More than 700 professionals from across the meetings, events, hospitality and travel world are set to attend the second Cvent CONNECT Europe conference this year. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event held last year, the conference is set to double in size and is moving to a bigger venue; the Business Design Centre in London, running from 1st – 2nd October 2018.
The theme of this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe is: “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that meetings, events, and hospitality have on the business world. Unlike previous years, the conference will have overlapping sessions for both planners and suppliers in order to enable further networking among attendees.
Registration is now live and individuals can sign up to attend via the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.
Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide industry professionals with the opportunity to attend more than 30 educational sessions and learn best practice and live demo experiences of the latest industry technology at the Innovation Pavilion.
“We had such powerful positive feedback from our first Cvent CONNECT Europe. As a result, we are taking our event to the next level in every way and we look forward to welcoming our planner delegates once again.” Says David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe.
“Last year, more than 490 events professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for double this number. The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers: It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to experience the power of live events, network, and learn the latest advancements in our industry,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “We power some of the largest meetings and events in the world and hold hundreds of our own each year, with Cvent CONNECT as the crown jewel. It demonstrates our passion and mission to create the technology to power human connection.”
C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in business conferences, has partnered with the IMEX Group in a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.
The three-year agreement represents the first time that C2 International has partnered with another event. The partnership aligns the visions of both organisations through dedicated events at IMEX shows as well as ongoing opportunities and content throughout the year. The aim of the partnership is to educate and inspire the meetings and event industry and to further the missions of both organisations, particularly in relation to driving innovation and creativity.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “At IMEX, our mission is to unite and advance the meetings industry, helping every single audience within it to increase their skills and knowledge and to push for innovation that generates fresh value. Our partnership with C2 International certainly helps us to fulfil this. With everything we do, our goal is to offer new and creative experiences and education for all our show participants in Frankfurt and America, and we look forward to working with the ground-breaking team at C2 International to deliver this.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with IMEX, who has certainly earned its place as an industry leader in the global meetings sector,” says Martin Enault, President and CEO of C2 International, Asia Pacific.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for C2 International to share our expertise in creating transformative and immersive events in the cities of Frankfurt and Las Vegas around IMEX shows.”
IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 15 – 17 May, 2018.
Attending a scientific congress or meeting overtakes professional journals and publications as the educational channel of choice for Healthcare Professionals – according to findings of new study. Ashfield Meetings & Events, an international leader in healthcare events, has released a 2018 follow-up study to its 2016 ‘Future Of Meetings’ white paper.
The ‘Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings’ compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of specialty areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape.
By looking at the individual component factors of why HCPs attend events, Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare, has been able to utilise the data to better understand the motivations and desires of HCPS, while also building a strategy for successful meetings in the future.
“Comparing the results of our 2016 study to the findings we discovered only two years later has been a fascinating exercise,” said Gavin Houston, CEO Americas of Ashfield Meetings & Events. “A key outcome in this white paper is that HCPs are saying their ‘preferred channel’ to receive scientific content across their medical learning journey, is through attendance at a scienfic congress or meeting.”
Gavin Houston continues, “It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age. What also comes across though, is that HCPs attend meetings that offer a real return for the time and money they have invested. Further education which ultimately leads to improving patient care is very clearly at the forefront of their attendance decisions, making the quality and delivery of the content a vital element of an event’s success.”
For more findings from The Science Of Healthcare Meetings the full white paper is available here to download.
With Easter just around the corner, Cvent Europe are hosting a wine tasting event to remember, and some chocolate tailor-made to match! The evening won’t just be about wine and chocolate tasting, you’ll also learn what’s in store for event tech, as Nick Tinker takes you through the top trends coming our way.
The free event takes place on Thursday 22nd March at the newly refurbished Devonshire Terrace from 18:30 – 20:30.
You’ll also get the chance to get some hands-on experience of some of Cvent’s latest solutions and discover how they can transform your events. As well as networking with your peers.
For more information click here
The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on Tuesday 24 April to Leeds first direct arena. The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors being brand new additions for 2018.
Now in its 9th year, the Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s leading shows for event organisers, venue finders and PAs / EAs. Providing attendees with the opportunity to meet over 200+ hotels, venues and event suppliers from across the UK and Ireland.
With new exhibitors including Lime Venues Portfolio, The Grand Brighton, Visit Bristol and Venues of Excellence, the 2018 show is set to rock Leeds once again with an incredible range of independent hotels, tech and event suppliers along with a diverse selection of groups.
CHS18 will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Jake Hernadez, an international crisis and security consultant, to conduct a session which will likely be hotly anticipated in light of recent events. He will provide a practical guide for events professionals on how to perform necessary security checks when planning an event.
Julia Charles-Wiginton, an entrepreneur and event organiser who creates amazing events for a host of blue chip corporate companies and celebrities, will share her inspiring experience following her Dragon’s Den appearance as the first ever person to accept and then reject the deal offered by four dragons.
Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a whole host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages, a VIP goody bag and other treats. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds. For more information visit www.chs18.co.uk/which-ticket-is-for-you/.
To register for your complimentary ticket to CHS18 Click here www.chs18.co.uk
There are also a limited number of stands available, so if you’re a hotel, venue or event supplier looking to meet with 800+ event buyers in one day, please contact Jules France for further details.
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 (email@example.com)
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
“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 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.
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
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/