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Concerned MICE professional 08/11/2017 [0]

How many Weinsteins in MICE industry?

The current sexual harassment and abuse scandal impacting Hollywood and UK politics should be seen by the meetings industry as a good opportunity to clear out the skeletons in its own cupboard. While most men in our industry are respectable a significant minority are most definitely not and deserve to be bought to book for their behavior. Meetings and events - which often mean late nights and alcohol away from home - provide a perfect feeding ground for predatory males to prey on vulnerable women. And we are all kidding ourselves if we think it doesn't happen!



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Linda Moore CMP 18/09/2017 [1]

Creche facilities?

Can anyone recommend any convention centres in Europe with decent creche facilities? Or even a nursery/child care? Want to make our next event as inclusive as possible. At the moment most of our delegates (60 per cent) are men, whereas the same percentage (60 per cent) of our membership is women. Not necessarily a problem but want to make conference as accessible as poss.

Christian Mutschlechner of Vienna Convention Bureau 06/10/2017

Hi Linda,

Our centers in Vienna - Austria Center Vienna as well as Messe Wien offer child service during conferences. More details if needed avalable.
best regards
Christian Mutschlechner



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Karen Eaton 22/08/2017 [54]

Should terror deter us?

Really great to read how the European Society of Cardiology chose to hold it annual congress in Barcelona just eight days after the terror attack in Las Ramblas. But when should terror attacks deter us, as meeting planners, from certain destinations? What are the real risks as opposed to the media hype? What are the stats we should be concerned with. It's such a big issue right now, but I don't feel in a position to make a valid decision. Anyone got any ideas?



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Deborah Cobb 02/08/2017 [73]

Time to forget the room block?

Hi. I wanted to harvest some thoughts about in-house accommodation services and whether it's worth the hassle? We run a annual meeting for around 2,000 people, but so many of them now book outside the block that it hardly seems worth it. We are finding it hard to compete, not just with airbnb, but last-minute booking sites that sometimes offer a better deal than we can. Ideally it would be good to have delegates in official hotels as it facilitates networking etc...but it might be time to accept defeat?



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Jane Noble 05/07/2017 [76]

Wanted: A second-tier city that can cope

I'm hoping someone can recommend a 'second-tier' or third-tier city that is small enough to feel intimate and cosy but big enough to cope with 4,000-5,000 delegates. We have tended towards major cities and capitals in the past, just because we know transport/venue/and accommodation will cope, but sometimes what you gain in convenience you lose in a sense of 'togetherness' that small cities can offer. Any tips? Thinking Europe, but open to suggestions...Thx.

Paul Swain of Rotterdam & The Hague Convention Bureaus 07/07/2017

Hi Jane, I quite agree that if you want to make a mark on a city, or feel you 'own' the city during your event, you do need it to be a certain size so you're not lost amongst everything else. Please feel free to contact me direct on paul@gradwick.co.uk and I'd be more than happy to see how Rotterdam & The Hague could work for your event. Being 25 mins from the major hub of Amsterdam Schiphol means you can still have great air access, a short transfer and yet open up two different cities that give you that 'togetherness'...
Look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Fleming of Sarah Fleming Associates 07/07/2017

Absolutely! Second tier cities have all sorts of advantages. Depending on your requirements we have quite a few of our clients who might be able to help (Cork or Kerry in Ireland, Oslo, the new ICC Wales in Newport, 2m2c in Montreux to name a few...) Please email me the brief and I'll see what we can find for you sarah@sarahflemingassociates.com

Sheila Geary of Visit Belfast 07/07/2017

Hi Jane - Belfast could potentially offer a solution to this. Not only are we welcoming a conference of a similar size next May, but we offer the compact, exclusivity that you are looking for.

We have two airports, are accessible from anywhere in the world by two flights, our main conference centre is set right in the heart of the city and are home to unique social options such as Titanic Belfast and Game of Thrones activities.

Please send me the RFP - sheilageary@visitbelfast.com - I would be delighted to take a look and see if we can put something together for you.
Thanks
Sheila



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ANON 30/05/2017 [1]

No one watched us!

We recently employed a tech firm to live stream our congress, but the number of live viewers we reached was woeful. There was a bit of debate about who was responsible for generating viewers, but we conceded that it was our responsibility. So, the question is, how do you generate this kind of traction? Any tips?

Miguel Neves of IMEX Group 09/06/2017

This is a common issue with many organisations taking on live streaming for the first time.

There are several possible reasons for the low viewer numbers, the most common is the potential audience does not know it is taking place. A well thought out marketing campaign may not be enough and the focus should be on long term communication. It may take several editions of an event for the streaming option to be embraced by the community.

The platform used should also be carefully considered with as low barrier to entry as possible in terms of registration required and high compatibility with mobile devices, computer software and sites that are not blocked in any particular region where the content may be viewed from.

The streaming content itself also needs to be well thought out. For live streaming there needs to be sense of urgency, uniqueness or something time specific to attract a large live audience. Celebrity speakers or unique moments work very well, but are not always available.Content that is valuable to only a small demographic such as a medical area of expertise may be better viewed on demand rather than live.

Finally the streaming content should be well though out and provide a fully immersive experience for the viewers. Many organisations use only a video feed of a live speaker on stage. This may work well live, but as a live stream it is unlikely to engaging. The best examples that I have seen focus on providing content from the stage, but also additional in depth interviews with key speakers or other types of supporting content. There may also be live chatting, depending on the video streaming platform used, that provide additional community engagement. Keep in mind that this too requires a strategic approach and dedicated resources for managing the engagement.

I hope that is helpful and I hope your next live streaming is more successful. Best regards, Miguel Neves, CMP



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