Broadening our « Industry » Role Starts at Home!

Our new recent understanding with global travel and tourism bodies UNWTO and WTTC (although not always correctly understood) has a lot of implications – but many relate most directly to what we need to do better in our own backyards.

Inherent in the statement agreed at IMEX Frankfurt earlier this year is actually a recognition that the Meetings Industry’s “primary purpose is to contribute to economic, professional and academic advancement”. This means, as again acknowledged by the issued joint statement, that the Industry delivers “significant incremental benefits that support overall global economic and social advancement”.

This is powerful stuff! – but are we living up to it? The answer can be found in how well we are addressing and engaging with the economic, academic and professional groups in our own local communities.
In many cases, this is being done well: there is an ongoing interaction between these kinds of groups and local industry representatives including event organizers and suppliers like convention centres and similar venues. But often there remains a lot more to be done in order to ensure that our sector is seen to be a key element supporting overall business and professional development in our respective cities and countries.

For those who want to begin this process, there is one essential first step: to inventory the business, professional and academic attributes in your destination in the same way we have traditionally identified characteristics like accommodation, transportation and leisure activities that may contribute to an organizer’s or delegate’s experience. If we don’t know what these are, we won’t be able to make the links that will improve both the effectiveness of the event and our own role as agents of economic and community development.

That’s what some of the most enlightened members of our industry are now doing – and hopefully many more will follow! 

Philippe Fournier, President
 

 

 

www.themeetingsindustry.org

3 pas en avant, 2 pas en arrière ?…

Pourquoi, dans notre beau pays, faut-il toujours que nous fassions les choses bizarrement ?!

Une myriade de mesures ont été prises récemment par le gouvernement français pour continuer à développer le tourisme et ont été annoncées lors des Assises du Tourisme.

Différents comités et de nombreux professionnels se sont concertés pendant plusieurs mois afin de réfléchir à mieux rentabiliser cette pépite d’or qu’est le tourisme en France. Entre autres bonnes mesures enfin décidées : des facilitations d’obtentions de visas pour certains visiteurs étrangers, une amélioration de l’accueil dans les aéroports, des mesures sur la formation aux métiers ou sur l’information de nos ambassadeurs (on ne le dit pas assez, la France a l’un des plus grands réseaux d’ambassades au monde), et j’en passe. De belles initiatives redynamisant l’ensemble de la filière tourisme et cela inclut bien entendu le monde de l’événement, des congrès et des salons.

Puis… à peine quelques jours plus tard, nos députés décident, sans concertation aucune cette fois, d’augmenter considérablement les différentes taxes de séjour (plafond qui passe de 1,50€ à 8€ et nouvelle taxe de 2€ par chambre par nuit pour l’hôtellerie Parisienne) !

C’est un peu comme si on remplissait d’eau un arrosoir percé… Et la raison donnée pour de telles augmentations ? Devinez … « la France est le pays d’Europe où les taxes de séjour sont les plus basses »… Extraordinaire !… Au lieu justement de garder cet avantage compétitif – nous en avions au moins un ! – on se tire une balle dans le pied et on s’aligne sur les autres. Ce n’est pas ainsi que l’on va augmenter la  profitabilité de ce secteur.

Et enfin, pour clore cette farce, pendant que la France votait cette multiplication de taxes locales sur l’hôtellerie, les députés anglais, eux, militent pour un abaissement de la TVA sur l’hôtellerie anglaise…

Cherchez l’erreur !

Philippe Fournier
Président MCI France

Psychologists from around the world meet in Paris

Ernest Hemingway wrote that “Paris was a feast”. It was then a feast, it is always a feast, but above all, in July 2014, it will be the great feast for psychologists.

The 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2014) will be held from 8-14 July 2014 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France. Paris is an excellent platform where psychologists from all over the world will have the opportunity to meet each other and make valuable progress in science and humanity. For the 28th ICAP, held in Paris is a privileged forum to share new scientific developments and to analyse the challenges and effective contributions that the profession offers to society. ICAP 2014 also aims to promote the visibility and strength of the discipline.

Besides the fact that, in an increasingly complex world, a number of challenges and demands from individuals, groups and societies (e.g.: environmental sustainability, economic crisis, respect for human rights and dignity, health promotion, etc.) have become more and more global and require reinforced international cooperation from psychologists, the city of Paris has always been and remains attractive for psychologists.

Indeed, in 1889 the First International Congress of Physiological Psychology gathered in Paris under the leadership of Theodule Ribot. In 1953, the ICAP was also held in Paris under the leadership of Henri Piéron. More than half a century later, Paris attracts and welcomes more than five thousands of psychologists at the 28th ICAP rendez-vous.

Since 2004, MCI France assists the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the other entities dedicated to the ICAP 2014 congress organisation (French Federation of Psychologists & Psychology/Fédération Française des Psychologues et de Psychologie – FFPP, French Society of Psychology/Société Française de Psychologie – SFP, French National Committee of Scientific Psychology/Comité National Français de Psychologie Scientifique, CNFPS) in setting up this unique event in Paris.

To learn more about the congress on the theme “From crisis to sustainable well-being”, please visit the International Congress of Applied Psychology 2014 website.