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July/ August 2010Conference+ Meetings World www. c- mw. net3 CONTENTS PUBLISHER Mark Brewster mbrewster@ mashmedia. net PRODUCTION MANAGER Luke Spalding lspalding@ mashmedia. net PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Justyna Kochanska, James Coome Printed by Gemini Mash Media Group Ltd Faraday House 39 Thornton Road Wimbledon London SW19 4NQ United Kingdom Tel: + 44 ( 0) 20 8971 8282 Fax: + 44 ( 0) 20 8971 8283 E- mail: info@ mashmedia. net Website: www. mashmedia. net ISNN 1747- 0463 © Copyright Conference + Meetings World All material published in Conference + Meetings World is copyright and remains the property of the publishers. No material may be reproduced without the written permission of the publishers. The publishers do not necessarily agree with the views expressed by contributors, nor do they accept any responsibility for any errors or interpretation in the subject matter of this publication. No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or be transmitted in any form by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publishers. CONTACTS News UIA rankings; New Aloft for Excel; Congrex opens in Vancouver and Reed appoints new GIBTM chief. 04 San Francisco Sarah O'Donnell hits the US Trail West Coast style. 13 " If you go for a big name speaker for your event, let them know we expect return on investment for our delegate time and attention." Algeria LNG saga The gas gods of LNG and volcanos conspired to frustrate Algeria's big event, but ITE rises to the challenge. 09 IMEX in photos A pictorial look back at IMEX 2010. 33 Seoul city Korea's capital puts itself in the conference shop window. 17 Kyoto Today Japan's historic capital marks itself out on the meetings map. 21 Game for a meet in Macau? Big investment in the Venetian has raised the conference stakes in the SAR. 26 AIPC in Liverpool The International Association of Congress Centres gathers the clans in Liverpool. 34 CONTENTS Fame Academy People like a celebrity. Let's face it, they can bring some stardust to your event and drive attendance to your conference. You would think that celebrity speakers would appreciate, in turn, if for no other reason than the big fees they can command, the need to put a little effort in to their presentations to win our respect, even if our attendance is taken for granted. Comedians commanding the lectern during an awards ceremony can be forgiven for homing in on the foibles of our industry, but speakers who don't bother to do any research into what our industry is about are just lazy. At one international association congress, recently, two eminent writers delivered standard presentations with barely a passing nod to the magic ' C' or ' M' words. If mentioned at all ' Conference' was perhaps inserted once in the Powerpoint to replace ' Tourist' or ' Motor Industry' or whatever last week's invitation had been. Both of the speakers in question also lamentably failed to tailor their diction or approach to the international audience assembled, therefore retaining only a narrow clique appeal within their home country delegates. So, if you go for a big name speaker for your event, let them know we expect return on investment for our delegate time and attention. Paul Colston, managing editor MANAGING EDITOR Paul Colston pcolston@ mashmedia. net DEPUTY EDITOR Vikki Carley vcarley@ mashmedia. net ADVERTISING MANAGER Andrew French afrench@ mashmedia. net

4www. c- mw. net Conference+ Meetings WorldJuly/ August 2010 NEWS Singapore and USA hang on to top UIA 2009 rankings New Aloft hotel fo Excel Congrex opens in Vancouver IMEX green in Vegas UBM launches online seminar centre UK - The new hotel being built at Excel London is to be run and managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide under its brand Aloft Hotels. The 252- room hotel is scheduled to open in advance of the London Olympics in 2012, at the end of 2011. The hotel is being developed by Excel London's parent company, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company ( ADNEC), also owner of Aloft Abu Dhabi, the Middle East's first Aloft hotel, which is located adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Aloft London Excel will mark the brand's UK debut. WORLD- Familiar faces emerge at the top of the Union of International Associations ( UIA) city rankings for 2009, with the USA, as before, topping the country rankings for qualifying association meetings. Singapore tops the city table. Singapore and France are second and third in the country list, for which the UIA's criteria for qualifying meetings means there must be at least 300 delegates from five different countries. The conference must last a minimum of five days and 40 per cent of the participants must also come from abroad. In the city list, Singapore was clear of Brussels, which overtook third- placed Paris. The total number of meetings answering the UIA criteria and taking place in the 2009 reporting year was 11,929, up from 11,423 in 2008. Preparing the ground at Excel London for Aloft CANADA- Events organiser Congrex will open an office in Vancouver in late 2010. Adriana Spitteler will head up the new base, having held the position of MD for Congrex Travel AG in Basel since 1994. Congrex CEO Layth Bunni says: " The North American meetings industry brings good revenue to Canada through local and international associations. Although there are many professional organisers, Congrex feels there is still opportunity for new players to pitch in with specialised services, value added services and post event services." USA- The IMEX Group and its partners have pledged to work with MeetGreen to set new environmental standards for transport, food and beverage at the IMEX America event, 11- 13 October 2011, at the Las Vegas Sands Expo Convention Centre. IMEX CEO, Carina Bauer, says: " We intend to do our utmost to meet - and set - some very demanding green standards for IMEX America and MeetGreen's expertise will play a fundamental role in helping us achieve our objectives." USA- The US meetings industry is improving post- recession, according to a survey of 505 professional meeting planners commissioned by the Professional Convention Management Association ( PCMA), its Education Foundation and AMEX. Those surveyed included association planners ( 56 per cent), and corporate and independent planners and procurement ( 44 per cent). When asked about off- site meetings planned for 2010 and 2011 in comparison to 2009, respondents indicated they booked a net increase of 15 per cent more, ( 17 more meetings per planner in 2010), and a net increase of 24 per cent more meetings in 2011. Six per cent stated they were planning to postpone, cancel or re- book meetings in 2010 because of " economic conditions", compared to 41 per cent, who cited this reason in 2009. PCMA reveals upturn in US meetings WORLD- UBM Studios has launched a 3D environment for companies to host online conferences and meetings. The Virtual Seminar Centre is an online resource incorporating webcasts, training and conferences. It includes an online auditorium, group chats, library, help booth, and branding opportunities, as well as data- capturing ability. " Much of the workforce works remotely and communicates over disparate geographies. Businesses have embraced virtual solutions to improve communications and gain a competitive advantage," says MD of UBM Studios, Kate Spellman. According to Market Research Media, the virtual meetings industry will grow to US$ 18.6bn by 2015. UAE- Reed Travel Exhibitions ( RTE) has appointed Lloyd Kenyon to step into Graeme Barnett's shoes as exhibition manager for its Gulf Incentive Business Travel and Meetings exhibition ( GIBTM). Kenyon previously worked for RTE as project manager of the Dubai World Trade Centre's events and exhibitions department. GIBTM gets new manager