GainingIntelligence, November 2015

Your News Feed on 5 Stories From Around the World – November 2015

1.   Qatar Business Events

Following the unveiling of the Qatar Destination Brand, the Qatar Tourism Authority has launched its meetings industry sub-brand: Qatar Business Events. Qatar has witnessed a significant increase in activity in the business meetings and exhibitions sector. Between 2013 and 2015, growth in the number of exhibitions averaged 35%. With more than 20,000 rooms, the country’s thriving hospitality sector has maintained a steady occupancy rate of 71% (YTD-30 September 2015). Some 20 new hotel establishments opened in 2015, bringing the total number of 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels in the country to 87.

Qatar’s tourism strategy aims to triple the number of business events tourists by 2030, contributing at least half of the country’s revenue from tourism spending. “We believe our business events tourism sector is set for success, with growing event management services, exhibition capacity of 70,000 square metres, including world-class venues such as QNCC and the recently opened Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, an expanded transport network, as well as exceptional accessibility via Qatar Airways’ reach to 150 destinations worldwide”, said Hamad Al-Abdan, director of exhibitions at Qatar Tourism Authority.

Sources: Mix MeetingsGulf Times

2.   MCI’s Safeture App for Delegates

MCI has launched an app that will provide congress delegates with travel disruption and risk alerts when they travel internationally. The Safeture App, which will be available beginning in December 2015 via an online sign-up process for MCI-organized events, is available as a result of a collaboration between MCI and Global Warning System, a personal travel app provider. The app is designed to help delegates manage last-minute airport disruptions and other travel-related risks through monitoring, data-mining, and global positioning technology. MCI organizes some 400 international congresses a year in over 60 countries.

Source: Meetings Net

3.   Germany’s business events clusters

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) has identified six areas of expertise it wants to tap into to exploit meetings potential: medicine and healthcare (including fields such as medical technology and the healthcare industry), transport and logistics (including automotive engineering, transport system engineering and aerospace), chemicals and pharmaceuticals (including disciplines such as life sciences and biotechnology), technology and innovation (from mechanical engineering and IT to microelectronics and nanotechnology), energy and the environment and financial services. A new film launched by the GCB explores each sector in a two-minute snapshot along with how meeting planners can benefit from these areas. It explains how organisations planning events in these sectors can work with local companies and experts to arrange site visits, networking events, recruit expert speakers and additional participants, as well as explore venues and sponsorship opportunities.

More than 30% of international conventions in Germany are in the sector of technology and innovation and 23% in medicine and healthcare, matching Germany’s significant expertise and experience in industries such as Tech, Green Tech, Automotive, Pharma, Medical, R&D and more.
Source: Conference & Meetings World

Read Matthias Schultze (Managing Director, GCB) thoughts on trends set to hit the meetings industry in 2016.

4.   London hotel capacity to grow 12 per cent in three years

London will add almost 18,000 more rooms by 2018, driven by uplift in budget and five star accommodation.

New properties like Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, along with hotel extensions, will add 17,769 more rooms across the capital over the same period, up from the current figure of 138,769. 43 budget properties are expected to open by the end of 2018, with low-cost accommodation in the city predicted to increase by 29 per cent over the next three years. Over the same time period, 19 five star properties will also open in the capital, increasing the hotel stock in this category by 22 per cent.

London occupancies have averaged 80 per cent or above since 2006 according to PwC’s UK hotels forecast 2016, which predicts a decade high of 84 per cent this year, with the Rugby World Cup having provided a further boost. PwC projects a further increase to 85 per cent occupancy for London’s hotels in 2016.

Between 2010 and 2014 there was a 18.9 per cent increase in room supply in London and the city continues to see increasing hotel openings to cater for this strong demand. Other new luxury hotels opening their doors in 2016 will include the InterContinental London – The O2, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square and The Curtain Hotel and Members Club Shoreditch.


5.   New medical and research facilities will boost Adelaide’s business events

The Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of Adelaide Clinical Health School and the University of South Australia Health Innovation Building (home to the Centre for Cancer Biology) will open in 2016. Together with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute – SAHMRI – these facilities will make Adelaide “Southern Hemisphere’s largest health and biomedical precinct” while giving the city a leg up in its efforts to lure medical and association conferences. The Adelaide Convention Bureau – ACB – is already working to identify opportunities to bring such conventions to the city.

The USD252 million upgrade of the Adelaide Convention Bureau is due for completion in 2017.

Source: TTG Asia 


The Second Annual Green Venue Report is a study of the sustainability practices among 30 convention centers around the world. Rather than ranking any of the centers that took part, the study reports performance data, such as recycling activities, in aggregate. It serves as a good checklist for meeting planners. The Green Venue Report and Survey is sponsored by Bandwagon Rideshare, Covanta, and United Service Companies. For more information, visit You can register for a free copy of the report.

Source: MeetingsNet

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