedy Integrated Solutions on how the shifting nature of meetings affects destination and venue choices. In addition to these and the other sessions making up the CONVENE Education Programme, the exhibition’s annual Meet the Expert sessions will give participants an opportunity to ask featured experts specific questions and engage in discussions in a less formal setting.

CONVENE Event Director Jolanta Beniuliene is excited to be putting forth such a diverse set of experts for the Education Programme, saying, “The emphasis for the sixth edition of CONVENE has been on quality, and our Education Programme really reflects that. These sessions are an important part of our event and we’re happy to be able to give participants an opportunity to engage in fresh ideas and constructive dialogue.”

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, part of Go Vilnius, the city’s Official Business and Tourism Development Agency, CONVENE is a business marketplace with non-stop networking opportunities for meeting professionals. 165+ Hosted Buyers from all over Europe are attending CONVENE 2018, and an estimated 3,500 pre-scheduled business meetings with some 80 Exhibitors from the region are scheduled to be conducted. CONVENE will be held at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius on 14-15 February 2018. Visitors interested in taking part in the event can register online now at www.convene.lt

Eventex Awards 2018 – finalists announced

The best events from around the world competing for the prestigious Eventex trophies in 26 categories

Eventex Awards – possibly the most coveted and recognizable awards in the world of events – has just announced the finalists for the 8th edition of the competition. 80 finalists in 26 categories were chosen from a total of 156 entries from 35 countries around the world.

Each entry was assessed by a jury of experts and professionals with years of experience in events – renowned journalists from leading event magazines, heads of associations, representatives of convention bureaus, the most creative minds, the top influences, and thought leaders in the industry today. The main evaluation criteria for the awards are creativity and innovation, planning and execution and finally effectiveness and results. Among the agencies with the most shortlisted entries are Kenes Group, Xsaga (who are also top of the inaugural Eventex All-stars Index among 20 agencies), BIND, Auditoire, VOK DAMS Agency and Creative Pro Group.

The top 3 finalists in each category were selected by the averages of the score from different jury members. In the publicly voted People’s choice Event category the winners are ranked by the number of votes from the community and people that were engaged during the events. In the Best Agency category, the winner is determined by the number of awards in the other categories.

You can see all the finalists at the dedicated page on the Eventex website.

The winners in each category and the final results will be announced during a special ceremony, which will be held on 6 March 2018. This year the ceremony will be entirely online – another bold move from Eventex Awards. This new approach will give an opportunity to every single person in the world with internet access to watch the ceremony. At the same time, it presents a great opportunity for agencies to organize independent events with their teams and clients and celebrate the success of being part of the best.

Anyone is welcome to join the online ceremony – it takes a single click to become part of the show and find out the best events from around the world, the trend-setting agencies and the top innovations in the industry.

https://eventex.co/finalists/

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And yes of course, you are welcome to pass a copy on to your colleagues too!

Africa  Edition Link
Ethiopia May 2016
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Indian Ocean: The Maldives, Maurice, Seychelles Sept 2015
South Africa Oct 2017
Asia-Pacific 
Asia – On Promotion: Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand Jan 2016
Australia Jan 2016
Hong Kong July 2015
Malaysia May 2016
The Philippines Mar 2015
Philippine Incentives May 2015
The Philippines Mar 2016
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Jamaica  Jan 2015
Saint Lucia  July 2015
Middle East 
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Europe 
Malta May 2016
Madrid, Spain  Mar 2015
Prague, Czech Republic Oct 2017
Stuttgart, Germany July 2016
North America  
USA - Greater Fort Lauderdale & Broward County Update  May 2015
Estonia, Tallinn: ECB Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Estonian Convention Bureau celebrated the success of its first decade of operation with a festive gathering of members and partners.

Held at the Tallinn Creative Hub, the January 24 event served to highlight the accomplishments achieved by the group since its founding in 2008, chief among them propelling Estonia into the ranks of Europe's best-known conference destinations.

“One key ingredient of our work has been connecting institutions from a wide variety of sectors and businesses – hotels, tour companies, venue operators, city governments, tourist boards and universities. Now they're all pulling together to promote the country under the Team Estonia brand, and the results speak for themselves,” said ECB Managing Director Kadri Karu.

“This kind of private-public partnership for promoting a country is truly unique and it has gained plenty of admiration from other convention bureaus on the international scene,” she added.

In addition to launching the Team Estonia concept in 2015, other ECB milestones include creating conference ambassador programs in Tallinn and Tartu in 2010 and establishing the annual “Conference of the Year” award in 2011.

At the gathering, praise was given to Enterprise Estonia/Visit Estonia, with which the ECB has carried out many joint activities over the years.

As a further show of appreciation, the ECB honored Enterprise Estonia Team with the event's 'ECB Best Friend' award.

The cities of Tallinn and Tartu received ECB's award for 'Biggest Supporters', while the 14 ECB participants that have been with the organization since its founding were given special recognition as 10-year members.

www.ecb.ee

Sweden, Gothenburg: 100 years of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg became the first exhibition centre in Scandinavia when it was opened by King Gustav V and Queen Viktoria on 8 July 1918 and the 100th anniversary will be celebrated with a series of activities in 2018. Among other events, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre will host a special anniversary weekend in April and award a grant to support the Swedish tourism industry.

“It has been the mission of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre ever since it opened in 1918 to promote trade and industry,” says Roger Holtback, chairman of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre foundation. “We still have the same mission today, but our goals have shifted over the years. We aim to be Europe’s most attractive venue by offering the best total experience.”

When the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre was founded it served as a meeting place that brought together craftspeople, industry and trade. It enabled manufacturers and merchants to meet, hear the latest trade news and do business. The first trade fair drew 530 exhibitors and over 42,000 visitors. Later, foreign companies were also invited in to promote trade beyond Sweden’s borders.

Today, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers attract almost two million visitors each year and have a turnover more than SEK 1.2 billion, which in turn generates a further SEK 3 billion in tourism revenue.

Gothia Towers is part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and with its 1,200 rooms it is one of the ten largest hotels in Europe. There are also 40,000 square metres of exhibition space, congress halls, meeting facilities, a wide choice of restaurants, a spa, art gallery and a dedicated show arena. The meeting venue also includes the five-star Upper House, chosen as the best hotel in Sweden by TripAdvisor in 2017.

Carin Kindbom, President and CEO states: “Creating a complete concept has become increasingly important and is also the foundation of our business model, “We offer everything under one roof and under the same ownership, which sets the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre apart from many other facilities.”

We want to encourage innovation in the industry. We are seeing strong international demand and we want to satisfy the global market by being responsive and leading the way. It will be increasingly important to have physical places where people can meet in the digital world, and we believe in the continuing growth of the meetings industry. We have big plans for expansion and we look forward with confidence to the next hundred years in the story of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.”

Watch the video “The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre – 100 years in 100 seconds” and read more about the centre's history on https://en.svenskamassan.se/explore-us/about-us/100-year/

USA, New Orleans Tricentennial

New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout 2018.

As one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities, New Orleans will celebrate with its citizens and open its doors to the world to share the city’s rich history and culture.

During the Tricentennial, New Orleans will celebrate its past accomplishments, the resilience of its people and set the course for the future.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) has announced a year of special programming commemorating New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018.

The four-day event will explore how the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city.

THNOC will open a special bilingual tricentennial exhibit New Orleans, the Founding Era, a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades, on February 27th, 2018.

As part of the tricentennial exhibit, THNOC will join the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission’s Cultural and Historical Committee to present Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium, March 8-11, 2018.

https://www.hnoc.org

Tall Ships New Orleans 2018 will welcome a magnificent line-up of historic ships known as “tall ships” from the U.S. and around the world to New Orleans’ Woldenberg Riverfront Park at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, April 19th-22nd, 2018. This event coincides with NOLA Navy Week 2018.

The line-up of ships includes Elissa from Galveston, TX, Oosterchelde from The Netherlands, Oliver Hazard Perry from Newport, RI, Picton Castle, from the Cook Islands, and others.

International Weekend is the official welcoming ceremony of international dignitaries, and dinner for international guests at the historic restored Gallier Hall, April 19th-22nd, 2018.

The Tricentennial Interfaith Prayer Service will take place at St. Louis Cathedral on April 17th, 2018.

The service will be an opportunity for the various faiths of New Orleans to come together in thankfulness and unity.

https://www.tallshipsnola2018.com

For the full Tricentennial calendar, visit http://2018nola.com

Panama: Congrex Panama rebrands to Congrex Americas

The Panama City based full-service provider for meetings, conferences, events and Association Management solutions for the corporate, governmental and association sectors across The Americas. To better reflect where the company’s clients are based, where the company has been supporting and has been delivering events the company rebranded to Congrex Americas.

Javier Montilla Q, Managing Director Congrex Americas stated: “Our operational base of operation is still in Panama and we plan to grow there but our clients and projects are all over the region. We have taken this opportunity to adapt our brand to reflect our services and values with a modern fresh look. We create opportunities for communication, collaboration, education and growth. We are accountable, caring, efficient, imaginative & progressive. Congrex Americas logo also pictures our business as facilitators for the development of our clients’ projects, we create the space where people interact and engage using the events as platforms for development.”

Robert W. Harrison, President of the Board of Directors Congrex Americas added “it is important to reflect what we do and how we help, beyond the obvious. Here at Congrex Americas, while we continue to provide logistical services we go beyond that and have done for some time. We create opportunities for communication, collaboration, education and growth. This is our brand promise”

www.congrex.com.pa

World leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum are the ultimate testimonial to the importance of meeting face to face

“That so many world leaders are again travelling to the World Economic Forum in Davos is, quite simply, the ultimate testimonial to the power and importance of face-to-face meetings,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, organisers of IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America, the worldwide exhibitions for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry.

“This year’s World Economic Forum features record numbers - 340 top political leaders, 10 heads of state and government plus the greatest ever number of leaders from the G7 countries. Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May are among the heads of state expected at the Forum, along with Ministers of Finance and the CEOs and Directors of the major corporations, banks and accounting firms from across the world. They are meeting with the purpose of listening, learning and forming alliances to resolve the world’s biggest problems, understand latest trends and forecasts, and to exchange bold ideas.

“For so many globally influential figures to have allocated days in their tight schedules to travel and to meet their fellow leaders speaks clearly and strongly of the importance they place upon meeting in person.

“It is easy to underestimate the contribution that the global meetings industry makes to the economies of countries, regions and cities worldwide. In recent years national and local governments have begun to appreciate the valuable role of the industry in developing their knowledge economies and acting as a catalyst for innovation when convention bureaux work in collaboration with academia and industry in addition to the recognised direct benefits from business tourism.”

Major facilitator of urban development

Renowned urbanist Professor Greg Clark, at the IMEX Politicians Forum 2017, observed that the meetings industry can be a major facilitator of urban development in areas such as jobs, sales, taxes, amenities and facilities, strategic alignment with other dynamic sectors, internationalisation, identity, visibility and reputation.

While the global contribution of the meetings industry has yet to be quantified, newly announced research* has revealed that in the United States alone, it generates $330 billion annually. Putting that into perspective, it is larger in value than the global commercial aircraft market**.

However, the breadth of the discussions and the activities at the World Economic Forum stretch far beyond issues measured in purely financial outcomes, and that is a role mirrored by and reflected within the meetings industry as a whole.

“Alongside international cooperation, the 2018 World Economic Forum will be focused on overcoming divisions within countries; as well as an effort to offset loss of trust and damaged relationships between business and society. Other issues on the agenda will be employment trends and rights, cryptocurrencies, culture, digital technologies and clean energy.

“All of these issues are - or will soon - impact the global meetings industry. This means large international shows such as IMEX are both a microcosm and a proving ground for the decisions made at Davos. The fact that we too meet face to face, makes that impact, and our joint accountability, all the more real.” concludes Bauer.

* The Event Industry Council’s Meetings Significance Survey based on data from Oxford Economics, Longwoods International and the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office and revealed by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition at Convening Leaders, the annual meeting of the Professional Convention Management Association at Nashville, January 2018

** Persistence Market Research report, November 2017

For information about IMEX in Frankfurt, please visit www.imex-frankfurt.com

Heavent Awards Extended deadline for Entries: 12 February

All companies, live communication agencies and congress organizers worldwide are invited to compete for the Heavent Awards 2018. The award ceremony will be held on 29 March 2018 at the Palais des Festivals de Cannes, France during the tradeshow Heavent Meetings 28 & 29 March.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to demonstrate your extraordinary expertise and achievements and give meeting, conference & event planners increased awareness in front of the international corporate jury including L’Oréal, Nike, Coca Cola, Audi (France) Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands), Beiersdorf & Continental (Germany) and Mondelez UK.

Award applicants should enter their best 2017 events to be recognized among the international event community, for the following eight categories:

  • Event Award B2C
  • Event Award B2B
  • Internal communication Event Award
  • Exceptional Event Award
  • Sport, Cultural, Educational or Entertainment Event Award
  • Integrated or Multichannel Event Award
  • Brand experience Event Award
  • Forum, Summit, Congress, Fair Award

For information and award application visit http://www.trophees-de-l-evenement.fr/candidature/?lang=en

Australia: Tourism Australia’s events system upgrade

Tourism Australia has upgraded its industry events systems to improve information about events and the registration process. As part of the upgrade the existing site, tradeevents.australia.com, will shut down permanently on 28 February.

All event information will now be available at tourism.australia.com/events.

Anyone wanting to extract any historical data such as past event registrations, appointment schedules, delegate directories or other event information, should login to tradeevents.australia.com and download the required reports or documents by the end of February.

Belgium: New Meeting & Incentive Guide Bruges 2018 is available!

The new Meeting & Incentive Guide Bruges 2018 is available! Meeting in Brugge, the official convention bureau of Bruges, presents the new ‘Meeting & Incentive Guide Brugge 2018’. The guide is an indispensable tool for meeting and event planners. The convention bureau offers fast & free services and professional advice for conferences, seminars, team buildings, …

Order your free copy of the Meeting & Incentive Guide on. https://www.meetinginbrugge.be/item.php?itemno=104&lang=EN

The guide is an indispensable tool for meeting and event planners. It provides you with:

  • information about Bruges as a meetcentive destination
  • a list of all the free services offered by the convention bureau
  • a wide range of hotels (with meeting facilities), conference venues, unique buildings and historical room
  • and a list of the restaurants, caterers, event agencies and other conference services such as attractions
  • a capacity overview
  • a city map
  • information about the World Heritage City Bruges

New in the offer are: Hotel Radisson Blu**** and Het Entrepot.

2018 looks promising for Bruges!

With numerous international congresses taking place in Bruges in 2018, the city expects to welcome 5000 delegates from all over the world.

Visit the convention calendar on https://www.meetinginbrugge.be/en/convention-calendar

At your service

Save time and money, contact the experienced team of Bruges's official convention bureau and enjoy their free services: The right locations, partners and organizations | price quotations | professional advice I invitation to site visits from A to Z| online hotel booking system & documentation I welcome reception at the City hall (stay >2 nights) I help with your social programme.

Contact Meeting in Brugge Convention Bureau at +32 50 444 666 or meeting@brugge.be and on https://www.visitbruges.be/en

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Shows Some Love to Mother Nature

In conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s seventh Environment Day, 35 of its team members, led by the Centre’s Safety, Health and Environment Department and Orang Asli (indigenous) volunteers from Sungai Buloh, spent their Saturday protecting and conserving 160 endangered trees at Taman Tugu Negara (National Monument Park).

Elaborating on the Centre’s seventh Environment Day, Alan Pryor, the Centre’s General Manager said, “We are delighted to contribute to positive environmental initiatives that assist to protect mother nature and the sustainability of our environment. It was great to see our team members working alongside the Orang Asli, to preserve endangered native rainforest trees by assisting them to relocate these protected species to the Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) Nursery.”

Once fully nurtured and rehabilitated at MNS Nursery, they will be replanted at Taman Tugu Negara and other forest areas to help stabilise our ecosystem and encourage natural regrowth of Malaysia’s flora and fauna.

KLCC also achieved its eleventh consecutive EarthCheck certificate. Applauding the team members’ ongoing commitment to the environment, Pryor continued, “The effort and dedication demonstrated by everyone is integral to maintaining this important environmental benchmarking certification. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to be an internationally recognised convention centre that operates its business in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

The EarthCheck benchmarking process encompasses eight areas of assessment, Energy, Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paper, Water, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Waste and Pesticides and Cleaning Products.

“We earned regional leader ranking in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimising our paper product usage and aim to reach best practice level on the remaining assessment areas next year,” Pryor concluded.

Other than on-going sustainability and conservation efforts, the Centre also implements environmentally-friendly practices such as use of biodegradable cleaning products, minimal use of pesticides and energy saving systems, such as finely-tuned lighting controls and on-demand escalators. In addition, the Centre has its own tree planting initiative under the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia’s (FRIM) Conservation Culture Programme and collaborates with industry partners such as the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) to promote their ‘Let’s Meet & Green’ tree planting programme to offset carbon emissions.

For news and information about KLCC, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.