GainingIntelligence, July 2016

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

1.  Korea scores big on UIA rankings 2015

The Union of International Associations (UIA) has released its latest statistics on the preceding year’s international meetings. The US remains the top country for international meetings in 2015, followed by South Korea, Belgium, Singapore and Japan. Singapore topped the international meeting cities table, followed by Brussels, Seoul, Paris and Vienna.

Korea was second in the Top Country rankings (up from 4th in 2014), while Seoul leapt frog to 3rd place from 5th position.

Source: CIM Magazine


2.   Tokyo public parks now available for events

Due to a shortage of large venues in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to make 11 public parks, and other venues across the city, available to event planners as venues for open-air concerts and other events, music, dance and kabuki performances, or theatrical productions.

The shortage is due to the 2020 Summer Olympics, where some venues have been demolished to be replaced by new facilities, while others have been closed for renovation works.

Source: TTG Asia


3.   GAHP announces roundtables for association decision-makers

Following its launch in October 2015, the Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) – an alliance comprising Destination DC, Dubai Association Centre, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) and – is organizing a series of dialogue platforms for senior executives of associations to exchange best practices while also allowing GAHP partners to understand their market demands and leverage on their experiences and advice.  Hervé Bosquet, who was head of the Brussels Convention Bureau until the end of 2015, has been appointed Senior Advisor of GAHP.

Source: TTG Asia


4.   Reed Exhibitions grows Korean presence

Reed Exhibitions recently announced its acquisition of the Electronics Manufacturing Korea show and three of the Home Table Deco Fairs held across multiple cities in the country. The events have been acquired from K.Fairs, a highly regarded trade fair organizer in Korea, with whom Reed had already partnered in 2014 to organize Kormarine, Korea’s largest international maritime industry event.

Electronics Manufacturing Korea (EMK) is Korea’s largest electronics manufacturing exhibition. The Home Table Deco Fair (HTD Fair) is a major event in the home décor industry. It is held across multiple locations, including Daegu, Busan and Seoul.

Source: MICE-Contact


5.   JMIC’s “Value of Meetings” Case Study Project

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) is calling for submissions for its “Value of Meetings Case Study Project,” which aims to demonstrate the broader impacts of the business events sector beyond tourism.

To qualify to be a case study, an event must have identified objectives (i.e., what it is intended to achieve) and a way of measuring the resulting outcomes in terms of these objectives. If you are interested to participate, inform the team leaders at UTS (University Technology Sydney) via JMIC or email

Source: International Meetings Review



Tokyo, JAPAN (1 – 5 July) 

– Gary Grimmer, Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary.

SINGAPORE (4 – 5 July) 

– Rod Kamleshwaran & Cassy Xie, Convention Centre Advisory. Click here to make an appointment with Rod.

Kyoto, JAPAN (6 – 9 July)

– Gary Grimmer, Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary.

Maine, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, USA (10 – 31 July) 

– Gary Grimmer, Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary.

Wisconsin, USA (25 – 28 July) 

– Paul Vallee, Americas & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Paul.


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