GainingIntelligence, February 2016

Your News Feed on 5 Stories From Around the World – February 2016


1.   ASEAN agrees to use ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standard’ with 9 Member Countries

The 9 ASEAN member countries have officially agreed to abide by Thailand MICE Venue Standard as the model for the improvement of MICE venue standards in ASEAN.

The 43rd ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on tourism, held during 18-19 January 2016 in Manila, had agreed to include MICE Venue Standard formulated by Thailand in the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025. This means that Thailand is currently in charge of the ASEAN MICE Standard.

Source: odyssey media group

2.   Kenes Group and BestCities to create Scientific Conference Series

Professional conference organizer and association management company Kenes Group has signed an agreement with BestCities Global Alliance to create and manage a series of scientific conferences.

The inaugural “initiated” conference will take place in Copenhagen in 2017, then will rotate through the other 10 BestCities destinations. While the conferences will draw on local and regional expertise, they are expected to attract international audiences. The conferences will all be medical or scientific in nature; however, the specific focus of each event will depend on the destination’s scientific strongholds.

BestCities is a partnership of convention and visitors bureaus in 11 major convention cities—Berlin, Bogota, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vancouver

Source: meetingsnet

3.   8 June 2016 is Global Exhibitions Day

This initiative by UFI and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE),  is expected to see the participation of exhibition organisers, venues, associations and service providers. It aims to promote the value of exhibitions and their role in the development of trade and internationalisation as well as driving innovation and competitiveness of companies.

Source: TTG mice

4.   US Wi-Fi Coalition pushes for established standards at meeting venues

To address industry concerns about Wi-Fi access and availability, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) has formed a Wi-Fi Coalition of meetings industry stakeholders keen to establish standard Wi-Fi operating procedures at conference venues.

Initially formed to address the backlash against venues blocking personal Wi-Fi devices, and the subsequent involvement of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the coalition is now working on a draft of ‘commonsense standards’ outlining the technical challenges and associated issues with high-density Wi-Fi environments. Once the standards are set, the goal will be educating consumers and delegates on the types of devices, activities, and/or systems that utilise bandwidth, and developing standard contract and licence terms to be used and enforced in the industry.

Source: CMW – Conference & Meetings World

5.   Vienna is “world’s most knowledgeable city”

The city’s prestigious universities, its rich cultural offering, quality of life, and its cosmopolitanism and central geopolitical location helped Vienna take first place in the Knowledge City Region category of the World Capital Institute’s Most Admired Knowledge Cities Award 2015, beating Copenhagen into second place.

Ever since 2007, the World Capital Institute, based in Monterrey, Mexico, has singled out cities that stand out from the competition in the generation and management of knowledge.

“A knowledge-based economy, intellectual capital as well as research and innovation are benchmarks for every meeting organizer and a driving force behind further investments in the destination,” said Christian Mutschlechner of Vienna Convention Bureau.

Source: meetpie


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