Beyond Asia: ExecSpace; Hamburg; and Crown Group

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

A screenshot from the ExecSpace website
A screenshot from the ExecSpace website

ExecSpace rolls out service to aid clients in moving online
UK-based venue finding agency ExecSpace has added a new, fully-managed service dedicated to supporting meeting planners transition into the world of virtual events.

The ExecSpace virtual meeting service will accommodate events such as company AGMs, with board members and shareholders dialling in from across the globe; virtual sales conferences with multiple content streams, key speakers and various panellists answering delegate questions real-time. They will also be able to accommodate virtual training sessions with live streaming and real-time feedback from the class.

The agency said it recognised that there was no one-size-fits-all solution or online event platform for client and meeting objectives, so each event planner have will have a tailor-made solution.

Emma Little, founder and CEO of ExecSpace, commented: “We have identified which challenges are causing real issues for event planners, so rather than build our own solution or strategically partner with one company in the hope that this will meet the needs of all our clients, we will work across the whole market of suppliers, allowing us to offer a fully managed solution to event planners.”

Little added that researching of new products can be overwhelming due to the hundreds of solutions in the market, and that this service will help remove the pressure from clients, so that they can spend more time concentrating on their business objectives. Also, some clients may already have paid technical solutions, and to avoid having them to fork out more money, the service will help clients utilise what’s already in place.

Hamburg harbours local initiatives
Germany’s second city, Hamburg has launched a set of locally devised business support initiatives in response to Covid-19.

Hamburg Convention Bureau has gathered a series of positive stories and initiatives from the meetings and events industry.

First is the forum #wirstehenzusammen – or ‘we stand together’, launched by Hamburg Tourism Board, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation of Hamburg, DEHOGA Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Hamburg Tourismusverband.

The forum is designed to provide a platform for tourism service providers to exchange ideas, advice and experience, and support each other through collaboration. Topics include how to deal with reductions in working hours and drastic cuts in business.

An online TV channel has also been launched with the aim of bringing the city’s community together. One Hamburg livestreams panels, podcasts, news, interviews and concerts in what may become a long-term digital offering for the city.

Crown Group poised for US debut
Australian residential developer Crown Group is pushing ahead with expansions, having secured land for its first property in the US – a mixed-use high-rise condominium and hotel tower in Downtown Los Angeles.

The project is part of a joint venture with Singapore-based Magnus Property and ASRI, the lifestyle arm of Indonesian property developer Agung Sedayu Group.

Slated for completion in 2024, the 43-storey tower will be designed by Koichi Takada Architects. The upper floors of the building will comprise 319 condominiums with an exclusive residents’ retreat across the top two floors.

Crown Group is also in discussions with several luxury hotel brands to incorporate a 160-key hotel set within the lower levels of the building.

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