Happy days for meeting planners – The new Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015 is out!

iDMC, a forward thinking destination management company, is proud to announce the launch of The Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015. It is a valuable source of information for all meeting planners for a successful, efficient and smooth event planning in Slovenia.

Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015

Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015

Organizing an event in a foreign country is not easy. It takes special care in collecting information in order to make the best decisions and assure great value for money. Working closely with international clients has given iDMC an in dept-h perspective regarding the most sensible issues meeting planners encounter when organizing events in Slovenia.

The Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015

In order to help meeting planners make the best choices, iDMC has decided to create The Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015. It is a valuable source of information that provides hints and tips for a successful event planning in Slovenia.

The catalogue presents information relevant for the meeting planners in a very concise, yet useful way. Meeting planners will learn all the necessary information about the destination and get a structured overview about the hotels with congress facilities, special venues and other exclusive places that can host various kinds of events.

Furthermore the catalog offers also some valuable ideas for incentive programs, unique team building programs and leisure activities groups may enjoy during the event.

The Slovenia MICE catalogue 2015 is accessible free of charge:

Free Download

 

Your contact at iDMC
Jelena Petković
MICE director
Phone: +386 590 177 46
jelena@idmc.eu


Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
Phone: +49 931 9002 114
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com

 

 

Villa la Massa is the perfect location

Reopening on March 19th for one of the members of the Florence Convention Bureau.

Immersed in the heart of Tuscany, where nature predominates, this splendid mansion is a place where refined elegance beckons total relaxation from the moment you arrive.

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, Villa La Massa is the exquisite jewel of the Villa d’Este Group. The 16th Century estate sits on the banks of the Arno River, on 22 acres full of lemon trees and olive groves that surround the property. Its reflection on the Arno River renders it almost like a Renaissance painting of the most magnificent bucolic landscape.

Villa la Massa ©Firenze Convention Bureau

Villa la Massa ©Firenze Convention Bureau

Located just a few kilometers outside Florence, you may wish to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Tuscan capital city, making use of the comfortable shuttle bus that the hotel provides. But at the end of a busy day, the peace and serenity of the Villa beckons you-so you return to a place where time and your mind, stand still.

Rooms

• 37 rooms, including 21 suites, located in three villas: Villa Nobile, The Mill and Cottage
• The rooms have large marble bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite LCD TV, safe and mini-bar

Why it is perfect for meetings and events:

Meetings and Events

• No. 4 modular meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 120 people for receptions and 200 people for informal cocktails
• Meeting rooms with a capacity for 80 people and with natural light
• WI-FI access in all rooms
• Rooms equipped with screen, video projector, sound system and microphone
• Possibility to rent the Hotel for exclusive use
• 9 acres of parkland for Team Building Activities

Villa la Massa ©Firenze Convention Bureau

Villa la Massa ©Firenze Convention Bureau

Services

• Free daily shuttle to / from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence available from 9.00 to 19.30
• WI-FI in public areas and guest rooms
The Restaurant “Verrocchio” with terrace on the Arno, the bar “Medici” for drinks and lunches, a private cellar for tastings and cooking classes
• Gym and beauty room, swimming pool, jogging, tennis and golf in the immediate vicinity
New Arno SPA
• Concierge service available 24 hours 24
• Free private parking
• Private helicopter

How to reach “Villa la Massa”

• By car: Motorway A1 Rome / Milan exit Firenze Sud and follow the signs for Bagno a Ripoli-Pontassieve; once in Candeli, turn left at the traffic lights and take Via Della Massa
• By train: 10 km from the station of Florence “Santa Maria Novella”
• By air: 30 km from Florence-Vespucci; 94 km from Pisa airport

 

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for media:
Diego Landi
Web Marketing & Communication
press@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 41

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for event planners:
Eleonora Odorino
Corporate Events Developer & Sales Office
events@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 43

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manger Content & PR
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com
0049 931 9002 114

 

 

Castelfalfi Resort: La Tabaccaia re-opening march 16

March 16: winter break at La Tabaccaia has finished. The location is just perfect, nestled in the Tuscan countryside, less than one-hour drive from Florence and Pisa. The sober and elegant atmosphere is combined with an excellent service, to make your event unique. The meeting rooms are located within the medieval castle, the ideal setting for corporate meetings, product launches, incentives and team building.

Hotel la Tabaccaia in Florence

Hotel la Tabaccaia in Florence ©Castelfalfi Resort

Hotel La Tabaccaia is the result of a wish to bring back to life and valorise Castelfalfi’s existing buildings. What is now the hotel used to be a tobacco factory, as tobacco was once cultivated in this area.

The restoration work, which has maintained the original structure unaltered, allows to offer warm and authentic hospitality with all modern comforts. In many of the 31 rooms and suites of La Tabaccaia, ceiling wood beams are still visible, as well as the old bricks darkened by time.

Meetings and Incentives
La Tabaccaia can also be the perfect venue, welcoming and functional, for small meetings. There are three connectable meeting rooms, each seating 12 people. Wi-Fi is available as well as screens for presentations. And if you need a break, coffee breaks can be organized by the hotel on request.

Castelfalfi Resort, is a member of Firenze Convention Bureau. It is an 800 year old village that has come back to life offering a genuine and relaxed Tuscan lifestyle.

Please find more information on the website: www.castelfalfi.co.uk

 

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for media:
Diego Landi
Web Marketing & Communication
press@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 41

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for event planners:
Eleonora Odorino
Corporate Events Developer & Sales Office
events@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 43

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manger Content & PR
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com
0049 931 9002 114

Three of the most important international fashion fairs in Florence

Florence hosted three of the most important international fashion fairs in January 2015:
Pitti Immagine Uomo 87, Pitti Bimbo and Pitti Filati.

Pitti Uomo 87 (Florence, 13-16 January 2015) confirms the expectations published earlier during the show: a truly extraordinary edition of the world’s leading men’s fashion trade fair.

24,000 buyers attended Pitti Uomo 87, with a 15% increase over the 20,800 buyers who came to the January 2014 edition. The increase in foreign buyer attendance is of 11% for a total of 8,660, while the “Italian front” reached a 17% increase, with a total amount of 15,300. The total number of visitors attending the fair has reached 35,000.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence ©Firenze Convention Bureau

The 80th edition of Pitti Bimbo (Florence, 22-24 January 2015) amidst a widespread feeling of satisfaction, satisfaction for the quality of the buyersattending and for the collections presented by the nearly 450 brands that were the true stars of the show.

The final attendance figures tell us that 4,300 Italian buyers came to Pitti Bimbo, just slightly less than 4,500 at the last winter edition. This is an important signal as it comes together with an upswing in domestic spending for children’s clothing that had been decreasing over several seasons. On the “foreign front” there was a slight decrease – a total of 2,400 buyers came from abroad as opposed to 2,700 one year ago. Most of this can be attributed to the more than 40% drop in the number of Russian buyers, and there were also fewer buyers from Ukraine.

The 76th edition of Pitti Filati ended amidst an atmosphere filled with energy, industriousness and satisfied comments from the exhibitors and the buyers from around the world who came to Florence to see what’s happening in the finest sector of international yarn manufacturing. The final attendance figures tell us that 4,150 buyers attended the fair (that is roughly 3% more when compared to the January 2014 edition), with the most significant increase among foreign buyers (+5.5%, for a total of 1,800 buyers from abroad) and a small, 1%, but reassuring rise in the number of Italian buyers.

Among the foreign markets – both inside and outside the EU – nearly all of which showed growth, the best performances came from the United States (+30%), Japan (+29%), Great Britain (+18%), France (+5%), Turkey (+12%) and China (+41%); and, of course, here and as at the other Pitti Immagine fairs, there was the expected drop in Russian attendance.

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for media:
Diego Landi
Web Marketing & Communication
press@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 41

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for event planners:
Eleonora Odorino
Corporate Events Developer & Sales Office
events@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 43

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manger Content & PR
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com
0049 931 9002 114

 


Barcelona hosts annual AC Forum meeting, coinciding with 15 anniversary

- Organised by Barcelona Convention Bureau, the meeting brought together the main European association’s congress organisers.

- Carnes: “The experts’ evaluation of Barcelona points to an increase in the number of meetings in our city”

The mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, and deputy mayor, Sònia Recasens, and the Healthcare delegate at City Hall, Cristina Iniesta, also attended the event.

The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, pictured with some of the AC Forum participants.

The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, pictured with some of the AC Forum participants © Barcelona Convention Bureau

Barcelona, January 30, 2015. Last January 22-24, Barcelona Convention Bureau, a Turisme de Barcelona programme, organised the Annual Meeting of the AC Forum (www.acforum.net), which brings together the main European associations that organise conferences, the majority of these in the medical sector. The event, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the AC Forum, gathered a record 80-or-so participants from across the continent. The objective of the yearly meeting is to share information and experiences about the destinations where they hold their events, amongst other points.

Strategic sector for the city

“The meetings sector is one of the city’s strong points. It is a strategic sector for our economy and Turisme de Barcelona is working hard in this area,” says Turisme de Barcelona’s Managing Director, Jordi William Carnes.

Participants attending the meeting this year praised the professionalism of the city of Barcelona and its tourism industry, and this, according to Carnes, “points to an increase in the number of new congresses and meetings in Barcelona in the future.” The city receives 600,000 meetings delegates a year.

The AC Forum was held at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB) and Pullman Barcelona Skipper.

For more information:
INTERPROFIT

Ignasi Almirall / Maria Aurell
ignacio.almirall@interprofit.es / maria.aurell@interprofit.es
Tel.: 0034 93 467 02 32

Hungexpo Budapest – new International Sales Manager Balázs Szűcs

We are happy to introduce Mr. Balázs Szűcs as the new International Sales Manager for corporate events in Hungary’s biggest and most flexible venue, Hungexpo.

Balázs Szucs, International Corporate Sales Manager

Balázs Szucs, International Corporate Sales Manager

Hungexpo Budapest hosts numerous international and national events, congresses and exhibitions. Within the mix of industries that have been using Hungexpo up to date, the automotive sector has been continuously growing in Hungary during the last few years and offers interesting perspectives and topics for car-related events organizers.

Hungexpo is very suitable for automotive industry events, such as the international exhibition “Automotive Hungary” shows. From 5 to 7 November 2014, representatives from the entire automotive industry in Hungary met in Budapest. In 2013, the fair was organized for the first time and exceeded all expectations, with 200 participants and about 7,000 visitors. In 2014, the number of exhibitors increased by another 15 percent.

No other venue in the Hungarian market can provide such complex services, including solutions for parking, IT background, hall and event room rental for a big event. The multifunctionality of the venue makes it possible to set up a conference auditiorium with a 10.000 participants capacity. All these facilities can be found in the heart of Budapest and make the site even more attractive, as it is defined by 36 hectare of landscaped environment which ensure a perfect set up for a remarkable type of event.

Hungexpo offers: 70.000 sqm area with 36 hectare landscape environment, 8 event halls ranging from 700 to 20.000 sqm, a capacity for 250-15.000 people, several conference rooms, parking lot, bank and restaurant facilities, on-site media and signage sale and production, transportation, telecommunication and wired internet services, wireless internet and use of equipment, hostesses, interpreters, florists, catering services, stand building and furnishing.

If you are interested in organizing an event or congress at Hungexpo Fair Center, please contact tmf dialogue marketing.

Your contact person at tmf:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com
+49 (0) 931 9002 114

Your contact person at Hungexpo:
Balázs Szűcs
International Sales Manager – corporate events
SZUCS.Balazs@hungexpo.hu
+36 (0)1 263 61 71

Istanbul Named Best Meeting Destination by Kongres Magazine

LONDON (21 January 2015)Istanbul has won the Meetings Star Award 2014, being named Best Meeting Destination by Kongres Magazine after it visited and evaluated no less than 45 destinations

Meetings Star Award - Top 3 meeting destinations

Meetings Star Award – Top 3 meeting destinations, © Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau

Istanbul was judged to be the Best Meeting Destination as part of the Meetings Star Award 2014 after 45 destinations were compared taking into account natural and cultural factors, general and transport infrastructure as well as tourist infrastructure.

The Meetings Star Award 2014 was presented to Istanbul at a gala reception at Slovenia Convention Bureau’s Conventa 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 21 January, with Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau – ICVB’ s Vice President Bahadir Yasik and General Manager Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz in attendance.

Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz, General Manager of ICVB, says: We are thrilled that Istanbul has been selected as the best meeting destination – a city of both historical and natural beauties dating at least 8500 years. As a historical meeting point between East and West and spanning two continents, today’s Istanbul is a Top 10 Meeting & Congress destination offering unique and exciting venues. The city has the capacity to host every type of event, from bespoke incentives to meetings for up to 30,000 for corporate and leisure visitors alike. Combined with Istanbul’s historic venues, palaces, cisterns and the like, it offers meeting planners a variety of remarkable options to create truly outstanding events.”

Easily accessible from around the world, Istanbul is served by nearly 300 international airlines at its two airports. Turkish Airlines, named ‘Best Airline Europe’ by Skytrax for four years running, has a network of more than 260 direct flights and flies to more countries than any other airline in the world. With an almost 94,000-bed capacity, accommodation in the city offers a selection across the spectrum. 

Istanbul was ranked 8th in the world by the International Congress and Convention Association in its 2013 Rankings for Cities and Countries and 1st for large congresses of 300-500 guests.

 

Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau

Founded in 1997 as Turkey’s first destination marketing bureau, the Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB) is a non-profit organisation that offers a wide range of services designed to:

- Help promote Istanbul as a congress, meeting & incentive destination
- Assist organisers in creating fabulous events in the city
- Arrange site inspections for association representatives & meeting planners
- Support the congress candidature process of Istanbul by preparing official bids
- Provide promotional materials
- Coordinate the support of local and national authorities

ICVB’s main goal is to represent Istanbul around the world and to seek international associations and corporations planning high-profile international congresses and events. To date ICVB has played a key role in Istanbul’s rapid rise in popularity as a congress destination in line with International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) statistics. Istanbul was ranked 8th in the world by the ICCA in its 2013 Rankings for Cities and Countries and 1st for large congresses of 300-500 guests.

ICVB works in close collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Turkish Airlines. ICVB has members which cover the full spectrum of the meeting industry, including purpose-built congress centres, state-of-the-art exhibition centres, Istanbul’s top hotels, experienced service suppliers, PCO/DMCs and other miscellaneous venues.


Further press information
:
Ulku Dirioglu/Merve Sulun
Redmint Communications
+ 44 (0)20 3397 3936 ¨ 
icvb@redmintcomms.co.uk

Your contact person at tmf:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com
+49 (0) 931 9002 114

 

Love Serbia – Announcing a new destination in the portfolio of iDMC

iDMC, the Slovenian based destination management agency for MICE, incentives and team buildings, has recently announced that it is expanding its business on other markets in the Balkan area, starting with Serbia.

Serbia is now the third destination in the portfolio of iDMC‘s destinations that include also Slovenia and Croatia. Thanks to its position, connectivity and affordable prices, Serbia’s popularity in the MICE sector is rapidly increasing. Belgrade is slowly becoming one of the most prominent destinations for business in Southeast Europe. Serbia as a destination that can provide the best fitting solution for all kind of events, large, medium or small. Beside a full comfort, Serbia also offers remarkable surroundings for memorable incentives and teambuilding programs.

iDMC is pleased to be able to offer Serbia’s great MICE services to their international clients and continue to pursue their vision in becoming the leading destination management company in the Balkan area.

Gregor Levič, CEO iDMC

Gregor Levič, CEO iDMC

 

”Thanks to iDMC’s highly professional team we are able to deliver great services and meet our clients expectations which is our outmost priority. We are very excited the company is growing and expanding its business to Serbia. It is a fascinating destination that has so much potential. I am thrilled we can now offer Serbia’s exceptional benefits to our clients.”

 

About iDMC

iDMC is the leading destination management agency, specialized in offering professional services to international clients for the organization of events in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.

For more information please visit the website of iDMC: www.idmc.eu

Your contact at iDMC
Jelena Petković
MICE director
Phone: +386 590 177 46
jelena@idmc.eu


Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
Phone: +49 931 9002 114
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com

 


Inspiring education sessions about the German-speaking meetings market and digital content marketing in a b2b environment

Johanna Fischer, managing director of tmf dialogue marketing and piranha content & pr, speaks at Convene in Vilnius, Lithuania

Veitshöchheim, January 12, 2015 – From 11 to 12 February 2015, the annual meetings and events exhibition CONVENE will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania. Johanna Fischer, expert for marketing in the meetings segment and managing director of the German associated agencies tmf dialogue marketing and piranha content & pr, will be speaking about two different topics – an overview on the German outbound meetings market and insights about using digital content in b2b communication.

tmf dialogue marketing and CONVENE

tmf dialogue marketing and CONVENE

1. Professional Development Academy
10th February 2015, 15:05-15:50, repeated 16:10-16:55, Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

Gear up for German MICE Business
The workshop will provide an overview on the German-speaking outbound meetings market. It also will explain why old-school marketing methods do no longer work and how they need to be amended to build up market presence and business in one of the most competitive markets by using contemporary tools and methods.

2. Education Sessions
11th February 2015, 13:30-14:15, LITEXPO

Using Content to Create Engagement in the Meetings and Events Industry
Do you struggle with sourcing or archiving of content, do you worry you don’t have enough to tell in a blog or have you heard about newsrooms, re-distributing,  re-using, consolidation and optimizing content and the communication flow? And how can you create engagement in a b2b environment where everybody is too busy to even look at most information? This workshop will give you a short outline of possibilities and case studies and show you how to build interesting stories in order to engage your clients, audiences or event participants. An attempt to make the complex world of content and social marketing simple and easy to manage!

Moreover, Johanna Fischer will talk about the Indian market and the digital communication during two campfires – informal and interactive exchanges to different topics.

Read here the german version of the press release.

 

About tmf dialogue marketing and piranha content & pr:
tmf dialogue marketing matches – together with its associated partner  agency piranha content & pr –  new content marketing services with excellent personal contacts in key markets through a sophisticated mix of live communication, media and pr work, sales support and state-of-the-art Web 2.0 social media marketing solutions for multi-channel content publishing. Clients of the group are leading convention bureaus, tourist offices, venues, hotels and other service providers in Europe and worldwide. Well-established in the global meetings and tourism community for over 20 years, both agencies have a unique expertise in content creation and developing industry and media relations for their clients. Websites: 2014.tmf-dialogue.net and www.piranha-pr.com.

About Convene:
CONVENE is the premier annual Baltic Sea region business to business event for the Meetings industry. It will take place on 11 ‐ 12 February 2015 at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Vilnius, Lithuania. CONVENE is an international show case for the regional meetings industry which accelerates the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incentives and conferences in the region. CONVENE 2015 features exclusive hosted buyer programme which will accommodate 160 pre qualified senior meeting buyers from the corporate, association, agency sectors. The exhibition will feature key providers of meetings products and services from 9 Baltic Sea region destinations. CONVENE is created by Vilnius Convention Bureau. Website: http://www.convene.lt/en.

Contact at tmf and piranha:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
+49 (0) 931 9002 114
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com

Firenze welcomes the International Electric Vehicle Conference

Firenze view ©Firenze Convention Bureau

Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center  and Firenze Convention Bureau welcome and are happy to host THE IEVC IEEE  INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONFERENCE 2014

This year  Florence is the “Capital of electromobility”, hosting the three-day International Conference IEVC (International Electric Vehicles Conference), from 17 to 19 December 2014 and this morning it is amazing to see how the nineteenth-century park of the Congress Center  is full of electric vehicles with a futuristic appeal.

The IEVC is in fact a cardinal manifestation to the world of electric mobility, organized by the IEEE ( Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ), an international association composed of approximately 420,000 members and held in high esteem by scientists and professionals that orbit around electrical engineering and electronics sectors.,

The event brings together institutional and industrial personalities and over 300 delegates from around the world including technicians, engineers , researchers, professors and all the electric mobility lovers and we  wish to thank Prof. Giuseppe Tomasso– University of Cassino, for supporting the city of Florence as host city for the Conference.

The IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference serves the global engineering community as a leadership platform to identify market, technology and standardization opportunities for electrified vehicles and related infrastructure. Key executives of the private and public sector, academic leaders, and standardization experts will contribute to an interactive dialogue on how to develop the transportation electrification ecosystem utilizing technology waves such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Automated Driving. Automotive OEM’s have invested large sums in the development of electrified vehicles such as EVs, PHEVs and fuel-cell powered vehicles. This combined with mandated reductions of CO2 emissions will require the implementation of long term strategies from both industry and government on how to increase market share of electrified vehicles in global markets.

Main topics, objects of various seminars and workshops are:

- EV standards, policy, education, market, supply chain and manufacturing;

- EV system architecture concepts and components;

- Wireless charging, conductive charging and superfast charging;

- EV energy storage technologies;

- EV mobility, ecodriving, fuel cell vehicles, hybrids, plug-ins, energy production;

- EV power electronics and motor drives;

- EV systems modeling, simulation and testing;

- Power grid opportunities and EV infrastructure support;

- EV communications, in-vehicle network, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles,

For more informatin visit the IEEE website following this link or  take a look at the full programme here.

Source and more information on Firenze Convention Bureau’s website.

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for media:
Diego Landi
Web Marketing & Communication
press@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 41

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for event planners:
Eleonora Odorino
Corporate Events Developer & Sales Office
events@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 43

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Susanne Hertenberger
Head of Content & PR
s.hertenberger@tmf-dialogue.com
0049 931 9002 110