Past event

IMEX 2024 Frankfurt: One big MICE family at the best meetings industry fair

Already 21 IMEX editions: Brussels and far beyond as a showcase for Belgium

Antwerp Metropolis and A Room with a zoo

Visit Bruges Convention Bureau

The Luxembourg Convention Bureau: a big booth for a small country

For the first time at IMEX: Vietnam with more than 20 exhibitors

The man who helped the press on the right track for 20 editions


Singapore, Southeast Asia’s MICE city.


With 34 exhibitors, the Singapore stand was the largest ever at the last IMEX.

The city state is booming more than ever as a MICE destination and is the absolute number 1 in Southeast Asia. With 13 million visitors in 2023, the figure from before the Corona pandemic in 2019 has almost been matched. And will probably be exceeded in 2024.

During the IMEX, we spoke with Kershing Goh, Regional Director Europe

“The fact that Singapore is such an important destination for meetings and events is also reflected in the top ten from the meeting hotels in Asia-Pacific. With no fewer than five hotels, including the JW Marriott hotel Singapore South Beach and the Shangri-La Singapore, occupying positions 1 and 2 in that top 10. And two new hotels will open soon: The Standard and the Raffles Sentosa Resort. Singapore definitely wants to be the best MICE city in the world. And that fits in perfect with the 50th anniversary this year of the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. In all of this, we do not neglect to make continuous efforts in the field of environment and sustainability. With the slogan ‘meetings for good’. Meetings and business events have the power to drive long-term change in communities. As more meeting planners and event organisers recognise the importance of leaving a positive impact through events, they find that investing in legacy pays off – whether in boosting delegate engagement, growing brand awareness, or attracting new members.”

“ As for Belgium and Luxembourg, we are very pleased that Singapore Airlines has been online in Brussels again since April this year. This direct connection naturally opens up additional opportunities for the MICE sector in the region. And we are planning additional promotion for that sector,” adds Kershing Goh.

Global marketing campaign

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has launched a new global marketing campaign to reinforce Singapore's position as the World's Best MICE City and ensure that business events can make a positive and lasting impact. The campaign invites meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) organisers and planners to take a fresh look at Singapore's value proposition as a leading MICE destination that can deliver targeted results in a competitive environment. Following the announcement of a new marketing strategy last year, this is the first of six global campaigns the STB will run in the coming years to further showcase Singapore. "Positioning Singapore as the World's Best MICE City is an integral part of our efforts to maintain our competitive edge and highlight Singapore's strengths. This is particularly important as MICE organisers and participants are looking for destinations that add value and have a positive impact. We will continue to invest in new MICE products and experiences and invite organisers and planners to join us in creating business events that deliver meaningful outcomes," says Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Tourism Board. Singapore is considered a major commercial hub with cutting-edge innovation, technology and research capabilities and has a vibrant business ecosystem where thought leaders, investors and companies meet. It also provides neutral ground for meaningful dialogue, access to unique tourism offerings and an excellent track record of hosting high-quality events.

Better support for organizers and participants

Singapore has set clear goals, standards, certification programs and incentives to create a greener future for the MICE industry. However, the changing environment requires an increasing need for destinations to redefine their experience and the support they offer to MICE planners, companies and participants. Especially with industry players increasingly focusing on driving meaningful change. This is also demonstrated by the Meeting Needs

Survey (2023) of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), in which the associations emphasize the importance of their events having a positive impact on the destination and integrating a lasting experience into their activities. For example, 44 percent of international associations have changed their tenders with requirements in the past three years. The results also highlighted various ways in which associations are aiming to make a positive contribution, from hosting sustainable events to engaging market segments for an inclusive approach.

Leading the way to create positive change

The STB's global MICE campaign is based on input from companies and events that are leading the way in implementing positive action.

To enable businesses to shape their own impact in Singapore, the STB is developing a comprehensive legacy toolkit that provides a clear framework for planning, executing and measuring the results or impact of an event. For example, business partnerships formed at a MICE event could drive industry development. For example, increased community awareness of health issues brought about by an event's initiatives could also lead to early prevention and detection, thereby improving the quality of a population's health over time. The legacy toolkit also includes case studies and information on the support the STB provides. It is scheduled to be completed and published by June 2024.

The STB has also launched an enhanced Singapore MICE Advantage Programme (SMAP) to attract more MICE organisers to Singapore. The programme offers a range of new perks, including discounts at new lifestyle and retail partners Mandai Wildlife Group and Design Orchard, and has also been extended to existing partners to include shopping vouchers and complimentary offers, including food and beverages. This global MICE campaign is an extension of our destination brand Passion Made Possible, which highlights Singapore's character of creating opportunities and making ordinary moments extraordinary. In addition to the campaign film and social media, the campaign, which will be gradually rolled out across key markets and regions such as China, Europe, Germany, Indonesia and the United States, will also include trade events and MICE exhibitions to showcase how Singapore covers every aspect of the MICE offering.


Maritim hotels, perfect mix of leisure and business

The Maritim hotel group is one of the largest German hotel chains. The first hotel of what is still a family business, was founded in 1969 with the Maritim Seehotel Timmerdorfer Strand on the Baltic Sea. And because of its location, it provided the name and logo of the group. The Maritim group currently has 24 hotels in Germany, 7 in Europe, 3 in China, 2 in Mauritius and 1 in Egypt. This summer, the brand new Maritim Hotel Amsterdam will open in the Netherlands.

Malaysia connects with global business events professionals at IMEX

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) participated in the IMEX. Joining the national bureau were 13 co-exhibitors including state tourism and exhibition bureaus, convention centres, hotels and industry players such as professional conference organisers and DMCs. This year represents MyCEB’s 12th appearance in the tradeshow, as the bureau has been a supporter of IMEX since 2011.

Maritim is always present at IMEX and we went to talk to Mark Spivey, director of international sales.

"We have finally overcome the crisis situation after Covid, and we are looking back at an extremely successful year with numerous trade fairs and congresses, conferences and large events at the current 24 German Maritim sites. In total, occupation rose by a solid eleven percent, and the room rates were around seven percent higher than in the previous year. Of course, we still had international crises in 2023 and global economic situation put a lot of pressure on our business, due to exploding energy prices and inflation, for example. In spite of all that, we have managed to significantly exceed our expectation, which we are very happy about. What pays off here is that we plan conservatively and have a strong equity ratio; that way, we can act in an agile manner and, for example, service liabilities from the Covid crisis much faster than initially planned. In addition, both the hotel portfolio and internal structures and processes have been significantly improved and designed to be more effective."

E-charging stations at all Maritim Hotels throughout Germany

Another milestone on the way to more sustainable offerings is the nationwide expansion of e-charging stations at Maritim Hotels. By the end of the year, Maritim guests should be able to fill up on electric power at all German locations and thus contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Maritim abroad: Opening of Maritim Hotel Amsterdam

Starting summer of this year, the first guests will be able to check into the new Maritim Hotel Amsterdam. The 110-metre high hotel building with 579 rooms and suites has already become a ‘landmark building’ in Amsterdam. Attached to it is a cutting-edge conference and congress centre with 18 conference rooms that can accommodate more than 4,400 visitors. The large conference room fits up to 2,200 people.

In line with the Malaysia Business Events Strategic Marketing Plan 2021 - 2030, MyCEB’s efforts in executing action plans to profile and empower the Malaysian business events industry is curated by undertaking each business events segments relevant to the countries respectively. This year’s participation was also timely and crucial as MyCEB, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, gears up for the promotion of Visit Malaysia Year 2026.

Mr. Azman Haji Tambi Chik, CEO of MyCEB stated, “Our drive to profiling Malaysia as the preferred business events destination in Asia is unswerving and we continue to provide first-hand information on what is fresh in the country to serve the business events community at every show we are part of, following our roadmap to achieve the strategic marketing plan by the year 2030. Additionally, we are always excited for knowledge exchange and business leads as the Malaysian pavilion continues to be a pull for our audience. Last year, IMEX Frankfurt assisted the Malaysian delegation in collectively booking a staggering 57,700 appointments from 84 countries and we are surely looking to exceed the amount this year”.

Additionally, MyCEB announced during a press conference exciting news on plans to strengthen bilateral ties under the MICE/business events community that is currently in the process of being established.


Past event

IMEX 2023: Alliances, associations, partnerships and continuous revival

Asia Convention Alliance, City Destinations Alliance, G3, ICCA, Joint Meeting Industry Council, SITE, MPI, Destinations International...

During the first post-COVID IMEX last year, the password was 'Finally we meet again,'. During this 21st edition, that was undoubtedly 'connecting, working together, joining' Many associations and organizations announced new, renewed or more extensive partnerships. The trend par excellence during this very successful IMEX edition. Again without Russia. And actually without China, but Hong Kong was prominently present.

The G3 partnership continues

UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centers), and ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association) announce the continuation of their strategic G3 partnership, which has proved highly valuable to the entire business events industry and governments globally.

The strategic partnership was formed in 2019, with the aim to facilitate collaboration and generate more comprehensive and better aligned benefits for the three associations’ respective members.


Asia Convention Alliance

The founding members of the ACA are TCEB (Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau), MyCEB (Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau), STO (Seoul Tourism Organisation) and TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) were presenting future initiatives undertaken by the alliance and announcing the anticipated ACA Forum 2023, to be held in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Bangkok, on 11 November 2023.

Photo: Leading members of the Asia Convention Alliance 

Creating the new ICCA future trough digital transformation

ICCA is undergoing a radical digital transformation of both its database, website, and 2023 City and Country rankings. ICCA believes innovation in how it runs the member organisation greatly adds to its value proposition. So the organisation is working closely with industry partner Simpleview to improve the functionality of both its website, and its world-famous database.


Photo: Senior ICCA figures, including president of the board, Marta Gomes, ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath, Matthias Schultze, MD, German Convention Bureau and Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group


Vlaanderen was vorig jaar enkel vertegenwoordigd met een stand van Antwerpen. Naast Antwerpen (met een beduidend grotere stand) tekende dit jaar ook Brugge present. Blijft de vraag waarom het Vlaamse Gewest zich - zoals in het verleden - niet als een globale bestemming profileert. Steden als Gent, Oostende, Kortrijk e.a. hebben toch ook een niet te verwaarlozen MICE-aanbod. En IMEX is en blijft op dit gebied de belangrijkste vakbeurs ter wereld.



Rechts de stand van Antwerpen, uiterst rechts van Brugge

Het Brussels Gewest was, zoals tijdens IBTM World en ITB, uitgebreid vertegenwoordigd.  Met gespecialiseerde DMC 's, hotels, meeting venues en cateraars als de onvermijdelijke Chez Léon en Aux Armes de Bruxelles.


Helemaal links de grote Brusselse stand en links Elisabeth Van Ingelgem (in het rood), director Convention & Association Bureau van, in gesprek met hosted buyers.


For the past year, Malaysia has seen progress in the recovery of its business events industry as the pandemic recedes, attributing to the government’s effective inoculation processes and citizens’ awareness. The nation is getting back on track as international borders reopened in 2022 and saw an increase of tourism visitors. The country’s strategy in steadily strengthening the business events industry includes promotional campaigns and international collaborations, which is already witnessing short term results of 114 business events secured from this year till 2030.



Estrel TowerBerlin opens in 2024

With a height of 176 meters, the Estrel Tower will be Berlin's tallest non-technical building and through the combination of its size and impressive architecture, will form a southeastern "gateway to the city." Located directly on the highway and the public transport system and optimally connected to the BER International Airport, the Estrel Tower will become a capital city landmark, not only for Berliners but also for international guests.

Berlin's highest skyscraper and also Germany's highest hotel will offer 525 rooms and suites and 9,000 sqm of office space.


Photo: Jan Frederik Vanhamel, director of sales.


Indonesia is (almost) booming again as before. At the Indonesia stand (a private initiative) we found, as usual, a few very well-known specialized DMCs. With Marc Jacobs (Kelana) and Umberto Cadamuro (Pacto) on the photo, two Bali and Indonesia specialists par excellence.



There was no official stand from Indonesia during this IMEX. But in addition to the (private) stand of the country, there was a stand of Jakarta. Although the Indonesian capital is not directly a MICE destination, the city and the Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Center were present with a spacious stand.



Cairns Convention Centre expansion opens in June 2023

The Cairns Convention Centre (Queensland, Australia) is undergoing significant expansion and refurbishment.

The 10,500 sqm expansion includes a large undercover, tropically planted forecourt, an expanded main entry lobby, a 400 seat plenary lecture space, three 110 seat meeting rooms, exhibition space for up to 30 display booths, a 500 seat banquet room with a large adjoining pre-function space, external terrace with spectacular views over Trinity Inlet.

The Cairns Convention Centre has an auditorium with seats for 2,300 delegates, an arena with 5,000 seats, additional plenary that can fit 410 delegates theatre style and 23 meeting rooms for breakouts.


MEETT, Toulouse Exhibition & Convention Center

Toulouse is the 4th city of France and capital of the Occitanie Region. It's also the world capital of aeronautics & space and home of French robotics and A.I.

MEETT is the newest, state of the art, fully modular building in the city. It can welcome 10,000 delegates (3,400 plenary). It also has an outdoor exhibition area from 25,000 sqm. And 4300 hotel rooms nearby. 

In addition to MEETT, the city has two other meetings and exhibition centers. There's the Pierre Baudis Congress Center in the heart of the City and the Diagora Center, 10 km outside the city.


ICC Wales, the UK’s newest and most exciting events venue

ICC Wales opened its doors in 2019 and was forced to close again almost immediately, due to the COVID pandemic. Around the turn of the year 2021-2022, the brand new center could finally really open. One of the advantages of the center is that it is only an hour and a half by train from London. Also important is that there are direct flights to Cardiff and Bristol.



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TCEB launches ‘Thailand MICE to Meet You Year 2023’ campaign at IMEX Frankfurt

The Thai Team at IMEX this year consisted of 7 destination management companies, 17 hotels and resorts, two venues, Thai Airways International, Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and TCEB. 
TCEB President Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya: “IMEX Frankfurt is an excellent launch pad for our ‘Thailand MICE to Meet You Year 2023’ campaign. This campaign is aligned with the Thai Government’s tourism campaign called ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022–2023: Amazing New Chapters’, which aims to promote Thailand’s soft power through the five F’s – food, fashion, festival, film, and fight. Fight refers to Muay Thai, the traditional Thai martial art that has gained much exposure lately, including a much-heralded debut at this year’s European Games. To support the launch of our campaign, we have assembled a Thai Team of diverse expertise from 29 organisations.

TCEB’s “Thailand MICE to Meet You Year 2023” campaign covers every step of planning and making a MICE journey:
• Enhanced Convenience at MICE Lane
TCEB’s MICE Lane service is now available at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Meuang airports in Bangkok. 3,500 visitors had made use of the MICE Lane at these airports from October 2022 to March 2023. The service is also available in Phuket and Chiang Mai on a case-by-case basis upon request.

• Diverse locations in MICE Cities/destinations
At least 13 hotels with meeting space and facilities are open in 2023 in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Hua Hin. The location is not, however, limited to each particular city but a cluster of city, as well. The highlight is Andaman cluster, with the main destination of Phuket in combination with its neighboring provinces of Phang-nga and Krabi, is now featuring wellness and retreat programs for its unique selling point to complement Phuket’s bidding for Expo 2028 Phuket Thailand.”

• More Choices of Certified MICE Venues
As of March 2023, there are 1,228 meeting rooms in Thailand that have acquired Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) certification, giving international MICE planners a wider selection of professionally managed facilities. There are also 63 certified Special Event Venues – places that offer a unique ambience such as rooftop terraces, art studios, auditoriums, museums, refurbished old factories, vineyards, and parks and gardens.
• MICE Suppliers – Sustainability and Tech Solutions
Thailand now boasts 52 MICE entrepreneurs certified with Thailand Sustainable Event Management Standard (TSEM). This means planners have a larger pool of qualified local partners who can guide them in selecting and implementing a variety of impactful sustainability practices. These MICE suppliers can also help event organisers access a wide range of technology solutions to improve productivity and outcomes. These solutions include digital artworks, special visual and lighting effects, virtual influencers, data analytics, reservation and ticketing apps, and temporary staff recruitment platforms.
• MICE Events – Parade of Global Meetings
Bangkok will be a host city for a line-up of global meetings. All are of significant impacts for the industry, economy and global development. The ICCA Annual Congress 2023 will take place in November. In 2024, the capital city of Thailand will be hosting Global Spine Congress and Money 20/20. The Annual Meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund 2026 is confirmed for Bangkok, as well.

• MICE Experiences – Local Choices, Global Recognition
Thailand is now offering one more choice of culinary journey for MICE planners and travelers because The Michelin Guide will feature Koh Samui and Surat Thani city in southern Thailand in its 2024 edition. This development will make it easier for MICE visitors to explore Thailand’s delectably diverse culinary landscape. Similarly, Muay Thai fighting is also making headlines in the global arena. 
• Privileges in MICE Support Schemes
TCEB will be highlighting three support schemes at IMEX 2023 – “MI Plus Experience By Yourself”, “Partnership package”, and “Convene Plus BCG”. The first offers support scheme for site inspection, with certain amount of fund for related items during the trip in Thailand, such as accommodation, F&B, ground arrangement based on the criteria of the group. It is on a first come, first served basis and subject to terms and conditions and availability. Partnership package is collaboration of TCEB with 55 suppliers in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and Hua Hin to offer privileges for such activities as dinner cruise, shopping, forest adventure, sight-seeing activities. “Convene Plus BCG” targets the Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) and associations, and helps with their bid preparation, convention planning, marketing and promotion, and practices that are aligned with the Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model


Past event

IMEX 2022


Revival van de MICE sector


In Frankfurt vond van 31 mei tot 2 juni 2022 de 20ste editie van de IMEX vakbeurs plaats. De vorige keer dateerde al van 2019 maar het leek alsof het event nooit was weggeweest en er niets was veranderd. De afwezigheid van Rusland (niet uitgenodigd) en China (door de Covid 19 situatie) viel op geen enkele manier op. En werd ruim goed gemaakt door de grootste Afrikaanse deelname ooit en de prominente aanwezigheid van Azië en het Midden Oosten. En vanzelfsprekend van gastheer Duitsland. Een opvallende Europese afwezige was Litouwen. Een land dat als organisator van de vakbeurs CONVENE in het verleden nochtans een opvallende rol speelde op MICE vlak in de Baltische regio.

IMEX chairman Ray Bloom en IMEX CEO Carina Bauer konden tevreden een volle hall 8 overschouwen, terwijl hall 9 gebruikt werd voor faciliteiten, ondersteuning en de hosted buyer lounge. En bij zowel de aanbieders als de buyers overheerste het optimisme en de blijdschap van weer ‘terug’ te zijn.  Dato Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO van Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau verwoordde perfect het algemeen gevoel tijdens de persconferentie van MyCEB: ‘Het jaar 2019 was tot nu toe het absolute topjaar voor Maleisië tijdens de IMEX. Vanzelfsprekend kunnen we nu nog niet hetzelfde niveau halen wat de kwantiteit en kwaliteit van de afspraken betreft. Maar IMEX is de belangrijkste beurs voor MICE in de wereld. Er hier bij zijn is dus een must en superrelevant. Om samen met alle andere landen de MICE markt weer leven in te blazen en herop te bouwen na de Covid crisis. Daarenboven zijn we hier eindelijk weer face to face met onze wereldwijde partners en collega’s.’

België en Luxemburg

Prominent vlakbij de ingang presenteerden het Association & Convention Bureau en het Luxembourg Convention Bureau aan de IMEX bezoekers. Met op de stand van Brussel Elisabeth Van Ingelgem (directeur), Thierry Van Eyll (international development) en het team van Chez Léon. [foto] Algemene tevredenheid hier bij de standhouders die evenveel afspraken noteerden als tijdens het succesjaar 2019. Hetzelfde gevoel bij de Luxemburgers met veel bekende maar ook nieuwe gezichten. [foto]

Grote afwezige dit jaar, tot verwondering en ongeloof van velen: Meet in Flanders. En dus geen spoor van nochtans belangrijke MICE bestemmingen als Gent en Brugge. Enkel Antwerpen was sober op de afspraak met A Room with a ZOO. Met onder andere Ilse Van San en Lieve Fransen als standhouders


De stand van Zwitserland had dit jaar duurzaamheid als thema. Vandaar ook de slogan Swisstainable. Myriam Winnepenninckx, manager Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau in Brussel: ‘Zwitserland staat synoniem voor bergen, bossen en mystiek. Dit willen we behouden voor de komende generaties. Met de nieuwe strategie van Zwitserse duurzaamheid willen we, samen met de hele toeristische sector, een beweging op gang brengen met de ambitie om een van de meest duurzame bestemmingen ter wereld te worden. We streven daarom naar een harmonieus evenwicht tussen de behoeften van de gasten, de lokale bevolking en de omgeving. We willen deze aanpak versterken en communiceren naar onze gasten. Zodat ze meer verantwoord kunnen reizen met toch een ruime keuze aan een aangepast aanbod en ervaringen.   

Zwitserland Toerisme en acht Zwitserse bestemmingen zijn een samenwerking aangegaan met het Global Movement for Destination Sustainability (GDS). GDS beoordeelt en evalueert de sociale en milieu inspanningen van een bestemming. Dat draagt bij tot het verbeteren van en uiteindelijk tot het komen tot meer duurzame MICE bestemmingen.”

Belgian Coast hotels

Negen Accor hotels aan de Belgische kust presenteerden zich in Frankfurt gezamenlijk aan de buyers. Daarbij zeven Ibis hotels en twee Mercure hotels. Matthias Dujardijn (sales manager hotelexploitaties) en Rik In ’t Zand (Mercure hotels): “Wij willen ons met deze Accor kusthotels als een geheel presenteren, vooral dan tijdens beurzen als IMEX. Omdat er voor meetings en events een wisselwerking mogelijk is en de kust hiervoor een mooie bestemming is. En zeker bij buitenlanders, zoals de Duitsers, erg populair. Er zijn ook heel wat nieuwe vestigingen gepland. Zo opent in 2023 een Ibis Styles in Bredene en in 2024 een Mercure in Knokke. Een belangrijke aanwinst wordt ook het eveneens voor 2024 geplande Novotel aan de luchthaven van Oostende.

City Destinations Alliance

Vanaf 31 maart 2022 is City Destinations Alliance de nieuwe naam en identiteit van de organisatie die voorheen bekend stond als European Cities Marketing. De rebranding markeert een belangrijke verschuiving die al enkele jaren aan de gang is en versneld door de pandemie.

Petra Stušek (voorzitter van de City Destinations Alliance: “Als een gemeenschap van professionals in stadstoerisme en een alliantie van meer dan 115 Europese stadsbestemmingen, zijn we net zo Europees als altijd, we delen de passie en liefde voor stedelijke ervaring en het stadsleven in het algemeen. Als alliantie is het ons doel om de levenskwaliteit in de Europese steden te verbeteren. We zetten ons in voor een duurzame en verantwoorde bezoekerseconomie die werkt voor mens, plaats en planeet. In de afgelopen tien jaar zijn de activiteiten van Destination Marketing Organisations (DMO's) aanzienlijk veranderd. Terwijl de meeste DMO's zich vroeger beperkten tot citymarketing en bezoekersontvangst, zijn de activiteiten van vandaag veel complexer en meer divers. Tegenwoordig hebben leidende bestemmingen de taak om te zorgen voor duurzame en verantwoorde praktijken in de bezoekerseconomie, het begrijpen en beheren van bezoekersgedrag, het faciliteren van publieke betrokkenheid en het zorgen voor het gebruik van slimme applicaties in het stedelijke landschap en nog veel meer. Met de nieuwe merkidentiteit – City Destinations Alliance – erkennen we dat bestemmingsleiderschap zoveel meer inhoudt dan marketing.”


Singapore Tourism

Singapore staat wereldwijd bekend als een tuinstad. In het kader van het Singapore Green Plan 2030 - een landelijke beweging voor duurzame ontwikkeling - zet Singapore zich in om een duurzame stedelijke bestemming bij uitstek te worden voor reizigers.

De Singapore Tourism Board (STB) werd in 2021 lid van de Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) en ondersteunt lokale toerismebedrijven krachtig bij hun evolutie naar duurzaamheid. In 2022 trad Singapore toe tot de Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-I), die de sociale en milieuprestaties van Singapore vergelijkt met die van andere bestemmingen. Deze jaarlijkse evaluatie houdt de voortgang van de stadstaat als stad in de natuur bij en stimuleert de prestaties in de richting van duurzaamheidsdoelen. Ondertussen blijft de STB samenwerken met de lokale industrie om normen, certificering en een grotere aanvaarding van groene praktijken te bevorderen.

Een recent initiatief is de Hotel Sustainability Roadmap, die in maart van dit jaar is gelanceerd door de Singapore Hotel Association en de STB. De routekaart omvat strategieën voor duurzaamheid en doelstellingen voor de hotelindustrie. Waaronder het opvolgen van emissies vanaf 2023. Met de bedoeling om de emissies door hotels tegen 2030 te verminderen en dat met het oog op een netto nul-uitstoot tegen 2050.


Nouveau Parc des Expositions pour Strasbourg

Signé par Kengo Kuma, le nouveau Parc des Expositions ouvrira ses portes en septembre 2022.

Avec 20 000 m² de surface d'exposition entièrement modulable, dont un hall indépendant de 6000m² et 3 halls d'un seul tenant de 15 000m².

Et un hall temporaire supplémentaire de 4800m², une nef de 2 300 m² avec des larges baies vitrées baignées de lumière naturelle, une salle événementielle de 400m² pour déjeuners, cocktails, moments conviviaux ou conférence

Autres éléments : un accès au toit avec terrasse en bois de 30m², des accueils, vestiaires, bureaux organisateurs, salles de repos avec douche, 2 400 m3  de bois permettant de stocker 1 700 tonnes de CO2, technique de rafraîchissement par géocooling, installation prochaine de 5 000 m² de panneaux photovoltaïques qui permettront d’alimenter en énergie les 2 structures

Proximité avec les accès autoroutiers et  transports en commun.



Nog een nieuw tentoonstellings- en congrescentrum dat voorgesteld werd in Frankfurt, is Exhibition World Bahrain, dat eind dit jaar zijn deuren opent. Het centrum moet een katalysator worden voor de economische groei, sociale ontwikkeling en het scheppen van nieuwe jobs. Het nieuwe centrum combineert de essentie van de authentieke Bahreinse geest en warme Arabische gastvrijheid, geaccentueerd door het gebruik van de kleuren van de nationale vlag. Het weerspiegelt de essentie van een ruimte die is ontworpen om verbinding te maken, ideeën te delen en onvergetelijke ervaringen te creëren.

Met 95.000 m² aan tentoonstellingsruimte, een grote hall voor 400 tot 4000 gasten, 95 vergaderzalen en 25 restaurants en winkels moet Exhibition World Bahrain het koninkrijk uit het Midden Oosten op de meetings- en events kaart zetten.


TCEB en het Queen Sirikit Convention Center

Het Thai Convention and Exhibition Center mist geen enkele editie van IMEX en is er telkens als de kippen bij om nieuws en nieuwe initiatieven te delen. Naast de gevoelige vermindering van de COVID-safe maatregelen vanaf 1 juni (en wellicht schrapping van alle maatregelen later deze zomer) was er met komende opening van het gloednieuwe Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. Het nieuwe centrum vervangt het vroegere, verouderde centrum is moet naar verwachting openen in juni dit jaar. Het zal een oppervlakte beslaan van 330.000 vierkante meter (tegenover 65.000 voor het oude), waarvan 78.500 vierkante meter voor events (een verdrievoudiging ten opzichte van vroeger). Belangrijk is de creatie van het erbij aansluitende Benjakitti Forest Park, meteen het grootste stadspark van Bangkok. Het QSNCC krijgt een directe aansluiting met het MRT metronetwerk en daarbovenop 3000.


Nouveau Parc des Expositions pour Strasbourg

Signé par Kengo Kuma, le nouveau Parc des Expositions ouvrira ses portes en septembre 2022.

Avec 20 000 m² de surface d'exposition entièrement modulable, dont un hall indépendant de 6000m² et 3 halls d'un seul tenant de 15 000m².

Et un hall temporaire supplémentaire de 4800m², une nef de 2 300 m² avec des larges baies vitrées baignées de lumière naturelle, une salle événementielle de 400m² pour déjeuners, cocktails, moments conviviaux ou conférence

Autres éléments : un accès au toit avec terrasse en bois de 30m², des accueils, vestiaires, bureaux organisateurs, salles de repos avec douche, 2 400 m3  de bois permettant de stocker 1 700 tonnes de CO2, technique de rafraîchissement par géocooling, installation prochaine de 5 000 m² de panneaux photovoltaïques qui permettront d’alimenter en énergie les 2 structures

Proximité avec les accès autoroutiers et  transports en commun.



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