On the invitation of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and advisory group, GainingEdge, PCAAE, represented by its founder and CEO, Octavio ‘Bobby’ Peralta, joined as a panellist in an online discussion forum, “The Association Meetings Market and How it is Emerging from the Post-COVID Era” held on August 24, 2021. Fifty two (52) attendees from Macao and Southern China business events industry such as DMOs, CVBs, venues, hotels, meeting and event planners, and suppliers, participated in the event.
Most associations have been hit hard financially and are having to adapt to a new way of doing business and organising events. COVID-19 has changed how they select destinations and suppliers, the way they organise and promote their events, what type of support they are looking for, and how they manage risk.
The online session looked at how the association meetings industry has been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and how associations are responding. It also covered how service providers can approach the association sector when looking to bid for their conferences, what they are looking for in the destination, products and services.
The two other panellists were Alicia Yao, Managing Director, IME Consulting China and Belinda Moore, Managing Director, Strategic Membership Solutions Australia. The session was facilitated by Mike Williams, Senior Partner and Consultant, GainingEdge, Melbourne and event-managed by Nigel Brown, GainingEdge, Singapore.
GainingEdge https://gainingedge.com/ operates from seven cities worldwide and has successfully delivered over 100 engagements across the globe on association management consulting, establishment of new convention and visitor bureaus, capability development of existing bureaus, destination strategy, convention centre feasibility studies and in-market convention and incentive sales representation.
The Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) https://www.ipim.gov.mo/en/ is responsible for assisting the Macao Chief Executive in researching and formulating economic policies regarding the promotion of external co-operation, introduction of investment, convention and exhibition industry, economic and trade co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.