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Page 10 • MICEBTN - DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 The “standards for exhibitions, events and conventions” being con- sidered by ISO members – largely the respective national standards bureaux – include classification and terminol- ogy of congresses and conventions; auditing rules for exhibition statistics; critical definition for exhibitions, events and conventions; guidance on exhibition on-site services; guid- ance on congress/convention on-site services; guidance on environment as- sessment of stand fitting; and require- ments for exhibition logistical services. AIPC points out there already are standards in place for many of these and others are in development by the industry. It stresses that “ours is a complex and diverse industry that must main- tain the ability to respond to constant- ly evolving market demand”. While the sector is global “there is a need for significant regional flexibility in most of the areas being proposed for standards”. Bottom line, it suggests, is that “the industry is very unlikely to embrace standards that are established by a third party with a limited obligation to consult”. Is AIPC a little too worried about the China factor? China has become increasingly focused on the importance of interna- tional standards. The country’s premier, Li Keqiang – an economist by training - was a key- note speaker in mid-September at an ISO Week session in Beijing on ‘stand- ards improve global connectivity’. “We have intensified our efforts to apply international standards,” he said, noting that this would contribute to reform and “promote the upgrading of the economic structure”. Boosting innovation is also vital to the steady recovery of the world economy, Li noted, while standards are key to consolidating innovation into tangible productivity. The world had to speed up the implementation, formula- tion and revision of standards, he said. On the web: www.aipc.org or www. iso.org STOP PRESS As we signed off on this issue news arrived that the standards organisations had decided not to proceed with the China-spon- sored convention and exhibition centres standardisation propos- al. this means that the idea laps- es for now. But not necessarily for ever. It was the second bid to bring in such regulation – imposed largely without consultation - and it could be attempted again. meantime, the industry will proceed with its own rules aimed at delivering optimum service and high operational standards balanced by the dy- namics of adapting smoothly to client needs. As an industry as a whole – not just venues - we need to keep on our guard. Continued from previous page. Proposed ISO changes for M&E industry ‘short sighted and unnecessary’ — AIPC Hawaiian adds Premium cabin on Pacific run HAWAIIAN Airlines is now offering Premium Cabin class on its A330 flights to Hawaii from Australia and New Zealand. This features 18 fully lie-flat seats, Hawaii-themed luxury amenities kit, lehua flower pattern quilt and lounging pillow created by Hawaiian designer Sig Zane, customised dinnerware and an emphasis on Hawaiian food and beverages. The cabin refit includes intuitive seat controls, access to multiple power points and an advanced in-flight enter- tainment system. Hawaiian Airlines is also adding fur- ther ‘Extra Comfort’ premium econo- my seats to its A330s in response to strong passenger demand. On the web: www.hawaiianairlines.com Lights in the sky will please fliers A uNIQuE charter flight from Dunedin to view the Aurora Australis is being organised by astronomer and Otago Museum director Ian Griffin in asso- ciation with the Dunedin office of the Orbit travel group. The seven-hour night flight in late March will include commentary by Griffin and astro-photographer Mark Gee. Griffin worked previously for the Bal- timore-based NASA Space Telescope Science Institute and is a renowned astro-photographer. Several of his shots from the Sofia B747SP observa- tory aircraft on flights this year from Christchurch have been published internationally. Tickets are being sold in doubles to minimise window access problems and start at about NZ$4000 a pair. Demand has been strong from around the world and there already are plans to make the flight an annual venture.