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Victoria: Canada’s Ocean of Meetings Opportunity

Victoria is one of Canada’s most picturesque destinations for conferences. The oldest city in the Pacific Northwest is also a leader in ocean science, so a great spot to host conferences in the field. On the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean, Victoria boasts over a hundred sector-related organisations. Photo: Brandon Godfrey. From Meetings International…

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Lyon’s Oncology Hub Secures Cancer Conferences

Lyon’s leadership in oncology will soon be reinforced by two major events heading to the French city later this year. The 14th European Congress of Neuro Oncology is in September and should attract around 1,000 attendees. The 51st Congress of the Société Internationale d’Oncologie Pédiatrique will be held in October with 2,000 delegates. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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New Zealand: The Small Nation That Delivers Big

New Zealand offers meeting planners the chance to tap into market sectors like health sciences, agribusiness, tourism, advanced manufacturing and design, high value food and wine, ICT and earth sciences. Collaboration between learning and research centres and a strong focus on education and progress from government have placed Aotearoa centre stage globally. From Boardroom…

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Intellectual Capitals: Aberdeen’s All-Energy Future

Aberdeen’s economy may once have been powered by oil and gas, but Scotland’s third city is now becoming an all-energy hub, with major investment in renewables, especially wind. It’s a life sciences hub as well, with coming new infrastructure in that sector, plus in transport, digital and the P&J Live venue (pictured). From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Intellectual Capitals: Liverpool’s Meetings Music

A historic and musical icon, Liverpool has seen substantial regeneration in recent years, reinventing itself as a life sciences knowledge hub, with further expertise in creative digital technology, maritime and logistics. It also boasts a world-class event campus and other venues hosting major national and international meetings. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Edmonton Convention Centre: Food Donation Legacies

Edmonton Convention Centre (formerly the Shaw Conference Centre) in Alberta, Canada, is one of North America’s top performing convention centres. It hosts over half a million guests annually and generates more than $30 million in economic impact. The culinary offering is a big part of the venue’s appeal, and between Edmonton’s two convention centres (Edmonton Convention…

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KLCC: Recognising and Building Local Associations

Recognising the role associations play in advancing both social and economic value through their meetings, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in partnership with the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, is investing in building up the professional capacities of the local association community. It’s an acknowledgment of hosting partners’ contribution to successful events. From Boardroom…

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Aerospace Hubs: Star Cities and Orbiting Meetings

Toulouse, Montreal, Singapore, along with Seattle, South East England and Bengalaru in India, are all destinations with clusters of innovation in aerospace. Where knowledge collects, so do associated meetings, so these hubs of expertise in this exciting sector are also attracting significant international events. From Association Meetings International…

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Student Employment Legacies for Vienna’s ESOC

Vienna has hosted ESOC, the 21st European Symposium for Organic Chemistry, in the process consolidating its strengths in the sector. Alongside the scientific programme, the meeting introduced its first-ever associated job fair for PhD and postdoctorate students, with companies participating in the technical exhibition conducting interviews on site. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Below the Waterline: A Podcast from The Iceberg

The Iceberg has always been dedicated to identifying and celebrating the greater mass of hard-to-see business events legacies lying hidden under the all-too-visible tip of travel and hospitality spending. So now it’s time to examine what lies beneath in a bracing new way. It’s time to take a deep breath and plunge “Below the Waterline”. In…

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#MEET4IMPACT Project: Key Steps for Making Impact

Launched in February, the #MEET4IMPACT Project is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this third instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc explores the key steps needed to achieve successful impact. Global nonprofit NewCities is the example. From Boardroom…

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“Carbon Neutral” CCD Wins Electricity Event

The Convention Centre Dublin, which claims that its construction footprint was carbon neutral, has been chosen to host the Eurelectric Power Summit in 2020. This year’s event took place in Florence. Based in Brussels, Eurelectric is promoting “low-carbon electricity” and wants a carbon neutral industry “well before” 2050. From Association Meetings International…

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Brussels Tops Ranking of Association Events

Brussels is the preferred destination across Europe for association event organisers, and for the eighth year in a row, according to the Union of International Associations’ annual rankings. The capital has built up a network of over 2,250 registered associations, and 733 meetings of international associations were held across Brussels during 2018. From Association Meetings International…

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Cairns CC AU$176m Upgrade Welcomed

Venue operator AEG Ogden has welcomed the formal Queensland Government announcement of the Cairns Convention Centre’s AU$176 million upgrade. The plans will see existing facilities refurbished, plus an expansion built creating a further 3,000 square metres of meeting, banquet and exhibition space. Work is due to start in June 2020. From Meetings International…

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TCEB Supports Largest Chinese Convention

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has just supported the hosting of the International Dragon Award Annual Congress at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. About 7,500 delegates are expected to have generated revenue of 640 million Baht ($20.7 million) during the four-day event, the largest-ever Chinese convention to be held in Thailand. From Meetings International…

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Sunderland Preps for Food Safety Event

The first International Food Safety Culture Conference is set to take place in North East England at the University of Sunderland. A leading research institution in the area, the college will welcome a wide range of guest speakers that are either researching, supporting or actually implementing food safety culture programmes. From Association Meetings International…

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Associations Congress Heads to Estoril

Associations World Congress 2020 organisers have announced that the event will be hosted at the Estoril Congress Centre in Portugal. AAE, the Association of Association Executives, examined universities as well as hotels and other facilities in choosing the destination, and it is pledging for 2020 to invest more in increasing delegate attendance. From Association Meetings International…

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Art Legacy for Learning Disability Congress

Ahead of the World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, held in Glasgow, First Citizen Eva Bolander posed for Project Ability artists. The initiative showcases people living with disability, and the event was part of the wider “People Make Glasgow Healthier” campaign. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Study Values Congress Messe Innsbruck Impact

A study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research has analysed the economic impact of Congress Messe Innsbruck on both the region and its people. The venue generates around €360 million in gross value added. It secures around 5,800 jobs, delivers tax revenue of €120 million, and contributions to social welfare of €62 million. From Meetings International…

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Dublin Venue to Host Euro Pain Congress

The 12th European Pain Federation Congress in 2021 is to be hosted by The Convention Centre Dublin. The meeting will bring together 3,000 clinicians and researchers, and will generate over £3.7 million for the local economy. The bid from the Irish Pain Society was supported by both the Dublin Convention Bureau and Fáilte Ireland. From Association Meetings International…

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EventWell Plans Mental Health First Aid Course

EventWell, the UK event industry’s wellbeing advice resource and charitable social enterprise, will launch a mental health first aid course during the #EventWell19 week in London this September. The new course will provide its participants with a qualification that they can use in their professional and personal lives. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Positive Impact Seeking UN SDG Responses

Event industry professionals across the globe are being asked for their comments and commitments on how the sector can support UN Sustainable Development Goals. Survey responses will be analysed by Iceberg partner Positive Impact, and those completed before 1st September 2019 will form an “acceleration action” shared with the UN. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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SA’s Bidding Support Figures Unveiled

At Meetings Africa 2017, South Africa launched a bidding fund to target international association meetings. Now at the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry congress, Deputy Minister of Tourism Fish Mahlalela has discussed its 2018-19 submissions. These total 108 event bids, with an economic impact of around R2.5 billion. From the Event…

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Business Events Legacies: JMIC Case Study Project Report

This project collected, analysed and synthesised the findings of all prior Joint Meetings Industry Council Case Studies to deliver a verdict on the broader contributions that conferences, congresses, trade shows, convention centres and bureaux deliver to destinations, communities, industries and economies. The cases were drawn from four continents: Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. The…

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11th China-LAC Business Summit 2018

The China-LAC Summit is an annual meeting organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is a key entrepreneurial event for companies from China and the Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Center in Uruguay hosted the 11th edition of the…

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Knowledge Sharing and Organisational Development Through EuroHeartCare...

The EuroHeartCare conference is one of the most important platforms for driving research publications, exchanging ideas, and forming and deepening collaborations within the field of cardiovascular nursing in Europe. It aims to support healthcare professionals in delivering the best care possible to patients with cardiovascular disease. The 2017 edition was hosted by Jönköping University in…

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International Research Conferences: The Academic Impact

The study explores the benefits and barriers for individual researchers and universities when hosting research conferences. The study has been commissioned by the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy – an advisory body to the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science. Thereby the study situates the hosting of research conferences as a potential…

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London Tech Week: London & Partners

London Tech Week is a festival of live events taking place once a year across the United Kingdom capital. Having been held now for four years, it has become a key gathering for the ICT industry in London. It connects the entire tech ecosystem both within the city and beyond, shapes the future of the…

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ICC Sydney: Feeding Your Performance

Many international convention centres use sophisticated methods to measure the economic impact of business events in their host cities. Others recognise the importance of food in customer experience and promote programs like paddock to plate or food miles. ICC Sydney marries these two concepts together and takes them to a new level by measuring the…

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The Trade Fair Industry in Asia – 15th Edition (July 2019)

The latest UFI / Business Strategies Group report on the trade fair industry in Asia has now been published complete with updated statistical information from 2018. Leaflet here… The Trade Fair Industry in Asia – 15th Edition (July 2019) – Leaflet Order form here… The Trade Fair Industry in Asia – 15th Edition (July 2019) –…

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2019 Global Event Trends Report

What’s trending around the globe in the events industry? With the help of its international partners, Maritz Global Events investigated the current state of the field and narrowed down the top five trends affecting the event industry right now. These global experts and local champions from the industry share their take, and provide a diverse…

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2018 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings

The release of the 2018 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings marks yet another successful year for the association meetings market. The International Congress and Convention Association captured a total of 12,937 rotating association meetings taking place in 2018, an increase of 379 compared to the number recorded at the same time in 2017. This…

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The 2019 IACC Meeting Room of the Future

Now in its third edition, this report brings together insights from meeting planners, IACC members and industry experts from around the globe. Initially published in 2016, the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report provided an overview and foundational benchmarks on meeting industry trends. The 2019 report builds on the findings from both the 2017…

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The Exhibition Industry and UN SDGs

On the occasion of 2019’s Global Exhibitions Day (GED), UFI, the industry’s global association, is launching a new report and online database. These will track initiatives and projects in the global exhibitions business shaped around the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This resource, a first of its kind, aims to showcase work done…

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2019’s Best in Show: Ten Fresh Approaches to Meeting Design

PCMA, the Professional Convention Management Association, has just published its annual “Best in Show” list. The ten stories include using art therapy at a haematology event, a heart rhythm meeting dropping registration fees for self-paying attendees from lower income countries, and a biomedical event letting students earn credit towards attendance costs by staffing the meeting. From PCMA…

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In the Bag: Is Switching from Plastic to Cotton Actually Sustainable?

Recently getting soaked leaving an exhibition during a downpour, The Iceberg’s curator has already had cause to note events no longer issuing plastic bags at registration, but now handing out cotton totes. But are these actually any kinder to the environment? UK and Danish studies think not. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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FAM Trips? There’s No Need to Shout about Industry Excursions!

The Iceberg prefers “familiarisation trips”. The rest of the sector uses the shorter “FAM trips”, usually with the capital letters. But why shout? For the second time, and now with accompanying video, one of our more particular partners pleads for industry excursions to remain lower case. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Behavioural Science and its Influence on Meetings and Events

Capita Travel & Events and NYS experts in behavioural science have explained how uses of the field’s techniques can foster collaboration and improve delegate experiences. First discussed in June during The Meetings Show, the methodology can be used to influence many factors, including choice of the most cost-effective meeting locations. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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AIPC President Aloysius Arlando: The Benefits of The Global Alliance

Three big industry associations, all Iceberg partners, are dovetailing resources available to members: the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), together with the global association of the exhibition Industry (UFI). AIPC President (and UFI Board Member) Aloysius Arlando talks collaboration, standardisation and advocacy. From UFI…

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Shaun Vorster: Planning Dubai’s Expo 2020 and Shaping its Legacy

Shaun Vorster is Vice President of Business Integration and Activations at Dubai’s Expo 2020. Here he talks about that role, shares information on what to expect at the October 2020 launch, and discusses the place legacy holds in shaping both the programming of Expo 2020 and the afterlife of its venues. From the Event…

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ICCA Country and City Rankings: An African Chapter Perspective

The Africa Chapter of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association is small but active. ICCA’s annual statistics list how many association meetings are held in cities around the world. The Regional Director for Africa at ICCA, Esmaré Steinhöfel, explains what the latest rankings mean for the continent, and where growth opportunities lie. From the Event…

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Tracking the Predators: Taking on Counterfeit Conferences

Legitimate research meetings are now under threat from “predatory” conferences. These unscholarly events are organised for profit and publish anything sent their way for a fee. One even passed a nuclear physics paper written using iOS autocomplete. Could tracking the meetings as well as the research be the answer? From Paul Killoran via Boardroom…

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The Global Alliance: AIPC, ICCA and UFI Pooling Resources

Three major business event industry associations are pooling resources available to their members. AIPC (the International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association) and UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) have together formed The Global Alliance. From UFI…

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Brexit and Advocacy to New Government: UK EIB’s Michael Hirst

As Boris Johnson was appointed new Prime Minister of the UK, Events Industry Board Chair Michael Hirst was speaking about Brexit and government involvement in the meetings and events industry. He also discussed how advocacy always has to start over again, engaging with new ministers after Cabinet reshuffle turnover. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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EURAM 2018: Managing Both Knowledge and Logistics in Reykjavik

With members in 49 countries, EURAM was founded to advance the academic discipline of management across Europe. Last year it held its conference at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. Around 2,000 papers were reviewed in advance, and over 1,700 delegates took part. The legacy was a stronger society. Photo: Háskóli Islands. From Association Meetings International…

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BestCities’ Jane Cunningham on Association Legacies

Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance, has recorded a video with Kit Watts, Strategic Communications Director at IMEX, also a partner. In it she talks about the role of associations, the legacies their events leave, the “Incredible Impacts” awards, and even The Iceberg. From BestCities Global Alliance…

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Education

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10 September 2019

Education @ IMEX America 2019, Las Vegas, USA

Brilliant speakers, fresh ideas and continuous inspiration at 180-plus educations events over four days. Whether you want to tap into event tech, polish your professional skills, spark your imagination at a ground-breaking keynote, or connect with your peers, our unique and free program has it covered.

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12 September 2019

15th TourMIS Users’ Workshop & International Seminar 2019,...

The 15th TourMIS Users’ Workshop and International Seminar is organised by the European Travel Commission, European Cities Marketing & MODUL University Vienna on September 12-13, 2019. Both events are directed toward managers, academics, as well as consultants and representatives of governments and international organisations dealing with tourism. Participants are invited to register for both days or can choose to participate…

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28 October 2019

EVVC: Heads Up! English for Performance and Event, Bergheim, Germany

English is unquestionably the language of the event industry. In cooperation and during the production planning with international customers a safe handling of the English language is indispensable. Central to the seminar concept is the teaching of the English language, individually tailored to the needs of the company and the course participants. The seminar deliberately focuses on…

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5 November 2019

EVVC: 10 Legal Traps for Executives, Bonn, Germany

If you also want to know how to avoid legal traps and ensure a successful, legally compliant event business as comprehensively as possible, you should attend this seminar. You will get to know the current legal requirements and discuss practical solutions comprehensively. Includes: Responsibilities and Duties of Executives and Business Leaders; Legal assignment of external companies…

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7 November 2019

EVVC: Win Customers Convincingly – Sales for Advanced Users,...

If potential customers do not buy, it’s not always because of the price, or because your location’s infrastructure is inappropriate for the event. If you address your customers in a solution-oriented manner, you will create trust in your service and give them the feeling of being understood and well cared for. Communicate with customers convincingly;…

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17 November 2019

Forum for Young Professionals 2019, Barcelona, Spain

The FYP brings together 35 young industry professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds. Over 3 days, the selected applicants are given networking opportunities, educational sessions, social activities and guidance worth their weights in gold from some of the most influential meetings industry figures. Participants will complete the FYP with a wealth of knowledge, a…

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17 November 2019

AIPC Facility Operations Summit 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Mark Your IBTM World Calender Now for the 2019 Edition of AIPC’s Facility Operations Summit. This is one of the only opportunities in the industry for those representing the critical area of centre operation to build beneficial networks, strategize on issues of common concern and explore how improving interactions amongst centre managers can increase centre…

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19 November 2019
29 November 2019

EVVC: Teambuilding Seminar, Bruchsal, Germany

Teambuilding … how do you do that? – Why are employees so important to the company? The seminar content answers questions about motivation, communication and leadership. Based on practical examples of solutions, you tackle problems together with the speaker, for example – how do you achieve and promote teamwork and teambuilding? How can you increase the satisfaction…

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9 December 2019

UFI-VMA Venue Management School 2019, Shanghai, China

Following the sell-out success of last year’s event, this year’s UFI-VMA Venue Management School (VMS) will once again be held in Shanghai. UFI joined forces with the Venue Management Association (VMA) in Australia to develop this innovative training programme, which is tailored to the specific requirements of venue managers in China. The Mandarin-language programme was created…

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9 February 2020

AIPC Academy 2020, Brussels, Belgium

The AIPC Academy is the only comprehensive professional development program aimed specifically at international convention centre issues and opportunities. Updated annually to reflect the most current conditions, it is the best possible investment a centre can make in the development of fully professional staff ready to meet the facility management and marketing challenges of today…

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9 April 2020

AIPC Latin America Summit, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Held in conjunction with the Conference of the Association of Latin American Convention Centres, this full day event brings together a range of sessions and participants to ensure the broadest possible perspective on industry conditions and facilitate strategic development in this rapidly developing region within a global context.

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10 September 2019

IMEX America 2019, Las Vegas, USA

Learn, network, connect with the global meetings industry. Inspirational exhibitors, fresh ideas from experts and innovators, countless networking opportunities—this is where you need to be.  If you’re a meeting and events professional, you’ll find all the suppliers you need for your events—from new venues in major cities across the world to the latest event tech providers.

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16 September 2019

ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Client/Supplier Business Workshop 2019,...

The Client/Supplier Workshop is your ground to meet key decision makers or board members of associations that has the potential to bring their meetings to your destination. It is the most cost-effective way for you to meet 10-15 other clients who have been carefully vetted and approved by ICCA. This Workshop is definitely the most…

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19 September 2019

M&IT Corporate Challenge 2019, London, UK

Responding to huge market demand, the hugely successful M&IT Agency Challenge concept will be replicated with participation from leading corporate buyers. Organised in association with the Event Marketing Association, the M&IT Corporate Challenge will bring together suppliers and corporate event organisers in the modern way to engage with key new contacts through a creative and interactive…

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3 October 2019

ICCA Destination Marketing Small Client/Supplier Business Workshop,...

The small workshop is open to all members of the destination marketing sector who are interested in attracting smaller conferences to their destination. Accompanying clients should be decision makers/influencers of a European conference which has less than 800 delegates.

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27 October 2019

58th ICCA Congress, Houston, USA

Registration will open in March 2019! The ICCA Congress: A must for meeting industry professionals! A global, modern and vibrant city bursting with culture and personality, Houston has innovation and technology at its heart. With unique educational content and unrivalled networking and business opportunities with local stakeholders, the 2019 ICCA Congress is not to be missed.

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6 November 2019

86th UFI Global Congress, Bangkok, Thailand

Open to UFI members only, UFI’s annual Global Congress is known as the exhibition industry’s largest global meeting of the year and the “must attend” event for all industry professionals, combining international networking with unique content. It is an ideal opportunity for members to gain insight into topics of strategic interest, on the current industry…

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19 November 2019

IBTM World, Barcelona, Spain

IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and we have one goal; we want to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences. For 31 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections and content you need to create world-class events for your customers. Make a year’s worth of connections…

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8 December 2019

BestCities Global Forum 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

Open to senior international association executives (or AMC on behalf of the associations), the Global Forum is the ideal opportunity for decision-makers considering hosting an event in a BestCities’ destination, to meet all the partner cities and meeting planners in one stunning location. Participating associations will return home with a tangible tool to use in the…

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24 February 2020
25 February 2020

Meetings Africa 2020, Johannesburg

In recent years, the global meetings industry has begun to recognise Africa as a sought after destination. Meetings Africa showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent.

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28 February 2020

M&IT Industry Awards 2020, London, UK

The event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition programme; the only independently audited events industry awards programme. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards event brings together all sectors of the business to reward excellence of service and product and to enjoy fantastic cuisine, fine wines, excellent live entertainment and raise funds for charity.

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3 March 2020

UFI Asia-Pacific Conference 2020, Macau

Over the past 14 years, the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference  has become one of the exhibition industry’s most important gatherings for learning and networking. Each year, the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference attracts around 300 leaders from organisers, venues, associations, service providers and government bodies. The next edition of the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference 2020 will take place in…

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Samantha Glass

Director of Corporate Affairs & Communication, International Convention Centre Sydney

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A founding member of ICC Sydney’s leadership team, Sam developed the communications and marketing strategies that have resulted in establishing one of the business events industry’s strongest brands. Story-telling, building emotional connection and strong stakeholder engagement have been core to ICC Sydney’s successful brand development throughout its pre-opening, launch and operational phases. Sam steered the…

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Jurriaen Sleijster

President & COO, MCI

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It’s about people. Bring them together, have them exchange stories, knowledge, dreams… have them join efforts, working together for a common goal… and great things happen. I love that energy and that buzz. That’s probably why I so enjoy working in the meetings and events industry. People really can make a change and leave a…

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Melissa Riley

Vice President of Convention Sales & Services, Destination DC

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Melissa Riley serves as the Vice President of Convention Sales and Services at Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital. A 20-year veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, Riley leads a team of more than 30 who work in concert to generate a positive economic impact for the District….

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Gary Grimmer

CEO, GainingEdge

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Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the convention industry. In 2004 he founded GainingEdge, a global consulting company that offers advisory services in relation to destinations, convention bureaus and convention and exhibition centres. It also provides convention and incentive sales representation services in all of the world’s key markets. The company’s services are end-to-end,…

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Gillian Taylor

Director of Business Development, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Gillian Taylor has over 25 years experience in the meetings industry spanning from Australia to the Arabian Gulf. Currently, Gillian is  Director of Business Development at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), an iconic landmark for Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman.  A new hub for Business Events, and  with the Oman Convention Bureau…

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Anja Loetscher

Anja was born in Germany and spent her childhood in Africa, returning to Germany to complete her formal education. In 1978, she joined her then hotel manager husband, travelling and supporting him in several countries in the Middle East, Australia, Tahiti and Asia. During the past 20 years, she has held several senior management and…

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Geoff Donaghy

CEO, International Convention Centre Sydney

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Geoff Donaghy is CEO of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, ICC Sydney, which since its opening has been successfully attracting local, national and international visitors with its focus on high quality events, local produce and commitment to service excellence. He is also the Director of Convention Centres for leading venue management specialists, AEG…

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Tracy Halliwell MBE

Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events, London & Partners

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Director of Tourism, Conventions and Major Events, Tracy Halliwell joined London & Partners from Visit London, the capital’s global marketing organisation. At London & Partners, Tracy heads up London’s Tourism division, managing the event solutions team and a proactive global sales team focused on attracting discretionary business, cultural & sporting events to the capital. At…

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Gary Schirmacher

Senior Vice President, Industry Presence & Strategic Development, Experient - a Maritz Global Events Company

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With 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Schirmacher leads Experient’s strategic plan development and implementation, as well as industry presence for Maritz Global Events. He was awarded the company’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005, and was inducted into the Colorado Meetings Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award….

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Carina Bauer

CEO, IMEX Group

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Carina entered the meetings industry in 2002 as Marketing and Operations Director for IMEX in Frankfurt and part of the original launch team for the exhibition. Following the expansion of the IMEX brand into America in 2009, Carina was appointed CEO of the IMEX Group. In this role, Carina is responsible for all aspects of the business. Throughout…

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Remi Deve

Chief Editor, Boardroom

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A specialized journalist in the association management field, Remi has been active in the meetings industry for more than 10 years. Together with Cecile Koch, he launched Boardroom in 2017, a niche publication specialized in association management and events. Boardroom covers a wide spectrum of issues of interest to associations based globally and is specifically targeting association…

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Flavie Baudot

Acting Head, European Cities Marketing

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Flavie Baudot has more than 15 years’ experience in the Tourism and Meetings Industry. She began her career with diverse experiences in customer relations in the insurance and hospitality sectors and then decided to specialise in tourism, mixing her avid passion for international relations, people and cultures. Having graduated in Tourism Management and Culture in…

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