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Hosted Buyer Invitation to Meetings Africa

IMEX in Frankfurt – Hosted Buyer Invitation for European Buyers

The Meetings Show – Hosted Buyers: Save-the-Date

AIME Visitor Registration Now Open – Networking Packages Available for Purchase

Economic progress, social prosperity goals of PCMA's first Leadership Summit

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Czech Republic: Prague Congress Centre without Waste

Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau Launched!

Malta: MFCC enlarges the venue by 3800m² / 40,903ft² for SIGMA

Malaysia: Sarawak’s Big Win at the Prestigious BrandLaureate CSR BrandLeadership Award 2018

Malaysia: MASwings ceases operations in 8 destinations within Borneo

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Publishers Note
 

Hosted Buyer Programmes

 
 
Meetings Africa

26 to 27 February 2019,
Johannesburg, South Africa
Bonday: 25. February 2019,
optional pre- or post-tours are available.

 
 
IMEX in Frankfurt

21 to 23 May 2019,
Frankfurt, Germany
optional: EduMonday on 20 May 2019

 
 

Save the Date:

The Meetings Show

26 to 27 June 2019
London, UK
Optional: Pre-Show Conference on 25 June 2019

 
 

Please see the details below!

 

Dear Reader!

We wish you a happy, prosperous and successful year to come!

And please allow me to start with the most exciting news this month: the new Ghana National Convention and Visitor Bureau - GNCVB! PaJohn Bentsifi Dadson – Head of GNCVB – stated that his focus is to develop Ghana as a key MICE destination in West Africa! We will bring the detailed story to you in the next edition of MICE:destination.

Our year starts with new Hosted Buyer Invitations! Join us at IMEX in Frankfurt as a hosted buyer! Please see the details below, the hosted buyer application is open!

And if you are not yet registered for Meetings Africa – NOW is the moment to do so!

The Meetings Show in London this June – our hosted buyer group addresses European buyers! If you are interested – please stay tuned. Our website will be updated with the application link on 22 January!

Application for AIME is also open. Access to the exhibition is free of charge with prior application. Different paid upgrades to access the knowledge programme and/or networking events are available from AUD 85 to AUD 515.

Please check the index for more news stories!

Of course, you are welcome to share this edition of NEWSFLASH: please use the button.

Best regards

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

Hosted Buyer Invitation to Meetings Africa

Sandton Convention Centre,
Johannesburg, South Africa
25 February 2019 - Bonday
26 to 27 February 2019 – Meetings Africa

Meetings Africa is the leading MICE industry trade show on the African continent and we’re delighted to invite you as a hosted buyer to this prestigious event.

At Meetings Africa, you will find a perfectly organized industry trade show, matching top notch international standards, showcasing not only South Africa but rather the Southern African continent – and beyond!

You will find the most active South African – and African – suppliers to the MICE industry, all providing services on the high level, international, standards! Attending Meetings Africa for 2 days, will save you weeks in researching and connecting via internet and the phone from home!

To be accepted into the Meetings Africa Hosted Buyer Programme, you need to prove:

1. Must not have attended Meetings Africa in the past three years.
2. Attendance is limited to one buyer per organisation and only if you are:
  A recognised Incentive Travel House Executive/Senior Purchaser
  A recognised International Event Management Company Executive
  A Corporate Meeting Director/Senior Purchaser
  An Association President/Executive/Director of Conferences
  An Exhibition or Major Events Organiser
3. Your organisation has given you purchasing authority for placing meetings, events, incentive or business travel.
4. Your organisation consistently books meetings or incentive travel programmes outside of your geographic region, and proof of these is available on request for verification.
5. You and your organization are seriously considering placing an event in Africa within the next two years, or the next two meeting rotations (in terms of Associations).
6. You’re able to communicate well in the English language and have a willingness to engage with African suppliers
7. You commit to a minimum of 20 supplier appointments at Meetings Africa

As a Hosted Buyer at Meetings Africa, you will benefit from:

Complimentary economy-class flights and transfers.
Complimentary four- or five-star accommodation.
Access to the VIP Hosted Buyers Lounge and delicious lunches.
An invitation to attend a complimentary pre- or post-tour and explore a breath-taking South African destination.
A unique opportunity to meet key industry suppliers from more than 12 African countries.
Invitations to exciting networking events.
A personalised diary of meetings enabling you to have one-on-one meetings with key African suppliers, convention bureaus and tourism bodies.
For Associations, the opportunity to attend educational events that will enhance you and your Association.
Buyers who do not qualify for the full hosting package, may still qualify for a partial hosting which excludes return air tickets. Other benefits remain the same as above.

If you wish to attend Meetings Africa, please contact me by email – martina@micemediamarketing.com to obtain application information and your personal application code. I am looking forward to meeting you in Johannesburg!

www.meetingsafrica.co.za

Hosted Buyer Invitation to IMEX in Frankfurt

IMEX in Frankfurt 2019Event Dates: 21 to 23 May 2019
EduMonday: 20 May 2019

Are you interested in attending IMEX in Frankfurt as a hosted buyer?

IMEX in Frankfurt is one of the most important shows in our industry. With more than 65,000 appointments, around 3.886 Hosted Buyers; more than 4,942 trade visitors and 3.500 exhibiting companies representing 160+ countries in 2018 and further growth projection for 2019 the event is without doubt one of the must-visit trade show in the meetings industry. We are delighted to invite you to attend apply to our hosted buyer group for IMEX in Frankfurt today.

Click here to apply:
https://portal.imex-frankfurt.com/hbreg.php?unique=5b9241a3155f2&type=buyer&exc=0

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 on this webpage:
https://www.imex-frankfurt.com/attendees/how-the-hosted-buyer-programme-works

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 - 22 and 23 May 2019 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 - 21 to 23 May 2019 and to meet at least 24 suppliers
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 - and selected ground transportation in Frankfurt
VIP Services: Access to the IMEX hosted buyer lounge, free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments.

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

For African, Asian and North American Buyers:

- All African and Asian Seats are already taken -

3 full days of attendance at IMEX in Frankfurt - 21 to 23 May 2019 and the chance to meet at least 24 suppliers of your choice prearranged yourself through the IMEX appointment system;
Transportation: Economy class flights from/to selected destinations to Frankfurt;
Travel dates for
   Asia & Africa: 20 May to 23 May 2018
   North America: 20 May to 24 May 2018
Accommodation three/four nights in 4/5 star accommodation in Frankfurt and selected ground transportation in Frankfurt
VIP Services: Access to the IMEX hosted buyer lounge, free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments.

Important: to attend Smart Monday please choose the Group MICE Media Marketing - Africa / Asia or MICE Media Marketing USA / Canada and include the request to attend EduMonday in the box below the programme before clicking the NEXT-button!

Please note that only the programmes for your geographic region will give you access to choose flights to / from your region. It is not possible to choose another region to extend your stay in Frankfurt. If you wish to extend your stay, please add this information in the text box underneath the group selection box.

Travel Coordination

European buyers will find the list of available gateways and selected flights in the application. Should you require different travel arrangements, you may opt to arrange your travel yourself and IMEX will refund the ticket. Ticket refunds are limited to your destination's banding amount. Buyers from other destinations will have to make their own travel arrangements and ticket will be reimbursed with a maximum reimbursement of the banding amount for your destination.

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…

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.

Please see the IMEX travelling information and terms & conditions.

Application Link: portal.imex-frankfurt.com/hbreg.php?unique=5a09cc0d5ee7a&type=buyer&exc=0n

The Meetings Show – Hosted Buyers: Save-the-Date

The Meetings Show, London26-27 June 2019, Olympia, London, UK

Hosted buyer applications from 22 January on!

The Meetings Show is the premier UK event connecting meeting and event planners with the most desirable destinations, hotels, venues, conference centres, DMCs and technology providers at an easily accessible central London location.

Featuring more than 600 destinations, hotel, venues, DMCs and technology providers from the UK and worldwide.

Thousands of meeting industry professionals visit the event, taking advantage of its networking, meeting, and educational programme. We are pleased to bring this event as a hosted buyer partner event to our European readers.

Qualification for the programme

The Meetings Show hosted buyer programme is open to meetings, incentive, conference and events planners based in the UK & Europe. After you apply, an external qualifier will review your application based on the following criteria:

European hosted buyers: Complimentary return economy travel to and from home nation port to appropriate London port including taxes
UK hosted buyers: Complimentary return economy travel ticket air/rail to London including taxes, if requested and if applicable (please see the FAQs)
Complimentary accommodation (on bed and breakfast basis) in a 4-star or above hotel in London, if requested and if applicable
Return transfers in London between airport/train station, official hotel and The Meetings Show venue (London Olympia) and to the official networking events as per the official transfers schedule
Admission to The Meetings Show and to official networking events
Access to the hosted buyer lounge for refreshments and lunch at The Meetings Show
Optional: attendance to the pre-show conference on 25 June 2019

The hosted buyer programme will provide accepted hosted buyers:

European hosted buyers: Complimentary return economy travel to and from home nation port to appropriate London port including taxes
UK hosted buyers: Complimentary return economy travel ticket air/rail to London including taxes, if requested and if applicable (please see the FAQs)
Complimentary accommodation (on bed and breakfast basis) in a 4-star or above hotel in London, if requested and if applicable
Return transfers in London between airport/train station, official hotel and The Meetings Show venue (London Olympia) and to the official networking events as per the official transfers schedule
Admission to The Meetings Show and to official networking events
Access to the hosted buyer lounge for refreshments and lunch at The Meetings Show
Optional: attendance to the pre-show conference on 25 June 2019

The hosted buyer – through his application to the programme - commits to

Register via the online hosted buyer registration form, completing all the required fields honestly and accurately.
Arrange the pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors of his/her choice via the online appointment system, no later than 17th June 2019 and of attend these appointments at the show. The minimum number of appointments within the hosted buyer programme are for the
  • 3-day attendance: minimum of 16 appointments
• 2-day attendance: minimum of 12 appointments
• 1-day attendance: minimum of 6 appointments
Agrees to the monitoring of his/her missed appointments and no-show charges levied accordingly
Adherence to the terms and conditions including the cancellation and no-show policy
Settlement of all personal expenses with the hotel prior to departure (e.g. room service/minibar use)
AIME Visitor Registration Now Open – Networking Packages Available for Purchase

Visit Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event in Melbourne, 18-20 February 2019 and discover a wide range of international exhibitors and connect with key stakeholders in the meetings events industry over three vibrant days. In 2019 we are offering you more flexibility, value and choice with how you attend AIME, ranging from free entry when you register online pre-event to several networking packages to choose from depending on whether you'd like access to more networking opportunities and the Knowledge Exchange program.

It's totally your choice. Register online now, and you can attend AIME for free. $25 entry fee on the door.

https://aime.eventsair.com/aime-2019/visitor/Site/Register

Upgrade Your Registration

Do you want access to more Networking Opportunities and the AIME Knowledge Program?

Once registered, you can choose to upgrade to one of our Networking and Knowledge Program Packages below and benefit from the immersive experience of connecting with the Asia Pacific Business Events industry.

The Whole Package: $515

The AIME Knowledge Exchange, Monday 18 February.
AIME Welcome Event Monday 18 February. Includes catering, networking and entertainment.
Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
Tuesday Networking Evening (catered).
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

Knowledge + Networking: $365

The AIME Knowledge Exchange, Monday 18 February.
AIME Welcome Event Monday 18 February. Includes catering, networking and entertainment.
Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

Show Entry + Tuesday Networking Evening: $235

Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
Tuesday Networking Evening (catered).
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

Show Entry and Networking: $85

Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

https://aime.eventsair.com/aime-2019/visitor/Site/Register

Economic progress, social prosperity goals of PCMA's first Leadership Summit

Civic and corporate leaders from four continents will gather January 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a unique two-day discourse on how business events can create diversified and sustainable opportunities for economic and social prosperity.

The Jan. 6 and 7, 2019 program was created by Chicago-based PCMA to bring together a core international group of association CEOs, corporate leaders and municipal leaders. Participants include representatives from McDonald’s Corp.; Caesars Entertainment; Melbourne Convention Bureau; Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther and International Association of Public Transport.

“PCMA is a platform for the business events industry and we wanted to create a session where different civic and corporate stakeholders can freely discuss the role of business events in every community and how business events can drive global economic and social transformation”, said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA president and CEO. “The business events industry accounted for $1.03 trillion in 2017 direct spending. If the sector was a country, it would be part of the G20 international forum.”

The Leadership Summit on Jan. 6, 2019 will focus on accelerating success for those organizing and hosting business events by gaining critical knowledge in transformational leadership during disruptive times. Speakers include innovator Peter Sheahan of the Karrikins Group, thought leader and global voice for education Heather McGowan and MyGrowthFund CEO Vusi Thembekwayo. See the program at conveningleaders.org/go/cl19-summit-forum/.

The Forum on Economic and Social Progress on Jan. 7, 2019 will include the expanded participation of influential community stakeholders from economic development, mayors and civic officials to discuss the importance of business events to economic planning, industrial strategy and sector development. Forum sessions include “The fourth industrial revolution”; “How the world and the role of cities are changing”; “Leveraging the power of communities for real progress” and “Driving social and economic progress through business events”.

The Leadership Summit and Forum will precede Convening Leaders, PCMA’s signature annual event, which takes place from Jan. 6-9, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The “Disrupt & Deliver” themed event brings education sessions and networking opportunities to thousands of professionals in the business events industry. Convening Leaders speakers include tennis legend Billie Jean King, marketing guru Seth Godin, diversity expert Anka Wittenberg, millennial entrepreneur Nadya Okamoto and television personality Karamo Brown.

http://conveningleaders.org

Czech Republic: Prague Congress Centre without Waste

More than 60% of waste was saved at the first completely sustainable event which took place at the Prague Congress Centre (PCC) to the occasion of awarding the “TOP Responsible Company.” The event was organised by “Byznys pro spolecnost” in cooperation with Zátiší Catering and the PCC.

The scene, decorations and refreshments were made in accordance with the zero-waste idea, e.g. without fancy decoration, only handmade from natural, reusable or already recycled materials. Additional event branding has been displayed on the digital navigation system via LED screens, of which there are over 190 in the PCC. This enabled elimination of using a lot of paper. The whole event was impressively yet ecologically illuminated by LED lights that not only look amazing, but also allow fluent light intensity control.

Also catering was prepared in the same spirit. Tasteful experience was delivered by magical combinations of local fresh products. Refreshments were served in biodegradable containers, with only one dining set available for each participant. Remaining food was offered to the PCC community fridge so all employees could taste and support the value of the zero-waste concept not letting the work of their colleagues go down the drain. The community fridge project was launched together with Zátiší Catering in September 2018 and successfully helps to reduce waste of food and raise awareness of sustainable development thanks to the infographics placed on the door of the fridge. Another important step towards improving the ecological mindset of the PCC is waste sorting and turning to water dispensers instead of packaged water.

Award-winning companies in recent years have shown that it is not only good to benefit from what we have on Earth but also to try to leave something for next generations. "The opportunity to host responsible companies has been a great occasion for the PCC to show that even congresses, conferences and corporate events can be organized with respect to the environment," says the CEO of the Prague Congress Centre, Roman Ray Straub.

Being located directly next to the metro station, the Prague Congress Centre is perfectly accessible by public transportation hence the participants easily reduce their carbon footprint. Nowadays business carries important values and the "Top Responsible Company Award" rewards the environmentally conscious companies and encourages their mutual inspiration in both smaller and larger projects. The Prague Congress Centre has been focusing on increasing sustainable operation of the building and thereby reducing the repercussions of events on the environment. Thanks to a large reconstruction 2016 – 2017 its modern technologies it annually save 11,353 m3 of water (3 Olympic pools), 9,740,945 kWh of electricity (annual consumption of 5,019 households) and 726 tonnes of CO2 per year, which would take one year for 33,456 trees to absorb.

www.praguecc.cz

Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau Launched!

GNCVB - Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau: West Africa's first Convention Bureau launched!

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched a new unit to promote the West African country as a key M.I.C.E destination in the region. Providing travel media and consumer advisory, it is known as the Ghana National Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB).

The GNCVB is the “engine room” responsible for leading the process of partnering the private sector to plan and coordinate activities to enhance the country’s visitor experience and embark on the project to attract international group business, leisure travel and events.

Headed by PaJohn Bentsifi Dadson, who has extensive background in travel PR, media, event planning, tour guiding and operations, he is the point-of-contact and subject matter expert. He will participate in local and international media, marketing and industry events; and give honest appraisals of activities, attractions and services in Ghana in a bid to attract inbound group business.

The upcoming edition of MICE:destination will bring a detailed report to you.

Click here to view past editions!

Malta: MFCC enlarges the venue by 3800m² / 40,903ft² for SIGMA

The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, better known as MFCC, has always been acknowledged as being the most adaptable, flexible and largest multipurpose venue in Malta. In line with this legacy we are proud to announce our most recent accomplishment, being that of enlarging the inside space by 3800m² / 40.903ft² specifically to accommodate one event – SIGMA the IGAMING EXPO.

Due to the increasing interest to participate in this Expo, the organiser, Eman Pulis, required more space to accommodate this increased interest. We jointly came up with a solution to increase the already standing main hall by 40m, which now measures 170m x 50m. This provides an increase in area of 2000m² / 21,528ft². This added area will be used as exhibition area for the numerous exhibitors who are consistently reaching out to participate in this expo which is increasingly becoming one of Malta’s largest events of its nature. Needless to say, international events of this nature are a big revenue generator for the hospitality and service industries in Malta.

As this additional space was not enough to meet the ever-growing demand, we provided another specialized fully insulated structure, measuring 30m x 60m, that was set up adjacent to the main fixed area to provide the added space of 1800m² / 19.375ft². This additional structure provides the space for the conference area.

All the above simply proves one thing … MFCC is versatile more than ever before! The solutions provided are endless and we constantly reach out to clients to understand their needs and provide the necessary solutions. We wish all the participants of SIGMA success during the coming event week and also wish to thank the organiser, Eman Pulis, for once again choosing MFCC to host this event. We are proud to be part of it too!

www.conventionsmalta.com

Malaysia: Sarawak’s Big Win at the Prestigious BrandLaureate CSR BrandLeadership Award 2018

The Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) has been awarded the BrandLaureate CSR BrandLeadership Award 2018. The prestigious ceremony took place at Kuala Lumpur’s Majestic Hotel where SCB’s team and its convention ambassadors that have contributed to the sector were present to receive the prestigious award.

Conceptualised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF), the award was designed to recognize corporations, NGOs, societies, institutions and individuals who have impacted the community at large. President of APBF, Dr KK Johan had congratulated SCB on its remarkable win. “SCB’s influential leadership in CSR is acknowledged by APBF as SCB has set an unprecedented benchmark for leadership within the sphere of sustainability, value driven CSR and its positive impact on society.”

Chairman of SCB, Ybhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah commented, “With this win, we surge forward as an exemplary force to encourage our fellow industry partners so they too, can cultivate conventions and CSR initiatives that create legacies. This is why Business Events is a powerful medium through which we can influence and uplift various communities. In the spirit of Redefining Global Tribes, we urge making a difference to all tribes, near and far.”

Furthermore, the State of Sarawak is set to generate development in focus areas such as environmental, urban development and re-development, social development, industrial development encompassing SCORE’s focus areas, agriculture, service industry development and digital economy.

SCB’s Chief Operating Officer, Amelia Roziman assured, “We are in full support of the State’s vision to invest key areas and we will continue to utilize Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhhibitions as the platform to stimulate growth and ultimately contribute to the State. We do this through Business Events which encourage groundbreaking research, international alliances, goodwill and international branding, knowledge transfer to up skill local practitioners and social responsibility.”

She added, “As we greet the era of digital economy, we are prepared to adapt to the change the nature of how Business Events are conferences or exhibition being held but also how this prominent sector Business Events can help to develop the key areas sectors mentioned above as well as many more.”

From 2006 to 2018 as at 21st Nov, the effort of SCB and its sector partners brought in 822 Business Events to Sarawak: 569 Bid Wins and 253 Bids Supported. The 882 Business Events represent close to 306 thousand delegates and up to 1 million delegate days, which is approximately RM708.1 million in direct delegate expenditure to Sarawak.

www.thebrandlaureate.com/CSRAwards - www.businesseventssarawak.com

Malaysia: MASwings ceases operations in 8 destinations within Borneo

From 1st January 2019 onward, MASwings, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, will suspend flights to 8 destinations within Sabah and Sarawak.

The affected routes are

  • Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tawau - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Miri - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sibu - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kota Kinabalu - Bintulu - Kota Kinabalu
  • Kuching - Sibu - Kuching
  • Kuching - Bintulu - Kuching
  • Kuching - Miri – Kuching

All affected passengers have been notified by the airline via email, SMS blasts and calls and are given the option to change their travels to an earlier date - subject to seat availability - or to be fully refunded.

Thanks to Asian Trails Malaysia for the notification. Their team is ready to assist you in case of need.

res@asiantrails.com.my or +60 3 2141 5245