With ongoing economic issues sustaining continuing challenges for centres everywhere, creativity, innovation and adaptation remain the key factors in ensuring competitiveness. This year’s Annual Conference addresses these challenges head-on, with a program that not only updates performance and prospects in today’s industry but offers new and thought-provoking insights from a range of presenters and discussion leaders who have demonstrated their relevance in a variety of related fields.
From the latest research results to explorations of how other sectors have addressed similar issues and challenges, our 2016 program will offer the opportunity for creative thinking while illustrating what innovation has delivered for meetings destinations around the world, covering a wide range of topics and updates in addition to the sessions specifically associated with our overall program theme. Included in the mix will be:
“Future-Proofing”: Lessons and Strategies from Other Sectors
A look at how other business sectors have faced and coped with disruptive change and what lessons may have application to centres planning their future.
Event Evolution: How New Formats are Changing Client Needs and Expectations
The exhibitions area is one that is evolving dramatically, driven by both new technologies and changing exhibitor / customer expectations – and in many respects organizers are as much on the receiving end as they are actually driving the process. Here are two highly informed views on how this sector is unfolding and what that evolution may require of convention centre managers.
Designing for the Future
As part of on an intensive, ongoing study based on industry “megatrends”, this session will report on the "Future Meeting Space" component focusing on how centres can expect to evolve over the next decade.
Architect’s Response: How Can Design Help Deliver on New Expectations?
Flexibility doesn’t just happen – it needs to be designed in, even though it may not be entirely clear what future demands will be. Here’s how progressive designers are approaching the challenge.
The Evolving World of Hotels Part 2
The past year has seen major shifts in terms of investment, consolidation and mergers. What does this mean for the future of centre’s requirements and relationships?
2016 AIPC Annual Survey: Centre Performance and Perspectives in an Industry Context
The sixth in the series of comprehensive industry performance / outlook surveys of AIPC members will both deliver another step in the trend analysis and add more quantitative measures to compare with other industry sectors.
How Place Branding is Reshaping Market Expectations
Destination branding is now a major focus for cities around the world. Is our sector getting the access it needs to provide input and advance its own needs?
Collaborative Approaches to Evolving the Destination
Two very different destinations show how the pursuit of new development strategies means shifting alignments and roles for local centres and the business events sector overall with other groups in their respective communities.
Adaptive Strategies: Responding to Potentially disruptive Change
Major changes are sweeping many industries today and there have been different forms of adaptive response. This session will describe some of these and what the counterparts may be in our sector.
Adaptive Strategies 2: A Practical approach to Preparing for Change
Following up on the previous session (above) this workshop-format discussion will look at practical responses convention centres can use in planning for change.
Benchmarking for Centres: Our New Opportunity
A major priority arising from CFO discussions in Boston last year – developing a global benchmarking program for key performance measures – has been confirmed in a recent survey of AIPC members. Here’s how this need will be addressed – and how you can get involved in and benefit from the results.
Security and Communications: a Tactical Response to Growing Challenges
As terrorism threats continue to grow centres not only need emergency plans to help manage security measures but a back-up strategy to deal with potential fallouts from reputational damage.
AIPC Apex Award: Something for Everyone!
The 2016 AIPC Apex Award: Key factors and findings of importance to AIPC members and how these can be put to better use.
Technology: What’s Coming; Where’s the Revenue Potential?
While technological development always has an element of surprise, many of the core features for the future are already set. How can this knowledge help centres direct their investments to optimal effect?
New Insights for Community Advocacy
Community support and awareness create a more positive operating environment for centres in their respective communities – but increasingly require evidence-based advocacy to succeed. Here are some new insights and opportunities to make you more effective.