Last Chance for RECon MENA Early Birds


If you’re planning to go to RECon MENA and you haven’t registered yet, drop everything. Today is the very last day for early bird registration.

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and International Council of Shopping Centers are putting on the convention, which takes place at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina from November 11 – 13. That is, of course, in Dubai, UAE.

If you’re heading to the show, you might want to consider registering for one or more of the pre-conference workshops. In fact, the workshops are open to all industry professionals, not just conference delegates, and all three sound like fantastic learning opportunities.

Negotiating Techniques for Shopping Centre Professionals might be just what you need to increase your centre’s NOI, no matter who you’re looking to build relationships with. Then there’s the Social Media Boot Camp: Effective Digital & Social Networking Strategies, which looks like it’s going to go deep into topics like the socio-political implications and government monitoring, along with the basics.

Finally, there’s a full day workshop on Customer Care: from Promise to Practice. An amazing customer experience isn’t only in your retailers’ hands—it’s in yours.

Take a look for yourself, and register quickly. You don’t want to miss out on a great deal.


Written by Nissa on October 10, 2012 – 4:30 pm -
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Mall China Conference and CASC Expo Coming Soon


If you’re interested in attending the Council of Asian Shopping Centers (CASC)’s Commercial Real Estate Expo and 10th Annual Conference of Mall China International Symposium, you’re not too late. Just barely, though—the conference begins in just 15 days, on September 7.

It takes place from September 7 – 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town in Beijing, China.

CASC explains why you ought to be interested:

“It has been 10 years since Mall China was founded in 2002. Today, the tenth anniversary of Mall China in 2012, we feel so excited. During the 10 years, Mall China has experienced and witnessed the rising and boom of shopping centers and commercial real estate development in China.

Today, Shopping centers have turned to face gradually fierce comprehensive retail competitions from relying on its business formats advantage to lead the urban commercial trends. Meanwhile, primary task of survival and development has transferred to competition of commercial quality and refined management.

The year 2012 is special to both Mall China and China Shopping Center industry, as the annual conference of China shopping center industry, which has the longest history in China, will be held together with CASC Commercial Real Estate Expo 2012.

This event will be held on September 7-10, 2012 in Beijing, China. China shopping center industry will welcome Asian professionals to come and join in this industry event that got the world’s attention. Meanwhile, property leaders and global resources will converge in Beijing to find and look for the Growth Opportunities for Retail in China & Asia.

We are looking forward to your attendance, and helping you get the information and innovation experience of industry development, which is leading level in Asia and even the world as a whole, so as to help you deal with possible opportunities and challenges in the future.”

Expect networking lunches and gatherings, panels on subjects like new consumption trends and the leasing mixes that work with them and the development of the retail industry in Asian countries. There will also be study tours of centers in Beijing and Shanghai.

Interested? You can learn more and register at the event’s website.


Written by Nissa on August 22, 2012 – 6:27 pm -
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Road to ICSC Retail Real Estate World Summit: New Speakers For the Show


ICSC has just announced a number of speakers for the 2012 Retail Real Estate World Summit, coming up on September 11 – 14 in Shanghai. Some of the most prominent, tenured and respected global executives have accepted the organization’s invitations to present, and are listed below.

  • Piers Brunner, mRICS, mHKIS, RPS, CEO Asia Colliers International
  • Manel Adell, CEO Desigual
  • Yaromir Steiner, CEO Steiner + Associates, Inc.
  • David Watt, Dir., The Link REIT Hong Kong, CEO, Mainland China Swire Properties
  • Bernard Vincent O. Dy, EVP, Ayala Land, Inc.
  • Guo Geping, SVP for Development and Retail Washington, DC Economic Partnership; President China Chain Store & Franchise Association
  • Gerhard L. Dunstheimer, Deputy CEO ECE Project Management GmbH & Co. KG
  • Albert Hui, Dir. of Corporate Strategy New World Development Company Limited
  • Karen Eidsvik, Regional Dir., Asia Subway International B.V.

They join an already impressive list that includes Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc. and Scott Price, president and CEO of Walmart Asia.

“There are seismic swings taking place in retail and retail real estate across the globe,” commented Michael P. Kercheval, CEO and president of the ICSC. “Emerging markets now represent the largest opportunities for development, new revenue streams and job creation. Opinions may vary as to what degree, but there can be no argument that we are witnessing an unprecedented shift in the global market paradigm.”

Want to learn more about that unprecedented shift? Go ahead and register while there’s still time.


Written by Nissa on June 27, 2012 – 4:36 pm -
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Three Weeks Left to Register: RECon Asia 2011


RECon Asia is just around the corner. Starting November 2nd, conference goers will fill the halls of Intex Shanghai, rubbing shoulders with the best and brightest in the global retail real estate industry.

It looks like this year’s show will be a fantastic one. You can take a peek at the highlights here. If you’re registering, don’t forget to sign up for the RECon Academy sessions on Wednesday the 2nd. Space is limited, but if you can get in there will be workshops on shopping center management and leasing.

On top of that, there’s the Retail Runway, a host of great sessions, the exhibition hall, and networking opportunities galore. And don’t forget the Asia Shopping Center Awards Ceremony.

Interested? Register here.


Written by Nissa on October 12, 2011 – 3:52 pm -
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Conference and Award Dates and Deadlines


There are a few deadlines to take note of this week if you’re planning to hit up some upcoming conferences:

  • The entry deadline for entries to the 2012 ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards has been extended to September 22, 2011, specifically for the categories of New Developments and Refurbishments/Expansions. That’s retail projects opened, newly refurbished or extended between July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. Apply here.
  • Shop.org’s annual summit is next week in Boston. It’s aimed toward a digital retail audience, but if that happens to interest you then you should know that this Friday, September 9th, is the standard deadline for registration. After that, you’ll be paying full price. You can register here.
  • The NRF has just launched its Best Value Package, an add-on for Retail’s Big Show that will allow attendees to take the sessions home in digital packages to review and share them. Neat idea, that. Find out more details here.

Written by Nissa on September 7, 2011 – 4:07 pm -
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