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Configuring Confident Confexes

Exhibitions at conferences, or confexes, provide a wealth of opportunities to improve the delegate experience. South African confexes are on a par with the rest of the world. They share similar trends in the increasing use of technology, in improving conference content, and in a greater focus on networking opportunities. From the Event…

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“Shared Economies” at Meetings Africa 2018

Meetings Africa 2018 is about to open its doors, as the travel and tourism trade, plus local and international buyers and media, head for the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This year’s theme is “shared economies”, meaning the importance of collaboration in destination marketing and boosting development in Africa through business meetings. From the Event…

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Dubai Reaches New Heights

As reported in News, Dubai’s meetings dominance continued in 2017. The emirate won 212 bids and proposals. Expo 2020 is also nearing. Dubai has always hosted spectacular familiarisation trips, and an Iceberg partner has just enjoyed one, during which the brand new Dubai Frame (pictured) was on the itinerary. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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2018’s Key Incentive Trends Named

Increasing regulation, rising business optimism, and a growing appetite for wellness: these are some of the things shaping incentive travel, reward and recognition programmes in 2018. So says the Incentive Research Foundation, which has published its annual study highlighting the top incentive trends that will affect organizations in the year ahead. From Meetings & Conventions…

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The Future is Calling: AIME 2018 in Melbourne

Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 in Melbourne is set to inspire event professionals with a range of never before seen interactive features. A system blending human connection and technology via touchscreen video platform will welcome delegates on arrival. The automated Selfiebot will interact with them and roam around taking photographs. From CIM News Magazine…

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Enhanced IBTM Arabia in Abu Dhabi Hailed a Success

The 12th edition of IBTM Arabia, which has taken place in Abu Dhabi, has been hailed a success with 2,700 business meetings held between the elite group of event planners and exhibitors. Delegates also attended networking events and education sessions. Several changes were made this year, including enhancements to the hosted buyer programme. From Meetpie.com…

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Convening Leaders Broke Records in Nashville

Despite not quite breaking a human guitar world record, the flagship event of the Professional Convention Management Association, Convening Leaders, attracted a record 4,457 delegates last month, up seven percent on 2017. The Nashville meeting also attracted 1,604 attendees who followed proceedings online and 109 in the Asia Pacific who watched on catch-up. From Association Meetings International…

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Clarion Events & Global Sources: Another Mega-Merger

One of the world’s leading independent events organisers, London based Clarion Events, has completed a merger with exhibition and online B2B marketplace operator Global Sources, based in Hong Kong. Both are owned by investment firm Blackstone, which will control the combined group. The merger creates one of the world’s largest privately-owned exhibition businesses. From CIM News Magazine…

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Sherrif Karamat: Vision Through Disruption

The Professional Convention Management Association’s new President and CEO is Sherrif Karamat, previously the PCMA COO. In the first of a monthly column he’ll be writing as part of his new post, Sherrif contrasts the legacies of conferences and conventions with the current disruption faced by almost every sector. From PCMA Convene…

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Marriott Commission Cut: Independent Planners React

Marriott International is cutting to seven percent the standard ten percent commission paid to group intermediaries in the US and Canada. The move prompted fierce reaction from the industry, much collated above in News. But Iceberg partner Northstar has also filmed video interviews with organisers at its Independent Planner Education Conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Despite Brexit, UK Companies Still Choosing European Destinations

Despite the UK’s imminent exit from the EU, Britain’s corporate event organisers continued to stage events in continental Europe during 2017 with 45 percent of clients choosing international venues. The British Meetings & Events Industry Survey shows Germany to be the preferred European destination among respondents, and equally as popular as the USA. From Meetpie.com…

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