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Seoul’s Events Recovery: Slow and Steady

Seoul cautiously resumed business events in June, starting with exhibitions and congresses. Dental meeting SIDEX was the first large-scale example with 4,860 attendees over two days. After their firm focus on sanitation protocols, organisers confirmed two weeks later that no COVID-19 cases had arisen after it. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Incredible Impacts Renewed: 2020 Submissions Open

Iceberg partners ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) and BestCities Global Alliance have announced that their “Incredible Impacts” grants, which awards associations leaving lasting legacies, are to return for their fourth year in a row, with the partnership also renewed for a further three years. Incredible Impacts is now open for submissions, and presents an opportunity…

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Vienna Announces €4m Fund for Meetings

Vienna is allocating its tourist board and convention bureau with another €4 million to support national and international planners of meetings held in the capital until the end of 2023, and offering up to €60,000 per event. For the first time the money is available to corporate conferences and hybrid events. From Meetings International…

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A Third of CVBs Suffer Public Funding Cuts

One in three European convention bureaux have suffered public sector funding cuts over the last year That’s according to a new report into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic upon meetings. Over fifteen percent of bureaux had “stopped or severely reduced” bidding as associations grappled with the uncertainties of planning events. From Association Meetings International…

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Australia Raises Bid Fund by AU$3m

The national convention bureau Business Events Australia has placed AU$3 million more in the subvention pot to support bids for international events. Since its launch in 2018, the Business Events Bid Fund Program has helped attract 40 international events to Australia, worth about AU$411 million to the economy. From Association Meetings International…

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Guide Launched for Venue Vaccinations

Three event industry associations, AIPC, UFI and ICCA, have published a guide on how event venues can successfully operate as temporary vaccination centres. The Iceberg partners’ new “Good Practice Guide: Convention and Exhibition Centres as Temporary Vaccination Centres” contains good practice examples from February and March. From Conference News…

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Glasgow’s Ambassadors Win £84m Meetings

Glasgow says it has secured 28 new conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic, which are expected to bring in around 36,000 delegates. The events, all won since last April, could be worth £84 million to the city. Glasgow Convention Bureau worked jointly on the bids with the destination’s academic conference ambassadors. 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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It’s Time – A Global Report on Destination Marketing and...

During the past twelve months, marketing activities have been severely curtailed. This global report looks at both what channels destinations have been using to remain engaged with audiences and what is being planned for the future. PR agency Davies Tanner has now launched the second stage of research to ensure continued up-to-date intelligence for the…

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Leveraging Intellectual Capital

Global convention sector consulting firm GainingEdge has launched the first annual report on leveraging the intellectual capital of convention destinations, based on an analysis of international association leadership. The research underpinning the Iceberg partner’s report identifies the relative strengths of 350 destinations via the presence of their local intellectual leaders in the governing bodies of international associations…

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28 June 2021

UFI Exhibition Management School, Online

10 online sessions over 4 weeks, specifically designed for middle and senior level individuals from exhibition organising companies, the programme will be delivered by a faculty of industry experts. The UFI-EMS combines both global insights and regional expertise – following the clearly articulated need for education that adapts a global curriculum to specific regional and…

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13 July 2021

AIPC Annual Conference 2021, Lausanne, Switzerland & Online

This year’s AIPC Annual Conference will have a theme “ELEVATION”, reflecting the ambition of the AIPC Community to re-open for business and to bring organized events to the next level. It will be a hybrid conference, with 3 stand-alone programmes, ensuring that participants across the globe can actively participate. This year’s conference will indeed be a…

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3 October 2021

AIPC Academy, Brussels, Belgium

The AIPC Academy is a week-long, in-depth educational immersion that covers all key areas of centre management and operations, providing participants with an exemplary one-stop professional development experience unparalleled anywhere in our industry. The 2021 program will feature topic areas including alternative management models, new approaches to performance measurement and evolving sustainability expectations, along with the…

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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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AMI Webinar: Face-to-face in the shadow of Covid-19

As vaccines for Covid-19 are rolled out, international associations are tentatively planning their next in-person events. But when will it be logistically possible to convene international delegations? And when will delegates feel comfortable attending business events overseas? In this webinar, we’ll explore a realistic timeframe back to physical events, what those events might look like,…

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M&IT Webinar: Incentive travel in a pandemic? Where there’s a...

Join the acting editor of M&IT Paul Harvey and his panel of experts as he discusses the incentive travel during a pandemic in his live talk. For many corporate professionals the I in MICE is one of the most exciting aspects of their job. Incentives can range from a dinner-for-two voucher to an all-expenses-paid trip….

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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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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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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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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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ECM COVID-19 Resource Centre | A New Tomorrow

ECM wants to continue to empower the conversation during this unprecedented situation with a new initiative, “A New Tomorrow”.  The purpose is to share ideas and challenges, find inspiration in new practice and different approaches, and envision together with all of our members, a new future of destinations rebuilt and conventions reimagined to meet new…

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22 June 2021

International Confex 2021, London, UK

Come and join us for the best attended and most loved events industry showcase! It’s a tough time for our industry and we will certainly have some mountains to climb post COVID-19, it will be more important than ever that we unite for 2 days of knowledge sharing, networking and inspiration. Discover over 300 event,…

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22 June 2021

PA Show, London, UK

The modern PA, VA and EA are at the epicentre of the companies and industries they serve. Long gone are the days of limited power and influence, the modern assistant carries strong responsibilities and has a powerful place as the backbone of their company. The PA Show exists to support an incredible number of talented…

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28 June 2021

IBTM WIRED, Virtual Event

For the first time, the IBTM Events Portfolio is coming together for a landmark 4-day virtual event in 2021 to provide you with access to every single member of the IBTM community and get you wired into the future of the industry. We are bringing together attendees from around the globe so you can connect with the…

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20 July 2021

M&IT Agency Challenge, Wales, UK

Come and share ideas with your peers and learn from the experts at the Agency Challenge where you can meet new event suppliers, and transform your meetings. Challenging you to think differently, this is a networking event like no other. We aim to bring together approximately 70 agency event organisers together with up to 30 venues…

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10 August 2021
18 August 2021

IBTM Americas, Mexico City, Mexico

IBTM Americas is the international trade show for the meetings and events industry where the decision makers connect and do business across North America, Latin America, Europe and beyond. IBTM Americas brings together the who’s who of the events industry to meet in Mexico City for two days of inspiration, networking and education. All under…

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2 September 2021

BestCities Global Forum 2021, Madrid, Spain

The Global Forum is the ideal opportunity for decision-makers considering hosting an event in a BestCities’ destination, to meet all the partner cities and meeting planners in one stunning location. Participating associations will return home with a tangible tool to use in the formation of future strategies for their associations. The tool can after Global…

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16 September 2021

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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21 September 2021

Positive Impact | Explore #5: International Day of Peace, Online

Join us for a 24 hour exploration into the role of human interaction in progressing SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Aligned with the 2021 theme of the UN International Day of Peace, join a select community of global corporate event planners on an experiment to explore the role of human interaction in progressing SDG…

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30 September 2021

The Meetings Show, London, UK & Online

The Meetings Show is the best platform in the UK for the events, meetings and incentives industry to come together to source, learn and network. Launched in 2013, the show welcomes exhibitors from the UK and around the world including hotels, luxury hotels, destinations, destination management companies, conference centres, venues and technology suppliers. In 2019 we saw…

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8 October 2021

M&IT Industry Awards, London, UK

Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards brings together all sectors of the industry to reward excellence of service and to enjoy fantastic cuisine, fine wines, live entertainment and raise funds for charity. After such a challenging year, we’re ready to reflect on this time in a positive way and we can’t wait to…

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24 October 2021

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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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Gillian Taylor

Head of Business Development, Arinex Pty Ltd

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Gillian Taylor has over 25 years-experience in the meetings industry spanning from Australia to the Arabian Gulf. Recently returned to Australia, Gillian is now Head of Business Development and Marketing at Arinex, Architects of Inspiring Experiences, one of Australia’s leading Professional Conference Organisers, and the 2020 winner of the Meetings Events Australia Awards for National PCO…

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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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