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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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5 Key Lessons from Convention Industry CEOs

From Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin, Texas, here are views on the correct way to approach the sector from three convention industry chiefs: Chris Cahill, CEO of Luxury Brands, Accor Hotels, Matt Sanderson, President & CEO of SmithBucklin and Joseph Popolo, CEO of Freeman. From PCMA… 5 Key Lessons from Convention Industry CEOs  

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PCMA Picks Top 5 Meeting Trends to Watch in 2017

Meetings International just published some PCMA Convene 2017 crystal ball gazing. We’re very behind number five on the list… PCMA Picks Top 5 Meeting Trends to Watch in 2017 And here are IMEX’s thoughts on the same subject… The IMEX A to Z of 2017: 5 trends to watch as the year unfolds See also… 3…

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Big Changes In Big Convention Cities

Big change is coming to the White House… but big change also to several key US convention cities. In some key campus infrastructure is not just being refurbished but entirely rebuilt. A useful roundup of five of them – Houston, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Orlando, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky and New Orleans, Louisiana – from Jennifer Deinst at PCMA…

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Obama Administration Relaxes Guidelines on Conference Going

As the meetings industry prepares for a very different Trump Presidency (see Convene’s story posted elsewhere in News: What Will the Trump Administration Mean for Meetings?) here’s how President Barack Obama’s departure from the White House is contrasting to his arrival. From Association Meetings International… Obama Administration Relaxes Guidelines on Conference Going

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What Will the Trump Administration Mean for Meetings?

In 2009 President Obama criticised executives from companies bailed out by the taxpayer for holding meetings in Las Vegas. His comments were seen by the meetings industry as hugely damaging after the financial crisis. As the White House door revolves again, what now for the industry and President-elect Trump? Christopher Durso at Convene has been finding out…

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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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US Bars Large Electronics in Cabins on Flights from 10 Airports

The US is banning large electronics from passenger cabins on flights from ten specified Middle East and North African airports. After “evaluated intelligence” on terrorist threats, devices bigger than a mobile phone have will to be checked into hold luggage on services from these destinations. Around 50 flights a day into the US will be affected. From Meetings and Conventions…

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Second Ban Receives Second Suspension

After Hawaii’s successful legal stay on executive order 13780 – which President Trump attacked as “unprecedented judicial overreach” – Maryland was next in line to question the constitutionality of Travel Ban II. One plaintiff – the Middle East Studies Association – claimed the order would make it difficult for members to attend academic conferences in the US. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Australia’s Lost Convention Business Totals AU$805m

Australia is missing out on AU$805m of convention business across the coming decade, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The AACB says a national convention bid fund – and easier visa access – are key to future economic success. From CIM News Magazine (the report “Business Events: Delivering Economic Prosperity for Australia” is in our Research section)…

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US Bars Large Electronics in Cabins on Flights from 10 Airports

The US is banning large electronics from passenger cabins on flights from ten specified Middle East and North African airports. After “evaluated intelligence” on terrorist threats, devices bigger than a mobile phone have will to be checked into hold luggage on services from these destinations. Around 50 flights a day into the US will be affected. From Meetings and Conventions…

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Second Ban Receives Second Suspension

After Hawaii’s successful legal stay on executive order 13780 – which President Trump attacked as “unprecedented judicial overreach” – Maryland was next in line to question the constitutionality of Travel Ban II. One plaintiff – the Middle East Studies Association – claimed the order would make it difficult for members to attend academic conferences in the US. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Australia’s Lost Convention Business Totals AU$805m

Australia is missing out on AU$805m of convention business across the coming decade, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The AACB says a national convention bid fund – and easier visa access – are key to future economic success. From CIM News Magazine (the report “Business Events: Delivering Economic Prosperity for Australia” is in our Research section)…

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Travel Order Slowing Travel Bookings to US

Following last month’s Global Business Travel Association figure of $185 million of business travel bookings lost in the week after Trump’s first travel ban was announced, a new report reveals further data on the slowdown. Industry analysts ForwardKeys is claiming international travel dipped by 6.5 percent in the eight days after the first executive order. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Hawaii Files Suit on Revised Travel Ban

Another travel ban, another legal challenge. Hawaii is amending its lawsuit against President Trump’s first ban to encompass the revised version. The state is seeking a hearing on March 15. Hawaiian Muslims have joined the action as plaintiffs. From Meetings & Conventions (and since publication Hawaii has indeed filed suit, together with the States of Washington and New York)…

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Trump’s Travel Ban II: What’s New?

There are now six mainly Muslim countries instead of seven. There is also a week and a half of notice and greater clarity on exemptions for legal residents, citizens of dual nationality and holders of existing visas. Refugees of religious minorities in the six countries no longer have preferential status. Executive order 13780 lands on March 16. From PCMA…

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Delegates Like Small, Fast and Interactive Meetings, Research Says

Social responsibility, more technology and better use of time are what delegates want. And four out of five think face to face will remain important. To mark the silver anniversary of Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), the Melbourne Convention Bureau commissioned McCrindle Research to conduct a study on future meetings trends. From Association Meetings International…

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White House Pushes Back New Travel Order

So where to next for President Donald Trump’s infamous Executive Order 13769, which bans refugees and citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US? Some thoughts on how the White House will next week be attempting to circumvent the travel ban’s current legal limbo. From ASAE (American Society  of Association Executives)…

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Florida House Proposes 67 Percent Cut to Visit Florida Budget

Following on from the earlier news of Visit Florida’s battle for survival, the Florida House Speaker has now suggested making the organisation part of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Richard Corcoran also wants its budget slashed by just over two thirds. Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson has called the proposal “misinformed”. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Visit Florida in Jeopardy Following Government Showdown

Visit Florida is in a fight for its survival as the state introduces legislation calling for its abolition. New CEO Ken Lawson has been championing the role the DMO plays in generating employment and tax revenue. But an ill-fated marketing deal with rapper Pitbull has already damaged the DMO’s standing among politicians. From Meetings & Conventions…

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More Meetings Industry Response to Trump’s Executive Order

Even as three federal appeals court judges refuse to reinstate Executive Order 13769 – and the matter surely heads towards the US Supreme Court – here is an association community perspective on how President Trump’s travel ban could affect the business of meetings. Includes reaction from some of The Iceberg‘s partners. From ASAE (American Society  of Association Executives)…

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Meetings Industry Responds to Trump’s Controversial Travel Ban

How is the global meetings industry reacting to President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending for 90 days entry to the US of foreign nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries and halting for 120 days the entire US refugee programme? Including comment from Meetings Professional International (MPI) / Meetings Mean Business, Destination DC, Kenes Group, EventMobi.com and ICCA. From 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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Dubai Expo 2020’s Legacy Plans

  Dubai’s hosting of the next World Expo – which will bring together 180 nations and perhaps 25 million visitors – is of course right at the centre of its event planning. But the emirate isn’t just thinking about what will be taking place between October 2020 and April 2021. It is also planning what will be happening after the Expo is over….

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Why It’s Important to Tell the Story

Borneo’s orangutans are among the beneficiaries of two corporate social responsibility programmes that were part of the recent ICCA Congress in Kuching, Sarawak. Now the wider outcomes the event delivered will be part of a new study measuring its impact. By Jane Vong Holmes, ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Deputy Chair and Senior Manager Asia, GainingEdge. In many parts of Asia, although the interest is…

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Dubai’s Knowledge Economy Drive

  Dubai is well known to international travellers as a glamorous and luxurious playground. But it is also a thriving regional hub with a defined and strategic vision of its future… and of the significant part professional and business events will play in this development. In an exclusive video recorded for The Iceberg at the recent BestCities Global Forum, Steen Jakobsen – Director of Dubai Business Events – discusses the emirate’s diversification from a historical reliance on oil towards…

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Top Dollar Tourists: It’s Time to Start Investing in Return

As the Australian economy shifts from mining to services, it is becoming important to invest in other industries. Business Events Sydney Chief Executive, Lyn Lewis-Smith says Australia needs to increase investment so we can remain competitive and attract more global business events. If Australia means business when it comes to boosting the economy, connecting industry…

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5 Key Lessons from Convention Industry CEOs

From Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin, Texas, here are views on the correct way to approach the sector from three convention industry chiefs: Chris Cahill, CEO of Luxury Brands, Accor Hotels, Matt Sanderson, President & CEO of SmithBucklin and Joseph Popolo, CEO of Freeman. From PCMA… 5 Key Lessons from Convention Industry CEOs  

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