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Taking Heart After Terror

After the Barcelona terror attack, the European Society of Cardiology Congress proceeded as planned with great success. Over 31.700 attended from 153 countries. 4,515 abstracts were submitted. Let cynics and terrorists take note of a heart-warming truth: it’s business and professional events that drive world change and improvement. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International….

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Rather than controversial name and shame blacklists, here’s a rather more creative solution to the problem of discouraging the attendance of FAM trip freeloaders. Charge an appropriate token entry fee… and then donate the proceeds to industry charity Meeting Needs. Some clever thinking at Cliveden House in Berkshire, United Kingdom, from the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Waste: Such a Waste

Following an interview with Positive Impact’s Fiona Pelham, Meetpie.com’s editor has been contemplating the volume of waste visible during the average daily commute. But events are now discarding bad practice, and great strides in sustainability are being made and recognised across the sector. Contribute with the hastag #Shareapositiveimpact. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Industry Millennials Driving Sustainability

Fiona Pelham – founder of Iceberg partner Positive Impact – says younger industry professionals are spearheading sustainability and making it part of normal practice. Positive Impact is currently promoting events sustainability in tandem with the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The sector can get involved by sharing best practice with the hashtag #Shareapositiveimpact. From Meetpie.com…

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The New Politics: W(h)ither Diversity?

After recent events in Charlottesville – and President Trump’s response to them – how will the role of diversity change across the business events landscape? Will promoting inclusion – in terms of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation – having grown in significance over recent years, now slip back down the agenda? From Successful Meetings…

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Associations: The Importance of Education

Kai Troll – Chairman of Best Buddies EMEA and Head of Development at the International Sport and Cultural Association – has been discussing both the reasons associations are of value to their members and the future of the model. Education is right at the heart of the sector, but not always effectively delivered. From Boardroom…

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Fresh Thinking on Food

With edible legacy stories elsewhere on The Iceberg – the San Diego Convention Center (Features) and the ICC Sydney (JMIC Case Studies and here) – please tuck into some fresh thinking on meetings food and beverage. The sharing trend, interactivity, using dieticians, accommodating dietary requirements… all palates are catered for. From CIM News Magazine…

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AIPC Research Creates a Roadmap for Industry Advocacy

A roadmap for industry advocacy has emerged from a piece of research conducted by AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres. The AIPC Local Resident’s Survey targets three cities where the impact of visitor traffic is considered an issue: Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam. An advisory from Rod Cameron, Executive Director, AIPC and the Joint Meetings Industry Council…

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Meetings are Serious… Just Don’t Forget the Joy

As we switch from “business tourism” to “economic development” and “knowledge transfer” – and as we quantify the return on investment our events create – let us not forget the human values also at the heart of this industry. Let us not squeeze the joy out of meetings. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Feedback from a Speaker

We all know what professional conference organisers want from speakers they engage in constructing content for meetings and events. But what do the speakers want in return from organisers? Consultant and Strategic Meetings Management guru Kevin Iwamoto offers a list of eight peeves and pointers from the speaker point of view. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Principal’s Recruitment Principles

The UK meetings and events industry is heavily dependent on foreign labour. The effect of Brexit on its ability to recruit remains a unknown quantity. Even before the surprise referendum result, possibly the country’s biggest independent conference group, Principal Hotel Company, created a training academy which is now attracting local talent. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Shaun Hinds on Manchester Central’s Next Ten Years

Manchester Central is now celebrating ten years since becoming an exhibition and conference centre. The venue’s new CEO Shaun Hinds has clear views on its next decade, in terms of industry disruption, the evolution of meetings and events, extending the conference experience beyond the event itself, and in the use of technology. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Some Blue Sky Thinking on Event Disruption

According to the Incentive Research Foundation’s 2016 Event Disruption study, 59% of planners in 2015 and 2016 and had to deal with outside disturbances to their meeting itineraries. One brave Iceberg partner journalist signed up to sample a unique dinner-in-the-sky experience in London. Sadly sometimes even a suspended event has to be… erm… suspended. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Return on Investment Re-examined

Whilst direct spend on business and professional events – the tip of the iceberg – is relatively easy to quantify, their legacy return on investment has always been harder to assess. ROI specialist Michael Piddock of  Glisser links its measurement to the goals an event is seeking to achieve, be these in revenue, reputation, relationships or recall. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Thinking Big About Small Meetings

Small may be beautiful… but it does make economies of scale harder to achieve and is a niche that businesses either overlook or manage on an ad hoc basis. Two corporate meetings chiefs offer their thoughts on how best to think big about small, particularly in regards to the use of technology. From Business Travel News…

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US Travel CEO Calls for a Boycott of Boycotts

With campaigners against Texas’s proposed “bathroom bill” claiming the state has already suffered $66 million of convention business cancellations because of the proposed legislation – the exact figure is the subject of some dispute – US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow says boycotts are the wrong way to campaign however well-intentioned their aim. From Meetings & Conventions…

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