The power of conferences is well understood at the new ICC Sydney.

In this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg there are two not-to-be-missed reports on the power of meetings.

Business Events Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney have jointly published a book detailing the role conferences have played in the careers of ten distinguished luminaries, including two Nobel laureates. The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change is available to download for free in Features. Check out the final pages on insights and long tail outcomes.

And in Research, Iceberg partner Positive Impact ended its campaign during the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism with the launch of a report at IBTM World: Telling the Story of the Power of Events. It’s hard to argue with the goal of using this industry to create legacies bettering the most basic and fundamental of human needs.

Also in Features (click right), how the city of Mainz in western Germany has just played host to the Third International Cancer lmmunotherapy Conference 2017. It was selected for the 1,500-delegate event not just as a cost-effective destination, but also as a knowledge hub in the sector and home to one of Europe’s leading cancer immunology research centres.

In Opinions (click right), Pádraic Gilligan writes on cinematic new venue ideas. There are two pieces on Paris: the knowledge hub launch of its new convention centre, and whether organisers of large events will face competition at the time of the 2024 Olympics. And Convene analyses the real return on investment of face-to-face with the meeting that brought President Trump to power: the 2016 Republican National Convention.

In News, both The Power of Conferences and Paris Convention Centre launches again, IBTM World and the IBTM Trends Watch report, some significant exhibitor spending figures from Hong Kong, a new legacy programme from the redoutable ICC Sydney, the JMIC Profile and Power Award, Sheffield’s ambassador programme, and Deborah Sexton stepping down as PCMA CEO. As well as all that and more, the Global Destination Sustainability Index – also a partner of The Iceberg – has released its second annual rankings, with Gothenburg the top performer and Glasgow the most improved.

Finally and with great sadness, The Iceberg offers its sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Manisa Mohamed Nor, who passed away at the age only 39 while travelling to Prague for the 56th ICCA Congress. Manisa was a senior executive with the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, and the author of the JMIC Case Study below on the sustainability of business events in Malaysia.

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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