Annual Conference reports and presentations
Engaging with the Community: the Boston Approach
Events taking place in Convention Centres touch on and potentially enhance academic, business, professional and social progress, yet may be unacknowledged and/or underexploited by the host community. MCCA CEO Jim Rooney hosts a panel of business and community leaders to illustrate one city’s progress:
William H. Guenther, Chairman, CEO and Founder | Mass Insight Global Partnerships (MIGP) and Mass Insight Education (MIE)
The Role of Convention Centres as Instruments of City Development and Transition
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Greg Clark | Chairman, The Business of Cities.
Workshop: A “Surgery” for City Interface and Integration
As a follow-up to the keynote, the effectiveness of centres in supporting the broader economic and social priorities of their respective cities depends on being able to understand and interact with other functions such as planners, economic development agencies and overall policy-makers. This workshop will explore the strategies and challenges associated with this through both case studies as well as direct input from delegates.
Sector Update: Issues and Expectations from the Association World
Alessandro Cortese, Immediate Past President | ESAE: European Society of Association Executives and CEO | European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
As part of our ongoing efforts to clarify developments in our client’s world, this session will explore what’s been going on in one of the most important areas of centre business – the evolving world of major associations.
Exhibitions Today and Tomorrow
Paul Woodward, Managing Director | UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
The exhibition sector has gone through some dramatic changes, many of which are of great significance to centre managers and all of which need to be understood in order to respond effectively to changing needs and expectations. A global exhibitions industry leader will provide an overview.
Brand Redevelopment: How Do We Respond to the New Agenda?
Chris Fair, President | Resonance Consultancy
While destination attractions remain a factor in the event location equation other qualities need to be featured to support the “serious business” image. Where and how do we strike a balance amongst a city’s various faces?
The Evolving World of Hotels
Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President | STR
Hotels are important components of the destination product and as a result, may simultaneously be both centre supporters and competitors. A leading analyst in the accommodation sector will outline the key changes taking place in this sector and what the implications may be for centres around the world.
2015 AIPC Annual Survey: Centre Performance and Perspectives in an Industry Context
Michael Hughes | Managing Director of Research & Consulting, Red7Media
A first look at results from the fifth in the series of comprehensive industry performance / outlook surveys of AIPC members which has tracked industry changes and identified how our expectations align with those of our clients.
Roundtable discussions of the study results and their implications for centres will follow the presentation.
Safety and Security Revisited
Aloysius Arlando, CEO | Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ten years ago global terrorism was fueling the security discussion but recent issues have expanded to include home-grown terrorism and health disruptions like pandemics. This session will illustrate how centres dealing with these issues have adjusted their plans and procedures.
Innovation Highlights: New Ideas from the AIPC Innovation Awards
The AIPC Innovation Awards have recognized creative new ideas for the past five years – as a prelude to the IA Poster Session, this session will deliver an overview of new innovations and solicit your vote for best innovation of 2015!
Technology: The Centre Perspective
Steven Bury, Vice President of Sales | Freeman Audio Visual
Most conversations about new technology focus on new product offerings and what they mean for planners. This centre-oriented session will look at the current and upcoming issues in technology from a managers perspective and help align new client expectations with strategies centres can use in response.
Community Backlash: How Cities are Being Impacted by Visitors
Dr. (PhD) Johannes Novy | Urbanist and Professor for Planning Theory
Convention centres generate visitors, and in many cities around the world growing visitor numbers are increasingly associated with resident backlash, both because of the image they create and the impacts they have on local neighbourhoods. Will centres suffer the same fate, or is this an opportunity to distinguish ourselves as a source of “preferred” visitors?