Future Leaders Forum celebrate 150 editions!

Future Leaders Forum celebrate 150 editions!

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The Future Leaders Forum celebrated its 15th edition at IMEX America in October. 100 students enjoyed an exciting 2-day programme including interactive presentations from industry experts, networking opportunities and a guided visit to the show floor of IMEX America. The Forum is a joint initiative by IMEX, MPI and MCI and was created to inspire and motivate students of courses related to the Meetings and Events Industry to gain more knowledge, make new connections and feel more motivated to join this wonderful industry.

The first Forum in 2018 will take place at the SITE+MPI Global Forum and we would like to extend an invitation for all MPI members to get involved. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please contact Sarah Skavron from IMEX (sarah.skavron@imexexhibitions.com)

SITE + MPI Global Forum to feature powerful education and inspirational keynotes to ignite innovation

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Meeting and incentive professionals from around the world will convene at the SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome, Italy, 12-14 January 2018 for three days filled with culturally diverse experiences, local inspiration and global knowledge sharing.

The forum is the first time Society for Incentive Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals
International (MPI) have come together for a global event to share industry trends, offer
innovative education and provide a collaborative yet exclusive environment for networking and
business exchanges.

“We are thrilled to have assembled a diverse and respected group of meeting and incentive
industry leaders and keynote speakers for the SITE + MPI Global Forum,” said Annamaria
Ruffini, CIS, CMP SITE president-elect and CEO Events In & Out S.R.L. “We look forward to
inspiring and equipping delegates with new and innovative information to advance their business
and careers, as well as providing them the unique opportunity to connect with meeting and
incentive industry peers from all over the world in Rome.”

More than 30 tailored education sessions will provide exclusive access to new ideas, new
connections and new experiences designed to deliver business results and reset and re-energize
delegates’ perspectives and creativity. The education includes separate tracks for incentive travel
and meetings management professionals, as well as concurrent sessions focused on each
industry’s hottest trends, specifically designed to connect meeting and incentive professionals.
Four inspirational keynote speakers will bring alive the event tagline “Connecting Event &
Incentive Professionals” by focusing on how breakthrough ideas occur when concepts from
diverse industries, cultures and disciplines intersect, igniting extraordinary innovation.

This year’s line-up includes Italian paleontologist Alberto Angela; Frans Johansson, founder and CEO of The Medici Group; and Julie Cottineau, Founder of Brain Twist.

“Our teams have designed an excellent program for SITE + MPI Global Forum that will help
delegates expand their skills, imagination and expertise. The educational program will feature
great thinkers and doers to inspire delegates, and most sessions align to CMP International
Standards,” added Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals

Other programme highlights include the opening celebration, MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous
fundraiser and networking event, SITE Chapter Excellence and Crystal Awards, the closing
dinner, and optional incentive quality pre- and post-tours.

The Early Bird discount of €200 off the cost of conference registration has been extended to 11
November. To learn more and register, visit www.mpiweb.org/globalforum.

ibtm events Announces Landmark 30th Edition of ibtm world

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ibtm events have announced a series of new initiatives and elements for its milestone 30th anniversary edition ibtm world event, which takes place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017.

The focus of the edition will be on the next 30 years and beyond, with ibtm world using its legacy as a springboard to support the future of the industry. The market leading Knowledge Programme will include two globally renowned keynote speakers, enhanced technology awards, topical panel sessions and engaging networking events.

This year also will see the rollout of an enhanced Hosted Buyer programme which will now see ibtm events pre-selecting and qualifying Hosted Buyers allowing them to be fast-tracked through the process. This will allow ibtm events to be even more targeted in ensuring the highest calibre Hosted Buyers are invited to attend the event. The programme also has been designed to deliver added value for exhibitors, by targeting buyers matched according to exhibitor needs.

A select group of elite invited Hosted Buyers will benefit from a new VIP service which will include limousine transfers to and from the airport, access to an exclusive VIP lounge for the three days of the event, 5-star accommodation and a more flexible diary of appointments.

Additionally, as a result of research indicating a requirement for more appointments from both exhibitors and Hosted Buyers, this year Hosted Buyers will commit to 10 pre-scheduled appointments per day, in doing so creating more appointments and therefore more opportunities to do business.

Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, comments: “As a brand we have a long and incredibly successful legacy to build on and we’re excited to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year in Barcelona. However, as a team our focus is very firmly on the future. We have a number of very exciting changes and new elements for this year’s event, more of which will be announced in coming weeks, all aimed at driving connections and doing great business. Plus we’ll be throwing a spectacular 80s-themed Welcome Party to celebrate our anniversary.

Kerry continues: “ibtm events has always looked at ways to innovate through every aspect of our business to ensure that we remain ahead of the curve in terms of our offer and that we continue to deliver the very best service for our customers. Testament to the event’s relevance and impact in the sector is the fact that it continues to grow year-on-year.

“We’re completely committed to ensuring ibtm world retains its position as an unmissable event and continues to provide an inspirational backdrop and forum for the meetings and events industry.”

ibtm world 2017 will take place from 28 – 30 November 2017 at Fira Barcelona. In 2016, almost 15,000 delegates attended ibtm world and over 67,000 pre-scheduled meetings were arranged over the three-day show.

Want to WIN More Conference Business? The new MPI Venue Sales Certificate Programme has just launched.

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Looking for better ways to sell your hotel or venue and generate great revenue results? Are you familiar with how Planners buy?  How they make decisions on which hotel or venue to book and what they expect from the sales process? It’s all about three things: Pitch. Position & the Proposal – created from the Planners point of view instead of the traditional way most hospitality sales programs are taught.

MPI member and thought leader Ciara Feely (the instructor on this programme) focuses on three foundational areas of your sales process to discover how to create high impact, powerful sales tools that position your venue for more WINs. The instructor is Ciara Feely – author of “Steps to WIN in the Meetings Market”.

Programme participants generally see a return on investment of £250,000+ within a few months of implementing the steps in this programme. Upon completion of this course and related activities, participants will receive a Venue Sales Certificate and Continuous Education points.

Grow, master and be recognised for your expertise in this industry.

This instructor led course runs online from August 21-October 2, 2017 (with access to a training website & weekly Q&A webinars) and is just £1,190 approximately for MPI Members.   Or an on-demand/self-paced version is available straight away.

More details are here:  http://www.mpiweb.org/MPI-Academy/vsc

Sustainable Events Summit 2015 Special Ticket Offer for Members

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Sustainability is increasingly becoming an important goal for event professionals in their business activity.  This year’s Sustainable Events Summit, taking place on Monday 6 July 2015 at the QEII Centre in London, will focus in particular on the issues and opportunities facing brands, event organisers and meetings professionals working towards sustainability.  The corporate and client organiser-led content will provide delegates with a unique insight based on real expertise and experiences from both speakers and fellow attendees.

As an association member, you are able to purchase tickets to this year’s Summit at the special discounted rate of £145.00 + VAT (standard rate £195.00 + VAT).  For more information and to register simply go to www.sustainableeventssummit.com and use the code SESA2015.

As a Summit delegate, you can also apply to join the SES 2015 Hosted Buyer Programme at The Meetings Show, which is taking place from 7-9 July at Olympia.  To apply for your place go to http://tms2015.eventreference.net/group/ses/

CMP Campfire Sessions at Confex

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MPI is proud to once again be working with Confex and provide education for all visitors. Visitors to Confex can attend the CMP Campfire sessions hosted by MPI, sessions will allow visitors access to ‘taster’ content from the CMP program.

The CMP program is the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry and recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry’s highest standard of professionalism.

The taster sessions will all take place on the MPI Stand CC21 and will feature the following topics:

Wednesday 18th February

12:00 – 12:30 Event Design – future focused tips for designing future-ready events

Highlighting MPIs future trends, the camp fire plays with three predictions with practical tips on how this might help your next event proposal or design. As well as earning CE credits, the session will provide planners with some practical examples of future ready event design to put into their next event

  • Understand and appreciate wider trends that impact meetings
  • Consider new forms and formats of meeting design to address changes

CE credits – 0.5 Hours – Domain H: Meeting Design


1:00 – 1:30 Risky business – approaches to use for risky situations

This campfire will provide planners with an apprentice-style challenge to deal with an emerging scenario for an international event. Considering risk, crises, communications – the scenario will introduce participants to ways of approaching risk management in their own organisations. As well as earning CE credits, the session will provide planners with some models to use when considering the risky business of events.

  • To develop understanding of risk and how to manage risk
  • To develop an understanding of processes required in a potential emergency

CE credits – 0.5 Hours Domain C: Risk Management


Thursday 19th February

12:00 – 12:30 Communicating with partners, clients and sponsors – models to help you manage them

Too many cooks? Sponsors wanting different things? Residents complaining about the noise from the evening event? This interactive campfire will enable planners to think about how to communicate and manage stakeholders. As well as earning CE credits, the session will provide planners with a useful model to use to categorise how they communicate, influence and manage those around them.

  • Categorise stakeholders based on their level of interest
  • Determine how to manage stakeholder relationships

CE Credits – 0.5 Hours – Domain G: Stakeholder Management


1:00 – 1:30 Putting feel good into events – sustainable event design with best practice ideas for right now

Studies show that green is good for planet, people and profits. This interactive campfire will give event planners the chance to get inspired with best practice ideas for using do-good design for feel good events. As well as earning CE credits, the session will provide planners with practical examples of sustainability to put into their next event or to suggest to their clients.

  • Understand the importance of CSR in event design to clients and delegates
  • Identify good practices to enhance CSR design

CE credits 0.5 Hours – Domain A: Strategic Planning

You can find the full list of Show Floor Education at International Confex here.

MPI UKI supports Event Tech Live and The Event Technology Awards

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MPI UKI is delighted to be partnering with Event Tech Live and The Event Technology Awards. MPI UKI President Miguel Neves will be moderating a panel social media for events. This panel will feature Saul Leese, Group Trade Brand Manager at Media 10 Ltd, Ricardo Molina, CEO at BrighBull and Iain Wallace, Head of Innovation at Lumi Technologies. MPI UKI will also participate in The Event Technology Awards as the sponsor of the Best Use of Technology at a Conference Award.

Event Tech Live, the only dedicated, free to attend, platform for the event technology sector to meet, engage and interact, will take place at the Old Truman Brewery, November 13th 2014.

The Event Technology Awards want to showcase the very best technology that customers may be completely unaware of, like the innovations in ticket purchasing, the technology that helps trade shows monitor and analyse their visitors or the new generators that make an event greener and thus more sustainable.

MPI UKI are the “Best Use of Technology at a Conference Award” Sponsor. The short-listed finalists are:

  • 8 Northumberland Avenue – Annual Funds Conference
  • Aim Group International – ESOT Vienna Congress
  • Certain – Bazaavoice Sumit
  • Concise Media Design – C&W Partner Conference
  • Eventbase Technology Inc. – South by Southwest (SXSW)
  • First Sight Media – BEVA Congress
  • Logistik – Change Leaders Conference
  • Web Spiders – Singpost T30 anniversary event

Use the hashtag #eventtechawards to get involved.

C&IT has extended the deadline for entries for the 2014 C&IT Awards

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Due to unprecedented demand for last minute entries, C&IT has extended the deadline for entries for the 2014 C&IT Awards – the UK’s definitive awards for the B2B events sector – by an extra two weeks so there is still time to get your entries in.

The new deadline for entries for this year’s C&IT Awards is now Thursday 12 June – don’t miss out on your chance to have your work recognised in the UK’s definitive awards for the B2B events sector.

Applications for the C&IT Awards can be made here.

Categories this year include Agency of the Year, Best use of Social Media/Technology, Incentive Programme of the Year, UK Conference of the Year, Product Launch of the Year and six sector categories including Automotive, Retail, and IT & Telecoms.

The C&IT Awards are being held at The Grand Connaught Rooms on 19 September 2014.??Last year’s event saw Smyle clean up, scooping a host of awards including Agency of the Year, The Grand Prix, Best UK Conference, and Automotive Event of the Year.

York Minster to Westminster 2014

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MPI UK & Ireland will be present at the 2014 edition of York Minster to Westminster

Situated less than 2 hours by rail from London, discover for yourself the unique venues, hotels and attractions that make the City of York a conference destination with a difference.

Your York Minster to Westminster experience will include:

• Afternoon tea and an opportunity to meet York venues and suppliers.
• Exciting new ideas and case studies for planning your next event.
• A behind the scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament.
• A fabulous drinks reception and Yorkshire themed food at the QEII
Conference Centre.

In addition to the above you will be given an opportunity to experience
York at leisure with complimentary return train tickets.

For further information, please contact Aimee Bennett on 01904 554653 or email ab@visityork.org

Register now online >