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Positive Outlook for Australian Sector

New research out from Tourism Australia’s specialist business events unit indicates a positive outlook for Australia’s business events industry and good interim outcomes from the recently launched Business Events Australia global brand campaign. Tourism Australia says many expect event budgets to equal or even exceed pre-pandemic levels. From Meetings International…

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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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2021 ICCA Ranking Public Abstract – Destination Performance...

ICCA has released its annual analysis of association meetings worldwide. The latest ICCA Ranking Report examines 8,000 meetings scheduled for the year 2021 and categorises them based on how the meetings were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also compares last year’s affected meetings with ICCA’s analysis of meetings in 2020. After a hiatus in…

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Global Exhibition Barometer 29th Edition (June 2022)

Welcome to the 29th edition of the UFI Global Exhibition Barometer. This study is based on a global survey conducted in June 2022, and provides the latest insights on the status and outlook of the exhibition industry, both globally and within 28 specific markets and regions. The first edition of the UFI Global Exhibition Barometer…

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Global Exhibition Barometer 28th Edition (February 2022)

Welcome to the 28th edition of the UFI Global Exhibition Barometer survey. This study is based on a global survey conducted in January 2022. It represents up-to-date information on the status and outlook of the global exhibition industry, as well as on 29 specific markets. UFI launched the barometer on the back of a global…

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NYIAS 2022 Leaves Green Legacy Across NY’s Five Boroughs

After the New York International Auto Show 2022 crossed the finish line, 1,000 plants used in its exhibits were donated to local organisations to help green all five boroughs of New York City. The show worked with GrowNYC to repurpose the greenery that filled Subaru’s exhibit and the show’s sprawling electric vehicle test track. From PCMA…

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Edinburgh Venue Gives Theatrical Legacy to Local Community

The Edinburgh International Convention Centre has given hundreds of Edinburgh Festival Fringe tickets to the venue’s local community. EICC worked with the Pleasance Theatre Trust to provide tickets for the famous arts event through a number of charities and social enterprises. The initiative has been supported by EICC’s catering partner Leith’s. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ICCASkills | Global Accreditation for the Meetings Industry

ICCASkills delivers the only globally recognised accreditation for suppliers in every sector of the meetings industry. From juniors to executives, ICCASkills benefits meetings services professionals at any stage of their career. The two different certification tracks offer tailored learning paths and advanced course content. All instructors are industry experts with proven teaching abilities and international…

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Destinations International | PDM Certificate Program, Online

The Professional in Destination Management (PDM) certificate program provides those new to the destination organization side of the industry (less than one year of experience) with cutting-edge education, offering entry-level personnel the critical skills and knowledge necessary to start their careers in the travel and tourism industry. The updated PDM certificate program is now online, available…

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8 December 2022

BestCities Global Forum 2022, Vancouver, Canada

The BestCities Global Alliance is gathering industry thought-leaders, international associations and partner destinations under one roof in Vancouver, Canada. The Global Forum promises an opportunity for delegates to learn about measuring the impact of business events and drawing insight from projects delivered on the ground in Vancouver. As we transition back to in-person gatherings, these learning…

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1 February 2023

UFI Global CEO Summit 2023, Lisbon, Portugal

By invitation only. The Global CEO Summit, or the GCS as it is also known, is UFI’s most exclusive event. It serves as the exhibition industry’s annual curtain raiser event for the most senior executives worldwide. The GCS event offers top-level content, dialogues and excellent networking – all in a relaxed environment.

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20 March 2023

SISO CEO Summit, Las Vegas, USA

This yearly Summit is considered THE standard for the industry’s who’s who and is attended by company owners, CEOs and Presidents who network with peers and are involved in creating the strategies that will map out the short and long term future for the Industry.  Sessions are designed to include all aspects of the trade…

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4 April 2023

IBTM Asia Pacific 2023, 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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18 April 2023

CityDNA International Conference & General Assembly, Sofia,...

City Destinations Alliance is proud to announce that the next CityDNA International Conference & General Assembly will take place on April 19-22, 2023 in Sofia! We are so excited to work with Sofia Tourism Administration to welcome you in this wonderful city and can’t wait to discover its many wonders together. Pencil the date in…

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14 June 2023

UFI European Conference 2023, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Meeting in person is the single biggest driver of the UFI community. The conference is an important annual get-together of our nearly 300 member companies in Europe and other colleagues from around the world. It is an opportunity for the entire industry, UFI member or not, to meet face to face. Join the discussions with…

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1 November 2023

UFI Global Congress 2023, Las Vegas, USA

(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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21 May 2023

AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit, Frankfurt, Germany

For each of the past 16 years, the AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit has proven to be the perfect kick-off for member participation in IMEX and all the client and industry interactions it entails. Summit participants have the opportunity to compare notes on current issues, consider the latest industry trends and hear from representatives of…

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26 February 2023

AIPC Africa Summit, Johannesburg, South Africa

AIPC is proud to announce its first Africa Summit, which will take place on February 26th at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg (South-Africa), just before the start of Meetings Africa. During this one-day summit, which will be a combination of lectures and facilitated networking, we will touch upon both the global outlook for convention…

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15 June 2023

CityDNA | Destinations Exchange Europe, London, UK

Destinations Exchange Europe is ETOA and CityDNA’s new event focussing on the commercial, operational and people-driven development of the tourism industry. A two-day programme of pre-scheduled B2B business meetings is paired with a series of knowledge sessions dedicated to product development and optimisation, overcoming operational hurdles and effective public/private destination management, with a focus on…

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Sarah Fleming

Founder / Managing Director, SFA Connect

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Managing Director and owner of SFA Connect (trading name for Sarah Fleming Associates Ltd), Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in the Meetings Industry.  She was a board director of a leading UK PCO for ten years where she handled numerous large, high-profile events all over the world. Through this work she gained an in-depth…

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Jack Johnson

Chief Advocacy Officer, Destinations International

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As Chief Advocacy Officer, Jack Johnson manages the overall public policy operations at Destinations International including member advocacy education and training, development of destination tools and best practices, coalition work with peer organizations, industry research and related public affairs activities.  He also oversees the board governance, the Destination Management Accreditation Program (DMAP) and the DestinationNEXT…

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Carina Bauer

CEO, IMEX Group

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Carina entered the meetings industry in 2002 as Marketing and Operations Director for IMEX in Frankfurt and part of the original launch team for the exhibition. Following the expansion of the IMEX brand into America in 2009, Carina was appointed CEO of the IMEX Group. In this role, Carina is responsible for all aspects of the business. Throughout…

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Senthil Gopinath

Chief Executive Officer, ICCA

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Senthil has over 20 years’ experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held wide spectrum of positions in the meetings industry. Such as CEO of Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka, Vice President of Kuoni. He moved to Dubai in 2006 and has been working for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organizer…

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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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Aileen Crawford

Head of Tourism and 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 Tourism and Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, Glasgow Life. The Glasgow Convention Bureau…

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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, CCH - Congress Center Hamburg

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Heike Mahmoud has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CCH – Congress Center Hamburg since March 1st, 2018. As COO and a fully authorized officer, the business administration professional is also a member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress. The new CCH was officially opened by the First Mayor of the Free…

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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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Jane Cunningham

Managing Director, Cunningham Consulting AB

Jane loves life in the Nordics and the spirit of Scotland. Her expertise is based on 20 years of experience across the global 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, and…

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Sumaira Isaacs

General Manager, Gulf Dunes

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A bona fide veteran of the MICE industry with over 25 years of experience building and managing some of the world’s biggest event, conference, and tourism organizations, Sumaira’s reputation precedes her. She has worked both as a destination practitioner (DMC, PCO) as well as an advisor consultant to Tourist Boards, Associations and Local Governments in…

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