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Knowledge Legacies of Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai is growing its knowledge-based, diversified economy almost as quickly as it grows its skyline. Aiding this ambition is Expo Dubai 2020, an “accelerator and amplifier” in attracting associations and their meetings. When organisers first won the bid, they created two masterplans, one for Expo itself and one for its legacy. From Association Meetings International…

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Bizzabo and Verbit Lay Off Employees

Event technology platform Bizzabo has laid off 120 employees, or thirty percent of its 400-strong workforce, reacting to what it called the “swift economic downturn”. Meanwhile, AI and transcription unicorn Verbit laid off sixty members of staff, about ten percent of total, following a period of rapid growth. From Association Meetings International…

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ICCA and BESarawak Partner on Legacy

Iceberg partner ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association) has formalised a collaboration with BESarawak. The venture will see both working jointly on the new International Journal of Business Events and Legacies. GainingEdge, another Iceberg partner, and The Iceberg itself will also lend support to the publication. 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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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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Glasgow Brains: More Historical and Modern Legacy Creation

Glasgow will stage seven neurology or neuroscience-related meetings during 2022, drawing up to 10,000 international delegates into the Scottish city. The meetings are testament to Glasgow’s extensive association with neurology, which includes several landmark moments in the field, as The Iceberg has had cause to cover previously. From Association Meetings Intenational…

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24 August 2022

IBTM Americas 2022 | Knowledge Programme, Mexico City, Mexico

IBTM Americas offers a multitude of thought-provoking educational sessions and career development, tailored to various types of event organizers. Our knowledge platform offers a lively and interactive experience for all participants. IBTM Americas is the connection bridge for the professional community of meetings and events industry across the Americas.

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27 August 2022

CITYDNA Summer School 2022, Turin, Italy

The CityDNA Summer School is a well-established event where Facutly members will lead the students through all the bases necessary for a successful introduction to the Meetings Industry. With four days of classes and workshops, the students will be able to exchange, discuss and debate with our Faculty of experts to learn and go deeper…

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8 September 2022

CDA | 17th TourMIS Users’ Workshop & International Seminar 2022...

The 17th TourMIS Users’ Workshop & International Seminar on the Future of the Business Travel Following the COVID-19 Pandemic “Unlocking the Secrets for a Sustainable Transition” will be hosted in Vienna, September 8-9, 2022. It is organised by City Destinations Alliance, the European Travel Commission, MODUL University Vienna & UNWTO and is aimed at city, regional, national, and international tourism organizations,…

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19 September 2022

UFI Exhibition Management School, Online

Work alongside industry peers and grow your global network; continue to stay on top of market trends and developments in the exhibition industry. The programme will cover a wide range of relevant industry topics; set to two hours per topic, the online UFI-EMS will allow you to take part in the training in addition to…

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19 September 2022

AIPC Roundtable – Changing Customer Requirements, Online

The Roundtables are short and informal meetings, starting with a short introduction by an expert by the topic and followed by an exchange of knowledge and lessons learned between colleagues. Have customer requirements really changed or are we back in 2019? And if they have changed, what is the impact? Best way to find out:…

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21 November 2022
29 November 2022

IBTM World 2022 | Knowledge Programme, Barcelona, Spain

This year’s theme is “New Business, New Tech, New World” and has been expertly designed to provide all IBTM World attendees with the insights and knowledge you need to recovery and grow in 2022 and beyond. The sessions will be delivered by expert speakers from the United Nations Climate Change, LinkedIn, CrowdComms, VisitScotland, BBC Creative…

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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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25 August 2022

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Series, Online

Companies are a microcosm of the social and cultural world in which they exist. True change involves a strategic plan to dismantle structural racism and bring all destinations to the ideal version of themselves. Destinations International has partnered with The Ladipo Group to expand its equity, diversity and inclusion programming to support these efforts with…

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Events

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9 August 2022

SISO Summer Conference, Oklahoma City, USA

This annual event is for CEOs, owners/managers, and first-line executives to discuss strategic issues as they relate to specific industry challenges. Held in an urban environment, the Summer Conference is complete with exceptional networking opportunities at multiple levels while the content delves into specific case histories and examples. The Summer Conference sets the standard for top-level…

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24 August 2022

IBTM Americas 2022, Mexico City, Mexico

IBTM Americas is the connection bridge for the professional community of meetings and events industry across the Americas. Our purpose is clear: DO BUSINESS, NETWORKING, ENGAGE AND INSPIRING through a 365-DAY BUSINESS PLATFORM with digital and face-to-face initiatives.

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5 September 2022

ICCA Global Association Community Forum 2022, Lausanne, Switzerland

This newly launched initiative will bring together global association executives and meeting suppliers in a collaborative setting to explore innovative meeting design with a focus on regeneration and legacy impact. Aimed at association executives and ICCA members globally with an interest in the future outlook for association meetings and creating meaningful and sustainable meetings together,…

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11 October 2022

IMEX America 2022, Las Vegas, USA

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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26 October 2022

Destinations International | Advocacy Summit, Bloomington, MN, USA

Destination organizations are destined to continuously face periodic political attacks, unstable budget resources and potential failure unless they turn and focus on their ultimate customers – their residents. We believe that destination organizations must become a community shared value in order for the industry to move forward. It is time to stop being in a defensive…

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6 November 2022

61st ICCA Congress, Kraków, Poland

The 61st ICCA Congress on will take our members to a city in the heart of Europe that is also a center of international culture, art, and science. Kraków, Poland is a place to explore centuries of history alongside jewels of modern architecture. Each year the easily accessible city welcomes many important cultural and academic events, as…

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14 November 2022

UFI Global Congress 2022, Muscat, Oman

(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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29 November 2022

IBTM World 2022, Barcelona, Spain

IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and we have one goal; we want to inspire you, as part of the events world, and help you achieve better business results. Join us at IBTM World and discover all the inspiration, business connections and content you need to create world-class…

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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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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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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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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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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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David Audrain

CEO, Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)

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David is CEO & Partner of ExpoDevCo, producing trade shows and conferences across North America. Previously, David was: CEO of Clarion Events North America; CEO of Messe Frankfurt NA; COO of ConvExx (producer of the SEMA Show); and held senior positions at Advanstar, Hanley Wood, Miller Freeman and the Texas Restaurant Association. In January 2016,…

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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 will be re-open in spring 2022. Heike Mahmoud, who has…

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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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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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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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Flavie Baudot

COO, City Destinations Alliance

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Flavie Baudot has more than 15 years’ experience in the Tourism and Meetings Industry. She began her career with diverse experiences in customer relations in the insurance and hospitality sectors and then decided to specialise in tourism, mixing her avid passion for international relations, people and cultures. Having graduated in Tourism Management and Culture in…

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David Thompson

Event Director, IBTM World

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Joining IBTM in September 2018, David came with 14 years’ experience in the events industry, producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. Having previously organised exhibitions and conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the US, he brought with him an international perspective. With an…

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