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‘My Association | My Club’
BRAND NEW INITIATIVE FOR ASSOCIATION PLANNERS
Following research among Association Meeting Planners and as a direct result of a Focus Group held in London in May to determine the ideal experience for Association Planners, EIBTM (www.eibtm.com) has launched a brand new initiative “My Association | My Club” (www.eibtm.com/myclub).
Initial feedback from the EIBTM Advisory Board along with the findings from the Focus Group highlighted the need for an Association Planner to be able create their own agenda, to have time to network with their peers and Association community and to choose education sessions that suit their business and career needs. Designed to facilitate this flexibility, My Association | My Club will have its own identity (for EIBTM 2014) and will be the first roll out of the concept across the IBTM portfolio.
“Having engaged with meeting planners across the sector and asked for their involvement in helping shape a new way to attend our events, we have listened and acted on what they have told us they want from their time at EIBTM. Association meeting planners have very specific needs and this new offer includes flexibility at its core. From freedom to explore the show floor and discover new suppliers, building an education programme of their choice and having the time to meet with members of their community. It’s all about creating their own personalised programme and that is what the launch of My Association | My Club aims to deliver,“ said Graeme Barnett, EIBTM Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions.
Among the benefits will be a dedicated business - style lounge, a facility where planners can connect with other Association colleagues, hold their own meetings as well as enjoy refreshments and lunch. They will also be able to choose the education they want to attend during the course of EIBTM rather than be given a set programme.
“We understand that networking is a very important aspect of an Association Planner’s time at EIBTM and we are planning networking events in the Club lounge including the ICCA Personal Connections event Tuesday evening. We are looking to introduce a schedule of ‘Huddles’ within the Club Lounge where subjects and topics on the minds of our Association Planners can be discussed in small informal groups to help solve problems and challenges. In addition we have created an exclusive ‘Hub’ hotel for all Association attendees so they can build their community away from the show floor and extend their networks. We are also offering an option to extend their stay in Barcelona and choose their own travel times and length of stay. We have created a range of opportunities based around the key elements of doing business, networking and learning but with a freedom of choice that hasn’t existed previously. By creating this flexible approach, we hope the balance of a pre-scheduled appointment diary will also add value to our exhibitors, many of whom are keen to meet with these highly sought after buyers. Building a stronger more flexible offer for our Association customers should be a win-win for all,” added Barnett.
Patrick Debus, Permanent Secretary, World Federation of Consuls and member of the EIBTM Association Planners Focus Group commented, “The refreshed model is definitively taking more care of the associations' expectations and I can only congratulate the EIBTM team for such a useful and highly appreciated concern.”
My Association | My Club benefits will include:
All Hosted Buyer applications remain individually reviewed and accepted based on a set of strict qualifying criteria.
For further information about My Association | My Club, please visit www.eibtm.com/myclub
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IBTM AMERICA New Dynamic Trade Show Format for Chicago 2015
IBTM America 2015 is to be the new name for a transformation of the event that took place as AIBTM in Florida June 10-12, 2014. The new concept is simple but dynamic. IBTM America will remove the costs associated with exhibiting at a trade show by designing a unique turnkey solution where an innovative pod design, completely integrated in an exhibitor meeting space, will give privacy to meetings between buyers and suppliers.
In consultation with the industry, and members of the US Advisory Board, who identified the need for trade shows in this industry to prioritize the time given to meetings with premium buyers but in the most cost effective way, the new event will have now have a 1-1 ratio of buyers and suppliers. Exhibitors will pay one price for a modular booth design ready on arrival for them to start their business of meetings.
IBTM America will have 250 suppliers who will meet with 250 of the most prestigious planners in the global MICE industry. Both buyers and suppliers will be doing business inbound and outbound from the US. Planners will be from the corporate, association, governmental and third party sectors. The exhibitors will be from all sectors of the MICE market and will be split 60% US and 40% international.
New for 2015:
“We have created IBTM America to be a brand new trade show experience. It’s exclusive and private, similar to the two successful launches of the table-top 1-1 mutual match event concept with both IBTM India and IBTM Africa. Whilst we are in the early stages of design, we have extended the creative concept from a table top to a private booth with branding space that ensures an intimate environment, and a turnkey solution, that gives both buyers and sellers a focused face-to-face meeting space. Having received excellent industry feedback for this new trade show concept, we are excited about the opportunity it gives our customers in the US,” says Sallie Coventry, Portfolio Director, IBTM Global Events Portfolio.
“IBTM America will now give the US meetings industry its own niche event that is focused on the business of meetings, no distractions, no time-wasting, and enabling both buyers and sellers to have their own community in one place for 2 days,” concluded Coventry.
IBTM America will take place in Chicago in June 2015.
AIBTM Trade Show Floor Buzzes On Opening Day
Following AIBTM Knowledge Program, the trade show floor opened at 10 a.m. the morning of June 11 with a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by AIBTM Exhibition Director Michael Lyons; IBTM Global Events Portfolio Director Sallie Coventry; President and CEO of Visit Orlando George Aguel; Chairman of Visit Orlando Paul Mears, III; and Deputy General Manager of Orange County Convention Center Yulita Osuba.
The day began with an important update from the Meetings Mean Business Coalition at the Chapin Theater. Over 250 attendees listened to leaders in the industry discuss its strategic mission to unify under “one voice” and then participated in a Q&A about where the Meetings Mean Business campaign is headed.
Larry Luteran, the Coalition’s co-chair, opened the panel by reiterating the critical importance of meetings to the economy. “For every dollar spent on meetings there’s a $9.50 return,” he said. "Meetings are the number one marketing vehicle to help generate revenue.”
When asked about the greatest success of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition thus far, Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA, said, “Staying together as one voice is critical to our industry. We won’t stop because the economy has improved; our message has to resonate globally.”
On the trade show floor, first time exhibitor Hamburg Convention Bureau held a market focus session for U.S. buyers interested in placing business in Germany. Over 40 buyers attended the meeting in which Nele Aumann, Marketing Manager of Hamburg Convention Bureau, discussed how the city can accommodate U.S. meeting planners when hosting large group meetings and conventions.
“Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany and a 1st tier destination. I like to call it the hidden jewel of the country,” said Aumann. “Visitors don’t realize that even though by population it’s a large city, it’s actually small and intimate. Traveling to and from places is just a short ride. Berlin, the country’s capital, is only 1.5 hours away by train. It’s an ideal destination for international meetings with excellent accessibility.”
Attendees also checked out new useful technologies for their professions in the Innovation Zone and heard from leading tech companies and professionals about how to apply these in their day-to-day business lives. When they needed a quick break, they stopped at the Refresh Zone fueled with Orlando’s best eats and a comfy place to recharge before heading back to their booths or appointments.
The afternoon was capped off with the Executive Chef Tasting where Chefs Mac Lynch of Roy’s Restaurant, Russell Skall of Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar, Eric Frame of Hard Rock Orlando, Jimmy Frantz of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar and Jose Gonzalez of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar served signature dishes to attendees eager to taste local specialties.
“The food at the Executive Chef Tasting was great!” said Hosted Buyer Vaibhav Parulkar. “We are looking to expand our meetings to the east coast and would definitely consider these spots. Not only was the food incredibly tasty, but also high quality. I was very impressed.”
The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) is a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry. AIBTM delivers individually qualified Hosted Buyers and eligible Trade buyers from the U.S. and around the world. Tailored to the U.S. market, AIBTM serves and guarantees the attendance of top-level decision makers. The exhibitions provide time and business efficient matching services for buyers and sellers through unique Hosted Buyer Programs. For more information, please visit www.aibtm.com. AIBTM takes place from June 10-12, 2014. Join AIBTM on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, i-Meet and YouTube.
AIBTM forms part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions Meetings, Events and Business Travel Portfolio along with AIME, GIBTM,CIBTM, IBTM India, IBTM Africa and EIBTM.
Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world¹s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel.
RTE is part of Reed Exhibitions.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 33 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider and a FTSE 100 company.
Skyline Exhibits & Expand Agree to Co-Distribute New Windscape® Exhibit System Outside of U.S. & Canada
U.S. based Skyline Exhibits, a leading designer and producer of exhibits and graphics for trade shows and marketing events, has reached a distribution agreement with the global event display company Expand International AB, Stockholm – Sweden, to promote and distribute the new Skyline® WindScape® Exhibit System outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Skyline dealers in the U.S. and Canada will continue to distribute the new product exclusively in their respective countries. Throughout the rest of the world, the product will be distributed by Skyline’s global network of dealers along with the Expand network, which consists of customers in more than 60 countries.
“WindScape® launched nearly a year ago and market adoption has exceeded our high expectations,” stated Bill Dierberger, President, Skyline Exhibits. “We are excited to bring this new – and proven – technology to even more exhibitors around the world through the Expand network.” Both companies will continue to independently distribute their other products.
Revolutionary Exhibit TechnologySkyline® WindScape® is the world’s first air-powered exhibit system. Frames are inflated with the push of a single button rather than assembled like traditional exhibit systems. Customized, double-sided fabric graphics come pre-attached so installation is quick and easy. A 10-foot backwall display goes from case to exhibit ready in under 7 minutes, with no tools.
Skyline WindScape currently has 46 shapes ranging from a tabletop display and a variety of 10-foot backwalls to larger conference rooms and 16-foot diameter hanging structures.
Including the inflator, the tabletop model fits in a backpack, while a 10-foot backwall display fits in a carry-on case stowable in a plane’s overhead bin.
Skyline Exhibits is North America's leading brand of exhibit systems. Known for high-quality products and services, cost-saving portability, innovative functionality, creative design and exhibitor education, Skyline has nearly 100 Design Centers in North America and representation in 30 countries. The company manufactures a broad range of products for trade shows and events – from banner stands and pop-up displays to large custom modular exhibits. With over 20 integrated exhibit systems, state-of-the-art production of large-format graphics and options for exhibit rental and services, Skyline provides exhibit solutions for virtually any size or budget. Skyline is the Innovation Home for the Skyline® WindScape® Brand.
Expand International AB is a pioneer in designing, manufacturing and marketing portable media displays and one of the global market leaders. Products are ranging from retractable displays, pop up walls, backdrops and counters to flag stands and flexible exhibition stands. With the customer in focus, the Expand philosophy is characterized by quality, design and innovation. Expand has sales offices in seven countries and customers in over 60 countries.
Skyline® WindScape® is a registered trademark of Skyline Exhibits. The World’s First Air-Powered Exhibit System® is a registered trademark of Skyline Exhibits.
Volunteers Needed at Lisle Eyes to the Skies
Volunteer - We need your help!
Since the start of the festival, the Lisle Eyes to the Skies has raised thousands of dollars, which have all been given back to six local affiliates. The non-profit affiliate charities benefiting directly from the festival are: The Lisle Education Foundation, the Lisle Partners for Parks, the Lions Club of Lisle, the Kiwanis Club of Lisle, the Rotary Club of Lisle and the Lisle Chamber of Commerce.
To guarantee that this year's Lisle Eyes to the Skies is successful, the committee is looking for significant participation from volunteers.
Lisle Eyes to the Skies is an excellent opportunity for individuals to volunteer, to also include their families, churches, friends, sports & school groups, community organizations, and businesses. The event will be held July 3rd – July 5th in Lisle Community Park. Volunteering at Lisle Eyes to the Skies is a fun way to give back to our community. It brings people together for fun and a common purpose. Many volunteers return year after year because they enjoy it so much.
On the website there are many opportunities to volunteer. One of the activities that someone can be a volunteer is to be a member of a balloon crew. Depending on the size and the shape of the balloon, the crew size varies from 3 to 10 persons. There are morning inflations of the smaller or sport balloons. In the morning if weather permits, these balloons will fly. Crew is needed to inflate and recover the balloons if the flight. In the evening the shape balloons will be inflated. In addition, the smaller balloons will inflate and fly and land before sunset if weather permits. The evening inflation is sometime after 6 p.m. Balloons will inflate for a glow. All balloons are off the balloon field by 9:15 p.m. since fireworks follow.
Why volunteer to crew a balloon?
There are three big rules to crewing a balloon: Have Fun, Be Safe and Enjoy Being Part of a Team! Ballooning cannot be done alone by the pilot. It takes a team of engaged and aware crew. The pilots provide instructions as to what each crew member does irrespective of prior experience. The pilot wants to provide a safe, fun, and entertaining activity that is enjoyed by all. Tall tales of the day's adventure are expressed, and the joy of ballooning is shared with new friends.
There are many opportunities for all ages 16 and older. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, admission ticket and food/drink coupons. Click here for more information about volunteering.