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Playing the Long Game: The Power of Conferences

The question is often asked: what are the benefits of holding conferences? Often the real answers to the question only emerge years after an event has taken place, when the ideas presented or connections made have become breakthroughs that save lives, change society or redefine best practice and policy. Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the…

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ICC Sydney Launches Legacy Programme

ICC Sydney is to roll out a multi-streamed legacy programme, designed to connect the world’s brightest minds, industry leaders and delegates across a diverse cross-section of Sydney’s community. Starting in January, the scheme will foster knowledge exchange, collaboration and engagement around four streams: Innovators, Generation Next, Aboriginal Australia and Sustainability. From CIM News Magazine…

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BESydney and UTS Publish “The Power of Conferences” Book

Business Events Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney have published a new book about the legacies of business events. Built around profiles of ten distinguished thought leaders, and focussing on the role meetings have played in their stories, the book also analyses the outcomes conferences help create. Photo: Fairfax Syndication. From CIM News Magazine…

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Sheffield’s Ambassador Programme Celebrates Ten Years

Sheffield’s conference ambassador programme has celebrated its 10th anniversary at the annual dinner given for advocates who bring larger business events into the city. The city’s conference market is estimated to be worth £113 million to the local economy and the ambassador programme itself has contributed close to £30 million over the last six years. From Association Meetings International…

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Mainz: Translating Cancer Science into Survival

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. From tw tagungswirtschaft…

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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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Tourism NZ Applauds Ambassadors’ NZ$31m Wins

23 local champions who have helped New Zealand win conference business to the tune of NZ$31m have been recognised by their country at an event. 13,500 international delegates have come or are coming to New Zealand because of these individuals’ efforts. They range from university academics to health sector professionals. From CIM News Magazine…

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Knowledge Attracting Record Numbers to Helsinki

The Finnish capital hosted 38,000 congress visitors this summer, an increase of 8,000 on last year. The visits added about €50 million to the city’s economy. Local expertise attracted 150 international association meetings between May and September, including the World Glaucoma Congress, which was attended by 3,500 delegates instead of an anticipated 3,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Business Events Canada: A Priority Sector Focus

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is the new head of Business Events Canada, the organisation responsible for meetings industry promotion in the country. During a recent trip to Europe, she shared her vision. BEC has identified seven priority business sectors where Canada holds a competitive advantage and is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence. From Boardroom…

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Tshwane: South African Knowledge Hub

The City of Tshwane, in northern Gauteng Province, is home both to iconic South African historical sites and also several universities. But conferences, exhibitions and corporate meetings take place in Tshwane as well, including many government events. It boasts state-of-the-art conference and exhibition venues like the CSIR International Convention Centre. From the Event…

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