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Things to do in Berlin during ECTRIMS 2018

The 34th European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Congress takes place this October (10-13) in Berlin, Germany. We’ve put up a list with accommodation options you can choose from and also worked on this blog article with what you can do while in Berlin. Enjoy!

 

Spend a day at Museum Island

Situated on the Spree, the Museum Island is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site comprised of 5 of Berlin’s most important museums: the Altes Museum, Alte National Galerie, Neues Museum, Bode-Museum and the Pergamon Museum.

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The first institution to open was the Altes Museum in 1830, designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel who worked on several Neoclassical monuments around Berlin at that time. The Neues Museum is home to the Egyptian bust of Nefertiti. Opened in 1859, the museum was reopened in 2009 having been wrecked in the war.

The last was the Pergamon Forum from 1930. The spectacular Pergamonmuseum is one of the world’s major archaeological museums. You can see there a partial recreation of the Pergamon Altar (170–159 BC), the two-storey Roman Gate of Miletus (29 metres wide and almost 17 metres high) and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, dating from the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar (605–563 BC).

 

Visit Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

You might not know but the second largest botanical garden in the world (the first one being Kew Gardens in England) was first established as a kitchen garden in 1679. The Botanical Garden in Berlin the evolved from a kitchen garden growing vegetables to a huge place, and in 1879 the Royal Botanical Museum was founded.

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The gardens are home to plants that are endangered in their natural habitats and threatened with extinction elsewhere in the world. Must see displays include the giant water lilies, carnivorous plant specimens, flowered vines, rock cliff waterfalls, timber bamboo reaching to the sky, and a carpet of ferns, orchids, and bromeliads.

The Botanical Garden spreads over 43 hectares and houses close to 22,000 plant species. You most likely won’t have time to see everything is one day. To make the most of your time, don’t miss the Great Pavillion, which is currently the largest glass house in the world.

 

Wine & dine at the Hall of Mirrors in Clärchens Ballhaus

Situated in the side wing of Clärchens Ballhaus, a dancing venue set up in 1913 in Wilhelmine Germany shortly before World War I, this mirrored ballroom still captures the spirit of those long gone days.

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The place was reopened to the public in 2005, with the interior largely untouched and unchanged, offering guests a glimpse at the Golden Twenties in Berlin when it used to be a authentic dancing venue.

Nowadays the place hosts regular dining events, literary soirées and private events. Most Sunday evenings, you can attend jazz and classical chamber concerts taking place here.

Book your accommodation for ECTRIMS 2018 and plan your trip to Berlin!

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In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

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How to Create the Ultimate Event Experience through Personalisation

There’s one thing you cannot overlook when discussing events and that’s personalisation. Whether you’re planning a local conference or an international congress, you need to leverage all accessible means to deliver a unique event experience for each and every attendee and that can only be achieved through personalisation on all levels. Here are some tactics and ideas to help you succeed:

 

Leverage technology

The evolution of technology has triggered immense progress in the way event organisers plan and unfold their events. Technology can now accurately predict the ideal experience for each attendee, based on what is known about them. Gartner predicts that, by 2020, ‘personalisation engines’ will empower businesses to increase their profits by up to 15%.

 

In the events industry, technology enables the use of different registration paths for different users, delivering personalised content, and running numerous sessions that meet the needs of different audiences.

 

What really powers personalisation from a technology perspective is data. Therefore, ensuring compliance of event registration systems, online surveys and event apps is mandatory for all event professionals. Learn more about GDPR and how to stay compliant.

 

Ask questions

Find out more about your attendees by asking them a few choice questions before the event. The answers can then be used to suggest the sessions, topics, speakers, and other events that would be meaningful for a particular attendee rather than just providing generic pieces of information. In a very simple scenario, knowing what their favourite colour is and creating a name badge to match turns the experience into a unique one. You can even go the long way and pick up the phone with a quick welcome call after registration.

 

Knowing your attendees will also help you with personalised post event content delivery and long term engagement. For example, you will be able to personalise event invitations based on past behaviour and past session selections.

 

Involve event attendees as much as possible

Technology coupled with tools such as social media and apps enables content live-sharing with attendees, as well as Q&A sessions and crowd-sourced content. These tools will also provide you with insight on the success of your events (the sessions that had the most attendees, which got the best feedback, etc). Based on demographic data, you will be able to suggest activities during the event (for example: join other Marketing Managers in the Marketing Lounge).

 

Through personalisation, you make sure that your events see the maximum impact while engaging your audiences.
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About Congress Bookers

In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

Top Medical Congresses to Attend in Germany in 2018

According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, the global MICE industry was valued at USD 752 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach USD 1,245 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.5% from 2017 to 2023.

In 2016, Europe dominated the global market with more than 42% market share, in terms of value. Medical events have played an important part.

In 2018, Germany will host some of the biggest medical events in Europe: EAACI 2018, ESC 2018, EASD 2018, ECTRIMS 2018, ESMO 2018.

 

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Annual Congress | 26-30 May

The 2018 edition will take place in Munich, Germany at the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München.

The EAACI Congress is organised by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), and provides attendees with a one of a kind opportunity to learn more about the latest discoveries in the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

Munich is seen as one of the most research-focused cities in Germany. It’s well-known for important advances through R&D and innovation centres, being an environment which encourages proactive development work and close cooperation among clinics, universities and research organizations.

Book your accommodation for EAACI 2018 at one of the best hotels in Munich!

 

The 54th European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting | 1-5 October 2018

EASD’s 2018 congress will take place in Berlin, Germany at the Messe Berlin Exhibition Halls in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) was founded in 1965 as a non-profit, medical scientific association, based in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Nowadays, EASD is one of the largest networks for diabetologists worldwide with more than 5,000 active members from over 100 countries. EASD holds its Annual Meeting in a different European city each year with more than 15,000 delegates from over 130 countries attending. The scientific programme includes more than 1,200 talks and presentations on the latest results in diabetes research by leading experts in the field.

Berlin is an international city that has a long-standing tradition of more than 300 years in medical research.The city boasts extraordinary architecture, a mix of historical buildings and contemporary design. Known for its young and experimental spirit, Berlin has always been home to an active and unique art scene.

Book your accommodation for EASD 2018 at one of the best hotels in Berlin!

 

The 34th European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Congress | 10-12 October

The 34th Congress of the ECTRIMS will take place in the bustling and lively European city of Berlin at the City Cube Messe.

As a non-profit organisation, ECTRIMS is Europe’s and the world’s largest professional organisation dedicated to the understanding and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Its goal is to improve basic and clinical research and clinical outcomes in MS by creating a network of researchers and clinicians and partnering with other organisations that share similar missions and objectives.

Some of the topics covered in the Scientific Programme of the 2018 edition are: Treatment of relapsing and progressive MS, Risk management with MS therapies, Immunopathology of MS, Molecular imaging, and many more.

Book your accommodation for ECTRIMS 2018 at one of the best hotels in Berlin!

 

The European Society for Medical Oncology Congress | 19-23 October

The ESMO 2018 Congress will take place between 19-23 October 2018, in Munich, Germany at Messe Munich.

ESMO was founded in 1975 and is now the leading European professional organisation for medical oncology. Comprising 17,000 oncology professionals from over 150 countries, ESMO is the network of reference for oncology education and information worldwide.

The programme for the 2018 edition is available online here.

Book your accommodation for ESMO 2018 at one of the best hotels in Munich!
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About Congress Bookers

In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

MICE Industry Forecasts for 2018 and Beyond

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re starting 2018 by taking a closer look at what the forecast is for the upcoming year and not only.

According to the “Global Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) Market 2017-2021” report, the global meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.93% between 2017 and 2021.

Personalization of guest data appears to be the latest trend dominating the industry. In that sense, hotels are investing in innovative ideas and techniques to retain their market shares and delight their guests. Some hotels link their software with the social media profile of their guests so that when the latter book a room, everything is set to meet their expectations.

Other hotels look for VIP guests online, trying to understand what their preferences are. Luxury hotel chain Four Seasons stores information related to guests’ dietary, wine, and newspaper preferences for their next visit.

The extra attention paid by a hotel to provide guests with innovative and personalized services is what keeps guests coming back over and over again.

The report has also revealed that Digitalization of travel payments is one of the major drivers for the MICE market, providing it with an advantage through the growing digitalization in the majority of sectors globally. With the digitalization of payments, the booking and payment of travel plans have become easy for companies. Additionally, virtual payments enable guests to charge the stay and other expenses to the company without using a credit card, debit card, or internet banking. Since virtual payments cannot be misused, the threat of theft is highly reduced. The card number acts as a unique identifier for a transaction and can be used a limited number of times.

Other market trends found in the report are:

  • Acceptance of online travel agencies
  • Launch of low-cost airlines
  • Growing demand for leisure travel

 

According to the 2018 Global Meeting and Events Forecast from American Express Meetings & Events, the global events industry is expected to have optimistic growth prospects for 2018. The driver for this is increased competition in the supply chain for share of the market, consolidation by buyers and increased levels of investment.

In 2018, it is expected that the continued localization of meetings programs will be a key trend worldwide, as meeting professionals seek to add flexibility to offerings that address specific market needs and drive program adoption.

Furthermore, the report revealed that technology is expected to continue its transformation of meetings and events throughout  2018, particularly on the end-to-end management of delivery and attendee experience. A particular focus will be set on VR, AI mobile-app and hybrid-meeting solutions this year.

For North America, the report predicts that the amount of money spent is expected to rise, with increasing regional air fares and hotel rates. The key focus for meetings planners and owners will be prioritizing the attendee experience.

For Europe, the report explains that geopolitical uncertainty has led to country-specific variations in industry confidence. The UK, Belgium and the Netherlands express the most optimism across several indicators. Respondents in the UK and Poland anticipate an increased in the amount of money spent on meetings, while those in other European countries predict decreasing or flat activity in 2018. With the exception of the UK, European countries expect to spend less on attendees than the previous year.

In what concerns Asia-Pacific, Australia is expected to register important growth; the forecast predicts an increase in both the amount of money spent on meetings and the number of attendees.

In Central & South America, industry growth is expected to be modest across most categories. Although Mexico and Colombia are becoming increasingly popular, both face challenges with rising hotel rates and limited supply for large groups.

 

About Congress Bookers

In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

 

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The 5 Most Important Medical Congresses in Vienna in 2018

Vienna is a city you’ll fall in love with from the first moment you set foot on its streets. Any Vienna visitor should see: MuseumsQuartier, the Sigmund Freud Museum, and the Schloss Schönbrunn. Keep in mind that these are only a very small part of what the city has to offer. The truth is that the number of museums in Vienna is truly impressive!

Vienna also happens to be the home of some of the biggest medical congresses and events in Europe. In 2018, you can take the opportunity to visit this wonderful city while attending one or several of the following congresses:

 

The 11th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes

14-17 February 2018

Over the last 10 years, the annual ATTD meeting has brought together clinicians, scientists engineers, startups, investors, medical corporations from all over the world with the purpose of discussing the latest research developments in the field of diabetes.

Presentations cover topics such as: glucose sensors, closed-loop systems, artificial pancreas, advisors, devices for diabetic prevention, new insulin analogues and delivery systems and insulin pumps and more.

Book your accommodation for ATTD 2018.

 

The 13th Congress of ECCO

14-17 February 2018

In 2018, the Congress will be held in the city of Vienna from February 14–17.

The theme for the ECCO Congress 2018 is “Science improving patients’ lives,” devoting special attention to discoveries and innovations that can have an impact on disease management.

Book your accommodation for ECCO 2018.

 

The 18th European Society of Retina Specialists Congress

20-23 September 2018

EURETINA – European Retina, Macula and Vitreous Society – was set up as a non-profit organization in June 2000, in Hamburg, Germany. The 1st EURETINA Congress was held in 2001 and had just over 200 participants.

Nowadays, the annual Congress gathers over 5000 participants and is one of the biggest events of its kind.

Book your accommodation for EURETINA 2018.

 

The XXXVI Congress of the ESCRS

22-26 September 2018

Founded in 1991, the ESCRS is Europe’s leading organisation for cataract and refractive surgeons and is at the forefront of developments in anterior segment surgery. The society has over 5,000 members from almost 100 countries worldwide. The ESCRS offers a unique forum for discussion and learning which ensures that international expertise is shared by ophthalmologists all over Europe.

Book your accommodation for ESCRS 2018.

 

The 26th United European Gastroenterology Week

20-24 October 2018

The United European Gastroenterology, is a professional non-profit organisation combining all European societies in the field of digestive health – more than 25,000 specialists from every field in gastroenterology.

Registration for UEG Week 2018 opens on January 22, 2018.

Book your accommodation for UEGW 2018.

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About Congress Bookers

In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

And many more!

Let’s Meet at ibtm world Barcelona and Discuss the Biggest Medical Congresses of 2018

This November, between the 28th and the 30th, Barcelona hosts ibtm world, “the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry.”

With a 30-year history, the event was initially named EIBTM. It started out in 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland, and it soon became a global exhibition for those in the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry. In 2000, EIBTM was acquired by Reed Travel Exhibitions, part of the Reed Elsevier Group in 2000 and moved to Barcelona in 2004.

The three day event offers innovative education sessions, as well as a wide range of networking opportunities that trigger future business growth.

 

Event Attendees

Around 15,000 international industry professionals from over 150 countries and 3,000 brands showcasing their products and services.

 

Hosted Buyers

IBTM World pays for the flights and accommodation of selected senior decision makers with top level purchasing responsibility that qualify to benefit from the VIP package. In order to qualify for the latter, they must meet very strict criteria such as annual budget, number of annual events, purchasing power, etc.

A buyer driven matching system enables the Hosted Buyers to schedule appointments with selected exhibitors in advance.

 

Exhibitors

These are the suppliers to the meetings and incentives industry. They come from various sectors including: Airlines & Cruiselines, Attractions, Conference & Meeting Venues, Convention Bureaux, Destination Management Services, Hotels, Incentive Destinations, Travel Management Companies, etc.

 

Trade Visitors

They are decision makers who organise meetings, conferences, events, as well as business travel programs and include Agencies, Associations, Corporations, Professional Conference Organisers, etc.

 

Event Programme

There will be plenty of things to see and do during the three day event. For a more detailed view, you can access the show’s preview here.

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We will also be there to showcase our booking offers for medical congresses in 2018!

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In the world of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2018, regardless of their location. We operate internationally!

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.

And many more!

5 Successful Tips to Promote Your Conference

This article is brought to you by Congress Bookers, a reliable accommodation partner for lead pharma companies worldwide.

If you wanted to promote a conference or an event 15-20 years ago, you would rely heavily on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and word-of-mouth. Offline media ruled and actually worked…until online media took over.

If you want to promote an event today, you’ll need to be your your audience is and that’s mostly online. Everyone owns a smartphone and is at least on one social media platform. The good part is that you can reach out to a larger number of potential attendees. The bad part is that another 100 conference organizers are trying to get to them first.

We’ve put together this blog post to help you with promoting your conference by analysing 5 ways in which you can reach your target audience. All of them combined should result in higher attendance rates.

 

Start early

Start planning and promoting your conference as soon as you have set the date. You will add details (like avenue, speakers, topics, etc) as time goes by and things begin to settle. The truth is that attendees need time to prepare for a conference. An early promotion gives them more exposure to the event and more time. Also, you can include early bird tickets to boost early registrations that usually work pretty well.

 

Use Social Media

As mentioned in the introduction, you’ll need to be where your potential audience is and social media is one of those places. Through social media platforms, you can communicate with people who would be interested in your conference.

On Facebook, you can create an event and then promote it. This will help the conference gain a lot of traction among those interested to attend. You can also partner with relevant influencers and ask them to share your event or/ and write a few lines about it for their friends and followers.

Create a conference registration page that’s easy to read and to navigate so that when people get on the page they immediately understand the actions they need to take to register – make sure you include a minimum number of registration steps if you don’t want visitors to get tangled and leave the page.

Use hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. On Twitter, hashtags not only help promote your conference but they help attendees network and share with each other even after the conference is over. Good conference hashtags are short and include the conference year.

Don’t shy away from paid social media. This is a very effective way to target people in your industry. Use targeted ads to promote to your industry with links directly to the registration page.

 

Blog about it

Every time you have something new, blog about it and share the news on social media. Also, ask speakers to write a post about their sessions and give a sneak preview of what they’ll be discussing. This way they get more attendees interested in their session, and you get free content to drive ticket sales.

 

Use good old email newsletters

Many see email campaigns as going out of fashion but the truth is they still work pretty well. Some great tools that can help you with this are: Campaign Monitor, MailChimp and Active Campaign. Each lets you send to an uploaded list of recipients, track the open rates and manage subscribing and unsubscribing.

Potential and registered attendees need to learn new fresh information about your event. Emails for early bird closing, new speaker announcements or activities in the event location keep them engaged.

 

Don’t forget about post-conference activities

The truth is that, when you have a recurring event, it’s never over. You have to undertake promo activities prior to the event but also to let fans, speakers, attendees know how great everything went. Post-event interviews, videos, pictures, “thank you for attending” emails work really well.

It’s really important to go out there and show the whole world how amazing everything was so that those who have missed it, come next year and those who came, feel proud that they did.

Last but not least, put yourself in your audience’s shoes. Write what you’d like to know if you were thinking of attending a certain conference, never be a stranger, always be there.

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Congress Bookers provides a whole range of services needed to organize a group for a medical congress. On our website, you will find a full list of hotel allotments for the most important medical congresses in 2017 and 2018, regardless of their location. The biggest congresses next year are:

  • EASL 2018 – 210 rooms in seven 4-star hotels
  • EAACI 2018 – 615 rooms in fourteen 4-star hotels
  • EHA 2018 – 1200 rooms in thirty 4-star hotels
  • ERS 2018 – 615 rooms in twenty 4-star hotels
  • EURETINA 2018 – 460 rooms in twelve 4-star hotels
  • EASD 2018 – 765 rooms in sixteen 4-star hotels
  • ECTRIMS 2018 – 620 rooms in ten hotels
  • ESMO 2018 – 1092 rooms in twenty-one 4-star hotels.