$100,000 Boost for Greater Hunter Region with Convention Win

Executive-Assistants-Network-AP-teamA campaign launched earlier this year to attract more business events to Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley has scored its first major win with confirmation of a 2015 convention worth up to $100,000 for the region.

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Staff Conference will be held at venues in Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley in August, 2015, after the Altogether Perfect marketing body representing the three regions successfully pitched to host the event. The conference will attract up to 100 delegates from convention bureaus across Australia and inject $100,000 into the local economy.

Altogether Perfect spokesperson, Georgia Lazzari – Business Events and Conventions Developer for the Newcastle Convention Bureau – said the AACB conference was the first event the Altogether Perfect campaign had won for the region.

“After our launch this year, the Altogether Perfect team has hit the ground running to draw more high-yield corporate events to Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley and this early win shows we are on the right track,” Ms Lazzari said. “Our combined region offers delegates the appeal of the city, the country and the coast and we are confident this powerful trifecta will help us win more major conventions for the greater Hunter,” she said.

The Executive Director of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, Andrew Hiebl, said the organisation was excited to work with Altogether Perfect in organising its 2015 conference which would bring together leaders and staff from competing convention bureaux. “Our annual conference allows convention bureau staff from around Australia to come together to gain tools, share knowledge and build strong networks across the Australian bureaux community,” Mr Hiebl said. “The Newcastle region will provide wonderful backdrops for our conference and the Altogether Perfect collaboration will also show delegates what is possible through regional partnership.”

Launched this year, the $270,000 ‘Altogether Perfect’ campaign is the name for the collaborative marketing efforts undertaken by regional partners in the Hunter Region to attract and secure business events tourism. Backed by Newcastle Convention Bureau, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association and Destination Port Stephens and supported by dynamic industry operators, the joint marketing group attends trade fairs and sales missions and host visits to the region by key conference organisers and media to build the appeal of the Hunter region as a premier business tourism destination. The campaign received funding through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) which is managed and administered by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau successfully participated in Third Brand USA India Travel Mission

Philadelphia-Convention-Visitors-Bureau-logoPhiladelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)- the official tourist promotion agency of Philadelphia successfully participated in the third Brand USA India Travel Mission in the three Indian metro cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi. During this Mission interactive travel trade events were organized at all locations, followed by an additional media day in New Delhi.

Mr. Jack Ferguson, President and CEO represented PHLCVB at the Mission and he was supported by Ms. Svetlana Yazovskikh, International Tourism Sales Manager during his business meetings with members of the Indian travel trade and media. Seeing the response generated by the mission, Mr. Jack Ferguson said, “We thank Brand USA for providing us a platform to interact with our Indian travel industry partners. We have recently appointed an in-market representative and are happy to state that 2013 saw an increase of 24% in overnight stays by Indian travelers in Philadelphia from the previous year.

India is now in the top 5 overseas feeder markets for Philadelphia. We look forward to welcoming more and more Indian visitors and establishing the image of Philadelphia as a world class tourism destination.”

PHLCVB set up a full time representation via Sartha Global Marketing in 2013, and thereafter has been actively engaging with the media and travel trade through a range of ongoing joint-promotions and programs. Earlier this year Philadelphia also participated in two familiarization trips organized by Brand USA – one especially for the travel trade and other focusing on consumer media. Additionally PHLCVB participated in educational seminars organized by Brand USA in 10 Indian cities, and in joint- advertising campaigns promoting destination Philadelphia in partnership with several major Indian tour companies.

Source:- Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

ICCA officially supports The Meetings Show UK

ICCA-Scandinavian-300x168ICCA supported shows are major meetings industry events which contain a strong international dimension, and with whom ICCA has set up a multi-year collaborative agreement to enable ICCA members to get the best out of exhibiting at or visiting them.


ICCA members should pay particular attention to the focus of the show and the mix of buyers who attend, since there will typically be a strong regional pattern.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said: “The UK’s meetings market is one of the most important sources of outbound international association meetings. The Meetings Show UK provides a powerful channel for ICCA members into this market.

We’re delighted to extend our relationship and to help create an even stronger association buyer programme, and to ensure that exhibiting ICCA members are able to extract even more value from attending.” The Meetings Show UK offers a fully hosted buyer programme which will accommodate 1,500 buyers, 750 of which will be from Europe and beyond. The Meetings Show UK 2015 takes place 7-9 July at Olympia London.

Source:- ICCA

stages 3 gigantic events for cleaning, building management, and green building

impact-logoIMPACT Exhibition Organizer is set to hold three massive-scale events: PULIRE Asia Pacific, an exhibition for cleaning business, BMAM Expo Asia, a platform for building maintenance and facilities management industry; GBR Expo Asia 2014, a space for green building and retrofits industry.



The best of technology and innovation for the cleaning industry, building maintenance and facilities management, and green building will be showcased by more than 300 exhibitors from the around the world during 18-20 September, 2014 at Hall 5, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

Ms. Pornphan Bulner, Director of IMPACT Exhibition Organizer of IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd., said, “The construction industry has grown extensively especially in the 3rd and 4th quarters of this year. The growth is likely to continue as the economy of the country shows signs of recovery. Technology development and modern machinery to increase the efficiency in businesses related to construction industry is very important to the construction industry.

PULIRE Asia Pacific, which exhibits for cleaning business, BMAM Expo Asia 2014, which is a trade show for the building and property management, and GBR Expo Asia 2014, which features products for construction and green building and renovation , held during 18-20 September 2014, is a major platform for buyers, sellers, investors, entrepreneurs, businessmen to share ideas, innovations and advances in the industries together. The events will bring together best of the top technology and innovation for the cleaning industry, building management, and green building and more than 300 business operators from all over Asia and the world via seminars, business meetings, business talks, over the three days of the event. We expect to attract more than 10,000 visitors.”

Mr. Ayuthaporn Buranakul, President of Thailand Facility Management Association (TFMA), said, “The association has supported BMAM Expo Asia 2014, a trade show and conference for building maintenance and facilities management for the seventh edition. The event provides a comprehensive range of product and service maintenance, various management systems to operate buildings and plants. In addition, TFMA also recognizes the importance of the building management professional and prepares to elevate the profession to an international standard and to welcome the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The event also introduces Facilities Management Conference 2014, for the management of buildings and facilities. It will also serve as a central stage to exchange ideas, attitude, and trends in the profession of the resource management for buildings in Thailand and in Southeast Asia. Interested persons can attend the conference at no cost.”

Mr. Suchart Owatwunnasakul, president of the Cleaning Contractors’ Club, said, “The cleaning industry and related businesses play a vital role to the continued growth of buildings, industrial plants, and real estates. The club therefore supports the introduction of PULIRE Asia Pacific 2014 , which is held for the first time in Thailand. It’s has been organized in Italy and other European countries for over 30 years. The platform showcases the latest professional cleaning and hygiene technology, solutions, equipment facilities, and products including chemical cleaning liquid and waste management systems, as well as provides consultation, information, and planning to implement sophisticated technology with high capability at reasonable prices to be used in buildings to add effectiveness in operation. This is a good opportunity for those interested to visit the event held in Thailand, instead of traveling to visit it abroad. Asia Pacific Cleaning Industry Forum is also available with cleaning experts from all over Asia-Pacific to share the panel with updates on trends and growth opportunities of the industry in Asia-Pacific in 2015.”

Green Building & Retrofits Expo Asia 2014 (GBR Expo Asia 2014) will showcase products and stage seminars on equipment and sustainable technology friendly to environment for building maintenance and green retrofits. It will provide a one-stop platform for business negotiations and effectively create business partnership and will become a central stage to develop green buildings of Thailand to the next level on the world stage. Interesting topics
include Thailand Green Building Conference, for example.

Khun Pornpan Bulner, as the organizer, said, “The three events are a significant chance
that visitors will find the latest technology, innovative products and services from leading companies from Thailand and other countries. They will be able to meet and negotiate with
manufacturers and distributors from of top companies from Thailand and others. Every
question about buildings and facilities will be answered. They will learn the trends on the
construction industry and building management from a series of seminars and many more.

They will meet government agencies and associations to form a relationship and business network together with over 10,000 attendees throughout the three days.”

PULIRE Asia Pacific and BMAM Expo Asia 2014 and GBR Expo Asia 2014 is held from 18-20 September 2014 at Hall 4 and Hall 5, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

Source:- Impact

CEO of WTTC criticises government for not appreciating travel and tourism contribution

wttcLack of recognition of the economic role of Travel & Tourism continues to hinder the sector’s growth potential and governments need to wake up and take action.




That is one of the messages from the CEO & President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at the opening ceremony of WTTC’s 2014 Americas Summit in Peru.


In his opening speech at the regional Summit, being held in Lima (10-11 September), David Scowsill says bad decisions will continue to be made on visas, taxation and infrastructure development, unless government departments start recognising the importance of the sector and coordinate on policies.



Mr Scowsill says the case for giving Travel & Tourism more attention is unquestionable; “The financial contribution of our sector to the wellbeing of the global economy is both formidable and unarguable. The growth of our industry outstrips the growth of global GDP year after year. Yet governments continue to ignore this”.



Travel & Tourism in the Americas:


contributes US$2.1 trillion to GDP, supporting over 40 million jobs.

accounts for 6.8 per cent of exports and 4.9 percent of investment and is worth US$238 billion

is forecast to grow by 3.7 per cent per year over the next decade, creating 11 million new jobs.

directly employs three times more people than manufacturing, three times more people than the communications sector and higher education and 30% more than financial services.

Mr Scowsill says that the outlook for the Americas is seen clearly by many of today’s global business leaders to have enormous potential; “The region embraces the world’s largest Travel & Tourism economy, namely the USA. It gives us the most tourism dependent market of the Caribbean. It contains some of the world’s most exciting growth opportunities here in Latin America”.



The first Americas Regional Summit took place in Riviera Maya in Mexico in 2012. The joint declaration from the private and public sectors was taken by President Calderon of Mexico to the G20 meeting in Los Cabos, where he called upon the leaders to focus on the issue of visas and travel facilitation. He personally wrote to all of the heads of state to seek their support for the industry.




Mr Scowsill says that President Humala was one of the first Latin American leaders to receive the Open Letter from UNWTO and WTTC, joining the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign; “At that occasion in 2012, he spoke passionately about the impact of tourism on the village of Cora Cora in Ayacucho, where he used to vacation as a young boy. He spoke of his desire to support this industry as a key pillar for Peru’s future economic development. 63 heads of state have joined this campaign over the past 3 years, including in June this year President Michelle Bachelet of Chile”.




However, he says the Travel & Tourism sector cannot find solutions on its own; “Whether partnership is between government and business; investors and beneficiaries; industry and environment; or technology and service providers; I firmly believe that partnership is key to everything we need to achieve”.



More than 300 Travel & Tourism leaders and government ministers, top executives from the public and private sectors, NGOs, opinion-formers from academia and the media have come together in Lima. Over the course of a day and a half, through a series of keynotes, panel sessions and interviews, they will discuss the most pressing questions facing Travel & Tourism in the Americas and to identify what needs to be done to ensure the long term sustainable future of the sector.



The Summit is called ‘Facing challenges, Finding Opportunities’. The sessions include ‘Governments and business: partnership and progress’; Financing for the future: strategies for investment’; ‘Appreciating the asset: the value of cultural heritage’ and ‘Sustainability: Leading by Example’.

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