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Ray Bloom Wins ICCA Moises Shuster Award

The Moises Shuster Award, highest honour of the International Congress and Convention Association, was given to IMEX Group Chairman and industry legend Ray Bloom during the 56th ICCA Congress Farewell Dinner in Prague. Bloom follows other luminaries in the win, including his own colleague Paul Flackett, who passed away just before the congress opened. From…

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Incredible Impacts: Inaugural Legacies Awarded

The inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance have been announced at an ICCA Congress session called “A celebration of the beyond tourism impact”. The three winning international associations have each made legacy a central part of their thinking and activities. From Association Meetings International…

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FMCCA Wins Best Marketing Award

The Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp has won the prestigious Best Marketing Award at the 56th ICCA Congress in Prague. The FMCCA team won with their “a room with a ZOO” destination campaign. A record number of applications were received by ICCA this year for the award, which was promoted on video. From…

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Record Attendance at ICCA Congress in Prague

The International Congress and Convention Association has welcomed a record number of members to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. The destination for the 2020 ICCA Congress was also announced as Kaohsiung, in Chinese Taipei. From Association Meetings International…

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Meetings Industry Mourns Paul Flackett

IMEX Group Managing Director Paul Flackett, a meetings industry pioneer whose career spanned over three decades, has died after a long illness. Flackett worked with Ray Bloom to found EIBTM in 1987. He worked with Bloom again on the launch of IMEX in 2001, continuing the partnership through to launching IMEX America in 2011. From Association Meetings International…

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Business Event Security Must Meet Olympic Standards

The head of security for the London 2012 Olympics, former MI5 Director General Lord Jonathan Evans, has given a Sydney Speaker Series keynote at the High Commission of Australia in London. “Collaborative activity between the venue, the event organisers, law enforcement and security authorities is critical”, he said (see also Opinions). From CIM News Magazine…

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Brexit Threatens London Business Dominance, Says WTM Survey

As the US’s global image as a destination for business travel appears damaged under current politics, so does that of London thanks to Brexit. The Top 100 City Destination Ranking WTM London Edition, by Euromonitor International, claims the UK capital is now under pressure. Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stockholm, Dublin and Amsterdam may stand to gain. From…

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Global Exhibition Venue Space Still Growing

UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues 2017 reveals that the total venue space available for exhibitions has grown 7.4 percent in the last six years. The fastest growth is in venues offering more than 100,000 square metres. Asia now boasts more space than North America, and Europe has the most globally. From CIM News Magazine…

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Brisbane’s Convention Trailblazer Grants to Attract Conferences

Brisbane has launched a Convention Trailblazer Grant programme. The new initiative will make up to five awards per year, each of AU$5000, to passionate, talented and capable locally-based professionals or researchers. Recipients will use the money to attend the international conference of their choice, and attract those events to the Queensland capital. From CIM News Magazine…

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Will Conferences Drop the US for Canada?

After three strikes at at travel ban, the call to end DACA, and a proposed wall on the US / Mexico border, how seriously has America’s global image as a welcoming destination been damaged? Recent research suggests it is tarnished, with one CEO also now claiming the US’s loss may be Canada’s gain. From PCMA…

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Dubai Association Centre Grows Knowledge Economy

The growth of Dubai’s association community and the emirate’s ongoing transition from an oil to a knowledge economy has been presented at an event held in London. Over 40 licences have now been issued for associations to trade and operate in Dubai. $1000 buys a desk and an address in the Dubai Association Centre. From Association Meetings International…

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84th UFI Global Conference: Sharing Best Practice

Over 400 event professionals from over 50 countries attended the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg. Industry success stories were shared at the Best Practices Special Interest Group session, with a focus on education, marketing, operations and service, sustainable development, and technology. The 2017 UFI Award winners are all global leaders in these fields. From the Event…

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London Takes Heart from the European Society of Cardiology

The world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, the European Society of Cardiology Congress, is returning to London in 2021. The decision is being seen as a post-Brexit vote of confidence and an endorsement of the city’s standing in the field. In 2015 ESC brought £100m of economic benefit and 32,700 delegates into London. From Association Meetings International…

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BESydney Appoints Seven New Ambassadors

Professors Nigel Lovell, Emma Johnston and Bill Ledger were among seven new ambassadors BESydney has just welcomed into its programme of business leaders and academics that advocate for bringing meetings and events to the New South Wales capital. Guest speaker at BESydney’s annual Ambassador Dinner was gender equality champion Elizabeth Broderick. From CIM News Magazine…

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Under Half of Planners Have Specific Emergency Plans

The Fall 2017 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s Outlook surveyed planners about their contingency plans for emergencies. 46 percent of respondents said they have specific contingency plans for natural disasters, 45 percent for active shooters, 43 percent for bomb threats, 40 percent for general illness/injury/death, and 31 percent for a cyber attack. From Meetings & Conventions…

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New York Terror Attack Condemned by NYC & Company

After the New York City terror attack in which eight people died and eleven were injured, NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon expressed the tourism organisation’s deepest sympathy for the victims. He said it was “thankful and reassured by the swift actions of the NYPD and first responders”. Photo: Gh9449. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ICC Sydney Recycling Creates Sustainability Legacy

ICC Sydney says it has prevented the use and discarding of 520,000 plastic bottles during its first ten months by using recyclable glass instead in all meeting rooms. This amounts to saving 6,656 kg of plastic, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 270 tonnes. The scheme is partnered with local supplier Sydney Water. From…

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IRF Study Analyses Effective Incentives

The Incentive Research Foundation has released “Designing for Successes: Effective Design Patterns for Employee and Sales Programs”. The study highlights the design elements that create effective non-cash recognition and reward schemes. 42 percent of top-performing companies offer a single incentive programme. From Meetings & Conventions…

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