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Successful Meetings Survey: International Meeting Trends

Recently Successful Meetings sent out a survey to its readership about their international events. While most planners responding thought the number they held in 2018 would stay the same, almost a third said it would increase, and only six percent decrease. Cost, travel time and language barrier are still the top challenges. From Successful Meetings…

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Brisbane Convention Bureau’s AU$96m Conference Bonanza

Brisbane’s economy will be boosted by over AU$96 million following a record twelve months at the city’s convention bureau. The past year has been the Brisbane Convention Bureau’s most successful ever, with 46,000 delegates, some of them leading world experts, set to visit Brisbane during 164,000 event days. From CIM News Magazine…

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Dubai Association Centre Registrations Grow by 38 Percent

The Dubai Association Centre has seen rapid growth in registrations of international associations during the first half of 2018. Following the first Dubai Association Conference in December, the Centre now has a total of 58 licensed associations, with sixteen registrations received since January. This represents a growth of 38 percent. From CIM News Magazine…

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87 Percent Experience Raised Experiential Demand

The growth of experiential activities is set to continue and they will soon feature in most meetings, according to new research by MPI Outlook for the IMEX Group. 87 percent of respondents had seen increased demand in the last three years. C2 International’s aerial Learning Labs (pictured) was a notable example at the recent IMEX. From Meetpie.com…

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University of Hull Launches New Meetings Brand

The University of Hull is investing more than £200 million to launch “Beyond Events”, a new brand for conferences and events. It brings together a range of venues, sports facilities and accommodation with a full event management service. The university offers a choice of more than ten different campus locations for events. From Meetpie.com…

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Wales Launches Five-Part Business Events Strategy

Visit Wales has announced a new approach and strategy to maximise the country’s opportunities and strengths as a business events destination. The plan comprises the appointment of Heledd Williams as head of business events, attending industry shows, matching events sectors with existing knowledge hubs, an education programme, and also building on recent hosting successes. From Meetpie.com…

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Newcastle Enjoys Life Sciences Conference Boom

Newcastle is enjoying a boom in medical conferences, as it prepares to welcome almost 4,000 delegates this year to a string of national and international association meetings in the life sciences. Four major conferences are taking place in September alone: on the thyroid, obesity, nutrition, and a joint conference on teratology (developmental abnormalities). From Meetpie.com…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Chair Opens Meetings Show

The impact of Brexit and Britain’s global brand were both on the agenda when leading industry players joined MP James Heappey for a closed roundtable at The Meetings Show to discuss the UK sector. Heappey, who is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, also officially opened the show. From Meetpie.com…

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NT Commissions KPMG Business Events Strategy

The Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture in Australia has appointed KPMG to deliver the first long-term strategic plan for the business events sector. The recent AU$103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package of the NT Government includes AU$2.33 million to support business event bids. The report is expected to be delivered by October 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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US Business Travel Sector Responds to Travel Ban III Ruling

Both the Global Business Travel Association and Association of Corporate Travel Executives Global have expressed strong concerns about the US Supreme Court’s upholding of the third Trump travel ban on visitors from several mostly Muslim countries. By 5 to 4 the court rejected a challenge around discrimination and exceeding authority. Photo: Joe Ravi. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Martin Sirk to Leave ICCA After 16 Years as CEO

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced the shock departure of long-standing CEO Martin Sirk. Sirk, who leaves the organisation at the end of July after 16 years as CEO, will be replaced by ICCA’s Chief Value Officer Dennis Speet as acting chief until a permanent replacement is found. From Association Meetings International…

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ASAE Association Leadership Forum Prepares for Singapore

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum, Asia Pacific, is preparing to focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practice in Singapore this October. The event is the fourth association programme ASAE has held in the region since 2015. and is being guided by a task force of local members. From CIM News Magazine…

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MMB Coalition Plans 2018 US Midterm Election Campaign

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition plans to reinforce the value of face-to-face meetings during the 2018 US midterm elections by highlighting how candidates themselves are using them to inform, persuade and recruit. According to a study, meetings support 5.9 million US jobs and contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cape Town Hosts 1,500 Delegate Water Conference

The Water Institute of Southern Africa has hosted its three-day conference and exhibition in Cape Town, with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille delivering the welcome address. With over 1,500 delegates attending, the meeting sought to raise awareness of what the local water sector has been doing in response to the province’s drought. From the Event…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Assesses UK Meetings Sector

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, chaired by James Heappey MP (pictured), is holding a series of evidence sessions on the UK events sector. The first focussed on venue infrastructure including the possible loss of the QEII Conference Centre, issues surrounding Brexit, and also delivering high profile international events. From Meetpie.com…

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UK MPs Vote 419 to 119 for Third Heathrow Runway

Following the government green light, the UK Parliament has also backed controversial plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. MPs supported the proposal by 415 votes to 119. The UK meetings industry again welcomed the decision and called for speedy construction, citing the economic value of business travel to the UK. Photo: Ad Meskens. From Meetpie.com…

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New Sydney Environmental Partnership Launched

More than 30 organisations have joined forces to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption, and improving waste management and recycling. The partners include ICC Sydney, whose inventive design includes a community-funded solar array, a large rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies. From CIM News Magazine…

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Stockholm Holds European Hematology Association Congress

The 23rd and largest-ever European Hematology Association Congress has just taken place for the third time in Stockholm, gathering more than 11,000 scientists and experts from all over the world. It was the Swedish capital’s ecological and social sustainability credentials that helped retain the event. Stockholm is the first-ever city designated as European Green Capital. From Boardroom…

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