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Darwin: Ecology Conference Makes Natural Selection

Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory will host from 800 to 1,200 international delegates for the World Conference on Ecological Restoration in 2023. The meeeting, secured by NT Business Events, the Darwin Convention Centre and the Society of Ecological Restoration Australia, will leave an important legacy across the world’s damaged ecosystems. From AMI Intellectual Capitals..

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Malaysian Venues Assist Vaccination Rollout

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is now Malaysia’s largest vaccination centre. The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau has launched the Business Events Stewards Programme. Backed also by the secretariat of the Malaysia Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers, the scheme is providing volunteer venue staff at vaccination centres. From Exhibition World…

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UK Launches £750m Event Insurance

The UK has announced an insurance scheme for events, the government joining with Lloyd’s as a “reinsurer”, to make sure commercial insurers can offer products event planners require. The scheme will support gatherings like music festivals and business events, covering risks of cancellation under any pandemic restrictions. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Hopin Raises a Further $450m of Investment

Hopin has raised $450 million in Series D investment. Since February 2020, the virtual meetings platform has raised over $1 billion in all. The new round values Hopin, formed in 2019, at $7.75 billion. It has scaled from six to over 800 employees in over 47 countries since the start of 2020. From Conference News…

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Expo 2020 Attracting Satellite Meetings

With Expo 2020 Dubai opening in October, the emirate is poised to welcome major corporate and incentive groups intending to let delegates explore the show during their visit. The new Dubai Exhibition Centre within the Expo 2020 site will also host several important events, including the Dubai Association Conference. From Meetings International…

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Associations Uncertain About Hybrid Events

Many association event workers accept the benefits of holding hybrid meetings but believe barriers are too high to run them well. A report from Eventsforce, which looks at hybrid association events plus challenges and opportunities they bring, reveals that 49 percent are unsure if hybrid has much of a future for them. From Association Meetings International…

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MWC21 Welcomes Back 20,000 to Barcelona

An early casualty of the pandemic, Mobile World Congress 2021 has welcomed back 20,000 on site delegates to host city Barcelona, with 100,000 taking part virtually. The show made news in February last year when organisers GSMA made a late call to cancel as the pandemic started to spread. 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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Status of Sustainability in the Exhibition Industry (July 2021)

Iceberg partner UFI, global association of the exhibition industry, has released a new report on the status of sustainability in the exhibition industry, including results from surveys conducted by UFI research partner Explori. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit the economy, the fundamentals remain, and sustainability is a strong priority for exhibitions and…

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Global Exhibition Barometer 27th Edition (June 2021)

This study is based on a global survey, concluded in July 2021. It represents up-to-date information on the development and outlook of the global exhibition industry as well as on 28 markets and regions. Global Exhibition Barometer 27th Edition (June 2021) (UFI website) Global Exhibition Industry Sentiment Expected Developments 2021 – 2022 Infographic (UFI website)…

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ICCA Annual Statistics Study 2020

The past year has transformed the way the international association meetings industry does business. As a result, the International Congress and Convention Association has also reinvented its 2020 ICCA Statistics Report on the association meetings market. The Iceberg partner has prepared this latest iteration of the study with a more holistic and accurate representation of the…

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Serendipitous Meeting Leads to Girl Guides Keeping Bees

Much is said about serendipity at events. A recent gathering of the Membership Committee for the African Society of Association Executives, attended by Gary Grimmer of Iceberg partner GainingEdge, saw a chance encounter develop into a legacy collaboration helping Girl Guides to learn beekeeping. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Thoughts on Industry Future at the AIPC Annual Conference

Boardroom Chief Editor Remi Deve just returned from Lausanne where he attended the Annual Conference of Iceberg partner AIPC. He shares here a few things he learned about the future of the sector from both the meeting’s programme and from reconnecting with colleagues at the SwissTech Convention Center. From Boardroom…

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Associations, Meetings, Destinations: Changed Rules Post Pandemic?

The relationship between major associations and the cities hosting their meetings, although generally happy and fruitful, is beset by the similar issues to any relationship essentially transactional in nature. So, how will things change in the industry landscape redrawn by COVID-19? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Education

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22 September 2021

ECM Autumn Meeting, Online

THIS IS NOT A TOURISM CONFERENCE. Why? Because the future of tourism is about much more than tourism – and with this conference, European Cities Marketing in association with Group NAO invites ECM members, destination and tourism professionals to seek above and beyond tourism to inspire our industry’s future. We want to remind ourselves to…

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8 October 2021

AIPC Leadership Masterclass, Online

(For AIPC members only) Leading Change By Design: Mobilizing Your Team to Great Performance: The Leadership deep dive training is designed to help senior management gain insights and practical tools to use as they lead their people and influence those outside their organization through this time of great change. The content addresses two critical components of successful…

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11 October 2021

UFI | Exhibition Management School, Online

Delivered by a faculty of industry experts, the UFI-EMS will combine both global insights and regional expertise – following the clearly articulated need for education that adapts a global curriculum to the specific regional and local needs. The curriculum was developed jointly with the UFI community, making it a programme designed by exhibition organisers for exhibition organisers.

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8 November 2021

IMEX America | Smart Monday, Las Vegas, USA

Open to everyone coming to IMEX America, this is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a full day of free education and networking before the show opens. From the headline keynote through in-depth deep dives to practical workshops, our expert-led education program is focused on your professional development. Powered by MPI, our strategic partner and premier education provider and supported…

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ICCASkills Certification Programme

ICCA is proud to be launching this certification programme for its membership and the industry to meet the challenges of the need for new business models, enhanced professionalism and standards in the industry. With courses beginning in the first quarter of 2022, ICCA will grant recognition to an industry professional who has met certain predetermined…

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ECM Mentor Programme

The current raging of the COVID-19 virus across the globe has already had enormous consequences for the Meetings Industry. It poses however, a whole different challenge for newly-appointed professionals in our industry whether working in CVBs, hotels, venues, PCOs all over Europe. Indeed, they are currently missing out on being at these central platforms, which are…

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AIPC Convention Centre Reopening Crisis Management Masterclass

This interactive crisis management workshop aims to help participants prepare for a smooth, successful venue reopening period. For many facilities and their management, challenges around changing reopening requirements, national vaccination programs, mutations of the Covid virus, stakeholder concerns, and media attention combine to give cause for concern around the time period in which reopening ‘towards…

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BestCities Resources & Learning

Access our free library of industry-leading templates and checklists to guide you through every stage of your international conference planning. Read the latest industry trends, opinion pieces and best-practice guides to shaping international events, straight from some of the world’s foremost experts. Read the latest industry trends, opinion pieces and best-practice guides to shaping international events,…

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UFI CONNECTS | Online Talks, Sessions & Panels

UFI connects is a way to stay connected, to get through this pandemic, and to be ready for the time afterwards. It is a programme of regular talks, panels, and webinar sessions – organized by the UFI team for you. Recordings of previous sessions are available to view.

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IBTM Connect | Virtual Resource Hub

We have created a library of resources to not only help you through COVID-19 but also to ensure that you’re ready to get back to face-to-face business on the other side. Because there will be another side. You’ll find webinars and videos from key industry professionals, providing you with the great insights you need to keep…

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Positive Impact | Human and Child Rights Education Materials

These education materials have been created to help #eventprofs take into consideration human rights and child rights when planning an event – Understanding Human Rights; UN Guiding Principles on Human and Business Rights, SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; How to Talk to Management about Human Rights; 6 top tips on planning an event…

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13 October 2021

ICCA Iberian Annual Chapter Meeting 2021, Mallorca, Spain

ICCA Iberian Chapter is providing a great opportunity for members in the region to share experiences and best practices amongst each other. The Next Chapter Annual Meeting will take place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on 13-15 October 2021. The event is open to all ICCA members and for non-members by invitation only.

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24 October 2021
27 October 2021

ECM 8th TIC Expert Meeting 2021, Girona, Spain

European Cities Marketing, through its TIC Knowledge Group, organises every year an Expert Meeting for Tourist Information Centres managers and staff exclusively, whether they are ECM members or not. This event will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet and network with colleagues working in Tourist Information Centres all across Europe, to share knowledge and best…

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3 November 2021

88th UFI Global Congress, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

(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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9 November 2021

IMEX America 2021, Las Vegas

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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9 November 2021
30 November 2021

IBTM World 2021, Barcelona, Spain

IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and we have one goal; we want to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences. For over 30 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections and content you need to create world-class events for…

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26 January 2022

UFI | Global CEO Summit 2022, Hamburg, Germany

(By invitation only) The Global CEO Summit, the GCS, is one of UFI’s most prestigious events and takes place each year the last week of January or the first week of February. It serves as the exhibition industry’s annual curtain raiser event for the most senior executives worldwide. It offers top-level content, dialogues, and excellent…

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5 April 2022

IBTM Asia Pacific 2022, Singapore

IBTM Asia Pacific is the leading event for the meetings and events industry in the region bringing together a high calibre group of international, APAC regional and local meeting planners and exhibitors for two days of pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings, education and networking. The event is under-pinned by IBTM’s sophisticated, industry-leading Hosted Buyer programme which…

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26 April 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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5 May 2022
31 May 2022

ICCA Destination Marketing Small Business Workshop, Stavanger, Norway

The small workshop is open to all European members of the destination marketing sector who are interested in attracting smaller conferences to their destination. In order to be fair and give as many European destination marketing sector members as possible the opportunity to attend an ICCA Business Workshop, priority will be given to members who…

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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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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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Heike Mahmoud

Chief Operating Officer, Congress Center Hamburg

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Heike Mahmoud, born in 1964, became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, a business unit of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, on March 1st, 2018. As fully authorized officer, the business administration professional is also a member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. Heike Mahmoud has been…

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Peter King

Chief Executive, MCEC (Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre)

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At MCEC, we’re passionate about creating inspirational environments. We do this by delivering a personalised service and partnering with our customers to offer ideas, insights and imaginative solutions. We tailor every experience because we realise it’s the little details that make all the difference. Our people are at the heart of who we are and…

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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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Aileen Crawford

Head of Conventions, Glasgow Convention Bureau

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Aileen has worked in the meetings industry for over 20 years.  Initially in venue sales for Glasgow Museums, then in a variety of roles within the Conventions team at the Tourist Board, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and is currently the Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau. Aileen is an English and History graduate from…

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Jane Cunningham

Managing Director, Cunningham Consulting AB

A Scot based in Sweden who loves life in the Nordics. Her expertise is based on 20 years of experience across the 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 before spending…

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Natasha Richards

Senior Advocacy & Industry Relations Manager, IMEX Group

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As Senior Advocacy & Industry Relations Manager, Natasha oversees all industry partnerships and association education at both IMEX shows. In 2016, in addition to her existing responsibilities she took the helm of the IMEX Policy Forum and assumed her current advocacy role. In this role she works closely with the UNWTO (the United Nations World…

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Geoff Donaghy

CEO, International Convention Centre Sydney

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

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Ben Goedegebuure

Global General Manager EMEA, Maritz Global Events

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Based in The Netherlands, Ben Goedegebuure serves as global general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Maritz Global Events. In his role, Ben provides counsel and supports global strategic solutions for clients, and contributes to the company’s business development, industry presence and thought leadership efforts. In addition, he oversees the Maritz Global…

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