1. Leeds is “tech hub of the north”, says Bureau
ConferenceLeeds says investment in the city’s meeting venues have cemented the city’s status as the tech hub of the north.
Some of the venues that work closely with ConferenceLeeds have recently made key investments and upgraded their technology offering. New technologies, including the use of social media and webinars, are being widely used not only to host conferences, but also to assist with organising them. These include an augmented reality system that will allow conference buyers to take a virtual tour of a venue by wearing augmented reality glasses; upgrade of Wi-Fi to support 500 simultaneous connections at a bandwidth of 900MB throughout any conference or event; and investment in new wide format digital projectors and screens.
ConferenceLeeds said it is vital that conferencing venues adapt to suit the changing needs of organisers and delegates.
2. Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre to open in August 2016
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), Phase One will open on 15 Aug 2016.
Recent infrastructure developments undertaken to support Oman’s business events include the redevelopment and expansion of Muscat and Salalah International Airports; the construction of new regional airports in Duqm and Sohar; the expansion of Oman’s Air’s network route; the establishment of new budget carrier Salam Air; and the construction of many new hotels.
When it opens, the OCEC will have over 236,800 square feet flexible column free exhibition space and ten hospitality suites supported by a full service kitchen. In addition, the purpose built OCEC Precinct is ten minutes’ drive from Muscat International Airport, close to cultural attractions in Muscat, and within easy reach of a lineup of luxury hotels and resorts.
Source: International Meetings Review
3. IACC: Inside the Meeting Room of the Future
There are three main drivers of future meeting room design, according to the “Meeting Room of the Future” initiative from IACC. IACC recently rebranded to the acronym from its former name of International Association of Conference Centres. These drivers are:-
- Creating experiences, not just meetings.Three-quarters of meeting planners polled said their job is much more about “experience creation.”
- Flexibility. Almost half said meeting space flexibility is more important now than in the past.
- Technology. While flexibility is the most important element now when they are evaluating meeting space, meeting planners also said that access to interactive technology—will move up to become the number-one decision-maker in upcoming years.
IACC CEO Mark Cooper says, “It is critical for meeting venues to respond accordingly and provide those elements that are increasingly sought after and important to the overall meeting objectives.”
Click here to download a copy of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future Report:
4. KLCC to share hospitality and MICE expertise
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has been sanctioned to provide training to external participants after receiving the Certified Training Provider accreditation from the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources’ Human Resource Development Fund.
This achievement fits with KLCC’s vision of being a knowledge centre and training provider for local industry players and stakeholders, while helping to raise the level of service delivery and grow Malaysia’s business events footprint globally.
Training programmes that will be conducted include the Food Handlers training course endorsed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, as well as programmes related to conventions and exhibitions.
Source: TTG Asia
5. New centre required for Big Gigs in Hobart
Global consulting firm GainingEdge, specialists in the convention sector, was commissioned to conduct a study focused on demand potential that may support the case for a dedicated convention centre in Hobart. This was in response to research and comment from the sector that while Hobart is an attractive visitor destination, it poses challenges, particularly around venue capacity, hotel stock and air access for larger conferences.
WHERE TO MEET GAININGEDGE IN MAY 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, PENANG, MALAYSIA (9 – 12 MAY)
– Rod Kamleshwaran, Convention Centre Development. Click here to make an appointment with Rod