September 2010Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net3CONTENTSPUBLISHERMark Brewstermbrewster@mashmedia.netPRODUCTION MANAGERLuke Spaldinglspalding@mashmedia.netPRODUCTION ASSISTANTSJustyna Kochanska, James CoomePrinted by GeminiMash Media Group Ltd Faraday House39 Thornton RoadWimbledonLondon SW19 4NQUnited Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 8971 8282 Fax: +44 (0)20 8971 8283E-mail: email@example.comWebsite: www.mashmedia.netISNN 1747-0463© Copyright Conference + Meetings WorldAll material published in Conference +Meetings World is copyright and remains theproperty of the publishers. No material maybe reproduced without the writtenpermission of the publishers. The publishersdo not necessarily agree with the viewsexpressed by contributors, nor do theyaccept any responsibility for any errors orinterpretation in the subject matter of thispublication.No part of this publication may be copied orreproduced, stored in a retrieval system, orbe transmitted in any form by any meanselectronic, mechanical, photocopying,recording or otherwise without the priorpermission of the publishers.CONTACTSNewsBuoyant meetingsindustry for Ireland,Bangkok airport raillink opens and IMEXresearch04MalaysiaSarah O'Donnellrealises the TeamMalaysia approach09DubaiDubai World TradeCenter posts growth07MilanMilan meansbusiness28Cape Town postWorld CupRashid Toefydiscusses eventlegacy13IMEXIMEX reveals buyersopinions on socialmedia21SingaporeWhere doesSingapore positionitself in the SouthernAsian MICE market?22EWEAThe world'sunluckiest event?31CONTENTSWhen the chips are downWhen you are organising an event, youalways have to be prepared forsomething unforeseen that mighthappen, but when the chips are down,making the decision to postpone orcancel that event is tough.CMW was astounded this month at thestory of the European Wind EnergyConference and Exhibition, which hashistorically faced some pretty toughunforeseen circumstances.This year the event was forced tocompete with the Polish air crash disasterand the ash cloud, which halted flightsand stranded business travellers all overthe world. Despite this, organisers wereso committed to the event, they decidedit should still go ahead.There were stories of delegatestravelling for 30 hours by car so as not tomiss the event, and speakers presentingvia weblink from their beds at 4am toensure it could still go ahead as planned.For the full story, see pages 31 and 32.Organisers, never underestimate thepower of events and the community theycan create.Vikki Carley, deputy editorMANAGING EDITORPaul Colstonpcolston@mashmedia.netDEPUTY EDITORVikki Carleyvcarley@mashmedia.netADVERTISINGMANAGERAndrew Frenchafrench@mashmedia.net"Organisers, never underestimatethe power of events and thecommunity they can create."
4www.c-mw.net Conference+Meetings WorldSeptember 2010NEWSEdinburgh Airport hotel andconference plans lodgedIMEX 2010 post showsurvey releasedAIBTM toinvite 2,000hostedbuyersInforma profits anddividend up despiteevents revenue dipGERMANY - IMEX has published its post-showhosted buyer survey. The research was collatedfrom 1,000 hosted buyers from the 2010 showat Messe Frankfurt in May.Seventy nine per cent spent over 12 hours onthe show floor and a quarter over 16 hours atthe meetings exhibition. They placed orders ofUS$450m with exhibitors during the exhibitionand expect to place $2.2bn of business withIMEX exhibitors in the next 12 months. This isa 20 per cent increase on last year's estimatesfollowing the show. Forty per cent of IMEX hosted buyersconfirmed they have budgets in excess of $1mper year. Over one quarter of respondents saidthat up to 40 per cent of their meetings at theshow were with new companies they had notpreviously done business with.UK- A new Edinburgh Airporthotel and conference centre,with a capacity for up to 700delegates, has been proposedby Glasgow-based VinanianDevelopments to address the"chronic shortage" ofaccommodation for airpassengers. The 168-bedroom hotel, ifapproved by the council, will belocated adjacent to the A8airport slip road and positionednear the Royal Bank ofScotland's headquarters andthe Royal HighlandHosted buyers placed orders of US$450mUSA- AIBTM, Reed TravelExhibitions' Americas meetingsexhibition, is boosting to 2,000the number of hosted buyers itis to bring to its inaugural USevent in Baltimore, 21-23 June2011.AIBTM project manager SteveKnight says the increase is toensure the ideal buyer andsupplier ratio is maintained.As well as the hosted buyers,AIBTM hopes to attract morethan 13,000 meeting plannerslocated in cities within threehours' drive of Baltimore.KOREA- Internationalassociation and eventmanagement agency, MCI, haslaunched its first Korean office inSeoul in a joint venture withdestination managementcompany (DMC), Kim's Travel. In the agreement with theDMC, its meetings and eventssubsidiary, M&C Planners, will be rebranded into MCIKorea. Kim's Travel founder,Chun Kim, will act as CEO ofMCI Korea while M&C Planners'director general, Peter Lee, willtake the position of executivedirector for meetings and eventsand destination management. Chun Kim says: "We can seesignificant new business throughthis joint venture, which will bring great benefit to all our clients, partners and suppliers."MCI Korea has announced it will make a "significantinvestment" in FAMC.MCI launchesKorea officein jointventure withDMCUK- International informationsupplier and events producerInforma has reported profitbefore tax doubling to £66.4mfor its interim results despite areduction in events revenue.Chief executive Peter Rigbyhailed the six-month results as"noticeably improved, despiteuneven economic recovery interms of region and verticalsector".Informa results to 30 June2010 show adjusted operatingprofit growth of 4.2 per cent onincreased margins. Grouprevenues "on an organic basismarginally declined by 0.5 percent", the statement said.The events and trainingportfolio now accounts for 48.7per cent of Informa's revenues. The events portfolio increasedadjusted operating profits by11.4 per cent, although revenues of £304m marked a3.2 per cent dip on events andthe training's £314.2mcontribution in the same periodof 2009.USA- Meeting ProfessionalsInternational (MPI) is to hold itsWorld Education Congress2011 in Orlando, Florida.The educational event, 23 -26 July, is to take place at theOrange County ConventionCenter, the second largestconvention space in the US.MPI's president and CEOBruce MacMillan says: "MPIwill bring the latest intechnology, strategic meetingmanagement, CSR initiativesand education to bolster theevolution of our industry toOrlando."WEC 2011in OrlandoShowground at Ingliston. Designed by architects Youngand Gault, the plans for a 168-bedroom hotel also show aseries of syndicate rooms and abanqueting hall. The brand of hotel has yet tobe decided.