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Business Events: The Power of Associations

In the second of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, analyse the crucial role professional associations and the broader “civil society” deliver across all the whole of scientific and industrial development.  Association meetings deliver the platforms…

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Brisbane: Reinforcing a Reputation in Robotics

Brisbane has just reinforced its reputation as a powerhouse in robotics by welcoming 3,000 delegates from the sector to the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The six-day event brought an estimated AU$10.5 million into Queensland’s economy and connected together the state’s substantial ecosystem of robotics institutions and academic departments. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Business Events: Change Agents or Travel Agents?

As politicians and policymakers gather at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt, key partners of The Iceberg are providing a timely reminder of the transformational contribution of business and professional events and their ‘beyond tourism’ benefits. GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, discuss what meetings actually…

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Jerusalem: The Space Legacy of IAC 2015

You might not think that the second man to walk on the moon would need a conference name badge. Back in 2015 Buzz Aldrin addressed the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem. Hosted by the Israel Space Agency, the event saw over 2,000 participants brought together from 60 countries, and has left a significant legacy. From Boardroom…

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Hauts-de-France: The Third Industrial Revolution

With a network of eight major association destinations, the Hauts-de-France region definitely plays alongside the big champions of the meetings industry. It is also now committed to an ambitious and innovative policy: the Third Industrial Revolution, a concept right at the meeting point of energy transition, digital transformation and new economic models. From Boardroom…

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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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ICCA Releases 2017 Destination Rankings by Delegate Numbers

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association published its annual rankings of countries and cities for international association meetings. Now ICCA has an alternative view of the data: destinations ranked by estimated number of meeting delegates. Again, Barcelona is top city, and the United States top country. Other placings shift slightly. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Japan Meetings Campaign to Fill Coming Capacity

Japan has launched a campaign to consolidate its position as Asia’s leading international meetings destination. “New Ideas Start Here” will showcase the country and its cities to potential international clients. Japan is now undergoing a massive convention centre building programme, with nine new venues expected to open by 2021. From Association Meetings International…

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Glasgow Celebrates a Record May of 22,000 Delegates

Glasgow celebrated its busiest May on record with more than 22,000 event delegates visiting, bringing in an estimated £25.5 million to the local economy. The month started with 7,000 attendees at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition, followed by two medical meetings at the SEC attracting a total of over 8,000. From Meetpie.com…

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Stem Cell Knowledge Hub Wins Major Meeting for Hamburg

The 2021 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research will see 4,000 researchers and professionals heading to the Congress Center Hamburg. The meeting is being co-sponsored by a local knowledge hub incorporating Life Science Nord, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, and the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equality. From Intellectual Capitals…

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GED 2018: Australasian Exhibition Sector Growing

There is cause for optimism in the Australasian exhibition sector, according to the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s 2018 Market Monitor research. The headlines include year-on-year growth and higher satisfaction from exhibitors. Health, travel, education and business are seen as sectors with the greatest potential, while mining is in decline. From CIM News Magazine…

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GED 2018: 85 Countries Unite for Global Exhibitions Day

Exhibition professionals from around the world participated in record numbers during the third Global Exhibitions Day on June 6th. GED 2018 both showcased the industry’s major contribution to destination economies, and was the largest exhibitions advocacy event to date, with some 85 countries taking part according to UFI, the industry’s global association. From TSNN…

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London Tech Week 2018 Opens in UK Capital

Some of the biggest names from the global technology and business community have joined more than 50,000 delegates at London Tech Week 2018. The event is Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation, where major tech brands like Google, Twitter, and Facebook are joined on stage by some of London’s leading sector stakeholders. From PCMA…

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London and ExCeL Healing Wounds at EWMA 2020

In 2020 ExCeL London will host the European Wound Management Association Conference. The event, for 4,000 nurses, doctors and other medical professionals, chose to return because of the respected practitioner and research sector based in London. This is the latest of several medical associations to choose London and ExCeL for their meetings. From Boardroom…  

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GED 2018: Abu Dhabi Confident of Exhibitions Growth

The Chief Executive of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company says the emirate will be a “key player” in the growth of the exhibitions industry. Speaking on Global Exhibitions Day, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said ADNEC venues would “contribute to the growth and development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE”. From Association Meetings International…

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Ottawa Targeting Wins International Association Meetings

Ottawa has won a clutch of major international association meetings as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. This focus has netted more than a dozen big events held over the next two years, including the International Conference of Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments. From Association Meetings International…

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MI Calls for Speed as UK Green Lights Third Heathrow Runway

The controversial plan to build a third runway at London Heathrow has been green lit by the UK government. But Britain’s meetings industry has called for a speedy take-off to help the sector after Brexit. Research claims just a one percent increase in international business air travel would deliver £400 million in economic benefit. From Meetpie.com…

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Marseille Wins IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have jointly agreed to organise the IUCN World Conservation Congress. It will be held in June 2020 at Parc Chanot, Marseille, and France’s commitment to event sustainability was one reason for the country’s selection. From Boardroom…

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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 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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Sustainable Destination Management: The Road to a Circular Economy

When city convention bureau leaders at ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter set up the first Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index – the precursor to the Global Destination Sustainability Index – they had two primary objectives: to drive sustainability across the region through competition, collaboration and raised consciousness, and to differentiate the Nordic region to non-European markets as the most sustainable…

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2017 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings

The ICCA Statistics Reports are based on the ICCA Association Database, which means the figures cover meetings organised by international associations according to this criteria: a meeting must take place on a regular basis, host at least 50 participants, and rotate between a minimum of three countries to be included in the Database. ICCA’s Association…

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The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future

For the third year in a row, IACC is pleased to present a ground-breaking report that combines research and insights into the top issues facing the global meetings and conference industry. The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report brings together insights from over 50 venues across four continents, as well as suppliers including global meeting…

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Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in...

When an academic participates in a large conference, her or his likelihood of subsequently writing a paper with at least one participant at the conference increases by one-sixth (close to 18%). Moreover, it seems that conferences improve the quality of matching among co-authors, leading to papers that are published in higher-ranked journals. These findings are…

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The Rise of the Convention Center Campus

The days of isolating a convention centre on the edge of downtown are over. Today, cities are developing vibrant, walkable neighborhoods around their convention centres that are integrating the facilities more deeply into the culture of their communities. Learn how the redevelopment of convention centre districts are changing meetings and how planners, as well as…

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Association Global Growth Trends Survey 2013 – 2018

For almost 30 years, GLOBALSTRAT has been collecting independent data on how international associations are approaching global membership, programs and engagement. This valuable information and insights are used to help associations to make better informed decisions when developing their international strategies and business plans. According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to…

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IMEX 2018: Three GainingEdge Legacy Case Studies

The Rehabilitation International World Congress (pictured), held in Edinburgh in 2016, fundamentally advanced approaches to accessibility and inclusion. The event’s legacy – and indeed the distinction between legacy and impact – was one of three case studies discussed at an IMEX 2018 session hosted by Iceberg partner GainingEdge. From Boardroom…

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Convention Centres: How the City Benefits

A $1.5 billion expansion of Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Center is underway. The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting $1.4 billion, the Moscone in San Francisco $500 million, the Orange County Convention Center in Florida around $500 million, and the Miami Beach Convention Center $620 million. But how are decisions behind these projects made? From Successful Meetings…

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ICCA CEO Martin Sirk: The Real Legacy of Global Events

When most people think about international meetings they think about bed-nights and tourism expenditure. But hidden below the iceberg surface are the impacts that really count: knowledge creation and transfer, new solutions to societal issues, and opportunities for inward investment, partnerships and business deals. From ICCA CEO Martin Sirk via TTG Mice…

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GED 2018: UFI MD and CEO Kai Hattendorf

On Global Exhibitions Day the international sector joined in force to advocate for its future and also catch the attention of young professionals considering the industry. Every year tens of thousands of exhibitions are held worldwide, serving 4.4 million exhibiting companies and attracting 260 million visitors. From UFI Managing Director Kai Hattendorf via LinkedIn…

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GED 2018: UFI President Corrado Peraboni

On June 6th event professionals around the world celebrated Global Exhibitions Day. Corrado Peraboni, President of exhibition industry global association UFI, offers his insights on this international celebration of a €98 billion sector, and also on the industry’s impact and legacy on jobs, innovation and investment for hosting destinations. From PCMA…

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Spreadsheet Glitch Rejects NYCC Pro Badge Delegates

How not to punch your own event in the face #472. The comics community has hit back at New York Comic Con and its organiser ReedPOP after noted professionals found out that their pro badge applications had been rejected. The mess was caused by a simple Excel spreadsheet sorting glitch. From The Beat…

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Size Doesn’t Matter: Why Small is Beautiful

According to ICCA, almost two-thirds of international association meetings attract 250 or fewer delegates. Only seven percent welcomed more than 1,000 people, and just a tiny fraction (1.3 percent) attracted 3,000 or more. Small events can indeed be beautiful, but we hear little about them. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Copenhagen: Evaluating Academic Conferences

During IMEX, Copenhagen described the image problem academia is facing: endless conference invitations alongside carbon footprint concerns and straining public budgets. Industrial PhD student Thomas Trøst Hansen has been researching how delegate academics work and receive recognition through the value chain used as a basis for evaluating academic events. From Boardroom…

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Lyn Lewis-Smith: Sydney’s Vivid Legacies of Incentive Travel

Sydney has just hosted over 6,500 members of Jeunesse Global, the largest corporate incentive group ever to visit during the city’s Vivid festival. The huge meeting should contribute almost AU$40 million to the NSW economy. The Chief Executive of Business Events Sydney reflects on the value and legacies of such incentives. From Lyn Lewis-Smith via LinkedIn…

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IMEX 2018: A Global Perspective on Incentive Travel

Pádraic Gilligan is Chief Marketing Officer of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. During IMEX 2018 in Frankfurt, Pádraic (pictured on the far right at SITE NITE Europe) also jointly chaired a discussion on current trends in the incentive sector. SITE colleagues from all corners of the globe contributed. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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The Cyclical Incentive Market in a Recovering Economy

Jenner Carter, Head of Marketing at Lime Venue Portfolio, believes that team building, training and incentives have a cyclical outlook. As businesses return to investment, teams are again under pressure to perform and excel in a tough market. So after the lean years, are incentives once more on the up? From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Well-Run Events “Should Automatically Leave a Legacy”

At IMEX 2018’s Association Day (pictured), executives fretted about how their organisation’s events could leave behind appropriate legacies. The thinking seemed to be that legacy was an adjunct to rather than an intrinsic part of planning meetings. But well-run events should automatically leave a legacy. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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1 July 2018

AIPC Annual Conference, London, UK

AIPC’s most important annual event brings together CEO’s, senior level industry professionals and provocative keynote speakers in a focussed exchange dedicated specifically to the educational, networking and strategic planning needs of international convention centres. It is widely recognized for the priority it places on practical, insightful and industry-specific content on a global scale.

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7 July 2018

Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) Program, California,...

Join fellow senior executives in advancing your career to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The CDME program focuses on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

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9 July 2018

ICCA Association Meetings Programme 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Association Meetings Programme is designed to informally network with ICCA Members and Association Executives and learn from each other and the top faculty of experts about bidding, designing, organising and promoting int’l association meetings.

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10 July 2018

The Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings, Webinar

Join the session to better understand how healthcare professionals decide whether or not to attend a professional meeting or event, and what meeting professionals can do to maximize upon the educational objectives of HCPs. Discover findings from recent research into why healthcare providers attend meetings and events; learn how maximizing content and networking at a medical…

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10 July 2018

PDM: Fundamentals of Destination Marketing and Management, California,...

The Fundamentals of Destination and Management is an interactive educational course focusing on evolving trends in the travel and tourism industry and marketplace and how Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) successfully align with these changes. Key to this success are the operations of the DMO and its place within the travel and tourism industry.

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12 July 2018

ASAE Webinar: Ask the 401(k) Nerds

Many employers that sponsor 401(k) retirement plans are unaware of current best practices for creating, administering, and monitoring a high-quality plan without exposing the organization to unnecessary risk. In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of best practices covered over the past year in the “Ask the 401(k) Professionals” webinar series, sponsored by the ASAE…

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16 July 2018

ASAE Association Management Week, Washington DC, USA

For those who are new to the profession or have less than five years of experience in the field, Association Management Week is composed of five one-day programs designed to build a strong understanding of the fundamentals and core functions of association management. Consider this block of courses the starting point on your association management career…

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19 July 2018

Plan Your Meeting Live (PYM LIVE), Denver, USA

Plan Your Meeting Live (PYM LIVE) is a cutting-edge, relevant and engaging event developed specifically for the non-traditional meeting professional – the person whose job responsibilities include so much more than planning meetings or events. PYM LIVE  is a great way to hone your planning skills and connect with people who can help increase your chances…

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23 July 2018

ASAE Association Management Week, Illinois, USA

For those who are new to the profession or have less than five years of experience in the field, Association Management Week is composed of five one-day programs designed to build a strong understanding of the fundamentals and core functions of association management. Consider this block of courses the starting point on your association management career path….

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31 July 2018

ASAE Business of Meetings: The Art of Negotiations, Washington DC, USA

Negotiating successfully requires both an efficient process and “soft skills” that aid communication and interaction with others. By understanding all of these elements, you become well versed in the art of negotiations. This program, one of six courses in the Business of Meetings Certificate Program, reviews key tactics in contract negotiations and identifies concepts that you will…

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31 July 2018

MPI: Immigrant Workers in Hospitality & Service Organizations,...

about 20 percent to 30 percent of hospitality and service industry workers are immigrants. As the Trump Administration moves to reduce immigration, explore the potential impact on the hospitality and service industry with legal experts from employment law firm Campbell Litigation. Learn legal options for immigrants to continue working in the hospitality and service industry;…

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3 August 2018

ASAE Finance for the Non-Financial Manager, Washington DC, USA

FULL DAY COURSE:  Designed for non-financially-oriented individuals, employees with new budgeting responsibilities, or people who are just looking to broaden their scope of knowledge. You will start the day by learning or reviewing the basics of financial information and going over key terms and concepts so that the next time someone is talking about finances, you’ll…

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10 July 2018

Destinations International Annual Conference, California, USA

Destinations International’s  Annual Convention provides an exclusive opportunity to connect peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry; an integrated approach to learning regardless of your budget size or discipline focus; recognition for our leaders and their accomplishments on behalf of the industry; relationship-based exchanges among industry providers, destination organizations and CVBs; diversity of thought by assembling the best minds…

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17 July 2018

World Meetings Forum 2018 – Gathering – Nuevo Vallarta,...

World Meetings Forum is a dedicated space open for discussion and analysis of global trends, statics and the path for the Global MICE Industry including business exchange and networking moments. WMF puts all the effort to bring events that helps our industry to educate on all levels.  

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23 July 2018

Asia Business Meet 2018, Singapore

This event focuses on fostering long-term relationships among major MICE players, including pre-qualified buyers from North America, Europe and Asia, and leading Asia-Pacific based suppliers. Attendees will connect in pre-arranged one-to-one meetings, and through non-stop networking.

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15 July 2018
15 August 2018

ICCA Africa Client/Supplier Business Workshop, Mombasa, Kenya

No other event offers the same opportunity for clients and for suppliers to meet face-to-face and discuss future co-operation in a tailor-made Workshop environment. A minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 ICCA Africa members each invite an African Association Executive to the Workshop to discuss their specific meetings requirements. Client must conform to a…

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26 August 2018

Destination Hawaii, Maui

Paradise Awaits! Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Hawaiian Islands in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui. Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while experiencing the magic of the Hawaiian Islands.

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3 September 2018

ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Client/Supplier Business Workshop, Xi’...

The Workshop is organized by the ICCA Asia Pacific Regional Office annually, specifically catered to members in the Asia Pacific region. Client/Supplier Business Workshop is an intensive and focused two-day networking event between ICCA members (suppliers) and international association clients, offering the opportunity for both to meet face-to-face and discuss future co-operation in a tailor-made…

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5 September 2018

Destination Southeast, Florida, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Southeast in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at PGA National. Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while experiencing Florida’s Golf Capital and the Signature City of Palm Beach Gardens.

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5 September 2018

ibtm AMERICAS, Mexico City

ibtm latin america, now ibtm AMERICAS, is the event for event organizers, the meeting point for the America Latina’s leaders and bridge with the major community of global business. When the business connects at ibtm latin america, great things happens. Connections mean everything.

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11 September 2018

World Meetings Forum 2018 – Summit – Los Cabos, Mexico

World Meetings Forum is a dedicated space open for discussion and analysis of global trends, statics and the path for the Global MICE Industry including business exchange and networking moments. WMF puts all the effort to bring events that helps our industry to educate on all levels.

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12 September 2018

Destination Caribbean, Bahamas

Connect in the Caribbean. A world-class networking event like no other, where planners and supplier attendees join to meet with regional suppliers as they showcase what they can offer this active, RFP-ready audience.

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12 September 2018

ibtm china, Beijing, China

ibtm china is where meetings, events and incentives industry decision makers meet to do business. We unite global suppliers with highly qualified Chinese and international events and meeting planners for two inspirational days of business, networking and education. We look forward to welcoming you at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing from 12-13 September 2018.

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