GainingIntelligence, June 2016

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


1.  Paris Congress Charter

Groups representing 651 hotels and more than 75,000 rooms have signed a new ‘congress charter’ with the City of Paris, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Paris Tourism and Congress Office to make the French capital more attractive to international meetings. Hotel groups to sign up include Accor, Carlson Rezidor and Starwood.

Under the terms of the charter, which is applicable to major congresses of more than 1,000 participants organised by not-for-profit organisations, hoteliers have agreed on four things: predictable price policies, fixed terms and conditions of sale and room release, allotment management policy, and commitments to quality.



2.   Abu Dhabi’s Events Licensing System

The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of a new online Events Licensing System (ELS). The standardized and unified online platform will attempt to streamline the official registration of all events administered, organized and managed across Abu Dhabi.

The ELS will allow for a streamlined process of registration while outlining licensing requirements, connecting to ticketing and other electronic systems, and providing insight on industry-wide metrics. The centralized system will also assist host venues in identifying potential calendar conflicts and opportunities for TCA Abu Dhabi to identify clusters of sector specific event promotional opportunities.

ELS will be applied in the fourth quarter of 2016. The introduction of the ELS is anticipated to drive tourism industry growth within the emirate through improving event planning and by developing industry best practices in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

Source: International Meetings Review


3.   Perth Convention Bureau to get more funds

Western Australia has announced a decision to reverse a proposed funding cut for the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB), reinstating AUD$3.15 million in funding and adding a further AUD$7.55 million across the forward estimates.

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) welcomed the decision:  “This is an investment not just in tourism, a super-growth sector, but an investment in the knowledge economy for Australia. It recognises the long term benefits that hosting international conventions bring to the country.”

The Government is also looking to attract big events to the new Perth Stadium, allotting AUD$19 million for its events marketing budget.

Source: International Meetings Review

Source: CIM Magazine


4.   Ambitious plans for Expo 2020 Dubai

Reflecting the expo theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the masterplan aims to integrate the three subthemes throughout various aspects of the site’s infrastructure, from the urban design to operations, and the continuing legacy of the mega-event. The site will cover a two-square kilometre area around its central hub, the Al Wasl meeting plaza with three Theme Districts, each boasting a Theme Pavilion designed by leading global architecture firms.

The winning design for the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was also revealed recently by the National Media Council. The falcon-inspired concept is intended to reflect the values the nation was founded on.

Source: MEETME


5.   Meetovation will change the way you do meetings

The Danes have relaunched their Meetovation concept with a version 3.0, saying it has a stronger focus on education. The launch has been accompanied with a new website that offers more hands-on meeting design tools and cases.

Meetovation is a meetings design model launched in Denmark 10 years ago. In Meetovation 3.0 there is an increased focus on value creation for the meeting organiser with emphasis on creating behaviour changes in the participants.




Penang, MALAYSIA (7 – 9 June) 

– Rod Kamleshwaran & Joyce Joeman, Convention Centre Development. Click here to make an appointment with Rod.

Denver, USA (12 – 16 June) 

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

Macau SAR (13 – 18 June)

– Mike Williams, Sales & Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Mike.

Herceg Novi, MONTENEGRO (14 – 17 June) 

– Milos Milovanovic, Europe & Developing Economies. Click here to make an appointment with Milos.

Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Chiba, JAPAN (18 – 27 June) 

– Mike Williams, Sales & Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Mike.

Penang & Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA (20 – 24 June) 

– Rod Kamleshwaran, Convention Centre Development.  Click here to make an appointment with Rod.

Sapporo, Sendai, JAPAN (24 – 30 June)

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


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