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China-LAC 2017 at the Punta del Este C & EC

The China-LAC Summit is an annual event 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 was honored to host the 11th edition of…

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Tokyo: An Olympic Future for Business Events

With more than 37 million people living in greater Tokyo, the city is probably the world’s largest metropolitan area. As the 2020 Summer Olympic Games approach, Japan’s capital is growing even busier with the preparation of infrastructure, transport and human resources.  Business events are right at the centre of this development fever. From Boardroom…  

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Australian Medical Legacies: AIDS 2014

Australian cities are leveraging medical knowledge and research specialities to secure major events and realise the investment, employment, healthcare and other legacies that result from them. The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), which took place in Melbourne after over two years’ extensive planning and preparation, might well be the epitome of this. From Boardroom…

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If You Build It They Will Come

From ICC Sydney, to NZICC in Auckland, from Setia SPICE in Penang, to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Rome’s Convention Center La Nuvola, the Paris Convention Centre, ICC Wales, and CRCC in Costa Rica, the construction of new convention centres across the world suggests face to face has a future. From Association Meetings International…

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Singapore: Where Associations Find Synergy

When the Singapore Tourism Bureau invited several international and European associations to come over and visit local societies and conference venues, they did not expect much symbiosis between these different organisations. But the group started to see synergies across its various fields of expertise and even dreamed up a joint congress together. From Boardroom…

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Incredible Impacts: ISTH’s Kyoto Legacy

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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Montreal: Scientific Pioneer

Montreal has become Canada’s cultural capital: not quite North American, but not entirely European either. Already home to top-notch researchers in fields like genetics, aging, economics and life sciences, Montreal’s scientific community is building on its international reputation. It is doing this both by winning scientific awards and by attracting large-scale international conventions. From Boardroom…

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Jerusalem: Association Knowledge Hub

The longest inhabited city on the globe, Jerusalem is not only holy to three major world religions but also an evolving association destination. Thanks to the presence of 17 academic institutions, the Israeli capital is also a modern-day knowledge hub. It boasts the largest number of start-ups and venture capital investments per capita anywhere. From Boardroom…

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Incredible Impacts: World Confederation for Physical Therapy

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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Incredible Impacts: World Parkinson Coalition

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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Paul Flackett: The Boy from Birmingham

Friends, family, and colleagues of the late Paul Flackett joined in celebration of the IMEX and business events industry icon at a memorial event generously hosted by London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre. Comic, emotional, and musical farewells from all corners of the world were delivered in fond remembrance of “the boy from Birmingham”. These included…

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Incredible Impacts: Making a Mark

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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The Association of Association Executives Launches African Event

The Association of Association Executives has launched a new event for Africa among its international meetings. The Africa Associations Congress will take place in October at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The event is aimed at pan-African, regional and national African associations and also for international associations with African members. From Boardroom…

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BestCities Campaign Launch Celebrates the Power of People

To coincide with Global Meetings Industry Day, Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has announced a new communications strategy to showcase the power of people. Led by the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau, which will host the BestCities 2018 Global Forum in December, the campaign aims to celebrate the unique role people play in the events industry. From Meetpie.com…

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The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Legacy Innovation Hub

As the last athlete leaves the Commonwealth Games Village, work will begin on transforming it into the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. The new district is near two hospitals and a university, and the Games’ real legacy could be one of the most advanced health and knowledge innovation hubs in the Asia-Pacific. From CIM News Magazine…

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New South Wales Commits AU$300,000 More to Regional Events

Following the New South Wales Regional Conferencing Develop-ment Grants pilot programme launched last year, the NSW Government has committed a further AU$300,000 to attract or create business events across the State. 4,600 delegates are expected to attend twelve events already funded, and should inject around AU$2 million into communities across NSW. From CIM News Magazine…

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Startup Conference Collision Set to Relocate to Toronto

One of North America’s biggest startup conferences, Collision, will be relocating to Toronto in 2019. The move is a sign of the growing tech sector importance of the Ontario capital. The event itself has grown rapidly in recent years, from 1,500 attendees in 2014 to an expected 25,000 this year. From The (Toronto) Global and Mail…

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Icelandic Universities Aiming to Attract More Academic Conferences

Meet in Reykjavik has teamed up with three of Iceland’s top universities in an effort to increase the number of academic conferences they host. An official partnership agreement was signed between the convention bureau and the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University (pictured) and the Iceland University of the Arts. From Association Meetings International…

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Puma “Glamorising Crime” at London Party Event

Puma has been accused of glamorising crime after hosting a drug and gang-themed party in central London. The sportswear brand invited people to its House of Hustle party in an abandoned Soho mansion by sending out wads of fake £50 notes and ‘trap phones’: less traceable low-tech handsets used by drug dealers. From Meetpie.com…

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Events Sector Marks Global Meetings Industry Day 2018

More than 100 events celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day have taken place around the world. In New York the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center’s Crystal Palace turned blue for GMID, as did the Pier 17 mall and Empire State Building. Across the globe event professionals swapped photos and greetings on social media. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Designs Unveiled

Designs for the $860 million expansion of Las Vegas Convention Center have been unveiled to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors. The district’s Phase Two will add 1.4 million square feet to the current facility. In 2017 the centre’s attendees generated $2.1 billion in economic impact for the local economy. From Meetpie.com…

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US Convention Bureaux Respond to Proposed Stricter Visa Vetting

Convention bureaux in the US have responded to proposals by the Trump administration that would require most visa applicants to submit details of their social media accounts. Under strict new vetting procedures, details of accounts held in the last five years on sites like Twitter and Facebook would be required. From Meetpie.com…

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New Report Reveals How Planners Pick Destinations

Destination websites and industry trade shows are the key sources for North American planners in meeting and event site selection, according to a new report from analytics firm STR. Three-quarters of the planners also turned to an industry trade publication in 2017, and 19 percent had attended the most recent IMEX industry conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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The Prague Convention Bureau Marks Tenth Anniversary

The Prague Convention Bureau is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new campaign, PCBturns10, which it will showcase at IMEX in May. Since its foundation in 2008, PCB has helped host more than 630 events with an attendance of almost 293,000 delegates, generating 620,000 room nights and more than CZK 1.2 billion. From Meetpie.com…

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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 Sustainability of the Business Events Industry in Malaysia

Growing its business events sector is part of Malaysia’s strategy to achieve status as a developed nation by 2020. This case study presents the contribution made by the 55th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress towards developing the business events sector in the country. ICCA’s event engaged political leaders and the local community to raise awareness of the needs…

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Zoom-in on the Swiss Fintech Corner Setup at Sibos 2016 in Geneva

The Geneva Convention Bureau has adopted a policy of promoting Geneva not only as a destination but also as a center of economic, knowledge and innovation excellence. It does this by marketing meetings and events in relation to local key clusters of industry. As a result, a dynamic and virtuous feedback loop is established between Geneva’s economic or knowledge…

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Conferences: Catalysts for Thriving Economies

This research by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) demonstrates that business events offer delegates unrestricted exposure to innovative ideas and opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills. Part of the Beyond Tourism Benefits series, the new study by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Conferences: catalysts for thriving economies – provides further evidence showing that…

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Pacific World Destination Index February 2018 Special Report

Have a look Pacific World’s Destination Index, a unique tool to provide corporate, association and agency planners with an advanced indicator of destination popularity for international meetings, incentives and events. The index is based on over 5,000 international enquiries received worldwide, actual meeting and event results and highly valuable feedback from attending delegates from around…

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The HBAA Meetings Barometer 2017

“2017 was a good year for UK meetings industry sales growth” reports Louise Goalen, Chair of HBAA, as the HBAA Meetings Barometer results for 2017 are revealed. The average spend per meeting and average spend per delegate in the UK both grew significantly year on year in 2017, despite a slight decline in the average…

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The Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings

Ashfield Meetings & Events is pleased to announce a 2018 follow-up study to the 2016 “Future Of Meetings” white paper. “The Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings” compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of speciality areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape. By looking…

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The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry

A new research report examining “The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry” in North America and Europe, commissioned by the IMEX Group and developed by Skift, has been published. The free 40+ page report carefully examines why and how some midsize cities (historically known as second-tier cities, a label they’ve now shaken off) have managed…

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The Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy

This Economic Significance Study (ESS), conducted by Oxford Economics, quantifies a vital industry that contributes billions of dollars to the US economy, while creating millions of jobs in almost every community in the country. The data in this study provides a clear and credible statistical base on which to gain recognition for this vast and…

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IRF 2018 Trends Study

The IRF 2018 Trends Study highlights ten key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2018. From market optimism to concerns about risk and safety, the study identifies key areas of change and their implications for workforce engagement, incentive travel and recognition. IRF 2018 Trends Study (IRF website version)

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GMID: Four Industry Tipping Points

This Global Meetings Industry Day IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer has been reflecting on how the events and meetings industry has been evolving. In a press release marking GMID, Bauer shared four major tipping points that have transformed the sector over the last decade: globalisation, the emergence of innovation hubs, technology, and the TED factor. From Bizbash…

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The US: Extending an Antisocial Welcome?

Proposed Trump administration legislation, if approved next month, will require most US visa applicants to relinquish all their social media identities from the previous five years. Convention bureaux across the country have already reacted, but what will the move mean for visiting international delegates? From editor’s blog at Assocation Meetings International…

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The US Events Industry Gender Pay Gap

In the US April 10th is Equal Pay Day. The date chosen reinforces a point. It takes women nearly four months longer to catch up to a man’s annual salary. Last year Convene’s Annual Salary Survey reported that female respondents earned 22 percent less than male respondents. This year’s survey has now closed. From PCMA Convene…

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TED: Funding Audacious Legacies

TED has just announced The Audacious Project, which will apply a startup funding model to bold, new philanthropic legacy projects every year. According to the press release, it is a “joint endeavor housed at TED, to surface and fund critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives”. From PCMA Convene…

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Are Men the Solution to the Gender Pay Gap?

As UK firms must now submit gender pay gap data, it is clear that women working at large event agencies are on average paid less than men. But gender pay gaps and staffing makeup are separate issues. If there are still more men at the top, is this for men to address? From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Medical Meetings: Patients are a Virtue

Medical conferences that invite patients onto their stages and into their planning committees are finding out that patients are a virtue. Over the last decade there has been a slow-moving revolution in leveraging the legacies that can accrue to both healthcare professionals and to patients when the latter play a meaningful role. From PCMA Convene…

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Africa: Ready for Association Legacies

Jeffers Miruka is President of the African Society of Association Executives, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has over ten years of experience across association management and the meetings industry, and shares his views on how Africa is fast developing, both as an association and a meetings destination. From Boardroom…

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The Incentive of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility initiatives are becoming an increasingly important element of incentive programmes. They drive employee engagement and build corporate culture. From ordering 800 garments for a gala evening, helping locals to buy an industrial sewing machine and start a business, to rebuilding a school, creating such legacies can be powerful, authentic and transformative. From motivate…

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Meetings and Events Associations: An Insider’s Guide

The events and meetings industry is hardly short of its own professional associations. A good many of them are even Iceberg partners! You join for the networking, education and advocacy, then get much more. But which are right for each of the different tribes within our overall sector? From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Planning for Families: New Approaches to Convention Education

It is not unusual for conventions to include recreational options for significant others and children. It is more enticing to register if the business trip is also a family vacation. But Destinations International Annual Convention organisers took the idea to the next level by holding an education session for the whole family. From PCMA…

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US Independent Planners React to Hilton Commission Cut

The decision of Marriott International to reduce group-intermediary commission rates has already made a major impact on the North American independent planners, many of whom have business models built entirely around commission. Now Hilton is doing the same. What will this mean for both the planners and the wider industry? Photo: Daderot. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Smart Cities: Neighbourhoods and Communities

Port Covington in Baltimore, Lake Nona in Orlando, Hudson Yards in New York, and Quayside in Toronto are all being built or rebuilt from the ground up to promote mobility, connectivity and livability. In 2018 both the Consumer Electronics Show and South by Southwest launched tracks dedicated to smart cities for the first time. From Skift…

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12 May 2018

ICCA Association Expert Seminar, Frankfurt, Germany

The AES covers all aspects of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings and at the same time is a unique opportunity for suppliers to understand client objectives and business cultures, and for association executives to understand how to negotiate with and understand the objectives of suppliers, enabling both sides to establish stronger and more…

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13 May 2018

SITE Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) Program, Frankfurt, Germany

The CIS, Certified Incentive Specialist, is an entry level certification program from SITE. Professionals from around the globe will acquire in an efficient manner a broad comprehension of the incentive travel industry. All emerging professionals, faculty members and students aspiring to enter this specialized segment of the meetings and events industry may use CIS as a…

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13 May 2018

AIPC Sales & Marketing Summit, Frankfurt, Germany

Driven by a powerful 10 year history of growing influence, this event is recognized as a critical forum for international sales and marketing executives and the clients, suppliers and industry observers who each year help define key challenges and solutions in a collaborative environment. A “must do” preparation for the rigors and opportunities of IMEX.

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14 May 2018
14 May 2018

The Best of Meeting Design Technology in a Day, Frankfurt, Germany

This training is full of demonstrations of the latest technological tools to get the most out this day of intensive learning. The technologies addressed are: Digital Content Management; Mobile Apps; The basics of hybrid meetings and the latest innovation; Co-creation; Participant involvement: how to make it really work.  Discover practical techniques, formats, processes and tools that you can…

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23 May 2018

ASAE Symposium for Chief Staff & Chief Elected Officers,...

The Symposium for Chief Executive and Chief Elected Officers provides a unique opportunity for you and your volunteer leader to maximize the leadership partnership. Explore how you can best work together to effectively carry out your association’s mission and enhance future success. The expert faculty from Tecker International, LLC, will help you and your leadership…

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10 June 2018

PCMA Education Conference, Ohio, USA

PCMA Education Conference – Where New Ideas and Event Design Converge.  As learning styles rapidly evolve and experience expectations continue to rise, do you find yourself in need of idea butane to stay ahead of the curve? Activities include conversations with thought leaders who bring fresh outside perspectives. Together we will celebrate dialogue as we reimagine the…

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26 June 2018

The Best of Meeting Design Technology in a Day, London, UK

This training is full of demonstrations of the latest technological tools to get the most out this day of intensive learning. The technologies addressed are: Digital Content Management; Mobile Apps; The basics of hybrid meetings and the latest innovation; Co-creation; Participant involvement: how to make it really work.  Discover practical techniques, formats, processes and tools that you can easily…

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15 May 2018

Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive into the Latest Business Trends 5/18,...

Meeting professionals are so over-taxed in the present, they often forget—or don’t have the time—to look ahead. Take a moment to preview the future based on MPI’s most recent Meetings Outlook research, published quarterly in The Meeting Professional magazine and then discuss the trends that are most affecting you and your peers. Brainstorm ways to…

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21 May 2018

Women Executives Forum at MMCC: Invigorate Your Personal Brand,...

The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders—executives in and aspiring to the c-suite—and how men and women can take action to support gender equality. The series of workshops features notable speakers from the association, nonprofit, and public sectors. Each edition of the Women Executives Forum features a thought-provoking keynote presentation…

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14 June 2018

SITE Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) Program, Bangkok, Thailand

The CIS, Certified Incentive Specialist, is an entry level certification program from SITE. Professionals from around the globe will acquire in an efficient manner a broad comprehension of the incentive travel industry. All emerging professionals, faculty members and students aspiring to enter this specialized segment of the meetings and events industry may use CIS as a…

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22 May 2018

Three Keys for Handling Difficult People when Planning Events, Webinar

In this high-impact, interactive session, Jan Spence will share actionable tools event planners can utilize when dealing with the stressful, chaotic details of planning, prepping, and executing to truly surpass their role as a “just a meeting planner” by moving to the next level to become a show producer. Attendees will be challenged to step…

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2 May 2018

PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards 2018, Washington DC, USA

In its second year, the PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards delivered on its promise to inspire all who attended the sold out event. More than 1,000 leaders in the business events were in attendance at the premier industry recognition event.  From the red carpet to the awards program and the swinging after-party, the evening will be…

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2 May 2018

UFI European Conference 2018, Verona, Italy

Our industry’s landscape is shifting – traditional trade shows have become exhibitions, and in recent years have added conference and digital elements to serve their customers’ expanding and changing needs. In parallel, and driven by a need from digital communities to meet in person face to face, hybrid formats have evolved – part festival, past conference,…

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4 May 2018

Women In Leadership Meetings + Incentives (WILMI),

Invaluable business connections, motivating educational sessions, and unforgettable experiences! The event will launch at sea with Norwegian Cruise Line out of New York. This is an exclusive conference for executive-level women in the meetings and incentives industry-by women, for women. Only women will be in attendance, and all participating suppliers and event sponsors must appoint female representatives to participate.

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8 May 2018

Destination Marketing Event: Discover New Zealand, Brussels, Belgium

Join Tourism New Zealand to experience a journey through New Zealand’s famous wine regions, sample New Zealand inspired cuisine and discover why you should bring your conference to New Zealand. Register your interest for this exclusive event and let us show you why New Zealand is the perfect host.

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14 May 2018
15 May 2018

IMEX Frankfurt, Germany

Discover 3,500 worldwide exhibitors, the latest trends and hundreds of meeting professionals under one roof. With the largest global array of exhibitors from every sector in the meetings industry, come to IMEX prepared to do a year’s worth of business in just three days. Choose from 150 seminars, including seminars, workshops, campfires and bite-sized show-floor education. Over 200…

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15 May 2018

IMEX Policy Forum, Frankfurt, Germany

The Policy Forum takes the success of its previous incarnation, the Politicians Forum, to the next level, bringing policy makers together with influential industry leaders to engage national and local governments in the advancement of our industry. Part of our strategy to create a positive legacy. Our advocacy partners are AIPC, ECM, ICCA, JMIC, The…

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15 May 2018

INCON Digital Infrastructure Award 2018 @ IMEX Frankfurt, Germany

The INCON Digital Infrastructure Award rewards venues that invest in their infrastructure to ensure a flawless digital experience for meeting and conference guests. This year, INCON has opened the award to two categories – Convention Centres and Hotel Convention Venues. Winners will be announced at IMEX Frankfurt in May 2018.

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22 May 2018

2018 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference (MMCC),...

The 2018 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference is the can’t-miss event for association professionals looking to improve their marketing, communication, and membership strategies and learn about technologies and trends to enhance their business. Over two information-filled days, MMCC attendees will learn about the latest strategies for effective marketing and branding, membership recruitment, and member retention. Come prepared…

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2 June 2018

MPI World Education Congress, Indiana, USA

The World Education Congress is MPI’s signature event through which it delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners. Every programming decision MPI is making for #WEC18 is toward the goal of revitalizing you and the events you plan. From the keynotes to concurrent sessions; from the networking functions to the…

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6 June 2018

Global Exhibitions Day 2018

Global Exhibitions Day is a chance to celebrate the exhibition industry and highlight its positive impact on jobs, business, innovation and local investment. Online, and through an array of national and local events, people on every continent are expected to join the GED18 campaign, from venues and organisers to students, local partners and public authorities.

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10 June 2018

City Fair, London, UK

City Fair is a one day event of pre-scheduled appointments dedicated to the lucrative and growing sector of city tourism organised by ETOA and ECM. City Fair gives European destination suppliers the opportunity to meet selected travel buyers in a productive business environment. One-day B2B event of up to 32 pre-arranged one-to-one meetings. Unique format of targeted business workshop with marketing opportunities

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