Another successful edition of MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress

download-1442014 edition of the MICE India and Luxury Travel congress hosted 200 MICE buyers mainly from large Indian corporations along with key outbound travel agencies, wedding planners and film production houses in an exclusive platform that included pre-arranged business meetings, interactive discussions and unparalleled networking receptions, last month in Mumbai.

 

Once again we proved that MILT Congress provides a unique opportunity for the sponsors to an “alternative way of doing business”.
During the 2 days, a total of 820 meetings took place with 30 high end MICE suppliers from across the globe that met with real decision makers from some of the biggest MICE buyers in India from varied sectors such as the pharmaceuticals, cement, banking and finance, direct selling companies, manufacturing and more.

 

Our ratio of supplier: buyer is 1:5 ensuring you not only have your pre arranged meetings but a lot more. The biggest USP of the MILT Congress is a project manager that is dedicated to your table for the 2 days working hand in hand with you, to deliver pre-arranged meetings with your potential clients, so you walk away with the most important contacts and reach out to the decision makers who don’t like attending tradeshows or business luncheons.

New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) announces approval of concept design

NZICC1-212x300SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited has recently revealed approved concept designs for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), in addition to further key appointments within the project design team.

 

 
Following an initial consultation process with the Government, SKYCITY is now able to outline key elements of the concept design that will help bring the vision for New Zealand’s first truly international convention centre to reality.

SKYCITY Chief Executive Nigel Morrison says the project is entering an exciting phase. “These key concepts are the first steps in establishing what the NZICC is going to look like, not only in terms of the physical scale and appearance, but also the breadth and complexity of what the building can offer,” says Mr Morrison.

“Through a collaborative process with the Government, we now have an approved concept and vision that will inform our design team and enable them to produce a compelling and considered design for the NZICC ahead of lodging resource consent which is anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2014.”

SKYCITY Group General Manager New Zealand International Convention Centre Simon Jamieson has also outlined the key design details. “The design includes flexible, innovative convention and exhibition space. Spread over four levels the facility will contain a public atrium entrance, multiple day meeting rooms and a dedicated multi-use plenary theatre able to accommodate 3,000 people for convention and entertainment events. The exhibition floor will be the size of Eden Park’s rugby pitch with a 9 metre high stud and the ability to accommodate two Dreamliner 787 aeroplanes side by side,” says Mr Jamieson.

New Zealand International Convention Centre Laneway“In addition, the master plan for the Hobson Nelson Street site will also include a 300 room 5 star hotel and pedestrian laneway both of which will benefit from the increased visitation generated by the NZICC.”

“The success factor of a convention centre is its integration into the city fabric and its ability to deliver an authentic experience for the visitor. The NZICC concept has been developed so the building plays a role in a living, breathing precinct that Aucklanders will be encouraged to use and enjoy. The design of a large plaza entry off Hobson Street, leading to a through site laneway, will provide social, retail and hospitality experiences for Aucklanders and visitors alike. With the laneway, hotel and plaza, the NZICC will have a significant differentiated offering for the international business events market.”

The NZICC will enhance the rejuvenation of the western edge of the CBD and will provide a catalyst for further visitor and entertainment development in Victoria Quarter and SKYCITY’s Federal Street. Auckland businesses of all sizes will benefit from increased high-value visitation. It will reinforce Auckland’s reputation as a leading, vibrant, international city.

With a total gross floor area (GFA) of 85,000 m2, the NZICC is understood to be the biggest building project undertaken in Auckland since 1997 when the Sky Tower was constructed.

Mr Jamieson says, “During construction, the NZICC is expected to create 1000 construction related jobs. Once up and running, it is expected to attract more than 33,000 new international visitors to New Zealand, generating $90 million of economic benefits to New Zealand annually and 800 jobs. The hotel development will create a further 150 jobs. This is a significant opportunity to train young New Zealanders for a wide range of skills and jobs in the hospitality, tourism and construction sectors.”

Momentum is gathering for what is going to be a unique urban building, adding to the vibrancy of Auckland. Design Lead and Warren & Mahoney’s Chairman, Andrew Barclay says “The New Zealand Convention Centre will be the venue in which our country hosts the world. It is designed to reflect the character of our country and people – the shared qualities of an open and dynamic culture, of dramatic landscape, of deep textures and innovative technologies. Essentially this building, more than most others, has the responsibility to present the New Zealand experience.”

The NZICC will be an international standard asset, positioning New Zealand competitively in the international convention market and showcasing New Zealand as a smart innovative country.
Following on from the initial key appointment of the collaborative architectural team in February this year, Mr Jamieson is now pleased to announce that the full team charged with developing the design of the NZICC has been confirmed.

Project Management
Beca Project Management will project manage the NZICC development, with Tony McKee leading as Director of Project Management. Mr McKee has extensive knowledge in delivering large projects including the world-class Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, which has many parallels with the NZICC. Mr McKee is supported by Geoff Wicks, Beca’s Design and Consents Manager who will be responsible for developing the design within the project brief and cost parameters, and drive all consenting activities.

Urban Design
Boffa Miskel Director of Design Rachel de Lambert, has been appointed Director of Urban Design for the project. Ms Lambert brings over 27 years professional practice in the field of landscape and urban design, environmental and heritage planning and community facilitation.
“The NZICC project will be new sort of urban convention centre facility, it will provide a real boost to the urban amenity of this western edge of the city and deliver on some key initiatives signalled in the Auckland Central City Masterplan. It’s a great opportunity to improve the city for pedestrians and to continue the good work that is underway in making Auckland the world’s most liveable city, I’m looking forward to seeing the changes we can achieve with its implementation,” says Ms Lambert.

Engineering
Beca has been confirmed as providing Structural, Civil, Geotechnical and Building Services Engineering design, with Brendon Dwyer the Engineering Director for the NZICC development. Mr Dwyer has particular experience in large scale environmentally sustainable design projects across the UK & Asia-Pacific region. Richard Built, Beca’s Structural Engineering’s Technical Director will be the Structural Design Lead for the project, with Charles Roos undertaking the Lead for Building Services design for the project.

Town Planning
Karl Cook, a Director at specialist town planning consultancy Barker & Associates, has been appointed Director of Town Planning for the project. He has significant experience in planning approvals, plan and policy assessment and infrastructure, transport and public facility planning.

New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) announces approval of concept design

NZICC1-212x300SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited has recently revealed approved concept designs for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), in addition to further key appointments within the project design team.

 

 
Following an initial consultation process with the Government, SKYCITY is now able to outline key elements of the concept design that will help bring the vision for New Zealand’s first truly international convention centre to reality.
SKYCITY Chief Executive Nigel Morrison says the project is entering an exciting phase. “These key concepts are the first steps in establishing what the NZICC is going to look like, not only in terms of the physical scale and appearance, but also the breadth and complexity of what the building can offer,” says Mr Morrison.
“Through a collaborative process with the Government, we now have an approved concept and vision that will inform our design team and enable them to produce a compelling and considered design for the NZICC ahead of lodging resource consent which is anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2014.”
SKYCITY Group General Manager New Zealand International Convention Centre Simon Jamieson has also outlined the key design details. “The design includes flexible, innovative convention and exhibition space. Spread over four levels the facility will contain a public atrium entrance, multiple day meeting rooms and a dedicated multi-use plenary theatre able to accommodate 3,000 people for convention and entertainment events. The exhibition floor will be the size of Eden Park’s rugby pitch with a 9 metre high stud and the ability to accommodate two Dreamliner 787 aeroplanes side by side,” says Mr Jamieson.

New Zealand International Convention Centre Laneway“In addition, the master plan for the Hobson Nelson Street site will also include a 300 room 5 star hotel and pedestrian laneway both of which will benefit from the increased visitation generated by the NZICC.”

“The success factor of a convention centre is its integration into the city fabric and its ability to deliver an authentic experience for the visitor. The NZICC concept has been developed so the building plays a role in a living, breathing precinct that Aucklanders will be encouraged to use and enjoy. The design of a large plaza entry off Hobson Street, leading to a through site laneway, will provide social, retail and hospitality experiences for Aucklanders and visitors alike. With the laneway, hotel and plaza, the NZICC will have a significant differentiated offering for the international business events market.”
The NZICC will enhance the rejuvenation of the western edge of the CBD and will provide a catalyst for further visitor and entertainment development in Victoria Quarter and SKYCITY’s Federal Street. Auckland businesses of all sizes will benefit from increased high-value visitation. It will reinforce Auckland’s reputation as a leading, vibrant, international city.
With a total gross floor area (GFA) of 85,000 m2, the NZICC is understood to be the biggest building project undertaken in Auckland since 1997 when the Sky Tower was constructed.
Mr Jamieson says, “During construction, the NZICC is expected to create 1000 construction related jobs. Once up and running, it is expected to attract more than 33,000 new international visitors to New Zealand, generating $90 million of economic benefits to New Zealand annually and 800 jobs. The hotel development will create a further 150 jobs. This is a significant opportunity to train young New Zealanders for a wide range of skills and jobs in the hospitality, tourism and construction sectors.”
Momentum is gathering for what is going to be a unique urban building, adding to the vibrancy of Auckland. Design Lead and Warren & Mahoney’s Chairman, Andrew Barclay says “The New Zealand Convention Centre will be the venue in which our country hosts the world. It is designed to reflect the character of our country and people – the shared qualities of an open and dynamic culture, of dramatic landscape, of deep textures and innovative technologies. Essentially this building, more than most others, has the responsibility to present the New Zealand experience.”
The NZICC will be an international standard asset, positioning New Zealand competitively in the international convention market and showcasing New Zealand as a smart innovative country.
Following on from the initial key appointment of the collaborative architectural team in February this year, Mr Jamieson is now pleased to announce that the full team charged with developing the design of the NZICC has been confirmed.
Project Management
Beca Project Management will project manage the NZICC development, with Tony McKee leading as Director of Project Management. Mr McKee has extensive knowledge in delivering large projects including the world-class Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, which has many parallels with the NZICC. Mr McKee is supported by Geoff Wicks, Beca’s Design and Consents Manager who will be responsible for developing the design within the project brief and cost parameters, and drive all consenting activities.
Urban Design
Boffa Miskel Director of Design Rachel de Lambert, has been appointed Director of Urban Design for the project. Ms Lambert brings over 27 years professional practice in the field of landscape and urban design, environmental and heritage planning and community facilitation.
“The NZICC project will be new sort of urban convention centre facility, it will provide a real boost to the urban amenity of this western edge of the city and deliver on some key initiatives signalled in the Auckland Central City Masterplan. It’s a great opportunity to improve the city for pedestrians and to continue the good work that is underway in making Auckland the world’s most liveable city, I’m looking forward to seeing the changes we can achieve with its implementation,” says Ms Lambert.
Engineering
Beca has been confirmed as providing Structural, Civil, Geotechnical and Building Services Engineering design, with Brendon Dwyer the Engineering Director for the NZICC development. Mr Dwyer has particular experience in large scale environmentally sustainable design projects across the UK & Asia-Pacific region. Richard Built, Beca’s Structural Engineering’s Technical Director will be the Structural Design Lead for the project, with Charles Roos undertaking the Lead for Building Services design for the project.

Town Planning
Karl Cook, a Director at specialist town planning consultancy Barker & Associates, has been appointed Director of Town Planning for the project. He has significant experience in planning approvals, plan and policy assessment and infrastructure, transport and public facility planning.

AECC Conference and Events Team Expands

AECC_Events-Team_260814_webAberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is delighted to announce two key appointments to their Conference and Events Team.
Jill Malcolmson joins AECC as Conference and Events Manager; with a wealth of experience. She has worked for fourteen years with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland as their Conference and Events Manager, prior to that working with a marketing and events agency in Edinburgh. Jill brings to the team the clients viewpoint and expectation, and as such a great understanding of the clients needs when organising and running multi-faceted events from both the public, private and charitable sectors. Having run the CIH conference and exhibition at AECC a number of times over the past 10 years, Jill also has a good working knowledge of the Venue and its staff.
Also joining the Conference and Events team is Patrick Lynn, who takes on the role of Senior Events Executive. Paddy has a broad range of event experience with a proven track record which includes working with Banks Sadler for Rolls Royce in Derby, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) as Event Designer and most recently at Sport Aberdeen working to increase competitive school sport throughout Scotland.
The Conference and Events team is led by Fiona Mann, Director of Operations and Safety as part of the venues overall Operational Department and is delighted to be adding to the team with these key appointments. Fiona said: “We already have a strong team in place, which has been further enhanced by the appointment of Jill and Paddy. Delivering fantastic and successful events is our passion, we are dedicated to providing our clients with an excellent service and an event that is on time, on budget and delivered safely.”
Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director of AECC commented: “Our business levels continue to flourish, and we have a very busy calendar of events over the coming months. We endeavour to maintain a high level of client satisfaction at the Centre by continuing to deliver successful events for our clients. We are proud to welcome Jill and Paddy to the team, each bringing a high level of industry experience.”

Source:- ICCA World

Perfect China Gives Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre a Third Thumbs Up!

Perfect-China-300x200Perfect China Co Ltd (Perfect China), a China-based health and wellness direct sales company ranked 10th globally, made Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) their city and venue of choice for their Perfect China Convention, the third time in four years!

 

According to Terry Lee, Executive Director of Sunflower Holidays Sdn Bhd and logistics coordinator for the gathering, the Centre’s successful execution of Perfect China’s 2011 and 2012 events for 3,200 and 2,200 distributors respectively made it the obvious choice for the 2014 convention.

“The Centre’s efforts to engage with its China clients with Mandarin-speaking staff and a Mandarin corporate video and business presentation, and a first-rate Chinese kitchen in-house, go some ways to making the client comfortable and confident the venue will deliver to their requirements. And having had two excellent outings here previously, Perfect China was happy to return a third time.”

Lee also believes Malaysia’s position as one of the most value-for-money destinations for the global meetings industry supports the decision-making process as the lower cost of doing business means meeting planners do not have to worry about cutting costs or compromising on the delegate experience.

For the Centre, having Perfect China on its recurrent client list is an honour as “it shows the China meetings industry is responding to our efforts to reach out to that market,” shared General Manager Alan Pryor.
Besides Perfect China, other high-profile China-based organisations and companies that have held their events at the Centre include Roche China’s Annual Sales Conference 2014, the 2013 International Dragon Award (IDA) Annual Conference, a Chinese life insurance and financial services industry event attended by over 5,000 local and international participants from more than 16 countries, the Malaysia-China Economic Summit 2013 which was jointly officiated by His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of The People’s Republic of China, and Malaysian Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and China International Travel Service (CITS) amongst others.
Source:- Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

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