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“Exciting” ESC Congress Defies Terror

Following the terror attack in Barcelona, the European Society of Cardiology Congress has been held in the city. Over 31,700 delegates attended from 153 countries. 4,515 abstracts were submitted. A three-day public health event was also staged. ESC President Prof. Jeroen Bax said attacks “only succeed if we allow them to succeed.”. From Association Meetings International…

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UK Meetings Spend Reaching New Heights

UK meetings spend is reaching new heights, according to the first HBAA Meetings Barometer. Average spend is up of 31 percent in the first half of 2017 from the same period in 2016. Total spend on meetings was up 9 percent, average spend per delegate up 29 percent, and average meeting size up 12 percent. From…

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SNAICC National Conference to Create “Social Legacy”

The SNAICC National Conference is just starting in Canberra. The organisation represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. In years past many were forcibly removed from their families. Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews said “we hope the outcomes and social legacy from meeting… …are significant and continue to drive real change.”. From CIM News Magazine…

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Events Postponed as Hurricane Irma Nears

With cities across the path of Hurricane Irma braced for impact, major events were postponed as the storm neared. With a state of emergency declared in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Iceberg partner Northstar put back Destination Southeast in Miami Beach to December. Meanwhile, the Caribbean is reeling from Irma’s pass. From…

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Hamburg Received 3m Delegate Stays in 2016

Just as over 5,000 cruise industry workers were in town attending Seatrade Europe, Hamburg announced that it received three million business event overnight stays in 2016. This brought in over €706 million to the economy. 64,000 events were held, up from 57,000 in 2015, and attracted 1.8 million delegates, 19 percent from abroad. From Association Meetings International…

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One Third of MI Professionals Experience Mental Health Issues

One in three UK event industry workers experience a mental health problem. The national average is one in four. The findings are from a survey for the industry campaign EventWell, which starts on September 18. Three quarters of respondents suffered stress due to their workloads, and 13 percent were currently experiencing a problem. From…

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Exhibition Industry to Grow 4 Percent in 5 Years

The global exhibitions market is predicted to grow by four percent by 2021, with Southeast Asia a key region for new business. The news comes in Globex 2017, an annual report from AMR International. The US is the largest market, China is second, with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Macau and the Philippines growing fast. From…

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GRB Houston Returning to Normal Operation

Following its repurposing as Houston’s mega-shelter during the height of Hurricane Harvey flooding, accommodating more than 10,000 evacuees, the George R. Brown Convention Center is now resuming more customary functions. “The selfless desire to help each other is truly inspirational” said Mike Waterman, President of Visit Houston. “Clearly hospitality is in our DNA.”. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Seoul to Build on Hosting World Architects Congress

Seoul’s designation as UNESCO Creative City of Design – not to mention “creative architecture development policies” – have just seen it host the Union of International Architects’ World Architects Congress. Around 30,000 attended the event, which included a tribute to Zaha Hadid, whose work included Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Photo: Eugene Lim. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Melbourne Wins Biggest Ever Conference (Again)

Not content with being named “most liveable city” by the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Index for seven years running, and just days after snagging the 13,000 attendee Lions Clubs International Convention 2024 – Melbourne has now won the 14,000 delegate World Ophthalmology Congress 2022. This will generate AU$85 million for Victoria. From CIM News Magazine…

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London Open for Meetings Off-peak

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for more off-season business events to be held in the UK capital. A London & Partners report “A Tourism Vision for London” suggests investing in promoting the city to new and off-peak visitors, and in building new amenities and infrastructure, especially aimed at business visitors. From Association Meetings International…

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Madrid’s IFEMA Aiming for 3m Visitors in 2017

Demonstrating the buoyancy of the exhibition industry, Madrid convention and exhibition complex IFEMA has said it should see three million visitors in 2017. Its revenue is forecast at €112.5 million, which represents more than 100 trade shows and congresses and over 500 events in all, including the 12,000 delegate World Dental Congress. From Association Meetings International…

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Exhibition Industry Growth Accelerates in Q2 2017

Exhibition industry growth accelerated during Q2, rising from 1.6 percent in Q1 to 2.9 percent (year-on-year). The news from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research reverses a fall of 0.3 percent in Q4 2016. It means exhibitions now outperform the macroeconomy. Revenue, attendees, exhibition space and exhibitor numbers are all up. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Fireworks Open the Adelaide Convention Centre’s East Building

Several hundred guests attended the opening of the building, enjoying a spectacular firework display over the River Torrens. The venue’s Plenary Hall seats 3,500, and is configurable in over 15 ways, thanks to the world’s largest rotating seat platform. The AU$397 million redevelopment project is expected to return AU$1.92 billion over 25 years. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cairns Wins 8,000 Delegate Chinese Incentive

In 2019 8,000 delegates from Amway China will visit Cairns, Australia, for a five day incentive and leadership seminar. 1,000 will travel at a time. Tourism Tropical North Queensland says natural attractions like the Great Barrier Reef – plus Cairns offering a personalised experience – were behind the significant winning bid. Photo: Leonard Low. From…

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PCMA Launches Industry Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

With Texas also asking Austin to accept 7,000 Harvey evacuees – 2,500 to be housed at the Austin Convention Center – Iceberg partner PCMA (the Professional Convention Management Association) and the PCMA Education Foundation have launched a relief fund to help members in the meetings industry impacted by the storm. Photo: Texas National Guard. From PCMA…

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KBH Convention Center Dallas Offers Further Emergency Shelter

Following a State of Texas request to the city of Dallas, the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center has been opened up as a further emergency “mega-shelter”. It is housing up to 5,000 Guly Coast residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The venue says the operation will not affect current events and shows. From Meetings & Conventions…

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GRB Houston Becomes Emergency Shelter

With the devastation of Hurricane Harvey ongoing, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner opened up the George R. Brown Convention Center as an emergency shelter for people flooded out of their homes. The Red Cross prepared to accommodate 5,000 at the venue, but by Tuesday afternoon more than 10,000 had arrived. From Meetings & Conventions…

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