Annual Conference reports and presentations
Globalization, Urbanization and the Future of the Meetings Industry
Keynote Speaker: Parag Khanna | Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
As the global economy recovers other, longer term forces are at play that will fundamentally impact how convention centre business evolves. This high-level look at globalization and urbanization will clarify what’s happening and what the impacts may be.
The GCB Megatrends Study – Tracking Trends that are Shaping the Future of the Industry
Matthias Schultze | Managing Director, GCB German Convention Bureau
A long term, broad based study of the future of our industry carried out by the GCB has important implications for the industry as a whole. Key members of the GCB team provide an overview of results to date and plans for the future.
Meeting the Challenges of Growing and Emerging Markets: 2 Perspectives
While many continue to struggle with recovery, some regions are experiencing rapid growth and others are emerging as destinations and economies with corresponding meetings and convention demands. Here are two perspectives on coping.
Major Sporting Events – a New Market Opportunity for Savvy Centres
Panos Tzivanidis | Head of Events and Hospitality, International Olympic Committee
Centres everywhere are looking for new business opportunities – but the meetings and exhibitions associated with sporting events are often overlooked. Here’s what these events offer and how they can be accessed and addressed.
2014 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.
Cultural Adaptations for the Industry: a Practical Guide for Centre Managers
Keynote Speaker: Avinash Chandarana| Group Learning and Development Director at MCI
We’re all working in an increasingly globalized environment but may not always be prepared for the impacts on our business and personal interactions. This session will provide some solid advice on meeting these new challenges.
Centre Implications for New Technological Evolution
Technology continues to dominate discussions of both centre design and client expectations. This panel will take a practical view of what immediate and imminent developments are most likely and how these can be managed.
New Developments and Strategies in the Exhibitions Sector
Exhibition organizers are having to be much more strategic in their approaches these days as they face ongoing competition from other media and increasing demands from both organizers and attendees. This session will explore the adaptations centres need to make in order to accommodate this new world.
FOOD! Issues and Opportunities Associated with one of Our Biggest Revenue Sources
Richmond Lim | Executive Chef | Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
F&B has become one of the few areas where a centre can actually make money – but doing so requires constant innovation as well as addressing the ongoing debate between organizers that would like to see fewer “tied suppliers” and more flexibility in accessing F&B and centre managers concerned about safety, quality and reliability. This panel addresses it all!
The Evolution of Image:
There has been a profound shift in the expectations of a destination for selling into the meetings market but not everyone has kept up. This session will demonstrate the changes through a visual depiction of evolving attitudes and case studies of how centres are responding.
Enhancing performance measurement: Economic Impact and Customer Satisfaction
Dave Pierzchala | Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Ipsos
The new approach to AIPC Apex Award evaluations is creating deeper insights into customer satisfaction, while the AIPC / Ipsos Economic Impact Model has created greater consistency and credibility around the measurement of reporting event benefits. Both are updated in this prelude to the AIPC Apex Award.
Changing World; Changing Events
Keynote Speaker: David Rowan | Editor of WIRED magazine’s UK Edition
Event delegate and planner expectations are evolving daily. This session will offer a perspective on key changes taking place well outside our industry that will have major impacts – and how we can begin thinking about them.