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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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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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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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Looking Beyond the Tiers: Affordable Destinations

Tier 1 cities have much to offer meeting groups in terms of their connectivity and facilities. But all that bang takes a lot of buck. To make a big impact on a smaller budget, meeting planners should consider small and mid-sized cities. So how do you find big-city appeal in an affordable destination? From Successful Meetings…

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30 August 2018

ASAE: Crafting Your Strategic Crisis Management Plan, Washington DC,...

The world has become a more dangerous place, and organizations that hold meetings need to be prepared to respond if an emergency arises. Reducing panic, ensuring safety, and containing liability are crucial goals of a strong crisis management plan. Crisis management plans are not one-size-fits-all. They need to be reviewed and revised regularly to incorporate…

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Six Cities Vie for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The list of cities vying to host the Democratic National Convention in 2020 has been reduced to six: Atlanta, Houston, Miami Beach, Milwaukee, New York and San Francisco. The event draws 50,000, has economic impact of more than $200 million and throws a global spotlight on the host city. Photo: Maggie Hallahan. From Meetings & Conventions…

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6 January 2019

PCMA 2019 Convening Leaders, Pittsburgh, USA

PCMA will host 2019 Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, PA, known as” City of Bridges,” located at confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and recognized for its 400+ bridges and breath-taking vistas. The destination once known as “The Steel City” has transformed into a technology lightening rod with companies such as Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia,…

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17 August 2018

Deborah Sexton Scholarship Reception, Chicago, USA

This reception will raise funds for the PCMA Education Foundation’s new Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship Fund. In recognition of Deborah’s extraordinary contributions to PCMA and the business events industry, the fund will provide an annual scholarship to an individual to advance their education and career.

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ICCA Releases 2017 Destination Rankings by Delegate Numbers

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association published its annual rankings of countries and cities for international association meetings. Now ICCA has an alternative view of the data: destinations ranked by estimated number of meeting delegates. Again, Barcelona is top city, and the United States top country. Other placings shift slightly. From Meetings & Conventions…

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“Decent” Growth for Exhibitions, Says Research

Although underperforming against the wider economy, the exhibition industry continued to expand during the first quarter of 2018, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, which has published the first-quarter results of its periodic Index research report. The industry posted a “decent” year-over-year gain of 1.8 percent in the quarter. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Convention Centres: How the City Benefits

A $1.5 billion expansion of Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Center is underway. The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting $1.4 billion, the Moscone in San Francisco $500 million, the Orange County Convention Center in Florida around $500 million, and the Miami Beach Convention Center $620 million. But how are decisions behind these projects made? From Successful Meetings…

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No Pressure for a PCO: World Peace v. Fire and Fury

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, but we now know that President Trump’s face-to-face with the Supreme Leader on June 12th won’t take place. Before it was officially cancelled, one Iceberg partner pondered the pressures for organisers of such meetings. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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