|Upcoming International Congresses|
by Chloe Menhinick, Network Engagement Manager, International Water Association (IWA)
|Evolve or Die, a simple choice for professional associations?|
Anyone who has worked in, or been an active member of, a professional association over the last decade during the financial crisis, knows that the challenges confronting organizations are many and complex. The solutions to these challenges often appear to be a double edged-sword, bringing risks as well as benefits, and creating friction between members and their own association.
As a professional working in an association, on one hand you are battling against the comfort of the status quo, consolidating what you already have, and not risking financial resources on change that will probably be difficult and occasionally painful.
After a few turbulent years recently, your membership base may be showing signs of stabilizing, or even growing as retention rates rise and recruitment picks up, even though overall growth rates have not yet surpassed the pre-financial crisis figures. At this point, the appeal of the age-old saying “Don’t fix what ain’t broke” is certainly a strong one; one probably supported by the valued cohort of long-term members who are often content with the way things are done and see change as unnecessary...
|Welcome Meeting Professionals International (MPI)|
New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as a new Associate Member. MPI is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a voice for the promotion of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting professionals including more than 17,000 members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries.
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|Welcome Southern Sun Hotel Interests|
New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Southern Sun Hotel Interests as a new Associate Member. Tsogo Sun’s portfolio comprises over 90 hotels with more than 14,600 hotel rooms across all sectors of the market, from luxury to budget in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, the United Arab Emirates and the Seychelles; 14 premier gaming and entertainment destinations in six provinces of South Africa; theatres, cinemas, restaurants and bars; and over 280 conference and banqueting facilities, including the Sandton Convention Centre.
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|10th Associations Round Table Europe in Monaco|
Meet, learn, share. The 10th UIA Round Table Europe on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2016 in Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum is an opportunity to meet representatives of other international associations, to learn from their experience, and to share knowledge on: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, communicating with diverse countries, cultures, languages, organizing an international event for your association, finding and developing public/private partnerships, staying relevant and healthy, and leadership: assertive, not aggressive.
|Kazuko TODA, Director of Business Events Team, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB)|
Did you know?
+ Over 150 universities, including the University of Tokyo, which is the home to 10 Nobel laureates, are located in Tokyo, fostering scientific innovation and leading-edge collaboration between academics worldwide.
+ Center of Business in Japan & Asia:
- Ranking 3rd in the Fortune Global 500 ranking
- 16 out of top 20 companies in Japan are headquartered in Tokyo
+ We are also a global business headquarters in Asia, having headquarters for well-known companies such as SONY and Honda.
|“Concentrating efforts for wind power growth in Japan and worldwide!”|
|Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association.|
Your World Wind Energy Conference WWEC2016 will kick off on 31 October. Is there a specific theme for the upcoming congress?
Actually we are organizing two events back to back with each other, the WWEC2016 in Tokyo, directly followed by the 1st World Community Power Conference in Fukushima city. The theme for the WWEC2016 is: “Concentrating efforts for wind power growth in Japan and worldwide!” – reflecting the strong need to accelerate the deployment of wind power as part of the global shift towards renewable energy. The WCPC is following the theme “One year after Paris – five years after Fukushima: Community power for a renewable future!” hence highlighting even more clearly the global and Japanese context in which these events are taking place...
|UIA Round Table Europe||03-04/11/2016 Monaco||More|
|European Association Summit 2017||22-23/05/2017 Brussels||More|
|IMEX America||18/10-20/10/2016 Las Vegas||More|
|ibtm world||29/11-01/12/2016 Barcelona||More|
Brussels. According to the 57th edition (published June 2016) of the UIA International Meetings Statistics Report, the South Pacific island nation of Niue had the largest number of international association meetings in 2015 relative to population: Niue has a population of 1,470 and it hosted two international association meetings in 2015, for a ratio of one meeting to 735 people. Monaco, with one meeting to 3,436 people, was second. The USA, number one in terms of absolute number of international association meetings, was 80th on this list, with one meeting to 367,423 people.