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MICEBTN - September 2019 • Page 27 is the only region where projected budget increases could match the expected rate increases. Central & South America are also the most optimistic about plan- ners’ abilities to incorpo- rate technology to enhance their meetings experience. Meetings programs are also becoming more formalised in the region, with more than 81 per cent of respondents indicating they have a formal policy, centralised staff and ap- proval processes. Group hotel rates are expected to increase by 2.3 per cent along with group air rates at 1.7 per cent , but overall meeting spend will see a healthy increase of 2.6 per cent, along with the number of conferences and trade shows, which will increase by six per cent . “Overall, it’s inspiring to see an optimistic out- look about the meetings and events industry as we look to 2020. Meetings and events have cemented their place as a critical driver of communications, growth and engagement for organ- isations of all shapes and sizes,” said Gerardo Tejado, general manager at Amer- ican Express Meetings and Events. “The challenge for plan- ners now lies in making more out of what they have - creating a seamless expe- rience for meetings attend- ees, using technology for an authentic purpose, and meeting the demand for personalised experiences.” *The 2020 Global Meet- ings and Events Forecast is based on a survey of more than 550 meetings and events professionals from around the world, plus interviews with industry experts. IATA says Poland needs an improved aviation industry THE INTERNATIONAL Air Transport Association (IATA) has released a new study showing that a more-com- petitive air transport sector in Poland could generate an additional EUR3 billion in extra GDP to the na- tion’s economy and more than 8,000 jobs by 2037. The study, Poland Air Transport Regulatory Competitiveness Indica- tors, recommends that to maximise the economic and social ben- efits created by a successful air transport industry, Poland should: • Implement the National Air- space Strategy in consultation with users to improve airspace capacity and efficiency. • Modernise Polish aviation policy by embracing ‘Smart- er Regulations’ that foster a more efficient consultation process with industry stakeholders. • Develop a national plan for air transport to prioritise sustainable development of air connectivity and expand intramodality. Air transport’s contribution to the Polish economy is significant. The industry supports 136,00 jobs and contributes EUR4 billion to the economy, accounting for roughly one per cent of Poland’s GDP. If the government adopts an agenda for competitiveness, 8,000 more jobs and EUR3 billion in additional GDP will be generated by 2037. In con- trast, 40,000 jobs could be lost if Polish air transport competitiveness is not improved. Also high on the aviation agenda is the environment. The industry is committed to reducing carbon emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. An interim target is for carbon-neutral growth from 2020, delivered with the help of the Car- bon Offsetting Scheme for Interna- tional Aviation (CORSIA). Progress has already been made: Since 1990, CO2 emissions per passenger have been halved. Meeting the 2050 goal requires significant investment in new technology and sustainable aviation fuels. If the Polish government encour- ages these initiatives, it would not only demonstrate climate leadership but also create new economic opportuni- ties. “A strong agenda for aviation com- petitiveness will foster air transport’s already significant economic and social benefits in Poland. “By embracing a National Airspace Strategy, Smarter Regulations and a national plan for air transport, Poland could generate wealth and additional jobs from air transport. And if this is carried out in tandem with political support for sustainable aviation fuels and hybrid-electric technology, reduc- tions in carbon emissions will be accel- erated,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s regional vp Europe. Beroni develops four- virus diagnostic kit BIOTECH company Beroni Group says it now has a diagnostic kit able to detect and differentiate almost instan- taneously between the Zika virus, all Dengue virus serotypes, Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus. Beroni Group is listed on the National Stock Exchange of Australia and on the OTC markets in the USA. Its four core businesses are cell therapies, developing new anti-cancer drugs, an e-commerce platform for pharmaceutical/healthcare products and detection/diagnosis of infectious diseases.