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Climate Week NYC: A Responsible Capital

New York has continued its commitment to becoming “the capital city of a responsible world” by hosting the 10th annual Climate Week NYC. More than 140 climate-focused meetings were part of the event, run by international non-profit The Climate Group, with some 10,000 people expected to attend from over 40 countries. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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ITU Telecom World 2018: Developing Tech SMEs

The recent ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban has bolstered South Africa’s initiatives in information and communications technology and tech-driven small and medium-sized enterprise development. The event, hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa, took place at Durban International Convention Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Reduce and Recover: A Legacy of Action on US Food Waste

In 2016 the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, together with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, hosted the largest-ever meeting solely focused on stopping 40 percent of US food going to waste. A two-year legacy of action followed, leading up to a second event. From PCMA Convene…

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Maastricht: Three Conferences Create New Biomaterials Hub

Maastricht has emerged as a new bio-hub, with the Netherlands city hosting three major conferences for the sector. MECC Maastricht recently welcomed the annual European Conference on Biomaterials. The European Congress on Biotechnology follows in 2020, then the Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in 2021. Photo: Jorge Franganillo. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Cape Town: Hosting the 2024 IAU General Assembly

At the recent General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna, it was announced that Cape Town in South Africa will host the 2024 event. With huge projects including the MeerKAT, Square Kilometre Array, and Southern African Large Telescopes, the continent is now a knowledge hub for cutting-edge multi-wavelength astronomy. From the Event…

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Singapore: WCPT 2015’s Legacy Advancing Physical Therapy

Over four days in 2015, more than 4,100 participants from 114 nations attended the 17th Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Hosted by the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and the SPA (Singapore Physiotherapy Association), the event left a significant legacy for the profession both in Singapore and across the world. From Boardroom…

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Scotland: Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018

Scotland’s financial services sector is now growing as fast as London’s. So the country is focusing on its fintech future with a major series of business events. Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018 comprises eighteen conferences and meetings across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. It aims to reinforce Scotland’s position in the sector. Photo: Carlos Delgado. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Vancouver: Hosting Women Deliver 2019

Last year Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Vancouver Convention Centre will be hosting the next Women Deliver Conference in June 2019. Held every three years, the last event was in Copenhagen in 2016, attracting 6,000 delegates. This time Women Deliver also wanted a host city matching its dedication to gender equality. From PCMA Convene…

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Daegu: Hosting the 14th International Congress of Parasitology

South Korea’s strength in the field means Daegu is now hosting 2,000 experts from 100 countries for the 14th International Congress of Parasitology. The World Federation for Parasitologists chose Korea as host due to sector engagement in prior meetings. There’s an active organising committee for the event made up of local researchers. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Minnesota: Minneapolis, Medical Alley and MANOVA

Healthcare is changing rapidly, but its conferences have mostly stayed the same. The former General Mills Chief Marketing Officer, now 2023 Partners Chief Executive, Mark Addicks is working to change that. He’s about to stage MANOVA, a four-day health and technology summit in Minneapolis, part of Minnesota’s “Medical Alley”. From PCMA…

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Edinburgh: Winning the World One Health Congress 2020

Edinburgh’s position as a leading hub for medical and healthcare expertise has been reinforced by the city winning hosting rights for the 6th World One Health Congress in 2020. More than 2,000 global medical or veterinary professionals, opinion leaders and policy makers will attend the four-day event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Stellenbosch: 2018 Business Tourism Indaba

Stellenbosch 360 has just hosted its second Business Tourism Indaba, at which The Iceberg was invited to attend and speak. As well as gathering meetings industry players from across South Africa and wider, the Indaba shone a spotlight on both the university town’s own sector offering as host, and the approach it takes to fostering…

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Yokohama First for Nuclear Science Event

The IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference will be held in October 2021 at PACIFICO Yokohama North, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. The first time this conference will be hosted in Japan, about 2,000 delegates are expected to attend with the majority coming from abroad. From Boardroom…

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IBTM China Saw 6,600 Pre-planned Meetings

IBTM China 2018 closed on a high, with more than 6,600 pre-planned meetings during the industry event at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing. More than 300 exhibitors from 20 countries were joined by more than 280 hosted buyers and 3,400 visitors for two days of meetings, networking and educational sessions. From Meetpie.com…

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Kuala Lumpur CC Sees New Event Boost

901 events were held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in the first eight months of this year, and 26 percent of them were new to the venue. Corporate meetings and banqueting recorded the biggest growth with a jump of 161 events, up 22 percent. An expansion of the centre will open next year. From CIM News Magazine…

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Kuala Lumpur Hosts UIA 2018

Malaysia has just hosted the UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific for the first time. The event showcased Malaysia to 120 international delegates from 15 countries. Organised by the Union of International Associations, the conference focuses on cross-industry development to promote collective growth. Photo: Naim Fadil. From Association Meetings International…

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Meetings and Events to Grow in 2019

Meetings and events demand will grow by up to ten percent in 2019, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The study also finds that average size of meetings will rise in nearly every region. Strategic management of meetings, unorthodox spaces / activities, and content evolution, are the areas to watch. From Meetpie.com…

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London Tops EMEA Destination Rankings

Despite Brexit uncertainties, London has topped Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s rankings for European, Middle East and African corporate meetings and events next year, based on CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The top ten list has four new or returning entries: Vienna, Stockholm, Hamburg and Frankfurt. From Meetpie.com…

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ICC La Paz Opens in Baja California Sur

The International Convention Center of La Paz has opened in the capital city of Baja California Sur, two hours north of Los Cabos on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The 102,472 square foot venue is on the Sea of Cortez, with views of the water from a large reception-ready outdoor patio. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Prague CC Holds Major Anti-Terror Drill

Security at the Prague Congress Centre has been put to the test during the largest anti-terrorist exercise ever held in the Czech Republic. 70 armed “terrorists” invaded a musical performance in the presence of 2,000 visitors who were freed by the intervention of elite units of the Czech police. From Association Meetings International…

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Rees Launches ICCA President Campaign

James Rees, now formally CEO of ExCeL London, has launched a bid to be President of the International Congress and Convention Association. Rees is one of three candidates to replace Nina Freysen-Pretorius and has now launched a website outlining his campaign. The vote will be announced the ICCA Congress in Dubai this November. From Meetpie.com…

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Las Vegas Heads North America Rankings

Las Vegas has topped Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s rankings for North America corporate meetings and events next year, based on CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The top ten has three new entries: Boston, San Antonio and Vancouver in Canada. Cities that have dropped out of it include Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta. From Meetpie.com…

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Auckland CVB Wins NZ$45m of Events

Auckland Convention Bureau has won NZ$45 million of business events in the year ending June 2018. More than 100 meetings have been secured, all being held over the next nine years. The ACB says the events will bring more than 52,848 international and domestic delegates to the region between 2018 and 2027. From CIM News Magazine…

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IATA Slot Conference Lands in Brisbane

Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend on Brisbane in November 2019 for the 145th International Air Transport Association Slot Conference. The meeting was secured with support from Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, and is likely to attract more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world. From CIM News Magazine…

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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 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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2019 Meetings and Events Future Trends

There has never been a more exciting time for meetings and events. The growth in sophisticated venues across the globe and innovation in tech is making boundless creativity a reality. And smarter ways of using data to fine-tune the value around meetings programs are in full effect. The digital revolution and use of social media…

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Eight Common Misconceptions About Face-to-Face Events

Are you dealing with dwindling travel and event budgets? Are you looking at the improvements in technology and its lower cost of entry price points and wondering if face-to-face events still provide a good return on investment? Now, more than ever, the value of face-to-face events seems to be in question. This white paper highlights…

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The Event Marketing Evolution

New technology shows companies exactly how their events are translating into real revenue and profit growth – all the while making event management easier and delivering a better customer experience. For many corporations, hosting or sponsoring events – from small customer meetings to large conferences or industry trade shows – is an important component of…

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The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future – Latin America Report

In 2016, the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report began providing a pulse on global meeting industry trends. Five research and trends reports later, the initiative has been instrumental in identifying new trends and taking a deeper dive into select changes occurring in the meetings industry. This report takes the research one step further…

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Attendee ROI Playbook Series

A random sampling of B2B exhibition organizers from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) Census was pulled to generate an attendee sample for this project. A total of 21 exhibition organisers in the United States and Canada agreed to participate, with a minimum of one event per sector, with the exception of Sporting Goods, Travel…

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Making a Healthy Case: Six Ways Medical Meetings Are Proving Their...

Sponsored by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Destination Cleveland, “Making a Healthy Case: Six Ways Medical Meetings Are Proving Their Value to Exhibitors” is a new white paper that tackles one of medical associations’ chief challenges head on: the increased pressure to show a positive return on their exhibitors’ investment. Making a Healthy Case: Six…

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Charleston: $63m Events Loss After Hurricane Florence

While Hurricane Florence didn’t touch down in Charleston, the destination estimates it took a $63 million hit as a result of cancelled events. Some organisers postponed early to avoid potential issues, others tried to move forward right up until the governor issued the call for mandatory evacuation. Some groups even turned events virtual. From PCMA Convene…

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Homeless Hackathon Glasgow: A Legacy of Hacker Action

In 2017 Gallus Events’ William Thomson read in a Scottish newspaper that in his native town of Glasgow, one homeless person dies every week. He created Homeless Hackathon Glasgow, which brought together forty hacker participants, and which has yielded not one, but three projects currently under development, including an app for distributing surplus food. From PCMA Convene…

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CVBs: Giving Planners the Personal Touch During Site Visits

Comments from planners surveyed by the biennial Watkins Report show that when convention bureaux go out of their way to make personal connections with them, it has a big impact on site selection. Making introductions, escorting planners round hotels, and demonstrating how well stakeholders will work together, all make an impression. From PCMA Convene…

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Dubai: Hosting the Institute of Internal Auditors

Getting the Institute of Internal Auditors to hold its conference in Dubai began with the United Arab Emirates IIA Chapter and the Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme. It helped that the city had hosted the IIA Global Council back in 2014. The four-day 2018 event attracted 3,000 experts from over 100 countries. From Boardroom…

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Meetings and Events Across a World of Political Disruption

Where meetings and events choose to go, and how they approach their content, are affected by many factors, not least the influence of political disruptors like Brexit or the 2016 US presidential election. So says Rod Cameron, Executive Director of the Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg. From CIM News Magazine…

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Agencies and DMCs: The Future of the Sector Model

A Society for Incentive Travel Excellence conference session recently brought together both agencies and destination management professionals to examine the future of the sector model. The subject was defined as “the changing landscape of third party intermediaries”. The panel’s moderator reports. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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IMEX America: Five Experiences to Watch out for in Las Vegas

IMEX America will soon take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Here are five experiences to keep an eye open for: the MPI Carnival, C2’s Learning Labs, the IMEX Live Zone, the IMEX Tech Zone, and a welcome import from IMEX Frankfurt, the Legacy Wall (pictured). From the Event…

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Corporations: More Events, Measurement Still a Problem

A new Harvard Business Review report called “The Event Marketing Evolution” (already available in The Iceberg’s Research section) shows that more than half of corporations place more value on face-to-face than other marketing channels, and have upped their event activity. Yet they still struggle to quantify return on investment. From PCMA Convene…

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Mutschlechner: Thought Leader and Game Changer

The retirement of Christian Mutschlechner from the Vienna Convention Bureau next year may, or may not, mean he is departing from the wider industry. But the fact Vienna consistently out-performed bigger cities, and has become one of the world’s top convention destinations, owes a great deal to him. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Westminster Bubbles: Knocking on the Door of Government

Big Ben now may be hidden away from tourists, but the slow nature of industry advocacy to government was fully out on show all through the opening evidence session of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry. The first sitting of an intended three focused on venues. Photo: David Holt. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Tackling Cybersecurity: An Event Planner’s Guide

Cybersecurity is among the top threats facing businesses and governments in 2018. What you might not realize, though, is that it can impact consumers not only at voting booths and cash registers, but also at meetings and events. Cybersecurity expert Rebecca Herold explains how to protect yourself from the threat. From Successful Meetings…

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Face-to-Face Events: Eight Very Common Misconceptions

More than ever the value of face-to-face seems in question, with virtual events now the new “shiny object”. But face-to-face meetings aren’t dull or rusty. As the attendee experience evolves, also now with actionable data, the easiest way to renergise an event is to give the delegates more of what they want. From Maritz Global Events…

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9 November 2018

ASAE: Effectively Managing Group Conversations, Washington DC, USA

This informative course will review key facilitation principles and how to apply them to your face-to-face meetings. Some of these concepts can also enhance your virtual meetings. Association professionals who conduct meetings for staff colleagues, boards or committees, or volunteer groups will find this program especially helpful.

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13 November 2018

PCMA Webinar: Data: From Information to Orchestrated Action

Data doesn’t have to be a four-letter word! Learn how you can start to better quantify events and evolve your data capabilities to drive better decision making. In this session we will review basics for success and practical applications that can be employed today. Better understand basic data terminology and the foundational elements for success;…

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13 November 2018

Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive into the Latest Business Trends 11/18

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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15 November 2018

ASAE CEO Symposium, Washington DC, USA

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 partner come to a common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and relationships in association governance and strategy.

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15 November 2018

Plan Your Meeting Live (PYM LIVE), Houston, 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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20 November 2018

MPI Webinar: Get On-board for Mindful Meetings

Health & Wellness initiatives are an important and growing aspect to meetings and events. Meeting planners understand intimately the level of stress that comes with the territory and science tells us that “stress is a killer”. In this session, learn how to be proactive in shifting this reality individually and for the client by weaving…

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25 November 2018

ICCA Forum for Young Professionals, 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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25 November 2018

AIPC Facility Operations Summit, Barcelona, Spain

This is the one event anyone with a role or a stake in this critical area of centre management can’t miss out on. It is a rare opportunity for centre staff responsible for key operations functions to share issues and solutions on a global basis while also looking at how essential interactions amongst centre managers…

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26 November 2018

Best of Meeting Design Technology in a Day, Barcelona, Spain

The world of meeting professionals is moving ahead rapidly. Are you staying up to speed with these changes? Designing better meetings and events is more relevant than ever and growing in importance. And while technology advances influence many aspects of the planning process, our knowledge, and skills as planners and meeting designers, must also evolve to keep up with the constant developments in the…

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2 December 2018

19th Annual LGBTQ Tourism Forum, Florida, USA

This year, CMI is partnering with Destinations International to bring together leading industry professionals to share learnings about the LGBTQ market; these are the people behind the success stories. Designed for marketing and sales executives of tourism boards, CVBs and DMOs (we also welcome accommodations, tour operators, travel suppliers, events, agencies, and meeting and wedding professionals!). Topics include:…

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5 December 2018
6 December 2018

ASAE Online Seminar Series: Mindfulness for Better Leadership

Association leaders have multiple responsibilities and face limitless distractions, competing demands, and a consistent pressure to perform, so it’s no wonder that the practice of mindfulness is increasing in the business world, including in associations. In this five-session online seminar series, learn firsthand from other executives who share techniques they use successfully to thrive and…

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11 November 2018

57th ICCA Congress, Dubai, UAE

Cutting-edge, true to its rich heritage yet looking towards the future, Dubai is on the move and we’re bringing you along for the ride! Merging a world-class, custom-designed education programme, knowledge and business exchange, networking opportunities with senior meetings industry professionals and association executives from across the globe and all industry sectors, and the sights…

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16 November 2018

2018 CMP Conclave, Alabama, USA

Conclave is the industry’s only exclusive meeting of CMPs. The Conclave is a unique event for CMPs who wish to contribute to their profession, while advancing their own knowledge and skills, and expanding their professional network. Join your fellow CMPs to gain insight on unique perspectives and experiences throughout the industry to gather CE and network.

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27 November 2018

ibtm world 2018, Barcelona, Spain

The leading global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry, ibtm world delivers three inspirational days of business, networking and education to a community of international suppliers and buyers, helping drive their business into the future. Join over 15,500 industry professionals and enter a world of business opportunities.

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6 December 2018

‘A taste of Spain’ Networking Lunch, Birmingham, UK

Spain Convention Bureau and the Spanish Tourist Office are bringing key destinations of Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Ibiza, to a ‘Taste of Spain’ networking lunch for UK Event Planners at the unique Amantia Restaurant, Birmingham, to give you the opportunity to discuss all the options open to you for future events in Spain. Attendees on the…

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9 December 2018

BestCities Global Forum, Bogotá, Colombia

Building on the huge success and 100% satisfaction rates of the Global Forum in Dubai & Tokyo, BestCities is delighted to announce Bogotá as the host partner for this year’s event from 9-12 December 2018. 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…

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10 December 2018

Destination Texas, Dallas, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Lone Star state in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, two-night stay at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX, from December 10-12, 2018.

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6 January 2019

PCMA 2019 Convening Leaders, Pittsburgh, USA

PCMA will host 2019 Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, PA, known as” City of Bridges,” located at confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and recognized for its 400+ bridges and breath-taking vistas. The destination once known as “The Steel City” has transformed into a technology lightening rod with companies such as Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia,…

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11 January 2019

SITE 2019 Global Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

SITE’s signature annual event returns, with an agenda full of educational sessions, keynotes and speakers, certification opportunities, evening events and celebrations, award ceremonies, tours and more. Gather with SITE members and incentive travel professionals from around the world to explore our theme of Incentivising Diversity & Innovation. Ranked as one of the top tourist destinations, magnificent Bangkok, Thailand…

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9 February 2019
13 February 2019

Destinations International: Destination Showcase, Washington DC, USA

This dynamic one-day event offers Destination International members the opportunity to connect with the nation’s top planners in one location. Destination Showcase is designed to maximize opportunities for meaningful connections between planners and destination organizations and highlight how CVBs can drive more successful meetings.

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13 February 2019

CONVENE, Vilnius, Lithuania

CONVENE is an annual Baltic Sea Regions premiere boutique exhibition for the meetings, events and incentives industry. The two-day business to business event is an international show case for the regional meetings industry which accelerates the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incentives and conferences in the region. CONVENE also serves as an exciting platform…

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26 February 2019

Meetings Africa 2019, 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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