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Matching Meetings with Destinations in a World of Too Much Choice

If there’s one canon that can be considered unassailable in the meetings and events industry it is this: No two meetings are alike. There is no one size that can fit all, even two, engagements. Every project requires its own plans and those plans, budget in hand, often start with choosing the location. Destinations and…

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Adelaide: BioMed City Attracts Conference Dividend

Adelaide’s decision to build one of the largest life science hubs in the Southern Hemisphere has begun to pay dividends, with the city now winning a major international biomedical event. The South Australian capital will host the triennial World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2024, bringing in over 2,500 delegates. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Sapporo: A Japanese Legacy of Wilder Meetings

The rich natural environment of Sapporo has much to offer when it comes to hosting meetings, as it did for the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress of July 2015. Japan’s fifth-largest city boasts academic institutions that lead in the fields of geosciences, organic chemistry, agriculture, forestry, energy, medicine, pharma, animal behavior and veterinary sciences. From Boardroom…

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Brisbane Convention Bureau’s AU$96m Conference Bonanza

Brisbane’s economy will be boosted by over AU$96 million following a record twelve months at the city’s convention bureau. The past year has been the Brisbane Convention Bureau’s most successful ever, with 46,000 delegates, some of them leading world experts, set to visit Brisbane during 164,000 event days. From CIM News Magazine…

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Dubai Association Centre Registrations Grow by 38 Percent

The Dubai Association Centre has seen rapid growth in registrations of international associations during the first half of 2018. Following the first Dubai Association Conference in December, the Centre now has a total of 58 licensed associations, with sixteen registrations received since January. This represents a growth of 38 percent. From CIM News Magazine…

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Wales Launches Five-Part Business Events Strategy

Visit Wales has announced a new approach and strategy to maximise the country’s opportunities and strengths as a business events destination. The plan comprises the appointment of Heledd Williams as head of business events, attending industry shows, matching events sectors with existing knowledge hubs, an education programme, and also building on recent hosting successes. From Meetpie.com…

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Newcastle Enjoys Life Sciences Conference Boom

Newcastle is enjoying a boom in medical conferences, as it prepares to welcome almost 4,000 delegates this year to a string of national and international association meetings in the life sciences. Four major conferences are taking place in September alone: on the thyroid, obesity, nutrition, and a joint conference on teratology (developmental abnormalities). From Meetpie.com…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Chair Opens Meetings Show

The impact of Brexit and Britain’s global brand were both on the agenda when leading industry players joined MP James Heappey for a closed roundtable at The Meetings Show to discuss the UK sector. Heappey, who is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, also officially opened the show. From Meetpie.com…

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NT Commissions KPMG Business Events Strategy

The Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture in Australia has appointed KPMG to deliver the first long-term strategic plan for the business events sector. The recent AU$103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package of the NT Government includes AU$2.33 million to support business event bids. The report is expected to be delivered by October 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Assesses UK Meetings Sector

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, chaired by James Heappey MP (pictured), is holding a series of evidence sessions on the UK events sector. The first focussed on venue infrastructure including the possible loss of the QEII Conference Centre, issues surrounding Brexit, and also delivering high profile international events. From Meetpie.com…

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UK MPs Vote 419 to 119 for Third Heathrow Runway

Following the government green light, the UK Parliament has also backed controversial plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. MPs supported the proposal by 415 votes to 119. The UK meetings industry again welcomed the decision and called for speedy construction, citing the economic value of business travel to the UK. Photo: Ad Meskens. From Meetpie.com…

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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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