It’s not too late to register for PCMA Convening Leaders 2014
taking place January 12-15, 2014 in Boston!
Join a new breed of meeting professionals! Leaders will gather together in Boston to transform our industry, our work, our lives. The PCMA team will ignite passion, alter perspective and revolutionize the world of meetings and events. The revolution will not wait. The revolution starts now. Register now for the conference >>
Need practical information to prepare your trip? Check out the Plan Your Trip section of our PCMA Boston website and don’t forget to sign up for our Boston tours and customized site visits. Another way to discover Boston is to participate in our scavenger hunt and win prizes. Stay tuned! Get the latest buzz about Boston and the conference by reading our blog and following us on Twitter.
Last month, James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), was honored by the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) and received the group’s Skyline Award for Outstanding Achievement.
The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.
The Massachusetts Building Congress Outstanding Achievement Award has been presented only six times in the organization's 93‐year history! This award is given only by unanimous approval of the Board of Directors and officers of the MBC, and only when an individual in the industry achieves extraordinary lifetime success.
“Our membership spans many ages, backgrounds and disciplines, and it is a tribute to Jim that his contributions are so widely known and appreciated across the entire MBC community and its member companies,” said Ben Goldfarb, MBC president. “In Jim’s career, he has proven that there is power in collaboration: on the team leading the construction of the BCEC, in his civic pursuits, and in his leadership at MCCA.”
Rooney previously served as director of development and construction for the MCCA, overseeing construction of the $850 million BCEC and the renovation and expansion of the $71 million MassMutual Center. The BCEC project was later hailed as one of the best‐run public works projects in the country, and both projects were completed on schedule and within budget. He and his team are currently planning the construction of several hotels near the BCEC as well as the possible expansion of the convention center.
“When we build something, especially in state government, we strive to create a structure that is focused on benefiting one and all,” said Rooney. “I am humbled by the MBC award and will always remain aware that, as we move forward with our future projects, we strive to make them give back even more.”
The MCCA is currently in the midst of its Top 5 campaign to launch Boston into the top five convention destinations in North America! Find out more about the Top 5 campaign and the BCEC expansion plans >>
The Global Alliance
is a group of world-class conference and exhibition centers collaborating
to offer a seamless conference and event experience to international associations and event organizers.
The service has been designed to benefit clients organising international events that rotate around the globe by transferring a detailed understanding of a particular congress or event requirements to the next host convention center. Using a series of inter-venue processes, Global Alliance members will take a full de-brief of the event and transfer this knowledge to their associate venue member ready for the next or future event. Members will even attend the event, where appropriate, in order to fully appreciate the on-site requirements ahead of welcoming events to the next venue.
Global Alliance launched its new website this week! Be among the first ones to visit it >>
The alliance comprises our two Boston convention centers, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Centre (Hynes). Both the BCEC and Hynes are Gold Certified by AIPC and provide state-of-the-art technology including free wireless Internet access throughout the facilities.
Global Alliance Chairman, Julie-May Ellingson, says: “Global Alliance aims to minimise the need to brief venue teams about their event needs from scratch, saving time and effort on the part of the organizer and making for an altogether more professional and seamless transfer between venues and countries. Our members know from experience that this personal touch can make all the difference between a good event and a great event; Global Alliance members aspire to delivering excellence throughout all member venues.”
Find out more about Boston’s commitment to attract more international events by visiting the International Meetings section of our website >>
PCMA Convening Leaders will take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from January 12-15, 2014. Our PCMA Boston website is live and registration for the conference is now open!
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is a premier educator and professional resource for the meetings and convention industry. For four days this January, over 3,700 meeting professionals will be exploring Boston.
Our PCMA Boston website has all the practical information attendees need to prepare their trip. Find information on the conference: registration, schedule, services provided at the Hynes, and downloadable attendee guide. Choose your hotel from the Plan Your Trip section that also has information on how to get to Boston and a downloadable map that shows where the convention center and the hotels are located. They are all within walking distance to one another!
Our website also enables you to sign up for tours and customized site visits. We have eight exciting tours for you to choose from! And once you are convinced that Boston is the prefect city for your event, our website makes it easy for you to submit a RFP.
Our News & Media section features press contact information as well as our PCMA Boston blog and twitter feed that give you the latest buzz about Boston and the conference. Check out our blog and follow us on Twitter!
Find out why Boston is the perfect location for PCMA Convening Leaders 2014 by exploring our website. Start by watching our award-winning video “What happens in Boston changes the world”:
This is the second part of our free and exciting things to do in Boston post! There is no shortage of things to see and do in the Boston area, even for those of your attendees on a tight budget. Click here if you missed the first part >>
Gaze at the Stars
Pick out your favorite constellation at the Coit Observatory at Boston University, which offers free stargazing Wednesdays after 7:30 p.m. during the fall and winter and 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer. Observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and learn some astronomy.
Taste our local beer
Sam Adams Brewery offers tours of the Jamaica Plain facility with discussion of how founder Jim Koch brews the beer. Tours and tastings are Monday through Saturday starting every half hour. Similarly, Harpoon Brewery hosts tastings every weekday at 4 p.m., with additional tastings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Enjoy Fine Arts
As part of Free Community Days, the Museum of Fine Arts offers days of free admission. The collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. Check the museum's calendar. Meanwhile, girls named Isabella get in free at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the museum also offers free birthday admission!
Tour the State House
Explore the magnificent Massachusetts State House and its golden dome. It’s a beautiful building on the inside with Italian marble and lots of paintings and antique furniture and it’s located in the historical Beacon Hill area. Tours last 45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture. Visitors can see the House and Senate Chambers, learn about the “Ladybug” and the “Sacred Cod". The tours are given weekdays and year-round.
Visit an art gallery
Last week, paintings by Rolling Stone guitarist and artist Ronnie Wood hang on the walls at Newbury Fine Arts on Newbury Street during an opening gallery reception. More than 15 art galleries showcasing a unique assemblage of contemporary artists line either side of Newbury Street. Also enjoy the hundreds of shops and restaurants that make the street a popular destination for tourists and locals.
Enjoy Modern Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art not only has a great unconventional art collection but is also very interesting for its architecture. The museum is all glass and sharp angles, a stark departure from the city’s presiding aesthetic. The rear of the museum is a cantilevered glass expanse that hovers over Boston Harbor. The museum is free on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please your ears
Listen to jazz and rock performed by Berklee College of Music’s seniors in the Red Room at Café 939. Berklee is one of the most prestigious school of music in the world. Or if you have a more classical taste, go to the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a classical performance.
Isabella Stewart Gartner Museum
Massachusetts State House
Institute of Contempory Art
Samuel Adams Brewery
Museum of Fine Arts
Cafe 939 at Berklee
In addition to best destination video, Boston was also recognized for best convention center mobile app by PCMA Convene!
In their current August issue, PCMA Convene presents their 2013 “Best in Show” winners. These are the 50 best things happening in meetings and conventions around the world as determined by Convene readers and editors, who were asked to nominate their favorites in 10 categories. Our myBCEC mobile app won the award in the Best Venue Initiative category. Find out what meeting professionals have to say about our myBCEC app >>
Both the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Cente offer a mobile app: myBCEC and myHynes. Your attendees can easily navigate their way through the convention centers and find nearby hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and other services in Boston. The apps provide real-time travel alerts, airport departure gate information, MBTA map, as well as directions and parking options to either the Hynes or the BCEC. These apps provide attendees with essential building information and phone numbers, a lost and found listing, suggestion walking routes, as well as break and dining options.
Both myHynes and myBCEC are compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, and Android, and can be customized for your event with session schedules, social media, event details, and interactive floor maps. Additionally, they can be useful promotional tools for your exhibitors, as they can be set up for in-app advertising, exhibitor pages, and sponsorships. Exhibitors can also find information on accessibility, green meetings, technology services, and public safety for each building.
Interested in seeing how our apps work? Watch a demo >>
Technology is a key component of nearly every event. Show organizers are adopting a variety of cloud computing and online applications for registration, email marketing, exhibition floor plan management and even conference administration services. Exhibitors rely on the latest in lead generation tools and messaging. Attendees today are logging in to event websites to watch real-time recordings of sessions and to participate in online discussions related to the conference. The common denominator? The Internet.
With our reliance on the web for so many services, it’s not a surprise that convention centers continue to investing in their technology infrastructure, especially when it comes to wireless connectivity. Wi-Fi availability in common areas has become standard practice at meetings facilities, with meeting rooms and exhibit booths needing to rely on hardwired connections to ensure sufficient bandwidth to remain connected to servers and the Internet. Whenever video comes into play, connecting with a high speed link is a requirement.
But can venues actually keep up with attendees additional needs for bandwidth? During your venue selection process, ask your venue contacts about Wi-Fi availability, associated costs, the number of access points, and restrictions. Attendees and exhibitors come into buildings with smartphones, tablets and notebook computers and expect reliable connectivity to carry on with their business.
In Boston, we know that these attendees and exhibitors expect convention centers to be an extension of their office, so we’ve invested significantly to improve bandwidth for both wireless and hardwired connections. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center are among the most technologically advanced centers in the world and were the first in the industry to offer visitors free Wi-Fi throughout both facilities for maximum connectivity – lobbies, meeting rooms and everywhere in the exhibition halls. With over 175 wireless access points through our facilities, we are committed to keeping you online wherever your attendees need to work!
Bill Sell is Director of Event Development for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. He is a longtime trade show organizer of events in the U.S. and internationally.
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) won the 2013 Delegates Choice Innovation Award for its Event Management System, Showbiz and its mobile interface, MoCCA. The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center.
The award was presented in Cape Town, South Africa at the International Association of Congress Center’s (AIPC) 2013 Annual Conference and General Assembly. The Innovation Award showcase was designed to recognize innovations and creative thinking in all areas of convention center management, marketing and operations.
Showbiz is used by MCCA employees and their clients to plan and manage events. It’s a custom, open-source software platform developed after the MCCA IT team determined that existing off-the-shelf event management applications fell short of their needs. It’s the only one of its kind developed by a convention center!
“I’m extremely proud of this achievement,” said James E. Rooney, MCCA executive director. “Our colleagues from around the world voted to recognize us for our unique innovation, and the award was presented to us by an international association at an international conference. As an organization, we are doing all the right things to achieve our goal of advancing Boston’s role as a leading international competitor for meetings and conventions. This award also helps continue to validate that the MCCA operates the most technologically advanced convention centers in the world.”
AIPC represents a global network of 170 leading convention centers in 54 countries and boasts the active involvement of more than 950 management-level professionals worldwide. Both the BCEC and the Hynes are GOLD certified by AIPC, which is the highest certification possible for a convention center.
The AIPC Annual Conference and General Assembly will take place in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center in July 2015!
James E. Rooney receiving the AIPC Innovation Award
Michael D. Munn
, chief of staff and director of business development for the Boston Convention Marketing Center (BCMC), was recognized this year as a Tourism Executive of Distinction for 2013 from the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWTA).
The ADWTA is the first ever awards ceremony honoring trailblazers in black culture and heritage as an influence on tourism. It is designed in appreciation of the service and dedication of leaders from around the world who have significantly impacted tourism and inspired the exploration of black culture and heritage sites around the globe.
The awards ceremony took place in Atlanta and was hosted by news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson. Personalities who have received this prestigious award in the past include, among others, Mohammad Ali, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Jackson Young, President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, Canadian Senator Donald Oliver and Prince Kuma Ndumbe of Cameroon.
Munn was appointed chief of staff and director of business development for the BCMC in the spring of 2004 by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. He is responsible for financial business management and developing programs in support of the BCMC and implementing diversity initiatives that focus on Boston's multicultural and multinational qualities.
During his 25-plus years in the meetings and conventions industry, he has held positions with the National Managed Health Care Congress; vice president of sponsorship programs, International Data Group (IDG); show director for ComNET DC and ComNET San Francisco and international sales director at MecklerMedia--producer of the Internet World Events.
In 2010, Munn was selected as a recipient of the Black Meetings & Tourism magazine’s Tenth Annual APEX Distinguished Service Award, presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their particular field of endeavor that have positively impacted travel and tourism. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston University and a Masters of Education from Cambridge College.
The BCMC is a joint effort of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to market and sell the two Boston convention centers: The Boston Convention & Exhibitor Center and the Hynes Convention Center. We focus on the large, long-term sales for the two facilities, and are your single point of contact for RFP submissions, building room block packages, facility contracts, and planning convention center, hotel and city site visits. Find out more about how we can help >>
It was hard to miss the Boston team last week at Springtime Expo! The new Boston pavilion drew a big crowd of attendees eager to meet representatives from our three partner organizations: The Boston Convention Marketing Center (BCMC), the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB).
All three organizations represent convention business ranging from small scale meetings to international conventions for tens of thousands of attendees from around the world with each partner organization focusing on a different segment of the market.
The BCMC is a joint effort of the GBCVB and the MCCA to market and sell the two Boston convention centers: The Boston Convention & Exhibitor Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center. We focus on the large, long-term sales for the two facilities. We are your single point of contact for RFP submissions, building room block packages, and planning convention center, hotel and city site visits. Find out more about how we can help >>
The MCCA owns and operates the BCEC and the Hynes. The MCCA team is here to assist you with all your building requirements--from labor services, technology support to transportation and food services--with the event manager as your single point of contact. Find out more about what your MCCA Event Manager can do for you >>
The GBCVB is charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business, and is focused on the single property sales. Your convention services manager is the single point-of-contact for your city requirements including assembling competitive rates and preferred services from over 1,200 member companies and facilities. Find out more about how your GBCVB Convention Services Manager can assist you >>
Our goal is to remove many of the traditional limitations meeting planners face when bringing an event to a major city. We know that it takes a team to make your event a success and we represent all of the people in Boston who are ready to help you.
Come visit our team and our new Boston booth at the next industry trade shows: AIBTM, ASEA, IMEX, Expo Expo, and Holiday Showcase!