Beyond Asia: London; Tulum, Mexico; and Fujairah, UAE

TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.

ExCel London

London: Major international medical congress chooses UK city
The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has announced that it will return to ExCeL London – an exhibitions and international convention centre in Canning Town – in 2020.

The five-day event is expected to bring together over 10,000 hepatologists, doctors and medical professionals, to share recent data, present studies and findings, and discuss the latest topics on liver disease.

London has welcomed a number of prestigious medical events over the past few years. In 2018, the city played host to Diabetes UK, the European Association on Antennas and Propagation; the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery Annual Congress; and the British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting.

Tulum: Mexico’s MICE sector receives boost with new infrastructure
Mexican hotel company Posadas has announced plans to open a convention centre in the new resort destination of Tulum in Quintana Roo.

The new venue, which will span over 3,065m2, represents the company’s biggest investment in the meetings market to date. It will be part of a new tourism development named Tulkal, and will include multiple resorts, such as a 515-room Fiesta Americana all-inclusive property, and a 340-room Live Aqua Beach Resort.

Overall the destination will have 1,300 oceanfront rooms spread across all of its properties in its final phase.

Fujairah: Upcoming ITMC Summit to be held in the UAE
The ITMC (Independent Travel Management Company) Summit, hosted by WIN Global Travel Network, will take place from June 9-12 2019 at the InterContinental Fujairah Resort in the UAE.

Open to independent Travel Management Companies (TMCs) from across the globe, the theme for this year’s event will be Rewired.

The Rewired theme will look at changing technology in the business travel sector and how the distinction between online and offline concepts has been blurred across many markets. A key focus will be how service models can be enhanced through artificial intelligence and additions such as chatbots which are designed to create efficiency and simplify travel arrangements, allowing TMCs more time to perform complex tasks and better personalise the traveller experience.

During the conference, attendees will have access to industry-leading professionals and a variety of workshop sessions. Confirmed speakers include Rockport Data and Analytics’ Jon Gray; Synthesis Group Australia’s William Pegg; and Changing Times’ Richard Savva.

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