Spring / Summer 2019 Meet Med Issue

July 11th, 2019

Covering topics such as technology usage and leading locations, Meet Med is an indispensable resource for medical meeting and event planners. In an ever-changing industry, this publication keeps medical planners up-to-date with the latest medical trends and innovations that impact medical conferences.

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August 22nd, 2019

MEDmeetings IQ, LLC Changes Company Name to Schaumann Consulting Group, LLC

On August 31, 2019, MEDmeetings IQ, LLC will become Schaumann Consulting Group, LLC. 

Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC, and President of the soon-to-be Schaumann Consulting Group, LLC aspires to present the company as truly the most innovative and trusted medical meeting compliance solutions firm to the life science and healthcare industry worldwide. Read More »

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Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau (CPCVB) announces addition to sales force

July 30th, 2019

With the goal of improving Centre County’s presence in one of its top feeder markets, the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau (CPCVB) announced the hiring of Jenny McConnell as Regional Sales Manager. Read More »

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The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, Muscatine in Iowa Joins Marriott International’s Tribute Portfolio

July 30th, 2019

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, Muscatine, set on the banks of the picturesque Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, has joined Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s newest collection brand and growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike. Read More »

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AirHelp Unveils World’s Best Airlines & Airports in Annual AirHelp Score

July 3rd, 2019

AirHelp, the world’s largest organization for air passenger rights, announced the results of its annual AirHelp Score which rates global airlines and airports. First launched in 2015, AirHelp Score is the most comprehensive data-based evaluation of airlines and airports, rating them on service quality, on-time performance, claim processing and food and shops – taking into account flight and after-flight services.

To create this ranking, AirHelp has used top data sources, including its database of flight statistics, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, tens of thousands of customer opinions and its own experience in helping 10 million passengers around the world process compensation following flight disruption. Read More »

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DuPont Unveils Smart Conference Table

June 13th, 2019

DuPont Electronics & Imaging announced that it is introducing a first-of-its-kind Smart Conference Table, a complete communications solution for collaborative spaces. Drawing inspiration from insights across the fields of manufacturing, technology and design, the table adds style, reduces clutter and improves collaboration.

“DuPont is thrilled to share this product following months of extensive research and testing,” said Brian Ammons, Business Director, Smart Materials. “We believe that products such as our Smart Conference Table are the future of collaboration and we are excited to provide solutions for this space, and others related to Smart Buildings and IoT (Internet of Things).”

The Smart Conference Table combines DuPont’s experience in the fields of technology and design, offering a complete collaboration solution with seamless conferencing and phone calls, as well as easy-to-use controls for adjusting the room environment, including lighting, room shades and audio levels.

The table can include any combination of the following built-in design features:

● Touch pad-integrated, wireless control system

● Embedded LED lighting display for custom branding

● Smart room controls for lighting, shade and volume

● Retractable HDMI, USB and power supply cables

● Wireless Qi charging for smartphones

● Individual MEMS audio pickups for superior call clarity

● Inductive speakers for high sound quality

Additionally, the Corian® Solid Surface material is durable and can withstand the wear of regular use. The table’s modular design makes collaboration space redesign a simple process, no equipment or tools beyond the table to contend with.

The Smart Materials segment links DuPont’s strengths in both the Building and Construction markets as well as in the Electronics space to develop new products centered on providing full IoT solutions for the Smart Building space. By integrating various electronic functionalities directly into building materials, DuPont is creating a new class of connected products.  For more information, please visit electronics.dupont.com.

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Christophe Berger Named Director of Conventions Malta

May 8th, 2019

The Jewel of the Mediterranean is a M.I.C.E. Paradise

Christophe Berger, newly appointed Director of Conventions Malta, brings with him extensive experience in the Hospitality and M.I.C.E. market sectors. As Malta’s tourism has been on a tremendous growth path, especially from the North American market, it is also gaining considerable momentum as a popular M.I.C.E. market destination.

According to Berger, “Malta’s tourism industry has enjoyed great success in recent years, and Malta is now striving to boost this success even further by expanding the international appeal of its incomparable M.I.C.E. product, with spectacular settings at competitive prices.”

Malta, with its 7000 years of history and steeped in historic event venues, is a M.I.C.E. planner’s paradise. This Mediterranean archipelago offers a diverse number of magnificent castles, palazzos and forts to choose from. Other unique settings include theme parks, village squares, luxury yachts and exclusive sea-front facilities.

Malta’s multitude of conference hotels or venues can accommodate any size event. This includes the iconic 16th century building, once considered the most advanced hospital in Europe, which is now the state-of-the-art Mediterranean Conference Center.

Berger noted that what adds to the “wow” factor for the M.I.C.E market, and tourism in general, is that “Malta has become one of Europe’s most popular film and television locations – dubbed the Mediterranean’s mini-Hollywood by the London Times.” Malta, where Game of Thrones all began, is also home to many blockbuster film locations including Troy, Gladiator, World War Z, Assassin’s Creed, The Count of Monte Cristo and Murder on the Orient Express.

Born in France, Berger moved to Malta 20 years ago, where he has been working in various sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry. His professional background stems from hotel management and in Malta has held positions at the Grand Hotel Mercure Selmun Palace and at Intercontinental Malta as part of the M.I.C.E team, with responsibilities for overseas marketing the hotel and Malta as a destination. Berger also furthered his M.I.C.E experience while specializing in M.I.C.E. on behalf of a Maltese Destination Management Company (DMC).

Berger, together with Michelle Buttigieg, Malta Tourism Authority Representative in North America, will be heading a public/private sector M.I.C.E. delegation from Malta to IMEX Las Vegas September 9-12, 2019.

For more information about planning Meetings and Incentive events in Malta visit www.conventionsmalta.com

About Malta

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere.  Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sites and was the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. www.visitmalta.com

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Seattle Celebrates Record-Breaking Tourism Season with More Than 40 Million Visitors in 2018

March 5th, 2019

SEATTLE – Seattle and King Country saw record visitor volume, expenditures, tax contributions and travel-related employment for Seattle and King County in 2018 for the ninth year in a row. The results were released at Visit Seattle’s 2019 Annual Meeting at Benaroya Hall on March 4.

 

Visit Seattle President and CEO Tom Norwalk and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan welcomed more than 700 tourism and business professionals to the annual event. Guest speakers included NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke, Sheraton Grand Seattle General Manager Keri Robinson, MMGY Global CEO Clayton Reid, and Alaska Air Group Chairman and CEO Brad Tilden. The meeting also included a musical performance by Seattle Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert.

 

Preliminary 2018 estimates for topline metrics indicate that a total of 40.9 million visitors came to the city and county in 2018, up 2.5 percent from the previous year, according to the Visit Seattle report, which was created in conjunction with its national research firms, Tourism Economics and Longwoods International. Overnight visitors increased 2.3 percent to 21.3 million.

 

Those visitors spent $7.8 billion in the city and county in 2018 – an impressive increase of 5.8 percent from the previous year. Visitors paid $806 million in state and local taxes in 2018, an increase of 5.7 percent from the previous year.

 

Tourism related jobs also grew in the city and county in 2018, there were 78,400 travel related jobs (up by 3.1 percent) in Seattle and King County. Final data from the study will be released in early May.

 

“We are so encouraged by these strong 2018 statistics showing significant growth in Seattle and King County tourism,” Visit Seattle President and CEO Tom Norwalk said. “Visit Seattle and our partners have worked very hard to create travel inspiration for our destination and of course, we love sharing our compelling Emerald City story around the world.  Our city is poised for continued growth and for re-discovery by many visitors who may not have traveled here lately to experience the exciting changes taking place.”

 

Some top accomplishments in 2018 from the travel and hospitality industry include:

  • In 2018, there were seven new hotels opened throughout downtown. That comes out to an additional 2,248 hotel rooms, increasing inventory by 19% downtown. This was the highest increase in supply since the Sheraton opened in 1982.
  • The month of December is traditionally a true need period for the city (the month with the lowest hotel occupancy and lowest business travel). Meetings and conventions can have a significant impact on occupancy each December and in 2018 this was especially true with the most rooms rented in that month in nearly 20 years with over 13,000 contracted rooms. Linux Foundation’s KubeCon was a tremendous success and filled the Washington State Convention Center and many hotels during the second week of the month.
  • Because of the demand of meetings in Seattle, the Washington State Convention Center broke ground on the Summit building in August 2018, whereby we began actively selling two convention center buildings downtown. No other convention destination that we are aware of has this scenario.
  • 2018 was a record-breaking year in the volume and quality of groups (meetings and conventions) traveling to Seattle, and the strongest economic impact by the hospitality industry for the region in 20 years. Throughout 2018, 50 national conventions were hosted at the Washington State Convention Center, totaling over 333,000 rooms which made it the most successful year ever.
  • When looking at total business booked by Visit Seattle in the city, the economic impact in 2018 was $708 million, an increase of 16%, up from 2017 which had an economic impact of $608 million.
  • 2018 was a record year in future business booked for Seattle. Business booked through 2027 is expected to have an economic impact of $715 million with more than 704,000 total room nights booked.

 

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City Market Social House Wins Best Event Venue at 2019 Special Events Gala Awards

March 4th, 2019

DTLA's hot new contemporary warehouse event space wins the prestigious 2019 Gala Award for Best Event Venue

LOS ANGELES, February 5, 2019 (PressRelease.com) - City Market Social House, a new contemporary warehouse event space located in downtown L.A.’s Fashion District, won the prestigious 2019 Gala Award for Best Event Venue. Special Events magazine named the winners of the 34th Annual Gala Awards last month at a ceremony in San Diego.

Since rolling open its doors last April, City Market Social House has become the hottest venue for those seeking a unique event space. The venue is housed in a loft-style contemporary warehouse with vaulted bow-truss ceilings, concrete and exposed brick walls and a free-flowing indoor-outdoor design that spans over 12,000 feet of full-service event space, creating a canvas that can be quickly transformed to host corporate events, award shows, product launches, conferences, filming and private social celebrations.

“We had a grand vision for this place. It’s quickly grown into something even better than we could have ever imagined and winning the Gala Award is certainly an unexpected honor,” said Nicole Stubbs, general manager of City Market Social House. “The community has really embraced what we’re doing here. We’re not a typical banquet hall. We’re creating unique experiences that people are talking about. There’s a contagious energy.”

The venue has been pre-wired and powered for any lighting, sound or power scheme one could dream up, with in-house audiovisual capabilities and event production services by VOX Productions. A vast state-of-the-art commercial kitchen (with viewing loft) offers a diverse variety of customizable catering options, which include choosing from a hand-curated list of preferred caterers or bringing in specialty culinary service.

The space can comfortably hold 400 people for weddings, 500 for banquets, 800 for concerts or fashion shows or 1,000 for receptions. There’s also 3,500 square feet of outdoor courtyard space and a green room.

About The Special Events Gala Awards: The oldest and most prestigious award in the event industry, the Gala Awards salute event professionals who raise the bar for innovation and honor outstanding event work from around the world, including categories for social events, corporate events, production and technical expertise and specialties such as design, décor, catering and entertainment. For more information, visit www.specialevents.com/gala-awards.

About City Market Social House: The City Market Social House is located less than one mile from the Los Angeles Convention Center in L.A.’s Fashion District. In addition to the 2019 Gala Award, City Market Social House was also named one of the top 10 most notable Los Angeles venue openings of 2018 by BizBash. For more information or to inquire about hosting an event, visit www.citymarketsocialhouse.com.

Media Contact:
Kari Mendez
(844) 310-2674
[email protected]

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MeetMed Fall/Winter 2018-19

December 10th, 2018

This issue includes valuable information about how to make your meetings more effective, an article on Global Transparency and what is means for relationships with HCP’s and more!

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