Your News Feed on 5 Stories From Around the World – December 2015
Korea expands its Convention Support program
Korea Tourism Organization’s (KTO) Korea MICE Bureau will offer meeting planners a range of expanding support programs for international meetings hosted in Korea with at least 500 overseas participants. The customizable programs include an on-site ‘Korea’ booth from which they can discover and experience the local culture, as well as ‘smart’ name tags containing bar codes that identify their status, such as ‘attendee’, ‘delegate’, ‘staff’, etc.
In addition, complimentary promotion of the events will be provided on all 23 multi-cube digital display screens at the Incheon International Airport baggage claim area 108 times per day for the duration.
The Korea MICE Bureau will also conduct safety training programs for tourism organizations and professional convention organizers associated with each event to ensure their smooth running. Topics include identifying potential dangers, rapid response procedures, and accident management.
Source: Odyssey Media Group
Exhibition Industry Growth Stays Strong
According to the Center for Exhibition Research (CEIR), the exhibition industry is continuing its long run of growth with a healthy 3.1 percent year-over-year gain in the third quarter of 2015.
The CEIR Index analyzes the four exhibition metrics – net square feet of exhibit space sold, number of exhibitors, professional attendance, and gross revenues – across 14 industry sectors to determine the annual performance of the exhibition industry. While all four exhibition metrics were on the rise, the big winner was revenues.
Israel creates ‘Safety Net’ for conference planners
Israel will compensate companies that have to cancel international conferences in the case of a political situation. The country’s new Safety Net initiative, announced by the Ministry of Tourism, is designed to support those planning international conferences in Israel from 2017 – 2020.The initiative will compensate companies for their marketing activities and promotions of international conferences in Israel that would need to be rescheduled or cancelled in the case of a geo-political situation which leads to a reduction in the number of tourist entries into Israel, along with the issuance of travel warnings to Israel.
In order to register for the Safety Net Procedure the application must be submitted at least eighteen months before the scheduled date of the conference.
GCB launches new resource for planners
Following the “Meetings and Conventions 2030” research project by German Convention Bureau (GCB) in October 2013, the innovation network “Future Meeting Space” is the newest extension of the study. This network was created by the GCB and the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO).
The project is divided into two phases: in phase 1, the Fraunhofer Institute compiles a list of innovations (social trends, new methodologies and teaching concepts, innovative mobility and technology as well as infrastructure) in an “innovation catalogue”. These trends are then evaluated within focus groups and expert interviews in order to develop a “Future Meeting Guide”.
The results of the research phase will serve as an instruction manual for the design of future-oriented organisational, technological and special future meeting spaces in phase 2 of the project.
Source: German Convention Bureau
REPORT OF THE MONTH
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) has released an updated version of its white paper, “Future Trends Impacting the Exhibitions and Events Industry”, created by the IAEE Future Trends Task Force, chaired by Francis J. Friedman, President of Time & Place Strategies, Inc. Originally released in 2013, the report identifies and addresses major trends that will impact the exhibitions and events industry within the next three years.
Source: MICE- Contact
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