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SSWC: Emphasising Patient Participation

The artist Paul Klee suffered and eventually died from scleroderma. The wasting disease remains rare, and used to be addressed only on the fringes of larger rheumatology conferences. Then the World Scleroderma Foundation and PCO AIM Group International partnered to launch the Systemic Sclerosis World Congress, a meeting that emphasises patient participation. From PCMA…

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Thailand: Prescribing a Healthy Sector

Thailand’s aspiration to become a leading pharmaceutical destination has received a shot in the arm with the country recently hosting the CPhI Southeast Asia trade show. Organiser UBM brought the event to Bangkok for the first time in conjunction with the Thai Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and Board of Investment. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Quebec: Building a Sustainable Legacy in Wood

Quebec’s forestry is both extremely beautiful, especially in Autumn, and also a major resource and industry for the region. Now the province is building on sector innovation to host Woodrise 2019, the second world congress on midrise and tall wood buildings. The event should attract over 1,000 international construction professionals. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Kigali: How Rwanda is Meeting its Future

Imagine a place where strong African culture meets modern urban life, and where years of troubled history have given way to cosmopolitan regeneration. Add in a pioneering new venue like the Kigali Convention Centre, and welcome to the capital of Rwanda, “land of a thousand hills”, in central East Africa. From Boardroom…

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Singapore Fintech Festival Legacies

The launch of business events by industry can make a significant contribution to the growth strategies of cities and states. In 2015 Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive of SingEx Holdings, co-created the Singapore Fintech Festival as Asia’s hub for the intersection of its finance and tech sectors. The legacies of this event launch with partners including…

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Scottish Space Sector Now Worth £4bn

Once famous for ship and train making, Scotland is now building rockets and satellites. Sutherland, the first spaceport in mainland Europe, will soon see its first launches. VisitScotland recently held INNOVATESPACE at the University of St Andrews, right after Data Space 2019 was held at the Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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South Korea: A New Event to Advance Endoscopy

The Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has organised the world’s fifth conference in the field to further its aim of taking a leading global role. KSGE established the International Digestive Endoscopy Network and its event to overcome the limitations of national academic meetings. Photo: Galenus Medical. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Leaving a Legacy: ESSKA and MWC

What does leaving a legacy really mean for the events industry? As part of a collaboration with the European Society of Association Executives, here are two perfect case studies: the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy Congress held in Glasgow, and Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. From Boardroom…

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Brisbane Trailblazers Secure Peptide Symposium

Brisbane’s pioneering work in peptide science, an important field for future drug research, has seen it secure the International Peptide Symposium in 2021. More than 600 researchers in the field from around the globe are expected to attend the five-day meeting at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Refining the Value Proposition, Telling the Story

Over the past decade the industry of business and professional events has refined its value proposition to policymakers and local communities in terms of its transformative contribution to civil society. The Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg, and The Iceberg itself, have together been telling the story. From IBTM…

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Montreal’s Nursing Knowledge Attracts Major Meeting

Montreal, a city cofounded by the first lay nurse in North America, has secured the International Council of Nurses Congress in 2023. More than 8,000 nursing professionals are set to attend the event, which is expected to generate almost $21.4 million in economic benefit for Montreal and Quebec. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Four Destinations for Conferences with a Conscience

A history of war or peace, or of injustice or justice, has made four cities ideal destinations for conferences with a conscience: The Hague, global home of conflict resolution, Bogotá, after half a century of Colombian conflict, Belfast, after the Northern Ireland peace process, and Kigali, after Rwanda’s genocide. From Association Meetings International…

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Tomorrow’s Talent Winners Named

Ten of the UK meeting and event industry’s brightest emerging stars have been named winners of the first Tomorrow’s Talent initiative, launched by The Meetings Show together with Iceberg partner M&IT. The initiative is championing young planners and providing a platform to nurture, mentor and support future industry leaders. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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GMID 2019 Celebrated Around World

Organisers, venues and convention bureaux have celebrated the 2019 Global Meetings Industry Day to promote the economic and societal benefits of the sector. Hundreds of events took place to mark GMID, which was founded by the Meetings Mean Business alliance in the US four years ago to spotlight industry legacies. From Association Meetings International…

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Leeds Hosting Meetings Conference for North

Delegates attending the Conference and Hospitality Show held at the First Direct Arena Leeds later this month can also attend a Business Visits and Events Focus North conference, bringing together experts to explore how the North of England can gain a larger share of the £43.3 billion UK meetings and events industry. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Calgary’s BMO Centre Expansion Approved

Funding has been approved for a $500 million expansion that will double the size of Calgary’s BMO Centre to almost a million square feet and transform it into Canada’s second-largest venue. The further funding will create new spaces for hosting conferences, meetings and exhibitions, to help attract larger conventions and events. From Meetings International…

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ICCA Board Appoints Senthil Gopinath CEO

The International Congress and Convention Association’s board of directors has selected Senthil Gopinath to serve as its new CEO. Gopinath’s career in the meetings travel industry spans more than twenty years, with eighteen of them spent working within ICCA member organisations. He joined the ICCA team in 2016. From Meetings International…

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Brisbane Awards Seven Convention Trailblazers

Seven researchers from Brisbane will share in AUS$30,000 funding from the Lord Mayor’s office to help lure significant international conferences to the city for the first time. The Convention Trailblazer Grant funds early career professionals to attend an international conference in their field, then help attract that meeting to Brisbane. From Association Meetings International…

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Grimaldi Forum Hosts Anti-Ageing Congress

The 17th Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Medicine World Congress has taken place at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Programmed by the World Society of Interdisciplinary Anti-Ageing Medicine, every year the event attracts over 10,000 participants from more than 120 countries. Over 300 leading international companies are showcased on the five-floor exhibition area. Photo: Evelyscher. From Boardroom…

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Lyon Becomes 48th GDS-Index Destination

Lyon has become the latest city to join Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index, a ranking of meetings destinations’ environmental credentials. Only Lyon, the city’s convention bureau, is the 48th destination to sign up to the index, which benchmarks them on how well they are meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals. From Association Meetings International…

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Microbiologists Cluster at ICC Belfast

The International Convention Centre Belfast is hosting the Microbiology Society Annual Conference. The largest annual gathering of sector professionals in the UK and Ireland, more than 1,600 delegates from all over the world will visit Belfast over four days attending more than 30 sessions during a comprehensive scientific programme. From Boardroom…

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MITEC Adds Two Large Meeting Rooms

The Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre is increasing its number of meeting rooms. Two new spaces will open in September, the largest for up to 1,200 attendees. MITEC is the third largest venue in Southeast Asia and capable of hosting “mega-exhibitions” for over 100,000 and conventions of 20,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Melbourne’s Karen Bolinger Steps Down

Karen Bolinger, tireless CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, has announced her departure after more than seven-and-a-half years at the helm. She steps down in what is expected to be another record year for the bureau in terms of economic contribution, adding around AU$500 million to the region’s coffers. From Association Meetings International…

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Hungexpo Announces Record Revenue

The largest event management and exhibition organising company in Hungary, Hungexpo, has announced record turnover for 2018. Hungexpo had earned more than £21 million by the end of the year, up almost 30 percent on 2017. Major events in 2018 included the Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Universal Accessibility in Meetings

Universal Accessibility in Meetings is a research study conducted by GainingEdge, in collaboration with project partners BestCities Global Alliance and Rehabilitation International. The goal of this research project is to promote awareness among meeting organisers and the supplier community on the need to remove barriers in meetings and conventions for delegates with disabilities. The study…

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International Convention Destination Competitive Index

A new index which ranks cities in terms of their competitive strength for attracting international conventions was launched at the 57th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress 2018. The index scores cities based on their strengths in relation to eleven key drivers that GainingEdge says influence association decision-making during destination selection processes. The first…

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Travel Truths for Business Events Corporate Incentive Travel

Tourism continues to dominate Asia Pacific’s travel industry, but the corporate incentive travel segment, already representing a quarter of the global travel industry, continues to make steady gains. The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) partnered with PCMA Education Foundation to commission a research project to help APAC region meeting planners understand what is driving this expanding…

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Women in the Exhibition Industry

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, announced the results of Women in the Exhibitions Industry at the 85th UFI Global Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. The research is a joint project between UFI and its media partner m+a providing insights into the perception of women’s and men’s skills in the workplace, the potential…

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2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events

The Events Industry Council commissioned a study on the global economic significance of business events, conducted by Oxford Economics. This is unprecedented research that could only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors to qualify the value, influence and impact that business events produce throughout the world. It further enables…

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Mutschlechner: My “Soft” Retirement at Congrex Switzerland

You just can’t keep a good man down! Christian Mutschlechner, former Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, will enjoy a “soft” retirement after taking an unsalaried position on the board of Congrex Switzerland. Here he answers questions about his new position, his retirement and his other goals. From Association Meetings International…

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Big Questions, Difficult Answers: Meetings and Climate Change

The looming threat of climate change poses huge questions for the international meetings industry, particularly for high profile global events under intense media scrutiny like COP24, the World Economic Forum and the UN Climate Change Conference. But does the sector itself have the answers, and how is it approaching the problem? From Association Meetings International…

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GMID 2019: Legacies Created by the Global Meetings Industry

From campaigns in Atlanta and New York combating  human trafficking, to a visit to Washington DC and Capitol Hill sharing the sector’s economic value with members of Congress, the global meetings industry came together on April 4th at events all around the world to create legacies for Global Meetings Industry Day. From PCMA…

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Don Welsh: Serving the Core Communities of Convention Bureaux

Don Welsh, CEO of Destinations International, once headed up individual convention bureaux in Seattle, Indianapolis and Chicago. Now he’s the leader of the entire CVB community. Here he describes how the roles differ, and also how the function of a convention bureau has evolved in recent years. From PCMA…

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Meetings Africa 2019: Sowing the Seeds of Food Security

Meetings Africa 2019, recently held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, featured both South Africa Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom (pictured left) and Iceberg friend Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo of the South Africa National Convention Bureau. Now the continent will be looking to farming technology event Agritech Africa to shape and secure its future. From Boardroom…

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Abstract Expressionism: Flipping the Scientific Meeting Model

Many healthcare and STEM meeting participants can justify attendance because an abstract of theirs has been accepted. But rather than holding conferences of speakers speaking to speakers, perhaps there is space for a “flipped” model, where the event environment is a place for peer review and improvement of works in progress. From PCMA…

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Medical Meetings: Correctly Diagnosing Return on Investment

The financial health of a medical association convention can depend on whether its exhibition floor is or isn’t sold out. Attending doctors though aren’t usually buying drugs directly but prescribing them. So measuring the return on investment of exhibiting at medical meetings has become a science in its own right. From PCMA…

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Incentive Travel: Trends in Hotels, Security and Compliance

From mergers and acquisitions in the hotel sector, not to mention its commission cuts, to concerns about security, both of person and of data, including GDPR compliance, here’s a look at key pointers found in the Incentive Research Foundation’s 2019 Trends Study that are expected to affect the buoyant incentive travel industry. From PCMA…

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IBTM Exhibition Director: Seven Event Destinations to Watch

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director of The Middle East, Arabian Travel Market and IBTM Arabia, reveals seven destinations set to become prominent in the meetings and events industry. Her list comprises the United Arab Emirates and Gulf Cooperation Council states, other neighbours Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Rwanda. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Associations Growing Global VII: IASP’s Painless Growth

The Iceberg is publishing a series of interviews about the globalisation of large associations. These are jointly produced by partners Boardroom and the Global Association Hubs Partnership. Matthew D’Uva, CEO of the Washington DC-headquartered International Association for the Study of Pain, describes reaching 100 chapters around the world. From Global Association Hubs Partnership…

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Access to Scientific Meetings: UK and US Visa Refusal Woes

Are openly hostile immigration policies in the UK and US making it harder for delegates from lower income countries to attend scientific meetings? Here’s a round up from both sides of the pond of events that have faced very high levels of visa rejections with delegates attending from developing nations. From Association Meetings International…

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London Meetings Set for Brexit Boom, Says Industry MD

London’s meeting industry will see a Brexit boom whatever happens. That’s according to etc.venues MD Alastair Stewart, who is refreshingly optimistic amid the current political turmoil and uncertainty. He sees substantial change as inevitable, and with change comes the need for meetings to address it. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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23 April 2019

Positive Impact #CSRshareDay

#CSRshareDay is an online 24 hour twitter campaign where sustainability champions across the globe host an hour of conversation discussing CSR and sustainability. The campaign plays leading role in the organisation of the global initiative to share wisdom, ideas, challenges, best practices, and case studies with sustainability experts from around the globe, about how to make events…

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14 May 2019

EVVC: Win Customers Convincingly – Advanced, Duisburg, Germany

Wenn Sie Ihre Kunden lösungsorientiert ansprechen, schaffen Sie Vertrauen in Ihre Dienstleistung. Mit spannenden Geschichten holen Sie Ihre Kunden auch emotional ab und geben Ihnen das gute Gefühl, verstanden und gut aufgehoben zu sein, selbst wenn Sie in Social Media kommunizieren. Sie kommunizieren kundenorientiert und überzeugend; Sie erweitern Ihr Verkaufsrepertoire und lernen Zusatznutzen zu generieren; Sie nutzen Storytelling…

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14 May 2019

UFI Operations and Services Forum 2019, Birmingham, UK

Each Focus Meeting is dedicated to a specific topic in relation to an exhibition industry issue. Open to all industry professionals, these meetings are composed of speakers’ presentations, as well as round-table discussions and debates between the participants and the lecturers.

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15 May 2019

UFI Digital Innovation Forum 2019, Birmingham, UK

he UFI Forum is a one-day event on a specific topic or area of focus. The Forum 2019 themed “How to push Digital Innovation” is open to all industry professionals, both UFI members and non-members. UFI members benefit from a reduced participation fee. Join us on 15th May for more insight & networking! UFI thanks the members of…

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18 May 2019

ICCA Association Expert Seminar 2019, Frankfurt, Germany

The AES covers all aspects of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings and at the same time is a unique opportunity for suppliers to understand client objectives and business cultures, and for association executives to understand how to negotiate with and understand the objectives of suppliers, enabling both sides to establish stronger and more…

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19 May 2019

AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit 2019, Frankfurt, Germany

Driven by a powerful 12 year history of growing influence this event is recognized as a critical forum for international sales and marketing executives and the clients, suppliers and industry observers who each year help define key challenges and solutions in a collaborative environment. A “must do” preparation for the rigors and opportunities of IMEX.

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21 May 2019

Education @ IMEX, Frankfurt, Germany

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 free programme has it covered.

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3 June 2019

UFI: Exhibition Management Degree 2019, Macau (+ E-Learning)

Exhibitions are competitive. Only exhibition of the highest quality will successfully attract international exhibitors and visitors. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, working with the University of Cooperative Education in Ravensburg, Germany, has created the “Exhibition Management Degree (EMD)” to train exhibition industry professionals to meet tomorrow’s event management demands.

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5 June 2019

UFI: International Summer University, Cologne, Germany

The ISU is aimed at professionals working within the trade fair industry and provides an interactive educational platform for the exchange of strategic and operational knowledge. Industry professionals from around the world form a learning community to discuss themes that are critical to the success of the industry. Gain an overview of present market trends in…

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1 July 2019

UFI: Exhibition Management Degree 2019, Belgium (+ E-Learning)

Exhibitions are competitive. Only exhibition of the highest quality will successfully attract international exhibitors and visitors. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, working with the University of Cooperative Education in Ravensburg, Germany, has created the “Exhibition Management Degree (EMD)” to train exhibition industry professionals to meet tomorrow’s event management demands.

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10 September 2019

Education @ IMEX America 2019, Las Vegas, USA

Brilliant speakers, fresh ideas and continuous inspiration at 180-plus educations events over four days. Whether you want to tap into event tech, polish your professional skills, spark your imagination at a ground-breaking keynote, or connect with your peers, our unique and free program has it covered.

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24 August 2019

ECM Summer School 2019, London, UK

The ECM Summer School is an unmissable learning opportunity for all professionals working in Convention Bureaux, Tourist Offices, Congress Centres, Airlines, Hotels, DMCs, PCOs & Meeting Planners! The aim is to equip professionals with the latest marketing tools and to help them to develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conference,…

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15 May 2019

UFI European Conference 2019, Birmingham, UK

The conference is the most international gathering of 200+ European exhibition industry leaders, and it is also attended by colleagues from Asia and the Americas. This two day event is geared towards providing industry updates and insights from across the region, combined with quality networking and unique cultural experiences.

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21 May 2019

IMEX Frankfurt 2019, 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 free programme has it covered.

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21 May 2019

IMEX Policy Forum 2019, Frankfurt, Germany

Where the meetings world and public policy makers connect: Our Policy Forum takes the success of its previous incarnation, the Politicians Forum, to the next level, bringing policy makers together with influential industry leaders to engage national and local governments in the advancement of our industry. Part of our strategy to create a positive legacy….

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29 May 2019

IBTM Americas 2019, Mexico City

IBTM Americas is the leading international trade show that connects the meetings and events industry across North America, Latin America, Europe and beyond. Our purpose is to inspire you to deliver exceptional experiences through your meetings and events. Inspiring business success • Inspiring future thinking • Inspiring people

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5 June 2019

ECM International Conference & General Assembly 2019, Ljubljana,...

Excellent speakers, presenters, challengers, motivators, thinkers, leaders, experts, gurus, talents and DMO professionals with inspirational insights, passions, and learnings to share, on the overall theme of trends and technology in urban travel and tourism likely to change and challenge the business of DMOs.

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13 June 2019

ICCA Destination Marketing International Client/Supplier Business...

During the workshop, the participating clients get the opportunity to meet people from a minimum of nine or a maximum of fourteen other bureaux. They make initial contact with the sales team as well as learn the suitability (or otherwise) of the destinations in a way that would otherwise have been time consuming and would have…

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16 June 2019

City Fair 2019, London, UK

City Fair is the event for European cities, destinations and suppliers to showcase all of their tourism products to the international travel trade in a productive business environment. Join over 150 European cities, destinations and their partners, showcasing their tourism offering to over 100 city break product developers & buyers from international markets. City Fair is a 3-day event organised by ETOA and ECM…

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18 June 2019

ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) 2019, Durban, South Africa

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 international association meetings.

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23 June 2019

AIPC 2019 Annual Conference & 61st General Assembly, Antwerp,...

The Annual Conference brings together members to consider key industry issues and hear from top professionals in a variety of related fields. The General Assembly is the business session where AIPC executives and staff provide reports and outline the program of activity for the organization.

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17 July 2019

M&IT Agency Challenge 2019, Wales, UK

This is the modern way to engage with customers through creative and interactive learning and teamwork. No more boring forums, no more endless one-on-one sales pitches, this is the way to inform, educate and build relationships in a fun and professional environment. The M&IT Agency Challenge brings together suppliers and senior personnel from leading agencies…

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28 August 2019

IBTM China, Beijing

Brought to you by the most experienced name in MICE exhibitions, IBTM provides a gateway to the Chinese and Asia Pacific meetings, events and incentives market with IBTM China. Our aim is to immerse you in a community that, through networking, education and career development, will leave you inspired to create better events for better business.

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29 August 2019

ICCA Central European Chapter Summer Meeting, Belgrade, Serbia

The ICCA Central European Chapter meeting will take place in Belgrade, Serbia from 29 – 31 August 2019.  This is an annual meeting open to ICCA members and for non-members by invitation only.  More information will be available soon.

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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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Eduardo Chaillo

President, GMTS (Global Meetings and Tourism Specialists)

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Eduardo Chaillo as the main operator of GMTS has great experience in multicultural business environments which will allow him to connect in a better way on one side North American demand for Meetings and Conventions, and in the other, suppliers from all over Latin America. GMTS focuses in consultancy, assessment and strategy development services to…

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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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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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Fiona Pelham

CEO, Positive Impact Events

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Fiona launched not for profit Positive Impact in 2005 to provide education and collaboration opportunities to create a sustainable event industry. She was the youngest female to chair an ISO standard when, in 2012, ISO 20121 a management system for event sustainability was created. In 2014 Fiona received an honorary doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for services to…

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Remi Deve

Chief Editor, Boardroom

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A specialized journalist in the association management field, Remi has been active in the meetings industry for more than 10 years. Together with Cecile Koch, he launched Boardroom in 2017, a niche publication specialized in association management and events. Boardroom covers a wide spectrum of issues of interest to associations based globally and is specifically targeting association…

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Jane Cunningham

Director, International Associations, BestCities Global Alliance

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Jane is an experienced industry professional with a passion for facilitating engagement between associations and destination stakeholders to promote the impact that conferences have on a destination.  Effective cross collaboration can result in positive outcomes globally and contribute towards the UN SDG’s. Based in Stockholm, Jane has been working for BestCities Global Alliance since 2010…

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Nigel Brown

Director, Marketing & Partnerships, BestCities Global Alliance

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Nigel started his career at the head office of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) in Amsterdam. He was part of the event organizing team of the association and served 7 years organizing a host of events on all continents. During his tenure he gained extensive project management skills and was responsible for implementing…

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Lesley Williams

Director, Market Development, BestCities Global Alliance

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Prior to joining BestCities Lesley was Head of Business Tourism for Marketing Edinburgh where her key focus was sourcing and bidding for national and international conferences for the city. Recognising the impact that conferences can leave in a destination, Lesley serves on a number of committees focused on raising the profile of Scotland as a…

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Paul Vallee

Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance

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Paul Vallee is managing director of the BestCities Global Alliance. He is responsible for the successful delivery of the alliance’s strategic plan, performance monitoring and overseeing its operations. Paul is also executive consultant with Gaining Edge, which in addition to managing BestCities, provides consulting exclusively to the convention and meetings market. Paul recently assumed these…

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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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Ray Bloom

Chairman, IMEX Group

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Ray Bloom is the chairman and founder of the IMEX Group, which organises worldwide exhibitions for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in Europe and the USA. IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, every spring; while IMEX America takes place at the Las Vegas Sands Expo each autumn. Bloom is also…

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