ICESAP 2017 conferenceBy Staff Reporter
15 Sep 2017
With a keen eye on the burgeoning Chinese meeting and incentive market, the fourth Incentive, Conference and Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) conference recently took place in Shanghai—just over a month since the APAC society was acquired by association juggernaut PCMA.
ICESAP president Nigel Gaunt hailed this year’s event a huge success, but signalled change is in the air.
“This is the best conference yet in terms of business programme, delegate numbers and delegate feedback… However this is the last conference under the ICESAP banner. Expect some big innovations in 2018 and beyond.”
The 2017 conference took place at the newly opened W Hotel Shanghai, kicking off with a series of Leaders’ Forums and followed by a day of plenary sessions, keynote presentations, and a gala dinner, as well as a final morning session of educational workshops.
Georgie Farmer, group manager, global travel, meetings/events sourcing strategy and operations at Microsoft, said: “The conference was a great mix of participants from the industry sharing challenges, trends and best practices in Asia and the globe—immersive experiences, VR, AR, AI, sustainability, GDPR, the Chinese business events market.”
Programme highlights included presentations by Google’s Lars Bratsberg on AR/VR and Microsoft’s Geoff Brown on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Marriott International president, Greater China, Stephen Ho also shed some light on the recent Marriott/Alibaba joint venture.
In partnership with AccorHotels, ICESAP also awarded its first Agency Accreditation certificates to MCI Group, Pacific World and BI Worldwide.