Beyond Asia: Meet North Wales; Monaco CVB; ICCA and SAACI partnership

A screenshot from the Go North Wales website

North Wales’ MICE sector gets a boost
Go North Wales has unveiled a dedicated business events unit Meet North Wales to maximise the opportunities created by Visit Wales’ investment in business events, after receiving £50,000 (US$61,622) funding from the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund.

Meet North Wales aims to promote and target relevant business events products, venues and experiences across the region to work together to offer relevant ideas, itineraries and suggestions for event professionals and buyers. The group comprises a range of businesses in both the corporate and incentive markets including Bangor University, Venue Cymru, Portmeirion and Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

The Welsh Government’s investment in North Wales is part of a new approach to attract business events to North Wales and throughout the country, which could achieve an estimated economic benefit of up to £24 million per annum.

Monaco CVB and partners waive cancellation fees
Grimaldi Forum and many hotels in Monaco have waived cancellation fees and postponement deposits for event organisers struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Monaco CVB and it partners have also been working to propose new dates for clients, while guaranteeing the most suitable solutions according to the format of each event, especially for those who have been bringing their events to Monaco for several years.

A few days ago, the 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix was also cancelled.

ICCA and SAACI extend collaboration
ICCA and the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) have announced an extension of their partnership.

The partnership will bring strategic collaboration and will mutually benefit both associations through the exchange of information, creating awareness through affiliation and working together to create new education and training opportunities for the benefit of the Business Events Industry in Africa.

Kim Roberts, SAACI’s national chairperson, said in a statement: “It is important for SAACI to work with ICCA in the drive of knowledge sharing that makes this partnership so relevant and important for the business events industry within Africa.

“We are looking forward to the exchange of critical information on events held across the continent which will allow for sharing of crucial information to the bidding process for future events such as contacts, budgets, and the decision-making process. This will start an aggressive process in how we want to increase business events and association meetings to Africa.”

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