Beyond Asia: Ottawa and The Hague; Expo 2020 Dubai; Hilton Aberdeen TECA

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

(From left) Ottawa Tourism’s Michael Crockatt, The Hague and Partners’ Nienke van der Malen, and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa, Jim Watson celebrate the new MoU

Ottawa and The Hague join forces to attract top events

Senior representatives from Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday that will bring the two cities’ convention offering closer together over the coming years.

In addition to the convention focused MoU, the event also celebrated and highlighted the many years of friendship between both the cities of Ottawa and The Hague and the nations of Canada and The Netherlands.

The MoU was initially discussed five years ago at the ICCA Congress in Antalya. The two organisations have since sought a variety of ways to cooperate.

Key objectives for the first year of the partnership include creation of joint sales activity; creation of research and intelligence documents focused on the security, governance and defence sectors, which will include identifying opportunities for both cities based on current leads and existing partnerships; identification of clients where both cities would be of interest followed by the creation of a joint proposal/bid highlighting synergies between the two destinations as well as legacy benefits of working together; identification of historic Hague clients that would be interested in Ottawa and vice-versa.

Expo 2020 Dubai spotlights medical topics
Expo 2020 Dubai will host a series of medical conferences and specialised events at the Dubai Exhibition Centre that are set to boost the UAE’s growing status as a global hub for innovation.

The nine events – expected to attract attendees from across the world – will take place during the six months of Expo 2020, which will run from October 20, 2020 until April 10, 2021, and will be organised by MCO, a Dubai-based medical conference and consumer events specialist.

There will be Virtual Reality (VR) and Robotics Expo pediatric, orthopaedic and surgery conferences as well as events focusing on cutting-edge technological advances such artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and wearable technology.

The nine contracts will see MCO lease a cumulative 90,000m2 of space.

Hilton opens a hotel at the new P&J Live, Aberdeen
Hilton Aberdeen TECA, located at The Event Complex Aberdeen at P&J Live in Scotland, has welcomed its first guests.

The RBH-managed hotel includes 200 bedrooms over four floors, including nine suites named after the region’s most famous sons and daughters, as well as a Presidential Suite with an exclusive outdoor terrace space.

Conferences and events for up to 90 guests can be accommodated across 257m2 of meeting space.

As well as being directly connected to P&J Live, the destination’s new events venue, the hotel is within easy reach of the city’s attractions and Aberdeen Airport.

The property is Aberdeen’s only Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded property.

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