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Attorneys General from DC & 16 States Fight Travel Ban Appeal

The most senior lawyers of sixteen US states – and of the District of Columbia – have said President Trump’s revised travel ban would damage both academic and medical institutions… and have a “chilling effect” on tourism. They have filed a brief to uphold the ruling that blocks Executive Order 13780 from coming into force. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Emirates to Fly Fewer Services to the US

Emirates is to fly less often to the United States because tougher US security measures and President Trump’s travel bans are together lowering demand. The airline’s Dubai hub is both a casualty of the US ban on larger electronic devices in passenger cabins and also a transit stop for many passengers affected by Executive Orders 13769 & 13780. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Australia Introduces Tougher Temporary Visas

Australia has announced that two new temporary visas will make it harder to enter the country’s labour market. The current four-year 457 visa is being scrapped. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said jobs and Australians had to come first, amid concerns that key workers from abroad are crucial to the hospitality sector and wider tourism industry. From CIM News Magazine…

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Global Meetings Industry Day Unites the Sector

With key landmarks of New York’s iconic skyline again lit up blue in celebration, the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day is dawning across the face-to-face world. Spearheaded by campaign coalition Meetings Mean Business, the event is designed to raise awareness of the sector and to highlight its business and societal impacts. Happy GMID! From Successful Meetings…

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Federal Judge in Hawaii Extends Travel Ban II Hold

As 13 US states line up to back President Trump’s Travel Ban II – calling for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the second suspension of it granted to Maryland – the federal judge who first blocked it in Hawaii has extended his order. Once again the ban’s damage to tourism and academic research is cited. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Three Airlines’ Solutions to the US Large Electronic Devices Ban

With the ban on bringing larger electronic devices into passenger cabins coming into force on flights to the US from ten airports – the UK has similar restrictions on routes inbound from six countries – how have Middle East carriers mitigated the inconvenience to their customers? Details on the Emirates, Etihad and Turkish Airlines approaches. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Launch of The Iceberg

A warm welcome to The Iceberg! Perhaps the unusual name of our industry supported campaign – loudly trumpeting the value of business and professional meetings and events – needs a little explanation. I hope this video we’ve made says it all. All revolutions should be televised! And here’s a great version of the iceberg analogy from our good friend…

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IMEX 2017: Final Day, Final Thoughts

IMEX is now over for another year. The last day may be like Sunday at the Glastonbury Festival – perhaps with slightly less mud – but in amongst the networking frenzy and preparations for a return to reality, take a quiet moment to appreciate IMEX’s spiritual home… the German city of Frankfurt. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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IMEX 2017 “Largest and Most Innovative Ever”

JMIC Unity Award winner and IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom has called IMEX 2017 “our largest and most innovative show ever”. Close to 9,000 hosted buyers and visitors attended the event in Frankfurt. Total appointments between buyers and the show’s 3,500 exhibitors rose to 68,500. And IMEX took a more experiential approach this year with EduMonday. From Meetpie.com…

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Ray Bloom Wins JMIC Unity Award

Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman (right), won the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Unity Award at the 15th annual IMEX Gala Dinner. It was presented to him by JMIC President Joachim König. Eleven other IMEX Academy Awards were also given out at the Alte Oper, a concert hall in Frankfurt. From Meetings and Conventions…

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City Talk at the 15th IMEX Politicians Forum

As well as in the opening keynote – see “A View of the City” in Features above – the unique perspective of urbanist Professor Greg Clark was also at the heart of the IMEX Politicians Forum. The meeting was attended by almost 30 international government officials and policymakers, as well as by 80 industry leaders. From Successful Meetings…

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IMEX 2017 “Largest and Most Innovative Ever”

JMIC Unity Award winner and IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom has called IMEX 2017 “our largest and most innovative show ever”. Close to 9,000 hosted buyers and visitors attended the event in Frankfurt. Total appointments between buyers and the show’s 3,500 exhibitors rose to 68,500. And IMEX took a more experiential approach this year with EduMonday. From Meetpie.com…

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Ray Bloom Wins JMIC Unity Award

Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman (right), won the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Unity Award at the 15th annual IMEX Gala Dinner. It was presented to him by JMIC President Joachim König. Eleven other IMEX Academy Awards were also given out at the Alte Oper, a concert hall in Frankfurt. From Meetings and Conventions…

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City Talk at the 15th IMEX Politicians Forum

As well as in the opening keynote – see “A View of the City” in Features above – the unique perspective of urbanist Professor Greg Clark was also at the heart of the IMEX Politicians Forum. The meeting was attended by almost 30 international government officials and policymakers, as well as by 80 industry leaders. From Successful Meetings…

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Madrid Officially Joins BestCities Global Alliance

As previewed by The Iceberg back in January, BestCities Global Alliance – an Iceberg partner – has now officially added Madrid to its roster of eleven other cities. The Madrid Convention Bureau is the first destination to go through BestCities’ revised quality management system. Events recently hosted by the Spanish capital include the World Petroleum Congress. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Executive Order’s Motives Probed by Judges

On the eve of IMEX’s opening in Frankfurt, The Iceberg watched live US TV coverage of further hearings into Executive Order 13780, aka Trump Travel Ban II. Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, representing the ban, was quizzed over whether it discriminates against Muslims in the wake of campaign statements made by the president. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ICCA 2016 Country and City Rankings Released

The International Congress and Convention Association – a partner of The Iceberg – has published its 2016 country and city rankings. Paris – last leading in 2014 – has reclaimed the top city spot. The USA is the country holding the most meetings. International association meetings continue to double every ten years. Fuller data will be released in June. From ICCA…

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The Iceberg Publishes First JMIC Case Study

The first 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…

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Governor Tours to Save Visit Florida Funding

The fortunes of Visit Florida have reversed again and the agency looks like it will after all lose 67% of its funding. In a last ditch attempt to change the Legislature’s course – its Speaker sees Visit Florida as extravagant and wasteful – Governor Rick Scott is on tour to persuade Floridians to invest in destination marketing. From Orlando Rising…

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Europe Summer Travel Alert Issued by US State Department

In the wake of recent terror attacks, the US State Department has issued an alert for US citizens travelling to Europe between May and September. The post warns that tourist locations, transport hubs, markets, malls and restaurants are all potential targets. It advises travelers to stay vigilant and to check US embassy websites. Photo: Sean Hobson. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Sector Sceptical About Saudi Arabia’s Meetings Launch

Saudi Arabia is to launch itself on the global meetings, conferences and exhibitions market. It has hired a UK PR firm to oversee a marketing campaign, and will also exhibit at the forthcoming IMEX in Frankfurt. But both professional conference organisers and association executives are sceptical about the country’s suitability as a destination. From Association Meetings International…

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Attorneys General from DC & 16 States Fight Travel Ban Appeal

The most senior lawyers of sixteen US states – and of the District of Columbia – have said President Trump’s revised travel ban would damage both academic and medical institutions… and have a “chilling effect” on tourism. They have filed a brief to uphold the ruling that blocks Executive Order 13780 from coming into force. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Emirates to Fly Fewer Services to the US

Emirates is to fly less often to the United States because tougher US security measures and President Trump’s travel bans are together lowering demand. The airline’s Dubai hub is both a casualty of the US ban on larger electronic devices in passenger cabins and also a transit stop for many passengers affected by Executive Orders 13769 & 13780. From Meetings & Conventions…

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IMEX 2017: Final Day, Final Thoughts

IMEX is now over for another year. The last day may be like Sunday at the Glastonbury Festival – perhaps with slightly less mud – but in amongst the networking frenzy and preparations for a return to reality, take a quiet moment to appreciate IMEX’s spiritual home… the German city of Frankfurt. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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The Impact of Changing MedTech Regulation on Conferences

US medical conferences are currently braced for impact as a result of changes to the rules under which European medical technology suppliers operate. Not only may delegate numbers be badly hit, the medtech companies themselves may also be less willing to attend and exhibit at events when they can no longer sponsor delegations. From PCMA Convene…

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EU Referendum Take 2

With the UK Prime Minister Theresa May just having called an early general election, a viral BBC interview highlights the electoral fatigue Britain is now feeling after the outcome of its Brexit ballot. But perhaps Brits – including the UK meetings industry – should consider the June poll a second referendum on EU membership… and vote accordingly. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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United Airlines: Supporting Passenger Rights

Another view on the United Airlines Flight 3411 debacle tackles the story from a US passenger rights – rather than reputation management – perspective. The Business Travel Coalition’s Kevin Mitchell argues that the legal protections available to passengers need strengthening. He advocates supporting the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights sponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. From Meetings & Conventions…

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United Airlines: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

As lawyers now tuck into the meal United Airlines just made of what should have been an instant and profuse apology, the sorry story of Flight 3411 already merits its own chapter in textbooks of bad brand management. But the carrier has history here: a musical tragedy that became a hit YouTube video. From Martin Lewis at Meetpie.com…

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Why Meetings Industry ROI Measurement is Futile

Here are some controversial thoughts about that alluring and elusive butterfly… return on investment. No sooner do we get really near to it than it flutters away out of reach. So is it time for to rethink calculating the ROI of meetings and events… or would that indeed give much of the industry butterflies? From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Face-to-Face Meetings: Five Reasons We Need Them

To celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2017, INCON has collected five views from its partners around the world on why organising face-to-face meetings is as popular and successful as clearly it is. ORTRA’s Galit Shimshoni, DEKON Group’s Michael Kern, MCI’s Robin Lokerman, Arinex’s Roslyn McLeod and AIM Group International’s Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno all contribute. An INCON Expert Guide…  

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Learning Rethought

Death to death by PowerPoint! These days learning needs to become engaging and experiential. So absolutely critical to knowledge transfer moving forward are… making content available online, using technology to encourage interaction, establishing networks, adjusting venue configurations and making it emotional. Some further thoughts on future trends from German Convention Bureau Managing Director Matthias Schultze…

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Addressing the Individual: Four Key Sector Developments

Here are four emerging industry trends seriously worth bearing in mind for future meetings and events… and how to address them. Contending for your consideration: understanding the changing needs of so-called millenials, also of so-called silverpreneurs, customising for the individual… and making use of the sharing economy. From German Convention Bureau Managing Director Matthias Schultze…

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Mind-to-Mind Can Deliver More Impact than Face-to-Face

With the German Convention Bureau now a partner of The Iceberg, here is the first of several opinions from Managing Director Matthias Schultze. He argues it is time to move beyond the term “face-to-face” and to describe next level business and professional events – and their impacts and outcomes – more accurately as “mind-to-mind” meetings. From the German Convention Bureau…

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Subvention and Demonstrating Legacy

Could the requirement of demonstrating wider legacies to receive the sweetener of subvention encourage event organisers better to measure outcomes for their own stakeholders? The Seoul Convention Bureau is now favouring applications for financial assistance from meetings committed to local sourcing and to improving the environment. From editor James Lancaster’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Breaking Down Walls: Next Gen Business Events Redefine Legacy

PCMA’s Convening Leaders, the world leading educational conference for business event strategists, selected the “organised bohemia” of Austin, Texas, for its 2017 edition. The event is renowned for challenging the established best practice of event design and joins other revolutionaries including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, C2Montreal, TEDex in Longbeach, and Falling Walls in Berlin  – which have all re-shaped the content and community…

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