Reykjavík: A Source of Energy

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In the acclaimed novel of Jules Verne, A journey to the center of the earth, the journey started in Iceland. It still does. 

The fast track
Few nations have evolved as fast as Iceland in the last 150 years. Moving from a community based on agriculture and fishing to a modern hi-tech society with a strong profile in fisheries in harmony with nature, tourism, renewable energy, innovative businesses and culture.

Russia Rules the Roost

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Russia, the largest country in the world, with 8 time zones, occupying space in both Europe and Asia, holds many record-breaking features. These include the biggest freshwater lake in the world - Lake Baikal with 20% of the world’s fresh water, the tallest peak of Europe - Mount Elbrus, the world’s highest active volcano - Kluchevskaya Sopka, reaching 4750m, the largest river in Europe – Volga, the most expansive forest area on the planet and the world’s longest railway - the Trans-Siberian Railway, covering 9288 km, amongst other awe-inspiring backdrops.

Malta’s Main Attraction

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The Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), situated on the periphery of the historical city of Valletta overlooking the Grand Harbour, is recognised as one of the most impressive conference centres in the whole of Europe. The Centre’s historic background and magnificent architecture play an important role in securing and maintaining the position it enjoys in the MICE industry today. For over two centuries, the building that now houses the MCC was the Sacra Infermeria or the Holy Infirmary of the Order of St. John. Constructed in the latter part of the 16th century, this architectural landmark has had a fascinating history during which it was subject to various transformations.

The building was fully restored in 1979 and converted into a modern conference centre which earned it the coveted ‘Europa Nostra’ Award for its ‘superb restoration’. Refined style and clever architectural design allow the ancient and modern to blend with ease, a feat that many other buildings often misjudge, ensuring that the MCC is breathtakingly beautiful and ready to host. This coupled with its sheer size and scale makes it a striking and sought after conference and events venue.

MICE in Malta

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Global Briefing

Figures for global tourism increased by 6% in January-April 2017 compared to the same period last year, coinciding with business buoyancy reaching its highest levels in ten years. Continued growth in most major destinations, and stable recovery in others, resulted in this positive prognosis, with countries in southern Europe dominating the MICE industry market.

Experience counts for everything and Malta leads the pack, with a history of formal meetings and more casual get-togethers for more than 7,000 years. The Maltese Islands have played host to everyone from St. Paul to modern-day presidents and have accommodated everything from large EU conferences to small staff events. Historically, an international meeting point, the country has been enjoying an uninterrupted period of year-on-year growth in tourism since 2010, reporting nearly two million visitors last year. Despite global political instability, the tourism industry’s resilience is evidently clear, with business tourism in Malta also gaining speed.

Mind the (Gender) Gap

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Global Briefing

CEO Insight magazine talks to Kristin Engvig, founder of Women’s International Networking, about how things are changing for women in the global landscape, how gender diversity impacts business and how we can combat an ongoing patriarchal bias through collaboration and feminine ways of being.

CEO Insight: Women’s International Networking (WIN) was founded in 1997 and has been instrumental in addressing the issue of gender in a new way; encouraging debates and promoting change. In 2017, gender diversity is a matter central to most businesses. What do you think about this and why do you think gender typecasts in the workplace have become so integrally relevant?

Kristin Engvig: Gender typecasts have become relevant because we need to have a diversity of thinking to find innovative solutions in business, and this has never been more important. Diversity of thinking is linked to innovation, and is a great way to overcome traditional and modern workplace challenges. Statistics in education show that women are covering more ground, and now more than ever, businesses call for the feminine way of being, and sharing and caring are increasingly needed in the corporations. These are not weak qualities – to care for something calls for you to defend it - which requires strength and commitment. It is vital then to include this growing feminine pool of talent into business, gaining qualities like intuition, that are significant in contemporary times. While women may not necessarily have the monopoly of these qualities, modern business challenges like robotics and global warming for example, call for collaborative ways of thinking to address and tackle them.

Baden-Baden-The elegant spa and culture town in the Black Forest

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Baden-Baden is an oasis for arts and culture and a great destination for wellness, golfing and culinary treat's.Baden-Baden is home to Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall, the Festspielhaus. The 2,500-seat festival hall hosts international opera, ballet and concerts. Known for its great acoustics, the festival hall features performances from world-renowned artists including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Ballet, or the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

GIGABYTE to expand in Hamburg:
breaking the ground for new European head office in the district of Wandsbek

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 GIGABYTE, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the area of IT hardware components, is expanding its business in Hamburg, Germany. Today, the Taiwan-based company will be turning the first sod for its new European head office in the district of Wandsbek. In the commercial area at Tilsiter Strasse in Hamburg’s east, a four-storey property with a total floor area of approx. 5,400 square metres is about to be built. Some 50 professionals from marketing, sales, production and repairs will be working onsite the property in the near future. Dandy Yeh, chairman of GIGABYTE, explains: “GIGABYTE established its German branch in Hamburg more than 24 years ago. As a location, Hamburg has served us very well. We are now aiming to coordinate our operations from our very own real estate in Hamburg for another 30 years at least.”

Snapchat, Takes a Bite of Hamburg

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Snapchat to open Germany headquarters in Hamburg, company confirms

Snapchat to follow in footsteps of Facebook and Google's move to Elbe city - company confirms Horizont's report Snapchat, the image messaging and multimedia mobile application developed by Snap Inc., will officially locate its Germany headquarters in Hamburg, the online edition of Horizont reported Friday. Meanwhile, the company has confirmed the report to Hamburg News. Snapchat’s headquarters are due to open in summer 2017. However, the exact location remains unclear. Snap is well established in Germany with 5 million daily users, the company added. More than 60 per cent of all German users are over 18 years.

Hamburg is traditionally a city of media and creative industries. No other city has such a multitude of national and international companies spanning the entire media branch. Large publishers such as Zeit, Spiegel und Gruner + Jahr are based in the city. Several digital giants such as Google and Facebook operate from Hamburg.

Man versus Machine – The Saga Continues

Written by Luisa Mendoza on . Posted in Global Briefing

Man vs Machine

Since the industrial revolution, technology has been seen as a threat to workers, especially those in manual labour replaceable by machine, robot or computerised device. The process of robots replacing labour is not new, and as robot skills and productivity ratios increase and expand, humans will keep being replaced on labour markets. However, does this mean that automation is reconstructing modern economies into a productive system where human labour is obsolete?


A New Dawn - Greece

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Global Briefing

Greece in south-eastern Europe has shown a remarkable resilience since a crippling economic crisis first hit it after the global crash almost a decade ago. CEO Insight looks at how this giant of history is turning it around. As a new dawn begins to take hold in Greece, it is apparent that for the canny investor there is much to get excited about. This is in large part due to the country having been compelled to implement huge reforms in return for bailout money, such that the investment landscape has opened up.

It has brought with it opportunity in sectors which are once again seeing sustained growth like tourism, energy and agriculture. Moreover, Greece’s inherent geostrategic advantages at the crossroads between East and West, its established infrastructure and business-friendly revised investment framework mean that investors the world over cannot help but sit up and take notice. Given the calamitous developments of the last few years, at the heart of the Greek government’s new course is a focus on long term growth and the creation of an outward-facing economy. In short, Greece actively welcomes new business.


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