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Knowledge Legacies of Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai is growing its knowledge-based, diversified economy almost as quickly as it grows its skyline. Aiding this ambition is Expo Dubai 2020, an “accelerator and amplifier” in attracting associations and their meetings. When organisers first won the bid, they created two masterplans, one for Expo itself and one for its legacy. From Association Meetings International…

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AIME 2022 Publishes Research in Melbourne

Iceberg partner AIME (the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event), the largest meetings and conventions tradeshow across the region, has run its much-anticipated 2022 show in Melbourne. As part of the show opening, AIME launched new research revealing how the industry, battered by the pandemic, intends to spearhead recovery. From Association Meetings International…

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MWC Barcelona Draws 61,000 Delegates

The organiser of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA, has seen a “vibrant and dynamic” return after 61,000 delegates from 200 nations flocked to the meeting in Barcelona. Last year the event attracted around 20,000 visitors. The Russian pavilion was banned from the event, in light of the escalating conflict in Ukraine. From Association Meetings International…

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Dallas to Get Huge New Convention Centre

A new 230,000 square metre convention centre is to be built in Dallas next to the current Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Work on the $2 billion venue is set to start in 2024 and complete in 2028. The new facility is expected to almost double annual attendance and associated convention revenue for the city. From Association Meetings International…

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JMIC Case Studies

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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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Global Exhibition Barometer 28th Edition (February 2022)

Welcome to the 28th edition of the UFI Global Exhibition Barometer survey. This study is based on a global survey conducted in January 2022. It represents up-to-date information on the status and outlook of the global exhibition industry, as well as on 29 specific markets. UFI launched the barometer on the back of a global…

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Competitive Index 2021

Global convention industry consulting firm GainingEdge has released its fourth annual Competitive Index of international convention destinations.  The 2021 edition ranks the world’s top cities in terms of key draw factors for meeting planners. Competitive Index 2021 (GainingEdge website) 2021 Destination Competitive Index Offers Advanced Tools for Business Recovery (GainingEdge press release)

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The Metaverse: Better Networking at Hybrid Business Events

The “Metaverse”, as a concept, has been around for a long time. But it now looks set to become a reality and have significant impact within the events industry. Harry Prince, the Creative Content Manager at venue finder Spacehuntr, explains how the Metaverse will improve networking for hybrid meetings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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Marjorie Anderson on DEI: Definitions and Event Approaches

Marjorie Anderson, the Founder of Community by Association, tells the Deep Dive podcast how associations should be addressing DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion). After definitive definitions of DEI, the conversation looks at how to be more inclusive at conferences, accommodating those delegates with impaired hearing or mobility, or with neurodiversity or photosensitivity. From Association Meetings International…

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BESarawak: the Lasting Literary Legacies of the Longhouse Library

Community libraries in Sarawak, Malaysia, are leaving incredible legacies. One of them, Batang Ai’s Nanga Ukom Longhouse Library, is even a business events CSR project organised by BESarawak together with Iceberg partner ICCA on the occasion of Kuching, Sarawak, staging the Asia Pacific Regional Hub of the 59th ICCA Congress. From Options…

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16 May 2022

AIPC Roundtable – Sustainability, Online

So what has happened, 6 months after COP26 and the publication of the Event Industry Pledge on November 10th? Get inspired by the stories of your colleagues worldwide on how convention centers are turning themselves into sustainability leaders. Introduction by Jacqueline Tran, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Javits Center, NY.

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30 May 2022

IMEX Frankfurt 2022 | Education Programme, Germany

Expect expert speakers, brand-new ideas and plentiful inspiration at 250-plus educational and networking events – and an exhilarating exhibition. From Association Focus to our Inspiration Hub, our programme offers insight and inspiration to meetings industry veterans, those about to enter the industry, and everyone in between. All supported by our partners, from industry leading associations to…

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1 June 2022

UFI International Summer University, Cologne, Germany

The 2022 UFI International Summer University (ISU) focuses on increasing public awareness of the impact that business has on environmental and social wellbeing, whether positive or negative. Environmental and social factors are both key drivers of corporate success. Paying attention to sustainable growth can create significant immediate and lasting opportunities. This year’s ISU, aimed at…

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20 June 2022

UFI Exhibition Management School, Online

Work alongside industry peers and grow your global network; continue to stay on top of market trends and developments in the exhibition industry. The programme will cover a wide range of relevant industry topics; set to two hours per topic, the online UFI-EMS will allow you to take part in the training in addition to…

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18 July 2022

AIPC Roundtable – Hybrid Events, Online

In December 2020, IAPCO and AIPC presented a research paper on hybrid events, with insights and lessons learned from key players in the events value chain – from organizers to suppliers. Where are we eight months later? Switch on your avatar and join the group to find out. Introduction by Camilla Boesen, Founding Partner at…

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24 August 2022

IBTM Americas 2022 | Knowledge Programme, Mexico City, Mexico

IBTM Americas offers a multitude of thought-provoking educational sessions and career development, tailored to various types of event organizers. Our knowledge platform offers a lively and interactive experience for all participants. IBTM Americas is the connection bridge for the professional community of meetings and events industry across the Americas.

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27 August 2022

ECM | 36th ECM Summer School 2022, Turin

The ECM Summer School provides great insights into the structure and functioning of the Meetings Industry. Our programme, filled with up-to-date and cutting edge examples of European best practice, lays out a comprehensive framework for you to build your expertise in one of the tourism industry’s most lucrative sector. It is perfect for those just…

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6 September 2022

IBTM Asia Pacific 2022 | Knowledge Programme, Singapore

Gain insights and inspiration for your next event from our leading sector experts delivering the latest industry updates. Hear from thought leaders within and outside of the industry, as they share dynamic case studies to bring discussions to life and provide tangible solutions for you to take away and implement.

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8 September 2022

ECM | 17th TourMIS Users’ Workshop & International Seminar 2022...

The 17th TourMIS Users’ Workshop and International Seminar is organised by European Cities Marketing, the European Travel Commission, MODUL University Vienna & UNWTO and is aimed at city, regional, national, and international tourism organizations, as well as universities and companies from the hospitality and tourism industry. It is directed toward managers, academics, as well as consultants and representatives of governments…

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19 September 2022

AIPC Roundtable – Changing Customer Requirements, Online

The Roundtables are short and informal meetings, starting with a short introduction by an expert by the topic and followed by an exchange of knowledge and lessons learned between colleagues. Have customer requirements really changed or are we back in 2019? And if they have changed, what is the impact? Best way to find out:…

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21 November 2022
29 November 2022

IBTM World 2022 | Knowledge Programme, Barcelona, Spain

This year’s theme is “New Business, New Tech, New World” and has been expertly designed to provide all IBTM World attendees with the insights and knowledge you need to recovery and grow in 2022 and beyond. The sessions will be delivered by expert speakers from the United Nations Climate Change, LinkedIn, CrowdComms, VisitScotland, BBC Creative and more.

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29 May 2022

AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit, Frankfurt, Germany

For each of the past 15 years, the AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit has proven to be the perfect kick-off for member participation in IMEX and all the client and industry interactions it entails. Summit participants have the opportunity to compare notes on current issues, consider the latest industry trends and hear from representatives of…

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31 May 2022

IMEX Frankfurt 2022, Germany

The worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events. Expect expert speakers, brand-new ideas and plentiful inspiration at 250-plus educational and networking events – and an exhilarating exhibition. Whether you want to keep up with fast-changing event trends, explore event tech, polish your professional skills or connect with your peers, our groundbreaking programme has it…

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2 June 2022

ECM | 11th City Cards Expert Meeting 2022, Genoa

This event is open to ECM members only, specifically to tourism professionals working on city cards schemes (Product Managers, Project Leaders, Marketing Managers…) who are looking to improve – but also share – their knowledge with other participants. Our lunch-to-lunch event provides you with a unique opportunity: to meet and network with European colleagues managing city…

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9 June 2022

ECM | City Fair 2022, Online

City Fair is the mid-season opportunity to lay the foundations for future sales and product development. Selected travel buyers, product developers and destination managers meet with destination, product and service providers from throuhgout Europe in a full day of B2B online meetings. City Fair 2022 will be timed after the spring of recovery, the workshop will…

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23 June 2022

ICCA Destination Marketing European Business Workshop, Bordeaux,...

ICCA Business workshops are a quick and effective way to get a well-informed overview of what offers are available on the market from ICCA members and to exchange knowledge best practices between associations and meeting suppliers. During the workshop, a series of one-to-one business meetings will take place where all associations executives will have the…

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4 July 2022

AIPC Annual Conference 2022, Budapest, Hungary

In today’s challenging environment, AIPC is committed to bringing our community and the greater meetings industry together to share experiences and insights; and discuss ways to shape the future of centre management business for a post-Covid world. This year’s AIPC Annual Conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary. More info coming soon…

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24 August 2022

IBTM Americas 2022, Mexico City, Mexico

IBTM Americas is the connection bridge for the professional community of meetings and events industry across the Americas. Our purpose is clear: DO BUSINESS, NETWORKING, ENGAGE AND INSPIRING through a 365-DAY BUSINESS PLATFORM with digital and face-to-face initiatives.

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1 September 2022

ICCA Destination Marketing Small Business Workshop, Stavanger, Norway

ICCA Business workshops are a quick and effective way to get a well-informed overview of what offers are available on the market from ICCA members and to exchange knowledge and best practices between associations and meeting suppliers. During the workshop, a series of one-to-one business meetings will take place where all associations executives will have…

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11 October 2022

ICCA activities at IMEX America 2022

ICCA Members, who are exhibiting at IMEX America are invited, free of charge, to attend the IMEX Association Evening. This event is organised by IMEX in collaboration with ICCA. ICCA will also have a stand and member reception at this tradeshow.

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11 October 2022

IMEX America 2022, Las Vegas, USA

Beyond a trade show, we offer brilliant speakers, fresh ideas and continuous inspiration at 180-plus educational and networking events over four days. Meet 4,200-plus global decision makers with real buying power in one of the biggest meetings markets in the world; 3,500-plus exhibitors from 155 countries; countless opportunities to connect – from the glamour of…

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6 November 2022

61st ICCA Congress, Kraków, Poland

The 61st ICCA Congress on will take our members to a city in the heart of Europe that is also a center of international culture, art, and science. Kraków, Poland is a place to explore centuries of history alongside jewels of modern architecture. Each year the easily accessible city welcomes many important cultural and academic events, as…

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14 November 2022

UFI Global Congress 2022, Muscat, Oman

(Open to UFI members only.) UFI’s annual Global Congress is known as the exhibition industry’s largest global meeting of the year, 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 trends and challenges that the exhibition industry is currently…

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Heike Mahmoud

Chief Operating Officer, CCH - Congress Center Hamburg

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Heike Mahmoud has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CCH – Congress Center Hamburg since March 1st, 2018. As COO and a fully authorized officer, the business administration professional is also a member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress. The new CCH will be re-open in spring 2022. Heike Mahmoud, who has…

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Robin Miller

Director of Sales, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company

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Robin has over 25 years’ experience of the events industry with the last 20 focussed on the convention sector. His career in business events has led him from the SECC in Glasgow to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), where he has spent the last seven years diversifying and growing the venue’s conference and…

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Jane Cunningham

Managing Director, Cunningham Consulting AB

Jane loves life in the Nordics and the spirit of Scotland. Her expertise is based on 20 years of experience across the global meetings industry. Over this time she has been fortunate to have gained wonderful experience and friends from working for some great hotels, a convention centre, a destination marketing organisation, a PCO, and…

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Greg Newton

General Manager, BMO Centre at Stampede Park, Calgary Stampede

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Born in Toronto, Canada, Greg has divided his life between living in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. With now more than 20 years in the hospitality industry Greg has spent time in Management of a high end independent mountain resort property (The Rimrock Resort), Hyatt Hotels and the Intercontinental group before moving over to convention centers….

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Petra Stušek

President, City Destinations Alliance

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Ms Petra Stušek is Managing Director of the Ljubljana Tourism and President of the Board at European Cities Marketing, a non-profit organization which aims at improving the competitiveness and performance of city tourism destinations in Europe, including the leading ones. Prior to this, she managed communications for the foreign and domestic public at Ljubljana Tourism,…

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David Thompson

Event Director, IBTM World

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Joining IBTM in September 2018, David came with 14 years’ experience in the events industry, producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. Having previously organised exhibitions and conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the US, he brought with him an international perspective. With an…

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Jane Vong Holmes

Senior Manager – Asia, GainingEdge

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Jane Vong Holmes is Senior Manager – Asia of GainingEdge, GainingEdge, a consultancy specialising in the business events industry since 2004, and a proud Partner of The Iceberg. Jane has been part of the consulting team on several GainingEdge projects in Asia, working with bureaus, tourism offices and convention centres in Hangzhou, Japan, Malaysia, South…

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Kai Hattendorf

Managing Director / CEO, UFI

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Kai Hattendorf is Managing Director / CEO of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. As such, he is responsible for UFI activities and events globally, as well as the operation of its offices  and presences in Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, and Bogota. Currently, Kai also serves as Honorary President of the Joint…

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Lesley Williams

Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance

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Lesley joined BestCities in 2017 as Market Development Director and took up the position of Managing Director in January 2020 following the decision of BestCities to award extending the management contract to GainingEdge. Lesley is a strong supporter and advocate of the beyond tourism impacts of meetings.  In 2017 BestCities formed a collaboration with ICCA…

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Sven Bossu

Chief Executive Officer, AIPC

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Sven joined AIPC as CEO in May 2020. Together with the Board, the Members and the Business Partners he will be spearheading a transformation programme which will result into an entirely new value proposal to Convention and Exhibition Centres across the globe based on the changing needs of the members and the challenges they are…

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Virginie De Visscher

Senior Director of Business Development – Economic Sectors, Destination Canada Business Events (DCBE)

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Having lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Europe before moving to Canada in 2010, Virginie is the Senior Director of Business Development – Economic Sectors for Destination Canada Business Events (DCBE), Virginie is responsible for leading the development and implementation of DCBE’s global economic sector strategy and team to increase overnight visitations to Canada…

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Jack Johnson

Chief Advocacy Officer, Destinations International

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As Chief Advocacy Officer, Jack Johnson manages the overall public policy operations at Destinations International including member advocacy education and training, development of destination tools and best practices, coalition work with peer organizations, industry research and related public affairs activities.  He also oversees the board governance, the Destination Management Accreditation Program (DMAP) and the DestinationNEXT…

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