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The Iceberg Publishes Third JMIC Case Study

The third of a series of high-level academic case studies investigating meetings legacies has been published on The Iceberg and Business Events World. The report has been prepared as part of the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Case Study Program – see the video below – and adheres to strict academic criteria. It is research-based, includes valid measurable data, and has…

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AU$176m for Cairns Convention Centre Expansion

The Cairns Convention Centre – which has twice been named “World’s Best Congress Centre” at the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) APEX Awards – is to receive AU$176m to fund an expansion that will make it a “state-of-the-art international venue”, according to Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt. He called the government money a “catalytic investment”. From CIM News Magazine…

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US Homeland Security Clarifies Flight Electronics Ban

As European Union officials meet to discuss the threat of the US expanding its ban on large electronic devices in certain flight cabins, and as the travel industry says the ban has seen Middle East business drop by 2.8% and cost the sector $198 million, the US Homeland Security chief has clarified US policy on any potential widening. From Meetings & Conventions…  

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Blackpool’s New Conference Centre to Create Local Legacy

A new conference centre in the UK seaside resort town of Blackpool will be using local suppliers and subcontractors in a bid to support the region’s economy. Work on the £25m project will start later this year, and local construction companies have already been invited to an open day to find out more. From Meetpie.com…

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Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Approved

San Diego may be stalling, but the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center has just been given the final go-ahead. After state legislators and Governor Brian Sandoval approved the project last year, the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has also now given it a green light. From Meetings & Conventions…

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San Diego Convention Center Expansion on Hold

San Diego City Council has rejected the call for a special vote this November to increase hotel tax. The revenue generated was to have funded – amongst other things – the previously endorsed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. The move puts the project on hold, despite the Council acknowledging the economic impact events generate. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Visit Florida Funding Fully Restored

After more twists and turns in the saga than on any of its legendary theme park rides, Florida’s legislature has in the end voted to restore Visit Florida’s current annual budget of $76 million. This leaves the agency and state once again able to continue breaking visitation records. We can all now retire to Miami! From Meetings & Conventions…

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A Texan Tale of Reverse Legacy

The Iceberg exists to champion the legacies business events bring to destinations. But sometimes the approach is not that of the carrot, but the stick. The American Immigration Lawyers Association is pulling its conference out of Texas after the state passed a law the AILA says “is so blatantly contrary to our mission”. Photo: Phil Roeder. From PCMA…  

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UK Election Result “Bad for Sector”

Reaction from the meetings and events sector to the United Kingdom general election result has been swift and scathing. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May had called the early vote to win a mandate for herself and strengthen her majority as Britain enters its Brexit negotiations. The gamble failed, leaving the country in yet more uncertainty. From Meetpie.com…

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Sector Marks Global Exhibitions Day 2017

Exhibition industry professionals right around the world joined together to mark the second Global Exhibitions Day, an event spotlighting the sector as a key driver of economic growth. UFI – the global association of the exhibition industry – logged reports during the day from 75 countries and regions on their activities. Photo: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad, India. From Association Meetings International…

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