Baden-Baden – Meetings & Congresses in the Green Oasis

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Global Briefing

Located at the foothills of the Black Forest and known as the "Summer Capital of Europe", Baden-Baden combines Mediterranean flair with the cultural offering of a major city.

Baden-Baden is home to a variety of event locations. The convention centre Baden-Baden with its modern, glass architecture is a suitable venue for all types of events. Three congress halls and 15 meeting rooms allow for events with capacities of up to 2,000 participants. Having the parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee” with its botanical rarities, fountains and footpaths practically at arm’s length opens new perspectives to innovation and communication. The grand Belle Epoch styled rooms of the “Kurhaus” offer facilities for 40 to 2,000 people. Smaller, still impressive event locations include the neo-baroque rooms of Germany’s oldest casino and even the racetrack of Baden-Baden’s international racecourse.

East Meets West -Jewelled Splendours of the Art Deco Era

Written by By: Isabel Schmidt-Mappes, English translation: Sabine Goodman on . Posted in Global Briefing

The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection at Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum

At Pforzheim’s Jewellery Museum, some 2,000 exhibits illustrate the art of jewellery-making over a period of five millennia, from antiquity to the present day. These include superlative creations from Persia and Egypt, artistically and delicately crafted Etruscan jewellery, lavishly sumptuous specimens from the Baroque period, outstanding pieces from the Art Nouveau period, as well as a renowned collection of modern jewellery.

From May 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019, jewelled Art Deco splendours from the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection will be on display under the title East meets West. Since classical antiquity, the mutual fascination between the Orient and the Occident has repeatedly brought about new art forms. In the Art Deco period, for example, the ornamental exoticism of Persian miniatures or Japanese prints, of Chinese or Middle Eastern decorative arts, lent themselves perfectly to fulfilling people’s desire for decorative and unusual luxury.

Future Trends 2018 - but proceed with caution

Written by Nigel Green, founder and chief executive of deVere Group on . Posted in Global Briefing

Faster global GDP growth, continuing loose global monetary policies, and U.S. tax cuts will help make 2018 a profitable year for investors. But there are also some important headwinds on the horizon, warns the CEO of one of the word’s largest independent financial advisory organisations.

Nigel comments: “2017 has been marked by steady and climbing markets. As things currently stand, we can expect this to continue throughout 2018. However, investors need to keep an eye on several key factors over the next 12 months that could increase turbulence.

Reykjavík: A Source of Energy

Written by Sigurdur Valur Sigurdsson on . Posted in Global Briefing

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

Written by Natalia Piletskaya on . Posted in Global Briefing

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

Written by The Mediterranean Conference Centre on . Posted in Global Briefing

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.

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

Written by Fergal Hogan on . Posted in Global Briefing

 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.


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