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Industry Digital Award driving international venue standards

As the deadline (28th February) approaches for the 2017 Global Digital Infrastructure Award, leading conference and hotel venues are invited to submit an application. The award has been brought to you by a partnership of leading international experts in the meetings industry. It serves to celebrate and inspire change in the digital infrastructure and services made available in meeting venues around the world. Now in its fourth year, INCON has teamed up with a broad coalition of strategic partners to support the development and promotion of the global award. The partners include: IACC, ICCA, Best Cities, IMEX, The Iceberg and media partner Association Meetings International.

An application can be completed from the INCON website: www.incon-pco.com/award. There is no entry fee. All it takes for a venue to be considered is to fill in an application with full details about your venue and return it by 28th February 2017.

Bob Heile

The Award judge Bob Heile is involved in more than eleven different conferences on WIFI and digital communications annually, where he tests at first hand the quality of digital communications in venues across the globe. He explains: “Events turn into disasters when venues do not appreciate the importance of crucial background services like WIFI connections. The Award offers an opportunity to showcase venues that have worked really hard to put in place excellent digital infrastructure which permits event planners to deliver even better meetings”. Bob, together with an international panel of judges will review the award applications and the winners will be announced at IMEX Frankfurt in May 2017.

The previous award winners: Austria Center Vienna, MCEC and Darmstadtium benefited from some impressive opportunities to showcase their venue’s technological capability and to present their venue as Best in Class through their award case studies. Roslyn McLeod, INCON Co Chair said: “By giving visibility to the venues that are delivering excellent services we hope to inspire improvements to digital infrastructure across all venues which should be of tremendous value to delegates, clients, meeting planners and to the broader meetings industry”.

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A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.