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2017 Association Days Forums
Held On 27 September and 28 September 2017 | Lotus Suite 5, Level 22, BCC

Association Day - Forum 1 | 27 September 2017 | Time: 0930 - 1030hrs
Navigating the Changing Landscape for Association Meetings and Events

As the industry undergoes evolution from organizational restructuring and downsizing, budget cuts and increasing diversified needs, association event planners now face new considerations and priorities in destination selection. What are the new demands in meeting space and location requirements and how are they catering to the needs of both younger and older planners who may have differing preferences.

 Moderator:  Oscar Cerezales, Chief Operating Officer, MCI Group Asia Pacific


 Richard Holmes, Secretary General, International League Against Epilepsy
 Jia Xiao Fang, President, China International Health and Medical Tourism Association and Vice President, Global Health  Travel Council
Allroy Augustine, Head Administration, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, India

Association Day - Forum 2 | 27 September 2017 | Time: 1100 - 1200hrs
Fostering Greater Regional Association Collaboration 

The increasing economic ties among ASEAN, China and the EU have opened doors of opportunity for greater collaboration, integrated activities and information-sharing by associations worldwide. These stronger partnerships also lead the development of a more vibrant and independent association landscape in the Asia-Pacific region. How can international associations benefit from fostering closer ties with counterparts the Asia Pacific? What benefits can associations in the region offer to their international partners?



 Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director Asia Pacific, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
 Panellists:  Alicia Yao, Director, China Social Organization, International Department
 Antonio Pasalic, Director of International Operations, Global Mobile Game Confederation (GMGC)
 Prof Dr Edathil Vijayan, President, Society of Biotechnologists, India

Association Day - Forum 3 | 28 September 2017 | Time: 0930 - 1030hrs
Leveraging Digital Technologies in your Audience Engagement

How are association meeting providers utilizing social media, digital apps and other new forms of technologies like event tech, to build a closer relationship with the audience and create sustainable communities? What are the success stories of those who have used these solutions to develop hybrid, multidisciplinary approaches that offer increased benefits and privileges to their target audience?

 Moderator:   Oscar Cerezales, Chief Operating Officer, MCI Group Asia Pacific
 Panellists:  Prof Dr Christina Gitsaki, Secretary-General, International Association of Applied Linguistics, UAE
Dr Is Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India
 Li Xinxue, Program Director & Chief Assistant, World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS)
Dr Prashant Agarwal, Treasurer, Indian Society of Transfusion Medicine
Association Day - Forum 4 | 28 September 2017 | Time: 1100 - 1200hrs
The Way To Winning An Association's Heart

The session will discuss what a trade association looks for in a destination and a destination CVB, and what a CVB needs to do to win its way into the heart of the association.

 Moderator:  Karen Yue, Group Editor, TTG Travel Trade Publishing
 Panellists:  Iain Bitran, Executive Director, The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)
 Koichi Gono, Chief Executive, Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau
 Philippa Scott, International Project Manager, International League Against Epilepsy

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